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Saturday, October 22, 2011

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Vehicle Hits House in Ellicottville

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver who hit a house in Ellicottville this morning and then left the area.

Deputies got a call at 4:17 a.m. reporting the incident. The house was heavily damaged, but no one was home at the time and no one was hurt.

The vehicle that hit the house has not been identified and deputies are continuing their investigation.

Two Charged After Main Street Stabbing

Two people have been charged in connection to a stabbing two weeks ago on Main Street.

32-year-old Joseph Henton is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and tampering with evidence.

20-year-old Deng Deng of Pittsburgh, who is a Pitt-Bradford student, is charged with misdemeanor counts of attempted simple assault and disorderly conduct as well as a summary offense of harassment, according to court records.

In the early morning hours of October 7 Henton, Deng and a group of other people were involved in a fight on Main Street when Henton allegedly used a racial slur toward Deng and allegedly stabbed him and Esteban Santiago, another Pitt-Bradford student.

Henton is also charged with recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct. He is free on $10,000 bail.

Deng has not been arraigned yet. That has been scheduled for October 31.

Friday, October 21, 2011

State House Honors Emporium Airman

HARRISBURG – The state House has unanimously approved a resolution honoring an Emporium native who was killed in action in the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

The remains of Air Force Maj. Thomas Edward Clark were recently identified and will be buried in the family plot with Clark’s mother and father, Josephine and Otto Clark, on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Emporium.

“It is an honor to pay tribute to this fallen soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country,” said Causer. “It is important that we bring all of our soldiers home, both to ensure proper burial and give closure to their families.”

Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered the U.S. and Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex and in Cameron County to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Clark’s service.

Clark was flying a Vietnam combat mission over Laos on Feb. 8, 1969, when his plane was hit by anti-aircraft artillery, burst into flames and crashed. The U.S. Air Force determined Clark was killed in action and posthumously promoted him to the rank of major. After several searches of the crash site over the last two decades, Clark’s remains were finally discovered.

Break-In at Glenn O. Hawbaker

Someone broke into a Glenn O. Hawbaker office trailer in Turtlepoint sometime between 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon and 6 o’clock this morning.

State police say the person or people kicked in the door and, once inside, rummaged through desk drawers before fleeing the scene.

House Passes Bill That Would Require
Sex Offenders to be Tested for HIV

HARRISBURG—Representative Mark Mustio’s (R-Allegheny) HIV-Related Testing for Sexual Offenders Act was adopted today by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by a near unanimous margin of 197 to 1.

House Bill 1794 would require that any defendant being detained for trial on sexual assault charges be tested for the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) within 48 hours, and that victims of sexual assault receive rapid notification if they have been exposed to HIV.

“I am once again sponsoring this legislation for three important reasons,” said Mustio. “First and foremost, victims of sexual assault have every right to know if they have been exposed to HIV so immediate quality-of-life preserving medical attention can be administered. Second, and especially in light of Pennsylvania’s ever-growing revenue shortfall, the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) stipulates any state that fails to enact this type of legislation will be ‘locked out’ of the last 5 percent of grant funding awarded under the VAWA. Third, time is of the essence for both the protection of sexual assault victims and in order for our state to qualify for 100 percent of eligible federal funding. Since 2006, Pennsylvania has failed to qualify for over $300,000 of the $6 million in federal funding provided under the VAWA. If House Bill 1794 is not signed into law by the end of the current legislative session, Pennsylvania will fail once again in 2011-12.”

State Representative Kathy Rapp says, "We talk about a lot of right-to-know in government, and transparency. This to me is just another component of the victim having the right to know whether the person who has assaulted her has a life-threatening disease."

House Bill 1794 contains all mandatory provisions required for Pennsylvania to qualify for 100 percent of available VAWA including:

• The defendant being tested for HIV within 48 hours of being bound over for trial
through indictment or preliminary hearing when the request for testing of the
defendant is made by the victim.

• Test results provided to the victim and to the defendant as soon as is practicable.

• Follow-up HIV testing provided as medically appropriate.

• Lastly, follow-up test results provided to the victim and the defendant as soon as is

“To adequately care for and promptly treat victims of sexual assault, Pennsylvania needs this legislation,” said Mustio. “Again, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed federal funding at stake, it is absolutely senseless to delay any longer in making House Bill 1794 law across this Commonwealth.”

House Bill 1794 now advances to the state Senate for consideration.

