Monday July 27, 2020

Sunday’s high, 86;  Overnight low 55

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF A POP UP SHOWER THIS AFTERNOON, BREEZY A HIGH of 87

WIDESPREAD RAIN TONIGHT LOW S 67.

TOMORROW, CHANCE OF MORNING SHOWERS THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, A LITTLE COOLER HIGH  81

OVERNIGHT LOW 59.

 WEDNESDAY PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A HIGH OF 80

AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 50.

Transparency act becomes law without Governor’s signature…Virus cases move up slightly in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area…Kane woman bilked out of $2500 in internet scam….Warren man accused of pointing BB gun at a Port Allegany man in Potter County….Bradford fire was arson….Ridgway man charged with child endangerment after he allowed two children to repeatedly walk across a the roof on a second story house…..

 

Approximately 158 Tri-County Co-0p members on Fishing Creek were in the dark for about two hours and 27 minutes last night. The outage which began at 7:03 pm was caused by a tree coming in contact with an electric line according a co-op spokesman.

Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) says transparency legislation, House Bill 2463, which unanimously passed the Legislature, will become law without the governor’s signature.The law requires state agencies to answer the public’s questions submitted through Right-to-Know (RTK) requests, as prescribed by law, during state of emergency declarations.

In response to the bill becoming law, Grove, the author of the bill, issued the following statement:

“For the past week or so, Gov. Tom Wolf has touted his reasons why he would veto House Bill 2463, all of which were debunked. At the same time, numerous stakeholders, such as newspapers, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, and members of the House and Senate vocally raised their concerns on what a veto would mean for transparency in the Commonwealth. It would have meant the administration and state agencies under its umbrella could ignore valid questions from the public and the press.

“House Bill 2463 has a simple goal: To ensure the public has a route to hold its government accountable, even in times when a state of emergency declaration has been declared. A crisis is no reason for elected officials to ignore questions from the public.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 26, that there are 800 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 107,425. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area there was an increase of one in Tioga County which now has 34;  Elk has 39; McKean 26; Potter 20; and Cameron is holding at 5. Across the border in neighboring  New York State  Cattaraugus County now has 151 cases and Allegany  is holding at 74.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh  is reporting an increase of 133 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 148 cases.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 19 and July 25 is 156,316 with 6,384 positive cases. There were 17,542 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 25. These results represent the total number of tests administered.There are 7,118 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Health officials say consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 

There are 641 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 1,028,776 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,134 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,818 cases among employees, for a total of 22,952 at 829 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean Counties.  Out of the  total deaths, 4,851 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,939 the total cases are in health care workers.

Coudersport based State Police have arrested 31 year old Brian Bunce  of Warren for terroristic threats allegedly committed last Wednesday a little before 3am at 153 Angel Lane in Sweden Township.  Police claim that an investigation revealed that Bunce  pointed a silver and tan bb gun at 21 year old Roy Nickerson of Port Allegany. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats,  harassment, and disorderly conduct.

Troopers are also investigating a report of harassment involving a 12 year old female victim on Hyde’s Road in Shinglehouse  last Monday afternoon, no further information was released.

The state police fire marshal has discovered  that a fire at 7 Greens Court in the city of Bradford last week was intentionally set. The exterior of the wood frame garage was ignited at several locations the fire self extinguished. The damage was discovered by the owner Cyril Emerson age 79 of Bradford. Damages totaled less than $1,000. The location of the incident across the street from a previous act of arson involving a vacant residential dwelling at 62 State Street, which occurred on March 4.  The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call the state police fire marshal or Ridgeway barracks 814-776-6136.

Troopers at Ridgway  are looking for the driver of a vehicle, which caused some damage in Fox Township last Thursday evening.  The unknown southbound vehicle failed to negotiate the left curve,  went off the road;  struck  and damaged a fence at 115 Kemmer Road. The driver fled the scene without  notifying the property owner or police.

Francis McCarran, 45 of  Ridgway, has been cited for endangering the welfare of a child. According to state police there when  they investigated an incident taking place last Saturday July 18 they determined while McCarren was watching a six year old boy and a six year old girl from Forge, Pennsylvania, they gained access to a second story roof of the residence.  And for about an hour ran back and forth across the roof.  Charges are being filed in District Court.

And troopers  at Ridgway are also looking for a Ridgway man who has disappeared from his residence. 60 year old Brian Trumbull  has not been located since he was reported missing Friday, July 17. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814-776-6136.

A 38 year old Kersey man whose name was not released by state police at Ridgway is being charged with terroristic threats in connection to a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place last Thursday at a home on Fairview Road in  Fox township He  is also facing charges of disorderly conduct.

