Wednesday, February 20, 2018

Black Forest Express

 

 

Tuesday’s high, 30; Overnight low, 18
WED-SNOW, HEAVY AT TIMES, THEN FREEZING RAIN/SLEET HIGH 33
WED NIGHT-FREEZING RAIN/SLEET LOW 28
THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, WARMER HIGH 28
THU NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 36
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 47
FRI NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 36

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Travel restricted on  several PA highways including at least one in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area……Many residents remember Kane policeman who was gunned down 20 years ago tonight…Senate Democrats propose plan to reduce gun violence….Truck tires slashed in Tioga County…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Turnpike are advising motorists to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions as a storm brings snow and ice statewide today and tonight. Due to potential snowfall and anticipated sleet or freezing rain along with balancing needs for goods movement, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike are implementing phased restrictions through the storm. Depending on conditions, restrictions may be expanded or reduced.

– Due to winter weather conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has temporarily reduced speed limits on a number of roadways in the north central region.

– Due to winter weather conditions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has temporarily reduced speed limits on a number of roadways in the north central region.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must drive should expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph on the following roads:

I-80 in Clearfield, Centre, and Clinton counties;

I-99 from the PA Turnpike in Bedford through Centre County;

Route 219 in Clearfield, Elk, and McKean counties;

Route 322 in Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata counties;

These speed restrictions will be in place until further notice. PennDOT will issue an update when the restrictions are lifted.

Although PennDOT crews are treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must drive should expect reduced speed limits of 45 mph on the following roads:

I-80 in Clearfield, Centre, and Clinton counties;

I-99 from the PA Turnpike in Bedford through Centre County;

Route 219 in Clearfield, Elk, and McKean counties;

Route 322 in Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata counties;

These speed restrictions will be in place until further notice. PennDOT will issue an update when the restrictions are lifted.

Although PennDOT crews are treating roadways, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

At 6:00 AM Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban (including buses) was  in place on I-70 in Fulton County (from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike) and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.Also at 6:00 AM Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:

empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;

all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);

tractors hauling empty trailers;

any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;

all motorcycles; and

all recreational vehicles and RVs.

At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from I-81 to I-95 (Exit 43);

I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);

I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;

I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey state line;

I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line;

I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;

I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;

I-176;

I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;

I-276; PA Turnpike

I-283;

I-295;

I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80;

I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);

I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid County (exit 20) to Clarks Summit (exit 131);

I-676;

Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and

Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45-mph speed restriction may be in place on all roadways with vehicle restrictions at least during those timeframes and may be implemented sooner and on non-vehicle-restricted roadways as well.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.

Long before police killings sadly became routine, during a seemingly-routine traffic stop for speeding.in the early morning hours of February 20, 1999,Kane Patrolman Steven M. Jerman’s life was cut short. His life was ended after being shot by the driver of the car. Even after being fatally wounded by a bullet, Patrolman Jerman heroically returned fire. It would later be reported by those involved in the investigation that, by returning fire, he identified his killer for the investigators. His legacy continues to live on as his name has come to be synonymous with heroic bravery. McKean County DA Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer issued a statement in which she said, “We recognize and honor members of law enforcement and their families for the sacrifices they make every day and, on this day and every other, we remember and honor Officer Steven Jerman and pray for his family. On behalf of the District Attorney’s Office and members of law enforcement throughout McKean County, I express our gratitude and vow to never forget what occurred 20 years ago.” Timothy James Williams of Coudersport, the driver of the vehicle, was convicted of the shooting death and is serving 22 t 47 years in a state prison for third degree murder.

Williams, 19 years old in 1999, was wounded when Jerman returned fire before dying at the scene. Williams was accompanied by a young Coudersport couple in the back seat of his car. His defense counsel tried unsuccessfully to pin the crime on them.

On the anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on ways to prevent gun violence in Pennsylvania. Testifiers included experts and activists who talked about policies and innovations in other states that have contributed to a drop in gun violence where implemented.
Senator Santarsiero has introduced two bills, one of which would require gun owners to store their guns in a safe or secure them with a gun lock or an electronic device, like a fingerprint scanner, if they live with someone who cannot legally possess a gun. The other bill would mandate one of the same safeguards for firearms not in an owner’s “direct control” — on their person or an equivalent short distance.
Senator Wayne Fontana of Allegheny County has reintroduced legislation that would empower families and police officers to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is a threat to themselves or others. In cases where there is documented evidence that someone is threatening harm to themselves or others, Fontana’s bill (Senate Bill 293) would empower a county common pleas court to suspend an individual’s access to firearms for up to a year. These proposed Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) would require such individuals to immediately surrender their guns to police. The ERPO would also prohibit them from buying, selling or possessing firearms during the suspension. In issuing an ERPO, the judge could also refer the person in crisis for evaluation to ensure that they get the help they need. During the suspension period, the subject could request a hearing to have the ERPO rescinded. Once the suspension period ends, a hearing would be held to determine if the ERPO should be lifted or renewed.

