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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Snowmobile Rider Found Dead Friday Morning



From Elmira Star Gazette
GALETON — A Galeton man died late Thursday night when the snowmobile he was riding went off a state forest road and struck several trees.


Potter County Deputy Coroner Ken Wingo pronounced Carl R. “Rusty” Akers, 27, of School Street, dead at the scene of the crash, along Lyman Run Road, 11 miles west of Galeton, at 9:55 Friday morning.

Wingo said Akers was riding his Kawasaki Nitro 1000 snowmobile on Lyman Run Road sometime before midnight on Thursday and became separated from others with whom he was riding.

His snowmobile left the road, traveled 65 feet and struck several trees, Wingo said.

Akers, who was wearing a safety helmet and full protective gear, died instantly, Wingo said. He listed the cause of death as head and neck injuries.

Akers’ companions searched for him, but could not find him.

A state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources laborer grooming the road for riders discovered the accident scene and body at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Akers was a mechanic at Larry's Sport Center near Galeton. The crash occurred about five miles west-northwest of Lyman Run State Park.

Mandy Rants From Port Allegany

Blogger Mandy said...

James,

As I was reading your post about this fireman and his loss of life, it brought to mind an article that I had previously read. It's about an ambulance driver, but the concept is pretty much the same.

The Life of EMS Personnel

Standing in chest deep water, freezing rain falling and stinging as it hits the exposed parts of my body. Holding her head above water to keep her from drowning until rescue could get there to cut her free---
BUT I'M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Comforting a 89-year-old woman who just watched me and my partner cover the face of her husband of 64 years as he lay dead in their bathroom floor---
BUT I'M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

On scene at an MVA with a mom trapped upside down in her car and her dead son's body laying on top of her, without a second thought for my own safety, I crawl into the wreckage to take C-spine control and calm the frantic lady---BUT I'M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Called away from my just prepared meal to respond to the middle of nowhere to a house with No numbers, No porch light on, Nobody waiting to signal us in and they complain because we took too long only to find out the patient left P.O.V ten minutes ago...so we smile and walk away from the verbal lashing only because we are
JUST AMBULANCE DRIVERS

Standing in the middle of the street at midnight on the wrong side of town trying to patch the holes and stop the bleeding of a 19-year-old shooting victim. With the occasional bullet wizzing past our heads, we never break stride because this kid's life is in our hands---BUT I'M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Doing chest compressions on a 16-year-old girl who decided this life was more than she could take. Her family screaming at us to help as though we are the ones who did this to her. Her lifeless body flailing about as the tube goes in and the IV's being started. My arms and back are burning from the pain of 30 minutes of CPR, never once giving up, hoping she would make it through and overcome whatever lead her to this bad decision----BUT I'M JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

Death is all around me and still I go home to live my life.

I get kicked, hit, spit on, bled on, puked on...

I look into the eyes of a lifeless child at 7am and by 8am, I'm holding my child a little tighter and they know nothing about what happened...

I have hundreds of hours of classroom time...

Years of in-the-field experience...

I have challenged death and won...

I've helped the helpless...

I've neglected my family for yours...

I find comfort in complete chaos...

I eat cold meals if I eat at all...

I work with no sleep for days at a time...

I miss birthdays, holidays and school functions...

I put myself in harm's way for a total stranger on a daily basis...

ALL BECAUSE I AM JUST AN AMBULANCE DRIVER

I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER!!! I DRIVE 90 MPH THROUGH CONGESTED TRAFFIC FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY WHILE MY PARTNER STANDS UNRESTRAINED IN THE BACK OF THIS SCREAMING LAND MISSLE SAVING YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE!! NEVER ONCE DOES HE QUESTION MY DRIVING...HE KNOWS THAT AT THE END OF THIS SHIFT HE WILL GO HOME TO HIS FAMILY SAFELY BECAUSE I AM AN AMBULANCE DRIVER....

If you know anyone who works or volunteers in EMS, please thank them. And remember no matter what, they will always be there for you in your time of need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008 7:24:00 PM EST

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James, just learned of your site from Krista Miller yesterday. Great website. It is in my favorites and I must have checked it fives times already. Fast action on the Austin Lady Panther's game with DCC.

Again, I really enjoy your website keeping us informed on what is going on in Potter County.

Bernard "Mike" Fowler

Sports Flash


AUSTIN GIRLS BEAT DUBOIS 47 -44 IN A NAIL BITER

Thanks to Alvin Van Horn for the news tip.

Blogger Boro-Boy said...

Attending the smallest school district in pa., the lady panthers have had a super basketball season. Veteran Coach, Dick Logue has had one of his finest seasons.

Good Luck The Rest of the Way!

Saturday, February 16, 2008 3:58:00 PM EST

Structure Fire On Telescope Rd.-Ulysses Twp.


Just after 0200 hours this morning (Feb 16) Galeton Dept 10 was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Telescope road in Ulysses Township. First arriving officer, Ambulance Chief Ed Stevens who lives nearby, reported the structure well involved as he approached the scene. Read more in Potter County Fire news.

Northern Potter vs Venango Catholic

Northern Potter uses balanced effort to knock off Venango Catholic ULYSSES – Five Northern Potter players scored between eight and 11 points to lead the seventh-seeded Panthers to a 53-50 win over 10th seeded Venango Catholic in the opening round of the District 9 Class A boys’ basketball playoffs Thursday night at Northern Potter. >>>Read

Brockway vs Port Allegany

Brockway upsets Port Allegany PORT ALLEGANY – Sixth-seeded Brockway had four players score in double figures in a 56-50 upset at third-seeded Port Allegany in the opening round of the District 9 Class AA boys’ basketball playoffs Thursday night. >>>Read

Coudersport vs Port Allegany

Coudersport topples Port Allegany 53-36 COUDERSPORT – Kristy Kamper, Jessica Wilson and Jordan Bright combined to score 36 points to lead second-seeded Coudersport to a 53-36 win over 15th seeded Port Allegany in the opening round of the District 9 Class A girls’ basketball playoffs Thursday at Coudersport. >>>Read

Austin vs Northern Potter

Valenti scores 28 to lead 11th seeded Austin past NoPo

Rayna Valenti had 28 points for Austin

ULYSSES – Rayna Valenti scored a game-high 28 points to lead 11th seeded Austin to a 54-28 win at sixth-seeded Northern Potter in the opening round of the District 9 Class A girls’ >>>Read

Smethport vs Oswayo Valley

Woods leads Smethport past Oswayo Valley

Megan Woods had 18 points for Smethport

SMETHPORT – Megan Woods scored 18 points to lead seventh-seeded Smethport to a 43-30 win over visiting Oswayo Valley, the 10th seed, in the opening round of the District 9 Class A girls’ basketball playoffs Thursday >>>Read

Oxford Lawyer Charged In Adelphia Fraud Case

Saturday, February 16, 2008 Lawyer charged in fraud case

Alleged scam close to $2M

By Craig S. Semon TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF




OXFORD—
An Oxford lawyer who was named in a civil lawsuit two weeks ago in connection with the alleged embezzlement of nearly $2 million from a client from Ireland, has been formally charged with wire fraud for allegedly misappropriating the money.

Raymond A. Desautels III of 57 Millbury Road is accused of embezzling $1,990,000 from the client trust account that he maintained at Hometown Bank. FBI Special Agent Albert D. Lamoreaux filed the criminal complaint against Mr. Desautels Thursday.

The client, Kevin Phelan of Hollywood, Ireland, allegedly was planning to use the money to buy a commercial real estate property in Coudersport, Pa., with Mr. Desautels acting as the closing lawyer for the transaction.

Although he has not been arrested, Mr. Desautels has been issued a summons to appear in federal court at a date to be determined, said Christina DiIorio-Sterling of the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.

Between Jan. 25 and 28, Mr. Desautels allegedly disbursed $1,940,000 from the client trust account.

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Desautels — who graduated from St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury and is listed as an Oxford Little League coach on his Web site — knew the trust money had been provided to him in his capacity as the closing lawyer for the purchase and sale of the property.

Mr. Desautels said he made the disbursements at the request of Allen Seymour of 23 Manor Lane according to the complaint.

On Feb. 8, Mr. Seymour was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as he allegedly tried to leave the country on a private jet with his wife, five children, family dog and $1.3 million (allegedly belonging to Mr. Phelan) concealed in brown paper and plastic bags hidden in his luggage.

Mr. Seymour has been charged with wire fraud and interstate transportation of property stolen, converted and taken by fraud. He is being held in the federal detention center in Miami. A detention hearing is slated for Wednesday in Florida, and he is then to be extradited to Massachusetts, Ms. DiIorio-Sterling said.

Zeek, a CBP search dog trained in the detection of U.S. currency, alerted officers to two bags belonging to Mr. Seymour. The two bags were inspected $1,360,421 was found concealed in the baggage, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Federal authorities arrested Mr. Seymour at Opa Locka Airport in Opa Locka, Fla. His destination was Venezuela.

According to the criminal complaint filed Thursday, Mr. Desautels was told by Mr. Seymour that Mr. Seymour needed the money for a short time to convince lenders that he and his associates possessed adequate net worth, in the form of verifiable bond deposits, to obtain bank financing.

Although he knew that as of Jan. 28 he had misappropriated $1,940,000 of the trust money, Mr. Desautels initially concealed this from Mr. Phelan, the criminal complaint stated.

On Feb. 1, Sovereign Bank determined that $1,637,000 of the trust money had been issued in certified checks from the account, according to the criminal complaint filed Thursday.

In the criminal complaint, Special Agent Lamoreaux stated that none of the checks processed was sent to the title company in Pennsylvania. The agent found four of the checks, totaling about $750,000, were deposited into several personal bank accounts. The remaining checks, totaling about $900,000, were either cashed by Mr. Seymour at a check cashing business in Worcester or cashed by others who then gave the cash to Mr. Seymour, Special Agent Lamoreaux said.

Mr. Desautels also was named in a civil lawsuit filed Feb. 1 in Worcester Superior Court.

10 Homeless In Mainesburg House Fire

Valentine’s Day fire leaves 10 homeless

By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com

MAINESBURG — An outdoor wood burning stove is believed to have caused a fire Thursday morning in Sullivan Township near here that burned a home to the ground.

Mansfield Hose Company Chief Jim Welch said the fire was reported about 11 a.m. Thursday at the home of John Spencer on Windy Hill Road, a private drive off Connelly Mountain Road, about four miles from here.

About 30 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire to find the five-bedroom, 5,300-square foot wood frame house engulfed in flames. The roof already had begun collapsing by the time the first crews arrived, he added.

Extra tankers and engines were summoned from Wellsboro, Blossburg and Daggett as well as Troy.

Welch said that, according to the homeowner, the fire started in the outdoor wood burning stove.

‘‘They said they found the fire, and by the time they got outside it was already well on its way,’’ he said. The house was a total loss, he added.

Welch said the outdoor furnace had been placed on a small deck and the previous owner had enclosed it in a small structure that was attached to the house.

‘‘They also had a coal stove and an oil burner as well in the house,’’ he said.

Welch said he didn’t know how old the house was, but ‘‘not very, maybe 10 years old,’’ he said.

Since the house sat atop a hill, firefighters were hampered by light winds that fanned the flames, he added.

Although firefighters were unable to save the structure, two tractors, a horse trailer, and an above ground pool all positioned in close proximity to the structure were saved.

It took until about 2 p.m. to get the fire out and clean up the scene, he said.

The homeowners, John and Karen Spencer, who just moved here last month from Belvedere, N.J., have eight children of their own, Karen Spencer said in a telephone interview Friday. They were in the midst of adding onto the home to accommodate all of their children.

Karen Spencer, a former teacher, home-schools all eight, she said.

The youngest five of the Spencer children, Tabitha, 17, Theresa, 16, Jason, 13, Jacob, 11, Thecia, 9, Joshua, 7, Joseph, 6, Tahlea, 4, were home at the time the fire started, and two of the children discovered the fire, Karen Spencer said.

She said she had sent the two older children outside to move some items out of the driveway because they were expecting a delivery of wood for the furnace, and as they were outside, one of them ‘‘saw the chimney catch on fire.’’

She said she had been getting ready to take her bedridden husband, a retired backhoe and heavy equipment operator, to a doctor’s appointment after he hurt his back last week, and ran outside barefoot when her son came running in yelling ‘‘emergency, the chimney’s on fire!’’

‘‘By then, the roof of the addition to the house was on fire and the sidewall was starting to go. I tried to throw buckets of water on it but it was futile,’’ she said.

Mrs. Spencer said she instructed Thecia to take the little ones outside.

‘‘They went out in the snow in their little ‘crocs,’ and my 11-year-old, (Jacob) grabbed some of their coats and took them out and we told them to get to the pickup truck,’’ she said.

The only problem — she didn’t have the keys and she couldn’t get back into the house by the nearest door because of the flames and smoke.

She said she ran around to the kitchen door on the other side of the house after checking the front door, which was locked, and went in to grab the keys off the counter along with a few other items, including her Bible, and ran back out the door, suffering minor burns in her efforts.

She returned to the truck to find John in the front seat and all five of the children and their dog Zelli in the back seat.

The family’s cats perished because they went running up into the loft Mrs. Spencer said.

‘‘I threw their shoes in the back and pulled the truck out of the garage, and drove into the side yard away from the flames,’’ she said

The wind blew the fire ‘‘right through the house,’’ as the family watched, she said.

The family lost all their possessions, including ‘‘boxes and boxes of books’’ used for the children’s lessons, she said.

The structure was insured and the family plans to rebuild, she said.

Neighbors and the American Red Cross in Wellsboro have helped with basic needs, such as temporarily housing them at the Comfort Inn, she said.

‘‘My neighbor Nancy Cross came and brought food and clothing some of which I am wearing right now,’’ she said.

The former owner and builder of the house, Scott Smith, also brought water and sodas and ‘‘people we hadn’t even met were just so wonderful,’’ she added.

The public can contact the Red Cross, 61 Main St., Wellsboro, at 724-2941, to donate cash or items to help the Spencer family.

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Dennis E. Caton, 61, of 3210 Sizerville Road, Emporium, died Saturday morning (Feb. 16, 2008) at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, following a lengthy illness. The Barnett Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

COUDERSPORT John R. “Skip” Van Sickle, 76, of Coudersport, died Thursday (Feb. 14, 2008) at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

GALETON Carl R."Rusty"Akers, 27, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, February 15, 2008. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Pokemon Cards & Pops Recalled

Sherwood Brands Announces Nationwide Recall of Pokemon Branded Valentine Cards and Pops Because They May Contain Metal Fragments (Feb. 14)
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 12:02:00 -0600

Sherwood Brands LLC is voluntarily recalling approximately 400,000 packages of Pokemon branded "Valentine Cards and Pops" (Item# 073964209109 and Item# 073964289804), because of reports that metal fragments were found in two lollipops purchased in Florida. There are no reports of injury. People who bite into or swallow a metal fragment could possibly be injured.

Fentanyl Patches Recalled

PriCara Recalls 25 mcg/hr DURAGESIC (fentanyl transdermal system) CII Pain Patches (Feb. 12)
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 12:02:00 -0600

PriCara, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said today that all lots of 25 microgram/hour (mcg/hr) DURAGESIC (fentanyl transdermal system) CII patches sold by PriCara in the United States and all 25 mcg/hr fentanyl patches sold by Sandoz Inc. in the United States are being voluntarily recalled as a precaution from wholesalers and pharmacies. The recalled patches all have expiration dates on or before December 2009, and all are manufactured by ALZA Corporation, an affiliate of PriCara. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All 25 mcg/hr fentanyl patches manufactured by ALZA and sold in Canada also are being recalled.

Donald W. Dunbar, 67, Genesee, PA

Donald W. Dunbar, 67, of Genesee, died Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2008) in his home.
Born Jan. 17, 1941, in Hickox, Pa, he was the son of Merle V. and Ruth Whitaker Dunbar. A 1958 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he served honorably with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-1962. On April 1, 1961, in Bingham Center, he married the former Betty Lou Hawks, who predeceased him on Aug. 23, 1971. On Jan. 16, 1977, in West Bingham, he married the former M. Angela Ellison, who survives.

Don was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the American Legion and served as a Little League coach in Genesee for 12 years. He was active in the Wellsville Slow Pitch Softball League from 1977-2001. He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, bowling, and was a Buffalo Bills and NASCAR fan.

Surviving besides his wife, Angela, are four children, Sherri (Pete) Mulkin and Thomas (Michelle) Dunbar, both of Wellsville, N.Y., Kelly (Faith) Dunbar of Andover, N.Y., and Leslie (Todd) Price of Genesee; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Ada (Leonard) Palmatier of Genesee; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was predeceased by a son, Cory Dunbar, on Feb. 27, 2000; and a sister, Betty J. Palmatier, on Feb. 13, 1999.

Friends may call from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Area Library or Genesee Youth Baseball, Genesee, PA 16923.

Allegany County Fighting Benefits For Dead Firefighter

By Brian Quinn

Daily Reporter

BELMONT - A judge from Rochester will decide if a Wellsville firefighter who died trying to save other people in the Genesee River is eligible for his family to receive benefits.

Douglas Dillon, executive secretary for the Allegany County Mutual Self-Insurance Plan, gave the Allegany County Personnel Committee an update on a claim the county self-insurance department controverted.

It stemmed from the death of Ronald Thomas, a town of Wellsville volunteer firefighter, who died April 29, 2007, trying to save lives during the Great Wellsville Trout Derby. While fishing in the event, a man had fallen over a small falls into a vortex — a spinning, whirlpool effect in the Genesee River. The man’s son went in to try ands save him, others went in and Thomas went in to save them.

The initial cause of death was ruled accidental drowning and there reportedly was question about whether Thomas died in the line of duty as a firefighter.
Dillon, who did not identify Thomas, said an administrative law judge out of Rochester is considering a death benefits claim.

“Both sides have submitted their paperwork to the judge,” Dillon said. “Testimony has been taken.”

Dillon said any ruling the judge makes could be appealed to a three-member panel. He said that panel’s decision could be appealed to the Court of Appeals. An appeal from there would go to state Supreme Court.

However, Dillon said the appeals process is not as long as it used to be.

“Normally, claims of controversy are settled three to six months after,” Dillon said. “It’s rare that we would carry this on to the court of appeals.”

Outside of the meeting, Dillon said, “There’s significant death benefits here. They’re set by law and the law changed in July.”

To see this article and picture in the Wellsville Daily Reporter along with other comments published there click this link.

Comment from:
James Jones-Roulette, PA
2008-02-15T19:37:42

As a former Bolivar firefighter, now living across the border in Pennsylvania, I know the kind of time that firefighters and ambulance volunteers put in. People from our department practically lived their lives to give service to others in case of emergency. If they are not fighting fire, attending to the sick and injured, they are working to raise funds to keep their departments going.

When the siren blows, they leave work to man their volunteer firefighter and ambulance duties, often at a loss of pay to them and their families.

There is no official time on duty, as they will be there when duty calls.

This firefighter obviously was responding to the call of his fellow man when he lost his life.

When you consider the cost to pay benefits to his family, also consider the cost of hiring paid personnel to man the fire stations. There is no question in my mind where the savings is. If this claim is denied, every firefighter and ambulance volunteer should take a very hard look at whether or not their services are appreciated.

I am still a taxpayer in Allegany County and a life member of the Bolivar Fire Department----PAY THE BENEFITS--It's a bargain.

Drivers & Photo Centers Closed For Holiday

Due to the observance of Presidents’ Day, all driver license and photo centers in the state will be closed Feb. 16 and Feb. 18.

Online services still will be available at www.dmv.state.pa.us. Driver’s license and photo identification and vehicle registration renewals, driver history services, change of address and exam scheduling can be done online. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Special Weather Statement

Patchy freezing rain or freezing drizzle... mixed with light snow
will affect the northwest mountains through early this morning.
While ice accumulations will very light and spotty... untreated and
elevated surfaces may become slippery. This could create hazardous
driving conditions for the early morning rush hour commute.
Motorists should be aware for slick spots and exercise caution
while driving.

Patchy freezing rain or freezing drizzle will give way to
occasional snow showers by mid day.

Snowmobile Accident Found On Lyman Run

Sweden Valley Police and Medics were called to the Lyman Run Road, in Sweden Township, this morning, when a Department of Forestry employee discovered a snowmobile accident.

A coroner has been requested to the scene.

Chimney Fire Quelled At Wharton

Austin and Coudersport Fire Departments were sent to the scene of a chimney fire in the Wharton area last night about 10:00 pm.

The fire was quickly contained.

More information at Potter County Fire News.

Zackary Dow Named To Dean's List At Bloomsburg U.


•Zachary Dow of Coudersport was named to the first-semester dean's list at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg.

Anna Pitre, 86, of Coudersport, PA

Anna Pitre, 86, of Coudersport, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008.

Friends may call at the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m., with funeral services at 3 p.m.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

Township supervisor runs for U.S. seat

MIKE REUTHER - mreuther@sungazette.com
POSTED: February 15, 2008

Article Photos

KRUPA

John T. Krupa has announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional district.

“I have been involved in business in central Pennsylvania virtually my entire life,” he said. “My understanding of the district, my service as a township supervisor makes me extremely qualified.”

Krupa, 56, said if elected he would fight to stop the tolling of Interstate 80, continue the fight to improve health care access for everyone including local care for veterans, and work to make the state more business-friendly.

“Our geographic location in Pennsylvania is outstanding,” he said. “Our single biggest stumbling blocks for business are the restrictive burdens that are placed on us and the regulatory things we have to do. Tax costs are part of it too.”

Krupa said if elected he would facilitate a quarterly roundtable for all businesses, state and local government agencies and any community advocates to build a consensus plan for the district.

The goals, he said, would aim to lower costs of business operations and unite everyone in helping to retain jobs across the region, reduce the costs of fuels, safeguard communities and the nation, and educate and train residents to help revitalize the area’s economy.

Krupa said the political divisiveness must stop.

“I have the experience and skills to tackle the many and varied issues that are important to our district,” he said. “We live in the most outstanding area of the country, great people, astounding beauty and rich traditions. I will serve every resident of the district equally with a relentless passion. I am a lifelong resident of the district and know it well in its entirety.”

Krupa served as a Pine Creek Township supervisor for 12 years.

He is past chairman of the Clinton County Republican Committee.

He is a member of LaBelle Vallee Lodge No. 232, F.& A.M., and Woolrich Area Lions Club.

He is a member of Avis United Methodist Church.

He attended Lock Haven University.

Krupa, an area businessman for more than 35 years, is president of North Ridge Financial Group, which includes financial services, mortgage brokerage, and a property management division.

The father of five children and five grandchildren, he and his wife, Margie, live in Lock Haven.

Michael "Mike" Tomaino

TOMAINO, Michael "Mike" Of Westfield, PA
Age 90, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008, in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born July 10, 1917 in Westfield, he was the son of James and Mary Warmus Tomaino.

On August 8, 1941 in Jasper, NY, he married the former Katheryn Kelly, who survives. A 1937 graduate of Westfield High School, he was employed by the Eberle Tannery in Westfield for 44 years. He was a life member of the Galeton Moose.

Mike was inducted in the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in high school and town team baseball.

Surviving besides his wife, Katheryn; are a daughter, Kathy (Jerry) McCaslin of Ulysses, PA; a brother, Joseph (Connie) Tomaino of Orwell, VT; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Jeanette Cook.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, on Sunday, February 17, 2008, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., with Funeral Services at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Deborah Watkins will officiate.

Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sabinsville Volunteer Ambulance, Sabinsville, PA 16943.

PennDot Driver Cited For Plowing Too Fast

WESB News: 02/15/08 - Snow Plow Driver Cited

Wednesday morning’s accident where a snow plow truck knocked down utility poles near FCI-McKean in Lafayette Township has resulted in a citation for the driver.

PennDOT driver, 46 year-old David Confer of Rew, was charge with driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed. The damaged utility pole caused a power outage of up to 10 hours for around 400 customers The snow plow was totaled in the accident.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Bidder Extends Adelphia HQ Auction

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,200,200Kle140Online 2/14/200816:39 EST
$3,100,000Sep503Online 2/5/200819:14 EST


A new bidder entered the contest for the Adelphia Taj Mahal today. The auction was extended to 2-19-2008 because of the weekend and the holidays.
To go to the LFC Online Auction Site for this auction, click here.

$30,000,000.00 In Gold Buried In Elk County

WESB News: 02/14/08 - Treasure Hunter: Gold in Elk County

A man says he knows where millions of dollars in gold have been buried in Elk County since the Civil War – but the state won't let him dig for it.

Dennis Parada, who runs a treasure hunting business in Clearfield, says the gold is in the Village of Dents Run near the Cameron County border.

Parada says the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources told him he'd be arrested if he digs at the site because he isn't following proper procedure.

Parada says the state is just stalling so they can dig up the gold and claim it.

The legend of the gold says Abraham Lincoln ordered a shipment to help pay Union soldiers. The gold, and the soldiers transporting it, made it to Ridgway and St. Marys, but the soldiers were never seen again -- until their dead bodies and their wagon showed up near the village of Dents Run.

The gold shipment was originally worth around $2 million, but Parada estimates its value at around $30 million today.

Dollar General Pulls Suckers After Lady Finds Metal

WESB News: 02/14/08 - Dollar General Pulls Candy from Stores

Dollar General is removing Pokemon Valentine Cards and Pops and similar items from its more than 8,000 stores nationwide.

The chain acted after a Florida woman said she noticed that metal was coming out of a lollipop, and authorities issued a safety alert. A spokeswoman for the chain says no other pieces of metal have been found in the manufacturer's products.

Fishing Licenses Going Up In PA

WESB News: 02/14/08 - Cost of Fishing Licenses Going Up

Pennsylvania fishing licenses and stamps will each cost an additional 70 cents under a bill signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell. Act 2 of 2008 approved a license transaction fee, effective immediately, to allow the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to recover the fees it is charged by the vendor of its electronic license delivery system.

The electronic processing fee will cost the average license buyer $1.40 to buy a fishing license and permit.

Calendar Of Events Via WFRM

February 14

The man-to-man prostate cancer meeting, postponed from Tuesday night will be held tonight at 6 pm. (note time change) at the wellness center, of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. MTM will be joining hearts of hope. Hearts of Hope is a community-based event hosted by the American cancer society. We will have the opportunity to learn about patient services the American cancer society offers. Hearts of hope will be from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. a light dinner will be provided. After the hearts of hope program, a speaker will present a program on alternative non-invasive prostate treatment. Please make a note to attend this informative meeting. This is open to everyone, bring a friend and tell others about this meeting. For more information contact Marty Weiss 814-274-8554 – home – 814-331-1167 – cell..e-mail weissm@zitomedia.net. Please call the American Cancer Society office - 274-7397 for dinner reservations.

February 15th

The Austin Area School 4th Grade Class will hold a Spaghetti Dinner at the Austin Firehall. Serving will begin at 4:00 pm until all is gone. Cost is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 4-12 and children under 3 will eat free. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, tossed salad, break and drink. Dessert items will be available for $1.00 each.

February 19

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon at the Hotel Crittenden. A buffet lunch is available for $6.00.

Rendell Signs Open Records Bill Into Law Today

WITH SIGNING OF OPEN RECORDS BILL, GOVERNOR RENDELL SHINES BRIGHTEST LIGHT ON STATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, INFORMATION
HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell today made it easier than it has ever been for Pennsylvanians to learn more about how their state government operates and spends tax dollars when he signed Senate Bill 1 into law.

The new Right to Know Law, which will affect requests made after Jan. 1, assumes that most government records are public. The law the measure repeals has placed that onus on the people who ask for information.

“Since taking office in 2003, I've worked very hard to make Pennsylvania open for business,” Governor Rendell said. “With the signing of this bill, now it’s also open for inspection.”

“Pennsylvania had one of the worst open records laws because it allowed too many records to be classified, essentially, as closed, unless the person asking could prove that those documents should be public,” the Governor said. “With the new law, it’s now the state agency’s burden to show why information should be protected.”

Under the new law, written requests may be submitted in person, by mail, e-mail, fax or any other electronic means as provided by the agency. Response to requests shall be made within five business days, which is half the time that the current law allows.

An agency may respond to a request for information by notifying the person who is seeking the information that the document is available through publicly accessible electronic means. If the person who is seeking public records does not want to access the record electronically, he or she may submit a written request within 30 days of the agency’s notification to have the record converted to paper.

There are 30 exemptions in the new law that will still allow some records to be shielded from public disclosure, including:

• If the release of the records would likely result in physical harm or risk the personal security of an individual;
• If the release of the records would compromise the safety or security of a building, resource or public utility;
• Certain personal or employment information;
• Notes or working papers of public officials and agency employees created for their own personal use; and
• Certain information related to criminal investigations.

“Pennsylvania’s business is the people’s business,” Governor Rendell said, “except when certain information holds the real potential to harm the public good or a person’s privacy.”

Each agency will appoint an open-records officer who will receive requests, track their progress, and issue interim and final responses. Lack of a response, barring an agreement for an extension, would mean the request has been denied.

People who feel an agency’s denial of a records request was made in error will have certain procedures to follow in making an appeal.

An appeals officer will hear appeals of decisions of the open-records officer. For state and local agencies, appeals will be heard by the Office of Open Records, which will be established within the Department of Community and Economic Development and headed by an executive director who will be appointed by the Governor.

The new law will limit the amount of money that can be charged for postage and duplication. It also allows for immunity, when appropriate, and civil penalties for denial of access made in bad faith.

“State lawmakers are to be commended for working together to come up with legislation that lifts what some see as a veil of secrecy in this Capitol,” the Governor said. “Better access to government documents means a more informed citizenry. The commonwealth will operate better and will be more accountable now that the light of public scrutiny is shining brighter than at any time in our history.”

Adelphia Operations Center Bidding Ends Today

As of 1:25 pm, there is only one bidder on the Adelphia Taj Mahal Operations Building in Coudersport.

That one bid is for $3,100,000.00.

If no one else bids, by the deadline of 8:00 pm February 14, 2008, Eastern Standard Time, that bidder will get the building.

In the event another bid is posted before that deadline, the deadline will be moved up 24 hours.

To go to the LFC Online Auction Site for this auction, click here.

Use this link to see all the pictures of the Taj Mahal.

Adelphia Taj Mahal Auction Is A GO!!

James Jones to Ashley
show details 10:12 AM (2 hours ago)
Reply

Dear Ashley,
In light of the revelation that your original bid winner got ripped off and his money stolen, are you still going to complete the new auction, or will there be legal ramifications if it's completed. See enclosed story from Worchester, MA Telegram??
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Ashley to James Jones 1:00 pm 0 minutes ago

Hi James,

Thanks for your email. Wow, what a story!

But I have no further comment, as the LFC Group of Companies is not involved in any of these legal matters. Our one and only objective is to sell the Adelphia building, which unfortunately didn’t happen last time around. The new auction is still underway. The bid deadline is today, and we hope to find a buyer.

Thanks again,

Ashley Carvalho

Public Relations Associate

LFC Group of Companies

17 Corporate Plaza Dr., Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone (949) 706-6135

Fax (949) 706-6185

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. plans to shoot down broken spy satellite expected to hit Earth in early March

Truck Driver Killed In 3 Truck Acident On I-80

CORSICA - A crash involving three tractor-trailers resulted in the death of one driver and severe injuries to a second driver.

Clarion-based state police responded at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday to the accident on Interstate 80 at milemarker 70 in Clarion Township, Clarion County.

The names and addresses of the drivers were not released, pending notification of next of kin.
Police said the first driver was traveling west when his rig crossed the median and hit the rear of the trailer portion of the second rig.

Following impact, the first rig entered the path of the third tractor-trailer. The first rig separated as it hit the third rig and the truck portion of the first rig came to rest on its roof. The driver of the first rig was killed.

The driver of the second rig came to a controlled stop on the berm. The driver was not injured.
The third truck came to rest against the guiderail. The driver sustained severe injuries and had to be extricated.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said the force of the impact was so severe that the engine of the truck was sheared from the frame and thrown several hundred feet from the point of impact.
I-80 was closed until after 2 p.m.

Assisting police were Corsica, Clarion, Strattanville and Shippenville fire crews, Clarion Hospital EMS, Clarion EMA, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and PennDOT.
From today's Courier Express.

Port Man Suffers Major Injuries In Roulette Crash

A car carrying four children was involved in a crash Wednesday on state Route 6 in Roulette township.

Pennsylvania State Police say Christopher C. Burr, 29, of Port Allegany, was traveling east on state Route 6 with a 7-year-old girl, 4-year-old boy, 1-year-old girl and 8-month old girl when he attempted to pass a vehicle using the westbound lane.

At the time of the attempted pass, the other vehicle (a Roulette Township snowplow), driven by Kevin E. Bisher, of Roulette, was attempting to make a left turn onto Trout Brook Road. The front of Burr's vehicle struck the back left corner of Bisher's vehicle, before coming to rest on Trout Brook Road.

Burr, who suffered major injuries, and the four children were transported by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment and precautionary reasons. The four-year-old boy suffered minor injuries. All the children were in approved child safety seats.

Bisher, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured in the crash. From Star Gazette.

Guitarist To Perform Saturday At Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen will be performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance purchase or $17 at the door. Member/student tickets are $13 advance purchase or $15 at the door. All ages welcome.

Tickets may be purchased online, in advance at: www.WellsvilleCreativeArtsCenter.com or at the Art Center Coffee House. For more information, visit the above Web site or call 593-3000.

Read the rest of this article in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Woman Rescued From Creek After Crash

Dramatic water rescue in Scio

By Kathryn Ross
Daily Reporter
Wed Feb 13, 2008,

SCIO - A woman wearing a cast trapped in her vehicle that crashed into a creek was rescued in freezing weather conditions Tuesday afternoon.

The wind chill factor was at two degrees when rescue workers pulled a Scio woman out of a car which plummeted into Knights Creek.

The driver of the vehicle, Melinda Cantrell, 29, of 3498 Knights Creeks Road, was taken by Wellsville Ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

More than a dozen rescue workers from the Scio and Wellsville Rescue Squads and ambulance corps stood by on the frigid bank while Scott Lanphier of Wellsville and Jamie Cartwright of Scio went into the icy creek to rescue Cantrell. Read the rest of this story in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Analog Cell Phone Service Ends Monday

By James Jones--shurfine40@gmail.com

Older Analog cell phones won't be able to call 911.

Programs around the country have put old cell phones in the hands of senior citizens, domestic violence victims, and others who can not afford active cell phone service but who need a way to call 911 in an emergency.

Some years ago, the FCC required that all cell phones be capable of calling 911 even if they were not activated for normal usage. Many agencies collected old phones and distributed them to needy persons.

This program is still viable, BUT, the cell phones have to be digital.

Monday, all of the major cell phone companies will shut down their analog systems. The FCC will stop requiring the industry to support the technology. Most people have digital phones now, but those still using older analog models won't even be able to make 911 calls.

Those persons using an older cell phone for access to 911 will need to check to see if it will still work so as not to be left without a means of communication in an emergency.

Some older Onstar Systems won't work either as they were based on analog technology. Onstar users should check with their auto dealers to make sure their system is still functional.

President Slashes Fed Funds For Fire Service

On February 4, the President announced his FY 2009 budget request for funding for the federal government. The President’s budget slashes funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s State and Local Programs account by more than $1 billion, including a $260 million cut for the FIRE Grant program, elimination of the SAFER grant program, and a six percent reduction in funding for the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

“The President’s budget is an abrupt and dramatic reduction of federal support for our nation’s firefighters and EMS personnel,” said National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “The safety of first responders and the communities they serve will suffer if the funding levels proposed by the President are enacted.”

Read the rest of this story that affects our volunteer fire departments funding in the Potter County Fire News.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Carlene Y. Tharp, 70, of Mount Jewett, died Wednesday (Feb. 13, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

ULYSSES — Michael Tomaino, 90, of Westfield, died Wednesday (Feb. 13, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

ULYSSES — Anna Pitre, 86, of Coudersport, died Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2008) at her residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

ULYSSES — Donald W. Dunbar, 67, of Genesee, died Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2008) in his home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Services.Friends may call Friday, February 15, from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m.

EMPORIUM— Roy A. Griffith, 62, of 220 E. Second St. died Tuesday morning (Feb. 12, 2008) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. The Barnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Route 59 Now Open--Was Closed For 12 Hours

WESB News: 02/13/08 - Route 59 Opens After Snow Plow Crash

Route 59 from the Federal Correctional Institution at McKean to Route 219 was closed for about 12 hours Wednesday after a PennDOT snow plow hit a utility pole.

The plow slid into the pole and sheared it off, which caused another pole to break off and pull down a number of power lines.

A passing motorist didn't see the downed power lines in time and was trapped inside his vehicle for more than 2 hours until Penelec could shut off power to the lines that were on his truck.

No one was hurt in the accident.

Smethport Woman Injured In Crash At Mina

A Smethport woman received minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when her car overturned on Route 6 about a mile west of Coudersport .

State police said Brenda Young was headed east when her Nissan Murano went out of control on the snow-covered highway. When Young tried to regain control, the car went off the road, struck an embankment and rolled over onto the passenger side.

She was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance.

Police say she is being charged with failing to drive at a safe speed. From WFRM

No Injuries In Hickox-Ulysses Road Crash

No one was hurt in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on the Hickox-Ulysses Road in Bingham Township.

According to Coudersport-based state police 19 year old Brett Nichols of Ulysses was traveling north too fast for road conditions when his Ford Ranger slid out of control on a right curve.

Nichols abruptly steered to the left to avoid another vehicle which was stopped in his lane preparing to turn left and struck a southbound Dodge Ram driven by Walter Hewitt of Genesee.

The Nichols pickup went off the road, crossed a ditch and struck the right side of a Chevy S-10 operated by Turner Polen of Genesee which was stopped in a private drive waiting to enter the highway.

Nichols is being cited for failing to drive at a safe speed and failing to stay in roadways laned for traffic. FromWFRM

DUI Charges Filed On Austin Man In Crashes

DUI charges are pending against 22 year old Gregory Rees of Austin following a couple of crashes early Sunday morning in Portage Township.

Authorities say Rees’s Ford Ranger went off the road and hit a porch at a house located at 32 Stiner Street, Austin.

Rees then allegedly fled the scene, northbound on route 872 where the truck hit a section of guardrail. Rees continued on for a couple of miles until his truck went off the side of the road, traveled down a 10 foot embankment, and became stuck.

Rees apparently left the scene but was later located and placed under arrest. He was not injured in any of the mishaps. From WFRM

Potter County Court Sentences Ulysses Man

In recent Potter County Court action, 53 year old David Bedelyon of Ulysses was ordered to spend 18 months on probation for theft , pay a $250 fine; and make full restitution to PennDot.

According to Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink, while employed by PennDot, Bedelyon helped himself to welding rods, 80 gallons of diesel fuel and various other vehicle maintenance products valued at a total of $1900 stored at the Genesee stockpile. from WFRM

PA Lottery

Results for 2/14/2008

TDN (DAY): 572
Big4 (DAY): 8674
TH (Day): 4,6,12,16,26


Treasure Hunt (Day) jackpot for 2/15/2008 is $10,000.00

12 Candidates Vie For US Congress Nominations

List of candidates on ballot

Here are the candidates who filed nominating petitions as of 5 p.m. Tuesday:

5th Congressional District

Democratic

Bill Cahir, 39, Bellefonte, Centre County, former Washington correspondent for Pennsylvania newspapers and Iraq war veteran.

Mark McCracken, 44, Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, county commissioner

Richard Vilello, 42, Lock Haven, Clinton County, city mayor

Republican

Chris Exarchos, 63, College Township, Centre County, former county commissioner

John Krupa, Pine Township, Clinton County, insurance sales representative and former Pine Creek Township supervisor

Lou Radkowski, age not available, Saint Marys, Elk County, coroner

Keith Richardson, 46, Clarion Borough, Clarion County, pastor, First Baptist Church of Clarion

Glenn Thompson, 48, Howard Township, Centre County, health care professional and county Republican chairman

Matt Shaner, 28, Patton Township, Centre County, president of Shaner Investments Ltd.

Jeff Stroehmann, 42, Woodward Township, Lycoming County, vice president of a warehousing company, Moran Industries

John Stroup, 50, Clarion, Clarion County, borough mayor and executive director of the Clarion Hospital Foundation

Derek Walker, 32, Bigler Township, Clearfield County, president of Walker Financial Services

The 5th congressional district includes part or all of 17 counties, inlcuding one municipality, Fayette Township, in Juniata County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. The other 16 counties are Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Potter, Tioga, Venango and Warren.

Coudersport Accident

3:25 PM--2-13-08
A motor vehicle accident on Route 44, just north of Route 49 near Coudersport has Coudersport emergency services responding at this time. Injuries are reported. On scene reports indicate the roadway is blocked.

Going, Going, Are All Bids In????

Minimum Bid
$3,100,000
Current Highest Bid
$3,100,000
Minimum Bid Increment
$100,000
Online Bid Deadline 2/14/2008 20:00 Eastern Standard Time

Following The Cash In Adelphia Building Fraud

Coudersport Adelphia Building
Purchase Subject Of
Multi-Million Dollar Fraud!!


Massachusetts Man Attempts To Flee To Venezualia With Money.

Allen Seymour of 23 Manor Lane, Oxford, has been charged with wire fraud and interstate transportation of property stolen, converted and taken by fraud. He was arrested as he attempted to board a private jet at an airport near Miami, FL.

The cash was part of the money sent by an investor in Ireland, Kevin Phalen, intended to complete the purchase of the Adelphia Taj Mahal in Coudersport, PA.

According to earlier published reports, Mr. Phalen offered to buy the former Adelphia Operations Headquarters, after the first buyer in an online auction by LFC company in California was not able to close the deal and lost his $300,000.00 deposit.

Kevin Phalen, of Northern Ireland, posted a $1 million deposit on that purchase. At closing time, he sent $1.99 million to his representative in the US who was supposed to pay for the closing on the purchase.

The money didn't go where it was supposed to and Mr. Phalen lost his $1 million deposit.

A representative of LFC Company e-mailed Solomon's Words last week that the buyer had defaulted on the original sale and that the building has been put back up for auction on their auction website.

A new bidder has offered $3.1 million in the new auction which closes on Thursday, February 14, 2008.

Solomon's Words broke this story locally, last Saturday on this website. It is a story of international intrigue, of fraud, theft, and an attempt to flee the country, that would make most
TV dramas pale by comparison. Read the preceding stories on Solomon's Words for more background on this tale involving this Coudersport, PA building.

Man Was Fleeing With Adelphia Building Cash

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 $1.3M fraud alleged

Oxford man caught with cash

By Craig S. Semon TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF



An Oxford man who was trying to flee the country on a private jet with his wife, five children and family dog was arrested with $1.3 million concealed in brown paper and plastic bags hidden in his luggage.

Allen Seymour of 23 Manor Lane, Oxford, has been charged with wire fraud and interstate transportation of property stolen, converted and taken by fraud.

Mr. Seymour is scheduled to have a detention hearing tomorrow in Florida before being returned to Massachusetts, said Christina Dilorio-Sterling of the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.

According to a criminal complaint dated yesterday and signed by FBI Special Agent Albert D. Lamoreaux, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers learned about a flight plan for a private aircraft scheduled last Friday, leaving the U.S. for Venezuela.

Later Friday evening, Customs and Border Protection officers arrived at Opa Locka Airport outside Miami, where the jet was preparing to leave. At the time, Mr. Seymour was standing outside the aircraft. His luggage, as well as his wife, five children and the family dog were already on board.

When officers told Mr. Seymour they were conducting an outbound examination, Mr. Seymour said he was going to cancel the flight and wanted to leave. In addition, Mr. Seymour refused to fill out a Customs and Border Protection 503 Currency Report form. After Mr. Seymour’s refusal, Zeek, a search dog trained in the detection of U.S. currency, was used to examine the aircraft.

The dog alerted officers to the baggage compartment. Baggage was removed from the aircraft and Zeek alerted officers to two specific bags. U.S. currency in the amount of $1,360,421 was found concealed in the baggage.

