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Friday, July 13, 2012

KOA Speer Receives Top Supplier Awards

KOA Speer Electronics is pleased to announce they have once again earned the TTI Supplier Excellence Award for 2011, as well as the Diamond and Best Quality awards. KOA Speer is the recipient of the Platinum Level TTI award, an honor that can only be reached by receiving the Supplier Excellence Award for a minimum of 5 consecutive years. KOA Speer has been an award recipient in 16 of the 17 years TTI has presented this recognition.

The TTI Supplier Excellence Award represents the highest recognition possible of a supplier's performance within TTI. The program is centered on quality measurements that include: on-time delivery, receiving quality, customer-reported quality, administrative quality, operations and business systems. In addition, there are performance measurements such as sales and management support.

In addition to maintaining Platinum status, KOA Speer was also awarded the Diamond and Best Quality Awards for the second consecutive year. Introduced last year, the Diamond Award recognizes the company with the overall highest point achievement, while the Best Quality Award is given to the supplier who scores the highest in each of the possible Quality categories.

Chris Forbes, National Distributor Sales Manager at KOA Speer, attributed their continued success to the dedicated KOA employees. "Our employees' dedication to serve our customers at the highest possible level is key to our continued success," Forbes stated. "It is in the true spirit of our Quality 1st initiative." KOA Speer's Quality 1st initiative works to deliver high quality products and services in Manufacturing, Product Solutions and Customer Service.

Melanie Pizzey, TTI Vice President Global Product Operations, made the announcement. Achievement of this award not only represents the dedication of all KOA Speer Electronics employees to TTI, but also management's commitment and overall operating philosophy for excellence by allocation of resources, allowing employees the opportunity to do the right thing in order to ensure customer satisfaction.

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Glen Hazel Bridge to Open Today

Ridgway – Once new guide rail is installed, PennDOT will re-open the Glen Hazel Bridge late this afternoon, July 13. The bridge is located on Route 1001 (Glen Hazel Road) near the village of Glen Hazel in Elk County.

Rehabilitation work to extend the useful life of the bridge and improve its safety has been on going since late March.

Once the bridge is open to traffic, PennDOT will lift the detour that’s been in place since early April.

Work included deck and beam replacement, abutment repair, new approach slabs, guiderail updates and miscellaneous construction.

L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York was the contractor on this $450,000 project. Drivers are reminded to be cautious in all work zones and always buckle up.

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National Fuel Warns of National Scam

National Fuel is warning customers of a national scam that promises a new program that would pay utility bills for customers. The scammers use a variety of methods to contact customers including phone calls, emails and even door-to-door visits as they attempt to obtain personal information.

Scammers tell customers they can register for the utility bill payment program by completing information, their social security numbers. The scammers then provide customers with bank routing and account numbers to use when paying their utility bills by computer or phone. This type of payment request isn't automatically rejected by utilities, making it appear that the utility accepted payment. But after a few days the fraudulent routing and account numbers are discovered and any payments are removed from the customers’ accounts.

National Fuel wants to remind customers that its employees carry company identification at all times. Customers should never give out personal information, including social security numbers and banking information, unless they know for sure who they are dealing with.

The danger to customers is twofold. Divulging personal information, including social security numbers, could lead to identity theft and a host of problems as the scammers open fraudulent bank or credit card accounts using the information. In addition, customers' utility bills could go unpaid, leading to late charges and potential disruption of utility service.

Customers are urged to alert police if they're approached about the scam.

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation is the Utility segment of National Fuel Gas Company, a diversified energy holding company that is engaged in a number of natural gas-related activities. The Utility provides natural gas service to approximately 216,000 customers in 13 counties throughout northwestern Pennsylvania. Additional information about National Fuel and its customer services is available at or by calling 1-800-365-3234.

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Ridgway Man Charged with Arson

A Ridgway man is facing charges for intentionally setting a house on fire in Johnsonburg back in 2008.

29-year-old Anthony Milliard was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of arson, one count each of reckless burning, felony criminal mischief and making a false insurance claim.

On December 4 of 2008 he allegedly poured a substantial amount of gasoline in the house at 115 First Avenue and ignited the fire, according to papers filed in District Judge Tony King’s office.

During a meeting with police in April he said the ignition “actually blew him off of the porch.”

Also during the meeting that Milliard requested he told police he started the fire at the request of his father, so he could collect insurance money for the loss.

His father, Francis Milliard, has not been charged.

Anthony is jailed on $25,000 bail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 25.

He is also facing a charge of simple assault for an alleged incident on Sunday.

