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Friday, October 11, 2013

Pianist Albert Kim to Perform
Free Noon Tunes Concert at Pitt-Bradford

American pianist Albert Kim will give a free Noon Tunes concert Oct. 15 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of the Spectrum arts series.

The concert will take place at noon in the Bromeley Family Theater, located in Blaisdell Hall.

Among his selections will be Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata no. 8 and J.S. Bach’s Partita no. 2 in C minor.

Kim has given many solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States and Europe following his debut at the age of 10, when he substituted for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz in a gala performance at Carnegie Hall.

He has collaborated with a diverse range of performing groups and also maintains an active schedule as a composer, arranger and teacher of piano and music theory. He will earn his doctorate this fall from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he studied with Soviet pianist Natalya Antonova, and is currently a professor of music at Linfield College in Oregon.

Spectrum features visual, literary and performing artists chosen by university arts faculty with an emphasis on academic and curriculum-based events and activities.

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Artist Ellen Steinfeld to Give Talk About
Exhibition at St. Bonaventure's Quick Center

Sculptor and painter Ellen Steinfeld, whose work is on exhibition at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will give a talk at the center at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Steinfeld will talk about the exhibit, “Explorations,” which features various pieces from her advanced repertoire of imagery and techniques, including abstracted, painted “plates,” sculpture and handmade paper pieces. She will also show slides of other work.

The talk is free and open to the all. Refreshments will be served.

Steinfeld has had a long presence in Western New York, and through exhibitions, public installations and commissions, has become known throughout North America. She has received numerous large-scale public and private commissions including a monumental 18-foot steel sculpture for the atrium of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo and a commission to design 16 large stained glass windows for Christ Church in Detroit.

Sculpture installations in public spaces, such as the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, have greeted thousands of residents and travelers. Selected by Absolut Vodka to represent New York state, she produced a design that reached a global market through prominent publications in a campaign that raised money for AIDS research. Works in various media have been selected and incorporated into public spaces including schools, hotels, hospitals, museums, airports, stadiums and corporate collections.

Steinfeld’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in more than 26 solo exhibitions and included in more than 90 group exhibitions in the United States and Canada. Her works are in many permanent collections including those of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Castellani Museum, the Burchfield-Penney Museum, the Washington State Art in Public Places Collection, the State of Florida Art in Public Buildings Collection and the New York State Art Museum in Albany.

She has won many national awards as well as fellowships from New York state’s Community Arts Partnership and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has been a visiting artist, lecturer and teacher at several universities, and is the subject of two documentary films.

The exhibition is open until Dec 1.

Quick Center galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to

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City of Bradford Police Log for 10/11/13

City of Bradford Police on Friday investigated thefts on Lincoln, Jackson and Tibbetts avenues and on East Main Street. They also got calls complaints about disturbances on Jackson Avenue and West Corydon Street, and harassment on Brookline Court.

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Looking for Something to Do This Weekend?

If none of that appeals to you ...

Take a hike (or walk or run or bike ride)

Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park while the fall foliage is still beautiful. Or visit any state park. National parks are closed but all the state parks are open for business.

Read a book

Watch a movie (Gravity's playing -- George Clooney & Sandra Bullock: Eye candy for everyone. And they're Oscar winners, too, of course.)

If you don't have a hobby -- start one. Photography, baking, cooking, knitting, woodworking, looking for Bigfoot ... whatever. Just don't say, "there's nothing to do around here."

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Kane Woman Charged for Crash
That Killed Her Daughter, Nephew

The Kane woman involved in the Labor Day weekend crash that killed six people – including her daughter and nephew – is now charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

37-year-old Kathleen Douglas is also charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle, as well as multiple counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and a number of other offenses.

Police say Douglas was driving her SUV on Route 219 at the Meade Run Road intersection on the afternoon of August 31 when it crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. Her 12-year-old daughter Olivia Douglas and 6-year-old nephew Jarrett Costanzo were pronounced dead at the scene. Douglas and her 10-year-old son were flown to trauma centers for treatment of serious injuries.

62-year-old Gary Beimel, 55-year-old Elaine Beimel, 54-year-old David Cuneo and 81-year-old Florence Donachy, all of St. Marys, were also pronounced dead at the scene.

Douglas is also charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and DUI. She is also charged with a couple of traffic violations and for not using restraint systems.

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Lawyer Tries Again to Have Trial Moved

After three weeks of jury selection in the Anthony Taglianetti murder trial only six people have been chosen, and Taglianetti’s lawyer says the trial should be moved to another county.

