…Gun stolen in Austin….two ID thefts probed in Elk County….Elderly Ridgway man accused of dangerous burning….Mansfield state police probe two thefts…..Would-be cyber thief thwarted by Tioga County resident…..Practical Nursing course to be offered later this year in Wellsboro and Coudersport…..

The theft of a gun from 25 Summit Street in Austin last Wednesday is being probed by state police at Coudersport. The Bersa/Thunder .380 pistol is owned by Erica Geci of Port Allegany. The gun is black and pink in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 814.274.8690.

Troopers at Ridgway investigated two more ID thefts victimizing a 57 year old Ridgway man and a 44 year old Ridgway woman. Cyber thieves used the victims’ identities to receive unemployment checks. The thefts were discovered Monday.

A 77 year old Johnsonburg man is facing charges of dangerous burning for an accidental fire on the afternoon of April 11 on Long Level Road in Jones Township. State police report the suspect whose name was withheld was burning grass and the fire ignited a wooden garage and vehicle owned by his neighbor Ryan Lechien. Damage is estimated to total $30,000.

Emporium based state police arrested 53 year old Richard Morris of Brockway for physical harassment. Police report Morris assaulted Ralph Spencer of Philipsburg during an argument early Saturday morning at 97 Tom Mix Lane in Gibson Township.

Troopers at Mansfield investigated two recent thefts. A catalytic converter was cut off of a 2002 Dodge Dakota owned by Robertson Booth of Elmira sometime between March 28 and April 11 while it was parked on the North Road in Jackson Township. Value of the stolen equipment is said to be $100. Two bicycles and a bike rack were stolen from a location on Route 15 South near Exit 191 in Tioga Township on the evening of March 28. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

A would-be cyber thief was thwarted March 25 when he tried to steal money from a 63 year old Mansfield resident. The crook told the victim he was from Microsoft and the victim was to send a gift card in order for his computer to be cleared of a reported virus but the victim refused to comply.

Penn College has announced a Practical Nursing course in Wellsboro and Coudersport! This full-time clock hour program will start August 1, 2022. Students will graduate approximately one year from the start of the program.  Classroom instruction in theory and nursing skills is provided by qualified nursing instructors. Affiliation with UPMC allows for clinical experiences at UPMC Wellsboro UPMC Cole. Other local healthcare affiliates are also utilized.

Graduates earn a certificate in Practical Nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure (LPN). Graduates find jobs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, private homes, physician offices, and other health-related offices.

An Information Session to acquaint prospective students with the program is scheduled for Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Penn College/Wellsboro, 22 Walnut Street, and will also be available live via Zoom at the Education Council’s Coudersport office at 5 Water Street. Learn how this Practical Nursing Program can help give you a great career boost! Registration is required! Registration is required. For more information or to register for the Information Session, call Marie Van Ess at (570) 724-7703.

The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,610 ( +2) Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. (+51).Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 20

Elk 101

McKean 140

Potter 92

Tioga 192

All 154

Cat 221