Kersey man charged with theft of ATV…Wilcox resident arrested for assault….Smethport woman accused of hitting male victim with an object…State officials hold event to draw attention to new law…

Elk County

A Kersey man has been charged for receiving stolen property. State police at Ridgway say their investigation into a report of an abandoned vehicle determined the ATV

had been stolen from the St. Marys Police Department but was recovered. Codey Colson, 29 has been charged with theft for the crime. He was arrested earlier this month for theft and last fall for trying to steal three catalytic convertors from two Elk County dealerships.

State police at Ridgway arrested 19 year old Kolton Orouke of Wilcox for assaulting a 49 year old Wilcox man during an argument on the night of May 7 on Horner Road. Responding officers allegedly found that Orouke had injured the victim and was taken into custody.

Elk County

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 43 year old Smethport woman for harassment for a domestic disturbance at around 11:30 Thursday morning on Reilly Hollow in Keating Township. Troopers claim the suspect struck a  37 year old man in the back with an object.

DUI charges are pending against a 68 year old New Castle, PA woman who was stopped on Marvin Street in Jones Township April 23 for  suspicion of driving her 2013 Kia Soul under the influence of a controlled substance.

Cameron County

Two Emporium residents have been arrested for physical harassment for an altercation last Thursday afternoon on West Greenwood Street.


Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are holding  a news event today to highlight a new law in Pennsylvania and raise awareness about Pennsylvania’s existing “move over” law prior to the highly traveled Memorial Day weekend. The event at 10:30 a.m. at Soldiers Grove across from the fountain behind the state Capitol, Harrisburg.

Workers from several tow truck companies will be in attendance with their trucks to display their newly fitted blue lights. Prior to the enactment of  Act 157 earlier this year, tow truck operators could only use flashing orange or yellow lights. Studies by the Texas Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan demonstrated that drivers routinely ignore the sight of yellow or orange lights on the road. Blue lights elicit a different response from drivers and are far more visible in hazardous weather conditions. They also give distracted drivers more time to see and react before a potential accident.

Mastriano and Turnpike Commission officials also will raise awareness about Pennsylvania’s existing “move over” law ahead of Memorial Day weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal car accidents are more likely to happen during Memorial Day weekend than any other holiday weekend.  The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates 39.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles during the Memorial Day weekend.

Speakers will emphasize safety and being alert for first responders and emergency workers aiding travelers with vehicle accidents.