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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Area Police Briefs ...

Police are looking for the person who hit a 1987 Pontiac Firebird belonging to 21-year-old John Joseph Vinelli III of Bradford while it was parked at the Roadhouse Bar in Lewis Run at 3 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle also hit the bar then fled the scene. Also, someone stole a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville owned by Stephanie DeFilippo of Bradford while it was parked at the Roadhouse. Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Kane-based state police at 778-5555.

A South Dayton, New York, man is facing charges for stealing scrap metal from a home in Hanover over. 32-year-old Patrick Hartloff is charged with grand larceny and is being held in Chautauqua County Jail.

A Westfield man was charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor, criminal mischief and other offenses following a traffic stopped Saturday morning in the Town of Portland. Deputies say 26-year-old Joshua Wells had a 17-year-old passenger who was intoxicated, and that Wells had given the teen prescription medication.

A Sinclairville woman is facing charges for shoplifting from the Sinclairville Superette at 11 a.m. Friday. 26-year-old Sherry Penhollow is accused of putting an item in her purse and leaving the store without paying for it. She was found at her house and given an appearance ticket for petit larceny.

A 17-year-old from Dunkirk was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at around 3 o’clock Saturday morning on Arrowhead Drive. Deputies got a report of two females fighting and found Courtney Spencer, who was warned several times to calm down and stop screaming obscenities in a public place. When she ignored them, deputies arrested her and found that she had an alcoholic beverage with her. She was released to her mother and will appear in court at a later date.

A Portland, New York, man is charged with criminal trespass for entering a home on Route 5 without the owner’s permission at 4:50 p.m. Friday. 25-year-old Zachary Stalter will appear in Town of Portland Court at a later date.

faxes from CCSO and Kane PSP

Criminal Mischief at Busty Heart's Place

Police are looking into criminal mischief at Busty Heart’s Place in Turtlepoint that happened early Saturday morning.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, they say someone saw a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Matthew VanScoter of Eldred leaving the scene. Police stopped VanScoter at the intersection of Main and Mechanic streets in Eldred and determined that he was driving under the influence.

Police say they’re still investigating the criminal mischief complaint, and that VanScoter provided them with information about the person who did the damage.

Message to a Listener ...

Thanks to Bob for letting me know "Chevy Van" was a hit in the '70s. And thanks for listening! (Sorry I didn't get to the phone fast enough to talk to you.)

I've already listened to the song twice. I wonder if I still have the 45 somewhere.

Men Accused of Trying to Steal
Customer Information from ATMs

Two Romanian nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury for trying to steal account information from PNC Bank customers.

The US Attorney’s office say 28-year-old Alexandru Serb and 27-year-old Mihai Popa conspired to steal the information using a device designed to record customer bank account and PIN information at ATMs.

They each face more than 30 years in prison and a fine of more than $1 million if they’re convicted.

Various Complaints Keep Police Busy

Bradford City Police on Friday looked into disputes on Cole Avenue, Main Street and Brennan Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

They also received complaints about noise on Congress Street, an animal on Constitution Avenue, an ATV on Chestnut Street and juveniles on Mechanic Street and Jackson Avenue. They got reports of alarms on West Washington Street and Chautauqua Place, criminal mischief to a vehicle on East Main Street and harassment on Euclid Avenue.

Officers were also asked to check people on Interstate Parkway, Brennan, East Main and Main streets, and debris on the road on Route 219. They also got about a dozen requests to speak with an officer.

Junior Firefighter Charged with Arson

A junior firefighter from Gowanda, New York, has been charged with arson.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say their investigation into a fire at 12:45 Monday afternoon led them to the 17-year-old who is a member of the Gowanda Fire Department. They didn’t release his name because of his age.

He was charged with arson and criminal mischief, then released on his own recognizance.

The fire damaged a greenhouse and shed belonging to Pamela Pyle of West Main Street in Gowanda.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Rendell Vetoes Liquor Control Bill

Governor Ed Rendell has vetoed a bill he says would get in the way of the liquor control board’s attempts to modernize operations at state stores.

The bill would have barred state liquor stores from having an interior connection to another business that allows alcohol consumption, which means liquor stores couldn't have a door connecting them to restaurants or other establishments that let people bring in their own bottles.

Rendell says the state shouldn't make it harder for liquor sales to be more convenient for consumers.

Guilty Plea to Vehicular Assault

A Salamanca man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a police chase in April of last year.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office say 23-year-old Curtis Zolner is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated. Zolner and his three passengers had to be hospitalized after his vehicle crashed into a bridge in Little Valley in the early morning hours of April 25, 2009.

Salamanca Police say they tried to stop Zolners’ vehicle in the city but it evaded them, as well as sheriff's deputies. The vehicle eventually crashed to the bridge on Whig Street.

Zolner will be sentenced on July 19.

Police Memorial Day at Pitt-Bradford

WESB/WBRR News Director

A Police Memorial Day service was held this afternoon at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The annual services honors officers who were killed in the line of duty, and specifically the three in this region who have died in the last 20 years.
The officers in this region who died are Carl Whippo of Johnsonburg, Dave Distrola of Bradford and Steve Jerman of Kane.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn was the keynote speaker during the service and said and reminded the officers there that they have unique jobs other people can never understand.

“They won’t understand what it’s like to deal with irate motorists on a traffic stop," Learn said. "They’ll never understand what it’s like to work the swing shifts you do or the double-backs and the stress that places on your family life. They’ll never, certainly, understand what you feel like when you respond to fatal crashes, infant deaths and murder scenes. And they will never understand what it’s like when you respond to an incident when one of your brethren has fallen.”

Learn also told them most people will never understand "the sights, sounds and smells you will forever associate with seeing the Worst mankind has to offer."

He also told them to keep up the good work.

"I know there are times when the criticism is louder than the praise, but don’t let that diminish your drive because your mission is an important one. You keep our homes, our property, our children and our lives safe," Learn said.

Pitt-Bradford President Dr. Livingston Alexander also spoke during the service, as did officers Jeff Shade of William Hanley Lodge 67 and Phil Hoh of Bucktail Lodge 96 Fraternal Order of Police.

Attending the event were Superior Court Judge John Cleland, McKean County Judge John Pavlock, district judges Dom Cercone and Rich Luther, State Representative Marty Causer, McKean County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Judy Church, Bradford Mayor Tom Riel, Deborah Ponzer of Congressman Glenn Thompson's office and law enforcement officers from McKean and Elk counties, as well as Cattaraugus County, New York.

Pictured, from top, McKean County District Attorney Raymond Learn; Bryan Parana, chief of the Johnsonburg Police Department, lays a wreath in memory of Carl Whippo of Johnsonburg, who died in 1984; Chris Lucco, chief of the Bradford City Police Department, lays a wreath in memory of Sgt. David Distrola, who died in 1989.
Photos by Kimberly Marcott Weinberg

Quaker Lake Swim Area to Close Monday

The Quaker Lake swim area at Allegany State Park along with Long Point State Park are two parks across New York State that will be closed starting Monday in an effort to save money for the state.

Governor David Paterson says closing 41 parks and 14 historic sites will save about $12 million. Paterson is also planning to delay scheduled state aid payments to school districts that’s due June 1. The payments have already been delayed twice. These payments add up to more than $1 billion.

Lawmakers have been trying to persuade Paterson to put money into emergency appropriation bills, which are passed weekly to keep the government running until a new 2010 budget is passed. The state budget is now six weeks late.

McKean County Courts to Start e-Payments

HARRISBURG —As part of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ongoing efforts to improve court collections, beginning May 17, McKean County courts will offer “e-Pay”—a Web-based application for the state’s criminal case management systems that allows defendants to make court payments via the Internet with a credit or debit card.

Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said, “e-Pay is yet another tool designed by our Judicial Automation staff to assist court officials in performing their duties. The new feature allows the public to securely pay traffic tickets and other court financial obligations via the Internet, eliminating the need to visit a court office or mail a check. In addition, court staff will be able to quickly process payments received without assisting customers and re-entering payment data into the system.”

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts is providing this service at no cost to the county. A transaction convenience fee of $2.75 will be charged to the user. A person interested in making court payments online will navigate to the Unified Judicial Web Portal at, select the e-Commerce/e-Pay link, then search for his/her cases/payment plans. The payment amount will be entered along with the credit or debit card information. The Web application will send the user a payment confirmation generated by the e-Pay vendor and court officials will get a notification that a payment is pending.

