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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Man Sexually Exploited Children

An Oil City man has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting children.

53-year-old Joseph Martin Glass had computer images depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

He could face up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on March 25. Judge Sean McLaughlin revoked Glass’s bond.

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Man Had Fake Driver's Licenses

A Dansville, New York, man is accused of having forged driver’s licenses.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies picked up 18-year-old Devon Sullivan in Allegany Thursday morning and charged him with three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

They say on September 27 he was found with three forged New York State driver’s licenses. His arrest is the result of a joint investigation between the Cattaraugus and Livingston county sheriff’s departments, Dansville Police and The Alfred University Police.

Sullivan is free on his own recognizance.

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Mount Jewett Man Charged with Rape

A Mount Jewett man is accused of raping a woman early Friday morning.

Court records say 32-year-old Paul Swank had sex with the woman while she was unconscious in a wooded area of Sergeant Township between 2 and 2:40 a.m.

He was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Drugs, Gun Found After Crash

A Stockton, New York, man is in jail without bail after being found with drugs and an unregistered gun in his car following a traffic accident.

The crash happened at just after 8 o’clock Thursday night on Route 380 in the Town of Ellery. During their investigation sheriff’s deputies found that 59-year-old Russell Calanni had an unregistered handgun and several controlled substances.

He’s charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and obstructing governmental administration.

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Inmate Gets More Time Behind Bars

An FCI-McKean inmate has been sentenced to three more months behind bars for submitting a fake letter to prison officials.

34-year-old Wahidullah Hossani pleaded guilty to using a false writing or document in a matter within the jurisdiction of the government.

In March, he submitted the fraudulent letter in an effort to get into the Residential Drug Abuse Program at FCI-McKean.

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Man Charged After Casino Incident

An Erie man is facing charges following an incident at the Seneca Allegany Casino Thursday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the casino at 6:15 a.m. following an incident involving 59-year-old Raymond DaSilva Jr. They say he did not comply with police orders and was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

DaSilva was released on his own recognizance.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Double Check
Don't Double Up

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition is launching a nationwide initiative today calling on consumers to double check their medicine labels so they don't double up on medicines that contain acetaminophen during the cold and flu season.

I spoke with DeAnn Mullins, BPharm, CDE, about this issue. She owns Mullins Pharmacy, WeCare Wellness, and the WeCare Diabetes Education Program in Lynn Haven, Fla. She is also a member of the Florida Board of Pharmacy and graduated from Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

You can hear my conversation with DeAnn here here

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Dr. Singh Edits New Book,
Publishes Articles with Students

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Dr. Om Singh, assistant professor of biology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, is the editor of a new book, “Extremophiles: Sustainable Resources and Biotechnological Implications.”

Extremophiles, organisms that grow under extreme conditions, have long been of interest to Singh, who says they have great potential to help solve problems in global warming, biotechnology, medicine, food production and energy.

Singh gathered, curated and edited 17 chapters about extremophiles in order to bring them to the attention of the larger scientific community. Singh co-authored two of the chapters himself – one with former Pitt-Bradford students Erin Copeland and Nicholas Choy that looked at radiation-resistant microorganisms.

The second chapter, written with scientists from the Department of Biotechnology, School of Engineering of Loreno, at the University of São Paulo, Lorena, Brazil, looks at replacing a chemical process used in the production of biofuel with a biological process.

Singh has also been publishing and presenting articles with students and colleagues. His student Choy presented research conducted in collaboration with Dr. Francis Mulcahy, associate professor of chemistry, at the 11th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science and the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences in Baltimore. Both presentations looked at the potential of microorganisms in bio-nanotechnology that Singh found in a cave in Virginia.

These extremophile organisms survive in darkness and coolness. Their potential, Singh said, is in replacing chemical processes with green biological processes in the production of chemicals or biofuels. Another possible use, he said, is targeting nanoparticles-mediated medicines at specific areas of the body. Choy also presented results from this research at the Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.

Prashant Gabani, a 2011 graduate, and Singh have also published in the journals Extremophiles and Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry this year. Singh believes that publishing is important for top-level students.

“I don’t let my students leave my lab without publishing something,” he said of student researchers, explaining that he will continue to work with them long after the research is done to help them get published. Having published, he said, really makes students stand out as they apply to medical and graduate school.

His research student Choy also performed a research internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Dr. Guang William Wang’s laboratory over the last summer.

Singh has even conducted research with high school students who are able to do independent research with him through the Bridges program, which allows high school students to take Pitt-Bradford courses for credit and at a greatly reduced cost.

His work with Bradford Area High School student Manu Gajanan will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Emerging Investigators, and he is also working with BAHS senior Aziz Yousif on extremophiles that thrive in an electromagnetic field.

Singh joined Pitt-Bradford in 2008 after completing his postdoctoral research at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine exploring proteomics-based therapeutic targets of cystic fibrosis

Guns, Accordian Taken in Burglary

Several guns and other items were stolen from a Weedville home last month.

State police say someone broke into the house along Redwood Avenue and stole three rifles, two shotguns, a train set, an antique slot machine and an accordion. The items are valued at $1,700.

Also the burglar damaged a wood door frame, trim around the door and a window frame. Damage is estimated at $70.

Taglianetti Hearing Scheduled

A hearing date has been scheduled for the man accused of shooting Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed Jr.

