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THE FIRST COVID-19 DEATH IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY IS AMONG THE STATISTICS FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TODAY.  THAT DEATH WAS PART OF 35 REPORTED BY THE STATE.  THERE WERE A REPORTED 828 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS REPORTED AS WELL, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS TO OVER 120 THOUSAND.  OF TODAY’S POSITIVE CASES, ELK COUNTY IS THE ONLY LOCAL COUNTY TO REPORT A NEW POSITIVE. 

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EMBATTLED BRADFORD CITY POLICE CHIEF BUTCH BARTLETT IS LEAVING HIS POST NEXT WEEK.  BARTLETT TENDERED HIS RESGINATION ON JULY 16TH, BUT IT WAS ONLY MADE PUBLIC YESTERDAY AS IT WAS ON THE AGENDA FOR BRADFORD’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING.  BARTLETT HAS BEEN ON LEAVE AFTER A MAY INCIDENT IN WHICH HIS AND ANOTHER OFFICER’S ACTIONS WERE QUESTIONED AS BEING POLICE BRUTALITY.  HIS FINAL DAY OF TECHNICAL EMPLOYMENT IS AUGUST 17TH

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A ROCKTON WOMAN IS DEAD AS THE RESULT OF A 1-VEHICLE ACCIDENT LAST WEEK IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY.  IT HAPPENED LAST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ON ANDERSON CREEK ROAD, EAST OF HOME CAMP ROAD IN UNION TOWNSHIP WHEN 60-YEAR OLD SUSAN GUZZO LOST CONTROL OF HER SUV, CAUSING IT TO STRIKE 2 TREES.  GUZZO SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. 

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A LINWOOD, PENNSYLVANIA MAN IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES HE RECEIVED IN A SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN POTTER COUNTY.  THIS ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON WHARTON ROAD IN WHARTON TOWNSHIP WHEN 47-YEAR OLD SHAWN BEDWELL LOST CONTROL OF HIS SUV, CAUSING IT TO OVERTURN.  BEDWELL WAS FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA FOR TREATMENT. 

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GAS PRICES ARE UP IN THE REGION THIS WEEK.  TRIPLE A REPORTS A 3-CENT INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF REGULAR UNLEADED TO REST AT 2.46 ON AVERAGE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE LOWEST PRICE IN OUR AREA COMES IN DUBOIS, WHERE IT AVERAGES 2.42 A GALLON.  CLARION IS NEXT AT 2.45 A GALLON. 

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IT WAS A DEADLY WEEKEND ON THE AREA ROADWAYS.  3 PEOPLE PASSED AWAY FROM 3 SEPARATE ACCIDENTS IN THE REGION.  THE FIRST HAPPENED SATURDAY AFTERNOON, JUST BEFORE 1 ON INTERSTATE 80 EAST, NEAR MILE MARKER 79.7 IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY.  A BOX TRUCK CRASHED OFF A BRIDGE CONCRETE BARRIER AND ENDED UP CATCHING ON FIRE.  BOTH OCCUPANTS WERE EJECTED, THE UN-IDENTIFIED PASSENGER, FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN FOR TREATMENT OF SERIOUS INJURIES. 

 

THE SECOND HAPPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON, JUST AFTER 3 ON MATTHEWS RUN ROAD, AT THE INTERSECTION WITH SENECA LANE IN SUGAR GROVE TOWNSHIP, WARREN COUNTY.  A VAN, DRIVEN BY 71-YEAR OLD SANDRA DUMONT, OF YOUNGSVILLE, TURNED LEFT INTO THE PATH OF A MOTORCYCLE, DRIVEN BY 51-YEAR OLD MICHAEL BROWN, OF ERIE.  THAT COLLISION CAUSED A 2ND BIKE, DRIVEN BY 50-YEAR OLD GREGORY BROSIUS, TO GO DOWN IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO AVOID THE FIRST COLLISION.  IT WAS THAT ATTEMPT THAT CAUSED FATAL INJURIES TO BROSIUS, WHO WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  BROWN WAS FLOWN TO UPMC HAMOT WITH SERIOUS INJURIES AND DUMONT WAS TAKEN TO WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

 

THE LAST OF THE 3 HAPPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON, JUST AFTER 4 ON MOUNTAIN RUN ROAD IN HUSTON TOWNSHIP, CLEARFIELD COUNTY WHEN A MOTORCYCLE, DRIVEN BY 57-YEAR OLD LARRY PENTZ, OF DUBOIS, LEFT THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A UTILITY POLE.  PENTZ WAS TAKEN TO PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.  A PASSENGER WAS FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA WITH SERIOUS INJURIES. 

 

IT IS WORTH NOTING FROM STATE POLICE THAT NONE OF THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS WERE REPORTED TO BE WEARING HELMETS AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH. 

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HAPPY VALLEY IS NOT VERY HAPPY TODAY AS PENN STATE AND THE REST OF THE BIG 10 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THEY ARE CANCELING FOOTBALL SEASON THIS FALL DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS.  WHILE NO DETAILS WERE RELEASED, IT IS REPORTED THAT THEY ARE PLANNING ON PLAYING NEXT SPRING.  

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THE FATE OF FALL SPORTS…IS STILL IN LIMBO AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.  THE PIAA VOTED THIS AFTERNOON TO PUSH BACK THE START OF THE FALL SPORTS SEASONS 2 WEEKS SO THEY MIGHT HAVE A MORE IN-DEPTH LOOK AT POSSIBLE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.  THEY WILL HAVE MORE INFO AT THAT TIME. 

