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





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

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