Snow fell short of predictions

Elderly Emporium man dies in house fire…Another Emporium arrested for aggravated assault….Duke Center man hurt in one-car wreck….teen driver sends car into building…Two area agencies awarded DEP grants….

Cameron County

A 91 year old Emporium man died in a house fire Monday night on Beechwood Road in Shippen Township. The state police fire marshal found the blaze originated on the house’s exterior underneath the carport and was apparently accidental. Damage is estimated to be $86,000. The victim’s name was not released.

A 32 year old Emporium man has been jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. State police at Emporium explained the charges against David Akins stemmed from an incident just after 11:00pm December 5 on West Allegheny Avenue. While troopers were responding to a one-vehicle crash, they were advised a firearm had been brandished. Two nearby residents were trying to help the man involved in the crash and keep him stable when Akins arrived on the scene. A witness told police Akins pushed a female victim and her husband and Akins began to wrestle each other. The witness told police Akins pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the head of the other man and stated “give me a reason”. When told that troopers were on their way, Akins reportedly put the gun back in his waistband and was taken into custody upon police arrival without further incident.

State police at Emporium are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a mailbox post on Sunrise Acres Road in Shippen Township Monday morning. A dark colored sedan while backing out of a driveway hit the post and mailbox itself but the driver failed to notify the property owner.

McKean County

Minor injuries were reported for a Duke Center driver following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday December 6 in Otto Township. State police said Eric Abrams was speeding when his eastbound Jeep Wrangler went off of Main Street and struck an embankment of the south side. Abrams was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center by ambulance. He was cited for speeding.

A Duke Center teen driver and her passengers escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident last Saturday morning in Otto Township. According to state police, the 16 year old girl was pulling into the township building  and accelerated, causing her 2011 Ford Edge to crash into the front of the building causing minor damage. The driver and her passengers, 44 year old Jennifer McDonald and a 13 year old girl were using seatbelts.

A Virginia man has been arrested for drug possession in McKean County. Marcus Gilmore, 31, of Culpepper was stopped on Route 219 in Bradford for a summary traffic violation just before midnight last Sunday. Troopers claim Gilmore was found in possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia.

DUI charges are being filed against a 20 year old Smethport man who was pulled over on Route 155 in Annin Township during the early morning November 27. State police allege the suspect, whose name was withheld, was found to be driving his 2015 Chevrolet under the influence of a controlled substance.


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) HAS awarded $12.2 million in 2023 Countywide Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Grants to county teams across Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to support their progress in reducing nutrient and sediment pollution to restore the health of local streams, rivers, and lakes.

Like the other jurisdictions in the watershed — New York, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia — Pennsylvania is

mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower its nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment pollution levels by 2025. Pennsylvania is required to reduce nitrogen by 32.5 million pounds and phosphorus by 850,000 pounds.Under the Wolf Administration, Pennsylvania has lowered nitrogen by more than 9 million pounds and phosphorus by 300,000 pounds.

The 2023 CAP Implementation Grants were awarded to: Potter and Tioga Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area.

    Potter County Conservation District: $63,534

    Tioga County Conservation District: $185,807

Grants were also awarded to:

    Adams County Conservation District: $318,149

    Bedford County Conservation District: $392,424

    Berks County Conservation District: $104,511

    Blair County Conservation District: $95,706

    Bradford County Conservation District: $276,306

    Cambria County Conservation District: $85,860

    Centre County Government: $389,876

    Chester County Conservation District: $281,527

    Clearfield County Conservation District: $117,404

    Clinton County Commissioners: $188,817

    Cumberland County Commissioners: $570,360

    Franklin County Conservation District: $1,035,542

    Fulton County Conservation District: $241,854

    Huntingdon County Conservation District: $175,445

    Lackawanna County Conservation District: $225,162

    Lancaster County Conservation District: $3,066,264

    Lebanon County Conservation District: $451,234

    Luzerne Conservation District: $45,557

    Lycoming County Commissioners: $306,407

    Montour County Conservation District: $436,064 for Montour, Columbia, and Sullivan counties

    Northumberland County Conservation District: $297,556

    Schuylkill Conservation District: $181,753

    Snyder County Conservation District: $556,219 for Snyder and Union counties

    Susquehanna County: $129,535

    Tri-County Regional Planning Commission: $1,036,915 for Dauphin, Perry, Juniata, and Mifflin counties

    York County Planning Commission: $1,042,938

Nutrient pollution and eroded sediment enter streams, rivers, and lakes from wastewater treatment and a range of human activities on land, including using too much fertilizer, plowing and tilling farm fields, stripping away trees and vegetation, and expanding concrete and paved surfaces.

Along with state and sector efforts, CAPs are a key component of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan to reduce this pollution. All 34 counties that were asked to develop a CAP have done so, and partners have launched a range of projects. All or part of 43 counties are in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area spans half the state and includes over 12,000 miles of polluted streams and rivers.