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Friday, October 18, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 10/18/13

City of Bradford Police on Friday investigated a sexual assault and a simple assault both on High Street, as well as motor vehicle accidents at Congress and Clinton streets, and on Kennedy and West Washington streets. Officers looked into a “drug equipment violation” on Cornen Street, disturbances on Bedford and Davis streets and harassment on Lorana Avenue. They also got calls about barking dogs on Euclid Avenue and suspicious activity in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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PSP: Man Left Toddler in Pickup Truck
While He Went Into a Bar, Drank

A man is accused of leaving a two-year-old boy in a pickup truck while he went into a bar and drank alcoholic beverages.

State police say 39-year-old Howard Foulkrod of Sabinsville did have the child in a car seat when he went into the Perma Stone Inn on Route 6 in Potter County at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Foulkrod is charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children, a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person and a summary charge of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. He’s free on bail.

Children and Youth Services made arrangements for the child.

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Oktoberfest Set for Thursday

Presented by the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce and Signature Sponsor American Refining Group, Inc, the BACC Oktoberfest/21st Annual Public Auction will be held on Thursday, October 24th at The Bradford Club, 32 Boylston Street, Bradford. This community event, open to the public, is the Chamber’s primary fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the many services provided by the Chamber. The doors open at 5:30 pm; with the live auction beginning at 6:30pm.

Through the generous donation of products, services, and more, an exciting variety of items has been put together for the event, which will feature approximately 30 fantastic live auction packages, as well as silent auctions, pretzel drawings, and a 50/50 card drawing. The live auction will be conducted by professional auctioneer Lloyd Burkhouse as well as local celebrity auctioneers Tim Asinger of Kessel Contruction and Scott Douglas from WESB/WBRR. Included in this year’s festivities is a delicious menu of German and traditional fare suitable for the Oktoberfest theme, as well as complimentary seasonal lager, and a cash bar.

This year’s event has received sponsor support from throughout the Bradford community and beyond, including Silver Sponsors: Blaisdell Foundation, Bradford City Water Authority, Bradford Manor, Bradford Save A Lot, CNB Bank, Dr. Green Lawn/Custom Turf, Kessel Construction, Inc., Minard Run Oil Company, Shell Appalachia, and WESB/WBRR. Bronze Sponsors include Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Bradford Regional Medical Center, ChamberChoice/OnDemand Energy, Goodman Services, Inc., Kelly’s Restaurant, KOA Speer Electronics, National Fuel, Northwest Savings Bank, Shults Toyota-Scion/Edmond Chevrolet, Sundahl & Co. Insurance, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

A sneak preview of several auction items is available in the Chamber office windows at 121 Main Street, and on the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Additional auction item photos will be added to the Facebook page throughout the week leading up to the event. Featured items include Zippo, Case, and other local products; paintings and other pieces by local artists; Buffalo Bills tickets; an Elvis memorabilia collection; home, office, and outdoor merchandise; a hand-crafted wooden rocking Harley Davidson motorcycle; a Victorian Steampunk Lamp created from Bradford City water system components, and more.

Admission is $25.00 per person, with reservations required. For reservations or to pre-bid on any live auction items featured on the Facebook page, contact the BACC Office at 814-368-7115 or email kara.kennedy@bradfordchamber.com.

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Riel Talks About National
Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week is underway and Governor Tom Corbet at the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association are also behind the initiative.

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel is the spokesman for the Northwest Region and says, "One may wonder why a mayor might care about this issue. The answer is really simple. Over one third of deaths among teenagers are caused by motor vehicle accidents."

He also pointed out some figures released by the Centers for Disease Control including that per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. He also noted that people ages 15 to 24 represent only 14 percent of the US population, but they account for 30 percent of the total cost of motor vehicle injuries among males, and 28 percent of the total cost among females.

You can find more information at http://pamayors.org

In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, Bradford Area High School has entered a contest aimed at bringing attention to safe driving – and everyone in the community can help them win. Just go to Celebrate My Drive.com every day from now until October 26 and make a safe driving commitment.

