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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Senators Announce Formation of
Pennsylvania’s First Rural Regional Community College

HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvania’s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

According to the legislators, the newly created community college is being established with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, as well as training and certificate programs to underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Curriculum of the college will be determined by the Board of Trustees, based upon the future workforce needs of the designated region of Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.

“I am very excited that groundwork for launching the Rural Regional Community College is now in place,” Senator Scarnati stated. “This will be the first community college to offer greatly needed higher educational opportunities to northwestern Pennsylvania. Thanks to input by education, business and community leaders, we have been able to establish a solid foundation for helping students have access to quality, affordable education near their hometowns.”

“This will certainly expand the educational options for students in our region,” Senator Robbins said. “Education is the key to success, and a two-year college program is an excellent option for young people who are looking at job opportunities in many career fields. The truth is it’s also a cost-effective way for students to complete their basic studies at a smaller college before finishing their degree at a larger university.”

“I’m thrilled with the rapid progress on the Rural Regional Community College and I’m grateful for Senator Scarnati’s leadership in making this concept a reality,” Senator Hutchinson said. “The positive effects this college will have on our region cannot be understated – there is an immediate need for quality career and technology education in many rural areas of the Commonwealth. The Rural Regional Community College will help residents of our area get the training and education they need to continue working and living right here in our community.”

Senator Scarnati explained that earlier this year, language from his Senate Bill 1000 to establish the rural regional community college initiative was included in the Fiscal Code (Act 126 of 2014). Senate Bill 1000 was a bi-partisan initiative, based largely on recommendations by a Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) study completed in December 2011.

On August 1st, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) appointed the Educational Consortium of Upper Allegheny (ECUA) as the non-profit entity to assist with designating the community college region to be served, as well as advising PDE on the appointment of members of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Dick McDowell, Chairman of the ECUA Board of Trustees stressed the importance of the new community college.

“Providing people with access, affordability and articulation that a community college can offer will be a tremendous asset to rural Pennsylvania,” Dr. McDowell said. “We are pleased to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide advice to help develop a rural higher education system that offers greater accessibility for students at affordable rates.”

Earlier this month, the following 15 individuals were named to serve on the Board of Trustees by PDE Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.

· Ms. Mary Bula, Collective Impact at United Way of Erie County
· Ms. Nancy Decker, Laurel Technical Institute
· Mrs. Amanda Hetrick, Forest Area School District
· Mr. Robert Kaemmerer, United Refining Company
· Mr. Hank LeMeur, Superior Tire and Rubber Company
· Mrs. Kate Lomax-Brock, Elk Cameron Community Education Council
· Mr. Greg Mahon, Office of the Senate President Pro Tempore
· Dr. Richard McDowell, President Emeritus University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
· Mr. Douglas Morley, Potter County Commissioner
· Mr. Ed Pitchford, Cole Memorial Hospital
· Mr. Louis Radkowski, City of Saint Marys
· Mrs. Susan Snelick, North Central Workforce Investment Board
· Dr. Karen Whitney, Clarion University
· Mr. Dennis Wilke, Precision Manufacturing Institute
· The Honorable Mary Jo White, Former State Senator

Term length of the Board members will be determined at the first Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for December 2, 2014. The meeting will be open to members of the public and the location of the meeting will be determined by PDE in the coming days.

The Senators also recognized the contributions of members of the House of Representatives who worked on the measure, especially Representative Martin Causer who introduced a companion bill to SB 1000, which also sought to establish a rural community college program.

“Thanks to the efforts and input of numerous educational, business, community and government leaders, we are now helping to provide students with more tools they can use to access good, family-sustaining jobs. We look forward to witnessing the positive impacts of the college in the years to come.”

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Man, Woman Accused of Staging Robbery

A man and woman are accused of staging a robbery to get $200 from a Bradford man.

Timothy Wright and Breanna Miller had tried a few other times to get the money before staging the robbery. According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office the first attempt happened when Miller was in the shower with the victim at a Forman Street apartment. Next, Wright tried to get the money while Miller and the victim were having sex.

