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Friday, May 18, 2012

Man Receives Medals for Navy Service

BOLIVAR, NY –Boatswain’s Mate (BM), Third Class Daniel Little is proud of his decision to volunteer for service in the U.S. Navy, and considers the medals he earned as chapters in a story that he will never forget.

During a special meeting at Heritage Aflame on Friday, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) presented Petty Officer Little with the United States Navy “E” Ribbon, United States Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, New York State Medal for Merit, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.

“There is no greater honor than to present our veterans with long-overdue medals, which they earned by serving our country. Petty Officer Little was the first in his family to join the military, and he came to the decision on his own. I am inspired by his conviction, dedication and courage, as I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize Petty Officer Little,” said Senator Young.

Petty Officer Little added, “I’m awestruck. You can’t put a price tag on the experiences I’ve had and the places I’ve been around the world. I considered it a privilege to serve. I don’t know what the medals and ribbons mean to others, but they aren’t just pieces of metal. To me they are a storybook with each telling a chapter of a time as a sailor on a Navy ship. I am looking forward to telling my grandchildren about them.”

Petty Officer Little enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Portville High School in 1968. After completing basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, he spent three years and eight months serving on the USS Tulare, which, at the time, was the fastest attack cargo ship in the world.

The USS Tulare made numerous trips to Vietnam from San Diego. During Petty Officer Little’s time on the Tulare, he assisted in a fleet resupply group to Vietnam, conducted regular deployments to Vietnam, and participated in combat operations, including “Brave Amanda,” a three and a half week mission in Vietnamese waters involving amphibious units.

“At 19 or 20 years old, I was in charge of 20 men, a cargo hold, a crane, and the color guard when dignitaries were on board. I was also one of the four people who steered the ship during combat operations. When I think of the things I was trained to do and in charge of – the general
aspects of military life – it gave me confidence,” Petty Officer Little said.

One special mission that Petty Officer Little recalled was at Christmastime, when Naval troops loaded the cargo hold with thousands of presents and delivered them to the Marine base in DaNang (Vietnam) so those serving in the area could have a nice Christmas.

Petty Officer Little said he is proud of all that he and the men on his ship accomplished, and he hopes his story helps other veterans.

“One of the biggest gratitudes I feel is when you’re standing in line somewhere and someone walks up to you and says, ‘thank you for your service.’ I don’t think people realize how much that means. It’s awesome. Sometimes it’s beyond words,” Petty Officer Little said.

“I hope this story is an encouragement to others in realizing that people really care. People may not agree with the war, but appreciate what we did. I am especially proud that the Lord was good enough to let me be a volunteer when that wasn’t the thing to do. I never regretted it,” he added.

Petty Officer Little and his wife Diane married just months before Petty Officer Little’s discharge from the Navy. They have two sons, Nickolas (wife, Aprille) and Nathaniel (wife, CaSandra), as well as seven grandchildren. His nephew, Major Martin DeBock, who serves in the U.S. Army, also attended Friday’s ceremony.

“This is a great honor for my uncle. It’s a long time coming. I am looking forward to seeing my uncle finally able to receive the recognition, knowing that he was a part of something. I felt honored that he wanted me to come down for it. It’s nice to come home and be there for him,” Major DeBock said.

Following his discharge, Petty Officer Little obtained associates degrees in Accounting and Computer Technology from Olean Business Institute. He also studied Theology through Moody Bible Institute and earned a four-year Home Studies degree. He worked for several area companies, including Market Basket and Industrial Patterns, both of Bolivar, and Clark Brothers, which became Dresser-Clark, in Olean.

Petty Officer Little retired from Dresser-Clark after 20 years. He now enjoys time with his grandchildren, traveling and serving as the president of the Four Seas Senior Citizens of Richburg. In August, Petty Officer Little will attend his first reunion for the USS Tulare in Memphis.

“This is the ship’s third reunion, but my first. I’ve been in contact with several of the people I served with, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting. I’m also excited about the ceremony today because there are veterans coming and I’m going to recognize them too. I want them to be
honored. Their service means as much as mine,” Petty Officer Little said.

The United States Navy “E” Ribbon “denotes permanent duty on ships or in squadrons that won the Battle Efficiency competitions after July 1, 1974.”

Senator Young also presented Petty Officer Little with the United States Navy Good Conduct Medal Good Conduct Medal, which is awarded to any enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of service, honorably and faithfully. The Air Force Good Conduct Medal was authorized by Congress on July 6, 1960, but not created until June 1, 1963.

Petty Officer Little received the National Defense Service Medal. This honor is given to individuals who served in the Armed Forces for any period any period after June 26, 1950 to July 28, 1954, after December 31, 1960 and before August 15, 1974 or after August 1, 1990 and before December 1, 1995.

The Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Service Stars is presented to military personnel who served more than 30 consecutive days, or 60 non-consecutive days, in the Republic of Vietnam between the dates of November 15, 1961, and March 28, 1973, and from April 29, 1975, to April 30, 1975 . Service members who supported Vietnam operations from another country (such as Thailand), the Vietnam Service Medal may be authorized if such activity was in direct support of Vietnam combat operations and if such combat support exceeded 30 –60 days.

Service members eligible for the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Palm include units cited for service in military operations in support of the government of South Vietnam. The actions cited are for the same services that would have resulted in the award of a Valorous Unit Citation by the Army or a Navy Unit Citation.

Also included in the medals received by Petty Officer Little was the New York State Medal for Merit. This distinction is given to a current New York State citizen or person who was a New York State citizen while serving on federal active duty. It can also be awarded to a non-New York State citizen who served with the state’s organized militia or units of the militia while on federal active duty for purposes other than training. The recipient’s service must have been honorable, and he or she must have earned a valor, achievement, commendation, or meritorious service decoration of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross.

