Tuesday June 16, 2020

Pennsylvania’ state flower is Mountain 

Laurel and June is Mountain Laurel time.

Unfortunately the annual Laurel Festival 

held in Wellsboro has been cancelled due 

to Covoid-19.

State house approves bills to improve police/community  relations….Region’s virus cases hold steady…State police @ Ridgway investigate discovery of human remains…Wallet stolen from car parked in Liberty Township, McKean County… 

As voices around the country call for action to grow relationships between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve, today the House Judiciary Committee voted on two comprehensive bills dealing with the vetting and training of police officers.

House Bill 1841 would require a thorough background investigation on an applicant for employment as a law enforcement officer, including a review of the applicant’s employment information and separation records from prior law enforcement employment, before the applicant may be employed. It would also require the establishment and maintenance of an electronic database containing separation records of law enforcement officers for use by other law enforcement agencies when hiring certified law enforcement officers.

House Bill 1910 also passed the committee. It would require the training of officers on interacting with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds; implicit bias training; recognizing and reporting child abuse; and annual training on the use of appropriate force. In addition, the bill would establish better access to mental health evaluations for law enforcement officers.

Both bills received input from law enforcement officials and were unanimously passed by the committee. A full House vote on both bills is anticipated for next week.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 15, that there are 323 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,121. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area has held steady Tioga 20 Potter and McKean 13 each,  Elk 6  and Cameron 2. In neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County has 104 cases and Allegany County 54.

There are 6,243 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 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 513,909 patients

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths (68%) have occurred in patients 65 or older. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 16,612 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,936 cases among employees, for a total of 19,548 at 642 distinct facilities in 47 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.  Out of the  total deaths, 4,268 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities (68%). Approximately 5,996 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Troopers from the state police barracks at Ridgeway are investigating the discovery of a single set of human remains near the Twin Lakes recreational area in Jones Township, Elk County. Police say the release is for informational purposes only and no danger exists to surrounding communities as it is an ongoing investigation. Further details and information will be released in the future according to officials.

State police  at Lewis Run are investigating a theft in Liberty Township.  A wallet was taken from a vehicle parked on the Port/ Emporium Road yesterday afternoon and it contained personal information but the victim’s name was not released.

Troopers at Lewis Run have arrested both people involved in a fight yesterday afternoon on North Hillside Avenue in Hamilton Township McKean County. Police  said a 56 year man from Ludlow and a 53 year old woman from Prescott, Arizona, became involved in a physical altercation

A 50 year old Eldred man, his name was not released by police, has been arrested for DUI. He was pulled over on Route 446 in Keating Township just afternoon yesterday for an alleged traffic violation and police determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol

 State Police at  Coudersport are investigating a harassment  by communication occurring on North Street in Ulysses  Borough Sunday evening. The victims are listed as two 18 year old women from Osceola,

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania motorcyclist received minor injuries when his Husqvarna  449 hit  a deer on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township Saturday night. Connor Bitts was going north when a deer ran onto the road in front of his motorcycle. It was unable to avoid a collision and suffered a left shoulder injury and was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment