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October 17, 2009 Potter County Pa News

An Open Letter to Potter County Voters Concerning the November Political Election

In the spring of this year, full page ads occurred in the local newspaper or newspapers attacking the honesty and credibility of Judge Leete. These letters occurred as the result of Judge Leete's decision in a property dispute in Pike Township. One of the defendants in this case who was on the losing side in this decision, happened to be a friend of Judge Leete who met with John and other friends in Galeton for coffee, breakfast and conversation from time to time. He and the co-defendants might have thought this would give them an advantage in court but this was not the case.

July 16, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Says Nearly 12,000 Children Will be Served in Second Year of 'Pre-K Counts'

Harrisburg, PA - State Invests $86.4 Million in High-Quality Early Learning Programs; Parents Urged to Begin Enrolling Children. Read More About Pre-K Grants Click Here

July 15, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Herbal Fair Bring Nature Back Into Your Life

Cherry Springs, Potter County - The third annual Mountain Thyme Herbal Fair will be held at Cherry Springs State Park this weekend July 19 and 20. Fair time is from 10 to 4 each day and admission is free. So why bother to attend the Herbal Fair? Mainly because the items that will be on sale there are back to basics, good- for- you products that are made from nature. The Fair is just about herbs. All sorts of gardening items as well as Nature-based art will be on sale and its going to be fun! For More about the Herbal Fair Click Here

July 14, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Cemetary Burglary Under Investigation

Harrison Township, Potter County - Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport are looking into a gruesome burglary at a Potter County cemetery.

It seems someone cut off the padlock from the Kibbe Mausoleum in the Whites Corners Cemetary in Harrison Township.

The burglar then dragged at least five caskets from the mausoleum, causing extensive damage. No arrests have been made, but the investigation is on-going.

Judge Wont Dismiss Other Adelphia Charges

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. A federal judge has refused to dismiss charges of conspiracy and tax evasion against the imprisoned founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. John Rigas and his son, Tim Rigas, ruling the charges dont amount to double jeopardy. The charges Adelphia founder John Rigas and his son, Timothy, faced in Pennsylvania are separate from the fraud charges on which they were prosecuted for in New York.

The Rigas' were convicted of fraud by concealing from investors, analysts and lenders the failing condition of Adelphia, formally headquartered in Coudersport

July 13, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Potter County Murder Suicide

Roulette, Potter County - A Potter County man killed his estranged wife this weekend, and then killed himself. State Troopers said they found Matthew and Cheri Baker's bodies in their Roulette home Sunday afternoon.

Troopers said Cheri went to her husband's home to discuss custody arrangements for their two-year-old son. That’s when they say he shot her in the head, set the house on fire, and killed himself. State police are calling it a murder-suicide.

The incident started Sunday afternoon when 29-year-old Cheri Baker stopped by the home of her estranged husband, 32-year-old Matthew Baker, at 14 Fourth street, according to a spokesman with Pennsylvania State Police.

The trooper says Matthew Baker shot Cheri in the head with a .22 caliber rifle. He then set the house on fire before shooting himself in the head. The Potter County Coroner pronounced both of the Bakers dead late Sunday night. The house fire extinguished itself, causing minor damage.

Both Matthew and Cheri Baker were pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury around 8:10 pm Sunday.

The trooper says the investigation into this incident is ongoing and investigators are awaiting autopsy results.

July 12, 2008 • Opinions - Potter County Threatened

There has never been an industrial threat quite like the wind turbines to Potter County’s future. It seems such a shame that our precious county, with all its appealing natural attractions, should be so carelessly jeopardized. Read More About Wind Mills In Potter County ...

July 10, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Coudersport Man Facing Rape Charges

Coudersport, Potter County — A 46-year-old Coudersport man is facing multiple sex crime charges after state police said today that he raped a 12-year-old Coudersport girl.

State police said David Alan Thomas, of 348 E. Second St., attacked the girl while she was in a tent Sunday morning in Prouty Place State Park in Summit Township.

State police said Thomas had taken the girl and a young boy camping on Friday. At about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the girl told the boy she had been raped by Thomas.

Thomas was charged with rape by forcible compulsion, rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors, state police said.

