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Saturday, March 22, 2008

UPDATE: Lost Gold in Elk County

We have an update on a story we told you about last month concerning a man who believes there’s lost gold buried in Elk County. Dennis Parada thinks a Union convoy taking it to the mint in Philadelphia during the Civil War lost the gold. Parada needs permission from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, but he says they’re still dragging their feet. He says the DCNR has told him he needs more proof before he can start digging. Parada runs a treasure hunting business in Clearfield and says the gold is in the Village of Dents Run near the Cameron County border. Parada and his partners made some initial digs in 2005, turning up artifacts that included bones, a shattered bottle, a pocketknife, tin cans and two bullets. The state halted that effort.

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Sometimes I Love My Job

Actually, I love my job all the time. But some weeks I love it more than others. I'm not even talking about the actual news that I've covered over the last couple of weeks. It's my talk show, "The LiveLine," that's had me loving my job so much lately. Last week alone I interviewed best-selling author John Grisham (about Hillary Clinton), Command Sergeant Major Jesse Andrews, who is currently deployed with the Third Infantry Division in Iraq (he called from Baghdad) and Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett. Who says a newsperson in little ol' Bradford, Pa., can't get the good "gets?"

In the next couple of weeks my guests will be "City of Light" author Lauren Belfer, local author (and a friend of mine) Jim Kinney and Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. He's my favorite guest. He says I'm his favorite talk show host, too, so we're even. And to think I couldn't stand the guy in 2000. But I digress ...

I'm also starting a series on child abuse and interviewing people from the March of Dimes, the YWCA Victims Resource Center and the local Red Cross, three of my favorite agencies.

Yes, I really do love my job. I'm sure other "news geeks" will understand why.

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03/20/08 - Police Search for Bradford Man
A Bradford man is facing charges after allegedly striking a pedestrian with a vehicle Sunday night in a parking lot at Jose’s bar in Lewis Run. 22 year-old Chad Cobb ran into several vehicles and then a pedestrian in the bar’s parking lot. The pedestrian was treated for minor injuries at BRMC. Cobb is facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident and other violations. Anyone with information on Cobb’s whereabouts is asked to contact State Police in Kane.

03/20/08 - Man Takes Police on High-Speed Chase
A Salamanca man faces several charges after taking police on a high-speed chase through the city early Thursday morning. Police started chasing 24-year-old Darryl Shongo on Merden Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. The chase continued over 11 streets and ended in the Masonic Park. Police say Shongo drove in excess of 80 miles per hour and rammed 2 marked police vehicles. Shongo faces more than a dozen charges and 30 traffic citations. He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of 10 thousand dollars bail.

03/21/08 - Commissioners Name New Warden
McKean County Commissioners abolished the prison board Thursday.
Then they installed Sheriff Brad Mason as McKean County Jail Warden.
The changes are effective immediately and will save McKean County around $80,000. Mason says he’ll name two assistant wardens to the staff at the jail.

03/21/08 - Mount Jewett Man Pleads Guilty
A Mount Jewett man has pleaded guilty to causing an accident that killed another Mount Jewett man. 23-year-old Jason Roth was pulling out of the parking lot of the Don't Know Tavern on Route 219 on June 9 when his car went out of control, rolled over and hit some small trees. 24-year-old Ian McCloskey was a passenger in Roth's car, and died at the scene. Roth will be sentenced April 24.

Friday, March 21, 2008

It's Time for 'Falcon Cam' Again

The story of two Peregrine falcons that have nested on the ledge of Harrisburg’s Rachel Carson State Office Building since 2005 continues this year before a worldwide audience now that the cameras that broadcast their experiences are live online.

Two cameras will chronicle the falcons round-the-clock while streaming the footage live.

D-E-P Secretary Kathleen McGinty says viewers may be able to see the eggs arrive within the week. Based on data recorded at the site from past nesting seasons, the first egg should arrive sometime around March 25. In each of the past two years, the female falcon has laid a “clutch” of five eggs. The eggs should begin to hatch around Mother’s Day and the young falcons” will begin to take their first flights around Father’s Day.