Police say he hit 19-year-old Kelsey Stahli of Eldred several times while they were fighting along Long Level Road in Ridgway Township.

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NY Issues More Than 20,000 Tickets Since
Texting While Driving Ban Started

Authorities in New York State have issued more than 20,000 tickets to motorists in the first year under a tougher law against using handheld electronic devices while driving.

According to the governor's office, police issued four times as many tickets for texting while driving after it was made a primary traffic offense last July compared to the year before.

In Cattaraugus County the number went from 10 to 45. It Chautauqua County it went from 23 to 130.

Pennsylvania’s ban on texting while driving started in March.

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Shroyer Sentenced for Hammer Attack

The Derrick City man who hit another man in the head with a hammer 18 times will spend the next five to 12 years in state prison.

19-year-old Larry Shroyer Jr. pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for the January 2 attack on 56-year-old James White in the Hotel Holley.

Shroyer assaulted White during a drug deal when Shroyer tried to buy drugs from White. White wanted $80 but Shroyer only had $60 with him.

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Schiappa Pleads No Contest

The former Bradford Area High School employee accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student has pleaded no contest.

25-year-old Stephen Schiappa Jr. is charged with corruption of minors for having a consensual sexual relationship with the girl.

He will be sentenced August 9.

Schiappa worked as a general aide and assistant baseball coach before resigning in February when school officials learned of the allegations.

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Nephew Running for SNI President

Seneca Nation Council Chairman Richard Nephew has announced that his running for the nation’s presidency.

Current President Robert Odawi Porter endorsed Nephew and announced his own candidacy for nation treasurer.

Nephew is in his 14th year on Council, and has been elected to four consecutive four-year terms as Councilor from the Cattaraugus Territory.

The Seneca presidency is a two-year term that rotates years between the Cattaraugus and Allegany territory. The Seneca election will be held on November 6.

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Nine People Facing Charges

Nine people are facing charges following a four-month investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Curtis Short, Randy Cole, Donavon Austin and Tara Sirline all of Cuba, New York, are all charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Short is also charged with unlawfully growing cannabis.

Shariff James and Kellee Lewis, both of New Jersey, are each charged with theft and possession with intent to sell. Two 17-year-old girls are also facing charges. One is charged with theft and possession with intent to sell. The other is charged with trespass, and she is the only one of the nine who was not sent to jail.

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Soldiers Help Crash Victim

A Smethport man escaped injury when his Mack truck crashed on Route 59 at just after noon on Wednesday, and he got some help from some Good Samaritans in uniform.

Police say the truck driven by 51-year-old John Baker left the road, hit a guardrail and then went down a steep embankment and hit a tree.

US Army National Guard soldiers Specialists Beau Gross and Sean Davis and Privates First Class Robert Harper and Robert Micale travelling in a US Army vehicle stopped and rendered aid.

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Teen Seriously Hurt in One-Car Crash

A Stockton, New York, teenager was seriously injured in a one-car crash at about 2:15 this morning on Barnes Road in the Town of Stockton.

Sheriff’s deputies say 17-year-old Brenden Winder was traveling at a high rate of speed when his vehicle went off the road and hit a tree.

Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to get Winder out of the vehicle. He was taken by Starflight helicopter to UPMC Hamot.

Winder will be charged with driving while intoxicated, driving at an unreasonable speed, driving after 9 p.m. on a junior license and a couple of traffic violations.

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Sandusky Appeals Conviction

On the day that former FBI director Louis Freeh released his report on how Penn State officials handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Sandusky’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal, claiming Judge John Cleland worked against them.

Karl Rominger wrote that Cleland ordered defense counsel to reveal who they shared discovery materials with, which the filing described as being similar to forcing the defense to reveal its “thought process and/or strategies.”

He also said Cleland lacked the authority to retroactively impose such an order, and is an error because it does not require the attorney general's office to make the same disclosure. He also cites Cleland’s denial of continuance requests which, he says, deprived Sandusky of due process.

Sandusky was convicted last month on 45 criminal counts that he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years and is expected to be sentenced in September.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Catt County Meth Lab Shut Down

A Cattaraugus County meth lab has been shut down.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force, working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Buffalo, arrested 24-year-old Donald Johnson of Ischua and charged him with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Task force and DEA members seized lab equipment and items used in the production of meth from Johnson’s Yankee Hill Road home.

Johnson is in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail following his arraignment by Judge Stephen Riley in Town of Ischua Court. Additional arrests and charges, including federal charges, are pending the completion of the investigation.

