Knoxville man arrested for assaulting two others…Gaines woman unhurt after being submerged in water….Osceola man arrested for bad check….State Republican lawmakers approve election law update….More than 72 % of residents vaccinated….


Tioga County

Mansfield based state police arrested 56 year old Raymond Bennick of Knoxville for assault after an incident allegedly taking place on the afternoon of October 16 at 114 S.Water Street in that town. Troopers claim, during an argument with Jeffrey Hanes, pulled a knife on Hanes and attempted to strike Hanes with the weapon but never connected. Then, Bennick reportedly walked into his room and came back with a night stick which he used to hit Hanes in the groin. Bennick was taken into custody and transported to the Tioga County Prison pending arraignment. Peggy Lampman also of Knoxville is also listed as a victim.

A Gaines woman escaped serious injury last Friday morning when her car became submerged in water Clymer Township. State police report Kristina Grant was going north on Route 349 and while making a right curve, Grant tried to avoid standing water causing her Scion TC to skid off the road after hitting a patch of ice. The SUV went off the road, traveled into a marsh and rolled over onto its roof. Grant was stuck in the water for about 15 minutes before being rescued by a passer by. She was taken to UPMC Soldiers and Sailors for treatment .


Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 54 year old Sheldon Willow of Osceola with theft by bad checks. Authorities allege Willow wrote a worthless check for $390.80 to the Northern Tier Veterinary Clinic on July 12 and has not made the check good.

Addressing an issue revealed during the 2020 election, the House State Government Committee advanced legislation authored by Reps. Eric Nelson (R-Westmoreland), Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) and Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana) to prohibit all county election officials and the secretary of Commonwealth from accepting private contributions and donations to administer elections.
House Bill 2044 would specifically prohibit any contribution to counties or the state for the purposes of operating elections, employing staff, equipping polling places or engaging in voter outreach.
Data indicates that money from nonprofit entities, such as the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), was granted in a generous manner to only certain counties. The three members point out that Philadelphia County received nearly $9 per registered voter from the CTCL while several other counties received less than $2 per registered voter.
Certain counties also were made aware of the funding opportunity before others.
The measure is now pending action in the full House.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, there were 11,589 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,597,065.c
There are 2,245 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 573 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.
The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to decrease according to officials..
Statewide percent positivity for the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 stood at 9.3% an increase over the previous week.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, there were 60 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 31,915 deaths attributed to COVID-19. .
According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Nov. 7, 72.5% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
Vaccine providers have administered 14,228,609 total vaccine doses, including 931,948 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Monday, Nov. 8.
6,496,173 people are fully vaccinated; with 133,858 vaccinations administered since Friday and a seven-day moving average of more than 44,400 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 79,440 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 17,486 cases among employees, for a total of 96,926 at 1,643 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.
Approximately 32,772 of total cases have been among health care workers.