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Saturday, February 8, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 2/7/14

City of Bradford Police on Friday investigated a report of a sexual assault on Congress Street. They also investigated thefts on Chestnut Street and Cole Avenue, and an accident on West Washington Street. They were called to a domestic dispute on South Avenue and got complaints about animals on Merrow Aveneu and at Pleasant Street and Jackson Avenue.

Friday, February 7, 2014

'Small Business Weekend' Measure Adopted

A “National Small Business Weekend” resolution has been adopted by Pennsylvania Senate, recognizing the first weekend of the month as Small Business Weekend.

The resolution says:

WHEREAS, Small businesses in the United States employ 60 million Americans who live and work in our neighborhoods which in turn help to maintain the local economy; and

WHEREAS, National Small Business Weekend is a periodic nationwide event that promotes the idea of purchasing locally by urging people to shop at small businesses on the first weekend of every month; and

WHEREAS, The event promotes the notions of buying local and buying American and asks businesses to offer more American-made products to further strengthen our national economy; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate recognize the first weekend of each month in 2014 as "National Small Business Weekend" in Pennsylvania.

Senator Mike Stack sponsored the resolution and says shopping locally at a neighborhood small business means there’ll be fewer empty store fronts, less crime in our business districts, higher property values, and more shopping choices.

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Hallorans, LaRoche to be Honored

The Bradford Regional Medical Center Foundation and the Bradford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary which support Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) will hold their Fourth Annual Spring Swing Gala, March 22, 2014 at the Pennhills Club in Bradford, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This unique dinner dance will honor Harry and Kay Halloran of Halloran Philanthropies and the American Refining Group, and Roger R. Laroche, M.D., Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at BRMC.

Harry Halloran purchased the Bradford refinery, American Refining Group (ARG) in 1997. The Halloran story is about entrepreneurship, leadership, social responsibility and impact, corporate good and philanthropy. The ARG refinery is 133 years old and provides a stable influence to its employees, customers and community locally and world-wide. “Through Halloran Philanthropies and ARG, Harry and Kay Halloran have given generously to BRMC and we are most grateful for their generous support,” said Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of BRMC and Bradford Hospital Foundation. “In so many ways Harry and Kay Halloran have seen to the social needs the Bradford community and have improved its quality of life.”

Dr. Roger Laroche has been a leader and an effective change agent in the field of Psychiatry at BRMC for more than 20 years. “He stands shoulder to shoulder with the staff. His fellowship status from Mayo Clinic in this field has done much to advance psychiatry in our community.”

Bradford Hospital Foundation board member, Mr. Harvey Golubock, will again serve as Emcee for the evening. “We are delighted to be celebrating our fourth annual Spring Swing event. This important undertaking, while recognizing the extraordinary contributions of the honorees, has provided much needed funding for critical updates and resources to BRMC,” remarked Golubock.

Event sponsors include: Halloran Philanthropies/American Refining Group Inc.; Shell Oil Company; Bradford Regional Medical Center Medical Staff; Minard Run Oil Co., Northwest Savings Bank and J.E. O’Mara and Dr. Kimberly S. Young. In 2013 awards were presented to George Blaisdell Duke, and Anil G. Pradhan, M.D. In 2012 honorees were Zenaide S. Still and M. Javed Akhtar, M.D. The inaugural 2011 Spring Swing Gala recipients were Reverend Leo J. Gallina and Widad E. Bazzoui, M.D.

Interested parties can contact the Bradford Regional Medical Center Foundation at 814-362-3200.

Health Career Job Fair at Pitt-Bradford Monday

The Office of Career Services, department of nursing and Student Nurse Organization will hold a Health Career Job Fair next week on campus.

Representatives of 15 organizations will be available from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 10, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The fair is open to the public. Attendees should bring copies of their resume and dress in business attire.

Attendees can learn about summer and full-time employment, as well as internship and volunteer opportunities.

Those expected to participate are Abraxas Youth and Family Services, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Community Nurses Inc., Upper Allegheny Health Systems (including Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Pavilion at BRMC and Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital), Elk Regional Health Center, Lakeview Senior Care, Bradford Ecumenical Home Inc., Bradford Manor, DuBois Regional Medical Center, HomeCare & Hospice/Total Senior Care, Pediatric Services of America, Sena Kean Manor, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, Warren General Hospital, and WCA Hospital of Jamestown, N.Y.

