More than ½ million dollars stolen from elderly Austin woman…Galeton child endangerment under investigation… Brothers cited for physical harassment….game cameras stolen from Harrison Township  and Cameron County camp….New Jersey man arrested for dumping cans and bottles on land in Pike Township he doesn’t own…Punxsutawney man arrested for furnishing alcohol to Emporium minors….bill to make “gas station heroin” illegal introduced….

Potter County

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating a theft of fraud or forgery victimizing an elderly Austin woman. Someone fraudulently moved $703,218.38 from 74 year old Bernice Bardwell’s investments earlier this month.

Coudersport state police are investigating a child endangerment case West Main Street in Galeton a few minutes before 8:00 am. A five year old boy was left alone and was running near the main road.

Two Genesee brothers who got into a fight last Wednesday have been cited for physical harassment. State police say a 17 year old and a 20 year old suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.

A theft at a camp in Harrison Township is being investigated by troopers at Coudersport. Two Moultie a game cameras were stolen from a camp on Kibbe Hill Road owned by a 42 year old Manheim man. The cameras are valued at $30.00 and were discovered stolen Saturday morning.

A Westmont, NJ man was arrested by Coudersport state police for scattering rubbish in Pike Township. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name but allege he left some 50 bottles and cans at the PennDot Garage on the afternoon of April 16.

McKean County

Drug possession charges are being filed against a 38 year old Bradford woman by troopers at Lewis Run. Officers claim when the suspect, whose name was withheld, was stopped on Route 219 in Bradford Friday afternoon, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in her 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Elk County

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for the driver of a 2018 Ford Focus who eluded them early Sunday morning on  Boone Moutain Road  in Horton Township. The driver failed to stop and a chase lasted for about 10 miles . The suspect was able to avoid striking spike strips and got away.

A Pittsburgh driver has jailed after being stopped for multiple traffic violations on Mars Street in Horton Township Sunday night. The 42 year old suspect was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw and was taken to the Elk County Jail after being arraigned before Judge Brown.

Cameron County

State police at Emporium arrested 22 year old Matthew Hooftallen of Punxsutawney for furnishing alcohol to four underage individuals just before midnight Sunday. Troopers were tipped off by a father who called them to report his son had been dropped off at his home and was under the influence of alcohol. The investigation determined Hooftallen had furnished the alcohol to 3 boys, ages 15, 20 and 18 and a 20 year old girl, all from Emporium.

The theft of a trail camera in Shippen Township is also being investigated by state police at Emporium. The camera was taken between last Thursday and Sunday from private property on  the Hicks Run Road. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at the Emporium barracks.


Rep. Andrew Kuzma (R-Allegheny/Washington) announces  he has introduced legislation to make tianeptine, also known as “gas station heroin,” illegal in the Commonwealth.

“Tianeptine is a very dangerous antidepressant that has never been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has been associated with numerous overdose deaths,” Kuzma said. “Businesses have gone around safety guidelines and been able to sell it in the U.S. by labeling it not for human consumption or adding it to dietary supplements. Tianeptine creates a euphoria that mimics heroin and other opioids and is highly addictive. We need to take steps now to prevent deaths and addiction from this hazardous product.”

House Bill 977, would prevent the sale, possession and manufacture of tianeptine, commonly sold by the names Zaza, Coaxil, Tianna or Stablon. A number of states, including Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee, have passed identical laws.

Tianeptine is a prescription drug in Europe, but often sold as an ingredient in products sold in gas stations and online in the United States.