Just two weeks ago a state appellate judge rejected a motion to have the trial moved, but now Chautauqua County public defender Ned Barone has filed a motion with the appellate division of the State Supreme Court.

A date to hear the motion hasn’t been set yet.

Taglianetti is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. in September of last year. Prosecutors say Taglianetti killed Reed because he believed Reed was in a relationship with his estranged wife.

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Northwest Saving Supports Youth Programs

Northwest Savings Bank has contributed $7,500 to the Potter County Education Council in support of educational programs for youth in Potter, McKean, and Cameron Counties.

The money will be used to support career exploration camps scheduled for Summer 2014. These camps focus on high demand occupations for the region, with a goal of introducing area youth to career fields they may not currently be considering. This year's camp programs will focus on technical, health care, and information technology careers and will be offered in partnership with area schools, the Seneca Highlands IU9, and local industries.

Thanks to the support of organizations like Northwest Savings Bank these camps can be offered free of charge to local students. Once finalized, information on summer camp programs will be available on the Potter County Education Council website, through local media, and distributed to students through area schools.

Pictured, Steve Erway and Mary Davis from Northwest Savings Bank present Bob Veilleux from the Potter County Education Council with a $7,500 check.
Photo provided by Potter County Education Council

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Corbetts Visit Elk County

Governor Tom Corbett visited the Elk Country Visitor Center in Elk County last night to highlight the Pennsylvania Wilds as a top destination for travelers and mark 100 years since elk were reintroduced into the region.

“Unique tourist destinations like the Elk Country Visitor Center support Pennsylvania’s tourism industry and help create and sustain local jobs,” Corbett said. “Attendance at the center has grown to 200,000 tourists annually, each spending money and supporting local small businesses.”

The Elk Country Visitor Center is nestled on 245-acres owned by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in Benezette. The non-profit Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA), a Pennsylvania based wildlife conservation organization, operates the center using money raised from the private sector.

Elk were hunted to extinction in the late 1800s; in 1913, the Pennsylvania Game Commission began an effort to improve habitat and reintroduce them. Pennsylvania’s elk herd now contains more than 800 animals – the largest elk herd in the northeastern United States. “Seeing these magnificent elk in their natural habitat is a truly amazing experience,” Corbett said. “We are fortunate to have a vast state with an abundance of outdoor tourism and wildlife watching opportunities.” Fall is the peak season for viewing elk in the Pennsylvania Wilds because the mating season, or “rut,” occurs, and bugling bulls can be heard throughout elk country.

The center, however, is open year round and includes a 4-D story theater with special effects that explore the sight, smells and sounds of the area; interactive and interpretive exhibits; wildlife trails and viewing areas; wagon rides; year-round restrooms; and parking for cars, RVs and buses. DCNR currently is finalizing a 35-year agreement with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, which has doubled its staff over the past several years.

"At the Elk Country Visitor Center we provide a clear, consistent conservation education message and a quality elk viewing experience,” KECA President and CEO Rawley Cogan said. “Our business partners provide the amenities our guests need, such as great food and lodging, so that together we deliver the highest quality Pennsylvania elk country experience."

Nine jobs were created to operate the center. Its gift shop provides more than 60 small local vendors and artisans with a new market opportunity. The number of lodging establishments near the center has almost doubled; three wineries have popped up – all with an elk theme; and local stores and restaurants are expanding.

Accompanying the governor during his visit were representatives of the newly established Benezette Wines and Wapiti Woods, which will be expanding its guest cabin and lodging business in Benezette Township from six to 10 cabins creating three new jobs. For more information about the Elk Country Visitor Center, visit or call 814-787-5167.

Provided by Commonwealth Media Services

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Police Looking for Maroon Car

Police are looking for a maroon car that caused another car and a van to collide on Johnsonburg Road near the St. Marys city line.

They say at 7 o’clock this morning Nichole Meyer of Johnsonburg was behind the maroon car when it crossed the center line. Larry Walter of Kane was driving his car in the opposite direction and tried to avoid hitting the maroon car, but his car hit a guiderail then bounced back onto the road and hit Meyer’s van.

No one was hurt but both vehicles were disabled.

St. Marys Police are asking anyone with information about the maroon car – possibly a Lumina or Monte Carlo – with a broken driver’s side taillight to contact them as soon as possible.

