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Friday, March 15, 2013

Thousands of Gallons of Kerosene Spilled

Thousands of gallons of kerosene spilled onto Interstate 80 near Penfield this morning when a tanker truck crashed and rolled over at around 8 o’clock.

The tanker was carrying 7,000 gallons of kerosene, and not all of it spilled, because emergency crews were able to stop the leak. Crews are still working to clean up the site.

The driver suffered only minor injuries and was able to walk away from the crash.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Man Charged House Burglary

An East Randolph, New York, man is accused of breaking into a Chautauqua County house while the residents were away.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Adam Dimpfl broke into the Town of Ellington house at 10:30 p.m. on March 7 and stolen some items.

He was arrested Thursday and charged with burglary and petit larceny, and then sent to jail in lieu of bail.

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Tidioute Man Sentenced for Murder

A Tidioute man who shot a woman to death back in December has been sentenced to a minimum of 33 years in state prison.

53-year-old Randy Lee Poole was sentenced this morning for shooting and killing 56-year-old Kathleen Sweeney twice in the head at close range.

Poole told the judge he was under the influence of bath salts during the incident and doesn’t remember what happened. But the judge said Poole showed no mercy when he murdered Sweeney, so he would get the maximum sentence.

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Second Route 255 Project in St Marys
Starts Next Week, Says PennDOT

ST. MARYS – Work to improve a northern section of Route 255 in the city of Saint Marys will get underway next week. Crews will begin preliminary work, including installation of temporary signing and surveying. The project stretches from the Tractor Supply intersection to Route 120/State Street in Saint Marys. No traffic disruptions are expected during the preliminary work.

Once the project completes in late summer 2014, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient. PennDOT will issue regular updates on this project as work schedules and traffic impacts require.

Overall work includes pavement repair, drainage improvements, addition of a right-turn lane for Route 255 northbound traffic at Vine Street, re-alignment of the Arch Street intersection, a right turn lane on Route 120 east for traffic heading south on Route 255, and other construction items.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Dave Gutelius Excavating, Inc. of Mifflinburg is the contractor on this $12.8 million project.

About a one-mile section of roadway separates this project from PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that stretches from the old Wal-Mart intersection, south to the Kersey/Route 948 intersection. That work is expected to get underway late this month.

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Reps Launch Melvin Impeachment Investigation

HARRISBURG – Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) and Rep. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) announced today the introduction of a resolution authorizing a bipartisan impeachment investigation of Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

“We take no pleasure in considering the impeachment of a Supreme Court justice,” said Grell. “This entire situation is unfortunate for everyone involved: Justice Orie Melvin, her family and the citizens of the Commonwealth. But our constitutional duty to uphold the integrity of our courts and to preserve the public’s confidence in our system of justice remains.”

Sabatina, a former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, added, “It is important that due process be allowed to work regarding the justice’s right to appeal her conviction; however, the House of Representatives has a duty of oversight regarding the conduct of the Supreme Court.”

On Feb. 21, Orie Melvin was found guilty of several criminal counts, including thefts of services, conspiracy and the misappropriation of state property. She remains suspended without pay by the Court of Judicial Discipline. If the court finds that Orie Melvin has violated the rules of professional conduct or the Constitution, or has brought disrepute to the judicial system, she could be removed from the bench and banned from serving ever again.

“Our resolution does not circumvent the judicial process already under way because we believe Justice Orie Melvin is entitled to full due process,” said Grell. “Instead, it puts a framework into place in case those proceedings break down or are delayed. It would permit the legislature to impeach Justice Orie Melvin if the evidence and circumstances warrant it.”

“It is the responsibility of the legislature to impeach a justice who has been convicted of a crime,” said Sabatina. “Pennsylvania has been without a full Supreme Court for long enough, and the process must move forward so that trust can be re-established in our system.”

Grell and Sabatina noted that the process authorized by their resolution is the same one put into place during the investigation of Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen in 1993.

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Man Falls Asleep at Wheel, Crashes Car

An Emporium man fell asleep at the wheel of his car earlier this week, causing it to hit a fire hydrant in the borough.

