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Burglary Near Weedville

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Police are investigating a burglary near Weedville this morning.

They say someone went into a barn owned by Llewellyn Huff at 4 a.m. and took three 5-gallon gas cans.

Huff said he saw a late ‘70s or early ‘80s pickup trucking leaving the scene and traveling toward Weedville on Route 555.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact Ridgway-based state police.

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'A Citizens' Wilderness Proposal'

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Check out the 16-minute campaign video "Keystone Wilderness: A Citizens' Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest," documenting the campaign to protect wilderness in the Commonwealth's only national forest.



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Holocaust Survivor to Speak

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BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Education Club will present a live videoconference next week with Eva Schloss, holocaust survivor and author.

The videoconference will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Room 162, Swarts Hall. The event is free, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

A childhood friend of the famous diarist Anne Frank, Schloss survived two years in hiding and eight months in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp before being liberated by Russian soldiers.

Following the war, she resumed her education in Amsterdam and studied art history at Amsterdam University before moving to London, where she trained to be a professional photographer and worked for five years.

In 1952, she married Zvi Schloss, and her mother married Otto Frank, the widowed father of Anne Frank.

Schloss has lived most of her life in London, spending 25 years running an antiques shop. She became active in H…

PennDOT Announces Maintenance Work

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PENNDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance has announced work for the week of April 02, 2012 through April 06, 2012.

Maintenance work planned by McKean County employees includes:

 SIGN MAINTENANCE – Various Routes, County wide

 BRIDGE FLUSHING – Various Routes, County wide

 SWEEPING STREETS & INTERSECTIONS/WHITE LINES – Kane Area & Various Routes, County wide

 CONTRACT TREE TRIMMING – SR 3009, Beagle Club

 CONTRACT BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT- 46, Wrights Corners

 PATCHING- Various Routes, County wide & 0346, Bradford Area

 CONTRACT BRIDGE REPLACEMENT- Rte 6, Potter County Line

 BRIDGE WORK- 4004, Dorothy Lane

 BRIDGE CLEANING- County wide


CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES PLANNED INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:


SR-0006/L10 McKean County (April 02, 2012-April 06, 2012) L. C. Whitford

The contractor will be working on SR 0046, Seg / Off 0450/0871, Structure over the North Branch of Cole Creek. They will set up temporary signals, removal of existing bituminous wearing surface, scarification and hydro d…

Jogger Who Was Hit by Car Dies

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The jogger who was hit by a car in Chautauqua County on Monday has died.

48-year-old Richard Miller of Irving was jogging on Buffalo Road in the Town of Hanover at 9 a.m. when he reportedly crossed the road in front of a vehicle driven by Cynthia Barber, also of Irving.

After the car hit him Miller was taken to Lake Shore Hospital, where he died on Wednesday.

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Open Arms to Feature Boxing Champ

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Local boxer Charlie Fitzsimmons is the 2006 World Amateur Boxing Champion, and his story of overcoming the trials and hardships to win that title will be featured during the month of April at Open Arms Community Church, starting this Sunday, April 1st.

Open Arms Pastor Mike McAvoy says, "Working with Charlie is such a privilege. To work with a guy who's real life story is about beating the odds is going to be such an encouragement to the many who are facing difficult times."

"Overcomer: Beating the Odds" will kick off with the first discussion, "Preparing for the Fight" this Sunday. April 8th is Easter Sunday, and the topic will be titled "The Difference Maker". "Overcoming Adversity" is the featured discussion for April 15th, and the series rounds out on April 22nd with the a discussion entitled, "Live the Dream."

Fitzsimmons, who will be featured in several vignette videos, as well as sharing in person, throughout the seri…

Olean Man Arrested in PA After Chase

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An Olean man wanted on warrants crashed into a police car then took officers on a high-speed chase into Pennsylvania.

Olean Police tried to stop 25-year-old Paul Tyler on West Henley Street, but he refused to pull his car over and, at the intersection of West State and 19th streets, crashed into a patrol car. He then drove to South Union Street and into Pennsylvania.

After driving at high speeds on several back roads in P-A, Tyler stopped his car on June Road near Turtlepoint and ran into the woods. Police caught up with him and arrested him. He’s currently being held in McKean County Jail.