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03/19/08 - Check-Cashing Scam Targets McDonald's
State police are investigating a check cashing scam involving McDonald's restaurants. They say on February 14 a man arrived at the Warren McDonald's in what was described as a "school-styled bus." He went into the store, said he was a basketball coach and wanted to order food for his players. He ordered about 50 dollars worth of food and gave an employee a check for 150 dollars that he said was given to him by the school district. The employee then gave him the food and change.
A local bank has discovered that the check was not valid. Police learned that the person committed similar crimes in Titusville and Grove City. They are trying to determine if there are any other similar incidents.

03/20/08 - LaBrozzi Named D9 League MVP
Bradford’s Ryan LaBrozzi is the D9 League basketball MVP. Labrozzi led the Owls in scoring averaging 17 points per game. Labrozzi was named to the D9 league Allstar team along with teammates Ben Lanich and Tommy Taylor.

On the ladies side, Shelly Fuhrman, Tricia Copeland and Katie White were named to the D9 all star squad.

03/20/08 - Is it Legal to Dig Leeks on the ANF?
Spring is here, which means it's leek-picking time. Some people may be wondering if it's legal to dig leeks on the Allegheny National Forest. The answer is – yes and no. Leeks may be legally picked without a permit for personal consumption on most forest lands. You are not allowed to pick leeks, even for personal consumption, on just a few areas of the Allegheny NF. These areas include the Hickory Creek and Allegheny River Island Wilderness, the two wilderness study areas surrounding Minister Creek in Warren County and Indian Run in McKean County, the Buckaloons Heritage Area in Warren County, the Hearts Content National Scenic Area in Warren County, and the Tionesta Research Natural Area and Tionesta National Scenic Area in McKean and Warren Counties.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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03/18/08 - Area Soldier Critically Injured in Iraq
A soldier from Cattaraugus County is in critical condition at a hospital in Germany after being severely injured in an explosion in Iraq. 25-year-old Sergeant James Hackemer graduated from Gowanda High School in 2000. He was injured when a roadside bomb hit his convoy on Friday. Hackemer has both of his legs amputated and is in a drug-induced coma. He is expected to be transported to Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington later this week.

03/19/08 - Another Drug Bust in Bradford
Another drug bust in the City of Bradford. 31-year-old Jason Baney of Summer Street was arrested Monday night after officers with the McKean County Drug Task Force saw a drug transaction taking place in a convenience store parking lot on East Main Street. Once the transaction was complete, task force and Bradford City Police officers arrested Baney. They also seized marijuana, money, drug paraphernalia and Baney's vehicle.

03/19/08 - 'Operation Family Cookout' Nets 29
The state Attorney General’s Office today announced it has charged 29 people with running what prosecutors are calling the “oldest known methamphetamine manufacturing operation in northwestern Pennsylvania.” The investigation, known as "Operation Family Cook-Out," began in March 2007 and focused on the illegal trafficking of methamphetamine by James and Ronald Frey of Albion. According to the criminal complaint the brothers manufactured methamphetamine at each of their residences, packaged and sold the drug from their homes between 1994 and 2007. They allegedly sold meth for as much $50 per half gram during that time. Attorney General Tom Corbett says the Frey brothers have been making a business out of cooking methamphetamine for 14 years. Today their business is shut-down and a significant hole has been put in the Erie meth market."

03/19/08 - BAHS Swimmers Earn All-State Honors
Five Bradford High swimmers have earned all-state honors after swimming to a 14th place finish overall in the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships over the weekend. They are Alex Goodman, Ben Daggett, Dan Gonzalez, Matt Schwab and Matt Anderson.

