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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, May 30, 2017:
Arraignments
JAMES J. JURBALA, 49,  of Bolivar, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony and Improper Safe Turn, a violation.  The incident occurred on March 25, 2017 in the Town of Ellicottville, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle with a BAC .31% and failed to use a turn signal before turning his vehicle.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
Guilty Pleas
SHANELLE MOHWAK, 30, of Killbuck, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on May 15, 2016 in the City of Salamanca, when she operated a motor vehicle while she was in an intoxicated state.  Sentencing is scheduled for August 28, 2017.

DANA TOPPINS, 36, of Buffalo, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on May 2, 2017 in the Town of Perrysburg, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a controlled substance with intent to sell.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 16, 2018.

LATOYA RAYMOND, 32 of Jamestown, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on January 6, 2017 in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess and sell a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 16, 2018.

KENNETH D. CZEKAJ, 32, of Franklinville, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on February 5, 2017 in the Town of Franklinville, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle with a BAC of .16.  Sentencing is scheduled for August 28, 2017.

TAMMY KENDALL, 39, of Gowanda, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on June 15, 2016 in the Village of Gowanda, when she knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a narcotic drug with intent to sell it.  Sentencing is scheduled for August 28, 2017.
Sentences
CHRISTIE L. BAKER, 35, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a determinate term of 1 ½ years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 2 years of Post Release Supervision for her conviction to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on April 12, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a narcotic drug with intent to sell it.
JARED P. BLACK, 36, of Salamanca, New York, was sentenced to 5 years of probation for his conviction to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on August 13, 2016, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public roadway when he had a BAC of .20%. 

EVAN M. SPRUCE, 29, of Little Valley, New York was sentenced to 5 years probation for his conviction to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on  16, 2016, in the Town of Napoli, when the defendant failed to appear at a law enforcement agency to provide a current photograph.
RYAN P. WILLIS, 33, of Portville, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to Attempted Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on July 29, 2016, in the Town of Portville, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess materials to produce, prepare or manufacture methamphetamine. 
BRANDON BLACKSHEAR, 33, of Rochester, New York, but presently incarcerated in the New York State Department of Corrections, was sentenced to 5 years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 2 years Post Release Supervision for his conviction to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on September 9, 2015 in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a narcotic drug with intent to sell it.
NORMAN L. GEDDIS, 47, of Conewango, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to 6 ½ years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 5 years of Post Release Supervision for his conviction to Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Menacing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree; a class A misdemeanor; and Unlawful Imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred between July 5th and July 6th 2016, in the Town of Conewango, when the defendant, with intent to cause physical injury to another person, caused such injury to such person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument, he restrained a person, disabled a phone when a person was trying to request emergency assistance and intentionally placed or attempted to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or what appeared to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm.
JEFFREY C. STROMBERG, 38, of Cheektowaga, New York, was sentenced to a one year Conditional Discharge for his conviction to Driving While Intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about December 5, 2015, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .15% BAC. 
KATHLEEN HUDOCK, 52, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a one year Conditional Discharge for her conviction to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic with intent to sell it.

Bolivar man pleads not guilty to felony charegs in Cattaraugus County

James J. Jurbala, 49, of Bolivar was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony and Improper Safe Turn, a violation.  The incident occurred on March 25, 2017 in the Town of Ellicottville, when he allegedly operated a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .31% and failed to use a turn signal before turning his vehicle.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Cuba: June events at Palmer Opera House

