A 32 year old Smethport man arrested for physical harassment…Similar crime investigated in Elk County …REAL ID Enforcement begins in one year….
Monday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 39
TUE-SHOWERS, HIGH 64
TUE NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 51
WED-SHOWERS, HIGH 58
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 42
THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 66
THU NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 44
A 32 year old Smethport man has been arrested for physical harassment for a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place Friday night on Allan Street in Keating Township, McKean County….Troopers claim the suspect attacked a 51 year old Smethport woman during an argument. Police did not release the suspect’s name.
State police at Ridgway are investigating a physical harassment taking place just before noon last Tuesday on Servidea Drive in Ridgway Township. No further details were revealed.
Another ID theft victimizing an area resident is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. A cyber thief used the identity of a 38 year old man to file illegally for unemployment last week.
With the one-year countdown beginning today for the federal enforcement of REAL ID for commercial domestic air travel and other federal purposes, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) joined the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) and Philadelphia International Airport officials to remind Pennsylvania residents who want REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards and have not yet gotten one to gather the needed documents now to ensure they leave plenty of time to get their REAL ID before the federal enforcement date.To date, PennDOT has issued approximately 1.6 million REAL ID products.REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes, such as boarding a domestic flight or entering a federal building that requires federally acceptable ID upon entry. A federally acceptable form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used for these purposes on and after May 3, 2023.There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT continues to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.Since March 1, 2019, PennDOT has processed about 8.3 million customers, with more than 1.6 million individuals choosing to opt into the REAL ID program. The remaining 6.7 million have chosen not to participate or use an alternative federally acceptable form of ID come the May 2023 deadline.The REAL ID law is for all Americans who want to fly out of any domestic airport across the country starting one year from now.Customers can obtain a REAL ID by presenting documents for verification and processing at any driver license center. Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the below documents:Proof of Identity: Examples include original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised seal/embossed or valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport;Proof of Social Security Number: Social security card, in current legal name;
Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address: Examples include a current, unexpired PA driver’s license or identification card, vehicle registration or a utility bill with the same name and address; and
Proof of all Legal Name Changes (if current legal name is different than what is reflected on proof of identity document): Examples include a certified marriage certificate(s) issued by the County Court for each marriage, court order(s) approving a change in legal name or amended birth certificate issued by the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics. If current name is the same as what is reflected on proof of identity document (usually birth certificate or passport), a customer does not need to show proof of legal name changes.
Customers have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: Customers may order their REAL ID online if they have been pre-verified and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days; they can visit any PennDOT driver license center that is open for driver license services, have their documents verified and imaged, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days; or they can visit one of 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over the counter at the time of service.
For a full list of driver license centers and their services, please visit the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
When a customer gets their first REAL ID product, they pay a one-time fee of $30, plus the applicable renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license, and $31.50 for a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that customers won’t “lose” time that they’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, customers pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.
REAL ID-compliant products are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner, standard-issue (non-compliant) products include the phrase “NOT FOR REAL ID PURPOSES,” per federal regulations. Sample images can be viewed on PennDOT’s website.
More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.
The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,679 (+1) Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area to date are holding steady.