Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Allegany County: EMS volunteers to lobby at Public Safety Committee meeting

The Allegany County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will meet this morning at 11a.m. Lawmakers may have some unexpected company. One first responder told RNN that Allegany County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) plans to lobby the meeting. The issue, he said, was the Office of Emergency Services moving into the EMS training area. Space shortage, he said, was listed as the reason for the relocation.

Wyoming County Sheriff Activity

Two men were arrested October 1st following a traffic stop on Cummings Avenue in Silver Springs. Douglas Taylor, 42 of Hermitage, TN was stopped for speeding 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. Taylor had no valid license in NY and his license was suspended in three other states. Both Taylor and his passenger, Daniel Lavallee, 36 of Danielson, CT, were allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana. Deputies said Taylor failed roadside sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for Driving While Impaired by Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Speed in Zone, and Unlicensed Operation. Taylor submitted to a breath and urine test and was also evaluated by Deputy Aaron Chase who is a Drug Recognition Expert. Deputies allege Taylor was impaired by marijuana. Taylor was arraigned and committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $300 cash bail. He is to appear in Silver Springs Court at a later date. Lavallee was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and released on an appearance ticket. New York State Police based in Warsaw assisted Deputy McGinnis at the scene.  

Robbie Wagner, 41 of Arcade, was arrested October 4th following a brief high speed pursuit on state route 78 in the Town of Java. Wagner was observed speeding on a motorcycle on Java Lake Road and then fled from police for several miles along route 78. He was taken into custody in Java Center without incident. Deputies said Wagner was found to have no license and in possession of marijuana. Wagner was charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Unlicensed Operation, Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and two counts of Speeding. Wagner was arraigned and committed to Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. He is to appear in Java Court on a later date.

Wyoming County: Six arrested on drug charges

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force arrested six individuals who were all indicted by a Wyoming County Grand Jury on various drug charges.

On 09/10/15, BENJAMIN BATT, age 24, of Warsaw was charged with 1 count of Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree (class “B” Felony),  1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree with the intent to sell, and 1 count of Petit Larceny. BATT allegedly sold 5 baggies of Heroin to an undercover agent in January of 2015 in the Village of Warsaw. BATT is currently free on bail.

On 09/11/15, SHAWNA SWAIN/CRANDALL, age 29, of Castile, was charged with 1count of Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree with the intent to sell. SWAIN/CRANDALL allegedly sold Methylphenidate tablets to an undercover agent in February of 2015 in the Village of Castile. She is currently free on bail.

09/11/15, JAMES KOSOSKI, age 24, of Warsaw, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree with the intent to sell. KOSOSKI allegedly sold Hydrocodone to an undercover agent in January of 2015 in the Village of Warsaw. KOSOSKI is currently free on bail.

On 09/24/15, JAMES LATHROP ,age 25, of the Town of Perry was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree with the intent to sell. LATHROP allegedly sold 50 Tramadol pills to an undercover agent in January of 2015 in the Town of Warsaw. LATHROP is currently free on bail.

10/01/15, BRANDON WEIG, age 28, formerly of Warsaw, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree with the intent to sell. WEIG allegedly sold Methylenedioxy  (Molly) to an undercover agent in February of 2015 in the Village of Warsaw. WEIG is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on unrelated charges.

10/02/15, ALISIA WOOD, age 42, of Freedom, NY, 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 with the intent to sell. WOOD allegedly sold Amphetamine to undercover agents in January of 2015 in the Village and Towns of Arcade. WOOD is currently free on bail.
The Wyoming County Drug Task Force is made up of officers from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw Police Departments as well as a member from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Activity

Reed Defends Victims of Iranian Terror

Rep.Tom Reed is in favor of legislation which would prevent the President from lifting economic sanctions on Iran until they pay court ordered settlements to the families of Iranian terror victims. 
“For the sake of these families, we must make every effort to stop the unfair Iranian Nuclear Agreement,” said Reed. “I care about ensuring justice for these victims and their families, and this legislation is just one more step to stop Iran from sponsoring terrorism and finally bring some relief to families who have lost their loved ones.”
Following the Senate’s failure to act on the disapproval resolution of the Iran Nuclear Agreement last month, the President’s deal went into effect.  As part of the Agreement, Iran is set to gain over $100 billion in sanctions relief.  However, the nation has to date failed to payout over $43 billion to victims and their families in more than 80 judgments in U.S. Courts. 
“Iran has a history riddled with acts of terror and violence that have cost American lives.  No amount of money will ever restore what these families have lost, but it’s completely unfair to give Iran more money to cause more harm without putting these families first.”
Victims awaiting payouts include two individuals from Western New York. The first is Terry Anderson of Batavia, an Associated Press Correspondent who was abducted in Beirut in 1991.  The second is Diane Campuzano of Greece who was injured in the 1997 bombing of Yahuda Street in Jerusalem. They are owed a combined $753 million according to U.S. Courts.
The legislation now awaits further consideration in the Senate.

#Bonaventure to host social painting events for adults, families

St. Bonaventure University will host two social painting events, the first for adults and the second for parents and their kids. 
Cuba resident Jen Conklin brings her two-hour “If Picasso Can” class to the St. Bonaventure Clubhouse Restaurant from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Guests are invited to order food and beverages from the Clubhouse menu.   
Participants will learn how to paint sunflowers. The cost is $35, which includes all supplies. Online registration is available at!october-27-2015/cagw.
The second “If Picasso Can” event is an opportunity for parents and their children to create a masterpiece together from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Loft. Drinks and food can be brought to The Loft. 
Participants will learn how to paint tropical fish. The cost is $30 for a shared canvas and supplies. If more than one child attends, or the parent and child would like to paint separately, each additional canvas is $25.
Online registration is available at!november-7-2015/cy6g.
“The events have become very popular in the region and offer a fun, creative experience for those interested in creating their own personal work of art,” said Jennifer Pulver, event sales and marketing manager at St. Bonaventure. “The events provide an enjoyable, no-hassle experience for participants. Anyone with an interest can register to attend, even if you haven’t touched a paint brush since kindergarten.” 
Conklin provides step-by-step instruction, which makes creating a unique masterpiece not only possible, but fun, Pulver said.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Obituary: Dylon Ray Mitchell, 19, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Dylon Ray Mitchell, 19, of 2066 Fulmer Valley Road died on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in the Town of Independence from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born November 24, 1995 in Wellsville.
Dylon was a 2015 graduate of Wellsville High School and the Natural Resources Program at B.O.C.E.S. in Belmont. He was employed at Baldwin Forest Products of Bolivar. He played football for Wellsville and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his mother, Tracy Mitchell and her companion, Kelly Bowker of Wellsville, his father, Jeremy McNaughton of Wellsville, a brother, Austin Bradley Beckwith of Belmont, his maternal grandparents, David & Judy Mitchell of Shinglehouse, PA, his paternal grandparents, Bruce & Sally McNaughton of Andover, his biological father, Ronnie Gross, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the Wellsville High School Auditorium, 126 W. State Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm with Pastor Daniel Kenyon presiding. Memorial donations can be made to the Dylon R. Mitchell Scholarship Fund, %Wellsville High School, 126 W. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Allegany County: Fillmore man busted on drug charges

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Larry J. Greene, 37 of Fillmore, N.Y. for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance In The 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession Of Marijuana and inadequate exhaust, all stemming from a traffic stop on Interstate 390.  
Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Swanson, with K9 partner Gibbs, were assigned to "Operation Safe Interstate" and stopped Greene as he was traveling on I-390 in the Town of Geneseo for an equipment violation, inadequate exhaust.

During the course of the stop, Deputy Swanson allegedly located a quantity of marijuana and 14 doses of Dronabinol, which is a scheduled class 3 controlled substance Police said Greene did not have a prescription for the drug.
Greene was taken into custody and processed and will appear in Geneseo Town Court.

Winning TAKE 5 Ticket Sold in Wellsville

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. -- The New York Lottery today announced a top prize winning ticket for the October 5 TAKE 5 drawing was sold at Giant Food Mart at 44 Park Avenue in Wellsville. The winning ticket is worth $68,867.50.
In addition to the $68,867.50 top prize for the October 5 TAKE 5 drawing, which was won by matching five out of five numbers, 271 players each purchased winning tickets worth $381.00 by matching four out of five numbers for the drawing. In total, there were 96,139 TAKE 5 winners for the October 5 drawing.
The winning numbers for the October 5 TAKE 5 drawing were 05-13-17-20-35.
The Lottery encourages everyone who bought a New York Lottery draw game ticket, to check their tickets again, as they could be holding a winner. Tickets expire one year after the game’s drawing.
The winners may claim the tickets at any one of the Lottery’s Customer Service Centers statewide, including the Buffalo office at 165 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, at Hamburg Gaming at the Fairgrounds at 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075, or at Tioga Downs Casino at 2384 West River Road, Nichols, NY 13812. To learn more about how to redeem a prize, click here.
The five winning numbers for TAKE 5 are drawn from the set of 39 available numbers every day at 11:21 p.m. To download the free winning numbers app, click here.

US Labor Department to provide outreach to nuclear weapons workers in WEST VALLEY, NY

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Ombudsman will host town hall meetings in West Valley, New York, to provide information about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Officials will present information to current and former nuclear weapons workers about the benefits available under the act through the department. Survivors of qualified workers also may be entitled to benefits. 
The department’s New York Resource Center and Cleveland District Office will assist individuals in filing claims and providing updates on existing claims. Representatives from the department’s Office of the Ombudsman, the Department of Energy and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will also attend.
For additional information about these meetings, call 877-662-8363 toll free or  These meetings are open to the public and no pre-registration is required.
WHAT:           Town hall meetings to discuss EEOICPA benefits
WHERE:        West Valley Volunteer Hose Co.
                        Firemen’s Memorial Hall and Training Center
                       9085 Route 240
                        West Valley, NY 14171

Wellsville: Sinclair Refinery Site Reclassified; No Longer Significant Threat

Site Name: Sinclair Refinery
October 6, 2015
Site Location: Brooklyn Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895
Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Classification Notice
The Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program (the State Superfund Program) is the State's program for identifying, investigating, and cleaning up sites where the disposal of hazardous waste may present a threat to public health and/or the environment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) maintains a list of these sites in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (Registry). As of the date of this notice, the site identified above was reclassified on the Registry as a Class 4 site as it no longer presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment for the following reason(s):

The site has been properly remediated by the implementation of the remedy identified for the site by one or more Records of Decision (RODs). Management of contamination remaining at the site, including any required monitoring, is and has been controlled pursuant to a Site Management Plan (SMP). Institutional controls in the form of environmental easements are in place to ensure the protectiveness of the site. The easements restrict land use to non-residential uses; prohibit groundwater use; prohibit excavation, drilling or disturbing the soil; and all future building construction must include slab-on-grade foundations with a vapor barrier and soil vapor mitigation system. Because the site has been properly remediated and requires site management, it qualifies for Class 4 status on the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste disposal sites.

More information is available HERE.  


Wellsville: Deputies arrest woman on probation warrant

Allegany County Sheriff Rick L. Whitney reports that deputies from the Sheriff’s Office on Monday arrested Rebecca L. Fanton, age 20 of 176 Early Street in Wellsville on an Allegany County Violation of Probation Warrant.
Fanton was arrested without incident at the Allegany County Court Complex, processed, arraigned in County Court by Judge Brown and remanded to the County Jail without bail.  Fanton is to reappear in Allegany County Court on October 8th, 2015 for additional court action.

Trucker dies in Wyoming County crash

New York State Police in Warsaw responded to a one vehicle roll over accident involving a tractor trailer on Middle Reservation Road in the Town of Castile which occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival troopers, along with fire and rescue personnel from Castile and Silver Springs, police found an overturned tractor trailer which had been hauling liquid manure in the ditch on the east shoulder of the highway just 150 feet south of Swyers Road. Rescue personnel searched for the operator who was located lying in the ditch adjacent to the cab section of the vehicle. The operator, later identified as Richard W. Scharet Jr, 49 years of age of Castile, NY sustained massive trauma as a result of being ejected from the vehicle and he succumbed to these injuries at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates that Scharet had been traveling south on Middle Reservation Road rounding a slight curve in the highway when he lost control of the vehicle. The tractor, in tow with a tanker trailer, began to swerve and entered the north bound lane before it overturned. The vehicle then continued off the east side of the highway before striking a utility pole and then a tree before coming to rest in the ditch line. Approximately 5,000 gallons of liquid manure was spilled as the tank was ruptured in the collision with the utility pole. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation personnel responded to assist with the spill containment and cleanup efforts. Investigation into the accident continues by State Police Troop A Collision Reconstruction Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigaton.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on MONDAY, October 5, 2015:


MICHAEL J. CONNERS,33, of Franklinville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Second Degree, a class C felony; Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Unlawful Disposal of Meth Lab Material, a class E felony; Criminal Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine, a class E felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on June 10, 2015 in the Town of Franklinville, when the defendant with intent to use, or knowing that another tends to use each such product to unlawfully manufacture, prepare or produce methamphetamine 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.

