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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Parking Restrictions on School Street

No parking will be allowed on School Street between North Center and McClellan streets from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday of next week.

The parking restrictions will be in place while sidewalk reconstruction is going on in the area.

Vehicles parked in the area will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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PGC Seeks Info on Poached Deer

Two deer carcasses were dumped at the edge of field in Keating Township on Monday, and the state game commission is trying to find out who did it.

They say an adult doe and an adult buck were shot in the head, and some of the meat was removed from both of them. The antlers were also taken from the buck.

The animals were found at the edge of a field along the West Valley Road about a mile and a half south of Irish Hollow.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the game commission. A reward is possible.

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Man Ffacing Charges After Crash

A Franklinville, New York, man is facing charges for allegedly running from police after a hit and run crash early Friday morning on Route 155 near Route 120 in Cameron County.

Police say 26-year-old Brandon Cole fell asleep at the wheel of his SUV, causing it to leave the road and hit a road sign and a utility pole. Cole then drove away from the scene.

A witness called police, who saw the SUV pull into a driveway on West Fourth Street in Emporium. Cole got out of the vehicle and ran away but, after a short foot chase, police caught up with him and charged him with DUI, resisting arrest and traffic violations.

He’s free on $2,500 bail.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

A Freedom, New York, man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud for running a scam to defraud his employer.

34-year-old Nicholas Polcz created a shell company while working at Ziphany Company in April 2010. He told Ziphany that the shell company would provide wireless services, while telling Ziphany’s actual provider to forward all future bills to the shell company.

Using this scheme, Polcz was able to charge Ziphany a higher amount than the wireless services cost, paying the provider and keeping the extra for himself. In all, prosecutors say he scammed the company out of $28,000.

Polcz is scheduled for sentencing in November and could face up to 20 years in prison.

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Jury Finds Man Innocent of Assault

A jury has found a Salamanca man not guilty of assaulting another man outside the Dudley Hotel last August.

After the four-day trial, the jury deliberated for two hours before finding 31-year-old Douglas Farnham not guilty of ambushing and seriously injuring 39-year-old David Jacobson.

Cattaraugus County Public Defender Mark Williams successfully argued that it was Jacobson who ambushed Farnham, and Farnham acted in self-defense. Testimony from several eye-witnesses collaborated Farnham’s account of the events that happened at around 2:15 a.m. on August 7 of last year.

Read Williams' news release:

A Cattaraugus County Jury today of seven women and five men found Douglas Farnham, 31, of Salamanca, NY, not guilty of two counts of felony assault 2nd after deliberating for about 2 hours. It had been alleged that Mr. Farnham assaulted Salamanca resident David Jacobson, age 39, on August 7, 2011, at approximately 2:15 a.m. outside the Dudley Hotel in Salamanca. Mr. Jacobson suffered fractures to his jaw in two places and his eye socket, requiring treatment at Olean General Hospital and at ECMC in Buffalo. The prosecution claimed that Mr. Farnham had waited in ambush outside the hotel for Mr. Jacobson after the two men had argued in the hotel bar. The defense argued that it was Mr. Farnham that was ambushed by Mr. Jacobson and that Mr. Farnham acted in self-defense. The four day trial was presided over by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein.

Mr. Farnham, represented by Cattaraugus County Public Defender Mark S. Williams, immediately thanked and vigorously shook the hand of Investigator Mark A. Cunningham, who was standing next to him as the verdict was announced by the jury foreman. Mr. Farnham personally thanked each of the 12 jurors and 2 alternates minutes later outside of the second floor jury room. Had he been convicted of the charges, he would have faced a mandatory prison sentence of up to seven years.

The incident was reported to the Salamanca Police by Mr. Jacobson’s then fiancé, Marlene Pierce, by telephone from Olean General Hospital. The matter was further investigated by LT Paul Myers, SPD, who took statements from Mr. Jacobson and Ms. Piece on August 8, 2011. At the trial it was revealed that the Salamanca Police Department lost the initial statements in the file. Eight days later on August 16, 2011, new statements were taken from the complainant and his fiance and two days later, statements were taken from three other witnesses. A warrant was issued for Mr. Farnham’s arrest on August 24, 2011. Mr. Farnham turned himself in to the police on September 2, 2011, when he was arraigned in Salamanca City Court and released on bail. The prosecution presented testimony from Dr. Richard Hall of ECMC, Jacobson’s treating physician, Mr. Jacobson, his former fiance, two close family friends of Jacobson’s and Michael Wilson, who testified that his wife broke up the fight. Unexpectedly, Mr. Wilson, during his cross-examination by Public Defender Mark Williams, revealed that he had seen the complainant Jacobson leave the hotel about ten to fifteen minutes before the defendant, countering the prosecution’s theory that Farnham had ambushed Jacobson. First Assistant District Attorney John Luzier attempted to get Mr. Wilson to change his version of events but was unsuccessful. The defense presented testimony from three employees of the Dudley Hotel including the bartender on duty that night, the bouncer at the bar and a hotel clerk who also worked in the bar that night. Several others also testified countering allegations that they had “helped” in the alleged assault. The defendant did not testify. The defense witnesses testified to their actions to try to keep the men separated and how Mr. Farnham stayed after the bar closed so as to not be outside after Mr. Jacobson left the bar. A friend of Farnham’s testified that he went to the bar to pick up Farnham after receiving a call about possible trouble, but was unable to retrieve him because Jacobson and several friends were outside the hotel waiting for him. The bartender on duty that night testified how he took Mr. Farnham outside at about 2:15 a.m. for a cigarette, fifteen minutes after Jacobson left. He went on to say that Jacobson almost immediately came at the defendant and threw a punch at him. He described how Farnham threw one punch at Jacobson which caught Jacobson in the face and caused Jacobson to move backwards and then fall. He stated that Farnham then started walking away from the scene when Jacobson got up and ran at Farnham and swung at him again. He described that after Farnham hit Jacobson in defense a second time that Jacobson again tried to attack Farnham.

The jury was charged after closing arguments where Mr. Williams pointed out the testimony of Mr. Wilson and several others who were credible eye-witnesses and who supported Mr. Farnham’s claim of self-defense. He was followed by Mr. Luzier who urged the jury to look at the serious injuries suffered by Mr. Jacobson and the other witnesses who supported Mr. Jacobson’s claims.

“I want to thank the members of the jury for their service,” stated Mr. Williams. “It is difficult for fourteen people (12 jurors and 2 alternates) to give up nearly a week of their summer to sit in a courtroom and pay close attention to a criminal trial. Fortunately, these folks did just that and rendered the verdict we were confident they would after hearing all of the evidence. Mr. Luzier tried a good case but the facts just weren’t on his side.”

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

A Dunkirk man has been sentenced to 70 years in federal prison for possessing and producing child pornography.

32-year-old Roger Luczkowiak had nearly 600 images of child pornography and more than 80 videos when police seized his home computer in June of last year. Some of the images and two of the videos were of Luczkowiak and a 6-year-old victim.

If he is ever released from prison he will be under federal supervision for the rest of this life.

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Give Blood, (Possibly) Win Disney Trip

The Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania is holding its biggest promotion in years during the hardest month of the year for the blood supply.

Through August 31 everyone who comes to give blood with the Community Blood Bank can enter to win a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando! This trip is valued at $4,000 and includes airfare, hotel stay at a Disney hotel and four Park-Hopper tickets to Disney parks for four people!

The Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive on Monday August 20th from noon to 4pm at the Mount Jewitt Health Center.

The Community Blood Bank is also holding a blood drive on Tuesday, August 21st from 11am to 6pm at the Holy Redeemer Church on Pennsylvania Avenue in Warren. No appointment is needed

"Hakuna Matata! A safe blood supply means No Worries," said Dan Desrochers, Director of Marketing at the blood bank. "Make the Community Blood Bank the second happiest place on earth by giving blood!"

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Clarion Students Create Art by the Book

Clarion University Special Libraries Association's student chapter will have a Book-Based Designz display and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 20 to Sept. 7, in Gemmell Student Complex.

The students will offer an assortment of book-based décor - books that have been repurposed into lamps, vases, bookmobiles, book safes, shelves and more - perfect for dorms and apartments.

"Many of the books which were used to create the artwork would have been otherwise discarded, so the fundraiser incorporates the values of both recycling and artistry," said Michael Widdersheim, a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Library Science program at Clarion University and SLA president. "We scheduled the fundraiser during first-year orientation and move-in so that students could find items for dorms and apartments, and also so that parents could view our display. We hope this event not only helps support our student organization, but that it also inspires others to repurpose their libraries in new and creative ways."

Special libraries include corporate libraries, government or military libraries, law libraries, art or music libraries, science or medical libraries, and special collections or archives. Special Libraries Association is an international organization which provides support and development opportunities for information professionals working in these environments. The Clarion student chapter of SLA provides a forum for students interested in special librarianship, provides students with networking and professional development opportunities, and educates members of the Clarion campus about special librarianship. During the 2011-2012 school year, Clarion's SLA student chapter had about 50 members.

For information about Book-Based Designz or SLA, email Widdersheim at

Provided by Clarion University

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Boy Rescued After Fall from Bridge

Bradford City firefighters were called to a land rescue at the Mechanic Street Bridge this morning.

At about 11:15 a boy was either playing or on his bike and fell off the bridge and into the edge of the water.

Captain Eric Taylor says firefighters used a Stokes basket and Tower One to hoist him out.

The road was closed for a just over half an hour during the rescue effort.

Taylor could not provide any further information on the child or his condition because of privacy laws.

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Corbett Signs Three Execution Warrants

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett has signed execution warrants for three men, each of whom were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

Terry Ray Chamberlain, Andre Staton and David Richard Ramtahal are scheduled to be executed in October. They are incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene.

Terry Ray Chamberlain, 60, was found guilty of breaking into the home of his estranged wife, Sherri Chamberlain, and her boyfriend, Greg Inman, on Aug. 22, 1991, where he shot each of them multiple times, including an execution-style shot to the head.

