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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fatal Crash in Chautauqua County

UPDATE: The man who died is Harry Loomis of Cherry Creek.

An 83-year-old Chautauqua County resident is dead after being thrown from a vehicle during a crash Friday night on Route 5.

The victim’s name has not been released yet.

Sheriff’s deputies say 31-year-old Jason Gage of Buffalo was driving a tractor-trailer in the Town of Pomfret when the victim pulled out in front of him. Gage’s rig hit the victim’s vehicle, which then spun out and landed in a ditch.

The victim was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, where the person later died. Deputies issued Gage a ticket for having a suspended registration.

The investigation is continuing.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

PA State Trooper Promoted

A state trooper from Emporium has been promoted to corporal and is being transferred to Clearfield.

Allen Brothers of Weedville was promoted today by State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

Brothers has been a state trooper since 1998.

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Jury Acquits Olean Man on Assault Charge

Little Valley, NY - A Cattaraugus County Jury today of six women and six men found Michael J. Ward of South Barry Street, Olean, NY, not guilty of one count of felony assault 2nd and guilty of one count of a violation for unlawfully possessing marijuana.

It was alleged that Mr. Ward, age 23, had assaulted his former girlfriend in the residence they shared at 1309 Washington Street in Olean on June 15th of last year. Mr. Ward was arrested based upon a complaint from the former girlfriend, Jenny E. Stephens, 28, now of Batavia, which was made to Olean City Police on August 5, 2011. Mr. Ward was found to have a small amount of marijuana in his pants pocket when he was arrested later that day.

The jury deliberated for approximately one hour before announcing their verdict. The four day trial was presided over by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein. It was Judge Himelein’s first trial since returning to work after an extended medical leave.

Mr. Ward, represented by Cattaraugus County Public Defender Mark S. Williams, broke out in tears as the verdict was announced on the assault charge, which, had he been convicted of, would have resulted in a mandatory prison sentence of up to seven years. He had attempted to enter a guilty plea to the marijuana possession charge as the trial resumed today but was rebuffed by prosecutor John Luzier, First Assistant District Attorney of Cattaraugus County. Mr. Ward had conceded his guilt on that charge during earlier testimony from Olean Police Captain Robert Blovsky. Mr. Ward had maintained his innocence on the assault charge from the day of his arrest. Medical records from Ms. Stephens’ stay in Olean General Hospital indicated that she had on numerous occasions told medical personnel that she had tripped and fallen into the corner of a kitchen counter at their residence and was injured. However, Ms. Stephens later changed her story and indicated to her doctor fourteen days later that she had been kicked by Mr. Ward on June 15th. On August 5th, when she first went to the police to file a report, she claimed she had been punched by Mr. Ward on June 15th and had been a victim of domestic violence.

Mr. Ward testified in his own defense at the trial and also presented the testimony of his current girlfriend, Samantha Cooper of Olean. Mr. Ward’s attorney, Public Defender Mark S. Williams stated “We are very pleased by the verdict. There was next to no investigation of this complaint by the authorities. When my investigator tried to interview witnesses and the alleged victim, doors were literally slammed in our face.” Testimony in court on Thursday by Ms. Stephens indicated that she was told by prosecutor John Luzier to not talk to the defense attorney or his investigator. “It really makes our job that much harder when no one will talk to us about a case proceeding to trial. When we learn that it is the prosecution that has told them to not talk to us, it is outrageous,” said Williams.

In her testimony, Ms. Stephens revealed that her eight year old son was present when the alleged assault took place. “This information was not in any police investigation, statement of Ms. Stephens, nor in any medical records. It is unbelievable that a witness to an alleged assault is not interviewed by the police. It is even more unbelievable that it appears that until Ms. Stephens testified that no one, including the prosecutor, was aware of that fact” stated Williams. “While we presented a very logical argument at trial that Michael Ward was not guilty of the charge and, in fact, had not assaulted Ms. Stephens, the criminal justice system is shown to be unfair and unjust when a crucial eyewitness is never revealed until the middle of a trial and is never interviewed. We are ever thankful that our jury system is there to force the police and prosecutors to go back and see what they can do better in the next investigation. Unfortunately, all too often the result is a disgruntled prosecutor who thinks the jury just got it wrong. The truth is, the jury got this verdict correct and an innocent man will not be going to prison,” Williams concluded.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dozens of Accidents in Twin Tiers

More a dozen accidents were reported across the Twin Tiers this afternoon.

At just after 3 o’clock a pickup truck traveling on Route 219 went off the road just north of Tack’s Inn and rolled over an embankment. The driver was able to get himself out of the vehicle.

A couple of minutes later Bradford City Police were called to an accident at the intersection of Mill and East Main streets.

