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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Summer Survivor 2010

Chuck Charnisky is the Summer Survivor and the winner of a Kymco ATV from Charlie's Cycle Center.

Igor and Scott

More pictures will be available soon from the incomparable Shawn Murray.

Man Hospitalized with Burns

A Forestville man is hospitalized after he was burned in an accident with an acetylene tank Friday morning.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say the 28-year-old, who they didn’t identify, was working on a vehicle when the tank started to tip over. He grabbed the tank and something ignited, causing a burst of flame to hit him in the face.

He was taken by Star Flight to ECMC in Buffalo.

Bemus Point Man Jailed After Fight

A Bemus Point man is in jail after fighting with two people early this morning in North Harmony.

Sheriff’s deputies say 29-year-old Joshua Danielson entered a home and fought with the people, injuring one of them. That person was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for treatment of facial injuries.

Danielson is charged with burglary, assault, criminal contempt, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Car Hits Bear Near Port Allegany

A Port Allegany woman wasn’t hurt when her car hit a bear Friday afternoon on Route 155 in Liberty Township.

In a fax sent to WESB and the HERO, police say 42-year-old Mary Lashway was traveling north when the bear entered the road and was hit by the right, front of the car.

The car had to be towed from the scene. Police didn’t give the bear’s condition.

Man Takes Deputies on Chase

A Fredonia man is in jail after taking police on a high-speed chase Friday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say that at just before 10:30 on Route 20 in the Town of Portland they attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Andrew Seelbinder for a traffic violation.

The vehicle sped away, passing multiple vehicles through the Village of Brocton. The chase went on for about 10 minutes through Brocton, Portland and Pomfret and did manage to elude police. But, deputies did find the vehicle, and later learned Seelbinder was driving it.

His bail is set at $2,000.

Charges Filed in 'No Mail-No Rail' Case

Two residents of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation are facing charges for allegedly lying to FBI agents in an investigation about ties placed on railroad tracks in early July.

44-year-old Christine Seneca and 48-year-old James Phillips pleaded not guilty to making false statements to authorities, and hindering communication between law enforcement relating to a federal offense.

According to the criminal complaint, Seneca and Phillips had been at a party with four men who are considered persons of interest in the case. The complaint says Seneca and Phillips lied to investigators about who was at the party. They also allegedly tried to convince another person who had attended the party to lie about the four men being there.

Police believe the crime is related to the PACT Act, which prevents sending tobacco products through the mail. A sign reading “No Mail – No Rail” was found near the tracks.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Judge Reserves Seneca Decision

Judge Richard Arcara will not rule today on a request by the Seneca Nation of Indians for a restraining order that would temporarily block New York State from enforcing new tax laws on the tribe's cigarette sales.

Lawyers for the Seneca Nation and the State of New York argued their cases in federal court in Buffalo this afternoon.

The state plans to start collecting taxes from wholesalers who sell to the Senecas on Wednesday.

Tops Markets Says Its Eggs are OK

Williamsville, NY – Tops Friendly Markets announced today that shell eggs sold at all Tops, P&C and BiLo locations remain unaffected by the recent nation recall of millions of shell eggs. Eggs sold at Tops are locally sourced from Kreher’s Farm, located in western New York.

On August 13, 2010, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, conducted a nationwide voluntary recall of shell eggs that it had shipped since May 19, 2010 to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These foodservice companies do not ship eggs to Tops Markets and Tops has confirmed that this recall does not apply to any shell eggs carried at Tops Markets stores, including P&C and BiLo locations.

State and local partners are also investigating human Salmonella infections in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

“We understand that any recall, especially when it is a regularly purchased, fresh or perishable product, can potentially cause damage to consumer confidence,” said Jim DiMartino, Tops sr. manager of food safety. “At Tops, food safety is an extremely high priority, and we will continue to communicate with our customers in regards to these important issues.”

Hamot, UPMC Sign Letter of Intent to Negotiate Affiliation

The Hamot Health Foundation of Erie has signed a letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

In a news release, Hamot officials say the non-binding letter "signifies the beginning of a due diligence period between the two organizations" while they continue to get feedback from community leaders, doctors and employees.