The extradition hearing for 42-year-old Anthony Robert Taglianetti is scheduled for December 21 in Prince William County, Virginia, but it’s possible he could be returned to Chautauqua County before then.

District Attorney David Foley says the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has received Governor Andrew Cuomo’s warrant for Taglianetti’s arrest. Now it’s up to Virginia officials to issue a warrant there.

Taglianetti would then have 10 days to file a motion to fight extradition. If he doesn’t, authorities can take him back to New York immediately. If he does file a motion the hearing will be held.

Taglianetti is accused of shooting and killing Reed outside his Clymer home on the weekend of September 21. He was captured in his home state of Virginia on September 28.

Erie's Avalon Hotel Robbed

Someone robbed an Erie hotel where families of patients at UPMC Hamot frequently stay.

At around 2 o’clock this morning a black man jumped over the counter at the Avalon Hotel and took an undisclosed amount of money from a cash register.

Police say the man had a knife.

They are continuing their investigation.

Man Arrested with Heroin in Parking Lot

A Phillipsburg man is in jail after being found passed out in the Sheetz parking lot in Brookville.

Police say 27-year-old Nathan Dorbolo was passed out behind the wheel of his car with three heroin syringes on his lap and 22 bags of heroin in his possession.

He was charged with drug possession and sent to Jefferson County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.

Teen Arrested for Stealing Vehicles

A Randolph, New York, teenager is in jail for allegedly stealing motor vehicles.

Sheriff’s deputies charged 16-year-old Dylan Davis with two counts of grand larceny.

He was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Town of Randolph Court and sent to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Man Jailed After Domestic Incident

A Bradford man was sent to jail after allegedly grabbing a woman by the throat and punching her.

22-year-old Clifford Charnisky was charged with simple assault in connection to the domestic incident.

City Police picked him up on a bench warrant Saturday and sent to jail on $5,000 bail.

Two Hurt in Hanover Crash

Two people were hurt in a crash Thursday afternoon at routes 5 and 20 in the Town of Hanover.

Sheriff’s deputies say 39-year-old Brenda Jimerson of Gowanda pulled out of a driveway and into the path of a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Michael Gould of Silver Creek. Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Lakeshore Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Jimerson was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way. Gould was given a ticket for operating a vehicle while his registration was suspended or revoked. They will answer the charges in Hanover Court.

Serial Shoplifter in Jail

A Bradford man has been charged with his third retail theft within a month.

City Police arrested 26 -year-old Matthew Louser Wednesday morning for a theft at Tops Market. Because this is the third incident within a month, it’s a felony offense.

Louser was jailed on $1,500 bail.

Lewis Run Man Arrested on Mechanic Street

A Lewis run man is facing a number of charges after allegedly being found with drugs and paraphernalia while he was drunk on Mechanic Street early Sunday morning.

City Police arrested 28-year-old Nathan Harpster at 1:17 a.m. after they learned he had Oxycodone pills and paraphernalia.

He’s charged with possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia, as well as public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. He was taken to McKean County Jail for probation violations as well. His bail is $5,000.

Man Charged for Shooting Near Trespasser

A Falconer man was sent to jail after firing a gun into the ground near a person he didn’t want on his property.

Sheriff’s deputies say 42-year-old James McGrath was upset because the person was on his property after being told to leave so, at about 4:45 Thursday morning he fired the shot into the ground toward the person. No one was hurt.

McGrath was charged with reckless endangerment and sent to jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gene Required for Nerve Regeneration ID'd

Scientists at Penn State and Duke universities have identified a gene associated with regeneration of injured nerve cells.

Their research has found that a mutation in a single gene can entirely shut down the process in which the parts of the nerve cells responsible for sending signals to other cells regrow themselves after being cut or damaged.

Team leader Melissa Rolls, an assistant professor at Penn State, says, “We are hopeful that this discovery will open the door to new research related to spinal-cord and other neurological disorders in humans.”


Public Invited to Attend Meeting for
East Fork Bridge Project

PennDOT invites the general public to a meeting for the proposed East Fork Road Bridge project in Potter County.

The meeting will be conducted during a regularly scheduled Wharton Township meeting and will include a review of the preferred alternative. Attendees will have an opportunity to review project displays and participate in discussions with project team members.

The project, which is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014, will replace the bridge on State Route 3001 (East Fork Road) in Wharton Township. The bridge spans the East Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek. The plans display will review the additional studies conducted since May and explain the decision making process that determines PennDOT’s preferred alternative

The meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 during the regular Wharton Township Meeting, which begins at 11 a.m. Meeting location is the Wharton Township Building at 3262 Wharton Road in Austin. The meeting location is accessible to anyone with disabilities.

Felon Facing More Charges

A convicted felon is facing more charges after shooting at deer in the Town of Olean last Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies got a complaint at around 8:30 p.m. about someone shooting at deer on the Back Hinsdale Road. During their investigation they learned that 49-year-old Eddie Loper of Olean is a convicted felon who is not allowed to use a weapon. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Olean Court on that charge.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation Police also issued Loper a ticket for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Dan Barry Honored for Sports Book of the Year

New York Times national columnist Dan Barry, ’80, one of St. Bonaventure University’s most honored journalists, has added another award to put on his bookshelf.

Barry’s most recent book, “Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game,” was honored this month with the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, awarded for a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2011. The award included a $5,000 prize.

