Sunday’s high, 55; Overnight low 34; .06” of rain over weekend






 PSP finally releases details about McKean County fatal crash….Sleepy driver wrecks car near Eldred….Mt. Jewett man arrested for punching dog with fist….Turtlepoint man accused of shoving woman during argument…Mansfield police investigate Ebay theft….Elderly Elk County woman bilked out of nearly $1000 by internet thieves….

McKean County

State Police  at Lewis Run over the weekend, released details about a fatal crash occurring last Wednesday, April 14.  Troopers  report  56 year old David Knapp  of Smethport was traveling west and Combs Creek Road when he suffered a medical emergency. His Chevy Silverado failed to negotiate a right hand curve and struck a ditch and an embankment then continued going west before rolling onto its side. Knapp was pronounced dead at the scene by a McKean County Deputy coroner.

An Eldred driver and his passenger escaped injury  in a  one vehicle accident  occurring last Sunday, April 11  about 9:30 am in Eldred Township. According to Lewis Run State Police. Zachary Herbstritt  was going east on Route 446 when he fell asleep behind the wheel causing his Toyota Celica to go off the road and hit an embankment. The car traveled in a ditch for about 50 feet before striking a culvert where it came to rest. Both the driver and his passenger Anna  Tyler, also of Eldred escaped injury.

Police at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate and reported corruption of minors incident occurring on Indian Creek in Eldred Township on April 9, but no further information was released.

State police  have arrested a 19 year old Johnsonburg woman for drug possession after stopping her 2006 Jeep on  Christian hollow Road at Lafayette Avenue in Norwich Township last Wednesday, for alleged traffic violation and police claim she was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, but her name was not released.

A Cruelty to Animals incident was investigated by troopers at Lewis Run on April 9  on Anderson street in Mount Jewett borough, a 53 year old man from Mount Jewett is accused of punching his dog with his fist and charges have been filed  in District Court.

State Police Lewis Run are continuing to investigate a report of child abuse and or neglect  in Corydon Township in late December involving an 11 year old Bradford girl. No other details were released.

No one was hurt in a collision last Wednesday morning at around 7:45am on Bennett Street in Eldred borough. Michael Schneider was going east and a 16 year old girl was going west on Mechanic Street. Snyder made a left turn causing Ford Escape to hit the teen’s Kia Optima.Minor damage was reported and both units were able to be driven from the scene.  Both drivers and a passenger in the teen’s car,  Barbara  Cose of Eldred  were all using seatbelts.

James Nellis, 28 of Turtlepoint  has been arrested for physical harassment for  to an incident taking place last Thursday, on Route 155 in Annin Township. Police say that during the course of their investigation, they determined that a verbal argument between Nellis and a 23 year old Turtlepoint  woman turned physical during which Nellis allegedly is accused of shoving the female victim

A  harassment on Garth Road near Gibbs Hill Road  in Hamilton Township McKean County, between April 10 and 16th is being probed by state police at Lewis Run…Someone placed nails on the lease road in an attempt to disable vehicles entering the road. However, no vehicle sustained damage, but the investigation is continuing.

Elk County

State Police at Ridgway are continuing to investigate the case of dissemination of an intimate image last Wednesday evening.  Police claim that intimate images of a juvenile were unlawfully disseminated and they are continuing to look for the person responsible.

A theft by wire fraud is being investigated by troopers at Ridgway.   Cyber criminals were able to obtain banking information belonging to a 78 year old Ridgway woman  on March 15 and used it to  to obtain $499 on one occasion from her account and $498 on another.

The indecent assault of a 13 year old Reynoldsville girl is under investigation by troopers at Ridgway. The crime allegedly took place on January 10 around 6pm on Water Works road in Ridgway Township. The girl  was finally able to get away from the 43 year old man.

