….Elk County house fire investigated….Force, PA man arrested for assault with injuries….Wetmore Township resident thwarts ID theft….McKean County man found guilty of violating former Megan’s Law…. Passenger hurt in Tioga County rollover….

Elk County

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a house fire  on Division  Street in Mt. Jewett Friday night. Flames broke out at around 9:50 pm at a home occupied by a 53 year old woman, 54 year old woman, 61 year old man and 55 year old man. The fire was extinguished by Mt. Jewett volunteer fire fighters. No further details were released.

A 53 year old Force, PA man has been arrested for assault and harassment following a domestic violence incident late Friday night on the Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name was withheld, assaulted a 32 year old man causing a head injury. The victim was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment.

McKean County

A Wetmore Township resident thwarted an ID theft. The victim noticed an unauthorized fraudulent charge on his credit card from Apple. After speaking with Apple, the victim was able to have the order canceled. The victim lost no funds.

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, following a jury trial on December 5, 2022 at the McKean County Courthouse, Albert Thielges, previously of Kane, was convicted of Failing to Provide Accurate Registration Information as a Transient as required under the law formerly known as Megan’s Law (Felony 1). The law formerly known as Megan’s Law, now known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), requires those convicted of certain offenses to register their address or other area where the offender frequents. Thielges was found to provide the address of a residence in Kane that had been torn down previously.   The Judge scheduled sentencing for January 12, 2023 at 10 a.m.

No serious injuries were reported after a three-vehicle collision last Wednesday afternoon in Eldred Township. State police at Lewis Run say the collision occurred when FE Burlingame of Emporium while traveling north on the West Eldred Road failed to stop at a properly posted stop sign and his Subaru Forester struck a Ford 500 driven by George Benjamin of Bolivar, NY which was going east on Route 346. After impact, the Burlingame unit collided with a Ford Ranger driven by Lance Baker of Eldred forcing it to roll over. Benjamin was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. His wife, Linda, and the two other drivers were not hurt.

Tioga County

A Williamsport woman was taken to Williamsport General Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries she suffered as a passenger in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Morris Township. Brittany Sponenberg was riding in a  westbound 1997 Ford Ranger driven by Ethan Marble of Gaines which went off of Route 414 , hit a small tree and rolled over several times before coming to rest upside down.


 Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced the singers who will perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” daily and at special events during the 2023 Farm Show. Six-year-old Mia Bixler, of Schuylkill Haven in Schuylkill County, received the most social media votes in the 2023 PA Farm Show National Anthem contest, ‘Oh, Say Can You Sing?’. She will kick off opening day, January 7, singing live from the GIANT Expo Hall in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

A panel of judges selected 20 finalists from among 39 entries. Finalists’ videos were posted on Facebook for fan voting to determine the winners, who will sing each morning and at special events during the week.

Contest winners will sing in the GIANT Expo Hall at 8:00 AM each day of the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show, from January 7-14. Performances can be heard throughout the complex and will be featured live on PA Farm Show’s Facebook page.

The 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show will feature a return of fan-favorites like the 1,000-pound butter sculpture, Farm Show Food Court and Farm Market, sheep shearing, weaving, lumberjacking, and hundreds of other competitive agricultural events, cooking demonstrations at the PA Preferred® Culinary Connection, and one million-plus square feet of hands-on agriculture education opportunities and chances to engage with the people who power Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry. To stay up to date on PA Farm Show news, visit farmshow.pa.gov or follow the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Facebook and Instagram.