Friday, April 17, 2015

Livingston County: Felony charges following fingerprint hit and investigation

LIMA: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Rochester man on felony level charges resulting from an investigation into a stolen vehicle.
On May 6th, 2014 the Livingston County Sheriff's Office investigated the theft of a 2014 Honda Civic from the driveway at 1715 Parkside Place in the Village of Lima.  The vehicle was recovered later that same day in the Town of Lima with damage to the front end.  The Sheriff’s Office Forensic Identification Unit did respond and was able to lift fingerprints from the vehicle.  The fingerprints were submitted to the Monroe County Crime lab where a match was obtained, identifying Rene Gonzalez Jr (5/06/1986) as a possible suspect. 

A collaborative effort between the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Rochester Police Department and the Livingston and Monroe County District Attorney's Office's lead to Gonzalez being located many months later. 

Livingston County Sheriff's Office Investigator Bradley Schneider interviewed Gonzalez in January 2015 and gained an alleged confession regarding the theft of the vehicle.  The case was then presented to the Grand Jury and an indictment was handed down with a Superior Court Warrant issued. 

Gonzalez was arrested April 16th on the warrant and remanded back to the custody of NYSDOCS where he was serving a sentence on an unrelated matter.  Gonzalez was charged/indicted on Grand Larceny 4th degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, both class E felony crimes.

Handling the investigation for the Sheriff's Office was Investigator Bradley Schneider from the Criminal Investigations Division, Deputy David Richardson and Deputy Caleb Cutting from the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Identification Unit (FIU).

Comments from Steuben County IDA Exec

BATH – Economic development in Steuben County involves building communities, according to county Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA) Executive Director James Johnson.
“Economic development has undergone a transition in the last 15 years” Johnson told officials from 19 counties at the Intercounty Association of Western New York, meeting Friday at the meeting at
Pleasant Valley Wine Company in Hammondsport. “The days of simply looking to attract business has turned into building sustainable communities.”
Johnson said the challenge for those looking to attract and build businesses in the county is the
diversity of Steuben, which ranges from industrial Corning Inc. to tourism-driven Keuka Lake to
widespread rural areas.
The diversity means during the past four years, SCIDA has become involved in developing water and
sewer lines, generating housing projects and hospital upgrades as well as looking at ways to expand
existing businesses and attracting new employers, Johnson said. Community building also means attracting and retaining workers, he said. In nearly 15 years, the county’s workforce has dropped from 48,100 workers reported in 2000 down to 42,000 workers in 2014, Johnson said.
“That’s our next big crisis,” he said. Future projects in the county include hotels slated for construction in the city of Corning and town of Urbana, developing agriculturally based businesses and the development of the waterfront on the southern tip of Keuka Lake, Johnson told county officials. The Association meets monthly in member counties to learn about state issues affecting their residents, act on common problems and propose solutions. Members received a report on the impact of the 2015-16 state budget, passed April 1, from New York State Association of Counties’ representative Mark LaVigne, as well as state Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning.

Wellsville: Ticket issued when car hits Community Center

Wellsville Police responded to a two car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of N Main Street & E Pearl Street.  Police report that a vehicle being driven by George A. Green, age 92 of Bolivar, was traveling North on N Main Street and went through the intersection striking a vehicle being operated by Martha M. Cinque, age 68 of Wellsville, the vehicle then went over the curb and struck the side of the building at 194 N Main Street, causing damage to the building.  Green was ticketed for passing a red light. Green is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on April 28th at 4:30 pm.  Police were assisted on scene by the Wellsville Fire Department, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp, the Wellsville Code Enforcement Office and the Town of Wellsville.  Wellsville Ambulance transported two individuals to Jones Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

Alfred University MFA students exhibiting works in shows on campus, in Alfred, and in Hornell

Now through May 8, Alfred University (AU) students who are candidates for the master of fine arts degree from the School of Art and Design will open shows of their work and deliver gallery talks at various locations in and outside of Alfred.
Kate Roberts, originally from Taylors, SC, and Elizabeth Potanza of Rehoboth, MA will show their work at the Old Post Office in Hornell beginning Friday, April 17.
Jesse Ring of Springfield, MO will present his work at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery starting Saturday, April 18.
Also on April 18, Shujun Jiang and Yuxuan Kong will present their work at the Robert Turner Student Gallery in Harder Hall on campus.
On Saturday, April 25, works by Dennis Ritter of Alfred and Scott Jelich of Anchorage, AK will be exhibited in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Harder Hall while pieces by Dan Anderson of Grand Rapids, MN will be displayed in the Robert Turner Student Gallery.
On Saturday, May 2, Will Preman of Alfred will open his art show at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery; Kelly Justice of Marion, AR and Kevin Dartt will show their work in the Robert Turner Student Gallery; and David Palacios will present his work at Hornell City Hall.
Finally, on May 8, Tim Gonchoroff of Faber, VA will begin exhibiting his work at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery while Henry Crissman of Alfred will show his creations at the Terra Cotta Coffee House, Main Street, Alfred.
AU’s master of fine arts (MFA) degree program in ceramic art heads the national rankings list of similar curriculums, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”  AU’s School of Art and Design has offered the MFA degree in ceramic art since 1943.
All of AU’s School of Art and Design MFA programs combined are ranked 11th in the nation in the U.S. News publication while the sculpture program comes in at 15th in its category.
The School of Art and Design offers MFA degrees in ceramic art, sculpture/dimensional studies, and electronic integrated arts. The AU School of Art and Design also offers undergraduate degrees including the bachelor of science degree in art history and theory and the bachelor of fine arts degree with studies in ceramic art; drawing, painting, and photography; expanded media; and sculpture/dimensional studies.

