Roulette man arrested for public drunkenness and firing shots…Teen driver unhurt in one car accident…ice and snow covered road blamed for one-vehicle crash in Bingham Township…Drivers escape injury when snow plow and tractor trailer collide in Elk County…Administration says it continues to monitor derailment aftermath…..

Potter County

 A Roulette man was arrested for reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness for an incident taking place at around 4:00 am last Friday  on Lanniger Creek Road. Troopers were called on a report of gunshots in the area. Upon investigation, 31 year old Daniel Gerhart  was taken into custody and charged in district court. The victims were listed as a Roulette man, age 46; and 43 year Roulette woman and a 53 year old Port Allegany woman.

A 16 year old Roulette driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Liberty Township. Troopers said the youthful driver was going east near Benson Hollow Road when for unknown reasons, his GMC Jimmy went off the road, traveled down an embankment, into a field and hit a telephone pole.

A Glenside, PA driver and his  three passengers were unhurt in a weather related accident Saturday morning in Bingham Township. Jonathan Mahon was headed south on the Hickox/Ulysses Road when his Mazda 6 slid out of control on the ice and snow covered road while making a right curve. The car spun around 180 degrees and hit a ramped guard rail lining a bridge the traveled down a short embankment before rolling over onto the driver’s side coming to rest at the edge of a private pond.

DUI charges have been filed against a 34 year old Shinglehouse man following a crash just before 4:00 am February 11 on the Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township. The name of the driver was not released. Police allege the suspect was  driving his 2015 GMC Denali under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Elk County

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision involving a snow plow and tractor trailer Saturday morning in Horton Township. According to Ridgway state police The collision occurred when Robert Bender of New Cumberland, PA And Samuel Kaiser of Ridgway were

going north on Route 219 near Shawmut Road. Kaiser was plowing snow in the left lane when Bender tried to pass the plow in the right lane and hit the plow’s front  bumper. Both trucks could be driven away under their own power.


Last week, the Shapiro Administration announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be conducting independent water sampling to closely monitor water contamination risks related to the East Palestine train derailment. On Tuesday, February 21, DEP began proactive outreach to residents and testing of wells within the two-mile radius and in only four days, DEP has successfully collected samples from nearly every private drinking water well within one mile of the Norfolk Southern derailment site.

As of the end of this week, DEP has completed collecting samples from 13 of the 16 known residential wells within a mile radius of the derailment site and is working to schedule testing of wells between one mile and two miles next week. Results from the first round of testing are expected next week.

The Department of Environmental Protection has been on the scene since the first hours after the Norfolk Southern train derailment, and promises it  will stay in communities like Darlington Township as long as it takes to assure Pennsylvanians their air, water, and environment are safe. DEP is proactively contacting residents within a two-mile radius of the train derailment site to initiate water testing. Concerned residents who are beyond the two-mile radius are encouraged to reach out to DEP to request testing by calling 412-442-4000.

Hulda V. McCUTCHEON, 95, of North Bingham, PA, died Saturday, February 25, 2023 in her home.  Born July 19, 1927, in Whitesville, NY, town of West Union, she was the daughter of Clifford and Selynda Wallace Frost.  On December 18, 1960, in Whitesville, NY, she married Ronald J. McCutcheon, who predeceased her on October 15, 2014.  A 1946 graduate of Whitesville Central School, she was employed by Smith of Galeton Glove. Hulda was a member of the North Bingham Community Church.  Surviving are:  five children, Steven (Darcy) McCutcheon of North Bingham, Kevin McCutcheon of Harrison Valley, Douglas (Kathy) McCutcheon of Andover, NY, Diane (Gary) Wyne of Harrison Valley, and Roger (Georgie) McCutcheon of Ulysses;  nine grandchildren, Jillian (Matthew) Baker, Veronica Hunt, Jesse (Amber) McCutcheon, Savannah Fanton, Jared (Michelle) McCutcheon, Kris Wyne, Dustin Wyne, Tory McCutcheon, Garette (Chance) McCutcheon;  13 great-grandchildren;  two brothers, James (Betty) Frost of Wilmington, NC and Robert E. Frost of Waneta Lake, NY;  sister-in-law, Frances Frost of Lampasas, TX;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Frost; and two sisters, Elizabeth Graves and Joan Grover.  Friends may call at the North Bingham Community Church on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 PM.  Rev. Dennis Munro, Pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to North Bingham Community Church, 2231 Bingham Center Road, North Bingham, PA 16941.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Monday’s high, 36; Overnight low, 34; .54” precipitation (rain & freezing rain)