Emporium man arrested for child endangerment….Potter County Burglary investigated….Indiana, PA driver seriously hurt in McKean County accident…..More that 11 million Pennsylvanians vaccinated….

Monday’s high 88; Overnight low, 54; .21” of rain






Cameron County

An Emporium resident has been arrested for endangering the welfare of children and violating state drug laws. According to State Police in that town, they were called to Fuel On Gas station on West Fourth Street at around 12:30pm last Wednesday, when an employee found a cell phone and a snuff can containing  28 oxymorphone 40 milligram pills belonging to 45 year old Christopher” John”  Burger. It was reported to police that Burger had been playing the “Games of Skill” machines located in the store while supervising two children, ages six and 10 for about four hours.  The children’s grandmother  entered  the store and an argument erupted over who would be watching the children.  Burger was asked to leave the store due to vulgar language.  He  left his cell phone and the  28 oxymorphone pills behind. Police  said that their investigation revealed that Burger has had approximately 20 separate dealings with state and local authorities over the past six months for  domestic violence either directly or indirectly involving the children. He was arrested on felony charges of reckless endangerment and drug charges. At approximately 1pm that day, an arrest warrant was issued for Burger and was executed at a local grocery store where Burger was allegedly found playing games of “Games of Skill” machines with the children. He was apprehended and taken before District Judge Brown who set bail $35,000  and Berger was remanded to the Potter County Jail. Police did not say with whom the children were placed.

Potter County

Coudersport State Police are investigating a burglary occurring on Hillcrest Drive in Hebron township between May 21 and June 13. Someone burglarized an unoccupied structure owned by a 48 year old Coudersport man, and the investigation continues.

McKean County

A Smethport woman has been arrested for physical harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place last Friday night on Route 446 in Keating township.  Trooper say they were dispatched to a vehicle crash with injuries in Keating Township but through their investigation, they determined that prior to the crash, a 36 year old Smethport woman had struck a 61 year old Smethport man as they were traveling on his motorcycle.  The woman was cited for harassment.

State  Police  Lewis Run are investigating a couple of vandalisms taking place recently in McKean County. Sometime last Thursday afternoon a criminal mischief took place on Route 6 in Hamlin Township. But no further information was released. And troopers also say that on Sunday evening they responded to a criminal mischief occurring at the McKean County Housing Authority building on Cris Drive in Eldred.

A 26 year old Bradford woman has been arrested for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Sunday evening at 159 Oil Valley Road in Otto Township McKean County. State Police say they were sent to that location  for an “altercation between friends.” Upon further investigation, they determined that a verbal argument had turned physical and 26 year old Zowe or Orczeck of Bradford was cited for physical harassment for allegedly assaulting 48 year old Robert Vinca  of Duke center.

An  Indiana Pennsylvania man  was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on a forestry  road in Hamilton Township McKean County. State Police said Dann Bressler was going west on Forest Road 122 when his Ford Ranger went out of control the struck at tree head on. The truck sustained disabling damages and had to be towed from the scene. Bressler  was transported from the scene by ambulance and then later flown to an out of the area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. His passenger Stephanie Wingerter also of Indiana, was treated by emergency care for minor injuries. State Police were assisted at the scene by Ludlow volunteer emergency services.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12 through 12:00 a.m., Monday, June 14, there was a three-day total of 808 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,208,683.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area McKean  County now has 2901 confirmed cases. Tioga County 2578; Elk 1581; Potter 1048 and Cameron 211. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 5720 confirmed cases and Allegany  County 3555

There are 572 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 158 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. Statewide percent positivity for the week of June 4 – June 10 stood at 1.9%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 11 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 13, there were 33 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,490 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 Monday morning, June 14, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 60.3% 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 14, 57.3% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 73.4% have received their first dose.
  • According to the CDC, as of Monday morning, June 14 Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,188,860 total vaccine doses as of Monday, June 14.
  • 5,082,669 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 34,700 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,442,369 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,525,038 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 12,546,160 doses will have been allocated through June 19:

    • 299,960 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.

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 71,905 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,486 cases among employees, for a total of 87,391 at 1,596 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.