The book is about the longest game in professional baseball history, played mostly on April 18-19, 1981, between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings of the International League. The final and 33rd inning was played June 23, 1981, after the game was ordered stopped after the 32nd inning at 4:07 a.m. on April 19.

Barry looks deep into the game, into the collective pasts and futures of the shivering fans; their wives at home; the umpires; the batboys approaching manhood; the ejected manager, peering through a hole in the backstop; the sportswriters and broadcasters; and the players themselves—two destined for the Hall of Fame (Cal Ripken and Wade Boggs), the few to play only briefly in the big leagues, and the many stuck in minor-league purgatory, duty bound and loyal forever to the game.

Said the L.A. Times: “Dan Barry’s ‘Bottom of the 33rd’ is a fascinating, beautifully told story of a ballgame and those in its sphere of influence.”

For more than 50 years, PEN American Center has honored some of the most outstanding voices in literature with its literary awards program. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization.

Throughout its 91-year history, PEN American Center has remained a writer-centered organization. Today, PEN American Center is comprised of 3,400 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators and editors in the United States.

Barry has written two other books: “Pull Me Up,” a memoir of his Long Island Irish upbringing and battle with cancer, published in 2004; and “City Lights: Stories About New York,” a collection of Barry’s “About New York” columns, published in 2007.

Barry’s column, “This Land,” takes readers beneath news stories and into obscure and well-known corners of the United States. The column expands Barry’s storytelling scope to the nation from New York City, where he wrote the “About New York” column for three years.

Barry was on reporting teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1994, he and four other members of an investigative team for the Providence Journal-Bulletin won a Pulitzer for a series of articles about corruption in that state’s court system. In 2002, he was a member of The New York Times team awarded a Pulitzer for coverage of the World Trade Center disaster and its aftermath.

Barry joined The Times in 1995. He lives in Maplewood, N.J., with his wife, Mary Trinity, and two daughters, Nora and Grace.

You can hear Anne Holliday's LiveLine Interview with Dan Barry here:

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Lawrence Fox Hearing Rescheduled

The preliminary hearing for the Buffalo man charged with attempted murder for a shooting in Bradford two weeks ago has been rescheduled.

29-year-old Lawrence Fox was scheduled to appear in Central Court today, but the hearing has been moved to November 15.

At about 4:45 a.m. on October 13 Fox allegedly fired seven shots toward a Pittsburgh man in the area of Chautauqua Place and Bushnell Street. He didn’t hit the man, but one shot hit the electric box of a Bushnell Street home. It didn’t go into the house. Fox fled the scene and was picked up 10 days later by the US Marshals Fugitive Recovery Team in Erie.

Besides attempted murder he is charged with aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person. Fox is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $750,000 cash bail.

Kelly: A Conspiracy of Silence at PSU

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says former Penn State President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president for finance and business Gary Schulz were involved in a "conspiracy of silence" regarding the then-allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

"This is not a mistake, an oversight or a misjudgment. This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials at Penn State, working to actively conceal the truth, with total disregard to the suffering of children," Kelly said.

You can read Kelly's news release and the grand jury presentment here.

The university released the following statement on its website:

Penn State officials today (Nov. 1) learned of the charges announced at a press conference held by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly against former University president Graham Spanier, and of additional charges brought against former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former University administrator Gary Schultz, in relation to the Jerry Sandusky case. According to the attorney general, all three men are now charged with conspiracy; obstruction of justice; endangering the welfare of children; failure to report a crime; and perjury.

Spanier was removed as president of the University on Nov. 9, 2011. After his removal, he continued to serve as a tenured professor at Penn State, though he has been on sabbatical leave. In light of the charges brought against him, Spanier will be placed on leave, effective immediately.

After charges were filed last November, Schultz returned to retirement and Curley was placed on administrative leave. Curley was on a fixed-term contract and has recently been given notice that his contract will not be renewed when it expires on June 30, 2013.

Sandusky, a retired former assistant coach, was convicted on June 22 of the abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

University officials will not comment further out of respect for the legal process.

Ceglia's Bail Set at $250,000

A federal judge has set Paul Ceglia’s bail at a quarter of a million dollars.

Ceglia is in jail on charges of mail fraud and wire fraud in connection to the lawsuit he filed claiming he signed a contract with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that gives him at least a 50 percent share in the multi-billion company.

Zuckerberg has contended all along that he did sign a contract with the Wellsville man but it had nothing to do with Facebook. Authorities say Ceglia doctored that contract to make it look as if it pertained to Facebook.

Couple Accused of Running Eneterprise to
Sell Untaxed Native Cigarettes

Two Bridgeport, New York, residents are accused of selling untaxed Native brand cigarettes.

State police say 54-year-old Linda Clarkson and 58-year-old Thomas Zawacki had an ongoing enterprise to regularly buy significant quantities of untaxed cigarettes and resell them.

When police raided their Town of Cicero home they found 116 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and about $27,000 in cash.

Clarkson and Zawacki are charged with possession and sale of unstamped cigarettes and criminal tax fraud. They were both released after their arraignments are scheduled to appear in Town of Cicero Court on November 13.

Fatal Crash on Route 219

A Brockway man is dead after a three-vehicle crash last night on Route 219 in Jefferson County.

Police say 79-year-old Clarence Anderson was on 219 just south of Rattlesnake Road when his car was hit by a truck-tractor driven by 32-year-old Matthew Heitzenrater, also of Brockway.

Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened when Heitzenrater's vehicle jack-knifed after he braked for a slow moving vehicle in front of him. A third vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Brandon Lewis of Brockway, was hit by the cab of Heitzenrater's truck.

Heitzenrater was not hurt. Lewis suffered minor injuries.

Route 219 was blocked for about five hours following the crash.

Graham Spanier Expected to Face Charges

UPDATE: Spanier is charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, perjury and conspiracy. He is also charged with misdemeanour counts of obstructing governmental administration. He is scheduled to be in district court in Harrisburg tomorrow.

Spanier Docket Sheet PDF

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier is expected to be charged today with perjury and obstruction of justice in connection to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

State Attorney General Linda Kelly will hold a news conference this afternoon and is expected to formally announce the charges then.

Spanier was forced to resign just days after the charges against Sandusky were filed. Since his resignation, Spanier has become a target of the investigation and the alleged coverup.

Spanier denies any knowledge of a 1998 University Police investigation of Sandusky involving a child in a Penn State campus shower, and has always denied any wrongdoing.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Authorities Approve Veterans Court

Veterans Treatment Court is coming to the US District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania.

The goal of Veterans Treatment Court is to ensure that qualified veterans in the federal justice system receive the help they need to successfully reintegrate into society.

US Attorney David Hickton says in a news release, "Men and women who have given so much to our country are increasingly finding themselves entangled in the criminal justice system due to mental health and substance dependency issues that relate to their military service. He says the courts will now be able to better address readjustment and reintegration for veterans.

Sandusky Transferred to 'Home' Prison

Jerry Sandusky has been moved to a prison that houses most of the state’s death row inmates.

The convicted child molester was transferred to the Greene State Prison today after being evaluated at Camp Hill near Harrisburg.

Prison officials say the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach will be placed in protective custody because of his high profile and the nature of his crimes.

Sandusky was convicted this summer of sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. Earlier this month Judge John Cleland sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in state prison.

Man Accused of Trading Gun for Pot
Waives Preliminary Hearing

The Bradford man accused of trading a stolen handgun for marijuana waived his preliminary hearing today in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

When police were investigating the theft of a handgun from the Seneca building they learned the suspects could be two boys and girl, then found the girl at Fretz and got more information from her.

In continuing their investigation they learned that one of the boys and 22-year-old Steven Young traded the handgun for marijuana and a marijuana bowl. Young also allegedly smoked pot with the children.

He’s jailed on $10,000 bail.

Sexual Assault Charge Bound to Court

Sexual assault and other charges against a Bradford man have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

18-year-old Dustin Atkinson allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl back in August in his Jackson Avenue home.

He’s charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated assault, indecent assault, unlawful conduct and corruption of minors. Atkinson is in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Hearing for Indicted Doctor

A judge will decide whether a former Allegany County, New York, doctor charged with fraud can return to federal court in Buffalo on his own or in the custody of US Marshals.

52-year-old Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson of Dearborn, Michigan, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using a false document in a health care matter and criminal contempt. Among the places Hudson practiced medicine was Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

Hudson is accused of not reporting that he was dismissed from a residency program in New Jersey, in 2003, for incompetence. He is also accused of not reporting that he lost his job in an Ogdensburg, New York, ER because of poor performance in 2008. He also allegedly lied about earning an undergraduate degree from York University, in Ontario.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hudson got to be an approved health care provider for the Medicare program, BluCross and BlueShield and Univera by providing false information. Hudson is also accused of billing Medicare for health services for at least two months after a judge ordered him not to.

The US Attorney’s Office say because Hudson is physically in Michigan now, a removal hearing had to be held to see if he’ll be detained there until he’s taken to New York, or whether he can go on his own.

Route 59 Paving Starts Thursday

A project to design and build a retaining wall on Route 59 in McKean and Warren counties will start in the spring.

But, pavement patching work will start tomorrow (November 1) and will last for about a week, weather permitting.

The project will go from about 2 miles east of the intersection with Route 6 in Warren County to 10.6 miles west of the McKean/Warren County line.

Swank Construction of New Kensington was awarded the $1 million project. The costs will be paid entirely by federal money.

Traffic will be controlled by flaggers during the pavement patching, and a 9-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.

Natioanl Fuel Raising Rates

National Fuel is raising its rates just in time for winter.

The gas company announced today that the monthly bill of a typicial residential customer will increase from $77 to $80.

Director of corporate communications Sandra James say, the increase is a direct result of a rise in the price of natural gas the company must by for its customers. She adds that, even with the increase, rates will be nearly 6 percent lower than what people were paying at this time last year.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bonnies Receiving Votes In Preseason Poll

For the first time in program history, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is receiving votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bonnies begin the season with the 37th most points of any team in the land with six.

The Bonnies ran through 2011-12 schedule to a 31-4 record and a berth into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. SBU finished last season at No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll, No. 23 in the Coaches Poll and were positioned as high as No. 16 in the nation during the week of March 5.

The Bonnies won the Atlantic 10 regular season title by running the table to a perfect 14-0 mark. They would advance to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament before being selected as a 5-seed in the Raleigh Region of the NCAA Tournament. SBU would go on to defeat Florida Gulf Coast and Marist to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. By season's end, the Brown and White had amassed a 4-2 record against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the final Coaches Poll.

