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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fatal Crash in Clearfield County

A Madera man is dead after an accident Friday afternoon in Clearfield County.

Police say a car driven by 64-year-old Larry Henry went out of control on Route 453 in Gulich Township and hit a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Henry was not wearing a seat belt.

Ambre Tweet: Bret is Stabilized

In the immediate hours following Bret Michaels' hospitalization for a brain hemorrhage, his fans have been poring over various websites looking for a hopeful update on the Poison frontman's health. Now, encouraging word has leaked that Michaels may be better off than initially feared.

TMZ is reporting that Michaels is "awake, in good spirits and talking" as of Friday evening (April 23). This information comes from Ambre Lake, the season-two winner of Michaels' "Rock of Love" reality show. TMZ reports that Lake has spoken with people close to Bret who say he's "stabilized and conscious."

E-Mail Scam Concerning IRS Refunds

Coudersport state police are warning residents of an e-mail scam.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, they say an e-mail saying it’s from the Internal Revenue Service is being sent out asking that people submit their personal and bank account information in order to receive a refund.

Police are advising people to not reply to the e-mail.

A copy of e-mail police included with their report says:

Dear Applicant:

Following an upgrade of our computer systems and review or our records we have investigated your payments and latest tax returns over the past years, our calculations show you have made over payments of 326.75. Due to the high volume of refunds you must complete the online application, the telephone help line is unable to assist with this application.
In order to process your refund you will need to complete the attached application form.
Your refund may take up to 6 weeks to process, please make sure you complete the form correctly.
As we are upgrading our records we require the completed form showing your full current details before 20 March 2010.

Please submit the form attached to confirm the refund.

Note: If you are using Internet Explorer please allow Active X for scripts to peform all data transfers securely.

S.M. Roberts
Senior Manager
Internal Revenue Service

I would hope the IRS could write a better letter than that ~ A

One Man, Two Harassment Incidents

A Coudersport man is accused of harassing a woman and a teenager in separate incidents on April 11.

In faxes sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say at between 3 and 3:15 p.m. 40-year-old Shane Bailey harassed a 44-year-old woman who, along with her husband, was giving him a ride home.

The woman tells police she was riding in the backseat and Bailey was in the front seat as they were traveling on Route 449 in Genesee. She says Bailey reached back and rubbed her leg four times after being asked to stop.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Haskell Road in Allegany Township, Bailey is accused of getting into an argument with a 16-year-old boy, grabbing him by the shoulder, pushing him, threatening to punch him through a wall and threatening other physical violence.

Area State Police Briefs

COUDERSPORT – Police are investigating a hunting camp break-in on Baker Hollow Road in Roulette Township. Police say sometime between September 30 and Friday morning someone removed a black 8HP, 4000-watt generator Homelite LR4400 portable 4 kw model: 197412 with a cracked engine cover valued at $400.

A 15-year-old boy from Harrison Valley is accused of hitting a 19-year-old man from Westfield in the face while they were on a Northern Potter High School bus at 3:10 p .m. Thursday. Police cited the 15-year-old for harassment.

A 19-year-old Coudersport man has been cited for underage drinking. Police say Ross Lent was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over during a traffic stop at 12:54 a.m. Friday.

A 28-year-old woman is accused of threatening a 35-year-old man by telephone at 12:35 a.m. on April 6 at a residence in Eulalia Township. Police say a harassment charge is pending.

RIDGWAY – Police are investigating hunting camp burglaries that happened sometime between March 28 and April 15 off Hicks Run Road in Benezette Township. Someone removed a plastic tool box containing various tools valued at about $100 from a camp owned by Alfonso Colpo of Sarver. Someone damaged a window on a camp owned by Dennis Popp of Cranberry.

Someone punctured three tires on a vehicle belonging to Paige Hedberg of Byrnedale sometime between 1 and 10:30 a.m. Friday. Damage is estimated at $150.

all information was faxed to WESB and The HERO by state police

Navy Names Ship for John Murtha

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the selection of the USS John P. Murtha as the name of the 10th San Antonio class Amphibious Transport Dock ship. Mabus made the announcement at John P. Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County airport in Johnstown, Pa.

The USS John P. Murtha honors the late U.S. representative and Marine who dedicated his life to serving his country. Murtha served a distinguished 37 years in the Marine Corps and received the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service in the Vietnam War, retiring as a colonel in 1990.

In his public life, Murtha served the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District from 1974 until his death in 2010. In his position as the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, he oversaw funding issues for the Department of Defense, including the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and the intelligence community.

"Both in uniform and in the halls of Congress, Chairman Murtha dedicated his life to serving his country both in the Marine Corps and Congress. His unwavering support of our sailors and Marines, and in particular our wounded warriors, was well known and deeply appreciated," said Mabus.

The future USS John P. Murtha will be used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies, by embarked air cushion or conventional landing craft or expeditionary fighting vehicles, augmented by helicopters or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. It will support amphibious assault, special operations, or expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century.

The amphibious transport dock ship will be 684 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 105 feet, displace approximately 25,000 tons, and will make speed in excess of 22 knots. It will be crewed by 363 personnel and embark an additional 700 Marines.

NFL Draft Update

Stefan Arlington has the latest from the Bills, Steelers and Browns. Listen here.

Bret Michaels in Critical Condition

( -- Bret Michaels's health has taken a turn for the worse, PEOPLE has learned: After an excruciating headache late Thursday night, the star was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where doctors discovered he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem), according to a source close to the situation.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Chamber of Commerce Events Update

Great Main Street Clean Up- Saturday, April 24, 10 am – 1 pm Register at Grace Lutheran Church, Mechanic Street (receive vest, gloves and trash bags) Refreshments provided

The event will consist of litter pick up in Main Street Historic District and Project Pride Elm Street Neighborhood. Sponsored by Bradford Main Street Program/Elm Street Project.

Boy Scouting for Good- Saturday, April 24, 9am – 12pm Parkview and Walmart The Boy Scouts of America are collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry

Chamber Chat- Tuesday, April 27, 5-6:30 pm Sports CafĂ©, 48 Davis Street An informal informational meeting and networking opportunity to discuss and acquaint you with chamber benefits. FREE and open to BACC members and prospective members. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided. Please RSVP to BACC office 814.338.7115 or email

“Parenting is One Tough Job” Symposium- Wednesday, April 28, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm University of Pittsburgh Bradford, Frame-Westerberg Commons Building - FREE
Shaken Baby Syndrome: What it is and how to prevent it, Model Prevention Programs and Practices & Prevention Strategy Panel Discussion. Sponsored by: the McKean County Collaborative Board, McKean County Department of Human Services, Northern Tier Community Action Corporation, and the Pitt Bradford MSW Program. Registrations accepted until Tuesday, April 20 by calling 814-887-5591 x 308 or emailing Interested participants will be eligible for 3 Social Work CEUs with a $5 processing fee. PA Keys training credits for child care providers being pursued.

URGENT NEED- The American Red Cross of McKean/Potter County is in dire need of Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering from 3-5pm weekdays should contact Jason Bange at the 814.368.6197 or email

Chamber Choice - Are you a business owner worried about the rising cost of health care? You owe it to yourself to find out what Chamber Choice can do for you. Call 1.800.377.3539 or visit

Community Calendar

Meals on Wheels Making Change

After holding meetings at various levels within the organization and with community members, the Board of Directors of the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross has decided to make a temporary change to the Meals on Wheels program.

Starting May 1st, Meals on Wheels in the Bradford area will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Meals will still be available for all 7 days of the week; however Tuesday meals will be delivered on Mondays and Thursday meals will be delivered on Wednesdays. Weekend meals will still be delivered on Fridays as is the current policy.

“This temporary change to the program is a result of an insufficient number of drivers each day to deliver meals,” said Jason Bange, executive director, in an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO. “The new delivery schedule will be in place until such time as adequate volunteer coverage is recruited.”

Anyone with interest in volunteering should contact the Red Cross office as soon as possible. Responsibilities of driving include: arriving at the chapter office at 3 p.m. to pack up meals and begin delivering. Average delivery time is 1.5 hours and distance traveled is approximately 30-35 miles depending on the route. A Red Cross provided background check is required along with appropriate paperwork for volunteering. Office hours to sign up for volunteering are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; office closed on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Last year, the Meals on Wheels program served more than 14,000 meals to about 100 clients.

Biology Students Named Borer Scholars

Three St. Bonaventure University biology students have been selected as the Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Scholars for 2010.

