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Friday, June 20, 2014

Relay for Life Underway

Members of the "Will's Warriors" Relay for Life team are some of the hundreds of people raising money for the American Cancer Society today during the annual relay at Pitt-Bradford.

Anyone can stop by to partake of the food court, enter to win prizes or just support the participants.

As for Will's Warriors -- They are relaying for 10-year-old Will Cross Jr., who is battling cancer. A benefit for Will and his family starts at noon Sunday at the American Legion in Limestone. It includes a chicken barbecue dinner with baked beans, salad, roll, salt potatoes for $8. Take outs are available. They will also have live bands all day, drawings and more.

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Stepmother of One of the Backstreet Boys
Jailed in Chautauqua County

The stepmother of one of the Backstreet Boys is in Chautauqua County Jail, charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

39-year-old Ginger Carter of Mayville was stopped at just before 7 o’clock last night in Chautauqua when police were responding to another incident and saw that she failed to use a turn signal. During the traffic stop they discovered she was impaired by drugs. Because she was convicted of a DWI-related offense within the past 10 years, this is a felony.

Carter, who married Robert Carter in 2004, appeared on "House of Carters" in 2006 with her stepson Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Father Interferes in Son's Traffic Stop

A Cattaraugus County man trying to keep his son out of trouble got himself into it.

State police say they stopped Chad Perrington for speeding on McKinstry Road Yorkshire and learned he had a suspended driver’s license. During the traffic stop Perrington’s father 45-year-old Scott Perrington of Delevan showed up and attempted to stop the trooper from completing the investigation. The father was warned numerous times, but still chose to interfere.

Scott Perrington was charged with obstruction of governmental administration and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $500 cash bail.

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Book Edited by Pitt-Bradford Librarian Explores Internationalism in Children's Series

A new book coedited by Marietta Frank, director of Hanley Library at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, explores how internationalism is presented in children’s series.

The book, “Internationalism in Children’s Series,” includes chapters on stories about children’s “grand tour” of Europe, girls’ culture and depictions of the British Empire in Victorian girls’ magazines, 20th-century children’s literature series and modern favorites such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

The book is part of the Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature series published by Palgrave Macmillan of interest to those who teach and study children’s literature. Frank co-edited with Karen Sands-O’Connor, a professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State College.

Frank contributed a chapter comparing two authors who sought to advance the cause of world friendship by writing books about children living in countries outside of the United States in the first half of the 20th century. She examined Mary Hazelton Wade’s contributions to the Little Cousin series, noting the author’s discomfort with non-European cultures and condescending tone in books such as “Our Little African Cousin.”

She contrasted Wade’s series with the “Twins of the World Series,” first written by Lucy Fitch Perkins and later by other authors. Frank noted that Perkins depicted her foreign characters with sympathy and played up the universal attributes of childhood.

Frank is the newly appointed director of Hanley Library at Pitt-Bradford. She completed a Master of Library Science at SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Arts in children’s literature at Hollins University. She co-wrote an earlier book with Sands-O’Connor, “Back in the Spaceship Again: Juvenile Science Fiction Series Since 1947.”

She and her husband, Dennis, live in Bradford.

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'Listening Tour' Visits Bradford

Anne Gingerich, Pennsylvania Association of NonProfit Organizations (PANO) New Executive Director, visited with Leaders from Local-Nonprofit Organizations on Wednesday at the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center in Bradford.

When Gingerich became the new Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) in December of 2013, she immediately started reaching out to people in communities around Pennsylvania to listen and learn about their strengths, resources and needs.

The event was hosted by The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, CARE for Children and The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc; and also attended by representatives from the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Evergreen Elm, The Bradford Area Public Library, McKean County Department of Human Services, The Nonprofit Partnership of Erie, PA and board members from area non-profits.

According to PANO officials, the event was part of PANO’s Listening Tour, which aims to generate conversations to explore how together, WE can continue to build thriving neighborhoods and communities.

