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Saturday, May 7, 2011

BASD Students Show Off Science Projects

Bees, butterflies and bubble gum.

Tsunamis and tornadoes.


You could find displays about all that and more at the Bradford Area School District Science Fair held Friday night at Fretz Middle School.

Here, you could find out "What's the Buzz" about honey bees.

And here, you could learn what brand of bubble gum helps you blow the biggest bubbles.

This young man looks over the project that allows people to make their own tsunami.

This mom and daughter check out how methane gas is produced as items decompose.

This young family learns about starfish.

One of our favorites -- how to make your own speakers.
One of everyone's favorites -- chocolate.

Man Facing Charges After Crash

A Fredonia man who crashed his vehicle in a field on April 24 then fled the scene is now facing charges.

Sheriff’s deputies say they got a report of a heavily damaged car in a field in the Town of Dunkirk, and their investigation determined that the car was speeding when it spun sideways, left the road and hit a tree.

The driver, 21-year-old Matthew Mulville, was taken to ECMC later that day with serious but non-life threatening injuries. On Friday, Mulville was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by the combination of alcohol and drugs, leaving the scene of an accident and traffic violations.

He will appear in Dunkirk Town Court at a later date.

Teenager Charged with Menacing

A 17-year-old boy who went AWOL from a children’s home is facing charges.

Sheriff’s deputies say the boy was absent without leave on Wednesday from the Randolph children’s home and when staff members found him and attempted to approach him, he grabbed a metal sign post, waved it at them and threatened them with it.

The boy was arraigned in Randolph Court on a charge of menacing and will appear in court again at a later date.

Man Charged After Domestic Incident

A Steamburg resident is facing charges after a domestic incident early Thursday morning in the Town of Coldspring.

Sheriff’s deputies charged 34-year-old Adriel Jacobs with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a misdemeanor, after another man was taken to ECMC for treatment of a cut to his head.

The victim was released from the hospital later that morning. Jacobs is free on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on May 24.

Disturbances, Barking Dog in City

Bradford City Police spent some time looking into disturbances on Leland and Jackson avenues and on Mechanic Street. They also looked into reports of harassment on South Avenue, criminal mischief on East Main Street and noise on Jefferson Street.

Officers got vehicle complaints from North Kendall Avenue and West Washington Street and a report of a disabled vehicle on Jackson Avenue. They investigated motor vehicle accidents on West Washington Street and Hobson Place.

Police also got a report of a barking dog on East Avenue and unspecified animal complaint from Tuna Avenue, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

High Water in the Reservoir

Earlier this week on the air we reported that the Onoville Marina in Cattaraugus County would not be opening this weekend because of high water. On Friday, John Stoneman sent us these pictures of the Kinzua Reservoir. You can see more of his pictures at He, and The Olean Times Herald, report that the water level has not been this high since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a significant increase in outflow from Kinzua Dam is planned through Sunday, and may cause substantial rises in the river below the dam.

Boaters and fishermen are being advised to use caution this weekend. The Corps says the opening of the gates will be spaced over several hours so they don’t cause sudden rises in river levels.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Ripley, NY, Site Offically 'Shovel Ready'

New York State & Chautauqua County officials today officially announced that the Ripley Interstate Development site has now formally been granted Shovel Ready designation by New York State. The announcement concludes a two-year process, and was made at a press conference at the site unveiling signage acknowledging the designation.

New York State's Shovel Ready Certification is granted to sites deemed ready for new development and job creation. As part of the application process, each site that gets certified is reviewed to match the needs of growing industries and commercial interests. Business leaders, site selection consultants and corporate real estate executives nationwide recognize the Shovel Ready designation as a mark of excellence because they know that these pre-permitted sites will reduce construction costs and development delays, saving them time and money.

“This has been a very long time in coming, but all parties involved are to be applauded for their efforts in helping us receive this very important certification as a Shovel Ready site,” said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards. “This designation enhances our county industrial development agency and our state and regional economic development partners efforts to market this location worldwide,” Edwards said.

