Thursday May 21, 2020


Gov. Wolf has vetoed bipartisan legislation to help PA residents  deal with unemployment….Total cases here more than 64,000…..Cases in region hold steady although Cattaraugus County goes up to 70….Brockport man jailed on strangulation charge…Tioga County forgery case investigated….Sweden Township residents advised large bears are roaming through the area, gobbling up food and destroying vehicle interiors……

Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of legislation . which ensures millions of Pennsylvanians forced into a dysfunctional unemployment system by no actions of their own have to stay there indefinitely, will remain in place after a veto override vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required by Pennsylvania’s Constitution.

A bipartisan majority of the chamber voted for overriding House Bill 2388, but the secrecy and lack of a coherent reopening plan from the governor remains in place at this time.

“Gov. Wolf has shown time and again, he is not listening to the voices of Pennsylvanians whose livelihoods are being destroyed by this pandemic response,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “This bill would have allowed a variety of businesses to safely reopen in the same way national retailers, government offices and countless other businesses approved by this administration are currently working. Instead, these Pennsylvanians, and the families who depend on their income, will continue to suffer.”

The vetoed legislation would have reopened auto dealers, lawn and garden centers, hair salons, barber shops, pet groomers and manufacturers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 20, that there are 746 additional positive cases of COVID19, bringing the statewide total to 64,412. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19  Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area remained  steady—Tioga County  16; McKean; 11 ; 6 in Elk; Potter 4; and Cameron 2.  Across the border in New York State County. Cattaraugus  County has three more cases moving up to a total up to 70. While Allegany  County remained stable at 44 cases.-. There are 4,767 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 143 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 293,244 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 13,947 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,244 cases among employees, for a total of 16,191 at 559 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 3,172 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities

Approximately 4,751 of the total cases are in health care workers.

A 63 year old Brockport man has been arrested for strangulation  in connection to a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place Monday at around 9am at house on Flat Road in Horton Township. State Police responded to an active domestic violence situation and took Robert Murray into custody. He was arraigned by Judge Brown via polycom and unable to post bail was committed to the Elk  County Prison. Charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment  are pending in District Court.

State Police at Ridgway and are also investigating a theft of services occurring at 105 Schoolhouse Road Benezette Township, Elk county on May 10 a suspect was seen illegally dumping building material into the township dumpster. He was driving in 2018 Chevy Silverado and the investigation remains open.

Mansfield based State Police are investigating a forgery taking place. May 4 or 5 on Skyline Drive in Charleston Township. Someone forged the name of a 23 year old Wellsboro man on two personal checks. That investigation is continuing.

 The Sweden Township police department is advising residents in the Sweden Valley area to be aware there are two very large bears roaming throughout the area. One actually opened a vehicle door recently and destroyed the interior of the vehicle. Police say take  bird feeders in at night along with any or all other feed for birds or animals as well as garbage and household trash. These items attract bear skunks, rats and raccoons and can cause illness as well.