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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Copper Wire Stolen

Someone stole about 4,000 feet of copper wire from the railroad near Kinzua Bridge State Park.

The theft happened sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

Paterson Writes to Feds About Parks

Dear Director Reidenbach:

I write in response to your letter of March 31, 2010 in which you state the National Park Service's concern regarding the fiscal condition of the State of New York and the impact it is likely to have for the operation and maintenance of our parks and historic sites. Let me state from the outset that New York is not going to convert any parks or historic sites. We will maintain all areas as public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity.

To read the full text of Paterson's letter, go here.

New Weight Limits on Some Roads

PennDOT is imposing new weight limits on a number of roads in McKean County, including Interstate Parkway.

Starting Monday vehicles that weigh more than 10 tons won’t be able to travel on certain roads. They are Interstate Parkway from the Bradford Township line to the Foster Township line; Big Shany Road from the intersection of Route 59 to the intersection of Valley Hunt Drive; Lindholm Road from the intersection of Route 6 to the intersection of Route 59; and Clermont Road from the intersection of Route 6 to the intersection of Route 2001.

Student Gets Scholarship from Press Club

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to University of Pittsburgh at Bradford junior Alex Davis.

Davis, a public relations major from Emporium, will receive the award at the press club’s annual Golden Quill Awards Dinner May 3 in Pittsburgh.

Davis is the editor of The Source, Pitt-Bradford’s student newspaper, and has written for the Endeavor News of Cameron County, DuBois Tri-County Sunday, Potter Leader-Enterprise of Coudersport, The Bradford Era and Portraits magazine, the general interest magazine of Pitt-Bradford.

In addition, he has worked in the Pitt-Bradford Office of Communications and Marketing for three years.

In applying for the scholarship, Davis submitted writing samples from both his professional and college newspaper work as well as recommendations from professors.

“I’ve been dabbling in journalism for area newspapers since I was 15 years old and continued my love for the craft at Pitt-Bradford,” Davis said.

Tim Ziaukas, associate professor of public relations and academic adviser for The Source, said, “In my 15 years at Pitt-Bradford, I’ve not worked with a student who was more dedicated or more hard working than Alex. In addition to the scholarship, Alex, after two years as editor of The Source, has been named executive editor for the next academic year, a new position I don’t expect we will fill with any frequency. I’m happy that he will stick around and help us develop the next team to work for The Source.”

Tea Party Plans Trip, Meeting

The McKean County Tea Party Patriots are planning a trip to Erie Sunday to meet the Tea Party Express III at Perry Square.

The group will car pool, and plans to leave the Bradford Mall at 2 p.m. They’ll have dinner in Erie before the rally, which starts at 7 p.m.

The McKean County Tea Party group is also meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bradford Senior Center on Campus Drive.

Russ Diamond, a candidate for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor, will be the guest speaker.

Olean Common Council President
Ray Wangelin Passes Away

Raymond L. Wangelin of 121 York Street passed away Thursday, April 8, 2010 in the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle in Buffalo following complication from a stroke.

Mr. Wangelin was born on May 15, 1948 in Springville and was the son of Raymond and Nina Rumfola Wangelin. On October 29, 1983 in Olean, he married Nancy J. Roblee, who survives.

Mr. Wangelin was a 1967 graduate of Springville High School and a 1971 graduate of SUNY School. He was the owner of South Summit Excavation on Front St. and in 1978 he purchased Adams Septic Service.

Mr. Wangelin served on the Olean Common Council for seven years, three as Council President. He was a former member of the Olean Moose Club and the host of "What's Up Olean" TV program for about the past three years. Mr. Wangelin was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry for many years, Eucharist minister, head usher and Greeter. He was a loving family man whose family always came first and the Olean community second.

Surviving Mr. Wagenlin besides his wife of 17 years are a son, Roger J. Wangelin of Olean; four daughters, Wende M. Wangelin, of Yorkshire, Nina F. Wangelin of Olean, Tracy M. Wangelin of Olean, and Brandy I. Wangelin of Olean; a brother, James (Jenny) Wangelin of East Otto; two granddaughters, Taylor M. Wangelin and Madyson R. Domster; and several nieces & nephews.

Mr. Wangelin is pre-deceased by a son, Raymond E. Wangelin in 1993.

Friends will be received on Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 2:00pm to 5:00 pm and on Monday, April 12, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. #646 E. State Street, Olean. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:00 am in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Philip G. Houghton, Rector will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry Street, Olean, NY 14760.

Friday, April 9, 2010

SBU Chamber Ensemble to Perform

The St. Bonaventure University Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert Sunday, April 11, in the Rigas Family Theater located inside The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The concert is scheduled for 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Laura Peterson, the concert’s coordinator, says the event is a great opportunity to enjoy classical music and to support St. Bonaventure students.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to support students involved in the arts on campus—students who have worked very hard and are very talented,” Peterson said. “Just as we attend sporting events, go to theater productions and student galleries, this is a chance to see students involved in interesting and exciting endeavors on campus.”

The concert will showcase St. Bonaventure University’s small ensembles and applied music students, including the Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, Voice Studio and Piano Studio. Among the featured composers will be Gershwin, Rossini and Rachmaninov.

The performance will feature students from a variety of disciplines across campus, as well as students from other schools.

The SBU Chamber Ensemble concert is offered every semester and is presented by the St. Bonaventure University Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

For more information, contact the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 716-375-2494.

Chautauqua County Sales Tax Rate
Resolution Amended

Mayville, NY -- After thorough deliberation, County Executive Gregory J. Edwards has announced that he has revised his plan regarding Chautauqua County's Sales Tax rate.

"I am well aware of the level of conversation that has taken place since late March over my proposal to increase the County's current Sales Tax rate of 7.75% to the rate that existed in 2006 of 8.25%," Edwards said.

In March, Edwards filed a home rule request resolution seeking State authorization to raise the County Sales Tax to 8.25% as part of an overall plan to help deal with an estimated $18 Million budget gap in the 2011 budget, driven in large part by increased mandates from New York State.

"Dealing with the Sales Tax rate is just one of the steps that I am taking to help close out the projected budget gap for 2011," Edwards said. "I have already eliminated raises for my senior staff this year and next, and I have asked my union leaders to re-open their contracts and help find any and all savings possible."

Since the March meeting of the Legislature, Edwards has been contacted by State representatives, who have said that the prospects of having the Sales Tax rate change approved in both the Assembly and the Senate were not likely.

