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Friday, January 3, 2014

Scarnati: Small Games of Chance
Reporting Requirement Delayed

The Small Games of Chance reporting requirement for local clubs and organizations has been delayed until 2015, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that Club licensees and eligible organizations will not be required to submit electronic annual reports to the Department by February 1, 2014.

“I am pleased that the Department of Revenue has recognized the need to allow local organizations more time to learn the updated reporting requirements,” Scarnati stated. “Delaying reporting requirements at this time will allow our small nonprofit organizations to be able to focus more on their charitable missions and services.”

Scarnati said that in November, legislation making changes to the Small Games of Chance Law was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. The updates took a significant step to raise the thresholds for reporting requirements, while also allowing organizations to keep more of their profits for operating expenses.

As part of reforms to the Small Games of Chance Act additional games of chance, including “pools,” “raffle auctions,” and “Race Night games,” and raised prize limits are now permitted and new reporting requirements were established that should be less stressful and burdensome for community organizations.

“Small nonprofit organizations are a crucial financial lifeline in communities across our Commonwealth and we need to make sure these important groups continue to have the ability to raise the money they need without undue restrictions,” Scarnati said.

Reporting requirements will resume for 2014 and will be required by February 1, 2015 for clubs with proceeds of $20,000 or more. More information regarding reporting requirements is available on the Department of Revenue Website at: http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/small_games_of_chance/14500

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Shakin' it Up at the Farm Show

Governor Tom Corbett jokes around with a couple of young PA Farm Show attendees who were helping to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dairymen's Association Milkshake.

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Obituary
SFC Andrew Taylor

SFC Andrew R. Taylor, 32, passed away, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at his residence in Hope Mills NC.

Born November 20, 1981, in Bradford, he was a son of William R. and Debra (Wilson) Taylor, of Bradford. He was 2000 graduate of Bradford High School.

He enlisted in the United States Army in April of 2001. He completed his Basic Training in Ft. Benning GA, received his engineer training in Ft. Leonardwood MS, Airborne Training in Ft. Bragg and completed training for Jump Master and earned the coveted Jump Master Badge. He also completed training for the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and the Combat Life Savers Course.

He completed four combat tours between Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as Platoon SGT and Battalion Operation SGT. He was awarded three Bronze Service Medals, one Army Accommodation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Service Medals with three Bronze Campaign Stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Bronze Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Nation Defense Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife Angela M. (Harpster) Taylor, two daughters, Kayla Taylor and Annabel Taylor all of Bradford. one brother, Eric (Jennifer) Taylor, of Bradford, one niece, Kierstin Taylor and one nephew Preston Taylor, 4 aunts, Martha T. (Bob Lassiter) Ahrens of Arlington, VA, Mikki (Joe) Huss of Kirtland, OH, JoAnn Wilson, and Linda Close both of Bradford, 6 uncles, Peter W. (Kathleen) Taylor of Olean, Thomas E. Taylor of Slidell, LA, James M. Taylor of Denver, Donald R. Taylor of Jacksonville, FL, John J. (Karen) Taylor of Denver, and Paul Babasick of Houston. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Anne Taylor Babasick.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, January 10, 2014, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., Bradford PA 16701.

Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 2:00pm in St. Bernard Church, 98 East Corydon St., Bradford, PA 16701 with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Full Military Honors will be accorded outside church after the Mass by members of the military from Ft. Bragg NC. Entombment will be in St Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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Even Colder Temperatures on the Way

We still have one more bitterly cold night to get through before we get a bit of a break tomorrow – but that break will be short-lived.

Although the temperature will be in the 30s tomorrow, the wind chill factor will make it feel like 12 below at times. And that’s the good news.

By Monday night, temperatures will plunge to 15 below – without the wind chill factor. The National Weather Service says Tuesday’s high temperature will be around 1 below.

By Thursday, the temperature should jump up into the 30s again.

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Local Oil, Gas Producers Want
Board to Re-Consider Changes

Local oil and gas producers, along with other business and community leaders, met with DCED’s Carolyn Newhouse today about the danger of changes to regulations that would be detrimental to the industry, as well as the local economy.

The Environmental Quality Board is considering changes meant to further regulate drillers in Marcellus and Utica shales. But shallow well drillers say not only would it be too costly for them to comply with the regulations, it’s not necessary.

The local producers are asking the board to allow the shallow wells to operate under the regulations in place before Act 13, and to tell DEP to apply changes to deep wells only.

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Shooting Suspect on the Loose

The Dunkirk Police Department is asking people to be on the lookout for a man they believe shot another man early Wednesday morning.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 24-year-old Traiquane Nance, whose current address is unknown. He is accused of shooting a man in the hip at around 4 a.m. Wednesday on Swan Street.

The victim was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment, but is now recovering at home.

Police say Nance should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Two More Drug Suspects Arraigned

Two more suspects have been arraigned in connection to the New Year’s Eve drug sweep in McKean County.

39-year-old Kathy Harvey of Bradford and 33-year-old Edward Hull of Smethport are both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and conspiracy.

They are both free on bail.

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Men Charged for Sexting Teenager

Two men are facing charges for sexting with a 16-year-old Stockton, NY, girl.

Police say 23-year-old Jonas Greenstein of Stockton and 23-year-old Daniel Meder of Dunkirk exchanged sexually explicit text messages and nude pictures with the girl.

They are both charged with promoting the sexual performance of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. They are free on bail.

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Shake, Rattle and Roll at the
Pennsylvania Farm Show

Harrisburg – A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter was unveiled today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the show’s iconic milkshake served by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. The sculpture, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, takes its cue from the number one song in 1954, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and features a family enjoying a delicious milkshake while watching a cow couple “shake.”

Agriculture Secretary George Greig unveiled the sculpture along with Berks County dairy farmer and president of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Lolly Lesher, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Executive Director Dave Smith, Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess Lu-Anne Antisdel and sculptor Jim Victor.

“For 60 years, milkshakes have been part of the Farm Show tradition of celebrating Pennsylvania agriculture,” said Greig. “What may seem like just a great drink in a plastic cup is a lot more – it’s a representation of the state’s 7,200 dairy farm families who grow Pennsylvania by driving the economy, creating jobs and supplying quality products to consumers.” Greig added that dairy is the largest segment of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, with milk production alone contributing nearly 35 percent of all agricultural income at more than $2.3 billion. Dairy farmers spend nearly 85 percent of their income close to home.

“The Dairymen’s milkshakes are a fun and delicious way for everyone to enjoy milk,” said Lesher. “Sculpting the milkshakes in butter joins together everyone’s two favorite Farm Show traditions – the butter sculpture and a Farm Show milkshake.”

The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, together with the Valley Grange #1360 from Lewisberry, serves 140,000 of the vanilla, chocolate and mixed milkshakes each year in the show’s famous Food Court and Food Court Annex. Proceeds benefit scholarships, youth programs and agricultural education programs across the state.

“The Dairymen’s milkshake is a great dairy product that has had phenomenal growth in popularity, and we are extremely proud to have the butter sculpture commemorate the 60th anniversary of our milkshake,” said Smith.

Crafted by Jim Victor of Conshohocken, Montgomery County, the butter sculpture creation begins in mid-December and is finished in time for the Farm Show. Victor also creates sculptures using chocolate and cheese. At the close of the show, the butter, donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County, will be given to a Juniata County dairy farm. The butter will be put through a digester and converted to about 65 kilowatt hours of electricity to help operate the farm. Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program are funded by dairy farmers to promote milk and dairy products.

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Closing and Cancellations

Salamanca schools will be closed tomorrow.

Allegheny Vein & Vascular offices will be closed tomorrow.

The Bradford Salvation Army will be closed tomorrow and no senior food boxes will be delivered.

Bradford Area schools will be closed tomorrow. Classes at The Learning Center have been cancelled but Child Care will be opened. St. Bernard's School will be closed tomorrow and there will be no Care. The Bradford Area Christian Academy will also be closed on Friday.

Bradford Township Lions Club meeting has been cancelled for tonight.

All after-school activities in the Otto-Eldred School District have been cancelled, and they will have a two-hour delay on Friday, January 3.