Thursday June 1st-  6:00 p.m.
Acoustic Open Mic Night 
The Palmer Opera House is hosting our monthly Acoustic Open Mic Night. Open to anyone wanting to come down and play acoustic musical offerings (all live music, no singing along with a track).  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for performer sign-up, and performances run until around 10 p.m. The Perfect Blend Coffeehouse & Eatery will be open until 8 p.m. during our show and will deliver your food orders up to the Opera House. Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows.  (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba.  6:00 PM, FREE) 
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Sunday June 4th- 2:00 p.m.
The Palmer Presents: Emma Tyme & Friends 
The Palmer Opera House presents Emma Tyme & Friends.  The Palmer is proud to present local artist Emma Tyme, with guest musicians Ethan Cypress and Dustin Woodard. They'll give you a taste of blues, folk, jazz, and Americana, playing some old favorites and some new tunes that you'll hear on the full-length album to be released later this year.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 2:00 PM, Donation)
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Saturday June 10th- 2:00 PM
The Rustic Ramblers 
The Palmer Opera House presents The Rustic Ramblers.  The Rustic Ramblers are a group of four Western New York State musicians and they play Classic Country Music. They have a lot of energy and put on a really nice show.  Come on out to listen, take a seat and stomp your feet! You will enjoy their performance!! Admission to this great show is $7. Tickets available at The Perfect Blend, by calling our box office, or visiting our website. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 2:00 PM, $7.00, www.PalmerOperaHouse.com)
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Thursday June 15th, 6:00 PM
Songs of Faith, Hope, and Inspiration
The Palmer Opera House is hosting Songs of Faith, Hope, and Inspiration presented by The Council of Churches.  Admission by donation, proceeds to benefit Council of Churches Scholarship Fund.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows.  (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba.  6:00 PM, Donation)
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Saturday June 17th, 7:00 PM
Deschfest 2017
Deschfest is the first fundraiser concert event celebrating the life of Zach Deschler of Cuba, NY. Zach was a beloved friend and family member who the local community rallied around during his fight with terminal brain cancer. Zach passed away in 2016, but he will always be remembered for his loyalty, spirit and sense of humor. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba.  7:00 PM, $15)
 
Mary Beckendorf,Theater Event Coordinator 

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday May 30, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Jorge Gonzalez Jr, age 37 of Jamestown, charging him with Criminal Mischief 3rd (Class E Felony), Menacing 2nd, Petit Larceny and Harassment 2nd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on North Main Street on May 25th.  Gonzalez was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge Chris O’Connor.  Gonzalez was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $7,500.00 cash bail or $15,000.00 property bond.  Gonzalez is due back in Wellsville Village Court on June 20th at 4:30 p.m. 

Paving and repair work to begin next week on I-86 in Allegany County


TRAVEL ADVISORY
Interstate 86
Towns of Cuba, Friendship, & Amity
Allegany County
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that maintenance paving work will begin on Interstate 86 on Monday, June 5, 2017, weather permitting.  The project will extend from Exit 29 in Friendship to Exit 30 in Belvidere, for a total of approximately 6.1 miles.  Maintenance paving work will also be done on all 4 ramps at Exit 29 in Friendship and all 4 ramps at Exit 30 in Belvidere.  Shoulder work will also take place from Exit 29 in Friendship to Exit 28 in Cuba.  The scope of this project includes work within the limits of the towns of Cuba, Friendship, & Amity in Allegany County.
Motorists will encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.  It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

Travel Advisory for Bath for upcoming highway work


TRAVEL ADVISORY
State Route 415 & Babcock Hollow Road
Town of Bath
Steuben County
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 and Babcock Hollow Road on Monday, June 5, 2017, weather permitting.  The project will extend from Interstate 86 at Exit 39 to May Street, for a total of approximately 1.9 miles.  The scope of this project includes the town of Bath in Steuben County.
Motorists will encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.  It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

Variety of nonprofits gain support from CRCF donor-designated funds

OLEAN, N.Y. — Three donor-designated funds at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation recently made possible $2,855 in grants to four organizations. 
The Kothari Family Endowment Fund, which also provides scholarships to students entering health care fields of study, made possible a $1,000 grant to the Olean General Hospital Foundation and a $250 grant to the Olean Food Pantry. 
Drs. Ashok and Yogi Kothari of Allegany established this endowment in 2007. 
Cancer Services of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties received $605 from the Beth Todd Memorial Fund.   
Beth’s husband, Greg Todd, established the fund at the foundation in 2013 in memory of his wife who had battled cancer for 13 years. Since its establishment, the fund has supported area cancer patients in memory of the Portville native. 
The Laine Family Fund also made possible a $1,000 grant to Pan Harmonia, a chamber music series in Asheville, NC that offers outreach and musical education in addition to a concert series.  
Peter Laine, former executive vice president of Cutco and Olean resident, established the fund. Laine served and supported many local nonprofits in Olean, co-chairing several United Way of Cattaraugus County campaigns and serving on the board of Olean General Hospital and the Olean YMCA. 
Mr. Laine retired to Asheville in 2006. He received the Friends of the Foundation award, CRCF’s highest recognition in 2013.
 
Donations can be made to any of these funds at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at cattfoundation.org.
 
Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

Genesee Fire/Ambulance present Annual Community Days


GENESEE VOL FIRE & AMBULANCE
PRESENTS:
Annual Community Days
5k Walk/Run
To Benefit Fire Dept. & Ambulance
Sunday June 18, 2017
Genesee Fire Hall
405 Main Street, Genesee Pa. 16923
Prizes will be awarded
8:00am – 8:45am Registration ~ 9am Start Time
Cost : Adult $15.00  12 & Under $5.00
Questions or to preregister –
Scott Luce @ 814–203-5286 or Medluce37@yahoo.com

Genesee Valley Chorus schedules upcoming concerts

The Genesee Valley Chorus will perform their spring concert twice this weekend at the David A. Howe Library Auditorium in Wellsville:  Friday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m.  The entertaining "Retro" concerts will feature music of the 50's, familiar songs performed by the Chorus and soloists complete with poodle skirts, juke box and lots of nostalgia.  The group is  directed by Norma Bartlett, and  accompanied by Carole Aldrich.
    
Chorus members will also be singing the American and Canadian National Anthems, and several Celtic numbers at the Celtic Festival in Cuba, NY on June 3
    
Genesee Valley Chorus practices, held on Tuesday evenings, have ended  for this season and will resume the Tuesday after Labor Day.  Interested singers are welcome to join the group next season.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $35 MILLION TO EXPAND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday announced $35 million in funding available for high-need school districts across New York to establish quality after-school programs. As one of the Governor's priorities included in the 2017 State of the State, this investment will support increased enrollment in after-school programs by 36 percent.
Among the schools eligible to apply for funding:
-Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District
-Elmira City School District
-Friendship Central School District
"This program will help to close the achievement gap in communities with underserved children," said State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. "Extending the school day will provide educational opportunity in a safe and learning-rich environment."

Allegany County United Way awards scholarship

L-R: Biddle, Gamache. Photo by Kate Miller

Bryan Gamache, Executive Director of Allegany County United Way is excited to announce the funding of a scholarship for Melissa Biddle, Program Manager at Ardent Solutions.  Melissa will be participating in Leadership Allegany which is a yearlong program dedicated to development of Leaders in Allegany County.    Melissa was highly recommended by Carrie Whitwood, Executive Director and Helen Evans, Associate Director of Ardent Solutions for the scholarship.  The funding utilized by the United Way was provided by an anonymous donor as Leadership Development has a positive impact on our County.  We wish Melissa the best as she completes the challenges and development associated with Leadership Allegany.

Bridge Deck Repairs: I-86 over State Route 275, Town of Friendship


TRAVEL ADVISORY
Bridge Deck Repairs
I-86 over State Route 275, Town of Friendship
Allegany County
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that work will begin on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, on the bridge carrying I-86 east bound over State Route 275 in the town of Friendship, County of Allegany.
One lane of I-86 WB will be closed to traffic.  Work will start with closure of the driving lane for one week, and will then switch to a closure of the passing lane, also for one week.  Traffic will be able to travel through the open lane with no speed reductions.  Motorists will be required to obey posted speed limits. The closures will begin Wednesday, May 31, 2017 and last for approximately two weeks. 
This closure is to perform necessary deck repairs on the bridge carrying I-86 over State Route 275 at Exit 27.  The work for this project will be performed by the NYSDOT Bridge Maintenance group out of the Hornell Shop.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Obituary: Ronald H. "Geez" Geiser, 81, Coudersport


Ronald H. Geiser “Geez”
COUDERSPORT, PA---Ronald H. “Geez” Geiser, 81, of Coudersport, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 27, 2017, after a brief illness.
Born on March 21, 1936 in Upper Black Eddy, he was a son of Herman and Alice High Geiser.  In 1992 in Coudersport, he married Priscilla A. Sigafoos, who survives.
Ron honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Iowa, attaining the rank of FP3.  He was employed as a pipefitter for Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceutical Company in Belvidere, NJ, retiring at age 55.
Ron was a founding member of the Bridgeton Athletic Association in Upper Black Eddy, where he served as a baseball coach for over 20 years.  In 1989, Ron had the honor of having a baseball field named after him.  He was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a member and former treasurer of the Sweden Feedin Club.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved spending his winters in Florida with his loving wife and his beloved dog, Molly, where they spent many hours fishing, clamming, shrimping and crabbing.  His greatest love was his family.
Surviving besides his wife are four children, Teresa L. (Amos) Lefler of Wind Gap, Anjanette (Brian) Lukhard of Kernersville, NC, Nicholas J. Zangli of Upper Black Eddy, and Suzanne Sturn of Horsham; seven grandchildren, AJ (Audrey) Lefler, Krista (fiancĂ©e Billy Kasebier) Lefler, Jamie Lukhard, Logan Lukhard, Cale Zangli, Emma Zangli, and Leo Sturn; two sisters, Nancy Schaefer of Upper Black Eddy and Carolene (Tom) Cegielski of Inverness, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Ken “Opie” Rogers of Coudersport, whom he considered a son.
Ron was predeceased by his parents.
Family and friends are invited to attend committal services with full military honors at 1pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trout Unlimited, God’s Country Chapter, Project Healing Waters, PO Box 702, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Ron’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ron, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Livingston County: Traffic Stop leads to Arrests