The task force and DEA were assisted by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police K-9 Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET). Also assisting at the scene were Cattaraugus County Emergency Services Unit and members of the Ischua Volunteer Fire Department.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman was consulted during the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is urged to contact local police or the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force at 716-373-2773. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Update on Entertainment at Casinos

NIAGARA FALLS and SALAMANCA, NY – Seneca Casinos will make it an October to remember will an all-star lineup of entertainment. Coming to Seneca Niagara Events Center on Oct. 5 is GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award–winner Tony Bennett, followed by legendary female country singer Martina McBride on Oct. 6 at Seneca Allegany Events Center. Canadian icon Gino Vannelli will perform on three consecutive days at Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bear’s Den Showroom from Oct. 5 through 7, with 1980s rock band Asia coming the following weekend on Oct. 13.

Timeless, sophisticated and smooth: these are words that describe the masterful Tony Bennett, one of the all-time best singers of jazz and standards. He has earned 17 GRAMMY® Awards – including the Lifetime Achievement Award, two Emmy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and countless other accolades throughout his storied career. Bennett will perform his signature hits such as “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “Rags to Riches,” as well as classic standards such as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Tickets for Bennett’s Friday, Oct. 5, show at 8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Events Center start at $75 and go on sale Monday, July 16, at noon.

After a sensational sold-out performance in August 2011 at Seneca Niagara Events Center, Martina McBride returns to Seneca Casinos – this time to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, NY, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. The award-winning artist is the voice behind 24 Top 10 singles, including the recent Top 5 hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” and No. 1 hits such as “A Broken Wing,” “Wild Angels,” and “This One’s for the Girls.” Tickets start at $70 and go on sale Monday, July 16, at noon.

Singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli, a perennial favorite for guests at the intimate 440-seat Bear’s Den Showroom, returns from a successful two-day stint in 2011 to up the ante to three days this year. The Canadian sensation and multiple Juno Award winner will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, and conclude with a 7 p.m. show on Sunday, Oct. 7. Tickets for all three shows start at $55 and go on sale Saturday, July 14, at noon. Vannelli continues to delight audiences with hits such as “I Just Wanna Stop,” “Wild Horses” and “Living Inside Myself.”

1980s rock band Asia took the world by storm with their self-titled, No.1, multi-platinum debut album, which included enduring hits such as “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell.” All four original members reunited in 2006 and now come to the Bear’s Den Showroom as part of a 30th Anniversary Tour on Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets start at $65 and go on sale Saturday, July 30, at noon.

Tickets for all shows are available at Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Upcoming entertainment this summer and fall at Seneca Casinos includes:

Event / Date / Time / Venue / Starting Ticket Price

· Bette & Barry (Bette Midler / Barry Manilow tribute), July 14, 3 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $20

· Lonestar, July 14, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $35

· Bette & Barry (Bette Midler / Barry Manilow tribute), July 14, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $30

· Ann Hampton Callaway Presents the Streisand Songbook, July 20, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $45

· Lou Christie, July 21, 3 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $30

· Lou Christie, July 21, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $40

· July Dancing Show, July 21, 10:30 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center – for more info, contact the Seneca Casinos’ Asian Marketing Department at 716-501-2688

· Billy Currington, July 28, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $60

· Meat Loaf, July 29, 5 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $65

· Live from Las Vegas: Jay White as Neil Diamond, Aug. 4, 3 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $30

· Live from Las Vegas: Jay White as Neil Diamond, Aug. 4, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $40

· Rik Emmett, Aug. 10, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $45

· Joe Walsh, Aug. 11, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $65

· Larry the Cable Guy, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $60

· Larry the Cable Guy, Aug. 18, 10 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $60

· Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aug. 24, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $50

· Viva Santana (Carlos Santana tribute), Aug. 25, 3 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $30

· Viva Santana (Carlos Santana tribute), Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $40

· Trace Adkins, Aug. 26, 5 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $65

· Artie Lange & Nick DiPaolo, Sept. 1, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $40 (restricted to ages 18+ only)

· Great Big Sea, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $60

· Bachman & Turner, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $40

· Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, Sept. 15, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $50

· The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $50 (on sale July 30 at noon)

· Cheap Trick, Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $30

· A Country Music All-Star Tribute, Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $20

· A Country Music All-Star Tribute, Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $20

· A Country Music All-Star Tribute, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $20

· The Rippingtons, Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $25 (on sale Aug. 6 at noon)

· A Country Music All-Star Tribute, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $20

· The Rippingtons, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $35 (on sale Aug. 6 at noon)

· A Country Music All-Star Tribute, Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $20

· Tony Bennett, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, $75 (on sale July 16 at noon)

· Gino Vannelli, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $55 (on sale July 14 at noon)

· Martina McBride, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Events Center, $70 (on sale July 16 at noon)

· Gino Vannelli, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $55 (on sale July 14 at noon)

· Gino Vannelli, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $55 (on sale July 14 at noon)

· ASIA, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Seneca Niagara Casino Bear’s Den, $65 (on-sale July 30 at noon)

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Freeh Report: Paterno Concealed Facts

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh released his report this morning on the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

In a press release issued before the report itself, Freeh said that the university's president and football coach Joe Paterno "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large. Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims."

