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Friday, March 29, 2013

Sugar Grove Kwik Fill Robbed

Someone robbed a gas station in Sugar Grove early this morning.

Police say a man speaking broken English walked into the Kwik Fill station between 1:45 and 2 a.m. and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and black barn boots. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Warren-based state police at 728-3600 or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

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Foster Brook On-Ramp Closed

The Foster Brook on-ramp of Route 219 is closed because of an oil spill. It's being described as a "large amount" of oil.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Triple Crown of Events to Kick Off

An upcoming event at the Bradford Area Public Library is sure to be a un-tea-niable good time.

The annual Derby Chapeau Tea is set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Bradford Area Public Library. This is when the library is transformed into a tea house full of treats for all to enjoy.

The Derby Chapeau Tea is the kick-off event to the library’s Triple Crown, which also includes a Kids Derby and the Derby Gala. All events either raise money or awareness for the library.

Attendees will be treated to tea sandwiches, delectable desserts plus tea.

Ann Fesenmyer and Kelly Case, co-chairwomen for the event, said there are new features to this year’s tea.

“We want women and girls of all ages to come and enjoy an afternoon with us,” Fesenmyer said. As such, tickets are also available for girls ages 12 and under. “Our vision is to offer a chance for moms, grandmas and little ladies to get dressed up and enjoy an afternoon together in a relaxing environment.”

Case pointed out that this is also the perfect opportunity to show off those Easter bonnets. But hats are not mandatory.

“While you are certainly welcome to wear a hat to the tea, you can also come even if you don’t want to wear a hat. It just adds to the festive nature of the day,” Case said.

There will be children’s activities for the girls, including making their own hats, coloring and reading tea-related stories.

There is also something new for those who are not sure what to wear to the Derby Gala on May 4 at the Pennhills Club. Several models will be showing off what attire is appropriate depending on where you are seated at Churchill Downs.

“There is no set dress code for the Gala,” Fesenmyer said. “The main thing is that people come and have a good time. It all goes to a good cause in supporting our library.”

Pauline “Boots” Higie, a longtime supporter of the library, will be the honorary chairwoman for the tea.

Tickets, $15 for adults; $10 for children, are available at the library. There are a limited number of children’s tickets available. All young girls must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be musical entertainment and a chance to win prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the library’s Endowment Fund. Income from this fund provides 20 percent of the library’s operating expenses each year.

Pictured, Ann Fesenmyer, left, and Madeline Miles look over some of the prizes that will be available at the Derby Chapeau Tea, which is set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Bradford Area Public Library

Chimney Pipe Problem Causes Fire

A problem with a chimney pipe from a wood stove has been determined as the cause of a fire that damaged a West Washington Street house Wednesday night.

The fire did about $40,000 worth of damage to the house owned by Justin Watts. State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the fire was accidental.

No one was hurt in the blaze.

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Dunkirk Police Chief Hurt in Crash

The chief of the Dunkirk Police Department was hurt in a two-car crash today at the intersection of routes 20 and 60 in the Town of Pomfret.

State police say Chief David Ortolano was headed south on Route 60 when a vehicle driven by Paula Shively of Fredonia made a left turn in front of him and the vehicles collided.

Ortolano was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of knee and hand pain. Shively was taken to the hospital for treatment of chest and hand pain.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Judy Luke

Judy W Luke, 69, of 98 School St., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born on November 17, 1943, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Simon R. and Joyce E. (Tambash) Walker.

Ms. Luke was a 1962 graduate of Bradford High School.

She had previously been employed at Graham Packaging, Bradford Electronics, Zippo, the American Legion and most recently worked in the Home Health Care field.