Tioga County 

State Police at Mansfield are investigating a theft, victimizing 50 year old Andrea Auwarter  of Millerton on March 23. She told police that she sold auto parts on eBay and mailed the parts to the buyer. The buyer related to the parts were wrong and mailed back a used bottle of Mayonnaise s and shampoo instead of the auto parts. State Police remind people will be careful when selling and buying items on the internet. The Lincoln MZK rear differential is valued at  $109.00.  

Minor injuries were reported for a passenger in a one vehicle crash Saturday afternoon  on Beuterstown Road in Liberty Township Tioga County State Police Mansfield report Noah Benner was traveling West when his Chevy Cobalt went  off the right side of the road and rolled over  when he tried  to make a left turn onto Urban road. The car went off the right side of the road and rolled over into this route where it came to rest. There were several passengers who also escaped.

A tractor trailer driver has been cited for speeding following  a collision last Friday, just before 7am on Route 15 in Liberty Township Tioga County, State Police at Mansfield a explain that Tesfu Mogos of Matthews, North Carolina was driving a Freightliner north. And Shawn Keister of Mansfield was driving a Ford F150 XL T south.  As the tractor trailer tried to negotiate a right curve, it went out of control when on the left side of the highway went on to the median and hit some guide wires. The  rig went back onto Route 15 northbound, where the left rear of the trailing unit struck the wires again and operator was able to drive back onto Route 15 northbound . The impact caused the wires  to be thrown onto the highway, which were struck by the Ford F 150 XLT  driven by Sean Keister of Mansfield. The tractor trailer continued on without  stopping. However, apparently police did find the identity and charges are being filed

A burglary occurring at a home in Liberty township Tioga r county between February 28 and April 3 remains under investigation by State Police at Mansfield.  During that period of time thieves entered a garage on Farm Road and stole a Husqvarna leaf blower,  a one gallon plastic gas can  and chainsaw bar oil and lubricant. The stolen items are valued at a  total of $320 and items are taken anyone with information just call them into a barracks at 570-662-2151.


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began its 2021 Black Fly Suppression Program this week. The program involves aerial and backpack spraying on roughly 1,700 stream miles in 35 counties of the commonwealth.

This year, 48 rivers and streams spanning more than 1,700 miles will be monitored and treated as needed. Spraying activities will be performed both by helicopter and ground crews. The frequency will depend on weather and biological conditions. Treatments cannot occur during periods of heavy rain or when water levels are high as these conditions lower the effectiveness of the treatment and significantly increase the cost of the control operations.

DEP uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium, to treat the larval stage of four specific human pest black fly species. This bacterium degrades quickly in the environment and does not harm the aquatic ecosystem, birds, or other insects.

Prior to any spraying activity, DEP notifies county and local emergency management officials. Helicopters can be seen flying over waterways and ground crews using backpack sprayers off bridges and wading in streams conducting control operations on behalf of DEP’s Black Fly Suppression Program. Anyone concerned at the sight of a helicopter or ground personnel is encouraged to call their county emergency management office to verify that a black fly treatment is taking place in their area on that day.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 17, that there were 5,114 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,103,616. . Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service  area McKean County has 2537 confirmed cases; Tioga County has 2362  Elk 1497; Potter 881 and Cameron 192. Over in New state Cattaraugus County has 5169 confirmed cases and Allegheny County 3185.

There are 2,653 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 555 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 3,700 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. However, the moving average of number of hospitalized patients has started to increase.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 2 – April 8 stood at 9.6%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 16, there were 39 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,661 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Friday morning, April 16, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 42 percent of its eligible population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Friday morning, April 16, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 6,999,716 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, April 17.

  • 2,694,321 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 100,401 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,879,115 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 4573,436 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 7,180,370 doses will have been allocated through April 17:

296,620 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

303,110 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 6,999,716 doses total through April 17:

First/single doses: 4,573,436 administered

Second doses:  2,426,280 administered

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


There are 144,210 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 4,281,312 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,162 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,592 cases among employees, for a total of 84,754 at 1,585 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.Approximately 27,192 of the  total cases are among health care workers.