DEP: More Than Half of Marcellus Shale
Drillers Missed Reporting Deadline

HARRISBURG -- More than half of the natural gas drillers operating in the Marcellus Shale missed the deadline to report the production levels of their wells in violation of state law, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP Secretary John Hanger said today that 41 of the 74 oil and gas companies operating in the Marcellus Shale, or 55 percent, failed to submit reports on the past 12 months of production by the Aug. 15 deadline.

"When the General Assembly approved this law and the Governor signed it, they did so because they believed this requirement provided much-needed transparency into the industry's operations," said Hanger. "The fact that so many companies failed to meet the deadline for providing this information is troubling. We plan to follow-up with each non-compliant firm and pursue whatever enforcement action is necessary to get them to follow the law."

The public can track a Marcellus operator's compliance with Act 15 production reporting requirements online at The site includes a complete list of operators that did not submit production reports by Aug. 15. The list will be updated on a weekly basis as production report submissions are made. The list of the Marcellus operators that submitted production reports on time is also provided.

The new law, Act 15 of 2010, required gas companies drilling into the Marcellus formation to report production totals from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 by Aug. 15. Subsequent to this deadline, companies will be required to report production every six months, making the next report due Feb. 15.

Prior to Act 15, DEP was required by law to keep production reporting data confidential for five years.

For more information or to view the production reports of companies that met the deadline, visit

Women of the Moose Adopt CARE

CARE for Children was again an agency chosen to be “adopted” by the Bradford Chapter #330 Women of the Moose as part of their annual community projects. The Women of the Moose purchased school supplies which were distributed to 25 school-aged children with special health care needs during CARE’s annual family picnic on Wednesday. Supplies were also donated to the Rainbow Corner Preschool. This is the fourth year for the collaboration between the two community organizations. Pictured from left to right are: Vickie Cromley, Recorder; Sandy Roulo; Kimberly Engstrom, Rainbow Corner Preschool Director; Josie Taylor, Senior Regent; Dorothy McAndrew, Secretary; Virginia Ross. Missing from the photo was Anita Wolcott, Project Coordinator.
Photo provided by CARE for Children

Governor Rendell in Wellsboro to Push for Natural Gas Extraction Tax

Wellsboro – Communities in the heart of the booming Marcellus Shale drilling region are struggling to protect the environment and groundwater supplies while facing growing social service needs, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today when he visited Tioga County.

“The Marcellus Shale gas industry is just getting started in Pennsylvania, so we have the opportunity now to ensure that adequate resources are available for local and state government to meeting growing demand for services and protect the environment,” the Governor said. “To accomplish these goals, the gas companies profiting from this rapidly growing industry should be willing to pay a fair share levy.

“I share the view of the eight out of 10 Pennsylvanians who, in a recent poll, said that they favor a tax on gas companies to fund programs that will protect our environment and help local governments handled increased demand on their services,” Governor Rendell said.

Pennsylvania is the only major energy-producing state that does not levy a tax on natural gas extraction.

To read more, go here.

Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

Court Sides with Seneca Nation

The Seneca Nation will be able to intervene in a pending court case that dates back to 2006.

State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek granted permission earlier today for the Senecas to intervene in the case of Day Wholesale V. the State of New York.

The purpose of the Nation's intervention is to challenge the procedure the state used to issue new emergency regulations that would tax Native American-sold tobacco products at the wholesale level.

Enforcement of the regulations is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Ear-Biter Gets Prison Time

A Bradford woman has been sentenced to state prison for biting off her boyfriend's ear during a domestic dispute.

27-year-old Erin Moore will spend 19½ to 51 months in state prison for the incident that happened in May at Kiwanis Court.

District Attorney Ray Learn says the stiff sentence was prompted by Moore's history, which includes an incident when she attacked an ex-boyfriend with a baseball bat.

Learn also says a child was present when she bit off her Roger Kline’s ear.

Two Seriously Hurt in Ishua Crash

Two men were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Route 16 in Ishua Thursday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say an SUV driven by 52-year-old Eric Bartholomew of Ishua crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 23-year-old Nathan Hebdon, also of Ishua.

Both drivers were taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo.

