Monday July 27, 2020

Sunday’s high, 86;  Overnight low 55







Transparency act becomes law without Governor’s signature…Virus cases move up slightly in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area…Kane woman bilked out of $2500 in internet scam….Warren man accused of pointing BB gun at a Port Allegany man in Potter County….Bradford fire was arson….Ridgway man charged with child endangerment after he allowed two children to repeatedly walk across a the roof on a second story house…..


Approximately 158 Tri-County Co-0p members on Fishing Creek were in the dark for about two hours and 27 minutes last night. The outage which began at 7:03 pm was caused by a tree coming in contact with an electric line according a co-op spokesman.

Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) says transparency legislation, House Bill 2463, which unanimously passed the Legislature, will become law without the governor’s signature.The law requires state agencies to answer the public’s questions submitted through Right-to-Know (RTK) requests, as prescribed by law, during state of emergency declarations.

In response to the bill becoming law, Grove, the author of the bill, issued the following statement:

“For the past week or so, Gov. Tom Wolf has touted his reasons why he would veto House Bill 2463, all of which were debunked. At the same time, numerous stakeholders, such as newspapers, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, and members of the House and Senate vocally raised their concerns on what a veto would mean for transparency in the Commonwealth. It would have meant the administration and state agencies under its umbrella could ignore valid questions from the public and the press.

“House Bill 2463 has a simple goal: To ensure the public has a route to hold its government accountable, even in times when a state of emergency declaration has been declared. A crisis is no reason for elected officials to ignore questions from the public.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 26, that there are 800 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 107,425. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area there was an increase of one in Tioga County which now has 34;  Elk has 39; McKean 26; Potter 20; and Cameron is holding at 5. Across the border in neighboring  New York State  Cattaraugus County now has 151 cases and Allegany  is holding at 74.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh  is reporting an increase of 133 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 148 cases.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 19 and July 25 is 156,316 with 6,384 positive cases. There were 17,542 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 25. These results represent the total number of tests administered.There are 7,118 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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


There are 641 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 1,028,776 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.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,134 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,818 cases among employees, for a total of 22,952 at 829 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean Counties.  Out of the  total deaths, 4,851 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,939 the total cases are in health care workers.

Coudersport based State Police have arrested 31 year old Brian Bunce  of Warren for terroristic threats allegedly committed last Wednesday a little before 3am at 153 Angel Lane in Sweden Township.  Police claim that an investigation revealed that Bunce  pointed a silver and tan bb gun at 21 year old Roy Nickerson of Port Allegany. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats,  harassment, and disorderly conduct.

Troopers are also investigating a report of harassment involving a 12 year old female victim on Hyde’s Road in Shinglehouse  last Monday afternoon, no further information was released.

The state police fire marshal has discovered  that a fire at 7 Greens Court in the city of Bradford last week was intentionally set. The exterior of the wood frame garage was ignited at several locations the fire self extinguished. The damage was discovered by the owner Cyril Emerson age 79 of Bradford. Damages totaled less than $1,000. The location of the incident across the street from a previous act of arson involving a vacant residential dwelling at 62 State Street, which occurred on March 4.  The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call the state police fire marshal or Ridgeway barracks 814-776-6136.

Troopers at Ridgway  are looking for the driver of a vehicle, which caused some damage in Fox Township last Thursday evening.  The unknown southbound vehicle failed to negotiate the left curve,  went off the road;  struck  and damaged a fence at 115 Kemmer Road. The driver fled the scene without  notifying the property owner or police.

Francis McCarran, 45 of  Ridgway, has been cited for endangering the welfare of a child. According to state police there when  they investigated an incident taking place last Saturday July 18 they determined while McCarren was watching a six year old boy and a six year old girl from Forge, Pennsylvania, they gained access to a second story roof of the residence.  And for about an hour ran back and forth across the roof.  Charges are being filed in District Court.

And troopers  at Ridgway are also looking for a Ridgway man who has disappeared from his residence. 60 year old Brian Trumbull  has not been located since he was reported missing Friday, July 17. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814-776-6136.

A 38 year old Kersey man whose name was not released by state police at Ridgway is being charged with terroristic threats in connection to a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place last Thursday at a home on Fairview Road in  Fox township He  is also facing charges of disorderly conduct.

Mansfield base State Police have arrested two teenagers for physical harassment in connection to a fight taking place last Friday night on Bucktail  Road in Richmond Township Tioga  County.  Troopers say that a 15 year old girl from Towanda  threw a water bottle hitting a 16 year old Elmira, New York girl in the right knee. Then she allegedly pushed the victim with both hands after which the Elmira girl pushed the Towanda  girl with two hands and punched her in the chest.  They are  both facing charges in district Court.

State police at Kane report a 71 year old Kane woman has been bilked out of  $2,500.An alleged Amazon employee requested  the victim provide multiple gift card numbers to receive access to her Amazon shopping cart. Police advise the public to be aware of specific scams requesting personal information and $2500 in multiple gift cards were involved.

A 45 year old Mt. Jewett man has been cited for harassment for an incident allegedly occurring on July 20 on Jo Jo Road when the suspect allegedly committed the crime against a 36 year old Kane woman

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing to investigate a reported Cruelty to Animals occurring on Main Street at Oil Valley Road in Otto Township. no further information was released.

A  harassment victimizing a 54 year old Smethport woman remains under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run.  Through their investigation, they  determined that a known suspect whose name they did not release committed the crime for no legitimate purpose.

A 23 year old Gifford woman told state police that her roommate sexually assaulted and raped her during the afternoon of June 2 at a home on Airport Road in Lafayette Township. The male  suspect’s name has not been released.

A theft occurring along in Liberty Township McKean County is under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. Sometime last Wednesday.  Thieves stole  wood and doors from a barn located outside a home on the North Brooklynside Road. evidence indicated evidence was documented at the scene and the investigation continues

A hit and run occurring  last Wednesday on East Main Street in Mount Jewett Borough is under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run.  An unknown vehicle damaged a traffic sign and pieces of a suspected vehicle were found on the highway. Through further investigation. It was determined that a black vehicle struck the traffic sign causing extensive front end damage, and then left the scene heading west on Route 6 without notifying authorities.