Friday, July 31, 2015

Roulette: Closing of Kim Hill Rd. / Reed Run

IA Construction is planning on beginning work on Kim Hill Road beginning Tuesday 8/4/15 in which this portion of Kim Hill Road from the intersection of Coleman Mills Road to the Card Creek Cemetery will be closed to all traffic with the exception of the residents that live in the stretch.  The roadway will be closed from approximately 7:00am until 5:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday weather dependent.  IA will then move to Reed Run Road to begin repairs to that section of roadway.  Motorists traveling on Reed Run Road or Railroad Ave should expect extended delays and various traffic control with changing patterns and increased truck traffic with construction equipment, as well as temporary road closures during this process.  Please refrain from using this area Thursday, Friday and Saturday as IA’s current schedule has them completing the work on Saturday 8/8/15 (weather dependent).  The Roulette Township thanks all residents and motorists in advance for their cooperation during this period, and hopes all will enjoy the repaired and upgraded roadways curtesy of Pennsylvania General Energy.  For any further information, please contact the township office.
Nita Spencer
Secretary / Treasurer
Roulette Township Supervisors
80 Railroad Ave.
PO Box 253
Roulette, PA  16746-0253

Wellsville: Fire at LaGra Salon & Day Spa unfounded

Wellsville firefighters responded with a full department response after 911 dispatched a possible structure fire at LaGra Salon & Day Spa at 21 East State Street in Wellsville. The initial report suggested there was smoke in the building, which was evacuated. Fire crews investigated and determined that there was no fire and volunteers were returned to service with a half hour. According to one elderly customer who attempted to drive around the fire engines..."I have an appointment....I love this place!"

State Department of Health Announces Selection of Five Organizations to Manufacture and Dispense Medical Marijuana In New York State

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 31, 2015) - The New York State Department of Health (DOH) today announced its selection of five organizations to be issued registrations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana under New York State's Medical Marijuana Program. The selection of the five registered organizations is a key step forward in the accelerated timetable to implement the Medical Marijuana Program by January 2016. New York State is working to implement the program and begin providing care to patients faster than any other state has previously done.
"Today's announcement represents a major milestone in the implementation of New York State's Medical Marijuana Program and keeps us on track to have the program up and running within 18 months of passage of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud that we are on course to provide certified patients with access to medical marijuana more quickly than any other state in the nation," said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "The five organizations selected for registration today showed, through a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process, they are best suited to produce and provide quality medical marijuana to eligible New Yorkers in need, and to comply with New York's strict program requirements."
The five organizations, and the location by county of their intended manufacturing and dispensing sites, are as follows:
Organization NameFacility TypeCounty
Bloomfield Industries Inc.ManufacturingQueens
DispensingNew York
Columbia Care NY LLCManufacturingMonroe
DispensingNew York
Empire State Health SolutionsManufacturingFulton
Etain, LLCManufacturingWarren
PharmaCann LLCManufacturingOrange
Forty-three applications were submitted by the June 5, 2015 deadline to apply for one of the five registered organization registrations. The evaluation process was conducted by a team of professionals from within state government with backgrounds in several fields, including, but not limited to, the practice of medicine, quality assurance, analytical and medicinal chemistry, architecture and code compliance, regulatory compliance, and surveillance of health care facilities. As part of the selection process, DOH sought to ensure that proposed dispensaries are located throughout the state in order to meet the needs of all certified patients. Additionally, DOH will carefully monitor patient demand to ensure all New Yorkers who meet the requirements of the Compassionate Care Act have access to the program. For additional information on the evaluation/scoring process, click here.
As set forth in the Program's implementing statute, each registered organization will initially be permitted to produce up to five types of medical marijuana products in forms approved by the State Health Commissioner. Approved forms include liquids and oils for vaporization, oromucosal or sublingual administration, or administration per tube as well as capsules to take orally. Independent laboratory testing of the final products is required, to test for contaminants and ensure product consistency. Further, DOH must approve product pricing and any advertising.
New York State has adopted regulations which provide a comprehensive framework to govern all aspects of the Program. Registered organizations must adhere to the rigorous security requirements set forth in the program regulations. These include maintaining separate facilities to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana, as well as satisfying strict guidelines for operational procedures, periodic reporting, product quality, inventory controls, prevention of the diversion of marijuana, and facility security including, but not limited to, physical security.
DOH also retains the authority to revoke registrations of registered organizations that are found to have failed to meet and satisfy the regulatory requirements. Registrations are valid for two years from the date of issuance. During a window of time near the end of the two years, each registered organization must apply for renewal of registration. For more information about renewal of registration, refer to New York State's Medical Marijuana regulations, here.
All 43 applications received by DOH, which include tens of thousands of pages of information, will be made publicly available after appropriate redactions of trade secrets, personal information, and critical infrastructure information. DOH will begin releasing information today regarding all 43 applicants, including the scoring of all applications, the scoring criteria, and the location by county of the manufacturing sites and dispensing facilities of the applicants chosen for registration.
For more information about New York State's Medical Marijuana Program, visit:

