Mt. Jewett resident charged with strangulation….several sexual assault cases investigated in McKean County…Ridgway state police probe harassment of 43 year old man….Troopers look for Kersey runaway….Department of agriculture is inviting grant bids….


McKean County

State police at Lewis Run arrested an 18  year old Mt. Jewett resident for strangulation. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name was withheld, strangled a 63 year old man during a domestic violence incident Friday afternoon on Lumber Street in that town. Following arraignment, the suspect was committed to the McKean County Jail.

Several sexual assault cases are being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. An indecent assault on Thursday is being investigated. A reported indecent assault of a juvenile last Tuesday is also being investigated. The corruption of a minor also  last Tuesday is being probed. Authorities did not indicate if any of the cases are related.

Elk County

The harassment of a 43 year old Ridgway man is being investigated by state police at Ridgway.  No details were released but police say a sugar container valued a $3.00, a coffee pot valued at $10.00 and a water bottle valued at $10.00 were involved in the incident.

Ridgway troopers are looking for a 16 year old Kersey runaway. The girl  has brown hair, brown eyes is 5’10,”, weighs 160 and is Caucasian.  Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to call the Ridgway barracks.

A Clearfield County woman who was last seen April 12 is still missing.  Mandy Wisor a white, non-Hispanic female, 38years of age, 5 feet five, and weighs about 200 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. and was last seen last Wednesday morning April12. Anyone with information on her location is asked to contact Trooper David Patrick at the Clearfield barracks, 814.857.3800.


The state department of agriculuture is calling for research proposals on issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry. In his 2023-’24 budget, Governor Josh Shapiro proposed $2.187 million to

address complex challenges from reducing impacts of climate change and measuring soil and water conservation, to tackling emerging animal diseases, to meeting demand for bio-based fuels and plastics.

Research grants currently funded through the PA Department of Agriculture is developing novel solutions to controlling animal and plant diseases and pests; increasing regenerative and organic farming methods that enrich and sustain our soil and water resources; advancing human and animal medicine; applying emerging technology in food safety; and protecting pollinators crucial to our food supply.

New proposals are invited for multi-year projects that will examine the economic impact of pest infestations like spotted lanternflies and phorid flies, measure effects on the Chesapeake Bay of farm management methods not funded by federal or state support, and implement the next phase of the PA Pollinator Protection Plan. The department also invites proposals for research topics including animal health and welfare interactions with human and environmental health; quality and availability of housing for farm workers, effectiveness of worker training in agriculture; consumer-focused research on biodegradable packaging and new uses for milk proteins and milk-based products, barriers to land access for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in rural areas, and more.

Detailed proposal guidelines can be found in the April 15 edition of the PA Bulletin.

The amount available to fund grant proposals will depend on the amount funded in the final budget. Grants do not require matching funds.

Proposals must be submitted online using the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Electronic Single Application. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.