Friday July 10, 2020

 

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY WITH SOME AFTERNOON. THUNDER SHOWERS HIGH OF 87

TONIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS  64.

SATURDAY, SHOWERS LIKELY AND SOME THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON A HIGH OF 80

SHOWERS TAPERING OFF SATURDAY NIGHT LOW OF 60.

SUNDAY, MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUN WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS A HIGH OF 81.

Tri-County REC switches to virtual annual meeting…..state sees increase in Covid  cases in younger demographics….Millerton woman accused of using car to hit a male victim…Smethport woman and passengers unhurt  in collision with several  deer…Troopers investigate possible corruption of minors in McKean County…..Bradford driver facing DUI charges after wreck in Hamilton Township….Terroristic threat charges filed against Bradford man

To protect the health and safety of its members and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be conducting its 84th annual meeting virtually this month instead of holding its traditional in-person annual meeting and member appreciation event.

The annual meeting and member appreciation day had been scheduled to take place July 28 during the Troy Fair at Alparon Park. Out of an abundance of caution, the co-op’s board of directors opted to cancel the public gathering and, instead, hold the annual meeting virtually. Subsequent to the board’s decision, fair officials announced the cancellation of this year’s Troy Fair.

Tri-County’s virtual annual meeting will take place Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. Co-op members will be able to access the virtual meeting via the Tri-County website, www.tri-countyrec.com, as well as through the co-op’s Facebook page.

The virtual meeting will feature updates about Tri-County and the progress of its broadband internet project from Tri-County President & CEO Craig Eccher and board Chairman Matthew Whiting, approval of routine annual reports and the 2019 annual meeting minutes, as well as announcement of director election results.

Three incumbent board members, Nicholas Reitter of Genesee, Matthew S. Whiting of Lawrenceville, and Lowell W. Geiser of Germania, are running for re-election in an uncontested race this year.

Tri-County mailed director election ballots to members residing in eligible voting districts last month. Members in voting districts 3, 5 and 9 have the option to vote using mail-in ballots, online, or in person at the Tri-County REC headquarters building in Mansfield. Members participating in online voting have until noon on Tuesday, July 21, to cast their ballot. If voting by mail, ballots must be received no later than July 21. In-person voting at the cooperative office will remain open until 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to meet in person with our members at the Troy Fair this year,” Eccher said. “In keeping with our efforts to promote a culture of safety at the cooperative, we felt it was prudent to forego our traditional in-person annual meeting and member appreciate day. We appreciate our members’ understanding and patience during these challenging times and look forward to gathering again someday soon.” 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 9, that there are 719 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 92,867. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, Tioga County has 27; McKean 20: Potter 17 and Camero 4.  Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 131 cases and Allegany County 64.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County Pennsylvania  increased by 158 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 161 cases overnight. The number of tests administered since July 2 is 121,032 with 5,625 positive test results. Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.

There are 6,848 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, in Pennsylvania, an increase of 36 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the 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.

There are 635 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 787,156 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.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers  over the weekend about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 28 percent of cases so far in July;

SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;

NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 16 percent of cases so far in July;

NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 15 percent of cases so far in July; and

NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to over 12 percent of cases so far in July.

SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to over 13 percent of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,092 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,396 cases among employees, for a total of 21,488 at 732 distinct facilities in 55 counties including cases in facilities located in Elk and McKean Counties…. Out of the total deaths, 4,667 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,964 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State police at  Lewis Run report, a Bradford driver and her passengers escaped injury in a one vehicle in a car deer collision occurring Monday afternoon in Lafayette Township, Sara Martin was going east on the Bingham Road when several deer entered the highway in front of her Ford Taurus. She was unable to avoid hitting the white tails and the car continued on for a short distance before coming to rest along the East berm, Martin and her passengers Suzanne Dunkel of Smethport and a seven year old boy who was in a child safety seat, escaped injury.