AARON R. TIERSON, 33, of Cuba, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; eight counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class E felonies and three counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, class E felonies. The alleged incident occurred on or about May 2010 to December 2013, when the defendant, knowing that a written instrument contained false information and with intent to defraud the state or any political subdivision, public authority or public benefit corporation of the state, he offered or presented it to a public office and stole property in excess of $3,000.00.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
RANDY J. DAVIS, 27, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of probation for five years for his conviction to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony.  The crime occurred on June 27, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic substance.
HECTOR N. CORREA, 38, of Portville, New York, was sentenced to a term of 1 year in the Cattaraugus County Jail and 1 Year to run concurrent for his Violation of Probation  for his conviction to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender with the New York State Sex Offender Registry, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on March 21, 2015 in the Town of Olean, when the he failed to register with the Division of Criminal Justice no later than ten (10) calendar days after any change of address. 

Cuba man faces 12 count indictment

Aaron R. Tierson, 33, of Cuba, New York, was arraigned Monday in Cattaraugus County court and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; eight counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class E felonies and three counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.  The alleged crimes occurred between May 2010 and December 2013. According to the District Attorney, Tierson, knowing that a written instrument contained false information and with intent to defraud, he stole property in excess of $3,000.00.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

OGS Seeks Holiday Tree for NYS Capitol

New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito today announced that the state is in seeking two New York State spruce trees to be displayed in front of the Capitol this holiday season. One will grace East Capitol Park and the other will be placed on the south side of the Capitol on the Empire State Plaza near the Plaza skating rink. The trees will be removed at no cost to the property owner in mid-November and lit as part of New York State’s tree lighting and fireworks on December 6 at the Empire State Plaza.
“Displaying trees at the Capitol and Empire State Plaza has been a wonderful part of the Capital Region’s holiday tradition for many years,” Commissioner Destito said. “We are grateful to the many generous families that have shared their beautiful trees with visitors to the New York State Capitol.”
The tree should be a spruce between 35 and 55 feet tall, easily accessible on the property, and clear of power lines.  Proximity to the Capital Region is ideal.
If you have a tree you would like to be considered, please contact Jeremy Jasper at OGS by calling (518) 402-5200 or emailing and include your name, address where the tree is located, and a contact phone number.  If a photo of the tree is available please include it.

Olean schedules leaf collection

The Department of Public Works is announcing that City-wide leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015.  Leaves (no tree limbs or branches) will be collected from the pavement and loaded mechanically into dump trucks for removal. The order of collection will be as follows: 

·        The Midtown area lying east of Union Street toward the Olean Creek and from East Sullivan Street southerly toward the Allegheny River.
·        All streets parallel to West State Street from Union Street to the City line, including the adjacent north-south numerical streets through the West End.
·        The immediate area north of West Sullivan Street to 8th Street through the Wayne, Coleman Street section and cross streets.

·        North Olean
·        South Olean
·        East Olean
·        Boardmanville

NOTE:  Leaves should be raked into the roadway the weekend of October 17-18, 2015.  The public should refrain from parking vehicles on such streets anticipating a collection.  The City will make every attempt to perform a second round of collection to get as many leaves picked up as possible.   However, we make no guarantee that will be able to happen before the weather changes so the public is encouraged NOT to place more leaves in the roadway after the first collection has been finished as doing so can interfere with drainage and plowing operations.

Questions regarding the leaf collection schedule should be directed to the Department of Public Works, phone 376-5650.

Canisteo Village Trustee resigns

Canisteo Village Board member Tom Mayo is resigning from office effective today. In his letter to the Board, Mayo said "it is with regret that I tender my resignation...I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the last 3 1/2 years. The Mayor said Mayo has been an asset to the Board. Mayo said last night, "I've enjoyed it...most of the time." Mayo indicated he was moving outside the village.

