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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Obituary: Janice (Pease) Boring Davis, 82, Wellsville

Wellsville NY -Janice (Pease) Boring Davis passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by her children. Janice was born in Wellsville on July 22, 1932, the daughter of Harry S. and Margaret (McCullum) Pease. On January 10, 1953, she married Stewart Boring Jr., who predeceased her on November 15, 1990. She later married Darrell E. Davis, who predeceased her on June 3, 1997.
Janice was a graduate of the Wellsville Central School Class of 1949. Until her retirement, she was employed by Jones Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed her time with her family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time at Rushford Lake.
Janice was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 702, as well as a former member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 601 and the Lady Elks Lodge 1495.
Janice is survived by her brother, Steven (Diana) Pease, of Wellsville and three children: Suzanne (Timothy) Colligan of Wellsville; Rebecca (Richard) Archambault of Tonawanda; and Daniel (Megan) Boring of Flourtown, PA. In addition, she is survived by three grandchildren: Erin Dahlgren of Wellsville; Scott Archambault of Buffalo; and Lucca Boring of Flourtown; as well as three great-grandchildren: Brooklyn, Wheeler, and Timothy Dahlgren of Wellsville, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents and spouses, Janice was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Pease, in 1948; a son, Scott Boring, in 1975; and grandson, Shane Colligan, in 2003.
Friends will be received at the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral Home from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home, at 34 West State Street, Wellsville, on Wednesday, November 25, 2014 at 2pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials in Janice's name may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County (Hart Comfort House), 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Richard Louis Ahrens Sr., 81, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Richard Louis Ahrens Sr., 81, of 4206 Niles Hill Road, passed away Thursday (Nov. 20, 2014) at Olean General Hospital.
Born in Wellsville, N.Y., Sept. 19, 1933, the son of Walter and Nina Dudley Ahrens, he was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1953, and had resided in Wellsville all his life with the exception of the 20 years spent as a career service man in the United States Navy. Following his retirement from the Navy, Dick spent another 20 years as an operator of the Wellsville Water and Light Department. He was a longtime fireman with the Petrolia Hose Company and a member of Hornellsville Lodge #44, F& AM.
Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed hunting on the Swale and spending time at Smith Pond.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Walter Johnson; his brother, Robert Ahrens; as well as his nephew, Kevin Johnson; and his beloved grandson, Lee Michael Ahrens in 1993. He was also predeceased by his best friend and brother-in-law, Neal Hallett.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hallett Ahrens to whom he was married Dec. 25, 1955; his daughter, Elizabeth Marie Ahrens of Wellsville; his three sons, Richard Lee Ahrens of Wellsville, Gary Lynn (Robin) Ahrens of Olean, and Michael David Ahrens of Tennessee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many other loved ones.

To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Dick's memory, please visit
www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo.

The family will be present to receive friends at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo on Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m. at which time Funeral services will be held. Burial with military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo.

Friends may make memorial contributions to:

Alzheimer's Association
, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221-7380.

State Police Blotter

11/23/14 2:18am-During a traffic stop on state route 417 in Wellsville, state police arrested Jacob S. Dempsey, 23, of Wellsville. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and speeding. He was released on court tickets.

11/22/14 1:10pm-State Police arrested Daniel J. O'Leary, 20, of Norwalk, Connecticut. He was charged with felony burglary after an incident in Allegany. He was released on his own recognizance pending further court action.

11/22/14 9:27pm- During a traffic stop on state route 415 in Avoca, State Police arrested Adam J. Hosmer, 26, of Avoca. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content at or above .08%, facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation and moving from a lane unsafely. He was released on his own recognizance pending court action.

11/22/14 12:56pm- State Police arrested Katrina Bevis, 22, of Addison. She was charged with petit larceny at Walmart, Painted Post. She was issued an appearance ticket for court. Also charged with petit larceny in separate incidents at Walmart were Alicia Nuckles, 23, od Corning and Shannon Clarkson, 33, of Corning.

11/22/14 8:31am-During a traffic stop on state route 36 in Dansville, State Police arrested Bradley Markle, 37, of Wayland. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released for pending court action.