She was a member of the Moose, American Legion, VFW.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra (Charlie Bailey) Luke, of Bradford, Amy Luke, of Slippery Rock, three sons Richard J. Luke, Robert A. Luke, Shawn M. Luke, all of Bradford, one sister, Sharon Walker, of Bradford, four brothers, John (Bonnie) Walker, David (Robin) Walker, Richard (Rose) Walker, Dennis Walker, six grandchildren, Amanda Colella Charnisky, Daniel Colella, Lane Haynes, Richard Luke, Justin Luke, Allyson Luke, six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Nancy D. Keifer, two brothers, James Walker and Samuel Walker and one grandson, Michael Lewis.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 with Rev. Leon Canfield, pastor First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park

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Man Charged for Physically Abusing Baby

A Coudersport man is accused of physically abusing a baby for about a year.

33-year-old Vincent Floyd is charged in connection to an incident that happened in January when the baby, who was 19 months old, was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital with a broken leg. X-rays showed that the baby was healing from another broken bone in her leg and had suffered a broken foot and a broken hip since April of last year. Medical records also showed multiple cases of bruising and missing patches of hair from her head.

After originally lying to investigators about how the child was hurt, Floyd later admitted he was running and tried jumping over the baby, but fell on her and broke her leg. He says he told the child’s mother but she didn’t take her to the hospital for 5 or 6 more hours.

Floyd is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children, along with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. He’s jailed on $50,000 bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 8 in front of District Judge Annette Easton.

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Two Dead in Phillipsburgh Shooting

UPDATE: State Police spokeswoman Maria Finn said the woman is Tracie Miscavish. Finn says she filed for divorce from her husband, Mark Miscavish, two days ago. He had retired in 2011 after 15 years on the force.

A retired state police trooper shot and killed his estranged wife and then himself this morning at a grocery store in Phillipsburg.

State Police say the shooting happened at about 9:30 at the Country Market.

Police are continuing their investigation and say they will release more information during a news conference later today.

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Stauffer Earns Atlantic 10 Honors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure's Josh Stauffer was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the third time this season on Wednesday, the conference announced.

The honor comes after Stauffer was awarded low medalist runner-up on a match of cards at the La Salle Invitational on Sunday. He fired a two-over-par 73 at Talamore Country Club in Ambler, Pa., and finished two strokes behind champion Brandon Shin of Hofstra in the 63-player field.

For Stauffer, it was his fifth top-10 finish in eight tournaments this season, and the runner-up performance is second only to his co-medalist finish in SBU's Leo Keenan Invitational in September. The Bradford, Pa., native hasn't finished lower than 14th in any event during his freshman campaign.

At La Salle, Stauffer recorded three birdies and was 1-under par on the course's three par-5 holes. He shot 37 over the front nine and cut a stroke off of that over the final nine holes. That effort keyed the Bonnies to a seventh-place finish of 11 teams in the event, which was limited to one round by weather.

Stauffer's first A-10 Rookie of the Week honor came on Sept. 12, after his third-place showing at the Little Three Invitational and a 14th-place finish at the Navy Fall Classic. He added his second weekly conference honor on Oct. 10, after placing fourth at the Binghamton University Fall Invitational.

Stauffer and the Bonnies continue their spring season on Sunday at the three-day Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md.

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Man Caught Growing Marijuana

Another marijuana growing operation has been shut down.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 38-year-old Robert Houghwot Jr. of South Valley Tuesday night after responding to a domestic incident at his home and finding the marijuana growing there.

Deputies seized the small amount of marijuana that was growing at the Sawmill Run Road home and charged Houghwot with unlawful possession of marijuana. He will appear in South Valley Town Court at a later date.

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Man Allegedly Had Hypodermic Instruments

A man who sheriff’s deputies say had a number of hypodermic instruments with him was sent to Chautauqua County Jail following a traffic stop late last night in Portland.

Deputies pulled a car over on Route 20 at about 11:15 for a traffic violation and, during their investigation, learned that the back seat passenger had the hypodermic instruments.

35-year-aold Leonard Erhard of Westfield was charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and was sent to jail on $500 cash bail. He scheduled to appear in Town of Portland Court.

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Federal Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Involving
Kane School Superintendent Thrown Out

The whistle-blower lawsuit involving Kane Area School District Superintendent Maryann Anderson has been thrown out.

The lawsuit, which has been going through the court system for nearly six years, pitted Anderson – a former Millcreek Township School District administrator – against three former Millcreek district officials.

U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin threw out Anderson’s whistle-blower complaint, citing lack of evidence. But Anderson’s requests for sanctions against former superintendent Dean Maynard, former school board member Susan Sullivan and former director of pupil services Rebecca Mancini are still in play.

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Sexual Assault Charges Bound to Court

Charges against a 19-year-old Bradford man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a car behind the Bradford Mall have been bound to court.

Rodney Hinchman Jr. was allegedly having sex with the girl at just before 7 o’clock on the night of February 6 when a Foster Township Police officer saw the car, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office.

The girl told police she knew they were going to have sex, and it was her idea to go behind the mall.

Hinchman is charged with one count each of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault against a person younger than 16.

He is in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Police Officer Promotion

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Campus Police officer Alex Suppa was promoted to sergeant today. He has been with campus police since 2008. His new position will include some supervision of police officers, responsibility for firearms qualification and department firearms, responsibility for campus vehicles. In addition, he will learn the duties of Chief Dan Songer and Assistant Chief Mark Burns. In the photo, Suppa’s fiancĂ©e, Jenna Prechtl, pins on his new sergeant’s badge.

Photo provided by Pitt-Bradford

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Three in Court on Drug Charges

Three of the Bradford residents arrested in January for selling drugs appeared in District Court today.

Charges of delivery and possession of marijuana against 30-year-old Steven Devitt were bound to court. He allegedly delivered marijuana to an informant with the McKean County Drug Task Force in June.

38-year-old Anita Hubbart and 40-year-old Randy Lee Gourley waived their hearings in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Hubbart is accused of selling fake Ecstasy and cocaine to a confidential informant back in April, and of selling 34 dihydrocodeine pills to a confidential informant in September of 2011.

Gourley is accused of delivering seven methadone pills to an informant in September at the Hotel Holley. All three are free on bail.

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Allegany Man Arrested After Fight

A fight between two men in the village of Allegany ended up with charges being filed against one of them.

State police were called to the fight on Fourth Street and, following their investigation, arrested 30-year-old Adam Depp for harassment.

He was issued a criminal summons for Village of Allegany Court on April 16.

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Search Continues for Warren Man

The search continues for a Warren man who has been missing since Friday.

69-year-old Dan Wolboldt, who is the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 13 of North Warren, was last seen at the North Warren Community Center on Church Street.

He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 210 pounds and has short graying hair.

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Woman Charged with Sexual Assault

A 35-year-old Kane woman is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.

State police say Robin Marie Rankin had sex with the boy and smoked marijuana with him between March 9 and 13 in Hamlin Township.

She is charged is statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Rankin was sent to McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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Lopus Returns at Administrator at Pavilion

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), a member hospital of Upper Allegheny Health System, welcomes Terry D. Lopus as the new Administrator of the Pavilion at BRMC. Lopus started in his new position on March 25.

In his role as administrator at the Pavilion, Mr. Lopus is responsible for the management of the Long Term Care facilities and supervision of hospital departments which function within the facility.

A native of Bradford, Lopus attended the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences after graduating from Bradford Area High School. Most recently, he served as the Administrator for the 680-bed Lehigh County Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown, PA. Lopus has over 35 years of licensed nursing home administration experience; obtaining his certification as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 1981.

“We are pleased to welcome Terry back to the Bradford community,” said Timothy J. Finan, CEO and President, Bradford Regional Medical Center, “He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for long-term care that will benefit our residents and their families. In addition, he brings a thorough knowledge of the Bradford community.”

