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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Birds in the Fog

These birds who didn't fly south for the winter spent some time in this bush this morning -- maybe because it was too foggy for them to fly anywhere else. They shouldn't have to worry about fog tomorrow, but their wings might get a little wet. There's a 90 percent chance of rain on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. But the thermometers will soar almost into the 60s.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 1/11/13

City of Bradford Police answered a number of calls on Friday including a report of a hit & run on Jackson Avenue, disorderly conduct on Bushnell Street and a domestic incident on Main Street. Officers also checked on the welfare of several people, and checked out a report of harassment on Interstate Parkway. They also looked into a couple of traffic and parking problems on Interstate Parkway.

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VanGorden Gets 40 Years to Life

The Addison, New York, man who tried to kill two state troopers in September of 2011 has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison.

38-year-old Richard VanGorden was convicted in November of attempted murder and other charges related to a high-speed chase in Hornellsville. VanGorden held police at bay during a three-hour stand-off at a trailer park in Wellsville that ended when police used tear gas to force him out.

VanGorden still insists he did not try to kill the troopers.

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... Chats with Anne Holliday

Author Clinton Heylin chats with Anne Holliday about his book E Street Shuffle -- The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Listen here.

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Camelot Awarded Lottery Contract

The Corbett Administration has awarded a contract to British company Camelot Global Services to take over management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The deal pledges $34 billion in profits to the state over the next 20 years. Pennsylvania currently has one of the country’s largest lotteries with $3.5 billion in sales last year.

But challenges to the plan are not over.

State Treasurer Rob McCord and the labor union representing state lottery employees say Camelot is banking on an expansion of gambling they contend is not currently allowed by state law. McCord has threatened not to pay Camelot until he is satisfied that its plans to expand gambling are legal, and the union, Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has sued to block the contract.

Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa said in a news release, “This is extremely disappointing and disturbing. The action taken by the Corbett Administration was done without public input. (Friday's) decision has the potential to jeopardize senior programs and put taxpayers on the hook.”

“This has been a bizarre process that violates the public trust,” Costa continued. “There were no hearings, little opportunity to understand the proposed PMA and no scrutiny. The process was violated and the citizens of Pennsylvania were abused by this arbitrary action.”

Senator John Blake (D- Lackawanna), Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pointed out the proposal needs legislative authorization and it demands legislative scrutiny.

“The process was culminated when the General Assembly was not in session and there was little public examination of the proposal,” Blake said. “This process wasn't transparent -- it was opaque. No one could see the end result except a small group of the governor's inner circle.”

Expressing extreme disappointment on behalf of his constituents, Senator Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin) said the use of a secretive process would lead to the privatization of a significant state asset and is unprecedented. “This is not a proper way to alter generations of public policy and violated the public trust.”

“On a personal level, many of the affected employees are my constituents and have been treated with complete disregard,” Teplitz said. “The arrogance of this administration in the way this was handled is deplorable.”

“I am extremely disappointed in this administration's decision to jam this deal through at the last minute prior to a key Senate Finance Committee hearing,” said Senator Matt Smith (D-Allegheny). “This shows a disturbing lack of transparency by the Corbett administration and hinders a meaningful dialogue regarding this multi-billion dollar deal. The Camelot plan certainly deserves a proper examination by the General Assembly and Pennsylvania taxpayers are entitled to further information.”

Senator John Wozniak (D-Cambria) echoed the sentiments of his colleagues related to the PMA. “There are many questions related to how this privatization effort impacts seniors and property tax relief related to gaming. The concerns of taxpayers should have been taken into consideration and questions answered before the governor took this action.”

Bodamer Named MaxPreps All-American

Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer has been named a MaxPreps Small School All-American.

The Pennsylvania Football News and Gatorade had already named Bodamer the State Player of the Year after he became the state's career yardage leader with 10,948 yards. This year he completed 227 of 323 passes for 3,951 yards and 52 touchdowns.

Bodamer’s teammate, wide receiver Nick Conway, was named a second team All American.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Honey Colella

Helen “Honey” Lee Wilson Colella, 77, of 284 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, passed away peacefully January 11, 2013, in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 19, 1935 in Clearfield, she was the daughter of Burton and Violet Wilson.

On July 2, 1960, in St. Bernard Church, she married Francis “Tubby” Colella, who survives.

