Tuesday August 4, 2020

Ag Progress Days will be held virtually this year….Virus death rate in PA slows down…Troopers investigate corruption of minors near Port Allegany…Possible rape in Lafayette Township investigated Four people hurt  in McKean County Collision…Trail cameras capture image of thieves …Cops make several DUI arrests…..

Monday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 62

AFTER SOME OVERCAST SKIES, SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS MORNING A COUPLE OF PEEKS OF SUNSHINE

78 AND OVERNIGHT LOW OF 60.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW WITH A HIGH IN THE MID 70S

PERIODS OF CLOUDS THURSDAY WITH A HIGH OF 77 AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 60.

The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on agriculture in Pennsylvania will be the subject of an online town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 10, as part of Penn State’s virtual Ag Progress Days exposition. Hosted by Rick Roush, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Redding, state secretary of agriculture, the forum will cover the lessons learned from the pandemic to date and the next steps needed to recover from the crisis, which has caused significant disruptions to food and agricultural markets, supply chains, and workforces.The virtual town hall is free to attend, but registration is required. Those who register also will have access to a recording of the town hall for future viewing. A link to the registration page can be found on the Ag Progress Days website at http://apd.psu.edu.

Registered participants are invited to submit questions and discussion topics for Roush and Redding prior to the webinar. Details on how to submit questions will be provided in a confirmation email sent to registrants. The deadline for submitting questions is noon Sunday, Aug. 9. Virtual Ag Progress Days, Aug. 9-12, will feature live, interactive webinars; virtual tours of the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center; videos highlighting research, educational programs and best practices in agriculture, natural resources, health and nutrition, and other topics; and opportunities to learn about and connect with the event’s commercial exhibitors. More information is available on the Ag Progress Days website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 3, that there are 565 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 114,155. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area continues to inch up. Elk  County now has 45 cases; McKean has jumped to 33; Tioga has 35; Potter is holding at 20 and Cameron has 6 cases. Across the border in NY State, Cattaraugus County has gone up to 162 cases and Allegany County has increased to 75.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania  near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 68 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 71 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 27 and August 2 is 152,627 with 6,165 positive cases. There were 17,494 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 2. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,209 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 0 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. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to health officials.There are 643 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 1,142,414 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 19,628 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,991 cases among employees, for a total of 23,619 at 856 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 4,914 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 8,353 the total cases are in health care workers.

 State Police at Lewis Run are investigating a corruption of minors allegedly taking place on the afternoon of February 15  In Liberty Township, outside of Port Allegany. Police say that the crime occurred over Snapchat and the investigation is ongoing.

 And troopers at Lewis Run are investigating a possible rape taking place in Lafayette Township on July 31, between 2:00  and 3:00 am and that investigation is also continuing.

 A 34 year old Buffalo  man has been arrested for drug possession by troopers at the Lewis Run barracks. Authorities say when they conducted a traffic stop on July 20 at  Route 219 South and  the Kendall Avenue, exit in Foster Township. They found the operator was in possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and charges have been filed in District Court.

 State Police at Lewis Run have  also released details about a fender bender July 30 in Hamlin Township at the Sheetz  parking lot located at 3014 Route 219. The operator of a Ford F 150. XLT forgot to apply the  E brake before getting out, which caused the truck to roll cross the parking lot and strike a 2017 Jeep Cherokee, parked in a Walmart parking spot. Minor damage was reported. Both units were able to be driven from the scene and there are no injuries. So technically it is considered a non reportable,

Four people were hurt in a collision just before 11:00 am Sunday in Eldred Township. Troopers report the collision occurred when 79 year old Stanley Whitney OF Bradford made a left hand turn from McCrea Brook Road onto Route 446 and did not see a 2020 Subaru Outback driven by Jennifer Mack of Smethport. After impact, Whitney’s Toyota Rav4 traveled through the intersection and stopped along the right side of the road. Both units received disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene. Both drivers and passengers and their vehicles 74 year old Betty Whitney and 62 year old Jennifer Mack were all taken to area hospitals for treatment. Police said all we’re using their seat belts at the time of the crash.

State Police at Lewis Run are using trail camera footage to determine the identity of thieves observed stealing various items from along the CCC Road and Kinzua Route  in Lafayette Township during the early morning hours of June 30. Police say when the identity is determined charges will be iled in District Court.The  investigation is continuing.

DUI charges are being filed against a 58 year old Bradford man whose 2015 Chevrolet was pulled over on East Main Street at Fields Court in the city of Bradford. Saturday night just before midnight for a traffic violation. Police claim that the driver whose name was not released, was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken into custody.