Delevan man shot with a non-lethal projectile during an altercation

(Delevan, NY) – New York State Police from the Machias barracks on Friday arrived at Cobb Avenue in the Village of Delevan for a report of a possible assault. Upon arrival troopers discovered that Jared Warzen, age 21, of Delevan, had sustained a non-lethal wound in his back from a rubber projectile that was discharged from a shotgun.
Investigation revealed that Warzen was involved in a physical altercation with several other people at that address. Warzen became uncooperative and combative with patrols and while attempting to take him into custody, fought with the troopers on scene, according to state police. One State Police member sustained injuries to his wrist and back during the altercation.
Warzen was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital via ambulance and subsequently to Erie County Medical Center where he was treated and released. He was charged with felony assault in the 2nd degree, obstructing governmental administration in the 2nd degree, resisting arrest, harassment in the 2nd degree and assault in the 3rd degree.
An involved party, Jaun-Luc Baker, age 22 of Delevan, was allegedly found to have been the person to have shot Wrazen with the rubber projectile during the altercation.
Baker was charged with assault in the 2nd degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree and reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree.  Baker sustained injury to his face from the physical altercation with Warzen. Both subjects were arraigned in the Town of Yorkshire Court and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
New York State Police were also assisted by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff Office and the Delevan and Machias Fire Departments

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Obituary: Matthew E. Dickerson, 34, formerly of Belfast

Tonawanda, NY - Matthew E. Dickerson, age 34, a former resident of Belfast passed away at his home in Tonawanda. He was born in Cuba on August 20, 1980 to Charles and Karen Jakley Dickerson. Matthew had graduated from Fillmore Central High School and also from Houghton College. 
He was a member of the US Army National Guard and currently he was working for Home Depot in Tonawanda. Matthew was a member of the Belfast United Methodist Church and was an avid runner who ran in numerous marathons. He enjoyed horseback riding and liked all animals. Matthew will be remembered as someone with a good heart.
Survivors include His Mom and Dad of Belfast; maternal grandmother Barbara Jakley of Pike; a brother Andrew Dickerson of Buffalo; several aunts' uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Earl and Gladys Dickerson and his maternal grandfather Robert Jakley.
Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Tuesday, November 25, from 10 am to 12 noon at which time a funeral service will be held. Pastor Nancy Russell of the Belfast UMC will preside and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials in Matthews name may be made to the S.PCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Rhea E. Murray, 99, Belmont

Belmont, NY - Rhea E. Murray, age 99, of 12 Norton Street passed away on Saturday November 22, 2014 at the Highland Heath Care Center in Wellsville. Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont on Tuesday, November 25 from 5 to 7 pm and on Wednesday from 10 am to 11 am at which time a funeral service will be held.

Alfred Fire Department to host 'Breakfast with Santa'


SantaOn Saturday December 06, the Alfred Fire Department will be holding its annual Breakfast with Santa. The breakfast begins at 8:30am and ends at 11:30am at the Alfred Fire hall (4 South Main Street Alfred). Breakfast for adults and children 12 and older is $3 children, age 5-11 $2, children under 5 free. The breakfast includes: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Etc...And a raffle ticket for the Chinese auction. Additional auction tickets can be purchased during breakfast. Drawing for the auction will take place at 11:00. Winners do not need to be present to claim prize.

Flood WARNING now issued for snow ravaged areas

CATTARAUGUS NY-GENESEE NY-WYOMING NY-CHAUTAUQUA NY-ERIE NY-454 PM EST SAT NOV 22 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN CATTARAUGUS COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK...NORTHERN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY...INCLUDING THE LAKE SHORE...IN WESTERN
NEW YORK...THIS INCLUDES DUNKIRK...FREDONIA AND WESTFIELD...
ERIE COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK...
THIS INCLUDES WEST SENECA...LANCASTER...LACKAWANNA...HAMBURG...EAST AURORA...DEPEW...CHEEKTOWAGA...ALDEN...AND SOUTH BUFFALO...
THE SOUTHERN HALF OF GENESEE COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK...
THIS INCLUDES BATAVIA...CORFU AND ALEXANDER...
WYOMING COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING WARSAW AND ARCADE.

* UNTIL 415 PM EST MONDAY

* AT 430 PM EST...TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE WARNED AREA HAVE CLIMBED
ABOVE FREEZING AND WILL REMAIN THERE THROUGH MONDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL THEN STEADILY CLIMB INTO THE LOWER 50S ON SUNDAY...BEFORE REACHING 60 ON MONDAY. WHILE RAINFALL GENERALLY A QUARTER INCH OR LESS IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE WEEKEND...SIGNIFICANT SNOWMELT WILL NOW BEGIN AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND. IT IS THIS SNOWMELT THAT WILL ULTIMATELY CAUSE THE FLOODING CONCERNS.

