Potter Post 192 Auxiliary served a Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens, November 14. The Sons of the American Legion will serve a hamburger dinner November 19.

Austin man hurt in one-vehicle crash Friday….Both people involved in domestic violence incident cited…DU charges pending against Ohio driver after McKean County crash…Elk County scammed …..Child hurt in Elk County family dispute…Emporium burglary investigated…

Sunday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 33; .14” rain, .75” snow







Tioga County

State police at Mansfield are investigating the theft of some copper wire in Westfield Township between November 7 and 8. Thieves took about 1,000 feet of copper ground wire from a gas well pad at 424 Broughton Road. The wire, valued at $300, was owned by Southwest Energy of Spring Texas.

McKean County

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident Friday afternoon in Otto Township, McKean County, have been charged with physical harassment . Lewis Run state police claim a 33 year old Duke Center woman and a 27 year old Port Allegany man were both guilty of assault during an argument at a home on the Oil Valley Road.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 57 year old unidentified Strongsville, Ohio man for DUI following a one-car crash on Route 6 in Hamlin Township, McKean County. Troopers took the suspect to UPMC Kane for blood work. Unable to post bail following arraignment, he was committed to the McKean County Jail after failing to post bail.

Potter County

An Austin driver was hurt last Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash in Pike Township, Potter County.  According to Coudersport based state police Mark Vanwhy was going west on Route 6 when his Chevrolet Silverado crossed the road, struck a guard rail, became airborne and struck several trees before stopping. He was taken by Gale Hose Ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

DUI charges are being filed against  50 year old Julieann Coogan of Westfield by state police at Coudersport. Troopers claim they were called to a one-vehicle crash at 1148 Forks Road in Hector Township last Monday afternoon but found the crash did not happen. However Coogan was taken into custody for DUI.

Elk County

A Ridgway couple was scammed out of an unreported amount of money last Thursday. State police explain the 68 year old woman and 69 year old man tried to purchase a dog online from someone claiming to be a breeder but after making the payment, they have not received the dog.

A  teenage Ridgway driver escaped injury in a car/deer collision last  Friday evening on West Main Street in that town. Kyle Earle, 18,  was going north when the whitetail ran onto the road in front of  his Audi A4. Police said Earle was not able to avoid impact.

Troopers at Ridgway investigated a criminal mischief occurring last Wednesday afternoon on Burning Well Road in Jones Township. A 35 year old Wilcox woman told authorities that her neighbor had moved a trailer parked across the road by hand and the lights on the front corners stopped working. Damage is estimated to be $100.

The suspected assault of a young boy in Jay Township Elk County a little before 9:00 am October 29 on Chestnut Avenue in Jay Township remains under investigation.  State police report an 8 year old boy suffered a minor injury when he was pushed down a set of stairs during a family argument.

Cameron County

For some reason, state police at Emporium did not release the name of a 49 year old Chambersburg driver involved in a one-vehicle accident Friday morning in Lumber Township,  Cameron County. The driver fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle at around 9:30 causing the unit to go over an embankment and hit a tree.

State police at Emporium are investigating a burglary taking place Halloween night on Plan Road Hollow in Shippen Township. Thieves took multiple tools, a bundle of shingles and a plastic shelf belonging to a 75 year old Emporium man. The stolen items are valued at a total of $210. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.486.3321.


The state House has approved legislation introduced by Rep. Ann Flood (R-Northampton) that would enable county agencies to seek a court order for a drug or alcohol test for a parent or guardian being investigated for child abuse.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a June 2020 decision ruled a county children and youth agency cannot force a parent to submit to a drug screening test as part of a child welfare investigation.

The state Child Protective Services Law does not specifically provide county agencies with the authority to compel an involuntary sample during the course of child abuse investigations. While the authority is not expressed in the law, counties had traditionally considered it within their investigative powers.

Flood’s legislation – House Bill 1737 – which she believes stands on solid constitutional footing, recognizes and protects individual liberty and privacy rights. It would specifically authorize in state law the power of county agencies to compel involuntary drug or alcohol samples from parents through a court order during child abuse investigations. The bill would grant this power only in cases with evidence of impairment due to drug or alcohol abuse, abuse or neglect of a child and a causal link between the two.

Flood’s bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

More information about Flood is available on her website at RepAnnFlood.com or by following her on Facebook at  Facebook.com/RepAnnFlood.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, there were 10,848 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,618,870.








There are 2,609 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 600 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. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 stood at 9.3%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 and 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, there were 91 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 32,279 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 Wednesday, Nov. 10, 72.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 14,489,001 total vaccine doses, including 1,071,529 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Friday, Nov. 12.

6,520,924 people are fully vaccinated; with 121,699 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 47,300 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 79,904 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 17,453 cases among employees, for a total of 97,357 at 1,647 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 32,982 of total cases have been among health care workers.