Man Had Ecstasy Strapped to His Body

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Buffalo Field Office, is reporting on a false claim to U.S. citizenship arrest and the seizure and arrest of nearly five pounds of ecstasy taped to a traveler’s body.

A significant arrest and seizure took place yesterday, October 20th, at the Peace Bridge when CBP Officers discovered close to five pounds of MDMA-ecstasy strapped to a man’s body. John Stasinski, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen from Manhattan, NY was encountered as a traveler on a commercial bus.

The narcotics were discovered when Stasinski was selected for additional enforcement checks after showing signs of nervousness during his initial interview. After noticing an unusually “bulky” look to his mid section, CBP Officers subsequently discovered two pouches of illegal narcotics in a tightly wrapped body package around the small of his back. The substance discovered was a powder form of ecstasy. Stasinski was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for prosecution. The estimated street value of the seized MDMA is 200,000 dollars.

Arrested on October 19th at the Peace Bridge was 33-year-old Jamaican citizen Therease Currie from Chicago, IL.

Ms. Currie presented a genuine U.S. passport to CBP Officers, identifying herself as M. Driver. She was referred for a secondary exam due to discrepancies in her travel itinerary.

Officer interviews and fingerprint checks revealed the true identity of Currie and concluded that she was traveling under the assumed identity of a U.S. citizen. Currie admitted to have been living illegally in the United States since the late 1990s. Federal prosecution for false claim to U.S. citizenship and aggravated identity theft was accepted by the U.S. Attorneys Office. Currie was arrested by CBP Officers and is currently being held at Erie County jail pending additional hearings.

Obama: Troops Home for the Holidays

From CNN:

"After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over," President Obama said Friday, announcing full withdrawal of U.S. troops by year's end.

"Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," he said.

Obama said the United States will continue its interest in a strong, stable Iraq after U.S. troops leave.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

EPA to Develop Standards for Disposal of
Wastewater Generated by Fracking

Federal environmental regulators say they will develop national standards for the disposal of polluted wastewaters generated by fracking.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will draft standards for fracking wastewater that drillers would have to meet before sending it to treatment plants.

The industry already recycles much of the wastewater or injects it deep underground, but some of it is sent to treatment plants that are often not equipped to handle it.!OpenDocument

New Excelco/Newbrook Facility

SILVER CREEK, NY -- Today officials from Chautauqua County, Remtronics Inc., Excelco/ Newbrook, Inc., Village of Silver Creek, and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), met in Silver Creek for a major business event.

"Today's announcement is the culmination of excellent economic development work done by our CCIDA. We always look for success stories, but in this case, we truly have wins for all involved. Excelco/Newbrook, Inc. is taking what was the old Remtronics facility for their corporate uses. This shows how cooperation among business and government entities can work well," stated County Executive Greg Edwards.

Remtronics Inc., moved from the Village of Silver Creek to its new facility in the City of Dunkirk. Since that time, their employment has gone from 59 to over 70 employees. Michael Kadis, the owner of Remtronics, could have moved the business to Cleveland, OH. The conditions of his staying in Chautauqua County were that he find a quality building in Dunkirk to move the company to, and that the CCIDA would take the Remtronics building in Silver Creek after their move to Dunkirk.

"The CCIDA told us throughout the process that they would work to make sure the Remtronics building would be used by a business entity rather than become a large abandoned building in the middle of the Village. The CCIDA kept its word by facilitating Excelco/Newbrook, Inc. taking the building. We are so fortunate to have this outstanding company in our Village and having them taking this space and fully remodeling it is exactly the result we were hoping for," said Village Mayor Kurt Lindstrom.

Bill Daly, Administrative Director/CEO, of the CCIDA approached Christopher Lanski, President, and PJ Azzarella, CFO, with the idea of their using the building. Mr. Daly said, "it's such a great pleasure to work with Chris, PJ, and Doug Newman, Executive Vice President, at Excelco/Newbrook, Inc. They have a wonderful business in the Village and we had a feeling that they might have interest in the building. As it turned out, they did and they moved rapidly to start the process of making this part of their significant presence in Silver Creek."

Chris Lanski, President of Excelco/Newbrook, Inc. commented that "this was an excellent opportunity for our company since we needed more space to compliment our two existing buildings in the Village. This expansion was very timely, allowing us to make some strategic improvements in some of our processes because of the increased space." Mr. Lanski also went on to thank Paul Wisniewski, of PW Design Services, who is the Project Manager for the remodeling of the building.

