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BFB Headlines (Thursday May 20, 2021) Tioga County man unhurt when commercial vehicle has minor mishap in Liberty Township….Multiple charges filed against Westfield resident….Ulster PA motorcyclist arrested for possessing drugs with intent to deliver…Emporium cops allege pot found in Elmira woman’s car….PSP and PennDot team up for “Click it or Ticket” program…..More than 9.8 million Pennsylvanians vaccinated…..

Multiple charges were filed against a Westfield man by Mansfield state police. Authorities allege during a probation investigation, they found suspected methamphetamine  in 30 year old William Post’s residence at 3351 Route 49 May 7. A search warrant reportedly turned up drugs, drug paraphernalia and metal knuckles.

State police at Mansfield arrested 41 year old John Palfreyman of Ulster, PA for drug possession on the afternoon of April 14 in Rutland Township. Troopers say Palfreyman was operating a 2002 Harley Davidson and failed to yield to officers, crashing the bike on Pumpkin Hill Road. Palfreyman was allegedly found with drugs and drug paraphernalia and was charged with possession with intent to distribute.

A Covington truck driver escaped injury Tuesday morning in a minor mishap in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police Cody McNett was going north on Route 15 when the front left tire blew causing the Chevrolet C650 to veer to the left and collide with the median guard cables. McNett was not hurt.

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Drug possession charges are pending against a 23 year old Elmira woman who was stopped by Emporium state police on Route 120 in Shippen Township Tuesday night. Police say when they pulled the suspect’s 2006 Suzuki  over for a moving violation, the odor of marijuana  was detected and a consent search yielded some of the drug.

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are urging drivers to keep traffic safety top of mind when behind the wheel. The agencies will work with municipal police departments and other safety partners across the commonwealth to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt education and enforcement initiative now  through June 6, 2021.

Pennsylvania law requires any occupant younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle, as well as drivers and front-seat passengers. Children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.

In addition to adopting a zero-tolerance approach toward violators, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer car seat fittings and inspections throughout Pennsylvania, helping ensure that car seats are in good working condition, installed properly, and free from recalls.

May 24

Emporium -based state police will conduct a child safety seat check point from 3:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emporium Fire Hall.  Take your child safety seat, vehicle manual and child safety seat instructions. The check should take about 20-30 minutes. If you cannot make the date and would like to have a seat checked, call the barracks at 814-486-3321.

May 24

Ridgway -based state police will conduct a child safety seat check point from 3:00 to 9:00 pm at the Penn Dot building .  Take your child safety seat, vehicle manual and child safety seat instructions. The check should take about 20-30 minutes. If you cannot make the date and would like to have a seat checked, call the barracks at 814-776-6136.

A complete list of child passenger seat fitting stations is available at

As part of the enforcement efforts, state and local police, along with agencies across the United States, will participate in a one day Border-to-Border initiative on May 24 to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety.

PennDOT data shows there were 11,265 crashes in 2020 where at least one occupant was not wearing a seat belt, resulting in 348 fatalities.

As the summer driving period kicks off, officals  encourage Pennsylvanians to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania by visiting The service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. Motorists can also see active construction projects at

For more information on seat belt safety visit,

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at, like the department on Facebook at and Instagram at

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 19, there were 1,257 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,190,102.


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There are 1,427 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 320 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

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.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of May 7 – May 13 stood at 5.3%–down from previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, there were 54 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,925 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 19, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 55% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 19, 49.4% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 19, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 9,876,905 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, May 19.

4,294,480 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 62,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,643,875 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,938,355 people have received at least their first dose.



This week, a total of 10,154,160 doses will have been allocated through May 22:

300,320 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

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

To date, 9,876,905  Total does doses have been administered  through May 19:

First/single doses:  5,938,355 administered

Second doses:  3,938,550 administered

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are 159,519 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 638 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,532,317 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,498 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,205 cases among employees, for a total of 86,703 at 1,591 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 28,440 of the total cases are among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 12 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.

All of the locations that received vaccine and how much they have received can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.