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Monday, December 22, 2014

Obituary: Gary L. Painter, 59, North Fork, Pa.

Gary L. PAINTER, 59, of North Fork, PA, died Sunday, December 21, 2014 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.  He was born May 30, 1955 in Blossburg, PA.
A 1974 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by Dresser-Rand in Painted Post, NY.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Samantha (Derek) Stevens of Wellsboro and Misty (Matt Burrell) Painter of North Fork;  four grandchildren, Ali "Albert", Owen, Liam, and Lorelei;  his mother, Elizabeth M. Painter of Wellsville, NY;  his fiance, Margaret Huggins of North Fork;  three brothers, Danny Painter of Jamestown, NY, Lee Painter of Great Falls, SC, and Ronnie (Karen) Painter of Wellsville, NY;  two sisters, Cathy (Stephen, Sr.) Foster of Wellsville, NY and Cindy (Larry, Sr.) Hurler of North Fork, PA;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father, Lee E. Painter;  and a favorite uncle, Byron Kio. 
Friends may call Friday, December 26, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA and on Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the family for an education fund for Gary's grandchildren. 
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Steuben County Commissioner of Finance Reappointed

BATH – Steuben County Commissioner of Finance Patrick Donnelly was recently reappointed to his post by the county Legislature to a five-year term. Donnelly was first appointed the county fiscal chief for a one-year term, following the 2013 general election during which voters approved changing the position from an elected country treasurer to an appointed commissioner. A former county legislator, and bank officer, Donnelly was first elected county treasurer in 2012, after filling the vacancy left by the unexpected death of County Treasurer Carol Whitehead in 2010.

Steuben County: Former Cohocton Town Clerk Pleads Guilty In $36,000 Theft


Former Cohocton Town Clerk Sandra Riley pleaded guilty in Steuben County Court Monday to stealing $36,000 in dog license and building permit fees after an  audit and investigation by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office  revealed the theft of public funds.
 Riley, 51, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony, before Judge Peter Bradstreet. Riley also admitted taking tax penalty payments and other cash for six years. Sentencing is scheduled for March 2. Riley is expected to be sentenced to jail time, probation and  payment of restitution in full.
“For six years, Ms. Riley treated the public’s money as her personal bank account and altered town records to conceal her crimes,” DiNapoli said. “Thanks to our partnership with Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker and the New York State Police, we were able to bring this public official to justice.”
 “Abuse of the public trust by those, like the defendant, upon whom we depend to do the right thing, is always difficult to understand and  prosecute,” District Attorney Baker said. “Here, cooperation between town  officials, the New York State Police, the Comptroller’s office and our office brought the wrong to an end and should serve as warning to others that this type of conduct will not go unnoticed or unpunished.”

Alstom to Pay U.S. Record $772 Million Fine in Bribery Scheme- NY Times

By DANIELLE IVORYDEC

The French industrial giant Alstom has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $772 million penalty to the United States in a bribery investigation by the Justice Department.
Alstom, a power company that also makes train cars, had been under investigation in a plot involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes paid to government officials in Indonesia and other countries to win power contracts. The criminal penalty, announced Monday, was the largest ever levied by the United States for foreign bribery.
“Alstom’s corruption scheme was sustained over more than a decade and across several continents,” said James Cole, deputy attorney general. “It was astounding in its breadth, its brazenness and its worldwide consequences.”
Alstom and its Swiss unit pleaded guilty to the criminal charges, and its American subsidiaries, Alstom Power and Alstom Grid, entered into deferred prosecution agreements, admitting that they had conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A significant part of the bribery plot was carried out in Windsor, Conn., where Alstom Power has headquarters, the Justice Department said.
Read the complete New York Times article HERE.

Holiday Schedule for Saint James Hospital Services and Departments

The Emergency Room and Inpatient Services are open 24/7 as usual during the holidays. Below are schedules for other services during the holiday weeks:
Express Care:
Closed 12/25/14

Lab Services:
Closed at noon 12/24/14; Elm Street lab closed; both locations closed 12/25 and 1/1/15

Nancy Houy & Kim Hoover/Alfred Family Practice:
Closed 12/24/14, 12/25, 12/26, 12/31, 1/1/15

Dr. Gayle Mosher/ Wayland Pediatrics:
Closed 12/22/14, 12/23, 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, 12/31, 1/1/15

Dr. Uzma Mehr/Hornell Pediatrics:
Closed 12/24/14

Dr. Irfan Rizvi/General/Colorectal Surgery:
Closed 12/23/14, 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, 1/1/15

Orthopedics Office:
Closed 12/24/14, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1/15

Human Resources Dept.:
Closed 12/24/14, 12/25, 12/26, 12/31 and 1/1/15

MercyLine Program:
Staff will not be in the office 12/24 - 12/28/14. Clients can press their help button or call the 800 number on their unit to reach Doyle.

McAuley Manor:
Administrative office will be closed 12/25/14, 12/26, 1/1/15 and 1/2. Family and friends can call the following numbers for information about their loved ones:
•SNF 1 Nurses Station 324-6904/324-6905
•SNF 2 Nurses Station 324-6908/324-6909
•Cranberry Lane Nurses' Station 324-6911

Medical Records/HIMS:
Closed 12/25/14 and 1/1/15. Open 12/26/14 and 1/2/15 with reduced staffing.

Boys & Girls Club Sets Date For Potter County Grand Reopening

Two years after closing its doors, the Potter County Boys and Girls Club is set to reopen in grand fashion with a public reception scheduled for Monday, Jan. 5, at the Alliance Barn in north Coudersport. The program will officially reopen on Jan. 12. The organization was forced to suspend operations in January 2013 following an 18-month run due to a lack of funding. But a number of fundraisers, donations and grants have resurrected the club. Final piece of the puzzle fell into place when the non-profit organization was awarded a $14,000 grant from Potter County Children and Youth Services.
Unlike a previous grant, which was used largely for salaries and administrative costs, the most recent appropriation will support the club’s membership. Monthly fees will be $100 for a single child and $150 for families. However, lower-income households will have their costs offset through a scholarship fund financed by the grant. The organization is continuing the search for additional funding. It’s seeking membership sponsorships from clubs, businesses and individuals.
The club will provide supervised youth activities designed to build character while filling the after-school hours. Many students go home to empty houses after school because their parents work. Volunteers will help students with homework and research. There’s also a small gym for sports and other activities, as well as a small kitchen. Boys and Girls Club is a safe environment where children can come together to better themselves academically, physically and socially. They learn about life skills and the community, and they work on projects. About two dozen children were involved with the north Coudersport club at its peak. Members made birdhouses and Christmas tree ornaments that were donated to Christmas House, an organization that helps disadvantaged families during the holiday.

