Republicans unveil legislation to protect monuments and memorials…..Covid cases continue to inch up in region……Military head stone taken from Annin Creek property…..Port Allegany woman victim of ID theft…..Sunbury man arrested by Lewis Run troopers  for DUI and carrying a concealed weapon….Eldred woman accused of theft






​​State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) was joined by fellow lawmakers in Gettysburg to unveil legislation protecting Pennsylvania monuments from vandalism and desecration. Standing near the Eternal Light Peace Memorial at the Gettysburg Battlefield, Mastriano and Senator Judy Ward (R-30) discussed Senate Bill 1321, which is before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“In America, citizens have the right to peacefully advocate for their beliefs. But, in no society should the routine desecration of historic monuments, memorials, markers and statues become acceptable,” Senator Mastriano said. “With this legislation, Pennsylvanians are standing up to the masked cowards who, often under the cover of darkness, seek to erase our history and impose their beliefs on the majority.”

In 2020 alone, extremists have desecrated a monument to World War I veterans in Pittsburgh, defaced a statue of Philadelphia abolitionist Matthias Baldwin and vandalized the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. Groups have also vandalized memorials to George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant, the leader of the Union Army during the Civil War.

Senate Bill 1321 will:

Withhold state funding from municipalities and local governments that refuse to uphold laws protecting public monuments, memorials and statues from destruction or vandalism;

Require the state Attorney General to prosecute cases of monument vandalism when a district attorney refuses to prosecute; and

Strengthen penalties and require restitution for vandalizing monuments in Pennsylvania.

The grading of the offense ranges from a first-degree misdemeanor when property damage is between $200 and $2,000 up to first-degree felony when property damage is $500,000 or more.

“We have a responsibility as public officials to ensure that these monuments are not desecrated and individuals that aim to destroy them are prosecuted,” said Senator Ward, one of the bill’s sponsors.

Other prime sponsors of the measure include Senator Dave Argall (R-29), chair of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, and Senator Dave Arnold (R-48), a former prosecutor.

“I am proud to be a sponsor of this legislation and to support Senator Mastriano in this important cause,” said Argall.  “Honoring our heritage should be a given in our modern society, yet we now see monuments ruined across our country.  This important bill is key to safeguarding Pennsylvania’s history.”

“History is complicated, but it’s part of our heritage as Americans, and every citizen shares that heritage,” Senator Mastriano said. “We can’t let small groups of political extremists tear apart our history and, as a result, our unity. Today, we stand up and say, ‘No more.’”

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 19, that there were 1,103 new cases, in addition to 1,269 new cases reported on Sunday, October 18 for a two-day total of 2,372 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 183,315. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area the number of cases continues to inch up. Tioga County  now has 125 cases; Elk 86;  McKean 78; Potter 40 and Cameron is holding steady at 8 cases. Across the border into New York State. Cattaraugus County has 406 cases While  Allegany County has 212. Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 100 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 12 and October 18 is 233,298 with 6,870 positive cases. There were 28,821 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 17 and 22,977 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 18.There were 26 new deaths reported Sunday, October 18, and 8 new deaths reported for Monday, October 19 for a total of 8,500 deaths attributed to COVID-19. 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 officials.There are 1,719 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 648 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 24,663 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,389 cases among employees, for a total of 30,052 at 1,025 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 5,609 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 11,697 of the total cases are among health care workers.


State Police at Lewis Run report a 15 year old boy who is accused of physical harassment after he allegedly hit a 52 year old Smethport man during an argument last Wednesday afternoon on Route 46 in Keating township

An  ID theft victimizing a Port Allegany woman is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run.  Dawn Causer told authorities that she was the victim of a phishing scam through an email and the investigation is continuing.

