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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sandusky Trial on Hold Until Monday

Court will not be in session tomorrow in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial, but Judge John Cleland did not say why.

At the end of testimony today Cleland said court will not be back in session until Monday, but said he wasn’t sure what time. He said that information will be posted on the Centre County website.

The prosecution has not rested its case yet, but is expected to do that Monday. The defense is expected to present its case in about a week as well.

Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Eight of the alleged victims have testified.
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'For America's Heros' Golf Tourny in Sept.

DuBOIS – Volunteers are working to organize the Inaugural Golf Tournament For America’s Heroes, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2012 to be held at the DuBois Country Club with all proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Volunteers are requested who may be available to assist on the day of the tournament, or for any period of time prior to the tournament. Any amount of time would be appreciated. Opportunities for financial sponsorships range from $25 to $1,000 and up. Both corporate and individual donations are accepted.

Domtar Paper Company’s DuBois Converting and Distribution Facility will host the event. Domtar Public Affairs Manager Craig Timm, Facility Manager Kip Jones and Administrative Assistant Ashley Blessel are currently working with State Representative Matt Gabler, and community members Julie Stewart and Carl Lias to organize the event.

Inquiries regarding how to volunteer, contribute, or participate in the tournament may be directed to Ashley Blessel at 372-8025 or by e-mail at ashley.blessel@domtar.com.

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Nationwide Alert for Timothy Jorden

Law enforcement officials across the country are being asked to be on the lookout for Dr. Timothy Jorden, who is a person of interest in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend at ECMC Wednesday morning.

The 49-year-old trauma surgeon and military weapons expert hasn’t been seen since 33-year-old Jackie Wisniewski was killed in a hospital stairwell at around 8 a.m. yesterday.

During a news conference this morning Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda said Jorden should be considered armed and dangerous, but would not call him a suspect.

Police are confident Jorden hasn't crossed the border into Canada, but Derenda said they do not know where he might be headed. All four of his registered vehicles have been accounted for, he said.

Today, a bomb threat was called in to ECMC.

Hospital CEO Jody Lomeo issued a statement saying, "Shame on the person who made today's cowardly threat that interrupted patient care and the healing process from yesterday's incident. This is a despicable act, and we will do everything to find this person and prosecute him or her to the fullest extent of the law.”

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BLT Elects Officers

Nanci K. Garris was re-elected president of Bradford Little Theatre during the group's annual meeting on Tuesday at its 79 Main St. office.

Also re-elected to office for one-year terms were Cindy Graham, vice president; Marcia Morrison, treasurer; and Cindy Matteson, secretary.

Re-elected to two-year terms on the board were Graham, Morrison and Kristin Asinger. Re-elected to a one-year term was Matteson.

The board also includes Kathy Bryant, Diane Kerner Arnett and Marcia McAndrew.

A non-profit group now entering its 16th season, the community theater group features productions with all-local talent. The past season included Charlotte's Web, Twelve Angry Men and Stay as Dead as You Are.

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Wallenda Praises Seneca Casino

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – June 13, 2012 – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home this week to Nik Wallenda, who will make worldwide history on Friday evening when he crosses directly over the breathtaking Niagara Falls on a two-inch high-wire.

Wallenda and his family previously stayed at the AAA Four Diamond Award–winning casino and hotel in May, as he trained for 11 straight days in the casino’s parking lot in front of thousands. The May 12 to 22 practice sessions were covered by dozens of news outlets from around the world.

In a message to readers of the Wallenda Walks blog (http://wallendawalks.wordpress.com), managed by Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Wallenda said: “The room and the hospitality [at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel] is amazing. To top that off, the restaurants are incredible. The Western Door [Steakhouse] is probably my favorite. [Seneca Niagara’s] staff is courteous, and we even played some of the slots.”

Wallenda’s favorite entrĂ©e at the Western Door Steakhouse is The Chairman’s Delmonico – a 24-ounce, well-marbled cut that is dry-rubbed with bold seasoning, seared to perfection and topped with bleu cheese butter. Wallenda’s wife, Erendira, and three children also will be staying once again at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

Seneca Niagara Casino first opened on December 31, 2002, inside the former Niagara Falls Convention Center. The hotel tower then opened three years later on December 31, 2005, and today remains the tallest hotel tower in New York State outside of Manhattan. It has achieved the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award for exceptional service and amenities every year since its opening.

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GOACC: Event was 'Clamtastic'

OLEAN -- Officials at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have announced that the 44th Annual Chamber Clambake was a great success. The clambake was held Wednesday, June 13th, at new location, Premier Banquet Center, Olean.

Nancy Morgan, Membership Director, states, “The Clambake is a great kickoff to the summer with fun, food, music and prizes for our Chamber members and guests. This year’s attendance was 632 Chamber members and guests. The event is sponsored by the forty-nine corporate sponsors.”

Chamber member, the Premier Banquet Center, catered the event. The restaurant served up Beef on Wyck, Clams Casino, Clam Chowders, Sausage Sandwiches, BBQ Chicken, Hot Dogs, and BBQ Ribletts. The next event for the Chamber is the Annual Corporate Challenge Run/Walk Wednesday, June 27. For more information on upcoming Chamber events, please contact the office at 372-4433 or events@oleanny.com.

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Olean Man Found Guilty of Rape

An Olean man has been found guilty of raping a child younger than 11.

After a two-day trial in Cattaraugus County Court a jury found 35-year-old Wayne Irvin guilty of rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Irvin had sex with the child on August 15 in Olean.

He is scheduled for sentencing on September 4.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Police Still Looking for 'Person of Interest'
in ECMC Fatal Shooting

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m.: DK Miller Building is now open, along with the rest of the ECMC campus. Police have not been able to speak with Dr. Timothy Jorden yet.

Buffalo-area police are still looking for Dr. Timothy Jorden, who is a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a clerk at ECMC this morning.

