PennDot Prepares for winter weather. See story below.

DUI Suspect pulled from burning car in Tioga County…..Emporium state police investigate debit card theft….Two McKean County residents arrested for physical harassment…..PennDot gets ready for winter storms…..Virus positivity rate continues rise in Pennsylvania…

Sunday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 41; .26” of rain







Tioga County

A DUI suspect was pulled from a burning car early last Thursday morning in Rutland Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield state police, Luke Kaufman was going west on Mill Creek Road when his 2007 Subaru Outback went off the south side of the road, traveled through a field, became stuck in the mud within feet of an abandoned house. The car caught fire and ignited the house as Kaufman was trying to leave.  A neighbor pulled Kaufman from the car and  he was unhurt but police claim he had been driving under the influence. They were assisted at the scene by several area volunteer fire departments.

McKean County

Two McKean County residents have been arrested for physical harassment in connection to an incident Saturday afternoon on Canfield Hollow in Eldred Township. State police at Lewis run say when they responded to a 911 hang up call, they determined an argument among three people, had become physical. Charges are pending against a 22 year old Eldred woman and a 25 year old Eldred man.  The woman is also described as being a victim along with a 47 year old Rew woman.

Elk County

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for a truck which damaged caused $950 in damage to the yard at the Hound radio station on Boot Jack Road at around 5:30 am November 17. The drug is believed to be a four door, dual wheeled, flat bed with large equipment on the back. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

State police at Emporium are investigating a theft by deception taking place on November  8 on Sterling Hill Road in Lumber Township. Suspects posing as employees of “Matheson Gas” obtained financial information belonging to a 70 year old Mineral Ridge Ohio man to make two bank transactions—one for $44.99 and the other for $34.95. Authorities did not indicate the connection to Cameron County.


Today is the anniversary of a massive winter storm that struck Pennsylvania to Maine in 2003 A foot of snow delayed flights and created hazardous driving conditions that caused at least ten deaths.  PennDot says it is getting ready for winter weather in the Keystone State and is asking motorists to be prepared as well. During the 2020/2021 winter season, District 2 provided plowing and road clearing services across its nine counties (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, Potter).

District 2 used:

  • 66,528 tons of salt
  • 84,331 tons of anti-skid
  • Almost 2.8 million gallons of brine

Before You Go

  • Prepare a winter emergency travel kit.
  • Listen to weather and travel advisories.
  • Visit or call 511.
  • Pack a cell phone and be sure it’s charged.
  • Remove snow and ice from your hood, roof and windows.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Don’t drive impaired AND always wear your seat belt.


While You’re Traveling

  • Turn on your headlights when your wipers are on–it’s the law.
  • Watch for wet-looking roads, they could actually be frozen “black ice.”
  • Use low beams in cases of heavy or blowing snow.
  • Do not use cruise control on snow-covered roads.
  • Slow down and increase following distance and avoid sudden stops and starts.
  • Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice can often form without warning.
  • Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line.
  • If you do become stranded, it’s recommended that you stay with your vehicle until help arrives.

Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window

cracked open.

  • Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.



The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, there were 10,127 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide cumulative total cases to 1,763,796.








Currently, there are 3,928 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 837 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients is increasing.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 stood at 12.1%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, there were 97 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry and reported for a cumulative total of 33,746 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Vaccine providers have administered 15,557,620 total vaccine doses, including 1,627,148 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots).

199,803 total pediatric vaccines doses (ages 5-11) have been administered.

6,664,274 people are fully vaccinated; with 75,612 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 37,400 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 68,507 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 50,779 cases among employees, for a total of 119,286 at 1,671 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

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