Tree trimming underway in McKean County. See story below.

Monday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 27; 1.13” of rain (thunderstorms)







Coudersport state police are investigating a cyber theft …..elderly
Smethport man bilked out of $1750….Ridgway woman arrested for shoplifting…Tree trimming underway in McKean County…

Coudersport based state police are investigating a cyber theft taking place February 12 on Route 6 in Pike Township. Someone accessed a Northwest Bank accounts and transferred $611.30 to their account using Zelle, a digital payment app similar to Venmo. The thief made seven separate transfers using the name “Clifford Smith.

An elderly Smethport man was bilked out of $1750 according to state police at Lewis Run. The victim sent the money to an unknown crook who told him that he had won a large sum of money. Again police advise if you receive such a call, it’s a scam and don’t send money to someone you don’t know.

State police at Ridgway have arrested a 23 year old St. Marys woman for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart. Authorities claim the unidentified woman took $51.25 worth of hair care products Friday afternoon without paying for the merchandise.

A tangible theft occurring in Covington Township, Tioga County was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Five one gallon gas cans owned by a 56 year old Covington were stolen February 16 from the victim’s property on the Mack Road.

PennDot is alerting motorists that work to trim and remove trees is set to begin on three different McKean County routes this week. This work will enhance motorist safety and extend the useful life of the roadway surface.

Locations for this work are as follows:

  • Route 3001 (Settlement Road) from the intersection of Route 321 continuing northbound toward Wood Street for approximately eight tenths of a mile.
  • Route 219 between the intersection of Route 59 and Lewis Run
  • Route 3003 (Coontown Road) between the on Route 219 and the Sergeant/Wetmore township line.

Work is expected to take several weeks to complete and will occur on weekends if necessary.

Tree trimming and tree removal provide “daylighting” to the roadway, allowing sunlight to speed snow and ice melt during the winter months. It also enhances sight distance at some locations and lessens the potential for old and dead trees to fall onto the road.

Motorists may encounter short delays as roadway flaggers enforce an alternating traffic pattern during this operation. Drivers should remain alert for flaggers and stopped or slowed traffic.

All work will be done during daylight hours and is weather dependent. Richardson Tree & Landscaping Co., Inc. of New Wilmington, PA, is the contractor for this project.

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 accessible on the 511PA website.

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The PA Department of Health has not updated its reports on the number of deaths due to Covid 19. At the last report, there had been 43,600 Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 19

Elk 96

McKean 137

Potter 9l

Tioga 189

Allegany (NY) 149

Cattaraugus(NY) 215