The New York State Conspicuous Service Star may be awarded to any current New York State citizen or person who was a New York State citizen while serving on federal active duty; whose entire service was honorable and who were recipients of a unit commendations arising from combat while serving in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.

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Dr. John J. Watson

Dr. John J. Watson, 45, professor of marketing in the School of Business at St. Bonaventure University, died unexpectedly Friday, May 18.

His passing comes just 13 months after the death of his father, Dr. John G. Watson, dean of the School of Business and a beloved member of the St. Bonaventure faculty for 35 years.

A Funeral Mass will take place at 4 p.m. Monday at St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany, followed by a funeral supper at the Magnano Centre (Hickey Dining Hall) on campus. Since parking around the parish is limited, guests are invited to park on campus and pick up a shuttle by the statue of Mary next to Hickey Dining Hall starting at 2:45 p.m.

“Our community is just heartbroken by this news,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president. “After the loss of his father last year, this is almost impossible to comprehend. John was such a rising star in our School of Business, much like his dad was 30 years ago. We will do everything we can to support his family during this tragic time.”

A native of Franklinville, N.Y., Dr. John J. Watson graduated from Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University in 1988 and his master’s in business administration from Bucknell in 1989. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing in 1996 from Penn State, where he was a graduate assistant in the Department of Marketing.

Watson played basketball at Bucknell and spent two years after college, 1989 to 1991, playing professionally in Ireland and England. He was also a former coach, owner and president of the Canterbury Rams in the New Zealand National Basketball League and was named Coach of the Year in 2002.

Watson was a former assistant and associate professor in the Department of Management at The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, from 1996 to 2008. He was highly involved with students at Canterbury, where he founded the Business and Sport Management Society, chaired the International Student Exchange Committee and served on the university’s MBA Board of Directors. He received the Best Teacher Award in 1997 and 2006 as a faculty member in Canterbury’s College of Business and Economics.

He first joined the faculty at St. Bonaventure as a visiting professor in the fall of 2004 and became a full-time faculty member in 2008.

“John was highly respected by the faculty, staff, and students in the School of Business,” said Dr. Carol Fischer, dean of the School of Business. “His energy and enthusiasm were contagious, and his contributions to curriculum and programming are a lasting legacy.”

Watson also served as the primary color commentator for SBU-TV broadcasts of men's basketball games.

Watson is survived by his wife, Dr. Leslie Raymore Watson; four children, John, Noah, Stephen and Elizabeth; his mother, Dr. Suzanne Watson, a former lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at St. Bonaventure; a brother, Stephen, athletic director at St. Bonaventure; and a sister, Jane. His sister Christine passed away in 2006.

Donations can be made in honor of Watson to either Archbishop Walsh Academy, 208 North 24th Street, Olean, NY 14760; or to The Chris Dudley Foundation Diabetes Camp, 515 NW Saltzman Road #789, Portland, OR 97229.

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Causer, Scarnati Bills Up for Consideration

The state House returns to Harrisburg next week and, on Wednesday, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will take up Representative Marty Causer’s bill that would require the Environmental Quality Board to establish procedures to remove flood-related hazards by people owning adjacent property, or municipalities where the flood-related hazards are located.

The bill has statewide and bipartisan support.

Tuesday, the House State Government Committee will consider Senator Joe Scarnati’s bill that would prohibit the enactment of any law that requires person buy health insurance coverage, and prohibits the imposition of any fines or penalties on a person who doesn’t buy it.

The bill passed the Senate in March after a lengthy debate – part of which centered on whether it was proper to call the federal health care act “Obamacare.”

On the same day Scarnati’s bill passed the Senate, the US Supreme Court concluded a marathon debate on healthcare issues, one of which is whether people can be mandated to buy health insurance.

The justices are expected to announce their decision next month.

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SBU's Watson Passes Away Unexpectedly

The St. Bonaventure University community extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. John J. Watson, professor of marketing, who died unexpectedly this morning. He was 45.

Dr. Watson is the son of the late Dr. John G. Watson, former dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Suzanne Watson, retired faculty member of the Computer Science department; and the brother of Steve Watson, SBU's athletics director. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Leslie Raymore Watson, and four children: John, Noah, Stephen, and Elizabeth.

Dr. Watson served as the primary color commentator for SBU-TV broadcasts of men's basketball games.

The family has extended an invitation to the St. Bonaventure and Greater Olean communities to attend a previously scheduled basketball game involving their oldest son, John (who goes by "Buzz"), at 6:30 p.m. today at the Archbishop Walsh gymnasium. It was young John's desire to play.

The university will announce funeral arrangements as soon as they are available.
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BASD Receive Governor's Award

The Bradford Area School District has received the governor’s Education Workforce Leadership Award for its collaborative efforts with the local petroleum and natural gas industry.

State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis says the collaboration is an excellent example of a public-private partnership in action.

He added the district is meeting the needs of a critical industry for Pennsylvania’s growth by providing students with career skills that will benefit them well into the future.

"This working relationship ensures that graduates can meet the region’s workforce demands, as well as provides high-paying jobs in one of the fastest growing career areas in Pennsylvania. This partnership is to be applauded,” Tomalis added.

Tomalis was represented at the awards ceremony Thursday by Lee Burket, director of the Bureau of Career and Technical Education.

Metaldyne Sintered Components of St. Marys and Ridgway received a Governor’s Workforce Development Award for outstanding hiring and workforce development.

The awards are jointly sponsored by state workforce development agencies – the departments of Aging, Labor & Industry, Education, and Public Welfare – and Pennsylvania Partners to recognize exceptional employers and training providers who promote outstanding hiring and workforce development practices.

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Pitt-Bradford to Offer
Associate Degree in St. Marys

ST. MARYS, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will introduce its new plan to offer its associate of arts degree in liberal studies in St. Marys at an open house next week.

Pitt-Bradford will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., St. Marys, for those who are interested in the two-year degree. A second open house for the same time will be held June 20.

