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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cops: Woman Let Toddler
Wander the Streets Alone -- Again

For the second time this month a Chautauqua County woman has been charged after letting a child wander the streets of Mayville.

At around 9:15 this morning sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a lost child wandering on East Chautauqua Avenue. They found the child and the mother, 21-year-old Clarissa Dickey, and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child.

Back on July 5 her 3-year-old was found wandering alone in the neighborhood at 10:30 a.m. and again later that day.

Dickey will appear in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date to answer both charges.

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Sunday Events in Bradford, Olean

To hear about the Community Trail Walk in Bradford go here.

100.1 The Hero's Scott Douglas will be broadcasting live from Pitt-Bradford starting at 1 p.m. Be there!

To hear about Taste of Olean and Art in the Park go here.

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Bona Hoops Stars at the Olympics

LONDON – St. Bonaventure University will be represented by at least one, and possibly two, former student-athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which officially got underway Friday evening with the Opening Ceremony.

Stef Collins, a 2006 graduate, will play for Great Britain women’s basketball team, while Ogo Adeboye, a 2011 grad, enters the Olympic Games as the first reserve for the Great Britain men’s basketball team.

Collins was named the 2001-02 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after leading all A-10 first-year players with 11.1 points per game. In her junior season she was named to the A-10 Third Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team. She followed that up with an A-10 Honorable Mention selection in her senior campaign.

The Montour Falls, N.Y. native, who is expected to start at point guard for GB, scored 1,421 points in her career, which now ranks ninth all-time in program history. She also sits third all-time in 3-pointers made with 288, behind only Suzie Dailer (291) and Jessica Jenkins (338).

Her professional career has been based entirely in the UK, playing for two Welsh clubs in the English Basketball League. She first played with the Rhondda Rebels during the 2006-07 season and has since been with the UWIC Archers.

Collins is one of just three remaining players from the first Great Britain women’s basketball team that took the court in 2006. She has made 75 appearances with the national team which ranks first among any GB player (male or female). She scored an international career-high 25 points against Ukraine in 2007. This will be the first time that Great Britain has been represented in women’s basketball at the Olympics.

Adeboye, a guard who was the last cut from the final roster because the coaching staff wanted to add more size to the team, made the preliminary Olympic roster in April before it was trimmed to 12 earlier this month.

In his two seasons as a Bonnie from 2009-2011, Adegboye saw playing time in all 31 games of each season, had an average 3-point shooting percentage of 36.6 and averaged 9 points per game for a total of 559.

Adegboye led the country his senior year in minutes played per game (39.0) and the Bonnies in assists per game (4.0).

Also during his senior season, Adegboye was named A-10 Co-Player of the Week (Dec. 6, 2011) and NetScouts Basketball International Player of the Week (Feb. 21, 2011).

The GB women’s team gets its Games underway on Saturday when Collins and her squad face Australia at 5 p.m. The men’s GB team begins play on Sunday against Russia at 3 p.m.

For updates on both players and their respective teams throughout the Olympic Games, click any of the links at the top of this release. and our social media outlets will also have updates throughout the 17-day event.

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Penelec Update -- 11 A.M.

About 2,400 Penelec customers in McKean County are still without power after Thursday’s storm. 200 of those are in the Lewis Run area ; 800 are in the Smethport and Port Allegany areas.

Penelec says most power should be restored between 11 p.m. and midnight Sunday, with the rest restored by Monday morning.

In Potter County, 1,500 Penelec customers are still without power; Elk County, 1,400; Cameron County, 300; Jefferson, 1,600; and Forest, 900. Penelec expects most power in those areas to be restored by this evening.

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Men Accused of Stealing Engines

Two men are accused of stealing a couple of engines from Clarendon.

Police say 35-year-old Burdette Thomas of Sheffield, and a 40-year-old man they have not named yet, took the engines to Jamestown and sold them as scrap for $150.

Thomas is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft. He is free on his own recognizance and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 22.

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Tornado Confirmed in Coudersport

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Coudersport Thursday.

More than 2100 customers in Potter County are still without power, and Penelec hopes to have it restored Sunday evening.

In McKean County, where more than 2,400 customers are still without power, the storm was a microburst, which is characterized by straight line winds.

200 of the customers without power are in the Lewis Run area. Penelec expects to have power restored by late Sunday night.

