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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Man Hurt in Logging Accident

A 37-year-old Ripley man was hurt in a logging accident Friday in the Town of Hanover.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say a large branch was being moved by a claw-type piece of logging equipment when the branch fell from the claw and hit the man, who was working at the scene.

The man was thrown about 20 feet.

He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo. Deputies didn’t release his name.

Cops: Man Pointed Gun at Another Man

A Kersey man is facing charges for allegedly pointing a gun at another man’s head.

State police say 40-year-old Peter Mackie pointed the gun at the head of a 48-year-old St. Marys man at 2:30 Saturday morning.

Mackie is charged with aggravated assault and other unspecified charges.

He was arraigned and released on $25,000 bond.

No One Hurt in Chautauqua Place Fire

City firefighters battled a blaze this morning at 19 Chautauqua Place.

They were called at 7:22, and Lt. Mike Cleveland tells WESB and The HERO that smoke was coming from the eaves and attic when they arrived. Heavy smoke was also pouring from the front of the house out of the attic vent.

Cleveland says they were able to contain the fire to the attic, although there was a little bit of damage on the second floor. There was smoke and water damage throughout the building, he added.

No one was hurt.

Bruce Haight owns the building. Roger McCracken and Amy Sellers are renting the upstairs. Linda Bell, her boyfriend and two children live in the downstairs apartment.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 2 ½ hours. Bradford Township was on standby at the city station. Special police directed traffic while Chautauqua Place was closed.

As of 12:15 p.m., a state police fire marshal was on the scene trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Friday, September 17, 2010

49 Salamanca City Workers Laid Off

Salamanca Mayor Jeffrey Pond has issued layoff notices to 49 City employees today, citing the need to control expenses in the wake of the ongoing dispute between New York State and the Seneca Nation of Indians.

In addition to the layoffs, the City has cut all programs, projects and services funded with Economic Development funds. This includes the construction management and inspection portion of the contract for the State Park Avenue reconstruction project.

In a news release, Pond says more layoffs are possible.

Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

District Attorney David Foley announces that 50-year-old David Scarpino of Jamestown pleaded guilty before the Honorable John T. Ward to Manslaughter in the 1st Degree for the August 22nd, 2008 beating death of Bruce Boje.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours at a 66 Andrews Street in the City of Jamestown. An altercation between Scarpino and the victim led to Scarpino's beating of Mr. Boje, which in turn led to his death. Mr. Boje was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a news release, the District Attorney says he was pleased with the disposition as it provided closure to Mr. Boje's family, stating, "I have been in constant contact with Mr. Boje's family and they are pleased that we have been able to put this tragic event to rest with the plea."

The District Attorney added that this was a case of domestic violence that unfortunately led to a death, and should serve as a reminder to all those who suffer at the hands of another to get help. "There are so many instances that partners and spouses accept violence from their loved one, and this case goes to show that you may be only one incident away from not surviving." Mr. Foley encourages any sufferers of domestic abuse to contact either their local police department, the Salvation Army or, if in Jamestown, Project Crossroads.

Mr. Foley further thanked the Jamestown Police and the Jamestown Fire Department for their hard work on the case. Sentencing is scheduled for November 1st, 2010 in Chautauqua County Court.

Latest Court Ruling:
NY Can't Collect Taxes from Any Tribe

A federal judge in Albany is blocking the state from enforcing new cigarette tax regulations on any Indian tribes.

This afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled that the Department of Taxation and Finance cannot start collecting sales taxes on cigarettes sold by any Native American retailers until at least October 1.

On Thursday, Kahn granted the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Nation's request for a temporary restraining order. Like the Senecas and Cayugas, the Mohawks are asking for an injunction hearing, claiming that the taxes violate their tribal sovereignty.

Kahn has ordered the Mohawks' injunction hearings to start Thursday. The Senecas' and Cayugas' injunction hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kahn's ruling today supersedes a ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals saying the state can move ahead with enforcement of the tax.

Eldred WWII Museum Offers Free
Admission on 6th Annual Museum Day

ELDRED, PA — On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Eldred WWII Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon.

The Eldred WWII Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from A journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009. Last year, two million visitors logged on to to learn more about the program.

