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  1. PETA again calls for Phil's retirement, suggests groundhog be replaced by persimmon seeds by WJAC Staff Thursday, January 27th 2022 9 VIEW ALL PHOTOS FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 134th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File) PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (WJAC) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is once again calling for Punxsutawney Phil’s retirement. This time, in a letter penned to Jeff Lundy, the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, PETA suggests replacing Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog with persimmon seeds, which they claim can predict the weather more accurately. “As you know, Phil is certainly not a real meteorologist and didn’t volunteer for this job. For far too long, he’s been dragged out of a fake tree stump and subjected to noise, flashing lights, and crowds, against all of his natural instincts,” PETA wrote in their letter to Lundy with Groundhog Day about a week away. Groundhog Club handler A.J. Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger) In the letter, the group offers to plant a persimmon tree at Gobbler’s Knob where Phil makes his prediction every year. “We’d also be happy to send you a persimmon tree to plant in Gobbler’s Knob so that you could hold a ceremony to check the seeds annually. (They’re said to be accurate in predicting the weather 25% of the time, not too far off from Phil’s average.),” the group wrote. Some believe the severity of winter can be predicted by slicing a persimmon fruit in half and seeing if the inside is shaped like a knife, fork, or spoon. FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 134th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File) This isn’t the first time PETA has called for Phil’s, and his handler’s, retirement. Last year, PETA suggested Phil be replaced with an animatronic version of the groundhog that could use technology to more accurately predict the weather. Phil’s Inner Circle called PETA’s animatronic idea outrageous and countered that the animal is well taken care of. In their most recent letter, PETA says their animatronic offer still stands. “And of course, our offer still stands to donate a state-of-the-art animatronic groundhog with artificial intelligence that could actually predict the weather,” PETA wrote. Groundhog Club President Jeff Lundy interacts with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger) You can read PETA’s full letter below:
  2. Woman falls asleep on back porch on wrong house, gets DUI Posted on January 27, 2022 by wcednews Reynoldsville, PA – A women fell asleep on the back porch of a home in Reynoldsville after she mistakenly thought it was her home while she was allegedly intoxicated. State Police in DuBois were originally called out for what they thought was a crash on Grant Street in Reynoldsville on Oct. 13, but they soon found that no crash had occurred. The suspect, a 60-year-old Reynoldsville woman, had been driving and parked her vehicle at a home she believed was hers on Grant Street. She had fallen asleep on the back porch, under the impression that she was actually at her own home. She was taken into custody for DUI and given a blood draw. Click Here to read the online police report. (You’ll need to scroll down to page 5 to see this specific report.)
  3. Ag Dept lifts Thousand Cankers quarantine, Eastern Black Walnut not threatened Black Walnut (Juglans nigra L.) detail of nut and leaves. Credit: MONGO, fair use Wikipedia Posted on January 27, 2022 by wcednews Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that the department has lifted a quarantine in place since August 2014, because Thousand Cankers Disease no longer threatens Pennsylvania’s black walnut trees. Pennsylvania leads the nation in production and exports of hardwood lumber, and the disease was once thought to be a significant threat to the state’s $36 billion hardwoods industry. “Quarantines are excellent tools to help protect our agriculture industry and our economy from disease and pests,” said Sec. Redding. “When science demonstrates that the disease is no longer a threat, restrictions on commerce are no longer necessary. We remain vigilant against invasive species and disease threats, but the quarantine as a tool has done its job.” Thousand Cankers Disease is caused when walnut twig beetles, which carry a fungus called Geosmithia morbida, tunnel beneath the bark of walnut trees, causing small cankers to form. Over time, repeated beetle attacks and resulting cankers disrupt the movement of water and nutrients throughout the tree, causing branches and limbs to die and eventually killing the tree. Several peer-reviewed, published research studies have shown that despite the presence of the beetles and fungus, native black walnuts in Pennsylvania have been largely unaffected by the disease. Black walnut constitutes about one percent of Pennsylvania’s hardwood forests and is highly sought after for furniture and other valuable products, as well as the nuts it produces. Efforts to control walnut twig beetles using parasitic wasps are still underway and the department will continue to monitor the presence of the insects, fungus and disease in Pennsylvania. The quarantine restricted movement of materials from walnut trees, living or dead, including nursery stock, green lumber and firewood, as well as roots, branches, mulch and other debris. It applied to Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Affected businesses in those counties will be notified of the action this month. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture also issued a quarantine in 2007 prohibiting the movement of firewood of all types and species into Pennsylvania unless it is labeled as “kiln-dried” and/or is USDA-certified. This quarantine, still in effect, is designed to help slow the spread of nonnative, invasive forest pests and diseases that are often moved long distances hidden in firewood. The invasive spotted lanternfly is one example of such a damaging insect. A 34-county quarantine remains in effect, prohibiting transport of items that contain the insect or its eggs. Items covered include but are by no means limited to firewood, since the insect travels and lays its eggs on any items outdoors. Campers and homeowners can help protect Pennsylvania’s urban, suburban and forested areas from nonnative invasive forest pests and diseases by the following: Buy and burn locally cut firewood, Burn any firewood already brought from another area. Don’t leave it behind or take it with you. The repealed Thousand Canker Disease quarantine order can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. For more information on programs, funding and initiatives to protect and grow Pennsylvania agriculture, visit agriculture.pa.gov.
