It’s National Police Week. See story below.

Tioga, PA man charged with indecent assault….One driver hurt in Ridgway collision …wood falling off a truck causes traffic mishap in Elk County…harassment by communication charges filed against Ridgway woman….Mask requirements eased for fully vaccinated people…..

Thursday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 32









Mansfield state police have charged a 66 year old Tioga man with indecent assault. Troopers claim the crime occurred April 16 on Elkhorn Road. The victim is a 57 year old Tioga woman.

One driver was hurt in a collision Monday morning in Ridgway Township Elk County. According to Ridgway state police the accident happened when a Subaru Outback driven by William Bloom of St. Marys, swerved into oncoming traffic  and Taylor Freeburg, also of St.Marys swerved to the right to avoid Bloom’s car and his Chevy Cobalt struck a culvert and rolled over one time coming to rest upright. Freeburg was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries Bloom was not hurt.

Wood falling off a truck cause a mishap on the Bennetts Valley Highway yesterday afternoon. Ridgway based state police report pieces of wood fell off a northbound vehicle onto the road and some of them were struck by a Chrysler Town and Country Minivan driven by David Kunes of Weedville. The driver kept going and did not stop to provided required information. Both Kunes and his wife Patricia were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

Troopers at Ridgway have cited a woman for harassment.  Authorities say the suspect messaged her sister, a 37 year old Ridgway woman, several times since February for “no legitimate reason.




This is Police Week. National Police Week recognizes officers who risk their lives for the rest of us,  which they do every day.  McKean County DA Stephanie Vattenburg Shafer remembered two McKean County police who died  on the job. “Patrolman Steve Jerman and Sergeant David Distrola are etched in our hearts and minds as symbols of heroic sacrifice as both lost their lives in the line of duty. Heroes run toward danger that the rest of us run from. And for that, we are forever grateful. We honor and salute Bradford Township Police, Bradford City Police, Foster Township Police, Kane Borough Police, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Police, Otto Eldred Regional Police, Smethport Borough Police, Port Allegany Police, Sheriffs’ Department, Game Commission, Pennsylvania State Police, McKean County Detectives’ Bureau, and McKean County Drug Task Force.

No call is a routine call for these officers. Yet they respond not knowing if it will be their last.

Their families give up their time with their loved ones and we recognize their sacrifices as well.  In a time where the actions of a few around the country overshadow the honorable work of the majority, I urge you to join me in honoring our local police who perform their duties with the utmost honor, who hold themselves in the highest regard, and who bravely run toward the danger that we can’t face ourselves. On behalf of the McKean County District Attorney’s Office, I thank you Ladies and Gentlemen. We are honored to work with you.”

Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam has announced that the commonwealth’s mask order reflects the announcement made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Thursday.

On March 16, 2021, the SOH amended the commonwealth’s mask order by adding language directing to the CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated people allow for no face coverings. That means that today’s CDC guidelines automatically go into effect in Pennsylvania. Masking requirement will still be in place as otherwise provided under the CDC guidance and for unvaccinated individuals until 70 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

The CDC today provided guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing except where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Under the guidance, individuals are still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations. In addition, all individuals will still need to follow guidance at workplaces and local businesses.

For more information on the CDC guidance, visit the Health Department’s website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 13, there were 2,028 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,181,279.


ELK 21560

McKEAN  2789


TIOGA 2776



There are 1,712 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 397 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. More data is available here.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is coming 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%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, there were 38 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,697 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, May 13, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 53.3% 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 Thursday morning, May 13, 46.7% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, May 13, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 9,452,364 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, May 13.

4,043,255 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 65,900 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,700,696 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,743,951 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 9,556,320 doses will have been allocated through May 15:

320,320 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

297,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, we have administered 9,381,098 doses total through May 13:

First/single doses:  5,743,951 administered

Second doses:  3,708,413 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 according to experts.

There are 158,028 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 4,492,502 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,345 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,041 cases among employees, for a total of 86,386 at 1,590 distinct facilities in all 67 counties

Approximately 28,180 of the total cases are among health care workers.

The Potter County Farmer’s Market will be open this Friday, May 14th, located on the square across the street from the jailhouse, from 12:30 to 4:30. Here is a list of who plans to be there and what they plan to bring.

Barbara’s Creations will not be there this week, as she will be getting ready for a festival for the following day. If you want to contact her, you can call her at 814-544-9068.

Alpaca Creations will be there this week with bright, new yarns, lots of therapeutic and picture socks, and many new designs in Alpaca apparel. Credit cards accepted. For more information, you can contact them at 814-601-0049

Card Creek Wines will be there with a selection of artisanal wines.If you have any questions, you can call them at 814-544-7313 or 814-598-0649

Card Creek Bakery will be there with a variety of breads, including white, whole wheat, rye with caraway seeds, sunflower seed breads, and baguettes. A few favorite sweet treats will be on their table as well. If you have any questions, you can call them at 814-544-7313 or 814-598-0649

Miles Farm Produce will not be at the Market this week. If you want to contact them, you can call them at 814-848-9841.


Blue Marble Farm will be at the Market with garden plants; tomato, eggplant, pepper, cucumber, summer and winter squash, and more! For more information, contact Lisa at 814-320-1308.

Joel and Joanie’s Apiary will not be there this week. However, Joanie’s Products will be at the Artisan Center. For more information, you can contact them at either 814-697-7586 or 814-389-8621.