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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Woman Headed to State Prison

A former Bradford woman who escaped from the Warren County Jail in November has been sentenced to time in state prison.

39-year-old Doreather Skaggs left the prison grounds during her cleaning detail. She was found later that day at the Glade Kwik-Fill and returned to the prison.

She was originally jailed after pleading guilty to a theft charge. In July, she took a Clarendon man's car and $200. The car was found in Bradford.

The 21 to 42 month state prison sentence will be served concurrently with the theft sentence.

Man Dies in Cattaraugus County Crash

A Buffalo man is dead after a crash Friday afternoon in Cattaraugus County.

28-year-old Purvis Jones Jr. was driving his pickup truck on Van Etten Road in the Town of Dayton when it went out of control on a curve, slid sideways and was hit by a vehicle driven by Daniel Barker Jr. of North Collins.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Four Students Receive Scholarships

Four students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have been selected to receive a $5,000 study-abroad scholarship and participate in the Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership.

Morgan Emery, Stephanie Makin, Elizabeth Tillman, and Rebecca Zipay will each receive a stipend to support a summer study-abroad program of their choice and a follow-up community engagement experience after their return.

Emery, a sophomore from Eldred majoring in English, will spend a month in Viña del Mar, Chile. There, she will take an intensive Spanish course to improve her second language skills. Additionally, she will focus on literacy and reading education. Speaking a second language is important to Emery, who said her future plans may include, “teaching English as a second language or working for the United Nations as an employee of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).”

Makin, a sophomore criminal justice major from Colver, plans to spend six weeks in Cusco, Peru. Makin also hopes to improve her Spanish language skills, as well as learn about the challenges faced by disadvantaged families there. She hopes these experiences will help her launch a career with the FBI. When she returns, she plans to “take the experiences and lessons I learn from Peru and help disadvantaged families locally.”

Tillman, a human relations major in her sophomore year, is from Appleton, N.Y. She will spend a month at Veritas University in San José, Costa Rica, where she will immerse herself in the culture and work to improve her language skills. Tillman, who hopes one day to become a lawyer, said, “I hope to share what I’ve learned about Costa Rican culture and inspire students of all ages to study abroad.”

Zipay, also a sophomore criminal justice major, is from South Park. She will spend a month in Amman, Jordan, where she hopes to develop a proficiency in the Arabic language. While living and studying among Muslims, she will deepen her understanding of this different culture. Zipay said her goal is to help “bridge the gap between Western and Middle Eastern peoples,” and “help dispel misconceptions that have continued to spread since 9/11.”

Prior to leaving for their summer study experiences, the women will attend a leadership workshop in Pittsburgh with Vira I. Heinz recipients from 14 other colleges. A follow-up workshop will be held in the fall after their return, at which time each woman will learn how to design and implement their community engagement experiences.

“The Community Engagement Experience is a way for each young woman to translate what they learned in their host country into a relevant experience for the people in their home communities,” explained Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the international studies program. “It’s a way for the women to give back while enhancing their leadership skills.” In the past, engagement projects have been conducted at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School and Federal Correctional Institution, McKean, for example.

Fifteen colleges in Pennsylvania and West Virginia participate in the Vira I. Heinz scholarship program. Each school is funded for three scholarships.

“The opportunity to network with 40 or more incredibly talented and motivated young women is a tremendous bonus each woman will carry into her future career,” Champlin said. “We are very fortunate this year to have our alternate candidate selected in addition to the three names we recommended to Vira Heinz. All four women are well-qualified for this program, and we are very excited to see what kinds of lessons they bring back to us.”

The Heinz Endowments support efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

While the majority of its giving is concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, the Heinz Endowments work wherever necessary, including statewide and nationally, to fulfill its mission.

Two Hurt in Route 219 Crash

State police are investigating a crash on Route 219 near Redmund’s in Ridgway Township today.

At 12:10 a truck driven by 37-year-old Joseph Dellulo Jr. of Johnsonburg went out of control while going around a curve, hit the guardrails, spun around and turned onto its driver’s side.

Dellulo and his passenger, 60-year-old Josephine Dellulo of Johnsonburg, both suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment.

Police say charges will be filed after they receive results of a BAC test.

Casey in National Security Working Group

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been selected to serve as a member of the bipartisan Senate National Security Working Group.

“Becoming a member of the select National Security Working Group will give me an even greater role in bolstering the security of Pennsylvanians and all Americans,” said Senator Casey. “We face many threats ranging from terrorists and rogue nations acquiring nuclear material, to the IEDs that target our men and women serving in Afghanistan. I look forward to working within this bipartisan group to identify strategies that address these security challenges.”

In addition to his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Senator Casey is the co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Caucus.

Senator Casey has been outspoken in the effort to prevent the Iranian regime from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Last year, his Iran sanctions legislation was part of a larger package signed into law and he has called on the Administration to increase pressure on the regime. Senator Casey has been the leader in the effort to stop the flow of ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient in IEDs targeting our troops, into Afghanistan. In 2010, he played a key role in supporting the ratification of the New START accord with Russia, which has bolstered U.S. national security.

The National Security Working Group is a bipartisan group of senators whose mission is to closely monitor and serve as official observers to executive branch negotiations with foreign governments on a range of national security matters, including arms control, weapons of mass destruction, export controls and missile defense.

As part of its mandate, the Group is empowered and encouraged to meet with legislators from foreign nations on topics of mutual interest and concern. A key feature of the National Security Working Group is that it is composed of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. This makeup is specifically intended to ensure that the Group works by consensus and to provide a forum in which issues critical to America's national security can be discussed in a strictly nonpartisan setting.

Decision Signed for DeYoung Project

Marienville, Pa. – Marienville Ranger District Robert T. Fallon signed a decision on January 28, 2011, to implement Alternative 3 of the De Young Project covering 16,672 acres in Highland Township, Elk County and Howe and Jenks Townships in Forest County. Activities planned for this area include:
Regeneration of a new forest on 542 acres to create early-structural habitat;
Intermediate thinning on 769 acres;
Reforestation treatments on 552 acres;
Wildlife habitat enhancement activities on 76 acres;
Non-native invasive plant species treatments on 50 acres;
Large wood introductions into streams along 38 miles of streams; and
Restoring forest cover on six plugged well sites and their access roads.

Maps and complete project descriptions are available from the Marienville Ranger District, or at

This decision is subject to appeal pursuant to 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 215. Appeals must meet content and requirements of 36 CFR 215.14. An appeal, including attachments, must be filed (regular mail, fax, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service) with the appropriate Appeal Deciding Officer (36 CFR 215.8) within 45 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in The Kane Republican. The contact for additional information is Kevin Treese at 814-927-5759.

Chuck Tanner Has Passed Away

Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Chuck Tanner has died. He was 82.

The Pirates released the following statements:

Pirates President Frank Coonelly:

“The news of Chuck’s passing at the age of 82 was met today with heavy hearts by everyone within the Pirates organization. Chuck was much more than a highly successful Major League manager who guided the Pirates to the World Series Championship in 1979, he was an integral and loved member of the Pirates family, most recently serving as a Senior Advisor to General Manager Neal Huntington. Chuck will be deeply missed by everyone within the Pirates family.”

“Chuck was a class act who always carried himself with grace, humility and integrity. While no one had a sharper baseball mind, Chuck was loved by his players and the city of Pittsburgh because he was always positive, enthusiastic and optimistic about his Bucs and life in general. Chuck cared deeply about his players and their families. He focused on the positive
attributes of the people who he encountered and made everyone around him better because of his optimism and energetic leadership.”

“While always upbeat, Chuck was a fierce competitor who knew how to get his players’ attention and maximum effort. As a result, Chuck earned the respect and admiration of his players. This was evident even three decades later when the members of the 1979 World Championship team returned to Pittsburgh to celebrate the 30th anniversary of that Championship season just two years ago. Chuck’s players and coaches loved spending time with Chuck and reliving their favorite ‘Chuck Tanner stories.’”

“Chuck was a devoted husband who cared for his beloved wife, Barbara ‘Babs’, until her passing in August of 2006, and a committed father of four sons -- Mark, Gary, Brent and Bruce. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his sons, his family and his countless friends.”

Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington:

“Chuck was a truly special man who gave so much of himself to those with whom he came in contact. His limitless positive energy set a remarkable example for everyone. Our deepest condolences go out to the Tanner family and to all who have had the good fortune to know Chuck.”

“My early memories of the Pirates organization are of Chuck’s teams, the way they played the game and the genuine affection they seemed to have for each other. This made an impression on me and never did I imagine that I would have a chance to work with Chuck himself.”

“During our time together at the Cleveland Indians, I learned first-hand of his passion for the game, his love of people and I benefitted from his willingness to share his knowledge.”

“It was as easy decision to bring Chuck back into the Pirates’ family. His impact on me personally and on us as an organization will be everlasting. His relentless optimism, strong baseball intelligence, desire to teach and attention for detail are some of the many traits we will work to carry on in his memory. We are proud to have had Chuck be a part of the Pirates
once again.”

“Ultimately Chuck made a tremendous impact on the baseball field, but he made a bigger impact on the lives of those he shared. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue.”

Tanner's son Bruce has also released a statement:

“The Tanner family would like to express their sincere thanks to friends, fans, and the entire baseball community for their thoughts and prayers during Chuck’s recent illness.”

“He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, and a good friend to every life he touched. In baseball we will remember his eternal optimism and his passion for the game.”

“The family is asking for privacy at this difficult time."

“We Are Family Fund”

Chuck’s pride for the Pirates, love for the city of Pittsburgh and devotion to the game of baseball for more than six decades has left a lasting legacy. Working with Chuck’s family, the Pirates will honor Chuck and his passion for teaching and for those individuals teaching baseball in the minor league system of his beloved Pirates by assisting in the creation of the “Chuck Tanner
‘We Are Family Fund’,” which will annually present an award to the Pirates minor league staff person who best exemplifies Chuck’s optimism, enthusiasm, work ethic and leadership. The Tanner family asked that, in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the “Chuck Tanner ‘We Are Family Fund’” in c/o Pirates Charities, 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Photos courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Two Arrested for Endangering Child

Two people are facing charges for endangering the welfare of a child in connection to an incident on January 20 in Franklinville.

Sheriff’s deputies say 49-year-old Ernest Clark of Bolivar and 26-year-old Brenda Forrester acted “in a manner likely to be injurious to the mental, physical and moral welfare” of a 5-year-old girl.

The alleged incident happened at Forrester’s home. No further details were provided.

Clark and Forrester will appear in Franklinville Town Court at a later date.

Pierce Exhibition at SBU's Quick Center

A solo exhibition by Constance Pierce, associate professor of drawing and painting at St. Bonaventure University, has opened at the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The exhibition, titled “Kyrie: World Cry,” is in the Front Gallery of the Quick Center and runs through March.

Pierce is drawn toward the archetypal aspects of the Judeo Christian religious experience, but creates a more contemporary expression of these themes. She often works with scriptural images of lamentation, absolution and transcendence, and fleshes out parable to reveal the relevance of these ancient stories to today’s world of dissonance and division. Pierce confronts these images in all of their darkness and light, and embraces them for the revelations they provide the human soul.

Several drawings in this exhibition are visual meditations on the haunting and disturbing consequences of war. These and other images prompt questions on issues of faith, tolerance and ethics. Another series, executed in watercolor, expresses the epiphany of the soul through the metaphor of dance.

In addition, the artist is exhibiting a group of Gilcee prints published in this format for the first time. The series, “Will You Be There?,” was previously shown at the Museum of Art, Toyota City, in Aichi, Japan, in an exhibition titled “Art on Paper: 2010.”

The works were originally inspired by the spoken epilogue of a musical composition by the late composer and humanitarian Michael Joseph Jackson. The artist said his words "give voice to the loneliness of post-modern man and are a call to each of us to become healers of our world."

Pierce is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she received the Helen Green Perry Award for European Travel. She received her advanced degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she studied with renowned abstract-expressionist painter Grace Hartigan.

Pierce has exhibited regionally, nationally, in Europe and Japan. Her sketchbooks were featured in two exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her monotypes and sketchbooks are in the permanent collection there, and can also be found in the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington; the rare books collection of the National Gallery of Art Library in Washington; the Georgetown University Special Collections; the International Marion Research Institute of Dayton University, Dayton, Ohio; and the sketchbook archives at the Yale Center for British Art: Prints and Drawings, New Haven, Conn.

Her work has been featured throughout the years in articles and reviews in the Washington Post, Chicago’s New Art Examiner, the Sunday New York Times, the New Haven Register, the Yale Bulletin, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and in the literary journal IMAGE: Art, Faith and Mystery.

An article that Pierce authored, titled “Opus Cordis: Reflections of a Contemporary Artist Embracing the Drama of Religious Imagery,” is included in a new book, “Art Inspiring Transmutations of Life,” Volume 106 of the “Analecta Husserliana” series, published in 2010.

The Quick Center will host a closing reception for Pierce from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

The Quick Center for the Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Vehicle Hits Sheriff's Patrol Car on I-86

No one was hurt when a driver lost control of his vehicle Thursday morning on Interstate 86 in the Town of Great Valley and hit a sheriff’s car.

Deputies say three marked sheriff’s patrol cars were investigating an accident at 8 a.m. when a vehicle operated by 20-year-old Peter Fancia of Rochester, New York, hit one of the cars.

The eastbound lanes of I-86 were closed for about half an hour after the accident.

Two Arrested in Franklinville

Two Franklinville men have been arrested for possession of burglar’s tools and marijuana.

20-year-old Devon Goldsmitih and 19-year-old Bryan McCowen were arrested early Thursday morning on Rogers Road in Franklinville. Goldsmith was also wanted for a parole violation. McCowen was issued traffic tickets for having an uninsured vehicle, suspended registration, obstructed license plate and parking on the roadway.

They were both sent to jail on $1,000 bail.

Casey on Mubarack Resignation

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak:

“This is a historic day in the Middle East as Egyptians moved one step closer to realizing their democratic aspirations. Now, more than ever, the people of Egypt will need the support of friends around the world as they work to develop true democratic institutions based on the rule of law, adherence to Egypt’s international commitments and respect for universally accepted human rights.

“The coming weeks will be critical in determining Egypt’s democratic path. The ruling military council has a responsibility to ensure that Egypt’s state of emergency is lifted, that constitutional reform takes place and that a suitable environment for free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections be established.

“The Egyptian people deserve government representatives that are accountable, do not espouse violence and are committed to establishing an Egypt that is a responsible actor in the international community.”

Senator Casey visited Cairo in July 2010 and met with civil society activists and government officials including Vice President Omar Suleiman and Minister of Defense Hussein Tantawi.

Mubarack Steps Down

From CNN: Wild cheers in Egypt after vice president announces that President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.

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'The Karate Kid' at Free Family Film Fest

The Free Family Film Fest will show The Karate Kid (2010 version, rated PG) starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan on Saturday, February 12th at 10 a.m.

The film is about a young boy who moves to a new place where he feels isolated and is bullied by his peers. Through an unlikely relationship with an adult, the boy not only learns to protect himself through martial arts, but develops the much more important qualities of respect and the mastery of one’s own minds and body.
The special guest speaker for this week will be Mike Miller of Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo. Sensei Miller and some of his students will also be the greeters for the program.

