Rig stolen in Dubois

Suspects caught on surveillance camera (at least they had been wearing masks)

PA residents will see health insurance rates decrease in state exchange……Covid cases increase slightly in region……State Police are looking for a drilling rig stolen last week in Dubois…Car/deer collisions occurring across region…..Lewis Run troopers investigate alleged sex crimes…..Potter County woman victim of ID theft


Sunday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 49; .07” of rain weekend total






Pennsylvanians who buy health insurance on a new state-based exchange are seeing lower costs thanks to legislation introduced in the House and sponsored by Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). That is according to the Pennsylvanian Department of Insurance, which approved lower rates for 2021 and attributed the savings to House Bill 3, now known as Act 42 of 2019.Statistics from the Insurance department show a 3.3% decrease for individual market plans, and a 2.1% decrease in small group market costs.

Last month, Pennsylvania introduced Pennie, the new state-based health insurance marketplace for 2021 coverage. Pennie is available to all Pennsylvanians and aims to improve the accessibility and affordability of individual market health coverage. The state exchange makes no changes to the requirements, pre-existing conditions or any other enrollment requirements that exist at the federal level, and if the Affordable Care Act program changes or is eliminated, the Pennsylvania exchange would reflect those changes.

The Trump administration opened opportunities for states to create exchanges unique to the challenges and needs facing individual states through an executive order on President Donald Trump’s first day in office.

Consumers interested in learning more about the exchange and important open enrollment dates can visit the insurance department’s website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 16, that there were 1,566 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 179,086. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Tioga has 117; Elk 60; McKean, 74; Potter 37; and Cameron County is still holding at 8. In neighboring New York State, Cattaraugus County has 403 cases and Allegany County has 205.


Allegheny Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh,  is reporting an increase of 141 cases, Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 136 cases and Westmoreland is reporting an increase of 108 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 9 and October 15 is 238,610 with 9,592 positive cases. There were 34,782 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 15.

There are 8,457 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all  Pennsylvania businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to health experts.

There are 2,103,044 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 24,334 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,342 cases among employees, for a total of 29,676 at 1,015 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 5,603 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 11,559 of the total cases are among health care workers.

Sunday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 49; .07” of rain weekend total






Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. Tiger has 117 elk at McCain 74 Potter 37 and Cameron county is still holding at eight.

State police across Pennsylvania  are looking for a Mack drilling rig that was stolen last Sunday, October 11 at around 6:20pm. The vehicle traveled south on Route 219 in Jefferson County and entered interstate 80 eastbound. The vehicle was observed in Columbia County approximately three hours later while traveling east on Interstate 80. Anyone seeing  the drilling rig or who can identify the individuals pictured  by surveillance cameras are asked to call State Police in Dubois at 814-371-4652.

Coludersport  based State Police are investigating a theft by deception, victimizing a 47 year old Ulysses woman. The victim  told police that someone had her download an app on her cell phone and then he took over control of her phone siphoning $349 from her bank account. continuing.

A criminal mischief occurring on Gas Well Road in Keating Township Potter County is also being investigated by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. Trespassers  were seen on property owned by a 58 year old Colombiana,  Ohio man spoke to the victim. They were advised not to be on that property. It was later discovered that some metal rebar that lined the property had been bent.

A criminal mischief occurring on Fox Hill Road and Ulysses Township is also under investigation. The crime occurred between October 4 and 9.  Culprits damaged an exterior window of a home belonging to a 68 year old Ulysses  man. 

A burglary at 37 State Highway 607 in Austin  the first of September is also being investigated by a troopers at Coudersport. someone broke a window a front door  A stained glass window in the front door at the home of a 55 year old Austin woman was broken. The window was valued at $500.

