Tuesday May 26, 2020

Monday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 55

Region moves into Green Re-opening Phase Friday……Number of virus cases in area hold steady…two people jailed after shooting in Elk County……Millerton couple face harassment charges following family fight….Two vehicle theft suspects arrested after two-state chase over the weekend….another, considered armed and dangerous remains at large…

This Is the news we’ve been waiting for: 17 counties, including all five in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area (Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk and Tioga) will be moved into the  state’s Green Re-opening phase this Friday, May 29, 2020.

Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements

Continued Telework Strongly EncouragedAll Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy

Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance

Congregate Care Restrictions in Place

Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities

Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance


Large Recreational Gatherings Remain Restricted

Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy

Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only

Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged

All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy

Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols

All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning

Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary

Meanwhile,  The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 25, that there are 473 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 68,186. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area has held steady: Tioga, 16, McKean, 11; Elk 6; Potter 4 and Cameron 2. Tioga, McKean and Elk have had one death each attributed to the virus. Across the border, Cattaraugus County has jumped to 81 according to the NY State Health Department while  Allegany County has stayed at 44.

There are 5,139 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 15 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Department’s website.

There are 549 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 334,928 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date, nearly 29% are ages 65 or older. 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 14,690 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,471 cases among employees, for a total of 17,161 at 594 distinct facilities in 44 counties. None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Out of the total deaths, 3,379 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,140 of the total cases are in health care workers.

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts

Ridgay based a police have arrested two people in connection to a shooting taking place Sunday around 1 am at 61  Illinois Lane  in Ridgway. State police say they were called to the home on a report of a man being shot. Rachel Chanel Fleeger,  42, of Oil City  told them she and her ex- boyfriend, Jason Matthew Redmond, 34 Ridgeway  were engaged in a verbal altercation when  a physical struggle ensued. Two shots were fired from a nine millimeter Glock handgun. Redmond’s suffereda gunshot wound to the abdomen. Both Fleeger and Redmond were taken into custody; arraigned and remanded to the Elk County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.

A 39 year old Millerton  woman and a 42 year old Millerton man have been arrested for physical harassment for a family dispute allegedly taking place on the evening of May 11  on Main Street in Jackson Township Tioga County. Troopers claim they responded to a domestic violence incident and discovered that the couple along with a 13 year old boy had gotten into a heated argument. The father allegedly pushed the son  off the chair and started to yell at him. The  mother then reportedly began kicking the father in the head to make him stop. The son and second person left the residence.  Charges of harassment are pending in District Court.

Area law enforcement authorities are looking for Tyler Stevens, who is suspected in a burglary and theft of a gray GMC Terrain from Ulysses Township. He is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who encounters him or the vehicle is asked to contact 911 or state police. The SUV does not have of a registration plate .

That theft follows a high speed chase taking place Friday in Pennsylvania and New York following the theft of a 2008 Toyota Tacoma Quad Cab from a residence at 1400 Brooklyn Road in Sweden township Potter County. The owner noticed his truck being driven from his property and turning from the Rooks Road onto Brooklyn Road headed towards Coudersport, and he notified 911. A chase ensued going on to Route 449 at the junction of  Route 49. Several people made calls to 911 indicating the vehicle was on the Pushersiding Road.  it moved up into New York state but came back into Pennsylvania and authorities were able to stop  the truck  and apprehend two suspects inside. Their names were not released. The investigation is continuing.

Coudersport based State Police have arrested 23 year old Nicholas Tubbs of Mills for drug possession after trying to make  a routine traffic stop on Route 49 near Kibbeville Road in Ulysses Township  back on May 19 at around 5:45pm. Police Tubbs drove his  2001 Volkswagen Jetta  at a high rate of speed and allegedly threw a mason jar containing about 35 grams of pot. About six miles later, Tubbs pulled the car off the road. During a probable cause search, officers  seized about 27 grams of marijuana and additional drugs and paraphernalia. Tubbs was taken into custody and arraigned before a district judge on numerous charges. He was committed to the Potter County Jail and lieu of $50,000 bail.

A burglary occurring at 692 Plank Road in Sharon Township. Potter County on May 9, remains under investigation by State Police at Coudersport, Thieves  took between $3,000 and $5,000 in cash from the home of  67 year old Elrey Dunshie.

Emporium based  State Police have arrested a 60 year old man from that town for drug possession. after investigating a state parole violation at 231 South Mountain Road in Shippen Township,  Cameron County on May 20 at around 10:30am. Police claimed they found the man whose name was not released to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia and charges filed in district court.

A criminal mischief occurring at 15 South Woods Road in Sylvania Township Potter County is also being probed by state police at Coudersport. On the afternoon of May 17,  someone damaged a mailbox belonging to Kathleen Breck of Austin. Anyone with information about that is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

A criminal  mischief occurring Friday or Saturday at Accu-Grind  on Silver Creek Road in Jonsonburg is being investigated by State Police at Ridgway.  Vandals broke a large window by throwing a rock through it. No value was given by troopers.