33-year-old Jackie Wisniewski was shot and killed at around 8 a.m. in the DK Miller building connected to the hospital.

The entire ECMC campus was locked down for about four hours. The DK Miller building is still locked down.

Although police are not calling the 44-year-old doctor a suspect, they are saying he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police have been keeping a close watch on Jorden’s Lakeview home.

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Obituary
Stephen Distrola

Stephen G. Distrola, 85, of 70 Bank St., Bradford, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born July 2, 1926 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Phillip and Mary (DeAugustino) Distrola.

He attended Bradford schools. In 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He returned to Bradford after the service and worked at Dresser Manufacturing for over 43 years.

Mr. Distrola became a member of the Bradford Moose Lodge in 1951, he served as Governor from 1991-1992, and also served as District President. In May of 1999 Steve received his calling form Mooseheart, Ill to where he received the highest award given in the "House of God" and received "The Pilgrim Degree of Merit".

He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, past member of the Drum & Bugle Corp., Had served as chairman of the Memorial Day Parade, and past chairman for the Buffalo Children's Telethon, sponsored by the Bradford Moose.

Surviving is his companion of many years Virginia Ross, two sons, Michael Distrola, of Bradford and Anthony Distrola of AZ, one brother, Phillip Distrola, of Salamanca, four grandchildren; Tina, Gina, Patty, and David Distrola, one great granddaughter Andy, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Patricia Lipps, one son Robert Distrola, three sisters; Madalyn, Louise, and Patricia, and one brother Nick Distrola.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Services are private and at the convenience of family. Burial will be in the Veterans section of Willow Dale Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial, if desired, may be made to Mooseheart in Mooseheart IL, 60539 or the Pavilion @ BRMC.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Obituary
William Sutherland Jr.

William A. Sutherland, Jr., 62, of 8 Ash Ct. Lewis Run, passed away Wednesday, June 13th, at Select Specialty Hospital, in Erie.

Born July 23, 1949, in Bradford he was a son of the late William A. and Arlene (Keller) Sutherland.

On March 30, 1974 at the Bolivar Drive Baptist Church he married Karen S. (McKee) Sutherland who survives.

Mr. Sutherland was a 1967 graduate of Bradford High School and he attended Bryant & Stratton Business College. He enlisted in the United States Army served in Germany during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He returned to Bradford and worked at Corning Glass, S&G Pizza, in Allegany, Limestone High School in the maintenance department and then as a welder for Allegany Bradford Corp.

He had been a coach for Limestone Little League Baseball for many years. He was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabers and Baltimore Orioles he also enjoyed watching and playing golf. His most favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren playing video games.

In addition to his wife Karen of 38 years he is survived by a daughter, Nicole (Norman) Geist, of Derrick City, two sisters Diana Cousins of Olean and Dolores Simons of Kansas, three grandchildren Cadyn Geist, Calyb Geist and Brysyn Geist and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Lisa Sutherland on August 16, 1978, a son William A. "Billy" Sutherland III, on September 6, 2009, one sister Donna Cousins and two brothers Mike and Lee Sutherland.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 3 to 5 & 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, June 16th, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, of St. Bernard Church officiating. Committal servies and burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Limestone, NY.

Memorial, if desired, may be made to Western PA Leukemia Society of America, 9 Gateway Center, 13 North, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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SBU's Quick Center, Allegany's Ink Well
Holding Summer Art Camp for Kids

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, in conjunction with The Ink Well in Allegany, is offering a four-day summer art camp for children ages 6 to 11.

The camp, Hidden Treasures, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6 through 9. Mornings will be spent in and around the Quick Center on campus, with afternoon activities taking place at the Ink Well.

Children will walk from campus to the Ink Well each day, stopping on the Allegheny River Valley Trail along the way to enjoy their own bagged lunch. On Thursday, the camp’s last day, they will be treated to a pizza party.

Students will explore the hidden wonders of art each morning and create their own marvels at The Ink Well in the afternoon.

“Art is everywhere, and each day, students will reveal these hidden wonders, finding treasures in daily adventures on the university campus, surrounding areas, on nature walks, and on our daily picnics,” said Evelyn Sabina, curator of education at The Quick Center. “We’ll help them develop an appreciation and understanding of the world through art education.”

Students will discover places normally unseen and learn more about the rich heritage of the Southern Tier, said Sabina. They will travel a secret stairway to discover a collection of rare and ancient books, learn about the unique architecture in Allegany and on St. Bonaventure’s campus, meet local artists, reveal the secret messages hidden in special artworks, and go behind the scenes at the Quick Center art galleries.

Their afternoon art projects will include printmaking, impressionist sponge painting and foam board architecture. In addition, all students will leave the camp with a specially created book of their own design. Ink Well owner Melissa Meyers said the only thing children need to bring with them is “their imaginations.”

Students should come prepared for activities outside and dress for each day’s weather forecast. While they will not be taken outdoors in a thunderstorm, they may venture out in a light rain or in cool weather, said Sabina.

Parents will drop off their children at The Quick Center in the morning and pick them up at The Ink Well in the afternoon. If weather conditions make a walk ill-advised, campers will remain at The Quick Center throughout the day.

The cost for the Hidden Treasures summer camp is $119. Scholarships are available for qualifying residents.

To register or for more information about the camp, visit The Ink Well at 51 E. Main St., Allegany, or call the shop at 373-0326.

Pictured, Francie Potter of Allegany, a docent at The Quick Center for the Arts, helps her grandson Bobby Potter find hidden treasures in exhibited works of art.

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PCAR Offers Insight on
Sandusky Trial Courtroom Proceedings

Harrisburg, PA – PCAR, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and NSVRC, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, are on-site in Bellefonte for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial. PCAR will provide insight and expertise throughout the trial in response to key statements made during courtroom proceedings.

