Monday’s high, 78;Overnight low, 51; .10 “ weekend total

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY WITH SOME SCATTERED CLOUDS. A HIGH OF 78.

A LOW TONIGHT AT 62.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW WITH CLOUDS INCREASING, MORE HUMID HIGH OF 87.

AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 62. THEN ON THURSDAY, A MIX OF CLOUDS AND SUN IN THE MORNING THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON HIGH 82

CLOUDY THURSDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 52.

Elderly Tioga County killed in shooting……Three area residents charged with attempted homicide….Several homeless after fire in Smethport which injured two people……Johnsonburg fire under investigation…PennDot says roundabouts have decreased fatal accidents….Covid cases inch up in region…..

 Mansfield Based State Police have not released details but say that an elderly Middlebury Center couple died in a murder suicide occurring Sunday afternoon at their home on 79 Ridge Road in Middlebury Township. 75 year old Linn  Storms  was pronounced dead at the scene.  His wife it was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer hospital in Sayre but later succumbed  to her injuries. Police did not indicate which one was the shooter.

Three area residents have been charged with attempted criminal homicide for an incident allegedly taking place at around 5:30 am Sunday at East Greenwood Street and Emporium. Troopers at Emporium were called to that location for a possible disturbance and it was discovered that an assault had occurred. Police allege that 33 year old Samuel  Sherwood and 28 year old Shayne Sage both of Emporium and 22 year old Jeremiah Putt of Smethport assaulted a 54 year old Emporium resident with a wooden dowel rod, metal pipe,  and a hatchet during the assault. The victim also suffered multiple stab wounds in the abdomen. All three were taken into custody without incident and arraigned before District Judge Mark Jacob who set bail at $250,000 each. The suspects were unable to post bail and were remanded to the Potter County Jail.

The State Police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a blaze which resulted in injuries for two people  Saturday evening at 103  East Main Street in Smethport. Cpl. Greg Agosti reports  that the blaze at the Hull’s Hotel originated in a common hallway between apartments while most of the tenants were out of the building. Damages  are estimated d to be $300,000 the apartments occupied  by Jack Darrin, Rebecca Watson, Jessica Watson, Vanessa and Jonathan Watson, Ryan Bailey and  Juliana Glover, and Louise Loveless, Bailey and Grover were flown by helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital.Bailey was released following treatment and Grover remains in serious condition. Anyone with information about that blaze is asked call Smethport Borough Police at 814-887-4911 or the Pennsylvania State Police Marshal in Ridgeway at 814-776-6136.

An investigation is also  continuing into a fire in Johnsonburg early Saturday morning. That fire originated on the rear porch of a home occupied by Sherry and Andrew Kowalski. The cause of the  fire is unknown.  Damage there  said to be $80,000. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Again, the state police fire marshal is looking for public input regarding that fire.

A criminal mischief occurring between August 29 and Sunday is under investigation by state police at Emporium. Unknown vandals broke ou the back window on a Jeep cap owned by George Stuart of Emporium while it was located at 214 S. Broad Street.

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed as of 12am yesterday that there are 547 additional positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the statewide total to 139,863. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of covid 19. The number of cases continues to go up slightly here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Elk county has 65;  Tioga  49 ;McKean, 41; Potter 25 and Cameron 8.  Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus  County has 230 cases and Allegany  County 92.

The number of tests administered in Pennsylvania during the last seven days between August 31 and September 6 is 161,316 with 5838 positive cases, there were 16,494 test results reported to the department through 10pm September 6.  Those tests represent the total number of tests administered. There are 7780 total deaths attributed to COVID-19– an increase of 20 new deaths reported.

Mask wearing is required in all Pennsylvania businesses and whenever leaving home. Health officials say that consistent mask wearing helps to reduce the spread of the virus. Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 21,430 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,613 cases among employees, for a total of 26,043 at 947 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 5,240 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 9,901 of the  total cases are among health care workers.

