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Friday, July 19, 2013

Ice Rink Floor to be Poured Tuesday

UPDATE: Due to an unexpected issue that popped up, the pour will not start until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

People in the Brook Street and Bon Air Avenue areas, as well as motorists on Interstate Parkway, will experience increased truck traffic and noise starting at 3 a.m. Tuesday while concrete floor is being poured for the new ice skating rink surface at the Callahan Park rink.

This will be a continuous pour once the project starts, and means numerous cement trucks will be traveling back and forth from the cement plant to the skating rink.

The City of Bradford is asking that motorists used caution when traveling in the area between 3 a.m. and noon Tuesday, and thanks everyone for their cooperation and understanding.

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Police Standoff Ends Peacefully

A police standoff in Olean ended peacefully Thursday afternoon, although one shot was fired and police snipers had been set up in the neighborhood.

Police went to North Fourth Street for a report of a suicidal man who said if police went to his apartment he would shoot them.

They say 49-year-old Frank DiLorenzo fired a shot from a rifle out the back door of his apartment. No one was hurt, and he later surrendered without further incident. The standoff lasted about an hour and a half.

DiLorenzo is charged with a felony count of reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Tractor-Trailer Driver Passes Out, Later Dies

A tractor-trailer driver lost consciousness Thursday afternoon and later died at Brooks Memorial Hospital.

66-year-old Leland Johnson was at the intersection of routes 20 and 60 in the Town of Pomfret at just after 2 p.m. when he lost consciousness, causing the rig to travel into the opposite lane and hit an SUV.

Johnson’s wife Janice was riding the in truck and tried to get control of it by steering it off the road, where it hit three cars in a used car lot, then went into an open field and hit a tree.

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Man Jailed for Sexually Assaulting Teen

An Emporium man is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

21-year-old Anthony Eckenroad allegedly assaulted the girl three times between the end of June and Wednesday in the borough. Police sent out a Be On the Lookout alert Thursday evening, and Eckenroad was found a few hours later in St. Marys.

He is charged three counts each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors, and one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He’s being held in Jefferson County Jail.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bea Holleran

Beatrice L. "Bea" Holleran, 87, of 11 Dennis Lane, passed away, Thursday, July 18, 2013 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born October 10, 1925, in Bradford she was the daughter of the late William and Cecile (Wright) McGinnis.

On January 12, 1946 in St. Bernard Church with Father Reilly officiating, she married James Holleran who survives.

Mrs. Holleran was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School. She had worked in Washington DC for J. Edgar Hoover and returned to Bradford in 1945. She was a stay at home mom, while she raised her children. She filled in as a substitute secretary for her sister in law, Nancy Holleran for one week at Dresser Manufacturing, which turned into 33 years of employment. She retired as an Executive Secretary to the Controller.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, member and past president of the Catholic Women's Club, member of the Current Events Club, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Holleran volunteered for the American Cancer Society and twice was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. She was an avid reader and volunteered at the Bradford Public Library. She was famous for her cross stitching, and homemade cookies.

In addition to her husband, Jim of 67 years she is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (the late John) Copeland of Lancaster, OH, and Carol (Tom) Thomas of Northumberland, and one son, James Michael (Donna) Holleran, of Castalian Springs, TN, a sister in law, Pat (the late Roland L. "Rollie") McGinnis of Westminister, CO, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter Mary Ellen, and one grandson Andrew J. Thomas.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 4 to 7pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes 372 East Main Street where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701, of the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA 16701

Online condolences may be made at

Little League Fever Heats Up

On today's LiveLine Frank Williams spoke with Barry Bacha and Jim Newhouse of the Bradford Regional Little League about the Boys Pennsylvania Little League State Finals being played at Pitt-Bradford's Kessel Athletic Complex all next week.

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Woman Seriously Hurt in Crash

A Genesee, PA, woman is being treatment for serious injuries following a one-car crash Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Angelica.

State police say 19-year-old Katie Moyer was traveling east on Route 20 when her car went off the road and rolling over, ejecting her. She was flown to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of a broken arm and internal injuries.

