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Saturday, September 8, 2012

High Speed Chase on Route 59

A man who thought he was having a heart attack took police on a high-speed chase on Route 59 Thursday night.

Police say at 817 p.m. a US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer was checking on a motorist parked along the road near Rimrock and found 30-year-old David Miller of Johnsonburg “in an excited state,” and learned that he thought he was having a heart attack.

The officer saw what he believed to be drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and, while he was calling for help, Miller drove away toward Warren, driving at speeds up to 85 mph. State police stopped Miller just east of Route 6.

Miller was taken into custody without further incident. He was taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment after complaining of difficulty breathing and chest pains, and police said charges are pending the outcomes of blood tests.

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New Law Makes Viewing Child Porn
a Crime in New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law making it a crime in New York to intentionally access child pornography on the Internet.

The New York Supreme Court ruled in May that the state law prohibiting possessing or procuring pornographic images of children applied to downloaded files, but did not apply to temporary files automatically stored from sites that were merely viewed.

The law that took effect Friday makes it a felony for anyone who "knowingly accesses, with intent to view" any performance of a sexual act by a child younger than 16. Offenders can face up to four years in prison.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Half-Naked Man Throws
Cinder Block at State Trooper

A half-naked man believed to be under the influence bath salts is accused of throwing a cinder block at a state police corporal this morning, and injuring him.

Police say they got a report at around 7:45 about a half-naked man walking around Route 6 in Pike Township in Potter County, and found a vehicle belonging to 36-year-old Stephen Berds of Youngstown, New York. The National Crime Information Center listed BERDS as missing and endangered.

Police found Berds behind a camp, and that’s when he threw the cinder block at Cpl. Eric McKean and then tried to run away. Police used a Taser on Berds to take him into custody.

The cinder block hit and injured McKean’s right forearm, but he refused medical treatment.

Berds is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, open lewdness and summary harassment. The charges were filed with District Judge Delores Weiss. Berds is awaiting arraignment.

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St. Bonaventure to Commemorate 9/11

The St. Bonaventure University community will hold a prayer service to honor those killed Sept. 11, 2001.

The service begins at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, and will be held at the university’s 9/11 Memorial, which is located adjacent to St. Joseph’s Oratory just south of CafĂ© La Verna. The memorial was moved from its original site next to Plassmann Hall due to construction of the university’s new business center.

Tuesday’s program is open to the public; visitor parking is available nearby at the Magnano Centre dining complex.

The prayer service will be led by Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries. Also participating will be the ROTC Color Guard, as well as the men’s rugby team, who will distribute prayer cards.

Rob Perazza, who played rugby for St. Bonaventure, was one of three St. Bonaventure alumni killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The others are Amy Doherty and Father Mychal Judge, known as "The Saint of 9/11."

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Fatal Crash in Allegany County

A man is dead after a pickup truck hauling a load of watermelons crashed into a car this morning in Allegany County.

State police say the accident happened at about 6 a.m. on Route 243 in Rushford.

They say the truck went out of control and crossed into the path of a car driven by 49-year-old Tommy Coen Jr. of Angelica, who died at the scene.

Police have not released the names of the pickup driver or the passenger in the truck, but did say they were treated at Olean General Hospital, then released.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Olean Expected to Act on BOA Plan

The City of Olean is expected to take the next step forward in developing its 500-acre Brownfields Opportunity Area.

During its meeting Tuesday common council is expected to approve a resolution that would authorize Mayor Linda Witte to enter into an agreement with Bergman Associates for consulting services to update and expand the pre-nomination study prepared in 2007.

Part of the area in North Olean is the 62-acre former Agway-Felmont site, which was once home to the Socony Vacuum Oil Company. In 1930 a fire caused thousands of gallons of oil to spill onto, and seep into, the ground.

The state’s Brownfield Opportunity Area Program provides financial and technical assistance to municipalities to revitalize brownfield sites.

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Woman Stole from Grove Township

A woman is accused of stealing $7,500 from Grove Township in Cameron County.

State police did not release the woman’s name, but said she is a “known female” who wrote a check from the township’s account for her own personal use. She was not authorized to write the check.

Police are investigating the case as theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. They say they will release more information after they finish their investigation.

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Destinations-Bradford Hosting Programs

Destinations-Bradford is hosting four programs in the month of September that are FREE and open to the public. These are offered along with the general outreach offered through Community Care program.

The free shared clothing closet is scheduled on both Saturday, September 8th from 9am to 12 noon and Wednesday, September 26th from 1-3pm. Gently used and new clothing is available for all ages and sexes and genders and is available to individuals and their personal household.