A criminal mischief taking place between 1:30 am and 3:00 am Sunday in Tioga Township is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. During that brief period of time, someone slashed all four tires on a 2012 Dodge Ram owned by Travis Deacon of Tioga, PA. Damage is estimated to be $1300.

Tuesday February 19, 2018

Black Forest Express

Monday’s high, 30; Overnight low, minus 1; .50 “ of snow
TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 28
TUE NIGHT-CLOUDS MOVE IN, LOW OF 23
WED-MORNING SNOW THEN SLEET & FREEZING RAIN HIGH 35
WED NIGHT-SLEET & FREEZING RAIN, LOW 23
THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 38

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 Local political season is underway…..Another super moon visits the area Inmate  damages camera at McKean County jail….sharp objects placed in Tioga County driveway….last week’s storm contributed to Tioga County accidents….

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A sure sign that Spring is really around the corner is the start of the local political season. Today is the first day that candidates can circulate petitions for . Registered voters will be selecting their party’s nominees for borough council member, township supervisor, township/borough auditor and school director, as well as county offices of prothonotary/clerk of courts, register of wills/recorder of deeds, sheriff, treasurer, commissioner (3) and auditor (3).A minimum of 10 signatures by registered members of the political party are required for those seeking municipal office or school board seats. Candidates for countywide office must obtain at least 100 signatures. Deadline to file petitions for placement of names on the ballot is March 12. Those who are successful in the May 21 primary will face off on November 5 for the General Election. Currently, here in Pennsylvania, only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in the primary for candidates within their party. Residents may vote for any candidate in the fall, regardless of party affiliation. Our own state senator, Joe Scarnati, is among those proposing an “open primary” whereby voters could select candidates of another party. However, that would require a constitutional amendment which is a lengthy process.

It was too cloudy for us to see it, but the year’s second “super Moon” arrived this morning. While it was closest to the Earth. only 221,681 miles away, it will appear brighter and larger than usual over the next couple of nights.

The first super moon of the year happened on January 21“,super blood wolf moon eclipse”. The Snow Moon, which is also known as the “Hunger Moon,” is the name given to a super moon  that takes place in the month of February. The origin of the name is about what you’d expect: February is typically a month with ample snow in many places, hence the name that became associated with its super moon.

The alternative name, Hunger Moon, refers to the general difficulty in acquiring food in the middle of winter, at least before modern roads and supermarkets existed. If you have trouble seeing this  super moon, due to overcast skies, you’ll have one more chance to experience a super moon this winter with the Worm Moon on March 21.

In a given year, between two and four full moons can be classified as “super moons.”Here’s what to know about the u “super snow moon” — and what the best time is to see it.

A “super moon” is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky. The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year. The point in its orbit when the moon is farthest from Earth is known as the apogee, and appears to be smaller in the sky.

The term “snow moon” is the historic name given to the second full moon of winter by certain Native American tribes in the U.S., according to NASA. It is called the snow moon due to typical snowfall during this time of year. Heavy snowfall is also the reason for its alternative and more grim name, the “hunger moon.”

A “supermoon” is when a moon is simultaneously full and at its perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. When this happens, the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky. The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year. The point in its orbit when the moon is farthest from Earth is known as the apogee, and appears to be smaller in the sky.

Cloud cover permitting, the super moon will be visible a moonrise, which will occur between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. local time (If you are hoping to capture a good “supermoon” photo, catching the moonrise is your best bet. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

The state police fire marshal says an electrical short caused a fire Monday morning on Chase Street in Kane. The blaze started at around 7:10 am at the home of 64 year old Kathy Toth and 25 year old Kayla Snyder. They were able to get of the house safely along with two dogs and three cats, however 13 birds perished in the fire. Total damage is estimated to be $10,000.

A McKean County Jail inmate is accused of criminal mischief for an incident taking place Saturday morning at the lock-up. State police allege 27 year old Shayne Sage of Emporium caused $300 in damage to a security camera. He now faces additional charges in District Court.

A criminal mischief in Liberty, Tioga County was investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks last week. Stephanie Calkins told police someone put staples and a nail in her driveway on Ropute 414e between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm last Thursday, Valentine’s Day.

Last Tuesday’s storm figured into a couple of Tioga County accidents. Mansfield based state police report both drivers were hurt in a collision at around 4:30 pm in Covington Township. A Saturn Vue driven by 18 year old Tiffani Zbikowski of Blossburg slid off a left hand curve while headed east and collided with a Ford F-150 driven bty Charles Flad of Cogan Station. Both drivers were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Zbikowski was cited for speeding;  Flad was cited for driving an unregistered vehicle.

A Towanda  teen driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident a few hours later. Joseph Bowen, 18, was going south on Main Street in Richmond Township spun off of the road, traveled through a parking lot and collided with a utility pole. Both Bowen and his passeng4er, 18 yearold Sara Wilson of Blossburg were using seat belts at the time.