Roulette woman scammed in dog purchase….Two Force PA women arrested for assaulting each other….Elk County hit and run driver located…misplaced wallet stolen in Tioga County…Environmental education grants available….

Sunday, high 71; Overnight low, 51







Potter County

Coudersport based state police are investigating a theft victimizing a Roulette woman. The 55 year old victim told police she paid $544 for a Yorkshire dog and has not received the dog.

Elk County

Two women from Force, PA have been cited for assault after an altercation Friday morning on Pine Avenue in Jay Township, Elk County. A 28 year old woman was charged with simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and harassment. A 64 year old woman was charged with harassment.

Troopers at Ridgway have charged a driver for hit and run but have not released the suspect’s name. A 2005 Buick LaCrosse while going east on Buchanan Street, went off the road and hit a tree. The car continued going east and collided with a fence and a 2018 Silverado legally parked in a driveway. The driver left the scene without reporting the collision but was later located.

Tioga County

The theft of a misplaced item is being probed by state police at Manfield. Auriana Smith of Mansfield told police she dropped her wallet containing $600 in cash at 2258 Charleston Road in Charleston Township on August 13 and it was missing when she looked for it.

A burglary reported on July 21 on Route 287 in Tioga Township remains under investigation by state police at Mansfield. No details were released but the victim is listed as a 62 year old Tioga, PA man.


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that $750,000 in available grant funding is available for environmental education projects. Additionally, DEP will hold a free webinar on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM regarding this grant funding and staff will review the application process, offer tips, and answer questions. Registration is required.

Environmental Education Grants are available to schools, colleges, nonprofit community and environmental organizations, county conservation districts, and businesses.

While all education project topics are considered, water quality, climate change, and environmental justice are priority areas. Project examples include tours, demonstrations, and hands-on learning experiences and workshops on stream monitoring, rain gardens, wetlands, green infrastructure, and other watershed stewardship; solar and other renewable energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation, and other approaches to address climate change; and improving air quality and community and municipal partnerships to address local environmental challenges. For more examples, see the grant awardees that received 2021-22 funding.

Projects with a local focus may receive up to $3,000 and regional or statewide initiatives may receive up to $20,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at the local, state, and national levels may be awarded up to $85,000.

Applications must be submitted through eGrants (first-time users will need to register.) This grant round has an application deadline of Friday, December 10, 2021, by 11:59 PM. Instructions are available at Environmental Education Grants.

The Environmental Education Grants program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. More than 2,020 organizations have received more than $11 million in grants since the program began.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, there were 5,071 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,402,826.


ELK 1895

McKEAN 3300


TIOGA 3021



There are 2,641 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 662 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 Sept. 10 – Sept. 16 stood at 8.9%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, there were 34 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,064 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. 23, 68.2% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,645,207 total vaccine doses, including 75,146 additional doses authorized for people who are immunocompromised, as of Friday, Sept. 24.

6,175,591 people are fully vaccinated; with 16,491 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 15,400 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 75,932 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,273 cases among employees, for a total of 92,205 at 1,625 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 30,952 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.