“We are pleased to join with Museums across the country to offer a day of free admission that will encourage persons to visit a Museum. Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day provides an opportunity to highlight the rich treasures of remembering and learning that are found when we visit Museums,” said Jay Tennies, Director of the Eldred WWII Museum.

The Eldred WWII Museum is located at 201 Main Street in Eldred, PA and has been ensuring that the heroic stories of WWII are gathered and shared. An extensive collection of exhibits from all branches of service is highlighted by the personal stories of our brave men and women who served and worked to defend freedom. The Museum currently offers visitors an opportunity to see WWII artifacts and have access to more than 4,000 Veteran’s and Homefront Statements.

This year, Toyota will enhance the Museum Day experience both in Smithsonian magazine and online, with elements like the “Featured Five,” a listing that encourages visitors to learn about and visit participating museums and venues. Additionally, for each visitor who inquires about the new Toyota Avalon online, Toyota will donate $1—up to $10,000 total—to museum programming nationwide.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at

Death Penalty Being Sought for Rebert

The Jefferson County District Attorney says he will be seeking the death penalty for the Emporium man accused of shooting a Brockway couple earlier this year.

Jeff Burkett says he based his decision on aggravating circumstances in the case, specifically that the murders happened during a burglary and robbery.

45-year-old Steven Rebert is accused of shooting Wayne and Vicky Shugar on the weekend of April 12 in their home.

He is charged with two counts each of criminal homicide and aggravated assault, one count of burglary, one count of robbery and one count of theft.

No trial date has been set.

In Case You Missed It:
Legislature Working on Blight Bills

Work Winding Down on Bradford Bypass

Work is winding down on PennDOT’s Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. PennDOT issues the following travel update for the
week of Sept. 20. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. Traffic is using the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway placing bituminous pavement 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.

· No construction activity is expected on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346. Bridge painting at this location will take place later in early October.

· 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 perform bituminous paving, bridge repairs and highway lighting.

· 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.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

'Anarchist!' to be staged at Pitt-Bradford

A masterpiece of slapstick and protest set in a police headquarters where a man has fallen to his death will be performed Monday, Sept. 20, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“¡Anarchist!” will be performed by the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern of Durham N.C., at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Admission is $6 for all adults and $2 for students. The production is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

“¡Anarchist!” is an updated version of Dario Fo’s classic “Accidental Death of an Anarchist.” Questions are raised as to whether the anarchist jumped or was pushed. A chameleonic maniac turns the tables on a corrupt establishment in an effort to get to the bottom of it.

“Little Green Pig is the most consistently exciting and surprising theater company in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area,” said Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater and director of the theater program at Pitt-Bradford. “‘¡Anarchist!’ played to sold-out houses and rave reviews during the summer in Durham.

“They were then invited to take the show to Mexico for a number of further performances. Since they knew they could take the show on the road to go further south, I was able to convince them it would be a great idea to take it further north as well.”

Tickets are available by calling the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814) 362-5113.

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

Photo provided by Pitt-Bradford

Casey Applauds Passage of Small Biz Bill

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded Senate passage of legislation to provide tax cuts to small businesses and increase their access to capital. Senator Casey released the following statement:

“I have heard from small business owners all across Pennsylvania about their struggles in this economy to grow and to obtain capital. If businesses can’t grow, they can’t hire. The legislation the Senate passed today will give small businesses $12 billion in tax cuts, provide $30 billion to community banks to help provide access to capital for small businesses and increase SBA loan limits. This is needed help for communities in Pennsylvania and the economy.

“It is unfortunate that some people in Washington don’t share the same sense of urgency in delivering help to small businesses. This bill should have been passed months ago. It would not have passed at all if not for a couple of Republicans who put help for small business and workers ahead of partisan politics.”

This bill would create a $30 billion lending fund, which would provide working capital to small banks. It is estimated that community banks would be able to use this fund to leverage up to $300 billion in loans to small businesses. The fund will not increase the deficit but is estimated to return over $1.1 billion over ten years to the Treasury.

This legislation will increase SBA 7(a) loan limits from $2 million to $5 million. It will increase 504 loan limits from $1.5 million to $5.5 million, and microloans from $35,000 to $50,000. Qualifying small businesses will therefore have access to more substantial loans to meet their business needs. SBA estimates that this would increase lending to small businesses by $5 billion in the first year.