SBU returns two starters and six total letterwinners from last year's squad. Head coach Jim Crowley, the reigning A-10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year, brings in a class of six freshmen to go with his returning core.

Senior guard Alaina Walker was recently named to the Preseason A-10 All-Defensive Team. She was named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team at the end of last season. Senior forward Chelsea Bowker (7.1 pts, 2.7 reb) will sit out the 2012-13 campaign with an ankle injury but will be eligible to return for the 2013-14 season.

The Bonnies get their season underway this Saturday (Nov. 3) with an exhibition at home against Edinboro. Tip off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The regular season tips off Nov. 10 in the Reilly Center against Binghamton at 1:00 p.m.

Open Arms Church to Present
'Christian Perspective on Government'

As Election Day looms, one local church is hoping to address the issues of politics in modern society head on.

Open Arms Community Church Pastor Mike McAvoy says, “There are strong feelings among Christians and society in general for both sides, but we should not allow politics to divide the church or our nation. As long as people are involved brokenness and imperfection will always be a part of the equation. There is no perfect form of government, political party, or leader.”

McAvoy explains that their new sermon series, "dotGov: A Christian Perspective on Government," will focus on what the Bible says about government; what responsibilities the Christian has; and what happens if "the other guy" wins the election.

McAvoy says, “God does not impose a form of government or specific leaders," which he explains, is why there are different kinds of government all over the world. And in each government, the spiritual responsibility of the people remains the same, “Christians have a clear role and responsibility in society and toward government no matter who is in power.“

McAvoy says that while he does plan on voting, and knows which candidate he supports, he also understands that people within his church and community have a variety of opinions on the matter, and those issues should not be the type of thing that divides and separates believers from each other.

"dotGov: A Christian Perspective on Government" starts this Sunday, November 4th, and will run through November. Services are at 9:15 and 11:00AM. For more information, visit

Cathy Sirianni to be Featured Artist at
ArtWorks at the Depor in Kane Friday

By Ruth Gentilman Peterson

Artist Cathy "Cat" Sirianni and her paintings will be featured at ArtWorks at the Depot in Kane taking place this Friday, November 2, 5-7 p.m.. The artist receptions in this annual Fall series are free and open to public. This is the final reception of this season. Come meet Gallery Artist Cathy "Cat" Sirianni, see what inspires her work and enjoy refreshments and conversion with artists, art lovers, and passersby.

"All around us, there are whispers of order in the chaos -- in a world of randomness and coincidence, there is an underlying pattern. I became interested in the mathematics of pattern, fractal geometry and chaos theory after reading Alan Turing’s work which mathematically generated the pattern of a cheetah’s spots by writing equations for the chemical reaction -- diffusion system which occurs during embryonic development. The idea that in even the most turbulent phenomena there is an overall organizing design appeals to me," noted artist Cat Sirianni. "It comforts me that the response to seemingly disorganized external factors is self-generating pattern, an order in what appears to be arbitrary."

As a reflection of Cathy's fascination with pattern, the repetition of shape or form, multiples, and self-similar elements dominates her work. She is most interested in single units which contain within them a repetition of elements. Her current paintings focus on life forms that exhibit a structural morphology which is highly mathematical, plants or animals which grow in patterned way.

The scale of the paintings and the macro approach to its organic content is reminiscent of the work of Georgia O’Keefe. "In general I have chosen a fairly large scale for objects which are fairly small in order to both call attention to these often overlooked objects and to the patterns within them. Tight cropping allows for the objects to explode off the canvas and take on a somewhat aggressive tone," Sirianni stated.

Cat is a Kane native, the daughter of Larry and Sandra Johnson. She is certified in Elementary Education and Art. Her teaching career includes three years at Colegio Bilingue in Valledupar, Colombia, SA, where she taught English; several years at Bradford Central Christian HS where she taught Spanish, and two years at Holy Rosary School where she taught K-8 Art. She began teaching at Kane Area High School in 2006. She completed her MA in painting at Edinboro University with her thesis show in November 2010. Cathy and husband Jim live in Kane. They have a son in college.

Sirianni describes her painting as a process that "generally accentuates both the patterns implicit in the structure and those related to surface color or design. While the final image is realistic, both the forms and the patterned elements are reduced to shapes which generally use areas of flat color and hard edges to define them. In the final layers, the crispness of edges and the pervasiveness of the pattern may be diminished by additional modifications to the surface to convey texture or more subtle color variations. While I explore the value scale of my subjects in preliminary studies, within the paintings I tend to use colors which fall in the mid-range of values and explore subtle shifts in color temperature to suggest depth or structure."

ArtWorks looks forward to seeing you at the Depot Friday.

Next up at the Depot -- the holidays take center stage at ArtWorks at the Depot with artisan market and ArtWorks gallery art containing a wide variety of media from two dozen local artists. Watch for December open house at the Depot, ArtWorks Gallery, Holgate Toys, featuring a variety of Depot produced books of local history, and "The Quarry", a novel by (Chief) Robert Carson recently published by his daughter Mary Carson Reehling. This and so much more for those who stop at the Kane Depot. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. from June - December and for special events.

Corbetts Speaks with Obama About Storm

Governor Tom Corbett says President Barack Obama expressed concern about outages, and that the full damage to Pennsylvania isn't yet known because the storm is still slowly making its way north up to New York.

