Ulysses resident subject of a police pursuit last month, now charged with stealing TV from a Church….Both drivers escape injury when vehicles sideswipe each other….Emporium woman accused of violating PFA filed on her behalf…..DCNR is opening more state parks for stays before trout season opener….Covid cases continue to slow down locally…next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Tuesday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 27






Potter County

ULYSSES resident charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, escape, flight to avoid apprehension resisting arrest and other offenses for  an incident taking place March 2 in Ulysses is now facing charges in connection to the theft of a 70 inch TV from the Ulysses Methodist Church. Andrew Jeffers, 27,  was jailed in lieu of bail for the second offense on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. He was apprehended several hours after a  police chase and peaceful standoff with authorities. The incident began just before 11am on March 1, when Jeffers was allegedly trying to burglarize a home in Ulysses.  Several police agencies responded to the area. The homeowner told police that the suspect had fled on foot and was believed to be the thief who took a nine millimeter gun from the house a few days before. He was seen leaving another home in Ulysses that day and police determined he’d gone to a nearby barn. They quickly set up a perimeter around the barn, where they tried for three hours to get Jeffers to surrender. Finally, officers entered the barn and found Jeffers hiding under a mattress. Several stolen items including a small box, drugs and  drug paraphernalia were found in a backpack. And even though Jeffers was cuffed and belted in the police cruiser. After being apprehended, he was somehow able to get out of the car when the officer went to the driver side and fled a short distance on foot before being apprehended. Now Jeffers has been accused by Sweden Township police of stealing a 70 inch Vizio TV from the Ulysses Methodist Church a few days before.  he remains lodged in the Potter County Jail in lieu of bail. The TV valued $650 was stolen between February 22 and 28th and has since been recovered and returned to the church.

Tioga County

Mansfield base State Police have released details about a minor collision occurring last Thursday in Delmar Township.    Police say that the collision occurred as both a Dodge Caravan and a Chrysler 200 were traveling east on Route 6 when the van passed  the car on the right side of the berm swiping the first car in the process causing minor damage to the front passenger fender and minor damage to the driver side rear quarter panel on the van. Both operators did not stop to exchange insurance information due to fear of an altercation  but they both called State Police later to report the accident. There were no injuries reported and police did not release the names of the drivers

Troopers at Coudersport have arrested a 40 year old Emporium woman for a PFA violation allegedly occurring on February 25 along the  South Woods Road and Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township. Police claim when they initiated a traffic stop for multiple traffic violations, two occupants were inside the vehicle and it was determined that the operator has an active protective from abuse order against her male passenger.  The incident remains open pending further information according to police.

They have also charged 22 year old Ruth Foth of Wellsville, NY  with  possession of a prohibited offensive weapon. Troopers say  when they made contact with Foth on Route 49 in Eulalia Township Saturday afternoon, they  allegedly found that she was in possession of a prohibited weapon. subutext ,suspected methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia and charges have been filed in District Court.

28 year old Amber Jones, 28 of Coudersport has been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia..Police allege when they executed a search warrant at a residence on Brizee Hollow Road in Oswayo  Township March 1 they found drug paraphernalia, which they seized and charges have been filed in District Court.

McKean County

A Dubois woman escaped injury in a one vehicle accident occurring Saturday afternoon in Liberty Township McKean County.  State Police at Coudersport investigated the crash  and report that Cheryl Rafferty was traveling north on Route 155 when a deer came onto the road in front of her Subaru XV Crosstrek.


Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced campsites will be available at an additional 16 state parks to accommodate fishing enthusiasts who want to stay overnight on April 2 for the new statewide trout opener the following day. A total of 34 parks throughout the state will provide camping at this time.

“We know how trout fishing and state park camping often go hand in hand and we are doing our best to facilitate these traditional recreational pursuits,” Dunn said. “This is a one-time extension reflecting pandemic-related changes to trout season’s opening day set forth by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.”

Dunn noted anglers will have more than 2,300 campsites from which to choose for the season opener. For the 2021 trout season, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will operate under a consolidated statewide schedule for all counties.  Under this revised plan a single Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day will occur Saturday, March 27, and a single Statewide Opening Day of trout season will take place Saturday, April 3.

