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Friday, February 22, 2019

Andover man, two others face drug charges

State police based in Bath arrested three people on drug-related charges Wednesday evening. Taken into custody:
  1. Sherri-Ann E. Huffner, 24, of Cameron Mills
  2. Lela S. Arnett, 19, of Savona
  3. Jason A. Workman, 45, of Andover.
Troopers charged all three with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th degree. Arnett was additionally charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia-packages. The trio will answer the charges in Town of Bath court at a later date.

High Wind Warning issued for Allegany County

HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM SUNDAY TO 10 AM EST
MONDAY...

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 10 AM Sunday to 10 AM EST Monday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect.

* LOCATIONS...Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Oswego, Lewis, Wyoming,
Livingston, Ontario, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.

* TIMING...From late Sunday morning through late Sunday night.

* WINDS...West 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

* IMPACTS...Strong wind gusts will bring down trees and power lines and result in scattered to numerous power outages.
Shallow rooted pines will be particularly vulnerable. Minor property damage is also possible, especially to roofs and siding. Travel in high profile vehicles will be very difficult at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

High winds of 58 mph or greater will make driving difficult and could result in property damage, including downed trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected. Home owners should secure loose objects.

Wellsville Lions Cluba Variety Show is here!

On February 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 p.m., the Wellsville Lions Club will present its

74th annual Variety Show in the Wellsville High School auditorium.

This year’s theme, “T.V. Tunes”, will feature members of the club singing familiar TV show theme songs,

telling jokes, and performing short skits.  Local musicians will also be featured during the show.

 

Please come out and support the Wellsville Lions Club and the many

organizations and individuals that they help in the local community.
 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

O'Mara calls ban on gun raffles "overreaching"

Elmira, N.Y., February 21—Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today announced his strong opposition to legislation introduced in the New York State Legislature that would prohibit volunteer fire departments, police clubs, sportsmen’s clubs, Elk, Moose and similar lodges, and other groups and organizations from holding gun raffles as fundraisers.

“These popular, successful, and safe fundraisers have long been held by fire departments, police clubs, and other groups across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and throughout New York State.  They are used to help raise funds to purchase badly needed equipment for volunteer firefighters, assist vital community charities, and provide scholarships to outstanding area students, among many other admirable initiatives,” O’Mara said, noting that a recent gun raffle sponsored by the Canisteo Police Club in Steuben County drew hundreds of participants and raised funding to support several worthwhile community endeavors including programs to provide bike helmets for area children and to send local youth to conservation camps.  This year, part of the proceeds from the raffle are also going to support the Nicholas F. Clark Scholarship Fund honoring slain New York State Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, a Canisteo native who was killed in the line of duty last July.

Following the Canisteo Gun Club’s event in early February, Canisteo Police Chief told The Evening Tribune in Hornell, “With the tragic passing of Trooper Nicholas Clark, a lifelong friend of mine and the police club, we wanted to do something to benefit his scholarship fund.”

O’Mara, who said that he would continue urging his legislative colleagues to reject the measure, added, “These raffles are popular and safe.  The legislation fails to note that raffle winners cannot claim any firearm as a prize without undergoing a background check.        
For New York State government, under the guise of gun control and safety, to prevent the Canisteo Gun Club and other clubs and organizations across this region from ever again holding a gun raffle to support these important community efforts would be big government at its intrusive and overreaching worst.”

The legislation (A1413) is sponsored by Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, a Brooklyn Democrat, and is currently in the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee.  It has 29 Democratic co-sponsors.  Similar legislation has not been introduced in the state Senate yet, O’Mara noted.

Teen Will Attend Rushford Environmental Education Camp This Summer on Full Scholarship

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that one teen has been chosen for an environmental camp scholarship created in memory of Emily Timbrook. Kylie Montague of Swain, Allegany County, was selected from an essay she wrote about her experience at DEC's Camp Rushford in Caneadea, Allegany County, last summer.
"All the campers' essays showed great enthusiasm about their experience at Rushford, the friendships they made, and how the camp impacted their lives," Commissioner Seggos said. "Kylie's essay reflects Emily Timbrook's love for camp, the environment, and the ability of Camp Rushford staff to help people blossom. I know that Kylie will enrich the camp experience for all the campers at Rushford this year."
Timbrook, a former Camp Rushford attendee and volunteer who resided in Alfred Station, Allegany County, died tragically in a car accident in April 2009. Barbara and Tim Timbrook, Emily's parents, worked with DEC and the National Heritage Trust (NHT) to create a summer camp scholarship fund in Emily's name to encourage other young people to get outdoors and appreciate nature as Emily did. The funds collected are used for "camperships" (camp scholarships) to send one returning camper to Camp Rushford for free.
Campers who excelled at Camp Rushford in 2018 were given the Timbrook Award by camp staff and were invited to submit an essay about their camp experience and its impact on their lives. The award-winning campers were chosen for their demonstrated interest in building upon their outdoor recreation experiences and sharing their knowledge of the state's natural resources with other campers.
Emily's parents, Barbara and Tim Timbrook, said, "We are delighted to honor Emily's memory by supporting one returning camper each summer at Camp Rushford. Our daughter's love of nature and commitment to environmental stewardship was nurtured at a DEC camp, and we are pleased that Kylie demonstrated a similar excitement about protecting the environment and enjoying the benefits of being outdoors. We are so happy to remember Emily in this way."
Kylie attended Camp Rushford for the first time last summer. She continued her family tradition and completed her hunter safety class at camp so that she can join her father and grandfather in hunting. It was Kylie's first time away from home and she learned that camp is a place to let your inner self shine.
DEC's unique residential camp program offers week-long experiences in conservation education and environmental stewardship for ages 11 to 17. There are four residential camps for youth ages 11-13 or 14-17: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake, Franklin County; Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County; Camp Rushford in Caneadea, Allegany County; and Pack Forest in Warrensburg, Warren County. Visit DEC's website for more information about all four DEC summer camps and to find out what weeks remain open.
Donations to support future camp scholarships can be made by visiting DEC's summer camps page and looking for the "Donate to DEC Summer Camps" button. Funds are managed by the National Heritage Trust, a public benefit corporation that receives and manages gifts, grants, and contributions to further public conservation programs. A description of NHT is available on the NYS Parks website. To donate to the Emily Timbrook fund, send a check made out to NHT-DEC Camps, with Emily in the memo section and mail to: Summer Camps Scholarship, c/o Director of Management and Budget Services, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5010.

Syracuse coach strikes, kills pedestrian

The longtime men's basketball coach at Syracuse University struck and killed someone with his car. It was after 11 p.m. Wednesday night when Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim was on his way home from dinner following his team's victory over Louisville at the Carrier Dome when police said the coach struck and killed a man with his car. Jorge Jimenez was standing outside a vehicle on Interstate 690 after a prior, unrelated accident in bad weather. Police said Boeheim tried to avoid the car in the road when he struck and killed Jimenez. Field sobriety tests came back negative and Boeheim appeared to be going the proper speed. Prosecutors said it appears to be a terrible unfortunate accident.

Cuba: The Palmer Opera House presents a Bridal Expo, Feb. 24th


Alfred University Wellness Center staff to present posters at ACHA Conference

Wellness Center health services staff , from left,
Bridgit Buono, Susan Hendee and Martha Curtin
ALFRED, NY – Health services staff members in Alfred University’s Wellness Center will be in Denver this spring, where posters they created depicting successful on-campus programs will be presented during the 2019 American College Health Association (ACHA) national conference.
Martha Curtin, Bridgit Buono and Susan Hendee, health services staff members, created posters titled Holistic Care for College Students: What a Fully Integrated Wellness Center can Offer and Risky Behavior in Undergraduates and STI Risks: The Influence of Peer Educators. The posters were submitted to the ACHA, which accepted them for inclusion at the conference May 28-June 1 in Denver.
Curtin, Buono and Hendee will be at the conference to answer questions and discuss the Alfred University health and wellness programs depicted in the posters.
“We are very excited about this because this is the first in our history to have anyone from health services present at a national conference and specifically, this will be the first year Alfred University will be represented at the ACHA in this way,” said Del Rey Honeycutt, director of the Wellness Center.

Wellsville Development Corporation: Dinner and a Show...and Murder

WELLSVILLE, NY - Are you dying to have some fun? Would you kill for a night out? Join the Wellsville Development Corporation for their annual Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser titled Last Will and Testament of Roland Kingsley Thursday, March 7, 2019 (6:00-9:00 p.m.) at the Wellsville Country Club.
“The Murder Mystery Dinner is so much more than dinner and a show,” said Heather Niedermaier, Wellsville Development Corporation President. “The interactive murder mystery does not involve a stage, but rather takes place among the guests. Someone has died, maybe even more than one person, and it is everyone’s job to solve the crime. It is essentially a live action version of the game Clue. Attendees are encouraged to examine physical evidence and question the cast members as to their knowledge surrounding the murder.”
Dinner includes garden salad, duo sauce cheese ravioli, garlic bread and mixed berry pie.
Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase the flowers and flower boxes that line Main Street; keeping the village in bloom all summer long.
Tickets are pre-sale only ($30 each) and seating is limited. Tickets are on sale through March 1, 2019 and are available at First Citizens Community Bank, Trend Addictions and online at wlsvdevelopmentcorp.ticketleap.com. First come, first served.
The Wellsville Development Corporation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that focuses on revitalization, economic development and beautification planning projects. Our mission is to contribute to the quality of life in Wellsville and bring revitalization and beauty to our community.

 

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Wednesday February 20, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Alice M. Hook, age 41 of Olean, NY, charging her with Tampering with a Witness 4th, Aggravated Harassment 2nd and Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place February 11th on West State Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Hook was processed and arraigned before Town of Wellsville Justice Walsh.  Hook was released and is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: John E. Ninos, 91, Alfred


ALFRED - John E. Ninos, 91, of 34 Hillcrest Dr., Alfred, NY, died unexpectedly early Monday morning, February 18, 2019, at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell NY.
John was born in the Village of Plaka, on the Island of Milos, Greece, on January 28, 1928. He was the son of Emanuel & Katherine Ninos.
John grew up in Greece and attended Plaka Public School.  In 1947 at the age of 19, he along with his mother, moved to the United States to join his father and brother who had previously moved to America.
Although John had intended to continue his education, he began working with his father and brother Bill at their restaurant, “The Washington Restaurant,” in Bolivar, NY. In 1949 John married Angela Italiano. Later that year the entire family moved to Alfred, NY where John, along with his father and brother purchased the University Diner, aka “The Dog Cart.” In 1950 they purchased the Collegiate Restaurant.  As a family, they operated both restaurants until the University Diner was destroyed by fire in 1953. John and Angie took full ownership of the Collegiate Restaurant operating until their “retirement” in 1996, when they sold the business to their son, John. He continued to stay active and lend a helping hand for many years.
John had a deep love of the Alfred community. One of his greatest pleasures was meeting and befriending the many people who came through Alfred. His smile and greetings at the Collegiate and throughout the community touched the lives of many.
He served two terms as president of the Alfred Lions Club.  He was a member of the F&AM (Masons Lodge) #944 and served four terms as president of the Alfred Business Association. Both John and Angie received their Honorary Doctorate degrees from Alfred University on December 12, 1993. Their contributions to Alfred University were recognized by the Alumni Association in 1986 when they were named Honorary Alumni.
In his younger years, John enjoyed playing Tennis, Ping-Pong, & Racquetball with his friends. Throughout the years he also enjoyed fishing, woodworking & gardening. He enjoyed spending quality time with his family at his lake house on Grass Lake, in the Indian River Lakes region.  John served as an officer on the Grass Lake Association.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Demetrius “James” Ninos, and William “Bill” Ninos.
John is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Angela “Angie” Italiano.  His proudest achievements are his four children, James (Karrie) Ninos of Alfred, Michael (Melissa) Ninos, of Murphys, CA, John (Chelly) Ninos, of Alfred, and Nikolas (Kera) Ninos, of Buffalo, NY and eight grandchildren; Jill (Bryan) Crandall, Johnny (Ashleigh) Ninos, Kolby (Kristen) Ninos, Trevor Ninos, Jody (Chuck) soon to be Skipper, Austin Williford, Ari Ninos, and Niko Ninos.  Also, five great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
The family of John E. Ninos will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 1:00 PM at St. Jude Parish Church, Lower College Drive, (SUNY Alfred Campus), Alfred, NY.
John’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Alfred Lions Club, PO 1191, Alfred, NY 14802 Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Julie (Eastlack) Ryan, 48, formerly of Wellsville

WEBSTER - Julie (Eastlack) Ryan of Webster, NY, formerly of Wellsville, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at age 48. Julie went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

She is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Doug; children, Maddy and Colin; parents, Christine and Ralph Eastlack; brothers, Matt (Adriana) Eastlack and Josh Eastlack; in-laws, Gerald and Carol Ryan; sister-in-law, Lisa Ryan, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Julie was employed as a teacher in the Webster School District (DeWitt Road Elementary). She took great pride in bringing out the potential in all her students.

Friends are invited to call 3-5 p.m. Friday, February 22, at United Church of Christ, 570 Klem Rd., Webster, where a Celebration of her Life will follow at 5 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Greater Rochester Odyssey of the Mind, Mike Farrell, Treasurer, 41 Commonwealth Rd., Rochester, NY 14618.

Allegany County Master Gardener writes about "Weather Patterns"

Weather Patterns
Mary Lu Wells Allegany County Master Gardener

A serious but often overlooked result of climate change is the shifting of weather patterns. It’s the patterns that determine the day to day weather. Let’s look at one: the path of the Jet Stream and how it determines events like the polar vortex.
We only discovered its existence when we began to fly cross country at 30,000 feet. Have you ever wondered why the flight to California takes 8 hours while coming home takes only 7? The J.S. flows west to east and like a boat caught in the river’s current, it moves your plane along with it. I wonder how long it would have taken ol’ Ben to figure it out?!
This Gulf Stream in the sky travels around the earth at about 50 degrees N. Latitude (think hoola hoop). This “hoop” undulates like the flight of a Gold Finch - every 3000 miles a high point, then a low. Areas on the ground or sea below an upswing have warm air drawn in. Those below a down swing are colder (last year’s Polar Vortex.) This also explains why places 6,000 miles apart (New York and Moscow) have similar weather in a given year. NY and California at 3000 miles usually have opposite weather.
As global warming increases, these ups and downs increase bringing colder and hotter weather.
America’s original wealth rested in her soil - the rich farm land of the Midwest. The bread basket of the world. As our climate warms, this belt will shift North onto the Canadian Shield. I have driven 1,000 miles through this area and I tell you, you won’t be growing much of anything there no matter how favorable the climate.
So, let’s hope our agronomists can genetically alter our corn, soybeans, wheat to handle the change in climate. Patterns and the “new normal” weather they produce.

Press Release: ACCORD Small Business Training Course

Beginning on February 26th, the ACCORD Allegany Business Center will be holding the spring session of its EAP Small Business Training Course. The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., consisting of a total of 10 classes. Funded by the NYS Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP), this ACCORD course is designed to educate potential and existing business owners about the ins and outs of running their own business. Topics include: writing a business plan, choosing the right business structure, accounting/finance, marketing, legal issues, social media, among others. The curriculum will feature traditional classroom lectures, local guest presenters speaking on their areas of expertise, in-class activities, and ends with a business plan competition.
One past graduate of the class remarked that it helped to build “a road map for the future” of her established business. Another who took the class before beginning his business commented that “the class gave me the base knowledge, guidance, and really the confidence to follow through with my decision to start the company and continue my path to success. Besides my family rooting me on, I don’t think I would have made it this far and this quickly without taking this wonderful little class.”
For more information on the course, or if interested in registering, please contact Bryan Payne, the ACCORD Business and Loan Manager, at 585-268-7080 or bpayne@accordcorp.org.

Scenes and News from the Wellsville American Legion



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Obituary: Raymond G. “Ted” Shawl, 82, of Friendship


Raymond G. “Ted” Shawl:  Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

Raymond G. “Ted” Shawl, 82, of 4430 Rte. 275, Friendship, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Cuba Memorial Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit after a short illness.
Born on October 1, 1936, in Wellsville, New York, he was a son of Raymond and Genevieve Simons Shawl.  On June 30, 1962, in Andover, New York he married his wife of 56 years, the former Ruth A. Waters who survives. 
Ted attended Alfred-Almond, Belmont, and last Andover Central Schools.  From the age of 16-21 he worked on a farm and on his 21st birthday he went to work for the Allegany County Department of Public Works starting as a foreman, then crane maintenance and operator and eventually became a bridge foreman retiring December 21, 1991.
Some of his highlights in his career were using his crane to place the Cross on top of Christ United Church in Olean, cleaning the Belmont falls with a drag bucket, using his crane to place anything possible on the banks of the Genesee River to protect Jones Memorial Hospital during the flood of 1972, and the proud construction of multiple bridges throughout the county.
He enjoyed hunting, gardening, picking flowers for his wife, horses and horse pulls, but when recently asked about one his greatest life achievements he quickly answered, “My Children Mike and Heidi, my sister Alice, and being married to the same woman for so many years”.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Michael (Ellen) Shawl of Friendship; a daughter Heidi (John) Pockey of Black Creek; three grandchildren, Anthony (Erin) Shawl, Katie “Bug” (Derek) Morris, Thomas Galatio; four great grandchildren, Austyn, Tanner, Bailey, and Eileigh; a sister, Alice (Harry) Hurd of Cuba; An Uncle, Michael Simons of Belvedere; a Sister in Law, Sandra Shawl of Cuba; One Niece, One Nephew, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother William Shawl. The family will receive friends at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. and on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from Noon until 2:00 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held.  The Rev. Marc Chamberlain of Genesis Bible Church will officiate. Burial and committal services will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship, New York.  Memorial suggestions include Home Care and Hospice, the Hart Comfort House, and Cuba Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Susie B. Halsey, 88, of Wellsville


Susie B. Halsey, 88, of Wellsville, NY, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Wellsville Manor Care Center. Born October 24, 1930, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Milford and Rose Chapman Horton.  On March 18, 1950, in Wellsville, she married Francis L. “Buck” Halsey, who predeceased her on October 27, 2009.  Susie was employed by several local restaurants, including the Texas Hot, Spiro’s, and managed Short’s Drive Inn in Stannards.  Susie loved spending time with her family and friends.  Surviving are:  three children, Barbara Ingalls of Wellsville, Gerald “Gary” Halsey of Wellsville, and Deborah (Walt) Mackney of Andover;  five grandchildren, Jody (Mike) Vannatter, Gary Halsey, Mindy Halsey, Corwin Mackney, and Amanda Mackney Thompson;  four great-grandchildren;  a brother, Lawrence (Grace) Horton of Wellsville;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Halsey; son-in-law, Gary Ingalls; grandsons, Kevin M. Ingalls and Steven R. Ingalls;  and a brother, Richard Horton.  Friends may call at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 2:00 p.m.  The Rev. Glen Layfield will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  Memorials may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895 or Hart Comfort House, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

Village of Alfred and ASC remember community leader John Ninos, Sr.

Alfred State College (ASC) is remembering the life of local businessman and pillar of the Alfred community John Ninos Sr., who passed away on Monday, Feb. 18.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of ASC, said, “Alfred State is deeply saddened by the loss of John Ninos Sr., a man who touched the lives of so many people within the Alfred community. His impact was felt by countless Alfred State students, employees, and alumni, many of whom have shared with me the fond memories they have of John and The Collegiate Restaurant, which he owned and operated for many years. Alfred State offers its deepest condolences to his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Indeed, the impact that Ninos has had on Alfred State Pioneers has been felt for many years. At a bench dedication ceremony for Professor Eddy Foster in August of 2008, Alfred State 1956 plant and soil science alum Donald Holzer noted that Ninos, “helped me out while I was a student by hiring me and paying me an incredibly generous salary.” Holzer went on to acknowledge that he was inspired by Ninos’ “spirit of philanthropy and humanity,” which prompted him to donate the memorial bench and to create two Alfred State scholarships.
Additionally, Ninos is being remembered as a strong supporter of Greek life in Alfred. He was known fondly as “Uncle John” by many of the “Greeks” throughout the years, according to a post on Facebook by The Collegiate Restaurant. Ninos’ affection for the students in Alfred is legendary. Visitors to “The Jet,” as the eatery is also known, have no doubt noticed the numerous Greek paddles that adorn the walls there.
Perhaps it was Ninos himself who best summarized his relationship with the colleges and community of Alfred. In an article by the Hornell Evening Tribune in 2009 regarding the fire that leveled the original Collegiate location before relocating, Ninos was quoted as saying, “My relationship with the students, faculty, and residents of Alfred through the years is the greatest reward that I have received for the time and effort that I put into the restaurant, and it continues to be worth more than whatever amount of money that I might have earned.”

FORMER ROCHESTER CEO INDICTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR DEFRADUING HIS OWN COMPANY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury has returned a 15-count indictment charging Michael Margiotta, 48, of Rochester, NY, with wire fraud, money laundering, and filing a false tax return. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between May 2011 and January 2014, the defendant was Chief Executive Officer of eHealth Global Technologies, Inc. As eHealth CEO, Margiotta entered into a contract with Healthcare Network Alliance, LLC (HCNA) for employment recruiting services. According to the contract, HCNA received a fee totaling 20% of an eHealth employee’s base salary for the first year for each employee referred by HCNA and hired by eHealth. The defendant caused HCNA to issue fraudulent invoices to eHealth and then directed subordinate employees at eHealth to pay the invoices.
In addition, Margiotta caused an individual, identified as Consultant A, to submit fraudulent invoices to eHealth for services actually provided to an unrelated entity known as Action Against Child Maltreatment, Inc. (AACM) that Margiotta controlled. Once again, the defendant directed subordinate employees at eHealth to pay the invoices.
In total, the defendant caused eHealth to pay approximately $455,000 in false and fraudulent invoices. A substantial portion of those funds were transferred into Margiotta’s personal brokerage accounts.
Furthermore, for the tax years 2011-2014, on his personal income tax returns, the defendant falsely overstated his business expenses and/or understated his business income, among other misstatements, and as a result, he evaded approximately $341,000 in taxes owed to the United States. Margiotta also filed false tax returns for his charity, AACM, for tax years 2013-2014, in order to conceal the improper transfer of $80,000 of AACM’s assets to himself.
The defendant was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and was released on conditions.  
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, under the direction of Jonathan D. Larsen, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Office.

Allegany County Health Dept. presents: Substance Use and Women / Pregnancy



Wellsville: Allegany County Health Department presents "Training For Health"



Four face charges following Shinglehouse incident

Criminal complaints have been filed against four people following an incident January 26th in Shinglehouse. Borough police say those involved are:
  1. Brooke T. Smith, 20, of Bolivar
  2. Mitchell L. Richardson, 18, of Kill Buck
  3. Tangerine G. Smith, 20, of Olean
  4. Seth O. Redding, 19, of Bolivar
Smith was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, purchasing alcohol by a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Charges for Richardson include purchasing and furnishing liquor to a minor and disorderly conduct for engaging in a fight. Smith is charged with marijuana possession, possessing drug paraphernalia and purchasing alcohol by a minor. Redding is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct for engaging in a fight and purchase alcohol by a minor. Preliminary hearings for each have been scheduled for March 12th in front of District Magistrate Kari McCleaft.

Cuba: Man arrested for production of child pornography

PRESS RELEASE
 
BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday that Jacob Tunison, 29, of Olean, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on January 14, 2019, the Cuba, NY Police Department alerted the FBI regarding the possible sexual exploitation of a child using social media. Subsequent investigation determined that in November of 2018, Tunison used one or more social media applications to communicate with a 13 year old female. The defendant sent numerous lewd images of himself to the minor, and solicited the minor to produce and send various images of herself to him.
Tunison made an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held following a detention hearing. The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Cuba Police Department, under the direction of Chief Dustin Burch, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jamestown Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

College Student In Ithaca To Serve 24 Months In Prison for Federal Weapons Charges

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Maximilien R. Reynolds, 21, of Rumson, New Jersey (who resided in Ithaca, New York, while attending college) was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to serve 24 months in prison in connection with his previous guilty pleas to two federal felony firearms offenses, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten, James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), John Devito, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)-New York Field Division, Chief Peter Tyler-City of Ithaca Police Department and Chief Kathy Zoner-Cornell University Police. The sentence imposed includes a 3-year term of supervised release following the defendant’s release from prison and orders him to receive mental health services and drug treatment.
 
On November 13, 2018, Maximilien Reynolds pled guilty to one count of willfully causing false statements to be made to a licensed firearms dealer during the purchase of a firearm (a Savage MSR-15 Multi-Caliber .223/5.56mm Patrol Rifle) and one count of possessing firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record, related to his possession of a sawed-off Savage MSR-15 Multi-Caliber 223/5.56mm Patrol Rifle, a destructive device (bomb), and a silencer.  The guilty plea followed an investigation that was begun in late February 2018 after an employee at Walmart in Ithaca notified police that Reynolds had visited the store on February 23, 2018, was acting and appearing strangely, and had purchased a large quantity of ammunition and other items.
 
On March 7, 2018, Ithaca Police and FBI Special Agents interviewed Reynolds in Ithaca, at which time he gave them written consent to search his apartment and car. During the search of the apartment, Ithaca Police, FBI and ATF Agents, assisted by the New York State Police, recovered a Savage MSR-15 Multi-Caliber 223/5.56mm Patrol Rifle with a telescopic sight, 917 rounds of .223 rifle ammunition, 17 thirty-round ammunition magazines, 6 ten-round ammunition magazines, 134 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, a silencer, a destructive device containing ball bearings, two bullet-proof vests, two gas masks, hundreds of ball bearings, wound kits (field dressings), consumer grade fireworks, chemicals for making explosives, fuse cords, a pipe section and endcap,  as well as  other tactical items. Reynolds was voluntarily admitted for a mental health examination at that time, and was arrested and charged on March 15, 2018.
 
As part of his guilty plea, Reynolds also admitted that he possessed a .25 caliber Bauer Arms semiautomatic pistol with an obliterated serial number that was located and recovered from the Cayuga Canal by New York State Police divers after friends of the defendant disposed of it there following his arrest. At the time of his arrest on March 15, 2018, Reynolds was a part-time student at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. He was previously enrolled as a full-time student at Cornell University, but was on an academic leave of absence.
 
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the City of Ithaca Police Department, the Cornell University Police, the New York State Police and the Tompkins-Cortland Community College Campus Police and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick with assistance from the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.

Dog complaint leads to arrest of Addison woman

PRESS RELEASE

The New York State Police are currently conducting a joint investigation with both the Town of Addison Animal Control and Finger Lakes SPCA.  On February 18, 2019, the New York State Police responded to 2969 Mose Road, Town of Addison, to assist the local dog warden with the report of numerous dogs running loose and dogs being kept without adequate shelter.  Preliminary investigation led to involvement of the Finger Lakes SPCA.  A total of 16 canines (10 adults & 6 puppies) were seized by the SPCA.  The seized animals are now being evaluated and cared for by the SPCA.  The owner, Susan L. Clark, was issued an Appearance Ticket for 16 counts of Agriculture & Markets Law Section 353-B (Inappropriate Shelter for Dogs Left Outdoors).  The investigation is still ongoing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday February 18, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Ronald R. George, age 45 of Wellsville, charging him with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation), Unlicensed Operator, Failure to stop at a stop sign and Inadequate or no stop lamps.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on West Fassett Street in the Village of Wellsville.  George was issued traffic citations and released.  George is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 26th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday February 15, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Ramon E. Mendez, age 30 of Houston, TX, charging him with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation), Log Book Violation (No Log Book), Operation without Insurance, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Uninspected Motor Vehicle (Trailer), Unlicensed Operator, Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle without a Medical Certificate, Trailer Brakes out of Adjustment, Load Securement (Inadequate Straps) and No/Inadequate Directional Signals.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on Miller Street in February 14th.  Mendez was processed and arraigned before Associate Wellsville Village Justice Walsh.  Mendez was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 cash bail or $2,000.00 property bond.  Mendez is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 19th at 4:30 p.m.  Wellsville Police were assisted by the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

Wellsville Police arrested Brian Shaffer, age 47 of Genesee, PA, charging him with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation) and Inadequate or no Stop Lamps.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on North Main Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Shaffer was issued traffic citations and released.  Shaffer is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Amanda J. Murray, age 38 of Wellsville, charging her with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation) and Inadequate/No Muffler.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on North Main Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Murray was issued traffic citations and released.  Murray is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: Novice June Johnson, 70, of Bradford,


Novice J. Johnson “beloved mother”

BRADFORD, Pa.- Novice June Johnson, 70, of Bradford, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Born on February 18, 1948 in Pineview, Georgia, she was a daughter of Wilbur and Myrtis Highsmith Gammage.  She was married to Jack “Jacky” Johnson, who preceded her in death.
In her younger years, Novice was employed as a secretary and was also employed as skilled seamstress. She loved her cats.  Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.  Novice was a loving caregiver to her special needs son, Robby. 
Surviving are two sons, Robert “Robby” Johnson of Bradford and Charles “Charlie” Johnson of Georgia; three grandchildren, Britney Johnson McMichael and Christopher Michael Johnson, Jr., both of Nahunta, Georgia and Austin Christopher Johnson of Jesup, Georgia; two great-grandchildren, Kenzleigh Nevaeh Ashton McMichael and Brysan Liam Asbell;
one niece, Carla Tidwell of Bennett, Alabama; and her niece by marriage, Misti McCullen of Bradford.
In addition to her parents and husband, Novice was predeceased by a son, Christopher “Chris” Johnson; and a sister, Enid Elizabeth Tidwell.
In keeping with Novice’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an ASPCA of the donor’s choice.
Novice’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Novice, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Wellsville: Lions Club Variety Show Feb. 22,23

On February 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 p.m., the Wellsville Lions Club will present its
74th annual Variety Show in the Wellsville High School auditorium.
This year’s theme, “T.V. Tunes”, will feature members of the club singing familiar TV show theme songs,
telling jokes, and performing short skits.  Local musicians will also be featured during the show.
 
Please come out and support the Wellsville Lions Club and the many
organizations and individuals that they help in the local community.
 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Senator O'Mara news release: O'MARA DENOUNCES CUOMO PLAN TO RESTORE STATE AID BY SHIFTING COST TO COUNTIES

PRESS RELEASE

Elmira, N.Y., February 18--State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) today denounced a move by Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore a proposed cut to critical state funding for area towns and villages by imposing yet another unfunded state mandate on counties.
O’Mara called the Cuomo cost shift the latest example of a state government that’s “out of touch and out of control.”
In his 2019-20 proposed Executive Budget released last month, Cuomo unexpectedly called for the elimination of Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding for most of the towns and villages across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.  AIM is the largest single source of state revenue sharing for these localities.


After O’Mara and many other state legislators joined town supervisors, village mayors and other local leaders to oppose the Cuomo cut, the governor reversed course late last Friday.  However, Cuomo amended his original budget plan to restore the AIM cut by shifting the cost responsibility from the state to counties.

Specifically, the governor now wants counties to pick up the cost of AIM for towns and villages and pay for it with new revenue from his proposed internet sales tax.

O’Mara and local officials are denouncing Cuomo’s new plan as yet another move by the state to shift costs from the state to counties and local property taxpayers.

O’Mara said, “Here’s what Governor Cuomo calls a plan: another new tax and another unfunded state mandate dumped on top of what’s already one of the biggest piles of taxes and unfunded mandates in America.  This is government out of touch and out of control. Governor Cuomo once again ignores the burden already facing upstate local property taxpayers and shirks another state responsibility.”

Peter Baynes, Executive Director of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM), said, "While we appreciate the fact that the Governor has acknowledged that the elimination of AIM funding would have serious implications for the State's villages and towns, his "restoration" of this $59 million is in reality a robbing of one property taxpayer to pay another. Rather than playing this shell game, New York State should be fulfilling its obligation to increase its investment in municipal aid and the property tax relief it will generate. Imposing a new mandate on counties to make up for the state's cut to villages and towns will only further harm New York’s already overburdened taxpayers."

It’s estimated that the Cuomo cut will result in the elimination of AIM for 1,326 of New York’s 1,465 towns and villages.

“A higher minimum wage for prisoners?”

Senator O'Mara's weekly column -- for the week of February 18, 2019. His district includes Steuben County.

Legislation called the “Prison Minimum Wage Act” was recently introduced and referred to committee in both the state Senate and Assembly.
Every legislative session there are always proposals that spark a strong reaction from voters. This is one of them. The legislation (Senate Bill Number 3138), sponsored by two state legislators from Brooklyn, proposes to TRIPLE the taxpayer-funded minimum wage for state prison inmates to $3 per hour for the work thousands of inmates do in state prisons including cleaning, maintenance, and manufacturing products.
According to the measure’s sponsors, the purpose of their legislation is “to end the last vestiges of slavery and embrace the spirit and the promise of the Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by providing a minimum wage of $3.00 an hour to inmates.”
They say the fiscal implications of their legislation will “be determined.” Of course, we know it would cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
According to the memorandum of support the sponsors filed for their proposal, “A study from the Prison Policy Institute found that inmates in New York State are amongst the lowest paid incarcerated people nationwide…They cannot form unions, do not have a right to workers' compensation if they are injured on the job, and are required to participate in programs as assigned which, if they refuse, could lead them to face disciplinary measures such as solitary confinement and loss of good-time credits…New York State must do better. Our prison system should not be one which is focused on punishment; rather, it should be dedicated to rehabilitation.”
All of the above, in the words of the sponsors themselves, speaks for itself about their intent and thinking. For anyone interested in reading more, including the legislation itself, I have posted a link to it on my Senate website (omara.nysenate.gov) as part of a broader “Join The Fight” petition in opposition to the “Prison Minimum Wage Act.”
Everyone can reach his or her own conclusions on the Act. I strongly oppose it.
No, prisoners cannot form a labor union, nor should they be able to. Yes, prisoners refusing to participate in an assigned program are disciplined. They should be.
Moreover, if you don’t think prisons in New York State have become institutions more focused on rehabilitation than punishment, ask a local correctional officer. This state has gone out of its way focusing on rehabilitation -- too far out of the way, many argue -- to the risk of correctional officers and prison staff who work in these dangerous environments day after day, night after night.  

In my opinion, the “Prison Minimum Wage Act” is an unbelievable proposal, especially with New York facing a multi-million-dollar budget deficit and when the state is already failing to live up to its promise of higher wages for hard-working, law-abiding employees like the Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) who care for our citizens with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
As I said recently: Be fair to Direct Care before coddling criminals.
There was a time when a proposal like this one would not have a chance of becoming law. However, members of the governing extreme-Liberal, New York City-centric Democratic majorities in the Senate and Assembly sponsor the legislation. In this new New York State Legislature, there’s just no telling what might be approved.
Consequently, I encourage Southern Tier and Finger Lakes residents who oppose the “Prison Minimum Wage Act” to sign an online petition on omara.nysenate.gov (click on the “Join The Fight” icon near the top of the home page).
If you agree with me, thank you for signing the petition and raising your voice for some common sense.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Obituary: Donald E. Polaski, 85, Fillmore


Fillmore - Donald E. Polaski of 10489 Bernard St. died Saturday, February 16, 2019 in his home. He was born on September 6, 1933 in Johnsonburg, PA, a son of the late Michael and Ida Kriegish Polaski. On August 30, 1958 in St. Mary’s, PA he married Shirley Ann Rimer who predeceased him on November 1, 2013.
Don was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1955. He received his Master’s Degree from Alfred University and was the former business teacher at Fillmore Central School during the 50’s and 60’s and later he was the Guidance Counselor Pioneer Central School until his retirement in 1992. Starting in 1998 Don and Shirley would travel to Lutz, FL to spend their winters until 2012.
Don was a former Amateur Football player for the Johnsonburg Shamrocks and was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Fillmore and enjoyed camping, traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, painting, fishing, golfing and reading. Don was also a member of D. Victor Thomas American Legion Post 1155 and regularly did income tax returns for many local area residents for many years.
Surviving are his children, Dennis (Dolores) Polaski of Illinois, Deborah Polaski of Fillmore,  Daryl Polaski of Portland, OR, five grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Polaski of Webster, three brother, Michael (Annie) Polaski Jr., Jake Polaski both of Johnsonburg, PA, David (Jean) Polaski of St. Mary’s, PA, a sister, Mary Iorfida of St. Mary’s, PA and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by a son, Donald Edward Polaski Jr. in 2005, a grandson, Dennis A. Polaski Jr. in 1995 and a sister, Ann Novaset.
Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, Fillmore. Fr. Dennis JJ Mancuso, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Fillmore. Memorials if desired to: Fillmore Rescue Squad, Box 238 Fillmore, N.Y. 14735 or St. Patrick’s Church, Box 198, Fillmore, NY 14735

NY State Police Blotter

2/17/19 3:18am- During a traffic stop on Main Street in Andover, state police arrested Robert R. Magee, 30, of Angelica. He was charged with felony 1st degree aggravated unlicensed operation due to an alcohol conviction. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08% and no license. He was detained for court action.
2/16/19 7:59pm- During a traffic stop on Route 415 in Savona, state police arrested John Janelli, 53, of Wellsboro, PA. He was charged with felony 5th degree criminal possession of cocaine. He was also charged with DWI, 1st degree operator impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and other counts. He was held for court action.
2/16/19 11:42pm- State police arrested Charles R. Rockwell, 46 of bath during a vehicle stop on Route 415. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI and having a suspend registration.
12/17/19 12:08am- Bail was set at $3,000 for a Painted Post man after he was arrested during a domestic dispute in Addison. Troopers charged Dwayne P. Hatter, age 47, with felony 1st degree criminal contempt.
2/17/19 2:12am- During a traffic stop on State Route 77 in Sheldon, troopers arrested Dylan R. Daniel, 22, of Strykersville. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08%, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on the highway and speeding.

Whitesville Fire Department to hold Pancake Breakfast Feb. 24



Wellsville Elks welcome 13 new members

From Saturday Feb. 16, 2019:
On this the 151st Birthday of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Wellsvillle Lodge, led by Exalted Ruler Mark DeGraff, welcomed 13 new Brothers and Sisters. Congratulations to Samantha Bailey, Bryce Cilvick, Dore Harris, Jared Joyce, Stephanie LaFever, Sean Livermore, Douglas Majot, Stephanie Martin, Isabelle Raptis, Bridget Roberts, Kevin Scott, Rich Shear, Aaron Thompson.
Welcome to the Best People On Earth.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Allegany County Monthly Report - Office of Planning - Feb. 2019





Allegany County Monthly Report - Employment & Training - Feb. 2019




Wellsboro, PA nurse surrenders NY license

The New York State Board of Regents announced disciplinary actions resulting in the revocation of 2 licenses, surrender of 18 licenses and 56 other disciplinary actions. The penalty indicated for each case relates solely to the misconduct set forth in that particular case. In the region -

Billie Jo Caffo a/k/a Billie Freeman Caffo; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Wellsboro, PA 16901; Lic. Nos. 270267, 552635; Cal. Nos. 31020, 31022; Application to surrender licenses granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Unlicensed Possession of a Controlled Substance, an ungraded misdemeanor, which if committed within this state, would constitute Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Potter County: Water Quality Work Group Hears Of Gas Well Citations

Members of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group invited two representatives of JKLM Energy to attend their Feb. 11 meeting for discussion of recent Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) citations of JKLM for violation of regulations related to waste water handling at shale gas wells. Scott Blauvelt, the company’s director of regulatory affairs, and environmental compliance consultant Terra Tokarz from WhipperHill Compliance LLC, presented an overview of Pennsylvania’s regulatory framework. They explained the circumstances that resulted in fines for spills of small volumes of water with heavy salt concentrations at well pads, and the subsequent clean-up. Blauvelt shared with members that JKLM Energy, which operates solely in Potter County, is projected to be the state’s leading producer of Utica Shale natural gas by late 2019.
Also at the Feb. 11 meeting, an update was presented on a number of grant-funded initiatives. Potter County Conservation District has been awarded a $40,000 grant for fish habitat projects in the county, Application deadline is March 1 for proposed Potter County Dirt, Gravel and Low-Volume Road projects. DEP Environmental Mini-Grant requests have been submitted for a Stream Table and Water Education Day. Dominion Energy mini-grants have been approved for local watershed associations’  educational outreach and/or small-action projects. Funding remains available from the Pa. Assn. of Conservation Districts for establishment of riparian buffers to protect water quality.

In other matters, Charlie Tuttle, chair of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, reported that she is working with the Pa. Rural Water Assn. to bring a video-delivered water system operator certification training course to Potter County. Darrell Davis, Genesee Headwaters Watershed Assn., announced that the canoe launch in the community park is in need of minor repairs that will be made in the coming weeks. Davis also announced that GHWA is sponsoring a program on the early settlers of the region at 7 pm on March 19 at the Genesee United Methodist Church. Kathy Mitchell, First Fork Watershed Assn., reported that the organization recently met and decided on an active agenda for 2019.

Also, Potter County Planning Director Will Hunt discussed the public input process that continues as a key element in drafting the Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan (Potter, McKean and Cameron counties). Next Steering Committee meeting will be held on March 1 and a date for the three-county public meeting will be announced in the near future

DEP is accepting public comments until March 1 on a new agricultural erosion plan manual that is being developed. Lycoming County is seeking projects to engage GIS students in field work to benefit public agencies or non-profit organizations. Justin Boatwright, Pa. Fish & Boat Commission waterways patrol officer, has been transferred to Clinton County. Chad Lauer, WCO in Tioga County, will cover Potter County until a successor is assigned.

Water Quality Work Group Chairman Jason Childs announced that the next meeting will be held at 8:30 am Monday, April 15.

CASE UPDATE: Former PA Fire Company President Sentenced to Prison on Child Predator Charges

Keith Cebrosky
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro Friday announced that the former president of a volunteer fire company in Carbon County (south of Wilkes-Barre) was sentenced to one to three years in state prison followed by four years of probation on having unlawful contact with a minor, solicitation for sexual assault by a volunteer or employee of a non-profit association and intimation of a witness or victim, all third-degree felony charges.
Keith Cebrosky, 66, of East Princeton Avenue, Palmerton, was arrested in June 2018 after soliciting the underage victim for his own sexual gratification. Then, Cebrosky arranged for a $1,000 cash payment to be delivered to the victim through a third party – in exchange for dropping charges against him. The 16-year-old victim met the defendant through volunteer work at the fire company where Cebrosky was formerly president. Cebrosky plead guilty in September 2018.
The same child was previously victimized by another fire company volunteer, Jordan Beggan, who was arrested last year by the Office of Attorney General and pleaded guilty to felony charges in April 2018.
“This is a deeply troubling case – the defendant preyed upon a victim he knew had already been abused by another member of this same fire company,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Then, he tried to cover up his crime by paying off the child victim. That’s despicable, and my Office’s Child Predator Section will prosecute any offender we find to be harming children.”
Cebrosky was sentenced by President Judge Nanovic in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas. This case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Angela Raver.
Suspected predators can be reported by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Submit a tip on child predators by texting “PAKIDS” followed by your tip to 847411.

Emporium man charged, jailed on 22 counts including 11 for making terroristic threats

An Emporium man is in the McKean County Jail charged with twenty-two counts. Bradford city police arrested 27-year-old Shayne Aaron Sage. He was charged with 11 counts od making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and 11 counts of harassment with physical contact. The alleged crimes occurred on Valentine's Day. Sage was remanded to jail without bail. According to a court docket sheet, District Judge Dominic Cercone Jr. denied bail noting he was "uncomfortable granting bail at this time." A preliminary hearing has been set for February 21st.

NY State Police Blotter

2/15/19 3:56pm- State police arrested John A. Huntsinger, 64, Fillmore. He was charged with petit larceny for allegedly shoplifting in the hamlet of Fillmore. He was issued a ticket for court and released.
2/16/19 2:20am- During a traffic stop on State Route 417 in the Town of Bolivar, troopers arrested Mark L. James, 50, of Shinglehouse. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08%, unsafe tires, no tail lamps, no insurance and marijuana possession. Court action is pending.
2/15/19 5:19pm- State police arrested Elizabeth A. Turner, 31, of Hammondsport, after they pulled her over in the village of Bath. She was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, felony DWI, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway and other traffic infractions. She was processed and released on appearance tickets for court.
2/16/19 5:08am- During a traffic stop on Route 415 in Bath, state police arrested Jack D. Hughes, 20, of Bath. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08%, aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to keep right.
2/15/19 9:10pm- State police arrested Timothy A. Heck, 29, of Addison. He was charged with felony filing a false instrument with intent to defraud and criminal impersonation. Bail was set at $1,000 cash.
2/15/19 6:25pm- Troopers report the arrest of Christopher J. Bateman, 48, of Corning. He was charged with the following felony counts: intimidating a victim or witness, aggravated contempt and aggravated family offense. He was also charged with criminal mischief. He was jailed in lieu of cash bail.

Obituary: Robert L. “Bob” Wilson, 85, of Hinsdale

Robert L. Wilson “avid outdoorsman”

HINSDALE, N.Y.- Robert L. “Bob” Wilson, 85, of Hinsdale, passed away at home on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Born on September 27, 1933 in Salamanca, he was a son of Raymond J. and Catherine B. Dervil Wilson.  On July 19, 1965 in the Town of Olean, he married Helyn E. McGovern, who survives.
Bob was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1951.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant.  He was honorably discharged in 1962. After serving his country, Bob was employed as a crane operator at the former Clark Brothers in Olean.  He was then employed in construction with Labor Union #621.  In 1979 he was elected as highway superintendent for the Town of Hinsdale, retiring in 2000.
He was a life member of Norton Chambers American Legion Post 1434 in Hinsdale, a life member of the Hinsdale Fire Department where he was a past chief and a past president, and a member of both the New York State and the Cattaraugus County Highway Superintendent’s Associations.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Bob enjoyed playing cards, especially with Monday Card Club.  He was known for his quick wit and jokes. In his younger years, he enjoyed snowmobiling and golfing.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kathleen E. Wilson of Lowell, Massachusetts; a son, Robert L. Wilson, Jr.; two brothers, Roger Wilson of Orrville, Ohio and Randy Wilson of Warren, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Rosanne Wilson; and a brother-in-law, Charles “Chuck” McGovern.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., with Mr. Monroe Bishop, lay speaker of the Hinsdale United Methodist Church, officiating.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Fire Department, 3832 Main Street, Hinsdale, NY 14743 or to Norton Chambers American Legion Post 1434, NYS Rte 16, Hinsdale, NY 14743.
Bob’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.