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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Body of Missing Fisherman Found

The body of a man who had been missing since last Wednesday has been found.

Authorities say the body of 64-year-old David Spink of Wyoming County was recovered from Chautauqua Lake at around 6:45 this morning. They haven’t released any further information yet.

The search started a week ago when he didn’t show up to meet a fishing buddy. His truck and boat trailer were found at the Prendergast Point boat launch. His empty boat was found on the shore at Long Point State Park.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Man Jailed for Dragging Woman with Truck

A Bradford man is in jail for allegedly dragging his ex-girlfriend with his pickup truck, causing serious injuries, including a collapsed lung.

Court papers say early this morning 26-year-old John Vinelli III and the victim were arguing while she was standing at the open passenger side door of the truck when he drove off. The open door knocked her down dragged her for “some distance,” but Vinelli didn’t stop. She said the battery in her phone was missing after the incident, so she couldn’t call for help, so she walked from Hillside Avenue to the Hotel Holley, where she knew the bartender, and they called for help.

When police went to Vinelli’s house, he let his German Shepard out, and the dog charged toward one of the police officers. The dog later bit the officer’s arm. Police say it was apparent from his speech and his staggering that Vinelli was under the influence.

His bail is set at $50,000.

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Riel Handily Defeats Berg;
Vettenberg-Shaffer Beats Learn

Woods Beats Bartlett
Pingie, Duffy, Church Win
Yaros Defeats Yoder, McClure

Unofficially incumbent Tom Riel has won the Republican primary for Bradford Mayor. He beat his opponent Paul Berg by a margin of about 2 to 1.

: 1st Ward: Riel 20, Berg 12
2nd Ward: Riel 58, Berg 42
3rd Ward 1: Riel, 63, Berg 38
3rd Ward 2: Riel 100, Berg 22
4th Ward: Riel 100, Berg 26
5th Ward: Riel 31, Berg 16
6th Ward 1: Riel 101, Berg 45
6th Ward 2: Riel 72, Berg 40

In the race for McKean County District Attorney, it appears that Stephanie Vettenberg-Shaffer has defeated incumbent Ray Learn by a little more than 200 votes.

Dan Woods has defeated Butch Bartlett for McKean County Sheriff by a vote of 3,340 to 1,532.

Incumbent Al Pingie and Carol Duffy led the Republican pack in the race for McKean County Commissioner. They got 2,518 and 2,163 votes, respectively.

On the Democratic ballot, Judy Church got 905 votes and incumbent Cliff Lane got 786. They’ll square off again in November’s general election.

The four nominees will fight for three seats on the board of commissioners.

Current first deputy register of wills Wendy Yaros appears to have won the Republican race for McKean County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans Court.

Unofficial results say she received 1,987 votes to 1,412 for David Yoder and 1,324 for Jeanmarie McClure.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

McGinley Family Commits $2 Million for
University Ministries at St. Bonaventure

As a young boy, Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley Jr. would stay at St. Bonaventure University to visit one of his uncles and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers practice during training camp.

That uncle — Fr. Silas (Dan) Rooney, O.F.M. — proved to be a “strong presence” in McGinley’s life and also within the large, tight-knit McGinley/Rooney family where athletics were encouraged and education valued.

Now, as Jack McGinley celebrates 50 years as a Bona alumnus, he and his family and the Rita M. McGinley Foundation of which he is chair have committed $2 million to enhance University Ministries at St. Bonaventure.

The gift will primarily be used to create a renewed ministries center on campus.

“Jack McGinley, like his father and mother, always recognizes the strength that comes to us when we belong to communities of faith,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president. “This gift will create a fitting center and expression of this fundamental creed: We must celebrate the bedrock beliefs that form our characters and we must support the ministers who keep the torch burning in each generation.”

The legacy of the McGinley family at St. Bonaventure began when one of McGinley’s uncles, Daniel M. Rooney, transferred to St. Bonaventure to prepare for life as a friar of Holy Name Province. He was a legendary athlete in the 1920s at both Duquesne and St. Bonaventure and is a member of each university’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated in 1929 and returned in 1946.

Ordained as the Rev. Silas Rooney, O.F.M., he served the missions in China, the nation as chaplain through World War II, and the University first as assistant athletics director. When Fr. Silas became director of athletics, he arranged through his older brother, Steelers owner Arthur J. Rooney Sr., for Pittsburgh to hold its training camp on campus (from 1952 to 1957).

“We were a close family,” McGinley said, fondly recalling his grandparents and the many aunts, uncles and cousins he and his siblings grew up with.

His mother, Marie, often referred to her brother Silas as the “Pride of the Clan” notwithstanding the achievements of his older brother Art as its “Chief.” Faith, family, sports and education mattered most within their interwoven circle. While the public often referred to Art as “the Chief,” his mother and her sister Margaret always referred to him as “Arthur.” McGinley’s grandfather, Barney, was Art’s partner in Rooney McGinley Boxing Club and the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club.

McGinley’s $2 million gift is made in appreciation of his uncle Silas; his grandparents, Katherine and Bernard McGinley and Margaret and Daniel Rooney; his aunt Rita M. McGinley, a longtime educator and philanthropist in Pittsburgh; and his parents, Jack McGinley Sr. and Marie Rooney McGinley. Without the legacy that they bestowed, this gift would not have been possible, he said.

The gift also honors the Franciscan friars and sisters and the men and women of the faculty and administration who have graced the campus with their service, McGinley said.

“What I know best about St. Bonaventure is that the men and women of the faculty and the administration strive very hard to give students a quality education that is values based,” said McGinley. “The Franciscan presence here is one of the primary things that differentiate the university.

“A lot of places can provide education, but the ministries program at St. Bonaventure inculcates values and creates a bond with the university that is evident in the alumni,” McGinley added. “My family is hopeful that this gift continues the vibrancy of the ministries programs and creates a first-class structure on campus to house the ministries center.”

McGinley, an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in Pittsburgh, served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees for 10 years in the 1990s and as chair from 2004 to 2012. He graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1965 and the Duquesne University School of Law in 1968, and has been a trial attorney for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in corporate, business, real estate and professional liability matters. He is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Executive Committee at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

A director at Duquesne University and a member of the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni, McGinley is also a proud member of the Hall of Fame at Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by St. Bonaventure in 2012.

Pictured (from left): Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president; Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director, University Ministries: Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley, Jr.; and Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M., Guardian of Holy Peace Friary at Mount Irenaeus

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Fish for Free on Sunday

HARRISBURG – Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the Memorial Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - May 24 – marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.

“Fish-for-Free days offer an easy, convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Many families already spend the day at lakes and parks throughout the state. Now they can try fishing at no cost.

“We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more,” he added. “And this year, anglers who purchase a license will enjoy $1 off.”

The PFBC announced last fall that it was reducing the price of resident, non-resident and senior resident annual licenses by $1 for the entire 2015 season. This is the first time the PFBC has reduced the price of a fishing license. The discount is part of a marketing campaign to highlight the sport’s affordability to families and younger audiences and to persuade lapsed anglers to return. It’s being promoted under the slogan “Catch the Value!”.

To make the fishing experience more convenient, newcomers to the sport can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state.

“We want to encourage individuals to try fishing so we’ve made it easy by setting up tackle loaner sites,” adds Laurel Anders, director of the Bureau of Boating and Outreach. “Many of the sites are right at state parks, which are always a popular place for visitors on the Memorial Day weekend. But we also have loaner sites at county parks and some public libraries.”

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Multistate Settlements with Fake
Cancer Charities, Executives

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced multistate settlements with two deceptive cancer charities and three executives. The defendants are accused of accepting millions of dollars in donations earmarked for cancer victims and using much of that money for their personal gain. The multistate group of regulators also sued three non-settling defendants.

The settlements with the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society and the three executives will result in combined payments of approximately $914,000. It also permanently prevents the executives — Rose Perkins, Kyle Effler and Jim Reynolds II — from managing charitable assets in the future.

“Everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another,” Attorney General Kane said. “That is what makes this so unfathomable. To take not only from hard-working Americans but sick women and children as well, that is something I will not stand for.”

Perkins was executive director of the Children’s Cancer Fund of America. Effler served as chief financial officer of Cancer Fund of America, Inc., and chief executive officer of Cancer Support Services. Reynolds was executive director and former president of the Breast Cancer Society.

