Wednesday July 8, 2020


Three Galeton residents charged with murder…Both people involved in Shinglehouse domestic argument facing charges….Austin man accused of disorderly conduct…Thieves cause more than $3000 in damage to Elk County camp…..

Three Galeton residents have been charged with murder after the body of 19 year old Joshua Ramos of Galeton  was discovered in a wooded area this week. Police say they were summoned on Sunday to investigate a possible homicide occurring sometime between late March to early April. An investigation began and the remains of Joshua Ramos were found in a wooded area near the intersection of Harrison Rooks Road and Whitman Road in Harrison Township in Potter County with the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police Canine Jack Ramos was pronounced dead by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury on Monday afternoon. The Troop F Major Case Team was activated. Police say further investigation revealed Felicia Cary,33, Krysten Crosby,20,  and Kyle Moore, 28, assaulted the victim at Cary’s  residence and then transported the victim to the wooded area where he was discovered. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson approved charges that included murder first degree murder, third degree and conspiracy to commit murder. Cary and Crosby were taken into custody here in Potter county and were arraigned before District Judge Chris Kalacinski on Tuesda. Cary was remanded to the McKean County Jail and Crosby was remanded to the Tioga  County Jail with without bail due to the seriousness of the charges and rules of criminal procedure. Moore was located  Tuesday in New York State and was taken into custody by US Marshals with the assistance of New York State Police at the Bath, NY  station. He is currently awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

State police it Coudersport have arrested both people are involved in a domestic violence incident allegedly occurring Monday evening at 125 Kellytown in Sharon Township Potter county.  Police say that 27 year old Darren Blauvelt and 30 year old Nicole Snyder both are now facing charges of physical harassment after an argument.

Kirk Padilla, 35,  of Austin has been charged with disorderly conduct for an incident reportedly taking place Sunday morning just after 2:00am at 293 Costello Avenue in Austin Borough. Police say they were called to the home of Chad Barr and subsequently filed charges against Padilla.

Troopers at the  Ridgway barracks are investigating a camp burglary occurring sometimes since June 27 In Millstone Township, Elk County.  Criminals forced their way into camp owned by two Kittanning. Pennsylvania men and removed several items, including a Sanyo TV valued at $20, Craftsman riding lawn mower valued at $100, a woodstove valued  $500 and 100 gallon propane tank valued at $100 while causing more than $3,200 in damage to the camp, including the roof valued at $3,000.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 7, that there are 995 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 91,299. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area continue to creep up.Tioga County now has 27 cases; Elk, 24; McKean, 20; Potter, 17; and Cameron 4. New York State counties across the border, held steady at 128  cases in Cattaraugus County and 63 in Allegany County.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, increased by 204 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 288 cases, but those cases represent cases over several weeks, and are not all people recently tested. This is because of a lag time in reporting from the Philadelphia Department of Health.

The number of tests administered since July 1 is 98,707 with 4,693 positive test results. Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.

There are 6,787 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 634 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 758,803 patients who have tested negative to date..

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,003 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,359 cases among employees, for a total of 21,362 at 719 distinct facilities in 55 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,626 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 6,855 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Time is running out for non-profit organizations, township or borough governments and small businesses to apply for funds being made available by the Potter County Commissioners to help cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Potter County has been awarded $166,152 from the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development. DCED eligibility guidelines allow for projects such as small business relief grants (for those applicants who have not already received federal CARES Act assistance); financial help for non-profit organizations; and subsidies to residents needing rent/mortgage assistance.

Proposals which will be evaluated based on need, impact, and completeness. Project summaries must be submitted to Tyler Dombroski (see email address above) no later than July 17. Recipients will be selected by the Potter County Commissioners on July 30, subject to DCED approval.