The legislation includes an estimated $12 billion in tax cuts that would help small businesses hire more workers. Key provisions include:

ü Allow investors in small businesses to take a 100 percent exclusion from capital gains taxes on small business investments made in 2010;

ü Temporarily increase the maximum deduction for business start-up expenditures in 2010 and 2011 from $5,000 to $10,000, subject to a $60,000 threshold;

ü Increase the Section 179 expensing provision to allow small businesses to immediately expense up to $500,000 (up from $250,000) of the cost of tangible personal property, including up to $250,000 of the cost of improvements to leasehold property, restaurant property, and retail property;

ü Allow self-employed taxpayers to deduct health care costs for payroll tax purposes on their 2010 tax returns;

ü Extend Recovery Act provisions that allow businesses to immediately write-off 50 percent of the cost of capital expenditures for one additional year for qualifying property purchased and placed into service in 2010;

ü Expand bonus depreciation to allow long-term contractors that use the percentage-of-completion method of accounting to elect bonus deprecation on property whose depreciation term is less than seven years;

ü Allow small businesses to use all types of general business tax credits to offset AMT liability; and

ü Allow small businesses with less than $50 million in average gross annual receipts for the prior three years, to carryback unused credits for five years.

AG Warns About 'Modeling Job' Scams

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today warned Pennsylvania consumers to watch carefully for scams when searching for jobs on the Internet, including questionable online ads for part-time "modeling jobs."

"Con artists are using online message forums, email ads or bogus websites to circulate job offers that require consumers to respond quickly for high-paying opportunities," Corbett said. "These crooks are hoping that the attraction of work as a model, along with a paid trip to New York or other exciting locations, will get consumers to respond quickly and send money before verifying that the offer is legitimate."

Corbett explained that the exact details of these job scams can change, but all share common themes:

Easy money" for a small amount of work.
The need to respond immediately.
Difficulty meeting prospective employers face-to-face.
Most importantly, at some point during these scams, victims will be asked to wire-transfer money to another person.
Corbett said that in the case of a modeling scam, victims might get a check as advance payment for their "photo session," but they are then asked to transfer some of that money to a photographer, a studio or a booking agent in order to secure the job.

"In reality, these scams are elaborate stories designed to convince consumers to deposit counterfeit checks and then wire-transfer money to scam artists, who are typically located outside the United States," Corbett said. "Victims generally learn they have been scammed when their banks notify them that the checks they have deposited are worthless, which may not happen until days or weeks after consumers have electronically transferred money to the thieves behind these schemes."

Corbett cautioned consumers to be wary of online job offers that seem "too good to be true," especially any situation where you are being asked to wire-transfer money, pay up-front fees or reveal personal information to strangers.

"Scam artists are only interested in two things - getting you to respond quickly and convincing you to send them money," Corbett said. "Everything they say or do is going to be focused on getting their hands on your money as quickly as possible."

Other possible warning signs of a scam include:

Poor grammar or misspelled words in ads or email messages.
The use of "generic" email addresses, like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail, rather than a specific business email address.
A lack of details about the actual job.
Stories that change frequently.

Court Rules Against Potter Co. Newspaper

Incident reports filed by Pennsylvania state troopers do not have to be released to the public, according to today’s ruling by the Commonwealth Court.

The 6-1 majority ruling said the forms are covered by an exception to the Right-to-Know Law that allows agencies to withhold criminal investigative records.

The case involves a February 2009 request by the Potter Leader-Enterprise for a complete incident report about a fight in Potter County. The court found that the incident report did not amount to a police blotter, which are public record, and therefore did not have to be released.

Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer wrote, "The incident report is not a chronological listing of arrests. Rather, it is a description of an investigation by the PSP into a complaint of criminal activity."

Office of Open Records Director Terry Mutchler says she is reviewing the decision to decide whether to appeal.

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Roswell Park Receives National Honor

BUFFALO, NY — Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) leadership received official word this morning that America’s first cancer center has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence, a top national honor bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Approximately 6% of all hospitals in the United States earn Magnet designation. RPCI is the only hospital in Western New York — and the only freestanding cancer center in New York State — to earn this designation, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO.

The Magnet distinction recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, providing the ultimate benchmark for consumers to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. In Magnet hospitals, patient outcomes are better, and their length of stay is shorter.

“We’re ecstatic and honored to receive such a distinction,” says Maureen Kelly, RN, MS, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, noting that the ANCC review panel approved RPCI's designation unanimously. “The Magnet label helps patients identify hospitals where they’ll receive the best care and validates the quality of the nursing care that Roswell Park has consistently provided.”

In its most recent patient satisfaction survey, RPCI ranked in the 99th percentile nationwide for overall nursing care (see

The Magnet Recognition Program is based on the assessment of specific characteristics of a hospital’s nursing program, environment and organization — quality indicators referred to as “Forces of Magnetism,” defined in ANA Nursing Administration: Scope & Standards of Practice (2009) and other documents.

To earn Magnet Recognition, RPCI demonstrated and documented excellence in nursing that reflects:

Leaders who transform their organization’s values, beliefs and behaviors

An organizational structure that empowers staff to achieve outcome goals and better address their community’s needs

Exemplary professional practice

A commitment to discovering new knowledge, innovations and quality improvements; placing a value on continuing education

Measurable quality results

“We’re proud to be included in such an elite group,” says Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of RPCI. “Our nurses are a driving and innovative force behind the quality of care a person receives at RPCI and our shared mission to understand, prevent and cure cancer.”

The rigorous Magnet application process was spearheaded by Mary Ann Long, RN, MS, RPCI’s Director of Patient Care Services and Magnet Director, and Lisa Boris, RN, MS, Assistant Director of Patient Care Services, who took charge of preparing the 3,500-page document submitted in February. The ANCC conducted a follow-up, three-day site-visit to RPCI in July.

RPCI has frequently been recognized for excellence, including being named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-11 Best Hospitals list for cancer care, named as one of the eight best hospitals in the nation for complexor “extremely difficult” cancer cases by AARP The Magazine; inclusion on The Scientist magazine’s list of Best Places to Work in Academia; and special commendations from BlueCross BlueShield, Optum Health and others.

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Hamot Receives Grant to Partner with
Coudersport, Kane, St. Marys Hospitals

Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper announced today that Hamot Medical Center has received a $99,000 federal grant to partner with three hospitals to provide rural patients greater access to the advanced medical care they need.

The Health and Human Services grant, which Hamot applied for with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys, and Kane Community Hospital in Kane, will specifically help pay for a cache of equipment to be stored at each of the rural hospitals for use while transporting critically ill patients to Hamot.

The equipment includes a portable ventilator, a wireless device to monitor vital signs, and a state-of-the-art portable IV pump. Currently, transfer of critically ill patients to Hamot from the rural hospitals can be significantly delayed because of a lack of equipment and critical-care trained paramedics and nurses.

“The purchase of this equipment will help put an end to critically-ill patients having to wait for a hospital transfer,” Rep. Dahlkemper said. “This equipment will save lives because it will give Hamot doctors the chance to provide the best care possible, as fast as possible. This grant is a great benefit for our rural communities.”

Hamot Medical Center officials said that adding the equipment to rural hospitals will reduce health care disparities in rural areas, improve hospital efficiencies and save lives.

“This grant, due to Rep. Dahlkemper’s leadership, will allow rural patients greater access to the advanced medical care that they need. It will provide critical medical equipment that is needed onsite to stabilize the patient and if necessary, transfer them to a higher level of care,” said Val Jackson, the regional director of the Hamot Heart Institute.

Causer Hosting Senior Expo in Roulette

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area senior citizens and their families to his Eighth Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Roulette Fire Hall.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

"We got great feedback after our Bradford Senior Expo in August, so I hope more people take advantage of this opportunity to gather a lot of useful information in one convenient place," Causer said.

State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact Causer's Coudersport office at (814) 274-9769 or visit

Pitt Improvers Free Show Tonight

The Pitt Improvers, a student improvisational group at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will perform its first free monthly show of the academic year tonight.

The all-ages show will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Performers will be students from last year’s improv team, including Morgan Back, a sports medicine major from Auburn; Manny Diamant, a psychology major from New Hope; Nick Jones, a writing major from Ardmore; Chris Hooks, a health and physical education major from Elmira, N.Y.; Kyle Renwick of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; Brian Roberts, an athletic training major from New Albany; Brandon Tully, an interdisciplinary arts major from Bradford; Kate Yeagle, a broadcast communications major from Newville; and club advisers Tim and Kristin Asinger.