The accident is still under investigation.

Goo Goo Dolls Coming to Salamanca

SALAMANCA, N.Y. – The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel is pleased to announce that Western New York’s own, the Goo Goo Dolls, will perform at the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Saturday, October 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $65 and will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 3 at noon.

The Goo Goo Dolls have sold 9 million albums in the U.S. alone and have notched 17 “Top 10” singles since forming in 1986. The Grammy Award-winning rock band is touring in support of its new album, Something for the Rest of Us.

Tickets may be purchased at all Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 716-852-5000 (USA) or 416-870-8000 (Canada).

The Seneca Allegany Events Center holds up to 2,400 guests and seats are no further than 75 feet from the stage. The venue is located at 777 Seneca Allegany Boulevard, directly off Exit 20 of the Interstate 86 and near U.S. Route 219. For more information, please visit

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Poll: New Yorkers Support Indian Treaties

CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, Seneca Nation -- New York voters strongly support Indian treaties which prevent taxation of Native American-sold goods, according to a new Zogby International poll conducted on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians. The poll, conducted the week of August 23, 2010, found 68.4 percent of those surveyed think state and federal governments should honor Indian treaties – specifically the Treaty of 1842 – which bars state taxation of Seneca businesses.

"Once again the people of New York State have voiced their support of our rights as a sovereign nation. This is especially heart-warming for all Haudenosaunee Nations as the state is poised to enforce its illegal sales tax scheme on September 1," said Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder Sr.

The statewide Zogby telephone survey found overwhelming support for honoring Indian treaty rights regardless of geographic regions, political affiliation, gender, race, age or religion.

"New York State government officials don't get it. They are willing to ignore those treaties and the will of the people of New York in their endless quest to generate new revenues to balance their budget," President Snyder added.

"Rather than pursuing unlawful and ill-advised tax policies that stifle economic growth and chase people to other states, the state legislature should begin to exercise some fiscal discipline and pursue measured policies that foster economic opportunities. Simply put, they should stop trying to balance their budgets on the backs of the Haudenosaunee and work with us to grow our very successful businesses."

The survey, which measured opinions of 702 respondents and was conducted August 23-24, also found highly-favorable views of New York State's Native American nations and business people. Results show 79.5 percent have favorable opinions of Native American nations and tribes, which 74 percent hold favorable views of Native American business people.

In the Zogby poll, 66.3 percent said they have unfavorable views of the State Legislature, while 55.4 percent give low marks to Governor Paterson.

The extremely positive treaty rights responses mirror data from similar Zogby polls conducted in 2004 and 2006 as the Seneca Nation and other Native Americans involved in the tobacco industry faced the threat of taxation by New York State.

The Seneca Nation filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Western District of New York on August 17 challenging amendments to New York State Tax Law sections 471 and 471-e that were enacted on June 21, 2010; as well as emergency regulations promulgated by the Department of Taxation and Finance in an effort to implement those statutory provisions.

The Nation also made a direct appeal to the Governor Paterson to postpone the Sept. 1 enforcement date to diffuse tensions and allow time for an orderly court review.

The Nation ultimately filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order to block the Sept. 1 tax initiation. Federal Court Judge Richard J. Arcara is scheduled to hear arguments on the TRO request on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in his Buffalo courtroom.

Bradford, J-Burg Bypass Updates

Kendall Avenue will be paved on Tuesday as part of the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project.

Crews will also continue trucking in material for paving and will be pulling into the closed “dead lane” from the northbound “live lane.”

Traffic may be slow moving on Route 219 as this work takes place.

In Johnsonburg, PennDOT will temporarily open the new Route 219 alignment Saturday afternoon during the borough’s Bicentennial Parade.

The road will be opened from 3 to 6 p.m. to allow traffic to travel around Johnsonburg during the parade. Local police will be controlling traffic.

Johnsonburg’s Bicentennial celebration gets underway Friday evening. Besides the parade it includes a carnival, live entertainment, a car show, a dice run and vendor booths.

The parade will feature more than 80 units including marching bands from Johnsonburg, Smethport, Kane, Port Allegany, St. Marys, Elk Catholic, Ridgway, DuBois, Brockway, Clearfield, Cameron County, and Marion Center high schools.

