Cause of Eldred Legion fire unknown….theft of motor vehicle probed by Lewis Run State police…Roulette driver charged with hit and run after minor collision…Elderly Ulysses driver’s car collides with deer…Grant applications being accepted now for recreation and conservation projects…

McKean County

The cause of a fire Friday which destroyed the Eldred American Legion has not been determined. More than 100 area firefighters battled the 4-alarm  blaze which broke out around 11:00 am.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle in Eldred last Wednesday morning. A 24 year old Eldred woman told police her vehicle was stolen from outside her residence before 6:30 am. However, authorities did not provide a description of the stolen vehicle.

An indecent assault taking place in June 2019 in Annin Township is being investigated by state police. The victims are identified as two Port Allegany girls ages 8 and 9. No further details were released.

A Roulette driver and his passengers escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Keating Township. Troopers said Christian Wild III was speeding while going west on Route 6 causing his Ford Econoline to go off the south side of the road and collide with a guardrail. Wild reportedly continued on without reporting the collision but a witness reported the crash and followed the van. Troopers located the vehicle while going west on Route 6 and initiated a traffic stop. Wild was charged with hit and run. His passengers were listed as Brittany Sisson of Shinglehouse and an 11 year old boy from Roulette and a five year old Shinglehouse girl.

Troopers at Lewis Run cited Jolaina Shetler of Mt. Jewett for speeding after a one-car crash last Tuesday morning in Lafayette Township. Shetler was going north on Route 219 when her Toyota 4-Runner rolled over after hitting an embankment. The driver was not hurt.

Police say Daulton Howard of Amarillo, TX was going too fast when his Dodge Ram failed to make a curve, went off of Route 6 in Keating Township and hit a utility pole, traffic sign and tree before coming to rest in a ditch.

Elk County

A Ford City, Pa motorist escaped injury last Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Route 66 in Highland Township. State police report Ryan Lerner was headed south when his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt went over an embankment and struck a tree.

Tioga County

An elderly Ulysses driver escaped injury in a car/deer collision Friday evening in Delmar Township. According to state police 78 year old James Knefley was going east when a deer ran from the north side of the road into the path of Knefley’s 2007 Toyota Camry. Knefly was able to pull off the road about 100 feet from the point of impact.


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces  that grant applications are now being accepted for recreation and conservation projects in communities across Pennsylvania. The 2023 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant application round opened this week and will remain active until 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 5. Last year, the program awarded approximately $90 million to more than 330 local and community projects statewide. Those awards will help build or renovate more than 140 local parks, 54 miles of trails, and permanently protect more than 7,000 acres of land for public recreation. On average, every dollar of this funding leverages another $1.66 in matching investment, giving each state dollar more power for the public good. Grantees include local governments and recreation and conservation organizations.The grants fund planning, acquisition, and development of:

    Public parks

    Recreation areas

    Motorized and non-motorized trails

    River conservation and access

    Community and riparian tree planting

    Open space conservation

    Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources

Grant applications are only accepted through DCNR’s Grants Customer Service Portal.

A portal tutorial video is available on DCNR’s YouTube channel to help potential applicants learn about  grant requirements and how to navigate the application interface.

DCNR staff are also available to assist with answering questions, visiting potential project sites, and developing competitive grant applications. Contact information is available on the Regional Staff Assignment Map (PDF).

Funding for Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants comes from multiple state and federal sources, including:

    Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

    Environmental Stewardship Fund

    Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program

    Snowmobile and ATV Restricted Revenue Accounts

    Keystone Tree Fund

    Land and Water Conservation Fund

    Recreational Trails Program

Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants have helped permanently protect more than 430,000 acres across Pennsylvania for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, and water quality.

More than 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s 6,200 local parks have received a DCNR grant.

For more information, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program web page.