 Troopers at the Lewis Run barracks are continuing to investigate a possible corruption of minors. A Liberty Township woman contacted State Police telling them that her son had received inappropriate pictures on his phone last Wednesday, July 1.

 State Police at Lewis Run did not release the name of a DUI suspect, who was arrested following a one vehicle crash on Route 321 at  the Red Bridge Campground in  Hamilton Township Tuesday afternoon. The 2020 Chevy Malibu was allegedly driven by someone under the influence of a controlled substance. Police say a methamphetamine pipe and other paraphernalia evidence were recovered at the scene. The driver whose name was not released was taken to Bradford Regional Medical was provided an opportunity to submit to legal blood draw. Charges are pending in District Court.

A scattering of rubbish incident occurring on Old Mill Road in Wetmore Township McKean County is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. Someone dumped some fireworks  debris on property owned by a 56 year old Kane man.

Troopers are also investigating a theft by deception, occurring on June 25 along the Lower Portage Road in Liberty Township, no further details were released.

A 32 year old Bradford man has been arrested for terroristic threats for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday night on Sweitzer Drive and  Memorial Road in Otto Township McKean County. The suspect’s name was not released.

A 51 year old Gifford man has been arrested for terroristic threats in connection to a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place Sunday night at  Route 646 in Keating Township. The suspect allegedly committed the crimes against a 49 year old Gifford woman.

Both people involved in an argument have been cited for assault with a weapon for an incident allegedly taking place Monday afternoon on Airport Road in Spittler drive in Lafayette Township. State police say that a 56 year old Bradford man went to the Lewis Run barracks telling police he was running from his fiance a 50 year old Bradford woman who was chasing him with a knife while they were at the Bradford Regional Airport picnic pavilion. After further investigation, police determined that the woman chased the man with a knife and pushed him. He is accused of chasing her between while swinging  a water cooler and her and pushing her. The man was found  allegedly to be in possession of marijuana  and drug paraphernalia. Both were placed under arrest and taken to the Lewis Run barracks where they  charged and arraigned before on called District Judge Todd.

 State police at Mansfield have arrested a 38 year old Millerton woman for assault with bodily injury connection to an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday night on Bailey Creek Road in Rutland Township.  Police claimed that the woman struck a 40 year old Millerton  man with a motor vehicle in the driveway at a residence Bailey Creek Road and then fled the scene before police arrived.

 

Thursday July 9, 2020

 

Tuesday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 64

PENN STATE SAYS SOME RELIEF IS ON THE WAY WHILE THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON A HIGH OF 91 THREAT CONTINUES TONIGHT WITH A LOW OF 67

THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE AGAIN TOMORROW HIGH OF 89 AND A LOW OF 67.  N SATURDAY, THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE WITH A HIGH IN THE LOW 80s

OVERNIGHT LOW IN THE 60s.

The Dean Center moves concerts outdoors….PennDot is resuming highway clean-up program…..Virus cases continue to creep up in region…..New York state man injures Tioga County woman with lawn chair….Smokey the bear silhouette stolen in Elk County…..

 Organizations have adapted  in order to continue their events in spite of the COVID 19 virus. The Dean Center for the Performing Arts on Main Street Borough  has made the decision to move six concerts originally scheduled for indoors to be held outdoors. The Dean Center has been running a free series of seven concerts on the outdoor stage featuring local musicians. But the Gabe Stillman band based in Williamsport was to open the series of those six indoor BYOB concerts on Friday featuring regional musicians but instead the Stillman concert will begin at 6:30pm on the outdoor stage, rather than inside the Coolidge theater. There will be live entertainment every Friday this summer with a mix of local and regional talent and all the shows will be free. However, organizers are hoping that those who attend will support the concerts by making a donation. While the Stillman band’s electrifying sound is unmistakeably rooted in American blues, the group draws deeply from influences of Soul, R&B, Funk, and New Orleans Jazz and Blues music. Those attending are invited to take lawn chairs and sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage or sit on lawn chairs on Cental Avene, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theater to provide space for social distancing. And again, all donations will be appreciated.

