Wednesday July 22, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 55

MOSTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH THE THREAT OF SOME AFTERNOON SHOWERS. HIGH OF 84

PARTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT LOW 59.

SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH OF 87.

CLEAR TOMORROW NIGHT, A LOW OF 70.

FRIDAY, MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE HIGH 80s.

A few volunteer fire departments in the region are receiving wildfire grants….Covid cases hold steady in PA Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area…..Indecent assault of young girl investigated in Tioga County…Theft cases probed by two barracks unfounded….and no one hurt in motorcycle/car collision in McKean County yesterday.

The Wolf Administration today announced $591,975 in new funding to help rural communities guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas.

The funds will be going to 109 Volunteer Fire companies throughout the state, including some here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. The Kane  Volunteer Fire Department in McKean  County will receive $970; Otto Township volunteer fire department in Duke Center $5000, and Cedar Mountain Wildfire Crew Incorporated in Mansfield,  $1500. Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant awarded any fire company in 2019 was $10,000.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 20, that there are 711 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 101,738. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area Tioga County has 32;  McKean, 25;  Elk 38;  Potter, 19: and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State cases continue to go up. Cattaraugus County now has 147 cases and Allegany  County 72. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 172 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 13 and July 19 is 153,838 with 5,613 positive cases. There were 17,468 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 19. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,018 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 3 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.There are 637 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 938,175 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 18,685 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,614 cases among employees, for a total of 22,299 at 792 distinct facilities in 59 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 4,804 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,545 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Mansfield are continuing to investigate and indecent assault allegedly occurring at around 7am on July 10, at a home on Route 6  in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Troopers say they responded to a report of a suicidal male and indecent assault. After investigation,  they found the suspect had sexually assaulted young girl.  The investigation is continuing.

A couple of barracks have found reports of thefts did not occur. State police at Ridgway were called to Appalachian Power Sports on July 15  in Ridgway Township, but after investigation they determined that no theft had occurred at the store.

Emporium based a police were called to the Dollar General in that town on July 17 for a report of shoplifting but when they investigated, they determined that no crime had occurred and that case is closed.

State Police at Lewis Run did not release the names of those involved in a collision occurring yesterday afternoon on Route 6 in Hamilton Township McKean County. Troopers explained  that the collision occurred when a 2020 Harley Davidson Street Glide and a  2018 Chevy Spark collided after the car began to turn left into the Sheetz  parking lot signaling to do so. The motorcycle was traveling behind the car and didn’t notice that it had reduced speed and ran into the back. Both drivers escaped injury in the units were drivable from the scene so it is considered a “non- reportable” and thus no names were released.

Tuesday July 21, 2020

Monday’s high, 90; Overnight low, 55

PARTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM A HIGH OF 85

A LOW  TONIGHT OF 65.

SLIGHT CHANCE OF SOME THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW HIGH OF 87.

A LOW OF 70  THURSDAY MORNING THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY HIGH 83.

MOSTLY CLOUDY THURSDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 65.

 Game Commission meeting  this Saturday will be virtual only…..Virus cases held steady over past day in Black Forest Broadcasting Service area but one county  has had second fatality….Police at Ridgway investigate vandalism to homemade political sign….

In compliance with state guidelines to minimize the effects of COVID-19, the upcoming Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting will be held only online. The online meeting will be held Saturday, July 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin with the acknowledgment of award recipients. The board then will hear reports from staff before picking up its prepared agenda. Because this meeting will held only online, the process for accepting public comment is different than usual. Comments can be emailed to pgccomments@pa.. Those who, in recent months, already have emailed comments about policy matters and agenda items do not need to do so again; those comments have been forwarded to the board.

People also may submit recorded comments by phone by pre-registering to receive a call from the Game Commission on Wednesday, July 22, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Their comments, up to five minutes in length, will be recorded during the call. The pre-registration form needed to submit comments by phone can be found directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F27NZSB or through the “Upcoming Events” link under the “Information and Resources” tab at www.pgc.pa.gov. Calls will be placed on a first-to-register, first-to-be-called basis until 11 a.m. If you pre-register and do not get a call from the Game Commission during this three-hour window, email your comments to pgccomments@pa.gov.All submitted public comments will be sent to the board to be read and heard before the July 25 meeting. To watch the virtual meeting live, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2073957514663283214. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.`

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 20, that there are 711 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 101,738. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number has held steady over the past couple days here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Elk county has 37; Tioga 35;  McKean, 25; Potter, 19;   and Cameron. 5 in neighboring New York State Allegany County has 71 and Cattaraugus 145. Those totals have held steady for the past couple of days. Allegheny  County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 172 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 13 and July 19 is 153,838 with 5,613 positive cases. There were 17,468 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 19. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,018 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 3 new deaths reported. Elk County has had two deaths.  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.

There are 637 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 938,175 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. More data is available here.

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 about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,685 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,614 cases among employees, for a total of 22,299 at 792 distinct facilities in 59 counties including Elk and McKean Counties.  Out of our total deaths, 4,804 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.Approximately 7,545 of the  total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Ridgway are investigating a criminal mischief occurring last Friday or Saturday on River Road in Jay Township Elk County. A homemade “Trump” sign belonging to 70 year old Rebecca Bricen of  Weedville  was spray painted overnight and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridgway barracks at 814-776-6136.

