Burglaries at two Mansfield businesses yesterday under investigation….Tioga County residents charged with drug possession….More ID thefts investigated in Elk County….Austin Fire Department receives water donation to help firefighters battling wildfires…69.3% of state residents vaccinated…..

Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 61






Troopers in Mansfield have enlisted help from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers to solve two burglaries happening within minutes of each other Thursday morning. State police were called to AJ’s Outdoor Power Sports at 699 S.Main Street and Mitchell’s Carquest Auto Parts at 688 S. Main Street in Richmond Township just after 6:00 am. Police say a white male threw a concrete block or brick through the businesses’ windows to gain access and then tried to steal cash from their registers. The suspect was wearing a black sweatshirt, beanie hat and gold chain and was driving a silver or light gold color newer model Cadillac. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-Tips (8477). Callers may be eligible for cash rewards.

A Tioga, PA woman has been arrested for drug possession. State police claim when they stopped 47 year old Cathleen Surine on Route 49 in Lawrence Township early September 27 they found her in possession of a controlled substance. Two other Tioga County residents have also been charged with drug possession. Troopers claim when they stopped a 2010 Buick LaCrosse on the Valley Road in Richmond Township early September 28 they found both the driver and passenger in possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges against a 24 year old Arnot, PA man and a 21 year old Wellsboro woman have been filed in district court.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a couple more ID thefts. Criminals illegally used the names and social security numbers of a 43 year old Ridgway man and a 59 year old Kersey woman Thursday.

The theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked on the Million Dollar Highway on September 24 was investigated by state police at Ridgway. The vehicle is owned by a 27 year old Brookville man.

Last spring Ambulance Chief Tracy Orlowski applied for the Emergency Drinking Water for Wildland Firefighters program, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and the National Volunteer Fire Council. They teamed up to provide critical hydration to volunteer fire departments responding to wildfires. The Austin department found out this week they  had been  chosen to receive a pallet of drinking water. Crescent Beer of Mount Jewett delivered it to the station Thursday. The department says it will share the donation to neighboring departments in need.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, there were 5,819 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,464,264.








There are 3,001 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 680 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. Wednesday, Oct. 6, there were 92 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,814 deaths attributed to COVID-19

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, Oct. 6, 69.3% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 13,000,518 total vaccine doses, including 219,343 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Thursday, Oct. 7.

6,264,513 people are fully vaccinated; with 57,655 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 25,700 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 77,101 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,450 cases among employees, for a total of 93,551 at 1,633 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,324 of total cases have been among health care workers.

Dept. of Health urged resident to get flu vaccine before November as COVID-19 pandemic continues.