Monday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 31







Mansfield man killed in weekend ATV accident…Troopers at Coudersport investigate fatal shooting of a dog…..Sleepy Port Allegany driver facing charges following one vehicle accident in Coudersport… Troopers accuse Elkland resident with criminal mischief after he allegedly burned a recliner belonging to someone else…Arson destroys Elk County camp….Unemployment went up in most counties…..Game Commission releases Deer Harvest Report…virus positivity rate goes up in PA….

Tioga County

A Mansfield man died an ATV accident Saturday afternoon on Route 6 at Harris Road in Sullivan Township,Chance Long, 26,  was pronounced dead at the scene. He was driving a 2007 Can-Am Outlander 650 on South Harris Road going south towards the intersection with Route 6 when for unknown reasons,  he tried to make a 180 degree turn to travel back north on Route 6. The machine started rotating counterclockwise and travelled onto Route 6 where the tires ran into the asphalt causing it to roll over and inject the victim. Long hit the asphalt causing severe head and chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Tiger County Deputy coroner  Daugherty.

Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 30 year old Joseph Derenzo of Elkland  for criminal mischief. Authorities claim that the Derenzo  burned a black recliner chair valued at about $500 belonging to Kayla Palmer of Elkland Sunday afternoon.

Cameron County

Emporium based a place are charging 53 year old Gregory Whary of Elizabethtown with “use for traffic paper reports. “  Troopers  claim that Whary  arrived at the Emporium barracks for a fingerprint order on an unrelated offense and it  was discovered during the process that he drove his 2002 Chevy Tahoe to the station on a DUI suspended license. It was his third offense, which is a misdemeanor of the third degree if convicted. He was charged and arraigned through District Court.

Both drivers were unhurt in a collision  Saturday morning in ShippenTownship, Cameron County. According to State Police at Emporium a collision occurred as David Thomson of Emporium was traveling north on the Sizerville  road and tried to turn left into a driveway but failed to yield to a 2014 Ford F150XLT  driven by Rick Maughan  of West Newton, Pennsylvania. Tomson’s Dodge Caravan sustained disabling front end damage while the pickup had left front damage but was still operable.

Potter County

Coudersport based  State Police are investigating a Cruelty to Animals occurring at 335 Howard Road in Harrison Township Sunday evening.  someone shot a black and white Walker breed dog owned by Rhonda Shaffer of Westfield. The dog suffered one gunshot wound behind the left ear and died as a result. The  investigation is continuing. Anyone who can shed light on the crime is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

A Port Allegany driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Coudersport  Borough. Troopers report that Adrian Schroll was going east on Route 6 when he fell asleep at around 4:30am causing his Chevy Equinox to go off the east side of the highway and collide with an electric pole.  Police say the crash remains  under investigation and charges are pending,


Unemployment in the region went up in several counties between January and February  according to figures just released by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. In Potter County. unemployment went from 7.3 to 7.5%;. McKean County saw a slight increase from 7.7 to 7.8%. Tioga County went up from 7.6 to 7.8%. However, Cameron and Elk counties had improvements. Cameron went from 9% down to 8.5% and Elk county dropped from 8.4 to 8.2%. Adams County has the best unemployment rate in Pennsylvania  and held steady at 5.1 while Philadelphia County has the worst unemployment rate going up from 11.1 to 11.2%.


Pennsylvania hunters followed up 2019-20 hunting seasons’ highest overall deer harvest in 15 years by topping it when they took an estimated 435,180 deer in the 2020-21 hunting seasons, which closed in January,according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The 2020-21 estimated deer harvest topped the previous license year’s harvest of 389,431 by about 12 percent. Since 1993, Pennsylvania hunters have harvested more than 400,000 deer in a license year 10 times. Twice during that period, deer harvests exceeded 500,000, first in 2000 and then again in 2002, when the state’s record overall deer harvest of 517,529 was set.

The statewide buck harvest — 174,780 – set a new record for buck harvest in the antler restrictions era. The buck harvest also increased 7 percent over the previous license year’s buck harvest of 163,240. In the 2018-19 license year, 147,750 bucks were harvested.

The antlerless deer harvest for the 2020-21 seasons was 260,400. It exceeded the 2019-20 antlerless deer harvest – 226,191 – by 15 percent. The 2018-19 harvest was 226,940. The last time the antlerless deer harvest exceeded 2020-21’s was in the 2004-05 license year, when 284,910 antlerless deer were taken.


In the 2020-21 deer seasons, the Game Commission set the antlerless allocations at levels to reduce the deer population in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been documented, as part of its ongoing effort to limit the spread of the disease, and the antlerless harvest increased in these WMUs as intended.

Unlike in 2019-20, when antlerless harvests decreased in almost half of the state’s WMUS, in 2020-21, antlerless harvests either increased or were similar to the previous year in all but one WMU – WMU 3B. This decrease was expected as the allocation was reduced in 2020-21.

WMUs posting the largest antlerless deer harvest increases were the western Pennsylvania WMUs of 1A, 1B, and 2B. In WMUs 1A and 1B, the antlered harvest increased substantially as well.

Buck harvest estimates increased by more than 1,000 deer in six WMUs: 2A, 2F, 3A, 3B, 3C, and 4E. The largest increases in antlered deer harvest were in WMU 1A and WMU 1B, where the buck harvest increased by about 3,000 deer in each WMU.

The percentage of older bucks in the 2020-21 deer harvest remained high. About 64 percent of the bucks taken by hunters were at least 2½ years old. The remainder were 1½ years old.

About 68 percent of the antlerless deer harvest was adult females; button-bucks comprised 17 percent and doe fawns made up 15 percent. The previous license year’s breakdown is similar.

