Tuesday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 58; 1.24″ rain (thunderstorms)
PARTLY CLOUDY TODAY HIGH OF 72 POSSIBILITIES SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS
TONIGHT, A LOW OF 53.
MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW A HIGH OF 74. WITH CLOUDS BUILDING
CLEAR TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 55. FRIDAY MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE HIGH 70s.
PSP DUI arrests increased last year….Virus cases in region, hold steady…Authorities investigate cause of death for Smethport man who died in a house fire Monday….Johnsonburg driver cited for speeding after one-vehicle crash….Another car/deer collision investigated by state police….
The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that troopers made 22,139 driving-under-the-influence (DUI) arrests in 2019, which reflects a 10 percent increase from the total number of DUI arrests (20,143) in 2018. In addition, troopers investigated 4,692 DUI-related crashes in 2019.
In Pennsylvania, a driver is guilty of DUI if they are impaired by any substance. Troopers certified as drug recognition experts (DREs) receive specialized training to identify the physiological signs of impairment caused by a wide range of controlled substances. State police DREs conducted 1,044 drug influence evaluations in 2019.
A list of 2019 state police DUI arrest totals, DUI crash investigations, and DRE drug influence evaluations broken down by troop is available on the department’s website. These figures reflect information from the Pennsylvania State Police and do not include information from other law enforcement agencies in the commonwealth.
State police community services officers regularly speak about DUI prevention and other traffic safety topics at schools, community events, and businesses. Their presentations are offered at no charge and may be requested by contacting your local state police station.
Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania are based on several factors, including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content level, and whether injuries or property damage occurred. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, license suspension, and prison time.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 23, that there are 510 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 82,696. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. However, the total cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area are holding steady :Tioga, 23; McKean 15; Potter 13; Elk 9; and Cameron County 2. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 116 cases and Allegany County has 50.
There are 6,464 total deaths in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 38 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.
Mask wearing is required in all businesses in yellow and green phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing, even in counties in the green phase, could have lasting benefits as a COVID-19 surge is possible this fall.
There are 631 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 596,407 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 17,294 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,082 cases among employees, for a total of 20,376 at 669 distinct facilities in 49 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,410 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.
Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.
State Police at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate the cause of death of a 59 year old Smethport man who died in a house fire early Monday morning. The body of Kenneth McCrobie and four dogs were found inside the home. McCrobie’s wife, Cynthia, escaped without injury. Police say the case is currently being investigated.
Lewis Run State Police did not release the name of the suspect, but say that they received a call Saturday evening from the Crosby Gas Station on South Avenue in Lewis Run about a customer who was intoxicated. Police determined that the suspect had driven to the store while under the influence and charges are pending in District Court.
A Johnsonburg driver has been cited for speeding following a one vehicle crash occurring Monday evening in Fox Township Elk County. State police at Ridgway say Derek Hollabaugh was traveling too fast for conditions on the Brynedale road when his Ford Taurus went off the road has struck a tree and became disabled However, Hollabaugh escaped injury.
Minor injuries were reported for a St. Mary’s driver following a car/deer collision last Friday on Route 219 in Horton Township. State police report Paul Plyer was going south on Route 219 when two deer ran from the east side of the highway in front of his Dodge Caliber. Plyer was was unable to avoid the collision. He apparently did not require treatment at a medical facility for his minor injuries. His passengers Karry Plyer and Jeffrey Deese both escaped injury.
A 23 year old Kersey man has been arrested for drug possession. After troopers stopped a 2000 Ford Mustang on Route 219 In Horton Township Sunday night, a passenger was taken into custody for existing arrest warrants. Methamphetamine and paraphernalia reportedly were found on the passenger’s person. Charges are pending in District Court.