Friday, July 25, 2014

Cattaraugus County: Amish shop owner robbed at gun point

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: July 24, 2014

July 22

Wellsville Police arrested Robert L. Ball, 46 of Belmont, on a Bench Warrant issued by Wellsville Village Court. Ball was processed and arraigned in village court where he was remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $250.00 bail. Ball is due back in village court at a later date.

Following an investigation Wellsville Police arrested Jerrad R. Roulo, 25 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Mischief 4th, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th, Petit Larceny and Conspiracy 6th. Roulo was processed and arraigned in village court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 bail. Roulo is due back in village court at a later date.

July 23

Following an investigation Wellsville Police arrested John R. Roulo, 31 of Bolivar, charging him with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th, Petit Larceny and Conspiracy 6th. Roulo was processed and arraigned in village court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 bail. Roulo is due back in village court at a later date.

July 24

Wellsville Police arrested two juveniles charging them both with petit larceny. The arrest stems from a complaint at the Kmart in Wellsville. The juveniles were processed and issued appearance tickets to answer the charges at Allegany County Probation at a later date. Both were released to their parents.

Obituary: Mildred M. Reed, 77, Millport native

ROCHESTER, NY---Mildred M. Reed, 77, of Rochester, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Rochester, after a long illness.
     Born November 19, 1936 in Millport, PA, she was a daughter of William “Morris” and Marian E. Axtell Stephenson.  In 1956 in Millport, she married James W. Reed who passed away in 1966.
    Mildred was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Shinglehouse, Class of 1955.  For many years Mildred was a personal caregiver for families in the Shinglehouse area.  She was also a teacher’s aide for remedial reading at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse.
     She was a devoted member of the Millport United Methodist Church.  She loved to read and do word search puzzles.  Mildred enjoyed baking, having entered several items in the Potter County Fair in Millport.
     Mildred was a loving mother who lost her husband at an early age.  Her love and devotion to her children was unwavering.  She worked hard to raise and provide for her children.  She always worked tirelessly while providing a loving home.
     Surviving are four children, Juanita J. (Theron) Genaux, Stephen A. Reed, Sylvia A. Reed, and Diane M. (Burt) Brown, all of Rochester, NY; five grandchildren, Amanda S. (Neil) Hauser, Theron J. Genaux, Bradley J. Reed, Cheyenne E. Brown, and Sierra J. Brown; a great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn M. Hauser; five sisters, Patricia Crooks of Bradford, PA, Jacky (Dick) Bacher of Washington State, Sarah Buskey of Hilton, NY, Sylvia (Pedro) Rodriguez of Belton, Texas, and Susan (Samuel) Morrie of Freeville, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
     In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was predeceased by a son, James E. Reed; a brother, William “Bill” Stephenson; and a sister, Alberta Dunhue.
     Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Becky L. Edwards, pastor of the Millport United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Hebron, PA.
     Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family.  Memorials in Mildred’s name may be to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (; the Millport United Methodist Church, c/o Lois Duell, 206 Fairground Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the American Cancer Society.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rod Biehler honored at Allegany County Fair - Videos - The Wellsville Daily Reporter

(Editors note: Rod gave me my first job in radio in 1981...Thanks Rod)

Rod Biehler honored at Allegany County Fair - Videos - The Wellsville Daily Reporter - Wellsville, NY



By Sean Curran
The Evening Tribune 

   HORNELL — Hornell prepares for the basketball invasion that will happen this weekend when the annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament takes over Main Street.The Gus Macker is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament which annually supports a local non-profit organization. In Hornell, that organization is the YMCA. All proceeds, following costs, will go to the YMCA.Opening ceremonies will begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m., but the process of setting up will actually begin Thursday, according to YMCA officials.The courts, baskets and a number of other things will be put up Thursday and Friday, in addition to registration beginning Friday night for the 225 teams signed up. Main Street of Hornell will be closed Friday through Sunday as the festivities begin and continue throughout the weekend. Of course, the influx of people to Hornell has both positive and negative results. Closing Main Street inconveniences several people commuting to and from work, as well as increasing the level of traffic on other roads throughout Hornell. Furthermore, many local businesses are overshadowed in order to accommodate the giant mass of basketball players. “In fairness, the Gus Macker does close down Main Street and we understand how that can frustrate people,” said Mark Morrissey, YMCA executive director. “But if it weren’t the Gus Macker, what kinds of other things would (the YMCA) not be able to do?”YMCA officials are also quick to point out that the Gus Macker also brings a large group of people who must eat as well as sleep, which funnels money directly into the pockets of businesses who offer food and sleeping accommodations.“I think local restaurants and hotels really benefit financially from the Macker weekend,” said Morrissey. “It also really helps the YMCA, so that we can provide other great programs for the entire community throughout the rest of the year.”Furthermore, the weekend provides great entertainment for those who may not otherwise enjoy basketball. With all ages both male and female competing, it offers a unique format which cannot be found in a more traditional basketball environment. Aside from the games, there are plenty of special events, including a free-throw shooting contest, a dream court and the fan-favorite dunk contest. Program Director and Gus Macker organizer Dan Galatio spoke specifically about the “dream court,” which he states is a really unique experience which provides an awesome environment for kids to play basketball in. It is a specifically designed red, white and blue court with a synthetic surface featured in the top men’s and women’s brackets. According to Galatio, the goal is to provide the ultimate fun, family environment focusing on nicknames and personalities of the players and spectators.