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Proposal to Raise Speed Limit on
PA Interstates, Turnpike

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) issued the following statement regarding his proposal to increase the maximum speed limit on Pennsylvania interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike:

"Today I have circulated a co-sponsorship memo for legislation I intend to introduce which would increase the maximum speed limit on Pennsylvania interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

Increasing Pennsylvania’s maximum speed limit on interstate highways and the PA Turnpike will allow for better traffic flow and provide for greater efficiency in the delivery of goods throughout the Commonwealth. Numerous other states have already taken the step to allow for traveling at a maximum speed of 70 MPH or more.

Over the last two decades since Pennsylvania’s maximum speed limit was last set, our vehicles have become more technically efficient and safety standards have continued to increase. As we move forward with this measure a significant component of the legislation will focus on ensuring necessary traffic and engineering studies are completed prior to increasing the speed limit on any stretch of highway."

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Zippo Takes Full Control of European Distribution

For the past 20 years, Zippo Manufacturing Co. and Polyconcept have worked together in a joint venture for the distribution of Zippo products in Austria, Benelux, France, Germany and Spain. Polyconcept and Zippo are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached according to which Zippo will take over Polyconcept's stake in Zippo Europe and take full control of the distribution of its products in those select markets in Europe.

This mutual decision is a result of changes in long term business strategies for both companies and Polyconcept and Zippo believe that this change is in their customers and shareholders best respective interests. It is anticipated that the distribution model currently in place will continue but with the added benefit of singular oversight by Zippo.

Greg Booth, President and CEO of Zippo said: "Over the past years Polyconcept and the Zippo Manufacturing Company have worked well together in regards to the distribution of Zippo products in Europe. As the companies have evolved, we realized that this change will contribute to deliver an enhanced service to our customers. We hold Polyconcept in the highest regards and are grateful for the opportunity to have worked together and for their contribution to Zippo's success story in Europe."

Speaking on behalf of Polyconcept, Chairman Michael Bernstein said: "Zippo has been a good friend to Polyconcept over the years and we sincerely hope to continue that friendship. We are in full support of Zippo's desire to manage the distribution of their products in this very important sales market. We wish them every success moving forward."

To oversee Zippo’s European distribution, Richard Finlow has been named Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Finlow joined Zippo in 2010, as Business Development Manager for EMEA. Since that time, he has been instrumental in developing these important international markets for Zippo. In his new position, Finlow will oversee the operations and staff for three of Zippo subsidiaries; Zippo UK, Zippo France and Zippo Germany, as well as the business development for all EMEA markets. Finlow works out of the Zippo UK office in London, UK.

Pictured, Richard Finlow

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Emily Schultz Case Listed for Trial

A young Port Allegany woman accused of driving drunk and getting into an accident that killed her friend may be going to trial.

22-year-old Emily Schultz is charged with felony counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle and misdemeanor counts of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and DUI.

21-year-old Emily Schena drowned after the car Schultz was driving hit a bridge on Fogels Crossing Road and ended up on its roof in the Lower Portage Creek back in January. Today was her last day to plea in McKean County Court, but instead of her entering a plea, the case has been listed for trial.

Schultz remains free on bail.

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Elderly Men Jailed for Child Pornography

A 73-year-old man and a 66-year-old man are in jail for having child pornography.

Milton McNicholas and Wayne Gilman, both of Salamanca, were arrested Wednesday following a year-long investigation by the city police department.

Police say they got a tip in August of last year about questionable photographs on a computer. They didn’t say how many photos they found, but did say seven computers were seized during the investigation.

Both men are charged with possession of a sexual performance by a child younger than 16. Gilman is also charged with prompting an obscene sexual performance by a child younger than 17.

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Teen Accused of Sexual Abuse

A 16-year-old boy is accused of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl.

Police say the boy had sexual contact with the girl multiple times over the last couple of months in a home in the Town of Chautauqua.

He is charged with sexual abuse, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child. His name has not been released.

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Man Had Nearly a Pound of Pot

Police say a man had nearly a pound of marijuana with him when he was stopped at a road check in Chautauqua County Wednesday.

36-year-old Brian Waller of Dunkirk was pulled out of traffic when troopers smelled marijuana in his vehicle. Besides the 14 ounces of marijuana, they found an open can of beer.

Waller was sent to Chautauqua County Jail after being charged with a felony count of criminal possession of marijuana.

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Is That a TV in Your Pants ... ?