Tiffany Barkley, Kirsten Norrell and Andrew Nguyen will spend 10 weeks of the summer working on various research projects under the advisement of three university biology professors.

Barkley, a third-year biology major and political science minor from Mansfield, Texas, will focus on the development of mammary glands in mice. Barkley will be characterizing changes of the mammary gland due to the loss of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF). CTGF is a protein that is essential for the growth of new blood vessels.

“By studying CTGF in the mammary gland,” said Barkley, “the study hopes to elucidate the functional implications of cancerous cell growth and metastasis.”

Barkley will study in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Hens. Barkley will attend LECOM Medical School in 2011 and hopes to one day work in politics.

Norrell, a third-year biology major and Spanish minor from Pittsburgh, Pa., will be conducting research under the direction of Dr. David Hilmey. Among other things, Norrell will be focusing on research pertaining to vitamin B6.

“I have done research in the past, so I already know that I enjoy it,” said Norrell, “I’m just excited to be exposed to a different area of research and to learn about a different approach to studying biological systems.”

Norrell plans to attend George Washington University School of Medicine through St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Health Care Professions program.

“I don’t know yet how research will fit into my career plans as a clinician,” said Norrell, “but as I have experienced research more I have gained a better idea about how I want to incorporate it into my studies throughout medical school and afterwards.”

Nguyen, a second-year biology major from Huntington Beach, Calif., will be conducting research on algae. Under the direction of Dr. Fred Harrington, Nguyen will be analyzing photosynthesis and its energy pathways, which ultimately lead to the production of starch or triglycerides.

“The ultimate goal,” said Nguyen, “is to convert the triglyceride products into bio-fuels as an alternative means of energy in order to preserve scarce raw materials.”

Nguyen was accepted into the dual admissions program between St. Bonaventure University and George Washington University School of Medicine in 2008. Through the program, Nguyen is guaranteed a spot in the medical school after his undergraduate studies.

Dr. Eleanor H. Green, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said the opportunity granted to these students will be invaluable.

“The scholars will no doubt benefit tremendously from their experiences this summer,” said Green. “They will join the ever-growing list of outstanding students who have participated in the Borer Summer Research program.”

The Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Fellowship Program was made possible in 1992 through a gift to St. Bonaventure University from Gertrude Borer and her son, Francis E. Borer, ’69. The fund was established in honor of her late husband, Arnold. Borer Scholars are selected because they have achieved exceptional science and math GPAs and have potential career interests in the field of biomedical research.

Woman Hospitalized After Crash

An 88-year-old Falconer, New York, woman is hospitalized after an accident at just before 3 o’clock this afternoon.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say Verlie Woodruff was traveling on Peck-Settlement Road when her car left the road and went into a ditch, hit a driveway culvert, went airborne, went back onto the road, crossed both lanes and ended up on the shoulder of the road.

Woodruff was removed from the car by EMS personnel and taken by Starflight to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Deputies say a medical condition may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

First Friday Admissions Event at UPB

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Admissions Office will hold a May 7 information session for prospective students and their families.

First Friday, a visitors’ program that allows prospective students to have a group visit on campus during the week, begins at 10 a.m. The program includes a presentation by the admissions office, a campus tour with a student ambassador and lunch in the KOA Dining Hall.

Appointments for First Friday are preferred, but not required. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the admissions office at (814) 362-7555 or (800) 872-1787 or visit

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

Support Group Donates to Olean Airport

OLEAN – Fred Fowler and Bernard Morris of the Airport Support Group (ASG) presented Olean Mayor Linda Witte and Director of DPW Ashok Kapoor seating for eighty persons and ten tables for use during events at Cattaraugus/Olean Airport.

This latest donation brings to over $13,000 of equipment provided by ASG for use at the airport. Previous donations have included new reception area and meeting room furniture, air compressor, an aircraft tug, personal computer, and garage doors. Funds for these purchases were raised by ASG with the invaluable assistance of The Rally in the Valley.

Comprised of airport tenants and other users, the Cattaraugus/Olean Airport Support Group exists to promote the use, maintenance and improvement of Cattaraugus/Olean Airport, a community asset and economic development tool for Olean and Cattaraugus County.

Photo and information provided by Kathleen Kellogg

Youth Injury Prevention Workshop
to be held at Pitt-Bradford

In recognition of Safe Kids Week, the University of Pittsburgh Bradford’s Athletic Training Department, Safe Kids McKean and Northwest Savings Bank are partnering to sponsor a Youth Injury Prevention and Little League Safety Workshop for Bradford Regional Little League coaches and any other little league coaches with teams in McKean County.

The Pitt Bradford Athletic Department, led by trainers Jason Honeck, Angela Honeck, John Eaton, and senior student athletic trainers, will provide coaches and assistants with information on preventing and treating common sports injuries, basic first aide, sun safety, lightning safety, and the importance of proper hydration for players.

This free workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Pitt Bradford Sport and Fitness Center and includes dinner for all participants.

According to a Safe Kids USA, nearly 30 million children participate in organized sports and more than 2.5 million of those children visit emergency departments annually due to sporting injuries.

National Safe Kids Week, observed from April 24 to May 1, reaches millions of families through efforts that include safety events like this one being offered by Safe Kids McKean, which is among more than 400 coalitions and chapters throughout the U.S. associated with Safe Kids, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury or accidents — the No. 1 killer of children age 14 and under.

Additional funding for the workshop was provided by a grant from Safe Kids Pennsylvania

For more information about the free workshop or to register, call Barry Bacha, President, Bradford Regional Little League or CARE for Children, lead agency for Safe Kids McKean.

Senator Says Level of Anti-Semitism
Growing, Asks Universities to Prevent It

HARRISBURG – A rising level of anti-Semitism on college campuses across the country led state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams to offer a resolution on Wednesday condemning such conduct and calling on colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to stand guard against it.

Williams, a member of the Education Committee in the state Senate, sponsored Senate Resolution 315, calling for the state Department of Education, the State System of Higher Education and each college and university in the Pennsylvania to work to prevent such conduct from happening locally.

State Sens. Andrew E. Dinniman, Michael J. Stack and Joseph B. Scarnati co-sponsored the Williams resolution.

“I was with a friend and saw a video of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren giving a speech at the University of California and was just shocked by the ugliness that erupted,” Williams said. “Freedom of expression does not mean acts of intimidation, as was clearly displayed. We certainly don’t want to see this behavior take root here in Pennsylvania.”

Oren recently spoke on the history of the United States in the Middle East as an invited guest at the University of California-Irvine. The lecture turned tense as he was verbally assaulted. Arrests occurred at the public campus event. Previously, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has called for a focused look at an increase in anti-Semitic behavior occurring on college campuses.

Williams, whose late father, former state Sen. Hardy Williams, a legendary civil rights activist, said the video jolted him back to the stories he heard and things he saw growing up.

“The scenario would have been just as appalling if the subject of the heckling were African American, Asian or Latino. Like racism and any other form of discrimination, anti-Semitism must be nipped as soon as it rears itself," he said.

“My parents endured prejudice and racism during much of their lives, which is one of the reasons my father devoted his career to fighting against intolerance, be it based on skin color, ethnicity, creed, gender or orientation,” Williams said. “Even with the great strides we have made as Americans, we know too well our dark history when it comes to ethnic and racial hatred. It’s frightening to think how easily we can slip backwards. Dissent can occur, ideas expressed – but with civility, and always with the effort toward establishing mutual understanding and peace.”

'Operation Cracked Scripts' Broken Up

HARRISBURG — Eighteen suspects, who allegedly participated in a prescription forgery ring that operated throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, were charged today by the Attorney General’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the 10-month joint investigation, known as “Operation Cracked Scripts” focused on Barbara Dodson, a Washington County woman who was the ring leader of the half million dollar ring.

Corbett said that Dodson and at least 17 co-conspirators obtained thousands of Oxycodone pills, using forged prescriptions, from at least 17 pharmacies in Fayette, Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Washington counties.

“We believe this organization was responsible for illegally obtaining approximately 250,000 milligrams of Oxycodone with an estimated street-value of more than $500,000,” Corbett said.

The grand jury identified the following suspects as members of Dodson’s organization: Marcie Neal; Michael Waddell; Ashley Furlong; Alexander Storez; Alyssa Luckasevic; Michelle Anton; Alicia Norkus; Cassie Thorpe; Lee Rotolo; Karen Butcher; Jessie Snyder; Christopher Bujanowski; Randal Carlson; and Diane Furlong.