Bowhunters accounted for over a third of Pennsylvania’s 2020-21 overall deer harvest taking 160,480 deer (80,130 bucks and 80,350 antlerless deer) with either bows or crossbows. The 2019-20 archery harvest was 145,908 (74,190 bucks and 71,718 antlerless deer).

The estimated muzzleloader harvest – 28,260 – was down slightly from the previous year’s harvest of 29,604. The 2020-21 muzzleloader harvest included 1,140 antlered bucks compared to 1,260 bucks in 2019-20.

Season-specific 2020-21 deer harvest estimates (with 2019-20 harvest estimates in parentheses) are as follows:

WMU 1A: archery, 4,720 (3,240) antlered, 6,180 (4,320) antlerless; and muzzleloader, 80 (60) antlered, 2,020 (1,680) antlerless.

WMU 1B: archery, 5,160 (3,960) antlered, 4,180 (3,230) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (40) antlered, 1,520 (1,170) antlerless. Black Forest region in bold face.

WMU 2A: archery, 3,540 (3,140) antlered, 3,000 (2,540) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (60) antlered, 1,200 (960) antlerless.

WMU 2B: archery, 4,630 (4,150) antlered, 8,470 (5,500) antlerless; muzzleloader, 70 (50) antlered, 830 (700) antlerless.

WMU 2C: archery, 3,860 (4,230) antlered, 3,630 (3,939) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (70) antlered, 1,570 (1,854) antlerless.

WMU 2D: archery, 6,080 (5,800) antlered, 3,560 (4,085) antlerless; muzzleloader, 120 (100) antlered, 1,740 (2,701) antlerless.

WMU 2E: archery, 2,660 (2,540) antlered, 2,070 (1,944) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (60) antlered, 1,130 (1,252) antlerless.

WMU 2F: archery, 4,100 (3,340) antlered, 2,090 (2,006) antlerless; muzzleloader, 100 (60) antlered, 1,810 (1,534) antlerless.

WMU 2G: archery, 2,470 (2,540) antlered, 1,780 (1,381) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (60) antlered, 1,420 (1,321) antlerless.

WMU 2H: archery, 970 (690) antlered, 380 (230­) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (10) antlered, 220 (170) antlerless.

WMU 3A: archery, 2,470 (2,080) antlered, 1,630 (1,400) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (20) antlered, 980 (800) antlerless.

WMU 3B: archery, 3,470 (3,160) antlered, 2,110 (2,590) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (40) antlered, 1,190 (1,710) antlerless.

WMU 3C: archery, 3,570 (3,370) antlered, 3,480 (2,860) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (30) antlered, 1,820 (1,740) antlerless.

WMU 3D: archery, 2,670 (2,250) antlered, 2,240 (1,470) antlerless; muzzleloader, 30 (50) antlered, 760 (830) antlerless.

WMU 4A: archery, 1,650 (1,610) antlered, 1,880 (1,696) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (90) antlered, 1,120 (1,313) antlerless.

WMU 4B: archery, 2,260 (2,350) antlered, 2,870 (2,551) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (50) antlered, 1,030 (1,070) antlerless.

WMU 4C: archery, 3,260 (3,550) antlered, 2,890 (2,960) antlerless; muzzleloader, 40 (50) antlered, 1,010 (1,240) antlerless.

WMU 4D: archery, 3,550 (3,120) antlered, 3,020 (3,287) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (80) antlered, 1,280 (1,618) antlerless.

WMU 4E: archery, 3,850 (3,420) antlered, 3,420 (2,750) antlerless; muzzleloader, 50 (80) antlered, 1,280 (1,250) antlerless.

WMU 5A: archery, 1,680 (1,580) antlered, 1,920 (1,880) antlerless; muzzleloader, 20 (20) antlered, 480 (620) antlerless.

WMU 5B: archery, 5,840 (6,420) antlered, 7,730 (7,400) antlerless; muzzleloader, 60 (80) antlered, 1,470 (1,438) antlerless.

WMU 5C: archery, 5,810 (5,330) antlered, 7,410 (7,075) antlerless; muzzleloader, 90 (70) antlered, 990 (1,042) antlerless.

WMU 5D: archery, 1,790 (2,180) antlered, 4,310 (4,460) antlerless; muzzleloader, 10 (20) antlered, 190 (240) antlerless.

Unknown WMU: archery, 70 (140) antlered, 100 (164) antlerless; muzzleloader, 0 (10) antlered, 60 (94) antlerless.



The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 5, there were 2,718 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 3,933 new cases reported Sunday, April 4, for a two-day total of 6,651 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,045,400.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean  County has 2417 confirmed cases; Tioga County 2294; Elk 1391; Potter 849; and Cameron 187.Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 4877 confirmed cases and Allegany County 3067.

There are 2,202 individuals hospitalized in Pennsylvanwith COVID-19. Of that number, 432 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 4,200 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. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of March 26 – April 1 stood at 9.4% up from the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 3, there were 7 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 4, there were 5 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,200 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, April 5, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 34.8% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 12th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, April 5, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 5,632,986 total vaccine doses as of Monday, April 5.

2,010,955 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 90,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,744,647 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

3,755,602 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 6,580,640 doses will have been allocated through April 10:

442,310 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

268,010 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, 5,632,986 doses total have been administered through April 5:

First/single doses:  3,755,602 administered

Second doses:  1,877,384 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 according to officials.

There are 4,175,365 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 69,459 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,321 cases among employees, for a total of 83,780 at 1,577 distinct facilities in all Approximately 26,596 of the  total cases are among health care workers.

A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

Vaccine provider map to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

All of the locations that received vaccine and how much they have received can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.