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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Bona Women Win, Move on to
Glass City Championship Game

TOLEDO, OHIO - The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (4-4) used a 56-36 victory over Southern (0-6) to snap their four-game losing streak and advance to the championship game of the Toledo Glass City Tournament on Sunday.

The Bonnies exploded out to a 9-0 lead by the first media timeout. Alaina Walker, CeCe Dixon and Ashley Zahn each scored during that early run.

Southern responded with a 7-0 run of their own before Dixon broke it up with a three ball from the wing. Both teams went scoreless over the next three minutes. Southern scored to cut the lead to three but that was as close as they would come for the remainder of the contest.

By halftime the Bonnies had built a 26-14 advantage. Ashley Zahn led the way for the Brown and White with seven first half points on 3-6 shooting, 1-4 from three-point range. Alaina Walker and CeCe Dixon each added six points of their own. The Bonnies shot 41.7 percent in the first while holding the Jaguars to an opponent season low 22.2 percent shooting.

At the start of the second half, the Bonnies came out firing once again. Jumping out on a 10-0 run, SBU didn't allow Southern to score until the 15:41 mark. The Brown and White built a twenty-point lead by the 12:49 mark on a jumper by Ashley Zahn.

SBU put this one on cruise control from that point on and by the 4:19 mark, head coach Jim Crowley had five freshmen on the floor.

When it was all said and done the Bonnies had cruised to a 56-36 victory, holding Southern to the second-lowest opponent field goal percentage of the season (26.8). The Bonnies shot 38.5 percent in the victory.

Walker led the Bonnies with a game-high 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Zahn contributed 11 points, making Saturday her fourth double-figure scoring game already this season. The Canandaigua native also added a career best six rebounds. CeCe Dixon scored nine points and Doris Ortega added four with seven rebounds.

Police Investigating Assault, Fight

Bradford City Police are using surveillance video from Zippo’s security cameras to identify the people involved in a fight and assault on Barbour Street near St. James Place at around 9:40 Friday night. About 20 people were involved in the fight and, according to police radio reports, one person was dragged by a car. Someone also reportedly used a baseball bat to attack a person. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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... Chats with Anne Holliday

Scientist Emily Overton chats with Anne Holliday about clinical studies on hair thinning, and new information on how hair changes with age.

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Woman Turns Herself in to Deputies

A Cattaraugus woman wanted on drug charges turned herself in to Sheriff’s deputies Friday.

26-year-old Tiffany Perkins is charged with criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

She was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in county court on Monday.

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Man Allegedly Took Police on Chase

An Erie man is in Chautauqua County Jail for allegedly breaking into a house and taking police on a short foot chase.

Sheriff’s deputies say 1:45 a.m. Friday they got a report saying 36-year-old Michael Sexton kicked in the door of a Westfield home and went inside. He left before deputies arrived, but Westfield Police saw his car a short time later. Sexton ran from his car and took police on the short case before being taken into custody.

He’s charged with burglary, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. His bail is set at $10,000 cash.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gators Win!

The Port Allegany Gators beat Sharpsville 28-21 to move on in the PIAA football playoffs.

With 1:11 left go in the game and down by 1 point the Gators recovered a fumble. Matt Bodamer threw a touchdown pass to Tyce Miller, then a pass to Trey Miller for the 2-point conversion.

The Gators' next opponent will be Clairton, which extended its state-record winning streak to 61 games with a 53-0 victory over Berlin Brothersvalley tonight.

While Bodamer is the Pennsylvania Gatorade/USA Today Player of the Year, Clairton's QB is no slouch. During tonight's game Tyler Boyd broke the WPIAL career touchdown record. He has 114. He also rushed for 227 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Both Clairton and Port Allegany are 13-0.

Way to go, Gators!

Thompson-Sponsored STEM Jobs Act Passes

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House today passed H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act, a bill to prioritize the legal immigration status for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees. U.S. Representative Thompson is a cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation, which passed by a vote of 245-135.

“It’s senseless to have someone come to the U.S. for an advanced education, then deny them the opportunity to join American businesses and help fill key high-skill job shortages, which is critical to expanding employment opportunities for more American workers,” stated Rep. Thompson. “We should welcome talented young minds to help fuel new innovations, create new businesses and work opportunities, rather than equip foreign competitors with graduates trained in our world class universities. Passage of H.R. 6429 will create additional pathways for STEM graduates to fulfill our workforce needs and serve as a catalyst for job expansion for domestic workers in the high-tech industry.”

“Study after study has shown that there are few legislative steps which would cost taxpayers so little, but which would have such a massive impact on job creation, innovation and national economic security than to make it easier for highly educated international students to stay in America and build their dreams and businesses,” stated Perry Babb, Co-Chair of The Alliance for Innovation & Business Development for Centre County, Pa. Mr. Babb, a business owner who has navigated the work visa process to be able to hire highly skilled international workers, is also a member of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC).

According to The Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan group of mayors from across the country and business leaders from all sectors of the economy, every immigrant with an advanced STEM degree working for a U.S. company creates about 3 new American jobs.

"I applaud the House for passing the STEM Jobs Act, which has the potential to greatly benefit employers in Pennsylvania looking to hire individuals with advanced degrees in these technical fields,” stated Gene Barr, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “Pennsylvania's economy has evolved significantly and workers with STEM training are in high demand. This legislation will allow more highly-educated foreign students to stay and work in the United States after graduating from our schools."

H.R. 6429 does not expand the total number of legal immigrants, rather it prioritizes individuals who have received STEM doctorates from U.S. universities. Under the bill, employers who hire STEM graduates must advertise the position and if a qualified American worker is available, the STEM graduate will not be hired.

