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Saturday, February 19, 2011

One Book Bradford
Discussion on 'Still Life'

Dr. Anita Herbet talks about, and leads a discussion on, this year's One Book Bradford selection 'Still Life' by Louise Penny at the Bradford Area Public Library.

Today's event was the first of four activities being held by One Book Bradford. On March 19 at the library the McKean Historical Society will present "Tales of Murders in the Bradford Area" and Dr. Tony Gaskew, professor of Criminal Justice at Pitt-Bradford, will present "Insights into Modern Day Sleuthing Techniques." Admission is free.

Author Louise Penny will be in Bradford May 3 for a talk and book signing. That's also free and open to the public.

Woman Charged with Stealing Medication

A Galeton woman is charged with stealing prescription pills from the man she’s living with.

State police say during the last year 57-year-old Yolana Dusik filled prescriptions belonging to 72-year-old Edward Balch for Percocet and Valium then resold them.

The value of the medication she stole was $4,479.

Dusik is charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and distribution of a controlled substance, all felonies, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

She was sent to Tioga County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Teen Charged with Passing Out Pills

A 15-year-old boy is facing charges after being accused of taking prescription pills to school and passing them out to other students.

The incident happened Thursday when a teacher at Ellicottville Middle School noticed a student acting oddly and questioned him. That questioning led to two other boys – ages 13 and 14 – who were eventually taken to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. One of the boys was in intensive care until Friday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies charged the 15-year-old with criminal diversion of a prescription medication and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO.

The 15-year-old was released to his parents and will appear in Cattaraugus County Family Court.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Naked Sausage Thief in Florida

PA Lifts In-State EAB Quarantine

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that the state Emerald Ash Borer quarantine restricting the in-state movement of ash materials and all hardwood firewood will be lifted April 15. However, a federal quarantine remains in effect.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly invasive, wood-boring beetle that kills ash trees and poses a threat to the state’s $25 billion hardwoods industry.

Acting Agriculture Secretary George Greig says because the Emerald Ash Borer has moved rapidly across the state, the in-state quarantine restrictions no longer serve a productive purpose.

Since 2007, when the Emerald Ash Borer was first observed in Butler County, the pest has been found in 17 additional counties, including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Centre, Clarion, Cumberland, Fulton, Indiana, Juniata, Lawrence, Mercer, Mifflin, Somerset, Union, Washington and Westmoreland.

For more information, go here PDF

Possible Phone Scam Hits Elk County

A Johnsonburg man tells police he received 8 telephone calls on Thursday from a man saying he was a collection officer for an undisclosed loan company, and asking for immediate payment for a defaulted loan.

Police say they believe this is a scam and are asking people to not give any financial information out over the phone unless the caller has been identified.

The number the possible scammer used is 661-213-9218.

Leaders Certified as Members of the
Legislative Reapportionment Commission

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-66) announced today that they have officially certified the four caucus floor leaders – Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-43), and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-33) – to serve on the 2011 Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC).

The certification, required by Article II, Section 17(b), of the state constitution, was delivered this morning to Carol Aichele, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth.

The LRC is a five-member panel responsible for redrawing the boundaries for state Senate and state House districts. Article II, Section 17, of the state constitution names the four caucus floor leaders as members of the Commission. They are to choose a fifth member, who serves as chair of the LRC. The deadline for that selection is 45 days from today's certification, or April 4.

In January, the four caucus leaders announced that they are seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as chair of the LRC. To date, approximately two dozen applications have been received from a diverse group of individuals across the state, including residents of Bethlehem, Blandon, Boalsburg, Chambersburg, East Petersburg, Forty Fort, Hazleton, Johnstown, Mechanicsburg, Media, Mercer, Moscow, Palmyra, Philadelphia, Pillow, Reading, Scranton, Springfield, Uniontown, Washington and York.

The leaders indicated that at least one public hearing will be held in March to interview some applicants.

State legislative districts must be redrawn to reflect population changes over the past decade as measured by the federal census. Each Senate district and each House district must conform to the one person, one vote standard established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964 (Reynolds v. Sims).

