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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bona Women Win;
Remain Atop the A-10

Senior Jessica Jenkins hit eight 3-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points as RV/RV St. Bonaventure (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) defeated a shorthanded George Washington club, 80-69, to win its record-tying 11th straight game and remain alone at the top of the A-10 standings.

Bonaventure and Jenkins took advantage of a GW squad (10-12, 3-5 A-10) which dressed just six players due to injuries. With the makes, Jenkins became the nation's all-time active leader for career 3-pointers with 314. She also moved into a tie for 24th on the all-time NCAA Division I list as she hit eight 3's in game for the third time this season.

The 11 consecutive victories ties the program record with the 2009-10 team which commenced its campaign at 11-0. It also evens head coach Jim Crowley's career record at Bona's (176-176) for the first time in his 12-year tenure on the SBU sidelines.

The 80 points are a season high for Bonaventure as the Bonnies also shot a season-best 52.8 percent from the floor (28-53).

Junior Alaina Walker added 14 points – her first double-figure scoring outing since the conference opener – while redshirt senior Armelia Horton dished out a career-best eight assists – three more than any Bona player has issued this year. Walker's point total is the most in her career against an A-10 opponent.

After the lead changed hands 11 times in the opening half, the Bonnies closed the frame on a 10-0 run to take a 38-31 lead into the break. SBU then used an 8-0 stretch – started by a Jenkins' 3 and capped with a Walker layup – early in the second half to create a 13-point lead which would eventually blossom to as large as 17 at one point.

Senior Megan Van Tatenhove scored nine points and corralled a team-best eight rebounds, while sophomore Doris Ortega added six points. For Van Tatenhove – who is coming off an eight-point outing in SBU's last game – it marks the first time all season she's gone consecutive games without reaching double figures. Meanwhile, Ortega had her career-best streak of five straight games in double-figure scoring snapped.

George Washington was paced at the offensive end by Tiana Myers who scored 27 and in the process netted her 1,000th career point. That's the most points scored by an individual against the Bonnies this year, and the 69 Colonial points are the most SBU has given up this year.

Senior Jennie Ashton provided a spark off the Bonaventure bench as she tied a career high with six points and pulled down six boards in 18 minutes – her most game action since Dec. 30 against Norfolk State.

St. Bonaventure returns to action on the road Wednesday against Massachusetts. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team as it will face the Minutemen following the women's 5 p.m. contest.

Game Notes: With a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line, Jenkins still has not missed a free throw in conference play (29-29) … the 11 3-pointers by St. Bonaventure are the second-most this year … SBU finished with 19 assists to just 12 turnovers … sophomore CeCe Dixon and junior Chelsea Bowker each scored five points off the bench … sophomore Ashley Zahn tallied three points, while freshman Tatiana Wilson played in her second A-10 game of the year.

Former Bona great Jack Butler
Named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

St. Bonaventure football legend Jack Butler, class of 1951, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Super Bowl Saturday festivities in Indianapolis.

“I dreamed about being a big, strong football player … but deep down, I don’t really think I believed what I was dreaming,” Butler said in his press conference after being elected. “I knew I was pretty good, but I never thought I was that good.

“Jack Butler from Pittsburgh, Pa., by way of St. Bonaventure University, and here I am. … It’s really an honor and a privilege.”

Butler is the fourth St. Bonaventure alum in one of the prominent professional halls of fame. Baseball legends Hughie Jennings and John McGraw, for whom the university’s athletic fields are named after, are in the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Bob Lanier, ’70, is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In August, Butler was named one of two Seniors Committee finalists for the Hall of Fame, along with Dick Stanfel, but only Butler was honored. He joins Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf and Chris Doleman in the 2012 Hall of Fame class, which will be introduced at the Super Bowl Sunday and inducted in early August.

Butler was named to the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1950s after a stellar career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Butler, 83, who was given an honorary degree by his alma mater in 2009, was elected to St. Bonaventure’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1970. He was a star on the St. Bonaventure football team, playing alongside future NFL coach Ted Marchibroda. Among his NFL accomplishments:

• Butler appeared in four straight Pro Bowls (1956-1959).

• When a devastating knee injury forced him to retire in 1959, his 52 interceptions ranked second in NFL history.

• He was named one of the top 300 players in NFL history.

• In 2007, he was one of 33 players named to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Legends team, marking the team’s 75th anniversary.

Support the Lady Owls!

UPDATE: The Bradford Lady Owls beat Warren Saturday afternoon 51 to 36. The Lady Owls are 18 and 0. Bradford travels to Dubois Tuesday.

Remember -- the undefeated Bradford Lady Owls are hosting Warren this afternoon. If you can't make it to The Lady Owls nest, you can hear the game at around 2:30 (immediately following the Pitt-Bradford/Penn State Altoona game) on 1490 WESB and at But, if you can make it, go support this talented group of girls.