Traffic, non-traffic, summary, summary appeal and criminal cases can be paid through e-Pay. The processing of payments is dependent upon the individual court to which the payment has been made. Courts may restrict certain individuals or cases from online payment. McKean County will accept payments through e-Pay in both its Common Pleas and the four magisterial district courts. Courts in Adams, Westmoreland, Columbia, Montour, Warren, Forest, Huntingdon and Armstrong counties began using ePay in the last six weeks. To date,courts in these counties have received a total of more than $22,000 in payments made online.

Amy Ceraso, AOPC Director of Judicial Automation said, “The e-Pay application promises to further improve court collections. Unlike credit/debit card payment functions that may currently exist with some counties, the statewide e-Pay function is ‘online,’ and it is fully integrated with both the magisterial and Common Pleas court systems. Consequently, when e-Pay is implemented statewide, users will have a one-stop shop for payment of fines, costs and restitution with the ability to search for and locate cases and/or payment plans with balances due across courts and counties.”

Over the years, the statewide court case management systems have significantly enhanced efforts to collect and disburse court fees, fines and costs. In 2009, despite a weak economy and 4.5 percent fewer court filings, magisterial district and Common Pleas courts throughout Pennsylvania collected and disbursed a total of $461 million to the state, counties, municipalities and crime victims. McKean County courts disbursed more than $1.5 million last year.

e-mail from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

More Drug Charges at FCI-McKean

Another inmate at FCI-McKean has been indicted in connection with bringing drugs into the prison.

38-year-old Jorge Borges-Rosario is accused of taking heroin and marijuana from Karlos Serrano of the Bronx on December 19.

Earlier this week, we told you about charges against Serrano and 22-year-old Laquita Stephens of Buffalo who provided marijuana to an FCI-McKean inmate on November 23, 2009, as well as 41-year-old Lisa Michaels of Campbell, Ohio, who provided marijuana to another inmate, her son, 21-year-old Randy Michaels, on December 20.

Man Jailed for Stealing from ABC

A Bradford man is in jail after stealing drill bits from Allegheny Bradford Corporation in Lewis Run.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, police say about 9:45 Thursday night 30-year-old Michael Cary went to Allegheny Bradford to remove his personal tools. A supervisor escorted Cary from the property and told him not to return.

Police say Cary did return a short time later and stole a shoebox containing numerous assorted carbine drill bits valued at $300 to $400. He was found at his home and arrested on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and trespassing. His bail is set at $10,000.

Luncheon Honors BRMC’s Volunteers,
Awards Three Student Scholarships

By George Nianiatus, senior writer/media manager
Marketing and Communications Department
Upper Allegheny Health System

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) volunteers, many who also serve as members of Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, were honored Thursday during the Annual Recognition Luncheon at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.There are 220 volunteers serving the hospital through Volunteer Services or the Auxiliary.

Also at the luncheon, three scholarships were awarded by the Auxiliary and Bradford Hospital Foundation.

After thanking all the volunteers for their dedicated support of BRMC, Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of the hospital and parent company Upper Allegheny Health System, said there have been many positive developments in the past six months since integrating with Olean General Hospital.

"We're making great progress," Mr. Finan said, indicating he's also impressed with BRMC's breadth of services.

But even in a challenging environment, he said, BRMC is going to continue expanding healthcare services for the surrounding communities. This also will ensure the financial stability of the hospital.

The intent of integrating with Olean General was to "create a platform to stabilize both hospitals," Mr. Finan explained. There is no plan to have one hospital dominate the other.

By integrating, the two hospitals can "leverage strength that's inherent in numbers," he said. This will enable better bargaining power with vendors and third-party payers.

Within the past six months, BRMC has experienced rapid improvement.

More physicians have been added, including a vascular surgeon, a general surgeon, an OB/GYN and a cardiothoracic surgeon, Mr. Finan said. The hospital also has resumed performing eye surgeries.

Meanwhile, activity at BRMC's McKean County Dental Center has increased 25 percent and the 95-bed Pavilion at BRMC is almost at full census, he said.

Other improvements at BRMC include a new 32-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, a full-field digital mammography unit and renovated suite, and a bone densitometry unit. Additionally, Bradford Recovery System's Mentally Ill Chemically Addicted (MICA) Unit is being renovated.

All these developments place BRMC in a better position to serve patients and expand services, and recruit physicians, clinical and professional talent, Mr. Finan said.

“Things are well at BRMC and they are getting better," he said.

Through it all, volunteers remain a cornerstone for the hospital.

Auxiliary President Vonda Reese said, "On behalf of the Auxiliary board, we appreciate all your support."

Mrs. Reese said the Auxiliary, which began 78 years ago, has been steadfastly supporting the hospital. Since 1953, the Auxiliary has given $225,000 in scholarships. She also referred to the Auxiliary's $300,000 pledge in 2006 which was used as a dollar-for-dollar match to encourage employees to contribute to the Capital Campaign. In fact, employee giving reached over $200,000 for the Building the Future campaign.

Last year, the Auxiliary replaced all patient televisions and pillow speakers at a $55,000 cost and purchased a glidescope for use in the Emergency Department and Surgical Services, she said.

"We have respected and nurtured our long relationship with BRMC and look forward to the future as part of Upper Allegheny Health System's family," Mrs. Reese said.

During the luncheon, two $2,000 Auxiliary scholarships were given each to Kristine Ball of Smethport and Meredith Page of Coudersport.

Ms. Ball is a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, entering her second year toward an associate's degree in nursing. She works part time as a personal caretaker and also is involved with the university's Student Nurse Organization. She also is active in a variety of volunteer activities.

Mrs. Page is a part-time student at Jamestown Community College, entering her second year toward an associate's degree in nursing. She is involved in volunteer and club activities while raising a family and devoting time to her church and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

A $1,000 Foundation scholarship, through the Doris Winship Newton Nurse

Education Fund, was awarded to Laura Rounsville of Bradford. Mrs. Rounsville is a registered nurse who has been employed in the healthcare field for over 30 years. Currently employed part time at The Pavilion at BRMC and as a clinical nursing instructor at Jamestown Community College, she is taking courses online through the University of Phoenix to pursue a doctorate in nursing. Her goal is to obtain a full-time teaching position in a nursing program, writing literature that would contribute to the healthcare community by promoting safe, competent patient care, and continuing research in the nursing field.

Anyone interested in supporting scholarships to benefit nursing and/or radiography can call 362-3200 at the Foundation, where the scholarship funds are held for the Doris Winship Newton Fund and also Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

Stacy Williams, director of Volunteer Services and Community Relations, complimented the volunteers on their many services provided to BRMC.

She said the volunteers donated 21,753 hours to the hospital in 2009. Those volunteer hours were distributed among 20 different departments.

"Thank you for your dedication to the medical center and to our community. I look forward to working with you to develop new programs and services to benefit our patients and staff," Mrs. Williams said.

Those recognized for volunteer service were:

~~ 35 years - James Piscitelli;

~~ 25 years – Janet Detweiler;

~~ 20 years – Anna Graham, James Guelfi and William O’Donnell;

~~ 15 years – Lola Burkhart, Peg Hopkins, William Matthews, Bonnie Pagano and Janet Roll;

~~ 10 years – Terri Cook, Naomi Cornelius, Eleanor Douthit, Rev. Lynn Gatz, Carolyn Jarrett, Carla Shaffer and Doris Stoddard;

~~ 5 years – Paul Anderson, Caroline Gobbi, Marlene Kijowski, Jerry Schwab, Carolyn Shankle, Rev. Max Simms and Donna Whitford.

Pictured, scholarship recipients (from left) Laura Rounsville, Meredith Page and Kristine Ball.

Photo courtesy of BRMC

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Noise, Juveniles Keep Police Busy

Bradford City Police on Thursday answered a noise complaint on Kennedy Street, looked into a theft on Cole Avenue, checked an area of Chautauqua Place and investigated an alarm on Elm Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

They also responded to a motor vehicle accident on School Street, a report of an injured person on Elm Street and juvenile complaints on School Street and East Main Street.

Police Briefs ...

State police are looking for the person who punctured a tire on Martin Jacobs’ SUV while it was parked in the Camp Run area of Westline on Sunday afternoon. The person is 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall and weights about 220 pounds. He was white hair, a white beard and false teeth. He was driving on red Chevrolet Camaro with a Steelers plate on the front.

Someone shot Brenda Walker’s mailbox on Wilcox Clermont Road at about 11:30 Saturday night. Damage is estimated at $40.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Kane-based state police at 778-5555.