For more information, contact Dr. Holly Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and director of career services at 814-362-7647 or

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or

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United Way Announces
Community Innovations Funding Recipients

Having completed another successful campaign, officials with the United Way of the Bradford Area announced the first-quarter recipients of the organization’s Community Innovations funding, which includes four agencies which have not received funding in the past.

“The committee was pleased to receive applications from, and allocate funding to, some new agencies - as well as previous applicants - through the Community Innovations program,” said Marcia Avey, UWBA board member and Community Innovations committee chair. “As a result, we were able to provide local agencies with financial resources to implement or expand special programming or services that might otherwise be unavailable in our community.”

The recipients are: Bradford Ecumenical Home Inc. - sweet treats gala; Bradford Family YMCA - youth after-school program; CARE for Children - parent/professional training; Children's Advocacy Center of McKean County - outreach programming; Dickinson Mental Health - holiday events; Growing With Grace Christian Preschool - security update; McKean County 4-H - adult leadership training; McKean County Historical Society - community programs; and McKean County Special Olympics - aquatics program.

“We are so grateful to all our donors for their support, which makes programs like these possible,” said Avey. Local non-profit, 501(c)3 agencies may submit a request for up to $1,500 per quarter. The category supports programs independent of those benefiting from monthly allocations that have the potential to impact the local community, encouraging innovative approaches to meeting service needs, and produce specific and measurable outcomes.

Pictured, United Way of the Bradford Area Executive Director, Mandi Wilton Davis (l) recently spent time at the Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County with Director Mikele Bay (c) and Forensic Interviewer Mindi Brown (r). The CAC is one of the newest agencies to receive funding from the local United Way.
United Way photo

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Burglary Suspect Jailed

Police picked up a prowler at the Delevan Garden Apartments earlier this month.

Troopers say they got a call about a man trying to break into one of the apartments and subsequently arrested 31-year-old Jacob Offhaus of Delevan for burglary and criminal mischief.

He’s in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of bail.

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Jealous Arsonist Sent to State Prison

The man who tried to burn down an apartment house because he was jealous that his ex-girlfriend was living with another man has been sentenced to up to five years in state prison.

23-year-old Justin “Fuzzy” Schlopy went to 54 Elm Street in August of 2012, filled a garbage can with clothes and alcohol and set it on fire.

The fire left nine people homeless and killed several dogs, cats and birds.

In July of 2012 he tried to set the same building on fire using gasoline.

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Former McKean County Man Back in Jail

A former McKean County man, who now lives in Buffalo, has been picked up by US Marshalls on a bench warrant and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail.

27-year-old Jerome “B-Boy” Hayes, who had lived in Bradford and Kane, was wanted on drug, assault and theft charges.

He had been on the Cattaraugus County Most Wanted List for the assault and theft charges when police found him in Allegany with 8.6 grams of heroin and 16 oxycodone pills.

This time, he’s jailed without bail.

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Fake Trooper Lands in Jail

Impersonating a state trooper has landed a Hinsdale man in jail.

Police say 37-year-old Richard Williams Jr. contacted a woman’s employer in Jamestown, attempting to discredit her and get her fired. He allegedly stated on several occasions that he was with New York State Police.

Williams is charged with criminal impersonation and aggravated harassment.

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Eldred Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide

UPDATE: Raymo has been arraigned on the charges and is free on $20,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 20 in front of District Judge Bill Todd.

Homicide by vehicle charges have been filed against an Eldred man who was driving an SUV that crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing an 8-year-old Shinglehouse boy.

21-year-old Tieler Raymo is also charged with aggravated assault by vehicle and recklessly endangering another person.

The crash happened on the afternoon of February 8, 2013, on East Valley Road in Smethport. Police say Raymo was speeding on the wrong side of the road that was covered with slush.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 2/6/14

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated a theft on South Avenue, a motor vehicle accident on East Main Street and an assault on Bushnell Street. They were called to domestic disputes on West Corydon and Bushnell streets and an animal complaint on Jefferson Street. Officers were also asked to look into suspicious activity on West Washington Street.

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Police Ask for Search Warrant Regarding Sosic;
Admitting Privileges Suspended at BRMC

Bradford obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Abaz Sosic has been accused of indecent assault against three women – an intern in his office, a co-worker at Bradford Regional Center and a patient.