During the staged robbery back in June, Wright grabbed Miller from behind and held a knife to her neck, while threatening to kill her if the victim didn’t hand over the money. After Wright left with the money Miller asked that he not call police.

Wright and Miller are both in McKean County Jail on $25,000 bail each.

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Cops: Man Tried to Stab His Brother

A Bradford man is accused of trying to stab his brother with a couple of screwdrivers because the brother didn’t want him to leave the house with his pregnant wife and two young children while he was drunk.

33-year-old Donny Hoffman attacking his brother late last night on North Center Street, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Walter Hoffman told police that after he convinced Donny not to go out with his pregnant wife and kids, he overhead him saying they were going anyway. Later, Donny snapped and attacked Walter with the screwdrivers. Walter was able to subdue his brother, but not before sustaining several injuries.

Donny is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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Jerry Seinfeld to Appear at Lucy Comedy Festival

Jerry Seinfeld,will be performing his signature stand-up routine during the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2015.

His tour will visit the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena for two performances on August 1 at 7pm & 9:30pm. These shows are on sale Monday, February 9 at 10am. Members of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy will be able to participate in an exclusive pre-sale period beginning Monday, February 2 at 10am.

“Jamestown celebrates the best in comedy, and Jerry Seinfeld is exactly that,” said Journey Gunderson, festival producer and executive director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy and National Comedy Center.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place July 30 – August 2, 2015. Tickets and information are available at & 716.484.0800.

Photo provided by the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy

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Board Meeting Postponed

The Board of Directors Meeting for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services has been postponed and rescheduled for December 4 at 5 p.m. at 2 Main Street, Suite 600, Bradford.

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Man Guilty of Assaulting Toddler

A jury found a Bradford man guilty of assaulting a toddler.

45-year-old Olivar Gonzalez-Iriarte was babysitting the two-year-old boy when he beat him, causing head and neck injuries that had to be treated at BRMC.

Gonzalez-Iriarte remains in McKean County Jail without bail. A sentencing date hasn’t been set yet.

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Bath Salts, More Found in Man's Home

Bath salts, a gun and drug paraphernalia were among the items police say they found in an Emporium man’s house last week.

59-year-old Gary Boyer is facing multiple charges after marijuana, smoking devices, a pill grinder and digital scales, as well as the bath salts were found. Police say he also had a .22 caliber pistol with the serial number removed.

Boyer is in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Two Jailed for Selling Drugs

Two Salamanca residents are in Cattaraugus County Jail for selling drugs to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in Randolph.

21-year-old Michael Doner is accused of selling heroin. 37-year-old Mary Mosley is accused of selling cocaine.

They are each charged with felony counts of criminal possession of and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

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Lake Effect Snow Advisory

A Lake Effect Snow Advisory will go into effect late this afternoon and go through Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in State College says we can expect the snow to start at around 5 o’clock and end at around 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, but the heaviest snow is likely between 8 o’clock tonight and 10 o’clock tomorrow morning.

The northwest part of McKean County – including Bradford, Lewis Run and Ludlow – could see between 4 and 7 inches of snow. The southeastern part of the county will see 2 or 3 inches.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning will be in effect in Warren County during the same time period. Parts of that county could get up to 10 inches of snow. The warning remains in effect in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties until noon tomorrow.

In Lake Effect Snow storms the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. If you’re traveling across the region, be prepared for quick changes in road conditions, as well as visibility.

In the Buffalo area, up to 100 inches of snow is possible by the weekend. The NFL will make a decision tomorrow on what to do about Sunday’s Bills games. Governor Andrew Cuomo says playing it at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday is impractical.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 11/19/14

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated an assault on Belleview Avenue. They also dealt with some traffic issues and assisted other agencies. Officers also helped a motorist on North Bennett Street.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Burglars Grab Elderly Woman's Throat

Someone grabbed an 87-year-old Eldred woman by throat while demanding money during a home invasion and burglary between 8:43 and 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday.

