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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ex-Inmate Headed Back to Jail

A Warren man who threatened a woman with bodily harm shortly after being released from FCI-McKean this summer has been sentenced to 4 months to 2 years in Warren County Jail.

23-year-old Shane Patrick Akins was charged with terroristic threats after contacting a Warren woman on her cell phone, calling her names and threatening her.

In the spring of last year, Akins left the grounds of the prison camp without permission and was later picked up by Bradford Township Police. He was sentenced to an additional 10 months in jail at that time. He got out of jail in June, and made the threats to the Warren woman in July.

Man Used Baby to Smuggle Drugs

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to uisng his 2-year-old child to smuggle drugs into the Allegany County Jail, where his wife is an inmate.

25-year-old Ernest Walters III had faced charges for drug possession and taking contraband into the jail, but accepted a plea deal prior to appearing before a judge.

Walters is scheduled for sentencing on December 16. His wife is in jail for robbing a convenience store at knifepoint.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Scarnati: Dems Not Focusing on Safety, Environmental Issues in Regard to Shale

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


When Governor Ed Rendell declared the Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction tax “clearly dead” on Thursday, he blamed Republicans and said they were not negotiating in good faith.

"It is irresponsible for Senate and House Republicans to refuse to compromise and simply turn their backs on these negotiations after days and weeks and months of work,” Rendell said in a news release.

But Senate President Joe Scarnati told WESB and The HERO on Friday that Rendell’s unilateral declaration that the tax issue is dead is “not how you negotiate. … He says we (Republicans) are not negotiating in good faith because we won’t move to his high tax.”

“When he’s looking at a tax that’s the highest in the nation, and we’re looking at a rate that promotes the industry, it’s pretty hard to come together,” Scarnati said.

Lawmakers had promised to have a tax bill in place by October 1, with the tax collection starting in January. Without the bill, the state is looking at a $70 million hole in the budget.

"Their clear unwillingness to change their previous proposal or to resolve differences with the House Democrats and with my administration makes it obvious that they have killed the severance tax in this legislative session,” Rendell said in the release. “It is a broken promise, as well as a misguided policy decision that will harm our environment, will leave our local governments without the financial wherewithal to deal with the impacts of drilling in their communities, and will increase the budget challenges that Pennsylvania will face in the years to come.”

But Scarnati told WESB and The HERO that Democrats, including Rendell, are so focused on the tax that they are not considering other issues like “… local zoning … safety – which the governor seems to forget about – environmental issues …, certainly environmental issues, and how much goes back to the municipality that has the impact from the drilling …”

“It’s extremely frustrating that the governor is focusing on the tax,” Scarnati said.

Scarnati explained that the House passed a bill that includes a tax that’s “twice as high as any other (extraction) tax in the country,” adding that negotiating is difficult when the Democrats’ goal “is to run the industry out of the state, and our goal is to have them not move their rigs out of here.”

Rendell “is the governor of Pennsylvania, not the dictator, and all his terms are not going to be met based on his conditions,” Scarnati said. “We have been very firm in the Senate. …Taxing this industry out of the state is not appropriate. … We’re willing to work toward a fair, equitable levy on this industry, but it can’t be one that drives them out of the state.”

Rendell is proposing a phased-in tax of 3 percent in the first year; 4 percent in the second; and 5 percent in the third. The Senate Republicans want a 1.5 percent tax rate, and they want the environmental and safety issues to be addressed.

“This isn’t about solving the budget deficit as the governor wants to do,” Scarnati said. “This is about enhancing an industry to make sure they stay and produce jobs.”

Scarnati said he’s looking forward to working with Republican Tom Corbett on the issue, should Corbett be elected governor.

Corbett is opposed to an extraction tax, saying it could stunt the growth of an industry he believes is a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s economic recovery and could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. He also says tax money will be realized through the investments the industry makes in the state. He is, however, in favor of drilling companies helping municipalities with costs related to drilling.

Corbett’s opponent, Democrat Dan Onorato, is in favor of the extraction tax.