03/19/08 - Corderi, Cavuto Honored by St. Bona's
Victoria Corderi
NBC’s Victoria Corderi and FOX anchor Neil Cavuto have been honored as the 11th and 12th members of St. Bonaventure University’s Wall of Distinguished Graduates. The plaque-lined wall inside the University’s Murphy Building honors distinguished graduates of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Corderi has won three national news Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1997, she received an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism for a report on contaminated mattresses.

Neil Cavuto Cavuto is the senior vice president, anchor and managing editor of business news for the FOX Business Network. He hosts the one-hour daytime financial program, “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” as well as “Cavuto on Business,” a Saturday morning wrap-up program highlighting the week’s business news. “Your World” is the No. 1 rated cable news program in its time slot. Cavuto also anchors “The Cavuto Money Report” for FOX News Radio. The two plaques were unveiled at the Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise event, honoring senior Emily Ciraolo of Grand Island. Corderi was the keynote speaker for the event. Cavuto and Corderi were recognized as outstanding graduates in the field of broadcast journalism, the first from that field to be recognized. Lee Coppola, dean of the school, says Corderi and Cavuto have brought honor and pride to the journalism program that educated them.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Senator Casey on Iraq War

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement today ahead of the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq:
“Five years ago this week, President Bush misled our nation and took us into a war with Iraq that was poorly executed and grossly mishandled. Today, we mark the sacrifices of the 183 Pennsylvanian and almost 4,000 American heroes who have given their lives in the ultimate sacrifice and to the more than 29,000 wounded American soldiers, some of them with crippling and lifelong injuries.

“I am concerned that the President now seeks to shackle his successor to the same failed policies on Iraq, especially by extending unilateral U.S. security assurances to the Iraqi government. The American people have already sacrificed too much of her blood and treasure in Iraq. In coming months, I will continue to work with other Members of Congress to exercise the strong oversight necessary to ensure that this President does not lock our nation into an ill-advised, open-ended commitment that only perpetuates the tragic mistakes of the past five years.”

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03/17/08 - Kane Fire Damages Two Trains
An arson fire caused one million dollars worth of damage, which includes two trains that were once used for tourist trips at Kinzua Bridge State Park.Investigators say someone broke into a warehouse early Sunday morning and set it on fire. The damaged steam locomotives are owned by B. Sloan Cornell of Marienville. One is a diesel and the other is a luxury dining car built in the 1890s and restored in the 1930s. Kane Borough Police are continuing their investigation.

03/17/08 - Kane's Apollo Hardwoods is Closing
Apollo Hardwoods Company announced the closing and liquidation of its assets as of last Friday. This includes the permanent closing of the plant Apollo had started in Kane. They had intended to make plywood and veneer products from local black cherry logs. After more than six years of investment in the startup, they decided to close the plant and the business completely and to sell all of its property and equipment. The company is not in bankruptcy and will be paying all of its payroll, financed debt, supplier balances and other liabilities.

03/17/08 - Young Comments on New Governor
Statement of NY State Senator Cathy Young:
“Governor Paterson gave an uplifting speech that focused on working together. It was very refreshing and very encouraging. We have serious challenges to solve in the days ahead. At the top of the list is passing the state budget. I’m concerned because there are $3.2 billion in new tax hikes on the table that will be detrimental to our families. The worst thing to do in an economic downturn is to raise taxes. We need a budget that controls spending and gives our taxpayers some relief. I look forward toward to working with the new Governor to get the job done.”

03/16/08 - Olean Wins Basketball Championship
Olean won its first New York State Public Schools championship by dumping defending champion Malvern 63-53 Saturday night. Sam Moore earned Most Valuable Player honors with 27 points and 10 rebounds. The Huskies advance to the New York State Federation Tournament in Glens Falls. They will play the state Independent Tournament champion Collegiate High School of New York City at 4:15 p.m. March 28.

03/18/08 - Gasoline Prices on the Rise Again
Prices at the pump jumped again on Tuesday. The price was $3.37 a gallon Tuesday afternoon. Gas at Seneca Junction, on the other hand, is $3.21. That's 7 cents lower than this morning's price. Meanwhile, ARG lowered the price it pays for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil by $4.50. Tuesday's price is $100.50.

