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A  Bradford County resident  who was involved in a one-vehicle accident around 7:30 on last Sunday morning on State Route 6 in Troy Township has been turned over to immigration and Customs enforcement agents. State police  say that 22 year old Hector Villanueva fell asleep at the wheel of the 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche he was driving striking a utility pole then going down an embankment and while interviewing him, they determined he was in the country illegally.




The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Ridgway, continue their investigation of a robbery that occurred in Jay Township, Elk County, Pennsylvania. 

On Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 8:43 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the Bennetts Valley Pharmacy through the front door.  He was brandishing a folding knife, dull gray in color.  He jumped over the front counter and grabbed the cashier.  He then demanded money from the cash register.  The unknown suspect also removed additional currency from underneath the front counter.  He then fled the building through the front door. No description of the suspect was available but police say he was wearing light colored blue jeans, dark blue hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask and brown colored boots .  A cash reward is also offered for information leading to an arrest for a homicide that occurred between April 10 and April 12, 2010, in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. The case is being investigated by Ridgway-based state police.


The victim’s, James Wayne Shugar and Victoria Lynn Shugar, both age 61, were found shot to death in their home located in Brockway, Snyder Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.  They were the owners and operators of Flowers and More, located on Main Street in Brockway.  The victims were last believed to be alive on Saturday, April 10, 2010, and were discovered on Monday, April 12, 2010. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on either of these incidents or any serious crime or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.




 Motorists statewide will soon hear important safety messages from high school students as PennDOT today released the winning entries of its second annual “Drive Safe PA” radio public service announcement contest, held in conjunction with National Youth Traffic Safety Month. The 11 winning entries, one in each PennDOT engineering district, focused on unsafe driving behaviors such as distracted driving, not buckling up, and impaired and aggressive driving. Contest winners were notified in April and recently traveled to Harrisburg to have their PSAs professionally recorded. The winning entries can be heard on PennDOT’s highway safety website, www.DriveSafePA.org.  

Several of the winning PSAs focused on distracted driving and specifically on talking on a cell phone or texting while behind the wheel. Although there are many different driver distractions, such as eating, tuning the radio and interacting with passengers, cell phones distract the driver in three different ways: visually, taking their eyes off the road; manually, taking their hands off the wheel; and cognitively, taking mental focus away from the task of driving.


Over the past five years in Pennsylvania, there have been nearly 122,000 crashes involving 16- to 19-year-old drivers that resulted in more than 1,000 deaths. Although more than one factor may contribute to a crash, statistics show that driver distractions are major contributing factors. Driver distractions contributed to nearly 10 percent of crashes involving 16- to 19-year-old drivers in the past five years.



With the important safety messages of the PSAs in mind, PennDOT offers the following safety tips to young drivers:


  • Always wear your seat belt.

  • Do not drink and drive; all drinking under the age of 21 is illegal.

  • Avoid all driver distractions.

  • Obey the speed limit; driving too fast gives you less time to react.

  • Plan ahead; know where you are going and get directions.

  • Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get there.

  • Expect the unexpected.


PennDOT also reminds parents and guardians that adult supervision is a critical component of keeping young drivers safe, as they have the ability to best assess the young driver’s knowledge, skills and maturity. While this is a focus when the young driver has a learner’s permit, this responsibility continues even after he/she becomes licensed. Parents and guardians should:


·         Set a good example by avoiding unsafe driving behaviors.

·         Start talking with your teen about safe driving skills before they turn 16.

·         Establish a parent/teen driving contract.

·         Encourage your young driver to avoid distractions behind the wheel.

·         Limit the number of passengers allowed in the vehicle of your young driver.

  • Do not allow your teen to talk or text on a cell phone while driving.  

·         Limit dawn, dusk and nighttime driving until the young driver gathers more experience.

  • Enforce a curfew.

  • Gradually increase the amount of time and distance your teen is allowed to drive.

  • Enforce observance of speed limits and other rules of the road.

  • Ride with your young driver occasionally to monitor driving skills.


Additional safety tips and resources are available by selecting the Young Driver link under the “Traffic Safety Information Center” at www.DriveSafePA.org


Winners in District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Potter counties):Robert Jones and Brandon Savage – DuBois Area High School, Clearfield County and in District 3 (Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties): Brittany Colton and Erica Route – Canton Junior/Senior High School, Bradford County., Fayette County.  Matt Shadle, a student at Galeton Area High School was the District 2 winner last year.