He was arraigned before District Magisterial Judge Barb Easton, Thomas is charged with rape by force, aggravated assault, and corruption of minors.

Bail was set at $150,000, and when Thomas was unable to post bail, he was sent to the Potter County Jail, state police said.

July 10, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Stewardson Township, Potter County - A Fenton, PA motorcyclist received moderate injuries in an accident Friday afternoon on Route 44 in Stewardson Township. State police said Curtis Smith was descending Pine Mountain when his Harley Davidson slid out of control on the wet road as it encountered an oily substance in its lane of travel. The cycle slid across the road, struck a guardrail and turned over onto its right side. Smith was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by private vehicle.

July 09, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Burtville - The theft of catalytic converters from three vehicles is under investigation by state police here in Potter County. Coudersport-based state police say the items were removed from vehicles at Bidwell Auto on Route 6 in Burtville between 5:00 p.m. last Wednesday and 5:00 p.m. last Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690.

July 08, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

On the Wilds Side: Cherry Springs Named Second International Dark Sky Park

Cherry Springs State Park has been designated as the second International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association! This certification recognizes Cherry Springs State Park's exceptional commitment to dark sky protection and restoration on public lands.

"The leadership demonstrated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Cherry Springs shows that protecting the view of the cosmos also makes economic sense, preserves ecosystems, and maintains quality of life," says Elizabeth Hospodarsky, executive director of the Tucson-based, non-profit International Dark-Sky Association, or IDA. Cherry Springs has retrofitted all of their outdoor lights to be night sky friendly. Some areas of the park are even designated as no-light zones to protect owls, bats, and a host of indigenous mammals.

"This designation is continued validation that this region has something special to offer to our visitors," said DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis. "We are proud of what we have protected, and hope our visitors will enjoy the remoteness of the Pennsylvania Wilds and Cherry Springs State Park for many years to come." Read more about the designation and the IDA at www.darksky.org.

Learn to Spend Patriotically

There are 293 million people living in the United States. If each one would shift $20 a month in spending from foreign -made products to American- made products, it would create 5 million new jobs. This Patriotic Spending workshop will be presented by Scott Moses and Kim Nelson, J & B Furniture and it will be held right at the furniture shop located at 3475 Rt. 155, Port Allegany from 6 – 8pm on July 17. The cost is $10 per attendee.

For more information or to register, call the PCEC at 814-642-2295, 814-274- 4877 or 814-435-9490.

July 05, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Mills Man Faces DUI Charges

A Mills driver almost made it home safely early Saturday morning but is now facing DUI charges for a crash in which he received major injuries. State police here say 24 year old Allen Mowrey was speeding south when the right side tires on his Jeep Pioneer went off the road for about 120feet. Mowrey steered abruptly to the left causing the Jeep to come back onto the road and cross to the other side. Mowrey then tried to counter steer and sent the vehicle into a yaw which continued as it traveled across the southbound lane, struck an embankment and rolled over coming to rest on the highway. Mowrey was ejected from the vehicle, but righted the vehicle and drove it about 250 feet into the driveway at his residence on Marsh Creek Road. He was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by private vehicle for treatment of his injuries and police say when they interviewed him, they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol. He is also facing numerous summary traffic charges as well.

July 04, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Child Suffers Minor Injuries In A Collision

A young child suffered minor injuries in a collision taking place just before 6:00 p.m. July 4th at a Hebron Township intersection. Troopers said the collision occurred when Brett Haskins of Coudersport attempted to turn his southbound Subaru Outback onto Route 244 from Route 44 and turned into the path of a Dodge Intrepid driven by Terry Crain, also Coudersport. Both drivers escaped injury but a four year old girl in Crain’s car received minor injuries even though she was properly restrained.

Adelphia Operations Center Back In The News

The Illinois real estate investor who owns the former Adelphia Operations Center in downtown Coudersport has been unable to find any tenants to occupy the opulent building in the middle of town, owner Bogdan Klek of suburban Chicago is now trying to find a buyer.

