Friday May 22, 2020

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, DCNR relaxes some restrictions at some state facilities….Number of cases holds steady in the region except for Cattaraugus County…..Potter County Planning Director Hunt gave an update yesterday on revitalizing efforts…Commissioners advise there is not much they can do about the virus because of governor’s veto…..check for $13,000+ to Elk County business, bounces….Mt. Jewett couple arrested for stealing camper

The  first holiday weekend of the summer season occurs this weekend Memorial Day and Pennsylvania is relaxing some restrictions at state facilities.

The Potter  County Commissioners addressed  the COVID-19 issue during their regular meeting yesterday. Planning and GIS director Will Hunt gave a report on Project 2025 and Revitalize Potter County. “They ultimately are going to merge together by the end of this and we have released our Revitalize Potter County website that is on our Community Development page is available there and it’s got a vast variety of resources for businesses and residents within the county to be utilized. We have access to local resources as well as our unemployment opportunities. So what the Career Link is offering and state and  federal organizations in there and what their statements are and where what opportunities are there. We continue to work with our Representatives as well as our local agencies to seek as much information and maybe opportunities for our residents and businesses as we continue to revitalize Potter County from coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once we have on the website, some phases, we’ve already completed phase one, and are moving through phase two now and identifying partners and trying to get everything organized and in a legible way for everyone to access. And once we reach phase four, which will be more or less a phase back into Project 2025, you’ll have the information that we’ve collected is really being driven out of the comprehensive plan and 2025 focused and goal. So it’s not necessarily a whole separate program. It’s just a sister program. While we go through this unusual time, so more to come. The website will be updated regularly as we get more information. I definitely want to commend all the businesses and encourage everyone to check out the web. Say our business mapping website now has over 70 county wide businesses that are represented on there and provide residents with information of curbside service contact going in advance and whatnot. So hopefully that continues to get utilized in those businesses are being a  good use of that.”

Commissioner, Paul Heimel  said that there is a misconceptions about what  that the commissioners can help to change things. “ I like to just address some misconceptions in the community which has led to a number of calls. Everyone’s very anxious and very concerned about our economy, so it’s completely understandable. However, it’s very important to note that although the state legislature passed a bill which would have given county commissioners authorization to lift restrictions or set county based restrictions based on our own judgment, standards, and our own review of the safety advice,  the  bill was vetoed by the governor. So I just wanted to point that out because it’ll save a lot of calls for people that are trying to influence county commissioners to exercise authority of which they haven’t done is want to say that in case anyone has heard the rumors or conjecture that county commissioners do something about code, red, yellow, green and their restrictions which apply we have absolutely no authority.  State Police at Lewis Run did not release the suspect’s name but say that they are charging a man  for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday evening on Pit Hole Road in Keating Township in which a male subjected a female victim to unwanted physical contact.

Ridgeway Based State Police are investigating a theft by Bad Check occurring May 6 on St. Mary’s Street in  Fox township when someone wrote a worthless document on a closed account to Legend’s  Sport and Turf for the purchase of a Polaris UTV valued at $13,458. Police say the case remains open.

A theft by bad  checks is also under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. someone wrote a worthless check to Myer’s Motorsports in Kane  earlier this month and the investigation continues.

A theft occurring on the Clermont Road and Route 6 in Hamlin township McKean County Monday afternoon has resulted in the arrest of two Mt. Jewett residents. A 40 year old man and a 39 year old woman are accused of stealing a Coleman pop up camper belonging to a 55 year old Marietta, Pennsylvania woman. The camper was located on a logging road off of Red Mill Road in Norwich Township. The  suspects were allegedly found in possession of the camper and drugs and paraphernalia. They’re now facing charges in District Court.

A criminal mischief occurring in Eldred Township is being probed by State Police at Lewis Run. sometime last weekend vandals  damaged the rear driver’s side door om a vehicle belonging to a 22 year old Coudersport woman while it was parked along the north edge of the roadway facing west along 446. Near Champlin Hill Road. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Lewis Run State Police at 814-368-9230.

Another physical harassment is also under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. Two  male suspects allegedly engaged in a verbal argument which escalated into a physical altercation on James Lane and Cindy Lane Monday eveningmm Both men are going to be answering charges in District Court

A 22 year old Eldred resident has been arrested for DUI Following a traffic stop on Mechanic Street at Main Street in Eldred Borough Sunday evening. He was driving a 2005, Susa light Su.