Pumpkin Fest on Sunday in Bradford

The final schedule of activities has been announced for the Pumpkin Fest which will be held in Bradford’s downtown historic district on Sunday, October 24th from Noon to 4 p.m.

At the Hooker Fulton Building there will be games such as pumpkin bowling, pin the wart on the witch and face painting, hair braiding and henna tattoos. In the parking area there will be pony rides and a 4H display. Food items will include Halloween popcorn and baked goods.

At the PNC bank parking lot there will be pie throwing, pumpkin patch soccer, a prize wheel, a reading corner and other pumpkin themed games. There will also be a booth set up by the Bradford City Police Department and the Project Pride Elm Street program that will have Halloween safety information. Trick or Treat bags to be used for trick or treating will be distributed. Hay rides will begin in front of the PNC bank area.

Entrants for the Great Pumpkin Measuring Contest can enter their pumpkins and have them measured in the PNC parking lot area.

Veterans’ Square will be the location for food booths. The food vendors will offer items such as hot dogs, chili, baked goods, funnel cakes, hot chocolate and apple cider.

Children who are entering the pumpkin decorating contest should bring their pumpkin to the gazebo at Veterans’ Square between noon and 1 p.m. They will be on display for judging throughout the afternoon in the gazebo. Additionally there will be a duck pond game, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and free treat bags to the first 25 children at 9 Main Street, across from Veterans’ Square.

Dogs that are participating in the Pet Fancy Dress Parade will meet in the Lisa’s Hairport parking lot at 1 p.m. to begin their parade of Main Street.

Scarecrows are to be set up at the designated locations along Main Street before Noon on Sunday morning. They will also be judged during the event and will remain at the location until November 1.

Main Street businesses that will be open on Sunday include Roseart Gifts, Tortugas Restaurant, Main Street Mercantile, Main Street Antiques, Tin Ceiling Gifts, Grandma’s House Tea & Gifts, Kelly’s Main Street and Serendipity on Main.

Event sponsors include the DBBDA, PNC Bank, Graham’s Greenhouse and Project Pride.

Bradford Man Released from Jail

A Bradford man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4,000 worth of cigarettes in Salamanca has been released from jail.

27-year-old Phillip Haight pleaded guilty to petty larceny and was sentenced to time served.

Haight was indicted earlier this year on charges of burglary, grand larceny and possession of burglar’s tools for breaking into a truck owned by Al Harris Associates and stealing the cigarettes, which he sold out of state. A restitution hearing will be held at a later date.

Novelist to Speak at Pitt-Bradford

Novelist Katrina Kittle will read from her most recently published book, "The Blessings of the Animals,” on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Her free talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. A question-and-answer session, book signing and reception will follow. The program is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

“Most reading series tend to focus on literary writers who make their living doing other things – teaching and editing, primarily,” said Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing at Pitt-Bradford. “Especially given the recent economy, students are always asking me how anyone makes a living writing. So I’ve been trying to bring in authors with varied career paths.”

Kittle's novel, “The Blessings of the Animals,” is an examination of the institution of marriage as the veterinarian Cami Anderson comes to terms with her own divorce through her “chaotic circus of relationships” with family, friends, and a cast of animals that includes an angry horse, a three-legged cat and an escape-artist goat.

The publisher describes this as “a wry and moving story of forgiveness, flexibility, happiness, and the art of moving on.”

The Boston Globe hailed the book as “...an unpretentious, well-written, emotionally authentic story...”

“The Blessings of the Animals” was a Women’s National Book Association selection for National Reading Group Month for October, a Midwest Connections Pick for September 2010, and an Indie Next Pick for August 2010.

Kittle’s other books include “Traveling Light” and “Two Truths and a Lie.” “The Kindness of Strangers” was a BookSense pick and won a 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. Early chapters of that book also garnered her grants from the Ohio Arts Council and Cultural Works.

McCabe said that Kittle is on her way to becoming a bestselling fiction author who heavily researches social issues for her books.