Rural/Metro merges with another healthcare company |

Rural/Metro officials announced Thursday the company will be merging with American Medical Response.

The merger includes all of Rural/Metro's emergency medical services, fire services and other business operations.

Rural/Metro officials say the merger will allow the company to "enhance" its services.

CEO Scott Bartos, of Rural/Metro, said, "We have spent the past several years fine-tuning our operations and enhancing the services we provide to our patients and community partners. Envision’s mobile integrated healthcare strategy will allow us to provide even greater value to those constituents while creating new opportunities for our team members.”

We're told both companies will be able to offer better services because of the merger.

Rural/Metro provides emergency services for the City of Rochester as well as other cities and towns in upstate New York.

Rural/Metro merges with another healthcare company |

Cohocton man faces several felony charges

NYSP in Horseheads investigating accidental death of an infant

State Police, with the assistance of the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office, are currently investigating the accidental death of a 5 month old infant which occurred on Wednesday, July 29 at approximately 3:05 p.m. The infant was at the Catherine Valley creek with his parents and 12-year-old sister when a large dead tree unexpectedly fell on top of the children killing the infant. His 12 year old sister was unharmed.The Schuyler County Ambulance and Montour Falls Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Knife and shotgun attack in Steuben County

Livingston County: Man on "warrant list" apprehended

GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Ossian man and former “Warrant of the Week” on felony charges.
Deputies did conduct their monthly check on Daniel P. Richards, a level 2 sex offender, back in October of 2014 and found that Richards had moved without notifying authorities of an address change.  Through the investigation it was learned that Richards was on the run from Cattaraugus County law enforcement and was believed to be the reason he fled Livingston County. 
Richards became the LCSO “Warrant of the Week” the last week of April 2015.   The LCSO received several tips related to Richards whereabouts and the best information the LCSO had in early May was that Richards had fled to Florida.  Last week, another tipster contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised Richards was back in the Buffalo area.  Deputies teamed up with the US Marshals Service to apprehend Richards.  Richards was taken into custody yesterday, July 29th in Buffalo by Deputy Marshals. 
Richards was arraigned in Geneseo Town Court by Judge Houston. Richards was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff with no possibility of bail.   Richards is being held in the Livingston County Jail.  
The Sheriff’s Office thanks the US Marchals Service for their great partnership and the community for always sharing our warrants of the week on social media and for the great tips called into our Office at 585-243-7100. 

Obituary: Jessie M. Dowd, 82, Oramel

Jessie M. Dowd, 82, of 8416 State Rd. 19, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Olean General Hospital. Born March 3, 1933 in Cuba, she was the daughter of John and Theresa Johnson Thornton. Jessie had grown up in Belfast and was a graduate of Belfast Central School, class of 1951. Jessie was operator at the cheese factory in Genesee, PA for a few years and then for 10 years at Motorola Corp. in Arcade. Due to a disability, she retired at this time.
She loved to bake breads and all kinds of bakery goods, supplying all those around with her delicious foods. She also sewed for many people who needed something like a tear mended or a zipper put in. She loved her family and spending time with them.
Surviving are a son, Bruce R. (Deanna) Baldwin of Rushford; a daughter, Rita K. (Clair) West of Caneadea; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two brothers, Francis J. Thornton of Willet, NY, and Jack (Marie) Thornton of Caneadea; several nieces and nephews including a special niece and her family, Dixie and Donald Middaugh of Belfast; and a special friend, Delores Bailor of Cuba.
Jessie was predeceased by two sisters in law, Kay Thornton and Wilma Thornton.
There will be no visitations or funeral to comply with Jessie's wishes. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast. Memorials may be made to the Belfast Rescue Squad.

