Local News 7/14/22

News 7-14-22 AK

A woman has died from injuries she suffered after being hit by a truck on Monday morning. Samantha Dunfee was hit by a 2009 Ram Truck on Omar Drive in the Westmont Borough at 5:52 a.m. while she was delivering newspapers. Dunfee died from blunt force trauma. The West Hills Regional Police Department is investigating the incident.

Fire departments from both McKean and Elk County responded to a pipeline fire on Wilcox Clermont Road around 5:22 p.m. on Tuesday. A gas pipeline ruptured and a fire started, which sparked a small wildfire. There were no injuries and the fire was successfully put out by the responding fire crews.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking for the help of Pennsylvanians to count the state’s wild turkeys.  The commission is asking for participation across the state for its Wild Turkey Sighting Survey this summer with any reports due at the end of August.  Information on the number of wild turkeys seen, location, date and contact information can be submitted through the Game Commission’s website.

Crews responded to a structure fire that broke out Wednesday evening in Clearfield County. A second alarm fire broke out in DuBois yesterday evening. Officials responded to the call for a two-building fire, and soon after the fire spread to a third home. Three homes have been destroyed. Everyone made it out safely, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Farmers are getting increased help from the state’s new 45-billion-dollar budget. It comes in the way of improving water quality and recovering from the spring’s avian influenza outbreak.  The budget creates a Clean Streams Fund that will route 220-million-dollars in federal American Rescue Plan funding to farm conservation and urban stormwater projects.

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that the Pennsylvania will soon be getting three new state parks. In comments Tuesday, he says the state budget passed late last week includes 56-million-dollars to add the three new areas. The sites haven’t been chosen, but the governor says the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is working to choose and purchase the land.