Friday July 10, 2020







Tri-County REC switches to virtual annual meeting…..state sees increase in Covid  cases in younger demographics….Millerton woman accused of using car to hit a male victim…Smethport woman and passengers unhurt  in collision with several  deer…Troopers investigate possible corruption of minors in McKean County…..Bradford driver facing DUI charges after wreck in Hamilton Township….Terroristic threat charges filed against Bradford man

To protect the health and safety of its members and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be conducting its 84th annual meeting virtually this month instead of holding its traditional in-person annual meeting and member appreciation event.

The annual meeting and member appreciation day had been scheduled to take place July 28 during the Troy Fair at Alparon Park. Out of an abundance of caution, the co-op’s board of directors opted to cancel the public gathering and, instead, hold the annual meeting virtually. Subsequent to the board’s decision, fair officials announced the cancellation of this year’s Troy Fair.

Tri-County’s virtual annual meeting will take place Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. Co-op members will be able to access the virtual meeting via the Tri-County website,, as well as through the co-op’s Facebook page.

The virtual meeting will feature updates about Tri-County and the progress of its broadband internet project from Tri-County President & CEO Craig Eccher and board Chairman Matthew Whiting, approval of routine annual reports and the 2019 annual meeting minutes, as well as announcement of director election results.

Three incumbent board members, Nicholas Reitter of Genesee, Matthew S. Whiting of Lawrenceville, and Lowell W. Geiser of Germania, are running for re-election in an uncontested race this year.

Tri-County mailed director election ballots to members residing in eligible voting districts last month. Members in voting districts 3, 5 and 9 have the option to vote using mail-in ballots, online, or in person at the Tri-County REC headquarters building in Mansfield. Members participating in online voting have until noon on Tuesday, July 21, to cast their ballot. If voting by mail, ballots must be received no later than July 21. In-person voting at the cooperative office will remain open until 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to meet in person with our members at the Troy Fair this year,” Eccher said. “In keeping with our efforts to promote a culture of safety at the cooperative, we felt it was prudent to forego our traditional in-person annual meeting and member appreciate day. We appreciate our members’ understanding and patience during these challenging times and look forward to gathering again someday soon.” 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 9, that there are 719 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 92,867. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, Tioga County has 27; McKean 20: Potter 17 and Camero 4.  Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 131 cases and Allegany County 64.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County Pennsylvania  increased by 158 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 161 cases overnight. The number of tests administered since July 2 is 121,032 with 5,625 positive test results. Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.

There are 6,848 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, in Pennsylvania, an increase of 36 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 635 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 787,156 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.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers  over the weekend about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 28 percent of cases so far in July;

SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;

NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 16 percent of cases so far in July;

NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 15 percent of cases so far in July; and

NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to over 12 percent of cases so far in July.

SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to over 13 percent of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,092 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,396 cases among employees, for a total of 21,488 at 732 distinct facilities in 55 counties including cases in facilities located in Elk and McKean Counties…. Out of the total deaths, 4,667 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,964 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State police at  Lewis Run report, a Bradford driver and her passengers escaped injury in a one vehicle in a car deer collision occurring Monday afternoon in Lafayette Township, Sara Martin was going east on the Bingham Road when several deer entered the highway in front of her Ford Taurus. She was unable to avoid hitting the white tails and the car continued on for a short distance before coming to rest along the East berm, Martin and her passengers Suzanne Dunkel of Smethport and a seven year old boy who was in a child safety seat, escaped injury.

 Troopers at the Lewis Run barracks are continuing to investigate a possible corruption of minors. A Liberty Township woman contacted State Police telling them that her son had received inappropriate pictures on his phone last Wednesday, July 1.

 State Police at Lewis Run did not release the name of a DUI suspect, who was arrested following a one vehicle crash on Route 321 at  the Red Bridge Campground in  Hamilton Township Tuesday afternoon. The 2020 Chevy Malibu was allegedly driven by someone under the influence of a controlled substance. Police say a methamphetamine pipe and other paraphernalia evidence were recovered at the scene. The driver whose name was not released was taken to Bradford Regional Medical was provided an opportunity to submit to legal blood draw. Charges are pending in District Court.

A scattering of rubbish incident occurring on Old Mill Road in Wetmore Township McKean County is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. Someone dumped some fireworks  debris on property owned by a 56 year old Kane man.

Troopers are also investigating a theft by deception, occurring on June 25 along the Lower Portage Road in Liberty Township, no further details were released.

A 32 year old Bradford man has been arrested for terroristic threats for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday night on Sweitzer Drive and  Memorial Road in Otto Township McKean County. The suspect’s name was not released.

A 51 year old Gifford man has been arrested for terroristic threats in connection to a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place Sunday night at  Route 646 in Keating Township. The suspect allegedly committed the crimes against a 49 year old Gifford woman.

Both people involved in an argument have been cited for assault with a weapon for an incident allegedly taking place Monday afternoon on Airport Road in Spittler drive in Lafayette Township. State police say that a 56 year old Bradford man went to the Lewis Run barracks telling police he was running from his fiance a 50 year old Bradford woman who was chasing him with a knife while they were at the Bradford Regional Airport picnic pavilion. After further investigation, police determined that the woman chased the man with a knife and pushed him. He is accused of chasing her between while swinging  a water cooler and her and pushing her. The man was found  allegedly to be in possession of marijuana  and drug paraphernalia. Both were placed under arrest and taken to the Lewis Run barracks where they  charged and arraigned before on called District Judge Todd.

 State police at Mansfield have arrested a 38 year old Millerton woman for assault with bodily injury connection to an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday night on Bailey Creek Road in Rutland Township.  Police claimed that the woman struck a 40 year old Millerton  man with a motor vehicle in the driveway at a residence Bailey Creek Road and then fled the scene before police arrived.