Earlier this year, Klek paid 3.6 million dollars through an internet-based auction. The building cost an estimated 30 million dollars to construct in 2000. Klek’s purchase included the 72,000-square-foot brick, marble, granite and bronze building, designed to accommodate 275 employees; as well as asphalt parking for 260 vehicles across four different lots. Klek said recently that he has no intention of holding onto the property for long. Local officials have been concerned that if an occupant cannot be found, the property owner might be tempted to demolish the building and sell its material for their salvage value.

Former Judge Fink "H.B. Retires

Long-time local attorney Harold B. Fink has decided to call it quits after a career in the field of law that dates back more than a half-century. The 80-year-old Fink, known to many as “H.B.,” has operated a private law practice based in Port Allegany for the past 20 years. He previously served as President Judge of Potter County. Prior to his election as judge in 1977, he was the District Attorney of Potter County for multiple terms and operated a law practice in Coudersport that opened in 1956. Fink cited declining health and a desire to spend more time with his family as major factors in his decision to retire.

Fink's daughter is the present Potter County Pa District Attorney

Dam Show Lineup Announced

The Potter County Fine Arts Council has released the lineup for the sixth annual Dam Show, to be held over the July 18th and 19th weekend at the Austin Dam Memorial Park. This year’s show features several nationally known recording artists and country or bluegrass festival favorites, including the Hackensaw Boys, award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland and a contemporary young band with local roots, The Slant. Details on the sixth annual Dam Show, including sound clips from many of the featured musicians, can be found at the website, DamShow.com.

Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce News

Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with a non-profit organization to bring area residents the help in quitting smoking.

Chamber directors have accepted an offer by Clinical Outcomes Group Incorporated to meet with Coudersport area employers and bring their workers smoking cessation services, free of charge. Additional details will be announced.

Supplies, Artists And Volunteers Needed

A variety of supplies are needed by local artists and volunteers to paint the Community Mural in Coudersport. It will be located on the Third Street side of the Penn-York Building, the home of the Potter County Education Council, facing the Coudersport Post Office. Contractor Larry Gibble has been applying a foundation coat of white paint to serve as a canvas for the massive mural. Organizers have put out a call for ladders, brushes and other donated supplies.

The lower portion of the mural will be made up of tiles that people can paint to reflect what Coudersport means to them. Upper portion will be a painting depicting scenes that relate the history of Coudersport, with individual themes including nature, Native Americans, early settlers and farming. Monetary donations are being accepted. Business owners and local residents can sponsor a tile for 50 dollars.

2008 Relay For Life Held

Relay for Life was held last weekend by the Potter County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Pledges added up to about $64,000, under the $76,500 target, but an impressive total in an era of economic stresses. Relay for Life was shifted from its traditional home, CARP Field, to Strawberry Field near Charles Cole Memorial Hospital due to construction at Coudersport Area Recreation Park.

Police Reports

State police from the Denton Hill barracks are investigating a break-in last weekend along Rt. 6, west of Coudersport. Officers say someone gained entry to a workshop owned by Joseph Turbett in Eulalia Township and stole a variety of tools, consisting of saws, drills and a sander, with a total value of about $500.

A New York State man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after becoming stranded in his car early Tuesday morning near the state border in Sharon Township. State police say 19-year-old Cody O’Dell of Rexville was eastbound on Honeoye Street, north of Shinglehouse, and backed over an embankment as he tried to turn around at about 1 am.

Theft of $300 from a McKean County woman over the weekend is being investigated by state police from Denton Hill. Miranda Bailey of Smethport told troopers someone lifted three $100 bills from her purse while she was visiting a residence on Maple Street in the village of Roulette.

A large quantity of liquor was removed from a rental unit on Telescope Road in Ulysses Township sometime between June 24 and last Saturday evening. A representative for the victim, listed by state police as L Enterprises of Elmira, N.Y., told state police the booze had a value in excess of $300.

July 01, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Coudersport Borough Police Reports

Coudersport Borough Police are on the lookout for a probationer who fled from custody. The local police also investigated a minor traffic mishap occurred on Tuesday near the Citizens Trust Company on First Street. There were no injuries reported.

Criminal mischief , disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges have been filed against 30 year old Carmen Lampman of Coudersport in connection to an incident Saturday night at the Northwoods Tavern, Route 6 west of Coudersport. Authorities claim Lampman was asked to leave the bar when she became disorderly upon arrival and threw a glass container across the bar, then destroyed an illuminated sign as she departed the premises.

