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Friday, December 20, 2013

Corbetts Deliver Christmas Cards to Veteran's Home

First Lady Susan Corbett, along with Governor Tom Corbett (not pictured) delivered Christmas cards to residents at the Delaware Valley Veteran’s Home in Philadelphia. The cards were signed by staff at the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs (DMVA) headquarters at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville.

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Dispatcher Receives SmartSave Award

Pictured, Dispatcher Michael Katta (left) and Sheriff Joe Gerace
Photo provided by Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office

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Northwest Savings Bank Announces
AuToMatic Deposit in Bradford, Kane

Northwest Savings Bank upgraded Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Bradford and Kane to accept cash and check deposits. The new service will allow Northwest customers to make a deposit through the ATM, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without envelopes or deposit slips.

“We are extremely excited to bring our new depository ATMs to Bradford (and Kane). The upgrade will give our customers the ability to make deposits 24/7. This is just one more way Northwest makes banking more convenient,” said Joe Schwind, the electronic funds transfer manager of the bank.

Deposits made before 8 p.m. on a business day using the new full service ATMs will credit to the account on the same day. Customers may deposit up to 30 checks or 50 bills at one time without an envelope and will receive a receipt with optional check images for detailed record keeping.

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Target to Offer New Yorkers Affected by Breach
One Year of Free Credit Monitoring

(News Release) NEW YORK – The following can be attributed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman regarding Target’s decision to provide free credit monitoring services to all potential New York victims of this week’s announced data breach, at the urging of the Attorney General’s Office.

“Following the news this week of a massive breach of personal financial data belonging to millions of Target shoppers, I urged Target to offer affected New Yorkers one year of free credit monitoring to ensure they are not victims of identity theft. I’m pleased to report that, just a short time ago, Target agreed to our request.

"We urge shoppers to take advantage of this offer, and exercise additional precaution to ensure their identities and personal accounts are protected. In the coming days and weeks, I will continue to use every power at my disposal to determine the extent of this breach and help holiday shoppers protect themselves from the potential consequences of this incident and any in the future.”

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Three ANF ATV Trails to Remain Closed

The Allegheny National Forest announced today that the Rocky Gap, Timberline and Marienville ATV trails will remain closed until further notice.

These three trails were tentatively scheduled to open for the winter season on December 21st; however mild temperatures predicted for over the weekend will result in snow melt and softened conditions. Trail conditions will be re-evaluated after January 1, 2014, to determine whether conditions have improved sufficiently to allow safe operation without risking trail and resource damage.

The Forest encourages all winter-season ATV riders to call one of its offices or check the Forest website prior to riding as trail conditions can change rapidly. Trail conditions can be obtained by calling the Supervisor’s Office in Warren at (814) 723-5150 or the Marienville Ranger District at (814) 927-6628, or by visiting our website at

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Johnsonburg Fire Under Investigation

The investigation is continuing into a fire that damaged a two-story Johnsonburg home early this morning.

State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti say the fire at 204 Blaine Avenue was reported at about 12:30 a.m. and did about $150,000 worth of damage.

Four adults were in the house at the time, but they were able to escape without injury. George and Lisa Pontious are the owners of the house.

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Brother Facing Weapons Charges
After Shooting of 8-Year-Old

The brother of an 8-year-old boy who was accidentally shot last week has been arrested.

20-year-old Eli Wengard of Leon is charged with criminal possession of a weapon because, according to sheriff’s deputies, the gun was not registered and he does not have a valid New York State pistol permit.

Wengard is scheduled to appear in Leon Court.

On the morning of December 12 Wengard and his brothers were playing with a .22-caliber gun when it discharged and hit the 8-year-old. He was treated at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

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Bona Students Raise More Than $16,000

Students in the fall section of Event and Sponsorship Marketing (MKT 310) created and implemented five events this semester, raising more than $16,000 for charities.

Dr. Michael Russell taught the class this semester.

The events included the second annual John J. Watson 3-on-3 Memorial Basketball Tournament, the Andrew Revello Memorial Dodgeball Tournament, Walk for Warmth, KanJam Tournament and the Windsync Concert Raffle and Reception.