Interviews of applicants for a paid director position were recently held and the hiring is imminent. The director will be responsible for overall day-to-day operations, as well as fundraising. The number of part-time positions will be determined by how many members the club attracts. A bus run from Coudersport’s schools will deliver many of the kids shortly after 3 and the club will remain open until 6. Donations should be sent to BGCA of Potter County, P. O. Box 322, Coudersport PA 16915. More information on the club has been posted on the Facebook social media site.
Potter County Today

Potter County: Stakes Are High As Coalition Plots 2015 Strategies

(Potter County Today) - Economic stakes are high for Potter County and other rural parts of Pennsylvania as leaders of the State Land Tax Fairness Coalition plot their strategy for the new year. County Commissioners Paul Heimel (Potter), Pete Smeltz (Clinton), Tony Mussare (Lycoming) and Phil Jones (Cameron) are heading the coalition’s steering committee, which is still being assembled for the 2015 push. Their mission is to persuade the legislature to increase the in-lieu-of-taxes payments on state-owned land, and provide a cut of the revenue the state derives from gas/oil leases and timber sales for counties, school districts and municipalities.

MapPotterTaxLand“Local governments are stressed by the high proportion of real estate that is owned by the state and is thus tax-exempt,” the coalition reported this week. “By law, school districts, municipalities and county governments depend on the real estate tax for the bulk of their necessary operating revenue. The system is unfair, since property owners face a burden that is clearly disproportional and unfair.” The tax base in most northcentral counties is being gutted by the presence of so much state-owned land – for example, 280,000 acres in Potter County, 150,000 in Cameron and a state-high 300,000 in Clinton.

Austin Area School District is a poster child for the coalition, with about 90 percent of its real estate tax-exempt due to state ownership. Next month, Austin Area School Superintendent Jerry Sasala (shown) will testify about the inequities during an appearance before the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission. It’s comprised of 12 Senators and Representatives, as well as Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq, Budget Secretary Charles Zogby, and Deputy Secretary of Administration Nichole Duffy. The coalition is working with Rep. Martin Causer and Sen. Joe Scarnati, both of whom support the mission. Rep. Causer intends to reintroduce two House bills that languished in committee and did not make it to the floor during the session that ends this month. Depending on political developments, the state land tax fairness proposals might become part of the dialogue on other tax reform issues, including impact fees/severance tax options related to shale gas production.
The coalition already has the support of the County Commissioners Assn. of Pa., the Pa. State Assn. of Township Supervisors and the Pa. State School Boards Assn. Maps and other exhibits from several of the affected counties are being prepared by geographic information systems specialists. The map from Potter County shown here has been an eye-opener. Only the real estate shown in white is taxed at its market value (click on map for larger image).

State Police Blotter

12/21/14 5:20pm-State police arrested Ricky D. Calhoun, 60, of Friendship. He was charged harassment with physical contact in connection to a November 17th incident. He was issued a court appearance ticket.

12/21/14 9:15pm- State police responded to a reported domestic dispute in the town of Hume. As a result, troopers arrested Larry D. Russell, 38, of Fillmore. He was charged with criminal mischief and harassment with physical contact. Russell was released on his own recognizance pending court action.

12/21/14 4:45pm- After investigating a domestic dispute call, state police arrested Terry Stanton, 37, of Hinsdale. He was charged with felony unlawful surveillance and endangering the welfare of a child. He was released pending court action.

12/21/14 11:28pm- State police arrested Matthew Bailey, 23, of Hammondsport. He was charged with felony criminal mischief and harassment with physical contact. He was held on cash bail.

Jones Memorial/Blood Bank Recognize "Holiday Heroes"

The Community Blood Bank is the primary, contracted supplier of blood and blood products to Jones Memorial. Lora Cope, the Mobile Drive Coordinator for the CBB has invited all donors and potential donors to participate in a new campaign this holiday season, called “Holiday Heroes.”

As a crucial part of the community’s safety, they want to recognize the efforts of First Responders. While people are busy shopping and spending time with family, the Community Blood Bank often sees fewer donors and an increased need for blood due to holiday travel accidents and emergencies.

CBB/JMH are asking Allegany County residents to honor their First Responders by voting for their favorite agency by participating in their blood drive. Donors will receive a free special addition T-shirt.

CBB and Jones Memorial are partnering with the following Allegany County Organizations:
• Monday, Dec. 22nd @ Wellsville Ambulance Building – 2 to 6 PM
• Tuesday, Dec. 30th @ Short Tract Fire Department – 2 to 6 PM
• Wednesday, Jan. 7th @ Willing Fire Department 2 to 6 PM
• Monday, Jan. 12th @ Jones Memorial 1 to 5 PM

Greater Allegany Chamber Promotes County With Full Page Ad In USA Today

MINUTES FROM THE PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, ALLEGANY COUNTY, DECEMBER 17, 2014

Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gretchen Hanchett told the Committee that she was able to score a great deal on two billboards advertising Allegany County’s “great outdoors” options. One will be placed this month on I-86 at a cost of $500 per month, and the other will be located on Route 16, two miles outside of Olean, at a cost of $350 per month. Ms. Hanchett displayed a large print out of the billboard ads. Additionally, she placed a full-page ad in USA Today. Ms. Hanchett also distributed copies of the new Travel Guides which are bigger this year and for which ad revenue of $5,050 was collected. Ms. Hanchett noted that she met with Development Team Coordinator Jack Wood and Legislator Deb Root to talk about communication plan development. Finally, Ms. Hanchett said that the I Love NY application had been sent in to the State. We have not received final approval, she said, but it looks as if we will receive $53,911 from I Love NY with a County match of $53,911 (last year’s amount was $54,597).