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Corbett Signs Bill to Modernize
Pennsylvania's Library Code

EXTON – Governor Tom Corbett today signed legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) to modernize Pennsylvania's 51-year-old Library Code, the law which governs how public libraries operate in the state.

The ceremonial bill signing took place at the Chester County Library and District Center with dozens of librarians and library supporters looking on.

"I introduced this legislation to modernize Pennsylvania's Library Code because I believe in public libraries," Senator Pileggi said. "I believe the mission of public libraries is more critical than ever."

Senate Bill 1225 dramatically updates the Library Code, freeing libraries from the burden of unnecessary and outdated requirements. The 1961 law, for example, requires every district library center to have a minimum of 300 16-millimeter films in its collection.

"When it was enacted in 1961, Pennsylvania's original Library Code was a national model," Senator Pileggi said. "Over time, it grew to be antiquated. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated librarians and library supporters, our law will once again be among the best in the nation."

The new law will also:

•Provide more flexibility in how the state enforces standards when libraries have difficulty meeting certain local funding levels;
•Require a complete review of all regulations governing libraries; •Establish continuing education requirements for librarians; and
•Include more librarians on the Advisory Council on Library Development.

Senate Bill 1225 passed the Senate and the House unanimously before being presented to Governor Corbett for his signature.

Senator Pileggi specifically recognized the efforts of Senator Jeff Piccola (R-15), chairman of the Senate Education Committee; Senator Lloyd Smucker (R-13), who was a vocal supporter of the legislation; and former Senator Earl Baker, who serves on the Board of Trustees for the Chester County Library System and first recommended that Senator Pileggi tackle this issue.

He also thanked LaTanya Burno, director of his hometown library in Chester, the J. Lewis Crozer Library; and Glenn Miller, executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association; in addition to all of the individuals and organizations who shared their experiences with the current Library Code and its deficiencies and suggested ways to improve it at public hearings and in private discussions.

Pictured, Natalie Lynam, 4 years old, talks with Governor Tom Corbett during the bill signing of a new library code law that will help to modernize the state library code system for the first time in 50 years, as Senator Dominic Pileggi looks on.
Photo provided by PA Internet News Service

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Judge Fines Ceglia -- Again

Paul Ceglia has been ordered to pay about $90,000 in attorney fees to Facebook, on top of the more than $75,000 he had previously been ordered to pay in his ongoing civil lawsuit against the multi-billion company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

A federal judge ordered the new payment as a result of Ceglia’s last-minute cancellation of depositions Facebook had already paid its lawyers to do. He also has to pay for travel and lodging for experts that were scheduled to be deposed.

The Wellsville man claims he and Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003 that entitles him to a 50 percent share of the company. But in October, he was charged with mail and wire fraud for allegedly doctoring documents that supported his claim.

Earlier this week one of his lawyers, Dean Boland, argued in federal court his motion to be taken off the civil case. Ceglia opposed the motion, saying Facebook is pressuring Boland to withdraw. The judge hasn’t decided on the motion yet. About half a dozen lawyers have already dropped out of the case.

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Congressman Wants Penn State
Sanction Money to Stay in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Charlie Dent issued the following statement on a letter to NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert requesting the funds derived from NCAA sanctions against Penn State State University remain in the Commonwealth.

“Today, I, along with all of my Pennsylvania colleagues in the House sent a letter to NCAA President Emmert requesting the full funding from the endowment created by the NCAA imposed sanctions against Penn State be used in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“All of the victims of this unspeakable tragedy were residents of Pennsylvania and all of the substantiated reports of abuse took place within the Commonwealth. We believe that the full funding from the endowment should be used to provide grants to programs and organizations located within the Commonwealth, instead of just the 25% currently set aside by the NCAA.

“While we support the stated purpose of the endowment, we believe its funds should be used solely for programs and organizations located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where a need exists for the creation of prevention programs for sexually abused children.”

Congressman Dent represents Pennsylvania’s 15th District, which currently includes all or parts of Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Berks Counties. In January, the 15th district will include all or parts of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Dauphin, and Lebanon Counties.

Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson's district includes State College.

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Charges Against Accused ANF
Pot Grower Bound to Court

Charges against the man accused of running a marijuana growing operation in the Allegheny National Forest have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing today in front of District Judge Bill Todd.

57-year-old William Kamholtz of Frewsburg, New York, was arrested in September after law enforcement officials saw him harvest his marijuana crop, and then stopped his truck and found a duffel bag with suspected marijuana in it, according to court papers.

Authorities say they had been watching a field with about 50 marijuana plants in it for some time before they arrested Kamholtz.

He’s in McKean County Jail on $75,000 bail, but is also facing charges in Chautauqua County.

He is accused of having more than seven pounds of marijuana in his house, along with a marijuana drying shed, growing equipment and several firearms. His wife, 53-year-old Susan Kamholtz, is also charged in connection to the growing operation in Frewsburg.

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Man with Federal Warrant Arrested on
Drug Charges in Jamestown

A man from Puerto Rico wanted on a federal indictment has been picked up in Jamestown following a drug bust Thursday afternoon.

Police say 28-year-old Luis Marquez-Burgos was selling drugs from an apartment on North Main Street. While executing a search warrant Jamestown’s SWAT team found a large quantity of cocaine and heroin packaged for sale.

Marquez-Burgos has an outstanding federal indictment warrant from Puerto Rico for the trafficking and possession of more than 1 kilogram of heroin, more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

He’s in Chautauqua County Jail on the local charges, and will be arraigned on the federal charges at a later date.