Excelco Developments Inc. provide engineering, machining, fabrication, welding, NDE and testing services for high tech applications such as nuclear, aerospace, marine and demanding commercial projects. They work with common and exotic materials, including titanium and work to the quality requirements ISO 9001 and Mil Specs.

Remtronics, Inc. is a leading high reliability contract manufacturer of electronic products. Their manufacturing processes yield products that are electromagnetic, electromechanical, solenoid coils, cables, harnesses, fiber optic assemblies and plastic molded components. These products are used in a wide variety of aerospace, military, medical and industrial applications.

Pictured left to right are Kurt Lindstrom,Village of Silver Creek Mayor; George Borrello, Legislator – Distict 4; PJ Azzarella and Chris Lanski of Excelco/Newbrook, Inc.; Greg Edwards, County Executive; Matt Karalunas of Remtronics; and Bill Daly, CCIDA.

Pitt-Bradford Named
'Military Friendly School' for Third Year

For the third year in a row, Pitt-Bradford has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“The Military Friendly School designation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication made by so many different offices and people at Pitt-Bradford who actively help returning veterans and their dependents to be successful in their pursuit of higher education,” said James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and director of enrollment services.

“We are very proud of this recognition, but we are even prouder of the accomplishments of our students.”

In its effort to help student-veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student-veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student-veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford or an eligibility consultation, contact Bob Dilks Jr., director of transfer and nontraditional student recruitment, at or visit

Articulation Agreements Ease
Transition from JCC to St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College officials have sealed the deal on 18 articulation agreements, thus paving the way for JCC students to earn a bachelor’s degree at St. Bonaventure.

“We’re thrilled to build on our longstanding relationships with JCC,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president of St. Bonaventure University. “With these agreements, students at JCC can have a clear understanding of what they need to do at JCC to ensure a smooth transition to the university and also ensuring they graduate on time.”

The articulation agreements spell out the policies by which St. Bonaventure awards transfer credits and are specific about course equivalencies. Students who follow the articulation agreements should be able to complete undergraduate degrees in four semesters, assuming they enroll full time and take normal course loads.

“Part of the ‘JCC Promise’ is connecting students to their goals,” said JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque. “Our strong articulation agreements with St. Bonaventure are indicators of our ability to prepare students to continue their studies toward bachelor’s degrees at upper-division institutions.”

Articulation agreements for programs include: accounting, biology, biochemistry, business information systems, chemistry, computer science, English, environmental sciences, history, journalism and mass communication, management sciences, marketing, mathematics, modern languages, physics, political science, psychology (BA and BS) and sociology.

“These agreements demonstrate our commitment to serving transfer students exceptionally well,” said Kate Dillon Hogan, associate vice president for enrollment at St. Bonaventure. “We are in the process of completing similar agreements with three other community colleges in Western New York.”

Copies of the agreements are available on the web at

Pictured, JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque (front, from left) and St. Bonaventure President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., sign agreements between the schools. Also pictured are Dr. Marilyn Zagora, vice president and dean of Academic Affairs at JCC and Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at SBU.

Donachy Found Guilty

A jury has found 36-year-old Lawrence Donachy Jr. guilty of 2nd degree murder, rape, burglary and aggravated assault in connection to the 1999 killing of Irene Challingsworth in her St. Marys home.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Casey Statment on Social Security COLA

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement after the Social Security Administration announced an annual cost-of-living adjustment of 3.6 percent to put more money in the pockets of beneficiaries in Pennsylvania:

“The Social Security COLA will provide a needed boost to older Pennsylvanians who have gone two years without an increase. This increase will help older Pennsylvanian’s make ends meet and afford essential everyday items like food and medicine. Cost of living increases are essential to helping older Pennsylvanians living on fixed incomes support themselves and their families.”

A county-by-county breakdown of beneficiaries in Pennsylvania is available by clicking here.

Following news last year that there would be no COLA adjustment for 2011, Senator Casey called for a Senate vote on legislation to provide a one-time payment of $250 to Social Security recipients to help alleviate the fiscal strain the economic downturn placed on older Pennsylvanians.

Nearly 70 percent of beneficiaries depend on Social Security for at least half of their income, and Social Security is the sole source of income for 15 percent of recipients.