At around 2:40 emergency responders were called to a crash just west of the cemetery curve on Route 6. One person was hurt, but a helicopter could not respond because of the weather.

Several accidents were reported on I-86, including one where a driver hit a couple of road signs. Other motorists got stuck on the side of the road.

On Humphrey Road a car crashed into a utility pole and flipped over.

At just after 4 o’clock a vehicle crashed into a bus near Hinsdale. No injuries were reported. And, there was a rollover crash on the Portville-Ceres Road.

At just before 5 o’clock a car ran into a utility pole at the M&M Smoke Shop. At just after 5 o’clock a car went into a ditch on South Kendall Avenue near The Kitchen. No injuries were reported.

Also, fire police were called to Red Rock Hill in Otto Township twice when tractor-trailers got stuck on the road.

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PA Jobless Rate Falls

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate dropped to 7.6 percent in December, from 7.9 percent in November.

The state’s unemployment rate is now nine-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 8.5 percent.

In its report released today, the Department of Labor and Industry says the falling unemployment means two things: some people found work; others stopped looking.

11,000 more people were working in December than in November.

You can read the report here. PDF

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EPA to Sample Water at Homes in Dimock

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it plans to perform water sampling at approximately 60 homes in the Carter Road/Meshoppen Creek Road area of Dimock, Pa. to further assess whether any residents are being exposed to hazardous substances that cause health concerns. EPA’s decision to conduct sampling is based on EPA’s review of data provided by residents, Cabot Oil and Gas, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“EPA is working diligently to understand the situation in Dimock and address residents’ concerns,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “We believe that the information provided to us by the residents deserves further review, and conducting our own sampling will help us fill information gaps. Our actions will be based on the science and the law and we will work to help get a more complete picture of water quality for these homes in Dimock.”

The sampling will begin in a matter of days and the agency estimates that it will take at least three weeks to sample all the homes. All sampling is contingent on access granted to the property. EPA expects validated results from quality-tested lab to be available in about five weeks after samples are taken.

In addition, EPA is taking action to ensure delivery of temporary water supplies to four homes where data reviewed by EPA indicates that residents’ well water contains levels of contaminants that pose a health concern. EPA will reevaluate this decision when it completes sampling of the wells at these four homes. Current information on other wells does not support the need for alternative water at this time. However, the information does support the need for further sampling.

Natural gas plays a key role in our nation’s clean energy future and the Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that the development of this vital resource occurs safely and responsibly. At the direction of Congress, and separate from this limited sampling, EPA has begun a national study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.

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Local Blood Shortage Worsens;
Part of Nationwide Shortage

The blood shortage that developed in the region worsened with continued heavier than normal usage and lighter than anticipated donor turnout the two contributing factors. Much of the nation is experiencing the same problem so the blood bank won't be able to borrow blood in the event the situation becomes critical. Local donors are needed to end this shortage.

In the past the Community Blood Bank has been able to buy blood from other blood banks to help end shortages. The Community Blood Bank has also sold blood to other blood banks in the same predicament.

The Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive on Saturday at 24 Davis Street, Union Square in Bradford from 9-1pm. No appointment is needed to save a life.

"Looks like we will really be struggling," says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "And with this being a nationwide shortage we are on our own."

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Saturdays 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. Photo ID is required.



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SBU Gets $1 Million Gift for Construction
of New School of Business Building

Devoted to creating opportunities for students and focused on the needs of the university, Daria L. Foster has committed $2 million to St. Bonaventure University’s School of Business Campaign, the university announced today. Daria Foster is managing partner of Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC.

The contribution will provide $1 million toward the construction of a new building to house the School of Business and $1 million in endowment to support academic programs.

The gift honors her late husband of more than 30 years, William C. Foster. A member of St. Bonaventure’s class of 1962 and Fordham Law School (’65), Mr. Foster practiced law for 35 years, retiring in 2000 as senior associate counsel for Champion International. He served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees from 2008 to his passing in 2010. In 2009, the Fosters endowed a scholarship at the university in honor of their mothers, which is now valued at more than $2.7 million, and in early 2011 Mrs. Foster created a similar scholarship fund at Gettysburg College.

“Daria Foster is a great champion of students and of a liberal arts foundation,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of the university. “She and Bill shared a devotion to giving back to their alma maters and helping future generations pursue their full potential. Her tremendous generosity in this campaign illustrates a firm belief in St. Bonaventure’s ability to transform how business professionals are prepared.”

Mrs. Foster has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She is the first female managing partner of Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, one of our nation’s oldest money management firms, and also serves as president and director of Lord Abbett Mutual Funds. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg College and credits much of her success to the varied skill set gleaned in a liberal arts environment.

