The 1490 NewsBlog

powered by NewsRadio 1490 WESB

brought to you, in part, by


http://www.colememorial.org

Saturday, May 23, 2015

MLB Roundup

Gerrit Cole struck out 10 batters in 8 1/3 innings to lead the Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Mets Friday night. He gave up only six hits – all singles – and lowered his ERA to 2.05. Chris Stewart had two hits and an RBI for Pittsburgh. Jung Ho Kang, Pedro Alvarez and Gregory Polanco also drove in runs as the Pirates dropped New York to 7-13 on the road.

Prince Fielder smacked two homers, drove in four runs and helped the Texas Rangershold off the New York Yankees 10-9 Friday night for their third straight win. The Yankees have lost four in a row and eight of nine.

Brandon Moss homered and drove in three runs, while Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs in six innings to help the Indians earn a 7-3 win over Cincinnati. It was Cleveland’s fourth win in a row and sixth in eight games.

Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. The Phillies have lost three of four after winning six in a row.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Ashton McGriff Breaks School Record

Bradford High’s Ashton McGriff broke the school record in the 400 during Friday’s PIAA Track & Field championships in Shippensburg.

She not only broke the previous record set in 1996 – she shattered it by nearly a full second. And, she’s only a freshman.

Unfortunately, she just missed out on a berth in the finals.

Her sister Brooke competes in the pole vault today.

Also yesterday, Kane’s Savannah Anderson medaled in the pole vault in Class AA.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

NHL, NBA Conference Finals

Rick Nash scored twice and was dominant in the New York Rangers’ 5-1 win in Game 4 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Rangers’ win evened the NHL Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

~~~

LeBron James had his 74th 30-point game in his postseason career, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 94-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs are now up 2-0 in the series.

The 30-point game ties James with Jerry West for fourth on the all-time list. Only Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant andKareem Abdul-Jabbar have more.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Pleads No Contest to Fatal Crash

The Smethport man charged in connection to a crash that killed an 8-year-old Shinglehouse boy in February of 2013 has pleaded no contest.

22-year-old Tieler Raymo pleaded to a charged of involuntary manslaughter, which was added as part of a plea agreement that dropped eight other charges, including homicide by vehicle.

District Attorney Ray Learn explained that the reason the no contest plea was offered is that experts have differing opinions on the circumstances of the crash.

Raymo is scheduled for sentencing on July 9. He remains free on unsecured bail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Ex-Sheriff Court Date Rescheduled

Former McKean County Sheriff Brad Mason had been scheduled to appear in McKean County Court on Friday for a Last Day to Plea conference, but that has been moved to next month.

Mason is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl who was renting a house from him in Bradford Township. The relationship was consensual.

Mason resigned as sheriff in July of last year. The charges were filed in January.

His next court appearance is now scheduled for June 18.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Friday, May 22, 2015

Task Force: Woman Sold Crack Cocaine

A Kill Buck woman is accused of selling crack cocaine.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say 29-year-old Leah Thomas sold the crack in Great Valley in January. She’s charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Also, the task force picked up 33-year-old Jermaine Bordeaux of Buffalo on a parole warrant.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

PSP: Man Sets Empty House on Fire

A Ridgway man is facing charges for burning down an unoccupied house.

State police say 43-year-old Robert Lilley was burning brush on property near the house in Daguscahonda at around 9 o’clock last night when the fire got out of control and caught the house on fire. Four fire departments battled the blaze.

The building was a total loss. There was no insurance on it, and it was scheduled for demolition in a few weeks. No one was hurt.

Lilley is charged with Dangerous Burning.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

'Orphan Train' Author Coming to Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and One Book Bradford are teaming up to bring “Orphan Train” author Christina Baker Kline to Bradford this fall.

Kline will visit Pitt-Bradford at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, when she will give a talk that will be open to the public in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. Her best-selling novel “Orphan Train” will be used as a common reader in freshman seminar and creative writing classes on campus.

Community members are encouraged to read the book and attend as well. One Book Bradford is a collaborative venture under the auspices of the Bradford Area Public Library that annually chooses a book for the community to read together. Its annual events culminate with a visit to Bradford from the author.

Pat Shinaberger, chairwoman of One Book Bradford, said, “Our committee is very excited to join Pitt-Bradford in bringing an author of Kline’s caliber to Bradford. We are hopeful this is just the beginning of something great between our two groups.”

“Orphan Train” deals with orphaned, abandoned or homeless children who were sent from the East Coast to the rural Midwest to be raised by foster families between 1854 and 1929. Irish immigrant Vivian Daly is one of those children, and many years later, young Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer stumbles upon her story.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, “Orphan Train” has been described as “a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.”

“Orphan Train” has spent more than 90 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at No. 1, and has been chosen as a common reader by more than 50 communities and colleges.

Dr. Nancy McCabe, director of the writing program at Pitt-Bradford and author of two books on the adoption of her daughter from China, said that what first made her want to bring Kline to Bradford is that “Orphan Train” is “a good read and very engaging.”

She was also intrigued by the historical tie-in of the orphan trains and, from a writer’s perspective, the shifting points of view in the story between Vivian, the Depression-era orphan, and Molly, a modern foster child who meets Vivian as part of a community service project.

Those who are interested in the orphan trains and orphanages of the early 20th century will also have a chance to view the PBS series American Experience’s documentary on the orphan trains on Oct. 19. Details of the showing will be announced later this summer.

One Book Bradford will also hold a community discussion of the book on Sept. 19 and is planning a talk on the history of orphanages in the Bradford area.

Funding for Kline’s visit will be provided by the Pitt-Bradford Spectrum Arts Series and freshman seminar.

For more information on Kline or the book, visit www.christinabakerkline.com, which provides book group discussion guides and historical background on orphan trains, including the itinerary for Vivian Daly’s train, which traveled through Buffalo, N.Y., and Erie.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at The Panther Shop at Pitt-Bradford after July 1.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

ARG Wins Governor's ImPAct Award

Hershey – Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) President Laura Williams has recognized 50 outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, expanding into new markets and making positive contributions in local communities at the 2015 Governor’s ImPAct Awards.

“Today we celebrate Pennsylvanians who work hard every day to help their workers thrive, to grow their companies, and to improve the communities in which they live.” said Ms. Williams. “All of these things, one day, one place at a time, help to make Pennsylvania better.”

The Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognized 50 companies at the Hershey Lodge from throughout the state in five categories: Jobs That Pay, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. The awardees were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state’s partners, Team PA and Journal Multimedia.

Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners – the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. All 10 PREP regions were eligible to submit up to five nominations per category. A total of 214 nominations were received in 2015.

The PREP network works to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Governor’s ImPAct Awards initiative is designed to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that see the value and benefits of doing business in the commonwealth. The awards are sponsored by Team PA, and are coordinated with Journal Multimedia.

For more information, and a full list of winners, visit teampa.com/gia.

North Central
Community Impact Award – American Refining Group, Bradford
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Laughing Owl Press Co., Kane
Export Impact Award – MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, Brookville
Jobs That Pay Award – Miller and Machine Company, Brookville
Small Business Impact Award – Atlas Press Metals, DuBois

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Body of Missing Fisherman Found

The body of a man who had been missing since last Wednesday has been found.

Authorities say the body of 64-year-old David Spink of Wyoming County was recovered from Chautauqua Lake at around 6:45 this morning. They haven’t released any further information yet.

The search started a week ago when he didn’t show up to meet a fishing buddy. His truck and boat trailer were found at the Prendergast Point boat launch. His empty boat was found on the shore at Long Point State Park.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Man Jailed for Dragging Woman with Truck

A Bradford man is in jail for allegedly dragging his ex-girlfriend with his pickup truck, causing serious injuries, including a collapsed lung.

Court papers say early this morning 26-year-old John Vinelli III and the victim were arguing while she was standing at the open passenger side door of the truck when he drove off. The open door knocked her down dragged her for “some distance,” but Vinelli didn’t stop. She said the battery in her phone was missing after the incident, so she couldn’t call for help, so she walked from Hillside Avenue to the Hotel Holley, where she knew the bartender, and they called for help.

When police went to Vinelli’s house, he let his German Shepard out, and the dog charged toward one of the police officers. The dog later bit the officer’s arm. Police say it was apparent from his speech and his staggering that Vinelli was under the influence.

His bail is set at $50,000.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Riel Handily Defeats Berg;
Vettenberg-Shaffer Beats Learn

Woods Beats Bartlett
Pingie, Duffy, Church Win
Yaros Defeats Yoder, McClure

Unofficially incumbent Tom Riel has won the Republican primary for Bradford Mayor. He beat his opponent Paul Berg by a margin of about 2 to 1.

Unofficially,
: 1st Ward: Riel 20, Berg 12
2nd Ward: Riel 58, Berg 42
3rd Ward 1: Riel, 63, Berg 38
3rd Ward 2: Riel 100, Berg 22
4th Ward: Riel 100, Berg 26
5th Ward: Riel 31, Berg 16
6th Ward 1: Riel 101, Berg 45
6th Ward 2: Riel 72, Berg 40

In the race for McKean County District Attorney, it appears that Stephanie Vettenberg-Shaffer has defeated incumbent Ray Learn by a little more than 200 votes.

Dan Woods has defeated Butch Bartlett for McKean County Sheriff by a vote of 3,340 to 1,532.

Incumbent Al Pingie and Carol Duffy led the Republican pack in the race for McKean County Commissioner. They got 2,518 and 2,163 votes, respectively.

On the Democratic ballot, Judy Church got 905 votes and incumbent Cliff Lane got 786. They’ll square off again in November’s general election.

The four nominees will fight for three seats on the board of commissioners.

Current first deputy register of wills Wendy Yaros appears to have won the Republican race for McKean County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans Court.

Unofficial results say she received 1,987 votes to 1,412 for David Yoder and 1,324 for Jeanmarie McClure.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

McGinley Family Commits $2 Million for
University Ministries at St. Bonaventure

As a young boy, Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley Jr. would stay at St. Bonaventure University to visit one of his uncles and watch the Pittsburgh Steelers practice during training camp.

That uncle — Fr. Silas (Dan) Rooney, O.F.M. — proved to be a “strong presence” in McGinley’s life and also within the large, tight-knit McGinley/Rooney family where athletics were encouraged and education valued.

Now, as Jack McGinley celebrates 50 years as a Bona alumnus, he and his family and the Rita M. McGinley Foundation of which he is chair have committed $2 million to enhance University Ministries at St. Bonaventure.

The gift will primarily be used to create a renewed ministries center on campus.

“Jack McGinley, like his father and mother, always recognizes the strength that comes to us when we belong to communities of faith,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president. “This gift will create a fitting center and expression of this fundamental creed: We must celebrate the bedrock beliefs that form our characters and we must support the ministers who keep the torch burning in each generation.”

The legacy of the McGinley family at St. Bonaventure began when one of McGinley’s uncles, Daniel M. Rooney, transferred to St. Bonaventure to prepare for life as a friar of Holy Name Province. He was a legendary athlete in the 1920s at both Duquesne and St. Bonaventure and is a member of each university’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated in 1929 and returned in 1946.

Ordained as the Rev. Silas Rooney, O.F.M., he served the missions in China, the nation as chaplain through World War II, and the University first as assistant athletics director. When Fr. Silas became director of athletics, he arranged through his older brother, Steelers owner Arthur J. Rooney Sr., for Pittsburgh to hold its training camp on campus (from 1952 to 1957).

“We were a close family,” McGinley said, fondly recalling his grandparents and the many aunts, uncles and cousins he and his siblings grew up with.

His mother, Marie, often referred to her brother Silas as the “Pride of the Clan” notwithstanding the achievements of his older brother Art as its “Chief.” Faith, family, sports and education mattered most within their interwoven circle. While the public often referred to Art as “the Chief,” his mother and her sister Margaret always referred to him as “Arthur.” McGinley’s grandfather, Barney, was Art’s partner in Rooney McGinley Boxing Club and the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club.

McGinley’s $2 million gift is made in appreciation of his uncle Silas; his grandparents, Katherine and Bernard McGinley and Margaret and Daniel Rooney; his aunt Rita M. McGinley, a longtime educator and philanthropist in Pittsburgh; and his parents, Jack McGinley Sr. and Marie Rooney McGinley. Without the legacy that they bestowed, this gift would not have been possible, he said.

The gift also honors the Franciscan friars and sisters and the men and women of the faculty and administration who have graced the campus with their service, McGinley said.

“What I know best about St. Bonaventure is that the men and women of the faculty and the administration strive very hard to give students a quality education that is values based,” said McGinley. “The Franciscan presence here is one of the primary things that differentiate the university.

“A lot of places can provide education, but the ministries program at St. Bonaventure inculcates values and creates a bond with the university that is evident in the alumni,” McGinley added. “My family is hopeful that this gift continues the vibrancy of the ministries programs and creates a first-class structure on campus to house the ministries center.”

McGinley, an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in Pittsburgh, served on St. Bonaventure’s Board of Trustees for 10 years in the 1990s and as chair from 2004 to 2012. He graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1965 and the Duquesne University School of Law in 1968, and has been a trial attorney for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in corporate, business, real estate and professional liability matters. He is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Executive Committee at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

A director at Duquesne University and a member of the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni, McGinley is also a proud member of the Hall of Fame at Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by St. Bonaventure in 2012.

Pictured (from left): Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president; Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director, University Ministries: Pittsburgh attorney John R. “Jack” McGinley, Jr.; and Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M., Guardian of Holy Peace Friary at Mount Irenaeus

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Fish for Free on Sunday

HARRISBURG – Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the Memorial Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - May 24 – marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.

“Fish-for-Free days offer an easy, convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Many families already spend the day at lakes and parks throughout the state. Now they can try fishing at no cost.

“We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more,” he added. “And this year, anglers who purchase a license will enjoy $1 off.”

The PFBC announced last fall that it was reducing the price of resident, non-resident and senior resident annual licenses by $1 for the entire 2015 season. This is the first time the PFBC has reduced the price of a fishing license. The discount is part of a marketing campaign to highlight the sport’s affordability to families and younger audiences and to persuade lapsed anglers to return. It’s being promoted under the slogan “Catch the Value!”.

To make the fishing experience more convenient, newcomers to the sport can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state.

“We want to encourage individuals to try fishing so we’ve made it easy by setting up tackle loaner sites,” adds Laurel Anders, director of the Bureau of Boating and Outreach. “Many of the sites are right at state parks, which are always a popular place for visitors on the Memorial Day weekend. But we also have loaner sites at county parks and some public libraries.”