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Alfred Police-Warrant Watch

Outstanding Arrest & Bench Warrants (updated 7/2014)
Stephen M. Adam, age 28 - Wilmington, DE: Resisting Arrest
Curits J. Ashley, age 31 - Elmira, NY: Disorderly Conduct
Siobhan J. Auld, age 28 - Maplewood, NJ: Failed to Pay Fine $50 
Paul R. Boylan, age 29 - Apalachin, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $225
Stephon L. Brown, age 20 - Syracuse, NY: Failed to Appear on Disorderly Conduct
Davanique B. Collier, age 22 - Rochester, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $210 
Michael L. Conyers, age 24 - Washington, DC: Failed to Pay Fine $375
Kenneth M. Cox, age 48 - Macon, GA: Failed to Pay Fine $1190
Kyle R. Donohoe, age 23 - Big Flats, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $150
Justin M Escobar, age 19 - Henryville, PA: Failed to Pay Fine $325
Alex J. Fargo, age 26 - Limestone, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $155
Andrew P. Flint, age 30 - Hornell, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $175
Javier A. Garcia, age 22 - Pleasantville, NJ: Failed to Pay Fine $375
Autumn K. Hale, age 24 - Rochester, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $900
David A. Holub, age 34 - Parkersburg, WV: Failed to Pay Fine $1000
James F. Irvin II, age 23 - Elmira, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $1015
Patrick J. Kernan, age 24 - Pittsburgh, PA: Failed to Pay Fine $200
Ronald McIntyre, age 28 - Utica, NY: Failed to Appear on Theft of Services
Nathan A. McMindes, age 32 - Hornell, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $1400
Robert J. Mitchell, age 61 - Alfred, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $455 
Robert C. Motter, age 27 - Rochester, NY: Failure to Pay Fine $195 
Paul M. Neenan, age 26 - Sholola, PA: Failure to Pay Fine $495
Reginald Newsome, age 22 - Fort Washington, MD: Failed to Pay Fine $1050
Kristopher C. Osgood, age 31 - Wellsville, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $155 
Gibran D. Paschall, age 30 - Bronx, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $95
Jarod W. Peterson, age 27 - Havre Grace, MD: Failed to Pay Fine $150
Kareena C. Redden, age 27 - West Henrietta, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $175
Daniel T. Roark, age 24 - Clermont, FL: Failed to Pay Fine $1400
Thomas W. Roeger, age 23 - Webster, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $250
Michael B. Rosa, age 19 - Thiells, NY: Failed to Appear on Grand Larceny 4th
Andrew D. Sasala, age 32 - Buffalo, NY: Disorderly Conduct
George M. Savage III, age 30 - Syracuse, NY: Failed to Appear on Agg Unlicensed Operation
Michael J. Scholeck, age 46 - Pottsville, PA: Failed to Pay Fine $300 
Melanie D. Shomate, age 29 - Hampton, TN: Forgery 2nd
Ashley M. Swartwood, age 21, Elmira, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $710
Eric Thibault, age 25 - Alfred, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $400
James M. Tibbetts, age 27 - Sebastian, FL: Failed to Pay Fine $420
Shereice M. Thomas, age 25 - West Henrietta, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $150
Laura J. Torrey, age 34 - Angelica, NY: Unauthorized Use of a MV
Charles K. Townsend, age 28 - Hornell, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $205
Anthony R. VanPelt, age 26 - Staten Island, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $335
Sheldon J. Waller, age 24 - Baltimore, MD: Failed to Pay Fine $100
Archibald Weah, age 26 - Staten Island, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $100
Dylan R. Weathered, age 19 - New York, NY: Disorderly Conduct
Michael A. West, age 33 - Olean, NY: Failed to Pay Fine $280
Frances L. Whisman, age 21 - Florence, AL: Theft of Services

Cuba Police year to date activity report

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IDA gives early OK to filling former Kmart in Allegany - Olean Times Herald

IDA gives early OK to filling former Kmart in Allegany - Olean Times Herald: News - IDA gives early OK to filling former Kmart in Allegany: Cattaraugus County:

ELLICOTTVILLE — The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposed $3 million redevelopment of the former Kmart Plaza in Allegany.

Kody Sprague, president of Sprague Development Corp. in Yorkshire, said the 110,000-square-foot building has been virtually vacant for more than a decade. He said redevelopment of the plaza could create between 100 and 200 jobs.

Kmart left the site in 1995 for its current location on West State Street in Olean. A succession of other smaller stores opened and closed at the old plaza. There also was a nightclub there at one time called Muldoons.

Mr. Sprague said his first objective if he is successful in buying the plaza and its approximately 21 acres is to put a new roof on the building. This will probably cost more than $500,000. Next, he wants to upgrade the facade of the building to make it more attractive.
The location of the site on Route 417, off Exit 24 of Interstate 86 in the town of Allegany, is a “gateway to St. Bonaventure University” in Allegany and also Olean, he said.
James Boser, a member of the IDA from Allegany and also minority leader of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, said the building was an eyesore. “When it started, it was 100 percent occupied,” he said. “Once it started going downhill, it was gone. If we can have Kody bring it back, fantastic.”
Sprague Development Corp. has a contract to buy the property from owner Donald Benson for $340,000. There are certain conditions in the contract that need to be met before the sale can close, Mr. Sprague said.
Allegany Town Supervisor John Hare attended the meeting to support the project. “I think it’s a terrific project,” he said. Since a waterline was extended to the site several years ago, town officials have been working on funding for a sewer line.
Lack of sewer and water “has hindered development at the site,” Mr. Sprague said.
After tackling the roof — hopefully before snow flies — Mr. Sprague would fix the parking lot which is now choked with weeds.
“It’s a great project to get a 20-year closed building back in operation,” said IDA Executive Director Corey Wiktor. This is why the IDA initiated the adaptive reuse policy, to get vacant buildings back on the tax rolls he said.
“This is a great opportunity for Cattaraugus County,” said Crystal Abers, a member of the IDA and also director of the county’s Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism. “We have started these wheels in motion.”
Its location near Interstate 86 could make it a good site for a destination-based retail business.
Mr. Sprague said once the new facade and the floors were completed, it would be ready to show to businesses. The build-out would be in phases as needed for tenants.
Sprague Development Corp. is seeking $200,000 in sales-tax exemptions and an exemption of the $20,000 mortgage recording fee. The amount of exemption in property taxes was not specified. The owner currently pays $6,500 in property taxes on the 21-acre site.

Mr. Sprague said he had not yet begun to contact national or regional retailers to see if they would be interested in the new project.
On behalf of the IDA, Mr. Wiktor presented Mr. Sprague with a certificate acknowledging Washington Square, an Ellicottville project Sprague Development completed a few years ago, also under the adaptive reuse policy, as a finalist in the Buffalo First Brick by Brick Award. The company renovated the old Louisville Slugger Bat factory in the village with a bowling alley and restaurant as the anchor. This project created 55 new jobs.

Deputies: Man violated order of protection

Bath: Ambulance Building Demolition Marks End of one Era, Start of Another

Bath, NY: The Volunteer Ambulance Corps of Bath NY is saying goodbye the building which has housed Steuben County's largest volunteer emergency medical services agency since 1970. Demolition is scheduled to begin Tuesday July 29 to make way for a new facility to house the Corps' three ambulances and a training/meeting room. The Corps recently purchased an adjacent Victorian house to serve as the crew quarters and offices.

"This is the end of an era for us," said Bath Ambulance President Kris Kester. "The first ambulances in this area were actually run by funeral homes. If you survived the transport- alone in the back of a hearse- they left you at the hospital. If not, they took you back to the funeral home. We've come a long way since then! Every person gets specialized attention by EMTs using state-of-the-art equipment in each of our ambulances."

Today's ambulances are staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians with a minimum of 150 hours of training and New York State certification. Back in the 1960's and 70's the attendants may have only had basic first aid training, if any training at all. In 1967, Bath Ambulance Charter Members taught themselves the basics, shared their skills with the community, and built the Corps by adding members and raising funds to purchase their first cadillac wagon. Today, 80 volunteers respond to an average of 2,400 calls per year in one of the agency's three modular ambulances. Bath Ambulance also operates an EMS golf cart outfitted with a stretcher for large spectator events such as the Steuben County Fair.