Paterson Could Face Criminal Charges

Governor David Paterson mislead investigators and could face criminal charges following an investigation into his receipt of free Yankees World Series tickets last year, according to a report by the independent counsel to the state attorney general's office.

Retired Judge Judith Kaye released her report on the investigation this afternoon. It says the decision whether charges should be brought against Paterson is up to the Albany County district attorney.

The report says checks to pay for the tickets and a letter prepared by an aide to the governor were both backdated to make them look as if the payment was made before the game.

You can read the report here. (PDF)

Paterson Vows to Collect Cigarette Taxes

Governor David Paterson is promising to start collecting state taxes next week on cigarettes sold by American Indian retail businesses to most smokers in New York.

Paterson says taxes will be collected from wholesalers sending cigarettes to the tribes starting on Wednesday.

The tax is expected to generate about $200 million a year in revenues for the state.

The Seneca and Mohawk tribes are seeking federal court orders to stop the collection, claiming it would violate their rights.

Senator Casey Blogs About Zippo Visit

US Senator Bob Casey has a post on his blog about his visit to Zippo on Tuesday. The title of the post is "Protecting an American Icon." You can read the post here.

Casey has also blogged about his visits to Potter, Warren and Jefferson counties. You can find his blog at Just click on the "blog" link.

Pictured, Zippo attorney Jeff Duke talks to Casey about counterfeit lighters.

Police Stop Man with Crack Cocaine, Pot

A Buffalo man is in jail after Bradford police found him with drugs during a traffic stop early this morning on East Main Street.

Assistant Police Chief Mike Ward says 26-year-old Justin Jenkins was stopped at 2:10 a.m., when they found that he was in possession of marijuana, crack cocaine and a large amount of money.

He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine. Jenkins was arraigned by on-call District Judge Rich Luther and sent to McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 8 in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Still Time to Enjoy Summer in the ANF

There are still a couple more weeks of summer and the Allegheny National Forest region – located just 90 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y., is the perfect place to spend them.

For mountain bikers, Willow Creek Trail, located along Route 346 west of Bradford, offers 10 miles of more difficult terrain for the experienced enthusiast. Indian Pipe Trail, with access just south of the Allegany State Park in New York State, is a 7.4-mile trail that crosses 4,000 acres of Allegheny Northern Hardwood forest, and the nearby Marilla Springs Trail is a 3.6-mile trail that features progressive changes in direction and elevation.

Families looking for a last minute getaway, Mystic Waters Resort in Limestone, N.Y., offers fun for the entire family as well as a place to rest their head at night. Log cabins are situated on a private 20-acre lake and provide the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen and bath, two bedrooms, a living room and a private porch.

There is a championship 18-hole miniature golf course for the youngsters to learn the links as well as a driving range for the adults to practice their tee shots over the lake. Mystic Waters is equipped to handle large groups, too, so it’s perfect for a family reunion or a get-together with friends. There’s a large pavilion and an athletic field.
For more information on Mystic Waters, log onto or call 716-925-8553.

If the golf at Mystic Waters doesn’t fit you to a “T” you can hit the ATV trails. Located about 20 minutes from Mystic Waters, east of Bradford at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, is Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails along Route 46 in Rew, Pa.

Recently featured on Fisher’s ATV world on the Outdoor Channel, this ATV trail system is situated on more than 940 acres of forest lands in the Allegheny Plateau. There are two loops totaling over 41 miles over mountainous terrain that provides a challenging ride for even the most experienced ATVer. There are even Peewee trails for children to learn at their own pace. Primitive overnight camping is available on site or reserve a room at one of the nearby hotels that offer ATV group rates and free trailer parking.

More information on Majestic Kamp and Lost Trails can be found on its website – – or call 814-465-9979.

For those that would like to rent an ATV, Allegheny Recreation Rentals, located at 217 West Washington Street in Bradford, can deliver the ATV to Majestic Trails for your use with advance reservation. To reserve an ATV, call 814-464-7044, or click on the website for additional information.

For detailed information on the entire region click on, to request a free Travel Guide and Map, contact the Allegheny National Visitors Bureau at or 800-473-9370.

