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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Drug Arrest on Route 219

A North Carolina man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop on Route on Route 219 in the Town of Carrollton.

State Police say when they stopped 31-year-old Joey Cartee of Spring Lake he had two controlled substances.

Cartee was charged with two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance not in its orginal container.

Family-Run Pot-Growing Operation Raided

Marijuana-growing was a family affair in an Orleans County town.

State police say a father, mother and their son had a sophisticated growing operation in their Clarendon, New York, home, where they executed a search warrant on Friday.

Troopers say the marijuana was growing in the basement, while the plants were being dried and packaged for sale on the second floor of the home. Besides the plants, police seized a large quantity of harvested marijuana, two long guns and a .380-caliber handgun.

51-year-old David Costrino, 64-year-old Marcia Costrino and 27-year-old Austin Costrino were each charged with one count of criminal possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

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5-Year-Old Killed in Sledding Accident

A 5-year-old Jamestown girl is dead after being hit by an SUV while sled riding Friday evening.

Police say the little girl was sledding down the hill and went into the road, where she was hit by the vehicle. The accident happened at about 6 p.m. on Foote Avenue.

The child was taken to WCA Hospital, where she later died. Police have not released her name.

The accident is still under investigation but police say they do not expect to charge the driver.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Sinnemahoning Watershed Ponds to be Studied

Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, and the Cameron County Conservation District, recently obtained a $6,000 grant from the Headwaters RC&D Sinnemahoning Stakeholders Group.

The grant will pay for water tests for 35 rural ponds located throughout the Sinnemahoning Watershed. The ponds need to be one quarter acre or larger in size and will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

The ponds must be located in the Sinnemahoning Watershed to be accepted. Clark will collect all of the samples and deliver them to the Penn State Water Lab in State College this spring. The Penn State Water Lab has two pond test kit options and these ponds will be tested for pH, total dissolved solids, nitrate-nitrogen, alkalinity, aluminum, iron, manganese, phosphorous, sulfate, hardness, and E coli. bacteria. The combined results will be shared at a Penn State Extension Pond Management Workshop to be held in Emporium in September.

The project is designed to encourage pond owners to regularly check the water quality of their pond, to better manage the pond. Penn State Pond Water Test Kits are available at your local extension office. If you own a pond in the Sinnemahoning Watershed and would like to participate in this study please contact Jim Clark at

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University Helps Shooting Victim

Clarion University sophomore Rakeeah Megan Sabazz Merritt accepts $500 checks from Susan Bornak, dean of student development, on behalf of Student and University Affairs, and Josh Domitrovich, vice president of Student Senate, to help with expenses incurred after she was shot in the leg during a drive-by shooting Feb. 2 in Clarion. Merritt suffered broken tibia and fibula bones. She has returned to Clarion University and is recovering. Also pictured is Reginald Merritt, Rakeeah’s father.

Kevin “Deuce” Austin of Farrell is charged with attempted homicide and for being a convicted felon with a firearm, and a number of other charges in connection to the shooting. He is in Clarion County Jail on half a million dollars bail.

Photo provided by Clarion University

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Two Hurt in One-Car Crash

A Bradford woman was hurt in a one-car crash Thursday morning on Route 44 in Potter County.

State police say a car driven by 22-year-old Joseph Weaver of Williamsport went out of control on a curve and hit an embankment.

He and his passenger, 21-year-old Emily McLaughlin, were both taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Weaver was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Police are continuing their investigation.

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Pitt-Bradford Faculty Have Busy Semester

Faculty from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford spent the fall semester not only teaching, but also conducting and presenting research.

Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, presented a session titled “Teasing Your Students to Read: Create Teasers to Engage and Motivate Students to Read” at the 2012 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Las Vegas.

The presentation discussed the use of a “teaser” like those given on the nightly news to present students with a context for a story and get them interested before they began reading.

Brinda also had a paper, “Engaging Students in Inquiry through Field Trips in Your Classroom,” accepted for publication by the Middle School Journal.