Campgrounds open for the first day of trout season (additional parks are denoted with an asterisk):

Caledonia, Franklin County

Chapman*, Warren County

Clear Creek*, Jefferson County

Colonel Denning, Cumberland County

Cowans Gap*, Fulton County

Fowlers Hollow*, Perry County

Frances Slocum, Luzerne County

French Creek, Berks County

Greenwood Furnace*, Huntingdon County

Hickory Run*, Carbon County

Hyner Run, Clinton County

Kettle Creek, Clinton County

Keystone, Westmoreland County

Kooser, Somerset County

Lackawanna*, Lackawanna County

Laurel Hill, Somerset County

Little Buffalo, Perry County

Little Pine, Lycoming County

Locust Lake, Schuylkill County

Lyman Run*, Potter County

Ohiopyle*, Fayette County

Ole Bull, Potter County

Parker Dam*, Clearfield County

Penn Roosevelt, Centre County

Pine Grove Furnace, Cumberland County

Promised Land*, Pike County

Raccoon Creek; Beaver County

R.B. Winter*, Union County

Reeds Gap*, Mifflin County

Ryerson Station, Greene County

Sinnemahoning,Cameron and Potter counties

Sizerville*,  Potter County

Trough Creek*, Huntingdon County

Worlds End*, Sullivan County

DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks is offering a one-time waiver of the transfer or cancellation fees so customers can move reservations to the new statewide trout opening weekend. The waiver is being offered to customers who have a campsite reservation at the 17 campgrounds that are opening early and are scheduled to arrive on April 16 or 17 for the previously scheduled trout opener Saturday, April 17.

If customers are unable to change arrival dates to the new first day, they can either keep their existing reservations or cancel with no fee. Affected customers will have through Tuesday, March 30, to utilize this waiver. Sites will be available for transfers on a first-come first-serve basis by calling the call center toll-free: 888-PA-PARKS.

As a courtesy, the reservation call center will be contacting guests with reservations at the 17 campgrounds opening early that have arrival dates of April 16 and April 17. Instructions on processing their requests will be offered.

For more efficient service, new reservations can be made via the state parks reservation website and clicking on “Reservations.” Customers may also call 888-PA-PARKS, Mondays through Saturdays from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

State park visitors are reminded out-of-state travel restrictions have been rescinded but precautionary COVID measures remain in effect.

Masks must be worn:

In park and forest offices;

In any other indoor public space including restrooms;

During both indoor and outdoor special events and gatherings; and

Outdoors when visitors are unable to adequately social distance.

Avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads;

Bring a bag and either carry out your trash or dispose of it properly;

Clean up after pets; and

Avoid activities that put you at greater risk of injury, so you don’t require a trip to the emergency room.

Pennsylvania has 121 state parks and 20 forest districts, and all are open year-round.

Information about state parks and forests is available on the DCNR website.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 9, there were 2,975 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 953,136. However, the good news is that the number of cases seems to be leveling off here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. McKeanC has 2328 confirmed cases; Tioga 2185;  Elk, 1251; Potter 828 and Cameron 176. In neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County now has 4507 confirmed cases and Allegany County 2936.

There are 1,502 individuals hospitalized inPennsylvania with COVID-19. Of that number, 303 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 is about 4,300 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average is now also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.Statewide percent positivity for the week of February 26 – March 4 stood at 5.7% down 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. Monday, March 8, there were 40 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,396 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 educators. 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 4,179,220 doses will have been allocated through March 13:

254,150 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

225,890 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, of the 4,179,220 doses allocated through March 13, 3,047,539 total doses have been administered l through March 8:

First/single doses, 85 percent (2,066,330 administered of 2,427,085 allocated)

Second doses, 56 percent (981,209 administered of 1,752,135 allocated)

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

There are 114,793 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 640 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure. There are 3,955,709 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 67,972 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,511 cases among employees, for a total of 81,483 at 1,560 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 25,311 of the total cases are among health care workers.