Pictured, Dirt bikes and ATVs are among the vehicles you can ride on Majestic Kamp and Lost Trails in Rew, Pa., a perfect place to take the kids for that end of summer trip.

Photo provided by the ANFVB

Another Traffic Change on the Way

WESB/WBRR News Director

Get ready for another traffic change in downtown Bradford.

An ordinance to make Kennedy Street one-way from Boylston Street to Main Street was approved on first reading by city council Tuesday night. Traffic would flow toward Main Street.

Mayor Tom Riel explained that a parking space would be removed from Main Street so people turning onto Main from Kennedy would have a better view.

Also, council approved on first reading an ordinance that would allow parking on both side of Kennedy Street from Boylston to Main.

The measures are in response to concerns from Kennedy Street business owners. If approved on second reading, both ordinances would go into effect on October 4.

Councilman Rick Benton voted against the proposed ordinances because of the “terrible sight problem.”

“I hope one parking space will take care of it,” he said.

Also Tuesday, council agreed to execute an agreement with Rudy Gobin to buy 19-23 Pine Street for $50,000, pending approval of a state grant application or the securing of other funding.

The Building a Better Bradford Master Plan calls for revitalization of Pine Street and the west end of Main Street by developing second and third floors for residential living, redeveloping the waterfront area; and improving the street amenities to encourage new private investment.

The city will be submitting a grant application to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for $250,000 to help with the activities planned for that area. With the grant money, the city would tear down 19-23 Pine, and put in a new parking lot to support redevelopment and expansion of new and existing businesses.

In other downtown matters, council approved façade improvement grants to Susan Godfrey, owner of the Fran Charles Dress Shop on Congress Street, and Melissa Smith, owner of the Hot Spot on South Avenue. Council also approved a certificate of appropriateness for Michael Fitzpatrick to install awnings on the front and side of 101 Main Street, and to install accent lighting and change the color of the façade of the building to “Georgia Brick.” A certificate of appropriateness was also approved for Lisa Duke, owner of Lisa’s Hairport on Main Street, to install four double hung windows and two picture windows on the second floor of 104 Main Street. And, a certificate of appropriateness was approved for Tony Siliano, tenant at 21 Main Street, granting him permission to use a sign for Real Living Avista Properties.

In other matters, Bradford resident Brad Mangel updated council on his ongoing communications with Atlantic Broadband about the quality of their signal concerning the channels from Buffalo, New York.

He said he received a handwritten note from Atlantic Broadband CEO David Keefe, who said the company is looking into a way to resolve the problem.

City Clerk John Peterson said he heard from Mike Papasergi, local general manager for Atlantic Broadband, who also said the company is looking into ways to solve the problem.

Papasergi said it appears the only solution would be fiber optic cables from Buffalo to Bradford, according to Peterson. Because this would be costly, Atlantic Broadband is attempting to work with third party suppliers.

Papasergi’s letter to Peterson said he “remains optimistic that discussions regarding this process are proceeding in a favorable direction.”

He said he understands viewers’ frustrations, adding that Atlantic Broadband is frustrated because of their inability to correct the problem. He added that the company is committed to finding a solution.

In a work session before the regular meeting, council discussed the proposals from the consulting firms that would potentially work with the city in regard to the state’s Early Intervention Program for financially troubled municipalities.
A committee reviewed proposals from six firms and the top two were clear cut choices. The question council dealt with during the work session was whether they should call the two firms back for interviews. They did decide to bring the top two back.

Peterson said he talked with Harry Krott from DCED, who said final funding decisions wouldn’t be made at least until the Legislature returns to Harrisburg on September 14.

Krott did say, however, that the grant process can start now and be revised if necessary after the final decision on a consulting firm is made.

And, after a brief hiatus:

The Bedroom's the Best of All

Code Enforcement Has a New Plan

WESB/WBRR News Director

Code enforcement has a new plan.

During Tuesday’s Bradford City Council meeting, code enforcement officer George Corignani said he and Merle Silvis want to use the two firemen who are in training at the code enforcement office to find problem properties throughout the city.

