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Reports: John Demjanjuk is Dead

By msnbc staff

Convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk has died at the age of 91, German police said Saturday according to reports in the German media.

Demjanjuk was sentenced in May 2011 to five years in prison for his role in the killing of 28,060 Jews at the Sobibor Nazi camp in Poland during World War II. The German court released him pending appeal because of his advanced age.

German police said he died at a home for the elderly in southern Germany, according to The Associated Press.

During the trial Demjanjuk's family said he had been ill.

This is a breaking news story. Please check again for more updates.

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Seneca Allegany Casino RV Show Cruises
into Southern Tier March 29 Thru April 1

SALAMANCA, NY – As warmer weather arrives with spring, residents of Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania begin to think “road trips” and entertainment. Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will offer the best of both worlds from March 29 through April 1 with the Seneca Allegany Casino RV Show. The show is presented by Colton RV, “New York’s Premier RV Dealer,” now in its 50th year of business.

The free event takes places indoors and outdoors at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, NY, located off exit 20 of the Interstate 86 near U.S. Route 219. More than 100 RVs in all shapes and sizes will be available for purchase, with savings of 30 percent or more on many of the models. Show hours will be: 1 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, and; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

A two-night camping package at any New York State Park comes free with any RV purchase. RV brands are available from a variety of ma…

Bona Baseball Wins At Marshall

BECKLEY, W. Va. - Redshirt junior Eddie Gray pitched eight innings and allowed just one run leading the St. Bonaventure baseball team (6-5) to a 3-1 win over host Marshall Friday afternoon in the first of a three-game series.

The Bonnies opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Billy Urban, scoring junior outfielder Eric Jutca. Junior first baseman Austin Ingraham then doubled to left field, batting in senior left fielder Nick Brennen of St. Marys, Pa..

The Brown and White tacked on another run in the top of the fifth after Brennen singled to center field, scoring junior second baseman Jason Radwan.

The Thundering Herd scored a run in the bottom of the eighth, but ultimately couldn't rally in the bottom of the ninth to tie or win the game. Radwan closed out the game for the Bonnies, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two batters.

Brennen went two for four with an RBI. Ingraham and Urban also batted runs in.

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PGC Finds Dens for Three Orphaned Cubs

HARRISBURG – After finding three black bear cubs stranded along a road near Troy, Bradford County earlier this week, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today successfully completed a four-day race of locating and placing the two female cubs and one male cub in adoptive dens in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The clock started ticking on March 13, when Sullivan County Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Rick Finnegan responded to the Armenia Mountain area near Troy, to investigate reports from passing motorists that three bear cubs were at the base of a fence near a township road.

“The cubs all weighed less than 6.5 pounds and were unable to walk,” WCO Finnegan said. “The immediate and surrounding area was surveyed for several hours and no adult female bear was observed, and there was no evidence of a vehicle collision. This unusual set of circumstances seemed to indicate someone may have unlawfully handled the cubs and dropped them off at this location.”

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Crowley a Finalist for Naismith Award

ATLANTA – St. Bonaventure's Jim Crowley was one of just four finalists named by Atlanta Tipoff Club members for the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year on Friday, joining Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Baylor's Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw.

Crowley, who has already won Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year honors, has led the Bonnies to a program-record 29 wins against just three losses. Bonaventure, despite losing in the A-10 Championship final, earned a berth in its first NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed and will face 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (approximately). The game can be seen on ESPN2.

A southern New York native, Crowley has guided SBU to four straight seasons of 20+ wins and postseason berths as it has qualified for the Women's National Invitation Tournament each of the previous three years.

The finalists were determined by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Nationa…

George, Nick Clooney Arrested

(CNN) -- The slaughter of civilians in Sudan goes on with too little attention.

But when George Clooney gets involved, the world takes notice. And that's at least a step in the right direction.

Clooney brought the media spotlight with him Friday, as he protested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington and was arrested alongside his father, longtime newsman Nick Clooney, who worked as an anchorman at WRGZ-TV in Buffalo.

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Bonnies Come Oh, So Close

The Bonnies were in control of their game against Florida St. until deep into the second half and appeared to be well on their way to an upset, but the Seminoles scrapped and clawed their way back into the game, and took their first lead with 5:19 remaining and never let go of it.

The final score was 66-63.

Andrew Nicholson scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

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NASHVILLE - Andrew Nicholson hit 4-of-5 3-pointers in his final game, posting 20 points as St. Bonaventure (20-12) lost to Florida State (25-9) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

The senior powered the Bonnies one final time - adding seven rebounds and two blocks - to close out one of the best careers in St. Bonaventure basketball history. SBU led for all but the final 5:18 of the game to keep the reigning ACC Tournament champion on its heels.

Trailing 50-44 with 10 minutes to play, the Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 52 on Bernard Jame'…

Body Found in Town of Kiantone

An air search for a missing Jamestown man led to the discovery of a body off Route 62 in the Town of Kiantone this morning.

Police had been searching for 48-year-old Michael Whitehill who was last seen leaving his home on January 22.

Shortly before 11 o’clock this morning investigators spotted a body in a gravel area off Riverside Road.

No one is saying if it is Whitehill. A positive identification is expected once the investigation is complete.

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Philip Pecora

Philip A. Pecora, 82, of 110 Fuller Rd., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, March 15,2012 at the Princeton Medical Center in Princeton NJ, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.

Born February 23, 1930 in Bradford he was a son of the late Stanley and Matilda (Caruso) Pecora.

He was a 1948 graduate of St. Bernard High School where he was a proud member of the 1946-1947 football team which defeated, among many others, Canisius High School of Buffalo.

Mr. Pecora was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Military Police from 1953 to 1955 when he was honorably discharged.

He started P-V Paving Company, owned Lucky Dollar Market, Super Duper Supermarket and Plaza with his brother Richard. He developed the Chateau D'or Restaurant on East Main St. Mr. Pecora was also engaged in the oil and gas business for over 40 years.

He became a pilot at the age of 20 and was a long time member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He flew thousands of hours in his many …

Juvenile with Airsoft Gun Prompted
Lockdowns in St. Marys Wendesday

A juvenile playing with a gun prompted a lockdown at St. Marys schools and Elk Regional Health Center on Wednesday.

St. Marys Police say the child was playing with an Airsoft gun while waiting for transportation to school at 8:20 a.m.

Police would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and information that led to the resolution of the case.

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Send-Off Parade for Bona Women

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The campus and area communities are invited to another sendoff salute Friday morning, this time for the women's basketball team as they leave for Florida and their first-round NCAA Tournament game.

Once again, the parking lot between Richter and Reilly centers will be closed off, with the team boarding the bus starting at 10 a.m. and departing campus at 10:15 a.m., led by a police and fire escort through the village of Allegany and down West State and North Union streets in Olean.

Well-wishers are asked to gather by 10 a.m. at the parking lot, and business owners and community members are encouraged to stand outside and salute the team as they head to the airport.

More than a thousand people saluted the men on campus and in town yesterday morning as they headed to their first-round game Friday afternoon vs. Florida State.

After you wish the women well, watch the games on campus! Here's the lineup of basketball viewing parties:

Men's basketball game viewi…

Shell Chooses PA for New Refinery

Shell Oil has chosen Pennsylvania for the site of its new multi-billion-dollar petrochemical refinery.

Dan Carlson, Shell's General Manager of New Business Development, said today the company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania had all offered Shell major tax incentives in their quests for the plant.

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Let's Pick it Up, Bradford!

Mark your Calendar!
6th Annual Cleanup
April 21, 2012 10:00 AM – Noon

Cleanup Headquarters: Grace Lutheran 79 Mechanic St.
Join us to remove litter & trash from our Neighborhoods!
This is not a bulk homeowner or household waste clean up! Cleanup conducted in the City of Bradford!
New This Year, Comprehensive Electronics Recycling Event!
Items will be accepted at Grace Lutheran between 10AM-4PM
Contact: Lisa Keck
Elm Street Manager, City of Bradford
814-368-7170 ext 111 or 598-7098

Man Waives Hearing on Assault Charges

A Bradford man accused of pointing a loaded gun at people during a domestic incident on East Main Street a month ago has waived his preliminary hearing.

59-year-old Robert Rogowski allegedly had a .22-caliber rifle with one round in the chamber and 6 more in the clip during the incident in the apartments above The New Keystone on February 17. Witnesses told police he pointed the weapon at them, and they had to jump back into a room to take cover.

Rogowski is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats. Also today Rogowski requested a change in his bail. He’s now free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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Explaining March Madness

March Madness already came to Bona-Land, but in case you still don't get it here's an explanation:

Goose on the Loose

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Bucs Make Roster Moves

Pirates GM Neal Huntington talks about today’s roster moves:

Flood Advisory for Catt, Chautauqua Co.

A small stream flood advisory has been issued for Cattaraugus and western Chautauqua counties until 1:45 this afternoon.

At 10:42 a.m. the National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a cluster of slow moving thunderstorms with heavy rain over portions of Chautauqua, Southern Erie and western Cattaraugus counties.

Additional heavy rain over Lake Erie will move slowly east into these areas through midday, and another inch is possible.

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Voter ID Bill Signed into Law

Harrisburg - Governor Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed into law House Bill 934, also known as the Photo Voter ID bill, which will require Pennsylvanians to produce photo identification when they vote.

The law goes into effect immediately, but the photo ID will not be required for the primary election next month. However, voters will be reminded at that time that a photo ID will be required for November's general election.

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Meth Lab Raid in Port Allegany

Detectives from the McKean County District Attorney’s Office, McKean County Drug Task Force, and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team raided a residence at 63 South Main Street in Port Allegany on the evening of March 14, 2012.

An active methamphetamine laboratory including precursor chemicals, pseudoephedrine, laboratory paraphernalia, and approximately two grams of finished crystal methamphetamine, was located inside and around the residence. Arrested was 23 year old Sara Jean Jones. Jones was charged by McKean County Detective Ryan Yingling with seven felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and disposal of chemicals in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Jones was also charged with a felony count of risking a catastrophe and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and drug possession.

The manufacturing of methamphetamine is extremely dangerous and involves the use of several toxic and explosive chemicals. Members of the Pennsy…

Senate Approves Equity in Athletics Bill

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-21) to help ensure that female students are offered athletic opportunities comparable to their male counterparts was unanimously approved today by the Senate.

Watch the video here.

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McCord Offers Additional Reforms to
Improve PA's "Broken" Capital Budget

Harrisburg - With the General Assembly now considering legislation to revamp the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, State Treasurer Rob McCord today offered additional reforms which he said would increase the accountability, efficiency, and transparency of the entire capital budget process.

Treasurer McCord said the answer is not simply to focus on the state's debt ceiling.

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Pirates Beat Orioles 11-5

NOTES: Game time temperature was 82 degrees under mostly sunny skies...Alex Presley had two hits and two RBI and has now hit safely in six of his eight games this spring (9-for-23, .391)...Clint Barmes went 1-for-2 with a walk and has six hits in 17 at bats this spring (.353)...Neil Walker had two hits and scored two runs while batting in the cleanup spot...Garrett Jones went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI...Josh Harrison played the final four innings at shortstop and went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI; Harrison has gone 6-for-10 in his first six games this spring.

TOMORROW: The Pirates are scheduled to play the Twins in Fort Myers at 1:05...Jo-Jo Reyes is expected to start for the Bucs against Minnesota’s Terry Doyle (RH)...Chris Leroux, Juan Cruz, Daniel Cabrera, Shairon Martis and Doug Slaten are also slated to pitch for Pittsburgh.

Pictured, Garrett Jones leaps high in the air to get a runner out; Josh Harrison drives in two runs with a triple.

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Jamie Williams Chosen As
New Wilderness Society President

The Wilderness Society (TWS) announced today that it has chosen western conservation leader Jamie Williams, who comes to TWS from The Nature Conservancy, as its new president. At The Nature Conservancy Williams served as Director of Landscape Conservation for North America, where he led that organization’s effort to protect large landscapes, primarily in the western United States.

“In our search for a new president, Jamie Williams was far and away the best candidate, with a track record of outstanding achievement and a well-earned reputation for succeeding in every endeavor,” said TWS Governing Council Chair Doug Walker. “Jamie is a high-impact leader who has a deep understanding of our issues and who knows how to get exceptional results.”

Williams brings a wealth of experience to TWS. At the Nature Conservancy, Williams helped develop the large landscape focus within the Obama administration’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, and spearheaded critical efforts to secure conservatio…

Antonia P. Polucci

Antonia P. Polucci, 88, formerly of 108 Irving Lane, passed away, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born October 16, 1923, in Sarnano, Province of Macerata, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Nazzareno and Maria (Rascioni) Pennesi.

On October 11, 1947 in St. Bernard Church she married Albeno J. Polucci who passed away, December 2, 1995.

Mrs. Polucci was a 1942 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, The Catholic Women's Club and the Maceratese Ladies Auxiliary.

She was employed as a secretary for Kendall Refining Company and The Bradford Area School District, retiring in 1985.

She is survived by two daughters, Elisa (Thomas) Tessena and Mary Anne Polucci (Mark) Sherman, both of Bradford; two grandchildren, Dr. Matthew (Jacqui) Tessena of Rochester, NY and Jennifer Tessena of Bradford; three great grandchildren, Lukan Tessena, Braeleigh Tessena and Kadyn Tessena; two granddogs, Chloe and Thomas and several nieces …

Senior Thesis Exhibition Part of
An Evening With The Arts at SBU

Works by seven student artists at St. Bonaventure University will be featured in the 2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition opening Friday, March 23, at the University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The exhibition opens with a welcoming reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Winifred Shortell Kenney Gallery. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the artists will offer brief comments about their work.

The reception and exhibition opening are part of a broader celebration, An Evening With The Arts, sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and The Quick Center. Here’s a complete schedule of the evening’s events, all taking place at The Quick Center:

· 4:30-5 p.m.: tour of the Asian art collection with Chisato Dubreuil, assistant professor of art history.

· 5-7 p.m.: Senior Thesis Exhibition opening and reception.

· 5:30-6:30 p.m.: gallery talks by exhibiting student artists.

· 5-7 p.m.: music to view art by, featuring music program students.

· 7:30-9:45 p.m…

NY Fugitive Picked Up in Texas

Austin, Texas – David Robert Wampler, 40, whose last known address was Livonia, New York, was arrested today by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in downtown Austin.

Wampler was arrested without incident near the 6th Street entertainment district. Task force officers received critical information from the United States Marshals Service in Rochester, New York, this morning after local interviews determined Wampler fled from upstate New York and recently arrived in Austin.

Wampler was indicted in January of this year by a Livingston County Grand Jury in Geneseo, New York, with a twenty-one (21) county indictment alleging criminal acts involving rape, injury to a child, and providing dangerous drugs to children. Prosecutors further allege Wampler provided LSD to two-14 year-old girls, as well as Cocaine, Nitrous Oxide, Oxycontin, Ambien and Adderall to other teens. It further alleges Wampler sexually assaulted a minor after providing the teen with Ambien and LSD in Livonia, NY, located so…

Man Keeps Food Bank Items for Himself

A Johnsonburg man is accused of not delivering food to a food bank.

Police did not release the man’s name, but say the 38-year-old picked up food items at the Johnsonburg Bi-Lo Supermarket that were donated to the Northern Food Bank. He then took the items home and did not attempt to deliver them to the food bank.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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St. Marys Schools, ERHC Locked Down

St. Marys schools and Elk Regional Health Center were on lockdown this morning after police got a report of a suspicious person who might have a gun.

