State Senator continues to push for making Daylight Saving time permanent. See story below:

…Hit and run vehicle sought in Roulette….two Coudersport residents arrested for assault….quarters stolen from Bark Shanty home….another vehicle vandalism investigated…State senator continues to push for making Daylight Saving Time permanent….

  Potter County

State police at Coudersport are investigating a hit and run occurring at around 3:30pm last Tuesday in Roulette Township. An unknown vehicle headed north on the Trout Brook road veered off to the left side and ripped a small bridge railing out of its concrete base and knocked it into the stream.

Two Coudersport residents have been cited for physical harassment occurring on the morning of February 25 on the Matt Ward Road in Keating Township. Alfred Ritter, 75 and 69 year old Patricia Barton were also charged with criminal trespass. Duane Gingerich of Dover, PA is listed as the victim. No other details were released.

A 27 year old Coudersport man was arrested for drug possession after being stopped by patrol officers on Route 6 in Roulette Township Sunday March 5 exhibiting signs of impairment. Police say controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were seized from the suspect’s 2014 Ford F-150 XLT.

The theft of about $20 worth of quarters is being investigated by state police Coudersport. The coins were taken from the home of an 84 year old man on the Bark Shanty Road last Friday.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision in Ulysses Township  last Thursday morning when Mackenzie Morris of Gaines and Adam Martin of Ulysses were both traveling north on Fox Hill Road and Morris passed Martin on the double yellow line just as Martin made a left turn into a driveway. Morris’s Subaru hit the front tire on Martin’s John Deere 6715.

McKean County

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating another criminal mischief involving a vehicle. Vandals smashed the windshield on a vehicle owned by a 43 year old Smethport man last Thursday afternoon while it was parked on the North Open Brook Road in Liberty Township. A   similar crime occurred in mid January on High Street in Mt.Jewett. Damage to both vehicles is estimated to be $500/

 An Emporium driver escaped injury in a one-car accident Tuesday morning. State police report Steven Housler’s Kia Optima slid across the center line due to weather conditions and hit an embankment while headed west on the Ridgway/ST. Marys road.

Having gone through the  spring ritual of setting clocks one hour ahead, Senator Scott Martin (R-13) is continuing to work to make daylight saving time permanent and eliminate the twice-yearly time changes. Martin introduced a resolution last week  which urges Congress to make daylight saving time permanent. Studies show that the twice-a-year time changes results in more accidents, health problems and a loss of productivity of more than $400 million annually.

Eliminating the transition between standard time and daylight saving time would require action at the federal level.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, legislative bodies have considered at least 450 bills and resolutions in recent years to establish year-round daylight saving time as soon as federal law allows it.

Arizona and Hawaii are currently exempt from time changes resulting from daylight saving time, while exemptions from standard time have been proposed in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida.

Many believe daylight saving time began to help farmers, but this is a misconception. The practice began temporarily during World War I as a fuel-saving measure and was reinstated briefly during World War II. It was made a permanent fixture for most American states and territories when President Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act of 1966.