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Friday, April 26, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 4/25/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated a burglary on Congress Street, a theft on Bedford Street and a retail theft on Davis Street. Officers also looked into a hit and run on School Street, criminal mischief to a vehicle on Davis Street and harassment on Cornen Street.

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Route 59 Work Set to Start Monday

Work to repair an earth slide and prevent future slides along Route 59 near Warren is scheduled to start Monday, weather permitting.

Traffic will be restricted to one-lane. At first it will be controlled by flaggers but, as work progresses, temporary traffic signals will be used. Two-way traffic is expected to be restored by August 28. The project is scheduled for completion by May 1, 2014.

The work includes building a 160-foot retaining wall, and a 135-foot slope wall along the section of Route 59 about 2 miles from the intersection with Route 6. Work in the 1,200-foot-long project area will also include road replacement, paved shoulders, improved drainage and updated guiderails and pavement markers.

The $1 million project is being paid for with federal funds.

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Murder Suspcets Arraigned in County Court

The four men accused of killing a Chautauqua County couple last week were arraigned in county court this morning.

Davide Coggins and Joshua McCormick are each charged with first-degree murder, second-degree intentional murder, second-degree murder, arson, burglary and conspiracy.

Ricky Knickerbocker and Steven Todd are also charged with second-degree intentional murder. Coggins’ bail is $2.5 million cash. McCormick’s is $2 million. Bail for both Knickerbocker and Todd is $1.5 million cash each.

The four are accused of killing Joyce and Gordon Skinner during a home invasion. The Skinners were found dead during a house fire.

Pictured, Gordon and Joyce Skinner

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Cops: Catt County Cleaning Lady Confiscated Cash

A Cattaraugus County cleaning lady was apparently trying to clean out one house in more ways than one.

Sheriff’s deputies say the owners of a home on Crumb Hill Road in East Otto told them money had started coming up missing from the house, and the days it came up missing coincided with the days 28-year-old Kylene Hellriegel of Dayton was coming to clean.

Hellriegel is charged with three counts of petit larceny and one count of criminal possession of stolen property. She was issued appearance tickets for East Otto Town Court.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pitt-Bradford Receives Grant for
Students to Attend STEM Camps

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will be able to offer a limited number of full scholarships for qualifying North Central Pennsylvania children to attend either X-treme Science Camp or its Crime Solving 101 Summer Enrichment Class.

The scholarships are made possible by a $3,171 grant from the North Central Workforce Investment Board Youth Council to promote learning about science, technology, engineering and math by students between the ages of 5 and 18.

Children who are eligible live in low-income households, including those households with an income below 235 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Level, which comes to an annual income of $55,343 for a family of four.

Other considerations are whether a student has dropped out or is at risk of dropping out of school, is in foster care, is homeless, is the child of incarcerated parents or has a disability.

Crime Solving 101 is for youths 13-18 and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 17-20. Students will use hands-on methods and strategies to conduct a criminal investigation. Concepts introduced will include understanding the criminal justice system, probable cause and case law; obtaining and writing search and arrest warrants; learning interviewing skills; taking forensic photographs and more. Classes will take advantage of Pitt-Bradford’s Crime Scene Investigation House and will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain insight into what it’s like to be a real detective under the guidance of an expert in the field of policing and criminal investigations.

X-treme Science Camp is for children who have finished first through sixth grade and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 24-27 on Pitt-Bradford’s campus. Children will participate in hands-on labs and activities dealing with different areas of science. Campers will learn about plants, birds, stream life, water quality, chemistry, physical science and more.

Scholarship applications and registration forms are available from the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development on the second floor of the Seneca Building. For more information, call (814)362-5078 or email

Update on Route 255 Project in St. Marys

St Marys – Work to improve a northern section of Route 255 in the city of St. Marys began late last month. The project stretches from the Tractor Supply intersection to Route 120/State Street in St. Marys. Work this year will concentrate on the section between Wendy’s Burgers and Satterlee Fueling.

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.

Activity the week of April 29 will include:

• The contractor will continue working 24 hours per day starting on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. and working until 6:00 p.m. Thursday. The contractor anticipates working this schedule unless they are affected by the weather.