Push Begins Anew For Juvenile Protection

Senator Lisa Baker has launched the first full-session push for juvenile justice reform by introducing a series of bills to protect the fundamental rights of kids entering the system.

"For too many years, the system utterly and completely failed to protect juveniles in Luzerne County. Now, it is our obligation to approve legislation, judicial rule changes, and administrative procedures necessary to safeguard the rights of juveniles, as the state Constitution requires and a commitment to quality justice dictates," Baker said.

Baker's bills will:

~~ Eliminate waiving counsel in juvenile delinquency hearings
~~ Create a victim advocate devoted to juvenile justice
~~ Require judges to state on the record the reasons behind disposition orders
~~ Expedite appellate review of juvenile cases
~~ Prohibit shackling of juveniles in the courtroom

Baker believes that the wide-raging recommendations of the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice must be enacted, plus several reforms beyond the Commission's work.

"With the start of a new legislative session, there is ample time to give reform full consideration, debate, and action. The trial of Judge Ciavarella is a daily reminder of how the precepts of justice were discarded for greed, arrogance, and corruption. Public expectations for effective reforms to be delivered by each branch of state government have never been higher," she noted.

"Having had the chance to discuss these issues with Chief Justice Ron Castille, I am encouraged by the concern he expresses and the time he and others are devoting to developing stronger rules governing the juvenile justice system," Baker added.

She pointed out that other legislators with expertise in criminal justice issues are preparing legislation, an indication of the priority the Luzerne County problem is attracting.

"Whether the protections contained in any of these bills are ultimately realized through new laws or better court rules or a combination, the most important thing is that the protections are clearly defined, widely complied with, and properly enforced," Baker concluded.

'Gasland' Maker on 'American Morning'

Reporter Watches Garbled Grammy Shot

Verdict in 'Kids for Cash' Trial

The former Luzerne County judge involved in the Kids for Cash scandal has been convicted of racketeering.

A jury found 61-year-old Mark Ciavarella guilty of 12 of 39 counts.

Federal prosecutors accused Ciavarella and a second judge, Michael Conahan, of taking nearly million in bribes from the builder of two juvenile detention centers and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the facilities' co-owner. .He then sent children who committed minor offenses to the centers to keep the beds full and justify building the centers.

The state Supreme Court threw out about 5,000 convictions.

Judge John Cleland chaired the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice that investigated the Kids for Cash scandal and the underlying corruption in the county.

During a talk Wednesday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Cleland said whether Ciavarella is convicted or not “makes no difference to the children involved.”

Theft on Main Street, Racing 4-Wheelers

Bradford City Police on Thursday investigated a theft at a Main Street business, a vehicle break-in on Williams Street and a motor vehicle accident on Interstate Parkway.

Officers also received calls about a fight on Bank Street, harassment on Clarence Street and a suspicious vehicle at GGB Elementary School, according to the complaint report and request sheet. They were called to a domestic incident and were asked to remove an unwanted person on South Avenue.

In addition to half a dozen requests to speak with an officer and a transport to McKean County Jail, police also got complaints about juveniles on Belleview Avenue and Barbour Street, parking on Veterans Square and 4-wheelers racing on Park Street.

SBU Radio Station a Finalist for Award

WSBU, St. Bonaventure University’s student-run campus radio station, is now one of 10 finalists for mtvU’s 2011 College Radio Woodie Award.

A college-oriented member of the MTV family, mtvU first narrowed its list of 50 nominated college stations to 25 with online voting from Feb. 1-8, and then pared the list of 25 to 10 with voting that concluded Feb. 15.

Annually among The Princeton Review’s top 5 college radio stations, WSBU now has a chance to be named the nation’s top college station and be recognized at the sixth annual mtvU Woodie Awards March 16, airing at midnight on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU from the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas.

Listeners can vote online — as many times as they like — until March 1 at

Pirates Pitchers at Spring Training

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton, top, throws some balls under the watchful eyes of a few coaches. Paul Maholm gives an autograph to a young fan during spring training in Bradenton, Florida.

