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A BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT ABORTIONS AFTER 5 MONTHS OF PREGNANCY IS ON GOVERNOR TOM WOLF’S DESK TODAY.  SENATE BILL 3 PASSED BY A HUGE MARGIN IN THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE YESTERDAY AFTER PASSING THE SENATE IN RECENT WEEKS.  THE BILL OUTLAWS ABORTIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA AFTER 20 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY AND IN ADDITION, WOULD PROHIBIT ALL DISMEMBERMENT ABORTIONS.  LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVES KATHY RAPP, MARTY CAUSER, MATT GABLER AND TOMMY SANKEY ALL VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE BILL.  

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A SLIPPERY ROCK MAN IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES HE SUSTAINED IN A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN FOREST COUNTY.  MARIENVILLE STATE POLICE TELL US THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 2:30 ON DAWSON ROAD IN HARMONY TOWNSHIP WHEN 40-YEAR OLD WILLIAM CONNER LOST CONTROL ON THE SNOW-COVERED ROADWAY AND STRUCK A CULVERT.  CONNER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES, BUT DID NOT REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION.  A PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE WAS NOT HURT.  

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ROUTES 948 AND 66 TRAFFIC IN HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP ARE OPEN THIS AFTERNOON FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT YESTERDAY.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE ACCIDENT INVOLVED 2 TRACTOR-TRAILERS AND A CAR NEAR JAMES CITY.  ONE OF THE TRACTOR-TRAILERS WENT OVER AN EMBANKMENT, WHICH CAUSED INJURIES TO THE DRIVER, WHO WAS TAKEN TO UPMC KANE FOR TREATMENT.  THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER TRUCK AND THE CAR WERE BOTH NOT HURT.  A HAZMAT TEAM ASSISTED ON SCENE FOR THE CLEANUP, THE ROADWAY WAS CLOSED FOR QUITE SOME TIME.  

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ST. MARYS POLICE TELL US THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SATURDAY MORNING ABOUT 10:20 IN THE 700 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON STREET WHEN 72-YEAR OLD JOHN BISKUP LOST CONTROL OF HIS SUV AND STRUCK A UTILITY POLE.  BISKUP LATER PASSED AWAY, BUT A CAUSE HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN.  A 10-YEAR OLD PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE WAS NOT HURT.  THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT CONTINUES TODAY. 

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ST. MARYS POLICE ARE ALSO REPORTING THE FILING OF CHARGES AGAINST 56-YEAR OLD ANDREW REUSCHER OF ST. MARYS FOR DUI AND CARELESS DRIVING.  THAT STEMS FROM A NOVEMBER 23RD INCIDENT IN THE CITY.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS GIVEN.  

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SEVERAL AREA MUNICIPALITIES APPROVED THEIR BUDGETS FOR 2018 YESTERDAY.  IN MCKEAN COUNTY, HAMLIN AND HAMILTON TOWNSHIPS ALONG WITH MOUNT JEWETT BOROUGH ALL APPROVED SPENDING PLANS WITHOUT TAX INCREASES FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR.  IN ELK COUNTY, JOHNSONBURG BOROUGH PASSED THEIR BUDGET, BUT IT DOES CALL FOR A .5 MILL INCREASE IN TAXES TO HELP THE STREET LIGHT FUND.  

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WINTER’S FIRST MAJOR STORM IS HEADED STRAIGHT FOR OUR AREA OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.  A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE LISTENING AREA AND A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE REST WILL GO INTO EFFECT THIS EVENING AND EXTEND THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.  FORECASTERS EXPECT ACCUMULATION TOTALS BETWEEN 8 AND 16 INCHES BY WEDNESDAY.  PERHAPS MORE IN THE MOST PERSISTENT AREAS.  YOUR COMPLETE FORECAST FOLLOWS THE NEWS.  

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IN OTHER NEWS TODAY, A POTTER COUNTY WOMAN IS DEAD FOLLOWING AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT.  COUDERSPORT STATE POLICE TELL US THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON ROUTE 6 NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF SWEEDEN VALLEY MANOR WHEN 57-YEAR OLD MELISSA TRACY OF COUDERSPORT WAS PULLING OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY AND WAS STRUCK BY A 2ND VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 21-YEAR OLD KYLER RIDER OF COUDERSPORT.  TRACY SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  RIDER WAS TAKEN TO COLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF MINOR INJURIES.  THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO THE INCIDENT TODAY.

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A KANE WOMAN IS FACING DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING A BLACK FRIDAY TRAFFIC STOP IN ST. MARYS.  CITY POLICE TELL US 23-YEAR OLD SAMANTHA GUSTAFSON STOPPED ON THE JOHNSONBURG ROAD AND POLICE FOUND THAT SHE WAS IN POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AS WELL AS PARAPHERNALIA.  POLICE ALSO ALLEGE THAT SHE WAS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT THE TIME AS WELL.  

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A FOREST COUNTY MAN IS CHARGED WITH DUI TODAY FOLLOWING A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING IN JENKS TOWNSHIP.  MARIENVILLE STATE POLICE TELL US THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT 12:50 ON GUITONVILLE ROAD WHEN THE UN-IDENTIFIED 18-YEAR OLD MALE WAS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT.  HE WAS TRANSPORTED FOR A BLOOD TEST.  

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