….Kersey man arrested for defiant trespass, contractor wanted for failing to finish River Road project…Tioga County man returned to PA after being nabbed in NY state….

 Elk County

State police at Ridgway arrested a 27 year old Kersey man for  defiant criminal trespass Sunday afternoon. Troopers did not release details but said the victim is a 62 Kersey man and the alleged incident took place on Zola Street in Fox Township.

A theft on River Road in Millstone Township over the past year remains under investigation by state police at Ridgway. A contractor was hired  on January 22, 2022 by seven downstate residents for a project and was paid $18,000 but the work has not been completed.

Tioga County

A Tioga, PA man was picked up in New York State on a warrant issued in Tioga County for assault. Mansfield state police said before they arrived on South Main Street to investigate a domestic dispute, the 40 year old male suspect had fled the scene but was later located and returned to Pennsylvania.

Statewide

Legislation approved by the Senate Communications and Technology Committee Tuesday  would protect the information of Pennsylvania state government, including citizen information, by prohibiting state-owned devices from downloading and using TikTok.

Senate Bill 379, would mandate that all state agencies, departments and commissions remove TikTok from state networks. The measure would also require that policies are put in place to prevent application installation, as well as network-based restrictions to prevent its use and access.

Democrats and Republicans nationwide, including the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, have raised concerns that, because the parent company of TikTok is a Chinese company, the Communist Chinese government can gain access to private data and shape messaging.

Pennsylvania state government holds sensitive information in the form of birth certificates, driver’s licenses, occupation certificates, taxes and more.

At least 29 states have addressed the risk to government systems posed by Tik Tok, and Congress prohibited its use across a wide array of federal agencies and departments.

Senate Bill 379 now moves to the full Senate for consideration.