…Eldred driver arrested for road rage….Car/deer collision investigated in Lafayette Township….Eldred Township hit and run probed….Drivers arrested for drug possession….Lawmakers revive bill to help young victims of sexual abuse…

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run have arrested a 57 year old Eldred man for criminal mischief. Troopers did not

release the suspect’s name but accuse him of road  rage for an incident allegedly taking place at 1:20 am November 23 on the West Eldred Road. Authorities claim the suspect kicked a vehicle driven by a 21 year old Smethport man and broke the tail light during an argument.

A Lewis Run driver and his wife escaped injury last Monday afternoon when their Chevrolet Traverse hit a deer on Route 219 in Lafayette Township. State police said Trevor Kaber was going south a little after 5:00 pm when the whitetail bounded on the road in front of Kaber’s SUV.  He and his wife, Kristi, were both using seatbelts.

A hit and run taking place at about 2:30 last Sunday morning in Eldred Township was investigated by state police at Lewis Run. An unknown vehicle traveling south on the West Eldred Road went off the road and hit a mailbox before re-entering the highway and continuing south.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 32 year old Force, PA driver with drug possession after stopping his 2014 Chevrolet Cruze on Route 219 in Hamlin Township early last Tuesday morning. Troopers allege Matthew Dunshie was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

A 40 year old Roulette man has been charged with DUI/drug related on the Coleville Road in Keating Township. Troopers did not release the name of the suspect but said he was driving a 2013 Ford F250 Supercab.

DUI charges are pending against a 42 year old Bradford woman who was pulled over by state police on Route 219 N in Foster Township early last Sunday morning for multiple traffic violations. The suspect was reportedly found in possession of a controlled substance.

Tioga County

A physical harassment case in Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name, but say a 35 year old Mainesburg, PA man assaulted 27 year old Nathan Nixon of Wellsboro Friday afternoon in Richmond Township.

As the 2023-24 Legislative Session opens in Harrisburg, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) is seeking support among his colleagues for creating a two-year window of time in which survivors of childhood sexual abuse could sue their attacker, even if the statute of limitations has already expired for their lawsuits.

For several years, Gregory, a Republican  joined by Rep. Mark Rozzi  a Demcrat(D-Berks), has worked on victims’ rights legislation commonly known as the Hidden Predator Act. Gregory and Rozzi have been championing reforms in Pennsylvania since a 2018 grand jury report revealed widespread abuse by Catholic priests living and working in the state. In 2021, the two-year window was headed to ballots for voters to consider as a potential constitutional amendment. However, disastrous failures by the Department of State left that matter off ballots, giving Gregory and Rozzi the unfortunate task of starting their process again.

Gregory says he  intends to soon reintroduce a joint resolution that could create a two-year window if OK’d by voters during the May 16, 2023 Primary. He has circulated a co-sponsorship memo to obtain bipartisan support of this measure.