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Friday, October 4, 2013

GT to Congress: Withhold My Pay

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that he will not accept a salary for the duration of the Federal government shutdown. In a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, Thompson formally requested that his pay be withheld during the lapse of appropriations.

“Pursuant to the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, pay for a Member of Congress cannot be altered until a new Congress begins,” Thompson wrote. “However, it is clear that Congress has failed to fulfill one of its most basic responsibilities; making appropriations.”

“I respectfully request that you withhold my pay for the duration of the government shutdown,” the letter concludes.

Thompson addressed the action yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House, along with his co-sponsorship of H.R. 3160, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would stop Members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown.

“Mr. Speaker, where I come from we believe in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” Thompson said. “It would be morally reprehensible for me or other members of this body to collect a pay check while this lapse of appropriations continues.”

Thompson’s staff will remain working without pay for the duration of the shutdown.

“My staff will also remain hard at work, and they, too, will work unpaid, providing the same level of services to the constituents of the 5th Congressional District,” stated Thompson.

Thompson’s full floor remarks can be viewed here.

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Four-Car Crash in Allegany County

A 4-car crash in the Town of Rushford seriously injured one person this afternoon.

State police say the chain reaction crash happened in a work zone on Route 243 near Balcom Beach Road. The road will be closed for another couple of hours or so while an accident reconstruction team is at work.

Detours are in place.

Troopers say they will release more information later today.


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Jim Kelly to be in Karns City Tonight

Something special will be happening before tonight’s Karns City High School football game.

Hall of Fame and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will be recognized as part of the hall’s effort to honor the hometown roots of its members.

Kelly will take part in the coin toss before the game, present the school with a check, and be honored with a plaque that will stay at the school. Signs will be erected throughout East Brady, where Kelly went to school, and Karns City, welcoming visitors to the home of Jim Kelly. The events are taking place in Karns City because East Brady High School closed about 20 years ago.

On a side note, Karns City beat Franklin last week 62-7. Franklin is visiting the Owls tonight.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 10/03/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated thefts on Welch and North Kendall avenues, harassment on St. Francis Drive, Lorana Avenue and East Corydon Street, and disorderly conduct on Pearl Street. They also got calls about criminal mischief on West Washington and Cornen streets, a disturbance on Chautauqua Place, an animal on High Street and suspicious activity on Constitution Avenue.

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Obituary
'Pappy' Beer

Cecil Wayne “Pappy” Beer 80, of Rt. 646 Gifford, went to be with his Lord, on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at his residence, with his loving family by his side.

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

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Man Facing Charges After Crash

A Wellsboro man suffered moderate injuries in a crash early this morning on Route 6 in Potter County.

Police say 39-year-old Jason Grim was traveling west when his SUV left the road, traveled into a ditch and hit a dirt embankment.

Grim was later arrested for DUI.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Our annual series on Domestic Violence Awareness started on today's LiveLine on 1490 WESB.

Mickey Swackhamer of the YWCA Victims Resource Center gave an overview of the situation, as an introduction to the series, and also talked about the "PA Says 'No More'" campaign, a joint effort between PCADV and PCAR to get all Pennsylvanians to join voices and say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Get information about the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence here.

Get information about the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape here.

Listen to today's LiveLine here (click on the Local Programs tab and scroll down to #50.)

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State Reps. Introduce Marriage Equality Bill

PHILADELPHIA – Against the backdrop of Love Park, state Reps. Brian Sims, D-Phila., and Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery/Phila., were joined by supporters in announcing the introduction of H.B. 1686, the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act.

"The majority of Pennsylvanians now support marriage equality, and that support continues to grow," Sims said. "Neighboring states, including New York, Maryland and Delaware, have all decided to be on the right side of history and have granted equal rights to their LGBT citizens. The time has come for Pennsylvania’s legislature to stand up and let our citizens know we see them as truly equal members of society and they have the right to choose whom they marry.

"With the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, it became apparent that Pennsylvania cannot continue to be stuck in the past. This is a civil rights issue facing our LGBT community. Furthermore, this issue is holding back Pennsylvania’s economy. People and businesses are seeing states that have true marriage equality as more attractive to them, and they’re spending their money in those states. This lack of equality is holding us back. Where are we at in our government where you lose rights by crossing a border?"

