Sunday, December 31, 2017

Allegany County: Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect

National Weather Service Buffalo NY
634 PM EST Sun Dec 31 2017

Niagara-Orleans-Monroe-Northern Erie-Genesee-Wyoming-Livingston-
Ontario-Allegany-Southern Erie-
Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester,
Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Geneseo, Canandaigua, Wellsville,
Orchard Park, and Springville
634 PM EST Sun Dec 31 2017


* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will
  cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
  Expect wind chills to range from 10 below zero to 20 below

* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming,
  Livingston, Ontario, and Allegany counties.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Monday.


This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you
must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can
occur in 30 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
15 below zero or colder.

Fire response to Wellsville Ambulance Headquarters

Here is the worst thing that can happen...You are an emergency volunteer (pick an agency), and your hip side pager blares that there is a FIRE at your headquarters. That's what happened Saturday night. Allegany County 911 sent out pager alert tones for Wellsville fire and ambulance. However...this time, the alert message was for a possible fire at the Wellsville Ambulance facility! First Responders were close at hand and quickly responded. As for Wellsville Police? They knew instantly there was about the be a traffic nightmare on a holiday weekend. Officers and squad leaders knew right away to shut down a portion of Main Street, knowing full well that Wellsville Ambulance was about to dump its fleet...somewhere. They did. Police and Fire Police responded, as expected. The entire Wellsville Fire Department responded to protect a companion. First Responders discovered the issue...and after more than a minute or two, leaders cancelled the alarm. No major damage...impressive response by agencies...thanks volunteers...

Wellsville Regional News takes a knee on 2018 comments

During the past several years, I have struggled, honestly struggled, with how to handle comments on this and my previous site. I've reached out to other "bloggers" and I have received an earful. When this site first originated, it was designed to be a news site, nothing more, nothing less. One guy, not a company, trying to meet everyone's news thirst. Some days I'm there, others...commercial media kicks my ass. This is a free site. I don't get paid to run it. Do I break the news? Yep, some days...and it thrills me. Am I humbled by commercial media with staff, a budget, etc...yup. I'm a corporate-type person...I'm keen on personal liability. The news stories I post are solid...I'm not a rookie, I fact-check, get multiple sources, etc.. However, my biggest risk is with the comments. I'm fine if this displeases you...since it is I (and not you who will pay for a lawyer).  Beginning January 1, 2018, I will not accept any further comments to posts. You can share your thoughts on social media sites like Facebook, etc. I will continue to accept opinion submissions, but with a little more restriction. As always, my site, my rules...not happy, find another site. That's not meant to be is, my site. If you are unhappy, don't view it...others will.
Yes, published  comments have scorned public officials, well-known people and the infamous anonymous posters. The comments have also hurt alleged crime victims. I've been called out so many times on's time to end it. I say again. I, not you, shoulder the liability burden. I'm gonna take the easy route out. Commercial media can take the high road - if I had that money, maybe I'd getter tougher.
So, for 2018, watch me chase the commercial media --- I'll win--not always, but often...view my free site...or spend a dollar or two for the newspaper - won't kill yah...and Happy New Year. Hmmm...if I recall, as 2017 arrived, I, the simple blogger, scooped everybody with a gun standoff situation in the village of Wellsville. Never dismiss the blogger...

The Year 2017 In 9 Minutes - YouTube Rewind and World Events Year In Review

2017 Wellsville Weather Review - Weather nerd exposed

Yeah, I'm a weather with it.
Here are my stats for Wellsville Weather for 2017 and compared with 2016. First off, weather conditions and recordings can change dramatically with a very short if your numbers don't match mine, it's okay. On a nearly daily basis, I compare my numbers with the NOAA certified reporting station at the Wellsville Airport (which is never reflective of conditions in the village of Wellsville valley) and the Wellsville Water Treatment Plant (my recording idols for a long time).
My recording instruments are located in the village, along the west side of the Genesee River, just south of the river recording station. My stats show that Wellsville had a wetter 2017 than 2016. It was also slightly cooler this year than just a degree.
Snow held off a few days this year compared with last. The first measurable snow hit the hilltops of Wellsville on Oct. 27, 2016, but not until Nov. 20th in the village. In 2017, there wasn't a trace of measureable snow in the village until Nov. 1st.
The barometer in the village peaked at 30.70 this year, compared with 30.67 in 2016. It sank to 2914 in 2017, but bottomed out at 28.99 last year.
Peak wind gust in Wellsville in 2017 was 54, just 52 in 2016. Again, location matters, because winds stormed the valleys this year as evidenced in a video posted this year.
Here are some other Wellsville weather stats:

NY State Police Blotter

12/30/17 9:30am- During a traffic stop on Route 19 in Amity, state police arrested Michael D. Fuller, 39, of Wellsville. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation. Bail was set at $500.
12/30/17 9:58pm- State police arrested Robert J. Thatcher, 19 of Bolivar and Daytona K. Wheeler, 20 of Scio. Both men were charged with two counts of pot possession and a vehicle equipment violation. Both men were issued tickets for courts.
12/30/17 8:28pm- During a traffic stop on State Route 36 in Hornellsville, state police arrested Christopher L. Stevens, 53, of Howard. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and BAC above .08%. He was charged with speeding and moving from a lane unsafely. He was held for court action.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Wellsville resident takes aim at Allegany County Legislator UPDATED

By Nancy Monroe, Wellsville
Legislator Karl Graves Must Hate Christmas
Yes, it is true, Karl Graves has reared his nasty head again, this time questioning Sheriff Rick Whitney's decision to make Steve Havey "Honorary Deputy Sheriff". Twenty five years ago, then manager at Kmart, Mr. Havey implemented the Shop With A Cop program integrating Law Enforcment and less fortunate children of Allegany County. For 25 years this Christmas program has been very successful. On the 25th anniversary, Kmart and Sheriff Whitney wanted to show their appreciation to Mr. Havey by making him an "Honorary Sheriff"s Deputy". Karl Graves, whose only intent is too question ANYTHING the Sheriff does, has 14 questions for the Sheriff from how one becomes an "Honorary Deputy Sheriff" to, is any training involved. Really? Give it a rest Karl. Don't let your personal vendeta for the Sheriff interfere with the intended good deeds. Give it a rest.
Response from Karl Graves -  
To Nancy Shine Monroe:
First of all, yes, I do like Christmas. Thank you for asking. To be right up front with you what I don’t like are phony people hiding behind the guise of a charitable event to promote their own personal agenda.
How did the “Shop With A Cop” program all of a sudden become all about Rick Whitney and the Sheriff’s Office? Who at Kmart has the authority to make anyone an Honorary Deputy Sheriff or the power to request that it be so?
Yes, I did ask a lot of questions about the program. After years and years of getting half to little or no substantive information about other goods and services – costly goods and services – that the Sheriff has forced us to participate in I tried to narrow the window down so that maybe, just maybe – I would get a straight answer from him.
I like and respect Steve Havey. This isn’t about him or his service. He’s done nothing wrong. The smiles on those kid’s faces are all the payment he needs for what he started. I know, because I’ve been there and witnessed it with my own eyes.
What I want to know is if public funds were used by the Sheriff to play politics.  That’s the underlying question. You can tell your husband to answer that one and I will be satisfied. Well, maybe. I want to see the response first. I may have other questions.
Happy New Year!

Obituary: Edward W. Smith, 70, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE – Edward W. Smith, 70, passed away Friday (Dec. 29, 2017) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.
Mr. Smith was born on March 26, 1947 in Hornell to Donald and Kathryn (McCormick) Smith. He was a 1965 graduate of Andover Central School and later graduated from SUNY at Brockport.
Ed worked as an expeditor for ASEA Brown Boveri in Richmond, Va. for many years.
Ed is survived by a brother, James (Evelyn) Smith of Andover; a sister, Lucille (Dave) Hart of Wellsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Robert Smith, Joseph Smith and Martin Smith; and two sisters, Marcella Schena and Sarah Lehman.
Ed enjoyed travelling and he was an avid golfer.
Per his wishes, there will be no prior visitation. There will be a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday (Jan. 6) at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.  Online condolences may be offered at
Memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be made to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895 or Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 37 South Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

Obituary: Walter Leo Coyle, 86, Wellsville

Wellsville - Walter Leo Coyle, age 86, of 95 South Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Hart Comfort House. He was born on April 29, 1930 in Wellsville to Leo and Miriam Byrnes Coyle. On November 15, 1955 in Buffalo he married Virginia Cumpston who survives.
Walter was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and from Wellsville High School in 1947. He had worked on his family’s farm and in the oil fields in Allentown and served in the US Army during the Korean War. Walter then moved to Buffalo and took a job at the Chevy Plant in Tonawanda. In 1959 he moved back to Wellsville to work for Dresser Rand from where he retired in 1992. He was a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, Life Member of the American Legion Post 702 of Wellsville, and was a former member of the VFW Post # 2530 of Wellsville. Walter enjoyed hunting and visiting with his friends.
Survivors include, his wife Virginia, a daughter, Susan [Steven] Mayne of Wendell, NC.; a son, Michael [Jamie] Coyle of Andover; grandchildren, Michael Kell, Sarah [Matt] Marlow, and Shannon Mayne of North Carolina, Patrick Coyle, and  Spencer Coyle of Andover, Courtney [Whitney] Cornell of Virginia; a sister, Margaret Evans of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church with a Memorial Mass to follow at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date and memorials in Walter’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit

Obituary: Richard W. White, 66, Formerly of Fillmore

Santee, SC - Richard W. White of 343 Pinewood Drive and former resident of Fillmore, N.Y. died Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Buffalo VA Hospital. He was born on December 14, 1951 in Fillmore, a son of the late Roger and Wilma Curry White. On March 10, 1973 in Pike he married Cynthia Marie Tonaus who predeceased him on January 11, 2014.
Richard enjoyed working on and restoring old cars, being out on the water, golfing, get-togethers, family parties, white crab fest in Short Tract and most of all his grandchildren.
He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1970 to 1972.
Surviving are two daughters, Laurie Abbatessa of Orchard Park, Kathleen Gleason of Little Genesee, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three brothers, Robert (Beth) White of Fillmore, Louis (Jean) White of Short Tract, Roger (Carmella Hepworth) White of Fairport, a sister, Debbie White of Short Tract and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by a brother, Mike White in 1972 and a son-in-law, Kevin Abbatessa in 2017.
Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore where a funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm. Bill Lawson, pastor of the Fillmore Wesleyan Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore. Memorials if desired to: Veterans Association.

Obituary: Robert L. Holmes, 76, Rushford

Robert Lee Holmes:  Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
Robert L. Holmes, 76, formerly of 8936 Upper Street, Rushford, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at Fiddlers Green Manor, Springville after a lengthy illness.
Born on January 25, 1941, in Farmersville, he was a son of Virgil and Grace Burrell Holmes.  On August 18, 1962 in the Hume Methodist Church he married his wife of 55 years the former Edith M. France who survives.
Bob was a graduate of Rushford Central School Class of 1959.  After high school he worked on a farm for a couple years and then went to work for Dean Thornton driving truck.  He also drove for a short period of time for Boehmer and Worster Motor Lines.
In the early 70’s he purchased his first truck and began driving over the road. In 1976, he purchased Marvin Pomeroy’s Quaker State Oil distributorship and owned that for the next twenty-five years.  During those years he started driving bus for the Rushford Central School and continued driving after the merger and retiring from Cuba Rushford School after 30 years.  He loved treating all the children throughout the years as if they were his own and found his greatest joy in helping others whenever possible.  He especially enjoyed the sporting trips and purchasing meals for the teams afterwards. 
In 1986, he and his wife co-owned and operated the Country Oven Bakery in Rushford until their daughter took over the business in 1996.
He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States in their fifth wheel camper, but especially enjoyed the New England States, meeting many people along the way.
Bob was a member of the Rushford Volunteer Fire Department and at one time served as Fire Commissioner.
In addition to his loving and devoted wife he is survived by a son, Robert V. (Tammy) Holmes of Rushford; 2 daughters, Laurie Sledge of Olean and Tracy (Rick) Vedder Yorkshire; 6 g grandchildren, Nathan, Kristin (Luanne), Jaleesa, Ryan (Amanda), Erick (Brianna), Jacob; 3 Great Grandchildren, Abigail, Cameron, & Sullivan, a brother, Sam (June) Holmes, Dale, NY, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a son-in-law George Sledge, and his daughter Laurie’s partner Muhummed Ramadhan. Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Sunday, December 31, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Robert Dievendorf, pastor of Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, will officiate. Burial will be in White Cemetery, Rushford, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Rushford Volunteer Fire Department, 8911 Upper Street, Rushford, NY 14777, Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo, NY 14221, or to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Obituary: Dennis G. Whelpley, 61, Wellsville native

Dennis G. Whelpley, 61, of Sackets Harbor, was called unexpectedly to the Lord on December 20, 2017.
Dennis was born on February 29, 1956 to Robert and Agatha Whelpley in Wellsville, NY. Dennis was a star theatrical performer in high school who remained an entertainer for his entire life.
After attending Alfred University, he received his J.D. from Albany Law School and then served his country in the office of Judge Advocate General’s Corp, in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and at Ft. Drum. He then moved to private practice first at Lewis, Bell and Niles in Plattsburgh NY before settling in the Watertown area. He was proud to have worked with many talented attorneys at Bond, Schoeneck &King, Schwerzmann & Wise and most recently with Conboy, Mckay, Bachman & Kendall.
In August of 1978, Dennis married Deborah Peangatelli, who survives. Dennis and Debby have lived on Black River Bay outside Sackets Harbor for almost thirty years. They loved the lake in all seasons with duck hunting, their dogs and beautiful gardens to fill their free time. Dennis was very proud of the historical role his homestead played in the War of 1812 and the artifacts that were discovered there.
Dennis was predeceased by his father, Robert J. Whelpley and a brother David Whelpley. He is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Deborah, his mother, Agatha Whelpley, brother, Robert (Joan) Whelpley, brother, John (Karen) Whelpley, sister, Janet Whelpley and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. Following calling hours a memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sackets Harbor Historical Society, 100 W. Main Street, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 or to Sackets Harbor Fire Dept. /Ambulance Fund 112 S. Broad St, Sackets Harbor, NY 13685. Condolences may be made to

The New Year thing - is it real or a scam?

Opinion piece:
So it's just another Saturday. I'm sitting at my computer, writing stories for free, paying bills, trying to be one step ahead of the commercial sites...and thinking. I wrote, produced and uploaded my final 'paid' piece of work on Friday. I'll return to the paid world on January 2nd, as I fondly remember my mother who passed away that date in 2001. On Tuesday, I'll pause as I always do, just after 4 a.m. when I received 'the call' from Jones Memorial Hospital. After that call, I recall racing down Main Street toward the hospital (as if time mattered at that point). I rushed through the ER (I was 'somebody' back then and there were no concerns.) As I stormed down the 3rd floor hall, a nurse stopped and hugged me. We had taken a Marriage & Family class together at Alfred State. His words were personal and I'm grateful.
So back to this commercially developed, sales oriented New Year's scam. Yes there is history, but the end of each year is a big deal for many...a time to party, kiss, hug, whatev...
Can't really remember the last time I 'hit the party hard.' That said, if you plan to 'party hard' on this New Year's Eve I say, good for you! You will celebrate life. You will party, have fun...drink, eat and...yeah, be silly.
It's been a very long time since...I brought the New Year in with a 'bang'...1984.
I'll not make any proclamations. I have studied 2017 and reviewed potentials in 2018. There is very little in my life that I can control as a single guy. In 2018, I'm looking for a new place and I have distant  new opportunities that I dream of. In the moment, I work hard...I listen and I dream. Maybe that's the purpose of the New Year festivities...dream...dream of the next big moment...that's my plan. Happy New Year friends I know and those who I have not yet met yet.  

Google - Year In Search 2017

NY State Police Blotter

12/29/17 11:28pm- During a traffic stop on State Route 417 in Wellsville, state police arrested Donald E. Brundage, 37 of Wellsville. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated. He was released on appearance tickets for court.
12/29/17 7:37pm- During a traffic stop in Bath, state police arrested Bruce A. Pickett, 55, of Cameron. He was charged with DWI, operator impaired by drugs, speeding and other traffic infractions.
12/30/17 3:05am- State police arrested Schae D. Terkay, 21, of Sayre, PA. He was stopped on State Route 415 in Campbell and charged with DWI, BAC above .08%, speeding, operating an unregistered vehicle and other counts.
12/29/17 1:46pm- State police arrested Cheyenne J. Koons, 26, of Cohocton. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order. He was released on his own recognizance.

PA: Logging truck crash kills one in Tioga County

A man died after the tractor trailer carrying logs crash Friday morning on Route 6 in Delmar Township. State police said Jason R. Kane, 46, of Clearfield, was severely injured. He was flown from the scene to Robert Packer Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
According to Investigators, Kane left the highway for some reason and struck an embankment. The impact cause the load of logs to overturn, which then caused the cab to "jerk," thrusting in into the embankment on the passenger side. The Volvo truck continued sliding until it struck a group of trees. The trailer blocked Route 6, causing it to be shut down for four hours. Troopers said Kane was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation, but state police said they believe the driver suffered a medical event just prior to the crash.

Friday, December 29, 2017

India Mission Outreach is Message at Scio Church

Charles Eddy of Olean, shown with two orphan children in India,
 will talk about ongoing mission work in that country, including support for an orphans and widows home, during a Sunday message and community dinner at Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church at Scio.
An Olean author and composer, whose family has partnered with a pastor in India to provide Christian assistance in five different service areas in that country, will provide insight into the mission work this weekend in Allegany County.
Charles Eddy of Angela Friendship Ministries will present the Sunday morning service message at 11 a.m. at Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, 2987 Knights Creek Road (County Road 9), Scio. The appearance will be followed by the church's free monthly community fellowship dinner, with a dish-to-pass or dessert being welcome.
The ministry, started in 2006, has six components -- a newly inaugurated Messianic Bible College, an outreach to lepers who only receive one meal a day from the government, a home for orphans and widows who help take care of the orphans, a water wells project, church planting, and evangelism to seven tribal areas.
The Knights Creek church currently supports four orphans, including one in his third year of a very demanding engineering program, with the pastor of Knights Creek church visiting the ministry area in 2015.
Eddy will provide an update on progress of the ministries during the Sunday message.
Further information on the Sunday service is available at, or from Pastor Carl Kemp, Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, at or (585) 593-3659. Information on Angela Friendship Ministries is at

Allegany County: Sheriff's report for December

Allegany County DA: December felonies down, other crimes up

Alllegany Conty 911 Center stats for December

Obituary: Nancy White, 71, Cuba

Nancy White: Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother
Nancy White, 71, of 9011 County Rte. 20, Cuba, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at Cuba Memorial Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit after a lengthy illness.
Born on April 22, 1946, in Buffalo, New York, she was a daughter of William and Ruth Bristol Fry.  On February 1, 1964, in Cuba she married her husband of 54 years, Laverne F. White, who survives.  Nancy had worked for Farnsworth Cookie Factory, Acme Electric Corp of Cuba, and Wal-Mart in Olean as a sales associate for several years prior to retiring, but her greatest job was being a wife and mother.  She truly enjoyed caring for her family, always putting a lot of effort into making holiday celebrations special, finding ways to better her children’s lives, and spending time with her grandchildren.  She also loved cooking.
In addition to her husband she leaves behind 4 Sons -Laverne White of Cuba, Walter (Renate) White of Cuba, Kevin (Jennifer) White of Hornell, James (Amy) Fry of Cuba; 1 Daughter, Diana (Jeremy) Joseph of Cuba;  15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard (Elaine) Fry of Medina; a sister, Betsy Kellogg of Machias; Several Nieces and Nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by two brothers Keith Fry and Robert Fry and a sister Florence Fry. At Nancy’s request there will be no visitation or funeral services. Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba. Online condolences may be sent to the family at  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Schuyler Teen Placed in State Custody as a Juvenile Delinquent Following Assault Charge

WATKINS GLEN, NY (December 29, 2017)—A Schuyler County teenager who was alleged to have assaulted staff members at a residential facility in Tompkins County was ordered placed in a New York State limited secure facility for one year by the Schuyler County Family Court on Friday (December 29).

The female teenager, currently sixteen, was previously found in October 2017 to be a juvenile delinquent, for acts constituting Assault Third Degree, a Misdemeanor.  As a result of those charges, she was placed in the custody of the Schuyler County Department of Social Services (DSS).
However, according to papers filed with the Family Court this week by the Schuyler County Attorney, the girl continued to misbehave while in DSS care and allegedly assaulted two staff members at the William George Agency, a residential care facility located in Freeville, Tompkins County, New York. 
Following a hearing Friday (December 29, 2017), Schuyler County Family Court Judge Dennis Morris found that the girl required a higher level of care. Therefore, Morris modified her sentence and placed her with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) in a limited secure juvenile facility.
The Family Court case was prosecuted by the Office of Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman. Kristin Hazlitt, Assistant County Attorney, represented that office at Friday’s hearing.   The juvenile was represented by Elmira attorney Sara Morton.
Due to her status as a juvenile, the respondent’s name was not released

Biggest stories in 2017 on Wellsville Regional News -you decide

I've added a poll to the right side of my site (may not show on phones). Select your answers. You may select multiple choices. If a story that interested you is not listed, click "other" then shoot me an e-mail with the story topic.
Spoiler alert...according to my analytics...the story the story that received the most 'hits' in 2017 was about three young men charged in the overdose death of a young man from Andover.
But you decide. It's always interesting to hear from readers. Thanks!

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Allowing Full Union Dues to be Deducted from New York State Taxes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed new legislation allowing full union dues to be deducted from New York State taxes. The FY 2018 Enacted Budget creates a union dues deduction for New York taxpayers who itemize deductions at the state level equal to the amount currently disallowed at the federal level due to the 2 percent floor. The deduction is expected to save 500,000 hardworking men and women $35 million annually or about $70 per taxpayer per year. 
"At a time when unions are under attack on the national level, New York is fighting even harder to preserve union jobs and uplift the middle class," Governor Cuomo said. "By allowing full deduction of union dues, we are providing more than just a financial benefit, but also a strong demonstration of our unyielding commitment to defending union jobs as a pathway to the middle class."
Currently, New Yorkers paying state and local taxes who make charitable contributions and pay mortgage interest are likely to claim itemized deductions on their federal tax returns. Many who itemize for federal purposes, may also itemize on their New York State tax returns. 
An additional, but less frequently used deduction, applies for a group of miscellaneous expenses, such as union dues, professional society dues, the cost of work clothes, tax preparation, and out-of-pocket job expenses.  A floor applies in which only amounts in excess of 2 percent of taxpayers’ adjusted gross income (AGI) are deductible. The floor, therefore, likely prevents deductibility of a significant portion of union dues at the federal level, and in turn fails to lower the “top line” starting point for the taxpayer’s New York return, i.e. Federal taxable income.
The FY 2018 Enacted Budget rectifies this inequity and creates a full union dues deduction for New York taxpayers. The new deduction applies both to New Yorkers who currently receive a deduction for only a portion of their union dues, or those in excess of 2 percent of their income, along with those who currently receive no deduction because their total miscellaneous deductions fall below the 2 percent established federal floor.
The new measure is expected to save approximately 500,000 New York taxpayers $35 million annually, or $70 on average per taxpayer per year.

New year, few if any changes in Allegany County government

The Allegany County Legislature will hold its annual Organizational Meeting on January 2nd at 2 p.m.
There are few, if any surprises planned by the all Republican board. After scanning the pre-filed resolutions, here is the breaking news:
  1. Curt Crandall will continue as Board Chair.
  2. In a stunning announcement, Philip Curran will serve as the Vice-Chair.
To simply things, here are the other expected appointments set to be voted on Monday. Copy and paste from last year:

As one county official said today, half-serious/half joking...the swamp remains well in tact.
The voters selected the representatives...and they get to select others. Not for me to say if it's good or bad...I'll just watch and report...for another year.

Obituary: Ruth F. Gamble, 98, Brookland/Ulysses

Ruth F. Gamble, 98, of Brookland, Ulysses, PA, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family.  Born September 11, 1919, in Spring Mills, NY, she was the daughter of William and Hattie R. Whitman French.  On July 4, 1942, in Buffalo, NY, she married Edward L. Gamble, who predeceased her on October 19, 2009.  A graduate of Harrison Valley High School and Mansfield Normal School, she began her teaching career in Thompson, PA and later taught home economics at Genesee High School and Northern Potter High School.  While attending college, she was employed by State Sen Raymond Stone at Oak Hall in Brookland, where she met Edward.  She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, serving as one of the first women delegates to the diocesan convention, Episcopal Church Women, serving as president, secretary, and treasurer, Potter County Historical Society, PA Association of School Retirees, and Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as chapter president and historian.  Ruth was a volunteer with Potter County Hospice.  Surviving are:  a daughter, Phyllis (Alan) Scardina of Winston-Salem, NC;  a son, Darrell (Patti) Gamble of Brookland;  a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Gamble of Mayville, NY;  seven grandchildren, Lori (Matt) Maughon, Michael (Debbie) Scardina, John (Mandy) Scardina, Sara Gamble, Aimee Crowl, Emily Gamble, and Nick Gamble;  seven great-grandchildren;  a sister, Doris F. Clark of Westfield;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Quentin A. Gamble;  and a sister, Bonnie Miller.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday in All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland.  The Rev. Janis Yskamp and the Rev. Carol Carlson will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 52, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wellsville man jailed after fleeing police Friday morning

It sure made for some interesting scanner listening during the wee hours on Friday.
Wellsville Police said this morning they arrested Jeffrey S. Hunt, age 48 of Wellsville, charging him with AUO 1st (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st - Class E Felony), DWI, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, 2 counts of Fail to Stop at a Stop Sign, 2 counts of Fail to Keep Right, Speed in Zone, Improper Right Turn, Improper Left Turn, Failed to use Designated Lane and Improper or Unsafe Turn, Fail to Signal.  The charges stem from a traffic stop that started on Stevens Street in the Village and ended on Fassett Lane.  Hunt was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  He was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,500.00 cash bail or $3,000.00 property bond.  Hunt is due back in Wellsville Village Court on January 16th at 4:30 p.m. His car was impounded by police.

Court rejects appeal from Allegany County man

An Appellate court has affirmed the conviction of an Allegany County man. Without explanation, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court rejected the appeal of 42-year-old Christopher Logue. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced on April 22, 2016 of the felony crime of attempted crime possession of a controlled substance. Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Logue to three years in prison plus 2.5 years of post release supervision. The high court upheld that sentence. Logue is currently an inmate at Gowanda Correctional. He’ll be eligible for a parole hearing in March 2018.

Appellate Court orders new trial in Steuben County for man convicted of attempted murder

A state Appellate court has ordered a new trial in Steuben County for a man convicted of attempted murder. That ruling was handed down from the State Supreme Court involving 40-year-old Randy Hall. Hall was convicted by a jury on August 5, 2005 on charges of attempted murder and other felony counts to include 2nd degree assault, burglary and possessing a weapon. He is currently serving his 23 year sentence at Shawangunk state prison. In Hall’s appeal, filed by The Davison Law Office in Canandaigua, it was argued that the Steuben County court had failed to establish a reasonable basis for restraining the defendant before the jury. Hall had been required to wear a stun belt during the trial. The court rejected other issues that were raised. The court ruled that the convictions are refused and ordered a new trial.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday December 28, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Tammy L. Outman, age 52 of Genesee, PA, charging her with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd) and Moved from Lane Unsafely.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on South Main Street in the Village.  Outman was issued traffic citations and released.  Outman is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on January 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday December 27, 2017

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Wendy A. Cook, age 49 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in Court and/or pay fine.  Cook was located by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and transported to Wellsville .She was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Cook was committed to the Allegany County Jail for 89 days or until her fine of $336.47 was paid in full.

New York State to participate in Firstnet First Responder network

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York will join the FirstNet First Responder Network - a nationwide, high speed, wireless broadband network that was created exclusively for first responders and the public safety community. The network, which was created through a public-private partnership between AT&T and the federal government, will put advanced technology, and devices into the hands of first responders to give them the tools they need to better communicate and share information in emergency situations.
"During emergencies and disasters, every second counts, and ensuring our first responders have the tools they need during a crisis is vital to the safety and security of all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "The entire state, from the Great Lakes to the most remote areas of the Adirondacks to New York City, must have seamless communication for our public safety community so that they can get more information quickly, make better informed decisions, and save lives."
FirstNet, an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce was born out of a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission to enhance communications used by fire, police and EMS to develop, build and operate the first nationwide, broadband network that modernizes communications used by the public safety community. Since that time, the FirstNet-AT&T partnership worked with New York public safety officials to design an implementation plan for New York. 
The final, accepted plan states that AT&T will build, operate and maintain the highly secure wireless broadband communications network at no cost to the state. It was also designed to address the state's unique communications needs, including:
  • Expanding coverage in rural areas such as the Adirondacks, in urban areas such as in buildings and the subway system and along waterways such as the Great Lakes and Long Island Sound
  • Improving interoperability to support better coordination with border states and Canada
  • Making the cost of services and devices more affordable for smaller communities.
Specifically, the network will transform the way New York's fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information by:
  • Connecting first responders to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events like New York City's New Year's Eve celebration which attracts over 1 million spectators to Times Square, the New York City Marathon that attracts over 50,000 runners and nearly 2.5 million spectators each year, and the Great New York State Fair which welcomed over 1 million fairgoers in 2017.
  • Creating an efficient means of communication for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters and emergencies.
  • Enhancing network coverage across New York's diverse landscape, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state's densely populated metro areas to rural areas and tribal lands.
  • Providing first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.
  • Driving infrastructure investments and create jobs across the state.
  • Ushering in a new wave of dependable innovations for first responders. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies. It also carries the potential for future integration with NextGen 911 networks and Smart Cities' infrastructure.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said, "It is important to recognize that our first responders need reliable tools to complete their mission at all times and this is especially true when communicating important information with our local, state and federal partners during a disaster or emergency. I look forward to the completion of the nationwide public safety broadband network and its ability to provide dedicated access to the first responder community when it is needed most."
First Responder Network Authority CEO Mike Poth said, "It is especially meaningful to welcome New York into FirstNet as it was a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission that led to our very creation. Governor Cuomo's decision will bring expanded and enhanced communications capabilities to the great state of New York. From giving public safety in New York City dedicated spectrum to bringing a reliable, high speed wireless connection to rural and remote areas of the state, FirstNet will improve connectivity and foster innovation for law enforcement, fire, and EMS."
"This is a special day for the brave men and women that serve New York. And I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and commitment to public safety," said Marissa Shorenstein, president, Northeast Region, AT&T. "Opting in to FirstNet will put New York's first responders on the cutting-edge of innovative communications, helping them operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line. We're honored to bring this life-saving solution to the state."
By opting in to FirstNet, fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers subscribing to the service will have dedicated access to the information they need, 24/7/365, when and where they need it. For more information on FirstNet, please click here. For more about the value FirstNet will bring to public safety, please go to

Obituary: N. Thomas "Tom" Barnes, 82, Wellsville

Wellsville - N. Thomas “Tom” Barnes, age 82, of 2 Meadow Brook Court passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville on October 16, 1935 to Norton and Allena Jones Barnes.
Tom was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area who attended school in Petrolia and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1955. While in High School, Tom learned his lifelong trade of meat cutting at the former Scoville and Browns in Wellsville. After the closing of Scoville and Browns he became a meat cutter for White Hawk Meats in Eldred, Pennsylvania. Tom continued cutting meat while working full time at Air Preheater from where he retired as a Crane Follower. In his younger days Tom participated in amateur boxing, weight lifting, and he liked staying in shape. He enjoyed shooting pool with his good friend Jim Brown and pitching horse shoes in many area leagues. Tom had attended Church at the First Trinity Lutheran Church located in Wellsville.
Survivors include, a son Jeffrey [Anne] Barnes of Bolivar; a daughter Cheryl [Eric Wohlers] Miles of Great Valley;4 grandchildren, Jennifer Barnes, Heather Barnes, Courtney Barnes and Scott Miles; 4 great grandchildren, Koleston, Jordan, Addison, and Charlotte; an aunt, Rena Cowles; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; his step mom, Rowena Barnes; a brother, Jon Barnes; 3 sisters, Betty Jean Lynch, Phyllis Rosell, and Beverly Hillibrin; a step brother, Bob Hinckley; a step sister, Sheila Rothschild.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held on Saturday at the conclusion of Calling Hours with Reverend Larry Allen presiding. Burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery and Memorials in Toms name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville or to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit

Allegany County sets date for Organizational Meeting

The Organization Meeting of the Board of Legislators will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislators’ Chambers, County Office Building, Room 221, 7 Court Street, Belmont, New York, for the purpose of selecting a Chairman of the Board and such other officers as may be needed, and for the conduct of any business which may properly come before any regular meeting of said Board.

Brenda Rigby Riehle, Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators

Steuben notes Top 5 Achievements of 2017

BATH –A united, inter-agency effort to combat the mounting local opioid epidemic and efforts to maintain a manufacturing presence with strong ties to the county’s leading agri-industry top the list of Steuben County’s noteworthy achievements in 2017.
Substance abuse
With emergency responses and deaths due to opioid overdoses reaching epidemic proportions, Steuben County officials mounted an all-out effort early in 2017 to unite local agencies, law enforcement and schools to provide sources and information on substance abuse in the county.The county hosted three forums throughout 2017 in Bath, Hornell and Corning school auditoriums with active participation from representatives of county departments and related agencies.The county’s solid history in combatting substance abuse includes an active Sheriff’s Drug Tip line, the District Attorney’s Task Force and aggressive prosecution now including potential criminal charges against dealers in the event of drug-overdose related deaths.In addition, the county recently joined a lawsuit filed by counties and the state Attorney General against any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic.
Kraft Heinz Plant, Campbell
United efforts by the county, the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, and federal and state leaders resulted in theJune 4sale of the Kraft Heinz cheese factory in Campbell to the dairy farmer cooperative, Niagara Upstate.The sale of the former Polly-O factory included a combined $10 million from the state, Heinz-Kraft and Upstate Niagara for upgrades to the facility, a key employer in the area. The effort is expected to return employment to near-former levels in the future and ensures an important local market for dairy farmers throughout Steuben County.The sale, due to vigorous marketing during a two-year period, markedan important step in maintaining and developing a sturdy and enduring local economy.
Workforce development
Steuben also took an important step in developing a well-trained, stable workforce, joining Schuyler and Chemung counties in developing a central focus using current employment data to form a cohesive strategy.plan seeks to unify efforts by schools, BOCES, community colleges, business and government to fill gaps in the information now available to the different organizations. The information will be refreshed annually through CSS Workforce NY and its non-profit CSS Workforce Solutions.
County Office Building (COB) annex and storage building
Steuben County launched two construction projects pegged at $8.7 million and expected to solve, for decades, the chronic problems atthe COB with efficient space and the inconvenience for residents looking for services.The county’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years calls for a three-story officecomplex on East Morris Street, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington.The annex, willhelpaccommodateanticipated changes to court facilities at the county office building complex, as directed by the state.Anticipated completion is set for the end of 2018.
Hornell DMV changes location
TheDepartment of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branch, located in the old courthouse on Allen Street in Hornell closed in September, moving to it new location, 7604 Seneca St. North, in Hornellsville, behind Maple City Bowl.The move into the county-owned location provided more accessibility and parking, and relieved the county of the cost of maintaining the nearly vacant courthouse.Ownership of the courthouse has been turned over to the City of Hornell, which may use it in its future economic developmentplans.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Allegany County: District 3 lawmakers are ready to sit and chat

Wellsville resident spends 105 days in jail on drug crimes, then goes home

41-year-old Billie Wlasniewski of Pine Street in Wellsville was accused by police of selling heroin to an undercover cop in Wellsville. As you would expect, she got arrested and was charged with weighty crimes to include 3rd degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (not good), follow by conspiracy.
Billie served 105 days in the Allegany County Jail. Seems as if everybody thought that was enough. An unnamed county judge sentenced her to time served, plus five years probation, a court surcharge, etc..
I'm not sure this 'punishment' represents an actual deterrent to drug pushers or those who deal...but, it is what it is. This site, and most of you, are not presented with the whole court report, history, etc. Typically, prosecutors rely on that info for a recommendation.

EXCLUSIVE: Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville - victim of cyber attack - some services rescheduled

A computer issue has slammed Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Hospital officials understandably are downplaying the situation, but insiders tell Wellsville Regional News (WRN) the situation "is bad." The situation, sources tell us, was first discovered Christmas Eve. Another source said, "That's when all Hell broke loose."
Hospital spokesperson Judy Burt released the following statement exclusively to WRN this afternoon. The statement says -
"Jones Memorial Hospital is experiencing unexpected computer downtime because of some computer system problems. To the best of our knowledge, no patient or financial has been compromised."
The statement continued to say "some elective patient services have been rescheduled." The hospital has also had difficulty accessing data.
According to Burt and other sources, hospital staff have reverted to paper logs and entries. As one source explained, that's fine for veteran staffers, but it's a little new to newcomers.
The hospital is asking patients using JMH service or clinics to bring their complete medications list and any available medical history with them for any visits. Jones IT staff is working with the University of Rochester to bring the computer system 'back to life.'
WRN reached out to several area medical facilities. None would speak on the record but one said quietly "it's been a nightmare."
Jones Memorial says patient record safety is a top priority and that issue remains a primary focus.
While other rumors continue to swirl, they can't be confirmed and won't be posted until they can be. After a small unrelated glitch, here is the official hospital statement:

 Jones Memorial Hospital is experiencing unexpected computer downtime because of some computer system problems.

To the best of our knowledge, no patient financial or medical information has been compromised. Some elective patient services have been rescheduled, but otherwise patient care has not been affected. We are using our standard computer downtime procedures, including manual entry of information into patient medical charts, while some of our systems are off-line.

We ask patients using JMH services or clinics to bring their complete medications list and any available medical history with them to any visits.

The issue is isolated to Jones Memorial Hospital's computer system. Our Information Technology staff is partnering with the University of Rochester IT department to bring our computer systems back to full functionality as soon as possible.

Wellsville Town Board plans organizational meeting - new member to be selected

Organizational Meeting
The Town of Wellsville will be holding its Annual Organizational Meeting on January 3, 2018 in the Town Office, Room 11 at the Municipal Building, 156 N Main Street at 7:00 PM. The Town Supervisor will be making his 2018 Appointments and the Town Board will be appointing a person to the Town Board for one year to replace a vacant seat on the Board.

All person interested in this matter are welcome to attend.  Individuals with disabilities or senior citizens who require assistance in attending said Organizational Meeting should contact the Town Clerk three (3) days in advance if possible to request such assistance. 

Sylvia LaChance, Town Clerk 

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday December 26, 2017
Nothing to report
Date: Monday December 25, 2017
Nothing to report
Date: Sunday December 24, 2017
Nothing to report
Date: Saturday December 23, 2017
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Britnie M. French-Lawson, age 24 of Wellsville, for Violating conditions of her Pre-Trial Release.  French-Lawson was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  French-Lawson was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 cash bail or $5,000.00 property bond.  French-Lawson is due back in Wellsville Village Court on January 16th at 4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday December 22, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Shelby E. Milligan, age 26 of Genesee, PA, charging her with Issuing a Bad Check.  The charge stems from a complaint made by Pizza King in Wellsville.  Milligan was located by the Independence Police Department and transported to Wellsville.  Milligan was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Milligan made full restitution and was released.

WNY: Man arrested for Rape and official misconduct

On December 26, 2017 the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) arrested James W. Beam Jr., 41 of Silver Creek, NY for Rape 3rd degree and several counts of Official Misconduct.
Beam was charged following an investigation into an alleged unlawful personal relationship with an inmate while employed as a Correction Officer at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility.
Beam was issued an appearance ticket at the direction of the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office and is to appear at the town of Portland court in January 2018.
This case was a joint investigation by the New York State Police and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations.