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Monday, July 28, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 7/25 to 727/14

City of Bradford Police over the weekend investigated thefts on Boylston, Edward and East Main Street and disturbances on Chestnut, Congress, Williams, East Main, Davis, Mechanic Forman and Kennedy streets, as wells as Constitution and South avenues. Officers also received complaints about animals from Summer and Main streets and Prendergast Avenue, and public drunks on Forman and Main streets.

They were called to domestic disturbances on Kiwanis Court and East Washington Street, and reports of criminal mischief on Jackson Avenue and harassment on Williams Street. They also dealt with a girl on State Street who broke the city’s curfew law, and looked into suspicious activity on Hill and High streets and on Laurel Drive.

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75-Year-old Charged with Sexual Abuse

A 75-year-old Ripley, New York, man is accused of inappropriately touching three females at a Bingo function last week.

Sheriff’s deputies did not give the ages of the victims but say Dale Reynolds grabbed the private areas of two young females, and another female on Thursday.

A warrant was issued for his arrest. Reynolds was taken into custody on Monday and charged with three counts of sexual abuse. He is in Chautauqua County Jail.

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Homicide by Vehicle Hearing Continued

The hearing for a man charged in a fatal Memorial Day weekend crash near Port Allegany has been moved again.

31-year-old Jerver Fernandez of Luzerne County had been scheduled to be in court on Monday, but the hearing has been moved to August 20. The hearing was originally scheduled for June 19.

Fernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while DUI in connection to the May 24 crash on Route 6 that killed 27-year-old Robert Bowes.

Fernandez is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

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Woman Allegedly Pushes Deputy, Bites Car

After allegedly pushing a sheriff’s deputy and damaging his patrol car, a woman is in Chautauqua County Jail.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a fight in a vehicle traveling on routes 5 and 20 Sunday night and, after they got there, they separated the man and woman who were fighting. While they were talking to the man, the woman, 24-year-old Melissa Kuhn of Buffalo, pushed a deputy.

After being told she was under arrest and handcuffed, she attempted to kick a deputy in the face, and then bit the seat and door panel of a patrol car. While deputies were attempting to stop her from further damaging the car, she kicked two other deputies.

She’s charged with harassment, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and criminal mischief.

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Hotel Holley Cited

The Hotel Holley has been cited for playing music too loudly on May 30 and June 14.

State police say the establishment also failed to post “no smoking” signs.

The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge.

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Man Beats Woman for Not Cooking Dinner

A man accused of severely beating his girlfriend for not making dinner for him will now get three square meals a day in the Tioga County Jail.

51-year-old Edward Ruditys III of Westfield, PA, is charged with aggravated assault and related offenses for beating the 50-year-old woman so badly that she had to be taken to the critical care unit at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Police say among the injuries Ruditys inflicted on the woman were broken ribs and other internal injuries.

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Wells Found Guilty of Manslaughter

A jury has found a man guilty of manslaughter for beating and strangling an elderly Fredonia woman to death four years ago.

Jason Wells, also of Fredonia, had been charged with second-degree murder as well as manslaughter.

The case defense attorney Lyle Hajdu presented was intended to bring into question Wells’ mental state when he killed 81-year-old Ruth Fisk in her apartment.

District Attorney David Foley says Hajdu’s strategy obviously worked because the jury had a hard time making its decision.

Hajdu has two weeks to enter motions before the judge sets a sentencing date.

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Dollar Tree Buys Family Dollar

Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.

NBC says the deal comes amid pressure on Family Dollar by the activist investor Carl C. Icahn, who urged the company last month to explore a sale of itself. But Family Dollar said in a statement that it had been exploring strategic options since the winter.

Under the terms of Monday’s deal, Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar. The bid is made up of $59.60 a share in cash and Dollar Tree stock worth about $14.90. Including debt, the deal values the target company at about $9.2 billion. The bid represents a premium of nearly 23 percent to Family Dollar’s closing price on Friday.

There’s no word yet on whether Dollar Tree will convert the Bradford Family Dollar in Union Square into a Dollar Tree.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 7/25/14

City of Bradford Police today investigated a trespassing incident on Bishop Street, disturbances on South Center Street and South Avenue and a report of harassment by communication on Williams Street. They also went to a domestic incident on Cornen Street, issued a traffic citation on Route 219 and dealt with a public drunk on Chestnut Street.

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Potentially Explosive Situation in St. Marys

Police defused a potentially explosive situation in St. Marys this afternoon.

City police say a man bought a box of used items unaware that it contained older blasting caps and detonation cord. When he discovered the items he drove to the police station, left the items in his truck and went inside to ask how to dispose of them.

Police established a safety area around the truck and evacuated two nearby homes while waiting for explosive technicians from Penn State as well as state police to arrive. When they got there, they safely removed the items from the truck, moved them to a safe location and destroyed them.

Crystal Fire Department and St. Marys Ambulance assisted.

No criminal charges will be filed.

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Jean Ann Shields
Longtime Member of Lewis Run VFD

Jean Ann Shields, 67, a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, of 15 W. Irvine St. Lewis Run, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a yearlong courageous battle with brain cancer.

