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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Burglary Near Weedville

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'

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

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 Holocaust education in 1985 and eventually published two books telling her story, “Eva’s Story” and “The Promise.”

In 1995, she cooperated with playwright James Still, who wrote “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” a multimedia play about four teenagers in the Holocaust that has been widely performed.

For more information, contact Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, at (814)362-7532 or wjb27@pitt.edu.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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PennDOT Announces Maintenance Work

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 demolition of existing concrete bridge deck.

All work is weather dependent. Be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting construction areas.

SR 1001 Glenn Hazel, Elk County (April 02, 2012-April 06, 2012) JC Whitford

Work has begun on the bridge over Crooked Creek on SR 1001 between Glen Hazel and Taft Road. The detour will go into effect Friday, April 06, 2012.

The route of the detour will be in Glenn Hazel intersection to Johnsonburg to route 255 to Taft Road to the Glenn Hazel Road. This detour will be in effect until July 31, 2012. JC Whitford will be replacing the bridge deck and beams as well as structure updates and incidental work.

Please be aware of the increased traffic along the detour route. Signs have been erected to assist in directing traffic using the detour.

Motorists can visit the PENNDOT website at www.dot.state.pa.us and by clicking on the Statewide Construction Map for updates concerning ongoing projects.

Citizens who want to report road concerns can call PENNDOT Maintenance at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

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Jogger Who Was Hit by Car Dies

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

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 series of talks will tell his story of overcoming the difficulties associated with his training, competition, and his victory in the ring.
McAvoy says, "Charlie faced challenges in and outside the ring and it give a great illustration for us to see that it is not just the big issues that can beat us up, but the little details of life all stack up against us too. This can be an overwhelming situation and leave us without hope. But there is always hope."

Open Arms hold services at their location at 1289 East Main Street in Bradford Sunday mornings at 9:15AM and 11:00AM. And all are invited to attend.

"At Open Arms we believe that no matter how bad the situation, how stacked the odds are against you, with God you are an Overcomer and this series is focused on what the Bible says about walking in this victory in all areas of life." says McAvoy.

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Olean Man Arrested in PA After Chase

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

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

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

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

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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Friday, March 30, 2012

Man Accused of Having Sex with 2 Boys

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

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






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

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 to the office of the dean. We feel that he is uniquely qualified to build off the recent momentum that has arisen from our School of Business campaign. He is the right person at the right time to lead this school,” said Michael J. Fischer, Ph.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at St. Bonaventure.

“As a very important piece of the comprehensive university, I believe that St. Bonaventure’s School of Business seeks academic distinctiveness, enhanced student outcomes, a commitment to globalization, strengthening the environment for scholarly activity, and instilling a sense of community/social responsibility,” said Balthazard. “As dean, my vision will be to achieve a level of undisputed and widely visible excellence that does justice to St. Bonaventure University as an institution, and to its faculty and students.”

Balthazard has authored more than 100 articles, chapters, psychometric instruments, and technical reports, with manuscripts appearing in The Leadership Quarterly, Personnel Psychology, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, and the Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in programs and projects that have earned well over $4 million in contracts/grants from sources such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Laboratory, Army Research Institute, the Department of Education, and the Center for the Professional Military Ethic based at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“We are so excited that Dr. Balthazard is joining us as dean. We know we have a great business school but we are facing some real challenges. We believe that Dr. Balthazard is that person who can lead us to the next level,” said Todd Palmer, Ph.D., chair of the search committee and an associate professor of management sciences at St. Bonaventure.

Balthazard’s research focuses on the design and investigation of individual, group, leadership, and organizational diagnosis instruments, systems that support collaboration, leadership development, and evidence-based processes across time and distance using technology. Most recently, he has been examining neuroscience as an alternative to traditional psychometric approaches to leadership assessment and leadership development. His research project has received global attention from top business publications around the world, including Business Week, Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and The Financial Times among others.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from McGill University (Canada), and a master of science in information systems degree and joint Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering and management from the University of Arizona.

Following the death last April of longtime School of Business dean Dr. John G. Watson, the position was filled on an interim basis by Brian C. McAllister and Carol M. Fischer, Ph.D.

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Body Found in Allegany River

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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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Police Chasing Vehicle

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

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

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

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

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

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 presentation because of his website, www.wellbeingincollege.org.

“I think they found me because of the website,” Walker said. “It’s a website on psychological being and wellbeing. It’s being used by people all over the world.”

Walker said he tracks his website’s progress using Google analytics to see what pages are being frequented and by what areas of the world.

“I noticed a while ago there were people from Bhutan using my website regularly,” Walker said. “They probably liked what they saw and it helped out with what they were doing.”