The 140 acres of farmland that comprise the Ripley site are located on Route 20 and border the New York State Thruway. Optimal for a wide range of uses, the highly visible site with two operating natural gas wells is ideally located for any type of warehousing and distribution operation. It is located within a 50 minute drive of Buffalo and the Canadian border, and only a 15 minute drive from Erie, Pennsylvania. The site is supported by a transportation network that allows it to access major Northeast and Midwest population centers within a day’s drive.

State Senator Catharine Young also praised today’s formal designation. “Having this shovel ready status is a step forward in our region’s approach to growing jobs and private investment,” the senator said. “Businesses want to invest in communities such as ours that have positive attitudes about their region and a trained and willing workforce that is eager to get to work. This site will attract jobs and economic growth opportunities. Our partnership between local and state governments will bear positive results,” Young added.

New York’s Shovel-Ready Site Certification program is administered by Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC). Participating permitting agencies also include the Departments of Environmental Conservation; Transportation; and Parks and Recreation.

ESDC Western New York Regional Director Christina Orsi represented the state’s economic development arm at the press conference. “Empire State Development is pleased that we were able to partner with the community of Ripley and the CCIDA in taking the proactive steps necessary to have the Ripley site certified as Shovel Ready,” Orsi said. “Having achieved this designation, the site is clear of all pre-permitting hurdles and is ready to attract new business, generate employment and advance economic development in the community.”

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the region’s private sector research, marketing, business & economic development organization, has partnered with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency on marketing the Ripley site in recent years. In 2008, the two groups even collaborated on a labor market study for the area surrounding the site that showed a number of workforce related assets that companies considering the site would find compelling. With the shovel ready designation now secured, they are optimistic about how well the site will be received.

“Logistics & distribution is one of our targeted industries and this site lends very well to opportunities in that cluster,” said BNE President & CEO Thomas Kucharski. “But we won’t limit our efforts to just logistics & distribution. As we conduct our outreach across the country and around the globe, we will promote the Ripley site to opportunities that make sense in advanced manufacturing, cleantech and any of our targeted industries that place high value on prime location, market access and availability of skilled and affordable workforce,” Kucharski said.

In closing out the press conference, CCIDA Administrative Director & CEO William Daly expressed his enthusiasm for the task ahead. “Our goal now is to fill this exceptional 140 acre green space with businesses that will bring new employment into our county,” Daly concluded. More information on the Ripley Site can be found on the homepage of the CCIDA website at

Pitt-Bradford Offers Camps From
Science to Swimming

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will play host to more than a dozen camps, gatherings, clinics and other events this summer.

The camps take place in May through August and are open to the public.

Ongoing through July 8 are Advanced Swimming Classes with Pitt-Bradford head swimming coach Ed Bahan. The classes are open to swimmers age 8 and older with at least two years of competitive swim experience.

Swimmers can choose which weekday sessions are the most convenient to attend. Through June 10, sessions run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays at the Paul C. Duke Aquatic Center in the Sport and Fitness Center.

Between June 13 and July 8, swimmers can choose between a 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. session and a 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. session each weekday.

This class is designed to allow athletes to experience different types of training techniques for the sport of competitive swimming and to expose them to training for longer, more difficult collegiate events such as the 1000 freestyle, 1650 free, 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.

The cost is $190 for the 12-week program, which can be pro-rated.

Bahan, head women’s and men’s swimming coach, is a six-time senior national competitor and a 1980 Olympic Trial competitor with 24 years’ coaching experience. He was named the 2009 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year for men’s swimming, and the 2010 and 2011 Coach of the Year for women’s swimming.

Bahan also will hold Panther Swim Clinics for children age 8 and older from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 13 to 17 and June 20 to 24.

The basic swim clinic is for children age 8 to 11 years old who know how to swim all four competitive strokes, perform open turns and flip turns, and dive from the blocks.