Attica High School Student Charged With Resisting Arrest And More

Wyoming County deputies say a 17 year old male student was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and trespassing following an incident at Attica Central High School on December 17th. The teen is accused of using obscene and profane language toward staff and remaining in the school after being told to leave several times. Deputy Ivan Carrasquillo attempted to take the subject into custody, at which time he allegedly resisted. The student was arraigned in Attica Town Court and released to the pre-trial program. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 2015.

Deputies: Wyoming County man threatened to kill wife, 2 year old


An Arcade man was arrested following the report of a domestic violence assault at 6070 Michigan Road –lot #11, Arcade, N.Y. Wyoming County deputies said Joseph A. Craft, age 31, of the same address was charged on Saturday (12-20-14) with assault in the second degree, a felony, for allegedly striking his wife in the head several times with a small hammer and punching her in the face causing injuries. Craft was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and menacing in the third degree for allegedly pushing his 2 year old daughter and threatening to kill both his daughter and his wife. Craft was also charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree for allegedly destroying his wife’s cell phone to prevent her from calling 911.

Deputies said Craft’s wife left the residence with their child and was able to call for help from a nearby residence. Craft fled the residence and was not charged until he was located Saturday morning. Craft was arraigned before the Town of Arcade Justice Salzler and was committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $15,000 bail. Lt. Ed Till, Sgt. Collin Reagan, Sgt. Dan Hummel, Deputies Mike Majtyka, and Katie George and Arcade Police Sgt. Matt Krist and Patrolman Benkelman assisted with the investigation, search and arrest of Craft.

Obituary: Constance M. "Connie" Best, 65, Bolivar


BOLIVAR, NY---Constance M. “Connie” Best, 65, a longtime resident of Bolivar, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on Sunday, December 21, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
     Born May 13, 1949 in Bolivar, she was a daughter of Rudolph and Leora Jordan Childs.  On September 5, 1973 in Olean, she married Ralph J. Best, who survives.
     At age 40, Connie proudly earned her G.E.D.  She was employed for 28 years as a bus driver for the Bolivar-Richburg School District, retiring in 2011.
     She was a member of Kenyon-Andrus American Legion Post 772 Ladies Auxiliary in Bolivar.  Connie loved camping, going to Cuba Lake, Triple R Campground in Franklinville, and Sunny Hill in Bolivar.  She loved to travel.  She always enjoyed her weekly breakfast with the other retired bus drivers in Bolivar.
     Surviving besides her husband are five daughters, Michelle D. (Scott) Sloat of Wellsville, Cissy H. (Stacy) Davenport of Butler, MO, Sheri D. (Scott) Cowles of West Clarksville, Maryellen A. Best of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Ashley D. Best of Rochester, NY; two sons, Ralph R. (LaRae) Best of Bolivar and Mark D. (Jessica) Best of Richburg; seventeen grandchildren; one great-grandson; two great-granddaughters; four sisters, Shirley Hackett of Bolivar, Phyllis (Paul) Neu of Cuba, NY, Carolyn Hackett of Bolivar, and Patricia Learn of Bolivar; and many nieces and nephews.
     In addition to her parents, Connie was predeceased by a daughter, Sheila M. Best Ryan who passed away on February 1, 2011; a sister, Beverly Brown; and three stepbrothers, Donald Pettit, Duncan Pettit, and Arnold Pettit.
     Friends may call on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at which time a memorial service will follow with the Rev. Clint Pearsall, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.
     Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or Wilmont Cancer Institute at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.
     Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Allegany County: Lawmakers stop short of opposing Common Core, for now

Request for Resolution to Support Stop Common Core in NYS--Shelly Stevens  (From the minutes of the December 17, 2014 Ways & Means Committee, Allegany County)

Shelly Stevens, Stevens Consulting & Contracting, LLC, Almond, NY, addressed the Ways & Means Committee* regarding her request for Allegany County to follow the lead of Ulster County in supporting a resolution to stop Common Core in New York State.
Among the reasons Ms. Stevens cited for her position are the following (taken from an email sent by Ms. Stevens and read to the Committee):
Many parents are upset about the implementation of Common Core and do not understand the homework, causing a parental/child struggle due to the introduction of Common Core standards and in most Allegany County schools, EngageNY modules (curriculum).
           The only five educators involved in the creation of these standards rejected them in a validation committee.
           It was privately funded through lobbyist groups in Washington, D.C.
           This issue was not voted on in New York State (education without representation), reading requirements include pornography, molestation, pedophilia, degrading the US military, (ELA Standards require Close context reading which results in either A) reading out of context and mis-interpreting and/or B) reading a small section for an extensive amount of time).
           Our children are learning Singapore math with no evidence of its success (based on the current model there is a two-year math gap creating a shortage in STEM graduates in the near future. 
           Additionally, based on the grading of this required math, my company will not be able to hire graduates based on this method of teaching).
           Over 400 personal points of data are being collected on minor children and their families and fed to the state for them to do with as they see fit.
           Special needs children are being left behind because the course of study must move forward without direction from the IEPs, and these children are causing physical harm to themselves based on this new education reform.
           Most public school teachers have a “gag” order on them to not be able to speak up without fear of losing their jobs.
           Seventy percent of kids failed Common Core testing last year (2013; the 2014 tests look marginally better because NYS changed the way tests were scored, so that they looked better by what is actually only a margin of error, not better).
           Those failures hurt teachers in their evaluations.
           Teachers are “retiring” or “resigning to accept BOCES positions" en masse due to the reasons cited above.
           Our school districts will not be able to afford this new curriculum and neither will the taxpayers in our County.
            In addition to Ms. Stevens, two teachers also spoke out against the Core Curriculum based on their experiences in the classroom.
            Members of the Committee, feeling as if they did not have enough information to proceed with a resolution, thanked the visitors for their input and decided to investigate the matter further before deciding on a course of action.
(*This issue was directed to the Ways & Means Committee because Allegany County does not have a standing Education Committee.)

