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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Egg-Straordinarily Beautiful

These are some of the Ukrainian Pysanky eggs Shandra Wilson decorated. She presented a program on the history and decorating of the eggs Thursday at the Bradford Area Public Library.

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Egg-stravaganza at Callahan Park

Bradford City Firefighters Local 655 held their annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning in Callahan Park. The Kentucky Derby is called "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports." Check out our video to see why annual event could be called "The Fastest Two Minutes in Easter Egg Hunting."

These young ladies were among the hundreds hunting eggs.

Retired Fire Chief Bill McCormack hands out prizes to the hunters as they leave the park.

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More Popular Than the Easter Bunny

Sparky the Fire Dog (with his pal, Terry Brinker) made an appearance at the annual Firefighters Local 655 Easter Egg Hunt Saturdary at Callahan Park, and almost made the kids forget they were there to hunt for eggs and win prizes. Almost.

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Nordenberg Releases Another
Statement on Pitt-Oakland Bomb Threats

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg has released another statement concerning the bomb threats on the university’s main campus.

He said university officials understand the threats are a source of heightened anxiety, not only for those living and working on campus but also for their family members.

Nordenberg said they appreciate the cooperation and support that have come from throughout the entire University community and from their many friends. He said they do believe progress is being made in the ongoing investigation and look forward to the time, hopefully in the near-term, when they can put this set of challenges behind them.

Pittsburgh’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is heading the investigation. The university is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Nordenberg added that some people think the university is being too cautious by evacuating and searching the buildings in response to each threat. Others, he said, believe the campus should be closed.

US Attorney David Hickton says the university “is exercising appropriate regard for safety . . . while refusing to allow such threats to paralyze the entire University community.”

To read Nordenberg's complete statement go here.

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Two Men Hit, Killed by Train

Two men are dead and another is hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train Friday night in Chautauqua County.

20-year-old Justin Halpainy-Livermore of Jamestown and 25-year-old Brian Reed of Westfield were pronounced dead at the scene. 26-year-old Benjamin Reed Westfield is being treated at UPMC Hamot for broken bones and head injuries.

Police did say the three men are related.

Autopsies on the two victims will be conducted today.

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Foster Makes Season Debut in Bradenton

Bradford’s Zach Foster made his debut with the Pirates’ Bradenton Marauders Friday.

Foster pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

AJ Burnett, who is on a rehab assignment in Bradenton, started the game and went 4 2/3 innings giving up one run and striking out 5.

The Marauders lost the game 5-1 to the St. Lucie Mets.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Passover!

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Man Dies in Well Site Accident

A 24-year-old man is dead after a large piece of pipe crushed him at natural gas well site near Tionesta.

Brandon Pennywell of Harrisburg died instantly when the pipe slipped, crushing him between it and a large beam, according to Forest County Coroner Norman Wimer.

A team of workers was placing the pipe together with another piece when the accident happened at about 8:20 a.m..

Pennywell was employed by Patterson-UTI drilling, a subcontractor hired by Seneca Resources.

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Joint Terrorism Task Force Now
Invetigating Bomb Threats at Pitt-Oakland

Pittsburgh’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is now investigating the string of bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus.

US Attorney David Hickton released a statement this morning saying, “The safety and welfare of the University of Pittsburgh community is a top priority. The bomb threats since February 13 are being vigorously, aggressively and thoroughly investigated through every possible means."

Since mid-February, someone has threatened to bomb several campus buildings, including the Cathedral of Learning and Litchfield Towers. As of last night, the number of building threats was 26.

The threats have been written in bathrooms or emailed to university officials and local newspaper reporters.

A Bradford resident whose daughter attends Pitt-Oakland tells us the bomb threats have left students, staff and parents on edge.

"While the disruption and fear engendered by such threats is unconscionable, we commend the resilience of the University community," Hickton said. "The University of Pittsburgh is exercising appropriate regard for safety, through its notification system and through evacuations when threats are received and evaluated, while refusing to allow such threats to paralyze the entire University community in its pursuit of learning and teaching."

"We cannot comment upon the specifics of the investigation; but, we will continue to work cooperatively and aggressively in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and the FBI to investigate this criminal activity and to enforce the law," Hickton said in the news release.

Anyone with information about the bomb threats is asked to call the FBI at 412-432-4000. The university is also offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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Things Were Hoppin' at the Library Today

The Easter Bunny took time out of his busy schedule to hop on in to the Bradford Area Public Library this morning for bunny storytelling and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Tomorrow's annual firefighters' Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11 a.m. at Callahan Park -- rain or shine, but expect sunny skies.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Community Spirit Shines at BACC Dinner

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All three of Thursday’s Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce award recipients could have won the Community and Spirit Award because they all exemplify what it means to work for something you believe in, and to make Bradford a better place.

Steve Cavallaro received the actual Community and Spirit Award for his work to restore and revitalize the Willow Dale Duck Pond. The Tin Ceiling Gift Shoppe received the Exemplary Business Award. Madeline Miles received the Directors Award for her tireless efforts in activities throughout the area.

In accepting his award, Cavallaro thanked the many people who donated time, money and talent to help make his dream come true.

He singled out Howard Fesenmyer who, Cavallaro said, does every day for the community what he did for the duck pond. He also thanked Russ Safran, who donated the pavilion and bridge in memory of his wife, Kristin, who died in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center in 2009.

On a lighter note, Cavallaro joked that no good deed goes unpunished.

“I have become the keeper of the ducks,” he said, explaining that he gets frequent phone calls from people concerned about the birds. He said at 9:30 at night people will call and say, “Steve, the ducks are on the other side of the road.”

“Well,” he said, “I can’t have a crossing guard out there all the time.”

Cavallaro also thanked his family for putting up with him, and said his father sometimes asked him why he gets involved in these things.

“When I see the little kids at the pond – that’s why I got involved with it.”

Tin Ceiling owner Nancy Graham could not attend the dinner so her husband, Mark, accepted for her.

"Good evening, my name is Mr. Nancy Graham,” he said after taking the podium to accept the award.

He thanked the store’s employees and customers, as well as the community.

In introducing Graham, chamber president Susan Hughes said, “Nancy and Mark Graham have invested in the Bradford community, and especially in Main Street, through their business. They demonstrate what entrepreneurs can accomplish through hard work and smart business sense, with creative ideas.”

As for Miles, comments from her nomination sum up why she received the award.

“Madeline is a truly inspirational community member. To be in her company inspires you to be more than you are – more kind, more giving, more gracious. Madeline enjoys life to the fullest, contributes her abilities to help others and is a true inspiration to us all.”

Chamber Executive Director Ron Orris said he was pleased to present Miles with the award because “I happen to be a soldier in Madeline’s Army. And, I know there are a lot of soldiers here tonight who have helped Madeline with her many projects.”

One of her projects is raising money for the Bradford Area Public Library, an endeavor she took over from her mother, Virginia Loveland Miles, who initiated the library’s first endowment fund.

“She understood that a source of money such as an endowment … was the only thing that could preserve the public library. Today that fund, with the help of many other contributors, has grown considerably and the interest on it now provides 20 percent of the operating expenses for the library,” she said.

“My mother’s gift has now initiated a new library dream, and that dream is to make it a 6 million dollar fund,” Miles said, as the crowd broke into applause. “In today’s economy, that should ensure the library’s independence."

" … And if there’s anyone who would care to contribute," she continued with a smile, "I’m here, ready to accept.”

She and Orris also displayed the Zippo lighter package that is being auctioned off for the Derby Gala, one of only two library fundraisers.

“We want to raise a ton of money,” Orris said.

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Fire Under Control, But Still Burning

The wildfire in Cameron County is under control, but DCNR firefighters are still on the scene between Driftwood and Sinnemahoning.

Emporium-based state police say Route 120 has re-opened but will sporadically close while trees are being cut down. Motorists should be prepared for delays.

The fire is under control “but definitely still burning,” a police dispatcher told WESB and The HERO this afternoon.

Wildfire fighting specialists from Bradford Township were on the scene Wednesday, but their detail has been cancelled for tonight. Firefighters from Cameron, Potter, Elk, Clinton and Clearfield counties were on the scene last night as well.

