Friday, March 31, 2017

Memorial service for David Miess, 86, Scio

David J. Miess, 86, of Scio, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY following a lengthy illness. Friends are invited to a celebration of David’s life 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Knights Creek Evangelical Church, Scio.  The Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Scio Memorial Library, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Scio Fire Department or any charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at

NY State Police Blotter

3/30/17 3:55pm- State police arrested Cody A. Bilby, 21, of Scio. He was charged with possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child, a class E felony and promoting a sexual performance by a child under 17, a class D felony as well as endangering the welfare of a child. He was held for court action.
3/30/17 7:35pm- State police arrested Justin C. Prouty, 21 of Springville and Nathan D. Harrison, 24 of Salamanca. Both were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle stemming from a complaint filed November 16, 2016 in the village of Bolivar. Prouty was detained for court action while bail was set at $200 for Harrison.
3/30/17 2:55pm- State police said one person was injured in a vehicle crash on State Route 417 near Wolf Spring Road in Scio. The driver was listed as Richard S. Saraco, 71, of Olean. He was taken to Strong Memorial in Rochester for treatment of his injuries.

Threats being investigated at Wayland Cohocton school

Allegany County sex offender arrested

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Rock L. Sadler, 57, a registered Sex Offender in the State of New York, for failing to register an internet account within 10 days, as well as failing to provide an updated photograph to the Sheriff’s Office, both Class E Felonies.
The charges stem from Mr. Sadler’s failure to register a Facebook account and failing to provide an updated photograph to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office within the time frame mandated by the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
Mr. Sadler was processed at the Sheriff’s Office and arraigned before Justice Szucs in the Town of Friendship Court where he was remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in Bolivar Town Court on April 5th 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Obituary: Doris Jean Kess, 84, Cuba

Cuba - Doris Jean Kess of 4302 West Keller Hill Road, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loving daughters and family.
Doris was born on Dec. 23, 1932 in Olean and was a daughter of Willard and Matilda C. Wiseman Handmore. On March 4, 1950, in Olean, she married her husband of almost 55 years, Thomas J. Kess, who predeceased her on Jan. 8, 2005.
Doris was a member of Total Senior Care and enjoyed going to the activities 5 days a week. She was a member of the Lady's Auxiliary of both the Cuba VFW and the American Legion. Doris enjoyed baking, being in the outdoors including flowers, fishing & hunting when she could. But most of all she loved her family and especially her grandchildren and spending time with them.
Doris is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth A. Nazzera of Jamestown, Jenny M. (Dave) Geffers of Bristol, VA, and Linda S. (Don) Moore of Cuba; eight grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; one brother, Willard (Sandy) Handmore of Olean; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with her loving husband, Doris was predeceased by three brothers, Robert, Vernon, and John Handmore.
A Memorial Service will be held in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., #24 Genesee Pkwy, Cuba, on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the HomeCare and Hospice or to Total Senior Care, both at #1225 West State Street, Olean, New York, 14760.

Potter County home destroyed by fire

From the Bradford Era:
A family is homeless and a dog is dead after a fire destroyed their home in Ulysses Township Thursday morning. At 11:54 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to 453 Cowburn Road, where Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Luke Lampman said he found light smoke coming from the modular home. No one was home at the time; a neighbor called in the fire, he said. Officials deemed the home a total loss, saying that water, heat and smoke destroyed the structure. The fire, which started in the basement, is being considered nonsuspicious, Lampman said. John and Judy Turton were listed as residents. One of their dogs survived, while the other died, Lampman said. The American Red Cross is assisting the family, he said. Assisting with the incident were fire departments from Ulysses, Harrison Valley, Genesee, Galeton, Westfield and Coudersport. Firefighters were on scene for about seven hours, which includes investigating the blaze, Lampman said.

Door to Door Sales scam in Alfred Station

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Obituary: Laverne F. "Buddo" Arnold, 89, Fillmore

Fillmore -  Laverne F. ‟Buddo” Arnold of 10804 Claybed Road died Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Olean General Hospital. He was born on July 2, 1927 in Hornell, a son of the late Leo and Olive Newell Arnold. On August 8, 1951 in Eden he married Carol Rice who survives. He was a member of the former United Methodist Church of Hume where he played the piano. He was also very active in the United Methodist Men’s group
Laverne received his Master’s Degree from Alfred University and was a Guidance Counselor for Letchworth Central School for 33 years. Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Laureen Arnold of Hume, Ronald (Pam) Arnold of Sedalia, Missouri, Jon (Eileen) Arnold of Tonawanda, five grandchildren, a sister, Leora Arnold of Fillmore and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Clair Arnold. A private visitation for family will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 followed by a graveside service on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore. Rev. Jamie Stevens, pastor of the Owego United Methodist Church, will officiate. A public celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorials if desired to: Houghton College, c/o piano student fund.

