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Tips for Pheasant Hunting

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By Jane H BryndelWe are in the middle of pheasant season and I hope you are finding time between high temperatures and super storms to get out in the field. We still have a few more bird stockings on our local game lands. Here are some tips and thoughts I had on this fall's hunting season: 1. Don't overwork your dog. Give them plenty of time to recover and rest between hunting trips. Most dog owners I talk with don't feed their dog before they run but after. This will help keep the dog from overheating and cramping up. It's too late now but I hope you kept you and your dog in good physical shape in the off season. Always carry water for you and the dog. I like to hunt from pond to pond to be sure the dogs can drink and cool off if needed. 2. Tailgate check your dog after the hunt. I put the dogs in the truck and run my hands over them. It's important to pay attention to the eyes, nose, between the toes – even the ear canal and mouth. Putting your…

Yellow Dot Program Launched Statewide

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett on Friday announced that PennDOT is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations – the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs. “Both of these programs speak for people when they can’t speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible,” Corbett said. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it’s critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim.” Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. Participants then place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle’s rear window. This sticker alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle’s glove compartment for the folde…

Teen Allegedly Stole, Sold Items

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A 17-year-old Genesee boy is facing felony charges. Police say the boy stole items from a Bingham Center Road home that he thought were scrap, and then sold them. The items were actually valued at more than $2,000. The boy will be charged with theft and receiving stolen property. The case will be handled by the Potter County Juvenile Probation office. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Accused of Stealing Electricity

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A Ulysses man is accused of stealing electricity from the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative. 41-year-old Ronald Norberg Jr. will be charged with theft of services. The alleged theft happened earlier this month, according to a police report. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Olean Moving Ahead with Streetscape Project

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Olean Common Council is expected to enter into a contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald consultants for engineering services for the North Union Streetscape Design Project. The cost of the services is $219,412, with the city’s share $19,947. The rest will be paid by Empire State Development. The city received proposals from 14 companies. The aim of the North Union Street project is to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, and to make it more welcoming to businesses, residents and travelers. The resolution to accept Hatch Mott MacDonald’s proposal is on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Veterans Day Concert at Pitt-Bradford

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The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a Veterans Day Recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel for all members of the campus and Bradford communities. The event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement, Gold Bar Club and the Student Activities Council. The program will feature various patriotic musical selections, prayer and a moment of silence. Dan Robinson, a broadcast communications major from Gifford, will sing the national anthem. Staff Infection, which includes Pitt-Bradford staff members, will perform acoustic versions of “Freedom” by Paul McCartney and “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival. Members of the Bradford community will also perform. Sisters in Spirit members, Christy Danias, Deanna Peters and Claudia Quinn, will sing “American Anthem,” accompanied by Jeanne Gross. Gross will also be the organist for the event. For more information call the Office of Community Engagement at (814) …

Thompson Releases Veterans Day Statement

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) issued the following statement today in advance of Veterans Day: "On November 11th, America honors the generations of men and women who have put the welfare of the nation before their own in protecting our freedoms. On this day, we join in thanking those from Pennsylvania and across the nation who have answered the call to serve, including many who have given the ultimate sacrifice. "While we continue to thank and remember all of our nation's veterans, we also pay tribute to the current generation of American heroes now serving in harm's way. My wife Penny and I keep our thoughts with all of these brave Americans, along with their families and loved ones, and pray for their safe return. "The men and woman who’ve served our nation with honor and distinction deserve our support and the best possible care, and it is our duty as Americans to ensure the promises made to these individual…

Pitt-Bradford Promotes Two to Full Professor

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The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has promoted two members of the faculty to the rank of full professor. Dr. Kevin A. Ewert has been promoted to professor of theater, and Tim Ziaukas has been promoted to professor of public relations. “Achieving the rank of full professor is a major goal for many faculty members,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs. “We’re very happy that Tim and Kevin have achieved this important goal. The university is proud to recognize their significant accomplishments through the awarding of this promotion.” Ewert teaches theater and is the director of the theater program. In addition to teaching and directing the student production each semester, he is an accomplished Shakespeare scholar, most recently co-editing “The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare” last year with John Russell Brown, former associate director of the Royal National Theatre in London and the editor of the “Oxford Illustrated History of Th…