Photos provided by the Pittsburgh Pirates

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Senate Votes to Preserve EAS Program

The US Senate voted today to preserve the federal program that supports smaller airports, including Bradford Regional.

Senators rejected John McCain’s amendment by a vote of 61-38.

“Eliminating the EAS program would have been devastating to the economies of rural communities in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Bob Casey. “I am proud to stand up for the regions of Pennsylvania that rely on the EAS program for sustained economic development and jobs. At a time when the Commonwealth is struggling to recover from a devastating recession, I will continue to fight everyday for economic growth and job creation strategies for Pennsylvania.”

Earlier this month, Casey joined three Senate colleagues in sending a letter to McCain outlining their opposition to his amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill that would have eliminated the EAS program.

Besides Bradford, airports in DuBois, Oil City, Altoona, Johnstown and Lancaster are supported by EAS and received a total of nearly $9 million last year.

Convicted Killer Ernie Simmons to
Remain Jailed After Probation Revocation

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati announced today that Ernie Simmons has had his probation revoked and will remain in prison. Scarnati has repeatedly expressed serious concern, over the past several months, regarding the decision to allow Simmons to take up residency in the local area.

“I am pleased that the Judge’s decision is in accordance with the feelings of a large majority of residents in the local community,” Scarnati stated. “I have stated time and time again my opposition to a convicted murderer being placed in a local group facility. Obviously, I have on numerous occasions expressed those concerns to the Judge, as well as the Board of Probation and Parole.”

According to Scarnati, Simmons faces 6 months to 10 years in prison for his most recent violation.

In 1993, Ernie Simmons was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 beating and strangulation of 80-year-old Anna Knaze of Johnstown. But a federal judge ruled in 2005 that prosecutors withheld some evidence that could have helped Simmons' defense, and the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision by ordering a new trial.

Late last year, Simmons pleaded no contest to third-degree murder, which resulted in a shorter prison sentence. When he was released, he was sent to the Just for Jesus Shelter, just south of Brockway.

To read a letter sent to Judge Creany by Scarnati prior to the hearing, go here PDF.

Disturbances, Disputes and Drivers

Bradford City Police on Wednesday answered calls about disturbances on West Corydon and East Corydon streets, a dispute on School Street and noise on Kiwanis Court.

Officers also got calls about an erratic driver on South Kendall Avenue, parking problems on High and Pleasant streets, possible unregistered vehicles on Belleview Avenue and a low wire on Williams Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

DEP Fines Fire Company

DEP has reached an agreement with a Jefferson County fire deparatment that illegally burned demolition debris last August.

DEP received complaints from residents concerning smoke and odors from the illegal fire that the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company started to burn debris from a former commercial building adjacent to the fire hall.

DEP cited the fire department for its intentional open burning as well as smoke and odors crossing property lines. The agreement requires the fire company to pay a $5,000 penalty.

PSP Looking Into Water Tank Leak

State police are trying to determine whether a leak at a water tank in Mount Jewett was caused by vandalism or a worn out seal.

They were called to a report of possible criminal mischief at the tanks located off High Street in the borough on Wednesday when one of the three tanks started leaking.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Casey: Block Congressional, President's
Pay During A Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) today called for the pay of Members of Congress and the President of the United States to be blocked in the event of a federal government. A government shutdown had been threatened by some Washington politicians.

“Economists have warned that a government shutdown would hurt the economy and endanger job creation,” said Senator Casey. “A shutdown in a fragile economic recovery will hurt people who have already suffered through the recession. If it comes to a government shutdown, everyone should agree that Members of Congress and the President should not receive pay or retroactive pay.”

Washington Republican leaders have refused to take the threat of a government shutdown off the table, even though a shutdown would affect the lives of millions of Americans by disrupting Social Security checks, benefits for veterans and paychecks for our troops.

The legislation introduced today with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) prevents Members of Congress and the President from being paid retroactively after a government shutdown and would also prevent them from being paid if the public debt limit is reached and the government defaults on its financial obligations.

Currently, Members of Congress and the President are treated differently from millions of other Federal Employees because they are paid through mandatory spending required by law (2 U.S.C. 31 and 3 U.S.C 102) rather than through the annual appropriations process.

The legislation fixes this inequity by saying that the President and Members of Congress “shall not receive basic pay for any period in which there is more than a 24 hour lapse in appropriations for any Federal agency or department as a result of a failure to enact a regular appropriations bill or continuing resolution OR if the Federal Government is unable to make payments or meet obligations because the debt limit….has been reached.”

A Message from Lew Temple

Actor Lew Temple sent an e-mail to Scott Douglas talking about Unstoppable and his new movie, Rango (which we've told you about a few times). He also had a message for Bradford, so we're passing it along:

I am hopeful that the harsh winter is not dampening the spirits of you and fellow Bradfordians too bad. I am guiltily enjoying 70-80 degree sunny weather for the most part, as we prepare for spring, which for us in Los Angeles generally means some rain.

Really lovely that we have such support for Unstoppable in the form of amazing sales. Everyone should get a copy, because as I have said all along it is the community that the movie thrives from. It's aesthic, its spirit, it's people. It is as much to do with the community as any. I am proud to be part of both.

Lisa and I attended the premiere of Rango on Valentines Day. It was a lot of fun, as things involving Johnny Depp are prone to be. The movie is so very good, funny, cinematic, and very adult in both humor and metaphor. A really great message. I am Mr. Furgus and Sgt Turley, and show well in the film supporting. Johnny however is amazing, and I think this film will do very well.

I am appearing in an episode of Criminal Minds on February 23. Next week, titled "Coda". I am a desperate sothern Louisiana shrimp trawler, struggling with his family after the BP crisis. I am excited to see it, I think that it will be good. Not sure what else is on the horizon, I am up for a couple of jobs, and hopeful that they come through.

I will stay in touch, and you all please do the same. Tell the good folks of Bradford, Hello, Thank you, and God Bless,


Lew also sent the picture from the Rango premiere.

Community Watch Blog Started

The second Community Watch program meeting in Bradford was Wednesday night at Fretz Middle School.

Project Pride Manager Lisa Keck said Community Watch deals with more issues than crime.

"I think a lot of times people think drugs, guns, robberies," she said, "but there are a lot of other quality of life issues."

Keck mentioned code enforcement, pet problems and trash as some of the issues that could be dealt with.

"As a group I think we can tackle a lot of different things and use this as a mechanism to do it, get the word out to a lot more people and get a lot more involvment. That's basically what we're hoping for here," she said.

If you want more information about the program, you can go to the program's new blog:

Pictured, Project Pride Manager Lisa Keck and Bradford City Police Chief Chris Lucco address the people who attended Wednesday's meeting.

Cleland: 'Kids for Cash' Arose from
Human Failures of Greed, Corruption

On the day a Luzerne County jury started deliberating in the case of Judge Mark Ciavarella, Judge John Cleland was at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford talking about the "Kids for Cash" scandal and Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, which he chaired.

You can listen to his presentation by following the links below.

Part 1

You can watch the 20/20 videos:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Part 2

Part 3 (question and answer session)

In Part 4 Cleland talks about a boy who's story sticks with him.

Pictured, Judge Cleland and a group of students Dr. Tony Gaskew described as "some of the most talented and brightest criminal justice students we have at UPB."

You can read some of our previous stories about Kids for Cash here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

'Brand Champions' Honored at UPB

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Wednesday celebrated faculty and staff who “go beyond” and chose winners among the student body who submitted homemade Pitt-Bradford videos.

At the 5th annual Go Beyond Brand Party, the Anthropology program, TRiO Student Support Services and Student Government Association were honored as this year’s Brand Champions.

Selected by Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president, the Brand Champions are those people who best outwardly live the university’s brand promise, which includes providing a safe, friendly and personalized campus environment.

Anthropology was recognized for the involvement of its faculty members, Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology, and Dr. Michael Stuckart, associate professor of anthropology, beyond the classroom.

Both professors actively encourage students to study abroad and have led trips and research trips to Central and South America. Champlin volunteers her time and expertise to local historical groups and projects, and Stuckart teaches Spanish to kindergarten students. Both are past recipients of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award.