Allegany County, Sen. Young opposes Cuomo's proposed weather detection system saying there is already "plenty of notification"

From the minutes of the December 17, 2014 Ways & Means Committee meeting, Allegany County Legislature:

Legislator David Decker (R-Cuba) reminded the Ways & Means Committee that at a previous meeting, he had alerted Committee members to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to use FEMA money to establish a state-wide weather forecasting system. This issue came to the forefront again recently because of the major lake effect snow event in the Buffalo area. The Governor claims that residents did not get enough warning and/or information regarding the storm. The Committee members believed there had been plenty of notification and that there are multiple ways for residents to receive such information, including their cell phones. Legislator Decker feels the Governor will use these as reasons to divert these funds from rebuilding the homes and businesses that were victims of Hurricane Sandy into this project. Mr. Decker predicts that it will be left to the counties to fund the program after the initial expenditure by the state. Legislator Decker is incensed that the Governor would consider diverting those funds from their intended use. He was looking to see if it would be appropriate to sponsor a resolution condemning the wrongful use of taxpayer dollars, whether they came from FEMA or any other source. In correspondence with Senator Cathy Young, Legislator Decker quoted from her letter: “I vehemently oppose establishing this system since we already have a National Weather Service in place, which reported Buffalo would be hit with several feet of snow prior to Storm Knife’s arrival in November. In addition, this project will be an ongoing burden to New York State taxpayers.” Based on the information provided, the Committee agreed to support a resolution opposed to the Governor’s proposed state-wide weather detection system project and to pass it on to NYSAC and InterCounty for additional support on a motion by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday December 19, 2014

10:38 am
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Brian R. Bleau, age 28 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in Court.  Bleau was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Bleau paid his fine of $205.00 in full and was released.
 
Date: Saturday December 20, 2014
Nothing to report
 
Date: Sunday December 21, 2014
Nothing to report
 
 
 
 

Bath: Tanker truck carrying oil catches fire, I-86 closed during incident


The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at about 7:30 this morning to a call for a tanker truck loaded with oil and on fire on I-86 between Bath exits 38 and 39 loaded with oil. Upon arrival Bath units found a tractor trailer tanker on the shoulder of the east bound lane with heavy flames coming from the driver’s side trailer wheels, according to John Conrad Sr., Public Information Officer. The east bound lane was then shut down and traffic detoured through the Village of Bath.
Officials said the inside tire on the truck had exploded in the fire and peeled back the outside skin of the insulated tanker. The truck was loaded with 6,000 gallons of number 6 heating oil. The fire was quickly extinguished and none of the oil spilled or caught on fire.
After the truck had been cooled enough to move, T&R towing moved the truck off the highway so it could be off-loaded safely. I-86 was closed for approximately one half hour and is now open. New York State Police and the New York State DOT were also on scene.

Andover man faces felony drug charge


AVON:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Howard J. Machinski on charges relating to felony drug possession. On December 19, 2014 at approximately 8:28 PM, Deputy Shawn Whitford of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon for a traffic violation.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as 39 year old Howard J. Machinski of Andover, NY.
Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office STOP DWI Unit also responded to the scene of the stop.  Further investigation discovered that Machinski was operating a motor vehicle while allegedly under the influence of drugs. The Deputies said they  also located cocaine on Machinski.  Machinski's driver's license was also revoked.
Machinski was placed into custody and taken for a drug evaluation that was conducted at the Ontario County Sheriff's Office by Deputy Everett Roach of the OCSO.  The drug evaluation did conclude that Machinski was indeed under the influence of marihuana and a narcotic analgesic.
Machinski was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B Felony, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, a class E Felony, one count of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, a misdemeanor, and numerous other traffic violations.
Machinski was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $8,000.00 cash or $16,000.00 bond.  Machinski is being held in the Livingston County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Avon Town Court on December 23, 2014.
“I continue to be impressed with our Deputies going out and making proactive drug arrests,” said Sheriff Dougherty.   “I also think it is important to know that many of these arrests are not Livingston County residents but instead passing through on Interstate 390 and that is the case in this arrest.   We have stepped up our efforts all throughout the county, including state highways for the safety and security of our residents and will continue to put the full court press on criminals.  If you are a citizen of Livingston County, please don’t think we are the crime capital here but instead sending a clear message to all; illegal drug sales and use will not be tolerated.  We are not only cleaning up our own streets but keeping criminal activity out of our county that also may just be passing through.”  If you have any information pertaining to illegal drug sales, illegal drug use or transporting thereof, please call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 585.243.7100.   You can remain anonymous and we will investigate the information to the fullest degree. 

Felony charges following Livingston County Jail visit


GENESEO:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Andrea M. Hollada and Jason K. Hollada for Promoting Prison Contraband, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance (Andrea), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Jason) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child at the Livingston County Jail.

On December 15, 2014 Corporal Randall Newton of the Livingston County Jail was randomly reviewing security video footage of the previous day’s inmate visitation. Corporal Newton noticed a female allegedly pass contraband to a male inmate in a hand to hand transaction. According to NYS Commission of Correction Minimum Standards inmates must be allowed contact visits.

Further investigation discovered that Livingston County Jail Inmate, 28 year old Jason K. Hollada, had a visit with his wife, 41 year old Andrea K. Hollada and a child. During the visit Andrea had allegedly concealed a dangerous narcotic on her person which she passed to Jason and he immediately consumed, according to deputies.
Andrea Hollada was arrested and charged with one count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree a class D Felony, one count of Criminal Sale of a Narcotic Drug a class B Felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child a class A Misdemeanor under the NYS Penal Law.
Jason Hollada was charged with one count of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree a class D Felony, one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree a class A Misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child a class A Misdemeanor under the NYS Penal Law.
Andrea, who is a registered sex offender, was also charged with a sex offender offense less than a month ago and released on her own recognizance in Geneseo Village Court before Judge Thomas Bushnell.  Andrea was processed and arraigned on the new charges of sale and contraband, also before Judge Thomas Bushnell in Geneseo Village Court and again released on her own recognizance. District Attorney Greg McCaffrey did recommend bail on both the sex offender offense and the contraband charges but ultimately it is the decision of the Judge, according to a news release.
Jason is currently being held by New York State Division of Correctional Services and will answer these charges at a later date.
Investigating the incident were Deputy Joshua Parmele, Deputy Matthew Romanowski, Corporal Randall Newton, Sergeant Jeff Hammond, Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and Chief Deputy Jason Yasso.