Hundreds Attend Outreach Event at UPB

Communications Director for Rep. Thompson

Students from high schools throughout the Western part of the 5th Congressional District today attended a government seminar, “Government Outreach 2011,” at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Government Outreach 2011” – hosted by U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard,” and sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh – offered students insight into the role of the federal government and future career and education opportunities. Hundreds of students from over 16 areas high schools were in attendance.

The Seminar’s activities included a welcome from Dr. Livingston Alexander, President of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, remarks from numerous motivational speakers, and career opportunity presentations from several event sponsors, including Ms. Amy Oswald, of Joy Mining Machinery.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to have students from schools from all over the congressional district here at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford,” said Thompson, in welcoming the students. “I’m hoping that out of the conversations we have today, some of the students will learn new insight into how the world works, the functions of government, and maybe even find a career path or realize a passion.”

Thompson later spoke to his own education and career background, emphasizing the importance of a good education in creating opportunity. “Education has been a tool – a key to success and advancement,” said Thompson. During intermission, area high school students discussed their experience at “Government Outreach 2011,” including Page and Ashley from Bradford Area High School.

Two guest speakers were Penn State Professor Dr. Lawrence (Larry) A. Schardt, the author of “The Magic Moment: Creating a Lifetime of Happiness and Success,” and Mr. Robb Armstrong, the creator of the syndicated comic strip “Jump Start,” which runs in more than 450 newspapers in 8 countries. Both individuals offered motivational speeches on pursuing dreams and finding success in life. Similarly, Thompson challenged students to pursue their dreams. “If you have a passion, take a risk, and get after your dreams,” he said.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Thompson spent 28 years as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed nursing home administrator, where he learned firsthand the importance of access to quality healthcare in rural communities. During the seminar, Thompson added that his passion for “making a difference in people’s lives,” is what ultimately led him into the field of healthcare and on to run for Congress, where a key focus of his work is advancing policy solutions in the area healthcare.

The seminar, a two-day event, will continue tomorrow in Lock Haven, PA, at Lock Haven University, the morning of Thursday, October 20, 2011.

No Verdict Yet in Donachy Trial

Jurors in the case of a man accused of raping and murdering a St. Marys hairdresser have ended their first full day of deliberations without a verdict.

Jurors got the case in the Lawrence Donachy trial at about noon on Tuesday and deliberated for about 5 ½ hours before the judge sent them back to their hotel. They returned to the courthouse at 9 o’clock this morning and deliberated until just before 6 o’clock.

Donachy is charged with raping and murdering Irene Challingsworth in her home after breaking in to steal a lottery ticket in 1999. Police charged Donachy nearly 10 years after the murder when DNA evidence at the scene was linked to him.

Jurors will continue their deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Paul Brown to Receive GOACC Award

OLEAN -- The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the contributions of Paul Brown Motors with the 2011 Enterprising Business award given by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. The award honors those who exemplify the enterprising spirit of community and commercial growth in the greater Olean community and will be presented at the GOACC 106th Annual Dinner scheduled for Thursday, November 2, at Premier Banquet Center. Napoleon Engineering Services will also be recognized at the 2011 Annual Dinner with the Enterprising Business award, and Tom Buffamante with the 2011 L.O.U.I.E. Award (information on these two awards out later this week).

Paul Brown Motors was incorporated in 1952 as a Dodge car and truck dealer. The business was sold by Mr. Paul Brown to John Brairton in 1984. John was formerly a Chevrolet dealer in Honeoye Falls, NY but knew Olean well as a graduate of St Bonaventure University. Terry Brairton joins the family business in 1994. Business grows steadily during the 90's and helps them land the Jeep franchise in 2003. Since 1998, Paul Brown Motors has received the prestigious "Five Star Award for Excellence" in sales and service from Chrysler Corporation for 13 years and counting. In a move to diversify their product line and offer an import car line to the Olean market, Paul Brown Kia opened at 1211 East State Street in December 2010. February 2011, Paul Brown Motors adds the Chrysler brand to their Dodge and Jeep lines, accompanied by an extensive facility renovation at 1145 East State Street. April 2011, Paul Brown Kia renovates1211 East State to become a 'Kia Image " facility. The company employs 28 people.

Erick Laine, who nominated Paul Brown Motors, stated, “Paul Brown has been very successful in maintaining a strong and growing sales business and took the steps to make certain their growth continued. In addition, they have completed major upgrades to their facilities and in my view, this indicates a very strong loyalty to the area and the determination to remain a major factor in its growth.”