The New York State Police announce “The Empty Chair” teen driving safety campaign

The New York State Police announce participation in a week-long, multi-agency, statewide traffic safety campaign aimed at minimizing crashes involving teen drivers.
“The Empty Chair” teen driving safety campaign will start on Monday, April 20, 2015 and run through Friday, April 24, 2015.
Nearly every year, communities across New York State experience the tragic deaths of young high school students in traffic crashes just prior to graduation.
The New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “We want to keep teens safe, especially during this time of year. We want our young people to enjoy their high school days and be able to graduate and start the next step of their lives. I urge everyone to please wear your seat belt, slow down, and put your cell phones away while behind the wheel. Together, we can keep our roadways safe and avoid a tragedy.”
In an effort to reduce these tragedies, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) launched this campaign in 2014. The empty chair symbolizes the missing high school senior on graduation day.
This year, the State Police and other participating agencies are working to limit the number of accidents during graduation season.
The campaign will target specific laws during the campaign, while also enforcing all other vehicle and traffic laws. The targets dates are as follows:

Monday, April 20, 2015 – Speeding in school zones
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – Seatbelt use and child restraints
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Cell phone use and texting
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Graduated driver license provisions
Friday, April 24, 2015 – Underage drinking and impaired driving

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are not following the traffic laws. CITE vehicles also allows the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

The following points will be on your license if convicted of the following:
Speeding - MPH over speed limit not indicated- 3
Speeding 1 - 10 MPH over speed limit- 3
Speeding 11 - 20 MPH over speed limit- 4
Speeding 21 - 30 MPH over speed limit- 6
Speeding 31 - 40 MPH over speed limit- 8
Speeding More than 40 MPH over speed limit- 11
Improper cell phone use- 5
No seat belt under age of 16- 3
Child safety seat violations- 3

Allegheny National Forest Employee Receives National Award

Allegheny National Forest employee Curt Bowley received the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations Director’s Award as the 2014 Forest Protection Officer of the Year. A long-time Forest Service employee, Bowley currently works as a recreation forester on the Marienville Ranger District and has been serving as a forest protection officer for nearly 15 years.
Forest Protection Officers (FPOs) are Forest Service employees who have received specific training and authorization to conduct limited enforcement activities. They serve the role of part-time deputies for Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers. They are typically individuals who take on this role in addition to their normal duties, as foresters, wildlife biologists, technicians and any of a number of other specialties.
“Curt is one of the most dedicated, thorough and diligent Forest Protection Officers I have had the opportunity to supervise,” said Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon. “He has conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and complete concern for the safety of the public using or visiting the Allegheny National Forest. His co-workers are extremely proud of him, and we are all excited that his work is being recognized on a national scale,” Fallon added.

Town of Willing: State audit shows problems with the Justice Court - Town agrees

A state audit of the Justice Court in the Town of Willing has lead to some concern. The audit covered the period from January 1, 2011 - October 24, 2014. A summary of the audit said, The prior town justice did not accurately record and report money to the Justice Court Fund in a timely manner. Additionally, the prior justice did not prepare monthly bank reconciliations, properly account for bail money held by the court or accurately report fines and surcharges to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In the audit findings, it says the former Justice indicated a lack of training. The audit also said:
We reviewed 117 traffic tickets with fines totaling $25,466 that the Court reported to the JCF and the DMV during our audit period. We found that tickets with approximately $17,700 in fines and surcharges were reported to the DMV as disposed when Court records indicated that these tickets were still pending.
The prior Justice told us that upon sentencing a defendant he reported fines and surcharges and the cases as disposed to the DMV and had done so throughout his tenure. The prior Justice also said that if he had been able to have the opportunity to attend training4 he would have known that cases should not be reported to the DMV until all money due is collected.
A summary of the audit including the Town response can be found HERE.

Livingston County: Explosives found in garage

CONESUS: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of the cooperation between the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad Unit and the Federal Bureau Of Investigation Bomb Technician Unit as they worked together to destroy explosives that were found in a Conesus home this past Tuesday.
Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence on Pucker Street in the Town of Conesus for the report of explosives being found in the garage by the homeowner. Responding Deputies spoke with the homeowner who advised that as she was cleaning out the garage she found a quantity of Commercial Explosives inside a filing cabinet that was in the garage. It's believed that her Ex-Husband, who had a demolition business, had left the explosives behind when he moved out three years ago.

Due to the content of material that was found, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad was notified and they responded to the scene along with the F.B.I. Bomb Technician Unit for safety reasons. There were about 25 pounds of commercial explosives that were found in good condition and stored properly, and they were disposed of properly by the Bomb Squads. There were no injuries or any damage caused by the destruction of the explosives.