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Esther Sammons

Esther M Sammons, 90, of 220 Barbour St. Bradford, passed away Sunday, July 8th, at the Health Park Medical Center, in Fort Myers FL.

Born April 23, 1922 in Union City, PA she was a daughter of the late Edward and Mabel (Shreve) Mallick. She was a 1940 graduate of Union City High School.

On February 27, 1943 at Ft. Campbell KY, she married Charles D. Sammons, who died on November 27, 1991. They enjoyed retirement trips together throughout the USA and Hawaii.

Mrs. Sammons was a homemaker until her children were raised. Then she went to work in the Cafeteria for the Bradford Area School District retiring after 17 years of service.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoyed participating in the Esther Circle and Wimodausis. Esther volunteered at the Red Cross preparing Meals on Wheels and at the Friendship Table.

Surviving are two daughters; Marie (Frank) Caroselli, of Ft. Myers FL. and Ruth (Joe) Oleksa, of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers; Frank Mallick, and George Mallick, three sisters; Ruth Rooney, Mary Porter, and Dorothy Burger.

Family will be receiving friends Monday July 16, 2012 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 3:00pm with Rev. Gloriann E. Geib, Pastor of the Harmony/Scioto United Methodist Church and one of Esther's great nieces, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery with immediate family in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Howard Burkett

Howard Reynold Burkett, 86, of 423 Derrick Road, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at his residence surrounded by all of his children and his wife of 58 years.

Born in Bradford on September 13, 1925, he was a son of the late Florence (Wilson) and Howard David Burkett.

On April 3, 1954 in Reno, NV he married Sara "Sally" (Alexander) Burkett who survives.

A 1943 graduate of Bradford HIgh School, he attended The Pennsylvania State University and The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on August 30, 1943. He served in combat as an aircrew member during the Korean War. He was the Commander of the 449th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan. He was honorably discharged as a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force on August 31, 1970.

Up until his illness, he was a familiar face and took care of the accounting duties at the Fran Charles Shop.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Diane (David) Godfrey, of Bradford;

two sons Howard Reynold (Julie) Burkett of Irvine, CA and Jeffrey O'Hara (Nancy) Burkett of Hallstead, two sisters, Mary Gould of Jamestown, NY and Marjorie Buchanan of Olean, NY two brothers, Lafayette Burkett of Lake Jackson, TX and Robert Burkett of Cheyenne, WY; eight grandchildren; Howard D. Burkett, Michael B. Burkett, Jessica N. Burkett, Alexander D. Burkett; Justin Godfrey Joshua Godfrey Joel Godfrey and Josef Godfrey, six great grandchildren; Michaela, Bailey, Peyton, Chloe, and Samantha Burkett and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 PM, Thursday, July 12, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Avenue. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to BRMC Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Rep. Matt Gabler to Host
Vietnam Veterans Recognition Event

HARRISBURG – State Rep, Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) is planning an event to honor all residents of the 75th Legislative District who served during the Vietnam War Era, and is conducting a search for veterans from all branches of the Armed Services to recognize that day.

“We have a significant number of veterans in both Clearfield and Elk counties,” Gabler said. “As a country, we don’t give thanks often enough to those who served in war time, and this is an opportunity to do that to those who fought during the Vietnam War Era.”

Anyone who is a Vietnam War Era veteran, or knows someone who is, should contact one of Gabler’s district offices so pertinent information may be collected and invitations to the event may be sent. You may contact either Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688 or his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301.

The 75th district is comprised of all of Elk County, as well as, in Clearfield County, the City of DuBois, Troutville Borough and the townships of Brady, Huston, Sandy and Union.

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BACC Summer Soiree on July 18

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce announces its 5th Annual Summer Soiree to be held Wednesday, July 18th from 5:30-7:30pm at Heritage Suites, 139 Minard Run Road, Bradford.

The Summer Soiree is an adult networking event, open to the public, which will include hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Mascioni Catering. The menu will include: seafood jumbo with shrimp, scallops, and sausage; pulled pork BBQ with fresh rolls; grilled New York strip sandwiches with smoked mozzarella and caramelized onions; meatballs with roasted garlic and fresh rolls; grilled vegetable kebabs; and chilled artichoke salad with farfalle. Dessert will feature fresh strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream, angel cake tiramisu, and warm German chocolate cake with fruit. Refreshments are also included in the admission cost.