The school with the most pledges wins a prize worth between $25,000 and $100,000 and a chance to host a Kelly Clarkson contest.

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Scarnati: Don't Pay for
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Assistance

Local residents should be aware that there is no charge to file a state Property Tax/Rent Rebate form and they shouldn’t fall prey to companies offering to submit the forms for a fee, warned Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

“Recently, I was alerted that a company is contacting Pennsylvania senior citizens offering to file state Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms for a fee,” Scarnati said. “I want to make sure that everyone is aware that there is no charge to submit this form.”

A group calling itself the ‘Senior Advisory Center’ with an address listed as a Harrisburg Post Office Box is mailing seniors offering to complete the forms for $39.

“It is important for seniors to know they do not have to pay for this service, Scarnati said. “Local Area Agencies on Aging and other groups serving seniors are available to prepare these forms at no cost.”

“In addition, my offices are available to help anyone needing assistance in applying for this important program,” Scarnati explained.

Claimants or spouses 65 years of age or older; widows or widowers 50 years of age or older; and the permanently disabled 18 years of age or older may qualify for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The income eligibility level for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is $35,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income, and the maximum rebate is $650 for homeowners.

More information about the program is available at the PA Department of Revenue website at: www.revenue.state.pa.us/.

Contact information for Senator Scarnati’s district offices is listed below:

Brockway
410 Main Street
Brockway, PA 15824
PH: 814-265-2030
FAX: 814-265-2040
TOLL FREE: 877-787-7084

Kane

21A Field Street

PH: 814-837-1026
FAX: 814-837-1029

Wellsboro
5 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
PH: 570-724-5231
FAX: 570-723-5119

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Olean Physician's Assistant Facing
Numerous Sexual Misconduct Allegations

A physician’s assistant who worked in Olean and Salamanca is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with several female patients – including a 16-year-old.

Back in 2010, similar charges against 39-year-old Scott Piatt had been dropped. But now the New York State Department of Health is investigating allegations against Piatt that go back to the 1990s. The women are between the ages of 21 and 43.

He is also accused of saying a male patient was able to drive a commercial vehicle when, in fact, he was on medications that made him unfit for that type of job.

Piatt will appear before the health department’s Professional Medical Misconduct board on 29 charges, including willfully harassing, abusing or intimidating patients, moral unfitness, negligence, incompetence and failure to maintain records.

The incidents were alleged to have happened at the Olean Family Health Center, Olean Medical Group, Summit Health Care in Olean, Dr. Paul Kirsch's Olean office, Salamanca, Family Health Care and Dr. Reed Haag's office in Wellsville.

You can find more details about the allegations here. PDF

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Obituary
Harold Neidich

Harold Z. Neidich, 92, of 100 St. Francis Dr. Bradford, formerly of 728 Wilson St., Franklin, passed away Friday, October 18, 2013, peacefully, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Oil City on November 1, 1920, he was a son of the late John and Sara (Zeigler) Neidich. He was a 1938 graduate of Franklin High School.

On September 3, 1946, in Franklin he married Opal (Beach) Neidich who died April 15, 2005.

He served in the U.S. Army from July 28, 1942 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin and locally attended First Presbyterian Church Bradford.

He worked as a printer at General Manifold Printing Company for more than 30 years and retired from Seneca Printing Company in Oil City.

Surviving is one son, Ross (Patty) Neidich, of Bradford; three grandchildren Lindsay (Michael) Gianoutsos of Pittsburgh, Katie Jo Neidich of Bradford and Michael (Jeannie) Edwards of Nicholson, GA; andone great-granddaughter Alexandria Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers John and Edward Neidich and two sisters Lois and Elizabeth.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from Noon to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Catherine Randall Co-Pastor officiating. Committal services, Military Honors and burial will be held on Monday October 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin with the Rev. Ed Gresick pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Troopers Interrupt Their Lunch Break to
Arrest Man Wanted on Bench Warrant

New York State Police don’t put their work aside even when they’re on a lunch break.