Margaret McDonald, a junior journalism and mass communication major, said she hoped the Walk for Warmth — held Nov. 24 to benefit the student-run Warming House soup kitchen in Olean — reminded students what the holiday season is all about.

“The Walk for Warmth is a good reminder for students to give back to this community, especially around the holidays when people less fortunate need our help,” she said.

Students obtained nearly 60 sponsors for the events, Russell said, with proceeds going to the Andrew Revello Scholarship Fund, Toys for Tots, Music is Hope Foundation, Warming House and the Chris Dudley Foundation.

The Event and Sponsorship marketing class is an elective offered every fall by the marketing department.

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Howell to Serve as Executive Associate to
Pitt-Bradford President Livingston Alexander

Dr. Tracee Howell has joined the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of the President as the executive associate to President Livingston Alexander. As executive associate, Howell will work at the president’s direction to oversee and support various university projects and programs; she will also serve as the officer responsible for compliance with institutional affirmative action policies and procedures.

Howell has taught American literature and composition at Pitt-Bradford since 2007 and has also served as a writing consultant in the Writing Center. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, she worked with the thirteenth and fourteenth presidents at the University at Buffalo as assistant to the president for communications from 2001 to 2005, and as a staff writer from 1998 to 2001.

At UB, Howell taught courses in American literature, cultural studies, women’s studies and composition. She has also taught philosophy and composition at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. Her current scholarship is focused on recovering the early 20th century writings of the Jewish American novelist and screenwriter Vera Caspary.

Howell earned both her doctoral and master’s degrees in English from UB and her bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.

A native of Olean, N.Y., Howell lives in Bradford.

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Shults Salutes Community Heroes

The Shults Auto Group launched their Heroes program earlier this year in an effort to strengthen their commitment to the communities where they have dealerships. Donation objectives were established at all dealerships who would retain a portion of each vehicle sale to support the various local charities and organizations in their community.

Customers purchasing a vehicle were given a choice of several organizations that they could support and their donations were accumulated for the various organizations during the four month long program. As a result, twenty one different organizations and charities, as selected by Shults dealerships, will share a portion of a substantial amount in donations.

Shults Toyota, Edmond Chevrolet and their customers have enjoyed participating in the Shults Heroes program. Pictured is Steve Hopkins, General Manager, presenting checks to Kurt Wallace, Bradford Rotary Club; Shane Launer, American Cancer Society; Dorie Meabon, American Cancer Society; Steve Hopkins; Francie Ambuske, Bradford Hospital Foundation and Bradford Community Health Center; Stoney Greenberg , Bradford Exchange Club and Bill Fargo, Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department.

“We have been committed to our community including the growth of our children, safety of our neighborhoods and the overall health and wellbeing of our community for the past 40 years” commented Tim Shults, owner of the Auto Group. “I would like to thank our many loyal customers and coworkers who worked together to support this most important community program.”

Shults Auto Group is one of the largest dealership groups in South Western New York and North Western Pennsylvania. Shults dealerships, Resale Centers and Express Lube and Tire Centers are located in Jamestown, Lakewood, Westfield, Dunkirk, Fredonia and Olean New York. Pennsylvania Dealerships are located in Bradford and Warren. For additional information visit the Shults Auto Group at

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National Fuel Offers Flood Precautions

National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:

* If flooding has affected customers' natural gas appliances (furnaces, hot water tanks, etc.), they should not attempt to re-light the pilot lights on that equipment. If furnace or hot water tank controls were submerged, the floodwater may have caused damage that could affect the safe operation of the equipment. A qualified contractor should be called to inspect the appliances.

* While the basement is flooded, customers should NOT attempt to adjust any gas equipment or their gas meters.

* Customers should not turn on any gas valve that has been turned off by National Fuel or emergency personnel when flooding has occurred. Once the water has subsided, contact National Fuel at 1-800-365-3234, and the company will test and restore the service at no charge to its customers. Appliances affected by floodwater will remain turned off and the customer will be required to contact a heating contractor or plumber to verify that the equipment will operate safely.