Fastest Snowmobile Across the Pond

About 300 spectators turned out for Saturday’s “Fastest Snowmobile Across the Pond” competition on Denton Hill. Proceeds from the event are being donated to Fisher House, serving disabled veterans. Organizer Neal Klimek expressed his appreciation to the many sponsors and volunteers who made the event such a success. Klimek said he is making arrangements for the highlights to be shown on the popular internet site, “YouTube,” as well as a local cable TV channel. First place went to Patrick Hoopes of Ulysses, who sped across the 535-foot pond full-throttle in less than six seconds.

Coudersport Area School District News

As the new school year begins in the Coudersport Area School District many uncertainties are swirling. Among these is the critical position of Superintendent of Schools. The contract of Superintendent George Nuffer is expiring, but the district has not yet hired a successor. Also hanging in limbo is a proposal to combine some of the classes for fifth- and sixth graders at the Coudersport Elementary School under a new learning concept. These issues and others await action by the School Board in the coming weeks. Board members did recently approve the district’s 2008-2009 operating budget in the amount of 11.4 million dollars. Real estate taxes will remain the same, at 40.19 mills.

Coudersport Emergency Services Personnel Responded To A Bicycle Accident

Last Tuesday afternoon near the entrance to Coudersport Area Recreation Park. Witnesses said a Coudersport boy whose name was not released by police was injured when he was ejected from the bicycle while descending the steep East Seventh Street hill. He was transferred by helicopter to a distant medical facility.

Austin Area News

Austin Area School Board has adopted a tobacco policy that will take effect when students return to classes in the fall. A ban on student possession or use of tobacco products on school property remains in effect. Under the new policy, first-time offenders will be referred for the Smoking Cessation Program, sponsored by Drug and Alcohol Services. In addition, the student will be suspended from school for one day and, with a parent, will be required to meet with the school administration. Stronger sanctions will be in effect for second and third offenses.

Also from Austin, we have news that the E.O. Austin Home/Historical Society will dedicate a "town clock" during a community picnic on Sunday, starting at noon.

The clock stands 11 feet, six inches tall and has been installed at the corner of Main and Turner streets, near the town square. It has an old-fashioned appearance, with Victorian style ornamentation at the top, reading “Town of Austin.” Black and gold leaf trim surrounds an illuminated face. Ron Ebbert and his daughter, Andrea, have supervised the project with assistance from several volunteers.

Charges are pending against an Austin driver following a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Straight Creek Road in Jones Township, Elk County. Emporium-based state police said Richard Bennett Jr. 33, was headed east when his Toyota 4 Runner went out of control and a right hand curve, traveled off the side of the dirt road and 30 feet over an embankment before rolling onto its side and striking a tree.

Pa State Police Investigation And Reports

Several area thefts and burglaries are under state police investigation. Thieves took a large diamond plate design tool box containing a smaller tool box from a garage at the Larae White residence on West Branch Road in West Branch Township sometime over the past couple of weeks. The tool box is designed to fit within the bed of a truck and contained a smaller tool box. Thieves entered the home of Eduardo Hoover on White Knoll Road in Harrison Township sometime over the past year and removed two diamond rings and a 13 chip stone wedding band from a locked gun cabinet and a floor jack located in the adjoining garage. Value of the stolen items is said to be almost $1500.

Thieves took ornamental lawn ornaments from the front yard at the Fred Klinzing residence on West 5th Street in Emporium during the early morning hours of June 23 and a landscaping light was taken at about the same time from the yard at the Betty Neff residence on Maple Street in that town.

Troopers here have charged 19 year old Aaron Snyder of Westfield with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday night at the Ox Yoke Ice Cream stand in Galeton. Authorities claim Snyder deposited food items on the driver’s side window and door of a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire owned by Ashley Foil of Galeton when it was parked in the lot while she worked at the ice cream stand.