Troopers had stopped at a Gowanda sub shop for lunch on Thursday and saw a man inside they knew was wanted on an active bench warrant. After getting their food, they quietly confirmed that 24-year-old Joshua Bowers of Persia was still wanted and then arrested him.

While taking him into custody they found that he had a hydrocodone tablet and a small amount of marijuana with him. Bowers is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and is scheduled to appear in Collins Town Court later this month.

Troopers did not say if they got to finish their lunch.

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Man Takes Police on Brief Chase

A Salamanca man is accused of taking police on a chase Tuesday night when they tried to stop him for a traffic violation.

They caught up with 22-year-old Joshua Hahn after the brief chase that started at just before 11 p.m. Along with fleeing from police, he’s charged with driving while intoxicated.

Hahn will answer the charges in Salamanca City Court.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 10/18/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated thefts on Main, Congress and Clinton streets and a motor vehicle accident at Elm Street and South Avenue. They also got reports about a disturbance on South Avenue and suspicious activity on Lorana Avenue.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Conservation Officer Bill Approved

HARRISBURG – The state House today approved Rep. Martin Causer’s (R-Turtlepoint) bill that clarifies the authority of wildlife and waterways conservation officers to use discretion when enforcing the state’s game, fish and boat laws.

House Bill 1584 specifically states the officers may issue written or verbal warnings in lieu of making arrests or issuing citations.

“As a former police officer, I know how important it is to exercise discretion in law enforcement,” Causer said. “While conservation officers already have the authority to exercise such discretion, it is not specifically spelled out in law and is likely not being used as much as it could be or should be.”

As chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, Causer also noted passage of Senate Bill 648, which protects the rights of property owners who allow hunting on their property. The bill ensures those landowners are not subject to prosecution for violations committed by hunters on their land.

The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

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Scarnati Discusses CHIP

Legislation to reauthorize and extend the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been signed into law, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati stated that House Bill 108 was signed by Governor Corbett on October 16th as Act 74 of 2013. Act 74 eliminates the six-month waiting period for children to receive coverage and extends CHIP through December 31, 2015. The legislation was unanimously passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives.

“I commend my colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives for swift passage of this important legislation to provide children in our Commonwealth with immediate access to the quality care that they need and deserve,” Scarnati said.

Pennsylvania’s CHIP was created in 1992 as a one-of-a kind-program designed to provide insurance coverage to children whose families do not qualify for Medical Assistance, but who cannot afford to purchase private insurance.

Scarnati explained that in addition to extending the program and eliminating the waiting period for children to receive coverage, Act 74 also requires the Children’s Health Insurance Advisory Council to meet twice per year. The Council is responsible for evaluating access and quality of service provided to children enrolled in CHIP.

“For more than 20 years CHIP has helped to provide quality care to children in Pennsylvania,” Scarnati continued. “This legislation takes a crucial step to help ensure that children across Pennsylvania continue to have access to important health tools such as routine check-ups, immunizations, dental and vision care.”

Free CHIP coverage is available to eligible children in households with incomes no greater than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); low-cost CHIP coverage is available for those with incomes greater than 200 percent but not greater than 300 percent of the FPL; and families with incomes greater than 300 percent of the FPL have the opportunity to purchase coverage by paying the full rate negotiated by the state.

“Providing their children with health insurance is a great concern for many parents,” Scarnati said. “I am pleased that as a result of Act 74, CHIP will continue to be a needed resource for families who may have lost a job or who don’t have access to health coverage. Our children are our future, and helping them have a healthy start in life is something that each and every child deserves.”

More information on CHIP can be accessed at: http://www.chipcoverspakids.com/.

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Obituary
Tricia Nuzzo

Patricia Marie Nuzzo, 43, of 10 Ash Court, Lewis Run, released her energy into the universe on Thursday, October 17, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Bradford on December 6, 1969, she is a daughter of Clara Abrams Nuzzo and the late John A. Nuzzo.

Tricia was a 1987 graduate of Bradford High School and a 1995 graduate of The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

She spent many years helping people in her jobs at the Bradford Job Center and The Victim's Resource Center at the YWCA.

She loved Taco Bell, frappes, cartoons, a good sale, hanging out with friends and family and giving someone in need a hand.

She is survived by her fiancee Robert Krieg of St. Marys, her mother, Clara Nuzzo of Bradford a sister, Angela Nuzzo of Bradford, two brothers Jesse (Carrie Thomas) Nuzzo of Custer City and Joseph (Rochelle) Nuzzo of Bradford; two nieces, Abbagayl Nuzzo and Freya Nuzzo; her much loved aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends that she considered family. She was preceded in death by her father John Nuzzo, two grandmothers Lillian Mezzelo and Ann Abrams, and three grandfathers, Tony Mezzelo, Angelo Nuzzo and William Abrams.

There will be no public visitation. Family and friends will be invited to a Celebration of Tricia's life at a future date and time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions can be made to the McKean County SPCA or the Victim's Resource Center within the YWCA. Tricia would loved it if you found a great sale on clothing and quietly donated them to someone in need.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Couple Bought, Sold Bath Salts

A Kersey couple is accused of buying bath salts from a vendor in China and then selling most of it to Kane man.

48-year-old Cynthia Bizzak and 43-year-old Michael Bizzak were questioned in August after the owner of the Kane View Motel called police about drug paraphernalia in a unit he had rented to the Bizzaks. They told police they bought 50 to 100 grams of alpha-PVP by way of the Internet or telephone, according to papers filed in District Judge David Engman's office. On Tuesday, test results from the state police crime lab in Erie showed that items taken from the Bizzaks contained alpha-PVP, which is one of several synthetic drugs known as bath salts.

They are in McKean County Jail on $100,000 bail each.

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Alleged Pharmacy Robber Waives Hearing

The man accused of robbing Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Eldred has waived his preliminary hearing.

23-year-old Chase Lotter of Eldred went into the pharmacy claiming to have a gun and demanding prescription pain killers, according to court records. He got away with 151 Oxycontin pills valued at $1,100.

Police were able to target him as a suspect by using cell phone records. He remains in McKean County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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Wife Waives Hearing in Crosby's
Robbery, Kidnapping Case

The Bradford woman who drove her husband to a Crosby’s store so he could rob the place has waived her preliminary hearing.

34-year-old Alice Hannon dropped off her husband, 39-year-old Robert John Hannon Sr., at the South Avenue store as the clerk was closing up for the night, and then forced her back inside where he stole money from the safe, according to court records.

She is charged with robbery, theft and kidnapping. Her husband waived his hearing last week. Both remain in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Jury Chosen in Taglianetti Trial

UPDATE: Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Lawyers in Chautauqua County have been trying for nearly a month to choose a jury in the Anthony Taglianetti murder trial. And, late yesterday, they did it.

Seven men and five woman have been sworn in as jurors. Two alternates have been chosen as well, and lawyers will try to pick two more today. The trial had been scheduled to start two weeks ago.

Taglianetti is accused of shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed Jr. to death in September of last year because he believed Reed was in a relationship with his estranged wife. Reed was the Clymer School Superintendent, a native of Salamanca and a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.

Pictured, Keith Reed Jr.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Murder Suspect Arrested in Allegany

The man police believe murdered an assistant manager at the Hamburg Toys R Us in June has been picked up in the Village of Allegany.

38-year-old Bernard Grucza was arrested Wednesday morning in a South Seventh Street home, where he moved sometime after the June 29 murder.

Police say he stabbed 35-year-old Larry Wells when Wells walked in on him while he was burglarizing the store and that DNA evidence is part of what tied him to the crime. Grucza had been a loss prevention officer at the store.

He’s in jail without bail.

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Gabler Debt Reduction Legislation
Bound for Governor's Desk

HARRISBURG – Legislation to reduce the state’s debt, require more efficient and transparent use of taxpayer dollars while continuing job creation initiatives through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), House Bill 493, awaits the signature of Gov. Tom Corbett following passage by the state Senate and today’s concurrence by the House of Representatives.

