Sunday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 55

Today Sunny, high 45

Tonight, partly cloudy 31

Tuesday, Mostly Sunny, high 53

Tuesday night, low 31

Wednesday, Mostly sunny, high 60

Several cyber thefts have been investigated by state police across the region…Hit and run at the Perma Stone Inn probed…Troopers at Coudersport are also investigating a possible corruption of minors in Sharon Township…icy road causes accident in Elk  County….Driver wrecks car while trying to retrieve lit cigarette…Republican lawmakers introduce bills to stiffen drunk driving laws….State’s Covid positivity rate continues to decrease…. 

Potter County

State Police at Coudersport are investigating theft by deception victimizing a Genesee. Jason Flugel told officers that he had purchased a gaming console and accessories but never received the items. 

A hit and run last Thursday on Route 6  in Pike Township was investigated by troopers at Coudersport.  An unknown vehicle while  backing out of the parking lot at the Perma Stone Inn hit a Honda CRX owned by Joseph Cimino of Galeton. The driver left without reporting the damage to police or to Cimino.  Anyone who has information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 817 486.

Troopers at  Coudersport say they’re investigating a corruption of minors occurring between January 4 2018 and this past January 3.  A female juvenile was photographed in lingerie at a home on Route 44 South in Sharon Township.

Drug possession charges are pending against 31 year old Amanda Stevens of Galeton whose 2006 Subaru was pulled over on East Second Street in  Sweden Township on February 13  at about 9:30pm and she was allegedly found possession of a controlled substance and associated drug paraphernalia

A Port Allegany  woman escaped injury and in one vehicle accident last Thursday on Route 6 in Roulette Township Tracey Spencer  was going east when a deer came onto the highway in front of her Dodge Caravan. She was unable to maneuver around the deer and struck it causing disabling damage to the engine compartment of her van.

Drug possession charges are also pending against 32 year old Rachel Foster of Galeton, who was stopped on a East Second Street at Irish Farm road in Sweden Township February 18 at  around 7:15pm. Police claim they discovered she was driving the car under the influence of a controlled  substance and was in possession of a controlled substance.

Tioga County

An elderly Mansfield woman has been victimized by a theft. Police say that the 76 year old woman told them she had received a phone call that she’d won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. She was asked to send payment via green cards to the criminal to cover taxes on her prize. This continued over the course of a month and victim lost a total of $1700 an

A 53 year old Wellsboro woman also was scammed last Thursday. A woman who resides on Asaph Road received a private message on Facebook from an account that had been hacked. The  private message contained the link that indicated that the victim had won a prize from Publishers Clearing House and she was instructed to purchase a $50 Stream card to pay for the prize and provide a photograph on the card. She was also asked to provide personal information and not tell anyone that she had won.  The victim  lost a total of $50.

Mckean County

A Farmersville New York driver is being charged with DUI by State Police at Lewis Run. Troopers  stopped his 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander on Route 219 early yesterday morning and allegedly found that he was driving the car under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a legal blood draw.

State police at Lewis Run are charging 62 year old Todd Zickefoose of Smethport with drug possession after stopping his 2005 Chevy Cobalt and Big Shanty Road in Lafayette Township Saturday night.  Police  claim he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Elk County

State Police at Ridgway investigated an overdose in the Walmart parking lot along the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township last Thursday. No further details were released.

A 17 year old St. Mary’s driver was seriously injured in a one vehicle crash occurring on the Old Kersey Road in Fox Township last Wednesday at around 7:30am.  His Chevy Cruze failed to negotiate left hand curve and went off the side of the highway causing disabling damage.  He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for  treatment of injuries. Troopers say he was speeding but was not charged.

A 31 year old St Mary’s woman, whose name was not released, is  being charged with DUI after police stopped her 2010 Ford Fusion on South Michael Street  in St. Mary’s Sunday morning at around 1:30am Police say they determined that she was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw, which she refused which will result in automatic charges being filed.

A 39 year old Dagus man is being charged with DUI police claimed when they stopped his 2005 Ford F-150 XLT on Scotland Drive in Fox Township Sunday afternoon they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance but he refused a blood draw.

