Eldred couple arrested in drug raid….Mansfield woman arrested for torching her house….Galeton residents arrested following dispute….Kersey resident arrested for fleeing police…

McKean County

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg Shaffer reports that a wanted man and his girlfriend have been taken into custody. The McKean County Detectives executed a search warrant at a home located on Main Street in Eldred during the early evening of May 7th. Earlier that morning, Detectives and Drug Task Force Officers, acting on information received from the Pennsylvania State Police alleging drug trafficking at that residence as well as the presence of wanted person Timothy Bottorf, initiated an investigation and were granted a search warrant. Following the tip, Task Force Officers maintained a surveillance position at the residence. Eldred residents saw numerous marked and unmarked police vehicles from several departments of McKean County who participated in the raid. A warrant had been issued for Bottorf on April 11th related to a Robbery that occurred in Bradford after he failed to appear at trial on that case. He had been incarcerated on the charge, unable to satisfy the $150,000 bail set by the Judge, until he posted it in March with the assistance of a bail bondsman. The warrant was executed by McKean County Detectives, Officers with the Drug Task Force and K9 Duke of the City of Bradford Police Department who made forced entry into the residence. Officers announced that they would release the dog if any occupants did not make their presence known to officers. Bottorf and Sarah Waid did not show themselves to officers. K9 Duke showed interest in a bedroom and led officers to the two. Bottorf and Waid were found hiding in the bedroom of the residence. No one else was in the home. Members of the Pennsylvania State Police and other Task Force Officers secured the exterior of the residence to assist Officers inside as well as to ensure safety of neighboring residents. After Bottorf and Waid were detained by Detectives, Task Force Officers and State Police searched the residence with the assistance of K9 Rigby of the McKean County Detective K9 Unit who alerted on the presence of controlled substances. Officers seized Methamphetamine, an AR15 rifle, drug paraphernalia, surveillance cameras, money and other items. Bottorf was taken into custody on his warrant and incarcerated. Waid was charged by County Detectives with 4 counts of Delivery or Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – Felonies; Hindering Apprehension (harboring a wanted person) – Felony 3; and Possession of a Controlled Substance- misdemeanor. Magisterial District Judge William Todd set bail at $300,000 and Waid was remanded to the McKean County Jail. On  Tuesday May 8th, Bottorf was charged with Flight to Avoid Apprehension (Felony) and 2 counts of Possession of Firearm Prohibited (Felony and Misdemeanor). He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Todd who set bail at $600,000 and remanded to the McKean County Jail. District Attorney Vettenburg-Shaffer: “This operation was set into motion by a traffic stop of the Pennsylvania State Police. State Police then notified McKean County Detectives of potential drug trafficking. Detectives then worked the investigation back to the source, resulting in the above arrests. Excellent police work by all involved.” Additional charges are pending.

Tioga County

A Tioga County woman has been jailed for arson. The state police fire marshal determined a blaze at 37 Hemlock Drive in Richmond Township at around 10:00 am Monday was intentionally set as there were multiple locations and no one was home at the time. Mansfield firefighters extinguished the blazes. When interviewed, the property owner Tami Bechtel allegedly admitted to setting the fires and was transported to the Tioga County Prison.

Potter County

Coudersport state police are looking for the owner of a Cross Fire pink and black 6 speed bicycle with pink grips found on Germania Street in West Branch Township Tuesday morning. Owner may claim by contacting state police at 814-274-8690.

Troopers at Coudersport did not release details but say they investigated a pick up truck backing into  a  parked Ford Transit last Thursday on North Street in Roulette Township. Even though the driver of the 2010 Ford F-150XLT was charged with limitations on backing, police did not reveal the driver’s name.

DUI charges have been filed against 36 year old Patrick Byrne of Pittsburgh after state police at Coudersport responded to a report of an erratic driver on Route 155 last Thursday afternoon. Police claim Byrne was found to be driving his 2019 Ford Explorer under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently taken into custody.

Two Galeton neighbors have been charged with disorderly conduct for a dispute taking place Saturday morning on Clinton Street. The defendants are a 52 year old man and a 49 year old Galeton man.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway apprehended a Kersey resident who fled from them on Irishtown Road in Fox Township last week. Cody Colson was arraigned before District Judge Martin on previous charges and additional charges of felony flight to avoid apprehension. Unable to post the $150,000 bail, Colson was committed to the Elk County Jail.


With work continuing on a Route 6 project in Potter County, PennDot is providing an update. Work to remove guard rail and stabilize shoulders through the work zone has completed. The zone stretches from Port Allegany (McKean County line) to Coudersport. Temporary traffic signals have been set to enforce an alternating traffic pattern at the bridge spanning Trout Brook. The bridge is about 5 miles west of Coudersport. Structure repairs will then begin  with an expected completion of July 1 for those repairs. Once structure repairs are complete, the temporary signals will be removed, and roadway flagging will be used for the rest of the project. Later this month roadwork activities will get underway, including roadway resurfacing, pipe replacements, inlets guard rail improvements, box culvert repairs, outlet protection, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. PennDOT expects this work to be complete by the end of October. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA, is the contractor for this $7.6 million job.