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Friday, April 11, 2014

Details on Minard Run, High Street Crash

A dump truck and a car collided at the intersection of Minard Run Road and High Street this afternoon, injuring four people.

The car driven by 47-year-old Paula Lannager of Shinglehouse was traveling south on High Street, where it stopped at the stop sign and then pulled onto to Minard Run Road, where the truck driven by 42-year-old Jack Kilby of Great Valley, New York, was traveling east.

Bradford Township Police say Kilby tried to avoid the collision, but the truck started to tip over and then landed on the back on the car in the east ditch on High Street.

Lannager and her passengers, 27-year-old Diana Causer and 4-year-old Alessia Norton, were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Kilby suffered minor injuries.

The Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford City Ambulance and PennDOT assisted at the scene.

Police are still investigating.

Photo provided to WESB by Bill Robinson

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Ambulance, Pickup Truck Collide in Olean

A woman who was looking at her GPS instead of the road didn’t stop at a stop sign at the end of an I-86 exit this afternoon in Olean and an ambulance on Route 16 slammed into her pickup truck.

Police say at just before 1:30 p.m. 26-year-old Jill Peangatelli of Houtzdale was coming off Exit 26 when she didn’t stop, leading to the collision with the Trans Am ambulance driven by Robert Brooks of Portville.

Brooks and an EMT were the only people in the ambulance. Brooks suffered a laceration on one of his hands. Peangatelli sustained minor cuts and bruises. She’s charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, using a portable electronic device while driving and not wearing a seat belt.

Traffic was detoured around the crash site for a short time this afternoon.

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Four Indicted on Drug Charges

Four people have been indicted by a Cattaraugus County grand jury for selling drugs in Olean.

23-year-old Jenna Shoup of Hinsdale had prescription drugs and a hypodermic needle and is charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, as well as criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

25-year-old Nathan Layman and 22-year-old Brady Smith, both of Olean, are each charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

25-year-old Stephanie Cossiart of Olean, who is already in jail for criminal possession of stolen property, is now charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, too. Her sister, Samantha, is the woman who stole from the Foster Brook Wal-Mart, and was picked up on a warrant after stealing from the Allegany Wal-Mart.

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Honors Convocation at Pitt-Bradford

Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, presents the Student Affairs Special Recognition Award to senior criminal justice majors Nicolette Kellogg (second from right) and Richard Obermeyer, far right, during the 20th annual Honors Convocation today. Kellogg, who is from Cuba, N.Y., was honored for her advocacy and education efforts in the areas of LGBTQ equality and human trafficking as well as her volunteer work with the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter. Obermeyer, who is from Bradford, was recognized for being a founding member of the Pitt-Bradford hockey team as well as for working with inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean and completing an internship with the U.S. Marshals.
Photo by Alan Hancock

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Route 770 Work Starts Monday

Work to replace two bridges on Route 770 in Bradford Township starts on Monday.

The work on the bridges near the village of Aiken will start with sign setting, erosion and sedimentation controls and utility works. PennDOT says flaggers will be in place.

In early May, temporary traffic signals will be in place to enforce an alternating traffic pattern at each bridge. The bridges will be replaced one side at a time. L.C. Whitford of Wellsville is the contractor for the $2.5 million project, which is expected to be finished next summer.

All work is weather dependent.

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Meth Maker Pleads Guilty

A man has pleaded guilty to running meth labs in Bradford and Mount Jewett.

38-year-old Jeffrey Cabisca was also charged with burglary for an incident in September.

He’s scheduled for sentencing on April 24 in McKean County Court.

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Crash at Minard Run, High Street

This is a picture from the crash at Minard Run Road and High Street. The crash happened at around 1:30 p.m. and police were still on the scene at just before 4 p.m.

Photo provided to WESB by Bill Robinson

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Bradford Man Waives Hearing

The Bradford man charged for firing a gun inside his Hobson Place home has waived his preliminary hearing.

39-year-old Dudley Griswald Sr., who was highly intoxicated at the time, according to court papers, fired a .45 caliber pistol into the floor of his home on December 1. Three other adults and a 14-year-old boy were in the home at the time. The investigation started when the boy reported the incident to his school guidance counselor.

Griswald is free on $10,000 bail.