Investigating the incident was Deputy Ryan Swanson, Deputy Michael Williams, Deputy Nicholas Truax, Investigator Bradley Schneider, Sergeant Joseph Breu, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the F.B.I. Bomb Technician Unit.

Hornell man faces weapons charge

On Thursday, the New York State Police at SP Wayland and SP North Hornell arrested Steven R. SMITH, 42, of 105 Buffalo Street, Hornell, New York for Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree (with intent to sell) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property (firearm) in the Fourth Degree.   Investigation alleges that Mr. SMITH knowingly possessed a stolen firearm from a local gun shop and intended to sell same.  Mr. SMITH’S arrest stems from an incident that occurred on December 2, 2014 in the Town of Hornellsville.  Mr. SMITH was arraigned and remanded (back to) the Steuben County Jail in lieu of no bail.  Mr. SMITH is currently scheduled to re-appear in court on 4/20/15 at 3:00 PM.

Bath Police make several arrests

Killer heroin strikes Cattaraugus County-police chief issues warning

Obituary: Marcella Marie Richardson, 86, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Marcella Marie Richardson, 86, a resident of Manor Hills, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with her family at her side. She was born March 29, 1929 in Hammond, Indiana the daughter of James P. and Florence A. (Moylan) McGinnis. On September 23, 1950 in Wellsville she married Francis E. Richardson who predeceased her on July 22, 1982.
Marcella moved to Wellsville with her family in 1934, when her father began working at Sinclair Oil Refinery. She attended the Immaculate Conception School through 10th grade and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. After high school, Marcella was employed as an operator for New York Telephone. She was an active member and daily communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church for many years.  She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, the Lord’s Housekeepers and the Fun Fair Committee. She initiated Eucharistic Adoration at her parish and shuttled priests to the area nursing homes for the weekly communion services. She was a volunteer at Immaculate Conception School and was awarded the “Lay Award of St. Joseph” by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec on April 26, 2009 for meritorious service rendered to Immaculate Conception Parish.
She is survived by four sons, John (Denise) Richardson of Wellsville, Mark (Elainey) Richardson of Englewood, Florida, James (Debora) Richardson of Wellsville and Daniel (Debra) Richardson of Victor, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, James (Betty) McGinnis of Houston, Texas and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by a son, Francis, who died at birth, one brother, Raymond McGinnis and two sisters, Anna May Arnold and Florence Durkee. 
The Rosary will be recited on Saturday, April 18th at 11:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or the Immaculate Conception School, % 17 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Obituary: Randall L. "Randy" Schwab, 67, Cuba native

COUDERSPORT, PA---Randall L. “Randy” Schwab, 67, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in his home.
     Born April 24, 1947 in Cuba, NY, he was a son of Virgil L. and Dorothy E. Harris Schwab.  On January 3, 1978 in Coudersport, he married Sandra K. Setzer, who survives.
     Randy was a graduate of Otto-Eldred High School.  He honorably served his country during the Vietnam War era in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Spec 5.  He was employed by Bell Telephone Company in Bradford which became Bell-Atlantic Telephone Company and later Verizon Telephone, working out of the Coudersport office.  He retired as a splicing technician after many years of service.
     Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Summer L. Schwab; two brothers, Richard L. (Carol) Schwab and James E. (Ann) Schwab; several nieces and nephews; and many friends, including Bill and Denese Walters and Eloise Daisley.
     In keeping with Randy’s wishes, there will be no services.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Lebanon County, 150 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown, PA 17067 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
     Randy’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Obituary: Cora Jane Elizabeth Torrey, infant daughter, Andrews Settlement

Cora Jane Elizabeth TORREY, infant daughter of Josh and Misty Gillespie Torrey of Andrews Settlement, PA, was stillborn on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
Surviving besides her parents are: a sister, Audrianna Torrey; a brother, Benjamin Torrey; paternal grandparents, Craig and Joan Torrey of Andrews Settlement; maternal grandparents, Jack and Peggy Gillespie of Portville, NY; maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Gillespie of Westfield, NY; aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to any children's charity or program.  Online condolences may be expressed at

House fire in Scio, brush fire in Willing

Scio and Wellsville firefighters responded to a house fire just after 3pm Thursday at 3417 State Route 19, near Stevens Court in Scio. The fire was contained to the kitchen area. Crews quickly knocked down the flames and returned to service in about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, at about 3:15pm, Willing firefighters were called to a brush fire on River Road. The initial dispatch indicated the fire was quickly advancing "up the hill." The fire did move into a field and wooded area. Additional help was called in from Whitesville and Genesee.

Wellsville: Car crashes into Community Center building

A two vehicle crash sent one vehicle into the Wellsville Community Center building Thursday afternoon. Police said both drivers were sent by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital for treatment. The crash happened at about 2:30pm Thursday at the intersection of North Main Street and East Pearl Street. The Wellsville fire department was called to the scene about twenty minutes later after responders detected smoke inside the Community Center. Fire crews determined there was no subsequent fire. Traffic was snarled for about 30 minutes while first responders managed the scene. The police investigation continued Thursday afternoon.