The charities are part of a consortium that regulators called the Cancer Fund Group. They solicited millions to aid cancer victims, but less than five percent of donations went to aid those with cancer. The bulk of the donations were used for administrative and fundraising costs.

Investigators also allege those involved in these charities compensated and lent money to themselves, thereby using the donation money for vacations, cars, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, dating website subscriptions, luxury cruises and tickets to concerts and sporting events.

To hide their high administrative and fundraising costs from donors, the corporate defendants used an accounting scheme in which they inflated the value of donated materials that they shipped as gifts-in-kind to organizations in developing countries.

They also mailed care packages to cancer patients that were not beneficial. Those packages included instant breakfast drinks with low nutritional value, sundries and other low cost items.

The settlements will require payments of $389,500 from the insurers of the two charities and any proceeds from their liquidations. The settlements also call for a $75,000 payment from Reynolds and $60,000 from Effler.

The settlements followed a joint legal action filed by Pennsylvania, all 49 other states and the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission and are subject to court approval. Non-settling defendants remain and have been sued in Federal District Court for the District of Arizona. They are Cancer Fund of America, Inc., Cancer Support Services, Inc., and James Reynolds, Sr.

A portion of any money collected through settlements or after trial will be granted to charities that have a proven track record of providing assistance to cancer patients. A portion will also be used to cover costs incurred by the investigating states.

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Carolyn Breznik

Carolyn Diane Breznik 25, formerly of Bradford, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

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Thompson Announces School Milk Act

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) introduced H.R. 2407, the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015.

“Milk is the number one source of nine essential nutrients in many young American’s diets and provides many significant health benefits,” said Congressman Thompson. “The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 seeks to reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the country,” added Thompson.

“As our nation works to replace ‘empty calorie’ foods in our children’s school meals, one thing is clear—low-fat dairy is the opposite of ‘empty,’” said Congressman Courtney. “It packs valuable nutrients including protein, potassium, and calcium—a solid foundation for building a healthy menu in America’s schools,” Courtney added.

“With Congress set to reauthorize school nutrition programs this year, we applaud Congressman Thompson and Congressman Courtney for introducing this bill, and for recognizing the importance of milk to the health and well-being of our nation’s school children,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA.

The School Milk Nutrition Act has the strong support of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 would :

~~ Preserve milk’s integral role in school meals by reaffirming the requirement that milk is offered with each meal, that varieties of milk is consistent with the DGA, and that substitute beverages be nutritionally equivalent to milk.
~~ Give schools the option of offering low-fat (1%) flavored milk, rather than only fat- free – but only if the milk contains no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving. ~~ Allow milk to be sold in the same age-appropriate container sizes as competing beverages.
~~ Establish a pilot program designed to increase milk consumption through expanded breakfast programs, a la carte sales, new outlets, etc., with a focus on improvements to packaging, refrigeration, flavors and merchandising.
~~ Encourage USDA to address the needs of lactose-intolerant students by offering extended shelf-stable lactose-free milk through the USDA Foods Program.
~~ Allow mothers in the WIC program to select reduced-fat milk (2%) for themselves or their children with a written request – the same standard as for substitute milk beverages. (Currently, USDA requires extensive evaluation and paperwork.)

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Two Burglaries in Potter County

Police are reporting two burglaries in Potter County – one solved; one still under investigation.

They say at about 8:30 on May 10 21-year-old Cody Plants of Roulette went into Silverbrook Storage on River Street in Roulette Township and took an ATV from a storage building.

He was taken into custody and placed in Potter County Jail on a probation detainer. Burglary and related charges will be filed.

Earlier in the month, someone broke into Mildred Williams’ Roulette home and damaged the ceiling.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police.

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Mother Charged in Baby's Death

The mother of a 1-year-old will be charged with manslaughter after the little girl’s death last month.

Mila Whipple died in Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo two days after being taken there by Mercy Flight. Hospital staff told police the baby was probably abused. Salamanca Police arrested Mila's mother 24-year-old Leslie Finch this afternoon.

Finch is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She's in Cattaraugus County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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