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NYS: Teacher Lied to Get Job

The substitute teacher fired from the Gowanda Central School District when officials learned he had been convicted of manslaughter, lied to get the job. The state education department says Harold Eisenman told them the conviction stemmed from a reckless driving incident. In fact, Eisenman used a 2-year-old girl in a karate demonstration and she died the next day from internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen. He spent six years in prison after the non-jury conviction. The department says if they were allowed to do background checks as thoroughly when Eisenman was hired as they do now, he would not have been hired. The department is considering legal action.

New WESB.com Web Poll

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I put myself into an interesting competition here. Mo John is already president of a nation so, obviously, he's got experience. Dr. Alexander is president of a successful university (and getting more successful by the minute!). Senator Scarnati is president pro tempore of the PA senate so he's got government experience, too. Steve Ackerman is Bradford's beloved football coach but I needed to put another homegrown candidate in the mix so I wouldn't have an unfair advantage with the hometown voters.

So why vote for Anne Holliday? Although I've never been elected to a government position, I have reported on local and state government for about 10 years. Any reporter will tell you that you really have to know your subject if you want to do a good job. (One of my opponents in this poll -- Joe Scarnati -- did say -- and I quote -- "You know about state government, that's for sure." An…

Alleged Burglars Waive Hearings

Three Arkansas men accused of burglarizing a Cameron County store have waived their preliminary hearings.

25-year-old Edward Whitten, 26-year-old Travis Fisher and 52-year-old Scott Fisher allegedly broke into the Lakeview Store on Route 872 in Grove Township on June 23 and July 21. They are accused of stealing cigarettes, cigars, cash, candy bars and other items worth more than $1,000. They also allegedly did nearly $6,000 worth of damage to the store.

They were arrested after atraffic stop on August 18 when they were dressed in camouflage clothing and had two-way radios with ear pieces. Troopers also found gloves, flashlights, toolboxes and other items in the vehicle.

The men are in jail on $25,000 bail each.

Gipson Appeal Denied

The half brother of Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson has lost an appeal to have his jail term reduced.

55-year-old Donald Gipson was charged in January with the murder of 81-year-old Louis Jones of Buffalo in 1996.

Gipson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on March 28 in Warren County and was sentenced to five to ten years in state prison.

Gipson filed a motion to reduce the sentence, which he is currently serving at the state correctional facility in Mercer. The motion, which Gipson filed himself and not through an attorney, was denied because he filed it after the 10-day limit.

Jones' was found in a wrecked station wagon along Route 62 in Warren County with a puncture wound in his chest. Gipson originally told investigators he and Jones were carjacked. A state police cold case team confronted Gipson with new evidence in January.

Port Allegany Man Found Dead

Police are investigating the death of a Port Allegany man Friday morning. They say 35-year-old Mark Higley was found unresponsive on the living room floor of his cousin's home in Roulette. Roulette Ambulance transported Higley to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Arrest Made for Bomb Scare

A Coudersport man has been arrested in connection with the bomb scare at the Potter County Human Services building in Roulette Friday morning.

55-year-old James Boothby has been charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. He's in Potter County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Employees were evacuated as a precaution after an employee discovered suspicious items in the building. Nearby residents were sent to the Roulette Fire Hall.

Bomb squads from Erie and Harrisburg were called to the scene and neutralized a device that was later determined not to contain explosive material. A bomb-sniffing dog from Corry checked the rest of the building.

Fesenmyer House Dedicated

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Pitt-Bradford President Dr. Livingston Alexander invites people to take tours of Fesenmyer House following the ribbon cutting in front of the newest residence hall. Below are videos of the ribbon cutting, the unveling of the sign and (as soon as it's uploaded) remarks by Howard Fesenmyer.









Disaster Drill Set for Saturday

The McKean-Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross will be holding a disaster assessment drill in the Foster Township area on Saturday.

The drill will focus on the Bolivar Drive and Derrick Road areas. Red Cross volunteers, along with local Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteers will be driving through these areas doing mock damage assessments.