PennDOT to Open Osterhout Street

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Ridgway – PennDOT expects to open the Osterhout Street (State Route 1014) bypass in Ridgway late in the afternoon on Monday, Nov. 12. Crews have been working since March to reconstruct and realign Osterhout Street in order to lessen truck traffic congestion in Ridgway Borough and easily access northbound Route 219. Trucks and passenger vehicles will be able to use Osterhout Street Once Osterhout Street is open, PennDOT will lift the detour on Routes 120 and 219. Overall work has included utility relocation, asbestos removal, major excavation, roadway construction, paving, roadway markings, and miscellaneous items. The 2013 construction season will address intersection improvements at Route 219 (Broad Street) and Route 948 (Main Street). Those improvements will include curbing, ADA ramps, and signal upgrades, with signal poles similar in style to the current street lights. All work is weather and schedule dependent. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Inc. is the contractor on …

City of Bradford Police Log

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Police were kept busy with a variety of calls on Thursday. They looked into a report of child abuse on Lincoln Avenue and checked on the welfare of people on Mechanic Street and Interstate Parkway. Officers got reports of disorderly conduct on Bushnell Street and Interstate Parkway; a domestic disturbance on East Main Street; and harassment by communication on Pearl Street. They also served a warrant on Tibbetts Avenue and issued a traffic citation on South Avenue, along with handling administrative tasks, and answering calls about alarms sounding, according to the police log faxed to WESB and The Hero. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

US Marsals Looking for PA Fugitive

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United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that The United States Marshals Service Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force has adopted the fugitive case of Scott Binsack. Binsack is wanted by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for a parole violation. The Task Force is asking for the public’s assistance in locating this fugitive. Binsack is 6”2” and weighs 210 pounds. He has a scar on his neck., Anyone with information is asked to contact the United States Marshals Service toll free tip line at (866) 437-9847. All callers will remain anonymous. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Driver in Fatal Crash
Gives Statement to Authorities

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The Chautauqua County man who was driving a car involved in a fatal car crash Thursday morning has given a statement to authorities.
Jeremiah Burgess of Silver creek appeared with his attorney in the district attorney’s office this afternoon and provided a statement to the DA and the sheriff’s office. The investigation is continuing, and charges are pending the completion of the investigation, which includes the autopsy and toxicology reports from the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office. 22-year-old Jeremy Long of Silver Creek was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the Town of Hanover. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947



... Chats with Anne Holliday

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American Idol Season 8 Winner Kris Allen chats with Anne Holliday about the PBS Salute to Veterans. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Fire Damages Truck Tractor

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An electrical fire did about $100,000 worth of damage to a truck tractor this morning on Route 66 in Highland Township, Elk County. State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the truck was stopped in a construction zone at 8:45 a.m. when the fire started in the engine compartment of the truck and quickly spread throughout the cab. No one was hurt. The truck was connected to a tank trailer that was loaded with wax, but the trailer only had minimal heat damage and the load was not damaged. Route 66 was closed for about an hour before being opened to controlled one-lane traffic. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

ARG Gets State Grant Money

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American Refining Group will be sharing in more than $18 million in state grant money aimed at repairing rail lines across Pennsylvania. ARG will be getting $1.9 million to rehabilitate 3,700 feet of track and add new loading racks for the refinery. According to ARG officials, the project will allow the company to safely handle an estimated 10,000 rail cars, create five jobs and retain more than 300 jobs. It also will help remove 40,000 trucks from state and local highways. “ARG is the country’s oldest continuously operated oil refinery, but more importantly it is a vital part of our local economy,” said State Representative Marty Causer. “The demand for its Pennsylvania grade crude oil is on the rise, and this expansion of ARG’s infrastructure will allow the company to better meet that demand.” “Pennsylvania has the highest number of short-rail lines in the country, which helps keep goods moving and our economy going,” Governor Tom Corbett said. “When we invest in these r…

Ruffed Grouse Society Needs Volunteers

The Ruffed Grouse Society is looking for hunters willing to volunteer half a day to help improve habitat for grouse, woodcock, and wildlife needing young tree habitat. The habitat work this fall consists of hand planting gray dogwood in a streamside zone on Hancock Forest lands near Clermont in southern McKean County. The tentative planting days are: • Tuesday, 11/13
• Thursday, 11/15
• Friday, 11/16
• Sunday, 11/18
• Wednesday, 11/21
• Friday, 11/23
• Saturday, 11/24
• Sunday, 11/25 Planting starts at noon of each day. Meet at the Clermont Fire Hall (just west of the junction of the Rasselas Road with SR 146 south of US 6). A hunter orange hat and shirt, jacket or hunting vest is required clothing. All volunteers must wear boots and gloves. Contact Mary Hosmer at 814-512-2101 if you plant to help so the right number of seedlings and hand planters are available on site. The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awarene…

Megan Minich Leaving United Way

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After two and a half years of leading the efforts of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc., Megan Minich has announced her resignation as Executive Director, effective December 15, 2012. “My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the entire Bradford community for embracing my leadership and my passion for this organization,” says Minich. “The devotion of past and present board members, donors, volunteers and staff has made my short time at United Way so much more than just a job.” Minich, who has served in this capacity since June 2011, began her career with UWBA as a Community Relations and Marketing Specialist in 2010. As a Warren, PA native, she welcomes a new opportunity in her hometown; however Megan and her husband, Brian, will continue to reside in Bradford as she looks forward to playing a vital part in our local volunteer community. With the assistance of the United Way campaign team, Minich will finish out the 2012-2013 Campaign: LIVE UNITED as Executive Director. Efforts …

Police Find More Than 700 Pot Plants

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Police found more than 700 pot plants and more than 30 weapons while executing search warrants in Chautauqua County earlier today. The raids, seizures and seven arrests started at around 5:45 and covered five locations. In Jamestown, 37-year-old Angel Pacheo and 32-year-old Gloria Pacheo allegedly had 400 marijuana plants, two pounds of dried pot and cash. They were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. 22-year-old Eric Truver and 22-year-old Jillian Hilton allegedly had 85 plants and 10 ounces of dried marijuana. 51-year-old David Truver allegedly had 83 plants. In Busti, 54-year-old Mark Truver allegedly had 12 pounds of dried marijuana, cash and 15 long guns. 55-year-old Scott Truver allegedly had more than 170 marijuana plants and 22 long guns. Police say more charges are expected. They say they were able to find the growing operations because the power meters had been modified in attempt to avoid payment. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Four Sentenced on Drug Charges

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Four people who conspired to sell Oxycodone, meth and marijuana in Elk, Jefferson and Clearfield counties have been sentenced to probation. 34-year-old Chester Mark Shugerts of Kersey will be on probation for four years. Rachael Maletto of St. Marys, 32-year-old Danielle Himes and 26-year-old Aaron Johnson, both of Kersey, were sentenced to two years’ probation each. In March of last year state police at the US Postal Inspection Service started a joint investigation into the sale of drugs in the three counties, and learned that the four had been buying and selling drugs at the DuBois Mall and near Elk County Catholic High School, among other places. Their co-defendants have not entered pleas yet. They are all part of a larger drug distribution ring allegedly run by Joshua Shaffer of Florida. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Minard Run Oil Contribution
Benefits Bradford Area High School Students

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Minard Run Oil Co. has made a $25,000 contribution to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to benefit high school students in the region who are taking classes through the university. The contribution is made possible through a tax credit program offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Pitt-Bradford has two kinds of programs in which students can earn both high school and college credits for the same course, Bridges and College in the High School. Both programs will benefit from Minard Run’s contribution. In the Bridges program, high school students attend Pitt-Bradford classes with regular college students. In College in the High School, which is offered in 12 school districts throughout the region, qualified teachers teach Pitt-Bradford courses during regular school time, and students are able to earn college credit. The additional funding provided through Minard Run and other local businesses has allowed Pitt-Bra…

Accused Child Molester Out of Jail

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The 77-year-old Sheridan, New York, man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl is out of jail after posting $60,000 bail. Arnold Blakey allegedly had sexual contact with the child in July and August of this year. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Child Protective Services and the DA’s office started their investigation on October 15 after receiving reports of suspected abuse. Blakely is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Charges Against Former OV
Library Director Bound to Court

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Charges against the woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library have been bound to court, following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Kari Stubbs. 39-year-old Tammyann Ray of Syracuse is accused of buying more than $8,000 worth of items for herself with money she allegedly stole from the library between November of 2007 and August of last year. Ray is the former director of the library. Police started their investigation after the library’s board of directors and current staff conducted an internal audit that revealed discrepancies in the library’s purchases and its inventory. Police say among the items Ray bought were electronics, sports memorabilia and clothes. She’s is charged with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property, along with related offenses. She is free on $5,000 unsecured bail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

St. Bonaventure Mourns Death of
Father Reginald Redlon, 15th President

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* Fr. Reginald A. Redlon, O.F.M., a professed Franciscan friar for 68 years and the 15th president of St. Bonaventure University, died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2012) at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. Fr. Reginald was St. Bonaventure’s president from 1967 to 1972, one of the more turbulent times in U.S. history. “Reginald faced unimaginable internal and external challenges tied to the religious, political and social upheaval that characterized the late ’60s — the peace movement, the sexual revolution, and the call for freedom from cherished traditions and almost anything that seemed to be ‘expected’ by social convention,” said Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission at St. Bonaventure and a 1970 SBU alumnus. “Circumstances demanded that he make choices that touched every aspect of academic and residential life at Bona’s. A man of integrity and principle, Reginald made the hard choices that he believed were in the best interests of the university…

Sex Offender Picked Up in Olean

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A Delevan, New York, man has been arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. 22-year-old Ryan Tarr was picked up at around 4 a.m. Tuesday at Olean General Hospital on an arrest warrant. He was released on his own recognizance and was scheduled to appear in Town of Yorkshire Court. In August of last year he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.

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Deputies Looking for Driver
Involved in Fatal Crash

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Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for the driver of a car involved in a fatal accident early this morning in the Town of Hanover. Sheriff Joe Gerace says a car driven by 22-year-old Jeremiah Burgess was traveling west on routes 5 and 20 at 3 a.m. when the car went out of control and crashed into a concrete abutment in the ditch on the south side of the road. His passenger, 22-year-old Jeremy Long of Silver Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene. Burgess is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office. Pictured, Jeremiah BurgessThe news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Snyder Elected SNI President

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Barry Snyder Sr. has won a fifth term as president of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Snyder defeated four other candidates seeking the two-year term. Rodney Pierce won the treasurer's post, defeating incumbent president Robert Odawi Porter for that position. Snyder said in a news release, "Nya-Weh. I want to thank the Seneca people for once again believing that leadership of our Nation is by the people. The past two years have broken the spirit and confidence that our people have in Seneca political leadership. We will not look back but we will move forward with an open and transparent government that will enable us to continue to protect and grow our economic sovereignty and our traditional values and culture." Snyder received 929 votes. 2,636 votes were cast at polling places on both the Cattaraugus and Allegany territories. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Turnout High in McKean County

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Voter turnout in McKean County was more than 56 ½ percent – which is extremely high considering it was about 20 percent in the primary. The City of Bradford, as a whole, brought the number down with only 46 percent turnout. Although three of Bradford’s precincts were in the 50s, two – the 1st and 5th wards – were in the 30s which brought the average down. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Obama Wins Re-Election

President Obama will win re-election, NBC News projects. The call came after the president was named the projected winner in the crucial battleground state of Ohio, and won both Iowa and Oregon. This put Obama over the required 270 electoral votes.

Vecchhiarella Wins Mayor's Race

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Former Salamanca Mayor Carmen Vecchhiarella is now the mayor-elect. The Democrat beat Republican Larry Butler by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. He will succeed Mayor Jeffrey Pond, who reached his term limit. Vecchiarella previously served as mayor from 1998-2001. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

GT Thompson Retains Congressional Seat

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Reed Wins Re-Election Bid in NY Incumbent 5th District Congressman Glenn GT Thompson appears to have retained his seat. Even in the heavily Democratic Elk County the Republican Thompson beat his opponent Charles Dumas by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. The race was closest in Centre County – the home county of both men. Thompson garnered 58 percent of the vote there, while Dumas got 42 percent. “My wife Penny and I would like to thank everyone; the volunteers, our family and friends, and the voters of the 5th District of Pennsylvania for making this campaign a success," Thomas said in a news release. "I am also thankful of Charles Dumas for his civility throughout the race. While we disagree on many things, the level of decorum has allowed for the issues to be presented and debated openly. I wish he and his family all the best," said Thompson, upon learning of the win. "While we celebrate a victory this evening, the work does not stop here. Earning the pri…

Gillibrand Wins Re-Election

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been elected to her first full six-year term as New York’s US Senator. Gillibrand was in the unusual position of being up for re-election twice in two years after being chosen in 2009 to replace Hilary Rodham Clinton, who stepped down to become Secretary of State. Her challenger during this election was Republican Wendy Long. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

NBC: Bob Casey Wins Re-Election

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NBC News has project incumbent Bob Casey (D) as the winner in Pennsylvania's US Senate race. He was running against Republican Tom Smith. Casey, 52, was state auditor general from 1997-2005; state treasurer from 2005-2007; and United States senator starting in 2007. Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released the following statement congratulating Casey: Tonight’s results are great for Pennsylvanians and the country. It’s clear Pennsylvania voters saw through the avalanche of negative attacks and reelected Senator Casey because he is exactly the type of strong advocate they need in the Senate. Senator Casey has spent his career standing up for middle class families and against the special interests. I am honored to continue working alongside Senator Casey in the years to come. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Some Election Results are No-Brainers

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Some election results are inevitable because the candidates were running unopposed. In Pennsylvania, incumbent state representatives Marty Causer, Kathy Rapp and Matt Gabler did not have challengers, nor did incumbent State Senator Joe Scarnati. State Representative Scott Hutchinson can officially be called Senator-elect Hutchinson. He was running unopposed for the seat held by Mary Jo White, who is retiring. She was first elected in 1996. The 21st Senatorial District includes Forest, Clarion and Venango counties, and parts of Warren, Butler and Erie counties. In New York, incumbent State Senator Cathy Young ran unopposed. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

FCI-McKean Inmate Facing More Time

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An inmate at FCI-McKean will spend another month behind bars for having a cell phone in the facility. 35-year-old Jose Israel Leal pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing contraband in prison and was sentenced to one month in prison. Leal had the phone inside the prison in June. The sentence was imposed to run consecutively to the sentence he’s currently serving. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Cause of Fire Still Under Investigation

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A state police fire marshal is still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged two houses this morning on Route 219 in Elk County. Trooper Greg Agosti says the fire started at 5:15 a.m. in a garage on the property of 76-year-old Hazel Courson of Brockport, and then spread to the home a few feet away. Courson, along with 48-year-old Lori Hollobaugh, 29-year-old April Dutka and 30-year-old Jason Young were asleep at the time of the fire but were able to escape without being hurt. Agosti says radiant heat from the garage fire also damaged another house occupied by Alan and Mary Moore. Damage is estimated at $150,000. The Horton Township Fire Department was assisted by Fox Township, Brockway, Ridgway, Falls Creek and DuBois fire departments. The American Red Cross is assisting the victims. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947