"While I still believe that raising the Sales Tax rate is a better choice than to raise property taxes to help us deal with our budget issues, which are the result of mandates handed down by New York State, I have filed new home rule legislation today to at least keep the Sales Tax at its current rate of 7.75%," Edwards said. "The County's Sales Tax rate is scheduled to drop from 7.75% to 7.5% later this year."

"I would hope that the resolution would make it to the floor, and ultimately be passed by the full Legislature at their April 28th meeting," Edwards said.

Edwards went on to assure the residents of Chautauqua County that he will not rest until every other reasonable option is exhausted before he is forced to increase property taxes as part of next year's budget.

Potter Co. Bridge Weight Limit Lowered

Clearfield – PennDOT has lowered the posted weight limit restriction on a Potter County bridge on Teed Hollow Road in Harrison Township.

The Cowanesque River Bridge is near the Route 49 intersection and the Tioga County line. The bridge is now posted for a 9-ton weight limit. Vehicles exceeding the posted weight limit must use an alternate route. The bridge had been previously posted for a weight limit of 34-tons for single vehicles and 40-tons for combination vehicles. The new, 9-ton posting went into effect April 8.

The decision to post the new weight limit was the result of a recent inspection. The Cowanesque River Bridge was built in 1938; is 65 feet long and carries an average of 62 vehicles per day. The new posting for the bridge will remain in place until further notice.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

Bone Marrow Donor Drive at Roswell Park

BUFFALO, NY – Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), in conjunction with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), is holding a Bone Marrow Donor Drive in the main lobby of Roswell Park on Tuesday, April 27 from 4-6 p.m. Community members, ages 18-60, with no history of cancer, diabetes or heart problems, are invited to help share life at the drive by becoming a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor.

Marrow and stem cell transplants are used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening blood diseases. Each year more than 30,000 children and adults are diagnosed with diseases for which a bone marrow transplant is the only chance for a cure. Only 30% of these people will find a matching donor within their families, making drives like this critically important.

A simple swab of the inside of the cheek gives the necessary tissue typing information needed for determining matches. All typing information collected at the drive will be put into the NMDP computerized registry that records individuals who have agreed to join the registry and potentially donate marrow or stem cells.

Donor screening is free at this drive, as the cost is covered by the NMDP and Marrow Drive Rochester.

To learn more about the National Bone Marrow Donor Drive to be held at Roswell Park, please call Terrie Carbone, Nurse Practitioner, RPCI, at (716) 845-8011. More information about the National Bone Marrow Donor Program can be found by visiting or by calling Sue Paprocki of the National Marrow Donor Program at 1-888-298-6571 ext. 101.

Blood Drive at Northwest Savings

The second annual blood drive as part of Northwest Savings
Bank's Community Banking Week is this Monday April 12th from noon to 4pm.
The Community Blood Bank's 'Turtletop' (small blood mobile) will be parked
in the parking lot at 85 West Washington Street in Bradford and will be open
to the public. Just come on in. No appointment is needed to save a life.

The blood supply is lower than last year at this time due in part to the
recent streak of warm weather (although gone now). Blood usage had spiked
and the number of donors had declined with the summer like weather.

The Community Blood Bank enjoys an excellent relationship with Northwest
Savings Bank. In Erie County Northwest savings bank has won the "Battle of
the Bankers" promotion 4 years running and Jack Banner, manager of a
Northwest Branch in Erie sits on the Community Blood Bank board of

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is
located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in
the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Thursday are 3:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday
9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. All donors are strongly encouraged
to donate. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in
generally good health. Photo ID is required.

Northern Tier Marcellus Business Expo

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With major sponsors such as Chesapeake Energy, Talisman Energy, East Resources and EOG Resources this event will provide businesses and entrepreneurs with the unique opportunity to network among some of the natural gas industry’s most important contacts and supporting industries.

The natural gas industry is raving about the quality and quantity of natural gas in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Industry leaders are taking note and putting major resources into this region. Taking the opportunity to be part of this business to business expo located in one of the hot spots of drilling activity in Troy, Pennsylvania is a must if you and your business is interested in becoming part of this emerging industry.

Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us June 26th at the Northern Tier Marcellus Shale Business to Business Expo in Troy, Pennsylvania!"

Information provided by Amy Thompson

More Details on Route 255 Crash

A truck driver and his passenger escaped injury, but an Elk County road was closed for several hours following an accident at 12:15 this morning.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say 49-year-old Lawrence Himes of Mount Jewett was traveling south on Route 255 when the truck went out of control, traveled off the road and rolled onto its passenger side, losing its load of lumber.

His passenger was 23-year-old Stephen Joshnick of St. Marys.

Himes was cited for driving at an unsafe speed. Police say charges are pending as the investigation is continuing.

The road re-opened at about 7:45 a.m.

Four SBU Basketball Players Arrested

Four St. Bonaventure University men's basketball players have been arrested on violations in connection with a fight they had with members of the JCC men’s basketball team when two people got stabbed with a screwdriver.

State police arrested 20-year-old Malcolm Eleby of Philadelphia; 18-year-old Brett Roseboro of Allentown, Pa.; 22-year-old Da'Quan Cook of Elizabeth, N.J.; and 22-year-old Lewis Leonard of Olean.

All four were charged with at least one count of second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. Violations, which are considered non-criminal and less serious than misdemeanors or felonies, rarely lead to jail time. The university hasn’t said what disciplinary action it may take.

The injured JCC players are 20-year-old Rameek Boyd and 20-year-old James Chatmon. They were treated at Olean General Hospital for minor stab wounds, then released.

Change in Hebron Twp. Emergency Service

Residents of North Hebron Township in Potter County with the phone pre-fix 698 will now be served by the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department and the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association instead of the organizations from Shinglehouse.

Hebron Township supervisors made the decision during their April 1 meeting.

They say they reached the decision “after much discussion and deliberation based on a significant requested increase by Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department,” according to a published legal notice.

Route 255 is Open

Both lanes of Route 255 in Elk County are now open.

The road about 2 and a half miles south of Route 948 in Jay Township had been closed since around 12:20 this morning after a log truck rolled over and spilled about 200 gallons of diesel fuel.

Inmates Facing More Charges

Two inmates in the Warren County Jail are facing additional charges after an incident in the jail involving prescription medication.

22-year-old Joseph Myers and 31-year-old Rudolph Manelick are each charged with criminal conspiracy and contraband in connection with an incident on March 30.

Police say Manelick attempted to buy Wellbutrin from Myers. Wellbutrin is an anti-depressant.

A week before this incident, Myers was charged with aggravated harassment for spitting on three members of the Warren fire department who were trying to treat him following a suicide attempt.

Police say Myers tried to hang himself after his girlfriend broke up with him.