DAY 2

Central Mountain High School guidance counselor, according to Victim 1: Sandusky "had a heart of gold and wouldn't do something like that (in reference to allegations made by Victim 1)."

PCAR: People who commit sexual offenses are often nice, responsible, upstanding, loving and law abiding members of their communities and even families...except for when they are committing the abuse. The words often used to describe people who commit sexual offenses ("monster," "pre dator" or "animal") obscure this reality, and can make it difficult for people to see the incredible harm they are causing.

Sex offenders use their good reputations to gain the trust of potential victims and others around them, and gain access to them. No one would agree to leave their child in the care of a "monster" but most people are comfortable leaving their child in the care of a family friend or a mentor who is widely trusted in the community.

When a child insinuates, hints or discloses they are being abused, the adult they are telling should remain calm and believe them in that moment. The adult should seek assistance from professionals who are trained to investigate suspicions of abuse, and not make a determination based on personal beliefs or experiences with the offender.

Adults also should not attempt to 'investigate' or get more information on their own, as doing so may jeopardize the integrity of a bona fide investigation and ultimately leave a child at risk.

Victim 1: "I spaced. I didn’t know what to do. I just blacked out. I didn’t want it to happen. I froze…. I froze like every other time. My mind was telling me to move. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t move."

PCAR: It is normal for victims of sexual assault to “dissociate” during the abuse being done to them. Dissociation is a mental process which causes a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity.

Many survivors explain it by saying they disconnect their mind from their body. They may describe “floating up out of their body” or “looking over their own shoulder” during the abuse. An event or memory can bring up emotions which trigger dissociation. When a person is dissociating, certain sensory information is not associated with other information as it normally would be.

For instance, a person may recall a smell, sound, sight, taste or feeling, but not be able to place it in context or be able to associate words to tell the story of the experience. Dissociation can be a survival strategy used to help a person tolerate what might otherwise be too difficult to bear.

In situations of sexual violence, dissociation may be a means of detaching from the memory of the place, feelings, or other circumstances about the assault. Dissociation allows the victim to mentally escape from feelings of fear and pain. It is normal for people who dissociate to have difficulty remembering the details of the assault or keeping the details in an organized, linear time line.

Victim 1: “I acted out—wetting the bed. I got into fights with people. Stuff I wouldn’t normally ever do.”

Victim 1: “I started avoiding him. I would hide at his house under the pool table or in a closet.”

PCAR: Parents, teachers, coaches and counselors wonder how they can know if a child is being sexually abused. Unfortunately, there is not always a clear signal that indicates a child is being sexual abused.

There are, however, signs that indicate a child might be experiencing some kind of abuse. Any one sign does not mean a child is being abused, but if you notice a child is experiencing several of the symptoms you should be asking questions. Visit www.heroproject.org, http://www.heroproject.org, www.nsvrc.org, http://www.nsvrc.org or http://www.stopitnow.org for resources on indicators of possible sexual abuse.

Some signs or symptoms are physical, such as pain, itching, bruising or bleeding of the genital area. Other symptoms are behavioral, such as an unexplained or sudden fear, dislike or avoidance of certain people, regression to infantile behaviors such as bed-wetting or thumb-sucking, nightmares and sleep disturbances, developing discipline or school problems, and engaging in self-injury such as burning or cutting,

Victim 1: “I might have white-lied to cover embarrassment. But I’m here telling the full truth.”

PCAR: Sexual abuse can cause intense feelings of shame, embarrassment, fear and humiliation. Victims often feel trapped between wanting the abuse to stop and being terrified of other people learning what has been done to them. That fear can keep victims silent while the abuse is going on, and for years after it has stopped.

Many victims try to hide what is happening to them by outright denying it when others ask (including classmates who may make jokes, tease or bully them based on the irregular relationship they see or sense), and by making statements with false bravado.

Sometimes victims fear getting in trouble for their own "bad" or illegal behavior (underage drinking, using drugs, lying to parents about where they are or who they are with for example) and will make false statements to friends, family and even investigators about those acts.
These false statements do not mean that the entire account of abuse is false. In fact, offenders may intentionally encourage victims to engage in bad or illegal behavior knowing it is one more layer of protection for themselves should the victim report their sexual assaults.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is the oldest state anti-sexual violence coalition in the U.S. The organization represents 51 sexual assault centers that serve the state’s 67 counties. Each year these centers provide confidential services, at no charge, to more than 30,000 men, women and children affected by sexual abuse.

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Pitt-Bradford Nursing Professor
Earns Doctoral Degree

Tammy Haley, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has earned her Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.

In her dissertation, Haley studied the personal, environmental and behavioral factors influencing condom use among rural high school students. Last spring Haley and research assistants surveyed more than 1,100 students in three school districts in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Haley said that while nationwide slightly less than half of teens are sexually active, her study found 56 percent were sexually active and that only six out of 10 of those students were using condoms, placing them at an increased risk for both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

She found that the strongest predictor for condom use was whether or not teens thought they should use them. Boys were likely to use them, and those that used a condom the first time they had intercourse were also more likely to continue to use them. Also, using drugs or alcohol was associated with less frequent condom use.

“One of the biggest barriers is that they’re embarrassed to acquire them, but not to use them,” she said.

Haley reported her results to the school districts involved last fall.

“This project was really to raise awareness,” she said. “It’s different to act on information that’s generated in a big city,” where most studies are conducted. “I think it gave us some good information for places to start. The schools were so receptive.”

Haley said she was interested in the subject because of her work as a nurse practitioner with Adagio Health, which provides reproductive education and care for men and women.

“I saw in my practice as a nurse practitioner people coming in very young with a sexually transmitted disease or an unintended pregnancy. My desire is to do better for my patients. It’s devastating to give somebody that type of news.”

Haley is also nearing completion on her Master of Public Health from the Pitt School of Public Health.

