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  1. Plyler’s Buffet And Family Restaurant Likely To Close Doors on Sunday December 11, 2019 5:13 pm· Author: Jill McDermott BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Plyler’s Buffet and Family Restaurant in Brookville may close its doors for good Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (PHOTO: From Plyler’s Buffet And Family Restaurant Facebook page.) Plyler’s manager Joe Sawey told exploreJefferson.com that more than likely Sunday will be the restaurant’s last day. “It’s not etched in stone,” Sawey said. “We’re trying to work something out with prospective new owners, but right now it looks like we’re going to be closing Sunday.” The restaurant posted to its Facebook page last weekend that the owner recommended using all gift certificates as soon as possible. Another post the same day explained that the business was in foreclosure. Plyler’s, located at 234 Allegheny Blvd. in Brookville, bills itself as a relaxed and welcoming restaurant that people can enjoy with friends and family members.
  2. Tomorrow coming down Mount Mourennci (Rt.948) then going up Boot Jack (Rt.219) on to Rt.153 going down Boone Mt. into Penfield then up State Park Rd. probably make for a very slow trip.
  3. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Update on Super Load Journey to Lock Haven Drivers should expect slow moving traffic Clearfield, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is offering a travel update to regional drivers as a Yankee Dryer super load continues its journey from the Port of Erie to First Quality Tissue in the city of Lock Haven. The 18-axle transport vehicle and super load weighs 628,000 pounds is 217 feet long, 20 feet high, and 20 feet wide. Currently, PennDOT expects the super load to arrive in Ridgway tonight and continue its journey Thursday morning, December 12. Movement is generally taking place during daylight hours and could be impacted or delayed by winter weather. The hauling team is keeping a close eye on the weather as it could affect travel speeds. The travel schedule will include Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. Arrival in Lock Haven is now expected early next week. The super load travel plan involves nine counties and features cross overs and unusual traffic patterns, including: • Counterflow/opposite direction movement on SR 879 West off-ramp in the Clearfield Mall area—Clearfield County • Multiple crossover movements on SR 879—Clearfield County • Counterflow/opposite direction movement on SR 322 westbound off-ramp at Woodland intersection—Clearfield County • Counterflow movement on SR 322 West—Centre County • Crossover movement on SR 322 East and Blazosky Rd—Centre County • Counterflow/opposite direction movement on SR 2015 (Mill Hall Rd)—Clinton County • Counterflow/opposite direction movement on SR 220 South at exit 109—Clinton County • Counterflow/opposite direction movement on SR2012 E/120 East in Lock Haven area—Clinton County • Counterflow/opposite direction movement on SR 120 East on-ramp in Lock Haven area—Clinton County Flaggers will be positioned at specific locations and intersections along the super load route to assist movements through intersections and control traffic during counterflow movements. Drivers will need to remain alert for this slow-moving operation, which will travel at speeds lower than 15 miles-per-hour. Roadway message boards will be in place as the super load moves through specific areas to alert drivers of the restrictions and traffic delays. Pennsylvania State Police will accompany the transport to enhance safety. Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 12/11/2019 11:01:00 AM
  4. Update: Super Load Arrives in North Central Region, Traffic Impacts Expected Ridgway, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists to be alert for traffic impacts as the Yankee Dryer super load, which arrived in Elk County this afternoon, will be making its way through the North Central Region of Pennsylvania over the next few days. The super load left the Port of Erie Thursday, December 5, and has traversed portions of Erie, Crawford, Venango, Clarion, Forest and Elk counties. It stopped approximately three and a half miles north of Ridgway Borough along Route 948 in Elk County and will remain there overnight. Plans call for the load to continue along Route 948 into Ridgway Borough tomorrow. Traffic in the Ridgway area, particularly around Main Street, is encouraged to use alternate routes. After passing through Ridgway, the load will continue onto Route 219 south and into Clearfield County via Route 153 south. It is excepted to arrive in Lock Haven early next week. A complete list of the planned route from Erie to Lock Haven was included in the initial release distributed by PennDOT on Wednesday, December 4, which can be found at www.penndot.gov/district2. Flaggers will be positioned at specific locations and intersections along the super load route to assist with traffic control during counterflow movements. Drivers will need to remain alert for the slow-moving operation, which will travel at speeds lower than 15 miles-per-hour. Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 12/11/2019 04:56:00 PM
  5. Heard them talking about it earlier in afternoon.
  6. Reported accident on Clay Plant Rd. in area of the S curves - Snyder Twp. - Brockway Area. Time 7:15 PM. St.1 and ambulance to respond. Use caution in the area. Notifying PennDOT about road conditions.
