Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Emporium Man Jailed For Burglary/Sexual Assault Today

Man Jailed For Burglary/Sexual Assault 
An Emporium man was jailed early this morning, accused of entering a known female's residence through an unlocked door and going to her bedroom where he sexually assaulted the victim.

Adam Troy Eckert, 32, of Emporium, PA, is facing a myriad of charges filed by Trooper Christopher Bock of the Emporium barracks in District Judge Barry Brown's office.

Trooper Bock said Eckert entered the victim's home, in Emporium Borough, through an unlocked door, went to her bedroom and sexually assaulted her on Wednesday morning at 2:25 am. Eckert was then chased out of the victim's bedroom when the victim retrieved a nearby hatchet. He retreated to the kitchen area of the residence and was apprehended by Pennsylvania State Police in that location upon their arrival.

Eckert was arraigned at 10:30 am today before District Judge Barry D. Brown who set bail at $25,000., accepting 10%. Eckert could not post bail and was committed to jail pending a Preliminary Hearing tentatively set for 10:00 am on July 5, 2012 before Judge Brown.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cool video featuring the Flames Gymnastics Team

Video was assembled by the coaching staff of the Bradford Flames. Thanks to our Emporium fans for supporting Cassie and Kamme in their quest to compete at a National level. Good luck in Milwaukee, go Flames!

Kent State defeats Florida 5-4

David Lyon named Capital One Player of the Game!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stream Obstruction Bill Addresses Serious Concerns

 Comments on the House floor in support of his House Bill 2359, a proposal to finally force DEP to streamline the process for removal of gravel bars and other stream obstructions.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Troopers seeking help on Chapman’s activities

State police are looking for more information about Joseph W. Chapman's activities since his escape from McKean County Jail in Pennsylvania in July 2007. Chapman was wanted for escape as well as sexual assault of a child and rape.
Chapman, whose picture and information appeared on an episode of America's Most Wanted, was living as Joshua Thompkins in Arkwright. Jeannie Storey, a resident of Stockton, called the New York State Police on May 20, and told them she believed the person living as Thompkins was Chapman. Fredonia troopers with the help of the FBI, the U.S. Marshals, and the Dunkirk Police Department, confirmed Chapman's identity and he was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail. On May 22, Chapman was transferred to the McKean County Jail where he is currently being held.
Investigation by the New York State police into the time after Chapman's escape revealed he was living and working in East Amherst, Depew, Gasport and Newfane prior to moving to Chautauqua County in the fall of 2011. His employment reportedly included construction work, handyman, and security. Anyone with information regarding his activities since 2007 is asked to contact the New York State Police at (716) 665-3113.
The OBSERVER has learned that the airing of the segment on Chapman which was originally scheduled for tonight is now set to air on June 22. June Kim from the publicity department of America's Most Wanted reported that the program will be preempted on Lifetime.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Our Town: Emporium - 

Tune in to WPSU-TV on Thursday, June 7th at 8:00p.m. for the broadcast premiere of Our Town: Emporium. Nestled against the natural beauty of the Allegheny Plateau, Emporium residents share the stories that make this region home. Footage and commentary from community volunteers are combined to show why the heart of the PA Wilds beats strong in Cameron County. We hope you'll watch. 

And please tell your out-of-town friends and family to 
watch the live premiere online at

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

David Lyon drafted by Texas Rangers

As has been the theme for the entire 2012 MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers closed out the final 13 rounds selecting primarily pitchers and placing high importance on athleticism, acquiring two more outfielders. 

In Rounds 28 through 40, the Rangers picked nine more pitchers to bring their grand total up to 26 selected in this year's draft. The two additional outfielders make outfield the Rangers' second largest positional class this year with nine players. 

In addition to the pitchers and outfielders, the Rangers used their final picks to nab a catcher and a first baseman. 

Here is the complete list of players the Rangers took in the final 13 rounds:
  • LHP Joseph Burns, Samford University, 6-foot, 200 (28th round, 867th overall)
  • RHP Brandon Kuter, George Mason, 6-foot-7, 220 (29th round, 906th overall)
  • OF Barrett Serrato, Purdue, 6-foot-2, 185 (30th round, 936th overall)
  • LHP Zachary Brill, Mark Morris HS (Washington), 6-foot-6, 215 (31st round, 966th overall)
  • LHP Alex Young, Carmel HS (Illinois), 6-foot-3, 180 (32nd round, 996th overall)
  • RHP Ryan Burr, Highlands Ranch HS (Colorado), 6-foot-4, 210 (33rd round, 1026th overall)
  • C David Lyon, Kent State, 6-foot, 200 (34th round, 1056th overall)
  • LHP Brad Stone, Ardrey Kell HS (North Carolina), 6-foot-3, 170 (35th round, 1086th overall)
  • LHP Sterling Wynn, China Springs HS (Texas), 6-foot-2, 175 (36th round, 1116th overall)
  • RHP Matt Withrow, Midland Christian HS, 6-foot-3, 210 (37th round, 1146th overall)
  • 1B Zackary Fields, Annapolis HS (Michigan), 6-foot-5, 245 (38th round, 1176th overall)
  • OF Tevin Johnson, Henry County HS (Georgia), 6-foot-3, 190 (39th round, 1206th overall)
  • RHP Paul Schwendel, Emory, 6-foot-5, 220 (40th round, 1236th overall)

The final rounds of the draft also saw a good crop of local talent selected:
  • LHP Robert Russell, Wichita Falls HS (Padres, 855th overall)
  • LHP Taylor Massey, Dallas Baptist (A's, 889th overall)
  • OF Jason Coats, TCU (White Sox, 891st overall)
  • RHP Jack Moffit, Flower Mound HS (Pirates, 946th overall)
  • RHP Kaleb Merck, TCU (Twins, 1000th overall)
  • LHP Cory Bafidis, Texas Wesleyan (Nationals, 1074th overall)
  • RHP Kenneth Hatcher, Dallas Baptist (Angels, 1107th overall)
  • RHP Jacob Stone, Weatherford College (Reds, 1192nd overall)
  • RHP Joe Shaw, Ennis HS (Astros, 1209th overall)
  • RHP Rafael Pineda, Texas A&M by way of Fort Worth Crowley HS (Reds, 1222nd overall)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Emporium Man Charged With July, 2010 Burglary

An Emporium man has been charged in a burglary on Bobby's Run Road in Shippen Township that occurred nearly two years ago.

Michael James Hallowell, 20, of Hillcrest Drive, Emporium, PA, was identified by State Police as the person believed to be responsible for the crime.

Trooper James P. Yoder, of the Emporium barracks, said the burglary of the residence of Edward Niebauer occurred between 7-23-2010 and 7-28-2010. An unknown actor forced entry into the victim's residence and removed a handgun and an undetermined amount of money.

After further investigation, Hallowell has been accused of being responsible for this crime. He was taken into custody and arrested on Thursday. He was arraigned before District Judge Barry Brown on charges of Burglary (F1); Criminal Trespass (F2); Theft By Unlawful Taking (F2) (relative to stolen gun); Receiving Stolen Property (F2) (relative to stolen gun); Theft By Unlawful Taking (F3); Receiving Stolen Property (F3); and Criminal Mischief (Summary).

Judge Brown set bail at $50,000. Hallowell posted bail and was released pending further proceedings.