“Katrina Kittle supports herself writing popular fiction, and I thought that her career would be an interesting model for students and that her books would help them see how all kinds of fiction incorporate the same elements,” McCabe said.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kittle worked as a high school and middle school English and theater teacher, a house cleaner, a veterinary assistant, a children’s theater director, a costumer, and as case management support for the AIDS Resource Center

Kittle holds a bachelor's degree in English and education from Ohio University and a master’s degree in creative writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

Suspicious Activity, Thefts in Bradford

Thefts and suspicious activity kept Bradford City Police busy Wednesday and Thursday. According to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department, officers looked into a theft at a Boylston Street store and on York Street. They also investigated a burglary on High Street.

Police also received reports of an assault on Interstate Parkway, suspicious activity at Kiwanis Court and a suspicious person at High and Elm streets. Officers also looked into a juvenile problem on Petrolia Street, harassment on Clarence Street, a parking issue on Marion Avenue, criminal mischief to vehicle on Summer and Bishop streets and an animal complaint on Amm Street.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Man Accused of Hitting Infant

A Ripley, New York, man is facing charges for hitting an infant late Wednesday night.

Police say 39-year-old John Durst II was arguing with the person who was holding the infant and, when he attempted to hit the older person, he hit the baby.

Durst is free on his own recognizance.

Two Sentenced in Cattaraugus County

The Olean man who stole and destroyed a statue on the gravesite of a Marine has been sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison.

23-year-old George Leaf destroyed the St. Michael statue in St. Bonaventure Cemetery that marked the grave of Corporal David Woods.

Leaf must also pay $950 in restitution, according to the Cattaraugus COunty District Attorney's office.


An East Otto man has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison for breaking a 2-year-old boy’s nose.

26-year-old Justin Bertino hit the boy in the face on December 18 of last year. He was charged with assault.

Eleven People Charged in Buffalo to
Warren County Cocaine Network

Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, along with local police in Warren County and New York State, are in the process of arresting 11 suspects allegedly involved in cross-border cocaine trafficking in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Corbett said the 21 month long grand jury investigation, known as "Operation Stateline Crackdown," focused on individuals who were allegedly using sources in Buffalo and Jamestown, New York, to obtain cocaine, which was repackaged into smaller quantities for redistribution and street-level sale in Warren County and surrounding communities.

For more, including photos: http://attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=5707

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sex Offender Waives Hearing

A Mechanic Street man has waived his preliminary hearing on charges that the failed to register as a sex offender.

37-year-old Michael Keller was convicted in Madison County, Illinois, but failed to register with state police after coming to Bradford. Failure to register is a felony.

Keller is in McKean County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Man Waives Hearing on Assault Charge

An Erie man has waived his preliminary hearing on simple assault and harassment charges.

27-year-old Jeremy Hatch is accused of going to his girlfriend’s Bradford home unannounced and waking her up by pulling her hair, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. Hatch then allegedly dragged the woman into the bathroom and pushed her through the shower curtain into the bathtub under a hot shower. He also allegedly choked her and grabbed her arms, causing bruising.

Hatch is free on unsecured bail.

Oktoberfest: BACC 18th Annual Public Auction to be Held Thursday, October 28th

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest: 18th Annual Public Auction will be held on Thursday, October 28th at The Bradford Club, 32 Boylston Street, Bradford. This community event, open to local businesses, organizations, and the public, is the Chamber’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the many services provided by the Chamber. The doors will open at 5:00 pm; with bidding beginning promptly at 6:00pm.

Through the generous donation of products, services, and more, an exciting variety of items has been put together for the event, which will feature 25 fantastic live auction packages, as well as silent auctions, bucket and pretzel drawings, and a 50/50 card drawing. The live auction will be conducted by Lloyd Burkhouse as well as local celebrity auctioneers Woody Woodruff, Harvey Golubock, and Tim Asinger. Included in this year’s festivities is a delicious menu of German and traditional fare suitable for the Oktoberfest theme, as well as complimentary Straub Special Dark beer, and a cash bar.