Born December 30, 1946 in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late James Robinson and Ellen Jean (Metz) Hochstetler.

Jean Ann was a 1964 graduate of South Union High School and a 1968 Home Economics graduate of Mansfield State College. She completed her Elementary certificate at Clarion University.

On November 29, 1968, in the Falls City Baptist Church in Ohiopyle, she married James E. Shields Sr. who survives.

She began her career as a second grade teacher at the Eldred Borough Elementary School in the Otto Eldred School District. In 1970 she began teaching in the Bradford Area School District. She taught second grade at M.J. Ryan School then in 1990 went to School Street Elementary from which she retired in 2003.

Jean Ann was a 37 year member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department. She served as president, treasurer, secretary, and on the board of directors. She was an active firefighter, serving as a driver and pump operator. She was also an EMS First Responder and helped Lewis Run Borough update their Emergency Disaster Plan.

She enjoyed working on crafts, gardening and attending Red Hat events.

Surviving is her husband James E. Shields, Sr. of 45 years, two sons: James E. (Jaime) Shields, Jr. of Zionsville, IN, and Jeffrey D. (Jody) Shields of Singapore, two grandsons, James Xavier Shields and Hunter Reese Shields of Zionsville, IN, one sister Jamie Louise (Robert) Morrison of Boalsburg, one brother-in-law Gary (Edie) Shields of Rock Hall MD, one sister-in-law Mary Rose Hill of Langhorn, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jean Ann’s life on Saturday August 9, 2014. Friends will be received from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department in Lewis Run. At 1:00pm a service will be held with Rev. Robert Brest pastor of the First Free Methodist Church and Rev. Larry Corner pastor of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials may be made to the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Dept. in care of Linda Hinaman, PO Box 42, Lewis Run, PA 16738 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Scarnati: Senate Working Toward Pension Reform

HARRISBURG – The State Senate has recently passed bi-partisan legislation to begin reforming Pennsylvania’s pension system by moving members of the General Assembly and other statewide elected officials to a defined contribution plan, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that last month the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 922, which takes an important first step to move all elected officials, including members of the General Assembly, out of a defined benefit public pension plan to remove this financial burden from taxpayers.

“Reforming public pension benefits is an important goal that Senate Republicans have been engaged in throughout the current legislative session,” Scarnati said. “Leading by example is what Pennsylvania residents expect and deserve from their elected officials.”

The amended version of Senate Bill 922, which was approved in a historic vote by the full Senate, would remove members of the Senate and House of Representatives as well as the judiciary from the current defined benefit pension plan. The bill would create a defined contribution plan similar to a 401(k) plan for legislators, the Governor, the Attorney General, the Auditor General, and Treasurer upon re-election, as well as the judiciary upon retention.

“Recently the governor has been traveling across our Commonwealth to speak with Pennsylvania residents about the need for pension reform,” Scarnati stated. “I appreciate that the governor shares our concern for the long-term sustainability of our Commonwealth’s pension systems, and look forward to sitting down with him to proactively work as a team to solve this problem.”

Scarnati noted that Members of the Senate decided to change their own pensions first, before asking others to make changes to their plans. If changes are to be made to the retirement system for state employees, then those that vote for those changes should be held to the same standard.

“This issue did not arise overnight and requires that we work together to enact responsible pension reform in a strategic manner,” Scarnati said. “I am very pleased to work with my colleagues in the Senate to take the first steps to address the long-term sustainability of the state’s public employee pension systems.”

Senate Bill 922 is currently before the House Finance Committee.

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Sue Gleason Named Director of
Academic Advising Center at Pitt-Bradford

Sue Gleason has been named the new director of the Academic Advising Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The center’s staff work with students who have yet to declare a major or who are interested in changing majors by helping them understand degree requirements and academic policies and procedures.

In her role as director, Gleason works with new faculty as well to provide them with advising training, assists with various aspects of student orientations and works closely with all faculty.

She also is responsible for the Early Intervention Program and monitoring student progress. In the classroom, she teaches one section each year of Freshman Seminar and several management courses within the Division of Management and Education.

Previously, Gleason served as the academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center, an assistant director of financial aid and administrative assistant for the Admissions Office and Office of Financial Aid.

She holds a Master of Education degree in administration and leadership from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management at Pitt-Bradford. She and her husband, Greg, live in Bradford with their combined six children.

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Toddler Hurt in UTV Accident

A two-year-old boy was hurt earlier this week in a UTV accident in Potter County.

Police say the UTV driven by 29-year-old Tanya Reisinger hit a railroad tie on the lawn of a house on School Street in Harrison Township, causing the little boy to fall off the vehicle.

The toddler was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

Reisinger was cited for allowing a passenger to ride without a helmet.

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Amish Shop Owner Robbed at Gunpoint

An Amish shop owner was robbed at gunpoint late Thursday afternoon, and a Cherry Creek man is jail for committing the crime.

Sheriff’s deputies say the owner of the shop on Chapman Road in the Town of Conewango went to the shop to help a person he thought was a customer, but was then confronted by a bandana-wearing man who pointed a pistol at him and demanded money. The robber then tied the shop owner up and left him on the floor while he emptied the cash register.

