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Monday, October 20, 2014

Car Hits Sign on Route 219

No one was hurt in an accident late Saturday afternoon on Route 219 in Lafayette Township.

Police say a car driven by 54-year-old Cynthia Abrams of Manassas, Virginia, was traveling south when it went into the heightened west berm and hit a metal PennDOT sign.

Police say Abrams was fatigued at the time of the crash. She was cited for not staying in her lane.

She was able to drive the car away from the accident.

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Two Thefts in Hector Township

Police are investigating two thefts in Hector Township in Potter County that happened sometime between September 1 and last Monday.

A Yamaha 90 dirt bike was taken from a Carr Hill Road camp. The bike is owned by Melvin Arnold Jr. of Harrisburg and Michael Benner of Enola.

Someone stole a skeet thrower from a shooting range on Brown Road.

The skeet thrower is privately owned by Edward Berger of Slatington.

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City of Bradford Police Log 10/17 to 10/19/14

City of Bradford Police over the weekend investigated a theft on Mechanic Street and possible drug possession on Congress Street. They were called to domestic disputes on Elm Street, Jackson Avenue and Kiwanis Court, and to disturbances on High and West Corydon streets. They were called about disorderly conduct on Park Street and criminal mischief on Pearl and West Washington streets.

Officers handled a number of traffic and parking problems throughout the city, and were called about harassment on Kiwanis Court and High Street, barking dogs on Congress Street and public drunks on Barbour and North streets. They also check on suspicious activity on Main and Kennedy streets.

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PennDOT Launches New Tool for Teens, Parents

Harrisburg — PennDOT announced today that a new partnership will help keep teen drivers safe and save the commonwealth nearly $70,000 in annual printing costs.

“The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program,” developed by the Safe Roads Alliance and sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Sheetz, provides parents with a printed handbook designed as a simple, easyto-follow guide to help their teens become safe and responsible drivers. The alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving highway safety by improving driver education with particular emphasis on behind-the-wheel training.

The program also provides a mobile app to help parents track their teen’s practice drive times and training progress. Booklets have been printed and distributed to driver license centers statewide and will be distributed to all teen drivers when a learner’s permit is issued.

“We are pleased to be part of this important collaborative effort to help parents and guardians actively guide their teens as they start to drive,” said PennDOT Executive Deputy Secretary Bradley L. Mallory at an event at Mechanicsburg High School. “Adults set a positive, safe example for young drivers in their family and the new guide offers detailed steps to assist with that mission.”

“The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program” booklet is replacing an existing PennDOT publication. The new guide is underwritten by the sponsors, saving the Commonwealth $70,000 in annual printing costs. The announcement of the new program comes as Governor Tom Corbett proclaimed Oct. 19-25 as Teen Driver Safety Week to coincide with the national observance.

“Research tells us the single most important thing parents can do to help their teens stay safe on the road is to allow as much supervised practice behind the wheel as possible,” said Ed Gold, State Farm marketing director. “Driving with a parent builds a new driver’s confidence and we hope this new resource will help parents and teens make the most of this time together.”

For more information on the “Parent’s Supervised Driving Program,” visit PennDOT also partners with safety groups and law enforcement for teen-driver safety education and training. For more information on available programs and other young driver safety resources, visit PennDOT’s highway safety website,, and visit the “Young Driver” information center or school programs page in the “Resources” section.

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Man Waives Hearing on Child Porn Charges

A 21-year-old man who sent naked pictures of himself to a girl younger than 18 has waived his preliminary hearing on child pornography charges.

Jacob Tarr confessed to his parole officer and a police officer that he sent the pictures to the teenager from a computer in Port Allegany, as well as other places in McKean County, according to papers filed in District Judge Bill Todd's office.

Tarr is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Scarnati: Senate Passes Legislation to
Protect Second Amendment Rights

The Senate approved legislation on Thursday to protect Pennsylvanians’ Second Amendment rights by preventing local jurisdictions from imposing firearms ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, who strongly supported the measure, explained that the amended version of House Bill 80 would prohibit local laws or ordinances attempting to regulate firearms or ammunition.

The bill would allow an individual or organization to sue to block or overturn a local ordinance. If successful, the individual would be able to recover all expenses, including attorney fees, costs, expenses, and lost income from employment.

“This legislation is a commonsense measure to not change, but simply clarify current law,” Scarnati said. “Senate Bill 80 clarifies existing law to ensure that firearms and ammunition laws are consistent across Pennsylvania.”

“Unfortunately, anti-gun advocates are now pressuring local governments to enact laws which violate our Second Amendment rights,” Scarnati explained. “They are engaging in this underhanded tactic in order to push an unpopular agenda which has repeatedly failed to succeed at the state or federal level.”

Scarnati noted that over three decades ago state firearm preemption was enacted by the legislature to avoid the possibility of having over 2,600 separate firearm laws across the Commonwealth. In recent years more than 50 local governments have enacted local gun control ordinances in violation of the current state firearms preemption law.

“Myriad local firearm laws across our Commonwealth make compliance very difficult and nearly impossible for responsible gun owners,” Scarnati said. “Many local residents travel across the state with a lawfully owned gun in their car. We need consistency to prevent individuals who travel with firearms for personal protection and hunting from being at risk of breaking the law simply by crossing from one municipality to the other.”

House Bill 80 is supported by various pro-Second Amendment organizations. The legislation was approved by the Senate by a vote of 34 to 14. The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for a vote on concurrence.

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New ANF Supervisor Named

Sherry Tune has been selected as the new forest supervisor of the Allegheny National Forest, according to Kathleen Atkinson, U.S. Forest Service Eastern Regional Forester.

Atkinson said, “I am delighted that Sherry has accepted the position of Allegheny Forest Supervisor. Her excellent leadership and collaboration skills will help strengthen the Allegheny's ties with the public.”