Go Lady Owls!

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Pickup Truck Hits House

No one was hurt but a Shinglehouse man is facing charges after hitting a house with his pickup truck.

Police say 52-year-old Dana Gross was pulling into a driveway on Wild Cat Road when the truck didn’t stop and hit the house.

Gross is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and was cited for careless driving.

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PSP Looking for Farm Show Shooter

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 62-year-old Beau Gaylord Robinson, a suspect in a shooting Friday morning in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Robinson is described by police as a white male, approximately 6-feet tall, weighing 210 pounds with brown eyes. He is possibly driving a maroon 2002 PT Cruiser bearing Missouri registration UF4T1E or a white 2005 Cadillac bearing Missouri registration CA8T3V.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911. Do not attempt to approach or stop the individual.

Robinson could possibly be traveling with Austin and Ashley Barrett, all from Springfield, MO, police said.

At about 10:44 a.m. today, security at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex was notified of a shooting in the parking lot at 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg.

A Harrisburg City police officer responded to the scene and discovered a female gunshot victim. The shooting victim was removed from the scene and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her condition is not known. Police believe the assailant knew the victim.
Pennsylvania State Police, Troop H Harrisburg, responded to the scene as well as members of the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

Upon searching the recreational vehicle, where the shooting took place, the SERT members discovered the suspect was no longer in the vehicle.

The Dauphin County District Attorney's office, Harrisburg City Police and Capitol Police are assisting with the incident. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

McCune Elected as Chairman of
Upper Allegheny Health System Board

Daniel McCune, president and CEO of Allegheny Bradford Corp, has been elected chairman of the Upper Allegheny Health System board of directors. McCune was originally appointed to the Bradford Regional Medical Center board of directors in 1999. McCune succeeds David Prince, founder and president of Databranch, Inc., an information technology solutions provider located in Olean, NY. Prince joined the Olean General Hospital board in January 2003, and has served as chairman of the board of directors for Upper Allegheny Health System since its inception in 2009.

Other officers elected at the annual meeting of the UAHS board of directors include:

Vice Chair, Brenda McGee; senior vice president, finance and administration, St. Bonaventure University
Treasurer, Martin Digel; president and CEO, Hamlin Bank and Trust
Secretary, Muhammed Javed, MD; physician, Bradford Regional Medical Center/Olean General Hospital

Re-elected to serve on the board of directors during the annual meeting were the following; Livingston Alexander, PhD, president, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Thomas Buffamante, partner, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, PC; and Edward Sharkey, retired district attorney, Cattaraugus County. Jeannine Shoenecker, president and chief operating officer, American Refining Group, Inc., was elected to serve on the board for her first term.

Pictured, Timothy J. Finan, Presidet and CEO of the Upper Allegheny Health System presents Carlyle Conn, General Sales Manager, Allegheny Bradford Corporation and departing Board of Directors member with a plaque for his years of dedicated service, alongside departing Chairman David Prince, and newly appointed Chairman Daniel McCune.
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Mary Crane

Mary A. Crane, 70, of Lake Wales FL, passed away Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at Lake Wales Medical Center.

Born November 11, 1941, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Milton J. and Mary (Onuffer) Dawley.

Mrs Crane graduated from Rochester Institute of Technoloy, with a B.S. degree and Syracuse University, with a Master of Science Degree. She was alongtime resident of Cold Spring, NY where she taught business education for 32 years at Peekskill City School. She also taught at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY, Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, and Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY.

Mrs Crane was always taking classes to learn new things, including many computer programs. She had many hobbies, including volunteering, sewing, needlepoint, cooking and genealogy. She had traveled to 46 of the 50 states, almost every country in Europe and South America. While a teacher she sponsored many clubs and activities. She was a member of the Lake Wales Methodist Church, and the Lake Wales Chapter NSDAR.

She moved to Nalcrest FL in 2004 along with her husband.

Surviving is her husband of 45 years, William (Bill) Crane, a foster daughter Rosa Veles of San Antonio, TX and several cousins, nieses and nephews.

Family will be recieving friends on Tueday February 7th, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. East Main St. where a prayer service will be held at 1:30pm followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00pm in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as celebrent. Committal services and burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Lake Wales Care Center 140 E. Park Ave., Lake Wales Fl 33853

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Legislation to Combat Sexual Violence on
College Campuses Moves Forward

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after his bill to reduce domestic abuse and sexual assault on college campus, the Campus SaVE Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act:

“I am pleased that my Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act will move forward for full consideration in the Senate as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. This important legislation will improve how institutions of higher education prevent and respond to incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and empower young people to end unhealthy relationships before they become victims. I urge the full Senate to take up this bill as soon as possible.”

