….Galeton man arrested for burglary…Port Allegany man charged with DUI after car observed swerving on Route 6….James City woman arrested for shoplifting at Walmart…St. Marys man nabbed while trying to steal beer…Mansfield resident accused of furnishing alcohol to minors….Bill being considered to prohibit TikTok on state machines…..

Potter County

A 65 year old Galeton man has been arrested for burglary in connection to an incident reportedly taking place just after 1:00 pm January 16 on West Main Street in Pike Township. Troopers say they were called to that location for an active burglary. The victims, a 17 year old girl and a 10 year old boy told police the suspect tried to break into the house through the front and back doors. A witness confirmed the suspect tried to break into the residence. Schaar was arraigned on charges of attempted burglary, attempted criminal trespass, public drunkenness and harassment.

Coudersport state police withheld the name of a 62 Port Allegany man they arrested for DUI of drugs. Troopers say they were called regarding an erratic driver of a white Toyota Camry Sunday night on Route 6 heading  east toward Coudersport. Troopers claim the car traveled over the fog line four times and traveled over the yellow center line once before a traffic stop was initiated and that the driver  exhibited signs of impairment. He was taken to UPMC for a blood draw and charges are pending the results.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway arrested a 51 year old James City woman for shoplifting at Walmart on the afternoon of January 24. Authorities claim the suspect, whose name was not released, stole $144.80 worth of merchandise through the self checkout lane. The stolen items included baby food, potatoes, Little Hug bottles, Amish macaroni salad, two door pet kennel, scratch pad and some clothing.

A St.  Marys resident was charged for retail theft at Elk County Foods in Ridgway Township February 4. State police claim the 29 year old suspect tried to leave the store with a pack of natural light beer before being stopped by store staff. His name was not released.

Two Ridgway residents are accused of stealing a wallet and credit cards belonging to a 20 year old Byrnedale woman Monday night. The names of a 31 year old woman and 40 year old man were also not released.

Tioga County

State police at Mansfield arrested a 23 year old Blossburg man for furnishing alcohol to a 16 year old Wellsboro girl and a 17 year old Wellsboro boy at a party on the morning of February 4.  The suspect’s name was not released.

Michael Gilbert, 64, of Tioga has been charged for possessing drugs. State police say Gilbert was arrested after a crash scene was cleared and Gilbert, one of the related parties, was arrested for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct,  drug possession and paraphernalia.


Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) has  introduced a measure that would prohibit all state-owned devices from downloading and using TikTok. The application presents a high level of cybersecurity risk to the Commonwealth and its digital assets according to the bill’s sponsor.

In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Central Intelligence Agency director Bill Burns shared concerns with the application’s China-based parent company. Burns states the Chinese government can extract the private data of TikTok users and shape the content on the application to suit the interests of Chinese leadership.

Phillips-Hill’s proposal would mandate that all state agencies, departments, and commissions remove the application from state networks. The measure would also require that policies are put in place to prevent application installation, as well as network-based restrictions to prevent its use and access.

Nationally, Republicans and Democrats have called for the social media app to be banned from popular app stores.

Senate Bill 379 was referred to the Senate Communications & Technology Committee for its consideration.