Dr. Donna Dombek, associate professor of education, participated in a panel discussion titled “Building Bridges between Theory and Practice: Strategies to Forge Connections between Foundations Courses and Clinical Experience” at the Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators in Grantville.

Dr. Michaela-Christina Drignei, associate professor of mathematics, made a presentation titled “Numerical Reconstruction for the Potential of an Inverse Sturm-Liouville Problem with Mixed Boundary Conditions” at the American Mathematical Society Eastern Sectional Meeting in Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice, presented “Police Officers, Free Speech and the Social Media: Misconduct in the 21st Century” at the American Society of Criminology annual conference in Chicago.

Dr. Tammy Haley, assistant professor of nursing, was co-author of the study “Condom use Among Sexually Active Rural High-School Adolescents: Personal and Environmental, and Behavioral Predictors” published in the Journal of School Nursing.

The study looked at the predictive value of selected personal, environmental and behavioral factors for condom use among rural adolescents in grades 9 through 12.

Haley and her colleagues surveyed more than 1,100 students in three school districts in northwestern Pennsylvania in 2011 and found that the strongest predictor for condom use was whether or not teens thought they should use them.

Dr. Tracee L. Howell, instructor of American literature and composition made two presentations during the fall semester.

She was chairperson of a session, “Writers in Hollywood: The Migration to Screenplay,” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association 2012 Conference at Seattle University. Howell designed the session, which explored the work of 20th century American writers such as Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker who wrote in Hollywood.

She also presented “Thicker than Water: Jewish Identity in Vera Caspary’s Early Fiction” at the 2012 Association for Jewish Studies Conference held in Chicago. The paper explored the presentation of Jewish identity in the first four novels of Vera L. Caspary, a 20th century writer known primarily for her 1942 detective novel “Laura,” upon which the 1944 film noir classic “Laura” was based.

Dr. Om Singh, assistant professor of biology, performed research on campus titled “Electromagnetic Field Mediated Bio-Stimulation and Characterization of Indigenous Extremophiles.” One of Singh’s research specialties is examining organisms that exist under extreme conditions to determine how their survival tricks could benefit on biological, chemical or industrial processes.

Dr. David Soriano, associate professor of chemistry, performed research on campus titled “Semiochmicicals: A Chemical Ecology Research Project.” Currently, he is developing biodegradable citric acid polymers that will release bird anti-feedants and the German Cockroach female sex pheromone. This activity is within the domain of Chemical Ecology. Soriano is also writing a book manuscript under contract with Nova Science in Long island, N.Y., on introductory chemical ecology.

Dr. Jean Truman, assistant professor of nursing, presented a workshop, “Assessing Basics: Standardized Patients,” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Human Patient Simulation Network 2012 Conference in Charlottesville, Va.

Truman told an audience of physicians, pharmacists, anesthesiologists and nursing educators how simulations allow nursing faculty the opportunity to assess the competency of student nurses in a controlled environment.

Finally, Dr. D. Reece Wilson, assistant professor of education made a poster presentation on the effects of text genre on students’ ability to understand scientific content. The presentation was made at the Hawaii international Conference on Education in Honolulu last month.

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Pond Education Opportunities Offered

The Penn State Extension Water Resources Team is offering two pond education opportunities where participants learn from home. An Online Pond Home Study Course, and an Aquatic Pesticide Recertification Correspondence Course, allows Pennsylvania Pond Owners to participate, without ever leaving their home.

Beginning on April 4, 2013, a twelve week Penn State Extension Online Pond Management Home Study Course will restart. The course has been completed by over 100 pond owners so far and was redesigned last year for re-release this spring. The new course will feature PowerPoint’s with narration, covering the various topics. The cost of the course is $35.00 and covers six lessons delivered by email over a 12 week period. The six lessons cover pond assessment, pond maintenance, aquatic plants and algae, fisheries management, attracting and managing wildlife, and pond case studies. In the case studies lesson, the participants are given real life PA pond cases to manage. A series of six worksheets allow the participants to communicate with Penn State Pond Experts and ask individual questions about their own pond resource. You can find more information and register for the course at .