The scenario for the drill is based on a severe weather incident.

Red Cross Interim Executive Director Jason Bange says the more they practice, the better prepared they will be when it strikes for real.

Help for Health Clinics

The State House has passed legislation that will help some health care clinics. State Representative Marty Causer says the facilities that would benefit from the bill are the Central Potter Health Care Center in Coudersport, the Misty Valley Health Center in Smethport, the Cameron County Health Center in Emporium and the Community Health Center in Sinnemahoning. Causer says if passed by the state senate, the bill would enable the centers to see patients at a reduced cost.

GOP Rep Calls Obamas 'Uppity'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are calling on a Republican congressman from Georgia to apologize for referring to Barack and Michelle Obama as "uppity," but the lawmaker stood by his comments and said he meant no offense.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, Ga., described the Obamas as members of an "elitist-class ... that thinks that they're uppity," according to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Asked to clarify whether he intended to use the word, he said, "Yeah, uppity."

For the full story, go to The Associated Press.

Seriously, Congressman? Seriously?

Accident Victim in Stable Condition

The Cuba, New York, man who was injured in a construction accident Tuesday on Ho Sta Geh Road is in stable condition at ECMC in Buffalo. 22-year-old Corey Comes was drilling a well next to Kellner Well Services when a 25-foot pipe fell from a crane and hit him on the head. A company official says they have been in business since 1988 and this is the first serious accident. The well that Comes was drilling will be used to test explosive devices used in oil and gas drilling.

Two Men in Hospital After Stabbing

Two men are hospitalized after a stabbing early this morning in Allegany. Police say 26-year-old Matt Zawatski of Kill Buck was stabbed four times by 37-year-old Dana Rickey of Allegany at about 2:15. Zawatski was stabbed twice in the chest and twice in the groin area, but is expected to make a full recovery. Rickey suffered an apparent heart attack at Olean General Hospital after the incident, and was sent to ECMC. Police haven't filed charges yet because they haven't been able to interview Rickey.

Jamestown Soldier Dies in Iraq

A Jamestown soldier has died in Iraq. The Department of Defense says that 22 year-old Pfc. Patrick May died Sept. 2 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. May was with the Division of Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, N.Y.

Thum Joins Northern Potter HC

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Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Northern Potter Health Center in Ulysses has announced the addition of Patricia Thum, MSN, CRNP, to its staff. Thum will be working with Dr. Amit Khanna.
Thum has been working at CCMH since June at Coudersport Pediatrics where she will continue to see patients on Fridays with Dr. Ekta Khanna, Dr. Mary Ann Rigas and Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith. Thum has over 20 years of nursing experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York Regents College, a master’s degree in community health administration and wellness promotion at Independence University, California College for Health Sciences, and a master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner program at Indiana State University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Northern Potter Health Center at 814/848-7555 or Coudersport Pediatrics at 814/274-9198.

Jill Kelly in Smethport

Jill Kelly, wife of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, will be at the Smethport United Methodist Church during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. She will share her test of faith and hope. Kelly is chairman of the Hunter's Hope Foundation.

Potter Players Workshop

Interested in becoming a part of the Potter Players and acting in sensational productions? Want to learn acting basics but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you. Acquaint yourself with the basic rudiments of the acting craft. The topics covered will be basic skills, walking, pantomime, gestures and voice; actors goals and tasks; actors trinity (mind-body-voice); and performance. These classes will be held at the Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport office and will begin Wednesday, October 8 and run through October 29th. Times for the classes will be from 6;30 to 9:30 p.m. and the cost will be $50 per person with financial assistance available. Please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295 with questions or to register.

Chamber Auction October 22

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce announces their 16th annual “open to the public” auction. The event is crafted following the objectives of the chamber. Through donations and sponsorship, area businesses, retailers, professionals, and organizations have an opportunity to acquaint the public with their products and services, advancing the economic welfare of the area. The evening flows to enable those attending to meet potential new customers and show civic support. As the Chamber’s primary fundraiser, monies raised allow the Chamber to create a broad understanding and appreciation of the great opportunities in the Bradford area and to promote the advantages and assets of our region.