Sims and McCarter have been gathering co-sponsors and have received bipartisan support for H.B. 1686.

"This goes beyond simply legalizing gay marriage," McCarter said. "This is about ensuring all Pennsylvanians have equal benefits and protections before the law. Marriage equality and the benefits associated with it need to be afforded to all of our citizens, and the people of Pennsylvania support that idea. The issue is getting our fellow legislators to listen to their constituents and the voice of Pennsylvanians who are calling for this bill to proceed."

"An ever-growing majority of Pennsylvanians now agree that all consenting adults should be able to make life-long commitments to the ones they love," said Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chairman of the legislature’s LGBT Equality Caucus. "I believe the institution is strengthened when families – gay and straight – can choose the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage."

"We’re in a situation now where we’re galvanized," McCarter added. "The ruling on DOMA made it apparent that marriage equality is the correct direction for Pennsylvania to follow. With a companion bill in the Senate, there is no better time for Pennsylvanians to contact their legislators and tell them now is the time to act. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and watch as the rest of the country evolves to accept what should already be state law."

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Dream Comes True in Clearfield County

A 17-year-old disabled youth from Warren had a dream come true in Clearfield County.

Matt Bunk was hit by a truck at only 18 months of age leaving him partially paralyzed and only the use of his left arm. Matt has always wanted to go hunting but never thought he would get the chance to do so.

In late September, thanks to the North Central PA Pheasants Forever Chapter 630’s Youth Foundation Hunt program, Matt was able to spend several days afield at Fork Ridge Ranch which is a new outdoor adventure and hunting complex near Frenchville. Pheasants Forever members provided Matt with ammunition, bird dogs and handlers, plus an ATV equipped with a special seat in front of the machine with an adjustable shooting rest.

After some practice rounds and adjustments, Matt started his wing shooting adventure. Soon the dogs were pointing birds hiding in the dense cover. With some help from his brother Will, Matt was able to take aim and harvest several flushing pheasants and chukar partridge during his hunt.

That evening he traded his shotgun for a rifle to give mountain hog hunting a try on the Fork Ridge big game preserve. After some searching, a hog was finally located in a mud wallow. Matt’s aim was true as he was all smiles with his 155 lb. mountain hog.

The Bunk family and Pheasants Forever members spent the night at the beautiful Fork Ridge Lodge to recharge for the second morning of bird hunting and fun. Matt again was able to harvest several birds. At the end of the event Pheasants Forever presented Matt with a mounted male pheasant in flight. Jim’s Sports Center, Impact Printing, Fun Central, Visit Clearfield County, & Grice Gun Shop also donated items to Matt. The Country Butcher donated the processing of the hog.

To learn more about this story, visit http://www.northcentralpa.pheasantsforever.org and http://www.forkridgeranch.com

Pictured, Bill Bunk with his sons Matt and Will hunting pheasants at Fork Ridge Ranch
Photo courtesy of Pheasants Forever

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Obituary
Elizabeth McCutcheon

Elizabeth J. McCutcheon, 89, formerly of 118 Congress Street, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in The Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born April 4, 1924, in Bradford, she was the daughter of the late Howard D. and Helen Shay (Acker) Sears.

On October 6, 1946. in Buffalo, NY, she married Sophronous A. 'Sam' McCutcheon, Jr., who passed away March 12, 1999. On November 5, 2006, she married Fred Hemingway, who passed away June 5, 2010.

A 1941 graduate of Bradford Senior High School, she attended Margaret Morrison Carnegie College for Women in Pittsburgh.

Upon completing her schooling, she was employed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation and The Bulletin Index, a weekly news magazine, both in Pittsburgh. Upon returning to Bradford, she worked for Corning Glass Works as an executive secretary.

She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford. She was a gifted seamstress and enjoyed sewing.

