Wednesday’s high, 29; Overnight low, 21






BFB Headlines (Thursday February 24, 2021)…Theft of cash from Austin home investigated by state police….Several traffic accidents probed by troopers in two counties….PennDot prepares for next winter storm…

Potter County

A theft from an Austin home is being probed by state police at Coudersport. An unknown thief took $300 from the  house at 150 Barnett Lane belonging to a 17 year old Austin girl.

State police have been investigating several recent traffic accidents. An Ephrata, PA driver escaped injury Sunday evening when his 2017 Ford Escape hit a deer on Route 6 in Pike Township, Potter County. State police report Rodney Zimmerman was unable to avoid the collision.

Troopers have cited a Roulette driver for reckless driving following minor collision on Main Street in the village late last Thursday night. Authorities claim Chad Spencer was going west when his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado  failed to successfully  pass a westbound Ford Fusion driven by Clifford Bell, also of Roulette causing damage. Spencer allegedly did not stop but was later located at his home.

A Westfield woman was arrested for speeding after a one-car crash last Friday morning in Ulysses Township. According to Coudersport based state police say Cheyenne Rupar was going west on Route 49 when her Ford Focus went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over coming to rest upside down. Rupar was taken to UPMC Cole by Tri-Town Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Two children, an infant and a four year old were in child safety seats and were not hurt.

Minor injuries were reported for an Emporium man following a one-vehicle crash early Monday morning in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Troopers explained 22 year old Kyle Buckingham was speeding when his Ford Mustang failed to make a left hand turn, went off the pavement and struck a road sign and utility pole. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk by Cameron County ambulance.

Timothy Dollinger of  St. Marys was treated at Penn Highlands Elk Saturday morning for minor injuries he received when his 2009 Nissan Rogue rolled over several time after missing a left-hand curve on Route 120 in Shippen Township Cameron County. He was taken to the hospital by a private party.


If you are heading east in the next couple of days, you should know PennDot will be pre-treating major roads in advance of the winter weather forecast this week.  Anti-icing trucks may be seen along high-volume roads in the District 3 region in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties.

Anti-icing involves wetting the highway with salt brine before a storm’s arrival. The solution lowers the freezing point of water and slows or prevents ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm.

The salt brine is spread from sprayers attached to the brine tank on PennDOT trucks. The trucks have signs on the backs indicating their purpose. The public can track the location of PennDOT plow trucks on

While precipitation is falling, PennDOT will have crews treating roadways around the clock, but the department aims to keep the roads passable rather than completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways through the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting  511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include phone chargers, non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at Citizens can also find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the ReadyPA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit

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The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 43,002. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 19

Elk 95

McKean 132

Potter 90

Tioga 187

Allegany (NY) 146

Cattaraugus 210 (+1)