Another Potter County Office Has Settled Into The Gunzburger Building

Coudersport - County Treasurer Krista Miller relocated her office from the courthouse over the weekend and opened for business on Monday morning. Anyone needing a hunting license, dog license, fishing license, or having other business with the county treasurer’s office should use the front entrance of the Gunzburger Building on North Main Street. Moving there later this month from the courthouse will be the offices of the Potter County Commissioners along with the county’s Fiscal Department. Also moving from the courthouse in the near future will be the offices of the Sheriff, Voter Registration and Elections, and Tax Assessment /Tax Claim Bureau. The Gunzburger Building was donated to Potter County by Time Warner Cable last year. That allowed the county to eliminate a plan to build a multi-million-dollar annex at the former Potter County Texaco property at North East and East Second streets.

Coudersport Swimming Pool Schedule

Coudersport Swimming Pool will be open from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the remainder of the summer season

June 30, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Homemade Cannon Explodes

Pennsylvania state police here have charged 47 year old George Herzing with reckless endangerment, simple assault and criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place last Thursday evening near his home on Ripple Drive in Costello. Troopers say during a neighborhood get together, Herzing ignited his homemade cannon and the unit malfunctioned and dispersed shrapnel as far as 100 feet away. A 13 year old girl was hit in the stomach and a 14 year old girl was hit in the left leg. Both were taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of their bleeding injuries. Authorities said further investigation turned up hole in the vinyl siding of the Sarah Lucas residence and in the hole of the Shelley Graham residence nearby and a window in Herzing’s vehicle was also smashed.

Road Rage In Mansfield

State police at Mansfield have cited a Knoxville Pa. resident for harassment for following a road rage incident victimizing a Harrison Valley man last week. POlice said the incident occurred when Jerry Drake allegedly ran Michael Trimble off the road when their vehicles met on the Boatman Road just south of Knoxville last Wednesday evening. Trimble turned around and confronted Drake about the incident when Drake stopped his vehicle. Then, Drake reportedly hit Trimble in the face while he sat in his vehicle.

Police Need Your Help In Solving Local Burglaries

Troopers across the region have been kept busy investigating a number of recent burglaries and thefts. Sometime over the past couple of weeks, thieves took some Buffalo Bills collector’s items including a signed football and jersey from a house on Main Street in the village of Roulette owned by Bradley Jones of Palm Beach, Florida. Sometime between 4:00 p.m. last Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday, thieves forced their way into a garage along Route 6 West in Roulette Township owned by Thomas Kisiel of Coudersport and stole several tools and items valued at more than $1500 including a Makita tool set and cordless drill; a Dewalt cordless drill, Savage mark II .22 cal bolt action rifled with synthetic camo stock, black scope and blue barrel and an orange and white mode MS460 Stihl Chain saw with 20” blade.

Break In Oswayo Township - Potter County

Thieves kicked in a door to gain entry to a garage on the Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township last Wednesday or Thursday and made off with a Husqvarna 346 chain saw with 18” blade; a Dewalt cordless tool set, Troy Bilt 7500 generator; a gray metal craftsman tool box with various tools and a white colored Cabela’s meat grinder. The garage and items, valued at almost $4500 belonged to Philip Urban of Shinglehouse. Thieves also entered a house near Urban’s garage and removed a light colored antique desk belonging to Thomas Kemp, also of Shinglehouse. The desk is valued at $300 and opens like an old school desk at a 45 degree angle and has compartments for pencils, letters, etc.

June 26, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

John and Timothy Rigas' Sentence Reduced

06/26/08 U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Sand yesterday slightly reduced the prison sentences for Adelphia founder John Rigas and his son Timothy. In a written opinion, Judge Sand, who presided over the 2004 trial and imposed the original sentences, said that a ”minimal adjustment is appropriate” because an appeals court had reversed their conviction on one count of bank fraud last year because of insufficient evidence. The judge reduced John Rigas’s sentence from 15 years to 12 and Timothy’s from 20 to 17. The Judge also reduced the $2,300 special assessments the Rigases were ordered to pay by $100 each but ordered all other terms and conditions of their original sentences to remain unchanged. They are currently serving time in a low-security federal corrections facility in Butner, North Carolina.

One Vehicle Crash Wednesday on Rte 6

06/25/2008 A Friendship, New York couple escaped injury in one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Route 6 about a mile west of Galeton. State police said Kelly Snyder was traveling east when her GMC Envoy went off the road, hit a guardrail and traveled 30 feet down over an embankment before it struck a tree. Snyder and her passenger, Chad Clark were both wearing seatbelts.

