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Friday, November 21, 2014

Man Who Hid From Police Pleads Guilty

The man who tried to hide from police in a small wooded area off Seaward Avenue because he didn’t like the state parole program he was in has pleaded guilty.

55-year-old John Crocker of Bradford got into an argument with his daughter after she told him she was going to take him back to Erie so he could turn himself in. He got out of the car and hid from police for about half an hour until he was taken into custody. Crocker told police later that he would rather be in jail than in the parole program. He is on parole after serving time for drug charges.

He will be sentenced on December 18 in McKean County Court.

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Man Admits to Sexually Assaulting Teenager

A Bradford man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old.

Prosecutors say Andrew Hughes was 25 years old when he had sex with the teenager in February of last year.

Hughes is scheduled for sentencing in McKean County Court on February 12. He remains jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Mother of Wandering Kids Pleads Guilty

The woman whose young children were found wandering on East Main Street has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children.

On September 1 the 3-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son of 29-year-old Rheannon Bryant were dirty, had severe diaper rashes and full diapers. Bryant admitted she didn’t know where the children were. The person who first came upon the children tried to find the parents for about half an hour.

Bryant is scheduled for sentencing on December 18 in McKean County Court.

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Holiday Valley Open for the Weekend

There is a plus side to all that snow in Cattaraugus County – for skiers.

Holiday Valley opened this morning for skiing and snowboarding, and will be open Saturday and Sunday, too.

Two lifts will be running until 10 o’clock all three nights. They start at 8:30 Saturday and Sunday morning. At least four slopes will be open, depending on how much more snow we get, and how much more they make.

The slopes will be closed Monday through Thursday of next week, and then will reopen next Friday.

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Man Allegedly Kicked Another in the Face

A Silver Creek man is accused of kicking another man in the face during an argument in a trailer park this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say 34-year-old Randall Abbey shoved 45-year-old Edward Gawron to the ground before kicking him.

Abbey will answer the harassment charge in Town of Hanover Court.

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No One Hurt in Ridgway Fire

An overheated electrical unit is believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged a Ridgway apartment Thursday afternoon.

State police say the fire started in the ceiling of an upstairs apartment on Walnut Street occupied by 31-year-old Marjorie Moore. The building is owned by Steven Lenze of St. Marys. 65-year-old John Stumpf is listed as the other occupant of the building.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 11/20/14

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated a theft on Bushnell Street and a disturbance on High Street. They also got a report about someone making threats on East Main. Officers were also called to complaints about harassment on Interstate Parkway and Fairbanks Avenue, and criminal mischief on Main Street.

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Bradford Man Hurt in Route 219 Crash

A man who was thrown from his pickup truck and then left the scene of the Route 219 accident last night is facing DUI and other charges.

Police say 23-year-old Cody Fowler of Bradford lost control of the truck on the snow-covered road, about two miles from Route 59, at around 10:45 p.m., when it went up and over a guardrail and hit a tree. Witnesses saw Fowler got to a nearby business, where police found him a short time later.

Fowler was first taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center, but then transferred to UPMC Hamot for treatment of moderate injuries.

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Charges Withdrawn Against Lewis Run Man

Charges have been withdrawn against the Lewis Run man who had been cited for telling a DEP employee he was driving too fast on Chapel Fork Road in Lafayette Township.

State Police had said 49-year-old Daniel Brinsky would be getting a citation for disorderly conduct.

The incident happened on the afternoon of October 28. The charge was withdrawn last week.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Senators Announce Formation of
Pennsylvania’s First Rural Regional Community College

HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvania’s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

According to the legislators, the newly created community college is being established with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, as well as training and certificate programs to underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Curriculum of the college will be determined by the Board of Trustees, based upon the future workforce needs of the designated region of Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.

“I am very excited that groundwork for launching the Rural Regional Community College is now in place,” Senator Scarnati stated. “This will be the first community college to offer greatly needed higher educational opportunities to northwestern Pennsylvania. Thanks to input by education, business and community leaders, we have been able to establish a solid foundation for helping students have access to quality, affordable education near their hometowns.”

“This will certainly expand the educational options for students in our region,” Senator Robbins said. “Education is the key to success, and a two-year college program is an excellent option for young people who are looking at job opportunities in many career fields. The truth is it’s also a cost-effective way for students to complete their basic studies at a smaller college before finishing their degree at a larger university.”

“I’m thrilled with the rapid progress on the Rural Regional Community College and I’m grateful for Senator Scarnati’s leadership in making this concept a reality,” Senator Hutchinson said. “The positive effects this college will have on our region cannot be understated – there is an immediate need for quality career and technology education in many rural areas of the Commonwealth. The Rural Regional Community College will help residents of our area get the training and education they need to continue working and living right here in our community.”

Senator Scarnati explained that earlier this year, language from his Senate Bill 1000 to establish the rural regional community college initiative was included in the Fiscal Code (Act 126 of 2014). Senate Bill 1000 was a bi-partisan initiative, based largely on recommendations by a Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) study completed in December 2011.

On August 1st, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) appointed the Educational Consortium of Upper Allegheny (ECUA) as the non-profit entity to assist with designating the community college region to be served, as well as advising PDE on the appointment of members of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Dick McDowell, Chairman of the ECUA Board of Trustees stressed the importance of the new community college.

“Providing people with access, affordability and articulation that a community college can offer will be a tremendous asset to rural Pennsylvania,” Dr. McDowell said. “We are pleased to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide advice to help develop a rural higher education system that offers greater accessibility for students at affordable rates.”

Earlier this month, the following 15 individuals were named to serve on the Board of Trustees by PDE Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.

