Tuesday June 25, 2019

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Monday’s high, 83; overnight low 68; .34” of rain






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Rixford man found guilty of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age and corruption of minors….Ohio man arrested for allegedly assaulting 21 year old Wilcox woman…..minor injuries reported for one driver following collision near Port Allegany….Ulysses woman accused of stealing potted plant from greenhouse….next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting

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Since last year, 123 additional free-ranging deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania, and Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded again as a result of new cases according to the Game Commission. With CWD testing from the 2018 deer seasons now completed, there now have been a total of 250 known CWD cases in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania since 2012.New CWD cases were detected in the following counties: Bedford (65), Blair (10), Cambria (2), Franklin (3), Fulton (33), Huntingdon (4), Jefferson (1), Juniata (1), Perry (1), and Somerset (3).The Game Commission tested 9,631 free-ranging deer and 122 elk for CWD taken in the 2018 seasons. To date, no free-ranging elk have tested positive for CWD. A total of 6,525 deer tested came from existing Disease Management Areas (DMAs), with the remaining 3,106 deer tested from other areas in the state. The number of free-ranging deer tested increased significantly, compared to the 7,910 deer tested in 2017.

Expanded DMAs

Due to the detection of CWD, in both captive and free-ranging deer, DMAs 2 and 3 have been expanded, while no changes will be made to DMA 4.For the most up-to-date maps and descriptions of DMA boundaries, go to www.pgc.pa.gov. While the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest once again will be provided free-of-charge to license buyers, in part to increase awareness of CWD and CWD management, updated DMA information could not be included because it wasn’t available by the print deadline.

DMA 2 now covers more than 6,715 square miles, an expansion of 2,101 square miles since last year. DMA 2 now includes all or parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. This expansion largely is due to the discovery of two new CWD cases in Juniata and Perry counties. Each of these cases is 20 miles or more away from the nearest previously documented case. Both of these deer were adults and one was displaying clinical symptoms of CWD at the time of death, which suggests CWD is established in the area and other deer in the area might already be infected.

DMA 3 has expanded by 203 square miles and now covers more than 1,119 square miles, due to the discovery of CWD in a captive deer facility in Clearfield County. The captive facility will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive test was confirmed. DMA 3 now includes all or parts of Armstrong, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Indiana counties.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in February announced that a buck tested positive for CWD on a hunting preserve near Curwensville. Shortly after, the Game Commission warned the public that this positive would push the DMA into the elk range. However, after careful consideration, the Game Commission has opted to keep DMA 3 south of Interstate 80 and out of the elk range.

DMA 4 was established in February 2018 due to the discovery of CWD in a captive deer facility in Lancaster County. To date, no free-ranging deer have tested positive for CWD in DMA 4. DMA 4 covers 364 square miles and includes parts of Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Hunters are prohibited from exporting high-risk parts from DMAs. High-risk parts include: the head (more specifically the brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.

Game Commission understand the prevalence and distribution of the disease in the local area.

CWD first was identified in Colorado in 1967. CWD since has been detected in 26 states and three Canadian provinces. CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects members of the cervid family including deer, elk and moose.

On average, infected individuals don’t display symptoms for 18 to 24 months. Symptoms include lowered head and ears, weight loss, excessive drooling, rough-hair coat, uncoordinated movements, and, ultimately, death. Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment for CWD.

To date, CWD has not been found to infect humans. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people avoid eating meat from CWD-infected animals.

More information on CWD can be found at www.pa.pgc.gov

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, following a one day jury trial at the McKean County Courthouse,  22 year  old Anthony Schoonover of Rixford  was convicted of Indecent Assault (victim less than age 16) and Corruption of Minors.  The charges stemmed from an investigation into the defendant’s actions against a juvenile female in Rixford in October, 2017.  The case was investigated by Otto Eldred Regional Police Chief Donald Nies.  Assistant District Attorney Jerry Grill prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2019.

An Ohio man has been arrested by state police at Ridgway for  physical harassment in Elk County. Troopers claim 26 year old Daniel Paladino of Northfield tried to kiss a 21 year old Wilcox woman and touched her inappropriately  when she gave him a ride from the Dam Inn on the night of June 8. Police said Paladino was a family friend.

Injuries  were reported following a collision Monday night in Keating Township, McKean County involving two Port Allegany women. According to state police at Lewis Run the collision occurred when a Dodge Ram 2500 driven by Brittany Andreano went off Route 6 between Pierce Brook Road and Pump Station Road while headed west, came back onto the pavement after  traveling about 75 feet , crossed the center line and hit a Hyundai Sonata  driven by Carrie Buchenshutz. She and a 16 year old female passenger were taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries. Andreano was not hurt.

Both drivers escaped injury last Friday afternoon when their vehicles collided on West Street in Bingham Township. State police at Coudersport report the collision occurred when Karl Gundersen of Knoxville was going north when he swerved his Chevrolet Silverado across the double yellow line and hit a Chevrolet Cruz driven by Michael Fluty  of Ulysses. Authorities said Fluty tried unsuccessfully to avoid contact by swerving to the right off the pavement.

A Ulysses woman has been arrested for shoplifting at a greenhouse. Troopers assert 66 year old Bessie McPHerson took a patio tomato plant, valued at $13 from Leona’s Greenhouse on the North Hollow Road, Coudersport last Friday afternoon.McPherson’s ID was confirmed by “a reliable source”