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Monday, January 19, 2015

Susan Sinclair

Susan Lee Vannette-Sinclair, 70, of 24 Lawrence Ave., passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at her residence.

Born October 23, 1944, in Kane, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Genevieve (Welch) and Vannette.

A 1962 graduate of Bradford High School, she also graduated from Rochester Business Institute.

She lived in Rochester, NY for a few years, then moved to Charleston, SC and worked as a legal secretary and later as a real estate agent.

She returned to Bradford and worked as the Administrative Assistant for Harvey Golubock at A.R.G. until her retirement in 2010.

She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church.

Susan was an avid reader and knitting enthusiast. She belonged to the knitting group at The Bradford Public Library and participated in 'One Book Bradford.' She thoroughly enjoyed arranging parties and gatherings for her friends.

She is survived by a sister, Cay Anderson and several cousins, all in Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents.

At Susan's request, there will be no visitation. A celebration of her life will be held at a date and time to be announced. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to The Bradford Public Library, The YWCA, McKean County SPCA or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

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Man Charged for September Rape

A rape back in September has landed a Fredonia man in jail.

After finishing their investigation, sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Nicholas Mooney and charged him for rape and committing criminal sexual act. He was taken to jail in lieu of bail.

The alleged incident happened in the Town of Sheridan.

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Ripley Meth Lab Dismantled

A traffic stop led to the discovery of a meth lab in Ripley, New York.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force says 48-year-old John Rowicki III was stopped on Route 20 Friday night, and was subsequently arrested for selling meth to a task force agent.

The investigation revealed a meth lab at Rowicki’s home. A HazMat team was called to the scene to dismantle the lab and secure all the toxic ingredients.

Besides the drug charges, Rowicki is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

He’s in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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High Speed Chase in Smethport

A Cyclone man is accused of taking police on a high-speed chase Sunday morning in Smethport.

Police say the chase started at about 1:45 a.m. It ended on Route 646, where they arrested 26-yea-rold Matthew Braund.

Besides a charged of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, he is charged with reckless endangerment, careless driving, driving without a license and a couple of traffic violations.

He was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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Crash Knocks Out Power on West Washington

One person was reportedly injured in a crash at around 10 o’clock last night on West Washington Street near its intersection with Gilbert Lane.

A car went out of control while rounding a sharp curve on the icy road and hit a utility pole, knocking out power to the area. Penelec was on the scene until about 4 a.m.

We’ll have more information when it’s available.

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Woman Hurt in Route 219 Crash

Emergency personnel had to free a woman from her car after it crashed on Route 219 Saturday night.

Police say the car driven by 34-year-old Natasha Gliha of Bradford was traveling in the southbound passing lane near the Seaward Avenue on-ramp when it went out of control at hit a guardrail at a high rate of speed.

She was taken to BRMC for treatment of her injuries. The car was severely damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Cyclone Man Charged After Crash

After his pickup truck got stuck in a snowbank early Sunday morning, A Cyclone man was charged with DUI and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Police say 38-year-old Kevin Roberts was turning from Route 646 onto Bingham Road when the pickup got stuck in the three-foot snowbank.

Police didn’t say what kind of weapon Roberts had.

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Man Turns Himself In to City Police

A man police were looking for following a crash that damaged two houses turned himself in on Sunday.

Police say an SUV driven by 38-year-old Matthew Herron of Bradford went out of control Thursday night on School Street and hit the porch of a house, then a water spigot, causing a water leak. The SUV then hit another house, damaging it as well. When Herron was leaving the scene, he backed into a fence, causing more damage.

Charges are pending.

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Man Hurt in South Kendall Crash

A Bradford man suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night on South Kendall Avenue.

Bradford City Police say they saw a Jeep being driven erratically in and out of the travel lane at a high rate of speed, and without taillights. The officer turned around to look for the vehicle and learned it had gone off the road on a curve, hit a guardrail and rolled down an embankment, where it hit several trees.

Emergency personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to free 52-year-old Lloyd Swain II rom the Jeep. He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment.

The road was closed down for about two hours. Police are continuing their investigation.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 1/18/15

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Melvin Bizzarro

Melvin D. Bizzarro, 42, of 23 River St., Bradford, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015.

Born February 6, 1972 in Bradford, he was a son of David Bizzarro of Bradford and Julie (Gum) Day of Port Orange Fl.

On June 12, 1993 in St. Bernard Church, he married Michelle R. (Stidd) Bizzarro who survives.

He attended Bradford area schools and graduated from Warren High School in 1990.

He started working at Togi's Family Restaurant in the early 1990's and after his marriage Mel and Michelle purchased Togi's Family Restaurant.

Mel was an avid golfer and golfed in several area leagues. He was a member of the Pennhills Club and the Pine Acres Country Club. He formerly coached Little League Baseball, Midget League Football and Bradford Youth Basketball League.

Surviving in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Melanie Bizzarro, of Pittsburgh, one son, Vincenzo "Vinnie" Bizzarro, of Bradford, two sisters, Melissa (Kevin) Winter, of Prosper TX, and Joy (Shane) Harless of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of family at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., with the Rev. Vincent Cieslewicz, pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the SPCA, P.O. Box 113 Bradford PA, 16701, or to any area youth sports programs.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Cops: Man Was Texting While Driving

A driver who lost control of his vehicle and ended up in a front yard is accused of texting while driving.

Sheriff’s deputies say 35-year-old Carl Simons Jr. of Kill Buck was texting Tuesday night when his vehicle went off North Authority Road in Kill Buck, crossed a ditch and ended up in a front yard.

They say Simons also had two controlled substances with him.

He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

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Snowmobiler Drowned After Crash

A snowmobiler who didn’t return home Thursday night was found dead this morning near a creek in the woods of Sherman, New York.

Sheriff’s deputies say several agencies, including their K-9 division, searched for 31-year-old Kyle Chimera of Sherman, after getting a missing person report at about 11 a.m.

They learned that his snowmobile had been traveling on the marked trail, but then went a short distance off of it, hit a bush near a creek and got stuck. The investigation showed that when Chimera tried to get off the snowmobile he fell into the creek.

The cause of death has been ruled accidental drowning.

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PSP: Bullett Had Victim's Name On It

The man charged with shooting and killing his son-in-law literally had a bullet with the man's name on it.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, while investigating the crime scene where 62-year-old Stephen Stidd allegedly shot 42-year-old Mel Bizzarro, state police found “the letters ‘MEL’ carved into the lead portion of the remaining live round” in the handgun.

City police got a call at about 9:30 a.m. from Barbara Stidd saying that her son-in-law had been shot behind Togi’s Restaurant at 412 East Main Street. When they arrived and Lt. Steve Caskey asked what happened, Stidd said, “I told him I had a gun.” Stidd then pulled a handgun out of his right front pocket and handed it to Caskey.

A witness, Kevin Rhebergen, was unloading his truck and told police he heard a verbal fight and then heard a gunshot. Rhebergen subsequently saw Bizzarro lying on the ground and Stidd standing near him. State Police Trooper Nicholas Jordan, who is investigating, said in a news release that Stidd and Bizzarro were in a physical and verbal fight just prior to the shooting.

Stidd is charged with criminal homicide and, according to the state crimes code, a person is guilty of criminal homicide "if he intentionaly, knowingly, recklessly or negligently causes the death of another human being." The police criminal complaint says, "The defendant, Steven Daniel Stidd, did intentionally kill the victim, Melvin David Bizzarro, by shooting him in the chest with a .38-cal(iber) handgun."

Stidd, is free on $100,000 bail, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

State police, not city police, are handling the investigation because there is a family relationship between the suspect and a city police officer.

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Shooting on East Main Street

4:55 UPDATE:
After being arraigned, he was released on $100,000 bail.