  4. DuBois man thrown from vehicle on I-80, flown to hospital Posted on January 26, 2022 by wcednews Clarion, PA – A DuBois man was thrown from his vehicle in a crash on Interstate 80 recently. 68-year-old James Thorpe from DuBois had been driving his Toyota Rav4 on Interstate 80 near Clarion on Jan. 20 when he had a medical emergency and lost consciousness. The vehicle struck a guiderail and rolled over. Thorpe was thrown from the passenger side window, and rescue crews said he was half-in and half-out of the vehicle. It’s unclear whether he had been wearing his seat belt. Thorpe was flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital for his injuries. His passenger, 21-year-old Ida Miller from Punxsutawney, was able to unbuckle herself and crawl out of the vehicle. She was not injured. Click Here to read the online police report. (You’ll need to scroll down to page 7 to see this specific report.)
  5. EXPLOREJEFFERSON: Police Release Details of Foot Chase in Brookville by Gant Team Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Crime, Explore Jefferson, Local News 0 Share on FacebookShare on Twitter BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An area man is facing charges following a foot chase that happened in Brookville Borough on Saturday. Court documents indicate the Brookville Borough Police Department on January 24 filed criminal charges against 37-year-old Keith Allan McNaughton, of Parker. 12 Demolition According to a criminal complaint, on Saturday, January 22, Brookville Borough Police received a call from a known individual about a possible fugitive from justice. The individual reported there was a possible wanted person staying at a known building on East Main Street in Brookville. Police contacted the owner of the building who said they would contact a resident of the location. The complaint indicates the resident confirmed a known wanted person identified as Keith McNaughton was inside the building. According to the complaint, when all the individuals in the building were asked to leave, McNaughton attempted to flee on foot. A foot pursuit involving Brookville Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based State Police then ensued. McNaughton was apprehended a short distance away on the porch of a nearby residence, the complaint indicates. He was then found to be in possession of approximately .25 grams of methamphetamine, two syringes, and other drug paraphernalia related to the IV use of controlled substances, according to the complaint. McNaughton was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak at 11:04 p.m. on January 24, on the following charges: – Flight to Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Misdemeanor 2 – Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor – Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Unable to post $30,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on February 4, with Judge Bazylak presiding. Court documents indicate McNaughton is awaiting a preliminary arraignment on DUI and related charges from an incident in Toby Township, Clarion County, on October 13, 2021, and is also awaiting formal arraignment on additional DUI and related charges from another in incident in Clarion County on September 20, 2021. According to court documents, McNaughton has a criminal history dating back to 2004 with convictions ranging from theft and terroristic threats to escape and felony drug charges.
  6. Jefferson County MODERATE Wind Chill Advisory Thu, Jan 27, 2022, 4:00 AM GMT+4 ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EST THURSDAY... * WHAT...VERY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED. WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 15 BELOW ZERO. * WHERE...PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST, SOUTHWEST, AND WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. PORTIONS OF NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA. * WHEN...FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EST THURSDAY. * IMPACTS...THE COLD WIND CHILLS COULD RESULT IN HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING OUTSIDE. WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING, A HAT, AND GLOVES. &&
  7. Active Weather Alerts WIND CHILL ADVISORY ISSUED: 5:39 AM JAN. 27, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST THURSDAY... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 15 below zero. * WHERE...Portions of northwest and western Pennsylvania. Portions of northern West Virginia. * WHEN...Until 8 AM EST Thursday. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.
