…Wellsboro man arrested for assaulting child….Kersey driver and  passenger hurt in McKean County collision…Kane teenager charged for fight at high school…Republican state senator plans legislation to help students in failing schools….

Tioga Cunty

A 34 year old Wellsboro man has been arrested for physical harassment in connection to an incident just after midnight on December 7.  State police allege the suspect, whose name they withheld, slammed a 9 year old boy into a wall and dragged the youngster by his pants down the stairs at a  house on Hills Creek Lake Road.

McKean County

Injuries were reported in a collision Wednesday afternoon in Hamlin Township. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred when  Susan Nussbaum of Kersey pulled  out of the Sheetz parking lot in front of a Toyota Camry driven by James Bumbarger of Woodland, PA. Bumbarger and his passenger Karen McQuillen of Philipsburg were taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries. Nussbaum and her passenger Brett Lasko of St. Marys escaped injury.

Charges are pending against a 17 year old Kane boy following a fight at the Kane Area High School at around 3:00 pm December 12. The youth is accused of assaulting another 17 year old boy.

Elk County

No one was hurt in a collision Wednesday evening in Jay Township. Troopers report the collision occurred when Jason Wilson of Weedville who was traveling north, tried to turn left into the Family Dollar parking lot and hit the driver’s side front on a Chevrolet HHR driven by Paul Allen of Mapleton Depot, PA. Allen had four passengers from Mapleton Depot,  including two young children in his car.

Both drivers escaped injury in a fender-bender Saturday afternoon in Fox Township. A 2010 Chevrolet Equinox failed to stop in time and ran into the back of a Kia Sorento at a stop light on the Million Dollar Highway. Since both units could driven away under the own power and there were no injuries, the collision is considered a “non-reportable” and the drivers names were not released.


Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announces she will soon introduce legislation to establish the Lifeline Scholarship Program to give students a pathway out of failing public schools. Under this legislation, parents with children in grades 1-12 who reside within the attendance area of a district school in the bottom of performance metrics based on state testing would be eligible to receive a scholarship.  Lifeline Scholarships can only be used for qualified education expenses associated with the new education instruction.