Sunday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 50; .08” of rain over the weekend







Bradford home destroyed by fire….Smethport woman’s ID used to illegally claim unemployment….One driver slightly hurt in McKean County rear-end collision….Two McKean County residents arrested for physical harassment….Mansfield man accused of threatening victim with violence…Criminal mischief probed by state police at Ridgway….Feds postpone Real  ID again….Nearly half of state’s residents have received first vaccine dose…..

McKean County

The State Police fire marshal says that a fire on High Street in Bradford early Sunday morning was accidental in nature. of the blaze destroyed a one story residential structure owned by destroyed a house owned by Jeremy McGee of Bradford police. The investigation revealed that the fire originated inside the house. Estimated damage is  $125,000. There were no injuries.

Troopers at Lewis Run investigated a reported welfare fraud on April 23. Someone opened a pandemic unemployment assistance claim in the name of a 60 year old Smethport woman.

One driver was slightly injured in a rear-end collision on Route 66 in Wetmore Township McKean County last Monday afternoon. According to state police at Lewis Run the collision occurred when Brandi Rupert of Grayson, KY failed to notice Bruce Cowan of Kane had stopped for traffic and allowed her Toyota Corolla to run into the back of Cowan’s Chevy Astro Van. Cowan did not require medical attention. Both Rupert and a 13 year old female passenger were not hurt but Cowan has been cited for following too closely.

Both people involved in a argument on Central Street in Eldred last Tuesday afternoon  have been charged with physical harassment. State troopers allege a 25 year old Bradford woman and a 29 year old Eldred man were involved in an altercation during which two television sets were damaged.

Tioga County

A 29 year old Mansfield resident has been charged with disorderly conduct for a disagreement last Sunday in Covington Township, Tioga County. State police allege the suspect, whose name they did not release, threatened a 31 year Elmira man with violence.

A physical harassment charge has been filed against a 27 year old Mansfield man shoved a 44 year old Mansfield woman  causing her to fall last Thursday  on Robinson Drive in Richmond Township.

State police at Mansfield arrested 35 year old Julie Nybeck of Middlebury with DUI after being tipped off about a suspicious vehicle on Carpenter Road in Richmond Township during the morning of April 21.

Elk County

No one was injured in a rear-end collision last Thursday afternoon  in Ridgway Township. State police explained the collision occurred when 80 year old  Bonnie Lynd of St. Marys did not see that Alicia McConell of Ridgway had s topped on Boot Jack Road to turn left onto Sevidea Drive and her Ford Escape ran into the back of McConnell’s Jeep Compass. The passengers in McConnell’s SUV were Lindsay McConnell of Ridgway and two girls ages 2 and 5. Both units were disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

A criminal mischief occurring on Cjherry Road in Fox Townshp is being investigated by troopers the the Ridgway barracks. Vandals caused $100 in damage to a 2015 Volkswagen Golf owned by a 60 year old Kersey woman.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced this week it was again postponing the enforcement date for REAL ID until May 3, 2023, citing ongoing pandemic restrictions that have impacted states’ ability to process and issue the enhanced driver licenses and identification cards.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally acceptable form of identification must now be used on and after May 3, 2023, to board a domestic commercial flight or visit a secure federal building or military installation that requires ID for access. Federally acceptable forms of identification include a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. passport/passport card or a military ID.

REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID. PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

For more information about REAL ID and how to obtain one, visit

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 1, there were 3,100 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,154,105. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. McKean  County has 2660 confirmed cases; Tioga 2419;  Elk 1542 Potter 935 and Cameron 196 confirmed cases . Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 5411 and Allegany County 3309 confirmed cases .

There are 2,283 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 518 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 starting to come down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found .Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 23 – April 29 stood at 7.6%–an improvement over the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 30, there were 35 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,253 deaths attributed to COVID-

According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 1, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 49% of its entire 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, May 1, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 8,596,538 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, May 1.

3,493,659 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 93,077 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,894,725 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,388,384 people have received at least their first dose.

297,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

276,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, 8,596,538 doses  have been administered total through May 1:

First/single doses:  5,388,384 administered

Second doses:  3,208,154 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to experts.

There are 153,222 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 4,401,685 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,714 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,807 cases among employees, for a total of 85,521 at 1,588 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,111 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal.

Approximately 27,724 of the total cases are among health care workers.