Obituary: Jean E. Wilson, 87, Houghton

Jean E. Wilson of 7533 Tucker Hill Road, Houghton, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at home.  Born on January 1, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Leah Wolfer Thomas.  On March 27, 1949 in the Fillmore Methodist Church, she married Richard J. Wilson, who predeceased her.
Jean was a member of the Dee Victor Thomas American Legion Post 1156 Auxiliary.  She had a keen interest in local and national politics and had served for many years on the Allegany County Republican Committee.  She also was a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society.  In recognition of her many contributions to her community and of her high personal standards, she had been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Fillmore Rotary Club.
Surviving are three sons, Larry R. Wilson of Houghton, Stephen (Marci) Wilson of Jackson, Missouri, and Jay (Roseanna) Wilson of Belfast; a grandson, Travis J. (Christy) Wilson of Jackson, Missouri; a grandaughter-in-law, Kelli Wilson of Jackson, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Lauren and Zachary Wilson, of Jackson, Missouri; a brother, William (Jane) Thomas of Lansing, Michigan; a sister, Pat Ricketts, of Hume; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Wilson; two brothers, Robert L. Thomas and John L. “Dude” Thomas; and three sisters, Zelda Jane Thomas, Sally Wilday, and Janice “Jan” Hatch.
There will be no visitation.  Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. In Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba.

Belfast travel note

State Route 19 from County Route 16 Transit Bridge to the Village of Belfast
Town of Belfast, Allegany County

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that state Route 19 from county Route 16 Transit Bridge to the hamlet of Belfast will receive the second course of a two course paving from Wednesday, August 5 to Tuesday, August 11, weather permitting.  While this work is taking place, traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons. 

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday July 30, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested a 16 Year old Wellsville youth, charging him with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  The charge stems from a traffic stop on East State Street in the Village.  The youth was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a 3rd party.  The youth is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 11th at 4:30 pm.

Fire destroys Allegany home

Fire destroyed a home in Allegany last night. Firefighters were called to the Colonial Village development off route 417 at 7:16pm. Nobody was home when flames broke out and no injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation. Assisting Allegany firefighters were crews and equipment from the town of Olean, Westons Mills and Knapp Creek.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

McKean County: Man faces attempted manslaughter charge

A shooting in Smethport Wednesday morning…and a man now faces an attempted manslaughter charge. State police say it happened on Franklin Street about 4:30 a.m. after two men fought over a $20 bill. According to troopers, the victim was shot in the shoulder with a 20-gauge shot gun. He was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center. 22-year old Chase Hill was charged with  attempted manslaughter and aggravated assault, both felonies, as well as simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Hill was arraigned and jailed on $200,000 bail. But police say the victim is also in trouble. 22-year old Robert Greene of Maryland, the shooting victim, is also being held because of outstanding warrants from Maryland. Police said he is awaiting extradition.

Wellsville: car flips on village street, two receive minor injuries UPDATED

Wellsville police investigated a one car crash on North Brooklyn Avenue, near Chamberlain Street in the village. The crash happened around 4 p.m. The vehicle clipped two tree's, avoided a utility pole, then overturned. The driver was treated at the scene by EMS. The driver sustained minor injuries. Police also said a man on a scooter on the sidewalk was struck by some debris and also had a very minor injury. This evening, police identified the driver as Mark F. Voit, 45, of Wellsville. He was charged with moving from a lane unsafely and unsafe tire. He'll answer the charges in village court August 11th. Police did not identify the scooter operator, but said he sustained no serious injury. Emergency services from Wellsville responded to the scene as did D & J Wrecker Service.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New Yorkers now have the opportunity to print a temporary license from the Department of Motor Vehicles website when they renew or replace their driver licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification card online. This service will provide a quick, convenient way to get a temporary license, without making a trip to the DMV, allowing drivers and residents to be able to prove a new license is on the way.