Mower to be Used for Benefit is Stolen

Someone stole a John Deere riding lawn mower that was supposed to be raffled off Sunday during a benefit for a man who’s battling cancer.

State police in Warren say the mower, which was donated by Zahm and Matson of Falconer, was stolen from a parking lot in Sugar Grove Tuesday or Wednesday.

The benefit is for Mike Chapman of Warren, who is recovering from a surgery that removed a cancerous tumor from the base of his spine and a rare combination of three types of testicular cancer.

The benefit is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sugar Grove AmVets. The John Deere was supposed to be among several vehicles donated by local dealerships, all of which will be auctioned off during the spaghetti dinner benefit.

DEP Fines Oil Company for
Illegally Transferring Fracking Water

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Stallion Oilfield Services of Canonsburg $6,500 for operating a transfer station without a permit last year at its facility in Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County.

The financial penalty represents DEP’s latest enforcement action against Stallion. It previously issued a notice of violation to the company in June 2009, which prompted the company to stop operating its transfer station.

“DEP conducted an inspection at Stallion in June 2009 and discovered that the company was operating a fracking water transfer station without the required DEP permit,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Robert Yowell. “Businesses that support the natural gas exploration industry like Stallion must improve their compliance with Pennsylvania’s waste management regulations. DEP continues to look aggressively for these illegal transfer stations and will take appropriate enforcement action whenever we find them.”

There were 21 fracking water tanks at the site divided into two staging areas. The tanks were used to store fracking flowback water from natural gas wells.

DEP inspectors also found a 450-square foot area where fracking water had spilled onto the ground. Soil samples showed high levels of chlorides and barium, which are common constituents of fracking water. Stallion subsequently excavated and properly disposed of about seven cubic yards of soil.

DEP’s follow-up inspection in August 2009 confirmed that the company had halted the illegal transfer station activity.

The fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which helps to pay for cleanups across the state.

Missing Fredonia Man Found Near Erie

A Fredonia man who’s been missing since Sunday has been found, unharmed, near Erie.

19-year-old Robert Raynor left his Fredonia home late Sunday afternoon, and no one had heard from him since then.

Someone who had seen his photo in the media spotted him at about 8 o’clock this morning, and his parents went to pick him up.

Family members say Raynor has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Steeler Country is Now Home to Eagles

By Jerry Feaser
PA Game Commission

PITTSBURGH – Steeler Country is now home to the Eagles! No, not the cross-Commonwealth rival Philadelphia Eagles; a pair of American bald eagles.

“While bald eagles are not an uncommon sight as they hunt for fish in the Three Rivers area of Pittsburgh, this is the first confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in Allegheny County,” said Gary Fujak, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for western Allegheny County. “The nest is in Crescent Township, but – in order to protect the nest from disturbances – we are not going to disclose the exact location, and we are working with the landowner to keep the area secure.”

The Game Commission annually monitors bald eagle nests – both existing and new – to measure nesting population trends and nesting success. Monitoring helps the agency to continue to follow bald eagle’s recovery and let’s biologists know immediately if problems are occurring, both locally and statewide. Wildlife Conservation Officers protect nests and work with landowners to ensure the safety of bald eagles and their future success. When discovered, new nest sites are protected and reproduction is monitored.

Matt Hough, Game Commission Southwest Region Director, noted that this marks the third new nest in the region.

“We encourage anyone who believes he or she saw a bald eagle nest to notify the Southwest Region Office,” Hough said. “In addition, we encourage wildlife viewers to enjoy viewing eagle nests from a distance to eliminate possible disturbances.

“Please remember that bald eagles receive federal protection under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which safeguard the birds and their nests from disturbances and destruction, and such acts carry heavy fines and penalties.”

The Game Commission’s management plan for bald eagles calls for more public education about eagles. An informed public guided by good “eagle etiquette” will be the best advocate for a continued bald eagle recovery and the best chance that any Pennsylvanian can see a bald eagle near his or her home in the future.

When the Game Commission announced its 2009 bald eagle nesting tally last June, there were at least 170 known nests in 48 counties; by the end of the year, the number increased to 174 known nests. In 2008, Game Commission biologists estimated Pennsylvania had 140 known nests in 47 counties. The final nest count turned out to be 156.

As recently as 1983, there were only three eagle nests remaining in Pennsylvania. That year, the Game Commission began a seven-year bald eagle restoration program in which the agency sent employees to Saskatchewan to obtain eaglets from wilderness nests. The Richard King Mellon Foundation of Pittsburgh and the federal Endangered Species Fund provided financial assistance for this effort. In all, 88 bald eaglets from Canada were released from sites at Dauphin County’s Haldeman Island and Pike County’s Shohola Falls.

Since 1983, Pennsylvania’s eagle nests have produced more than 1,200 eaglets, and the population has increased by about 15 percent annually. But, while this growth and expansion are to be celebrated, there has been some “crowding” reported in some areas.

“There’s still plenty of new or sparsely-used territory for nesting pairs in the Commonwealth,” said Doug Gross, Game Commission biologist. “Some of the best remaining eagle nesting habitat includes the Susquehanna’s north and west branches, the Monongahela River, the Youghiogheny River and the Lake Erie shoreline. There also are many large lakes and impoundments scattered across the state with more than adequate fisheries and no eagles.”

While the Game Commission currently classifies the bald eagle as a threatened species in Pennsylvania, they were removed from the federal Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2007, because delisting goals had been achieved.

Game Commission photo

Man, Woman Facing Charges

A Cattaraugus County woman is facing charges and a Chautauqua County man is in jail following an incident late Wednesday night at the woman’s home.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say they went to the Dayton, New York, home of Amanda Wisiorek looking for Travis Eaton. She told them he wasn’t there, and when they asked the name of the man who was inside her house, she gave them a false name.

When deputies asked for proof of the man’s identity, he left the house through a back window. After a brief foot case the man, who actually was Travis Eaton, was taken into custody on a violation of probation warrant issued by Persia Town Court, and sent to jail.

Wisiorek has been charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Bootjack Hill Work Starts Monday

Motorists are reminded that roadway-resurfacing work is set to start Monday, April 26 along the “Bootjack” section of Route 219, south of Ridgway. Weather permitting, Phase 1of the project will begin Monday. The first phase of the job will stretch from the Royal Drive-in to the truck bypass. PennDOT expects Phase 1 work to be complete in mid-May. Drivers can expect changing traffic patterns through the work zone, with flaggers in place. All work is currently scheduled to take place during daylight hours Monday through Friday.

Phase 2 of the project will stretch north from the truck bypass to the intersection of Main and Depot Streets. Phase 2 will feature a traffic detour and PennDOT will provide a project update close to the beginning of that phase.

Overall work will include guide rail updates, barrel replacement on the emergency truck runoffs, signage updates and roadway resurfacing. H.R.I. Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $920,000 job. PennDOT expects all work to be complete in July.

Today on Midday Magazine ...

The Health Minute from Johns Hopkins is about preventing prostate cancer. Foodie News centers on Jamie Oliver’s food revolution. The National Lampoon Sports Minute (Or So) covers Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Zambrano, Rick Mahorn, USA Swimming. Outdoors PA with the Pennsylvania Game Commission concludes a series about spring gobbler season.

On today’s Sports Forum, Frank Williams and Stefan Arlington will talk about the NFL draft. (Morning Buzz listeners know that Frank predicted that the Bills would draft CJ Spiller.)

We’ll also have the latest stock report and the community calendar, plus the very latest local news and sports, state news from RadioPA, national and international news from CNN, NFL Today and the forecast from News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka.

Listen at 1490 AM WESB, or live online at starting at noon.

Annual Barstool Open on Saturday

The American Cancer Society's annual Barstool Open is from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday It's $60 for a four-person team. Lots of prizes are up for grabs including lowest score, highest score and best-dressed. You can buy 50/50 tickets at any of the participating bars, who will have food and drink specials all day. Relay for Life teams will also have raffles for a vareity of items.

Call (814) 368-3646 to register, or register at any of the following bars:
The Roadhouse
The Corner Bar
The Eages
Lewie's Lounge
The Moose
Byllye Lanes
New City Line
Italian Club
The New Keystone
The Lighter Side

Fran Stewart of the Cancer Society was on The Morning Buzz today. Listen here.

