Thieves steal thousands of dollars of collectibles from Elk County home…..ID theft also under investigation by state police…two suspects arrested for harassment….one driver hurt in Potter County collision….66.8% PA residents vaccinated….

Sunday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 64; .o4” of rain






Elk County

A burglary at 267 Coal Hollow Road in Fox Township, Elk County over the past several months is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Sometime between February 7 and September 3, thieves made off with approximately 43 collectible cast-iron skillets from the residence of Kyle Wolfe in Kersey. The stolen items are valued at more than $7000. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at the Ridgway barracks 814-776-6136.


An ID theft is also being probed by troopers in Elk County. A cyber thief illegally obtained the social security number belonging to 70 year old Donna Kline of Kersey.

Potter County

One driver was hurt in a collision last Wednesday in Roulette Township. According to state police, Barbara Houwer of Roulette and Larry Lukehart of Coudersport were going east on Route 6. Lukehart was preparing to turn left into a private driveway just as Houwer overtook his Ford Transit Connect on the left. Houwer’s Ford F350 struck Lukehart’s vehicle on the driver’s side. He was taken to UPMC Cole for evaluation. Houwer was not hurt.

State police at Emporium report an Emporium teenager was seriously hurt in a one vehicle crash last Wednesday afternoon  in Jones Township Elk County. Dillan Skillman, 19 was going south on Straight Creek Road when his Jeep Wrangler went off the road and rolled over after colliding with an embankment. Skillman was flwo by Mercy Flight to UPMC Hamot for treatment of serious head and facial injuries. He has been cited for speeding in connection to the crash.

Both Emporium residents  involved in an argument on Labor Day afternoon have been arrested for physical harassment.  Charges against a 33 year old man and a 31 year old woman have been filed in district court.

McKean County

A Port Allegany resident has been arrested for DUI after being stopped for multiple traffic violations on Rose Street in Smethport August 9. Police claim Aaron Swanson was found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia.

Troopers have also charged a 20 year old Kane man for driving his 2006 Chevrolet Colorado  under the influence of drugs and alcohol after stopping on Fraley Street early Labor Day morning. He was taken to UPMC Kane for a blood draw but his name was not released.

DUI charges are also pending against 20 year old Morgan Hitchcock of Smethport whose 2009 Subaru was pulled over on South Avenue in Bradford early last Sunday morning for a summary traffic offense and was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia.

Physical harassment charges have been filed against 40 year old Casey Henning of Eldred. State people allege Henning  struck a 27 year old Eldred woman during an argument last Tuesday night on Eaton Hollow Road.

Lewis Run state police have arrested 41 year old Joshua Dash of Bradford for harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place on August 8 on 14 Division Street in Mt. Jewett. The victims are identified as 59 year old John Buck and 18 year old Jacob Buck both of Mt. Jewett.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10, there were 5,005 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,338,313.


ELK 1749

McKEAN 3112


TIOGA 2826



There are 2,118 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 523 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. 27 – Sept. 2 stood at 8.2%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, there were 37 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,535 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, Sept. 9, 66.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,392,854 total vaccine doses, including 51,322 additional doses authorized for people who are immunocompromised, as of Friday, Sept. 10.

6,040,960 people are fully vaccinated; with 20,950 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 14,700 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 74,905 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,020 cases among employees, for a total of 90,925 at 1,616 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 30,460 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.