“It is my distinct pleasure to be back in the Bradford Community and I welcome the opportunity to serve with Bradford Regional Medical Center, as well as to be closer to my family and loved ones,” Lopus said

Lopus previously served as Director of the Bradford Housing Authority, Bradford Redevelopment Authority, Bradford Area Public Schools Foundation, Bradford Area United Way, Salvation Army of Bradford, Friendship Table, and the Bradford Area Public Library. In 2006 he received the Rotary Club of Bradford’s highest award for distinguished service when he was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

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Former City Firefighter Hurt in Indiana

Former City of Bradford firefighter Matt Ervin was hurt when a slab of ice flew off a pickup truck and slammed into the fire truck he was driving.

The incident happened at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning in Wayne Township, Indiana, when the ice hit the windshield of the fire truck, and the windshield hit him in the forehead. Ervin was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He was able to bring the fire truck to a stop safely, and none of the other firefighters was hurt.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reed Touts Benefits of Natural Gas Development to New York Homeowners, Businesses

Rep. Tom Reed highlighted today a local utility plant report concluding how plentiful natural gas reserves can help lower utility rates for consumers, including homeowners and manufacturers.

“As evidenced by the Dunkirk NRG utility plant, our ability to access this clean-burning fuel will help provide cheaper electricity rates from natural gas fired generators, lowering costs for home heating and attracting manufacturers to the area,” Reed said. “Simply put, this means more money in people's pockets.”

According to the Energy Information Administration, over 60 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States is used in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

“Providing more natural gas to the markets will help get the American economy moving and bring manufacturing industries back to our region. By providing lower energy costs to manufacturers, they will have the ability to expand their businesses and add more jobs.”

Reed pointed to a recent study by the Longwood Energy Group LLC which determined that repowering the NRG facility in Dunkirk from coal to natural gas could lower electricity costs for New Yorkers by up to 5 percent. In addition, repowering the facility will save the current jobs and add thousands more over the next ten years.

“New York’s electricity prices are among the highest in the nation,” Reed continued. “A five percent decrease in electricity prices will help homeowners and businesses in the region feel some relief on their utility bills,” Reed continued. “This is a jobs and economics issue. Lowering utility costs will help attract manufacturers back to New York State, as utility rates make up a substantial portion of their bottom line.”

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Thompson Issues Statement on
ANF Mineral Rights Lawsuit

Titusville, Pa. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement regarding the filing by the Allegheny Defense Project in the federal lawsuit over mineral rights in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).

“For more than three years, the Allegheny National Forest has been held hostage by radical environmental interests who collectively hold no regard for the economic health of our region or the families and businesses who derive their income and economic wellbeing from the forest,” stated Rep. Thompson. “This action offers every indication that no matter how much economic harm is imposed on our communities the political games and legal maneuvering of environmental special interest groups will not subside.”

“I will continue to demand accountability from the Obama Administration and the full cooperation of the Forest Service as we seek to overcome these challenges and ensure that private subsurface mineral owners are not denied their rights or faced with unnecessary production challenges and access barriers,” Rep. Thompson added.

Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, has pursued aggressive oversight of the Forest Service over the last two terms in an effort to improve and expedite unreasonable delays for drilling and processing notices in the ANF.

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Audio from Tuesday's City Council Meeting

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Bradford City Council, March 26, 2013

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Johnsonburg Man Jailed for Killing Teenager

A Johnsonburg man has been charged with criminal homicide for killing a teenager in the borough.

22-year-old Nicholas Martin is accused of killing 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth in Johnsonburg, but police actually found the body in Ridgway.

Police say a tip led them to Forsyth’s body.

Besides criminal homicide, Martin is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, as well as abuse of a corpse.

He is in Elk County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 3 in front of District Judge Tony King.

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Judge: Ceglia Lawsuit Should be Dismissed

A federal judge has recommended that Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit claiming he owns half of Facebook be dismissed.

Judge Leslie Foschio today sided with Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, saying a contract Ceglia based the lawsuit on was faked.