The auction will be held October 22 at the Masonic Center at 625 South Avenue in Bradford. Doors will open at 5:00 pm; bidding will begin at 6:00 pm.

The evening is a mixture of bucket, silent, surprise, and traditional auctions. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and door prizes make this a “must…

Free Symphony Concert

The Southern Tier Symphony strings, under the direction of conductor John Whitney, will present "A Celebration of Priesthood" at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 14 at St. Mary of the Angels Church on Henley and First Streets in Olean.

The program is a gift to the community from the church parish and Reverend Gregory J. Dobson, in honor of the 25th anniversary of his ordination. Father Greg is well known in the area as a cleric whose love of music runs very deeply. His leadership role with the Friends of Good Music has helped to bring exceptional talent to our area.

This program is an addition to the annual three concerts usually given by the orchestra, now in its sixth season. The group is currently promoting its "Subscribe NOW!" campaign, which offers patrons a large discount from regular ticket prices. Details may be found at the symphony website: www.southerntiersymphony.org or by calling 716 372-1110.

The concert at St. Mary's will spotlight treasures for …

Wheelchair Clinic on Monday

CARE for Children will partner with Presque Isle Rehab Technology to hold the Verner W. Smith Wheelchair and Adaptive Equipment Clinic for children with disabilities on Monday, September 8th at their offices on 20 Russell Boulevard in Bradford.

This free clinic is a community service to provide expert evaluation to assess needs for custom seating, positioning, and mobility. The annual clinic was renamed in memory of Verner W. Smith of Bradford who passed away in June 2008. Smith was a long time supporter of CARE for Children as well as a recipient of services from the agency as a child.

Jim Noland, Certified Rehab Technology Specialist and Owner of Presque Isle Rehab Technologies will be conducting the clinic. Noland, a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, specializes in many fields including wound care, brain injury and spinal cord injury.

The clinic includes assessment of the current equipment being used, as well as the functional status, social history and seating/mobility needs o…

PennDOT Work Schedule

Ridgway/Cyclone Pa. (September 5, 2008) PENNDOT ELK/McKEAN COUNTY Has announced work for the week of September 8, 2008 through September 12, 2008.

Maintenance work planned by McKean County employees includes:

Ø PIPE FLUSHING – SR 46, Rew Hill Ø CRAFCOING – SR 6, Port Allegany to Potter Co. Line – SR 770 Marshburg
Ø FILL LOW SHOULDERS – SR 3002, Wetmore Road
Ø BRIDGE DEPOSITION REMOVAL – SR 346 Corydon Township
Ø SIGN REPAIRS – Various Routes, County wide
Ø SIDE DOZING – SR 6, Mt. Jewett to Port Allegany – SR 219, Lantz Corners to Tack's Inn
Ø SHOULDER CUTTING – SR 46, Rew Hill
Ø KANE STOCKPILE – Kane, Repair Salt Building
Ø GUIDERAIL REPAIR – Various Routes, County Wide


Maintenance work planned by Elk County employees includes:

Ø JOINT SEALING – SR 255, Million Dollar Highway …

Incredible Years Workshops to Start

Parents and their children age 2 to 8 years are invited to The Incredible Years Workshops. Parents learn how to handle misbehavior, set limits and handle stress, while children participate in a playgroup lead by Family Center staff.

Classes are held on Mondays, 10:00-11:30, September 8 through October 27 at the Bradford Family Center, and on Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00, September 16 to October 28 at the Smethport Family Center. Call The Bradford Family Center at 362-1843 or the Smethport Family Center at 887-5591 to register.

Alleged Burglars Indicted

Two alleged burglars from Florida who took police on a high-speed chase through Cattaraugus County in July have been indicted by a grand jury.

39-year-old Kenneth Davis and 28-year-old David Tester allegedly burglarized a Farmersville home on July 14. The homeowner saw them leave and called police.

