Saturday, August 30, 2008
BREAKING NEWS: 8:45 PM-8-30-08
Austin Fire and Ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 car accident on Route 872, 2 miles South of Costello towards Wharton.
An ambulance from Coudersport has also been dispatched. A rescue unit from Coudersport Fire Department is now responding mutual aid as well as a medical helicopter. Austin ambulance is enroute to Charles Cole. The medical helicopter is reported to be enroute to an Altoona trauma center.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/30/2008 08:45:00 PM
DEP hands out fines in trash caseBy CHERYL R. CLARKE - firstname.lastname@example.org
BURLINGTON - What started out as a complaint filed with the Department of Environmental Protection for illegal burning of demolition waste from dismantled mobile homes in Camptown turned into a DEP fine against a large Bradford County landfill, the hauler transporting the waste, and the company responsible for the illegal burning.
Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority was fined $12,000 for accepting the waste from E.A. Ward Excavating Inc, of Troy, who did not have a required Environmental Accreditation Act sticker on his vehicle, and Ward was fined $14,000 for delivering demolition waste to the Burlington Township landfill back in April.
According to Pat Brennan, environmental group manager for DEP's waste management program, the complaint was filed when demolition waste, hauled by the Ward vehicles, was burned at the Fenton Stone Quarry in Wilmot Township, Brennan said.
Arthur Fenton, who owns and operates the quarry, was fined $10,145 for the illegal burning of construction/demolition waste on his property, according to Dan Spadoni, community relations coordinator for DEP. More.....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/30/2008 06:50:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS: 6:00 pm-8-30-08
Port Allegany Ambulance has responded to a motorcycle accident just over the top of the hill past Open Brook on Route 6 West where one person is reported injured.
UPDATE:WESB News: 08/31/08 - Rew Man Hurt in Motorcycle Crash
A Rew man was hurt when he was thrown from his motorcycle while driving on Route 6 Saturday night.
Police say the bike driven by 53-year-old Mark Caldwell went out of control while rounding a curve, left the road and hit an embankment.
Caldwell was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/30/2008 06:30:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS: 5:00pm-8-30-08
Firemen from Eldred Township, Eldred Boro Ambulance, and Medic 1 are on scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Newell Creek and Route 155 south of Larabee Y.
An elderly driver went off the roadway into a wooded area. While injuries have been reported, a medical helicopter placed on standby was cancelled.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/30/2008 05:23:00 PM
Driver killed in Northern Tier crashStar-Gazette • August 30, 2008
WELLSBORO – A young Middlebury Center man died early this morning when the pickup truck he was driving went down a ravine in Chatham Township and rolled over.
Tioga County Deputy Coroner Robert Gee pronounced Daniel Sharp, 27, of 104 Button Hollow Road, Middlebury Township, dead at the scene of the 4 a.m. crash. More....
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Friday, August 29, 2008
SMETHPORT — Robert E. VanKirk, 85, of Smethport, formerly of Salisbury, Md., died Friday (Aug. 29, 2008) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 11:26:00 PM
Condition concerns grow over McKean Memorial Park
By KYLE MILLIRON
Bradford Era Reporter
Overgrown grass, shoddy roads, irresponsible grave openings, damaged grave stones and ruined flower vases are just a few of the complaints a group of concerned families have voiced to the operators of McKean Memorial Park Cemetery.
The cemetery, along Route 59 in Lafayette Township, has amassed much criticism over the past few years, but the contention has increased over the past months as additional families begin to express their disappointment with the cemetery’s condition.
“My mother and father are up there, and it upsets me terribly to see the condition the cemetery is in,” he said. “I thought when we first bought the lots that there would be money for perpetual care.” More.....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 11:18:00 PM
Coudersport used a series of big plays to turn back Elk County Catholic, 29-16, in the high school football season opener for both teams Friday night at CARP Field.
Junior Dirk Cowburn broke a scoreless tie with a 75-yard touchdown run and Cooper Bonczar booted the extra point to give the hosts a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Moments later, senior Brett Whitman broke free and sprinted 70 yards for a TD. The kick was blocked.
Elk County Catholic's defense cut the lead to 13-2 by tackling a Falcon ball-carrier in the end zone for a safety midway through the second quarter.
The Falcons put the game away early in the second half. Bonzczar drilled a 38-yard field goal, making it 16-2.
Then Tim Thomas followed a 25-yard punt return with an 18-yard touchdown run around right end, boosting the lead to 22-2.
After the Crusaders went three-and-out, quarterback Eric Babcock hit Thomas on a 12-yard pass to set up Cowburn's 22-yard TD run.
Elk CC scored early in the fourth quarter when Matt Bauer blocked a punt and returned it 40 yards for a TD.
Kyle Gerber bulled in from one yard away against Coudersport's second-team defense and tacked on the two-point conversion in the closing minutes.
Rookie coach Brendan Hathaway's Falcons are bound for Brockway on Friday night (7:30 kickoff).
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 10:42:00 PM
Attorney General Corbett urges families to stop using product subject to safety alert and to exercise caution when shopping for consumer products
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today urged Pennsylvania families to stop using 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible Sleeper Model bassinets manufactured by Reading-based Simplicity, Inc. The Attorney General's warning was prompted by a safety alert issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) following reports of child deaths associated with these products.
"Consumers caring for a newborn or infant child should carefully check whether their family's bassinet is among those covered by the CPSC safety alert. Anyone discovering a Simplicity 3-in-1 or Simplicity 4-in-1 sleeper should immediately stop using it", Corbett said. "I also urge consumers to regularly check whether other items they use in and around their homes have been the subject of a recall, and to shop carefully when buying new products for their families."
The bassinets covered by the safety alert include the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible "Close-Sleeper" Models, also known as "bedside sleepers". According to the CPSC, these items contain metal bars spaced farther apart than 2 3/8 inches, which is the maximum distance allowed under the federal crib safety standard. This spacing can allow an infant to slip through the bassinet's opening and become trapped in between the metal bars, leading to suffocation. Two infants have already died in these bassinets according to the CPSC. As many as one million of these products were sold to consumers in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. More......
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 09:30:00 PM
The 33rd annual Germania Olde Home Day will be held at the Germania Fire Hall on Sunday, August 31, 2008 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
There will be a chicken barbecue; pork roast, legal beverages; music and dancing; live NASCAR on a big screen TV, firemen’s water battle; horshoe pitching contest; trap shooting, pig chase and more.
The event is sponsored by the Germania Fire Department.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 06:31:00 PM
A Mill Run, PA driver is being charged with speeding following a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Route 155 a half mile south of Route 607 in Keating Township.
Troopers said 32 year old Daniel Burnsworth was headed south when his Ford F-250 slid sideways across the rain-slicked road, struck an embankment and spun around 180 degrees before rolling over onto its roof.
Burnsworth was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 06:27:00 PM
State police are charging 22 year old Jed Travis of Pavilion, NY with various traffic violations after his truck overturned Thursday afternoon on the Kinney Road a half mile west of the Genesee Township line in Oswayo Township.
Authorities said West lost control of his Dodge Ram 2500 when he tried to answer his cell phone.
The truck went off the road, struck a tree, and overturned, spilling about 75 gallons of diesel fuel in the process.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 06:24:00 PM
A Genesee man has been ordered to spend 45 days to 23-1/2 months in the McKean County jail following a sentencing hearing this week in Smethport.
Dustin Kio, 22, was arrested early last February when he climbed through a window in a Port Allegany home but was convinced to leave by an occupant of the house.
Kio was also ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 06:20:00 PM
Nicholas J. Collins, 19, of Galeton, was sentenced Monday in Tioga County Court to 24 months intermediate punishment for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
.According to court documents, Collins will serve the first six months as an inmate at Tioga County Prison and the rest on probation. He also must pay a $200 fine plus court costs.
He was charged by Elkland police following a traffic stop on East Main Street, Elkland, in a vehicle he took from the F&C Body Shop on East Main Street.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 06:16:00 PM
He is Richard F. Toner, who is leaving his position as superintendent in the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District in Somerset County to accept the Coudersport appointment.
Toner's hiring was approved by the Coudersport Area Board of Education this week. No terms were disclosed.
He succeeds George A. Nuffer III, who is retiring after five-plus years as superintendent. Toner will begin his service on Sept. 22.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre and earned his masters degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.
He and his wife Donna will be relocating to the Coudersport area soon.
At Turkeyfoot, the third smallest school district in Pennsylvania -- Austin is the smallest -- Toner adopted a motto of, “Excellent and Proud of It.”
"It is my belief that education changes lives," he said. "Each student is very important, and it is up to the teachers, parents, administrators, staff, and the community to do all they can to create a safe, nurturing, intellectually stimulating environment."
The new superintendent prides himself on an open-door policy for students, parents, teachers and the community.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 05:27:00 PM
look on as Hilda Franklin, grandmother of SPC Mike Franklin, officially
opens the new Mike Franklin Bridge over the Allegheny River in
Coudersport on Friday, August 29, 2008.Coudersport Councilman George Hults, Council President Andy Dubots,
SPC Mike Franklin's Grandmother Hilda Franklin, Councilman Jerry
Chitester, Councilman Wayne Hathaway, Simon Barnes of A. L. Blades
and Son, Coudersport Mayor Wick Ferman, and Construction
Superintendent Bill Elliott of A. L. Blades & Son.
Army SPC. Michael W. Franklin
22, of Coudersport, Pa. assigned to the 44th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea; killed March 7,2005 when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his screening area in Ramadi, Iraq.
through residential streets in Coudersport. The $1.5 million dollar
project on East Second Street (Route 6) was finished on schedule
by workers from A.L. Blades & Son of Belmont, NY.
detour and on the bridge location. Next to go will be the
many temporary traffic lights set up to detour traffic.
Traffic patterns on the detour returned to the way it was before
the bridge project started, much to the enjoyment of the people
who live on the streets used for the temporary detour.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 04:55:00 PM
Graduation ceremonies were held Thursday, Aug. 28, in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Commons Building. The students received diplomas for successfully completing the 24-month course which prepares graduates to serve as radiologic technologists in various types of medical imaging facilities.
(Photo Courtesy of BRMC)
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 11:25:00 AM
Coudersport officials have just notified Solomon's words that the new Mike Franklin Bridge that carries Route 6 traffic across the Allegheny River at Coudersport is now open to traffic at 11:00 AM.
The bridge has been closed since this Spring and was replaced thru the summer. A temporary detour through Coudersport side streets was in place. Traffic patterns through those side streets will return to the previous status.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 11:07:00 AM
C/G Electrodes plans more expansion
C/G Electrodes' Chairman and CEO Nathan Milikowsky recently announced a significant expansion of the company's plant in St. Marys that will create 30-40 new jobs. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 11:02:00 AM
Ex-teacher gets 10-20 years for sex with 14-year-old
By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff WriterA former special-education teacher at South Philadelphia High School - who admitted launching a weeklong sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl on the Internet's MySpace social networking site - was sentenced yesterday to 10 to 20 years in prison.
Joshua Uhrich, 30, apologized to the girl and her family, telling Common Pleas Court Judge Leon W. Tucker, "I have accepted, recognized and acknowledged that my bad choices have caused a lot of grief and inconvenience to individuals and institutions."
Under the sentence negotiated with the plea deal between the prosecutor and defense attorney, Uhrich must serve Pennsylvania's mandatory minimum 10-year prison term before he may apply for parole.Though it was Uhrich's first offense of any kind, he fell under a law enacted two years ago that increased the mandatory minimum sentence from five to 10 years for an adult who sexually assaults or is involved with someone age 16 or under.
The law increased the mandatory minimum for a second offense to 25 years and to life for the third offense. More....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 10:51:00 AM
Fog causes crash in Burnside Township
A Bradford man was injured in a one-vehicle crash at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on state Route 144 in Burnside Township that happened when he became disoriented in the fog, state police said.
Darin M. Gonzalez, 25, was not searing a seat belt at the time of the crash, state police at Rockview reported. He was transported by ambulance to Bucktail Medical Center in Renovo. No further information on the extent and nature of his injuries was available.
Police said the crash occurred as he was driving south and negotiating a right curve in a 2000 Ford F-250. He became disoriented on the foggy road lost control and the vehicle began to slide. Gonzalez tried to regain control, and was unable to do so as the Ford spun counterclockwise, struck a tree and came to a stop.
State police said Gonzalez will be issued citations for driving at unsafe speed and not wearing a seat belt.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 10:23:00 AM
Clifford W. Starkweather, 59, of 61 Germania St., Galeton, PA, died Tuesday August 26, 2008 at Manor Care Health Services North.
He was born in Wellsboro on January 29, 1949, the son of Wesley H. and Kathryn I. Emmick Starkweather.
Clifford was a mechanic. He was a Vietnam Era U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of Raymond Richar Post 6611 VFW in Galeton, PA.
Surviving are a daughter Sonya D. Frome of Montoursville, two grandchildren Elijah D. Rook and Nicholas M. Kohler, his father Wesley H. Starkweather of Wellsboro, brother and sisters William D. Starkweather of Antrim, PA, Kathy L. McMullen of Wellsboro and Janette L. Frome of Trout Run. He was preceded in death by his mother Kathryn I. Starkweather.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/29/2008 09:37:00 AM
Cleland opens temporary office in Kane
By FRAN De LANCEY
Bradford Era Correspondent
KANE — Pennsylvania Superior Judge John M. Cleland, who was sworn into office on July 3, has opened a temporary office in Kane, his hometown.
Soon, he and his staff of law clerks, all experienced attorneys, three full-time and one part-time, and two administrators, will move to a permanent location in the professional offices at the Kane Community Hospital. More.....
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Port Allegany- Patricia A. Leapal Treat, 75, of Roulette, died Wednesday (August 27, 2008) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean.
She was born Dec 18, 1932 in Port Allegany, a daughter of Albert and Stella Leapal Duran. On February 22, 2002, in Port Allegany, she married Leonard F. Treat, Sr., who died August 12, 2006.
Mrs. Treat was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, and attended Olean Business Inst., Olean, NY.
She was a secretary for Kennedy Wood Products and was the Switchboard Operator, employed by North Penn Gas Co. for many years.
She was a member of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, St. Gabriel's Catholic Women's Club, Port Allegany Women's Club, Republican Women's Club, Moose Lodge, Chapter 3000 of Illinois; Mooseheart; Skytop Club, Skytop, PA; Coudersport Country Club, Potter County Historical Society, was a Volunteer at Charles Cole Hospital, and AARP.
She is survived by Two daughters: Rhoda (Joe) Weimer of Roulette, PA, Rose (Lee) Manges of Asheboro, NC; One son: Leonard (LaVerta) Treat, Jr. of Port Allegany, PA; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren;Two sisters: Marie Dow of Titusville, PA, Marjory Rowton of Hattiesburg, MISS; One brother: Jerry G. Leapal of Philadelphia, PA
Several nieces and nephews
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, and 2 nieces
Visitation will be held on Friday August 29, 2008 from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday August 30, 2008 at 10am in St Gabriel's Church with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany. A Christian Wake service will be held at 3:30 pm, Friday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Roulette Ambulance Association, American Diabetes, or Meals on Wheels.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 08:36:00 PM
Renovations continue at the Coudersport Area Recreation Park football stadium in preparation for Friday night's varsity opener, as the Falcons host Elk County Catholic.
School officials say the game is on, with opening kickoff at 7, despite some unfinished business with the facility.
New bleachers, locker rooms, rest rooms, lights, press box and drainage are among the improvements, part of the school district's $9 million in renovations to CARP, the elementary school and the high school.
It's being financed by a bond issue, as only the elementary school work qualifies for state funding.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 04:31:00 PM
WFRM NEWS Troopers are also probing several recent criminal mischiefs.
Vandals punctured three tires on a vehicle owned by John Heller of Coudersport Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. while it was parked on Drabert Lane in Roulette Township.
Vandals spun an ATV around the parking lot of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club on Canada Hollor Road in Sharon Township Sunday night or Monday morning, causing some flying stones to break windows and a door and damage the siding on the building.
Culprits also broke out a window at a camp on Gross Hollow Road in Sweden Township owned by Charles Graver during an unknown period of time.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 03:56:00 PM
The state game commission reports that Wildlife Management Unite 3A which includes the area north of Route 6 in Potter, McKean, Tioga and Bradford Counties has exhausted it’s doe license allocations.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 03:54:00 PM
Two emails to Howard Nelson, CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA, requesting information on Helen F. Miller, who died and left 2.1 million dollars to the Pennsylvania SPCA to establish a shelter in Potter County, have gone unanswered.
After reading articles about the bequest in both the city papers and local papers, I have continually wondered who this woman was that amassed this large amount of money to benefit animals.
None of the articles I have read had any background on Ms. Miller, and searches on the internet have turned up nothing.
You can bet your butt that if I or my organization were the beneficiary of a bequest of this size, that I would publicize the story of this woman's life, how she amassed this money, and why she felt so strongly as to donate it to an organization. I certainly would not ignore requests for information about her.
If any of my readers knows about this wonderful woman, maybe you could fill us in with some information about her.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 12:12:00 PM
PSPCA Law Enforcement Efforts GrowingPSPCA
Philadelphia, August 13, 2008—Furthering its commitment to protecting Pennsylvania’s animals from abuse and neglect, the PSPCA has a presence across the Commonwealth. The PSPCA’s 10 officers are assigned to canvass all 67 Pennsylvania counties and, as of August 15, 2008, will be sworn in 27 of those counties including: Philadelphia, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Lancaster, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Union, Snyder, Tioga, Lycoming, Clearfield, Clarion, Venango, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Somerset, Indiana, Cambria, Blair and Bedford.
“Our humane officers are in the process of being sworn in and registered in an additional 33 counties. By the end of the year, we will have at least one agent sworn in and registered in all of the state’s 67 counties,” said PSPCA CEO Howard R. Nelson.
The PSPCA is the primary agency responsible for enforcing Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws in 27 of the state’s counties and is the secondary contact for the remainder of the counties. The PSPCA works with local police departments and humane agencies in its secondary regions to report and investigate cruelty complaints.
“Our future plans include receiving approval for a PSPCA expanded Humane Society Police Officer Training, which will allow potential officers who are not part of the PSPCA to also take part in the training that all of our officers will receive,” said Nelson.
“The rise in animal cruelty reports across Pennsylvania in the past year prove that we need to continue the expansion of our law enforcement unit,” said Nelson. “We have hired four agent trainees in Philadelphia whom we expect to graduate from training and be sworn officers by the end of the year. We are also currently requesting applications and interviewing candidates for humane officer positions in Northwest, Central and Northeast Pennsylvania. ”
The PSPCA agent trainees will complete training provided especially by the PSPCA, as well as the required Humane Agent Trainee two-week course required by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for all Pennsylvania humane gents. Although this training has always been held only once a year in April, PSPCA Chief Program Officer Elaine Skypala has received approval from the Department of Agriculture to add an additional training session. She is working with Penn State University to offer the course in November or December. “It is essential that qualified individuals with proper training are able to become humane officers in a timely manner,” said Skypala. “Offering the course more than once a year will become the norm and not the exception.”
The need for the presence of PSPCA humane officers in every county is a direct result of the organization’s toll-free cruelty hotline, 1-866-601-SPCA, which was launched January 30, 2008. ““When we started the hotline, we estimated 200 calls per month, which would have been 1,200 calls after six months,” said Nelson. “We are averaging almost 30 calls a day, putting us at just over 4,700 calls after six months.”
The PSPCA’s hotline is answered by live operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Agents are dispatched to cases immediately, if the severity warrants. “The job of a PSPCA humane officer has evolved in the past year,” said Nelson. “This is not a 9-5 office job. We need people who are willing to be available 24/7. The officers we have now and the candidates we are considering are willing to make this commitment to Pennsylvania’s animals in distress. I am confident that we will have the state’s best possible humane law enforcement unit”
For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit here.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 11:16:00 AM
August 27, 2008
PSPCA Statement on Law Enforcement OperationsPennsylvania SPCA Issues Statement on Law Enforcement Operations
Philadelphia, August 26, 2008—“The PSPCA is disappointed that the Pocono Record would use the misinformation of disgruntled former employees as the basis of the article, ‘Humane Officers Routinely Sent to Work in Counties Where They are Not Sworn In,’ which appeared in the paper’s August 26 edition,” said PSPCA CEO Howard Nelson. “The claims made throughout the article by two former PSPCA humane officers are desperate attempts to undermine the integrity of our humane agents and our organization and is a mockery of the valuable, life saving rescue work our agents perform every day.”
The PSPCA never asks its humane agents or staff to participate in illegal activities. “We never ask our officers to act as officers in counties where they are not sworn and registered,” said Nelson. “In those counties, they are answering calls as rescue agents—which is legal.”
James and Janeen Duff are animal hoarders. Animal hoarding is a sign of mental illness—in the Pocono Record article, Robert Martin, the Duff’s attorney, acknowledges that the Duffs “have emotional problems.”