New York State Police step up enforcement for “Speed Week”

The New York State Police today began a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive driving across the state. This year’s “Speed Week” campaign runs through next Wednesday, April 22.  The goal of this campaign is to reduce speed related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads. Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “The public can do their part to keep our streets safe simply by slowing down. We want everyone to follow the posted speed limits and to watch their speed. These actions will increase a driver’s chances of making it to their destination safely.”

Alfred State: 64th annual Alumni Choral Concert Sunday, April 26

Alfred State will present its 64th annual Alumni Choral Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 in the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditorium in the Orvis Activities Center on the Alfred campus.
Groups performing will include “Voices,” the college’s student choral group directed by Linda Staiger; the Alumni Jazz Singers; and the Alumni Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Alfred State Concert Choir Alumni organization was founded in 1957 and consists of alumni who performed as students under the direction of Anthony C. Cappadonia, who was the instrumental and choral director at Alfred State for 56 years. On April 29, 2012, the Anthony C. Cappadonia Auditoriumwas officially dedicated.
The auditorium will forever be a testament to the musical inspiration Cappadonia provided to all of his students during his many years of teaching and directing both instrumental and choral groups, as well as his continued relationship with alumni. Cappadonia passed away in February 2014, and the alumni continue to perform annual concerts in his honor.

Man killed in Wyoming County crash

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle accident involving one fatality which occurred Wednesday on Fox Road in the Town of Middlebury. Gregory E. Smith, 52, of Medina was the operator of a two axle box truck which was traveling down a hill on Fox Road approaching the intersection with State Route 19. Unknown circumstances led to the box truck failing to negotiate for a right turn at the bottom of the hill, and the box truck drove off the left side of the roadway and into a wooded area.  Smith was ejected from the vehicle, and 1,800 gallons of Halex, a liquid weed killer, contained in plastic drums, were thrown from the cargo area as it was ripped open by the collision with multiple trees. Halex and diesel fuel both spilled from the truck after the collision.  Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, and nobody else was involved in the crash. 

Assisting at the scene were the Wyoming County Crash Management Team, Wyoming County Evidence Technician, Wyoming County Emergency Management, New York State Police, Department of Environmental Conservation Police Spill Response Team, Wyoming Fire Department, Warsaw Fire Department, Monroe Ambulance, Wyoming County Hazmat Team, and multiple privately owned companies who assisted with the spill cleanup.  Investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Wednesday April 15, 2015

Wellsville Police arrested Christopher L. Conklin, 21, of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Pine Street in the village.  Conklin was processed and arraigned before Town of Independence Judge Dan Howe.  Conklin was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $150.00 bail.  Conklin is due to appear in the Wellsville Village Court on April 21st at 4:30 pm.

Wyoming County Celebrates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25

Warsaw, NY —Every April, the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s NCVRW will be held April 19-25 and the theme Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. presents the opportunity to highlight the diversity of our communities, expand partnerships to serve victims of crime, enhance efforts to meet victims where they are, and empower crime victims as they pursue justice and recovery.
Wyoming County will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by holding a ceremony to celebrate survivors of crimes and honor both survivors and those professionals who serve them. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:00am on the steps of the Wyoming County Government Center. It will include presentation of awards and a moment of silence honoring crime victims. The featured speaker will be an inspirational community member whose entire family has been impacted by an unimaginable crime. Refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend.
Wyoming County will also commemorate the advancement of victims’ rights by honoring three individuals who have been inspirational to the community.  The Crime Victim Service Award recognizes the efforts of an individual or agency who works tirelessly to ensure that crime victims are afforded the rights and support they deserve. The Courage Award recognizes bravery demonstrated by an
individual or family in the aftermath of a crime. The Community Advocacy Award recognizes the efforts of an agency or individual that has excelled in meeting the needs of crime victims.

Pennsylvania news notes

A Bradford, PA man is alleging two Bradford City Police officers assaulted his deaf grandson following a traffic stop April 1. The Bradford Era says the complaint alleges that officers slammed a 23-year-old against a police car hard enough his hearing aid flew off and landed in the street. The police chief told the newspaper an internal investigation is underway.

A wildfire that began on West Main Street in Oswayo kept firefighters busy Wednesday afternoon. Fire departments from Shinglehouse to Genesee responded as did Portville and Weston Mills. A Coudersport firefighter received a foot injury and was treated at Cole Memorial.

The PA House has unanimously approved legislation that would help school students who suffer from severe allergic reactions. The proposal would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epi-pens to students who experience an allergic reaction while riding on a school bus. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cuba PD: Operation Safe Stop is Thursday, April 16

Operation Safe Stop is Thursday, April 16th, 2015. The Cuba Police Department will have extra patrols on duty following school buses and there will also be Cuba Police Officers riding on the school buses with the children in an effort to promote school bus safety. The Cuba Police Department takes the safety of  the school system and all of its faculty and staff as well as the students very seriously.