“Small businesses make a big impact. It’s their activity that keeps the area vibrant, supplying valuable jobs and delivering the goods and services that make our lives a bit easier. Paul Brown Motors has substantiated history as an established business; has sustained expansion, and has seen a growth in number of employees,” added Larry Sorokes, GOACC Board President.

An informal reception will start at 6 PM, with the dinner slated for 7 PM. Tickets for the event are $42 with a menu of Chicken Invaltini. Patron dinner tickets for $52 and corporate tables of eight for $500 are also available to reserve. Patrons and corporates receive a listing in the dinner program. Please call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or e-mail for reservations by October 28 or more information on the dinner ceremony.

Man Waives Hearing for Alleged
Assault with Screwdriver

A Bradford man accused of stabbing another man in the eye with a screwdriver waived his preliminary hearing today.

23-year-old Herbert Wheeler is charged with burglary, aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness.

At 2:17 a.m. on October 2 police were called to King Street for a reported assault and found the victim bleeding from his eye, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. The victim told police Wheeler kicked open the front door and stabbed him with a flathead screwdriver.

Police found Wheeler in the driveway of another King Street house, passed out in an empty vehicle. They say he was highly intoxicated and had blood on his clothes.

Wheeler is jailed on $100,000 bail.

Man Sentenced for Involvement in
Chautauqua County Contract Killing

A Rochester man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in the contract killing of a Jamestown man in 2008.

23-year-old Diego Correa-Castro and his co-defendants traveled from Rochester to Jamestown to look for 31-year-old Quincy Turner, who was gunned down outside his racecar shop in the Town of Ellicott on May 30, 2008. Correa-Castro was convicted of possession of firearm used in a violent crime.

“The significant sentence in this case – imposed upon someone who did not pull the trigger but who nevertheless assisted in finding the intended victim – sends a strong message that our Office will not tolerate such a brutal, violent crime,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul in a news release. “All of us in federal law enforcement pledge to continue to work with our local and County law enforcement partners to bring the most dangerous members of society to justice.”

The other defendants were indicted in August of last year for Turner's murder. In September of last year, Juan DeJesus-Santiago was convicted for his role in the murder.

At the time of his murder Turner was trying to work out a plea deal for himself in a federal drug case known as “Operation Q-Dog.”

Forum on Route 219 Expansion Thursday

Senator Catharine Young will be hosting a roundtable discussion this Thursday with key transportation, tourism, labor, logistics, education, banking and health care officials from around the region to discuss the importance of completing the NY Route 219/Continental 1 expansion project in New York.

The “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum will focus on finding ways to improve the state, local and regional efforts for reviving the north-south expressway project that is hoped to open the region to new trade markets that will bring new jobs and economic development opportunities.

A completed Route 219/Continental 1 will provide Western New York with a nationally significant trade corridor connection from Toronto to Miami using 1,300 miles of completed interstate highways. Completing approximately 20 miles of Route 219 is the essential connection for the New York State portion of the route.

Senator Young, joined by members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, will host Thursday’s forum that is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo.

Confirmed speakers include:

Meg Lauerman
Project Manager
Continental 1

James Manno
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc.

Alan Pero
International Supervisor
International Union of Operating Engineers #17

Patrick J. Whalen
Chief Operating Officer
Buffalo Niagara Medical Center

Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Ph.D., Esq.
Deputy Director
University at Buffalo Regional Institute

John L. Manzella
Manzella Trade Communications

Stephen F. Mayer, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor-College of Business Administration
Director-Technology Commercialization Clinic

Art Hile
Finance Director, Americas and Asia Pacific
Dresser-Rand Group, Inc.

Dennis A. Eshbaugh
President/General Manager
Holiday Valley Mountain Resort & Conference Center

G. Henry Cook
President and CEO
Somerset Trust Company

Doug Dimitroff
Partner & Telecommunications Team Leader
Phillips Lytle LLP

Richard Forrestel, Sr.
Coldspring Construction Company & Member of FAIR
(Fair Apportionment of Infrastructure Revenues Committee)

Pirates Executive to Speak at Pitt-Bradford
For Disability Awareness Month

Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will speak at a celebration of Disability Awareness Month at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Kellem’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 24 in Harriett B. Wick Chapel. Refreshments will be served.

Kellem manages the Pirates’ interaction with a variety of regional minority communities in order to identify, network, and cultivate positive mutually beneficial relationships with community and business leaders. These communities include African Americans, Latinos, Asians, persons with disabilities, and the underserved and uninsured. His focus is to develop and engage the minority communities in sales, community and business opportunities that will increase minority participation within the Pirates organization.