No serious storm-related injuries have been reported in McKean County, but in Potter County 66-year-old Linda Button of Andover, New York, was killed by a falling tree at a campground in Genesee Township.

About 3,500 customers in Elk, Cameron and Forest counties are still without power as well. Penelec expects to have most power there restored by this evening.

In Chemung and Steuben counties in New York, three tornadoes touched down Thursday.
The first hit near Southwest Corning at around 3:30. The second was near South Corning at 3:45. The third hit Elmira at 4 p.m., and spread damage over 10 miles.

No serious injuries were reported.

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Woman Hurt in Hit and Run

Police in St. Marys are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that hit and injured a woman who was standing near the side of the road early this morning.

At 3:15 in the 700 block of Washington Street 21-year-old Natasha Schmitz was hit by the truck, which drove away.

Schmitz was taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Health Center, then transferred to Altoona General Hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.

The truck is a late model Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sienna with damage to the passenger side headlight assembly and passenger side mirror.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact St. Marys City Police.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Two in Custody for Home Invasion


Two Bradford men are in jail for allegedly breaking into a South Avenue home and stealing a Fentanyl patch off a woman’s arm.

27-year-old Tyler Sherman and 39-year-old Richard Cavallero II are accused of going to the home at just after 10 o’clock Thursday night, knocking on the door and saying they were “Bradford Police.”

Court records say the woman was suspicious so she went to the door to peek out and see who was outside, when Sherman broke the door open, pushed his way in, grabbed the woman, put a knife to her throat and screamed at her, telling her to hand over her prescription for morphine patches.

The woman said she didn’t have a prescription, and only had the patch on her arm. Sherman ripped the patch from her arm, took her phone and ran away.

Witnesses told police they saw the suspect drive away on West Corydon Street in a red pickup truck. One witness got the license plate number of the truck, which is registered to Cavallero’s father.

Sherman is charged with four counts of robbery, one count of burglary and one count of criminal trespass, all felonies. He’s jailed on $250,000 bail. Cavallero is charged with felony counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery and criminal trespass. He is in jail on $150,000 bail.

UPDATE: Charges have been filed against Richard J. Cavallero II (felony counts of conspiracy to committ burglary, robbery, criminal trespass) and Tyler Sherman (4 counts of robbery, one count of burglary and one count of criminal trespass -- all felonies.) Cavallero in jail on $150,000 bail. Sherman has not been arraigned yet.

Two suspects are in custody for a home invasion and burglary on South Avenue Thursday night.

City police say they are continuing their investigation and expect to file charges tonight.

Chief Chris Lucco says more information will be released when the investigation is complete.

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Storm Victim Name Released

Authorities have released the name of the woman who died in Potter County during Thursday's powerful and destructive storms.

Coroner Kevin Dusenbury says 66-year-old Linda Button of Andover, New York, died when a tree fell on her in Genesee Township, Potter County. State police say they expect to release more information later today.

Charles Cole Open; Some Health Centers,
Departments Closed

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is operational with the use of its generator system.

However, the following Cole community health centers and departments are closed today-- Smethport, Central Potter, Galeton and Westfield as well as the following Coudersport offices: The Patterson Cancer Center, Wellness Center, Champion Orthopedics, and Women’s Health Dept. Patients will be called to reschedule today's appointments. The Express Care unit at Cole Memorial Hospital will be open during its normal hours from 4-8 p.m.

Until electricity is restored to the Coudersport area, local residents that require electric nebulizer or oxygen services may visit Cole Memorial Hospital for care. (Please use the E.R. entrance after 9 p.m.)

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Man Jailed for Making Mushrooms

An Allegany County man is accused of manufacturing and selling hallucinogenic mushrooms.

20-year-old Scott Hope Jr. was arrested after sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his Friendship home. They found two bins of mushrooms, half a pound of dried mushrooms, 12 Mason jars of liquid needed to manufacture the mushrooms, along with marijuana, drug paraphernalia, three shotguns, a rifle and illegal fireworks.

Hope is jailed on $25,000 bail.

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One-Car Crash Leads to Charges

A Clymer, New York, man is hospitalized and facing charges following a one-vehicle crash Thursday night in Clymer.

22-year-old Nicholas Weitschat was on Clymer Center Road when his car went off the road, rolled over an embankment and came to rest on its roof in a gully.