Livingston County Sheriff Blotter

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

Beverly J. Heap, 48, Caledonia, NY, was charged with Failure To Register and Verify Address as a Registered Sex Offender.  Heap will respond to charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Richard E. Aten, 67, Bath, NY, was arrested December 11, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol .08% or Greater and Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle.  Aten will appear in North Dansville Town Court to satisfy charges on a later date.

Nickie L. Landon, 24, Livonia, NY, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on December 14, and will address charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Sephen R. Folwell, 28, Dansville, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, No/Inadequate Muffler and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on December 12.  Folwell will appear in Dansville Village Court in response to charges on a later date.

Christopher J. Kellogg, 53, Leicester, NY, and Wayne P. Dubiel, 49, York, NY, were cited for Trespass on December 14, and were released on appearance tickets to appear in York Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Edward S. Wlosinski, 64, Rush, NY, was arrested December 12, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Speeding.  Wlosinski will answer charges in York Town Court on a later date.

David L. Vanderhoef, 46, Dansville, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a felony, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Interlock Device, Unlicensed Operator and Improper/No Signal on December 13.  Following arraignment in Dansville Village Court, Vanderhoef was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 property bond. Vanderhoef will return to Dansville Village Court to address charges on a later date.

Neil D. Lavaway, 43, Dansville, NY, was arrested December 15, charged with Forgery 3rd Degree, Identity Theft 2nd Degree and Grand Larceny 4th Degree.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Lavaway was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,500 cash bail/$3,000 property bond.  Lavaway will return to Livonia Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Ethan Q. Chemelli, 24, Nunda, NY, was charged December 15, with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  Chemelli will report to Avon Town Court to address charges on a later date.

Andrea M. Hollada, 40, Avon, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Promoting Prison Contraband 1st Degree and Endangering The Welfare of a Child on December 15.  Hollada will answer charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Humayun M. Yasin, 23, and Mohammad M. Yasin, 19, both residing in Rochester, NY, were  charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on December 14.  Humayun Yasin was additionally charged with Inadequate Tail Lights.  Both were released on appearance tickets to appear in answer to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Robyn E. Hensler, 53, Livonia, NY, was cited December 17, for Issuing A Bad Check.  Hensler will address charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Jason K. Hollada, 28, Avon, NY, was arrested December 18, charged with Promoting Prison Contraband 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Hollada will answer charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Nicholas J. DiSalvo, 30, Mt. Morris, NY, was charged with Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree on December 15.  Following arraignment in Mt. Morris Town Court, DiSalvo was released on $500 cash bail.  DiSalvo will return to Mt. Morris Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Man faces 12 counts, 4 felonies, in vehicle-buggy crash in Potter County

A man from Arkansas faces twelve counts, four of them felonies, after a vehicle-buggy crash early Sunday on March Creek Road in Harrison Township, Potter County. As of 9pm, Pennsylvania state police still had not released a press statement on the crash, but some information was available from District Court. It is believed as many as four people were hurt in the crash, some with potentially serious injuries. The injured were taken to Jones Memorial, Charles Cole and Soldiers and Sailors hospitals.
According to court records, state police arrested 62-year old William E. Cowles, Jr. of Russellville, Arkansas. He was charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, five misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and summary violations to include unsafe passing, disregarding traffic lane and speeding. He was arraigned before District Judge Kari McCleaft at about 3:30pm. Bail was set at $25,000, but Cowles was released after he posted 10%. A preliminary hearing is set for December 30th. Numerous agencies responded to the scene including Genesee, Ulysses, Wellsville and Medic 700. names of those injured and their conditions remains unavailable.

Tioga County, PA Mini Mart robbed-Troopers seek help

Mansfield-based state police say the Dandy Mini Mart on state route 249 in Knoxville was robbed late Saturday night. Investigators said two masked men entered the store just before midnight and demanded money be placed in a bag. Police said the clerk complied. The men then fled the scene by unknown means. State police described the men as:
#1: 5'10", blue jeans and wearing a camo hooded jacket. Unknown age.
#2: 5'9", dark jeans and darn hooded sweatshirt or jacket. Both men wore "cold weather type masks" that covered their faces.
The investigation continues. Troopers say if you know something, call them at 570-662-2151.

Allegany County: Clarksville Vol. Fire Dept. "Disgraced"- equipment spray painted-REWARD offered


(photo's courtesy of Clarksville Fire Dept)
Members of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department (In Allegany County) and the community, have become crime victims. Late Saturday night or early Sunday, a criminal or criminals broke into the fire department building and spray painted the equipment and damaged the needed turnout gear and helmets. The messages painted on the apparatus are extremely vulgar. According to fire department officials, they have been "disgraced." “To be honest with you, I wanted to cry when I saw it,” said Clarksville Fire Chief Scott Sharp to WIVB-TV. “Many of the members, we pour our heart and souls into our equipment. And to come back and see someone slap us in the face, it’s disgusting.” More than 2,400 comments were posted on the fire departments Facebook page...and the messages were clear-the community, and beyond, is not pleased.
State police were called to the fire hall and an investigation is underway. Damage could run as high as $50,000.
Mid-afternoon Sunday, Amity Rescue Squad offered a $250 reward for information leading the arrest of those involved. Clarksville fire officials said they would match that amount. It didn't take long for other first responders to offer assistance. Wellsville Ambulance will contribute $250 to the "catch them" fund. Help is even pouring in from Erie County. According to social media, the Jamison Road fire company has also offered $250 to fuel the reward fund.
As word spreads, officials believe other emergency services will likely offer help as well.
Clarksville Fire has posted more pictures on its Facebook page. CAUTION- there IS profanity.