A neighbor testified that on the morning of the murders, Mrs. Chamberlain telephoned her home, saying she and Inman had been shot, asking her to call an ambulance and identifying the gunman as Chamberlain. The neighbor’s husband arrived at the home and found the pair dead. A Bradford County jury convicted Chamberlain of two counts of first-degree murder and returned two death sentences on May 13, 1994.

Chamberlain is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 9.

Andre Staton, 49, was found guilty of stabbing to death his former girlfriend, Beverly Yohn, despite a protection from abuse order against him. One of the victim’s sons testified that, on the morning of Feb. 25, 2004, Staton kicked in the locked back door of their home, entered the kitchen, pulled out a knife and began stabbing his mother until she fell on the floor. Yohn died of multiple stab wounds to the heart and left jugular vein. A Blair County jury convicted Staton of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to death on May 3, 2006.

Staton is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 10.

David Richard Ramtahal, 28, was found guilty of shooting another man, Jarrett Osborne, as he ran to escape an attempted armed robbery. On Nov. 15, 2006, Ramtahal and another man, carrying guns and covering their faces, approached three men, their intended victims, who were standing on a street corner. Hearing the robbers, the three men fled. Ramtahal fired a shot, wounding Osborne initially, but the bullet traveled through his pelvis and severed an artery, causing high volume blood loss. An ambulance was called, but Osborne was pronounced dead in
the hospital emergency room.

Ramtahal, who is also serving a life sentence for an unrelated murder in 2007, was sentenced to death in Bucks County Court on May 18, 2009. His accomplice in the Osborne killing pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 12-to-24 years in state prison.

Ramtahal is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 11.

With these warrants, which were signed Thursday, Corbett has now signed 19 execution warrants.

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Motorcycle Crashes, Burns

A man is facing charges after a crash that destroyed his motorcycle early this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say 60-year-old David Gordon of Findley Lake, New York, was on Route 430 in the Town of Mina at 12:40 a.m. when his bike crashed and caught on fire.

Gordon has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

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Man Jailed for Domestic Incident

A Brocton, New York, man is in jail for allegedly choking a woman during a domestic incident early this morning in Brocton.

Sheriff’s deputies say 30-year-old Brian Trask also pushed the victim through a glass door.

Trask is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment. His bail is $1,500 cash.

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Chapman Pleads Guilty to Escape

Accused rapist Joseph Chapman of Emporium pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to an escape charge.

The 28-year-old walked away from the McKean County Jail in July of 2007 and spent nearly five years on the run. He was arrested on May 20 near Dunkirk, New York, after a TV viewer recognized him on the show “America's Most Wanted.”

He was originally in jail after being charged with raping a seven-year-old and eight-year-old girl in Cameron County.

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Man Falls From Roof, Dies

A 43-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, man died after falling at a Titusville plant Thursday afternoon.

Crawford County Coroner Scott Schnell says Mark Allen Whitley fell about 30 feet from a roof at International Waxes when he was removing beams from the roof and one of them gave way. Schnell says Whitley removed his fall protector so he could move to a new position.

Whitley was taken to Titusville Area Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

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Man Who Set Fire to Tree Stand
While He was in it Pleads Guilty

The man who set a tree stand on fire while he was in it during a police chase has pleaded guilty to a number of charges.

The incidents started after a woman confronted Jacob Richards of Grand Valley about using bath salts, after he spend more than a day pounding and sawing in his bedroom. He fired a shotgun inside the house and, after the woman called police, he set items inside the house on fire and escaped through a hole he cut in the floor.

Police chased him through the woods for a couple of hours until they found him in the tree stand.

The district attorney’s office withdrew charges of arson and flight to avoid apprehension. He is scheduling for sentencing on October 1 on charges of persons not to possess firearms, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Search for Smith Turns Up Nothing

About a dozen agencies searched near Emporium today for accused kidnapper Thomas Smith, but did not find him.

Police have been looking for the 58-year-old Cameron County resident since last Wednesday when he allegedly kidnapped a woman at gunpoint. She was able to get away.

Searchers looked in the Whittimore Hill and Norwich Hill areas for about six hours. Two state police cadaver dogs were on the scene because police believe it’s possible Smith committed suicide.

Police say they will continue the search.

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CCMH Gets Threee State Health Awards

COUDERSPORT, PA (August 16, 2012) Cole Memorial is the proud recipient of three prestigious state health awards for successful initiatives to improve the quality and safety of care for their patients and a special citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. An awards ceremony to celebrate these achievements was held today at the hospital with approximately 100 community members, healthcare representatives, hospital employees and board members in attendance.

This year, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) received 81 Achievement Award applications from hospitals across the state of which 17 awardees were selected among the most innovative and creative in the health care field. Cole Memorial was the recipient of two of those awards.

HAP President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan presented both awards during Cole Memorial’s event starting with the 2012 Achievement Award for Operational Excellence from HAP for “A Small Hospital’s Emergency Department Transformation of Culture to Improve Patient Satisfaction.” Cole Memorial’s Director of Emergency Services Emily Bunnell accepted the trophy on behalf of the Cole Memorial Emergency Services team’s ability to bridge the gap between community needs and health care by providing positive patient experiences that were reflected in substantial improvements in the department’s Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores.

The second award-winning initiative, “A Hospital’s Approach to Care Transitions and Hospital Readmissions” received the 2012 Achievement Award for Patient Care in recognition of Cole Memorial’s formation of a care transition committee that included community health partners which closed the gaps in planning and inconsistent communications during patient care transitions. The results -- opportunities in terms of adverse outcomes avoidance, reduction of hospital readmissions, enhanced efficiencies and a better value for patients.

“Cole Memorial’s initiatives are examples of the commitment to their patients, communities and employees,” said HAP President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan. “I am remarkably proud of you and to be part of today’s celebration with such innovative and dedicated healthcare professionals.”

Cole Memorial’s award entries attracted national attention from healthcare organizations and publications. The Cole Memorial care transitions model is the subject of an article to appear in the September edition of Hospital Case Management magazine. In addition, Cynthia Hardesty, VP of Clinical Operations and CNO and Bonnie Kratzer, director of Care Management and Home Health & Hospice at Cole Memorial were one out of six teams selected to present at the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Quality and Clinical Conference at Seattle, Washington in July 2012.

Cynthia Hardesty, VP of Clinical Operations and CNO at Cole Memorial said, “Our staff should be extremely proud of these achievements. The competition for these awards is extremely high so to win two HAP awards is an outstanding achievement and is a testament to the commitment and efforts of our staff to high-quality patient care and safety.”

The Hospital’s employees also received accolades from Owen Simwale, MPH, Influenza Field Surveillance Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for achieving a vaccination rate of 96% participation during the 2011-12 influenza season. Dr. Simwale presented a Certificate of Excellence to Jamie Evens, director of Human Resources at Cole Memorial and congratulated their entire staff for being one of three hospitals in central Pennsylvania and the only one in the state’s western region to achieve this high percentage of coverage.

Cole Memorial was also lauded by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a special citation for the hospital’s adherence to the highest standards of service, contributions to the well-being of their communities and ultimately to all citizens of the Commonwealth. The honorary certificate was sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer and hand-delivered at the awards ceremony by Legislative Aide Suzan Paisley.

“These awards recognize how teams from the community and our hospital can come together to share a common goal in offering improvements for patients’ safety and their overall healthcare experience,” said Cole Memorial’s President and CEO Ed Pitchford. “I am so proud of our organization and its accomplishments. I congratulate the entire Cole Memorial team for their commitment to provide award-winning healthcare in the communities we serve and thank all of them for making our system a great place to be well or return to health.”

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and its ten rural health centers serve approximately 60,000 residents within a 65-mile service area including Potter, Cameron, McKean and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and New York’s southern tier. For more information, visit

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Pitt Band at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band for its annual pre-season camp Aug. 17 to Aug. 21.

This will be the 24th year that the band will hold practice sessions in Bradford and the 17th year that the band will be led by Jack Anderson, band director.

Practices during the band’s stay will be open to the public. Daytime practices are held on the soccer field along Campus Drive, on the field in front of Hanley Library or in Swarts Hall or Blaisdell Hall.

Each evening at dusk, the band relocates to the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The public is welcome to attend these evening rehearsals.

This is the 101st season of performing for the Pitt band, which has about 260 members.

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Delevan Health Center Grand Opening

Olean General Hospital’s newest health center celebrated a grand opening today. The region’s newest health care facility will begin treating patients on Monday, August 20. The new $1.4 million health center, located in the Delavan Plaza at 38 North Main Street (Route 16), Delevan, NY, will offer primary care and dental services to residents in and around northern Cattaraugus County.

“Improving access to essential care is a priority and a commitment of Olean General Hospital”, said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Olean General Hospital. “The Delevan Health Center delivers the convenience of close-to-home care in a new, modern and comfortable setting.”

The new center is located in the Town of Yorkshire, identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as both a medically underserved area and a dental professional shortage area. “When we considered this opportunity it was clear to us that placing a health center with both primary care and dental services in the Village Delevan Health would respond to these delivery system deficits and significantly improve access to basic healthcare services for area residents. Mr. Finan said.

The Delevan Health Center occupies 7,500 square feet in the Delevan Plaza. Approximately 5,316 square feet has been reconstructed to create the center’s primary care and dental services areas, leaving just over 2,000 square feet for future use.

Pictured, Ron Mornelli, COO, Olean General Hospital; Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO, Olean General Hospital; Marcia Spencer, Town Supervisor, Yorkshire; Elizabeth Printup, NP; and Gregory McCraith, DDS

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Judge Orders Cegila to Hand Over Letter
Reportedly Saying Contract is a Fraud

A federal judge today ordered Paul Ceglia to hand over a confidential letter that may support Facebook’s claim that he is a fraud.

The Wellsville man claims he signed a contract in 2003 with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that gives him part ownership in the multi-billion dollar company.

The letter in question is from one of Ceglia’s former lawyers to another now-former lawyer reportedly telling him Ceglia’s contract with Zuckerberg is a fraud, and that’s why he was withdrawing from the case. Ceglia is on his fourth set of lawyers in the case.

The judge today also fined Cegila and his current lawyer another $1,000 for not handing the letter over sooner. Ceglia is already facing tens-of-thousands of dollars in fines for contempt of court.

A lawyer for Facebook says, “It’s bad enough that Ceglia is perpetuating a massive fraud on the court. His ongoing contempt makes is all the more reprehensible.”

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Police Looking for Stolen Pickup Truck

Someone stole a pickup truck from Bolivar Drive sometime between 11 o’clock last night and 6 o’clock this morning.

Bradford City Police say the 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 has a license plate of ZMB5593. The extended cab truck is maroon over silver with a cap over the bed, and had a Miller 302 Trail Blazer welder in the bed.

Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact City of Bradford Police or use the City of Bradford tip line.

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Arrest Made in Pitt Bomb Threat Case

A 64-year-old man from Ireland has been charged with emailing dozens of bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh.

Adam Stuart Busby of Dublin has been charged with sending more than 40 emails targeting the University between March 30 and April 21. The threats forced more than 100 evacuations at Pitt’s Oakland campus, and one at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Busby faces 17 counts of wire fraud, 16 counts of maliciously conveying false information in the form of bomb threats and two counts of international extortion.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced the charges alongside FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Douglas Perdue and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg during a news conference at FBI headquarters this afternoon.

Busby is also charged with threatening Hickton and claiming bombs had been placed at courthouses in Pittsburgh, Erie and Johnstown on June 20 and 21.

24-year-old Alexander Waterland of Loveland, Ohio, and 26-year-old Brett Hudson of Hillsboro, Ohio, have also been indicted on charges they engaged in a conspiracy targeting Pitt with interstate threats between April 25 and May 23. Investigators said they claimed to be associated with the computer-hacking group “Anonymous.”

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Police Still Searching for Thomas Smith

Police in Cameron County are still searching for Thomas Smith, and are looking into the possibility that he killed himself.

Endeavor News is reporting on its Facebook page that police received a report of a gunshot fired where a person may have seen Smith last week. Cadaver dogs have been called in to follow up on that lead.

Police have searched property of many of Smith’s relatives but did not say what, if anything, they found.

Smith is accused of kidnapping at woman at gunpoint last Wednesday afternoon. The woman was able to get away.

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Edward Chandler

Edward C. Chandler, 78, of 876 W. Washington St. Bradford, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born April 28, 1934 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Edward S. and Rachel (Simpier) Chandler. He was 1952 graduate of Bradford High School.

On July 8,1961 in Bradford he married Sandra V. (Peterson) Chandler who survives him.

Mr. Chandler enlisted with the U.S. Army on October 2, 1956 and served in Germany, he was honorably discharged October 2, 1958.

Upon returning from the service he worked at Airco Speer, Boise Cascade, at Zippo as a Security Guard and delivery person for Ott & McHenry. He also served as a Loan officer for the Bradford Area Credit Union for many years. Ed held various offices for the American Legion Post #108 and was a member of the Marche Club.

Edward is survived by his wife of 51 years, along with a son, Edward A. (Stephanie) Chandler of Kane, a daughter, Tracey (Dan) Byers of Erie and a sister, Gloria Coffman Sweeney of Derrick City and one granson Matthew Chandler. Several nieces and nephews, including Allena Swanson and Victoria Swanson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Bonna Hostutler.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 17, 2012 from 3-5 & 7-9pm. at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, August 18th with Pastor William Waterman of the Tabor Luther Church of Kane officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to or PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Tabor Luthern Church Youth Group.

Online condolences may be made at

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United Way 2012 Campaign Begins

United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2012 appeal has officially begun, with a theme of “Live United.”

Chairing this year’s campaign are Steve Cottillion of Northwest Savings Bank, Christine Minich of Zippo Manufacturing Company, and Karen Costello-Pecht of Control Chief Corporation. “With the community behind the United Way, we believe we can accomplish anything. Karen, Chris and I look forward to working with our wonderful and caring community to help everyone Live United!” said Cottillion.

The annual campaign, which runs from August 15 through December 15, has a goal of securing pledges from the community through workplace campaigns and individual contributions that benefit the local United Way’s 18 affiliated agencies and 39 programs in the areas of education, income, health and rebuilding lives. The local staff and volunteers will spend the next four months soliciting the community, especially by the use of the workplace campaign presentations. Speakers from partner agencies are eager to present and speak to the community.

United Way officials have again set the goal at $330,000, which was raised from last year’s goal of $325,000. “We are enthusiastic about this year’s campaign and confident that the Bradford community’s generosity will allow us to reach our goal. Along with our annual events and workplace presentations, we have some new ideas that we hope will bring in new donors from the community,” said United Way Executive Director, Megan Minich.

The community is encouraged to help celebrate this year’s campaign at the 14th annual pig roast/clam bake, which is scheduled for September 6 at the West Branch Community Center. Tickets are $30 per person, and include a buffet dinner, draft beer, cash bar, 50/50 raffles and live music. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets online at or by calling the United Way office at 814.368.6181.

To go along with the “LIVE UNITED” theme is the 2nd annual “Day of Action” on September 22. The Day of Action is a community wide volunteer day where individuals from all walks of the community will join together to advance the common good on issues of education, income, and health. Approximately 200 volunteers are needed and encouraged to visit the United Way’s website to learn how they can lend a helping hand.

