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Nancy A. Ziegler, 68, Harrison Valley, PA

Nancy A. Ziegler, 68, of Harrison Valley, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Thursday, May 8, 2008 in her home.

Born December 27, 1939, in Stowe, PA, she was the daughter of William and Benadetta “Bessie” Ragnone Moore. She was married to Edwin Ziegler, III, who survives.

An accomplished seamstress, she owned and operated the Fabric Stack in Ulysses. She was a cook at the Corner Café in Ulysses and the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport.

Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are: her mother of Stowe, PA; a son, Edwin Ziegler, IV of Lincoln, NE; a daughter, Lori A. Kazimer of Coudersport, PA; six grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia “Ginger” Scheidt of Pottstown, PA and Janet Keim of Spirng City, PA; and nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation or service.

Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center or Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

Another Area Bridge Gets Work Done On It

WESB News: 05/10/08 Work on Eldred Rt. 346 bridge

Work will start Monday on the Route 346 Bridge in Eldred. A temporary concrete median barrier will be placed at the work area so two-way traffic can be maintained.

PennDOT expects the work to be finished by early June, weather permitting.

Small Town Boy--A History Of The Rigas Family

For a background on the Rigas Family, click on this link to go to an article written by Paul W. Heimel as published in "Living Prime" magazine in 1998 before the legal troubles began.

Supreme Court Decision Was Not Final Option

The appeal which the US Supreme Court refused to hear earlier this year was not the end of the line for John and Tim Rigas, as Solomon's words and most of the media across the country assumed when this story broke earlier this year.

Donald Gilliland, Managing Editor of the Potter Leader Enterprise, did his homework as usual, and found out what the decision meant and detailed the remaining options for the Rigases in two articles published earlier this year.

Solomon's words contacted Mr. Gilliland and was granted permission to republish these articles here for the readers who may not have had access to the Potter Leader Enterprise edition.

We apologize for misleading our readers with our assumptions. We appreciate the courtesy of the Potter Leader enterprise in allowing us to use these articles.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Rigas Appeal

John And Tim Rigas Must Be Resentenced

By Donald Gilliland

Previously published in The Potter Leader Enterprise
and republished here with permission.

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear
the appeal of John and Tim Rigas.

The court announced Monday that the Rigases’ petition
for writ of certiorari was denied.

The court made no comment on the decision.
According to the court docket, the justices took
little time to decide the matter once all the required
filings were before them. The filings were distributed
Feb. 13 for a conference Friday, Feb. 29. The decision
was issued the following Monday, March 3.

It was the final court of direct appeal for John and
Tim Rigas, sentenced respectively to 15 and 20 years
in federal prison after a jury found them guilty of
conspiracy, securities fraud and bank fraud.

Rigas attorneys had argued that the convictions ought
to be overturned in part because prosecutors never
presented an expert witness at trial and never
explained to jurors the financial rules which the
Rigases were accused of violating.

The government responded by arguing – successfully –
that the technical financial rules were immaterial,
and that sufficient other evidence was presented to
allow the jury to convict without expert testimony.
That’s not the end of the story.

John and Tim Rigas must be resentenced because the
Second Circuit Court of Appeals threw out one of the
two bank fraud convictions against them. That is
expected to happen sometime in the latter part of

Rigas attorney Lawrence McMichael said “the law is
very clear, you start from scratch” when resentencing.
Thus, he has filed an 85-page memorandum with Judge
Leonard B. Sand reviewing all the factors to be
considered in the resentencing.

“Should (the judge) agree, the Rigases will be out of
jail very soon,” said McMichael.

However, if the judge imposes a sentence substantially
similar to the current sentence (which the government
has already suggested in previous debates), the
Rigases can appeal the new sentence to the Second
Circuit, and ultimately again to the U.S. Supreme

McMichael said, “Sentencing law has changed
dramatically since they were sentenced.” He noted two
Supreme Court cases and one Second Circuit case that
could have bearing on the Rigases next court date.
McMichael also noted Jose Padilla, convicted last
August of plotting to set off a “dirty bomb” in a US

“He got less time than Tim Rigas did,” said McMichael.
Another avenue of appeal also exists once the Rigases
are resentenced. At that point, John and Tim have one
year to challenge the basis of their convictions.

“Every criminal sentence is subject to constitutional
review under federal statute known as a habeas corpus
petition,” said McMichael. “That allows the court to
review the grounds upon which the defendant was
convicted and the process that was followed.”

That petition would first go before Judge Sand, but
has the same appeal opportunities as the resentencing

McMichael said, “It’s late in the fourth quarter, but
the game isn’t over yet.”

Rigases Respond

By Donald Gilliland

Previously published in the Leader-Enterprise
republished here with permission.

Members of the Rigas family were not available for
comment at press time last week to respond to the U.S.
Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal of
John and Tim Rigas.

Michael Rigas did contact the newspaper once he
received the message.

“The Supreme Court’s recent decision does nothing to
diminish our belief in the power and truth of our
appeal,” he said. “Because the Court hears such a
tiny percentage of cases submitted to it, however, its
action was not unexpected. Of all the legal avenues
we are pursuing, we in fact were least hopeful of
success on the petition for certiorari.”

Rigas attorney Lawrence McMichael explained last week
that there are at least two other opportunities to
challenge the 15 and 20 year prison sentences meted
out to the former cable executives – first at a
required resentencing likely to occur next month, and
second in a possible subsequent Habeas Corpus

Michael Rigas also challenged the principles of the
Rigas prosecution as a dangerous precedent for
American business.