And what they are doing in Bhutan, according to Walker, is generating a focus on balance, revolution and “radical socialism.”

“What they are importing to the world now is nothing short of cultural revolution,” Walker said. “And that’s going to be their export to the world.”

Walker said that any big decisions Bhutan has to make, they will be in reference to the nation’s happiness — how it will affect them positively and negatively. They hope the rest of the world will catch on with their revolution.

“They’re hoping they’re going to plant the seeds of change,” Walker said.

“Scholars, economists, heads of state will meet on April 2 … translate it into an idea, to a policy, and to propose variations of it so a year from now, countries can take parts of it (to use).”

Walker believes that his role in this discussion will be to share his research and tools he has utilized to measure others’ happiness.

“(I’m) trying to create a higher level of literacy … about what happiness is and how they can assess it and know whether or not they’re achieving it,” Walker said. “My focus is mostly going to be on educational environments.”

Walker summed up his emotion about the chance to speak at the U.N. with a simple question: “Can there be anything better than feeling like you contributed to improving the world?”

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Pitt-Bradford to Host Annual Health Fair

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 have information on caring for those with disabilities. UPMC Hamot Center for Healthy Living will explain how to read labels for the sugar contents of food.

Other vendors will be podiatrist Dr. Gary Smith, D.P.M.; Canticle Farm, a source for local, naturally grown vegetables; Kane Community Hospital, which will have information on mammography, body composition and heart disease; Metz and Associates; McKean County Veterans’ Affairs, which will have information about benefits and services for veterans; McKean County VNA and Hospice; Liv’s Livelihood, which will provide skin care analysis; Adagio Health; American Cancer Society; BRMC Center for Diabetes and Nutrition;

Pitt-Bradford’s Center for Rural Health Practice; Community Nurses Inc.; Community Blood Bank; Center for Organ Recovery and Education; Bradford Dental Center – BRMC; Great Lakes Home Healthcare Services; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services; Health Beginnings – BRMC; Pitt-Bradford Panthers Against Tobacco; Pitt-Bradford’s Disability Resource Services; Pitt-Bradford Campus Police; The Pavilion; Bradford Family YMCA; and the YWCA Victim’s Resource Center for domestic violence and sexual assault.

In addition, members of Pitt-Bradford’s Student Nurse Organization will make poster presentations.

For more information, contact Lisa Hervatin in the Office of Health Services at (814)362-5272 or lmh80@pitt.edu.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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Charlie Sheen Apologizes

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Vehicle Crashes into House; No One Hurt

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

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

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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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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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Fatal Crash in Allegany County

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

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 rights and individual liberty.

“This issue is of such vital importance to our free society that the legislature must ensure Pennsylvania citizens have the opportunity to make their voices heard,” Scarnati said. “If the federal government can force a citizen to purchase health insurance, then are there any limits to what the federal government can compel a person to do?”

Legislators in more than 20 states have sponsored similar proposals, while voters already have passed such amendments in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Four more will have a similar question on November ballots, he said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments on challenges to the health care law and will rule on the federal statute's constitutionality. Pennsylvania is among 26 states that have sued, saying Congress overstepped its authority.

“While obtaining reasonably priced health care insurance should be an affordable option for all Pennsylvanians, it should remain each individual’s personal choice whether to do so,” concluded Scarnati.

Because it is a constitutional amendment, Senate Bill 10 must be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions and then receive a majority vote in a statewide referendum.

But the whole issue may be moot by June.

The Supreme Court today concluded a marathon debate on health care with justices signaling an ideological divide that could topple some or all of the sweeping reform law signed by President Barack Obama.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said he found the questioning by justices signaled they are ready to invalidate the individual mandate, a step he said could put the entire law in jeopardy.

At issue on the third day of debate was whether all the law's 450 or so provisions would have to be scrapped if the individual mandate were found unconstitutional. The mandate is the key funding mechanism of the law.

The Court is expected to make its decision by June.

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BRMC Unveils Advanced Invasive Cardiac and Interventional Vascular Lab

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 to complete a variety of diagnostic procedures faster, and that means the patient is off the table and on their way to recovery and discharge sooner”, said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Cardiac catheterization is used diagnostically for patients with heart and vascular disease. During a catheterization procedure, a thin, flexible tube, or catheter, is inserted into an artery or vein in the patient's arm or leg. The catheter is then gently moved further into the arteries or the heart. This technique is most often used to locate blockages or other problems by measuring the pressure and flow of blood in the heart and by capturing images of the arteries, called angiograms. It can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine what is wrong with a patient's cardiovascular system or it can also be used as a form of treatment for vascular disease.

