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Friday, October 7, 2011

Pitt-Braford Students Hurt in Altercation

The City of Bradford Police are investigating an altercation that occurred in the 100 block of Main Street on October 7, 2011 at approximately 1:00 AM. Two individuals, both students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, were injured in the altercation and were treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center with moderate to severe injuries. The altercation involved a number of individuals and a knife was reportedly used during the altercation.

Bradford City Police are continuing their investigation and no charges have yet been filed. The McKean County District Attorney’s Office is also reviewing the incident and is working with the City of Bradford Police in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the City of Bradford Police at (814) 368-6133.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Remains of Air Force Pilot KIA in 1969
Returning to Cameron County This Month


Thomas Edward Clark was born on April 15, 1939 in Emporium, Pennsylvania as the third son of the late Otto and Josephine Schager Clark. An avid hunter and fisherman, Tom enjoyed the outdoors. He was a star fullback at Cameron County High School, graduating with honors in 1957. After attending Penn State University for two years, Clark received an appointment to the Air Force Academy from which he graduated in 1963. The graduation ceremony included the first commencement address to the Academy from a sitting president, President John F. Kennedy. That same year Tom married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Mottern of Emporium. The 1963 Air Force Academy Yearbook states that Tom's goals were to be a pilot and a politician.

On February 8, 1969 Captain Clark was flying an F-100D Super Sabre, of 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fight Wing, in a flight of four mission over Laos. The flight controlled by an F-4 Forward Air Controller, engaged a 23mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery battery. Captain Clark's aircraft was hit by rounds from the artillery battery, burst into flames, and crashed. No parachute was observed. Aircraft in the area conducted visual and electronic searches, with negative results. Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Air Force determined Captain Clark to be Killed in Action (KIA), Body not Recovered (BNR). The Air Force posthumously promoted Tom to the rank of Major.

On February 12, 1991, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team investigated the crash of Thomas E. Clark's F-100. In late 1991, a Thai citizen turned over to U.S. Officials in Thailand human remains as well as military identification tag and a partial military identification tag bearing Major Clark's name. The remains were identified as other than Captain Clark's. In February of 1992 a team worked to excavate the suspected crash site of Thomas E. Clark in the Savannakhet Province with no apparent results. In October of 2005 a joint team re-investigated the crash site excavated in 1992. Another bone fragment was found but later identified as not part of a human. In October of 2009 another joint team re-excavated portions of the crash site and recovered human remains. After extensive examination, including isotope testing, the human remains were identified as the remains of Thomas E. Clark.

The Clark family was notified in June 2011 that the remains of Thomas E. Clark would be returned to the family.

Major Clark is survived by his widow Kathleen Mottern Clark Blair and her husband Robert, of Cedar Crest, NM , two brothers, Roger B. Clark and his wife Millie, of Emporium, and John O. Clark and his wife Linda of Virginia Beach, VA. and also by a large extended family.

In addition to his parents death Tom's brother Gerald A. Clark, of Emporium, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, passed away in 1995

Public Visitation will be at the Cameron County High School on Friday, (Oct, 21, 2011) from 5:00-8:00 PM..

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Private interment, in a family plot with Thomas' mother and father, will follow with Military Honors and a USAF fly-over at the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery.

"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge

(Coming Home)

Major Thomas Clark will be coming home to Emporium, escorted by Patriot Guard Riders and Police, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 approx. 4:00 PM. The procession will pause at his former home at 229 West 4th Street before continuing East on 4th Street to the Barnett Funeral Home. The public may welcome him home by standing along 4th Street awaiting his arrival after 42 years.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home.

Thanks to http://solomonswords.blogspot.com/ for passing this along.


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Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

UPB Fall Spectrum Series Includes
Screenwriter, Classic Drama and Music

The fall Spectrum series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will include a visit by a screenwriter, two classic dramas and music by flutist Sarah Tiedemann.

The Spectrum series, which supports the arts curriculum at Pitt-Bradford, will open with a visit by screenwriter Brad Riddell at noon Oct. 11 in the Mukaiyama University Room. His talk is free.