Senator Casey’s legislation will close a gap in the law by requiring colleges and universities to clearly spell out their policies regarding sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The provision will also increase awareness and prevention of these acts of violence by requiring transparency of information, prevention programs, assistance for victims and clear institutional judicial proceedings to promote accountability.

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Gordon 'Swede' Bigley

Gordon D. "Swede" Bigley, 84, of 91 Crosby Crossroad, Smethport, formerly of Rutherford Run, Bradford, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center surrounded by his loving family.

Born September 16, 1927, in Bradford, he was the son of the late James and Gertrude (Amsler) Bigley.

On June 3, 1950 in DeGolia he married Winzola "Winnie" (Albaugh) Bigley who survives.

Mr. Bigley attended Bradford Schools and had worked for Lawton Oil Company as a pumper. On October 17, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy, served during WWII and was honorably discharged on June 6, 1946.

Mr. Bigley returned to Bradford and worked in the oil fields then later he worked for Kendall Refining Company in the production department and retired from Kendall-Witco as a heavy equipment operator after 36 years of service.

He was a member of the Quarter Century Club of Kendall-Witco Corp., Life member of the VFW of Bradford, 60+ Group at the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church and the Crosby American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, he was a Cub Master at Custer City, and assistant Scout Master in Custer City.

He was a member of East Smethport United Christian Church and former member of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church

In addition to his wife of 61 years he is survived by one son, Darrell (Debra) Bigley of Custer City; three daughters, Gayle (Kurt) Weaver of Smethport; Karen Haven of Bradford; and Lori (Richard) Faulkner of Smethport; a sister, Virginia Calhoun of West Chester, a sister in law, Betty Bigley of Derrick City, 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother John "Jack" Bigley, one sister, Helen McKee, his step mother Helen Bigley, one step sister Marie Porto

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, February 5, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., and again on Monday from 10am to 11:00am at which time funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Allen Young officiating. Military honors will be accorded after the service by members of the Amerial Legion Post 108. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the East Smethport United Christian Church, the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Curtis Carlson

Curtis L. Carlson, 86, of 1319 East Main St., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at The Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born July 2, 1925, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Wallace and Olive (Alexis) Carlson. He was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School.

On March 6, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Central Europe, Rhineland, ROME-ARNO and Southern France with the Battery A 747th Field Artillery Battalion, he was honorably discharged on December 23, 1945.

On May 3, 1947 in Bradford he married Margaret L. (Washburn) Carlson who survives.

He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church and served on Church Council.

He was formerly employed at Ed Debartolo Developers in OH, William Christie & Sons in Kane and prior to his retirement he was a foreman at S. M. Gleason Company.

He was a member of the Kane Elks Club and served as Past Exhalted Ruler, member and past governor of the Kane Moose Lodge and the Kane Rotary Club, member of the Mountian Grange in Kane, Masonic Lodge of Olean, the American Legion, and the VFW Post in Bradford.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are three sons: Stephen D. (Beverly) Carlson of Akron NY, David L. (Judy) Carlson of Kane, and Richard L. Carlson of Forestville NY, two brothers: Robert Carlson of Willow Creek, and Kenneth (Dorothy) Carlson of St. Marys, 10 grandchildren: Kandie (Joel) Gay, Kristen (Don) Kohl, Amye (Doug) Burton, Eric (Becky) Carlson, Julia (Dale) Anderson, Katie (Ray) Dupree, Michael Carlson, Zachary Carlson, Brandon (Cheree) Caprio, and Joseph Caprio, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son Donald L. Carlson, one brother Duane "Swede" Carlson.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, February 6th, from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church, at 11:00am funeral and committal will be held in the church with Rev. Douglas Soley interim pastor officiating. Following the funeral Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Army. Burial will be in Kanesholm Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church 152 Seaward Ave Bradford, PA 16701 or Relay for Life at the American Cancer Society McKean Co. Unit PO Box 67 Bradford, PA 16701.

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Wellsite Safety Bill Becomes Law

Legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker will improve emergency management and response at Marcellus Shale wellsites.

The new law 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.

The act also 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," Baker said. "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."

The bill was signed by the governor Thursday.

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Father Leo Gallina to Receive Presidential
Medal of Distinction from Pitt-Bradford

The Rev. Leo Gallina, a Bradford native and former pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church, will receive the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s highest honor at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford, will present the Presidential Medal of Distinction to Gallina at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony scheduled on April 29 at 2 p.m. in the KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center.

In commenting on campus sentiment about Gallina, Alexander said, “The university community is thrilled to be able to honor Father Gallina. Many of us, faculty, staff and students alike, have found inspiration in his generosity, commitment and enthusiasm. Through his direct and indirect gifts, he has left a lasting legacy at Pitt-Bradford.”

Gallina responded with his trademark humility.

