Tuesday’s high, 27; Overnight low, 12






12 year old boy arrested for fatally shooting another…..Ulysses man accused of strangulation and other crimes….Two area residents lose money in scams….Woman suspected of stealing items from vehicles parked at Hector Township residence…McKean County man charged with terroristic threats…

Coudersport  State Police have charged a 12 year old boy with involuntary manslaughter for the death of a another 12 year old boy on the afternoon of January 28 in Harrison Township. The victim died from a single gunshot wound.  The investigation culminated in the arrest of the other juvenile yesterday. No further details were released.

A Ulysses man has been arrested for strangulation in connection to a domestic violence incident, allegedly taking place last Friday night on Millheim Road in Hector Township Potter Count. Troopers determined that 52 year old Eugene Stevens choked a 27 year old Ulysses woman during an argument Stevens is facing charges of aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault and harassment. He was arraigned before 0n-call District Judge Annette Easton and was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Troopers at Coudersport  investigated a couple of cyber crimes recently . Gertrude Trimble,80,of Oswayo  told police that she received  a call Monday telling her she had won a vehicle and she needed to send a large sum of money to cover taxes and service fees.  Police did not indicate the amount the victim sent.

Kenneth Frymoyer, 65,  of Genesee fell victim to a cyber crime this past Saturday.  Police report that criminals stole $7500  through a gift card scam.

Troopers also investigated  a tangible theft occurring Saturday morning on Willowbrook Avenue in Hector Township. Desirae Low was arrested for taking several items from a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle owned by a 50 year old Westfield woman and a 27 year old Westfield woman. Lowe is facing charges of theft from a motor vehicle theft

James Reynolds told police that someone trespassed a potential worksite at 1156 Fishing Creek Road owned by Roulette Oil and Gas  Monday afternoon. It is a potential worksite and the investigation is continuing.

Without releasing his name, State Police at Lewis Run are charging a 27 year old Bradford resident with DUI after they conducted a traffic stop on Pine Street at Boylston Street in Bradford. Monday at around 1am.  The suspect was allegedly found to be driving his 2008 Mazda under the influence of a controlled substance.

DUI charges are also pending against a 31 year old Bradford woman following a crash on Route 59 at Big Shanty Road in Lafayette township Sunday night. When police investigated, they found that she had driven her  2006 Honda Sonatan through the intersection without stopping at the stop sign. Charges are pending lab tests.

A 35 year old Bradford man is being charged with terroristic threats. Police claim that during a domestic violence incident on West Washington Street Sunday afternoon, he threatened a 30 year old Bradford woman. He was remanded to the McKean county jail after being arraigned on the charges.


Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)  yesterday delivered thousands of petition signatures in support of preserving services at Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) to officials at Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS).Causer and the McKean County commissioners launched the petition drive in response to an announcement in early January that UAHS planned to move all acute care and surgical services out of BRMC to Olean General Hospital, while maintaining an emergency room, some outpatient services and just 10 inpatient beds in Bradford.

“My office was overwhelmed with calls from people who were both shocked and concerned about the fate of our hospital after UAHS made its announcement last month,” Causer said. “They wanted to get involved and make their voices heard. They did so by signing our petition, and today I delivered 4,631 petition signatures to UAHS officials.”

In a letter submitted with the petition signatures, Causer implored the board of directors to consider the voices of the people who signed the petition.“I wish you were able to hear the stories and sentiments from local residents,” he wrote. “People are not speaking out because of nostalgia. People are not speaking out because of parochial views. People are speaking out because they are genuinely concerned about your proposal and how it will affect health care services for themselves and their families, friends and neighbors.”

Causer noted the proposal to move services to Olean disproportionately affects people who are poor or have limited means of transportation.Irepresent 65,000 residents of Northern Pennsylvania who are afraid for the future of health care access in our region,” he wrote. “After more than a decade of decline at BRMC, many residents are rightfully questioning the commitment of Upper Allegheny Health System to our community.”Since first learning of the planned changes at BRMC, Causer has been vocal in his opposition to the plan, which would make accessing critical health care services more difficult than it already is for area residents and would lead to a significant loss of jobs.A copy of the full letter sent to the board is available here: http://www.repcauser.com/Display/SiteFiles/397/Documents/2021/PetitionLettertoUAHS2-21.pdfThe petition signed by residents reads as follows:“We, the undersigned, call on the board of directors of the Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS) to cancel its plans to transfer all acute care and surgical services away from Bradford Regional Medical Center.“This proposal would have a devastating impact on our community, further reducing our access to critical health care services, increasing existing transportation problems for many residents seeking care, and cutting valuable jobs.“We call on UAHS and its parent, Kaleida Health, to live up to their commitments to invest in our community and enhance the health care services available to us here in Bradford.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., February 9, there were 4,088 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 2,504 new cases reported Monday, February 8 and 4,717 new cases reported Sunday, February 7 for a three-day total of 11,309 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 876,913. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service Elk County  has 1192 confirmed cases; Tioga 2115; McKean, 1197; Potter 777 and Cameron is holding steady at 167.  Across the border in New York. State cattaraugus County now has 4012 confirmed cases in Allegheny County 20 698

Case counts for Monday are low as a result of technical maintenance to the data server on Sunday. Case counts for Tuesday include cases as a result of catch-up reporting because of lengthy server downtime. This technical maintenance did not impact the death reporting system on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday as the death data comes from a different server.There are 2,881 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 565 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day has increased by nearly 2,800 since the end of September.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of January 29 – February 4 stood at 8.6% a decrease.

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, February 6, there were 71 new deaths, as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, there were 4 new deaths, and as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 8, there were 149 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 22,620 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21.

Through Feb. 13:

2,439,550 doses of the vaccine will have been allocated/received by providers.

175,175 first doses will have been allocated this week.

1,426,600 first doses will have been allocated in total.

143,275 second doses will have been allocated this week.

1,012,950 second doses will have been allocated in total.

Through Feb. 8:

1,352,248 doses of the vaccine have been administered to 1,049,609 people.

1,049,609, or 74 percent, of people have received their first dose of vaccine.

302,639, or 30 percent, of people have received their second dose of vaccine.

Mask-wearing is required in all  Pennsylvania businesses,  whenever leaving home,and while outdoors when social distancing is not possible even if fully vaccinated. Health officials continue to say  consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 101,002 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 637 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 3,717,669 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 64,644 resident cases of COVID-19, and 12,516 cases among employees, for a total of 77,160 at 1,555 distinct facilities in all 67 counties

Approximately 23,865 of the total cases are among health care workers.