Despite Warning, Parks Still Targeted

ALBANY – Despite stern warnings by federal officials to keep state parks open or face losing significant federal funding for park projects, Governor Paterson is moving ahead with his plan to close and cut programming and services at state parks, including Allegany State Park and Long Point State Park, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean).

On March 31, federal officials from the National Parks Service sent a letter to the Governor warning him that his proposed closure of 55 state parks and historic sites and curtailing services at an additional 22 would put New York in “non-compliance” with the requirements attached to funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, possibly resulting in the loss of federal funding for parks or other areas.

Most of the state's parks, including Allegany State Park and Long Point State Park, have received grants from this fund in the past and the federal law governing the grants contains strong protections to assure that project sites remain used as intended.

Senator Young said that Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, indicated on Thursday that, despite the federal governments cautions, the agency will still go forward with the Governor’s plans because no state budget has been finalized.

“The need to pass a budget is paramount. Not only is the future of our parks in limbo, but major construction projects are being held up. Our schools and hospitals need to know their funding levels. New York City-controlled Senators and Assembly members continue to flout the law by holding secret negotiations and refusing to pass the budget,” said Senator Young.

Senator Young also is concerned that the Democratic leadership in the Senate is getting ready to once again sock taxpayers with more than $8.2 billion in tax increases on individuals, families, businesses and consumers, despite promises not to raise any taxes this year.

“The tax new hikes are being pushed by the same people who forced through $8.5 billion in tax increases last year to pay for out-of-control government spending. Higher taxes will hammer our small businesses and cost thousands of jobs on top of what already has been lost,” said Senator Young.

“Rather than cutting Medicaid spending, state bureaucracy and wasteful government programs that were added last year, they are proposing to raise taxes again. It is the worst thing they could do,” she added.

Senator Young has called for open conference committees, as required by law, to push the budget process along.

“The budget must be passed immediately. We need actions and results,” she said.

Crash Closes Route 255

UPDATE (6 a.m.): The southbound lane of Route 255 about 2 ½ miles south of Route 948 on Brynedale Road is still closed until further notice. The northbound lane is open to both northbound and southbound traffic.


Part of an Elk County Road is closed because of a HazMat spill.

In a fax to WESB and The HERO, state Police say the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 255 south of Route 948 on Brynedale Road are closed until further notice.

A log truck rolled over at about 12:20 a.m., spilling about 200 gallons of diesel fuel onto the road.

Police say they will notify us when the road re-opens.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chris Lucco is New Police Chief

Chris Lucoo will be the new chief of the City of Bradford Police Department, and Mike Ward will be the assistant chief, effective tomorrow morning.


WESB/WBRR News Director

Chris Lucco has been named the new chief of the City of Bradford Police Department, and Mike Ward has been named assistant chief.

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel called the men earlier tonight to ask them if they would accept the positions. After they did, Riel made the announcement to the media.

The appointments are effective at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Lucco replaces Mike Close, who retired on March 17.

Riel said he interviewed nine current members of the police department who were interested in the job. The interview process lasted about 10 days, and the length of the interviews ranged from an hour and a half to four hours.

“We discussed a multitude of issues. I gained a vast amount of knowledge from the folks who were interviewed,” Riel said. “I would officially like to thank everyone who expressed an interest, and I think I learned something from each and every interview.”

He said all the people he interviewed gave him great ideas on how to make the police department better.

“Employees’ opinions and advice are invaluable to any organization, and that holds true with the police department,” Riel said, adding that some of those ideas will be used in the ongoing efforts to reform and modernize the department.

Riel said more than one police officer who wasn’t chosen to be chief was capable of being chief. He said the decision was not based on who was in the department the longest, who made the most arrests or “who smiled the most.”

He said there were “numerous factors to weigh,” among those were the person’s ability to work with him, to put past differences aside and to be a good communicator.

“It was a tough decision,” Riel said. “When you interview nine people and you can realize you can only pick one -- it’s a tough thing to do.”

He said he believes Lucco and Ward will “serve the city of Bradford and the police department very well.”

Riel also said both men share his vision “to continue to make positive, progressive changes to the City of Bradford Police Department.”

SafetySuit to play Pitt-Bradford April 12

The rock band SafetySuit, whose video “Stay” was ranked first on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown last summer, will perform April 12 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The concert, sponsored by the Student Activities Council, will be held at 8 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are free for students, $5 in advance and $10 the day of the show for the public. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the Student Activities Office at (814)362-7593.

Opening for the group will by Suddyn.

SafetySuit, composed of Doug Brown on guitar and vocals, Dave Garofalo on lead guitar, Jeremy Henshaw on bass and Tate Cunningham on drums, is known for powerhouse, guitar-driven rock.

“This is a band that the students listened to last summer, and we knew it would be a fun end-of-the-year event,” said Christina Graham, director of student activities.

Mayumi Park, SAC musical entertainment chairperson who is a psychology major from Winter Park, Fla., called the band’s style “unique.”

“They play energetic music, and it appeals to students who listen to other styles of music than what SafetySuit plays,” Park said. “We had the opportunity to book them since their tour was coming through the area, and we knew it would be a great live performance.”

The band’s spring tour will end with the VH1 Best Cruise Ever April 15 to 19 from Tampa, Fla., to Grand Cayman, during which they will perform with 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse, Shinedown and more than a dozen other bands.

SafetySuit began with a group of friends thrown together to compete in a battle of the bands in Tulsa, Okla. They’ve since moved to Nashville, Tenn., secured an impressive fan base and signed with Universal Motown Records Group, which released its album, “Life Left to Go,” in May 2008.

Suddyn is a piano-driven rock band with three Top-30 singles in Ireland. The band is the joined forces of two Montauk, N.Y., brothers and two young musicians from Ireland. They draw on influences like Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and U2.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

Riel to Name New Police Chief Tonight

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel will be naming a new chief and assistant chief for the City of Bradford Police Department tonight.

We’ll have the announcement on the 11 p.m. news on 1490 WESB and online, too.

All Day Concert at Pitt-Bradford

Christ in Action, the Outdoor Club and WDRQ Radio are hosting an all day concert event starting at 2 p.m. in Pitt-Bradford's Sport and Fitness Center. Pitt students get in free with a student ID. It's $5 for the general public.

2006 SBU Alum Wins
Prestigious Journalism Award

At summer freshman orientation, more than a month before she ever took a note in a St. Bonaventure classroom, Rachel George was pulled aside by Dr. Denny Wilkins, her adviser.

“The highest award we have in journalism is the Hellinger. I expect you to win it,” Wilkins recalled.