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Two Charged After Domestic Incident

A domestic incident in a car on Tuesday afternoon, and then continued into the evening, has led to charges against two Cattaraugus County men.

23-year-old Zeno Whiteman of Little Valley is accused of assaulting a person in a car while two young children were in the back seat. That incident happened at about 5:45 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies say later that evening 28-year-old Scott Milks Jr. of Randolph threatened and hit Whiteman.

Whiteman is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Milks is charged with harassment. Both men were released with appearance tickets for Little Valley Court.

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Bradford Men Sentenced for Child Porn

Two Bradford men will be spending more time in McKean County Jail after being sentenced on child pornography charges.

23-year-old Cody Burgess was sentenced to six to 23 ½ months for downloading and sharing child pornography from his home computer in January, February and April of last year.

29-year-old Chris Abrams was sentenced six to 23 ½ months for downloading and sharing child pornography. Some of the images were of children as young as four years old.

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Firefighters Scheduled Easter Egg Hung

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The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Bradford City Firefighters Local 655 will be held at Callahan Park Saturday April 19 starting at 11 a.m. Rain or shine.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leposa, Thurston to Take Stage with Army Band

The Bradford High students who have been selected to play with the US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors tomorrow are the very talented Hannah Leposa and Lexie Thurston. Good luck, ladies, and have fun!

The concert is at 7:30 in the Bradford High auditorium and it's free!

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Pitt-Bradford Center for Rural Health Practice
Asks Community for Help to Receive Grant

(News Release) The Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is asking community members to go online and vote for a proposed project that is competing against other semi-finalists for a $100,000 grant.

The grant is one of three being offered by the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PINCH) for projects that “empower individuals to take control of their own health outcomes.”

The center has taken advantage of the grant opportunity to pursue something the staff has been thinking about for a while, said Dr. Lisa Fiorentino, director of the center. The center’s Blazing New Trails proposal is to build on an existing smartphone application created by Pitt-Bradford students to enhance the experience of walking on the Tuna Valley Trail Association’s Richard E. McDowell Community Trail and the Community Parks Trail.

Anyone can help support the Blazing New Trails program by taking part in the People's Choice voting for the challenge. To do so, visit, view the Blazing New Trails video and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote.

The last day to vote is April 14.

Several representatives of community partners like the YMCA, Bradford Family Medicine and the TVTA appear in the video to support the proposal.

In addition to the community benefitting by having a greater incentive to walk, Fiorentino said there would be numerous opportunities for Pitt-Bradford students to work on the app, coach people through a fitness trail on the application, organize community walks and help market the program.

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Church Sets Holy Week Schedule

The First Presbyterian Church of Bradford, 54 East Corydon St., will hold services during next week, Holy Week, in the celebration of Easter.

Palm Sunday will be observed this coming Sunday during both Chapel service at 8:45 am and Sanctuary service at 11:00 am. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday (often referred to as “Passion Sunday”) marks the beginning of Holy Week which concludes on Easter Sunday.

Maundy Thursday will be observed on Thursday, April 17th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a choral meditation by the Cathedral Choir. The Tenebrae Service (service of darkness) will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include the Sacrament of Communion. This service serves as a remembrance of the last time the disciples met with their Lord, bringing to mind the reality of him accepting the disciples’ flight, the hate of his enemies, and his forthcoming death on the cross, that his people might be saved. Maundy comes from the word mandatum (mandate), at the beginning of the prayer for washing feet, commemorating Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet.

Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 20th during the Chapel Service at 8:45 a.m. and the Sanctuary Service at 11:00 a.m., commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus. The Sacrament of Communion will be served at each service.

All are welcome to attend these services throughout the week. For more details contact the church office or visit

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Bach's Lunch Concerts in Bradford, Olean

Everyone is invited to attend the sixth presentation of the Southern Tier Symphony’s " Bach’s Lunch, " concert April 15 at 1 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 54 East Corydon Street, Bradford. " This concert is co-sponsored by the Greater Olean Association of Churches, and was started as a way to provide a unique opportunity to ‘pause for reflection’ during Holy Week. Everyone is welcome and we don’t require a ticket, although a free will offering is received. It allows us to ‘give back’ a little to the wonderful community that supports us, ” said Betsy Cashing, President of the Southern Tier Symphony Board of Directors in a news release sent to WESB.

The Southern Tier Symphony will complete its 11th season in May and has delighted audiences in the area. Each concert employs 50 – 65 musicians primarily from Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Musicians from Toronto, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Binghamton, and Rochester also come to perform. " Bach’s Lunch " will be performed by the Symphony's Chamber String orchestra of 12-15 players.

This year ‘s "Bach’s Lunch" performance will feature guest conductor, Bryan Eckenrode and principal flute, Julia Tunstall, both members of the Southern Tier Symphony. Mr. Eckenrode is taking the podium for John Whitney, who fell in January and injured his knee and is continuing rehabilitation.

Cellist Bryan Eckenrode graduated cum laude from SUNY at Stony Brook and holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY at Buffalo. Eckenrode has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ars Nova, and as principal cellist of the British Columbia Mozart Festival Orchestra and is currently principal cello with the Western New York Chamber Orcherstra. He is a member of the Lexington String Quartet, and the chamber groups Voci D’Amore and Camerata.

Mr. Eckenrode records with the International Baroque Soloists, and he can be heard on the CD’s of many artists, including Ani DiFranco, Sixpence None the Richer, Seven Day Faith, Them Jazzbeards, John and Mary, and Alison Pipitone: not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He has recorded the sound tracks of film scores for a number of silent movies being distributed on commercial DVD by the Turner Broadcasting Network. He has performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York and recently recorded the sound track for the PBS special – The Siege of Fort Erie – A Glorious Battle. He will be cellist with The Most Arts Festival 2014 at Alfred University.

Eckenrode is conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, the Prelude Strings Orchestra, and the Young Artists Orchestra of Jamestown. He conducted the Niagara All-County Festival Orchestra and the Erie All-County Festival Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, and returns this year to conduct the Erie All-County Festival Orchestra. He has been guest conductor with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Eckenrode is the program coordinator for Artpark’s Music in the Woods series.

Eckenrode is an adjunct professor at Canisius College, Jamestown Community College, and director of the string department at Villa Maria College. Eckenrode is on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo. He is married to the internationally acclaimed soprano, Cristen Gregory.

Julia Tunstall is a professional flutist based in Buffalo NY. She earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Flute Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she studied with Bonita Boyd. She has played with professional symphony and opera orchestras across the country, and is currently principal flutist with the Southern Tier Symphony. Specializing in flute and piano literature, she plays in the Pas de Two flute and piano duo with Laura Peterson. She and Laura most recently presented a lecture concert on the music of Bela Bartok at the National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas. A music community builder, she has been active in forming and supporting flute clubs throughout the country. She currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA. An avid skier, she lives near Kissing Bridge in southern Erie County with her husband John Georger and daughter Emily.

"Bach’s Lunch" program will feature " Concerto #6 in E Minor for Flute " by Telemann, from the era of Bach, " Psalm for Strings " by Hartley, and the symphony’s own Peter Griesinger’s " String Symphony #3 in D."

“Bach’s compositions represent a period of music that lends itself to contemplation. We just like the ‘ring’ of ‘Bach’s Lunch’ and the idea of ‘feeding the soul’ during Holy Week, so we always use the name, ” said Cashing.

Admission is free and all are welcome. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert.

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Zippo Store Opens in Las Vegas Next Month

Next month Zippo will launch its first US-based retail stores at some of the Las Vegas Strip’s most iconic destinations, the Luxor Hotel and Casino (opening in early May) and the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (opening in late summer). After continuous success with their 14 concept store locations in China, Zippo is bringing the full retail concept to the United States.

The new stores are a joint project of Zippo, its distributor in the travel retail market, Sourcing Network International (SNI), Luxor and MGM Grand. CITRA Inc., Zippo's global Duty Free and Travel Retail representative, will be supervising this new endeavor.

“Casinos represent an untouched, yet promising retail medium for Zippo, especially considering that Zippo windproof lighters in the luck and gambling category are perennial best sellers,” said Mark Paup, Zippo Vice-president of Sales and Marketing in a news release sent to WESB. “Today, Zippo is more than lighters and has become a sought-after lifestyle brand. We are excited to work with these MGM properties and SNI to introduce a new array of products to a whole new audience.”

