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Taglianetti Found Guilty

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A jury has found Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti guilty of killing Clymer Schools Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. in September of last year. It took the jury about three hours find Taglianetti guilty of second-degree murder. Prosecutors argued that Taglianetti killed Reed over a relationship Reed had with Taglianetti’s estranged wife, Mary. Taglianetti will be sentenced February 24. He’s being held in Chautauqua County Jail without bail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Admits to Eldred Burglary

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A Clarion man has pleaded guilty to injuring two people while committing a burglary in Eldred this past summer. On July 4 police were called to an assault in progress on Chris Drive and learned that 20-year-old John Forehand went into an apartment without permission and knocked a stereo speaker onto the floor. When he was leaving, he saw the resident returning home, went to the vehicle, pulled a passenger from the back seat and kicked him, injuring his arm and kidney area. He also kicked a woman, injuring her leg. Forehand is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, and simple assault, as well as harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, and will be sentenced on December 5 in McKean County Court. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Heroin Found During Traffic Stop

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A Kill Buck man is accused of having heroin on Route 417 in the Town of Carrollton. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force arrested 23-year-old William Rodriguez Thursday night after he was found with the heroin during a traffic stop. Rodriguez is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and is due back in court on November 25. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Cops: Man Tried to Punch Nurse

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A man is in jail for allegedly trying to punch a nurse at Lakeshore Hospital in Irving Thursday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies say 52-year-old Thomas Gagola of Irving used obscene and abusive language in addition to trying to punch the nurse. He was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct and sent to Chautauqua County Jail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Woman Files Suit Over Pumping Breast Milk

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A Smethport woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the Port Allegany glass factory, saying she faced discrimination over needing to pump breast milk during work hours. Bobbi Bockoras works at Saint-Gobain Containers, and says when she asked for a place to pump she was told to go to a room that was unsanitary, and her bosses allowed co-workers to harass her, and retaliated against her when she complained. Bockoras, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a news release that she never thought she would be punished on the job for doing what she feels is best for her baby. The company declined to comment. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

'Mystery Object' Found in Forest

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This interesting photo was taken in the Allegheny National Forest's Hickory Creek Wilderness this past Sunday, during FAW's annual fall wilderness trail stewardship project, at the site of an old logging camp which of course has not been operational for as long as 100 years. At some point in recent decades someone picked up the pictured metal object and hung it on a branch in a tree. The tree's tissue has since grown around the object, fixing it in place for the rest of the lifetime of the tree. The question is, what is the object? Presumably it was associated with the logging camp, but is it a table leg, some part of mess hall equipment, or something else? Also at this site are objects such as bed frames, whiskey bottles, ketchup bottles, and broken plates. If you think you know what this object is, please email your answer to info@pawild.org
The first person with the correct answer will receive free copies of the Citizens' Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania'…

SBU Brings 'The Walls' to Garret Theater

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By Samantha Berkhead
SBU ’14
SBU Theater will stage its production of Lisa Dillman’s “The Walls” beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, and running through Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Garret Theater on campus. The 2007 drama, which is revised periodically and received its most recent script revision in February, follows the story of Carrie, a young writer studying the cases of women who were institutionalized for “hysteria” and behavioral disorders in the 19th and 20th centuries. “It’s a beautiful piece and it presents in an accessible way the difficulties society has had and continues to have in dealing with mental illness in women,” Dr. Ed. Simone, director, said. “It opens up those subjects in a really good way.” Simone said he was impressed by Dillman’s play when he saw it performed at the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Region II Festival in Maryland earlier this year, particularly by the playwright’s honest and respectful handling of the issue of mental illness…

48 Hours to Hammelburg

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Patton rescue mission has Bradford connection
It was a rescue mission at the end of World War II that no one was supposed to know about – not even the person being rescued. But as Roger Alexis discovered, it’s too good a story not to be told. “It’s a fantastic story that no one knows about. It was covered up,” Bradford resident Alexis said of his talk – called “48 hours to Hammelburg” – that will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bradford Area Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Alexis gleans the title of his talk from a book of the same name written by Charles Whiting. Whiting writes about how in March 1945, Task Master Abraham Baum set out on a mission to liberate a POW camp at Hammelburg, Germany. No one knew the real reason Gen. George Patton ordered this dangerous mission – to rescue Lt. Col. John Waters – Gen. Patton’s son-in-law. However, there was another lesser known individual at the camp – Alexis’s brother, Jerry. “They kept it hush-hush until aft…

Elmer Cirigliano Passes Away at Age 102

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Elmer N. Cirigliano, 102, of 7 Charlotte Ave., passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family Born October 24, 1911, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Joseph and Angeline (Fortunato) Cirigliano. Mr. Cirigliano attended Bradford Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army on March 20, 1942, and served during World War II. He was stationed in Rome, Arne, Southern France, Rhineland and Stars. He was honorably discharged October 22, 1945. He was employed as a carpenter at Carl Swanson & Son's for 37 years. He was a member of the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council Carpenter's Union Local 947, a member of the former Loyal Order of the Moose, Bradford Lodge #124, and the VFW. He enjoyed coin collecting, working on jigsaw puzzles, dancing, drinking Carlo Rossi Burgundy wine daily and loved to garden. Surviving is his wife of 26 years Rose Pire, two sons, Rev. Lynn (Joyce) Cirigliano, of…