The Film Fest is open to children of all ages. However, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early so that they can register and enter the drawing for a bicycle, donated by Just Riding Along. The drawing for the bicycle, and the ‘teacher on wheels’ ride through the movie theater, will be held prior to the showing of the movie.

Additionally, each child will receive a free bag of candy and will be eligible to win weekly prizes.

For more information about the Free Family Film Fest contact the Main Street Manager’s office.

Scott McClain Headed to State Prison

A former volunteer firefighter will spend three to 10 years in state prison for setting fires at two fire halls.

Thirty-nine-year-old Scott McClain of Eldred was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty last month.

McClain set fire to a truck at Eldred Township fire hall on August 6, 2009, using a road flare, causing about $300,000 damage to the truck. He also set fire to the Eldred Borough fire hall by lighting toilet paper in a men's room closet. That caused $34,000 damage on October 19, 2009.

McClain was also ordered to pay $270,000 in restitution to the township fire department.

Teen Pleads Guilty to Cross Burning

A Pittsburgh-area teenager has pleaded guilty to burning a cross in the yard of a mixed-race family in November 2009.

19-year-old Michael Bealonis of Robinson burned the cross at a home where three young children – including an adopted African-American boy – were living.

Court records say Bealonis and others burned the cross in the backyard of the house, and shouted racial slurs during the burning.

"This teen used an unmistakable symbol of bigotry and hate to threaten a family with violence simply because the race of a child. These incidents have no place in our country, and they are a reminder of the civil rights challenges we still face today," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. "We will continue to aggressively prosecute hate crimes of this kind."

Bealonis will be sentenced May 25.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cleland to Speak on 'Kids for Cash' Scandal

McKean County’s former President Judge John Cleland will speak about his role in leading an investigation of the Luzerne County “kids for cash” judicial scandal, called by some the biggest judicial corruption case in American legal history.

Cleland was named chairman of the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, which investigated what Cleland called “the breathtaking collapse of the juvenile justice system in Luzerne County.”

Cleland’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. February 16 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall on the Pitt-Bradford campus.

The Interbranch Commission was organized in August 2009 and held months of hearings before issuing its final report in May 2010.

The Commission made more than 40 recommendations, including suggesting changes in juvenile court rules of procedure, reforms in the ways judges and attorneys are disciplined for professional misconduct, elimination of school “zero tolerance” policies, and enhanced training for prosecutors and public defenders.

One of the judges involved in the scandal, Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr., is currently on trial in federal court in Scranton.

In a 39-count indictment, Ciavarella has been charged with a variety of federal crimes involving $2.8 million in kickbacks in connection with the development of two privately owned Pennsylvania juvenile detention facilities to which he then sentenced delinquent children.

A second judge, Michael T. Conahan, has already pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges arising from his role in the scheme.

In October 2009 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed more than 4,000 adjudications of delinquency entered in Luzerne County -- every case heard by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008.

Following Cleland’s talk, a group of criminal justice students will ask a series of questions. The student panel includes Scott Burton of Ellwood City, Ryan Hunter of Harleysville, Gino Macioce of Verona, Stephanie Makin of Colver, Kyle Yeager of Bear Lake and Rebecca Zipay of South Park.

Cleland, of Kane, served on the Pennsylvania Superior Court from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves as a senior judge. He was the president judge of the McKean County Court of Common Pleas from 1984 to 2008.

Cleland has serves on the advisory board of Pitt-Bradford and was its chairman from 1995 to 2005.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and his law degree from The George Washington University.

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Pitt-Bradford Professor Researches
Cures for Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, More

Dr. Om V. Singh, an assistant professor of biology, has been spending his time outside the classroom in the lab studying the tiniest building blocks of life and hoping to shed light on possible applications for cystic fibrosis patients, cancer research, microbial toxicity and biofuels.

One area of his research focuses on proteomics, the study of proteins that make up living structures. Much of Singh’s work in this area was done when he was a visiting professor and visiting scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, where he has spent the last two summers in the lab conducting cystic fibrosis research.

Cystic fibrosis, Singh explained, is caused by a protein that is created in a way that does not allow it to carry out its regular biological function. Since genes write the blueprint for how proteins are created, researchers have explored the option of trying to replace the defective code gene through gene therapy, but with little success so far.

“Genes are like the root of a tree, but proteins are the stem and leaves,” Singh explained. With little success on the genetic side, researchers like Singh are now attacking the problem from the protein side. One of the first steps is identifying the proteins that should be targeted by drug therapy for the most effective results. Identifying the proteins is a high-tech operation that is very labor intensive, Singh explains. It can take months to identify functional protein, and there are thousands to identify.

Singh has been working as part of a research team advising graduate and undergraduate students who are working to identify the proteins that will best respond to drug therapy. As part of his work at Johns Hopkins this summer, Singh also served as guest editor of the journal Expert Review of Proteomics.

Cystic fibrosis research is just one of many areas using proteomics; another is cancer research, in which Singh has also been involved in collaboration with Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. The work was conducted in graduate settings because the equipment necessary for the work is not found at the undergraduate level.