Weitschat was taken by ambulance to WCA Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. He’s charged with driving while intoxicated, and sheriff’s deputies say he will be facing additional charges.

Deputies say his passenger, 18-year-old Sheldon Harper was able to walk away from the crash with only a scratch.

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Stabbing Suspect Jailed

A man who police believe stabbed a man early Sunday morning in Jamestown was picked up by Pennsylvania State Police on Monday.

20-year-old Alexander Jewell of Jamestown allegedly stabbed a 27-year-old man in the abdomen at 3 a.m. Sunday on North Main Street in Jamestown. The victim is still being treated at UPMC Hamot.

Jewell was picked up as a fugitive from justice on an arrest warrant for first-degree felony assault He is being held in the Venango County Jail until his extradition hearing.

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It Might be a While ...

More than 10,000 Penelec customers in McKean, Potter and Elk counties alone are without power as of 9:30 a.m.

In Cameron, Tioga, Warren, Forest and Jefferson counties more than 7,300 customers are without power.

Most of the state -- except the Philadelphia area and a small portion of the east/central portion -- has power outages to some extent.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for Chemung County, allowing New York State to better coordinate and respond with local governments to the widespread damage caused by a line of severe thunderstorms that caused possible tornadoes, winds in excess of 60 miles per hours, and hail over one inch in diameter.

A tornado was confirmed in Elmira.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Storm Damage in Smethport


Potter Co. Woman Dies in Storm

Go to for the story.

EAS Discussed During Local Forum

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch attended a forum in Bradford this morning concerning transportation issues in the state. Other issues were discussed as well with Senators Joe Scarnati and John Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and State Representative Marty Causer.

ARG Resources President Harvey Golubock said, although it’s federally funded, he wanted to hear their thoughts about the Essential Air Service Program.

“We struggle here at the airport trying to maintain the Essential Air Service,” Golubock said. “I’d like to know what your thoughts are on the support and how we can ensure continued EAS for our Bradford airport because it’s critical to the growth of our infrastructure here.”

Scarnati said nothing irks him more than having to play a “game” with the federal government on whether they are going to continue funding the EAS program.

“I think that whether it’s airports, whether it’s hospitals, whether it’s schools – if the federal government’s intent is to close the airport then tell us you want to close it. Don’t put us out there on the vine to wither and die for decades only to get to the same result,” he said.

“Either they’re for funding our airports adequately – making sure we have air service in the rural areas -- or they’re not,” he said. “But inadequate funding isn’t a solution. And we have inadequate funding right now from the feds. It’s inadequate.”

Scarnati says if the federal government thinks Bradford and other rural communities are not worthy of an airport “just cut the cord for us and let us go our own way and figure it out.”

Instead, he said, they keep reducing funding and making that funding contingent upon attainable goals for flights, passengers and services.

Rafferty, who has five rural airports in his Senate district, agreed that the federal government is constantly playing games with regional airports.

He said Bradford Regional is “a vital cog to the economic development of this area, not just from a business standpoint but from an education standpoint.”

He said it’s important for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to get students, educators and speakers in and out.

He suggested area residents “twist the arms” of federal legislators on the EAS issue.

“It’s not just a club for people with planes to fly in an out,” he said. “It is really an opportunity to make a connection through the whole Commonwealth."

Although Rafferty drove from Montgomery County for the forum, he said he has flown in and out of Bradford Regional Airport.

“I met Tullah Hanley at Bradford airport,” he said, smiling. “That’s one of my claims to fame.”

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Man Accused of Assault,
Causing Ruckus at Hotel Holley

A Bradford man is accused of assaulting several people and damaging property at the Hotel Holley early this morning.

Jeffery Morton allegedly pushed an elderly handicapped man to the ground; punched another man in face multiple times; and punched other man in the head and face.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office one man saw Morton assaulting a woman in the hallway and went to help her when Morton punched him in the face, breaking multiple bones in his face. The victim had to be taken to a trauma center for treatment.

A second man went to help the first man when Morton allegedly punched him, causing swelling on the side of his head.

Morton also allegedly threw a bar stool at the bartender, nearly hitting her and destroying the cash register.

Police say when they got to the bar area of the Holley it was “in total disarray,” and that’s when they saw the elderly, handicapped man who had to use a cane, attempting to get up off the floor.

The court papers say the bartender “appeared extremely upset and distraught.” She Morton left the bar for a short time and, when he came back, she told him it was closed. That’s when he picked up the bar stool and threw it at her. He then began yelling and threatening everyone inside the bar.

He was gone before police arrived but they found him in a car on Williams Street, where he allegedly had marijuana with him. In the police station he allegedly destroyed a chair by smashing it against the cell door, then tried to pry the fencing on the door open with the broken chair legs.

Morton is charged with one felony count each of criminal attempt at aggravated assault and aggravated assault; four misdemeanor counts of simple assault; as well as disorderly conduct, harassment, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and institutional vandalism.

He is in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Storm Coverage ....

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A severe thunderstorm made its way east across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties in New York as well.

There was a mandatory evacuation for tent campers at Allegany State Park. Campers were offered refuge in the administration building or a refund for today.

Tree down on a house in Port Allegany

Transformer fire near Keystone Powdered Metal in Lewis Run

Power lines down on Bloomster Hollow in Sergeant Township

Detour around Route 646 in Aiken -- Rew to Farmers Valley to Smethport -- because of trees blocking the road

Big 30 practice -- for both PA & NY -- is cancelled tonight because closed roads are making it impossible for some players to get to the practice.

Also, Lewis Run Bingo is closed because trees are blocking roads there.

Numerous trees and power lines are down throughout McKean County. Some of the major roads affected are Route 219 just north of Tack’s Inn, routes 770 and 59 and Rock City Hill.

Trees are also down in Cyclone, Gifford, Otto Township and, in Smethport, a tree is down on a building, and roads are affected in Smethport as well.

Near Petrowax in Keating Township a utility pole is leaning into the road.

Some of the downed trees caused fires in the power lines.

As the storm was rolling in ...

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Transportation Forum in Bradford

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch is in Bradford today for a transportation forum. Also attending the forum were Senator John Rafferty, chairman of the Senate transportation committee, Senator Joe Scarnati and State Rep. Marty Causer.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

United Way Seeks Projects for
Second Annual Live United Day of Action

United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is seeking project applications for the 2nd annual Live United Day of Action on September 22nd.

The Day of Action is a community wide volunteer day where people from all walks of the community will join together to advance the common good on issues of education, income, and health. A “Better Bradford Clean-up”, “Stuff the Truck Supply-Drive," and “First Chapter” children’s playgroup are scheduled.

All sponsorship money for this event will be invested back into the local community.

Agencies are encouraged to submit an application for any project needed to be done at their location. Projects could range from cleaning carpets, to putting a fresh coat of paint on walls, to other acts of good will. Applications are due Wednesday, August 1 and agencies will be notified of approval by Monday, August 6th.

Applications, for both agency projects and volunteers, and details about the day are available at or you can contact the United Way office at 814-368-6181.

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Do You Know Your Citizens' Wilderness Proposal?

Pictured are Kyle Hannon, left, from U.S. Senator Bob Casey's Erie office; and Dr. Ron Simonsen, right, lifelong Warren resident and longtime member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Allegheny Wilderness.

Can you identify which proposed area from the Citizens' Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest Kyle and Ron are standing in in the attached photo? The first person to answer correctly will win four free tickets to any 2012 home game for the Jamestown Jammers minor league baseball team! (Home games run through the first week of September, including during Labor Day weekend.)

Post your answer at:

(Posting in the blog comments won't do you any good. If I had Jammers tickets I'd be using them myself.)

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County Treasurer at Senior Center

McKean County Acting Treasurer Mary Jo Sherwood has announced that she will be accepting payments for BRADFORD CITY'S COUNTY taxes at the Bradford Senior Center at 60 Campus Drive, Bradford PA on July 30, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sherwood will be at the Bradford Senior Center on the first Monday of every month starting in August 2012. For anyone who is making installment payments, the final payment is due no later than July 31st.

Bradford City taxpayers who have not yet paid their 2012 county real estate and per capita taxes may pay them on-line by going to the county web site at . Taxes may also be paid by mail. The 2012 taxes must be paid by December 31 or they will be delinquent and turned over to the county tax claim bureau. Payments of 2012 taxes postmarked by December 31 will not be considered delinquent.