Police say 22-year-old Andrew Beck was on East Third Street at just after 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon when his car hit the road sign at the intersection with Locust Street. The car then hit the fire hydrant in the same intersection.

Beck was cited for careless driving.

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Trooper Arrests Ms. Packman for DWI

On March 14th at about 11:00 pm, Tpr Jeffrey McDonald of SP Warsaw observed a vehicle with a Georgia registration, pass by him travelling in the opposite direction.

The vehicle was speeding and driving with the high beams activated on East Lake Rd. in the town of Perry, N.Y. The vehicle was stopped and the operator identified as Kimberly S Packman of 1 Cove Dr. Savannah GA. Ms. Packman was observed to be intoxicated and a subsequent breath test revealed her blood alcohol level to be a .15%.

Tpr McDonald issued Ms. Packman traffic tickets to appear in the town of Perry court on March 20th , 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Normally, I would not post this story but the state police wrote the headline and I couldn't resist. ~~ Anne

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

No One Hurt When Car Hits School Bus

No one was hurt when a car crashed into the back of a school bus at about 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon on Route 20 in the Town of Pomfret.

Sheriff’s deputies say the Brocton Central School bus driven by 41-year-old Laurie Travis of Brocton was making a left turn into a business so she could turn the bus around but, as she was making the turn, a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Marianne Drzymala of Fredonia hit the back of the bus.

The bus had only minimal damage. Drzymala was cited for following too closely.

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Pecora Running for Seat on Bradford City Council

Bradford native Tim Pecora is seeking the Republican nomination for a seat on Bradford City Council in the May primary.

Pecora, who resides at 106 Harding Ave., is currently a sales associate for Control Chief Corp. in Bradford, a position he has held since April. Before that, he was a marketing representative for Burns & Burns Associates of Bradford for eight years.

His prior work experience includes positions with insurance companies in Bradford and Pittsburgh.

He is seeking one of three seats open on City Council this election.

Pecora said his interest to serve on City Council was born out of his love for the community as well as seeing great potential for the city and its residents.

“Bradford has all of the ingredients available to make a great success story - warm and friendly residents, strategic location for businesses, affordable cost of living, numerous leisure and recreational opportunities, plentiful natural resources, top-notch higher educational facilities and an educated workforce with a great work ethic,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity of utilizing my experiences to help the city capitalize on these assets and to make Bradford a better place to live, work and play.”

Pecora is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in business and economics.

He is currently a member of St. Bernard Church, the Kiwanis Club, Tuna Valley Trail Association, LaStella Lodge, Bradford Landmark Society, Bradford Lodge #749 F&AM and the National Rifle Association. Pecora is a son of the late Alfredo and Beverly Pecora.

Previously, he was a member of the board of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce from 2002-2009 and was president of the board from 2007-2008. He was also on the board of directors of the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corp. for a one-year term in 2009.

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Scarnati Opens Office in Kane

A State Senate district office to serve residents of the 25th Senatorial District is now open in Kane, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati said staff at his district office in Kane will be available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, to provide answers to constituents’ questions regarding state government programs and offer assistance with state-related issues.

Senator Scarnati’s Kane Office
21A Field Street
Kane, PA 16735
Phone: 814-837-1026
Fax: 814-837-1029

“It is essential that we provide residents with direct contact to state government resources, while also ensuring that their tax dollars are spent wisely and efficiently,” Scarnati said. “The Kane office will help offer constituents of the 25th district increased local access to state government, which is an extremely important component of providing effective governmental service.”

The 25th Senatorial District consists of eight counties, including Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield and Warren. The 25th Senatorial District also represents the largest geographic region of any of the 50 Senatorial Districts in Pennsylvania.

According to Scarnati, his district office in Warren was closed at the end of 2012 and relocated to Kane, to provide greater accessibility to residents of the 25th Senatorial District. The Kane office is now the third district office in the 25th Senatorial district, joining the offices in Brockway and Wellsboro.

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Student’s Right to Invite Schoolmates to
Church Christmas Party Vindicated

Independence Law Center hails decision in favor of elementary school student

PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a student whose invitations to a church Christmas party, while in the 5th grade, were singled out and prohibited even though other student invitations were permitted.

