B More illegal unemployment claims attempted in region….Police make Drug possession and DUI arrests….61% of state population vaccinated……

Sunday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 70; .55” of rain






Lewis Run state police have arrested a 24 year old Port Allegany man for strangulation. Authorities claim the suspect, whose name was not released, injured a  25 year old Port Allegany woman when he grabbed her by the throat and arm during an argument last Wednesday night in Liberty Township. The suspect was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 straight bail.

Area state police continue to investigate ID thefts relating to unemployment claims….A 54 year old Eldred man told police an unknown person used his ID  Friday in an attempt to open an unemployment compensation account…..Someone used  a 53 year old Cyclone woman’s  ID Friday in an attempt to get unemployment compensation .Authorities advise the public to be aware of scams designed to gain personal information.

A 34 year old Pittsburgh woman was arrested for DUI following a one-vehicle crash Friday evening on the Northwest Road in Wetmore Township. Police did not reveal her name but say she was driving her 2009 Subaru Forester. Troopers at the Lewis Run barracks also arrested a 40 year old  Bradford driver for DUI after stopping his 2003 Pontiac Bonneville on E. Corydon Street Saturday morning. Police did not release his name but said he was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. Troopers have also arrested a 24 year old Bradford resident for DUI. He was pulled over on Corwin Lane early last Thursday morning.

Troopers did release the names of two DUI suspects. Titina Sims, 52 of Buffalo was arrested after troopers allegedly found marijuana in her 2012 Subaru Outback when they stopped her on Route 219 during the early morning of May 26. And  35 year old Aubrey Akins  of Kane was charged after troopers allegedly found her in possession of a controlled substance after stopping her on a Forestry Road in Hamilton Township, on the evening of July 3.

No injuries were reported in a mishap last Thursday in Keating Township, McKean County.  According to state police at Lewis Run, while backing out of a parking spot at the Nittany Minit Mart on Rout 6, a Ford Transit driven by Jason Schaeffer bumped an unoccupied Ford F-150XLT causing minor damage.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for the person who left a clear plastic bag containing empty plastic bottles near 787 Route 6 in Eulalia just after noon Friday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Friday, July 9, there were 230 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,213,773.





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There are 295 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 58 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to drop

Statewide percent positivity for the week of June 25 – July 1 stood at 1.1%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 8, there were 8 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,737 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 Thursday, July 8, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday, July 8, 61% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated and the state ranks 21st among all 50 states for second doses administered by percentage of population.

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

Vaccine providers have administered 11,291,991 total vaccine doses as of Friday, July 9.

5,536,589 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 12,400 people per day receiving vaccinations. The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC 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 have been a total of 72,098 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,567 cases among employees, for a total of 87,665 at 1,599 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 29,057 of total cases have been 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.

Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.


SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Levi Barnes, of Shinglehouse, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 5, 2021, at the age of 30.

He is survived by his daughter, Alana Marie Barnes and his drum kit.  Also surviving are his mother, Michelle Barnes Singer; and his two sisters, Katelyn Mae Barnes and Mandy Querry of Buffalo, N.Y.

A celebration of Levi’s life will be held from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Shinglehouse Park, pavilion #3, Oswayo Street, Shinglehouse.  All are welcome.

Levi’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Levi, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Stephen E. “Steve” Osburn, 64, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.

Born on Tuesday, August 28, 1956, in Wellsville, N.Y., he was a son of Leo E. and Ruth A. Ball Osburn.

Steve was a graduate of Bolivar High School.  He was employed for several years as a machinist at Dresser Rand Industries in Olean, N.Y.

Steve was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse.  He had been a member of the Eastern Motor Racing Association and was a member of the NRA.  He enjoyed hunting, guitars, music, and was an avid Formula One racing fan.

Left to cherish his memory are his former wife, Terri L. Osburn of Rushford, N.Y.; five children, David E. (April) Osburn of Belfast, N.Y., Anni L. (Benjamin) Perrello of Buffalo, N.Y., Lee W. Osburn of Arcade, N.Y., Jody W.  (Aly) Osburn of Rushford, N.Y., and Autumn K. (Kyle Schwedt) Osburn of Arcade, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Sherry Orrell of Suffolk, Virginia and Lee (Bobby) Hendrix of North Las Vegas, Nevada; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a good and faithful friend, Randy Rossman of Olean, N.Y.

In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by a sister, Colleen Siccard.

There will be no public visitation.  A memorial funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, on a date and time to be announced.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Steve’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Steve, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.