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Bill to Audit Federal Reserve Passes House

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, which requires more comprehensive audits of the United States Federal Reserve by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

“As the Federal Reserve has increasingly inserted itself into the economic and fiscal policies of the country, it is more important than ever that Congress and the American people have access to a full and transparent account of its policy decisions. Providing for audits promotes much needed transparency that the Federal Reserve System has historically lacked. I want to thank Representative Ron Paul for his tireless efforts to promote transparency in government and for bringing this important issue to the forefront of the nation’s attention.”

Thompson was an original cosponsor to H.R. 459, which was introduced by Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) on January 26, 2011. The measure passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 327-98.

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Red Cross Holding Mini Golf Outing

The McKean-Potter Counties American Red will be holding its First Annual Mini-Golf Outing at Gary’s Putter Golf & Jiffy Pup, located at 156 Cherry Springs Rd. Coudersport, PA, on August 5th, 2012. The family friendly event is set to start at 10:00 a.m. and run until 2:00 p.m.

The event is for teams of two people and includes two rounds of golf, lunch, ice cream and awards. Registration forms and details can be found at the chapter’s website at or by calling the Red Cross office.

Proceeds from the event go to support the chapter’s disaster services fund. This past fiscal year, the chapter provided over $18,000 in disaster assistance to individuals displaced by home fires and similar emergencies. Each year the chapter holds various events to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Red Cross is able to respond when disasters strike.

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Lane Restriction Near Derrick City

Bradford –PennDOT has placed lane restrictions on a bridge on Route 646 in Foster Township in order to make repairs. The bridge spans Pennbrook Run about a mile north of the Olean Road intersection.

In order for PennDOT McKean County Maintenance to make the beam repairs, the bridge was restricted to one lane today. Self-regulating stop signs are enforcing an alternating traffic pattern.

Work is expected to last through September, depending on weather. Drivers are reminded to proceed through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

The bridge was built in 1930. It is 32 feet long and carries an average of almost 1,500 vehicles per day.

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Warren Woman Shot; Man Jailed

A Warren man is in jail and a woman is hospitalized in serious condition after a shooting incident Tuesday night.

53-year-old Michael Fisher of Conewango Township is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of attempted involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. His bail is set at $75,000.

The victim, Toby Janean Weiss, is being treated at UPMC Hamot.

Sheriff’s deputies say the incident happened in an apartment on Jackson Run Road, and they are still investigating.

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Boat Overturns on Chautauqua Lake

A sailboat capsized in Chautauqua Lake late Tuesday afternoon, and two people were taken to the hospital after being rescued.

The Chautauqua County Navigation Patrol was called to the scene near North Harmony at about 5 p.m. The owner of the boat, 65-year-old Richard Gould of Jamestown, helped in righting the boat and towing it to Long Point State Park Marina.

Abby Gould and Carly Gould, who are both 21, were taken to WCA Hospital for evaluation.

The sheriff’s office says it appears the boat capsized because of extremely high winds and rough water.

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10th Annual Senior Expo is August 3

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will host the 10th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Aug. 3, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Building gymnasium.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

“There are many programs and services available to help senior citizens and their caregivers, but it can be difficult and time-consuming to track down all of the necessary information,” Causer said. “The expo makes it easier and more convenient by bringing service providers and senior citizens together in one place.

“I encourage people to come out and take advantage of this opportunity,” he added.

State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

A second expo will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Roulette Fire Hall in Roulette.

For more information about the senior expo in Bradford, contact Causer’s Bradford district office at (814) 362-4400. For the expo in Roulette, contact Causer’s Coudersport office at (814) 274-9769. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

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Talisman Energy Fined for
Not Reporting Safety Information

A Canadian gas drilling company is paying more than $62,000 in fines for not filing safety information about hazardous chemicals stored at sites in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says in a news release that Talisman Energy USA discovered the violations at 52 gas drilling sites and reported them to the agency. The EPA says Talisman, corrected the violations quickly.

EPA says compliance with these requirements is important for the health and safety of facility occupants and first responders in the event of discharge or accidental exposure to hazardous chemicals. The required information also provides valuable information to emergency planners.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Father, Son Arrested for Arson

A father and son from Ridgway are charged with arson – and the father is also charged with attempted homicide – in connection to two Elk County fires.

