Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 19

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NWS issues Red Flag warning for entire region…..Unemployment improved in most area counties last month….Two firefighters taken to hospital while battling Roulette blaze….McKean County woman found guilty of arson and other offenses….Eldred driver unhurt in car/deer encounter…Tioga County teen driver slightly injured in one-car crash….

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The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 10 AM this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.
* WINDS…West 10 to 20 mph with occasional gusts between 40 and
45 mph. The peak wind gusts will occur between 11 am and 6 pm
* TIMING…Minimum Relative Humidity and Peak winds between 2 pm
and 7 pm.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 20 percent.
* TEMPERATURES…Afternoon highs mainly in the 50s.
* IMPACTS…Rapid wildfire growth and spread expected. Prescribed
burns may get out of control. Outdoor burning is not

Properly discard cigarettes, keep vehicles off dry grass, avoid
activities with open flames or sparks and obey burn bans.
Counties under the warning:
Warren-McKean-Potter-Elk-Cameron-Northern Clinton-Clearfield-
Northern Centre-Southern Centre-Cambria-Blair-Huntingdon-Mifflin-
Juniata-Somerset-Bedford-Fulton-Franklin-Tioga-Northern Lycoming-
Sullivan-Southern Clinton-Southern Lycoming-Union-Snyder-Montour-

The unemployment rate improved slightly between January and February in most counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting. Potter County’s rate dropped from 5.3% to 5.2%; McKean’s also went down 1/10th of percent from 4.3% to 4.2%; and Tioga realized the same decrease from 4.8% to 4.7%. Elk County held steady at 3.4% while Cameron County’s jobless rate increased from 4.5% to 4.6%. Adams County, once again had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 2.8% the same as the previous month, while Forest County was in last place with a decrease from 5.8% to 5.6%. Pennsylvania’s rate was 4.0 for the period while the national figure was at an all time low of 3.8%.

Two volunteer firefighters were taken to UPMC Cole during a fire Tuesday afternoon at the former C & S Lumber Company on West Main Street in Roulette (the old drive-in). The Roulette Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 5:00 pm for a vehicle fire. First responders observed smoke coming from the building and a second alarm was issued bringing in units from Coudersport, Austin, and Port Allegany. A MAYDAY was declared for a firefighter down from Coudersport.. After removing the firefighter to EMS, the fire was extinguished and overhaul was completed. During this time, a second firefighter, Kent Dates from Roulette, collapsed with a medical emergency. He was kept at the hospital overnight for observation. We have no estimate of damage.

Mindy Lou Logue of Port Allegany will be sentenced on April 25 after being found guilty this week by a McKean County jury for Arson (Endangering Persons – Firefighters) – Felony 1; Arson (Endangering Building) – Felony 2; Arson (Endangering Building) – Felony 3; Reckless Burning – Felony 3; Criminal Mischief- Felony 3; and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Firefighters). The case was investigated by Trooper Kathleen Watters, Deputy Fire Marshall. The investigation began after a passing motorist called into 911 and reported a structure fire at a residence at 240 N. Brooklynside Road, Port Allegany, on March 6, 2018. The defendant rented the property. Approximately 25 firefighters from Port Allegany and surrounding areas responded to the call. The trial included testimony from firemen about the dangers they face with each fire, particularly residential fires – risk due to collapse, inhalation of toxic fumes, and entrapment. The property was considered a total loss. Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

An Eldred woman escaped injury in yet another car/deer encounter. According to state police at Lewis Run, Jolene Johnson was headed south on Route 155 in Annin Township at around 7:30 am Tuesday when she swerved her Mazda Tribute to avoid a deer on the roadway. The SUV went off the road and rolled over several times before coming to rest in a field on its drivers side.

Minor injuries were reported for a Tioga County teen driver following a one-vehicle crash last Saturday evening in Chatham Township. Mansfield-based state police report the 17 year old Westfield girl was going north on Route 249 when her Toyota Prius went off the left side of the road, traveled down an embankment and hit a tree.