TRiO SSS has served more than 540 students since it began with a federal grant in 2005. Last summer, the federal government renewed the program’s grant for five years, which will allow TRiO to continue serving students deemed to be at a high risk for not completing college.

Members of the TRiO staff honored were Margot Myers, Carma Horner, Stacie Salerno and Hillary Stitt.

Student government was honored for its work supporting other campus clubs and organizations, particularly through Club Night, which allows students to explore the different clubs Pitt-Bradford has to offer. The SGA has also organized a drive to erect a bronze panther statue on campus.

SGA vice president Erik Austin accepted the award on behalf of SGA president Jake Loree.

Also during the brand celebration, the campus community viewed and voted on videos students created showing what made Pitt-Bradford a warm and cozy place for them.

The first-place winner was Immanuel Diamant, a biology and psychology major from New Hope, who won a 32-gigabyte iTouch.

The second place winner was Brian Roberts, an athletic training major from New Albany, who won a Sumo Omni beanbag chair.

Finally, the third-place winner was Nathan Neff, a sports medicine major from Butler, who won a bag of snuggly Pitt gear.

To view all 12 of the entries, go to Pitt-Bradford’s YouTube channel,

Toomey: Debunking Debt Limit 'Hysteria'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) delivered a major policy speech at the Heritage Foundation on the country’s spending problems and the recent debt limit debate.

Borders Store in Erie to Close;
Buffalo Stores to Remain Open

The Borders book store in Erie will close as part of the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, but all the Buffalo store will remain open.

You can find a list of the store closings at Border (PDF)

CNNMoney reports that Wall Street expected the bankruptcy filing:

Committe Formed to Draft Donald Trump

ST. CHARLES, MO. -- Decorated Iraq War veteran Nick McLaughlin of St. Charles, Missouri, has announced the formation of a grass-roots, all volunteer organization to draft New York developer Donald J. Trump for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination.

McLaughlin saw combat in three tours in Iraq in the US Marine Corp and was hit by shrapnel from a car bomb in Ubush, Iraq. He was awarded a Purple Heart and nine other medals including a Presidential citation.

"Under Barak Obama, America has become a laughingstock around the world," said McLaughlin, in a news release sent to WESB and The HERO. "America needs a strong leader like Donald Trump to restore America's economic strength and respect around the world."

McLaughlin, who has never been active in politics before, said he had filed the committee with the Federal Election Commission and that the organization was not directed, authorized or funded by Trump. "I have never met Mr. Trump," said McLaughlin, "But I am certain he is the man America needs."

McLaughlin said the Draft Committee has posted a website at and would seek to collect one half million citizen signatures on petitions urging Trump to enter the 2012 contest.

McLaughlin also announced that Lynn Krogh, former Deputy Press Secretary for New York Governor George Pataki and former Executive Director of the Young Republican National Federation would serve as National Political Director of the Draft Trump 2012 Committee with the responsibility for setting up Draft Trump Committees in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida, and other early caucus and primary states.

McLaughlin met Krogh at the Conservative Political Action Conference- CPAC.

McLaughlin also said that Mark J. LaLiberte would serve as the New Hampshire Draft Trump Coordinator. LaLiberte is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. LaLiberte served as the public policy advisor for former Manchester Mayor (now Congressman) Frank Guinta, He also was an editor for Business NH Magazine and the Portsmouth Herald. LaLiberte holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in political science and a Masters of Public Administration degree, both from the University of New Hampshire.

McLaughlin said his group would work to convince Trump to declare his candidacy by the end of 2011 and urged supporters to go to to sign the citizen petition.

Senate Passes Mandate Relief Legislation

ALBANY - 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.764) 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.800) 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 more taxpayer-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.

Cleland to Talk About 'Kids for Cash'

RadioPA’s Matt Paul reports that federal prosecutors say former Luzerne County Judge Ciavarella and former county President Judge Michael Conahan received payments from the builder and co-owner of two juvenile detention facilities in a $2.8 million Kids for Cash scheme which prompted the state Supreme Court to throw out thousands of convictions.

While on the stand, Ciavarella admitted accepting "finder's fees" from a developer but not bribes.

Conahan has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Judge John Cleland will be talking about the Kids For Cash scandal at 7 o’clock tonight in the Bromeley Family Theater.

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

PA Teen Athlete Walks After Spinal Injury

Man Admits Killing Mercyhurst Student

A Syracuse-area man has pleaded guilty to strangling and suffocating a Mercyhurst College student in November.

21-year-old Steven Pieper of Liverpool admitted in court that he killed his former girlfriend – 20-year-old Jenni-Lynn Watson – while she was home for Thanksgiving break. He then dumped her body near a park outside of Syracuse, where it was found 8 days later.

Man Charged with Fleeing from Police

A Coudersport man is facing charges for fleeing from police Tuesday night.

Police say they were attempting to stop 54-year-old Steven Jeffers for traffic violations on Hickox-Ulysses Road when he led them on a pursuit that ended when his car got stuck in the snow.

He’s charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, DUI and numerous summary traffic violations.

His bail was set at $2,500.

Guitar Stolen from Harrison Valley Home

Someone broke into a Harrison Valley home earlier this month and stole a guitar and guitar case.

State Police say the burglar entered the home of Ruth Kinchen near Whites Corners Road, went to an upstairs bedroom and stole the items that are valued at about $700, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact Trooper David Burd at 274-8690

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More from the Bradford Police Log

Bradford City Police today went to two motor vehicle accidents – one on Williams Street and the other on East Avenue.

Also according to the complaint report and request sheet, officers got a call about a downed wire on School Street and an irate female at a downtown store.

In addition to several requests to speak with an officer, police also answered calls about criminal mischief to a vehicle on Jackson Avenue and parking problems on Congress, Amm, Pleasant and Summer streets.

Spring Training in Full Swing

The Pittsburgh Pirates spring training is in full swing in Bradenton, Florida.

After various meetings and early work from 8-10am, the players took the fields for a 30-minute stretch/warm-up and throwing program, beginning at 10 a.m.

The following 16 pitchers threw 30-35 pitches during a bullpen session: Chris Resop, Brian Burres, Fernando Nieve, Cesar Valdez, Charlie Morton, Tony Watson, Tyler Yates, Sean Gallagher, Jeff Karstens, Brad Lincoln, Daniel McCutchen, Chris Leroux, Bryan Morris, Ramon Aguero, Justin Thomas and Daniel Moskos.

Al pitchers participated in fielding practice and bunting drills. Lyle Overbay and Garrett Atkins assisted with the pfp.

Seven infielders and seven outfielders participated in defensive work for 25 minutes with various coaches/instructors and then took BP from 11:00 to 11:55.

The pitchers began their conditioning at 11:20 and the first group was off the fields by 11:40.

The catchers took BP from 11:20-11:55 and conditioned before stopping for the day. All players were off the fields by 12:15.

The same schedule is set for tomorrow, with a different set of pitchers expected to throw a bullpen session.

Pictured, bullpen coach Euclides Rojas takes a look at pitcher Kevin Hart. Ryan Doumit takes a swing in the batting cage.
Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Ray Schweizer Passes Away at Age 90

Raymond C. Schweizer, 90, of 180 Penhurst Dr. Pittsburgh, PA., formerly of 15 Thomas Road, Bradford, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born January 30, 1921, in Buffalo he was a son of the late Charles and Gertrude (Raymond) Schweizer.

On June 25, 1947 in Buffalo he married Elizabeth "Betty" (Roarke) Schweizer who died April 24, 2005.

He was a 1938 graduate of Bennett High School in Buffalo, and later graduated with a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Buffalo in 1951.

In 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp and attended B-29 Flight Engineering School. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He worked as a police officer in Buffalo while attending the University of Buffalo. After the service he worked for the FBI in Philadelphia. Later he began working as a Dealer Representative for the Ford Motor Company covering Upstate New York and North Western Pennsylvania. In 1964 he purchased Fairway Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership in Bradford which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1999.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, a member and past president of the Pennhills Club and the Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed extensive traveling with his wife and their close friends.

