Friday February 6 2020

Photo by Gerri Miller

 

Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 26; more than 3” of snow

FRI-SNOW TAPERS OFF, HIGH 34

FRI NIGHT-LOW 18

SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 28

SAT NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW LOW 18

SUN-CLOUDY, SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 34

SUN NIGHT-RAIN, TEMPERATURE GOING UP, LOW 31

Complete Weekend Forecast:

DCNR announces grants for snowmobile and ATV project…..Legislation dealing with careless drivers receives bi-partisan support …ID theft investigated in Elk  County…..Mansfield woman cited after dog bites runner….

Today’s Podcast:

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced applications will be accepted through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in a department grant program benefitting snowmobile- and ATV-related projects throughout Pennsylvania.Grants are open to municipalities, and non-profit and private organizations. The application period opened February 3 and will close March 31, 2020.Proposed snowmobile and ATV related projects eligible for DCNR grants include:

Planning

Land acquisition

Development

Rehabilitation

Maintenance

Purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction

Development of educational programs related to snowmobile and ATV trails and facilities

No match is required for this funding, however, applications providing matching funding will be given additional consideration.

With a few limited exceptions, all snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must have a registration issued by DCNR.Statewide, Pennsylvania has 29,562 active registered snowmobiles and 179,017 active registered ATVs.Grants are administered by DCNR with funding provided from $20 registrations required every two years.To apply for snowmobile or ATV grants, visit DCNR’s grants portal.

 Legislation to strengthen penalties for careless drivers who kill or injure a vulnerable highway user passed with wide bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brett Miller (R-East Hempfield).Specifically, House Bill 1536 defines a vulnerable highway user as a pedestrian, a bicycle rider, an animal drawn vehicle driver (such as a horse and buggy), or similar user who travels while not encased in a motor vehicle.“Pennsylvania’s highways have a high percentage of users who are not riding in vehicles that serve as steel cages with air bags and seat belts,” Miller said. “We’ve all seen reports of the horrific tragedies that can result when these people are hit by a careless driver who is operating what is essentially a 4,000-pound projectile.”Along with defining this class of drivers, the legislation adds stronger penalties for individuals convicted of careless driving that results in death or bodily injury of a vulnerable highway user. These penalties include suspension of driving privileges and/or fines. Current law does not delineate penalties for careless driving around highway users who don’t have the benefit of safety protections inside a vehicle. Additionally, the legislation extends the protection of the four foot “buffer” that is currently required when passing bicyclists to all vulnerable highway users.Miller sponsored similar legislation that passed in the House during the 2017-18 Legislative Session. The current bill, which passed in the House by a vote of 191-4, now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

An ID theft occurring January 23 or 24 is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Diane Leithner, 62, of Ridgway told troopers several fraudulent charges were made on her bank account January 23 or 24.

Troopers at Emporium investigated a criminal mischief occurring on Old West Creek Road Monday afternoon. A tan Ford sedan made a U-turn in the yard of a 50 year old Emporium man’s home, causing damage.

State police at Mansfield have arrested a 52 year old Mansfield woman for allowing her dog to run loose. Authorities say as 19 year old Smethport man was running down Odell Road when the unleashed canine ran from a residence and scratched the runner in the left rear upper leg, His running uniform, valued at $42.50 was damaged in the attack.

A Wellsboro woman was not hurt Sunday just before 1:00 pm in a one-vehicle accident in Blossburg Borough. State police report Rachel Mertz was going south  on Route 15 when her Chrysler Sebring went out of control and struck a concrete bridge barrier on the western edge before finally stopping about 100 yards south of the point of impact.