About 2,000 Pennsylvania National Guard members are working around the state Tuesday and power outages still stand at nearly 1.3 million.

Despite the damage in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth is sending emergency responders to New York and New Jersey -- including 35 ambulances, mass casualty bus and an urban search and rescue unit – which were the hardest hit by the storm.

Pictured,Corbett speaks with President Obama and gives the latest update on Hurricane Sandy's impact in Pennsylvania.
Photo provided by PA Internet Services

Girls Afternoon Out at the Library

Attention, ladies! Are you sick of spending your Sunday afternoons watching football games? Are you ready to enjoy some girl time? Well, the Bradford Area Public Library has just the thing for you.

Girls Afternoon Out will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the library at 67 W. Washington St.

“We wanted to pull together a fun afternoon for ladies to enjoy,” said Stephanie Smeal Parsons, event organizer.

The afternoon is packed with a runway fashion show by Melissa’s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedos, mini-manicures by Lisa’s Hairport, hairstyles by Sheer Designs, beauty tips by Mary Kay Cosmetics and photo opportunities courtesy of Shawn Murray Photography.

Representatives from Premier Design Jewelry, Thirty-One and Tastefully Simple will be on hand to take orders for your holiday shopping.

There will also be door prizes and hors d’oeuvre.

Proceeds from the afternoon will benefit the Derby Gala and Chapeau Tea.

For more informration on the Girls Afternoon Out, listen to Wednesday's LiveLine on 1490 WESB and at at 12:35 p.m.

Pictured, Tricia Wilt, center, gets a little help, from left, Stephanie Smeal Parsons, Kelly Case, Melissa Smith of Melissa’s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedos and Tamara McIntyre as she prepares to model some dresses during Girls Afternoon Out set for Sunday afternoon at the Bradford Area Public Library.
Sandra Rhodes photo

Another Ceglia Lawyer Withdraws

Paul Ceglia has to start looking for another lawyer – again.

Ohio attorney Dean Boland moved in federal court in Buffalo today to withdraw as Celglia's lawyer, but his motion doesn’t say why. It does say, however, that he does not believe Ceglia tried to defraud Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Ceglia was arrested at his Wellsville, N.Y., home last week. Authorities say he doctored, fabricated and destroyed evidence to support his 2010 lawsuit against Facebook and Zuckerberg, which claims he is entitled to at least a 50 percent share in the multi-billion dollar company.

Boland is among more than a half dozen lawyers and law firms who've represented Ceglia and then changed their minds.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wind Downs Several Trees

UPDATE 2: Trees were also down on Interstate Parkway, East Corydon and Congress streets, also near the Pennhills Club and on Niles Hollow. A transformer fire on East Corydon also knocked out power to several customers.

As of 11:20 p.m. about 400 Penelec customers in McKean, Potter, Cameron and Elk counties are without power. (Does not include non-Penelec customeers). More than 700 customers in Warren County have no power. More than 11,000 in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties are without power.


UPDATE: Power outages were also reported in Kane and Mount Jewett. A tree is blocking Route 155 near Sizerville State Park.

About 100 cutomers in Kane are without power as of 9:17 p.m. Pockets of customers throughout McKean County as well as Potter, Elk, Cameron and Warren counties are also without power, according to Penelec.


Several trees have been reported down on area roads, including Lincoln Drive in Lewis Run, Seaward Avenue, Norwich Hill and West Valley Road in Norwich Township.

Also, the Village of Roulette lost power at around 6 p.m.

SBU's Curry Named A-10 Player of the Week

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure sophomore Molly Curry has been named the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week after scoring a game-winning goal and a game-tying goal last weekend to propel the Bonnies into this week's A-10 Championship.

With just two minutes left in the second overtime period against Massachusetts on Friday (Oct. 26), Curry put the game-winner in the back of the net for a 1-0 victory. On Sunday (Oct. 28) against Rhode Island, with the Bonnies playing with just 10 players for the entire second half, the Ransomville, N.Y., native tied the game in the 61st minute. Shannon Van Riper scored 16 minutes later, clinching a berth in the A-10 Championship for Bonaventure.

The award is the first of Curry's career, and second for a Bonaventure player this year as Van Riper claimed POW honors on Sept. 24.

Of Curry's four goals this season, three have been game-winners, while the fourth was a game-tying goal. The forward finished the regular season ranked second on the team in goals (4) and third on the club in points (8).

With the two victories last weekend, St. Bonaventure earned the No. 5 seed in the eight-team tournament and will face No. 4 Butler in the quarterfinal round, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at Rhode Island's Soccer Complex.

Confucius Institute to Present Cultural Show,
Talk on Acupuncture at Pitt-Bradford

The Confucius Institute at London South Bank University will visit the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Nov. 7 to present two free cultural shows and a lecture on acupuncture.

The cultural shows will be presented at noon and 6:30 p.m. and each will last about an hour in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. They will feature traditional performance arts of lion dance; a solo, “The Prairie” on the suona, a Chinese oboe; folk dances, “The Snow” and “The Flowers”; kung fu performance of “Mighty Glory” and kung fu with weapons, “The Swords”; as well as traditional musical instruments performing “Happy China.”

A lunch buffet with Chinese menu options is available for purchase before or after the noon show in the KOA Dining Hall. Cost is $7.75.

Ian Appleyard will present a lecture, “Traditional Chinese Medical Theories and Modern Science in Acupuncture Research” at 2 p.m. in the University Room.

