Wednesday May 20, 2020

County prepares for June Primary….nearly 64 cases in PA…..region’s totals stay steady…Potter County Commissioners to hold virtual meeting Thursday….Elderly Smethport man killed in Emporium collision with semi….Two car/deer encounters probed by state police…PennDot equipment stolen in Tioga County….

Things are getting somewhat back to normal.

Plans are in place for the June 2 General Primary Election in Potter County. Director of

Elections Sandra Lewis reports that the many uncertainties that surrounded the election

following the declaration of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

have now been resolved.

A variety of Republican and Democratic nominations will be decided by voters. Offices

ranging from President of the United States to member of the Pa. House of Representatives

will be filled this year. All offices on each party ballot can be seen in the samples that have

been posted at (click on Elections/Voter Registration Department).

All 32 voting precincts in Potter County will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. A list of polling places

is available on the website, Only registered Republicans and Democrats

are eligible to cast ballots in the respective primaries.

Director Lewis points out that this election marks the debut of the expanded vote-by-mail

options that have already proven to be popular in Potter County. Approximately 2,000 voters

have requested absentee or mail-in ballots. Those voters are not eligible to vote at the polls

on June 2, except by provisional ballot.

Absentee and mail-in ballots must be received by the Board of Elections Office at the

Gunzburger Building no later than 8 pm on June 2.

Safety precautions will be in place. Voters are urged to wear a mask in order to protect

themselves, other voters and poll workers from any potential spread of the COVID-19

coronavirus. Hand sanitizer will be available at each polling place. If they wish, voters may

bring their own pens for provisional ballots and to sign the poll books. Black or blue ballpoint

pens are preferred. Voters are also encouraged to take their own gloves to use to vote on

the machines, if they so wish to.

The Pa. Dept. of State has established a very informative and user-friendly website for

Pennsylvania voters, available at

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 19, that there are 610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,666. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases remained the same in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area: 16 in Tioga County; 11 in McKean; 6 in Elk County; 4 in Potter and 2 in Cameron County.

There are 4,624 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 119 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Department’s website.

There are 286,034 patients who have tested negative to date. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 13,813 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,191 cases among employees, for a total of 16,003 at 557 distinct facilities in 44 counties.(None in the Black Forest Broadcasting Area). Out of the total deaths, 3,145 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 4,600 of our total cases are in health care workers.For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on

In a related note, the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Potter County commissioners will be held at 11am tomorrow Thursday, May 21. It will be a virtual meeting to participate call 814 to 2740844. And when prompted, and our 1144 77 pound sign.

An elderly Smethport  man died in a collision with a tractor trailer yesterday at around 9:15 am in Shippen Township.  According to State Police at Emporium, 93 year old Thomas Cioffi was pulling out of the parking lot at the Button Wood Motel  and Restaurant to make a left turn onto Sizerville Road (Route 155) and crossed into the path of a northbound tractor trailer operated by Todd Hainzey of Hyde, Pennsylvania. The truck driver didn’t receive any injuries. However, Cioffi  suffered severe injuries and was taken to Penn Highland hospital by Cameron County angles where he was pronounced dead.

 Emporium based State police say that a York Pennsylvania woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring last Saturday night on Low Grade Road in Gibson Township. Patricia Dunkle was going east when her Subaru Legacy struck a deer crossing the road. After initial impact Dunkle  changed  direction a couple times before finding  a suitable safe location to  pull off the roadway.

A Shinglehouse  woman escaped injury and car deer collision occurring Tuesday morning just before 8:00 am on Route 44 in Sharon Township, Kristen Wood was traveling south when a deer entered the southbound lane from the right side of the road in front of her Chevy Equinox. She could not avoid hitting the animal and, but was able to pull the car off the road where it came to rest.

 33 year old Joshua Weeks of Galeton  has been arrested for assault for an incident allegedly taking place at around 4:00 am Sunday on Head Avenue in Galton Borough.  Apparently the crime was committed against a 32 year old Galeton  woman.

Mansfield base State Police are investigating a theft occurring on the North Road at Skyline Drive in Jackson Township on May 13. Someone stole some equipment belonging to Penn that including a downhill grade sign with  flashing warning light valued at $100 a white battery pack with orange stripe valued at $75.

 State police at Emporium are  also investigating a criminal trespass occurring Saturday night on Meadow Road in Shippen Township, a man and a green tie dye shirt and blue jeans trespassed on property belonging to a 57 year old Emporium woman.

Some pills were stolen from the home of a 76 year old Emporium  on Bryan Hill Road Saturday afternoon. No value was given.