She is the coordinator of the Bachelor Science in Nursing program at Pitt-Bradford, where she has taught since 2003. In addition to her work with Adagio, she has many years of clinical experience as a registered nurse in the pediatric and medical-surgical areas and received her national certification in pediatrics in 1990.

She lives in Bradford.

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Property Tax Rebate Deadline Extended

HARRISBURG – The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31, 2012 to allow eligible individuals more time to take advantage of the program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those with disabilities 18 years or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, excluding half of Social Security income, Supplemental Security income and Railroad retirement benefits. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Scarnati said that more than 600,000 senior citizens and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

“With the cost of housing going up, it’s important for those who qualify to get their applications in,” Scarnati said. “This is a great program that can help those on a limited income to make those costs more affordable.”

Scarnati said that Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms and additional information are available at his district offices. Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

Forms and assistance also are available at Department of Revenue district offices (listed in the government section of phone directories), local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers.

Claimants who already applied for Property Tax/Rent Rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

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Kane Man Charge with Indecent Assault

A Kane man is accused of sexually assaulting a Warren woman.

Robert Moore Jr. was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated indecent assault in connection to an alleged incident that happened at 11:30 a.m. on May 3.

Moore is free on $50,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 27.

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Former Oswayo Valley Library Director
Allegedly Stole Thousands of Dollars

The former director of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library in Shinglehouse is accused of buying thousands of dollars with of items with library money for her own use and not reimbursing the library.

38-year-old Tammy Ann Ray of Liverpool, New York is charged with two felony counts of theft, along with receiving stolen property and related offenses. Former library board member, 36-year-old Rebeccah Lynn Dickerson of Shinglehouse, is charged with misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

Police say between November of 2007 and August of last year Ray bought more $8,000 worth of merchandise, including electronics, sports memorabilia and clothes.

Police started their investigation after the library’s board of directors and current staff conducted an internal audit that revealed discrepancies in the library’s purchases and its inventory.

Charges against both women have been filed with district judge Kari Stubbs. Dickerson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday. A date for Ray’s hearing has not been set yet.

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Nine Arrested in 'Operation Texas Twins'

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police have filed criminal charges against nine individuals linked to an organization allegedly responsible for shipping large quantities of marijuana from Texas to northwestern Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said the grand jury investigation, known as "Operation Texas Twins," identified two brothers - Marcelino Rodriguez, of Eddy, Texas and Miguel Rodriguez, of Corpus Christi - accused of coordinating the transportation and distribution of as much as 20 pounds of marijuana per month, over a two year period of time.

According to the grand jury, Miguel Rodriguez operated from Texas, communicating with his brother Marcelino and other associates by telephone in order to arrange the shipment of drugs to Pennsylvania and the transfer of money back to Texas.

Kelly said the Rodriguez brothers were allegedly assisted by Robert Karl Conaway, who is accused of assisting in the distribution of marijuana in and around Crawford County.

"This was a coordinated effort to move significant quantities of drugs into communities across northwestern Pennsylvania which continued even after key figures were arrested and jailed," Kelly said.

Kelly noted that Marcelino Rodriguez and Robert Conaway were arrested in Crawford County in August 2010, on unrelated warrants, but the two allegedly attempted to continue operating their drug organization from inside the prison.

The grand jury found that Rodriguez and Conaway made numerous telephone calls from inside the prison, which were recorded for monitoring by law enforcement.

Kelly said that agents from the Attorney General's Office and Pennsylvania State Police used information from those calls, along with surveillance, confidential informants, the review of financial records from wire transfer services and other investigative techniques to identify other associates who allegedly assisted in the operation of this drug organization.

Adam Wood, of Venango, is accused of assisting in the distribution of marijuana, including the retrieval of drugs and cash from a vehicle that had been left in the parking lot of a motel in Meadville when Conaway and Rodriguez were arrested in 2010.

Kelly said that in phone calls recorded at the Crawford County Prison, Conaway, Rodriguez and Wood allegedly discussed the status of drug sales, including the fact that Wood had six pounds of marijuana remaining and that Miguel Rodriguez was still owed $4,000. They also allegedly reviewed the correct prices that should be charged for different quantities of the drug.

According to the grand jury, Elizabeth Bevilheimer, of Saegertown - the girlfriend of Adam Wood - assisted in the recovery of the car that Conaway and Rodriguez were driving when they were arrested. Bevilheimer was also allegedly involved in at least eight wire transfers of money to Texas, totaling more than $15,000, and was overheard in recorded prison phone calls complaining that she was not getting enough money for the work that she was performing.

Kelly said that Pamela Barrientos, of Eddy, Texas, allegedly acted as a distributor of funds for the organization - receiving thousands of dollars in wire transfers and then communicating by phone with Marcelino Rodriguez about how much money different participants should be making from the drug transactions. Calls between Rodriguez and other parties also included instructions to "send all the Pennsylvania money to Pamela."

According to the criminal charges, Laura Rodriguez, of Chilton, Texas - sister of Marcelino and Miguel - assisted in the transfer of drug funds. She was heard on intercepted prison telephone calls with Marcelino Rodriguez discussing the sale price of marijuana being sold in Pennsylvania, New York and Georgia.

The grand jury found that Jeramie Ebbert, of Meadville, served as the recipient of marijuana shipments from Texas and assisted with the sale of drugs to street-level buyers.

Kelly said that Silas Mark Deets, of Venango, was allegedly paid to receive shipments of marijuana from Texas which were arranged by Conaway. One of those deliveries to Deets, containing approximately 4.5 kilos of marijuana, was intercepted by U.S. Postal Inspectors. Deets was allegedly paid with cash and drugs to pick up the packages.

"This was a significant organization on many levels," Kelly said, "involving cross-country shipment of large quantities of high-grade marijuana, the movement of more than $100,000 in drug payments and the long-distance coordination of numerous drug deals over many years."