Volunteers work 12-hour shifts in two- or three-person crews, covering a large area including the Village and Town of Bath, Savona, Kanona, and parts of Wheeler. Eligible volunteers must be in good health, have CPR and First Aid certification, an acceptable background check, and good references. The cost of EMT training for volunteers choosing to advance their training is covered by the agency. To join Bath Ambulance, visit or pick up an application at our office on 108 East Steuben St., Bath, NY or call the non-emergency line at (607) 776-3156.

State Police in Painted Post are looking for 2 missing persons

The New York State Police at SP Painted Post are attempting to locate April L. Culbertson age 27 from Addison, NY and Kyle J. McNeill age 22 from Lindley, NY, who have both been reported missing.

In the early morning hours of July 21, 2014 McNeill and Culbertson were observed leaving a residence together on Mayo Rd in the town of Lindley, operating a blue 2004 Subaru Legacy Station Wagon, bearing NY registration FYF-6179, following a dispute, between McNeill and Culbertson.
This vehicle has been reported as stolen to the New York State Police.  State Police at SP Painted Post request that anyone who has any information or has observed these subjects, to contact Troopers at 607-962-6864 or 607-962-3282.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NBC News: Can the Cops Cuff You For Filming an Arrest? Local law man responds

Local Perspective: Kevin Monroe of Wellsville is the Allegany County Undersheriff. He is also a former police officer from Wellsville & Alfred. We asked him this afternoon what his thoughts were on civilians recording police arrests. "We need to be professional, always," said Monroe. "Police officers are held to a higher standard, as we should," he said. Monroe said he has made a lot of arrests over the years and has never cared if he is caught on video. "I care," Monroe said, " if the person recording me risks my safety or the public safety." If they keep a safe distance, and don't cause a distraction, I'm fine says Monroe. "It's 2014....everybody has a camera and's just part of law enforcement today," he said. I've never had a worry about being recorded, says Monroe. "And yes," says the Undersheriff, "I have been filmed."

Lt. Mark Bierman is the acting Chief for Wellsville Police. When interviewed by RNN, he echoed several of the comments of Monroe. He agreed that he had no issue with people video/recording arrests by Wellsville Police. "It 2014, who doesn't have a cell phone camera." Bierman said, as long as the video does not cause an interference with the arrest, the Wellsville Police Dept has no issue.

NBC News story
A number of recent arrests have highlighted the role citizen smartphones can play in documenting police action, and while courts have sided with camera-wielding observers in the past, civilians who tape police making a bust may still face their own arrest, legal experts and activists say.
Several court rulings have upheld a civilian’s First Amendment rights to videotape cops performing their jobs in public places, legal experts say.
Those same federal courts, however, also found “this federal constitutional right is not absolute, particularly when it comes to filming traffic stops,” said Professor Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida. “The precise contours of the right have yet to be fully fleshed out.”

NYPD Cop’s Apparent Chokehold Triggers Nationwide Outrage

One recent arrest video that has invoked public anger is of New York City police officers who, on July 17, appear to have applied a hold to a suspect’s neck in the course of an arrest. The man, 43-year-old Eric Garner, later died. The altercation between Garner and officers on Staten Island occurred after police suspected Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes. On the phone-captured video, Garner, an asthmatic who weighed an estimated 350 to 400 pounds, can be heard telling restraining officers, “I can’t breathe."
On July 1, cellphone footage from a passerby showed a California Highway Patrol officer allegedly holding a 51-year-old woman on the ground near a Santa Monica freeway and repeatedly striking her.
How and when a person takes video of police officers in action may play a role in whether or not the camera-holder could him or herself be arrested.
In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit wrote that, “reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right to film may be imposed when the circumstances justify them.” Those factors could include officer and suspect safety, or the ability of law enforcement personnel to control chaos at the scene.

“The weasel word here, of course, is ‘reasonable,’ and courts are likely to give deference to the judgment of law enforcement personnel on that issue,” Calvert said.        
For practical purposes, an old real-estate mantra applies here: location, location, location.
“The inherent dangerousness of the situation comes into play,” Calvert said. “That might include how many other people hostile to an officer are nearby and how many suspects the officer is dealing with. The real line here, then, is between filming and interfering.”

Image: Advocates and family members are demanding answers following the death of a man who had a heart attack and died in police custody after officers put him in a chokehold Daily News
Advocates and family members are demanding answers following the death of a man who had a heart attack and died in police custody after officers put him in a chokehold - a tactic prohibited by NYPD policy.