A product of Pioneer Central School’s renowned journalism program, George did just that. The former BV sports editor, Times Herald intern and Associated Press stringer graduated with a 3.8 GPA and was honored with the university’s Hellinger Award in 2006.

Four years later, George has added an even more impressive award to her trophy case. The Wilmington (N.C.) StarNews sports writer took first place in the 2009 Associated Press Sports Editors Writing Contest in the highly competitive Investigative category.

“I’m beyond excited getting the award. But I’m so much prouder of the fact that we didn’t have to write a story about four football players who died because the roof caved in,” George said.

George figured the odds were long that her entry would be honored. Investigative is the only APSE category open to newspapers of all circulations. The StarNews, circulation 40,000, was up against writers from the Boston Globe, YahooSports, USA Today and New York Times.

Phil Kaplan from APSE phoned George at work April Fools’ Day to inform her of the good news. Long past quitting time, she thought about not answering the phone.

“When the finalists were named in early March, I guess I never realized there was a next step,” George said. “Phil said, ‘You’re No. 1,’ and then made some crack about it being like Butler winning the national title. My brain just couldn’t process what he was saying. I was speechless. At one point he said, ‘Are you still there?’”

Remarkably, SBU alum Adrian Wojnarowski, class of ’91, was among a team of four YahooSports reporters who took third place in the same category for their probe into alleged recruiting violations by UConn’s men’s basketball program. Longtime Times Herald sports editor Chuck Pollock, an adjunct instructor in SBU’s journalism school, won first place for columns in the under-40,000 circulation category.

George wrote a series of articles on New Hanover High School’s Jap Davis Field House, which had been shut down in late 2007 because of structural concerns. School officials assured the newspaper that repairs were made before students and coaches started using it again in spring 2008.

A year later George was taken into a restricted area of the building where a beam that supports the roof was sagging significantly. She had a number of safety questions and started her investigation.

The first part of the story was published Aug. 1, 2009, a day after football practice started.

“Clearly, it was a problem that the football players were going to be using an unsafe building,” George wrote in the cover letter submitted to APSE with her entry. “The county inspections department condemned the building before the start of practice because of my reporting. Alternate arrangements were made when the season started, and the players were kept out of danger.”

George said the stories were built through a diligent investigation that ended up being more than 700 pages of documents and e-mail, and 20 hours of interviews.

StarNews sports editor Dan Spears knew from the beginning that George was a special talent.

“Rachel has always been willing to push envelopes,” Spears said. “She did a huge series on Title IX issues that has led to changes in sports programs in North Carolina. She has a persistence about her, a willingness to put herself on the line knowing things need to be fixed.”

John Hanchette, who teaches in SBU’s Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, knows something about investigative reporting; he won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1980 for his work on a series that unmasked a religious fundraising scandal and resulted in the return of several million dollars in lost invesments to elderly Catholics.

Hanchette saw the potential in George right away.

“Even in JMC 101, Rachel was always concentrating, always questioning, always looking for the hard news angle,” Hanchette said. “Sometimes we mull our consciences over in faculty meetings wondering if we are teaching an empty profession, so to hear news like this, especially when the impact of her reporting is so meaningful, is especially gratifying.”

George said she heeds lessons from her Bonaventure education all the time.

“I hear Hanch and Denny in my head all the time,” she said with a laugh. “I spoke to some UNC-Wilmington students recently and told them three things: learn how to report a story, tell a story, and adapt a story. I learned that from them.”

Book Signing at J&K Pet Store

Author Tina Winne will be available to sign copies of her Children's book, So Many Puppies, from 1-3 p.m. April 17 at the J&K Pet Store, 196 Main St. in Bradford.

In So Many Puppies, Winne takes readers to a strange farm where adventure is waiting around every corner and nothing is as it seems. Children will love meeting Sandy, Sarge, and a farm full of other animals who love getting into trouble, as they learn that 'fun on the farm' can have many unusual meanings.

Gillibrand Back from Trip to Haiti

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is back from a trip to Haiti, where she got a first-hand look at the impact of January’s earthquake.

Gillibrand is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and made the trip as a part of a congressional delegation.

Gillibrand says she now plans to work with her Senate colleagues on new legislation to help bolster Haiti's child welfare system.

Toomey, Corbett Have Leads

Republican Pat Toomey is back on top 46 - 41 percent over Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania's seesaw U.S. Senate race, while Attorney General Tom Corbett, the leader for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, remains ahead of each of the three top Democratic contenders by double digits, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In the governor's race, Tom Corbett - by far the best known of the contenders - retains a double digit lead over the three leading contenders for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in the May 18 primary.

Paterson's Popularity Slipping

Governor David Paterson’s popularity is continuing its slide.

In a Siena College poll released today, pollsters say the only good news for Paterson is that voters don’t believe the scandals that prompted the resignations of several members of his administration would force the governor to resign.

Only 22 percent of the people polled believe Paterson may have acted inappropriately in office.

Process Server Company Shuts Down

A New York process server company has agreed to shut down after being accused by the state of falsely claiming to have served thousands of legal documents to people.

We Serve it For You in Brockport also agreed to pay $10,000 in penalties.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office says that more than 1,000 times process servers claimed to have been serving papers in two places at the same time. Process servers get paid for each attempt.

The audit also found 700 cases of workers reporting that they’d served papers even before they received them.

Paterson Wants to Expand Clearinghouse

Governor David Paterson has submitted legislation that would expand New York's Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse to missing adults who either cannot assist in their own recovery or who have disappeared under circumstances that indicate that they are in imminent danger.

The clearinghouse currently oversees the AMBER Alert system

Under the Governor's proposal, the same system now used to disseminate missing child alerts to police agencies, broadcast networks, Thruway service areas, lottery terminals, airports and bus terminals would be deployed when at-risk adults go missing.

Police Look Into Assault, MVAs

On Wednesday, Bradford City Police investigated motor vehicle accidents on Cole Avenue, Elm Street and Marilyn Horne Way.

They also looked into a report of an assault

Officers also received reports of harassment on Interstate Parkway and Pleasant and East Main streets, and disturbances on South Center Street and Osborne Place. They also got an animal complaint from Williams Street, according to faxes sent by the police department.

Fish Hatchery Gets ARRA Money

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Department of the Interior has awarded $1.68 million to make infrastructure improvements at the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery in Warren. The work will be completed by Wm. T. Spaeder, Co., Inc., of Erie. The funding is being awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“These funds going towards the reopening of the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery are yet another example of the way the Recovery Act is positively impacting Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “Prior to its closure in 2005, Allegheny was the only fish hatchery working to restore the lake trout population in the Lower Great Lakes. By investing in Allegheny’s reopening, we can help them continue their conservation efforts while at the same time creating jobs.”

“I am pleased to see stimulus funds being used to repair and reopen the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery,” Senator Specter said. “This investment to improve the facility’s infrastructure will help ensure the restoration of the lake trout to the Lower Great Lakes and preserve a very important ecological asset to the region.”

The ARRA will provide three-quarters of the funding for the project. The funding will be used to replace the hatchery’s 35-year-old aeration tower, which has a non-functional electric system and severely corroded high pressure water lines, with a new water treatment tower.

Before its closure in 2005 due to a disease outbreak, the Allegheny National Fish Hatchery produced as many as 1.3 million lake trout annually and it was meeting international management goals set by U.S. and Canadian wildlife conservation agencies of 660,000 fish. The hatchery was disinfected and is now considered disease-free. Once operational, up to one million lake trout will be produced annually to meet current fishery management goals for lakes Erie and Ontario.

Arrests Made for Home Invasion

Three people have been arrested in connection with a violent home invasion March 20 in Ashford.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 37-year-old Joseph Kahr and 22-year-old Ronald Kahr of Collins and 39-year-old Steven DeCapua of Springville forced their way into the home and caused serious physical injury to the homeowner. The victim, whose name deputies did not release, was first taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, then transferred to ECMC.

The assault happened in front of the homeowner’s child.

All three men are charged with burglary, assault and endangering the welfare of a child and are being held in Cattaraugus County Jail.

Man Jailed for Hurting Girlfriend

A Mayville man is accused of injuring his girlfriend late Wednesday night.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say 32-year-old Henry Stovall grabbed Katie McKane’s hair, face and throat and threw a full can of beer at her.

Stovall is in jail in lieu of bail.

Man Facing Charges After Chase

A Bradford man is facing charges after a motorcycle chase late Tuesday night in the city and Bradford and Foster townships.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, Bradford City Police say 19-year-old Chaz Zawatski of Burnside Avenue is charged with fleeing or eluding police and numerous summary traffic offenses.

The pursuit started at about 9:30 when Zawatski drove away from a police officer who was trying to make a traffic stop.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Harassment, Theft -- and Barking Dogs

As if a citywide power outage wasn’t enough for Bradford City Police to deal with on Tuesday, officers responded to a number of calls throughout the city.

They received a report of an assault on West Washington Street and harassment on Congress Street, Chautauqua Place, South Avenue and Interstate Parkway.

Officers also investigated a retail theft on West Washington Street, a report of criminal mischief on South Avenue, trespassing on Kennedy Street and a disturbance on South Center Street.

Police also received an animal complaint from Jackson Avenue and a report of barking dogs on Amm Street, according to news releases sent by the police department.

Nolf Hearing is Continued

A hearing for the Bradford man accused of drowning a woman and her infant daughter has been continued.

38-year-old Waide Nolf is charged with criminal homicide for the deaths of 24-year-old Tonya Haight and 3 ½-week old Tamara Haight on March 19 in the Pleasant Street house they shared with several other people.

Nolf became angry with Haight and held her underwater in a bathtub, as she held the baby, according to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone’s office.

Nolf is being held in McKean County Jail without bail.

DEP: PA Must Take Action to Protect
Water Resources from Wastewater

Harrisburg – High levels of total dissolved solids pollution from natural gas drilling and other sources pose a real threat to Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers, including aquatic life, warned Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today.

“The treating and disposing of gas drilling brine and fracturing wastewater is a significant challenge for the natural gas industry because of its exceptionally high TDS concentrations,” said Hanger. “Marcellus drilling is growing rapidly and our rules must be strengthened now to prevent our waterways from being seriously harmed in the future.”

Hanger pointed to recent examples where TDS impaired streams and affected major sources of drinking water.

In 2008 and 2009, TDS levels exceeded drinking water standards along the Monongahela River, which is a major source of drinking water. Drinking water treatment plants do not have the equipment available to remove TDS, so any water polluted with TDS goes into Pennsylvania’s homes and businesses.

Similarly, in early September 2009, excessive TDS levels led to an environmental disaster that wiped out 26 miles of Dunkard Creek in Greene County, as well as many miles of the creek in West Virginia. These high TDS concentrations, coupled with other factors such as temperature and nutrient concentrations, enabled golden algae to bloom and created an inhospitable environment for aquatic life. The algae released toxins to the water column that literally wiped out aquatic life, including at least 16 species of freshwater mussels and 18 species of fish.

Dunkard Creek is an example of what can happen if TDS is not controlled, said Hanger, and the loss of this important public resource was an environmental and economic tragedy.

TDS is a measure of all elements dissolved in water that can include carbonates, chlorides, sulfates, nitrates, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. In addition to natural gas drilling, other sources of TDS include, abandoned mine drainage, agricultural runoff, and discharges from industrial or sewage treatment plants.

Burglary Charges Bound to Court

Charges against one of the Bradford men accused of trying to break into Bradford Beverage last month have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Dom Cercone.

19-year-old Matthew Bundy is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and underage drinking.

Bundy and Matthew Burgess allegedly tried to break into the East Main Street business at around 4:30 a.m. on March 20.

Man Accused of Inappropriate
Communication with Teenage Girl

The hearing for a man accused of having inappropriate contact with a teenage girl has been continued.

30-year-old Jonathan Baxter is accused of communicating with a 14-year-old over the Internet between February 1 and March 24, according to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone’s office.

Baxter is accused of sending instant messages to the girl describing the sexual contact he would like to have with her.

Man Accused of Sending Explicit Video to
Teenage Girl Waives Hearing

A man accused of sending a sexually explicit video to a teenage girl has waived his preliminary hearing.

20-year-old James Cornman III is charged with obscene and other sexual materials, and corruption of minors.

The mother of a 16-year-old girl said she had told Cornman in the past that she didn’t want him to have contact with the girl or anyone else in her family. But last month, she found two e-mails from Cornman in her daughter’s account, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office.

One e-mail included pictures of Cornman and the 16-year-old. The other included a video showing Cornman dancing. In the course of the video, he undressed and exposed his genitals.

The mother forwarded the e-mails to her own e-mail account, deleted them from her daughter’s account and contacted Bradford Township Police.

Jake's Rocks Closed

The Jake’s Rocks Overlook on the Allegheny National Forest will be closed to the public beginning immediately due to construction and maintenance work being performed at the site. Jake’s Rocks is scheduled to re-open to the public on Saturday, April 17th.

