Tractor-trailer  lands in Elk County ditch after minor collision with another….East Smethport man arrested for strangulation….Troopers at Lewis Run investigated terroristic threats…Mt. Jewett man accused of harassment….Lawmakers consider plan to help non-profits during emergency declaration…


God’s country marathon is tomorrow….East Smethport man arrested for strangulation….theft of ATM cash probed in Port Allegany….Tractor trailers involved in minor collision in Elk County… state senate approves legislation to help fire departments and other non-profits during the pandemic emergency declaration.

A challenging series of race events: marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay will be held Saturday June 5, 2021 in Potter County. “Conquer the Hill”  will be run on the scenic route from Galeton to Coudersport the God’s Country Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Starts at Galeton High School  at 7:30 am and ends at the Coudersport Square with the winners arriving in just over two hours. Water stations will be set up along the route.

An East Smethport man was arrested by Lewis Run State police for strangulation. Officers claim while 47 year old Daniel  Brecht and a 30 year old East Smethport woman were arguing Tuesday night on the Westline Road, he strangled the woman several times.  Brecht then held a hatchet to the woman’s throat threatening to kill her. Brecht was committed to the McKean County jail in lieu of$75,00 bail.

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating a theft in which a Port Allegany woman is listed as the victim. Police say the suspect withdrew money from the ATM for the victim Monday but failed to give the money  to the victim.

Both tractor trailer  escaped injury in a minor collision Thursday after noon on the Montmorenci  road in Ridgway Township when a Peterbilt driven by Vitalli Tomyn of Rochester,  NY , after failing to make a left hand curve crossed the center line and sideswiped a Volvo driven by Bobby Watson of Valley Alabama then went off the road and became stuck in a ditch. Route 948 was shutdown for about 45 minutes.

A 56 year old Brockway  man has been arrested for DUI. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name but say he was arrested after they initiated a traffic stop last Friday night on the Sizerville  Road.

DUI charges are also pending against a 40 year old Penfield man whose vehicle wrecked Sunday afternoon in Spring Creek Township  in Elk County. Police did not release any more  details, even the suspect’s name.

State police at Ridgway investigated a terroristic threats situation Sunday evening. Police found a family member had received  threatening messages. A 49 year old Bradfordwoods, PA

Recognizing that the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place a severe financial crisis on numerous volunteer and veterans’ organizations, the Senate last week approved legislation introduced by Senator Joe Pittman that will provide a crucial financial lifeline for those vital community organizations.

Senate Bill 243 would allow volunteer fire departments, veterans organizations and other non-profits to conduct online small games of chance fundraisers during the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration. It also allows organizations to accept payment via mobile payment applications. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Harassment charges are being filed against a Mt. Jewett man. State police allege Charles Burdick.42.   committed the crimes against a 30 year old Westline woman and a 32 year old Kane man Sunday afternoon on Route 6. He is now facing multiple charges in district court.

Licensees would be required to verify age and residency of those participating in the SGOCs and the ability to fundraise online would end on May 1, 2022 or upon the termination of the Governor’s COVID-19 emergency declaration, whichever is later.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 3, there were 656 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,204,099.


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There are 929 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 229 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per continues to drop, 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 21 – May 27 stood at 3.8%–down from the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, there were 36 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,295 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution



According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, June 3, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 58.6% 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, June 3, 54.6% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 71.3% have received their first dose.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, June 3, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 10,678,935 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, June 3.

4,757,919 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 40,100 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,561,528 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

6,319,447 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 11,346,680 doses will have been allocated through June 5:

297,160 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.



To date, 10,678,935 total  doses  have been administered through June 2:

First/single doses:  6,319,447 administered

Second doses:  4,359,488 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).

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,785 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,426 cases among employees, for a total of 87,211 at 1,592 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 28,787 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.