State police have suspect in online theft…ID theft in Keating Township investigated….Duke Center man arrested for simple assault….Theft of several catalytic converters investigated in Elk County…..Young students invited to enter Lyme disease contest….

McKean County

Lewis Run state police have identified a person of interest in an online theft. Troopers say a 61 year old Eldred woman was deceived out of $600 on February 24.

An ID theft on Spring Street in Keating Township last month was investigated by state police at Lewis Run on February 21. Someone opened a checking account using information belonging to a 58 Gifford man. Apparently nothing was taken from the victim’s accounts.

A 56 year old Turtlepoint man was scammed out of $80 online January 26 according to Lewis Run State police.

A Duke Center man was arrested for simple assault. Ronald Smith ,27, was allegedly involved in a domestic violence on Duffytown Road in Eldred Township on the evening of February 28.

A couple of  DUI arrests have been made recently by state police at Lewis Run. A 34 year old Bradford man was stopped by troopers on Sanford Street in Bradford March 5 for allegedly driving his 2010 Town & Country minivan under the influence of alcohol. DUI charges are being filed against a 36 year old Bradford man whose 2018 Nissan Murano was stopped on East Washington Street also on March 5.

Elk County

The theft of catalytic converters from several vehicles on Hayes Road in Fox Township last Thursday remains under investigation by troopers at Ridgway. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgway barracks  814-776-6136.

A theft on McClintick Road in Jay Township is being investigated by troopers at Ridgway. Between January 1 and March 2, someone moved property makers, cut timber, burned garbage and dug a drainage ditch on property owned by a 62 year old Weedville man.

Two Ridgway residents have been charged with harassment following an altercation at about 2:00 am March 1 on Steis Drive in Ridgway Township. Police explained they responded to a 911 hang up call and while investigating they found a 55 year old man and a 46 year old woman had been engaged in a physical altercation so both were arrested at the scene.

A Kane driver escaped injury in a weather related accident Friday evening on the Montmorenci Road in Jones Township. According to state troopers Carter Luchs was going north when his Dodge Ram 2500 went out of control due to slippery road conditions, hit an embankment and flipped onto its side. Luchs was able to get out of the wreckage before police arrived.


The Shapiro Administration is inviting first through six grade students in Pennsylvania to enter the 2023 Lyme Art Contest by creating a video or poster focusing on the theme: “How to Prevent a Tick Bite.”

The contest is designed to help students learn how to prevent Lyme disease by educating them about ticks, including where they live, how to prevent bites, and how to remove ticks that do bite.

The new deadline for entries to be received is 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 17, 2023. Contest information can be found on the Department of Health’s website.The educational outreach of the contest is vital, because Pennsylvania has one of the highest annual counts of Lyme disease cases in the nation meaning Pennsylvania children are at exceptionally-high risk for contracting the disease.The Lyme Art Contest helps educate children, scout troops, youth community programs, and their peers, about where ticks are found and how to prevent encountering ticks in their habitat. This year’s finalists will be notified by mail in May and will be invited to an award ceremony at the State Capitol.

In 2022, nine winners were recognized at a ceremony at the State Capitol with representatives from DCNR and the Departments of Health, Education.

With the Spring season approaching, now is the perfect time to educate Pennsylvanians about the danger of tick bites and what to look for when they’re enjoying outdoor recreation

Ticks are usually found in shrubs, weeds, leaf litter, and tall grasses, but can be found anywhere there is grass.When exploring outside, it is important to take the proper steps to decrease the chances of getting bitten like covering exposed skin, wearing light colors to help detect ticks, and using an EPA-approved insect repellent.

As an added protection, use permethrin spray on shoes, clothes, and gear before spending time outdoors.

After being outside, check yourself, your children, and your pets thoroughly for ticks and remove any that you find. Then, take a shower to help remove any ticks that you may have missed.

You can also throw your clothes in the dryer using high heat to help kill any ticks that might still be stuck to your clothes.

For more information on Lyme disease, visit the Department of Health’s website or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter