Area emergency departments awarded grants. See story below.

Both drivers unhurt in Potter County collision…Emporium man arrested for road rage….Alleged drunk driver endangers child passenger in Tioga County….Area emergency services departments awarded more than $400,025 in grants

Potter County

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Thursday afternoon in Eulalia Township. State police said the collision occurred when 76 year old Laura Geiser of Coudersport made a careless left turn from Route 872 onto Town Line Road and crossed in front of a car driven by Colleen Zenns of Austin. Zenns swerved to avoid impact and lost control of the car causing it to go off the pavement and strike a traffic sign.

McKean County

DUI charges are being filed against 21 year old Damion Smith of Eldred. State police say when they stopped Smith on Looker Mountain Trail  in Otto Township early Thursday morning, they found Smith was driving his 2010 Subaru under the influence of alcohol.

A Bolivar, NY driver escaped injury in a one-car accident Saturday morning on Route 346 in Otto Township. Troopers  report Linnea Vannette was going west when her 2005 Pontiac Vibe failed to make a left hand curve and struck a ditch.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway have charged 33 year old Abigail Pfingstler of Johnsonburg with drug possession. Authorities claim when they stopped her 2021 Chevrolet Sonic on the Wilcox road early Saturday morning they found her in possession of marijuana.

Cameron County

An Emporium man has been arrested for harassment in connection to a road rage incident January 13 in Shippen Township. State police say George Peters followed James Cleaveland of Emporium honking his horn and attempted to disturb Cleaveland who was hunting.

No one was hurt in a  rear-end collision last Thursday morning in Shippen Township, Cameron County. According to state police, the collision occurred when Michael Thomson of Ferndale failed to see that Donald Caruso of Emporium had stopped for a school bus on Route 120 which had activated lights while traveling west. Thomson was arrested for speeding in connection to the collision.

Tioga County

Mansfield state police arrested a 45 year old Millerton driver for DUI and endangering the welfare of a child late on the night of January 21 Jackson Township. The driver’s name was withheld, but troopers say when they responded to a rollover on Route 328 they found the driver was under the influnecew of alcohol and a one year old girl was riding in the 2017 Jeep.

DUI charges are also being filed against a Knoxville man who was found slumped over the wheel of his 2011 Chevrolet last Wednesday morning on West Main Street in that town. William Kroeck’s car was parked over a curb when police arrived.

Two people have been charged with assault and harassment  following an altercation last Wednesday morning  in Roseville. Charges are being filed in district court against a 54 year old man and a 25 year old woman, both from Mansfield.


Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $425,000 in grants from the state, according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter)

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided more than $8.2 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards. All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding. Companies must file a grant agreement with OFSC to receive their grants.

 Cameron County

  • Cameron County Ambulance Service Inc., Emporium – $10,000.

  • Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,861.25.

  • Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,861.25.

 McKean County

  • Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $10,000 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

  • Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $15,000.

  • Clermont Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,861.25.

  • Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,598.14.

  • Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $12,598.14.

  • Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $12,106.88.

  • Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,861.25.

  • Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $12,106.88.

  • Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,861.25.

  • Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $10,000.

  • Mount Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $12,106.88.

  • Norwich Township Fire Department, Crosby – $11,861.25

  • Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $11,861.25.

  • Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $15,000.

  • Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $10,000.

  • Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $12,045.

 Potter County

  • Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $10,000 for EMS operations; $13,335.03 for fire company operations.

  • Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $10,000.

  • Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $15,000.

  • Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $10,000 for EMS services.

  • Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $10,000 for EMS operations; $11,861.25 for fire company operations.

  • Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,861.25.

  • Goodyear Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $12,598.14.

  • Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $13,826.29.

  • Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $5,567.

  • Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,861.25.

  • Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $10,000 for EMS operations; $12,352.51 for fire company operations.

  • Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $12,598.14.

  • Tri-Town Fire Company, Ulysses – $13,826.29.