She is survived by four daughters, Martha (Edward) Smega, of Olmsted Falls, OH; Sarah (James) Kendrick, of West Palm Beach, FL; Althea (John) Hicks, of Bluffton, SC and Sophronia (Dennis) Moriarty, of Parkville, MO; four stepchildren, Fred Hemingway of Pittsburgh, Chris (Ron) Fehlman of Youngsville, Kim (William) Graham of Bradford and Shirley (Jeffrey) Pecora of Lewistown; three grandchildren, Karen (Robert) Nechvatal, of Columbia Station, OH, Chasity (Jeremie) Kester and Jacquelyn (Chad) Doyle, both of Kansas City, MO; one great-granddaughter, Mikayla O’Guin of Kansas City, MO; a half sister, Judi Bennett of Bradford; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Sears of White Post, VA; twenty step grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, F. Dean Sears, and a stepdaughter, Roberta Barnstorff.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in The First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Klouw, Co-pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to The First Presbyterian Church (www.presbybradford.org), or The Bradford Ecumenical Home Endowment Fund (www.behcr.com). Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Obituary
Kevin McGauley

Kevin J. McGauley 60, of Bellview Ave., Bradford, passed away Sunday September 29, 2013, at his residence.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am Monday October 7, 2013 in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, Pastor as celebrant.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Building Named for Robert H. Jackson

It was standing room only in the atrium of the new Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse in downtown Buffalo on Monday as more than 200 guests, including representatives of the federal and local governments, courts, legal community, Robert H. Jackson Center leadership and Jackson family and friends, gathered for the formal unveiling of its official name honoring the Supreme Court Justice and U.S. Chief Prosecutor at Nuremberg.

The Honorable William M. Skretny, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of New York, presided at the ceremony, as The Honorable Richard J. Arcara welcomed the attendees. Due to a growing workload in the Western District, Skretny and Arcara began making the case for a new federal courthouse in Buffalo well over 10 years before the approval for funding the structure passed congress in 2007.

According to Greg Peterson, Jackson Center co-founder, the effort to name the courthouse for Jackson had its beginning in March 2008, with an editorial comment in the Buffalo News that suggested the new federal courthouse at Niagara Square be named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice. “Thus began a four-and-a-half year campaign to see it finally become a reality,” noted Peterson.

Peterson thanked early supporters, including former State Assemblyman Rolland Kidder, former Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine, and Jackson scholar John Q. Barrett. Other key supporters were Congressman Brian Higgins, who introduced a bill to name the courthouse after Jackson in 2011, and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who championed the bill before the Senate. The bill was signed into law almost a year ago by President Obama.

“The federal courts are often called the guardians of the Constitution because their rulings protect rights and liberties guaranteed by it. Jackson’s legal career and life clearly defined his role as one of its most dedicated guardians,” said James C. Johnson, President and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown. “Naming the courthouse in honor of Jackson is a fitting tribute to the most decorated member of the federal judiciary to ever have come from the Western New York region.”

Speakers for the event included The Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, newly appointed Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law at St. John’s University and Jackson biographer; Denise L. Pease, Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration; and The Honorable Byron Brown, Mayor for the city of Buffalo.

A personal reflection on Justice Jackson’s life was given by granddaughter Julia Craighill, who characterized the grandfather she never knew as having “a love of his hometown of Spring Creek, PA, as well as the great outdoors, and a reverence for “what the natural world has to teach us.” Jackson returned to Spring Creek for family camping trips each summer, where, Craighill related, “he was the only one who could make flawless pancakes on an open fire.”

Near the conclusion of the ceremony, Peterson and Craighill unveiled a bust of Jackson that will be displayed in a place of prominence within the courthouse. An identical bust was presented to United States Chief Justice John Roberts by Jackson family members during his visit to the Robert H. Jackson Center last spring.

Born in rural Warren County, Jackson was a country lawyer in Jamestown, NY, who subsequently served as Solicitor General, Attorney General, and as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following World War II, Justice Jackson was selected by President Truman to be the Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, where he personally led the trials against the senior Nazi leadership for crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. His writings and actions have come to personify the American ideal of fairness and justice for all.

The Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York was established to honor and advance Justice Jackson’s remarkable legacy, pursue the relevance of his life’s work, and to provide an educational facility for those purposes. More information about the Center can be found at www.roberthjackson.org

Pictured in front of the Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse in Buffalo, from left, Peggy Morgan, Jennifer Champ, James C. Johnson, Deb Pacos, Carol Drake, Tom Loftus, John Barrett, Father Moritz Fuchs, Honorable Joseph Gerace, Doug Neckers, John Anderson, Randy Sweeney, Greg Peterson.
Photo courtesy of the Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown

Simons is A-10 Golfer of the Week

After capturing medalist honors at last weekend's Little 3 Championship, St. Bonaventure redshirt sophomore Darren Simons has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Golfer of the Week.

Simons led the Bonnies to the title of the 60th annual Little 3 event, which was played on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pine Acres Golf Club in Bradford. St. Bonaventure finished nine shots ahead of Canisius (593) and well in front of Niagara.

Simons, a native of St. Marys, opened with a five-under par 67 in the morning round, then carded a 73 in the afternoon for a four-under par total of 140. His victory earned Simons a berth in next summer's Porter Cup, a prestigious amateur tournament held each year at Niagara Falls Country Club.

This is the first time Simons has been named A-10 Golfer of the Week.

St. Bonaventure's next action will be on Oct. 6-7 in the Binghamton Invitational at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.

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Walking a Mile in Her Shoes

It was an unusual sight at Penn State DuBois on Wednesday as more than two dozen male students walked together around campus wearing red high heels. The walk also took them off campus, and down Liberty Boulevard, as women showing their support to the cause walked alongside the guys to cheer them on.

The men were participating in 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes', a men's march meant to raise awareness of the battle against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. The event was organized by Passages of Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, in conjunction with the Penn State DuBois Office of Student Life. The idea behind the march is to get men more involved in issues surrounding sex crimes.

"Most of the time people think of sexual violence as a women's issue, but men are really the ones who can make a difference," said April Fleck, a prevention educator with Passages. "We want men to become aware of what they can do to step in and stop these things from happening. If they see something or know of something happening, we want them to do what they can to stop it."

Fleck said the event also raises awareness of the fact that women aren't the only victims of these crimes. She said, "When you ignore men, you also ignore that one in six males will be a victim of sexual violence before the age of 18."

Staying true to the name of the event, the Penn State DuBois men really did walk a full mile in high heels supplied to them by the Office of Student Life. They walked through campus, then down Liberty Boulevard in DuBois, and back. The route had been designated earlier, and measured to be exactly one mile.

"It's definitely different," said student Evan Aravich, of Brockway, about wearing the women's shoes. "I can't imagine why or how women wear these things all day."

"They're higher than I thought they would be," said student Ben Fordoski, as he balanced cautiously, taking his first few steps in this unfamiliar footwear.

At the end of the walk, most of the men agreed that it was a fun way to try something they've never done before, while making a positive statement.

"It's something I never had a chance to do, wearing high heels, and it should definitely make a statement," Fordoski said.

Aravich said, "It's a good cause, and it should show the community that we're fighting against sexual abuse."

Penn State DuBois photo

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City of Bradford Police Log for 10/02/13

City of Bradford Police on Tuesday were called to disturbances on South Avenue and Harris Court and investigated a theft on Interstate Parkway and a motor vehicle accident on High Street. Officers also looked into people possibly driving while intoxicated on Forman and Barbour streets. They checked out suspicious activity on Bedford Street and a flim flam on South Avenue.

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Willow Bay, Other Campgrounds to Close

Concession sites in the Allegheny National Forest – including Willow Bay and all other campgrounds – have been given 48 hours to close because of the federal government shutdown.

The forest supervisor contacted Allegheny Site Management today about closing. Law enforcement and fire personnel are exempt from a shut down, but all so-called non-essential services in the ANF are closed down, or will be soon.

Government employees are still manning the Kinzua Dam because it’s an essential operation of the US Army Corps of Engineers, but the dam will not be open to tourists during the government shut down.