Traylor
LIVONIA: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises the arrest of two Allegany County men and a Steuben County man following a traffic stop in the Town of Livonia. On May 22nd Deputy Connor Sanford was assigned to the Livingston County Sheriff's STOP DWI Unit. The Deputy Sheriff witnessed a vehicle on Grayshores Road with a suspended registration and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified as 18-year-old Gregory Dunne of Andover.  Dunne’s license was suspended as well. There were also two passengers in the vehicle, 24-year-old Jasun Shephard of Andover and 24-year-old Joey Traylor of Hornell. The vehicle was registered to Shepard.  Through the roadside investigation Joey Traylor was allegedly found to be in possession of a Hypodermic Instrument. The vehicle was towed from the scene and Gregory Dunne was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree along with other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. Jasun Shephard was charged with the misdemeanor of Facilitating Operation of a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration due to Dunne operating his vehicle while he was on suspended license. Joey Traylor was charged with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument. All three men were released to appear in Livonia Town Court at a later date.

Obituary: Charles E. "Charlie" Lehman, 80, formerly of Andover

WILLOW SPRINGS, N.C. – Charles E. “Charlie” Lehman, 80, formerly of Andover, passed away Sunday (May 28, 2017) at home surrounded by family.
Mr. Lehman was born on Sept. 27, 1936 in Andover to Harold and Fanny (Taylor) Lehman. He was a 1954 graduate of Andover Central School. Charlie served in the United States Army from 1954-1958.
After his time in the service, Charlie worked for Dresser-Rand in Wellsville in various capacities, most notably in the shipping department, retiring in 1998 after 35 years of service.
Charlie is survived by two sons, Donald Lehman of Andover and Jimmy (Paula) Lehman of Campbell; five daughters, Christina (Steve) Phelps of Scio, Brenda Capluzzi of Smithfield, N.C., Sue (Dennis) Yarbrough of Raleigh, N.C., and Toni (Larry) Wilson and Lisa Lehman, both of Willow Springs, N.C.; three sisters, Hazel Cornell and Marylou (Wendell) Bennett, both of Andover, and Darlene (Mike) Willis of Wayland; and a brother-in-law, Edward Ryan of Andover.
Additionally, he is survived by 11 grandchildren, Brandy (Earl) Bizzell, Amanda (Ryan Dieter) Witter, Emily (Brandon Mulhollen) Capluzzi, Allison Capluzzi, Alicia Nevol, Robert (Ashley) Nevol, Shannon (Chris) Baker, D.J. (Courtney) Austin, Dylan Yarbrough, Alex Lehman and Dustin Lehman; 12 great grandchildren, Chesney Lee, Jayden Dieter, Ethan Dieter, Brayden Deiter, Preston Lehman, Patrick Lehman, Analiyah Wyatt, Brynna Nevol, Joshua Baker, Zak Baker, Harlynn Austin and Jace Yarbrough; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Michael Lehman, two brothers, Carl “Pudge” Lehman and Jimmy Lehman; one sister, Lois Ryan; and one grandson, Eric Lehman.
Charlie lived an active life. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Charlie was a lifelong sports enthusiast. In high school he especially enjoyed basketball. As an adult, Charlie played on various summer slow pitch softball leagues, bowling leagues and he took up the sport of golf. As a spectator, he was a huge Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Red Sox fan. Additionally, he was a proud member of the Wellsville American Legion, Wellsville VFW and the Wellsville Moose Lodge.
Charlie loved spending time with his family. One of his favorite past times was driving the back roads with his family looking for deer. He enjoyed the many vacations they took together and the various outings to the zoo and the beach. He especially enjoyed the ocean off North Carolina. Charlie looked forward to family gatherings and cookouts. He had an especially close relationship with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and cherished the times spent with them.
Visitation will be held on Saturday (July 15) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The memorial service will be held on Saturday (July 15) at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home, immediately following the visitation, with Rev. Chris Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Charlie’s name may be made to Wellsville American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

Scio Manslaughter Case: Suspect Released From Jail -back in court tonight

The Scio motorist arrested for striking a pedestrian, which resulted in a Wellsville man's death, has been released from jail. The Allegany County Sheriff's Office today confirmed that bail was posted for 43-year-old Todd V. Gardner of Scio. He was charged by State Police with Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated. Gardner is accused of driving his car on County Road 18 in Scio early Monday and hitting Douglas Brauen, 37, of Wellsville. He later died at Jones Memorial Hospital. Garner will make an appearance in local court for procedural matters. He'll appear in Town of  Scio court at 7 p.m. according to Investigator Rod Perry of the State Police. The case will eventually land in county court.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Blotter

The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office investigated a two car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 78 at the intersection of Youngers Road in the Town of Java.  A vehicle being operated by Stephen TROTTIER, 41, from Ontario, Canada was traveling south on Youngers Road, failed to yield the right of way after the stop sign and collided with a vehicle being operated by an unidentified person from Fillmore, NY that was traveling westbound on Route 78.  There were 3 passengers that sustained non-life threatening- injuries and were transported by North Java Ambulance, Bliss Ambulance and Medic 80 Ambulance to ECMC and Childrens Hospital in Buffalo.  TROTTIER was issued tickets for Failure to Yield the Right of Way-Stop Sign and is to appear in Java Town Court in July.  Barbers Towing assisted in removing the vehicles.

David A. McClurg, 49 of Perry, was arrested following a traffic stop on Suckerbrook Road in the Town of Perry.  The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office made this arrest while participating in a Memorial Day Weekend DWI Crackdown Patrol.  McClurg was stopped after allegedly being observed making an unsafe turn into the oncoming lane, swerving off the right hand side of the roadway, and then swerving back over the centerline of the roadway on Suckerbrook Road.  Deputies said McClurg failed roadside field sobriety testing, and he was taken into custody.  McClurg’s vehicle was then towed from the scene.  McClurg was processed at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving With .08% BAC or Higher, and Failed to Keep Right.  McClurg was released to a sober third party, and he was scheduled to answer the charges in the Town of Perry Court on June 21, 2017.

Scott A. Moulton, 45 of Warsaw, was arrested following a traffic stop on Wyoming Road in the Town of Covington.  Moulton was the driver of a 2001 Saturn which was stopped for a speeding infraction that occurred on State Route 19 in the Town of Covington.  During the traffic stop Moulton allegedly displayed signs of drug use, and Moulton failed roadside field sobriety testing. After Moulton’s arrest, Deputy Michael Wade of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, with his K9 Partner Hondo, assisted with a vehicle search.  K9 Hondo alerted to the front hood area of the vehicle, and a subsequent search of the engine compartment led to the alleged discovery of 31 glassine bags containing heroin which were hidden inside the air filter housing. Moulton was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he underwent a drug influence evaluation by a certified Drug Recognition Expert.  Moulton was found to be impaired by multiple drug categories following the evaluation.  Moulton was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Influence of Drugs, Failure to Notify DMV of Change of Address, and Speed in Zone.  Moulton was charged further with a Class B Felony charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for possessing a narcotic drug with intent to sell.  Moulton was arraigned in Warsaw Court where he was remanded to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 cash bail or bond.  Moulton was scheduled to return to the Town of Covington Court on June 19, 2017  for further proceedings.

NY State Police Blotter

5/26/17 6:11am- State Police arrested Todd T. Maine, 25, of Caneadea. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
5/29/17 9:29am- During an incident in Amity, State Police arrested Rochelle L. Somers, 37, of Angola. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
5/29/17 8:24pm- After investigating a domestic dispute, State Police arrested Ronald M. VanName, 46, of Friendship. He was charged with 1st degree harassment and initially detained on cash bail.
5/29/17 9:44pm- During a traffic stop on State Route 21 in the Village of Almond, State Police arrested Brandon J. Murray, 24, of Wellsville. He was charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th and having a controlled substance not in the original container. He was issued appearance tickets for court and released.

Cuba Police Blotter

Press Release:
On May 28th, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Cuba Police arrested Eugene A. O'Dell, 43, of Cuba for Disorderly Conduct. O'Dell was processed and released to appear at a later date. O'Dell is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Dustin T. Burch
Chief of Police
Cuba Police Department

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday May 26, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Jared T. Preston, age 25 of Oswayo, PA, charging him with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd) and No Seatbelt.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on South Main Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Preston was issued traffic citations and released.  Preston is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 13th at 4:30 p.m.

