Don’t let his “innocent” look fool you. The world’s most famous rodent predicted six more weeks of winter earlier today.Did you know that since the year 1887  Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow 104 times?

Authorities issue statement on Sunday incident near Eldred where shots were fired…..Unemployment rates improved across region….Covid deaths hold steady locally…

McKean County

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and Pennsylvania State Police Captain Christopher Neal have issued a joint statement about an incident taking place Sunday near Eldred. Pennsylvania State Police out of Punxsutawney and the McKean County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an incident that occurred at a residence on Prentisvale Road on January 30th. Reports indicate that members of the State Police were called for a welfare check for an individual in the residence and, upon police arrival in the driveway, the individual inside the house yelled at the police to get off his property.  Shortly thereafter, a shot was fired from within the residence.  Law enforcement set up a perimeter and closed the road to contain the incident.  The individual in the household left the house in a vehicle and bypassed the perimeter.  Law enforcement fired a shot at the vehicle.The individual continued to drive away from the scene with law enforcement following and stopped at a residence in Eldred where he was taken into custody without further incident and evaluated based on the initial welfare check request and subsequent actions. No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing. The suspect’s name was not released, perhaps due to mental health issues.

The region’s unemployment picture improved between November and December according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Potter County saw a decrease from 5.4% to 4.3%; McKean County realized an improvement from 5.2 to 4.6%; Elk went down from 5.2% to4.5%; Cameron had a decrease from 6.3% to 5.0% and Tioga’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.4 to 5.4%. Montour County had the best rate at 2.8% which was down from 3.2% and Monroe County  had the worst rate at 6.5%  but improved from 6.8%. Pennsylvania’s overall jobless rate for the period was 5.4% while the national figure was 3.9%.

The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 40,836. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 18

Elk 84

McKan 125 (+1)                                                                               

Potter 86

Tioga 185 (+1)

Cattaraugus County in NY state has  205 total deaths reported.  Allegany County has  held steady at 142 total deaths .