Two other people in car, 37-year-old Steven Cassidy of Wellsville and 31-year-old Dean Root of Leroy, were also hurt. Cassidy was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment of back and neck injuries. Root was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, also for treatment of back and neck injuries.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Rollover Crash on Looker Mountain Trail

An Eldred man escaped injury when his car flipped over on Looker Mountain Trail early this morning.

Police say the car driven by Cory McDivitt went off the road at 2:30 a.m., went down an embankment and ended up on its roof.

Police say McDivitt will be given traffic citations.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 7/17/13

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated reports of an assault on North Center Street, a burglary on School Street and thefts on Thompson and Homestead avenues as well as West Corydon Street. They also got calls about trespassing on Hill Street and disturbances on Barbour and Summer streets and Poplin Avenue. Additionally, officers got a complaint about disorderly conduct on South Center Street and animals on Maplewood Avenue and East Main Street.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pitt-Bradford Hosting Little League Tourney;
Part of Campus Drive to Close for Event

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host eight teams from throughout Pennsylvania next week that are competing for the state Little League Championship.

Teams will arrive July 20 and begin four days of pool play beginning July 21 with games scheduled at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. daily at the softball field at the Kessel Athletic Complex. Semi-final games are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. July 25, with the championship game scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. July 26.

Rain dates will be July 27 and 28.

Those planning on attending or driving in the area during the week should know that Campus Drive will be closed from Nelson Avenue to Onofrio Street. Parking will be available at the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center, Blaisdell Hall and other areas on campus.

A free Area Transportation Authority trolley will run a continuous loop, making stops at the softball field, sport and fitness center, Dorn House and Campus Police building on campus. The sport and fitness center is a .3-mile walk from the softball field along the Richard E. McDowell trail.

Handicapped parking for those with permits will be on Wagner Avenue.

Limited bleacher seating is available. Those planning to attend may wish to bring their own chairs. Concessions will be available, and Little League will not permit teams or fans to bring food and beverages into the ball field complex.

The champion will advance to the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament in Bristol, Conn., Aug. 2-11.

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Accused Pipe Bomb Maker Charged Again

The man charged with making pipe bombs and placing them in two spots in Elk County is now facing an arson-related charge for starting a wildland fire in Clearfield County.

20-year-old Kelly Shaffer of St. Marys was charged today for starting a fire along Nolan Road in Huston Township on May 4.

No one was hurt and no damage was reported.

Shaffer is also accused of placing pipe bombs in Fox Township and St. Marys in mid-May. He allegedly started fires in the same areas where the pipe bombs were discovered, too.

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Reminder: Kids & Cancer Run on Saturday

It's going on rain or shine, too!

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City of Bradford Police Log for 7/16/13

City of Bradford Police on Tuesday investigated a report of an assault on King Street and motor vehicle accidents on Chautauqua Place and High Street. They also got complaints about trespassing on East Main Street, a theft on Brookline Court and harassment on Hobson Place and Kiwanis Court.

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Clearfield County Man on the Run

A 22-year-old Clearfield County man is on the run after allegedly assaulting a police officer.
Matthew Rockey was last seen in the Winburne area at just before 11 o’clock this morning. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build, hazel eyes and red “buzz cut” hair.

Police say the alleged assault happened after an officer attempted to serve Rockey a warrant for failing to appear in court after a probation violation. The original charge was receiving stolen property. The probation violation stems from a harassment charge earlier this month.

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Bradford WIC Office Moving

Bradford Regional Medical Center's Women Infants and Children’s program (W.I.C.) is moving from 125 Main Street in the Hooker Fulton Building in Bradford to 222 W. Washington Street.

The program services all McKean County residents, and provides support for breast feeding, nutrition counseling, and other relevant information. For more information about WIC, or to apply for the program, call 814.362.4346. Office Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The WIC office will begin moving on July 29th, 2013 and begin meeting clients again on August 5th, 2013.