That’s not so for one of Singh’s other areas of specialty, extremophiles or extreme microbes, which he’s studying at Pitt-Bradford with the help of post-baccalaureate student Erin Copeland and Prashant Gabani, a biology major from Bridgeville.

Singh has focused some of his research in this area on the production of biofuels, where microbes can be used instead of chemicals for certain steps in the process.

“Biofuels is the area where we are all looking ahead,” he said, but there are not many labs exploring the use of microbes to make biofuel production more efficient.

Some microbes that can help in that process have been identified, but Singh is looking for microbes that can perform under extreme temperatures.

“That’s the place that my research starts,” he said. Some of his views were published in 2010 in a book he edited with Dr. Steven P. Harvey, “Sustainable Biotechnology: Sources of Renewable Energy.”

Cold-resistant microbes could also have anti-freeze applications for industry or military units working in cold or high-altitude situations.

A second group of extremophiles that intrigue Singh are those that are resistant to ultraviolet radiation.

Having identified microbes that are resistant to ultraviolet radiation with the help of Gabani, he and Copeland will now take on the task of determining what is different in the protein profile of the UV-resistant microbes.

Singh said finding the UV-resistant protein profile could help prevent skin cancer.

Singh has also been concerned with foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic micro-organisms in the food that produce a variety of toxins.

It is extremely difficult to detect specific microbes and the toxins microbes produce in contaminated food, he explained.

Singh said, “Industries and regulatory agencies rely on conventional methods to detect microbes and their toxins, which cannot always distinguish whether microbes are viable or non-viable.”

In a book chapter recently published in the “Handbook of Systems Toxicology,” Singh argued that new systems biology-based approaches are the best fit to detect foodborne microbial toxins. Gabani is listed as a co-author of the chapter.

In the midst of his intense microbe and proteomics research, Singh has also taken on the larger issues of regulation and ethics, publishing articles on patent infringement and pharmaceutical drug development and genetically engineered food in RAJ Pharma, Pharmaceutical Technology and Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology journals.

This summer, Singh will take his research to Brazil, where he will promote biofuel research as a visiting professor at the Universidad de São Paulo, and to Germany, where he will serve as a visiting scholar. He is also intending to deliver invited guest lectures at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences in New Delhi, India.

Regional Little League Opens Registration

This year, Bradford Regional Little League will be moving to an online registration process through Abooma Sports. “We decided to us online registration this year as it has many benefits to both our players and their parents,” comments Barry Bacha, President. “Using Abooma, parents can register online from the convenience of their home anytime between now and April 1st. The site will act as the center of information for practice and games schedules, field locations, coach’s communications and shared photos. Parents can set up their own page to upload photos and share them with family members or with the community.”

Abooma Technologies designs, develops, and hosts Internet applications for athletic based clubs, organizations, and associations. By leveraging the power of the Internet, social networking and strategic partnerships, Abooma has developed a comprehensive offering to address the distinctive challenges faced by community athletic leagues such as: social networking, league & event management, training and community portal access.

The new website also offers local business owners the opportunity to advertise through the baseball site. In our efforts to unite community athletic leagues with local business owners, we created an internet platform that enables community residents, parents, players, coaches, volunteers and local businesses to stay connected. Anyone interested in advertising on the website should contact Dan Manion.

Please register today at:\BRYS

Because we are using online registration this year, in-person signups will only be held on Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th (noon-3pm) at the Foster Township Building (back entrance). The cost is $45 per child and $30 for each additional child within the same household for children ages 5-16. There will be a $10 late fee per child for anyone who registers after April 1st.

Assault, Threats Reported to City Police

Bradford City Police got a few reports of harassment on Wednesday, according to the complaint report and request sheet. They were called to State and Davis streets and Charlotte Avenue for those complaints. They were also called to West Corydon Street for a report of criminal mischief.

They investigated a motor vehicle accident on Interstate Parkway threats at a Main Street business and a report of an assault. They also got a vehicle complaint from South Kendall Avenue and a parking complaint from Burnside Avenue.

Laptop, Money Taken in Burglary

State Police are investigating a burglary in Wilcox.

They say sometime between 10:30 Wednesday morning and 7:45 Wednesday night someone entered the home of Abby O’Rourke on Homer Road through a locked door.

The burglar stole a laptop and money, and damaged several items inside the house.

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

Former Teacher Pleads Guilty to Assault

A former Brookville Area High School teacher has pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault.

Karen Hetrick had sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl from November of 2009 to March of 2010. Court records say there were 50 occasions of touching at the school, 10 in Hetrick’s car and 10 in Hetrick’s home.

Hetrick faces 5 to 10 years in state prison. She won’t be sentenced until a Megan’s Law evaluation is done to determine if she’s a sexual predator.

Feds: Woman Embezzled About $1 Million

A St. Marys woman accused of embezzling nearly a million dollars from her employer has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

49-year-old Sandra Ann Prechtel is charged with mail fraud and theft in connection with incidents between 2002 and 2007 when she worked at Abbott Furnace Company. She accused of stealing more than $970,000.

