PA has more almost 23,000 cases, and 13 new deaths…..Webinar this week will address improving retail activities in rural communities….tempers flare as “Stay at home”directive continues….burglaries investigated in Potter County….Theft of stolen vehicle probed by Ridgway State Police…

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 12, that there are 1,178 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 22,833. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania now have cases of COVID-19. The department also reported 13 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 507. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the departmen’s website.. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.There are 102,057 patients who have tested negative to date.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

County Case Counts to Date

County Number of Cases             Deaths

Adams  48           1

Allegheny            857         19

Armstrong          27           1

Beaver  145         13

Bedford               5              1

Berks     1035       20

Blair       10

Bradford              18

Bucks    1107       32

Butler    133         4

Cambria               13           1

Cameron             1

Carbon 102         3

Centre  70

Chester                562         17

Clarion  15

Clearfield             9

Clinton  8

Columbia             106         3

Crawford             15

Cumberland       110         3

Dauphin               229         4

Delaware             1594       39

Elk          2

Erie        39

Fayette                54           3

Forest   5

Franklin                64

Fulton   1

Greene                23

Huntingdon        10

Indiana 40

Jefferson             2

Juniata  38

Lackawanna       427         20

Lancaster             772         24

Lawrence            49           4

Lebanon              270         1

Lehigh   1684       18

Luzerne                1411       17

Lycoming             23

McKean               2

Mercer 40

Mifflin   12

Monroe               795         23

Montgomery     2164       63

Montour              29

Northampton    1082       23

Northumberland              37

Perry     16           1

Philadelphia       6352       128

Pike       212         6

Potter   4

Schuylkill              188         2

Snyder  20           1

Somerset            12

Sullivan 1

Susquehanna    25           1

Tioga     13           1

Union    19

Venango              6

Warren 1

Washington        68

Wayne  63           1

Westmoreland  223         6

Wyoming             9

York       307         3

Implementing policies to spur improvements in retail activities in rural communities will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented at noon April 15 by Penn State Extension.

Presenting the 75-minute webinar will be Harry Crissy, Penn State Extension business and community vitality educator. “Retail development is vital to the development of rural economies,” he said. “Local merchants are often prominent in civic affairs and among the most important constituencies for economic development. However, retail opportunities are sometimes impacted by other state and federal agencies.”

The webinar will focus on a case study of Denmark, South Carolina, an economically distressed rural community of about 3,400 people in the southeastern part of the state. The local economic development alliance asked Clemson Extension to assist in pursuing opportunities for improvement of the community.

Clemson conducted door-to-door surveys to gain perspective on certain aspects of the town. Using the resulting data, Clemson formed necessary relationships to change the course of the community.

Clemson Extension collaborated with the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the local council of governments to develop a successful plan that met the needs of those most affected while creating a template that could be used for other distressed communities.

This webinar will cover the process of improving the economic activities of a rural, distressed community, Crissy said.

“Improving Retail Activities in Rural Communities by Collaborating with the Department of Transportation” is the fourth webinar in the Penn State Extension Winter/Spring 2020 Land-Use Webinar series that runs through May.

The series assists municipal elected and appointed officials, planners, landowners, farmers, and community organizations in being informed regarding land-use issues and decisions in their communities.

The next webinar will be held –May 20: “Creating Vibrant Communities.”

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at To register for the webinars, visit

Tempers appear to be flaring as State Police across the region have responded to several physical assaults. 26 year old Sarah Monroe of Ulysses  has been arrested for physical harassment by Coudersport pace state police. They were called to a residence at Mill Heim Road in Hector township Potter County April 4, and they determined that she had assaulted a 49 year old, Ulysses woman during a disagreement.

Charles Mitchell, 29, of Coudersport has also been cited for physical harassment. State police report that he grabbed the victim by the throat for a brief moment during an argument on April 5 at around 1:15am at 509 at  East Second Street Coudersport.  No further information was released by troopers

Two members of a Dagus Mines family are being charged with physical harassment for a fight that occurred last Friday afternoon on Scotland  Street in Fox township. State police at Ridgeway responded to an active domestic violence incident where two brothers and their mother were involved in a physical altercation. Upon arrival, an 18 year old male  was taken into custody and arraigned. A 17 year old male  was also arrested but is listed as a victim as is their 41 year old mother..

 State police at Lewis Run investigated a harassment taking place at around 6:30 Sunday morning on Route 59. In Keating township. Police claim that a 30 year old Gifford  man and a 34 year old Smethport man became involved in a fisticuff where the suspect began pushing and shoving the victim but neither party reported injuries and the prosecution was declined by the victim

However troopers Lewis Run   arrested both people involved in a domestic violence assault taking place Friday night at around 10pm on Church Street in Hamilton Township.  Troopers report that a 30 year old woman and a 29 year old woman, both from Kane,  got into a verbal altercation that became physical when one woman  to get into her vehicle and run over the victim. The suspect fled the scene but was later taken into custody at her residence and charges are being found against both in District Court.

Troopers at Lewis Run  responded to a domestic violence assault taking place on Route 46 in Keating Township Saturday afternoon. When officers arrived they found that the victim and the suspect became involved in an argument which escalated but no injuries were reported or observed. However, the investigation is continuing

A Coudersport woman escaped injury and in one vehicle crash occurring Friday morning on Route 49 in Ulysses Township. According to state police at Coudersport,  Joanne Nelson was going east when her Jeep Liberty went out of control , hit a utility pole along the right side of the highway then rolled over coming to rest off of the pavement upside down. Nelson was cited for speeding.

Coudersport  based a police investigated a missing person complaint last month  when a person who suffers from dementia left his Sharon Township home  March 12,unaccompanied,  using his red Walker. A neighbor saw him get into a red sedan and the man was located at the local shop and safe and safely returned home

A burglary occurring in Harrison township on January 13. remains under investigation. Troopers at the Coudersport Barracks are  criminal took a small amount of KTM 50 from the garage. Anyone with information is asking to contact the Coudersport barracks at 274 at 690.

 The theft occurring on Costello Road in Portage township Potter county discovered last week is also under investigation by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. Someone took multiple jeans tank top t shirts valued at $250 multiple art items, including pens, markers, gel pens, paint brushes, paid at $200 and a vial containing ashes valued at $50 from a camp owned by Geraldine Britton of Greensburg,

A theft of a motor vehicle in Horton Township Elk County is being investigated by state police at Ridgway, a 1999. Black Chevrolet Blazer owned by Daniel Webster of Brockport was taken from his residence on Keystone Road on April 3.  it’s believed that is being driven by a known female acquaintance of the victim. If seen, please contact Ridgeway base state police at 814. 776. 6136.

Danielle Geiser of St. Marys has been arrested for DUI after she was allegedly found to be passed out behind the wheel of her  2012 Ford Escape at 45 Plum  Street in Jay township elk County, at around 10:30pm on March 30. She was taken to a nearby hospital for a blood draw and charges are pending the results of the lab tests.