The Wellsville man filed his lawsuit in 2010, claiming he and Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003, and that contract entitled him to half ownership of the multi-billion dollar company.

Zuckerberg has said all along that he did have a contract with Ceglia, but it had nothing to do with Facebook.

The judge’s report and recommendations now go to a district judge, who will consider any objections before either adopting or modifying the decision.

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Homicide in Elk County

Law enforcement officials in Elk County will be holding a news conference at 6:30 tonight to release information about an ongoing homicide investigation.

State police say, “Due to the nature of this investigation, no information will be released to the media prior to this news conference.”

The Johnsonburg Police Department, Elk County District Attorney’s Office and state police will be conducting the news conference at the Johnsonburg Borough Office building.

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Baseball Player from St. Marys at
Spring Training with LA Dodgers

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Two former St. Bonaventure baseball players, Jesse Bosnik and Ryan Skellie, are once again beginning their seasons playing ball on the professional level.

Bosnik, who played his final season at Bonaventure in 2010, is currently at Spring Training with the Los Angeles Dodgers and is expected to leave camp next week and be assigned to the club's Single-A affiliate Great Lakes Loons in Michigan, where he has spent the previous two seasons.

Since making the decision to leave Bonaventure early and go pro in 2010, Bosnik has hit .239 during his first three years in the Minor Leagues. Bosnik's run began in the Rookie League in 2010, where he played in 55 games and moved from shortstop to third base with the Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League (South). With the Raptors, Bosnik hit .253 in 194 at bats. He started the 2011 season in Single-A with the Loons. In his first year of A-ball, Bosnik played in 100 games with a .232 batting average and .935 fielding percentage at the hot corner.

Last season with the Loons, Bosnik played in 106 games, hit .239 and tied his 2011 total of eight home runs. He was an annoyance on the base paths for opposing pitchers, as he finished second on the team in stolen bases with 21 in 25 attempts. His professional play improved greatly from 2011, as he enhanced his run total by 16 (31 in '11 to 47 in '12), hit total by 11 (78 to 89), RBI total by two (42 to 44) and cut down the number of strikeouts significantly (79 to 67).

During his junior year in 2010 – his final year with the Bonnies – the St. Marys, Pa. native hit .387, had 50 runs scored, with 20 doubles and knocked 11 home runs. Bosnik became the first player in program history to finish with at least 20 doubles, 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in the same season. After a historic season playing with the Brown and White during his junior year, the shortstop and team captain was drafted by the Dodgers in the 13th Round of the 2010 Major League Amateur Draft. Bosnik returned to Bonaventure during the offseason in 2011 and 2012, and graduated with a degree in Business in May of 2012.

As for Skellie, the former St. Bonaventure outfielder who graduated in 2012, has resigned with the Florence Freedom, an independent professional baseball team in the Frontier League.

The Erie, Pa. native will be entering his second season with the Freedom. Skellie batted .239 with 12 RBI in his rookie season with the team. The Freedom advanced to the championship series of the Frontier League before falling in the finals. Skellie, who is currently working on a Master's Degree from SUNY Brockport, will join the Freedom in May as the Frontier League schedule runs from mid May through early September.

Skellie finished his career at St. Bonaventure with a .284 batting average, 102 RBI and 12 home runs. He concluded his four-year career with the Brown and White having started 163 of his 177 games played. In his senior year, Skellie led the Bonnies in home runs (five), slugging percentage (.462) and stolen bases (five). He finished second on the Bona roster in triples (three) and total bases (84), and concluded the campaign third on the team in batting average (.313), hits (57) and RBI (31).

The Frontier League was established in 1993 to serve the West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeast Ohio areas, and has grown to as far west as Missouri. The league is split into two divisions with a total of 14 teams for the 2013 season, including an international franchise based in London, Ontario. Over its 19-year history, the Frontier League has produced 22 Major League Baseball players.

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