Friday, August 31, 2018

Obituary: Erin L. McKeone, 50, Coudersport

Coudersport - Erin L. McKeone, 50, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Thursday, August 30, 2018.
Born on August 29, 1968 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Dr. Robert E. and Marilyn J. Jackson Wagner. On February 22, 1992, she married Sean P. McKeone, her high school sweetheart, who survives.
Erin was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1986. For two years, she attended Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y., attaining a 4.0 grade point average. She spent the summer of 1988 on a mission trip to China.
Erin was a devoted and loving wife, mother, teacher, daughter, and friend who always put her family first. Each of her children was homeschooled by Erin. She was an active member of God’s Country Ministry (Coudersport Free Methodist Church), in Sweden Valley. She served on the lead team, Bible Study group, and was a member of the Soul Care group, where, despite her illness, was still active. Erin recently organized, with the help of her family and friends, a dinner and service for Rev. Vilmer Paul, visiting from Haiti, to aid in building Christian schools for the children there. She had a special burden and vision for the people of that country.
Her faith never wavered. Through her illness, she chose to put her faith in God. Erin was very active in several homeschool co-ops, and was a substitute teacher for special needs IU9 students.
For over a year, Erin regularly shared a blog about her life on her own website, “To Fathom the Depths” where she shared her spiritual journey.
Surviving in addition to her husband and her parents of Coudersport are five children, Meredith B. (Joel) Hannon of Marlborough, N.H., Tanner J. McKeone, Ethan S. McKeone, Troy P. McKeone, and Evan B. McKeone, all at home; a granddaughter, River Grace Hannon; two brothers, Scott D. (Kathy) Wagner and Eric V. Wagner, both of Coudersport; a sister, Heather D. Keating of Coudersport; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of Erin’s life will be held at God’s Country Ministry (Coudersport Free Methodist Church), 1237 East 2nd St., Coudersport, on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at noon with Pastor Peter J. Tremblay, officiating.
Erin’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Erin, please visit
Erin’s wishes that memorials be sent to God’s Country Ministries, 608 S. East St. Coudersport Pa, 16915, in support of the Heavenly Brightness schools in Haiti.

Obituary: Edward C. Bailey, 81, Canisteo

CANISTEO - Edward C. Bailey, 81, of North St., passed away early Friday morning (August 31, 2018) at the Vincent House in Wayland.
Born in Troupsburg, NY, June 4, 1937, the son of Richard and Eliza (Bailey) Nilson, he had resided in the Canisteo area his whole life. Ed was employed by the Village of Canisteo for 31 years; after his retirement in 1988, Ed received the “Key to the City”. He also worked for Woodburn Monuments during which time he enjoyed working with Charlie Hartman.
He was predeceased by his parents, and a sister Suzanne McMindes.
He is survived by a daughter; Tammy Sharp of Hornell, 4 Sons; Edward (Diane) Bailey Jr. of Hornell., Michael (Jennifer Miller) Bailey of Canisteo, James (Sonya) Bailey of Hornell and Russell (JoAnne) Bailey of Wellsville, close friends Barbara and Lee Criss of Hornell, 2 brothers; John Nilson of Canisteo and Charles Nilson of Atlanta, NY, 2 sisters; Mary (Royce Vanderhoef) Nilson of Canisteo and Kathy (Terry) Cornell of Rochester, 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 5 sisters-in-law; Gail (James) Buttery, Debbie (Danny) Murray, Echo (Mark) Dineen, Mary Rudesil and Sharon Rudesil, 1 brother-in-law; William Yeoman, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit  The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director of the Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo.

Honoring Ed’s wishes there will be no calling hours or services at this time. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Canisteo.
In lieu of flower friends may make donations to the Vincent House of Wayland or to the Canisteo Ambulance Corps.


BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Raymond Whelan, 49, of Cheektowaga, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant operates Between June 2015 and March 2016, Whelan and co-defendant David Nichols entered into an agreement to sell counterfeit automobile airbags. Whelan would contact Nichols and order numerous airbags bearing counterfeit trademarks of Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Hyundai, Acura, and Mitsubishi. Nichols would then locate manufacturers in China to supply the requested airbags.
In order to avoid detection during importation, the airbags were mislabeled. Once imported into the United States, Whelan would sell the airbags on eBay utilizing the name Rayscarparts71. The airbags were listed on eBay as genuine used airbags designed to fit Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Hyundai, Acura, and Mitsubishi.
During the investigation, multiple undercover purchases were made from Rayscarparts71 and airbags were seized from the defendant’s business. All the purchased and seized airbags were determined to be counterfeit. The airbags also contained trademarks of Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Hyundai, Acura, and Mitsubishi, trademarks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. None of these companies authorized the defendant to utilize their trademarks.
Whelan imported and sold more approximately 360 counterfeit automobile airbags with an average manufacturer’s retail price of $650.00. The total infringement amount was $236,600. Co-defendant David Nichols was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly and Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations. Sentencing is scheduled for December 17, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Police, Drug Task Force make Fentanyl, Meth arrests

NY State Police Blotter

8/30/`8 2:30pm- State police arrested Joshua M. Maier, 31, of Alma. He was charged with grand larceny 4th, an E felony. He was detained. Also arrested on August 15th in the same case was 30-year-old Sonya Shelley of Wellsville. She was also charged with grand larceny.
8/30/18 7:36pm- State police arrested David A. Romero, 36, of Friendship. He was charged with 3rd degree assault. He will appear in court at a later date.
8/30/18 11:11pm- During a traffic stop on County Road 15 in Granger, troopers arrested Christopher M. White, 42, of Fillmore. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and BAC above .08%.