“Passage of House Bill 493 is a vote for the people of Pennsylvania, who deserve better stewardship of their hard-earned dollars, as well as those of future generations,” Gabler said. “I am glad to see my colleagues in both the Senate and the House agree with this legislation, which increases the efficiency of an economic tool that is already in place, but was often misused by the previous administration.”

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects with a focus on job creation. Gabler’s legislation decreases the RACP debt ceiling from its current $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion, an immediate reduction of $600 million.

“My bill places less of a burden on our kids and grandkids by reducing the amount of debt we are allowed to carry and forced to pay on every year,” Gabler pointed out. “As a result, more tax dollars will now be available for support and maintenance of government’s core functions.”

Under Gabler’s legislation, RACP projects will also follow a more transparent legislative and administrative process for approval.

“House Bill 493 is a follow-up to last session’s House Bill 2175, which passed the House but stalled in the state Senate,” Gabler commented. “The General Assembly must set an example as a good money manager, and House Bill 493 follows the lead of the previous legislation by making permanent the manner in which our state does business.”

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City of Bradford Police Log for 10/16/13

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated thefts on Main Street and Holley Avenue, disturbances on South Avenue and Kiwanis Court and criminal mischief on High Street.

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Kersey Couple Jailed in McKean County

Two Kersey residents are in McKean County Jail on drug charges.

48-year-old Cynthia Bizzak and 43-year-old Michael Bizzak are each charged with felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility.

The incidents happened in July in Wetmore Township.

Their bail is $100,000 each.

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Charges Against Woman Pulled from Car

The woman who was pulled from her car seconds before it burst into flames Sunday has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Sheriff’s deputies say additional charges are pending against 28-year-old Valerie Roach of Silver Creek.

At 5:20 a.m. Sunday Deputy Stephen Romanik and off-duty EMT Ray Austin pulled Roach from the car. She was later taken by Starflight to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries.

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Cruisin' into Christmas on November 22

The Street Dreams Car Club and the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce plans for the fifth annual Cruisin' into Christmas Parade on November 22 at 6 pm on Main Street.

They will also be lighting the new lights on Main Street and Veterans Square.

This year they will be offering cash prizes for different divisions:

~~ Best holiday music arrangement by a school band will receive $500
~~ Best holiday float by a business will receive $250
~~ Best decorated fire truck (one from each department) $300
~~ Best holiday float by a non-profit organization will receive $500
~~ Best decorated Classic Car will receive $250.00
~~ Best holiday arrangement by a dance team will receive $250

Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office at 121 Main Street , Bradford, any weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration will close on November 15.

If you have any questions contact Gary Hoy, President of the Street Dreams Car Club or Ron Orris, Executive Director of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Scarnati Announces Passage of
Debt Reduction and Transparency Bill

The State Senate today approved legislation to require greater transparency and rigorous guidelines for the awarding of economic development grants through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that House Bill 493 would immediately decrease the Commonwealth’s RACP debt ceiling from its current $4.05 billion to $3.45 billion. Reforms to the RACP legislation, as amended into the bill by the Senate, will also protect rural communities and ensure that project applications from rural counties receive equal consideration as those from suburban and urban areas.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program provides grants to local communities for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects. The funding may be used for the design and construction of facilities that are economic development projects which generate substantial increases in employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.

“Our goal is to make sure that every tax dollar spent on economic development creates significant growth and job opportunities for Pennsylvanians,” Scarnati said. “This legislation will provide greater scrutiny and ensure that taxpayers’ money is being spent wisely and efficiently.”

According to Scarnati, House Bill 493 will require a decrease of $600 million in the RACP debt ceiling as well as substantive changes to the program and application process to promote transparency and maintain rigorous monitoring and reporting for all grants.

“The RACP has provided our local communities with help funding numerous regional economic development projects, including medical facilities, industrial parks, manufacturing facilities, workforce development centers and YMCA’s,” Scarnati said. “These important reforms to RACP will maintain the program as a viable economic development tool and ensure that it is administered in a purposeful, objective and transparent manner.”