One would have thought that this issue could have been worked out once the Pocono Mountain School District’s administration was made aware of the selective censoring of a student’s speech. However, the school district in K.A. v. Pocono Mountain School District argued before the District Court and again at the Court of Appeals that its policy was constitutional. The Court of Appeals disagreed, finding that the school district and its policies unconstitutionally suppressed student expression.

“We are grateful that the Third Circuit has affirmed the right of student expression,” said Randall Wenger of the Independence Law Center, one of the student’s attorneys.

“Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” said David Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom who argued the case before the Third Circuit. “Those ideas include a 5th-grader’s invitations to a religious event. The 3rd Circuit was correct in striking down the school district’s unconstitutional ban.”

The Independence Law Center is a pro-bono, non-profit law center in Pennsylvania focused on protecting religious liberty.

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Congressman Reed: Do Not Waive
Work Requirements for Welfare Recipients

Rep. Tom Reed voted this week in support of the Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement and TANF Extension Act of 2013. The legislation ensures that work requirements remain a central part of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and prohibits the Administration from waiving work requirements for welfare recipients. The bill also extends the TANF program through December 31, 2013.

“Work activities like on-the-job-training, vocational training, community service, and education in a job field are central to lifting families and communities from poverty,” Reed said. “By waiving the requirements that welfare recipients engage in these types of work activities, the Administration is discouraging recipients from gaining the valuable skills needed to gain meaningful employment to help their families.”

Current welfare requirements encourage TANF recipients to engage in full or part-time employment, education and training. But in July 2012, the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services announced it would seek to eliminate the requirement that welfare recipients be preparing for or engaging in work.

Speaking on the House Floor in support of the bill, Reed said work requirements empower the unemployed and underemployed with the skill sets and resources necessary to decrease welfare dependency and provide for their families.

“The 1996 welfare reform law, which created TANF, represents bipartisan desire to help welfare recipients out of poverty and into a working environment. With the passage of the Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement and TANF Extension Act of 2013 we set the stage for a comprehensive debate on bipartisan welfare reform.”

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City of Bradford Police Log for 3/13/13

City of Bradford Police looked into a disturbance on North Street, harassment on Congress Street and a traffic/parking problem on Cole Avenue. Officers also investigated reports of suspicious activity on Mechanic and West Corydon streets.

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NY AG Schneiderman Announces
Agreements with Gun Show Operators

ALBANY – Following a statewide undercover investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has reached agreements with 23 gun show operators across the state to follow the "Model Gun Show Procedures" developed by the Attorney General's Office to promote uniform gun show operations across the state, including a rule that ensures all guns brought into the gun show by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed.

These 23 operators oversee more than 50 currently scheduled shows and gun auctions in New York this year, which represents over 80% of the shows in the state. Five more operators are reviewing the procedures and are also expected to adopt them. The process is ongoing, with the goal of universal adoption of the procedures in the state by the end of this year.

“Gun violence is everyone's concern, and I’m proud that we’ve worked with gun show operators to create simple procedures to ensure that deadly weapons don't make it into the hands of felons, terrorists, the dangerously mentally ill, or anyone else who could not pass a background check,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “These procedures are unique to New York State and represent the first time law enforcement and gun show operators are working together to eliminate illegal gun sales. Since most people who operate and attend gun shows are law abiding citizens, my office has had nothing but positive responses to these new safety standards.”

The Model Procedures go beyond the requirements of the state’s Gun Show Law, including a process that ensures all guns brought into the gun show by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if guns were sold and that a proper background check was performed.

Attorney General Schneiderman’s agreements are with operators who run gun shows in Akron, Albany, Alexander, Allegany, Batavia, Caledonia, Canandaigua, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Clayton, Clifton Park, Clyde, Elmira, Fillmore, Geneseo, Lake George, Lisle, Middletown, North Geneva, Oneonta, Port Crane, Rochester, Salamanca, Sanitaria Springs, Saratoga Springs, Sidney, Springville, Syracuse, Unadilla, Wales Center, Watkins Glen, Westfield, West Potsdam and White Plains.