This year’s event has received sponsor support from throughout the Bradford community and beyond, including as Bronze Supporters: American Refining Group, Inc.; Bradford Regional Medical Center/Bradford Hospital Foundation; Seneca Gaming Corporation; U.S. Energy Development Corporation; and Zippo Manufacturing Company. Distinguished Supporters include Blaisdell Foundation, Bradford Manor, Crosby Marts – Reid Petroleum, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, while Distinguished Patrons are Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc., Glendorn, Goodman Services, Inc., National Fuel, and Northwest Savings Bank.

A sneak preview of several live auction items is available on the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce web site at http://www.bradfordchamber.com/. Featured items include Zippo and Case one-of-a-kind collectibles; getaway trips to Chatauqua, NY, Watkins Glen, NY, and popular Bradford accommodations; works of art, and more.

Admission is $25.00 per person, with reservations required. For reservations or to pre-bid on any live auction items featured on the web site, contact the BACC Office at 814-368-7115 or email kara.kennedy@bradfordchamber.com.

Pictured, BACC Executive Director, Ron Orris, and Event Coordinator, Kara Kennedy, discuss the BACC office window display, which features some of the items which will be auctioned at the upcoming Oktoberfest: 18th Annual Public Auction event on Thursday, October 28th.
Photo courtesy of the BACC

Remember the call-in auction Friday on The Morning Buzz!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel Hosts Art Show to Celebrate Indian Heritage Month

SALAMANCA, N.Y. – To celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month in November, the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will host an art show as part of its fourth annual “Experience the Culture” celebration. The show, which is free and open to the public, begins November 1 and runs until November 22 on property in the bus lobby.

The art show features authentic Native-made artwork, traditional crafts, paintings, baskets and other handmade artifacts from more than a dozen members of the Seneca Artist Guild, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting and supporting Seneca and other Haudenosaunee artists.

An opening reception for the show will take place on Friday, November 5 at 7 p.m. and will feature performances by the Seven Generations Dance Troupe. Artists will be in attendance and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Also slated for viewing in the hotel lobby from October 28 through November 22 during the Experience the Culture celebration is a Native American artifact and veteran display, featuring a collection from the late Joe Curry. Curry, a member of the Seneca Nation and war veteran who was a longtime friend and consultant to Seneca Gaming Corporation, passed away earlier this year.

The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel organized the Art Show in collaboration with the Seneca Nation Tourism Division and the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. For more information, please visit www.senecanation.com.

Illegal Aliens Facing Charges

Three men who had been living in Randolph, and working on a farm in the area, are now facing charges for being in the country illegally.

22-year-old Florencio Cruz-Hernandez, 18-year-old Jose Castro-Lopez and 34-year-old Juan Cruz-Martinez were picked up late Sunday night after the car they were passengers in was stopped for a minor traffic violation.

U.S. Border Patrol in Erie went to the Jamestown Police Department to interview the men. They were detained until Border Protection agents arrived and took them into custody.

State Trooper Being Honored for
Being a Leader in DUI Arrests

A state trooper based in Kane is one of 48 police officers who will be honored Thursday for vigilance in DUI Enforcement.

Trooper Matthew Petrof made 54 DUI arrests last year.

Stephen Erni, executive director of the PA DUI Association, says the number of alcohol-related fatalities in Pennsylvania dropped from 567 in 2008 to 451 in 2009, and they are taking this opportunity to honor the officers who were leaders in making DUI arrests.

The awards will be presented at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Public Workshops on Knox-Kane
Rail Corridor Being Held This Month

The Counties of Clarion, Elk, Forest, and McKean have scheduled a series of public workshops to invite public input and comment on the feasibility of developing the Knox-Kane Rail Corridor into a multi-use trail. This project is a cooperative effort of Clarion, Elk, McKean, and Forest counties.

McKean County, as lead agency, received funding from DCNR, which is being match by cash and in-kind contributions from each of the four counties. The funds will be used develop the Knox Kane Rail Corridor Trail Feasibility Study, which will consider the entire 69.9 mile rail corridor from just north of Knox in Clarion County to the Mt. Jewett Borough in McKean County. The rail owner has taken steps to formally railbank the corridor under the National Trails System Act. Railbanking is a method by which lines proposed for abandonment can be preserved for future rail use through interim conversion to trail use. The purpose of the trail feasibility study is to investigate the development of a regional trail that would connect the four counties. The McKean County Planning Commission in conjunction with the North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission will manage the project to meet PA DCNR reporting requirements.

A committee composed of representatives from each county selected Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) as the consulting firm for the preparation of the feasibility study. The study will consider the benefits and potential negative impacts of a trail system, environmental ncerns, public and private ownership of land, and will include recommendations and construction cost projections for implementation.. It will also identify demand for, and types of, trail uses; ownership scenarios; maintenance and management options. A trail concept plan will be included. A regional Steering Committee, consisting of fifteen members from all four counties, has been formed to guide the planning process. The outcome of the study will outline the corridor’s potential as a multi-use trail, provide a trail plan, and cost estimates for development of the trail system. Public participation is critical to the success of the project, and a public participation process, including public workshops, has been developed to obtain input and comments.

The public workshops have been scheduled for the last week of October. The first will be held on October 26 at Marienville Area Civic Association, MACA Drive, Marienville; the second on October 27 at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley Street, Kane; and the third on October 28 at Clarion Holiday Inn, 45 Holiday Inn Rd, Clarion. All meetings will begin with an open house from 6:00 – 6:30 PM, with a presentation at 6:30 followed by open discussion. The public is encouraged to attend any one of the meetings.

It is expected that the study will be completed by June 2011. This is a rare opportunity to preserve the corridor for possible public use and expand the trail system in our north central region. All four boards of County Commissioners strongly support the project, as do the County Planning Commissions, tourist promotion agencies, Local Development Districts (North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission and Northwest Commission) and the PA DCNR.

Urologist Joins CCMH Medical Staff

G.V. Naga, MD, recently joined the medical staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Naga, a urologist, earned a medical degree at Bangalore University and completed a residency at State University of New York at Buffalo affiliated hospitals. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Naga will see patients in the general surgery suite at CCMH. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 274-7474.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Charges Filed for 'Bottle Bombing'

Six people have been charged with arson and gang assault for throwing a bottle bomb at a house occupied by St. Bonaventure University students, and a seventh person has been charged with a drug-related offense.

Police say the incident started when someone was assaulted at about 4:30 Sunday morning. Shortly after that, the bottle bomb was thrown at the house on Main Street in Allegany.

Those charged with that incident are 21-year-old Steven Sprague, 20-year-old Mark Braithwaite, 22-year-old Adam Peterson and 22-year-old Donald Phearsdorf, all of Allegany; Andrew Piccirillo of Portville; and Calvin Weiss of Olean.

A couple of hours later, Braithwaite, Peterson, Phearsdorf and Weiss, along with 19-year-old Christopher Klice of Olean, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after police smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment they were in.

They’re all scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. The suspects are not St. Bonaventure students.

Cathy Young Announces Re-Election Bid

Senator Catharine “Cathy” Young (R,I,C – Olean), who is seeking re-election to the New York State Senate in the 57th District, says that jobs, the economy and lower taxes are her top priorities.

“It has been an honor and privilege to represent the people of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and part of Livingston counties, and fight for tax relief, more jobs, and responsible and accountable government. I have been proud to stand up on behalf of our communities against the New York City special interests that have an iron grip on all of state government right now. We have an opportunity to break that grip so that we can have a brighter future,” she said.

“Revitalizing the economy must be made the number one priority in Albany. I have a detailed plan that will grow jobs and is a commitment to helping our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers. It includes rolling back stifling taxes, capping and cutting property taxes while giving mandate relief to schools and local governments, reforming the incredibly expensive Medicaid program, enacting a Constitutional spending cap, eliminating bureaucratic red tape, and creating tax credits as incentives for new jobs,” Senator Young said.

