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Saturday, December 8, 2012

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...Chats with Anne Holliday

Dr. Lisa Bailey chats with Anne Holliday about how to beat the holiday blues.

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Pitt-Bradford to Honor 93 Graduates

Ninety-three students expected to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this month will be recognized with a reception on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Students will be honored with an informal event beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Dr. Steven Hardin, dean of academic affairs, and Dr. K. James Evans, dean of student affairs, will speak. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Those expected to graduate with an associate degree are Angela Patricia Hajnos, a liberal studies major from Kane; petroleum technology majors Jake David Elwell of Olean, N.Y., Deng Mangon Aguek Deng of Pittsburgh, Ronald W. Feldbauer Jr. of St. Marys, Matthew H. Wingard of Bradford, Heidi June LaChine of Smethport and Casey James Moyer of Warren; Colin J. Martinez, an engineering science major from Pittsburgh; and Harold Carr, an engineering science and petroleum technology major from St. Marys.

Those expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree are, from Bradford, Olivia Margaret Austin and Meredith L. Piganelli, both criminal justice majors; Samuel Grae Fleishman Williamson, an English major; Andrew Michael Cauley, an English and writing major; Laurie A. Brown, an environmental studies major; Benjamin John Walter, a history-political science major; Meagan C. Little and Amanda Danyelle Perkins, both sociology majors; Mandy J. Colosimo, a writing major; Breann Elizabeth Lyons, an accounting and business management major; Steven Trumbull, a computer information systems and technology major; Shilah L. Hasseck, an elementary education major; Danielle M. Wescoat, a psychology major; Ashley L. Mollander, a radiological science major; and Megan L. Truman, a sports medicine major.

Other students from McKean County expected to graduate are Maria E. Olsen, a sociology major from Derrick City; Amanda M. Davis, a health and physical education major from Crosby; Brenda J. Brown, an elementary education major, and Nathan Booth, a sport and recreation management major, both from Eldred; Brittany Ruth Gorrell, a social studies 7-12 and history-political science major from Gifford; Sheila M. Lorenzo, an elementary education major from Kane; Nichole Lynn Krietemeyer, an elementary education major from Mount Jewett; Shannell Renee Simms, a sports medicine major from Port Allegany; and Colby J. Austin, an elementary education major, and Kevin Shunk, a health and physical education major, both from Smethport.

Students from Elk County expected to graduate are Jessica L. Penn, a social sciences major from Kersey; Angelina Fae Bush, a criminal justice major, Seth R. Cheatle, an English major, and Autumn Grace Lukaschunis, a psychology major, all from St. Marys; and Ashley N. Beers of DeYoung and Katherine M. Gerber of Ridgway, both elementary education majors.

Students from Warren County expected to graduate are Kristen N. Bertch, a criminal justice major from Clarendon; Colby Neukum, a criminal justice major, Elizabeth L. Tipton, a social studies 7-12 and history-political science major, Christopher M. Urban, an elementary education major, and Joshua Shepherd, a psychology major, all from Warren; and James Michael Cable, a biology major from Russell.

Students from Allegheny County expected to graduate are Brigit Elizabeth Kelly, an environmental studies major from Imperial; Clarice D. Rutledge, a public relations and writing major from Monroeville; Stephen Michael Hornyak Jr., a history-political science major, Samuel M. Ficorilli, a computer information systems and technology major, and Erin Fieldhouse, an elementary education major, all from Pittsburgh; Rebecca Elizabeth Zipay, a criminal justice major from South Park; and April M. Geiselman, an environmental studies major from Turtle Creek.

Other students from Pennsylvania expected to graduate are Laura C. Kemmerer, a writing major from Dublin; Angelena Faherty of Southampton and Kenneth D. Berkopec of Mars, both history-political science majors; Stephanie Makin of Colver, Tyler Hinojosa of Benton, James Richard Burns of Fairview, Matthew Minich of Reynoldsville and Ryan Hunter of Harleysville, all criminal justice majors; Micaiah Jordan Meads, a writing major from Philadelphia; Mary Jo Stuckey, a sociology major from Coudersport; Melinda M. Roach, a public relations major, and Heather Lynn Stuckey, a social sciences major, both from Roulette; Michael Brendan Ryan, a business management major from Emporium; Mark A. Saccucci, a computer information systems and technology major from Oxford;