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Multistate Settlements with Fake
Cancer Charities, Executives

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced multistate settlements with two deceptive cancer charities and three executives. The defendants are accused of accepting millions of dollars in donations earmarked for cancer victims and using much of that money for their personal gain. The multistate group of regulators also sued three non-settling defendants.

The settlements with the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society and the three executives will result in combined payments of approximately $914,000. It also permanently prevents the executives — Rose Perkins, Kyle Effler and Jim Reynolds II — from managing charitable assets in the future.

“Everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another,” Attorney General Kane said. “That is what makes this so unfathomable. To take not only from hard-working Americans but sick women and children as well, that is something I will not stand for.”

Perkins was executive director of the Children’s Cancer Fund of America. Effler served as chief financial officer of Cancer Fund of America, Inc., and chief executive officer of Cancer Support Services. Reynolds was executive director and former president of the Breast Cancer Society.

The charities are part of a consortium that regulators called the Cancer Fund Group. They solicited millions to aid cancer victims, but less than five percent of donations went to aid those with cancer. The bulk of the donations were used for administrative and fundraising costs.

Investigators also allege those involved in these charities compensated and lent money to themselves, thereby using the donation money for vacations, cars, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, dating website subscriptions, luxury cruises and tickets to concerts and sporting events.

To hide their high administrative and fundraising costs from donors, the corporate defendants used an accounting scheme in which they inflated the value of donated materials that they shipped as gifts-in-kind to organizations in developing countries.

They also mailed care packages to cancer patients that were not beneficial. Those packages included instant breakfast drinks with low nutritional value, sundries and other low cost items.

The settlements will require payments of $389,500 from the insurers of the two charities and any proceeds from their liquidations. The settlements also call for a $75,000 payment from Reynolds and $60,000 from Effler.

The settlements followed a joint legal action filed by Pennsylvania, all 49 other states and the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission and are subject to court approval. Non-settling defendants remain and have been sued in Federal District Court for the District of Arizona. They are Cancer Fund of America, Inc., Cancer Support Services, Inc., and James Reynolds, Sr.

A portion of any money collected through settlements or after trial will be granted to charities that have a proven track record of providing assistance to cancer patients. A portion will also be used to cover costs incurred by the investigating states.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Obituary
Carolyn Breznik

Carolyn Diane Breznik 25, formerly of Bradford, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Thompson Announces School Milk Act

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) introduced H.R. 2407, the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015.

“Milk is the number one source of nine essential nutrients in many young American’s diets and provides many significant health benefits,” said Congressman Thompson. “The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 seeks to reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the country,” added Thompson.

“As our nation works to replace ‘empty calorie’ foods in our children’s school meals, one thing is clear—low-fat dairy is the opposite of ‘empty,’” said Congressman Courtney. “It packs valuable nutrients including protein, potassium, and calcium—a solid foundation for building a healthy menu in America’s schools,” Courtney added.

“With Congress set to reauthorize school nutrition programs this year, we applaud Congressman Thompson and Congressman Courtney for introducing this bill, and for recognizing the importance of milk to the health and well-being of our nation’s school children,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA.

The School Milk Nutrition Act has the strong support of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015 would :

~~ Preserve milk’s integral role in school meals by reaffirming the requirement that milk is offered with each meal, that varieties of milk is consistent with the DGA, and that substitute beverages be nutritionally equivalent to milk.
~~ Give schools the option of offering low-fat (1%) flavored milk, rather than only fat- free – but only if the milk contains no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving. ~~ Allow milk to be sold in the same age-appropriate container sizes as competing beverages.
~~ Establish a pilot program designed to increase milk consumption through expanded breakfast programs, a la carte sales, new outlets, etc., with a focus on improvements to packaging, refrigeration, flavors and merchandising.
~~ Encourage USDA to address the needs of lactose-intolerant students by offering extended shelf-stable lactose-free milk through the USDA Foods Program.
~~ Allow mothers in the WIC program to select reduced-fat milk (2%) for themselves or their children with a written request – the same standard as for substitute milk beverages. (Currently, USDA requires extensive evaluation and paperwork.)

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Two Burglaries in Potter County

Police are reporting two burglaries in Potter County – one solved; one still under investigation.

They say at about 8:30 on May 10 21-year-old Cody Plants of Roulette went into Silverbrook Storage on River Street in Roulette Township and took an ATV from a storage building.

He was taken into custody and placed in Potter County Jail on a probation detainer. Burglary and related charges will be filed.

Earlier in the month, someone broke into Mildred Williams’ Roulette home and damaged the ceiling.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Mother Charged in Baby's Death

The mother of a 1-year-old will be charged with manslaughter after the little girl’s death last month.

Mila Whipple died in Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo two days after being taken there by Mercy Flight. Hospital staff told police the baby was probably abused. Salamanca Police arrested Mila's mother 24-year-old Leslie Finch this afternoon.

Finch is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She's in Cattaraugus County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pension Reform Bill Strikes a Responsible Balance
An Op-Ed

By SENATOR JOE SCARNATI

Pennsylvania faces a monumental state pension crisis. Public employee pension systems were initially designed with the goal of balancing the retirement benefits of employees and interests of taxpayers. Unfortunately, economic conditions over the past several years have tipped the scales heavily against taxpayers.

The state’s pension obligations are staggering. This year alone, we face a $1 billion increase in our pension contributions (in addition to $3.5 billion spent in 2014-15). As the pension crisis has continued to devour state resources and drive up property taxes, viable solutions have been difficult to come by.

In the Senate, we have been actively working to find a solution to this increasing problem. I recently joined my Senate colleagues in passing Senate Bill 1, legislation to restore balance by restructuring the state’s public employee pension systems.

While the pension problems are extremely complex, the goals and facts of Senate Bill 1 are simple:

• There will be no changes to current retirees’ benefits.
• Current employees’ previously earned benefits will not be changed.
• Current employees will be able to choose between increasing their individual pension contribution or electing to alter future benefits.
• All new state and public school employees will be enrolled in a mandatory, and fair 401k-type Defined Contribution Plan, that mirrors benefits generally offered in the private sector.
• Short-term and long-term costs to taxpayers will be lowered.
• A Public Pension Management and Asset Investment Review Commission will study and suggest improvements for the management of pension system assets.

Senate Bill 1 also makes it clear that lawmakers would be placed into the same 401k-style system upon re-election, ensuring that we are not asking new employees to participate in a system that we are not willing to participate in ourselves. This is not the first time that we have taken action to change lawmaker’s retirement plans to 401k-style plans. Last year I supported Senate Bill 922 to make this important change. Unfortunately the legislation received no vote in the House. Clearly, taxpayers expect and deserve that their Senators and Representatives lead by example.

By changing Pennsylvania’s pension systems, employees will be given a fair retirement plan and school districts will find themselves with additional resources to direct toward the classrooms, instead of constantly raising property taxes.

Senate Bill 1 is projected to produce $18.3 billion in savings over 30 years, according to three independent actuaries. The savings reflect the tangible, structural improvements to the pension system for current and future employees.

The pension crisis has created a huge strain on the state budget, and the only alternative to pension reform is perpetually higher property taxes, higher state taxes and more borrowing as proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. I am thankful that Senate Republicans have been able to develop a proposal that protects the pension system while avoiding these consequences. I look forward to my colleagues in the House of Representatives taking swift action on Senate Bill 1.

Senator Joe Scarnati is currently serving his 4th term in the Pennsylvania Senate. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joe holds the third-highest constitutional office in the State. He was born and raised in Brockway, Pennsylvania and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield County.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Woman Waives Hearing on Homicide Charge

A woman accused of beating another woman to death last month has waived her preliminary hearing.

27-year-old Danielle Craker of Corry is accused of beating Robin Ostrowski in her Warren apartment on April 15.

County coroner Jerry Borden, who pronounced Ostrowski dead at the scene, said she was severely beaten in the head and face.

Craker remains in Warren County Jail without bail on one count of criminal homicide.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Grabs Bar Owner by Throat

A Bradford man is accused of grabbing the owner of the Hotel Holley by the throat after being told he wasn’t allowed on the property.

Court records say 50-year-old Mark Andress was told by owner Joseph Troutman that he wasn’t allowed on the property and, as Andress entered the main lobby he shoved Troutman and grabbed him by the throat. The incident happened last month. Andress was arraigned this morning.

Andress is charged with simple assault and harassment, and is free on unsecured bail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947