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Friday, April 4, 2014

Trio to Receive Excellence In Representation Award

Futures Rehabilitation Center clients Tom Miller, Ashley Peterson and Mike Walter have been selected as the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2014 Excellence in Representation honorees.

The trio were part of the Speaker’s Bureau for the 2013 campaign, but have long-been volunteers and advocates for the local United Way.

“I am so happy to be able to recognize my three friends with this honor,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “Between them, they spoke at 25% of our workplace presentations, and were able to tell their personal stories to more than 300 people.

“Everyone to whom they spoke walked away with a better understanding of not only the relationship between Futures and the United Way, but the importance of continuing to give to the annual campaign to ensure that they and their peers could continue their jobs at the workshop.”

Tom, who is a Bradford native, has been at Futures for 44 years, and has been a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the past five. “A favorite memory of mine was going to Control Chief Corporation, and seeing that giant Indian headdress that hangs on the wall,” he said. “That thing blew my mind!”

For her part, Ashley says she enjoys public speaking, and it’s something she’s been good at for quite some time. She is currently a resident of Lewis Run, and has worked at Futures for nearly six years. “I’ve been giving speeches since I was in high school, so this is a lot of fun for me,” she said.

Mike, also a Bradford native, has been at Futures for 25 years, and has been a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the past 18 years. “I’m very proud to be part of the United Way and to go out and give the message about Futures and the importance of having a place like this for people with disabilities to go out and earn a dollar.”

The Excellence in Representation award was created to recognize an outstanding agency representative who best exemplifies United Way’s mission within their own organization, who participates in the annual campaign, and possesses a working knowledge of United Way and how it benefits the various programs and services in the community.

The Excellence in Representation award will be given at the United Way’s annual Red Feather Volunteer recognition luncheon on May 1st. Reservations may be made by calling the United Way office.

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Lisa Minich to Receive 2014 Red Feather Award

The United Way of the Bradford Area will honor Lisa Minich with the Red Feather volunteer award at a luncheon on Thursday, May 1, officials announced today.

“Lisa is the perfect example of ‘once they’re in, they’re in for life,’ said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “She began her volunteer efforts as a member of the campaign cabinet back in the mid-1980’s, and when family and work obligations required her to step back from her campaign involvement, she remained a constant advocate. She re-joined the campaign cabinet in 2011 as co-chair of the Leadership Division, which this year saw a 17% increase in contributions,” said Davis.

The Red Feather award was implemented to honor outstanding individuals and/or businesses who have made an impact on United Way, and the local community as a whole, through their day-to-day selfless attitude and commitment to exemplify the organization’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in the greater Bradford area.

Minich, a Bradford native, started her career with KOA Speer Electronics in 1989 as a Programmer/Analyst and has held positions of I.S. Manager and General Manager. In 2012 Lisa was named Vice President of Operations and Logistics, a position that exemplifies her strong work ethic and leadership skills.

What initially drew her to the local United Way is what continues to drive her efforts today; giving back. “Growing up one of eight children, I learned early on the value of hard work and sacrifice. My parents never let our financial struggles overshadow the importance of helping others,” said Minich. “My dad, who recently passed away at the age of 93, was the most selfless person I knew. He was and continues to be the driving force behind my desire to make a difference in the Bradford community.”

Minich also serves on the board of the YMCA and is Chair of the Y’s Annual Campaign, and is also Team Captain of KOA’s Relay for Life team and a member of the 2014 Leadership McKean class.

Steve Williams, President of the Board, said this honor is well-deserved.

“Lisa has been - and will continue to be - a tremendous advocate and contributor to the successes of the local United Way, and we, as a Board, are appreciative of her commitments.”

“I’m blessed to be at a point in my life where I have the time, energy and resources to give back to the Bradford community at a leadership level,” said Minich. “Bradford is a town with many needs, but also a town with big hearts. I’m proud to live in a community where so many come together to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Minich resides in Bradford, and has two adult sons, Brian (Megan) and Dan.

The Red Feather luncheon will be held in the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, beginning at 12:00 pm. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations may be made through April 21st by calling Mandi Wilton Davis at 368-6181 or emailing

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Sosic Charges Bound to Court

Indecent assault and harassment charges against Dr. Abaz Sosic have been bound to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing this morning.

The hearing was originally scheduled for next Wednesday, but was held at 10 a.m. today in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone, according to information obtained by WESB.

Sosic is accused of inappropriately touching an intern in his office in January and a patient in 2012. He is also accused of making inappropriate comments to them.

Sosic is free after posting $15,000 bail for each case.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chamber Presents Annual Awards

Moments to Remember, CARE for Children and Jeannine Schoenecker were recognized during Thursday's annual Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. Moments to Remember received the Exemplary Business Award, CARE for Children received the Community & Spirit Award. Schoenecker received the Director's Award and talked about the importance of paying it forward.

Pictured, from left, BACC Executive Director Ron Orris, Chamber President Ann Robinson, Moments to Remember owner Laurie Pritz Lindstrom, American Refining Group President Jeannine Schoenecker, CARE for Children Executive Director Tina Martin and Chamber First Vice President Tim Asinger.

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Pitt-Bradford to Offer $1,000 Scholarships to
College in the High School Students

A new program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer $1,000 scholarships to qualifying high school students currently enrolled in its College in the High School courses.

The $1,000 award is in addition to other merit awards that a student may receive and is renewable for up to four years. Qualifying students must have a 2.5 grade point average in the Pitt-Bradford courses they’ve taken through College in the High School in order to qualify.

“With college costs rising across the nation, we know that affordability and quality are of prime concern to students and their families,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “At Pitt-Bradford, we’ve partnered with local schools in our College in the High School program to ensure that students across our region have access to the best in higher education.”

College in the High School courses through Pitt-Bradford are offered in 18 school districts in north central and northwestern Pennsylvania with more than 600 students enrolled in first-year college courses at their high schools taught by their own teachers. Teachers must hold a master’s degree, undergo training from Pitt-Bradford and follow a Pitt-Bradford syllabus. The content of a normal college semester is taught over the course of a full school year.

Courses offered range from math and composition to petroleum technology, biology, chemistry, geography, Spanish, environmental science, political science and more.

In addition to the $1,000 award, students participating in College in the High School may also be eligible for additional merit scholarships through Pitt-Bradford’s Panther Scholarship program when they enroll full time at Pitt-Bradford. With a $6,000 annual Panther Scholarship, qualifying students who choose to live on campus could receive up to $7,000 each year for a total of $28,000 over four years. Qualifying students with a Panther Scholarship who commute could receive up to $3,000 annually for a total of $12,000 over four years.

For more information on College in the High School scholarships or Panther merit scholarships, contact the Pitt-Bradford admissions office at 800-827-1787 or

Districts in this program are Austin, Bradford, Brookville, Cameron County, Coudersport, Warren, Forest, Galeton, Johnsonburg, Kane, Northern Potter, Oil City, Oswayo Valley, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany, Ridgway, Smethport and St. Marys.

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Holocaust Remembrance Service at St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure University will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day with a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall. The public is invited.

Guest speaker at the Holocaust Remembrance Service will be Dr. Robert Reginio, an associate professor of English at Alfred University.

Reginio received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, under the direction of Holocaust scholar James E. Young and has published and presented research on representations of the Holocaust in film and literature. He teaches a popular course on the Holocaust and Literature at Alfred and is working with a student there on a documentary film, incorporating the audio testimony of a Holocaust survivor from Mielec, Poland, and photographs of pre-war Jewish life salvaged and originating from the town.

Also during the service, St. Bonaventure senior Makeda Loney will be presenting a poem that she is writing for this occasion, and music selections will be provided by artist-in-residence Kathryn Black and the SBU Chorus. There will be the lighting of seven candles representing individuals and groups of individuals who died during the Holocaust. The theme of the Remembrance Service is “Never Again.” In remembering, organizers will offer a hope-filled prayer for respecting the dignity of all people.

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.

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Pitt-Bradford Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold several events to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

On April 8, “Not for Sale,” which addresses human trafficking, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

The event is being organized by Nicolette Kellogg, a criminal justice major from Cuba, N.Y., who will also make an educational presentation. Participants can also sign a banner to end slavery and take part in a march around campus to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery. The public is invited.

In addition to her studies as part of the criminal justice program, Kellogg traveled to Denmark last summer to study human trafficking as a Vira I. Heinz scholar.

According to the Polaris Project, there are 27 million people in modern-day slavery across the world, and one million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade each year. In the United States, the average age of entry into prostitution is between 12 and 14.

On April 9, the Pitt-Bradford LGBTS Alliance will sponsor a showing of the film “Asking for It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent” at 7 p.m. in Wick Chapel. The film is open to the public, but those younger than 18 should attend with a parent or guardian. Following the film, there will be a discussion on sexual consent.

“Asking for It” features Dr. Harry Brod, a professor of philosophy at the University of Northern Iowa and leader in the pro-feminist men’s movement. He offers a unique take on the problem of sexual assault, one that complicates the issue even as it clarifies the bottom-line principle that consent must always be explicitly granted, never simply assumed.

Students will also distribute information at tables in the Frame-Westerberg Commons and hold a “Slut Walk” to protest blaming victims of sexual violence for the actions perpetrated against them.

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

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Police Log for 403/14

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated an assault on Main Street, as well as a theft and a hit and run, both on West Washington Street. Officers were also called about a public drunk on Davis Street and a Disturbance on Lorana Avenue.

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Zippo Launches Virtual Support System for
Owners of Lost Lighters

In response to the thousands of messages received from forlorn owners of lost Zippo lighters, the eponymous maker of iconic windproof lighters today announces the launch of

Through this new online community consumers can interact with the brand and share the sadness of having to live without their Zippo lighters. Losing a Zippo lighter is exceedingly common, and it takes an emotional toll. A recent survey by Zippo found that 68 percent of Zippo lighter owners in the United States have lost their lighter.

Complete details can be found here:

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Roadwork Scheduled in Region

State College – Pennsylvania’s transportation plan, Act 89, is helping clear the way for the start of 51 projects in PennDOT’s North Central and South Central regions, District Executives Kevin Kline and Thomas A. Prestash said today.

PennDOT Districts 2 and 9 hosted a briefing to outline details of regional projects made possible by Act 89, signed into law in November.

Governor Tom Corbett announced today that statewide, more than $2.1 billion in highway and bridge projects will begin in 2014, $600 million more than what would have been available without Act 89. More than 250 of roughly 900 projects are beginning this year due to Act 89.

Kline noted that with Act 89, 51 additional projects will start this year across the 15 counties in Districts 2 and 9 and said “We can make significant progress on our regional bridge, highway and transit needs with these new resources. We are excited to move these projects forward in 2014.” Those projects include:

• Complete roadway resurfacing and bridge preservation on U.S. 220, the Lock Haven Bypass, in Clinton County for $17 million;

• Restoring and improving Route 872 highway in Cameron County from the village of Sinnemahoning, north to Grove Township for $7.5 million;

• Restoring two bridges and resurfacing roadway on U.S. 322, the Mount Nittany Expressway, for $5.6 million;

• Resurfacing of 10.6 miles of PA 160 from Baumgardner Road to Route 2011 (Gates Hill Road) for $2.5 million;

• Resurfacing 7.8 miles of PA 36 from the Bedford County line to PA 164/Business 220 in Taylor, Blair and Freedom Townships and Roaring Spring Borough, Blair County for $3.8 million;

• Resurfacing of 10.3 miles of PA 26 (Clear Ridge Road) from Piney Creek to Clearville in Mann, Southampton and Monroe Townships, Bedford County for $4.8 million;

Kline said that District 2 will also begin 54 other projects this year, while District 9 will begin 69 other jobs. Those projects include:

• Phase 2 of the Route 220/Auction Road interchange, including construction of the western side and new bridge near Lock Haven in Clinton County for $10.5 million;

• Roadway restoration and bridge work on Route 321 in Hamilton Township, McKean County for $1.7 million;

• Highway restoration and drainage improvements on Route 3014 (Atherton Street) from colonnade Drive to Aaron Drive in Ferguson and Patton Townships, Centre County for $3 million;

• Safety improvement project on 1.1 miles of Route 3007 (Goucher Street) in Westmont, Upper and Lower Yoder Township, Cambria County for $3.9 million;

• Roadway realignment of Route 4019 (Old 6th Ave Road) with bridge work in Antis Township, Blair County for $3.3 million;

• Roadway and intersection improvement on Route 475 (Waterfall Road) in Dublin and Taylor Townships, Fulton County for $3 million.

District 9 Executive Prestash said “These resources were made possible by the comprehensive plan that impacts all modes of transportation that will serve us well into the future. The outcome has put PennDOT in a good position to repair the damage caused by severe winter weather. It will also allow us to resurface many more roads in our region.”

By its fifth year, Act 89 will generate an additional $2.3 billion to $2.4 billion a year in added statewide transportation investment across all modes.

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PSP Looking for More Info on Burglary Ring

Members of what police are calling a burglary ring in McKean County may have also stolen items from Warren County and pawned them in the Jamestown area.

Police say 20-year-old Garrett Hoy of Smethport is the ringleader of the group that also includes 20-year-oldTrevor Elder, 29-year-old Adam Bachman, 24-year-old Nathan Hoy and 20-year-old Austin Tankersley, all of Smethport, 19-year-old Cameron Causer of Crosby and 19-year-old Mark Schneider of Port Allegany.

In February, we reported that among the items stolen were chainsaws, ATVs and dirt bikes, and they were taken from the Borough of Smethport as well as Keating, Liberty, Norwich and Annin townships.

Police now believe a dirt bike that was stolen in McKean County on December 28 was traded to someone in Conewango Township in Warren County who didn’t know it was stolen. They also believe they sold or traded items in the Jamestown area.

Anyone who bought items from any of these men is asked to contact Trooper Mary Gausman at the Kane-based state police station.

Arrests have been made in some of the crimes are more arrests are pending.

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Dog Stolen from Turtlepoint Barn

Someone kidnapped a dog from inside a Turtlepoint barn over the weekend.

State police say someone went into Wayne Stambaugh’s barn on Long Hollow Road sometime between Friday and Sunday and took a Walker Coon Hound named Sally, who has a white rectangle on her back.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

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Nurse Pleads to Child Porn Charges

A nurse who worked with pediatric patients at Olean General Hospital has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Willie Reid was charged after his home computer was seized in May of 2013. He had more than 600 images and videos of children involved in sex acts, some younger than 12. Some of the acts depicted violence as well.

Reid was suspended from his job after charges were filed.

He faces 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in August.

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Fire Destroys Elk County Camp

A State police fire marshal is investigating a fire at a camp in Elk County Wednesday afternoon.

The fire destroyed the single story camp on Camp Road in Jones Township, owned by Robert Wenner of St. Marys.

Damage is estimated at $100,000.

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Bona, A-L Grad Injured in Fort Hood Shooting

An Allegany native and graduate of St. Bonaventure University was one of 16 people injured in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas on Wednesday that left four people dead, including the gunman.

US Army Major Patrick Miller, a two-time combat veteran had surgery Wednesday night. During a news conference late this morning, doctors at the hospital where the injured people are being treated said three are in critical condition; five are in fair condition; the rest are in good condition and some may be released today. They didn't give the names of the people when talking about their conditions.

Miller was in the ROTC at St. Bonaventure and graduated in 2003. He graduated from Allegany-Limestone High School in 1999.

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Portville Man Charged with Burglary, Assault

A Portville man is in jail for breaking into a home, and then pushing and choking his ex-girlfriend.

State Police say 29-year-old Timothy Hammond went into the home at Route 417 at about 6 o’clock Tuesday night, had a physical confrontation with the resident and attacked his ex-girlfriend.

She wasn’t hurt, but the other person was treated for a nasal injury at Olean General Hospital and then released.

Hammond was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $5,000 bail. He’s scheduled to appear in Town of Portville Court tomorrow.

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Woman Jailed for Selling Painkillers

A Bradford woman is in jail for selling 720 painkillers to an informant with the McKean County Drug Task Force.

53-year-old Kim Giordano is accused of selling the pills for $6,000 in a parking lot at the intersection of Route 346 and Stickney Trail.

She was sent to the McKean County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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Bradford Accused of Threatening Employees at
Tasta Pizza, Police Officer

A Bradford man is accused of making threats to employees at Tasta Pizza in a dispute over an order, and charging at a police officer who tried to arrest him.

44-year-old Gerard Young called the restaurant at least 37 times and yelled and swore at the person who answered the phone, according to court papers. This also prevented them from taking orders over the phone.

When police tried to arrest Young, he struggled, screamed and swore, and then charged at an officer, with his hand moving toward the officer’s face.

Young was sent to McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Central Court on April 10.

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In Case You Missed It:
State Rep. Marty Causer on LiveLine Monday

He talked about a number of issues including the local community college initiative, game commission concerns -- including deer management -- Payment in Lieu of Taxes, and more.

Listen here.

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Community Colleges: The Missing Link for Rural PA

By Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter)

A high school graduate who just barely made it through, or one who wants to go to a state university and can’t afford it.

