Wednesday high, 85; Overnight low, 47
THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-CLOUDS BUILD, LOW 50
FRI-CLOUDS THEN RAIN, HIGH 52
FRI NIGHT-LOW 45
SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 59
SAT NIGHT-CLOUDS TAPERING OFF, LOW 39
Galeton teen accused of threatening fellow students on social media….Coudersport resident arrested for having a hidden gun…ID theft investigated….motorized bike stolen in Coudersport….passenger hurt in Elk County ATV crash…Elmira man accused of hit and run in Tioga County……DCNR prepares for increase in visitors….10.3 million Pennsylvanians have been vaccinated…Next on-air report after 12:06p m on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
Coudersport based state police are continuing to investigate a case of terroristic threats taking place Monday afternoon. A female student who was not in school sent a threatening a message via social media to students at the Galeton School.
Troopers at Coudersport arrested 47 year old Jason Caldwell of Coudersport for illegally carrying a concealed firearm. The gun was discovered in Caldwell’s 2000 Chevrolet S-10 on East Second Street in Ulysses Township on the afternoon of May 17.
An ID theft is being probed by state police at Coudersport. Someone used the identity of 45 year old John Clay to obtain unemployment compensation between April 8 and May 19.
Troopers are also investigating the theft of a motorized bike from a Coudersport residence Sunday evening. The blue and silver pedal bike is valued at $300 and belonged to Daniel Foster.The bike was chained to a pole at 3 South Main Street when it was stolen.
A Woodbourne, NY man has been arrested for DUI by Coudersport Based state police. Troopers say while on routine parole early Monday morning they stopped at the Coudersport Sheetz and observed Sean Jordan urinating from the driver’s seat of his 2003 Ford Escape while it was parked in the store’s parking lot. Police claim when they approached Jordan he showed signs of impairment and they discovered he had driven to Sheetz. He was subsequently arrested for DUI.
When troopers went to the scene of an ATV crash on the evening of May 2 on the Pushersiding Road in Bingham Township, they learned that 27 year old Zachery Paskel of Boyertown, who was not involved in the crash, had driven his ATV to the accident site while under the influence. He was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI.
One passenger was seriously injured in an ATV crash late Saturday night on the Boggy Run Road in Horton Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway state police Alan Buzard of Brockport was opeating a Honda Pioneer westbound when the machine went off the road and traveled into a grassy area. While backing up, the ATV rolled onto the passenger side door causing serious injuries to the passenger Bailey Smith of Brockway. Buzaard and a second passenger Jordan Boyle of Brockway did not require treatment for their minor injuries.
A criminal mischief on the old Byrnedale Road in Jay Township, Elk County was investigated by Ridgway based state police last Friday night. Vandals cut the brake lines on a 2004 Ford Focus owned by a Weedville man. The Mansfield Auto Zone store has been cited for disorderly conduct. Mansfield based state police explain they were called to the store late Monday evening by an automatic alarm. It turned out to be a false alarm and the business has had five such calls in less that 12 months.
An Elmira man has been cited following a hit and run last Friday evening on Route 287 in Middlebury Township. Police allege Robert McKay was driving a Chevrolet Camaro southbound when the car swerved off the road and struck a mailbox. McKay pulled into a parking lot briefly but took off. However his car was later discovered by Wellsboro police and was identified by a witness to the hit and run.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today said Pennsylvania state parks and forests are open for the unofficial start of the summer season, and reminded Pennsylvanians of the guidelines in place so that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Visitors must continue to follow the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on masking.
The CDC states that fully vaccinated individuals — two weeks after their final dose — can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing.
For unvaccinated individuals, the Secretary of Health’s universal face covering order remains in effect and individuals, including children, must still comply with the Order.
Once 70 percent of Pennsylvanians over the age of 18 are fully vaccinated, Pennsylvania will lift the masking order.
A number of state parks and forest recreation areas are expected to see crowding during holidays and weekends, especially when the weather is favorable.
Visitors always are encouraged to consider options for less crowded locations and visit during weekdays if possible.
Overnight accommodations such as camping and cabins for the Memorial Day weekend are close to capacity.
Reservations can be made 11 months in advance, and the state park reservation system Opens In A New Windowwill provide information about availability.
Through May 31, attendance for outdoor programming is capped at 40 people, including park staff.
Beginning June 1, there will not be any attendance limits on outdoor programming.
Indoor programming attendance limits will be capped at 50 percent.
State park visitation saw a 26 percent increase during the COVID-19 pandemic and DCNR expects that growth to continue as many people have added park use to their normal routines.
In 2020, parks welcomed 46.9 million visitors compared to 37 million visitors in 2019.
For more information about state parks and state forests visit the DCNR website.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 26 there were 1,127 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,198,595.
There are 1,186 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 301 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 14 – May 20 stood at 4.5%.
As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, there were 38 new death identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,123 deaths attributed to COVID-19
vaccinations. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.
According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 26, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 57% 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 25, 52.3% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
According to the CDC, as of Wednesday morning, May 25, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
Vaccine providers have administered 10,321,111 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, May 26.
4,552,126 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 61,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.
This week, a total of 10,749,200 doses will have been allocated through May 29:
To date, 10,321,111 total doses have been administered through May 26:
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).
In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,654 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,348 cases among employees, for a total of 87,002 at 1,591 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.
Approximately 28,653 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.