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Casey to Forest Service: Fight Invasice Species
Threatening Allegheny National Forest

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he has sent a letter to the Chief of U.S. Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, urging the agency to develop a plan to combat a new threat of invasive species in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).

Right now the ANF is beset by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer, threatening Pennsylvania’s timber industry in Northwestern Pennsylvania, which last year alone saw $7 million in timber sales. In his letter, Casey asked the U.S. Forest Service to model any efforts to combat the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer after other efforts to confront the growth of the Gypsy Moth.

“The Allegheny National Forest is one our state’s treasures and a key part of the economy in Northwestern Pennsylvania,” Senator Casey said. “The health of the Allegheny National Forest is directly related to the health of Northwestern Pennsylvania’s timber industry and the jobs it supports. I’m urging the Forest Service to take immediate steps and model this effort after programs that have slowed the spread of other invasive.”

The full text of Casey’s letter can be seen below: Mr. Thomas Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC 20250-0003

Dear Chief Tidwell:

The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is Pennsylvania’s only national forest and is a high-value area in the National Forest system. Unfortunately, both the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) have become an imminent threat in the ANF. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is rapidly destroying hemlock trees while the Emerald Ash Borer is taking down ash trees. Hemlock trees are a crucial part of the ecosystem in the Allegheny National Forest as they provide habitat for other species. The Eastern hemlock is also the official tree of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is an important part of the Commonwealth’s history. The Emerald Ash Borer has killed more than 40 million ash trees in states where it has been found. The economic damage from EAB could reach the billions of dollars nationwide if this pest is not dealt with effectively.

The ANF, spanning approximately 517,000 acres, is spread across four Pennsylvanian counties: Forest, Elk, McKean, and Warren. The forest is a key source of valuable timber. It is also an importance source of both direct and indirect employment. The value of timber sold by the ANF totaled $7.2 million during Fiscal Year 2012, and was as high as $25.6 million within the last ten years. I am committed to ensuring that the ANF continues to fuel the economy of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Within the ANF, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid defoliation primarily threatens hemlock population, since hemlock needles are the preferred food source of the insect. Due to recent increase in the amount of hemlock trees being destroyed by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, I am concerned about the potential for growth loss and a reduction in the hemlock trees’ overall health and survival. The EAB has also appeared within the ANF causing great disruption to valuable ash trees. Neither insect has a natural predator in North America.

I ask that the U.S. Forest Service take all appropriate actions to prevent the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer from harming the health of the Allegheny National Forest. The Forest Service must continue to study ecological effects and economic impacts of invasive species in Pennsylvania in order to develop treatments and manage species. I urge you to quickly develop models for the Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid like the one developed for the Gypsy Moth Slow-the-Spread Program. I also ask that Forest Service staff work with others to ensure that private land owners in Pennsylvania have the best information on how to address the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer on their properties.

The Allegheny National Forest is an invaluable natural resource that supports both the economy and culture of Pennsylvania. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my requests. I appreciate your leadership and look forward to continuing to work with you on this and other matters.


Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator

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Taglianetti in Court Today

The man accused of killing Clymer Schools Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. in September is back in court today for pre-trial hearings.

Anthony Taglianetti’s attorney requested the hearings because the public defender’s office has taken issue with search warrants issued and executed in Virginia, where Taglianetti was found several days after the shooting. The public defender’s office is also taking issue with how evidence was gathered.

Prosecutors believe Taglianetti shot Reed because he thought Reed was having an affair with his ex-wife.

The hearings started on Tuesday in Chautauqua County Court.

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Cop Fatally Shoots Knife-Wielding Woman

A police officer fatally shot a woman who was wielding a knife last night in Oil City.

State police have been called in to investigate the incident that happened at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. They say preliminary indications are that officers were responding to a call of a person with reported mental health issues, when the woman threatened the officer.

They have not released the name of the officer or the woman yet.

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Wilcox Man Dies in Rollover Crash

A Wilcox man is dead following a one-crash crash Tuesday morning near Kane.

State police say a car driven by 38-year-old Charles Stahli went out of control while rounding a curve, traveled off the road, through a grass field, over an embankment and hit a railroad bed before flipping onto its roof.