Laramie Mealy, a chemistry major from Lucinda; Nathan M. Lytle, a business management major from Titusville; Patrick Fegan, an applied mathematics major from Harrisburg; Samuel H. Mason, a biology major from Rose Valley; Daniel W. Gribbin, a computer information systems and technology major from McKean; Danielle Zeamer, a health and physical education major from Manheim; Shane Kelly Gebert, a health and physical education major from East Greenville; Graceann Marie Chuhinka, a psychology major from Marysville; Sarah Elizabeth Monger, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Coudersport; Gabrielle Ann Stephens, a psychology major from Westfield; and Drake Curtis Anderson, a business management major from Franklin.

Students from New York state expected to graduate are Tyler Rhinehart, a broadcast communications major from Cattaraugus; Derek Allen LeBlanc, a criminal justice major from Killbuck; Katlin Marie Barrile, a broadcast communications major from Albion; Kyle Jordan Schulze, a radiological science major from Olean; Erikka Kathleen Rosplock, a health and physical education major from Elmira; Cameron McDonald, a business management and entrepreneurship major from Amherst; and Sarah Elizabeth Schultz, a radiological science major from Mount Morris.

Others expected to graduate are Nelson Yong Lin, a social sciences major from Tampa, Fla.; Chelsea V. Boyles, a public relations major from Auburndale, Fla.; Krista DiPaolo, an English and history-political science major from Buxton, Maine; Sidhu Kaur Maninder a history-political science major from Macedonia, Ohio; Nuwangi Dias, a biology major from Kanata, Ontario; and Chelsea Reynolds, an entrepreneurship major, and Zachary Carson, a hospitality management major, both from Smithburg, Md.

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Book Talk Extra
In His Stead

Author Judith Sanders brings us a story of a man who finds mostly forgotton Civil War-era law that would allow him to go to war in the 21st Century in place of his son.

In His Stead by wesbnews1

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Alleged Meth Makers Arrested After
Three-Hour Standoff with NYS Police

Following a three-hour standoff with state police in the Town of Scio, two people were arrested for running a meth lab.

24-year-old Jordan Doane of Friendship and 22-year-old Elizabeth Martin of Wellsville are charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of meth lab material, both felonies.

The charges were filed following an investigation into a clandestine lab on Kansas Hollow Road in Bolivar on November 21. Troopers found Doane and Martin at the Long Vue Motel on Route 417 in Scio, where they barricaded themselves in a room and refused to come out.

Several police agencies, including the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team and negotiators were on the scene. When Doane and Martin finally surrendered they were taken to Town of Bolivar Court, where they were arraigned, and then sent to Allegany County Jail in lieu of bail. County District Attorney Keith Slep says additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Gators Fall to Clairton

Clairton kept the longest high school football winning streak in the country alive with a 44-12 victory over Port Allegany.

Clairton has won 62 straight games.

The score was tied at 0 after the first quarter, and was 16 to 6 at halftime.

The Gators finish the season at 13-1.

SNO, CNB Team Up for Coat Drive

Students in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Student Nurse Organization teamed up with CNB Bank during November and December to collect coats and other warm clothing items for those who need them. Shown here is the results of that effort. Shown here are, from left, SNO co-presidents Heather Ward, a nursing major from Bradford, and Christie Smith, a nursing major from Kane, and SNO advisor Mary Boser, assistant professor of nursing, with the pile of coats that were donated.
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Arrest Made for Home Invasion

One of four people involved in a home invasion in Cattaraugus County on Black Friday is behind bars.

State police arrested 26-year-old Anthony Eames in the Elmira area for breaking into a Town of Conewango home at around 1 a.m. on November 23, assaulting a man and stealing three rifles, a shotgun and a cell phone.

Police describe the other suspects as:

- Male / Black 6’ 2” 230 lbs, large build with dreadlock style hair, six inches in length.
- Male / Black 5’ 10 to 6’ 170 lbs medium build.
- Male / Black 5’ 6” 150 lbs thin build.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police in Jamestown or Horseheads.

Photo provided by NYS Police

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Man Allegedly Used Box Cutter in Fight

A 21-year-old Cattaraugus County man is accused of using a box cutter to puncture another man’s upper back and cut his face.

Police say at around 7 o’clock Thursday night in Delevan a fight broke out between Tyler Willis and a 19-year-old from Yorkshire. The victim was taken by ambulance to Bertrand-Chafee Hospital in Springville, and then transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC, where he is in stable condition.

Willis is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon and is jailed on $25,000 bail.

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Car Crashes into Church

A car crashed into a church early Thursday morning in Allegany County.

State police say 21-year-old Alek Potter of Hume was on Route 19 at around 2:45 a.m. when the car went off the road, hit a sign and then hit the foundation of the church.

Potter was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he is in critical condition. His passenger, Christopher Jones of Fillmore, had surgery at ECMC in Buffalo, for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers are continuing their investigation, and say speeding and alcohol may be factors.

Photo provided by NYS Police

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Annual 'Seasonal Readings' on Wednesday

UPDATE: The date has been changed to December 18. The Friends of Hanley Library at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will present its 20th annual “Seasonal Readings” on WESB’s LiveLine program next week.

The show, which can be heard at 1490 AM, will be broadcast at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12. It can also be heard live online at WESB.com.

Dr. Don Ulin will offer a program based on Truman Capote’s short story, “A Christmas Memory.” This poignant and evocative story is based on Capote’s autobiographical recollection of his last Christmas spent with an elderly woman who was his distant cousin and best friend. The narrative, as told through the eyes of a 7-year-old boy, touches on friendship, family, loneliness and loss.

The annual radio readings on WESB began with the late Dr. Robert C. Laing, Jr., professor emeritus at Pitt-Bradford. Since 2001, Dr. Donald Ulin, associate professor of English, has carried on this Bradford tradition.

The Friends of Hanley Library was founded in 1990 to strengthen relations between the community and Pitt-Bradford’s Hanley Library. The Friends also acquaint area residents with what the library has to offer by sponsoring cultural and educational programs, usually related to books and their authors.

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Sentencing Day in McKean County

The following people were sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court:

29-year-old Travis O'Conner of Johnsonburg; 23 1/2 months probation for receiving stolen property.
In November of last year he had stolen coins valued at between $200 and $2,000.

31-year-old Kristopher Wilson of Smethport; 14 to 28 months in state prison for simple assault and theft.
In November of last year he hit a woman in the eye. In January of this year he stole a car and $8.000.

48-year-old Peter Carey of Bradfod; 24 days to six months in McKean County Jail.
He pleaded no contest to terroristic threats for allegedly threatening to kill man a June 10.

46-year-old Virginia Milner of Kane; 90 days to 23 1/2 months in McKean County Jail.
She delivered morphine tablets to confidential informants with the McKean County Drug Task Force in February.

35-year-old Joshua VanGorder Smethporto; 45 days to 12 months in McKean County Jail.
He pleaded no contest to simple assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly hitting a woman, choking her, threatening her and dragging her from a vehicle to the porch of a house.

23-year-old Dustin Gould of Bradford; six to 23 1/2 months in McKean County Jail for simple assault in two cases.
He pushed, punched and kicked a man in one case, and pushed another man into a wall and punched him in the head in the other case.

38-year-old Shawn Newbrough of West Virginia; 30 days to 23 1/2 months in McKean County Jail for conspiracy to commit burglary.
On November 21, 2010, he acted as a lookout while John Harkness commited a burglary.

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Freezing Rain Possible for
Cameron, Potter Counties Friday

The National Weather Service has issues a freezing rain advisory for Cameron and Potter counties starting Friday morning.

A brief period of freezing rain is expected at around sunrise, and could cause a glaze of ice on trees, sidewalks and other colder objects.

Meteorologists say road surfaces may stay warm enough to keep ice from forming on all but bridges and overpasses.

The advisory includes Coudersport and Emporium, and is in effect from 6 a.m.to 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Two Teens Charged with Burglary

Two Mayville, New York, teenagers are in jail for allegedly stealing items from two businesses.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Investigators Doug Walter and Tim Hollern say after a very lengthy investigation that started in July they arrested a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old Wednesday night.

They say the teens stole numerous items from 3 Seas Recreation and the Chautauqua Belle. The 16-year-old also stole an ATV in the Town of Chautauqua. The ATV and all the other items have been recovered.

The teenagers are both charged with burglary, grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal mischief.

