Photo courtesy of Coudersport Fire Department

Coudersport Firefighters respond to apartment fire….Bradford man arrested for fight at country club….Smethport man accused of terroristic threats…Vandals smash windshield on parked vehicle….State Senate passes bill to help disabled veterans…

Potter County

Disaster was averted Monday night when a fire broke out in an  upstairs at 201 North Main Street in Coudersport. Chief 48 Phelps arrived @ 6: 41:44  pm and along with a Coudersport  Police officer. The tenant told them  he had used  an extinguisher in an attempt to put the fire out which was located in the bathroom ceiling area near the bathroom fan/light with fire above the ceiling. The power to the fan/light was shut off  and bathroom door was shut until fire fighters arrived.

Engine crews secured a water supply at the corner of W 2nd and N Main and stretched a 1.75 attack line to the fire area and pulled the ceiling and fully extinguished the fire by 18:59:50.

Crews were on scene until approximately 7:20  pm and returned after an investigation into the fire and placing lines back in-service at 7:35 pm. Damaged was estimated to be $5,000.

McKean County….

Lewis Run State Police have charged 22 year old Devin Ortz of Bradford for physical harassment for a fight at the Smethport Country Club a few minutes before midnight on February 25.

A 56 year old Smethport man was arrested for terroristic threats in connection to a  domestic violence incident last Monday afternoon on Wolf Run Road in Keating Township. The suspect was arraigned in District Court. Bail was set at $15,000. The victim is said to be a 41 year old Smethport woman.

A criminal mischief in Mt. Jewett in mid-January remains under investigation by state police at Lewis Run. Vandals smashed the windshield on a vehicle owned by a 48 year Columbus Township man while it was parked on High Street. Damage is estimated to be $500.00.

Troopers at Lewis Run arrested a 21 year old Bradford woman for drug possession after stopping her 2011 Mitsubishi  on East Main Street in Bradford February 24. Police claim they found the suspect in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.


The Senate this week unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would exempt 100% of disabled veterans’ benefit payment from income calculations for any commonwealth program or benefit.

Senate Bill 126 would ensure veterans who receive disability compensation would not have those payments counted against them when applying to programs such as the Real Estate Property Tax Exemption, Education Gratuity Program, Veterans Temporary Assistance Program and Military Relief Assistance Program.

The legislation also would extend the exclusion of the veterans’ compensation benefits to his or her unmarried surviving spouse.

Senate Bill 126 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.