Students will have the option to pursue either a course of general studies or include a series of criminal justice courses. The courses will be delivered either in person, online or through interactive television instruction.

All of the courses scheduled for the fall semester take place after 4 p.m., with most starting at 6 p.m., noted Bob Dilks Jr., director of transfer and nontraditional student recruitment, making them more available to students who work during the day.

The criminal justice course sequence will cover a broad range of topics that can apply to a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice offered on the Bradford campus or toward another degree.

The program is designed to be completed in two years, although students with previous college experience could potentially transfer those college credits into the program.

Criminal justice topics during the two-year series will include causes of crime, drug trafficking, police use of force, terrorism, ethics, incarceration and recidivism, juvenile justice, search and seizure, racial profiling and community-based corrections.

Students who do not wish to pursue the criminal justice courses can substitute other online courses.

Courses planned on site for the fall semester are Introduction to Criminal Justice, English Composition I and Fundamentals of Mathematics. Violence and Crime and American Political Process will be delivered by interactive television.

Dilks and a member of the faculty will be available at the open house to answer questions about the program, transferability and financial aid.

For more information, contact Dilks at 1-800-872-1787 or More information is also available on the Pitt-Bradford website at

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at Pitt-Bradford at (814)362-7609 or

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Hickory Creek Wilderness Trail Stewardship Set for Next Weekend

In addition to their primary mission of working with local communities to ensure that increased wilderness protection is a priority of the stewardship of the Allegheny National Forest, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness over the years has also made significant volunteer investments in the stewardship of the Hickory Creek Wilderness trail, ecological restoration of sites within the Hickory Creek Wilderness, and removal of refuse from the Allegheny Islands Wilderness.

FAW's next major wilderness stewardship project will be a trail clearing backpacking trip along the 12-mile Hickory Creek Wilderness trail from Thursday, May 24th through Saturday May 26th. This is a great, rewarding way to intimately experience the natural beauty of the wildly popular Hickory Creek Wilderness first-hand! The group will be leaving from the Hickory Creek Wilderness trailhead on Hearts Content Road Thursday evening, May 24th, spending two nights in the wilderness, and hiking out on Saturday, May 26th.

Minimum tools such as axes and elbow grease are all that will be used to remove woody debris and cut back brush from the trail, in order to help perpetuate the rustic wilderness character of the trail. And of course, no power tools such as chainsaws are permitted in wilderness, so there will be no specialized training needed in that regard. There is no charge to particpate, but participants will need to bring all of their own food and camping equipment, and come fully prepared for any weather conditions may be encountered.

Please contact FAW to register for this trail maintenance weekend, or with any questions using the below contact information.

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Benefit Aimed at Restoring Singing Tower
at McKean Memorial Park


If a benefit on Saturday makes enough money, it will be music to the ears of the McKean Memorial Park Restoration Committee. Why? Because the money is going to the restoration of the Singing Tower at McKean Memorial Park.

The Singing Tower, which has sat silent for decades, was built at the hands of Walter Hall, the same architect and builder of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater and Lynn Hall near Port Allegany.

The benefit includes an optional poker run with the sign up from 9:30 to 11 AM at the administration building of McKean Memorial Park. Other activities will take place at Tack's Inn at the corner of Route 59 and 219. This includes a chicken barbecue and DJ from 2 to 5 PM and live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be a silent auction.

Built in the late 1930s the Singing Tower was constructed of a native stone to reflect the architecture of the gateways and administration building. SPA centerpiece of the cemetery, the tower included a pond and music which wafted from its sound system.

John Ryan, a member of the committee, said the idea for the restoration came out of a conversation he had with Alan Scott, president of the McKean Memorial Park Association, about the deterioration of the cemetery.

Ryan said he hopes to restoration committee's fundraising efforts will be an ongoing thing and will move to other areas of the cemetery as money allows.

Ryan said the community has always taken ownership of the cemetery and hopes that they will step forward to help in the restoration of the singing tower another projects.

"I remember when I was a student at MJ Ryan and we would go down there for physical education," he said. "I would try to catch the gold fish with my bare hands."

But, he said that the Singing Tower and areas at the cemetery fallen victim to vandals throughout the years.

"It just sort of quietly happened," he said of the vandalism, the filling in of the pond and the silencing of the Singing Tower.

Ryan said there are several people willing to volunteer their time to do such projects as putting the sounds system back in the tower and now they need some financial backing.

The news of the Frank Lloyd Wright connection was a surprise when one day, Sally Costik received a call from William Scott, an expert in Wright's students.

Given its connection with Wright, Hall and local history, organizers hope to have a good turnout on Saturday.

If you are interested but cannot attend Saturday's events, contributions can be made at Northwest Savings Bank, 33 Main St., Bradford.

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Schmidt, Crowley Get BCANY Honors

St. Bonaventure head men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt and head women's basketball coach Jim Crowley were named the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Men's and Women's Division I Coaches of the Year by the BCANY selection committee on Friday.

Schmidt, who was named the Sports News' Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, guided the Bonnies this past season to their first A-10 Championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.

Crowley, who was named's National Coach of the Year and A-10 Coach of the Year, led Bonaventure to the best season in program history as SBU became the smallest active Division I school to ever advance to the Sweet 16.

It marks just the third time in the award's history that both the men's and women's winners have come from the same institution, and the first time since Niagara swept the awards in 1993. The BCANY is comprised of basketball coaches of all scholastic and collegiate levels throughout New York State. It has given out the Coach of the Year award every season since 1984 for the men and 1986 for the women.

For Crowley it represents his second BCANY Coach of the Year nod as he also won the award in 2009 following Bona's run to the Quarterfinals of the WNIT. Crowley navigated Bonaventure to a program-record 31 wins this past year, including a perfect 14-0 in the A-10 to win the regular-season crown. Crowley is the second St. Bonaventure women's coach to win the award as Marti Whitmore won it in 1998.

