Thursday’s high, 35; Overnight low 27







McKean County

McKean County DA  warns businesses to be on the lookout for phony bills….Defendant sentenced in McKean County Court for animal cruelty….Several weather-related crashes investigated by state police…Covid deaths remain steady in region…next on-air report at noon at today on

McKean County DA warns area businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills….DA Stephanie Vettenburg Shafer reports In the last 24 hours, stores in Kane and Smethport have received counterfeit money.  In each case, the money was in a larger denomination and was used to purchase relatively inexpensive items wherein the customers received money back from the store as change.  Area stores are cautioned to be extra vigilant to avoid becoming victim.

Christopher Julian (no address given) was sentenced yesterday  to a period of incarceration of 15 months to 36 months to be served in the Department of Corrections. Christopher Julian was convicted following a jury trial on October 12, 2021 at the McKean County Courthouse of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (deadly weapon used), Defiant Trespass, and Cruelty to Animals (deadly weapon used).  Julian was convicted of shooting a dog in the back at a Mount Jewett property where he had previously been warned not to enter by the property owner.  The dog was treated by veterinarians and survived.  The case was investigated by Trooper Christopher Barr of the Pennsylvania State police. District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.  The defendant was also ordered not to own any animals or firearms, and he was ordered to pay restitution to the dog’s owner for the veterinarian bills.  The sentencing had been scheduled for December 2, 2021 but was delayed when the defendant failed to appear, and a bench warrant was issued for him at that time.

No injuries were reported for a Crosby driver and her passenger after a one-car accident Wednesday morning in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers report Jennifer Carpenter was going south on Route 46 when her Kia Rondo encountered icy road conditions and went off the road and hit an embankment where it came to rest. Carpenter and her passenger Casey Fuller were using seatbelts. Carpenter was cited for speeding.

A teenage Bradford driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-car mishap Sunday morning in Hamlin Township, McKean County. According to state police 19 year old Dakota Shelley while going north on Route 219 and drove off the road while trying to pass a tractor trailer and encountering an approaching vehicle. His 2013 Ford Escape it a ditch on the southbound shoulder. He and one passenger Melissa Shelley were not hurt but a 16 year old girl was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. Shelley was cited for overtaking a vehicle on the left.

A Smethport woman was hurt Wednesday afternoon in Keating Township McKean County. State police at Lewis Run claim Barbara Sherman was speeding when her 2018 Ford F-150XLT hit a patch of ice, went off the road, and hit an embankment. Sherman was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of undetermined injuries.

Tioga County

A Canton driver escaped injury Wednesday evening in a weather-related accident in Union Township Tioga County. A GMC Sierra driven by Jesse Gower went out of control on the Ogdensburg road after hitting some now and slush. The SUV went over an embankment and side swiped two trees where it came to rest. Gower was using a seatbelt at the time.

Mansfield based state police investigated a couple of weather-related “non reportables” this week. An Auidi Q5 went off Route 15 in Covington Township   while making a right curve, the vehicle slid into a guardrail and struck cable wires on the median. A Toyota Highlander slid off the Ogdensburg Road in Union Township Wednesday afternoon after hitting a patch of snow and slush. The SUV came to rest in a nearby ditch and was pulled out by a passing motorist. No injuries were reported and the units were driveable so the accidents are considered “non-reportables.

One driver was slightly hurt in a collision Wednesday morning in Fox Township, Elk County. State police report the collision occurred when 86 year old Anna Hoffman was driving her 2011 Chevrolet Cruz in the wrong lane of Route 948. Gary Weber of Rockton, PA tried to avoid contact but his Ford F350 clipped the passenger side of Hoffman’s car. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken to PennHIghlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries and was sided for driving on the wrong side of the road.


The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 43,767 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 97

McKean 138

Potter 91

Tioga 190

Allegany (NY) 151(+1)

Cattaraugus(NY) 217 (+2)