Prechtel also allegedly evaded the payment of income taxes by failing to report as income the money she stole in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

The charges carry a maximum possible sentence of 135 years in prison and a fine of $2,250,000.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Man Pleads Innocent to Biting FBI Agents

The man accused of biting two FBI agents investigating his alleged criminal activities has pleaded not guilty to assault.

21-year-old Emerson Begolly of Mayport is accused of reaching for a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and then biting the agents on January 4.

Prosecutors say Begolly had an arsenal in his bedroom; trained with guns on his father's farm; and posted jihadist songs and poetry online including an original song on YouTube that pays tribute to Osama Bin Laden.

Effort to Ban 'Bath Salts'

Here's an update on a story we reported on the air last week about Senator Chuck Schumer's efforts to ban "bath salts."

Thompson Staff Holding Constituent
Hours in St. Marys on Friday

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that his district office staff will travel to various locations across the 5th Congressional District in the next few weeks, to hold constituent hours. While Thompson maintains two full time district offices in Bellefonte and Titusville, he is committed to bringing constituent services to everyone of the 17 counties in the district by offering this face-to-face time with staff in different locations.

Thompson’s staff will be available to answer questions and assist area residents and business owners with a wide variety of federal issues including, but not limited to, economic and workforce development opportunities, Social Security, Medicare and Veteran’s benefits. Details regarding the next constituent staff hours for Elk County are as follows:
Elk County Constituent Staff Hours

DATE: Friday, February 11, 2011

TIME: 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

LOCATION: State Rep. Matt Gabler's Office
53 South St. Marys Street, Suite 2
St. Marys, PA 15857

Two Warren Residents Indicted

Two Warren residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for an incident when one of them allegedly provided the other with drugs in prison.

The indictment says that on March 7, 2010, 46-year-old Robin Ostrowski provided marijuana and dihydrocodeinon to 45-year-old Thomas Harriger, who is in inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution-Loretto.

Each could face 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Friends of Hanley Library to Present
'Pennsylvania Crude' Program

The Friends of the Hanley Library are sponsoring a multi-media presentation taken from the new book “Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons,” by Paul Adomites with photos by Ed Bernik.

Bernik and Linda Devlin of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors’ Bureau will be on hand to discuss the book and its companion DVD at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

The 116-page coffee-table book takes readers on a pictorial tour of the oil industry in the Pennsylvania Field from discovery and boom eras through the resurgence occurring today.

Several Bradford-area residents are among those shown in the 201 photographs in the book, including Pitt-Bradford’s Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology, and Dr. Assad Panah, director of the petroleum technology program.

The book includes stories of the oil industry in McKean County, including those of the legendary Lewis Emery, who fought John D. Rockefeller’s attempts to create an oil monopoly in Pennsylvania.

Bernik is an award-winning photographer from North East who took the photos for the well-received coffee-table book “Pennsylvania Wilds.” In addition to taking photos for “Pennsylvania Crude,” he provided images for the DVD, which includes various places of interest in Pennsylvania’s oil-producing counties, including museums, parks and other attractions.

Devlin is the executive director of the ANF Visitors’ Bureau and managed this collaborative project.

Following Bernik and Devlin’s presentation, there will be a book signing with books available for purchase from the Visitors’ Bureau.

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Pitt-Bradford Honors Staff Members

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford recognized 29 staff members celebrating service anniversaries at a dinner held last week at the Bradford Club.

Jeff Armstrong, a senior maintenance worker on the facilities management team, was honored for 35 years of service.

Four employees were honored for 30 years of service, Mark Burns, assistant director of campus police and safety; Donald O. Johnson, mail carrier; Vickie L. Pingie, associate director of admissions; and Donald A. Robbins, hazardous waste officer for facilities management.

Sharie Radzavich, administrative assistant for the Division of Communication and the Arts, and enrollment services assistant Karen Strotman were recognized for 25 years of service.

Richard T. Esch, vice president of business affairs, was recognized for 15 years of service.

Those recognized for 10 years of service were James L. Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and registrar; Pat Frantz Cercone, director of communications and marketing; Steven D. Ellison, a technical analyst with Computing, Telecommunications and Media Services; Susan R. Gleason, assistant director of financial aid; and Tad M. Haight, assistant director of admissions.

Those recognized for five years’ service were Dianna Beaver, acquisitions and special collections specialist at Hanley Library; Judy A. Cameron, administrative assistant for the Academic Success Center; Mandy Colosimo, administrative assistant for the financial aid office; Laurie B. Dennis, administrative assistant for the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development;

Liza Greville, assistant to the president; Carma L. Horner, disability resources and services coordinator for the Academic Success Center; Jean Luciano, interlibrary loan and cataloguing specialist; Diana S. Maguire, associate director of the entrepreneurship program;

Julie A. McGuire, accounting specialist; Kristin L. Morris, academic advisor for the TRiO Educational Talent Search; Margot E. Myers, program manager for TRiO Student Support Services; Cindy A. Nowacki, transfer/nontraditional counselor for admissions;

Emily A. Parana, a technical analyst for CTM services; Hillary B. Stitt, retention specialist for TRiO SSS; Sheryl A.H. Wallace, project coordinator for the Center for Rural Health Practice; and Steven E. Williams, senior accountant.