Attempted Homicide Charged Waived to Court

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The man accused of breaking into the home of a Derrick City couple and threatening them with guns has waived his preliminary hearing. 61-year-old Gary Patrick of Derrick City threatened David and Christine Taylor on the night of September 23, according to court papers. David Taylor was able to get the guns away from Patrick. Patrick is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, burglary, terroristic threats and possession of a weapon. Patrick is jailed on $500,000 bail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Obituary
Lisa Daugherty

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Lisa J. Daugherty, 54, of Emporium, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at UPMC Hamot, Erie. She was born on July 7, 1959 in Bonne Terre, MO, the daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Riney Buxton. On July 11, 1987, in Driftwood, she married Kelly W. Daughtery, Jr. who survives. In addition to her husband of twenty six years, Kelly W. Daughtery, Jr., Emporium, she is also survived by two brothers, Dennis (Sonchu) Buxton, San Antonio, TX and William Buxton, Campbell, CA, step-mother, Julie Buxton, Chiang Mai, Thailand, one half-sister, Lori Leach, Wood River, IL and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Monday, November 11, 2013 with a memorial service to immediately follow with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor of the Emporium First United Methodist Church officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. Onlin…

Memories from Pitt-Bradford's Early Years

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Streaking, keeping students from falling out windows on Main Street, and Tullah Hanley were among the topics shared by former and longtime employees of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford during a panel discussion Wednesday night. Several members of the audience also participated in the discussion moderated by Kimberly Marcott Weinberg, assistant director of Pitt-Bradford’s marketing and communications department. Panelist Margaret Bryner was the dean of women from 1970 until 1972 and lived with the student in Emery Hall (now Emery Towers) when it was a dorm. She said one of the hardest parts of her job was keeping the students from hanging out the windows. Current staff member Jeff Armstrong not only talked about his time working at the university, but for working at the home of then-president Dr. Donald Swarts. He and the other panel members all had kind words to say about Swarts and his wife Mary, who they credited with giving the institution its strong foundation. Ray McMah…

SPCA 2014 Pet Calendar is Available

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The 2014 pet calendar in support of the McKean County SPCA has been printed and is available in a number of local outlets. This year’s publication features eight months with dog pictures, three months with cat photographs, and one month with “Dominique,” a donkey owned by a horse named Dillon Mullin, whose photograph also appears in the honorable mention portion of the calendar. “We have a nice variety in the monthly photos,” says Rick Frederick, a member of the calendar committee. “They are nicely set up by our professional photographer, Francie Long, who works with the pet owners for the best possible results.” The calendars are available in several downtown businesses, including the Fran Charles Shop, Orris Jewelers, the Main Street Mercantile, Cavallaro Painting and Wallpapering, and Ott & McHenry Pharmacy. Other area businesses carrying the items are Bradford Notary, The Cow Palace in Limestone, and the Derrick City Diner. Calendars may also be purchased at the Gl…

Obituary
Tony Vigliotti

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Ottario A. “Tony” Vigliotti, 95, of Bradford, passed away on November 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 11, 1918 in Bradford, a son of the late Dominic and Dominica Pascale Vigliotti. On November 19, 1942, in the St. Bernard Catholic Church he married Sylvia A. Alviti who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was also a handyman who liked to stay busy by doing odd jobs for friends and family. He was also known to help anyone that was in need. For thirty seven years until his retirement in 1983 he was employed by the former Quaker State in Bradford. In addition to his wife of seventy years, Sylvia Vigliotti, Bradford, he is also survived by two daughters, Dominica (James) Beath, Nappanee, IN, Toni (Jim) Bloomquist, Bradford, one brother, Dominic Vigliotti, Atlanta, GA, two grandsons, Joseph and James Beath, both of Sou…

City of Bradford Police Log for 11/06/13

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City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated a drug equipment violation on Summer Street and a DUI on Brennan Street. They also looked into harassment on Bushnell and East Main Street, as well as Lorana Avenue, disturbances on Lorana Avenue and Chautauqua Place, disorderly conduct on South Kendall Avenue and criminal mischief on Rochester Street. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Casey: Expedite Plan to Combat Carp

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Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he has sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) urging the agency to expedite the development of plan to combat Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. In a letter that was joined by 15 other senators, Casey urged the Army Corps to swiftly develop and implement a comprehensive plan to combat Asian Carp when the Corps releases its feasibility study on the transfer of invasive aquatic species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins in January 2014. “Combatting Asian Carp is important to Northwestern Pennsylvania’s economy,” Senator Casey said. “The Army Corps should move as swiftly as possible to put in place a comprehensive, effective plan. Getting this right will protect the region’s tourism industry and play a substantial role in future economic growth.” The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Crashes into Game Commission Vehicle