  8. GANT: Tew Pleads Guilty in Chase Anderson Murder Case January 25, 2022 12:40 am· Author: Aly Delp CLEARFIELD CO., Pa. (GANT) – The last defendant in the Chase Anderson murder case pleaded guilty Monday in Clearfield County Court. (This article was provided by our News Partner GantDaily.com.) Kenja Kasheem Tew, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy/third-degree murder and conspiracy/kidnapping, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor conspiracy/tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse before President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman. Tew received a sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison. It was noted by District Attorney Ryan Sayers that this plea agreement was offered to Tew with the condition he testify against his co-defendant, Denny Bailey, 41, of Woodland during his trial in November. Tew’s testimony helped the jury find Bailey guilty of first-degree murder and other related charges. He added that he felt the plea was reasonable considering Tew’s cooperation in the case. Tew himself addressed the court saying that he was “truly sorry” for what happened, adding that he deserved everything he got for his actions. Initially in the summer of 2017, Anderson was reported missing by his mother but the investigation turned into a murder case after it was reported that Tew was telling people that Anderson was not coming back. After being questioned, Tew took police to a remote area of Pike Township where they found Anderson’s body, which was partially burned. Both Tew and Chantell Demi, 30, of Woodland, who was Bailey’s ex-girlfriend testified at Bailey’s trial that it was Bailey, who plotted to take Anderson to the clearing in the woods to scare him, beat him and leave him to find his own way home. Instead, Tew testified, after putting Anderson in a choke hold as Bailey asked him to, Anderson got loose and fought with Bailey, who stabbed him in the back several times. In December, Bailey was sentenced by Ammerman to life in state prison without parole on the murder charge, 20 to 40 consecutive years for conspiracy/murder, 72 months to 12 years consecutive for kidnapping, and 60 months to 10 years consecutive for conspiracy/kidnapping. He gave concurrent sentences of 16 months to three years for abuse of a corpse and nine months to two years for tampering with evidence. Also, in December, the third person charged in this crime, Chantell Demi, 30, of Woodland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine to 18 years in state prison for conspiracy/aggravated assault, kidnapping, conspiracy/kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy/tampering with evidence. In the second case, she pleaded guilty to arson for burning the vehicle used to transport Anderson, conspiracy/arson and tampering with evidence for which she received a consecutive term of six to 12 years. She will serve a total of 15 to 30 years in prison in addition to her current sentence of two to five years for felony possession of drugs and firearms.
  9. Pa. woman concerned for her health after coming face-to-face with monkey after crash REGIONAL NEWS by: Caroline Foreback Posted: Jan 25, 2022 / 10:35 AM EST / Updated: Jan 25, 2022 / 10:35 AM E VALLEY TOWNSHIP, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — All of the escaped monkeys from Friday night’s crash are now accounted for, but public health concerns remain. Michele Fallon of Danville says she’s concerned for her health after coming into close contact with one of the monkeys on the side of the interstate. Fallon says she never could have imagined that trying to be a good Samaritan would lead to this. She just received her first dose of rabies vaccine and a round of anti-viral medication, after a monkey hissed in her face at the scene the crash in Valley Township. “I thought I was just doing the right thing by helping — I had no idea it would turn out this way,” said Fallon Fallon says on Friday she saw a truck hauling a trailer collide with a dump truck where Route 54 meets Interstate 80. She pulled over to help the driver. “He just asked if his trailer was okay. He never said, ‘if you do come near a crate do not touch it,’ if he would have told me that, I would have been more careful.” That’s when Fallon came face-to-face with an agitated monkey. The truck was hauling 100 cynomolgus macaque monkeys from Africa, headed to a lab in Missouri for testing. The three monkeys that escaped have since been recovered. But during the search, officials warned the public not to come near the monkeys because they could transmit disease. “I was close to the monkeys, I touched the crates, I walked through their feces so I was very close. So I called to inquire, you know, was I safe?” said Fallon Since the monkeys were not quarantined and monitored, the CDC told Fallon she needs to take precautions because she was in close contact. According to the CDC, this species commonly spreads herpes virus B through saliva, feces or urine. Fallon says she grew concerned because she has an open cut on her hand and developed pink-eye like symptoms, so she went to the emergency room at Geisinger Danville. “Because the monkey did hiss at me and there were feces around, and I did have an open cut, they just want to be precautious,” said Fallon. Fallon will be on preventative medicine for about two weeks. The USDA is now investigating the incident after PETA filed a complaint. The animal rights organization put out a statement today urging the United States to stop importing monkeys for experiments. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/regional-news/pa-woman-concerned-for-her-health-after-coming-face-to-face-with-monkey-after-crash/