The Rimrock Overlook will be open for the summer season beginning Friday, April 9th.

The Bradford Ranger District can be reached at (814) 363-6000 if you have additional questions.

Cops: Man Had Pot in Jail

An inmate at the Potter County Jail is facing additional charges after being found with marijuana in the jail.

State police say 33-year-old David Dailey of Galeton was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana between March 24 and March 31.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Man Arrested for Pizzeria Burglary

A Stockton man has been charged for breaking into a pizzeria in January.

21-year-old year-old Cody Gibbons is accused of entering Nordy's Pizza in Cassadaga through the back door on January 24 and stealing a large sum of money.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say Gibbons became the prime suspect in the break-in, and he later confessed.

He was arraigned Monday on charges of burglary and grand larceny and released to the custody of probation officers

Brocton Woman Identified

Sheriff's deputies have identified the woman who was found dead inside a Brocton, New York, home on Friday.

The body of 50-year-old Jaylyn Coon was found after police got a call from inside the house.

An autopsy was performed at ECMC in Buffalo on Saturday, but Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says the results weren't conclusive, so they still don't know how Cooon died. He said they're still waiting for results from toxicology tests, and they may not be available for 6 to 8 weeks.

The sheriff's office, its forensic team and the district attorney's office are all involved in the investigation.

Feds Reject I-80 Tolling Plan

WESB/WBRR News Director

Governor Ed Rendell says he will call a special session of the General Assembly to address transportation funding following the federal government’s refusal to allow Pennsylvania to toll Interstate 80.

Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to deny Pennsylvania’s application to toll I-80 will significantly reduce transportation funding, Rendell said.

"We have to deal with the fallout of this decision; there is no way that we can just do nothing," Rendell said. "I’m going to call a special session of the legislature to address our transportation challenges. We’ll look at every option on the table. This is a dire situation with significant consequences."

He said he'll meet with Legislative leaders to decide on a time for the special session.
One of those leaders, Lt. Governor and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, said he's pleased with the decision by the highway administration, but agrees that lawmakers need to do something to address transportation needs.

“While this decision is meaningful, it does nothing to solve the current demand to fund our rapidly deteriorating roads and bridges,” Scarnati said. “As I have stated time and time again, citizens can argue on how best to solve our infrastructure issues…no one can argue that a crisis exists.”

State House Minority Leader Sam Smith said his caucus will participate in the special session because it provides an opportunity to focus on the transportation issue.

“House Republicans have long advocated long-term funding solutions which include public-private partnerships, cost-cutting measures, ensuring adequate local funding, requiring transit riders to pay their fair share, and considering competitive contracting to help contain costs into the future," Smith said.

Act 44 of 2007 called for the tolling of I-80 and additional revenue from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to provide $532 million per year for road and bridge repairs and $414 million per year for public transit agencies across the state.

Without I-80 toll revenues, funding for roads and bridges will be cut by about $300 million per year. This means PennDOT will not be able to repair about 100 bridges and 300 miles of roads each year. Funding for 73 public transit systems that provide more than 400 million rides a year to residents in all 67 counties will drop by $160 million per year, resulting in service cuts and fewer capital improvement projects.

“It is clear that the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood followed the letter of the law in making this decision,” said Congressman Glenn Thompson. “Act 44 never met the criteria set by the federal law. This is the third time FHWA has turned down the application, and we can only hope the third time is the charm, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Governor and leaders in Harrisburg will get realistic about the Commonwealth’s transportation future.”

Thompson said the decision is a victory for the people of Pennsylvania, but the battle is far from over.

"Thanks to Act 44 the Turnpike Commission is up to its eyeballs in debt because of the borrowing done based on the premise that I-80 would be tolled. In light of this announcement, I call on our legislative leaders in Harrisburg and all members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation—including those seven who sit on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to come together to find viable and sustainable solutions to our highway and transit funding," Thompson said.

"Moving forward, it would be beneficial if our federal legislators would work with the General Assembly and the Administration in satisfying funding demands,” Scarnati said. “Unfortunately, their involvement did not take place until state legislation was already enacted. We need more federal dollars and we need active participants with solutions, not those federal officials looking for popular headlines.”

“This measure by the Federal Highway Administration is appropriate, but now the work to provide a more sound funding mechanism for our roads and bridges must commence,” Scarnati said.

State Representative Marty Causer said he believes the Federal Highway Administration made the right decision, but he also said lawmakers now need to find a way to fund transportation needs.

"The idea of using the revenue generated from tolling I-80 to fund transportation projects and mass transit in other parts of the state never did make sense," Causer said. "I am not at all surprised federal officials rejected it.

"If tolling had been approved, it would have imposed an unfair burden on individuals and businesses all along the I-80 corridor. I believe rural Pennsylvania is already shortchanged on the amount of road and bridge funds it receives," Causer said.

State Representative Matt Gabler said "This will certainly be very beneficial to the jobs and the businesses and it will really get our economy going again."

Gabler also said he doesn't think the turnpike commission should submit another application.

"As it is in baseball, where three strikes end a player's at-bat, this third failed attempt at tolling Interstate 80 should bring an end to the senseless waste of taxpayer resources that has been poured into the two previous endeavors."

Information gleaned from news releases sent by the offices of Rendell, Thompson, Scarnati, Smith, Causer and Gabler as well as previous reports on the matter.

Pitt-Bradford Team Wins First Place in
Microsoft Competition for Web Site Design

Two students in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s computer information systems and technology program have won first place for Web site design in Microsoft Corp.’s Imagine Cup 2010 competition.

Ceegan Danielson, a freshman from Lewis Run, and Melissa Lupole, a senior from St. Marys, will split a cash prize of $2,000.

The two said they learned about the nationwide contest from Dr. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology, during the course Introduction to Web Programming.

With a few weeks of class under their belts, the two students decided to pair up and take on the challenge of entering the nationwide contest.

Imagine Cup is a Microsoft-sponsored student technology competition in which students use Microsoft products to compete in a variety of categories, including Web site design, software design, development for embedded devices, game design, digital media and an IT challenge.

Students competing in the Web design competition had to choose one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and design a Web site about it. Danielson and Lupole chose “Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty.” They researched and designed the site outside of class, primarily during their spring break from classes.

Because of their inexperience, they said some things took them longer to do while they figured out new software or languages.

“It was definitely worth the experience,” Lupole said.

“We’re very proud of them,” Wang said. “This is a national competition, and they won first prize. Being recognized by Microsoft is an information technology student’s dream. This is evidence of Melissa’s and Ceegan’s talent, creativity and motivation.”

