News Live 365: January 19th, 2022

Road conditions during winter storm Izzy claimed the life of at least one person in our region.

Crawford County authorities report the death of a 37 year old man who lost control of his Toyota truck on ice and snow covered Leboeuf Trail Road shortly after midnight in Crawford County on Saturday. Investigators did not reveal the victim’s name, but say he was not wearing a seatbelt when his vehicle rolled after sliding on a patch of ice and that he was ejected through a window and crushed beneath the cab.
In Venango County snow from Izzy may have saved a life; 25 year old Dustin Cyphert was able to use snow to extinguish his burning vehicle on Sunday night. The fire originated from a powertrain failure on his Dodge Ram which ignited the truck’s undercarriage while he traveled through Scrubgrass Township.

In State News, the Pennsylvania State Senate Government Committee approved the Congressional map drawn by a Pennsylvania Resident with a party line vote yesterday. There was little debate or review; Committee Chair David Argall said it’s important to get a new district map approved in time before the 2022 primary elections.

Due to last night’s road conditions PennDOT’s superload did not move through our area, instead the convoy will travel through starting at 10PM tonight by taking Route 66 from Elk and through Forest County into Clarion County. In Clarion County it will take Route 322 into Venango County and then 173 into Mercer County where it will reach Interstate 80. The convoy will not exceed 30 miles per hour and will cause road closures and traffic delays on its way through. The superload is on its way to Wampum, Pennsylvania; it is nearly 200 feet long and weighs about 300 tons.

In Mercer County, authorities have filed charges against 51 year old Brian May. May is accused of stealing a firearm from a gun store in West Middlesex.


Residents of Pennsylvania and the rest of the USA can now order cost free at home tests for COVID-19 by visiting COVIDtests.gov. Up to four tests can be provided per household with no cost to the recipients, but shipping takes 7-12 days so order your tests in anticipation of needing them later.