  10. Closings Updated: Jan 25, 2022 / 01:21 AM EST Jump To: 123ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ B Brockway Area School District Jefferson Public School Delayed 2 hours Brookville Area School District Jefferson Public School Delayed 2 hours Brookville Head Start 1 Jefferson Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top C Clarion-Limestone Area School District Clarion Public School Delayed 2 hours Clearfield Alliance Christian School Clearfield Parochial School Delayed 2 hours Clearfield Area School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Clearfield Career & Technology Center Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Curwensville Area School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top D DuBois Area School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours DuBois Christian Schools Clearfield School Delayed 2 hours Back to top G Gigi's Childcare Clearfield PreSchool/Day Care Delayed 2 hours Gigi's Childcare 2 Clearfield PreSchool/Day Care Delayed 2 hours Glendale Area School District Cambria Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top H Harmony Area School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Homer-Center School District Homer City School Delayed 2 hours Back to top I Indiana Area School District Indiana Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top J Jeff Tech Jefferson Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top L Lakeside UMC - Before & After School Program Clearfield PreSchool/Day Care Delayed 2 hours Back to top M Moshannon Valley School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Mothers Day Out Blair PreSchool/Day Care Delayed 2 hours Back to top N New Story Schools-DuBois Clearfield Other School Delayed 2 hours Back to top P Penns Manor School District Clymer Public School Delayed 2 hours Philipsburg-Osceola School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Punxsutawney Area School District Indiana Public School Delayed 2 hours Punxsutawney Christian School Jefferson School Delayed 2 hours Punxsutawney Memorial Library Jefferson Library Opening at 12:00 PM Purchase Line School District Indiana Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top S Seeds of Faith Christian Academy Indiana School Delayed 2 hours Back to top U United School District East Armagh Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top W West Branch Area School District Clearfield Public School Delayed 2 hours Back to top
  11. Restrictions set for I-80 ahead of Monday’s winter weather LOCAL NEWS by: Bill Shannon Posted: Jan 24, 2022 / 10:56 AM EST / Updated: Jan 24, 2022 / 12:06 PM E HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Ahead of winter weather, PennDOT is planning restrictions for Interstate 80 through central and western Pennsylvania. Effective at 3 p.m. Monday, January 24, vehicle restrictions are planned for I-80 between I-79 and I-99 at Tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan. Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roads Tractors without trailers; Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers; Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers; Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV; Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers; Recreational vehicles/motorhomes; School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s); and Motorcycles. Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for personalized alerts on the website. PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.
  12. WEATHER ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Jefferson County; Up to Four Inches of Snow Anticipated January 24, 2022 9:00 am· Author: Joanne Bauer JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Jefferson County and surrounding areas. Up to four inches of snow anticipated; slippery road conditions expected. The National Weather Service of Pittsburgh issued the following Urgent Winter Weather Message at 8:33 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022: Winter Weather Advisory URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 833 AM EST Mon Jan 24 2022 COUNTIES: Mercer-Venango-Forest-Clarion-Jefferson PA-Indiana-Higher Elevations of Westmoreland-Higher Elevations of Fayette-Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston-Preston-Eastern Preston-Western Tucker-Eastern Tucker- CITIES: Including the cities of Sharon, Punxsutawney, Clarion, Ligonier, Indiana, Hendricks, Hazelton, Terra Alta, Champion, Hermitage, Coopers Rock, Grove City, Tionesta, Brookville, Kingwood, Oil City, Parsons, Franklin, Canaan Valley, Davis, Thomas, Saint George, Donegal, Rowlesburg, Bruceton Mills, and Ohiopyle 833 AM EST Mon Jan 24 2022 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 2 and 4 inches, with the majority of snow falling between 2 PM and 8 PM. * WHERE…Portions of northwest, southwest, and western Pennsylvania. Portions of northern West Virginia. * WHEN…From 1 PM this afternoon to 7 AM EST Tuesday. * IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes. Hazardous driving conditions are especially possible along I 80 on Monday evening. Please travel with care. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Dangerous conditions are expected along Interstate 80 for the next several hours. Remember, `Pull Aside, Stay Alive`.