No one was hurt.

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New Images of Titanic Unveiled

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Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the most storied maritime disaster in history, National Geographic magazine and a team of researchers have unveiled new images of the Titanic, revealing unrestricted views of the wreck for the first time ever.

For more on this story, and more pictures, go to MSBNC.com


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Man Hurt in Route 219 Crash

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A Brockway man suffered minor injuries after he swerved his box truck on Route 219 to avoid hitting a deer.

Police say 84-year-old Wilbur Schaffer was in Horton Township at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday when the deer entered the road. Schaffer veered off the road, hit a mailbox and an embankment and came to rest on its left side in a ditch.

Schaffer was taken to DuBois Regional Medical Center for treatment. NO charges have been filed.

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Winning Ticket Sold in Maryland

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UPDATE: Three lucky ticket holders in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas will share a $640 million prize, the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The Pennsylvania Lottery website crashed shortly after the winning Mega Millions numbers were drawn Friday night.

Ticket-holders who checked www.palottery.com late Friday night to see if they won the record-setting $640 million jackpot were out of luck, and were greeted by a message saying the site was temporarily unavailable "due to all the excitement" around the drawing.

The winning Mega Millions numbers are 2-4-23-38-46, with Mega Ball 23.

Maryland lottery officials say a ticket purchased in Baltimore County hit the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. Mega Millions is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The Maryland ticket is believed to be the only winner.

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Man Had Rifle at Playground

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A Potter County man is in jail for allegedly having an AK-47 at a playground.

Police say 21-year-old Cody Metcalf of Harrison Valley was at the playground on Tannery Street and pulled the charging lever of a Russian AK-47 semi-automatic rifle. He and one of the teenage victims had a discussion and he pulled the charging lever again before leaving the scene in a vehicle. Police listed the victims an 18-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and “Society.”

Police learned that Metcalf is not allowed to have a firearm because of an incident when he was a juvenile. He is charged with possessing a firearm and terroristic threats.

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Man Accused of Having Sex with 2 Boys

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A Rixford man is in jail for allegedly having sex with two boys last summer.

State police say 20-year-old Allen Michael York had sex with the boys at a private home in Rixford in the latter part of June. Police did not say how old the boys are. York is also accused of providing a controlled substance to both boys.

He is charged with 3 counts of felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault, terroristic threats and corruption of minors.

York was arraigned by District Judge Rich Luther, who set bail at $125,000. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Thursday.

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Woman Apparently Fell Through Bridge

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UPDATE: The woman who died is 47-year-old Patricia John of Salamanca.

A woman died early this morning after falling through a hole in the old Red House Bridge over the Allegany River.

Sheriff’s deputies say the woman was walking with a male companion when they both fell through a hole in the pavement of the bridge, which is on Old Route 17.

The man managed to swim out of the river and call 911.

Her body was found at around 12:45 a.m. and was taken to ECMC in Buffalo for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Deputies say they believe this was an accident, but they are continuing their investigation.


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Jenkins’ Bona Career Ends In
State Farm 3-Point Shootout Semifinals

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NEW ORLEANS – St. Bonaventure senior Jessica Jenkins had her career in the Brown and White come to a close Thursday night in the semifinal round of the State Farm 3-Point Championship.

After tallying 15 points in the opening round, the Ohio native scored just 12 in the semifinals to finish three points shy of advancing to the final. USC's Ashley Corral won the women's competition, while Northwestern's John Shurna claimed the overall title with a 24 in the championship round against Corral.

Jenkins entered the event as the nation's active leader in career 3-pointers made with 338, but struggled to get going in the semifinal as she knocked down just one of the five bonus balls which were worth two points each.

The women's 3-point shootout began in 1992, and just one previous Bonaventure player had participated – Suzie Dailer in 1995 – and she won the championship.

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SBU School of Business Welcomes New Leader; Pierre Balthazard Appointed Dean

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Pierre Balthazard, Ph.D., of Peoria, Ariz., has been named new dean of the School of Business at St. Bonaventure University, University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., announced today. He will begin his duties June 15.