“Left to stand as law, the Appellate Court decision
means that business people in public companies who, as
in our case, rely in good faith on Generally Accepted
Accounting Principles (GAAP) for their accounting
practices and public disclosures can still be
prosecuted and convicted of securities fraud,” he

“Prosecutors do not even have to let jurors know that
GAAP exists, much less educate them about its
requirements through an accounting expert or prove a
violation of its applicable provisions.

“Few jurors have any independent knowledge of
complicated accounting rules and principles. To allow
them to use their own devices to decipher these
issues, with guidance from only government accusations
and well-coached cooperating witnesses, is folly.
They will too often, as in this instance, decide cases
on issues and theories that do not reflect what really

Though Rigas’s interpretation could be criticized as
obviously self-interested, it is a view shared by a
growing number of commentators on recent accounting
fraud scandals. It was an argument independently
supported by the National Association of Defense
Lawyers in an amicus brief the association filed in
the Rigas appeal.

“The fight for the Rigas family continues on a number
of fronts,” said Michael Rigas. “We maintain a belief
that John and Timothy Rigas will eventually be given a
fair hearing in this country, the freest land on

But the long list of government abuses in this
case reminds us of how fragile our rights as Americans
are. Prosecutorial actions have demonstrated how easy
it is for government to encroach upon the right of an
accused to due process and a fair trial: the public
arrests before the facts were known, the burying of
critical evidence favorable to the Rigases, the use of
a central witness who lied on all of the major issues
in the case, the use of Adelphia as a prosecuting arm
of the government, the repeated thwarting of Rigas
efforts to fund their defense, and the cutting off of
Rigas access to important witnesses.

While our
efforts may not bear fruit in a court presided over by
the judge who allowed this deeply-flawed process, we
press on in the hope that truth and justice will
prevail and that this terrible wrong may yet be

Area Obituaries

ULYSSES — Nancy A. Ziegler, 68, of Harrison Valley, formerly of Ulysses, died Thursday (May 8, 2008) in her home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

COUDERSPORT — Donald H. Setzer, 64, of Coudersport, died Friday (May 9, 2008) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Genesee Resident Assaulted By 3 Teen Girls

Three Wellsville teenage girls are being charged with simple assault for an incident taking place Wednesday evening on Academy Street in Genesee.

State police say the trio arrived at the home of Ashley Aldrich and one of them got out of their car, approached Aldrich ,shouted obscenities at her, then knocked Aldrich to the ground and punched and kicked her repeatedly causing minor injuries. All three then left in the vehicle.

Shotgun Pointed At A Man In Roulette Township

Coudersport State police are continuing their investigation into a terroristic threat incident taking place Wednesday afternoon on Route 6 near the Fishing Creek Road in the village of Roulette.

Robert Maim, 20, of Coudersport told troopers he was headed west when someone in another westbound car pointed a shotgun at him.

Reward Offered In Sartwell Creek Burglary

A victim of a burglary earlier this week in Pleasant Valley Township is offering a cash reward of $200 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Thieves entered the home of Robin Taylor on Sartwell Creek Road between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday and removed a plasma TV, PlayStation system and video games valued at more than $900.

Anyone who has information about the theft is asked to call the Denton Hill Barracks at 274-8690.

Area Police--3 Safe High Speed Chases In 3 Weeks

Coudersport State Police have reported two safely executed high speed chases, and police in the Bradford area report one high speed chase in a 3 week period this year.

From what I read on the Pennsylvania State Police website, it is apparently the policy of the state police to pursue law violators at high speeds until they are apprehended. The website shows statistics from a couple of years ago showing that most of these high speed chases were safely executed.

While I laud these police for their dedication to enforcing the law, I don't believe that any high speed chase with speeds ranging from 100 to 130 miles per hour is anything close to safe.

I, for one, don't expect the state police to risk their own lives chasing speeders at those speeds, let alone the risks to the rest of us who might inadvertently pull out in front of one of these chases on roads that have sight distances barely adequate for the state's 55 mph limit.

In the Philadelphia area, last week, a motorcyclist was killed in a police chase.

Three pursuits in 3 weeks. No one killed or injured. Will the 4th have the same result? Or the 5th? Will one of our fine young troopers be killed? Or maybe a carload of youngsters. Or maybe your mom.

Please, State Police, re-think this pursuit policy. It's not safe on these country roads.

Legislators, pass legislation that would suspend a driver who flees police for ten years, or give them a long jail term.

The only time a high speed pursuit should be justified is when pursuing a dangerous criminal.
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High-speed Police Chases: Deadly Pursuits
August 10, 2006. By Jane Mundy RSS Seed Newsvine Facebook

The police want to send a message to criminals - if you break the law you won't get away with it. In fact, you simply won't get away - not if they can help it.

This often means dramatic high-speed police chases through our streets. And more and more these chases are ending in serious injury and even death. Is recovering that stolen vehicle worth the lives of innocent bystanders? Is catching the bad guy worth risking the lives of the police and suspects?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 400 people die nationwide as a result of police chases. Of these fatalities, some were suspects and some were officers. But 30% were pedestrians or civilians in other cars - people who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Advocates against dangerous police driving acknowledge that chases are sometimes necessary - but only in rare occasions. Police can nab criminals without participating in dangerous high-speed pursuits on our city streets. Technology and other police tactics can be utilized.

People who are hurt or lose their lives as a result of a high-speed police chase are not "accident victims". They are assault and murder victims and their numbers are growing.

High-speed police chases in the news:
Aug-08-06: A Penobscot County deputy violated policy by pursuing a fleeing motorcyclist at a high rate of speed in a June 30 chase that ended when two law enforcement cruisers collided.

Aug-04-06: The man accused of killing a local teenager and injuring a toddler during a high speed chase with police has accepted a plea bargain.

Jul-26-06: A San Francisco police officer was killed as he responded to a chase in the city's Portola district. He was on his way to assist when stolen chase vehicle struck and killed him.

Jul-22-06: Loved ones say police chase that killed innocent driver Kenneth Gadd was preventable.

Jul-01-06: A 9-month-old girl is in critical condition after a man allegedly running from Alameda County Sheriff's deputies slammed into her mother's car Friday night.

Apr-07-06: A crash that occurred at the beginning of a police chase likely killed an innocent Oakland woman, according to authorities.

Genesee Man DUI After 110 MPH Police Chase

State Police report Sean Ray Easton, 40, of Genesee, has been charged with DUI after the vehicle he was driving was observed traveling 73 miles per hour in a posted 35 mph speed zone.

Police said that while attempting to initiate a traffic stop, Easton's vehicle sped out of sight and police continued to travel south at speeds of 100 to 110 miles per hour.

Police traveled south on Route 449 for approximately 5 miles before making contact with Easton's vehicle again.

Police reported Easton's vehicle crossed the center line twice before turning into a private driveway without using a turn signal.

Police reported Easton's speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and he failed field sobriety tests.

Easton was taken to Charles Cole Hospital where he refused to submit to chemical testing of blood. Easton was taken to the State Police station to be processed where he was advised of his miranda rights. He reportedly refused to answer any questions.

Clinton County Wants To Rename Coudersport Pike

Coudersport Pike may be renamed Black Sky Pike

Proposed change seen as helping with area’s tourism



If the Clinton County commissioners get their way, that’s going to be the new name for Coudersport Pike.

The commissioners unanimously approved a motion Thursday, suggesting to the state that the Coudersport Pike — or Route 664 which runs from Lock Haven to Coudersport — be renamed Black Sky Pike in an effort to increase tourism.

Commissioner Tom Bossert advocated the idea, saying that stretch of roadway is known as one of the best places along the East Coast to gaze at the stars at night because of its darkness and remoteness.

The name would also tie into the theme of Cherry Springs State Park near Galeton, which is Pennsylvania’s first Dark Sky Park. That 48-acre state park in the Susquehannock State Forest is known by astronomers as one of the best places along the East Coast for stargazing because of its exceptionally dark skies and lack of ambient light.

“You can see things at that location in the sky which is almost impossible anywhere else in the East Coast,” Bossert said. “If you look at an aerial photograph of the United States, the darkest sky begins in Lock Haven and follows the Coudersport Pike to Cherry Springs clear to Coudersport.

“It’s very unique on the East Coast and it is being advocated by the PA Wilds that those people who look at stars that this is the place to be in Pennsylvania,” he continued.

County Planner Tim Holladay said state tourism officials are continuing to promote the dark skies along the Coudersport Pike to Cherry Springs State Park.

The commissioners voted to instruct Holladay to confer with Lycoming and Potter County officials and suggest they also promote the name change.

Route 664 is a state road and, as such, will need to be renamed by the state Legislature, according to PennDOT spokesman Steve Chizmar.

One concern is the limited amount of area where motorists can pull off along the Coudersport Pike to gaze at the stars. Bossert said the county may make the former Springer schoolhouse, along the Coudersport Pike in Gallagher Township, a stargazing location.

In addition, Bossert said the county may want to enact an ordinance that controls the area’s “viewscapes” in order to protect the dark skies in the area.
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Friday, May 9, 2008 9:06:00 PM EDT

Coroner Called To Kinney Road Accident

Radio reports around daybreak this morning had Genesee and Wellsville rescue units responding to an automobile accident on the Kinney Road near the Village of Eleven Mile, where a car was reported to have gone over an embankment.

Wellsville units response was canceled and a coroner was called to the scene.

UPDATE WESB News: 05/09/08 - Olean Man Dies in Potter County Crash
An Olean man is dead after an accident on Kinney Road in Potter County early Friday morning.

66-year-old Edward Muniga was driving his truck when it went off the road and hit several trees. Muniga was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbery.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Firemen Called To Coudersport Museum Overnight

Coudersport Firemen were called out during the night to the Historical Society's museum building on North Main Street where an automatic alarm had indicated a fire in progress.


Some 12 Coudersport Volunteer firefighters responded with two trucks to the Potter County Historical Society on North Main Street Coudersport last night at 10:54 p.m. when an automatic alarm sounded indicating a fire on the second floor or attic.

According to Chief Andy Dubots, borough resident Shirlee Leete heard the alarm took Bob Currin, the society’s keyholder to the scene and he arrived just before volunteers were about to break through a door. A thorough search of the building revealed no fire or smoke and all units were back in service about an hour later.

Chief Dubots speculated the alarm may have been set off by some of the renovation underway inside the building.

Man Robs Lewis Run Crosby Mart With Shotgun

WESB News: 05/09/08 - Lewis Run Crosby Mart Robbed Again

A man robbed the Crosby Mart in Lewis Run at around 2:30am this morning.

State Police say the man displayed a pump action shotgun and made-off with money from the cash register, mostly consisting of $5 dollar bills.

He is described as a white male, abound 5 foot 6 inches, weighing 225 pounds and wearing dark blue jeans, a white shirt and white shoes. He also had a white garbage bag tied around his head.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Lydia Anna Gross, 86, of Smethport, passed away Sunday (May 4, 2008) at the Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

Electronics Stolen In Sartwell Creek Burglary

WESB News: 05/09/08 - Breakin in Port Allegany

Thieves broke-in to a Port Allegany home Wednesday afternoon and made off with a TV, playstation and video games.

State Police say the items were taken from the residence of Robin Taylor on Sartwell Creek Road. The loss of items is estimated at $900 dollars.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Angel Writes From Hershey, PA

I just wanted to say it is so nice to read a little info about home sometimes. Most of my immediate family stills lives in Roulette, while I reside near Hershey, PA. I don't go home as often as I should, but I still follow up on the "going on's".

Thanks for keeping this now "flat lander" updated.

Best wishes ,
A. Allis

Potter County Jail Evacuated After Strong Natural Gas Smell

Fire and ambulance personnel were sent to the Potter County Jail around 6:30 this morning after a strong natural gas smell was detected in the second floor of the facility.

That floor was evacuated. Gas company representatives were summoned and all available state police were sent to the scene.

Firemen responded from Coudersport and Roulette. A Port Allegany engine and crew stood by at the Roulette Fire Hall for Coudersport.

Coudersport command reported all units dismissed at 7:30 am.

Windsor Pleads No Contest To Charges

WESB News: 05/08/08 - Former Asst. Warden Pleads to Charges

A former assistant warden of the McKean County Jail pleaded no contest to charges of taking $22,500 dollars from inmates accounts at the jail earlier in the decade.

45 year-old Robert Windsor Jr. entered the plea to six different counts of failing to make required disposition of funds.

As part of the plea agreement Windsor must pay $10,000 to McKean County before his sentencing on May 21.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Help Wanted---Reservations Due May 10th

This corner lot on Main Street in Roulette Township
has been donated to Habitat for Humanity
by the T.Lee Bennett family to build a habitat house.

This house will be demolished to make room for Habitat for
Humanity to build a new one here. T. Lee Bennett founded
Habitat For Humanity in Potter County.

Reservations are due May 10 for Potter County Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Dinner to be held at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport Thursday May 15 beginning at 6:30. Cost is $5.00.

Volunteers are needed to help build houses in Roulette and Galeton.

The organization needs excavators, masonry workers, carpenters and framers, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, and gophers.

The dinner is an opportunity to learn more about Habitat for Humanity. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Reservations may be made by calling 274-0739.

Songwriter's Roundtable Saturday At Ski Denton

Saturday, May 10th 2008 - doors and food at 5pm, show 5:00-10:00pm
Featuring local performers and a special surprise guest feature act
Email the Roundtable to sign up for the stage, all are welcome!
ON DISPLAY at the Roundtable: The Art Work of Sarah Batson's Coudersport High School Art Students!

Calendar Of Events From WFRM

May 8

The Annual meeting of the Woodland (Five Corners) Cemetery Association will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Crandall Hill Community Building. All members are urged to attend. A work bee will be held at the cemetery Saturday May 10 at 10:00 a.m. Take your own tools and help ready the cemetery for Memorial Day.

May 8

Therapeutic Touch will be provided free of charge at 7:00 p.m. in the Women and Family Center at Charles Cole Hospital.

May 8

The McKean County Conservation District is hold a Watershed Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration was required.

May 8

The Potter County Commissioners will hold a town meeting at the Northern Potter High School. Residents of the School District, especially, are invitedto attend and express their ideas and concerns.

May 10

There will be a work bee will be held at the Woodland (Five Corners) Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Take your own tools and help ready the cemetery for Memorial Day.

May 10

Roulette Townwide Yard Sales will be held beginning at 9am, sponsored by the Roulette C of C. Food booths will also be available. Contact Linda Ayers (544-9967) or Jan Baxter (544-7359) by Wed. to have your sale listed on the map. Cost is $5.00. Maps will be available at Drabee's Mini Mart or from Linda or Jan.

May 10

The annual Ham and Leek dinner will be held at the Germania Firemen’s Pavilion beginning at 3:30. Adults, $8.50 each; children, $4.50 each. All you can eat. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Germania Fire Company.

May 10

The Eldred United Methodist Church will have a Chicken Bar-B-Que at the Church ,24 South Main Street, Eldred, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Dinner includes chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad and a roll. Cost is $6.00 per dinner. Proceeds of the Bar-B-Que benefit the EUMC Trustees maintenance projects. There will also be a garage sale to benefit Kim and Elizabeth Schwabs and Linda Lazuskys mission trip to Haiti, as well as a baked goods sale!

May 10

The Songwriter’s Roundtable returns in with an open stage fundraiser! Come on all you Elvis impersonators! It’s time to put all those music lessons that your mom made you take to good use! The 2nd Street Roost will supply the vittles and the show is from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Dinner $8, show $10. For a list of performers for the entire 2008 season visit the SWRT website at

May 10

Reservations are due today for Potter County Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Dinner to be held at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport Thursday May 15 beginning at 6:30. Cost is $5.00. Volunteers are needed to help build houses in Roulette and Galeton. The organization needs excavators, masonry workers, carpenters and framers, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, and gophers. The dinner is an opportunity to learn more about Habitat for Humanity. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Reservations may be made by calling 274-0739.