The Twins Tiers' Favorite Morning Show

Start your day with America's Sweetheart, Scott Douglas, and his trusty sidekick Frank Williams. They deliver news at the top and bottom of every hour and update you on sports at :15 and :45. They also have weather from News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka.

Listen on 1490 WESB AM, 100.1 FM, The HERO or live online at or

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blood Donor Reaches 7 Gallons Mark

The McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross is proud to announce that Robert Gault reached the 7 gallons mark during Tuesday’s blood drive at the Church of the Nazarene.

“Reaching a donation mark like Mr. Gault has done is quite a feat and is a tribute to the life-saving mission that blood donation makes possible,” said Jason Bange, executive director. “It takes a lot of dedication and time, not to mention a lot of blood, to reach such a level and we greatly appreciate Mr. Gault’s support, as well as the support of all our donors."

Details regarding future blood drives can be found online at the chapter’s website at, or by calling the office.

P&G Executive, an '83 Alum, to Give
Keynote Address at SBU Graduation

One of the St. Bonaventure University’s most accomplished graduates will give the keynote address Sunday, May 16, at St. Bonaventure University’s 150th Commencement Exercises.

Deb Henretta, SBU class of 1983 and group president for Procter & Gamble Asia, will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

“We’re thrilled that Deb is coming from the other side of the globe to share her wisdom at her alma mater,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “To have one of the most respected businesswomen in the world speak to our graduates is truly an honor.”

Henretta, who graduated from SBU’s renowned Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, heads Procter & Gamble’s $14 billion retail business in Asia, including on-the-ground operations in 14 major markets and another 22 countries through distributor operations. She is responsible for P&G’s Asia portfolio that touches close to 2 billion consumers.

Since Henretta took over in 2005, P&G Asia has delivered four consecutive years of volume, sales and profit growth — doubling sales through portfolio and distribution expansion, brand building, and innovation.

Prior to her Asia role, she was the first woman to lead P&G’s Global Baby Care business when she was promoted to president of P&G Global Baby Care in 2001. She finished her time with Baby Care having delivered four consecutive years of record growth in sales, volume and profit, results not seen in nearly two decades.

Beyond P&G, Henretta is serving a second term on the Board of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, which acts as a board of directors for the country of Singapore. In 2009, she was honored to participate in a select Economic Strategies Committee commissioned by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and charged with developing a 10-year strategic plan for the country.

In 2008, Henretta received a U.S. State Department Appointment to serve as one of three U.S. representatives on the Business Advisory Council to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation). She is a frequent speaker on a range of subjects ranging from leadership to work/life balance to innovation and brand building.

Henretta also holds a master’s degree in communications from Syracuse University. She lives in Singapore with her husband and three children, and is an active supporter of a number of charitable causes including Caring for Cambodia and Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati. She has served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees, as well as advisory boards at Syracuse and Xavier universities.

Commencement activities begin Friday, May 14, with the traditional Candlelight Ceremony for graduating seniors, followed by the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 15. Graduation ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.

Olean civic leaders Marianne and Erick Laine, chairman emeritus of CUTCO Corp., will also receive honorary degrees.

Lighter Side Cited for Violation

The Lighter Side on Mechanic Street in Bradford has been cited for a liquor law violation.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say on March 25 an employee of the bar gave alcohol to a visibly intoxicated man.

The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge.

Bloodhound Training Next Week at ASP

The National Police Bloodhound Association will return to Allegany State Park for weeklong training in the Red House Area Sunday through Thursday.

This will be the 11th year the event has been hosted by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of law enforcement and the public can attend events from 11:30 a. m. to 2:30 p. m. April 28.

Obstetrical Unit, Nursery Expansion
Will Enhance Comfort, Efficiency

By George Nianiatus, senior writer/media manager
Upper Allegheny Health System

Olean General Hospital has begun a significant renovation project in the fourth-floor Obstetrical Unit and Nursery to make mothers and newborn babies more comfortable, and allow staff to perform their clinical duties with greater efficiency.

For many families the Obstetrical Unit and Nursery is their first experience at Olean General Hospital. Although patient satisfaction scores are at 99 percent, it’s become time to update the unit that was last renovated in 1991. Since then, nearly 15,000 babies have been born in the unit, said hospital officials.

“The renovation is needed because during a high census period our nursery space is not adequate. Our patient volumes have increased dramatically over the past five years. Sometimes it’s been difficult to complete special testing procedures in the nursery due to lack of space,” said Mary Beyth, RN, Nurse Manager for the Obstetrical Unit and Nursery.

The three-phase project, expected to cost $500,000, is scheduled to be completed by the end of July, said Joseph Gaughn, Director of Facilities Services.

The project’s first phase will involve tripling the size of the 14-bed nursery to 600 square feet, and adding a new waiting room with a refreshment station, Mr. Gaughn said.

The expanded nursery will be able to accommodate higher volumes and offer more space for special procedures such as hearing testing, said Mrs. Beyth.

“The project’s second phase will bring an updated nurses’ station so staff can perform their clinical tasks more efficiently,” said Mrs. Beyth.

The final project phase will focus on the 14 postpartum rooms for mothers.

“These rooms will get new patient beds, furniture and oak-trimmed bassinets. Olean General Hospital also is looking to make the postpartum rooms more accommodating for visitors. We want to make these rooms more family-friendly, including having each one equipped with sleep chairs so family members can visit newborn mothers,” said Mrs. Beyth.

Additional upgrades will involve having new finishes added to the patient rooms and corridors to coordinate with the interior design of the rest of the hospital,” Mrs. Beyth noted.

In support of the project, “The 2009 Employee Campaign set records in both the number of employees contributing and the amount raised. Last year, 377 employees participated, a 21 percent increase over the previous year’s record participation of 311 employees,” said Olean General Hospital Foundation President Karen Fohl, who’s also Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Olean General Hospital.

“This OB renovation project is something the employees feel passionate about, therefore participation was very high in the campaign. It raised $70,000, an increase of more than 24 percent over the $56,276 raised the previous year,” Mrs. Fohl said.

Meanwhile, “We are currently in the midst of a community Capital Campaign to support this project because it’s for the babies. It is our hope that donors will consider making gifts for Mother’s Day in honor or memory of their mothers this year. In recognition and appreciation, the Foundation will gladly send a special card to the mother being honored in this special way,” added Mrs. Fohl.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which raises funds to financially support Olean General Hospital’s mission of providing high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to those in the communities it serves.

For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign, which is raising funds for the expansion and renovation of the Obstetrical Unit and Nursery, call 372-7445, mail a gift to OGH Foundation at 515 Main St. Olean, NY 14760, or go online at

Olean General Hospital was founded in 1898 and is a 186-bed, acute-care hospital. It provides an array of programs and specialty services, including Behavioral Health, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Chest Pain Center, Dialysis, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Sleep Center, and Wound Care. Also, Olean General Hospital has been designated a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader.

Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

PennDOT Revokes Road Use Permit for
J-W Operating in Cameron County

Harrisburg – A road use permit issued to J-W Operating Company for moving its drilling trucks and other equipment over State Route 3001 in Cameron County was revoked because of the company’s failure to deal with severe damage to the roadway, Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., announced today.

J-W Operating was granted a permit to put heavy trucks and equipment on the road, known locally as Moore Hill Road in Shippen township. The road normally has a 10-ton weight restriction, and J-W’s permit carried the understanding the company would be responsible for repairs.

“J-W Operating may not use this route until it makes the required repairs,” Biehler said. “We understand the importance of Marcellus Shale drilling to the region’s economy, but we will remain vigilant in requiring action to keep the roads safe and properly maintained for public use.”

PennDOT revoked the permit after J-W Operating failed to make repairs to the roadway in a timely manner. Under the terms of the permit, J-W Operating is to proactively monitor pavement conditions and immediately begin repairs as needed to keep the road safe.

PennDOT will be able to restore the permit once J-W Operating makes the roadway repairs and those repairs have been inspected and approved by PennDOT.

Spending on Road Projects Frozen Again

Spending on New York road construction projects that have direct state financing will continue to be frozen under an emergency plan submitted today by Governor David Paterson.

The plan, which runs through May 1, does allow more than 300 projects financed with federal and/or local money to proceed.

The Legislature has approved three temporary spending plans since April 1 to keep government running until they pass a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

The plans have not included money to reimburse contractors working on more than 500 highway projects across the state.

Cuomo Issues Subpoena to State Senate

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo issued a subpoena to the State Senate this afternoon, asking for employee records connected to an ongoing investigation into Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.