“St. Bonaventure meant a lot to Bill. It was where he truly matured as an adult. He always had a very warm feeling about the university and wanted to do something that was important,” said Mrs. Foster. “In addition, we have both been the beneficiaries of the generosity of family members, friends and colleagues throughout our lives. This gift also acknowledges these people for their support of us.”

Constructing a new home for the School of Business is important, she said, adding that a new physical plant will affect students’ involvement and interest, and will offer opportunities they would not otherwise have.

“It is my hope that Daria Foster’s leadership in giving will inspire many others to join in supporting the School of Business Campaign,” said Carol Fischer, Ph.D., C.P.A., interim dean of the School of Business. “Her generosity is a remarkable vote of confidence in the work of our faculty and the aspirations of our students.”

The university is in the midst of a $15 million campaign for the creation of a new building to house the School of Business: $10 million for the construction of the business center; $4 million in endowments for faculty and programmatic support; and $1 million for building endowment.

Daria Foster’s gift brings the total of funds raised to nearly $13 million. It is among more than 50 commitments made to the campaign by St. Bonaventure alumni and friends. The university will release information about additional lead donors to the campaign as it continues toward its goal of $15 million.

Donations to the campaign may be made by visiting www.sbu.edu/bullishonbusiness/donate or by calling (800) 664-1273.

For more on the planned Business Center and the School of Business Campaign, go to www.sbu.edu/bullishonbusiness.

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Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory is effect until midnight for McKean, Warren, Elk and Potter counties, and until 5 a.m. Friday in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

The National Weather Service in State College says we could see 2 to 4 inches of snow before midnight, and wind gusts could be as high as 30 miles an hour.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo says some areas in Western New York could see up to 9 inches of snow by tomorrow morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties, and motorists should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility. Motorists should be especially cautious on bridges and overpasses, where slippery spots develop first.
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Man Dies in Franklinville Crash

UPDATE: The man who died is Barry Tyler

An Olean man is dead following a bus accident Wednesday afternoon on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Franklinville.

State Police say the 50-year-old bus driver, whose name has not been released yet, had seven disabled adults on the bus when it went off the road and hit a tree.

The driver was taken to Olean General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the man may have suffered a medical problem before the crash.

One of the passengers was also taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of a minor knee injury.
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Man Guilty of Attempted Kidnapping

A Brocton man was found guilty of trying to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she was riding her bike to school last May in Fredonia.

22-year-old Corey Kimmy was convicted after a four-day trial. He faces a mandatory prison term of up to 15 years when he is sentenced next month.

Kimmy grabbed the girl at about 7:25 a.m. on May 19, but she was able to get free and run to a nearby home, where the residents called police.

Kimmy was arrested about about eight hours later.

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Slocum Found Guilty of Three Charges

Father Sam Slocum was found guilty of three charges and not guilty of two following his trial in McKean County Court.

A jury found him guilty of a felony count of concealing the whereabouts of a child, and misdemeanor and summary counts of corruption of minors, according to McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn.

Slocum was found not guilty of a felony count of interference of custody of children and a misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at nighttime, according to Learn.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set yet.

The 60-year-old priest was suspended from his duties at St. Francis and Our Mother of Perpetual Help churches after the charges were filed in April.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Truck Hits Tree in Potter County

A Shinglehouse man suffered moderate injuries in an accident at about 12:45 Tuesday morning on Plank Road in Sharon Township.

State Police say a pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Travis Siebert went off the road while rounding a curve then hit a tree.

Siebert was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of back injuries.

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Two Hurt in One-Car Crash

Two people were hurt in an accident at just before noon today on Route 6 in Roulette Township.

State Police say a car driven by 54-year-old Elma Lannager of Roulette went off the road and hit an embankment. It then spun around and the back of the car ended up in a ditch.

Lannager and her 15-year-old passenger were taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Man Accused of Threatening Another
Man with Kitchen Knife

A Roulette man is accused of threatening another man with a knife early this morning.

Police say at around 1 a.m. 37-year-old Shawn Rader and 20-year-old Benjamin Price were arguing at Rader’s house. Rader eventually grabbed a large knife and threatened Price with it multiple times and also allegedly hit Price in the face.

Rader will be charged with terroristic threats.
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Applications for 2012 Pennsylvania
House Scholarships Now Available

HARRISBURG – High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education, Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) announced today.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. To apply, interested students should visit www.RepGabler.com and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1.

Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.