“I am most humbled by this award and truly enjoy helping out in a small way so that others may have an education for the future,” he said. “I thank the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for this great distinction.”

Gallina has been a steadfast supporter of Pitt-Bradford, creating the Leo J. and Jessie S. Gallina and Father Leo J. Gallina Scholarship and the Phillip John Gallina Scholarship in memory of his parents and brother. Since 1998, those scholarships have assisted 42 students.

Gallina also has supported several community organizations, including the Bradford Area Public Library, Bradford Hospital Foundation and scholarships at Gannon and St. Bonaventure universities. He has also given his time to serving on the boards of numerous local organizations, including Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Futures Inc., The Bradford Family YMCA and the Bradford Hospital Foundation.

Gallina is a Bradford native, the son of Leo J. Gallina, a professional independent certified public accountant, and Jessie S. Gallina, an elementary schoolteacher in Bradford. Gallina’s parents were enthusiastic volunteers themselves, working with the Bradford Children’s Home, Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, the American Association of University Women and the Catholic Girls’ Club.

Ordained in 1965, Gallina attended seminaries at Gannon University in Erie, Christ the King in Allegany, N.Y., and Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

His career in the priesthood took him to Cathedral Prep in Erie, where he taught; St. George’s Church in Erie and St. Tobias Church in Brockway, where he was an assistant pastor. He served as pastor of St. Theresa Church in Shinglehouse, Sacred Heart Parish in Genesee, St. Boniface Church in Erie and St. Bernard Church in Bradford. Gallina retired last summer after 46 years of service to the church. He currently lives in Erie, but returns to Bradford often.

Gallina is the 25th individual awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which is presented to a person who has either volunteered his or her time for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community; government or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

Previous medal winners were George Duke; Thomas Bromeley; former University of Pittsburgh Provost James V. Maher; Dr. Williams C. Conrad and the Stackpole-Hall Foundation; Harry R. Halloran Jr. and Harvey L. Golubock of American Refining Group; Madeline Miles; Judge John M. Cleland; Dr. Richard E. McDowell; Dennis Lowery; Edwin Clemens; Marilyn Horne; Howard Fesenmyer; Henry P. Pruch; Robert D. Galey; Lester Rice; William F. Higie; Samuel Gregg Jr.; Dr. Robert C. Laing; Harriett B. Wick and Sarah B. Dorn; former U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson; Virginia L. Miles; and Dr. Robert B. Bromeley.

Change of Venire Hearing Next Week

Judge John Cleland has scheduled a hearing for next Friday to consider the state attorney general’s office motion to bring in a jury from another county in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

The AG’s office says pre-trial publicity and the close ties the community has with Penn State would make it impossible for a jury from Centre County to be fair.

Sandusky is accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period while he was an assistant football coach at Penn State. He denies the allegations.

Sandusky’s legal team has until Wednesday to file an answer to the change of venire motion, according to Cleland’s order that was issued Thursday afternoon.

Another hearing is scheduled for next Friday. In that, Cleland will decide whether Sandusky can see his grandchildren, which he currently cannot do as terms of his bail.
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Casey Statement on Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ January 2012 jobs report showing that the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent and 243,000 total nonfarm jobs were added:

“The economy made good progress, adding 243,000 jobs in January – the seventh consecutive month of growth over 100,000 jobs. I am encouraged by the drop in the unemployment rate. We need this type of job growth to continue to bring down the unemployment rate.

“As the Payroll Tax Credit Conference Committee continues negotiations, I urge my fellow members to work towards a bipartisan solution to extend the payroll tax for the rest of 2012. By continuing the payroll tax cut through the end of the year, American families would keep an average of $845 in their pockets- savings that would increase consumer spending, stimulate the economy, and create jobs. We owe it to the American people to act swiftly and get this done.”

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The Day the Music Died

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thurman Thomas Visits Albany

Senator Cathy Young and Senator Joe Robach greet Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer and former NFL MVP running back Thurman Thomas during his visit to the Capitol on Monday. Thomas has been involved with many worthwhile charitable endeavors over the years, including former Bills' star quarterback Jim Kelly's Celebrity Auction that he held to raise funds for children with disabilities served by The ReHabilitation Center when the Bills held their training camp at St. Bonaventure University. Young, who worked with Jim Kelly on the auction, thanked Thomas for his generosity and kindness.

New Law to Help Veterans Groups,
Charitable Organizations

HARRISBURG – Legislation to give charitable organizations better fundraising tools has been signed into law, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

“Veterans groups, fire companies and other civic organizations do so much for our communities, but outdated state laws were holding them back from raising the funds they need to continue their missions of service,” Causer said. “We updated the Small Games of Chance Act to give these groups a fair shot at raising money during these challenging economic times.

Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law today.

The new law increases prize limits for small games of chance from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $30,000 for weekly drawings, and from $5,000 to $10,000 for raffles per calendar month. Fire and emergency service organizations also will be permitted to hold a raffle with a $50,000 limit.

The law also allows organizations to use up to 30 percent of the money raised for the entity’s general operating expenses, which is currently prohibited by law, with certain specified prohibitions as to how the money may be used. The remaining 70 percent of the proceeds would be used in the public interest.

The Small Games of Chance Act was last updated more than two decades ago. The new law takes effect in 30 days.

39 Arrested in Warren Co. Drug Sweep

39 people have been rounded up in a drug sweep throughout Warren County.

Members of the Warren County Drug Task Force conducted early morning raids that targeted “petty drug dealers selling dangerous chemicals which wind up being injected into the veins of users.”

Warren County District Attorney Ross McKeirnan added in news release that, "We are not talking about blowing around a little pot smoke. This stuff destroys lives." He said there would have been four additional arrests today, had it not been for four recent drug-related deaths.

McKiernan also had a message for the drug dealers. He says the police know who they are, and are coming to get them.

Sheriff Kenneth Klakamp served as incident commander of the operation. Special agent William Mickle developed the logistics and operational plan that involved Warren City Police, Youngsville Borough Police, the state attorney general's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, US Marshals Service, state police, the Warren County Sheriff's Office and the US Forest Service.

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Legislation Would Remove Regulations
Slowing Medical Device Innovation

Legislation Would Also Address Safety of Devices on the Market

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced legislation to remove burdensome regulations that hurt medical device manufacturers. Casey and McCain’s bill would streamline the pathway for medical device manufacturers to innovate and bring the most advanced technologies to the market.

“Pennsylvania companies eager to expand their business and bring new products to the market should not have to endure unnecessary and outdated bureaucratic processes,” said Senator Casey. “This bill would make it easier for manufacturers to bring their new medical devices to the market as well as increase medical device safety, which will protect consumers and help Pennsylvania manufacturers grow and innovate. I am pleased to work in a bipartisan way with Senator McCain on this bill to create jobs and help our nation’s manufactures innovate.”

“The FDA’s current approval process for medical devices can be cumbersome, inconsistent and far too lengthy for patients who need innovative technologies and for the companies that develop them,” said Senator John McCain. “With the U.S. medical device industry struggling to maintain international leadership, this legislation streamlines the outdated regulatory approval process to improve patients’ access to safe and effective medical devices. I am pleased to join Senator Casey to introduce this legislation that will help patients while fostering innovation and growing jobs in our medical device industry.”

Currently, medical device manufacturers must put new products through a review process with the FDA to determine that there is not a similar device already on the market, even if it is already known that a similar device does not exist. This process can take years and slows the development of new technologies, hindering companies in Pennsylvania, Arizona and across the country.

The Casey-McCain bill, the Safe, Efficient and Transparent Medical Device Approval Act, or SET Device Act, would streamline the FDA review process by allowing medical device manufacturers to submit new products for direct approval without the burdensome review to determine if there are similar products already on the market.

The bill would also address safety issues by ensuring that medical devices on the market before current safety classification systems existed are properly classified in a timely manner.

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3 in 'Operation Drive Thru' Found Guilty

A jury has found three people in the "Operation Drive-Thru" drug ring guilty of a number of charges following their weeklong trial in Clearfield County.

Charles Gearhart of Woodland, Michael Styers of Mercer, and Maharaji "Bean" Hemingway of Philadelphia were charged following an investigation by the state attorney general’s office into a drug trafficking ring that Styers ran. He went to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre to buy cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs, and then took them back to Clearfield County to sell.

The investigation was known as "Operation Drive Thru" because Gearhart and his wife Danielle sold to people who drove their vehicles up to a window of their mobile home almost daily.

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Another Welfare Fraud Arrest in Catt Co.

The welfare fraud crackdown continues in Cattaraugus County with the arrest of a Portville woman.

60-year-old Sharon Hendryx is accused of not reporting her husband or his wages on applications she submitted to the Department of Social Services from November of 2009 to January of this year.

She received more than $1,200 in heating assistance money and food stamps she was not entitled to.

Hendryx is scheduled to appear in City of Olean Court on February 28.
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Governor Corbett Visits Punxsutawney

Punxsutawney – Governor Tom Corbett today kicked off Groundhog Day festivities, highlighting Pennsylvania’s unique tourism assets – including the annual Groundhog Day celebration – that attract millions of visitors to the Keystone State every year.

“What started as a small gathering in 1887 has now evolved into tens of thousands of visitors from around the nation and even the world coming to Punxsutawney to participate in this time-honored Groundhog Day tradition,” Corbett said.

“Regardless of whether Phil predicts an extended winter or early spring, tourists will have plenty of recreational opportunities in Pennsylvania to choose from in the coming weeks.”

Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Thousands watched as Phil made his highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 126 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition.

According to holiday folklore, if the groundhog emerges in the early morning on Feb. 2 and does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter weather are expected. The annual event, started with a small group of men known as the Inner Circle, now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, located 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

“As many of you I am sure found out, getting a hotel room within 100 miles of Gobbler’s Knob is next to impossible this week,” Corbett said. “The economic impact of this multi-day event is tremendous. On average, visitors spend an estimated $200 per day on lodging, food, gas and souvenirs while visiting Punxsutawney during Groundhog Day. ”

Pictured, Punxsutawney Phil's Inner Circle President Bill Deeley names Governor Tom Corbett an honorary member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Wednesday night at the annual banquet while Inner Circle Vice President Mike Johnston looks on; Johnston reads Phil's proclamation.
Photos provided by Commonwealth Media Services

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Overheated Cell Phone Causes Fire

A cell phone that had been plugged in and charging for several months is believed to be the cause of a fire at a Brocton house Wednesday evening.

Chautauqua County fire investigators say the phone apparently overheated and set nearby materials on fire.

The fire has been ruled accidental. No one was hurt, but a mother and her three children have been displaced by the fire and are being helped by the Red Cross.

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Celebrity's Sister Dies in Chautauqua Co.

The sister of music stars Nick and Aaron Carter died suddenly in Chautauqua County Tuesday.

25-year-old Leslie Carter Ashton, whose family comes from Jamestown, appeared in E! TV’s 2006 reality show “House of Carters.” She was found unresponsive at her father's Town of Chautauqua home and taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital.

The Chautauqua County Coroner's Office says there were "no visible signs of trauma" and officials are now "awaiting a toxicology report to determine a cause of death." That could take several weeks.

Nick Carter is a member of the Backstreet Boys; Aaron is currently performing on Broadway and was recently featured on the Food Network show “Rachel vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off.”
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'Souper' Bowl of Caring on Sunday

The youth of the First Presbyterian Church, 54 East Corydon Street, along with several University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students, will be collecting donations from members and friends at the church for the “ Souper “ Bowl of Caring on Sunday.

This program began with a simple prayer a number of years ago reminding those who enjoy the Super Bowl game to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.

This prayer inspired a single church in South Carolina to invite other congregations to join in collecting money to be donated to local charities and soup kitchens that provide assistance to those in need. For over two decades, America’s youth has participated in this national program to raise funds for local organizations helping people in need. National efforts are made on the Super Bowl weekend, as well as weeks surrounding it, to make it a large celebration of giving and serving others.

Participating in the program since 2000, the First Presbyterian Church of Bradford has collected slightly over $ 4200.00, along with food items, to date for local charities. The donations from Sunday’s collection will benefit the Meals on Wheels program, coordinated by the Bradford YWCA.

Donations will be collected following the chapel and sanctuary services. Anyone interested in making a donation other than these times, are asked to please contact the Christian Education office at the church.

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Bona Women Win Again!

An 11-0 scoring run in the second half created enough separation for RV/RV St. Bonaventure (21-2, 8-0 Atlantic 10) as the Bonnies handed Duquesne (15-7, 3-4 A-10) its first home loss of the season, 58-53, Wednesday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

Junior Chelsea Bowker scored 13 vital bench points, and senior Jessica Jenkins added 15 as SBU extended the nation's best road record to 10-0 and remained at the top of the league standings.

Duquesne entered the contest with an 11-0 record at home – the only undefeated team at home in the A-10. The Dukes last home loss came on Feb. 16, 2011 to Saint Joseph's – a stretch of 12 straight wins.

Trailing 39-35 with 12:15 left in the game, the Bonnies held Duquesne without a point for more than seven minutes as they went on that 11-0 stretch to open up a 46-39 lead. The Dukes got as close as three, 56-53 with 23 seconds left, but despite Bona missing five straight free throws in the final 31 seconds, were able to hold on. Redshirt senior Armelia Horton knocked down a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to ice the contest.

Sophomore Doris Ortega contributed 10 points – the fifth straight time she's been in double-figure scoring. Second-leading scorer Megan Van Tatenhove tallied just eight points, but sophomore CeCe Dixon netted seven and Horton added five to extend Bona's winning streak to 10 straight – one shy of tying the program record.

Bowker hit three 3-pointers and reached double-figure scoring for the first time since Dec. 22 at Colgate as Bona won its 21st game of the season – tying last year's win total for the third-most in a single season in program history.

Duquesne was led offensively by Alex Gensler as she tallied 14 points before fouling out. Wumi Agunbiade netted 11 and Jocelyn Floyd added 10 to close out the trio of Dukes' double-figure scorers.

St. Bonaventure entered the contest as the nation's 23rd-best free-throw shooting team at 75.9 percent – second-best in the conference.

