Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
331 AM EDT Thu Apr 13 2023

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A combination of dry and breezy conditions will result in an
elevated risk of wildfire spread across central Pennsylvania this
afternoon into the early evening. Minimum relative humidity
values will range from 15 to 25 percent with maximum wind gusts
from the west between 15 and 25 mph.

Residents are urged to exercise caution if handling any potential
ignition sources, such as machinery, cigarettes, or matches.
If dry grasses and tree litter begin to burn, the fire will have
the potential to spread rapidly.

For more information about wildfire danger and wildfire
prevention and education, please visit the Pennsylvania Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources website at

Former McKean County attorney sentenced to prison for fatal crash….Mansfield driver arrested for hit and run….Elk County man arrested for DUI after being found passed out at the wheel…..Lycoming County Senator will introduce legislation concerning video games…

McKean County

Former McKean County attorney, Marc Nuzzo, was sentenced in McKean County Court Wednesday to a period of incarceration of 24 months to 72 months in state prison and 2 years of consecutive probation for the fatal crash on Route 219 in 2018. In January, the jury unanimously found him guilty of all misdemeanors and felonies but they could not unanimously agree on the charges of Involuntary Manslaughter or Homicide by Vehicle that were related to the death of Stanley “Guy” Austin – the driver of the car he collided with. District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer explained: “The testimony at trial included testimony by the pathologist that Mr. Austin’s cause of death was due to a blood clot and not directly from the injuries sustained in the crash. The testimony was that Mr. Austin had developed a reaction to the anti-coagulation medication and could no longer take it without a reaction. Causation is found if one starts an unbroken chain of events unless the chain is broken by another act. The legal issue for the jury was whether the use or non-use of anti-coagulation medication leading to a blood clot which caused the death broke the chain of events.” When a jury cannot agree on one or more charges, no final verdict is entered on those counts. Because the jury “hung” on these two counts, the Commonwealth could retry the defendant. DA Shaffer explained how the decision was reached: “After speaking with the family of Mr. Austin about the options – whether to retry the defendant on these two counts in a second trial or not, I agreed not to seek a second trial but would, instead, offer the defendant to plead guilty to one of the two remaining counts. A jury trial is very difficult for victims – whether by the stress due to awaiting the outcome, the stress of testifying, hearing disturbing details from others’ testimony or by prolonging the conclusion of the case – and their input guided my decision. On the other hand, I thought it was important to obtain a conviction on a count that recognized that the defendant was a cause of death of Mr. Austin (and there can be more than one cause). It was agreed that I would offer the defendant to plead guilty to one of the two remaining counts and we would not seek a second trial on the other count.” Subsequently Nuzzo pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for the death of Stanley “Guy” Austin and was sentenced on that charge and all of the charges of which the jury already convicted him. The case has concluded with NUZZO having been convicted of 3 counts of Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, 6 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, 8 summary violations, and, now, Involuntary Manslaughter. After a 3 ½ hour sentencing hearing before visiting Judge Edward Reibman, in which numerous victims who were in the vehicle at the time of the crash and family members of Mr. Austin testified to the impact NUZZO’s actions has had on them, NUZZO was sentenced to a total of 24 months to 72 months in state prison and 2 years of consecutive probation and other terms such as restitution for the funeral expenses, court costs, cost of prosecution, provide a DNA sample, obtain evaluations and counseling, etc.

A hit and run charge has been filed against 46 year old Scott Bradley of Mansfield after a mishap on the night of March 23 in Sullivan Township. Troopers allege Bradley was driving a 2008 Ford F-150XLT northbound  on Robbins Road when the truck went off the left side of the road, traveled about 200 feet in a

ditch  before crashing into a mailbox and then collided with a utility pole on the east side of the road. Bradley then left the scene without notifying authorities but was later located and charged.

State police at Mansfield arrested 64 year old Gregory Harding of Mainsburg for DUI after he wrecked his 2011 Chevrolet Equinox on the evening of March 3 on the Pitts Road in Sullivan Township.

Elk County

A  28 year old Ridgway driver was arrested for DUI after state police were  called to Lucas Lane in Highland Township on March 26 on a report of an individual passed out behind the steering wheel of a 2018 Jeep parked along the side of the road. When troopers interviewed the driver, they decided to take him to UPMC by ambulance for evaluation and a blood draw due to suspicion of DUI.


Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), announced this week  that he will be unveiling legislation that will establish a regulatory framework and taxing structure on skill video games in the Commonwealth.In a memo circulated to Senate members, Yaw explained the legislation could generate an estimated $300 million in immediate annual tax revenue. Pennsylvania’s skill game terminals are manufactured in Lycoming County, Yaw’s district,  and the finished products exist in fraternal clubs, veterans’ organizations and taverns, as well as other local businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”

Under the proposed measure, all games will be required to be connected to a terminal collection and control system that allows the Commonwealth to monitor all transactions and ensure that all taxes are accrued and paid. Additionally, the legislation will strengthen penalties for those who operate unlicensed and illegal games and gambling devices.Yaw said this legislation, which will help rid the market of illegal games and provide the state with additional tax revenue while supporting small businesses, is expected to be formally introduced later this month.