State police say two people – possibly young males – forced their way into the woman’s Canfield Hollow home wearing dark clothing, knit caps and face paint. One of them grabbed the woman by the throat and demanded money.

They got away with $60 and a cordless phone.

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

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Three-Vehicle Crash in Lewis Run

No one was hurt in a three-vehicle crash at just after 3 o’clock this afternoon on Route 219 in Lewis Run.

Police say a car driven by 51-year-old Warren Goodman of New Market, Ontario, was stopped 66 feet south of Evans Drive, and a pickup truck driven by 46-year-old Cindy Reynolds of Bradford was slowing down as it approached the car. But a pickup truck driven by 22-year-old David O’Neil of Bradford didn’t stop and hit Reynolds’ pickup, which pushed it into Goodman’s car, causing disabling damage.

O’Neil was cited for following too closely.

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Real Life Heroes at Zippo/Case Museum

Medal of Honor recipients Lt. Col. Hal Fritz and Sgt. Sammy Davis were at the Zippo/Case Museum this afternoon to install a prototype of the commemorative Medal of Honor Zippo lighter Case knife set. And, in case you were wondering Davis -- who is known as "the real Forrest Gump" -- was wounded in the same place the fictional character was -- "In the buttocks, sir."

In his speech, Fritz said after meeting Zippo and Case employees, as well as many people from the Bradford area, he believes the companies and the community represent "the spirit and core of America."

You can see more pictures on our Facebook page

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Sheetz Coming to Foster Township

Foster Township is getting a Sheetz.

Dave Hazelet, director of Real Estate at Sheetz, tells WESB the company is at the very beginning stages of the project, but they have signed an agreement for a long term land lease with MBC Development, LP.

Hazelet says they must now begin the engineering and approval phases of the project, which could take up to 18 months. He adds that they are “hopeful that the process will move smoothly and you will see a brand new Sheetz store on a prominent corner in Foster Township … in just a couple short years.”

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Honoring Our Veterans

Medal of Honor recipients Sgt. Sammy Davis and Lt. Col. Harold Fritz took part in Veterans Day ceremonies this morning in Veterans Square in Bradford. At 3:30 this afternoon they will be at the Zippo/Case Museum, where they will install a commemorative Medal of Honor Zippo lighter/Case knife set. The public is invited.

You can see more pictures of today's Veterans Square event on our Facebook page:

WESB photos

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Fire Damages House, Destroys Garage

Fire damaged a Kane house on Saturday, and investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

The fire started in an upstairs bedroom at 432 Tionesta Avenue at just after noon. The home is owned by Holly Gausman. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

Also Saturday afternoon, fire destroyed a garage on Route 6 in Keating Township.

State police say Richard Thomas discovered the fire near a running motorcycle. A Jeep and some ATVs were also destroyed.

That fire is also under investigation.

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Couple Charged With Endangering Children, More

A man was found with a machete and a knife while Bradford police were at a home checking on the welfare of children.

Court records say police got the call early Saturday morning and noticed through a window at 169 Elm Street that 25-year-old Michael Salmonson had the machete and also had blood on his face. They found the fixed blade knife under shirt while arresting him.

They also found 31-year-old Kristen Moore passed out in a bedroom with suspected drugs and paraphernalia nearby. At the police station she tackled an officer and cut his neck with her finger nail.

As for the children – the 1-year-old girl had a large bruise on her head and couldn’t keep her balance. She was taken to BRMC for treatment of significant injuries. The other child is a 10-year-old boy. McKean County Children and Youth Services is handling their cases.

Salmonson and Moore are each facing numerous charges, and both are in McKean County Jail. Moore’s bail is $40,000; Salmonson’s is $20,000.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Warren Native Aboard USS Makin Island

RED SEA -- Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Jesse Sternberg, a native of Warren, Pennsylvania, tightens a net around cargo during a replenishment at sea in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dennis Grube/Released)
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SBU Sophomores A Cut Above

St. Bonaventure University’s sophomore class threw a hair-razing party unlike any other college in Western New York.