· Ms. Mary Bula, Collective Impact at United Way of Erie County
· Ms. Nancy Decker, Laurel Technical Institute
· Mrs. Amanda Hetrick, Forest Area School District
· Mr. Robert Kaemmerer, United Refining Company
· Mr. Hank LeMeur, Superior Tire and Rubber Company
· Mrs. Kate Lomax-Brock, Elk Cameron Community Education Council
· Mr. Greg Mahon, Office of the Senate President Pro Tempore
· Dr. Richard McDowell, President Emeritus University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
· Mr. Douglas Morley, Potter County Commissioner
· Mr. Ed Pitchford, Cole Memorial Hospital
· Mr. Louis Radkowski, City of Saint Marys
· Mrs. Susan Snelick, North Central Workforce Investment Board
· Dr. Karen Whitney, Clarion University
· Mr. Dennis Wilke, Precision Manufacturing Institute
· The Honorable Mary Jo White, Former State Senator

Term length of the Board members will be determined at the first Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for December 2, 2014. The meeting will be open to members of the public and the location of the meeting will be determined by PDE in the coming days.

The Senators also recognized the contributions of members of the House of Representatives who worked on the measure, especially Representative Martin Causer who introduced a companion bill to SB 1000, which also sought to establish a rural community college program.

“Thanks to the efforts and input of numerous educational, business, community and government leaders, we are now helping to provide students with more tools they can use to access good, family-sustaining jobs. We look forward to witnessing the positive impacts of the college in the years to come.”

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Man, Woman Accused of Staging Robbery

A man and woman are accused of staging a robbery to get $200 from a Bradford man.

Timothy Wright and Breanna Miller had tried a few other times to get the money before staging the robbery. According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office the first attempt happened when Miller was in the shower with the victim at a Forman Street apartment. Next, Wright tried to get the money while Miller and the victim were having sex.

During the staged robbery back in June, Wright grabbed Miller from behind and held a knife to her neck, while threatening to kill her if the victim didn’t hand over the money. After Wright left with the money Miller asked that he not call police.

Wright and Miller are both in McKean County Jail on $25,000 bail each.

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Cops: Man Tried to Stab His Brother

A Bradford man is accused of trying to stab his brother with a couple of screwdrivers because the brother didn’t want him to leave the house with his pregnant wife and two young children while he was drunk.

33-year-old Donny Hoffman attacking his brother late last night on North Center Street, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Walter Hoffman told police that after he convinced Donny not to go out with his pregnant wife and kids, he overhead him saying they were going anyway. Later, Donny snapped and attacked Walter with the screwdrivers. Walter was able to subdue his brother, but not before sustaining several injuries.

Donny is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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Jerry Seinfeld to Appear at Lucy Comedy Festival

Jerry Seinfeld,will be performing his signature stand-up routine during the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2015.

His tour will visit the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena for two performances on August 1 at 7pm & 9:30pm. These shows are on sale Monday, February 9 at 10am. Members of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy will be able to participate in an exclusive pre-sale period beginning Monday, February 2 at 10am.

“Jamestown celebrates the best in comedy, and Jerry Seinfeld is exactly that,” said Journey Gunderson, festival producer and executive director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy and National Comedy Center.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will take place July 30 – August 2, 2015. Tickets and information are available at LucyComedyFest.com & 716.484.0800.

Photo provided by the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy

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Board Meeting Postponed

The Board of Directors Meeting for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services has been postponed and rescheduled for December 4 at 5 p.m. at 2 Main Street, Suite 600, Bradford.

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Man Guilty of Assaulting Toddler

A jury found a Bradford man guilty of assaulting a toddler.

45-year-old Olivar Gonzalez-Iriarte was babysitting the two-year-old boy when he beat him, causing head and neck injuries that had to be treated at BRMC.

Gonzalez-Iriarte remains in McKean County Jail without bail. A sentencing date hasn’t been set yet.

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Bath Salts, More Found in Man's Home

Bath salts, a gun and drug paraphernalia were among the items police say they found in an Emporium man’s house last week.

59-year-old Gary Boyer is facing multiple charges after marijuana, smoking devices, a pill grinder and digital scales, as well as the bath salts were found. Police say he also had a .22 caliber pistol with the serial number removed.

Boyer is in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Two Jailed for Selling Drugs

Two Salamanca residents are in Cattaraugus County Jail for selling drugs to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in Randolph.

21-year-old Michael Doner is accused of selling heroin. 37-year-old Mary Mosley is accused of selling cocaine.

They are each charged with felony counts of criminal possession of and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

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Lake Effect Snow Advisory

A Lake Effect Snow Advisory will go into effect late this afternoon and go through Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in State College says we can expect the snow to start at around 5 o’clock and end at around 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, but the heaviest snow is likely between 8 o’clock tonight and 10 o’clock tomorrow morning.

The northwest part of McKean County – including Bradford, Lewis Run and Ludlow – could see between 4 and 7 inches of snow. The southeastern part of the county will see 2 or 3 inches.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning will be in effect in Warren County during the same time period. Parts of that county could get up to 10 inches of snow. The warning remains in effect in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties until noon tomorrow.

In Lake Effect Snow storms the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. If you’re traveling across the region, be prepared for quick changes in road conditions, as well as visibility.

In the Buffalo area, up to 100 inches of snow is possible by the weekend. The NFL will make a decision tomorrow on what to do about Sunday’s Bills games. Governor Andrew Cuomo says playing it at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday is impractical.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 11/19/14

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated an assault on Belleview Avenue. They also dealt with some traffic issues and assisted other agencies. Officers also helped a motorist on North Bennett Street.

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