First Day Hikes planned at area state parks. See story below.

Lewis Run State Police have made numerous DUI and drug arrests…Mt. Jewett man arrested for criminal mischief….Eldred woman accused of trespass…Force, PA driver facing multiple charges after roll over…Area state parks prepare for First Day Hikes….Next on-air report at noon today on

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run have made several DUI and drug possession arrests recently. A 37 year old Turtlepoint man was arrested after troopers allegedly found him in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia when they pulled him over on Pine Grove Road in Annin Township Saturday evening. A 61 year old Bradford man is facing DUI charges after cops pulled him over on East Washington Street in Bradford early Sunday morning for a traffic violation. When state police responded to a report of a car in a ditch on Riverside Drive in Liberty Township last Thursday they found the 40 year old Port Allegany man had been driving under the influence of alcohol. Two Olean men were arrested for drug possession after state police stopped a 2013 Ford Escape on South Avenue in Lewis Run last Wednesday night. Authorities claim both the driver and passenger were found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The suspects were  identified as 43 year old Cristo Sauri and 25 year old David Lee. A 50 year old Wilcox woman was arrested for DUI after her 2019 Kia Sorento was stopped for multiple traffic violations on Highland Road in Wetmore Township early Sunday morning.

Criminal mischief charges are being filed against a 19 year old Mt. Jewett man in connection to an incident taking place just before 11:00 am December 12 on the Lindholm Road in Hamlin Township. The suspect, whose name was not released, allegedly drove an ATV  into the parking lot of the MJ2KB Trails causing damage.

State police at Lewis Run are charging a 41 year old Eldred woman with simple trespass. Troopers claim the unnamed suspect entered the property and residence of a 33 year old Eldred man on Seal Lane Sunday afternoon.

Elk County

Multiple charges are being filed against a Force, PA driver following a one-vehicle crash at about 3:30 Saturday morning in Fox Township. According to state police, Alexander Demonte was traveling south on the Million Dollar Highway when his Ford 500 went off the road, and rolled over onto its roof. Demonte allegedly fled the scene before troopers arrived.

A Johnsonburg woman escaped injury early Saturday morning when her 2019 Ford Edge hit a deer on Route 219 in Horton Township. Brianna Cardoni was going north and police said despite evasive action, the car collided with the deer.

Ridgway state police arrested 49 year old Harold Terwilliger of St.Marys  for DUI after stopping his 2006 Kia Amanti on Lawrence Street in St.Marys at around 1:30 am Sunday for a traffic violation.

Tioga County

No injuries were reported for a Cortland, NY driver after a one-vehicle accident in Covington Township last Thursday morning. State police report Rory Hines was going north on Route 15 when his Hyundai Elantra went off the road and struck a guardrail before coming to rest in a culvert.


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)announces  it will host nearly 60, guided hikes in 34 state parks and three forest districts on New Year’s Day as part of the nationwide “First Day Hike” effort. Designed to promote a healthy start in the new year, these hikes offer families an opportunity to begin rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Sunday, January 1.

State parks staff and volunteers lead the hikes, which are usually about one or two miles, but can be longer depending on the park and its terrain.

First Day Hikes are organized by the National Association of State Park Directors to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks. All 50 states have cooperatively sponsored First Day Hikes since 2012.

Each year, over 730 million people visit America’s State Parks and contribute over $23 billion to the economy. State Parks are a “close to home” resource and an important part of our country’s fabric, enhancing our quality of life. Visit America’s State Parks website for more information on First Day Hikes Nationally.

Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHikes.

The following Pennsylvania state park and forest facilities  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area are participating during daylight hours Sunday, January 1, 2023:

Hills Creek

Kinzua Bridge

Lyman Run


Tiadaghton State Forest — Pine Creek Rail Trail

Other participating parks:

    Black Moshannon

    Blue Knob


    Canoe Creek


    Cook Forest

    Cowans Gap

    Delaware Canal

    French Creek

    Gifford Pinchot

    Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

    Kings Gap Environmental Education Center


    Laurel Hill

    Little Buffalo

    Marsh Creek State Park

    Maurice K. Goddard

    Michaux State Forest — Beaver Trail



    Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

    Parker Dam

    Pine Grove Furnace

    Presque Isle

    Prince Gallitzin

    Raccoon Creek

    RB Winter

    Ridley Creek

    Susquehanna Riverlands

    Warriors Path State Park

    White Clay Creek Preserve

    William Penn State Forest — Buck Hollow Tract

Upcoming events

December 20: Virtual Program—Cherry Springs State Park

A virtual program “Know before you go” for first time or  novice star gazers will be offered from 12 to 12:30 and from 6:00 to 6:30. To register visit the DCNR website, by searching for the park name and program title.

December 21: Advent Luncheon—First Presbyterian  Church Coudersport

The Coudersport Ministerium is holding Advent Luncheons on Wednesdays starting at noon. Free will offering.

December 21: Advent Luncheon—Port Allegany

The Port Allegany Ministerium is hosting Advent Luncheons at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church

December 21: Christmas Concert—Shinglehouse

The Oswayo Valley Middle/High School will present a Christmas concert at 7p. Cookies will be served after the concert