PennDot announces guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as its adopt the highway activities resume across the state including mask wearing social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing the actual Activities had been suspended as part of Pennsylvania’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In continued preventative measures against the spread of the virus volunteers must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines while carrying out Adopt the Highway activities, including social distancing wearing of masks by individuals washing hands frequently, and using hand sanitizer whenever appropriate. As always PennDot will provide volunteer groups with safety vests, trash bags, work gloves and other equipment as requested and other equipment as requested by their PennDOT AAH coordinator for safety. Pennsylvania State Police will be notified of all scheduled events PennDot will pick up bagged litter from the roadside. While all adopt the highway cleanups will start on state maintained highways, areas that are non state maintained can be cleaned and adopted through the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful program. More information about that is available at the website Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. More information is available at https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/keep-it/adoption-program/.

To join an existing AAH team or start your own, visit the Adopt-A-Highway page under “Roadway Beautification” at www.PennDOT.gov

 And speaking of the virus, the Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12am yesterday, there are 849 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing a statewide total to 92,148. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have COVID 19. The number in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area continues to go up. Elk county has jumped to 28 cases Tioga County has 27; Potter County 17; McKean 20; and Cameron 4. Cases are increasing across the border in New York State. Cattaraugus County has 130 cases and Allegany County has 54.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County, PA,  increased by 230 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 90 cases overnight.The number of tests administered since July 1 is 118,128 with 5,542 positive test results. There are 6,812 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths

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

There are 635 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 774,378 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 18,060 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,380 cases among employees, for a total of 21,440 at 727 distinct facilities in 55 counties including institutions in Elk and McKean Counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,663 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,903 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Ridgway  based State Police have made a couple of DUI arrests. Nathan Poirier of Kersey was cited after being stopped on the Million Dollar highway and Fairview road in Fox Township in Elk County on June 14, just after 2am.  He was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation and subsequently cited for DUI. And 39 year old Jason Burkett of Weedville was arrested after he was stopped on the Green Road at Industrial Park Road at around 4:30pm  last Friday and subsequently was placed under arrest for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 52 year old Corning  New York man has been arrested by Mansfield based state police for assault with a weapon for an incident allegedly taking place on the evening of June 6th at 692 Route 49 in Westfield Township.  Troopers claim David Halstead hit. 48 year old Julieanne Coogan, of Westfield on the back several times will a lawn chair and caused bruising on her back legs and butt. Halstead fled the scene before police arrived, but is facing charges of simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief to a char broil grill valued at $250 .

State police at  Mansfield are continuing to investigate a firearms violation taking place at the Morris Gun Show back on March 14, on Lambs Creek Road in Richmond Township. A 31 year old Jacksonville, Florida man attempted to buy a gun from Moore Sports center while knowing he was prohibited from owning  a weapon. Charges were filed in District Court.

 And 36 year old Wilbur Wood of Covington has been arrested for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Monday night on North Williamson Road in Covington Township. Wood is accused of threatening a 16 year old Covington boy saying he was going to beat him and pound his face in. He is now facing charges in District Court.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating the theft of a Smokey the Bear silhouette, which was taken from Game Lands 44 near State Route 219 near Rocky Top Road in Ridgway Township, Elk county yesterday. The silhouette valued at $50, belonged to a 59 year old Austin woman and was attached to the fire danger gauge. Anyone with information about that theft is asked to call State Police at Ridgeway.

Troopers at the Emporium  barracks have also made DUI arrest. A 78 year old Emporium man was charged after patrol officers reportedly observed numerous indicators of impairment while the suspect was driving on East Third Street in Emporium on July 4, just after midnight. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI  and charges are pending in District Court.