This debate is, of course, as old as the Rodney King case –- the 1991 arrest and beating of King by Los Angeles police following a high-speed chase. A balcony-perched witness, George Holliday, videotaped as officers hurled blows against King’s body.
According to CHP, citizens are permitted to film an officer in the course of conducting his or her duties “as long as you are not interfering with the tasks the officer is performing,” said John “Mike” Harris, a CHP spokesman and officer. “You must adhere to the officers' commands if you are ordered to move back to a safe location or outside of the investigative scene.”
New York City police officials did not respond to an email from NBC News asking whether citizens in that jurisdiction are legally allowed to film arrests.
James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, said through a receptionist that he is “not doing interviews on that” subject.

Image: Marlene Pinnock, 51, was punched 10-15 times by a California Highway Patrol Officer on July 1. via NBC LA
Marlene Pinnock, 51, was punched 10-15 times by a California Highway Patrol Officer on July 1.

And at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), based in Alexandria, Virginia, manager Phil Lynn declined an interview but did email to NBC News a February IACP policy paper titled “Recording Police Activity.”
The document acknowledges that videotaping on-duty police work is “a form of speech” covered by the First Amendment. But the paper lists five examples of police “interference” that individuals “who wish to record police must observe.” Those are:
  • Keeping a “reasonable distance” from officers.
  • Not “repeatedly engaging officers with questions or distractions that unduly hinder police activities to protect life and safety, or the integrity of a crime scene.”
  • Not positioning "themselves in a manner that would either passively or actively hinder, impede” officers, first responders or traffic.
  • Not filming “sensitive police operations and tactical situations if they could reasonably jeopardize the safety of officers or third parties,” for example, a police response to a school shooting.
  • Not violating “the privacy of victims and witnesses.”
With those rules in place, anyone filming officers -– even in public places –- is at risk for arrest, “rightly or wrongly depending on the facts, on charges ranging from disorderly conduct and obstructing with an arrest to eavesdropping and the failure to obey an order to stop filming,” said Calvert, the First Amendment expert.
“The reason the right to record is so important is the everyday citizens now can play the role of public watchdog on potential government abuses of power,” Calvert said. “Every citizen today with a smartphone now has the power to be his or her own George Holliday.”

Radio tower damaged-PA Troopers seek help

Wyoming County: Man gets state prison time for perjury

Press release from Donald O'Geen, Wyoming County District Attorney (The defendant, Sacher, is from Attica, NY):

Campbell driver involved in Erie County crash

July 16, 2014-Erie County Sheriff Timothy B.Howard reports a two vehicle injury crash at Centerline Road and Merlau Road in South Wales.
29 year old Evan M. Delrosso of Campbell, NY was traveling, south on Merlau Road in a tractor trailer, and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Centerline Road.  63 year old Arthur E. Abrams was driving west on Centerline Road in a 2013 Honda along with his passenger, 63 year old Patricia L. Abrams.  Mr. Abrams' vehicle struck the tractor trailer.
Ms. Abrams was transported to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight, where she is listed in stable condition; Mr. Abrams was also transported to Erie County Medcial Center by Rural Metro Ambulance, where he is also listed in stable condition.  Mr. Delrosso was not injured.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Cattaraugus County Legislature meets Wednesday afternoon

3:00 p.m. CALL TO ORDER











352-14 Mr. Edwards and Mr. Lamberson


Approved by 7 Finance and 3 Labor Relations

378-14 Mr. Edwards and Mr. Sprague


Held in Finance Committee


344-14 Mr. Weller and Mr. Koch


Approved by 7 Finance and 9 Public Works

345-14 Mr. Weller and Mr. Koch


Additional sponsor: Mr. Lamberson

Approved by 7 Finance and 9 Public Works

346-14 Mr. Weller and Mr. Koch


Approved by 7 Finance and 9 Public Works

347-14 Mr. Weller and Mr. Koch


Approved by 7 Finance, 7 Senior Services and 9 Public Works

348-14 Mr. Weller and Mr. Koch


Approved by 7 Finance, 7 County Operations, 7 Human Services and 9 Public Works

349-14 Mr. Teachman and Mr. Padlo


Approved by 7 Finance, 7 County Operations and 3 Labor Relations

350-14 Mr. Edwards


AMENDED: in the 1st Resolved, delete "131-181-002", replace with "132-181-003"
Approved by 7 Finance and 3 Labor Relations

351-14 Mr. Edwards and Ms. Vickman


Approved by 7 Finance and 3 Labor Relations

353-14 Mr. Edwards and Mr. Lamberson


Approved by 7 Finance and 3 Labor Relations

354-14 Mr. VanRensselaer and Mrs. Labuhn


Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.
Beginning this November, Livingston County hunters will be able to hunt big game with a rifle after Senate Bill 5855B/Assembly Bill 9201A was signed into law today. Along with shotguns, handguns, bows, and muzzleloaders, rifles will now also be authorized for Livingston County big game hunting.
Livingston joins 40 other counties across the state in allowing rifle hunting for deer and bear, including the adjacent counties of Wyoming, Allegany, Steuben, and Ontario, where big game hunting with rifles is already permitted.
“Outdoor sportsmen are an invaluable part of our local economy and way of life. Active outdoorsmen support our small businesses, are devoted environmental stewards, and serve as important examples of responsible firearm usage. Allowing rifle hunting will further enhance Livingston County economically and keep local rifle hunters from having to travel into neighboring counties to hunt,” said Senator Young.
“This law allows Livingston County to join neighboring counties in the use of rifles for big game hunting, which is important both recreationally and economically. It is good news for the thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the state and the many nonresidents who come to New York every year to hunt,” said Senator Gallivan.
“Ivan Davis and all the hunters of Livingston County who worked for this legislation should be proud of what they accomplished. Livingston County will receive the benefit of additional tourism dollars from hunters. Our county will see more outdoor recreation opportunities. It's a win-win for hunters and taxpayers,” said Assemblyman Bill Nojay.
Authorization of rifle hunting was requested by the Livingston County Board of Supervisors on behalf of county residents last year.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, hunting is among the most popular forms of wildlife recreation in New York State, with nearly 700,000 New Yorkers licensed to hunt and another 50,000 nonresidents hunting in New York State.
Rifle hunting for small game has been permissible in the county for many years, but big game was excluded and needed special legislation before it could be legalized.
As with other counties where rifle hunting is newly authorized, the law will have a two year trial period and sunset on October 1, 2016. If successful, as has been the case across the state, the legislature may then pass an extension for authorization to continue beyond that date.

Senator Young Announces Funding for Local Libraries

ALBANY - The public library often serves as the heart and center of a community, and with schools out for the summer, more children will be in and out of our community libraries every day.
 To ensure our libraries are ready and able to meet the needs and expectations of patrons, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is glad to announce that every public library in her district will be receiving additional grant funding this year.
Each of the 59 public libraries in Senator Young’s district will receive a $2,700 grant as a result of funding secured in this year’s state budget. The funds will support valuable library initiatives and help meet basic operational expenses. In addition, several libraries have been awarded construction grants designated towards specific vital projects.
“Today’s libraries serve an invaluable role in our communities. They host after-school and summer programs for students, provide a forum for educational public events, and provide online access and other valuable resources to job seekers. Our libraries provide opportunities for both young people and adults to further their education, job seekers to find work, and children to have a safe and productive place for learning,” said Senator Young.
“When it was proposed that library aid be cut by $4 million in this year’s state budget, I knew how detrimental this decrease would be for libraries. The Senate coalition successfully restored the cut with a $5 million increase, bringing total library aid statewide to $86.6 million,” said Senator Young.
In addition to the $86.6 million of statewide funding and the $2,700 grants each library in Senator Young’s district will be receiving, eight libraries will receive construction funding through a $14 million capital fund appropriation secured in the 2013-14 state budget last year. This funding through the Public Library Construction Grant Program will help libraries accommodate users with disabilities, provide up-to-date infrastructure for computer and Internet access, and allow greater room for collections and meeting space.
Because more than 48 percent of the over 1,000 public library buildings in New York State are over 60 years old, and another 30 percent are at least three decades old, structural improvements are vital to their continued use.
The construction funding will be designated to the following libraries in Senator Young’s district:
  • Colonial Library in Richburg (Allegany County) - $11,747
    • External wall and foundation work. Replacement of beams and fire escape.
  • Essential Club Free Library in Canaseraga (Allegany County) - $2,800
    • Stained glass window restoration.
  • Gowanda Free Library (Cattaraugus County) - $11,737
    • Original slate roofing material to be replaced as well as asphalt shingles from addition. Protection and/or replacement of wood fascias and gutters.
  • King Memorial Library in Machias (Cattaraugus County) - $12,863
    • Construction of a new space to be used for reading, programming, education, wi-fi access, and community events.
  • Ashville Free Library (Chautauqua County) - $61,156
    • Vinyl siding, insulation, and construction of a new front entrance for the Ashville Free Library building.
  • Lakewood Memorial Library (Chautauqua County) - $7,351
    • A new tasteful and attractive sign combining traditional and digital elements creating an improved roadside presence and communication tool.
  • Mayville Library (Chautauqua County) - $181,582
    • Meeting room addition, installation of handicapped-accessible restroom, replacement of roof on existing building, and parking lot renovation.
In addition, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System located in Jamestown will receive $6,604 for renovations, adding new partitions and other interior modifications that will facilitate increased productivity and improved results that will benefit libraries across the region.
“Residents will greatly benefit from the expanded services these renovations and improvements will make possible. These library buildings are in urgent need of upgrades,” said Senator Young.
“Although budgets remain limited, more people are utilizing our public libraries, making it increasingly difficult for their hardworking librarians and staff to provide the services and opportunities that people have come to expect. The services and improvements this funding makes possible will allow all of our libraries to meet the needs of patrons and continue to admirably serve their communities,” said Senator Young.
Senator Young has consistently been given high marks from library organizations for her support of funding for libraries in the state budget, her sponsorship of pro-library legislation, and for her stellar voting record in support of legislation that helps foster the success of community libraries.
“I am proud to have stood up for strengthening our libraries as they tackle these challenges so they can continue making our communities great places to live and raise a family,” said Senator Young.