Veggie Gardening will be held on Wednesday, September 12th at 1pm at the Destinations-Bradford office and taught by Jim Machuga. No matter what size your farm, from patio to acres, this class helps newcomers to gardening learn the basics of composting, planting, maintenance and harvesting. Gardening can aide with healthy food choices, promote physical and social activity and help persons and families cut food expenses.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People will be held on Wednesday, August 19th at 1pm in the Destinations office. Being effective is learning to do 'that which produces the desired result'. If you want to be successful or achieve some large goal, then being effective is consistently doing the things that will bring about the results you are after. A walkthrough of Stephen Covey’s best selling book is presented by Jim Machuga.

Classes have limited seating. Reservations are required. Please contact Destinations-Bradford to reserve your seat.

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Parking Restrictions on School Street

No parking will be permitted on School Street from McClellan to Bennett Street m Monday through Friday (9/10 to 9/14) of next week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The order is in effect so sidewalk reconstruction work can be done.

Violators’ vehicles will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Buffalo Man Stole Thousands of Dollars
Worth of Quarters from Parking Meters

A man has pleaded guilty to stealing $210,000 worth of quarters while he worked as a parking meter mechanic for the City of Buffalo.

57-year-old James Bagarozzo of Buffalo started stealing the money back in 2003 and kept taking it until December of last year when surveillance cameras caught him doing it.

The US attorney’s office says Bagarozzo intentionally damaged more than 75 parking meters to make it easier to steal the quarters inserted into the meters. He then put the quarters in bags in his car or his pants pockets. Bank employees say he regularly made deposits of $500 worth of quarters.

He faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on December 17.

His co-worker, Lawrence Charles, pleaded guilty earlier this week to stealing at least $15,000 from the meters between 2007 and last year.

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New Law Penalizes Motorists for
Ignoring Traffic Control Signs, Devices

Harrisburg – A new state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore “road closed” or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect, PennDOT said today.

Act 114, signed on July 5 by Governor Tom Corbett, reinforces the critical need for all drivers to obey traffic control signs. The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist.

“Too often, motorists decide their immediate needs outweigh the safety warning signs and they ignore them, which increases hazards for them and emergency responders,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “This law underscores that we take safety seriously. When motorists are confronted with emergency road closures, we urge them to use common sense and obey the signs that are placed to keep them safe.”

Under the law, motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250.

If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response.

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Pitt-Bradford Welcomes Largest Class Ever of International Students

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Alex Nazemetz, director of admissions at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, always knows what time it is in Beijing, just a part of recruiting Pitt-Bradford’s largest group of international students ever.

This year Pitt-Bradford is welcoming its largest group of international students ever – three times as many as came to Pitt-Bradford in 2011. As classes got under way last week, they included 32 new international students from Gambia, Germany, South Korea, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, but mostly from China.

The new students – nearly 10 percent of the freshman class – bring the total number of international students on campus to 48.

The learning curve for Nazemetz, who does most of the international recruitment himself, has been steep. For example, international students are often interested in different things than domestic students, things that Nazemetz has found out through hours of correspondence.

Many of the students are referred to Pitt-Bradford through the University of Pittsburgh’s Options program, which gives students the option of enrolling at a Pitt campus other than the one in Pittsburgh. Some express interest directly in Pitt-Bradford, particularly since the college started its own account this year on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

The account is administered by Dr. Y. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology and a native of China.

Once a student is introduced to Pitt-Bradford through Options, Weibo or other channels, Nazemetz begins a long email correspondence. He shows students and their parents a map showing where Pitt-Bradford is located, a sample of the Pitt degree they would receive upon graduating and information on where recent graduates are working – all things that he’s found Asian families to be particularly interested in.

The individual attention and safety that Pitt-Bradford can provide are also selling points, he said.

Once enrolled, Nazemetz’s last interaction with international students may be the most personal – he and a couple of other members of his staff, Shawn Manning and Cindy Nowacki, pick each student up from the Buffalo or Bradford airport and drive them to campus.

“These students come in with buckets of enthusiasm,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what time I pick them up.”

Once they arrive on campus, they’re in the hands of Dr. Ron Binder, associate dean of student affairs, who, along with Kristin Asinger, director of international studies, created a mentoring program that matches each new international student up with a student mentor.

Mentors apply for their positions and stick like glue to their students for the first week or so, taking them to key spots on campus and making sure they attend English proficiency testing and orientation.