03/18/08 - Court Upholds Child Molester's Conviction
A New York state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Portville Central School teacher found guilty of molesting 2 boys. James Molyneaux was convicted in 2005. The court did, however, reduce his sentence from 37 ½ to 50 years to 17 ½ to 23 years. He is serving his sentence in the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the same facility that houses Ralph "Bucky" Phillips. Molyneaux denies have sex with the boys, but says he knew them from school and the Boy Scouts.

03/18/08 - Committee Favors Marriage Amendment
The State Senate Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment. Senate Bill 1250 would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ensure that marriage in Pennsylvania remains the union of husband and wife, and prevents any equivalent to marriage using a different name. Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, thanked Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati for attending the meeting and voting in support of the bill. Pennsylvania's Catholic Bishops also applauded Scarnati. Opponents of the measure, including advocates for children and victims of domestic violence, have argued that the amendment would prevent same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples from adopting. They also say it would discourage employers from offering domestic-partner benefits. The legislation ultimately must pass both chambers of the legislature in two successive sessions, and then goes to a vote of the people at the ballot box. 27 states have passed Marriage Protection Amendments.

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Four Inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame

The St. Bonaventure University Seneca Battalion announced the induction of four new members into its Army ROTC Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday, March 15, in the Rigas Family Theater on campus. The Hall of Fame honors distinguished graduates and individuals of the St. Bonaventure community who have served their country with the utmost duty and valor. This year’s distinguished inductees are Lt. Col. James M. DiRisio (Ret.), ’86, Col. David W. Hazen (Ret.), ’63, Col. Thomas G.B. Kane (Ret.), ’80 and Col. Lois (Rappl) Morales (Ret.), ’82 (a friend of mine).

loisrapplmorales.jpgLois M. (Rappl) Morales was born in Rochester, graduating from Bishop Kearney High School before attending Monroe Community College. She transferred to St. Bonaventure as a junior, and like her father, Norbert J. Rappl, ’52, enrolled in Army ROTC. She was graduated from St. Bonaventure with a bachelor’s degree in economics and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance branch. She completed the Ordnance Officer Basic Course at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., and was graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. In March 1983, she reported to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she served as a staff supply officer and protocol officer during the first part of her tour, then became a platoon leader and later executive officer of the 903rd Maintenance Company. During her final year in Germany, she was the maintenance management officer of the 87th Maintenance Battalion, having been promoted to first lieutenant and captain while on active duty. Morales left active duty in June 1987 and became a U.S. Army Reserve Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Material Officer for the Army Logistics Center, Fort Lee, Va. In 1992, she became the S1 of the 320th Military Police Battalion in Ashley, Pa. A brief reassignment to the Control Group followed and in February 1995, she began her long-term association with the 75th Division (Exercise). Her first assignment with the 75th Division was as the senior simulation coach in the division’s 1st Brigade, Houston, Texas. Promoted to major in October 1997, she was assigned as secretary to the General Staff and, in May 1999, was selected as the Chemical Team Chief, 4th Brigade, 75th Division in Houston. In September 2000, she became commandant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Division, serving in that capacity until August 2002. She was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 2002 and was selected to command 1st Battalion (Logistics Support), 382nd Regiment, 75th Division at Fort Sill, Okla.
She was the first woman to command a battalion in the 60-year history of the 75th Division and mobilized with it from January to November 2003, when she was responsible for the training of soldiers deploying from CONUS for the Global War on Terror. Following her highly successful battalion command, Morales became the deputy G4 of the 75th Division till 2007. Following her promotion to colonel, Morales is presently a Simulation Team Chief in 1st Battle Command Training Brigade. She and her husband, Col. James Morales, live in Dallas with their three sons, Dustin, Kyle, and Karl. In addition to the Ordnance Officer Basic and Basic Airborne Courses, Morales is a graduate of the NBC School, the Ordnance Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College. She is also member of the Army War College Class of 2008 and due to graduate in July. Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Bronze Hourglass and M Device), Silver Hour Glass, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, and German Proficiency Badge.