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GOOD NEWS TODAY REGARDING A STORY WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  A MISSING ELK COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS OK TODAY.  60-YEAR OLD BLAINE TRUMBULL WAS FOUND IN RIDGWAY TODAY AFTER HE HAD BEEN REPORTED AS MISSING YESTERDAY.  IT WAS REPORTED THAT TRUMBULL HAD LAST BEEN SEEN ON JULY 17TH

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8 NEW COVID-19 POSITIVE TESTS IN OUR AREA ARE AMONG THE OVER 750 IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.  6 OF THOSE COME IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY WHILE THE OTHER 2 FROM WARREN COUNTY.  THE STATE’S TOTAL IS NOW OVER 117 THOUSAND.  THERE WERE 15 DEATHS REPORTED AS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS TODAY AS WELL. 

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A DUBOIS MAN IS FACING SEVERAL CHARGES, INCLUDING HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE STEMMING FROM A JULY ACCIDENT IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY.  21-YEAR OLD PAUL LENZE WAS ALLEGEDLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE THE EVENING OF JULY 10TH WHEN HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE CRASH THAT KILLED 57-YEAR OLD LINDA SOLIDA, OF DUBOIS, WHO WAS A PASSENGER ON A MOTORCYCLE.  THE DRIVER OF THE BIKE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT AS WELL.  LENZE IS BEHIND BARS IN THE CLEARFIELD COUNTY JAIL TODAY.

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THE QUESTION FOR TONIGHT…ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?  IT’S THE 5TH ANNUAL FRANK VARISCHETTI ALL-STAR GAME IN BROCKWAY AS GRADUATED SENIORS FROM THE FORMER ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN LEAGUE AND KEYSTONE SHORTWAY CONVERENCE WILL HAVE AT IT ONE MORE TIME.  THE GAME WILL BE BROADCAST ON B94, WKBI AND ALSO STREAMED LIVE ON THE 97.5 THE HOUND FACEBOOK PAGE STARTING AT 6:30. 

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STATE POLICE OUT OF RIDGWAY ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING ELK COUNTY MAN.  60-YEAR OLD BLAINE TRUMBULL WAS LAST SEEN ON JULY 17TH IN RIDGWAY TOWNSHIP.  SINCE THEN, HE’S HAD NO CELL PHONE OR FINANCIAL ACTIVITIY.  POLICE CONSIDER HIS DISAPPERANCE SUSPICIOUS IN NATURE AT THIS TIME.  TRUMBULL IS SAID TO HAVE TIES TO PUNXSUTAWNEY AND RELIES ON FRIENDS FOR TRANSPORTATION.  IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION, YOU’RE ASKED TO CALL STATE POLICE IN RIDGWAY. 

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MAY BE DONE THIS FALL BEFORE THEY EVEN GET STARTED NEXT WEEK.  GOVERNOR TOM WOLF ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING NO SPORTS UNTIL JANUARY 1ST OF 2021 FOR ALL PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS.  AT LAST WORD, THE PIAA WAS MEETING IN AN EMERGENCY SESSION TODAY TO CONSIDER THAT RECOMMENDATION.  AS OF NOW, NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN. 

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9 NEW POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS IN OUR AREA ARE AMONG THE OVER 800 NEW POSITIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.  6 OF THOSE TESTS COME FROM CLEARFIELD COUNTY, 2 IN ELK COUNTY AND 1 IN MCKEAN COUNTY.  THE COMMONWEALTH’S TOTAL NUMBER OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IS NOW OVER 116 THOUSAND. 

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TWO ELDERLY CLARION COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE RECOVERING FROM SMOKE INHALATION AFTER THEIR HOME CAUGHT FIRE WEDNESDAY MORNING.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON HAGGERTY DRIVE IN LEEPER, IN FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP.  THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL SAYS THE FIRE HAS BEEN RULED ACCIDENTAL IN NATURE.

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THE INVESTIATION INTO AN ALLEGED RAPE IN ELK COUNTY IS UNDERWAY TODAY.  ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM STATE POLICE, THE ALLEGED CRIME HAPPENED OVER A YEAR PERIOD DATING BACK TO JULY OF LAST YEAR.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. 

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AFTER A BRIEF STOPPAGE, THE ERIE CATHOLIC DIOCESE IS ANNOUNCING IT WILL BE RETURNING TO IT’S WORK TOMORROW WITH THE INDEPENDENT SURVIVORS’ REPARATION PROGRAM, WHICH AIDS SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE WITHIN THE DIOCESE.  THEY HAD HALTED WORK EARLIER THIS YEAR DUE TO THE ONSET OF THE CORONAVIRUS.  AS OF MARCH, 40 CLAIMANTS STILL HAVE CASES YET TO BE DETERMINED. 

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3 NEW POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS IN OUR AREA ARE PART OF THE 705 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.  2 OF THOSE COME FROM CLEARFIELD COUNTY, 1 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ALSO REPORTS AN ADDITIONAL 12 DEATHS AS CAUSED BY THE VIRUS.

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WARREN COUNTY IS LOOKING FOR A NEW PUBLIC DEFENDER TODAY AFTER IT’S LONG-TIME LAWYER RESIGNED LAST FRIDAY.  JOHN PARROCCINI TENDERED WAS HIRED BACK IN AUGUST OF 2004 AND HAS SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY SINCE.  NO FURTHER DETAILS OF THE RESIGNATION WERE GIVEN, EXCEPT THAT PARROCCINI PLANS TO STAY IN PRIVATE PRACTICE.  WHILE THE SEARCH FOR A NEW PUBLIC DEFENDER TAKES PLACE, DEPUTY DEFENDER MIKE KITAY WILL STEP UP TO THE ROLE. 

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