Showing posts from October 19, 2014

Football League Treasurer Charged for
Stealing Nearly $5,000 in One Month

The treasurer of a midget football league is accused of stealing nearly $5,000 in just one month. Sheriff’s deputies say 41-year-old Allen Carlson Jr. of Dunkirk used Lakeshore Midget Football League money for his own purposes between September 8 and October 15. When league officials discovering the missing $4,786 they contacted the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Investigation Division. Carlson was charged with grand larceny, and has already paid the money back. He has been scheduled to appear in Town of Chautauqua Court next month. The midget football league is comprised of teams from Sherman-Ripley, Chautauqua Lake, Bemus Point, Southwestern, Frewsburg, Cassadaga, Brocton, Westfield, Falconer and Panama. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Domestic Leads to Drug Charges

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic dispute found a marijuana growing operation. They say they went to the Ellicottville home of 42-year-old Sammuel Beu Jr., where they found several marijuana plants, processed marijuana and drying marijuana, all in plain view. An investigation uncovered the pot-growing operation in Salamanca. Beu is charged with growing cannabis without a license and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in Town of Great Valley Court. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Bradford Man Pleads No Contest

A Bradford man accused of threatening a neighbor and city police officers pleaded no contest in McKean County Court, because he says he was drunk at the time of the May 19 incident and doesn’t remember it. 35-year-old Jason Dickerson was allegedly yelling obscenities and pounding on a neighbor’s door at the High Rise on Bushnell Street. When confronted by police, he threatened them, became defensive, kicked at them, spit at them and had to be carried from the building by Chief Chris Lucco and Officer Steve Caskey. Dickerson is scheduled for sentencing on December 4. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Bona Grad Student Found Dead

A St. Bonaventure graduate student was found dead in his off-campus apartment in Allegany Thursday. Ryan Hughson of Palmyra was a 2013 graduate of the university and was pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. University President Sister Margaret Carney says there is no information that suggests foul play is involved. Coroner Brad Spink says an autopsy has performed and an investigation is ongoing. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Noonan: Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs Seized

Pennsylvania State Troopers have seized more than $49 million worth of heroin, marijuana and other prohibited drugs in the third quarter of 2014. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says besides the 49 kilos of heroin and more than 800 pounds of marijuana, they picked up more than 4,000 prescription pills and three pounds of methamphetamines, valued at more than $173,000, and 24 kilos of cocaine with an estimated value of $2.4 million. He says the amount of heroin is already more than double what they seized last year. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Big Concerts Returning to The Ralph

It’s been more than 13 years since a concert has been held at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but they’re bringing back the tradition in a big way. One Direction will headline a show on September 3. The last concert at The Ralph was Dave Matthews on June 20, 2001. *N Sync also appeared that year. More than 30 concerts have been held at The Ralph – previously Rich Stadium – since 1974, including Elton John, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and The Who. “We couldn’t be happier that the first show at Ralph Wilson Stadium in over a decade is superstar group, One Direction,” Live Nation President of Connecticut & Upstate NY Jim Koplik said in a news release. “We expect the show to be a huge success and open the door for future concerts at the Ralph.” Tickets will go on sale November 1, but Bills premium seat holders will have pre-sale opportunities. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Inmate Assaults Guard at SCI-Forest

An inmate assaulted a corrections officer at SCI-Forest last week. Marienville-based state police say at about 1:30 on Friday afternoon the 35-year-old inmate cut the corrections officer with an unknown object. The cut required six stitches. Charges against the inmate are pending. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Cameron, Elk Trail Project Gets Grant Money

The effort to turn an abandoned rail corridor into a recreational trail is receiving assistance through a Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant, according to state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk). “The 75th Legislative District includes some of the most scenic parts of Pennsylvania,” Gabler said. “Developing this area between Cameron and Elk counties will result in additional opportunities for outdoor recreation and allow more people to see more of our beautiful countryside.” The $150,000 grant will be used for Phase Two of the project, which involves an area between St. Marys and Rathbun. West Creek Recreational Trail Association applied for the grant as part of its effort to develop a trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, cross country skiers and snowmobilers that runs from St. Marys to Emporium, Cameron County. The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The grants themselves…

Jamestown Meth Operation Broken Up

Two people were arrested for running a meth lab after two drug raids Wednesday night in Jamestown. The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, along with the NYS Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, says a working meth lab was discovered in a lower apartment at 607 Lafayette Street and methamphetamine was found at 238 Forest Avenue. 30-year-old Beau Jones and 38-year-old Richard Dean are facing a number of charges, including criminal possession of a controlled substance. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Northwest Savings Gives Boost to
Dual Enrollment Programs at Pitt-Bradford

Northwest Savings Bank has made a $25,000 contribution to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to provide tuition support for high school students in the region who are taking classes through the university’s Bridges and College in the High School dual enrollment programs. The contribution comes through a tax credit program offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This is the third year Northwest has taken advantage of the program to support Pitt-Bradford. “We’re pleased to be able to support Pitt-Bradford and local students through this tax credit program,” said Bill Pantuso, senior vice president, district manager – Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties. “Northwest and Pitt-Bradford both have deep roots in the region, and we look forward to future partnerships that help meet the educational needs of students and employers.” Pitt-Bradford has two kinds of programs in which students can e…

Bicycle Hits Car in St. Marys

A bicycle hit a car Wednesday afternoon on Brusselles Street in St. Marys. Police say the bike ridden by Cory Yurkanin was traveling along a sidewalk when it ran into the passenger side of a car driven by Brittany Joshnick that was turning into a private driveway. Yurkanin was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of unspecified injuries. Joshnick wasn’t hurt. The bicycle was severely damaged. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

K9 Officer Finds Suspect Who Fled

Sheriff’s deputies had to work a little harder than they had planned when issuing several warrants to a Stockton man. They say 22-year-old Spencer Burke went out the back door of a Stockton home, ran across a field and into a swamp. K9 officer Drago was brought in, and later found Burke, who was wearing camouflage clothing and hiding in thick brush. The warrants were for criminal tampering and three counts of petit larceny. Burke is in Chautauqua County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Domestic Violence Charges Pending

Domestic violence-related charges are pending against a boy who got into a fight with a 41-year-old Ulysses man on Monday. Police did not release the boy’s name or age. The incident happened at 12:38 p.m. on Main Street in Genesee Township. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Charged for Stealing Electricity

A man who apparently wasn’t happy that his electricity had been shut off, decided to re-connect it himself. Police say Tri-County Electric shut off power to 21-year-old Aaron Davis’s Oswayo home, but he re-connected and got service between October 15 and yesterday. Davis is charged with theft of services. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Pleads to Sharing Child Porn

A man has pleaded guilty to sharing child pornography online. 19-year-old Christian Imperial of Warren 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. A review by the Sexual Offender Assessment Board has been ordered and sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for November 3. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

City Firefighters Battle Early Morning Fire

City firefighters spent about an hour and a half at a North Center Street home early this morning trying to find – and then put out – a fire that was filling up the building with smoke. Lt. Greg Lewis tells WESB that even thermal imaging cameras couldn’t find the heat source because it wasn’t enough to show up. It was, however, big enough to fill up the first and second floors with smoke which “started to push out the peak of the structure,” Lewis said. Firefighters opened several walls in the house to try to find the fire, but couldn’t. Lewis said it was frustrating because the house was filling up with smoke, and they could smell burning wood, but they couldn’t find the source. But when smoke started pouring out the back of the house, they used a chainsaw to cut an opening a found that some faulty wires had caught some wood on fire. They used a water can to put out the fire, and a pressure fan to blow out the smoke. Lewis says the fire damage was very minimal, but they told …

‘Haunted House of Hip Hop’ Halloween Show

By Lian Bunny
SBU '17
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2014 — The St. Bonaventure University Hip Hop Team has announced its Halloween show, “Haunted House of Hip Hop,” scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Rigas Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public and costs $5 for general admission and $3 for students. Head coach and senior history major Jaqueline Gertner said she thinks it’s time for St. Bonaventure to have a new hip-hop experience. The Halloween-themed show is “almost the exact opposite” from the club’s last show, “Mean Girls.” “This is our first Halloween show in three years, and that’s something that we really wanted to bring back because the student body has come up to me several times asking if we are doing Halloween shows,” said Gertner. “You can tell people really want to see one.” Ballet, contemporary, jazz, partner dances and hip-hop routines are included, and the show i…

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's Holiday Event

Finger Lakes Region, NY -- "Christmas time is the most magical time of the year says Cathy Millspaugh, the Executive Director of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, and what better way to celebrate than to experience our Holiday event. This year's event runs two weekends, November 21st through the 23rd or December 5th through the 7th. Collect this year's themed ornaments, acrylic wine bottles. I love these ornaments because they're a reminder of your favorite wines, like MistleToe Magic from Lucas, Sheldrake Point's Dry Rose and our newest winery to the trail, Toro Run's Gruner Veltliner. You may want two single tickets instead of a couple to be able to give the perfect Christmas present." At the event receive a souvenir wine glass, grapevine wreath, the wine bottle ornament from each of the seventeen wineries, wine and food pairings plus holiday recipes. Unique to our trail we offer to our Holiday customers our event weekend shoppers' card where you can …

Fibertech Conference Classic to
Pit St. Bonaventure, George Mason

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Fibertech Networks will present the Fibertech Conference Classic men's basketball game between St. Bonaventure University and George Mason University in January, it was announced on Wednesday. The Fibertech Conference Classic will be played Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Steve Watson during St. Bonaventure's annual Basketball Coaches Caravan Luncheon at what will be the site of the game, Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester. The Bonnies have been regulars at Blue Cross Arena, hosting eight games there since 2000, but this will be their first time hosting an Atlantic 10 Conference game there. Fibertech also sponsored all eight of the prior games. St. Bonaventure's last game at Blue Cross Arena was a win over Niagara on Nov. 24, 2012. Tickets to the Fibertech Conference Classic will go on sale to the general public on Nov. 17 at the Blue Cross Arena box office or at Group tickets will be $12. The…