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'Follow the Star' Creche Walk
Scheduled at St. Bonaventure

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University invites the campus and community to “follow the star” in the first-ever campus crèche walk to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

The Quick Center’s annual display of its impressive collection of crèches from around the world is usually housed in one location, inside the arts center. This year, however, the collection will be displayed at three locations on campus: in the Quick Center’s Branch Gallery, the University Chapel, and the Thomas Merton Center.

On Friday, Dec. 7, campus and community residents are invited to participate in the “Follow the Star Crèche Walk,” a walking tour of each display site accompanied by time for spiritual reflection. The event is open to all at no charge.

Guests are invited to gather at the Quick Center at 3 p.m. that day and view the display in the Branch Gallery. They will then proceed to the University Chapel to view the crèches on display in the chapel’s side altars. Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M, executive director of Faith Formation, Worship and Ministry at St. Bonaventure, will give reflections, and the University Brass Ensemble will play festive holiday music.

The group will then proceed to the Thomas Merton Center, home of University Ministries, to view crèches on display there. Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president, will give reflections and the University Chamber Singers will sing Christmas carols.

Afterward, all are invited to return to The Quick Center for hot cider.

“I hope many people will join as a community to take two hours off from the busy holiday preparations and reflect on the joy of Christmas and view the crèches from around the world,” said Ludwig Brunner, the center’s interim executive director. “Visitors will also get the chance to see The Quick Center’s tall Christmas tree decorated with the theme ‘Celebrate New York!’”

The Quick Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The center will be closed over the Christmas holiday, from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2.

Galleries are open to the public year round at no charge. For more information, visit The Quick Center at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

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Man Who Had Child Porn Gets Prison Time

A Hornell man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having more than 600 images and videos of child pornography on his computer.

26-year-old Taber Wells downloaded the images between September fo 2009 and June of 2010. The US Attorney’s office say some of the images depicted children younger than 12.

Taber will be on parole for 35 years after he’s released from prison.

The FBI handled the investigation.

Read the news release here.

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Wood Stove Causes House Fire

A wood stove is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a Famersville home early Thursday morning.

The fire started at just before 12:30 a.m. at 1143 Bush Hill Road. The Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team says the fire started in the first floor living rooms near the wood stove. The fire has been ruled accidental.

Five fire companies battled the blaze.

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Playing Child Starts House Fire

A child “playing with fire” in the kitchen has been determined as the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Dunkirk house early Tuesday morning.

The fire at 5:48 a.m. at 184 King Street had fully engulfed the house by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. The county fire investigation team and Dunkirk Police are continuing their investigation.

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Juveniles Charged with Arson in Portville

Two juveniles have been charged with starting a fire at the former Portville Forest Products building on Whitehouse Road back in October.

The Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation team determined that the October 16 fire was intentionally set. On Wednesday, the two juveniles were arrested and charged with arson and criminal mischief, both felonies. The names of the juveniles have not been released because of their ages.

Damage to the building and equipment is estimated at $10,000.

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Marra Family Provides Lead $1 Million Gift for St. Bonaventure University Fields Project

By Tom Missel
Director of Media Relations/Marketing

Once again, Tom Marra has stepped to the plate and hit a home run for his beloved alma mater.

Marra, class of 1980, and his wife, Michelle, are donating $1 million to jump-start the $3 million campaign for construction of St. Bonaventure University’s new athletic fields complex.

The project includes artificial turf, seating and media facilities on both the soccer/lacrosse field and the softball field. Lighting will be installed at the soccer/lacrosse field, which also can be used by club and intramural teams, such as rugby.

The announcement was made at a university fundraising event Thursday in New York City.

Six years ago, the Marras donated $900,000 to develop the university’s field-turf baseball complex, called Fred Handler Park at McGraw-Jennings Field. Tom Marra was a former third baseman for the Bonnies and played for Coach Handler.

The Marras’ two gifts are the largest ever given to St. Bonaventure’s Department of Athletics. The entire three-field complex will be named for the Marras, but naming opportunities are still available for the softball and soccer/lacrosse fields.

“Michele and I are thrilled to give back to St. Bonaventure University,” said Marra, president and chief executive officer of Symetra Financial Corp. “Athletics have been a huge part of my life and college career. It’s very important to us to ensure quality athletic facilities and operating support for our student-athletes and coaches

“We hope this gift will assist in strengthening our position in the Atlantic 10 and the NCAA, as well as inspiring other alumni and friends of the university to help us reach our goal.”

A university trustee from 2003 to 2012, Marra worked for 30 years at Hartford Life Inc., eventually rising in 2002 to president and chief operating officer of the 8,000-employee insurance firm.

In May 2010, Marra was named president and CEO of Symetra, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash.

“Tom and Michelle’s generosity to St. Bonaventure University, and in particular to the Athletics Department, is incredible,” said Steve Watson, SBU’s athletic director. “The Marras’ commitment will provide the main impetus to the field project fundraising, which is critical not only to athletics, but to the university as a whole.

“They have made a significant impact for future Bonnies student-athletes who will reap the benefits. We are grateful for Tom and Michelle’s support for so many years.”

The $3 million athletics field complex is one of the first projects in a proposed $18.8 million athletics facility upgrade at the university, and part of a global strategic plan for the Athletics Department, dubbed “Your Teams — Our Extraordinary Future.” Fundraising for a $300,000 locker room for women’s basketball has already topped $233,000.

The eight-pronged strategic plan also looks at strengthening NCAA compliance; academic performance of student-athletes; annual revenue; fundraising; enrollment and retention; athletic team performance; and staff compensation.

