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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

PSP: Floor Installer Stole Drugs

A man hired to install flooring in a Smethport house is accused of stealing four bottles of prescription medication while he was there.

23-year-old Matthew Saunders of Bolivar, New York, allegedly stole the medication from the Sacket Hollow home of Ronald Southard.

State police charged Saunders with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and a drug law violation. He’s jailed on $10,000 bail.

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Man Jailed for Illegal Weapons

A Wisconsin truck driver is in Chautauqua County Jail after state troopers say they found him carrying an illegal handgun and other weapons.

Troopers were conducting a commercial vehicle checkpoint Monday on I-86 when they found a .40-caliber pistol, three ammunition magazines containing 10 rounds each, a dagger, a billy club and metal knuckles in the tractor-trailer driven by 45-year-old Michael Coulter of Milwaukee.

He didn’t have a permit for the pistol, and New York’s gun laws limit magazines to seven rounds.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 6/3/13

City of Bradford Police on Monday investigated report s of a dog bite on Clarence Street, a theft on Linwood Avenue and underage drinking on North Center Street. Officers were also called to a motor vehicle accident on Seaward Avenue and reports of harassment on State Street and disorderly conduct on Interstate Parkway. They also got a report about s suspicious person on Interstate Parkway.

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Memorial Service for Bennett Friedman

Friends are invited to attend graveside services for Bennett B. Friendman, 89, who passed away March 17, 2013, at 1:00 PM, Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Online condolences can be expressed at

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Men Sentenced for Attack on 18-Year-Old

Two Delevan, New York, have been sentenced for beating another person so badly that he had to be taken to the Gates Vascular Institute to be treated.

19-year-old Jared Wrazen and 19-year-old Cody Bemish assaulted the 18-year-old victim on the morning of December 1 in the Town of Ashford.

Wrazen was sentenced to six months in jail; Bemish was sentenced to three months. Both men must pay restitution.

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Former Teacher Sentenced for Rape

A former teacher in the Cattaraugus-Little Valley School District will spend 90 days in jail on a rape charge.

40-year-old Timothy Retchless of Olean had sex with a minor at least four times between 2009 and 2010. He was also charged with disseminating indecent material to minors.

Retchless resigned from his job with the school district in March of 2011.

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Company Fined for Illegal Discharges in Lycoming Co.

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of Williamsport, Lycoming County, $150,000 for discharge violations that occurred during construction of the Coal Mountain pipeline in four Lycoming County townships during fall 2011.

“The number and ongoing nature of these violations, which impacted High Quality and Exceptional Value streams, have resulted in a significant penalty,” DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said. “The department’s Oil and Gas Program takes enforcement actions like this when industry violations are not appropriately corrected.”

The department began its investigation following a complaint in September 2011 and immediately discovered violations at the Second Fork of Larry’s Creek, where bentonite had been discharged to the creek from a stream boring operation, and PVR failed to report the spill to DEP in a timely manner.

Follow-up inspections of the pipeline project by DEP documented multiple and continuing violations of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act and various related environmental regulations, including sediment discharges into High Quality and Exceptional Value streams.

The department also determined that large sections of earth disturbance and open pipeline trenches contributed to the violations. PVR had almost five miles of open trench ahead of the pipe installation. The violations do not appear to have caused any long-term impacts to the streams.

A compliance order issued by the Oil and Gas Program in early October 2011 required PVR to immediately cease all earth disturbance activities and implement specific best management practices to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.

The company complied with the requirements of DEP’s order in November 2011 and was authorized to resume earth disturbance activities under certain conditions. The department documented additional violations during the remainder of the pipeline construction project. By March 2012, when work on the project was nearly complete, PVR came into compliance with the noted violations.

The Coal Mountain pipeline is a 13-mile, 30-inch diameter gas gathering pipeline that crosses Cogan House, Cummings, Lycoming and Mifflin townships.

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PIOGA Hires Joyce Turkaly as
Director of Natural Gas Market Development

The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association has hired a new director of Natural Gas Market Development.

In a news release the industry group says Joyce Turkaly will work to expand the use of Pennsylvania-produced natural gas, and will focus on natural gas vehicles and related infrastructure.

She also plans to concentrate on using natural gas to replace coal and oil in electric generation and manufacturing.

Read more here.

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Schumer Wants Direct Flight from Buffalo to LA

Senator Chuck Schumer wants is urging JetBlue to start direct flights from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Los Angeles.

Schumer says a direct flight would help local businesses, hotels and the tourism industry. He said, besides LAX, flights could go to the Long Beach Municipal or Hollywood-Burbank airports.

Currently, there are no direct flights from Buffalo to anywhere in California.

Read more here.

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Two Hurt in Elk County Crash

Two people were hurt in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning on River Road in Elk County.

Police say a van driven by 25-year-old Lisa Smith of Reynoldsville crossed the center line and hit a pine tree.

Smith and a passenger, 27-year-old John Ferguson of Reynoldsville, were taken to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Smith is facing several charges, including driving on a suspended license.

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Police Chase Lands Man in Jail

A domestic dispute and a police chase led to charges against a Randolph man.

Sheriff’s deputies say 18-year-old Devin Frisicaro damaged property during the domestic, and then left the area in an unregistered pickup truck. When deputies found him, they tried to stop him and he led them through a hay field.

He was eventually taken into custody and charged with a number of offenses, including unlawful fleeing a police officer. He’s jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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Four Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

A Bradford man and a Lewis Run man both suffered broken ribs when their motorcycles crashed Saturday afternoon in Little Valley.

Sheriff’s deputies say the motorcycle driven by 61-year-old Garry Pugrant crashed on a curve and then 50-year-old Arthur McMurtrie’s bike crashed while he was trying to avoid the first crash.

They were both taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center. Their passengers, 47-year-old Amy Pugrant of Bradford and 49-year-old Susan McMurtrie of Lewis Run were also taken to BRMC for treatment of minor injuries.

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Miles for Smiles Raises Nearly $5,000

The second annual Miles for Smiles 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk in Bradford raised $4,800 this year – that’s $1,900 more than last year.

The organization presented McKean County Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society checks of $2,400 each.

143 walkers and 49 runners participated in Sunday’s event – that’s 52 more than last year.

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Former Bills QB Jim Kelly Has Cancer

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is announcing he is battling squamous-cell cancer of the upper jaw. Treatment, prognosis and recovery look encouraging.

Kelly's statement:

“This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health. I was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good.

With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kelly’s always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.

I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.”

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