• During off peak hours, 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Route 255 will be restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound from the intersection at Tractor Supply to the intersection of Iron Run Road. Drivers will not be able to use the left turn lanes. From 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane northbound and one land southbound, however, the left turn lane for northbound traffic and the left turn for southbound traffic will be open to allow drivers to turn into businesses and residences. The left turn lanes are for making turning movements only.

• At night, the contractor will continue to break up the existing concrete pavement in the center portion of the roadway. They will then excavate and remove the broken pavement. The contractor will then grade this area and place and compact sub-base material. The contractor will then fill in the center area to the top of the existing pavement at select locations to allow drivers to cross the roadway to turn into residences and businesses. Drivers are strongly advised to cross only at these locations.

• During the daytime, the contractor will be grinding tree stumps along Route 255 from approximately Iron Run Road to State Street. No lane closures will be required.

All work is weather and schedule dependent and will take place during daylight hours. Motorists are advised to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone. Motorists are advised to be cautious when traveling through the work zone and should obey the posted speed limit.

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. 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 north of Greenbriar Drive to just south of the Kersey/Route 948 intersection.

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Special Olympics Track & Field Meet Scheduled

Special Olympics athletes from throughout McKean County will travel to Kane Area High School on Wednesday, May 1, to compete in the annual Special Olympics/Zippo Track & Field Meet.

More than 220 special athletes, ranging from 5 to 69 years of age, are registered to participate at the 38th annual event. Starting time is 10:00 a.m. In case of rain, the meet will be postponed to May 2. Ashley Komidar and Nancy Germano, teachers at Kane Middle School, will serve as event directors.

Up to six athletes can qualify to represent McKean County at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Games at Penn State, June 6-8.

McKean County Special Olympics coordinator Pat Ryan noted, “The track meet is our biggest competition of the year and our athletes have been working hard in training for this event.”

Volunteers are needed to help with the meet. They should call 368-9310 or register at the concession stand on Wednesday morning.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for mentally and physically challenged athletes. In addition to track and field, programs are offered in softball, swimming, basketball, golf, bowling and skiing.

PennDOT's 'Take Your Child to Work Day'

Clearfield – More than thirty children accompanied their parents or guardians to work at PennDOT’s District 2 Office in Clearfield today for “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

“This day is really special for us. It lets kids get a firsthand look at our day-to-day operations while they’re with their parents and it give our parents a chance to see the work we do through their child’s eyes,” PennDOT District 2 Executive Kevin Kline said.

Today’s activities included:

• A demonstration of Operation Lifesaver, which helps kids learn about staying safe when it comes to railroads;

• A visit to the District’s Traffic Management Center to learn how cameras, message boards, and other Intelligent Transportation Systems help keep drivers safe;

• A demonstration on the workings of a plow truck;

• Discussion of environmental concerns, regulations and safeguards used in PennDOT’s operations;

• A Presentation on bicycle safety

Following lunch with their parents, children teamed up to create PowerPoint programs featuring the topics covered during the day.

Participants spent the rest of their day alongside their parents or guardians to gain a better understanding of what those employees do every day to help deliver quality transportation to Pennsylvania.

Pictured, kids in PennDOT's Design Unit learning about drafting and project planning.
Photo courtesy of PennDOT

Trooper's AED Helps Save Firefighter's Life

A firefighter from Westons Mills collapsed Wednesday while an accident scene was being cleared, and quick action by a state trooper saved his life.

Troopers say they were investigating the three-car crash at the intersection of Route 417 and Promised Land Road in Portville. Two drivers were taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment. A few firefighters stayed on the scene to help with traffic control and, while waiting for tow trucks to take the vehicles away, a firefighter collapsed, was not breathing and had no pulse.

While the other firemen rushed to help him and started CPR, Trooper John Zeigler got an Automated External Defibrilator from his cruiser, and used it on the collapsed fireman. Then they continued CPR until he started breathing again. The fireman was taken to Olean General, and is expected to make a full recovery.

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Woman is Victim of Modeling Scam

Police are looking for the person or people who told a Roulette woman they ran a modeling agency and convinced her to send money for a photo session.

One the person or people got money from the victim, the pictures were never taken.

The incident happened between April 10 and 12.