A state trooper tried to stop the men, who were allegedly driving a stolen pickup truck, which eventually plunged about 100 yards down a steep hill, where they abandoned it.

Troopers found Davis a short time later at a grocery store in Franklinville. A New York State Police Aviation helicopter and a K-9 Unit helped them find Tester in nearby woods.

Both men are in Cattaraugus County Jail awaiting further court action.

Man Indicted for Manslaughter

A Bradford man has been indicted by a Cattaraugus County Grand Jury on charges of criminally negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter in connection with an accident on November 9, 2007, in Limestone.

Lanny Holly was driving south on Route 219, about half a mile from the Pennsylvania border, when his vehicle went off the road, hit a guide rail, went over an embankment and hit a tree.

The vehicle caught on fire and Holly's passenger, Carol Holly, was trapped inside. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The indictment says Holly was driving while intoxicated.

An arraignment date hasn't been scheduled yet.

Building Going Up,
Prices Going Down

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Work continues on the "new" Crosby Mart and Tim Horton's on East Main Street in Foster Brook, while gas prices at the convenience store continue to decline.

Former Judge Pleads Guilty

A former New York State Supreme Court Judge has pleaded guilty to transporting a woman across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. Ronald Tills helped transport or arrange for the transportation of women to various locations both in New York and across state lines. The women were asked to attend meetings of a men's organization, known as the Royal Order of Jesters, where they were paid for sex. Tills faces 21 to 27 months in a federal prison when he sentenced on January 12.

Senecas File Appeal with NIGC

The National Indian Gaming Commission has put the Seneca Nation on notice that their Buffalo Creek Casino is in violation of federal law. The Senecas have filed a notice of appeal with the National Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission has told the Senecas they may have to shut down in five days, and could be fined $25,000 dollars a day if they don't. The federal government, which has allowed the Senecas to begin building a $333 million dollar casino hotel complex, is still considering its options in the case. Seneca President Mo John says he is still confident they will be able to build the casino, and that gambling will be found to be legal on the Buffalo site.

Regola Employee Suspended

An employee in State Senator Bob Regola's Harrisburg office has been suspended without pay and benefits because she allegedly misused more than $40,000. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati suspended 42-year-old Pamela Barnhart Wednesday after Regola discovered the money missing from legislative accounts as well as unauthorized credit card purchases. The matter has been turned over to the state Capitol police for investigation. No charges have been filed yet.

Ridge to Speak at RNC

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge is scheduled to speak tonight at the Republican National Convention. According to excerpts from his speech provided to WESB and The HERO by the RNC Committee on arrangements, Ridge will speak about Senator John McCain as a friend and leader, and on his readiness to be president. He will say McCain is "Ready to lead. Ready to serve. Ready to deliver." He's scheduled to speak in the 8 to 9 o'clock hour following a video on vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Ridge will be followed by another video and Cindy McCain.

Pledge to 'Building the Future'

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A generous $10,000 pledge was made by Bradford Manor to support Bradford Hospital Foundation's "Building The Future" capital campaign. Their gift was made in the Business Blitz Division which has raised over $32,000 in pledges and gifts to date. This is part of the public phase of the Foundation's Building The Future capital campaign. Shown in the photo (from left) are: Stephanie Huber, Director of Donor Systems and Special Events at Bradford Hospital Foundation; Barbara Gee, Bradford Manor's Director of Customer Relations; Susan Hughes, Bradford Manor Administrator; Carlyle Conn, Chairman of the Business Blitz; and Jill Cummiskey, Donor Relations Coordinator at Bradford Hospital Foundation. The Business Blitz is attracting donations from McKean County businesses and raising awareness of Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC) commitment to community health. The Foundation's five-year campaign, which began in 2005, has raised $5 million of its $6 million go…

UPB's Subscription Series Unveiled

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BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s 2008-09 Season Subscription Series will feature world-renowned musicians, a full-scale ballet and the traveling production of a beloved musical.