SBU community invited to Honors Symposium April 18

St. Bonaventure University’s annual Honors Symposium will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the William F. Walsh Science Center. 
Members of the campus community and public are invited. 
“It is a chance to see students from a new perspective presenting exciting, novel work that we, as an Honors Program, are both proud and impressed with,” said Dr. David Hilmey, associate professor of chemistry and director of St. Bonaventure University’s Honors Program.  “It is the culmination of a high-impact learning initiative from some of our brightest students on campus.” 
Students will be presenting at the following times at these locations: 
Walsh 204 
8:45-9:20 a.m. - James Gilfert, ’15, biology major from Wellsville, N.Y.
“The Evolving Demarcation Problem:  How the Origins Debates Have Driven Change in the Efforts to Demarcate Science” 
9:30-10:10 a.m. - Sarah Baker, ’15, French and chemistry major from Spencerport, N.Y.
“La Symphonie Pastorale and the Uncertainty of Literary Translation” 
10:15-10:50 a.m. - Alexander Noguerola, ’15, political science major from Lowell, Mass.
“Mock Trial: State of Midlands v. Carney” 
11:45 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. - Erin Dempsey, ’15, English major from Glenwood, N.Y.
“Thomas Merton’s Life and Teachings Made Applicable for Children’s Literature” 
Walsh 203 
8:45-9:20 a.m. - Dana Norman, ’15, biology major from Deer Park, N.Y.
“Evaluating a Medically Underserved Population: The Life and Work of Primary Care Physicians in Cattaraugus County” 
9:30-10:10 a.m. - Kathryn Moore, ’15, international studies and political science major from Castleton, N.Y.
“Comparing the aftermath of the Egyptian and Syrian Arab Spring” 
10:15-10:50 a.m. - Shannon Conheady, ’15, history major from Rochester, N.Y.
“How the Backlash against the 1970s Feminist Movement Affects College Campuses Today” 
11-11:35 a.m. - Divya Gupta, ’15, biology major from Fremont, Calif.
“Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids: Helping Children aged 4-14 make healthier food choices through nutrition-based activities in the Bona Buddies Program at St. Bonaventure University” 
Walsh 201 
8:45-9:20 a.m.- Jacqueline Gertner, ’15, history major from Rochester, N.Y.
“Mickey Mouse at War” 
9:30-10:10 a.m. - Andrew Belfield, ’15, theology major from Rochester, N.Y.
“Raining on the Absurd: Existence and Solitude in Camus and Merton”  
10:15-10:50 a.m. - Sumrah Syed, ’15, psychology major from Staten Island, N.Y.
“The Satisfactory Portion Bias and Its Effect of Calorie Estimates of Varying Portion Size” 
11-11:35 a.m. - Julia Andretta, ’15, English major from Woodstock, Ga.
“Doorways: A Collection of Short Stories” 
11:45 a.m. -12:20 p.m. - Fredrick Martyn, ’15, biology major from Toronto, Ontario.
“Exploring the World of Creative Writing: Adult Fairytales for the Fairly Adult” 
Walsh Amphitheater
8:45-9:20 a.m. - Pranathi Ari, ’15, bioinformatics major from Brampton, Ontario.
“Bioinformatic Investigations of Long Non-Coding RNA Molecules (lncRNAs) and Heart Failure” 
9:30-10:10 a.m. - Monica Yalamanchili, ’15, psychology major from Houston, Texas.
“Differences in Racial Perceptions at St. Bonaventure University” 
10:15-10:50 a.m. - Brianna Wilson, ’16, education major from East Haven, Conn.
“COR Success: Music in Education (A Teacher’s Online Resource)” 
11-11:35 a.m. - Arun Muthiah, ’15, biology and psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
“Indian Culture Today as Told by Tamilians” 
11:45 a.m. -12:20 p.m. - Kelly O’Sullivan, ’15, biology major from West Sayville, N.Y.
“The Construction of a Genetic Tool to Selectively Silence Adult Born Neurons” 
A lunch will follow the presentations for the faculty advisors, honors students and families in The Loft of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Castile: 70 year old charged with child porn

New York State Police in Warsaw Tuesday arrested Edward C. Smallwood, 70, of Castile, NY for 7 counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child and 7 counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, both Class E Felonies. He was also additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor. Mr. Smallwood’s arrest was the result of a lengthy investigation by the NYSP Computer Crime Unit where it is alleged that he was transferring videos online which contained child pornography. In July 2014,State Police executed a search warrant at his residence and seized both computers and software which have been subsequently analyzed by computer forensic personnel. On the date of the search warrant, police allege he was additionally found to possess an illegal switchblade knife. Smallwood was today arraigned on all of the charges before the Hon. Wyoming County Court Justice Michael Griffith. Following arraignment he was released under the supervision of the Wyoming County Probation Pre-Trial release program. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date to further answer the charges.

Police: Mount Morris woman accused of stealing donations for fire victims

Chief Ken Mignemi of the Mount Morris Police Department reports that Ton Ann Price, 47, of Mount Morris was arrested today for stealing approximately $1,700 in donations from local victims of a house fire. 
On February 10, 2015, Officer Melody Moore took a complaint from Shelly White that Toni Ann Price had allegedly defrauded her parents through a GoFundMe account. White’s parents, Robert and Smidge Stevens, were victims of a house fire on January 6, 2015. The Steven’s house received extensive damage, forcing them to leave the residence. Price allegedly offered to start and oversee the GoFundMe account. The GoFundMe account would collect donations online for the Steven’s family.  Officer Moore and other members of the Mount Morris Police Department interviewed and deposed 16 individual victim’s that donated amounts of money ranging from $20-$500 to the account. Price was arraigned in front of Judge James Lapiana for Scheme to Defraud 1st and Grand Larceny 4th. Price was released pending further court action.