72% of PA Drivers Concerned about Drugged Driving if Marijuana is Legalized for Recreational Use

In an exclusive AAA poll, 72 percent of Pennsylvania drivers say they are somewhat or very concerned about the dangers posed by others driving under the influence of marijuana, should it be legalized for recreational use.  An overwhelming 92 percent of those surveyed by AAA consider someone driving after using illegal drugs a serious threat to their safety.
“Drugged driving is a problem that is quickly – and somewhat quietly – surpassing drunk driving as a major highway safety threat,” said Theresa Podguski, Director of Legislative Affairs, AAA East Central.  “Because AAA is a consistent champion of road safety, we wanted to start the public conversation about this issue before it’s too late.”
Pennsylvania Drugged Driving Summit
On March 30, the Pennsylvania AAA Federation and the Pennsylvania DUI Association held a Drugged Driving Summit to study the issue and develop an action plan specific to Pennsylvania with the goal of increasing education, enforcement resources, and ultimately reaching zero impaired driving fatalities.  More than 150 participants – legislators, law enforcement officials, health care experts, traffic safety advocates, members of the treatment community and national experts among them, gathered to discuss Pennsylvania’s challenges and educate each other to the experiences different agencies experience in dealing with the complex issue.
“As a result of this Summit, we hope to grasp a better understanding of what’s happening in our state from the people who deal with all of the aspects of drug-impaired driving first-hand,” said Podguski.
“We will be working with all three branches of government, safety advocates and the community to implement the recommendations developed at the Summit,” said Stephen Erni, Executive Director, Pennsylvania DUI Association.

More AAA Pennsylvania poll findings:
  • Fifty-four percent correctly identify drug overdoses as the leading cause of death in Pennsylvania when asked to choose among overdoses, traffic crashes, shootings and falls.
  • Only 32 percent believed that Pennsylvania has more incidents of drug overdose than the rest of US. Fifty-three percent think Pennsylvania has about the same number of drug overdoses as other states, while 8 percent think Pennsylvania has fewer incidents.
The poll of more than 1,250 licensed drivers in Pennsylvania revealed that motorists have quickly grasped the dire threat to their safety posed by others driving under the influence of illegal drugs. This is surprising, considering the number of years it took to change social perceptions about the dangers posed by drinking and driving.
AAA Research Underscores Danger, Offers Advice
The threat from the legalization of marijuana for recreational use was also discussed at the Drugged Driving Summit. “Drugged driving is the future of impaired driving enforcement and marijuana is its cutting edge.  We learned some hard lessons in Washington State.  Lessons that could save Pennsylvanian lives,” said Moses Garcia, WA Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor.
Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found an alarming increase in the proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes who had recently consumed marijuana following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington State in November 2012. According to AAA Foundation’s research:
  • Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana more than doubled – from 8 percent to 17 percent.
  • One in six drivers involved in fatal crashes tested positive for active-THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes impairment.
Because of the increasing concern about the negative traffic safety implications and current challenges in discerning and addressing marijuana-related impaired driving, AAA opposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and advises states to:
  1. Strengthen their state data collection capabilities related to marijuana-involved impaired driving and drug-impaired driving.
  2. Prepare law enforcement officers to identify marijuana-impaired drivers and increase the number of Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Training (ARIDE)-trained officers.
  3. Use caution in adopting a “Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana” legal standard and if so, adopt a statutory standard of permissible inference that requires both a positive blood test for active-THC and signs of marijuana impairment as determined by a trained law enforcement officer.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Kentucky serving more than 2.7 million members.       

AT&T about to make history for public safety

Press release:
The U.S. government just awarded us a 25-year contract to build America's first-ever nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety. This is the largest government contract to ever be awarded to a telecommunications provider. It's an historic moment for our company, our industry and the U.S.
Working with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), we will build and manage a network that will strengthen and modernize public safety's communications capabilities, enabling them to operate faster, more safely and more effectively when lives are on the line.
Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said, "We are honored to work with FirstNet to build a network for America's police, firefighters and EMS personnel that is second to none. This is an unprecedented public-private investment in infrastructure that makes America a leader and public safety a national priority."
We will work with FirstNet to deliver a dedicated, interoperable network and ecosystem that will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including rural communities and tribal lands in those states and territories.
The network will help improve communications among members of the public safety community. And that's something that everyone – first responders, employees, customers, shareholders, and even those who don't do business with us – can benefit from during an emergency.
Our work on FirstNet is expected to create 10,000 U.S. jobs across our company and contractors over the next two years. The network buildout will begin later this year.
This win is the result of the outstanding work you do every day to help create the best communications experiences in the world. Our global public sector and public safety teams along with numerous organizations and individuals across the company worked tirelessly to secure this privilege.
Every employee can take pride that we've been trusted to serve our country in this historic undertaking. No connection is more important than one that can save a life. First responders and the public are counting on us, and we will deliver.

Cuba Police Blotter

At approx. 7:55 p.m. on March 29th Cuba Police arrested Shane E. Kranock (23) of Cuba on a violation of probation warrant. He was sent to Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 bail.

 At approx. 11:14 a.m. on March 30th Cuba Police arrested Edwin M. Caulkins (46) of Portville for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd and Fail To Obey Traffic Control Device.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday March 30, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Douglas R. Brauen, age 37 of Wellsville, charging him with a Violation of Probation.  Brauen was processed and committed to the Allegany County Jail.  Brauen is due to appear in Allegany County Court at a later date.

Allegany County: Narcan is saving lives - Daily Reporter

By Kathryn Ross, Daily Reporter
WELLSVILLE — Members of the Partners for Prevention in Allegany County learned Tuesday that since last summer, Narcan (naloxone) used to partially or completely reverse opioid overdoses, saved the lives of nine people in the county.
Sheriff Rick Whitney noted during Tuesday's PPAC meeting that since last summer there have been 12 overdoses — seven male and five females — and that the opioid antagonist drug Narcan was used to save nine of those who overdosed.
"I know there were more overdoses, but these are the ones a police agency was called to," he said. Read more of the Daily Reporter story HERE.