The university’s premier arts series kicks off with melodic folk pianist George Winston Oct. 22, then continues with the divas of D’Vine gospel group that will perform as a Martin Luther King Special Event Jan. 24.

The Russian National Ballet will perform a full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” March 24, and the season will end with a performance of the popular musical “Bye Bye Birdie” April 30. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

“This season is exciting in its diversity,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming. “A modern pianist; an Atlanta-based gospel trio for the Martin Luther King special event; a huge ballet company that we were able to get largely because we are one of the few stag…

Physician Asst. Program to Expand

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State Senator Joe Scarnati will present a $900,000 check to Lock Haven University President Dr. Keith Miller at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center in Coudersport Monday. The funding from the State Department of Education will be used to expand LHU’s physician assistant program to Charles Cole.

Another Deliberate (But Smaller)
Oil Spill in McKean County

There's been another deliberate oil spill in McKean County. State police say someone went to the Catalyst Energy site on Northwest Road in Wetmore Township and opened a valve releasing about 84 gallons of oil worth about $250. The incident happened sometime between 11 o'clock Friday morning and 7:20 Monday morning about 3/10 of a mile north of Route 6. Anyone with pertinent information is asked to call Kane-based state police.

Man Raped Teen He Met Online

A Chautauqua County man has been sentenced to a total of nearly 6 years in prison for raping a teenager he met on the Internet. 45-year-old Terry Finn of Brocton was sentenced today in federal court. In May, he met a 16-year-old online and persuaded her to travel from Vermont to Brocton, where he had sex with her. He was convicted in federal court for persuading the girl to travel across state lines and in Chautauqua County on the rape charge.

United Way Pig Has a Name

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The United Way's pig has a name. Paul Pessia entered the name "Annie" in the second annual "Name the Pig" contest. The name is short for "anniversary" because tomorrow is the 10th annual United Way Pig Roast and Clam Bake. If you haven't made your reservation for the Pig Roast yet, you can call the United Way at 368-6181.

Man Jailed for Attempted Homicide

A Bradford man is in jail without bail on an attempted homicide charge. 23-year-old Uriah Schiappa of West Washington Street allegedly hit Tara Strait in the head with a hammer several times during an argument. He also allegedly hit her arms and upper body while threatening to kill her. Strait was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Police say when they arrived at the home, Schiappa ran out the back door and was later apprehended a short distance away. Besides the homicide charge, he is also charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

Kenneth Barnes Pleads Guilty

One of the two defendants in the bombing death of pizza deliveryman Brian Wells has pleaded guilty to being an accomplice in the plot. 54-year-old Kenneth Barnes, along with 59-year-old Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, were indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2007 in the slaying of Wells, who died following his armed robbery of the PNC Bank in the Summit Towne Centre on August 28, 2003. He was killed when a homemade bomb locked to his neck exploded. Barnes faces 30 years to life in federal prison when he's sentenced on December 3. The plea means only Diehl-Armstrong will go to trial in the Wells case. She is maintaining her innocence.

Ridge Bumped from RNC Again

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Former Governor Tom Ridge has been bumped again from the speaking line-up at the Republican National Convention.
Ridge originally had been scheduled to speak Tuesday night, but Hurricane Gustav forced a shortened convention program, dropping him from the schedule. He won't be speaking tonight either as convention organizers continue to rearrange the schedule.
Convention spokeswoman Maury Donahue says she doesn’t know yet whether Ridge will be on the speaking schedule for Thursday’s final night.

Two Pleas in Olean Assault Case

One man has pleaded guilty and another has pleaded not guilty in connection with an assault at an Olean convenience store parking lot in July. Eric Smith and Michael Chase, both of Olean, are accused of assaulting Robert Gilbert with a baseball bat and golf club. Chase pleaded not guilty. Smith pleaded guilty, and will be sentenced October 20.