“This administration remains committed to streamlining the processes of government, and one of our focuses has been making DMV wait times shorter and services more convenient,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are bringing the DMV of New York into the 21st century and improving the way it serves millions of customers.”

The printable documents are similar to, and as valid as, one from the DMV office or DMV kiosk, but with the added convenience of printing from home. The temporary license, permit or non-driver identification card is valid for 60 days. Each temporary document appears on an eight-and-a-half-by-eleven-inch page and carries a background image of the New York State coat of arms.


BUFFALO, N.Y.–U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Arafat M. Nagi, 44, of Lackawanna, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely, personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, ISIL. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  
“Our continuing fight against international terrorism today returns to Western New York,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “As alleged, Arafat Nagi pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and the leader of this terrorist organization. After buying military combat gear, he traveled twice to Turkey in an effort to help the group. Thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement and community members, this defendant is no longer capable of achieving his goal of joining the most despicable group of our time.”  
“The FBI has a responsibility to ensure that our law enforcement and intelligence agencies are positioned to identify existing or emerging threats,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig. “Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) serve as the national platforms for deterring, detecting, and disrupting terrorist machinations. The JTTF in Buffalo relies on community engagement to gain perspectives on radicalization and to deter recruitment and the spread of radicalization messages. We continue to call upon people to contact law enforcement if they know of someone who has been influenced by ISIL rhetoric on social media – powerful propaganda that calls for followers to commit quick and unpredictable violent acts.” 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Joseph M. Tripi, who are handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on August 28, 2014, a community member advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the defendant spoke about violent jihad to various people in the Lackawanna community and it was common for Nagi to get into verbal complaints over his jihadi beliefs.
Further investigation determined that the defendant pledged allegiance to ISIL and the leader of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al Bagdadi. Investigators learned that the defendant traveled to Turkey on two occasions, in October, 2012 and July 2014 with the intention to meet with members of the group. Evidence revealed that prior to this trip, the defendant purchased a large number of military combat items, including a tactical vest, army combat shirt, body armor, Shahada Flag, combat boots, backpack, burn kit, a hunting knife, machete and night vision goggles.
During follow up interviews in December, 2014 and March 2015, the community member who alerted the FBI regarding Nagi’s actions stated that the defendant still possessed radical political and religious views. According to the individual, Nagi was angry about the killing of rebels in Yemen which he blamed on the United States; pledged an oath to ISIL leaders; expressed agreement with ISIL tactics, including the killing of innocent men, women and children; and planned to travel to Yemen and Turkey again soon.   
The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism task Force which includes the Amherst Police Department, the Buffalo Police Department, the U.S. Department of State, the Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Police, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the Niagara Falls Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Branch. Additional assistance was provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Steuben County Sheriff staffers recognized

Six students receive John J. Murphy Family Scholarship

Six area students will each receive $10,000 in scholarship aid from the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.
  • Geoffrey Broadbent of Olean High School, pursuing a biology/pre-med major at St. Bonaventure University;
  • Christopher Lashway of Port Allegany High School, pursuing industrial engineering at Penn State Erie, Behrend College;
  • Timothy “TJ” McMullen of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology;
  • Monica Moses of Olean High School, pursuing a chemistry major at St. John Fisher College,
  • Haley Ruffner of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing an English major with a business minor at Alfred University; and
  • Megan Shumway of Olean High School, pursuing nursing at Gannon University. 
Named in honor of the late John J. “Jack” Murphy, Olean native and former CEO and Chairman of Dresser Industries, this scholarship was established initially through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas.
“This scholarship has now been awarded to 44 students with grants totaling $290,000 since it was established at the Foundation in 2008,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, Community Foundation executive director.
“Mr. Murphy was extremely generous in his efforts to help our area’s best and brightest students to continue their educations,” she added. “We are glad to administer this scholarship, carrying on his legacy.”
Each year the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship is awarded to six graduating high school seniors from the greater Olean area, according to Ms. Buchheit.
Preferred candidates are students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, engineering or business.
Selection criteria includes scholastic achievement, school and community participation, demonstrated leadership potential and financial need. Consideration is also given to a student whose family members are employed by or have retired from Dresser-Rand in Olean, Ms. Buchheit noted.
More information on the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship is available at

State police arrest Cuba man on felony charge

On June 10, state police were called to a larceny complaint in the town of Olean. After an investigation, troopers Tuesday arrested Terry L. Atkins, 43, of Cuba. He was charged with one count of felony grand larceny. He was released on an appearance ticket for court.