After Bonaventure built a 30-23 lead early in the second half, Duquesne responded with an 8-0 spurt to take a 31-30 advantage. The lead quickly went back to SBU with a 5-0 push before the Dukes answered with yet another 8-0 run to take a 35-31 cushion before the clubs traded buckets to create Duquesne's 39-35 advantage.

Earlier in the contest with the game tied for the fifth time at 23-23 with 3:30 to play in the opening half, the Bonnies closed the frame on a 5-0 run behind a layup from Dixon and a 3-pointer from Bowker to take a 28-23 lead into the intermission.

3-point shooting built Bona's first-half lead as it connected on 67 percent of its attempts (6-9) – three from Jenkins, two from Bowker and one from Dixon. Furthermore, 15 of SBU's first 17 points came from long range.

St. Bonaventure will look to extend its winning streak on Saturday at home against George Washington. It is the Bonnies' "Play 4 Kay" game in support of the fight against breast cancer. Donations will be accepted at the door and pink T-shirts will be sold in support of the Kay Yow Foundation. Tipoff from the Reilly Center is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: The starting lineup of Jenkins, Alaina Walker, Horton, Ortega and Van Tatenhove is now 13-0 on the season … Bonaventure has now won eight of the last 11 meetings against Duquesne … for the seventh straight game Duquesne played without senior Vanessa Abel, last year's A-10's assist leader, due to an ankle injury … Bona had just five first-half turnovers: all from Van Tatenhove … Jenkins scored St. Bonaventure's first eight points and now has 306 career 3s.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Young Asking for Support on DNA Bill

To help convict criminals and exonerate innocent people, the Senate passed the DNA Databank Expansion Bill on Tuesday, which is the largest expansion of the database since its creation in 1994.

Since its inception, the DNA databank has been used successfully to identify perpetrators in about 10,000 crimes, including 900 murders and 3,500 sexual assaults. In 2006, the DNA databank was expanded to include 36 misdemeanors, which provides law enforcement agencies with the ability to convict 1,460 criminals.

The new legislation, which mirrors the databank expansion plan in Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, requires people convicted of all felonies, as well as misdemeanors in penal law to submit DNA samples.

“Expansion of the DNA databank will provide law enforcement with a powerful tool to close thousands of unsolved cases, provide justice for victims, exonerate innocent people, and aid in the prevention of future crimes,” Senator Catharine Young said.

“It will help protect our families and local communities from dangerous criminals, including sexual predators like Altemio Sanchez, the notorious Western New York serial killer and rapist known as the Bike Path Rapist,” Senator Young said.

“In 1991, Sanchez was convicted of a misdemeanor offense. If this legislation had been in place at that time, law enforcement would have arrested him after the first victim. In 2007, the collection of DNA evidence through other means ultimately led to Sanchez’ conviction, but not before he brutalized more women and another man, falsely convicted of the crimes committed by Sanchez, served nearly 20 years in prison. The expansion of New York's DNA databank is critical to ensuring justice is served, and as important, injustice is prevented,” she added.

“Last year, I supported legislation that was approved with strong bi-partisan support in the Senate and was endorsed by district attorneys and crime victims’ advocates across the state. Now it’s time for the State Assembly to join with us in taking action so this measure becomes law and this state can help solve more crimes and keep dangerous criminals off the street. I strongly believe this legislation will overwhelming pass if the Speaker of the Assembly allows it to come to the floor,” Senator Young said.

Law enforcement organizations across the state, including the New York State Sheriffs Association, District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York State Troopers PBA, Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, Joyful Heart Foundation, the Safe Horizon victim assistance organization and many other law enforcement groups throughout the state also support the DNA databank expansion bill (S.5560A).

To help garner support for expansion of the DNA database, Senator Young is encouraging residents throughout the district to sign her online petition at Your voice can also be heard by calling the Senator toll-free at 1-800-707-0058.

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DEP Seeks Information about Antique
Medical Kit Containing Radium-226

The Department of Environmental Protection is trying to find out where antique medical kit containing radioactive material came from.

DEP said in a news release today the kit was found January 19 when a load of construction debris set off radiation alarms at a transfer station in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown. The kit contained one curie of Radium-226, or the equivalent of having more than 100 CT scans all at once.

Officials say they've traced the source to a container that had come from a retirement community in West Chester. They say the metal box likely came from a basement, an attic or a collector's stash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the DEP at 717-787-2480.

For more information go here.

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Facebook Files for $5 Billion IPO

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- At long last, the Holy Grail of Internet IPOs is here. Facebook filed Wednesday to raise $5 billion in an initial public offering.

In 2011, Facebook earned $1 billion on sales of $3.7 billion. As of December 31, Facebook had 845 million monthly active users.


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US Marshals Arrest York Murder Suspect

Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that yesterday the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Richard Larry Nolden Jr., a 21-year old man originally from York, PA.