Kelly noted that in conjunction with today's filing of charges in Pennsylvania, authorities in Texas are executing search and arrest warrants as part of a continuing investigation to identify the original sources for the marijuana involved in this case.

The criminal charges were filed today before Saegertown, Crawford County, Magisterial District Judge Lincoln S. Zilhaver.

The defendants will be prosecuted in Crawford County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Douglas J. Wright of the Attorney General?s Drug Strike Force Section.

Kelly thanked the Pennsylvania State Police, Crawford County District Attorney's Office, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Crawford County Sheriff's Office, the Northwest Drug Task Force, United States Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.

Marcelino Rodriguez, 29, Eddy, Texas, is charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization, both first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine; one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Miguel Rodriguez, 29, Corpus Christi, Texas, is charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization, both first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine; one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Robert Karl Conaway, 29, address unknown, is charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization, both first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 fines; three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, all felonies which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; two counts of possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors each punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine; one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Adam Wood, 25, 20412 Main St., Venango, is charged with two counts of participating in a corrupt organization, both first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 fines; one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine; one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Elizabeth Ann Bevilheimer, 25, Saegertown, is charged with one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Pamela Barrientos, 25, Eddy, Texas, is charged with one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Laura Rodriguez, 30, Chilton, Texas, is charged with one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jeramie John Ebbert, 25, 1108 South Main St., Meadville, is charged with one count of delivery of marijuana, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine; one count of possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine; one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Silas Mark Deets, 60, 21658 Cussewago Road, Venango, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, an ungraded felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine and one count of criminal use of a communications facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

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Rapp: Stream Obstruction Removal Bill
a Victory for Private Property Rights

HARRISBURG – Legislation supported by State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) to force the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to streamline the process for removing gravel bars and other stream obstructions was advanced on the House floor Monday.

House Bill 2359 aims to create a clear, efficient and effective process to better manage stream obstruction problems without an unnecessary, complicated and expensive permitting process. The bill also includes measures to further expedite stream clearings when such activities are deemed to be an emergency by local, county or state authorities.

“Once again, I was pleased to work together with my friend and colleague, Representative Martin Causer to secure House passage of this legislation which is a significant victory for protecting private property rights in Pennsylvania, particularly protecting access and use of private water resources from government overregulation,” said Rapp. “Whether it’s removing potentially dangerous gravel bars from our waterways or taking other necessary public safety or flood prevention measures, House Bill 2359 recognizes that private property owners are far more capable than shortsighted, out of touch government bureaucracies to handle our clean and limited water resources with care. The very livelihoods of many local property owners depend on effective water resource management and conservation.”

House Bill 2359 passed by a vote of 136-60 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. For the latest legislative updates visit www.RepRapp.com.

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ECMC on Lockdown After Fatal Shooting

From WGRZ.com:

The hospital is currently in lockdown and the SWAT team has been called to the scene.

Sources tell 2 On Your Side one person is dead. They tell us a female was shot in a domestic situation in a passage way between the D.K Miller Bldg. and the Kidney Center.

Police have not identified the victim and/or a suspect.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Special Police, City Ending Relationship

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


The Special Police won’t be working in Bradford as we know them anymore.

Mayor Tom Riel made an announcement during Tuesday’s City Council meeting saying, effective immediately, the city and Special Police no longer have a working relationship. City solicitor and city police chief Chris Lucco spoke with the media after the meeting to explain.

Hollenbeck said after a question from a citizen he dug into the history of the organization as well as state law and “couldn’t find anything that made us comfortable” with continuing to use them.

State codes say that having auxiliary police is OK, but they can only be used in emergency or disaster situations not, for example, to direct traffic during parades.

The state also allows Special Fire Police, but they are connected to volunteer fire departments.

Hollenbeck stressed that the Special Police are not disbanding, but having them work for the police department would be improper.

“They will continue in some capacity,” he said, adding later that they will find a way to reinvent themselves.

Lucco said he and fire chief Chris Angell do have a plan in place to “seamlessly transition” from using the Special Police.

He added that both the police and fire departments depended heavily on Special Police and ending the relationship “was not a decision we made lightly. … (But) we will adjust accordingly.”

Lucco said the Special Police have been a benefit to the entire community, and provided a fabulous service.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” he said, adding later that, “We went to great lengths to try to find a way for them to fit in.”

Hollenbeck added, “We worked hard to try to find a way to keep the relationship going. It was just, at the end of the day, too much of a stretch to feel comfortable with any model we could build.”

As for their after school traffic duties, Hollenbeck said that’s not a decision for the city to make and the school district will have to decide what to do about that.

In making the announcement Riel said, “The Special Police have provided an invaluable service to the City of Bradford for many years. They come out at all hours of the night to assist, not just the city, but the school district. … They do a tremendous job for very little reward.”

Pictured, Police Chief Chris Lucco and city solicitor Mark Hollenbeck speak to the media following Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting.

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New Pitt-Bradford Scholarship Benefits
Students from Mount Jewett-Kane Area

A new scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will benefit students from the Mount Jewett-Kane area who would like to pursue a science or math major.

Mary Ann Lambertsen made a $100,000 gift to the university to endow The Anna and Art Turnquist Mount Jewett Scholarship Fund in honor of her parents.

First preference for the scholarships will be given to students who demonstrate some sort of financial need, are math or science majors and are from Mount Jewett. Second preference will be given to students meeting the same qualifications, but who are from Kane.

Lambertsen grew up an only child in Mount Jewett and graduated from Kane High School in 1957. Her mother was a nurse, and her father worked for the railroad as a “track man,” a worker who laid and took care of tracks. They laid another kind of foundation for Lambertsen, also.

“I wanted to honor my parents because they said, ‘You can do and be anything you want to be,’ and didn’t put any limits on that,” she said. “They didn’t say, ‘You have to be a teacher’ or ‘You have to be a nurse,’ and that was, I think, pretty unusual at that time.”