They show them around Bradford, too, escorting their mentees to a cookout at Asinger’s home, helping them use the Area Transportation Authority buses to shop and run errands, accompanying them to the bank to open a checking account, and setting up a cell phone account for them.

“I originally wanted to be a mentor because I thought that I could learn a lot from someone who comes from a different culture,” said Ashley Andrucyk, a public relations major from Shamokin, mentoring two students from China.

“It’s very rewarding to help another student further their education. It was a struggle for me getting to college and staying enrolled, so to be the support system for international students has been exciting and very rewarding.”

Nazemetz said, “International students add flavor to campus, and our domestic students are very receptive.”

Pictured, Kamron Khodjaev, a first-year business management major from Uzbekistan, left, with his VISA mentor Shane Close, a history-political science major from Bradford.
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Gabler Event Honors Vietnam Veterans

State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) on Wednesday hosted a ceremony honoring the veterans who served our country during the Vietnam War era. Attending the event, which was held at VFW Post 813, 114 Fuller St., DuBois, were 126 veterans and their guests.

“It is incredibly important to take time to thank the many veterans who have served our country,” Gabler said. “The sacrifices these brave men and women have made allow us to live the lives we lead and enjoy the freedoms we share as Americans.”

Among those in attendance were U.S. Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-5) and state Sen. Bob Robbins (R-50), the program’s guest speaker who completed two tours of duty in Vietnam and received numerous medals for his service.

Gabler also announced during the ceremony his sponsorship of legislation to recognize veterans who were exposed to the chemical defoliant known as Agent Orange during their time of service in the Vietnam War Era.

“My bill designates October 2012, as ‘Agent Orange Recognition Month’ in Pennsylvania,” Gabler said. “Approximately 500,000 Pennsylvanians served during the Vietnam War Era, with many of them being exposed to this chemical compound while in service to our country. We must not forget the great debt we owe to veterans whose sacrifice only began during wartime, yet has continued since their return home with pain and health complications that continue to this day.”

More than 170,000 Pennsylvanians were active participants in the Vietnam War, during which time nearly 20 million gallons of chemical defoliant was released to rid the country of its jungle growth and crops. Many Armed Forces personnel suffered from varying illnesses as a result of exposure to the chemical and many have died as well.

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Johnonsburg Man Jailed on Drug Charges

A Johnsonburg man is in jail on drug charges after state police executed a search warrant at his home this morning.

At 6:10 a.m. police went to the 2nd Avenue home of 54-year-old Edward Joseph Pisani and found a Glock .40 caliber handgun, about 5 pounds of processed marijuana, 32 marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia, including controlled substance manufacturing equipment.

District Judge Tony King arraigned Pisani on charges of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bail is set at $25,000 cash.

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Convicted Killer Re-Sentenced

A convicted killer from Chautauqua County has been sentenced again in a homicide case from 11 years ago.

41-year-old Gregory Pattison has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
He pleaded guilty to reduced charges of manslaughter for the shooting deaths of Richard Alicea and Johnny Houston in the Town of Gerry back in 2001.

Pattison's original murder conviction was overturned on a technicality.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fatal Crash in Chautauqua County

A truck driver from Niagara Falls, Canada, is dead after a crash along the New York State Thruway in the Town of Pomfret earlier tonight.

State Police say around 7:00 p.m. on the eastbound I-90 63-year-old John Odell drifted from the right lane across the right shoulder and hit a delineator. The truck then traveled through a culvert and came to a rest inside the tree line.

Odell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Smith Indicted on Federal Charges

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania today announced the return of a two-count indictment against Thomas Edward Smith, age 58, of Emporium, Pennsylvania. The indictment charges Smith with taking a motor vehicle by force and violence and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that on August 8, 2012 Smith pretended to be working on a car parked along a street in Emporium and flagged down an employee of Citizens & Northern Bank. He entered the vehicle and pulled out a handgun. The indictment alleges that Smith then directed the victim to drive to the Citizens & Northern Bank branch in Emporium. Smith allegedly told the victim this would be “the worst day of her life,” that the victim and the bank had taken his house away from him in a bank foreclosure, and that the victim and another bank employee were now “going to pay for it,” or words to that effect. According to the indictment, the victim jumped out of the vehicle to escape from Smith, who then fled from the vehicle.

On September 4, 2012, a federal complaint and arrest warrant issued charging Smith with taking a motor vehicle by force and violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and the federal warrant has been lodged as a detainer to keep Smith in custody pending his appearance in federal court. Smith is presently in custody on other, related state criminal violations filed in Cameron County following his arrest on September 3, 2012 in Emporium. The federal charges have been assigned to Judge Christopher C. Conner for trial.

If convicted of all the charges alleged in the indictment, Smith faces a mandatory prison term of seven years and a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Emporium Borough Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Prosecution of this matter has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.

Three Plead Guilty to Burglary

Three people pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court this week to burglary charges.

Brandon LaBorde of Olean broke into on Olean building on March 16, an Ishua building on March 22 and a Coldspring building on April 5.

Alexander Carnahan broke into a Randolph building between May 5 and 6, and damaged property.

Daryll Bernard of Gowanda broke into buildings in Persia and Perrysburg in September and October of last year and March of this year.

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Spectrum Series to Open at Pitt-Bradford
With Theatrical Trip Around the World

The Fall semester of the Spectrum Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is packed with thought-provoking and fun plays, concerts, art exhibits and more.

Spectrum, the longest running arts series at Pitt-Bradford, will open its theater season on Sept. 18 with Thaddeus Phillips’ “17 Border Crossings,” a theatrical trip around the world and through time that examines the arbitrary nature of borders and passports. The show features the real stories of adventurous border crossings and will explore events like the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the catalyst for the Arab Spring.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater located in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets cost $6 for the public and $2 for students.

Spectrum’s first featured writer of the season will be biographer and poet Molly Peacock. Peacock’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review and “The Best of the Best American Poetry.” She has received awards from the Danforth Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Peacock is one of the founders of Poetry in Motion, which displays poems on urban trains. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Spalding University Low Residence Master of Fine Arts program and serves as series editor of “The Best Canadian Poetry in English.”

The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

On the following night, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., the Brooklyn-based trio, janus, will kick off the Spectrum music series in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

The trio, comprised of Amanda Baker on the flute, Beth Meyers on the viola and Nuiko Wadden on the harp, formed in 2002. The group’s name, janus, is borrowed from the two-faced Roman god who could see both the future and the past. The members maintain the established traditions of their instruments while pushing the envelope with their intriguing combinations. Their well-reviewed first recording, “i am not,” was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2010.

The first Spectrum visual arts event will be “Of Body and Spirit in Relation to our Existence: Sculpture by Anne Mormile.” Mormile is a regional ceramicist who currently teaches at Pitt-Bradford and St. Bonaventure University. Her sculptures have been featured in many exhibitions. Her graceful, elegant art is fueled by the uncomfortable questions of human existence.

Her work will be on display Oct. 12-Nov. 9 in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall. A Gallery Talk will be held at noon on Oct. 12, followed by a reception in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

Trio Los Claveles will perform as a part of the Spectrum music series on Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

The members of the group have been performing their native music together since 2003. Their style, utilizing the distinctive Spanish guitar, is romantic boleros in the vein of world-famous Latin trios like Los Condes and Los Panchos. The trio has performed at many festivals, fairs and venues. The band’s goal is to preserve this passionate style of music. The performance is free.

The Division of Communication and the Arts will present Henrik Ibsen’s classic “An Enemy of the People,” directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert, in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. The industry in a small town is at once bringing in money and poisoning the citizens. When one man wants to expose the truth, he discovers that sometimes people don’t want to be saved. This timeless classic is at once satire and tragedy.

Performances will take place Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for the public and $2 for students.

A school matinee will be held Nov. 14.

The semester will end with a holiday performance by the Pitt-Bradford’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, directed by Dr. John Levey, at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

The ensemble was formed in 2010 to allow students to perform together in programs that feature show tunes, popular songs, jazz and seasonal selections.

For more information, call the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814)362-5155.

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

Pictured, top, a scene from “17 Border Crossings; last year's holiday concert
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Researchers at RPCI, Duke Develop Method
to Pinpoint Factors That Cause Disease

BUFFALO — With the ability to sequence human genes comes an onslaught of raw material about the genetic characteristics that distinguish us, and wading through these reserves of data poses a major challenge for life scientists. Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the Center for Human Genome Variation at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) have developed an approach for analyzing data that can help researchers studying genetic factors in disease to quickly cull out relevant genetic patterns and identify variants that lead to particular disorders.

The researchers outline this new approach in a study published in the September issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics. They note that while genome-wide association studies (GWASs), which analyze the DNA of many people in order to reveal genetic variations associated with disease, have reported thousands of variants associated with different traits, it’s very difficult to isolate “causal variants,” those genetic irregularities that appear to indicate the presence of a particular disease.