The 2010-11 team will be formed after auditions in mid-September. The monthly shows are full of favorite games containing scenes that are made up on the spot. The audience provides suggestions, and the team runs with it.

“We all just love performing,” said Kristin Asinger, who is also a visiting professor of sports medicine. “You never know what is going to happen during a show. Many times it’s just hilarious.”

This is the third year for the Pitt Improvers on campus. In addition to holding shows both on and off-campus, the group plans to participate in Kiwanis Kapers, perform for fundraisers to benefit local nonprofit agencies, offer workshops, visit local schools and take a trip to New York City for intensive improv training.

Additional dates for the monthly performances, all of which will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the University Room, are Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Jan. 27 and March 31.

Center for Rural Health Community in
Action Program Logs 64 Mililon Steps

Participants in the Center for Rural Health Practice’s Community in Action program logged more than 64 million steps this summer.

CIA began in April with 93 participants who recorded the number of steps they walked each week. A ceremony was held today to recognize those with the most steps.

Teams with the most steps were: first place, The Guidance Center, with an average of 1,917,298 steps; second place, Turbo Kickers with an average of 1,183,635 steps; and third place, American Refining Group, with an average of 932,702 steps.

Individuals with the top number of steps were Donna Good with 1,500,066 steps; Jackie Good with 1,289,522 steps; and Amy McCune with 1,097,459 steps.

As a group, participants walked 30,502 miles, enough to have walked to California and back six times.

“At a time when the cost of health care reached $2.3 trillion in 2009, and about $40 billion of the cost is attributed to physical inactivity, participants at this community program decided to take personal and corporate challenges to be healthy, feel and look better, be more productive at work, reduce healthcare cost and prevent chronic illnesses,” said Dr. Youmasu J. Siewe, director of the center. “It has a good start for our community”

The center is a sponsored program of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Kane Ladies' Night Out is Success

The first Ladies’ Night Out at Kane Community Hospital was a big hit on Tuesday with more than 200 attending the evening bash.

Groups of women entered at the ER entrance and toured KCH’s Breast Health Center suites and technology within Diagnostic Imaging, received lots of information about health concerns, enjoyed a wealth of healthy, scrumptious food and recipes, as well as pampering and prizes. The Cardiac Rehab and Wellness Center at KCH was also open for touring.

Pampering came in the form of free hand massages, aroma therapy, facials, therapeutic hand waxing, spa hand treatments, and bone density screenings. Vendors were on hand as well to round out the event and provide shopping fun.

Mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends came in groups throughout the night. Many groups included three generations of women and girls.

Over 50 community organizations donated gifts, money, services, or time to assist KCH in hosting this informative and festive celebration for women of the area to share critical health information.

During the evening, well over 60 women registered for digital mammograms during October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Celebration at KCH. Many great suggestions from participants were offered for next year’s event.

Ladies' Night Out organizing committee chair, Angela Hadzega, Chief Financial Officer at KCH, offered "A heartfelt thank you to all of the area businesses and women who teamed up to make the event a huge success."

Pictured, Among those attending the bash was KCH and Hamot Board Member Linda Myers (third from left) who attended with her family -- cousin, sisters, mother and aunt -- from Mt. Jewett and the area. Here they are about to tour KCH's Breast Health Center suites and technology at the Kane Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Center. Women filled the corridors of KCH where women's health information, healthy food, pampering, screenings, give-aways and prizes were enjoyed.
Courtesy of Kane Community Hospital

Zippo 'Stars' in New Movie

Zippo, is celebrating its starring role in Lionsgate’s newest thriller Buried by sponsoring the movie’s premiere and after-party in New York today.

Buried, which Lionsgate will release in select theaters on September 24 and wide on October 8, stars Ryan Reynolds as a truck driver and family man who wakes up six feet underground, buried alive inside a coffin with no idea of who put him there or why. Buried with only a cell phone and a Zippo lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited.

The lighter featured in the film is a stock windproof Zippo lighter with a Street Chrome finish. In commemoration of the film, Zippo recently produced several lighters with the Buried theme which are destined to be highly prized by collectors. The Buried-branded Zippo lighters will be distributed to attendees of the Buried premiere after-party.

