Kersey man arrested for trying to steal catalytic converters….Thieves steal $3700 worth of items during daytime burglary in Tioga County…NY resident accused of illegally entering Tioga County camp….Ridgway driver arrested for DUI following crash…..National program provides Christmas trees for military families…..

 Elk County

Troopers at Ridgway arrested 29 year old Codey Colson of Kersey for theft of auto parts. Authorities claim Colson tried to steal three catalytic converters from Spitzer Ford  and Spitzer Auto World in St. Marys on October 31.He fled the scene but was later identified. The parts were in Ford Escapes and damage  totals $7238.78 .

TIoga County

A burglary at a Middlebury Township home between 7:30 am and 4:15 pm last Thursday is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with about $3700 worth of items including a filled jewelry box, US half dollars and US two dollar bills. A door and door frame were damaged in the amount of $500. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Mansfield state police have charged 33 year old  Nathan Sherman of Addison, NY with criminal trespass in Farmington Township. Troopers were summoned to a hunting cabin on Burfield Road on the afternoon of November 28 on a report of an  unknown male entering the camp owned by a 73 year old Osceola man. Sherman fled the area before police arrived but was later identified and charged.

A 22 year old Columbia Crossroads driver has been arrested for DUI after a one-vehicle crash during the early morning hours of November 30. Troopers claim when they investigated, they found Zachariah Walter had been driving his 2000 Ford under the influence of alcohol.

McKean County

A Ridgway driver is facing DUI charges following a one-vehicle crash last Monday evening in Wetmore Township. State police at Lewis Run report 30 year old Travis Hollabaugh was going north on Route 66 when his Chevrolet Camaro failed to make a left turn and went off the road before striking three utility poles before stopping. Hollabaugh and his 14 year old male passenger were taken to UPMC Kane for medical evaluation. When troopers investigated they determined Hollabaugh had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Tuesday evening in Hamilton Township. According to state police at Lewis Run the collision occurred when Jennifer Canella of Kane who was going  south on Route 321 became distracted by a deer on the shoulder of the roadway. Her Jeep crossed the center line and traveled into the path of a Subaru Outback driven by Louis Flick of Lewis Run which was headed south. Both vehicles were disabled and had to be towed from the scene.


PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Col. Donald O’Shell, Director of Staff, Headquarters Pennsylvania Air National Guard, helped kick off the 2022 Trees for Troops donation weekend at Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in York, and encouraged Pennsylvanians to donate Christmas trees to active-duty military and their families. Trees for  Troops is a national program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each holiday season through donations, sponsorships, grants, and the work of volunteers. Since 2005, Trees for Troops has provided more than 277,001 Christmas trees to military families and troops in the United States and overseas.

Pennsylvanians can participate in the program by visiting a participating location to purchase a tree to donate to service members.

Trees for Troops program is part of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, a nonprofit branch of the National Christmas Tree Association which represents more than 700 active member farms, 29 state and regional associations, and more than 4,000 affiliated businesses that grow and sell Christmas trees or provide related supplies and services.

For more information about the Department of Agriculture’s military and veterans in agriculture initiatives, visit