The shop owner was able to give deputies a description of the getaway vehicle, which led them to the home of 22-year-old Michael Dybka, who was charged with robbery and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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Bradford Man Headed to State Prison

A Bradford man with a lengthy criminal history will spend the next three to 10 years in state prison.

58-year-old Thomas Bottorf, whose RAP sheet goes back to 1969, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in one case, and possession with intent to deliver in two others.

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Pope Francis Coming to Pennsylvania

Pope Francis is coming to Pennsylvania.

The Catholic News Service reported today that the pope will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27 of next year.

This is will be the pope’s first US visit. He is also considering visits to New York and Washington.

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Two Hurt in Two-Vehicle Cfash

Two people had to be taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Thursday on Webster Road in the Town of Pomfret.

Sheriff’s Deputies say 53-year-old Christopher Brunecz of Fredonia pulled his pickup truck out of a driveway in front of a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Mitchell Laurie, also of Fredonia. A female passenger and a child in Brunecz's vehicle were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk with minor injuries. Brunecz was not hurt, and Laurie declined treatment at the scene.

No charges were filed.

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PSP: Man Gets Into Two Fights in One Day

A Ulysses man is accused of getting into a fight with one man early Monday morning, and another man Monday night.

State police say 31-year-old Michael Whitney got into a fight with 23-year-old Eric Shaffer at around 1 a.m. on Pleasant Street in Ulysses. Whitney was charged with simple assault. Shaffer was charged with harassment.

At about 9:15 p.m. Whitney got into a fight with 22-year-old Zachary Vetter on North Street in the borough. They were both charged with harassment.

Police say both cases are closed.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 7/23 and 7/24/14

City police investigated a possible drug act violation on Jackson Avenue, thefts on Prendergast Avenue and Davis Street, and motor vehicle accidents at Barbour and Bushnell streets and at Williams Street and Edna Avenue. They were called to domestic incidents on South Center and Bushnell streets and on Jackson Avenue, and to traffic and parking problems on Davis Street and Charlotte Avenue.

Officers responded to calls about criminal mischief on Boylston Street, harassment on South and Holley avenues, disturbances on Futures Way, Belleview Avenue and High Street, and disorderly conduct on Tibbetts Avenue and Pearl Street.

Police also got complaints concerning an animal on Lincoln Avenue, a public drunk on School Street and suspicious activity on Barbour Street.

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Library Looking for New Director -- Again

Guy Bennett has resigned as executive director of the Bradford Area Public Library, effective August 6.

Bennett is currently on a leave of absence. The library’s board of trustees accepted his resignation during a special meeting this afternoon.

Board chair Chris Minich says the board and staff appreciate the improvements Bennett has provided over the past 10 months, and they wish him success in the future.

The search has already started for a new executive director, which requires a master’s degree in library and information science.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Box Truck Gets Stuck Under Flatbed;
Two Kane Residents Hurt in Crash

A box truck got stuck under a flatbed truck in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Warren County.

Police say the box truck driven by 18-year-old Nikalas Guadagnino of Kane hit the flatbed after failing to slow down at the intersection of Route 6 and Griff Hill Road in Mead Township. Guadagnino and his 16-year-old passenger, Ryan Alenali of Kane, had to be freed from the truck by EMS personnel, and were then taken by Star Flight and Life Star helicopters to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment of major injuries.

After being hit by the box truck, the flatbed hit a pickup truck driven by 44-year-old Lars Olsson of Mount Jewett. Neither Olsson nor the flatbed driver, 44-year-old Scott Stillson of Warren, were hurt.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Longtime Post Office Window Clerk
Ed Lineman Has Passed Away

Edward D. Lineman, 80, of 86 Oxford Street, went on to Glory, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in his residence.

Born February 25, 1934, in Bradford he was a son of the late Melvin and Mae (Whitling) Lineman.

On December 21, 1957 at the Church of the Nazarene he married Ruthanne (Burritt) Lineman who survives.

Mr. Lineman was a 1952 graduate of Bradford HIgh School, and attended Jamestown Business College. On February 19, 1953 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 18, 1957.

He was employed as a Window Clerk at the United States Postal Service for 35 years.

He was a lifetime member of First Church of the Nazarene where he served on the Church Board, and financial secretary for many years and Eldred Koinonia Fellowship. He was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile and the treasurer for the United States Postal Credit Union.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 56 years are four sons, Brian Lineman, of Carlisle, Jeffrey (Dawn) Lineman, of Nampa, ID, Craig Lineman, of Bradford, and Nathan (Billie Jo) Lineman, of Rew, a sister, Marian J. Lineman, of Bradford, a brother, Ronald S. (the late Constance) Lineman, of Quincy, Mass, six grandchildren, one great grandson, 5 nephews, 7 nieces and one cousin in Bradford. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Gerald Lineman and Myron Lineman, and one sister Martha Lineman.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 10:00am to 11:00am in the First Church of the Nazarene, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00am with Rev. James Carlson, pastor, officiating. Burial was in McKean Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene or the charity of the donor's choice .

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