Buried is a guaranteed to keep audiences at the edge of their seats and we’re thrilled to be central to that suspense,” said David Warfel, Zippo Director of Global Marketing “The Zippo lighter has been Hollywood’s go-to lighter and a favorite among celebrities for over 60 years.”

More than 75 years since its inception, the Zippo lighter still lands some Hollywood roles that aging stars only dream of. Its good looks, style, dependability and trademark “click” put the Zippo lighter on Hollywood's “A” list for over 1,200 productions, ranging from the classics to current releases, including Casablanca, Gran Torino, WALL-E, Die Hard and now Buried.

Buried is a Versus Entertainment production in association with The Safran Company and Dark Trick Films, a Rodrigo Cortes film. Zippo is working to arrange for a showing of Buried at the Main Street Movie House later this fall. For more information on the film, visit the

About Buried

Paul Conroy is not ready to die.

But when he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a Zippo lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time, fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only ninety minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

Pictured, actor Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy buried in a casket with his Zippo lighter. Custom Zippo lighter produced for the world premier of the film Buried.
Photos courtesy of Zippo

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Inventor of 'The Club' Dies in PA Crash

Three elderly men, including the inventor of The Club anti-car theft device, are dead after a head-on crash in Clarion County.

Investigators say 81-year-old James Winner Jr., of Sharon, Pa., and Hollywood Beach, Fla., crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a car carrying 82-year-old Bobby Jarrett of Tionesta and his passenger, 76-year-old Raymond Fair of Tylersburg,

All three men were pronounced dead at the scene.

In the 1980s, Winner developed the steering-wheel lock known as The Club after his car was stolen. He sold the first one in western Pennsylvania before creating Winner International and selling about 10 million of the devices.

Johnsonburg Bypass to Open Tuesday

The new Route 219/Johnsonburg Bypass will be fully open to both directions of traffic (northbound and southbound) on Tuesday, September 21.

Traffic signals at Fairview Avenue and Grant Street will be fully operational.

The contractor on the $32 million project is Swank and Associated Companies.

Broadcaster, Author Edwin Newman Dies

Longtime NBC newscaster Edwin Newman died Wednesday. He was 91.

Newman also wrote best-selling books on linguistics, including "Strictly Speaking" and "A Civil Tongue."

He worked at NBC from 1952 until his retirement in 1984,and anchored news specials, "Meet the Press," "Today," "The Nightly News," midday news and a variety of radio spots.

"News is a great business," Newman once wrote. "I count myself lucky to be in it."

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2nd Annual 'Scarnati 100' This Weekend

WARREN—Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) will kick off his second annual three-day, 100-mile bike ride on Friday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The event is called the “Scarnati 100.”

“The Children’s Hospital has been a wonderful asset to many children not only across Pennsylvania, but across the country as well,” Scarnati said. “The Hospital has touched the lives of my children and me, and this event is a way in which we can give back a little.”

Scarnati said that the bike ride will start in Gettysburg and end at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville on September 19, where proceeds raised will be presented to hospital officials. Riders will arrive at the State House at approximately 12:00 p.m.

The schedule will be as follows:

Gettysburg Battlefield to York
York to Hershey
Hershey to Fort Indiantown Gap

“It is my sincere hope that we get tremendous support and can make a significant contribution to the hospital,” Scarnati added.” With the dollars raised, we can aid this wonderful health care facility and assist them in continuing their standard of excellence in pediatric care.”

If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Scarnati 100, please send donations to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Scarnati 100, 1251 Waterfront Place, 5th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4209. Corporate checks are welcome and all checks should include Scarnati 100.

There are three levels of sponsorship: Gold Sponsor ($5,000)…Silver Sponsor ($2,500)…Bronze Sponsor ($1,000). In addition, those not riding or sponsoring may make a contribution in any amount to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Scarnati 100.

“I look forward to this challenging three-day event benefiting Children’s Hospital,” Scarnati concluded. “Without question, this is an opportunity to give back to an institution that has done so much for so many children and families.”

Police Looking for Homicide Suspect

Remains Found in Barrel in Indiana County

Two weeks after human remains were found in a barrel in an Indiana County creek, police have identified a suspect in the homicide.

32-year-old Jon Anthony Black has been known to frequent Indiana and Westmoreland counties. A month ago, a judge ordered Black to stay with his mother in Blairsville while he was free on his own recognizance awaiting trial for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Black is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. Police said he has brown eyes and hair. He has multiple tattoos on his upper body, including a large skull on his upper arm, skulls on his neck, and a picture of Adolf Hitler on the upper right portion of his chest.

