Monday’s high, 44; Overnight low, 29;.64” rain + .125” of snow
TUE-ISOLATED SNOW SHOWERS, MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH MID 30s
TUE NIGHT-OVERCAST, LOW UPPER 20s
WED-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH UPPER 40s-LOW 50s
WED NIGHT-SHOWERS LOW TO MID 40s
THU-SUN RETURNS, HIGH MID 40s
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There is some good news coming out of Harrisburg, finally PennDOT has announced that traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a new low in 2017, dropping to 1,137, the lowest since record keeping began in 1928, and 51 less than 2016.
While the number of highway deaths dropped in many types of crashes, there were significant decreases noted in impaired driver, pedestrian, and unrestrained fatalities. Fatalities in impaired driver crashes dropped from 341 in 2016 to 246 in 2017. Unrestrained fatalities also decreased from 408 in 2016 to 378 last year. There were 150 pedestrian deaths in crashes in 2017 compared to 172 in 2016.
Aside from the year-to- year decline, longer term trends also continue to decrease. For example, compared to 2013, there were 71 fewer total traffic deaths, 203 fewer deaths in crashes involving impaired drivers, and 47 fewer unrestrained deaths.
There were some types of crashes which saw fatality increases in 2017. There were 153 fatalities that occurred in crashes involving drivers aged 75 years or older, up from 132 in 2016. Also, fatalities in red-light running crashes increased to 35 from 28 in 2016. Finally, fatalities in work zone crashes increased from 16 to 19.
The department also recently unveiled additional enhancements to its Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool (PCIT) website, www.dotcrashinfo.pa.gov which uses reportable crash data from law enforcement to assist in reviewing this data. Users can now select a geographic location using a map by using a drawing feature that helps select a specific geographic area, like a public neighborhood, school or other geographic area, so that the map displays the reportable crashes for the selected location.
In addition, from 2013 to 2017, PennDOT has invested more than $395 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds on 458 unique safety projects. During that same timeframe, another $50 million was invested in low-cost safety improvements at approximately 3,600 locations. Examples of low-cost safety countermeasures include centerline and edge-line rumble strips, and signing and pavement markings. PennDOT also invests about $20 million annually in federal grant funds for safety education and enforcement efforts statewide.
More information on highway safety and PennDOT’s safety initiatives is available at www.penndot.gov/safety.
Potter County announces the launch of thenew CodeRED community notification system to send important alerts and time-sensitive messages to staff members and residents. Along with emergency and critical messages, the CodeRED notification system can also enhance our community engagement via the release of important emergency.
Potter County chose CodeRED for its innovative features, user-friendly platform, and wide spread adoption rates across the country,” said County Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Dunn. “Their company-owned redundant data centers help ensure our data is safe and that messages are delivered quickly to thousands of individuals within minutes. We’re excited to expand our communication channels with residents to include text, phone, email and social media platforms, from anywhere, providing the information they need-to-know to make better informed decisions.”
Registration for this notification service is customized, allowing residents to choose which alerts they’d like to sign up for and their preferred manner of receipt. Residents can select several different methods including landline, cell phone, email, text message, TTY, or even a combination. These alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, so individuals within affected areas are sure to receive this valuable information.
The benefits of using CodeRED don’t just pertain to our residents, as staff members will also use the system to communicate emergency information with one another. This will help us ensure our emergency response and daily operations are even more efficient.
Additionally, residents and visitors alike can keep track of alerts in our County with the CodeRED Mobile App, which notifies smartphone holders of real-time alerts in the area. Similar to the online registration, users choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app. Authorized County personnel will have access to the CodeRED Launcher – an app that allows authorized public safety officials to create and send messages on the go from any smartphone or tablet within seconds, without requiring a computer.
All residents are encouraged to visit the Potter County website at www.pottercounty pa.net to sign up for CodeRED and immediately start receiving these informative, life-saving alerts. Once connected to the County website, choose Emergency Services under the Departments tab and scroll down and click on the CodeRED box.
