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Details released about fatal motorcycle accident in Cameron County….Game Commission launches anti-poaching program….69.4% of  PA residents vaccinated….

Sunday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 59; .o4: of rain

MON-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 72

MON NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 56

TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 74

TUE NIGHT-LOW 55

WED-MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A FEW CLOUDS, HIGH 70

WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 53

State police at Emporium over the weekend released details about a fatal motorcycle accident last Thursday afternoon in Lumber Township. Authorities report 51 year old Bruce Weaver of Myerstown, PA was going south on the Ridge Road when his Suzuki DR 650 went off the road for an unknown reason and collided with a tree. Weaver was not wearing a  helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Cameron County Coroner Ted Walters.

No details have been released by state police at Lewis Run about a collision Saturday night near Smethport.  Early reports indicated at least one person was entrapped. Criminal mischief investigated in Tioga County….

A criminal mischief in Liberty Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Vandals intentionally drove into a mailbox on Forman Hollow Road early Thursday morning.  The mailbox, owned by a 63 year old Roaring Branch woman is valued at $100.

Mansfield state police have arrested two people for DUI. Stephen Ollock, 43, of Mansfield was cited after he stopped his 2021 GMC Denali on East hill Road in Covington Township last Friday night and walked to a patrol car. Police claim he was DUI and took him to the Tioga County Prison pending arraignment.  Ivan Brown, 67 of Wilmington, NC was cited after troopers stopped his 2019 Subaru Crosstrek on Gateway Drive at around 10:30 pm September 3.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announces  the “Operation Game Thief (OGT)” program protects wild birds and wild mammals by encouraging those with information related to wildlife crimes to report it as soon as possible.

To confidentially report information, call the Operation Game Thief’s toll-free hotline – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – at 1-888-PGC-8001 or fill out an online form at http://bit.ly/PGCOGTOpens Follow the “Operation Game Thief, Pennsylvania Game Commission” Facebook for current cases.

With more than 1,500 submissions per year, Pennsylvania’s OGT program is the third-busiest in the nation behind Texas and Florida. The Game Commission averages a less than 20-minute turnaround from when an OGT tip comes in until an officer is dispatched to the incident

The illegal shooting or taking of big game or protected, endangered or threatened species, or any crime against those species should be reported through OGT. Other violations should be reported to the Game Commission region office serving the county in which the violation took place as quickly as possible.

To make an OGT report, share as many details as possible, including: a description of what was seen and the species involved; the date and time of the occurrence; the county, township and/or address of where the event occurred; a description of the person(s) height, weight, hair color, eye color, approximate age, tattoo or other distinguishing features, clothing, sporting arm, etc.; and a description of a vehicle(s) color, make, model, dents, decals, bumper stickers, license plate number and state, road/route and/or direction of travel.

If the suspected violation involves the killing of big game animals, or threatened or endangered species, an additional $500 penalty may be added to fines levied upon those found guilty of Game and Wildlife Code violations. The $500 enhanced penalty goes into a special fund from which half the amount ($250) may be paid to the individual who provided the information that led to the conviction. The remainder is used to offset the costs of the OGT program. Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania (COPA) also fully support the OGT program. COPA also supplies rewards in many incidents that lead to the successful prosecution of many Game and Wildlife code violations.

The Game Commission manages 136 districts across Pennsylvania’s more than 46,000 square miles. Currently 116 full-time state game wardens are assigned to those districts statewide

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8, there were 5,583 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,469,847.

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ELK-2045

McKEAN-3625

POTTER-1465

TIOGA-3191

ALLEGANY (NY)- 4360

CATTARAUGUS (NY)-7262

 

There are 2,930 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. Thursday, Oct. 7, there were 93 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,907 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 Thursday, Oct. 7, 69.4% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 13,045,836 total vaccine doses, including 235,087 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Friday, Oct. 8.

6,264,513 people are fully vaccinated; with 45,318 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 26,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 77,244 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,517 cases among employees, for a total of 93,761 at 1,634 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,403 of total cases have been among health care workers.

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.