Surviving is one daughter, Marjorie "Jorie" (Omar Nabas) Murphy of Pittsburgh, one grandson Brendan R. (Jaclyn) Murphy of Pittsburgh, three sisters: Phyllis (Lee) Jones of Rochester, Kathy (Chuck) Tiffany of Buffalo, and Mary Beth (Jack) Whitehead of Phoenix AZ, two brothers: Charles (Joyce) Schweizer of Buffalo, and Robert (the late Sue) Schweizer of Chicago, and twenty five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one sister Virgine (the late Dan) Williams.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Monday, February 28th, 2011 in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and Military Honors will be accorded in St Bernard Mausoleum. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Fairway Ford Lincoln Mercury Scholarship Fund at the University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford, Institutional Advancement Office, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, Pa 16701 or Forbes Hospice of West Penn Allegheny Health Systems, 4800 Friendship Ave., Tower 8, Pittsburgh PA 15224.

On line condolences may be made at

Two Plead Guilty in Catt County Court

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

40-year-old James Pittman sold a controlled substance in Olean on October 2, 2009.

He’ll be sentenced May 9, according to a fax from the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office.

A Hinsdale man has pleaded guilty to burglary.

19-year-old Jarrett Kent was indicted by a Cattaraugus County grand jury for breaking into a Hinsdale home on July 15, 2010. He also had a weapon during the break-in.

He’ll be sentenced May 2.

Casey Promotes Natural Gas Job Training

At a meeting today with Pennsylvania community college presidents, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) thanked the presidents for the work they do to give workers the skills they need to succeed. Senator Casey and the community college presidents also discussed federal resources available to community colleges to expand curriculum to offer courses to prepare Pennsylvanians for jobs related to the Marcellus Shale. Senator Casey has been a proponent of training Pennsylvania workers so natural gas jobs go to Pennsylvanians rather than out-of-state workers.

“Many community colleges across the Commonwealth have done good work to offer new courses and training to help workers secure jobs in the natural gas industry,” said Senator Casey. “The federal government has provided help to Pennsylvania schools including $4.9 million to Westmoreland County Community College for community-based job training in the natural gas drilling and production industry. At today’s meeting, we also discussed additional avenues available to provide assistance to Pennsylvania community colleges for natural gas-related job training and I offered my support in helping to secure federal funding.”

Senator Casey and the community college presidents specifically discussed a grant program administered by the Department of Labor that provides resources for community colleges to expand their capacity to provide education, postsecondary credentials and job training to eligible workers.

Eligible institutions may submit applications as a single eligible institution or as the lead institution in a consortium. They may also participate as a member of a consortium in one or more applications in which they do not serve as the lead institution.

Senator Casey supported a $4.9 million grant awarded to Westmoreland County Community College announced in June 2010 for community-based job training in the natural gas drilling and production industry. The funding was available through the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s Community-Based Job Training Grant program.

In July 2010, Senator Casey introduced legislation to help prepare Pennsylvania workers for jobs in the natural gas industry. The Marcellus Shale On-the-Job Training Act of 2010 will authorize grants to strengthen the On-the-Job Training programs to help ensure natural gas drilling jobs go to Pennsylvanians and not workers from out-of-state.

Presidents from the following institutions attended the meeting: Community College of Allegheny County, Community College of Beaver County, Bucks County Community College, Butler County Community College, Delaware County Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Reading Area Community College and Westmoreland Area Community College.

Unstoppable Out on DVD;
Available for Android, Too

The day is finally here – Unstoppable is out on DVD.

But that’s not the big news.

Android handset owners will now be able to watch a digital copy of a Blu-ray film on their smartphones. The movie is the first with a Blu-ray Digital Copy that plays on Android, according to news release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

As for rentals, Patrick Morrisroe of Family Video says people were lined up at the door this morning waiting to rent the movie.

"It was crazy," he said, adding that all 55 copies were gone by 3 p.m.

Pictured, actor Lew Temple visiting The Morning Buzz on the day Unstoppable opened in Bradford. His next movie, Rango, opens March 4. Read more here.