Speeding charges have been filed against 19 year old Dylan Sprester  of Jewett, after one vehicle crash early Monday morning in Lafayette Township McKean County. According to troopers at Lewis Run, sequester was going west on Townline Road attempting to make a left hand curve when his Chevy Silverado went off the road and traveled into the eastbound lane and struck a shoulder on the other side. The truck continued traveling off the eastbound shoulder for about 120 feet before colliding with a large boulder. The truck then re- entered the travel lanes went another 50 feet before finally stopping in the eastbound lane where it was disabled. Sprester was not hurt in that crash.

A Rixford driver escaped injury in a collision with a deer in Keating Township McKean County early Sunday morning, Grant Preston was driving a Toyota Rav4 westbound on the Bordell Road when a deer came onto the highway and into his path.  When Preston swerved to avoid hitting the deer the SUV rotated about 360 degrees and slid off the road and hit a ditch coming to rest off the southbound berm. Preston reportedly left the scene of the collision, but was later located uninjured

A Sunbury Pennsylvania man has been arrested by troopers at Lewis Run for carrying a concealed weapon. Police say when they pulled Michael Kozak Hyudai  Savannah over for an alleged traffic violation on Route 59 at Magnetic Avenue in Keating  township McKean County Sunday afternoon. They found him in possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm.  Charges had been filed in District Court.

A 72 year old Cyclone man has been arrested for DUI by troopers at the Lewis Run barracks. While on routine patrol on Route 646 at the Ormsby Crossroad in Keating Township on the evening of October 12. The driver was suspected of operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Police did not release his name .

But troopers say that Scott Graves of Gifford was driving under the influence when his 2012 Dodge Ram was stopped on Route 6 at Kleisath  in Keating Township last Thursday afternoon for a traffic violation and police determined he had been driving the truck under the influence of alcohol.

Earlier in this report, we had news about legislation being proposed to protect historical monuments and statues. State Police at Lewis Run are investigating the theft of that military tombstone from 121 and in cricket and township outside of Port Allegheny between October 11 and 15th. Please did not indicate if the tombstone was in a cemetery or on private property or how much it weighed but it’s valued at $500 and anyone with information is asked to call State Police at Lewis Run 814-368-9230

Theft charges are being filed against 31 year old Brittany Mitchell of Eldred. Troopers at the Lewis Run barracks did not release details but claim she stole something from a residence at 187 Main Street in the borough of Eldred last Friday afternoon.

DUI charges are being placed against 58 year old Linda Atwater of Bradford her 2005 Chevy Malibu was stopped on Bolivar drive at route to 19 south and foster township McKean county Saturday just before noon for a traffic violation and police claim they found her in possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.

A Gwynedd Valley PA motorcyclist was hurt in an accident last Thursday afternoon in Bennezette Township, Elk county. State police at Ridgway say, Brian Hansen -Turton was negotiating a left hand curve when his BMW went off the side of the highway and struck an embankment. He was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands in Dubois.




William V. DEVLIN, Jr., 45, of Genesee, PA, died Thursday, October 15, 2020 in Rochester, NY.  Born February 10, 1975, in Lansdale, he was the son of William V. and Mary E. Sharkey Devlin.  He was employed as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.  Bill was a social member of the Souderton American Legion and a road captain for the Legion Riders.  He was an avid hunter.  Bill enjoyed rides on his Harley Davidson and shouting “Send It” and rolling coal in a Kenworth.  Surviving are:  his parents, Bill and Mary Devlin of Genesee;  his fiancée, Jennifer Fisher of Genesee;  three daughters, Kelsey Devlin of Coopersburg, Kylia Devlin of Coopersburg, Dakota Devlin of Emmaus;  a son, Daulton Devlin of Emmaus;  two grandchildren, Addalynn Worley and JaxsonWillemet;  a brother, Brian (Alyson) Devlin of Souderton;  nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply.  Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.  Memorials may be made to Souderton American Legion, 353 North Main St., Souderton, PA 18964.  Online condolences may be expressed at To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William V. DEVLIN, Jr., please visit our floral store.