PSP Head: Close Megan's Law Loophole

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski is urging the General Assembly to close loopholes in the state’s Megan’s Law.

In a fax to WESB and The HERO, he says the loopholes hinder law enforcement efforts to prosecute out-of-state sex offenders who don’t register when they move to Pennsylvania.

In mid-March, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that some out-of-state offenders who don’t comply with their registration requirement can’t be criminally prosecuted under Pennsylvania’s current Megan’s Law without specific statutory charges.

"As a matter of public safety, I strongly support … legislation to fix the problems in Megan's Law and urge its passage as soon as possible," Pawlowski wrote this week in a letter to key legislators.

New York Governor David Paterson has proposed legislation to close that loophole in his state.

Britaney Dunkle Wins Thompson's
Congressional Art Competition

Washington, D.C.—Britaney Dunkle, a senior at Franklin High School, has won the Congressional Art Competition for the 5th District sponsored by U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. Her pencil drawing will hang on the walls of the tunnel between the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

“It is amazing to me that one so young can show such talent and skill,” said Thompson. “She has shown her brothers and sister in a moment of concern—and you feel that as you look at the piece.”

Congressmen and their guests and visitors have a year to admire the hundreds of pieces of art from congressional districts around the country and then the Congressional Art Competition starts another round for 2011.

Dunkle’s parents are Jill and Bill Bailey of Franklin. She is the student of Christine Flood at her high school. Her pencil drawing of her brothers and sister has a caption Dunkle added:

“Growing up is never easy: learn from the past & prepare for the future… but remember that today is a gift—that’s why it is called the present—so open the gift that is today.”

The contestants were honored Saturday May 1st, 2010, at the Winkler Gallery in DuBois. The entries were judged by local artists associated with the Winkler Gallery.

Other winners were:
Second Place: a photo by Colleen Gross, DuBois High School
Third Place: a pencil drawing by Zachery Berdman, Montgomery High School
Fourth Place: a mixed media presentation by Sanjana Gupton, Williamson High School.

'The Source' Receives First-Place Honors

The Source, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s student newspaper has earned a first-place award in the American Scholastic Press Association national competition.

This is the second year in a row that the newspaper has been awarded first place. The Source received a second-place honor in 2008.

The association judges critiqued editions from the fall term.

“Another first-place award is evidence that the staff of writers and photographers has committed itself to journalism excellence,” said Alex Davis, Source editor for the 2009-10 academic year.

Tim Ziaukus, associate professor of public relations and faculty adviser, said, “The Source staff members have been working especially hard for the past few semesters, and this recognition underscores their efforts and their ongoing improvements.”

In addition to Davis, a public relations major from Emporium, members of the editorial staff are managing editor Lesley Bickford, a public relations major from Emporium; sports editor Maria Costanza, a public relations major from Pittsburgh; editorial assistant John “Jack” Eggleston, a writing major from Warren; chief photographer Josh Gray, a broadcast communications major from St. Charles, Ill.; and business manager Zachary Karenchak, a history/political science major from St. Marys.

Staff reporters were Stephen Abplanalp, a writing major from Warren; Chelsea Boyles, a public relations major from Erie; Sarah Dorben, a writing major from North East; Shawna Hardy, a public relations major from Wampum; Danielle Little, a public relations major from Sunbury; Gerry Vogt, a public relations major from St. Marys; and Latdior Williams, a public relations major from Newark, Del.

Rhett Kennedy Named New Director of
Auxiliary Services at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Rhett Kennedy the new director of auxiliary services.

Formerly, he was the associate dean of student affairs and director of residential life and housing. Kennedy has been the interim director since the departure of Dr. Bridgett Passauer in January 2009.

Auxiliary services encompasses housing, dining services, The Panther Shop, mail center, vending, ID center and more.

“Rhett already has a history of demonstrated leadership, innovation and commitment to the campus and the surrounding community, and we are confident he will excel in his new position,” said Richard T. Esch, vice president for business affairs.

A national search has been launched to fill the vacancy created by Kennedy’s departure from student affairs.

Kennedy is a 1992 graduate of Pitt-Bradford and holds a master of arts degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Kennedy returned to his alma mater in 1996 as director of residential life and housing. In 1999, he was made assistant dean of student affairs, and in 2002, he was promoted to associate dean of student affairs.

In 2003, Kennedy was the first member of Pitt-Bradford’s staff to be recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University, in part due to his work coordinating office relocations during large-scale construction and renovation projects on campus.

Kennedy is also active in the Bradford community, serving on the board of directors of the Friendship Table. He is a past president of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA board of directors and vice president of the Bradford Rotary Club. He is also a volunteer with St. Bernard Catholic Church, Bradford Community Soccer Club and Bradford Little League.

He and his wife, Kara, live in Bradford with their four sons.

Work to Start on Elm Street On-Ramp

Work will start on the Route 219 Elm Street on-ramp next week as part of the Bradford Bypass project.

Traffic will be moved onto the existing shoulder. Crews will be working close to the road, excavating for a new barrier wall.

Motorists should expect delays during work hours.

PennDOT expects Tuna Crossroads to be open by the end of next week. Before that, the road will be closed while crews install work platforms.

You can read the news release here:

– PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of May 17. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· Work is scheduled to start on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street. Traffic will be moved onto the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway, excavating for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.
· 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 closed to install work platforms. Traffic is to follow the posted detours. T-369 will be open by the end of the week.
· 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.

Two Counties Get Money for Rail Projects

Warren and Clearfield counties will get a share of the nearly $13 million awarded by PennDOT today for rail projects.

In Warren County, Allegheny & Eastern Railroad will get $900,000 to build a new siding, replace culverts, install new turnouts, switch ties, cross ties and for ditch and grading work.

In Clearfield County, River Hill Coal Company will get $525,000 to install a new scale, buy loading equipment and rehabilitate 2,000 feet of track.

The money comes from PennDOT’s Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program.

Titusville Meth Lab Closed

Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation along with local police officers from the Attorney General's Meth Task Force have arrested five people in connection with the search of a suspected meth lab, located in an apartment complex in Titusville, Crawford County.

Corbett identified the defendants as Ashley Ann Bryan, 19, 106 Beechwood Drive, Apartment 301, Titusville; Joshua Derick Elslager, 22, 43310 Thompson Run Road, Titusville; Aaron Douglas Hopkins, 25, 226 East Walnut St., Titusville; Matthew C. Peterson, 25, 22491 Wendell Way, Pleasantville; and Danole James Ruddell, 25, 980 Tarr Road, Titusville.

Corbett said today's arrests were based on information about the defendants' alleged purchase of ingredients used for methamphetamine production. Also this morning, agents executed a search warrant on Bryan's Titusville apartment, which had allegedly been used on numerous occasions as the site for a meth lab.

'Soaring Down the Allegheny'

On Saturday, June 12, 2010 and Sunday, June 13, 2010 Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be hosting a return trip to the Allegheny River for their annual sojourn. Participants will travel the wild and scenic river by canoe from Warren, PA to Indian Waters Livery located a few miles north of Tidioute, PA. The trip will include activities and presentations that are centered on the theme "Soaring down the Allegheny."

The upper Allegheny River is home to a variety of unique and interesting birds. Since the 1970s, bald eagles have been making a strong comeback in this region, and great blue herons are on the rise. Come learn more about the birds that depend on the Allegheny River for their survival.

In 1984, Congress recognized the importance of preserving some of the river¹s unique features by designating seven of the islands in the Allegheny River as National Forest Islands, part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Come join us as we explore these islands along our float down the wild and scenic Allegheny River.

Sponsors for the sojourn include Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Indian Waters Canoe and Kayak Rental, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

To register for the sojourn or for more information, go to or contact Kelly Horrell at (724) 459-0953 ext.113. The registration deadline is Friday, May 28, 2010.

Port Allegany Man Charged with DUI

A Port Allegany man wasn’t hurt, but is facing charges, following an accident at 5:30 this morning on Route 155 in Liberty Township.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old William Ostrander went out of control, traveled into a lawn and hit several small trees.

Ostrander was charged with driving under the influence.

Canoe Place Inn Fire was Arson

A State Police fire marshal has determined that a fire late Monday night at the old Canoe Place Inn on Main Street in Port Allegany was arson.

The fire marshal says cardboard and other materials were purposely ignited in a storage room, causing limited damage.

The Port Allegany Borough Police Department is continuing its investigation.

The building, owned by Sheetz, was scheduled for demolition.