The Goin’ Bald for Bucks event Oct. 18 raised nearly $10,000 for cancer research and support —almost twice as much as any college in the region has ever raised.

“It was just amazing to see the students’ passion for the event,” said Leah Shearer Noonan, SBU class of 2000 and program coordinator with the Teens Living with Cancer program, one of the three organizations to benefit from the fundraiser. Buffalo’s Roswell Park and Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Institute were the other beneficiaries.

Sophomore class co-adviser Robbie Chulick, ’13, said 70 members of the Bonaventure community had their hair cut, with 15 — including freshman Sara Bermingham — being shaved bald.

Local hair stylists from JCPenney, Hall of Fame Barbershop and A Jason Clemons Salon donated their time and skills, with hair from 15 students being donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children.

“Seeing SBU rally behind a worthwhile cause was amazing,” said James “JW” Cook, sophomore class president and a political science major from Brockport. “SBU is a close-knit community and events like this continue to prove that.”

Noonan was effusive in her praise of the students’ efforts.

“I thought it was remarkable. I think that passion comes from being personally touched by cancer in some way. So many students have had a connection to someone who’s gone through it,” said Noonan, who’s been more than touched by cancer. She’s battled it twice.

Enduring chronic fatigue syndrome throughout her St. Bonaventure career, Noonan was diagnosed “very late in the game” with thyroid cancer when she was 26.

“Luckily, it’s a very survivable cancer, so I beat that,” she said. Four years later, she beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma into remission, too.

Noonan’s experience inspired her to work with young adults coping with cancer. She’s been working since 2008 for Teens Living with Cancer, a project of Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation.

Noonan is an advocate for adolescents and young adults who must navigate a complicated medical system all while enduring the difficult isolation of their illness

The Goin’ Bald for Bucks fundraiser began in Western New York when a cancer patient’s brother vowed to keep his head shaved until his sister’s hair grew back.

Ten years after it began, more than $2.4 million has been raised through Goin’ Bald for Bucks, with more than 70 schools and organizations across New York state participating.

The program is based at Roswell Park, which last year allowed Wilmot Institute and Teens Living with Cancer to expand the fundraiser into the Rochester market.

Pictured, Freshman Sara Bermingham gets her head shaved by Jana from A Jason Clemons Salon in Olean.

Wolf Names McGinty Chief of Staff

Former DEP secretary Katie McGinty is headed back to Harrisburg.

Governor-elect Tom Wolf has named her his chief of staff.

The 51-year-old Philadelphia native was DEP secretary under Governor Ed Rendell. She's also worked for Al Gore in the Senate and in the White House for President Bill Clinton.

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Tim Hortons Employee Charged With Theft

A Tim Hortons employee is accused of stealing from the cash register.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Shawn Deahn of Olean took the money November 3 from the restaurant on Route 417.

He was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear in Town of Allegany Court.

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Burglary at Zoar Valley Inn Tavern

A burglary at the Zoar Valley Inn Tavern landed a man in jail over the weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies charged 39-year-old Gordon Brumley of North Tonawanda following the incident at about 2:30 Saturday morning.

He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $20,000 cash bail and scheduled to appear in East Otto Town Court.

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Man Stole Car, Crashed It

A man is facing charges for stealing a car in Buffalo and then crashing it in Cattaraugus County.

Sheriff’s deputies say 32-year-old Richard Presano stole the vehicle from a woman in Buffalo and then drove it off Route 353 in New Albion while he was on his way to Salamanca early Saturday morning.

Presano was sent to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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Smethport Business Cited

A Smethport business has been cited for a liquor law violation.

Police say employees of the Bucktail Inn sold alcohol after its restaurant liquor license expired on July 31.

The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge.

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