Sunday’s high, 80; Overnight low 52






Motorcyclist arrested for suspected DUI…Police look for hit and run vehicle….Two elderly men involved in collision….Rep. Causer says voters spoke loud and clear last week….More than 10 million PA residents vaccinated….

Elk County

State police at Ridgway arrested a motorcyclist for DUI last Wednesday afternoon. Police did not release the suspect’s name but say they were called to the Get Go gas station where an intoxicated person was trying to get onto his motorcycle. He was then found in the Walmart parking lot. Charges are pending blood test results.

DUI charges are pending agains 21 year old Jarren WEndel of St.Marys afterhis Toyota Yaris was pulled over for a traffic violation on Scenic Drive in Ridgway Township Saturday evening. Police claim they found Wendel was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Drug possession charges are pending against 24 year old Jeremy Lyons of New Holland, PA who was pulled over by troopers on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township Saturday night for speeding. Police claim Lyons had a small amount of marijuana in his possession.

A hit and run Saturday morning in Ridgway Township is being investigated by troopers there. An unknown vehicle, while headed north, as approaching a garage sale, thedriver tried to back into a driveway at 171 Ridgeway Drive and struck a support post for a roof at the  house. The Drive then fled south. A witness described the offending vehicle as a white SUV possibly a GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Suburban. The vehicle would have ovious damage on the passenger side rear bumper. Anyone who can identify it is asked to cal state police at 814.776.6136.

One driver was hurt in a collision Saturday afternoon in Jones Township Saturday afternoon. According to Ridgway based state said the collision happened when 71 year old Paul Jovenitti of St.Marys who north on the Glen Hazel Road crossed the center line and hit a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by 96 year old William Boylan of Johnsonburg and a trailer he was hauling. Jovenitti was taken to Penn Highlands Elk with minor injuries.  Boylan and his 10 year old male passenger did not require medical attention for their minor injuries.


Rep. Martin Causer says “The voters have spoken, and the majority have voted for change in how the state handles disaster emergency declarations.The amendments approved last Tuesday clearly restore the system of checks and balances envisioned by our forefathers. The first constitutional amendment empowers the General Assembly, by a majority vote, to end a disaster emergency declaration without approval of the governor. The second constitutional amendment allows a governor to declare a disaster emergency for up to 21 days. If a governor feels the declaration should be extended, he or she would have to make the case and gain approval of the General Assembly.

The voters also approved a third constitutional amendment that specifically prohibits the denial or limitation of a person’s rights based on race or ethnicity, a prohibition also contained in the U.S. Constitution.

Finally, the majority voted to extend the state’s low-interest loan program for volunteer fire and ambulance companies to include municipal fire and ambulance companies that are staffed with paid personnel.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 22 there were 1,658 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,195,013.


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There are 1,250 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 304 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. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 21, there were 39 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,029 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 22, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 56.1% 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 Saturday morning, May 22, 51% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC, as of Saturday morning, May 22, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

4,442,539 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 66,100 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,621,854 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

6,064,393 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, 10,138,065  total doses  have been administered total through May 22:

First/single doses:  6,064,393 administered

Second doses:  4,073,672 administeredFully 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 4,557,501 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,617 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,310 cases among employees, for a total of 86,927 at 1,591 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 28,580 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.