Mrs. Colella was a 1953 graduate of Clearfield High School. She attended Warren Wilson College in Asheville N.C. before she transferred to Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. She was actively involved in many activities in college including Tau Beta Gamma soroity, cheerleading, glee club, Varsity Queen, and Who’s Who. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1957.

After college, she accepted a teaching position in the Bradford School District, where she remained for 37 years. She retired in 1995. Her passion for teaching remained after retirement because she volunteered to teach at Crook Farm and also religious education. She was a member of the St. Bernard’s Church where she was actively involved as a member of the church choir for 50 years, a Co Chairman of the Environment Committee and a member of the Diocesan and Liturgical Committee. She enjoyed being a member of the Street Dreams Car Club with her husband Tubby, where they would often be seen riding around town with the top off their ’66 Thunderbird. She was the Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society for the Street Dreams Car Club. She was also involved in Phi Beta Psi sorority. Honey also enjoyed roller skating, traveling, tap dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by three brothers, Edmond (Judy) Wilson of North Canton, William (Linda) Wilson of Bellefonte and Burt (Donna) Wilson of Bradford. Two daughters and one son, Ann (Rick) Fesenmyer of Bradford, Natalie (Chuck) O’Neill and Joe (Gina) Colella of Garnerville; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Kyle) Young of Nottingham, Stefan Fesenmyer (Alexandra Goble), Kailey Fesenmyer all of Bradford, Frankie Colella of Garnerville, Katie O’Neill of Bradford, special goddaughter Kara Colella of St. Louis; one great grandchild, Blake Young of Nottingham; and several nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2013 in the Hollenbeck- Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., E. Main St, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM, Monday, January 14, 2013 followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bernard Church with Fr. Ray Gramat, Pastor, as celebrant. . Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Bernard Church Restoration Fund, or any organizations affiliated with children Online condolences can be expressed at

Dick Gleason

Richard (Dick) J. Gleason, 74, of Bradford and St. Augustine, Fla., passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Born March 8, 1938, in Bradford, he was the son of Stanley Merle and Ellen Veronica (Durnein) Gleason.

On August 18, 1962, in St. Francis Church he married Karen E. (MacDonald) Gleason who survives.

Dick was a 1956 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1960.

In 1972, he and Karen began Gleason Distributing Company in Bradford working side by side for 33 years.

Upon retirement, he pursued one of his greatest pleasures, traveling throughout the United States to visit family and friends in their motorhome, which later became their home. Being a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved traveling to attend many of their programs, events and games.

He was active in McKean Little League and Senior League Baseball, acting as coach for Derrick City for several years while his boys played ball. Dick was a member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) for many years while owning harness race horses. He was a huge sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching football, basketball, and baseball.

He, along with his wife, served Meals on Wheels in Bradford and St. Augustine for more than 25 years. While residing in St. Augustine, they became involved in serving the homeless through their parish.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by five children, Melissa (Parry) Tomlin, of Nanticoke, Marjorie (John) Sargent, of Erie, Greg (Sue) Gleason, of Bradford, Mollie (Mark) Ditsious, of Lafayette, La., and Steven (Meg) Gleason, of Bend, Ore.; 14 grandchildren, Nicole, Meghan, and Lindsey Tomlin; Courtney, Ryan, and Kyle Sargent; BriAnne, Isabella, and Travis Gleason, Nick Brown, Samantha and Jessica Behan; Hannah and Madeline Ditsious ; one great grandson, Caleb Tomlin; a brother, Fran Gleason and a sister, Marjorie Guthrie, both of Bradford and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley M. Gleason, Jr. and James Gleason.

Friends are invited to call from 3-5 & 7-9 PM Monday, January 14, 2013 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor as celebrant. Committal services, military honors and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

Robert Austin

Robert N. Austin of Hillside Drive, Westons Mills, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) at Olean General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born June 8, 1922, in Rushford, he was a son of the late Frank and Lela Porter Austin. On April 11, 1947, in Portville, he married the former Elva I. Hollamby, who passed away Aug. 15, 2001.

He attended Friendship Central School and was an honorary graduate in 2002 on his 80th birthday.

Bob served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 with the U.S. Army Air Cop. as a crew chief on P47 Aircraft, serving in England, France and Germany. He received the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, French Legion of Honor and New York State Medal of Merit. He worked at Daystrom Furniture for many years and retired from Dresser Clark in 1986 after 20 years of service. He was a great fan of Notre Dame football, the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills.