Whitesville man charged with theft of services

DATE: 04/15/2015      2:48 PM
NAME: Eugenio Charles 3rd  AGE: 27
ADDRESS: Whitesville, NY                                   
CHARGE(S):   Theft of Service

DETAILS: Arrested following an incident at a local business on Main Street in the Town of Independence.

STATUS: Eugenio Charles 3rd was arraigned in Independence Town court and released after posting $100 cash bail. Charles is due to appear in Town of Independence court May 20 for further court action.

Obituary: Joseph N. Lerch, 78, Ulysses

Joseph N. LERCH, 78, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.
Born April 18, 1936, in Middletown, PA, he was the son of William and Pauline Hoffman Lerch.
On May 15, 2007, in Belmont, NY, he married his companion since 1972, Dorothy M. Stiles Hilfiger, who survives.
He was employed as a human resources manager for Bethlehem Steel in Steelton, PA for 36 years, retiring in 1996.
Joe was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, life member of the Elks, Loyal Order of the Moose in Wellsville, NY, Middletown Volunteer Fire Company Social Club, and captain of the Inn Zone Hunting Club, which sponsored the Inn Zone Kids Fishing Derby for 14 years. He was captain of his boat, the Dottie Joe, for 30 years in Indian River, DE, where friends and family were always welcome and he showed everyone and excellent time, Bar None.
Surviving besides his wife, Dot, are: eight children, Wendy (Mark) Willenbecker of Elizabethtown, PA, Randy (Judy) Lerch of Middletown, PA, Donald W. Hilfiger of Ulysses, Sandra Potter of Ulysses, Bonnie (Terry) Timmerman of Whitesville, NY, Debra (Elwood) Lewis of Ulysses, Pamela (Kevin Davis) Wheaton of Addison, C. John "Goog" (Amanda) Putman Hilfiger of Ulysses, PA; 22 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three siblings, Suel Hoffman, Harry Lerch, Katherine Hahn; a daughter-in-law, Betty Jo Hilfiger; son-in-law, Howard "Pete" Potter.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 6:00 PM. Mr. Herb Lay will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, Ulysses, PA 16948.
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$2 Million Gift Will Create Regional Cancer Center Serving Dansville, Wellsville, Hornell

Representatives from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell announced today that they are collaborating to develop a regional cancer center based in Dansville, Livingston County. The regional cancer center, which will also include services in Wellsville, Allegany County, will allow the organizations to address the needs of an area with a high incidence of cancers and provide patients more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care.
A $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers of Springwater, Livingston County, will be used to help construct the new facility and fund the establishment of care programs. In recognition of the family’s gift, the center will be named the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. The Myers Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and serve patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York.
“My wife Ann and I are grateful to be in a position to do this, and we think this cancer center will be good for anyone who lives in this area,” Carl Myers said. “Whether you need to be treated for cancer or not, this will attract quality medical professionals to our community, and that will benefit everyone.”
Plans for the cancer center and UR Medicine’s regional cancer services in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier include:
  • A 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic at Noyes Health in Dansville.
  • A 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic in renovated and new first-floor space at Noyes, featuring three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays.
  • A medical oncology center that will be established at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, allowing patients to receive follow-up care and consultations closer to home.
  • UR Medicine’s recently purchased radiation oncology practice in Hornell, which complements a medical oncology practice co-located in the same building.
 Each year, approximately 4,000 patients travel from Allegany, Livingston and Steuben counties to Wilmot Cancer Institute for outpatient care. They often make daily or weekly trips over a period of months to receive radiation and/or chemotherapy. The Myers Cancer Center will help alleviate the strain of traveling an hour or more for care.
“Noyes Health is excited to partner with Wilmot Cancer Institute and Jones Memorial Hospital to bring a comprehensive cancer program to the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier,” said Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health System. “This collaboration will expand access to medical oncology and radiation services, as well as support the mission of all of our organizations to improve the health of individuals in a compassionate and caring environment. I would like to thank Ann and Carl Myers for taking the philanthropic lead on this important project and for their history of support of Noyes Health.”
“A regional cancer center is an example of how important it is for hospitals and health centers to form partnerships,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital. “It isn’t feasible, or even realistic in the challenging financial environment that all health care facilities face, for each local hospital or provider to offer all the latest technology. By forming collaborations like this, we are able to ensure access to the highest quality specialty care, closer to home. For patients and their caregivers, Wilmot Cancer Institute, with services in Dansville and Wellsville, will ease the financial and physical burden of travel for medically vulnerable patients.” 
The project has an estimated cost of $10.4 million. UR Medicine, Noyes and Jones have agreed to contribute $1 million in assets to the cancer center project. In addition to the $2 million gift from the Myers family, these three hospitals will continue to encourage donors in their communities to support this effort.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the Myers family and the commitment of these communities to support the creation of a regional cancer center,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “As cancer care has become more complex, access to comprehensive and coordinated treatment is essential for patients and their families. By working together with Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital, and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell, we will be able to bring our vision of comprehensive cancer care closer to home for patients in this region.”
“Not only will these facilities be more convenient for patients and their families, but they will also serve older patients and those who are not physically able to handle a long daily commute well,” said Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Richard T. Bell Endowed Professor.
The regional cancer center in Dansville will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and the medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer.
The new medical oncology services in Wellsville will be available this fall. Construction on the campus of Noyes Health is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
This cancer center project is unique in our region and comes at a time when health systems across the country are forging relationships to ensure specialty services while improving quality.
“This collaboration demonstrates a commitment to providing high-quality health care services in our region and to finding innovative ways to ensure those services are accessible no matter where patients live,” said Mark B. Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Endeavors like this are essential to improving the health of our communities as the nation’s health care system continues to evolve, and we are proud to work together with Noyes, Jones and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to meet the needs of this region.”