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Tickets to Go on Sale for 'The Marriage Counselor'

Tickets go on sale Saturday at outlets and online for Bradford Little Theatre’s production of “The Marriage Counselor” to be held January 18-20 at First Presbyterian Church, 54 E. Corydon St.

The comedy written by Joey Ouellette takes place in a counselor’s office where mistaken identities lead to many amusing and awkward situations.

Advance tickets at $5 per adult and $4 for seniors/students will be available starting Saturday (Dec. 8) at Graham Florist, Ott & McHenry Pharmacy and Tina’s Hallmark. They are also available online at www.bradfordlittletheatre.com or by email at tickets@bradfordlittletheatre.org.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Jan.18 & 19, and 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

“This show will be performed with script in hand,” director Kristin Asinger said. “Audience members will experience everything that a traditional play offers, except for the actors delivering their lines from memory. With only five rehearsals, the cast members will not be asked to memorize lines; they will read from the script as they act out the scenes. Although the special pricing offers an entertaining comedy at a great rate, the laughs encountered will be priceless.”

In the play, after a traveling vacuum cleaner salesman arrives in the marriage counselor’s office, Tiger and Susan burst in the room, arguing non-stop. The meek salesman finds himself unable to get a word in edgewise. Things continue to get complicated when assorted lovers, former spouses and others arrive in the office.

As the group sorts through their difficulties and emotions begin to settle, a man with a grudge storms in threatening to kill the marriage counselor and everyone else in his way.

Asinger, who has directed two dinner theater shows for BLT and co-directed Kiwanis Kapers this year, noted that the play is not suitable for young children, but is comparable to a movie PG rating.

The cast will be announced after tryouts Jan. 5 and 7 at the BLT office, 79 Main St. For more information, people may check the BLT website or Facebook page.

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CCR, Diamond Rio Coming to Salamanca

SALAMANCA, NY – A vocally-talented country/Christian group and one of the defining rock bands of the early 1970’s will kick off entertainment at Seneca Casinos on a high note to start the new year. Diamond Rio and Creedence Clearwater Revisited (pictured) will play at Seneca Allegany Events Center respectively on Jan. 12 and Jan. 27, and tickets for both shows start at a bargain-priced $20.

Country/Christian band Diamond Rio comes to Seneca Allegany Events Center for a 7 p.m. show on Saturday, Jan. 12. The group scored a No. 1 hit with their very first single, “Meet in the Middle,” in 1991, and recorded four more No. 1 hits throughout their career with “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess” and “I Believe.” In 2011, Diamond Rio won its first GRAMMY® Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for its most recent release, The Reason. They also have earned top group honors a combined six times through the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited is anchored by the drummer and bassist of Creedence Clearwater Revival – one of the defining rock bands of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The group – often referred to as simply “CCR” – was inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1993 and has sold more than 30 million albums in the U.S. alone. Two of CCR’s albums reached No. 1 on the charts, and just some of its most popular hits that still play on the airwaves today include “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” The ever-touring Creedence Clearwater Revisited today plays approximately 100 shows each year and comes to Seneca Allegany Events Center for a 5 p.m. show on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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Emporium Woman Hurt During Robbery

A 62-year-old woman was assaulted by a man who robbed her business this morning.

Police say a man walked into the Krazy A Dog Kennel just west of Emporium at 6:40 this morning and took cash and coins from the cash register. When Betty Allen tried to keep him from leaving, he assaulted and injured her.

Because of the assault Allen didn’t see which way the man went when he ran away.

Emporium-based state police are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area during that time to call them.

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Man Accused of Stealing Flat Screen TVs

A Corry man is accused of stealing flat screen TVs from a hotel near Peek ‘n’ Peak.

Sheriff’s deputies say 26-year-old Jimmy O’Neal II was working at Fairway Suites in French Creek when he stole four TVs with a total value of more than $2,000. The alleged incidents happened in late September and early October.

O’Neal was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand larceny. He’s in Chautauqua County Jail.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Man Charged with Multiple Sex Offenses

A Bradford man is in jail after being charged with 18 felonies related to having sex with a person younger than 16.

21-year-old Kellen Rouff is charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault. He’s also charged with six misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 16. The alleged incident happened last month in Bradford Township.

District Judge Rich Luther set bail at $150,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 13.

