Drug suspects arrested locally…..Shinglehouse man accused of stealing inspection sticker from parked car and putting on his own vehicle…..Troopers are continuing to investigate stalking of an Austin family….neighbor’s dog allegedly attacked another in its own Austin home…..Elk County driver wrecks vehicle after falling asleep Sunday morning….Department of Health releases three-day total of virus infections….

Monday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 23



A LOW OF 40.





Potter County

Coudersport based  State Police did not release the name of a suspect but say that when they assisted Coudersport Borough Police  last Thursday evening on West Chestnut Street at Vine Street for an assault, a traffic stop was initiated on one of the suspects.  The  person was allegedly observed being impaired and was subsequently arrested for drug DUI and drug possession. The vehicle involved was a 2018  Toyocar Van Trailer.

The passenger in a car pulled over  Route 6 at Denton Hill State Park Saturday evening just before midnight  Troopers claimed they observed the passenger, Arthur Staschak  of Galeton  was in possession of drug paraphernalia  and  had multiple warrants against him and was taken into custody on the warrants and charged with possession of paraphernalia. After being transported to the barracks he was remanded to the Potter County Jail. The name of the driver of the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer was not released.

A Shinglehouse man has been arrested for stealing an inspection sticker off of a car belonging to Ellen Sorbello also Shinglehouse last Thursday afternoon.  Police claim that Shane Gross entered Sorbello’s car  without her permission, removed the inspection sticker and placed it on his own vehicle. Charges of  theft from a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, and violation of use of Certificate of inspection Charges are being filed in District Court.

A burglary occurring at 154 Willowbrook Avenue in Hector township Potter County between 2pm and 7:30pm yesterday was investigated by State Police from Coudersport. Someone entered the residence and fled in an unknown direction,  apparently empty handed. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks  at  814-274-8690.

A  case of stalking and harassment is also under investigation by troopers at Coudersport. Sometime around 6:30pm last Thursday, a suspect stalked and harassed 44 year old Robert Zawatski, 46 year old Cheryl Zawatski, and an eight year old girl at their home on Foster Street in Austin.

State Police at Coudersport also investigated a dog law violation last Friday night. Troopers claim that a female pit bull left his residence and  went  through an open door at a neighbor’s house where it  and fought with a male Husky mix who is owned by Megan Clark. The injured dog and was taken to Dr. Ramsay’s office in smethport to be evaluated and charges are pending.

Elk County

A Brookville driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash on River Road in Millstone Township, Elk county early Sunday morning. Troopers say that 41 year old Andrew Shaffer fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, causing it to go off the road and strike a tree.  The car had to be towed from the scene.

A 35 year old Kersey  man has been charged with DUI.  Troopers at Ridgeway claim the suspect whose s name was not released was found to be intoxicated and placed under arrest for DUI. Charges  are pending blood test results. He was driving a 2017 GMC Terrain .

A 62 year old St. Mary’s man has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.  Cops pulled him over on St. Michael Street in St. Mary’s early Sunday morning for alleged traffic violations and they later determined the man whose name was not released was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was placed under arrest and transported to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw, which he refused.  Automatic  charges are pending in District Court.

Tioga County

Mansfield based a police report and Bradford driver was hurt in one vehicle accident last Friday evening on Route 6 in Delmar  Township.  Justin Anderson was going east negotiating a right hand curve when his Ford Edge traveled off the north side of the highway and subsequently hit water tanker trailers that were parked in the lot adjacent to the road. The driver was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of his injuries. His passenger Jacob Robbins of Port Allegheny was not hurt.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 29, there were 2,923 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 7,178 new cases reported for Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 combined, for a three-day total of 10,101 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,015,268.Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean county now has 2381 confirmed cases; Tioga County 2043; Elk 1338 Potter 839 and Cameron 146. In neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County is still in the lead with 4761 confirmed cases and  Allegany has 3014.There are 1,856 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 366 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. More data is available here.


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. The current 14-day average is also below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 19 – March 25 stood at 7.6%, up from the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 26, there were 33 new deaths, as of 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, there were 15 new deaths, and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 28, there were 14 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,015 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.

According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, March 29, Pennsylvania is the 12th state in the country in terms of percentage of population which has received at least one dose.

Vaccine providers have administered 4,956,257 total vaccine doses as of Monday, March 29.

1,751,396 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 83,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,572,144 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

3,323,540 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 5,870,320 doses will have been allocated through April 3:

369,510 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

265,670 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, 4,956,257 doses total have been administered  through March 29:

First/single doses:  3,323,540 administered

Second doses:  1,632,714 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 127,009 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 639 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,116,035 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,183 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,198 cases among employees, for a total of 83,381 at 1,575 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 26,348 of the  total cases are among health care workers.