Sen. O'Mara--Assemblywoma​n Lupardo news release -- State releases revised regulations for industrial hemp pilot program

New York’s first legal hemp seeds are closer to being sown next spring by universities and local farmers after revised regulations were issued by the State Department of Agriculture and Markets last week. Research of industrial hemp by states was permitted as part of the 2014 US Farm Bill (§7606); legislation creating New York’s pilot program was sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Tom O’Mara (A9140/S7047).

“I’m glad these revisions take into consideration the concerns and suggestions Senator O’Mara and I put forward, along with farmers and businesses across the state,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo (D-Endwell). “New York will begin conducting important research so that farmers can hit the ground running when full-scale production is permitted. This lucrative crop not only provides a new opportunity for famers, but also creates the potential for new manufacturing and niche markets across the state.”

“The initial public comment process allowed farmers, universities, businesses and legislators to suggest changes that we’re now pleased to see have been incorporated into the latest set of regulations. We’re now one step closer to finally moving New York State into an effective position to begin capturing these economic, job-creating and revenue-generating opportunities,” said Senator O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats).

Smethport: Effort underway to save fire tower

Press release:
We aren't done yet. Here is a link to the email for the commissioners. EVERYBODY GIVE 'EM HELL. Here is the text of the email I sent them. Copy and paste!!
I was recently made aware of the plan to tear down the fire tower on Prospect. There has been a fire tower in that spot for nearly a hundred years. It is part of our history and cultural heritage. It has been there as long as any of us has lo...oked at Prospect. It is in our vernacular, "the fire tower." It is my understanding it is to be replaced by a communications tower. I am certain the new tower can be located elsewhere. We are losing parts of our cultural heritage all the time: the Christmas Store, the bowling alleys, they are gone. Please do not destroy this one. I am not the only person who feels this way, there is an internet petition circulating about this.
The fire tower on Prospect Hill is a local landmark, almost an institution. It has been there for all of our lives. How many of us have climbed it at various times?
I have just learned that it fire tower on Prospect Hill is slated to be torn down. there are many who feel it has historical value and should be preserved. Originally built in the 1920s, it was rebuilt with twenty feet added to the height in 1967. Had it been built two years previous, it would now qualify for the ...historic registry.
Several reasons for its destruction have been given, among them that it is a liability to the county. Another source said that iit interfered with microwave communications. The microwave dish on the tower adjacent to the fire tower is mounted above the fire tower.
The fire tower is to be replaced by another communications tower and the fire tower would have already been torn down except that the FCC was contacted and the proper paperwork for the tower had not been filed so the new tower project is temporarily halted.
The fire tower is not in any danger of collapse. A private individual - not an engineer so this is just an independent observation - looked over the tower and all he could find was surface rust, nothing that is threatening the integrity of the structure.
This is an opportunity for those of us who think the fire tower should be preserved to make their feelings known to the McKean County Commissioners that this is a historical structure, a landmark really, and should be preserved.
Let the Prospect Fire Tower remain. If it is to fall, let nature do it as happened with the Kinzua Bridge. We should not destroy our historical past simply because of convenience. It's a big hill. The communications tower that is to replace it can be located elsewhere.
Contact the McKean County Commissioners
500 W. Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749
814 887 3200
Fax: 814 887 2242
Also, State Representative Martin Causer
78 Main Street, 1st Floor
Bradford, PA 16701
Toll-Free: 1-866-437-8181
Fax: 814-362-4405
Hours: Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed noon to 1 p.m. daily
Give 'em hell folks!


Four arrested during traffic stop in Wyoming County

Four  men are facing numerous charges following an investigation into a traffic stop in the Town of Perry. At 11:07pm on October 2, Deputy Aaron Chase stopped a vehicle being operated by Austin Hare, 20 of Bliss (shown in photo), on Route 39 after a registration check revealed the inspection was expired. The truck was also occupied at the time by Tyler Hall, 22 of Bliss, Justin Spencer, 20 of Warsaw, Alexander Hare, 18 of Silver Springs, and a 14 year old male. Deputies said an odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected coming from within the vehicle and an open 30 pack of beer was observed.