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. leases land for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center to SUNY

The process of constructing a $5 million, 16,000-square-foot Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Alfred State School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville took a big step forward recently.
The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. on Feb. 20 signed a contract that leases land on campus designated for the center to the State University of New York (SUNY) for 30 years. This move was required to allow the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program funds to be used to construct the building, according to Dr. Craig Clark, executive director and dean of the School of Applied Technology.
“We are also working with Empire State Development on the additional $500,000 for equipment in the building that was funded by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council process,” said Clark.
Julie Hart, president of the Educational Foundation, said of the lease-signing, “The Educational Foundation is pleased to be able to provide the land lease to facilitate the new Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center. This facility, on the Wellsville campus, will be integral to developing the skills needed in our region to support the growth and expansion of manufacturing, a major driver of our local economy.”
The center will be used to train welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes, including energy systems in the center. Other uses for the center include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems.
Clark noted the date for full occupation is currently planned for August 2016, with the move-in to begin in May 2016 after the spring semester has ended. Faculty members at the Wellsville campus are excited about the possibilities the new building will bring.
“There continues to be a great need for advanced manufacturing graduates, especially in welding and machine tool,” Clark said, “so the timing of this facility is great for students and the industries we serve.”

Allentown woman arrested on warrant

Allegany County Sheriff Rick L. Whitney reports that Deputies Tuesday arrested Chynise J. Logue, 20, of 5819 Allen Street  in Allentown. She was picked up on a Bench Warrant from Bolivar Village Court for alleged violation of Allegany County pre-trial release supervision. 
Logue was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office without incident, processed, arraigned in the Town of Friendship Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 Cash Bail or $10,000.00 Insurance Company Bond.  Logue is to appear in the Village of Bolivar Court on April 16th, 2015 for additional court action.

Regional Cancer Center planned for Dansville

A $10.4 million regional cancer center is coming to Dansville. A $2 million gift from a Springwater couple helped mold the project. Collaborating on the project…The University of Rochester’s Wilmont Cancer Center in Rochester and its oncology unit in Hornell as well as Noyes and Jones Memorial hospitals. Every year, about 4,000 patients from Allegany, Livingston and Steuben counties make the trek to the Rochester Center. The University of Rochester, Noyes and Jones will contribute $1 million assets each to the project.

Olean woman charged with possessing, selling crack cocaine

The Olean Police Departments Street Crimes Unit arrested 34 year old Kelly M. Crawford of 603 Putnam Street in Olean Tuesday at 2:55 p.m.. She was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd. degree, which are both B Felonies. Police Captain Robert Blovsky said in a press release that Crawford allegedly sold crack cocaine to a police informant several months ago and “was recently indicted by a Cattaraugus County Grand Jury for these charges under direction of the District Attorney Lori Rieman.” Crawford was arrested at the Olean Police Department after turning herself in, was booked and then turned over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff. Crawford may be arraigned by a County Court Judge Wednesday.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday April 14, 2015

-Wellsville Police arrested David A. Hall, 28, of Wellsville and Autumn L. Perrin, 35, of Wellsville, following an incident that took place on Loring Avenue in the village.  Hall was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th and Perrin was charged with Assault 3rd.  Hall and Perrin were processed and arraigned before Village Judge Christopher O’Connor. Hall and Perrin were both released and are due back in Wellsville Village Court on April 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

-Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Donna J. Strong, 52, of Wellsville, for failure to appear in court.  Strong was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor. Strong was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 bail.  Strong is due back in Wellsville Village Court on April 21st at 4:30 pm.

-Wellsville Police arrested Teresa A. Dexter, 30, of Genesee, PA, charging her with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at Dollar General on West Dyke Street in the village. Dexter was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released. Dexter is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on April 28th at 4:30 pm.

Alfred-Almond named Academic All-Star Champs

The Academic All-Star championships were held in Addison this week. Alfred-Almond (pictured) defeated Avoca 73-37 and was named champions in the small school division. In the large school division, Addison defeated Corning Gold 50-40.

Alfred University’s spring Jazz Band Concert to offer audience a wide variety of musical styles

All are invited to attend the Alfred University (AU) Jazz Band concert Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater. Under the direction of Christopher Foster, the band will play a wide variety of jazz styles.
Performances include “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” by Duke Ellington; “Cool,” from “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein; “Blue Rondo a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck; “The Theme” by Miles Davis; “Land of Make Believe” and “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione; Dave Mills’ “Heard it in the Blues;” Bret Zvacek’s “702 Shuffle;” and “Running of the Bulls” by Doug Beach and George Shutack.
Foster is director of bands and assistant professor of music at AU. He directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir, and teaches music theory and lessons on wind instruments.
He holds a master of music degree in performance from the University of Nevada-Reno and a doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas.
Foster has extensive experience as a musician and teacher having performed with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, and as a freelance musician. He has also performed with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera, Reno Jazz Orchestra, the Gordy Brown Show at Harrah’s Casino, and as principal trumpet and soloist for the Ruby Mountain Symphony.