Woman Hurt in Hanover Crash

A Silver Creek woman was flown by Starflight to ECMC after being extricated from her vehicle that crashed in the Town of Hanover Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies believe the injuries 48-year-old Maryjane Tundo suffered are non-life-threatening. A passenger in her vehicle was treated at Lakeshore Hospital for minor injuries.

Deputies say at just after 3 p.m. Tundo was on Allegany Road when her vehicle swerved, traveled to the opposite lane of traffic, went onto the shoulder, then went back across the road, hit a guard rail, flipped and rolled onto its roof.

Charges are pending.

Pitt-Bradford Announces
New Advisory Board members

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named five new members to its Advisory Board and reappointed 18 members.

Newly elected to the board are Joseph B. Bower Jr., William W. Chapman ’86, John R. Foerstner ’79, Christopher L. Luke ’94 and Jeannine Schoenecker.

Christopher Napoleon ’87-’88, president of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association, was appointed an ex officio member of the board, as were Katharine Pude, superintendent of the Bradford Area School District; Anne M. Kearney, superintendent of the St. Marys Area School District; and Matthew D. Splain, superintendent of the Otto-Eldred Area School District.

New member Bower is president and chief executive officer of CNB Bank in Clearfield. He served in the U.S. Army for 13 years before becoming a public accountant. He worked with Mifflinburg Bank and Trust before moving in 1997 to CNB, where he was chief financial officer and chief operating officer before becoming president and CEO.

Chapman is a certified financial planner professional with Ameriprise Financial in Bradford. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is an active volunteer with the Olean-Bradford YMCA, Bradford Public Schools Foundation, Bradford Hospital Foundation, Pitt-Bradford and Bradford Rotary Club.

Foerstner recently retired as director of business development for Snap-Tite Components Inc. in Union City. Prior to working with Snap-Tite, he worked at Dresser Manufacturing while attending Pitt-Bradford as a nontraditional student. He is vice president of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

Luke is vice president and director of marketing and communications at Fifth Third Bank Institutional Services in Pittsburgh. He has held a variety of senior-level marketing roles with Fifth Third Asset Management, PNC Investments and Fifth Third Bank Institutional Services. In his current role, he is responsible for marketing and communications for retirement plan services, global security services and investment management business.

Schoenecker is president and chief operating officer of American Refining Group Inc. in Bradford. She has been with ARG since 1985, when she began as an assistant controller at the headquarters in West Conshohocken and advanced to the position of chief financial officer in 2008 before becoming president and chief operating officer in 2011. She is a board member of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center and Upper Allegheny Health System and a former board member for Allegheny Valley Federal Credit Union.

Those reappointed to a three-year term were Max Brady, the Hon. John M. Cleland, George B. Duke, Howard L. Fesenmyer, James D. Guelfi, Richard S. Johnson ’88-’90, William J. Krieg ’64-’66, Sandra Macfarlane ’80-’82, John Marasco, J. Michael Mitchell, James E. O’Mara ’96, John R. Osborne Jr., Jill M. Owens ’93, John H. Satterwhite ’65-’67, Robert L. Saunders, Susan H. Silvestri ’72-’74, William P. Slivinski and Hilton L. Woodruff.

Additionally, those made honorary members were the Rev. Leo Gallina, R. Dauer Stackpole and Harriett B. Wick.

Gallina, a Bradford native, is the former pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church and a longtime supporter and benefactor of Pitt-Bradford.

Stackpole is the chairman of the board of the Stackpole Hall Foundation in St. Marys, which has been a long-term supporter of Pitt-Bradford’s programming at off-campus sites, especially the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties.

Wick has a legacy of contributions to Pitt-Bradford that touches nearly every aspect of the campus, from endowed scholarships to the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

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'Operation Southbound' Nets 39
Involved in Cocaine Trafficking Pipeline

ONONDAGA, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrests of 39 individuals and the seizure of more than one million dollars in cocaine as part of a takedown of three large scale drug distribution networks. The networks transported cocaine from the New York City metropolitan area and Buffalo to be sold in Cortland, Syracuse and Watertown. The Attorney General’s office conducted a series of raids early this morning and confiscated in excess of ten kilograms of cocaine and arrested the defendants.

As part of a nine-month, multi-agency investigation code-named “Operation Southbound,” state and local law enforcement agents led by the New York State Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), New York State Police, the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, the Syracuse Police Department, the Cortland City Police Department and SUNY Cortland Police conducted covert surveillance, including hundreds of hours of wiretaps and the execution of search warrants at several locations.