  7. Man Threatened with Rifle During Deer Meat Dispute December 11, 2019 12:40 am· Author: Aly Delp BELL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A local man is facing charges following an incident earlier this month where he allegedly threatened another man with a hunting rifle during a dispute over deer meat. Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 23-year-old Kyle Timothy Keth, of Punxsutawney. According to a criminal complaint, around 11:32 a.m. on December 1, troopers of the Punxsutawney-based State Police received a report of a dispute over deer meat during which a firearm was allegedly pointed at a victim at a location in Bell Township. The troopers also received information that the individual involved was Kyle Timothy Keth, and that Keth had left the area in a black Ford Escape owned and driven by a known woman. The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department was also notified of the incident. Troopers O’Rourke and Burkett then proceeded to a location on Fairview Avenue to speak to the victim. According to the complaint, the victim reported Keth had killed a deer and brought it to him for processing with the agreement that Keth would help him process the meat. The victim said when Keth did not show up as agreed, he processed the meat himself. Keth and the known female then arrived at his residence around 11:30 a.m., and Keth was allegedly upset the victim had processed the meat in a way that did not satisfy him. The victim went on to say an argument then ensued with led him to tell Keth to take the meat and leave his property. The victim then took the deer carcass and placed it into the back of the woman’s black Ford Escape and threw the deer guts on the hood of the vehicle while still arguing with Keth. Keth and the woman then entered the vehicle and began to drive away on Fairview Avenue. According to the complaint, after the vehicle traveled approximately 50 to 100 yards, it stopped, and Keth exited, allegedly holding a rifle. The victim told police Keth shouldered the rifle and was looking through the scope while aiming in the victim’s direction. The victim said he then began walking into his house to call the police, when Keth said “where are you going?” The victim told Keth he was calling the police. The complaint notes the victim reported the woman went and stood in front of Keth and grabbed the rifle from him, then pushed him into the vehicle and drove away. While the victim was being interviewed, Trooper Malloy, Corporal Powell, and Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Winfield located Keth and the woman and transported them to the Punxsutawney-based State Police barracks. Keth was then read his Miranda warnings and agreed to speak to the officers. According to the complaint, Keth initially denied any wrongdoing and said that what the victim reported “was a lie.” However, he later admitted that when he exited the vehicle after arguing with the victim, he grabbed his hunting rifle and pointed it at the victim because he “was upset from the argument.” The complaint notes Keth said the rifle was not loaded, and reported that after the incident, he took the rifle back to his father’s house because he only had permission from Jefferson County Probation to possess the rifle while actively hunting. The known woman was also interviewed, and confirmed what Keth stated, according to the complaint. The complaint also notes that Jefferson County Probation was then notified of the incident, as Keth was under supervision for a DUI violation. Probation then issued a detainer for Keth and he was transported to the Jefferson County Jail. The following charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on Tuesday, December 10: – Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 – Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3 A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, with Judge Mizerock presiding. https://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/man-threatened-with-rifle-during-deer-meat-dispute/
  8. Super Load Continues Trek Through Region December 11, 2019 12:30 am· Author: exploreJefferson FRYBURG, Pa. (EYT) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists to be alert for traffic impacts as the Yankee Dryer super load continues to slowly travel through the northwest region of Pennsylvania. (PHOTO: The Super Load parked at the Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.) The super load left the Port of Erie on Thursday, December 5 and is traveling through the region on its way to Lock Haven in Clinton County. During the journey, the load will move through nine counties, including portions of Erie, Crawford, Venango and Forest counties. It is excepted to arrive in Lock Haven early next week. Plans