RPCI biostatician Qianqian Zhu, PhD, Assistant Member of the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and Director of the Institute’s Statistical Genetics & Genomics Resource, began this work as a postdoctoral researcher at Duke and completed the study after joining the Roswell Park faculty. The computational method that she and her collaborators established — which they call the preferential linkage disequilibrium approach — follows variants reported by GWASs, then cross-references those variants with a comprehensive variant catalog generated through robust “next generation” sequencing in order to pinpoint causal variants. For this study, the team looked at DNA from 479 people of European descent.

“To test our method, we ran it on five diseases for which the causal variants are known, and in every case we did identify the real causal variant,” notes Zhu, the paper’s first author. “We’re confident that our method can be applied to genome-wide association studies related to diseases for which there are no known causal variants, and by extension may advance the development of targeted approaches to treating those diseases.”

“This approach helps to intergrade the large body of data available in GWASs with the rapidly accumulating sequence data,” adds David B. Goldstein, Richard and Pat Johnson Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Center for Human Genome Variation at DUMC and senior author of the paper.

The study, “Prioritizing Genetic Variants for Causality on the Basis of Preferential Linkage Disequilibrium,” is available online at

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UPB Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Class

Former baseball player Bobby Wyant of Titusville, Pa., and softball and golf athlete Kristy Zavinski of Warren, Pa., are the newest inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The two, who were chosen by a committee of coaches, alumni, and faculty and staff, will be inducted during Pitt-Bradford’s Alumni and Family Weekend. They will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., in the Mukaiyama University Room located in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

“I was fortunate enough to be here when both Kristy and Bobby began their career at Pitt-Bradford,” said athletics director Lori Mazza. “They both had certain intangibles you cannot teach.

“Certainly, their athletic abilities speak for themselves, but what impressed me the most was their ability to balance the rigors of academics, the friendships they formed, their emotion for the game, and their passion to win, all while never losing sight of being a part of a team.”

The Pitt-Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2002 to honor former student-athletes at Pitt-Bradford who displayed athletic prowess, while maintaining and providing leadership, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.

Wyant played on the baseball team from 2002-05 and finished his career as arguably the top pitcher in school history. He owns Pitt-Bradford career records for earned run average (3.18), strikeouts (274) and saves (9). Wyant also pitched the only perfect game in school history, retiring all 21 hitters against Lake Erie College on April 14, 2004.

The Franklin, Pa., native was a three-time all-AMCC selection, including a first-team pick as a senior when he went 8-2 and struck out a conference record 104 batters in 68 innings. His 17 strikeout performance against Frostburg State in the AMCC tournament remains untouched, and he helped lead the Panthers to AMCC championships in 2002 and 2005.

Wyant, who is the director of admissions at Pitt-Titusville, was a career .329 hitter with six home runs and 54 runs batted in, and was honored as the 2004-05 Pitt-Bradford Male Athlete of the Year.

Zavinski played on the softball team from 2004-07 and the golf team from 2005-07. As a member of the golf team, she finished third at the AMCC tournament her junior season. As a senior, she ranked second on the team in scoring average and was the medalist in a match against Ursuline College.

The Warren native was a dominant pitcher in softball, leading Pitt-Bradford to three AMCC titles and three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Her teams went 103-50-1 during her career and totaled 51 AMCC wins, the most by any school over that span.

She owns school records for wins in a season (18) and earned run average (1.43), and she is the program’s all-time leader in wins (54), appearances (89), complete games (74), shutouts (13) and innings pitches (526.2). Zavinski also ranks in the top 10 all-time in hits (107) and runs batted in (66).

She was a four-time all-AMCC selection and was named the Pitt-Bradford Female Athlete of the Year in both 2005-06 and 2006-07.

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Olean Man Sentenced for Raping Child

A 35-year-old Olean man has been sentenced to a total of 58 years in prison for raping a child younger than 11.

Back in June, a Cattaraugus County jury found Wayne Irvin guilty of rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The trial lasted two days.

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

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Author, Educator Whose Book was Basis
for 'Dangerous Minds' to Speak at SBU

Educator and author LouAnne Johnson will visit St. Bonaventure University for a Monday, Sept. 10, program titled “The Power of Choice.” Her address, which will focus on the power of student choice, begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center on campus.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the university’s Clare College, School of Education, the Visiting Scholars Committee, and the Council for Exceptional Children.

Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer and high school teacher. She is the author of 10 books, including the international bestseller “Dangerous Minds,” the award-winning young adult novel “Muchacho,” and “Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by Their Brains.”

Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the August 1995 box office hit “Dangerous Minds,” which was based on Johnson’s book (original title “My Posse Don’t Do Homework”). “Dangerous Minds” has been published in eight languages, including Italian, German, Japanese and French.

Johnson has 22 years of teaching experience, including remedial reading, at-risk and AP high school English literature and grammar, adult developmental reading and writing, English as a second language, and effective teaching seminars for education majors.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in teaching English, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She is an assistant professor of teacher education at Santa Fe Community College, where she teaches and mentors new teachers.

Johnson answers email from teachers, provides links to resources for teachers and parents, and publishes a monthly blog about education on her website,

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Man Indicted for Killing Half-Brother

A 22-year-old man has been indicted on charges he murdered his 20-year-old half-brother on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Cody Testerman was arrested in July and accused of luring Jesse Seneca into a wooded area not far from his home on Route 438 and stabbing him to death.

Seneca's body was discovered a couple of days later.

Testerman is charged with second degree murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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Teens Arrested for Making Graffiti

Two teenagers have been arrested for drawing graffiti on several businesses in Bemus Point.

According to Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies , a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, made obscene drawings on businesses and a vehicle.

They are both charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti. They are also charged with trespassing at each business that contained the obscene drawings.

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Judge: Second Mile Can Delay Transfer

The organization for troubled youth started by Jerry Sandusky has been given permission to delay its plan to shut down and transfer programs and assets to Texas.

Judge William Morgan of Warren, who is overseeing the case, gave The Second Mile permission to postpone the plan until the resolution of any damage claims filed by lawyers for Sandusky's victims.

The charity was financially crippled by the child sex abuse scandal involving Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The Second Mile intends to shift programs and millions of dollars in assets to Houston-based Arrow Child & Family Ministries Inc.

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Port Pair Allegedly Assaulted Each Other

A Port Allegany woman is in jail for allegedly stabbing a man with a knife, and the man is also in jail for allegedly assaulting her during an argument.

Police say at around 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon 26-year-old Ginny Ann Pinchock stabbed 25-year-old Joshua Carpenter, causing an injury to his right bicep that required stitches.

Carpenter allegedly pushed, hit and choked Pinchock during the argument.

She is charged with aggravated assault and her bail is $10,000. He is charged with simple assault and his bail is $7,500

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Players Firebomber Pleads Guilty

The Bradford man who firebombed Players bar has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Damon Leroy Kayes threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of the bar on Mechanic Street at around 11:30 p.m. on September 9. About 30 people were in the bar at the time.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both when he’s sentenced on January 14.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked with the City of Bradford Police Department in the investigation.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cuba Man in Coma After Collision

A Cuba, New York, man is hospitalized in stable condition but in a coma following an accident in Portville on Saturday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say a motorcycle operated by 32-year-old Timothy Minn collided with an SUV driven by 28-year-old Ross McKinley of Portville, throwing Minn from the bike.

Minn was unresponsive when police and EMS personnel arrived. He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in critical condition, after sustaining severe lacerations to his neck and shoulder area.

McKinley was treated for a minor laceration to his arm and then released.
The sheriff’s accident reconstruction team is still investigating and charges are pending.

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Construction Sign Stolen in Cameron Co.

Someone stole a construction sign from Route 555 in Cameron County – the CCC Memorial Highway – about a mile from the Elk County line.

Police say the sign was taken sometime between 4 o’clock Friday afternoon and 8 o’clock this morning.

The chevron sign had an attached stop sign and red flashing light on it and is valued at $264.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact Emporium-based state police at 486-3321.

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Two Accidents in Warren County

A Cyclone man escaped injury in an accident Friday morning in Warren County.

Police say Scott Bennet was on Route 6 at the Conewango Township line when he fell asleep at the wheel on a curve, left the road and hit a bridge.

He was cited for careless driving.


A Warren man suffered minor injuries when his car flipped over on Jake's Rocks Road Sunday morning.

Police say 27-year-old Anthony Guiffre failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, hit a tree and rolled over.

Guiffre was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

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St. Bonaventure Students Honored for
Olean CDC Literacy Program

Members of St. Bonaventure University’s Xi Nu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi received recognition for a literacy program they developed for the Olean Child Daycare Center.

KDP is the international honors society in education with the mission of honoring the achievements of educators while promoting excellence in education. Through Literacy Alive!, KDP chapters from across the country are asked to create a literacy-focused community service program that could be submitted to a board for review.

For their program, 16 members of Xi Nu developed a two-pronged plan to help replace the books, movies and toys that had been destroyed by a flood at the OCDC and to combat early childhood literacy issues.

