ID thief steals money from Tioga County resident….More car/deer accidents….Roulette teen hurt in crash…Regional lawmakers push expansion of broadband service…Residents encouraged to help with fall litter pickup…..

Wednesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 31

THU-CLOUDS INCREASE, HIGH 54

THU NIGHT-CLOUD, RAIN POSSIBLE LOW 43

FRI-AM RAIN, HIGH 52

FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 41

SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF RAIN HIGH 45

SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 33

Tioga County

State police at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft occurring on September 30. Someone used ID information belonging to a Wellsboro man to open a loan through an online financial institution in Utah in the amount of $2365.00

Car/deer encounters continue to plague area drivers…An Emporium woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when her SUV hit a deer on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police report Trudie Wolfanger was going west when a deer ran from a neighboring state forest in front of her Kia Sorrento. She was taken to Penn Highlands Elk by Cameron County ambulance.

An Eldred driver and her passengers escaped injury Wednesday morning when her SUV hit a deer in Keating Township, McKean County. According to state police, 80 year old  Sharon Shreve was south on Route 46 when a deer ran onto the road in front of her Dodge Journey. Shreve and her passengers, Sharon Nofsker and John Cole also of Eldred were using seatbelts.

Minor injuries were reported for a Roulette teen driver after a one-vehicle in Liberty Township, McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, 18 year old Ethan Sprankle was going north on Sartwell Creek Road when the rear-end of his Ford F250 Supercab left the road for unknown reasons and collided with some shrubs and trees along the shoulder. The truck continued traveling on the shoulder, went over an embankment and rolled over several times before stopping. Sprankle was taken to Olean General Hospital by Port Allegany ambulance.

A 44 year old Kane man has been arrested for assault in connection to a domestic violence attack late Sunday night on Chemical Works Road. Authorities claim the unidentified suspect assaulted a 44 year old Kane woman during an argument.

DUI charges are pending against 31 year old Mark Cauvel of Bradford after patrol officers stopped his 2013 Hyundai on Mill Street in Bradford City early Sunday morning for traffic  violations.

William Leffler, 34 of Lewis Run is facing drug possession charges. State police allege when they went to 33 Main Street Wednesday morning, a glass smoking pie was seen in plain view inside the house.

Region

The House Consumer Affairs Committee has  approved legislation authored by Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) to continue their push to bring much-needed broadband service to the Northern Tier.

House Bill 2071 would establish the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority to facilitate funds anticipated through a federal infrastructure bill recently approved by Congress. The Commonwealth is expected to receive at least $100 million initially with the potential to obtain more after the authority develops a statewide plan for broadband expansion.

“Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury but a necessity for our students and teachers, our farmers and business owners, and our doctors and patients,” Causer said. “We have an unprecedented opportunity to finally see the kind of investment we need to get quality broadband service to people across rural Pennsylvania and it’s vital we make sure that money is spent wisely.”

The authority would serve as a single point of contact for parties interested in developing broadband or having broadband developed, helping to minimize duplication and maximize the use of existing infrastructure. The authority would also be charged with identifying access to funding sources and help coordinate joint efforts for broadband buildout.

The lawmakers noted the law creating the authority would sunset after six years.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

Statewide

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Transportation (PennDOT) encourage Pennsylvanians to volunteer for “Pick Up Pennsylvania,” a statewide campaign of fall litter cleanups to benefit streams, rivers, and lakes, now through November 30. Volunteer groups who participate in the PennDOT Adopt-A-Highway program are also encouraged to participate.

Pick Up Pennsylvania is coordinated by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and sponsored by DEP, PennDOT, and the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Zone Cleanup. This support supplies registered events with free trash bags and gloves. Residents around the state can use this Events to join registered cleanup events in their community. Those who’d like to  register their own local cleanup event can do so at Organize an Event.

Individuals, families, neighbors, students, civic organizations and local governments are all invited to participate. Cleanups in any location are eligible, for example, on stream banks and shorelines, along roadsides, and in neighborhoods and parks.

DEP identifies many ways Pennsylvanians can be anti-litter at www.dep.pa.gov/litter.

PennDOT provides many additional litter cleanup volunteer opportunities, including Adopt-A-Highway, Litter Brigades, and more, at www.penndot.gov.

Because the high cost of ongoing litter cleanup is unsustainable, DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, working with stakeholders statewide, are developing a littering action plan to shift efforts to littering prevention. The plan is expected to be announced this fall.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 80 percent of marine debris originates as land trash.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, there were 5,269 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,608,022.

CAMERON 357

ELK-2306

McKEAN-4235

POTTER-1777

TIOGA-3631

ALLEGANY (NY)- 5274

CATTARAUGUS (NY) 8657

The statewide cumulative case count now includes 1,667 reinfection cases, including older cases, from Philadelphia County that are now included because the national case definition was revised in 2021 and being implemented in Pennsylvania this month. Under the new national definition an individual who tests positive more than once at least 90 days apart would be counted more than once. Before the national definition update, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia were reporting positive individuals only once. Reinfection cases for the remaining 66-counties will be revised on Monday, Nov. 15.

There are 2,611 individuals hospitalized in Pennsylvania  with COVID-19. Of that number, 589 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

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

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 stood at 9.3%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, there were 196 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 32,188 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 Tuesday, Nov. 9, 72.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

Vaccine providers have administered 14,361,302 total vaccine doses, including 1,001,766 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Wednesday, Nov. 10.

6,500,759 people are fully vaccinated; with 80,414 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 47,100 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 79,781 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 17,576 cases among employees, for a total of 97,357 at 1,644 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 32,923 of total cases have been among health care workers.