ATV Pilot Project opens next month in  region See Story below

Public drunkenness charges filed by Ridgway State Police…DUI charges pending following one-vehicle crash in McKean County….Theft charge filed against Smethport man….State police arrest McKean County man for letting dogs run loose….ATV Pilot area to open next month in region….State positivity rate continues to decline…..

 State police at Ridgway have charged a man, whose name was not released, with public drunkenness. Troopers claim they were summoned to a location on Bridge Street in Ridgway Monday morning just before 9:00 am with a report of a man walking along  Route 120, staggering and falling into the weeds. Police allege the suspect admitted being under the influence of a controlled substance. Charges have been filed in District Court.

Troopers at Lewis Run are filing drug possession charges against 37 year old Brian Stahl of Bradford. State police report they were asked to make a welfare check on a vehicle parked near Route 155 in Annin Township early Monday morning. Stahl was a passenger in the 2014 Chrysler and was reportedly in possession of a controlled substance.

The name of a 20 year old Mt. Jewett driver involved in a one-vehicle DUI related crash in Hamlin Township early Monday morning.  Police say charges will be filed in district court once blood test results are known. He was driving a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup.

A 63 year old Smethport man has been arrested for theft. Police did not release details of the crime allegedly occurring early Saturday morning on Route 46 in Keating Township, McKean County but explain the victim is a 55 year old Smethport woman.

Lewis Run State police have arrested 43 year old Troy Safford of Smethport with disorderly conduct after his dogs were allegedly observed chasing livestock on the East Valley Road Sunday afternoon. The farm animals are owned by a 55 year old Smethport man.

ATV enthusiasts will have more and better opportunities to ride across the Northern Tier with the July 16 opening of an ATV Regional Connector Pilot area, say a group of lawmakers who have been heavily involved in the project.

Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), as well as Sen. Cris Dush (R-25), advocated for the law passed last summer to create the pilot project and have met with state officials several times to help bring the project to fruition.

According to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announcement, the pilot area, which is primarily in Potter and Tioga counties, will open for use on July 16, and will remain open until Sunday, Sept. 26. The pilot program will also be reopened on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend in 2022 to coincide with the full DCNR trail summer riding season and incorporate a planned connection to the Tiadaghton State Forest and the Haneyville ATV Trail System in Lycoming and Clinton counties.

According to DCNR, ATV riders will need to purchase a Regional ATV Connector Pass permit to use the designated PennDOT and state forest ATV connector roads, the cost of which will serve to offset implementation and management of the program. Permits for the remainder of the 2021 season will cost $20 for Pennsylvania registered ATVs and $30 for non-Pennsylvania registered ATVs. Full 2022 season permits will cost $40 for Pennsylvania registered ATVs and $60 for non-Pennsylvania registered ATVs.

Permits will be available for in-person sales only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Tiadaghton, Susquehannock or Tioga State Forest district offices beginning this Wednesday, June 30. Permit applications also will be accepted by mail beginning the same date by sending a properly completed permit application form available on DCNR’s at

Though the pilot areas will be marked, riders will be expected to familiarize themselves with the portions of road and trail that are open to ensure they are operating in the legal areas. The official pilot area map is available at

The pilot project was authorized by Act 114 of 2020 and called on DCNR to evaluate department forest districts, including Elk, Moshannon, Sproul, Susquehannock and Tioga, for roads and trails to serve as potential regional connectors and to provide local access or serve as a trail complex for ATV use.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m., Saturday, June 26 through 12:00 a.m., Monday, June 28, there was a three-day total of 408 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,211,707.




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There are 350 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 66 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. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of June 18 – June 24 stood at 1.2%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 25 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 27, there were 21 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,657 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Friday, June 25, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 62.3% of its entire population, and the state ranks 7th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Sunday, June 27, 59.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 75.2% have received their first dose.

According to the CDC, as of Sunday, June 27 Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

Vaccine providers have administered 11,614,649 total vaccine doses as of Monday, June 28.

5,358,788 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 18,600 people per day receiving vaccinations.

This week, a total of 13,746,000 doses will have been allocated through July 3:

To date, 11,614,649 total  dose have been administered l through June 27:

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance. for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated, are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 72,032 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,541 cases among employees, for a total of 87,573 at 1,598 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 29,002 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.