Update: This story, as expected, has gone viral. It has made headlines in South Carolina and Michigan...

Texas man charged in felony mischief case in Steuben County


An Investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in Bath has resulted in the arrest of a Texas man. Robert T. O’Donnell, 52, #2305 South Custer Rd. McKinney, TX, was arrested on Saturday for criminal mischief 2nd , a class “D” Felony. The arrest is the result of an investigation into damage, exceeding $1500, caused to a 2012 Toyota Highlander vehicle that was parked at the Hammondsport Central School.  O’Donnell was arraigned in the town of Urbana Court and remanded to the Steuben County jail on $3,500 cash/$7,000 bond and scheduled to re-appear in court on January 26, 2015.

Obituary: Amy M. Drake, 43, Angelica

ANGELICA - Amy M. Drake, 43, of 113 North St., passed away Friday (Dec.19, 2014) after a brave and courageous battle with breast cancer.Born March 18, 1971, in Wellsville, she was a lifelong area resident, graduating from Angelica Central School, class of 1989. She was a member of the Angelica Baptist Church, and was previously employed at the former Steuben Educators, Bath National Bank and the Evening Tribune in Hornell.Amy's calling in life was to be a wife and mother. She cherished every moment that she had with her husband, children and her entire family. They truly were the center of her life, and she will be greatly missed.She is survived by her husband, Jason Drake, whom she married Sept. 3, 1999; her daughter, Alexis Drake; her son, Spencer Drake; her mother, Betty White Patterson of Angelica; her sister, Tiffany (Mark) Gordon of Belmont; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.The family will be present from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Ave., Angelica, where funeral services will be held at noon Monday (Dec. 22, 2014) with the Rev. David Ford and the Rev. Marc Chamberlain officiating. Burial will be in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery.To send a remembrance please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. Friends may make memorial contributions to Roswell Park Cancer Hospital.

Obituary: C. Newton Gowdy, 82, Wellsville native

Clifton Springs/Newark- C. Newton Gowdy, 82, died Thursday (December 18, 2014) at Strong Memorial Hospital. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday (December 26th) at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street, Newark. Funeral services will be Saturday (December 27th) at 11 a.m. at the Clifton Springs United Methodist Church, 1 East Main Street, Clifton Springs. Burial will be in Newark Cemetery. Memorials, in his name, may be made to the Clifton Springs United Methodist Church, 1 East Main Street, Clifton Springs, New York 14432; the First United Methodist, PO Box 189, Newark, New York 14513 or the Casowasco Church Camp, 158 Casowasco Drive, Moravia, New York 13118. Mr. Gowdy was born on April 13, 1932 in Wellsville, New York, the son of Claude and Alice Quick Gowdy. After graduating from Wellsville High School in 1949, he served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed with the MPs in Germany. Returning home, Newt enrolled in the Syracuse University School of Forestry and Ranger at Wanakena in the Adirondacks. After graduation, he came to Newark to work as a surveyor with Harnish and Lookup, marrying the boss's daughter Mary Fay Lookup in 1956. He continued his education at Alfred State College and then took a job in Philadelphia. Not liking the city life, Newt returned to Newark to work for his father-in-law. He finally left to start his own businesses which he ran for many years in Penn Yan, Bath, Corning and Wellsville. Eventually he returned to Newark and opened an office in Lyons, retiring in 2006. Newt was a member of the Masonic Lodges in Wellsville, Newark and Corning. He was member of First United Methodist Church in Newark where he was a lay speaker, conference trustee and served in the hospital visitation program. While in Penn Yan, Newt was a volunteer fireman and in Newark, he was a member of the Rotary. He was involved with the local go-cart and micro sprint racing with his grandson Chuck. His family had a hunting camp near Wellsville where he became a life long hunter and outdoorsman. Newt loved Little League baseball and was a umpire for several years, he also enjoyed bowling and playing softball. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Fay; a son, Robert of Cairo, Ga.; daughters and son-in-law Sue and Sparky Litteer and daughter Laura DeCracker both of Newark; two grandsons, James Witter and Charles DeCracker; two great-grandchildren Payten and Cole De Cracker; a sister, Sara Fitch of Friendship, N.Y. . Newt was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Stella Bower

Obituary: Myrna Joyce Barber, 76, Olean

OLEAN - Myrna Joyce Barber, 76, of 1830 Happy Hollow Road, passed away Thursday (Dec. 18, 2014) in the Wellsville Manor.
Born Aug. 11, 1938, in Rock City, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Laura Clark Lindsey. She was married to Charles "Glenn" Barber who survives.

For 25 years, she ran the office for her husband's business, G. Barber Electric. They also owned and operated Weston Craft Supplies for 28 years. Myrna attended the Obi Community Church.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Linda (Ken) Jordan of Wellsville; a son, Alan (Elizabeth) Barber of Pittsford; four grandchildren, Angela (Tom) Delahunt of Wellsville, Eric (Heather) Jordan of Wellsville, Lucas Barber of Pittsford and Hannah Barber of Pittsford; five great-grandchildren, Lauren Kochendarfer, Shannon Kochendarfer and Braden Delahunt, all of Wellsville, and Jack and Ben Jordan, both of Wellsville; a great-great-granddaughter, Gabriella Kochendarfer; a brother, Roger Lindsey of Inverness, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers, Victor, Robert and Fred Warfield.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday (Dec. 22, 2014), at which time funeral and committal services will be held in the funeral home. The Rev. Wilbur Barber will officiate. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville.

Memorials may be made to the Gils Hills Ministries, 2526 Brown Road, Wellsville, NY 14895; or the

Emporium man struck by car, killed

Emporium-based state police say two men were struck by a car this morning, causing fatal injuries to one of the pedestrians. Troopers said the crash was reported at 3:01am Sunday on Old West Creek Road, Shippen Township, Cameron County. Investigators said David Meade Croyle Jr., age 62 and Patrick Hornung, 25, both of Emporium, were walking along the roadway when they were struck by a passing car. That vehicle, troopers said, was operated by Kaitlyn Crosby, 21, of Emporium. Croyle died at the scene while Hornung sustained serious injuries. Crosby and a passenger, Dominick Manginell, 22, of Emporium, were not hurt, said police.
Numerous agencies responded to the scene including the District Attorney's office. The crash remains under investigation.

Gov. Cuomo directs flags to half-staff

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed that flags on all state government buildings in New York City be flown at half-staff today in honor of New York City Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Officers Liu and Ramos were assassinated yesterday while on duty in Brooklyn.
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos,” Governor Cuomo said. “Like all law enforcement personnel, Officers Liu and Ramos put their lives on the line in order to serve their communities, and it is with great sadness that we mourn their passing after a senseless and deplorable act of violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of these two brave men. We will remember their service with pride and endless gratitude.”

McKean County: No arraignment yet for teen charged with homicide by vehicle

A McKean county teen faces eight charges including homicide by vehicle after a vehicle crash killed a high school senior. No arraignment or preliminary hearing dates have been scheduled yet for 18-year old Dylan Yasurek of Ludlow, Pa.. State police filed a criminal complaint on December 18th in connection with an August crash in McKean County that killed Tristan Sauers, 17, a senior at Kane Area High School. Yasurek and a female passenger were injured. Yasurek allegedly told troopers at the hospital that he had smoked pot prior to the crash.  No court dates have been set.

State Police Blotter



12/21/14 2:30am- During a traffic stop on state route 242 in the town of Mansfield, state police arrested Dana Phillips, 25, of Franklinville. She was charged with  and moving from a lane unsafely. She was released pending court action.

12/21/14 3:42am- During a traffic stop on Hermitage Road in Wethersfield, state police arrested James Davis, 46, of Warsaw. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol content .08% or greater. He was released pending court action.

12/20/14 1:30pm- State police responded to a disturbance in the town of Urbana. After investigation, troopers arrested Robert O'Donnell, 52, of Hammondsport. He was charged with criminal mischief-2nd, a class D felony. He was held on bail bond.

12/20/14 9:05pm- During a traffic stop in the town of Wheeler, state police arrested Jessica Rice, 35, of Bath. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, having a blood alcohol content .08% or greater, imprudent speed and moving from a lane unsafely. She was released on appearance tickets for court.

12/20/14 10:36am- State police arrested Sandra Covington, 54, of Corning. She was charged with petit larceny following a shoplifting complaint in Erwin. She was issued a court ticket and released.

12/20/14 10:34am- State police arrested Cedric Walton, 63, of Corning. He was charged with petit larceny following a shoplifting complaint in Erwin. He was issued a court ticket and released.

12/20/14 4:04pm- During a traffic stop on county road 81 in Woodhull, state police arrested Glenn Sullivan, 48, of Addison. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and blood alcohol content .08% or greater. He was issued court tickets and released.

12/20/14 9:15pm- State police arrested Nathan Buck, 20, of Corning. he was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, issued a ticket and released.

12/20/14 10:35pm- While investigating a complaint on state route 415 in Campbell, state police arrested Jeffrey Eastman, 35, of Campbell. He was charged with obstructing governmental administration and held on bail bond.

12/21/14 2:04am- State police arrested Jack Hoose, 64, of Avoca. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and lesser counts of speeding and moving from a lane unsafely. He was issued appearance tickets for court.

12/15/14 3:35pm- During a stop on Seneca Road in North Hornell, state police arrested Thomas Sheridan, 47, of Hornell. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, inadequate windshield wipers, obstructed view and no seatbelt. He was released on court tickets.

Injuries in vehicle-Amish buggy crash in Potter County, PA

UPDATE-CLICK HERE(9:30pm)

(Original story) - Details are sparse and will be updated when available...Fire and ambulance crews from Genesee, Pa. were called to a crash involving a vehicle and Amish buggy at 7:16am on Marsh Creek Road in Harrison Township. There was reported extrication and several injuries-some possibly serious. Ambulances from multiple departments responded. Patients were taken to Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Charles Cole in Coudersport and other hospitals. Ambulances were still transporting patients two hours after the first call. Whitesville fire and Wellsville ambulance covered the Genesee station. March Creek Road was shut down for investigation.

Facebook message from Genesee Fire & EMS:
A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this mornings incident. Many have no idea what you go through on incidents like this one. Again, everyone should be proud of what you did to help those in need.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Obituary: James F. Winans, 87, Hallsport

Hallsport, NY - James F. Winans, age 87, of the Hallsport Road passed away on Wednesday, December 17, at the Bath V.A. Medical Center in Bath. He was born on August 4, 1927 in Alma to George and Margaurite Phillips Winans Sr. On June 26, 1954 at the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville he married Carol McConnell who predeceased him on October 8, 2014. Jim had grown up in Alma and became a farm hand on the Hilligas Farm. In 1945 he joined the U.S. Army and served until he was honorably discharged in 1947. Following the service Jim always stayed busy working in various fields. These jobs included: working in the oil fields for the Sprague Family, working at the former Friendship Foundry, pulling oil wells for Ray Roeske, the Vacation Manager for the former Market Basket, a Wheel Operator for the former Rochester Button Factory and for the Town of Willing. In his late 50’s Jim became a certified nursing assistant through BOCES and went to work at the Highland Nursing Home that later became the Highland Park Health Care Center. Jim was also certified through BOCES in auto mechanics and did vehicle repairs. His joy was his family and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren. Jim stayed active on his farm and he always enjoyed playing a good prank. 
Survivors include his daughter Debra (Donald Jr.) Hall of Wellsville; granddaughters Melissa (Ronald) Gardner of Friendship and Cassie (David Jr.) Slawson of Wellsville and a grandson Curtis (Amanda Conklin) Hall of Wellsville; 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Carol, and his brothers George, Louis, Charles and Raymond and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 27, 2014, from 10 am to 11 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Jim’s funeral service will be held at 11 am in the funeral home with Reverend Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial with military honors will take place in the Hallsport Cemetery and memorials may be made to the VA Medical Center in Bath, New York. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Cuomo responds to assassinations of two NYPD officers


"Tonight, the thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers are with the family and friends of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were assassinated in the line of duty. This deplorable act of violence is the opposite of what New York is and what New Yorkers believe in. These brave officers, along with the over 34,000 other uniformed men and women of the New York Police Department, put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. They run toward danger when all of our instincts tell us to run away. Tonight, we all come together to mourn the loss of these brave souls."

NY Post summary:
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown. “It’s an execution,” one law-enforcement source said of the 3 p.m. shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Fake Deputy scamming Livingston County residents-other counties may be impacted


GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty warns of a current scam taking place over the phone to residents in Livingston County. The Sheriff's Office has recently received numerous complaints concerning a male individual contacting residents by phone and identifying himself as a "Deputy Morelli" and claiming to work for the "Livingston Sheriff".
The scam is received by phone and the caller is advising individuals that they have failed to show up for scheduled jury duty and possibly have a warrant lodged against them. The caller continues on to claim that the individual can remedy the situation by paying a monetary fee. They amount of the fraudulent fee has varied in amount. The caller requests that the individual proceed to a local store where they can purchase either a money order or a green dot pack with the desired amount of money placed on the card. Once the card is obtained, the caller directs the individual to call them back and supply the card number so that the money can be taken.
This scam has also been reported in Chemung County where the individual is using the same name, identifying himself as "Deputy Morelli".
Sheriff Dougherty stresses that individuals be cautious when receiving similar phone calls. If anyone receives or has received a similar phone call as described above, please contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at (585) 243-7100.

Gillibrand tours Northern Lights to talk infrastructure - Olean Times Herald

By Darlene M. Donohue, Olean Times Herald                                                                           

WELLSVILLE — Though the shovels have yet to hit the dirt, Wellsville’s $930,000 water line project along Route 417 has already garnered attention from a lawmaker as an example of how business districts can benefit from federal funding. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited the Northern Lights Candles plant late Friday afternoon to promote the $465,000 in U.S. Economic Development Administration aid she supported to update and expand the town’s water service area to several sites east of the village. “It doesn’t matter if it is a manufacturer, a hotel or any other type of business. You need to have basic water and sewer infrastructure in place. If you don’t have it, then businesses can’t afford to build in this location,” said Sen. Gillibrand, noting it’s very expensive for a business to buy insurance if basic protections such as water service are not readily available. “With better water access along the Route 417 corridor, this can help strengthen our firefighters’ capability to serve their community, and keep the businesses and families here safe.”

She added the investment will also assist in job creation and retention for the rural area.

“In the Southern Tier and this region, people really need jobs and you can’t have job growth if businesses can’t afford to locate here,” she said, noting the cost of insurance is expensive for businesses if basic protection, such as water service, isn’t readily available at or near the site where the business is situated.

With a population of more than 7,000 and growing, the area cannot accomadate new businesses with the current water system, while also leaving current users with limited access, said Wellsville town Supervisor Darwin Fanton, noting the new water line will service 13 businesses.

He said this federal investment is long-awaited news for the businesses, industries and residents, noting requests to the state for infrastructure project funding for the businesses corridor has been on the table for 18 years.

“We’ve tried several different strategies to obtain the funding to get water out this way, but none of them were favorable to the state,” Mr. Fanton told the Times Herald, noting the residency levels in Wellsville for years past exceeded the state regulations to get approval for an infrastructure project. “Now, we have three grants, and they mean an awful lot towards getting this project finally done.”

The supervisor noted during this past year that Wellsville has received $150,000 from the Appalachian Regional Council, $185,000 from Western New York Empire State Development and $465,000 from the EDA.

“So, on a $930,000 project, it puts the number down where we won’t have any problem with the state approving the entire project,” said Mr. Fanton. “This project is an excellent example of how state and federal agencies can work together to accomplish local economic development and job retention, and I thank our federal, state and county representatives for their support of this project.”

The job, which will include 1.2-mile long waterline installation work, is projected to start in May, said the town supervisor.

Northern Lights owner Andy Glanzman said he is grateful that the area finally received funding for this project, and he was delighted that Sen. Gillibrand visited his company to get a first-hand look at one of the businesses that will benefit from the federal investment she supported.

“This is such a great project, because it’s going to help this corridor, especially with lowering the cost of our insurance,” said Mr. Glazman. “It’s also going to help this area grow in terms of economic development.”

He continued, “I feel privileged that the senator paid us a visit, and that she enjoyed our products and her time on the tour.”

Allegany County Legislator Kevin LaForge, R-Wellville, agreed that the new water line will aid in business development, adding it will also set the foundation for potential waterline expansion to Andover and help improve water quality for the area.

“Septic tanks age, wells age, water gets contaminated … there’s so many advantages to having a public water supply, it’s hard to list them all,” he said. “This project, it’s simply a good thing.”
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Olean: Man arrested after attempted robbery in parking lot of Ried's Food Barn

On Thursday at approximately 6:30 p.m., Olean Police officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery in the parking lot of Ried’s Food Barn, 111 East Green Street. According to Captain Robert Blovsky, the victim reported that a male walked up behind her while she was attempting to place items in her car. Blovsky said the man then tried to pull her purse from her and also pushed her in the process. The victim was able to push the male away and the suspect then left on foot southbound. Responding officers were not able to locate the suspect in the area. A suspect was developed during this investigation and the below suspect was arrested today at 10:30 am for Attempted Robbery in the 3rd degree and is being held awaiting arraignment. During this investigation, Blovsky said,  it appeared that the same man approached another female in the parking lot and it is possible that he tried to rob her as well. This female left the scene in a white Toyota Prius and this incident was not reported to Police. The Criminal Investigation Unit is asking for that female or anyone that witnessed this crime to make contact with us so that we may investigate this further.  The criminal unit can be reached at 716-376-5673.

Arrested:
Dale R. Parker 28 years of age
No known address