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Senate Approves Wellsite Safety Bill

Harrisburg – A bill to improve emergency management and response at Marcellus Shale wellsites received the approval of the Senate today. Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) offered the following remarks in support of the measure, which she sponsored:

There are many different views and disagreements over policy about the gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. But there is at least one thing on which there is a broad consensus – the necessity of being prepared to react and respond when something goes wrong. Whether it involves where wells are being drilled or facilities are operating.

This bill provides for the emergency preparedness required to protect the health and safety of our communities, and safeguard the environment against trouble turning into catastrophe.

Just last week, an article ran in the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE under the headline, "DEP's Marcellus Shale drilling numbers do not add up."

This article underscored what emergency management officials have been worrying about: no one knows exactly how many Marcellus Shale wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania, or where they all are.

This most basic information is essential in an emergency.

Senate Bill 995 requires drillers to implement the most basic rules of public safety: to plan for disaster, to share their emergency plans with the people who will implement them, and to have 911 information at their fingertips.

Senate Bill 995 requires drillers to inform state and local officials of wellpad locations and access roads. In this way, the Commonwealth better protects the health and safety of first responders and the public.

Any first responder will tell you that the best weapon against injury, environmental damage, property destruction, and death is not the most state-of-the art fire truck, radio, or protective gear—it is information.

Senate Bill 995 fills a gaping information hole. When something goes wrong, having emergency information posted at the site, and a plan that is shared with key emergency personnel, are vital parts of a risk reduction plan.

When tragedy strikes, every second counts. Firefighters and ambulance crews cannot waste time searching for a well pad or access road. If we plan for tragedy before it strikes, we can reduce the risk to people, property and the environment.

As the pace of drilling picks up, the emergency response must ramp up as well. Senate Bill 995 is a reasonable, realistic and responsible approach to ensuring wellsite safety in Pennsylvania.

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Obituary
Betty Steinhauser

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Steinhauser, 73, of 618 W. Washington St. Bradford. passed away Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 1, 1938, in Ellicottville, NY she was a daughter of Sylvester and Regina (Markowitz) Guy.

On March 26, 1960, in Ellicottville, NY, she married Carl L. Steinhauser Jr. who died on September 19, 2011.

Mrs. Steinhauser was a 1956 graduate of Ellicottville High School. She moved from Ellicottville to Bradford to work at First Federal Saving and Loan Company, then she worked as an accountant at S.K & Tate Furs and later as a desk clerk at the DeSoto Holiday House.

She enjoyed going to auctions and looking for antiques and she collected Hummel Figurines. She formerly attended Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church.

Surviving are three children; one daughter, Anna T. (Jim) Lombardo of Bradford; two sons Michael Steinhauser and Carl L. (Dody) Steinhauser III all of Bradford; four grandchildren: Shawna Wolfgang, James V. Lombardo II, Blair Comes, and Ricky Barrett. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 21, 2011 from 10:00 to 11:00am in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am with Rev. Raymond Gramatta, pastor, of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association 823 Filmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505 or charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com





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UPB Redesigns Elementary Education
Major to Meet New State Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has redesigned its elementary education major to meet new requirements from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The new major, “Early Education, Pre-K-4,” replaces the elementary education major, although students will be able to graduate with an elementary education major through the spring 2013.

Dr. Donna Dombek, associate professor of education and coordinator of elementary education, said that she has been working for several years to develop the new major, which was approved by the state’s Department of Education in 2010 and by the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.

The state will change its requirements for certification at the end of summer 2013, Dombek explained, requiring teachers to have a bachelor’s degree in prekindergarten through grade 4 or grade 4 through 8. Currently elementary school teachers are certified to teach prekindergarten through sixth grade.

Pitt-Bradford might offer a major to study education for grades 4 through 8 in the future.

“I think that the new age breaks will allow us to more fully prepare our students,” Dombek said.

The new major adds foundation courses such as Family and Community Relationships, a childhood development course focusing more on young children, and additional methods courses in assessment techniques, math, reading preparation and classroom management.

For more information on the new program or education at Pitt-Bradford, contact Dombek at dma18@pitt.edu.


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Toomey Comments on Pipeline Rejection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) denounced President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline permit today.

“President Obama has been trying to campaign against a do-nothing Congress, but he is the one who is impeding job creation and economic growth in this country,” Sen. Toomey said.

“The Keystone pipeline has the potential to create tens of thousands of American jobs, increase our access to oil from our friend in Canada, and diminish our dependence on less secure sources of energy. The pipeline has broad bipartisan support in Congress, and it does not require any taxpayer dollars to build it. I’m extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to sacrifice American jobs and our energy security to appease environmental special interests.”


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Slocum Jury Starts Deliberations

The jury in the trial of Father Sam Slocum has started its deliberations.

Slocum is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy, and is charged with corruption of minors, interfering with custody of a child and concealing the whereabouts of a child.