The Penn State Extension Water Team also coordinates a Category 9 Aquatic Pesticide Recertification Correspondence Course which is approved for 3 credits by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The course is built on the Penn State Extension Publication entitled “Management of Aquatic Plants” and a companion CD containing 7 short pond related videos. Participants receive a package in the mail once they register. They read the publication, watch the videos, and answer the 7 worksheets related to the videos. A self-addressed stamped envelope is included so the completed worksheets and other materials can be efficiently mailed back to the instructor. The worksheets are corrected and arrangements made for the credits with PDA, if the student passes. Participants have 60 days to complete the course once they register. The course is a great opportunity for anyone trying to maintain a Category 9 Aquatic Pesticide Applicators License. You can find more information and register for the course at .

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OGH: Hepatitis Not Related to Pens

Olean General Hospital says the confirmed cases of hepatitis in Cattaraugus County have not been linked to re-use of insulin pens at the hospital.

Hospital spokesman Dennis McCarthy says there is no documentation showing that any patient received an insulin injection from another patient’s pen. The hospital did send letters to nearly 2,000 patients last month saying they might have received insulin from pens used on more than one patient, which is against federal lines, and they suggested that the patients be tested for hepatitis and HIV.

He says, although the 13 people who tested positive were patients at the hospital, it’s possible they had the disease before they were admitted because it can remain dormant for years.

The Cattaraugus County Board of Health says the people who tested positive will be tested again using a different method in order to rule out false positive results.

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Olean Woman Hit by Car, Killed

An Olean woman is dead and a man is facing charges following a crash last night near South Union and Irving streets.

Police say 53-year-old Leisa Lentz was found lying on the street at around 7:10 p.m. She was taken to Olean General Hospital, where she died a short time later.

Shortly after that, police arrested 79-year-old Paul Wood and charged him with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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Libraries Get State Grant Money

Three libraries in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded more than $114,000 to make repairs and upgrades to their facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said the grants were awarded through the Commonwealth’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.

The following libraries received grants:

· Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, Cameron County $28,000
· Ridgway Public Library, Elk County $26,847
· Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Jefferson County $60,000

Funding from these grants can be used to pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in the planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries. Eligible projects include new roofing, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to heating and air conditioning systems, facility expansion and new construction.

“Providing access to valuable learning resources is one of the best ways that we can help our residents of all ages,” Scarnati said. “I’m pleased that we were able to provide state funding for these libraries, which will help the facilities make much-needed improvements and better serve local families.”

Local public libraries have been an integral part of Pennsylvania’s heritage and culture, and continue to play an important role in our communities today. Lately, many libraries are being visited by record numbers of patrons, including people looking for a job, students doing school work, and families searching for affordable entertainment options.

“As we continue to expand the different ways that libraries are utilized, we need to ensure that these important public facilities remain updated,” Scarnati said.

More information regarding library funding can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website:

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'Saving Lincoln'

I wanted to pass this along from our buddy Lew Temple. He plays Montgomery Blair, the first Post Master General, who sat on Lincoln's cabinet, and was also the Great Grandfather of actor, Montgomery Clift. The movie is only in limited release, and the closest it will be to Bradford is NYC, but he hopes if we ever do get a chance to see it, that we do.

Lew would also like to thank fans of "The Walking Dead" for continuing to watch.

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Cops: Cuba Couple Growing Pot;
Assault Rifle, Rounds of Ammunition in House

Two Cuba, New York, residents are in jail for growing marijuana and having an assault rifle in their home.

Police say 30-year-old George Brown and 23-year-old Sybil Davis had 61 marijuana plants and packaged marijuana, valued at $74,000, along with cash, an assault rifle, 50-round drum magazines, a large amount of ammunition, indoor growing equipment and a surveillance system.