Because of the allegations BRMC has suspended Sosic’s admitting privileges, effective immediately, pending the outcome of the investigation.

City police have also requested a search warrant for the hospital.

In an affidavit of probable cause asking for the search warrant, police say they “believe there exists enough evidence to show that there are documents and records located at Bradford Regional Medical Center which will show a common plan or scheme. ... this documentation will provide further evidence showing a pattern of Sosic’s misconduct while working at Bradford Regional Medical Center.”

The allegations, which date back to 2008, first came to light on Wednesday when police filed misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and harassment against Sosic in connection to an alleged incident on January 27.

He is accused of inappropriately touching a physicians assistant intern in the break room of his Boylston Street office. The affidavit says that after he touched her inappropriately she told him “no” numerous times, but he continued touching her. He then make sexually graphic comments to her and said he wanted to do an examination on her.

After she left the room, the affidavit says, he followed her, continued touching her. She left and called her college advisor, who told her to discontinue her clinical rotation with him immediately. Sosic called her later, attempting to apologize, but she did not take the call.

Earlier today, charges were filed in connection to a June 2012 incident in which he is accused of inappropriately touching a patient while she was in his office for an ultrasound. She described a hug as being “an uncomfortable long time” and said as she began to pull away he tried to kiss her, according to the affidavit.

After she told him “no” multiple times as he was inappropriately touching her he “backed off” and then told her “he liked her and thought she was pretty and she was a good mom and a good patient,” the affidavit says. He then asked that she “keep this between them.”

In May of 2008 a co-worker of Sosic’s at BRMC said that working in the operating room he had been making “off color comments” for a few weeks and then had started touching her inappropriately. He also allegedly told her to come to his office at 8 p.m. after it was closed.

She immediately reported the incident to supervisors at BRMC, but says she quit her job because of these incidents.

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Additional Charges Filed Against Sosic

Additional charges of indecent assault and harassment have been filed against the Bradford doctor charged yesterday with making lewd comments to and inappropriately touching his intern.

According to papers filed today in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office Bradford City Police received a report on Saturday, June 16, 2012, regarding an indecent assault against a patient that occurred at the office of Dr. Abaz Sosic. The woman said that after an examination Sosic hugged her, attempted to kiss her, placed his hand on her buttocks, grabbed her breast and attempted to put his hand down the front of her pants.

Sosic will be arraigned on these charges, as well as those filed yesterday, on February 18.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tractor-Trailer Crash Near Kane

A tractor-trailer carrying plywood crashed just south of Kane this afternoon and spilled some diesel fuel.

Police say the crashed about at about 1:45 p.m. on Route 66 when the rig went out of control while going around a curve, slid across the road, jack-knifed and eventually came to rest in a ditch.

The diesel fuel was contained and collected by the Kane Fire Department and Big Dog’s Towing, which also towed the tractor-trailer from the scene.

The driver, 40-year-old Gianluca Spinola of Haddon Township, New Jersey, and his passenger, were not hurt.

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Douglas Charges Bound to Court

Vehicular homicide and manslaughter charges against the Kane woman accused of driving under the influence in a crash that killed six people, including her 12-year-old daughter, have been bound to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing today.

37-year-old Kathleen Douglas is accused of driving under the influence of prescription medication back in August when she crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Route 219 and Meade Run Road.

Her 6-year-old nephew and four St. Marys residents also died in the crash and her 10-year-old son was seriously injured.

Douglas remains jailed on $750,000 bail.

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Dr. Sosic Accused of Indecent Assault

A local doctor is facing an indecent assault charge for allegedly making lewd comments to an intern in his office. Misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and harassment were filed today against Dr. Abaz Sosic.

According to court papers, on January 27 in the break room of his Boylston Street office Sosic grabbed the woman’s buttocks and made “very graphic and sexual” comments to her.

Sosic is scheduled for arraignment February 18 in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Party Snub Leads to Assault

A Kane man who didn’t get invited to a party is accused of going to the host’s home the next day and assaulting him.

Police say they were called to Kane Community Hospital Sunday afternoon to a speak with an assault victim and learned that during the victim’s party 18-year-old Taylor Dyne showed up at his apartment and was told he couldn’t join the party. The next day, Dyne went to the victim’s home and pushed, punched and kicked him. The victim suffered a cut above his eye that needed stitches as well as bruises around his other eye and several minor scratches and abrasions on other parts of his body, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther's office.