Art Turnquist left his formal schooling in eighth grade to get a job, but had a quick mind and learned trigonometry on the job while laying out track for the railroad.

In high school, Lambertsen loved science and was mentored by a teacher who taught biology, chemistry and physics. He encouraged her to attend the Carnegie Institute of Technology (today Carnegie-Mellon University). She turned down a scholarship to another college after she was accepted at Carnegie because of the reputation Carnegie had in the sciences.

“Teachers can play a huge role in what their students can do,” she said.

Although she received a scholarship from Stackpole Carbon, Lambertsen also worked nights as a switchboard operator to pay her tuition. Her parents helped, too, but “they were not wealthy people,” she said.

Lambertsen went on to get a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Columbia University, then worked for Ohio Bell, Bell Laboratories and eventually AT&T before becoming the vice president of human resources for Fisher-Price in East Aurora, N.Y.

But Mount Jewett stayed close to her heart, and when she found out that the elementary school in town had closed at the end of the 2006-07 school year, she joined the Mount Jewett Charter School Coalition, helping them raise money for a charter school. When plans for the charter school fell through, she looked for another way to benefit students in Mount Jewett.

“I wanted to encourage the students of Mount Jewett to go on to college, especially in the science and math areas, because I think you can contribute a lot to the world with that kind of background,” she said.

Lambertsen said she will continue to honor her parents and help students from her hometown by adding contributions to the scholarship fund.

For more information on creating a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement at (814) 362-5091 or jballard@pitt.edu.

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The Scarnati Report

Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati has started a new monthly feature -- "The Scarnati Report." This month, he discusses legislative issues, his role as president pro tem, Marcellus Shale and more.

June 2012 - In this month's The Scarnati Report, Senator Scarnati discusses legislative issues. from Senator Scarnati on Vimeo.



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Committee Approves Bill to Increase
Penalties for Not Reporting Child Abuse

Harrisburg – The Senate Aging and Youth Committee, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39), today approved her legislation that would increase penalties for failure to report suspected child abuse or refer it to authorities.

Senate Bill 1413 increases the penalties from a third- to a first-degree misdemeanor for the first violation, and from a second-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony for second and subsequent violations. The measure applies to mandated reporters -- individuals who come into contact with children in the course of their profession and are obligated by law to report suspected child abuse.

"It's a shame we have to increase the penalties to get some people to do the right thing, but in light of what we have been hearing this week about child abuse going unreported, it's clear that this legislation is absolutely necessary," said Ward.

Ward also sponsored Senate Resolution 250 creating the Task Force on Child Protection. The Task Force has held six hearings to date with another scheduled for Thursday. Among the topics discussed by the panel has been the issue of mandated reporting. Under SR 250, the panel must issue a final report with recommendations to strengthen child protection by November 30, 2012.

Task Force Chairman David Heckler said to Senator Ward, "Thanks to your initiative, and the unselfish work and thought of hundreds of dedicated individuals, we will produce a realistic blueprint for making Pennsylvania a better place for children to safely grow, learn and thrive."

Mandated reporters of suspected child abuse -- health care workers, educators, and others -- are key elements in the state's child protection efforts and were responsible for 77 percent of all referrals for substantiated child abuse in 2010.

"It is galling to hear accounts of child abuse going unreported, and know that in the 21st century we still need the force of law to prompt people to protect the vulnerable," said Ward. "This legislation sends that message that looking the other way will no longer be tolerated. If you're not motivated by pure instinct to protect a child, perhaps you'll be motivated by self-preservation."

The legislation will be sent to the full Senate for consideration.

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House OKs In-Depth Study of EMS Services

HARRISBURG – The state’s emergency medical services (EMS) system will undergo an in-depth assessment under legislation sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and approved by the state House today.

“Efficient and effective EMS services are vital to the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said Causer, a former dispatcher and emergency responder. “I think our providers do a fantastic job, but as a Legislature we have a responsibility to ensure we make the most of the opportunities presented by improved technology, management systems, infrastructure and communications capabilities. That is the purpose of this study.”

House Resolution 315 calls on the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) and the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to study both the financial and administrative effectiveness of the state’s EMS system. The LBFC will focus on a performance audit of the EMS operating fund, while the JSGC will focus on the EMS delivery system and its operation in the Commonwealth. Administration of the state’s EMS system costs approximately $11.8 million annually.

“As a former dispatcher and emergency responder, I know a quick and coordinated response can mean the difference between life and death,” Causer said. “I look forward to working with the EMS community to support them in their mission.”

According to Causer’s resolution, the committees specifically are charged with exploring enhancement of the current system through use of existing government and private sector programs, institutions, facilities and infrastructure resources. The committees are directed to make use of nationally recognized associations and organizations to identify opportunities to make use of the state’s college and university systems to boost training, recruitment and retention. Finally, they will study the possibility of streamlining and restructuring the regional EMS councils and make recommendations based on their findings.

The report is to be presented to the General Assembly by June 30, 2013.

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Scarnati Backing Alternative Plan to
Privatizing State Liquor Stores

While the state House debate on privatizing liquor and wine sales has stalled, Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati is backing an alternative plan.

The bill would create a special wine and liquor license to increase the number of retailers selling wine and spirits.

It would also allow beer distributors to get an additional license authorizing them to sell six-packs or single bottles of beer. They now may sell only cases and kegs.

The "proposal represents a significant step towards enhanced consumer choice and convenience, and I am looking forward to working with him on this proposal in the fall," Scarnati said.

The House spent three hours debating Majority Leader Mike Turzai's privatization bill Monday night.

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New York State to Change,
Strengthen Domestic Violence Laws

Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State lawmakers have agreed to several measures to strengthen domestic violence laws.