Don Lewicki, director of information systems and associate professor of business management, said, “As their faculty mentor, Ken Wang is to be commended for the leadership and technical guidance he provided. He is always finding new ways to challenge his students. This award speaks volumes about all of them and reflects positively on the growing strength of our computer information systems and technology program.”

Danielson is also doing Web site work for Quick Way Auto in Bradford to redesign that company’s Web site. He is active in the Pitt-Bradford Outdoor Club and works at McDonald’s. He is the son of Lorie Henning.

Lupole works in the office of Computers, Telecommunications and Media Services on campus and is the daughter of Daniel and Diane Lupole.

Pictured, Melissa Lupole and Ceegan Danielson, left, show off the Web site that one first place in Microsoft Corp.’s Imagine Cup 2010 competition to Dr. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Olean Man Jailed for Burglary

An Olean man is in jail after being accused of breaking into a house in Hinsdale.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies say 19-year-old Eric Nellis broke into the McMahon Road house in August. He was arrested on Friday.

After being arraigned on a charge of second-degree burglary, he was sent to the county jail on $5,000 bail.

Salamanca Woman Facing Charges

A Salamanca woman is facing charges for letting a 12-year-old drive her car.

Police say that on Saturday afternoon 35-year-old Danette Buffalo allowed the 12-year-old to drive the car on the road and in a yard with another 12-year-old and two 6-year-olds in the car.

Buffalo is charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She'll appear in Salamanca City Court on Friday.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Morning Crash in Lewis Run

A Salamanca man is facing charges following a crash on Route 219 in Lewis Run at 6 o'clock this morning.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say a car driven by 21-year-old Dillon Pennell crossed the center line and traveled off the shoulder of the road, where it hit mail boxes. It continued traveling on the shoulder of the road before hitting an embankment, which caused disabling damage.

Police arrested Pennell for driving under the influence.

He wasn't hurt in the crash.

Nurses Meet with State Lawmakers

Bonnie Kratzer, left, and Amber Johnson from Home Health and Hospice at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital stand on the capitol steps after being invited to meet with state legislators in Harrisburg recently. Their visit was arranged by Pennsylvania Home Care. Kratzer said they were very receptive to their thoughts related to home care, PDA waivers and hospice. They represented Potter, McKean, and Tioga counties. “It was an amazing day,” Kratzer said.

(Photo provided by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital)

Penn Grade Over $80 a Barrel Again

The price of a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil is back over $80 again.

The price American Refining Group is paying today is $80.50, according to an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO from ARG. That's up $2 from yesterday's price and up $34 from the price they were paying last year at this time.

The last time oil was in the $80-a-barrel range was October of 2008.

Raccoon Causes Power Outage

A raccoon, not weather, caused this morning's power outage in the City of Bradford.

Penelec spokeswoman Linda Routzhan tells WESB and The HERO the raccoon came in contact with a circuit breaker on a high voltage supply line at around 5:30 this morning.

Penele crews were able to "do some switching and back feed all customers." Power was restored about about 6:45 a.m.

Crews are checking out the circuit breaker to make sure everything can run normally.

About 2,300 customers were affected.

All Bradford Power Restored

Power has been restored in the City of Bradford, but some Smethport and Warren County Penelec customers are still without power.

At one point, about 800 customers in Bradford didn't have power.

We'll have more information about the outages as soon as possible.

Some Power is Restored

Power has been restored in some parts of the City of Bradford.

At one point, about 800 customers were without power and a number of traffic lights in the city weren't working.

We'll have more information about the outage as soon as possible.

Candle Caused Fredonia Fire

A carelessly lit candle is being blamed for a fire that extensively damaged a four-story building in Fredonia Monday night.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say that the fire was discovered on the second floor at just before 9 p.m. The fire eventually spread to the third and fourth floors of the building at 5 East Main Street.

The first floor housed a Blue Wireless store. The remaining floors housed 10 apartments. All of the occupants were able to get out of the building without injury.

Police Looking for Colorado Man

Police are looking for a Colorado man they believe stabbed a 29-year-old Emporium man outside the My Place Bar early Sunday morning.

42-year-old Miguel Rivera is wanted for attempted criminal homicide and related offenses.

Police say after Rivera stabbed the other man twice in the abdomen with a pocket knife he left the scene in a blue ford pickup truck with Utah license plates. They say Rivera had been living and working in the Emporium area.

The victim was trying to break up a fight when he was stabbed. Police didn't identify him, but did say he was hospitalized Sunday and Monday.

Power Outage in Bradford

About 800 customers are without power in the City of Bradford.

Traffic lights at a number of intersections, including Davis and Main, and East Main and Kendall Avenue, are not working. Special police are directing traffic at some of those intersections.

The outage also set off alarms at a number of businesses.

Penelec has been notified, but they're not sure when a crew can get here.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Monday Fire Ruled Accidental

A state police fire marshal says an ashtray with cigarette butts that was emptied into a plastic garbage can with papers in it caused the fire at 11 South Center Street Monday morning, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO.

The fire gutted the living room, but the rest of the building had only smoke and heat damage.

43-year-old Gail Button was not home at the time of the fire.

Damage is estimated at $120,000. The Bradford City Housing Authority owns the property.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Changes in FT Business Scene

WESB/WBRR News Director

Changes will be coming to one of the busiest spots in McKean County.

Shults Auto Group has applied for demolition permits for the former Rink Brothers property on East Main Street. Foster Township Supervisor Jim Connelly Jr. said during Monday night's meeting that they haven't applied for any building permits yet, though.

He did say he's heard "a few things" concerning what they're going to put in there, but hasn't heard it from a Shults representative yet.

"I've said for years that corner down there .. is one of the most valuable pieces of real estate that we have in McKean County," Connelly said.

He added that the Shults businesses are "good neighbors and I'm sure they're going to put something in there that's going to be a good addition to Foster Brook."

Connelly did say they are moving their dealership from South Avenue to East Main Street, adding that First Street residents are concerned about that.

"We are on top of that and we do plan on working with them," he said. "We're not going to let anybody disrupt their neighborhood down on First Street. We're very aware of their concerns."

Later in the meeting, Connolly talked about the Bradford Mall property.

He said he has been in contact with the former property manager in regard to the possibility of the Street Dreams Car Show moving from downtown Bradford to the mall.

While the car show move won't be happening, Connelly did say something else may be moving in.

He said Art Mueller, who recently left his position as property manager, wouldn't confirm anything, but did indicate that two or three stores have shown interest in moving into the mall.

Connelly told him that township representatives would be more than willing to meet with anyone "anytime, anyplace and anywhere" about moving into the mall.