The development of the Model Procedures grew out of Attorney General Schneiderman’s 2011 investigation of gun shows around the state. This investigation uncovered the frequent occurrence of private sales without background checks. Following that discovery, the Attorney General's Office and several gun show operators worked together to develop the Model Procedures, which balance the rights of the sportsmen and gun collectors with the need to protect the public from the sale of guns to people who cannot pass a background check, also known as a "National Instant Criminal Background Check System" or "NICS.” The Model Procedures require operators to do the following:

· Post conspicuous signs throughout the shows, and give written notice to all dealers that New York State law requires that a National Instant Criminal Background Check be completed before the transfer of a gun at a gun show, including on the grounds of the show.

· Require that all guns brought into the gun show by private sellers are tagged so that, upon exiting, the operator can determine if the guns were sold and a NICS was performed.

· Provide access to a dealer who is authorized to conduct a NICS at cost.

· The dealer performing the NICS shall complete and file the ATF Form 4473 and maintain the forms for inspection by law enforcement agencies for ten years, per the Gun Show Law.

· Limit the number of access doors at the show so that sellers and buyers have to enter and exit through an area where the NICS procedures can be monitored.

· Use reasonable means to prevent illegal gun sales outside of the building, including the parking lot.

· Alert local law enforcement that a show will be held in their area, request periodic patrols in the parking lots to deter illegal sales, and call them if illegal sales are observed or suspected.

The 23 gun show operators are:

Alabama Hunt Club, Inc.
BLG Auction Services
Bontrager Real Estate and Auction Services
Clayton Rotary Club
Daniel A. Carter Auction Co., Inc.
Empire State Arms Collectors Association, Inc.
Goldfuss & Assoc.
Hessney Auction Company, LTD
Mid Atlantic Arms Collectors
Mid-Hudson Promotions, Inc.
Mid State Arms Collectors & Shooters Club, Inc.
New York State Arms Collectors Association, Inc.
Niagara Frontier Collectors, Inc
Niagara Frontier Gun Shows, Inc
Newmart Promotions, Inc.
RG Mason Auction
Roy Teitsworth, Inc.
TB Auction, Hunt Real Estate
York-Penn Shows, Inc.
Westchester Collectors, Inc.
West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Williston Auctions, Inc.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General In-Charge of the Rochester Regional Office Debra Martin, under the supervision of Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Martin J. Mack.

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Two Hurt in One-Vehicle Crash

Two people suffered injuries in a one-car crash on Route 5 in Sheridan this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say at 6:45 a.m. 59-year-old David Kent of Silver Creek was trying to get around a vehicle on the side of the road when his vehicle went out of control, left the road and hit a tree.

Kent had be freed from the vehicle by emergency crews. He was taken by Starflight helicopter to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of unspecified injuries. His passenger, 47-year-old Elizabeth Lysek of Silver Creek was taken to Lakeshore Hospital for treatment of a head injury.

Deputies are continuing their investigation.

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Ken Kane Testifies During
House Ag Subcommittee Meeting

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing Wednesday to examine how the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is managing the National Forest System (NFS) and how this management affects rural communities. USFS Chief Tom Tidwell and Ken Kane, McKean County, Pa., President of Generations Forestry, were among the witnesses testifying.

“Our National Forest system is currently threatened by land mismanagement, invasive species outbreaks, endless litigation preventing productive land use, including expanded timber harvests and natural resource development, and a host of other problems that result in fewer jobs, more fire-prone forests, and communities struggling to make ends meet,” stated Rep. Thompson. “Today, the subcommittee brought together forestry stakeholders to identify obstacles to a stronger National Forest management system and ways to expand rural job creation through healthier and more productive forests.”

National Forest timber harvests have been in decline in recent years. The all-time high was 12.7 billion board feet in 1987, but dipped to its lowest level at 1.7 in 2002. This drop not only has a negative effect on forest management, but also results in tens of millions of dollars in lost sales at the detriment of local communities and the U.S. Treasury.