call for the load to start along Route 208 near Fryburg, Clarion County. Tuesday’s route included portions of Forest and Venango Counties and travel concluded in Fryburg when the load parked for the evening at the Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. (PHOTO: The Super Load crosses the Hunter Station Bridge in Forest County (U.S. Route 62). Courtesy PennDOT.) Wednesday’s travel route includes Route 36 in Clarion County, as well as Route 66 in Clarion and Forest counties. A complete list of the planned route from Erie to Lock Haven can be found online at www.penndot.gov/district1. Flaggers will be positioned at specific locations and intersections along the super load route to assist control traffic during counterflow movements. Drivers will need to remain alert for the slow-moving operation, which will travel at speeds lower than 15 miles-per-hour. (PHOTO: The Super Load parked at the Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.) Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
  9. CDC urging consumers to discard salad kits after 8 people in three states sickened with E. coli Share Updated: 8:25 AM EST Dec 10, 2019 National Desk Staff CDC Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp salad kit SOURCE: CDC CDC urging consumers to discard salad kits after 8 people in three states sickened with E. coli Share The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a food safety alert after eight people in three states have been sickened with E. coli linked to salad kits.Four people in Minnesota, three people in Wisconsin and one person in North Dakota have gotten sick. Three of those people have been hospitalized, according to the alert.The alert urges consumers to discard Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits."Don't eat it. Throw it away," the CDC warned in the food safety alert Monday. The kits affected have the following UPC code, 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z and a best-before date of Dec. 7.The food safety alert comes after two recalls for salads in the past few weeks over E. coli and listeria concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a food safety alert after eight people in three states have been sickened with E. coli linked to salad kits. Four people in Minnesota, three people in Wisconsin and one person in North Dakota have gotten sick. Three of those people have been hospitalized, according to the alert. The alert urges consumers to discard Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits. "Don't eat it. Throw it away," the CDC warned in the food safety alert Monday. The kits affected have the following UPC code, 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z and a best-before date of Dec. 7. The food safety alert comes after two recalls for salads in the past few weeks over E. coli and listeria concerns. https://www.wtae.com/article/cdc-urging-consumers-to-discard-salad-kits-after-8-people-in-three-states-sickened-with-e-coli/30178399
  10. Man, woman charged; accused of locking child in closet without food, water nearly 2 days by GREGORY DAILEY | KRCG Staff Monday, December 9th 2019 AA 3 VIEW ALL PHOTOS Joseph Ciavarella and Loretta Wilhelm were charged in Cole County Circuit Court Saturday and booked without a bond after they were alleged to commit crimes against a child. (Cole County Jail) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KRCG) -- Law enforcement stated a 9-year-old boy was locked in his closet without food and water for nearly two days, and even forced to use the restroom while in confinement. Joseph Ciaveralla, 52, and Loretta Wilhelm, 34, were booked into the Cole County Jail without a bond after they were charged in the child abuse investigation at a residence in the 3300 block of Rock Ridge Road. A probable cause document stated the Children's Division was informed a 9-year-old boy was being locked in a closet for long periods of time and even over night. A witness told investigators Wilhelm, who was engaged to Ciavarella, would hit the child and lock him in the closet, one time for almost two days without food and water. The witness also said the child was not allowed to eat food provided to the rest of the household and would only be fed noodles and ravioli, according to the probable cause document. When investigators ultimately interviewed the child, the boy said he was locked in a dark closet all the time, day and night, the document stated. He would be let out by Ciaveralla and Wilhelm in the morning to eat ravioli and then locked back in the closet. The 9-year-old also said when he did something wrong or "got into Wilhelm's things, she would choke him with two hands." Ciavarella denied any knowledge of the child being locked in the closet or any other allegation, stating he worked nights and did not know what went on at the house, according to the court document. Wilhelm also denied putting the child in the closet or taking him out. The document stated that when an investigator asked her why the room smelled like human urine, she asked for an attorney. Ciavarella was charged with first-degree child endangerment, while Wilhelm was charged with child abuse or neglect. Both suspects were booked into the Cole County Jail without a bond. https://wjactv.com/news/nation-world/man-woman-charged-accused-of-locking-child-in-closet-without-food-water-nearly-2-days