Riddell’s screenwriting credits include assignments from Universal, Paramount and MTV Films. He wrote the fourth film in the “American Pie” series, “Band Camp,” which remains the highest-grossing live action straight-to-DVD movie production to date, and has worked on sequels to franchise films such as “Josie and the Pussycats,” “Slap Shot” and “Road Trip.”

Currently he is producing his own script, “Harmony” with director Stu Pollard.

Spectrum theater begins Oct. 15 with a performance of John Steinbeck’s classic, “Of Mice and Men” at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater. Cost for the public is $10 to $12; for all students, free.

Performed by The National Players, America’s longest-running classical touring company, “Of Mice and Men” tells the tragic and endearing story of mismatched friends George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers in Depression-era California.

George has big dreams for a tiny man, while the large but simple Lennie seeks the comfort of life’s little pleasures. Just as George’s dreams seem within reach, his compassion is tested through Lennie’s mistakes.

The first performer in the Spectrum music series will be Sarah Tiedemann on flute, accompanied by Ritsuko Wada of Olean, N.Y., on piano, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Bromeley Family Theater. The program is free.

Tiedemann is principal flute of the Salem (Ore.) Chamber Orchestra and the Portland (Ore.) Festival Symphony. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe with ensembles such as the Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic.

On Oct. 28, the Spectrum visual arts season opens with the exhibition “Collective Living: Architectural Thesis by Dominic Yik,” which will run through Dec. 2 in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall. A gallery talk and opening reception will be held at noon Oct. 28 in Blaisdell Hall.

Rather than a static set of final drawings, this exhibition shows the development and thought process of an architectural project through sketches, writings and recorded facts.

In November, Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater, will direct “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman for the Spectrum series. Public performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for all students. A Kaleidoscope school matinee will be held Nov. 16.

Nominated for the Tony Award and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, “Metamorphoses” is a modern retelling of Ovid’s poem of mythical transformations. Set around and in a large pool of water, characters such as Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Narcissus, Aphrodite, Apollo, Eros and Psyche play out their stories in surprising, often humorous, and always magical ways.

For tickets to events, contact the box office at (814)362-5113.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Pictured is a sketch from Dominic Yik’s exhibit.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford


SBU Has New Director of Annual Giving

Julie Briggs Cunningham has joined the Office of Advancement at St. Bonaventure University as the director of annual giving programs, the University announced today.

Ms. Cunningham most recently served as executive director and chief professional officer of the Allegany County United Way. During her more than 13 years with United Way, Ms. Cunningham successfully transitioned the company from a traditional fundraising model to a community impact business model. She mobilized a network of more than 100 volunteers and increased United Way campaign donations by 300 percent.

"Julie brings to St. Bonaventure vast expertise in the areas of fundraising, strategic planning and public relations," said Mary Driscoll, vice president of University Advancement. “She has hit the ground running and is a welcome addition to our staff.”

An active volunteer in her community, Ms. Cunningham has been a board member of the Business and Education Community Coalition, vice president of the Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County, and a member of the Wellsville Central School Board of Education.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology/communications from Hiram College.

She resides in Wellsville, N.Y., with her husband and their two children.

Rally Rolled Out More than $10,000

OLEAN -- The final tallies from the ninth annual Rally in the Valley are in and organizers from Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce are very pleased with the outcome. With the success of the event, they will be able to gift $10,000.00 to local charities. Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center; the ReHabilitation Center; the Dempsey Club; Olean Airport Support Group; Mercy Flight; OHS Sports Boosters; South Olean Football; and Southern Tier Military Support Group are all recipients of the event’s proceeds. With this year’s donations, the Rally in the Valley has been able to give more than $160,000.00 to local charities.

Rally in the Valley was introduced to the area by local business leaders who saw what other communities have done with similar events and wanted to bring that same type of experience to Olean. They knew the event would draw many people from outside the area and the longer they ran the event the larger it would grow. In addition, they knew there were many bikers in this area that would love an event like this that was close to home.

“We have gone to great lengths and take great pride in the fact that our Rally in the Valley continues to be an event that all members of the family can attend. It’s hard to believe that you can have so much fun (organizing, planning, coordinating an event) and help so many people at the same time. We are very thankful for the continued support we receive from the great people of Olean and the Chamber of Commerce,” stated the chairs of the Rally event, Dennis Jones, Randy Langdon, Dan Jordan, Larry Penman, and Alan Roth. The 10th Annual Rally in the Valley is scheduled for August 23-26, 2012. For more information, call the Chamber at 716-372-4433.

New Program Helps International
Students Adjust to Life at Pitt-Bradford

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


A new program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is helping international students adjust to college life in the United States.

Pitt-Bradford has more international students than ever – a record 23 this year. Dr. Ron Binder, associate dean of student affairs, developed the new VISA Mentor Program so that a fellow student could help them adjust to life on campus.

Each international student is paired with a mentor for the course of the school year. After arriving a few days early for the start of the school year, mentors gave the new students tours of campus and its buildings and services and the city of Bradford. Students used the Area Transportation Authority to give the tours so that the international students would know how to use the available public transportation system.

As part of the program, mentors also touch base with their students on a weekly basis, to check on their status throughout the semester and, if possible, accompany students on one of the many trips sponsored by the university.

“We don’t want international students to feel lost,” Binder said. “We want them to be part of our Pitt-Bradford family.”

Binder worked with Kristin Asinger, director of international studies and visiting instructor in sports medicine, to develop the program.

Binder said that many of the international students are referred from the Pittsburgh campus, but some are part of the exchange programs Pitt-Bradford has with Heilbronn University in Germany and Yokohama College of Commerce in Japan.

A wide variety of international students take part in the program, Binder said, including students from Jamaica, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

Binder said one of the challenges of the program is to figure out who needs help since many students were born in the United States and moved to other countries.

Mentor Kaitlin Zapel, a human relations major from Bradford, said, “For the past two years, I've been suggesting that we establish some sort of mentor program for the visiting international students. I truly felt it would enhance their stay at Pitt-Bradford. I'm really excited that we are finally making this happen my senior year. I think VISA Mentoring will become a major asset on campus.

“I think the international students are responding very well to the VISA Mentor Program. It was especially helpful for them to have extra guidance during the first two to three weeks they were in Bradford,” she said.

International student Mandy Lutze, a senior hospitality major from Heilbronn, said that the program has helped her adjust greatly. She said her mentor, Megan Truman, a sports medicine major from Bradford, did a fantastic job, and she is really happy because the two are housemates on campus. Lutze will return back to Germany after the fall.

With the enrollment rate of international students at an all-time high, the university has also introduced a new club during club night called Panthers Around the World.

P.A.W. is an organization for anyone who is an international student or interested in studying abroad.

Tickets on Sale for 'Charlotte's Web'

Tickets are now on sale in Bradford and at new outlets throughout the county for Bradford Little Theatre’s production of “Charlotte’s Web” to be performed at Otto-Eldred Junior-Senior High School Oct. 21-23.

Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of the tale about a friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider remains “true to the spirit and intent of the original,” said author E.B. White.

Director Nanci K. Garris says the family-friendly children’s classic will be shown to great advantage in the Duke Center school’s new lobby and art deco style auditorium.

“This is our first production outside Bradford proper in years,” said Garris, BLT president. “We hope it will draw audiences from all over the county, and that Bradford patrons will make the short 12-mile drive.”

“Our cast is drawn from Smethport, Duke Center, Eldred and Bradford in Pennsylvania, and from Allegany, N.Y.,” she noted.

Tickets for “Charlotte’s Web” are available at the usual Bradford outlets of Graham Florist, Ott and McHenry Pharmacy, and Tina’s Hallmark. For the first time, BLT tickets are also available in Duke Center at Cochran’s Superette and The Hair Shed; in Smethport and Eldred at Costa’s Supermarkets; and in Port Allegany at Bridgeport Academy.