USFS Chief Tom Tidwell fielded questions from subcommittee members on efforts by the USFS to increase multiple-use practices, including timber harvests, and also discussed a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) highlighting the agency’s goal to increase annual timber harvests. (Click here to view Chief Tidwell’s written testimony)

“The economic impact of the lower harvest has led to a decline in the local hardwood lumber industry,” stated Ken Kane. “Since 1995 the hardwood industry in the Allegheny National Forest region has declined over fifty percent. In order to maintain a healthy relationship between rural communities and National Forests, the National Forests should be managed using sustainable methods. This will assure the long term health of the National Forest, rural communities, the forest products industry and the adjacent private lands.”

“This process is about where we are today and where we need to be in order to have healthy forests and growing forest communities,” Rep. Thompson added. “I want to thank our witnesses for their testimony, including Mr. Ken Kane from Pennsylvania and Forest Chief Tom Tidwell. I look forward to working with the U.S. Forest Service and all local stakeholders as this subcommittee prescribes future policy reforms to improve forest management and expand multiple-use land practices.”

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 3/12/13

City of Bradford Police on Tuesday investigated disturbances on West Washington and Elm streets, criminal mischief on South Center Street, a domestic incident on West Washington Street and a report of harassment on Congress Street. Officers also looked into reports of suspicious activity on Race Street and Interstate Parkway.

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Say 'No More' to
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

To help launch the National "No More" campaign to help end domestic violence and sexual assault Anne Holliday today spoke with Delilah Rumburg, CEO of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

You can listen to the conversation here.

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Video About Brenda Emer's
Journey, Battle with Cancer

Sean Perry created this inspiring video about Brenda's journey with cancer. Please take the time to check it out.
One of Brenda's dreams is to be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show so she can share her survival story with the world. Help make her dream come true:

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Rapp's Early Childhood
Vision Care Education Act Clears House

HARRISBURG—Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), legislation directing the PA Department of Health to establish the Early Childhood Vision Care Education Program (House Bill 477) unanimously passed the state House today.

“The purpose of this legislation is to encourage all Pennsylvania citizens to make themselves, their families and their communities aware that early recognition of childhood eye disorders and diseases results in more effective treatment that can be both sight-saving and even life-saving,” said Rapp. “For example, if left untreated, retinoblastoma is almost always fatal, but with early detection and appropriate treatment, the overall survival rate increases to 95 percent.”

The National Institute of Health reports that many vision problems develop before children reach school age. Fewer than 15 percent of all preschool children receive an eye exam and fewer than 22 percent of preschool children receive some type of vision screening. The most common disabling childhood vision disorders include amblyopia, strabismus and significant refractive errors.

Retinoblastoma, which is easily detected through a routine examination, is among the most common pediatric cancers resulting in malignant tumors on the retina. Rapp encourages Pennsylvania citizens to seek out more information online at

“I put forth a resolution similar to this bill in 2008, and it was really driven because of a family in McKean County that came to me and conversations I had with Warren optometrist, Dr. Jim Spangler regarding raising public awareness about retinoblastoma,” said Rapp. “Final passage of the Early Childhood Vision Care Education Act will send the message that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is making every effort to ensure that all of our children receive a vision exam from their health care provider before they reach 5 years of age.”

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Isabelle Barrile

Mary "Isabelle" Barrile, 84, of 5858 North St. Limestone, passed away, Monday, March 11, 2013, in the Olean General Hospital in Olean.

Born April 9, 1928, in Brookville, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Mary (McManigle) Osborne. She attended schools in Brookville.

On May 15, 1948 in St. Patrick's Church in Limestone she married Joseph Barrile who survives.

Mrs. Barrile had worked for the B&0 Railroad, then as a waitress at the Old Hollywood Inn in Limestone and in 1995 she retired from Zippo Manufacturing Company after 42 years of service.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Limestone, and a member of the Church Guild. She was also a life member of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and bowled in the Monday Night league.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid bingo player, knitter and gardener.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 64 years are two daughters, Linda Barrile of Bradford and Connie Truby (Jim) of Bradford, three sons Larry (Lorraine) Barrile of Limestone, Alan Barrile (Tracy) of Albion, and John Barrile of Limestone, 6 grandchildren: Christopher, Patrick, Timothy, Jamie Lynn, Kaitlin, and A.J., 5 great grandchildren; Amaya, Dominic, Sophia, Kayle and Terrance, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, Erma "Marge" Songer, Florence "Babe" Doleski, Leotta "Doke" Byerly, Margaret Steen, and Olive M. Weilacher, four brothers; Dale Osborne, Hardy Osborne, George Osborne, and Richard Osborne.

