Wednesday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 52







  Jury finds Kane man guilty of sexual offenses against minors…Ellicottville woman charged with drug possession in McKean County….State police investigate attempted ID theft…Another fraudulent unemployment application attempted in McKean County…Almost 62% of state residents vaccinated….

Following a jury trial at the McKean County Courthouse on July 19 and 20, 2021, Robert W. Hamilton of Kane was convicted of sexual offenses against minors.  The defendant was convicted of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse on a child under age 13; Sexual Assault; Indecent Assault on a child under 13; Indecent assault on a child under 13;  Corruption of Minors; Corruption of Minors; Indecent Assault on a child under 13; Indecent Exposure where child under was 16 was present; Indecent Assault without consent; Indecent Assault without consent; Indecent Assault without consent; Indecent assault on child under 16: Indecent assault on child under 16; Indecent assault on child under 16.  He was found not guilty of 2 additional counts of rape. The charges stemmed from an investigation into the defendant’s actions in regards to minor children from January 1, 2017 to October 9, 2018.  The case was investigated by Trooper Eric Thompson of the Pennsylvania State Police-Lewis Run.  District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  The defendant was ordered to undergo an assessment required under the former Megan’s Law, now known as SORNA.  A sentencing date will be set by the Court. The defendant was incarcerated on $200,000 cash bail.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating another ID theft. A 54 year old Mt.Jewett man told police Wednesday that someone had obtained his banking information and requested the victim provide gift card information. Authorities advise to be aware of scams requesting personal information and gift cards.

An Ellicottville woman was arrested by Lewis Run State police for drug possession. Troopers say 21 year old Deni Whitmore, a passenger in a 2017 Subaru Legacy they stopped, they found Whitmore in possession of a controlled substance.

James Przybyszewski, 35, of Duke Center was arrested by state police for physical harassment Monday. Troopers allege the suspect physically harassed a 31 year old Duke Center woman during a domestic violence incident.

Automatic charges are being filed against a 58 year old St. Marys man who refused a blood test after being taken to Penn Highlands Elk on the night of July 14 by state police who stopped his Ford-150 XLT on Lafayette Street in St. Marys. The suspect’s name was not released.

State police at Ridgway are looking for a litterbug who lost a bag of garbage Tuesday afternoon on Route 219 in front of a residence. Garbage was strewn all over the road but has since been removed.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, there were 525 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,217,857.





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There are 302 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 63 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to drop.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of July 9 – July 15 stood at 1.7%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, there were 8 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,813 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 Tuesday, July 20, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, July 20, 61.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidcance 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 72,135 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,604 cases among employees, for a total of 87,739 at 1,599 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 29,202 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.

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.