Kellem graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in sports administration. While at Edinboro, he served as the vice president of student government and worked with young students for three years in residence life.

In his spare time, he serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Edinboro Alumni Board, Consumer Health Coalition, UCP Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network. He also serves on state and city committees for the governor and mayor.

In addition to his dedication to the region, Kellem also has a passion for adapted sports. He is the coach for a wheelchair basketball team and also plays second base for Pittsburgh’s only wheelchair competitive softball team.

At birth Kellum was diagnosed with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, which causes the bones to break easily.

The talk is sponsored by Active Minds, the Office of Community Engagement, the Office of Disability Resources and Services, the Division of Management and Education and the Office of the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs/Registrar.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

RIP Kent Hull

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Giant Pumpkin at Governor's Residence

First Lady Susan Corbett listens to 4th grader Caleb Bargo describe growing the giant pumpkin he and his sister 6th grader Rachel Bargo (center) donated to the Governor's Residence.
Courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

The 270-pound pumpkin donated by the Bargo Family, of Port Royal, Juniata County, was grown by 11-year-old Rachel and 7-year-old Caleb. It started out as a seedling in the family's kitchen in March and was moved outdoors once the weather got warmer. The children say they used a little bit of fertilizer, but mostly watered it regularly to help it grow so large. The kids say they have grown pumpkins in the past, but never one quite this large.

Two House Fires Ruled Accidental

The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team has determined that two house fires over the weekend were accidental.

The first was at around 7:15 a.m. Saturday in Cassadaga, where a fire started in gargage. Investigators say a light had been left on and was too close to combustible material.

The second fire was at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Westfield. The investigation revealed a problem with the electric service cable going to the house, which caused the electricity to be improperly grounded, which started an electrical fire inside.

No one was hurt in either fire.

Jury Continues Deliberations in Elk Co.

The jury in the case of a man accused of raping and murdering a St. Marys hairdresser in 1999 continued its deliberations this morning.

Closing arguments in the murder trial of Lawrence Donachy wrapped up Tuesday morning, followed by more than five hours of deliberation. A judge sent the jury back to its hotel at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. They returned to the courthouse to continue deliberations at 9 o’clock this morning.

The jury was brought in from Butler County due to pre-trial publicity.
Donachy is charged with raping and murdering Irene Challingsworth in her home after breaking in to steal a lottery ticket.

Police charged Donachy nearly ten years after Challingsworth was killed when scientists linked DNA evidence at the scene to him. A state police expert testified the odds were 720 trillion to one that the DNA found that the scene belonged to anyone but Donachy.

Pictured, Irene Challingsworth

Rep. Thompson Holds Outreach Event

Congressman GT Thompson is holding his annual Government Outreach program for high school students today at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Thompson told the students he gets called a lot names, but one of them is the reason he holds the outreach event.

"Most of (the names) are pretty favorable, like Congressman ... But the key title is 'representative,'" Thompson said. "You can't represent people if you don't make an effort to meet them, talk with them and find out what's on their minds."

Students from McKean, Cameron, Elk, Potter, Clarion, Forest and Jefferson counties are attending the event.

Another Big Bird at the SPCA

For the second time in three days the SPCA has been asked to take care of a wounded bird.

Duck hunters found the blue heron near Tuna Crossroads and took it to the SPCA.

The SPCA’s Tony Danias is taking the bird to Mark Baker of Eagle’s Dream Bird Rehabilitation in Olean, where the bald eagle that was found Monday is still living. Baker thought the bird would have to be euthanized, but they are still treating its shattered wing.

By the way, Tony tells us he's glad he's not in Ohio today looking for lions, tigers, bears, cheetahs and the other animals that are on the loose.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SBU Loop of Recreation Trail Opens

Community and university leaders integral to the project gathered Tuesday morning to dedicate the completion of the St. Bonaventure loop of the Allegheny River Valley Trail.

Calling the trail addition a “wonderful milestone in our relationship with Allegany and Olean,” Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at SBU, thanked Allegany and county officials and project consultants, and concluded with a “special thanks to Phil Winger, who expertly managed this complex project.”

Winger is the associate vice president for facilities at the university.

The roughly three-quarter-mile addition was completed earlier this month — six years after U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton helped secure federal funding for the trail expansion and campus road improvements. Federal and state roadblocks slowed distribution of the money until this year; project work finally began in April.