Dyne is in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Man Admits to Assault, Kidnapping

A Franklinville man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assaulting a woman on Thanksgiving weekend in Olean.

Seneca Nation Marshals stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of Route 219 on November 25 and found that 40-year-old Dean Pepper and a woman had been involved in a domestic incident. They learned that Pepper assaulted and strangled the victim in his vehicle in Olean, then drove to the Town of Carrollton.

Pepper is scheduled for sentencing on April 7 in Cattaraugus County Court.

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Limestone Man Pleads Not Guilty to
Attempted Murder Related to Stabbing

A Limestone man has pleaded not guilty to stabbing another man multiple times with a knife back in December.

31-year-old Justin Cramer is charged with attempted murder and related offenses in connection to the stabbing of Carey Mills Jr. at Mills’ Limestone Run home on December 12.

Mills had to be taken to UPMC Hamot after the stabbing.

The case has been adjourned for motions.

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Fran Cannon

Frances C. Cannon, 89, of 420 High Street, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 30, 1924 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Gaetano and Liberata (Alviti) Pace.

On July 16, 1941, in Bradford, she married Foster W. Cannon, who passed away September 17, 1994.

She was a 1941 graduate of Bradford High School.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church.

Mrs. Cannon was known for her cake decorating and operated Fran's Cake and Candy from 1965 until 2010. She was also certified by Wilton Cake Decorating Company as an instructor and won a gold medal award for a national cake decorating competition.

She is survived by four sons, Foster A. (Eileen) Cannon, of Frisco, TX; Paul R. (Julie) Cannon, John C. Cannon and Greg L. (Teri) Cannon, all of Bradford; a sister, Shirley (Raymond) Duggan, of Hamburg, NY; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and loving family members.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Matthew W. Cannon, who passed away May 21, 1994 and four sisters, Christina Agnes Roundsville, Vivian Bottorf, Norma Bunce and Laura Florentine.

Family will be receiving friends from 3-5 & 7-9 PM Thursday, February 6, 2014 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 PM, Friday, February 7, 2014, followed by a 2PM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, as celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired can be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street Bradford, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Man Allegedly Intimidated Witness

A Bradford man accused of choking his girlfriend and kneeing her in the face in now accused of trying to intimidate her into not testifying against him.

Axle Tankersley is accused of calling the victim 40 times from the McKean County Jail before the number was blocked. According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, Tankersley told the victim to not show up for court, to lie about what happened and to make up a story about being too drunk to remember.

On October 5 Tankersley allegedly smashed windows in the victim’s car r 5 and then assaulted her to the point that she blacked out. She was treated at BRMC for severe facial injuries.

Tankersley remains in jail.

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Man Jailed After Bath Water Burns Infant

An infant is hospitalized with second degree burns and a Bradford man is in jail following an incident Saturday on Brennan Street.

The child’s father, 21-year-old Harvey Rose, told police he was preparing to give the baby a bath and placed a container of steaming hot water on a table, and the infant next to the container, and then left the room, according to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office. He said he came back to the room four minutes later and the water had spilled onto the baby.

Rose continued to bathe and dress the baby, and then took the infant to a caregiver to be fed. The caregiver discovered the burns. She and the baby’s mother then took the baby to BRMC. The child was later transferred to Buffalo Children’s Hospital.

Police learned that the baby had a twin and, when they back to Brennan Street to check on the other infant, they found marijuana in the house and marijuana packaged for sale in Rose’s pocket.

Rose is charged with felony counts of Endangering the welfare of children and neglect of care for a dependent person, as well as several drug offenses. He’s jailed on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a court appearance on Thursday.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Book Talk

If you've missed Sunday Book Talk, first of all I'd like to say, "Bless your heart!" Second, Sunday Book Talk is not gone really. It's new and improved with a new home and a new name:

Besides author interviews, the new site includes book reviews by me, news about authors and their books and so much more. Feel free to comment and make suggestions. I welcome any input you may have. The site will also be updated more than one day a week because I have so many interviews with authors coming up. For example, next week alone I have Sue Monk Kidd and Robin Cook! So, join Anne's Book Club. Just like radio it's free and easy to use.

Anne's Book Club

And keep reading.

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