"These elaborate drug networks polluted our communities through a pipeline of illegal drugs that allowed traffickers to bring dangerous narcotics from New York City and Buffalo to Central and Northern New York. Operation Southbound put an end to this deadly drug distribution chain and now the perpetrators will be brought to justice,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I applaud the work of our law enforcement team and our partners who spent countless hours working to get these drug dealers and distributors off the streets of New York State.”

The three separate indictments charge 39 individuals with crimes including Operating as a Major Trafficker, and various counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (class A and B felonies), and Conspiracy to commit those crimes. The Operating as a Major Trafficker statute (§220.77 of the Penal Law of the State of New York), was authored by Attorney General Schneiderman when he was a legislator. This law went into effect in November 2009 as part of reforms to the Rockefeller-era drug laws. It is the only felony narcotics charge in the state that carries a possible life sentence.

According to the three indictments unsealed in Cortland County Court today, investigators discovered three intertwined drug distribution networks that impacted the City of Cortland, Syracuse and neighboring communities. The investigation discovered the following:

· In the first network, investigators found that Rayshonn Hester was selling large amounts of cocaine to buyers in the City of Cortland. Investigators then uncovered a chain of suppliers and ultimately established that John Galan of Syracuse was supplying several middlemen – Jimmy Peña of the New York City area and Ricardo Martino-Serrano (a.k.a. Javier Ricardo or Muneco) of Syracuse – that were linked to Hester.

Several examples of police interaction with this network include:

· Police stopped Rayshonn Hester and Toshiro Scott as they traveled from Syracuse towards Cortland with 140 bags of cocaine destined for sale in Cortland.

· In another instance, investigators seized a kilogram of cocaine from Carlos Orta who was a cocaine reseller, after they watched Orta's source, John Galan place the cocaine in a Mercedes Benz that was owned and operated by Orta.

· In another instance, middleman Martino-Serrano arranged with supplier John Galan and middleman Jimmy Peña to obtain multiple kilograms of cocaine from a source in Bayonne, New Jersey (near New York City). But law enforcement officers in Bayonne, seized 351 kilograms of cocaine worth over $13 million dollars wholesale from Martino-Serrano's suppliers before their transaction was completed.

· In another instance, Martino-Serrano arranged for Galan and Peña to obtain 9 kilograms of cocaine from Oscar Morales in Buffalo and investigators were able to seize the cocaine.

The second network was led by Corey Grier of Cortland. Investigators ultimately identified Grier and Termaine Kirby as large cocaine distributors operating in Cortland County. Grier's cocaine pipeline originated from Kamar Davidson of Brooklyn.

Related to this network, the Attorney General’s investigation uncovered that:

· On April 10, 2012, Davidson sent Grier to the Fort Drum area in Jefferson County and directed him to sell seven ounces of cocaine to three separate individuals and provided him with a half ounce of cocaine as payment for his service. Grier brought the cocaine back to Cortland to sell.

The third network revolved around the activities of Andre Walker of Cortland who was also obtaining cocaine from Corey Grier - the same pipeline used by the second network - as well as through Raymond Williams and Shane Granger, which he distributed throughout the Cortland area. Police seized cocaine in vehicles being operated by Walker on two occasions as he traveled from the Syracuse area to Cortland.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “Today’s indictments and arrests would not have been possible without the dedication, hard work and expertise of our many partners in law enforcement. This collaborative effort and subsequent arrests have taken-down a significant cocaine distribution operation plaguing central New York and will send a strong message that narcotics trafficking and the violence that is often associated with it, will not be tolerated in our communities. I thank all of our law enforcement colleagues for their never ending professionalism and their tremendous investigative efforts.”

Several agencies participated in the investigation in partnership with Attorney General Schneiderman’s OCTF, including the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, the Cortland County Drug Task Force, the City of Cortland Police Department, SUNY Cortland Police, the New York State Police, the Cortland County District Attorney's Office, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, the Syracuse Police Department, the Camillus Police Department, the Solvay Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rochester Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Parole, United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Oswego City Police Department and the Oswego County Drug Task Force.