Monday July 20, 2020

 

The state senate has approved a bi-partisan bill to change the probation system…..Virus cases continue to increase in the region…..Motorcyclist.. killed in Tioga County collision….Passenger hurt after falling off motorcycle due to medical condition  near Cross Fork…Ridgway based state police arrest two for DUI….

Sunday’s high, 94; Overnight low, 61; 1” of rain weekend total, from thunderstorms

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 87.

LOW TONIGHT IS 61

SUNSHINE TO START OUT TOMORROW THEN CLOUDS INCREASE A HIGH OF 87. ONCE AGAIN,

SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT LOW OF 67

WEDNESDAY RAIN WITH A HIGH OF 80 AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 65.

The Senate approved a bipartisan bill today to improve Pennsylvania’s probation system by addressing serious flaws that have trapped nonviolent offenders in a cycle of incarceration without improving public safety.

Senate Bill 14, sponsored by Senator Anthony Williams (D-8) and Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), would begin to restore the probation system to its original purpose of being a pathway out of the criminal justice system.

Under the bill, courts would have stronger guidelines and restrictions on imposing new sentences of incarceration on probationers. Incarceration would be reserved for individuals convicted of new crimes and more serious technical violations. The bill also creates incentives for probationers to succeed through credits for good behavior, such as maintaining a job and performing community services.

Currently, technical violations that are not actual crimes – such as being late for an appointment, traveling out of state or being unable to pay fines and restitution – can lead to excessive extensions of probation or prison time that far exceed the original sentence handed down at trial. The cost to incarcerate these individuals is far greater than the cost of supervision, resulting in wasted taxpayer dollars without any benefit in terms of public safety.

The bill also creates a mandatory probation review conference after three years for misdemeanor convictions or five years for felony convictions, with a presumption that probation will be terminated unless the individual does not qualify. The review could occur earlier based on the good conduct of probationers and on the achievement of educational, employment and other goals.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 19, that there are 786 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 101,027. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area cases continue to move up. Tioga  County has 32 McKean 25; Elk 37; Potter 19; and Cameron 5.  Across the border into New York State. Cattaraugus County has 145 cases and Allegany 71.

Allegheny County PA near Pittsburgh  is reporting an increase of 138 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 182 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 12 and July 18 is 146,701 with 5,552 positive cases. There were 20,212 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 18. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,015 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 8 new deaths reported. One death has reportedly occurred in Elk County. 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. Health officials say consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 637 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 926,352 patients who have tested negative to date

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths  (69%) 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. 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 approximately 21 percent of cases so far in July;
  • SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 18 percent of cases so far in July;
  • NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;
  • NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to 12 percent of cases so far in July; and
  • NC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to 13 percent of cases so far in July.
  • SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,638 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,599 cases among employees, for a total of 22,237 at 788 distinct facilities in 59 counties including Elk and McKean Counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,803 (69%)  have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 7,507 of the total cases are in health care workers.

One person was killed in a collision occurring Sunday afternoon on Route 6 and Shippen Township Tioga County.  State police report. 53 year old Joseph Jones, no address given, was pronounced dead at the scene after his Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a Ford E350 van driven by an 18 year old whose name was not released. A passenger on the motorcycle a 55 year old woman was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Neither she nor the operator were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which occurred when the van entered Route 6  from a parking lot on the north berm. Jones  tried to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful. There were four passengers in the van and the extent of their injuries was not provided by police who are continuing to investigate the collision. Route 6 was closed for a several hours after the collision and traffic was detoured around the crash site.

A Catawissa Pennsylvania woman was hurt when she fell off a motorcycle on the Coudersport Pike in Lycoming County Saturday afternoon. Marie Elaine Murray Admire was riding on a Yamaha Raider operated by her husband Robert Admire when she suffered a medical emergency and fell off the bike onto the right shoulder. She was taken to Williamsport General Hospital by Kettle Creek Ambulance.

State  police at Ridgway have arrested 75 year old Frederick Frank of Johnsonburg for terroristic threats. Police claimed that last Wednesday evening Frank threatened to shoot a 25 year old Johnsonburg man if he did not stop riding his dirt bike.  Charges were filed  in District Court.

James Drauker, 49,  of Brockport has been arrested for DUI after being stopped by troopers from Ridgway on July 8, at County Line Road and Route 219. In Horton Township.  Drauker  was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation and after being arrested, was taken to Penn Highlands out for a blood draw which he refused.  Charges of DUI have been filed  in District Court.

Troopers  at Ridgway have arrested 48 year old Edward Covel of that town for DUI after stopping him on Route  219 and State Drive in Horton Township on the afternoon of July 3. He was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and was taken to Penn Highlands for a legal blood draw, which he also refused.  Charges are being filed in District Court. Refusal to submit to chemical testing in Pennsylvania can result in a one year driver’s license suspension and up to three days in jail on top of DUI charges.

 A criminal mischief occurring on Toles  Hollow Road in Eulalia Townshp  last Friday morning is under investigation by Coudersport based State Police.  Marlene Fantasky  told troopers her riding lawnmower was used and damaged by an unknown person. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 274 8690.