Seneca Businessman Loses Oregon Appeal

The Oregon Court of Appeals says that state has jurisdiction over part of a business owned by a member of the Seneca Nation.

The court upheld a state ruling over sales in a case involving Scott Maybee’s Internet cigarette sales business.

Maybee had argued the state didn’t have authority to enforce Oregon cigarette regulations on his business because it's located on a reservation in New York state.

But the Court of Appeals said his sales crossed state boundaries, giving Oregon jurisdiction.

Zook Motors Sponsors 'Resusci Anne'Gift

The annual training and recertification of Hospital employees in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) was greatly enchanced this week when the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation and the PA Automotive Association presented a Resusci Anne training unit to KCH.

Sue Zook Wilson, owner of Zook Motors, Inc. learned about the program and worked with KCH's Director of Nursing Pam Bray, RN to secure the gift, valued at $1,500, for Kane Community Hospital. Zook Motors became the sponsoring dealership for this gift.

In presenting the CPR unit, which is essential for CPR training, Matt Rhodes, Western Regional Manager of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, Pennsylvania Truck Dealers said, "if the right kind of treatment can be given to a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that a life can be saved. CPR training teaches emergency professionals, as well as ordinary citizens, how to keep the heart beating while waiting for help to arrive."

KCH generally offers four, CPR classes per year training all hospital personnel with patient contact, both at the hospital and in physician offices. Certification is needed every two years, about 60 people each year. ACLS courses are provided using in-house instructors. ACLS is also renewed every two years and required for nurses in the OR, ER, ICU and supervision,between 15-20 each year.

In accepting the CPR training unit, J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH said the hospital will make great use of this gift in annual training and recertification of nurses and doctors. "And, now we can begin discussing a return to holding basic CPR classes for the public a couple of times a year.
We consider this gift an opportunity for KCH to continue the gifting to the public."

Since the massive involvement of training in CPR, there has been an increase in long-term survivors from ventricular fibrillation. There are many cases where the training is given showing that many heart attack victims who otherwise die have been saved and returned to normal activities. The training takes from three to five hours of intensive practice and lectures.

This state of the art CPR unit gives signals letting trainees know when they are applying the right pressure in the right spot or breathing correctly into the victim's mouth. With training, emergency personnel learn or are reminded of the "feel" of giving quick lifesaving emergency treatment. This gift replaces much older equipment.

Zook Motors, Inc. is a Ford-Mercury dealership located in Kane with an outstanding reputation for customer service. In business since 1925, Zook Motors has won the prestigious President's Award eight times. "Zook Motors is a community partner in every sense, fully engaged in leveraging their resources and connections to provide support for their community and we are grateful for all they do," noted CEO J. Gary Rhodes.

The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF) is part of the National Automobile Dealers Association with headquarters in McLean, VA. Its membership includes over 19,000 franchised new car and truck dealers in the U.S. including Zook Motors, Inc. of Kane.

Pictured, Matt Rhodes,Western Regional Manager, Pennsylvania Automotive Association, PA Truck Dealers presented Resusci Anne to the Hospital. Accepting the gift for KCH are Chelise Biel, RN, BSN, CEN; J. Gary Rhodes, CEO; Bobbie Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, with Sue Zook Wilson, owner of Zook Motors, Inc.
Photo and information courtesy of Kane Community Hospital

Toles Hollow Bridge Work Resumes

Crews resumed repair work on the Toles Hollow Road Bridge in Potter County yesterday, May 12.

The repair work requires closure of the bridge and a detour around the work. The detour makes use of Route 6, Route 3015, Dutch Hill Road (T-328), and Vader Hill Road (T-327). The Toles Hollow Bridge spans the Allegheny River on Toles Hollow Road (T-325) near the intersection with Route 6 in Coudersport. Work includes repairs to the bridge deck and floor beams.

PennDOT expects repair work to be finished sometime in June. The bridge will be re-opened once repairs are complete. All work is weather dependent.

The repair work will help extend the useful life of the bridge, until a replacement project can take place. PennDOT currently plans to replace the bridge in 2013. L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this bridge job, which is part of a $4.8 million contract for preservation work on six bridges in four counties.

This 6-bridge project is financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The project is part of PennDOT’s more than $66 million investment of federal economic recovery funds being spent on 17 transportation projects across the nine counties of District 2.

Police Kept Busy Tuesday, Wednesday

Bradford City Police answered a variety of calls throughout the city late Tuesday and Wednesday. Officers received reports of stolen property on East Main Street, a stolen vehicle on Cole Avenue and a vehicle complaint on Forman Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Police also got complaints about juveniles on East Main and State streets, alarms on East Main Street and a school, and harassment on Bushnell Street. They were called to a couple of domestic disputes and had a couple of requests to speak with an officer.

They received a report of an erratic driver on Jackson Avenue, a suspicious person on Main Street, a prowler on Chautauqua Place and an unwanted person on West Washington Street. They were also asked to check an area on Congress Street and help quiet a howling dog on Park Street.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Court Rules Second Rigas Trial
May Amount to Double Jeopardy

A U.S. appeals court says taking John and Timothy Rigas to trial a second time may amount to double jeopardy.

The Adelphia Communications founder and his son are already serving sentences for fraud and conspiracy convictions in New York. John Rigas is serving a 12-year prison term and Timothy Rigas a 17-year term. Prosecutors say they defrauded the former Coudersport company out of $1.9 billion.

The Justice Department wants to prosecute them a second time in Pennsylvania for alleged failure to pay taxes on that money, a charge that wasn’t filed in the first case.

But a 7-4 majority of 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals judges say the two cases stem from one criminal conspiracy with overlapping acts and participants. They have ordered the trial judge to review the record with that in mind.

Families Receive $41,410 in Scholarships

Four companies showed their commitment to Pennsylvania families at a check presentation event hosted by St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School System today.

CSX Transportation, Grane Health Care, RBC Capital Markets and Williams- Transco Pipeline were able to provide scholarships to Northern Pennsylvania families because of their participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The business executives were on hand and made the announcement of $41,410 of EITC scholarship donations for qualified families who attend St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School System, St. Bernards, Paint & Play, Elk County Catholic and DuBois Central Catholic.

Senator Joe Scarnati and Representative Matt Gabler were also in attendance. Teachers, families and students attended the event to thank the donors for their tuition assistance and to thank their local elected officials for their support of the EITC Program.

Bridge Educational Foundation serves as the bridge between Pennsylvania’s employers and students. More than 5,300 Pennsylvania families spread out across 48 counties have received scholarship assistance through the Bridge Foundation. Peter Gleason Chairman of the Bridge Educational Foundation offered remarks, “The EITC is an extremely successful public-private partnership and it provides companies the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of families where they do business.”

Mary Meyer of the St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary System remarked, “Our children are the most valuable asset that Pennsylvania has. An investment in them is an investment in the future of our state. The EITC program does just that by providing scholarship funds for families in need. In our local Catholic schools, approximately 50% of our families receive financial help and EITC is part of that equation. We are very grateful for the Pennsylvania EITC initiative.”

Randy Cheetham, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for CSX Transportation, remarked, “CSX Transportation is pleased to support the work of the Bridge Educational Foundation, creating educational opportunities for students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit program offers another avenue for CSXT and its employees to make a difference in the communities it serves.”

“Grane Health Care is proud to partner with the Bridge Educational Foundation to provide scholarship opportunities to families in Northern Pennsylvania. Providing strong educational opportunities for the children of Pennsylvania is a key to our state’s future growth and prosperity. I commend the elected officials present today for supporting this public-private partnership” stated Ross Nese, Managing Partner of Grane Health Care.

"Realizing the importance of education on our children’s future, RBC Capital Markets continually focuses on promoting educational programs for children in the communities in which we do business across the U.S.," said Henry Sallusti of RBC Capital Markets and also a Bridge Educational Foundation Board Member. "And, over the past four years, we are proud to have donated scholarships to many families throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania toward local PREK and K-12 education through the EITC program."

Cindy Ivey, Public Outreach Coordinator for Williams - Transco Pipeline remarked, “Transco appreciates the opportunity to actively participate in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. The EITC provides Transco additional opportunities to assist families in the locations where we live and work. I thank Senator Scarnati and Representative Gabler for creating this wonderful program and I look forward to helping more Pennsylvania families with Transco’s EITC donations.”

