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IT’S HOT.  IT DOESN’T TAKE A METEROLOGIST TO TELL YOU THAT IT’S HOT.  BUT JUST FOR GOOD NATURE, THE WEATHER PROFESSIONALS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAVE ISSUED A HEAT WARNING UNTIL 8 TOMORROW NIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE AREA.  TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE LOW TO MID 90S IN SOME PLACES.  WITH THE HUMIDITY, THE HEAT INDEX IS EXPECTED TO BE OVER 100 AND POSSIBLY NEAR 110 IN SOME PLACES.  BE SURE TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS IF YOU HAVE TO BE WORKING OUTSIDE.  OTHERWISE, PRACTICE YOUR BEAR HUGS WITH AN AIR CONDITIONER FOR THE NEXT 48-72 HOURS. 

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2 RIDGWAY RESIDENTS ARE FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP LAST EVENING IN ELK COUNTY.  POLICE STOPPED 45-YEAR OLD WILLIAM THOMPSON ON A TRAFFIC VIOLATION NEAR MAIN STREET AND LOVERS LANE IN FOX TOWNSHIP.  AS THEY INVESTIGATED, THEY FOUND THAT A PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE, 39-YEAR OLD TAMARA THOMPSON WAS IN POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND OTHER ILLEGAL DRUGS.  POLICE SUSPECT WILLIAM THOMPSON WAS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AS WELL.  CHARGES ARE PENDING A BLOOD TEST. 

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A BUFFALO WOMAN IS FACING ASSAULT CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT AT THE MCKEAN COUNTY JAIL THIS WEEK THAT INVOLVED A RIDGWAY WOMAN.  POLICE SAY 27-YEAR OLD BRIANA ROLLINS AND A 29-YEAR OLD RIDGWAY WOMAN, WHO ARE BOTH INMATES AT THE JAIL, BECAME INVOLVED IN A PHYSICAL SCUFFLE.  ROLLINS IS ACCUSED OF STRIKING THE WOMAN MULTIPLE TIMES, CAUSING INJURIES.  THE VICTIM RECEIVED CARE AT THE JAIL AFTER THE INCIDENT.

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LEWIS RUN STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO AN ALLEGED THEFT IN OTTO TOWNSHIP.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, IT HAPPENED LAST EVENING ABOUT 6:20 ON BARNUM ROAD WHEN SOMEBODY TOOK A RED AND WHITE FORD N8 TRACTOR. 

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THE ELK-MCKEAN SENIOR ALL STARS ARE SET FOR THEIR NEXT MATCHUP IN THE EASTERN REGIONALS TOMORROW.  THE ALL-STARS WILL TAKE ON THE LOSER OF TODAY’S RHODE ISLAND VS MARYLAND GAME IN BANGOR, MAINE.  97.5 THE HOUND WILL HAVE COVERAGE STARTING AT 9:40. 

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THE WEATHER IS GETTING HOT!  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTS A BIG SPIKE IN TEMPERATURES OVER THE NEXT 72 HOURS WITH HIGHS TOMORROW AND FRIDAY EXPECTED IN THE LOW 90S.  HEAT INDEX FIGURES CAN RISE TO OVER 110 DEGREES IN SOME AREAS IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  OFFICIALS REMIND YOU TO STAY HYDRATED AND NOT OVER EXERT YOUR SELF IF POSSIBLE.    

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TWO PEOPLE REMAIN IN SEPARATE PITTSBURGH HOSPITALS AFTER A MAJOR ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 80 LAST EVENING.  STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED ABOUT 7:30 ON I-80 EASTBOUND, NEAR MILE MARKER 96.6 IN SANDY TOWNSHIP.  A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY AND CRASHED INTO THE MEDIAN, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO ROLL OVER ONTO IT’S ROOF.  BOTH THE DRIVER AND A JUVENILE PASSENGER WERE LIFE-FLIGHTED FROM THE SCENE.  THE ACCIDENT CLOSED DOWN I-80 FOR A PERIOD OF TIME.  THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CRASH CONTINUES TODAY. 

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A BRADFORD MAN NOW AWAITS SENTENCING AFTER A JURY DELIVERED A GUILTY VERDICT YESTERDAY.  47-YEAR OLD GRANT LEWIS WAS CONVICTED OF STRANGULATION, AGGRIVATED ASSAULT, SIMPLE ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT.  DURING THE INCIDENT LAST JANUARY, HE WAS ACCUSED OF STRIKING A WOMAN AND BREAKING HER ORBITAL BONE, PLUS CHOKING HER.  HE’LL BE SENTENCED IN LATE AUGUST.

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SAINT MARYS POLICE ARE WARNING AREA RESIDENTS ABOUT A POSSIBLE PHONE SCAM TODAY.  POLICE HAVE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ABOUT A CALLER WHO CLAIMS TO BE FROM AMAZON AND THAT A CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE TO THEIR ACCOUNT.  IN THE END, THE SUSPECT ASKS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION.  POLICE REMIND YOU TO NEVER GIVE ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO UNSOLICITED CALLERS. 