This fully digital system enables physicians to capture and view detailed images of a patient’s coronary structure, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Additionally, the system:



· Exposes patients to less radiation during the procedures than some other systems

· Enables a physician to have better patient access during an exam due to the system’s compact design

· Provides outstanding image quality, with less distortion than older imaging technologies

· Enhances diagnostic confidence, which promotes better visualization during interventional procedures

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Work to Start on Wrights Corners Bridge

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

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

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 2011. By then, all of the waste had been removed and taken to a DEP-permitted landfill for proper disposal.

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Winning Cash 5 Ticket in Port Allegany

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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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Two People Plead Guilty to Assaulting Cops

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


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, Marquette's Darius Johnson-Odom, Northwestern's John Shurna, Temple's Juan Fernandez, UNLV's Chace Stanback, VCU's Bradford Burgess and High Point's Nick Barbour.

If Jenkins wins Thursday night, she would be the second consecutive Atlantic 10 player to do after Massachusetts' Cerie Mosgrove proved victorious last season. Mosgrove won the women's title before falling in the overall final.

Jenkins, a First-Team All-Conference and Academic All-Conference selection, was one of just 30 finalists named as a Naismith Player of the Year nominee. The Marion, Ohio product led the Bonnies with 13.9 points per game and a program-record 110 3-pointers while shooting 96 percent (65-for-68) from the free-throw line.

Jenkins ends her career ranked 12th all-time in NCAA Division I history with 338 3-pointers, which also shattered the A-10 record of 291. She also ranks seventh in program history in points (1,441), eighth in double-figure point games (69) and second in free-throw percentage (.869). She tallied 25 games with five or more three-pointers, more than any other player in the country. Additionally, Jenkins made eight 3's in game three separate times this season.

The Denny's Slam Dunk Championship will conclude the night's festivities. Duke's Miles Plumlee, Auburn's Kenny Gabriel, Miami's DeQuan Jones, Wichita State's David Kyles, Oregon's Olu Ashaolu, Northwestern State's William Mosley and Martin Methodist's James Justice are scheduled to participate in the contest.

Fans will join Duke legend Bobby Hurley, running back Pierre Thomas and tight end Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, and LSU defensive end Michael Brockers as the "fifth judge" via Twitter. Viewers and those in attendance are encouraged to use "#CollegeSlam" and a corresponding hashtag with the player's name and a score between one and 10 during the event, with an average score being tabulated.

Tickets for the State Farm Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships can be purchased via Tulane's office (504-861-WAVE) or Ticketmaster.

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Man Says He's Innocent of Verizon Theft

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

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 of work, but also work as a team and build a dedication to the community.

“To give their time during the work day,” she said. “Give back to the community.”

Prosperi has also enlisted the help of high school students, whether they come out individually or as a team. Some teachers are even including part of this in their curriculum, such as teaching about the history of Kane. They are now trying to come up with ideas of how this can be translated into volunteering at KARE for Kane.

“It’s a neat way to bring everyone together,” Clabaugh said.

Last year, there were 230 volunteers who completed 37 projects. And, as Clabaugh said, even though these numbers were “above and beyond” what they expected, they hope both numbers will grow this year, especially by bringing more students into the equation.

“People saw what happened last year and know what it is,” Prosperi said. “The project gained legitimacy.”

The projects range from landscaping, gardening, helping people remove old appliances from their homes, sweeping sidewalks, to name a few. Clean-up at Glenwood and Evergreen parks is also on the agenda. They would also like to clean up the Kane family burial site in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The program, a well-oiled machine, is set up so volunteers only have to show up and work. T-shirts, snacks and supplies are provided – whether it’s a broom, paint and paintbrush, shovel or garbage bags. People just need to let them know what they are interested in doing and what time they can work.

“They can come for an hour or all day,” Prosperi said, adding the projects runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Kane Community Center at 46 Fraley St. serves as headquarters where volunteers can report to receive their instructions. The project proceeds whether rain or shine.

If people would like to work as a group, they are encouraged to register as a group.

“It’s really encouraging to see what can be done in a small amount of time,” Prosperi said.

In the end, it helps how residents feel about the town as well as how visitors perceive the town when passing through.

“Route 6 is the center of town. It really makes a difference,” Prosperi said.

They have discovered that businesses can help out in a multitude of ways such as letting employees out that day to help. One business was a little more creative.

Segel & Son Inc. out of Warren is setting up bids for scrap iron and metal recycling business. Once that is collected, the scrap metal business will then donate the money back to KARE for Kane.

Building community pride happens in other times of the year, too. At Christmastime, the vacant windows were decorated by volunteers.

“This has allowed us to see an increase in people helping out during the year,” Clabaugh said.

Businesses or individuals interested in donating either time or money can contact the Kane Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-837-6565 or at the KADC website at www.kanepa.com.



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