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A Bradford County man was in jail Wednesday afternoon on charges he sped away from, then slammed into a Pennsylvania Game Commission vehicle, injuring two wildlife conservation officers and himself, the Game Commission reported. Timothy James Mott, 34, of Columbia Cross Roads, is charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor count of fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, three summary counts of possessing loaded firearms in a vehicle, a summary count of unlawful use of lights, and numerous traffic violations following a crash early in the morning on Nov. 2. Mott on Wednesday remained in Bradford County Prison, unable to post the $200,000 bail that had been set by a judge, court records indicate. At about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, a state police aircraft alerted Pennsylvania Game Commission officers of an individual spotlighting from a vehicle along Sawyer Road in Springfield Township. Recreational spotlighting in Pennsylvania is unlawful between the hou…

SCI-Forest Inmate Assaulted

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An inmate at SCI-Forest in Marenville apparently hit another inmate in the head several times with a lock tied to a sock. The assault on the 50-year-old inmate happened this morning. State police haven’t released any other details yet. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Musolino Charges Bound to Court

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All charges against a Bradford man who went on a mini crime spree in August have been bound to court. According to court papers, 27-year-old Matthew Musolino sold more than $4,400 of his aunt’s jewelry to Orris Jewelers on August 1. Then, on August 19, while police were looking for him, he allegedly ran from them during a traffic stop. Later in August, he allegedly broke into a Cornen Street apartment. Musolino is in McKean County Jail, unable to post bail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Kane Police Chief Waives Hearing

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Kane’s police chief has waived his preliminary hearing on charges that submitted false information regarding firearms certification for three borough police officers. 42-year-old Brian Hillard did not qualify three officers for firearms in 2012, but listed that he had on the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission’s Officer Recertification roster, according to court papers. Hillard was suspended without pay after the charges were filed. He is free on his own recognizance. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Defense Calls One Witness in Taglianetti Trial

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In somewhat of a surprise move, the defense has called only one witness the murder trial of Anthony Taglianetti. The prosecution rested on Thursday. Closing arguments are scheduled for tomorrow. Taglianetti is accused of killing Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed Jr. in September of last year over a relationship Reed had with his estranged wife. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Bomb Threat at County Courthouse

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The McKean County Courthouse was closed for several hours after a bomb threat was reported early this morning. District Attorney Ray Learn tells us state police and his office had bomb sniffing dogs searching the building. The building was cleared at around 10:40 a.m. Learn says Smethport Police, detectives from the DA’s office and state police are continuing to investigate. This is the third bomb threat in a little over two weeks in Pennsylvania county courthouses. The Mercer County Courthouse received a threat on October 28. The Blair County Courthouse received a similar threat on October 25. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Cucuzza Back on Borough Council

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An incumbent has lost her seat on Lewis Run Borough Council. Diana DeCasper was defeated in her re-election bid, but incumbent Steven Kloss appears to have kept his seat, according to unofficial election results from the McKean County Board of Elections. Former councilman Joe Cucuzza collected enough votes to gain a new position on council. Newcomer James Coldren rounds out the panel. Lewis Run also has a new mayor-elect. Vincent Montecalvo ran unopposed for the position vacated by longtime Mayor Abbie Montecalvo, who decided not to run again. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Feely Gets Most Votes for School Board

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Only four names were on the ballot for the four open Bradford Area School Board seats, and they are all current school board members. Dave Feely got the highest vote total with 1,637 followed by Shane Oschman, Joe Troutman and Pat Vigliotta. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Hocker, Bauer Win
Angelo Edges Out Newhouse

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It appears George Hocker has defeated current Foster Township Supervisor Chairman John Sullivan by a count of 431 to 308 in today’s election. Bradford Township Supervisor Gayle Bauer, however, held off her challenger Richard Yovichin by a count of 410 to 248. It appears Michael Angelo squeaked by Timothy Newhouse in the race for Lafayette Township supervisor by a vote of 58 to 56. In Liberty Township, Fred Ernst defeated Charles Safford by a vote of 106 to 84. Election results are not official until the Board of Elections certifies them on Friday. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Obituary
Lee Morehouse

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Lee D. Morehouse, 89, of 33 Walker Ave., Bradford, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 peacefully, in the Bradford Ecumenical Home. Born January 13, 1924, in Derrick City, he was a son of the late Harland and Margaret (Fineran) Morehouse. He was a 1939 graduate of Great Valley High School. Mr. Morehouse enrolled at St. Bonaventure in 1940 and joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. His studies were interrupted in 1943 when his class received orders to report to Active Duty during WWII. After serving stateside and in Germany, he returned to graduate with a Bachelor degree from St. Bonaventure in 1947. On June 19, 1949, in Ellicottville, NY, he married Lois C. (Buerger) Morehouse, who died May 2, 2012. In 1951 he was recalled to Active Duty and served in the Korean War as a Field Artillery Forward Observer. After returning from Korea in 1953, Mr. Morehouse entered the Army Reserves and continued to serve his country for 21 years when he retired at the rank of Maj…