Those charged in today’s three indictments include:

DONALD ABRAMS - Syracuse NY
RAVAUGHN BAKER - Syracuse NY
LYLE CAMIGE - Felts Mills NY
TERRANCE CARTER - Syracuse NY
JOSEPH CROSSON - Cortland NY
KAMAR DAVIDSON - Brooklyn NY
ALEXANDER GALAN - Syracuse NY
JOHN GALAN - Syracuse NY
DANIELLE GARROW - Cortland NY
TAMARA GLOVER - Cortland NY
GERALDO GONZALEZ - Syracuse NY
SHANE GRANGER - Cortland NY
COREY D. GRIER - New York City
CORNELIUS HATHAWAY - Cortland NY
RAYSHONN HESTER - Currently in State Prison
DARREN HIGHTOWER - Syracuse NY
GAGE A HILL - Cortland NY
CHARLOTTE HOWARD - Cortland NY
TONY KING - Syracuse NY
TERMAINE KIRBY - Cortland NY
GEORGE MACON - Cortland NY
RICARDO MARTINO-SERRANO - Syracuse NY
OSCAR MORALES - Buffalo NY
DEBORAH OLIVA - Cortland NY
SANTOS OLIVER - Pitcher NY
CARLOS ORTA - Solvay NY
JIMMY PEŇA - Bronx NY
BILLY PRINGLE - Syracuse NY
TOSHIRO SCOTT - Syracuse NY
LISA SPECTOR - Cortland NY
GERRY LEE STEWART - Cortland NY
LISSETTE TEJEDA - Solvay NY
ANDRE WALKER - Cortland NY
RUSH WALTS - Evans Mills NY
KASSANDRA WHITNEY - Mexico NY
NADINE WILLIAMS - Syracuse NY
RAYMOND WILLIAMS - Syracuse NY
TERRANCE WILLIAMS - Syracuse NY
JESSICA WOODARD - Cortland NY

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Special Investigator William Elsenbeck and John MacConaghy of OCTF, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Thomas M. Wolf and Eugene Black, Investigator/Sergeant Troy Boice, Investigator/Sergeant Todd Caufield, Captain Mark Helms and Sheriff Lee Price of the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, and Chief Michael Catalano of the City of Cortland Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Senior Investigative Counsel James J. Mindell, under the supervision of OCTF Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan.

The charges against the defendants are accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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FBI Investigating Church Shooter

The FBI has been investigating the man charged with shooting and killing his ex-wife during a church service Sunday morning in Coudersport.

Frank Burton confirms the agency has been investigating Gregory Eldred. Burton would not disclose the nature of the investigation, but unofficial sources say the FBI removed Eldred’s computer from Coudersport Elementary School, where he taught for many years.

Eldred is charged with murder for shooting 53-year-old Darlene Sitler as she played the organ Sunday morning in the First United Presbyterian Church.

Eldred’s preliminary hearing originally scheduled for tomorrow in front of District Judge Annette Easton has moved to January 15, four days after he turns 53.

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Obituary
Kathy Stokes

Kathleen M. Stokes, 48, of 931 Wolf Run Road Smethport, passed away, Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born on January 5, 1964, in Bradford, she was a daughter of Sandra J. (Moore) Remington of Bradford, her stepfather Olin Don Louk of Bradford, and the late David C. Remington.

On May 13, 1989 she married Kevin L. Stokes who survives.

She was a 1981 graduate of Bradford High School and a 1983 graduate of Jamestown Business College with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Management.

She was employed as the office manager for 25 years at Bradford Fairway Sales & Leasing, and the last three years in accounts payable, retiring in 2012 due to health issues.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. She loved walking her dog, Daria Marie, and spending time with family and friends. She had a special fondness for all younger family members. She belonged to the Sigma Alpha Sorority Eta Phi Chapter.

Along with her husband and mother she is survived by four sisters, Cynthia A. Bigley, of Bradford, Renee R. (Brian) Dolan, of York, Kelly Jo Remington, of Grand Island, NY, Karen K. (Scott) Ordiway, of Bradford, two sister-in-laws, Karen L. Stokes of Bradford, and Kathy (Mark) Stonebraker of Bradford, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 3-5 & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St. where a prayer service will be held 10:30am Saturday follow by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Francis of Assisi Church with Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials if desired, may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Park Institute, PO Box 631 Buffalo, NY, McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, Rew Volunteer Fire Dept., Rew or St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 15 St. Francis Dr., Bradford.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Young Renews Call for Strengthening Kendra's
Law in Wake of Latest NYC Subway Tragedy

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) is again calling for strengthening Kendra’s Law, a law that was put in place to help people with mental illness receive outpatient treatment, after a deranged man killed a Queens resident by pushing him in front of an oncoming subway near Times Square. Ki Suk Han, 58, died on Monday.