They were controversial when they’re being installed a few years ago in Olean, NY. an roundabouts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or pen that announces that fatal injuries and crashes decreased over all 22 roundabouts at 19 locations after they were built in Pennsylvania Penn that recently reviewed data for 22 roundabouts on state routes at intersections that were previously stopped or signal controlled. Those roundabouts were selected based on having at least three years of crash data available before and after the roundabouts were built. Department data based on police submitted crash reports spanning the years 2000 to 2019 shows that fatalities at those locations were reduced by 100% and the total number of crashes decreased by 24%. Suspect serious injuries were reduced by 78% suspected minor injuries were reduced by 62% and possible or unknown severity of injuries were reduced by 82%. property damage, only crashes increased by 20%. In addition to the 22 roundabouts in Pennsylvania meeting the selection criteria 34 of the roundabouts have been built on state routes and over 40 more are in design a criminal mischief occurring at 214 South Broad Street in Emporium is being investigated by state police there the crime occurred between August 29 and this past Sunday, someone broke out a rear window in a Jeep cab belonging to George Stewart of Emporium

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TURTLEPOINT, Pa.—Frank R. Skinner, 51, of Turtlepoint, a former lifelong resident of Port Allegany, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a long illness.Born on Monday, November 25, 1968 in Olean, he was a son of Charles L. Skinner, Sr. and Catherine A. Swartz Skinner Poweska.Frank was a graduate of Port Allegany High School. He was first employed at the former Market Basket in Port Allegany and then Kwik Fill in Port Allegany. He was a self-employed lawn caretaker and landscaper. He also worked as a custodian at the former Pittsburgh Corning Glass Plant in Port Allegany. He also was a forester and security guard in the lumber industry. Lastly he was a driver for the local Amish families before ill health forced him into retirement.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.Surviving are a son, Josh Ward of Georgia; two brothers, Charles L. (Theresa) Skinner, Jr. of Kane and Carl L. (Doreen) Skinner of Port Allegany; two sisters, Sarah L. (Stephen Sr.) Fiske of Little Genesee, N.Y. and Paula A. (Ronald) Swartz of Eldred; a stepbrother, John A. Poweska of Little Genesee, N.Y.; a family friend, Kim Ferguson of Savannah, Georgia; his ex-wife, Angel Champlin Skinner of Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his stepfather, Alvin Poweska, Sr.; a stepbrother, Alvin Poweska, Jr.; and his half sister, Debbie A. Skinner.A celebration of Frank’s life will be held on a date and time to be announced. Burial will be in Mt. Collins Cemetery, Tionesta.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Frank’s name may be made to the Port Area Ambulance Association, 22279 Rte 6, Port Allegany, PA 16743.Frank’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Frank, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frank R. Skinner, please visit our floral store.

 

AUSTIN, Pa.—Raymond A. “Fritz” Friedl, 84, a longtime resident of Austin, formerly of St. Marys, passed away with his loving family by his side on Sunday, August 30, 2020, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after an unexpected illness.Born on Sunday, June 21, 1936 in St. Marys, he was a son of Charles and Bertha Wonderly Friedl. On June 4, 1977 in the Austin United Methodist Church, he married Patricia A. Dynda, who survives.He attended school in St. Marys. Fritz enlisted in the US Air Force having served honorably during the Korean War. After serving his country, he moved to Vermont where he drove a milk truck and worked in the farming industry. He also farmed in the Austin area for many years, while he also drove a truck in the oil, gas, and pipeline industries. He was also employed by Sylvania in Emporium. Fritz was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of Potter Post #192 in Coudersport and a social member of VFW Post #7810 in Austin. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed hunting, small engine repair and tinkering in his shop.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years; two stepsons, Lyle R. Dynda of Austin and David J. (Paula Roberts) Marsh of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Robert “Bob” (Jennifer Waite) Dynda, Nathan Scott Dynda, Jonathan “Jed” Dynda, Katarina “Kat” Dynda, Josh Marsh, and Travis Marsh; four great-grandchildren, Hailie Marsh, Akacia Dynda, Aizlynn Dynda, and Kaivan Dynda; a sister, Mary (Rod) Saulter of St. Marys; a special cousin, Howard “Pooch” (Laura Newell) Grant of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Fritz was predeceased by three brothers, Herbert, Harry, and infant Earl; and a sister, Elsie.Currently there are no services planned.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Fritz’s name may be made to the Austin VFW Post #7810, 293 Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720 or to Potter Post #192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Fritz’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Fritz, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Raymond A. “Fritz” Friedl, please visit our floral store.

Doris Anne Parks KRYSIAK, 80, of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, September 3, 2020 in her daughter’s home in Elmira, NY. Born July 15, 1940, in Sayre, she was the daughter of George Edgar and Isadore Phillips Parks. On May 1, 1965, in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Westfield, she married Gerald James Krysiak, who predeceased her on November 10, 1986.A 1958 graduate of Northeast Bradford High School and a 1962 graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, she was a substitute teacher in the Northern Tioga School District and surrounding area for 10 years and at full-time teacher at Westfield Elementary School for 30 years, retiring in 2002.Doris was a member of the Westfield United Methodist Church, King’s Daughters, Order of the Eastern Star #33 in Westfield, Le Cercle Moderne Book Club, and served as secretary/treasurer of Champlin Cemetery Association for many years.  Surviving are: three daughters, Angela (Matt) DiPetta of Elmira, NY, Brendalyn (Todd) Keefer of Corning, NY, and Colleen (Diane Strawser) Krysiak of Elmira; two grandsons, Thomas (Angela) DiPetta and James DiPetta, both of Horseheads;  a great-grandson, Matthew Thomas DiPetta; a sister, LaVeta Rae (Duane) Jennings of Granville Summit; a brother-in-law, Timothy Krysiak of Memphis, TN; two sisters-in-law, Christine (Michael) Dodd of Fayetteville, TN and Jana Krysiak of Willowick, OH; nieces, nephews, and cousins.Private funeral services will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield.Memorials may be made to Northeast Bradford School District, 526 Panther Lane, Rome, PA 18837, Champlin Cemetery, c/o David Young, 1069 Locust St., Sabinsville, PA 16943, Rome Cemetery, 441 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 63, Rome, PA 18837, or Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doris P. (Parks) KRYSIAK, please visit our floral store.

 

 

 

 

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announces that fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall at 22 roundabouts at 19 locations after they were built, according to department data.

PennDOT recently reviewed data for 22 roundabouts on state routes at intersections that were previously stop or signal controlled. These roundabouts were selected based on having at least three years of crash data available before and after the roundabouts were built. Department data based on police-submitted crash reports spanning the years 2000 through 2019 shows that fatalities at these locations were reduced by 100 percent and the total number of crashes decreased by 24 percent. Additionally:

Suspected serious injuries were reduced by 78 percent;

Suspected minor injuries were reduced by 62 percent;

Possible/unknown severity injuries were reduced by 82 percent; and

Property damage-only crashes increased by 20 percent.

In addition to the 22 roundabouts meeting the selection criteria, 34 other roundabouts have been built on state routes and over 40 more are in design.

Roundabouts are frequently installed to address intersections with safety issues but may also be installed to improve traffic flow as well as other reasons such as traffic calming, and to facilitate pedestrian mobility.

Although roundabouts are safer and typically more efficient than traditional signalized intersections, they may not always be the best option due to topography or other reasons, such as property impacts, capacity issues and proximity to other intersections. To educate Pennsylvanians on how to navigate a roundabout, the department created a video on how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot. The video can be accessed by visiting the roundabout page on www.penndot.gov or by visiting the department’s YouTube channel.