People interested in donating should contact Steve Mest, ’91, associate athletic director for external relations, at (716) 375-2379, or smest@sbu.edu. To learn more about the strategic plan and facilities project, go to www.sbu.edu/yourteams.

CARE for Children Presents Community CARE
Awards at Annual Meeting

Michael McLanahan, a senior at Bradford Area High School, served as the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the CARE for Children Board of Directors held Thursday evening at the Bradford Club.

The CARE for Children Board of Directors honored Zippo Manufacturing Company with the organization’s Community CARE Award and Mr. Howard Fesenmyer, Dr. Richard E. McDowell and Mr. Pete Buchheit with the CARE Volunteer Award.

Mick Marshall, President of the CARE Board of Directors, presented Mr. Greg Booth, Zippo President and CEO, with the company’s award.

“The board chose to honor Zippo Manufacturing Company for their long history of investing in CARE for Children, which we accept as a seal of approval,” said Marshall. “Whether it be the overall tournament sponsor for the CARE ‘fore’ Children Golf Tournament, the in-kind donations of product, the employee participation at special events and through memorial giving, or their support of the United Way, which benefits CARE.”

Marshall went on to say the Zippo’s lead gift towards CARE’s building campaign not only moved construction forward, but it elevated the project in the hearts and minds of community members.

“That investment will enable CARE to continue to positively impact and change local children’s lives,” said Marshall.

CARE for Children also recognized the efforts of Mr. Howard Fesenmyer, Dr. Richard E. McDowell and Mr. Pete Buchheit with the Community CARE Volunteer Award.

Tina Martin, CARE executive director, noted that the three honorees have been instrumental in the success of the building project and capital campaign.

“This recognition is a small recompense for the service that each of them, individually and collectively, have rendered, and hopefully will continue to provide to CARE,” said Martin. “We have been fortunate to have these men provide expertise in planning and executing the campaign, and assisting with the construction aspect. They all possess and share a wealth of knowledge and talents, and we’re lucky to have been a recipient.”

In his keynote address, Michael McLanahan spoke of the impact that CARE for Children has had on his life, and his desire to give back in the form of an advocacy campaign to promote the organization, especially the Disability Awareness program. His efforts are also part of his graduation project at Bradford High.

McLanahan is the son of Rick and Marcia Morrison of Bradford and Larry McLanahan of Kennewich, Washington.

The Community CARE Awards were established by the Board of Directors in 2003 to recognize outstanding contributions to the agency and to the children and families to whom CARE provides service.

Pictured, Michael McLanahan
CARE for Children photo

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pitt-Bradford Holiday Concert Tuesday

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Vocal Arts Ensemble will present a free holiday concert at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

The ensemble will perform a varied program that includes traditional carols and Christmas standards. The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university’s Spectrum arts series.

Students featured during the performance will be soprano Selese Huth, a writing major from Tionesta, singing “White Christmas”; tenor Gregory Mirth, an environmental studies major from Erie, singing “Voi che Sapete” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; tenor Matthew Tuzynski, an interdisciplinary arts major from Clarks Mills, singing “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”; and tenor Trey Knott, a sports medicine major from Warren, singing The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”

A brief sing-along of traditional carols will conclude the program.

Regina Gabriel will serve as accompanist. Other students in the ensemble are Nyssa Brumagin, an interdisciplinary arts major from Warren; Richard Knott, an interdisciplinary arts major from Olean, N.Y.; Falon Ljunggren, an interdisciplinary arts major from East Stroudsburg; Ashley Prylinski, a sport and recreation management major from Lake City; Colin Sullivan, a broadcast communications major from Olean, N.Y.; and Ashley Wilson-Rew, an interdisciplinary arts major from Harrisburg.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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Fatal Crash Victim Identified

Police have released the name of the woman who died when a man who was charged with DWI hit a car head-on Saturday in Cuba.

71-year-old Amelia Murray of Rushford was taken to Olean General Hospital after the crash at 6:45 p.m. on North Shore Road, but was then taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo, where she died two hours later.

Police say 46-year-old William Felicetti of Niagara Falls left his hunting camp and was on Mount Monroe when he didn’t slow down for yield sign and hit a car driven by 51-year-old Kenneth McElheny of Rushford. Murray was a passenger in McElheny’s car. McElheny and his other passenger, 50-year-old Susan McElheny, were treated at Olean General for minor injuries and then released.

Cuba Police say they are waiting for an accident reconstruction team to finish its work before deciding whether to charge Felicetti with anything besides driving while intoxicated.

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Alleged Pot-Grower Waives Hearing

The Brockport man who was allegedly running a large-scale marijuana-growing operation in his home has waived his preliminary hearing.

54-year-old James Volpe was charged earlier this month following a four-month long federal investigation.

Police found 65 marijuana plants growing behind a false wall in the basement of Volpe’s home, along with growing equipment and digital scales. They also found more than a pound of methamphetamine, $2,600 in cash, and a pill-making machine with, according to the criminal complaint, hundreds if not thousands of pills. Police also found a .22 caliber handgun in Volpe’s garage.

Back in 2010, Volpe was convicted on federal charges of illegally distributing steroids and illegally possessing guns. He was still on probation from that case when he was arrested on the current charges.

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Man Jailed for Parking Spot Fight

A fight over a parking spot landed a Jamestown man in jail.

Police got calls at around 5:45 Wednesday afternoon saying a person had a weapon in front of a house on Bush Street. They say Erik Gullett and another person were arguing over the parking spot when Gullett displayed a weapon. Police did not say what kind of weapon he had.

He was charged with menacing and taken to the city jail.

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Preliminary Bear Harvest Results

HARRISBURG – Four days of the statewide four-day bear season have produced a preliminary harvest of 2,639 bears, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission check station reports filed this afternoon.