“The WE is anyone interested in joining the work designed to build thriving communities—work that is already happening,” said Gingerich. “The WE includes people from for-profit, government sectors and nonprofit organizations. As nonprofits, we do not own the passion for strong communities. The WE includes nonprofits and anyone caring deeply about the greater good.”

Gingerich also noted that the common thread with everyone she has spoken to is that they care deeply about their community and value its special qualities.

PANO is gathering data from these discussions and sharing the highlights on their blog and website as they travel from place to place. Ultimately, the goal of the dialogue is to build community initiatives that lead to real results. Consistently throughout the state, PANO has heard people say they want collaboration among organizations and sectors to deepen relationships.

To date, Gingerich and members of her board of directors and staff have traveled over 2000 miles, had 300 people heard, and spent 40 hours on the road and dozens of conversations on the Listening Tour.

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Accused Bath Salts Seller Waives Hearing

One of the alleged bath salt sellers who was picked up last week after the car she was in broke down in Kane has waived her preliminary hearing.

Lori Lee Grotzinger of St. Marys is facing dozens of drug charges after police found drugs and paraphernalia in the car. She’s free on unsecured bail.

The hearing for her co-defendant Scott Yanak has been moved to next Thursday in McKean County Central Court. Besides the drug charges, he is also charged with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for running from police while they were doing field sobriety tests on Grotzinger. Yanak is jailed on $40,000 bail.

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Hearing for Fatal Crash Moved

The man charged in a fatal Memorial Day weekend crash near Port Allegany was scheduled to be in McKean County Central Court today, but his preliminary hearing has been moved to next month.

31-year-old Jerver Fernandez of Luzerne County is charged with homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle white DUI for the May 24 crash on Route 6 about two miles east of Port Allegany.

Police say his pickup truck crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 27-year-old Robert Bowes head-on. Bowes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fernandez is free on $25,000 unsecured bail. The new hearing date is July 28.

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One Dead, One Critically Injured in
Chautauqua County Double Shooting

Police are investigating what appears to be an attempted murder and suicide in Chautauqua County.

Sheriff’s deputies got a 9-1-1 call saying a woman with a gunshot wound to the head showed up at a home on Route 5 in Westfield. Deputies learned that a man was involved in the incident and was still in the area.

While searching the area of Barcelona Beach and Marina police heard a gunshot from the area of the break wall and shore of Lake Erie, and then found 38-year-old Sam Reynolds of Lancaster, New York, dead from a single gunshot to the head.

The woman, 29-year-old Nichole Sheehan, also of Lancaster, is currently in critical condition at UPMC Hamot.

Deputies say the couple was in Barcelona to celebrate Sheehan’s birthday.

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J.D. Power Trophy Arrives at Northwest

WARREN — William J. Wagner, president and CEO of Northwest, and Steven G. Fisher, executive vice president of Banking Services of Northwest, accepted a trophy on behalf of the bank to commemorate the 2014 J.D. Power Award for highest in customer satisfaction in retail banking in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

This is the fourth trophy presented to Northwest in the last five years. The bank received the award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Congratulating the crowd, Mr. Fisher said, “I am very proud of our company. This award is a testament to our talented team and our desire to provide quality and value to the customers we serve. Our goal is to continue to push for excellence in consistent, superior service.”

J.D. Power Director of Financial Services Daniel Murphy said, “I’m happy to bring the J.D. Power Award back to its rightful place in Warren, PA. Once again, Northwest proved its commitment to the customer. This award confirms that Northwest is the bank where people make the difference. Your clients feel strongly that your bank has their best interest in mind.”

In addition to this recognition by J.D. Power, Northwest was named to the 2014 “Bank Honor Roll” by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The list consists of the thirty-one top performing banks in the country over the last ten years. Northwest was also recently included on Forbes’ 2014 list of “The Top 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America,” based on the transparency of the bank’s financial reporting and strong governance practices. Finally, Northwest was named to the BeH100 Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.

“We are pleased with the significant recognition Northwest has received in 2014 as it demonstrates our company’s commitment to our customers, employees and strong ethical standards,” said Mr. Wagner. “We thank our employees for their dedication and our customers for their continued support.”

Northwest received the J.D. Power Award because the bank ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the Mid-Atlantic Region according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2014 Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Study. The region includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The study, conducted quarterly from April 2013 to January 2014, analyzes the overall satisfaction customers have with their retail banking experience based on account activities, account information, facility, fees, problem resolution and product offering.

To read the announcement from J.D. Power, please visit

Pictured, from left, Daniel Murphy, J.D. Power director of sales, and Jim D’Elia, J.D. Power director of financial services, present the J.D. Power Award for Highest Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banking in the Mid-Atlantic Region to Bill Pantuso, Northwest senior vice president and district manager; Steven Fisher, Northwest executive vice president of banking services and William Wagner, Northwest president and CEO.
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Charges Related to Euclid Avenue Crash
Bound to McKean County Court

Charges against the Bradford man who was driving a car that crashed on Euclid Avenue in March injuring six people, three seriously, have been bound to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Rich Luther.

22-year-old Matthew Herbstritt is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, recklessly endangering another person, corruption of minors, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On the afternoon of March 9 Herbstritt was allegedly speeding on Euclid when his car went out of control and hit a tree. The charges were filed in May.

Herbstritt is in McKean County Jail on $30,000 bail.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 6/18/14

City of Bradford Police are investigating a sexual assault that was reported this morning on Clinton Street. Police also investigating an assault on Davis Street, a theft from an automobile on High Street, criminal mischief on Hobson Place and trespassing on Cornen Street. Officers were called to motor vehicle accidents at North Center and Barbour streets and on East Main Street. They also received reports about disturbances on Bushnell and West Washington streets and suspicious activity on Forman and Congress streets and on Rockland Avenue.

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Route 321 Improvements to Bring Detour

Kane – Work to rehabilitate a section of Route 321 in McKean County will feature a detour, starting Tuesday. The detour is necessary so that full depth reclamation work can take place on the roadway without traffic disruptions. Route 321 will be closed from Route 59 south to Red Bridge Campground for this work.

PennDOT’s official detour will use Routes 59, 219, 6, and 321, with Route 321 remaining open between Kane and Red Bridge Campground. The official detour is approximately 37 miles long. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes. Access for local property owners will be provided along this closed section on an as needed basis.

The reclamation work in this phase is concentrated on a Route 321 project in Hamilton and Corydon Townships made possible by National Forest Finding. PennDOT expects this section of Route 321 to be closed until early August.

A second closure affecting Route 321 from Kane Borough northeast through Wetmore Township and Hamilton Township will be in effect once the northern section is complete. Work on this southern section is made possible by Act 89, the state’s new transportation plan. PennDOT will issue a project update before implementing the second closure.

IA Construction Corporation of Franklin is the contractor on both projects. Motorists are reminded to follow detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

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Cops: Mom Gave Baby Booze in Sippy Cup

A woman is facing a number of charges after she 13-month-old daughter was taken to a hospital with a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

26-year-old Jessica Bachmaier of Erie is accused of giving her daughter a sippy cup containing alcohol on May 14. The baby was taken to Saint Vincent Hospital and later flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

Bachmair is charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and furnishing alcohol to minors.

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Man Wanted on Sex Charges Still Missing

The investigation is continuing into the disappearance of a Jamestown man who hasn't been seen since May 14, and is wanted for corruption of minors in Warren County.

25-year-old Tyler Chase was last on the afternoon of May 14, and his vehicle was found near his parents’ home in Charlotte, New York.

Besides the five counts of corruption of minors, Chase is charged with five counts each of interfering with the custody of a minor, which is a felony, providing alcohol to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

The incidents involve teenage girls.

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Leadership McKean Celebrates New Graduates

Leadership McKean honored the graduates of its 2013-14 class on Friday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Throughout the year, program participants focused on issues affecting McKean County in areas like health and human services, economic development, education and tourism.

To end the year, participants developed presentations that were inspired by the year’s topics and presenters. This year’s class developed the following presentations, many of which will be implemented in the future:

Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc.—Residents on the Go!
Financial Literacy
Volunteer McKean Facebook Site
Mobile Library
Bradford Area High School Career Awareness and Workplace Readiness Program

Mike Glesk, a member of the Leadership McKean Steering Committee said that with 24 graduates, this is the largest Leadership McKean class in the program's eight-year history. To date, 142 participants completed the program.

During the graduation ceremony, Dan Minich and Cara Costik, program participants, reflected on their experience with Leadership McKean. “I appreciate the education I received and relationships developed through this program, said Minich. "Through Leadership McKean, we gained a better understanding of the true reason we're here-- to serve.”

Costik added, "Through Leadership McKean, we learned about our communities and became better prepared leaders and community members."

Julie Marasco, Northwest Region president of Northwest Savings Bank, served as the day’s keynote speaker. “Leadership is the ability to do what it takes to get the job done. It's more than a title or position. It's having the ability to communicate your vision, recognize the potential in people, build dynamic teams and to not be afraid to ask questions. To lead is to take action,” said Ms. Marasco. "To all of this year's graduates, we commend your involvement. We look to you as our future leaders."

Leadership McKean: Class of 2013-14

Ryan Baxter, Zippo Manufacturing Company
Guy Bennett, Bradford Area Public Library
Rick Brocious, Zippo Manufacturing Company

Tracy Burgess, Bradford Ecumenical Home
Cara Costik, United Way of the Bradford Area

Katie Cunningham, Northwest Savings Bank
Anita Danielson, Seneca Highlands, Intermediate Unit 9

Tyler Hannah, Woods, Baker & Ross
Tracee Howell, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Stephanie Huber, Bradford Regional Medical Center
Jodi Meabon, Evergreen Elm, Inc.
Brandon Means, Northwest Savings Bank
Mike Montecalvo, Northwest Savings Bank
Dan Minich, Olean-Bradford YMCA/ PNC Bank
Lisa Minich, KOA Speer Electronics
Jesse Noga, Zippo Manufacturing Company

Dan Palmer, American Refining Group
Kitzie Pingie, American Refining Group
Jenna Prechtl, American Refining Group
Matt Splain, Otto Eldred High School
Pat Vigliotta, McKean Insurance Agency, Inc.

Erin Waugaman, Bradford Area School District
Jessica Whiteman, McCourt Label Company
Todd Witchen, KOA Speer Electronics

Graduates received wooden plaques in honor of their achievement, hand crafted by students of the Seneca Highlands Vo-Technical School in Port Allegany.

Leadership McKean aims to educate and guide emerging leaders throughout McKean County. For more information about Leadership McKean, or to obtain an application for the class of 2014-15, please contact Kara Kennedy at or call 814-368-7115.

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Reduced-Fee Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Disabled Vets

HARRISBURG – The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to offer more disabled Pennsylvania veterans reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses, according to Senators Joe Scarnati (R-25), Lisa Baker (R-20) and Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

Senate Bill 1102, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, would reduce the cost of fishing licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.

Senate Bill 1090, authored by Senate Labor & Industry Committee Chairwoman Lisa Baker and Senate Communications & Technology Committee Chairman Scott Hutchinson would reduce the cost of hunting licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.

“These bills are a small way to honor those who have helped to protect our freedoms and will ensure that more disabled veterans have access to enjoy our Commonwealth’s great outdoors,” Senator Scarnati said. “Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country and face many challenges as a result of their service. Providing them the opportunity to participate in hunting and fishing activities at a reduced fee is a way that we can thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

“The County Veterans Affairs Directors Association told us that this benefit was not being applied uniformly across the state,” Senator Baker said. “Expansion to include any veteran who is rated as disabled eliminates confusion and simplifies the process. The nominal $1 fee allows Pennsylvania to draw down on federal funds.”

“I am pleased to see these measures are moving toward enactment into law. These bills are about honoring true American heroes who due to their service to our country have lost their mobility and their ability to work,” Senator Hutchinson said. “Extending this benefit is another way to honor those who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation.”

Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 reduce the cost of annual hunting and fishing licenses to $1 each, for military veterans in the Commonwealth who are 60 percent or greater disabled, as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, Pennsylvania law allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either certified as 100 percent disabled, or who have lost the use of one of their arms or legs.

Veterans certified as having a total disability would continue to qualify for free licenses. Pennsylvania currently offers $1 hunting and fishing licenses to certain active duty military personnel as well.

Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. Once signed into law the legislation will go into effect within 60 days.

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National Council on Teacher Quality Places
UPB Secondary Ed Program on Top-Ranked List

The National Council on Teacher Quality has given the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s secondary education program “Top Ranked” status – a distinction awarded to only 81 secondary programs nationwide – in its second annual Teacher Prep Review.

The council surveyed 1,668 programs at 836 institutions before awarding top-ranked status to 26 elementary programs and 81 secondary programs.

The council ranked secondary programs primarily on their selectivity, content knowledge for middle school and high school, and student teaching experience. Other considerations were instruction in classroom planning, secondary methods and assessing outcomes.

Nationwide, Pitt-Bradford’s secondary program was one of 21 tied for the 57th place ranking. It was one of six Pennsylvania schools given top-ranked status.

“We are proud of how our secondary education prepares students to be effective leaders in middle and secondary schools,” said Dr. Wayne Brinda, associate professor of education and coordinator of secondary education at Pitt-Bradford.

Brinda commented on how Pitt-Bradford measured up to the council’s criteria, “Rigor begins with the criteria for acceptance and extends throughout the program in the classroom and in the field, where students observe and are actively involved with teachers and students in middle and secondary classrooms from their sophomore year on.”

Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, said, “Given the increasing knowledge skills expected of teachers, it is indeed disappointing that we could not identify more exemplary programs in Pennsylvania.”

Secondary education majors available at Pitt-Bradford are biology education 7-12; business, computer and information technology K-12; chemistry education 7-12; English education 7-12; environmental education K-12; health and physical education K-12; mathematics education 7-12; and social studies education 7-12.

Recent graduates of Pitt-Bradford’s secondary education program are teaching in many school districts in the region and beyond including Bradford, Port Allegany, Otto-Eldred, Kane, Smethport, Warren, Oswayo Valley, Austin, St. Marys, Brookville and Butler in Pennsylvania and Elmira, Olean, Portville, Little Valley and Ellicottville in New York state.

The university’s elementary education K-4 program was ranked in the top third of programs nationwide – 242nd nationwide.

The complete report is available on the council’s website,

Pictured, Dr. Wayne Brinda, associate professor of education and coordinator of secondary education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, teaching a class.
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Committee Hears Testimony on
Causer Snowmobile-ATV Funding Bill

HARRISBURG – Legislation to bring fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth was the subject of a public hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.

House Bill 2047 would direct the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to maintain separate ATV management and snowmobile management accounts to ensure an equitable distribution of those funds.

“DCNR is currently unable to identify how much it spends on ATV trails versus snowmobile trails, but considering the number of trail miles on public lands for snowmobiles outnumbers those for ATVs by a 10-to-1 ratio, it sure looks as if there are some inequities,” Causer said.

He pointed to the situation in Cameron County, 60 percent of which is state forest land owned by the Commonwealth.

“People in Cameron County pay their ATV registration fees, yet there are absolutely no opportunities for them to ride on public lands in the county,” Causer said. “On more than 131,000 acres of forests, there is not one single trail on which people can legally ride their ATVs. It simply doesn’t make sense.”

Fred Brown of the Pennsylvania Off Highway Vehicle Association testified in support of the bill. “We believe it is only proper that a full accounting of the placement of ATV registration money be provided annually,” he said. “Our members pay into the fund. They are entitled to see what they get out of it.”

Liz Krug, president of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association, said her organization supports transparency in how funds are spent but raised some concern about how the funds could be divided when some trails are used by both ATVs and snowmobiles. “I would like to see the ATV and snowmobile groups work together to promote both sports,” she said. “Together we can develop trails that are cost-efficient and effectively managed.”

“After hearing the testimony, it is clear to me that DCNR needs to do a far better job of providing opportunities for both ATV and snowmobile riders,” Causer said. “Holding the agency accountable for how ATV and snowmobile funds are spent is an important step in the right direction.”

He is hopeful the bill will be taken up for a vote by the committee in the near future.

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Salamanca Man Pleads Not Guilty

A man has pleaded not guilty in connection to a police chase and crash that seriously injured him and his two passengers.

30-year-old Matthew Redeye of Salamanca is accused of speeding past a line of cars, including a police cruiser, last July on Broad Street in Salamanca. He was driving at about 70 mph when he crash into a metal utility pole. His passengers were thrown into the windshield and both suffered facial injuries. One also had internal injuries.

Redeye was trapped in the vehicle and, after being freed, spent a couple of days in ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of injuries to his lower extremities. After being released from the hospital he was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail, where he remains.

His case has been adjourned for motions.

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Bradford Man Pleads Guilty in Catt County

A Bradford man has pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to having sex with a child.

27-year-old Anival Otero Jr. had sexual contact with a child younger than 17 between August 16 and 29 of last year in Allegany.

Otero is scheduled for sentencing on September 8.

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Man Hurt in Olean Crash

A motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon landed an Olean man in the hospital with serious injuries.

State police say Scott Mataya was north on Route 16 at around 12:45 p.m. when his bike went out of control and hit two D-O-T curve-warning signs.

Mataya was first taken to Olean General Hospital, but later transferred to ECMC in Buffalo.

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Absconder Charges Bound to Court

Charges against one of the Buffalo men convicted of dealing drugs in McKean County a couple of years ago were bound to court following a preliminary hearing this morning.

52-year-old Donald Gadley was charged with flight to avoid apprehension for allegedly absconding from parole in May of last year. In February of this year, he was found in the Hotel Holley in Bradford with suspected drugs and paraphernalia after police were called for a domestic disturbance.

Gadley also gave police the name of his brother when they asked for identification, even after they told him he’d be charged when they confirmed who he was, according to court papers.

Gadley remains jailed on $10,000 bail.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Woman Jailed After Toll Plaza Incident

A woman who didn’t have enough money to pay a toll on the Thruway in Chautauqua County now has more problems than not having any spare change.

State police say they got a report that a woman at the toll plaza of Exit 60 in Westfield didn’t have enough money, and didn’t have any identification with her. When troopers got there, she signed the necessary paperwork for the unpaid toll but gave police her sister’s name instead of her own.

Later, troopers learned 22-year-old Destiny Love of Buffalo had a suspended driver’s license. She was charged with unlicensed operation, forgery and criminal impersonation and sent to Chautauqua County Jail.

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Hearing on Local Cop Use of Radar

Local police departments being able to use radar was the topic of a Senate Transportation Committee hearing this morning in Harrisburg

Currently, only state police are allowed to use radar. Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says he wants that to change, and also said the issue of where the money from fines would go is irrelevant at this point.

Noonan says the bottom line is radar saves lives. Pennsylvania is third in the country -- behind California and Texas -- in the number of automobile fatalities related to speeding. He says fee structures can be worked on and changed, if needed.

Committee Chairman John Rafferty said the bill likely will not come up for a vote during this session because lawmakers will be concentrating on budget issues until the budget is finalized.

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Firefighters Called for 'Aircraft Emergency'

Lafayette Township firefighters were called to Bradford Regional Airport at about 4:45 this afternoon for an “aircraft emergency.”

The McKean County 911 Center tells WESB an airplane was malfunctioning, but everything is OK.

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