Balthazard has a successful record as a department coordinator and senior-level administrator within business schools at Arizona State University. He has most recently been executive director of the Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the country. Balthazard previously was associate director and senior fellow for the Center for Responsible Leadership and was director of graduate programs at the former School of Global Management and Leadership at ASU. Balthazard is also the principal investigator of the Leadership Neuroscience Project and a member of the EDGE Innovation Network.

“Dr. Balthazard brings a world of experience and insight t…

Body Found in Allegany River

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A body was found early this morning in the Allegany River off Old Route 17 in the Town of Red House.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Deputies say the woman’s body was found floating face down in the river at around 12:45 this morning.

They have not released the name or age of the victim, or any other details, because the incident is still under investigation.

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Police Chasing Vehicle

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UPDATE (7:06PM): PA State Police are now chasing the suspect on foot.

UPDATE (7PM): Police ended the chase but did not catch up to the suspect. They are continuing to look for him.

Olean City and New York State police are chasing a car that fled when police tried to stop it, and is making its way toward Portville, according to police radio reports.

Foster Township and Pennsylvania State Police were called in case the car went into Pennsylvania.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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Nushawn Williams Asks for Trial Delay

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The man who spent 12 years in prison for intentionally infecting more than a dozen Chautauqua County residents with HIV in the late 1990s has apparently decided being locked up isn’t all that bad.

Nushawn Williams’ prison term was up nearly two years ago, but the state kept him behind bars under a law that allows them to keep sex offenders confined past their sentences if it’s believed they pose a threat to society.

He had been scheduled for a trial so he could make a case for his release. But his attorney was in court Wednesday asking for the trial to be delayed for a year. He did not specify the reasons for the delay, which the judge did order.

Williams has chosen to remain in the Wende State Correctional Facility rather than in a secure treatment facility during the civil confinement proceedings.

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State Answers Sandusky Motion

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Judge Cleland Moves Trial to June 5

Judge John Cleland has decided to delay the start of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial by three weeks.

He says extra time is needed "to accommodate various logistical contingencies that have arisen.”

In its answer to a pre-trial motion filed by the defense, the attorney general’s office today did agree to a “modest continuance.”

Jury selection is now scheduled for June 5.

The AG’s office also agreed with Sandusky’s request that prospective jurors be questioned individually and that, once the trial starts, they should be sequestered.

Cleland said a hearing to argue over other pretrial issues remains scheduled for April 5.

Sandusky denies that he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period while he was an assistant football coach at Penn State.


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Explosion at Compressor Station

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Emergency crews were called to an explosion at a natural gas compressor station in Susquehanna County this morning.

DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly says there are no reports of injuries.

For more information, including photos, go to thetimes-tribune.com

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NY Bans Synthetic Marijuana

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New York State has banned the sale of "synthetic marijuana" that's sold in convenience stores, smoke shops, and tobacco stores under brand names including Spice and K-2.

Synthetic marijuana has been linked to deaths, and severe reactions including kidney failure.

The plant material in the products is coated with chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Today’s order calls for sales and distribution to stop immediately. Local health officials are being ordered to check for compliance.

Pennsylvania banned the sale of synthetic marijuana in June.
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St. Bonaventure Professor to Speak at
U.N. Monday About Happiness

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By Kaitlin Lindahl, ’12

Dr. Charles Walker will get to do something Monday most people will never have the opportunity to do — present at the United Nations in New York City.

Walker, a professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University, was chosen to take part in the U.N.’s discussion titled “Happiness & Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm.”

Well known for his research in measuring happiness in students and teaching happiness literacy, Walker said he received the opportunity via email. At first, the email, coming from the prime minister of Bhutan, didn’t seem legitimate to Walker. He thought it might be a friend pranking him or, more menacingly, a computer virus.

But when he opened it, he knew at once he wasn’t being fooled.

“(There was) a very serious letter that addressed me personally,” Walker said. “I had to begin to take it seriously.”

From then on, Walker began exchanging emails with Bhutan’s embassy in New York City. Walker believes he was called to do the pre…

Pitt-Bradford to Host Annual Health Fair

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More than 30 health and wellness providers will offer screenings and demonstrations at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s annual Health and Wellness Fair next week.

