Tuesday’s high, 23; Overnight low, 22, dusting of snow








Bradford man killed in weekend house fire….Sleepy Coudersport teen wrecks car in McKean County…..State police at Lewis Run arrest several suspects for DUI and/or drug possession….State House approves online courses for nursing assistants…more than 74% of PA adults now vaccinated

McKean County

The state police fire marshal says a  fatal blaze New Years Day on Tuna Cross Roads in Foster Township McKean County was accidental… The 55 year old male resident perished in the fire which happened around noon. No further details were released and the man’s identity was not released.

A Coudersport teen driver was slightly injured  in a one-car accident last Friday morning. State police report the 16 year old girl was going west on Route 6 just after 8:00 am when she fell asleep at the wheel of her 2016 Subaru Forester when she nodded off, causing the car to go off the road at a high rate of speed and collide with a utility pole. The driver did not require treatment at a medical facility.

State police at Lewis Run have made several DUI and drug possession arrests lately. Dustin Morrison, 37 of Little Genesee, NY was allegedly found in possession of 19 grams of methamphetamine early Monday morning after troopers impounded his car. He was also allegedly found to be operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and possessing drug paraphernalia. Rebekah Shirley, 30 of Gifford was arrested after a one-vehicle crash on the Droney Road in Keating Township early last Friday morning. Troopers claim Shirley left the scene but was later found and placed under arrest for DUI alcohol/drugs. She was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. She was driving a 2017 Cheverolet.  Robert Wallin, 28 of Bradford was arrested after troopers interviewed him in a parking lot on Route 155 in Liberty Township early last Thursday morning. He was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia. A 31 year old Smethport man was arrested after a traffic stop on Forest Avenue in Smethport  last Thursday night. State police explained the suspect whose name was withheld, was arrested when they interviewed drivers of two vehicles stopped for traffic violations.  The driver of the second car who was pulled over in front of the first unit, was allegedly found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The vehicles involved were a 2018 Ford F-150 and a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz3e. A 22 year old Roulette woman, whose name was also not released was arrested for DUI after being pulled over on Route 155 at the Two Mile Road in Liberty Township, McKean County early last Friday morning. Gary Tarbox of Kane was arrested after he was allegedly seen littering on Biddle Street in that town New Years Eve and was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia. The 25 year old  female driver of a 2011 Ford Edge was arrested early Saturday morning on the Port/ Emporium Road in Liberty Township .Brandon Proper of Erie was charged after his 2004 Honda was stopped for traffic violations on Route 59 in Keating Township, McKean County. Authorities claim Proper was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident Sunday night on Beech Court in Lewis Run were arrested for harassment. Jesse Poe and Santana Romero, both 33 of Lewis Run will face charges in District Court. 

The  PA House of Representatives unanimously approved Sen. Judy Ward’s legislation last month that permits online educational training for nurse aides.

Ward sponsored Senate Bill 729 in April to give certified nursing assistants (CNAs) the flexibility to complete portions of their education virtually instead of the 120 hours of in-class and clinical training currently required.

A Babson Survey Research Group report shows that distance education enrollments have increased annually for the last 14 years and nearly one third of all students now take at least one course online. “This COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this trend”, Ward said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provided a weekly COVID-19 update as of Monday, Jan. 3.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday, Dec. 30, 74.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.This week, the Department of Health analyzed the following vaccine data within its 66-county vaccine jurisdiction; Philadelphia is a separate vaccine jurisdiction:

269,488 vaccine doses were administered in the past week, including:

131,793 booster doses administered in the past week.

12,270 pediatric doses administered in the past week.

3.8% decrease in vaccines administered from previous week, largely attributed to the New Year holiday.

Here is a statewide summary of COVID-19 trends over the past 7 days Monday, Dec. 27 –Sunday, Jan. 2:

The daily average number of cases was 18,344.

The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 3 was 22.6 percent higher than on Dec. 27. The percent of available adult and pediatric ICU beds in the state fell to 16% and 11%, respectively.

Approximately 28% of all staffed adult ICU beds are COVID-19 patients.

32% of all ventilators statewide are in use.

Confirmed cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area:






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