Wednesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 55







Former Coudersport man wanted on several warrants from Florida….Campground theft in Elk County investigated….Emporium man accused of pointing gun at several people during early morning argument….Driver leaves scene before police arrive to investigate Cameron County crash…..11.6 million PA residents vaccinated…..

Law enforcement authorities are looking for a former Coudersport resident who skipped bail in July  in Florida. Jeffrey Wayne Duell Jr. is 32; weighs about 150 pounds, and is about 5’8” tall. He is wanted via several warrants, mostly for writing bad checks in the Lakeland, Florida area. He is also accused of “befriending” a 71 year old woman on the internet claiming they are in a relationship. She mailed him her bank card and he allegedly withdrew large sums of money. He reportedly told acquaintances the victim is his aunt. He has been hustling her for at least two years. He is also wanted for back child support. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police or Sweden Township police.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a theft Tuesday afternoon at the Bear Creek Campgrounds in Highland Township. A 29  year old St. Marys woman told police when she went to get her camper, someone stole a prescription medication, Zero gravity chair, Ozark Trail Chair, two collapsible tables, a red and black Igloo cooler and a red and white Igloo cooler. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at the Ridgway barracks.


A Lawrenceville driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash early Monday morning in Lawrence Township. Troopers report Eugene Ponds IV, 27, was going south on Station Road when his Nissan Rogue hit a tree in the road. The car continued on before striking a mailbox on the west side. Pondo was cited for speeding.

Emporium based state police have arrested a 42 year old man from that town for terroristic threats. Troopers claim when an altercation erupted at 349 East Third Street early Sunday morning, the suspect pointed a gun in the direction of three victims, all Emporium residents—a 47 year old man, a 21 year old man and a 21 year old woman.

Troopers at Emporium are investigating a one-vehicle crash  early Tuesday morning in Gibson Township. Dave Ellenberger of Driftwood was  headed east on Route 120 when his Ford F-150 went out of control on a left hand curve, traveled up an embankment, hit some rocks then went back down onto the pavement where it came to rest with the rear-end blocking one lane. The driver departed the scene before police arrived.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, there were 1,493 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,230,454.


ELK 1593

McKEAN 2942


TIOGA 2619



There are 563 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 126 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase again. Statewide percent positivity for the week of July 23 – July 29 stood at 3.9%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, there were 15 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,883 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, Aug. 3, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 63.2% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 11,685,368 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, Aug. 4.

  • 5,734,642 people are fully vaccinated; with 18,216 vaccinations administered yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 12,900 people per day receiving vaccinations.

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. CDC also recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission .

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 72,402 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,654 cases among employees, for a total of 88,056 at 1,604 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 29,425 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.
  • 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.