Saturday, June 6, 2009
Book inventorying and shelving have started to take place at the Cameron County History Center on Greenwoood Street in Emporium. Cameron County Genealogy Club leader Wendy Davis, second from left, and Dorothy Lewis, Mariah Reid and Marti Lewis sort and catalog materials during a meeting on Saturday, June 6.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 09:09:00 PM
Coudersport Ambulance and Station 48 Rescue units are responded to Predmore Road in Summit Township, south of Coudersport, where a woman has fallen 15 to 20 feet from a tree house.
An RTV was dispatched from Station 48 as the tree house is some distance from the road. A Geisinger medical helicopter was brought to the scene to transport the injured woman. No other information is available.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 07:52:00 PM
The Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport have responded to a variety of different scams, where bunco artists separate victims from their hard earned money. The scams have taken a variety of forms but all end up with the victim sending the bunco artist money.
Due to the frequency and increasing amount of victims, we are once again sending out a warning to beware of these scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Below are several variations of the scams that are circulating:
The most common theme is where the victim receives a letter with a counterfeit check. The letter is sometimes after a phone call. The premise of the scam is that the victim won a lottery or sweepstakes, but in order to receive their winnings must pay taxes or fees up front. A counterfeit check is sent to the victim for the amount of the taxes or fees, the victim is asked to cash the check and wire the money to a person in a foreign country.
The bank accepts the check and gives the victim the money up front. The victim then forwards the money to the overseas recipient. The bank then finds out about the check being a counterfeit or forged check, leaving the victim responsible for the amount of the forged check.
Additionally the Nigerian internet scams are still prevalent.
Information relative to numerous scams circulating, is available on a number of websites, including the Pennsylvania State Police website at www.psp.state.pa.us
The Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov
Attorney General's website www.attorney general.gov
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 05:50:00 PM
Natural Gas Task Force To Meet Tuesday
A county official from Texas will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force. John W. Matthews (shown), a member of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, will share his county’s experiences as a result of Barnett shale natural gas production.
Through a teleconference connection, he will discuss parallels and differences with what his county experienced and what Potter County can anticipate with Marcellus shale natural gas development.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7 pm Tuesday, June 9, at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building.
Purpose of the Natural Gas Task Force is to pull together members with diverse backgrounds, expertise and viewpoints to develop policy and educate the public on the implications of increased natural gas exploration and production in Potter County.
Members have identified three areas of focus: economic development, environmental protection and public education. Potter County Today
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 04:57:00 PM
A Port Allegany man was not injured in a noontime accident on Kim Hill Road in Roulette Township on Thursday.
Bradley E. Lannager, Jr., 19, of Port Allegany, lost control of his vehicle and impacted the embankment on the southern berm of the road. State Police said Lannager was charged with a traffic violation.
Roulette Fire Police were dispatched to control traffic at the scene.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 02:57:00 PM
Karla Davenport of Genesee reported that an unknown person had stolen a white metal stand with a flag and a blue ball with stars imprinted on it from the grave of Jason M. Davenport located in the Ulysses Cemetery, north of SR 49, in Ulysses Borough.
The item was removed between May 26th and June 2. Coudersport State Police are asking anyone with information relative to this incident contact them at 814-274-8690.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 02:47:00 PM
A motorcyclist who crashed his bike on Fuller Road in Bradford Township is being airlifted by Mercy Flight. The accident was dispatched at 2:15 pm. Saturday with Bradford Ambulance and Medic 1 responding.
UPDATE from Bradford Era---Bradford Township Police say Robert E. Erickson, 22, of 6 Fields Court, was taken by ambulance to a landing zone at Bradford Alliance Church, where he was then transported by Mercy Flight medical helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, N.Y., for treatment. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 02:39:00 PM
More than 30 years have passed since Potter County conducted a real estate tax reassessment, but the County Commissioners are taking a go-slow approach. They're aware that the courts could step in and force the issue, but they're also concerned about the cost of reassessing each parcel. Read more on this complicated and far-reaching issue in this week's Endeavor News.
Tired of brushing caterpillars out of your hair and cleaning up the mess they're making? These pesky critters are starting to take their toll on area foliage and there's no immediate relief in sight. Get the story in the Endeavor.
What did they find in the BioBlitz? Plenty -- including evidence that at least one species has migrated farther north than any scientists had known.
Chronic unemployment is still with us and it is not a pretty picture, but a consortium of government, volunteer and educational organizations are pulling together for "Here To Help Day" on June 18 to do just that. Endeavor News has the story.
Coudersport High School has named its top honor students for the Class of 2009 and presented several awards for academic excellence and other achievements. Endeavor News covered the ceremony, with pictures.
Austin Area School welcomes all graduates to attend Saturday night's annual Alumni Celebration while a committee of alumni from Coudersport High School has announced plans for a huge school-wide "blast from the past" high school reunion over the Labor Day weekend.
The late Keith Kelligan was remembered by his friends from throughout the community recently, as American Legion Post 192 hosted more than five dozen kids for the Keith Kelligan Memorial Fishing Derby.
These stories, along with local sports, news from the great outdoors, community happenings and more await you in this week's Endeavor News, available at businesses all around the Coudersport and Austin areas.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 01:19:00 PM
Shinglehouse Little League picks up win number 12
By Steve Krajewski
Shinglehouse defeated Coudersport Blue for a third time this season. This victory by Shinglehouse sets their record at 12-0 with 3 games remaining in the 2009 season.
Coudersport came out strong Thursday evening, taking a 1 -0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and kept Shinglehouse at bay until the top of the 4th with solid pitching and fielding. Shinglehouse came alive in the top of the 4th where they pounded their way to a 13-1 lead.
Punctuating the offensive surge for Shinglehouse was Garrett Babcock with a double and Coby Krajewski with a grand slam and a two run home run both of which came in the same inning. Shinglehouse’s Dylan Buchholz and Brandon Brabham held the Coudersport batters to 1 run on 2 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 2.
Pitching for Coudersport was L. Marshall, Conner Calaman, and J. Pepper. The Coudersport pitchers struck out 1, walked 6 and gave up 9 hits.
Shinglehouse plays again at home on Monday June 8th, where they will host Port Allegany Orange.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 01:00:00 PM
PA. SUPREME COURT
Viewing child porn a crimeCentre Daily Times
BELLEFONTE — Three years ago, when the Superior Court ruled that viewing child pornography online wasn’t a crime until it was downloaded or saved, at least one child abuse investigation in this county was compromised.
That November 2006 ruling upset District Attorney Michael Madeira, who said it was another thing making it harder to prosecute people who victimize children.
“Those who would view these images further victimize these kids and put others at risk,” Madeira said. “They’re creating a market for that sort of thing.”
Last week, the state Supreme Court turned all that around.
The higher court decided the Superior Court did the right thing when it reversed its own ruling in January, upholding the conviction of a man who’s computer automatically saved images he was viewing.
The Supreme Court’s decision effectively makes it a crime in Pennsylvania to view child porn, even if the images are not saved. More....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 12:33:00 PM
Indiana (Pa.) Runner Wins Fourth Marathon TitlePotter County Today
Another successful God’s Country Marathon continues this morning on the 26.2-mile Galeton to Coudersport course. This year’s winner is Tom Lipsie, 41, of Indiana, Pa. Lipsie, shown here as he widened his lead coming out of Sweden Valley, claimed his fourth God’s Country Marathon championship trophy and cash prize.
Potter County Visitors Association, the county’s official tourist promotion agency, sponsors the marathon as part of an effort to introduce a broader cross-section of individuals to the natural scenery and attractions of Potter County. The race was the brainchild of Ralph Wentz, who was executive director of Potter County Recreation Inc., at the time.
Approximately 180 runners from several states and Canada were expected to answer the starter’s gun at Galeton Area School this morning at 7 o’clock for the 35th annual race. At its peak in the late 1970s, the marathon attracted almost 500 runners. Marathoning was more of a fad in those days. Participation continued to dip over time, but there has been a resurgence over the past several years. The God’s Country Marathon is considered one of the toughest races in the eastern United States, as runners are tested by the steep climb and gradual descent of Denton Hill.
For the complete winners list and statistics--Go to RunHigh.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 11:53:00 AM
James F. Beckman formerly of Coudersport passed away May 24th in West Valley, Utah, after a courageous fight with cancer.
He was a graduate of Coudersport High, Class of 1945. Moving to Diamond Bar, CA. he worked & retired from a heating & air conditioning business.
After retiring he moved to Utah.
Jim was laid to rest at Bluffdale Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2009 06:48:00 AM
Friday, June 5, 2009
Judith Ann Watkins
“former Allegany, NY resident”
SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Judith Ann “Judy” Watkins, 63, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Allegany, NY, died Thursday, June 4, 2009 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA, after a long illness.
Born October 3, 1945 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Wendell E. and Virginia Lester Watkins. She was the longtime companion of Russell A. Smith for 25 years, who survives.
Judy was a graduate of Ten Broeck Academy, Franklinville, NY, class of 1963. She also graduated from Erie County Community College in Buffalo with an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. She was a registered dental hygienist having worked for Dr. William Gilroy in Olean, NY for many years.
A resident of Allegany, NY for many years, Judy lived in Shinglehouse for the last 3 years. She was a member of Electa Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Olean, NY and a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Social Club. Judy loved life and being with her family and friends.
Surviving besides her longtime companion, Russell of Shinglehouse, are her father, Wendell E. (Bea Cook) Watkins of Franklinville, NY; a sister, Carole J. (Richard) Kulinski of Lancaster, NY; two nieces: Patricia A. (Dan) Daigler of Colden, NY and Jennifer K. (Dave) Siwa of Elma, NY; and a great-niece, Grace N. Daigler.
Judy was preceded in death by her mother.
At Judy’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 09:35:00 PM
I need a favor, but not for myself.
A young man I know named Devon Long was paralyzed in an ATV accident several years ago and is isolated to a bed in the Sweden Valley Manor here in Coudersport. His world is limited to the people who care for him, and those that visit.
I am hoping that with your help in passing the word we can assist him in obtaining the internet so he can reach out and explore the possibilities he has with the rest of his life.
He has many interests and wants to enroll in an on line college sometime in the future, without the internet he can not. Devon receives a small compensation each month, not enough though to afford all he needs along with internet service from Zitomedia. I have written to Zitomedia to ask if they would donate service to Devon with no response yet, I will continue to pursue them.
I can not afford to pay for the service myself or I would, I'm asking if others will donate any amount to go along with what I can afford and hopefully we can help Devon see that he is not forgotten and help him plan his future. Thank you so much to you and anyone out there who can help in this matter. Have a great day, and God Bless.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 08:59:00 PM
GOVERNOR RENDELL PROPOSES OFFERING PRESCRIPTION HELP TO 30,000 MORE OLDER ADULTS AS PART OF PLAN TO SAVE $60 MILLION
HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced his proposal to raise the income limit for the Lottery-funded PACENET prescription drug benefit for older Pennsylvanians, providing help to an additional 30,000 people who have little or no drug coverage now.
“As older adults struggle to make ends meet in these challenging economic times, providing comprehensive prescription medication coverage is more important than ever. It is my goal for everyone in Pennsylvania to have sufficient drug coverage and this is another step in making that happen,” Governor Rendell said. “I urge the General Assembly to quickly approve this proposal and help our older citizens.”
The Governor proposes to boost the PACENET income limits from $23,500 to $30,000 for an individual and from $31,500 to $40,000 for a couple. The changes in PACENET will be especially beneficial for people who have a lapse in coverage in Medicare Part D because they can not afford their medication when it is not covered by the federal program.
Another change will be an increase in dispensing fees paid to pharmacies when they fill prescriptions. The increase will be from $4 to $7 for brand-name drugs and from $4 to $12 for generic medications. The PACE (Pharmaceutical Contract for the Elderly) provider reimbursement formula will also change to eliminate Average Wholesale Price (AWP) and pay pharmacists on the actual acquisition price of the medication.
The PACE program currently receives a rebate from pharmaceutical manufacturers that is lower than what those manufacturers pay to Medicaid. The Governor’s proposal will require manufacturers to reimburse PACE the same amount they pay to Medicaid.
The cost of the PACENET enrollment expansion and the increased dispensing fees will be more than offset by the overall savings from these proposed changes. There will be a net saving to the state lottery fund of $60.4 million created by the higher reimbursement paid by the drug companies.
Since PACE began in July 1984, it has provided prescription medications for more than 1.2 million state residents. PACENET was created in 1996 to assist older adults whose incomes fall just above PACE limits but who still may need assistance paying for prescription drugs.
Both programs are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, the only lottery in the United States to dedicate all of its net revenue to support programs for older residents.
For information about PACE and PACENET, visit the Department of Aging at www.aging.state.pa.us or call, toll-free, 1-800-225-7223.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 08:24:00 PM
Local woman finds a business in 'healing her sole'
By Teri McDowell ENDEAVOR NEWS
With some ingenuity and hard work, a Coudersport woman has turned a problem into a part-time business that brings satisfaction to both her and her customers.
Originally from Hornell, N. Y., Mary Kelley moved back north a few years ago to be closer to friends and family after living for 16 years in south Florida. Soon after setting up her household in Coudersport, she began experiencing problems with her feet drying out due to the lower humidity, especially during the winter.
She tried numerous over the counter lotions and creams, but nothing helped. Kelley finally decided to take her feet into her own hands.
After research and experimentation, she decided that organic ingredients would be the key to a successful skin care product. Using her friends as testers, she developed an all- natural foot scrub.
One of her key ingredients in foot scrub is Dead Sea salt.
"A lot of foot scrubs don't use it," Kelley said, "but I think if you're going to spend time soaking your feet, you want it to be worth your while."
She recalled visits to her grandparents in Florida as a child, when swimming in the ocean cleared up her eczema. Dead Sea salt is even stronger, which led her to include it in her foot scrub recipe, along with citrus or peppermint essential oils and pumice.
Her lotion is a blend of sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil, to moisturize dry skin; it comes in almond, citrus, cucumber melon, tea tree and unscented. There's also a thicker, cream version in lavender.
Kelley's lip balm is her own blend of moisturizing oils, butters, beeswax and zinc for sunscreen, available in coconutlemongrass, peppermint, chocolate cream, and unscented. Cuticle cream was an outgrowth of the lip balm, which has the same consistency.
Her massage/bath oil, in citrus, lavender and almond, can be microwaved and massaged in for a relaxing experience. Heal My Sole also offers a facial blend of organic herbs for cleansing clogged pores, clearing up acne, as well as relaxing tired skin and nerves.
Kelley uses high quality essential oils, which can be used to set a mood or lift a person's spirits. There are also bath oil minis, lotion minis, massage candles and soaps in a variety of fragrances.
Her biggest seller is her line of "misters," Kelley said. Companion and marketing associate Dale Ver Voort came up with the catchy name, "Oh How I Mist You."
Customers can create their own custom-scented fragrance spray to freshen a room or car, spray on linens or pillows, or anywhere else. Single fragrance can be used, or a combination. For instance, as migraine relief, Kelley recommends equal parts grapefruit, rosemary, peppermint and lavender. There's a list of about 30 fragrances to choose from. The same premise works for personalized bath oil and fragrance oil.
Kelley finds people's reactions to the scents interesting: some love Patchouli, others hate it; lavender is a perennial favorite.
"It's funny when we go to shows, we have our fragrances out that can be mixed together, and people will say 'Oh, this reminds me of Jamaica!'" Kelley remarked.
One of Kelley's concoctions is a mixture of lemongrass, black pepper and jasmine - a combination that wouldn't occur to most people, but is popular once mixed and available to be sampled at shows.
She likens her experimentation to baking a cake. A handful of ingredients are combined, fragrances are stirred in, and the mixture is tested. If it's appealing, it is bottled.
She makes most of the mixtures herself, with some bottling help from Ver Voort and her daughters. Ver Voort is a graphic artist who owns his own business, Candle Conversations, creating custom candles for fund-raisers, weddings, anniversaries and other events. He designed all the labels for the Heal My Sole line.
Kelley would like to expand her business and is looking for new outlets for her products. Currently, they're available locally at Always In Bloom in Coudersport and at other retailers in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.
Much of her business comes through her website, healmysole.com, as well as at shows.
Besides the demands of marketing, her primary challenge comes from misperceptions about the nature of her business. Even though she displays a huge banner, some visitors think that "Heal My Sole" means spiritual counseling."People will come in and tell me their problems, but I'm not a doctor," Kelley smiled. "You run into a lot of characters at shows."
