Eldred couple apparent carbon monoxide victims…Kane man accused of violating gun laws….Two Shinglehouse crashes occur within minutes of each other….Animal cruelty investigated in Roulette Township…Schools and colleges encouraged to apply for Green Ribbon awards…All PA adults can receive booster shots…

Sunday’s high, 43; Overnight low 34; .42” of rain and snow over weekend






An Eldred couple died over the weekend  from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.  State police were called to an Eldred Township home for a medical emergency  Saturday morning and found a 51 year old woman and a 53 year man were deceased.  Authorities did not release the victims’ names but say the investigation is continuing.

A Shinglehouse man escaped injury Friday morning when his SUV hit a house in Ceres Township. Lewis Run state police say Alex Payne was going north a little after 7:00 am when hi GMC Acadia went off of Route 44 and collided with a house. The SUV spun around 180 degrees and hit the house a second time before stopping.

A few minutes later, another Shinglehouse driver was unhurt when his pick up went off of Route 44 also in Ceres Township and hit a tree. According to state police, Cody Austin was headed north when his Chevrolet Silverado spun off of the road and hit a tree.

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on November 20, 2021, Pennsylvania Game Commission-McKean County Officers began an investigation into possible Game Law violations near Kane.  Kane Borough Police Officers Joseph Schmader and Michael Henry and Pennsylvania State Police assisted in the investigation. Following the investigation, Jared Smith of Kane was charged with possessing two firearms when he is prohibited from possessing firearms. Kane Borough Officer Joseph Schmader filed two counts of Persons Not to Possess a Firearm against Smith. On-call Magisterial District Judge Todd set bail on Smith at $30,000.  Additional charges are pending to be filed by the Game Commission through Officers Heath Hilbert and Michael Valine.

Troopers are also probing a reported dissemination of intimate images occurring in Hamlin Township  between October 1 and November 17. Apparently someone sent pornographic  pictures over the internet.


The Sweden Township Police Department is investigating an animal cruelty case in Roulette Township. Late last week, someone deposit a bag of deceased cats near the intersection of Reed Run Road and Railroad Avenue. It is not known if they were dead or alive when placed there. Anyone with information is asked to call 814-274-0654 or 911. Sweden Township police provide coverage for Roulette Township.

In an effort to boost environmental preservation and strengthen environmental education in the commonwealth, the Wolf Administration is encouraging schools and colleges to apply for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and the PA Pathways to Green Schools recognition awards.

All public, charter, and private schools, career and technical centers, and educational facilities operated by intermediate units, as well as institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) by January 12, 2022. More information can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.

PDE and the U.S. Department of Education select and announce awardees in the spring of each year.

ED-GRS nominees must show progress in the following areas: reducing environmental impacts, such as waste, water, greenhouse gases, and transportation; improving health and wellness with consideration to air quality, lighting, thermal comfort, school nutrition, and outdoor physical activity; and offering effective environmental and sustainability education that emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, civic engagement, STEM connections, and green career preparation.

Since 2011, the ED-GRS program has nominated schools, districts, and institutions of higher education across the country for their dedication to reducing environmental impact and cost, improving health and wellness of schools, and providing environmental education to students. Nationally, 30 schools, five districts, and five postsecondary institutions were named Green Ribbon Schools in 2021.

For more information on U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers will once again be participating in the “Click It or Ticket” traffic enforcement program from Monday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 28.If a motorist is stopped for a traffic violation and is not wearing a seatbelt, the driver will receive two citations – one for the traffic violation and the other for the seat belt violation.

During the “Click It or Ticket” program, Troopers will be adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward any violation of the Commonwealth’s seatbelt and child passenger restraint laws.

In conjunction with this aggressive enforcement approach, troopers throughout Troop C will be conducting regulatory checkpoints and child safety seat checkpoints.

Pennsylvania law also stipulates that children, under the age of 8 years, must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat when riding anywhere in a vehicle. Children, aged 2 years and less, must be in a rear facing child seat.

To help parents safely transport children, the Pennsylvania State Police will conduct free child passenger safety seat checks.

These checkpoints serve to reduce the number of improperly installed child safety seats, identify defective seats, detect seats that are affected by recalls from the manufacturer, and provide an excellent opportunity to have any questions regarding the child passenger safety seat law answered.

The Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting child passenger safety seat checks at the following locations:

McKean County

Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

McKean County, Smethport Borough

McKean County Children’s Advocacy Center

424 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749

Station Phone Number for Appointments:814-368-9230

Elk County

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Elk County, Ridgway Borough

PennDOT County Office

32 St. Leo Ave., Ridgway, PA 15853

Station Phone Number for Appointments:? 814-776-6136

Troopers will examine all child restraint seats for proper installation, and parents will receive instructions on how to correct any deficiencies.

For more information on car seat safety and to get a list of state police car seat safety inspection locations and dates, click on the “Public Safety” link at www.psp.state.pa.us.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health did not update Covid-19 information however,Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam has announced that all adults in Pennsylvania are now eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine booster.The expanded eligibility follows an in-depth review process by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and means that everyone 18 and older can schedule a booster dose six months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Regardless of which brand of vaccine was received for a primary vaccination, individuals can take any brand for a booster dose.

Individuals who have questions about getting vaccinated are encouraged to talk to their doctor or other trusted healthcare professional.

To find a vaccine provider near you, please visit www.vaccines.govOpens In A New Window.

Pennsylvania vaccine providers, including pediatricians, primary care physicians, family doctors, pharmacies, federally qualified health centers and grocery stores, are able to schedule booster appointments now.