The measures would establish a crime of “aggravated family offense” to crack down on repeat offenders, making it a felony. Also, judges would be allowed to consider risk factors before determining bail.

The state would also establish a domestic violence death review team to take a closer look at domestic violence-related homicides.

Also under the agreement, a person who is charged with killing his or her spouse could not control what happens to the person’s remains. A bill is expected to be voted into law before the end of the legislative session on June 21.

For more on this story go to the governor's website.

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NYSDOT Reminds People Attending
Wallenda Walk to Plan Ahead

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today reminded that motorists attending the Nik Wallenda Event on June 15, 2012, in the city of Niagara Falls, Niagara County, should expect heavy traffic and limited parking in the downtown Niagara Falls area.

Motorists attending the event should allow additional travel time due to increased traffic volumes, and arrive at the event as early as possible to avoid peak travel periods. Due to limited parking facilities, motorists may be required to use on street parking outside the downtown area.

All travelers are advised to obey traffic control personnel and message signs when approaching and exiting the event, and use alternate routes when possible to avoid major delays.

Drivers can expect congestion on Interstate 190 between the South Grand Island Bridge toll
barrier and Exit 23 (US Route 62 - Niagara Falls Boulevard), and on the Robert Moses Parkway from Interstate 190 to downtown Niagara Falls.

Motorists traveling to Canada for the event should expect delays at the border crossings due
to increased traffic volumes. Travelers are encouraged to use the Peace Bridge and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge when crossing the border for this event, and allow extra time.

511 New York is an invaluable service available to obtain real-time travel information to plan your trip, and can be accessed on the Web at www.511NY.org, or by dialing 5-1-1 from any phone within New York State. The 511 service is also available on the mobile Web, with an application available for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. Border crossing times between the United States and Canada at the Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, are included in the 511 New York service.

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Inmates Charged with Criminal Mischief

Four inmates at the Chautauqua County Jail are facing more charges after destroying property at the jail Monday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say that during a routine search of Podular Housing Unit A, the inmates had a large amount of destroyed Westlaw Legal Reference materials that belonged to the jail.

27-year-old Lance Clark and 23-year-old John Harper, both of Jamestown, and 34-year-old Luis Montanez and 30-year-old David Deynes, both of Buffalo, are all charged with criminal mischief and will appear in court to answer the charges.

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Man Hit by Vehicle on Congress Street

A man was hit by a vehicle this morning in downtown Bradford.

The accident happened at just after 11 a.m. on Congress Street near Corydon Street.

City police and ambulance were called to the scene. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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House OK's Stream Obstruction Bill

HARRISBURG – The state House today approved legislation authored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) to force the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to streamline the process for removing gravel bars and other obstructions from streams.

“This is great news for communities across the Commonwealth that have been unable to address these potential flood hazards because of the DEP bureaucracy,” Causer said. “We need a reasonable process that doesn’t force local officials or citizens to jump through hoops – sometimes very costly hoops – for what should be a simple fix.”

House Bill 2359 aims to create a clear, efficient and effective process to better manage stream obstruction problems without an unnecessary, complicated and expensive permitting process. The bill also includes measures to further expedite stream clearings when such activities are deemed to be an emergency by local, county or state authorities.

Causer cited a situation in Emporium, Cameron County, where borough officials have been trying to remove a gravel bar for more than five years but have been unable to get the go ahead from DEP to do so. He has heard similar stories from other communities in the 67th Legislative District and across the state.

“When local officials have to work for years just to remove a gravel bar, the process is clearly broken,” he said.

Causer and fellow lawmakers from rural areas of the Commonwealth questioned DEP Secretary Michael Krancer extensively about the issue of gravel bars during House Appropriations Committee hearings earlier this year, and the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational meeting on the topic of stream obstructions as well.

Causer also met with DEP privately but said the agency has yet to offer a solution to the problem.

“Frankly, this is a problem DEP should have addressed a long time ago,” Causer said. “Stream obstructions are a threat to public safety, and we have a duty to protect that. My legislation is an important step in that direction.”

House Bill 2359 passed by a vote of 136-60 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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Bradford Businessman Jack Archer
Passes Away at Age 82

Jack M. Archer, 82, of 6 West End Dr., Bradford, passed away, Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born on March 20, 1930, in Butler, he was a son of the late Morris and Wilma (Prigg) Archer.

On September 1, 1957 in Kane by the Rev. Clark Cochrane, at the First Congregation Church he married Margaret "Peggy" (MacEwen) Archer who survives him.

Mr. Archer was a 1948 graduate of Kane High School and attended Syracuse University. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on December 27, 1950 and served during the Korean War. He was was honorably discharged ion December 10, 1955. He returned to the Kane area to run Archer's News & Sporting Goods with his father, and then worked for Sears & Roebuck. He moved to Bradford and purchased Levy's on the corner of Main and Congress Street in 1968. He changed the name to Archer's Cards and Gifts and also provided the services of a photo lab, bus station and the area's largest selection of magazines and newspapers, he retired in 2005. He also owned and operated Archer's appliance store for 10 years.

He was a member of the Bradford Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association.

His hobbies included boating and camping on the Kinzua Dam, remodeling parts of his house as well as his family homes and taught each of his children to remodel.

In addition to his wife of fifty four years he is survived by two daughters, Anne E. Archer, of Ashland, VA, and Susan M. Archer, of Richmond, VA, and one son, John K. Archer, of Pittsburgh, a sister, Dorothy (Robert) Briggs, of Parrish, FL, one granddaughter Chelsea McElfresh and several nieces.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:00am in the Church of the Ascension, with Rev. Stacey Fussell, Rector officiating. Military honors and burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kane. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorial, if desired, may be made to the American Red Cross, 302 Congress Street, Bradford, PA 16701, Church of the Ascension, 26 Chautauqua Place, Bradford, PA 16701 or charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Two People Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

Two people pleaded guilty to drug charges today in Cattaraugus County Court.

Terrence Tompson-Myscka of Olean had crack cocaine with the intent to sell it on February 12 in Olean.

Rik Rinehart of Salamanca sold Oxycodone on August 9 in Salamanca.

They will both be sentenced September 4.

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Man Pleads to Attempted Rape

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to attempted rape.

On March 16 of last year in Olean 20-year-old James Kemp attempted to have sex with a person younger than 15.

Kemp is scheduled for sentencing; September 4.

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Man Sentenced for Incident with Teen

An Olean man has been sentenced to 10 years’ probation for promoting a sexual performance by a child.

24-year-old Brian Benson was sentenced today in Cattaraugus County Court.

Between June 15 and October 25 of last year he promoted the sexual performance of a child who was younger than 17.

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Guilty Plea to Violent Home Invasion

A third man has pleaded guilty to robbing and assaulting a Randolph couple in their home last November.

19-year-old Cameron Rives of Jamestown, along with three other people, entered the home of Thomas and Marjorie Andrews at about 2:15 on the morning of November 10 and held the couple at gunpoint. They also kicked, punched and pistol whipped Thomas Andrews and bound Marjorie’s wrists together with duct tape and a shoe lace.

They also stole two cell phones, cash, Mr. Andrews’ wallet and a flat screen TV.

Rives is scheduled for sentencing in Cattaraugus County Court on August 13, the same day as two of his coo-defendants, D’Allyn Washington and Derrick Williams, also of Jamestown.

The case of their co-defendant Samuel Rodriguez is still making their way through the court system.


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Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel to Add High-Definition Video Sign Atop Hotel Tower

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will soon brighten the Niagara Falls skyline and greet visitors in a big way. This morning, Seneca Gaming Corporation officials unveiled details about the construction of a 108-foot wide, 20-foot tall high-definition LED video sign that will be affixed to the top of the hotel tower, facing downtown Niagara Falls USA and Canada.

Construction workers with Las Vegas–based YESCO and local contractors are currently framing 64,500 pounds of steel atop the 357-foot, 26-story hotel tower and will soon attach 140 giant LED panels that will, in essence, operate like one giant HD television. The entire project will be complete later this month at a total cost of $1.9 million.

“Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel welcomes more than six million visitors each year and is an iconic building in Niagara Falls,” said Robert Mele, chairman of the board of directors, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “As a world-class, [AAA] Four Diamond Award–winning casino and hotel, it needs an equally world-class welcome sign.”

The project is a few years in the making, and the actual construction began in early May of 2012. As many as 12 highly-skilled workers have been on site every day for 11 hours a day, hauling 500 pounds of steel at a time up the Sixth Street side of the hotel tower and onto the roof for assembly. Starting next week after the steel frame is complete, the crews will begin piecing together the LED panels – the majority of which measure 32 by 64 inches and, altogether, weigh 20,580 pounds. Each individual panel light is spaced just 25 millimeters apart.

“The new hotel sign for Seneca Niagara Casino will be bright and versatile,” said Cathy Walker, president and CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “Whether it displays an animated graphic that just says ‘CASINO’ or delivers information about the latest promotion or upcoming entertainment, it can do a little bit of anything with exceptional clarity that can be seen from many miles away.”

YESCO, short for Young Electric Sign Company, is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of digital signs. Among its high-profile projects: the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” welcome sign; the Fremont Street Experience graphic display system in downtown Las Vegas; the NBC Message Globe in New York City, and; most recently, signage and digital lighting for the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and for General Motors’ global headquarters in Detroit.

YESCO’s latest project at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is a turn-key operation, as the company managed design, fabrication, product delivery, installation and the construction workers. Half of the 12-person crew is from YESCO, while the other half was contracted locally to help work with the hotel’s windows, rooftop and electrical systems.

“It has been a pleasure working with Seneca Gaming Corporation and expanding YESCO’s reach in the Eastern half of the U.S.,” said Vicky Moon, account manager, YESCO. “Niagara Falls is breathtaking area, and we know what an impact the hotel tower at Seneca Niagara Casino has for the skyline. So when Seneca Gaming Corporation approached us with the idea and said they wanted the sign to ‘pop,’ we knew just what they had in mind and were able to deliver.”

Seneca Gaming Corporation’s design and construction department worked in conjunction with YESCO to oversee planning and operations. In addition, because safety is the No. 1 concern for the project, Seneca Gaming Corporation and YESCO worked with the following local and regional consultants: Seneca Construction Management Corporation for overall safety issues; Wendel for structural issues; M/E Engineering for electrical issues and; Commonwealth Code Inspection Services, Inc. for code enforcement.

Seneca Niagara Casino first opened on December 31, 2002, inside the former Niagara Falls Convention Center. The hotel tower then opened three years later on December 31, 2005, and today remains the tallest hotel tower in New York State outside of Manhattan. It has achieved the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award for exceptional service and amenities every year since its opening.


Pictured, an artist's rendering the new HD video sign

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Four Hurt in Richburg Incident

One person is hospitalized in serious condition after a shooting and a car crash in Richburg, New York, early this morning.

Police say the shooting happened at about 1:30 a.m. and, after that, four people left the house and drove away in a vehicle that crashed at the intersection of county roads 40 and 34.

Three of the people were taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. The fourth was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and is in serious condition.

Police have not released any names yet.

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Man Dies in Fall From Cliff

An Orchard Park man is dead after falling over a cliff in Chautauqua County.
Sheriff’s deputies say 48-year-old Paul Bischoff died late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at Brookside Beach Campground on Route 5 near Westfield.

Deputies were called to the campground at just after 6 o’clock Sunday morning, and learned that Bischoff fell over a 40-foot cliff and onto a beach.

Deputies are continuing their investigation. An autopsy will be performed at ECMC in Buffalo.

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