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Woman arrested for trespassing at Elk County Camp….no one hurt in Elk County collision….Turkey sighting reports due by Monday…..Death rate slows…

Elk County

A Butler, PA woman has been arrested for trespassing at a camp off of Baughman Hill Road in Spring Creek Township Tuesday afternoon. State police at Ridgway claim 49 year old Shellie Rae Bergbigler entered posted property belonging to Thomas and Arron Berbigler of Fenelton, PA.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed driver who was stopped by Ridgway State police on the afternoon of August 23 in Ridgway Township. Troopers say they were called to old Red Mill Dam Road at Montmorenci Road for an erratic driver and determined  the suspect was d riving a 2016 Ford F-150XLT under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Both drivers escaped injury in a minor collision Wednesday evening in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers explained the collision occurred when 81 year old NG Barger of Frenchville, PA pulled out of Cherry Avenue in front of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Dennis Gregori of Force, PA which was going south on Route 255.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s two-month public survey on wild turkey sightings has ended, but participants are encouraged to report their July and August sightings through Monday, Sept. 6.

Reports must be filed online, either by visiting and clicking on “Turkey Sighting Survey” in the Quick Clicks section, or through the mobile apps available at the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. To find the apps, search for “Pennsylvania Game Commission,” then select Turkey Sighting.urvey.

Participants may report the numbers of wild turkeys seen from July 1 to Aug. 31, along with the general location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions.

Please note, your specific location information is NOT shared or stored; it is used solely to help determine the county, township and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) of each sighting.

Many factors affect wild turkey productivity, including spring weather, habitat, previous winter-food abundance, predation and last fall’s harvest. The 2020 survey showed a statewide reproductive success of 2.7 poults per all hens seen, which was similar to the previous three-year average, and varied from 1.4 poults per all hens in WMU 5C to 3.6 in WMU 3A. Reproductive success in 2020 improved in 10 of 23 WMUs compared to the previous three-year average, was similar in two WMUs, but declined to below average in 11 WMUs. Areas where reproduction declined were scattered with no region showing a strong pattern of declines or increases in reproduction.

Pennsylvania’s turkey population in the early 2000s reached its peak of about 280,000 birds as a result of restoration efforts through wild trap-and-transfer, habitat improvement, and fall-turkey-hunting-season restrictions.

It then declined sharply to levels below 200,000. Since 2011 it has been fluctuating between 204,000 and 234,000, depending on summer reproduction and fall harvest.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1, there were 3,100 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,303,468.


ELK 1685

McKEAN 3038


TIOGA 2722



There are 1,835 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 482 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. Tuesday, Aug. 31, there were no new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,235 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, Aug. 31, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, Aug. 31, 65.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,202,347 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, Sept. 1.

5,973,033 people are fully vaccinated; with 24,317 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 17,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 74,436 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,903 cases among employees, for a total of 90,339 at 1,607 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.  Approximately 30,196 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.