Senator Joe Scarnati noted, “The Bridge Educational Foundation and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program have been a huge success and vital resource for Pennsylvania students and their families. It provides businesses with an opportunity to get involved in their community while helping to give children and parents more education options. The St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School System is a great example of how students and families can see life-long results through pre-K programs, which helps young students get a head start on learning and excelling. Thanks to community-minded sponsors, more than 20,000 children across Pennsylvania are benefiting from EITC scholarships and countless numbers of children are being exposed to innovative programs that would have likely have gone unfunded. I’m proud to support this innovation and investment in our kids.”

Representative Matt Gabler noted, “At my own alma mater and at schools across Elk and Clearfield Counties, a substantial number of students receive scholarships through EITC programs, making their families' educational choices possible. I am always proud to support the EITC program because it has been one of Pennsylvania's greatest success stories in education. I applaud and thank the Bridge Educational Foundation and today's donors whose generosity made today's event and so many outstanding educational opportunities possible for so many students.”

Joseph Gerdes of the Bridge Educational Foundation concluded the program, “We are pleased be a part of one of the most innovative and successful education programs in the county. Our partnerships with forward-thinking corporations make it possible to help thousands of families each year with tuition aid. The EITC Program is vital to families and communities across Pennsylvania and we are pleased that Senator Scarnati and Representatives Gabler have strongly supported its creation and expansion. We are hopeful that with their leadership the cuts the Program recently suffered will be restored.”

e-mail from Bridge Educational Foundation

Judge Blocks NY Furloughs

A federal judge has issued an order blocking Governor David Paterson from imposing furloughs on about 100,000 state workers.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn says that until he rules on the union lawsuits seeking an injunction, Paterson and lawmakers are temporarily blocked from implementing any furloughs.

Earlier this week, the Legislature approved unpaid furloughs one day a week in a short-term funding measure.

The next hearing on the matter is May 26.

Researcher Receives Grant to Study
Prostate Cancer Relationship to Diet

Buffalo, NY — Dr. James Marshall, PhD, Senior Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and newly named Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention, has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).

The grant is one of 12 Creativity Awards given by the PCF to “support innovative projects because of their potential to fast-forward discovery and deliver game-changing results for prostate cancer research.” Dr. Marshall’s grant will fund a multisite intervention trial that will test the results of putting men with small, low-grade prostate cancers on a diet low in animal products.

Marshall and his team ­— which includes researchers both at RPCI and at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego — will identify 450 men with prostate cancer from across the country, all considered to be low-risk. For the 225 in the experimental group, the researchers will “change the dickens out of their diet.”

Why? Because there are indications that a diet low in animal products like meat and dairy and high in fruits and vegetables is associated with lower incidence of prostate cancer. While Dr. Marshall led a similar six-month pilot study launched in 2004, no researchers have comprehensively studied the effects of a radical dietary intervention on men with prostate cancer. “We would love to see it make a difference,” said Dr. Marshall. “But if it doesn’t, it’s important that we know that.”

Assisting with the trial, which furthers Dr. Marshall’s MEAL (Men’s Eating and Living) research, will be Dr. James Mohler, MD, Senior Vice President for Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Urology at RPCI, as well as two researchers at the Moores Center, UC San Diego: Dr. J. Kellogg Parsons, MD, MHS, and Dr. John Pierce, PhD. The inspiration for the trial grew out of dietary-intervention studies Dr. Pierce led involving women with breast cancer, and what Dr. Marshall described as “synergy among researchers.” At a meeting of the national clinical research group Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), he approached Dr. Pierce with the idea of adapting his model for use in a prostate-cancer study.

“We’re sort of riding a wave that’s just hitting the shore right now,” Dr. Marshall noted. “Because prostate-cancer advocacy groups and urologists are recognizing that there’s a lot of surgery that shouldn’t take place, a great deal of radical intervention that changes the lives of men, and that maybe shouldn’t take place.”

The end goal of this research effort, said Dr. Marshall, is prevention. “Prostate cancer is so ubiquitous,” he said. “If we could prevent it from taking off and becoming dangerous, that would be great news.”

The 12 projects funded by the PCF were vetted in a rigorous peer-review process from a field of more than 157 applications. This grant will add to grant support received from the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense.

e-mail from Roswell Park

'Special' Election on Same Day as General

New York Governor David Paterson has announced that the special election to fill the empty 29th Congressional District seat will be held November 2 – the same day as the general election.

The seat has been empty since Eric Massa resigned in March amid a sex scandal.

Paterson said he was concerned about the financial burden of holding a special election so close to the general election, and also about some counties using new electronic voting machines for the first time.

Catt County Public Defender Needs Help

Cattaraugus County Public Defender Mark Williams says his staff is nearing a crisis and will not be able to handle many more cases without additional help.

In his annual report to the county Legislature, Williams says that there’s been a 60 percent increase in cases since 2004.

The office has 5 attorneys, an investigator, two legal secretaries and a receptionist. The size of the staff has remained the same while the case load has increased.

e-mail from Williams' office

Man Accused of Running Meth Lab

An Oil City man has been arrested for running a meth lab.

Attorney General Tom Corbett says 28-year-old Shawn Adams was arrested following a search of his home. The search came after agents from Corbett’s office and officers from the Titusville Police Department got a tip saying Adams was offering to exchange methamphetamine for pseudoephedrine and other meth-related ingredients.

He faces up 17 years in prison and more than $100,000 in fines if he’s convicted. He’s in jail without bail for violating terms of a previous probation.

Salamanca Man Dies in Collision

A Salamanca man is dead after his car collided with a dump truck Monday morning on Route 15A in Lima, New York.

State police say a car driven by 61-year-old Lucius Stephens crossed into the opposite lane of travel and hit a 10-wheel dump truck at 9:10 a.m.

Stephens was extracted from his vehicle by the Lima Fire Department and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he later died.

The driver of the dump truck, 54-year-old Steven Snyder Steuben County, was not hurt.

Police Answer Variety of Calls

Bradford City Police on Tuesday investigated a burglary on West Corydon Street, a motor vehicle accident at North and High streets, and criminal mischief to a vehicle on Boylston Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers also got reports of an erratic driver on Jackson Avenue, a suspicious person on Main Street and alarms on Chestnut Street and at Futures. They also received a complaint about noise on Bedford Street and were asked to check on a person at the library.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Council Discusses Bolivar Run Flooding

WESB/WBRR News Director

Bradford City Council wants to keep a local waterway from flooding, and keep a major employer happy, but money is a key issue.

Council held a work session prior to Tuesday's regular meeting to discuss replacement of the Seaward Avenue bridge over Bolivar Run. Office of Economic and Community Development Executive Director Sara Andrews explained that the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and PennDOT want to know if the city still wants the project in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The TIP consists of the first four years of PennDOT's Twelve Year Program. It’s a "living document" that is constantly being revised and amended. The official TIP is updated every two years.

Harold Bloomgren of Northwest Engineering in Tidioutte said after the flooding of 2003, KOA approached the OECD and asked for help. He said because the company is not locally owned, another flooding of their property could make them lean toward moving because they “don’t necessarily have to operate in the City of Bradford."

Additional flooding of the property “could jeopardize a rather large chunk of Bradford’s economy,” said Councilman Fred Proper.

Bloomgren said they came up with various options for the bridge replacement and stream widening.

The “hardscape” option would be a concrete channel that would be aesthetically pleasing. The cost would be about $4.7 million.

But he said the state Department of Environmental Protection doesn’t want hardscape; they want green or something “less hard.”

The other option would be grading about half a mile of the stream channel. The cost would be about $3 million.

The downside, Andrews said, is that two houses would have to be taken down. She said she hasn’t formally discussed the plan with the homeowners yet.

Mayor Tom Riel asked if DEP would consider a combination of the green plan and the hardscape plan.

Bloomgren said that after speaking with DEP it’s fair to say “they don’t like this job to begin with because it substantially changes the complexion of the stream.”

He said “making it as natural as possible” would be the best bet and a plan “would fall on deaf ears if we mention hardscape.”

Council also asked about emergency permits to clean out the stream to prevent flooding, and Bloomgren said DEP doesn’t give those out readily either.

“They don’t want you to disturb the larva,” Riel said. “They think there’s some trout stream or something up there.”

“Working the streams in today’s world is pretty difficult to do,” Bloomgren said.

At any rate, Andrews said if they don’t keep the bridge on list, there’s no way of addressing the issue of Bolivar Run flooding.

“We want to keep (the project) on the TIP,” Andrews said, adding “It’s very hard to get a bridge on the TIP anymore.”

She said she will work out various funding scenarios, and present them to council in June or July.