His lecture will argue that while Chinese medicine theory may not be viewed by some as a science, it is still of great value to science and practitioners.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in acupuncture from Westminster University in London and has worked as an acupuncturist in private practice for four years. He spent 3 ½ years in China learning the language and continuing his acupuncture training. During this time, he studied at the Shu Guan Hospital and the Meridian Research Institute, both of which are in Shanghai. In addition, he completed a year of postgraduate clinical training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, which is recognized by the World Health Organization as a training institute for Chinese medicine. He also studied acupuncture in Chiba, Japan, for one year.

The visit is sponsored by the Confucius institutes of London South Bank University and the University of Pittsburgh.

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

New Logo Shows
Library's Roots in Community


The work the Bradford Area Public Library does is deeply rooted in the community. That fact is apparent in the new logo design unveiled by the library earlier this month.

The new logo, approved by the library’s board of trustees, features a tree growing out of the pages of a book. Inside the tree are all the things that bring the library to life – books, computers, and even Whispurr, the library’s resident cat.

The new logo was designed by Allison Ambrose of Bradford.

“Allison took the very best parts of the library, worked her magic and delivered the perfect logo to us,” said BAPL President and CEO Tamara McIntyre. “We have already started to incorporate this new look in our material such as our Facebook page, our new website, which has not been unveiled yet, and stationary. When people see this logo, they will think of the Bradford Area Public Library.”

Ambrose said she was inspired after doing some research and stumbling across knowledge. That developed into doing more research on the “tree of knowledge,” which eventually became the basis for the logo.

“I then drew my own images, combining some ideas I found in the research and what popped into my head,” Ambrose said. The tree in the logo has a few different meanings to me. It represents knowledge, growth and renewal; all fantastic qualities of our public library.”

And while library officials did not request a cat be part of the logo, the graphic designer for 19 years knew it had to be.

“I don’t think I could have done a logo without Whispurr,” she said. “A cat has been part of the library for as long as I can remember. Even as a little kid I remember a cat over at the former library on Congress Street … that was just a natural design element for this logo.”

Ambrose has also done logo work for local surgeon Dr. Robert Tahara and many other logos while she worked at Bradford Regional Medical Center. She also does a variety of other design work such as stationary, national magazine advertisements and billboard design, to name a few.

Ambrose, who is the marketing and graphics coordinator at Control Chief, is married to Lloyd Ambrose. The couple has three children, Payton, Dawson and Jaron.

“They are my best critics. They always tell me which one they like best and give great feedback. (The kids) have been pulled into my design world all of their lives so critiquing is a normal part of their world.”

Closings and Cancellations

Salamanca and Wellsville schools are also closed Tuesday.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that due to high winds, the speed limit for the western section of the New York State Thruway (I-90) and all of the Niagara Thruway (I-190) is reduced to 45 miles per hour.

The reduced speed limit applies to all of I-190 and the portion of I-90 between Exit 57, (Hamburg-NY Route 75) and the Pennsylvania state line.

Motorists with high profile vehicles, large commercial vehicles, buses and empty tractor-trailers are advised to adjust their driving schedules and reduce speed consistent with weather conditions

We've been keeping up (or trying to!) on our Facebook pages and at but -- and I apologize -- I have not listed them here yet. But, better late than never, here they are:

Bradford Schools, including St. Bernard’s, along with Otto-Eldred Schools and Port Allegany Schools, will be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday.

The Learning Center will not have morning pre-school, but child care will be open IF they have power. Both the morning and afternoon sessions of Rainbow Corner pre-school will be closed tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, all Seneca Highland Early Intervention Pre-School classes have been cancelled.

Oswayo Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow and all after school activities have been cancelled as well.

Also in Potter County, Northern Potter, Coudersport and Galeton schools will be closed, along with the Hebron Center Christian School.

In Elk County, the St. Marys Area School District will operate on a two-hour delay. Johnsonburg and Ridgway schools will be closed.

DuBois Business College classes are cancelled for tomorrow.

And, McKean County Career Link will be closed tomorrow.

National Fuel Offers Flooding Advice

National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:

· If flooding has affected a customer’s natural gas appliances (furnaces, hot water tanks, etc.), they should not attempt to re-light the pilot lights on that equipment. If furnace or hot water tank controls were submerged, the floodwater may have caused damage that could affect the safe operation of the equipment. A qualified contractor should be called to inspect the appliances.

· While the basement is flooded, customers should NOT attempt to adjust any gas equipment or their gas meter.

· Customers should not turn on any gas valve that has been turned off by National Fuel or emergency personnel when flooding has occurred. Once the water has subsided, contact National Fuel at 1-800-444-3130 and the company will test and restore the service at no charge to its customers. Appliances affected by floodwater will remain turned off and the customer will be required to contact a heating contractor or plumber to verify that the equipment will operate safely.

· As always, if a gas odor is present, the customer should open a window for ventilation, leave the premises and call National Fuel at 1-800-444-3130 immediately. Do not use any appliances or operate any electrical switches if a gas odor is present. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive emergency calls

Thompson: Hurricane Sandy is Serious Storm,
Stay Tuned to Local News, Take Precautions

Bellefonte, Pa. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement on Hurricane Sandy:

"As Pennsylvania begins to feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy, I want to reiterate the importance of keeping up to date with the latest storm information from local news outlets and notifications and preparedness guidelines from local emergency authorities. Our region is set to experience sustained high winds, heavy rain, and flooding, which could all continue for several days. I also encourage everyone to utilize and other online resources which will help all of us remain as informed as possible of the storm’s trajectory, along with safety precautions that can be taken now and following the storm."