The 60-year-old priest was suspended from his duties at St. Francis and Our Mother of Perpetual Help churches after the charges were filed in April.

Slocum’s attorney contends his client didn’t do anything criminal, but used poor judgment.

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Blood Supply Drops Overnight
Local Donors Needed Saturday

The local blood supply dropped suddenly overnight causing a blood shortage. In an unusual scenario, more blood was used by local hospitals Tuesday than was transfused all of last weekend. The blood supply had not gotten back to 100% after the holidays so it had lower to fall to hit shortage levels.

Extra donors are now needed to meet local needs and to end this shortage. The Community Blood Bank is taking donors on Saturday at 24 Davis Street, Union Square in Bradford from 9-1pm. No appointment is needed to save a life.

"Goes to show you never know when a bunch of blood will be needed," Says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "Local patients are using a lot of blood and we need to make sure we have it for them. We hope some extra people will help out."

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Saturdays 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Photo ID is required.

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Teen Allegedly Bit Dad's Hand

A Napoli teenager is accused of biting his father during a domestic dispute over the weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies say the 18-year-old bit his father’s hand. He was charged with assault.

Sheriff’s deputies did not release the teen’s name. He will appear in Napoli Town Court at a later date.
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Trucks Collide on Route 155

Two commercial box trucks collided head-on Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Route 155 and Gardeau Road in Norwich Township.

Police say one truck was north on 155 and starting to pass a school bus that was stopped while waiting to make a left turn, when it hit the other truck that was traveling south.

The driver of the second truck, Jaqueline Daughtery of Bradford, and a passenger in the first truck, who is from Brooklyn, New York, were taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injures.

Police say charges are pending against the driver of the first truck, who is also from Brooklyn
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN CAMERON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
ELK COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
MCKEAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
WESTERN POTTER COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
EASTERN WARREN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

* UNTIL 815 PM EST

* AT 636 PM EST...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS EXTENDED FROM
SCANDIA TO WORTHINGTON...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH. THESE STORMS ARE
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
SHEFFIELD...
KANE...
BRADFORD...
JOHNSONBURG...
RIDGWAY AND ST MARYS...
PORT ALLEGANY...
AND COUDERSPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIND
DAMAGE IN WESTERN WARREN COUNTY. DO NOT STAY OUTDOORS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGE. MOVE INSIDE A PERMANENT BUILDING
NOW TO BE SAFE FROM STRONG WIND GUSTS.

Tickets on Sale for 'Twelve Angry Men'

Tickets are now on sale for Bradford Little Theatre’s production of “Twelve Angry Men” to be performed at the First Presbyterian Church Feb. 3-5.

The Emmy Award-winning story by Reginald Rose, adapted for the stage by Sherman Sergel, takes the audience into the jury deliberations of what appears to be an open-and-shut case of homicide. Set in the mid-1950s, the play will run for about 80 minutes with no intermission

Tickets are available at Graham Florist, Ott and McHenry Pharmacy, and Tina’s Hallmark. They are also available from cast and crew members or online at www.bradfordlittletheatre.com. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 and4, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 5.

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.

Just prior to curtain on opening night, the Lester Brauser Communty Theater Appreciation Award will be presented to Richard J. “Dick” Marcott.

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

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Area Code Change Delayed Again

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced this afternoon it will continue to suspend any plan to divide the 814 area code, or overlay another area code on it, at least until April.

PUC commissioners made their decision after learning the area code is not expected to run out of available numbers until early 2016. Earlier predictions called for the area code to exhaust its supply of numbers by 2013.

Commissioners voted in 2010 to split the 814 area-code region to prevent it from running out of available numbers. The plan was supposed to take effect in February of this year, with some people switching to the 582 area code.

Petitions against the split, and then new predictions for the exhaustion date convinced the PUC to hold off on the changes.

The PUC is scheduled to receive an update in April on when numbers in the 814 area code could run out.

http://www.puc.state.pa.us/general/press_releases/Press_Releases.aspx?ShowPR=2914\



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Obituary
Bonnie Tancar

Bonnie Tancar, 75, of 1095 Summit Rd, Rew, passed away Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at her residence.

Born April 3, 1936, in Brockway, she was a daughter of the late Albert L. and Margaret (McKay) Benson.

On April 26, 1959 in Bradford she married Donald A. "Joe" Howard who died August 18, 1975, then on February 14, 1981, she married Michael Tancar who died November 8, 2005.

Mrs. Tancar had worked at Loblaws Grocery Store, as a Toy Lady Demonstrator and later as a school bus driver for the Bradford Area School District for more than 30 years.