* As always, if a gas odor is present, the customer should open a window for ventilation, leave the premises and call National Fuel at 1-800-444-3130 immediately. Do not use any appliances or operate any electrical switches if a gas odor is present. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive emergency calls.

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Flood Watch for the Weekend

A flood watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon in McKean, Warren and Elk counties in Pennsylvania, and through Sunday night in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties in New York.

The National Weather Service says heavy rain, along with snow melt, will contribute to potential flooding, with excessive runoff leading to significant rises on rivers, streams and creeks across the Allegheny Basin.

In Pennsylvania the flood watch is from noon Saturday to 6 o’clock Sunday night. In New York, it’s from 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon until 10 o’clock Sunday night.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wayne Buchanan

Wayne L. Buchanan, 89, of Bradford, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on August 7, 1924, in Lottsville, a son of the late Andrew L. and Minnie M. Abott Buchanan.

On August 30, 2002, in Bradford he married Louella L. Boggs Unferdorfer who survives.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; who served in the European theatre.

He was a lifetime member of the Lt. John C. Roche Post 212 VFW; he loved playing lead guitar in the Hobo's band. He was an avid civil war book and artifact collector and a civil war reenactor; he also enjoyed travelling.

In addition to his wife of 11 years, Louella Buchanan, Bradford, he is also survived by one son, Warren (Darlene) Buchanan, Bradford, one daughter, Barbara (Dick) Austin, San Tan Valley, AZ, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife and five brothers; one of them his twin.

At his request there will be no services.

Private burial and military honors will be held at McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

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Bradford Chamber Announces Holiday Hours

Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce will be open Friday, December 20th from 10am-4pm and Monday, December 23rd from 10am-5pm to accommodate last-minute holiday gift certificate shoppers.

Bradford Gift Certificates are available in increments of $5, $10, $25, and $50, or any combination of those denominations. If you have a large gift certificate order, the Chamber encourages you to call ahead to 814-368-7115, so that your order can be prepared for you in advance.

Also available at the Chamber office are tickets for the 2nd Annual Bradford Brewfest on Saturday, February 8th. Advance tickets are on sale now for just $20 per person and would make a great holiday gift as well! At the door, tickets will be $25 per person.

The Chamber office will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Tuesday, December 24th through Friday, December 27th, and re-open on Monday, December 30th from 10am-4pm.

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Firefighters Commend Cuomo

(News Release) ALBANY, NY – The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) today issued the following statement on Governor Cuomo’s veto of a bill which would have legalized fireworks:

“The Governor has made the right choice by vetoing this bill, which we feel was not in the best interest of public safety, especially as it relates to our youngest New Yorkers, said FASNY President James Burns. “Many of the fires and emergencies our first responders encounter each year are preventable tragedies caused by the possession and use of illegal fireworks, and we thank the Governor for ensuring this bill did not become law.”

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Man Who Posed as Modeling Agent
Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

A Clarion County man has been sentenced to 4 to 8 years in state prison for soliciting pictures of naked children.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says 26-year-old Shane Niederriter of Knox used social media to pose as a modeling scout in order to solicit the pictures. A search of his computer after his arrest in February revealed at least 25 photos and videos of minors engaged in sexually graphic activity.

He pleaded guilty to 25 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He’ll be on parole for 5 years when he’s released from prison.

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Reaction to Supreme Court Decision to
Invalidate Part of Act 13

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Speaker Sam Smith (R-66) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court Ruling on Act 13 Zoning Provisions:

The decision made by four Supreme Court Justices today to invalidate a portion of Act 13 of 2012 is incredibly disappointing. While recognizing that a decision of this length will take weeks to fully absorb, we are stunned that four Justices would issue this ruling which will so harshly impact the economic welfare of Pennsylvanians. The majority decision seems to raise significantly more questions than it answers.

Chief Justice Castille’s opinion relies in part on inaccurate antidotes and unproven science. The consequences of this decision will likely be the increase of natural gas prices for consumers, while at the same time costing a multitude of jobs in Pennsylvania. It is important to note that this decision resets the clock on zoning prior to the enactment of Act 13, therefore municipalities will continue to have some statewide checks on local discretion.

The Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation was the result of great collaboration between state officials, local officials, industry leaders and environmental groups. There were dozens of strong environmental protections included in Act 13 and due to the Court’s jarring decision it seems that the Court even invalidated some of them.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors was fully engaged in numerous legislative discussions and supported the zoning language during passage, until they later decided to oppose it in court. The language in dispute was crafted with their full input.

In light of the broad severability language discussion contained in the majority opinion, there is some question whether the impact fee which has resulted in over $400 million over the past two years, will remain in place going forward. A reasonable level of regulatory consistency across the Commonwealth is vital to the success of any major industry or employer – however the Supreme Court failed to recognize that in their majority decision. Our fear now is that landowners and hardworking individuals will suffer because of today’s decision.


Harrisburg – In a significant decision announced today, the state Supreme Court overturned portions of Act 13, a law that established an extraction fee and regulations regarding Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania.

Several members of the Senate Democratic caucus participated in the case by filing an amicus brief in support of overturning the blanket local zoning preemption provision and the setback requirements related to sensitive water resources.

State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), the Senate Democratic leader, offered his reaction to the decision:

“The court’s decision to overturn portions of Act 13 – those provisions that involve zoning restrictions and the community’s right to protect their own water resources – provides Pennsylvania lawmakers with a second chance to craft a better, more responsible law. This is an opportunity to revisit an issue and devise a shale drilling law that is meaningful; one that offers protections for our citizens, communities and a valuable Pennsylvania natural resource.

“While Act 13 included a wide range of subjects, it failed to institute a reasonable shale drilling tax and took too much control away from local municipalities. We left too much control in the hands of gas drilling companies and the governor was too lenient in dealing with energy companies at the expense of Pennsylvania’s citizens and our communities.

“Senate Democrats are hopeful that the governor will work with legislators on a balanced plan that includes a responsible approach to drilling restrictions and community protections.”


Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruling:

“We are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision in full to evaluate its impact on our operations across Pennsylvania. As we did prior to enactment of Act 13 and have done during this period of review by the state Supreme Court, Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry will continue to work collaboratively with the communities in which we operate to ensure shale development moves forward and we continue to realize the benefits at the local level and statewide. Although we will continue to collaborate with communities across the Commonwealth, today’s decision is a disappointment and represents a missed opportunity to establish a standard set of rules governing the responsible development and operation of shale gas wells in Pennsylvania.

“This outcome should also serve as a stark reminder to policymakers of Pennsylvania’s business climate challenges. If we are to remain competitive and our focus is truly more job creation and economic prosperity, we must commit to working together toward common sense proposals that encourage – rather than discourage – investment into the Commonwealth.”

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DEP Launches New Interactive
Online Oil and Gas Well Mapping Tool

(News Release) HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has published a new online “Oil and Gas Mapping Tool” on its website.

“We understand how important it is for Pennsylvanians to have access to as much information as possible about the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “For this reason, DEP created this easy-to-use tool to promote knowledge sharing, increase transparency and provide convenient access to well data.”

The online mapping tool displays the location of wells across Pennsylvania and allows users to search and view specific types of wells by county, such as conventional gas, unconventional gas, oil or coal bed methane wells. Users are also able to filter search results based on the status of the well by selecting active, plugged or abandoned.

After search filters are applied, users will have the ability to view wells via satellite photo view, topographic map view or animated map view. Once an individual well is selected, the mapping tool will display relevant data about the well, such as the operator name, well permit number, location information such as county and township, and name of the well. Users will also be able to click the well permit number to view the production and waste data reported for the selected well.

In the future, the mapping tool will provide all records and data collected by the department associated with each individual well across the state. This information could include well permit documents, well drawings and maps, well records, completion reports, hydraulic fracturing chemicals used to stimulate the well, inspection reports and photographs of the well and well site.

To view the recently launched mapping tool, visit and select either “Tools” or “Oil and Gas,” then “Oil and Gas Reports.”

Man Admits to Helping Make Fake Viagara

A Brockport man who helped produce fake Viagara has pleaded guilty in federal court to violating drug and weapons laws.