There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Limestone, on Saturday March 16, 2013 at 9:30am with Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made the charity of the donor's choice.

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Candace Frantz

Candace M. Frantz, 63, of 62 Clarence Street, Bradford, passed away, surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Hamot Medical Center, in Erie.

Born January 5, 1950, in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Ronald W. and Katherine L (Hays) Mealy.

On May 27, 1967 in St. Bernard Church she married Martin "Mick" Frantz who survives.

Mrs. Frantz was a1967 graduate of Bradford Area High School. She was a stay at home mom who took care of her children and cared for everyone's children as her own. She had also worked for Zippo Manufacturing.

In addition to her husband of 45 years she is survived by her six children: Kimberly (Jeffrey) Casterline, Buffie (Todd) Baldwin, Marty (Timothy) Nicastro, Chad (Wendy) Frantz, Cody Frantz and Brittany (Brent) Raabe, eight grandchildren, Chelsea, Devin and Delaney Casterline, Brock and Brett Baldwin, and Brandon, Haley and Hayden Nicastro, two sisters, Judy (John) Cattoni and Debi (Jeff) Prentice and two brothers Clayton (the late Jannie) Mealy and Patrick (Evelyn) Mealy, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Angel Langianese.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 1:00pm in the Foursquare Gospel Church with Rev. William Watson, pastor, officiating. Mausoleum entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired, may be made to the Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic. PO Box 82, Bradford, PA or CARE for Children PO Box 616, Bradford, PA

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Committee Approves Causer's Bill to
Study Merger of Game, Fish Commissions

HARRISBURG – The House Game and Fisheries Committee today unanimously approved a resolution calling for a study of the impacts of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), chairman of the committee and prime sponsor of the legislation.

The resolution now goes to the full House for consideration.

“Hunting and fishing are an important part of our heritage, and we need to look at all of the options available to help preserve these activities for generations to come,” Causer said. “The study will give us the good, solid information we need to make the best decisions for the Commonwealth’s hunters and anglers.”

Watch Rep. Causer’s comments on passage of the resolution:

House Resolution 129 calls on the non-partisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies. It also calls on the LBFC to explore a range of options with regard to how to structure the state’s wildlife agency to best manage the wildlife and aquatic resources of the Commonwealth.

A similar study was conducted 10 years ago, and it showed a merger was feasible and would save money. No legislative action resulted from the study’s findings, however.

“Given the economic challenges facing both commissions today, I think it is time to revisit the issue,” Causer said.

Last month, the executive directors of both commissions appeared before the House Game and Fisheries Committee to present their annual reports. While a number of issues were covered in both presentations, financial concerns were a significant point of discussion from both agencies.

If the resolution earns final approval in the full House, the study is expected to take about six months.

The committee also approved the following bills at today’s meeting:

House Bill 451 (Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong/Indiana) allows the use of leashed tracking dogs to track and recover legally wounded or harvested white-tail deer and black bear. House Bill 577 (Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Cambria) ensures that at least one resident of the Elk Management Area receives an opportunity to purchase an elk hunting license each year.
HB 723 (Rep. Matt Baker, R-Bradford/Tioga) clarifies that wild boars and other swine kept behind fences on game farms or hunting preserves are not defined as “wild animals” under the Game Code and not under the regulatory purview of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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Theft at Allegheny Bradford

State police are looking into a case of theft and access device fraud at Allegheny Bradford Corporation in Lewis Run.

They say between February 22 and March 4 fraudulent charges were discovered on a company credit card. The charges totaled almost $932.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

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Jailed Former State Senator
Now Facing More Corruption Charges

A former state Senate leader and seven other people have been charged in connection to a “pay to play” scheme involving the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says, "The grand jury found that these men were using the Turnpike to line their pockets and to influence elections. That is stealing from the public, pure and simple."