Ridgway  State Police have arrested a 32 year old St Mary’s man for DUI. After stopping him on Lynch Road in the city of St. Mary’s early Saturday morning for a traffic violation. The unnamed suspect was found to have consumed alcohol and charges are pending the results of blood alcohol testing.

A  48 year old St. Mary’s man has also  been arrested for DUI by troopers at the Ridgway barracks. That suspect was arrested early Sunday morning at McGill  Street and West Mill Street in the city when he was pulled over for a minor traffic violation and allegedly found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Ee was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw and charges are pending those

 

Monday August 3, 2020

Sunday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 62

INCREASING CLOUDS TODAY COOLER HIGH OF 79

 SHOWERS TONIGHT LOW  62

SCATTERED RAIN TOMORROW WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS A HIGH OF 75.

 AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 60  WITH SHOWERS

WEDNESDAY CLEARING ONCE AGAIN A HIGH OF 74.

 MOSTLY CLEAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT A LOW OF 52.

  

DCNR accepting snowmobile & ATV Grant applications….Covid cases increase in region…..Underage Bradford resident arrested for DUI….Alleged sexual assault in James City being investigated…Neighbor swears at woman posting signs in Jones Township…Wilcox woman arrested for disorderly conduct…. https://soundcloud.com/user-159792485/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-august-3-2020

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced the department soon is accepting applications for grants aiding snowmobile- and ATV-related projects.

No match is required for this funding; however, applications providing matching funding will be given additional consideration.

Proposed projects eligible for DCNR grants include planning, land acquisition, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction, and development of educational programs related to snowmobile and ATV trails and facilities.

With a few limited exceptions, all snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must have a registration issued by DCNR.

Statewide, Pennsylvania has about 26,600 active snowmobiles registered, and slightly more than 172,500 ATVs.

Grants are administered by DCNR with funding provided from registrations.

Applications will be now through September 30….Covid cases increase in region….Underage Bradford resident arrested for DUI…Wilcox woman arrested for disorderly conduct….Neighbor swears at woman for posting signs in Jones Township….possible indecent assault investigated in James City…

Applications only will be accepted electronically through DCNR’s online grant application system.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 2, that there are 654 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 113,590. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh  is reporting an increase of 82 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 75 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 26 and August 1 is 154,617 with 6,165 positive cases. There were 18,824 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 1. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,209 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 5 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 according to health officials.

There are 643 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 1,130,979 patients who have tested negative to date.

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 19,603 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,979 cases among employees, for a total of 23,582 at 857 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 4,910 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 8,311 the  total cases are in health care workers.

A 19 year old Bradford resident is being charged for DUI after being stopped on Route  219 at Owens Way Saturday morning Troopers claim when they stopped the suspect’s 2009 Toyota Highlander  just after 4:00 am for multiple traffic violations, they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

A “Non-reportable” collision in Lewis Run Saturday afternoon was investigated by troopers at Lewis Run.  A Dodge Challenger  backing out of a private drive along JFK Drive damaged a legally parked 2014 Jeep Cherokee sitting across the road. There were no injuries and both units could be driven from the scene.

State police at Ridgway are investigating an indecent assault reportedly occurring Saturday morning in Highland Township. Police say the victim is a 14 year old James City girl and the suspect is known but no further information was released.

A 45 year old Wilcox man has been arrested for harassment by communication. Trooper’s did not release the suspect’s name but allege he shouted obscenities toward a 55 year old Wilcox woman for placing posted signs.

Disorderly conduct charges have been filed against 36 year old Abby Orourke of Wilcox for an incident allegedly taking place at 127 Kane Street in Jones Township on the evening of July 29. Details were not released.

 

 

Friday July 31, 2020

“Cool” activities planned for this weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

Thursday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 52

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 79.

MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT A LOW 56

A MIX OF  CLOUDS AND SUN TOMORROW WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS HIGH OF 81.

SHOWERS LIKELY TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 62.

SUNDAY, THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY OTHERWISE MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A HIGH OF 79.

Potter County businesses invited to apply for Corona aid grants….Virus cases hold steady in region….Harrison Valley knocked unconscious in ATV crash….Bradford woman hurt in McKean  County Collision…..Sweden Township burglary investigated….Items stolen from McKean County campsite…

A grant program to help businesses and non-profit organizations adversely affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic was unveiled this week  by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Federal funds provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will be used to cushion the blow of the ongoing public health crisis.

Primary purpose of the program is to provide immediate relief so that small businesses and non-profit organizations can retain employees, continue operations, and remain sustainable. Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel  say they recognize the need to inject the money into the local economy as quickly as possible.