Police got the call at 8:20 this morning saying the person was near Kerner Avenue and Louis Street.

Area law enforcement officials conducted an investigation while the schools and hospital were on lockdown. St. Marys City, Ridgway and Johnsonburg police, along with Elk County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in the search.

City police are continuing their investigation.

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Casey Legislation to Help PA Counties
Repair Bridges Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today secured passage of his bipartisan amendment to ensure that Pennsylvania’s counties are not left bearing the brunt of the cost for repairs to bridges that do not receive federal aid. The amendment passed as part of a bill to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure and create jobs.

“Far too many bridges in Pennsylvania and across the country are structurally deficient,” Senator Casey said. “My amendment will improve safety and keep our communities connected, which creates and sustains economic growth.”

Senator Casey’s amendment to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act would establish a dedicated revenue stream through the Off-System Bridge Program for bridges that are not on federal-aid or the National Highway System.

More than one out of every four off-system bridges across the country is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Of those, thirty-five percent are functionally obsolete.

Senator Casey’s …

Thinking About Going to Nashville?

About 25 seats remained as of 4:30

In support of Western New York and St. Bonaventure University, Delta Airlines has added a special one-way, non-stop flight to Nashville Thursday for $99 ($109.80 including taxes). Go to, select one-way flights, and enter BUF and BNA in the airport code boxes, and March 15 for the date.

The flight departs from Buffalo at 6 p.m. and arrives in Nashville in about two hours (7:05 p.m. CST). Due to the uncertainty of when the Bonnies will be done playing there, the flight is one-way only, but Delta officials are working to increase their seating over the course of the weekend from Nashville to Buffalo.

Thanks to Delta President Edward H. Bastian, SBU Class of 1979!

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Send-Off Parade for The Bonnies

The Bona Wolf waves to Bonnies fans in downtown Olean this morning as the men's basketball team leaves for the NCAA tournament.
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The campus and Greater Olean communities are invited to a another sendoff salute Friday morning, this time for the women's basketball team as they leave for Florida and their first-round NCAA Tournament game.

Once again, the parking lot between Richter and Reilly centers will be closed off, with the team boarding the bus starting at 10 a.m. and departing campus at 10:15 a.m., led by a police and fire escort through the village of Allegany and down West State and North Union streets in Olean.

Well-wishers are asked to gather by 10 a.m. at the parking lot, and business owners and community members are encouraged to stand outside and salute the team as they head to the airport.

More than a thousand people saluted the men on campus and in town this morning as they heade…

Bridge Work in McKean, Potter Counties

Work to repair and preserve two bridges – one in McKean County, one in Potter County - will get underway Monday, March 19. The preservation work will extend the serviceable life of each bridge for decades. The McKean County bridge is located on Route 6 in Liberty Township and spans Sartwell Creek. The Potter County bridge is located on Route 49 in Harrison Township and spans the north branch of Cowanesque Creek.

Crews will replace the deck on the Sartwell Creek Bridge. The Cowanesque Creek bridge will see replacement of the super-structure. Overall work includes concrete repairs, paving, guide rail updates, pavement markings, and miscellaneous construction. PennDOT expects work to be complete by November.

Each project will feature temporary traffic signals to control an alternating traffic pattern through the work zone.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. L.C. Whitford Company, Inc., of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.1 million project. Drivers are reminded t…

Pitt-Bradford Students, President Join
Lobbying Effort to 'Keep Pitt Public'

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen students, staff and alumni from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford joined Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, and 500 supporters of the University of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg Tuesday to lobby against cuts proposed to Pitt’s state appropriation by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Leaving before daybreak, the group traveled 400 miles to meet face-to-face with legislators throughout the day.

Members of the group said that legislators were largely sympathetic to their request to keep the appropriation for Pitt and other state-related schools at the same level as this fiscal year, which was already a 20 percent reduction from the previous year’s levels.

In February, Corbett unveiled his proposed 2012-13 budget, which included a $42 million cut to Pitt’s state appropriation. The cut would come on top of a $67 million cut for the current f…