Tioga County driver unhurt in SUV roll-over….Custer City man arrested on drug charges…..State police trooper arrested for trying to “fix” traffic ticket…National Take Back Drug day is Saturday….More than 7.5 million doses of Covid vaccines given in Pennsylvania….

 Tioga County

An Elkland man escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident just after 10:00 pm on April 10. State police at Mansfield just released  details reporting Joseph Derenzo was going north on Route 287 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee failed to make a left curve, went off the road and hit a guard rail and rolled over coming to rest on the road.

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run arrested 27 year old Travis Butters of Custer City for DUI after stopping his 1997 Ford Ranger on the North Brooklyn Side Road at Hemlock Drive in Liberty Township Wednesday afternoon. Troopers allege Butters was found in possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia.


Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Trooper Trask Alexander was charged on April 22, 2021 with crimes related to tampering with evidence. Charges were filed by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards, Internal Affairs Division.

Trooper Alexander is accused of attempting to withdraw a traffic citation that had been issued by another trooper to an acquaintance of Alexander’s in November 2020.

The following misdemeanor charges were filed in District Court 36-2-02:

Tampering with records or identification, 18 Pa. C.S. §4104(a)

Tampering with public records or information, 18 Pa. C.S. §4911(a)(1)

Obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, 18 Pa. C.S. §5101

Trooper Alexander enlisted in the PSP in November 2014. He is assigned to the patrol section of Troop D, Beaver. He is currently suspended without pay pending resolution of the criminal charges against him and an internal investigation.

The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that troopers confiscated $17,784,894 worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamines, and other illicit drugs in the first quarter of 2021.

From January 1 through March 31, state police seized 253 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of nearly $5.6 million. Troopers also seized 361 pounds of methamphetamines and 58 pounds of heroin and fentanyl from Pennsylvania communities.

The National Take Back drug day will be held tomorrow, Saturday April 24, 2021 from 10a-2p at 65 state police barracks in Pennsylvania. All unused and/or outdated prescription medications  including pet medicines and over the counter products may be dropped off. No questions asked.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 22, there were 4,192 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,122,662.

There are 2,842 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 579 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 3,500 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average continues to increase, but it is still below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 9 – April 15 stood at 9.6%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, there were 52 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,879 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 Thursday morning, April 22, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 44.7% 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 Thursday morning, April 22, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 7,571,893 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, April 22.

2,969,315 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 100,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,903,879 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

4,873,194 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 7,752,500 doses will have been allocated through April 24:

304,120 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

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

To date, 7,571,893 doses total have been  administered through April 22:

First/single doses:  4,873,194 administered

Second doses:  2,698,699 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 4,322,029 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,322 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,671 cases among employees, for a total of 84,993 at 1,587 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 27,386 of the total cases are among health care workers.