  11. Shooting in Jersey City leaves 6 dead, including police officer and three civilians A police detective, three civilians and two suspects were killed Tuesday afternoon during a standoff and shootout in Jersey City, authorities said. Video Will Begin In... 3 6 dead, including a police officer, in New Jersey shootout Dec. 10, 201901:42 Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 10, 2019, 1:27 PM EST / Updated Dec. 11, 2019, 1:04 AM EST By Jonathan Dienst, Tom Winter, Phil Helsel and David K. Li Investigators looking into the deadly shooting of a New Jersey police detective and the deaths of three others at a kosher grocery store Tuesday say there is growing concern that the market was specifically targeted, senior law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation said. But it is too early to know what the motive is behind the attack, one senior law enforcement official said Tuesday night. Both of the suspects, described by the sources as a still-unidentified male and female shooter, were found dead following the standoff and furious gun battle Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Three civilians were also found dead. Jersey City police Det. Joseph Seals, 39, was killed after police investigating a murder approached the two suspects and one of them opened fire, shooting the officer in the head, according to the sources and officials. The pair then drove a U-Haul van to the market, and surveillance video showed them shooting right away, killing one person, and then following the gun battle with police the suspects and other victims were found inside the store, the law enforcement sources said. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted Tuesday night that investigators believe the attackers “targeted the location they attacked.” “Based on our initial investigation (which is ongoing) we now believe the active shooters targeted the location they attacked. Due to an excess of caution the community may see additional police resources in the days/weeks ahead,” Fulop said in the message. “We have no indication there are any further threats.” Seals, who was with the Jersey City Police Department since 2006, was married and the father of five children. Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly said earlier Tuesday that authorities believe Seals was shot while trying to stop the suspects. Kelly said that while he was unsure why the plainclothes detective was there, he believes it may have been related to guns. "As the mayor alluded to, he was the leading police officer in removing guns from the street," Kelly said. "Dozens and dozens of handguns, he’s responsible for removing from the street." Video Will Begin In... 3 Jersey City shooting witness: ‘There was a lot of gun power’ Dec. 10, 201902:32 Two other officers were injured, one in the shoulder and one in the body, but have since been released. SWAT officers and first responders, including Hatzalah paramedics, who serve the orthodox Jewish community, rushed to the scene. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. "I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation. Today reminds us of their bravery and the sacrifices they, and their families, make for our communities." All schools in Jersey City were put on lockdown, while campuses in nearby Bayonne were under a "shelter in place" order as a precaution, officials said. The Jersey City School District first tweeted about the lockdown at 1:30 p.m. and students were not reunited with parents until nearly 5 p.m. Download the NBC News app for breaking news SWAT teams with Jersey City and state police were among those responding. Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Newark and the FBI were also on the scene. “I can hear the gunshots. It's like firecrackers going off," said Andy Patel, who works at a liquor store about three blocks from the scene. "They were shooting like crazy about an hour ago. Then it stopped for like 20 or 30 minutes. The cops were clearing everyone off the streets." The two suspects had at least one long gun, which was described as an AR-type weapon, and 100 or more rounds were fired between police and the suspects, one senior law enforcement official said. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tweeted Tuesday night that he learned that two of the victims were natives of Brooklyn, and one was a current Williamsburg resident. "This news further sharpens the pain of this #massshooting for our Jewish community. We mourn together. May their memories be a blessing," Adams said in the tweet. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted late Tuesday that "Although there is no credible or specific threat directed against New York City, I have directed the NYPD to assume a state of high alert.” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement early Wednesday that his office is leading the criminal investigation and any public statements will be issued by his office. “We continue to work closely with our federal, county, and local partners and we remain grateful for the outpouring of support from law enforcement across the region and the nation,” Grewal said. “We recognize the fear that communities rightfully feel after traumatic incidents such as these, and we are committed to providing all resources necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our fellow residents.” SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/active-shooter-reported-jersey-city-new-jersey-n1099131
  12. Homicide Published 6 hours ago Michigan man who ran over, killed deputy sentenced to life without parole By Frank Miles | Fox News close Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 10 Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 10 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A 24-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for running over and killing a sheriff's deputy in southeastern Michigan in 2017, according to a report. Christopher Berak was convicted last month for first-degree murder and the murder of a police officer, Fox 2 Detroit reported. "I'm sorry for what I did. I hope that they're all doing OK," Berak had said before sentencing, per the news outlet. Berak was accused of leading Lapeer County deputies on a car chase and deliberately hitting the cop at an intersection. Deputy Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, was hit outside his car on Thanksgiving 2017 while deploying "stop sticks" to deflate Berak’s tires. Christopher Berak, right, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and the murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Eric Overall, left. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office / Macomb County Sheriff's Office) Berak's car rolled over, and he was arrested. Berak’s defense said he had no intention of striking the deputy and was reacting to the stop sticks on the road. Earlier in the day, Berak had told authorities at the Lapeer County jail he was "God" and came to break out one of his "sons." "He was a man of honor and integrity. On and off duty, he always strived to do the right thing. ... Eric had a big heart and wore it on his sleeve," Overall's wife, Sonya, said about her husband at the sentencing this week. "My father impacted so many lives, like Sonya just said -- raised me and my brother up to be the best men we could be," the cop’s son, Kenneth Overall, said. "My father was a great man, always selfless. That Thanksgiving morning, it will be a day we'll never forget. Every morning, every day we relive it." "We wish we had him back," he added. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.foxnews.com/us/michigan-man-ran-over-killed-deputy-sentenced-life-without-parole
  13. Video: Company surprises its 198 employees with $10 million holiday bonus by Adam Forgie Monday, December 9th 2019 AA 29 VIEW ALL PHOTOS Employees learn they are getting a huge bonus. The average bonus for each employee is $50,000. (Photo used with permission: Ashlene Larson, St. John Properties) SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Employees of St. John Properties got the surprise of a lifetime after the company's founder announced the company is giving a $10 million bonus to be divided amongst its 198 employees. That includes nine people who work at the company's Salt Lake City office. During the company's annual holiday party, St. John Properties founder and chairman Edward St. John shocked his employees with the news. Watch the announcement and some priceless reactions in this clip, and check out the photos in our gallery above or by clicking here: Announcement of $10 million bonus and some priceless employee reactions. (Video:{ }Ashlene Larson, St. John Properties) The average employee is getting $50,000 each, but the size of the bonus depends on the employee's tenure and years of service. Some employees are getting six-figure bonuses upwards of $250,000. Employees learn they are getting a huge bonus. The average bonus for each employee is $50,000. (Photo used with permission: Ashlene Larson, St. John Properties During the holiday party, each employee was given a red envelope which contained the amount of their bonus. Employees were ecstatic with some using the money to pay off their mortgages, send their kids to college, and take dream vacations. SEE PICTURES, VIDEOS ; https://wjactv.com/news/offbeat/video-company-surprises-its-198-employees-with-10-million-holiday-bonus
  14. Williamsburg ambulance shutting down service at end of year by Sierra Darville Tuesday, December 10th 2019 AA Williamsburg ambulance shutting down service at end of year. (Photo: MGN Online) WILLIAMSBURG, Pa. (WJAC) — The Williamsburg Area Ambulance announced it will be ending its services to the community at the end of December. The announcement was made on the ambulance's Facebook page Monday, but the community and surrounding areas were notified Friday. The announcement, written by board Chairman Robert Craig, said the Williamsburg Fire Company and board of directors have tried over the past few years to keep the ambulance service running. They were unable to do so because of declining reimbursement from insurance companies, lack of up-and-coming personnel to continue running and not covering calls as needed as a volunteer service and the financial burden, according to Craig. Williamsburg and the surrounding areas will be served by they Hollidaysburg American Legion EMS service and AMED. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://wjactv.com/news/local/williamsburg-ambulance-shutting-down-service-at-end-of-year
  15. Pennsylvania Sets All-Time Record Bear Harvest December 10, 2019 12:30 am· Author: Lexis Twentier HARRISBURG, Pa. – Hunters have set a new Pennsylvania bear-harvest record. Although numbers are continuing to come in, and bear hunting remains open through Saturday in some of the state’s Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), as of Monday morning, the 2019 preliminary bear harvest sat at 4,577. The Commonwealth’s previous record bear harvest occurred in 2011, when hunters took 4,350 through a slate of bear seasons. Hunters also harvested 4,164 in 2005. Expanded hunting opportunities provided by new special-firearms and muzzleloader bear seasons and an expanded archery bear season have helped push the 2019 bear harvest. Record bear license sales also have contributed: license sales currently exceed 200,000; previously they have held at highs between 170,000 and 175,000. And the statewide bear population at the start of the bear-hunting seasons was about 20,000 bears. “Our goal was to offer more hunting opportunities and prevent Pennsylvania’s bear population from increasing,” noted Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “The response from hunters to the expanded seasons and the success they enjoyed afield were exciting to see.” Black bears are thriving in Penn’s Woods today. But in a state with 12 million residents, concern about additional bear population gains compelled the Game Commission earlier this year to double the number of statewide bear-hunting days, creating the state’s lengthiest bear-hunting opportunity since the 1930s. “It’s the largest suite of bear-season changes ever approved in a single year,” explained Matt Lovallo, agency Game Mammals Section supervisor. “In most of the state, we’re going from 14 or 16 days of bear hunting to 32, from three Saturdays to seven, and we started hunting bears almost two weeks earlier.” The additional days and increased number of bear hunters appear to have made a significant difference. Great weather on peak hunting days also helped. The 2018 bear harvest came in at 3,153 bears, 11th-best all-time, but also the lowest bear harvest in the past 11 years. Bad weather negatively affected hunting conditions on key hunting days. The largest bear through all 2019 seasons is the 813-pound male taken with a rifle on the opening day of the general season in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, by Victor M. Vassalluzzo, of Kintnersville. The heaviest bear ever taken in Pennsylvania was an 875-pounder harvested in 2010 in Middle Smithfield Township, Pike County. Since 1992, seven black bears weighing at least 800 pounds have been lawfully harvested in Pennsylvania hunting seasons. Other large bears taken in the 2019 bear general and extended bear seasons – all taken with a rifle – include: a 747-pound male taken in Wright Township, Luzerne County, by J. Kripp Jr., of Mountaintop; a 743-pound male taken in Greene Township, Pike County, by Matthew J. Erdie Jr., of Nazareth; a 696-pound male taken in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, by Brian J. Borosh, of Jim Thorpe; a 661-pound male taken in Lake Township, Wayne County, by Michael A. Biduck II, of West Abington; a 658-pound male taken in Hopewell Township, Huntingdon County, by Michael A. Collins, of Altoona; a 657-pound male taken in Franklin Township, Columbia County, by Nicholas A. Podgurski, of Elysburg; a 656-pound male taken in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, by Dale J. Kobal, of Hunlock Creek; a 623-pound male taken in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, by Mikael J. Catanese, of Sewickley; and a 620-pound male taken in Miles Township, Centre County, by Reuben Kennel, of Turbotville. Bears were taken in 59 counties. Lycoming County led the state with 283, followed by Clinton County with 267 and Tioga County with 261. The latest county preliminary harvest totals for all seasons are: Northwest (535): Warren, 142; Venango, 79; Forest, 66; Jefferson, 65; Clarion, 61; Crawford, 56; Butler, 44; Erie, 15; and Mercer, 7. Southwest (342): Somerset, 123; Fayette, 61; Armstrong, 56; Indiana, 42; Cambria, 29; Westmoreland, 28; Allegheny, 2; and Greene, 1. Northcentral (1,588): Lycoming, 283; Clinton, 267; Tioga, 261; Potter 173; Centre, 144; McKean, 125; Clearfield, 103; Elk, 100; Cameron, 78; and Union, 54. Southcentral (718): Huntingdon, 177; Bedford, 148; Fulton, 80; Perry, 67; Mifflin, 54; Franklin, 47; Juniata, 42; Blair, 40; Cumberland, 27; Snyder, 24; Adams, 11; and York, 1. Northeast (1,214): Luzerne, 161; Pike, 161; Monroe, 130; Wayne, 130; Bradford, 125; Carbon, 87; Sullivan, 85; Susquehanna,82; Wyoming, 82; Lackawanna, 75; Columbia, 64; Northumberland, 25; and Montour, 7. Southeast (179): Schuylkill, 75; Dauphin, 66; Northampton, 15; Lebanon, 2; Berks, 17; and Lehigh, 4. The latest preliminary bear harvests by Wildlife Management Unit are: WMU 1A, 20; WMU 1B, 156; WMU 2A, 11; WMU 2B, 2; WMU 2C, 285; WMU 2D, 184; WMU 2E, 82; WMU 2F, 338; WMU 2G, 710; WMU 2H, 110; WMU 3A, 260; WMU 3B, 424; WMU 3C, 223; WMU 3D, 488; WMU 4A, 303; WMU 4B, 191; WMU 4C, 248; WMU 4D, 367; WMU 4E, 135; WMU 5A, 25; WMU 5B, 1; and WMU 5C, 13. Final bear harvest numbers will be provided in early 2020 after biologists confirm and crosscheck harvest records. For now, it’s clear hunters have set a record bear harvest, a direct result of increasing opportunity in 2019. It’s news the Game Commission preferred to share as soon as possible. General Season The Game Commission on Dec. 2 issued a news release reporting preliminary totals for the four-day statewide general bear season, but the numbers were inaccurate because they included bears harvested on the first day of the extended season. Corrected numbers for the general season appear below. Hunters on Nov. 27, the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, harvested 113 bears, raising the 2019 statewide general-season harvest to 1,611. None of the bears taken on the final day of the statewide season cracked the Top 10 list for heaviest bears. The top bear-hunting county in the state over the general season was Lycoming County with 118 bears. It was followed by Tioga County with 113 bears. The preliminary statewide season bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 11 (19 in 2018); WMU 1B, 49 (120); WMU 2A, 3 (5); WMU 2C, 75 (127); WMU 2D, 100 (125); WMU 2E, 43 (66); WMU 2F, 177 (213); WMU 2G, 321 (357); WMU 2H, 53 (65); WMU 3A, 87 (106); WMU 3B, 152 (129); WMU 3C, 59 (53); WMU 3D, 178 (153); WMU 4A, 82 (127); WMU 4B, 36 (55); WMU 4C, 60 (92); WMU 4D, 98 (123); WMU 4E, 24 (53); WMU 5A, 2 (5) and WMU 5C, 1 (0). Statewide season harvests by county and region are: Northwest (238): Warren, 67 (59); Clarion, 38 (41); Venango, 35 (78); Forest, 27 (55); Jefferson, 26 (69); Butler, 21 (19); Crawford, 19 (59); Mercer, 4 (13); and Erie, 1 (18). Southwest (123): Somerset, 35 (57); Armstrong, 32 (26); Indiana, 27 (31); Fayette, 15 (39); Cambria, 9 (16); Westmoreland, 4 (14); and Greene, 1 (0). Northcentral (653): Lycoming, 118 (107); Tioga, 113 (90); Clinton, 93 (128); Potter, 79 (62); McKean, 60 (47); Clearfield, 54 (80); Elk, 53 (47); Centre, 35 (52); Cameron, 32 (61); and Union, 16 (11). Southcentral (172): Huntingdon, 52 (78); Bedford, 37 (54); Fulton, 21 (35); Perry, 19 (14); Blair, 16 (22); Juniata, 8 (16); Mifflin, 8 (10); Franklin, 6 (14); Cumberland, 3 (4); and Adams, 2 (5). Northeast (386): Pike, 71 (51); Monroe, 49 (50); Luzerne, 48 (53); Bradford, 42 (50); Wayne, 35 (30); Susquehanna, 31 (13); Sullivan, 30 (32); Wyoming, 22 (27); Lackawanna, 21 (20); Carbon, 19 (31); Columbia, 13 (20); and Northumberland, 5 (17). Southeast (39): Dauphin, 18 (26); Schuylkill, 14 (20); Berks, 6 (1); and Lebanon, 1 (7). https://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/update-pennsylvania-sets-all-time-record-bear-harvest/
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