The currency was wrapped in brown paper and plastic bags, which were further hidden within clothing and other personal effects in the luggage. Mr. Seymour said the money was his, according to the criminal complaint.

The money found in Mr. Seymour’s luggage allegedly belongs to Kevin Phelan of Hollywood, Ireland. Mr. Phelan allegedly was planning to use the money to purchase a commercial property in Coudersport, Pa.

On Feb. 1 in a civil complaint filed in Worcester Superior Court, lawyer Raymond A. Desautels III, South Beach Realty and Steven Testa were accused of taking $1,990,000 of Mr. Phelan’s money.

According to the complaint, Mr. Phelan gave a nonrefundable deposit of $1 million to buy a building in Pennsylvania. On or about Jan. 24, Mr. Phelan wired an additional $1,990,000 to William Bibaud, his local sales agent, who issued a certified check in that amount to Mr. Desautels. The money was to be used to pay the balance of the purchase at closing.

On Feb. 4, Worcester Superior Court Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr. ordered an attachment against Mr. Desautels, South Beach Realty and Mr. Testa. The attachment was not on any of the aforementioned entities’ finances or assets but on Mr. Phelan’s money if any entity was still holding it.

Yesterday, Mr. Desautels said he was shocked that Mr. Seymour tried to steal the money, but was pleased to hear that Mr. Seymour had been caught.

“I feel that the quick action by myself and Bill Bibaud to alert the FBI to provide bank statements and wire slips were instrumental in recovering most of the money and arresting Bill Bibaud’s former partner, Allen Seymour,” Mr. Desautels said.

According to the criminal complaint dated yesterday, Mr. Bibaud arranged for Mr. Desautels to act as closing lawyer for the transaction. Mr. Bibaud had been involved in seven real estate deals with Mr. Seymour in the past 14 months in which Mr. Bibaud had used Mr. Desautels as the closing lawyer.

Mr. Desautels — who lives at 57 Millbury Road, Oxford, and practices law at 466 Main St., Oxford — deposited a certified check for $1,990,000 into his trust account at Hometown Bank for Mr. Phelan’s Pennsylvania purchase.

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Desautels said he made the three disbursements at the request of Mr. Seymour, including $200,000 to Armandale Properties of Worcester and $100,000 to Jason Passell of Auburn, both on Jan. 25.

On Jan. 28, Mr. Desautels wired $1,640,000 from the client trust account to Sovereign Bank to an account held in the name of South Beach Realty, an entity controlled by Mr. Testa.

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Desautels was told by Mr. Seymour that Mr. Seymour needed the funds for a short time to convince lenders that he and his associates possessed adequate net worth, in the form of verifiable bond deposits, to obtain bank financing.

On Feb. 1, Sovereign Bank determined that $1,637,000 of the trust money had been issued in certified checks from the account.

Also, on Feb. 1, Mr. Bibaud alleged Mr. Seymour said that he knew Mr. Bibaud was talking to “the police.” Mr. Bibaud stated Mr. Seymour told him to stop talking to the police because Mr. Seymour had “files” on him, the criminal complaint said.

On Feb. 2, Mr. Bibaud contacted Massachusetts State Police Trooper Nick Mason and reported that Mr. Seymour told him that Mr. Seymour would return the money on Feb. 4, provided he received immunity from prosecution. Mr. Bibaud also told state police that Mr. Seymour named four people whom he would provide evidence against, according to the criminal complaint.

Fatal Accident Closes I-80 Eastbound

The DuBois Courier Express is reporting this morning that:
A fatal accident involving two tractor-trailers and a car this morning closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 between Strattanville and Corsica - Exits 70-73 - in Clarion County.
Traffic was being detoured on Route 322 between Strattanville and Corsica.
PennDOT officials estimated that the road would reopen by 2 p.m. today.

Clearfield-based state police said a four-vehicle crash at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday near milemarker 119 eastbound in Lawrence Township closed Interstate 80 for approximately five hours.

Route 59 Closed Near Federal Prison

WESB News: 02/13/08 - Route 59 Near Prison Closed

Route 59 is closed near FCI McKean. A snow plow struck a telephone pole and brought down power lines.

If you are heading from Smethport towards Route 219 you will not be able to get though and must find an alternate route.

Tioga Communications Was Out--Unable To Dispatch

A failure in the microwave communications system between the Tioga County 911 Center and Potter County resulted in a loss of ability to activate sirens and dispatch fire and ambulances for a time this morning.

At 8:40 am, a Ulysses Fire Chief called by radio, to report a serious motor vehicle accident, with multiple injuries and entrapment, at the intersection of Trout Brook Road and Route 6 in Roulette Township. His call was unable to be understood by Tioga County Communications.

Calls by phone to 911 were told that the incident was being dispatched. However, when the Roulette siren did not activate, it was apparent that there was a problem with dispatching.

The Ulysses Chief Officer described the crash, between a car and a snowplow, and the injuries involved. Roulette firemen received this information on their radios and responded. The Potter County Emergency Operations Center was activated according to Potter County Fire News.

Tioga County utilized the McKean County 911 Dispatch Center to send ambulances from Port Allegany to Roulette to help with the injured. A Coudersport ambulance was later dispatched to the scene of the vehicle accident.

A second call was received, while ambulances were enroute to the first scene, reporting a person had fallen at C&S Lumber mill in Roulette with a head injury. A Port Allegany ambulance was diverted to the lumber mill and transported the victim to Charles Cole Hospital via Seymour Drive as Route 6 was closed at Trout Brook. A request for a helicopter for that incident was denied because of weather conditions.

Victims of the vehicle accident were transported to Charles Cole Hospital and and Route 6 was re-opened at 9:58 am. Details of the accident will await the completion of the State Police investigation.

It was noted that Tioga County was subsequently dispatching other calls in Potter County so we are assuming that the communications problem has been resolved.

It has been suggested that residents compile a list of phone numbers for their local firemen so that they can call them directly in case of failure of the 911 center or it's extensive microwave relay system, as calls through distant telephone operators may be seriously delayed.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

WFRM Calendar Of Events

February 13


A Veterans Outreach Specialist will be on duty at THE Bradford CareerLink from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the convenience of area veterans and their families.
February 13th
Today’s meeting for the Potter County EMS Council has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 pm at the County EOC. Please call 274-8900 to confirm your attendance

February 15th

The Austin Area School 4th Grade Class will hold a Spaghetti Dinner at the Austin Firehall. Serving will begin at 4:00 pm until all is gone. Cost is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 4-12 and children under 3 will eat free. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, tossed salad, break and drink. Dessert items will be available for $1.00 each.

Wintry Conditions Cause Cancellations

In anticipation of bad travel conditions, there have been a number of cancellations and postponements forwarded to WFRM.

  • All after-school activities at the Coudersport Elementary and High Schools have been cancelled, including the wrestling match at Bradford.

  • The Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group and Hearts of Hope event scheduled for tonight at the Charles Cole Hospital Wellness Center has been postponed until Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

  • All Cub Scout activities that usually meet at the Port Moose, are cancelled for tonight.

  • Seneca Chapter Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Class in Port Allegany will not be held tonight but will take place next Tuesday.

Cherry Tree Stolen In Hebron Township

Troopers here are looking for the thief who cut down a large cherry tree last summer in a wooded area along Route 44 in Hebron Township.

The tree stood 50-60 feet and was about 70 inches in diameter and was on property owned by Johnson Martin of Mt. Joy, PA. From WFRM

Criminal Mischief In Genesee

A 17 year old girl from Genesee is being charged with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place early Saturday morning at a home on Grover Hollow Road, Genesee.

Authorities claim the teen used a permanent marker to write graffiti on an outside window at the of Sharon Kio residence. From WFRM

Troopers Investigate Vandalism At Osborne's

Vandalism at a Eulalia Township garage this past Saturday between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m. is under investigation by state police here.

Someone smashed all the windows, dented and scratched the exteriors and spray painted a 2000 Nissan Quest owned by Gleason Motors and a 2000 Cadillac Cetera owned by Neal Klimek of Coudersport while they were parked at Mike Osborne’s Auto Repair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690. From WFRM

Chimney Fire Contained On E. 2nd Street

Coudersport volunteer firefighters were able to keep a chimney fire at a Sweden Valley home contained to the chimney itself Monday afternoon.

Volunteers were summoned to the Timothy residence on East Second Street at 1:06 p.m. when children in the home noticed smoke in the second story.

18 firefighters responded to the scene with three units and were on scene a short time.

They were assisted by Sweden Township police and Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance personnel. From WFRM

Bradford Man Sentenced to 9 Years For Kiddy Porn

WESB News: 02/12/08 - Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

A Bradford man has been sentenced to more than nine years in jail for receiving and possessing child pornography.

39-year-old Christopher Lee Ausherman will also have to spend 10 years on supervised release for violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children. He was found to have more than 100 computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Ausherman pleaded guilty to the charges in October. A federal grand jury in Erie indicted him in April.

Car Crash Reported On Rt. 6 At Mina

2:45 PM --2-12-08
A one vehicle crash on Route 6 by the Mina Road near Erways farm has just been reported. Coudersport Dept 48 and Medic 6 are responding. Early reports indicate a car on it's side and one reported injury.

A previous call in Port Allegany this afternoon for an accident on South Main was recalled as it turned out to be a broken down vehicle.

Port Allegany Gas Still $2.99

Coudersport was back up to $2.99 yesterday
Use Comments to post the gas price in your town.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Downey's in Ulysses PA have gas for 2.89

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 6:43:00 PM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Downey's In Ulysses is $2.98

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:27:00 PM EST

BREAKING NEWS: White House officially announces plan to put foreclosure process on hold for 30 days

Primary Petitions Due Today In PA

Today's the day when anyone wishing to seek the Democratic or Republican nominations in the April 22 primary must turn in their petitions.

So in tomorrow's newspaper, we'll bring you a report on which of the many people who announced interest in running for John Peterson's seat in the 5th Congressional District will actually appear on the ballot.

Governor Rendell is reported to have extended the petition deadline until Thursday due to the inclement weather across the state.

E-Mail From Our Readers

Jim,

I found this on the web last night. It is about a crash of the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile near Mansfield. No hot dogs were injured in the crash (human neither).

http://www.stargazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080211/NEWS01/802110323/1001
thanks,
Jim Scelsi

Other Blogs--Costa Rica Travel News

Costa Rica Expat: Casey Halloran


Written by Claire

Costa Rica Expat Casey Halloran


Costa Rica Expat: Casey Halloran

Age: 32
Place of Birth: Coudersport, PA
Current Home: San Jose, Costa Rica and Panama City, Panama
Lives with: Solo
Has lived in Costa Rica: 10 years

What is your occupation? How did you get started here?
I am co-owner of a travel business in Costa Rica, www.vacationscostarica.com and manage a division of that firm in Panama. We also operate a real estate agency there, www.panamarealestatepros.com.

I got started in Costa Rica nearly a decade ago as a web marketing consultant. I worked with mostly tourism and real estate related companies. After a year of solo work, I saw an opportunity to begin my own travel business and my roommate and I became partners.

What other groups or activities are you involved in here?
My real estate firm in Panama belongs to the association of realtors. Our travel agency belongs to the association of Hotels.

When did you decide to move to Costa Rica?
I did a lot of research on the Internet in 1998 while I was still working for my first and only post-college job in Richmond, VA at www.trainingforce.com. The dot-com bubble had just begun, I was working 50+ hours per week and knew I wanted more. I’d studied abroad in Spain and considered moving there, but simply couldn’t afford to start a business there. After a short list of countries including Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina, Costa Rica seemed the best fit for my skills. Luckily, I guessed right. The neat thing is, all these years later and my former boss in Virgina and I still do business together.

How did you deal with the need for a work visa, residency status, and/or health insurance?
Work visa is a nightmare. Fortunately, Panama gave me my investor’s visa after I was able to have the funds to start a business with a sizable amount of startup capital. Costa Rica has been an ongoing challenge and continues to get more cryptic for retirees and those who would desire to work legally. Health insurance is easy and affordable. Healthcare is one of the fantastic points of savings in day to day life in Costa Rica.

Do you speak the local language and do you think it’s important?
I do speak Spanish fairly well and think that being able to communicate in a local language is a vital part of success and happiness in a foreign country.

Do you miss people or particular aspects of your home country?
Sure, there’s plenty I miss. The weather…not so much, except for those fantastic late Summer and early Fall days on the east coast. I miss many family and friends, but since I work in travel, I get plenty of visitors. I recently “imported” my parents to assist me in opening a small B&B near the beach in Panama, so we’re seeing more of each other than I’d ever thought possible. I miss high-level business thinking and opportunities, but so long as one is willing to slow down and search for the thinkers…there are high concept things happening in Costa Rica. The forced slower pace of life certainly has benefits…Ticos live a LONG time.

Do you have other plans for the future?
Plenty of business plans, to be sure. Expansion into other Central American markets via franchising is atop the list, along with starting a real estate trust for Costa Rica and Panama. Business is always on the forefront of my mind, although I have had some thoughts of settling down and picking a country (Panama or Costa Rica) and heading into my 30’s, a lifestyle that resembles that of a grown man. I recently bought a condo in Panama City but sold it a year later while the market boomed, so now I’m back to renting like a college kid. I still rent in San Jose because it’s so cheap and I’m not too crazy about owning in the Central Valley for a handful of reasons.

What is the cost of living here?
After 10 years of being asked this question, I think I can safely say that the cost of living is probably 60% of a similar sized U.S. city. Healthcare savings taking a huge part in that. One can live comfortably, with no dependents, on $30,000 per year.

What do you think about Costa Ricans and how they treat foreigners?
Ticos generally are pretty darn nice people. They certainly have a different perspective on life and business and some of that is good and some can be annoying. I genuinely care for most Costa Rican people I know well and have learned plenty from living among them. I’m not sure if another culture would have been able to make a nut like me feel so at home.

What do you think of the Expat community in Costa Rica?
It’s a very interesting crowd to be sure. Plenty of thieves, opportunists and crazies find their way to the warm weather of Costa Rica. The old expat joke is that it’s “the land of the wanted (by the law) and the un-wanted (by everybody else)”. However, along with the occasional miscreants, there are also plenty of highly educated, creative individualists who have a fresh perspective on life.

What are the positive and negative aspects of living in Costa Rica?
Positive: Opportunities, weather, people, landscape, eco-consciousness
Negative: Taxes and tariffs, poor security, difficulties finding supplies for anything

What is your favorite place to visit in Costa Rica?
Tough to say, but I really enjoy Manuel Antonio and Playas del Coco in Guanacaste.

Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Costa Rica?
Be wary. Use 3x the common sense you did back home. The rules of law don’t apply here…for better or worse. Study, study, study before you invest in assets or people. A bad girlfriend can be as costly as a bad business partner. Avoid the “dark side” of expat culture. You must be PATIENT to survive in Costa Rica.