Republican senator introduces bill giving seniors relief from property taxes….Elk County’s virus cases continue to increase……..Emporium man accused of rape and related crimes….possible child abuse investigated by state police at Coudersport…Elderly woman and teen driver collide in Tioga County…
Wednesday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 53
PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF AN ISOLATED SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM HIGH 87.
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT LOW 63.
SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW. OTHERWISE A HIGH OF 89 WITH MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES,
CLEAR SKIES TOMORROW NIGHT LOWS 63.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE A HIGH OF 82 AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 64
Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) has introduced legislation that would provide much needed school property tax relief for senior citizens across the Commonwealth.Senate Bill 1262 and Senate Bill 1263 would provide for a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 for all seniors age 65 and older who have an annual household income of less than $60,000. (Fifty percent of Social Security benefits are excluded when determining income.) The legislation would eliminate property taxes for the majority of senior across the commonwealth.Senator Scavello has introduced many legislative measures over his career in both the House and Senate. Most recently, he introduced Senate Bill 805 to provide the revenue necessary to eliminate school property taxes on owner-occupied homes via the homestead exclusion. This legislation followed the Constitutional Amendment question passed by voters in 2017 expanding the homestead exclusion to 100 percent of a home’s assessed value.He has also co-sponsored legislation that would eliminate school property taxes entirely.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 12, that there are 849 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 121,130. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. Elk county has jumped up to 54 followed by Tioga with 39; McKean, 34; Potter 20 and Cameron,7. Across the border in neighboring New York State. Allegany County is holding at 80; Cattaraugus County has gone up to 168 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between August 5 and August 11 is 157,895 with 5,272 positive cases. There were 25,765 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 11. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
There are 7,385 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Health Department’s website.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 experts.
There are 644 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 1,271,976 patients who have tested negative to date.
In nursing and personal care homes, there are 20,119 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,186 cases among employees, for a total of 24,305 at 887 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,012 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities
Approximately 8,749 of the total cases are among health care workers.
Emporium based State Police have arrested a 59 year old man from that town on sexual assault charges and related crimes occurring at a camp on straight Creek Road and Jones township Elk county on May 17 at around 6pm. Police claim that Thomas Krivonyak an acquaintance of the victim’s father, offered to take her, a 42 year old Emporium woman, and her two year old daughter for a ride. Police allege Krivonyak traveled to the camp on Straight Creek Road and subsequently sexually assaulted the woman. Police say the event was sparked by an alleged comment made Krivonyak relating that he was going to kill and rape both the victim and her daughter. A struggle ensued between Krivonyak and the woman who sustained multiple injuries from the attack and her shirt was ripped off of her body. Krivonyak was arraigned on six felony counts, six misdemeanors and one summary offense. Unable to post the $100,000 required cash bail bail Krivonyak was committed to the Elk County Prison. A preliminary hearing is tentatively tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, August 19, at noon.
State Police at Coudersport have arrested a known suspect for DUI following a crash on Route 872 in Wharton Township Sunday evening. While at the scene police, allegedly discovered that a third party to the crash had been driving under the influence and was placed under arrest . No further details including the identity of the suspect were released.
Coudersport troopers are investigating an alleged assault against a two month old girl on Grover Hollow Road in Genesee Township. State Police were referred by an allegation from Potter County Children and Youth Services and the investigation is continuing.
Both drivers escaped injury in a collision taking place Monday afternoon in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, according to Mansfield based state police the collision occurred when 78 year old Myrtle Nowak of Mansfield was trying to make a left turn from Old State Road onto a private driveway and failed to yield to oncoming traffic. Her Ford Fusion was struck by a Buick LaCrosse driven by a 17 year old Mainsburg girl.