A passenger, 29-year-old Abby O’Rourke of Johnsonburg suffered minor injuries and was treated at Kane Community Hospital.

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Three Hurt in One-Car Crash

Three people were hurt and one is facing drug charges following a rollover crash in the Town of Dunkirk Tuesday night.

State troopers say a car driven by Julius Woma was attempting to turn into a driveway but missed the turn, hit a ditch near the Thruway Bridge and flipped onto its roof.

Woma was treated at the scene for minor injuries, cited for a number of traffic violations and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

His two passengers were treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

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Fatal Fire in Olean

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 85-year-old Alfred Rudd

UPDATE: One man is dead after apparently suffering a heart attack during a fire in his Olean home this morning.

Firefighters say they found the man about 10 feet from a window in an upstairs bedroom and he was in cardiac arrest. After getting him out of the burning house paramedics tried to resuscitate him. He was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital, where he later died.

His name hasn’t been released because authorities have not been able to contact his family.

The fire started at around 6:40 this morning and did about $30,000 worth of damage to the building owned by Linda Bartlett of Olean, and also melted vinyl siding on a house next door.

Investigators don’t know yet what caused the fire.


One person is dead after a house fire in Olean this morning.

The name of the victim has not been released yet.

The fire was on Fulton Street, and firefighters have not said how the blaze started.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Woman Gets Probation for Assault

A Cuba, New York, woman will spend the next three years on probation after using a noxious material to hurt another person.

34-year-old Jennifer Abdo pleaded guilty to assault in connection to the incident that happened March 8 of last year in Olean.

Prosecutors did not say what noxious material she used.

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Man Headed to Prison for Rape

A 45-year-old man will spend the next year-and-a-half in state prison for raping a 12-year-old Cattaraugus County girl.

Dwight Johnston Jr. of Dayton will spend five years on parole after he’s released from prison.

He had sex with the girl February 7 of last year in the Town of Dayton.

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PSP Looking for Punxsy Mom, Kids

State Police in Punxsutawney are trying to locate 41-year-old Lisa Marie Braughler and her two children, 5-year-old Mariah Jane Martin and 1-year-old Lucas Reese Martin. Braughler is believed to be with her mother, Carolyn McQuown.

The missing people were last seen at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Punxsutawney.

Police say they may be traveling in a metallic blue 2009 Honda Accord with PA license plate ERS 5319 or a 2007 Ford Fusion with PA license plate HLD 3694.

If you see them, please contact Trooper Randy Powell at PSP Punxsutawney 814-9938-0510.

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PSP: Domtar Investigation May Be Lengthy

Extensive damage to an underground tunnel may delay the investigation of the fire at the Domtar Paper Company in Johnsonburg.

State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says much of Friday’s fire was in a 1,000-foot tunnel under the chip yard at the plant. He says concerns about air quality in the tunnel, and the danger of a collapse, may delay the start of the investigation until mid-week. He says he expects the investigation to be lengthy.

No one was hurt in the fire that was reported at about 12:30 Friday afternoon. About 200 firefighters from at 25 departments in six counties – including McKean – helped battle the blaze until about 11 o’clock Saturday morning.

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SUV Ends Up in Creek

An SUV landed upside down in a creek during an accident that seriously injured a woman.

Police say 54-year-old Shelley Kagel was on Route 127 near Tidioute Saturday afternoon when she lost control of the SUV. It went through a wooded area and then down two 15-foot drop-offs before rolling into the creek.

Kagle was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment.

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ATV Hits Police Car

An ATV driver tried to run from police early Sunday morning, but ended up colliding head-on with a state trooper’s car.

Police say at 2:42 a.m. they tried to stop 23-year-old Alex Depanfilis of Ridgway and, when he tried to drive away, he lost control of the ATV, went into a ditch and then a driveway. As he tried to get out of the driveway, he hit the police car.

Depanfilis sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment. He’s charged with DUI, fleeing and eluding police and related offenses.

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