Tractor Trailer crashes into Harrison Valley home. See story below:

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Oklahoma driver seriously hurt when his tractor-trailer hit a house in Harrison Valley Thursday…The theft of prepaid debit cards and an ID theft are being probed by state police at Coudersport…Two Ulysses women arrested for harassing their neighbor….Port Allegany man charged in two cases…..Mt.Jewett cited for rear-end collision….Causer’s bill to help hardwood industry now law and more than half of Pennsylvania residents have been vaccinated…

Potter County

Coudersport based state released details this morning  about an accident in Harrison Valley Thursday morning. Troopers say  the operator of a semi, Jonathan Schave  was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre  for treatment of serious injuries after his rig plowed into a house on West Main Street moments before 11:00 am and end up in the living room.  The house, owned by Tom and Jeanie Sherman was severely damaged as the couple sat on their back porch. Their three children reportedly in school at the time. Investigators believe the rig may have hit some bags of soil at a nearby hardware store before colliding with the house. There was no indication why the tractor-trailer veered off the road. Police say Schave was using a seatbelt. Early reports indicated he was trapped inside the  cab. Several volunteer emergency services responded to the scene. Route 49 was closed for a time.

Troopers at Coudersport also investigated a theft by deception occurring Wednesday afternoon on Marsh Creek Road in Harrison Township. Thieves stole three prepaid debit cards, valued at $1000 belonging to Joye Hornsby of Mills.

An ID theft victimizing a Harrison Valley man is also being probed by state police. Andrew Reisinger received a letter from the unemployment office stating th he had recently filed for benefits evening though he has not filed a claim.

Two Ulysses women have been cited for harassment. State police allege Stephanie Baker of 115 Cowburn Road Ulysses was harassed by two neighbors 58 year old Michele Kline and 27 year old Chelsey Mulzert  Monday afternoon. Charges were filed in district court.

McKean County

A Port Allegany has been arrested for two different cases. State police report 35 year old James Jones stole a salt block from along Route 155 Monday afternoon and on Tuesday afternoon violated a Protection from Abuse order filed on behalf of a 35 year old Port Allegany woman. Charges in both cases have been filed in district court.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Wednesday afternoon in Hamlin Township, McKean County. According to Lewis Run State police, the collision happened on Route 6 at its intersection with the Lower Lindholm Road when Ashley Nelson of Mt. Jewett allowed her Jeep Compass to run into the back of a Honda Civic driven by 70 year old Ayyavoo Nandhakumar of Ridgway as he slowed to turn onto the Lower Lindholm Road. Nelson was cited for traveling too closely.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway investigated a criminal mischief taking place on the afternoon of May 11 on Dagus Mines Road. A known male suspect is accused of damaging hedges by driving over them at the residence of a 31 year old woman and a 74 year old man in Kersey.

The  theft of a mislaid wallet in the St. Marys Walmat was also investigated by troopers at Ridgway. A 39 year old Benezette woman told police the black leather woman’s wallet contained her driver’s license, keys for a BMW, social security card, a cash app card and about $60  in currency. She last saw it just before 9:00pm Tuesday.


Rep. Martin Causer’s (R-Turtlepoint) legislation to support the state’s forestry industry has been signed into law. Act 14 of 2021 will expand membership on the state’s Hardwoods Development Council.

“For more than three decades, the Hardwoods Development Council has helped our forestry evolve and grow,” Causer said. “Expanding representation on the council to include additional industry representatives will only enhance the council’s ability to develop and advocate for this important segment of our agriculture industry.”

The new law calls for adding a logger and a private-sector forester to the council. It also adds the secretary of the state Department of Education and replaces one representative of the now-defunct Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing Association with a member of the PA Forest Products Association.

Finally, it specifically designates one seat on the council for the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG), the oldest HUG in the state.

The Hardwoods Development Council was created by law in 1988. It works with state and local governments and other entities to promote access to timber resources on private and public land.  It helps promote and expand the development, processing and manufacturing of value-added forest products, as well as supports and assists the forest products industry in developing domestic and foreign markets for value-added products. It also promotes public knowledge of the industry through the WoodMobile and other initiatives.

The law takes effect immediately.

​The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 20, there were 1,430 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,191,532.


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There are 1,353 individuals hospitalized in Pennsylvania with COVID-19. Of that number, 316 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%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, there were 40 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,965 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 20, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 55.4% 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 Thursday morning, May 20, 50% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated and Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 9,969,849 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, May 20.

4,346,446 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 65,300 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,637,837 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,984,283 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, 9,969,849 total doses have been administered through May 20:

First/single doses:  5,984,283 administered

Second doses:  3,985,566 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 159,973 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 4,538,360 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,536 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,250 cases among employees, for a total of 86,786 at 1,591 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 28,500 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.

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