State police arrest Philadelphia resident for drug possession in Potter County Philadelphia man arrested in Potter County for drug possession…Handguns stolen from McKean County residence…..Worthington memorial fundraiser exceeds goal…. Coved cases taper off locally and across state….







McKean County

State Police at Lewis Run are investigating a theft occurring at a home on Route 646 in Keating Township, sometime between the first of January 2020 and mid October 2020. Thieves stole four handguns from the home of a Cyclone  couple.

DUI charges are being filed against 29 year old Christina Lynn- Hamilton of Port Allegany following a one vehicle crash at around 4:30am yesterday on Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers  at Lewis Run reported when they investigated, they determined that Lynn-Hamilton had been driving  the influence and was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries and is now facing DUI charges.

Potter County

Troopers at  the Coudersport barracks arrested 38 year old Daniel Castro Ocasio of Philadelphia for drug possession after they stopped a 2015 Ford Fusion on East Second Street in Sweden Township last Monday. March 8. While investigating they  allegedly discovered the passenger, Ocasio, was in possession of marijuana, and charges are pending.

State Police are also investigating a reported terroristic threat occurring last Monday afternoon at 1251 Route 6 West on  Pike Township. Authorities responded to Catalus building for suspected terroristic threats, but no further details were released.

Tioga County

Photo by John Eaton

All smiles are Hamilton-Gibson Productions Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Putnam (on the ladder) and (standing from left) Carol Cacchione and Larry Biddison, co-leaders of the silent phase, and Kacy Hagan, leader of the public phase. They are holding some of the Warehouse Theatre’s sound and lighting equipment that will be replaced with state-of-the-art equipment.

The Stephen Worthington Memorial Theatre Technology Fund campaign has announced it had reached its $50,000 goal.

The amount raised during the seven-day public phase, held March 5 to 11By the last day on March 11, $10,956 was raised, exceeding the $10,000 goal. More money came in by mail and online on Saturday, March 13 and Monday, March 15, increasing that total to $11,581 and taking the overall total to $56,386.

“Our primitive and outdated sound and lighting systems are woefully inadequate,” said Biddison. “During this pandemic pause in live productions, Zoom technology has become an important new avenue for sustaining HG. We are already using a new laptop purchased with money from the silent campaign,” he said. “Personally, as a hearing impaired oldster, I’m looking forward to having amplified sound, both for stage plays and radio plays through our new hearing assistance system.”

“Contributions to Steve’s fund mean we can expand and deliver on our mission statement to provide opportunities for people of all ages to enrich and empower their lives through community performing arts,” Carol Cacchione

The plan is to continue Steve’s fund because technology is ever-changing

“I believe the creation of this fund honors Steve’s memory in the best way possible. It will make his efforts to upgrade our audiovisual equipment a reality and ensure we can continue to invest in these technologies in the future,” said  Kacy  Hagan.

Worthington,  a longtime DJ in the area, and former colleague of BFB owner, Gerri Miller, died  unexpectedly five years ago at age 55.

“Steve and I worked closely on many HG projects from hanging backdrops in school auditoriums to designing lighting plots in the Warehouse Theatre to exploring a sound plot for scene changes,” said Thomas Putnam, artistic director and founder of Hamilton-Gibson Productions. “Steve had acted in a number of shows and assisted me as director in others. He would be happy that money is coming in to accomplish his dream of upgrading all of the tech equipment. Although he wouldn’t be comfortable with the focus on himself, he would feel the love that the campaign demonstrates and that we simply don’t express when a person is alive,” Putnam said.

For more information about contributing to the Stephen Worthington Memorial Theatre Technology Fund, contact Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or


– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 16, there were 3,119 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 970,717. Things are looking somewhat better. McKean County now has 2341 confirmed cases ; Tioga County 2197; Elk 1263; Potter 836 and Cameron 179. in neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County has 4607 confirmed cases, and Allegany County

There are 1,450 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 286 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%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 15, there were 65 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 24,652 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.

More than 3.7 million doses of vaccine administered across the state — more vaccine administered than 44 other states.

More than 1.3 million people fully vaccinated – with a seven-day moving average of 77,000 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 3,735,484 doses total through March 15:

First/single doses, 92 percent (2,486,324 administered of 2,705,155 allocated)

Second doses, 63 percent (1,249,147 administered of 1,994,405 allocated)

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

There are 118,092 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 4,008,754 individuals who have tested negative to date. In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 68,608 resident cases of COVID-19, and 13,903 cases among employees, for a total of 82,511 at 1,559 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 12,779 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 25,801 of the total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, Mar. 15:

Provided more options for restaurants, bars and businesses, mass gatherings.

Provided latest Pennsylvania State Police enforcement data.

While vaccine supply from the federal government remains limited, the Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient. To keep Pennsylvanians informed about vaccination efforts:

The Your Turn tool provides a way to register to be alerted when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.