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. To learn more about the United Way, visit the website at

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Pair Facing Charges After Fatal Crash

A Dunkirk woman and a teenager are facing charges in connection to a fatal crash last month on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Jessica Mann originally told them 16-year-old Paul Williams was driving the car that turned in front of a motorcycle operated by 53-year-old Charles Phillips of Derby on July 21. But their investigation revealed that Mann was actually driving.

Phillips died at Lakeshore Hospital.

Mann and Williams are both charged with providing a false written statement, obstructing governmental administration and conspiracy. She was also ticketed for failure to yield the right of way and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She jailed on $2,500 bail.

Sheriff's deputies say Mann has also been detained by federal authorities for an incident that occurred in the City of Dunkirk in February of this year.

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Kane Man Escapes Injury in Crash

No one was hurt when a car hit a tree late Tuesday night in Ridgway.

State police say 27-year-old Michael Niklasof Kane was traveling too fast for conditions on the wet road when his vehicle went out of control, spun around, left the road and hit the tree.

Police say Nicklas was wearing a seatbelt. He was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

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Flags Stolen from Vet's Memorial Found

Two flagpoles and three flags stolen from the memorial for Staff Sergeant Kenneth VanGiesen have been found.

The poles, an American flag, Pennsylvania flag and POW flag were stolen earlier this month from Gibbs Hill Cemetery. They were found Monday in a wooded area across the road from the cemetery hidden in tall vegetation.

VanGiesen is the Kane native who was killed last year in Afghanistan.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tattoo Shop Owner Trying to Help with
Effort to Install Surveillance Cameras

WESB/WBRR News Director

A tattoo shop owner wants to help with the cost of surveillance cameras for downtown Bradford, and a paving project will help making driving a little easier in some other parts of the city.

The issue of surveillance cameras came up during the last council meeting when several downtown business owners expressed their concerns about bad behavior in the downtown area. At that time, Mayor Tom Riel said the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to raise money to have the cameras installed.

During Tuesday’s council meeting Bob Price, who owns Inferno Studio, said he is offering some money for the cameras “just so people know we care and we want to help.”

“I’m trying to put together as much as I can,” he said, adding he has raised $1,000 so far and is trying to raise more. He added that he has talked to people who would be willing to do the work on the cameras inexpensively.

Price also wanted to dispel a misconception about tattoo parlors.

“I know typically in a lot of towns people are used to dirty tattoo shops. Mine’s not. Stop in there anytime unannounced and take a look for yourself,” he told council.

Price added that comments made during the last council meeting about safety and Main Street being a war zone went a little too far.

“I think the police officers in this town are doing a damn good job,” Price said, adding, “If there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know.”

Riel thanked Price for his offer of help with the cameras and said he hopes others will follow his lead.

Also Tuesday, council approved on first reading a change to the bike ordinance to clarify that bicycle riding is not allowed on business district sidewalks, but is allowed on certain other sidewalks.

In other matters, council approved several ordinances that made up a “property swap” on Pine Street in the effort to build a parking lot on the street, and allow for a deck on the rear of the John Williams European Pastry Shop building.

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews explained the swap that included property owned by Joe and Amy Frombach (John Williams) and Bob and Duane Saunders (Mutzabaugh & Saunders Law Offices).

On related noted, Andrews congratulated and thanked 2012 Bradford Area High School graduate Kacy Huston for completing the Pine Street “Four Seasons” mural.

“She took the project on by herself from Day One …She completely designed the mural on her own, and painted it on her own,” Andrews said, adding later, “It looks wonderful.”

Andrews also wanted to thank the other young people who worked for her office this summer working on the streetscrapes, planting flowers and weeding, among other projects.

“Sometimes young people get criticized in the community,” Andrews said. “I wanted to recognize these young people who came to me and did a lot of thankless work this summer.”

The workers are Justin Hart, Jimmy Henry, Brandon Hart, Phil Figula and Huston. She noted that Jason Lindemuth, the OECD maintenance manager supervised.

As for the paving, council awarded the bid to IA Construction for $509,516, contingent on the company providing proof that they have workman’s compensation insurance.

The roads to be paved are Rochester Street; High Street to Elm Street to Grove Street; Congress Street from Elm Street to Race Street; Burnside Avenue from Welch Avenue to Boyer; Rockland from Oxford Street to Boyer; Cornen Street; Orchard Place; Bushnell Street; and Barbour Street.

In another road-related issue, a Belleview Avenue resident wanted to know if there was anything that could be done about Jackson Avenue residents parking on Belleview and not leaving any spaces for the Belleview residents.

She was especially concerned about a vehicle that’s registration has expired but is parked on the street. Police Chief Chris Lucco said he can give the owner a 10-day notice that it will be towed if it’s not moved.

As for the Jackson Avenue residents taking the Belleview parking spaces Lucco said, “I certainly feel for you, but there’s nothing we can do for that.”

“But shouldn’t they give some consideration to us?” the woman asked.

“They should,” Lucco said, “but it’s not illegal to not be considerate. … If we could make everybody be considerate I probably wouldn’t have a job.”

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Catt Co SPCA Worker Charged with Forgery

A man who works for the Cattaraugus County SPCA is facing charges for having a forged rabies vaccination certificate.

Sheriff’s deputies say on March 3, 2008, 38-year-old Phillip Barrett used the certificate in Hinsdale. They did not name the victim.

Barrett, a cruelty inspector for the SPCA, is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a forged instrument. He’s scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in Town of Hinsdale Court.

The sheriff's office did not say why they filed charges four years after the alleged incident.

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New Law for Telemarketers in NYS

Telemarketers will not be allowed to use pre-recorded messages in calls to New York State residents and, if they do, they could have their company registration revoked.

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed a measure into law that gives the Department of State the authority to ban from the state telemarketing companies that violate the law.

When signed the bill into law Cuomo said the calls are intrusive and irritating.
The law goes into effect in 90 days, but does not include automated calls for political campaigns.

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Woman Accused of Drinking on the Job

A Bradford woman is accused of drinking while tending bar at the Hotel Holley.

40-year-old Ida Jo Bundy is charged with a misdemeanor count of drinking alcohol while tending bar stemming from an alleged incident on May 4. If she is found guilty she would have to pay a fine of between $100 and $500.

Bundy is scheduled for a preliminary arraignment on Monday in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

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Appalachian Trail Turns 75 Today

There was no precedent for the Appalachian Trail in 1921, when Benton MacKaye dreamed it up as a wilderness refuge for people in the big cities of the eastern United States. The first section was constructed in 1922, and the entire trail was completed on August 14th, 1937.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

BAHS Goal:
Cultivate High Performing Climate

Bradford Area High School’s new principal wants to cultivate a high-performing school climate that emphasizes college and career readiness.

David Ray gave a presentation during Monday’s Bradford Area School Board meeting on the school’s “Getting Results Plan,” which is required by the state Department of Education.

He said, “Each member of the school community will promote, enhance and sustain shared vision of a positive school climate.”

Ray said one of his goals for this year is to have a much more focused look at putting students into career pathways by having increased enrollment in career and technical education schools and an increased number of students in advancement placement courses.

He said the staff will also more closely monitor student attendance and participation. The key is “a consistent effort to identify struggling students and to implement plans to help those students succeed,” Ray said.

He said the school administration has “developed a customized system of academic and behavioral support.”

Dean of Students Ken Coffman and other staff members will be working with Children and Youth Services, the juvenile probation department and district judges “to improve outcomes for chronically absent students.”

(For more of Ray’s comments, including his explanation of the difference between the PSSAs and the new Keystone Exams, you can watch the video following this story.)

Also Monday, a new policy was introduced that will bring the district into compliance with a new state law concerning concussions and sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes. Another policy was introduced that would allow students to carry asthma inhalers and/or epinephrine auto injectors. The board is expected to vote on both measures during its September 10 meeting.

The board also approved a $51,137 payment to Blue Bird Bus for a 21-passenger bus with a lift.

Also, student Lee Ann Woodmansee gave a presentation on the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award the district received for its Go Green initiative. Bradford was the only school district to receive an award.

In her first meeting as superintendent Katy Pude noted that the high school and Fretz Middle School were also recently awarded Energy Star ratings “due to their extreme improvements in energy conservation.” She also pointed out that retired superintendent Sandra Romanowski started the Go Green Committee.

Pudy also reminded everyone that the first day of school is August 27. Start times are 9:05 a.m. for the elementary schools; 7:50 a.m. at Fretz; and 8:05 a.m. at the high school. On the first day only, students in grades 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 will have a three-hour delay.

“This will assist in the transition of our 6th and 9th grade students to their respective buildings,” she said.

Men Sentenced for Violent Home Invasion

Four Jamestown men who robbed and assaulted a Randolph couple in their home last November will spend the next 20 years in state prison.

23-year-old D’Allyn Washington, 22-year-old Derrick Williams, 25-year-old Samuel Rodriguez Jr. and 19-year-old Cameron Rives entered the home of Thomas and Marjorie Andrews at about 2:15 on the morning of November 10 and held the couple at gunpoint. They also kicked, punched and pistol whipped Thomas Andrews and bound Marjorie’s wrists together with duct tape.

Prosecutors say the men thought they were going into the home of a drug dealer but went to the wrong house.

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Biplane Flight:
Like Riding a Harley in the Sky

On my return to Smethport from a year-long teaching assignment at a university in China, I was told of a biplane ride that operated out of Bradford Regional Airport. Would I be interested?

Picturing a rickety crate that would wobble down the runway before risking a tepid leap into the air, it was easy to dismiss the idea. After all, I could quench my thirst for adventure in a variety of other ways — without having to entrust my soul to a patchwork machine ushered back to life with long forgotten parts exhumed from a scrap yard.

Read the rest of Matt Muller's story -- and see video -- here.

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The Scarnati Report for August 2012

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SBU's Burke Serves on Committee to
Guide Neurofibromatosis Research

Dr. Peggy Yehl Burke, associate provost and dean of St. Bonaventure University’s School of Graduate Studies, recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Neurofibromatosis Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense.

Burke was nominated for participation in the program by the Children’s Tumor Foundation in Atlanta. As a consumer reviewer, she was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $12.8 million appropriated by Congress for fiscal year 2012 will be spent on future neurofibromatosis research.

Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of neurofibromatosis survivors and patients, family members, and persons at risk for the disease when they prepare comments on the impact of the research on issues such as disease prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life after treatment.

Neurofibromatosis results from a genetic change (spontaneous or inherited) that causes a variety of symptoms, the most serious of which is the growth of tumors along the nerves.

“I find it rewarding to provide this service and hope the research funded through this process can provide some more satisfactory treatment options than are now available,” said Burke, whose granddaughter was born with neurofibromatosis through a spontaneous mutation.

Until her granddaughter, who lives in Atlanta, was born with it, Burke wasn’t even aware of neurofibromatosis, “and I was shocked that it is more common than MS or most other types of conditions with which we are all more familiar. It actually happens in one out of every 2,500 births.”

Treatment options are limited and no cure exists, said Burke, who credits her background in biology as a student at St. Bonaventure in “helping wade through the research proposals.”

Since 1996, consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of neurofibromatosis research application. To date, 51 consumer reviewers have served on neurofibromatosis panels alongside scientists in the review process.

Col. Jeffrey C. Leggit, M.D., director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, expressed his appreciation for the perspectives of the consumer advocates in the scientific review sessions.

“The Consumer Reviewers on each panel are instrumental in helping the scientists understand the patient’s perspective and provided valuable insight into the potential impact of the proposed project. They bring with them a sense of urgency and remind all of the human element involved in medical research,” he said.

Nearly 90 neurofibromatosis research applications were reviewed for 2012 fiscal year funds. Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative neurofibromatosis research aimed at the elimination of neurofibromatosis. The NFRP fills important gaps not addressed by other funding agencies by supporting groundbreaking, high-risk, high-gain research.

More information about the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program is available at the website:

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Trekking Deadline Approaching

The deadline to submit completed Tuna Trekker Trail Logs is Thursday, August 16th at the Red Cross office.

If participants have been unable to finish their logs, the event committee is still asking that the logs be turned in along with any donations that were raised. For people participating in the GeoCoin Challenge, it is only necessary to have found 8 of the 10 caches. All participants will be considered for the various prizes that have been donated from local businesses.

Anyone with questions regarding submitting their Trail Logs should contact the Red Cross office. If no one is available at the office when participants arrive to submit their logs, please place log through mail slot in the front door.

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Reward for Smith's Capture Now $5,000

The reward for information leading to the capture of Thomas Smith is now $5,000.

Emporium Borough Police say, along with the $2,000 being offered by PA Crime Stoppers, two private citizens have added another $3,000.

The 58-year-old Cameron County man is accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon. She was able to escape, but the search for Smith has been on since then.

Police say they did receive a report Sunday night saying someone saw Smith in the area of Route 120 between Emporium and St. Marys, but the person was not Smith after all.

Mountain Rescue also searched in the Whittimore Hill area on Sunday.

Police remind people that Smith is considered armed and dangerous, and that anyone helping him elude police may also face felony charges.

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Two Hurt in Early Morning Crash

Two people were hurt and charges are pending against the driver in a one-car crash at about 2:30 this morning on Route 120 in Cameron County.

20-year-old Noel Beck of Emporium was about half a mile west of Sterling Run Road when she saw a deer crossing the road, swerved to miss it, traveled off the road and hit a parked vehicle. Police say Beck’s vehicle kept going and then hit a guide rail, went into a ditch and rolled over.

Beck was taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of minor injuries. Her passenger, 33-year-old Richard Olivett Jr. of Emporium, was taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Police say DUI charges are pending against Beck.

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BRMC Finalizes Settlement with DoJ

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has finalized a settlement of the claims alleged in the qui tam proceeding brought against the hospital nearly 10 years ago, according to Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Bradford Regional Medical Center and Upper Allegheny Health System.

“I am pleased this matter is now officially behind us and put to rest,” Mr. Finan said.

The lawsuit involved allegations against the hospital and two physicians related to regulations that govern financial relationships between hospitals and physicians. This matter involved circumstances that occurred well before the 2009 integration of Bradford Regional Medical Center with Olean General Hospital and the formation of Upper Allegheny Health System.

Mr. Finan said the settlement agreement is neither an admission of liability by BRMC nor a concession by the United States (Department of Justice) that its claims are without basis, and allows BRMC to make settlement payments to the government through 2018.

“BRMC has no desire to expend more time, energy and resources on further legal proceedings. The settlement brings to an end the distraction of this matter,” Mr. Finan said.

“Our focus is forward. Our physicians and staff are working hard to improve quality, access and patient outcomes at our hospital. BRMC has made tremendous strides in recent years, adding important services at the hospital and within the region,” he said.

“Bradford Regional Medical Center has a great team committed to improving performance, which is good for the patient and good for the community.”

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Carrollton Man Charged with Arson

A Carrollton, New York, man is charged with arson for allegedly setting another man’s vehicle on fire.

The Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team says 36-year-old Brett Bunker set Christopher Barrile’s vehicle on fire while it was on Nichols Run Road.

Bunker is also charged with criminal mischief. The vehicle was destroyed.

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