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Friday, February 13, 2015

Mount Jewett Man Charged with Jury Tampering

During jury selection for his trial on charges that he ran from police, a Mount Jewett man allegedly talked to a couple of potential jurors, and is now facing more charges.

Court papers say 55-year-old Joseph Notoro was in the Warren County Courthouse when he approached tow potential jurors who were waiting in line to use the restroom. He told them to tell the lawyers and judge they didn’t know him, and then gave them details about his case.

One of those people told the district attorney about the encounter with Notoro, and the DA contacted police.

Notoro is charged with two misdemeanor counts of jury tampering and is jailed on $3,000 bail.

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Potter Co. State Health Center to Re-Open

The state Department of Health has confirmed it will reopen the State Health Center in Potter County, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

“This is great news for public health in Pennsylvania and in our region,” Causer said. “These health centers play a vital role in offering preventive care to adults and children alike.”

According to department officials, the reopening date and other logistics have not yet been finalized.

Health centers in 16 counties were closed in 2013 as a budget-cutting measure. However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled late last year the Commonwealth could not close any of the 60 state health centers.

“I am very pleased our local center and others serving rural Pennsylvania will soon reopen and resume providing much-needed services to our citizens,” Causer said.

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Charges Against Ex-Sheriff Mason Bound to Court

Charges against former McKean Former McKean County Sheriff Brad Mason, who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl who was a tenant at a rental home he owns in Bradford Township, have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing this morning. Mason appeared before visiting District Judge Glenn Carlson of Warren for an arraignment, followed by the hearing.

A state police news release says the “consensual sexual relationship” went on from December 6 of 2012 to May 12 of last year. He retired as sheriff in July.

Mason, who is 52 years old, is also accused of providing alcohol to the girl.

State police say the accusations came to light during investigation of an unrelated civil matter.

Carlson heard the case because of Mason’s relationships with the McKean County district judges.

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Two Wilcox Women Killed in Crash

Two Wilcox women are dead following a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at the intersection of routes 219 and 321 in Elk County.

State police say an SUV driven by 81-year-old Vera Johnson was traveling south on 219 when it didn’t stop for a stop sign and traveled into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by 37-year-old Steven Kilduff of Brookville.

Johnson and her passenger, 92-year-old Rose Swanson, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Kilduff was not hurt.

Route 321 between Kane and Wilcox was closed for about four hours.

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Screen Time for Babies

Earlier this month our Monday LiveLine series on infant and toddler development centered on the detrimental effect "screen time" can have on babies. This includes TV, tablets, phones, etc.

Thursday, NPR ran a story on the same topic.

You can read the NPR piece here.

You can listen to local speech and language pathologists Betsy Costello and Alliyson Maduri talk about it by going to and scrolling to "LiveLine 02-02-15 Babies and TV" in Local Programs.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Special Delivery by NY State Police

Riley William Kovacs will have a great story to tell about his birthday.

The little guy was so anxious to enter the world that his parents didn’t think they’d make it to the hospital, so they stopped at the state police barracks in Boston this afternoon.

At the barracks, troopers told Dad Matthew to pull his car into the heated garage, where Mom Misty was placed on blankets and towels on the floor, and other state police personnel gathered supplies.

Patchin Volunteer Fireman Eric Baumgartner and Police Sgt. Christopher Weiss delivered Riley at 1:55 p.m. Investigator Ryan Shanahan held the newborn until Hamburg EMTs arrived.

Misty and Riley – who weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces – were taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, where they are both doing fine.

Read more on this story -- including the names of the all the state police personnel who helped -- here.

Photos provided by NY State Police

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Two Charged After DuBois Fire

An Elk County man is one of two people charged in connection to a fire that did half a million dollars to a DuBois warehouse and also damaged a city fire truck.

20-year-old Zachary Coombs of Punxsutawney and 19-year-old Timothy Young of Kersey are accused of breaking into Gibby’s Warehouse in the early morning hours of January 5, vandalizing motorcycles with spray paint, and stealing several items.

Coombs then allegedly set a fire inside the building. Outside, he and Young both allegedly vandalized the outside of the building, a car and three other buildings.

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Tractor-Trailer Vs. SUV Crash Closes Road

Route 321 at Wilcox in Elk County is closed in both directions following a crash between an SUV and a tractor-trailer that happened at about 1:30 this afternoon.

PennDOT is advising drivers to be prepared for lengthy travel delays and says that drivers who can use alternate routes should use them.

We’ll have more information on the crash as soon as it’s available.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Charges Against Mother Accused of
Breaking Baby's Leg Bound to Court

Charges against a Bradford woman who admitted to breaking her 15-month-old daughter’s leg have been bound to McKean County Court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Papers filed in Cercone’s office say 27-year-old Leslie Skaggs took the baby to BRMC for treatment of an abscess and, while she was been examined they determined she had a broken leg. The child was then sent to Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where they determined she had several old, healing fractures.

Court papers say that during the course of the investigation, Skaggs admitted she was responsible for the injury.

Skaggs is free on $10,000 bail.

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Out-of-Towner Steals from Bradford Businessman

Someone tried to steal more than $3,000 from local businessman Todd Hennard by doctoring a check Hennard had given him for computers he wanted to buy.

Papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office say on November 20 Hennard contacted 36-year-old Joshua Werline of Levittown and got a quote of $1,150 for the computers. He mailed the check the next day, and Werline deposited it on November 29.

But then Werline changed the number on the check, erased the date and deposited it three more times and got an additional $3,450 without ever providing computers to Hennard.

Werline is charged with three felony counts of forgery and four misdemeanor counts of theft by deception.

He’s free on unsecured bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 26.

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Property Maintenance Office Introduced, Explained

Bradford City Council – and a standing room only crowd made up mostly of area landlords – heard about Bradford’s new Property Maintenance office before last night’s council meeting.

You can listen to the entire work session -- including questions from landlords and the answers -- by going to, and then clicking on the "local programs" tab.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

City of Bradford Police Log for 2/09/15

City of Bradford Police dealt with several motor vehicle accidents throughout the city on Monday. They were also called about harassment on Belleview Avenue, disturbances on Pearl and Bushnell streets, and criminal mischief to vehicles on East Main Street. Officers were called to a domestic incident on Bushnell Street. They also got a call about suspicious activity on North Kendall Avenue.

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Four in Court on Drug Charges

Four people appeared in Cattaraugus County Court on burglary charges in separate cases.

25-year-old Caitlyn Sarber of Allegany attempted to break into a Town of Allegany building on September 27. 42-year-old Jonathan Perrington of Olean attempted to break into an Olean building on October 6. 24-year-old Jay Miller of Olean attempted to break into an Olean building on September 16, 22-year-old Ally Wanatee broke into a Town of Salamanca house on May 4, 2014, and did $1,500 worth of damage.

All four are scheduled for sentencing on April 20.

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Man Admits to Having Child Pornography

A 68-year-old Salamanca man has admitted to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say Wayne Gilman had child porn in Salamanca between January 23, 2010, and August 24, 2012.

Gilman is scheduled for sentencing April 20 in Cattaraugus County Court.

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Limestone Man Pleads to Child Sex Charges

A Limestone man has pleaded guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child and unlawful surveillance.

Prosecutors say the first case against 36-year-old Billy Dixon is from March 3, 2013, and involved a child younger than 17. The second was on February 14, 2014, and involved a child younger than 16. The third incident was on August 17, when Dixon recorded a person privately dressing or undressing. All three incidents happened in the Town of Carrollton.

Dixon is scheduled for sentencing on April 20 in Cattaraugus County Court.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

City of Bradford Police Log for 2/07 and 2/08/15

Besides the slashed tires on Park Street, City of Bradford Police over the weekend arrested someone on Main Street on a drug charge, looked into disorderly conducted on Interstate Parkway and investigated a motor vehicle accident on Congress Street.

Officers were called to disturbances on East Main, Chestnut, West Washing and Congress streets, and were alerted to suspicious activity in a Callahan Park parking lot and on South Kendall Avenue.

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Bona's Posley Gets National Honors

After a week during which he won two games with buzzer-beating shots, St. Bonaventure junior guard Marcus Posley has earned multiple Player of the Week honors.

Posley's remarkable performances caught the attention of the national media. He was named national Player of the Week by ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz as part of his weekly "3-Point Shot" segment on Posley was also named national Player of the Week by college basketball insider Gary Parrish and "Mr. Big Shot" by USA Today writer Scott Gleeson. He also was selected SB Nation Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week.

In addition, Posley was selected the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week and the Big 4 Player of the Week.

Posley scored buzzer-beating game-winners against both Davidson and VCU last week. Feb. 4 at Davidson, with 4.8 seconds left in regulation and the Bonnies trailing 61-60, he drove the length of the court and scored just before the horn sounded. The win snapped Davidson's 15-game home court winning streak. Incredibly, Posley had a second chance when the Bonnies hosted 18th-ranked VCU on Feb. 7 at the Reilly Center. St. Bonaventure was tied with the Rams at 71-71 as the final seconds ticked down. Posley drove the right side of the lane and his off-balance shot went off the glass and through the net as time expired. That shot against VCU was the No. 3 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays of the day.

Posley scored 19 points against Davidson and 15 against VCU. He averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the week and was 7-17 (.412) from three-point range.

For the season, Posley leads the Bonnies and stands third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring at 17.1 points per game. He is second in the A-10 in three-pointers (60).

St. Bonaventure, which is 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the A-10, will host Massachusetts this Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

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