On his Facebook page this morning State Representative Marty Causer wrote, “A sincere thank you to all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters who came together to fight the forest fire in Cameron County -- your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated.”

Causer is a former vice president of McKean County’s EMS council.

The fire started near the Driftwood Post Office at just after 5 p.m. Wednesday. It spread quickly because of dry, windy conditions.

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New Photos of Charles Manson Released

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The latest photos of notorious killer Charles Manson have been released by the California Department of Corrections, one week before his next parole hearing.

At the request of CNN, the department provided two photographs of Manson taken in June at the state prison in Corcoran, California. They show Manson, 77, with long, flowing gray hair, long beard and mustache.

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Sandusky in Court Today

A variety of pre-trial motions were addressed this morning in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, but Judge John Cleland announced early in the hearing that no rulings would be made today.

One of the motions was by the defense to dismiss all charges; more arguments on that motion will continue in another hearing.

Sandusky denies allegations that he sexually abused at least 10 boys over a period of 15 years while he was an assistant football coach at Penn State. Sandusky remains under house arrest, but he was in the Centre County courtroom for today's hearing.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lottery Winner Saw 'A '1'
With a Whole Bunch of Zeroes Behind It'

Man wins $1M on scratch-off using his last $10:

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Major Wildfire Near Sinnemahoning

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PEMA has been notified

UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: Wildfire specialists continue to battle the fire. Route 120 is closed to everything except emergency vehicles.

Firefighters from across the region are battling a wildfire near Sinnemahoning.

An air tanker has been called in to help fight what’s being called a rapidly spreading forest fire. The plane made its first water drop at just after 6 p.m. DCNR personnel, besides those on the plane, are on the scene as well.

Firefighters are also concerned about fire spreading to buildings, and smaller fires starting.

Cameron, Potter, McKean, Elk and Clinton county firefighters are responding. The Red Cross is assisting the firefighters.

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Bill to Reduce Size of Legislature Passes

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HARRISBURG – A bill to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Senate passed the House today by a vote of 140-49, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana) said. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 153, authored by Smith, would reduce the House of Representatives to 153 members from 203 and the Senate to 38 members from its current 50.

“I believe that by reducing the size the House it will make the legislative process more efficient, because members would communicate better and understand the other person’s problem. And I think that will create better legislation at the end of the day.”

With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest in the country.

With a current population of more than 12.7 million people, the proposed 153 House districts each would represent about 83,022 people, which is not a significant change from 62,573 with the current 203 districts.

While the overall number of legislators would be reduced under House Bill 153, according to Smith, the ratio of representation between urban and rural areas remains equivalent.

During his floor remarks, Smith pointed out that communication has made the world grow ever smaller in a relative sense, while the number people in a legislative district has remained essentially static. Even members of the 1968 Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention argued there is no need to maintain a House composed of 203 members in order to serve the representative function of the body. And that was before the days of email and social media, which have made communication so much easier and instantaneous.

“Real time communication with multiple friends and neighbors back in our legislative districts is as different from the telephone system of 1968 as that system was to the Pony Express,” Smith said. “In order to right-size Pennsylvania’s government, the legislature needs to put its own house in order.”

To change the size of the legislature requires an amendment to the state constitution, which means the same bill must be debated and passed.

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SBU Lauds Employees for Years of Service

As part of its Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony Tuesday, April 3, St. Bonaventure University recognized 49 employees who marked employment anniversaries this year and three employees who are retiring.

Individuals with 10 years of service and up were recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition.

Those recognized for 25 years of service were: Michael Polasik (Facilities); Patricia L. Shumway (Business and Finance); Carl Veno (Friary); Allen H. Weber, O.F.M., Ph.D. (School of Education); and Robert Worthington (Facilities).

Michael Polasik started at St. Bonaventure in September of 1987 as a member of the university grounds crew. Two years later, he assumed his current position within the facilities department as automotive technician. This one-person department is responsible for more than 70 university-owned registered vehicles. In addition to vehicle registrations, inspections, and repairs, Polasik oversees grounds equipment repairs and assists with mechanical equipment repairs of other work groups.

Outside of work, Polasik is a motorcycle enthusiast. In addition to riding, he restores and shows motorcycles and has won numerous awards with his showpieces. He is an active member of the Sons of the American Legion in Olean. He and his wife live in Olean.

Patricia L. Shumway joined the Business Office at St. Bonaventure in March of 1987 as a staff accountant. In 1996, she was promoted to her current position as senior accountant.

Shumway graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure in 2003. She was honored with theInstitute of Management Accountants Award.

At St. Bonaventure, Shumway is responsible for the accounting on all University investments. This includes monitoring the income and expenses on more than 300 endowed scholarships and programs. She is also responsible for the accounting for all University grants and communicating with federal, state and private agencies. In March 2003, she completed the Management Concepts Grants Management Certificate Program, earning the designation Certified Grants Administrator.

Shumway also supervises a staff of three employees and plays a key role in the preparation of the University’s financial statements.

She previously served on the University’s Finance and Investment Committees as well as an Advisory Board member for the Journey Project as funded through the Lilly Endowment, Inc. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

In December 2009, Shumway graduated from Leadership Cattaraugus. Participants in Leadership Cattaraugus commit to a 10-month schedule of monthly daylong sessions focusing on a wide range of topics. Leadership Cattaraugus is designed to identify future leaders of the area and help them develop the skills they will need to work more effectively for the betterment of all the people in Cattaraugus County.

Outside of St. Bonaventure, Shumway volunteers with the Olean Area Learn to Skate program. She lives in Olean with her husband, Elden, and their daughter, Megan.

Carl Venostarted working at St. Bonaventure in August 1987 at Shay-Loughlen halls.

On May 1, 1989, he was appointed custodian of the St. Bonaventure Friary, where he has worked ever since.

An Olean native, Veno graduated from Olean High School.

He moved to Cortland, N.Y., in 1969, where he met and married his wife of almost 42 years, Sharon Contento Veno. She worked in the Hickey Dining Hall for 15 years.

While in Cortland, Veno worked for several years at Newton Line Co. and then in the maintenance department of Homer Central School until he and Sharon moved back to Olean in 1978.

The Venos have two sons, Carl “P.J.” Veno, who is employed in the university’s Housekeeping Department, and Daniel F. Veno, who drives for UPS.

Allen H. Weber,O.F.M., Ph.D., is an associate professor of education who teaches in the university’s graduate Counselor Education program as well as in Clare College.

In addition to serving as a member of the faculty for the past 25 years, Fr. Allen was on staff in the university Counseling Center from 1987 to 1991.

A member of a number of university committees during his tenure, Fr. Allen has served for 12 years on the Faculty Senate, where he chaired the Academic Standards Committee. He also served as a member of theGraduate Council, the Board of Trustees Academic Standards Committee, and the Special Committee for Health and Safety Resources. He presently serves on the Finance Committee of the Faculty Senate.

Fr. Allen’s research interests include spirituality and counseling, group dynamics, teaching strategies, counseling theories, and human development.

Fr. Allen did his undergraduate work at Seton Hall University and earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He holds master’s degrees in religious education from Fordham University and school and community psychology from Seton Hall, and a Ph.D. in counseling from Catholic University.

In addition to work in the classroom, Fr. Allen is a member of the Archbishop Walsh and Southern Tier Boards of Education, as well as provides pastoral service to local Catholic churches. He is a minister in residence to students on the second floor of Robinson Hall.

Robert Worthington of Cuba joined the university community in 1987 on staff at St. BonaventureCemetery. He later would be brought down to campus on the yard crews as a groundskeeper. For the past 12 years, Worthington has worked in the university’s carpenter shop.

A 1971 business major graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Worthington worked in the machinist field at AVX Ceramics from 1971 to 1976. From 1977 to 1980, he was employed at Clair Polishing. He also worked at Reiss Game Farm as a groundskeeper and carpenter.

Worthington has three children. His daughter Kay works for Head Start; son, Brent, class of 2000, works for Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Baltimore, Md.; and daughter Jan, class of 2001, is a third-grade teacher at Cuba Elementary School. He also has six grandchildren he loves spending time with.

In his spare time, Worthington enjoys riding his motorcycle and hunting.

Other employees marking anniversary years include:

45 years of service: Philip Eberl (School of Education)

35 years of service: Jean Trevarton Ehman (Teaching and Learning Center), Carol Higley (Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership), Zahid Khairullah (Management Sciences), Brian McAllister (Accounting)

30 years of service: Mary Jane Baxter (Library), Mary Jane Telford (Admissions), Ann Tenglund (Library)

20 years of service: Irene Colomaio (Registrar’s Office), Mary Driscoll (University Advancement), Sean McNamee (Athletics), Barbara Questa (Athletics), Richard Root (Facilities / Maintenance), Br. Basil Valente, O.F.M. (Journalism / Mass Communication)

15 years of service: Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., (President), Carl Case (Management Sciences), Cheryl DeBoy (Athletics), Monica Emery (Admissions),Robert Keenan (University Advancement), James Mahar (Finance), Deborah Mooney (Faith Formation, Worship and Ministry), Frederick Petruzzi (Facilities / Maintenance), Kathleen Premo (Management Sciences), Karen Robbins (History), Lucia Scotty (University Advancement), Diane Walker (University Advancement), Russell Woodruff (Philosophy), Joseph Zimmer (School of Education)

10 years of service: Margaret Adamitis (Athletics), Robert Donius (Academic Affairs), Julie Hall (School of Education), Tony Hoch (Facilities / Maintenance), Joseph LoSchiavo (Quick Center for the Arts), Constance Pierce (Visual and Performing Arts), Nancy Schultz (Library), Ed. Simone (Visual and Performing Arts), Lorraine Smith (Business and Finance), Arlene Thurston (Technology Services), Susan van der Horst (Financial Aid), Jenny Wardhaugh (Facilities / Housekeeping), Barbara White (Quick Center for the Arts), Paul Wieland (Journalism / Mass Communication), Kimberly Young (Management Sciences), Kayla Zimmer (Undergraduate Teacher Education)

Retirees: John Hanchette (Journalism / Mass Communication), James Moor (Political Science), Sandra Mulryan (English)

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Pentagon to Toomey:
No Flight 93 Remains Sent to Landfill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pentagon officials have told U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that no remains from United Flight 93 passengers were disposed of in a landfill.

In a letter to Sen. Toomey, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jo Ann Rooney said that all Flight 93 DNA specimens sent to the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory for testing were returned to Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller in 2005.

“I am relieved to learn that no remains from United Flight 93 passengers were sent to a landfill for disposal. The families deserve the peace of mind of knowing that these remains were treated with the utmost respect and dignity,” Sen. Toomey said. “I thank Secretary Panetta and the Pentagon for this response to my inquiry, and I hope to learn more about the treatment of remains from the Pentagon soon.”

Today’s response follows a letter Sen. Toomey sent to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Feb. 28 asking him to clarify if any remains from the Pentagon and United Flight 93 were cremated and sent to a landfill.

According to a Feb. 28 Washington Post report, a new U.S. Air Force report said that small amounts of unidentified remains from Shanksville, Pa., the site of the United Flight 93 crash, and the Pentagon were cremated and then sent to a landfill for disposal. However, Coroner Miller told local media that no remains from United Flight 93 were ever sent to a military mortuary for disposal.

In light of these conflicting accounts, Sen. Toomey reached out to Secretary Panetta for clarification.

The full text of the senator’s Feb. 28 letter to Secretary Panetta is below.

February 28, 2012

The Honorable Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Panetta:

I write to request information regarding the disposal of human remains recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa.

I am deeply disturbed by press reports today indicating that some of these remains may have ended up in a landfill. According to a Washington Post report today, small amounts of unidentified remains from Shanksville and the Pentagon were cremated and then sent to a landfill for disposal.

However, Somerset County (Pa.) Coroner Wallace Miller told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today that no remains from United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, were ever sent to a military mortuary for disposal.

In light of these conflicting accounts, I ask that you promptly clarify if any remains from the Pentagon and United Flight 93 were cremated and disposed of in a landfill.

The heroic passengers on United Flight 93 gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and their families deserve to know the fate of their remains. It is critically important that we get to the bottom of this matter, clear up any remaining doubts, and ensure that those responsible for any mishandling of remains be held accountable.

Thank you for your service and your prompt attention to my request.


Pat Toomey
U. S. Senator

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PennDOT, PSP Stress Work Zone Safety

Harrisburg - Highlighting the dangers faced by road crews, PennDOT and other agencies today reminded motorists to slow down and drive carefully in work zones.

Pennsylvania's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, marking the unofficial start of the road construction season, runs through April 6.

PennDOT's traveling Worker Memorial is on display in the lobby of the Keystone Building in Harrisburg this week. The memorial includes 83 posts topped by hard hats and draped in safety vests. Each post represents a PennDOT employee who died in the line of duty since 1970.

Jack Griffin of Bradford died in a work zone on Olean Road in October of 2010 when a man under the influence of prescription and non-prescription drugs hit him.

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13th Bomb Threat at Pitt-Oakland

For the 13th time since mid-February, a building at the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus had to be evacuated because of a bomb threat.

This morning’s threat was for Thackeray Hall. The building was closed for an hour while police searched it.

The Litchfield Towers dormitory, the Chevron Science Center and the Cathedral of Learning were all evacuated on Tuesday for three separate bomb threats.

University police are working with the FBI and Pittsburgh police to find out who's making the threats, and the university is offering a $50,000 reward.

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Eldred Teen Hurt in Route 155 Crash

An Eldred teenager was hurt in an accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 155, just north of Port Allegany.

Police say 18-year-old Marissa Olson tried to pull her SUV over to allow traffic behind her to pass her. The tires of the vehicle hit a large concentration of winter ash chips on the shoulder and the SUV started fishtailing.

The SUV went off the road, hit three fences and an embankment.

Olson was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

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PSP: Man Tried to Rape 12-Year-Old Girl

A Shinglehouse man is accused of trying to rape a 12-year-old girl.

Police say 19-year-old Darren Blauvelt attempted to have sex with the child in December in a private home in Potter County. Blauvelt was taken into custody Tuesday without incident.

He is charged with attempted rape of a child and attempted statutory sexual assault, both felonies. He was released on $25,000 bail.

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Charges Against Former School District
Employee Bound to Court

Charges against a former employee of the Bradford Area School District accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student have been bound to court.

25-year-old Stephen Schiappa is accused of having sex with the girl twice at his home. The allegations came to light when another student told a teacher she heard Schiappa was having sex with two students.

Schiappa told police he and the girl started working out together at the Y, they began talking and it eventually led to a sexual encounter. The girl told police they were in the hot tub at Schiappa’s home, and then went to his bedroom to have sex. She said “a period of time went by” before they had sex again.

Schiappa denied having sex with another girl, and said the encounter with the teenager was consensual, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther's office.

Schiappa resigned as a general aide and assistant varsity baseball coach with the school district in February. He is charged with a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors and is free on bail.

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Facebook, Ceglia in Court Again

Lawyers for Paul Ceglia and Facebook are at it again.

They’re in court this afternoon arguing about Facebook’s motion to have all exchanges of evidence stopped until a judge rules on another motion to have the case dismissed.

The Wellsville man claims he and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003 that gives him half ownership of the mulit-billion social networking site.

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Killbuck Man Allegedly Had Sex with Child

A Kill Buck man is accused of having sex with a girl from the time she was 4 years old until she was 14.

44-year-old Kenneth Crawford is charged with sexual abuse and other felonies.
Sheriff’s deputies say the sexual abuse started in 1994 and continued until 2004. He allegedly had sex with the child 14 different times.

Crawford was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment, and is scheduled to appear in Redhouse Town Court.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Bomb Threats at
University of Pittsburgh Main Campus

Two more bomb threats were received today at the University of Pittsburgh's main campus. Chancellor Mark Nordenberg issued the following update to the university community:

Very early this morning, the University received a bomb threat targeting the Litchfield Towers, and by mid-morning, another bomb threat targeting the Chevron Science Center was made. These were the third and fourth bomb threats targeting Pitt buildings to be received in less than 24 hours and the 10th and 11th to be received in recent weeks. Each of these threats has been disruptive – requiring the evacuation of facilities, interfering with classes, interrupting other important work and, in the case of the Litchfield Towers threat, causing students to leave their residence hall rooms in the middle of the night.

Each threat has been taken seriously, with safety standing as our highest priority. Careful searches of each evacuated building, using trained canine units from within the University and from other area police departments, have detected no evidence of any explosives of any kind at any site. We are thankful for that result and are deeply grateful for the help we have received, both in clearing buildings and in pressing forward with the ongoing investigation, from many other law enforcement agencies. In fact, it should be underscored that those efforts represent one of the many significant costs resulting from these threats – that limited police resources have been reallocated from other pressing matters to be invested in the security of this campus.

The inability to bring this succession of threats to a quick end obviously is a source of frustration for everyone whose life has been disrupted by them. But I can assure you that law enforcement professionals are doing everything they can to pursue all possible leads. And, as most of you already know, in addition to the police work and related efforts being undertaken within the University itself, we have offered a very substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these crimes.

Even without the motivation that might be provided by a reward, I ask all members of the University community to be especially attentive to any unusual activity and to share any relevant information with the University of Pittsburgh Police. Representatives of the Department can be reached by phone at 412-624-2121 or by e-mail at

Particularly given last month’s shootings at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and recent reminders of violence on other campuses, those responsible for these threats not only lack basic respect for the thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted by them but must possess a heartless streak. When those responsible are apprehended, we will work to ensure that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Until then, driven by a different set of values, we will maintain safety as our priority and do our best to cope with whatever further disruptions may come our way.

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Beatrice Powers

Beatrice M. Powers, 73, formerly of South Ave., a resident of the Bradford Ecumenical Home, passed away on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born March 10, 1939, in Weedville, she spent all her adult life in Bradford.

She is survived by a daughter, Pam (Doug) Caldwell of Texas; three sons, Howard (Sue) Powers of Bradford, Ken (Lori) Powers and Mark (Crystal) Reese, both of Wyoming; four grandchildren, one great grandchild and dear friends, Dee and John Baxter.

Family will receive friends 10 to 11AM, Friday, April 13, 2012 in the Chapel at the Bradford Ecumenical Home where funeral services will be held at 11 AM with the Rev. Leon Canfield, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Limestone Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

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UPB Production to Haunt Seneca Building

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Division of Communication and the Arts will present a unique production of “An Evening of Stories by Edgar Allan Poe” next week.

Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. April 13 and 14 at the Seneca Building in downtown Bradford. There is no Sunday matinee. Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for all students. Due to the unique nature of the production, advance reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the Bromeley Theater Box Office at (814)362-5113.

Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater, is directing the production, which will relate stories by America’s master of the macabre, including “Ligeia,” “Berenice,” “Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

“This production is a kind of a haunting,” Ewert said. “We’re taking an old building and inhabiting many of its empty rooms with Poe’s tales of obsession, madness and terror.

“The rehearsal process was very interesting and rewarding. The students in the show chose all the stories and have adapted them through improvisations based on characters, themes and the spaces we move through,” he said.

“Some of the stories are radically altered. ‘Ligeia’ is now told from the perspective of the wife rather than the husband; ‘Berenice’ is reimagined as an installation piece – and some, like ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ are almost word for word, although in a new setting.”

Ewert said that the audience will be on the move throughout the production.

“It’s an immersive, promenade piece with the performers guiding the audience from room to room, floor to floor, story to story.”

Audience members should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to go up and down stairs over the course of the performance.

Audiences are strictly limited to 25 per show, and late arrivals may not be able to join (or even find) the audience. There will be a special, extra-late show on Friday and Saturday.

“The late show will be getting out around midnight,” Ewert said, “which is perfect for an evening of Poe’s wild imaginings.”

“An Evening of Stories by Edgar Allan Poe” is a Spectrum Series event.

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