He said he's also spoken with the new property manager, and believes she will be easy to work with, too.

He also said he wants to form a mall committee to help cut through red tape and "market our mall a little bit." He believes the township should have a solid plan in place when and if a store wants to come in. And, he's got an idea of what he wants to bring in.

"Wouldn't a Wegman's be great down there?" Connelly asked

"I don't' think so," said township resident Deb Piganelli, tongue-in-cheek. "No, Jim. No. ... But I'll take an Olive Garden and a Kohl's."

Piganelli works at Tops Market on Main Street.

Other residents suggested Target, Lowe's and Home Depot.

Connelly also said a person has contacted the township about putting a furniture store in the former site of the DeSoto Restaurant.

He said they're currently in the discussion phase with the potential business owner, who is also working on financing.

"Hopefully, we can put that corner together down there," Connelly said.

Update: The person who wanted to put a furniture store on East Main Street called WESB and The HERO Tuesday afternoon to say the deal fell through.

'Macbeth' to be Performed at Pitt-Bradford

A stripped-down version of William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy will be performed this week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The Division of Communication and the Arts will present “Macbeth” at 7:30 p.m. April 8, 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. April 11 in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall.
Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for students, and the performance is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

“We’ve made it even leaner and more intense, and the student cast is attacking it with great speed and even greater heart,” said Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater at Pitt-Bradford. “The Studio Theatre is set up in a modified thrust arrangement, with the audience close to the action. You might call it ‘Chamber Shakespeare.’”

Composed by Shakespeare in the early 1600s, the tragedy follows Macbeth’s ill-fated, ill-advised attempt to be king of Scotland.

“Shakespeare’s play tells the story of a man who, in order to gain a little bit of power, finds himself killing his friends,” Ewert said. “In our production, all of the major characters are there and, with only a couple of exceptions, so are all the scenes. We’ve just pared it down as close to the bone as we can."

Among students acting in “Macbeth” are: Benjamin Babcox, a broadcast communications major from Smethport; Josh Ellson, a pre-radiological science major from Export; Jeremy Freer, a broadcast communications major from Cyclone; Romainne Harrod, an English major from Peoria, Ariz.; Carnell Lawson, a broadcast communications major from Trainer, Del.; Karley Miller, a communications major from Derrick City; Brianna Pollock, a broadcast communications major from Doylestown; Allan Swart, an English education 7-12 and writing major from Corry; Brandon Tully, an interdisciplinary arts major from Bradford; Zach Work, an economics and applied mathematics major from Erie; and Kate Yeagle, a broadcast communications major from Newville.

Seating for this production is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. For tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814) 362-5113.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or

Carnell Lawson as Banquo and Brandon Tully as Macbeth rehearse "Macbeth" to be performed at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this week. Tickets are available by calling the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814) 362-5113.

(Photo by Dr. Kevin Ewert)

Another Fire in Bradford

Fire gutted the living room of a two-story housing unit at 11 South Center Street this morning.

Bradford City Fire Department Captain Larry Visbisky tells WESB and The HERO they got a 911 call at 11:04 a.m. saying there was smoke coming from a building at Barbour and South Center streets.

He says Fire Chief Boo Coder was the first person on the scene, and verified that there was smoke and fire coming from the building.

Tower One was next on the scene. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the living room area.

"They stopped it right in the living room," Visbisky says. "It was going pretty good. It was a good stop."

The rest of the building had smoke and heat damage.

Resident Gail Button was not home at the time of the fire.

A state police fire marshal has been called in to complete the investigation.

11 men were on the scene for an hour. Bradford Township stood by at their station.

Happy Anniversary

to us!
WESB turns 63 today.

Woman Facing Assault Charges

A Coudersport woman is facing assault charges following an incident early Saturday morning at the Northwood Tavern.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say 28-year-old Jaimi Bonczar of Coudersport and 27-year-old Janelle Kelley of Coudersport were standing outside the bar when 27-year-old Stacey Taubert came out and engaged in a verbal altercation with Bonczar. Police say Taubert then hit Bonczar several times, causing her to fall to the ground. Kelley was hurt when she tried to stop the fight.

Bonczar and Kelley were treated for cuts and bruises at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, then released.

Police say Taubert will be charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Two Die When Motorcyle, Truck Collide

Two St. Marys residents are dead following a collision between a pickup truck and a motorcycle Saturday afternoon.

50-year-old Irene Sorg died at Elk Regional Health Center. 50-year-old Joseph Michuck II was flown to UPMC in Pittsburgh, where he died.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, St. Marys Police say that at 3:30 on Glen Hazel Road Michuck's motorcycle was going around a curve, when it cross the center line and traveled into the path of the pickup, driven by 51-year-old Michael Pearsall of St. Marys.

Michuck and Sorg were thrown from the bike. Pearsall and his passenger, Jacqueline Pearsall, were not hurt.

Both vehicles were severely damaged.

Police were assisted by the Crystal Fire Department, St. Marys Area Ambulance Service, DCNR, the state Fish and Boat Commission and PennDOT.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stabbing in Emporium

Emporium Police are investigating a stabbing incident that reportedly happened early this morning.

The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. at the My Place Bar on East Allegheny Avenue in the borough.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

In Her Easter Bonnet ...

This little girl waits for her family outside St. Bernard Church as Father Leo Gallina greets parishioners following the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass.

(Photos by Anne Holliday)

School Fire Ruled Accidental

State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti has ruled that the fire that destroyed a School Street apartment building on Saturday was accidental.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO he also had some updates and additional information about the residents of the building. The occupants of 77 School Street were 34-year-old Samantha Silvis and a 6-year-old boy. The residents of 77 1/2 School Steet were 28-year-old Amy Nelson, 25-year-old Clifford Bell, a 6-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. The resident of 79 School Street was 21-year-old Latdior Williams. The resident of 79 1/2 School Street was 21-year-old Marcus Vance.

Three of the four apartments were occupied at the time of the fire, but everyone managed to get out safely. They're being assisted by the Red Cross.

Agosti says two Bradford City firefighters were treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation, then released.

Damage is estimated at $300,000. Demolition, which is being handled by owner Bradford Rentals LLC, started early Sunday morning.

(Photos by Anne Holliday)

Sunday Book Talk
Lisa Scottoline's 'Think Twice'

After a brief hiatus Sunday Book Talk is back -- and back big. This week's guest is award-winning and best-selling author Lisa Scottoline.

You can listen to the show here.

To listen to an excerpt from "Think Twice," go here.

To learn more about Lisa and her books, go to