A working parent who wants to learn the skills needed to obtain a better paying job.

A displaced worker or veteran in need of retraining to get back into the workforce.

A small employer looking for skilled workers to support an expansion of his or her business.

Community colleges are a great option for all of these people…unless, of course, they live in rural Pennsylvania.

A 2011 study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found community college services lacking in 25 of the state’s 26 rural counties. Nearly every other state in the nation provides statewide coverage by community colleges, no doubt because their leaders understand the vital role these institutions play in helping to meet the demand for increasing and ever-changing workforce skills.

When Pennsylvania’s community college system was created in the 1960s, the Board of Education envisioned 28 institutions serving the Commonwealth. But the framework for creating the colleges simply doesn’t work for rural areas, so only half of them ever came to be. And if you look at a map of where the state’s community colleges are located, you’ll find a giant V-shaped void in the central and northern tier of the state…the very heart of rural Pennsylvania.

Community colleges are attractive for a variety of reasons. They offer open admission, low tuition, and a variety of educational programs that build career skills or prepare students for a four-year degree. They also have the flexibility to adjust educational programming based on local or regional needs.

While any student in rural PA is welcome to enroll in one of the existing community colleges, they will pay at least twice as much in tuition as those who live within a school district that sponsors a public community college. Those higher tuition rates, combined with greater travel distances, often put a community college education out of their financial reach.

That’s why I worked with Sen. Joe Scarnati and the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny to introduce legislation creating a rural community college pilot program to serve 11 northwestern and northcentral Pennsylvania counties.

Even though everyone seems to agree rural students need these services, the proposal has been met with significant resistance by the very people you’d think would champion it – the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. It seems these officials are concerned about the program taking away from their funding (it does not) or infringing on their turf. But if you’re not providing services here, it’s not your turf. So let’s talk about doing what’s best for our students and our region.

Rural Pennsylvania is struggling with declining populations, especially among our youth. Our incomes are lower, and job opportunities are declining. Bringing community college services to areas like this could be a catalyst in the effort to rebuild our economy, not just in rural Pennsylvania but in the entire Commonwealth. Most importantly, it would give our students the educational options they need and deserve.

The state House recently adopted a resolution designating April as “Pennsylvania Community College Month.” It calls on all citizens to “recognize, appreciate and support the contributions these institutions make to their communities and our Commonwealth.”

Yes, the opportunities provided by community colleges are great – it’s just too bad they aren’t available, accessible or affordable to the vast majority of students in rural Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Judge Dismisses Ceglia Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a Wellsville man’s claims that he owns half of Facebook.

Late last week Judge Richard Arcara granted the motions of Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg to dismiss claims by Paul Ceglia.

In 2010 Ceglia claimed he had a contract with Zuckerberg that gave him half ownership in the multi-billion dollar company. Zuckerberg had said all along he had a contract with Ceglia but it had nothing to do with Facebook.

Two years ago federal authorities charged Ceglia for altering and fabricating documents, and destroying evidence, in an attempt to defraud Facebook and Zuckerberg.

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New Drug Charge Against Bradford Man

One of the men charged in the New Year’s Eve sweep by the McKean County Drug Task Force is facing another drug charge.

35-year-old Justin Jones was arraigned Tuesday afternoon for having 13 Percocet pills he didn’t have a prescription for back on December 17. Police found the pills in a cigarette pack during a traffic stop for an expired registration after Jones consented to a search.

In the drug task force case, Jones is accused of selling Suboxone from his Hedgehog Lane home.

On the new charge, he’s jailed on $10,000 bail.

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Two in Court on Drug Charges

A man who sold heroin in Olean has been sentenced to 5 years’ probation.

46-year-old Phillip Boudreaux, who has no known address, sold the heroin on January 11 of last year.

A Buffalo man has pleaded not guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to selling a narcotic drug.

Prosecutors say Lawrence Smith sold the drugs on May 9 and July 10 in Olean.

His case has been adjourned for motions, according to information provided to WESB by the Cattaraugus County DA's office.

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LV Man Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

A Little Valley man has pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges.

45-year-old Robert Case is accused of breaking into a Town of New Albion building on January 31 and raping a person. Case is also charged with burglary, assault, strangulation and unlawful imprisonment.

His case has been adjourned for motions, according to information sent to WESB by the Cattaraugus County DA's office.

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