Teen Escapes Injury

Westfield police say a youth believed to be 16 years old and from Arizona entered the closed Westan tannery illegally late Wednesday morning and fell into a vat of highly toxic tanning liquor. He apparently escaped immediate injury, police said. The youth was visiting the area with a cousin from Ohio. The boys were staying with grandparents in the Westfield area.He apparently got some of the substance in his mouth, but said he didn’t swallow any. The boys entered the tannery, which has been closed for several years, illegally at about 11 a.m. and began walking through the sprawling complex, At some point, the Arizona boy fell into a vat of tanning liquor and could not get out. He was immersed only briefly before his cousin pulled him out. An area resident who saw the boys leaving the tannery called police. Westfield patrolman Mark Burdick went to the tannery, but the boys had fled on bicycles .After a quick search, he located the boys and escorted them to the Westfield fire department, where the boy was stripped and decontaminated with cold water. He was then taken to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, where he was again decontaminated and released

Natural Gas Drilling

You no doubt have seen examples of natural gas drilling going on in the Twin Tiers lately. There will be an Oil and Gas Industry Job Fair Saturday at the McKean County Career Link on Davis Street in Bradford from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. A number of area oil and gas companies will be on hand to accept applications. Many of them have been running recruitment ads through area media. The Potter County Commissioners recently sent a letter to Representative Martin Causer support for House Bill 1373 which would close a loophole created when the Pa. Supreme court ruled in December 2002 that subsurface resources are not taxable thus depriving municipalities of a substantial amount of income. Causer . told WFRM last week that the oil and gas boom underway is not only good for the country but especially for the region.

June 25, 2008 Potter County Pa Area News

Smethport Man Hurt During Motorcycle Stunt

Moderate injuries were reported for a Smethport man who was thrown off his motorcycle Tuesday afternoon while performing a wheelie on the irons Hollow Road a half mile south of Route 6 in Keating Township, McKean County. Kane-based state police said Ben Scott was not wearing a helmet and was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He is facing various traffic citations.

Fireworks and Cigarettes Don't Mix

Troopers at Kane are charging 21 year old William Logue, Jr. of Crosby with disorderly conduct and sale of tobacco to minors for an incident allegedly taking place last night at a residence on route 46 in Norwich Township. Authorities allege Logue gave a cigarette which contained a concealed firework to a juvenile which exploded when the youth lighted up. The victim was not hurt but Logue is now facing charges in district court.

Shinglehouse Man Charged With Harassment

Curtis Wackwitz, 26, of Shinglehouse is being charged with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place yesterday afternoon at a residence on Canfield Hollow Road. State police claim Wackwitz threatened 23 year old Brandy Lyn Robson during an argument.

Elderly Couple Scammed

The investigation into a scam threatening an elderly Emporium couple Tuesday night continues. State police in that town say that a three Hispanic men in a newer gray or silver Cadillac pulled into the driveway of the Austin Kowell residence on Valley View Road at about 8:00 p.m. One got out of the back seat and went to the front door; knocked on it and told the residents that he worked for the state and need to cut trees behind their house and asked the to show him the property line. While the residents and the visitor were out back, the two others got out of the car and went into house, rummaging through the interior. The suspects kept in contact with each other through wireless communication devises and when the residents felt something was amiss and headed back toward their house, the suspect that was with them started hurriedly speaking a foreign language into his wireless device. He then told the residents he had to leave and hurriedly left the house. All three jumped back into car and took off. Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 486-3321.

State Police Need Your Help

Potter County based Pa State police are probing a couple of cold cases. Sometime since Labor Day weekend 2007, thieves entered the basement of a house on McGinnis Road in Genesee Township owned by Barbara Lee Cook-Benton of Arlington, Washington and removed 25 feet of three strand copper wire. And sometime since late November 2007, thieves took a radiator from a 1969 Chevrolet Boom Truck owned by Ted Heckman of Lancaster, PA while it was parked next to his camp located at the Corner of Tracey Brook and Greenhill Roads in Hebron Township.