They are also available from cast and crew members or online at www.bradfordlittletheatre.com. The play will be performed on Friday, Oct. 21at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Bought in advance tickets will cost $9 each. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $10 for adults, and $9 for students and senior citizens. Patrons must buy tickets for a specific performance.

For further information including discounts for groups of ten or more, people may check the BLT website or Facebook page.

Man Tells Police He's the Devil

A man who told police he was the devil after walking drunk down Main Street and threatening people last week has waived his preliminary hearing.

42-year-old Harold Kithcart of Gillett, PA, was flexing his arms and yelling, “bring it on,” while staggering to the point that he almost fell over, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

After police put him in their car he was smashing his head and body against the cage and yelling, “I’ll kill you.” He did the same thing at the police station and, when police told him to calm down he told them he was the devil. Police added that he “screamed for hours” while at the station.

Kithcart is free on bail.

Two Men Waive Hearings

Two men waived hearings today on charges related to domestic disputes.

Timothy Curtis is accused of going to the house where his girlfriend was staying to get away from him and slapping her, which knocked her glasses off her face.

Police told him to stay away from her but the next day he was walking around the house and was found standing on the front porch, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

He’s charged with stalking, loitering and prowling and night, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Richard Schoonover is accused of calling a woman and saying he “would beat her to death.”

According to papers filed in Cercone’s office, in the past Schoonover has said, “the only way she would leave him is in a body bag.”

When he was arrested for terroristic threats and harassment, police also discovered that he had 10 hydrocodone pills.

Both men are free on bail.


Part of Route 59 to Close Temporarily

A section of Route 59 between the villages of Ormsby and Mt. Alton in McKean County, will be closed from Oct. 17 through 21. PennDOT needs to close this section of Route 59 so that crews from McKean County Maintenance can replace a large pipe in this area. The work zone is located near the intersection of Route 4003 and 59 in Lafayette Township. All work is weather dependent.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes around the closure. PennDOT’s official detour will make use of Route 4003 and Route 646. Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, follow detour signs, and always buckle up.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.

Bradford Man Indicted in West Virginia

A Bradford man has been indicted by a West Virginia grand jury for having inappropriate contact with a 4-year-old girl.

A Marion County grand jury handed up the indictment today against 25-year-old Tony Ford. He is charged with sexual assault and sexual abuse.

The alleged incident happened in 2009.

US Marshals picked him up as a fugitive from justice in March near Towanda and brought him to McKean County to answer charges that he was riding a bicycle on a Main Street sidewalk in Bradford after police told him not to. When police stopped him again, he gave them a false name, address and phone number.

In July he was sentenced to 18 months’ probation on those charges.

His bail in West Virginia is $100,000.

Kane Man Shows Up at PSP Barracks
Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol

A Kane man who allegedly showed up at the state police barracks in Mount Jewett under the influence of drugs and alcohol is facing a number of charges.

State police say at around 11:45 Friday night 18-year-old Bryan Waigand went to the station to pick up his mother who was there after being stopped for DUI. Troopers determined that Waigand was under the influence and, when they told him he was being arrested, he started to fight and resist arrest.

He’s was charged with DUI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and a summary traffic violation, arraigned by District Judge Dominic Cercone and sent to jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

St. Marys Fire Leaves Five Homeless

Five people are homeless and two firemen are hurt following a blaze in St. Marys Tuesday night.

Firefighters were called to the Walker Road home at around 7:50 p.m. and found heavy flames coming from the backside of the house.

The fire did major damage to the kitchen, dining room and living room. The second floor of the house had major smoke and water damage.

The family of five and their dog all managed to get out safely. The Red Cross is helping them because the home is uninhabitable.

One fireman slipped on the front porch and suffered minor injuries. Another suffered heat exhaustion.

The investigation into the cause of the blaze is continuing but firefighters say they don’t believe it’s suspicious.

Former Operator of La Herradura,
Don Lorenzo's Sent to Federal Prison

A Mexican man who helped his brother operate La Herradura in Bradford, Don Lorenzo’s in Allegany and several other restaurants has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.

38 year-old Javier Banda-Mireles, who was in the U. S. illegally, was arrested in April 2008 with his brother, Simon and nine other restaurant managers.

