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Friday, July 5, 2013

Bonnie Campbell

Bonnie Y. Campbell, 72, of 14 South 2nd St., Bradford, finished her life's journey on Thursday, July 4, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at the Cornerstone Hospice Center in Lakeland Fla.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

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Soldier Dies in ATV Crash

A former Clarion County man who was stationed at a US Army base in Missouri is dead following an ATV crash Thursday morning.

25-year-old Timothy Panzar, who was from Leeper, PA, was riding the ATV a few miles north of Fort Leonard Wood when it went airborne, hit a tree, flipped over and landed in the Big Piney River. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Panzar was assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

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Possible Murder-Suicide in Elk County

UPDATE: Unofficial sources tell us a man killed two children, and then himself. However, police have released little information so far.

Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide in Elk County.

Someone in a house on Route 219 just north of Brockway was stabbed Thursday night. The county coroner was called to the scene.

Police have not released any further information.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

School Safety Bill Headed to Governor

The State Senate today unanimously approved legislation to expand and enhance the safe schools grant program within the Department of Education, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati was able to secure over $8.5 million in this year’s budget for funding of school safety initiatives, in order to provide grants to Pennsylvania schools and municipalities to address the issue of school violence and improve school safety.

Senate Bill 10 was introduced by Senator Scarnati in February, in response in part to the tragic school shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December.

“Passage of Senate Bill 10 is a major accomplishment for Pennsylvania’s children, parents and educators,” Scarnati said. “I am grateful to my colleagues in the Senate and the House for understanding the necessity of this legislation, which will ensure the greatest level of security possible in our schools. Protecting our children is an issue of importance for every school district, urban, suburban and rural.”

Scarnati noted that this measure takes an important step to increase funding for school safety through the expansion of the Safe Schools Initiatives line of the annual state budget appropriation. Schools will be able to utilize the monies to enhance violence prevention programs and emergency preparedness initiatives, as well as to employ School Resource Officers or School Police Officers.

“Senate Bill 10 recognizes that the needs of each school district across our state are very diverse,” Scarnati said. “This legislation provides schools with the access to funding that they need, without placing any additional mandates on school districts. Local school administrators and public safety officials best understand how to provide for the safety of children and teachers within their schools.”

According to Scarnati, all 500 school districts across Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for the school safety grants. Local municipalities are also able to apply for grants for School Resource Officers on behalf of public and private schools within their region.

Scarnati explained that many school districts across Pennsylvania currently employ armed police and school resource officers. “These trained professionals provide an invaluable contribution to their schools, offering far more than just protection from physical harm,” Scarnati continued. “Such skilled school leaders also play a central role in creating a safer environment at academic institutions, by engaging students and preventing bullying.”

The Bradford Area School District already has two school resource officers but other districts in the area are looking into hiring officers of their own.

Senate Bill 10 was thoroughly vetted earlier this year during the Senate Education Committee and Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee joint hearings on the issue of school safety and violence prevention.

Scarnati said there has been significant support and encouragement for Senate Bill 10, from parents, teachers, school administrators, superintendents and public safety officials across the State. In addition, the bill is supported by the State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA).

The grant program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Applications for Safe Schools Targeted Grants are submitted through the PDE E-Grants Website.

The House of Representatives unanimously approved this legislation on Monday. Senate Bill 10 will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.

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Brewfest on Tap for August 8

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is brewing up some fun for August with their first-ever Bradford Summer Brewfest.

Bradford Summer Brewfest is scheduled for Thursday, August 8th from 6-9pm at the Bradford Township Community Club on Irving Lane and is open to the public. The event, presented by the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce and Glenwood Beer Distributors, is designed to offer attendees the chance to sample a wide variety of craft beers.

Glenwood Beer Distributors will be offering samples of a variety of flavors from seven different breweries: Great Lakes Brewing Company, VooDoo Brewery, Penn Brewery, Tenth and Blake, Leinenkugal Brewing Company, Elysian Brewery, and Rivertowne Brewing Company. All beers sampled during the event will be flavors not offered during the original Bradford Brewfest in February. Additional beers and other beverages will be available for purchase from the beer trailer, including Mike’s Frozen pouches in black cherry, margarita, strawberry lemonade, and lemonade flavors.

