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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bacon-palooza at Erie County Fair

It’ll be a Bacon-palooza at the Erie County Fair this year.

This morning the fair gave a preview of some of the new food that will be available at the fair in Hamburg, NY., from August 6 through the 17th.

Dogzilla is a corn dog wrapped with ½ a pound of bacon.

If you don’t want to go that heavy on the bacon the Bacon Corn Dog is a deep friend corn dog with bacon mixed into the batter.

Then you have the baconana -- a chocolate-covered frozen banana with bacon pieces in the chocolate; and bacon lemonade – yep, lemonade flavored with bacon

New non-bacon items include deep fried tacos the size of a small football, a beef on weck egg roll and candy apple ice cream. (The ice cream actually sounds good.)

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Hearing Continued for
Alleged Euclid Ave. Drunk Driver

The preliminary hearing for the Bradford man accused of driving drunk when he hit a woman who was getting into has been moved to later this month.

61-year-old Roy Lawrence is charged with one felony count of aggravated assault by motor vehicle while driving under the influence, and related offenses. The hearing has been moved to July 30. He remains in McKean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

The injured woman, Megan Panighetti of Bradford, was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo, but is now home and still recovering from serious injuries.

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Three Jailed on Drug Charges

Three people are in jail after police stopped them because their car had a cracked windshield.

Troopers stopped 38-year-old Angel Ormsby, 41-year-old Thomas Ormsby and 28-year-old Christopher Holland, on Interstate 86 in Sherman. During the stop K9 officer Kubi found marijuana, hashish, mushrooms and codeine in the car.

The three Jamestown residents were each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana, and then sent to Chautauqua County Jail on $10,000 cash bail each.

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Accused Burglar Waives Hearing

The Kane man allegedly caught in the act of breaking into a house has waived his preliminary hearing and is now out of jail.

Police say 30-year-old Jamie Bard was caught trying to break into a Welsh Street home in the borough on Sunday.

He’s charged with burglary, criminal mischief and loitering and prowling at nighttime. Bard had been in McKean County Jail but all parties agreed today that he could be released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

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Underage Party Leads to Arrest

A fight at an underage drinking party has led to charges against an Olean man.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Jared Mitchell hit another person in the mouth causing an injury during the party on McDuffy Road back on June 14.

Mitchell is charged with assault and is scheduled to be in Town of Olean Court next month.

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Bridge Work Starts Monday

Work to replace the Wetmore Road Bridge will start on Monday.

The bridge that spans Two Mile Run in Hamilton Township, about five miles west of Kane, will be replaced with a box culvert.

PennDOT’s official detour will direct motorists to use Route 6, and they go back to Wetmore Road.

Work is expected to last until mid-August, but PennDOT says the bridge and road will be re-opened earlier if progress allows.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Causer's Senior Expo August 8 at Pitt-Bradford

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will host the 12th Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Aug. 8, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Building gymnasium.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

“There are many programs and services available to help senior citizens and their caregivers, but it can be difficult and time-consuming to track down all of the necessary information,” Causer said. “The expo makes it easier and more convenient by bringing service providers and senior citizens together in one place.

“I encourage people to come out and take advantage of this opportunity,” he added.

State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

A second expo will be held on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Roulette Fire Hall in Roulette.

For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Bradford district office at (814) 362-4400. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

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USFS Offering Reward

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Feds: Man Illegally Sold Cows

You’ve probably heard the term “cash cow.” Well, this guy got lots of cash for some cows – but the problem is they weren’t his to sell.

28-year-old Timothy Deland of Sherman, New York, has pleaded guilty in federal court to selling more than $110,000 worth of cows.

The US Attorney’s office says that back in 2008 Deland got a loan for about $213,000 from the Farm Service Agency to buy cows from the farm where he worked, using the cows and some machinery as collateral. In 2011 he petitioned the FSA to move the cows to Tennessee, but the petition was denied. Over the next 10 months he sold 90 cows to livestock companies and individuals event though they still technically belonged to the FSA.

The FSA told him repeatedly that the cows and equipment were unaccounted for, and he needed to make a report to them. After being interviewed by federal authorizes, he was charged with theft of mortgaged or pledged property.

He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced November 3.

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Woman Facing Drug Charges

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force has arrested an Olean woman following two separate incidents in Olean.

The task force say 30-year-old Laurie Lawall sold controlled substances to another person.

She’s charged with two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance, which are both felonies.

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Vehicle Crashes into Rew Post Office

A vehicle crashed into the Rew Post Office on Summitt Road at just before 12:30 this morning.

A parked car was also hit.

Rew Fire Department and Bradford Ambulance were called to the scene, but we don’t have a police report with any further details yet.

This afternoon a car crashed near the Route 219 Forman Street on/off ramps in Bradford. City police are still investigating.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 7/15/14

Late Monday night City of Bradford Police arrested a drunk driver on Euclid Avenue. On Tuesday they investigated a report of a suspicious person on School Street and were called to disturbances on Walker Avenue and Williams Street. Officers were also alerted to an animal issue on Main Street and criminal mischief on Limestone Street.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Take a Breather at Pfeiffer Nature Center

PORTVILLE, N.Y. – If you are looking for a breather from hectic summer activities, the Pfeiffer Nature Center has just what you need.

The 2014 Exhale Series starts Sunday, July 20. The theme for this season is “Acts of a Meaning Life” which celebrates experiences, creations, and communications of individuals and groups of individuals.

The Sunday evening typically begins around 5:30 p.m. with live music. A speaker from the community follows at 6 p.m. The evening concludes with more music. The format and style is designed to create an atmosphere of sharing and reflection in a place where people can come to understand and appreciate the diversity which is a part of every community. Visitors are welcome to join or depart the program at their leisure.

From the mountaintop location of the Lillibridge Pavilion, the Exhale Series brings together music, inspiration, community members in a natural, outdoor setting. The Sunday evening program runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Mary Schlosser of Allegany is the first week’s speaker. Other featured speakers include Helen Worth of Portville and Margaret Cherre, who recently retired as the director of the Nature Center. The series is also as much about the art of music in nature as it is about spoken word and reflection.

Local bagpiper Chris Piaggi will be making a return appearance this year. Last year the music of the instrument so moved the audience as it rolled from the top of the meadow to the Pavilion that a request was made for a repeat performance. Other music-as-art participants include the Walden Family Band with Roy Griffin and the Olean African Drum Ensemble with Moses Howden.

In conjunction with the series, the Historic Pfeiffer Cabin will be open at 5:45 p.m. for a brief tour. The cabin is currently being restored. The structure, which is made from salvage chestnut logs, was started in 1940 and finished in 1941. Several additions have been made through the years. Visitors to the Exhale Series are welcome to enjoy the cabin and the beautiful vista of Cattaraugus County it offers.

The Exhale Series is free and open to the public. The Lillibridge Pavilion is located at 1974 Lillibridge Road, Portville. The outdoor timber frame pavilion is universally accessible. Visitors to the Nature Center are always encouraged to dress for the weather. The Exhale Series proceeds rain or shine.

The preserve is a carry in; carry out facility with lots of picnic tables and benches available. Picnics or hikes before or after the event are encouraged. Visitors specifically attending the Exhale Series are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or sitting blankets. The Lillibridge Preserve of Pfeiffer Nature Center is open free of charge dawn to dusk every day.

For more information or directions call Pfeiffer Nature Center at (716) 993-0187 or visit - where science art and nature come together.

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Grants Awarded for Local Projects

Marilla, Gilbert reservoirs getting money

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced $500,000 in grants to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating, and aquatic resources within in McKean, Cameron, Elk and Potter counties.

This funding is available through a 2007 settlement agreement with Norfolk Southern as restitution for environmental damages from a June 30, 2006, train derailment in rural Norwich Township, McKean County. The accident spilled sodium hydroxide into Big Fill Run, Sinnemahoning-Portage Creek and the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek. Under the settlement, Norfolk Southern agreed to pay the Commonwealth $7.35 million as restitution for environmental damages. The PFBC received $3.675 million of the settlement and must use the funds to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating and aquatic resources in Cameron, Elk, McKean or Potter counties.

“The funds received through this damage settlement have been used to improve access, water quality and stream health and to restore stream connectivity,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “We are pleased to work cooperatively with our conservation partners to make ongoing and lasting improvements in the Sinnemahoning Creek watershed and eligible surrounding counties.”

The projects funded today total $500,000 and include: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, $58,000 - “Miller Run Access and Viewing Area.” Provide a new public access along the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek in Cameron County, information kiosk, and parking. Boating access will include a trail to the water and launch ramp for canoes and kayaks.

McKean County Conservation District, $100,000 - “Fish Habitat Improvement and Stream Restoration Program.” Improve fish and wildlife habitats in streams and riparian buffers; protect public and private property by installing in-stream structures; stabilize eroded streambanks; and plant trees and shrubs in riparian corridors. <_P> McKean County Conservation District, $100,000 - “Improved Fishing and Boating Access Program.” Install public fishing and boating facilities which are accessible for persons with disabilities at three sites: Marilla Reservoir, Gilbert Reservoir, and along Potato Creek at the Donald G. Comes Natural Resource Learning Center.

Potter County Conservation District, $88,000 - “Fish Habitat Improvement and Stream Restoration Program.” Improve natural functions of streams and riparian areas to ensure they are supporting aquatic and riparian wildlife communities. Accomplished by completing streambank stabilization and fish habitat enhancement using PFBC-approved habitat structures.

Potter County Conservation District, $42,000 - “Opening Stream Corridors through Bottomless Culverts.” Use an already completed county-wide inventory of bridges and culverts requiring replacement or repair to help guide the district staff as they assess and rank these structures using both biological and non-biological criteria. Following completion of the culvert/bridge rankings, will replace the top priority structure with a bottomless arch in order to improve passage for aquatic organisms. Monitoring of aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish will be performed before and after replacement of the structure.

Toby Creek Watershed Association, $31,000 - “Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment Systems/Mine Reclamation.” Purchase chemicals for operation of the Blue Valley AMD Treatment Facility and Trout Hatchery located in Elk County along Brandy Camp Creek, which is a tributary to Toby Creek and the Clarion River. Site also has a trout stocked pond and parking to provide public fishing.

Lock Haven office of Trout Unlimited, $81,000 - “Improving Brook Trout Habitat in the Kettle Creek Watershed” in Potter County. Reduce erosion from high priority dirt and gravel roads; stabilize actively eroding streambank; restore forested riparian buffer; train volunteers to assess stream crossing sites at roads to determine potential to be barriers to aquatic organism passage (AOP); design and permit high priority AOP barrier removals. ]

Including the current grant announcement, the PFBC has awarded nearly $2.1 million in grants from the Sinnemahoning settlement.

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Autumnlike Weather Continues

By Alex Sosnowski
Expert Senior Meteorologist for

A summertime version of the polar vortex will continue to set record low temperatures in the Plains and Midwest this week. Cool air will also reach into the South and Appalachians.

The air will feel refreshing to some people but downright chilly and autumnlike to others.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis, "Many residents and visitors will be toting jackets and long sleeves."

Rather than days of hazy sunshine and high humidity, typical of mid-July, many areas will experience a deep blue sky, at times, low humidity and a cool breeze.

Temperatures failed to climb past the 60s F from the eastern part of the Dakotas, through Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Monday.

Minneapolis, home of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, set a record low maximum temperature of 65 on Monday, breaking the old record of 68 set in 1884.

Nearly a dozen cities across the Plains set or tied record lows Tuesday morning including Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Dodge City, Kansas.

The polar air will continue to expand southward over the Plains, eastward across the Midwest and will touch the interior South and Appalachians.

High temperatures will range from the upper 60s to the lower 70s at midweek from Minneapolis to Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland.

During Wednesday morning, record low temperatures in the books since the 1800s will be challenged at Nashville and Oklahoma City.

Dozens of cities over the Midwest will approach record low temperatures Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Temperatures will dip well down into the 60s on multiple nights from northern Mississippi to central Alabama, central Georgia and portions of the Carolinas. In some case temperatures will be within a couple of degrees of record lows.

In portions of the central Appalachians, nighttime temperatures will dip into the 40s through into the end of the week or 10 to 20 degrees below average.

Amidst the cool air and spotty showers around the Great Lakes region, there is a risk of a few waterspouts.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak, "The warmest waters, such as those over lakes Erie, St. Clair and southern Michigan, are most at risk for waterspouts."

As the leading edge of cool air slows and stalls, drenching showers and thunderstorms will occur over portions of Texas, the southern Rockies and southern Plains, as well as parts of Florida and New England at midweek.

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Kane-Area Joy Ride Leads to Charges

State police saw a boy lying on his stomach on top of a speeding Jeep Cherokee, holding onto the luggage rack bars, and now the girl who was driving the Jeep is facing charges.

Troopers say the incident happened at 6:30 Sunday morning on West Wind Road in Wetmore Township. The 18-year-old James City girl was driving one-handed – because she had a can of Bud Light in her other hand.

After police stopped her, she was taken to Kane Community Hospital for blood tests. She is charged with DUI, underage drinking and recklessly endangering another person.

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Two Indictments for Jamestown Incident

Two indictments have been handed up in connection to an incident when several men fired at police officers who were responding to a report of a burglary.

The incident happened on July 1 in Jamestown.

23-year-old Jaqwan Martin and 23-year-old Maqwan Martin, both of Buffalo, are each charged with sexual abuse, burglary and weapons violations. Their bail is set at $1 million cash each.

Police say more suspects, who they haven’t not named yet, are in custody in Chautauqua County and Buffalo on parole violations. They expect to make more arrests later this week.

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Women Cited for Fountain Frolic

Maybe these two young ladies were just trying to cool off, but Warren Police didn’t look too kindly on how they chose to do it.

They say 22-year-old Marlena Hartman and 19-year-olf Renee Hudgons, both of Warren, were wading in the downtown fountain at 1 a.m. on July 9.

They were both cited for disorderly conduct.

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Speeding Leads to More Than Ticket

Speeding on Route 219 in Ashford led to more than a traffic ticket for a Cheektowaga woman.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped 33-year-old Amy Bednarek at about 10:15 Saturday morning and, while speaking to her, smelled marijuana. They soon found the marijuana, a glass pipe and a Valium tablet. Her passenger, 31-year-old Aaron Hegge, also of Cheektowaga, had marijuana with him as well.

During the search of the vehicle deputies saw that the car seat Bednarek’s one-year-old daughter was in was not secured to anything.

Bednarek is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and improper restraint of a child younger than four. She was also issued a couple of court appearance tickets. Hegge was issued a ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Kane Man Jailed for Burglary

A Kane man allegedly caught in the act of breaking into a house is in McKean County Jail.

Police say 30-year-old Jamie Bard was caught trying to break into a Welsh Street home in the borough on Sunday.

He’s charged with burglary, criminal mischief and loitering and prowling at nighttime. His bail is set at $50,000.

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Bradford Arsonist Pleads Guilty

The man who started four fires in Bradford early this year and late last year has pleaded guilty to arson.

21-year-old Harvey Rose admitted to starting fires at 8 Thompson Avenue and 10 Congress Place, as well as 125 West Washington Street and 338 East Main Street.

At the time of his arrest Rose told Assistant City Police Chief Mike Ward and State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti that “he was fascinated by fire. He liked to watch it burn and liked the colors.” He also told them he got uncontrollable urges to start fires and that he does not hold any regard for the safety of others outside of his family.

He remains in McKean County Jail, and is also awaiting trial in connection to an incident when his infant son was burned by scalding bath water.

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Man Accused of Using Weed to
Buy Stolen Guns Pleads Not Guilty

A Freedom, New York, man has pleaded not guilty in Catt Co. Court to using marijuana to buy three stolen guns.

Prosecutors say Christopher Lund make the transactions – which also included some cash – in December and January.

He’s charged with criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal purchase of disposal of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana.

The case has been adjourned for motions.

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Two Sentenced for Burglary

A Cattaraugus County woman will spend the next two to four years in state prison after being convicted of burglary.

34-year-old Sandra Sherlock of Olean was sentenced for breaking into a Town of Allegany building on October 17 of last year with the intent to commit a crime.

She also stole some property from the building.

35-year-old Scott Kelley of Ellicottville was also sentenced on a burglary charge.

On January 26 in the Town of Ashford he went into a building and stole property.

He got five years’ probation.

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AG: Man Had Child Pornography

Sharing child pornography online has landed a Warren man in jail.

19-year-old Christian Imperial is accused of having media files on his computer that depicted children younger than 18 engaging in sexually graphic acts and poses. Agents with the state attorney general’s office say Imperial’s computer contained hundreds of files of child pornography.

Imperial is jailed on $50,000 bond.

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