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Friday, January 2, 2015

Gabriel Earns Promotion at Northwest

Jessica Gabriel has been named assistant vice president of Northwest Savings Bank. James Swanson, vice president, Deposit Operations, made the announcement.

In her role, Ms. Gabriel will continue to manage the IRA/HSA, Deposit Services, Reporting Services, Research and Returned Mail departments of the bank. She will also assume responsibility of Deposit Administration. Ms. Gabriel will continue to oversee employees in the Operations Department’s management trainee program.

Ms. Gabriel joined Northwest in June 2002 as a management trainee in the Investment Management and Trust Department. She served as a Trust Officer until her move to the Operations Department in 2008.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Penn State University Erie, The Behrend College. Ms. Gabriel recently completed, with honors, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Advanced School of Banking.

Active in her community, Ms. Gabriel serves on the board of the Kane Area United Fund.

She lives in Kane with her husband, Dave, and their children, Logan and Jenna.

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More Than 5 Tons of Pipe Stolen

Two men are accused of stealing more than $1,200 worth of two-inch pipe from Cameron Energy.

Police say 36-year-old Christopher Nelson of Tiona and 38-year-old Donnie Edwards of Sheffield took more than 5 ½ tons of pipe from property in Sheffield Township between December 11 and 17.

Troopers are investigating similar thefts in the Henrys Mills area of the township and are asking anyone with pertinent information to contact them.

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National Fuel Expects Decrease

Natural gas prices may be going down again.

National Fuel has told the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission they expect a decrease in gas supply charges this year, meaning they would lower their rates by about 2 percent starting in August.

The bill for a typical residential customer would decrease from $73 to $71 a month.

This is just a forecast for the winter of 2015-16, and must be reviewed and approved by the PUC before becoming effective. It could also be adjusted to reflect current market prices.

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PSP: Man Gave False Naame

A man is accused of lying to police during a traffic stop this morning.

Police stopped Victor Lushbaugh of Kane at 7:47 a.m. for a stop sign violation and, when they asked him for identification, he didn’t have any with him and didn't give them his real name.

He was charged with a misdemeanor count of giving false identification to law enforcement and several summary offenses.

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Smethport Fire Still Under Investigation

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Smethport home on New Year’s Eve.

State Police Fire Marshal Robert Southern says the blaze did about $100,000 worth of damage to the home of 85-year-old Donald Hull, but he hasn’t pinpointed a cause yet.

The fire started at about 10:15 p.m. on the first floor of the house and then went up a wall and through the roof. Firefighters say the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived.

No one was hurt.

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Fire at Former Furniture Store

All the fire departments in Elk County were called to the former Suzy’s Furniture Store on Route 255 early this morning for a blaze that heavily damaged the building.

All four lanes of Route 255 were shut down at about 2:45 a.m. while firefighters battled the blaze. The road reopened at around 8:30 a.m.

Investigators are still on the scene trying to determine what caused the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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Help Find Quick Stop Sally!

Quick Stop Sally is missing.

The owners of the Quick Stop Market in Kane bought Sally the mannequin near the end of summer and put her out in front the store, where employees dressed her for the seasons.

She was taken at 11 o’clock Monday night, and you can see surveillance video of the mannequin-napping on our Facebook page,

Sally was last seen wearing a black fur coat, grey scarf and red gloves.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 1/01/15

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated a possible violation of drug laws on Elm Street and a theft on Bushnell Street. They were called about disturbances on Barbour and Petrolia streets, disorderly conduct on Mechanic Street and harassment by communication on Walker Avenue. Officers also received calls about suspicious activity on West Washington, State and Davis streets.

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Mario Cuomo Dies at Age 82


Thursday, January 1, 2015

WESB's Top Three Stories of 2014

Saying good-bye to three men who could be considered "institutions," criminal charges against a local doctor and the resurgence of Downtown Bradford were the three stories we believe had the greatest impact on our region during 2014.

You can hear the stories here:

Top Stories of 2014

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