55-year-old James Volpe distributed an imprint die on August 20 of last year that would help in the production of counterfeit Viagara. Then in November, he was found with more than 50 marijuana plants and more than 50 grams of methamphetamine he planned to sell. He also had a German Sports Gun pistol. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to have a firearm.

Volpe faces up to 58 years in prison when he’s sentenced April 29.

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Catt County Schools Locked Down After
Convenience Store Robbery This Morning

An armed robbery at a convenience store prompted a lockdown at Pioneer Central Schools this morning.

The robbery was reported at the Yellow Goose store on Route 16 in Delevan at around 10 a.m. The lockdown was lifted at about 12:30.

State Police say the white man displayed a handgun while robbing the store of an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect is about 6 feet tall with a thin build and was wearing all black with a black ski mask.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 12/18/13

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated a violation of drug laws on South Avenue, thefts on Chautauqua Place and Main Street and motor vehicle accidents on St. Francis Drive and at Elm and Davis streets. They were also called to a domestic incident on Linwood Avenue and disorderly conduct on Main Street.

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Dr. Lisa Fiorentino Named New Director of
Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford

Dr. Lisa Fiorentino, associate professor of nursing, has been named the director for the Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, which will enable the center and the nursing program to collaborate on projects.

She succeeds Dr. Youmasa Siewe, who left the position for health reasons.

Fiorentino, who also serves as director of the nursing and radiological sciences programs at Pitt-Bradford, will continue in those roles and to teach nursing. Her dual roles in the nursing programs on campus and with the center will allow both programs to work more closely with each other. For example, this spring a nursing student will be assisting with research for the Northwest Pennsylvania Adolescent Alcohol Research Cooperative, which is conducting research into rural adolescent drinking patterns.

“There are so many opportunities here for collaboration,” Fiorentino said. “I really enjoy the challenge. This is a great model of interdisciplinary cooperation.”

Fiorentino has served on the Pitt-Bradford faculty since 1985. She most recently completed a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she also earned her doctorate and a Master of Science in Nursing.

In addition to her teaching duties, Fiorentino stays fit by ice skating and teaching ice skating as a physical education class at Pitt-Bradford.

The Center for Rural Health Practice is a collaboration of Pitt-Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh. Its current programs are the adolescent alcohol study and a program to bring Pitt medical students to Bradford for a family medicine rotation in a rural health setting.

Past projects for the center have included providing training for emergency responders throughout the state, performing community health assessments and coordinating a research site for the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia.

Fiorentino said she and the staff are currently brainstorming ways to provide rural health education and identifying potential partners for those projects.

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Charges Related to Fire Bound to Court

Charges against the South Center Street woman accused of leaving her four-year-old daughter alone in her apartment, which later caught on fire, have been bound to court.

32-year-old Susan Hassek allegedly told the fire department all of her children were out of the home with her when the fire started. But a neighbor who saw the fire went inside to look for people and found the little girl sleeping on the couch.

The September 20 fire started when an aluminum pan was left on a stove for an extended period of time.

Hassek, who is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person, is free on unsecured bail.

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Assault, Drug Charges Bound to Court

A Bradford man accused of choking his girlfriend and kneeing her in the face remains in McKean County Jail after charges against him were bound to court Wednesday.

24-year-old Axle Tankersley allegedly smashed windows in his girlfriend’s car on October 5 and then assaulted her to the point that she blacked out. She was treated at BRMC for severe facial injuries.

Police say Tankersley also had 20 Vicodin pills he didn’t have a prescription for.

Tankersley is charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, harassment and possession of a controlled substance.

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Blood Drive Monday at St. Bernard's

The Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive at St. Bernard's Church on Monday from noon to 5:30pm and is encouraging everyone who can to come donate.

The blood supply just dropped in to shortage territory and it could worsen during Christmas week unless more people give blood. The weather has also been a factor; keeping donors away and contributing to accidents in which people need blood. The Community Blood Bank is the only supplier of blood to BRMC.

One lucky donor will win a $25 Tops gift card just for giving blood.

"With Christmas and New Year's both being on a Wednesday it's going to be tough this year," said Dan Desrochers, at the blood bank. "But if we get enough donors Monday we might make it through."