  13. Active Weather Alerts WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED: 5:33 PM JAN. 24, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY... * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 2 and 4 inches, with the majority of snow falling between 2 PM and 8 PM. * WHERE...Portions of northwest, southwest, and western Pennsylvania. Portions of northern West Virginia. * WHEN...From 1 PM this afternoon to 7 AM EST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes. Hazardous driving conditions are especially possible along I 80 on Monday evening. Please travel with care. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Dangerous conditions are expected along Interstate 80 for the next several hours. Remember, 'Pull Aside, Stay Alive'.
  14. Man Behind Bars After Allegedly Threatening to Kill Victim During Road Rage Incident January 23, 2022 12:28 am· Author: Joanne Bauer BIGLER TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A man is behind bars after he allegedly threatened to kill a Clearfield man during a road rage incident last Tuesday. According to Clearfield-based State Police, during the course of a road rage incident around 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 36-year-old Michael Wayne Welder, of Philipsburg, allegedly brandished a knife and threatened to kill the operator of another vehicle. The incident occurred on West Hannah Street/McAteer Street, in Bigler Township, Clearfield County. The victim is a 66-year-old Clearfield man. Welder was taken into custody and held in the Clearfield County Jail. According to court documents, he was arraigned at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, in Magisterial District Judge James Brian Glass’s office on the following charges: – Harassment – Comm. Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3 – Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Misdemeanor 3 – Reckless Driving, Summary – Careless Driving, Summary Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he remains lodged in the Clearfield County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on January 26 in Clearfield County Central Court with Judge Glass presiding.
  15. DuBois Woman Faces Trial in Hospital Assault Case by Julie Rae Rickard Monday, January 24, 2022 in Crime, Local News, Top Stories 0 0 Share on FacebookShare on Twitter DUBOIS – A DuBois woman will stand trial for allegedly assaulting two employees at a hospital. Police say Teresa Marie Hummel, 47, was waiting for someone to pick her up at Penn Highlands DuBois when she became “irritated with the wait” and grabbed a patient care assistant by the hair, jerking her head around. After employees freed the PCA, an RN stayed with Hummel, who was becoming more upset. When Hummel approached her with a clenched fist, the RN attempted to deescalate the situation. Hummel then reportedly grabbed a mediation scanner, raised it above her head and attempted to throw it at the RN. By raising her forearm, the nurse was able to block her from throwing it. The nurse was then pushed backwards three times before Hummel allegedly grabbed her by the right side of her hair and jerked her around as she had done earlier to the PCA. The two fell to the ground as others came to assist the RN. While going down, the RN was kicked in the left shin, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Both victims reported pain the next day. The RN told officials she had a headache and her shin was sore. In the criminal complaint, it says that during the incident, the second victim was “absolutely in fear of serious injury.” Hummel is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing during centralized court on Friday at District Judge David Meholick’s office, sending the case on to the court of common pleas. She is being held in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
  16. PSP: All monkeys 'accounted for' after trailer crashes in Montour County, three euthanized by Crispin Havener Sunday, January 23rd 2022 (PSP) DANVILLE, Pa. (WJAC/AP) — Three monkeys that escaped from a crashed trailer on Interstate 80 were located but had to be put down. Andrea Pelachick and Lauren Lesher of Pennsylvania State Police, tweeted Saturday night that "All monkeys have been accounted for" after the three escaped the trailer carrying about 100 of them on a state highway near the Interstate 80 exit in Montour County. But a CDC spokesperson told WOLF-TV that the three monkeys that had gone missing were euthanized. Pelachick and Lesher put out a release saying a passenger in the pickup that was carrying the trailer of monkeys was treated for a minor injury at a local hospital. The release described the driver and passenger as being from Florida and said the driver was ticketed. The truck had been on its way to a lab, Pelachick told The Daily Item newspaper of Sunbury. The location of the lab and the type of research for which the monkeys were destined weren’t clear, but cynomolgus monkeys are often used in medical studies. A paper posted on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information referred to them as the most widely used primate in preclinical toxicology studies. The Pennsylvania Game Commission and other agencies searched for it amid frigid weather. State troopers urged people not to look for or capture the escaped monkeys. SEE TWEETS ; https://wjactv.com/news/state/psp-all-monkeys-accounted-for-after-trailer-crashes-in-montour-county
  17. Deer Tick Virus Detected at High Levels in Lawrence Twp. Recreational Park by Gant Team Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Health & Wellness, Health News, Local News, Top Stories 0 0 Blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick (Penn State Live) Share on FacebookShare on Twitter HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Vector Management Program has detected an unusually high infection rate of the dangerous and rare Deer Tick Virus (DTV) in adult tick samples recently taken from Lawrence Township Recreational Park in Clearfield County. The public is strongly advised to take protective measures to reduce risk of exposure to ticks. 913 51 Boris Johnson Faces Growing Calls for His Resignatio DEP will conduct control measures and additional testing to reduce and monitor the number of ticks present in the area surrounding the park. DEP is also in the process of posting public notification signage at the park and is coordinating with municipal officials. Blacklegged ticks, also called deer ticks, are active even in winter when temperatures are in the mid-30s and above. “The infection rate of ticks sampled from the Lawrence Township Recreational Park is extremely high, Deer Tick Virus transfers very quickly through the bite from an infected tick and the health outcomes from the Deer Tick Virus are more severe than other tickborne illnesses typically seen in Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This finding is concerning, and we strongly urge the public to exercise caution and take preventive measures to reduce risk of tick bites and potential infection while DEP continues to address the situation.” Among tick samples recently taken by DEP at Lawrence Township Recreational Park, 92 percent, or 23 out of 25 sampled ticks, were positive for DTV. The previous highest DTV infection rate found at a single location in Pennsylvania was 11 percent, and the highest infection rate reported nationally in scientific literature was approximately 25 percent. The state-wide average infection rate for DTV was 0.6 percent in 2021 when adult tick samples were collected. The Deer Tick Virus, which is a type of Powassan virus, is rare in the United States, but positive cases have increased in recent years. It is spread to people primarily by bites from infected ticks and does not spread person-to-person through coughing, sneezing or touching. Powassan virus can be transmitted from tick to human in as little as 15 minutes after a bite occurs, while other tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease, take much longer to cause infection, typically 24 hours or more after the tick attaches to the host. Initial symptoms of a DTV infection may include fever, headache, vomiting, and weakness. Some people who are infected with DTV experience no symptoms, and therefore infection may go undetected. However, according to the CDC, 91 percent of patients treated for DTV infections develop severe neuroinvasive disease. Those who exhibit severe disease from Deer Tick Virus may experience encephalitis or meningitis and require hospitalization, with symptoms including confusion, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking or seizures. About 12 percent of people with severe disease have died, and approximately half of survivors of severe disease have suffered long-term health impacts. For more information about the health impacts of DTV, visit the CDC Powassan Virus website. There are no vaccines to prevent or medicines to treat Powassan viruses. Preventing tick bites is the best way to reduce risk of infection and disease. Recommended precautions for anyone venturing outdoors include: • Apply tick repellents containing permethrin to clothing, and EPA-registered insect repellents such as DEET to exposed skin before entering the outdoors. Reapply as needed according to product label instructions. • Wear light-colored outer clothing and tuck shirts into pants, and pants into socks. • Walk in the centers of trails, and avoid wooded and brushy areas with low-growing vegetation and tall grasses that may harbor ticks. • After returning home, remove all clothing, take a shower, and place clothing into the dryer on high heat to kill any lingering ticks. Examine gear such as backpacks for ticks. • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand or full-length mirror, including hidden areas such as the scalp, ears, armpits, belly button and between the legs. • Check over any pets exposed to likely tick habitats each time they return indoors. For more information about tickborne disease prevention, visit DEP’s Tickborne Diseases Web site. The DTV-positive ticks were discovered during routine testing as part of DEP’s active tick surveillance program, a five-year pilot program that began in 2018. Surveys are conducted in every county in Pennsylvania to track ticks’ habitats, life stages and peak activity levels and to test them for human pathogenic diseases. Fall and winter surveillance focuses on analyzing adult blacklegged ticks for emerging and changing disease burdens in public use habitats across Pennsylvania, such as parks, playgrounds and recreational fields. https://gantnews.com/2022/01/20/deer-tick-virus-detected-at-high-levels-in-lawrence-twp-recreational-park/
  18. WEATHER ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Jefferson County; Up to Four Inches of Snow Expected January 23, 2022 12:50 am· Author: Joanne Bauer JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Jefferson County and surrounding areas. Up to four inches of snow expected; slippery road conditions anticipated. The National Weather Service of Pittsburgh issued the following Urgent Winter Weather Message at 2:08 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022: Winter Weather Advisory URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 208 AM EST Sun Jan 23 2022 COUNTIES: Mercer-Venango-Forest-Lawrence-Butler-Clarion-Jefferson PA-Armstrong-Indiana- CITIES: Including the cities of New Castle, Sharon, Ellwood City, Hermitage, Punxsutawney, Grove City, Oil City, Clarion, Tionesta, Franklin, Indiana, Butler, Kittanning, Ford City, and Brookville 208 AM EST Sun Jan 23 2022 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING… * WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 2 and 4 inches. * WHERE…Portions of northwest, southwest, and western Pennsylvania. * WHEN…From 7 AM this morning to 7 PM EST this evening. * IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
  19. Active Weather Alerts WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED: 7:28 PM JAN. 23, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations between 1 and 3 inches. * WHERE...Portions of northwest, southwest, and western Pennsylvania. * WHEN...Until 7 PM EST this evening. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. Dangerous conditions are expected along Interstate 80 for the next several hours. Remember, 'Pull Aside, Stay Alive'.
