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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Port Man Pleads to Sex Abuse Charges

A man originally charged with nearly 900 offenses related to sexually abusing a girl for 10 years has pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors in McKean County Court.

65-year-old Gordon Link of Port Allegany sexually assaulted the girl repeatedly from the time she was 5 until she turned 15.

Link is scheduled for sentencing on May 22.

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Bertha McCathy Passes Away at Age 104

Bertha McCarty 104, formerly of Derrick Road, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Pavilion at BRMC.

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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Casey: DOT Should Reverse EAS Decision

Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement following steps taken by the Department of Transportation to remove Bradford, Venango and Lancaster from the Essential Air Services Program.

“I’m disappointed in that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has taken steps to remove Bradford, Venango and Lancaster from the Essential Air Services Program (EAS). EAS plays an important role in providing air services to communities across Pennsylvania, which in turn has positive impact on our economy. Reliable and effective air transportation is a necessary building block for economic growth. If DOT makes this decision final, I will actively support these communities should they choose to appeal.”

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Former State Senator Facing Corruption Charges
Passes Away in His Home

A former state senator facing public corruption charges has died following a long illness.

85-year-old Raphael Musto died this morning in his Luzerne County home. He had recently been released from a federal medical prison in North Carolina, where he was sent early this year after being declared unfit to stand trial.

Musto was charged for accepting cash and other perks for helping obtain taxpayer money for development projects. He had pleaded not guilty.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa released the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out today to Senator Musto’s family and friends as we mourn his passing. Senator Musto was a champion of the environment, a legislative force and a friend who always had a kind word to help his colleagues during difficult times.

“Senator Musto was a lawmaker of depth, substance and compassion. He took time to learn issues and he used his experience and expertise to benefit the citizens of Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“From legislation that established curbside recycling to Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program and the landmark legislation to spur the development of abandoned industrial property, Senator Musto played a significant role in crafting environmental policy in his nearly 40 years in the legislature.

“During his long years of public service, he achieved a great deal for Northeastern Pennsylvania. His contributions will live on and his policy footprint will continue to guide future generations. Pennsylvania is a better place today because of Senator Ray Musto’s service.”

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Missing Olean Man Found Safe

An Olean native who was reported missing last month has been found safe in Arizona.

30-year-old St. Bonaventure University graduate Kyle Driscoll had been missing since March 20. University President Sister Margaret Carney sent an email to the university community saying Driscoll had contacted his family.

The family is arranging for his transportation back to Western New York.

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No Charges for Cable Theft

An Emporium man is accused of stealing cable TV service from Zito Media, but the cable company doesn’t want him prosecuted.

Police didn’t released the man’s name, but say he tampered with Zito’s junction box to an East 4th Street apartment building and ran television cable from the box into the building.

The state police criminal investigation unit looked into the situation, but no charges will be filed.

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Man Who Pointed Shotgun Waives Hearing

The Bradford man accused of pointing a 12-guage shotgun at two people because he didn’t like the way a 13-year-old boy was looking at him has waived his preliminary hearing.

Back on April 9, 29-year-old Eric Travis pointed the gun at a woman and the boy while they were in the Dairy Queen Drive-Thru and pumped it as if he was loading it. Travis told police he pointed the gun because the teenager stared at him in an odd way, but he wasn’t going to shoot them, according to court papers.

Travis remains McKean County Jail on $25,000 bail.

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Vandalism in Cameron County

State police are investigating acts of vandalism that happened Monday afternoon in Cameron County.

They say that at 318 Arch Drive in Shippen Township several garage windows were shot out with BB guns.

Also, vandals shot out windows on an SUV and pickup trucks. A damage estimate wasn't listed.

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Man Waives Hearing on Drug Charges

A Bradford man accused of selling prescription painkillers to an informant with the McKean County Drug Task Force has waived his preliminary hearing.

52-year-old Daniel Kloss tried to sell 292 pills for $1,550, according to court papers.

He’s charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and is free on bail.

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Fire Damages Empty Kane House

Fire damaged an abandoned house in Kane early Wednesday morning.

Kane firefighters were called at about 4:15 a.m. to Jo Jo Road, and saw smoke and flames showing. They had the fire under control in about half an hour, but were on the scene until about 8:30.

The house is owned by Larry Johnson of Kane.

A state police fire marshal is investigating.

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Roadwork Slated for I-86

Work will start next week on a section of Interstate 86 in Erie County about a mile west of the state line.

The work to correct embankment erosion will involve installing a rock embankment and guiderail updates, according to PennDOT.

Traffic may be restricted to a single lane during daylight hours when work is going on. The project is expected to be finished by July 1.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shinglehouse Woman Charged with Assault

A Shinglehouse woman is jailed on assault charges.

Police charged 35-year-old Charleen Brabham with felony counts of aggravated assault and terroristic threats for incidents that happened Sunday in the borough. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.

Her bail is set at $35,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23.

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'Dye the Hub' on May 10

Dye the Hub, a 5k fun run/walk, will be held at 1 p.m., May 10 in Smethport.

The event, which will begin and end at Hamlin Lake Park, will be held to raise funds for Smethport High School students Ryan Davis and Brittany Szarowicz's student ambassador trip to Europe this summer with the People to People program.

Participants will be doused with color during the event, similar to color events held around the country. It will be held rain or shine and all ages are welcome. Those who do not want to walk or run can help by volunteering the day of the event.

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Historical Society Looking for Vendors

The McKean County Historical Society will hold a pig roast and arts and crafts fair at the McKean County Fairgrounds on October 4, and the committee is looking for "period" vendors.

If you can complete a simple, old time art or craft that you would like to display, sell or demonstrate, please contact the McKean County Historical Society at the Old Jail Museum, 814-887-5142.

We are looking for quality vendors. Please call for details.

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Man Jailed for Menacing State Trooper

A man is accused of menacing a state trooper with a billy club.

State troopers say they were called to the Kennedy, New York, home of 58-year-old William Swanson by people complaining of a man driving on Poland Center Road and yelling at residents. When Swanson answered the door of his house he menaced the trooper with the billy club. Troopers later learned Swanson had a blood alcohol content more than 3 times the legal limit.

He is charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated. He was sent to Chautauqua County Jail.

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Man Charged for Stealing Scrap Metal

A Sherman, New York, man is facing charges for stealing scrap metal and then selling it.

44-year-old Daryl Freeman is charged with criminal possession of stolen property and trespassing following a state police investigation into the incidents in the Town of Sherman.

Freeman was issued appearance tickets for Town of Sherman Court.

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Bill for Local Police Use of Radar Introduced

HARRISBURG -- Senator Randy Vulakovich today introduced Senate Bill 1340, legislation that would allow Pennsylvania’s municipal police departments to use radar as a means of speed enforcement.

“Every state but Pennsylvania permits their local police to use radar for monitoring traffic speed. In Pennsylvania, only the State Police are authorized to use radar,” said Sen. Vulakovich, a former municipal police officer. “We often talk about equipping our officers with the latest and best in technology; however, for some reason Pennsylvania has not yet provided its law enforcement officers with radar technology that has been around since World War II. It is well past time we provide our officers with this speed enforcement mechanism.”

SB 1340, which has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee, is supported by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania Municipal League, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, the Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors and the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association.

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Smethport Gets Loan for Water Improvements

The Smethport Borough Authority has been selected to receive an $805,000 low-interest loan to make major improvements to their water system, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said the loan was awarded through the state’s PENNVEST Program which provides low-interest loans and grants for the design, engineering and construction of drinking water distribution facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.

The Smethport Borough Authority will utilize the funding to construct a new screening facility to remove debris upstream of the combined sewer overflow regulator. A washer compacter will also be installed. The improvements will be made to an existing system and system wide user fees are not expected to increase.

“This PENNVEST funding will provide for needed updates within the community to improve local water supplies and protect public health,” Scarnati said. “I congratulate everyone from Smethport Borough and McKean County who have worked to secure this financial support. The loans will help supply substantial funding to ensure that area residents have access to clean water, while advancing environmental improvement measures and economic development efforts.”

Implementation of this project will provide a cost effective solution to maintaining permit compliance that will in turn improve the quality of life for the system customers. Once completed, the project will also eliminate raw sewage health hazards in publicly accessible areas.

The project is anticipated to create 10 jobs. Construction will likely begin in October of 2014 with completion by April of 2015.

More information regarding the Commonwealth’s PENNVEST program can be found at:

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Two in Court on Drug Charges

Drug charges against an Olean man accused of selling cocaine in Bradford have been bound to court, while a Bradford woman facing similar charges waived her hearings.

32-year-old Brandon Warmley is accused of selling cocaine to an informant for the McKean County Drug Task Force in a parking lot off West Corydon Street on April 9 of last year.

He’s free on bail.

27-year-old Dawn Buterbaugh is accused of selling cocaine to an informant on April 22 at a Pearl Street house and on April 24 of last year at the Hotel Holley. She is also charged for arranging the deals using text messages and voice mail.

She’s in the State Correctional Institution at Muncy on unrelated charges.

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Assault Charges Bound to Court

Assault charges against a Bradford man accused of hitting another man so hard that the victim needed reconstructive surgery have been bound to court.

Justin Wilmoth is accused of hitting the victim in the face with an unknown object and then choking him during an after-hours party on October 27, 2012, according to court papers. The victim had to be taken to ECMC in Buffalo for reconstructive surgery on his jaw.

Wilmoth is free on bail.

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Man Who Threatened Nurse Waives Hearing

A Bradford man accused of threatening a nursing supervisor at Bradford Regional Medical Center and disrupting the ER’s waiting room has waived his preliminary hearing.

