Tuesday’s high, 63, Overnight low, 44; .06” of rain








Unemployment rate improves in all area counties…..More ID thefts investigated in two area counties…Serious injuries reported for three adults and an infant after a one-vehicle crash Monday in McKean County….Young Eldred girl reportedly has been receiving obscene photos via Snapchat…..

The region’s unemployment picture improved between January and February  according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Potter County saw a decrease from 5.5% to 5.1%; McKean County realized an improvement from 6.0 to 5.3%; Elk went down from 6.0% to 5.2%; Cameron had a decrease from 6.5% to 5.6% and Tioga’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.4 to 4.7%. Montour County had the best rate at 2.9% which was down from 3.4% and Philadelphia County  had the worst rate at 6.8%  but improved from 7.6%. Pennsylvania’s overall jobless rate for the period was 5.1% while the national figure was 3.8%.

An Emporium man has been arrested for physical harassment in connection to a domestic violence assault taking place Sunday night on West 4th Street in that town. State police claim the 64 year old suspect assaulted a 59 year old woman during an argument.

Troopers at Ridgway arrested a 48 year old woman from Ridgway for DUI after she allegedly was observed committing several traffic violations on Osterhout Street early Sunday morning. After being given a field sobriety test, the suspect was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw and was then released to her home.

DUI charges are also being filed against a 36 year old Kane man whose Cadillac Escalade was pulled over in a traffic stop on Squab Hollow Road in Horton Township Elk County County. The unidentified suspect was also taken to Penn Highlands Elk for bloodwork.

An unemployment scam victimizing a 61 year old Kersey woman was discovered Monday and is being investigated by state police at Ridgway.

Two more  ID   thefts are being investigated by state police at Lewis Run.43 year old Hazel Hurst woman discovered Monday that someone had previously filed an unemployment claim in her name and a cyber thief illegally opened an unemployment claim using a 67 year old Kane man’s information.

Serious injuries were reported for three adults and one infant following a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Keating Township. State police at Lewis Run report the crash happened while 22 year old Stephanie Hamilton was going north on Route 646 and drove into the southbound lane to pass several northbound vehicles. Her Toyota Corolla went off the south bound lane, and rolled over several times before coming to rest upright facing north. Hamilton and two adult passengers, Anthony Goodrich and Randi Ramey, both of Erie were all flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. An infant girl, riding in a rear facing child safety seat was flown to Oishei Children’s Hospital. The investigation is continuing.

Minor injuries were reported for one  Port Allegany driver in a collision late Friday night on Route 6 in Keating Township, McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred when Chris Stilson of Port Allegany, while traveling west tried to make a left hand turn onto Baker Road and failed to yield to oncoming traffic. His Kida Sedona was hit by a 2022 Subaru Impreza driven by Tricia Butler. Stilson, his wife, Michele and a 17 year old girl were not hurt. Butler did not require transport for her minor injuries.

A 16 year old Mt. Jewett boy is facing charges of drug possession after state police were called to the Kane High School Monday afternoon and found the youth in possession of a THC Vape pen on school property.

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating a corruption of minors occurring on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township over the past six weeks or so. A 10 year old girl has been receiving genital photographs from older males via the Snapchat App.

The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,348  Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 20

Elk 100

McKean 138

Potter 91

Tioga 192

All 154

Cat 221 (+1)