In the fall, KDP members held a book, CD and DVD drive on campus. Additionally, members sold tote bags to generate money for the center. KDP co-presidents Amy Jones, ’12, and Elizabeth Moran, ’12, presented OCDC with a check for $100, which was used to buy each child at the daycare center a book for Christmas.

For the second component, Xi Nu members held a literacy instruction workshop at OCDC in March. The children bounced between five stations, each having a different book and corresponding learning activity designed for pre-kindergarten children.

In its first ever submission to Literacy Alive!, Xi Nu earned the Premier Achievement Award, as well as a check for $300.

KDP advise Betsy Cashing said that the students who participated were, “absolutely awesome.”

“They worked so hard on this project, and it was so well organized,” Cashing said. “The ideas were all theirs. I just got to sit back and make sure that they had what they needed to get done what they wanted to do. They were amazing.”

The projects were graded against a rubric that considered factors such as specific goals and projected outcomes, personal interaction with the community, creativity and impact.

The award came as a shock to both Jones and Moran.

“I was really surprised when I found out we won the award,” Jones said. “I was also really pleased because when we set out to do this, it was really just to help out OCDC, which we were able to do. The award was like an added bonus.”

“None of this would have been possible without the help of the entire KDP leadership team, and Mrs. Cashing,” Moran added.

Jones said participating in Literacy Alive! helped her give back to the community while doing something she loves.

“There is nothing more rewarding than when a student is struggling and you’re able to help them understand it.”

Cashing said Xi Nu has until Nov. 30 to decide whether it will submit another program to Literacy Alive! A planning team is considering developing a program that connects literacy with science and math. If a project is developed, Xi Nu will use the $300 from last year to get the program off the ground.

Cashing said programs like Literacy Alive! coincide perfectly with the ideal teachers value the most - service.

“The community needs to know that teachers look beyond the four walls of a classroom,” Cashing said.

Pictured, SBU students Emily Call (left) and Sara Kosakowski work with children at the Olean Child Daycare Center.
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Progamming Note:
LiveLine: Synchronous Fireflies

You may have heard that very rare synchronous fireflies have been found on the Allegheny National Forest. On today's LiveLine you can hear more about the discovery and the fireflies.

Tune in to 1490 WESB at 12:35 p.m. or go to and click on the "Listen" link.

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Ex-Corning Employee Jailed for Larceny

A former Corning employee has been arrested for stealing from the company while he worked there.

29-year-old Kendrick Harrison, who currently lives in Las Vegas is charged with grand larceny for allegedly using a company issued credit card to steal about $50,000.

Police say the thefts happened between February and December of last year.

Harrison was arrested by Henderson, Nevada, police and sent back to Steuben County, where he is jailed without bail.

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Church Sets Sunday School Schedule

The First Presbyterian Church of Bradford, 54 East Corydon Street, will begin the 2012-2013 Sunday School year on Sunday, September 9, 2012.

Classes for children and youth ranging from nursery through senior high school will start at 9:30 a.m. each week. An adult education class taught by the Rev. Lee Beckes will begin at 9:45 a.m. The children and youth classes will be using the “Grow, Proclaim, and Serve” curriculum by Cokesbury Publishing for the Sunday School year. Classes, which meet weekly, will include a Bible lesson, craft activities, and music.

A “tailgating” party will be held in the church parking lot on the first day of Sunday School and will include singing favorite “Sunday School” songs, face painting, a ‘fan’ making craft, and ice cream sandwiches.

A Chapel worship service is held each Sunday at 8:45 a.m., and a Sanctuary worship service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

For additional information contact the Christian Education office, or church office at the First Presbyterian Church or visit

All are welcome to attend.

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Tryouts Next Week for BLT Show

Director Cindy Graham is seeking "four fun-loving gals who can work, play and sing their way into the hearts of BLT audiences" when she holds auditions Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 10 and 11) for "The Marvelous Wonderettes."

Tryouts will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, 44 Kennedy St. Call-backs will be Sept. 12 and 13, and possibly Sept. 14.

Created and written by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” shows the girl quartet entertaining at their 1958 senior prom and again ten years later at their class reunion. The two-act musical will be offered Oct. 25 through 28 at First United Presbyterian Church social hall on East Corydon Street in Bradford. The first three shows will be at 7:30 p.m.; the final show will be a 2 p.m. matinee.

Music director Andrew Dutko said preferred audition songs would be popular tunes from the 1950s and 1960s. Accompaniment on CD is encouraged; sheet music is required otherwise. He noted that actresses will be asked to harmonize as well.