Back in January, 38-year-old Slim Lewis was “extremely agitated” about having to wait and caused a loud disturbance in the waiting room, according to court papers. He tore off his ID bracelet, threw it at the registration clerks and then stormed out. He later called to talk to the nursing supervisor, when he yelled and swore at her and threatened to "kick her f***ing ass."

Lewis is free on bail.

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Public Meeting, Hearing for Ridgway Landfill

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it will hold a public meeting and formal hearing concerning the Ridgway Borough landfill site in Ridgway Township, Elk County, on April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ridgway Borough building, 108 Main Street, Ridgway.

The landfill site consists of about 15 acres that once operated as a mixed waste landfill between the early 1960s and June of 1975. During a department investigation, lead-containing industrial waste and 55-gallon drums containing trichloroethylene (TCE) were encountered in several trenches throughout the landfill.

“This is an opportunity for the department to share important information with the public concerning the hazards at this landfill as well as DEP’s planned response,” Staci Gustafson, Acting Northwest Regional Director for DEP said. “We will be answering questions in addition to a formal hearing.”

DEP, under the authority of the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, 35 (HSCA), has determined that a response is necessary. The department is proposing to implement an interim response to reduce or eliminate the threats to human health and the environment from the hazardous wastes and substances found at the site by targeting the known drums of TCE and high levels of lead in the surface soils.

An HSCA Interim Response is not required to meet all the goals of a final cleanup, but it is consistent with those final goals. In this case, the planned response will address the two most immediate threats at the site, the release and potential release of drummed TCE waste, and exposure to surface lead contamination. Additional work may be required to achieve a final cleanup.

DEP will hold the public meeting at the Ridgway Borough building to explain the department’s proposed interim response. Following the meeting, the public will have the opportunity to present oral comments for inclusion into the administrative record regarding the proposed interim response at a formal public hearing.

The highest potential risks to human health and the environment at the site are the high levels of lead found in surface soils and the known buried 55 gallon drums containing TCE. The lead poses a significant threat to human health through direct contact and inhalation. The potential risk posed by TCE and its breakdown products are to any potential end users including aquatic life and recreational users of surface water. TCE is a carcinogen.

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Another Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Catt County

For the second time in two days a motorcycle crash has claimed a life in Cattaraugus County.

52-year-old Roy Beverlin Jr. of Ashford was found unresponsive by a passing motorist on Bolton Road in the Town of Ashford Tuesday night. The motorist called 911. Beverlin was later pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. State police say Beverlin failed to negotiate a curve in the road and hit a fence and trees off the west shoulder.

On Monday, 79-year-old Paul Maddex of Colden crashed his motorcycle in East Otto, and was also found unresponsive at the side of the road.

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Charges Against Man Who Threatened
Tasta Pizza Employees Bound to Court

Charges against the Bradford man accused of threatening Tasta Pizza employees because he got a square pizza instead of a round one have been bound to court.

44-year-old Gerard Young is accused of calling the restaurant at least 37 times because of the dispute. Court papers say he swore at the person who answered the phone and the calls he made prevented employees from taking orders over the phone.

When police arrived at JJ’s Saloon looking for Young, he struggled, screamed and swore, and then charged at an officer, with his hand moving toward the officer’s face.

Young is free on bail.

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Bomb Threat at Warren High School

Warren Area High School was on lockdown for a short time this morning after a bomb threat.

Police conducted a search of the facility and didn’t find anything. The school was taken off lockdown at around 1 o’clock.

The investigation is continuing.

Last month the school was placed on lock down for about two hours after a student left a threatening note. The 16-year-old has since been diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and is in a treatment facility.

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Arson Charges Bound to Court

Arson, burglary and other charges against a Bradford man accused of starting at least four fires in Bradford have been bound to court.

21-year-old Harvey Rose told police he started fires at 8 Thompson Avenue and 10 Congress Place, according to court papers. He is also accused of setting a fire at 125 West Washington Street because he was upset with a resident he says owes him money. He is also charged in connection to a fire at 338 East Main Street.

Surveillance video from nearby businesses captured Rose near the scenes at the times of the last two fires. Charges against his co-defendant in the case of the East Main Street fire have also been bound to court.

26-year-old Jeremiah Smith of Bradford and Rose each told police the other started the fire. Smith remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

Rose remains jailed on more than half a million dollars bail for these cases as well as theft and drug charges, and charges related to the burning of his 2-week-old baby.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Man Facing Dozens of Child Sex Charges

A 26-year-old Bradford man is facing charges for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old.

Anthony Goodrich is charged with 34 felonies and 16 misdemeanors for having sexual intercourse and oral sex with the child in a house in Bradford between March 11 and April 15, according to court papers. Specifically, the felonies are statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors.

Goodrich is in McKean County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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