54-year-old Francis “Tony” Milliard was picked today on felony arrest warrants for multiple counts of arson, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person relating to the May 30 fire at the Ridgway home of 69-year-old Pauline Smith, who suffered minor injuries in the blaze.

29-year-old Anthony Milliard was also charged in that case.

They were also charged in connection to a fire on December 4, 2008, in Johnsonburg.

Anthony Milliard 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.

The attempted homicide charged stems from an incident on Elk Avenue in Ridgway on June 23, 2011.

Both men are in Elk County Prison.

No other arrests have been made in connection with the recent string of arson fires in the county.

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Downtown Business Owners Bring
Frustration to City Council

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It’s time for the taxpaying citizens to start having some control of our city again.

Steve Cavallaro made that statement to Bradford City Council on behalf of himself and several other downtown business owners who are fed up with loitering, bad language, bicycle and skateboard riding on sidewalks, and other types of bad behavior.

Cavallaro of Cavallaro Paint and Decorating; Kathy Obermeyer of Real Living Avista Properties; Todd Hennard, owner of the Main Street Mercantile and other buildings; and Nancy Graham, owner of The Tin Ceiling Gift Shoppe, presented council with a proposal that they hope would transfer control back to the business owners and their customers.

“We don’t even feel like we have any control over what’s going on downtown, yet we’re the ones paying the lion’s share …” he said, adding that they would like to see more police foot patrols, and enforce the ordinances that are already in the books.

“It’s getting ridiculous with kids on the bicycles, the skateboarders up and down the street all day long --- loitering in doorways of businesses …”

"It’s getting to the point where you feel you can’t do anything nice anymore without your property being violated or getting told to -- ‘go jump in the lake’ is a nice way of putting it,” he said.

Cavallaro, Obermeyer, Hennard and Graham did all say they appreciated the work the police department is doing; they are just hoping for more of a presence on Main Street.

Cavallaro added that they just want to get “our sidewalks and streets under control.”

And if the police have to impose fines?

“Hey, it’s more revenue for the city,” he said, adding that he’d rather see those people get a fine rather than one of his patrons get a parking ticket for parking in front of his store.

Obermeyer said, “I can’t even describe what’s going on anymore. It is just absolutely pathetic.”

She said she’s not just speaking for herself.

“This is a conversation I’ve had over and over and over again with people who live in this community,” she said, adding “It’s not knocking the police station in any form.”

Hennard said he was out of town Friday and when he drove back into town he quickly went from being happy to being embarrassed.

He was happy that the hotels were filled and Bradford drew such a crowd for the events over the weekend. But he was embarrassed by the antics he saw downtown – people screaming at each other, stumbling down the street with open beer cans, whipping pop bottles against buildings.

“We don’t have the answers,” he said. “We’re coming to you saying, ‘What can be done?’ We’re at our wit’s end.”

Graham said she’s had customers come into her store asking what’s happening on Main Street.

“They don’t understand just the presence of all the crazy people on Main Street,” she said.

“We’re fed up,” Graham said. “Penalize a few of them. Give a few of them a fine, and I think word will get out.”

After the business people, and a few others, spoke on the issue, Mayor Tom Riel said there are concerns about Main Street but he said council cannot address many of those concerns.

“You can’t regulate the F-word on Main Street. You can’t regulate somebody who has too many tattoos – or they’re too cheap or they’re too ugly or the image on the tattoo. You can’t … pass an ordinance to require a certain amount of dental care that someone might have. You can’t regulate strollers. The Supreme Court makes it almost impossible to prosecute somebody for loitering,” Riel said.

He said Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Director Ron Orris is leading an effort to have surveillance cameras installed on Main Street, the side streets and alley ways. Riel suggested that concerned citizens contribute to that effort.

Police Chief Chris Lucco, who is in favor of the surveillance cameras, said, “The bigger problem is the caliber of people. We can’t do much about that.”

“If they know they are being watched, they’re less likely to misbehave and if they can’t be there misbehaving, they might not be there,” Lucco said.

He also encouraged people to contribute to the surveillance camera effort.

Listen here. (includes a discussion about tattoos/tattoo parlors)

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Downtown Business Owners Bring
Frustration to City Council

It’s time for the taxpaying citizens to start having some control of our city again.