University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., expressed her gratitude to Schumer and Clinton, who personally presented the symbolic check to Sr. Margaret when Clinton, now Secretary of State, was visiting Jamestown Community College.

The $2.5 million project included:

• a warming hut featuring restroom facilities for students and recreation trail users (expected to be completed by December).
• the straightening of Clare Road, which runs through the woods between Francis Hall on the east side of campus to the five-way intersection just east of Doyle Hall.
• reworking of the parking lot and five-way intersection near Doyle Hall.
• a new access road near the center of campus at the Reilly Center.
• repaving and road restoration at various locations around campus.

Also on hand was Joe Higgins, “the father of the rec trail,” Sr. Margaret said. She presented him one of the university’s 150th Anniversary Medals for his contribution to the community. Completed in 1999, the recreation trail was the brainchild of Higgins, who spoke briefly and thanked the owners of the land through which the trail runs.

“The trail isn’t owned by anyone,” Higgins said. “It succeeds because of an intermunicipal agreement with Olean, Allegany and St. Bonaventure.”

About 2.5 miles of the trail — including the new addition, which runs parallel to West State Road and then south next to Francis Road and behind Francis Hall, connecting to the existing trail near the river — is now on St. Bonaventure property. With the addition, the entire trail is roughly 6.3 miles long.

“It’s really exciting to see people using the completed loop,” Sr. Margaret said.

Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M, executive director of University Ministries, blessed the trail with holy water before officials cut the ribbon to open the trail.

Pictured, (from left) Joseph Higgins, trail founder and chair of the trail committee; SBU Trustee Timothy Finan; Allegany Town Supervisor Pat Eaton; Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at SBU; Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., University president; William Fox, engineer with Cattaraugus County; Wendy Brand, trail committee member and representative of state Assemblyman Joseph Giglio; Phil Winger, associate vice president for facilities at SBU; and Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries.
Courtesy of St. Bonaventure University

'Bucky' May Have Tried to Escape Again

Former fugitive and convicted cop killer Ralph "Bucky" Phillips may have been trying to escape from prison again.

Prison officials at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, say Phillips engaged in activity on Monday that could have resulted in an attempted escape.

Peter Cutler of the New York State Department of Corrections would not elaborate on what the activity was, but did say it was the 30th incident since December 22, 2006, that Phillips engaged in that violated prison rules. He adds that Phillips is in a single bed cell, where he spends 23 hours a day, because he is considered an escape risk.

Phillips was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing Trooper Joseph Longobardo, and wounding Troopers Donald Baker Jr. and Sean Brown in the summer of 2006. He led police on a five-month manhunt after breaking out of the Alden Correctional Facility in April of that year.

Two More Firebombers Sentenced

Two more people who firebombed an Allegany apartment where several St. Bonaventure students were living have been sentenced.

23-year-old Donald Phearsdorf has been sentenced to three years’ probation and 22-year-old Adam Peterson has been sentenced to 5 years’ probation. They both pleaded guilty.

In the early morning hours of October 17 of last year, a fight prompted seven men to conspire to throw a Molotov cocktail into the Allegany apartment.

Another person who pleaded guilty to assault in the incident, 21-year-old Mark Braithwaite of Olean, is scheduled for sentencing November 14.

Three Hurt in Cameron County Crash

Three Monaca, PA, residents were hurt in a one-vehicle crash at just after 10 o’clock this morning on Route 120 in Cameron County.

State police say an SUV driven by 23-year-old Ronald Hogue drifted off the road while rounding a curve and hit an embankment. The SUV then spun around, crossed both lanes and hit the guiderails.

Hogue and his passengers, 22-year-old Alexis Frioni and 19-year-old David Ball, all suffered minor injuries.

Police issued Hogue a traffic citation.

Donachy's Fate in Jury's Hands

The fate of a St. Marys man accused of raping and murdering a hairdresser in 1999 is now in the hands of a jury.

Closing arguments in the murder trial of Lawrence Donachy wrapped up this morning, and the jury got the case at around noon.

Donachy is also accused of setting Irene Challingsworth’s bed on fire when he broke into her home to steal a lottery ticket.

Police charged Donachy nearly 10 years after the murder when DNA evidence at the scene was linked to him.

A state police expert testified the odds were 720 trillion to one that the DNA found at the scene belonged to anyone but Donachy.