Sunday’s high, 49; Overnight low, 29; weekend precipitation (mix of snow & rain) .86”






Drug paraphernalia allegedly found during burglary investigation…Bear accused of scattering rubbish…Theft at McKean County baseball concession….Troopers investigate gun theft in Bradford…Rixford man arrested for punching a Rixford woman during domestic violence assault…Coraopolis  man accused of posting sexual pictures of his former girlfriend from Ridgway on a phone app….

Potter County

Coudersport state police are investigating an probable case of drug possession. When they investigated a burglary last Wednesday afternoon at 4719 Route 49 West they alleget hey found drug paraphernalia,

A bear is accused of scattering rubbish on Fox Hill Road in Ulysses. Township. When troopers investigated a scattering of rubbish complaint, they found a bear was responsible for dragging garbage from a residence into a nearby field…

McKean County

State police at Lewis Run  arrested 28 year old Casey Cummings of Olean for DUI. When troopers conducted a traffic stop they allegedly found Cummings had been driving her 2015 Silverado under the influence of alcohol.

The theft from the baseball concession stand on Route 46 in Keating Township on the weekend of May 1 is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. Approximately $100 worth of merchandise was stolen.

A theft of a gun and chainsaw from a Bradford residence is being investigated by state police. The items were taken from a garage at the West Washington Street between May 30 and March 23.

A Rixford man was jailed on a assault charge. State police allege that the 42 year old suspect, whose name was not released, pushed a 36 year old Rixford woman several times causing injury. The alleged crime took place May 4 on at a home on Looker Mountain Trail.

No injuries were reported for a Smethport man following a one-vehicle crash last Friday morning in Jay Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway state police, Robert Kear’s northbound Acura MDX failed to make a left hand curve on the Bennetts Valley Highway and went off the road and struck a utility pole.

State police at Lewis Run are accusing a Coraopolis man with dissemination of an intimate image. Authorities claim Kamonte  Carter posted sexually explicit photographs of his former girlfriend, a 27 year old Ridgway woman, on a phone app.

Tioga County

A 29 year old Wellsboro resident is being charged in connection to an alleged assault early Sunday morning. The suspect, Kody Ringer allegedly  physically assaulted Christina Crane and threatened her. State police claim Ringler threw a Mother’s Day card toward the victim after she threw it at him. The card hit Crane in the face.



In the wake of revelations of a data breach impacting more than 70,000 Pennsylvanians who were contact traced for COVID-19, some Republican lawmakers are calling for an immediate, independent investigation into how this happened and why it was not addressed sooner by the Wolf administration.

A WPXI-TV/Target 11 investigation that aired last Thursday revealed Pennsylvanians’ personal information was unsecured and accessible on the internet after they answered calls from employees of Insight Global, which was awarded a no-bid contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing.

DOH officials have said they will not renew Insight Global’s contract, which has netted the company nearly $29 million, when it expires in July. I believe it should be terminated immediately.

Given the series of missteps by the governor and his cabinet over the last year, an independent investigation by someone outside of the administration – such as the attorney general, House Government Oversight Committee or even federal law enforcement – is necessary to restore the public trust.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 8, there were 2,610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,172,288.


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There are 2,012 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 436 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 here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 30 – May 6 stood at 6.6%–an improvement over the previous week.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 7, there were 38 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,532 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, May 8, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 51.9% 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 8, 44.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 8, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

Vaccine providers have administered 9,129,089 total vaccine doses as of Saturday, May 8.

3,830,103 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 76,707 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,784,775 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,614,878 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 8,938,480 doses will have been allocated through May 8:

323,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

288,320 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 9,129,089 doses total through May 8:

First/single doses:  5,614,878 administered

Second doses:  3,514,211 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 4,457,559 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,200 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,946 cases among employees, for a total of 86,146 at 1,589 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 28,009 of the total cases are among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

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.