Sheriff Whitney Announces Staff Participate in Statewide Training Program



Photo: Deputy Akins receives his certificate from Albany County Undersheriff Michael Monteleone( right) and Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Director Chris O’Brien (left). [Photo credit: Thomas F. Rocco]
Albany, NY –The New York State Sheriffs' Institute held a week-long Advanced School for staff of Sheriffs' civil divisions this month at the Albany County Courthouse in Albany, NY. Almost 70 participants from Sheriffs' Offices around the State attended the program, including Deputy Jared Akins from Allegany County.
Sponsored and organized by the Sheriffs’ Institute, the intensive five-day program provides participants with training in the latest advances in civil law enforcement and a forum to discuss current civil law enforcement issues and share best practices.
The Sheriffs’ Institute, established in 1979, provides the only statewide training program for civil deputies. The training is provided without charge to any civil personnel nominated for the school by a sheriff. Visit www.nysheriffsinstitute.org.
If you would like more information about this topic or the Sheriffs’ Institute please call Pat Hughes at 518/434.9091; email phughes@nysheriffs.org.

Obituary: David C. "Chuck" Johnson, 85, Friendship


FRIENDSHIP - David C. "Chuck" Johnson, 85, of Friendship, passed away Sunday (May 28, 2017) in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his many loved ones after a brief illness.
He was born in Belfast, April 11, 1932, the son of James and Esther Bretour Johnson.
Chuck enjoyed spending his time outdoors fishing, hunting and camping. He will be loved and missed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Morsman Johnson; his four children, Ginger Perry, David (Laurie) Johnson and Rhonda Clark, all of Friendship, and Janice Steiner of Olean; a brother, George Herman "Hum" Johnson; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; his five sisters, Nora Lewis, Anna Pierce, Theresa Thornton, Gladys Button and Esther Austin; three brothers, William Johnson, Elmer Johnson and James Johnson.
The family observed a private time of visitation at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home in Angelica, followed by a private burial service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship.
The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Angelica.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: Home Care and Hospice, 1225 West State St., Olean, NY 14706 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter - Released May 30, 2017

The following persons were arrested as a result of investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office:

Timothy J. Florentine, 42, Wellsville, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree on May 18, and was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Michael G. Swick, 28, Mt. Morris, NY, was charged May 18, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Muffler.  Swick was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Groveland Town Court on a later date.

Darron K. Baker, 25, Horseheads, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on May 21, and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in York Town Court on a later date.

Amanda M. Comstock, 27, Perry, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Speeding on May 19.  Comstock was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Stanley L. Allen, 60, Rochester, NY, was charged May 19, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Exhaust.  Allen was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Amzi L. Ethridge, 23, Hunt, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree on May 21.  Ethridge will answer charges in Leicester Town Court on a later date.

Christopher J. Erbe, 53, Rush, NY, was arrested May 18, charged with Growing of Cannabis, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Following Too Closely.  Erbe will respond to charges in West Sparta Town Court on a later date.

Everett E. Ross, 37, Avon, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Broken Glass and Uninspected Motor Vehicle on May 20. Ross will appear in Avon Town Court to satisfy charges on a later date.

Travis C. Burns, 22, Mt. Morris, NY, was charged May 22, with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Failure to Dim Headlights and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Mt. Morris, Village Court on a later date.

Robert G. Wilcox, 59, Bloomfield, NY, was arrested May 20, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.  Wilcox was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Joey L. Traylor, 24, Wellsville, NY, was charged May 22, with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Gregory N. Dunne, 18, Andover, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration and Operating a Motor Vehicle With No Insurance.  Jason M. Shepard, 24, Hornell, NY, owner of the vehicle, was charged with Permitting Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Registration is Suspended/Revoked and Permitting Operation of a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance.  Dunne and Shepard were released on appearance tickets to respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Cory A. Curry, 26, Nunda, NY, was arrested May 18, charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  Curry will address charges in Nunda Town Court on a later date.

William P. Chapman, 33, Hemlock, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Failure to Keep Right on May 20. Chapman will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Anthony M. Albino, 20, Syracuse, NY, was charged May 20, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operator 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Speeding.  Albino will address charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Kimberly K. Wallington, 45, Conesus, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater  and Failure to Keep Right.  Wallington will appear in answer to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Jeffrey L. Johnson, 23, Fairport, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle on May 22, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Adam J. Cox, 28, Dalton, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Exhaust on May 23.  Cox will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Brian J. Palmer, 33, Springwater, NY, on May 14, was charged with Making a Punishable False Written Statement and Petit Larceny.  Following arraignment he was committed to the Livingston County Jail on $1,000 cash bail and will reply charges in Springwater Town Court on a later date.

Chad M. Vandenberg, 33, was arrested May 14, charged with Harassment 2nd Degree. Vandenberg will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Chris A. Thiel, 60, Hunt, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree on May 11, and was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Nunda Town Court on a later date.

Robert G. Wilcox, 59, Bloomfield, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired-Drugs/Alcohol, Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Speeding on May 20.  Wilcox will appear in answer to charges in Lima Town Court on a later date.

Nicholas P. Harpole, 36, Avon, NY, was charged with Harassment 2nd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child on May 23.  Harpole will respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Obituary: Coral A. Logue, 88, Belmont

Coral A. Logue, 88, of 13 Schuyler St., passed away Sunday May 28, 2017 at Absolute of Houghton, following a brief illness. Born May 4, 1929 in Sherman, NY, she was the daughter of Alfred and Cecil Corey Douglas.
Coral had grown up in North East, PA area and was a graduate of North East High School, class of 1948. She had been employed in various jobs in the North East, PA area and in 1971 she came to the Wellsville area where she was employed at the Cameo Restaurant there for several years.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, camping, taking long walks and attending auctions. Her great love was her family and spending time with them.
Surviving are three sons, Gerald E. (Donna) Logue of Petersburg, VA, Danny W. (Peggy) Logue of Cuba and Michael L. (Lucy) Logue of Hinsdale; three daughters, Linda S. (Carlos Bustros) Alexander of Conway, SC, Robin A. (Brian Eaton) Dando of Olean and Dawn C. (Duane) Starkweather of Franklinville; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Edwards of Sherman, NY, Judy Roberts of Lewiston, NY and Arlene Dudley of Westfield, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
Coral was predeceased by five brothers, Alfred Douglas, Philip Douglas, Keith Douglas, David Douglas and Allen "Shad" Douglas; three sisters, Dorothy Cole, Pricilla Stevens and Janet Mottern and three grandchildren, Danny Logue Jr., Samuel Logue and Anthony Logue.
 Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 where funeral services will be held Thursday June 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Duane Broadwell, Pastor of the Friendship Bible Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Friendship. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation of Western NY, 2805 Wehrle Dr. Suite 12, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Obituary: Martin R. "Marty" Pisano, 74, Wellsville


Wellsville - Martin R. “Marty” Pisano, 74, of 250 School Street, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital .He was born on December 10, 1942 in Olean the son of the late Martin G. and Mary E. (Rosetti) Pisano. On June 3, 1962 in Olean he married Alta “Jeane” Laxton who survives.
Marty was raised in Olean and was a graduate of Olean High School. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1966 and earned the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. His military education included several leadership and management courses and Computer Programming at IBM Headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. He later continued his education at Alfred State College.
He was employed as the manager of Century Housewares in Olean for 11 years and was Vice President of Operations at Giant Food Mart in Wellsville from 1977 till 2001. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Wellsville Revitalization and Development Committee, the Chautauqua Consortium Private Industry Council, the Allegany County Private Industry Council, the Immaculate Conception School Board and the Wellsville Downtown Merchants Bureau. As an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wellsville, he served as President of the Parish Council, Co-chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal, Co-chairman of the Monte Carlo Night, a member of the Finance Committee and its Choir.  Surviving in addition to his wife Jean, are two children, Michele Staple of Elmira and Mark Pisano of Rochester, 4 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, Martin M. Pisano, a sister, Marlene Goss and a brother, Ralph Pisano. The Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 31, at 3:15 pm followed by visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 1, at 11 am in Saint Mary of Angels in Olean with Rev. Vincent Becker as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Wellsville company to begin work on PA bridge

Bradford, PA –    Signs are being set in anticipation of bridge replacement work that will start in June near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.  
The state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The bridge is currently weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day.  
PennDOT expects work to begin in early June, with a detour in effect to move traffic around the work zone. The official detour will make use of West Corydon Street, South Avenue, Mechanic Street, and West Washington Street.  
Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.  
All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

Allegany County: Car-pedestrian crash leads to manslaughter charges

Todd V. Gardner
PRESS RELEASE  
On May 29, 2017, Troopers arrested Todd V. Gardner, 43 of Scio, NY for Manslaughter 2nd and Driving While Intoxicated.
Today at 12:29 a.m. Troopers responded to County Route 18 in the Town of Scio for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Police said Gardner was traveling north on County Route 18 in a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro and struck Douglas R. Brauen, 37 of Wellsville, NY.  Brauen sustained injuries, but was alert and responsive.  Further investigation revealed that Gardner was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and placed under arrest.  Garner was transported to SP Amity and submitted to a breath test resulting in a .11 percent BAC.
Brauen was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital to be treated for possible leg fractures.  During treatment Brauen went into cardiac arrest and died.
Gardner was remanded to Allegany County Jail on $5,000 bail.
District Attorney Keith Slep was advised and Coroner Ted Crowell pronounced Brauen dead.
This is still an ongoing criminal investigation.

Original post on this is HERE.

2017 Awards & Scholarships for Member Libraries

From: Brian Hildreth, Executive Director
Southern Tier Library System
 
Honoring librarians and citizens for good work is always a pleasure. This is one particular thing I enjoy about my position. Our members work hard, so it is important we recognize their contributions. Regularly, I see wonderful things happen. It might be a new library building in Fillmore, fundraising efforts in Hector, outreach in Cohocton, homeschooling in Howard, maker spaces in Elmira, community partnerships in Corning, bike repair stations in Penn Yan, a farmers market in Montour Falls, local history in Rushford, story time in Branchport, horse & buggy parking spaces in Dundee or podcasts in Wellsville.
These are just a few examples that come to mind. I could easily reference all 48 Southern Tier libraries and their communities.  I know about these fantastic library "things" not because it is my job, but because they make an impact in people's lives.
This week we announce the 2017 Awards and Scholarships for STLS member libraries. Below you will find information about how you can nominate directors, trustees, volunteers and libraries for solid deeds.

We hope you will make this information available to your entire community? And, please spread the word within your libraries. Let's shed light on your 2017 efforts!
2017 LIBRARY SYSTEM AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference
 
Outstanding Library Advocate Award
The Outstanding Library Advocate Award recognizes a person who has made extraordinary contributions to the development, improvement or expansion of library service to the residents of the Southern Tier Library System. The award also encourages and rewards the fine tradition of citizenship and excellence.
Eligible Candidates: Trustees, Volunteers and Advocates for Member Libraries  
Library Volunteer Award
The Library Volunteer Award recognizes a person within a member library that assists member librarians or board members in the day to day operations of the library. The award takes a particular interest in volunteers that go above and beyond to make their library a special place. Eligible Candidates: Operational Volunteers.  

Library Director AwardThis award recognizes an STLS member library director that demonstrates an overall commitment to the betterment of their public library based on current and innovative practices. Nominees can be nominated by library boards, patrons, staff and volunteers. The nomination can be based on a recent project that increased the library's ability to bring in new community members or provide outreach to community groups. Eligible Candidates: Library Directors of Member Libraries

Best Use of Social Media AwardThis award will be presented to an STLS member library, or member library's "friends group" that demonstrates an effective use of social media to promote library services, engage library users, or disseminate information about library advocacy initiatives. Nominations can be based on a single social media post that generated many "likes", "comments", "shares" or "followers". Nominations may also incorporate a string of social media posts linked to a specific library project or initiative. The successful entry will demonstrate a high-level of engagement with social media followers.
Eligible Candidates: Member libraries and member libraries' "friends groups"
 
2017 NYLA ScholarshipsSTLS will offer five scholarships in 2017 to member librarians. Scholarships will provide an expense reimbursement up to $1,000 for the 2017 NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Scholarships will cover hotel for 3 nights, mileage reimbursement to and from Saratoga Springs, and conference registration. Scholarship winners are required to participate in a post-conference wrap-up where they share conference experiences with other STLS member librarians.
How to Apply:
Award nominations can be sent to STLS via STLS Delivery, email or US Mail. They should be sent attention to: STLS Public Relations Committee, 9424 Scott Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 (chatlanie@stls.org). Award nominations can be in the form of a 1-2 page letter stating the reason for the nomination. Supporting letters from community members, staff, patrons, trustees and volunteers can accompany the initial nomination letter.
For scholarships, STLS member librarians (directors and/or staff) can apply in the form of a letter (2 page maximum), and include:
*    Why you wish to attend the Conference
*    How you plan to integrate the experience into your work
*    How you plan to share your experience with your fellow professionals
*    How the award will influence your professional goals.
 
Nominations and scholarship applications are due Friday, June 23, 2017 at STLS Headquarters. Feel free to call or write with questions.
Kindest Regards,

Brian Hildreth, Executive Director
Southern Tier Library System