Live music will be provided for the evening by local favorite Take 3, and Heritage Suites will offer tours during the event. The Summer Soiree is an opportunity to socialize and network in a fun, casual atmosphere. There will be door prizes, and the drawing for the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce 200 Club raffle will be held at 6:30pm. There is a nominal admission fee of $15 per person.

Thank you to our 2012 Summer Soiree major sponsors: Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Dr. Green Lawn/Custom Turf of Salamanca, NY, and Heritage Suites of Bradford.

Reservations are appreciated. To RSVP or for more information, call the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-368-7115 or e-mail

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Man Charged for Open Lewdness

A Shinglehouse man has been charged with open lewdness in connection to an incident that happened on December 26 of last year.

22-year-old Benjamin Broscious was chatting with an 18-year-old boy from Potter County when Broscious made comments about the boy’s sexuality and allegedly sent a nude photo of himself.

Broscious is charged with misdemeanor counts of making false reports and open lewdness and a summary count of harassment.

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Elderly Man Charged with Larceny

A 74-year-old Mayville man is accused of shoplifting from a hardware store.

Sheriff’s deputies say they were called to the Mayville Hardware Store on South Erie Street and learned that Gordon Mattson took merchandise from the store without paying for it.

He was released on his own recognizance and was scheduled to appear in Town of Chautauqua Court.

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Port Allegany Teenager Facing Charges

A Port Allegany teenager is facing charges following an incident Wednesday afternoon on 720 East Valley Road in Keating Township.

The 17-year-old, who police did not name, is accused of going into the house, pushing an 18-year-old Smethport girl and 38-year-old Smethport woman, and threatening to do physical harm to a 32-year-old Smethport man.

The boy was told to leave the property but refused.

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Four Arrested on Drug Charges

Four Kane residents are in jail after being arrested on drug charges Wednesday following an investigation by the McKean County Drug Task Force, State Police and Kane Police.

27-year-old Travis Whipple, 45-year-old Virginia Milner, 31-year-old Terry Morton and 44-year-old Marlene Dyne were charged with a variety of offenses.

Whipple was charged with two felony counts of drug delivery and two misdemeanor counts of a controlled substance. on January 13 he allegedly sold heroine to a confidential informant with the task force. On February 15 he allegedly sold morphine to a confidential informant.

Milner was charged with two felony counts of drug delivery. She allegedly sold morphine to a confidential informant on February 8 and 11.

Morton was charged with one felony count of drug delivery. On January 30 he allegedly sold Suboxone pills to a confidential informant.

Dyne was charged with two felony counts of drug delivery. On October 13 she allegedly sold Xanax pills to a confidential informant. On October 27 she allegedly sold Vicodin pills to a confidential informant.

All four were arraigned by District Judge David Engman in Kane and were sent to McKean County Jail.

In a news release, District Attorney Ray Learn said his office "has received a number of complaints from concerned citizens and community leaders regarding drug activity in and around the Kane area. The arrests (Wednesday), along with other drug-related arrests over the past six months, are the result of stepped-up enforcement and information provided by concerned citizens."

"I commend the cooperation of all the law enforcement organizations in their efforts to keep our communities safe, and we will continue to aggressively target drug dealers in our neighborhoods," Learn said.

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Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

A Cattaraugus County man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for manufacturing marijuana.

51-year-old Dean Maynard of Mansfield, New York, was arrested in September of last year after agents in a US Border Patrol helicopter spotted 211 marijuana plants in a large garden in Mansfield.

During the execution of a search warrant at Maynard’s home, law enforcement officials recovered three rifles, a loaded shotgun, an undetermined amount of processed marijuana, drying marijuana plants in each of the bedrooms, and scales used for weighing and distribution.

Maynard’s son Brandon is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 9 in connection with the same incident.

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Truck Stolen from Well Site, Damaged

Someone stole a truck from a well site in Cameron County and did significant damage to it before abandoning the vehicle.

Police say someone went to a fenced-in area of the W Operating Company site in the May Hollow area sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning got into the truck, found the keys that were hidden inside and drove it to another well site, where they hit it with a number of objects and shot it with a firearm. They then drove it to another location, caused additional damage and abandoned it.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Trooper John Whitcomb or Trooper James Yoder at 814-486-3321.

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Two Arson Fires in St. Marys

State Police are investigating two arson fires in St. Marys driveways that happened Monday and Tuesday night.