Allegany County Public Defender Monthly Report - August 2018

Allegany County Probation Monthly report - August 2018

Allegany County District Attorney Monthly Report - August 2018

Allegany County Sheriff Monthly Report - August 2018

Allegany County 911 Monthly Report - August 2018

Last Chance: ACCORD Entrepreneur Course, $1,000 Prize

Last chance to register for the fall session of ACCORD's Entrepreneur Training Course! Beginning on Tuesday September 4th at 5:30 PM, the 10-week course is designed to educate potential and existing business owners about the ins and outs of running their own business. Topics include: writing a business plan, choosing the right business structure, accounting/finance, marketing, legal issues, social media, among others. The curriculum will feature traditional classroom lectures, local guest presenters speaking on their areas of expertise, in-class activities, and ends with a business plan competition.Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the ALCO Federal Credit Union, the winner of the business plan competition at the end of the course will be the recipient of ALCO’s Business Plan Award in the amount of $1,000.
For more information on the course, or if interested in registering, please contact Bryan Payne, the ACCORD Business and Loan Manager, at 585-268-7080 or

Obituary: Fred F. Dean, 91, Cuba,

Fred F. Dean:  Loving Father, grandfather, great grandfather

Fred F. Dean, 91, of 9387 Watt Road, Cuba, passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 at Cuba Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Born on March 10, 1927, in Scio, he was a son of Cloyd L. and Grace Ellison Dean.  On October 4, 1947, in the Eldred Free Methodist Church he married the former Pauline Bidwell who preceded him in death on September 24, 2016.
Fred was a graduate of Scio Central School Class of 1946. He later went on to study diesel mechanics and attended schooling to become a milk tester.
He was a Millwright for Acme Electric for 43 years and worked for a short period of time at Cuba Cheese.  He also worked part time doing side jobs with Earl Thompson.  From 1946-1976 he owned and operated Breezy Point Campground with his wife and in 1976 sold the business to his brother. 
He was a member of Cuba Friendship Masonic Lodge 306 F&AM, McKee Chapter 212 Order of the Eastern Star, holding many offices within each organization quite often reciting the ritual from memory.  He was also a member of the Corning Consistory, Alle-Catt Campers Association.  He also played bass fiddle and called square dances for the Allegany Ridge Runners Band and the Del Hand and the Country Gentlemen Band alongside Ray Wetherby.  He was also a longtime member of the Cuba Fire Department. 
Fred enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, maintaining his home, and his beloved pets over the years. He is survived by his children Alvin J. (Kristine) Dean of Utica, C. John Dean of  Cuba Lake, Vicki (Jim) Schleigh of Cuba, Bonnie (Monte) Richmond of         Cuba; 11 grandchildren, nine Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by his siblings James Dean, Grant Dean, Alice Langdon, Alberta Main, and his twin sister Frances Dean.
Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street Cuba on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 10-11:00 a.m. at which time Funeral Services will be held.  The Rev. John Woodring, will officiate. Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson, New York.
Members of Cuba Friendship Masonic Lodge 306 F&AM, McKee Chapter 212 O.E.S., and the Cuba Fire Department may assemble in the Funeral Home Tuesday evening at 6:45 to pay their final respects. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Democrat responses to the 2018 Candidate Questionnaire

The Democratic Rural Conference of New York State sent a questionnaire to many of the state-wide Democratic candidates for office this year. The questionnaire asked, for example:
  • List your qualifications for this office including but not limited to other offices you have held, educational background, etc.
  • What contact and experiences have you had with parts of the state, other than where you currently reside, which demonstrate your recognition of the geographic, demographic and economic diversity of the state and your ability to provide leadership on behalf of all New Yorkers?
  • What issues do you believe are of most concern to voters in rural counties, and what will be your message in addressing those issues?
  • How have you expressed and demonstrated a commitment toward building our party statewide and what are your ideas for future party building, specific to rural counties?
  • In the event of a primary for the office you are seeking, will you support the winner of the Democratic primary? (This calls for a YES or NO answer only.)
  • How have you and how will you defend and further the rights of small counties to be represented in the decision making process and in governmental and political positions?
Please see the individual completed questionnaires below for the full set of questions and responses. Click on the candidate’s name in the table to see her or his response. Click and GO HERE.