The plan is to have them go ward to ward throughout the city, take pictures and notes, and report back to Corginani and Silvis, who would act on the problems.

Once the First Ward is done, they’ll move to the Second Ward, and so on. Corginani and Silvis would continue to do inspections and answer health-related complaints.

“We’ve been jumping around from ward to ward … trying to answer this and answer that. … If we started at one ward and did that ward with the two extra guys, that would give us some relief for us to do the stuff we have to do,” Corignani said.

The plan is to pay them with money code enforcement collects from fines and fees.

Mayor Tom Riel and Councilman Rick Benton did question the plan for a number of reasons. Riel wanted to know if the wage ordinance would have to be changed, and if they would be paid overtime since this would be above and beyond their duties as firefighters.

Corignani said they were both told they would not be paid overtime, but city solicitor Mark Hollenbeck said he would have to look into that aspect.

Riel said he would like to look further into the pay aspect. Benton, although he agrees code enforcement is a problem, questioned whether the money could be used elsewhere.

"It was a really tight budget this year," Riel said. "Is there really that much extra that we could go ahead and have these guys to more -- which we would like to do -- but is it going to set us behind? I would like to see the numbers."

In a similar matter, Corignani told council that he, OECD Director Sara Andrews and Jeff Andrews of the OECD went through the Elm Street/Project Pride area taking pictures and notes on properties that need attention.

He said they gave the information to Elm Street Manager Lisa Keck, who will be addressing all the properties that have been noted.

Before the council meeting, the board of health met and discussed a number of properties that are in various stages of code enforcement.

Corignani first addressed a property at 187 Summer Street owned by Edna Hallock that was full of cockroaches.

“There were so many of them there you couldn’t see in the window,” he said.

Hallock was told the building had to be fumigated and the furniture was not to be left outside. However, the furniture was left in a truck in the driveway for several days and the cockroaches infested three neighboring houses. The air conditioner in a bedroom window of one of the other houses shut off because it was full of cockroaches, Corignani said.

He said he told Hallock she would have to have all four houses fumigated. She said she would not do the other three.

He added that Terminex told him the infestation would be an ongoing problem for four to six months, even with them spraying once a month.

The board of health voted to order Hallock to have all the properties fumigated at her expense.

The city’s special counsel Greg Henry said it’s a $1,000 fine if she doesn’t comply within 30 days. If she doesn’t comply five days later, it’s a $3,000 fine. He added that the fumigation has to be professionally done, and can’t pose a threat to people or domestic animals.

In other matter, the board accepted a proposal from Marilyn Kibbe to tear down the property at 2 East Main Street within 30 days and pay $3,600 in fines and costs.

Kibbe attended the meeting to ask if the board would consider eliminating the fine.

Henry said the actual total of the fines and costs is $11,000 and suggested that if she retracts he decision the city should sue her.

“We could have sued this woman a long time ago,” he said, adding that he didn’t do that out of respect for her attorney Chris Hauser, who she retained recently.

“There’s no legal power on the face of earth that’s going to save her,” Henry said, adding that eliminating the fine “would set a rather unfortunate precedent.”

Henry and Corignani also updated the board on about a dozen other properties that are in various stages of litigation or other action.

Two property owners have asked for appeals. Those are expected to be scheduled for September 14. A deal is in the works to allow someone to buy, and renovate, 162 Kennedy Street.

Toward the end of the meeting Henry said, “On the enforcement end of these, God willing, we’ll have good luck. Maybe some of them will recover the entire amount. … We’re learning a lot as well. We’re correcting mistakes that we’ve made. We’re trying to get past frustrations that we’ve experienced.”

“I think, hopefully, knock on wood, shortly we’ll begin to see some of these things come together,” Henry said.

Corignani added that five people have torn their properties down, at their own expense, since the last board of health meeting. He said that’s the first time that’s ever happened. He said he believes when word gets around that people are being sued, the city will see more people tearing their own properties down.

“Unless you have a valid defense you can assert on appeal, it makes absolutely no sense not to jump on these problems early,” Henry said. “The longer they fester the more you’re going to be financially exposed. The trick for us is to collect, and I think we’re certainly learning as we go. But we are learning, and we will be collecting.”