“Because these are federal dollars that have been allotted to the county, we’ve been working hard to meet all of the administrative requirements,” said Commissioner Grupp, board chair. “It is our goal to make this process less cumbersome for the businesses and organizations who need the help now.”

Local applicants could qualify for up to $25,000. Funds can be used for payroll (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds); rent/mortgage payments; personal protective equipment or other COVID-19 related supplies; and operating expenses.

An online submission process is being put in place to expedite the processing of applications, which will be accepted from 10 am Monday, Aug. 3, through 4:30 pm Monday, Aug. 17. Applications may be submitted by visiting https://arcg.is/1HTmCC.   Written applications will also be accepted. For details, contact Potter County Community Development Director Ellen Russell at (814) 274-8290 extension 209. Questions about the program can also be directed to her by phone or by email at erussell@pottercountypa.net.

Detailed program eligibility requirements, including information about the application process, can be found on the county website, pottercountypa.net. (Click on “Help for Local Businesses” located in the

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 30, that there are 860 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 111,078. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area have held steady for at least a day or two. Elk county now has 42 cases; Tioga,  34; McKean, 26; Potter,20; and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County is holding at 157 and Allegany County at 74.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh,  is reporting an increase of 132 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 127 cases.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 23 and July 29 is 163,936 with 6,822 positive cases. There were 22,996 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 29. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,176 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 14 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 according to experts.

There are 642 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 1,088,859 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.

Approximately 8,165 the total cases are in health care workers.

Coudersport based  state police report a Harrison Valley resident was hurt in a crash occurring Sunday evening on East Main Street in Harrison Township. Dustin Wheeler was operating a Polaris RZR XP 1000 eastbound on Route 49  attempting to exit the highway to the north at a high rate of speed. The machine went out of control, slid sideways in the grass when the right side wheels dug into the ground, causing the vehicle to roll over and eject the operator. The unit continued to roll until it struck a house where it came to final rest.  Wheeler was knocked unconscious for several minutes and was given first aid by state police who responded to the scene.  A landing zone was set up. However Medevac was recalled. Wheeler  was taken to UPMC Cole via Harrison Township ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

A burglary on Angel lane in Sweden township is under investigation by state police to Coudersport, sometime between July 13 and 21. Someone damaged a camper owned by Coudersport couple  damaging the camper while  stealing various items from inside

31 year old Jason Gutshall of Coudersport has been arrested for public drunkenness after being nabbed on River Street in the village of Roulette at around 5am July 18. State police said they were called to 6 River Street for a fight and while in route to the scene, one of the involved individuals was allegedly found passed out in the middle of State Route 6 and appeared to be intoxicated.

Empoirum  based state police are looking for anyone who can help them solve a mystery. They report that on May 19 a pair of helium balloons with a note attached to a ribbon on one of the balloons was located at 5637 Beachwood Road in Shippen Township. The note refers to the anniversary of the death of the author’s father and mentions a crime which may have occurred during that period of time, which was estimated to have taken place in 1994.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321.

Minor  injuries were reported for a Bradford woman involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon in Lafayette Township McKean county State Police at Lewis Run report Kalee Kloss failed  to yield after stopping at a marked sign at the intersection of Route 219 and Route 59.  Kloss  was traveling through the intersection into the travel lane as a Kia Sorento driven by Mark Reed of Ridgway was traveling south on Route 219.  Kloss’s Chevrolet Equinox hit the Reed’s SUV in the side and then traveled about 50 yards north on State Route 219 coming to rest in the parking lot of Tacks Inn restaurant.

A 33 year old Smethport man has been arrested for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday night on Canfield Hollow Road in Eldred Township.  Troopers claimed the man fled in an unknown direction when they arrived on the scene.  Officers  determined that family members had engaged in a verbal and physical altercation.  victim is listed as a 65 year old Pennsylvania man.

State police at  Ridgway say a Bradford driver was hurt in one vehicle crash occurring last Sunday morning on the Ogrin Road in Highland Township. Jacob Walker was traveling south when he swerved his Jeep Cherokee to the right for unknown reasons.  The Jeep hit an embankment and rolled  over onto its roof before stopping. Walker was taken to UPMC Kane  for treatment of his injuries.

A campground  theft on the afternoon of July 13 is being investigated by State Police at Lewis Run.  Thieves made off with an EZ Up canopy valued at $100,  a Coleman gas lantern, Coleman gas heated shower valued at $150 and a medium gray tote valued at $20 belonging to a 63 year old Wilcox man.