Brett Shannon, Luxor Director of Retail Operations, said, “We are pleased to add Zippo to our collection of retail options at Luxor, and look forward to working with both Zippo and SNI as we open the first store of its kind.”

To help bring this iconic development to life, Zippo has partnered with (SNI), a distributor of high-value items to retail locations in casinos, airports, hotels, and other tourist destinations, to exclusively supply source Zippo product. Several of the products will be custom designs and exclusive to the new stores.

Based in Bensalem, Pa., SNI services products to more than 150 American casinos. Under its agreement with Zippo, SNI is tasked with opening a Zippo concept store or securing product displays in as many of the 150 partner locations as possible. Zippo’s presence in each chosen casino will range from the size of one display case to an entire store section. In some cases, SNI will station its own personnel for sales support.

“Zippo is a name that conjures images of Americana, and its products are set apart by their authenticity and utility,” explained SNI CEO Todd Cohen. “This brand is definitely a great fit for the casino demographic. Our plan is to introduce Zippo products to as many casinos as possible. ” Sourcing Network International EVP Randall Cohen continued, “we are truly excited to be working with Zippo, a true American icon, and are confident that their new Zippo-branded lifestyle line of accessories will be a sure hit throughout gaming retail.”

Zippo plans to feature the bulk of its expanding product line at the inaugural Luxor and MGM Grand retail stores, including windproof lighters and lighter products, apparel, bags, fragrances, and small leather goods.

The Luxor and MGM Grand locations are the first of three stores planned to open in Las Vegas in the coming year. According to Zippo Director of Global Licensing, Violet Snyder, “These stores represent a significant expansion into the casino retail channel. We are particularly excited to open the first ever Zippo –branded stores in the U.S. next month.”

The new Zippo stores in Las Vegas will be patterned after this model store located in the Zippo corporate headquarters in Bradford, pictured.

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Toomey Talks About 'Passing the Trash'

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Gabler Participates in National Guard Day

Wednesday was National Guard Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. The occasion served as an opportunity for state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), a captain and medical logistics officer with the Headquarters, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, to meet with many of his fellow servicemen and servicewomen. Pictured, from left, Gabler, Assistant Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Carol A. Eggert; Staff Sgt. James P. Austin Jr.; and Sgt. 1st Class Vincinios Occhiena.

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Bona Trashion Show Makes Statement

By Tate Slaven
SBU '14

Who would have thought someone could become a top model while wearing recycled mac and cheese boxes?

Well, Maggie Morris and her Sweet Charity design, modeled by Brianna Wilson, did just that April 3 at the Trashion Fashion Show when Morris was named “Top Trashionista.”

Trashion Show winnersThe annual Trashion Fashion Show is part of the Recyclemania initiative at St. Bonaventure University. The environmental student group Tread Lightly uses it to demonstrate multiple ways to incorporate recycling into daily life.

Twelve models prowled the catwalk and wowed the judges and the audience. Judges included Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration; Br. Ed Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission; and junior Majella Shields, an Irish exchange student who will major in fashion management when she returns to Ireland for her senior year.

Friends and family filled the audience in support of the models and designers. Sophomore Ana Alonzo said she wasn’t in the audience just to support a friend who was modeling, but also to support her behind the scenes.

“Chernice (Miller) messaged me about two hours prior to the show while I was at work,” Alonzo said. “She needed me to do her hair and makeup; so, I left work immediately to help her out as I knew how important this show was to her.”

Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of he Franciscan Center for Social Concern, welcomed everyone and explained that Trashion Fashion is both innovative and a way to heighten social consciousness about the importance of recycling.

Members of the Chatterton Slam Poetry Society shared poetry pieces after every fourth model to provide ample time for wardrobe changes. Sean Conklin, assistant curator at the Quick Center for the Arts, and Devereux Hall residence director Rebecca Wager co-hosted the show.

“For me, personally,” Conklin said, “seeing the resulting ingenuity and creativity of months of hard work during the runway show reminded me why I continue to help organize this event and excites me for what will appear next year.”

Top Trashionista runner-up was won by the House of QCA, designed by Evelyn Penman and modeled by Chelsea McBee. Top Models went to Sustainable Love, designed by Spectrum and modeled by Elli Perez and David Bryant.

Top Model runner-up went to Gatsby’s American Dream, designed by Sean Conklin and modeled by Chernice Miller. The People’s Choice Award went to Pok√©mon Master, designed and modeled by Adelaide Hahn.

Participating designers constructed inspired works of Eco-Couture Art, which highlighted the diverse knowledge and passions of the Bonaventure campus community.

“The participating mix of students, staff and administration in the Runway Show highlighted the creative and collaborative nature of our university,” Conklin said.

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Drug Suspect Waives hearing

One of the men charged in the New Year’s Eve sweep by the McKean County Drug Task Force waived his preliminary hearing this morning on separate drug charges.

35-year-old Justin Jones is accused of 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, according to court papers provided to WESB by District Judge Dominic Cercone's office.

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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Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up
BRMC, Church Waives Hearing

The Bradford man charged for threatening staff at Bradford Regional Medical Center three times, and also for threatening to blow up a church has waived his preliminary hearings.

On the morning of March 2 39-year-old Richard Lewis interrupted a service at Grace Lutheran Church on Mechanic Street by shouting that he was going to blow up the church, according to papers provided to WESB by District Judge Dominic Cercone's office. Several parishioners were able to get him into a private area of the church, and then took him to BRMC. At the hospital, he was screaming profanities, threatening to kill the staff and also threatening to blow up the hospital.

Then on the afternoon of March 8 he went to the emergency room and again threatened to blow up the hospital. He also threatened to rip off Dr. Roger LaRoche’s limbs.

A third incident at the hospital landed Lewis in jail. His bail is a total of $90,000.

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Police Looking for Cop Impersonator

Police are looking for a person who has been impersonating a law enforcement officer, and who approached a young Smethport woman early Saturday morning.

According to a fax sent to WESB, the person activated blue and red strobe lights in a light-colored 4-door sedan while behind a vehicle driven by Abigayle Wilber on Route 46. She pulled over, and then the imposter, who was wearing a ski mask, approached her vehicle, walked around it, and then went back to his car.

The person is described as slender and tall. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to called Kane-based state police at 778-5555.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Two Hurt in Route 219 Crash

Two people were injured in a one-car crash late Tuesday afternoon on Route 219 in Lewis Run.

State police say a car driven by 29-year-old Erica Lapp of Cyclone crossed the center line, went off the road and hit a tree. Lapp was flown to UPMC in Erie for treatment of moderate injuries. A passenger in the car, 26-year-old Matthew Kline of Bradford, was flown to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Near DuBois

Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in at least one deer on a farm about five miles west of DuBois.

The state Department of Agriculture says a 5-year-old deer that died on the Reynoldsville farm tested positive for CWD, and now the farm is under quarantine.

Deer legally may not be moved on or off the property, and the ongoing investigation may lead to additional farms being quarantined.

Chronic Wasting Disease is always fatal, and attacks the brains of deer, elk, moose and other antlered animals.

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Wife of Accused Burglar Waives Hearing;
Accused of Lying to Police

The wife of the man accused in a string of burglaries in Bradford has waived her preliminary hearing on charges that she lied to police to cover her husband’s tracks.

21-year-old Christa Colella is accused of lying to police about the boots allegedly worn by her husband Daniel during the burglaries that happened late last year.

According to court papers, Daniel Colella told police boots that left prints at some of the crime scenes, and that belonged to him, were stolen off his porch. But police learned he traded the boots with someone else to throw police off his trail. But his wife told police her brother gave her husband the boots.

When police told her they knew she lied she told them to go ahead and charge her because she will only get probation and she doesn’t care. She’s free on unsecured bail.

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Man in SUV Approached Teenage Girl

(News Release) On April 9, 2014 at approximately 3:54PM a female youth was walking on Bennett State Road near the Silver Creek Central School. At this time the female youth was asked by a motorist if she would like a ride. The female youth did not enter the vehicle and continued walking away from the suspicious vehicle. Chautauqua County Sheriff’s patrol units arrived on scene shortly after and checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle. The motorist is described as 50-60 years old, wearing glasses with white hair with a mustache and having an average build. The vehicle is described as being a dark green SUV/Jeep style vehicle. The purpose of this media release is to caution the public of the described vehicle/individual. Please contact the Sheriff's Office or your local police department if suspicious activity is observed.

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