Two men arrested for larceny at Castile Highway Building

Coudersport-based Troopers make DUI arrests

A 20-year old woman was arrested during a traffic stop on state route 6 in Roulette. As a result, Troopers charged Sarah Smith of Coudersport with DUI. She'll answer the charge in court at a later date.

During a traffic stop on state route 6 in Coudersport, State Police arrested Javier Gutierrez Del Arroyo Pagan of Woodbridge, Virginia. He was charged with DUI and will appear in court at a later date.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a series of bills that strengthen existing laws and add new measures to protect New Yorkers from domestic violence, stalking, and public lewdness.

“Protecting New Yorkers from domestic violence – whether its harassment, stalking, or indecent exposure – is a priority for our administration, and strengthening these state laws will help keep our citizens safe,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am proud to sign these bills into law today, and I thank their legislative sponsors for their hard work on each of these issues.”

Aggravated Harassment

Aggravated harassment is a serious crime that impacts people in communities across the state, and an alleged violation of this law is an important tool for domestic violence victims who pursue a court-issued order of protection.

In the recent case of People v. Golb, however, the New York State Court of Appeals struck down part of the State’s laws against aggravated harassment. The program bill being signed today by the Governor addresses the constitutional issue raised by the Court in that case, thereby reviving this law. This bill takes effect immediately.

Senator Mike Nozzolio said, “We are a State and Nation of laws and we must make it clear that individuals who threaten and intimidate others will pay a price for their actions. This measure addresses a serious hole in the penal law and will provide an important tool in domestic violence prosecutions. I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership on this issue to enact legislation that protects the safety of our citizens.”

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, said, “Harassment is a crime that should never go unpunished, and the bill that Governor Cuomo is signing today is an important step toward reaching that goal. Reviving the State’s laws for Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree is an important way to ensure that those who do harass another individual will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law, and I am proud to have played a role in making this legislation a reality. I am hopeful that this will lead not only to more effective punishments for individuals who commit harassment, but also for great protections for their victims.”

GPS Devices & Stalking

The next bill signed by the Governor addresses important public safety concerns regarding the use of GPS devices and stalking, which are also significant issues in the area of domestic violence. This bill expands the crime of stalking to include the unauthorized use of a GPS or other electronic device to track another individual. This legislation is also known as “Jackie’s Law,” in memory of Jackie Wisniewski of West Seneca, who was killed after being stalked by a former boyfriend utilizing a GPS tracking device on her car.

Senator Tim Kennedy said, “Jackie Wisniewski’s tragic death caused deep sadness and pain for her family, yet they courageously stepped forward to fight for new laws to prevent domestic violence. Our state owes the Wisniewski family a debt of gratitude. It is with heavy hearts that we mark the signing of this important legislation, as we reflect on the tragedies that have prompted it. In a surging number of cases, stalkers are using GPS technology to track their victims, instill fear and destroy their lives. It happened to Jackie and to so many others, but there was nothing in state law to prevent it, until today. With the Governor’s signature, New York State finally closes a dangerous loophole in the law and can now crack down on GPS stalking. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for signing this bill and always standing up to protect New Yorkers in need. If this law helps save one victim like Jackie, and spares one family, like the Wisniewski’s, the unimaginable pain they’ve suffered, Jackie’s legacy will continue to live on.”