Lawmakers Approve Legislation to
Help with the Search for Eric Frein

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives have unanimously approved legislation which will help provide the Pennsylvania State Police with additional help searching for Eric Frein, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). Eric Frein is wanted by authorities for the alleged murder of Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II, and the alleged attempted murder of PSP Trooper Alex Douglass in Pike County on September 12, 2014. Scarnati, who strongly supported Senate Bill 720, explained that the bill was amended to extend the powers of arrest for out-of-state law enforcement personnel. This will allow State Police from surrounding states to help with the search for Frein, provided the Governor makes an emergency declaration. “Pennsylvanians expect and deserve the assurance that state government is doing all that we can to bring Eric Frein to justice,” Scarnati said. “This legislation is an important way that we are working together to p…

Professional performance of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' at Pitt-Bradford Next Wednesday

A theatrical production based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” comes to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Oct. 29. The National Players, the nation’s oldest professional touring group, will present the play at 7:30 p.m. at the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Admission is $16 to $20 for the public, $12 to $16 to Pitt-Bradford faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Shirley Serotsky will direct alongside Jason King Jones as the artistic director for the National Players as part of the Players’ 60th anniversary season. In his director’s note Jones writes that “To Kill a Mockingbird” brings to light a critical moment in our nation’s history when racial hatred and injustice were prominent. Written in 1960, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is an iconic coming-of-age story about a young girl named Scout. In the heroics of her father, the struggles of her friends and neighbors and the thread of a boogeyman…

Emanuel Lutheran Church to Hold
‘A Celebration of Church Organ Music’

The music of this Sunday night will be provided by four gifted organists at the Emanuel Lutheran Church. The church’s annual “A Celebration of Church Organ Music,” a free concert of contemporary, hymnal and classical pipe organ music, is set for 7 p.m. at the church’s 152 Seaward Ave. location. The four organists on the agenda have all participated in previous organ recitals and have a special connection with the church’s musical history. They are Gary Britton, Jeanne Gross, Regina C. Gabriel and Rick Snyder. Britton was one of Emanuel’s first organists in the 1950s when the church building was located at the corner of Walker Avenue and Mechanic Street. He has earned music degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Union Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Westminster and Eastern School of Music. Currently, he is organist and director of music at St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, N.Y. Gross started playing at Emanuel at age 11 at the early church and had been Eman…

Woman Accused of Kicking Cops Waives Hearings

A woman accused of assaulting Bradford police officers twice in a little over a month has waived preliminary hearings in both cases. City police say 47-year-old Nora Buterbaugh hit a man in the Country Fair parking lot on the night of October 11 and, when officers tried to arrest her near Bushnell Street, she attempted to punch one officer in the face and kicked another in the knee. While she was being put in a patrol car she fought with officers, who had to use a Taser on her. Outside the police station she kicked another officer in the knee. On September 4 she allegedly tried to punch a police officer, and threw a large, heavy handbag at him after he told her she may be charged with theft for taking another person’s cell phone. She said she took the phone because it had images of her on it that she wanted to delete. Buterbaugh is in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Fourth Person Pleads Not Guilty to Gang Assault

A fourth person – this time a woman – has pleaded not guilty to taking part in a gang assault in Salamanca this past winter. Besides gang assault, 27-year-old Samantha Miller of Salamanca is charged with assault and felony reckless endangerment in connection to the January 25 incident. Cattaraugus County prosecutors say the victim suffered head injuries. Her co-defendants are Yancey Dowdy and Jacob White, who are both also from Salamanca, and William Larkin of Steamburg. All four cases have been adjourned for motions. The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

CUTCO Family Day at St. Bonaventure

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University will hold its fifth annual Family Day, filled with free activities throughout the galleries, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Activities start at 12 p.m. with Day of the Dead crafts and origami activities in the QCA atrium, as well as a scavenger hunt throughout the galleries and scary stories being read around the campfire by the exhibition “On Natures Terms: Paintings by Thomas Paquette Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act” in the Paul W. Beltz Gallery. Visitors will also be invited to take a selfie with an Andy Warhol print and go on guided tours of the museum galleries. At 2 p.m., TheatreWorks USA will present its production of “Fly Guy & other Stories,” an exciting new musical revue based on favorite children’s books. Seven delightful stories will come to life. Tickets to the performance are free for the entire family and can be obtained at the door or by calling …

Domestic Violence Poetry Contest Tuesday

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s student literary magazine, Baily’s Beads, and the Bradford YWCA are sponsoring a poetry contest to spotlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The contest is open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Those wishing to participate may sign up Oct. 28 in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel on campus at 6 p.m., at which time a reading of the poems will take place. Contestants may also pre-register by calling the YWCA at 368-4235, ext. 116. Former members of the writing faculty at Pitt-Bradford will serve as judges, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third. Poems should deal with domestic violence themes. For disability needs related to the event, contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Disability Services at 814-362-7609 or To hear more about the poetry contest you can listen to today's LiveLine or last Tuesday's (10/14) by going to and clicking on th…