They are both charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, criminal possession of marijuana and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Brown is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Brown’s bail is $15,000. Davis’s is $10,000.

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Two Dead in Elk County Crashes

An Elk County man died behind the wheel of his vehicle, which then crashed into a parked SUV.

Police say 71-year-old Jerome Cavalline of St. Marys died of natural causes at around 4 p.m. Thursday.

The incident happened on Route 255 in Fox Township. No one else was hurt.

A Marienville man is dead following a two-vehicle crash Thursday night on Route 948 in Elk County.

State police say a pickup truck driven by 78-year-old Harry Bills went out of control on the snow-covered road and hit a pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Michael Lawson of Youngsville.

Bills was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.

Lawson was not hurt.

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Applications for House Scholarships Available

HARRISBURG – High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax or other public funds are used.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

The scholarship program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. To apply, interested students should visit  and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1.

Scholarships are awarded through an independent panel of judges chosen by the foundation.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

McKean County Gets Money from
Federak Emergency Food, Shelter Program

McKean County has been awarded $7,591 in federal funding through the SSA process under Phase 30 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). This award will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in McKean County.

The National Board is comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies across the country. The United States Congress appropriates funds annually to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas nationally.

The local board, made up of representatives from McKean County, will determine how the funds will be distributed. Local agency representation includes The Salvation Army, McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way of the Bradford Area, Catholic Charities, Ministerial Association and the YWCA of Bradford.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive the funds must: 1) be private, voluntary non-profit organizations or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) must have a voluntary board (if they are a private, voluntary organization). Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for EFSP funds must contact the United Way of the Bradford Area at 368-6181 or to download the application. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

For more information, please contact the Mandi Wilton Davis, Executive Director at the United Way.

Arway Will Speak to Committee

The need to repair high-hazard unsafe dams across the state will be among the issues the state Fish and Boat Commission director will talk about during the agency’s annual report to the House Game and Fisheries Committee on Tuesday.

John Arway will also talk about changes to the stocking program, the health of the Susquehanna River and the agency’s need for a long-term, alternative funding source. He will also highlight the agency’s accomplishments during 2012.

State Representative Marty Causer is chairman of the committee.

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First Chapter at the Library

United Way of the Bradford Area held a First Chapter program Wednesday, spending time with 28 children at the Bradford Area Public Library. UWBA Community Relations Specialist Cara Costik read themed stories to the children before they took time to make special Valentine crowns. First Chapter is an early childhood reading and literacy program held on the second Wednesday of every month at the BAPL at 10:30am.

United Way photo

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Bradford Airport Gets State Grant Money

Bradford Regional Airport will be getting more than $1 million in state grant money.

The $1.1 million will go toward building and expanding multi-tenant facilities.

“Providing individuals with access to safe and reliable transportation across our Commonwealth is a core responsibility of State government,” said Senator Joe Scarnati. “I’m pleased that we are investing in Pennsylvania’s smaller regional airports, which are crucial to transportation, jobs, economic development and quality of life, particularly in rural areas.”

“Investing in our airports is a significant part of creating a strong transportation infrastructure across Pennsylvania, and will provide our communities with an important resource to draw in new businesses and local jobs,” Scarnati said.

Governor Tom Corbett made the announcement today. The grants are distributed through the Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, which is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget.

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AG Rejects Lottery Management Plan

Harrisburg – State Senate Democrats applauded Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to reject the Corbett Administration’s plan to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a U.K.-based company Camelot Global Services. “The Attorney General made a proper decision,” Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said. “Pennsylvania seniors all Pennsylvania residents can rest easy now that the Attorney General took this action and put a stop to the expansion of gaming without proper authorization.”

“The entire plan was flawed.” Costa, the Democratic Leader said. “It is clear that there are ways for current employees of the Lottery to be given the latitude to implement changes that will produce better results and even more money being generated.”

At a news conference today in Harrisburg, Kane said that she could not approve the deal negotiated between the Corbett Administration and Camelot. The Attorney General cited several reasons for her denial including that the arrangement infringed on the legislative powers of the General Assembly, that the plan was an illegal expansion of gaming without proper authorization and that the plan involved a waiver of sovereign immunity.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) who serves as Democratic Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee said that Kane took the correct course in refusing to approve the Private Management Agreement (PMA.)

“We do not need a foreign-based company managing the operations of the Lottery when we have Pennsylvania residents with the ability to produce more dollars to bolster senior programs.” Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Sen. Vincent Hughes said.

“The AFSCME study indicated that there were many pathways available for Pennsylvania officials to take to generate new dollars without privatizing the Lottery,” Hughes said. “There are tools available for the legislature to give to the Lottery that will produce a better deal. Plus, we can be transparent with our action and deliberation.”

The recommendations made by AFSCME were contained in a counterproposal that the union generated following the governor’s decision to privatize the Lottery. AFSCME indicated in its presentation that it could generate $1.5 billion more in lottery profit.

“We can do a better job and do it in an open process involving the current Lottery personnel,” Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware), the Senate Democratic Whip said. “The Attorney General was clear that the General Assembly needs to be involved and that arbitrary action cannot be taken by the administration.

“There is no reason why we cannot open the process and allow the Lottery to suggest ways it can generate even more profits.”

State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe), the Democratic Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said that there were so many questions about the privatization scheme that went unanswered and that the whole process needs to be restarted at the beginning and include the General Assembly.

“From the time the PMA was announced there has been great unease about the process and the procedures that were included in the deal,” Blake said. “I am pleased that Attorney General Kane put a roadblock up today and announced her decision to deny the PMA.

“Now members of the General Assembly can look at ways on building on the strengths of the successful Lottery that we now operate to generate more funds for seniors, using employees of the Lottery who are Pennsylvania residents.”

Costa said that he especially appreciated the fact that Attorney General Kane removed politics from the decision, focused on the legal issues involved in the contract and made the right call on behalf of Pennsylvania’s seniors.

Hughes said that there is no question that lawmakers will be able to generate the $50 million that was part of the agreement and that was included in the governor’s budget presentation.


Corbett can challenge Kane's decision in court.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Newbury Commons Gets the Go-Ahead

The Newbury Commons housing development is one step closer to reality, as Bradford City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to sell houses on Howard and State streets to make room for it.

Mayor Tom Riel voted against the project. Councilman Fred Proper was not at the meeting.

Before the vote Riel said one of the reasons he is against the private development is that current landlords have told him they would have to lower their standards in regard to their tenants, which would continue the influx of undesirable tenants.

Councilman Rhett Kennedy took exception to that line of thinking.

"The only way that we’re going to change those that live in Bradford is by maintaining our standards. It is up to us to maintain our standards and not sink to lowering them," Kennedy said.

"That’s why people are looking to come to Bradford, because we have low standards. Let’s have the highest standards we possibly can for all of our units," he said.

Listen to the entire meeting here.

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Punxy Gets $2 Million for
New Medical Center

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) have announced that a $2 million state grant has been awarded to build a medical center in Punxsutawney Borough.

The State Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) awarded $2 million dollars for the project, which will be put towards the building of a Federally Qualified Health Care-anchored multi-service, three-story 45,000 square-foot medical facility.

According to the legislators, Primary Health Network (PHN) of Sharon, PA will own and operate the facility. PHN has worked closely with Punxsutawney Hospital, the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson/Clarion Community Action Commission, the Borough of Punxsutawney, and other social service providers and individuals to collaboratively develop plans for the facility.

“This project is an exciting development for our community and will offer local residents increased access to important health services,” Scarnati said. “I am confident that this medical facility will also bring new visitors to the area, which will help provide greater economic development for the region.”

PHN estimates that this project will bring 70,000 to 90,000 visits to the building annually, employ approximately 100 workers and create $6 million a year in new economic revenue.

According to Smith, the building will create a focus on health care and social services designed to improve family health outcomes. Services to be located within the building include primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy, drug and alcohol treatment as well as social services case management.

“This health center is a facility that is needed in our community and one that I think people in our area and surrounding areas will use,” Smith said. “Navigating through the health care system can be a challenging and often frustrating process. My hope is that placing numerous health care services under one roof, and close to home, will improve access and affordability to quality primary health care needs in our community.”

The total amount of the project is $11,957,000. Of that amount, $2 million will be awarded from the RACP grant, $5,460,000 from The Reinvestment Fund Loan, $3,397,000 through Tax Credit Equity and the remaining $1,100,000 through Primary Health Network Equity.

The building will be located on seven acres of land at the corner of Pushnock and Lever Streets and is expected to open in the summer of 2014.

Casey Statement on VAWA Passage

Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

“I am pleased the Senate came together today in a bipartisan manner to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA has proven to be extremely effective in protecting Pennsylvania women and supporting victims of abuse and assault, and I call on the House to quickly pass this legislation so that these critical protections are not lost. I am particularly encouraged by the inclusion of my provisions to combat sexual violence on college campuses so that college campuses are safe and secure places to learn and work.”

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Booth to Speak at Route 219 Meeting

Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth will be one of the speakers during a meeting Wednesday concerning the future of Route 219.

The meeting will be hosted by the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Route 219 Corridor Development Committee, and will feature leaders from industry, tourism, health and education. Representatives of state and federal legislators will also be attending the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how completion of the Route 219 highway will create sustainable jobs, and promote development in the region.

Representatives from Dresser-Rand, St. Bonaventure University and Olean General Hospital have also been confirmed as speakers for the meeting.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 2/11/13

City of Bradford Police on Monday investigated reports of terroristic threats on Burnside Avenue and a sex offense (not rape or prostitution) on Interstate Parkway. They also got reports of public drunkenness on Main Street, and harassment on Charlotte Avenue and South Center and High streets.

Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident on Main Street, a domestic incident on Chautauqua Place and suspicious activity on Mechanic Street.

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Man Charged for Having Billy Club

A Bemus Point man is facing charges for having a billy club in his car.

State police say they pulled 19-year-old Michael Babbage over on Monday for not wearing a seat belt, and smelled marijuana. During a search of the vehicle troopers found the two-foot-long billy club.

Babbage was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and issued a court appearance ticket. Troopers did not charge him with marijuana possession because they say the amount he had was not a violation of the law.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Police Chase

A Salamanca man has pleaded not guilty to taking police on a high-speed chase through Cattaraugus County back in September.

Sheriff’s deputies say they attempted to stop 45-year-old Richard Skye on Route 353 in Little Valley on September 4, but he wouldn’t stop and led them into the Town of Ellicottville, where the chase ended when he drove his vehicle up a seasonal road.

Skye is charged with felony counts of reckless endangerment, along with unlawful fleeing from police in a motor vehicle and a number of traffic violations.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

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Repeat Felons, Others in Court on Drug Charges

Several people appeared in Cattaraugus County Court Monday on drug charges.

Derek Bentley of Olean was sentenced to two years in prison as a repeat felon for selling heroin.

Donald Johnson of Franklinville was also sentenced to two years in prison as a repeat felon for running a meth lab in the Town of Ishua.

Stephanie Currie of Olean pleaded guilty to selling Oxycodone and to unlawfully possessing a controlled substance. She will be sentenced April 29.

Jesse Bartlett of Olean pleaded guilty to selling methadone and Oxycodone. April Suckow of Olean pleaded guilty to selling a controlled substance. They will both be sentenced May 6.

Peter Shaw-Brougham of Randolph pleaded not guilty to possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell it. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Child Sex Abuse

A Salamanca man has pleaded not guilty to having sexual contact with a child.

An indictment charges 49-year-old Hiram Marin with criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Marin is accused of having sexual contact with a child younger than 11 on July 29, 2012, in Salamanca.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

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