A scattering of rubbish incident is being probed by troopers at Coudersport  that occurred last Monday, October 12. Someone dropped 27 one gallon containers of Clorox bleach near Yahn Road in Hector Township. It is unknown why the bleach was left at that location. A canvass of the area did not turn up results according to troopers. Anyone who can shed light on the incident is asked to call State Police at 814-274-8690

Car/ deer collisions are plaguing area motorists. A  Wellsville, NY woman escaped injury last Thursday evening in Eulalia Township. Bernadine Billings, was traveling on the North Hollow road when a deer came onto the highway in front of her Dodge Durango she was unable to avoid the collision. Police said that the driver escaped injury but the deer was fatally injured and the car had to be towed from the scene

A statutory rape/ sexual assault case is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. The crime allegedly occurred between March 15 of 2017 and March 15 2019, involving a 19 year old girl. The suspect is said to be a 64 year old Genesee man but his name was not released by State Police.

A burglary occurring on Porcupine Road in Summit Township Potter county is also under State Police investigation between August 7 and October 6.  Someone tried unsuccessfully to force open a basement door at  their a camp owned by James Metcalfe of Mechanicsburg.

No more injuries were reported for a Lawrenceville teenager and her passengers in a car/ deer collision occurring Friday evening on Main Street in Jackson Township Tioga County. Police said 19 year old  Clarissa Empson was going east when a deer came onto the highway in front of her Ford Fusion. She was unable to avoid hitting the white tail. Empson  and her passengers Caelyb Preston of Millerton and Dakota Brown of Lawrenceville were  all using seatbelts and were not hurt.

 A Galeton  driver escaped injury when his car caught fire on in Charleston Township Tioga  County Friday evening, Albert Lapolt Jr. was able to pull his Chevy Venture off the road and get out safely. The blaze was extinguished by members of the Wellsbor  Fire Department.

An  elderly Canton, Pennsylvania driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring last Monday on the Ogdensburg Road in Union Township Tioga County. Dennis Dibble, 71,  was driving a Mack truck which went off the western shoulder of the road and overturned coming to rest on the passenger side. The unit had to be towed from the scene.

A Lewis Run man has been arrested on drug charges by State Police at Lewis Run.  Troopers claim when they pulled Richard Greisbaum over for a traffic violation on South Avenue they  reportedly found him in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Charges are pending in District Court

 The theft of a bug light from an Eldred residence is under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run.  The theft occurred sometime last Wednesday. The light belonged  to Craig Maynard of Cliff Nelson Drive in Eldred,

 A Rebersburg  Pennsylvania driver and his passenger escaped serious  injury in a car/ deer collision occurring last Thursday evening In Norwich Township, McKean County. According to troopers at Lewis Run, Sebastian Pispas was traveling north when the white tail entered the highway in front of his Ford Escape Pispase was unable to avoid the collision. One of the passengers, Elizabeth Urbanski of Rebersburg  suffered  a minor injury. Joseph Farabaugh and Jennifer Farabaugh  of Dubuque, Iowa were not hurt.

 State Police at Lewis Run, took 36 year old Patrick Carpenter of Kane into custody after stopping him for a vehicle code violation on Route 219 and Route 6 in Hamlin Township back on October 9 for a traffic violation. Officers  discovered  that Carpenter  had outstanding warrants against him and was taken into custody without further incident.

Troopers  at Lewis Run are investigating and alleged indecent assault occurring October 3, with the victims listed as a 13 year old and a 15 year old girl both from Smethport. The investigation began through a Child Line report and an indecent assault is also being probed by troopers at Lewis Run, following another Child Line report.  That alleged assault occurred  on Jo Jo Road in Wetmore township on October 3, involving a five year old boy.

Another sex abuse of children is also under investigation by Lewis Run troopers.  That incident  occurred on September 15 when  a report of a pornographic video of a child was observed on Summer Street in Bradford.

A Bradford resident has been arrested for carrying a concealed firearm illegally. Seth James23,  was stopped  on Route 219  near the intersection of the Tuna  Valley Crossroads last Tuesday in Foster Township. Police pulled James over for an alleged traffic violation, and then they allegedly found him to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was placed under arrest for suspected DUI and then was allegedly  found in possession of a firearm without a concealed carry permit. Those charges are pending in District Court.  James  was remanded to the McKean county jail in lieu of $10,000 unsecured bail.