A criminal mischief occurring on East Fifth Street in Emporium is being probed by State Police vandals “egged” a 1990 orange Suzuki while it was parked on East Fifth Street. Anyone who has information about that incident is asked to contact the Emporium  barracks at 814-486-3321.

 

 

 

Wednesday July 8, 2020

 

Three Galeton residents charged with murder…Both people involved in Shinglehouse domestic argument facing charges….Austin man accused of disorderly conduct…Thieves cause more than $3000 in damage to Elk County camp…..

Three Galeton residents have been charged with murder after the body of 19 year old Joshua Ramos of Galeton  was discovered in a wooded area this week. Police say they were summoned on Sunday to investigate a possible homicide occurring sometime between late March to early April. An investigation began and the remains of Joshua Ramos were found in a wooded area near the intersection of Harrison Rooks Road and Whitman Road in Harrison Township in Potter County with the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police Canine Jack Ramos was pronounced dead by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury on Monday afternoon. The Troop F Major Case Team was activated. Police say further investigation revealed Felicia Cary,33, Krysten Crosby,20,  and Kyle Moore, 28, assaulted the victim at Cary’s  residence and then transported the victim to the wooded area where he was discovered. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson approved charges that included murder first degree murder, third degree and conspiracy to commit murder. Cary and Crosby were taken into custody here in Potter county and were arraigned before District Judge Chris Kalacinski on Tuesda. Cary was remanded to the McKean County Jail and Crosby was remanded to the Tioga  County Jail with without bail due to the seriousness of the charges and rules of criminal procedure. Moore was located  Tuesday in New York State and was taken into custody by US Marshals with the assistance of New York State Police at the Bath, NY  station. He is currently awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

State police it Coudersport have arrested both people are involved in a domestic violence incident allegedly occurring Monday evening at 125 Kellytown in Sharon Township Potter county.  Police say that 27 year old Darren Blauvelt and 30 year old Nicole Snyder both are now facing charges of physical harassment after an argument.

Kirk Padilla, 35,  of Austin has been charged with disorderly conduct for an incident reportedly taking place Sunday morning just after 2:00am at 293 Costello Avenue in Austin Borough. Police say they were called to the home of Chad Barr and subsequently filed charges against Padilla.

Troopers at the  Ridgway barracks are investigating a camp burglary occurring sometimes since June 27 In Millstone Township, Elk County.  Criminals forced their way into camp owned by two Kittanning. Pennsylvania men and removed several items, including a Sanyo TV valued at $20, Craftsman riding lawn mower valued at $100, a woodstove valued  $500 and 100 gallon propane tank valued at $100 while causing more than $3,200 in damage to the camp, including the roof valued at $3,000.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 7, that there are 995 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 91,299. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area continue to creep up.Tioga County now has 27 cases; Elk, 24; McKean, 20; Potter, 17; and Cameron 4. New York State counties across the border, held steady at 128  cases in Cattaraugus County and 63 in Allegany County.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, increased by 204 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 288 cases, but those cases represent cases over several weeks, and are not all people recently tested. This is because of a lag time in reporting from the Philadelphia Department of Health.

The number of tests administered since July 1 is 98,707 with 4,693 positive test results. Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.

There are 6,787 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the 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.

There are 634 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 758,803 patients who have tested negative to date..

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,003 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,359 cases among employees, for a total of 21,362 at 719 distinct facilities in 55 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,626 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 6,855 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Time is running out for non-profit organizations, township or borough governments and small businesses to apply for funds being made available by the Potter County Commissioners to help cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Potter County has been awarded $166,152 from the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development. DCED eligibility guidelines allow for projects such as small business relief grants (for those applicants who have not already received federal CARES Act assistance); financial help for non-profit organizations; and subsidies to residents needing rent/mortgage assistance.

Proposals which will be evaluated based on need, impact, and completeness. Project summaries must be submitted to Tyler Dombroski (see email address above) no later than July 17. Recipients will be selected by the Potter County Commissioners on July 30, subject to DCED approval.