The first happened at about 11:30 Monday night on North St. Marys Street when someone set fire to Michael Scolari’s Coleman camping trailer while it was parked in his driveway. Damage is estimated at $6,000.

The second happened at about 11:30 Tuesday night on Rettger Street when someone set fire to Marcia Salters car that was parked in her driveway.

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Olean Woman Allegedly Stole $62,000

An Olean woman is accused of stealing more than $62,000 by using credit cards that did not belong to her.

36-year-old Amy Buchanan allegedly used the Olean Family Health Center credit card between December of 2011 and January of this year to rack up about $36,000 worth sales. From November of 2011 to mid-March of this year she allegedly stole nearly $26,000 from Zia Sheikh by using his credit card for her personal use.

Sheriff’s deputies believe she also had three forged prescriptions that she used to defraud Rite Aid in Olean from December 23 to January 6.

She was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument, and then released on her own recognizance.

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Assault Charges Bound to Court

Assault charges against a 31-year-old Bradford man accused of assaulting a 73-year-old man have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Robert Denman Jr. and Martin Howard were barhopping on the night of June 2 and morning of June 3 when, after leaving the Hotel Holley, Denman allegedly punched Howard in the face three or four times. Later, at Denman’s home, he allegedly punched Howard a few more times.

Howard suffered several broken bones in his face and police say when they were interviewing him at BRMC his eye was swollen shut, his forehead was severely swollen and he had difficulty speaking.

Denman is jailed on $50,000 bail.

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Dr. Terry Hoover Dies at Age 65

Terrance J. Hoover, Ph.D., 65, of 65 Ann Lane, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Olean General Hospital.

Born September 24, 1946, in Clearfield, he was a son of the late Edna Mae (Smith) and John Claire Hoover.

On August 1, 1970 in the Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh, he married Linda J. (Popovich) Hoover, who survives.

A 1964 graduate of Curwensville High School, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1964. He then received a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1969 from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, also from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981.

He worked as a teacher and Assistant Principal at South Park Area Junior/Senior High School from 1968 until 1973. He then was the Assistant Principal at Indiana High School from 1973 until 1979. In 1979, he moved to Bradford with his family and was the Principal of School Street Junior High School until 1988, when he became the Principal of Floyd C. Fretz Middle School and worked at that capacity until his retirement in 2005.

From 1984 to 1995, Dr. Hoover coached wrestling in the Bradford Area School district having served as the Head Junior High coach for seven years and the Head Varsity Coach for four years. He also served as a PIAA wrestling coach for over 30 years.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District IX Committee for 19 years and served as chairman for four years. He was also a member of the State Board of Directors for the PIAA for four years

While at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hoover was a three-year letterman in wrestling and a two-year letterman in football. In 1968, he was named the Pitt News Athlete of the Year, and was the recipient of the Charles C. Hartwig Award, which was given annually to the Senior who had done the most to promote and sponsor the best interest of University athletics. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the PIAA District IX Wrestling coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons Sean (Ann) Hoover of Pittsburgh and Justin (Kristen) Hoover of North Huntingdon;a brother, Gary (Patty) Hoover, of Creekside; two sisters, Marianne Moore, of Clearfield; Janet Walters, of Clearfield; two grandchildren, Carly and Myles Hoover of Pittsburgh and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Christian Brendon Hoover on June 18, 1971.

Friends are invited to call from 3-5 & 7-9 PM, Friday, July 13, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., where funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, July 14, 2012 with Rev. Max Miller, Pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Learning Center, 90 Jackson Avenue or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fatal Crash in Elk County

A 23-year-old St. Marys woman is dead following a crash early this morning on Route 255 in the Village of Byrnedale.

Savannah Straub was a passenger in a car that crashed after it went out of control at about 2:50 a.m. and hit a tree, a guide rail and a bridge. She was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver, 24-year-old Brandon Weidow of Byrnedale, suffered moderate injuries and was flown to Altoona General Hospital for treatment.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Scenes from the Carnival

The carnival continues in the Bradford Mall parking lot through Saturday. It opens at 5 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Friday and at noon on Saturday.

WESB photos

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Gov. Corbett Supports Route 219 Project

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett on Tuesday thanked Congressman Bill Shuster of Hollidaysburg for his leadership in making sure language to fund Route 219 in Somerset County, was included in the recently passed federal transportation bill.

“I certainly share Congressman Shuster’s enthusiasm in making this project happen and I pledge to do all I can to help Route 219 be completed as soon as possible,” Corbett said. “Congressman Shuster and I know how important a four-lane, limited access Route 219 will be for the economy of Somerset County and the entire Southern Alleghenies Region.”