You can’t make this stuff up, folks. A man tried to steal a 24-inch flat screen TV – by stuffing it in his pants. And that’s not even the strangest part. 28-year-old Michael Pollaro was being treated in the emergency room of WCA Hospital in Jamestown when he broke the TV off a wall mount before sticking into his pants and tried to leave the hospital. When a nurse caught up with him, he took the television out of his pants and ran away. When police caught up with him, they charged him with criminal tampering, criminal mischief and attempted petit larceny.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 10/09/13

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated thefts on Chautauqua Place and Mill Street and a motor vehicle accident on Main Street. They also got calls about harassment on West Washington Street, disorderly conduct on Belleview Avenue and a disturbance on East Main Street. Officers were also called about a stray animal on Interstate Parkway and suspicious activity on West Washington Street.

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Bremer Going into Bona Hall of Fame

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – On Saturday, Nov. 16, the St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics will induct four former student-athletes into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2013 will be J.R. Bremer ’02 (basketball), Mikko Haulos '03 (tennis), Vili Nurmi ’03 (tennis) and Tricia Hildebrand-Fisher ’03 (softball). The induction ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Rigas Theater inside the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public.

A look at the illustrious careers of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013:

J.R. Bremer
One of the great guards in SBU history, Bremer ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in points (1,732, 9th), 3-pointers made (223, 2nd), steals (185, 6th), assists (334, 8th) and free-throw percentage (75.2, 14th). In Bremer’s four seasons, the Bonnies forged a 70-50 record – the most successful four-year run for Bonaventure since 1978-1981 – and earned three postseason berths, including a trip to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

Bremer was among the nation’s most prolific scorers his senior season when he averaged 24.6 points per game – the second highest for a Bona player since Bob Lanier put up a 29.1 average in 1969-70. Bremer earned Atlantic 10 First Team honors as a senior in 2001-02 and was also named Chris Daniels Most Improved Player in the conference that season. An A-10 Third Team selection as a junior, the Cleveland Heights, Ohio, native garnered five A-10 Player of the Week citations over his career – second most in school history.

Bremer, who averaged 24 points per game in three postseason contests (1 NCAA, 2 NIT), signed a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics following graduation. With the Celtics in 2002-03, Bremer averaged 8.3 points per game and earned All-NBA Rookie Second Team honors. He also played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors before embarking on a successful career overseas. Currently a member of Milan of the Italian League – where he has been reunited with former SBU teammate Marques Green – Bremer has also played in top leagues in Spain, Turkey, Bosnia, Greece and Russia.

Tricia Hildebrand-Fisher
Hildebrand-Fisher was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection who, upon graduating in 2003, ranked near the top of almost every St. Bonaventure career statistical category. The shortstop finished her four years with the Bonnies with a .320 batting average, 21 home runs, 105 RBI, 159 hits (41 doubles, 13 triples) and a .917 fielding percentage over 164 games.

As a senior in 2003, Hildebrand-Fisher led the A-10 in home runs (11) and RBI (49), and as a sophomore in 2001 she topped the nation in triples per game (0.21). Among other honors, she was named All-Atlantic 10 in 2001 and 2002 and was twice named conference Player of the Week.

“Tricia was one of the best shortstops this school has ever seen,” said St. Bonaventure coach Mike Threehouse, who recruited and coached her. “She was an outstanding hitter and defensive player and started every game in her career.”

Hildebrand-Fisher, who married Jimmy Fisher in October 2008, currently works for Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, Inc. where she serves as the director for Recovery & Community Integration Programs. A Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Hildebrand-Fisher is working toward her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology at Sacred Heart University. She serves on the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Board of Directors, and is the chair of the Training & Technical Assistance Committee.

Mikko Haulos & Vili Nurmi
As teammates for four seasons at St. Bonaventure, led the Bonnies men's tennis program to unprecedented heights. Behind the duo from Finland, St. Bonaventure won its only two Atlantic 10 Championship titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships in both 2001 and 2003.

With Haulos and Nurmi leading the way, the Bonnies also achieved their only two appearances in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional rankings – No. 13 in 2001 and No. 15 in 2002.

Nurmi was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2000 and Most Outstanding Performer in 2001. In each of his four seasons, he was ranked among the region’s best as a doubles player by the ITA – topping out at No. 6 with Mario Arce in 2002.

Haulos was also a four-time All-Atlantic 10 pick and finished the 2000 season No. 28 in the ITA regional singles rankings. He also partnered with Nurmi for a No. 15 ranking among regional doubles teams in 2000.