CORE SAMPLES OF THE DEEP SNOWPACK AT THE START OF THE WEEKEND
INDICATED THAT OVER 5 INCHES OF WATER WAS LOCKED IN PLACE...BUT AS
TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO CLIMB...THIS WATER WILL BE RELEASED...AND IN SOME CASES FAIRLY RAPIDLY. SINCE MANY STORM DRAINS ARE SNOW CLOGGED...MANY URBAN AREAS WILL LIKELY BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE FLOODING WITH SEVERAL FEET OF WATER POSSIBLY ACCUMULATING ON SOME STRETCHES OF ROAD. RESIDENTIAL BASEMENTS WILL START TO FLOOD DURING
THIS TIME AS WELL.

AREA TRIBUTARIES...PARTICULARLY BUFFALO CREEK...CAZENOVIA CREEK...
CAYUGA CREEK AND ELLICOTT CREEK...WILL TAKE A BIT LONGER TO
EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT RISES WITH THE POTENTIAL TO REACH AT LEAST
MINOR FLOOD STAGE SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

Willing Firefighters working hard in Erie County


Six volunteer members of the Willing Hose Company and its mini-pumper are part of the Allegany County emergency response to snow ravaged Erie County. The Willing Hose contingent is stationed at the Woodlawn Fire Department in Hamburg. The firefighters got busy battling a house fire early Saturday.

National Weather Service 'Technical Talk' regarding flooding concerns

Technical talk from the National Weather Service as of 3:58pm Saturday:

.HYDROLOGY...
A SNOW SURVEY WAS COMPLETED FRIDAY TO GET SNOW DEPTH AND SNOW WATER EQUIVALENTS FROM THE HARDEST HIT AREAS. THE SURVEY CAME UP WITH A GENERAL 4 TO 6 INCHES OF WATER IN THE HARDEST HIT AREAS.
TEMPERATURES WILL RISE TO NEAR 50 ON SUNDAY...THEN INTO THE LOWER
60'S ON MONDAY WITH VERY MILD LOWS SUNDAY NIGHT. DEWPOINTS WILL
RISE INTO THE UPPER 40'S TO AROUND 50 SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. THE
HIGHER DEWPOINTS COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS WILL RESULT IN VERY
RAPID SNOWMELT. THIS WILL COMBINE WITH RAIN AMOUNTS AVERAGING
ABOUT A HALF INCH FROM SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

THE FLOOD POTENTIAL WILL BE TWO FOLD. FIRST...THERE IS A GENERAL
RISK OF URBAN FLOODING IN THE TOWNS HARDEST HIT BY THE SNOW AS MELTING WATER POOLS IN LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. EXCESSIVE SNOW PILES AND LEAVES BENEATH THE SNOW MAY BLOCK STORM DRAINS.

THERE MAY ALSO BE A RISK FOR RIVER AND CREEK FLOODING. THE GREATEST RISK IS ON THE BUFFALO CREEKS WHICH DRAIN THE HARDEST HIT
AREAS. THIS INCLUDES CAZENOVIA...BUFFALO...CAYUGA...AND ELLICOTT.
THERE MAY ALSO BE SOME FLOOD RISK FOR CATTARAUGUS CREEK AND SOME
OF THE SMALLER CREEKS THAT FLOW THROUGH DUNKIRK AND SILVER CREEK.
WITH THIS IN MIND WE HAVE EXPANDED THE FLOOD WATCH INTO THE WESTERN SOUTHERN TIER IN ADDITION TO ERIE...GENESEE...AND WYOMING
COUNTIES.

THERE IS ALSO A FAIRLY HEAVY SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER REACHES OF THE OATKA WATERSHED...BUT NOT AS HIGH AS THE BUFFALO CREEKS. WE WILL
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS BASIN FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE INCLUSION IN
THE FLOOD WATCH. THE EASTERN LAKE ONTARIO REGION HAD LESS SNOW...
WITH TOTALS OF 2 TO 2.5 FEET ON THE TUG HILL. THIS SNOWPACK IS NOT
EXCESSIVE FOR THAT AREA...SO HAVE NOT INCLUDED THE NORTH COUNTRY
IN A FLOOD WATCH AT THIS TIME.

Steuben County and "The Power of Aging"

BATH -- A presentation on “The Power of Aging” is slated for 10 a.m. – noon Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 3 W. Washington St., Bath.

Information for aging men and women, and their caregivers include:

 -Fall prevention from “A Matter of Balance”
 -Bone Builders
 -Steuben County Office for the Aging and NY     Connects Services
 -RSVP Volunteering Opportunities

The presentation is sponsored by the Steuben County Office for the Aging in coordination with state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning. Special guests include state Office for the Aging Director Corinda Crossdale and NYSOA Executive Deputy Director Greg Olsen.

Steuben Legislature continues to fight for St. James hospital, area medical needs

By Mary Perham
BATH -- Efforts to ensure adequate health care in western Steuben County will be a priority when county legislators meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

The county Legislature is expected to request state government leaders, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Sen. Tom O’Mara, state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and other ranking members of the state Legislature to ensure future health care in western Steuben County. The request follows the October announcement St. James Mercy Hospital, in Hornell, will no longer provide inpatient services, due to economic constraints.

However, the decision to close the hospital means people now served by the 125-year-old hospital will have to travel 40 miles-50 miles for emergency, maternity and inpatient care.

The county board is expected to add its request to numerous requests from other municipal governments, civic agencies, school boards and medical providers also asking the state to maintain a community hospital with the comprehensive services currently provided to the Hornell area.

** Also on the agenda are a number of items requiring passage before legislators vote on approving the 2015 budget, now pegged at $175 million, with a proposed levy of $49.5 million.

The regular session of the county Legislature will be held at the special time of 3:30 p.m. Monday. The county board also will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget, followed immediately by a special session, during which the county Legislature will vote on the budget.

Search warrant leads to drug arrests in Olean


A search warrant was executed at 116 South Sixteenth Street in the City of Olean Friday night at approximately 8:30 p.m. by the Olean Police Street Crimes Unit along with other Olean Police Officers. During a search of the one family residence, Investigators said they located heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two people were arrested on drug charges, according to police. Thirty year old Timothy S. Lunn, who is a resident of the home, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree. Lunn was processed and held for arraignment.
Twenty-four year old Caitlyn S. Stein, of 17 High Street, Bradford, PA was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and released on an appearance ticket for a later court appearance in City Court.
 

Greece Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. has announced that Gordon Link, 78, of Greece, NY, who was convicted of attempted possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and 10 years’ supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that in October 2013, a Rochester mother texted a photograph of her 10 year old daughter to a friend via her cellular phone. The photograph depicted the young child, fully clothed, seated at a table with a doll at her birthday party. However, the woman mistakenly sent the child’s photograph to the wrong cell phone number, the number belonging to the defendant.
Link immediately sent several sexually suggestive texts back to the woman about the child’s image. The woman became concerned and contacted the police, who in turn, contacted the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for assistance. A task force officer assigned to the unit assumed the child’s identity online, claiming to be 15 years old, and engaged in chats with the defendant. During several sessions, the defendant solicited the girl to send him sexually explicit photographs of her body. Link also engaged in sexually explicit chats with the girl and tried to meet her in person. Federal agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home and seized the cell phone Link used to communicate with the child.
At sentencing, Judge Wolford said that the defendant knew exactly what he was doing when he engaged in sexually explicit chats with the child. In concluding her remarks, Judge Wolford told the defendant “you are in fact a predator.” Link was immediately detained following sentencing and was remanded to the Custody of the United States Marshal’s Service.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Officers of the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick Phelan; Officers of the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli; and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force.

Potter County Updates

Statewide Honors For OV Senior Center
Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse held an open house to celebrate its selection as Pennsylvania Senior Center of the Year by the Pa. Dept. of Aging. The award was based not only on the center’s services and activities, but also on its members’ active involvement with community affairs and volunteer organizations. From left, Suzan Paisley, district aide for Rep. Martin Causer, joins center director Mary Jones in cutting the cake while Commissioners Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel and Doug Morley look on. Jones said the award was a team effort, with many of the center’s members volunteering their time and talents. Barb Kiel from the Potter County Area Agency on Aging detailed the criteria that was used by Department of Aging to select this year’s winner from among many nominees.
Boys & Girls Club May Reopen In January
Boys and Girls Club of Potter County is slated to reopen in January at the Alliance Barn in north Coudersport. A three-on-three basketball tournament, obstacle course at downtown festivals and sidewalk chalk art contest are among fundraisers launched by the afterschool club’s directors since operations were suspended in February 2013 following an 18-month run. Solicitations brought donations from businesses, service clubs and individuals.
Final piece of the puzzle fell into place when the Boys and Girls Club secured a $14,400 grant from Potter County Children and Youth Services. The money will go into a fund that will help low-income families pay the modest membership fee that will be charged for participating children. More details on the opening date (tentatively Jan. 5), fee structure and other particulars will be announced in the coming weeks.
Boys and Girls Club is a safe environment where children can come together to better themselves academically, physically and socially. They get help from volunteers with their homework, play games, learn about life skills and the community, and work on projects. About two dozen children were involved with the north Coudersport club at its peak. Members made birdhouses and Christmas tree ornaments that were donated to Christmas House, an organization that helps disadvantaged families during the holiday. A bus run from Coudersport’s schools delivered many of the kids shortly after 3 and the club remained open until 6.
Among top priorities now is the hiring of an executive director and a part-time assistant. Donations should be sent to BGCA of Potter County, P. O. Box 322, Coudersport PA 16915. More information on the club has been posted on the Facebook social media site.

PA Unemployment Rate Declines to Six-Year Low 5.4% in October

Harrisburg – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for October 2014.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined by three-tenths of a percentage point from September to 5.4 percent -- a six-year low. The commonwealth’s rate was four-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 5.8 percent. The commonwealth’s rate was down by 1.7 percentage points from last October while the national rate declined by 1.4.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force increased by 15,000 in October. Resident employment was up 32,000 while unemployment was down 15,000.

Total nonfarm jobs were up by 12,600 to 5,802,300, the highest level since August 2008. The gain was mainly due to the private sector, which was up 15,200 to a record high of 5,085,400. Government jobs were down by 2,600. The largest movement in October was an increase of 5,500 jobs in trade, transportation & utilities.

Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 48,200 (+0.8%). The growth was almost entirely within private industries, with the largest gains in trade, transportation & utilities, other services, and education & health services.

PA: Governor Corbett Signs Execution Warrants

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett has signed execution warrants for three men: one convicted of murder for the shooting death of a Philadelphia County police officer; one convicted for murdering a Fayette County couple and their daughter; and, one convicted for killing his girlfriend in Lawrence County. 

Christopher Roney was convicted in Philadelphia County Court of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird on January 2, 1996.

Mark Duane Edwards was convicted in Fayette County Court of three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Larry Bobish Sr., his wife Joanna Bobish, and their 17-year-old pregnant daughter Krystal Bobish on April 14, 2002.

Dennis C. Reed was convicted in Lawrence County Court of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Wendy Miller, his girlfriend and mother of his son, on December 16, 2001.

All three men are incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene. Roney’s execution has been scheduled for January 8, 2015; Edwards’ execution has been scheduled for January 13, 2015; Reed’s execution has been scheduled for January 15, 2015.

State Police Blotter

11/21/14 9:38pm- During a traffic stop on County Road 20 in Cuba, State Police arrested Christie A. Fries, 35, of Cuba. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath test and speeding. She was issued appearance tickets for court and released.

11/18/14 2:18pm- State Police arrested Larry G. Bennett, 56, of Canaseraga. He was charged with Trespass as the report of an October 12th complaint from a Dansville resident. He was issued a court ticket.

11/22/14 12:48am-Following a traffic stop on Ryder Road in the town of Dansville, State Police arrested Nicchia R. McFadden, 19, of Dansville. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and issued a court ticket.

Erie County man charged with Obscenity, Indecent Materials to Minors in Allegany County

State Police Friday afternoon arrested Richard J. Spengler, 64, of North Collins. He was charged with Indecent Materials to Minors, a class D felony. That charge is connected to an alleged incident in the town of Alma reported on October 10th. While at the trooper barracks, he was also charged with making a false written statement and obscenity 3rd, both class A misdemeanors. Arraigned in court, he was released on his own recognizance pending further court action.

Woman charged with torching mobile home in New Hudson

A thirty-one year old woman has been arrested for allegedly torching a mobile home in New Hudson Friday night. Crystal B. Austin of Black Creek was charged by State Police at 2:53am Saturday with Arson 3rd, a class C felony. She was held for arraignment.
At 10:07pm Friday, volunteer firefighters were called to a fully engulfed house fire on route 305 near Hyde Flats Road in Black Creek. There were no reported injuries and the Red Cross was called for assistance. Firefighters from Cuba, New Hudson, Belfast and Clarksville were called to the scene.

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Alfred State: Holiday buffet to be held Dec. 3 on Wellsville campus

Alfred State will host a holiday buffet from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Culinary Arts Building on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.
The cost, which includes beverages, is $20 per person and $10 for children under 10 years of age. The menu will feature classic French cuisine, such as crown roast of pork, coq au van, crème brulee, French onion soup, cream puffs, cassoulet with duck, broccoli mornay, and much, much more.
Proceeds will benefit the Culinary Honors Program. This event is open to the public; no reservations will be accepted. Questions may be directed to 607-587-3170

Livingston County burglary suspect hid in closet


SPRINGWATER - Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty announces the arrest of a Livonia man for Burglary in the 2nd Degree, a class C Felony.  Anthony Farley, age 24 from Livonia, was arrested yesterday for the felony level charge.
It is alleged that Farley entered a house in the Town of Springwater and his intent was to steal property out of the house.  The son of the homeowner did come home at the time of the burglary and interrupted the crime.  Farley was known to the family.  When the son entered the house, Farley did hide in a closet and after a short time did come out and spoke with the son in regards to hunting on the family property.  Farley did then leave the scene.  A voluntary statement was secured from Farley.
Investigation and arrest was handled by Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and Farley was arraigned in Springwater Town Court before Town Justice Haywood and remanded to custody of the Sheriff.  Farley is currently being held the Livingston County Jail.   There are additional charges expected on additional crimes. 

Gov. Cuomo announces Executive Order to help ensure continued health care during snowstorm

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an emergency Executive Order to help protect the health of Western New Yorkers during the midst of the current snowstorm and recovery efforts. The order temporarily suspends some regulatory measures in order to help ensure all patients receive their medications and care during this emergency. The Order takes effect immediately and runs through December 1st.

“This action will help ensure that necessary and potentially life-saving medication remains available to those who need it, even in these severe conditions,” Governor Cuomo said. "Additionally, this order gives healthcare facilities more flexibility to admit, transfer, and discharge patients in order to better preserve access medical care as the region recovers from this extreme weather."

The Executive Order will provide the following for individuals unable to access medication:

  • Allows patients to obtain refills of their prescriptions at any pharmacy with a shared database;
  • allows practitioners to issue an early prescription;
  • replaces a prescription for controlled substances that has already been filled;
  • allows the transfer of prescriptions or medications between facilities if a hospital or nursing home patient must be moved in an emergency, ensuring that their medication follows them;

The order also works to ensure flexibility in the staffing of health care providers. Currently, many health care workers are unable to get to or leave work, creating staffing shortages and causing many employees to stay on for multiple consecutive shifts. Facilities now have the temporarily flexibility to provide adequate staffing until they are able to fully staff their facilities as usual.

This includes the processes for admitting and discharging patients, which under this Order will lessen the amount of paperwork and free up staff time. Home care workers typically must receive timely approvals to continue treating patients, and these have been temporarily relaxed so that patients can still receive visits during this emergency from staff that are able to reach them.

Additionally, health care volunteers may assist at any general hospital in the region, even if that is not where they normally practice medicine.

Lastly, medical residents and attending physicians in hospitals may work beyond the normal number of hours and physicians at those hospitals may supervise more staff than normal. All of these provisions in the Executive Order will help alleviate the health care worker shortage the storm has caused.

Four charged with drug sales in Wyoming County


Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force have arrested four individuals over the past month or so for alleged drug sales throughout Wyoming County.
On November 19th, Michelle JOHNSON, age 27, and her husband, James JOHNSON, age 29, both of the Town of Pike were picked up and charged with various drug charges. James was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree after he allegedly sold Adderall and Xanax in The Town of Pike earlier this year. He is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 cash bail. His wife Michelle was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree after she allegedly sold Adderall on two different occasions earlier this year. She is also being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500.00 cash bail.

On November 6th,  Eugene MATTESON , age 24, of Perry was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree after he allegedly sold Heroin on two occasions in the Village of Warsaw earlier this year.  MATTESON is currently out on bail.
On September 26th, Nicole WILCOX, age 33, of the Village of Castile was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. WILCOX allegedly sold Hydrocodone on two occasions earlier this year in the Village of Castile and there was a child present during the alleged drug sales. She is currently free pending future court proceedings.
The Wyoming County Drug Task Force is made up of officers from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Arcade, Warsaw, Perry, and Attica Police Departments.