  20. Over 330,000 pacifiers recalled due to choking hazard RECALLS by: Darcie Loreno, Nexstar Media Wire Posted: Jan 22, 2022 / 03:31 PM EST / Updated: Jan 22, 2022 / 03:31 PM EST Consumers are being urged to stop using the pacifiers immediately and contact Mushie and Co. for a full refund or credit. (Mushie and Co./Consumer Product Safety Commission) (WJW) – Hundreds of thousands of Mushie and Co. pacifiers, which were sold at retailers including TJ Maxx and SpearmintLOVE, have been recalled. Both Mushie and Co. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued recall alerts this week for the faulty pacifiers, which pose a choking hazard due to a “fine slit that can cause the nipple to detach from the plastic shield.” The recall affects approximately 333,725 pacifiers, according to the company. No injuries have been reported, but Mushie and CPSC say there have been eight reports of the nipple detaching from the plastic shield in the U.S., and about 200 similar reports from outside the U.S. The silicone pacifiers came in two designs (Classic and Daisy) and two sizes (0-6 months and 6-18 months). They were also sold in more than 40 colors. All had the word “FRIGG” in raised letters on the handle of the pacifier shield. The recalled items were sold through retailers including SpearmintLOVE, TJ Maxx, Lil Tulips, Olivia & Jade Company, Mushie.com and Amazon.com, as single pacifiers or as part of a two-pack. More information is available in the recall announcements from Mushie and Co. and CPSC. Consumers are being urged to stop using the pacifiers immediately and contact Mushie for a full refund or credit. They are also asked to cut the nipple from the base of the pacifier and send a photograph of both before throwing away.
  21. Had warm spell here that morinng was only -8 degrees.
  22. GOOD NEWS Published 1 day ago Pennsylvania football coach sends athletes to shovel driveways for elderly neighbors Head coach Brial DeLallo tells Fox News Digital the team has been sending players to shovel driveways for decades By Ann W. Schmidt | Fox News Fox News Flash top headlines for January 20 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. When severe winter storms started heading toward Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, earlier this week, this high school football coach didn’t just cancel the team’s scheduled weight lifting practice. He also sent the athletes to shovel the driveways of their neighbors in need – for free. In a tweet posted on Jan. 16, Bethel Park High School head football coach Brian DeLallo wrote: "Due to expected severe weather, Monday’s weightlifting workout has been cancelled. Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. Don’t accept any money - that’s our Monday workout." DeLallo told Fox News Digital that having the football team shovel people’s driveways is something that his predecessor, former head coach Jeff Metheny, started the tradition more 20 years ago. Bethel Park High School head football coach Brian DeLallo told his players to shovel driveways when severe weather canceled weightlifting practice on Monday. (Courtesy of James Cromie) "Jeff had always had our kids do this," DeLallo told Fox News Digital. "Any time we had a snow day and school was canceled, he had the kids go out and shovel driveways for people in the community who were elderly or who were disabled or otherwise could not shovel their own driveways. So this is something we’ve been doing for a long time. Definitely not my idea. I learned it from Jeff and we’ve just carried on this tradition." Bethel Park High School football players David Shelpman, 16, and Aidan Campbell, 17, were among about 40 athletes who shoveled snow on Monday, according to DeLallo. Campbell told Fox News Digital that he shoveled four driveways with Shelpman, who did another two driveways on his own. Shelpman told Fox he shoveled for about seven hours, while Campbell shoveled for about five. About 40 high school football players shoveled driveways on Monday, DeLallo told Fox News Digital. (Courtesy of James Cromie) Once he was done shoveling driveways, Shelpman said he and his mom volunteered at a spaghetti dinner for homeless veterans. Shelpman told Fox that helping his neighbors "makes me feel like a part of something bigger than myself." "I definitely always do feel good about being able to help others out," Shelpman added. DeLallo told Fox that a big part of having the athletes shovel driveways is to give them a chance to interact with the community. The football players didn’t just shovel driveways on Monday. They also shoveled more driveways together on Tuesday. (Courtesy of James Cromie) "We have really good community support here," DeLallo said. "We also have a great athletic department. Sports are important in our community, high school sports are important. We get great crowds and support. So this is a way to go out and connect with them." "This was a good way to kind of get them face to face with their neighbors, doing something that gives back to a community that is so supportive of our program," DeLallo added. "It’s really nice to be able to do that." SEE TWEEETS ; https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/football-coach-athletes-shovel-driveways