Steve Cavallaro made that statement to Bradford City Council on behalf of himself and several other downtown business owners who are fed up with loitering, bad language, bicycle and skateboard riding on sidewalks, and other types of bad behavior.

Cavallaro of Cavallaro Paint and Decorating; Kathy Obermeyer of Real Living Avista Properties; Todd Hennard, owner of the Main Street Mercantile and other buildings; and Nancy Graham, owner of The Tin Ceiling Gift Shoppe, presented council with a proposal that they hope would transfer control back to the business owners and their customers.

“We don’t even feel have like we have any control over what’s going on downtown, yet we’re the ones paying the lion’s share …” he said, adding that they would like to see more police foot patrols, and enforce the ordinances that are already in the books.

“It’s getting ridiculous with kids on the bicycles, the skateboarders up and down the street all day long --- loitering in doorways of businesses …”

"It’s getting to the point where you feel you can’t do anything nice anymore without your property being violated or getting told to -- ‘go jump in the lake’ is a nice way of putting it,” he said.

Cavallaro, Obermeyer, Hennard and Graham did all say they appreciated the work the police department is doing, they are just hoping for more of a presence on Main Street.

The full story is coming soon.

Young: Inland Waterway Designation
Will Help with Economic Development

OLEAN, NY – Opportunities for economic development, job growth and waterfront revitalization are increasing with the addition of the Allegheny River and the Cattaraugus Creek to New York State’s list of Designated Inland Waterways.

State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) sponsored legislation that was signed last week by Governor Cuomo designating both bodies of water as official inland waterways. With the additions to the list, communities on these bodies of water are now eligible to apply for grants through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and other similar programs.

“Many municipalities were established near rivers and other waterways for the beauty and practicality of the location. Communities continue to look for job growth, economic development and tourism opportunities through waterfront revitalization, and it is especially important to provide them with the necessary tools in these challenging economic times,” said Senator

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I – Gowanda), the sponsor of the bill in the State Assembly, described the importance of this law for economic development and tourism in the region. "The designation will make areas along the water eligible to compete for funding to improve the
Southern Tier region. I am proud to have passed the legislation on behalf of our local communities in Cattaraugus County and all of the Southern Tier," said Assemblyman Giglio.

The need to add the Allegheny River and Cattaraugus Creek to the list of state inland waterways was identified by Jeffrey Davis, Recreation Area Manager for the Onoville Marina, in a letter to Senator Young. He noted that despite being a navigable body of water according to the federal government, the Allegheny River, as well as the Cattaraugus Creek, was not on the state’s list of inland waterways. “It opens avenues for communities on these bodies of water to apply for these programs,” said Davis, speaking about the new law.

Heather McKeever, Mayor of the Village of Gowanda, described how it is important for rural communities to pursue future redevelopment along their waterways, thereby encouraging tourism and increasing economic benefits to the municipalities. “We are grateful to Senator Young for her continuing support and effort to provide the Village of Gowanda and surrounding areas with the ability to pursue various grant-funding opportunities not previously available without this legislation,” said Mayor McKeever.

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Carla Zandi Shamblen

Carla Zandi Shamblen, 45, of 6940 Scenic Pointe Place, Manassas, VA, formerly of Bradford, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012 at her residence.

Born July 21, 1967 in Erie she was the daughter of Carl P. and Bunny (Ciccarelli) Zandi.

On June 14, 2003 in Fredericksburg, VA she married Douglas D. Shamblen who survives.

Carla was a 1985 graduate of Bradford Central Christian High School and a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with an Associate Degree in Visual Communications.

She worked for 20 years at BoatUS as a creative director and received several APEX awards for her design work at BoatUS Magazine. She was an advocate for cancer survivors in the Washington area and was to receive the Kristen Martinez Warrior of the Year Award from the Tigerlily Foundation in October.

In addition to her parents and husband is one son, Nicolas A. Piscitelli of Manassas, VA, two brothers, Bob (Ann) Zandi, of Rineyville, KY, and Scott (Leann) Zandi, of Slippery Rock, paternal grandmother, Theresa Zandi of Bradford, father-in-law Jim (Becky) Shamblen of Hampton, VA, and mother-in-law, Carole (Wiley) Waters of Seaford, VA, three aunts, Reda (Steve) Giordano, her Godmother of Kane, Mary Ann (Vince) McGavisk of Dansville, NY and Kathleen Mascia of Florida, two uncles, Vince Ciccarelli, her Godfather of Bradford and Robert (Betty) Ciccarelli of Strasburg, one niece, seven nephews and several cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 27, 2012, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, July 28th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Leo J. Gallina, Retired Pastor as Celebrant. Mausoleum entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Young Survival Coalition at or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Emma Murphey-Sherwin

Emma Murphey-Sherwin, 82, of 16 Edwards Street, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Born April 5, 1930, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Rizzuti) Maletta.