Surviving are five sons, Robert (Sherry) Austin Jr. of Westons Mills, Joseph (Jean) Austin of Portville, Alan (Kimberly) Austin of Portville, Kirk (Peggy) Austin of Westons Mills and Paul (Lexie Watson) Austin of Westons Mills; three daughters, Trudy (Philip) Stark of Olean, Alice (Harold) Worthington of Westons Mills and Wendy (Richard) Parry of Obi; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Glenn (Bea) Austin of Coryville, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; a special nephew, Ron (Maestas) Richardson of Olean; and a special sister-in-law, Martie Hollamby of Westons Mills.

In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Carrie Mae Austin; six brothers, Harold, Milford, Howard, Frank "Hank," Ellsworth and Hanford Austin; and three sisters, Letha Baker, Jenny Patton and Lena Swain.

Family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, where funeral services will be held Monday (Jan. 14, 2013) at 1 p.m. The Rev. Clara Wilder, pastor of River's Edge United Methodist Church, Portville, will officiate. Burial will be in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. Memorials may be made to the Westons Mills Fire Department Ambulance Fund or to Meals on Wheels, Olean.

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Corbett Ceremonially Signs 'Straw Purchase' Bill

Plymouth Meeting – Governor Tom Corbett today ceremonially signed into law the Brad Fox Law or the Straw Purchase Gun bill, also known as House Bill 898.

Corbett was joined at the ceremony by Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), who sponsored the legislation, and the family of Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox who was shot and killed last September.

“Officer Fox died in the line of duty last year at the hands of a felon who should never have had a gun and, less directly, by the hand of the man who later admitted buying the gun and passing it along," Corbett said.

“Such ‘straw buyers’ are as deadly a threat to our citizens and our first responders as the felons to whom they pass along the weapon.

“State and federal laws are very plain: convicted felons are forbidden from owning firearms. And those who knowingly provide firearms to felons are themselves criminals and worthy of being locked up.’’

The new law allows for imposition of a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for repeat offenders who transfer guns to persons who are not legally allowed to own them in Pennsylvania.

The law, supported by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, went into effect on Dec. 26, 2012. “Brad Fox was always accountable to his family, to his community, to his country," Corbett said. “It is time we held others accountable in his name."

Fox, who died one day before his 35th birthday, had been with the police department for five years, after serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S.

Pictured, Corbett signs a poster honoring slain Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox, after ceremonially signing into law the Straw Purchase Gun bill.
Photo provided by PA Internet News Service

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Free Flu Shots in Potter County

The following influenza vaccination clinics are free and open to the public:

January 16 10a.m.-12p.m. Seventh Day Adventist Church, Coudersport, PA
January 23 10a.m.-12p.m. Potter County Human Services, 62 North St., Roulette
February 16 10a.m.-12p.m. Ulysses Fire Company, 810 SR 49W, Ulysses
February 13 10a.m.-12p.m. Seventh Day Adventist Church, Coudersport
February 27 10a.m.-12p.m. Potter County Human Services, 62 North St., Roulette
March 6 10a.m.-12p.m. Ulysses Fire Company, 810 SR 49W, Ulysses
March 13 10a.m.-12p.m. St. Bibiana Church, Galeton
March 27 10a.m.-12p.m. Potter County Human Services, 62 North St., Roulette

Please call for an appointment: Potter County State Health Center (814) 274—3626

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Woman Attacked by Her Own Dog

A Portville woman is in serious condition after being attacked by her own dog Thursday afternoon.

State troopers say a neighbor of the woman’s on Windfall Road heard someone calling for help from a wooded area behind her house. The neighbor and the victim’s son found 66-year-old Jacki Hopkins lying on the ground with numerous bite wounds to her face, upper body and legs.

Hopkins was treated at the scene by Westons Mills Fire Department personnel, and was then taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo.

Police say the 125-pound Doberman escaped from fenced-in yard and Hopkins was trying to return the dog to the yard when she was attacked. Troopers had to destroy the dog.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department has been contacted, and the investigation is continuing.

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Snowmobile Report for January 11, 2013

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Sketch of Johnsonburg Robbery Suspect Released

Police have released a sketch of the man wanted for robbing the CNB Bank in Johnsonburg Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build. At around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday he displayed a gun, demanded money and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact police.

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'See Something, Send Something' App
Launched to Help Fight Terrorism

Harrisburg– A new smartphone application has been developed to help the Pennsylvania State Police receive reports regarding suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism.