She grew up on Patterson Lane and attended Bradford schools. She was mostly known to family and friends for her baking, but most of all she loved her family unconditionally, and they feel fortunate to have had such a mother.

Surviving are two daughters, Jo (Philip) Marinelli of Newbury Park, CA; and Dawne Howard of Garner, NC; two sons Albert Howard of Bradford and Michael (Linda) Howard of Smethport; one step daughter, Theresa (Richard) Pekelnicky of Erie; one step son, John (Dian) Tancar of Lewis Run; a sister, Bernice (Butch) McCune of Marshburg, five grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, and two husbands she was preceded in death by one brother Charles L. Benson and one sister Jeanette Patterson.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, January 20, 2012, from 3 to 5 & 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 21st, with Rev. Robert Shallenberger officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Southern Siberian Rescue, 121 Marianna Place, Garner , NC 27529 or Rew Volunteer Fire Department, or the American Cancer Society McKean Co. Unit, or the McKean County Special Olympics or Bradford Ecumenical Home 100 St. Francis Drive Bradford, PA 16701.

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Feds: White-Nose Sydrome Killed
Nearly 6 Million Bats in US, Canada

Scientists studying white nose syndrome in bats estimate the ailment has killed at least 5.7 million bats in the U.S. and Canada.

White nose is caused by a fungus that prompts bats to wake from their winter hibernation and die after they fly into the cold air in a search for insects.

White-nose syndrome was first identified in upstate New York in 2006, and since then has been found along the Eastern seaboard from New Hampshire to North Carolina, as well as in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. It also has been detected in four Canadian provinces.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the new estimate shows the severity of the threat to bats.

Photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Read the news release here.


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Arlington Hotel Cited

The Arlington Hotel in Kane has been cited for a liquor law violation.

Employees at the bar allegedly sold alcohol to a 19-year-old on November 17.

The charge will be brought before an administrative law judge.
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Obituary
Wilbert Wolfe

Wilbert J. ‘Rupe’ Wolfe, 90, of 122 Barbour Street, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 17, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born February 16, 1921, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Lea Baun and Genevieve Rose (Kennedy) Wolfe.

On August 3, 1946, he married Helen A. (Connelly) Wolfe who survives.

Mr. Wolfe was a 1942 graduate of Bradford High School. On August 21, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre simultaneously with six of his brothers, and was honorably discharged February 9, 1946.

He worked at Trico Industries as a machinist for 41 years, retiring in 1987.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, The Italian American Progressive Club, The American Legion and the Eagle’s Club.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on various home improvement projects and was well loved by his many friends he made over his lifetime in Bradford.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by three daughters, Kathy Paterniti of Pittsburgh, Christie Morgan and Laurie E. Wolfe, both of Bradford; three sons Patrick J. (Nora) Wolfe of Naples., FL., Michael B. (Janice) Wolfe and Scott M. Wolfe both of Bradford; a brother, Richard Wolfe of Erie, ten grandchildren, Stephanie Weinberg, Kristin Paterniti-Morris, Michael and Rick Paterniti, Jason Morgan, Adrienne and Aaron Wolfe, Jenna, Allie and Corrinne Wolfe; 11 great grandchildren, who all lovingly called him, ‘Bonca’ and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters and seven brothers.

Family will be receiving friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, Thursday, January 20, 2012, in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Avenue where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 3 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 PM, Friday, January 21, 2012 in St. Bernard Church, with Fr. Stephen Collins, Pastor of St. Francis Church as celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded outside the church following the Mass. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made in honor of his son, Scottie to the Ramsbottom Center, 800 East Main Street or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Crack

A Hinsdale man has pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Justin Walker sold crack cocaine in Olean on November 17, 2010, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office.

Walker is scheduled for sentencing on April 23.

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One Book Bradford
First Event Set for Saturday

A public book club meeting will start the series of activities for this year’s One Book Bradford season.

The public book club, which is open to anyone interested, will take place at 10:30 Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Bradford Area Public Library. Judy Harris will lead the discussion of “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland.

The book invites readers to take a look inside the world where Tiffany leaded-glass lamps were created. Many of the masterpieces were that of glass studio manager Clara Driscoll, not Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Anne Bouquin will also speak briefly of when Susan B. Anthony visited Bradford in 1892.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Bradford Area Public Library. Admission is free.

In its fifth year, One Book Bradford is a community-wide reading initiative in which a book is picked and the community is encouraged to read it.

There are two other events in this year’s One Book Bradford season that leads up to a visit by Vreeland May 1 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

A “Glass Heritage Luncheon” will be held on March 3 at the First Presbyterian Church. This event will include a lunch plus presentations and a visit to nearby churches to view their stained glass windows.