Livingston County plans 2015 Safety Fair

Across NY: Albany County Bans the Dumping of Fracking Waste in Landfills

Press release
Albany – The Albany County Legislature this week unanimously passed Local Law “D” for 2014, which bans fracking waste from entering landfills within the county. Spearheaded by County Legislator Bryan Clenahan, Local Law “D” expands Albany County’s existing ban on using fracking waste as a road de-icer and the processing of fracking waste in wastewater treatment plants. 
According to Environment Advocates of New York, fracking waste "has been found to contain hundreds of chemicals, many of them carcinogens like ethylene glycol and benzene". Environmental Advocates of New York’s report License to Dump tracked data reported by the State of Pennsylvania, which documents how numerous NY landfills have accepted more than 510,000 tons of solid fracking waste and 23,000 barrels of liquid waste since 2010. 
 “There should be a statewide ban. However, due to state government’s failure to properly regulate other state’s fracking waste, we commend Legislator Clenahan and all local officials who are stepping up to protect public health,” said Elizabeth Moran, water and natural resources associate with Environmental Advocates of New York. “The Albany County fracking waste ban bill passed unanimously because legislators understand that protecting public health is a core value of their public service. The protections for Albany County should now be applied statewide.” 
 “With the passage of Local Law D, Albany County becomes the third and largest New York county to prohibit disposal of fracking waste in its landfills,” said Misti Duvall, staff attorney with Riverkeeper.

Chief Lucco: The Truth About Bradford Crime Rate

By Bradford, PA Police Chief Chris Lucco
Note: This was posted on the Department Facebook page following a "loud" City Council meeting Tuesday. Several people questioned the high crime rate. Chief Lucco responds:

Recently the City of Bradford Police Department and our effectiveness has come under attack, mainly due to political rhetoric of a few, but with the power and reach of the internet and social media, we determined we should at least attempt to give our side of the issue.
First of all, the statistics on the website are being used to claim that the City of Bradford is one of the least safe cities in the country is clearly inaccurate as it is labeling “Part 1” crimes as violent crimes and “Part 2” crimes as property crimes. This is clearly incorrect and obscures the numbers in a way that would lead the reader to believe he/she are as likely to become the victim of a crime in the City of Bradford as you are in Center City Philadelphia. That is absurd! Looking at the website closer, it further depicts a map of the entire area rather than just the city. They also appear to be using zip codes from five municipalities including 16749 which is Smethport. This would add to an inflation of the data as well when the website is using the population of just the city for a divider.
The FBI's Uniform Crime Report defines violent crime as any of the following offenses: murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The FBI further defines property crimes as: burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Crime statistics submitted in 2014 for the City of Bradford shows 50 “violent crimes” as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. If you use the proper data with the proper population, that lowers the violent crime ratio from 10.43 to 5.80 per thousand residents.
As for property crimes under the definition provided by the Uniform Crime Reporting System, the accurate numbers for the City of Bradford were 73 which would equate to 8.5 per thousand residents instead of the website’s reported 39.75
The other issue driving our statistics is the fact due to the geographical makeup of our area, we are the hub for most daily activities. The Bradford schools, manufacturing, the hospital, many professional businesses and shops areas are primarily located in the jurisdictional confines of the City of Bradford. So when you utilize a divider of our population it further skews the numbers. At times, the City of Bradford Police Department serves a population of 15-20 thousand people. Our services are sometimes utilized by neighboring municipalities who do not have 24/7 full time officers on duty. I realize the above statement could be said for many communities, but typically most communities not as concentrated, for example Erie, PA commercial district is in Mill Creek, their industry is in the outlying municipalities. In Bradford the hospital, schools, most eating and drinking establishments and the majority of manufacturing and commercial business also lie within our boundaries. Nearly 50% of the County's public low income housing stock is also within the City limits.

Olean: Common Council approves budget

The Olean Common Council last night approved a budget that calls for spending about $26.2 million. The tax rate will remain at $14.41 per thousand. The budget takes effect June 1. The Council did, however, approve a 3% hike in water fees and a 2% increase in sewer rates. In other Council action:

Zoning regulations will soon take effect in Olean for solar energy production facilities. The Common Council approved the measure last night. The Council also approved spending $23,000 for the development of zoning updates.

Independence Police arrest Elkland man

DATE: 04/14/2015      7:50 PM
NAME: Justin M. Davison      AGE: 30 
ADDRESS:  Elkland, PA                                   
CHARGE(S):   Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator,Public Health Law Meds not in original container, Unregistered Trailer, No Trailer lights .                   

DETAILS: Arrested following a traffic stop on the Hallsport Road in the Town of Independence.
STATUS: Justin M. Davison was arraigned in Independence Town court and sent to the Allegany County jail with $500.00 cash bail.