Mansfield base State Police have arrested two teenagers for physical harassment in connection to a fight taking place last Friday night on Bucktail  Road in Richmond Township Tioga  County.  Troopers say that a 15 year old girl from Towanda  threw a water bottle hitting a 16 year old Elmira, New York girl in the right knee. Then she allegedly pushed the victim with both hands after which the Elmira girl pushed the Towanda  girl with two hands and punched her in the chest.  They are  both facing charges in district Court.

State police at Kane report a 71 year old Kane woman has been bilked out of  $2,500.An alleged Amazon employee requested  the victim provide multiple gift card numbers to receive access to her Amazon shopping cart. Police advise the public to be aware of specific scams requesting personal information and $2500 in multiple gift cards were involved.

A 45 year old Mt. Jewett man has been cited for harassment for an incident allegedly occurring on July 20 on Jo Jo Road when the suspect allegedly committed the crime against a 36 year old Kane woman

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing to investigate a reported Cruelty to Animals occurring on Main Street at Oil Valley Road in Otto Township. no further information was released.

A  harassment victimizing a 54 year old Smethport woman remains under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run.  Through their investigation, they  determined that a known suspect whose name they did not release committed the crime for no legitimate purpose.

A 23 year old Gifford woman told state police that her roommate sexually assaulted and raped her during the afternoon of June 2 at a home on Airport Road in Lafayette Township. The male  suspect’s name has not been released.

A theft occurring along in Liberty Township McKean County is under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. Sometime last Wednesday.  Thieves stole  wood and doors from a barn located outside a home on the North Brooklynside Road. evidence indicated evidence was documented at the scene and the investigation continues

A hit and run occurring  last Wednesday on East Main Street in Mount Jewett Borough is under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run.  An unknown vehicle damaged a traffic sign and pieces of a suspected vehicle were found on the highway. Through further investigation. It was determined that a black vehicle struck the traffic sign causing extensive front end damage, and then left the scene heading west on Route 6 without notifying authorities.

 

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Friday July 24, 2020

 

Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 65

MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES TODAY A HIGH OF 81

MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT LOW 69.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW. HIGH OF 83.

MOSTLY CLEAR. TOMORROW NIGHT LOW OF 60.

SUNDAY MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF 85.

 

 Possible West Nile Virus detected in Potter County….slight increase in Covid-19 cases in region…Coudersport store customer accused of indecent exposure…Tires stolen off of message boards in Hebron Township……Stove, refrigerator and copper pipes stolen from Homer Township camp….Construction debris dumped along Swede Hill Road in Duncan Township, Tioga County…

Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2020 has been detected in a Potter County resident. Samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.

Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in five counties.

The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.

Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:

Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.

Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.

Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.

Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove standing water from pool covers.

Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products, which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October.

For a fact sheet on WNV, including symptoms, please click on the Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Fact Sheet.

For more information, including current WNV test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit www.dep.pa.gov/westnile, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit www.health.pa.gov or www.dep.pa.gov or follow Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection on Facebook and Twitter (@PAHealthDept, @PennsylvaniaDEP).

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 23, that there are 962 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 104,358. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, the cases continue to inch upward. Tioga County has 33 McKean, 26, Potter 20,  Elk 38 and Cameron 5. Cases in neighboring New York State counties are 148 in Cattaraugus County and 72 in Allegany County.  Allegheny County, Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 147 cases, and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 311 cases.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 147 cases, and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 311 cases. Since there was no data reported from Philadelphia yesterday, the number of new cases is a culmination of cases from the past two days.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 16 and July 22 is 147,837 with 5,731 positive cases. There were 19,626 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 22. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,079 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 16 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 637 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 981,259 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

 

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,892 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,707 cases among employees, for a total of 22,599 at 804 distinct facilities in 60 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,829 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.

Approximately 7,752 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Coudersport are continuing to investigate and indecent exposure allegedly occurring at the Dollar General on East Second Street. Just after noon on July 5, Troopers  say that a suspect was purchasing items when he exposed himself to the cashier and charges are pending in District Court.

State police at investigating the theft of vehicle parts from Steer Brook in Hebron Township. Monday afternoon. Two tires were taken off of one of the orange trailers that holds the message board for a construction zone. Anyone with information about that theft is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 274 8690.

A Cruelty to Animals incident occurring at 19 blackberry lane in new Eulalia Township Potter County is also under investigation by State Police as the Coudersport barracks  They discovered a black dog in poor health, malnourished and in lack of adequate shelter.  The case remains open pending further investigation. According to the police, a 46 year old Galeton man has been arrested for drug possession. After troopers conducted a traffic stop on Route 6 in Pike Township on the evening of July 12, while talking to the suspect who was on a black 2007 Harley Davidson, they allegedly found he was in possession of marijuana and they add indicators of impairment were observed. He was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.