A 31 year old Bradford man is being charged with drug possession. Police say while on normal routine patrol on East Main Street in Foster Township near the intersection with Foster Brook Road, troopers observed a vehicle  allegedly committing traffic violations. Upon further investigation, the driver was found to be in possession of multiple controlled substances, was  suspected of driving under the influence and had an outstanding felony warrant. The drivet was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a legal  blood draw and then taken to the McKean  county jail. Charges are pending blood results. He was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota.

A 42 year old Lewis Run man is being charged after being pulled over by troopers on West Washington Street near Maryland Avenue in the city of Bradford Wednesday afternoon for a try violation. Police claimed that the operator is a habitual offender of driving while operating privilege is suspended and he is also facing charges in district courts.

Thursday May 21, 2020


Gov. Wolf has vetoed bipartisan legislation to help PA residents  deal with unemployment….Total cases here more than 64,000…..Cases in region hold steady although Cattaraugus County goes up to 70….Brockport man jailed on strangulation charge…Tioga County forgery case investigated….Sweden Township residents advised large bears are roaming through the area, gobbling up food and destroying vehicle interiors……

Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of legislation . which ensures millions of Pennsylvanians forced into a dysfunctional unemployment system by no actions of their own have to stay there indefinitely, will remain in place after a veto override vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required by Pennsylvania’s Constitution.

A bipartisan majority of the chamber voted for overriding House Bill 2388, but the secrecy and lack of a coherent reopening plan from the governor remains in place at this time.

“Gov. Wolf has shown time and again, he is not listening to the voices of Pennsylvanians whose livelihoods are being destroyed by this pandemic response,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “This bill would have allowed a variety of businesses to safely reopen in the same way national retailers, government offices and countless other businesses approved by this administration are currently working. Instead, these Pennsylvanians, and the families who depend on their income, will continue to suffer.”

The vetoed legislation would have reopened auto dealers, lawn and garden centers, hair salons, barber shops, pet groomers and manufacturers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 20, that there are 746 additional positive cases of COVID19, bringing the statewide total to 64,412. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19  Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area remained  steady—Tioga County  16; McKean; 11 ; 6 in Elk; Potter 4; and Cameron 2.  Across the border in New York State County. Cattaraugus  County has three more cases moving up to a total up to 70. While Allegany  County remained stable at 44 cases.-. There are 4,767 total deaths in Pennsylvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 143 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 293,244 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 13,947 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,244 cases among employees, for a total of 16,191 at 559 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of the total deaths, 3,172 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities

Approximately 4,751 of the total cases are in health care workers.

A 63 year old Brockport man has been arrested for strangulation  in connection to a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place Monday at around 9am at house on Flat Road in Horton Township. State Police responded to an active domestic violence situation and took Robert Murray into custody. He was arraigned by Judge Brown via polycom and unable to post bail was committed to the Elk  County Prison. Charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment  are pending in District Court.

State Police at Ridgway and are also investigating a theft of services occurring at 105 Schoolhouse Road Benezette Township, Elk county on May 10 a suspect was seen illegally dumping building material into the township dumpster. He was driving in 2018 Chevy Silverado and the investigation remains open.

Mansfield based State Police are investigating a forgery taking place. May 4 or 5 on Skyline Drive in Charleston Township. Someone forged the name of a 23 year old Wellsboro man on two personal checks. That investigation is continuing.

 The Sweden Township police department is advising residents in the Sweden Valley area to be aware there are two very large bears roaming throughout the area. One actually opened a vehicle door recently and destroyed the interior of the vehicle. Police say take  bird feeders in at night along with any or all other feed for birds or animals as well as garbage and household trash. These items attract bear skunks, rats and raccoons and can cause illness as well.


Wednesday May 20, 2020

County prepares for June Primary….nearly 64 cases in PA…..region’s totals stay steady…Potter County Commissioners to hold virtual meeting Thursday….Elderly Smethport man killed in Emporium collision with semi….Two car/deer encounters probed by state police…PennDot equipment stolen in Tioga County….

Things are getting somewhat back to normal.

Plans are in place for the June 2 General Primary Election in Potter County. Director of

Elections Sandra Lewis reports that the many uncertainties that surrounded the election

following the declaration of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

have now been resolved.

A variety of Republican and Democratic nominations will be decided by voters. Offices

ranging from President of the United States to member of the Pa. House of Representatives

will be filled this year. All offices on each party ballot can be seen in the samples that have

been posted at (click on Elections/Voter Registration Department).

All 32 voting precincts in Potter County will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. A list of polling places

is available on the website, Only registered Republicans and Democrats

are eligible to cast ballots in the respective primaries.

Director Lewis points out that this election marks the debut of the expanded vote-by-mail

options that have already proven to be popular in Potter County. Approximately 2,000 voters

have requested absentee or mail-in ballots. Those voters are not eligible to vote at the polls

on June 2, except by provisional ballot.

Absentee and mail-in ballots must be received by the Board of Elections Office at the

Gunzburger Building no later than 8 pm on June 2.

Safety precautions will be in place. Voters are urged to wear a mask in order to protect

themselves, other voters and poll workers from any potential spread of the COVID-19

coronavirus. Hand sanitizer will be available at each polling place. If they wish, voters may

bring their own pens for provisional ballots and to sign the poll books. Black or blue ballpoint

pens are preferred. Voters are also encouraged to take their own gloves to use to vote on

the machines, if they so wish to.

The Pa. Dept. of State has established a very informative and user-friendly website for

Pennsylvania voters, available at

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 19, that there are 610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,666. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases remained the same in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area: 16 in Tioga County; 11 in McKean; 6 in Elk County; 4 in Potter and 2 in Cameron County.

There are 4,624 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 119 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Department’s website.

There are 286,034 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 13,813 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,191 cases among employees, for a total of 16,003 at 557 distinct facilities in 44 counties.(None in the Black Forest Broadcasting Area). Out of the total deaths, 3,145 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 4,600 of our total cases are in health care workers.For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on

In a related note, the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Potter County commissioners will be held at 11am tomorrow Thursday, May 21. It will be a virtual meeting to participate call 814 to 2740844. And when prompted, and our 1144 77 pound sign.

An elderly Smethport  man died in a collision with a tractor trailer yesterday at around 9:15 am in Shippen Township.  According to State Police at Emporium, 93 year old Thomas Cioffi was pulling out of the parking lot at the Button Wood Motel  and Restaurant to make a left turn onto Sizerville Road (Route 155) and crossed into the path of a northbound tractor trailer operated by Todd Hainzey of Hyde, Pennsylvania. The truck driver didn’t receive any injuries. However, Cioffi  suffered severe injuries and was taken to Penn Highland hospital by Cameron County angles where he was pronounced dead.

 Emporium based State police say that a York Pennsylvania woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring last Saturday night on Low Grade Road in Gibson Township. Patricia Dunkle was going east when her Subaru Legacy struck a deer crossing the road. After initial impact Dunkle  changed  direction a couple times before finding  a suitable safe location to  pull off the roadway.

A Shinglehouse  woman escaped injury and car deer collision occurring Tuesday morning just before 8:00 am on Route 44 in Sharon Township, Kristen Wood was traveling south when a deer entered the southbound lane from the right side of the road in front of her Chevy Equinox. She could not avoid hitting the animal and, but was able to pull the car off the road where it came to rest.

 33 year old Joshua Weeks of Galeton  has been arrested for assault for an incident allegedly taking place at around 4:00 am Sunday on Head Avenue in Galton Borough.  Apparently the crime was committed against a 32 year old Galeton  woman.

Mansfield base State Police are investigating a theft occurring on the North Road at Skyline Drive in Jackson Township on May 13. Someone stole some equipment belonging to Penn that including a downhill grade sign with  flashing warning light valued at $100 a white battery pack with orange stripe valued at $75.

 State police at Emporium are  also investigating a criminal trespass occurring Saturday night on Meadow Road in Shippen Township, a man and a green tie dye shirt and blue jeans trespassed on property belonging to a 57 year old Emporium woman.

Some pills were stolen from the home of a 76 year old Emporium  on Bryan Hill Road Saturday afternoon. No value was given.