One man seriously injured in a motorcycle collision in Tioga County….Thieves steal more than $2500 worth of tools f rom a Cross Fork Garage….Phony $50 bill passed in Elk County…PennDot issues updates on Potter County bridge repairs

One man  was seriously hurt in a motorcycle collision in  Nelson Township Tioga County last Thursday. Troopers report the collision occurred on Route 49 as William Cook of Lawrenceville   and Devere Fowler of Osceola  were traveling east on  Route 49 and Fowler ‘s Yamaha was rear-ended by Cook’s Harley Davidson. Cook was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries. Fowler suffered minor injuries.


A burglary occurring between May 25 and June 25 in Stewardson Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Burglars stole multiple tools were stolen from a garage owned by 77 year old Ronald Tatrai of Cross Fork. The tools, valued at more than $2500 total included a chain saw, metric allen sockets, engine analyzer, ratchets, channel locks,  drill bit sharpener and drills.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for a person who passed a phony $50 bill at the West End Grocery in Ridgway Township Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers there are also investigating a theft by a juvenile. Police claim the youth failed to turn in a candy order along with checks and money orders to his 9th grade teacher on May 25.

An elderly Brockway couple was arrested by state police at Ridgway last Thursday for stealing merchandise from  the St. Marys Walmart on the Million Dollar highway. The stolen items, totaling $175 in value included cat treats, men’s shorts and tee shirts, baking ingredients, a canned ham and toiletries. The 73 year old man and 70 year old woman were released after being processed at the barracks.

Troopers at Coudersport investigated two ID thefts between June 20 and 28. Crooks used personal information  belonging to  a couple of Galeton residents to obtain fraudulent unemployment  in the name of 49 year old Kathey Brown and Gregory Froebel, 64.

A 39 year old Smethport woman was arrested for DUI by state police at Coudersport on the evening of June 5. Police say when they stopped her 2012 Jeep on Route 6 at Trout Brook Road in Roulette Township, they found she had been driving under the influence.. A 29 year old Galeton driver was also charged with DUI after his 2014 Chevrolet was pulled over on the Park Road in Abbott Township early June 13.. And a  49 year old Jeannette, PA man was arrested for DUI when patrol officers stopped his 2010 Chrysler on the Trout Run Road in Wharton Township just before midnight on June 12. Authorities did not release the names of the suspects.

– The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an update for repair work on two bridges in Potter County. Locations are:

  • Route 3001 (East Fork Road) bridge over Birch Run in Wharton Township about 5 miles northeast of the village of Wharton. During the week of July 5, a one-lane temporary roadway will be paved to carry traffic around the work zone. Guide rail will also be placed. Traffic on the temporary road will be controlled by temporary traffic signals. This 28-foot box beam bridge dates from 1966 and carries an average of 80 vehicles each day. Repairs will improve the bridge’s overall rating.
  • Route 6 bridge over Lyman Run at Sweden Valley in Sweden Township. As work continues at this location, traffic control consists of half-width construction with a one-lane/alternating traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals. This 36-foot bridge dates from 1962 and carries an average of almost 5,500 vehicles each day. Repairs will improve the bridge’s overall rating.

Rehabilitation work will include rebar installation, concrete repairs, beam spall repairs, and superstructure replacement. Work will also include asphalt paving, guide rail updates, pavement markings, and miscellaneous construction. Work for each bridge will finish by late September.

Nestlerode Contracting Company, Inc. of Lock Haven is the contractor on this $1.1 million project. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Thursday, July 1, there were 186 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,212,257.








There are 313 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 59 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 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 June 18 – June 24 stood at 1.2%.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, there were 9 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,687 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 Wednesday, June 30, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 62.7% 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, June 30, 60.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 75.4% have received their first dose.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, June 30 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 11,685,265 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, July 1.

5,402,488 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 17,000 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,324,326 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

6,726,814 people have received at least their first dose.

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

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

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

To date,  11,685,265 total  doses have been administeredl through June 30:

First/single doses:  6,726,814 administered

Second doses:  4,958,451 administered

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 72,044 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,545 cases among employees, for a total of 87,589 at 1,598 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 29,019 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.

Edwin E. “Ed” Darrin, 75, of Coudersport, died Friday, June 26, 2021 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.Ed was born on May 19, 1946, in Coudersport, the son of the late Elwood “Cy” and Beverly “Eloise” (Lowe) Darrin.  He married the former Teresita “Tessie” Maala on October 25, 1975 and they have celebrated 45 years of marriage.Ed was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1964, and earned an Associate’s Degree from Penn State Altoona.  Ed stated his career at Martin Marietta, Baltimore then he worked for Dresser-Rand, Olean but most recently worked 30+ years for Pure Carbon, Coudersport.  Ed served on the Borough Council and was a volunteer fire fighter in Coudersport for many years and was a member of various car clubs.  Ed loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, bowling, photography, reading, old tools and fixing items.  He was an amateur historian, with a deep knowledge of Coudersport and Potter County. He had a great passion for classic cars, his favorite being his 1967 Plymouth Barracuda convertible.In addition to his wife, Tessie Darrin, Ed is survived by a son, Edwin W. “Ed” Darrin of Philadelphia; a brother, Richard J. (Valerie) Darrin of Coudersport; a nephew and three nieces.Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects Friday July 9, 2021 from 1 to 2pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport.  A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Gregory Rapp officiating .  A private burial will be held in Eulalia Cemetery.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edwin E. Darrin, please visit our floral store.