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, "The loss of a loved one is a long process for a family to endure. Jackie Wisniewski was a daughter, mother, and loving aunt. Her tragedy identifies the need to bring more attention to domestic violence. Jackie’s killer was able to install a GPS tracking device in her car, this should have been illegal; I applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this into law to prevent this situation from occurring again. I also applaud and thank the Wisniewski family for their steadfast support and advocacy towards honoring Jackie's memory by having this law to watch over domestic violence victims in the future."

Public Lewdness

The Governor also today signed a bill that establishes Public Lewdness in the First Degree, a class A misdemeanor. This new misdemeanor applies to individuals aged 19 or older who intentionally expose themselves to children under the age of 16, and is punishable by up to one year in county jail.

Senator Andrew J. Lanza said, “Surprisingly, Public Lewdness was only a class B misdemeanor, and provided no additional penalties when the act was committed against a child or when the individual was repeatedly arrested on the charges. Perpetrators of public lewdness often have a long history of such acts and other sex crimes, and in many cases go on to commit even more serious sex offenses. This law increases the penalties for these vile acts and aims to stop these offenders before they can do more serious harm.”

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy said, "Indecent exposure or public lewdness - especially on repeated occasions or in the presence of children – is an unacceptable act that requires a tougher criminal response, and that is exactly what this bill provides. This is an issue that is important to me not just as a legislator and a New Yorker, but as a mother, and I am proud that Governor Cuomo is standing with us and signing this bill into law today. It is my hope that this new law will serve as a deterrent for the re-occurrence of this kind of depravity, and I am confident that it will ultimately help protect New Yorkers and lead to safer communities across the state.”


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will increase the maximum fine from $200 to $1,000 for those who attempt to steal, harm, or transport a dog, cat or other pet that is not their own.

“For many New Yorkers, a pet can be an extension of their family – which is why pet theft is a particularly heartless offense,” Governor Cuomo said. “Increasing the penalties for stealing or harming dogs, cats and other animals is an important way that we can crack down on this crime, and I thank the bill’s sponsors for their work on this issue.”

The new maximum penalty will be applied against those that remove a collar or identification, entice, seize or harass a pet while it is being held, led or while properly muzzled, or transporting an animal for the purpose of killing or selling it. The fine has not been increased since 1970, when the penalties were raised to the current maximum of $200 and/or 6 months imprisonment.

Senator Mark Grisanti said, “Too many New Yorkers have experienced the heartbreak of having a pet stolen from them, and I am happy to have sponsored this bill that will raise the penalties for this crime. It is our hope that a maximum $1,000 fine will discourage potential thefts and keep animals in their rightful homes. I thank Governor Cuomo, and my colleagues in the legislature for coming together to recognize this important issue and keep pets safe, healthy and with their proper owners.”

Assemblyman Steve Otis said, “It is my hope that stiffening the penalty will reduce the number of animal thefts and prevent the cruelty that comes with this serious crime. It is imperative that we deter criminals from stealing household pets.”

The American Kennel Club
reports that there were more than 590 thefts of pets in 2013. The penalties, which it claims represents a 31% increase over the number of thefts in 2012. By increasing the maximum fine, this bill aims to deter pet theft.

Obituary: Bernice I. Harris, 88, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - Bernice I. Harris, 88, of County Route 30, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (July 22, 2014) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.

Born on Dec. 1, 1925, of Cuba, she was a daughter of Ivan and Mary Edwards Thurston. On Dec. 2, 1944, in Bolivar, she married Glenn E. Harris, who preceded her in death Nov. 8, 1977.

Bernice was a lifelong resident of the Bolivar area. She attended school in West Clarksville and Richburg. Bernice was employed by AVX Co. in Olean as an inspector for more than 30 years prior to her retirement.

She was a member of the Richburg First Day Baptist Church and a member of the 4Cs Senior Citizens Club, Bolivar.

Surviving are a daughter, Tricia (Ted) Grover of Bolivar; two grandchildren, Stacey Hollander and L. Michael (Julie) Grover, both of Bradford, Pa.; a sister, Mary Lou (George) Peterson of Machias; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer and Alton Thurston; and a sister, Delilah (Webb) Horton.

There will be no public visitation. A private memorial service will be held Monday (July 28, 2014) in the Bolivar United Methodist Church. The Rev. Vickie Hedlund pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the Richburg Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be made to the Richburg Fire Department or to the  Alzheimer's Association   of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221-