A camp burglary occurring at Williams Lane in Homer Township, Potter County is also being probed by state police.  Sometime since July 3 thieves took copper pipes valued at $3,000, a stove and washing machine, each valued at $250 from a camp owned by Edwin Szewczyk  of Ely, Nevada. A truck  driver escaped in a one-vehicle crash occurring Monday morning on the Gold Road  in Ulysses Township, Ryan Brown of Shinglehouse was going south on Route 449.when his Peterbilt, entered  an active work zone.  While traveling  through the work zone, the right trailer tires went onto  the right shoulder where the slid  into a shallow ditch, running parallel to the shoulder, causing the unit to roll over onto its side where it came to rest. The driver was not hurt.

A  20 year old Mansfield woman was hurt in a collision occurring Monday evening on Route 6 in Charleston Township Tioga County.  Police say that the collision occurred when a Ford Explorer was turning left onto the Dart Settlement Road just as Elizabeth Scafid  was passing in the left lane, the Ford Explorer struck Scafidi’s Suzuki Aerio, causing it to spin off the road and into a ditch before rolling over onto its roof. She was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and  Sailors  hospital. Police did not release the name of the other driver.

Thursday July 23, 2020

 

 

Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 57; .07” of rain

CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TODAY A HIGH OF 85.

THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT AS LOW AS 64.

THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW HIGH 86.

CLOUDS INCREASING TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 62

SATURDAY MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF 87

AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 61.

Rep. Owlett urges Gov. Wolf to sign transparency bill….Covid cases hold steady in region….two people arrested for shoveng each other during Elk County argument…..

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to sign a bill that would ensure Right-to-Know requests are handled promptly during declared disaster emergencies.House Bill 2463 was introduced in response to the governor’s decision to give his office and others in state government a pass when it comes to responding to such requests from the media, public and state lawmakers. The bill passed both chambers unanimously.“Now more than ever, Pennsylvanians deserve openness and transparency from their state government. Our citizens know that. Every member of the House and Senate – regardless of political party – knows that,” Owlett said. “Apparently the governor is the only one who thinks it’s OK to keep Pennsylvanians in the dark about the data and information he and his administration use to make decisions about our schools, our businesses, our families and our lives.“Gov. Wolf needs to do the right thing and sign this bill immediately,” he said.House Bill 2463 specifically prohibits the governor from directing a Commonwealth agency to ignore requests for records or suspend the agency’s process to answer a request for records during a disaster declaration. Agencies would also be prohibited from suspending their processes and could find themselves in court if they fail to respond.“The governor’s claims that the bill would require release of a person’s health information or a business’s intellectual property are nothing more than excuses. The Right-to-Know law prohibits the release of that type of information and this bill will not change that,” Owlett said. “Do the right thing, governor, and sign the bill.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 22, that there are 631 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 103,396. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area is holding steady except for Tioga County which has gone up to 33. Elk County has 38; McKean 25; Potter, 19; and Cameron, 5. Across the border in NY state, Cattaraugus has 147 and Allegany County has 72.

The data does not include data from Philadelphia, as that data was not received by the department. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 15 and July 21 is 148,209 with 6,094 positive cases. There were 21,776 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 21. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

 

There are 7,063 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths reported.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 637 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 968,081 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,675 cases among employees, for a total of 22,161 at 797 distinct facilities in 60 counties including McKean and Elk. Out of the total deaths, 4,829 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,682 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Ridgway have arrested a 50 year old man from that town and a 26 year old woman also from Ridgway on physical harassment charges following a domestic violence incident occurring yesterday afternoon at Ofneski Road in that town. Authorities say that the pair became involved in an argument and pushed and shoved each other. A victim is listed as a 24 year old Ridgway woman. The suspects were cited in District Court for harassment

State Police at Ridgway did not release the name of the driver of a Honda CRV, which wrecked on Water Street extension in Ridgway Township Tuesday afternoon. The driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the car to cross both lanes of the highway, go off the north side and strike a culvert where it became disabled.  However, it was pulled from the scene and the driver was cited in connection to that crash but the name was not released.

Apparently there were no injuries and a Kane driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring Tuesday night on the Old Kane Road in Jones Township, Elk County,  19 year old Mitchell Ostrander was going west. when his Ford Fiesta failed to negotiate a left hand curve went off the road and struck a ditch where it became disabled. He’s been cited for speeding and connection to that crash. He was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury.