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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Whitesville woman receives conditional discharge in felony drug case

A Whitesville woman, who had faced a class D felony drug crime, was able to have that charge reduced to a low level misdemeanor. In Allegany County court on Wednesday, Alicia A. Flamini, 29,  of Old Country Road was given a conditional discharge by Judge Terry Parker. On July 23rd, she was charged with felony 5th degree criminal sale of a controlled substance but ended up pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. The crime occurred on East Dyke Street in Wellsville when Flamini allegedly gave a narcotic substance to another person for consumption. She was also charged a $200 court surcharge and a $50 DNA fee.

Troopers identify human remains found in Bath

New York State Troopers from the Bath barracks announce a development regarding the discovery of human remains in the Town of Bath by a hiker on February 19th, 2017.
The remains have been identified as Orrin Mastin of Bath, New York. Mastin was last seen on January 18th, 2013, and was subsequently reported missing to the Bath Village Police Department. At the time of his disappearance, Mastin was 53 years old.
An investigation conducted in 2013 by the Bath Village Police Department failed to develop any viable leads. It was noted during the investigation that Mastin did not take any personal effects with him when he was last seen, including his medications, wallet, credit cards, personal effects, and stored clothing. Mastin had not been seen or heard from since the report.
On February 19th, 2017, a hiker walking through an undeveloped area north of Wood Street and Muck Circle in the Town of Bath, came upon what appeared to be human remains. The ensuing investigation determined that the remains were an almost complete human skeleton that appeared to have been exposed to the elements for a prolonged period of time. A neighborhood canvass by responding Troopers and Bath PD Officers developed information that redirected attention to the missing person report of Orrin Mastin in 2013. The remnants of clothing observed on the remains, closely resembled the last reported clothing description of Mastin, and the location of the remains was consistent with his last known direction of travel on foot. The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Uniform Troopers from the SP Bath barracks, the Forensic Identification Unit based at Troop "E" Headquarters in Canandaigua, and an NYSP K-9 Unit contingent conducted a thorough search of the scene and the surrounding area in an effort to uncover any further details or information. The search did not yield any additional human remains or evidence to suggest foul play.
The remains were collected in conjunction with the Steuben County Coroner’s Office, and forwarded to the Monroe County Medical Examiner for further action. Due to the lack of available detail, the remains were then sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) for analysis. The remains were reassembled and examined at their Anthropology Center where DNA was extracted from the skeleton and compared to DNA samples that were voluntarily provided by a known family member.
After reviewing the 2013 report to the Bath Village Police Department; the evidence collected and observed at the scene; the results of the DNA comparison; and the conclusions compiled by the UNTCHI; Troopers were able to establish the identity of the skeletal human remains as belonging to Orrin R. Mastin.
 
The investigation into the cause of Mastin’s death is continuing, and foul play is not suspected.

Rexville man arrested after claiming several Richburg teens were missing


State Police Investigators from the Bath barracks have arrested a Rexville man after he allegedly made false reports of incidents which did not occur, including but not limited to the report of several missing teens from the Richburg area of Allegany County. Gregory O. Anthony, age 53, of 793 County Road 124 made multiple reports to several police agencies alleging incidents which did not occur.  Senior Investigator Curt Eaton said in press release that Anthony’s claims of several missing teens from the Richburg area were baseless.  Anthony was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident, 3rd degree (class “A” misdemeanor), and issued an Appearance Ticket returnable in the Town of Bath Court on December 6th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Corning Adding Jobs to Manufacture New Valor Glass in New York

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) Wednesday announced an investment in Corning Valor ™ Glass that will create 185 new jobs and support more than 380 jobs overall in the Southern Tier of New York.
The new jobs will be located at the Corning Innovation Support Center (CISC) in Big Flats and at Corning’s Research and Development Facility at Sullivan Park in Erwin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Corning’s investment during a visit at Sullivan Park hosted by Wendell P. Weeks, Corning chairman, chief executive officer, and president.
“Corning has been a beacon of enterprise and innovation for decades, and this new expansion builds on our efforts to spur development and job growth for the Southern Tier,” Gov. Cuomo said. “By working with local leaders and the Regional Economic Development Council, our strategic Southern Tier Soaring plan is putting the region on the right track and giving Corning the tools and confidence to grow and expand their world-class products in the region.”
Corning has been awarded incentives from Empire State Development, New York State’s chief economic development agency, in the form of a $6 million capital grant through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative to purchase manufacturing equipment and make infrastructure improvements; and tax credits through the Excelsior program.
“Valor Glass was invented right here in the Southern Tier so it is only fitting our first significant manufacturing operation be located here,” Weeks said. “Thanks to the Southern Tier strategic plan and Governor Cuomo’s ongoing investment in this region through initiatives like the Upstate Revitalization Funding program, I believe the future of our community is brighter than ever.”
Developing and manufacturing Valor Glass in the Southern Tier is part of Corning’s plan announced in July to invest $500 million and create 1,000 new U.S. jobs. To further support the production and delivery of Valor Glass, Corning will also add jobs in the future at an existing facility in Vineland, New Jersey, and at a location in the Southeast United States.
Valor Glass dramatically reduces particle contamination, breaks and cracks while significantly increasing throughput. As a result, Valor helps protect patients and improves pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Bath: Two charged after hospital incident


Gould, Koons
An incident at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath ended with the arrest of two men. State Police said 25-year-old Jamie Gould of Bath and 26-year-old Cheyenne Koons of Cohocton were both charged with endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent person. Investigators allege that the men assisted a mental health patient in absconding from the hospital. The patient was awaiting transfer to a mental health facility and fled the hospital prior to transport…allegedly with the assistance of Gould and Koons. The patient was later located and safely returned to the hospital. Court action is pending against both men.