Two Trucks Stolen Early Tuesday Morning


A couple of vehicle thefts are under investigation by area state police. A 1998 Chevy Silverado belonging to Arnold Haynes of Emporium was found early Tuesday morning after it was wrecked in McKean County. Troopers said the truck was taken from the Haynes residence on Old West Creek Road at around 3:00 a.m. and was found later along Route 46 a half mile north of the Bordell Crossroad in Keating Township McKean County. While headed north the truck went off the road and became disabled after striking an embankment. The driver took off and police investigating the crash found it had been stolen.

Brian Uber 32, of Bradford is charged with the theft of a motor vehicle and several other crimes following an incident taking place just before 4:00 a.m. Tuesday in McKean County. State police say Wade and Laura Swanson of Smethport reported their 2003 Dodge Ram truck had been stolen from their residence on Route 46 in Keating Township. When troopers located the truck, Uber allegedly took off and led troopers, Bradford City Police and Pitt/Bradford police on a high speed chase until he drove the truck through a chain link fence at Dresser Manufacturing and entered the plant in an effort to escape .He was later located with the help of information from the public. Authorities claim when they detained Uber, he was found to be in possession of a suspected illegal substance and drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the McKean County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail after being arraigned on charges

Roulette Resident Charged In Hebron Township Incident

A Roulette resident is being charged with DUI, Theft, receiving stolen property and underage drinking in connection to an incident early Sunday morning In Hebron Township.

Troopers say they observed 20 year old Terry Clark of E. Carley Hill Road in possession of an alcoholic beverage.

When they took Clark into custody on the Dingman Run Road at about 1:30 a.m. they allegedly found him and his 16 year old companion in possession of several stolen PennDot and Township Road signs.

The road signs, valued at $450 were returned to the owners and Clark will answer charges before District Judge Barbara Easton while the teen will be prosecuted through Potter County Probation.

Port Allegany Woman Possessed Drugs

State police here have also charged 23 year old Paula Larson of East Mill Street, Port Allegany with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia following an incident Saturday afternoon at Charles Cole Hospital.

Authorities claim Larson concealed a pill bottle in a private body cavity which was found by medical staff during a physical examination.

Troopers say the bottle contained a Schedule IV controlled substance which Larson had no lawful authority to possess and claim she became disorderly when hospital personnel seized the pill bottle. She is also being charged with disorderly conduct

Thomas E. Gross, 73, Eldred, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- Thomas E. Gross, 73, of 63 Taylor Dr., Eldred, died Tuesday (May 6, 2008) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

Born October 22, 1934, in Olean, NY, he was a son of Harlan and Gertrude M. Boser.

He was a lifetime resident of the area.

Surviving is a sister, Phyllis M. Keech of Eldred.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John J. Gross.

There will be no visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Bradford's ARG Is PA Employer Of The Year Recipient

kWESB News: 05/07/08 - ARG Awarded Employer of the Year

American Refining Group is being awarded the 2008 Governor’s Workplace Development Employer of the Year award for Central Pennsylvania. The award will be presented at an awards luncheon during the Pennsylvania Partners annual conference in Harrisburg on Thursday.

It will be jointly presented by PA Partners and the PA Department of Labor and Industry on behalf of Governor Rendell. ARG was a partner in establishing the North Central Energy Industry Partnership, and helped re-establishment of the Petroleum Technology course at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Among the other reasons ARG was chosen are success in business, community leadership and encouraging employees' participation in community and civic projects.

Potter County Commissioners Will Hold Town Meeting Thursday Night At Northern Potter

The Potter County Commissioners will hold another one of their Town Meetings Thursday night at the Northern Potter School at 7:00 PM. Persons from the area are invited to attend and express any concerns they may have about Potter County.

This is a continuing outreach of the Potter County Commissioners to touch base with the residents of Potter County. They are anxious to listen to your cares and concerns.

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Margaret K. Norton, 86, of Shinglehouse, died Monday (May 5, 2008) in her home after a long illness. The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, is in charge of arrangements.

PORT ALLEGANY — Thomas E. Gross, 73, of 63 Taylor Drive, Eldred, died Tuesday (May 6, 2008) in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

Man Jailed After High Speed Pursuit By Cops

WESB News: 05/07/08 - Bfd Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

A Bradford man was arrested Tuesday after stealing a truck and leading police on a high speed chase from Coleville to Bradford.

State Police were joined in the pursuit by Bradford City Police in apprehending 32 year-old Brian Uber at the Riddle House on main Street in Bradford.

Uber had at one point ended his run from the law at Dresser Manufacturing where he ran inside before heading downtown.

He was charged with theft, speeding, fleeing from police, possession of marijuana and numerous other violations. Uber was sent to McKean County Jail on $25,000 dollars bail.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Arrives Today

Daily Reporter
WELLSVILLE — The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall will arrive in Wellsville Wednesday and the display will be open Thursday at 1 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.

The wall is on display from 1 p.m. Thursday until 1 p.m. Monday, May 12.
Military services being held are as follows:
• Thursday, May 8 at 6 p.m.. opening ceremony.
• Friday, May 9 at 9 p.m., Candle Light Service.
• Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m., Dedication Ceremony.
• Sunday, May 11 at 5 p.m., Closing Ceremony.
For details go to

Parking for the event will be at the old Central Tractor Building across the street from Dunkin Donuts
Overflow parking is located at Northern Lights Plaza and the River Walk Plaza with shuttle service available
For all motorcyclist, on Saturday, May 10 will be a "Ride to the Wall." It is is schedule to leave the Cuba Fireman's Park at 1 p.m.

The American Legion Post in Wellsville will be sponsoring lunch and dinner specials all week and other service clubs are doing the same.

A pictorial cancellation stamp to commemorate this event will be available at the Wellsville Post Office on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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well worth the visit to see this
went to smethport when it was there. very moving and it is time our VETS from this conflict received the support and recognition that they so greatly deserve.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Residents Reeling Over 73% Tax Increase

School Board Wants To Raise Taxes 73%

Residents of the Canisteo-Greenwood, NY (C-G) school district are reeling from the news that the school board plans to increase taxes 73%. Many are flatly predicting the school budget will be defeated overwhelmingly on May 20th when voters have their say.

The spectacular hike in taxes for the C-G district results from the fact the spending will be up nearly $2.5 million over the current school year. Board members are blaming a cut in state aid for some of the increase but there are many other factors which are expected to be aired in four pre-vote meetings.

Community Calendar Via WFRM

May 6 & 7

Ulysses Township’s Annual Spring Clean-up Days are being held from 8;00 to 4:00 Tuesday and 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Gold Transfer Station.

May 7 & 8

The annual Spring bazaar and bake sale benefiting the residents of the CCMH Long Term Care Unit will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p. both days in the IMAC Corridor of Charles Cole Hospital.

May 8

The Annual meeting of the Woodland (Five Corners) Cemetery Association will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Crandall Hill Community Building. All members are urged to attend. A work bee will be held at the cemetery Saturday May 10 at 10:00 a.m. Take your own tools and help ready the cemetery for Memorial Day.

May 8

Therapeutic Touch will be provided free of charge at 7:00 p.m. in the Women and Family Center at Charles Cole Hospital.

May 8

The McKean County Conservation District is hold a Watershed Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration was required.

East Smethport Man Jailed Friday For Threats

An East Smethport man was committed to the McKean County Jail Friday night in lieu of $5,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of terroristic threats, criminal mischief; and harassment.

Authorities claim 19 year old Jeremiah Smith threatened to kill a female victim in his home while chasing her with a large piece of metal. He’s accused of smashing three windows in a car, hitting the woman with a plastic broom and causing welts on a male victim by hitting him with a dog leash.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 19.

Periodical Cicadas To Appear This Year

One of the world's most mysterious insects is about to invade the skies over forest lands in central and eastern Pennsylvania, but an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural
Sciences says it's not a cause for alarm.

Residents of Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Centre, Clearfield,Clinton, Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne,Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill,
Snyder, Tioga, Union and York counties soon will see an emergence of periodical cicadas, commonly but mistakenly called 17-year locusts.

These insects are harmless to people, but they cause some damage to shade trees, fruit trees and high-value woody ornamental plants.In some affected areas where the ground is damp, observant
homeowners already have noticed that periodical cicada nymphs have built
small earthen turrets over their holes to protect their escape routes
from too much moisture.

Damage caused by periodical cicadas occurs during egg-laying. Usingthe blades of a saw-like device on her abdomen, a female will cut
several small pockets in the bark of a twig before depositing 400 to 600
eggs. This process can cause small limbs or seedlings to wilt and may
provide an opening for disease. Adults live only a few weeks, but the
twig injury they cause may be apparent for several years.

The periodical cicada is native to North America and exists nowhereelse in the world. There are six species of periodical cicada, three with a 17-year cycle and three with a 13-year cycle. Periodical cicadapopulations -- called broods -- are identified by Roman numerals. All
eight broods that occur in Pennsylvania require 17 years to reach
maturity. The cicadas surfacing this year are members of Brood XIV, which
last was seen in 1991. The distribution of Brood XIV includes 24
counties in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Adult cicadas are clumsy flyers, often colliding with objects in flight. Males begin their constant singing shortly after they emerge, but the females are silent.

When heard from a distance, the cicadas'
chorus is a whirring monotone, sometimes described as eerie-sounding. On
rare occasions when an adult eats, it sucks fluid from small twigs but
does not feed on leaves. Ten days following emergence, mating takes

Adults live up to four weeks above ground. Six to seven weeks after
the eggs are laid, nymphs hatch and drop to the ground. There, they
enter the soil, not to see the light of day for 17 years.

This week in the Potter Leader-Enterprise:

A preview by Donald Gilliland

After how
many years of promising tax reform, the state has
finally released predictions of how much local folks
are likely to get deducted from their property tax
bills later this year.

This week the Leader-Enterprise
looks at those numbers as well as the serious need for
volunteers to help deliver meals to homes of the

We have stories on how local Time Warner
employees are volunteering to help spruce up the
community and about how the Leader-Enterprise
typesetter helped catch an escaped convict this

We have a full page of photos from the Maple
Festival as well as a full page of photos from the
Potter County track meet.

The sports section will
feature results from that meet as well as the
Twin-Tiers Invitational and coverage of our local
baseball and softball teams.

Outside Furnaces Good Option As Fuel Prices Soar

By James Jones
As natural gas prices continue to rise, and the price of fuel oil goes out of sight, more and more people will be looking for a safe and efficient way to heat their homes.

For many that choice will be wood. Wood stoves in the house have traditionally been a dangerous way to heat a home. Improper chimneys build up with creosote and explode in flames burning over 1600 degrees, often catching nearby combustible surfaces on fire.

To eliminate that problem, many homeowners are switching to outside furnaces that provide hot water which can be tied into existing hot water and forced air home heating systems, burning forest waste and turning it into heat.

Pole materials that would be chipped or left to lay on the forest floor can be used in kind of a recycling operation that lets material from the forest be used to provide heat.

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Although many areas are regulating the outside furnaces, which usually produce excess smoke
when refilled in the morning, they are a great safe alternative in home heating.

Manufacturers have been working to cut down on the emissions from these stoves. Many are designed to burn at higher temperatures to cut down on smoke and unburned particles.

Municipalities should co-operate in redesigning these burners for efficiency as they are a great option for those who would otherwise have to pay high gas and oil bills.

Those with electric heat are expected to have to bite the bullet in the next few years as deregulation takes place in Pennsylvania.

Opposition to outdoor furnaces have led to bans in some areas of central Pennsylvania, and others have adopted regulations on new installations. Residents should not have to be smoked out by their neighbors, but care in placement will help prevailing winds from carrying smoke to neighbors homes most of the time.

While smoke in the Wintertime may not impact neighbors whose houses are closed up, users may have to find other means to heat residential hot water to lessen the impact in the late Spring, Summer, and early Fall when windows are open.

Modifications would allow a loop of plastic pipe laid out on or under a south facing roof to circulate sun heated water into the boiler to store heat for the night hours and help provide hot water for residential use.

Rather than banning these safe outdoor units, more thought should be given toward improving these systems for the betterment of all residents.

Legislation, if any should be directed on an individual basis toward those who use these furnaces to burn noxious material, irritating to their neighbors, while encouraging their use by those who do not cause problems for others.

Do You Own This Abandoned Bicycle

Abandoned in Roulette
Click picture to enlarge
This bicycle was abandoned a couple of months ago at a
property in Roulette. If it's yours, call 814-544-9004
to find out where to pick it up.

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Zito Media Proposes Fiber Loop In DuBois Area

Courier Express
Sandy Township Manager Dick Castonguay said he and representatives from the City of DuBois and the Greater DuBois Chamber met with Zito Media about a proposed fiber optic loop.

He said in the next couple of weeks a map will be put together of potential routes to be considered. Zito will then come back with what it would like to do and its potential changes.

"This would significantly increase uploads and downloads of data onto the Web," Castonguay said. "So we are looking into it."

New Facility

New Facility Will Increase Capacity For Tanks And Large Assemblies For Allegheny Bradford Corporation

Top Line/Allegheny Bradford

Construction is well under way for our 50,000 square feet manufacturing facility. 40,000 square feet will be fabrication space and 10,000 square feet will be office space. There will be 30 feet under the hook and up to 20-ton capacity. The facility will house state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and FAT utilities including: oil free air, RO/DI water, clean steam, nitrogen and helium. There will be dedicated FAT conference rooms with video conferencing and Internet access. The facility will also have a secure inside loading area for truck shipments.

With the new facility, ABC will increase its capacity and expand its capabilities for tanks and large assemblies which would include: CIP tanks, large tank skids, depth filter skids, WFI skids, bio-reactor vessel, tempering skids, fermenter vessels and bio-waste decontamination skids. The building will be completed September 2008.

Procedure To Identify Potential Stroke

By Dr. C. Mitchell Finch Sun Gazette

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Did you know that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability?

A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a blood clot or bursts. The brain then starts to die from not getting enough blood flow.

Time lost is brain lost. Therefore, it’s very important to call 911 and get to the emergency room immediately.

If you think someone is having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.:


Ask the person to smile.

• Does one side of the face droop?


Ask the person to raise both arms.

• Does one arm drift downward?


Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

• Are the words slurred?

• Can he or she repeat the sentence correctly?


If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 and get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.

When it comes to a stroke, every second counts.

Motorcyclist Killed In Monday Night Crash

Star Gazette
A Wellsboro man was killed Monday night when the motorcycle he was driving on state Route 287 in Delmar township left the roadway and struck several mailboxes and a utility pole.

Pennsylvania State Police said Edward K. Lyon, 63, was traveling north on state Route 287 apparently at a speed too fast to negotiate a left curve in the roadway. Lyon, who was wearing a helmet, crossed the east berm of the roadway before hitting the mailboxes and utility pole.

Lyon was pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga County Coroner James Wilson at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Co. assisted police at the scene.

Hydrox Labs Issued a Voluntary Recall of Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Nationwide Distributed by Cardinal Health (May 2)
Tue, 6 May 2008 06:25:00 -0500

Hydrox Labs has issued a voluntary recall of Cardinal Health labeled alcohol-free mouthwash. The mouthwash has been tested and been found positive for Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). The CDC has confirmed hospital illnesses in one state associated with the use of the affected mouthwash.

Roulette Townwide Yard Sales--Saturday, May 10

Jan Baxter's Yard Sale-Roulette, PA- 2007

Saturday, May 10th, beginning at 9am.......

Roulette Townwide Yard Sales, sponsored by C of C.

Contact Linda Ayers (544-9967) or Jan Baxter (544-7359) by Wed. to be listed on map. Listing cost is $5.00.

Food booths will be also be available.

Maps will be available at Drabee's Mini Mart or from Jan or Linda.
BREAKING NEWS: Myanmar TV says death toll hits 22,464; 41,000 more missing.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Coudy Driver DUI After Crash Last Week

A Coudersport driver is facing DUI charges following a one-vehicle crash early last Thursday morning on Eulalia Townsihp Road 327 just east of Woodland Heights.

Troopers said Zachary Pucci was traveling west on Vader Hill Road when his ’98 Mazda rotated counterclockwise, went up an embankment, overturned and struck a utility pole, splitting it into three pieces.

Pucci was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

Galeton Detour Returns Starting Thursday

PennDot announces that a detour will return in Galeton this Thursday on the Route 6/144 project which resumed last month.

Work underway includes roadway widening and paving; street lighting; installation of a new traffic signal; sidewalk and drainage improvements’ and landscaping.

Starting Thursday, eastbound traffic will be sent off of Route 6 to Route 144; to Germania Street; to West Street and then back to Route 6. Westbound traffic will continue to move straight through town on Route 6.

PennDot expects the project to be completed by September. Contractor for the $3.3 million job is A. L. Blades and Sons, Inc. of Hornell.

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After Hours Express Care Now Offered At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

After hours medical care is now available in Potter County
at Charles Cole's Walk-In Medical Clinic located in the
Irwin Medical Arts Building in the Charles Cole Hospital
in Coudersport, PA. Open 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Monday through Friday. Phone 814-274-5585.


Company adds 90-day prescriptions for $10, more women’s
health offerings, and $4 over-the-counter medicines in its
latest “health care reform” move

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – May 5, 2008 – While health care
costs continue to be a top concern for consumers,
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is furthering its
efforts to help customers save money by driving
down prescription medication costs and providing ongoing
savings through its pharmacy offerings.

Expected to save Wal-Mart customers millions annually,
today’s announcement is phase three of Wal-Mart’s $4
Prescription Program, which now covers a 90-day
prescription for $10, additional women’s health
medications and a new $4 over-the-counter (OTC) offer.
The 90-day option gives more choices to customers
and physicians who may have been limited to mail order
prescriptions in the past.

”More and more people find health care, and particularly
prescribed medicines, difficult to afford. This is one of the
reasons we continually work to take our $4 Prescription
Program to the next level,” said Dr. John Agwunobi, Wal-
Mart senior vice president and president, health and
wellness. “We’re succeeding in our efforts to deliver simple,
affordable, quality pharmacy solutions for families
struggling with the rising costs of health care. And, our
customers and their budgets – are seeing a dramatic

Juveniles Arrested In Crosby Break-In

WESB News: 05/05/05 - Break-in at Crosby Baseball Shed

State Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with a burglary at a storage shed at the Crosby baseball field in Crosby.

Police say the two juveniles broke-into the shed and took candy, soda and Gatorade.

It's unknown how much they took and the cost of the missing items. The investigation continues.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT- Lydia A. Gross, 86, of Smethport, died Sunday (May 4, 2008) in Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport. A full obituary will be announced by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

Evan Michael Yehl, 18, of 318 Derrick Road, Derrick City, passed away Friday (May 2, 2008). Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

SHINGLEHOUSE - M. Maurine Estes, 86, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Friday (May 2, 2008) in the Golden Living Center, Shippenville, after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Britt A. Bookhamer, 18, of Bradford, died Friday (May 2, 2008). Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

18 Year Olds Who Died In Car Crash Identified

WESB News: 05/04/08 - BAHS Students Who Died are Identified

McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill has confirmed that 18-year-old Evan Yehl and 18-year-old Britt Bookhamer are the Bradford Area High School students who died in Friday's night's car crash near Marilla Reservoir.

A third boy in the car, Ian Clark, is still in serious condition at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Cahill says Yehl and Bookhamer died instantly of blunt force trauma.

Recall For Possible Listeria Contamination

New York Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products for Possible Listeria Contamination (May 3, 2008
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2008 – Gourmet Boutique, L.L.C., a Jamaica, N.Y., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 286,320 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Sue and Hal Porter Celebrate 50th Aniversary

Reception Held Sunday At Frosty Hollow B & B

Sue and Hal Porter of Coudersport, PA marked 50 years
of marriage Sunday at a reception for friends and family
at The Frosty Hollow Bed and Breakfast on State Route 44
in Sweden Valley. Hundreds stopped by to wish them well.

Update On Fatal Bradford Accident

WESB News: 05/04/08 - Investigation Continues into Death of Two Bfd Boys

The investigation continues into the death of two Bradford boys in a two vehicle crash Friday night near Marilla Reservoir in Bradford Township.

Sources tell 1490 WESB that the two were seniors at Bradford High.

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They also tell us that one boy has been charged with DUI in the accident.

Bradford Township police say two vehicles were "traveling together" in the same direction when one of the vehicles left the road, hit numerous trees and burst into flames.

Two of the youths died.

A third Ian Clark, is in Hamot Medical Center in serious condition. Three other boys in a seperate vehicle were treated at BRMC Friday night.

Bradford Township Police have been joined by a State Police crash reconstruction team from Erie in the investigation.