Pictured, Pitt-Bradford staff members who have served 25 years or longer. They are, front row, from left, Vicky Pingie, Karen Strotman, Sharie Radzavich; back row, Donald Johnson and Jeff Armstrong. Not pictured were Mark Burns and Donald Robbins.

Man Jailed for Stealing from Corning

A California consultant will spend up to 30 months in prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets from Corning Incorporated.

71-year old Yeong Lin was sentenced Monday in federal court in Rochester for stealing flat panel blueprints from Corning and turning them over to a rival business in Taiwan called Picvue. The blueprints are valued at more than $50 million.

Corning got the materials back after suing Picvue.

Mandate Relief Bill Passes NY Senate

The State Senate has passed mandate relief legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean), that would give local governments more authority and flexibility and help save taxpayer dollars.

“In this time of tight budgets and overstrapped taxpayers, every dollar is precious and should be used in the most effective and efficient manner possible. It is crucial that we focus on passing legislation to give county governments the ability to finally achieve long-term and meaningful mandate relief that can be passed onto the taxpayers,” said Senator Young.

One of the provisions (S.800) that passed would allow two or more contiguous towns to jointly purchase highway equipment.

“Service on our roads and highways is extremely important, but the equipment that is needed can be very expensive, especially for local governments that are stretched to the limit. This is common sense and cost effective legislation that allows for the sharing of expensive highway equipment between two cost-strapped localities,” Senator Young said.

Other legislation (S.764) that passed, also sponsored by Senator Young, would authorize local governments to deliver proposed local laws to members of their legislative bodies via email.

“We need to take advantage of technology to help reduce costs for our localities. Currently, proposed local laws need to be on the members’ desks for seven days or delivered by the U.S. Postal Service ten days prior to any action on the proposed law. Email would be a far more cost effective way to notify board members of proposed legislation and would save money on mailing and printing costs,” said Senator Young.

Another bill (S.598), sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo of Long Island, would also allow tax collectors to send tax statements by email to homeowners who opt out of receiving paper statements.

“Residents may choose to receive tax statements by regular mail or opt out of regular mail and receive the statement by email only, if that is more convenient,” Senator Fuschillo said. “Switching to emailed statements would reduce paper consumption and waste and provide cost savings to the locality through reduced printing and postage.”

“Our local governments are crying out for additional help from these burdensome mandates. The time has come for a tax-friendly attitude among our representatives in Albany. By passing this needed local mandate relief, we can hold the line on taxes and prevent taxpayers from being priced out of their homes and businesses,” said Senator Young.

PSP: Faulty Power Cord Caused Fire

A faulty power cord leading to a light caused a fire at a Pike Township seasonal residence in Potter County on Saturday.

State police say the fire at 5 Kline Road was contained to the closet area in a room in the southeast corner of the building. The entire interior of the building was damaged from smoke and heat. Damage is estimated at $30,000.

The fire has been ruled accidental.

Cops: Teen Stole from Probation Officer

A teenager accused of stealing a cell phone from a Juvenile Probation Officer waived his preliminary hearing.

19-year-old Cuyler Sloan is accused of taking the phone on March 4 during a class being conducted by two juvenile probation officers. The phone was left on a table and, when Angela Work realized it was missing, all the students in the room were searched. Sloan and another student had left early.

Sloan was later questioned by police and professed his innocence numerous times, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

The next day, Work saw Sloan standing at his bus stop talking on a cell phone. Knowing that he didn’t own a phone, she stopped and confronted him.

Sloan is free on his own recognizance.

Woman Waives Hearing on Theft Charges

A Rew woman accused of using someone else’s gas card while she was an employee at Kwik Fill on East Main Street waived her preliminary hearing today.

Sarah Ambuske is charged with identity theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud.

She said she found a gas card outside the store after a customer left, and picked it up. After that, when she got cash from customers or the people who pump gas, she kept the cash and used the card to ring up the purchases, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Ambuske allegedly racked up more than $400 worth of purchases, which the card-owners noticed when they got their bill. They contacted United Refining, who investigated, then contacted Bradford Police.

Ambuske is free on her own recognizance.

Alleged Drug Dealer Waives Hearing

One of the men arrested in the November 17 drug bust in Bradford waived his preliminary today.

49-year-old Donald “Unc” Gadley sold crack cocaine to confidential informants with the McKean County Drug Task Force in July in a parking lot behind the Terminal Building and in August at an apartment on Main Street, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone's office.

Gadley remains in McKean County Jail on bail.

Five other people arrested in the same drug bust were scheduled for hearings today, but they were continued.

Parking Dominates Police Log

Bradford City Police were called to parking complaints all over the city on Tuesday, according to the complaint report and request sheet. They went to Amm, West Corydon, Summer and Potter streets and Maplewood Avenue to look into those complaints.

Officers also went to a motor vehicle accident on Maplewood, got a noise complaint from Park Street and got a call about a disturbance on Bushnell Street. They also did some fingerprinting and got nearly a dozen requests to speak with an officer.