District Attorney Greg McCaffrey and Sheriff Thomas Dougherty Take A Stand On Raise the Age

GENESEO:  An important piece of the budget that our Assembly and Senate will be voting on in the very near future entails a “Raise the Age” initiative.  Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey and Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty are encouraging constituents to contact their state leaders today and encourage them to vote no on raising the age of criminal liability. 
New York State already has a way for 16 and 17 year old offenders to navigate through the criminal justice system without long lasting implications.  Those programs include youthful offender provisions, diversion programs, drug rehabilitation initiatives and educational opportunities.   If the offender can change their behavior and not commit a new crime(s), there are no long lasting negative impacts on the offender for most offenses. 
This important piece of possible legislation should be examined carefully and decided with the upmost consideration that it deserves due to the long lasting impacts if passed.  It should not be presented and voted on in a manner that is combined with several other bills through the budget process. 
If passed, the current bill will provide little to no funding for counties; creating another unfunded mandate on our Sheriff’s Offices, Probation Departments and Family Courts.    The financial burdens cannot be accurately stated due to so many unknowns that have yet to be clarified in the proposal.    Though the specific dollar amount is unknown, it is well known that the proposal will be a significant cost to local taxpayers. 
This bill will negatively impact how the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office conduct their business.   It is our opinion that it will directly affect the safety of our county and that is why we write to express our genuine concern. 
We are asking you to contact your elected state representatives today and ask them to vote no if the raise the age initiative is included in the budget. 
The contact phone numbers and email addresses are provided.
Senator Cathy Young 518-455-3563
Senator Patrick Gallivan  518-455-3471
Assemblyman Joseph Errigo  518-455-5662

Allegany County Sheriff monthly report

Allegany County: State review of Ignition Interlock Program

Allegany County Probation Dept. monthly report

Allegany County Public Defender monthly report

Allegany County 911 Center monthly report

Allegany County District Attorney report for March 2017

Wyoming County Drug Task Force arrest mother, daughter

Gloria Lafferty
Press Release:
Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force announce the arrests of a mother and daughter following a traffic stop in the Village of Warsaw on 03/16/2017.
Members from the Drug Task Force were assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office and Warsaw Police Department when they were attempting to locate a suspect wanted on a warrant for alleged drug sales. Rachel LAFFERTY, age 27, of Perry, New York was believed to be in a vehicle being operated on Main Street in the Village of Warsaw. A traffic stop was conducted and the operator, Gloria LAFFERTY, age 66, also of Perry denied that her daughter was in her van, and during a subsequent search of that vehicle, Rachel was found hiding in the rear storage area of the vehicle.
Rachel Lefferty
Gloria was charged with Hindering Prosecution in the 3rd degree and she was processed and released. Her daughter, Rachel was arrested on the warrant in which she is accused of selling Suboxone on two occasions in the Village of Warsaw in the fall of 2016. Rachel was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. Rachel is currently free pending future court appearances.

Several charged in Wirt burglary case

State police say three people face felony charges in connection with a burglary complaint filed March 24th in the Town of Wirt. On Wednesday, troopers arrested Dakota B. Perry, 19, of Bolivar and a name-protected 18-year-old boy from Little Genesee. They were each charged with felony 2nd degree burglary. Both were jailed on cash bail. On Sunday, troopers arrested Breanne E. Hackett, 22 of Richburg. She was also charged with burglary in the case. She was also initially held on cash bail.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

City of Olean Receives an Award for the North Union Complete Street Transformation

March 29, 2017—Olean—The City of Olean received the 2016 New York State Chapter of the American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award-Transportation for the North Union Street Complete Street Transformation Project at the APWA Chapter Awards Banquet. The banquet took place at the Strathallen Hotel in Rochester on March 23, 2017.
In accepting the award on behalf of the City, Mayor William J. Aiello said, "The City of Olean is honored to accept this award. The North Union Street project brought significant changes to our downtown and was very controversial. Five roundabouts took the place of six traffic lights in a little less than a half-mile section of road. In addition a median was added to the former four lane street and the electric, gas and water lines were updated. It was a significant project that took about three years to complete."
"Our residents and business owners took a leap of faith and early signs indicate that the transformation of the street has made an impact. New businesses have opened on North Union Street and established businesses have invested in their properties along the street," Mayor Aiello continued.
"I would like to thank our DPW Director Tom Windus and his staff for their help during the project and our Community Development Director Mary George and her staff for writing and administering the grants that allowed the City to undertake this massive project," Mayor Aiello added. "In addition, I would like to thank Mott MacDonald and CATCO for their dedication to the North Union Street Project."
The award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the partnership between the managing agency and the participating consultants and contractors. The consultant in the project was Mott MacDonald and the contractor was CATCO.  

Cattaraugus County: Undersheriff Eric Butler Sworn Into Office

Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb proudly announces that on Thursday, March 23, 2017 Captain Eric Butler was promoted to the office of Undersheriff of Cattaraugus County.  In a small ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, and presided by the Honorable Judge Ronald Ploetz, Eric Butler took the Oath of Office to fulfill the role as Undersheriff.
Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb states, “It is an honor and privilege for me to have Eric Butler accept my offer to him, to accept the position of Undersheriff at the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. I have known Eric my entire law enforcement career and can think of no one that I am more proud of, or confident in, to help me administer the Office of the Sheriff, and serve the constituants of Cattaraugus County.”
Undersheriff Butler is in his 20 years of law enforcement which consists of 17 years with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and  3 years with the Salamanca Police Department. He was joined at the cermemony by his wife, Marylyn.