Retired state Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow, who is currently in jail on unrelated corruption charges, is accused of having his chief of staff help supporters and contributors get business from the turnpike, and having him pressure people at the turnpike to support him politically and raise campaign funds.

Mellow is charged with corrupt organizations, bribery, bid-rigging, conspiracy and other offenses. A message left for a criminal defense lawyer who has represented him in the past was not immediately returned.

Also charged was former turnpike chief executive Joe Brimmeier and former turnpike chairman Mitchell Rubin, who face charges similar to Mellow's.

Read the full story here.

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Council Awards Ice Rink Contract

Bradford City Council on Tuesday awarded the $1.8 million contract for renovations to the Callahan Park ice rink to Kessel Construction.

Councilman Brad Mangel said he is glad the contract went to a local company.

The project will paid for with $500,000 in grant money and through the refinancing of a general obligation bond, which council also approved last night. City Clerk John Peterson explained that $1.8 million for the renovation was included in this year’s city budget.

Listen to the entire meeting here.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 3/11/13

City of Bradford Police on Monday answered calls about disorderly conduct on Main Street and Interstate Parkway, harassment on Chautauqua Place and a domestic incident on State Street.

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Bradford School District Continues
Focus on Safety, Security

WESB/WBRR News Director

The Bradford Area School District will be hiring an off duty Bradford City Police officer to provide security for Fretz Middle School.

The officer would start April 1 and work through June 6. The salary will be determined by Bradford City Council and the police department’s collective bargaining agreement, but would not exceed $13,500.

Also during last night’s school board meeting, district superintendent Katy Pude say the district is taking further steps to make all the schools safer.

"In the upcoming months, we will also be utilizing the services of the Pennsylvania State Police Risk and Vulnerability Team to help identify any safety measures that we could improve within our buildings," she said during her monthly report.

The district is still considering hiring a second school resource officer for next year.

Also last night, the board approved an agreement with the Bradford Dental Center to provide exams for students in kindergarten as well as third and seventh grades who don't have dental coverage and whose families may not be able to afford it. The cost of the exams will be $10.

Board member Keith Hatch acknowledged members of Boy Scout Troop 499 who attended the meeting as part of their efforts to receive Citizenship in Community merit badges. Hatch's son Cody is a member of the troop.

In her report Pude also praised the students and staff who put on the "phenomenal" performance of "The Wizard of Oz" last weekend.

She also mention that several sixth-graders competed in the Middle School Computer Fair in Port Allegany. Nick Haner and Austin Jadlowiec placed first in programming; Sydney Emerson placed first in graphic design; and Alan Burritt placed first in animation.

Music students also fared well in competition. During this pasat weekend's Region Band competition in Meadville Chris Eaton earned 4th chair in percussion; Marissa Pattison, 2nd chair, baritone; Tim Puglio, 1st chair tenor sax. This is the second year Tim has placed 1st chair at Region Band and qualified for states. He has qualified for the 2013 All-State Wind Ensemble.

Pude also noted that March 18-22 is Care and Share Week at Fretz. Students and staff will be holding various activities to benefit the McKean County SPCA, Meals on Wheels, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the National MS Scoiety and the New Day Orphanage.

You can listen to the entire meeting here.

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Reed Working to Remove
Roadblocks for Dairy Sector

Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) are urging federal officials to take proactive steps to prevent Canada from imposing new barriers to U.S. dairy exports. New York and Wisconsin are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities in the Canadian market, but only if Canada does not move to block U.S. dairy imports.

“With the growth the dairy industry has been experiencing in Upstate New York and the country as a whole, the federal government has to stand up for our dairy farms and ensure our dairy exports aren’t slowed,” said Reed. “Additional barriers placed on U.S. dairy exports to Canada will result in sizeable losses for our dairy companies, and run counter to efforts to foster a closer U.S.-Canada relationship.”

“Dairy exports are critical to Wisconsin’s economy, and Canada has long been a valued trading partner for both Wisconsin and the United States,” said Kind. “We need to act now to avoid damaging new trade policies that could harm our dairy farmers and weaken the flow of commerce between our two countries.”