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ARG Made in USA Certified

American Refining Group, Inc. has successfully completed the Made in USA Certified proprietary supply chain audit process and is the first oil refinery to be granted license to use the Made in USA Certified® Seal for the following products: Brad Penn® Lubricants, Kensol® Naphthas and Distilates and Kendex® Base Oils, Custom Blends, Waxes and Resins.

The American Refining Group, Inc.’s unique facility is situated on approximately 131 acres in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the heart of McKean County and the birthplace of the U.S. domestic oil industry more than 100 years ago. The refinery has a rated capacity of 10,000 barrels per day and processes 100% Pennsylvania Grade Crude purchased from sources in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia.

American Refining Group stocks are converted into high quality waxes, lubricant base oils, gasoline and fuels, as well as a wide variety of specialty products. American Refining Group’s state-of-the-art blending and packaging facilities have the capability of producing a full spectrum of finished lubricant products which can be delivered in bulk by rail and truck, and are available in a broad range of package sizes. Our total commitment to quality is proven through their packaging plant and refinery being ISO 9001:2008 certified and Made in USA Certified.

Director of Marketing for American Refining Group, Roy Sambuchino states “We felt that it was important to become Made in USA Certified to be able to distinguish our products as being truly “Made in USA” which is a strong part of our heritage and something our customers value. The Made in USA Certified seal gives our consumers added assurance in their purchases.”

Made in USA Certified’s Co-Founder & President, Julie Reiser stated, “The Bradford refinery founded in 1881 at the height of the domestic oil boom and is the oldest continuously operating lube oil refinery in the world. Oil refinement in the United States is a critical piece of our Nation’s past, present and future. We congratulate this historic company on their on-going innovation as well as the good paying jobs they create for hard working Americans in the Bradford, Pennsylvania region. We are proud to certify American Refining Group’s select line of products.”

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Casey Statement on Capitol Incident

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement regarding the incident today on the Capitol Grounds.

“My office has received countless calls of concern regarding the incident on the Capitol Grounds today. I was walking outside of the Capitol when I heard a popping noise that sounded like gunfire and the Capitol Police quickly directed us to appropriate nearby shelter. Once the Capitol Police gave the ok, I returned to my office. My staff sheltered in place during the incident. I appreciate the concern of Pennsylvanians. I am grateful for the fast action and professionalism of the Capitol Police and my thoughts and prayers are with officer who was injured in the incident.”

Read the story from NBC News here.

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Man Hit with Shrapnel During Fire

A Williams Street man was hit in the face by shrapnel when bullets went off in his home during a fire this morning.

City Fire Department Captain Rich Zmuda says they were called to 10 Williams Street at 11:08 a.m. and found a small fire in the living room, and that resident Roy Lawrence had been hit in the face. He was taken by ambulance to BRMC for treatment.

Zmuda says the fire started because several shot guns and bullets were too close to a wood stove. Damage is estimated at $2,000.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 40 minutes.

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Charges Filed After Center Street Fire

The South Center Street woman whose apartment was damaged by fire late last month is now facing charges for leaving the apartment while her four-year-old daughter was sleeping.

32-year-old Susan Hassek is charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person. The little girl, who was rescued from the fire by a neighbor, was not hurt.

State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says an electric burner on a stove was on for a significant amount of time while unattended, and that a pan on the burner melted. The fire spread from the cook top to the adjacent cabinets and wall behind the stove, before completely consuming the kitchen.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental but police say Hassek’s actions “placed the child in danger of death or serious injury.” The charges have been filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, but she has not had a hearing yet. The Bradford City Fire Department and McKean County District Attorney assisted in the investigation.

The September 20 fire left Hassek, her daughter and four boys, ages 7 through 1, homeless. The apartment is owned by the Bradford City Housing Authority. Hassek did not have renters insurance.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Catt County Inmate is Dead

An inmate at the Cattaraugus County Jail is dead, and the sheriff says it appears to be a suicide.

A corrections officer found the inmate unresponsive in his cell and first aid was performed. But, the inmate was pronounced dead a short time later.

The inmate's name has not been released.

Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says the investigation is ongoing.