A Woodbridge New Jersey woman and her passengers escaped injury in a one vehicle accident occurring Sunday just before 7am on Bootjack Road and Ridgway township according to Ridgway based  State Police. Nakia Baldwin was going north on Route 219 when her  2016 BMW hit an icy patch while rounding a slight curve and went of the side of the road into a ditch causing damage to the front end and right rear wheel.  Her passengers were identified as Alhamid Baskerville and Tamika Bouler both of Newark, NJ.

No injuries were reported for a Force Pennsylvania driver after a one vehicle crash on the Bennetts Valley Highway Friday morning just after 8am. Lauren Hicks was driving a Hyundai Elantra  when she dropped a lit cigarette on her lap.  The car veered off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating the theft of some prescription medications belonging to a 74 year old Ridgway woman last Friday.


Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) and Representative Chris Quinn (R-168) have  announced the introduction legislation  in memory of DUI homicide victim Deana Eckman that would increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders in both the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives.

Named ‘Deana’s Law,’ Senator Mensch’s legislation is Senate Bill 773, which is numbered in honor of Deana’s birth month and year. Deana Eckman was killed in a head-on collision on February 16, 2019 in Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County. The individual convicted in the crash, which seriously injured Deana’s husband, Chris, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and a host of other felonies and has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. He had five previous DUI convictions.

“Mensch’s legislation would, among other things:

Increase grading for certain repeat DUI offenders.

Ensure that consecutive sentences are imposed to certain repeat DUI offenders.

Substance monitoring program evaluations for repeat DUI offenders as a condition of probation, parole, or bail.

Quinn’s legislation, House Bill 773, is also numbered in honor of Deana’s birthday. It increases penalties for those convicted of third or subsequent DUIs. It also requires consecutive sentencing for those offenders. Unlike the Senate version, it does not address monitoring devices.Senate Bill 773 currently has bi-partisan support with 18 co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. House Bill 773 also has bi-partisan co-sponsors.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 6, that there were 2,789 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 946,985. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean County has 2321 confirmed cases; Tioga, 2186; Elk  1246; Potter 823 and Cameron 176 is confirmed cases;  Across the border in New York State Allegany County has 2930 and Cattararagus 4449.

There are 1,587 individuals hospitalized  in Pennsylvania with COVID-19. Of that number, 325 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 Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 6, that there were 2,789 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 946,985. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean County has 2321 confirmed cases; Tioga, 2186; Elk  1246; Potter 823 and Cameron 176 is confirmed cases;  Across the border in New York State Allegany County has 2930 and Cattararagus 4449..

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 4,200 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Feb. 19 – 25 stood at 5.7 percent a decrease from the previous week.The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 5, there were 55 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,317 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. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1, and the commonwealth is using it for a special initiative involving school and child care workers. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.

This week, a total of 3,699,180 doses will have been allocated through March 6:

336,870 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

189,410 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 3,699,180 doses allocated through March 6, we have administered 2,874,919 doses total through March 5:

First/single doses, 90 percent (1,965,745 administered of 2,172,935 allocated)

Second doses, 60 percent (909,175 administered of 1,526,245 allocated). Mask-wearing is required in all businesses,  whenever leaving home and while outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Health experts continue to say consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 113,718 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 636 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. There are 3,935,532 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 67,791 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,431 cases among employees, for a total of 81,222 at 1,561 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,613 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.Approximately 25,206 of the total cases are among health care workers.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Joyce B. Terrette Dennis, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.


Born on Friday, May 14, 1937 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Leslie and Eva Van Curen Lowe. On September 3, 1955 in Shinglehouse, she married Henry M. “Bud” Terrette, who passed away on September 17, 1994. On August 19, 2010, she married Donald R. Dennis, who passed away on January 14, 2015.


Joyce enjoyed camping, bowling, and traveling. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She loved her flower gardens, but most of all cherished her time spent with her family making many memories. She loved and adored her many pets over the years. Her little Sadie lives with her daughter, Darcie.


Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Darlene M. (Jeff) Howard of Shinglehouse and Darcie L. Baldwin of Little Genesee, N.Y.; two sons, Daniel M. Terrette of Shinglehouse and Dale L. Terrette of Coneville; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter to be born in May; a brother, Ernie Lowe of Portville, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Joyce was predeceased by a daughter, Darla J. Foradora; four brothers; and a sister.

Due to COVID restrictions a private family visitation and funeral service will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Joyce’s family entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joyce, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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