Olean: Two charged after Meth raid

Jerrica J. Mckune
A search warrant was conducted this morning at approximately 5:45 a.m. by the Olean Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, New York State Police S.O.R.T. and C.C.E.R.T. for Methamphetamine at 508 Wayne Street. Two people were arrested inside the residence and charged with one count each of unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine 3rd degree (D Felony) and endangering the welfare of a child (A Misdemeanor). Investigators seized items used for the ingredients to make methamphetamine inside the one family home. Both defendants listed below were booked in at the Olean Police Department and arraigned in Olean City Court where bail was placed on them. Arrested were:

Justin L. Safford
Jerrica J. Mckune, 31, 508 Wayne St. Olean
Justin L. Safford, 38, 2804 Rogers Road, Allegany

Andover Lions Help Kindergarten Students with Backpacks and Supplies

Mrs. Burrows welcomed her
new student's, including Aleeah Brown,
 at the August 30th Andover School Open House.
(Permission for photo granted by both parents)

Lion’s Sponsor Andover Kindergarten Class
The beginning of the school year brings a sense of excitement for many kids and their parents. For some families it also comes with a dread due to the high costs of school supplies.  Even with budgeting and sale shopping these supplies add up.
The Andover Lion’s Club will be sponsoring the Andover Central School Kindergarten class this year.  To begin the 2018 school year every child in the class will have their supplies provided including pencils, crayons, scissors, and so much more! 
“We award scholarships to graduating seniors in Andover every year and we feel this is another great way to support the educational efforts of our community’s young people” says Jeanne Todd, Andover Lions Vice President.  
The Lion’s backpacks full of classroom supplies will be handed out on the first day of class to every Kindergartener.   
Donations to the Andover Lions can be mailed to Andover Lions, PO Box 772, Andover, NY 14806.

Cattaraugus Deputy Receives Youth Officer of the Year by the State of New York Police Juvenile Officers

Present for Deputy Leacock’s award were (left to right): Youth Bureau Director Tony Evans, Lt. Brandon Walters (CCSO), Deputy William Miller (CCSO), Officer Dan McGraw (Olean PD), Officer Jordan Abdo (Allegany PD), Deputy Devine Leacock, Deputy Tyler Lewis (CCSO), Lt. Tina Owens (Salamanca PD), Deputy Steve Dombek (CCSO), Lt. Melanie Churakos (CCSO). 
Congratulations to Deputy Devine Leacock of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for being chosen as Youth Officer of the Year by the State of New York Police Juvenile Officers Association.  His hard work and dedication to the children of our county is apparent to our office every day.  For the state to acknowledge the work that he has done is very rewarding. Deputy Leacock currently works for the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as SRO.  He was previously SRO at Allegany-Limestone Central and Pioneer Central. 

Cuba Police Chief issues strong endorsement of Mackney

To Whom It May Concern:
I am the current Police Chief for the Town of Cuba Police Department, a position I have held for approximately seven years. Before that position I was employed as a police officer for the Town of Cuba Police Department for seven years.  I consider my position as a responsibility of servitude rather than that of leadership. In law enforcement we have an obligation to those in the public and we take an oath to uphold that obligation. The main focus of our profession is safety and enforcement, two vital aspects to keeping the public thriving in a healthy and positive manner. 
I have known Walter Mackney for my entire fourteen year career. I have seen him lead from a “boots on the ground” aspect as well as assisting me in a supervisory role at large scale operations. The knowledge I have gained from him is “second to none.” Walt is a true leader and outstanding mentor. He has shown the true value of interagency cooperation and the importance of information sharing. I have worked on a plethora of different cases with Walt while he was in his supervisory role as the Commander of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force. These cases included homicides, methamphetamine laboratories, large scale marijuana grow operations, heroin, crack-cocaine and prescription pill operations. I have witnessed him bring those working for him together as a unified team and watched those working under his command operate in unison with an end goal because of his leadership style. Walt demonstrates a democratic leadership style when allowed, and an autocratic leadership style, when necessary. No matter which style he uses; he always gets the goal accomplished.
In 2014, Walt began working for the Cuba Police Department in a role I felt was vital to our agency’s training. Training has become one of the most important agendas any law enforcement agency should have. Walt possesses numerous training certifications, and he uses all of the knowledge he has gained in his career to help better other members of the law enforcement community. I feel that Walt will continue to impart the knowledge that he has gained from his numerous trainings onto others, whom he comes in contact with on many law enforcement levels.
In closing, I would like to say that it is because of all of the reasons I have stated in this letter that I fully endorse Walter Mackney for Allegany County Sheriff. I feel that he has built a reputation of integrity, honesty and leadership throughout his decorated law enforcement career. In my opinion, he is at the top of a list, only a few ascend to when it comes to the law enforcement profession. I am looking forward to the possibility of working alongside him in future multi-agency operations! 
Dustin T. Burch
Chief of Police
Cuba Police Department

Legislator Graves: "The 'Good Old Boys' are circling to protect one of their own"

Letter to the Editor:
I want to make sure I have this right.  A person comes forward with the highest credentials – and overwhelming support of his peers in law enforcement from all over Western New York – and now somehow he just isn’t good enough to be our Sheriff?
He’s taken to task because he worked hard at being one of the New York State Police “best of the best of the best” – he sacrificed time with his wife and children to became a “Master” trainer and a dedicated law enforcement professional pledged to protecting each and every one of us - and because he’s never ran for even the lowliest posts that local government can offer – he’s somehow now not good enough to be our Sheriff?
Community service is a great thing.  We need more people willing to help out our communities and service organizations.  However, if you have the choice, who would you elect to lead?  A community volunteer or a person that dedicated their very life to fighting crime and the war on drugs? Failure to be a community volunteer in this case is not a curse it’s a positive example of a superior form of giving back to the community. 
In my opinion some seem to fear him because he will deliver on his promises.  What a great breath of fresh air that will be!  The “Good Old Boys” are circling to protect one of their own!  Don’t buy it!  Let’s take a real “bite out of crime” by electing a man who will actually deliver what he says he will! I sincerely believe our war on drugs – heroin and all the rest – cannot afford another 4 years of stall, delay and miss management. Let’s elect a leader – an innovator – an expert at his craft!  We’ve had second best for way too long!
Please vote for Walter Mackney on Thursday, September 13th!
Karl Graves
Allegany County Legislator
District 4 – Wellsville/Andover

Volunteer for the Allegany County Office for the Aging

Do you enjoy working on small projects?
Do you want to serve the elderly in your community?
Volunteer for the Allegany County Office for the Aging!
The Office for the Aging needs volunteers in all areas of the county that would be willing to provide minor home repairs for the elderly.  The volunteer would need to provide own transportation and tools for repairs.  The volunteer can be reimbursed for mileage. 
If you enjoy working on small projects while serving the elderly in your community, please call the Office for the Aging (585) 268-9390 or toll free 1-866-268-9390 and ask for Karen Chamberlain.

Crandall: "We have proven leadership and experience in sheriff Rick Whitney"

We have Proven Leadership and Experience in Sheriff Rick Whitney

I am pleased to send this letter of endorsement in support of Sheriff Rick Whitney. While the politics of a county-wide race for Sheriff have attempted to raise issues, the voters must look at important facts to base their decision for this vital position. When this is done, the choice is clear; Rick Whitney has the proven and tested leadership and experience that are required for this position. With over forty years in law enforcement and thirty-five years in administration, he has been well suited to properly run the Sheriff’s Office in Allegany County. Sheriff Rick Whitney has consistently housed in federal and local inmates to generate out-of-County revenue, averaging more than $2 million annually, and our bond payment for the Public Safety Complex is $1.6 million. Sheriff Whitney has maintained accreditation, complying with 164 standards as well as compliance with New York State minimum standards for the facility. During Sheriff Whitney’s tenure, Office of Professional Responsibility Inspections and Detention Oversight was on site for three days with seven inspectors.  Over 2,000 line items were reviewed. The team leader noted that they had never been to this facility, and that it was very unusual for a facility to be this compliant without any previous inspection. Under Sheriff Whitney’s watch, Union grievances which can be very costly have been nonexistent. These points alone, and many others that have been made, clearly elevate and support the need to vote for Rick Whitney on primary day September 13 for Sheriff of Allegany County.
Curt Crandall
Belfast NY

Allegany County Suicide Prevention Day: Awareness Walk

Press Release
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, please join the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition for our 5th Annual World Suicide Prevention Day Walk Event on Thursday evening, September 6, 2018 at the Island Park-Main Pavilion in Wellsville, NY beginning at 5:30p.m. Pre-register at or by calling Patty Amidon at 585-593-5223, ext.1010.
“The World Suicide Prevention Day walk is an opportunity to learn more about suicide warning signs, prevention training information, and ways you can help,” explained Patty Amidon, Suicide Prevention Coalition Coordinator. “It is also a chance to walk in memory of those who have died by suicide and to building awareness around local suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts.”
Supporters will gather at the Island Park-Main Pavilion with pre-walk music by Ellen & the Healers and registration at 5:30p.m., followed by the welcome and announcements at 6:30p.m. At 6:45p.m., participants will walk through the park and upon returning from the walk there will be the ceremonial lighting of the World Suicide Prevention Day Candle. Our event will conclude at 7:30p.m with closing remarks.
“This year we will continue with the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition Take the Pledge Campaign“continued Amidon. “Pledge sheets can be downloaded at Allegany County Suicide Prevention T-Shirts will be available for a $5.00 donation. Monies will be used to support local suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts. This event is free and everyone is welcome regardless of participation in the Take the Pledge Campaign.”
The Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition is committed to embracing life by being a resource for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. For more information on these or other events, contact Patty Amidon, Ardent Solutions at 585-593-5223 x1010 or via email at

