St. Marys woman charged with shoplifting at Walmart….Florida man accused of assault in Potter County…..Cross Fork woman arrested for DUI…PennDot says it’s ready to handle winter weather….69.1% of PA residents vaccinated…..


PennDot says it’s ready for winter in PA See story below/

Tuesday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 62







Without revealing her name, state police at Ridgway arrested a 29 year old St. Marys woman for shoplifting at Walmart Monday afternoon. The suspect was caught at the store with nearly $75 worth of merchandise including food items and computer printer ink cartridges. Charges have been filed in District Court.

Assault charges are being filed against a 68 year old St. James Florida man in connection to an incident allegedly taking place on the afternoon of September 29 on North Main Street in Coudersport. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name was withheld, assaulted a 69 year old Coudersport woman but fled the scene before they arrived.

A Cross Fork woman was arrested June 28 for DUI. State police at Coudersport have just released details saying 41 year old Patrica Tatrai was pulled over on Cherry Springs Road for numerous clues of impairment and was subsequently arrested.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Acting Executive Deputy Secretary Melissa Batula, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Randy Padfield, and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) COO Craig Shuey today held a media briefing to outline the commonwealth’s plans for services in the coming winter season and discuss how the public can successfully prepare.

The public can access travel information on nearly 40,000 state-maintained roadway miles year-round at, and during the winter they can find plow-truck locations and details of when state-maintained roadways were last plowed. The information is made possible by PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which uses units in each of the over 2,500 department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cellular signal showing where a truck is located.

To help the public prepare for the season and share information about winter services, PennDOT offers operational information and traveler resources at The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.

Motorists should take the time now to assure their vehicles are ready for winter and to know their own winter driving skills.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 301 crashes resulting in four fatalities and 143 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

With $197.7 million budgeted for this winter’s statewide operations, PennDOT deploys about 4,700 on-the-road workers, has more than 560,000 tons of salt on hand across the state and will take salt deliveries throughout the winter.

Motorists should prepare for potential bad weather by ensuring they have supplies in their cars before heading out: food, water, blankets, extra gloves and hats, cell phone charger, hand or foot warmers, windshield brush and scraper, and any specialized items like medications or baby and pet supplies.

Padfield said it’s also important to know the difference between a weather watch and warning:

A watch means there is increased risk of a hazardous weather event, but its occurrence, location, or timing is still uncertain. Pay attention to forecasts and plan out what you will do if/when it occurs.

A warning means the weather event is imminent or is happening. Take immediate action to protect lives and property.

In addition, snow squalls can often produce dangerous and deadly travel hazards on otherwise clear winter days. The National Weather Service now issues “Snow Squall Warnings” which alert drivers of whiteout conditions and slippery roadways, so motorists can avoid traveling directly into these dangerous squalls.

For more information on PennDOT’s winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, visit the department’s winter website.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a free smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Subscribe to statewide PennDOT news and traffic alerts or subscribe to news in a specific county or region. Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

PennDOT is actively seeking more than 600 temporary equipment operators statewide for the winter season to supplement the department’s full-time staff. Details on minimum requirements, such as possession of a CDL, as well as application information, are available at Through the same website, job seekers can apply for over 100 other non-operator winter positions such as diesel and construction equipment mechanics, welders, clerks and more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, there were 4,019 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,453,387.








There are 2,882 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 682 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 30 stood at 9.1%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, there were 80 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,611 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Monday, Oct. 4, 69.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,900,165 total vaccine doses, including 185,318 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Tuesday, Oct. 5.

6,237,934 people are fully vaccinated; with 27,437 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 25,300 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 76,862 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,384 cases among employees, for a total of 93,246 at 1,629 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,235 of total cases have been among health care workers.