Monday June 15, 2020

Photo by Judy Bliss Spaeth

Sunday’s high,  68; Overnight low, 61







State senate approves bill to help taxpayers affected by pandemic…..Cases in region creep up……Coudersport motorcyclist hurt in collision with deer….Vehicle roll-over in Tioga County injures driver and passenger…Eldred woman accused of assaulting male victim during domestic violence incident Friday night…

The Senate unanimously approved a bill last week sponsored by Senator Scott Martin (R-13) that would help more local taxpayers benefit from school property tax discounts and extended payment deadlines. Senate Bill 1125 would give each school district the option to extend property tax discount periods and remove penalties for late payments through June 30, 2021. The bill would give school districts the power to help more taxpayers who are struggling financially in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency, Martin said.

The bill mirrors a law that Martin authored in April that allows counties and municipalities to provide property tax relief to taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The law gives county and municipal governments the option to extend deadlines for property tax discount rates to any date up until August 31, and waive any fee or penalty for late payments of property taxes if paid in full by the end of the year.

Senate Bill 1125 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 14, that there are 336 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 78,798. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases continues to inch up in the Black Forest Broadcasting. Tioga County has 20; Potter and McKean each 13; Elk, 6 and Cameron 2. Across the border in New York State, Cattaraugus County has 104 cases and Allegany County, 54.

There are 6,215 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.There are 630 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 504,435 patients who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,578 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,929 cases among employees, for a total of 19,507 at 638 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,268 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities (None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.)Approximately 5,982 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police  report a Coudersport motorcyclist received minor injuries and new crash occurring Thursday evening on Route 244 in Andrews Settlement, Joseph Ostrowski Jr. was operating a Honda CRX and was unable to avoid colliding with a deer. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was taken by Genesee ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

Coudersport based state police have arrested 34 year old Chad Baker of Eldred for drug possession. While conducting a routine traffic stop on Bingham Road  in Genesee Potter County on June 4 at around 8pm. Police pulled Baker’s  2001 Ford Windstar station wagon for traffic violation.  Further investigation allegedly determined that Baker was driving the unit under the influence of a controlled substance

 Troopers at Coudersport  are investigating a theft of services occurring last week at 335 Howard Road in Harrison Township. Police say that the crime was committed against Verizon in Westfield But no further details  were realized.

A theft occurring  June 5 and 12 on  Clifford Nelson Drive in Eldred borough  is being investigated by State Police at Lewis Run.. Someone driving a dark colored Chevy Traverse with Pennsylvania plates and green sticker on the lower left hand corner of the rear hatch,  was seen leaving the area was possibly being driven by a heavier set male with light hair or who was bald.  A welder, a set of jumper cables and an electric motor belonging to a 38 year old Eldred  man were taken by the  thief

 Sharon Zimmer, 60 of Eldred was arrested by State Police at Lewis Run for physical harassment. Police  say during a domestic violence incident on Seal Lane in Eldred  late last Friday night Zimmer attacked a 49 year old Eldred man.

A DuBois  man was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries he received In a crash occurring Friday night on Route 948 in Highland Township, Elk County. Lance Cooper was driving a Buick Lucerne and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 948 and Route 66. The car traveled across both lanes of the highway and came to rest in a wooded area after striking a ditch.

Mansfield based a police report driver from that town and his passenger from Tioga   received minor injuries in a one vehicle crash occurring Friday afternoon on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Shawn Everett, swerved to the right to avoid an oncoming vehicle in his lane. His Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the right side of the road that traveled up an embankment about three foot high before rolling over onto its roof. The Jeep slid for about 400 feet on its roof before coming to arrest Everitt  and his passenger Seth Reese were  both using seatbelts and received minor injuries.

 A 28 year old Allentown, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for drug possession by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Patrol officers stopped his 2020 Nissan Altima  on Route 15 in Bloss  Township, and claim that upon further investigation, the unnamed suspect was found to be in possession of illegal narcotics.