Frosty Morning on Fishing Creek
Sunday’s high, 43; Overnight low, 28; 1.5” snow + 1.01 inches of rain over weekend
MON-MOSTLY SUNNY, WINDY HIGH IN THE LOW 40s
MON NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW IN THE LOW 20s
TUE-DRY, HIGH IN THE LOW 50s
TUE NIGHT-RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS,
WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH IN THE MID 30s
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BFB Headlines (Monday November 20, 2017)Bear hunters should be aided by snowfall…..”Click it or Ticket” campaign underway…PSP offering child safety seat checks..Potter County official reports opioid abuse increases…Items stolen from 17 storage units in Elk County..firewood also stolen….St. Marys woman arrested for shoplifting at Walmart…car vandalism investigated in Emporium…Bellefonte man arrested on drug charges in Cameron County….Next on-air report after 12:06pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
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Pennsylvania’s four day bear season continues today and runs through Wednesday afternoon. Bear hunters in the region will no doubt be aided in tracking with a snowfall of an inch or more Sunday afternoon and evening. The Game Commission estimates Pennsylvania’s bear population at around 20,000, a high-water mark the population has held for the past two seasons, despite substantial harvests. In 2015, hunters took 3,748 bears, the third-best harvest ever. Pennsylvania’s all-time largest bear harvest occurred in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested. It was the first year the current four-day statewide firearms bear season format was used.
The national “Click It or Ticket” campaign occurs November 20- December 3, 2. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine. Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting high visibility enforcement and, as part of this Troopers certified as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians will be conducting free car seat fitting stations. At these fitting stations, caregivers can have their car seats checked for suitability and can receive instruction in the proper installation of car seats and harnessing of children in those seats.
Check stations will be held this week at:
The Penn Dot building in Ridgway from 3p-7p Tuesday
Emporium fire hall from 3p-7p Tuesday
McKean County EMA building on Route 6, Smethport Wednesday from 3p-7p.
Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania’s primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle.
Also, drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years-old or older are required to buckle up
During a presentation to Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover. Colleen Wilber, director of drug and alcohol services for the county, confirmed that abuse of opioids – including heroin – has eclipsed alcohol in referrals to her agency Wilber said while alcohol abuse remains a serious problem. There has been a significant increase in heroin overdoses in Potter County, some of them fatal.
Wilber pointed out that a larger proportion of clients than ever, some 89 percent, are being referred by the criminal justice system for addiction assessment and treatment. Others are through self-reporting or are being referred by Children and Youth Services. While opioid use and abuse is pervasive, she added, her office has noticed an increase in the diagnosis of methamphetamine as a primary drug of choice, as well as a consistent rate of chronic marijuana use. Wilber detailed a series of steps her agency and the legal system have been taking to address addiction issues, ranging from treatment courts and evidenced-based school programs, to prescription take-back boxes and making more effective use of data collection and analysis.
State police in Ridgway are investigating some recent thefts in Elk County .Burglars broke into 17 storage units on Shawmut Road in Horton Township on the weekend of November 4 and stole multiple items. And, several pieces of cut/split firewood were stolen from property on Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township last Friday afternoon. The wood was owned by Joseph Lewis of Ridgway. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6136.
Tricia Ann Joshnick, 28 of St. Marys was arrested for retail theft Saturday afternoon. According to troopers in Ridgway, Joshnick took $74.41 worth of merchandise from the Walmart Supercenter without paying for the items.
A criminal mischief taking place between 6:45pm Friday and 3:00 am Saturday remains under investigation by state police at Emporium. Vandals kicked a large dent into the left rear fender of a vehicle owned by Penny Carter while it was parked at her home on E. Second Street in that town.
Drug charges are pending against a 26 year old Bellefonte man who was riding in a speeding car on Sizerville Road in Portage Township on the evening of November 4. State police say the defendant was a passenger in a car which was pulled over for speeding. Authorities claim they smelled marijuana and alcohol in the vehicle and claim ¾ oz. of pot, marijuana wax, unidentified pills and paraphernalia were found after a consent search. They further allege the passenger admitted the items were his. The driver was arrested for speeding.