On July 21, 1956 in St. Bernard Church, she married Gerard H. Murphey, who passed away September 18, 1998. On November 30, 2002, she married Bruce Sherwin, who survives.

A 1949 graduate of Bradford Senior High School, she was employed by the former Super Duper and A&P grocery stores. She also worked for National City Bank, from where she retired in 1995.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, where she served on the Parish Council and belonged to The Catholic Women's Club. She was a member of the LaStella Auxiliary, The Senior Swimming Group and was a volunteer for the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary at Heartstrings Gift Shop.

In addition to her husband Bruce, she is survived by three sons, Steven (Marcia) Murphey, Joseph Murphey and David (Jody) Murphey all of Bradford; three daughters, Cindy Cavallero, Mariann (Rich) Kahle and Catherine (Jeff) Gabel, all of Bradford; one step son Jeff (Karen) Sherwin of Bradford; six grandchildren, Jessica, Rachelle, Kayla, Brett, Lauryn and Laney; three step grandchildren, Kate, Christopher and Josh; a sister-in-law, Barb Maletta and two nephews, Ritch Maynard and Edward Maletta.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Dominic Maletta and two sisters, Mary Maletta and Fran Maynard.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday July 26, 2012 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, East Main St., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 am Friday July 27, 2012 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, Pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Bradford Catholic School System or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Man Charged wtih Having Synthetic Drugs

An investigation into the possession and distribution of synthetic marijuana at a Cameron County business has led to the arrest of an Emporium man.

Police started their investigation in November at Embassy Powdered Metals in Emporium. Today, they charged 29-year-old Adam Goldsmith with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 23.

The ban on synthetic marijuana and bath salts in Pennsylvania went into effect about a year ago.

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Woman Indicted for Bank Robbery

A grand jury has handed up an indictment charging a Mayville, New York, woman with robbing the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union back in April.

35-year-old Jennifer Gens is accused of going into the bank in Clymer on April 17, handing a teller a note demanding money and indicating that she had a gun. She got away on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

She was arraigned on a charged of third-degree robbery and is jailed on $75,000 cash bail.

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Casey Urges Faster Action to Stop
Asian Carp from Entering Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior urging the agency to quicken and strengthen its efforts to prevent Asian carp from wreaking havoc on the ecosystem of the Great Lakes and the jobs and economic footprint Lake Erie has on Northwest Pennsylvania.

Senator Casey’s letter comes after the announcement that Asian carp DNA was recently discovered in samples taken from Lake Erie last year.

“The discovery of Asian carp DNA in Lake Erie is a worrisome development and a strong call for action,” said Senator Casey. “To protect jobs and the economy of Northwest Pennsylvania, the Department of the Interior must step up its efforts to prevent a disastrous infestation of this invasive fish.”

The coastal region of Lake Erie supports $1.2 million Pennsylvania jobs, Senator Casey wrote in his letter to Secretary Ken Salazar, and Pennsylvania’s fishing industry contributes $1.6 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Senator Casey has been a leader in the effort to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Erie, recently pushing for a law to require the speedy creation of an action plan to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through a number of rivers and tributaries.

Senator Casey has also pushed the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency to crack down on the smuggling of live Asian carp into Canada from the United States, a practice that could put the ecosystem of Lake Erie and the jobs and economic activity that depend on a healthy lake at risk.

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Traveling on the Allegheny

Here are more pictures, provided by Commonwealth Media Services, from the first day of Governor Tom Corbett's three-day kayak tour of western Pennsylvania.

Pictured, First Lady Susan Corbett makes her way down the Allegheny River near West Hickory, PA; Aboard the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, the Governor and First Lady had their State Park Passports officially stamped at the nation's only remaining, operating on-train post office. The Corbetts visited Oil Creek State Park and the Drake Well Museum during their three-day kayak tour.

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