Ex-Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced

A former Erie County sheriff’s deputy who attempted to rob a Franklinville bank last year has been sentenced to six months in jail. 33-year-old Joseph O’Shei, formerly of Farmersville, held up the Cattaraugus County Bank on the afternoon of Dec. 13, but as he attempted to get away with several thousand dollars, he was stopped by two men outside the bank who held him on the ground until Franklinville police arrived. O’Shei told police he was homeless, needed money and decided to rob the bank. Last year O’Shei was sworn in as an Erie County sheriff’s deputy in April and dismissed later in July. Details were not made public.

UPB to Dedicate Fesenmyer House

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The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will dedicate its newest residence hall, Howard L. Fesenmyer House, at 4 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5, 2008) at the site adjacent to Blaisdell Hall. The program for the day will feature remarks by Howard Fesenmyer, for whom the $7.3 million residence hall is being named; Craig Hartburg, chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board; Jessica Visseau, student government president and a junior social science major from Shinglehouse; Dr. Robert Pack, vice provost for academic planning and resources management at the University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. Following a dedication and ribbon cutting, tours of the residence hall will be given and light refreshments will be served.

Fesenmyer House accommodates 144 students in suites with private bathrooms, cable hookups, phone and computer ports, air conditioning, a shared living room and kitchen area. A card key access system enhances student security and safety.

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#12 We ALL Win ...

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when someone who needs clothing gets a voucher for SACKS.

Federal Workers Get Raises

More than 60 federal workers in McKean, Warren and parts of Forest and Elk counties will be getting raises. Final approval of the proposal came last week when the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee met in Washington, D.C. The action will result in significant pay hikes for employees of the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FCI-McKean who are members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE). In the case of employees on the top step of the wage scale, the increase will 8 percent. The increase for workers on the lowest end of the pay scale will be 14 percent.

Donachy Arraigned in Elk County

The man accused of killing Irene Challingsworth nine years ago has been arraigned in Elk County Court. 33-year-old Larry Donachy is charged with criminal homicide, rape and burglary among other crimes in connection with Challingsworth's death in April of 1999. He is accused of restraining Challingsworth, then raping her and killing her. He is currently in state prison on unrelated charges. Challingsworth's death remained an open case until DNA from the crime scene was matched to a state prison inmate database earlier this year.

Fillmore Man Sent to Prison

A Fillmore man will spend then next 5 to 15 years in state prison for helping another man commit a murder in the Town of Freedom. Thomas Burrows was sentenced Tuesday for criminal facilitation and making false statements for helping Robert Secrist when he shot and killed Salamanca resident Therin Jimerson in July of last year. Secrist pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 25 years to life in prison for shooting Jimerson. The incident happened at the home of Secrist's ex-girlfriend, Krista Brown. Jimerson was Brown’s boyfriend at the time of the shooting.

Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

An Allegany teenager has pleaded not guilty to stabbing a man with a knife at the Country Inn and Suites in July. 17-year-old Giovanni Salmonson entered the plea this morning in Cattaraugus County Court. He allegedly stabbed Thomas Restuccio during an altercation in the lobby, pool area and parking lot of the hotel. Restuccio was treated at the hospital, then released. Salmonson remains in jail on $10,000 cash bond.

Tasered Emu Dies on Turnpike

State police say they had to use a Taser on an emu because the flightless bird presented a danger on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. They say the bird created a backup and nearly caused vehicles to crash into each other as it ran along the eastbound lanes near the New Stanton exit, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Police tried for two hours to capture the 4-foot-tall bird — even attempting to lasso it — but weren't successful. They opted for a Taser rather than using a gun, but the emu fell to the ground after it was shocked and died. Police say the emu didn't belong to any nearby farmers. Police say it may have escaped from a truck.

Jerry Reed Dead at 71

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, he had a string of hits that included "Amos Moses," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down," (a favorite on The Morning Buzz) and "The Bird."

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit" with Burt Reynolds.

For the full story, go to The Associated Press.