Congressmen Reed and Kind, along with members of the New York and Wisconsin delegations, sent a letter outlining concerns over the inaccessibility of the Canadian dairy market to U.S. dairy products to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Of particular concern is a possible change to Canadian cheese standards that would further restrict trade, in addition to a 2007 revision of the Cheese Compositional Standards (CCS) by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that reduced opportunities for dairy sales from the U.S. to Canada.

New York and Wisconsin are home to approximately 17,000 dairy producers who rely on export opportunities to help sustain their farms. In addition, both states have robust dairy manufacturing sectors, such as yogurt and cheese, that help provide stable jobs in rural areas.

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Nationwide Manhunt Ends in Dunkirk

The nationwide manhunt for a fugitive from Puerto Rico has ended in Dunkirk.

26-year-old Eric Garcia-Rivas was wanted by the FBI for running a large drug distribution ring. He was picked up at about 6 o’clock Sunday night in Dunkirk after police saw him acting suspiciously, and then trying to hide his face from them.

The FBI says Garcia-Rivas is part of a violent street gang that used weapons, threats and intimidation to run its drug distribution ring out of a public housing project. He was turned over to the FBI Monday morning.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Eleanor Walker

Eleanor Jane (Leap) Walker, 87, formerly of Limestone, NY, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born November 22, 1925, in New Martinsville, WV, she a was daughter of J. Paul and Dora E. (Rothlisberger) Leap.

On August 21, 1948 in New Martinsville, WV. she married John J. "Jack" Walker, Jr., who died December 21, 2002.

Mrs. Walker was a graduate of Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, West Virginia. She had been employed as an executive secretary in the Purchasing Department at PPG Industries while living in New Martinsville. After moving to Limestone in 1965, she worked as a legal secretary for McDowell, McDowell Wick & Daly and later as a secretary for Goodman Brother's Inc. She retired from the NY State Court System, in the Surrogate's Court in Little Valley, NY. After her retirement she was employed by Green Thumb, Inc., as an office assistant for the Cattaraugus County Department of Youth Corrections for Boys in Limestone. She was also employed by the Village of Limestone as School Tax Collector, and held that position for many years.

Mrs. Walker was a charter member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of New Martinsville, and later became a member of the club in Bradford. She was also a member of the Desk & Derrick Club of Bradford. She served as Resident Council President at the Bradford Ecumenical Home and when she was able, she read to the residents each Friday afternoon. While a resident at the Ecumenical Home she enjoyed helping other residents feel welcome during their transition from home.

She was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in New Martinsville where she sang in the church choir, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Presbyterian Women. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford and was an ordained Deacon. As a deacon she made many phone calls for church activities and coordinated memorial luncheons for families who had lost loved ones.

She was a Girl Scout leader and coordinated the Girl Scout Cookie Sales in New Martinsville for many years. She was also a member of the 200/500 Club in the New Martinsville Women's Bowling League. She was a volunteer for the McKean County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Bradford's former Community Outreach Program.

Surviving are two daughters, Michelle Lin "Mickey" (the late Daniel) Swackhamer, and Shelley Marie (Jerry) Harvey, all of Bradford: four granddaughters: Amy J. (Tom) Raught of Eldred, Lisa L. (John) Fedak of Bradford, Erin E. (Joshua) Bridge of Pittsburgh, and Beth A. (Jason ) Manwaring of Elmira, NY, five great granddaughters, Kaitlin and Calley Raught, Bailey Fedak, Delaney Bridge and Eleanor Manwaring, three great grandsons, John "Danny" Fedak, Jonah Bridge, and Nolan Manwaring; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son in law, and one sister, Florence P. Bohl.

Family will be receiving friends from 10 to 11 AM, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am with Rev. Katherine Randall, Co-Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden.

Memorials if desired may be made to The First Presbyterian Church or The Bradford Ecumenical Home Foundation or to charity of the donor's choice.

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

Bus Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse

A school bus driver for the Randolph Central School District has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a child.

66-year-old John Hitchcock is accused of sexually abusing a boy younger than 13 on a number of occasion between September and October of last year between Randolph and Ashville. He is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Hitchcock is jailed on $50,000 cash bail. The school district placed him on administrative leave.

Law enforcement and child advocacy centers in both Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties investigated the case.

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