Elderly Galeton man scammed out of $2500…..Troopers at Lewis Run probe torching of vehicle….Wilcox woman nabbed for shoplifting at Johnsonburg store…icy roads blamed for Elk County accident…..

Sunday’s high high, 24; Overnight low, 16

MON-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 37

MON NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 28

TUE-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 52

TUE NIGHT-LOW 32

WED-CLOUDY, HIGH 48

WED NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATION LOW 27

More cyber thefts are being investigated by area state police. A 75 year old Galeton man was scammed out of $2500 last Wednesday. According to troopers, a pop-up appeared on the victim’s computer stating there was a breach of security and gave him a phone number to call. When he complied, he was informed to purchase Visa gift cards and provide card information to that phone number. The pop-up was later identified as a scam the. The gift cards had been emptied.

A 22 year old Smethport  man  was bilked in a scam occurring through PayPal. The victim sent gift cards as payment to an unidentified crook last Thursday. Authorities continue to advise the public to be aware of scams requesting payment via gift cards.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating another ID theft. An unknown criminal used personal information belonging to a 44 year old Kersey woman on July 27 to obtain medical care at a UPMC facility.

Vandals damaged a 2011 Ford F-150XLT on the Wilcox/Clermont Road in Sergeant Township last Thursday afternoon. Troopers ask any who has information to contact the Lewis Run barracks at 814.368.9234.

An elderly St.Marys couple escaped injury in a weather-related one car accident Thursday afternoon. State Police explain 72 year old Donna Schaberl’s 2022 Honda CRV failed to make a left hand curve on the Kyler Road when it hit a section of ice and skidded off the pavement into an embankment before rolling over onto the driver’s side. Schaberl and her 75 year old husband, Joseph Schaberl were using seatbelts.

DUI charges are being filed against a 56 year old Johnsonburg man after a traffic stop on Powers Avenue in Johnsonburg at around 8:30 last Wednesday morning. The man, whose name was not released, allegedly refused to submit to a blood draw at Penn Highlands Elk resulting in an automatic license suspension. He was driving a 2011 Chrysler when he was pulled over.

The Washington County delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives  issued the following statement late last week:

“Our thoughts are with the Ukrainians as they face this senseless act of war by Russia.

“Less than 24 hours before the invasion, the United States and its allies bought over $700 million in Russian oil and gas products. The United States should be looking to domestic oil and gas producers to help solve our energy crisis, not the enemy. This search should start right here in Pennsylvania – the number two gas producing state in the country. We should not be reliant on dictators, despots or adversaries on the world stage when we have the ability to produce our own energy.

“With investments in infrastructure and constructive engagement with domestic producers, the United States can address skyrocketing energy prices now and in the near future. Our natural resources can solve our energy crisis and the energy crisis that now exists globally, especially with our European allies who have become dependent upon Russian oil and gas. Best of all, it can be done in a cleaner way than anywhere else in the world.

“We urge the White House to look right here at home for a way to solve our energy problem and work with our local producers in Pennsylvania.”

The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 43,215. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 19

Elk 95

McKean 134 (+2)

Potter 90

Tioga 188

Allegany (NY) 148 (+1)

Cattaraugus 212 (+2)