3:45 UPDATE:
A charge of criminal homicide has been filed against 62-year-old Stephen Stidd of Bradford. He has not been arraigned yet, but is expected to be later today in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Local and state police are still on the scene of a fatal shooting in the parking lot behind Togi’s Restaurant on East Main Street. We will not be broadcasting or printing the names of the victim and shooter until we get the official statement from police.

A person was shot in the parking lot behind Togi’s Restaurant on East Main Street this morning.

The victim was reportedly shot in the chest at around 9:30. There’s no word on the person’s condition. The shooter was taken into custody shortly afterward.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Outhouse Races Set for Winterfest

The Winterfest Event Committee announced today that a new event will happen at this year’s Winterfest for the first time. The new event is the Outhouse Races which are scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday January 18th at 2:00 PM at Chapman State Park. The event is designed to be both a fundraiser to help support the Winterfest Event and a humorous, but competitive addition to the slate of events at Winterfest.

The event will basically involve a five person team racing a cut down version of an outhouse mounted on cross country skis. The team will consist of one rider sitting on the throne in the outhouse with two team members pushing the outhouse and two people pulling the outhouse by attached ropes. Each team will be timed for covering the 50 yard race course. Team contestants must be a minimum of 18 years old, except that the rider on the throne can be a minimum of ten years old, provided that a parent is also a participant in the event. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top four teams in the contest.

Contestants may either utilize one of the two racing outhouse sleds designed and built for the Winterfest Committee or build their own racing outhouse complete with toilet paper holder and magazine rack with reading material according to the event specifications. The entry fee for participating in the event is a $50.00 donation to the Winterfest Event which will help support the many events and activities that comprise the annual Winterfest Event.

Winterfest Chairperson Sharon Miller said,” We think that this will be a fun family event for both contestants and spectators that will add something to our Sunday schedule and we plan on making this a part of our annual event. We hope that businesses, organizations, families, and friends will want to sponsor a team in this friendly and fun event that will help support Winterfest in the future. Just like Winterfest itself, the event will happen no matter the weather, so the two outhouse racers we constructed have both skis and wheels, so we can race no matter what weather conditions we have each year.”

For more information on the Outhouse Races in particular or the Winterfest event itself check out our website at The registration forms, event rules, and outhouse specifications are available online, or you can register to participate at the event registration table in the main event tent between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm on Saturday or from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday January 18th.

Each year on the third weekend of January, Warren County, Pennsylvania, stages a 3-day family-oriented festival – Winterfest. Located in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Warren County is a Commonwealth tourist destination that caters to all outdoor recreationists who enjoy the surrounding 513,000-acre Allegheny National Forest (ANF). There is no admission fee and activities also are conducted without charge. Approximately 10,000 -12,000 people attend this event on an annual basis.

Winterfest takes place at a single venue - Chapman State Park, located 14 miles east of Warren. The park, with a serene 68-acre lake, is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and is surrounded by the ANF, which encompasses four counties, all of which are part of Pennsylvania Wilds. Winterfest is purported to be the largest winter festival in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

As mentioned earlier, this event is free to attend for the public, however, it is not without cost to host and there is a dedicated group of volunteers who work together year around to plan and host this event. Acting as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and financial agent for the Winterfest Committee, Penn Soil RC&D has agreed to assist the group with fundraising for the event and receive charitable contributions from interested parties.

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Heroin, Gun Found in Salamanca House

Heroin, a weapon and marijuana were found during a raid of a Salamanca house.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force found the drugs and a .40-caliber Glock 27 handgun at 94 Jefferson Street, where they arrested 19-year-old Thomas Oldshield.

Police say the serial number of the gun had been removed. They also found, and removed, ammunition for the gun. They also found counterfeit money.

Task force members say the investigation has been going on for quite some time, and is continuing.

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St. Bonaventure to Benefit From
New Solar Power Project in Olean

St. Bonaventure University will save an estimated $100,000 or more a year on its electric bill thanks to a new solar electric project being developed in Olean.

