The Black Forest has recorded two fatal ATV crashes within days…..State police at Ridgway are still looking for help in solving a 34 year old homicide….Emporium man arrested for domestic assault…844 crashes investigated by state police Memorial Day holiday….10.8 million Pennsylvanians vaccinated..

Monday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 63








The region has recorded two fatal ATV accidents in the past couple of days. An Osceola man died Monday evening in Farmington Township Tioga County. State police at Mansfield report 51 year old Shawn Main was negotiating a left curve on Fish Hill Road when his Yamaha went off the north side of the road. Main was thrown off the machine after it hit a cluster of trees.

A St. Marys man was killed Sunday afternoon when he was thrown off of his ATV when it collided with an SUV  on in Jones Township, Elk County.  Ridgway based state police say Mark Rhines was going south on the Markert Road when his CF Moto moved to the middle of the road and struck the left front of   a Honda CRV driven by Cory Cannella of St. Marys . Rhines was thrown off the machine upon impact.

From the cold case files, the Pennsylvania State Police are still asking for the public’s help in solving a nearly 34-year-old homicide case in Ridgway. Investigators say Paul Michael “Mickey” Buck was shot to death Aug. 20, 1987 in the parking lot of Motion Control Industries located on East Gillis Ave.Buck, who normally worked day shift, had just finished an evening shift of work when he was killed in the parking lot. Buck, who normally worked day shift, had just finished an evening shift of work when he was killed in the parking lot.

Troopers say they hope someone might have information that could help them solve the crime and bring closure to Buck’s surviving family members. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 814-776-6136 or the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-472-8477.

Raymond Banks, 39, of Emporium has been charged with simple assault and harassment for a domestic violence incident Saturday afternoon on East 4th Street. Banks allegedly committed the crimes against a 21 year old Emporium woman. He was arraigned before a district justice who set bail at $5.0000.

Coudersport based state police have also  arrested  a 61 year old Coudersport resident with DUI after stopping his 1989 Jeep Cherokee on the night of May 27 on 872 in Keating Township. Charges are pending  blood test results.

Physical harassment charges have been filed against a 32 year old Mansfield woman for a domestic violence assault on the morning of May 28 on Newtown Hill Road in Richmond Township . Troopers alleged the woman hit a 43 year old man repeatedly with a stick on his les and arms.

Minor injuries were reported for a Wellsboro man after a one vehicle  accident last Wednesday afternoon.  Mansfield based state police explained  Karl Bissinger was going west on Route 414 in Morris Township  when his Chevrolet Silverado failed to make a left curve and went off the road and struck a utility pole.

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police investigated 844 traffic crashes during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, from May 28 through May 31, 2021.

These statistics cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.

The crashes resulted in eight fatalities and 183 injuries. Alcohol was a factor in 63 of the crashes, but it was not a factor in the fatal crashes.

Troopers made 596 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 9,624 speeding citations over the holiday weekend. State police also cited 1,025 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 144 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and mitigation efforts that were in place throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time, statistical information was not collected during the 2020 Memorial Day holiday driving period.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 7, there were 297 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 402 new cases reported for Sunday, June 6 and 488 new cases reported for Saturday, June 5 for a three-day total of 1,187 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,205,989.


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There are 767 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 180 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 percentage of COVID-19 cases in 0-to-49-year-olds is rising as indicated by the COVID-19 age distribution of COVID-19 cases from January 2021 to date on June 7.

Age Range          Percent of cases in January         Percent of cases to date on June 7

0-4          1.7%      3.1%

5-12       4.0%      6.7%

13-18     6.3%      9.1%

19-24     10.5%    10.8%

25-49     37.5%    38.3%

50-64     22.4%    19.2%

65 and older       17.7%    12.7%

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 28 – June 3 stood at 2.9%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 4, there were 24 new deaths, as of 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, there were 5 new deaths, and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 6, there were 6 deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,360 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Opens In A New Window

According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, June 7, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 59.4% 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 Monday morning, June 7, 55.7% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 72.1% have received their first dose.

According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, June 7, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 10,885,227 total vaccine doses as of Monday, June 7.

4,891,522 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 30,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,508,429 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of