The advanced clinic is for children 12 and older who, in addition to the requirements of the basic clinic, can start from the blocks and have been or are on a swim team.

The cost for the swim clinics is $125 each week. A second swimmer is $40.

For more information on the advanced swim class or summer swim clinics, contact Bahan at or (814)362-5034.

For those with a more leisurely approach to the water, two sessions of the Kinzua Fly Fishing School will be held May 14-15 and May 20-22.

Beginning and intermediate fly anglers, male and female, age 12 to adult are welcome to come learn fly tying, fly casting and fly-fishing techniques with nymphs, wet flies, streamers and dry flies. For more information, visit or email Steve Skvarka at

For those looking for a drier way to enjoy the out-of-doors, the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development is offering several personal enrichment and recreation opportunities this summer.

An Introduction to GPS and Geocaching will be offered for youth age 7 to 12 with a parent from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at Kinzua Bridge State Park. A second session for adults 16 and older will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18.

Participants will learn about a geographic positioning system and how to use it. They will participate in a gentle, 1.5-mile geocaching treasure hunt on the park trails. GPS equipment and water are provided. For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at 1-800-872-1787 or

X-treme Science Camp, which is being co-sponsored by Continuing Education and Science in Motion, will take place for children 7 to 12 years old from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13-17.

Students will participate in a variety of labs and science activities on many different topics as well as enjoy gym games, swimming and free time. Cost of the camp is $125 for one child, $110 for each additional child. Registration is limited to 100 campers. Register by May 27 by contacting Continuing Education.

A class in Youth Archery Fundamentals will be offered the same week. Students age 9 to 13 will learn the history of archery, how to hold a bow properly and shoot arrows, proper archery techniques and safety.

The class takes place from 10 a.m. to noon June 13 through 15 in the McDowell Fieldhouse of the Sport and Fitness Center. Cost is $35 per participant, and bows, arrows, and arm and finger guards will be provided for student use. For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education.

The 14th Penn’s Woods Jeep Jamboree rolls on to campus June 16-19. This popular camp offered by Jeep Jamboree USA has already sold out for this year, but placement on a waiting list is possible by calling 530-333-4777, ext. 18. For more information on the jamboree, visit

The Bradford Creative Performing Arts Center will hold a theater camp conducted by the Missoula Children’s Theater June 20-25. Sixty community children occupy Blaisdell Hall from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily to practice for a performance of “Robin Hood” at 2 p.m. June 25 in the Bromeley Family Theater.

The cost of the workshop is $100 per student. Registration takes place on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register, visit or call BCPAC at 814-362-2522.

Continuing education hikes along the Timberdoodle Flats in the Allegheny National Forest will be offered on four Fridays for children age 8 to 12 who register with an adult.

Through hands-on activities, participants will explore a wetland, hemlock bottoms, wildlife openings and an Allegheny hardwood forest.

Timberdoodle Treks will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 24 and July 8, 15 and 22. Cost is $20 per participant. For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education.

On June 25, Continuing Education will offer a Summer Craft Class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ground floor lounge of the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties in St. Marys. Relax and have fun as you make creative crafts to decorate your home. The $30 cost per participant includes all craft materials. For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education.

During the week of June 27-30, students from Floyd C. Fretz Middle School in Bradford can explore careers at Camp Compass, a free camp sponsored by the TRiO Educational Talent Search office at Pitt-Bradford.

For more information or to register, call the TRiO ETS office at (814)362-5115.

Pitt-Bradford will host Embraceable Ewe Knitting Camp from July 8-10. Beginners, intermediates and experts are welcome to work on a knitting project, learn techniques, and share ideas and tips with other knitters. For more information or to register, call (716)646-6674.

Molly Brennan, head women’s basketball coach, will run a Basketball Day Camp this summer from July 18-22.

Details were not yet available at press time. For more information, contact Brennan at (814)362-7521 or

Finally, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Continuing Education will offer a program on Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Deer for anyone 12 or older.

Participants will learn about the social and political forces that shaped today’s deer management programs from Wildlife Conservation Land Management Officer John P. Dzemyan, who has worked with the state Game Commission for 32 years in Cameron, Elk and McKean Counties.

Dzemyan will also teach participants about the deer themselves and their biological needs. Participants will also receive handouts about the deer and participate in hands-on learning activities about deer aging, antlers and foods. Cost is $25 per participant. For more information to register, contact Continuing Education.

Thompson Cosponsored Energy Legislation Passes House

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson on Thursday voted to support H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. H.R. 1230, cosponsored by Thompson, requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration. The measure passed the House today with a bipartisan majority of votes, 266-149. Thompson issued the following statement after final passage:

“With developing countries rapidly increasing demand and global liquid oil consumption set to increase by some 10-12 million barrels per day in the next decade, energy prices will continue to rise in the months and years ahead. That is, unless we start producing more of our own supplies here at home. After today’s vote, it is clear that bipartisan support is growing for Washington to take action and America to start producing more domestic energy. This legislation will create jobs, begin to address America’s pain at the pump and start our nation on a path to energy security.”

Passage of H.R. 1230 comes a week after Thompson issued a call for bipartisan action in Congress to boost domestic production.

H.R. 1230 was introduced on March 29, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. On April 23, 2011, the full Committee held a mark-up and ordered the bill to be reported by a vote of 29-14. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would raise $25 million in federal revenue for the period of 2011 to 2016 and $40 million during the period of 2011 to 2021.

Next week, the House will vote on H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, and H.R. 1231 the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, both also cosponsored by Thompson.

Business After Hours

Northwest Savings Bank on Main Street hosted the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday. Mexican food and beverages -- in recognition of Cinco de Mayo -- were provided by the Bradford Club.

People and businesses who are not Chamber members should think about joining. Cool events like this are only one of the many member benefits. Call Becky at the chamber office for more information.

PennDOT Work Schedule May 9-13

Ridgway/Cyclone Pa. (May 06, 2011) PENNDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance has announced work for the week of May 09, 2011 through May 13, 2011.


CRACK SEALING- SR 153, Boone Mt.

SIGN REPAIR- Various Routes, County wide

BRIDGE REPAIRS- SR 1006, and Wilcox

DITCH CLEANING- SR 949, Portland Mills -120, Ridgway

PATCHING- SR 255 / 120, St. Marys

SIDE DOZING- SR 219, Wilcox

GUIDE RAIL REPAIR- SR 120, Ridgway/St. Marys


Maintenance work planned by McKean County employees includes:

SIGN MAINTENANCE – Various Routes, County wide

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION – SR 1017 and 155-on going through the summer


PATCHING AND CRACK SEALING – 4001, Big Shanty – SR 0006, Kane area

SIDE DOZE- 155, Port Allegany to Potter County line


CRACK SEALING- SR 770, Bradford area

BRUSHING - Various Bridges, County wide

SR-0120/816 Ridgway Area (May 09, 2011-May 13, 2011) Glenn O. Hawbakers, Inc.

This project involves drainage upgrades, tree trimming, guide rail replacement, and roadway milling and resurfacing from Ridgway to 3.8 miles east, toward St. Marys.

The contractor is scheduled to begin roadway milling from Ridgway (Hayes Ave.) working East (towards St. Marys) through the project. Drivers will encounter milled and rough road surfaces. Work zone speed limit will be reduced in milled areas. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and there may be multiple daylight set-ups through the project. Drivers will experience delays as traffic takes turns moving through the work zone.

PENNDOT advises drivers to obey posted speed limits and remain alert, patient and cautious through the work zone.

Work to be performed Monday through Friday during daylight hours and all operations and schedules are weather dependent.

SR-3002 / A04 Ridgway Area(May 09, 2011 – May 13, 2011) Horizon Construction Group, Inc.

This project is located on SR 3002 approximately 0.2 miles north of the Village of Halton, between Segment 0146/Offset 2422 and Segment 0150/Offset 0215 for the replacement of an existing 120” pipe (approximate length is 64 feet). Work includes pipe replacement, roadway repair, concrete end walls repairs, guide rail replacement, and for a total construction length of approximately 165 feet (0.031 miles).

The contractor is scheduled to begin work on Monday and continue throughout the week. Operations will involve placement of erosion and sediment controls, installation of construction entrances and tree removal. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers. Drivers will experience minor delays as traffic takes turns moving through the work zone. PENNDOT advises drivers to obey posted speed limits and remain alert, patient and cautious through the work zone.

Work to be performed Monday through Friday during daylight hours and all operations and schedules are weather dependent.

Route 1017 sec A01 / Otto Township / McKean Co. (May 08, 2011-May 14, 2011) Dolamite Products Co. Inc. (A.L. Blades & Sons Inc.) KNAPP CREEK BRIDGE

This contractor will be working under road closed conditions with a detour in place. No changes in traffic will be caused by the construction operations scheduled for next week.

The contractor will be forming and placing concrete for abutment 1 stem next week

SR 155 / West of Port Allegany (May 09 2011-May 13, 2011) L.C. Whitford Company, Inc.

The contractor will start construction on the temporary road.

SR 219 / Westline to Lantz Corners (May 09, 2011 – May 13, 2011) IA Construction

IA Construction of Franklin PA. will continue paving Route 219 Westline to Lantz Corners, eliminating the RR crossing on 219 in Lantz Corners-weather permitting. They will be milling on Main Street, West Center Street and Clarion Road in Johnsonburg. In St. Marys milling and patching has been scheduled on Route 120, Theresia Street to Trout Run Road.

Please be advised traffic delays are expected in these areas to complete the required road repairs. Schedule additional time when travel is planned through these areas. Be aware of signs, flaggers, stopped vehicles and workers in the construction zone. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

All work weather permitting.

Motorists can visit the PENNDOT website at and by clicking on the Statewide Construction Map for updates concerning ongoing projects.

Citizens who want to report road concerns can call PENNDOT Maintenance at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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One-of-a-Kind Zippo Being Auctioned

Kentucky Derby, casino night, live auction, hat parade, Southern cuisine, champagne fountain … what could be better? That’s exactly what is happening Saturday night at the Derby Gala.

Proceeds from this annual event, which runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pennhills Club, go towards the Bradford Area Library Endowment Fund.

This event is not just the horse race – there’s so much more. New this year is the casino night with “funny money” party-goers will get with the purchase of their ticket. They can then try their luck in the casino and bid on the funny money auction later in the night, including a Case knife in a display case that is valued at $400.

The live auction includes prized items are perfect for those who collect Zippos, Dave Hodges sculptures or, perhaps, need to get away from it all.

A unique, one-of-a-kind red Zippo lighter is one of the auction items. This is part of a series of collectible, unique lighters that have been made available for the Gala only.

But the lighter isn't all the winner gets. Zippo also added a private tour of
the manufacturing facility to the winner and a guest. This includes the
customization area where the lighter was designed. This isn’t something that is offered every day.

Another auction items is a set of Zippo lighters that were decorated in the Derby theme by Roseart. A bronze sculpture by Bradford native Dave Hodges is also on the auction block. "Woodland Phantom" is of a deer leaping through the air.

The fourth auction item is generously donated by Dr. Steve and Gail Hermann – a “Vacation Getaway” anywhere they’d like to go for one full week. There are 3,000 destinations to choose from – worldwide!

Those interested in this item can go to to check out the locations. A $500 Visa gift card is also included.

After a winter like we’ve had, who wouldn’t want to get away?

Tickets are available at the Bradford Area Public Library, Graham's Florist,
Grandma's House Teas & Gifts and Tina's Hallmark. Tickets will be available at the door, however, pre-sales are encouraged.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Company Gets Loan to Help in Expansion

A St. Marys company is getting a loan of more than half a million dollars from the state that will allow them to expand their business and hire more people.

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority has approved a $574,000 15-year loan to North Central Enterprises on behalf of P/M National.

The total cost of the project is $820,000 and will allow the company to complete a 28,000 square-foot building addition to increase its manufacturing and office space.

P/M National manufacturers powdered metal products and will be able to retain its 16 existing employees and create an additional 10 jobs within the next three years.

Seneca Allegany Culinary Team is Tops

SALAMANCA, NY – The culinary team from the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel recently earned the “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” awards at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Buffalo Chapter’s fifth annual “Taste of Culinary” event, which featured 50 culinary teams throughout Western New York.

During the event, the Seneca Allegany chefs served:

~~ Pork Chili Verde – a slow simmered pork with green chilies, tomatillos, cilantro and fresh lime;

~~ Grilled Diver Scallop on an eggplant crisp with parmesan cheese and caponata;

~~ Boston Bibb Chopped Salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, maple bacon and smoked cheddar ranch, and;

~~ Marinated Skirt Steak – grilled and served with baked polenta, balsamic caramelized onion, sweet peppers and fresh mozzarella.

Proceeds supported the Chef and Child Foundation, an organization that educates children and families about proper nutrition and fights against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.

Leading the Seneca Allegany culinary team were Executive Chef Brian Mahony, Executive Sous Chef Mike Larson, Sous Chef Adam DiChristina, and Room Chefs Sean McAuley and Nathaniel Hamlett. The team helps oversee seven dining outlets at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, including Patria, The Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse, Thunder Mountain Buffet, Seneca Café, Bear Claw Café, Fire Lounge and Seneca Café Express. The property first opened in 2004 and expanded to include a AAA Four-Diamond Award-winning hotel in 2007.

Pictured left to right are: Executive Sous Chef Mike Larson, Sous Chef Adam DiChristina, Executive Chef Brian Mahony, Room Chef Nathaniel Hamlett, and Room Chef Sean McAuley
Photo courtesy of Seneca Gaming Corporation

Getting Started

A day without rain (finally!) allowed city workers to get started on filling potholes.

Man Pleads to Making False Statements

A Mayville, New York, man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to making false statements to the US government.

Court records say on October 22, 2010, 51-year-old Mark Juliano made a false and fraudulent representation when submitting an application for a new US passport, claiming he had lost his original passport.

He faces up to 5 years in prison when he’s sentenced August 25.

Ex-Teacher Headed to State Prison

A former Brookville Area High School teacher has been sentenced to 5 to 10 years in state prison for having a sexual relationship with a female student.

43-year-old Karin Hetrick pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault for having 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.

Drug Charges Bound to Court

Charges against three of the four people arrested in last month’s drug bust in Bradford have been bound to court.

25-year-old Leonard Holmes, also known as Phil Brooks, 26-year-old Kennedy Gadley and 27-year-old Irvin Mitchell, all of Buffalo, were charged after police searched 189 Congress Street and found about 35 grams of cocaine, along with heroin, marijuana, a handgun and $2,400 in cash.

Holmes and Mitchell are jailed on $75,000. Gadley’s bail is $50,000.

18-year-old Angel Fenton of Bradford was also arrested on April 21. She is in jail on $75,000 bail, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 18.

Accused Fire-Bomber Located in Florida

An Olean man, who jumped bail on an arson charge in Allegany last October, has been arrested in Miami.

The Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office says 21 year-old Gary Coleman was apprehended in Dade County and will be extradited to Cattaraugus County soon.

Coleman is charged with arson and reckless endangerment in connection with the firebombing of an Allegany apartment occupied by St. Bonaventure students, on October 17.

Olean resident Steven Sprague was sentenced Monday to probation. Andrew Piccirillo of Portville will be sentenced later this month. Three other people have pleaded not guilty.

Senior Pranksters Facing Charges

Charges have been filed against two St. Marys Area High School students after their senior prank resulted in all the schools in the district being locked down on Friday morning.

