Ulysses drug overdose victim revived enroute to hospital…Two motorists facing drug charges in Tioga County….Wellsboro man accused of violating PFA order…..First Energy warns of danger from helium fueled foil  Valentine’s Day balloons this coming weekend…..

Wednesday’s high, 28; Overnight low, 17; 1/4 inch snow







Potter County

Coudersport based State Police investigated an overdose taking place at around 5:30am Monday on North Street and Ulysses Borough. A woman contacted State Police reporting an unresponsive male who she believed to be overdosing. While troopers were enroute to the residence, The woman administered five doses of Narcan and the male became responsive.

Tioga County

Mansfield Based State Police have arrested a 64 year old Bath, NY  man for drug offenses after stopping his 2017 Chevrolet Traverse on Route 15 North in Tioga  Township Tuesday at around 1am.  Police say while investigating the driver whose name they did not release they determined he was driving  the SUV under the influence of a controlled substance and was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia.

 A 33 year old Covington man is also facing drug charges. When police stopped his 1994 Ford on South Main Street in Richmond Township on the afternoon of February 3, They found that he was wanted by an active warrant and was allegedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s now facing charges in District Court.

Bradley Copp, 54, of Wellsboro has been arrested for violating a protection from abuse order on Monday morning at around 7:30am on Shumway Road in Charleston Township. The order had been filed by a 60 year old Blossburg  woman.

Troopers  have investigating a report of an assault with a weapon taking place on the afternoon of January 27 along Stone Quarry Road in Westfield Township.  No further information was released.



 FirstEnergy is reminding customers to fill the air with love, not helium filled balloons this Valentine’s Day. While foil balloons have increased in popularity as party anddrive-by celebration decorations, they continue to cause many power outages because thei rmetallic coating conducts electricity and poses a risk to the electric system.

Last year, foil balloons were to blame for 132 power outages across FirstEnergy’s six state service area—a 25% increase in balloon-related outages when compared to 2019. Over the past three years, stray balloons have caused about 355 power outages in areas served by FirstEnergy’s electric companies.Due to the popularity of Valentine’s Day balloons, February typically marks the onset of a dramatic increase in outages caused by adrift metallic balloons that peaks in June, when warm weather takes celebrations and picnics outdoors. The spike in balloon-related power outages last year is likely attributed to drive-by celebrations during the pandemic. In fact, many outages over the summer coincided with school graduation parades involving dozens of cars decorated with foil balloons and signs.To help ensure holidays and celebrations are enjoyed responsibly, customers areencouraged to keep the following balloon safety tips in mind:

  • Use caution and avoid celebrating with metallic balloons near overhead electric lines.
  • Securely tie helium-filled metallic balloons to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent

them from floating away. Do not remove the weight until the balloons are deflated.

  • Puncture and deflate metallic balloons once they are no longer in use because they can

stay inflated for several weeks. Never release them into the sky.

  • Never attempt to retrieve any type of balloon, kite or toy that becomes caught in a

power line. Leave it alone and immediately call FirstEnergy at 888-544-4877 to report

the problem.

  • Stay far away from a downed or low-hanging power line. Always assume downed lines

are energized and dangerous. Report them ASAP by calling 911.

Visit www.firstenergycorp.com/publicsafety to learn about FirstEnergy’s new “Stop. Look.Live.” safety campaign to educate the public about staying safe around electricity and near power lines and equipment. FirstEnergy’s ten electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow FirstEnergy and its operating companies onTwitter @FirstEnergyCorp, @OhioEdison, @ToledoEdison, @IlluminatingCo, @W_Penn_Power,

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., February 10, there were 3,378 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 880,291. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting area, it appears that for the time being cases are leveling off. Tioga County now has 2116 confirmed cases; McKean County 2202;  Elk County 1193; and Potter 781.  Cameron County has held steady for the past several days with 167 confirmed cases.  Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 4046 confirmed cases and  Allegany  County 2710.

There are 2,890 individuals hospitalized in Pennsylvania with COVID-19. Of that number, 574 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.

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%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, there were 125 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 22,745 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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. 9:

1,401,840 doses of the vaccine have been administered to 1,084,502 people.

1,084,502, or 76 percent, of people have received their first dose of vaccine.

317,338, or 31 percent, of people have received their second dose of vaccine.

Mask-wearing is required in all Pennsylvania  businesses’ whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Health experts continued to say consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 101,903 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 3,725,236 individuals who have tested negative to date.


In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 64,847 resident cases of COVID-19, and 12,566 cases among employees, for a total of 77,413 at 1,555 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 23,952 of our total cases are among health care workers.