For more information on the CodeRED notification system or registration, please contact Potter County EMC Glenn Dunn at 814-274-8900 Ext#501
Construction for a Route 346 (Derrick Road) bridge in McKean County has been postponed. The bridge spans Foster Brook in Foster Township according to PennDot.Replacement work was previously scheduled to begin the week of April 9. Construction is now expected to begin the week of May 1 and be complete in October. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.
A Williamsport man has been arrested for disorderly conduct and creating a hazardous condition in Mansfield. State police in that twon report 36 year old Scott Hoover committed the crime against 32 year old Brittany Garrison of Pittsburgh while they were on Main Street at around 1:30 Sunday moring.
Troopers at the Kane barracks have charged 20 year old Cameron Abbey of Smethport for burglarizing a home on Route 446 in Keating TWonship between 12:00 am and 5:30 pm Sunday. Authorities claim Abbey went into the home of a 27 yer old woman and stole a number of items including a 42: TV, an Xbox 1, camera , lamp and chain saw. Following apprehension and arraignment, Abbey was committed to the McKean County Jail awaiting further court action.
Minor injuries were reported for a Mansfield woman whose car hydroplaned on Bailey Creek Road at around 7:45 am Monday. State police explained Heather Tice was going north on the water covered road when she braked to miss a deer. The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic slid off the road and hit a tree before stopping Tice was taken by ambulance to Arnot Medical Center and was cited for speeding.
State police there have charged 21 year old Lindsey Harper of Wellsboro for failing to notify authorities about a crash with property damage. Cops allege Harper was driving an Hyundai Elantra on Annas Road in Delmar Township late Friday night when the SUV skidded for about 150feet before sliding down an embankment where the right side came to rest against a tree. Harper reportedly left the scene after the 11:30 pm collision.
Mary Jane Snyder, 87, of Smethport, passed away Friday (April 13, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.She was born July 27, 1930 in Clermont, PA, a daughter of Willard E. and Mary M. Rice Rounsville, Sr. On August 1, 1948, in Smethport, she married Walter B. Snyder, who died May 19, 2004.
Mrs. Snyder attended Clermont schools and had worked in housekeeping at the Hamlin Bank for many years. She also worked at Lakeview Sr. Care & Living Center in Smethport and was co-owner of the Cyclone Service Station.
She was a member of United Methodist Church of Smethport. Mary Jane was a home-body and loved to watch Westerns on television.She is survived by:two daughters: Audrey Irons of Gifford and Mary Brown of St. Petersburg, FL one son: John Snyder of Smethport. four granddaughters and two grandsons,.two great granddaughters and five great grandsons,two great-great granddaughters,one sister: Virginia Canfield of Smethport,one brother: Richard C. Rounsville of Smethport, and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
Visitation was held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services were held on Tuesday at 11 A.M. with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Smethport, Church and King St., Smethport, PA 16749. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.
Janet L. Barmer, 84, formerly of formerly of Duke Center and Eldred, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Pavilion at BRMC.Born April 8, 1934 in Duke Center, she was a daughter of the late Burrell Leslie and Martha Elizabeth (Stewart) Fox.Janet married Rotha R. Barmer who died on November 7, 1992.She was a self-employed private duty home healthcare worker at for many families in the Duke Center and Eldred area. She also helped raise many children in the Duke Center area.Janet loved to crochet, and spent many hours making lap robes, for people in the nursing homes, and baby blankets and bonets for the maternity ward. She also enjoyed to garden and cook for her friends.Surviving are three daughters, Shelly (Bob) Wheeler, of Smethport, Sherry (Steven) Sadowski, of WI, and Debbie Barmer, of Duke Center, one son, Robert (Kelly) Barmer, of Lewis Run, four grandchildren, Dustin Krott, Cody Krott, Nathan Krott, and Allison Krott, one sister, Patricia (George) Pascarella, of Bradford, one nephew and three nieces. he was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters in infancy.Services are private at the convenience of family at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Pavilion & BRMC. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com