Christmas in Nunda

Christmas In Nunda, December 9th 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for shopping with over 60 vendors throughout the Village of Nunda. Festival of Lights parade at 6:00 with fireworks following. Follow the event on Facebook.

Two Cuba Non-Profits Receive Help with AED Purchases



(L to R):  Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director
 and Leah Weber, Cuba Library Director
The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $500 grant to both the Cuba Circulating Library and the Cuba Friends of Architecture. These two non-profit organizations will both use the money to help them purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED).  An AED is a portable system that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.  Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
Dr. Michael Doyle, President of the Cuba Friends of Architecture, explained that their AED will be placed in the performance area of the Palmer Opera House.   The AED will also be available to the businesses located on the first floor of the building.
Leah Weber, the Cuba Circulating Library Director, said they would advertise their location as an AED site which will not only benefit their patrons, but the community at large.  The library also plans to offer free training to all library staff and volunteers, providing them with First Aid/CPR/AED certification.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets over 9 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of our Allegany County citizens. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444.
(L to R):  Dr Michael Doyle, President of the Cuba Frieds of Architecture; Michele Conklin, Theater Manager/Director of the Palmer Opera House and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.
 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Syracuse man arrested - accused of threatening death against a NY Congressman

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Patrick D. Angelo, 28, of Syracuse, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with interstate communication of a threat, and threatening a federal official. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York in Rochester, the criminal complaint alleges that on Thursday, October 19, 2017, the Washington D.C. office of New York Congressman John Katko received a threatening voice mail that included a death threat to the Congressman and his family.
The message stated: “Listen Mr. Katko, if you support net neutrality, I will support you. But if you don’t support net neutrality, I will find you and your family and I will kill…you…all. Do you understand?” The message continued: “I will literally find all…of…you and your progeny and t- just wipe you from the face of the earth. Net neutrality is more important than the defense of the United States. Net neutrality is more important than free speech. Net neutrality is more important than health care. Net neutrality is literally the basis of the new society. That even if you don’t understand, how important it is, net neutrality is literally the basis of the new…free…society. So if you don’t support it, I am willing to lay down my li- (recording ends).”
Congressman Katko’s office reported the voicemail to the United States Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section, which began an investigation in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The telephone number that the call originated from traced back to the defendant. 
“While citizens are certainly entitled to communicate their views on issues of importance to them to their elected officials, there are and must be bounds to the manner in which such views may be expressed, said U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “We will respond aggressively to those who overstep those bounds and seek to influence the making of Federal policies and legislation by making threats to the lives of those entrusted with such tasks and their families.” 
As a result of the threat, security surrounding Congressman Katko was increased. Since Congressman Katko formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of New York, that Office was recused, and the case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.
Angelo made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks and is being held pending a detention hearing on December 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Vadim Thomas, Special Agent-in-Charge, Albany Office, the New York State Police, under the Major Philip T. Rougeux, and the United States Capitol Police, under the direction of Matthew R. Verderosa.   

Steuben: Human remains identified...Troopers still investigating

New York State Troopers from the Bath barracks announce a development regarding the discovery of human remains in the Town of Bath by a hiker on February 19th, 2017.  
The remains have been identified as Orrin Mastin of Bath, New York.  Mastin was last seen on January 18th, 2013, and was subsequently reported missing to the Bath Village Police Department.  At the time of his disappearance, Mastin was 53 years old.
An investigation conducted in 2013 by the Bath Village Police Department failed to develop any viable leads.  It was noted during the investigation that Mastin did not take any personal effects with him when he was last seen, including his medications, wallet, credit cards, personal effects, and stored clothing.  Mastin had not been seen or heard from since the report.
On February 19th, 2017, a hiker walking through an undeveloped area north of Wood Street and Muck Circle in the Town of Bath, came upon what appeared to be human remains. The ensuing investigation determined that the remains were an almost complete human skeleton that appeared to have been exposed to the elements for a prolonged period of time.  A neighborhood canvass by responding Troopers and Bath PD Officers developed information that redirected attention to the missing person report of Orrin Mastin in 2013.  The remnants of clothing observed on the remains, closely resembled the last reported clothing description of Mastin, and the location of the remains was consistent with his last known direction of travel on foot.  The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Uniform Troopers from the SP Bath barracks, the Forensic Identification Unit based at Troop “E” Headquarters in Canandaigua, and an NYSP K-9 Unit contingent conducted a thorough search of the scene and the surrounding area in an effort to uncover any further details or information.  The search did not yield any additional human remains or evidence to suggest foul play.
The remains were collected in conjunction with the Steuben County Coroner’s Office, and forwarded to the Monroe County Medical Examiner for further action.  Due to the lack of available detail, the remains were then sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (UNTCHI) for analysis.  The remains were reassembled and examined at their Anthropology Center where DNA was extracted from the skeleton and compared to DNA samples that were voluntarily provided by a known family member. 
After reviewing the 2013 report to the Bath Village Police Department; the evidence collected and observed at the scene; the results of the DNA comparison; and the conclusions compiled by the UNTCHI; Troopers were able to establish the identity of the skeletal human remains as belonging to Orrin R. Mastin. The investigation into the cause of Mastin’s death is continuing, and foul play is not suspected. 

Olean: Eleni Interiors, massive holiday sale


Christmas Bazzar event planned in Andover


Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday November 28, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Victoria L. Stormer, age 46 of Wellsville, charging her with Harassment 2nd.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Franklin Street on November 19th.  Stormer was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Stormer was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 19th at 4:30 p.m.
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Brenden D. McLaughlin, age 27 of Fairport, for failure to appear in Court and/or pay fine.  McLaughlin was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  McLaughlin was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  McLaughlin is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Matt Lauer fired from NBC News - CNN


Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.
Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show, where Lauer has been an anchor for two decades.
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Defendant gets physical with News10NBC's Chief Investigative Reporter

Defendant gets physical with News10NBC's Chief Investigative Reporter: Dennis Dalberth, the man accused of spraying a Rochester woman's lawn with chemicals and killing the lawn, got physical with News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean... 


$240,000 Awarded to Expand After-School Programs in Friendship Central School District

 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday announced nearly $240,000 in Empire State After-School Program funding has been awarded to Friendship Central School District to create 150 after school slots. First announced in January as part of the Governor's 2017 State of the State, a total of $35 million in funding has been enacted in the FY 2018 Budget to provide districts across the state with these five-year grants.
"An investment in our children is an investment in the future of this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "These after-school programs will help ensure young New Yorkers in high-need school districts receive the guidance they need to become the next generation of leaders, laying the foundation for a stronger New York for all."  
The Friendship after school program will target grandparents raising children and provide them with resources and support, and will heavily involve parents in program direction, activities, and determining special interest clubs for children. The program will also include a four-week summer program with STEM activities, field trips, college exploration trips, swimming and other recreational activities.
Research has shown that after-school programs are associated with lower school drop-out rates and a reduction in juvenile crime. School districts receiving funding are in communities with high rates of child poverty and many are in communities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Additional research has shown that children enrolled in high-quality after-school programs have better peer relations, emotional adjustment, conflict-resolution skills, and overall conduct in school, as well as higher scores on standardized tests in math, reading, and language arts. Quality after-school programs have also been found to have a $3 return on investment for every dollar spent.
Dr. Judy May, Friendship Superintendent, said, "This funding is critical to the development of our youngest New Yorkers and I am grateful that Governor Cuomo remains committed to supporting our children and the future generations of Friendship. By expanding these programs and bridging the gap for working families who may not be able to take care of their children after school, New York is establishing stronger, safer communities and a well-rounded workforce for the 21st century economy."

Genesee Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker


Wellsville: Andover Ecumenocal Choir to perform in Howe Auditorium


Christmas in Angelica

Christmas in Angelica

Cancellation offered for extended period as Angel Station marks 21st year

For the first time in its 21-year history the Christmas Angel postal cancellation offered by the Angelica Booster Citizens (design as always by Pat Kaake) will be available for more than just one day.

The ceremonial first day at the Angelica Post Office is Friday, December 8. As in previous years, greeting cards may be mailed to the office or dropped off prior to Dec. 8, addressed appropriately and intended for mailing on that date. Please separate in-town and out-of-town mail. Postal employees will be in the lobby to hand-cancel pieces brought in by customers that day.

The change is that in addition the Post Office will accept all mail to be postmarked with the Angel cancellation, from December 8 through December 25. Window hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-3:30 p.m., and 10:00 a.m-12:00 Noon on Saturday.

All mail received requesting the Angel Station postmark after December 25 will be for collectors only, available for 30 days. Please provide a return stamped envelope or your postmarked item with stamp will be sent through the normal mail stream. For more information please contact the Angelica Post Office at 585-466-7869.

December 8 & 9

New shelf sitter at Holly Days boutique

The Civil War soldier’s monument in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery is represented on this year’s shelf sitter & tree ornament, offered at The Little Building in central Main Street during the Angelica Booster Citizens’ Holly Days sale.

Also available are a limited number of this year’s “Votes for Women” Heritage Days shirts, as well as a good supply of the Civil War Weekend shirts. On the book shelf is a new press run of the 2008 title, Child’s History of Angelica, along with the biographies of Rev. Calvin Fairbank, abolitionist and “slave stealer,” and Moses Van Campen, Revolutionary War veteran and pioneer settler. Other Angelica souvenir items include previous years’ shelf sitters, coffee mugs, caps, postcards, and more.

The Little Building will be open Friday, Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17

Live Nativity, church-to-church caroling to follow candle-lighting circle on Luminaries night

The candle-lighting circle that begins Luminaries, the Angelica community Christmas celebration, will take place in Park Circle on Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. As they have for many years, the Booster Citizens will ring the circle with the traditional luminary candles. People will gather near the two Christmas trees at the east end of the park, and will pass the light by touching one candle to the next. The singing of a few favorite carols then will fill the night air.

The group next will move to the Methodist Church where a live Nativity scene will be presented on the front lawn of the parsonage. The program continues with a church-to-church procession, going into the Methodist Church, the Works of Divine Mercy mission, St. Paul’s Episcopal, and First Baptist, with a pause at each church to place the baby Jesus in the creche.

All are invited to take part in this joyous celebration. The even concludes with refreshments at the First Baptist Church and announcement of winners in the holiday decoration contest.

For more information, please email angelicaboosters@gmail.com

Alfred: Union University Church Bazaar


Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report - November 27, 2017

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, November 27, 2017:

Arraignments

JAMES HALEY, 54, of Bradford, Pennsylvania, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony. The incident occurred on May 17, 2017, in the Town of Carrollton. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

BENJAMIN MEYER, 32, of Cattaraugus, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony; Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Possession of Burglary Tools, a class A misdemeanor; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor. The incident occurred between April 17, 2017 and April 22, 2017, in the Town of New Albion. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

MARTIN MILLER, 33, of Rixford, Pennsylvania, 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 A misdemeanor; Unlicensed Operation, an infraction; Failure to Keep Right, an infraction; Driving to the Left of Pavement Marks, an infraction; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor. The incident occurred on May 7, 2017, in the Town of Olean. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas

PAUL R. BARAN, 35, of Salamanca, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, to satisfy a pending indictment. The incident occurred on May 19, 2017, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 28, 2019 pending the successful completion of Drug Treatment Court.

GERALD LOIACONO, 41, of Allegany, New York, waived prosecution by indictment, and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor. The incident occurred on July 29, 2017, in the Town of Allegany, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing marijuana and the preparations, compounds, or mixtures were of an aggregate weight of more than two ounces. Further, GERALD LOIACONO, was sentenced to a conditional discharge for a term of one year for the conviction stated above.

Sentences

TIFFANLY L. CHIARILLI, 39, of Cuba, New York, was sentenced to a term of a one (1) year conditional discharge, driver’s license revocation for a period of six (6) months, and the installation of the ignition interlock device for a period of one (1) year, for her conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on January 27, 2016, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in an intoxicated condition. 

THOMAS E. CLOUSE, of Arcade, New York, was sentenced to a conditional discharge for a term of one (1) year, driver’s license revocation for a period of one (1) year, and the installation of the ignition interlock device for a period of one (1) year for his conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on November 7, 2015, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in an intoxicated condition. 

JOSEPH P. DEMPSEY, 38, of Olean, New York, was sentenced as a predicate felony drug offender to a term of one and a half (1 ½) years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 2 years of Post Release Supervision, to run consecutively to his present sentence, for his conviction of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class E felony. The incident occurred on June 15, 2017, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a controlled substance with the intent to sell it.

STEPHON J. EDWARDS, 26, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced as a predicate felony offender to a term of one and a half (1 ½) to three (3) years with the New York State Department of Corrections for his conviction of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a class E felony. The incident occurred on July 30, 2017,  in the Town of Little Valley, when the defendant, with the intent to damage property of another person, and having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he had such a right, damaged the property of another person in an amount exceeding $250.00. 

JASON M. GUTKNECHT, 43, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of nine (9) months in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on August 18, 2017, in the City of Olean, when the defendant stole property.

NATHAN NEPHEW, 39, of Versailles, New York, was sentenced to a term of ninety (90) days in the Cattaraugus County Jail, three (3) year Conditional Discharge, driver’s license revocation for a period of one (1) year, and the installation of an ignition interlock device for a period of one (1) year for his conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony. The incident occurred on February 6, 2017, in the Town of Perrysburg, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway while he was in an intoxicated condition.

GERALD K. REDFORD, II, 41, of Gowanda, New York, was sentenced to a term of one (1) year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and one (1) year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, both terms to run concurrently. The first incident occurred on July 19, 2017, in the Town of Persia, when the defendant knowingly entered unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein. The second incident occurred on July 26, 2017, in the Town of Persia, when the defendant stole property.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday November 27, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Timothy A. Whitesell, age 25 of Andover, charging him with Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on North Main Street in the Village.  Whitesell was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Whitesell was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Whitesell is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Olean woman charged with felony count in Cuba

Following an alleged altercation on November 19th, 2017, Cuba Police arrested Dawn Shelley, 48, of Olean. Shelley was arrested and processed on the charge of Criminal Contempt 1st (Felony). Shelley was arraigned by the Friendship Town Justice and sent to the Allegany County Jail on $1000.00 Bail. Shelley is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Steuben joins opioid lawsuit; appoints Land Bank exec

BATH -- Steuben County will join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. County legislators voted unanimously Monday to join counties and municipalities across the state in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover the soaring local costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction. The effort will include large prescribers as well as the pharmaceutical industry, county Manager Jack Wheeler said. "We see this as a response to the cry from the public to ‘do something’ that we have heard at all our forums this year," Wheeler said. "Well, this is something we can do." The county hosted three substance abuse forums in Bath, Hornell and Corning focused on the devastating impact of opioids and other addictive substances. The forums also included information on supportive services through local agencies. The action is similar to a class action lawsuit Steuben joined in 1998 against four major tobacco growers in the U.S. The lawsuit resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use. In other action, county legislators:  
· Appointed county Deputy Manager Mitch Alger as the executive director of the independent Steuben County Land Bank Corporation. The appointment simply formalizes Alger’s work in representing the county on the corporation board and makes communication with the state more efficient, Wheeler told Steuben lawmakers.



· Authorized a public hearing on the eight-year review of Agricultural District No. 10 .

· Designated the Steuben County Conference and Visitors’ Bureau as the Official Tourism Promotion Agency for the County of Steuben.

· Adopted the Table of Equalization Rates for Fiscal Year 2018.

· Filed the Report of County Equalization for the Year 2018.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

Press Release:
-Ean G. Miller, 28, Avon NY, was arrested on November 11, charged with Driving while Intoxicated – 1st Offense, Speeding and Refusal to take Breath Test.  Miller was arraigned in the Town of Geneseo Court and released on his own recognizance.  Miller will return to the Town of Geneseo Court at a later date.
-Tanya M. Hoad, 38, Hornell NY, was arrested on November 14, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Muffler Exhaust Violation.  Hoad was arraigned in the Town of Geneseo Court and was held in lieu of $250 cash bail.  Hoad will return to the Town of Avon Court at a later date. 
-Rosemarie J. Brown, 24, Hornell NY, was arrested on November 14, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.  Brown was arraigned in the Town of Geneseo Court and was held in lieu of $750 cash bail.  Brown will return to the Town of Avon Court at a later date. 
-Nathaniel J. Parsons, 18, Wayland NY, was arrested on November 15, charged with Sexual Misconduct.  Parsons was arraigned in the Town of Geneseo Court and released on his own recognizance.  Parsons will return to the Town of Nunda Court at a later date.
-Thomas M. Delamarter, 26, Springwater NY, was arrested on November 15, charged with 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief and Harassment 2nd.  Delamarter was arraigned in the Town of N. Dansville Court and released on his own recognizance.  Delamarter will return to the Town of Springwater Court at a later date. 
-Richee B. Jones, 51, Rochester NY, was arrested on November 18, charged with Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd.  Jones will appear in response to charges in the Village of Geneseo Court on a later date.
-Timothy J. Florentine, 42, Wellsville NY, was arrested on November 20, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree.  Florentine was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date. 
-Richee B. Jones, 51, Rochester NY, was arrested on November 21, charged with Possessing Contraband while in Prison.  Jones will appear in response to charges in the Village of Geneseo Court on a later date. 
-Dale D. Sickler, 35, Canandaigua NY, was arrested on November 21, charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Dale was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Avon Village Court on a later date. 
-Tony C. Jackson, 26, Rochester NY, was arrested on November 22, charged with Possessing Contraband while in Prison.  Jackson will appear in response to charges in the Village of Geneseo Court on a later date.
-Christina M. Hough Wood, 40, Dalton NY, was arrested on November 23, charged with 7 counts of Passing a Check with Insufficient Funds.  Hough Wood was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Nunda Town Court on a later date.

Gov. Cuomo announces approval of 88 Smart Schools investment plans totaling $75.6 Million

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the approval of 88 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century. The approved plans, totaling $75.6 million, are part of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act - a sweeping education technology initiative first proposed by the Governor and overwhelmingly approved by voters. The investments authorized will modernize classrooms across New York and equip students with the skills they need to thrive in the global economy.
"These vital investments are playing a critical role in expanding educational opportunity, helping schools modernize outdated classrooms and giving students access to state-of-the-art technology to learn and grow," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding equips students across New York with the skills and technology they need to succeed in the 21st century economy."
The Smart Schools Review Board met Monday for the seventh time to consider investment plans submitted by school districts and special education schools. The Board is comprised of the Director of the Budget, the Chancellor of the State University of New York, and the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
The plans approved Monday were submitted by 80 school districts and seven special education schools. Projects include $30.0 million for classroom technology purchases, $27.4 million for school connectivity projects, $17.5 million for high-tech security projects, and approximately $745,000 for prekindergarten classroom construction. Some regional schools include:
 

First Citizen Employees Give Back

CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY BY DONATING BLOOD
First Citizen Employees Give Back
MANSFIELD, PA— First Citizens Community Bank employees, Matt Lundgren and Amy Augustine not only serve the financial needs of the Mansfield community, but also contribute to the physical health of the region. As long-time blood donors, they are regular faces at Community Blood Bank (CBB) drives, where donations directly influence local blood supply.
 
“Giving blood is a good way to help the community. Plus, the snacks are good here,” Lundgren said with a laugh. Lundgren, who works in the Trust Division, has been donating blood since he was 18-years-old. “I remember donating blood after I graduated from high school,” he says.  “It was something that was important to me.” He even encourages others to give the precious gift of life.  
“About four years ago, Matt asked me to donate,” says Augustine. “He said we could go to the drive over our lunch break. I didn’t hesitate.” For her, the decision was personally important.                        
“My son, Bryan, was ten-years-old when he was first diagnosed with cancer. I know how important blood donations are,” she says. “He had hundreds of transfusions. He is doing very well now and is a freshman in college.” Augustine added that the entire process takes less than an hour. 
Lundgren added, “There are a lot of kids out there like Bryan. Every donation helps them, and in my book—that is wonderful.” 
Blood donations not only affect the lives of cancer patients, but they can help trauma victims, newborn infants and surgical patients. Eligible donors should be healthy, over 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years of age. In addition, a 56-day time period is required from previous donations. Donors are encouraged to eat a nutritious meal within approximately four hours prior to giving blood. Free snacks and beverages are offered following a donation to replenish a donor’s energy. 
“Matt and Amy are some of the most kind and giving individuals,” commented First Citizens CEO and President, Randall E. Black.” “They gift their time to support their neighbors and friends while supporting organizations vital to their community.”  
“Both Matt and Amy put the Unity in Community,” says Lora Cope, Mobile Drive Coordinator for the CBB. “Together we are impacting lives. We are extremely thankful for their dedication to serving others.
They are part of our family.” 
To learn more about blood donation, call 877-842-0631 or visit FourHearts.org. 

Allegany Co GOP Leadership Caucus

Belmont, NY–The annual Allegany County Republican Leadership Caucus was held to choose the Republican Candidates for Leadership for the coming year following the regular November 27, 2017, Board Meeting with the six (6) Legislators-elect and 9 returning Legislators present.  The results were as follows:  Dwight “Mike” Healy (Amity, District 2) was reelected as Majority Leader for 2018, with Curtis Crandall (Belfast, District 1) chosen as Republican Candidate for Chairman of the Legislature and Philip Curran (Alfred, District 5) selected as the Republican Candidate for Legislative Vice Chairman.  The candidates will be voted on by the full Board at a meeting at the Organizational Meeting on January 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 27, 2017

'Reminder: Five Star Bank Business Training Series presented by ACCORD'

The ACCORD Small Business Assistance Program is proud to announce the 2017 Five Star Bank Business Training Series. With four different workshops planned, the Five Star Bank Business Training Series consists of two days of offered classes presented by two experts in their fields, Pamela H. Witter and Paul Mastrodonato. Pamela H. Witter will be presenting two workshops on December 5th, focusing on communication tools to gain customers and improving you and your team's leadership abilities within your organization. She will also have one-on-one consultation time available at the end of each, so bring any materials you'd like to review!
 
Paul Mastrodonato of Nonprofit Works will be presenting the other two workshops on December 14th focusing on media relations (relationship building with local media outlets and developing press releases) and developing the all-important Strategic Plan for your organization.
 
The Five Star Bank Business Training Series is free for all interested, but prior registration is required. To register for one workshop or all of them in the series, please contact ACCORD's Business and Loan Manager at 585-268-7080 or bpayne@accordcorp.org to set up a registration intake appointment."
 


Wellsville: Bids sought for Airport work

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed bid Proposals are sought and requested for performance of a contract, according to specifications, to be let by the Town of Wellsville, New York for the Wellsville Municipal Airport as follows:
REHABILITATE LONG HANGAR
The project includes but is not limited to:
Replacement of the existing long hangar sectional overhead doors, motors, and associated controls with new sectional overhead doors, motors, and controls. The Work will also involve painting, electrical panel replacement, all required conduit, electrical cable, testing, inspection, startup, and testing of all new equipment and systems installed as part of this project.
Sealed bid Proposals for the above Project at the Wellsville Municipal Airport in the Town of Wellsville, New York will be received by the Town of Wellsville at 156 N. Main Street, Wellsville, New York 14895 until 2:00 pm prevailing time on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017. The bid Proposals will be publicly opened by the Town of Wellsville and read at 2:00 pm on the same date.
PDF sets of the Contract Documents and Bid Forms will be available beginning November 28th, 2017. Contractors may sign up for plans and download them directly from the internet at no cost by accessing McFarland Johnson’s Bid Portal by visiting www.mjinc.com/BidProjects.html under the project name “Wellsville Municipal Airport Rehabilitate Long Hangar”. The Bidders are responsible for checking the above website for all project updates, including all Addenda.
Questions regarding problems accessing the portal or documents, or pertaining to the technical specifications should be directed to Bill Fletcher, McFarland-Johnson, Inc., 607-723-9421 x267.
Bidders must supply all the information required by the proposal forms.
 
A pre-bid conference will be held in the terminal at Wellsville Municipal Airport, 2600 Tarantine Road, Wellsville, NY on December 5th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Attendance by prospective bidders is strongly recommended.
A Cashier’s Check, drawn upon a state of national bank, or a Proposal Bond with a Surety’s Bond Affidavit, in the penal sum of five percent (5%) of the total maximum bid price will be required with each bid Proposal.
The proposed contract is exempt from New York State Executive Law Article 15-A, Section 315. As such, no minimum requirements for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) participation are included in this contract. However, the Contractor is requested to make every effort to include M/WBE participation in the work of this contract.
All bid Proposals are to be delivered to The Town of Wellsville, New York with the following information clearly labeled on the outside of an opaque, sealed envelope: project number, location of airport and name and business address of the bidder. When sent by mail, preferably registered, the sealed proposal, marked as indicated above, should be enclosed in an additional envelope. Any bid proposals received after the deadline will not be opened or considered.
The Town of Wellsville reserves the right to reject any and all bid Proposals and to waive any informality in bid Proposals received.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday November 24, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Brandon M. Carl, age 25 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Farnum Street in the Village.  Carl was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Carl is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on December 19th at 4:30 p.m.
Wellsville Police arrested Jessica E. Pascale, age 40 of Little Genesee, charging her with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd) and No/Inadequate Lights.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on East Dyke Street in the Village.  Pascale was issued traffic citations and released.  Pascale is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on December 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville woman faces new charge


On Nov. 21, Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Village Court, arrested Diane R. Newsome, age 19 of Wellsville, for a Violation of a pre-trial release.  Newsome was additionally charged with one count of Conspiracy 4th (Class E Felony), for an incident that took place on Seneca Street on October 5th.  Newsome was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Newsome was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond.  Newsome is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: Jesse E. Bedow, 83, Nile


Jesse E. Bedow, 83, of 7199, Times Square, Nile, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Born October 8, 1934 in Corry, PA, he was the son of Ernest and Arlie Rogers Bedow. On August 29, 1953, in Union City, PA he married the former Dorothy L. Mead, who survives.
Jesse grew up in Union City. PA where he attended the school district there. In 1964 he came to Nile working at the Friendship Dairies for a few years. From there Jesse went to work at Worthington Corp. in Wellsville for a short time then went to work at the Milk plant at Alfred State College in Alfred. At this time He and his wife began Bedow Refrigeration in Nile until his retirement in 1994.
Jesse enjoyed dairy farming, repairing most anything such as lawn mowers, wood working, traveling and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone. Most of all he loved his family and spending time with them, especially his Grandchildren.
He was a life member of the Friendship Fire Dept. and a driver for the Friendship Ambulance Squad.
Surviving besides his wife Dorothy are two sons, Larry L. (Sue Parks) Bedow and Steven E. (Rena) Bedow both of Friendship; three daughters, Debra K. Greene of Richburg, Cindy R. (Ted Whitcher) Davison of Friendship and Karen S. (Frank) Illerbrun of Friendship; 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Shirley) Bedow of Spartensburg, PA; two sisters, Shirley Wittig and Donna Fayeh both of Corry, PA; and several nieces and nephews.
Jesse was predeceased by a brother, Ken Bedow; a sister, Alice Goodwill; and a grandson, Timothy Greene.
 Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday November 28, 2017 and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Al Batt, pastor of the South Side Union Chapel of Olean will officiate and burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship. Donations may be made to the family of Jesse C/O Treusdell Funeral Home Box 85 Friendship, NY 14739.

Obituary: Shirley Rees Fleet, 93, Coudersport


Shirley Rees Fleet “beloved sister and aunt”

COUDERSPORT---Shirley Rees Fleet, 93, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on December 13, 1923 in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of John H. and June A. Thomas Rees.  On August 18, 1956 in the First Presbyterian Church in Nanticoke, she married Walter R. Fleet, Jr., who passed away on July 14, 2011.
Shirley was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and was a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre.  She received her Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Penn State University.  She was a biology/chemistry teacher in Matawan, NJ and also in Sayre, Pa.  She was also a real estate broker in Flemington, NJ. 
Shirley was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, where she served as a lay pastor and was a member of the choir. She was a former member of the Coudersport Golf Club and a former member of the former Coudersport Women’s Bowling League. Shirley was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an accomplished writer having published poetry and family cookbooks. She had previously served as a volunteer at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and also served as a volunteer at Sweden Valley Manor. She was a lover of the outdoors. She greatly loved her time spent at her home on Lake Silkworth and her home in Coudersport.  She cherished her family, church and many friends.
Surviving are a brother, Ronald David Rees of Nanticoke; a sister, Mildred Plummer of Jenkintown; and many nieces and nephews, including John F. (Linda) Domaleski of Coudersport, Martha J. (David) Pennell of Galeton, June (Roy) Hill of Wellsboro, Robert Leete of Coudersport, John Plummer of Delaware, Edward “Butch” Rees of South Carolina, and Tom (Cindy) Leete of Sterling, Alaska.
In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was predeceased by eleven siblings, Malvern Rees, George Edward Rees, Laureen Ann Watts, Lois Mae Leete, Mary R. Domaleski, Almena Vaughn, Grace Rosalee Pfuntner, Madge Rees, Laurence Rees, John H. Rees, Jr. and Jane Turley.
Family and friends may call from 11am to noon on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow at noon with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East 3rd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Shirley’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, Funeral Director/Owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Shirley, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Portrait of America's volunteer fire service


The Call from Jonathan Weiss on Vimeo.

NY State Police Blotter

11/25/17 11:45pm- State Police arrested investigated a domestic dispute and later arrested Donna J. Shelton, 44, of Centerville. She was charged with 2nd degree menacing with a weapon and harassment with physical contact. She was released on her own recognizance.
11/26/17 1:51am- During a traffic stop on State Route 19 in Willing, Troopers arrested Amber N. Tompkins, 31, of Greenwood. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and BAC above .08%. Court action is pending.

Local Artisans Featured at Houghton’s 31st Annual Christmas Art & Craft Fair

HOUGHTON, NY - Houghton College is pleased to host its 31st Annual Christmas Art & Craft Fair on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 in the Reinhold Campus Center. This event runs from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. both days, and is open to the public. There is no cost to browse the fair.

Each year, the Art and Craft Fair is held in the beginning of December and provides community members and students the opportunity to find something special for the holidays while supporting local artisans and small businesses from across Western New York.

This year’s selection of vendors will sell handmade, one-of-a-kind artwork and local goods including, but not limited to:

  *   Alpaca wool scarves, socks, gloves, shawls, and sweaters
  *   Books, journals, cards, stationery, and other paper gift items
  *   Delicious local maple syrup and jams
  *   Naturally based makeup and skin care
  *   Original artwork, greeting cards, and prints of original paintings
  *   Pottery such as mugs, bowls, cups, plates, candleholders, and serving ware
  *   Soaps and bath products
  *   Stained glass pendants
  *   Sterling silver, bead, and glass jewelry items
  *   Textiles, such as baby blankets, pillowcases, coasters, and more
  *   Wooden crafts including toys, ornaments, cutting boards, utensils, decor and more

Shoppers will be given an opportunity to test their luck in daily raffles featuring vendors’ items with their raffle ticket received for each transaction made at the fair. Vendors will be located on the main and lower levels of the Reinhold Campus Center.

Additionally, the Houghton College Campus Store will be running its Gift Sale that week, with 20 percent off all gifts as well as buy-one-get-one-half-off jewelry purchases.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Local newspapers still matter - here's why

Local print newspapers still matter. Here's why...I'm a blogger. I'm not fond of the term, but it is what I am and this site is a blog (even though 'blogs' are gaining respect). I choose what I publish. I decide when I will post stories and when I won't. Now, granted, I have a scarce social life so blogging 7 days a week is not a problem. Employee's of newspapers answer to a higher authority and as such, work when they are told to work. Snapping photo's of holiday events instead of enjoying them with family or friends;working on a Saturday/weekend...not uncommon requirements for most media. Some Elmira/Corning radio stations spent the weekend doing 'live remote broadcasts.'
I made the decision that I wanted to shop locally on this Small Business Saturday. I hit a number of downtown Wellsville retailers, and yeah, I spent some cash. One stop was at Fisher's Pharmacy/The Other Side on Main Street in Wellsville. While shopping, I heard a conversation that sounded more like an interview. Indeed, it was. Chris Potter is the Regional Editor for Gatehouse Media which includes the Wellsville Daily Reporter. I turned the corner...moving toward the voices...and I discovered Chris Potter (camera in hand) doing an interview. Chris was doing his job - I was spending money. I have to believe that Chris and his regional colleagues were all doing the same thing...conducting interviews so you could read their stories in a Sunday paper. He worked. I shopped. That's the difference between a blogger and a newspaper journalist.
I've been rough with commentary recently on local media. Perhaps too rough. To be  fair, I work my ass off ...some times I 'scoop them' and sometimes they humble me. Me, a blogger, versus paid and full-time reporters, I take any victory I can. Today, however, struck a chord. I was living life and someone like Potter was on the job reporting on it. Local newspapers matter because the reporters, no matter the skill level, are on the job...holidays, weekends and anytime most other people are not working. They do it because it is their calling...they choose to do it, they want to...and in large part, they do it well. While this blogger was happily shopping, my 'allied colleagues' were on the clock. Local newspapers matter...and a subscription could make a great gift. You don't have to agree with the reporting, but hey, you'd be lost without it...unless you decide to attend every county, town, village, school, zoning, planning, special meeting, press conference, ribbon-cutting...Thanks Chris, Kathryn, Neal, Jason, Rick and on and on and on...