Tickets are available at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, 121 Main Street, Bradford, PA from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday, and at the gate during the event. $20 per person includes a souvenir sampling glass, ten craft beer sample tickets, and a door prize ticket. Designated Driver tickets are also available for $10 per person and include free soda and water. All attendees must be 21 or older, and must bring appropriate identification – IDs will be scanned at the entrance. Everyone attending must register at the entrance to receive their wristband designating full ticket or designated driver. Wristbands are required to be served any beverage or food at the event.

Bradford Summer Brewfest will also feature the BACC 200 Club drawing, the Chamber’s popular 50/50 raffle drawing. 200 Club tickets are on sale now through the Chamber office or any BACC Board member. Each $50 200 Club ticket includes a $10 discount off one admission to the Bradford Summer Brewfest, and the chance to win one of twenty-seven cash prizes, ranging from $100 to $1,000, for a total of $5,000 in prize money.

Additional features of the Bradford Summer Brewfest will be a Chinese auction, one-of-a-kind Case knife auction, Home Brew Contest, and live music from local favorites, Clean Slate. Bradford Summer Brewfest t-shirts will be available to purchase, and door prize drawings will be held throughout the evening.

Bradford Township Lions Club will have their famous chicken bbq, hot dogs, and hamburgers available for purchase as well.

Proceeds from Bradford Summer Brewfest will go toward Chamber programming, including the Phase 2 Holiday Lighting Campaign. For more information about the Bradford Summer Brewfest or the BACC 200 Club, call the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-368-7115 or e-mail

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Car Hits Tree; Man Charged with DWI

A man who crashed his car into a tree last month is now facing DWI charges.

State police say 22-year-old Brian Ratzel of Franklinville was driving on East Hill Road in the Town of Lyndon on June 19 when the car went off the road and hit a tree.

Ratzel was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Following their investigation, troopers arrested him on Friday.

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Men Charged for Having Fireworks

A 73-year-old Florida man and a 43-year-old Ohio man have the honor of being the first people we tell you about this July who are charged with unlawfully dealing with fireworks in the area.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 430 in the Town of Chautauqua at around 12:30 this afternoon and learned that Bertram Kennedy of Tequesta, Florida, and Todd Kennedy of Gates Mills, Ohio, had about $2,500 worth of fireworks.

They were both cited and are scheduled to appear in Town of Chautauqua Court. Deputies are continuing their investigation.

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Funeral Scheduled for PSP Commander

The State Police Station Commander at Emporium killed in a car crash will be buried this Saturday.

Sgt. John LaRose was headed home from work Monday afternoon in Cameron County when his car went out of control on a wet road and collided with an SUV. The driver of that vehicle and his passenger were suffered moderate injuries, but LaRose was pronounced dead at the scene.

LaRose was a 23-year veteran of the State Police and graduated from Penn State in 1984. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Viewings will be held in his hometown of Muncy in Lycoming County Friday and Saturday.

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Olean Store Robbed at Gunpoint

Police in Olean are looking for a man who robbed a store at gunpoint Monday night.

They say at just before 10 o’clock a white man went into the Park ‘n’ Shop on West State Street and demanded money from a clerk while brandishing a small gun.

He got away with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

Police describe him as a younger man who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slim build.

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Thieves Hit East Main Street Business

City Police are looking for the women who stole items from an employee at an East Main Street business, and they’re asking for your help.

At about 4 o’clock Friday afternoon two women went into Floral Expressions by Pam. One of them distracted an employee, while the other went outside and around the building, went in again through the back door and took a wallet from the employee’s purse. The woman also stole a credit card and a company credit card.

Police have posted these pictures of the women and the car they were driving:

If you have any pertinent information you can contact city police or leave an anonymous tip:

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Zippo Named a Top 'Americana' Brand

Zippo, a brand long known for wearing its patriotism on its sleeve, was today named one of the top ‘Americana’ brands. Maker of the world famous windproof pocket lighter, Zippo has been an American icon since WWII when the company ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the U.S. military.

Over the years, Zippo has produced countless lighters with the Americana theme and they are always strong sellers. In fact, the single most popular image reproduced on the windproof lighter is the Statue of Liberty. The patriotic history of Zippo Manufacturing Company is the story of its people, from the founder, George G. Blaisdell, to the many Zippo employees, customers, and collectors who have played a part in its 80-year history.

Everyone has a Zippo story. It's an attitude, a lifestyle -- it's an American icon, like a July 4th backyard barbeque,” said Greg Booth, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zippo Manufacturing Company. “We’re honored to be on this list and I know Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell would say the same. Mr. Blaisdell was a very proud American and many times he said that he was privileged to pay his Federal taxes because he felt that the United States was such a great country.”

Zippo weighed in at number seven on the list, boasting a 93 percent score (out of 100) on a scale representing consumers' emotional engagement expectations. The survey of 4,500 consumers was conducted by a New York-based branding researching firm, Brand Keys.* >Zippo embodies American pride not only in its design and manufacturing, but also through partnerships with companies and brands that share its patriotic values. More than half of the brands on the list have worked with Zippo at one point in time, including Jeep, which topped the ‘patriotic top 25 list.’ In 2011, West Coast Customs produced a custom Zippo Jeep. Zippo has also produced a variety of Jeep licensed lighters at throughout the last 25 years. Harley-Davidson Motor Company, ranked 13, is currently Zippo’s number one licensed brand.


Pitt-Bradford Adds Forensic, Investigative
Equipment to Criminal Justice Labs

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has added new state-of-the art electronic equipment to its criminal justice forensics lab, exposing students to the top-notch tools and giving Pitt-Bradford more opportunities to provide training for professional law enforcement.

“This lab will advance the criminal justice program to heights that have never been seen,” said Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the program.

Several new pieces of advanced forensic equipment have been added to the lab: a Deployable Device Seizure, a Police Body Camera with GPS, a CYCLOPS Imager, a Forensic Digital Optical Video Magnifier, a Video-Based Optical Comparator, a CSI Metal Detector, a Forensic Alternative Light Source Detection Kit, and a new KRIMESITE Imager.

The Deployable Device Seizure can access all information kept on a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. About the size of an iPad, it can be connected to a phone or laptop, break passwords and conduct logical as well as physical data acquisitions, dumping the contents of the other device onto itself. Things that students might find in doing a download from one of the planted dummy phones or laptops used in the lab include incoming or outgoing calls, emails or text messages, photos and a record of what websites have been searched. Gaskew used it in teaching a new special topics course this spring, Investigating Cyber Child Predators.

While they’re conducting their investigation, students can use another piece of new equipment for the program, a body camera like those being used in an increasing number of police departments. The police body camera has video, audio, digital camera, infrared nighttime and GPS integration capabilities. The body camera will be worn by students responding to crime scenes, allowing Gaskew to expand his mock crime scene and on-site performance evaluations from the campus’s Crime Scene Investigation House to any location on campus, day or night. “This is a tremendous tool for training students to become first-responders managing violent and complex crime scenes,” Gaskew said.

A third item, the Cyclops Imager is a hands-free RUVIS Imaging System specifically designed to search large areas within a crime scene for latent impression and biological evidence. The Forensic Digital Optical Video Magnifier and the Video-Based Optical Comparator will allow students to conduct laboratory-grade examinations and comparative analysis on a variety of forensic-related items, and digitally record and download their findings on a computer.

The CSI Metal Detector is an all-terrain, both ground and water, electronic device used to detect, pinpoint, and discriminate from a wide body of metals including guns, shell casings, knives, or any metallic object that might be part of a crime scene investigation.

The Forensic Alternative Light Source Detection Kit is a handheld device that will allow students in the field or in a laboratory setting the ability to search for microparticle, physiological, or impression evidence such as hairs, fibers, bite marks, patent and latent fingerprints, certain narcotics and drugs, and physiological fluids (semen, saliva, etc.).

The final piece of new equipment is the KRIMESITE KSS60. This Reflective Ultra Violet Imaging System is one of the most advanced and integral pieces of equipment for any crime scene investigator today, Gaskew said. This equipment will not only allow students an enhanced ability to search and locate a variety of forensic impression and biological evidence at the scene of a crime, day or night, but will also simultaneously provide them the ability to record and digitally preserve the items to maintain the chain-of-custody.

“You’re not going to find other college programs with this type equipment,” Gaskew said, adding that an increasing number of criminal justice students are looking beyond local law enforcement to state or federal agencies where such equipment is more likely to be made available.

Students will not be the only ones benefitting from the university’s investment. Local state and federal agents also use resources at the Crime Scene Investigations House and Criminal Forensics Lab, primarily in training exercises.

Pictured, Matt Bedekovich, a criminal justice major from Monaca, uses a new KRIMESITE Imager to find fingerprints on a glass jar in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s forensics lab. The KRIMESITE Imager is just one of the state-of-the-art devices recently acquired by the criminal justice program.

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Man Seriously Hurt in Crash

A man was seriously hurt and a woman is facing DWI charges following a crash last night in the Town of Friendship.

Police say at around 10 p.m. 38-year-old Kimberly Scull of Belmont crashed her vehicle into a heavily wooded area, where it flipped over. She and her passenger, 25-year-old Chad Smith of Richburg, were trapped inside the vehicle.

They were both taken to Olean General Hospital, and Smith was later transferred to ECMC in Buffalo.

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Belden and Blake Agrees to Pay Penalty

A company operating a natural gas liquid extraction plant on West Washington Street has agreed to pay a penalty to settle Clean Air Act violations.

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Belden and Blake Corporation will pay $42,504 for allegedly failing to comply with federal clean air regulations intended to prevent accidental releases of flammable substances.

The settlement follows up on an EPA administrative order issued in September of 2011 to prevent releases that could pose a risk to human health and workers in the area of the plant at 1950 West Washington.

The company has already protected piping to a 10,000-gallon gas storage tank, conducted a process hazard review for all of the facility's equipment, and provided operating procedure training for employees.

The facility handles and stores flammable mixtures including propane, butane and ethane, which are later transferred off-site.

As a part of the settlement, the company did not admit or deny EPA’s allegations.

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PSP Commander Dies in Crash

A Pennsylvania State Police commander is dead after a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 120 in Cameron County, which was closed for more than four hours.

Police say 50-year-old John LaRose of Muncy, PA, was driving about a mile west of the Village of Cameron when his car lost traction on the wet road, spun around, slid into oncoming traffic and hit an SUV driven by 62-year-old Stephen Zochg of Emporium.

LaRose was pronounced dead at the scene. Zoschg and his passenger, 58-year-old Laura Zoschg of Emporium, were taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

LaRose was a commander with the state police in Emporium.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Route 120 Near Cameron is Closed

Route 120, about a mile west of the Village of Cameron in Cameron County, is closed because of a two vehicle crash that happened at about 3:30 this afternoon.

State police do not know when the road will be re-opened and say motorists should consider alternate routes of travel until further notice.

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Hospital is Now UPMC Altoona

The medical center in Altoona is now officially UPMC Altoona.

The deal that turned over operations in Altoona to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center went into effect at 12:01 this morning.

Altoona’s board of directors approved the merger last month.

UPMC says it will invest $250 million at Altoona over the next 10 years, and will assume all of the Altoona hospital's debt.

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Man Causes Ruckus at Crosby's

A Crosby’s store in Mayville, New York, needed a little extra cleaning Sunday night after a customer caused a bit of commotion.

46-year-old Douglas Fisher of Mayville went into the store at just after 7 o’clock and allegedly was aggressive and irate with employees. Sheriff’s deputies say he yelled obscenities at them, pushed a customer and then flipped over a newspaper stand and a display of sunglasses. He also damaged other merchandise in the store.

Fisher is charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct and is in jail without bail.

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Car Shears Off Utility Pole

A rollover crash left the driver of a car with minor injuries Sunday morning.

21-year-old Amber Fisher of Ashville, New York, was on Route 394 in the Town of Chautauqua at about 7 o’clock when she fell asleep at the wheel. Her car drifted over the center line, then onto the shoulder on the opposite side of the road, where it sheared off a utility pole. The car then went down an embankment and flipped onto its roof.

Sheriff’s deputies say the fact that Fisher was wearing a seatbelt prevented major injuries. They did issue her a traffic ticket for failing to keep right.

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Man Sentenced for Shooting Incident

A man who shot another person during an argument on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation back in October has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

19-year-old Maxwell Mohawk of Perrysburg shot 23-year-old Charles White of Steamburg at close range a number of times with a .45 caliber pistol.

Mohawk was originally charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. He was sentenced only on the assault charge.

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Man Admits to Child Sex Abuse

A 50-year-old Salamanca man has admitted to having sexual contact with a child.

Hiram Marin sexually abused the child, who is younger than 11, on July 29 of last year in Salamanca.

Marin is scheduled for sentencing on September 3.

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