Simon Banda-Mireles owned the restaurants that employed illegal aliens between 2006 and 2008. He pleaded guilty in March to harboring illegal aliens.

Man Allegedly Threw Dog Down Stairs

A Fredonia man is facing charges of allegedly throwing a dog down a flight of stairs.

Sheriff’s deputies say 34-year-old Jermaine Batten threw a miniature pincher down the stairs at a home in Pomfret.

The dog was taken to a vet for treatment of its injuries. Batten was charges with animal cruelty and sent to jail on $1,000 bail.

Fatal Crash in Perrysburg

A Perrysburg man is dead after crashing his SUV into a stand of trees Tuesday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies say 44-year-old Victor Morley was on Townline Road when the SUV went out of control, hit the trees and caught on fire.

Morley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Casework Day in Bradford Next Week

US Senator Pat Toomey has announced that his staff will hold a casework day in the city of Bradford from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

During the casework event at State Representative Martin Causer’s office, Toomey’s staff will be available to help constituents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Constituents are encouraged to bring documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues.

Rebecca Sorenson, staff assistant in the senator’s Erie office, will be on hand to help area residents at the casework day.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

KCH's 'State of Hospital' Report Issued

J. Gary Rhodes, Vice President of UPMC Hamot and CEO of Kane Community Hospital (KCH) presented the annual state of the hospital at the weekly meeting of Kane Rotary last week.

At the conclusion of the 2011 fiscal year, that ended June 30, 2011, the bottom line was a net income of $1,353,181, a turn-around of $1.56 million from the previous fiscal year that ended with a loss of $209K.

“This is the best year our hospital has ever had since I’ve been here,” stated Rhodes, who came to KCH in 1987 and become its CEO in 1996.

In November of 2009 KCH became the first controlled affiliate of the Hamot Health Foundation. In February of this year, KCH became affiliated with UPMC by virtue of Hamot’s integration with the UPMC Health System.

UPMC, with home base in Pittsburgh, is the largest employer in Western Pennsylvania. Hamot is the largest medical facility to link with UPMC. Regarding KCH Rhodes stated, “We’re a UPMC hospital like any other UPMC hospital. The only difference is that we kept our name.”

Rhodes acknowledged the KCH Board of Directors for its “courageous decision and bold move” to affiliate with Hamot and ultimately UPMC. “It was definitely the right thing to do.”

“The major improvement in the KCH financial picture between Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 and FY 2011 is due to affiliation, that provides KCH with expanded resources and cost-saving avenues for purchases of supplies and equipment. A lot of services offered by KCH “would not be possible without the UPMC Hamot connection,” Rhodes added.

The full integration process with UPMC Hamot is an incremental one that is likely to take three or more years.

Rhodes reminded those attending of KCH’s Mission “to serve our patients and their families, our communities, and one another.”

The KCH Vision is to be recognized in the communities we serve as the provider of superior patient care and service and to provide access to nationally recognized specialty care through our affiliation with UPMC Hamot.

KCH is a health system that contains a 31-bed acute care hospital with an intensive care unit (ICU) and an ER that is UPMC Hamot physician staffed 24/7. KCH also includes “primary care” clinics in Kane, Mt. Jewett, Sheffield, Johnsonburg and Ridgway. A new clinic in Mt. Jewett is planned for 20-22 W. Main Street and is expected to open in early 2012. Site preparation began last week as well.

KCH features many diagnostic facilities, including State of the Art Diagnostic Imaging and a Women’s Breast Health Center that includes digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI and stereotactic breast biopsy.

KCH offers a Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center with aerobic equipment and supervised fitness center that is open for public membership.

During FY 2011, KCH made many advances in the delivery of healthcare to the community.

Among the accomplishments noted:

- Recruited a full-time Orthopedic surgeon.

- Established a new pain management clinic.

- Established the KCH Center for Orthopedics, Pain Management and Rehabilitation all in one location.

- Established a new gynecology clinic. Established a gastroenterology GI clinic with UPMC Hamot.

- Established employee engagement team and a nursing governance council.