Nolden was sought by the York City Police Department for a homicide that occurred on the afternoon of Monday, January 23, 2012 on North Queen Street, near East Philadelphia Street.

The USMS adopted the fugitive case immediately and Deputy U.S. Marshals began their search for Nolden. Yesterday, those Deputies learned that he was staying in Rochester, New York. This information was forwarded to the USMS - Western District of New York. At about 5:45 PM, Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Nolden in the 100 block of Scrantom Street in Rochester. Nolden was turned over to local authorities pending extradition to Pennsylvania.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “Historically, Marshals tracked the most dangerous fugitive wherever they fled. Today’s arrest demonstrated a modern day commitment to that same mission and our communities are safer for it.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the York City Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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Virginia Williams

Virginia Y. Williams, 86, of 440 Congress Street , passed away Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born October 21, 1925, in Bradford, was a daughter of the late Archie L. and Anna Isabelle (Laughlin) Yerdon.

Mrs. Williams was a 1945 graduate St. Bernard High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Ithaca State College as well as her Master's of Science in Education. She taught Physical Education at Jamestown High School in Jamestown, NY for ten years. Mrs. Williams returned to Bradford where she taught Physical Education at Floyd C. Fretz Junior High School. She served as a guidance counselor at both Floyd C. Fretz Jr. High and at Bradford Senior High and retired as a home school visitor for the Bradford Area School District.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, a past member of the American Association of University Women, the Pennhills Club and served on the advisory board for Children & Youth Services.

Surviving is a sister, Christine L. Yerdon of Bradford, four nieces; Marcia N. Janson, Ann L. Nelson, Kathleen Y Atkins and Christine J. Adams, seven nephews; James R. Nelson, Michael Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Eric Johnson, Timothy J. Yerdon, Kevin M. Yerdon and Christopher Yerdon and several grand nieces and grand nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, James J. Yerdon and two sisters, Gloria Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Nelson.

Family will be receiving friends Thursday, February 2, 2012, from Noon to 1:30pm at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. where a prayer service will be held at 1:30pm, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00pm in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, 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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More Than 70 Killed in Soccer Riot

Cairo (CNN) -- At least 73 people were killed when fans rushed the field and rioted after a soccer game in Egypt Wednesday, a health ministry spokesman said.

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Panetta: US, NATO Will End Combat
Mission in Afghanistan Next Year

From CNN:

The United States and NATO will end their combat mission in Afghanistan next year, transitioning to a training role, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.

"Hopefully, by mid to the latter part of 2013, we'll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise and assist role," Panetta told reporters traveling with him to Belgium. The information was confirmed to CNN by a defense official.

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Facebook Wants $84,000 from Ceglia

Lawyers for Facebook want $84,000 in legal fees from Paul Ceglia for causing delays in his case that claims he has part ownership of the $50 billion social networking site.

Ceglia’s attorney says the amount is too high and asked a judge to reject that amount and come up with a figure that represents legal fees in the Buffalo area, and not New York City or Palo Alto, California, where Facebook is based.

Last month, a federal judge ordered Ceglia to pay Facebook's court costs for trying to force the Wellsville man to comply with an order to provide access to his email accounts. Ceglia was also fined $5,000 for contempt.

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CNN: Facebook Readies for Blockbuster IPO

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Local Officials Tour Luminite

State Senator Joe Scarnati (center) and State Representative Marty Causer talk with Luminite President Richard Songer during a tour of the company's new facility in Foster Township.
Photo provided by Causer's office

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Corbett to Visit Punxsutawney

TC Clark won’t be the only TC at Gobbler’s Knob tomorrow.

Governor Tom Corbett will be in Punxsutawney to hear Phil’s prediction about spring.

What that means for revelers is that security will be extra tight, with the governor’s security detail as well as other state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement agencies on hand.

As for TC Clark, you can hear his live reports from Gobbler’s Knob on The Morning Buzz at 6:15, 6:45 and 7:20 a.m.

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Woman Picked Up on Drug Charges

A Gowanda woman is charged with criminal diversion of a prescription medication after an incident Sunday afternoon in Salamanca.

29-year-old Lindsay Ullman allegedly had six Tramadol pills that she did not have a prescription for while she was at the Paradise Gentleman’s Club.

She scheduled to appear in Salamanca City Court at a later date.

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Route 219 Bridge to Reopen in April

The New York Department of Transportation says it will expedite repairs on the former Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek, and it should be ready for traffic again by early April.

State Senator Cathy Young says the re-opening of the bridge will be a tremendous relief to residents and small businesses.

The bridge has been closed since January 5.

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Don Cornelius Found Dead

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Don Cornelius, the founder of the "Soul Train" television show, was found dead of a gunshot wound Wednesday, authorities said. He was 75.


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