The subpoena is part of Cuomo's ongoing investigation into allegations that Espada siphoned more than $14 million from his Bronx based non-profit Soundview Healthcare Clinic.

On Wednesday FBI and CIA agents raided Soundview. Officials say the FBI is building a case against Espada that could result in fraud and money laundering charges.

'Good News' Award Winners Announced

OLEAN -- Two groups and seven individuals have been named recipients of the 2010 Good News Awards given by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC). The awards honor those who enrich the community by their work and activities and will be presented at the annual Good News Award Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 20, at the Premier Banquet Center, 2000 Constitution Avenue, in Olean.

“The Good News Ceremony that the GOACC organizes annually allows the community to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions in building a strong, dynamic and prosperous neighborhood,” said Meme Krahe Yanetsko, Chief Operating Officer of Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Yanetsko added, “These fine people are your neighbors, your friends, and they represent all that is good about this community in which we live and work. These extraordinary individuals contribute to the well-being of this area and give us all a reason to feel proud to be a part of this community.”

The Chamber of Commerce will recognize recipients in the following categories: Youth, Wellness, Senior, Religious, Culture, and Community. The Youth Awards will go to Kaitlin Harvey, an Olean High School student, and to Hinsdale Central School student Tim Crino. They both will be recognized for their outstanding service to our community as youth.

No One Way Teen Support Group will receive the Wellness Award. Sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County, No One Way is a support group for transition age youth who are having challenges navigating any part of their lives while they adjust to adulthood. Andrew McIntyre, now 18, had a dream to help kids like him be more socially successful, feel accepted and part of something bigger.

Peter Marcus will be recognized for his contributions to our “Community” Wellness. Mr. Marcus serves the elderly, health impaired and sight impaired by volunteering at Interfaith Caregivers and HomeCare and Hospice. Betty Pappas will be recognized with the Senior Award for her many years working in the education field throughout the area and for volunteering with many organizations.

Sr. Patricia Perry will be recognized with the Religious Award for her devoted service to the Ecumenical and faith sharing community. She gives unselfishly of her time and financial resources to those who desperately need help and love. Sr. Pat lives her faith in humility; tirelessly and with humor. The Bridge at St. Bonaventure Church will receive the Religious Award. The spirit of St. Francis, noted for helping the poor, is truly alive at The Bridge, a thrift shop, located on the grounds of St. Bonaventure Parish. It is the centerpiece of the parish outreach program and was so named as to “bridge” the gap between those in our community who need help and those that can provide that help.

Doug Bushnell will receive the Culture Award. Though many may be familiar with Doug as the “Morning Man” on WHDL for 35 years, perhaps he is best known as “Mr. Music” in the Olean area. For many years, he has passed on his musical expertise as a piano teacher, vocal director, musical director, and stage director for many productions presented by Archbishop Walsh High School and the Olean Community Theater. Through the Theatre Workshop, he has worked with youth classes to help generations of young musicians and performers reach their potential and realize their dreams as they participated in various musical reviews.

Gary Rougeau will be recognized for his contributions to our “Community” with the Community Award. Gary's commitment to the community is reflected in his contributions to building a better life for people in this community.

Tickets for the event are $26.00 and will include Prosciutto & Mozzarella Stuffed Boneless Chicken Breasts with Orange Beurre Blanc Sauce. An informal reception will start at 6:00 PM, with the dinner slated for 6:45 PM. Patron dinner tickets for $40 and corporate tables of eight for $300 are also available to reserve. Patrons and Corporates receive a listing in the dinner program. Please call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or email for reservations by May 14th or more information on the dinner.

e-mail from Meme Yanetsko

Tuna Crossroads to Re-Open Next Week

Tuna Crossroads will be open to traffic again next week, but as work progresses on the Route 219 Bradford Bypass Project short closures will be needed.

The closures will be determined on a day-to-day basis. Traffic is to follow the posted detours as necessary.

All other closures and restrictions remain the same.

The complete news release:

– PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of April 26. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.
· Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
· Tuna Crossroads (T-369) will be open to traffic. As work progresses, short closures (day-to-day) will be needed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours as necessary.
· The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.
· Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains open.
· Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
· The contractor continues to excavate existing roadway and perform bridge repairs.
· Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone and obey posted speed limits.

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

Two Certified as Public Health Dental
Hygiene Practitioners at Dental Center

Dental hygienists Debra Jacob, RDH, BS, PHDHP, and Beth Pantuso, RDH, PHDHP, of Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC’s) McKean County Dental Center at 600 Chestnut Street Extension have both become certified as public health dental hygiene practitioners.

Each earned their certification from the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry, said BRMC officials. Ms. Jacob has 28 years of experience and Ms. Pantuso has eight years of experience.

A public health dental hygiene practitioner may perform dental hygiene services without the supervision of a dentist at schools, correctional facilities, healthcare facilities, personal care homes, domiciliary care facilities, adult daily living centers, federally qualified health centers, and public or private institutions.

The dental center’s operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 362-8478 for appointments, or for more information about services go online at

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

Town Wide Garage Sale May 29

The 8th annual Bradford Area Town Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 starting at 9 a.m. in Bradford area.

Registration forms are available at the Main Street Mercantile, 96 Main Street, Bradford and the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 121 Main Street. Individuals or organizations can register. There is a fee to participate. The deadline to register is Friday, May 14.

Participants will receive a yard sale sign and their location will be included in the Bradford Area Town Wide Garage Sale map which will be distributed throughout the community the week prior to the event. All registrants will be responsible for their own set up at their location, as well as the placement and removal of yard signs. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Bradford Business District Authority.

For more information contact the Main Street Manager’s office.

OSHA Oil and Gas Safety Seminar Planned

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a seminar on safety in the oil and gas industry on April 30.

The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Swarts Hall, Room 162 at Pitt-Bradford’s campus. Cost is $45 per person and includes lunch.

This in-depth, one-day training seminar is for supervisors and safety directors. It will evaluate regulations and Occupational Safety and Health Administration industry standards by discussing topics such as site preparation, service rig attention, excavation, emergency management situations and hazard communications standards.

“The upcoming OSHA Safety Seminar for Oil & Gas will assist all those in the industry to be aware of certain daily activities that they may take for granted, but have real consequences if taken too lightly,” said Mike Hackett, Pitt-Bradford workforce training coordinator. “There is no substitute for doing something right the first time to avoid potential hazards and to assure a safe working environment.”

To register or for more information contact the Office of Outreach Services at 814-362-5078 or e-mail

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

Yousif receives Pitt-Bradford Chairs' Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. HashimYousif, professor of physics at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has received the 2010 Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

“Part of what makes Professor Yousif an effective teacher is his ability to present class material in an organized fashion, his dedication in evaluating his students’ work fairly, his desire to maintain an environment conducive to learning and his steadfast commitment to be accessible to his students,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs, at the 2010 Honors Convocation, where Yousif was recognized.

“He is also not content to maintain the status quo in the classroom,” Hardin continued. “He incorporates all of the available technologies in his classroom, including video streaming his lectures and using animation and electronic data acquisition technology.”

Yousif was chosen for the award by the chairmen and chairwomen of Pitt-Bradford’s five academic divisions.

In choosing an award recipient, the chairpersons reviewed letters of recommendation, student evaluations of teaching, syllabi and grade distribution. They also considered the teachers’ knowledge of subject matter and their advising and dedication in working with students beyond the classroom in such activities as internships and research projects.

The award, which is in its ninth year, is open to any full-time faculty member who has taught at Pitt-Bradford for at least the last three consecutive academic years.

Yousif said, “I am honored by this award and want to thank the chairman of the Physical and Computation Sciences Division, who nominated me, and the chairs of the university divisions, who gave me their confidence.

“I also would like to acknowledge the support of my students who inspired me. In addition, the support and encouragement of the administration, staff, and the faculty of this university must be noted.”

Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen, chairman of the division of physical and computational sciences, said, “Dr. Yousif sets high standards for himself and strives to constantly improve his teaching. He always goes extra miles beyond finishing his normal teaching duty and devotes extra times to help students. He is an energetic, well-versed and dedicated teacher.”

Yousif has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford since 1989. For the past 21 years, he has taught a variety of courses in several disciplines, including physics, mathematics, astronomy, engineering and computer science. He has also developed new courses in several of these disciplines.

Besides teaching, Yousif is also a noted researcher. He has had numerous articles published in scholarly journals on topics such as electromagnetic scattering, computing special functions and quantum statistical mechanics.