The new See Something, Send Something app allows suspicious activity to be captured as a photo or written note and sent to the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC).

“This App provides concerned citizens with an effective communications and reporting tool,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “The See Something, Send Something mobile app, developed by My Mobile Witness, sends terrorism-related tips directly to PaCIC where tips are evaluated by analysts and assigned for investigation as warranted,” Noonan said.

The application, which is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity, along with how to receive important alerts.

“No one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you,” Noonan said. “You may see or hear things that seem out of the ordinary and raise your suspicions -- if you see something suspicious taking place, report it.”

“One tip from an alert citizen can prove valuable and protect Pennsylvania from a potential terrorist act,” Noonan said.

My Mobile Witness uses patent-pending privacy protection software for safeguarding the integrity of tips and citizens’ personal information. The system allows the PaCIC to engage citizens without tracking location or storing of personal information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system once delivered to the intelligence center for analysis.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious activity. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or briefcase in a public place) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity. Only reports that document behavior reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with local, state and federal partners.

“Prevention is everyone's responsibility,” Noonan said. “We are one neighborhood, one state, one nation; and it is the responsibility of all to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behavior -- one report can make a difference.”

In addition to the new mobile app, people can call the toll-free State Police Terrorism Tip Line at 1-888-292-1919 or email  to report suspicious individuals or activity.

The Pennsylvania State Police have been receiving terrorism-related tips from the public since 2003.

In the case of an immediate threat or emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Potter, Cameron, Forest Counties Eligible for
Superstorm Sandy Federal Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Pennsylvania to supplement the commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy during the period of Oct. 26 to Nov. 8, 2012.

The President's action makes federal funding available to the commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Bedford, Bucks, Cameron, Dauphin, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, and Wyoming counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Thomas J. McCool has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. McCool said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Follow FEMA online at, , , and   Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Eagle Watch Scheduled for Feb. 2

For nature lovers interested in seeing American Bald Eagles in the wild, there is a great opportunity to do so on Eagle Watch Day, held annually at Kinzua Dam in Warren County, PA. When the cold expanse of Allegheny Reservoir behind the dam freezes over and ice forms downstream in Allegheny River, the open tailwaters below the dam become prime fishing waters for eagles.

On a wintry day during February 2012, nearly 500 visitors to Big Bend Recreation Area viewed juvenile and adult eagles, just downstream from the dam. Other wintering birds and cold-water creatures were also observed.

For 2013, this event will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Sponsors include US Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council, Kinzua Cachers, Allegheny Outdoor Club, and Eagles Club, Warren Aerie #313.

In addition to wildlife observation, activities include an audio-visual program detailing eagle restoration efforts presented by David Donachy, PA Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer, and a geomeet – “Caching with Eagles” - organized by Kinzua Cachers. Several temporary caches will be set up around the recreation area.

Steve Lauser, Park Ranger, US Army Corps of Engineers remarked on last year’s Eagle Watch: “It was an excellent event. Visitors were thrilled to see eagles and walk on the dam. They loved the eagle program (by Officer Donachy) too. We had people sign the visitor log who had travelled from metro areas near Cleveland and Pittsburgh; Erie and nearby Northwestern Pennsylvania towns; Portville, Dunkirk and Mayville, NY.”

Three public areas of interest will be open for public viewing and learning about America’s national bird: Big Bend Visitor Center, Riverside Watchable Wildlife Trail and Viewing Platform (located along Allegheny River tailwaters), and Kinzua Dam roadway. Observation stations will be manned and spotting scopes will be available to better observe the awesome eagles. Persons 18 years of age and older will be required to show identification to gain access to the roadway at the dam.

This program is recreational, observational, educational – and FREE to the public. For additional information contact Steve Lauser, US Army Corps of Engineers at (814)726-0661, or Bill Massa, Allegheny Outdoor Club at (814)723-2568.

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House Returns to Harrisburg Monday

Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives return to Harrisburg on Monday, Jan. 14, to continue the organization process for the 2013-14 legislative session. Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana) will announce the composition of each of the House’s 23 standing committees and brief meetings will then be held off the floor for each committee to organize.

Committees are the foundation of legislative activity in the House. All bills introduced by lawmakers must first be referred to the appropriate committee and vetted before being sent to the full House for consideration. Committees conduct meetings and public hearings to discuss issues and specific legislation in order to develop the best policies for the Commonwealth.

Members have begun circulating memos seeking co-sponsors for proposed legislation. Continuing the commitment to open government, all co-sponsorship memos are being posted publicly for the first time. They can be viewed under the “session” tab at

Any bill introduced in the 2011-12 legislation session that was not enacted into law is considered dead. Members who want those proposals considered must reintroduce them in the new session.

The House is set to convene at 1 p.m. on Monday. Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting

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Kane Man Sentenced for Burglaries

A Kane man will spend a year in jail for burglarizing camps and sheds in McKean, Elk and Cameron counties.

20-year-old Mark Aiello pleaded guilty to 66 counts of burglary in Elk County, 30 in Cameron County and 15 in McKean County.

He’ll be on probation for 15 years after being released from the Elk County Jail. He has also been ordered to pay more than $57,000 in restitution.

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PA State Rep.:
Let Teachers Carry Guns

EDINBORO – Rep. Greg Lucas (R-Erie/Crawford) has announced he plans to introduce legislation in the near future that would empower teachers to protect students by enabling qualified school personnel in Pennsylvania to carry firearms on school property.

“This is about trusting our teachers to protect our students,” Lucas said. “We trust our teachers with our students’ minds. However, current law prevents them from defending our children’s bodies during an emergency situation. My law would change that.”

Current Pennsylvania law severely restricts firearms on school property.

Lucas’s bill – the “School Personnel Right to Carry Act” – would allow, but not require, teachers, principals, administrators and other school personnel to carry a firearm if they pass a three-point check system.

Teachers would have to pass the background check that is already a pre-condition for employment in the Pennsylvania School Code. The teacher also would have to pass an additional background check – including the investigation of character and reputation by their local sheriff – necessary to obtain a license to carry a firearm. In order to qualify, a teacher also would have to acquire the same certification in the use of firearms currently used by law enforcement officers.

Lucas brings a unique perspective to this issue. Nearly 15 years ago, one of his friends was shot and killed during the Parker Middle School dance shooting at Nick’s Place in Edinboro. That situation ended when the assailant, Andrew Wurst, was confronted by the restaurant’s owner, who was armed with a shotgun.

“Fifteen years of school shootings is far too many,” Lucas said. “We know what happens when we don’t enable our teachers to protect students. We have had a decade and a half of unarmed teachers and school tragedies. We cannot continue doing the same thing and expecting different results. None of us wants another set of parents to learn that their child was killed by a madman because their teacher wasn’t armed.”

A copy of the legislation is available on Lucas’s website at

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'Projectile' Hits Delivery Van

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an incident where some kind of projectile hit a delivery van on I-86 this morning.

The incident happened at 9:15 a.m. about three miles east of the Findley Lake exit. Deputies believe someone hunting in the area may have fire a shot that unintentionally hit the van.

No one was hurt.

Anyone with information about someone who may have been hunting in the area at the time is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

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Derrick City Woman Facing Drug Charges

A Derrick City woman and four Salamanca men are facing charges following an investigation into the sale and trafficking of drugs in Salamanca, and other parts of Cattaraugus County.

Nichole Gilbert, Travis Doner, Michael Walters, Reginald Crouse and Douglas Farnham are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and related offenses.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force says they were arrested following a search warrant at Doner’s home, where they found a substantial amount of cocaine and marijuana.

Two other people were also indicted, but have not been picked up yet. Todd Green is believed to be in the Irving, New York, area while Thomas Doner is believed to be in the Salamanca or Randolph area. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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Cast Announced for 'The Marriage Counselor'

Director Kristin Asinger has announced the cast for next week’s Bradford Little Theatre production of the comedy “The Marriage Counselor.”

The show by Joey Ouellette will be performed script in hand at First Presbyterian Church, 54 E. Corydon St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

The seven roles will be performed by Chris Lathrop as the taciturn vacuum cleaner salesman; Kim Nicholas as Susan, married but having an affair; Ron Buchheit as Tiger, Susan’s cheating spouse; Maureen Curcio as Susan’s uninhibited sister Jeanine; Zach Ruth as the charming UPS delivery man Rudolpho; Ashley Fitzpatrick as Rudolpho’s airheaded co-worker Kate; and Gianluca Chimenti as Brian, an effeminate man at his breaking point.

"This cast had great chemistry together at auditions. We will start rehearsing this weekend and I am very excited to work with them. We have actors with a variety of experience levels and one cast member has never had the opportunity to be on stage before -- that's Gianluca from Germany," said Asinger.

Chimenti is a foreign exchange student attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, while the other six performers are all Bradford residents with prior stage experience.

Lathrop was most recently seen in BLT’s “Stay as Dead as You Are” and “Twelve Angry Men” last season and has been in Kiwanis Kapers.

Nicholas, who just moved back to her hometown in August has written, directed and stage managed various productions.

Buchheit, last seen in “Twelve Angry Men,” has appeared in previous shows by BLT, UPB and others.

Another veteran performer, Curcio has had roles in various BLT shows over a period of years including “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” “Emma’s Child,” “Steel Magnolias” and “A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.” She, too, has appeared in UPB shows and other community theatres; she is the mother of fellow cast member Lathrop.

Ruth debuted in BLT’s “Stay as Dead as You Are” last spring as former jock Dick Alantra.

Also a UPB student, Ashley Fitzpatrick last had a lead role as Chloe in the 2012 Kapers.

The audience will be treated to a modern-day look inside a marriage counselor’s office where arguing spouses and lovers fall victim to a case of mistaken identity.

As a script in hand performance, the show will be the same as any regular production except that the actors will not have memorized their lines. Asinger said the format allows people to perform who normally could not dedicate six weeks to rehearsals. For more information, people may check the BLT website or Facebook page.

Tickets at $5 per adult and $4 for seniors/students are available at Graham Florist, Ott & McHenry Pharmacy and Tina’s Hallmark; from cast and crew; or online at or by email at They are also available at the door.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cuomo Addresses State of the State

Governor Andrew Cuomo today delivered his 2013 State of the State Address, outlining a comprehensive agenda that builds on the progress of the past two years to attract good jobs and economic growth, creates a world-class education system that prepares the next generation for the future, maintaisn fiscal integrity and discipline, and continues to restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation.

You can read a transcript of Cuomo's address here.

Bradford City Council -- January 8, 2013

Here is the complete audio from last night's meeting. Sorry for not writing a story, but I'm still suffering (and that is the right word) from the after-effects of the flu.

Bradford City Council 1-8-13

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Freezing Rain Causes Crashes


I-86 East is still closed from Exit 16 to Exit 19.

Route 66 is expected to be closed for a couple more hours following a 10-vehicle crash involving five tractor-trailers and five passenger vehicles.

Freezing rain throughout the region has turned area roads into ice skating rinks.

Numerous accidents have been reported on routes 219 and 86, as well as other roads in McKean, Cattaraugus, Elk and Potter counties.

Traffic on I-86 going toward Olean is traveling at about 10 miles an hour.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bank Robbery in Johnsonburg

UPDATE: At about 4:45 p.m. a "Be on the Lookout" (BOLO) was issued for McKean County law enforcement agencies regarding this bank robbery suspect.

Elk County police are looking for the person who robbed the CNB Bank on Market Street in Johnsonburg this afternoon.

The person, who is believed to be a white man, had what they think is a black handgun during the robbery at around 2:15 p.m.

The man was wearing a gray hoodie, a ski mask and a red bandana across his face. Anyone who sees the suspect is urged to call 9-1-1.

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Lopus Sentencing Scheduled for May

The man who traveled from Chautauqua County to Warren County trying to lure young girls into having sex with him will be sentenced in federal court on May 13.

42-year-old David Lopus of Ashville, New York, pleaded guilty to federal charges of sexual exploitation of children for traveling across state lines four times to try to have sex with the young girls. On one occasion he tried to lure an 11-year-old girl into a portable toilet near the Sugar Grove Elementary School playground.

Although the law provides for a total sentence of 90 years in prison, as part of the plea agreement, Lopus will spend only 21 years in prison, and then will be on parole for the rest of his life.

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Man Allegedly Stole Casino Uniform

A Salamanca man is accused of stealing an employee uniform from the Seneca Allegany Casino.

Sheriff’s deputies say back on December 22 18-year-old Tyler Jimerson walked into a restricted area of the casino and stole the uniform.

Jimerson is charged with trespass and petit larceny and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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Teens Allegedly Broke Into Building

Two teenagers are charged with criminal trespass for going into an abandoned house in the Town of Coldspring early Monday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say the 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old boy were found inside the house at around 3:30 a.m. after a suspicious vehicle was spotted on the side of the road.

Deputies did not release the names of the teens, who were sent to jail in lieu of $1,000 bail each.

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