A Roulette driver accused of leaving scene after colliding with motorcycle….DUI charges filed against a Coudersport man whose car an over a fire hose and almost hit five firefighters during the fire at Kaytee’s restaurant….Tires falling off moving vehicles cause accidents in two counties….Republican lawmakers call out Wolf administration for trying to cover up destruction of medical supplies….and more than 7.7 vaccine doses have been administered in PA…..

Potter County

A Roulette  driver is facing charges in connection to a collision late last Tuesday night at the intersection Route 6 and   Main Street in the village. According to Coudersport State Police, the collision occurred Jon john Skipper made a left turn onto Main Street and sideswiped a Yamaha YZ250 operated by Calvin Taubert  also of Roulette. Skipper allegedly failed to  stop and fled the scene. However, he was located later in  his home and charged accordingly.  Taubert was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of serious injuries.


Elk County

State Police  Ridgway here investigating the theft of a prescription medication from a vehicle in Horton Township, elk county Friday afternoon.  A bottle of Adderall belonging to a 22 year old Brockport woman was taken from her vehicle while it was parked on JoJo  Lane.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision resulting from a malfunction. State Police at Ridgway report the collision occurred at around 8:45am last Thursday in Jones Township when Frank Hoffman  was traveling south in a Mack truck and Thomas Fitch of Wilcox was going  north.  As the vehicles approached each other to a rear passenger tire blew off the Mack truck  and debris shot out striking Fitch’s Ford F 250 Super Cab, causing minor damage to the grill. Both vehicles were brought to a controlled stop

Tioga County

And a similar accident was reported in Tioga County  last Tuesday night on Route 287 in Middlebury Township, Tioga  County. State Police at Mansfield report Kaytee Kemp of Wellsboro was driving a Suzuki Kizashi north on  Route 287 behind a vehicle driven by Danielle Reddig of Westfield when the left front wheel and tire came off her car and went underneath  Reddig’s  Hyundai Santa Fe causing damage to the undercarriage. Troopers report that both drivers were able to bring their vehicles to a safe stop along the berm. Both drivers and  several passengers, including a two year old child in Reddig’s car escaped injury.

Minor injuries were reported for a Lock Haven driver after an accident occurring at around 4am last Thursday on Route 15 in Tioga Township. Police say that Rebecca Winslow’s Ford Fusion went out of control due to icy road conditions,  traveled off the pavement and collided with a guardrail. the driver refused treatment for suspected minor injuries.


Troopers  across the region have made several DUI and drug possession arrests this month. A 65 year old Coudersport man driving a 2020 GMC was stopped by State Police at the intersection Niles Hill Road and North Main Street in the borough last Wednesday night. A 27 year old Greenville, Pennsylvania man was arrested during the early morning of April 10, driving a 2006 Ford on Route 155 in Keating Township. Drug Possession charges are being filed against a 29 year old Hinsdale man whose 2016 Dodge Pioneer was pulled over on the evening of April 8 on Route 6 at Olmsted Road in Eulalia Township. Police claim they found him in possession of a controlled substance. Drug charges are also being filed against a 35 year old Williamsville, NY  man, who was stopped by troopers April 3 on Route 44 in Sharon township.  Cops  claim he was found in possession of multiple Schedule  1controlled substances and was driving a 2017 Dodge Journey. A 27 year old Port  Allegany  resident has also been arrested for drug possession. Authority say those charges came after troopers stopped  his 2011 Honda at the intersection of Route 6 and McClatchie  Road in Eulalia Township Potter County on April 8. the driver was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance.  And a 68 year old Coudersport man has been arrested for DUI after his 2016 vehicle reportedly ran over a fire hose April 2, while firefighters were battling the fire which destroyed Kaytee’s  Restaurant on Route 6 West in the borough . State Police claim the driver nearly hit several firefighters and physically assaulted a known woman.  Troopers assert that while the suspect was being placed in  custody, he resisted arrest and shoved a state trooper.  Police did not release the names of any of those suspects. However, troopers at Lewis Run say that 26 year old Marquelle Parks of Erie is being charged with violating drug laws after they stopped a vehicle on Route 155 in Eldred township early this past Saturday morning. The  driver was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana.  Drug possession charges are being filed against 47 year old Jennifer Sisson of Port Allegany after police responded to a reported  domestic violence incident on Route 6 at North Main Street back on March 12. Upon further investigation, police determined that no domestic violence incident have occurred, but controlled substances were observed inside the residence and led to Sisson’s  arrests.


The Wolf administration now admits some medical supplies stored at the state Farm Show Complex have been destroyed as claimed by state lawmakers this week.

On Wednesday, state Reps. Dan Moul (R-Adams), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee; and Seth Grove (R-York), chairman of the House State Government Committee, were denied access to the state Farm Show Complex after the Wolf administration abruptly canceled a scheduled tour to see the personal protective equipment (PPE) stored there. At issue was the lawmakers’ refusal to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

After the lockout, Moul, Boback and Grove held a news conference on the grounds of the Farm Show Complex during which they revealed reports that truckloads of the stored medical supplies recently had been taken to an incinerator and destroyed. The administration flatly denied these claims, calling the lawmakers “liars and conspiracy theorists.” However, when pressed by local news media, the administration admitted some supplies were indeed hauled away and destroyed.

Then, at a Senate hearing Thursday, Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper told senators that the administration is now dropping its requirement that lawmakers sign a non-disclosure agreement as a pre-condition for touring the Farm Show Complex, which had been the administration’s reason for canceling Wednesday’s tour.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 24, there were 4,164 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,131,014. . Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area by McKean County has 2597 confirmed cases; Tioga County 2391;  Elk 1516. Potter 912 and Cameron is  holding at 192 confirmed cases.  Across the border in New York State. Cattaraugus County has 5270 confirmed cases and  Alleghany  County 3242.

There are 2,702 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 563 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 16 – April 22 decreased to 8.6 percent.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 23, there were 45 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 25,938 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 Saturday morning, April 24, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 46.2% 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 Saturday morning, April 24, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 7,909,892 total vaccine doses as of Saturday April 24.
  • 3,136,599 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 101,615 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,908,253 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 5,044,852 people have received at least their first dose.


A total of 7,752,500 doses will have been allocated through April 24:

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

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

To date, we have administered 7,909,892 doses total through April 24:

o        First/single doses:  5,044,852 administered


o        Second doses:  2,865,040 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 149,034 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 4,342,722 individuals who have tested negative to date.


In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,429 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,704 cases among employees, for a total of 85,133 at 1,588 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 27,484 of the total cases are among health care workers.

  • All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. The provider map is available here.
  • 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.
  • Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.