Parts of six counties added to Lanterynfly quarantine. See story below
…Another ID theft probed in McKean County…passenger hurt in Corydon Township wreck….Two Port Allegany residents charged for harassment…Spotted Lanternfly increases territory….
State police at Lewis Run are investigating yet another ID theft. Someone used 25 year old Port Allegany man’s information in an attempt to apply for a job on February22.
A passenger was injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Corydon Township. According to state police Daniel Potter of Russell was going east on Route 59 when he lost control of his Toyota Sienna on the snow and slush covered road, spun into the opposite lane and struck a ditch. Potter and two passengers, his wife, Sara, and Bonnie Conger of Clarendon escaped injury. One passenger 19 year old Harmony Vega of Russell was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Two Port Allegany residents have been charged with physical harassment for a domestic violence incident last Monday night on East Cutler Road in Liberty Township. Charges were filed against a 51 year old woman, and a 56 year old man. The victim was listed as a 27 year old woman.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has announced that six counties have been added to Pennsylvania’s spotted lanternfly quarantine zone ahead of the 2023 spring hatch. With this addition, the quarantine for this invasive pest now includes 51 counties.
Redding is calling on all Pennsylvanians to assist. This time of year, before the eggs hatch in spring, do your part to help manage the pest by scraping egg masses and reporting where they are found. Each egg mass destroyed eliminates 30-50 lanternflies before they have an opportunity to hatch and spread.”
Spotted lanternflies have not been found throughout the entirety of each of the new six counties, but rather have been found only in a few municipalities. Butler, Clearfield, Clinton, Fayette, Lawrence, and Somerset counties are new to the quarantine for 2023 .
The department is also announcing opportunities for funding to help counties slow the spread of spotted lanternfly. Through the PA Farm Bill’s Rapid Response and Disaster Preparedness Fund, $150,000 will be available for grants for county conservation districts in Pennsylvania. The department will award grants of up to $25,000 to assist conservation districts with activities designed to enhance spotted lanternfly quarantine compliance by businesses and residents of their county. The application period is open now and closes on Friday, April 7, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Learn more about this grant opportunity in the PA Bulletin on March 4, 2023.
Businesses that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a spotted lanternfly permit. Homeowners with questions about treatment are encouraged to contact their local Penn State Extension office or learn about management, including approved sprays, at their website. Pennsylvanians who live inside the quarantine zone should also review and sign the Compliance Checklist for residents.
Since 2015, the department has received more than $53 million to combat spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania – $32 million in federal funds and another $21 million in state investment.
For more information on spotted lanternfly, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly. For more about the PA Farm Bill and its investments in a sustainable agriculture industry visit agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.
Monday’s high,29; Overnight low, 28; 7 inches snow
TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, BREEZY, HIGH 33
TUE NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, BLUSTERY, LOW 20
WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 33
WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 23
THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 39
THU NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 20