“Before Vili and Mikko arrived, the men’s tennis team had never placed better than fifth in the conference,” longtime St. Bonaventure coach Mike Bates said. “During their four years they never finished lower than third, with two A-10 titles.”

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Police Use Taser After Domestic

Police had to use a Taser on a Bradford man following a domestic incident last month.

Court papers say Dustin Birkelund got into a fight with his girlfriend, punched her in the face, then locked her out of the apartment. When police arrived they kicked in the door of the apartment and, later, kicked in the door of the room Birkelund was in.

He had a knife with him and would not comply with orders to get on the ground. Police say he “had an aggressive look on his face” as he told police to leave. They were eventually able to use the Taser on him and take him into custody.

He waived his preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment. He’s free on unsecured bail.

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Speed Display Sign Up on
Route 219 in Elk County

Motorists in Ridgway Township will be reminded to obey the posted speed limit as they travel on Route 219. PennDOT recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign in this area to aid in curbing a common type of aggressive driving.

The sign faces southbound traffic and utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic. Vehicle speeds are then posted on the lighted section of the sign. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 219 is 55 miles per hour.

The sign was put in place at the request of a legislator. The speed display sign will remain on location for up to three weeks.

Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running stop signs or red lights, passing illegally and tailgating.

Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in more than 52 percent of Elk County crashes in 2012.

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Shutdown Prompts Change in Pheasant Stocking

Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Director Keith Harbaugh announced today that the shutdown of the federal government has necessitated a change in pheasant stocking for the Junior Pheasant season.

The Junior Pheasant season starts on Saturday. A shutdown of the federal government and the restriction of activity on some federal lands have caused the game commission to remove the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Shenango Lake Area 415, Golden Run area as a stocking location for the Junior Pheasant Hunt.

Pheasants will be distributed to the remaining stocking areas for Mercer County, and these areas are listed on page 25 of the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. If the federal government resumes full operation later in the small game season, in-season pheasant stocking will take place in the Golden Run area.

“We regret having to make this move, but pheasants are a high-dollar resource and the agency has an obligation to place the birds in areas where we get the best return for sportsmen’s dollars spent,” Harbaugh said.

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Woman Allegedly Took Man's Car

Charges against a Duke Center woman accused of stealing a car have been bound to court.

Lisa Hitchcock is accused of going into a Main Street house in the borough, talking to the person who lives there about finding another person, and then leaving. But she went back into the house a short time later, got the car keys and drove the car away, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office.

About an hour later, the car was found behind another Main Street house.

Hitchcock is free on unsecured bail.

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Woman Accused of Assaulting Daughter

Charges against a Bradford woman accused of assaulting her high school-age child have been bound to court.

According to court papers, a student at Bradford Area High School heard another student talking about her mother abusing her at home and told School Resource Officer Butch Bartlett about it. Soon after that the victim went to Bartlett's office, where he noticed she had injuries to both of her eyes.

Bartlett later learned that her mother, 36-year-old Amy McLaughlin, punched her in the face many times and, at one point, pushed on her eyes, according to court papers.

McLaughlin is free on unsecured bail.

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Man Accused of Murder with
Chainsaw Waives Hearing

The man accused of killing and dismembering another man with a chainsaw is headed to trial.

32-year-old Michael Shugars of Punxsutawney waived his preliminary hearing on criminal homicide and other charges. He is accused of shooting 33-year-old Chet Haddow during a fight over a gun in a drug deal, then cutting up his body with a chain saw and scattering the body parts in and near Mahoning Creek last month.

Two fishermen found one of Haddow’s arms a couple of days later.

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Jury Selection Put on Hold

Jury selection in the Anthony Taglianetti murder trial has been put on hold again.

The defense requested a continuance, which the judge granted. Jury selection will continue tomorrow.

Since jury selection started on September 19 only six people have been seated. Lawyers are trying to choose 12 jurors and four alternates.

Taglianetti is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. last September. Prosecutors have said Taglianetti killed Reed because he believed Reed was in a relationship with his estranged wife.

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Surveillance Video Catches Crook

Surveillance video from a grocery store helped put a Cattaraugus County man in jail for stealing and cashing a woman’s checks.

Police say 22-year-old Michael Ramirez II of South Dayton took several checks and used them to get several hundred dollars from a woman’s bank account.

Ramirez is charged with forgery, identity theft and petit larceny.

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