“The Duffs could not care for their animals. They realized this and willfully surrendered them to the PSPCA,” said Nelson. “Unfortunately, two of the cats were in such poor health when surrendered to the PSPCA that they died within hours.”
“The article, as written in the Pocono Record, presents just one side of the story—unfounded claims presented by two former employees whose employment records show that they were not able to fulfill the job requirements of a humane officer,” said Nelson.
“The PSPCA’s law enforcement unit has a great reputation across the state and has received more than 8,000 calls regarding animals in need this year,” said Nelson. “It is unfortunate, but no surprise that two agents who were not meeting their assigned, legal job duties are trying to tarnish the impeccable record of the PSPCA law enforcement team by commenting on this one case. It is unfortunate that the Pocono Record has played into this attack on our organization from disgruntled and biased former employees.”
Former PSPCA Humane Agent Reba McDonald’s work quality was questionable. “She did not report to court when subpoenaed and she continually did not record her case records in our computer system,” said PSPCA Chief Programs Officer Elaine Skypala. “We have given her ample opportunity to present us instances where she felt she was treated wrongly or asked to conduct herself in an unethical manner. These requests have gone unanswered because Reba McDonald’s claims are unfounded.”
Former PSPCA Humane Officer Chris Martin refused to participate in a legal undercover investigation, for which he was going to be compensated by the PSPCA for gas for using his own unmarked car. “The PSPCA’s director of law enforcement, as well as an outside attorney and assistant district attorney all confirmed that this investigation was legal,” said Skypala. “Despite knowing this was a legal operation, Chris Martin refused to do his job.”
The email from Nelson reported in the article at “damage control” was taken completely out of context, as were the call logs of a current PSPCA agent.
“That email was written before the motion was filed in the Duff case,” said Nelson. “It was sent to clarify policies—which is one of my duties as CEO. It was in no way sent to ‘cover up’ any actions, as the article implies. Furthermore, regarding the case assignment of an agent not sworn in Monroe County, this is perfectly legal. He has the authority to act as animal rescue.”
Added Nelson, “The PSPCA has thousands of supporters across the state that recognize the difficult job we fulfill to save animals in need and to find loving adoptive homes for these animals. Many of these supporters are from Monroe County, as witnessed in recent blog postings on the Pocono Record website regarding another article:
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 11:10:00 AM
BREAKING NEWS: 10:25 am-8-28-08
Austin Emergency Services and Medic 6 have been dispatched to a rollover crash on State Route 155, South of Keating Summit.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 10:25:00 AM
Humane officers routinely sent to work in counties where they are not sworn in
By Beth Brelje
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals is accused of overstepping its authority.
Humane officers have allegedly confiscated animals and conducted cruelty investigations in counties where they have no official jurisdiction to operate, including Monroe County.
"It's break the law or get fired," one investigator said.
Animal cruelty investigators must take classes to be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, then be sworn in to work in individual counties. Humane officers are not allowed to work where they are not sworn in by each county's Court of Common Pleas. More....Read Comments: Howard Nelson hires agents, sends his agents to do their job without the needed tools. More.....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 10:17:00 AM
WESB News: 08/28/08 - More Details on Chautauqua County Fugitive
The hunt for fugitive Lucas Hull continues. Hull escaped from corrections officers at the Chautauqua County Landfill on Tuesday afternoon.
Police agencies in both New York and Pennsylvania are looking for a 2004 GMC Sierra pickup truck that Hull drove-off in. It’s red with New York registration and has County logos on the doors.
Neighbors believe they saw Hull enter his Harborcreek home early Wednesday morning.
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WESB News: 08/28/08 - Camp Burglary in Potter County
State Police are investigating a camp burglary in Potter County.
Police say sometime this summer vandals entered a camp owened by Kevin Arnold of Richfield and took a .22 rifle, compound bow, ammunition and hunting boots.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 07:58:00 AM
With appeal, resident keeps wind fight aliveBy DAVID THOMPSON email@example.com
Jackson Township resident Frank M. Piccolella Sr. said he still believes he can win the war against a wind farm proposed in northern Lycoming County.
"There's still plenty of time to stop this thing," Piccolella said Wednesday. "It's not over yet." More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 8/28/2008 07:16:00 AM