Federal Emergency and Storm Information:

· U.S. Department of Homeland Security -

· National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -

· National Weather Service -

Man Jailed for Attempted Murder

A Steamburg man is hospitalized in serious condition after being shot several times during an argument on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Perrysburg on Sunday.

State troopers say 19-year-old Maxwell Mohawk of Perrysburg shot 23-year-old Charles White at close range a number of times with a .45 caliber pistol.

Mohawk is charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

PennDOT Closes Some Roads

Harrisburg – Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, beginning at 12:30 p.m. today the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are expanding temporary speed limit reductions and some vehicle restrictions to eastern and south central Pa. roadways.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Interstate 81 from the New York state to Maryland state border;
Interstates 78, 83, 84, 380, 176 and 76;
Interstate 283 and Route 283;
Interstate 80 east of Interstate 81;
Pennsylvania Turnpike from New Jersey to Carlisle and the Northeast Extension; Route 581; and
U.S. Routes 15, 30, 22/322 and 33.

Also, in conjunction with similar restrictions imposed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, these types of vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the speed-restricted roadways:

Class 9 vehicles (Overweight and over-dimensional trucks);
Empty straight trucks;
Large Combination Vehicles (tandem trailers and doubles);
Tractors hauling empty trailers;
Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;
Motorcycles; and
Recreational Vehicles, or RVs.

The agencies may expand highway restrictions if storm conditions warrant.

Earlier today, PennDOT and the PTC issued these speed and vehicle restrictions on the following highways:

Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties;
Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware counties;
Interstate 476 in Delaware and Montgomery counties;
Interstate 676 in Philadelphia;
Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties;
U.S. Route 1 Extension in Philadelphia;
U.S. Route 1 in Bucks, Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties;
U.S. Route 30 Bypass in Chester County;
Route 63 (Woodhaven Expressway) in Philadelphia;
U.S. Route 202 in Chester County;
Route 309 in Bucks and Montgomery counties;
U.S. Route 422 in Montgomery County; and
Route 611 Bypass in Bucks County.

Vehicles in these classifications should pull over to a safe area and wait for the restriction to be lifted.

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during intense storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. Regional Twitter pages and personal alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

Travelers who must be on the roadways should be sure that they have an emergency kit packed in their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

PennDOT also reminds citizens that information such as checklists for emergency kits and templates for emergency plans, as well as other information and volunteer opportunities, is available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).

As the Storm Approaches ...

From McKean County Emergency Management Director Bruce Manning:

This will be a very bad storm the commonwealth has already declared a disaster and the President has also declared Pennsylvania a disaster area. So please do not take this lightly. For the approaching storm some of the items people should have ready: Flash lights, LED flash lights are very good as they will last munch longer then incandescent flash lights. DO NOT use candles, there a very high risk of fire with the use of candles. Spare batteries, Water at least 1-2 gallons per person per day.

First aid kit, Cell phone charger that you can charge from you vehicle. Because when and if the power goes out you need a way to keep your cell phone charged. Non perishable food, such as can goods, water, you should store water now so if the power goes out you will be ready, bread, peanut butter, and a manual can opener. If you loose power try to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as the food will last longer. Battery powered radio so you can hear the news and don't forget the extra batteries for the radio. Try to have at least 3 days of supplies available. If you run a generator be sure to run it outside away from windows and doors. You don't want carbon monoxide getting into your home. If you have special needs such as home oxygen make plans now to have it available or have a way to go some place to get the oxygen you need. If needed there will be shelters established around the county, monitor local news on a portable radio. If you loose electrical power be sure to notify the electric co. The more calls they get the more it helps them see where the problems are located and they can plan there work accordingly. There is no reason to call 911 if you loose power.

Be sure you have a full tank of gas if you do need to go out.

If you a internet phone service (VOIP) and the internet goes down you will have no phone service.

If you don’t have to be out side or on the roads stay home. If the power is out treat all stop lights as a 4 way stop sign.

Remember this storm has the potential to be a very disastrous storm and the predictions are for the center of the storm to pass through Pennsylvania. The sustained winds will be above 40 mph with gust over 65 mph.

Inmate Escapes from Hamot

Authorities are continuing to search for a Warren County Jail inmate who escaped from custody while being treated at UPMC Hamot Saturday afternoon.

53-year-old John Allcorn was being treated for possible stroke systems and heart issues.

Allcorn is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds.

He had been in jail since August 5 when he was jailed for a parole violation for a simple assault charge.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Church to Host Spaghetti Dinner

The First Presbyterian Church, 54 East Corydon St., will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. or until gone, in the church auditorium.

The dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Italian bread, dessert, and beverages. The dinner will be prepared by chefs Jim Danias, Dick Cavallaro, and Larry Puller. The cost of the dinner is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 5 – 12, and free for those 4 years of age and younger.

Tickets are not needed, but reservations would be greatly appreciated by calling the church Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at 362-5569, or by stopping in at the church office, no later than Friday, November 2nd.

The Christian Education committee of the church is hosting this fundraiser dinner and proceeds will benefit the Camp Scholarship Fund.