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Still Time to Participate

The American Cancer Society is still looking for people in the area to participate in a new research study that will help them better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never had cancer is eligible. Sign-up dates are October 22 and 23. You can go to http://www.McKeanCPS3.org to make an appointment.

To learn more about the study and, maybe, answer some of the questions you may have, listen to today's LiveLine with Shane and Kelsey from the local ACS chapter. http://www.wesb.com/listen/ Click on the "Local Programs" tab and scroll down to #49.

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Community College Initiative Topic of Hearing

The need for a community college in an 11-county rural region – including McKean, Warren, Elk, Cameron and Potter counties – was the topic of a Senate Education Committee hearing this afternoon in Harrisburg.

American Refining Group’s Bob Esch told the panel what a community college would mean to the area.

"This regional community college will provide our business and industries a sustainable workforce with the necessary skills to support profitable business growth and contribute to the economic well-being of our communities," Esch said.

The legislation that would help to create a community college initiative in the region was introduced by Senator Joe Scarnati. State Rep. Marty Causer has introduced a similar bill in the house.

The 11-county region also includes Crawford, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, counties.

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Woman Jailed for Making Bomb Threat

A 67-year-old woman is in jail after being accused of making bomb threats toward some employees at Hanover Town Hall.

Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies say Jeanne Polisoto of Forestville made the threat at 11:15 Tuesday morning. They didn’t elaborate on what she said.

Polisoto is charged with terroristic threats, harassment and obstructing governmental administration.

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170 Pot Plants Found on State Game Lands


A Wilkes-Barre man faces charges for allegedly growing 170 marijuana plants on state game lands in Luzerne County.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, in conjunction with the state Office of Attorney General, today filed charges in the case.

Thomas Dalton, 47, of Airy Street, is charged with one felony count of manufacture of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Dalton also is charged with violating the Game and Wildlife Code by unlawfully traveling by motorized vehicle on state game lands, possessing a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia, using game lands for commercial purpose, and additional violations.

Charges were filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Gerald Feissner, of Freeland.

The charges stem from an investigation by Wildlife Conservation Officer David Allen, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Allen was patrolling State Game Lands 187 in Dennison Township on the afternoon of Sept. 6, when he observed Dalton operating a vehicle along a remote section of utility line that traverses the game lands. A search of the vehicle driven by Dalton revealed a 125-gallon plastic water tank, an electric water pump and other items consistent with the cultivation of marijuana.

Allen subsequently discovered vehicle tracks entering the woods perpendicular to the power line and followed the tracks to an open area, where he discovered 170 mature marijuana plants growing at the site.

Field tests on the plants were positive for THC, a chemical compound found in marijuana.

Dalton allegedly told Allen and agents with the Attorney General’s office that he planted the marijuana at the game lands location earlier this year.

Wildlife conservation officers from the Game Commission’s Northeast Region were assisted in the investigation by narcotics agents from the state Office of Attorney General, the Pennsylvania State Police, and members of the Luzerne County Drug Task Force.

“Our conservation officers are extremely active in patrolling state game lands to detect criminal activity and any abuse of our natural resources,” commented Game Commission Northeast Regional Director Daniel Figured. “The agency intends to prosecute individuals who commit these types of crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”

Pictured, Wildlife Conservation Officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission recently seized 170 marijuana plants from State Game Lands 187 in Dennison Township, Luzerne County
Game Commission photo

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Sandusky Appeal Denied

A state appeals court has ruled that Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial on charges that he sexually abused 10 boys while he was an assistant football coach at Penn State.

Sandusky was convicted and sentenced last year to 30 to 60 years in state prison. His current lawyer argued that his trial lawyers didn’t have enough time to prepare, that a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not testifying in his own defense, and that Judge John Cleland mishandled jury instructions.

Today’s decision by a three-judge Superior Court panel came just two weeks after they heard lawyers’ arguments.

Sandusky’s lawyer says he plans to ask the state Supreme Court to review the case.

You can read the decision here.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Obituary
Brenda Emer

KANE - Brenda L. Emer, 44, of 142 New Jersey Avenue in James City, died late Tuesday afternoon at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh after a series of courageous battles with cancer.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home Inc..

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