Schmidt paced Bona's to a 20-12 record, including a 10-6 showing in the A-10 in 2011-12. The 10 conference victories marked just the fourth time in program history with double-digit league triumphs, and first since going 11-5 in 1999-00. Schmidt is also the second St. Bonaventure men's coach to win the award as Jan van Breda Kolff garnered it in 2002.

The BCANY Coach of the Year Awards will be presented at the 31st Annual BCANY Fall Clinic at SUNY Cortland Oct. 12-13.

Earlier this spring, both Schmidt and Crowley signed long-term extensions to remain at St. Bonaventure through the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Soldier from Catt County Found Dead

The Army is investigating the death of a Fort Riley soldier from Cattaraugus County.

Officials at the northeastern Kansas post say 21-year-old Pvt. Thomas Lavrey was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in his living quarters on Sunday. The cause of death remained under investigation today.

Lavrey was a native of Machias. He joined the Army in March 2010 and was assigned to Fort Riley in September of that year.

He was a utilities equipment repairman assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

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Casey, Schumer Announce Plan to Stop
Facebook's Saverin From Dodging Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) unveiled a comprehensive plan to respond to those like Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who recently unleashed a scheme to renounce his U.S. citizenship in order to dodge taxes on profits he is expected to collect when the social-networking company goes public.

Saverin, a partial owner of Facebook, has lived in Singapore since 2009 and renounced his U.S. citizenship in September. The avoidance scheme could help him duck a reported $67 million in taxes since Singapore, unlike the U.S., has no capital gains tax. That amount could increase even further as Facebook’s stock price rises.

The senators called Saverin’s move an outrage and described a plan to re-impose taxes on expatriates like Saverin even after they flee the United States and take up residence in a foreign country. Their plan would also bar individuals like Saverin from reentering the country so long as they continued to avoid paying their taxes in full.

“We simply cannot allow the ultra-wealthy to write their own rules,” said Senator Casey. “Mr. Saverin has benefited greatly from being a citizen of the United States but he has chosen to cast it aside and leave U.S. taxpayers with the bill. Renouncing citizenship to simply avoid paying your fair share is an insult to middle class Americans and we will not accept it.”

“Mr. Saverin has decided to ‘defriend’ the United States of America just to avoid paying his taxes. We aren’t going to let him get away with it so easily,” Senator Schumer said. “It’s infuriating to see someone sell out the country that welcomed him and kept him safe, educated him and helped him become a billionaire. This is a great American success story gone horribly wrong. We plan to put a stop to this tax avoidance scheme. There should be no financial gain from renouncing your country.” 

Schumer and Casey’s proposal is called the Ex-PATRIOT Act (“Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy” Act).

Under the proposal, any expatriate with either a net worth of $2 million or an average income tax liability of at least $148,000 over the last five years will be presumed to have renounced their citizenship for tax avoidance purposes. The individual will then have an opportunity to demonstrate otherwise to the IRS by meeting specific IRS requirements. If the individual has a legitimate reason for renouncing his or her citizenship, no penalties will apply. But if the IRS finds that an individual gave up their passport for substantial tax purposes, then it will prospectively impose a tax on the individual’s future investment gains, no matter where he or she resides. This would eliminate any tax benefit and financial incentive from renouncing one’s citizenship. The rate of this capital gains tax will be 30 percent, in keeping with the rate that is already applied on non-resident aliens for dividends and interest earnings.

So long as the individual avoids these taxes, they would be inadmissible to the United States forever. The Ex-PATRIOT Act would improve current law to ensure such an individual cannot reenter the United States after renouncing his or her citizenship. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 was intended to bar any such individual from reentering the U.S. However, this statute was written in a manner that inhibits its enforcement.

In 2011, a record number of 1,780 people gave up their US passports—a dramatic rise from the 235 persons who did so in 2008. Yet no individual has ever been barred from returning to the United States based upon a finding of renunciation of citizenship for tax purposes. Without an immigration bar of re-entry, those thousands of individuals who renounce their US citizenship can simply return to the United States for 60 days per year, without any tax responsibility. The Ex-PATRIOT Act would end this loophole, and close the doors of the U.S. forever to individuals like Mr. Saverin if they continue to avoid paying their taxes.

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Cops: Woman Made Threats with Gun

A Kersey woman is accused of threatening a man with a rifle Wednesday night.

Police say 47-year-old Nancy Chicola and a 57-year-old man were in an argument at their home on Brandy Camp Road at just before 10 p.m. when Chicola pointed a .22 caliber rifle at the man and threatened him.

She was charged with terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harassment, and was sent to jail on $5,000 bail.

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Man Takes Police on Chase

A Chautauqua County man is accused of taking state police on a 7-mile chase in the Town of Harmony early this morning.

Police say they got a report at around midnight about a car racing near Hoag Road. A patrol car attempted to pull over 33-year-old Matthew Harrison of Kiantone, but he sped off.

Harrison is charged with felony drunken driving, reckless driving, fleeing from police, resisting arrest and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

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Copper Wire Stolen in Elk County

Someone stole more than a dozen spools of copper wire from the Red Hill Stone Quarry on Route 255 in Jay Township earlier this week.

Police say sometime between 4 o’clock Monday afternoon and 7 o’clock Tuesday morning burglars forced their way through the front door of the office trailer and took 18 spools of red plastic coated copper wire.

The burglars also took two hand pumps from 55-gallon barrels that were outside the trailer.

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Drouin Sentenced for Fatal Crash

The Wellsville woman who caused an accident that killed an 11-year-old girl will spend the next 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison.

55-year-old Robin Drouin was sentenced today in Allegany County Court. Earlier this month a jury found her guilty of vehicular manslaughter in connection to the crash that killed Cheyenne Wolfer of Rushford.