St. Bonaventure's Dr. Young featured on Australian "60 Minutes

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., July 29, 2015 — St. Bonaventure University's Dr. Kimberly Young, a licensed psychologist and internationally known expert on Internet addiction for 20 years, was featured this week in a long-form news story on screen addiction on the Australian version of "60 Minutes." 
The story focused on how screen addiction, in the form of tablets and smartphones, is destroying the lives of some adults and now affecting children as young as 2 years old. 
“60 Minutes” correspondent Michael Usher was on campus in June to interview Young, who directs the master's degree program in strategic leadership at St. Bonaventure. 
Young started studying Internet addiction in 1995 and founded the Center for Internet Addiction. She has published numerous articles and books including “Caught in the Net,” the first book to identify Internet addiction and now available in nine languages, “Tangled in the Web,” “Breaking Free of the Web,” and “Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide for Evaluation and Treatment.” 
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, “Good Morning America,” and ABC’s “World News Tonight.”  
Young has received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Alumni Ambassador Award for Outstanding Achievement from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. She serves on the advisory board for The Internet Group in Toronto and the Japanese Ministry for the prevention and treatment of Internet Addiction.

Allegany County budget update


JULY 15, 2015


Committee Members Present: T. Hopkins, K. LaForge, P. Curran, D. Fanton, C. Crandall (Absent: T. O’Grady)
Others Present: M. Alger, L. Ballengee, H. Budinger, D. Decker, S. Decker, M. Gasdik,  V. Grant, K. Graves, D. Healy, R. Hollis, C. Jessup,  T. Miner, K. Monroe, D. Rahr, D. Root, T. Ross, C. Santora, N. Ungermann, R. Whitney
Media Present:  No media present
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Budget Committee Chairman Theodore Hopkins.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Curran, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to approve the Budget Committee minutes of June 17, 2015.
Sales Tax Report
            County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed the 2014 Allegany County Sales Tax Report reflecting receipts through July 15, 2015, totaling $10,293,739.94. Receipts for the current period indicate a decrease ($807,576.65 or -7.275 percent) from one year ago for the same period. Ms. Ross indicated that she would like to know what has caused the drop.
Department Budget Reviews (Big 5)
            Mid-year reports from “BIG 5” with department representatives were presented:
Office for the Aging

            Office for the Aging Director Madeleine Gasdik said that OFA is doing well and is on track per projections at this time. She added that OFA got its annual Implementation Plan approved. The State, she said, holds OFA vouchers from April 1 to March 31 until the Plan is approved. It was approved in June, so Vicki Pettit is starting to voucher now. The State is now holding three grants at this time until CSE, EISEP, WIN (formerly SNAP), until we can get our Direct Care Workers Grant submitted. 
Department of Health

            Public Health Director Lori Ballengee said DOH is in good shape, about the same as always. DOH is always a quarter behind in revenues, so that’s why the revenue looks low. DOH has not done second quarter yet. The expenses, however, are up to date. DOH is well under at this time, but will see an increase in the fall during flu shot season.

Department of Public Works

            DPW personnel were out assessing and mitigating damage that had occurred the previous evening during the severe weather. Legislator Hopkins said that based on the submitted report, DPW is on target to its projected budget. He also suggested that if anyone had any questions, they could stop in at DPW or bring them to another meeting.
Sheriff’s Office

            Sheriff Rick Whitney told the Committee that his area was doing okay except for 911 Dispatch which is projected to be “way behind,” noting that the E-911 personnel budget was less that the amount requested and less than the prior year’s actual cost. Because of the lack of Dispatchers, they are trying to fill 14 positions with 10 people, he said, and that overtime increases the costs.
Department of Social Services

            Social Services Commissioner Vicki Grant said that DSS is on par for this time of the year. Expenses are pretty close to projections except for some of those done quarterly. Revenues are always a quarter behind, she said, because of how some of the contractors bill. DSS usually waits until the end of the year to consider equipment purchases, so that’s low at this time.  Ms. Grant said that public assistance caseloads seem to be decreasing somewhat which will help the DSS budget if that trend continues. However, foster care caseloads are increasing mostly because of sibling groups so that increases the service payments because of contract work with agencies that work with the families. Ms. Grant said she hopes it will balance out, but so far, we are okay.