Veteran Ardyth Van Scoy will be choreographer; she said the auditions will include some movement, but not dance. The show, she said, "is not movement heavy or difficult in the slightest. The quartet will have arm movements and some foot movements but very simple ones."

"It is highly recommended that anyone interested in trying out try to make both nights of auditions," said Graham, who noted that two perusal scripts are available at the Bradford Area Public Library.

Characters in the show include Cindy Lou, who knows she is the prettiest girl at Springfield High and acts out against her best friend Betty Jean when things don't go her way. A mezzo soprano who can belt out the music, she sings lead lines on most songs including "Allegheny Moon," "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Maybe." An overachiever, the very controlled Missy is concerned that everything at the prom turn out wonderful. A soprano with wide range and very high vocals, she belts out "Secret Love," "You Don't Own Me" and "Wedding Bell Blues." Class clown and tomboy Betty Jean is always in competition with her best friend Cindy Lou. An emotion-charged alto with a strong low range, she sings "Lipstick on Your Collar," "I Only Want to Be With You" and "That's When the Tears Start." Happy-go-luck Suzy, best friend of Missy, in her sweet and soulful high alto belts out "Stupid Cupid," "Hold Me, Thrill Me" and "Rescue Me."

"This is a wonderful and catchy musical that will have you dancing in the aisles. The four actresses are peppy, likeable and just plain fun," said Graham.

"The men of Bradford had the opportunity to shine in last season's "Twelve Angry Men," so now it is time for the women to let loose and show their stuff," she said.

She added that anyone interested in helping with lighting, sound, stage crew or any other part of the production, is encouraged to sign up at tryouts.

Graham is a BLT veteran performing on stage in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Waiting for MacArthur," "This Day and Age" and "Dixie Swim Club." Active with BLT about five years and currently vice president, the long-time Bradford resident has also worked with costumes, props, front of house and public relations. This is her first time directing.

Dutko, Fretz Middle School chorus director, is working with BLT for the first time since his recent move to the area. He earned bachelor's degrees in music education and vocal performance at Mansfield University. He has held leading roles in operas, including Prince Aeneas in Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and Brack Weaver in Weill's "Down in the Valley." He was oratorio soloist for a Wellsboro performance of Handel's "The Messiah" and has had leading roles in "Guys and Dolls," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Little Shop of Horrors."

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Church's Statue Vandalized

Bradford Police are looking for the person who vandalized a statue outside of St. Bernard’s Church over the weekend.

Church officials called police Monday morning to say the marble angel statue was removed from its pedestal and broken. Two pieces of the statue were on the ground but the head of the statue is still missing.

The statue was donated to the church two years ago in honor of deceased children.

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

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Man Allegedly Hit Woman with Pickup Truck

A St. Marys man is facing charges for running over a woman with his pickup truck Sunday night.

Police say 60-year-old Lee Reider was on Liberty Road at 10:30 p.m. when hit the woman, causing multiple injuries that had to be treated at Elk Regional Health Center. Police did not release the woman’s name.

Reider was arrested Monday and arraigned on charges of assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. He’s in Elk County Jail.

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Elderly Man OK After Night in ANF

An 80-year-old Erie man is OK after getting lost in the Allegheny National Forest Sunday and spending the night in the woods.

Police say Sam Leo got disoriented while swimming in the Kinzua Reservoir and got out of the water on the opposite from where he got in.

They say he looked for Route 59 until dark on Sunday, and hiked out of the forest and onto Hemlock Road at about 11:30 Monday morning.

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Salamanca Man Takes Police on Chase

A Salamanca man is in jail without bail after taking police on a chase early this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say they attempted to stop 44-year-old Richard Skye on Route 353 in Little Valley, but he did not stop. He led them on a chase into the Town of Ellicottville, where the chase ended when he drove his vehicle up a seasonal road.

Skye is charged with unlawful fleeing from a police officer, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is also facing a parole violation and multiple vehicle and traffic charges.

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Thomas Smith is Behind Bars

The Cameron County man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint a month ago is behind bars in Potter County.

58-year-old Thomas Smith was picked up at the Allegany Pub in Emporium at about 8:45 last night and after being arraigned was sent to jail on $75,000 bail.

Police say they got a tip at about 8:10 last night saying Smith was at the bar. Emporium Borough Police and state police surrounded the bar, and about half an hour later Smith called them and said he wanted to turn himself in.

He was arraigned in front of District Judge Barry Brown on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Smith is accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint on August 8. She was able to get away and call police.

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