Authorities looking for driver of this Jeep involved in Mansfield theft. See story below.

Tuesday’s high, 51; Overnight low, 32

WED-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 43

WED NIGHT-SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS, MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 41

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF RAIN HIGH 57

THU NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 35

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 46

FRI NIGHT-RAIN AND OR SNOW, LOW 35

 Crime Stoppers enlisted to help solve Tioga County theft…..Owlett joined majority to prohibit third party election funding….Health Department provides weekly Covid-19 update….

Tioga County

Mansfield State Police are seeking help from the public in solving a theft at the Mansfield Walmart last Thursday. Troopers have asked Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers to help. Authorities  are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the owner of the pictured Jeep driven by an unknown male that was involved in the theft. Any information regarding this vehicle and the identity of the owner can be provided to PSP Mansfield at 570-662-2151 or anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107 All callers to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD for information that leads to an arrest, the solving of a crime/cold case or the location of a wanted person/fugitive or missing person.  Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316/cases/pa-state-police-attempt-identify-owner-jeep-involved-retail-theft-walmart-richmond

Statewide

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) joined a majority of House lawmakers today in approving legislation that would prohibit any third-party funding of the state’s elections. “It’s fundamentally wrong to allow outside interests to have ANY say in how our Commonwealth – or any state – administers elections for their citizens,” Owlett said during debate in the House Tuesday. “It’s our job to debate those terms here and not allow outside interests to influence it.”

Watch Owlett’s comments during debate in the House here: https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/pagopvideo/145620212.mp4

House Bill 2044 would prohibit all county election officials and the secretary of the Commonwealth from accepting private contributions and donations for the purpose of operating elections, employing staff, selecting and equipping a polling place, or for use in voter education or outreach.

In November 2020, organizations including the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) awarded millions in grants to the state, primarily in urban counties and with strings attached as to how the money had to be used. Specifically, data shows Philadelphia County received nearly $9 per registered voter from the CTCL while several other counties received less than $2 per registered voter. Many others received no funding.

“Taking outside money for our elections is bad public policy, bad for the Commonwealth and bad for voters,” Owlett said. “While I am certainly disturbed by HOW this money was doled out, the mere idea that any non-government entity was ‘investing’ in our elections is the real problem. House Bill 2044 will ensure this never hazppens again.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has  provided a weekly COVID-19 update as of Monday, Dec. 13.

“Science has proven that vaccines help protect against severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalization and boosters are important as the virus continues to mutate and spread largely through unvaccinated people,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said.

The department has reported the number of confirmed cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.

CAMERON 414

ELK-2709

McKEAN-4828

POTTER-2220

TIOGA-4402

ALLEGANY (NY)- 6551

CATTARAUGUS (NY)  10,827

The department has posted its monthly update on COVID-19 post-vaccination cases, commonly known as “breakthrough.” Between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 6, 2021, data shows the overwhelming majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths were among unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, people. The data shows:

  • Vaccinated people are more than 4 times likely to avoid getting COVID-19.
  • Vaccinated people have a 2 to 4 times better chance of staying out of the hospital due to COVID-19.
  • Vaccinated people are 4 times less likely to die from COVID-19, based on the latest data through Sept. 30.

Post-vaccination data and additional information is now posted online at: PA Post-Vaccination Data.

According to the CDC, as of Monday, Dec. 13, 70.5% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

This week, the Department of Health analyzed the following vaccine data within its 66-county vaccine jurisdiction; Philadelphia is a separate vaccine jurisdiction:

418,146 vaccine doses were administered in the past week, including:

214,343 booster doses administered in the past week.

64,821 pediatric doses administered in the past week.

  • 0.9% decrease in vaccines administered from previous week.

Here is a statewide summary of COVID-19 trends over the past 7 days Monday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 12:

  • The daily average number of cases was 8,199.
  • The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, Dec. 13 was 5.4% higher than on Dec. 6. The percent of available adult and pediatric ICU beds in the state fell to 14% and 10.3%, respectively.
  • There have been 658 deaths attributed to COVID-19 identified in the Pennsylvania death registry in the past 7 days, with 58% occurring in people 70 years and older.