Unemployment goes up in most area counties….Emporium woman cited for illegal gun possession and other crimes….Two drivers hurt by falling tree in Cameron County…..SUV stolen in Elk County….State positivity rate continues to climb…


The unemployment picture in the five counties served by  Black Forest Broadcasting increased  in most counties  between June and July according to figures just released by the state department of labor and industry. Potter County saw an increase  from 6.3% to 6.6%; McKean County held steady at 6.9%; Cameron County saw an increase from 7.2% to 7.3%; Tioga County went up from 6.2% to 6.4%.  Elk County’s rate improved going down from 7.1 to 6.7%. Chester County has the best rate in Pennsylvania at 4.1% but it also saw an increase from 4.0%; Philadelphia County still has the worst rate at 8.5%  but that also down from 9.2%. Pennsylvania’s rate was 6.6 % and the national figure was 5.4% for the period.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announces road work on Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001) in Cameron County has been completed. The end of this work means that the daylight detour that’s been in place since mid-August has been lifted.

Wet weather had slowed work progress, extending the closure and detour more than a week. With work now finished, PennDOT has removed the 40-mile detour that used Quehanna Highway, Route 555, and Route 120.

Since August 16, crews have been placing a double seal coat along the entire 10-mile stretch of Wykoff Run Road. The sealcoat will provide a protective coating to the asphalt pavement—extending its life and improving ride quality for drivers.

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Cameron County

An Emporium woman has been arrested for public drunkenness for an incident allegedly occurring August 19 in that town. State police say they were called to investigate 40 year old Julie Johnson of that town screaming on East Third Street. Later that day, police allegedly found Johnson in illegal possession of  a firearm, indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct.

Tioga County

State police at Mansfield arrested 29 year old Bradley Bailey of Troy for DUI after finding his 2014 Chevrolet Traverse partially parked on South Elkrun Road in Sullivan Township on the night of July 28,Troopers claim the SUV’s ignition was still on and the unit was in Drive. Bailey was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol.

A Schenectady NY driver and his passengers escaped injury last Wednesday night when their SUV collided with a bear on Route 15 in Richmond Township. Trooper  said CL Caroppoli was unable to stop his Dodge Journey in time to avoid impact. He and his wife Laura were using seatbelts and a 3 year old boy was in a child safety seat.

Two drivers were hurt when their vehicles collided with a fallen tree in Shippen Township, Cameron County Monday morning. According to state police, John  Coppock was going west on Route 120 when a tree fell onto the roof of his 2011 Dodge Journey and caused disabling damage. Meanwhile, a Mercedes Benz driven by Jeanne Miglicio of Emporium hit some of the tree’s limbs while going east. The impact cause her car to become airborne. Both drivers were taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of serious injuries.

Troopers at the Ridgway barracks are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle in Fox Township Tuesday. A 2005 dark gray Chevrolet Equinox, owned by Kelson Mitchell was taken from Fern Lane at around 12:30 pm.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31, there were 3,249 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,300,368.


ELK 1680

McKEAN 3035


TIOGA 2708



There are 1,850 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 474 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 Aug 20 – Aug. 26 stood at 7.8%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, there were 21 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,235 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,178,030 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, Aug. 31.

5,960,402 people are fully vaccinated; with 16,405 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 17,500 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 74,379 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,888 cases among employees, for a total of 90,267 at 1,607 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 30,158 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.