Obituary: Joseph R. "Joe" Monger, 59, Coudersport

COUDERSPORT, PA---Joseph R. “Joe” Monger, 59, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, March 27, 2017.
Born on January 7, 1958 in Springfield, Tennessee, he was a son of Joseph A. and Shirley Dorris Monger.  On April 17, 1982 in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coudersport, he married Rebecca K. Klahr, who survives.
He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1977.  Joe was a carpenter, having built his own home.
Joe was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Coudersport, a member of Carpenters’ Union Local 423, and a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Coudersport American Post #192.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing. His greatest love was spending time with family and friends, especially time spent at camp.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Eric J. (Sarah) Monger of Coudersport; a daughter, Sarah E. (Michael) Boser of Bradford; two half-sisters, Melissa Crown of Texas and Amanda VanScoy of Maryland; three half-brothers, Duane Torrey of Texas, Darin Torrey of Pennsylvania, and Arthur Monger; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by a sister, Carin Short.
Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3 Borie Street, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow at 11a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Darrel R. Justh, pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3 Borie Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Joe’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joe, please visit


Assembly Republicans serving on the New York State Assembly Committee on Corrections are frustrated and angered by a continued spree of assaults on correction officers, including the recent brutal attack at Five Points Correctional Facility that left an officer hospitalized with a facial fracture and a separated shoulder.  
Ranking Members Joe Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), Assemblymen Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), and Assemblyman Gary Finch (R,C,I-Springport) noted that the administration has closed facilities, trimmed staffing and championed budget cuts for state prisons. Palmesano said the resulting overcrowding and understaffing has created a work environment of escalating danger for correction officers.
“This budget needs to provide correction officers with the tools and resources they need to protect themselves and inmates pursuing rehabilitation from violent prisoners. That means increasing staffing levels, ending dangerous double-bunking and double-celling practices, and having enough facilities to house our prison population safely. We aren’t achieving any of those objectives right now, and they are all imperative,” said the lawmakers.
The legislators are alarmed by rising assault rates corresponding with facility closures that began in 2009 and continued until 2014.  
Gov. Cuomo has closed 13 facilities during his tenure. “I'm going to go down in the history books as the governor who closed the most prisons in the history of the State of New York and I am proud of it," he announced last year.
 Fitting the prison population into 13 fewer facilities has created a pressure-cooker environment. There were 760 assaults on correction officers last year, up 45 percent from 2012.
 “These numbers are simply unacceptable. These brave men and women are on the front lines of public safety. Their job is inherently dangerous. As a society, it is unconscionable that we would make their job even more hazardous because we weren’t willing to provide them with needed resources. It starts with the governor, but it requires lawmakers to make this a priority. We continue making this case to our colleagues,” said the legislators.
 In his Executive Budget, the governor proposed slashing visitation hours at maximum security prisons in an effort to cut 39 positions. Both houses of the legislature rejected the misguided provision in their own budget resolutions. The proposal would further jeopardize the safety of inmates and correction officers.
 Giglio, Palmesano, and Finch said that lawmakers who are pushing for criminal justice reforms that benefit convicted felons should be mindful of the law enforcement officials who put their lives on the line to keep people safe.
“Certainly, we want a criminal justice system that is fair. What we can’t do is focus solely on criminals and ignore the pursuit of justice for brave New Yorkers on the front lines of law enforcement.”
Assemblyman Joseph Giglio represents the 148th District, which consists of all of Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, and portions of Steuben County as well. For more information, visit Assemblyman Giglio’s Official Website.

Allegany County Safe Boating Course

Sheriff Rick Whitney is pleased to announce that the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office will be offering the following FREE course to all Allegany County residents:
New York State Safe Boating Course
Allegany County Public Safety Facility
4884 State Route 19 S
Belmont, New York 14813
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please call (585)268-9204 to sign-up now as class size is limited!! 
Children MUST be 10 years old on or before the course date selected.

New Law Effective May 1, 2014 – All individuals born on or after May 1st, 1996, are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat.  Approved courses include those offered by the NYS Parks, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron.  

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Blotter

3/27/17- Deputies arrested Heather R. Perry, 17, of Machias. She was picked up in Hinsdale and charged with violating probation. She was jailed pending arraignment.
3/24/17- Deputies arrested Brandee S. Johnson, 24, of Coldspring. She was charged in a warrant from Olean City Court with violating probation. She was initially jailed on $1,000 bail.
3/24/17- Deputies arrested Heather M. Ordway, 39 of Olean. She was charged in an Olean City warrant with violating probation.
3/23/17- Following a traffic stop in Randolph, deputies arrested Lucas A. Burton, 31 of Olean. He was charged with aggravated DWI.
3/23/17- Deputies arrested Bradley P. Stahlman, 46 of Salamanca. He was charged in an Olean City warrant with welfare fraud. Deputies also arrested Katie Stahlman, 27 of Salamanca for welfare fraud. In addition, she also had two active warrants from the Olean City court.

Houghton's Oakerson Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

HOUGHTON, NY - March 29, 2017 -  Houghton College recently awarded one of its most prestigious honors, the Excellence in Teaching Award, to Dr. Ron Oakerson, professor of political science at the college.
Oakerson joined the Houghton community in 1992 and has played a pivotal role in the political science and international development majors. For 25 years he has provided students with top-notch classes and experiences, both here on campus and in locations such as Buffalo, Adirondack Park, and Sierra Leone, West Africa. He also served as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college from July 1999-December 2006. Oakerson has held the Robert I. Davidson Distinguished Professor in Social Science accolade at the college since 2014, and has an excellent track record of scholarly publications, presentations, and research.
“Professor Oakerson has played a transformational role in experiential education at Houghton in both local and global contexts,” remarked Houghton College President Shirley A. Mullen. “He has inspired an entire generation of Houghton students to become agents of global transformation.”
Oakerson has continued to build on the partnership between Houghton and the country of Sierra Leone that was established by Wesleyan missionaries connected to the college. He has led five separate trips to the country for cross-cultural field experiences in the evaluation, creation, and implementation of village-based economic programs. The most notable program to stem from these outreaches was the Mango Out-Growers Project, a joint outreach of Houghton College and World Hope International that was conceived and implemented by Oakerson and students at the time, including Wesley Dean ’10, Paul Christensen ’06, and Steven Grudda ’10, the 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year. Oakerson’s work in Sierra Leone earned him official Citations of Merit from World Hope International and Houghton College.
“To me, Dr. Oakerson epitomizes the Houghton education,” praises Grudda. “His excellent instruction shaped my career, and his gracious mentorship molded my character.”
Prior to Houghton, Oakerson was a senior scientist at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, co-directed at the time by Elinor Ostrom, who later won the Nobel Prize in Economics. He also served as senior analyst for Metropolitan Research and assistant director of research at the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. His work in metropolitan governance led to the publication of his book Governing Local Public Economies: Creating the Civic Metropolis in 1999.
In addition to consulting for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), he has served on three national commissions: The Panel on Common Property Resource Management of the National Academy of the Sciences; the National Rural Studies Committee; and the Task Force on Civic Education of the American Political Science Association.

Oakerson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University, and both a Master of Arts and doctorate from Indiana University.

The Excellence in Teaching Award honors a faculty member who meets a variety of criteria set by the Faculty Development Committee, including: stellar classroom/lab/studio instruction and thorough knowledge of the subject matter; active encouragement of students to think creatively and critically through mentoring, service learning and other collaborative activities; and the development and improvement of teaching in learning in self and others.

NY State Police Blotter

3/28/17 7pm- After investigating a complaint in the Town of Portville, state police arrested Courtney E. Egner, 19 of Arcade. She was charged with aggravated harassment-communicating threats. A court appearance ticket was issued.
3/28/17 12:45pm- State police report the arrest of 54-year-old Patrick Mosher of Corning. He was charged with 2nd degree forgery, a class D felony. Troopers alleged he forged a deed, will or contract. Court action is pending.
3/28/17 7:10pm- During a stop on I-86 in Howard last night, state police arrested 23-year-old Jacob Nelson of Hornell. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order. He was also charged with escape. He was detained on cash bail.
3/28/17 8:45am- State police report the arrest of 57-year-old Randy Brown of Corning. He was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as false personation and a traffic infraction. 3/28/17 11:20pm- State police Tuesday night arrested 24-year-old Kyle Force of Corning. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, pot possession, aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while impaired by drugs.  Court action is pending.

Allegany County, others receive state money for emergency communications

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $45 million has been awarded for counties across the state to upgrade critical technology and improve emergency communications systems. This funding will enable local governments to expand their ability to communicate, exchange valuable data, and streamline information through their systems to enhance collaboration and assist first responders.
"In an emergency, every second counts," Governor Cuomo said. "This critical funding will improve the quality and efficiency of emergency response capabilities across New York, while supporting the brave first responders who put their lives on the line every day to protect their neighbors and their community."
The State Interoperable Communications Grant, which is administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has awarded more than $275 million in five rounds to 57 counties and New York City. In addition, 10 regional partnerships or consortiums have been formed as a result of this grant program. This represents an increase in participation of more than 50 percent since the program was launched in 2010.
Allegany: $911,523
Cattaraugus: $663,916
Livingston: $598,108
Steuben: $862,857
Wyoming: $474,197

Tony Stewart wants claims dismissed in Canandaigua incident - WHEC-TV

The former NASCAR driver facing a wrongful death lawsuit for an incident at a Canandaigua racetrack is now asking for many of the claims to be dismissed.

According to ESPN, Tony Stewart filed a motion asking a federal judge to dismiss claims made by Kevin Ward Jr.’s parents. Ward was killed after Stewart struck him during the Empire Super Sprints Race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park back in 2014.

Toxicology reports showed Ward had marijuana in his system when he got out of his car and started to walk towards Stewart’s car. The Ward family believes Stewart tried to scare their son and accidentally hit him.
Tony Stewart wants claims dismissed in Canandaigua incident

Steuben Deputies take a road trip, haul back wanted fugitive

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday March 28, 2017
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Ridge C. Potter, age 27 of Wellsville, charging him for failure to appear in Court.  Potter was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Potter was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on April 4th at 4:30 p.m.
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Cory J. Eck, age 34 of Wellsville, charging him for failure to appear in Court and/or pay fine.  Eck was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Eck paid his fine of $245.00 and was released.

Rexville man faces felony charge

On Monday March 27th, 2017, the Canisteo Village Police Department arrested David E. Hink, 24, of 3219 County Route 60 in Rexville, NY for Felony Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. Hink was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Canisteo Village Court at a later date.

Obituary: Brenda J. Hurlburt, 67, Hornell

Brenda J. Hurlburt, 67, of Upper Glen Ave., Hornell, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville, NY.
Brenda was born in Woodhull, NY on July 14, 1949, the daughter of the late Gerald and Alberta Simpson Preston. She grew up in Woodhull and graduated from Jasper Central School in 1967. Following high school, she attended Olean Business Institute for a year.
She worked briefly at Bethesda Community Hospital in North Hornell. In 1973 Brenda began a career of over 40 years at St. James Mercy Hospital where she worked as an inpatient coder.
On Oct. 15, 1983, she married Russell W. Hurlburt in Hornell. They were both members of the Hornell Association. Brenda was an avid genealogist and assisted many families in their efforts to explore their early roots.
Besides her husband Russ, Brenda is survived by her sister and brother in law, Jean and Duane Smith of Mount Holly Springs, PA, her brother in law, Dean Sawyer of Troy, PA, her uncle, Grant Foster of Greenwood and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her sister, Cheryl Sawyer.
Friends may call on Wednesday, March 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY. Brenda’s funeral and committal services will follow there at 2 PM with Rev. Trevor Price officiating.
Burial will be made in Woodhull Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial donations be considered for assistance with final expenses and directed to the funeral home.


Press Release:
ALBANY – After a heartbreaking case in Tennessee that resulted in the death of a young woman originally from Fredonia, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) has introduced legislation to ban the potentially dangerous guardrails in New York State.
In November 2016, Hannah Eimers, who was born on September 11, 1999 in Fredonia, was killed in a traffic accident in Tennessee when her vehicle left Interstate 75, crossed into the median and struck the guardrail. Tragically, instead of re-directing the car as it left the roadway, the guardrail penetrated the cabin of the car, killing Hannah instantly.
With the story returning to headlines recently, Hannah’s family has raised concerns because the type of guardrail she struck continues to be used across the country, despite growing safety concerns.
“Our hearts go out to the Eimers family. Words cannot begin to express our sympathies. Losing a 17-year-old child is devastating, especially in such a tragic way. When I learned about the local connection to Hannah I immediately took action to help the family bring something positive out of their loved one’s tragic passing. New York should be proactive so that a similar tragedy doesn’t occur here,” said Senator Young.

In response to the family’s concerns, Senator Young has introduced new legislation, Senate Bill 5427, which would remove “X-Lite” guardrail products from the list of eligible types of materials used for guardrails in New York State, ban “X-Lite” and similarly designed products from being installed in the future, and require that any existing “X-Lite” guardrail products be replaced.
“This legislation is about ensuring the public’s safety on the roadways. We are discovering that there are deathtraps on the sides of our roads. Guardrails are supposed to be designed to protect people from injury when there is an accident. You just can’t cut corners when public safety is involved and this design is seriously flawed. Banning the use of this design will help keep everyone safe while honoring Hannah’s memory. Everything that can be done to protect motorists should be done. If a product is known to be deficient, we should take steps to replace it and make sure municipalities and the state don’t continue investing in the technology,” she said.
Just two weeks prior to the accident, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) decided to stop contracting for the “X-Lite” guardrails. Since the time of the crash, TDOT has also moved forward with contracting for the removal of a majority of the same guardrails that are currently in place.
Last month, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) also began the process of removing and replacing guardrail end terminals with similar designs and materials to the “X-Lite” guardrails involved in Hannah Eimers’ case, amid concerns the products might fail in a head on crash. According to media reports, VDOT claimed they took the actions after reports about design flaws were raised and they performed their own internal investigations.

Obituary: Ann B. McKinley, 79, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Ann B. McKinley, 79, of 152 Pine Street died on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born January 8, 1938 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Harvey and Mary (Brown) Brown. On August 22, 1959 in Wellsville she married James M. McKinley who predeceased her on November 4, 1999. 
Ann was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended D’Youville College. She worked at various local businesses during her high school years and was employed by New York Telephone when she returned from college. After her family was grown, she owned and operated Frederick’s Grocery and Delicatessen in Wellsville. Ann lived for her family and loved the family gatherings at the cabin on Brown Road. She was a member and faithful servant of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed helping with various annual community and church events, especially the Food Booth at Immaculate Conception Fun Fair.     
She is survived by five sons, Patrick McKinley, James (Tonya) McKinley and Michael McKinley all of Wellsville, Dennis (Kathy) McKinley of Raleigh, NC and Timothy (Kim) McKinley of Anchorage, Alaska, four daughters, Mary George of Hornell, Maureen (Jason) Sibble, Margaret (Aaron) Whitehouse and Kate (James) Murphy all of Wellsville, 21 Grandchildren, Casey, Jaclyn, Keely, Brittany, Tessa, Michaeleen, Connor, Jimmy and Liam McKinley, Jill Speegle, Megan and Laura George, Jessica Bennett, Morgan, Mallory and Brooke Sibble, Sean and Jana Whitehouse and Sarah, Richie and Gavin Murphy, 7 Great grandchildren, with two on the way, three brothers, Rev. William “Bill” Brown OFM of Peru and Michael (Mickey) Brown of Jamestown and Robert (Nancy) Brown of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a son, William “Billy” McKinley, a brother, James H. Brown and a sister, Loretta McKean. 
Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00 noon in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Father Brown Mission Club or the Immaculate Conception Church or School. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Relay for Life set for April 8 at Alfred State

Come join hundreds of Alfred State students next month as they raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society during the college’s annual Relay for Life event.
Held in the Orvis Activities Center gymnasium, the event will take place from noon until midnight April 8. The public is invited to join a team or put their own team together by visiting  
The theme of this year’s Relay is “Decades.” Participants are encouraged to dress up in clothing worn during different decades from the 1920s until present, with outfits changing on an hourly basis.
“Anyone who attends is encouraged to dress up, but may wear casual clothes or whatever is comfortable,” said Relay for Life Committee public relations rep Jacob Allen, a construction management major from Palmyra. “There will be mini-games every hour to keep everyone involved and active.”
Allen noted that in the past, the Alfred State Relay has been able to raise more than $20,000 in just one year for the American Cancer Society, and that the committee is attempting to set a new record this year, in terms of fundraising and participation.
“Every penny will help,” he said, “so please come down to see what Alfred State is really about, and what we can accomplish together as a community in the fight against cancer.”

Wellsville: Balloon Rally looking for sponsors

Have you been considering become a sponsor for the Balloon Rally? There are still sponsorship opportunities available, and with 4 different levels of sponsorship available, there is something that's sure to fit your budget. You can find all of the information here, along with the sponsorship application:

Concerned Citizens of Allegany County schedule meeting April 1st

The next monthly meeting of Concerned Citizens of Allegany County (CCAC) will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. at 22 W. Main St., Angelica. All are welcome to attend.
After the business portion of the meeting, discussion topics will include but are not limited to:
** Status of Public Comment and challenge to NAPL...
** Issues identified and battle with FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
** DEC proposed modifications of SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review Act)

Join us, won't you?

DEC Announces New York's 11th Year with No New Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that of the more than 2,400 white-tailed deer tested last season, none tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Since 2002, DEC has tested more than 40,000 wild white-tailed deer for CWD.
"Preventing the introduction of Chronic Wasting Disease in New York State is among DEC's top wildlife priorities. We're working hard to ensure the health of our deer herd and to protect the recreational and viewing opportunities deer provide," said Commissioner Basil Seggos. "We recognize that hunters play an important role in keeping CWD out of New York, because the most effective way to protect New York's deer herd is to keep out CWD."
CWD is a highly contagious disease that affects deer, elk, moose, and reindeer. CWD is always fatal and there are no vaccines or treatments available. CWD is caused by a misfolded protein called a "prion" that can infect animals through animal-to-animal contact or via contaminated environments.
In 2005, CWD was found in captive and wild white-tailed deer in Oneida County. After intensive disease response efforts, no subsequent cases have been detected. In the 2016-2017 surveillance period, 2,447 samples were tested from hunter-harvested deer and 102 clinical deer that appeared sick or abnormal. DEC partners with meat processors and taxidermists to obtain samples each year.
For wildlife diseases like CWD, prevention is the most effective management policy. There are several recommendations for both hunters and anyone that encounters deer that will prevent introduction of infectious prions, including:
  1. Do not use deer urine-based lures or cover scents. Prions are shed in a deer's bodily fluids before the deer appears sick. Prions bind to soil and plants and remain infectious to deer that ingest contaminated soil. There is no method of disinfection.
  2. Dispose of carcass waste, even from New York deer, into a proper waste stream either by putting butcher scrap in with your household trash or otherwise assuring it ends up in a licensed landfill. Landowners may dispose of their own deer on their property, but it is illegal for businesses such as butchers and taxidermists to dispose of waste generated from their business in any way other than a landfill or rendering facility.
  3. Debone or quarter your deer before you bring it back to New York. This practice removes "high risk" parts such as the brain and spinal cord that could potentially spread CWD. If a whole intact carcass is brought in from a prohibited state, province, or any high-fence shooting facility, the person will be ticketed and the entire animal, including trophy heads, will be confiscated and destroyed. Meat, hide and cape, antlers, cleaned skull cap with antlers attached, finished taxidermy mounts, tanned hides, and clean upper canine teeth are permitted.
  4. Do not feed wild deer or moose. Animals concentrated together can spread disease quickly.
In the event of a CWD outbreak in New York, state agencies are prepared. DEC has an Interagency CWD Response Plan with the Department of Agriculture and Markets if the disease is detected in either captive cervids or wild white-tailed deer or moose. There are no documented cases of CWD infecting humans, but DEC urges caution when handling or processing CWD-susceptible animals.

PA Supreme Court approves language access plan for courts

HARRISBURG — The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted a comprehensive plan to improve access to justice for those with limited English proficiency and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  
The Language Access Plan is designed to guide the judiciary in meeting language challenges brought by the growing diversity of Pennsylvania’s population. It also further solidifies the courts’ commitment to fair and equal access to justice by providing quality language access services to non-English-speaking and deaf court users. 
Pennsylvania is the 10th most linguistically diverse state in the country. Approximately 10 percent of the Commonwealth’s residents speak another language at home. Spanish is the language for which interpreters are most frequently requested in our courts, with American Sign Language at number two, followed by Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese and Arabic.  
The Language Access Plan marks the latest effort by Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System to create solutions to language barriers in the state court system.  
The AOPC developed a language access plan template for judicial districts in 2014 to identify existing and develop future language-related services and resources at the local level for judges, court staff, attorneys and the general public. The plans were implemented in March 2015, and each judicial district designated a language access coordinator to oversee the availability of services in its courts 
In addition, the AOPC’s Interpreter Certification Program has steadily increased the number of certified and qualified interpreters statewide since its inception in 2008. Currently, more than 200 certified and qualified interpreters are on the program’s roster, representing more than 30 languages.  More than 1,400 candidates are currently attempting to become certified. 
With the governor’s support, the state legislature appropriated $1.5 million in 2016 to help counties defray the cost of complying with language access.  In 2016 courts spent $3.2 million in providing interpreter and related language access services. 
A Language Access Advisory Group was created 18 months ago by the Supreme Court to develop the statewide plan for the court system. The advisory group included judges, court administrators, court interpreters, legal services providers, and elected government leaders. 
The statewide plan provides for increased language access training and data collection procedures for the Commonwealth’s 60 judicial districts. 
Pennsylvania already has statewide criminal protective orders, protection from abuse, and protection against sexual violence and intimidation forms translated into multiple languages.  
The plan encourages judicial districts to increase the availability of translated local court forms and signage.  
Methods for identifying the need for language services at the earliest possible point in the judicial process and the development of a procedure to monitor language access complaints are other elements in the 49-page plan.
The plan can be viewed and downloaded on the state court system website:

Waterloo Technology Teacher Arrested


New York State Police in Waterloo report the arrest of a Waterloo High School technology teacher after receiving a report of odd remarks made to a student. David A. Rautenberg, 44, of Liverpool, NY was arrested after an investigation by state police allegedly determined he engaged in inappropriate conversations with a female student while at the school. Rautenberg was charged with the class A misdemeanor of Endangering The Welfare of A Child and was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Waterloo Village Court at a later date. Rautenberg has been employed by the Waterloo Central School District for approximately 14 years and had previously been placed on administrative leave by the district pending the results of the investigation.


Press Statement:
HARRISBURG, PA - Yesterday during a keynote speech at an event attended by pro-drilling county commissioners from across the state, York County Republican senator and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wager muddied some very clear waters by casting doubt on the scientific consensus regarding climate change, saying, "I haven't been in a science class in a long time, but the earth moves closer to the sun every year--you know the rotation of the earth. We're moving closer to the sun."
In Response, Joanne Kilgour, Director of the Sierra Club PA Chapter Issued the Following Statement:
“Senator Wagner’s comments indicate that he is not only woefully under-informed about the settled science of climate change, but also that he is unprepared to address the consequences of a warming world. The Commonwealth cannot afford to experience impacts from climate change such as increased flooding, more days with dangerous air quality, or more intense and destructive storms. If Senator Wagner is not prepared to take action on climate change, he is ignoring an imminent threat to our environment, to justice, and to prosperity for the people of Pennsylvania. This is not the kind of representation we need in Harrisburg.”

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PA snow bill gains traction

PA Senate Bill 435, otherwise known as Christines Law, passed the Senate Transportation Committee today. The bill would allow for police to stop motorists whose vehicle or truck had enough snow or ice atop its roof that it might fly off and pose a danger to other motorists.
51-year-old Christine Lambert of Palmer Township was killed back in 2005 while traveling when a piece of ice flew off the roof of tractor trailer and went through the wind shield of her car.
State Senator Lisa Boscola of the Lehigh Valley hopes to prevent tragedies like this so she introduced Christine’s Law. The bill was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday with a unanimous vote.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report: March 27, 2017

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

NICHOLAS COOPER, 22, of Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree; Interlock Ignition Violation, a misdemeanor; Speed Violation, a violation and Refusal of Breath Test, a violation.  The incident occurred on November 22, 2016, in the City of Salamanca, when he allegedly operated a motor vehicle without an interlock device at a time when he was required to have one on a public highway while he was in an intoxicated condition knowing that his license was revoked as a result of a prior alcohol-related conviction, operated a motor vehicle at a maximum speed other than the established speed limit and refused to submit a breath test at the request of a police officer.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

FRANKLIN J. CHASE, 31, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated with the New York State Department of Corrections, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred in June 2014 in the Town of Olean, when Chase allegedly entered in a building with intent to commit a crime therein, stole property that was valued over one thousand dollars and intentionally damaged the property of another person.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas

MICHAEL E. FRAYLON, JR., 25, of Hartford, Connecticut, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, class D felonies and Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on February 15, 2017, in the Town of Randolph. Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2017.

ANGELINE BARNISH, 31, of Olean, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on September 30, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway while in an intoxicated condition.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 14, 2018.

JAY D. STAFFORD, 26, of Salamanca, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on July 4, 2016, in the Town of New Albion, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, with a .13% BAC and when he knew or had reason to know that his license or privilege of operating a motor vehicle in the State of New York was suspended or revoked.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2017.

LOREN G. WARNER, 27, no permanent address but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Rape in the Second Degree, a class D felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on January 20, 2017, in the Town of Farmersville, when the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with another person less than fifteen years old and knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2017.

KEITH FUNDERBURK, 29, of Olean, New York,  but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a term of 1 year with the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class C felony.  The incident occurred on January 6, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug. 

CURTIS A. FORD, 26, of Allegany, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a term of 2 years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 2 years of post release supervision for his conviction to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on May 31, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug. 

LEAH THOMAS, 31, of Great Valley, New York, was sentenced to 5 years of probation for her conviction to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on January 15, 2015, in the Town of Great Valley, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess and sell a narcotic drug. 

DANEE ELLIS, 24, of Olean, New York, but currently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to 1 year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for her conviction to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on June 7, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug.  Furthermore, DANEE ELLIS was sentenced to 1 year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for her conviction to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred between April 27 and April 28, 2017, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug.  Both sentences are to run concurrent.