The Community Blood Bank is licensed by the FDA and holds permits from the New York Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and has been saving lives since 1966. It is accredited by the AABB and CLIA and is a member of America's Blood Centers.

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Four Hurt in St. Marys Crash

Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night on Route 255 in St. Marys.

Police say a pickup truck and a car collided, sending the truck over a guide rail and down a steep embankment, where it rolled over into a creek. Three people were ejected from or trapped in the truck. They were taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of their injuries. The fourth person in the truck suffered minor injuries and was able to walk up the hill to the road.

The driver of the car wasn’t hurt.

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Fatal Crash Near Tack's Inn

An Ohio man is dead following a crash with a tractor-trailer at 4 o’clock this morning on Route 219 about half a mile from Route 59.

Police say 48-year-old David Scott of Jewett, Ohio, was traveling south when his car crossed the center line and hit a tractor-trailer driven by 52-year-old Denver Wellman of New Bremen, Ohio.

McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill pronounced Scott dead at the scene. Scott’s passenger, 37-year-old Darnell Coram, also of Jewett, was flown to UPMC Hamot, where he is being treated for moderate injuries. Wellman was not hurt.

The road was closed for about 4 ½ hours.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Confirmed Near Tionesta

More hemlock woolly adelgid have been found on the Allegheny National Forest.

The invasive insect from Asia was found in the West Fork area of the Tionesta Research Natural Area by DCNR personnel on November 20 and confirmed by the state Department of Agriculture on Monday.

The hemlock woolly adelgid threatens trees and the biodiversity they support in parks and forests, according to the US Forest Service. An infestation causes environmental changes for some wildlife, fish and plants because of increased light and warmer temperatures when hemlock trees die.

The insect was found in Cook Forest and Clear Creek state parks this past spring, and on the forest near the Clarion and Allegheny rivers and Webbs Ferry.

The forest service is partnering with The Nature Conservancy, DCNR, game commission, New York Department of Environmental Conservation and New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop a strategy for the high Allegheny Plateau of Pennsylvania and New York.

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No Injuries in Morning Crash

A Smethport teenager escaped injury in a crash at just before 8 o’clock this morning on Route 46 just east of Bordell Road.

Police say 17-year-old Sarah Vinca was traveling south when her car got too close to snow on the side of the road and then got pulled off the road, where it hit a utility pole.

Vinca was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

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Option House Being Sold

It's official: The owner of Kabob Kafe in Ellicottville is buying The Option House.

Bradford City Council approved a $50,000 loan on Tuesday that completes the funding package he needed to buy the Main Street building from Sam Sylvester. Other money is coming from the McKean County Redevelopment Office and The North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission. Owner Sheikh Iqbal is also investing $40,000 of his own money.

Debbie Huston of the Office of Economic and Community Development says the outstanding job Sylvester did in renovating the building is what attracted him to The Option House.

In a news release, Huston added that Sylvester is pleased that Iqbal has decided to bring his highly popular restaurant to Bradford's Main Street as "he is a widely experienced restaurateur and caterer." She adds that over the past few months Sylvester and "Icky" -- as Iqbal likes to be called -- have developed a close personal and business relationship. She says Sylvester is impressed with Iqbal's enthusiasm to develop a business relationship that is successful for all concerned and is confident that Iqbal will find a warm and supportive welcoming from Bradfordians.

He plans to open Kabob’s at the Option soon.

Also Tuesday, council passed on final reading the 2014 budget, millage and wage ordinances.

Council awarded the bid for improvements to the Central Fire Station to Bob Cummins Construction. The $26,860 bid was the lowest of two received for the project.

Council also voted to recommend Bob Douglas and Ruth Kelly for appointment to the McKean County Housing Authority, and appointed Mayor Tom Riel and Councilman Brad Mangel as voting delegates to the Tuna Valley Council of Governments for 2014.

Also Tuesday, Mayor Tom Riel thanked Councilman Jim Evans for his four years of service to the city. Evans did not seek re-election. Tim Pecora will replace Evans on council next month.

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