Last year’s four-day bear harvest total was 3,154; in 2010, which offered a three-day season with a Saturday opener, the harvest total was 2,815.

Harvest results from the early bear season, including the statewide archery bear season, won’t be available until mid-December. Official total bear harvest results will be available in early 2013, after a detailed review of each harvest report is completed. Preliminary bear harvest totals do change occasionally by a few bears.

The preliminary three-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 3; WMU 1B, 37; WMU 2C, 229; WMU 2D, 152; WMU 2E, 37; WMU 2F, 269; WMU 2G, 744; WMU 3A, 162; WMU 3B, 180; WMU 3C, 63; WMU 3D, 183; WMU 4A, 132; WMU 4B, 74; WMU 4C, 93; WMU 4D, 233; WMU 4E, 45; WMU 5A, 1; and WMU 5C, 2.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations, so far, all had actual or estimated live weights that exceeded 562 pounds. Joseph A. Spano, of East Stoudsburg, has harvested the largest bear so far this season. Taken Nov. 21, in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, the male bear weighed an actual live weight of 709 pounds.

Other large bears (all but one, are estimated live weights) included: a 706-pound male taken by James R. Weisbrod, of Quakertown, in Greene Township, Pike County, on Nov. 20; a 699-pound male taken by William M. Rising, of Indiana, in Hamlin Township, McKean County, on Nov. 19; a 652-pound (actual live weight) male taken by Timothy J. Moffett, of Barto, in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, on Nov. 17; a 620-pound male, taken by Robert A. Pitts, of Meadville, in Roulette Township, Potter County, on Nov. 17; a 598-pound male, taken by Michael P. Intallura, of Renovo, in Noyes Township, Clinton County, on Nov. 17; 586-pound male, taken by Brian K. Stuebgen, of Renfrew, in Sergeant Township, McKean County, on Nov. 19; a 576-pound male, taken by Dana L. Landis, of Chambersburg, in Southampton Township, Bedford County, on Nov. 19; a 573-pound male taken by Michael J. Kelly, of Pittsburgh, in Harmony Township, Forest County, on Nov. 21; and a 562-pound male taken by Bryan L. Leabhart, of Dudley, in Carbon Township, Huntingdon County, on Nov. 19.

After four days of the four-day season, the top bear harvest county in the state remained Lycoming with 262. The rest of the line-up of the top five counties for bear harvests, so far, are: Clinton, 229; Tioga, 150; Potter 109; and Centre, 98.

County harvests by region for the four days are:

Northwest: Warren, 88; Clarion, 74; Venango, 62; Forest, 51; Jefferson, 50; Butler, 8; Erie, 7; and Crawford, 6.

Southwest: Somerset, 87; Fayette, 69; Armstrong, 32; Westmoreland, 25; Indiana, 19; and Cambria, 11.

Northcentral: Lycoming, 262; Clinton, 229; Tioga, 150; Potter 109; Centre, 98; McKean, 89; Clearfield, 84; Elk, 73; Cameron, 61; and Union, 60.

Southcentral: Huntingdon, 92; Bedford, 76; Mifflin, 42; Blair, 35; Perry, 29; Juniata, 27; Fulton, 22; Franklin, 14; Snyder, 8; and Adams, 1.

Northeast: Pike, 70; Luzerne, 64; Monroe, 60; Wayne, 42; Bradford, 38; Sullivan, 35; Carbon, 32; Wyoming, 26; Lackawanna, 21; Columbia, 19; Susquehanna, 18; and Northumberland, 11.

Southeast: Dauphin, 25; Schuylkill, 20; Northampton, 4; Berks, 2; Lebanon, 1; and Lehigh, 1.

Hunters with an unfilled bear license may participate in extended bear seasons that run concurrent with all or portions of the first week of the firearms deer season.

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Deadline Extended for Art Contest

Harrisburg – PennDOT has extended the deadline for elementary school students to submit entries for its aviation art contest until Wednesday, Dec. 19, recognizing that Hurricane Sandy resulted in school closings in some regions of the state.

Sponsored by PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation, the contest encourages students to display their talents and learn about aviation.

This year’s contest theme is “50 Years of American Space Flight.” Entries will be judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades.

There will be 22 statewide winners, with one winner from each division selected from each of PennDOT’s 11 district offices. Winners will receive a certificate signed by PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch and an enlarged copy of their entry. The students’ schools will also receive an enlarged copy of the artwork for display.

Artwork should be submitted on 8.5-by-11-inch or 9-by-12-inch paper, unframed, unmatted and unlaminated. All work must be done by hand (there is an exception for children with physical challenges).

Permitted formats are: acrylic, oil paint, felt-tip pens, indelible ink, soft ballpoint pens, watercolor or crayons. Formats that are not permitted include: non-permanent media such as pencil or charcoal, computer-generated artwork and collage work using photocopies.

The back of each submission should include the student’s name, teacher’s name, grade level, county and school address and phone number. Entries will not be returned. Winners’ schools will be notified by telephone.

Send entries to: Bureau of Aviation, c/o William Sieg, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120 or P.O. Box 3457, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0064.

Last year's winners are viewable under the Bureau of Aviation's "Education & Career Center" section at www.dot.state.pa.us. For more information, call 717-783-8800.

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Pitt-Bradford Financial Aid Information Nights

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Financial Aid staff will be offering free financial aid advice to college-bound students.