Former Rixford Man Indicted

A former Rixford resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sexually exploiting children.

43-year-old Jack Lee Johnson is accused of receiving, distributing and possessing computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted, Johnson faces 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both.

Race to the Top:
PA Out, New York In

Pennsylvania is not one of the winners in the second round of Race to the Top money for education, but New York is one of the states chosen to get the federal grant money.

New York will get about $700 million.

The other winners are Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Pennsylvania was one of 19 finalists chosen from 36 applicants in the second round. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he hopes there will be a third round. The Obama administration has requested $1.35 billion in next year's budget for Race to the Top.

Casey Talks About Fair Trade at Zippo

WESB/WBRR News Director

US Senator Bob Casey visited Zippo today and, after taking a tour of the plant, he talked with employees about taking steps to protect companies like Zippo.

He says passing the small business jobs bill is critically important, as is keeping companies like Zippo from continuing to be victims of international piracy, most of which is in China.

He said foreign competition and trade issues have hit Pennsylvania hard.

He said since 2001, 95,000 jobs have been lost in Pennsylvania because illegal activities in China.

Before the tour of the plant, Zippo president and CEO Greg Booth told Casey the company spends more money than it should have to in order to protect itself from piracy.

“We are a billion dollar brand, if you will. We’re not a billion dollar company,” Booth said. “So in order to protect this huge brand that’s well known across the globe. We spend an inordinate amount of money to do that.”

“We’re a smaller company so it’s a bigger percentage of our overall cost just to protect what we already own,” Booth added.

Booth said Zippo is trying to maintain jobs in America but "it's a tough row to hoe. We need support to remain competitive," adding that Chinese manufacturers can make a knock-off lighter for one-tenth of the cost it costs Zippo to make a lighter. "We need all the support we can get."

"It’s not a real complicated thing." Casey said. "It’s called enforce the law and crack down on cheaters. The Chinese are big cheaters."

Casey said, at a minimum, the departments of treasury and commerce need to enforce the laws so American companies are not unfairly disadvantaged.

Earlier in the day, Casey stopped in Warren, where he toured streetscape improvements. Casey successfully sponsored a $400,000 appropriation in FY2010 for the project.

The downtown Warren Streetscape renovation project is a $7.7 million urban renewal initiative. The project, which has been divided into phases, includes infrastructure improvements such as improving sidewalks, burying overhead utility lines, installing new street lighting and adding parking spots to the Midtown city parking lot. The projects also includes beautification projects like cleaning the riverbank, planting flowers and trees, installing a fountain and adding green space to the city.

The $400,000 appropriation that Senator Casey sponsored for the Warren streetscape renovation project in FY2010 funds phase 1A of the project, which concentrates on the triangular area bounded by Liberty Street, Second Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Hickory Street.

Later, Casey headed to Coudersport where he discussed his support for a pirson recidivism prevention pilot program, that will serve Potter County Jail inmates and their families.

It would offer coordinated case management, counseling, job training, life skills and rug and alcohol treatment to male inmates and their families for six to 12 months during incarceration. Community-based services and follow-up would be provided for about six months after prison release.

Casey also discussed the challenges, as well as opportunities, faced by Potter County as drilling companies arrive in the area.

Pictured, top, Casey listens to Zippo president and CEO Greg Booth talk about fair trade issues as company attorney Jeff Duke and financial officer Rich Roupe listen in. Left, Tim Van Horn describes some of the emblem lighters on display in the Congress Street plant.

Senator Casey Visits Zippo

Tim Van Horn of Zippo Manufacturing Company explains part of the production process to US Senator Bob Casey as Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth looks on. Casey visited Zippo as part of his tour of the northern part of the state. Earlier today he was in Warren, and was headed to Potter County this afternoon.

Judge Denies Williams' Requests

Nushawn Williams was in State Supreme Court earlier today asking to have the current case against him dismissed.

The state wants Williams to remain in confinement, although he finished serving his sentence for knowingly infecting more than a dozen Chautauqua County residents with HIV in the late 1990s.

After the motion to dismiss was denied, Williams asked the court if he could have a new lawyer because he and his current attorney have a “conflict of interest.”

The judge denied that request, too.