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2 BUFFALO RESIDENTS ARE ON THE MEND FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN JONES TOWNSHIP, ELK COUNTY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 2:50 ON BURNING WELL ROAD NORTH OF OLD KANE ROAD WHEN 70-YEAR OLD DIANA CRAWFORD FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, CAUSING HER CAR TO TRAVEL OFF THE ROADWAY AND STRIKE AN EMBANKMENT, THEN SOME TREES.  CRAWFORD AND A PASSENGER WERE TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS ELK FOR TREATMENT OF SUSPECTED MINOR INJURIES. 

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A RIDGWAY MAN IS FACING ASSAULT CHARGES FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT EARLIER THIS MONTH IN THE BOROUGH.  RIDGWAY POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED THE EVENING OF JUNE 14TH AROUND 10:30 WHEN 51-YEAR OLD DOUGLAS SLEEMAN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED ANOTHER MAN AT A NORTH BROAD STREET RESIDENCE.  SLEEMAN IS CHARGED WITH SIMPLE ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT.

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A SMETHPORT MAN IS UNDER ARREST FOR ALLEGEDLY BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP EARLIER THIS WEEK.  STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED MONDAY AFTERNOON JUST BEFORE 2:00 WHEN POLICE SPOTTED THE 27-YEAR OLD MAN ON ROUTE 46. POLICE HAD PRIOR KNOWLEDGE THAT THE MAN WAS WANTED ON A DIFFERENT CHARGE, AND AS THEY MADE CONTACT WITH THE MAN, THEY FOUND THAT HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND RELATED PARAPHERNALIA. 

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LOCAL POLICE MAY SOON HAVE THE SAME CAPABILITIES AS STATE POLICE TO CATCH SPEEDING MOTORISTS.  A PROPOSAL TO GIVE POLICE RADAR PASSED THE STATE SENATE 49 TO 1 THIS WEEK AND WILL NOW HEAD TO THE STATE HOUSE FOR IT’S CONSIDERATION. 

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A BRADFORD MAN IS CHARGED WITH THREATENING A WOMAN WITH A SHOTGUN MONDAY NIGHT.  POLICE SAY 63-YEAR OLD STEPHEN PHILLIPS POINTED THE FIREARM AT THE WOMAN ON WEST WASHINGTON STREET.  WHEN THEY ARRIVED, POLICE NOTED AN ODOR OF ALCOHOL ON HIS BREATH.  POLICE ALSO SAY THIS ISN’T HIS FIRST GO-AROUND WITH POLICE.

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A POTENTIAL HEALTH CARE CRISIS HAS BEEN AVOIDED WITH A NEW CONTRACT BETWEEN 2 BIG NAMES.  GOVERNOR TOM WOLF, ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSH SHAPIRO AND REPRESENTATIVES WITH UPMC AND HIGHMARK ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT A NEW 10-YEAR AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED TO PREVENT A LOSS OF CARE FOR THOUSANDS OF HIGHMARK SUBSCRIBERS.  AN AGREEMENT HAD BEEN SET TO EXPIRE ON JUNE 30TH THAT WOULD’VE DISRUPTED CARE. 

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A POTENTIAL STATE BUDGET FOR PENNSYLVANIA HAS LEFT COMMITTEE AND WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY IN HARRISBURG.  THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS INTRODUCED THE BILL WITH NO NEW TAXES, NO TAX INCREASES AND NO ADDITIONAL FEES.  THE PROPOSAL ALSO SHOWS MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN AGRICULTURE.  FARMERS WOULD SEE AN ADDITIONAL 19.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING.

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DETAILS REGARDING A SATURDAY AFTERNOON 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN FOREST COUNTY ARE KNOWN TODAY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 4:30 ON ROUTE 66, JUST SOUTH OF WATSON FARM ROAD IN HOWE TOWNSHIP.  A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 34-YEAR OLD CHARLES SNODGRASS, OF NEW CASTLE FAILED TO STOP FOR A CAR THAT WAS TURNING ONTO WATSON FARM ROAD.  TO AVOID A COLLISION, HE LEFT THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROADWAY AND ROLLED HIS VEHICLE OVER. THERE WERE SEVERAL INJURIES IN THE INCIDENT.  TWO MEDICAL HELICOPTERS WERE USED FOR TRANSPORTING PATIENTS FROM THE SCENE. 

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2 ARE RECOVERING TODAY FOLLOWING A 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY IN MCKEAN COUNTY.  STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT ABOUT 7 ON ROUTE 6 IN KEATING TOWNSHIP WHEN A PICKUP, DRIVEN BY 28-YEAR OLD BRITTANY ANDREANO OF PORT ALLEGANY STRUCK A CAR HEAD-ON, DRIVEN BY 43-YEAR OLD CARRIE BUCHSENSCHUTZ, ALSO OF PORT ALLEGANY.  BUCHSENSCHUTZ AND A JUVENILE PASSENGER WERE TAKEN TO UPMC COLE FOR TREATMENT OF SUSPECTED MINOR INJURIES. 