The financial aid high school night presentations begin next week in Coudersport and continue through the end of January 2013. The schedule is as follows:

6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 Coudersport Junior-Senior High School
6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.) Central School
6 p.m. Jan. 9 Otto-Eldred Library
6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 Smethport Junior-Senior High School
6 p.m. Jan. 10 Bradford Area High School, Room 232-236
6 p.m. Jan. 16 Cameron County High School
6 p.m. Jan. 23 Sheffield High School
6 p.m. Jan. 30 Oswayo Valley Junior-Senior High School

Information covered will include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), deadlines and tips that will make completing the FAFSA easier. A counselor will also talk about the financial aid process and the different types of aid that are available to families and students. Finally, the counselor will talk about different situations that can affect aid, such as income, academic progress and whether a student is considered a dependent or independent student. There will be time for questions during or after the presentation.

In February 2013, the Financial Aid staff will offer two different FAFSA completion nights, one from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Warren High School and one from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Pitt-Bradford Sport and Fitness Center computer lab.

Those sessions will enable families to complete the FAFSA online with help from the staff. Those interested should bring their 2012 Federal tax return if complete or their 2011 Federal tax return if the 2012 return is not yet done. Families should also bring Federal PIN numbers, if they have them, and investment statements for assets other than retirement accounts.

For more information you may contact, Deborah Woodley, assistant director of Financial Aid, at (814)362-7550 or woodley@pitt.edu.

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... Chats with Anne Holliday

Gadget Guru James Oppenheim chats with Anne Holliday about the hottest games and gadgets during the gift-giving season.

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Clarion University to Launch
Bachelor’s-to-MBA Degree Program

Starting in fall 2013, Clarion University students can choose to embark on an academic path that will grant them both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration in just five years.

Students in the bachelor’s-to-MBA program with either business or non-business academic interests – including chemistry, communications, computer information systems, history, modern languages, psychology, theatre and more – will be able to obtain both an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in their chosen field, and an MBA.

The bachelor’s-to-MBA curriculum is designed for the serious, focused student, said Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, Clarion University provost. Ideally, the student begins the program freshman year.

“We will be intentionally combining discipline-specific material and business applications in courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” he said. “Many of the undergraduate courses will not focus just on the discipline, but how it would be reflected in the business world. Business courses will include case studies specific to the discipline.”

A communications major, for example, might address the fact that traditional magazines are no longer surviving and ask, “What’s the current business model for communication and news?”

The experience and success of Dustin McElhattan (BS in molecular biology/biotechnology ’09 and MBA ’11) supports the Clarion model. McElhattan blazed his own career path with a bachelor’s degree in science followed by the MBA. Today, he is the associate product manager for a private biotech company, Clarion Research Group, where he manages the Hormonal Clarity Diagnostics unit that provides client clinical test results to physicians.

Clarion believes flexibility and breadth of knowledge are needed in today’s competitive world. The knowledge and skills gained from a substantive undergraduate discipline, when integrated with the graduate MBA degree, will make these graduates unique and very marketable in today’s workforce.

“We recognize that for many careers, a bachelor’s degree is no longer sufficient – you need a master’s to go with it,” Nowaczyk said. “When taking a content area that’s non-business and combining it with an MBA, it creates an individual who stands out in the job field. Companies are looking for individuals who are flexible and who are broadly educated.”

Like many programs at Clarion, the bachelor’s-to-MBA program will combine classroom education with real-world experience. Students will meet and learn from professionals, visit companies and organizations and be encouraged to complete internships, all directly applicable to their academic and career fields.

Students who meet the MBA admission requirements will not have to apply for admission into the graduate school.

Clarion University College of Business Administration and its programs are fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The MBA program was recently recognized as a “top 20 best buy” by geteducated.com.

For more information regarding Clarion University’s bachelor’s-to-MBA program, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-672-7171, ext. 1, or admissions@clarion.edu.

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Ceglia Pleads Not Guilty

Paul Ceglia has pleaded not guilty to federal wire and mail fraud charges for allegedly trying to defraud Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Wellsville man was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday and entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan.

Ceglia’s lawyer plans to ask that the trial be moved outside of New York.

Charges were filed against Ceglia in October after investigators determined he doctored evidence to support his claim that he and Zuckergerg entered into a contract that entitles him to a share of the multi-billion company. Zuckerberg has said all along that he and Ceglia had a contract, but it had nothing to do with Facebook.

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Port Allegany's Bodamer is Gatorade
Player of the Year for Pennsylvania

CHICAGO (November 29, 2012) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Matt Bodamer of Port Allegany High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year. Bodamer is the first Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Port Allegany High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Bodamer as Pennsylvania’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Bodamer joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).

The 6-foot, 180-pound senior quarterback led the Gators to a 12-0 record this season entering the Class A state playoffs, scheduled to begin November 30. A returning Class A First Team All-State selection as named by Pennsylvania Football News, Bodamer has completed 194-of-267 passes (73 percent) for 3,522 yards and 49 touchdowns against just five interceptions through 12 games. He has rushed for 726 yards and 13 touchdowns on 105 carries. Also a defensive back, Bodamer recorded 22 tackles and four interceptions for a defense that surrendered an average of 10.3 points through 12 games. He will conclude his career as the state record-holder for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offensive touchdowns.

Bodamer has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom and served on his school’s student council and as his class secretary. A member of the French and varsity clubs as well as the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as a youth football instructor, on behalf of a library auction and as part of multiple peer leadership and elementary student mentorship programs.

“There are two main characteristics that distinguish Matt from other athletes,” said Port Allegany head coach Michael Bodamer. “The first is his willingness to make himself better. Over his four years of varsity football, Matt has arrived at the school at 6:30 in the morning for weightlifting and quarterback training sessions. The second characteristic is his desire to make his team better. He is willing to work with any team member at any time. Matt has received many accolades over the years, but he always gives the credit to his team.”