Forest Ranger gives shout out to Allegany County fire & EMS

GRANGER - On August 25, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old woman from North Tonawanda reported to 9-1-1 that they were lost after dark while walking through a friend's property in the Allegany County town of Granger. The 9-1-1 operator traced the location of the couple's call and told the pair to stay put. Within two hours, Forest Rangers located the pair and escorted the subjects back to their camp without injury or need of further assistance. This information was provided in a press release submitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. However, Forest Ranger Justin Thaine told Wellsville Regional News he wasn't completely satisfied with the wording of the release. (He has mentioned this before)! Thaine points out that there weren't "Forest Rangers" involved, but rather a lone Forest Ranger - himself. More importantly Ranger Thaine  wanted acknowledgment for the volunteers who responded. Thaine said "I was assisted in locating the couple in the woods, and walking them back to safety by volunteers from the Short Tract Fire Department." The Ranger further noted that "Fillmore Ambulance was also on scene in case the couple or searchers needed treatment, and Nunda Fire Department was on standby at Short Tract’s hall." Thaine told us it is "important to recognize the volunteers for their assistance."

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Allegany County DPW Planned Closure of Purdy Road In the Town of Hume

From: Justin D Henry - Deputy Superintendent II
Date: August 30th, 2018
Re: Closure of Purdy Road in the Town of Hume.
Please be advised that on Tuesday September 4th 2018 at 7:00 a.m., Purdy Road in the Town of Hume, approximately a quarter mile north of the Stone Spring and Flanagan intersection, will be closed until the 31st of October to replace a bridge and repair the road. There will not be an on-site detour to accommodate traffic and motorists are urged to seek alternate routes. Thank you for your cooperation.

Obituary: Ida L. White, 94, Wellsville & Andover

Ida L. White, 94, of Wellsville and Andover, NY, died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Wellsville.  Born March 17, 1924, in Little Marsh, PA, she was the daughter of Edward and Hazel Strawn Ransom.  On August 14, 1943, in Wellsville, she married Bryan E. White, who predeceased her on December 7, 1971.  A graduate of Wellsville High School, she was a lifelong area resident. Ida was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Surviving are:  a son, Edward R. (Janet) White of Wellsville;
three grandchildren, Edward R. (Paula) White, II of Bluefield, WV, Angela S. (Randall) Brown of Shongo, and Alexander Scott (Christina) White of Scio;  seven great-grandchildren;  four great-great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four siblings, George Ransom, Betty Ordiway, Margaret Campbell, and Ervin Ransom. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville on a later date.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Key bank delivers grants to Jones Memorial Hospital

Jim Helms, Ron Sutton, Donna Bliven

WELLSVILLE, NY (August 30, 2018) –  Ron Sutton, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer at Key Bank, stopped by JMH recently to deliver over $105,000 in grant funding: $17,984 from the F. T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust and $88,000 of proceeds from the Jeanette Dermit Trust.
According to Donna Bliven, RNC BSN MHA, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at JMH, the Manley funds will be used to purchase respiratory equipment for pulmonary patients. “I applied for this grant for the purchase of a Bi-Pap machine,” she said, noting that the equipment purchase is especially timely with pneumonia and flu season around the corner. Each year, JMH applies to the Manley Trust for grant funding to purchase a particular piece of equipment for patient care. “Last year the Manley grant was used for two vital sign machines for Med/Surg and two CO2 monitors for the ICU and the ER,” she said. “We are so grateful to the Manley Trust for the continuing support. It is always nice to see Ron Sutton at my door!”
The Dermitt Trust was established by the estate of Jeannette Dermitt, in her memory.  An Allegany County resident who passed in 1969, Ms. Dermitt left the trust to the benefit of three hospitals including Jones Memorial. 
“The unrestricted proceeds are received annually,”according to Jim Helms, Vice President of Finance at Jones. “The money goes into the operating funds and helps us to continue our mission of providing patient care to the residents of Allegany County. We appreciate the generosity of the Dermitt Trust and the legacy of Jeanette Dermitt.”

Trooper saves baby from choking

Trooper Aaron Kawado- SP Machias

On August 29, 2018 at approximately 8:15 P.M., a Trooper stationed out of SP Machias was traveling on State Route 16 in the Town of Machias. While traveling on Route 16 the Trooper noticed a vehicle abruptly pull to the shoulder of the roadway and the occupants exited the vehicle. The Trooper responded to the vehicle and was immediately met by a male subject carrying a one-year old baby. The male subject was yelling that he needed help, and the baby was choking.
The Trooper immediately took the baby and performed back blows which dislodged the object from the baby’s throat. Delevan Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and evaluated the baby. The baby was healthy and the Father signed off with the medical personnel.
*The family of the one-year-old request no picture or interviews.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, August 27, 2018:


MICHAEL F. STAFFORD, 34, of Perrysburg, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, a class E felony; Moved From Lane Unsafely, a violation and Failure to Keep Right, a violation.  The incident occurred on April 30, 2018, in the City of Salamanca, when he allegedly operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in an intoxicated condition, knowing his license was suspended or revoked and failed to keep right.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

DONALD PFAFFENBACH, 37, of South Dayton, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of not guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree; 2 counts of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, class A misdemeanors and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on May 10, 2018, in the Village of South Dayton, when he allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, possessed packaging material suitable for narcotic drugs 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.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

SHELEN BEMISH, 47, of Delevan, New York, entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges her with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony; Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Unlawful Growing of Marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on March 29, 2018, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed preparations containing methamphetamine, possessed a weapon and knowingly and unlawfully grew the plant of the genus Cannabis.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

DANIEL BEMISH, 52, of Delevan, New York, entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony; Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Unlawful Growing of Marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about March 29, 2018, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed preparations containing methamphetamine, possessed a weapon and knowingly and unlawfully grew the plant of the genus Cannabis.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas

PAUL PARISI, 26, of Allegany, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Sexual Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on July 7, 2018, when Parisi engaged in sexual intercourse with another person without such person’s consent 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 October 29, 2018.

CURTIS L. BERKHOUSE, 36, of Bradford, Pennsylvania, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of guilty to Arson in the Fourth Degree, a class D felony and Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on January 25, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant intentionally damaged a motor vehicle by starting a fire and believing that certain evidence is about to be produced or used in an official proceeding, suppressed it by an act of concealment, alteration or destruction.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 29, 2018.

HELEN M. WASHINGTON, 75, of Olean, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Making a Punishable False Written Statement, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred between March 1, 2012 and October 17, 2017, in the City of Olean, when the defendant committed a fraudulent welfare act and obtained public assistance benefits and knowingly made a false statement.  Furthermore, HELEN M. WASHINGTON, was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge with restitution.


MICHAEL C. WALTERS, 27, of Randolph, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to 1 year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on October 11, 2017, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug.

SHAUN COSTA, 35, of Allegany, New York, was sentenced to 5 years of probation for his conviction to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. The incident occurred between June 10, 2017 and June 17, 2017, in the Town of Allegany, when the defendant stole one or more firearms.

ANGELINE BARNISH, 32, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a 1 year Conditional Discharge for her conviction to Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor.  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.

Letter: Whitney has "administrative experience and sense of community service"

To the Editor:
Having observed the numerous misrepresentations leveled against Sheriff Whitney by his opponents in the current election campaign, I think that it is essential to share some thoughts based on the simple facts and my experiences with him.
First and foremost I must remind voters that the duties of the Sheriff of Allegany County are to administer the jail, transport prisoners, provide building security, operate 911, and assist at special events.  In emergencies, of course, the Sheriff’s Department provides assistance as well.  Sheriff Whitney has done an outstanding job in carrying out these functions.  He has been manager of the largest department in the County government and has received top ratings for the high level of jail management.  And I might note that visitors to the jail are consistently impressed by the tidy, well maintained quality of the building.
But what is unique about Sheriff Whitney is his community orientation and his willingness to help out community efforts in the County.  He has been a long-time member of the Lions Club and the Masons.  He is a founding member of SCOPE.  In these organizations, moreover, he has time and again held leadership positions.  As Sheriff he has reached out to other groups as well, such as the Department’s monthly meetings with senior citizens, which provide them with information on issues concerning them.
Finally, Sheriff Whitney has been a life-long Republican and has served as District Committeeman and is currently chair of the District Three Committe.  He and his wife Lois have also for many years contributed to the Allegany County Women’s Club.  Both of them have recognized the importance of a grassroots Republican effort in Allegany County and have contributed importantly to it.
Sheriff Whitney has the combination of administrative experience and sense of community service that make him an asset to Allegany County, and I urge voters to support him in the Thursday, September 13th primary election.
Robert L. Jones
Angelica, NY

Heineman calls Sheriff Whitney "a respected community leader and a fine public servant"

To the Editor:

In any campaign, there are bound to be rumors and gossip circulating.  I thought that here it would be appropriate to offer some facts about Sheriff Whitney, which are indisputable and tell a lot about the kind of person that he is.  Rick Whitney, unlike his opponent, who as far as I can tell has never run for election anywhere, anytime, has run for county-wide office three times.  What is especially telling about these races is the strong and consistent support that he has received from those with whom he has worked.  In his first race for sheriff, in which among 4 primary candidates he was unsuccessful, he nonetheless garnered 71 percent of the vote from Bolivar, the town in which he had been police officer and chief for many years.  Later in the 2010 election for sheriff, he received 77 percentage of the vote county-wide, and from Bolivar, 87 percent of the vote cast there.  Perhaps even more telling, in his last race for sheriff, after having served a full term in that office, although unopposed, he received 80 percent of the county-wide vote.  This means that a significant number of non-Republicans voting in that election voted for him.  In other words Democrats, Independents, etc., moved from their lines to vote for Rick Whitney for sheriff on the Republican line.  The take-away from these numbers is that Rick Whitney has been a respected community leader and a fine public servant and that the voters whom he has represented have consistently confirmed this.
Robert Heineman
Alfred, N.Y.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Blotter

Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb reports the following incident:

Type of Incident: Arrest
Date:  August 29, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: City of Olean
Details of Incident:
After an investigation into a complaint from the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services of suspected welfare fraud, Susan T. Trout, 37, of Franklinville was arrested at the Department of Social Services for Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (E Felony). The charge was the result of the suspect submitting an official document to the Department of Social Services that allegedly contained false information. The suspect was issued an appearance returnable to the City of Olean Court and released.

Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb reports the following incident:  
Type of Incident: Arrest
Date:  August 29, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: City of Olean Court
Details of Incident:
After an investigation into a complaint from the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services of suspected welfare fraud, Danielle M. Jones, 30, of Olean was arrested at the City of Olean Court for Misuse of Food Stamps (A Misdemeanor). The charge was the result of the suspect allegedly using another individual's food stamps while they were incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail. The suspect was arraigned and released to appear at a later date.

Mitrano campaigns in Hornell tonight

Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Coroner: Port Allegany man died of single gunshot fired by Trooper

The Port Allegany man who allegedly opened fire on Pennsylvania state police Monday as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant on him died of a single gunshot wound to the head. That’s according to the autopsy report of 42-year-old Chad Setzer of Route 155. McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer also released new information. She said when the exchange of gunfire began, there were five state troopers on scene along with a Port Allegany officer. One trooper fired a single, fatal head shot. Meanwhile, McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill issued a statement to address some rumors. Cahill said Setzer was shot from the front, dispelling rumors that the suspect was running away at the time. Troopers were attempting to arrest Setzer after he allegedly threatening the life of another man.

Coudersport: Police capture alleged Dollar General armed robber

Photo by Donna Copp

A Coudersport man is in the Potter County Jail this morning on $100,000 bail after he allegedly committed an armed robbery at Dollar General in Coudersport Wednesday evening. John Bunnell, 54, was taken into custody a short time later on Buckler Drive in Roulette Township. There were no injuries during the incident. Coudersport Borough police officer James Collins filed nine counts against Bunnell to include robbery with the threat of immediate serious injury, reckless endangerment and DUI. Arraigned in District Court by Judge Annette Easton, Bunnell was sent to jail on bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 7th.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Two from Mexico face Meth possession charges in Wyoming County

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Juan Humberto Martinez-Vega, 47, and Giovani Ramirez-Soto, 26, both citizens of Mexico, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on July 26, 2018, a New York State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle, with Alabama license plates, driving on Route 20A in the Town of Warsaw in Wyoming County. The trooper approached the vehicle which was being driven by Martinez-Vega with Ramirez-Soto as a passenger. Martinez-Vega gave the trooper an expired Georgia identification card. The defendant also told the trooper he was looking for work.
Martinez-Vega gave the trooper consent to search the vehicle. A NYSP K9 Trooper was brought to the scene. A K9 alerted to several areas of the vehicle and a subsequent search recovered 1,200 grams of suspected heroin, and approximately 421 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind the front dashboard of the vehicle.
Further investigation determined that the defendants were illegally present in the United States.    
Ramirez-Soto made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and is being detained. Martinez-Vega will make an initial appearance on August 30, 2018.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Rushford: Amish buggy accident injures several, one seriously

As many as ten people were reportedly injured when an Amish buggy overturned in a ditch on Tucker Hill Road in Rushford. The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Allegany County 911 sent several ambulance services to the scene. Three helicopters were automatically places on standby. The roadway was shut down. Reports have indicated that while most of the injuries were minor, one female patient, believed to be in her 70's, suffered facial trauma and other injuries. Mercy Flight landed at the crash scene and transported her to Erie County Medical Center. The crash is being investigated by state police.

Memorial service in Cuba for Dalton Lee Osgood, 18, Shinglehouse

Dalton Lee Osgood, 18, of Shinglehouse, PA, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 24, 2018 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. A memorial gathering will be held at the Cuba VFW Post #2721, 5425 Rte 305, Cuba, NY 14727 on Saturday, September 1, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

$14.7 million awarded to support water quality protection projects on NYS livestock farms

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $14.7 million has been awarded to implement water quality protection projects on 43 farms across the state. The funding was provided through the second round of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Waste Storage and Transfer System Program. It supports projects that will allow large livestock farms to better manage and store nutrients, such as manure, to protect ground water and nearby waterways.  
Through the program, 50 waste storage and transfer systems will be installed on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permitted farms in 22 counties across the state. Grants will help offset the cost of construction, site preparation and associated best management practices. Funded projects will also help farmers meet the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's environmental requirements first announced in January of 2017. A list of funding being provided to the Districts is here.  
The funding is being provided to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York regions. The districts applied for this funding on behalf of eligible farmers in the region. New York State has more than 500 CAFO farms, most of which are dairy farms with 300 or more cows. CAFOs can also include associated livestock operations such as beef, poultry and equine farms. Grant funding for the CAFO Waste Storage and Transfer System Program is available over three consecutive application rounds.

One student's mission: Partnering #Bonas and service dogs in training

By Emily Knitter, ’19
 ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., August 29, 2018— When most freshmen are taking the year to get adjusted to new class schedules and college life, Rachel Hoag accomplished all that and still found time to establish a new club on campus with a very important focus — helping service dogs in training for veterans and individuals with disabilities.
This past spring, Hoag coordinated a volunteer trip for St. Bonaventure University students to the kennels owned by New Hope Assistance Dogs, Inc. Then, during finals week she worked with New Hope to bring their service dogs in training onto campus as a way to help students destress.
“Throughout the week people saw the flyers posted on the notice boards,” said Hoag. “They know I love dogs, so they would tell me, ‘Rachel, there are going to be dogs on campus!’ and I got to say, ‘I know, I organized it!’”
An Erie, Pa., native and class of 2021 biology major, Hoag chose to attend St. Bonaventure for its quiet, welcoming atmosphere and the rave reviews she heard through the years from her two older sisters, aunt and uncle, all of whom are alumni.
With dreams of becoming a veterinarian, Hoag initially had reservations. While other schools had established vet programs and clubs, she realized Bona’s offered something entirely unique — a blank slate.
“I am really happy I came here because I can make it my own,” she explained.
No stranger to forging her own path, Hoag encountered a similar challenge as a child.
 “I was always bothering my parents for my own dog,” she said. “Even though we always had dogs in the house, none of them were mine. One day my mom and I were watching the show ‘Too Cute!’ [on Animal Planet] and there was a segment on German Shepherd puppies being trained to be service dogs. My mom looked at me and said, ‘You could look into that and just do some research.’”
Entrepreneurial by nature, Hoag dove immediately into researching more and eventually came across New Hope, located in Warren, Pa.
“They’ve placed over 100 service dogs, and have done a lot of work, but since they’re so small a lot of people just don’t know about them,” Hoag said.
She wasted no time approaching her parents with an idea.
“I came to my parents with this proposition of being a puppy raiser,” she said. “It was kind of a loop-hole in getting my own dog. It would be hard to say no to a girl who wants to raise service dogs.”
After talking more with the organization, she and her parents drove to the kennels for an interview. A chain of events provided a surprise for the family, as they ended up driving home with a 3-month-old Dutch Shepherd puppy named Elphie.
The organization has requirements of their puppy raisers, and Hoag and Elphie had to learn the ropes together. Fortunately her mother has experience training dogs and was able to help guide them through the process.
“Elphie had so much energy,” Hoag recalled, “My family likes to joke that she bullied me sometimes. One time I had a lollipop in my mouth, she came up, took the end of it and took it out of my mouth and ran away.”
Time passed quickly, however, and before she knew it her job as a puppy raiser was complete and it was time to send Elphie for the next stage in her training.
“After she left, I cried so much,” said Hoag. “The worst part running through my head was that she didn’t know what was going on, so she thought I abandoned her.”
Although her parents tried to gently remind her she knew this was part of the process, the experience was so painful for Hoag she considered walking away from the program. But everything changed when she got a call from New Hope with an update.
“They said she was placed with a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Hoag. “They also showed me pictures. It was one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Even though I am never going to meet this person, I still had a hand in improving his life somehow.”
Seeing Elphie working in the job she helped train her for was a turning point, and in the years since, Hoag has helped train three more service dogs.
“As time has gone on, it’s becoming less sad to say goodbye to them and more rewarding to hand them off,” she said. “You’re more proud when you’re done with them, rather than miserable because they’re leaving.”
Although she had to step away from the puppy raiser program when she started college, Hoag was determined to continue helping New Hope.
At the suggestion of her father, Hoag got in contact with the Student Veterans of America club on campus, who she thought might be interested in partnering with her as she established a new club based around the service dogs. Met with overwhelming enthusiasm, she then spent the semester emailing and meeting with the other organizations and individuals on campus needed to start her club officially.
“It’s helping me become a leader,” said Hoag. “I never really thought I was before. It was really cool that we got to bring the service dogs on campus. I was watching Snap Chat stories and there were so many snaps with the dogs in them. I was happy that I could help with that.”
Hoag has huge plans for her club over the next few years. This semester, she hopes to organize regular trips for students to volunteer at New Hope. She would also like to begin a program where the dogs visit campus for the day via student sponsorship. Long-term goals are to host dogs on campus throughout the year in special housing and ensure the program continues beyond her time at Bona’s.
Learning how to get out of her comfort zone and approach new people with ideas has also paid off for Hoag’s professional pursuits.
“I had a paid internship this summer that I found just by calling people and being really persistent,” she said. “[Everything I am doing] is a lot of individual work, but I am happy because it is helping me grow.”
But at the core of it all, it is all about the dogs for her.
“I have always loved dogs and being involved with service dogs has just made me love them even more because I have found a way to help people by doing what I love.”
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Rachel Hoag for more information at  
Photos by Emily Knitter, ’19