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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Man Jailed for Shovel Attack, Knife Threat

A man is in jail without bail after hitting another man in the head with a shovel and threatening a 14-year-old with a knife.

Sheriff’s deputies say at about 4 o’clock this morning 33-year-old James Hall of Ashville, New York, hit a 29-year-old man in the head with the shovel, causing serious injury. Before the assault he brandished a knife toward the teenager. He also damaged a vehicle. Hall ran away before deputies arrived, but Lakewood-Busti Police found him a short distance from the scene and took him into custody.

The victim was taken to an out-of-the-county trauma center.

Hall is charged with assault, criminal mischief, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

200 White Pines Planted in ANF

WARREN – The Warren-based non-profit organization Friends of Allegheny Wilderness (FAW) teamed up Thursday with the U.S. Forest Service, and inmates from FCI McKean to plant 200 white pine (Pinus strobus) trees in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).

The planting took place at three specific sites as part of ongoing cooperative ecological restoration work between FAW and the agency:

· At the head of an abandoned road near the North Country National Scenic Trail in the proposed Minister Valley Wilderness. · At the head of an abandoned road leading from the Hearts Content Campground into the Hickory Creek Wilderness. FAW and the ANF have been working to restore this site since 2001.

· At the head of an abandoned road at the Hickory Creek Wilderness trailhead. FAW and the ANF have been working to restore this site since 2006.

The objective of this restoration work is ultimately to for all intents and purposes erase from the landscape all evidence that there were ever roads present, and to help prevent illegal non-conforming uses in these wild areas – such as by motorized and mechanized vehicles.

FAW will continue to advocate for and contribute significant staff and volunteer time, resources, and labor to road closure, obliteration, and rehabilitation at numerous sites within areas delineated in their widely-supported Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest.

The trees used in Thursday planting were donated by the U.S. Forest Service as part of their ANF-wide reforestation program.

Pictured are Bradford District Ranger Mac Herrera, and Fred Robson, also of the Bradford Ranger District (right and left, respectively) planting white pine trees in the proposed Minster Valley Wilderness Area, May 30th, 2013.
Photo by Kirk Johnson of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness

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Cough Medicine Stolen from Store

Four packages of cough medication were stolen from the Rite Aid in Emporium Thursday evening.

Police say at just before 8'clock a person took the medication from the store shelf and left the scene.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact Emporium-based state police.

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ATV Stolen from McKean County Camp

Someone stole an ATV in McKean County sometime between May 19 and this afternoon.

32-year-old Richard Laskey of Jeanette tells state police the red Polaris Sportsman 400 was taken from his camp in Hamlin Township along Route 219.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

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New Penalty for Texting while Driving in NY

If you get caught texting and driving in New York the penalty will now be five points off your driver’s license instead of three.

During a news conference today, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.

The change goes into effect Saturday.

Cuomo is also proposing legislation that would impose tougher sanctions against probationary and junior drivers for texting.

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Judge Awards Seneca Nation $7 Million

A federal judge has ordered the federal government to pay more than $7 million to the Seneca Nation of Indians to make up for underfunded health care services.

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington ruled that Indian Health Services underestimated the number of patients served by Seneca Nation health clinics by about a third in 2010 and 2011.

Seneca leaders say the problem arose because the agency believed health clinic visits in towns on Seneca territory had taken place, when they had actually been in towns with the same name in 14 other states.

The tribe took the government to court last year after the agency refused to address the complaints.

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Man Accused of Stealing from Vehicles

State troopers believe they found the person responsible for stealing from numerous vehicles in the Olean, Portville and Hinsdale areas.

25-year-old Christopher Burton of Olean is charged with burglary and petit larceny, and troopers said additional charges are expected.

Burton is in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of bail.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 5/30/13

Bradford City Police on Thursday investigated an assault on Main Street and a report of a person bitten by a dog on Pleasant Street. Officers were also called to reports of disturbances on Davis and High streets, harassment on South Center Street and criminal mischief on Thompson Avenue. They also address traffic and parking problems throughout the city.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lawrence County Eagle Placed Back In Nest

FRANKLIN -- Northwest Region Director Keith Harbaugh announced today that PA Game Commission personnel successfully placed a young bald eagle back in its nest this past Friday.

Local citizens contacted the Northwest Region Office on May 22nd advising that a young eagle was out of the nest and on the ground. Wildlife Conservation Officer Lawrence Hergenroeder along with Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Ron Richman responded to the incident and retrieved and transported the bird to Skye’s Spirit Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, PA. The bird was evaluated and spent several days rehabilitating prior to the release. Local Lawrence County WCO Byron Gibbs made contact with the Ellwood City fire department to assist. The Fire Department evaluated the scene and determined that they could use a fire truck with a 100 foot boom to facilitate the release.

Butler County WCO Chris Deal who has extensive experience with raptors was tasked with placing the eagle back in its nest. The operation was successfully completed at approximately 1 pm and one of the adult eagles soared over the nest minutes after the youngster was released.

PA Game Commission Northwest Region Wildlife Management Supervisor Roger Coup noted “This was a highly unusual situation. This nest had only one young bird so there was an opportunity to attempt a reintroduction. We have not released the exact location of this nest to minimize disturbance from the public. We could not have succeeded in this endeavor without the cooperation of the local citizens, Skye’s Spirit Rehabilitation Center, and the Ellwood City Fire Department.”

Photos courtesy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission

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Cops: Man Broke into House, Assaulted Person

A man is accused of breaking into a Randolph house and assaulting a person inside.

Sheriff’s deputies say at about 9 o’clock Saturday night 23-year-old Kevin Callahan of Salamanca kicked in the door of the house and then assaulted the person.

He was charged with burglary, assault and criminal mischief, and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of bail.

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Sugar Grove Man Reported Missing

UPDATE: Police say Edmisten has been found alive and well.

A missing person report has been issued for a Warren County man.

Police say 48-year-old Leonard Eugene Edmisten of Sugar Grove was last seen on May 18, and the last anyone heard from him was by way of text message on May 21.

His truck was found in Erie County.

Anyone with information regarding Edmisten’s whereabouts is asked to contact Warren-based state police.

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Bradford, Olean Hospitals Implement
Electronic Modified Early Warning System

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and Olean General Hospital (OGH), members of the Upper Allegheny Health System, have successfully incorporated the Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) into their existing Electronic Health Records system.

MEWS is a scoring system that provides early warning and recognition to nurses and physicians about patients who are deteriorating physically so that appropriate medical interventions can be taken to help prevent cardiac arrests and other sudden life threatening events. The MEWS system signals nurses and physicians to potential patient problems based on the assignment of an aggregate score based upon a patient’s vital signs. Decision support capability embedded within the two hospitals’ electronic health record systems automatically calculates a MEWS score and signals any need for medical interventions. At OGH and BRMC, a MEWS score is calculated for patients based upon multiple vital signs that include: systolic blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and level of consciousness.

Typically, in most hospitals, patient interventions are triggered based on a single vital sign. For example, a significant change in a patient’s blood pressure will often trigger a particular response from nursing staff. While a single parameter approach has been effective, MEWS responds to multiple vital signs of a patient at the same time and identifies at risk patients at the first sign of a subtle change in them.

“Upper Allegheny Health System is very excited to be implementing MEWS as part of our hospitals’ electronic health record. This is groundbreaking work that represents a very significant enhancement to patient safety and the quality of care offered within our facilities,” said Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO.

MEWS works by assigning each vital sign a score between 0 and 3 depending upon what it is. The sum of the values of the different vital signs yields a patient’s total MEWS score. Depending on this score, specific medical interventions are prescribed for nursing and physicians. Again, the electronic record’s clinical decision support capability automatically provides the scoring and signals the appropriate intervention. Specific interventions triggered by this system, depending upon the MEWS score, might include increased monitoring of a patient’s vital signs, notification of the patient’s physician, activation of the hospitals’ emergency response team, or patient transfer to the Intensive Care Unit. Hospitals that have implemented MEWS have experienced very significant reductions in in-hospital cardiac arrests and patient transfers to the ICU.

The idea of instituting MEWS at OGH and BRMC was the result of an internal study process at the Upper Allegheny Health System to identify opportunities to leverage the two hospitals’ electronic health record to improve patient quality and safety. A multidisciplinary team visited Geisinger Health System, an integrated health system widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and was impressed with their implementation and use of the MEWS system.

“This is going to save lives,” said William Mills, MD, Senior Vice President, Quality and Professional Affairs for UAHS. “MEWS at Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center leverages the power of the electronic record and much like a warning light for the pilot in an airplane’s cockpit, helps to spot problems early so that they can be addressed immediately.”

“One of the many benefits of electronic record systems is real-time clinical decision support,” said Jeff Zewe, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services. “Computers automatically calculate the MEWS score and alert nursing staff of a potential change in a patient’s condition,” he added. Each MEWS score will trigger specific actions. The goal of these interventions is the aversion of any further decline in a patient’s health status.

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Toomey Honored by Boy Scouts

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was honored last night by The Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council in Lehigh Valley with the Distinguished Citizen and Distinguished Eagle Scout Awards. Sen. Toomey, an Eagle Scout, accepted the two awards at the Lehigh Valley Leadership Dinner in Fogelsville.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council in Lehigh Valley. Scouting was an important part of my life growing up,” said Sen. Toomey. “It reinforced the lessons my parents taught me about leadership, character, and achievement. That is why I am particularly pleased that my parents could join me for this celebration and proud that my son Patrick has been a Scout for five years now.”

The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes individuals or organizations that set positive examples for others and demonstrate selfless concern and care for their communities. Sen. Toomey was recognized by area Scouts, friends, family, and business and community leaders for his significant achievements and service to the Lehigh Valley community.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was established in 1969 to acknowledge Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves on a national level, receiving recognition or eminence within their field and who have a strong record of voluntary service to their community. The award is granted by the National Eagle Scout Association upon the recommendation of a committee of Distinguished Eagle Scouts. Nationally, just over 2,000 such awards have been earned. Sen. Toomey becomes only the twelfth such recipient in the Minsi Trails Council.

“Sen. Toomey has been an active Executive Board member and Advisory Committee member for nearly 20 years. He successfully chaired several of the Minsi Trails Council Leadership Dinners during his years in the House of Representatives. Sen. Toomey exemplifies all that it means to be an Eagle Scout and was recognized for his significant achievements with Scouting’s Distinguished Eagle Award,” said Craig Poland, Scout Executive and CEO, Minsi Trails Council – Boy Scouts of America.

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), also a Distinguished Eagle Scout, said, “The Boy Scouts provide values, character, perseverance, goal-setting, community service and leadership. Sen. Toomey was immersed in these attributes in order to be an Eagle before he was 18. He’s continued to make these characteristics of an Eagle Scout an important part of his life. Today, I congratulate him on receiving recognition as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.”

The Minsi Trails Council provides leadership and character development programs to nearly 17,000 youth with 5,500 adult volunteers. The council serves young people throughout the Anthracite Region, Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania along with western New Jersey and serves six-counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Luzerne, and Warren counties. The local Scouting heritage dates back more than 100 years when the council’s first Scout troops were established in the Allentown and Easton areas.

Pictured, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) with Boy Scouts Frederick Coleman, left, and John Lahutsky, right, from the Lehigh Valley.

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Women Allegedly Assaulted Each Other

Two women are charged with assault after getting into a fight and injuring each other.

Sheriff’s deputies say the incident happened Tuesday evening on East Otto-Springville Road when 27-year-old Courtney Kulczyk and 23-year-old Allison Evenski were arguing when the situation escalated and turned physical.

Both women sustained minor injuries.

They are due back in East Otto Court on June 24.

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Man Jailed for Having Sex with Teen

A Dayton, New York, man is accused of having sex with a teenager without her consent.

20-year-old Dustin Bennett allegedly has sex with the 15-year-old back in February.

He was arrested on Friday and charged with sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. Sheriff’s deputies say their investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected. Bennett is jailed on $1,500 bail.

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Two Tornadoes Touched Down in Warren County

Two tornadoes touched down in Warren County Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service in State College says the strongest twister was an EF-1 that carved a path about 100 yards wide and four miles long between Priest Hollow and Scandia roads.

Earlier, an EF-0 tornado went from about 200 yards near the border of Brokenstraw and Sugar Grove Townships. The storm then continued along Route 62, where it damaged the Farm Colony Complex baseball fields. Trees were also knocked down near the Allegheny National Forest headquarters and on the 11th hole on the Conewango Valley Country Club’s golf course.

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Man Falls From Train, Dies

UPDATE: The man has been identified as 31-year-old Brian Kircher of Greendwood, California.

A California man is dead after falling from a CSX train Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Sheridan.

Silver Creek Police and sheriff’s deputies say the man, who they have not identified yet, was illegally riding the train when he fell while it was moving. He was found dead at the scene.

His name is being withheld until family members have been notified.

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Man Confesses to Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

A 59-year-old Bradford man is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

City Police say George “Jack” Roach subjected the child to oral sex while he was babysitting her on Tuesday. Police say he confessed to the crime.

Roach is charged with felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated assault, along with indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

He was arraigned by District Judge Bill Todd and sent to McKean County Jail on $300,000 cash bail.

McKean County Children and Youth Services and the BRMC Emergency Room staff assisted with the investigation.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Tonight

The forecast has changed for tonight, and you may not be happy about it.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 o’clock tonight for McKean and Potter counties.

If the strong storms develop, expect gusty winds, hail and locally heavy rain.

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Man Sentenced for Police Chase

A Salamanca man who took police on a high-speed chase last fall will spend the next two to four years in state prison.

45-year-old Richard Skye was sentenced today in Cattaraugus County Court for the incident that started on September 4 on Route 353 in Little Valley. Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him but, instead of stopping, he led them on chase into the Town of Ellicottville, where the pursuit ended when Skye drove his vehicle up a seasonal road.

He pleaded guilty last month to reckless endangerment and unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

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Drug Charges Pending Following Apartment Search

Drug charges are pending against an Emporium man after police were called to a disturbance at his West Fourth Street apartment late Tuesday night.

State Police say as they were investigating the disturbance they had probable cause to search the apartment of 30-year-old John Richards. They found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing and charges are pending lab results.

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Man Allegedly Stole From Museums, Libraries

A Buffalo man is accused of stealing historical documents from museums and libraries in Western New York.

50-year-old Daniel Witek stole at least five historical letters from the Buffalo History Museum, and then tried to sell the letters to Lion Heart Autographs in New York City, according to the US Attorney’s office.

Although the news release did not mention any other museums by name it did say Witek is “associated with various museums and libraries in Western New York.” It adds that any public or private collector of rare books, letters or artwork who is missing an item should contact the FBI.

If convicted of mail fraud, Witek could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

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Another Drug Bust in Emporium

State Police and Emporium Borough Police executed a search warrant on East Fifth Street Extension this morning and found numerous illegal drugs.

They have not released the name of the person who lives at the home, and say charges are pending further investigation.

This is the second drug bust in a week in the borough. Last week, police discovered Illegal drugs, paraphernalia, scales and packaging material in two Poplar Street apartments. The names of those suspects have not been released yet either.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 5/28/13

Before the heavens broke lose last night, Bradford City Police on Tuesday investigated a motor vehicle accident on Davis Street with no injuries as well as a theft on Elm Street. They looked into reports of criminal mischief on Bushnell Street, disorderly conduct on Kiwanis Court, disturbances on Cornen and East Main streets and harassment on Main Street, Chautauqua Place and Interstate Parkway. Officers also got reports about a stray animal on High Street and suspicious activity on Interstate Parkway and Jerome Avenue.

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Man Allegedly Delivered Pills at Pitt-Bradford

An Oil City man is accused of providing prescription pills to two other people in a dorm at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

22-year-old John Stahlman gave one person five pills on April 17, and three more on April 21. He also gave another person five pill on the 21st, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office.

The pills were a generic form of Adderall, which is a treatment for Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder. Stahlman is free on bail and is scheduled to appear in Central Court on June 6.

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