Restoring balance between Upstate and Downstate is crucial during this election year, she said.

“Unfortunately, Downstate seized control of the Senate in 2008, with disastrous results. Over the past two years, the Governor, Assembly Speaker and Senate leaders all were from New York City, and they put their agenda above the good of the taxpayers and the economic health and well-being of the entire state,” Senator Young said.

“Their out-of-control taxes and irresponsible spending has put our economic recovery further behind. One party rule out of New York City doesn’t work, and we need to restore checks and balances so that we can turn the direction of the state around. I believe that positive change will happen this election, and we will gain back the majority in the Senate. Upstate, the taxpayers and our economy will be the big winners,” she said.

Senator Young voted against Albany’s $14 billion in tax hikes and $14 billion spending increases over the past two years. She also fought against the job-killing, anti-Upstate legislation that was forced through the Senate.

“Their outrageous taxes and fees have cost the average family of four more than $5,000 over the past two years at a time when people can least afford it. They piled taxes on clothing, utilities, and health insurance policies. They took away homeowners’ STAR rebate checks that helped them with suffocating property taxes. Instead of cutting wasteful spending, those who currently control Albany increased state spending by more than seven times the rate of inflation. They really hurt families and senior citizens on fixed incomes, and it was a terrible thing for them to do,” she said.

“These New York City controlled-Senators also placed heavy taxes and regulations on small businesses and manufacturers. Last year alone, our state lost nearly 300,000 jobs. Instead of making it harder to do business in New York State, Albany should be focused on getting people back to work and making it a friendlier environment for the private sector so they can grow the economy. We need career opportunities so our young people don’t have to leave after graduation to find a job. With the right policies in place, we can make positive changes,” she said.

Senator Young is only one of five incumbent Senators endorsed by Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan coalition of over 80 business and trade organizations representing upwards of 70,000 companies and employing more than 1.5 million people. According to Executive Director Brian Sampson, the organization is focused on "finding the best people possible to help us give Upstate a greater voice in fixing the fiscal issues New York faces." Unshackle Upstate lauded Senator Young for her perfect voting record of supporting taxpayers 100 percent of the time, and rated her as one of the top Senators in the state.

She has won the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the state’s leading advocacy group for small businesses. “Cathy Young has been a staunch defender of small business in the Legislature. We look forward to continuing to work with the Senator to reduce New York’s sky-high cost of doing business and improve our economy. Cathy Young is an experienced leader who gets results and we need her back in Albany to keep up that fight,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Elmendorf.

Senator Young was named to the New York State Farm Bureau Circle of Friends for her “superior voting record on issues”, showing strong support for the New York farm industry during the 2010 state legislative session. “Senator Young has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact the industry has on our economy and quality of life,” said President Dean Norton.

Cathy Young also was named a “Hero of Reform” by New York Uprising, a non-partisan, independent coalition that advocates for meaningful government reform. Its mission is to put an end to corruption in Albany and reinstate the public’s faith in government by offering real, honest and sensible solutions.

According to Senator Young, who is running on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines, “The past two years have been a time of frustration and disappointment, with bad budgets and legislation being forced through by those who currently control Albany, but I am more committed than ever to turning our state around.

“With the right policies in place, we can make New York State a more affordable place to live, work and do business. We can keep our most precious resource, our children, by having jobs available right here. We can get people back to work, and alleviate the heavy taxes that are driving people and companies out of our state. I am going to continue fighting for hope, opportunity and prosperity,” Senator Young said.

Arrests Made for Bona 'Bottle Bombing'

Seven people have been arrested for “bottle bombing” a house near St. Bonaventure University on Sunday.

Sheriff’s deputies say someone threw the homemade bottle bomb through a window of the Allegany house that is occupied by students. One student was hurt in a fight after the incident, but no one was hurt in the actual bottle bombing.

The students were able to help police find the suspects. Deputies have not released the suspects’ names, but say they are not St. Bonaventure students.