Drouin was under the influence of prescription drugs when her pickup truck hit a van on Route 417 in November of 2010. Cheyenne was a passenger in the van, and died of her injuries at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

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Salamanca Man Sentenced for Burglary

A Salamanca man has been sentenced to five years’ probation and must pay restitution for breaking into a Great Valley house last year.

22-year-old Joseph Duhan broke into the house on April 28 and stole several items.

His co-defendant, 23-year-old Travis Gilbert, also of Salamanca, was sentenced on Monday to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

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Assault During Jail Church Service

An inmate in the Chautauqua County Jail is accused of assaulting another inmate – during a church service.

Sheriff’s deputies say at about 7:45 last night Jayson Rodriguez-Inzarry and Alejandro Navarro-Gonzalez were attending a Spanish church service when Rodriguez-Inzarry assaulted Navarro-Gonzalez, causing injuries to his nose and face.

Rodriguez-Inzarry was arrested for assault and will appear in the Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.

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Music Legend Donna Summer Has Died

Disco legend Donna Summer has died at the age of 63.

The five-time Grammy Award winner was the first music artist to have three double albums hit number one on Billboard charts.


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Parking Change on West Corydon Street

Beginning at 7 o'clock Monday morning Allegany Contracting will be doing gas line repairs on behalf of Columbia Gas on the south side of West Corydon Street from South Avenue to the Bradford City limits.

During the construction, the city will allow parking on the north side of West Corydon until the project is finished.

Please begin parking on the north side of West Corydon Street on Sunday evening.

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Zippo Receives President's E Star Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 17, 2012 – Today, Zippo®, maker of the world famous windproof lighter with the lifetime guarantee, was presented with the President’s prestigious “E Star” Award by U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson.

Zippo owner and chairman of the board, George Duke, received the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony which took place at the White House in Washington, D.C. First established in 1961, the President’s “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Ena Garay, Zippo's Director of International Business Development, also attended the ceremony

"We are deeply honored to have been recognized by the United States government for our continued expansion efforts, especially as we celebrate our 80th anniversary and approach the manufacture of our 500 Millionth windproof lighter,” said Duke. “While we strengthen our international presence and create jobs domestically, it’s important that we continue to acquaint overseas markets with classic Zippo craftsmanship and quality products. We are anticipating strong growth internationally and are excited about expanding our global footprint even more in the coming years.”

A second-time recipient of this national export award, Zippo first received the President’s “E” Award in 1994 having demonstrated export expansion that was measurable, innovative, sustainable, and which had broad impact. Created in 1969, the President’s “E Star” Award was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce to recognize “E” Award recipients for their continuing significant contributions to U.S. export expansion. U.S. Secretary John Bryson specifically highlighted the company’s recent upsurge in international sales and development of international markets.

“I am pleased to recognize Zippo Manufacturing Company for receiving the President’s ‘E’ Star Award, which honors companies that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. “This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world. ‘E’ Star Award winners like Zippo have excelled in this effort, demonstrating four years of successive export growth. It is companies like this that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work.”

All nominations are reviewed by the “E” Award Committee, which is chaired by the Department of Commerce, and includes representatives of ExIm Bank, the Small Business Administration, and the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, State, and Transportation.

This year marks 50th anniversary of the first presentation of the President’s “E” Award by President John F. Kennedy. The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order in 1961 to encourage U.S. companies to sell their products abroad.

Zippo markets in more than 160 countries and is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Zippo will produce its 500 Millionth lighter on June 5. Each is backed by an unparalleled lifetime guarantee. Zippo’s diverse product line includes lighter accessories; butane candle lighters; watches, fragrance, and lifestyle accessories for men; and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo also owns the Ronson brand of lighters and fuel and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company. Zippo will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2012. For more information, visit

Pictured, in the “Fit-up” department at Zippo’s plant in Bradford, PA, Betty Falconi inspects lighters for three criteria – fit, finish and the sound of the famous Zippo click. Zippo spectrum finish lighters are imprinted via the auto-engraving process at the company’s plant in Bradford, PA. This model is popular in Zippo’s fastest growing markets, India and China.

Courtesy of Zippo

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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Mall Assault

A Coudersport man has pleaded not guilty to his role in the attempted robbery of a Bradford man at the Olean Center Mall in February.

27-year-old Ivan Williams is accused of restraining the man in the mall parking lot on February 10 while 23-year-old Thomas Washington of Olean hit and robbed him.

Washington has also pleaded not guilty. Both cases have been adjourned for motions.

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Man Dies After Accident at KCH

A Kane man is dead following an accident Tuesday night in the parking lot of Kane Community Hospital.

Police say 52-year-old Dale Ostrander was taken to UPMC Hamot after the accident, and died there unexpectedly. The cause of death has not been released.

Ostrander worked as a respiratory therapist for Kane Community Hospital. He was a 1978 graduate of Bradford Area High School.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Man Accused of Illegally Dumping Brine

A Lycoming County man was charged today by agents from the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Protection Section with illegally dumping well production water - commonly known as brine.

Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as John Elwood Marsh, 47, 6 Drake Lane, Jersey Shore, Lycoming County. Marsh is a tanker truck driver for Gas Field Specialists, Inc., which is a subcontractor to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Kelly said that Marsh is responsible for hauling "gas buster tanks," which are tanks used to hold gas well production water (brine) after it is extracted from wells.

According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 1, 2012 Marsh's truck became caught in the mud along a rural road in Clinton County causing his gas buster tank to become stuck in a ditch. In order to lighten the tanks and try and move the trailer from the ditch Marsh allegedly opened a discharge valve on the back of the trailer.

The charges state that the valve, which was open for approximately five minutes, spilled 200 gallons of brine discharge onto the ground. Laboratory analysis by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as well as the Department of Environmental Protection showed elevated chloride and barium levels in the soil.

Marsh is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct under Pennsylvania?s Solid Waste Management Act.

He will be prosecuted in Clinton County by Deputy Attorney General Amy Carnicella of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section.

Kelly thanked the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for their assistance with the investigation.

