In Erie County authorities reported a tragic accidental death over the weekend at a place known as Wintergreen Gorge. 18 year old Jaures Golmen of Erie drowned Sunday afternoon despite efforts at a rescue by other swimmers and then by police and EMS. In spite of heroic life saving efforts by multiple parties after Jaures was plucked from the water he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has issued temporary speed limits for Conneaut Lake after the rain and flooding from over the weekend. Executive Director of the commission, Timothy Schaeffer, has issued an emergency speed limit of SLOW, NO WAKE for the entirety of Conneaut Lake as of yesterday. The speed limit will remain in place until such time as the fish and boat commission determines that conditions on the lake are no longer hazardous to persons or property.
In state news, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported record gambling revenue for the commonwealth in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic closing casinos. $3.9 billion in revenue was reported for the fiscal year, thanks in a large part to online gaming.
PennDOT says three roads in our district that were damaged by flash floods will remain closed to through traffic for two to six weeks while repairs are being made. A stretch of Route 4014 known as Oniontown Road will remain closed for repairs for an estimated two weeks in Mercer County; in Venango County Route 428 remains closed through its intersection with Route 417 for about a month; and a six week closure is expected for Page Hollow Road in Glade Township, Warren County.
The Pennsylvania State Police in Girard are in possession of a found bicycle and looking for its owner. After troopers canvassed the neighborhood for an owner they brought it to their station for safe keeping. The owner of the bicycle can claim their property by calling (814)774-9611.
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf told the Philadelphia Enquirer he is holding back on endorsing a 2022 Senate Candidate. The two frontrunners for his party are Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Representative Malcolm Kenyata, both men are looking to fill the vacant seat left by Patrick Toomey and the Governor says he will hold off on an endorsement until after a primary winner is determined next year. Wolf did make a choice in the Governor’s race and says he will back the current Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, if he makes a bid for the office.