The event, sponsored by Pitt-Bradford’s Office of Health Services, is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Free tests include a bone density screening by the Bradford Regional Medical Center School of Radiography, glaucoma testing by Eye Care Professional Associates, body fat analysis by the Pitt-Bradford sports medicine program and blood pressure check by Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.

Massage therapy demonstrations will be presented by Lisa’s Hairport, which will also offer paraffin hand dips with reflexology. Pitt-Bradford’s Counseling Services will provide alcohol abuse and depression screenings.

Community Resources for Independence Inc. will …

Charlie Sheen Apologizes

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Vehicle Crashes into House; No One Hurt

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A Brocton, New York, man who crashed his car into a house on Wednesday is facing numerous charges.

State Police say 21-year-old Brady Aults was on Route 20 in the Town of Portland when his vehicle went out of control, left the road, crashed through two fences, crossed a field and then crashed into a house.

Aults was not hurt but was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital as a precaution. No one in the house was hurt.

He is scheduled to appear in Portland Court on Wednesday to answer the charges, which include unlawful possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and driving without registration or insurance.

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Woman Allegedly Got
Welfare Benefits in NY and PA

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Another welfare fraud arrest has been made in Cattaraugus County.

28-year-old Nichole Gayton of Buffalo allegedly got more than $1,500 in cash assistance and food stamps from Cattaraugus County while she was already receiving benefits from Pennsylvania.

Besides welfare fraud, she is charged with grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. She’s scheduled to appear in City of Olean Court on April 17.

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Serial Thief Picked Up Again

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A Turtlepoint woman is accused of stealing cigarettes from a smoke shop in Cattaraugus County.

Sheriff’s deputies say 27-yearl-old Amy Kephart went to Ron’s Smoke Shop in Vandalia twice this month and took a total of seven packs of cigarettes.

A smoke shop employee got the license plate number from her car. When deputies contacted her, she turned herself in. Kephart will appear in court at a later date.

Kephart has a history of retail thefts in McKean County.

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JetBlue Captain Charged

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Grandma Chases Purse Snatcher

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Bison Missing from Catt County Ranch

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Alleged bison theft at s. tier ranch: wivb.com


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Fatal Crash in Allegany County

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A Scio, New York, man is dead following a crash early this morning in the Town of Amity.

State Police say 49-year-old James Scotchmer was driving on Back River Road when his vehicle went off the road and hit a tree stump.

Scotchmer was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, where he later died from his injuries.

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Senate Approves Scarnati’s 'Individual
Health Care Freedom' Amendment

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US Supreme Court Ends Health Care Act Debate



The state Senate today approved a measure by President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati that would amend the state Constitution to prohibit Pennsylvanians from being required to obtain health insurance coverage or from being penalized for not doing so.

Scarnati said Senate Bill 10 would give voters an opportunity to say “yes” or “no” to a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. That law contains a controversial “individual mandate” provision forcing Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face escalating financial penalties as high as 2.5 percent of their total household income.

A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 75 percent of voters, including a majority of democrats and liberals, believe the law is unconstitutional.

Scarnati said while his bill was introduced in response to “Obamacare,” its main purpose is to address the issue of federal government overreach and intrusion on state r…

BRMC Unveils Advanced Invasive Cardiac and Interventional Vascular Lab

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Heart disease is one of our nation’s most common health problems – the leading cause of death for Americans age 35 and older. In an effort to help provide faster and more efficient cardiac care to northwestern Pennsylvania area residents, Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) today unveiled a newly renovated state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular catheterization lab.

BRMC will now be able to conduct minimally invasive procedures using the new system to treat a wide range of clinical problems including coronary artery disease – a leading cause of heart disorders in the U.S. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. The benefits of catheter-based interventions include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring. These procedures can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels.

“The catheterization lab will allow our physicians…

Work to Start on Wrights Corners Bridge

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Work to rehabilitate a bridge near Wrights Corners in McKean County will get underway Monday, April 2.

The bridge is located on Route 46, just south of Wrights Corners. The rehab work will improve the structural integrity of the bridge, help prolong its useful life, and remove it from the list of structurally deficient bridges. PennDOT expects work to be complete in early October.

Temporary traffic signals will control an alternating traffic pattern through the work zone. The signals will be operational on Monday.