He has also extended his love of physics and his passion for teaching beyond the collegiate level. For several years, he hosted a workshop at Pitt-Bradford in conjunction with the American Association of Physics Teachers and National Science Foundation for middle and high school teachers of physics and physical sciences to help them become better teachers.

Yousif earned his doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, and his bachelor of science degree from the University of Baghdad.

He and his wife live in Bradford with their son. Yousif enjoys vegetable gardening for his family, listening to classical and Arabic music, and reading the newspaper. He also likes to explore the Internet for interesting material.

Past recipients of the Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award are Dr. Jean Truman, Andrea Robbins, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Joanne Burgert, Dr. Nancy McCabe, Donald Lewicki, Dr. Donald Ulin and Dr. Lauren Yaich.

Pictured, Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs, at the podium reading a statement about Dr. Hashim Yousif, right, as Dr. Yousif received the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award.
Photo and information courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Happy Birthday to ...

Laura Warner and Chad Young!

Young: Keep Nushawn Locked Up

ALBANY - Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C – Olean) today renewed her call for a law making it a crime to knowingly spread the deadly HIV/AIDS virus to other unsuspecting people. Senator Young’s announcement comes in the wake of news that Nushawn Williams, the man who caused an AIDS epidemic in Chautauqua County in the 1990s, had completed his prison sentence and could be released to the public.

Senator Young also called on New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to rigorously fight to ensure that Williams remains confined in a psychiatric facility and is not let back out into the community.

“People who knowingly use HIV/AIDS as a deadly weapon by purposely exposing others to the disease should be severely punished. This proposed law would provide the appropriate penalties for those who callously put other people’s lives in jeopardy, and will help further prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS by keeping victims and prison supervisors informed when inmates test positive for the virus.”

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is seeking, under New York’s Sex Offender Management Act, to have Williams confined in a state-operated psychiatric facility.

Senator Young said, “Nushawn Williams is the poster child for why we need a civil confinement law in New York State. I urge Attorney General Cuomo to do everything in his power to ensure that Williams remains confined. This deadly predator must not be returned to society.”

Senator Young’s legislation would create the crimes of reckless endangerment of the public health in the 1st and 2nd degrees for people who test positive for HIV/AIDS and then recklessly engage in conduct which results in transmission of HIV/AIDS to another unsuspecting person or puts that person at substantial risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

The bill would also, among other provisions, required persons charged with a sex offense or reckless endangerment of the public health to be tested for HIV/AIDS and the results to be available to the victim (s) upon request.

The announcement in the fall of 1997, that Nushawn Williams had been informed of his HIV-positive status but continued to have unprotected sex with numerous women and underage girls in Chautauqua County, shocked the state and the nation. Williams was directly responsible for infecting thirteen victims statewide with HIV, two of whom passed on the virus to their children.

Williams completed his 12-year sentence for reckless endangerment and two counts of statutory rape last Tuesday, but continues to be held at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden.

While in prison, Williams tossed his HIV-tainted urine at another inmate, said he wanted to infect more women with HIV when he is released, fought with other prisoners, engaged in gang activity, and arranged to have drugs smuggled in and used them. He did not complete any sex offender or drug treatment programs.

In a required pre-release psychiatric evaluation, Williams was found to be antisocial, psychopathic, lacking in remorse and “prone to further sexual contact with underage individuals because of deficits in his emotional capacity to understand why this is wrong.”

Specifically, Senator Young’s legislation (S. 3407) would:

- Create the crime of reckless endangerment of the public health in the 1st degree, a class B felony, for those who are aware that they have tested positive for HIV/AIDS and then recklessly engage in conduct which results in transmission of the virus to another person who is unaware of the condition. Also creates the crime or reckless endangerment of the public health in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, for those who have tested positive and then engage in conduct which creates a substantial risk of the transmission of HIV/AIDS to another unwitting person;

- Create a class E felony for providing false information or statement regarding HIV status to a health care provider;

- Require all currently incarcerated persons and persons newly entering a correctional facility be tested for the HIV virus;

- Provide that a person charged with a sex offense under article 130 of the State Penal Law or reckless endangerment in the 1st or 2nd degrees must be tested for HIV and the results of the test made available to the victim (s) and defendant upon request;

- Provide that upon the diagnosis of an inmate with HIV/AIDS, notice of the diagnosis must be provided to corrections personnel and others involved in the supervision and care of the inmate to that they can take appropriate measure to protect themselves and other inmates from exposure.

from Cathy Young's office

Statement by President Obama on the
40th Anniversary of Earth Day

In 1970, a Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson raised his voice and called on every American to take action on behalf of the environment. In the four decades since, millions of Americans have heeded that call and joined together to protect the planet we share.

Since that first Earth Day 40 years ago, we have made immense progress – from the landmark legislation of the 1970s, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, to the conservation of America’s precious landscapes.

And since taking office, my Administration has worked to build on this progress. We have made a historic investment in clean energy that will not only create the jobs of tomorrow, but will also lay the foundation for long-term economic growth. And we have also renewed our commitment to passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation that will safeguard our planet, spur innovation and allow us to compete and win in the 21st century economy.

Earth Day has always been about people from different backgrounds and different walks of life coming together on behalf of a cause bigger than ourselves. And with that spirit of community, we must continue the hard work to make the dream of a clean energy economy a reality, and pass this world on to our children cleaner and safer than we found it.

from the White House press office

A Preview of Today's Midday Magazine

The Health Minute from Johns Hopkins is about treating prostate cancer. Foodie News is a report about how retail food prices will affect your wallet. The National Lampoon Sports Minute (Or So) covers Byron Leftwich, Tim Tebow, the Minnesota Twins, Gregg Popvich, and the NBA. Outdoors PA includes tips about spring gobbler season.

On today’s LiveLine, our series on Sexual Assault Awareness Month continues.

We’ll also have the latest stock report and the community calendar, plus the very latest local news and sports, state news from RadioPA, national and international news from CNN and the forecast from News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka.

As always, you can listen live online at

Police Look Into Fights, Theft, Mischief

It was a disturbing couple of days for Bradford City Police.

Officers responded to juvenile disturbances on Fairbanks Avenue and Jefferson Street, and another disturbance on Cole Avenue. They also received reports of fights on Bank Street and South Avenue, and a suspicious person on Park Street.

Police also responded to a theft at a downtown store, criminal mischief on East Main Street, and animal complaints on North Center and Summer streets. They also assisted a couple of motorists and got three requests from people wanting to speak with an officer, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Specter Comments on Earth Day

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) made the following statement on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day:

“This 40th Earth Day is an important milestone. The environmental movement that rose to national prominence in 1970 has resulted in cleaner air and water for all Americans and has saved millions of lives.

“Today is also the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Week, which I am proud to say started in Philadelphia in 1970. Environmental regulation has come a long way since that time, when, as District Attorney of Philadelphia, I had to resort to an 1860 law to bring a public nuisance suit against a contractor who was spraying asbestos at a construction site, endangering workers and passers-by.

“This year is also the 40th anniversary of the historic Clean Air Act and of the founding of the EPA. The Clean Air act is a vital tool in combating air pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The air in Pennsylvania is cleaner than it was 40 years ago, but it could be cleaner still. I have long supported clean coal technology, and my decisive vote for the stimulus package has been a major boon to Pennsylvania’s wind, solar, and hydropower industries.

“I look forward to continuing my work to clean the Commonwealth’s air, to protect its water resources, to maintaining its leadership in renewable energy, and to passing legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.”

Senator Specter is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee where his vote helped report out of Committee the Kerry-Boxer cap and trade bill. In 2007 he championed a bill to address climate change, along with Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). Sen. Specter’s decisive vote on the Recovery Act bill has resulted in a boon for Pennsylvania’s clean and renewable energy industries. The Recovery Act has so far saved or created 2,550 wind industry jobs in Pennsylvania. In the solar industry, the Recovery Act has supported 17,000 new American jobs. Pennsylvania has received more than $250 million in weatherization funding through the Recovery Act — these funds will create green jobs through the manufacturing and installation of energy-efficient materials and will lower Pennsylvanians’ electricity bills.

from Senator Specter's office

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DuBois Hotel Owners Facing Charges

The owners of a DuBois hotel are accused of failing to pay nearly $350,000 in Pennsylvania taxes.

