…Shinglehouse man given prison term for dealing drugs…Icy roads cause seven car pile-up in Tioga County…Coudersport man arrested for physical harassment…Cyclone man cited for dog law violation…Cameron County juvenile arrested for threatening another….Republican lawmaker plans to introduce Voter ID constitutional amendment…


McKean County

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer made the following statement on the sentencing of Shinglehouse man Steffan Sisson:

Sisson had been charged by Chief County Detective Ryan Yingling with Possession with Intent to Deliver Fentanyl and Methamphetamine and Firearm-related charges. On October 21, 2021 Chief Yingling secured a search warrant for Sisson’s residence.  Multiple agencies assisted in executing the search warrant including: McKean County District Attorney; McKean County Detectives; McKean County Drug Task Force; Potter County Detective; Potter County East Drug Task Force; Olean City Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit; Southern Tier Drug Task Force; NY State Police Troop A VGNET Team; McKean County Detective K-9 unit; and McKean County Adult Probation.  Shinglehouse Ambulance Service was on standby.  McKean County Department of Emergency Services provided equipment to the officers.

Officers seized methamphetamine and fentanyl packaged for sale and 5 firearms. Security cameras and a “bug-detecting” device were also found in the residence used for detecting individuals who could be wearing a recording device.

Sisson had also been charged by Potter County East Drug Task Force for three separate instances of Possession with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine and Fentanyl) between October 7, 2021 and October 30, 2021.  These three cases were moved to McKean County for prosecution.

Sisson was also sentenced for Possession of Methamphetamine and Driving Under the Influence as well as a case handled by the Attorney General’s Office whereby Sisson pled guilty to Insurance Fraud.

During a sentencing hearing at the McKean County Courthouse on January 19th, the Judge sentenced Sisson to a period of incarceration of 9 years, 7 months – 19 years, 8 months and 1 year of consecutive probation as well as additional terms.

Tioga County

No one was hurt in a seven vehicle pile up Tuesday morning on Route 49 in Lawrence Township. State police explained the  chain reaction collision occurred at around 9:15 am when William Johnson of Little Marsh parked his 2014  Dodge Ram on the side of the road due to  heavily iced roads. Anthony  Costellic III of Lawrenceville tried to stop his 2018 Subaru Outback but was unable to do so because of road conditions and his car struck the pick up truck. A Ford Escape driven by Kendra Marzo of Osceola collided with the pick up. Then a Ford F-150 XLT driven by Melissa Robbins of Elkland hit Costellic’s vehicle. A 2013 Ford Focus driven by Jordon Boggs of Middlebury Center hit the Ford truck. William House of Lawrenceville pulled his Toyota Camry off to the right side of the road but was struck by a 2011 Outback driven by Taylor Lamoureux of Westfield. All were traveling east at the time. Costellic’s car had to be towed from the scene but all others were not disabled and could be driven away.

Potter County

A Coudersport man has been arrested for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Wednesday in Sweden Township. State police claim, the suspect, whose name was withheld, shoved a 21 year old Henderson, Maryland woman in the collar bone area during an argument Wednesday evening at a house on Ferds Drive.

Coudersport state police intervened in two suicide attempts Wednesday. One involved a 21 year old Austin man just after 1:00 pm and the other involved a juvenile on Route 49 in Harrison Township just before 7:00 pm. Both were taken to UPMC Cole for Mental Health evaluation.

State police cited a Coudersport driver for speeding after a one-vehicle crash last Friday in Eulalia Township. Troopers report Jaime Smith Cisneros was making a left hand curve while going west on Town Line Road and the driver’s side tire went off the pavement and into some loose gravel where it hit an embankment, rolled over twice and slid about 25 feet before stopping.  Cisneros was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

McKean County

A speeding charge has also been filed against 18 year old Makieya McGuire of Mt. Jewett after her 2005 Chrysler Sebring  struck an embankment and rolled over on Route 219 coming  to rest upside down on the highway. McGuire suffered minor injuries but did not require transport to a medical facility.

A possible stalking incident is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Troopers claim 44 year old Shawn Thornton is suspected of stalking a 54 year old Kane man with a 2010 Honda CRV on Main Street in Hamilton Township on January 8. The investigation is continuing.

A 41 year old Cyclone resident has been cited for violating state dog laws. State police claim the violation occurred in a complainant’s yard on Shady Nook Circle  last Sunday morning but was not for animal cruelty.

Troopers at Lewis Run have charged a 45 year  old Bradford man for drug possession. The operator of a 2022 Toyocar van Container trailer was stopped on Kennedy Street late Wednesday night for traffic violations and was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Elk County

DUI charges are pending against a Northern Cambri, PA  man who was pulled over by state police on Route 153 in Horton Township, Wednesday night for traffic violations. Troopers claim, the suspect, whose name was withheld showed multiple signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and an odor of marijuana emanated from the interior of the 2003 Ford’s interior. After a blood draw at Penn Highlands Elk, the suspect was taken to the Clearfield County Jail on warrants.

Cameron County

A Cameron County juvenile has been arrested for terroristic threats. Authorities claim the suspect threatened another juvenile with a knife at the Cameron County Recreation Center this past Sunday evening.


In an effort to ensure Pennsylvania elections are fair and accurate, Rep. Mike Cabell (R-Luzerne) is sponsoring legislation that would require voters to present identification when going to the polls. He is currently circulating a co-sponsorship memo seeking bipartisan support for the proposal which he plans to introduce in the near future.The bill will include provisions to ensure the identification requirements are easily accessible to all qualified Pennsylvania voters, including a condition that all registered voters be sent a durable voter registration card, usable as a voter ID, with no action needed on their part.Similar legislation is expected to be introduced in the House for a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would require voter ID.

Senate Bill 1, which was passed recently by the Senate, also calls for a voter ID constitutional amendment.