Monday May 18, 2020

Back Yard Hummingbird

Statewide total now more than 62,000…..McKean County increases to 11…..Coudersport state police investigate child endangerment cases….Suspect uses phony bill to pay Emporium business for bad check…Byrnendale man accused of terroristic threats…14 year old seriously hurt in ATV accident in McKean County…..

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 17, that there are 623 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 62,234. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area Tioga has 16; McKean has gone up to 11; Elk has 6 Potter 4 Cameron has 2. Elk; McKean; and Tioga Counties  have each recorded one death each. Across the border into New York State Cattaraugus  County has 65 cases and Allegany 44.

Today, Pennsylvania is reporting 4,418 total deaths, an increase of 15 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. There are 270,670 patients who have tested negative to date. Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 13,447 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,091 cases among employees, for a total of 15,447 at 558 distinct facilities in 45 counties. None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Out of the total deaths, 3,057 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.

Approximately 4,451 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Non-life-sustaining businesses in the red phase are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently, 37 counties, including all those in the Black Forest Broadcasting  Service  area in the yellow phase of reopening; 12 more will move to the yellow phase on May 22.

The 37 counties which are currently in yellow and include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. 12 counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.Pennsylvania is using  a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions..


Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings.

Officials stress it is important that as many people as possible wear a nonmedical or homemade mask when leaving their homes.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners will be held at 11 am Thursday, May 21. To participate, please call 814-274-0844; when prompted, enter 114477#.

The Commissioners say they  appreciate your understanding and cooperation during the state of emergency declared as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic .

Coudersport based state police have arrested Dennis Buck, no address given, for illegally transferring firearms and providing unsworn falsification to authorities. No further information was released.

A case of endangering the welfare of a child allegedly taking place between January 1 and 5 in the 400 block of Harrison Fox Hill Road in Harrison township remains under investigation. A known male suspect allegedly endangered the welfare of a child at that location during that period of time.

Troopers  also investigating harassment by physical contact allegedly occurring May 5, just after 5pm on Route 49 in Harrison Township, the victims are listed as girls ages six, seven, and five from Westfield.

Emporium based state police  say a known suspect paid L & M Lumber of Emporium with a worthless check And then when contacted, he allegedly made a payment with a fake $100 bill, on May 8. The discrepancy was not noticed until later in the day. Investigation remains open and formal charges may be made.

 Ridgway  based State Police have arrested 24 year old Ty Hahn of Byrenedale on a charge of terroristic threats. Troopers say when they responded to a domestic violence incident last  Friday morning on Garfield Street in Jay |Township at around 1am they found that Hahn had threatened to kill a 26 year old Byrnedale  woman and also had visible recent physical injuries. Hahn was taken into custody and placed in the Elk County Prison on a probation  detainer. Charges are pending in District Court.

State police at Lewis Run report a 14 year old Pittsburgh resident was seriously injured in an ATV accident Thursday afternoon in Hamilton township in McKean County. The  youth was operating an ATV on Mudlick  Road and he fell off injuring his right leg when it went out of control . When he hadn’t returned home family members began to look for the operator and he was located about 45 minutes after the accident. EmergyCare ambulance and Ludlow volunteer fire department assisted at the scene.The teen was  flown to UPMC Hamlet, where he is said to be in stable condition. Due to his age his name was not released.

 Both drivers escaped injury in a collision occurring last Thursday afternoon in Otto Township McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, the crash occurred on Route 46 near the intersection  with old Old Rew/Colville Road when a Ford Mustang operated by Christopher O’Connor of Smethport attempted to pass a Chevy Silverado driven by Jeffrey Switzer of Rew in a no passing zone, both vehicles were going south and the Mustang overtook the pickup truck and moved in front were struck the front driver side bumper, causing it to go out of control and off the west side of the highway before striking  a small ditch The car proceeded through a front lawn striking multiple  shrubs before  finally coming to arrest after colliding with a tree. Both drivers were unhurt.

 A 31 year old Eldred  woman has been charged with disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place last Thursday night on Bennett Street in  that town. Police claim that when they responded to a domestic violence incident, they found that the woman had committed disorderly conduct against a 32 year old Eldred man. No further information was released.

And troopers at Lewis Ruin are investigating vandalism to several mailboxes along Highland Road in Kane. Last week, the investigation revealed that the mailboxes were damaged with a softball sized limestone rock. Troopers located in an area where the limestone was believed to have been taken from and further evidence was documented, so the investigation is continuing,  Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Lewis from barracks at 814.368.9230.