UPB Honors "Women of Promise"

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford honored four area high school students as “Women of Promise” at a luncheon Tuesday, March 18, for their achievements in athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts.
The award, co-sponsored by Pitt-Bradford’s Staff Association and the Women’s History Celebration Committee, is given to students who demonstrate academic excellence along with exceptional achievement in one of three categories—athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts.
Being honored are Michelle Fuhrman of Bradford for athletics; Macy Rupprecht of St. Marys for community service; and Brianna Bizzaro of Port Allegany and Danielle Campbell of Portville, N.Y., for creative and performing arts.
“It was a pleasure to receive and review the nominations of these amazing young women,” said Heidi Anderson, co-chairwoman of the committee that chose the winners.
Co-chairwoman Sandy Green echoed Anderson’s praise, saying, “We were extremely pleased with the nominations we received from the high schools in the region. The selection committee was impressed with the many achievements of all the nominees. We were especially impressed by the extent of involvement and leadership of the winners. These young women are very deserving of this recognition.”
This is the 12th year that the Staff Association and the Women’s History Celebration Committee have recognized area “Women of Promise.” Bradford physician Dr. Jill Owens was the keynote speaker at the luncheon honoring the students. In her speech, Owens discussed her work in the Dominican Republic.

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A Million Paper Airplanes!

Five-year-old Hunter Winship's quest to get in the Guiness Book of World Records surpassed everyone's expectations.

Family members of the Freedom boy estimate he's received more than a million paper airplanes.

The project began in January when Hunter was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma. His mother thought setting a world record would be a distraction for Hunter, and she was shocked to realize there wasn't one for the most paper airplanes ever received. When the project began, she thought maybe they'd get enough airplanes to fill their 15-passenger van. Monday was the last day they could collect airplanes for the official count.

While the Winships must count all the planes before Guiness officials do the official tally, Hunter's Mom believes they have easily surpassed a million planes. She's hoping they will officially make the record books by June--when Hunter will celebrate his sixth birthday.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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03/15/08 - Dodsworth Likely Going to FCI McKean
The business partner of former Bradford landlord Frank Kartesz is likely to spend his time in prison at F-C-I McKean. Robert Dodsworth was sentenced Friday to six years and four months in federal prison for his part in a mortgage-fraud scheme. He is expected to report to U.S. marshals on June 16, and is free on bond until then. The FBI, Internal Revenue Service and other agencies have been investigating the mortgage-fraud case since 2004. Federal officials said victims lost more than $1 million between 2003 and 2006. As part of his sentence, Dodsworth was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and $57,365 in restitution to lending institutions affected by the scam. Dodsworth was not ordered to pay restitution to individual homeowners. The government said restitution for those victims is nearly impossible to award.Kartesz had been expected to plead guilty last month, but that hearing was postponed and has not been rescheduled yet.

03/15/08 - Arrest Made for Corry Bomb Threat
Corry police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a bomb threat at Corry Area High School in February. Police said they arrested Justin Carlson, after he turned himself in on Friday.About 1,200 Corry students were sent home shortly at around 11 a.m. on Feb. 27, after a student reported a bomb threat scrawled on a restroom wall. A police search failed to turn up a bomb, but the school was locked down for about 6 hours. Carlson is free on $10,000 unsecured bond.

03/16/07 - Man Charged with Assault, Jailed
New York State Police on Saturday arrested a man wanted in Illinois for violating his probation on a murder charge. 42-year-old George A. Maybee, was arrested in Salamanca and is being held without bail in the Cattaraugus County Jail. State police and marshals from the Seneca Nation of Indians charged Maybee in a Saturday assault on Tracey Dunlap in Perrysburg. She was treated for facial injuries at Lakeshore Hospital and was later released. The attack took place on Indian Hill Road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.