Senators propose constitutional amendment regarding elections. See story below.

…Genesee man killed in one-vehicle crash…Teen passenger hurt in Hebron Township accident…charges filed after dog allegedly bites delivery man in McKean County….Kane High School student allegedly found with drugs…Downstate woman accused of trespassing in Tioga County…Two senators propose constitutional amendments regarding elections…

Potter County

A Genesee driver died in a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Ulysses Township. State police just released details reporting 31 year old Joshua Silsby was going south on Route 449 when his 2003 Cadillac Escalade left the road after rounding a right hand curve, struck an embankment and rolled over partially ejecting Silsby through the driver side front window. Silsby was pronounced dead at the scene by the Potter County coroner’s office.

Both Ulysses  drivers escaped injury in a collision last Thursday evening in Ulysses. According to state police, the collision occurred when Sherry Kalasnik who was traveling west tried to make a left turn into a driveway in front of a 2013 Nissan Frontier driven by Robert Riley. Kalasnik was cited for making an improper left turn.

Minor injuries were reported for a 14 year old passenger following a one-vehicle accident last Thursday night in Hebron Township. Troopers said the crash occurred when the 16 year old driver and her passenger were distracted by a noise coming from the floor. The 2012 Kia went straight through a curve and collided with an embankment and traveled along a drainage ditch on the north side of Route 49. The passenger was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of unknown injuries. The driver was not hurt.

McKean County

A Rew man was cited for a dog law violation January 21 at 34 Ventures Drive in Keating Township. State police claim a dog owned by Brady James bit 30 year old Dillon Teeter who was delivering packages to the James residence.

A 20 year old Strattanville,PA  woman was arrested for drug possession by state police at Lewis Run February 5th. The suspect whose name was not released, was a passenger in a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee  pulled over for an expired vehicle inspection on Route 219 in Hamlin Township. Police claim the woman was found in possession of a controlled substance.

DUI charges have been filed against 20 year old Seth Clopper of Bradford last Tuesday morning. State police claim they stopped Clopper after multiple traffic violations were observed and discovered he was driving under the influence of marijuana. Troopers allege he was found in possession of drug paraphernalia.

A student at the Kane Area High School was allegedly found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia on school property January 30 after troopers were called to the school.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway arrested 29 year old Robert Deltufo of Madera, PA for DUI following a crash early Sunday morning on Route 153 in Horton Township. Authorities report Deltufo failed to stop at the posted  stop sign at the intersection of Route 219 and continued straight through the intersection and into the woods where his 2007Jeep hit a tree.

Tioga County

Multiple charges have been filed against 28 year old Shawna Cooper of Johnstown City, Pa by Mansfield state police. Authorities say they were called to a home on Mechanic Street in Lawrenceville Saturday afternoon when Cooper allegedly repeatedly tried to enter the home of a 34 year old man. She was taken into custody and charged with criminal trespassing, defiant trespassing and harassment.


Sens. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and Chris Gebhard (R-48) have introduced legislation, Senate Bill 292, that would enable voters to decide through a ballot referendum if the state Constitution should be amended to include several new election security reforms.

If the constitutional amendments are approved by voters, the proposal would eliminate “no-excuse” mail-in voting, establish a mandatory deadline for mailed ballots to be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day, impose a mandatory signature verification for all mailed ballots., and eliminate the permanent mail-in and absentee voter list. Mastriano and Gebhard introduced Senate Bill 292 in an effort to repeal some of the provisions in existing election law created through Act 77. Sens. Scott Hutchinson (R-21), Pat Stefano (R-32), Judy Ward (R-30) and Cris Dush (R-25) all have signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation. The bill must be passed by the Senate and House of Representatives during two consecutive sessions for the constitutional amendments to appear on the May 2025 ballot. The governor cannot veto legislation like Senate Bill 292, which seeks to amend the state constitution. The bill has been referred to the Senate State Government Committee where it will await a vote.