Review of Submitted Mid-year Reports from Other Departments

            Legislator Hopkins directed the Committee members to review the budget summaries from other departments, and if there were any questions, to bring them back to Committee.
New Business

            County Administrator Mitch Alger and County Treasurer Terri Ross suggested some dates for working on the 2016 Budget. After some discussion, it was decided that the Budget Committee would meet Wednesday morning, August 19, perhaps spilling over into the regularly scheduled Budget Committee meeting. It was also determined that the group would meet again on Friday morning, August 21, to try to complete the process.  Mr. Alger said he would send out an email confirming these dates.

            There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m. following a motion by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Cynthia Santora, Secretary to the Clerk of the Board

Allegany County Board of Legislators

Wellsville man arrested in Canisteo

July 24, 2015- The Steuben County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of Edward L. Billings Jr., 40, of Smith Hollow Road in Wellsville. Billings was stopped on his motorcycle on county road 14 in Canisteo about 5:45p.m. Billings was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC at or above .08%, no or inadequate helmet, speeding and failure to keep right. Billings was issued court tickets and released. He will appear in town of Canisteo court August 17, 2015.

Obituary: Roger L. James, 70, Wellsville

Wellsville --- Roger L. James of 4192 Bolivar Road died Monday, July 27, 2015 in the Wellsville Manor Care Center.  He was born on July 13, 1945 in Wellsville, a son of the late Francis and Crystal Harris James.
Roger was a graduate of Nunda Central School. He loved to read, research military history and watch football. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1965 to 1984.
Surviving is a son, Robert (Jennifer) James of Rochester, one grandchild, a brother Todd James of Byron, a sister Michelle (Rodney) Swain of Canaseraga, an aunt who helped raise him, Lillian Carpenter and two nephews, Travis and Jess Rawleigh.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Judy James and his step-mother, Veronica James.
Family and friends may gather from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Short Tract Cemetery. Fr. John Cullen, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Canaseraga will officiate. Burial will be in Short Tract Cemetery, Short Tract.
Memorials if desired to: A Local Library or the V.A. Hospital

Cuba Police investigate home invasion

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday officers from the Cuba Police Department responded to a report of a home being burglarized. Upon arriving home the homeowner entered his basement to find an unknown white male in shorts and a tank top attempting to cut copper from his basement. The homeowner confronted this male who then ran out the door. He was spotted by a few residents running through their lawn and eventually into the woods. This persons scent and trail were detected by the Cuba PD K-9 Unit and NYSP K-9 Unit. The trail was eventually lost however. The Cuba Police Department was assisted by the New York State Police, Allegany County Sheriff's Office and Friendship Police Department. A hacksaw was used and recovered by our evidence technician and is being processed and sent to the crime lab for analysis. Anyone with any information or tips on this case is urged to contact the Cuba Police Department at 585-968-1666

Canisteo: Three charged with robbery

On July 28, 2015, State Police stationed at Wayland and North Hornell arrested Nathaniel C. TUCKER, 30, of Canisteo, New York, Dereck T. FOLKES, 35, of Canisteo, New York, and Anthony J. TRUAX, 30, of Canisteo, New York for Robbery  in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.  Allan T. GILKES III, 59, of Hornell, New York was also arrested for Providing a False Written Statement relative to this investigation.
The arrest(s) stem from an incident that occurred on 7/9/2015 in the Village of Canisteo.  Mr. TUCKER, FOLKES and TRUAX are alleged to have engaged in a physical dispute causing injury and forcibly stealing property and Mr. GILKES is alleged to have provided a false statement regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident. 
Mr. GILKES was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Village of Canisteo Court on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.  Mr. TUCKER, FOLKES and TRUAX were arraigned and remanded   to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500/$5,000.00 bail; each are currently scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Bath Court on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM.  
The New York State Police were assisted by the Village of Canisteo Police Department and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office.