Bodamer remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Bodamer joins recent Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Players of the Year Noah Spence (2011-12, Bishop McDevitt High School), Brendan Nosovitch (2010-11, Allentown Central Catholic High School), Kyle Smith (2009-10, Lancaster Catholic), Zach Barket (2008-09, Schuylkill Haven Area High School) and Brendan Beal (2007-08, Liberty) among the state’s list of former award winners.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

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Red Cross McKean-Potter Chapter Holds
Preparedness, Health and Safety Courses

The arrival of the winter months and the holiday season brings countless shopping trips, holiday treat baking and skiing as well as sledding excursions. These fun activities should always be approached with caution, as they have potentially unfortunate outcomes. Residents in McKean and Potter counties can learn how to handle emergency situations which might arise during the hustle and bustle of December by taking an American Red Cross preparedness, health and safety course.

The Red Cross offers health and safety classes that equip individuals with the necessary skills to prepare for and respond to life threatening situations. Red Cross CPR and First Aid certifications enable individuals to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of an emergency. McKean and Potter County residents are encouraged to sign up for a training course and join the five million people who have enrolled and learned how to save a life.

The following classes will be offered in Bradford this month. The courses will be held at the Red Cross office, located at 302 Congress St. Bradford, PA 16701.

• Wednesday, Dec. 12; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Adult CPR/AED; $70
• Wednesday, Dec. 12; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Adult First Aid/CPR/AED; $90

In addition to McKean and Potter residents, businesses, organizations and community groups can register for private instruction from the Red Cross. To register for a nearby individual class or private group instruction, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCross.org.

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Wagner Wants Tattoo Parlor Regulation

I obviously missed this story during the two weeks I was back and forth from Erie, but I felt it was important to post it here in case anyone else missed it, too. ~~ Anne

HARRISBURG – Auditor General Jack Wagner has called on the General Assembly and the state the Department of Health to step up the state’s role in regulating the tattoo parlor industry in Pennsylvania because of potential health risks to the general public, including Hepatitis C.

Wagner said that requiring Pennsylvania’s more than 750 known tattoo parlors and artists to obtain a state license would protect public health while helping state officials monitor one of the fastest-growing segments of the local economy.

"We license cosmetologists, hair salons and nail salons; it’s time we join the growing number of states that also regulate tattoo parlors,” Wagner said. “If we do not, the potential health risk to Pennsylvanians increases with every needle puncture.”

Read the news release here.

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New Procedures for New York Gun Shows

The New York attorney general’s office has reached an agreement with a Chautauqua County gun show operator to implement new procedures at their shows.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that Niagara Frontier Collectors, along with NEACA in Saratoga County, agreed to establish procedures that go beyond the requirements of the state’s Gun Show Law, including a process that ensures all guns brought into the shows by private sellers are tagged so, when leaving, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed. The agreements follow an undercover investigation by the AG’s office.

During a news conference in Buffalo this morning, Schneiderman said, "Our investigation demonstrated how the 'off the books' sale of guns presents a great risk to public safety. This agreement builds upon our work by holding gun show operators responsible for the purchases made at their events.”

"Gun violence is an epidemic,” Schneiderman continued, “and my office is working with gun show operators to create simple guidelines to ensure that these deadly weapons don't make it into the hands of felons, terrorists, the dangerously mentally ill and others that could not pass a background check. It’s a win-win for public safety and the Constitution."

You can read the news release here

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Men Scheduled for 'Last Day to Plea'

The man accused of beating his mother because he blamed her for his physical shortcomings is scheduled to be in McKean County Court this afternoon.

32-year-old Robert White allegedly threw his mother against a wall, punched her in the face, stomped on her left ear, kicked her, banged her head on the floor and choked her. He also allegedly threatened to get a knife and chop her up.

Also scheduled for a last day to plea is Robert Pierce, who allegedly conspired with two other people to steal a car, take it to Buffalo and trade it for drugs. A Bradford man who allegedly tried to sell jewelry stolen in two separate burglaries is also scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

26-year-old Matthew John Musolilno allegedly sold, and tried to sell, the jewelry in August and September.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Toddler Hurt in Smethport Accident

A 3-year-old and boy and the driver of a car were hurt in a crash on Route 46 near Smethport Tuesday afternoon.

Police say at just before 2 o’clock 24-year-old James Neely of Smethport was traveling south when he swerved to miss a pickup truck that was entering the road from the shoulder. The tires on the car broke traction, causing it to spin, hit a drainage ditch, and hit an embankment. It bounced off the embankment and came to rest partially blocking the road.

Neely, the toddler and a baby were taken by ambulance to BRMC for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Police are looking for the pickup truck, and say the driver will be cited for entering the road illegally.

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Gabler, Schneider to Explain Changes to
Small Games of Chance Law

HARRISBURG – Changes to Pennsylvania’s small games of chance law will be examined in a seminar to be hosted Wednesday, Dec. 5, by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Elk County Treasurer Peggy Schneider. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., at South St. Marys Street Elementary School, 370 S. St. Marys St., St. Marys. “This event is open to the public and we especially encourage all small games of chance license holders to attend,” Gabler said. “Many people have questions about recent changes made to the small games of chance law. We hope this seminar enables local organizations to work through the changes.”

The most recent of these changes are the result of Act 184 of 2012, which was signed into law Oct. 24.

“This bill permits the use of 50/50 drawings for fundraising purposes in certain circumstances, and also exempts some groups from reporting requirements,” added Gabler.

Earlier this year, Act 2 of 2012 amended the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations. Gabler said most of the confusion about small games of chance stem from a misunderstanding of what was previously in the act.

