Monday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 30; flurries

Death of Roulette man may have been from drug overdose…..Shinglehouse woman facing drug charges after one-vehicle crash….Injuries reported for PennDot truck driver following collision last week….Online contest to choose Penn State ice cream winner….Covid cases continue to ease up across the state and locally

The death of a Roulette  resident remains under investigation by State Police at Coudersport. Authorities believe that 27 year old Travis Smithmyer died between 11:30am and 3:30pm. Saturday at 27 Lanninger  Creek Road in Roulette  Township due to a drug overdose.  Anyone  with information about his death is asked to contact State Police at Coudersport 814-274-8690.

Several area residents have been arrested for DUI by various State Police. Rafe Caskey of Coudersport is facing drug possession charges after he was stopped on  the evening February 28 hours on Route 6 West at Damascus Street in Coudersport. Police theys determined that he was driving his 2008 Dodge Chrysler under the influence of a controlled substance and was possession of a controlled substance.

Troopers at Coudersport are also looking for the owner of a cell phone found on Thorn Street in Austin.. last Friday evening. The iPhone was found in front of Cooney’s Hardware store and was taken to the Coudersport State Police Barraks. The owner of the phone can pick it up at the barracks or by calling to 274.8690.

Minor  injuries were reported for one driver involved in a collision last Tuesday in Keating Township Potter County.  State Police locally report the collision occurred when Michelle Mather of Coudersport was traveling north on Route 872 when her Kia  Sedona collided with a PennDot  pickup truck driven by Edward Goodenough  which was pulling out of a private driveway on the west side of Route 872 Woodbury Hollow to turn left onto Route 872. Both units traveled for a short distance after impact before stopping.  Goodenough  was taken to UPMC Colel for treatment  The  road was closed for about an hour after the collision,

State Police at Lewis Run are charging a 22 year old Shinglehouse  woman with drug possession following a one vehicle crash at around 12:30am last Wednesday.  Authorities report that Allison Miller was driving a Ford Escape which failed to make a right hand curve and struck several mailboxes car continuing north into an embankment where it finally came to rest. Troopers allege drug paraphernalia was found in plain view inside the vehicle and that Miller fled the scene of the crash. Charges are pending in District Court.

DUI charges are being filed against a 40 year old Ridgway man whose name was not released by troopers. Authorities claim that on Saturday night a 2011 Nissan Titan driven by the suspect was stopped for a burned out rear brake light. The driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol he was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw.



In other news, something fun to report…Penn State Berkey Creamery fans who want to make sure their best-loved ice cream flavor “scores the most baskets” are invited to take part in what has become a popular springtime tradition in Happy Valley — Flavor Madness.The online tournament allows ice cream fans to vote weekly for their favorite pint-sized flavors. Death by Chocolate has swept the competition for the past three years, but there are 15 other flavors that are promising buzzer beaters in this year’s contest. Voting takes place on the creamery’s website; participants also are encouraged to share their picks on social media by using the hashtag #FlavorMadness. Fans can choose their favorite pint flavors each week, starting this week. Participants can vote for each matchup in four brackets. The “I Scream” bracket features Bittersweet Mint taking on Scholar’s Chip and Alumni Swirl against Peachy Paterno. In the “You Scream” bracket, it is Raspberry Fudge Torte vs. Butter Pecan, with Happy Happy Joy Joy squaring off against WPSU Coffee Break.The “We All Scream” bracket contains Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough battling for the top spot against Peanut Butter Swirl, and THON Gold Ribbon Ripple in competition with Monkey Business. Finally, in the “For Ice Cream” bracket, voters can choose between Peanut Butter Cup and Grilled Stickies, and between Cookies-n-Cream and Death by Chocolate.The Flavor Madness voting schedule is as follows:

–The Creamery Sweet 16: March 15, with eight winning flavors announced March 19.

–Elite 8: March 22, with four winning flavors announced March 26.

–Flavorful 4: March 29, with winning flavors announced April 2.

–Tasty 2: April 5, with the “scoop champion” announced April 9.

Online orders of the winning pint flavor will be discounted by $1 per pint from April 12 to 16. No in-store discounts will be offered. Another perk — participants in the Flavor Madness contest will be entered in a drawing for a free six-pack pint shipment of creamery ice cream (within the 48 continental U.S. states), with a new winner chosen every week. Winners will be selected at random from the pool of each week’s players with a valid email address.




Participants must re-enter each week to be eligible for that week’s prize. Winners will be contacted by email and must respond within seven business days to claim their prize. For complete contest rules, or to download a flavor bracket, go to http://creamery.psu.edu/flavor-madness.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 15, there were 1,388 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 1,914 new cases reported Sunday, March 14, for a two-day total of 3,302 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 967,598.

The situation is improving here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. McKean County now has 2339 positive cases; Tioga County 2193; Elk 1259; Potter 832; and Cameron 178. In neighboringr in New York State, Cattaraugus County has 4575 confirmed cases and Allegany County 2959.

There are 1,433 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 295 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 4,500 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. However, 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 March 5 – March 11 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. Saturday, March 13, there were 13 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 14, there was 1 new death identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,587 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.

Vaccine highlights

More than 3.6 million doses of vaccine administered across the state — more vaccine administered than 44 other states.

More than 1.2 million people fully vaccinated – with a seven-day moving average of 76,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

This week, a total of 4,699,560 doses will have been allocated through March 20:

278,670 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

242,270 second doses will have been allocated this week.



To date, of the 4,699,560 doses allocated through March 20, we have administered 3,685,621 doses total through March 14: First/single doses, 91 percent (2,459,430 administered of 2,705,155 allocated)

Second doses, 62 percent (1,282,679 administered of 1,994,405 allocated)

Mask-wearing is required in all  Pennsylvania businesses,  whenever leaving home, and outside when social distancing is not possible. even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 117,257 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 4,001,528 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,509 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,844 cases among employees, for a total of 82,353 at 1,558 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 25,707 of the  total cases are among health care workers.