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NEW YORK STATE IS RAISING IT’S SMOKING AGE.  GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SIGNED A LAW YESTERDAY TO RAISE THE SMOKING AGE TO 21.  THE LAW APPLIES TO TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AND VAPING DEVICES.  THE LAW TAKES EFFECT IN 120 DAYS. 

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IT’S TRAVEL DAY FOR THE ELK-MCKEAN SENIOR ALL STAR BASEBALL TEAM.  THE BOYS, THEIR COACHES, FAMILIES AND ONE LEGENDARY SPORTS CASTER FROM LAUREL MEDIA ARE HEADED FOR BANGOR, MAINE.  THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPS TAKE ON DELAWARE TOMORROW AT 2.  AIRTIME IS 1:45 ON 97.5 THE HOUND. 

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THE CAUSE OF A MONDAY MORNING JOHNSONBURG FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY.  THE CALL CAME IN ABOUT 2:45 FOR THE BLAZE ON PENN STREET IN THE BOROUGH.  FIRE FIGHTERS SAY THERE WERE PROPANE TANKS NEAR BY THAT CAUSED THE FLAMES TO SPREAD QUICKLY.  IT TOOK NEARLY 2 HOURS TO COMPLETELY PUT THE FIRE OUT.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS. 

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SOME SAINT MARYS RESIDENTS AREN’T FORWARDING INSURANCE CHECKS FOR MEDICAL SERVICES THAT ARE BEING RENDERED, AND NOW THE SAINT MARYS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ISSUING A WARNING REGARDING THAT ISSUE.  POLICE SAY THEY’VE RECEIVED REPORTS FROM THE SAINT MARYS AMBULANCE SERIVCE OF FUNDS NOT BEING FORWARDED TO THEM FROM RESIDENTS THAT HAVE RECEIVED THEM FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES.  IF NOT DONE SO, IT COULD LEAD TO CRIMINAL CHARGES.  POLICE ADVISE ANY PATIENTS THAT FALL INTO THIS GROUP TO CONTACT THE AMBULANCE SERVICE SOON. 

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A SAINT MARYS MAN IS FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES TODAY.  VERNON PIERCE IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, CRIMINAL USE OF A COMMUNICATION FACILITY, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA.  THE CHARGES WERE FILED LAST WEEK.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN BY POLICE.

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A WARREN MAN IS FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP LAST WEEKEND IN THE CITY. POLICE SAY THEY STOPPED 37-YEAR OLD JASON NICHOLS IN THE TOPS PARKING LOT AND FOUND THAT HE HAD CRYSTAL METH IN HIS POSSESSION.  TO TOP IT ALL OFF, HE WAS DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND HAD 3 CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE.  HE’S BEHIND BARS IN THE WARREN COUNTY JAIL TODAY.

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MOVE OVER, ELK-MCKEAN ALL-STARS, THERE’S A GROUP OF LADIES ENTERING THE ROOM WITH ANOTHER BANNER.  BIG CONGRATULATIONS TODAY TO THE SAINT MARYS JUNIOR SOFTBALL ALL-STARS AS THEY DEFEATED PITTSTON YESTERDAY IN BERWICK TO WIN THE JUNIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.  THE LADIES NOW MOVE ON TO THE REGIONAL ROUND. 

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GAS PRICES ARE UP AGAIN THIS WEEK.  TRIPLE A REPORTS A 6-CENT HIKE IN THE PRICE OF REGULAR UNLEADED TO REST NOW AT 2.98 A GALLON ON AVERAGE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE LOWEST PRICE IN OUR AREA COMES IN DUBOIS, WHERE IT AVERAGES 2.95 A GALLON.

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A SMETHPORT WOMAN IS RECOVERING TODAY FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND.  STATE POLICE TELL US IT HAPPENED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ABOUT 2:15 ON CHAMPLIN HILL ROAD, EAST OF EAST VALLEY ROAD IN KEATING TOWNSHIP, MCKEAN COUNTY.  30-YEAR OLD SHALENE WYMER LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR, CAUSING IT TO STRIKE A DITCH AND THEN OVERTURN.  WYMER WAS TRAPPED INSIDE THE CAR AND NEEDED TO BE EXTRACATED.  SHE WAS THEN TAKEN TO OLEAN GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF SUSPECTED SERIOUS INJURIES. 

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A SAINT MARYS WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES OF NEGLECT OF CARE AFTER AN INCIDENT IN LATE JUNE.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, THEY FOUND 48-YEAR OLD LEEANN SCHLODER INTOXICATED AND PASSED OUT IN THE DRIVEWAY AT THE HOME OF AN ELDERLY WOMAN FOR WHICH SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE CARE.  POLICE ALSO SAY SCHLODER LEFT THE STOVE TURNED ON AND UNATTENDED, LEAVING THE VICTIM IN FURTHER HARM. 

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THE INVESTIGATION INTO A CLARION COUNTY BURGLARY IS UNDERWAY TODAY.  MARIENVILLE STATE POLICE TELL US SOMEBODY TOOK SEVERAL ITEMS FROM A CAMP ON CARLL DRIVE IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, CLARION COUNTY TOTALLING OVER 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE ALLEGED THEFT HAPPENED SOMETIME BETWEEN MARCH 22ND AND JULY 11TH OF THIS YEAR. 

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