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Causer Resolution Recognizes
Down Syndrome Awareness Month

HARRISBURG – The state House today approved Rep. Martin Causer’s (R-Turtlepoint) resolution designating October as “Down Syndrome Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

“Due to advances in medicine, children born with Down syndrome can live long, healthy and productive lives,” Causer said. “But early intervention, therapies and treatment are vital, which is why raising awareness of Down syndrome is so important.”

Research has shown the average life expectancy for a person living with Down syndrome has increased from just 25 years of age in 1983 to 60 years of age today. It is estimated that this genetic condition occurs in approximately one in every 800 births. The population of people living with Down syndrome in the United States is estimated at anywhere between 250,000 and 400,000.

House Resolution 501 passed the House unanimously. More information about Down syndrome is available at the National Down Syndrome Society, www.ndss.org.

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Pitt-Bradford to Build New Residence Hall

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford plans to break ground next week on a $9.3 million, 109-bed residence hall.

Earlier this month, the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees’ property and facilities committee approved the project, which is expected to be approved by the full board on Friday.

The 40,120-square-foot, three-story residence hall will be located on the side of the lawn in front of Hanley Library nearest to Blaisdell Hall.

“This will be the fourth residence hall we’ve built in 8 years,” noted University President Dr. Livingston Alexander. “This rate of campus construction reflects not only the growth in our student population, but also its changing profile. Since more of our students are coming to us from distant locations, more of our students now require on-campus accommodations. We’re very grateful to the Board of Trustees for their recognition of our growing need for new student housing.”

The additional rooms should be ready in August 2014 and eliminate the need for Pitt-Bradford to house some of its students in a local hotel, as it did this fall. The new hall will bring Pitt-Bradford’s on-campus beds to 1,047.

The new residence hall will be similar to those built since 2005, Reed-Coit, Fesenmyer and Dorn houses, with two- and three-bedroom suites with two full bathrooms, living rooms, kitchenettes and storage closets.

Because the new residence hall will be placed near the campus entrance, however, it will include a more elaborate fa├žade on the three sides facing the entrance, the Hanley lawn and the Campus Drive loop.

As with the construction of Dorn House in 2010, construction will take place through the winter with custom framing being built off-site and brought in by truck.

Mascaro Construction of Pittsburgh is the construction management firm in charge of the site, which also includes the addition of 65 new parking spaces in the existing parking lot across Dorothy Lane from the university’s Hangar Building.

An additional laundry facility was built in the Ceramics Building last year to provide more washers and dryers for students living on campus. In spring 2014, the campus will conduct a survey of its dining facilities. Already, the campus has provided continuous dining for students on the meal plan in order to alleviate crowding in the KOA Dining Hall.

Pictured, the architect’s rendition of Pitt-Bradford’s newest residence hall, which is scheduled to open in August 2014. The university expects to break ground next week on the hall, which was designed by MacLachlan, Cornelius and Filoni architects. The rendering shows the south face of the building looking onto the Campus Drive loop.
Provided by Pitt-Bradford

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daughter of Dead Inmate Files Lawsuit

The daughter of a state prison inmate who was brutally murdered in his Forest County cell last year has filed a lawsuit saying the state Department of Corrections’ mishandling of mentally ill inmates is what caused her father’s death.

63-year-old Frederick Kirkland was wheelchair bound when he was placed in cell with 26-year-old Elwood Braswell at SCI-Forest in August of last year. Just hours later Braswell beat and suffocated Kirkland and smeared him with feces. Braswell was found guilty but mentally ill of first-degree murder this past August and sentenced to life in prison.

Carla Davis-Vining of Pittsburgh is seeking damages based on the claim that prison officials violated her father’s Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

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Couple Jailed on Drug Charges

Two Kill Buck residents are in Cattaraugus County Jail for having heroin and crack cocaine with the intent to sell it.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 43-year-old Maria Jimerson and 49-year-old Terrance Smith after they found the drugs at their home while executing a search warrant this morning.

Police say more charges are pending.

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