A check into Austin Hare’s license revealed that it was suspended out of the Village of Attica for failure to answer a summons. All of the vehicle’s occupants were asked to exit the vehicle and police said numerous open containers of alcohol were located throughout the vehicle. Also located were empty marijuana containers and a marijuana smoking bowl. Perry Police Department Officer Greg Smith and Officer Bryant Ferry were requested to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

Everyone was detained at this time and Austin Hare submitted to Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Following the test, Austin was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. The vehicle was towed from the scene and all suspects were transported to the Perry Police Department. Deputy AJ Previty responded at this time to assist with processing.

Austin Hare submitted to a breath test which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.09%.

Alexander Hare was subsequently charged with underage possession of alcohol and released to a parent, along with the 14 year old.

Justin Spencer was arrested for underage possession of alcohol and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and also released to a parent.

Tyler Hall, the only person of age to legally possess and consume alcohol, was charged with consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree for supplying alcohol to a minor, and endangering the welfare of a child for providing alcohol to a child younger than 16 years old. Hall was arraigned in the Town of Perry Court and committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Austin Hare was charged with uninspected motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 or more, and aggravated driving while intoxicated (E felony) under Leandras Law.

Hare was arraigned in the Town of Perry Court and committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Everyone is scheduled back to the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Obituary: Roger Smith, 74

Roger Smith, 74, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on September 26, 2015 after a lengthy illness.
He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Marjorie (Walradt), daughters, Catherine Smith of Andover, Yvonne (Daniel) Foster of Canisteo, Grandson, Zachary Greenfield and Granddaughter Alexandra Greenfield of Canisteo.. A Brother Cassius Smith of Langhorne, PA and a Sister Patricia Young of Sandusky. Also several Nieces and Nephews.Roger was predeceased by his Grandson Tyler Stone of West Windsor, NJ, Mother, Catherine (Kate) Clark of Oramel and Sister Barbara Miller of Caneadea.He was a graduate of Belfast Central School class of 1959.He served 20 years in the military, 4 years in the Navy and retiring in 1981 after 16 years in the Air Force.He went on to Alfred State College to earn an associates degree in accounting.Roger worked 14 years as the rural mail carrier for the Belfast Post Office, retiring in 2002. He was always known on his route as the "nicest man" always smiling and helpful.Roger loved being with his family and especially teaching them his favorite pastime of fishing. He also liked a good game of cards.He was a lifetime member of the Cuba VFW post # 2721 and a member of the Belfast American Legion Post # 1504.
There will be no visitations or funeral. Roger will lie in rest at the National Veterans Cemetery in Bath, NY. Memorials may be made to the Oramel Fire Dept. or the Belfast Rescue Squad. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast. 

McKean County: Woman, children escape burning home

A fire Monday morning caused $50,000 damage to a Kane home. Lisa Hutchins and her three children were able to escape the burning home at 507 Chase Street. Fire damage was limited to the basement and first floor but the entire home sustained heat and smoke damage. Two family dogs were saved but several other pets perished. The Fire Marshal said the blaze began in a first floor bedroom but the exact cause could not be determined.

Wolves unable to perform at Southern Tier Outdoor Show this weekend

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show, scheduled for this weekend in Bath, NY, regrets to announce that their featured wildlife show, Wolves of the World, cancelled their performance last Friday due to a family emergency. While the outdoor show coordinators place their thoughts with the wolf trainers, they also assure the public that the show will continue with many other features and activities. 
Morgan Eagle Falconry will put on two shows on Saturday and Sunday, and Maxman Reptile Rescue has agreed to fill in with three shows daily with their lizards, tortoises, snakes and tarantulas guaranteed to delight the families in attendance.
The Southern Tier Outdoor Show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 10 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 11 at Wilkin RV, Inc. on Route 415 in Bath. There will be 150 vendors showcasing outdoor products and services, youth activities such as fishing, archery and a ropes course, and adult activities such as trophy buck scoring, clay pigeon shooting and an electronic 3D archery tournament. Contests include turkey calling for the kids and a Companion Retriever challenge for dog owners. Sportsmen can attend numerous seminars delivered by pro staff, and families can spend time together in the outdoors.
For more information on the show, visit Cost to attend the show is $5 per car. Follow them on Facebook for the latest details.