Kane vs. Cameron County wrestling match has been cancelled.

Bradford vs. Oswayo Valley wrestling match is cancelled for tonight.

Studio B Dance Academy is cancelling two classes tonight -- jazz and adult tap -- and closing at 6 p.m.

Norwich Township Volunteer Fire Department Bingo in Crosby is cancelled for tonight.

Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department Bingo is cancelled for tonight.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 1/1/14

City of Bradford Police spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day looking into disturbances on South Center, West Washington, East Main and Williams streets as well as South Avenue. They investigated thefts on Main Street and Maplewood Avenue and harassment on Mechanic and Rochester streets. Officers were also called about disorderly conduct on Jackson Avenue and Congress Street.

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Accused Burglar Waives Hearing

A Bradford man charged with stealing guns and other items from a Keating Township home last month has waived his preliminary hearing.

Police say 35-year-old Ronald Bliss Jr. pushed in a locked door at the home, then stole two rifles, ammunition, a flat screen TV, some tools and two jars full of change.

Also today in McKean County Central Court, his bail was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

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Man Charged for New Year's Eve Rape

A Potter County man is accused of raping a woman on New Year’s Eve, and threatening to hunt her down and kill her if she called police.

Police say 33-year-old William White of Westfield went to the home of a 27-year-old woman, forced her onto a bed and raped her. They say he then attempted to put a utility knife to her throat, but she kept it away with her forearm, where she suffered a small cut. Before leaving the house White allegedly threatened to kill the woman if she called police.

White is charged with rape, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, indecent assault and simple assault. He’s jailed on $75,000 bail.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

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Drug Task Force Still Looking For ...

Kathy Harvey

Edward Hull

Jessie S. Jones

Justin Jones

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Drug Task Force Rounds Up Suspects

The McKean County Drug Task Force ended the year by rounding up about a dozen suspected drug dealers.

Nine people were arraigned today by District Judge Dominic Cercone on charges of manufacture or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. They are Kelly Hess, Franklin Howard, Steven Skaggs, Alex Ita, Kevin Armstrong, William Roggenbaum Sr., Jeremy Bowen and Angel Fenton, all of Bradford, and Matthew Howard of Lewis Run.

Armstrong, Roggenbaum, Bowen and Fenton are also charged with conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility. Ita is also charged with criminal use of a communication facility. Matthew Howard is also charged with conspiracy.

Brandi Meacham of Crosby and Travis Smithmyer of Port Allegany were arraigned today by District Judge Bill Todd on charges of manufacture or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility and conspiracy.

The alleged incidents happened between April and earlier this month.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn says he will issue a news release this evening.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 12/30/13

City of Bradford Police on Monday looked into a reports of an assault on Congress Street and a theft on Forman Street. They got calls about suspicious activity on East Main Street, criminal mischief on Congress Street, harassment on South Avenue, disturbances on High and Congress streets and disorderly conduct on South Avenue. Officers also helped a motorist on Interstate Parkway and checked out a complaint concerning barking dogs on Maplewood Avenue.

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Pastor, Wife Plead No Contest

The Johnsonburg pastor and his wife accused of underfeeding their three adopted children have pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges.

43-year-old Mark Hooper and 40-year-old Susan Hooper of Mount Jewett had been scheduled for trial next week. District Attorney Ray Learn says the plea deal that reduces the charges from felonies to misdemeanors spares the children from having to testify at trial.

The children are all younger than 12 and are living with foster parents.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Woman Refuses to Leave Pyramid Inn

A Salamanca woman was sent to jail early this morning after refusing to leave the Pyramid Inn in Kill Buck after last call.

Sheriff’s deputies say 26-year-old Samantha Miller got physically aggressive with an employee who was trying to escort her out of the building at about 2:30 a.m.

Miller is charged with trespassing.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 12/29/13

City of Bradford Police on Sunday looked into a disturbance at Mechanic and West Washington streets, and suspicious activity on Main Street and South Kendall Avenue. Officers were called about disorderly conduct on West Washington and Pleasant streets and on Brookline Court. Police also investigated a motor vehicle accident on Clarence Street.

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