47-year-old Charles Morais and 36-year-old Sunil Mir, both of Marietta Georgia, own The Clarion Hotel in DuBois, as well as The Holiday Inn Greentree in Pittsburgh, and Holiday Inns in York and Lancaster.

The charges filed by the state attorney general’s office say that between 2008 and 2009 the pair failed to pay $310,849 in state sales tax and $37,020 that was withheld from their employees' paychecks.

They are also accused of not paying more than $5,000 in personal income tax each.

Seneca Nation Dancers at SBU Monday

The public is invited to enjoy the “Dance & Culture” performances of the Seneca Nation Youth Dancers and the Damietta Center Student Clubs (ASIA, LASO and the STEP Team) on the St. Bonaventure University campus Monday. The program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Doyle Dining Room. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The Seneca Youth Dancers are a school group organization from the Salamanca City Central School District. Seneca social dances are taught to students ranging from pre-K through 12th grade. The mission of the organization is to preserve and revitalize Seneca culture through traditional songs and dance. It is important to The Seneca Youth Dancers to educate Seneca and non-Seneca communities of the rich Seneca culture. The group has been re-established within the school district for five years, and has performed at a number of events throughout the country, including Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., The New York State Superintendent’s Conference in New York City, and a world peace music video by artist Nassiri in New York City.

The mission of the Damietta Center is to provide all students with an enriched appreciation for differences through diversity exposure. ASIA (Asian Students in Action) is the SBU student group that focuses on the cultural and political concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The members are focused on celebrating the rich diversity within the Asian students on campus.

Cultivating the artistic manifestations of Latino Americans is LASO (Latino American Student Organization). This student group also recognizes the need to appreciate the rich diversity of Latino multi-cultures. The SBU STEP Team celebrates diversity and talent in performance of rhythm, beat and dance.

Monday’s event is sponsored by the Damietta Center, Franciscan Center for Social Concern, Mt. Irenaeus and the School of Education.

Rendell Challenges Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg – Noting that individual acts of conservation can add up to one powerful remedy, Governor Ed Rendell today called on all Pennsylvanians to take the Earth Day 40 Challenge to mark the 40th anniversary of the special day meant to raise environmental awareness.

“On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to action across the nation on behalf of the environment. People everywhere made promises to help protect our world, and since that time, observing Earth Day has become an international event,” Governor Rendell said. “While we’ve made great progress in a single generation, on this 40th anniversary we are asking people to not only make a promise for the environment, but also act to deliver on that promise.

“Ideas include buying locally grown food; driving less; exploring a new trail and leaving no trace; doing a home energy audit; and turning off lights and computers not in use at work. We offer 40 ways to make a world of difference during the 40 days from Earth Day through June 1,” the Governor added.

The Earth Day 40 Challenge asks participants, either as individuals or groups, to select as many conservation actions as they’d like from a list of 40 actions -- or add some of their own ideas -- and submit a checklist of what they have accomplished by June 1. Details can be found at (choose “Take the Challenge”).

Registrants who are not employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to receive coupons for Gander Mountain, REI and Eat ‘N Park. After submitting their final checklists, they are entered into drawing for a free night’s stay at the new Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park (individual challenge) or a free picnic pavilion rental at a state park of their choice (group challenge).

Earth Day 1970 was considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. It led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.

There are several observations being held by state agencies to mark Earth Day this year, including:

Participants are pledging to take the Earth Day 40 Challenge at a Happy Earth Day Party at 1 p.m. in the atrium of Strawberry Square, hosted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and others.
On April 20, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the winners of the 2010 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The 16 deserving winners were selected based on their long-term commitments to protect Pennsylvania’s environment and improve the quality of life for its citizens.
On April 23, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger will participate in the groundbreaking for the Carlisle Area School District's 1 megawatt solar project which received a $1 million Pennsylvania Energy Redevelopment Authority grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project is the largest solar installation planned by a school district in the commonwealth.

Fore more information about Earth Day 40 including a calendar of events, visit (choose “Take the Challenge”) or call 717-772-9101.

Counterfeit Money in Two Counties

Police in Chautauqua and Warren counties think they may have broken up a counterfeit money operation in Jamestown.

Police agencies in both counties say they’ve received several complaints over the past 10 days about fake bills turning up at businesses.

Their investigation led to a Jamestown house, where a raid turned up manufacturing equipment and some counterfeit bills.

Police didn’t release the names of any people targeted in their investigation, but they did release serial numbers appearing on the counterfeit money.

The fake $5 bills have the numbers:

FD 65527493 A
FE 17699851 A

The phony $20 bills have the numbers

IF 92090433 D
EB 10418758 J
GB 50836424 B
EC 49229312 B
EB 79170795 D
EB 51782858 H
GK 56357942 C
EL 12596858 B
IC 27585654 B
GL 38405448 A
IL 10600749 D
GJ 80767905 A
IH 42196858 A
IK 32977314 B
IL 46052947 B

Anyone who has a bill with one of these serial numbers should contact local police or the Secret Service.

Main Street Cleanup Set for Saturday

The Bradford Main Street Program is inviting area clubs, groups, residents and Main Street businesses to participate in the 2010 Main Street/Project Pride Clean-up event to be held Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are hoping for a good turn out of volunteers this year. It is great to see what people can do when working together,” said Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan. “Our event season begins in May, with events such as Lunch in the Square and the Memorial Day Parade, so now is a good time to get everything clean up,” Dolan added.

As part of the 2010 Great American Clean-up, the nation's largest organized annual clean-up, the Main Street event will include the sidewalks being hosed down by the Bradford City Fire Department, followed by trash and litter pick up by volunteers. “We would like to get Main Street and Veterans’ Square cleaned up so that our historic district will look nice for residents and visitors to our area,” said Dolan. The trash receptacles and benches will also be placed along Main Street. Hanging baskets will be hung during the first week of June.

Volunteers can sign up for the event at Grace Lutheran Church, where they will receive a vest, gloves and trash bags before heading to Main Street. Main Street businesses are also encouraged to help clean up their sidewalks and wash windows now that the nice weather has arrived.

Project Pride Cleanup is Saturday

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), and in conjunction with The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, Project Pride residents, and community volunteers will be cleaning up litter in the Elm Street Project Pride area.

The event will run from 10 am until 1 pm on Saturday April 24th. This effort is to remove litter and trash from the Project Pride/Elm Street Neighborhood bordered by Bennett Street, Charlotte Avenue, School Street, and Barbour Street as well as Main Street.

This is not a bulk homeowner or household waste cleanup, but a concentrated effort to remove litter and trash from the Elm Street Project Pride area and downtown. Grace Lutheran Community Life Center, 79 Mechanic Street, will serve as cleanup headquarters and provide an area for cleanup participants to take a break, grab a light snack and pick up gloves, vests and trash bags. “This event is a product of our Elm Street Safe, Clean, and Green Committee and the major goal is to encourage community building through personal stewardship while enhancing the level of cleanliness in our state designated Elm Street Neighborhood.

“If the initiatives in Project Pride are going to continue, residents need to have ownership of the effort. Litter and the condition of housing are two of the major complaints listed by those that fill out the neighborhood survey each year. We have facade and rehab programs that are dealing with the housing stock. Project Pride Litter Patrols can deal with the trash," said Project Pride Elm Street Manager Lisa Keck. "Every year the annual cleanup nets around a ton of trash and the goal has always been to have more frequent pick up efforts. If each block organized a small crew to go out and pick up trash on a monthly basis the impact would be huge. If each person invested just an hour a month to help clean up Project Pride, program ownership would be at an all-time high and the landscape would look much cleaner. This is a great way to increase the reach of our Elm Street initiatives while at the same time stressing the importance of working as a team to keep our neighborhoods litter free. It’s a great hands-on lesson in community pride."

Pick it up PA days run from April 17th through May 1st. Last year 4,722 cleanup projects removed over 6,880,220 pounds of trash from our communities across the state. Come join your friends, family and neighbors on Saturday as we “Pick It Up, PA!”

Burglary Charge Bound to Court

One of the men accused of breaking into Bradford Beverage in the early morning hours of March 20 had a day in court.

22-year-old Matthew Burgess of Harrisburg Run is charged with attempted burglary, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. District Judge Dom Cercone bound those charges to court. Charges of attempted theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespass were dismissed. The assistant district attorney withdrew a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Burgess and 19-year-old Matthew Bundy are accused of damaging the Bradford Beverage building on East Main Street in an attempt to commit theft.

Burgess is free on $10,000 bail.