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Cops: Woman Pulled Fire Alarm at 'Skeller

An Allegany woman is accused of pulling a fire alarm at St. Bonaventure University when there was no fire.

Sheriff’s deputies say 21-year-old Caitlin Murtagh pulled the alarm at the Rathskeller at 6:20 Friday night.

She is charged with falsely reporting an incident, and is free on her own recognizance.

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Harrijane Receives Trailblazer Award

She challenges others to blaze their own trails

Bradford YWCA Executive Director Amy Pierce says some of her favorite women are known to many by just one name: Oprah, Beyonce, Hillary and (her daughter) Bird – and Harrijane.

Harrijane Hannon Moore was presented with the YWCA’s first-ever Trailblazer Award during the agency’s annual Leader Luncheon this afternoon.

Moore said receiving the award from the YWCA is particulary special to her because the organization – both locally and nationally – has left us with a rich legacy.

The legacy, she said, “is not simply that we can vote, or own property or work outside of the home. Their legacy is that women can change their communities, their countries, their worlds.

“Trailblazing,” she added, “happens when you do what is right; when you do what needs to be done.”

Moore challenged the women who attended the luncheon– especially the young women – to blaze their own trails.

Also honored this afternoon were Kelly Zurat Case and Marlene Kijowski as Outstanding Leaders and Tayln Piganelli as the Young Leader of the Year.

You can hear Amy Pierce and Harrijane here.

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Cummings Named Woman of Distinction

ALBANY – In times of emergency, you want someone like Norma Cummings on your side. Whether it’s her family, friends or a stranger in need, she commits her time to helping others with kindness and compassion.

In honor of her years of dedication, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I –Olean) named Mrs. Cummings as the 2012 Woman of Distinction for the 57th New York Senate District.

“I was very surprised when I learned I had been named this year’s Woman of Distinction. I do what I do to help – and I do the best I can for a lot of people. When I stop and look at 25 years in the fire service, the years at the Office of Emergency Medical Services for Chautauqua County, and all the things we have done to help people, I hope that our impact is something that lasts. I am grateful for all Senator Young does for our county, and I am happy to be here,” Mrs. Cummings said.

At a ceremony Tuesday evening in Albany, Senator Young recognized Mrs. Cummings for her achievements and service to Chautauqua County’s Office of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and other area organizations.

“Norma Cummings is hard-working and thoughtful, and her concern for others improves the quality of our communities, which she enthusiastically supports through her many endeavors. Norma has a incredible understanding of a community’s needs during times of disaster, and I am inspired by her drive to ensure everyone receives the proper care. Her compassion and
determination has earned her this recognition and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Senator Young.

Julius Leone, Fire Coordinator for Chautauqua County EMS, added, “Norma is a special person. She is always willing to help someone else in their time of need. She does everything quietly with compassion and determination. She is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. She works so hard for others, and there’s no more deserving person than Norma. This is a wonderful thing for her, and we are so excited for her.”

Mrs. Cummings’ husband, Scott, and her son, David, joined her in Albany for the Women of Distinction celebration. During her visit, Mrs. Cummings appeared on Senator Young’s weekly television segment and spent time touring the capital.

Mrs. Cummings currently serves as the program planning coordinator for Chautauqua County’s Office of EMS. She has actively participated on the Emergency Medical Service Council, Future of the Fire Service Committee, Mayville Rescue Squad, Western District of the Emergency Managers Association, American Red Cross, and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES).

In addition, Mrs. Cummings also helps the Boys Scouts, her Church, the Food Bank and Centaur Stride Therapeutic Riding Stables, an organization that promotes therapeutic horse riding for people with special needs. Having a special needs child of her own, Norma has volunteered many
hours to special needs children as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

As an EMT instructor for SUNY Fredonia and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) trainer, Norma has enhanced the pre-hospital medical attention of First Responders both at the scene and in the ambulance through the many EMTs she has trained in Chautauqua County. She
established a CPR training center and was instrumental in implementing a program placing AEDs in offices throughout the County.

In 1994, Norma received the Distinguished Woman of Westfield award through the YWCA for volunteer work with area hospitals, the Community and Fire Departments. In 1999, was awarded the EMS Provider of the Year by the Chautauqua County American Legion.

After the tragedy on September 11, 2001, Norma was one of several volunteer EMTs from Chautauqua County to go to Ground Zero to assist with the relief efforts in New York City. Norma’s concern for human needs during a disaster is also evident in her job with Emergency Services. During the flooding in Silver Creek in 2009, Norma was the driving force that pulled all resources together in a well-organized power house of action.

Mr. Leone and Patricia Cook, Administrative Assistant for Chautauqua County EMS, noted Mrs. Cummings’ work after a flood in Silver Creek in 2009.

“She was always reaching out to identify people that needed help. She would find people that may have otherwise ‘fallen through the cracks’ or didn’t want to come forward for help, and she would make sure they received assistance. She does that every day,” Mr. Leone said.

Ms. Cook added, “She doesn’t ever want anyone left behind. I was only here for three months when the flood happened, and I was impressed with the fact she was so organized, kept everyone else organized and made sure no one was left behind in their needs. She does so many things, and I am proud to be her friend and to work with her.”

Created in 1998, the Senate’s “Women of Distinction” recognition seeks to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

Courtesy of Senator Young's office

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Sue Spears

Sue Spears, 83, of 310 Congress St. passed away, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at St. Vincents Hospital in Erie with her daughter and son-in-law at her side.

Born in Bradford on September 2, 1928, she was a daughter of the late William P. and Viola (Clyde) Fairbanks.

On September 26, 1947, at Hammondsport she married E. Robert Spears who preceded her in death on April 28, 2007.