On April 14, there will be a Tiffany Bus Trip to East Aurora, N.Y., led by Rick Richards.

More information on these events will be forthcoming. You can hear about about this year's One Book Bradford events on Thursday's LiveLine on 1490 WESB and at WESB.com at 12:35 p.m.

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Cuomo Wants Bills to Stay in WNY

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his budget address this afternoon he will call for millions of dollars in state funding to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York.

Cuomo's listing of "critical economic development investments" includes keeping the team in the region.

The team would be eligible for part of an $84 million fund to be shared by several economic development interests.

The Bills want upgrades to Ralph Wilson stadium and, if that doesn’t happen, the team could move from Orchard Park when their lease expires next year.

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Tractor-Trailers Collide on I-80

A section of Interstate 80 near Clearfield was closed for several hours this morning after two tractor-trailers collided.

PennDOT says the crash happened at about 3 a.m. a few miles past the Penfield to Clearfield interchange, and both eastbound lanes were closed for nine miles.

One of the drivers suffered minor injuries.

One lane was reopened at around noon. Crews are still cleaning up debris in the other lane, but expect it to be reopened later this afternoon.

PennDOT says one truck was carrying mayonnaise, but it was in boxes and did not leak onto the road.
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Obituary
William Ayers

William H. Ayers, 81, of 28 Patterson Lane, Bradford, passed away Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Born September 24, 1930, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Herbert and Florence (Wormer) Ayers.

On November 13, 1954 in the First Church of the Nazarene he married Beverly (Gardner) Ayers who survives.

Mr. Ayers attended Bradford High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy on October 28,1947, served during the Korean War, and was honorably discharge October 13, 1952. Mr. Ayers had been employed at Bell Aircraft, and then as a league leader in the maintenance department at Georgia Pacific from where he retired.

He was a past member of the Sportsman Club, American Legion, VFW and the former Bradford Moose Lodge. He loved playing cards with his family. Taking walks with his dog and being outside to enjoy the beauty of the area. One of his favorite pastimes was having coffee with his buddies and panning for gold.

Mr. Ayers won the Job Case look-alike contest held on July 21, 2008, at the Case Collectors Appreciation Weekend.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 56 years, are two daughters, Debra (Joseph) McAdams of Camarillo, CA, and Jan (Alan) Bean of Bradford, four grandchildren; Jessica McAdams, Joseph McAdams, III, Brett VanGuilder and Ryan VanGuilder, one sister, Ruth Ayers Gabriel of Olean, one brother, Hugh Ayers of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers; Leslie E. Ayers, Lewis A. Ayers and Herbert Ayers, Jr. and a sister Gertrude Rosenhoover.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, January 18, 2001, from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, January 19th, with Rev. Tom Verner, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Clermont Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Man Charged with Forcible Touching

A North Harmony man is facing a charge of forcible touching following an alleged incident at around 1 o’clock Friday morning in Panama, New York.

50-year-old Paul Carlson was charged on Sunday after an investigation by the sheriff’s office. He will appear in Town of North Harmony Court at a later date.

Sheriff’s deputies did not release any further information.
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General Assembly in Session Today

The Pennsylvania House and Senate return to Harrisburg today for voting sessions.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would require GPS coordinates to be posted at the entrance to all gas-drilling sites.

They also are scheduled to begin work on a bill authorizing an additional 60 days of federally funded benefits for unemployed workers. Those benefits were set to expire on February. 4, but congressional legislation approved in late December allows states to extend assistance checks.

The House will be considering Senator Joe Scarnati’s bill that would require anyone applying for public benefits to show proof of citizenship.

They also are expected to vote on a measure to limit punitive damages in physician lawsuits.

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Wind Warning, Advisory Later Today

High wind advisories and warnings will be in effect later today in the entire region.

In Pennsylvania, the advisory is from 7 o’clock tonight until 6 o’clock tomorrow morning and wind gusts could be up to 50 miles an hour.

In New York, the warning is from 5 o’clock this afternoon until 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service says wind gusts could be up to 60 miles an hour.

Winds this strong can cause property damage. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the wind subsides.


There’s also a Lake Effect Snow watch in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties through tomorrow afternoon, and more than a foot of snow could fall in some areas.
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Olean High Students Get Tuesday Off

Olean High School students are getting an extra day off from school this week.

They won’t have to go tomorrow because of problems with the school’s heating system. A number of leaks were detected in the system and several issues will have to be addressed immediately.

Teachers and staff should report to work as normal tomorrow, though.

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Bona Woman Get More AP Votes


Tied for 31st in the Nation

For the second week in a row and fourth time this season, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is Receiving Votes in the Associated Press Poll released Monday afternoon.