BQ Energy of Poughkeepsie, a leader in developing renewable energy on brownfields and landfills, will construct a pair of 2.7-megawatt solar arrays on a 24-acre portion (Parcel 3) of the Olean Gateway Site off Buffalo Road near Interstate 86.

The longtime industrial site has been undergoing a massive cleanup over the past several years to make the land usable again for development.

The project, called Solean, is among eight projects in Western New York and 141 in the state receiving support through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.

“It couldn’t be more of a win-win situation for us,” said Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with BQ on this clean-energy initiative, which reaffirms our commitment to sustainability and the reduction of our carbon footprint.”

NY-Sun is a $1 billion initiative to advance the scale-up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable, self-sufficient solar industry. It is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The university will benefit from the state’s Remote Net Metering Credits program.

Electrical power generated by the solar project will be delivered to National Grid for use in the area. National Grid will credit St. Bonaventure for the value of the power generated, and the university will pay a portion of that amount to BQ Energy.

“BQ Energy likes to work with educational institutions. We have found the savings from lower electricity prices combined with carbon-free electricity supplies is an appealing combination,” said Jim Falsetti, director of BQ Energy.

The net effect will be estimated savings to the university exceeding $100,000 per year, and a substantial reduction in the university’s — and the region’s — carbon footprint because of reduced use of fossil fuels, said Phil Winger, associate vice president for facilities at St. Bonaventure.

Site cleanup, administered by the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program, is expected to be completed this summer.

“Once the site is fully remediated, we hope to begin construction in August,” Falsetti said. “It should take about three months to complete.”

BQ Energy is the company proposing to build a sprawling solar complex in Lackawanna, called Steel Sun, that would install 13,000 solar panels on the former Bethlehem Steel site.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 1/13 and 1/14/15

Besides arresting the man accused of punching a woman in the face, City of Bradford Police investigated a motor vehicle accident on West Corydon Street, a theft on Lorana Avenue and disorderly conduct on West Corydon Street. Officers also looked into complaints of harassment on Jefferson Street and Lorana Avenue.

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St. Marys Man Jumps From
Second Floor of His Burning Home

A man escaped from his burning home Wednesday morning by jumping from a second-floor window.

State police say Roy Pfoutz of St. Marys was asleep when a smoke detector woke him up at around 10:30 a.m. When he realized he couldn’t get out any other way, he jumped from the window. He was later treated at Penn Highlands Elk and then released. His wife, 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter were not home at the time.

Fire marshal Greg Agosti says the fire started in an old refrigerator in the basement, and there was nothing suspicious about it. Damage is estimated at a quarter of a million dollars, and home was deemed a total loss. The Red Cross is helping the family.

The Crystal Fire Department was assisted by the Fox Townships and Johnsonburg fire departments, as well as St. Marys Ambulance.

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Man Gets Up to 20 Years for Killing Friend

The man who killed his friend for being in bed with his girlfriend has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison.

28-year-old Greg Riehl of Coudersport pleaded guilty in November to involuntary manslaughter for killing 27-year-old Anthony Palmieri in April of last year. He had originally been charged with murder.

Riehl told police he and 35-year-old Michelle Nelson and had been drinking at Palmieri’s house. Riehl passed out and, when he woke up, found Nelson and Palmieri in bed together and shot the other man.

Riehl then drove to Lancaster County, where his father lives, to “tell him something.” After the father and son had breakfast together, Riehl turned himself in.

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Former Sheriff Brad Mason
Charged With Corruption of Minors

Former McKean County Sheriff Brad Mason is accused of have a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl was a tenant at a rental home he owns in Bradford Township.

A state police news release says the “consensual sexual relationship” went on from December 6 of 2012 to May 12 of last year. He retired as sheriff in July.

Mason, who is 52 years old, is also accused of providing alcohol to the girl.

State police say the accusations came to light during investigation of an unrelated civil matter.

An arraignment date has not been set as of this morning. The charges against Mason are misdemeanors.

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