“Completing Route 219 has long been one of my highest priorities in Congress. This critical north-south route will open the door to greater economic development and a higher standard of living for everyone in central Pennsylvania. Including toll credits language in the transportation bill removed a barrier that has been standing in the way of completing Route 219 for too long,” Shuster said.

The old transportation funding mix for this project would have been 80 percent federal, 20 percent state. Language changes advocated by Shuster and successfully included in the transportation bill signed into law by the president last week, changes the formula to 100 percent federal.

With the project already under design, PennDOT will move ahead with the $160 million earthwork portion of the project south of Somerset. That portion could be bid late this year or early next year. The total project cost will be about $300 million.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing, Selling Metal

A Steamburg man has pleaded guilty to breaking into camps along the Allegany River stealing metal and selling it for scrap.

In September and October of 2010 54-year-old Ward Wheeler stole items in the Coldspring and South Valley areas, mostly along the Route 280 river bank, then sold the items for scrap. In April of that year Wheeler allegedly stole a pontoon boat and dock system from a camp site, cut it up and sold it at a local scrap yard.

Wheeler will be sentenced on September 24.

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Three in Court on Drug Charges

Three people appeared in Cattaraugus County this week on drug charges.

Bridgette Steiner of Olean was sentenced to six months in jail for selling a narcotic preparation in Olean on December 18, 2010.

Lacy Davis pleaded guilty to attempting to sell a narcotic preparation in Olean on October 28 and November 4 of 2010. She will be sentenced October 22.

Kate Ventimiglia of Salamanca pleaded not guilty to selling hydrocodone in Salamanca on August 9 of last year. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

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Troopers Investigating Man's Death

State police are investigating the death of a 63-year-old Kersey man.

The man, who they did not identify, was driving his vehicle on Route 948 about 2 miles west of Route 255 in Fox Township at about 8 o’clock last night when the car drifted off the road and onto private property.

The man was taken to Elk Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead. Troopers say it appears the man died of natural causes and there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.

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Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy Offering
New Audio Guide Tours Starting in August

JAMESTOWN, NY – The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy is excited to announce that new audio guide tours will be launching in its dual museum attraction during Lucy Fest, August 1st-5th.

The new audio guide tours, which will be narrated by Lucie Arnaz, were made possible thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, matching funds from the Lucy Desi Center, and the generous collaborative production efforts of Desilu, Too and exhibit designer David Weiss.

“I wrote a grant to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, matched it with an investment of our own, and commissioned renowned exhibit producer David Weiss,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy. “He visited and said, 'It's got to be Lucie.' [Arnaz] and author Elisabeth Edwards got involved and brought the story together in a way that made it exponentially more special and insightful."

In addition to narrating the audio tour guides, Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will be the musical host at a showcase of some of the hottest rising comedians, including Tammy Pescatelli, on Friday, August 3rd at this year’s festival. Coincidentally, Arnaz's father, Desi Arnaz, was the first-ever to be both host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live in 1976.

"This gem of an attraction and the fans who visit it from all over the world were deserving of an update to the experience,” Gunderson said.

Tickets are now on sale at

Production and installation of the new audio tour has been overseen by David Weiss, whose credits include the world-touring "Harry Potter" and "Chronicles of Narnia" exhibitions, "Jurassic Park: Singapore," and NASA's "Space: A Journey to Our Future" among other educational, immersive and entertaining experiences in museums, theme parks and destinations world-wide. Weiss frequently works with Jack Rouse Associates, one of the most well-known exhibit design studios in the world.

The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Desilu Studios are open 7 days a week, Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Museum Meet and Greet Reception with Lucie Arnaz

For a tax-deductible donation of $100, fans and supporters can enjoy the unique opportunity to attend a reception with Lucie Arnaz held in the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum immediately following the Friday, Aug. 3 evening show. The Lucy Desi Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The reception will begin at 10:30pm at 10 W 3rd St, and tickets are available at 716.484.0800 or

Be a Part of Festival History

The Lucy Desi Center will be capturing memories from the past 20 years of festivals as part of its developing festivals exhibit and archival process. Were you one of the 916 Lucy Ricardos in the Guinness World Record set on Lucille Ball's 100th birthday? Have you been attending festivals in Jamestown since the beginning? Did you meet Doris Singleton, or laugh with Ellen DeGeneres? A video recording set and interviewer will be set up and booked by appointment during the five days of the festival in Jamestown August 1-5.

To be included, email a brief summary of your festival participation (include years attended and keep under 250 words) to with "Festival History" in the Subject line. Include best contact phone number, full name, and days you will be in town during the Festival.

About The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, or “Lucy Fest,” embodies Ball’s vision for her hometown legacy: a celebration of the comedic arts held annually on the weekend closest to her birth date, August 6th. This year’s festival runs August 1st-5th and features performances by Paula Poundstone, Lucie Arnaz, Story Pirates, Billy Gardell from CBS’s Mike & Molly, and much more. Visit for more information and tickets.

This year also features the debut of comedic workshops in the areas of improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up. Registration for youth and adults is now open and space is limited to 15 spots per class. Call JCC’s Carnahan Center at (716)338-1005 to enroll today, and visit for more information. Accommodations are available.

According to an economic impact study conducted by Buffalo firm Paradigm Economics and commissioned by the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the 2011 five-day festival saw 13,000 in attendance and had a direct impact of $3.6 million on Chautauqua County.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is the first pillar in a four-pillar Legacy of Laughter vision for the organization, including a comedic arts education program, comedy film festival and the establishment of the first national comedy museum and hall of fame.

The mission of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts.

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PennDOT Seeks Driver Feedback
Through Online Safety Survey

Harrisburg – PennDOT is asking Pennsylvania motorists to help the department monitor its highway safety efforts by sharing their opinions on traffic safety enforcement and driving behaviors through an online survey available through July 27 at

The 22-question survey focuses on highway safety issues, including seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide their gender, age and ZIP code.

More than 3,500 people responded to last year’s survey. Last year’s notable results included that, in the previous 60 days, nearly 77 percent of respondents had not driven a motor vehicle within two hours after consuming alcoholic beverages. Also, 93 percent of drivers indicated they used a seat belt all or most of the time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires states to conduct this survey annually.

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OSHA Announces Summer ‘Construction
Incident Prevention Initiative’

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a no-notice “Construction Incident Prevention Initiative” campaign this summer to curb construction fatalities. Compliance officers will focus enforcement efforts on construction sites covered by OSHA’s Erie Area Office, which includes Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

The initiative is designed to identify and eliminate safety and health hazards at construction sites to prevent injuries and fatalities resulting from the four leading causes of incidents: falls, struck-by/crushing events, electrocutions and caught-in-between events. The initiative also will target health hazards involving silica, lead and hexavalent chromium, and will draw on OSHA’s national campaigns to prevent fall hazards at construction sites and heat illness among outdoor workers.

During campaign periods, OSHA sends all of its compliance officers into the field to conduct immediate inspections when unsafe working conditions involving the four leading causes of incidents are observed at construction sites. On-site outreach also is provided to encourage employers to continue good work when it is observed.

“Despite its high fatality rate, construction can be a safe occupation when employers and workers are aware of the hazards and use an effective safety and health program,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s acting regional administrator in Philadelphia. “The increased presence of our compliance officers and the immediate inspections conducted in response to unsafe scaffolds, fall risks, trenches and other construction hazards should help to prevent work site fatalities.”

OSHA’s Philadelphia Region, which includes Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, had a total of 43 fatalities in fiscal years 2011 and 2012, with 18 attributed to falls. The initiative will be conducted from June through September.

In April, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a national campaign to provide employers and workers with lifesaving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs in an effort to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers across the United States were injured as a result of falling while working from heights, and more than 250 workers were killed. OSHA’s fall prevention campaign was developed in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. More information on fall protection standards is available in English and Spanish at

OSHA also is conducting a national outreach campaign this summer to educate both employers and workers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and death are preventable. More information on heat prevention is available at

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s Erie Area Office at (814) 833-5758 or the agency’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).

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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbings

A Jamestown man accused of stabbing three people in Olean back in January has pleaded not guilty in Cattaraugus County Court.

23-year-old Emanuel Mendez Ortiz allegedly stabbed the people on January 21 outside the Dugout Sports Bar.

A grand jury indicted him on three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. The case has been adjourned for motions.

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Woman Dies in Mobile Home Fire

A Hinsdale woman is dead after fire swept through her home on Tuesday.

73-year-old Yolanda Bell died in the Lockwood Trailer Park. Neighbors say they heard some kind of explosion, and then saw flames shooting out the windows.

The incident is under investigation.

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Hunter Who Hit School Bus Found Guilty

The Randolph, New York, hunter whose gunshot hit a school bus full of children in November has been found guilty on all counts.

A jury convicted William Squire of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and environmental conservation charges. Squire fired his gun across a highway and hit a school bus. No one was hurt, but the bullet just missed the school bus driver.

Squire will be sentenced in September.

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