“Funding is going to be the key,” Riel said.

Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery, Burglary

A Machias man has pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s office says 22-year-old Mark Oakes Jr. stole property and displayed what appeared to be a gun during an incident on September 5 in Farmersville.

He’ll be sentenced July 19.

Two Hurt in Elk County Crash

Two people were hurt in an accident on Route 948 in Jones Township at around 11:30 this morning.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, State police say a vehicle driven by 60-year-old George Thorwart of Wilcox was trying to turn left in a gravel turnaround and was hit by a vehicle driven by 50-year-old Connie Bliss of Wellington, Kentucky. After the collision, Bliss’s vehicle veered off the road and hit a utility pole.

Bliss and her passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment.

Woman Jailed for Poking State Trooper

An Eldred woman is in jail after being accused of poking a state trooper in the eye this morning in the Bradford Regional Medical Center emergency room.

In a fax to WESB and The HERO, State police say they went to the 36-year-old woman’s house after a complaint of a disturbance. Police determined that the woman needed to go to the hospital because of physical and mental health concerns.

Police say at the hospital the woman became agitated because of substance withdrawal, got angry and started arguing with Trooper David Andrasko. She then poked Andrasko above his left eye, causing bleeding.

The woman, whose name was not released, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. Her bail is set at $10,000.

Clarion Man Accused of Asking 'Girl'
If She Wanted to Have Sex with a Dog

A Clarion man is accused of using Internet chat rooms to proposition a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl, suggesting that they meet for sex with multiple people and with a dog.

27-year-old Brandon Galford is jailed on $100,000 bail.

The "girl" was actually an undercover agent from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a child.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said Galford urged the girl to visit him, commenting, "You should come to my area so I can get you pregnant," and also asked if he could have sex with both the girl and her mother.

State Leases 33,000 Acres to Gas Driller

The state is leasing more forest land to a company that wants to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region and, as a result, Governor Ed Rendell is supporting legislation that will put a moratorium on leasing additional state forest land for gas drilling.

He's also reiterating his call for a Marcellus Shale severance tax.

Rendell says Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay Pennsylvania $120 million for the right to drill on 33,000 acres where Centre, Clinton and Lycoming counties meet.

The newly leased acres cover 11 tracts in the Moshannon, Sproul and Tiadaghton state forests. For 27,185 acres on ten tracts, Anadarko agreed to pay $4,000 per acre, consistent with the average price paid during DCNR's January 2010 competitive lease sale. For the remaining 5,711 acres on one tract, the Commonwealth will receive $2,000 per acre because the geology underneath is not as promising for gas production.

The lease of the 11 tracts totals about $120 million. DCNR's January 2010 lease sale generated $128 million -- $60 million of that went toward this year's General Fund budget and the additional $68 million will be applied to a target of $180 million to help balance the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2010.

"With this agreement negotiated and the money in the bank, we can safely be on board with the moratorium which passed the House and is now in the Senate. If the Senate passes the legislation and it comes to my desk, I will sign it," Rendell said.

Senate Republicans, who control the chamber, have said there are no plans to act on the bill.

Rendell said this lease ensures the citizens of Pennsylvania will benefit in a positive way from the development of the Marcellus Shale on public lands. He said be believes it is vital for the General Assembly to pass a severance tax to further protect the interests of the citizens of Pennsylvania.

“We’re the only major shale tax without a severance tax and that should end,” Rendell said in a news conference this afternoon. “I’m hopeful that the House of Representatives will pass a shale tax quickly, and I’m hopeful that the Senate will agree.”

Rendell Talks About Schlumberger's Move
to Jefferson County, Creation of Jobs

HARRISBURG -- A new investment by Pennsylvania will help a leading oilfield services company expand its operations in Jefferson County and create more than 50 jobs, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

Schlumberger Technologies Corp. is planning to locate a centralized maintenance and remanufacturing operation for its northeast region in an 183,000-square-foot Pine Creek Township facility that once housed a company called Trail King. The new location will help the company improve service for its customers working in the Marcellus Shale industry.

The $5.6 million project will create at least 51 full-time jobs within three years. It will also retain 77 existing employees statewide.

"Schlumberger's decision means the arrival of dozens of high-paying jobs in Jefferson County and it speaks well of our economic climate," said Governor Rendell. "The Marcellus Shale presents an opportunity for many businesses and for Pennsylvania's workers. With this project, we're offering a nearly $287,000 investment for which we're getting a project that will bring $5.6 million into Jefferson County, create more than 50 new jobs, and save 77 others. That's a good return on our investment.

"This is the strategy we've used with success all across Pennsylvania, and it has helped us to weather the national recession much better than most other states."

Governor Rendell said his proposed budget would continue to invest in proven job creation and economic development programs such as opportunity grants, customized job training, infrastructure development, and infrastructure facilities and improvement grants. These programs, he said, have helped keep Pennsylvania's unemployment rate significantly below the national average.

Schlumberger is the world's leading oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions and integrated project management for customers working in the oil and gas industry. Employing approximately 78,000 people representing more than 140 nationalities and working in approximately 80 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry's widest range of products and services from exploration through production.

"Schlumberger has had a presence in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years and is committed to sustained, rewarding relationships with communities, statewide, where our employees live and work," said Warren Zemlak, Schlumberger North America vice president of well services. "This project reflects that commitment and we look forward to becoming a productive member of the Jefferson County business community."

The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team, economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in the state.

The Jefferson County Department of Development worked with the company and the Governor's Action Team to secure a $286,700 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The offer includes a $125,000 opportunity grant, $22,950 in job training assistance, and $102,000 in job creation tax credits.

"Schlumberger is a leader in the oil and gas service arena and we hope to attract additional companies to Jefferson County in this rapidly expanding industry. We believe our central location in the Marcellus Shale play, combined with our excellent workforce, will help Jefferson County grow in the future," said Craig Coon, Jefferson County's director of community and economic development.

Since Governor Rendell took office in 2003, GAT has successfully completed 1,228 projects, resulting in commitments to create 131,573 new jobs and retain 308,514 existing positions. The commonwealth has offered more than $2.3 billion in assistance for these projects, which will leverage more than $16.4 billion in additional investment.

For more information on Schlumberger Technologies Corp., visit

Groups Celebrate Improvements to
West Branch Susquehanna River

Harrisburg – Twenty years of coordinated efforts to restore life to the West Branch Susquehanna River in north-central Pennsylvania have led to marked improvements in water quality, as well increases in fish populations and diversity that are detailed in a benchmark study announced today by Trout Unlimited.

The study was coordinated by Trout Unlimited in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and an alliance of approximately 30 watershed associations, conservation districts, and local businesses comprising the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Coalition.

“The West Branch Susquehanna River is the centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Wilds, yet more than 1,000 miles of this majestic river and its tributaries are sterile or badly degraded from mine drainage and pollution from thousands of acres of abandoned mine sites,” said J. Scott Roberts, DEP’s deputy secretary for Mineral Resources Management during the fifth annual West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium sponsored by Trout Unlimited. “However, a renaissance has begun, and we are seeing measurable results that are leading to recreational and economic opportunities that will benefit the entire state.”

The benchmark study compared chemical and biological conditions of the river from the mid-1980s to 2009, and found dramatic improvements in water quality with a 72 percent reduction in iron and an 87 percent reduction in aluminum in Karthaus, Clearfield County. Alkaline treatment of mine discharges has significantly reduced acidity levels in the river, while pH has steadily increased from 3.9 in 1984 -- a toxic level for most aquatic life -- to 6.4 last year.

A 1998 fishery survey near Hyner, Clinton County, found only three species in the West Branch, contrasted with surveys from 2009 that found 16 species at this location and a 3,000 percent increase in catch rates.

Overall, researchers assessed water quality and habitat data at 11 sites on the river and at the mouth of 69 mine-drainage-impaired tributaries. Fish populations were assessed at nine sites.

“This remarkable progress is the direct result of cooperation among government, the mining industry and the environmental community to seek out innovative and cost-effective ways to reclaim old mine sites and treat historic mine discharges,” Roberts said. “Under Governor Rendell’s leadership, we have created the Mine Drainage Trust Fund to finance systems that will treat some of the most significant mine discharges in the watershed and restore water quality in the headwater of the West Branch, as well as Clearfield Creek and the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek.”
DEP has committed significant resources to restoring the West Branch Susquehanna River, including:

$73 million in Growing Greener grants to watershed groups and local governments for 620 projects;$14 million through 63 bond-forfeiture projects that have reclaimed 1,131 acres of abandoned mines;More than $50 million in Abandoned Mine Reclamation contracts to reclaim 2,357 acres; and$2.1 million to plug 115 abandoned natural gas wells in four counties in the watershed.