Work on the bridge includes deck removal and replacement, new deck surface, wall repair, and guide-rail updates. This work is part of an $872,000 contract to repair and preserve six bridges in McKean County. Work on the other five bridges is complete.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this project.

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Burglary at Rixford Home

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Someone broke into a Rixford home Tuesday and stole jewelry and medications.

Police say the theft happened at David Goodling’s home on Columbia Hill Road sometime between 6:25 in the morning and 3:25 in the afternoon.

The burglar got into the house through a secured back door. Police are continuing their investigation.

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Company Fined for Illegal Transfer Station

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WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Hugill Sanitation Inc. of LaJose, Clearfield County, $6,000 for operating an illegal transfer station at a waste vehicle staging area in Chest Township, Clearfield County, in September 2011.

“Hugill was storing containers of various types of waste on its property without obtaining a DEP transfer station permit,” DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber said. “Bringing waste back to an unpermitted site is not allowed, even if the waste is kept in roll-off containers. It’s a violation of the state’s Solid Waste Management Act and we will continue to work to ensure that kind of activity stops.”

In response to a complaint, DEP conducted an inspection on Sept. 16, 2011, and found 21 containers on the property filled with municipal and residual waste. All of the containers were on the ground in Hugill’s storage yard.

The agency sent the company a notice of violation and conducted a follow-up inspection in early October…

Winning Cash 5 Ticket in Port Allegany

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A Cash 5 lottery ticket worth more than $327,000 was sold at Jubilee in Port Allegany.

The ticket for Tuesday’s drawing correctly matched all five balls, which were 3-13-22-25-36.

Jubilee will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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Two People Plead Guilty to Assaulting Cops

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Two people who assaulted police officers in separate incidents have pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court.

27-year-old Catlin Jackson of Salamanca injured a police officer on July 15 in the city.

22-year-old Daniel Klein of Olean injured a police officer on October 12 in Olean. He also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery for displaying a weapon during an attempted robbery on October 11.

Jackson and Klein will both be sentenced June 4.

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Jessica Jenkins to Participate in
State Farm 3-Point Championship

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CHICAGO - St. Bonaventure guard Jessica Jenkins will cap off an illustrious senior season by participating in the State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship Thursday night on the campus of Tulane in New Orleans.

The competition will be part of the 24th Annual State Farm Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, traditionally held the Thursday before the Final Four in the event's host city. For the first time ever, ESPN will air the event live from 9-11 p.m.

Jenkins will join Purdue's Brittany Rayburn, USC's Ashley Corral, Louisville's Becky Burke, Michigan State's Taylor Alton, Toledo's Courtney Ingersoll and South Carolina's Markeshia Grant in the contest, with possible additions coming in the next day.

The winner of the Women's 3-Point Championship will face the champion of the Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship in the Pure Protein Battle of the Champions later in the evening. Current men's participants include: Missouri's Marcus Denmon,…

Man Says He's Innocent of Verizon Theft

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A Gowanda man has pleaded not guilty to stealing more than $3,000 worth of equipment from Verizon last September.

34-year-old Lawrence Nadeau entered the plea in Cattaraugus County Court. He is accused of prying open a fence surrounding Verizon property in the Town of Persia, and then stealing a number of items. Police recovered all of the stolen property at his home.

The case has been adjourned for motions.

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KARE for Kane Sprucing Up Community

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By SANDRA RHODES

Kane may be the Black Cherry Capital of the World, but come May 11, it will be all about “sprucing” up the community.

That is when the second KARE for Kane event will take place. This is when volunteers take time out of their day – whether it’s a couple of hours or the entire day – to work on projects throughout the Kane area.

The project is spearheaded by Melanie Clabaugh, executive director the Kane Area Development Center and its offshoot – Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise, and Kathleen Prosperi, an AmeriCorps staff member at the Kane Area High School.

The purpose of the day is two-fold – to gather volunteers for a spring cleanup in the community and to foster community pride amongst all the residents. Anyone is welcome to participate.

“We want to encourage residents, students, businesses and visitors to come participate,” Clabaugh said.

Clabaugh said they picked a Friday so businesses and their employees could participate. This gives the employees a chance to get out…