She attended Bradford Area Schools and was a member of the Salvation Army, where she participated in the Ladies Home League and volunteered in the Salvation Army Food Bank.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy (David) Morrison of Millhall, Linda (Jeff) Whiteman, of Bradford; two sons Carl (E. Ann) Spears, of Aurora, Co., Dennis Spears, of Erie, a sister, Rachael Grove, of Bradford, and a brother, Wesley (Akiko) Fairbanks of Colorado, eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Violet Fairbanks and one brother, Paul Fairbanks.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service will be held at Salvation Army at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 2, 2012 with Lt. Pauletta Rockwell and Capt. Douglas Rockwell officiating.

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Three Charged in Connection to Arson

One person is charged with arson and two others are facing felony charges in connection to a fire at the Prospect Park Playground in Cameron County back in March.

20-year-old Joshua Burger of St. Mayrs is charged with four counts of arson, along with felony counts of burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

19-year-old Charles Goff and 20-year-old Erica Goff, both of Austin, are each charged criminal trespass.

Burger is jailed on $50,000 bail. Erica Goff is free on $2,500 bail. Charles Goff is in Potter County Jail on unrelated charges.

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Third Fatal Crash in Three Days

A former county legislator is the third person in three days to die in a crash in Chautauqua County.

73-year-old John Dillenburg died Tuesday afternoon when his van and a tractor-trailer collided in Sheridan.

Dillenburg served eight years in the Chautauqua County Legislature. He also was an Arkwright town supervisor and had served as the mayor of Forestville.

Sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened on Route 20 when Dillenburg did not yield the right-of-way to a tractor-trailer driven by 41-year-old Mario Estrada-Solis of Ontario, Canada, and the vehicle collided.

Dillenburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Estrada-Solis was not hurt. Witnesses told deputies that speed was not a factor in the crash.

On Sunday, a Stow man died in motorcycle crash. On Monday, a Forestville man died in another motorcycle crash.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

President Porter Speaks to Senate Panel

Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter on Tuesday called on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to recognize Indian nations’ sovereign immunity from all forms of taxation and make tax reforms in Indian Country sensible and simple.

He suggested to the senators that several dozen Tribal Empowerment Zones could attract a manufacturing company to locate to Indian Country instead of overseas while obtaining many of the same cost and regulatory benefits.

This is the second time in six months Porter has testified before a Senate panel. In October he testified in front of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs about including Indian nations in e-commerce ventures.

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City is Not Charging Memorial Day Program Organizers $650

You may have heard that the City of Bradford is charging the people putting on the annual Memorial Day parade and program in Bradford $650 this year.

That’s simply not true.

City Clerk John Peterson says the misinformation has been spreading like wildfire, and he called us this afternoon to clear it up.

He says the basic charge for any organization to put on an event is $25. That includes the firefighter's union for their Easter Egg Hunt in Callahan Park and The Downtown Bradford Business District Authority for Lunch in the Square in Veterans Square.

Peterson added that an anonymous donor has paid the fee this year for the Memorial Day program.

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Fallen Police Officers Honored

Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor the memory of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Among those taking part in ceremonies today at Bradford Area High School were Phillip Hoh, retired, of the St. Marys Police Department; BAHS criminal justice students Natalie Munn, Jordan Graffius and Jacob Sirline; and Officer Butch Bartlett, Bradford City Police Department. Back row,Officer Jeff Shade, Bradford Township Police Department; State Representative Marty Causer; criminal justice students Carrygan Jordan, Justin Reams and Shane Acton; and McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn.

Pennsylvania officers killed in the line of duty during 2011 included Deputy Sheriff Kyle D. Pagerly of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department; Police Officer Robert A. Lasso of Freemansburg Borough Police Department; Police Officer Derek Kotecki of City of Lower Burrell Police Department; and Police Officer John David Dryer of East Washington Borough Police Department.

Photo provided by Causer's office

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Virginia Sylvester

Virginia M. Sylvester, 100, of 9 Nookside Lane, passed away, Tuesday, May 15th, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Lewis Run, on September 23, 1911, she was a daughter of the late Humbert and Anna (Carrara) Piscitelli. On November 22, 1934 in St. Bernard Church she married Michael Sylvester who died June 18, 1965.

Mrs. Sylvester attended Lewis Run Schools. She worked at the Silk Mill in East Bradford and as a housekeeper for 17 years for the J. W. Bird family and several other local families. She had also worked as a waitress at The Johnson Restaurant, Cavallero's, and Suds & Spuds.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, the LaStella Lodge Auxiliary, 50 + Group at St. Francis Church, the Italian American Progressive Club and the Bradford Stroke Group. She had volunteered at the Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Bradford Nursing Pavilion, and the Senior Center.

Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis A. Sylvester and Kathleen M. Sylvester, one son, Samuel H. (the late Janet) Sylvester, all of Bradford, two sisters, Vera Sinibaldi of St. Marys, and Louise Stoltz of Bradford, two brothers, James Piscitelli of Bradford, and Clem Piscitelli of Langhorne, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters Fannie Ross, Vincie Costanzo, and Antoinette Caputo, three brothers Frank Piscitelli, Steve Piscitelli and Nat Piscitelli.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 2 to 4pm & 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30, Saturday May 19th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial, if desired, may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

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VCU Accepted into Atlantic 10

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The Atlantic 10 Conference Council of Presidents has formally accepted Virginia Commonwealth University for membership, the league announced Tuesday.

VCU, which combines outstanding academics with successful athletic programs, will join the A-10 on July 1, 2012 and begin competition during the 2012-13 academic year. The immediate addition will bring the total number of Atlantic 10 members to 15 for the 2012-13 season. VCU fields 16 of the A-10’s 21 championship sports.

“The addition of Virginia Commonwealth University to the Atlantic 10 further strengthens us as the nation’s premier basketball-driven conference,” said Father Michael J. Graham, Xavier University President and Chair of the Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents. “Accepting VCU’s application makes sense on two important levels -- its emphasis on the quality of the student experience of its student-athletes, especially in the classroom, and its commitment to the highest levels of competition. Both ideals square perfectly with the identity of the A-10 and all of its member institutions.”

Academically and athletically, VCU has an outstanding profile that is comparable with other Atlantic 10 institutions. A trademark of the Atlantic 10 Conference is its academic excellence; the league ranks third among all Division I conferences in the most recent NCAA graduation rates with an incredible 89 percent of student-athletes graduating. VCU’s latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score is in step with all 14 current A-10 institutions.

“It is my privilege to be able to announce the addition of VCU to the Atlantic 10 Conference. It is an institution rich in tradition, academic excellence and broad-based athletic success,” said Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “One of the driving forces and priorities of the A-10 is to further enhance our national prominence in men’s basketball, build our brand and strengthen our current footprint. In addition to bringing in well-rounded sports programs across the board, VCU solidifies the A-10 academically and athletically.”

The Atlantic 10 has had 41 at-large NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selections in the past 20 years, including three in 2012. The A-10 also has boasted 62 postseason appearances in the last decade. For the fifth year in a row, the Atlantic 10 Conference earned at least three bids and multiple at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament. Over the last six years, the Atlantic 10 has had 12 at-large selections – the seventh most among all other Division I conferences. A record eight A-10 institutions received invitations to the 2012 NCAA and NIT postseason tournaments, more than 29 of the 31 Division I conferences. The A-10 had eight institutions rated in the top 100 of the RPI at seasons end last year.

VCU went to the Final Four in 2011. Along with the recent addition of Butler University, it brings the total A-10 programs with at least one appearance in the Final Four to eight. VCU has made 11 total trips to the NCAA Tournament with four of those coming in the last six years. In seven of those 11 trips, the Rams have won at least one game, including their run to the 2011 Final Four. VCU has had eight postseason appearances since 2000.

"VCU believes the A-10 represents the best opportunity to meet our long-term aspirations for national academic and athletic achievement,” said VCU President Michael Rao. “As a Division I, nationally competitive athletics program, it is critical that VCU seizes the opportunity to further elevate its athletics as it raises its overall academic profile as a national research university. VCU’s Quest for Distinction strategic plan calls for excellence in all we do, including athletics. Moving to the Atlantic 10 Conference supports that quest for higher standards of excellence in our athletic programs.”

VCU has more than 31,000 students on two Richmond, Va., campuses in addition to a branch in Qatar and international partnerships in 11 other countries. Its graduate programs are ranked in the Top 25 by U.S. News & World Report and VCU boasts 32 top-ranked graduate and first professional programs. In addition, VCU has a strong research component, with more than $256 million in awards in sponsored research in 2011.

“The Atlantic 10 is a conference that gives us an opportunity to not only build our national brand, but also be associated and compete against great institutions with tremendous profiles, both athletically and academically,” said David Benedict, VCU’s interim director of athletics. “We believe that the transition to the A-10 allows us to enhance the experience of all of our student-athletes.”

During the 2011-12 season, Atlantic 10 men’s basketball conference teams appeared on television over 350 times, a record in the 36-year history of the league. One of just five conferences to have its men’s basketball championship air on network television (CBS), the A-10 currently has partnerships with CBS and ESPN. VCU enters the league as negotiations for the new media rights agreement are beginning. The Rams will also play their first A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship in the state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Atlantic 10, one of the premier women’s basketball leagues in the country, is celebrating four consecutive years of 50 percent of its membership participating in postseason play. A program on the rise, VCU has won 20 games in three of the last four years with postseason appearances in each of those years.

The A-10 has had Olympic sport success as well, earning multiple NCAA bids in several sports, including a trip to the NCAA Men’s Soccer championship game, and at-large bids in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and men’s golf. UMass’ nationally-ranked women’s lacrosse team competed in the NCAA Championship this spring as did GW men’s tennis and Richmond’s women’s tennis.

One of the most successful programs in college athletics, VCU’s men’s tennis team has made 16 NCAA tournament appearances, and finished in the Top 25 rankings for 17 years. The women’s tennis team has 12 NCAA appearances and seven other VCU Olympic Sports have made multiple NCAA Championship appearances in recent years. This includes the Rams’ golf, men’s soccer and baseball teams, which have combined for 23 NCAA appearances.

VCU, along with current A-10 member the University of Richmond, are the only two Division I institutions in Richmond, Va., the nation’s 57th largest media market. The Atlantic 10 holds one of the most impressive media footprints in all of Division I with Atlantic 10 institutions residing in cities that comprise 21 percent of all American television households. There are nine A-10 schools in the top 25 media markets in the country and every institution is located in the top 65 markets.

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Two Women Hurt in Route 5 Crash

Two people were hurt after a car spun out of control and hit two other cars and a utility pole Monday morning on Route 5 Sheridan.

Sheriff’s deputies say a car driven by 31-year-old Rosalia Jimenez-Jose of Dunkirk was trying to pass several cars, but didn’t have time to complete the pass safely and cut in front of a car driven by 54-year-old Jane Solares of Silver Creek, and hit the Solares vehicle.

Jimemez-Jose’s vehicle then spun out of control, hit the back of a car driven by Jason Guziec of Dunkirk, then hit the utility pole.

Jimenez-Jones and Solares were both taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Jimenez-Jones was cited for a number of traffic violations. Solares was charged for driving without a license.

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AG's Office Wants More Information

The state attorney general’s office wants to be able to review any reports or other evidence Jerry Sandusky’s defense team presents before the trial starts.

Prosecutors filed the motion today with Judge John Cleland and said they want to see any results of physical or mental examinations, or results or reports from any scientific tests or experiments made in connection to the child sex abuse case.

The A-G’s office says they want the information because testimony regarding the results of those tests “could affect the jury’s perception of the facts of the case … thereby affecting the final outcome of the trial.”

The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach denies allegations that he sexually abused 10 boys over a period of 15 years. His trial is scheduled to start June 5.

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