Constitution Party Suing PA

The Constitution Party is suing Pennsylvania, saying its candidate is unfairly being denied a spot on the November presidential ballot. The lawsuit filed in Harrisburg federal court seeks an injunction to put the party's presidential candidate, Chuck Baldwin, on the ballot. The lawsuit says the party submitted nearly 22,000 signatures to the secretary of state on August 1, but that wasn't enough to make the ballot. The Department of State is reviewing the lawsuit.

Woman Run Over at Rest Area

A 70-year-old woman is in critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital after being run over by a car at a rest area along Interstate 79 near Slippery Rock. Police say Mary Strzelczyk of West Seneca, N.Y. was in the picnic area when a car driven by 66-year-old Carol Brown of Rochester was attempting to turn into a handicapped parking space. The car jumped the curb, accelerated over the sidewalk and continued to the picnic area, where it hit Strzelczyk and threw her into the air. She landed in a grassy area and was run over by the car. The car continued into a wooded area, coming to rest in a ravine. Brown and her passenger, 87-year-old Marjorie Lee Richard, were not injured.

SACKS Hit 75-Year Mark

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SACKS Resale Shop Manager Penny Woodmansee (left) and Virginia Hauser, Bradford Hospital Auxiliary executive director, show some of the merchandise variety filling the 26 Pine St. store.
(Photo Courtesy of BRMC)


By George Nianiatus, senior writer
Communications Department


In 1933 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president and pledged to pull the U.S. out of The Depression, some forward-thinking Bradford women formed the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary and also a resale shop so people could find bargain-priced merchandise.

Seventy-five years later, the Auxiliary’s SACKS Resale Shop at 26 Pine St. is still going strong and carrying on the tradition of offering deals to people looking for nearly new or gently used clothing, furniture, household goods, books and computer equipment.

“We have a lot to offer people who are looking for well-priced deals,” says Virginia Hauser, Auxiliary executive director. Also, “We get regular donations which continually add to our inventory.”

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'Humble Bob' Wins Chili Crown

A man nicknamed "Humble Bob" sucked down 11 and a half pounds of chili-spaghetti in about 10 minutes to claim victory in an Ohio eating contest. Bob Shoudt of Philadelphia won $2,500 at the inaugural Skyline Chili Spaghetti eat-off Monday at Kings Island amusement park. "Humble Bob" is ranked No. 5 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

Bail Me Out of Jail!

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I'm doing the MDA Lockup again this year. It's September 24 at the Masonic Center on South Avenue, and I'd really appreciate any donation you could give to help "Jerry's Kids" -- and to help find cures.

Go HERE to donate. Or, you can send it to me at 1490 St. Francis Drive, Bradford, PA, 16701; or stop in and give it to me in person.

Thanks in advance!!

Mount Jewett Man Seriously Hurt

A Mount Jewett man is in Hamot Medical Center with serious injuries following a two-vehicle accident last night on Route 6 about a mile east of Kane. Police say a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer crossed the road and the trailer hit a car driven by 59-year-old Dale Walker of Mount Jewett. Walker was trapped in the car and had to be extricated by members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department. He was flown to Hamot by medical helicopter. The driver of the pickup, David Wahlberg of Kane, wasn't hurt. A passenger in Walker's vehicle, Jeremy Wertz of Mount Jewett, suffered unspecified injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

In Case You Missed It ...

08/31/08 - Couple Charged with Welfare Fraud
An Allegany couple is accused of welfare fraud and grand larceny for stealing more than $3,000 from the Department of Social Services. Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies say Dennis and Colette Harrison of Pumpkin Hollow Road fraudulently obtained the money between September of 2005 and November of 2006. They're scheduled to appear in court on September 16.

08/31/08 - Bike Stolen From Elk County Riders Club
Someone broke into the Elk County Riders building in Fox Township and stole a motorcycle. Police say the person pried up a garage door, causing the sliding door lock to break and spring out of the door track. Once inside the building, the burglar got on a motorcycle belonging to Larry Anders of Kersey and drove away on it.