“Based on reports from the media and witnesses, it appears that the attacker had been yelling and cursing at passersby on the subway platform,” said Senator Young. “We need to expand and strengthen the laws and procedures that determine how and when people receive treatment for mental illness. We cannot afford to wait any longer.”

In an eerily similar incident in 1999, Kendra Webdale, a 32-year-old woman, was pushed in front of a subway train by a man with untreated schizophrenia who was roaming New York City streets. “Kendra’s Law” was enacted in response to this tragedy. It put in place “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” (AOT) in New York, which allows courts to order severely mentally ill outpatients to comply with treatment, while directing counties to provide such treatment and monitor compliance.

However, deficiencies in the current law have been identified. Senator Young has been strongly advocating for eliminating the loopholes that continue to enable tragedies to occur, like the untimely death of Mr.Han this week. Just this past April, a New York City police officer was attacked by a man who had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, after he tried to take the man to a hospital to receive some treatment. Officer Eder Loor was stabbed in the head by Terrence Hale, who had a history of arrests and mental illness.

“It is time for New York to do the right thing and stop these senseless acts of violence that could be prevented by improving Kendra’s Law,” added Young. “By strengthening the law, we can improve care, save money and increase safety. We need to be more proactive in getting people the help that they so desperately need and I call on the Assembly to support this important bill.”

In 2010, the law was merely extended for five more years, without strengthening or expanding its scope. Senator Young’s bill that is pending before the Legislature addresses cracks in the AOT system such as: tracking of mentally ill patients upon discharge from hospitals and the correctional system and when they relocate to other counties; more frequent evaluations; and taking into account a family members’ testimony when courts make treatment decisions.

Kendra Webdale grew up in Fredonia, N.Y

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Jazz Great Dave Brubeck Dead at 91

Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.

Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager Russell Gloyd.

For more on this story go to NBCNews.com.

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LiveLine with Linda Evans

In case you missed today's LiveLine with actress Linda Evans on 1490 WESB(or if you just want to listen again), here it is:


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Mount Jewett Woman Hurt in Car Crash

A Mount Jewett woman was hurt in a one-car crash Saturday on Route 46 in Cameron County.

In a report released today, state police say a car driven by 41-year-old Laura Silfies went out of control on a curve, went off the berm and into a 3-foot-deep ditch and then hit a culvert and cartwheeled back onto the road.

Silfies was taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of moderate injuries. She was cited for careless driving. DUI charges are pending the outcome of lab tests.

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Police Still Investigating Fight

Bradford City Police are continuing to investigate a fight involving several people Friday night on St. James Place.

They say one man suffered minor injuries after being hit by a baseball bat. He refused medical treatment.

Initial police radio reports indicated that a person was being dragged by a car, but police say what actually happened is the person was unconscious and was being dragged to a car.

Police say assault charges are pending.

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Scarnati Congratulates Teacher of the Year

Thompson Recognizes Devlin on House Floor

Brockway Area School District teacher, Ryan Devlin (pictured), has been named Pennsylvania’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, according to Senator Joe Scarnati.

For the past five years, Devlin has taught at Brockway Area High School. He serves as chairman of the high school’s English department, in addition to teaching 11th grade British Literature, 8th grade Computer Science and two senior-high elective classes.

Scarnati, who is from Brockway, said that Devlin is the first educator from the 25th Senatorial District to be named Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year.

“I congratulate Mr. Devlin for receiving this hard-earned award,” Scarnati said. “Our community is immensely fortunate to have outstanding teachers, like Mr. Devlin, who play an essential role in the lives of our children.”

Devlin received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Waynesburg University and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania. Outside of the classroom, he serves the community as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, teaches vacation Bible school and is involved in several after-school programs and activities.

Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995. More information on Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year program can be found on the PA Department of Education website: http://www.pdesas.org/instruction/teacheroftheyear/.

Devlin also got congratulations from PA First Lady Susan Corbett.

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