Police haven’t released the victim’s identity and say once Black is arrested, they’ll have additional details.

In a news release, state police said, "Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation and the possibility of additional actors being charged, the Court of Common Pleas has sealed the Criminal Complaint and Affidavit of Probable Cause."

Paladino, Edwards Win in Primary

Buffalo developer Carl Paladino beat Rick Lazio in the Republican gubernatorial primary to set up a November showdown with Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

Paladino received Tea Party support in defeating Lazio, who had backing from the Republican Party.

However, Lazio's running mate Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. Lazio and Edwards were able to keep the Conservative Party nomination for governor, meaning Edwards could run for lieutenant governor with Lazio as a Conservative and for lieutenant governor on the Republican line with Paladino.

Edwards hasn't made a decision yet.

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand easily won a Democratic primary challenge from Gail Goode, a lawyer for New York City.

Goode said she realized she was not considered a threat to Gillibrand, who was appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of Hillary Rodham Clinton, but ran to give voters a choice.

Joseph DioGuardi won the three-way Republican primary and will face Gillibrand in November. He defeated Bruce Blakeman, a former Long Island local lawmaker, and David Malpass, a former Bear Stearns chief economist.

He is the father of former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi.

Beaulieu Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

The man accused of raping a woman on the Allegheny National Forest has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

35-year-old Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse, kidnapping, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On August 3, Beaulieu kidnapped a woman from the Kinzua Point Information Center, and used a handgun to force her to engage in a sexual act after taking her to a remote area of McKean County. He’s also accused of restraining the woman’s boyfriend with rope and duct tape.

Beaulieu is currently being held in a Canadian prison on a weapons charge, and a hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday. He fled the country after the incident in the forest.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cops: Prisoners Threw Urine at Others

Two prisoners at the Warren County Jail are facing additional charges for throwing urine at other inmates on Friday night.

Police say 20-year-old Aaron Adams squirted another inmate in the face with a bottle of urine, while 20-year-old Rasheed Seward threw a wad of urine soaked toilet paper at another inmate and hit him.

Adams and Seward are both charged with aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

Alleged Burglar Asked Detectives for
Directions to Crime Scene

A Buffalo man is in Cattaraugus County Jail on burglary and theft charges after asking plain clothes detectives for directions.

18-year-old Brett Giambelluca and two other people were picked up early Monday morning in the Town of Conewango.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say they had been doing surveillance in the area because it had been targeted by burglars. Shorlty after Giambelluca and the others asked for directions at 12:45 a.m., detectives learned a burglary had taken place near the place the three were going. Police found the stolen property in Giambelluca’s vehicle.

The other two people have not been charged yet. The case is still under investigation.

Man Pleads Innocent to Rape Charge

An Olean man has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual abuse charges.

33-year-old Ronald Scott is accused of having sex with a child younger than 13, in Olean, between the summer of 2009 and December.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Johnson Pleads to Manslaughter

The Allegany man accused of killing an Olean man in August has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

33-year-old Martez Johnson entered the plea on Monday, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office.

Johnson shot 27-year-old James Williams on August 3 in Williams’ Olean apartment.

Johnson will be sentenced November 15.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tasker, Bettis Nominated for HOF

Steve Tasker, Kent Hull Fred Smerlas Cornelius Bennett, Darryl Talley, Andre Reed and Larry Centers are among the Buffalo Bills nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers nominated are Jerome Bettis, Dermonti Dawson, Donnie Shell, Kevin Greene and Gary Anderson.

The 113 modern-era nominees will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in November and then 15 finalists. The Hall of Fame Class will be chosen Feb. 5.

1,100 Attend Outdoor & Rec Sports Show

OLEAN -- The City of Olean and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce deemed the second annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show held this weekend a continued success with more than 1,100 visitors. The show which featured 47 vendors encompassed the William O. Smith Recreation Center, War Veterans Park, and Bradner Stadium.

The 3-D Archery Stadium Shoot by Windfall Archery on Saturday attracted 19 contestants. Many participated in the Charlie’s Cycle Center Off Road Course and Lake Lane Resort Fishing Pond. A Companion Retriever Hunting Contest (C.R.H.C.) sponsored by Jim Beverly Retriever Training was held with the focus on actual hunting scenarios for both field and water hunting. The William O. Smith Rec Center field and swimming pools were used in the challenge. Ryan Young of Newstead, NY with his dog, Gunner won the Stage Two (higher skill level) and Larry Tarnacki, of Alden, NY with his dog, Jay won the Stage One (beginning level).

The winners of the Greater Olean Area Outdoor and Recreation Sports Show, sponsored by show’s platinum sponsors -- CUTCO Cutlery Corporation, Olean, NY; and Ka-Bar Knives, Olean, NY and Ron’s Gun Shop, Richburg, NY were GRAND PRIZE - Savage M-10GXP .243 Winchester Caliber Package Rifle with a 3-9x40 Scope went to Gary Feuchter of Olean, NY; 2nd PRIZE - CUTCO Ultimate Set, 32 piece cutlery set went to Dennis Deder of Worcester, NY; 3rd PRIZE - 2 Person Charter on Lake Erie or a Steelhead Trip from DayAway Charters went to Bob Grego of The Villages, FL; 4th PRIZE - 2 Person Guided and Filmed Duck Hunt from So. Tier Outfitters and Rush Outdoors, went to Mark Baker of Olean, NY. More than 19 other knifes and hunting items were also awarded.

“This show provided attendees with a wonderful opportunity to learn about outdoor recreational choices, attend meaningful seminars, search for and purchase recreational equipment and accessories, as well as plan experiences the entire family will enjoy,” stated Craig Southard, show co-chair.

“For a first time vendor at this show, Ron’s Gun Shop saw many old faces and many new customers. This show was a great way to get our name out as well as the product lines that we carry at the shop. The many contacts made this weekend will definitely generate sales come hunting season,” stated Ron Smith of Ron’s Gun Shop. Southard added, “The committee was pleased with the attendance, and the number of vendors, seminars, and competitions. The show attracted all family members and provided a wide variety of recreational experiences -- from hunting and fishing, to ATV riding, skateboarding and rock climbing!”

For more information on the Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show or other Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce events and activities, please call GOACC at (716) 372-4433 or email

Pictured, Stage Two Winners -- 3rd Place, Craig Southard of Olean, NY; 2nd Place, Rich Ferguson of Batavia, NY with Gage; First Place, Ryan Young of Newstead, NY with dog, Gunner; Stage One Winners -- 2nd Place, Lane Mattison of Wilson, NY; First Place, Larry Tarnacki of Alden, NY.
Courtesy of GOACC

Two Hurt When Vehicle Hits Building

Two Port Allegany residents were hurt in a crash Sunday morning on Route 155 in Keating Summit when their vehicle hit a building.

Police say a vehicle driven by 20-year-old David Akins left the road and hit the Forest House. The impact caused Akins to be ejected out of the back window of the vehicle.

Akins and his passenger, 23-year-old Jessie Armour, were taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Motorcylist Suffers Broken Leg in Crash

An Erie man suffered a severe leg fracture after hit his motorcycle in Ripley Saturday.

Sheriff’s deputies say 31-year-old Elizabeth Williams of Westfield was attempting to make a U-turn on Route 5 and didn’t see a motorcycle operated by 42-year-old Gregor Olsavsky of Erie. He was thrown from the bike, then flown by helicoper to a hospital for treatment.

Williams was charged with making an unsafe start.

Guns, ATV Stolen in Warren County

Someone broke into a camp in Warren County and took nearly $10,000 worth of guns and other items.

Police say someone picked the front-door lock of John Duda's camp on Grannis Road in Elk Township and took an Arctic Cat 400 ATV, a utility trailer, two chain saws, two propane tanks, two heaters, a generator and a toolbox.

They also took a 12-guage shotgun, three rifles and two pistols.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Warren-based state police.

Entertaining Autumn Daze

These ladies entertain the crowd with The Charleston during Autumn Daze and the Street Dreams Car Show Sunday in Downtown Bradford.

Mandy Miles, Tina Herne, Jeff Sherwin and Robin Palmer also sang. Woody "The President" Woodruff also enjoyed Mandy/Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday."

Wally Melvin of Edinboro won "Best in Show" in the car show with his 1941 Willys.