The department also issued 210 re-mining permits to active coal companies that have reclaimed 5,100 acres of abandoned mine lands at no cost to the commonwealth since 2000.

DEP, local groups and the active coal industry operate 123 mine drainage treatment systems that handle nearly 9 billion gallons of mine drainage each year in the West Branch Susquehanna watershed.

Final results of the benchmark study will be released in the fall. For more information, visit or

Accused Heroin Dealers Arrested

About 30 people have been arrested as part of an Indiana County heroin trafficking crackdown.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says the investigation has targeted street- and mid-level dealers who buy the drugs in the Pittsburgh area for distribution elsewhere.

Corbett says many of the dealers would buy 50 to 100 bags of heroin at a time in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and sell them for about $20 each in Indiana County.

He says the investigation was started because of an increase in heroin use by college and high school students in the area.

Lunch in the Square Cancelled

Due to inclement weather, the first Lunch in the Square of the season, scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled.

Cops: Pair Stole Thousands of Pills

Two Cattaraugus County men are accused of breaking into a drug store and stealing thousands of pills.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Cory Jones of Ellicottville and 18-year-old Derek Dallas of Franklinville broke into The Corner Drug Store in Cattaraugus at about 4 o’clock on the morning of May 5. They are being charged with stealing several thousand prescription medication pills.

Jones and Dallas were sent to jail on $5,000 bail each.

Dr. Sabuda Joins BRMC's Dental Center

Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC’s) McKean County Dental Center is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas J. Sabuda, D.D.S., to its staff of dentists.

Dr. Sabuda was brought on to meet the large and growing dental care needs of the community and surrounding areas.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for us to expand dental care access to the Bradford community. We’re extremely pleased to have Dr. Sabuda on staff at our dental center,” said David Kobis, BRMC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Dr. Sabuda is a very experienced, quality dentist and his services will be welcomed at the dental center.”

Dr. Sabuda of Springville had been a staff dentist at Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda, N.Y, for the past nine years.

He is a 1970 graduate of the School of Dentistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Sabuda is licensed to practice dentistry in both Pennsylvania and New York.

BRMC’s McKean County Dental Center at 600 Chestnut St. offers dental screenings, routine dental cleanings, preventative and restorative care, fluoride treatments and patient education. The dental center’s operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center also takes emergency and walk-in patients. Call 362-8478 for appointments, or for more information about services go online at

Three Added to Big 30 Team


Shawn Kronenwetter, St. Mary’s High School

6’ 190lbs. Running back / Linebacker

Shawn plans to attend Westminster College in New Willington, PA for 4 years and play football at the next level. While attending Shawn plans on majoring in Criminal Justice and pursue a career in Law Enforcement. Shawn’s honors include: High Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA, 2 Varsity letters in football, 300 lb. club, 150% Club for Bench Pressing, and many other academic awards. Shawn said, “I want to play in the Big 30 game because I want to have the chance/opportunity to play with fellow athletes from surrounding school districts before moving on to the college level.”

Cody Crosby, Eisenhower High School

6’4” 210lbs. Quarterback / Punter

Cody will be attending Gannon University to play football for the Golden Knights and major in Mechanical Engineering. Cody’s honors include: All Region Teams his Junior and Senior years in Football, Basketball and Baseball, All District Punter, PA Football News All-State Punter, 2009 Wendy’s Heisman PA Male Athlete of the Year Award, AP All-State Punter 2nd Team, 12 school records in passing, PAT’s, Punting, and Defensive Touchdowns. Cody said about the game, “This will be great meeting and getting to know other players from around the region.”

Michael Jaskolka, Warren Area High School

6’ 195lbs. Offensive Lineman / Defensive Lineman

Michael plans on attending Penn State Behrend to major in Biology and become a Physician Assistant. Michael’s honors include: 4 time district qualifier in wrestling and track and field, 4 time letterman in wrestling and track, 3 time letter winner in football, National Honor Society, Merit Honor Roll Status. Michael said, “This gives me one more chance to play football and end my career with a bang.”

New York

No New York entry this week.

The 37th annual “Big 30 Don Raabe charities Classic” will be played Saturday August 7, 2010 at Parkway Field, Bradford, and on 1490 WESB, 100.1 The HERO and online at

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bona Players to Pay Fines for Fight

Four St. Bonaventure basketball players will pay fines after pleading guilty in connection with a fight they had with JCC basketball players in March.

20-year-old Maclolm Eleby; 18-year-old Brett Roseboro; 22-year-old Da Quan Cook; and 22-year-old Lewis Leonard were all charged with disorderly conduct. On Friday, Leonard said he’s leaving St. Bonaventure.

Two JCC players were stabbed during the incident, but neither was seriously hurt.

Three JCC players are facing similar charges.

Fuhrman Honored at Board Meeting

Former Bradford Area High School basketball coach Dave Fuhrman was honored during Monday's school board meeting. Among the people on hand to talk about Fuhrman's passion for the game were Elk County Catholic coach Aaron Straub. (You can hear some of his comments here.) and former Punxsutawney coach Bill Vassallo. BAHS Athletic Director Tim Walter read a letter from former player Tyler Ridgeway. Former player Pat Lyons was there in person. You can hear some of his comments here. Also speaking were two players from this years team -- Evan Kline and Fuhrman's son Pug. Fuhrman's daughter Shelley, along with many friends and former players, were on hand as well. Fuhrman said he’s proud of his record over the last 24 years, but he’s more proud of the young men he coached. "What some of these guys have gone on to become in life – if basketball had just a little part of it – I’m the luckiest guy on the face of the Earth. I really am," he said.

No New Taxes in School Budget

WESB/WBRR News Director

For the ninth year in a row, the Bradford Area School Board will not be raising taxes.

District Business Manager Kathy Kelly made the announcement during Monday’s School Board meeting, adding that there will be no reduction in programs.

School District Superintendent Sandra Romanowski added that although they’re not eliminating programs, they continue to evaluate programs.

“If we have a program that’s costing a lot of money and not getting much of a result, and we can’t students’ performance increasing from that, or we can’t see long-term impact from those programs, we will shift money,” she said.

“We will move it to where we think it will best serve students,” she added.

In her presentation to the board, Kelly noted that the districts revenue locally, and from the federal government, is down a total of $224,000.

She said the state share has continued to increase, primarily because “Governor (Ed) Rendell … (has) fought very hard for public education.”

She said with a new governor coming in next year, she’s not sure what the commitment to education will be at the state level.

Kelly also noted that salaries and benefits account for 68.4 percent of the budget and “that’s extremely low for a school district.”

She said salaries and benefits consume up to 75 percent of other districts’ budgets.

Romanowski also pointed out that the capital projects that have been done over the last few years typically would not have been done unless the district floated a bond issue.

“We have done it actually paying cash as we go along and not saddling the taxpayers with anything, which is, I think, significant,” Romanowski said.

Kelly also wanted to mention that, although she is the business manager, she receives input from the administration, teachers, support staff and everyone else in the district when putting the budget together.

“It isn’t me doing this (not raising taxes),” Kelly said. “It’s not one person doing this. It’s everyone, and I hope the community realizes this, but we’ve got a wonderful team working here.”

Man Charged for Stealing Steak, Shrimp

A Dunkirk man who apparently had a hankering for surf ‘n’ turf is now facing a petit larceny charge.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say that on Friday 42-year-old Jeffrey Fellinger took $78.96 worth of strip steak and shrimp from Tops Market in Dunkirk without paying for it. He was given an opportunity to go back to the store the next day and pay for the stolen items, but he didn’t do that.

Deputies picked him up at his home today. He was arraigned, then released pending a future court appearance.

Police Respond to Fights, Disturbances

Bradford City Police on Monday looked into fights on East Main and Mechanic streets, harassment on Williams Street and Euclid Avenue and disturbances on School Street and Interstate Parkway, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers also responded to alarms on Sherman and Chestnut streets, a theft on Mechanic Street and motor vehicle accidents on Williams and South Center streets. They also got reports of a parking problem on Williams Street and suspicious activity on Congress Street. And, they got five requests to speak with an officer.

NY Legislature Votes for Furloughs

The New York State Legislature tonight voted for a one-week budget extender that will require about 100,000 state workers to take an unpaid day off beginning next week.