Tune is currently the forest supervisor on the Mendocino National Forest Supervisor in northern California, a position she’s held since February 2012.

“I am looking forward to joining the Allegheny National Forest and engaging in great dialogue and connecting with the employees, communities and partners who enjoy the many benefits from this remarkable forest,” Tune said. I am excited for this new challenge and experiencing a different environment, ecosystem and climate.”

Prior to arriving on the Mendocino, Tune served as district ranger on the Los Padres National Forest in southern California, following service as a deputy district ranger for the Coronado National Forest in Arizona. She started her U.S. Forest Service career in 1978 as a clerk-typist before transitioning to fire management, where she has extensive experience, including working on hotshot crews, leading a handcrew, serving as assistant forest fire management officer, an emergency center manager, fire planner, fuels program manager and fire ecologist. Tune’s U.S. Forest Service experience also includes work as a certified timber cruiser, law enforcement officer, national training coordinator and union steward.

Tune will report to the Allegheny National Forest on November 17.

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PSP: Bike Rider was Under the Influence

A “known male juvenile” is facing charges for riding his bike while under the influence.

Police say he was riding his bike on the wrong side of Route 6 near Jenigens Body Shop in Coudersport at 1:46 this morning. They later learned he was DUI and had a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia with him.

The charges were filed through Potter County Juvenile Probation.

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Pickup Truck Hits House in Wilcox

A pickup truck hit – and went into – a house this morning in Wilcox.

Police say the truck driven by 22-year-old Kelsey Bowley of Wilcox was on Route 219 when it went out of control on a curve, went off the road and hit a utility pole. The truck then hit a parked pickup and car before hitting Dawn Sandy’s house, coming to rest partially inside of it.

Bowley suffered minor injuries and was charged with careless driving.

Her truck and Sandy’s car were severely damaged. The other pickup, owned by Jon Maletto of Kane, was moderately damaged. Route 219 in that area was closed from about 8 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m.

Police were assisted by PennDOT, the Wilcox Fire & Rescue Department and Wilcox Ambulance, West Penn Power, Windstream Communications and National Fuel.

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3 PA Residents Being Monitored for Ebola

Three Pennsylvanians who were on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas with a nurse who tested positive for Ebola are being monitored in Texas.

Governor Tom Corbett said today that the three people are not showing symptoms of Ebola and aren't being quarantined. He says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed them and they are free to return to Pennsylvania. The state's isn't disclosing personal information about them.

State health secretary Michael Wolf says state epidemiologists are in contact with the three residents and will know if they return to Pennsylvania.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 10/16/14

City of Bradford Police on Thursday got calls about harassment and criminal mischief to automobiles, both from the same East Main Street address. They were also called to a disturbance on Main Street.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sand Tanker Rolls Over Near Marvindale

A tractor trailer carrying a load of sand rolled over near the intersection of routes 146 and 6 this morning.

State police say 63-year-old Lyman Guss Jr. of McClure was traveling east on 146 at just before 11:30 a.m. when the passenger side tires of the truck went onto the soft berm of the road, causing Guss to lose control. The tractor and trailer slid down a steep embankment and rolled onto the passenger side.

Guss was treated at the scene by Mount Jewett Ambulance personnel for minor injuries.

State police were assisted at the scene by the Hamlin Township Fire Department, PennDOT and Big Dog Heavy Duty Recovery & Repair.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 10/15/14

City of Bradford Police are investigating a report sexual assault on East Avenue. They also looked into a possible drug act violation on Marion Avenue. Police were called to a domestic incident on Main Street, a disturbance on Pearl Street and a fight on Barbour Street. Officers also got an animal complaint from Jackson Avenue, and were asked to looked into suspicious activity on Barbour and Mills streets.

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Man Gets Probation for Stealing, Cashing Checks

A man who stole checks he and his co-defendants cashed has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court.

22-year-old Stephen Frank IV will spend the next five years on probation for his conviction on forgery charges.

Frank stole the checks from a Freedom woman in January. They were later cashed at the Fresh Market in Franklinville.

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Woman Pleads to Attempted Arson

A woman has pleaded guilty to setting a garage on fire this past summer.

21-year-old Crystal Lore of Little Valley set the fire at a residential garage on Second Street in Little Valley on July 23.

Lore is scheduled for sentencing in Cattaraugus County Court on December 8.

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Third Man in Court for Gang Assault Charges

A third man has pleaded not guilty to taking part in a gang assault in Salamanca this past winter.

William Larkin of Steamburg is also charged with assault and felony reckless endangerment in connection to the January 25 incident. Cattaraugus County prosecutors say the victim suffered head injuries.

Two of his co-defendants, Yancey Dowdy and Jacob White, both of Salamanca, are facing the same charges, and pleaded not guilty last week. They are in Cattaraugus County Jail.

All three cases have been adjourned for motions.

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Rixford Man Waives Hearing

A man who had been banned from attending Otto-Eldred school activities but was arrested after attending two sporting events earlier this month has waived his preliminary hearing.

50-year-old Scott Porter of Rixford also allegedly threatened representatives of the school district and their families on Facebook. Court records say Porter had been issued notices from the school district banning him from school activities four different times in 2012 and 2013. Then on October 2 he attended junior varsity and varsity games.

Porter is charged with making terroristic threats, harassment and criminal trespass. He had been in McKean County Jail but was released after this morning’s hearing on $30,000 unsecured bail.

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Bradford Man Pleads in Catt County Court

A Bradford man has pleaded guilty to drug charges in Cattaraugus County Court.

31-year-old Phillip Haight sold a narcotic substance in Salamanca on June 13 of last year.

Haight is scheduled for sentencing on December 15.

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