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Galeton Woman Hurt in Crash

A Galeton woman was hurt when her pickup truck flipped onto its roof in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Route 44.

Police say 55-year-old Dolly Lazorchek was traveling north when the pickup went out of control, went off the road, hit a ditch and flipped over.

They say Lazorchek suffered moderate injuries.

The investigation is continuing.

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Man Jailed for Threatening to Kill Woman

A Harrison Valley man is accused of threatening to kill a woman with a knife.

Police say at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon 24-year-old Paul Bethlehem threatened to kill the woman, and showed her a knife. They say he admitted to the crimes.

He’s charged with terroristic threats, possessing instruments of crime and harassment, and is in Potter County Jail.

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Sexual Assault Charges Bound to Court

Charges against a Port Allegany man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl were bound to court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Bill Todd.

40-year-old Jeffery Pinchock is accused of smoking marijuana with the 15-year-old girl and then sexually assaulting her.

He is charged with sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors, and is jailed on $60,000 bail.

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Double Murder Suspect to Appear in Court

The four men accused of killing a Town of Carroll couple last week have waived their preliminary hearings.

18-year-old Ricky Knickerbocker, 18-year-old Steven Todd, 21-year-old Joshua McCormick, all of Elmira, and 34-Davide Coggins are now scheduled to appear in Chautauqua County Court on Friday for arraignment on murder charges.

They were indicted by a grand jury earlier this week for breaking into the home of Gordon and Joyce Skinner and killing them. Their bodies were found during a fire at their house.

The four suspects were found the next morning in Elmira.

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Man Allegedly Tried to Choke Police Dog

A Jamestown man is jail after allegedly trying to choke a police dog during a chase last night in the city.

Police say at around 10:15 they stopped a vehicle driven by Curtis Nance Jr. and learned he was driving on a revoked license. During the stop they also saw drugs in the center console. When they asked Nance to get out of the vehicle he started fighting with officers, and then ran away. They caught up with him, and he continued to fight, so they let their K9 officer loose. The dog took Nance to the ground, and that’s when he tried to choke the dog.

Police then used a Taser on Nance and were able to take him into custody. He was first taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of injuries from the Taser and the dog.

He’s facing a number of charges including assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Alleged Stalker Waives Hearing

A Bradford man who allegedly stalked a woman for about two weeks has waived his preliminary hearing.

58-year-old David Heflin is accused of seeking the woman out and making sure she saw him, and also of following her to and from work during her lunch break.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, he also placed a sign near the victim’s workplace that read, “Mi Amor, You cause me great emotional distress. Please talk to me. I don’t want to be somebody you used to know.”

Heflin is free on unsecured bail.

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Homicide, Assault Charges Bound to Court

Homicide and assault charges against a Johnsonburg man were bound to court today following a hearing in front of District Judge Tony King.

22-year-old Nicholas Martin is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth of Ridgway with a screwdriver repeatedly, then wrapping her body up and dumping it in a swampy area of Sandy Beach Park.

Martin is jailed without bail and is scheduled to appear in Elk County Court on May 31.

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Emporium Man Allegedly Raped Teenager

A 34-year-old Emporium man is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Arthur Allen Helzel allegedly raped the Bolivar, New York, teenager between May of 2007 and September of 2008 in Cameron County, according to state police.

Helzel is charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, all felonies.

He is jailed on $100,000 bail.

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Parking, Paving, Blight, Bad Behavior
Addressed by Bradford City Council

Bradford City Council on Tuesday approved resolutions dealing with some of the most talked-about problems in the city -- road conditions, dilapidated properties and bad behavior in the downtown area.

~~ also approved, on first reading, an ordinance that would allow shoppers to park longer at metered spots on Kennedy Street. Council has to approve the ordinance a second time, presumably on May 14, before it goes into effect.

~~ agreed to advertise for services to install a security and video surveillance system downtown. Private donations are paying for the system.

~~ approved the demolition of three blighted properties: 57 Amm Street, 179 High Street and 44 Willard Avenue. Mayor Tom Riel said, "It's about time," regarding the demolition on Willard. Councilman Fred Proper seconded the resolution "with pleasure." The money for the demolition comes from the CDBG fund.

~~ agreed to advertise for bidders to work on resurfacing eight city streets, including part of East Main, Jackson and School. The money comes from the 2013 general obligation bond.

~~ awarded a $99,875 contract to PV Paving for the Pine Street parking lot improvement project. The project is funded through the CDBG program, a DCED Housing & Redevelopment Assistance grant and the Bradford City Parking Authority. OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said the project should be finish in about 60 days, depending on the weather.

Listen to the meeting here

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

An Evening of Fun is a Sure Thing


The purchase of a Derby Gala ticket is a sure thing - an evening of fun, food and friends all to benefit a great cause.

The Bradford Area Public Library’s Derby Gala is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Pennhills Club in Bradford.

The Gala, in its fifth year, coincides with the running of the famous Kentucky Derby. Big screen TVs allow spectators to watch the “greatest two minutes in sports” as they root for their favorite horse, whether it be Overanalyze or Will Take Charge. It will be a lucky day for three of these people as cash prizes are awarded for win, place and show. And the winning doesn’t stop there.

Ticketholders can actually parlay the cost of their ticket into a trip to Las Vegas to the casino.

“Since the casino has been so popular in the past few years, we have expanded it to include more slot machines,” said Karen Costello-Pecht, co-chairwoman. “The best part of the casino is that you don’t have to pony up any of your own money. We give you $500 in funny money to gamble. You can then take your winnings to bid on items in the funny money auction.”

The casino includes Black Jack, Texas Hold 'Em, Roulette, Chuck-a-Luck and slot machines. One of the most anticipated – even fascinating - events of the night is the hat parade, which will be led by Gloria Colella, honorary chairperson.

“We are so excited to be honoring Gloria in this way,” said Chrystina Tyler, co-chairwoman. “She has always been a great supporter of the library and our events. This is a small way to pay her back.”

Prizes will be awarded for the most stylish, most unique and most creative.

While the hat parade is a fun part of the evening, Costello-Pecht said that hats are not mandatory.

“We just want people to come out and have a good time. It is fun to see hats and fascinators of all shapes, sizes and styles, but if you don’t feel comfortable in a hat, you do not have to wear one.”

And as Tyler pointed out, everyone is getting fired up on the premier auction item of the evening.

Bids are now being taken at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-368-7115 for a one-of-a-kind two lighter set designed specifically for the event by Zippo Manufacturing Co.

Bids can also be e-mailed to The winning bid will be accepted at the Derby Gala. Those who want to bid, but are unable to attend can bid by phone with prior arrangement. Tim Asinger will be the guest auctioneer for the night.

“We say this each year, but Zippo’s team has really outdone themselves with this auction item. Check out the library’s Facebook page. We hope it sparks some interest and we will get many bids on this set.”

Tickets are also available that will give five people the opportunity to win $1,000 at the Gala. Tickets for this prize are available at the library and a limited number will be available the night of the event.

An odds-on favorite for the evening is the food. A special menu will be prepared including deviled eggs with pecans and goat cheese, House smoked brisket with roasted cherry pepper relish and haystack onions, House smoked pork with blackberry mustard and lemon herb butter, bourbon balls and mint julep cupcakes to name just a few.

The Derby Gala benefits the Endowment Fund for the Bradford Area Public Library.

"We can’t emphasize it enough how fun this evening is,” said Costello-Pecht. “You come this this event and odds are that you will have a fabulous time for a cause we believe in with all of our hearts.

“The library is truly the hub for our community. It’s the site for learning, meetings and gatherings of all kinds. There would be a hole in our community without our library.”

Tickets for the Gala are still available at the library. As Tyler noted, the event continues to grow each year, and encourages people to buy their tickets now and not wait until that evening.

Several Sentenced on Drug Charges

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

David Showers was sentenced to two years in prison for selling heroin on May 31 in Olean.

James “Manny” McClary was sentenced to two years in prison for selling cocaine on June 28 in Olean.

Chad Smith Sr. of Olean was sentenced to a year in jail for selling prescription drugs on January 21, 2012, in Olean.

Reginald Crouse of Salamanca was put on probation for five years for selling prescription drugs in Salamanca on October 20, 2011.

Bradley Cox of Gaineville was sentenced to six months in jail for having more than 2 ounces of marijuana on March 15, 2012, in Freedom.

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Seneca Casinos Unveils 2013
Summer Rush Concert Series

NIAGARA FALLS and SALAMANCA, N.Y. – One of the most thrilling summer concert lineups in the Great Lakes Region is back for another year and packs some serious heat for entertainment lovers. Summer Rush at Seneca Casinos includes some of the world’s very best entertainers as well as unique promotions on the gaming floor and the ever-popular fireworks displays for the Independence Day holiday.

June Entertainment
Summer Rush kicks off with arguably the world’s premier blues musician, B.B. King, at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, N.Y., on Saturday, June 8. Coming the following weekend on Saturday, June 15 to Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y., is 1980s new wave rock band The Go-Go’s, whose debut album Beauty and the Beat continues to be the only No. 1 album entirely written and performed by an all-female band. The following weekend on Saturday, June 22, comedian Paul Reiser from the TV sitcom “Mad About You” takes the stage at Seneca Allegany for an evening of stand-up comedy. For the final weekend in June, the entertainment returns to Seneca Niagara with one of America’s consummate singer-songwriters, Jackson Browne, who will perform with special guest Sara Watkins on Saturday, June 29.

July Entertainment
World-renowned adult humor comes to Seneca Niagara on Independence Day weekend, as Drew Carey – famous for his roles in “The Drew Carey Show” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and now host of the long-standing game show “The Price Is Right” – comes to Niagara Falls on Saturday, July 6. The comedy continues back at Seneca Allegany on Friday, July 12 when Jeff Dunham, one of the America’s most successful comedians, displays his hilarious ventriloquism routine with a host of characters such as Walter, Peanut, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and José Jalapeño on a Stick as part of his “Disorderly Conduct” tour. Later in the month on Saturday, July 27, one of the most successful country groups of all time, ALABAMA, comes to Salamanca as part of its “Celebrating 40 Years” tour.

August Entertainment
Summer Rush continues with more ways to make people laugh this August, as former “Saturday Night Live” star and “30 Rock” cast member Tracy Morgan performs on Saturday, August 10. Six days later, more stand-up takes the stage in Salamanca as Howie Mandel, one of the judges on “America’s Got Talent,” delivers an evening of laughs on Friday, August 16. On the last day of the month, Saturday, August 31, 1980s pop-rock will be in full swing inside Seneca Allegany Events Center, as Huey Lewis and the News takes the stage for its “‘Sports’ 30th Anniversary Tour.”

September Entertainment
Technically, it is still summer in early September – and for that reason, Seneca Casinos will keep the Summer Rush entertainment rolling through the first weekend of the month. On Saturday, September 7, comedian Brad Garrett will take the stage at Seneca Niagara Events Center with his trademark low-pitched voice. Garrett is well known for his role as Robert Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and now plays the role of step-father Max Green on the brand-new TV sitcom “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).”

Summer Entertainment at the Bear’s Den Showroom
Each Events Center location seats up to 2,400 people with no seat further than 100 feet of the stage – and also has two high-definition oversized video screens to give everyone the “best seat in the house.” But for those who want a more intimate setting for entertainment, the Bear’s Den Showroom at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has 440 theater-style seats on three sides of the stage, each with spectacular views that are no further away than 40 feet. The lineup is packed for June, featuring Grammy Award–winning jazz musician Marcus Miller on Friday, June 7; blues artist and slide guitar master Sonny Landreth on Saturday, June 8; 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy on Friday, June 21, and; an acoustic finger-picking guitar performance during An Evening with Leo Kottke on Saturday, June 22. Additional summer acts confirmed for the Bear’s Den include blues artist Tommy Castro on Friday, July 12, The Stick Men featuring Tony Levine, Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter on Friday, August 2, and Buckwheat Zydeco on Saturday, August 3.

Special Promotions and Summer Events
Summer Rush at Seneca Casinos also features a number of blockbuster promotions for gaming lovers during the summer months. Guests at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will have the chance to win $1 million during the “$1 Million Big Draw” from June 3 through 28. The ever-popular Summer Shopping Spree also returns to Salamanca on June 1 and 2, as well as to Niagara Falls on June 9.

One of the region’s most talked-about fireworks displays returns to Salamanca and Niagara Falls for the Independence Day holiday. Fireworks outside Seneca Allegany Events Center take place on Wednesday, July 3, and fireworks outside Seneca Niagara Events Center take place on Friday, July 5. Both start-times are approximately 9:40 p.m., with rain dates scheduled for the following days.

The month of July also features a very unique tournament throughout all three Seneca casino properties. From July 1 through 18, guests can participate in the Multimedia Games TournEvent® of Champions™ Slot Tournament, a national tournament that is taking place throughout the country at only 66 select casinos. For all participants playing at Seneca Casinos throughout July, more than $25,000 in Free Slot Play and cash will be up for grabs. The finals for Seneca Casinos will be on July 19 and 20 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, and the grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas in September to play in the national event for a chance to win $100,000. The prize also includes airfare, hotel accommodations and $5,000 spending cash.

In August, Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany will each feature a promotion called $70,000 Hot Summer Nights, and Seneca Allegany also will give away a MacBook Pro™ computer a day on Mondays through Thursdays from August 5 through 29. Additional promotions will be available throughout the casinos this summer, particularly around holidays.

Major Transformations at the Seneca Casinos
The excitement of Summer Rush also extends to transformations at each of the three casinos. Construction of the $130 million permanent facility at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is currently under way, with an opening slated for August. The casino will include more than 800 slot machines, nearly 20 table games and two dining outlets – one of which features favorite selections from well-known Buffalo-area restaurants and food vendors. Major news about new summer projects at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will be announced in the coming weeks. And finally, at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, the excitement continues for more guests from far and near with the recently expanded hotel tower – which provides 200 additional luxurious rooms with breathtaking mountain views.

And, There’s More to Come...
More Summer Rush acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for all shows are available at Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Hospital Auxiliary Welcomes New Retail Business

The Bradford Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce a change of business from Sacks Resale Shop to Angel Kiddies, a new Bradford area business. Angel Kiddies will be an independently owned consignment shop.

For nearly 70 years, the Auxiliary has been host to resale shop under many different names. Sacks has been in business since 1998. “We sincerely thank the community for their patronage of Sacks over the years, whether it was by way of donations or purchasing of items,” said Virginia Hauser, Executive Director, Bradford Hospital Auxiliary. “We are truly thankful and grateful to the community for their many years of support.”

Sacks no longer accepts donations as of April 18, 2013; however, arrangements can be made with Angel Kiddies to accept clothing and merchandise. Angel Kiddies intends to carry similar merchandise as Sacks, with a concentration on children’s items.

“We welcome Angel Kiddies to the Bradford business community and wish them success,” Hauser said.

The Bradford Hospital Auxiliary supports the mission and vision of Bradford Regional Medical Center through fundraising and retail efforts. The auxiliary sponsors annual nursing scholarships to area students who express an interest in entering the profession, conducts several fundraising efforts both at the hospital and in the community and operates the HeartStrings Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

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UPB Students Give Dynamic Presentation on
Trails at Jakes Rocks Project

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Students, led by Dr. Steve Robar associate professor of political science, will be canvassing the Allegheny National Forest starting in mid-May to conduct a full environmental analysis for the Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways (PKP) proposed project “The Trails at Jakes Rocks.” Representatives from PKP, Pitt-Bradford and the ANF attended a dynamic presentation by the students, describing exactly how these eight to 10 students will accomplish the analysis for the 47 miles of proposed mountain biking trails.

Starting in May, students will break into two teams and will begin the work of studying, documenting, capturing on film and indexing all flora and fauna found within 100 foot corridors of the proposed trail network. “These students will be able to provide more detailed information than would have been provided if we had to use our own ANF resources. We would not have been able to commit this amount of time or this amount of ANF resources to this project”, said ANF Planning Team Leader, Steve Dowlan.

Students anticipate field work to be concluded by the second week of August. Dowlan said the students will be prepared to hit the ground running. He and ANF Natural Resource Specialist Ava Turnquist have been working with the students for several months now to prepare them for the work. They have reviewed safety, conduct, study requirements, ANF protocols and a detailed list of what to look for while out there. Turnnquist contributes expertise in identification of flora, fauna and unique habitats, and will serve as mentor for the students while the field work is in progress. Some of this preparation even includes periodic quizzes.

“PKP was blown away by the quality, content and the level of detail in this presentation”, said PKP’s Joe Colosimo. Colosimo continued that the students have exceeded all expectations in what they provided and the level of planning they have put into this. “Obviously, as an alumnus and adjunct for the University, I know first-hand the high level of professionalism and depth of experience in the staff. Based on what we saw today, the students are picking up on that and carrying the torch with ease. They have definitely raised the bar. Wow.”

PKP’s Ines Nelson and Coralee Wenzel mirrored each other’s comments by saying “PKP and the Trails at Jakes Rocks partners could not be more pleased with what we saw and heard today. These students have an obvious passion for their future vocations and are excited to be part of this and we are equally excited to be part of this experience with them.” The students are all part of the environmental studies and biology programs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“These students will be gaining valuable, hands-on experience that will better position them in the job market”, said Dr. Robar. It is not often that an undergraduate student has the opportunity to graduate with real field study and environmental research under their belts. Dowlan has had previous experience in working with university students in Oregon and has seen the positive impact on both the projects and the students. “Working with these young adults is really a win for the project, the partners, the students, the ANF and the university said Dowlan and Robar. Additional opportunities to team up have already started and the group anticipates even more in the future.

PKP and all the partners have been working very hard behind the scenes putting in place the resources to make this possible. In order for the students to work over the summer, the team had to make arrangements for housing, gas to get to the project, and a weekly stipend. PKP’s Chris Hobbs said “some of these students will graduate this month and are foregoing looking for work in order to gain this valuable experience. Other students are skipping their normal summer employment to do this work.” There are resources and support that had to be provided and these come at a cost. “We have been fortunate to have great community partners in both Bradford and Warren that understand the impact this project will have on the Pa Wilds region”, said Hobbs.

“There is a need for more support,” said Colosimo. Through the efforts of the partners, the team has been able to secure both the housing and the gas necessary for the project and have secured a commitment for the stipend. However, the group is still looking for additional donors to support the stipend needs of the project. “This is not so much a donation to a project as it is an investment in these students” said Colosimo. “We very much appreciate the generous support of all those that are involved in this project. The team is looking to secure some additional funds in order to lighten the load on the donor that has guaranteed the stipend so that we could proceed.”

Anyone wishing to help with support of this project can contact PKP at
 or You can also contact PKP member Joe Colosimo at 814.730.2188. PKP is a Warren Gives participant. Any funds received during this online fundraising event on May 8th will be directed toward this and other PKP projects.

Pictured, front, from left, Yuxi Lin, Kelsey Krepps, Lachlan Ross, Nicolette Fruehan, Jamie VanAlstine, and Tianna Johnson
Back row from left, Dr. Stephen Robar, Gregg Mirth, Erik Beeler, Dani Erdley, Tyler Bizzak , Nick Gier, and Professor Sean Gess

Fugitive Picked Up on I-86

Olean state troopers picked up a fugitive from justice out of Georgia on Monday.

During a traffic stop on I-86 they learned that 26-year-old David Keech of Franklinville was wanted in Georgia.

He was taken to Cattaraugus County jail without bail and is awaiting extradition to Georgia.

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Pair Accused of Taking Baby, Assaulting Trooper

Two Kersey residents are in jail for breaking into a house, leaving with an 11-month-old baby and, later, assaulting a state police trooper.

State police say on Monday 19-yearold Breanna Uhl and 21-year-old Roger Dugan went to a house on Old Kersey Road, entered without permission, pulled three telephones from the wall, took the baby girl and drove away in their car.

They went to St. Marys and, after police found them in a house, they ran away. When police caught up with them, they allegedly assaulted the trooper.

The only charge listed on the police report is burglary, but online court records also list a charge of interference with custody of children for Uhl. Her bail is set at $10,000. Dugan's records have not been updated yet.

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Man Allegedly Attacked Person with Sword

A Mayville man is jail after allegedly attacking someone with a sword Friday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Brandon Hogue assaulted the person at around 1 o’clock Friday afternoon at a house in Mayville.

He is charged with assault, menacing and unlawful imprisonment.

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