“When Act 2 became law, it brought attention to many provisions of the Small Games of Chance Act that had always been in effect but often overlooked,” he added. “As a result, we passed Act 184 to fix some of the problems that were identified. Now, we want to make this information available so our clubs and organizations can have their questions answered.”

Schneider appreciates the patience license holders have had in working with her office under the new law.

“Our local clubs and organizations which hold licenses do a lot of work to raise money in a lawful manner for charitable purposes,” she said. “I truly appreciate their working with me and my staff to adjust to the new procedures, and I want to keep working to make this process as easy on them as possible.”

Schneider and a representative from the State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will lead the question and answer session.

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Impersonating a State Trooper

Charges are pending against a Johnsonburg resident who called the Elk County Prison pretending to be a trooper with Kane-based state police.

The real state police say a corrections officer was immediately suspicious, and contacted them. The called was tracked to a Johnsonburg home.

Police arrested a “known male” in an alley outside the house and he admitted to making the call.

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Teen Sets Fire in Accused Aronist's Home

A 13-year-old boy is accused of setting a fire inside a home belonging to the Elk County man accused of several arsons.

Police say on Tuesday the teen poured an ignitable liquid on an area rug in the dining room of Francis “Tony” Milliard’s house and then set it on fire. The fire was contained to the rug and put out by an adult in the house. The fire department did not respond. Damage was minimal and no one was hurt.

Elk County Juvenile Probation is handling the case. The child was released to a relative.

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Flying Ice Injures Kane Man

One person was hurt when a piece of ice flew off a truck on Route 6 just east of the Kane Country Club this morning.

Police say the ice came off a large truck and flew through the windshield of a pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Deryk Smith of Kane at about 9:15 a.m. The ice hit Smith, who suffered minor injuries. He was able to pull the pickup off the road safely.

The other truck did not stop and continued traveling west on Route 6. Police say the truck could possibly be a garbage truck hauling a Dumpster. Anyone with information on the truck is asked to contact state police.

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Obituary
William Coleman

William R. Coleman, 81, of 82 Rodgar Lane, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born July 26, 1931 in DuBois, he was a son of the late Richard Edward and Dorothy (Helmer) Coleman.

He was raised in Emporium by Bert and Frances Shoup, and graduated from Cameron County High School.

In July of 1956, he married Betty J. Kindblom, who passed away June 5, 1990.

Mr. Coleman enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 4, 1950. He served in Korea, was decorated four times, and honorably discharged on December 22, 1954.

An electrician by trade, he worked as a lineman for a number of years before he founded Coleman’s Electrical Service in Smethport, which he owned and operated for more than three decades.

Mr. Coleman was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors. An expert fly fisherman, he tied his own flies and was featured in numerous articles. He enjoyed night fishing for native brown trout in the mountain streams of Cameron County. He also enjoyed his many hunting and fishing trips to Canada, including British Columbia and Labrador’s Minipi River.

He is survived by three children, Deborah (Larry) Tanner of Bradford, William C. Coleman, also of Bradford and Susan (Randall) Anderson of Smethport; brothers and a sister from out of the area; five grandchildren, Sheri Tanner, Larry Tanner, Shawn Coleman, Tanya Coleman and Jason Anderson, and one great grandson, Tevin Watkins. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two infant sons.

At the request of the family there will be no public visitation and funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Rifle Association, Trout Unlimited or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Obituary
Joseph Riddle

Joseph MacArthur Riddle, 70, of Lafayette Colorado, passed away, Sunday November 18, 2012, in Colorado.

Born October 10, 1942 in Baltimore, MD., he was the son of the late Warren F. and Avanell S. (Burkett) Riddle.

Mr. Riddle was a 1960 graduate of Bradford High School, a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in 1966 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1969. He had his law practice in Boulder until 1999, then became a mediator/arbitrator until 2009.

Joe was a skilled woodworker. He found his heart in the mountains, and enjoyed rock climbing. He became the 1356th person to have climbed all 54 of Colorado's "14-ers" (fourteen thousand feet) He climbed Mt Rainier in 1987, and one year later he near-summited Denali in Alaska.

Surviving are three daughters; Erika, Kate and Jennifer all of Colorado, four grandchildren, two sisters, Mary (Dick) Harrington of Franklinville, and Sally (Brad) Mangel of Bradford, one brother Bob (Carol) Riddle of White Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Ronald Riddle.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado

Memorials if desired may be made to Colorado Mountain Club, 710 Tenth Street, Suite 200, Golden Colorado 80401 or the charity of the donor's choice

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Three Men in Court on Burglary Charges

Three men were in Cattaraugus County Court this week on burglary charges.

37-year-old Jose Morales pleaded guilty in connection to a break-in on January 5 in the Town of Dayton. He will be sentenced on March 11.

Back in July he was sentenced to six months in Chautauqua County Jail for breaking into buildings in the towns of Hanover and Sheridan.

An Olean man has been sentenced to two to six years in prison for breaking into three buildings. 28-year-old Brandon Laborde broke into an Olean building on March 16, an Ishua building on March 22 and a Coldspring building on April 5.

19-year-old Matthew Grimes of Franklinville will spend a year in jail for breaking into a building in the Town of Machias on January 27.

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Woman Admits to Robbing Bank

The woman who robbed an Allegany Bank on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend has pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court.

At around 11:15 on the morning of May 25 27-year-old Katherine Hayes handed a teller at Community Bank a note demanding money and got away with more than $3,000. Police caught up with her and arrested her that night.

She will be sentenced on February 11 on charges of robbery and grand larceny.

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