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 07:50:00 PM
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GOD’S COUNTRY MARATHON TO BE HELD SATURDAY
The 35th God’s Country Marathon will be held Saturday on Route 6 between Galeton and Coudersport. Runners will step off at 7:00 a.m. in Galeton with the winners crossing the finish line at the Courthouse square in Coudersport a couple of hours later.
Race Director Kim Mitchell told BFB that as of this morning that there are 168 runners registered which is down slightly from last year’s registration of 172. The runners will be treated to a spaghetti dinner tonight at the Coudersport Fire Hall. The dinner is open to the public. Cost is $6.00 for each dinner.
Black Forest Broadcasting will be reporting live on location from the finish line starting at about 9:00 am Saturday.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 07:26:00 PM
BRADFORD BYPASS PROJECT UPDATE, WEEK OF JUNE 8
CLEARFIELD – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT/District 2) issues the following update for the Route 219, McKean County/Bradford Bypass project. This update is for the week of June 8. Contractor on the $28.1 million project is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. The project extends from just north of the city of Bradford in Pennsylvania to the New York State line.
All work is weather and schedule dependent and can be subject to change. The following work schedule is for the week of June 8:
• Signal work will continue at the intersection of Kendall Avenue and East Main Street. Motorists should be alert for daytime flagging and short travel delays.
• Kendall Avenue southbound will be closed for reconstruction. Kendall Avenue will be restricted to one lane for northbound traffic only. Southbound traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Contractor is working on southbound reconstruction by removing existing roadway near the Foster Brook interchange.
• Northbound and southbound traffic are traveling in the northbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier from Forman Street to north of Hillside Drive.
• Southbound ramps at the Foster Brook interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Contractor is working on southbound bridges. Work includes expansion dam replacements, steel retrofits and deck repairs.
• Tuna Crossroads remains closed for bridge demolition. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridge work. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and the Seaward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads (Township Route 369).
• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 north to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Be aware of approaching traffic speeds and restricted lanes at ramps.
• Motorists need to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.
• Lane width in the construction zone is 10 feet.
• Please obey posted speed limits and remember to always buckle up.
For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at www.dot.state.pa.us.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 05:57:00 PM
It seems the folks that read Solomon's Words love seeing wildlife pictures. Here are a couple I was able to take of a fledgling that was on my porch this afternoon. My dogs were watching out the window and starting intently at something. When I looked, I saw 2 of these guys on my porch. By the time I grabbed my camera and got out there, only one was left. He stayed long enough for a quick photo opp. I was making mama bird quite nervous. He took off as soon as my 3 year old came out to see him.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 05:06:00 PM
Public Urged to Take Same Steps They Would During Any Flu Outbreak
HARRISBURG – The first death in Pennsylvania associated with 2009 Novel Influenza A/H1N1 was reported today in Berks County. Currently, the state has 269 confirmed cases and 101 probable cases of illness due to this virus. Nationally, there are 11,054 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 and 18 related deaths.
“The death of this 55-year-old woman is a sad reminder of the complications that can result from A/H1N1 virus,” said Secretary of Health Everette James. “We continue to monitor this outbreak and are taking every possible step to minimize the impact of the virus on the citizens of Pennsylvania.”
James said planning for a potential pandemic is important not only in schools, but also in workplaces and communities. The department is prepared to initiate plans to assure Pennsylvania citizens receive a vaccine for A/H1N1 when one becomes available.
2009 Novel Influenza A/H1N1 has now been identified in 27 Pennsylvania counties and has resulted in five school closures. As previously announced in early May, the Department of Health recommends that schools and other organizations consult with state or local public health officials on a case-by-case basis before canceling events or closing.
As with any influenza, citizens are reminded to take the following steps to prevent spreading illness to others:
· Stay home when you are sick;
· Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow or a tissue, and properly dispose of used tissues;
· Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
· Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest and exercise; and
· Seek care if you have influenza-like illness.
The Department of Health Web site is being updated daily with the most recent Pennsylvania-specific 2009 Novel Influenza H1N1 information, including links to CDC recommendations and other information. For more information, visit www.health.state.pa.us.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 04:57:00 PM
Austin's LL Softball Winning Streak Continues 8-0
Photos and story by Kathy Brooks
Austin's Hannah Glover pitched 10 strike outs, 8 walks, and 4 hits to take her team to a 10-5 victory over Coudersport. Coudersport's Kiersten Counts battled back wih 7 strike outs, 5 walks, and 10 hits.
Glover went 2-3 with 2 RBI's; Counts also went 2-3. For Austin, Kina Logue went 1-3 with a triple and 1 RBI, Jesse Riedmiller went 3-3 with 2 RBI's, Kaylee Brooks went 2-3 with 1 RBI and Mercedes Shupe went 2-3 with 1 RBI.
Austin travels to Roulette on Monday, June 8th. Game time is 6:00 pm
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 04:16:00 PM
Critical Hospital Services Now in Jeopardy
Pennsylvania hospitals could lose millions of dollars in state and federal payments next year. One state plan calls for taking away nearly $78 million from Pennsylvania’s hospitals. Another state proposal calls for cutting $280 million.
If these plans pass, hospitals will lose millions in government payments for health care services such as obstetrical and neonatal care, trauma centers, burn centers, and for health care services for the poor and elderly.
Many hospitals will be forced to stop providing certain services, cut staff, or even close for good.
In less than five minutes, you can make a big difference. Please sign the online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/2HAP2009/petition.html.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 04:03:00 PM
Daylight closure Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 10, 11 and 12
CLEARFIELD – Repair work will require a daytime closure next week for the Route 1005 (Phoenix Run Road) Phoenix Creek bridge. The bridge will be closed Wednesday through Friday, June 10 through 12 from 7am to 5pm each day. Motorists should choose an alternate route during the bridgework.
The Phoenix Creek Bridge is located on Route 1005, near the village of Sunderlinville. Crews from PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will work to replace beams, deck and guide rail on the bridge. In early May, PennDOT posted the bridge for a 5-ton weight limit restriction. PennDOT expects to remove the posting after the repairs are complete and the bridge has been inspected.
The Phoenix Creek Bridge was built in 1932, is 10 feet long and carries an average of 187 vehicles per day. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at www.dot.state.pa.us.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 03:45:00 PM
The Potter County Planning Commission will host a Stormwater Management Meeting on June 11, 2009. at the Gunsberger Building Auditorium, One North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16922.
This meeting is open to the public.
In October 2008, the Potter County Board of Commissioners entered into a agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the preparation of the Phase II Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan for all designated watersheds within the jurisdictional boundaries of Potter County.
In addition to having the entire County covered under Act 167 Regulations, the goal of this Phase II is to provide consistent standards and provisions throughout the County.
Questionnaires were sent to all municipalities, 22 out of 30 municipalities responded. Through an analysis of the questionnaires it was determined that there were many stormwater issues that were important. It was found that flooding and erosion was the most common theme. There were 125 problem areas identified, 18 significant obstructions and about 16 stormwater management issues. A review of the areas revealed typical problems most dealing with flooding and stream bank erosion. Timber harvesting and gas/oil well development were cited as a problem common to many areas as was beaver activity.
During Phase I of the Stormwater Management Plan a Watershed Plan Advisory Committee was formed. There is a representative from each municipality, a representative from the Department of Soil Conservation, and a several other informed citizens. This committee will serve as the Primary source of plan guidance for the overall planning process. Charlotte Dietrich, Potter County Planning Director has handled the duties of Project Management and Administration.
In March and April of this year a site review was done of each problem area, measurements and pictures were taken, and the engineer will provide solutions for each area.
This meeting will be to review the project status, review the technical aspects of the plan, including initial modeling runs, calibration efforts, and the review of technical standards.
Potter County has the headwaters of three major rivers, it has 12 watersheds, approximately 1,146.60 square miles of streams within these watersheds, and 15.5 miles are considered impaired streams which is a very small amount compared to other areas of our country, and even our state.
Selected water bodies that exhibit exceptional water quality and other environmental features. Are referred to as “special protection waters”, Potter county has 100 named streams that are considered “high quality” or “exceptional value” waters. Therefore it is important to protect our waters through good planning.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 03:39:00 PM
I Can Cope....Nutrition During Cancer Treatment
The American Cancer Society in collaboration with Patterson Cancer Care Center will be holding an educational program for people facing cancer called “I Can Cope, Nutrition During Cancer Treatment.” This program will be held Tuesday, June 9th from 11 - 1PM with lunch provided. Registration is requested to insure program materials. To register call 814.260.555 or 800.458.3856 x 3509
“I Can Cope” is a series of educational classes for people who are facing cancer including patients, families and friends. Health care professionals provide information, encouragement, and practical advice about living with cancer. All classes are held in a supportive and caring environment.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
For up-to-date cancer information twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 03:36:00 PM
Sergeant Based at Hershey, Former Trooper from Hazleton Honored for Service in Separate Shooting Incidents
HERSHEY, Pa., June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski presented the Pennsylvania State Police Medal of Honor to a current and a former member of the department today for displaying "conspicuous gallantry" in separate shooting incidents.
Sgt. Charles S. Mory Jr., 55, supervisor of the Physical Education Unit in the State Police Bureau of Training and Education, Hershey, Dauphin County, and Tpr. Brian D. Travis, 45, who was stationed at Troop N, Hazleton, Luzerne County, prior to his retirement last month, received the award during a ceremony at the State Police Academy in Hershey.
"The Medal of Honor is the department's highest award," Pawlowski said. "These recipients are excellent examples of the courageous and dedicated individuals who protect the citizens of this state through their service in the Pennsylvania State Police."
Mory, who enlisted in the state police in 1983, was honored for his actions in ending a high-speed police pursuit of a vehicle carrying two individuals on the morning of Oct. 24, 2008. The individuals were suspected of robbing a bank in West Manchester Township, York County.
Police and the suspects exchanged shots numerous times as the vehicle fled north for about 20 miles on Interstate 83, according to police reports.
Mory was off duty and driving home when he learned of the chase from the police radio in the unmarked state vehicle assigned to him as a member of a State Police Special Emergency Response Team.
Pawlowski said that Mory, who was north of the pursuit, secured cooperation from truck drivers and created a "choke point" to force the fleeing vehicle to pass directly in front of his vehicle, which he parked near the intersection of I-83 and Route 581 in Cumberland County. As the suspects passed his location, Mory fired a shot that hit the driver of the vehicle, according to police.
The suspects' vehicle came to a stop in a wooded area off I-83. Police found the driver dead in the vehicle. The other suspect was captured after a brief foot pursuit.
"Sgt. Mory placed himself in harm's way to end this extremely dangerous situation," Pawlowski said. "By establishing the choke point, the sergeant minimized the risk to the public and created a safe location for the fleeing vehicle to come to rest."
Travis, who enlisted in the state police in April 1988, was honored for his actions on Nov. 29, 2006, when he responded from the Hazleton station to a call for assistance from members of the Hazleton Police Department. The officers were involved in a gun fight with a suspect wanted for an earlier drive-by shooting that wounded a 9-year-old boy.
Approaching the scene, Travis heard a Hazleton police officer report by radio that he had been shot and needed help. Travis arrived at the scene and found the officer nearby. He helped the wounded officer into the back seat of the state police vehicle and drove him to a waiting ambulance.
"With complete disregard of his own safety, Tpr. Travis drove into the area of gunfire to come to the aid of a fellow law-enforcement officer," Pawlowski said. "His valor and selflessness are a credit to him and the department."
Including Travis and Mory, only 51 individuals have been presented with the Medal of Honor since it was first awarded in 1970.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 02:14:00 PM
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended, Says Causer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Patricia A. Hippler
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 01:20:00 PM
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TWO DEFENDANTS SENTENCED TO PROBATION
A couple of area residents have been given probation after being convicted of various crimes recently in Potter County Court. Jeffrey Jones, 37, of Smethport, formerly of Roulette was charged with Simple Assault (M2) for an incident taking place on June 6, 2008 while incarcerated in the Potter County Jail. According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, Jones recklessly struck a guard in the throat when the guard entered the defendant’s cell to investigate a possible suicide attempt. No treatable injuries were sustained. Jones was ordered to spend 12 months on probation.
Travis Schultz, 29, of Wellsville, NY was ordered to spend one year on probation, concurrent with New York Parole, to pay a fine of $250 and to perform 25 hours of community service for Harassment (M3). DA Fink said Schultz was arrested last July 12 when Theresa Graves told state police that Schultz had made repeated phone calls to her home on the Bingham Road even after being told not to do so. When interviewed by troopers, Schultz admitted making numerous calls to the Graves home. More News.....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 12:55:00 PM
Police: Man stole Internet, solicited sexBen Finley
Just in case you needed another reason to secure your wireless Internet connection: Pedophiles.
Gail Hoffmaster was getting her kids ready for school Wednesday morning when state agents knocked on the door of her Falls home.
Her first thought was that her husband was dead. The good news was that he was alive - and not a pedophile.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office could've thought otherwise, Hoffmaster said.
One of their neighbors was allegedly stealing the Hoffmasters' unsecured wireless Internet connection to solicit sex from an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old girl.
When the AG's agents spoke to Hoffmaster that morning, they explained that they had arrested the neighbor and wanted to know about the family's computer.
"Thank God he was stupid enough to send (the undercover agent) a picture of himself," Hoffmaster said Thursday. "He could've destroyed my husband's life. And he lives right behind me in my own backyard." More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 11:59:00 AM
2 people sentenced in Tioga County Court
WELLSBORO - Two people were sentenced to special probation for various offenses in Tioga County Court Monday. According to court documents, they are:
Richard K. Baldwin, 61, of 5241 State Route 287, for 12 months for theft by unlawful taking plus $1,873 in fines and fees. He was charged by state police after taking a personal check for $2,125 from Esther Willard, no age given of 2048 Stony Fork Road, to cover the cost of materials for roof repair work that he didn't do.
John F. Brown Jr. 29, of 3098 Bordell Road, Smethport, for 60 months for driving under the influence of intoxicants. The first three months under work release at Tioga County Prison, the rest on probation, plus a $1,500 fine and court costs, and an 18 months driver's license suspension, and $571 restitution to his victim, Patrolman Adam Lee Wensel of the Westfield Borough Police.
Brown also was sentenced to 18 months each for resisting arrest and escape with each sentence to run concurrent to the first DUI charge. He was charged by Westfield Borough Police on Aug. 31 following a traffic stop, arrested and committed to Tioga County Prison on $50,000 straight bail but later was detained by McKean County on charges not specified in the documents. County Judge Robert E. Dalton Jr. also authorized Brown for work release at McKean County Prison, should he so choose.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 11:39:00 AM
Members of the Potter County Canvassing and Computing Board late Thursday completed the official count from the May 19 Municipal Primary. In the countywide races, Andy Watson (left) and Kevin Dusenbury (right) were declared the winners of Democratic nominations for District Attorney and Coroner, respectively. They also won the Republican nominations, as expected, so their names will appear as both Democratic and Republican nominees in the Nov. 3 Municipal Election ballot. See totals below for the countywide races.
Also, as suggested by the unofficial count, Steve Minor (left) won the Republican nomination and Dan Glassmire (right) was certified as the Democratic winner for Judge of the Potter County Common Pleas. Both of their names will thus appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. Official results from most of the township, borough and school dist
rict races will not be available until next week, according to Director of Elections Sandy Lewis. However, she did confirm that the narrow race for the Roulette Township tax collector nomination, announced as a tie in the unofficial count, was settled with Deb Ostrom defeating incumbent Agnes Nolder by one vote for the Republican nomination. Democratic write-in results for the tax collector post are not yet available. In another local race of interest, Jim Hoopes edged Otto Orszagh by three votes to win the Republicam nomination for Ulysses Township Supervisor.
Director Lewis emphasized today that no further local election results will be available until next week. Additional official results will appear on Potter County Today. State election law requires the board to manually tally the results as part of the certification process. The Municipal Primary count was more time-consuming due to a large volume of write-in votes with many misspellings of candidates’ names. Board members had to determine, to the best of their judgment, the intent of each voter who wrote in a candidate’s name using the county’s electronic voting devices.
Board members are Sandy Lewis, Judy Eckert, Patricia Snyder, Cathy Flook and Barb Green.
Here are the official results for the countywide races:
Judge of Court of Common Pleas (10-year term)
Republican: Minor 1,739, Glassmire 1,127
Democrat: Glassmire 582, Minor 562
District Attorney (four-year term)
Republican: Watson 1,846, Fink 1,565
Democrat: Watson 365, Fink 315
County Coroner (four-year term)
Republican: Dusenbury 2,172, Olney 1,253
Democrat: Dusenbury 440, Olney 223
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2009 10:59:00 AM
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The Roulette Township Supervisors have announced a town wide clean-up for residents.
Residents must bring materials to the sewer plant, where the roll-offs will be located, on Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12, 2009. Hours both days are 8am to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Inasmuch as the county is not sponsoring clean-ups this year, fees of $20.00 for a pickup load, or $5.00 per appliance will be charged.
Freon must be removed and tagged that it has been removed from air conditioners, freezers, and refrigerators. No tires or fluids, paint cans must be dried out.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 08:09:00 PM
Carl E. Tanner, Sr.
SMETHPORT- Carl E. Tanner, Sr., 78, of Pierce Brook Rd., died Thursday (June 4, 2009) at his home, after a lengthy illness, with his family by his side.
Born January 23, 1931, in Farmers Valley, PA, he was a son of John E. and Neva M. Kemp Tanner. On Nov. 4, 1949, in Coryville, he married Iva J. Austin, who died Aug. 1, 2003.
Mr. Tanner was a self-employed dairy farmer for many years, worked in area oil fields and also for Kendall Refinery, Bradford, before his retirement.
He was a member of the McKean Lodge 303, F. & A.M., Smethport, Coudersport Consistory, and Port Allegany Area Milk Coop.
Surviving are two sons, Carl E. (Debra) Tanner, Jr. and Perry L. (Tayna) Tanner, Sr. both of Smethport; three daughters, Katherine E. (Edward) Bigley of Eldred, Shirley M. (Richard) Wineberg and Janice N. (Thomas) Foster both of Smethport; 18 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren; five brothers, Chester (Eileen) Tanner of Coryville, Stephen Tanner and Norm (Barbara) Tanner both of Eldred, Nelson (Betty) Tanner and Ward Tanner both of Smethport; a sister, Marybelle Dunn of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Iva, a son, Bruce Scott Tanner, two grandsons, Russell Bigley and Kenneth Wineberg; a great-grandson, Tyler Tanner; four brothers, Roy Tanner, Sylvester Tanner, John Tanner, and James Tanner.
Friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Jun. 6, 2009) with Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
A Masonic service will be conducted by McKean Lodge 303, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 08:03:00 PM
The kids collected a total of 703,200 tabs in 4 barrels at a weight of 586 lbs.
As their reward WPIG 97.5 fm provided DJ entertainment with Smitty and "The Big Pig" for their 2009 field day.Parents and folks from the community also helped the kids celebrate their achievement. Congratulations goes out to the Oswayo Valley Elementary School.
schools teacher Mr. Norton got his head shaved and colored.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 05:58:00 PM
Bonnie Kratzer, left, and Rachel Forsythe display a quilt that was made and donated by Marie Potocki to benefit Charlie’s Pride, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. Chances to win the quilt can be purchased for $3 each or 2 for $5, by calling Kratzer at 274-0384 or Forsythe at 274-9301, ext. 1436. The winner will be announced at the Relay, held at CCMH, on June 27.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 05:15:00 PM
There are many changes with the Potter County Tax Assessment Office, including a new location.
Chief Assessor Joe Lewis (left) reports that the department is up and running on the first floor of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building after occupying an office in the courthouse basement for many years. Mailing address is: Assessment Office, Gunzburger Building, 1 N. Main St., Suite 111, Coudersport PA 16915. Phone number is (814) 274-0488.
Another major change is a migration of the Tax Claim Bureau to the Office of County Commissioners. Director Lewis said the separation has helped to ease space concerns and will allow his staff to focus more on the accuracy and thoroughness of county tax records, which are relied upon by the county, school districts and municipalities.
His office staff includes Field Assessor Joy Currier and Secretary/Clerk Gayle Potocek. County Mapper Tom Leete also serves the office. A temporary addition is summer intern Jake Ostrom (right), a 2007 Port Allegany High School graduate who will be entering his junior year at Lock Haven University. Jake is helping out through a Pa. Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) program that supports college students with internships and summer jobs.
“Jake has already proven to be an asset to us” said Director Lewis. He assisted with the office relocation and has since been updating assessment records and maps. Future tasks include computer technology upgrades. Potter County Today
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 02:21:00 PM
Friday, June 5th in the School Gymnasium
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 01:37:00 PM
Breathe New Life into Your Organization
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Studies show that you can spend a LOT of money in advertising, and get little to no results. Studies also show that a little bit of (positive) media coverage is more valuable than any paid advertising you could ever get!
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Here are a few things that I recommend.
1. Do something "newsworthy"
Maybe instead of paying thousands for a newspaper advertisement, you make a notable donation to a local charity, or you create a scholarship for a local high school senior. Maybe you try to break a World Record, or do something exciting that people in your community would be interested in.
2. Gather Contacts
Google the radio stations, newspapers, tv stations, and more in your community. Give them a call, and ask what email address you should use to send them press releases. Add contacts to this list whenever they become available.
3. Learn how to write a GOOD Press Release, and do it often.
This website gives you tips for writing a good press release.
If you are hosting an event, you should send out several press releases - a month before the event, a week before the event, a day before the event, and a good quality photo and article immediately after the event! If the press doesn't show up to your event, that next day photo could really help get people to pay attention, and notice you.
4. Opinions - Everyone has one..
Keep up on current events, and be sure to offer your opinion publicly! Be careful, because this could backfire on you! You don't want to offer an opinion that is going to alienate too many of your potential audience, but a "letter to the editor" can be a very powerful publicity tool if used effectively.
What's the most important thing about your business or organization? Your Brand! First Impressions are everything. Before anyone walks into the door of your business, church, or club... before anyone clicks on a Google Ad, or reads your brochure or business card, they are going to notice something about you.
Your name, your style, your logo, your "catch-phrase" are all huge part of that first impression.
Few people would purchase cheese from the "Skunk Hollow Cheese and Winery" It isn't appealing!
People may want cheese, though, from "Laughing Cow Cheese Company"
You can learn a lot about branding by watching the experts. Learn from Coca Cola, Nike, Ford, and the rest. They have their fingers on the heartbeat of the culture. Take a few minutes and watch some commercials, look at their logos, and ask yourself "What does this say about the company?"
Then look at your logo, letterhead, business card, banner, the sign in front of your business, and ask yourself, "What does this say about my organization?"
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Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 10:00:00 AM
Starting Pitcher Bryan Brooks allowed 5 hits, 1 strike out and 5 walks.
Relief Pitcher in the fourth inning was Caleb Nichols who allowed 5 hits, 4 strike outs and 1 walk.
Pitching for Shinglehouse was Matt Miller, Keagan Goodliff, and Tommy Walker.
Austin hosts East Smethport tonight at 5:45 pm
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 08:56:00 AM
Eugene Melvin Baldwin, Age 79, of 212 Mill Street, Westfield, PA, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.
Eugene was a decorated Veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ingersoll/Dresser Rand. Eugene was a devoted uncle, father and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Joe (Donna) Baldwin, Sorrento, FL; grandson, Jessie Baldwin, Westfield, PA; granddaughter, Karen Cameron, Westfield, PA; nieces, Gloria (Ken) Sterling, Millport, NY, Patricia (Michael) Bettis-Trevarthan, Endwell, NY; nephew, Mortimer (Patty) Baldwin Connis, Binghamton, NY; and special friends, Connie, Donna and Cindy, Westfield, PA, Tammy Jo Connis, Vestal, NY, and Cynthia Smales and family, Elmira, NY. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1995.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 214 West Main Street, Elkland, PA, Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY with full Military Honors.
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of 3C at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center for their exceptional care of Eugene and their compassion and patience to Gloria and Patricia during his hospitalization.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2009 08:28:00 AM
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A Coudersport man was charged with three felony counts of Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography and three counts of Criminal Use Of A Communications Facility, also felonies.
James P. Steiner, 41, of 39 Elk Street, Coudersport, was arrested Wednesday morning.
State Police issued this statement tonight, "The Pennsylvania State Police Troop F--Coudersport Station and the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit served search warrants for computerized child pornography being possessed by the accused. It was determined that the accused was in possession of child pornography at his residence. He has been charged with the above listed charges in conjunction with this investigation. The investigation is ongoing."
State police listed the victim of the crime as "Unknown children depicted in the digitized child pornography"
Steiner was arraigned in front of District Justice Annette Easton. Bail was set at $25,000.00 unsecured and Steiner was released. He is being represented by Attorney Robert Kuhl.
James Steiner is the Emergency Management Coordinator at the Potter County Department of Emergency Services, and a respected paramedic with area ambulance squads.
State Police could offer no additional information when contacted tonight and Steiner's cell phone went unanswered.
UPDATE:On Thursday afternoon, Solomon's words requested and received a copy of the Criminal Complaint and Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with District Judge Annette Easton's office.
In that complaint, Trooper James P. Yoder of the Coudersport PSP Barracks alleges (briefly summarized by editor) that Christy Steiner and James Steiner had had marital problems starting about two years ago.
Christy Steiner had consulted with Pastor/Counselor Joseph Beckley about Jim wanting her to engage in sexual acts that she was not comfortable with. Beckley asked Christy if Jim had been viewing pornography. When asked, Jim denied that he was.
Christy was instructed by Beckley how to check the history on Jim's computer and for a 4 month period, she emailed the addresses from the history to Beckley, so he could view the sites visited and determine if they were porn sites. In late 2008, they both councilled with Beckley.
Christy Steiner stated that she is currently separated from her husband and that Jim had moved out around May 2nd or 3rd. Christy alleges that the week of May 4th, she found some disks at her home in a room used by Jim as an office. Upon viewing the disk, which was full of porn, she noticed at least 2 images on the disk which she felt portrayed someone under 13 years old.
She took the disk to Pastor Joseph Beckley who viewed the disk and determined that there were 3 and possible five of the pictures that were of girls between 8 and 12 years of age.
On May 28th, Pastor Beckley accompained Christy Steiner to the Coudersport State Police Barracks with the disk. Trooper Yoder and Corp. Sean Batterson viewed the disk and agreed at least two of the pictures were young girls.
Trooper Yoder printed 3 of the pictures, and consulted a Coudersport pediatrician, who determined 2 were aproximately 11 to 12 years old and the other about 10.
On Wednesday, Jim Steiner was interviewed at the PSP Barracks in Coudersport, read his miranda rights, and admitted to downloading one of the pictures involved to a disk.
He was charged with 3 felony counts of Sexual Abuse Of Children, Possession of
Child Pornography. The victims of the charges were the unknown digitized children in the pictures. Viewing and possessing the child pornography was the reason for the charges. There were no other children involved in these charges.
He was also charged with companion felonies--3 counts of Crimimal Use Of A Communications Facility, which were filed because he allegedly used a computer to download the pictures.
Editor's note--I rejected comments today which indicated that James Steiner had been charged with Sexual Abuse Of Children AND Possession Of Child Pornography as the charges are only for possessing child pornography and that is considered sexual abuse of children. A New York TV Station had erroneously separated the charges leading one to surmise that there was more involved than possessing the pictures.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2009 10:25:00 PM