18-year-old Jack Reed and 18-year-old Connor Rohrback both dressed as janitors that morning, went into Elk Catholic high school and started peforming janitors’ duties. They have both been charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, according to records filed in District Judge Donald Wilhelm’s office.

After they were caught they said their plan was to dress as janitors and see who could last the longest inside the school without being caught. Their disguises included cleaning supplies, wigs and fake facial hair.

Bradford Woman Dies in House FIre

A Bradford woman died in a house fire late Tuesday night on Lafferty Hollow in Foster Township.

State police say 83-year-old Gertrude Luke was alone in the house when the fire started shortly before midnight. Seven fire companies answered the call and a report said Luke was trapped in the blaze.

A state police fire marshal has determined that the blaze started in the master bedroom after an electrical malfunction in a closet.

One Book Bradford
Louise Penny Wows the Crowd

"Still Life" author Louise Penny thanks Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ron Orris for the Zippo lighter he presented her with following her talk "Three Pines and Beyond" Tuesday night. Penny's visit to Bradford was the culmination of this year's One Book Bradford events.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Area Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

A Chautauqua County soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

US Army Sgt. Kevin White was serving in an infantry unit east of Kabul near the Pakistani border when he died on Monday after his unit was attacked by an IED.

White was a 2006 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School.

UPDATE: May 5, 2011 -- Cpl. White was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

Elderly Woman Facing Drug Charges

An elderly Salamanca woman is facing drug charges following the latest investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Police arrested 73-year-old Catherine Pike of Washington Street and charged her with criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling her prescription pills. Police say more charges are pending.

Pike is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Police are continuing their investigation and say more arrests are expected.

Monday, May 2, 2011

FT Supervisors Need Easement
Agreements for Sewer Line Project

WESB/WBRR News Director

Foster Township supervisors are asking people who have not turned in their easement agreements for the new sewer line project, to turn them in as soon as possible.

“We’ve got to get the project going,” said supervisor chairman Jim Connelly Jr. “It’s no longer February. We’ve got a contractor out there that wants to go to work.”

He said he and supervisors BJ Campbell and Dale Phillips will be going door-to-door to talk with people who have not turned in their agreements yet, and asked that people who have a problem call them.

Township engineer Roy Pedersen noted that Al Vanderpoel, also with E&M Engineers, has worked with a few residents who had issues and those issues have been resolved.

Connelly wondered – because EDUs have been shut off in the Tuna Valley – if residents will be able to use the sewer system after they pay the tap-in fee.

Pedersen because this is part of the Act 537 Plan people who hook up to the system will “absolutely” be able to use it.

Also Monday, road supervisor Mike Fox said his department is trying to keep up with cold patching the roads but weather is an issue.

“It’s either raining or snowing,” he said, noting the area had precipitation 28 of 30 days in April.

“We’re wafting for dry weather to repair washouts of berms on numerous roads,” Fox said. “If you put mud in, that’s all you’re going to end up with is mud.”

Fox also said they took the snow plows and sanders off the department’s trucks

“Are you sure that’s a good thing to do, Mike?” Connelly asked, chuckling.

Fox also thanked and acknowledged his road crew for the “wonderful job” they did over the winter.

“It was a rough winter and we all got a lot of phone calls,” Connelly said, “but you guys did a good job.”

Fox also noted that his department needs someplace to dump dirt, so if anyone needs dirt on their property they can call him and make the arrangements.

In other matters Monday, supervisors thanked all the people who recently opened – or will be opening – businesses in the township.

The newest is the Foster Brook Market, which Jim and Carolyn Newhouse hope to open in the former Firestone building in time for Mother’s Day.

The supervisors also mentioned the Hometown Deli, Burgers and BBQ and Franco’s Texas Hots.

“Anyone that likes hot dogs …,” Phillips said in reference to Franco’s, “Personally I feel that their recipe is close to what Nick (of Nick’s Red Hots) used to have. So you might want to stop there and try them for lunch.”

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