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    RECALLS BCS International Corp. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” BCS International Corp. Long Island City, NY, is recalling its 4.5 ounce, 6 ounce and 9 ounce containers and 5 pound packages of “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” food treats because they contained undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recalled “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. The product comes in 4.5 ounce, 6 ounce and 9 ounce, clear plastic containers and 5 pound cardboard boxes marked with UPC Codes 80555492205, 80555493218, 80555494216 or 80555470198. Frozen Food Development Recalls Lidl Branded Chopped Spinach Because of Possible Health Risk Frozen Food Development is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Lidl branded 12-ounce packages of Frozen Chopped Spinach because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled Frozen Chopped Spinach was distributed in Lidl retail stores in GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, DE, NY, NJ, and PA. The product comes in 12-ounce poly bags, and items included in the recall are marked with lot # R17742 or R17963 on the back of the poly bag with a best by date of 09/10/23. Amy’s Kitchen Voluntarily Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in a Single Lot of Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze Petaluma, California – Amy’s Kitchen is initiating a voluntary Class I recall of Lot 60J0421 of the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze due to the potential of having trace amounts of milk, which is not declared on the product label. The company is recalling this single lot out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of consumers who have an allergy or sensitivity to milk. Such consumers should not eat Lot 60J0421 of the Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze to avoid the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
  24. Two Local People Face Assault Charges Following Domestic Incident January 22, 2022 12:32 am· Author: exploreJefferson SYNDER TWP,. Pa. (EYT) – Charges have been filed against two local individuals who were reportedly involved in a domestic incident at a residence in Snyder Township earlier this month. Court documents indicate the DuBois-based State Police on January 12 filed criminal charges against 51-year-old Richard Joseph Heindl Jr. and 18-year-old Cheyanne Christine Morris, both of Brockway. According to a criminal complaint, around 5:07 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, DuBois-based State Police were dispatched to a residence on State Route 219 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, for a report of a physical domestic incident involving a man and a woman. At the scene, police spoke to Richard Heindl who reportedly stated he had asked Cheyanne Morris to come out of her room and help clean the house, and Morris responded by beginning to “flip out” on him, calling him names. He indicated a known woman then stepped into the argument to break it up. According to the complaint, Heindl said Morris had a taser, and he thought she was going to use it on the known woman, so he put his hands, and Morris then bit him on the arm. He told police Morris then head-butted him on the nose, and he told her to get away. Police also interviewed Morris about the incident. She reported that she had come out of her bedroom to clean and made a comment about “being the only one who cleans the house around here.” Morris reported Heindl responded by pushing her against a cabinet/shelf. She told police she then went back to her room to get a taser to defend herself, but she said she never used it, the complaint indicates. According to the complaint, Morris reported Heindl then grabbed her again and threw her over his shoulder onto the ground in her bedroom. She told police she head-butted Heindl on the nose and said he then threw her onto the bed, put his hands across her neck, and said he was “going to kill her.” She reported she then got away and was able to call for police. Police observed multiple red marks on Morris’s neck and a bump on her forehead. They also observed a cut on Heindl’s nose and a quarter-size bruise/red mark on his right arm, according to the complaint. Heindl was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 10:00 a.m. on January 12 on the following charges: – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 3 – Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary He remains free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail. Morris was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 10:15 a.m. on January 12 on the following charges: – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 3 – Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary She also remains free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on January 25, with Judge Inzana presiding.
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