08/31/08 - Theft of Snacks, Money in Allegany
Someone broke into the Frito-Lay warehouse in Allegany and made off with a bag of empty pop bottles, $8 in loose change and $200 to $300 worth of Frito-Lay products.…

Escaped Inmate Captured

The escaped Chautauqua County Jail inmate who drove away in a county-owned vehicle last week has been captured in West Virginia. 24-year-old Lucas Hull was picked up at about 10 o'clock last night close to the Virginia/West Virginia border near Roanoke, Virginia. Hull was on supervised work release at Chautauqua County's Ellery Landfill on August 26 when he stole a county-owned dump truck that had the keys in it. He was originally serving time for possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Additional details just released: Troopers found Hull hiding in the attic of his uncle's home in Neola. Police were searching the area after they found a stolen SUV with Pennsylvania plates.

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Here could even be Western Pennsylvania.

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SBU Program Re-Cycles Old Bikes

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Fourteen brown and white bicycles will pop up across the St. Bonaventure University campus this weekend as organizers roll out the Bona Re-Cycles bike share program.

The bikes, creatively and distinctively painted in Bonaventure colors, will be parked in University bike racks and are available to any campus community member who wants to pedal instead of hoof it across campus.

Bona Re-Cycles is a “completely grass roots effort,” said Nancy Casey, associate professor of education. “The idea was hatched one day last fall when a bunch of us were riding our bikes. We had some conversations and just decided to try it.”

The idea is not new, said Casey. Bike share programs have sprung up on college campuses and in cities across the U.S. The time was right to try it at Bona’s.

The call for used bicycles went out to students, faculty and staff. Of the 20 two-wheelers that came in, 14 have been made road worthy while the remainder wait for needed repairs. The bikes were painted by students as a Welc…

Fumo 'Anxious' As Trial Date Nears

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With his federal corruption trial set to start in just over a week, a powerful state legislator said he is "anxious" and has no way of knowing if he'll win or lose.

State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, who has twice before beaten corruption charges, told The Philadelphia Inquirer he has never been one to "throw in the towel."

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

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Drug Bust in Bradford

Three Buffalo residents are in McKean County Jail after a drug bust at the Best Western Bradford Inn.

Bradford City Police Emergency Response Team, Bradford City Street Crimes Unit, McKean County Drug Task Force and Foster and Bradford township police executed the search warrant on room 108 at the motel after confidential informants bought crack cocaine in the room twice.

Officers with the emergency response team had to force their way into the room through a window because the suspects dead-bolted the steel exterior door. Once inside officers located money, crack cocaine packaged for sale, marijuana and digital scales.

Thomas Charles Patton III, Kesha Burney and Sophia Patton were all charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver and sent to jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail each.

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08/30/08 - Woman Allegedly Stole from Employer
An Olean woman has been charged with grand larceny after being accused of stealing from her employer. 25-year-old Michelle Cowles allegedly stole more than $2,000 from Tops Market while she worked there. The alleged incidents started in May.

08/30/08 - Man Hurt in Beauty School Fire
A maintenance worker at the Intercontinental School of Beauty in Olean was hurt during in a fire Friday afternoon at the school. Olean firefighters say the man opened an electrical box and there was an explosion. The man, who was not identified, was injured but did not go to the hospital. The school was evacuated and firemen put out the blaze in about half an hour. National Grid disconnected the power. Only minor damage was done to the building, but the school will remain closed until the electrical issue is resolved.

08/30/08 - Woman Sentenced to State Prison
A Tidioute woman will spend up to 9 years in state prison for stealing from her employer – again. 43-year-…

Fatal Crash in Potter County

An Austin man is dead following a two-vehicle accident Saturday night on Route 872 a mile south of First Fork Road.

19-year-old Matthew Vossler was a passenger in a car driven by a 17-year-old boy from Austin that crossed the centerline and was hit by a pickup truck driven by 60-year-0ld Dana Burgett of Austin.

Vossler was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was flown to Altoona for treatment of his injuries.

Burgett refused treatment at the scene.

Both vehicles were severely damaged.