A vote against Governor David Paterson’s latest budget extender would have meant a total shutdown of state government until a budget is passed. The budget was due April 1.

In the Senate, the extender passed on a straight party-line vote of 32-29.
In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Austin Shafran, spokesman for Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson, said, “Though the governor’s furlough plan is potentially an unlawful breach of contract, we will not jeopardize the health, safety and livelihood of millions of New Yorkers by stopping government.”

In the Assembly the final vote was 82-56, with some Democrats voting against the measure.

"I recognize that these furloughs represent a difficult sacrifice for many of the State's public employees," Paterson said in a news release. "That sacrifice is only necessary because their union leadership has rejected all other reasonable attempts at compromise. One such proposal that I put forward is to eliminate a scheduled 4-to-7 percent general salary increase for State employees, which I believe is a fair concession at a time when more than a quarter of million New Yorkers in the private sector have lost their jobs and other local public employee unions across the State are reopening their contracts. These furloughs were a last resort."

The votes came hours after thousands of state employees across the state staged lunch hour protests against the furlough plan.

Minor Injuries in Hanover Crash

Two women suffered minor injuries in an accident at just before 4:30 this afternoon at routes 5 and 20 in the Town of Hanover.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say 63-year-old Janis Grieswich of Silver Creek was attempting to cross the intersection and didn’t see a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Pauline Stanton of Erie. Stanton’s vehicle hit the back of Grieswich’s vehicle.

Both women were taken by ambulance to Lake Shore hospital for treatment of their injuries. No charges have been filed.

Kaledoscope Series Sells Close to 5,700
Low-Cost Tickets to Schools in 2009-10

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford closed out its Kaleidoscope school matinee series with two sold-out performances of “Junie B. Jones” Monday.

The stage version of the popular easy reader was one of eight matinees put on for elementary, middle and high school students at a low cost to schools. Tickets for the shows ranged from $4 to $8.

Kaleidoscope sold close to 5,700 tickets during its 2009-10 season, which included selections for every age range, according to Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming and coordinator of the series.

Elementary and middle school-age children enjoyed a musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”; another storybook musical, “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”; “CSI: Live,” a CSI-based science show that was so popular a third matinee was scheduled; and “Harriet Tubman,” about the hero of the Underground Railroad.

French students from around the region attended a performance by the Canadian French musical group Grand Dérangement and high school students took in matinee performances of the Division of Communication and the Arts plays, “Eurydice” and “Macbeth.”

“Every show has information for teachers to prepare students,” explained Colosimo, who said that the French classes, in particular, came well prepared.

For many of the children in attendance, it is the first quality live show they’ve had a chance to see, Colosimo said.

“‘If You Give a Pig a Pancake’ was for pretty small children, and I was really amazed at how engaged the children were,” Colosimo said. “That’s the power of live theater.”

And a balcony. Colosimo said one group was simply so taken by the balcony in the 500-seat Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall, that they were thrilled before the show even started.

Colosimo related the story of a Kaleidoscope Committee volunteer who was sitting in the balcony watching a show with the children. A little girl next to the volunteer was quivering, and finally the volunteer asked her if she was OK. The little girl answered, “This is the best day of my life.”

Colosimo said that because she introduces each show, she is now recognized in Bradford by children as “the matinee lady.”

The matinee lady has been busy, along with her committee of ten or so dedicated volunteers, organizing next year’s Kaleidoscope series, which will include “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Oct. 14; “Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle,” which will be performed with giant, colorful puppets, Oct. 18; Division of Communication and the Arts plays on Nov. 17 and April 6, 2011; “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books,” Dec. 1; “Seussical,” a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Jan. 14, 2011; “Star Trek,” another science-based show, Jan. 26, 2011; and “Click Clack Moo,” another storybook musical, Feb. 25, 2011.

For the first time, Colosimo said, the series will also include an evening performance. “Seussical” will have a 7 p.m. show as well as two matinees.

“We’ve had a lot of people who’ve called and wanted to bring their own children,” Colosimo said.

Kaleidoscope was started two years ago as the New Horizons School Matinee Series. The name of the series changed at the beginning of this year.

Randy L. Mayes, director of arts programming, initiated the New Horizons series and continues to negotiate with the companies and execute contracts.

To choose Kaleidoscope’s offerings, Colosimo said she studied the websites of other colleges and universities that provide school matinees to see what seemed to be popular productions. She also works with agents and surveys teachers about what they would like to see on stage.

After a pilot year that included two storybook presentations and a Division of Communication and the Arts play, the number of offerings was doubled, and the schools kept coming.

“We’ve had a great response,” Colosimo said. “I had waiting lists for ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and ‘CSI’ sold out so quickly that we asked the company to come back and do a third show.”

Kaleidoscope is made possible in part by the Pitt-Bradford Arts Endowment. The major fundraiser for the endowment it the Pitt-Bradford Auction for the Arts, which will be held this year on Sept. 18 in Blaisdell Hall.

Gail McDonough, chairwoman of the Auction for the Arts Committee, said that “the community is responsible for these children coming to these performances that they wouldn’t have had a chance to see.”

Last year’s auction raised nearly $25,000 for arts programming at Pitt-Bradford, including the Kaleidoscope series.

For more information on Kaleidoscope or the Auction for the Arts, contact Colosimo at (814)362-5155 or

Photos courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

State Senate Calls on Paterson to Set Date
for Special Election to Replace Eric Massa

ALBANY - Republicans in the State Senate are joining the call for a special election in the 29th Congressional district, to let voters decide who will replace former Congressman Eric Massa, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean). They have introduced a resolution calling on Governor Paterson to immediately set a date for a special election to fill the vacant seat.

“There are nearly 700,000 residents in this state that have not had representation in Washington at a time when historic decisions in health care, national security and job creation are being made. We face unprecedented economic and fiscal challenges and it’s imperative we have representation in Congress,” said Senator Young.

Former Congressman Eric Massa resigned on March 8, yet Governor Paterson has not yet declared a vacancy and publically announced this week that he was inclined to wait until the primary and general elections to fill the seat.

Shortly after Massa’s resignation, Senator Young said the Governor told her he would schedule a special election.

“Governor Paterson has broken his promise. When Eric Massa resigned from his 29th Congressional District seat, Governor Paterson was quick to say a special election would be held to fill the void. Months have passed and now it seems the Governor won't be making that call,” said Senator Young.

“If the Governor does not take action, the district will go without representation for almost a whole year. It is wrong to leave our people without a vote in Congress. Taxpayers are very upset that they do not have a voice. The Governor should keep his promise and stop treating our citizens like they don’t matter,” added Senator Young.

Senator Young said the Governor is citing the cost of running the election and the issue over getting military ballots back in time as reasons for his delay.

“These issues didn’t seem to impact the decision of the Governor in the two other special elections he called for congressional seats or the numerous other Assembly and Senate specials that resulted from him scheduling specials in a timely fashion,” Senator Young said.

“Both the Democrats and the Republicans have each selected their candidates and the people are ready to go to the polls and make a decision on who will best represent them. The Governor should not be able to decide whether people do or don't have representation in Congress,” said Senator Young.

Kane, Warren Students Score High

Kane Area High School students and students from the Warren County Area Vocational Technical School are among those who scored in the top 20 percent of students across the country who participated in the National Financial Capability Challenge.

Pennsylvania students ranked third in the number of perfect scores achieved.

“We are encouraged that so many teachers and students chose to participate,” said Mary Rosenkrans, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education. “However, the test results show that we still have work to do. I look forward to more schools and students using resources like the Office of Financial Education and the Jump$tart Coalition. When young people are financially literate, it means our economic future will be stronger.”

The challenge is sponsored by the U.S. departments of Education and Treasury.

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First 'Lunch in the Square' is Wednesday

The first “Lunch in the Square” of the season will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at Veterans Square from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Floyd C. Fretz Middle School Show Choir.

Participating restaurants include Chu Lee Gardens, Dari Hut, John Williams European Pastry Shop, The New Broaster, Kimberly’s Cool Beans Cafe and Cin Cin Biscotti.

“We have something for everyone - Chinese, wraps, sandwiches, croissants and of course, desserts,” said Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan. “We are really excited to kick off this new season. Area restaurants have been very supportive of this program and it is a great opportunity for people to meet with friends, relax, enjoy great food and listen to great entertainment!”

The ‘Lunch in the Square’ program is sponsored by The Downtown Bradford Business District Authority.

WESB's LiveLine will be live from Lunch in the Square.