The Bonnies are off to a program-best 16-2 start, including a perfect 3-0 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference action following a 64-52 victory over Saint Louis Saturday afternoon. This is the first time the Bonnies have Received Votes four times in a single year, and the votes are enough to rank them in a tie for 31st in the nation.

Only three schools in the entire country – No. 1 Baylor (17-0), No. 2 Notre Dame (17-1) and No. 10 Ohio State (17-1) – have more wins than St. Bonaventure.

Bonaventure is 6-2 against teams which rank in the top-100 of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the best record of all A-10 schools; Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Temple all have four wins against top-100 teams.

This is the latest in a season that Bona has ever Received Votes in the national polls, and is just the eighth time in program history. The club Received Votes in the AP Poll on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 earlier this campaign, in addition to last week.

The 16 wins are already tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history, bested only by the previous four years.

The Brown and White ranks second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (12.2), 14th in the nation in free-throw shooting (77.5 percent) and 18th in the country in scoring defense (52.3 points per game). On an individual level, senior Jessica Jenkins is just nine 3-pointers shy of breaking the program and A-10 record of 291 3's in a career.

Bonaventure is the only team in the A-10 with 16 victories, two more than its next-closest competitor. That competitor is 14-3 Richmond, which will visit the Reilly Center on Wednesday evening as the two teams with the best records in the A-10 clash. Tipoff is set for 7 as SBU aims for its first-ever 4-0 start in A-10 play.
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Obituary
Ruth Feura

Ruth L. Feura, 81, of 88 Fairview Heights, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 16th, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 26, 1930, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late James M. and Gertrude (Orton) Burns.

On October 15, 1955 at St Bernard Church in Bradford, she married Raymond F. Feura who survives.

Mrs. Feura was a 1949 graduate of Bradford High School. She received her Registered Nurses Degree from Millard Filmore School of Nursing in 1952 and also attended the University of Buffalo. In 1989 she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus with a degree in Gerontology.

Mrs. Feura had worked at the Bradford Hospital, Warren Dental Arts and then back to the Bradford Hospital and helped develop the Stress Lab.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church .

In addition to her husband of 56 years she is survived by one daughter, Robyn (Ted) Hardy of Bradford; three sons Rand (Carol) Feura of Santee CA; Richard (Cindy) Feura of Manassas VA, and Roger (Beth) Feura of Bradford; two sisters, Lois Burns Wolfe of Gastonia NC, and Jean Burns Collins of Auburn CA; nine grandchildren; Ryan Feura, Rachele Feura, Keith Feura, Nathan Feura, Allison Hardy, Jonathan Hardy, Jared Feura, Adam Feura and Evan Feura, four great grandchildren; Leiana Granados, Ronin Tomeldan, Sebastian Feura and Benjamin Feura and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters; Violet Burns Shultz and Rose Burns Kalupson.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 19, 2012, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Friday January 20th at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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James Tsepelis Sr.

James Tsepelis, Sr., 78, of 400 Derrick Rd, Bradford, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 28, 1933, in Olean, NY, he was a son of the late Socrates and Mary (Hanson) Tsepelis.

On October 31, 1953, at the Asbury United Methodist Church in East Bradford, he married Marlyn (Kuhns) Tsepelis who survives.

Mr. Tsepelis attended Bradford Area Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army on January 4, 1954, served with the Signal Corp during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on January 3, 1956. He had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing for 34 years.

He enjoyed bowling, golfing, skeet shooting, snowmobiling and shooting pool. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a former member of the Zippo Golf League. After retirement he and his wife loved to travel, and spend time with their children and extended family.

Mr. Tsepelis leaves behind his wife of 58 years, three daughters, Cathy McCleary of Bradford, Cindy Parham of Marietta, GA; and Jamie Reinhardt of Beaver Falls; one son, James (Kathy) Tsepelis of Bradford; two sisters, Sophia Farynick of Bradford; Mary Jane (Joseph) Gigliotti of Bradford; one brother, Socrates "Sam" (Patty) Tsepelis, Jr. of Bradford, 9 grandchildren; Mark (Liann) Abrams of SC, Michael McCleary of Limestone, Travis McCleary of OR, Thomas Reinhardt of Pittsburgh, Jessica Reinhardt of Pittsburgh, Stacey (Marc) Ackley of WV, Stephanie (Andrew) Humphress of OR, Zack Tsepelis and Cody Tsepelis both of Bradford, 8 great grandchildren; Zane, Quinn, Ashley, Jadie, Conner, Chorde, Zayne, and Xander.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:00 to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm with Rev. Mike McAvoy, Pastor, of the Open Arms Community Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701 or Community Nurses Hospice Program, 52 Davis St., Bradford, PA..

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