Blood Bank Continues to Struggle

The Community Blood Bank continues to struggle to provide enough blood for local patients. The blood supply has been at these low levels for about two weeks. Several major blood drives (100+ donors expected) were cancelled recently due to inclement weather and other drives have had lighter than normal turnout. Much of the nation is facing the same problem.

The Community Blood Bank of NW PA is taking donors Thursday from 3:30-7:30 & Saturday 9-1PM at 24 Davis Street, Union Square in Bradford at the BRMC Lab.

Donors can also find a blood drive, by county at

First the snow forced the cancellation of several blood drives, then the flu has diminished the ranks of donors, and recently the cold weather has affected turnout.

"I haven't seen a winter affect us like this in a long time," said Dan Desrochers, Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "Please help someone in need by making time to give blood."

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Thursday are 3:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Photo ID is required.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Young's Bill Would Compel NYS to Keep
Ownership of Old Route 219 Bridge

ALBANY – In response to the state’s attempt to divest itself of the old Route 219 bridge at the expense of Cattaraugus and Erie Counties, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) has introduced legislation that directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to retain jurisdiction and maintenance responsibilities for the bridge.

“These counties do not have the resources or the equipment to maintain this bridge. It is an unfunded and budget-breaking mandate that would be impossible for localities to handle,” said Senator Young.

“Jurisdiction and maintenance should remain an obligation of the state in order to ensure public safety and continuity of service to the public,” she added.

Based on a 1965 amendment to the State Highway Law, DOT plans to abandon a 2.57 mile long section of Route 219, including the existing 652 foot high old Route 219 bridge crossing the Zoar Valley Gorge over to Cattaraugus and Erie counties.

Senator Young said that both counties have already made their intentions known to abandon the bridge if DOT does not continue to maintain the structure.

The bridge is over 50 years old and was inspected in 2009 and deemed “structurally deficient.” The state has indicated that prior to turning over the bridge to the two counties in 2013, DOT is scheduled to make significant repairs to the bridge, including replacing the bridge deck, some steel repair, and repainting the entire bridge. This construction is set to begin in the Spring of 2012.

Senator Young, however, said that even if the state plans to rehab the bridge, the estimated cost of maintenance to the local taxpayers would be approximately $800,000 per year for its 25-year life cycle - which accounts for a significant percent of the each counties’ entire maintenance budget.

Cattaraugus County lawmakers are expected to take up a resolution on Wednesday asking the DOT to reconsider its decision to turn the bridge over to Cattaraugus and Erie counties.

Cattaraugus County is responsible for maintaining 298 miles of road, 265 bridges, 252 culverts and 466 drainage structures.

Plowing, Potholes Discussed at Meeting

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Snow plowing, snow shoveling, potholes and the cost of salt were addressed during Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting.

"There are many sidewalks in the city which have not been passable since the first snowfall in December," said councilman Fred Proper, who oversees the public works department.

He noted that the city does have an ordinance regarding snow shoveling that says anytime there's a snowfall of 2 or more inches, sidewalks need to be cleaned within 24 hours.

Proper said if someone has packed snow and ice on his property, but has attempted to clean it, he doesn't have a problem with that.

"The problem is the sidewalks that truly have had no care. There are many properties in the city that no one has taken responsibility for. That's a major problem,” he said. “Those sidewalks are probably not going to get shoveled or cleaned up unless the neighbors choose to do it.”

Proper stressed that cleaning the sidewalks is for the safety of everyone in the city.

Fire Chief Chris Angell said new code enforcement officer Lt. Mike Cleveland has sent out letters to and knocked on doors of people downtown who have not cleaned their sidewalks. He said that’s been successful and “it got taken care of pretty quick.”

Angell said Cleveland is out of town for building code training but, in his absence, he said he will try to get more letters out to people who need to clean their sidewalks.

On a related note, Angell said the city is not doing code enforcement for Bradford Township anymore. He said it was a mutual decision.

As for snow plowing, Proper said the first priority is making sure the streets are drivable. When the snow subsides, he said, “we get most things cleaned up the best we can.”

“It's getting more and more difficult as we have more and more snow. This has been a very unusual winter,” he said.

He added that narrowing of the streets is becoming a problem, and asked that drivers observe alternate side of the street parking so crews can get to the alternate side.

Proper also said snow removal has become a budgetary issue.

As far as manpower goes, he said they are minimizing overtime while still getting the job done.

But, he said, they are “well beyond what we estimated for salt usage, which is going to have a huge impact on the budget.”

He said city employees have been telling him to “think spring.” He said he’s hoping Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring is correct, and that we have a nice November and December.

As for potholes, Proper said, “The way the winter has been so far there's really not a lot we can do until we truly get a break in the weather.”

“It's really a waste of resources and city dollars to dump some cold mix in a hole that we absolutely know will be out in two or three hours,” he said.

He did say that people should let the city know where the problem areas are and “as soon as we get a break, we’ll get back to the potholes.”

Brothers Prepare for Battle

Man Sentenced for Assaulting 6-Year-Old

A Limestone man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl will spent the next seven years in state prison.

29-year-old Jeremy Little was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse for the incident that happened last March 7 in the Town of Carrollton.

After his release from prison Little will be on probation for 10 years.