- KCH was the 183rd hospital in the country (placing it among just 3.5% of U.S. hospitals) to achieve Stage 6 Certification of electronic medical record.

Changes in the operation of the emergency room have brought about greater patient satisfaction. The most recent survey shows 90% of patients treated in the KCH emergency room were satisfied with their care. Before changes were made, only 60% of patients were happy with their care.

Medicare patients account for nearly 70% of the KCH admissions, hospital officials are closely following proposed healthcare changes on Capitol Hill.

Rhodes noted that “serious changes” are needed in Medicare—regardless of which political party is in power in Washington.

Statistics in the report for the KCH fiscal year that ended June 30 include:

- Admission, 1,016

- Observations, 425

- Patient Days in hospital. 4,30

- Average Length of Stay, 4.24 days

- ER visits, 5,399

- Surgeries, 948

- Cardiac/respiratory tests, 23,865

- Lab tests, 121,142

- Radiology procedures, 17,717

- Rehabilitation Services, 10,613

- Outpatients, 31,892

- Clinic Visits, 30,264


“During observation stays, patients occupy a hospital bed, but are not considered admissions, allowing insurance reimbursements at a much lower rate than admission,” Rhodes noted.

KCH is the second largest employer in the Kane Area with more than 200 employees and a fulltime equivalent (FTE) of 145.

Salaries and benefits at KCH totaled $9, 345, 955 for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011.

In addition to Stage 6 achievement of the electronic medical record, KCH met the Stage 1 "meaningful use" benchmark in this area. As a result, KCH qualified for and received a $1.3 million “bonus” in August. The bottom line for the year ending June 30, 2011 was the result of patient care services. The "bonus" received by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Sevices (CMS) was applied to our current FY (2012) and puts the hospital in a strong position moving forward.

A UPMC Hamot-guided community assessment will gather input on needs on healthcare in the area and planning for the next decade of healthcare in the area.

Pictured, Gary Rhodes, Vice President of UPMC Hamot and CEO of Kane Community Hospital, presented KCH’s annual state of the hospital report at last week’s meeting of the Kane Rotary Club with Ron Carty, Rotary president.
Courtesy of KCH


Bradford Man Sentenced for Trying to
Have Sex with Teen He Met on MySpace

A Bradford man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for trying to seduce a 14-year-old girl he met on MySpace.

33-year-old Michael Begin pleaded guilty last October to attempting to encourage the girl to have sex and attempting to transfer obscene material to her.

The girl’s mother saw messages he sent and contacted the FBI, who had an agent use the girl’s cell phone and MySpace account to keep in touch with Begin.

He arranged to meet the girl at a Bradford restaurant in February 2010, and had a a pair of handcuffs he intended to use during sex.

Several in Court on Drug Charges

Several people appeared in Cattaraugus County Court Monday on drug charges.

Dale Redeye of Salamanca was sentenced to two years in prison for selling crack cocaine on September 2, 2009, in Salamanca. Shauna Lewis of Perrysburg was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for selling cocaine on October 9, 2008, in Perrysburg. Samantha Vantuil of Olean was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for selling hydrocodone pills on December 16 in Olean.

Daniel “Brick” Price of Olean pleaded guilty to attempting to sell cocaine on October 22, in Olean. Lavelle “Hawk” Sotero pleaded guilty to selling a controlled substance in Olean on July 23, 2010.

Jesse Conner pleaded not guilty to possession and sale of a controlled substance near school grounds on March 23, in Olean. Ernest Walters III of Olean pleaded not guilty to possessing a narcotic preparation with intent to sell on February 9, in Olean.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Book Talk
Emilie Richards' Sunset Bridge

I had the pleasure of welcoming best-selling author Emilie Richards back to the show recently to talk about her book "Sunset Bridge." You can listen here.

Something you may not know about Emilie is that Chautauqua County is one of her favorite places and you can often find her there in the summertime. For more information about Emilie and her books you can go to EmilieRichards.com

You can also go to the Bradford Area Public Library to find Emilie's books or anything else that might interest you.

Next week: Carla Neggers