Man Accused of Biting 5-Year-Old

A 23-year-old man accused of biting a 5-year-old because he said he wanted to discipline her has waived his preliminary hearing.

Darryl Sherlock of South Kendall Avenue is accused of biting the girl’s leg on March 17 at her home. He’s charged with simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone’s office, the girl told police Sherlock bit her and “it hurt.” Sherlock also told the girl’s aunt that he bit the girl because “she needed discipline, the child didn’t listen and the child acts like she runs the house,” the court papers say.

Sherlock is jailed on $5,000 bail.

Bill Would Privatize Sale of Wine, Spirits

HARRISBURG - House Republican Whip Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) today unveiled legislation to privatize the wholesale and retail operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). This plan transitions Pennsylvania from a "control state," with the Commonwealth controlling both the wholesale and retail operations of the sale of wine and spirits, to a "franchise and license state," where the Commonwealth licenses persons to operate the wholesale and retail wine and spirits businesses.

"Government should not be in the business of selling alcohol," Turzai said. "Pennsylvania has an antiquated system that results in higher prices and less selection for consumers. It is time to update the way wine and spirits are sold in this state. My legislation privatizes the wholesale and retail operations to bring greater competition which will lead to lower prices and better selection."

Pennsylvania is currently the largest purchaser of wine and spirits in the United States and is the second largest worldwide, falling behind the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The PLCB owns and operates 621 state stores throughout the Commonwealth and is responsible for the purchase and distribution of all wine and spirits within the state.

The sale and distribution of beer will not be affected by this legislation.

Turzai's legislation privatizes wholesale operations by auctioning off 100 wholesale distribution licenses to the highest responsible bidder. On the retail side, the proposal would auction off 750 retail store licenses and would also auction off the inventories of the current state stores. The PLCB would be required to divest itself from the retail sale of wine and spirits over a two-year period. A biennial license renewal fee and a transfer of license fee, similar to other license application and transfer fees currently in place, will be assessed by the PLCB.

It is estimated that the sale of the wholesale and retail licenses will bring in $2 billion.

Safeguards have been put into the legislation to ensure that a state monopoly isn't replaced with a private one. On the wholesale side, no person or business may own more than 10 percent of the wholesale distribution licenses statewide. On the retail side, no person or business can own more than 10 percent of state stores statewide.

This legislation would also revise the current tax structure for wine and spirits. Currently, consumers pay a variety of taxes on the purchase of wine and spirits. Consumers pay a 30 percent markup assessed by the PLCB from the wholesale price, an 18 percent "Emergency Tax" (commonly known as the Johnstown Flood Tax) and a 6 percent sales tax on all wine and spirits. This collection of taxes makes the wine and spirits purchased in Pennsylvania one of the most tax-laden items in the nation.

Under Turzai's legislation, the state would move to a gallonage tax, which is currently assessed on wine in 35 states and on spirits in 26 states. The gallonage tax rate would range between $2 and $6 per gallon for wine and spirits. Most wine would be assessed at the $2 per gallon rate and most spirits would be assessed at the $5 per gallon rate. Currently, restaurants, taverns and clubs pay the 6 percent sales tax when they purchase wine and spirits from the PLCB. The 6 percent sales tax will be assessed at the point of sale at those establishments.

This proposal ensures that privatizing the PLCB will not lead to a drop in annual revenues for the Commonwealth. The state will receive annual revenues from the new "gallonage tax" and the shift in the sales tax to the final point of sale on wine and spirits. The state will see new revenues from taxes that new businesses would be required to pay and will recoup revenues that are currently being lost due to Pennsylvania consumers leaving the state to purchase their wine and spirits, commonly referred to as "border bleed."

The PLCB will retain its enforcement, licensing, inspections and alcohol education authority. Additionally, the PLCB will be required to develop a training program, similar to the current Responsible Alcohol Management Program (R.A.M.P.), for all wine and spirits retail store operators and their employees. All licensed retail stores will be maintained in a separate, self-contained area dedicated solely to the sale of wine and spirits and all store employees must be 21 years of age. The stores will be required to use age identification scanners to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors. Also, as an additional safety measure, state and local police will have concurrent jurisdiction to enforce state liquor laws.

This legislation ensures a number of opportunities for PLCB employees affected by this shift in policy. PLCB employees who wish to continue being employed by the Commonwealth will be given preference in applying for other state jobs which might be vacant by receiving three extra points on their civil service test score. For PLCB employees who choose to enter the private sector, tax credits would be available to private industry for up to three years after the employee leaves the PLCB. For employees who choose to attend college or technical school, tuition assistance would be provided to help them gain new marketable skills.

The argument is often made that privatizing alcohol sales would have a negative social impact. Economics professor Dr. Antony Davies and student John Pulito at Duquesne University recently completed a study titled "Government-Run Liquor Stores: The Social Impact of Privatization." The study showed that privatization does not lead to increased DUI fatalities. In fact, the study indicates that license states actually have a lower DUI fatality rate than control states. The study also found "no statistically significant difference" in underage drinking or underage binge drinking between license and control states.

This proposal would get the Commonwealth out of the business of selling wine and spirits and would allow the PLCB to focus on enforcement, licensing, inspections and alcohol education.

Picklo Honored as Distinguished
Secondary Teacher at Pitt-Bradford

Bernie Picklo, a former science teacher at Bradford Area High School, has been honored as this year’s Distinguished Secondary Teacher by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The award is presented annually to a teacher who is willing to work with and challenge students both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. Members of the university’s senior class nominated the candidates.

Although he is currently the academic technology integrator for Pitt-Bradford, Picklo was nominated by Stephen Hale, a criminal justice major from Lewis Run who had Picklo as an earth and space science teacher at BAHS during his freshman year.

Hale credited Picklo with being an influence to turn around his own academic career.

“From day one, we never saw eye to eye, and I hated being in his class,” Hale wrote. “My friend and I used to sit there and look at racing magazines all class and make fun of Mr. Picklo. I eventually got to a point where I was trying to convince my parents that I wanted to drop out, and I didn’t want to go to school anymore.

“One day after class, Mr. Picklo had quite the talk with me. He told me how I reminded him of himself when he was that age. He told me how he saw so much potential in me; I just had to get the ambition to use it.

“After that talk, it made me think and realize that for once a teacher cared enough to show a student that they meant something and they were there to help. I went from a D to A’s and B’s and went on to finish high school making honors.”

Picklo’s colleagues in the science department at BAHS also wrote a letter in support of his nomination.

“What made Bernie an extraordinary educator was his willingness to gently push those around him to succeed to the best of their ability,” they wrote. “He expected the best from his students, and in most cases, he got it because he let them know that he cared about them and their futures.

“Bernie left Bradford High School two years ago, and yet his name continues to come up regularly as his former students reminisce about how much they enjoyed his class and, more importantly, how much they enjoyed having him teach it.”

This is not Picklo’s first teaching award. In 2005 he received the Eastern Section “Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year” award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Prior to this award, in 2003 he received the NAGT “Pennsylvania Outstanding Earth Science Teacher of the Year” award.

Pictured, Stephen Hale, left, and Bernie Picklo. Hale, a senior criminal justice major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, nominated Picklo for the Distinguished Secondary Teacher award.
Photo and information courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Coach Fuhrman Stepping Down

Longtime Bradford Owls basketball Coach Dave Fuhrman is calling it quits.

Fuhrman informed his team and staff at a meeting this morning at Bradford High that he is stepping down.

The Owls were 22-3 this past season winning the D9 league Title, District 9 AAA championship and a state playoff game too.

Fuhrman coached the Owls for 20 seasons and sports a 340-171 record.

Listen to Frank Williams' report, with comments from Fuhrman, here.

Bradford Police Answer Variety of Calls

Several people were harassed over the last couple of days, according to the Bradford City Police complaint report and request sheets faxed to WESB and The HERO.

The harassment happened on East Main, West Washington and West Corydon streets, as well as a city school. Police also responded to a report of a suspicious person High Street, a disturbance on Bushnell Street, and criminal mischief on Oxford and West Corydon streets.

Officers also looked into a possible Megan’s Law violation on Charlotte Avenue, a retail theft at a downtown store and a theft on Cornen Street. They also got a report of a water leak on Pine Street, and burning on Linwood Avenue.

Police also got vehicle complaints from Congress and Edward streets and a report of a disabled vehicle at the intersection of East Main Street and Kendall Avenue. They also had several requests from people who wanted to speak with an officer.