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A MCKEAN COUNTY MAN NOW AWAITS HIS SENTENCING AFTER HE WAS FOUND GUILTY YESTERDAY OF INDECENT ASSAULT.  ANTHONY SCHOONOVER, OF RIXFORD, HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF THE 2017 ASSAULT OF A JUVENILE UNDER 16.  HE’LL BE SENTENCED IN LATE-SEPTEMBER. 

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AN OHIO MAN IS FACING CHARGES OF INDECENT ASSAULT TODAY STEMMING FROM AN INCIDENT EARLIER THIS MONTH.  STATE POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON JUNE 8TH WHEN 26-YEAR OLD DANIEL PALADINO OF NORTHFIELD, OHIO INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHED A 21-YEAR OLD WILCOX WOMAN WHEN SHE WAS GIVING HIM A RIDE HOME FROM A LOCAL BAR. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, ELK COUNTY FIRE CONTINUES TODAY.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY EVENING ABOUT 10:30 ON WEIKAL LANE AT A SEASONAL RESIDENCE OWNED BY 67-YEAR OLD PATRICIA GOLD OF GREENVILLE.  THE FIRE DESTROYED THE 2-STORY HOME.  TOTAL DAMAGES ARE AROUND 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO NAIL DOWN A CAUSE FOR THE FIRE. 

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AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF A CLEARFIELD COUNTY FIRE THAT DESTROYED A VACANT HOME OVER THE WEEKEND.  IT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 2 SATURDAY MORNING ON LYNN STREET IN THE VILLAGE OF MADERA IN BIGLER TOWNSHIP.  THE STRUCTURE, OWNED BY 81-YEAR OLD RICHARD ADAM OF MADERA, WAS A COMPLETE LOSS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. 

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A BOYERS MAN IS CHARGED TODAY IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALTERCATION THAT HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY IN FOREST COUNTY.  POLICE SAY 24-YEAR OLD DEREK OVERLY AND A 22-YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM TIONESTA WERE INVOLVED IN A VERBAL ARGUMENT THAT TURNED PHYSICAL.  OVERLY WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY CAUSING VISIBLE INJURIES TO THE FEMALE.  HE WAS REMANDED TO CLARION COUNTY JAIL. 

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ERIE DIOCESE BISHOP EMERITUS DONALD TRAUTMAN IS DENYING ALLEGATIONS THAT HE KNEW OF SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT WAS TAKING PLACE WHEN HE WAS SERVING IN THE BUFFALO DIOCESE.  TRAUTMAN ISSUED A STATEMENT FRIDAY DENYING THAT HE HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE THAT FORMER PRIEST FATHER MICHAEL FREEMAN WAS SEXUALLY ABUSING 50-YEAR OLD JAMES BOTTLINGER.  BOTTLINGER ACCUSED TRAUTMAN LAST WEEK OF COVERING UP THE CRIME. 

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A PORT ALLEGANY MAN IS RECOVERING FROM MINOR INJURIES AFTER A SATURDAY EVENING ACCIDENT IN KEATING TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ABOUT 6:45 ON ROUTE 6, WEST OF PUMP STATION ROAD WHEN 49-YEAR OLD GREGORY FALK LOST CONTROL OF HIS MOTORCYCLE AND WRECKED.  HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO OLEAN GENERAL HOSPTIAL FOR EVALUATION.

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A CLEARFIELD COUNTY MAN WILL SPEND THE NEXT 2 TO 5 YEARS BEHIND BARS ON DRUG CHARGES.  40-YEAR OLD MARCUS WALTMON PLEADED GUILTY IN 2 SEPARATE CASES TO FELONY CHARGES.  WALTMON WAS A PASSENGER IN A CAR THAT WAS STOPPED IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR IN WHICH THE OCCUPANTS HAD MARIJUANA.  THEN, IN OCTOBER, HE WAS ARRESTED AGAIN FOR POSSESSING MORE OF THE DRUG. 

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IT’S LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STAR SEASON ONCE AGAIN!  IF THIS YEAR IS ANYTHING LIKE LAST YEAR, WE’RE IN FOR A FUN RIDE.  THE ELK MCKEAN 15 & 16-YEAR OLD ALL-STARS OPEN PLAY TONIGHT IN THE DISTRICT PLAYOFFS AGAINST THE DUBOIS ALL-STARS IN JOHNSONBURG.  WE HAVE COVERAGE ON 97.5 THE HOUND STARTING ABOUT 5:50, WEATHER PERMITTING. 

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AREA RESIDENTS ARE BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF ASSESSING ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY FLOOD WATERS OVERNIGHT.  THE HEAVY RAINS ON TOP OF ALREADY SATURATED GROUND MADE FOR QUITE A BIT OF EXTRA WATER IN THE AREA.  FLOOD WATERS ARE EXPECTED TO LESSEN THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING, BUT WILL STILL BE A HAZARD. 

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A CYCLONE MAN IS FACING SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER AN ASSAULT WEDNESDAY EVENING IN KEATING TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY.  POLICE SAY 51-YEAR OLD DONALD PETERSON ASSAULTED HIS STEP-MOTHER AND FATHER AT A HOME ON ROUTE 646, CAUSING INJURIES TO BOTH VICTIMS.  HIS FATHER WAS TRANSPORTED TO BRADFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT OF A FRACTURED HIP.  PETERSON WAS SENT TO THE MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL.

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