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Unofficial Primary Election Results From Potter County

May 15th, 2018 Comments off

Following are unofficial results from the Primary Election of May 15, 2018. With all of the county’s 33 precincts reporting to the Board of Elections, unofficial vote counts are:

Special Election (all registered voters)

Representative in Pa. General Assembly (68th District) Special Election: Clint Owlett (R) 311, Carrie Heath (D) 95

Republican Nominations

United States Senator: Jim Christiana 696, Lou Barletta 920

Pa. Governor: Scott R. Wagner 713, Paul Mango 917, Laura Ellsworth 162

Pa. Lieutenant Governor: Kathy Coder 400, Diane Irey Vaughn 338, Jeff Bartos 741, Peg Luksik 195

Representative in U.S. Congress (Pa. 12th District): Doug McLinko 663, Tom Marino 1,047

Representative in Pa. General Assembly (67th District):  Martin Causer 1,549

Representative in Pa. General Assembly (68th District): Clint Owlett 156, Mark L. Hamilton 13, Dennis Weaver 5.

Potter County Republican Chair: Karen C. Cahilly 1,555

Democratic Nominations

United States Senator: Bob Casey Jr.  470

Pa. Governor: Tom Wolf 412

Pa. Lieutenant Governor: Kathi Cozzone 158, John Fetterman 229, Mike Stack 37, Ray Sosa 27, Nina Ahmad 33

Representative in U.S. Congress (Pa. 12th District): Judy Herschel 218, Marc Friedenberg 264

Representative in Pa. General Assembly (68th District): Carrie Heath 63

Registration Open For Free Emergency Alert ‘Reverse 911’

May 11th, 2018 Comments off

Potter County Emergency Management Agency has launched a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover approved a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.

“This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator.  “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve has provided the Potter County DES an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit www.pottercountypa.net and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically he is in the emergency contact database. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.

Local Police Join ‘National Drug Take-Back Day’

May 6th, 2018 Comments off

Tons of unwanted prescription drugs are being taken out of the underground marketplace thanks to a national campaign that is literally taking a bite out of crime. Potter County law enforcement officials observed National Drug Take-Back Day with a public relations campaign to encourage the use of designated disposal sites for pills that are coveted by opioid addicts and traffickers. It comes in an era when purses, medicine cabinets and other repositories for prescription drugs are prime targets for thieves and even family members seeking a quick fix or a quick buck. Some prescription painkillers have a street value of $30 per pill.

State police at Denton Hill, local police in Coudersport and Galeton and the Potter County Sheriff’s office have established secure drop-off boxes. Controlled substances, non-controlled substances, over the counter medications and liquid products and creams in their containers are accepted. Syringes or other sharp instruments are prohibited. The program is anonymous; no questions are asked at the disposal sites.

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses,” said Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Most methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down a toilet or throwing them in trash, are bad for the environment and both pose safety and health hazards.”

Gathering as part of a promotional campaign for the recent National Drug Take-Back Day were, from left: Curt McClain, Coudersport Borough police chief; Matt Baker of Tioga County, regional director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; and Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson.