Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Andover Republican Caucus

The results of the Andover Republican Caucus are as follows:
The following will be on the Republican line for the March 21, 2017 Andover Village Election:
Mayor 4 year term David Truax
Trustee 4 yr term Robert Carter
Trustee 4 yr term Patrick Vance
Trustee 1 yr term Mike Dibble
These canidates were selected by the Republicans that showed up at the Caucus.
There were 40 Republicans at the caucus and that is the second highest turn out in 25 years.
Respectfully submitted; 
James M Rumfelt
Republican Caucus Chairman

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report for Jan. 30 UPDATED

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, January 23, 2017:

Guilty Pleas
MORGAN MANFREDA-MORTON28, of West Valley, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on August 24, 2016, in the Village of Ellicottville, when she entered a fenced in area and damaged the property of another person.  Ms. Manfreda-Morton was sentenced to a 1 year conditional discharge.

WILLIAM WARREN, 19, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on May 25, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

DARRYL HARPER, 48 of Friendship, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on December 4, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to enter a building with intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

NICHOLAS R. KAHABKA, 21, of Springville, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on September 22, 2015, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to enter a building with intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

JUSTIN D. VREELAND, 35, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on April 1, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug.  FURTHERMORE, JUSTIN D. VREELAND, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on October 9, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant attempted to cause serious physical injury to another person.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

MELINDA J. CHASE, 36, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class E felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on June 30, 2016, the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

PAUL M. KEMERY, 52, of Bradford, Pennsylvania, entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on May 14, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .17% BAC.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

HOLLIE E. SKINNER, 39, of Friendship, New York, was sentenced to 6 months in the Cattaraugus County Jail and 5 years of probation for her conviction to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on June 29, 2016, in the Town of Allegany, when the defendant knowingly entered and remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein and stole property valued in excess of one thousand dollars ( $1,000.00). 

Friendship man pleads guilty in Olean burglary case

From Cattaraugus County court...
Darryl Harper, 48, of Friendship, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on December 4, 2016, in the City of Olean, when Harper knowingly and unlawfully attempted to enter a building with intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 3, 2017.

Wellsville Fire Department Scotch Doubles Tournament

Wellsville Fire Department Scotch Doubles Tournament
Any combination of two bowlers is allowed. 

A three-game series is bowled.  Bowler A throws the first ball, Bowler B will try to pick up the spare.  If a strike is bowled, Bowler B will throw the 1st ball in the 2nd frame, and Bowler A will try to pick up the spare. Every time a strike is bowled the Bowler throwing the first ball in the frame changes.  Bowler A starts the first and third games, Bowler B starts the second game. 9 pins on the first throw will equal a strike.  

For each game during the following frames -

Frame 3 - Bowl with the opposite hand.

Frame 5 – Bowl using your partner’s ball.

Frame 7 – Bowl backwards between your legs.   

Frame 9 – Bowl between your partners legs.

At the end of the 3rd game wait for all others to finish bowling before starting the 4th game.  Everyone will start game 4 (Midnight bowling) together.  Bowler B will start game 4.

The Wellsville Fire Department would like to thank everyone

for their continued support!

Obituary: Jeanette E. Hodnett, 80, Portageville

Portageville---Jeanette E. Hodnett of 11992 Wiscoy Road, died Monday, January 30, 2017 in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw. She was born on September 9, 1936 in Belmont, a daughter of the late Clair and Bernice Fuller Bliss. 
Jeanette attended the Castile United Church of Christ and was a former computer operator for the Bank of Castile.
She enjoyed playing cards, reading, gardening, crossword puzzles, sewing, riding with Terry to pick up calves, and taking care of her grandchildren. She also belonged to the home bureau and card club.
Surviving are her children, Debbie (Ray) Wood of Warsaw, Terry (Wendy) Hodnett of Portageville, Lori Gibney of Belfast, 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a sister, Barb (John) Terres of Arlington, Ohio, a half-brother Allen Mills of Rocky Mount, N.C. and two nephews, Steven Bliss of Virginia, Michael (Nichole) Terres of Finley, Ohio.
Family and friends may gather from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore where a funeral service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Joe McCall will officate. Burial will be in East Koy Cemetery, Pike.
Memorials if desired to: Wiscoy-Rossburg Fire Department.

Andover caucus

Andover Republican Caucus     6:00 pm at Andover Community Center, East Greenwood Street.
Andover Democrat Caucus 5:30 pm at Main St Emporium, Main St Andover.
Positions up-
Mayor 4 year term, incumbent David Truax (R)
Trustee 4 year term, incumbent Rob Carter (R)
Trustee 4 years term incumbent Bonnie Golish (D)
Trustee 1 year to fill vacancy incumbent Mark Holt (D)

Obituary: Victor W. "Poppy" Fiske, 71, Wellsville

Victor W. “Poppy” Fiske, age 71, of 28 South Broad Street passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017, in his home. He was born on August 18, 1945 in Olean to Gerald and Lottie Fiske. Poppy was a long time resident of Wellsville who attended school in Bolivar. Along with his father, he drove a mail truck, worked at Cuba Cheese and had been a machinist Wheel Puller in Scio and later for Dresser Rand in Wellsville. Poppy enjoyed roller skating, dancing and his grandchildren. He was a very determined man who even though he had trouble walking walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Poppy will be remembered for his soft heart who never turned anyone away.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Tonja [Ron] Baldwin of Wellsville and Stacey Plants of Monroeville, PA.; the mother of his children, Shari Hull of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren, Kali Beardsley, Kyle Lockwood, Nathan Lockwood and Colten Beardsley; several nieces and nephews and a longtime friend Craig “Beazzer” Brown.
Poppy was predeceased by his parents; a sister Marietta Genaux; a daughter Tamie Lockwood.
Friends are invited to call on Friday February 3, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. To leave online condolences please visit

Genesee, Pa. woman faces charges

Pennsylvania State Police on Monday arrested Alexandra L. Smith, 21, of Genesee. She was charged with simple assault and harassment with physical contact. Troopers said the criminal complaint was filed after they investigated a disturbance in Genesee Township on January 29. Arraigned in court last night by District Judge Annette Easton, bail was set at $5,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 16.

NY State Police Blotter

1/30/17 6:43pm- During a traffic stop on South Branch Road in Friendship, state police arrested Tracy R. Marks, 47 of Friendship. She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI and improper left turn. She was processed, issued tickets for court and released.
1/30/17 5:21pm- State police report the arrest of 67-year-old Geraldine Morse of Pulteney. She was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating an order of protection. Troopers said the incident occurred Monday in Urbana. Morse was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

Senator Young continues push to make the property tax cap permanent

Press Release:
ALBANY – The property tax cap saves families, seniors and businesses billions of dollars each year, and it provides a sense of security and consistency in their budgets. 
To strengthen this protection for taxpayers, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) Monday joined her Senate Republican Majority colleagues to again pass legislation to make the property tax cap permanent.
“The property tax cap is popular with families and businesses because it has effectively put the brakes on suffocating property tax hikes. Permanently extending the cap is the best way to assure that the line is held on increases that are unaffordable and unsustainable,” said Senator Young. 
“In just a few short years, the cap has made great strides for property taxpayers, and it is projected to save more than $66 billion over the first decade. Overburdened taxpayers need and deserve certainty, and making the two-percent property tax cap permanent would help residents better manage their finances and plan for the future,” said Senator Young.
According to fiscal analysis, since being enacted in 2012, the cap is estimated to have saved property taxpayers approximately $15.5 billion cumulatively in school and county property taxes. Further, the tax cap is estimated to save taxpayers over $66.4 billion cumulatively over the first ten years of its implementation.
“We need to make our state a more affordable place to live, work and provide jobs. The Senate has taken action, and now we need our colleagues in the Assembly and the Governor to join our cause. A permanent extension of the tax cap ensures that we never return to the days of skyrocketing budgets and spiraling tax increases,” Senator Young said.

NY voters will decide fate of public pension issue

The State Senate Monday gave second approval to legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) that will amend the State Constitution to deny public pension benefits to public officials convicted of corruption and other felony crimes that break the public trust.
“Sadly, public corruption has taken front and center stage in New York State government far too often over the past decade and, especially, over the past few years,” said O’Mara.  “Despite the existing, numerous laws and rules that have long been in place to prevent public corruption, there remain public officials who ignore these laws and break the public trust.  After every instance of another public official convicted of another crime that tears down the public trust, the public outcry for more reform and tougher laws is more than understandable and warranted.  At the very least, these public officials should be lose taxpayer-funded pension benefits and we’re acting swiftly to amend the State Constitution to permit this denial.”
Amending the state Constitution requires legislative approval in two consecutive years followed by voter approval of a statewide ballot referendum.
The legislation O’Mara co-sponsors (S418/A1749), which the Senate and Assembly approved for the first time in 2016, would deny public pension benefits to elected officials, direct gubernatorial appointees, municipal managers, department heads, chief fiscal officers, judges and other, high-level public policymakers convicted of felonies directly related to their public positions.
The Assembly also approved the legislation for the second time Monday.  It will go before the voters this November.

Statement from Alfred State on Executive Order on refugees/travel

Dr. Skip Sullivan, President, Alfred State College:
 “Providing a safe and welcoming learning environment is a top priority at Alfred State. Currently there are 42 international students representing 11 countries enrolled at our college, and we work to provide them with a productive setting for their education. None of our international students are from the countries affected by President Trump’s executive order.
“As a member campus of the State University of New York system, we will abide by SUNY guidelines and look to their leadership as the situation may evolve. SUNY welcomes educators and students from across the world and our campus is enriched by their participation in our community.”
Additional statements issued jointly from SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher are available online.

Bicycle Man earns national award with help from Alfred State students

Over the last decade, several Alfred State engineering students have lent their skills and know-how to The Bicycle Man, LLC, a full-service bicycle and recumbent bike shop in Alfred Station. 
During that time, the students have performed a variety of tasks, from design work on frames, to designing production jigs, to testing material samples and prototype frames.
Recently, this collaboration has resulted in some national recognition for The Bicycle Man, whose Linear Recumbents Roadster bicycle was just named the“2016 BentRider Online Recumbent Bike of the Year.”BentRider Online is the Internet’s premier source of recumbent news, views, and information. 
“We are delighted to receive this award because it indicates that our commitment to innovation, engineering, and US manufacturing was worth it,” said Owner Peter Stull. “While most of the bicycle industry has moved to China or Taiwan, we think an innovative product can be US-made and compete on the market. In fact, we think it can be made in western New York and dominate a niche market.”
According to Stull, the bike’s design was in part the result of a collaboration with senior Alfred State mechanical engineering technology students, and its manufacturing jig design also resulted from input from the program’s students. Early prototypes of the bike were also machined and welded on the Wellsville campus. 
Stull noted his business has spent more than a decade reengineering the Linear Recumbent for durability and adding features customers can use. 
“Recumbent bikes are comfortable, but also bulky,” he said. “In 2016, we added a folding version of both our models. This allows a customer to easily put their bike in the trunk of a car. It also makes them the easiest full-size recumbent to pack for airline travel. As a side benefit, it has allowed us to lower our shipping cost to our customers. We are glad to be making a bike we are proud of, and glad we took the time and effort to get it to this point.”
Working with Alfred State faculty and students, Stull said, has helped The Bicycle Man grow the manufacturing side of its business. He credited several mechanical engineering technology students who have greatly helped his business over the years, including:
·         David Odle, a 2012 mechanical engineering technology graduate, whose senior project involved designing and analyzing a version of The Bicycle Man’s folding bike.
·         David Volk, a 2007 mechanical engineering technology graduate, whose senior project also involved designing and analyzing a version of the folding bike. Volk also worked for The Bicycle Man after graduation.
·         Michael Mallett, a 2010 electromechanical engineering technology graduate, whose senior project involved automating the company’s fatigue-testing equipment. He also worked for The Bicycle Man after graduation.
·         Dan Fingler, a 1998 mechanical engineering technology graduate, who worked full-time for six years at The Bicycle Man as a design engineer and production manager before moving out of state.
Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred State vice president of Economic Development and director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency, said this ongoing relationship is great for the college and Allegany County. 
“The growth of Bicycle Man/Linear Recumbents and companies of this size is important for economic development in the county,” he said.

DiNapoli: Municipalities Facing Slow Growth in Sales Tax Collections

Local sales tax collections showed sluggish growth in 2016 compared to 2015, increasing 2.3 percent last year, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
"Sales tax collections are a crucial, yet unstable source of revenue for local governments," said DiNapoli. "The impact of little to no growth is felt in several regions across the state, especially in counties and municipalities that may already be struggling financially. As the year progresses, local officials will need to closely monitor their budgets should these collections slip."
DiNapoli's report noted total local collections increased only 0.7 percent due to a $238 million correction in the fourth quarter of 2015, which distorted New York City's year-to-year growth calculations. After adjusting for the 2015 correction, however, collections actually increased 2.3 percent statewide and the city's grew 2.9 percent.
Additional findings in DiNapoli’s report include:
  • Regionally, the strongest sales tax growth in 2016 was in the Mid-Hudson Valley with a 2.9 percent increase and Long Island with a 1.9 percent increase;
  • Sales tax collections grew by more than 4 percent in six counties in 2016 – Chautauqua, Delaware, Jefferson, Putnam, Sullivan and Yates;
  • Central New York was the only region in the state to suffer a decline in collections, while growth in the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Western New York was below one percent;
  • Eight counties experienced a decline in collections of more than 2 percent in 2016 – Cattaraugus, Chemung, Cortland, Genesee, Hamilton, Herkimer, St. Lawrence and Washington;
  • Eleven cities that impose their own general sales tax had an increase in collections. The strongest increase was for the city of Yonkers at 16.6 percent; and
  • Seven cities experienced declines in sales tax collections.
For a copy of the report, visit:

Rep. Reed disagrees with Prez regarding media

Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) held his weekly media call Monday afternoon. I was poised to pounce, but reporter Jason Sample beat me to the question. Sample told Rep. Reed that President Trump, via Twitter, called the media the 'opposition party.' Sample asked Reed straight out if he agreed. In a rare departure from the side by side walk, Reed disagreed with the President. The Congressman said, "I support the freedom of the press. It's a cornerstone of our constitution and I support what the press ask the questions of us as elected officials. That's why I make myself available every week. That's why we do the town halls...because I think that honors the commitment to an open and free debate."

Obituary: Gerald E. Kellogg, 96, Farmersville

FARMERSVILLE — Gerald E. Kellogg, 96, of Farmersville, died Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), at his home after a long illness. 
Born Aug. 24, 1920, to Louis E. and Cyrene (Keller) Kellogg, in Olean, Gerald graduated from Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville in 1940. Gerald married Emma (Hadden) Kellogg in 1947. He was later married to Arlene Lowry, and to Norma McCollough.
Gerald ran his own dairy until 1960, and was a fireman and locomotive engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad retiring in 1982 after 30 years of service. He started Kellogg's Auto Sales, and expanding the business to Park Square in Franklinville until retiring again  in 2006.
Gerald loved and honored his family, sharing what he had and tirelessly helping anyone He loved the outdoors and hard work. He earned his private pilot's license after 50, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. He was a local steward of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He served as an elder and a deacon in the Franklinville Presbyterian Church. 
He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen of Farmersville and Sally of Norwalk, Conn,; four stepchildren, Kent (Ruth) McCollough of Andover, Maureen (Dale) Marshall of Skerry, Susan and Richard Ericson of Ulysses, Pa., and Mike (Jacki) McCollough of Yorkshire; two sisters, Alice Lorraine Childs of West Clarksville and Pauline Whitcomb of Jamestown. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and his wives Emma Kellogg and Norma Kellogg.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2017) at the Franklinville Presbyterian Church, 25 S. Main St. A funeral will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the church, officiated by the Rev. Stan Scoville, Home Care and Hospice chaplain.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklinville Presbyterian Church, 25 S. Main St., Franklinville, NY 14737, or to Home Care and Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760.

Obituary: Infant Jaxon Robert Lytle, Belmont

BELMONT - Jaxon Robert Lytle passed away Friday (Jan. 27, 2017) at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Born Jan. 7, 2017, he was the infant son of Ashley Lambert and Robert Lytle. Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Zaiden; his maternal grandparents, Tina and Brad Riehl of Hinsdale; and paternal grandfather, Charles Lytle of Juliaetta, Idaho. There will be no service. Arrangements are under the direction of Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., Olean.

Whitesville man injured in Potter County crash

From the Bradford Era:
COUDERSPORT — A Whitesville, N.Y., man suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash at 5:10 a.m. Saturday on Collins Hill Road, just west of Windfall Road, in Bingham Township. Coudersport-based state police said a full-size pick-up truck driven by Nathaniel Potter, 27, was traveling east when, while negotiating a left curve, the truck started to skid, traveled off the road and hit a fence. The truck continued through the fence, went over a steep embankment, traveled down the bank and overturned, coming to rest about 30 feet down the bank and on its side. Potter suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash, according to police. He was cited for two summary traffic offenses. The truck was towed from the scene, police said.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Obituary: M. Maxine Jackson, 93, Wellsville

M. Maxine Jackson, age 93, of the Byrnes Road passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Highland Park Health Care Center with her niece Joan Dahill by her side. She was born on March 21, 1931 in Alma to Harry and Ida Gowdy Aldrich. On September 3, 1940 in Wellsville she married Lloyd Jackson who predeceased her on December 4, 1992.
Maxine was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area who retired from Dresser Rand. She enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Citizens Center, bowling, and gardening. Maxine was bowling and mowing her own lawn until her 90th birthday and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Maxine loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed her almost weekly visits at Manor Hills from her granddaughter Tammy Latham and great grandchildren, Evan, Eryn and Logan McDowell and at times their friends too.
Maxine is survived by her son, Stanley “Mike” [Marlene] Jackson of Wellsville; her daughter, Marlene [Robert] McDowell of Wellsville; Glenn [Diane] Aldrich of Penfield who was her nephew but was brought up as her brother; grandsons, Lloyd [ Brandy] Rifenburg of Rochester, H. Glenn [Dionne] Rifenburg of Wellsville, Harley [Melissa] Lamphier of Scio, Chadwick [Rose] Jackson of Byron, David [Michele] Jackson of Spencerport, Eric [Emma] McDowell of Wellsville, Todd [Elizabeth] McDowell of Wellsville and Marc [Meadow] McDowell of Elmira Heights; a granddaughter, Tammy [Ronald] Latham of Belmont; a son in law, Robert Burton of Wellsville; sisters in law, Carol Aldrich of Scio and Lynn Aldrich of Tucson, AZ.; several great and great great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
Maxine was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Corrine “Pat” Lamphier; several great and great great grandchildren; 11 brother and sisters, Edward Aldrich, Theresa Aldrich, Josephine Griffin, Loretta Halladay, Doris Brown, Frank Aldrich, Betty Russell, Donnie Aldrich, Carol “Kato” Aldrich, Harley Aldrich and Ida “Peg” Aldrich.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A prayer service will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. If desired memorials in her name may be made to the Manor Hill Activities Department. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and to leave on line condolences please visit

Obituary: Victor W. "Poppy" Fiske, 71, Wellsville

Wellsville - Victor W. “Poppy” Fiske, age 71, of 28 Broad Street passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017, in his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Arrangements are not complete.

Allegany County Sheriff's Blotter

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that on January 26th, 2017, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Benjamin J. Edelman, age 39 of Swain on an Allegany County Violation of Probation Warrant. Edelman was processed, transported to the Allegany County Jail where he is being held without bail and will appear in Allegany County Court at a later date for additional court action.

On January 25th, 2017, with assistance of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested James B. Knobloch, age 31 of Franklinville, on an Allegany County Family Court Warrant.  Knobloch was processed and transported to the Town of Friendship Court where he was arraigned and then remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $1,300.00 cash bail or $2,600.00 insurance bond.  Knobloch is to reappear in Allegany County Family Court at the next available session for additional court action.

On January 25th, 2017, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office with assistance of the Wellsville Police Department assisted the Potter County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest of Shaun A. Stahli, age 32 of Wellsville on a Fugitive of Justice Warrant issued out of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Stahli was processed and transported to the Allegany County Jail where he is being held without bail to await extradition back to Pennsylvania.

On January 25th, 2017 Deputies arrested Alisha L. Williams, age 21 of Caneadea on a Violation of Probation Warrant issued out of the Town of Cuba Court. Williams was processed, transported to the Town of Friendship Court where she was arraigned and then remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail or $20,000.00 property bond.  Williams is to reappear in the Town of Cuba Court on February 14th, 2017 for additional court action.

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that on January 25th, 2017 Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason C. Middaugh, age 32 of Wellsville on an Allegany County Violation of Probation Warrant. Middaugh was processed, transported to the Allegany County Jail where he is being held without bail and will appear in Allegany County Court at a later date for additional court action.

Wellsville family angry over medication theft-UPDATED

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the woman received new medications from the doctor!
Previous post:
A Wellsville family says it is angry over the theft of prescription medications...and claims, nobody cares, even police. The Chamberlain Street family Monday afternoon resorted to posting signs to express their discontent. The mother/victim didn't want to be named, but told us today required prescription medications were stolen from her home last week. She said she has a "pretty good idea" who committed the theft, but isn't pleased with the system response so far. She said her medications are gone and has had a difficult time getting new meds. Those medications, she said, are for anti-anxiety and she says she has received little help from police or her doctor. Wellsville police chief Tim O'Grady simply said, "it's an open investigation...and I can't comment further."
The victim said "what am I supposed to job is in jeopardy...I need my meds." The victim claimed that from police to the medical community, "nobody cares." She said "I want to work, I need to work, but I need my medications."
Why post the lawn signs? The victim said, "It's all I can do." Those signs have captured attention...from  roadside vehicle honks to social media. Police say the investigation  is ongoing.

Cause of deadly fire in Wellsville still unclear

The cause of a deadly fire in Wellsville remains unclear. Wellsville Police Chief Timothy O'Grady told Wellsville Regional News Monday afternoon that investigators are still looking into the cause. O'Grady said his Department is the lead agency, but they are being assisted by county and state fire investigators as well as the state police bureau of criminal investigation (BCI). The Chief said he requested help from the BCI. Victor Fiske, 71, of 28 South Broad Street died in the fire. O'Grady said this afternoon that police and investigators have been busy interviewing witnesses and neighbors. He said he has not yet received the official autopsy results. When asked if the cause was consider suspicious, O'Grady said "it remains an open case."

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday January 29, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Christine M. Stone, age 32 of Addison, charging her with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th.  The charges stem from an incident that took place at Kmart in Wellsville. Stone was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Stone was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Stone is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested an 18 year old Andover youth, charging him with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on December 26th at Giant Food Mart in Wellsville.  The youth was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  The youth is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on February 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday January 28, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Charles E. Anderson, age 44 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Mischief 3rd (Class E Felony), Criminal Mischief 4th and Harassment 2nd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on North Main Street on January 19th.   Anderson was processed and arraigned before Associate Village Judge Walsh.  Anderson was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Anderson is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Potter County: Numerous Influential Offices Up For Election In 2017

Many influential positions are being filled in this year’s elections. Republicans and Democrats will select their nominees in the May 16 Municipal Primary. Those candidates’ names will appear on the Nov. 7 Municipal General Election ballot. Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis has posted list of offices up for election this year and related information on the county website, (click on Elections/Voter Registration). Candidates can begin circulating nominating petitions for signatures on Feb. 14 and they have until March 7 to file them.

Many township and borough positions will be filled this year — including borough council member, township supervisor and municipal tax collector — as will seats on every school board in the region. Two countywide positions are on the ballot. The incumbents, District Attorney Andy Watson and Coroner Kevin Dusenbury, have each confirmed they’ll run for another four-year term. All three magisterial district judge positions are being filled for six-year terms. Two incumbents, Annette Easton (Coudersport District) and Kari McCleaft (Shinglehouse), are running for re-election. The third, Delores Weiss (Galeton/Ulysses), has decided to retire at the end of her current term.

NY State Police Blotter

After investigating a domestic dispute, state police arrested Daniel L. Venable, 26 of Wirt. He was charged with harassment with physical contact and endangering the welfare of a child. He was held for court action.

A downstate man was arrested Sunday following a traffic stop on I-86. State police said 19-year-old Salvatore Nicosia of Farmingdale was charged with felony drug possession with intent to sell and felony marijuana possession. He was also charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia to include scales. He was detained on bond.
A Cohocton woman will face a judge following her arrest on State Route 415 in Avoca. Troopers said 48-year-old Tina Vanson was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI. She was stopped early Sunday morning.
Police report the arrest of 45-year-old James Williams of Corning. He was charged with a felony count of criminal contempt involving physical contact. He was released on an appearance ticket for court.

State police say a Corning man was impaired when he was stopped on Denison Parkway in Corning. Police said 34-year-old Matthew Burris was charged with DWI and having a high blood alcohol content. He’ll answer the charges in Corning City court at a later date.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Blotter

Jeremy Mack, 36 of Silver Springs, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant issued by Silver Springs Village Court for a violation of pre trial release conditions. Mack was arraigned in the Village of Silver Springs Court and committed to the Wyoming County Jail on No Bail. He is due back in court on 04/03/2017.  

Kyle Meerboth, 22 of Sardinia, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor), Aggravated Driving With a Blood Alcohol Content of Above 0.18%, and Failure to Keep Right following a traffic complaint on Griffith Road in the Town of Pike. Meerboth allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Meerboth submitted to a breath test which showed his BAC to be 0.21%. Meerboth was released on appearance tickets, and he is to appear in the Pike Town Court on 02/07/2017.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

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

Matthew R. Kirk, 26, Lima, NY, was charged January 18, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator.  Kirk was released on an appearance ticket to satisfy charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Mary M. Jason, 19, Lakeville, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and a Window Tint violation on January 17, and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Mason L. Maha, 19, Perry, NY, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlicensed Operator and Loud/Inadequate Exhaust on January 15.  Maha will answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Lon F. Jarrell, Jr., 62, Lima, NY, was arrested January 20, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Driving Across Hazardous Markings and Failure To Use Designated Lane.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Jarrell was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on no bail and will return to Avon Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Allegany County’s Small Business Training Course

Social Services cases down slightly in Allegany County

Wellsville: YMCA hopes to boost county worker membership

From the draft minutes of the Allegany County Personnel Committee held Jn. 18, 2017:
Chairman of the Board of the Directors Bob Sobeck and Executive Director Traci Keppel for the YMCA attended the meeting to discuss a corporate partnership between Allegany County and the YMCA. Mr. Sobeck started out by giving some history of the Wellsville YMCA, stating this is their fourth year at this location and previously it was the Town of Wellsville Recreation Department. Mr. Sobeck went on to say at that time four years ago, the Town Supervisor met with branch executive director Jeff Elvery and decided to form a partnership with Wellsville that allowed the YMCA to take over the Town of Wellsville Recreation Department. This partnership has saved the Town of Wellsville significant amounts of money because at the time the budget for the Recreation Department was $300,000, and they now only give the YMCA $25,000 per year to run it. Mr. Sobeck added it shows the YMCA’s good will and that’s what they want to bring to the table; start small with a corporate partnership and see what possibilities there are down the road. Ms. Keppel stated what they are proposing is the County put $10 towards employee’s monthly membership and in return the YMCA will put $10 towards employee’s monthly membership saving County employees $20 off their monthly memberships. Currently County employees can show the YMCA a voucher showing they work for the County, and they receive $5 off a monthly membership. This current plan is of no cost to the County; it is a benefit the YMCA provides. Ms. Keppel stated they have 37 corporate partnerships, Jones Memorial Hospital being their biggest, who have stated they have seen a significant increase in their employee’s attitudes and health. Ms. Keppel went on to say the County will have a return on investment just by seeing a decrease in depressed employees, employees taking time off, and an increase in their wellness and productivity at the workplace. Ms. Keppel continued that they also have a partnership with Alfred State College that allows them to use their gym on River Road, known as the Pioneer Student Union, and after receiving a large donation from Charlie Joyce, they are now able to expand into the RadioShack which allows them to offer more functional fitness, programs for all ages, and will also help to make improvements at Alfred State College. Personnel Committee Chairman Tim O’Grady asked what the cost of a monthly membership is. Ms. Keppel stated it depends on which type you choose, but it ranges from $40 per month for a young adult to $75 per month for a family membership. Ms. Keppel stated currently there are 20 to 30 County employees that provide the voucher to receive $5 off their monthly membership, and they would love to see that number increase. Mr. Sobeck added that an important thing to remember is they are more than just a gym, and have so many additional programs and benefits than just working out at the gym. County Clerk Rob Christman asked if this partnership will include County retirees. Ms. Keppel stated it will be for current employees, but that is something they can look into, adding it is all in what the County wants to pay. Legislator Healy asked if this is fair to all County employees to only partner with the Wellsville YMCA when we have employees that live in different areas. Committee Chairman Tim O’Grady stated once you have a membership with the YMCA you can use at any of the locations. Committee Chairman O’Grady stated they will take everything under advisement, discuss where the money would come from, and go from there.

Allegany County prepares for cyber threats at polls

From the draft minutes of the Allegany County Personnel Committee meeting held January 18, 2017:

Elections Commissioner Rick Hollis and Mike McCormick attended the meeting to update the committee on the recent Elections Commissioner Conference in Albany, New York. Mr. Hollis stated there are some topics that are important to bring before the committee, with the biggest topic being cyber security. Mr. Hollis went on to say Oswego County lost their entire voter registration system; their server went down and after realizing they weren’t backed up, they lost an entire month and it cost them $50,000 to get back up and running. Mr. Hollis added that he recently spoke with IT Director Keith Hooker to make sure Allegany County never falls into that situation, and while it’s a difficult process, they will move forward to discuss how to always ensure we are backed up. Mr. Hollis continued that in addition to five organizations, the Governor and State Attorney General are pushing to implement electronic poll books, adding that this will be a huge expense for us because the machines cost $1,200 to $1,500 with yearly maintenance estimated at $300. Mr. Hollis stated in the next three to five years we will be looking at the end of life on our voting machines and having to replace them, adding this is going to be a huge expense for us, and he believes we should create a capital account to start putting funds away so we aren’t hit with the $500,000 all at once. Mr. Hollis added that the Federal Government and State are no longer covering the machines, and with the County being 100 percent responsible, he’s trying to plan ahead, because it’s going to hit us sooner than later.

Obituary: Claes H. Jonsson, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Claes H. Jonsson of 2242 Hallsport Road passed away on Thursday (Jan. 26, 2017) after living his life fully in his home. He and his wife, Lynne, were co-owners of the Hallsport General Store. Memorial services at a place and time will be announced later by the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Obituary: Linda Lou Libordi, 79, Canisteo

Canisteo- Linda Lou Libordi, 79, of Eleventh Street, passed away peacefully Saturday (January 28, 2017) at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Hornell, August 15, 1937, the daughter of Merle and Helen Flaitz Hammond, she had resided in Hornell and Canisteo her entire life. She was a graduate of Hornell High School and was formerly employed by the Hornell Board of Education, Attorney Stanley Doran and Attorney Chauncey Watches. She was also bookkeeper for the Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo for many years.
Linda married Joseph A. Libordi on July 27, 1957 and began her life-long indoctrination into the life of an Italian Wife. They soon moved their young family to Canisteo, where she resided for the rest of her life. Linda was an avid reader and collector of books. She was a member of the former Canisteo Home Bureau. She was a member of Our Lady Of The Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell.
Linda and Joe had an active social life and made many memorable excursions with life-long friends; The Bertches, Cases, Chases, Florences and the Reagans.
She was predeceased by her parents, her niece; Denise Brant and her beloved cat “Sophie”.
Linda’s family would like to express their greatful appreciation to Care First (Formerly Southern Tier Hospice) and especially Rachel, Victoria and Carol.Lisa, Chrissy and Susan would like to give a loving and heartfelt thank you to our Aunt Rosalie Tobin for the love, support and guidance she has given and shown to us during this difficult time. And thanks for the gelato!
She is survived by her loving family; her husband Joe, her three daughters; Lisa (Peter) Wall, Chrissy (Schuyler) Wallace and Susan Carter all of Canisteo, her sister, Sylvia Gerould of Newark, and her grandchildren; Katie Wall, Nick Wall, Matt (Brandi) Wall, Olivia (Nathan) Palmer, Sarah Faltisco, Emily Mayorga, Jake Mayorga, Tyler Carter and Joseph Carter, her great grandchildren; Nixon Koscielniak, Xavier Brown, Eleanor Palmer and Penelope Wall, one niece and nephews.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomescom. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo.
Honoring Linda’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to meet the family at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where her funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2017) . Committal prayers and burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo. Following the graveside service family and friends will gather at the Sons Of Italy Carducci Lodge on Erie Avenue in Hornell.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870, The Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Wimodaughsian Free Library, 19 West Main Street, Canisteo, NY 14823.

Obituary: Clinton Charles Krivulka, 60, Cuba native

Conewango Valley- Clinton Charles Krivulka, 60, of Church Street, Conewango Valley, passed away, Friday (January 27, 2017) as the result of an automobile accident on Route 242 in the Town of Ellicottville. He was born June 30, 1956 in Cuba, NY, the son of the late George Alexander and Virginia Elizabeth (Taylor) Krivulka. Clint was a 1974 graduate of Cuba Central School and BOCES (Carpentry) He was a self-employed transporter for the Old Order Amish Community and had worked as a Sawyer for many area lumber companies, most notably, the former Studd & Whipple Lumber Company in Conewango Valley. He was a member of the Conewango Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he served as an Elder and was the Financial Secretary. He was also a member of the National Arber Day Association. Clint absolutely loved hunting and fishing. Clint is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sharon F. Morris Krivulka, whom he married on July 23, 1977, a daughter; Bonnie Krivulka of Conewango Valley, two sisters; Suzie (Jim) Bentley and Sarah (Kurt) Hallberg, all of Lakewood, NY, two brothers; David (Debbie) Krivulka of Belfast and Andrew (Betty) Krivulka of South Dayton, 11 Nieces and nephews and 5 great nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5-8 Wednesday (February 1, 2017) in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph. A Memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday (February 4, 2017) in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Conewango Valley, NY (corner of Routes 62 and 241) To leave a message for the family, log onto:  Memorials if desired may be made to the Conewango Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Obituary: Jeanne L. Winchell, 74, Cuba

Jeanne L. Winchell:  Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Sister

Jeanne L. Winchell, 74, of 4576 Rte. 305, Cuba passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia after a brief illness.
Born on June 12, 1942, in Cuba, she was a daughter of Gerald R. and Dora M. Travis Edwards.  On October 24, 1959 in Cuba, she married Robert F. Winchell who predeceased her on October 28, 2001.
She graduated from Cuba Central School Class of 1960.
She worked in banking, was an independent consultant for Home Interiors, and last was a baker for the Cuba Giant prior to her retirement.
She loved researching ancestry and scrap booking.
Jeanne was a member of the Cuba First Baptist Church for over 56 years. She is survived by 4 Children, Vicki D. (Duane) Wallace of Cuba, Marci L. Messinger of St. Helena Island, SC, Robert “Jeffrey” (Amanda) Winchell of Bolivar and Staci A. (Jerald) Ward of Machias;10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; a brother,    Fredrick (Betty) Edwards of Cuba; 2 sisters, Janice (Ronald) Dennis of Clarksville, Betty (Marvin III) Gridley of Muncie, Indiana; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a granddaughter Maricia Williamson who passed at birth and a brother Francis Edwards in 1985. At her request there will be no visitation or funeral services at this time. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York. Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba. Online condolences may be sent at

Obituary: Kevin James O'Boyle, 53, Alma

Kevin James O’Boyle of the Pump Station Road passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday January 27, 2017. He was born on March 3, 1963 in Manhasset to James Warner and Betty Eileen Reinisch O’Boyle.
Kevin was a former resident to Kane, Pennsylvania from where he graduated from High School in 1981. In 1987 Kevin graduated from Penn State University and began his career at Air Preheater in Wellsville where he currently was the Director of Research and Development. Kevin loved to fish. He especially enjoyed fishing with his family in the Kane, PA. area and near the Kinzua Dam. Kevin was very much about his children and his beloved grandson.
Survivors include his son Jeffrey [Samantha] O’Boyle of Wellsville; his daughter, Sara O’Boyle of Rexville; his mother, Betty O’Boyle of Kane, PA.; his grandson Liam O’Boyle; his sister, Daria [James] Byham of Kane, PA.; the mother of his children, Annette Meunier of Rexville; several nieces and nephews.
Kevin was predeceased by his father, James O’Boyle and his sister, Debra Nourse.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Wednesday friends are invited to call at the Cummings Funeral Home in Kane, PA. from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a graveside service at 3:30 p.m. in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kane, PA.Memorials in Kevin’s name may be made to the Air Preheater Benevolent Club, 3020 Truax Road, Wellsville, NY.  14895 To leave online condolences please visit

Two dead in Ellicottville crash

Obituary: Larry E. Wheaton, 60, Ulysses

Larry E. Wheaton, 60, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, January 27, 2017 in Ulysses, PA.  Born May 16, 1956, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Keith E. and Evelyn D. Wynick Wheaton.  He was employed by Westfield Tanning Co.  Surviving are:  two children, Nate (Elizabeth) Wheaton and Shelly Wheaton, both of Woodhull, NY; five grandchildren;  a sister, Gwendelenetta S. Hurd of Elkland, PA;  a brother, Jeffrey K. Wheaton of Clinton, IL;  aunts and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Jon R. Wheaton and Michael J. Wheaton.  There will be no visitation or service.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wellsville: Fiske dies in house fire

Press statement from Police Chief Timothy O'Grady: Yesterday afternoon (1/27) at approximately 3:55p.m. the Wellsville Police and Fire Departments responded to 28 South Broad Street for a structure fire.  Firefighters removed one victim from the residence who was transported by Wellsville Ambulance to UofR – Jones Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The victim has been identified as Victor W. Fiske, age 71 who resided at that address.  Fire investigators from Allegany County, New York State and the Wellsville Police Department are returning to the scene this morning for further investigation.  Mr. Fiske’s body has been sent to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Wellsville officer watches over the scene of deadly house fire

Wellsville police charge man with felony drug crimes

Wellsville Police arrested Brent E. Lewis, of La Grange North Carolina, charging him with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance third degree (B felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance third degree (B felony) following a joint investigation with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. Lewis was extradited from North Carolina following his arrest by the Wayne County N.C. Sheriff’s Office for being a fugitive from justice. Lewis was arraigned in Wellsville Village Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail and is to return to Village Court at a later date.

Genesee Fire plans dinner event

Adults – $8.00, Children – $4.00, Preschool – Free
Meal is served at the Fire Hall
Money raised helps our Fire and Ambulance Services Thank You for your support!

Cuba: Arrests made after school goes on lockdown

Following an incident at the Cuba Rushford Central School, the Cuba Police Department has formally charged two youthful offenders with making a terroristic threat (felony) and one youthful offender was charged with criminal possession of a weapon (misdemeanor). This investigation began after a credible report of a possible threat was established and the school was placed on lockdown. The Cuba Police Department would like to thank the faculty, staff and students of the Cuba-Rushford Central School for their assistance and cooperation during this event. We would also like to thank the New York State Police, New York State Police K-9 Unit, New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Friendship Police Department and the Allegany County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of everyone and today that was achieved.
Earlier statement:
The Cuba Police Department along with the New York State Police are actively investigating a possible threat at the Cuba Rushford Middle High School. We are aware that this has been released on social media. To that point, we are posting this release to inform the public and parents of this situation as to help quell any panic or alarm. If any parents are to report to the school please do so by going to the bus garage and see the Cuba Police Department information officer who will be staged at the bus garage. The Cuba Rushford Central School District and the Cuba Police Department will have no additional comments on this matter until the investigation is over. Our goal is to safeguard all faculty, staff, and students. Rest assured measures and precautions are being taken to ensure a safe and positive outcome. Currently all faculty, staff, and students are safe and in lockdown.

Whitcomb leads Sheriffs' Association

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office proudly announces on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb was sworn in as President of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association.  Sheriff Whitcomb was joined at the ceremony by several local officials, current and former. Holding the Bible during the oath was Retired Sheriff Jerry Burrell, who served Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office from 1985-1996. Also in attendance was Assemblyman Joseph Giglio who administered the Oath of Office to Sheriff Whitcomb.

Sheriff Whitcomb is finishing his second term with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. He is the First Sheriff from the County to be sworn into this state leadership role as President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.

The New York State Sheriffs' Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting Sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed Sheriffs of New York State.

Obituary: E. John Gradoni, 95, Alfred

E. John Gradoni, 95, of Alfred, passed away late Sunday night (January 22, 2017) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, following a brief illness. He was born March 24, 1921, in Cohoes, NY, the first child of the late Benedetto and Elvira (Mencarelli) Gradoni.
John was a 1940 graduate of Cohoes High School. He then attended SUNY College for Teachers at Albany, earning his B.S. degree (Commerce & Accounting) in 1947 and his M.S. (Guidance & Administration) in 1948. He received his Doctor of Education degree (Business Education) from New York University in 1957.
On March 13, 1954 in Bronxville, John married Constance Ann Hubert, who predeceased him on October 26, 1992. He took an early retirement to spend more time with her as she unsuccessfully battled breast cancer. He was her devoted primary caregiver until she passed.
John was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. For five years he was an assistant professor of marketing at Alfred State College. He also held positions at the General Motors Institute in Flint, MI, Ball State University in Muncie, IN and the New York State Education Department in Albany, NY. He returned to Alfred in 1968 to become Dean of the School of Business at Alfred State College, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.
John was a gifted public speaker, who could bring an audience to its feet, bring it to laughter or bring it to tears. He especially loved teaching students in the classroom, an experience that made him light up. Few things gave him greater satisfaction than to be remembered by former students, and to be told how much he had meant to them.
John led an active life, often walking to work at Alfred State and swimming laps in the college pool on his lunch break. He enjoyed fishing, and was an avid cross country skier into his 80s. He was an excellent cook. He was a familiar figure in the Village of Alfred for many years as he walked with his beloved dog Naomi. For a time he sang baritone in the Maple City Barbershop Chorus. He also spent time volunteering at Jones Memorial Hospital, and at the Allegany County Office for the Aging. He was an active member of the Alfred United Methodist Church. He will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, John was predeceased by sister Ellen Gradoni, and by brother Donald Gradoni. He is survived by his son Peter Gradoni, of Alfred, his daughter Susan and her husband Stephen Sgambato, of Mapleville, Rhode Island, sisters Jeanette Crola and Benita Collins, both of Latham, brother John Gradoni, of Albany and several nieces and nephews.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Hornell.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m., at the Alfred United Methodist Church, 1389 Moland Road, Alfred.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the Alfred United Methodist Church, 1389 Moland Road, Alfred Station, NY 14803.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Man dies in Wellsville house fire

A  house fire late Friday afternoon claimed the life of an elderly Wellsville man. Wellsville fire was dispatched to a house fire on South Broad Street in the village. Fire Chief Shaun Walsh said the blaze was confined to the front portion of the two  story home and was quickly extinguished. Three volunteers entered the first story and pulled the sole occupant out (Billy Day 3rd, Greg Day and Brandon Harris). He was rushed to Jones Memorial where he was pronounced dead. Chief Walsh said he was a man "in his 70's" and was pronounced dead. He rented the lower portion of the home. Walsh said the blaze was contained to "two or three rooms." At 8 p.m., the property owner arrived at the scene. The scene was taped off and Wellsville police are investigating.

Fatal fire in Wellsville

The Wellsville Fire Department was called to an involved house fire on South Broad Street in the village. There was a full Department response and several ambulances also responded. There was one fatality, according to police. In a brief statement this evening, Wellsville Police Chief Tim O'Grady said "Yes I can confirm one dead." He has no further comment. This is a developing story...

Serious fire in Wellsville

Wellsville fire was sent to a house fire on South Broad Street at about 4  p.m. today. First responders and others on scene have told us it was a fatal fire. Radio reports said firefighters "should exit the home" once the blaze is out and "police tape" should be installed. We have two on scene sources telling us this is a deadly fire.

Allegany County Public Defender January Report

Allegany County: January crime rate up slightly in January