Obituary: C. Clinton Bundy, 85, Andover

Andover, NY - C. Clinton Bundy, 85, formerly of Railroad Avenue passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born September 16, 1930 in Allentown, the son of the late Clinton “Cash” and Helen (Sexton) Bundy.
Clint attended the Allentown Union School and served with the U. S. Army Air Force from 1945 to 1948. He was employed as a machinist at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville and operated the Pro Shop at the Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell until he was 80 years old. He loved to play golf and was awarded a lifetime membership at Twin Hickory. He was a member and past president of the Andover Lions Club, a member of the Lynch / Burgett American Legion Post 397 and the Forty & Eight Voiture Locale 1006. He had formerly resided at Manor Hills in Wellsville for several years.
He is survived by five daughters, Colleen Swift of Bolivar, Denise (Timothy) Elliott of Genesee, PA, Karen Baumgardner of Friendship, Lisa Bundy of Jamestown and Lynn (Timothy) Coan of Jamestown, 12 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren a brother, Vyle (Joan) Bundy of Andover, a very special friend, Sue Thomas of Wellsville, as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by two wives, Athelene Perry and Patricia (Zuk) Bundy and his longtime companion, Jean Patrick.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Frank Mickle presiding. Burial with military honors will the follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Andover Lions Club or the Activities Department of the Wellsville Manor Care Center. To leave online condolences, please visit

Obituary: Presvitera Irene Euphrosyne (Raptis) Mentis, 94

Gulf Shores, Alabama - Presvitera Irene Euphrosyne (Raptis) Mentis, 94, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. She was born in Johnsonburg, PA the daughter of the late George and Angeliki (Vlahos) Raptis and was raised in Wellsville, NY. In September 1945, she married Reverend Father Elias Mentis who survives.
Father Mentis and Irene lived and touched the hearts of many in Wellsville, Toronto, Rochester, Webster, Jamestown, Ithaca, Brandywine, MD, Sioux City, IA, Ocean City MD, Fairfax/Falls Church, VA and Fredericksburg, VA. Irene will be remembered for her love of others, generosity, kindness and faith.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a daughter, Ann Mentis of Gulf Shores and Webster, NY; son, Peter, his wife Tina and their children, Elias, David and Euphrosyne of Fairfax, VA and their four grandchildren, Peter, Andreas, Alex and Lucas; son Charles, his wife Gail of Seneca Falls, NY and their two daughters, Elaine, her husband Michael and Ann Marie and one granddaughter, Mariana, sister, Leah of Rochester and a brother, James, and his wife Demmye of Wellsville, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Charles, killed in WW II.  
Friends are invited to a graveside service at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville, New York. To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, October 5, 2015

Man goes to prison for Wellsville crime

A Portville man is headed to state prison after he committed a felony crime. An Allegany County judge Monday sentenced 27-year old Aaron Maier to a state prison term of between 2 and 4 years after he pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny. Prosecutors said Maier stole over $3,000 and directed another person to burn bank envelopes. In addition to the prison term, Maier must pay back nearly $15,000. He will also pay a slew of court-related fee's.

IPD: Whitesville man jailed for violating court order

Independence Police arrested a Whitesville man on September 30th. Police charged Craig J. Miller, 60, of Whitesville with criminal contempt 1st and disorderly conduct.  Police said the arrest followed an incident
on Snow Road in the Town of Independence when Miller allegedly violated an Order of Protection issued by the Town of Independence Court.
Miller was arraigned in Independence Town court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail with $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 Insurance bond. Miller was issued an October 21st 2015 court date at Independence Town court.

Wellsville PD receives grant for updated fingerprint equipment

The Wellsville Police Department is among 51 law enforcement agencies statewide to receive funds to replace aging fingerprint equipment. The Governor's office today said that Wellsville will receive a $10,000 grant for new "Live Scan" equipment. The new equipment allows police to electronically scan fingerprints and within several minutes, receive a complete criminal history on the subject. This new equipment will replace existing devices that either malfunction or are obsolete, says Gov. Cuomo.
The maximum grant awarded for each device was $10,000. Each of the grant recipients must provide a 50 percent local match as this technology benefits both local law enforcement agencies and the state. Any municipal police department or county sheriff’s office in the state was eligible to apply for this funding and could apply for more than one device if the agency hosts a regional server that allows others to electronically submit fingerprints to the state and FBI.  The Division of Criminal Justice Services expects to administer another round of funding for this equipment in 2016.

Injuries in Town of Allen crash

There were injuries when a car rolled over on county road 15 in the Town of Allen just after 7 p.m. Sunday. Two adults and two children were inside the vehicle. One adult sustained what first responders called serious injuries and was flown to Rochester. Others were treated at Olean General Hospital. State police investigated. No other details were available.

Bolivar man faces charges in Olean

Olean City Police Sunday arrested Timothy M. Gilliland, 43, of Bolivar. He was charged with aggravated DWI, DWI, BAC above .08% and failure to keep right. He'll answer to a city court judge.

11 Western and Central NY Volunteers Deploying to South Carolina Flood Relief Efforts

The American Red Cross is responding to the life-threatening flooding and historic rainfall that is affecting the entire State of South Carolina and parts of North Carolina.
Eleven volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region will be deploying to South Carolina to support the relief efforts following this disaster:
Over the weekend in South Carolina, six shelters were opened, with additional shelters expected to open. Nearly 300 meals and snacks have been served across the state so far and nearly 90 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting these flood relief efforts. Seven emergency response vehicles are circulating the impacted areas as it is safe to do so.
In North Carolina, two shelters were opened. Nearly 120 meals and snacks have been served across the state so far and nearly 90 Red Cross disaster workers are helping with the flood response taking place.
Additional shelters are on standby and the Red Cross is working closely with government partners to ensure immediate needs of residents are being met.

Study Proposes Bath PD Cut Hours

A recent study conducted by the Division of Criminal Justice Services suggests that the Bath Village Police Department cut the number of hours that is open, from 24 to 20 hours a day.  While the study says the nearby State Police and Sheriff’s Office located in Bath could cover the village while the P.D. was closed, Police Chief Chad Mullen disagrees.  Mullen told The Corning Leader that it’s unlikely other officers and deputies would be available to patrol in, or near the village during those times.  Mayor Bill Von Hagn said he’s not looking to reduce the department, but did add that other departments are able to operate with fewer resources.

Livingston County Sheriff Blotter

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

Adam H. Vancise-Priest, 29, Leicester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on September 26.  Vancise-Priest will answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Brian F. Seaver, 58, Avon, NY, was charged September 27, with Harassment 2nd Degree.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Seaver was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail/$500 property bond.  Seaver will return to Avon Town Court to address charges on a later date.

Mark L. Gallaway, 34, Salamanca, NY, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle on September 23.  Gallaway was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

James B. Petrus, 46, Tonawanda, NY, was arrested September 25, charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Unregistered Motor Vehicle.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Petrus was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail/$$3,000 property bond.  Petrus will return to Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Stephen B. Yawn, 57, Rochester, NY, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater on September 25.  Yawn will address charges in Groveland Town Court on a later date.

Charles McGill, 51, Rochester, NY, was charged September 26, with Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd Degree.  Following arraignment, McGill was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail/$1,000 property bond.  McGill will appear in answer to charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Matthew D. Cook, 41, Livonia, NY, was arrested September 30, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Driving Across Hazardous Markings, Moving From Lane Unsafely, Failure To Use Designated Lane, Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent, Failure To Stop For a Stop Sign and No Seatbelt.  Cook will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Benjamin G. Fain, 38, Conesus, NY, was charged with Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree on September 29.  Following arraignment Fain was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $500 cash bail/$1,000 property bond.  Fain will answer charges in Geneseo Village Court at a later date.

William J. Normand, 46, Holley, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a felony, Refusal To Submit to a Breathalyzer Test and Failure To Stop at a Stop Sign on October 1.  Normand will answer charges in Sparta Town Court on a later date.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday October 4, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested James S. Watson V, age 36 of Wellsville, charging him with DWI (Felony), DWI w/BAC of .08% or more (Felony) and AUO 1st (Felony).  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Pleasant Street in the Village.  Watson was processed and arraigned in Wellsville Village Court.  Watson was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 cash bail.  Watson is due back in Wellsville Village Court on October 20th at 4:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday October 3, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested Randal P. Harris, age 43 of Wellsville, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08 % or more, Aggravated DWI w/BAC of .18 % or more and AUO 3rd.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on West Dyke Street in the Village.  Harris was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Harris is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on October 27th at 4:30 p.m.