State police warn residents of scam calls….Vandals damage safety cones in Sharon Township…Bradford driver guilty for fatal crash….Inmate arrested for assaulting corrections officer…Theft at Mansfield Walmart investigated….Hemp grants awarded to non-profits…


Coudersport state police are advising residents of another rash of scam calls circulating around the area. Troopers say a caller will pose as a family member that has had a traumatic experience and has been jailed. The caller then asks victims to speak to another person or lawyer on behalf of the family member. The calls primarily target older members of the community. Authorities say be careful when fielding calls from unknown origins and be careful about giving out personal information.

Troopers are seeking help from the public in solving a criminal mischief occurring just after 1:00 am January 13 in Sharon Township. Vandals shot several orange barrel safety cones on the

Dug Road with a 12 gauge shotgun.  Damage is estimated to be $100. A large knife was found at that location and anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

McKean County

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, following a 6 day jury trial at the McKean County Courthouse, a jury has convicted former Bradford man Marc Nuzzo of 3 counts of Aggravated Assault (Felony 3) and 6 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Misdemeanor 2) for his actions that resulted in a car crash in 2018. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict of Homicide by Vehicle and Manslaughter. Following the jury verdict, the Judge found the defendant guilty of 8 summary violations of the vehicle code. The charges were the result of a crash that occurred on September 5, 2018 on 219 near Mead Run where NUZZO had been travelling South when he crossed the center line and entered the Northbound lane. A vehicle driven by Stanley “Guy” Austin and occupied by 5 other passengers had been travelling North when it was struck head-on by NUZZO. Numerous other drivers stopped to assist the people in the Austin vehicle, including a local couple on their way home from the hospital, a Canadian truck driver, an off-duty EMT, and several others. Numerous fire companies responded to the area as the Austin car erupted in fire upon impact and many of the passengers were still inside. Guy Austin and two of his passengers were flown to out-of-area hospitals for their injuries. The jury heard from some of those who assisted the occupants and heard some of the 911 calls. Following the verdict, DA Shaffer asked the Court to increase the defendant’s bail. The Judge increased his bail to $150,000 percentage. As a condition of bail, the defendant was ordered to turn in his driver’s license. On March 28, 2019, an arrest warrant had been issued for the arrest of Marc Nuzzo. Nuzzo had been the subject of an investigation into the crash that occurred on 219 in McKean County. Nuzzo was charged by criminal complaint with Homicide by Vehicle; three counts of Aggravated Assault by Vehicle; Involuntary Manslaughter; 6 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person; and several summary violations. During the trial, many of the occupants in the Austin vehicle testified to seeing the lights in their lane and Mr. Austin trying to avoid the Nuzzo vehicle in his lane. They described how they were removed from the vehicle – most of whom required the assistance of the people who stopped to help. Trooper Quinton O’Rourke of the Pennsylvania State Police investigated the case. Corporal David Kostok and now-retired Trooper Robert Manno, both accident reconstructionists with the State Police, testified before the jury. District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and First Assistant Michael Alfieri prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. No date has been set for sentencing.

Another Bradford man has been arrested for assaulting a corrections officer at the McKean County Jail Thursday afternoon. Charges against 29 year old  Jonathan Kramer will be filed in district court.

An Eldred woman has been arrested for drug possession. State police say when they stopped 23 year old Jamie Swede on the Looker Mountain Trail Saturday evening they found her in possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia. She was driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla when she was pulled over for traffic violations.

Elk County

A St. Marys driver declined treatment for minor injuries he received in a one-vehicle crash last Thursday in Jay Township. State police report Stephen Ross was going north on Route 255 when his Nissan Maxima went off the road on a left hand curve and hit a tree.

Drug possession charges are being filed against 66 year old Randal Marconi of St. Marys. State police at Ridgway claim when they stopped Marconi on Main Street in Ridgway Sunday night, they found he was driving his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt under the influence and was in possession of a controlled substance.

A St. Marys driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Shippen Township. According to state police at Claude Dornisch lost control of  his 2014 Dodge Caravan while making a right hand turn from Route 120 onto Moore Hill Road. The vehicle struck a large log and utility pole. The driver and his passenger Blaise Dornisch were both using seatbelts.

Tioga County

A theft at the Mansfield Walmart on November 29 remains under investigation by state police there. Clothes, appliances and electronics, and cards valued at a total of $3481.51 were taken by unknown thieves.


The state department of agriculture has  announced $200,000 in grants to three agriculture nonprofits to fund projects aimed at growing fiber and food hemp markets, sales and awareness in Pennsylvania. The department is also calling for proposals from marketing and promotion non-profits for an additional $392,000 in grants to be awarded in March 2023.Grant recipients, region served, matching funding amounts, and project descriptions follow:

Urban Affairs Coalition and All Together Now Pennsylvania – statewide partnership – $48,000

Pennsylvania Hemp Now – an innovative program to promote hemp in building materials and textiles.

Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council – Berks, Chester, Lehigh counties – $150,000

Project Invest in PA Hemp – represents six companies coming together to attract investment in industrial hemp producers, agribusinesses and entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania to grow supply chains, product development and distribution.

Transition Town Media – Delaware and Schuylkill counties – $2,000

Promoting Hemp as a Transitional Product to Next Generation Economy – aims to promote benefits of hemp and raise awareness make hemp a household word.

For new proposals, the department plans to award $392,00 in matching funds to reimburse up to half of project costs, with a minimum grant amount of $1,000. Special consideration will go to projects that leverage other funding and public-private partnerships. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion.

Applicants will be selected in a competitive process.

Qualified nonprofits may apply for grants through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development single online application system. The application period closes Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM and grant recipients will be notified by Friday, March 10, 2023.

Full grant guidelines can be found in the January 28 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. For information about hemp in Pennsylvania, visit and for more on grants and initiatives to grow or start your PA agriculture business visit

Monday’s high, 33: Overnight low, 21; light snow,.04” precipitation