Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cattaraugus County: Body found in Freedom

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department reports that late today, the body of Jared Michael Craft, age 22, was recovered in a small wooded area in the town of Freedom. Deputies say Craft had gone missing on Wednesday. Deputies were assisted by State Police and the Arcade fire department. No other information has been released and the Sheriff's department says the investigation is ongoing.

Steuben County: car chase & stand-off in Howard...charges pending against two men

No taxes in Eagle, thanks to income from Noble Energy - Country Courier

The transition from the 2014 budget to the 2015 budget was relatively seamless for the Town of Eagle in Wyoming County. The Town will receive over $1 million in income during the next year, the majority of which will be from Noble Energy, as payment in lieu of taxes for its wind farm. There will be no need to levy any town taxes, because the income from Noble is more than sufficient for the yearly bills.

The town did accrue a few more expenses for the year 2015, but there are no worries. The added expenses represent an increase in the waste removal contracts for the town. The Town previously contracted with Nu-Way Sanitation, but Nu-Way was not able to honor its contracts. The Town was forced to contract with another, more expensive company, and opted to pick up the added expense instead of having residents pay what would amount to an additional $20,000.

The other additional expense comes in the form of benefits for Town employees. Costs for health insurance are increasing, so the Town will have to pay out more in 2015 than it did in 2014. 

In spite of the added expenses, the Town will still have a surplus of funds. The town board voted unanimously to approve the 2015 budget.

No taxes in Eagle, thanks to income from Noble Energy - Arcade Herald / Warsaw’s Country Courier: Arcade Warsaw:

Wyoming Co. Court: Man admits burglarizing Arcade home - The Daily News Online

WARSAW — A Franklinville man accused of crimes in at least three counties this year pleaded guilty Thursday to burglarizing a house in Arcade and stealing a gun, jewelry and other items, a burglary he committed after being off parole for just six weeks.

Travis M. Cook, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary as a second-felony offender.

Judge Michael Mohun told Cook he would face a maximum seven-year determinate term when he sentences him Nov. 20.

Cook admitted entering a house on East Arcade Road April 23.

He was arrested in August, the same day he was charged in Livingston County with possessing heroin.

He also has pending charges in Cattauraugus County for unspecified crimes, Mohun was told Thursday.

Cook, formerly of Arcade, has a long criminal history, including one stint in prison. He was convicted in 2008 of burglary and in 2010 was arrested after going on a car-shooting spree with stolen guns in Java. His co-defendant was found to have stolen 17 guns.

Cook was convicted of felony criminal mischief in that case, leading to his current status as a second-felony offender.

He was released from parole on that conviction in March.

Also in County Court Thursday:

— A dairy farmer who stole money from the family farm was sentenced to five years probation.

John S. Dueppengiesser, 53, of Perry pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing and forging checks from Dueppengiesser Dairy Company.

Dueppengiesser apologized and said he has a “good job now,” and a disabled daughter and wife who would be stressed if he went to prison.

“You have lived a life with no concern for anyone else but you,” Mohun told him. “You are one of the most self-centered and selfish people who would steal from anyone yet now you want to bring up having a disabled child and wife that would be stressed? It must be incredibly stressful to have John Dueppengiesser as a relative or friend. I can’t imaging you having any friends.”

Mohun said he should send Dueppengiesser to prison but offered him a break and a warning that if he violates terms of probation, he would go to prison.

Dueppengiesser also was sentenced to probation in Genesee County for stealing steel from a business in Pavilion.

— Michael Kitt Sr., 53, of Silver Springs was sentenced to 21⁄2 years in state prison for selling drugs. He also will be on post-release supervision for two years.

Mohun said he has long known Kitt and said he hopes Kitt will go back to the way he lived his life before he began selling drugs.

— Charles K. Muniak, 23, of Warsaw was given a one year determinate term in jail for endangering the welfare of a child and a concurrent 90-day term for attempted assault. He assaulted a woman in the presence of a child in December.

— Kelvin D. Rook, 48, of Gainesville was sentenced to one-to-three years in prison for aggravated family offense and DWI.

— Melena A. Ozzimo, 32, of Nunda was placed on probation for five years after a tearful plea for leniency.

She was convicted of felony driving while impaired by drugs stemming from an arrest in Warsaw in May. She was arrested again in July in Geneseo for the same charge.

Ozzimo asked Mohun to let her continue counseling and rehabilitation.

She told Mohun how she lost her sister, Marrisa, 20, in a car crash. The driver, Erin Tetreault, 21, at the time of the 2010 crash, was drunk and sentenced to state prison.

“I’m no better than the girl who did that,” Ozzimo said. “I’m so ashamed.”

Ozzimo also lost her aunt and uncle in a car crash in 2011.

Mohun was sympathetic, noting that Ozzimo was in court with her father, mother and grandmother who have supported her.

“It would be very easy for me to sentence you to prison,” Mohun said. “But sometime sentences are not easy. You are 33. Your parents have lost your sister and if you don’t turn your life around they are probably going to lose you to an overdose.”

Mohun wished Ozzimo well in rehab.

— Harold Ritchie, 20, of Perry was sentenced to one to three years for attempted promoting prison contraband and a concurrent one-year term for endangering the welfare of a child.

Ritchie was arrested in August after he grabbed a 6-year-old child by the arm and attempted to kiss her.

Wyoming Co. Court: Man admits burglarizing Arcade home - The Daily News Online: News:

Allegany County-State Police Activity

10/24/14 7:13am: State Police investigated a three vehicle crash on state route 417 in Bolivar. Troopers report that a vehicle operated by Olivia Fronczak, 24 of Bolivar, struck two parked vehicles. One minor injury was reported.

10/24/13 1:06pm: State Police investigated a one vehicle crash on Hunt Road/Stone Dam Road in Willing. Troopers listed the driver as William Schrader, 66, of Alma. No injuries were reported.

10/24/14 3:34pm: State Police investigated a three vehicle crash on state route 417 and Wightman Road in Wellsville. Troopers listed the drivers as
  1. Donald Rice, 19, Geneseo
  2. Jacob Robert Decker, 23, Cuba
  3. Kyle Leach, 18, Greenwood
Police said there were no injuries.

Steuben County: Troopers make arrests

10/25/14 1:21am: State Police arrested Amanda Felli, 25, of Bath. During a traffic stop on county road 87 in Urbana, Felli was charged with DWI, BAC at or above .08% and failure to keep right. She was issued court appearance tickets.

10/25/14 4:07am: State Police arrested Patricia Personius, 47 of Campbell. She was charged with DWI and failure to use designated lane. She was held for court action.

Allegany County: We're electing a Sheriff?

They are called 'off-year' elections for a reason. Primarily, during non-Presidential years, voter interest wanes and turnout shifts from dismal to 'very' dismal. Certainly, there is the occasional local exception.

In Allegany County, an unscientific survey conducted by RNN determined that few...very few registered voters knew that the Office of Sheriff was up for election. It's understandable since there is no aggressive race involved. Rick Whitney, a Republican and the incumbent, is seeking a second term. No other party has challenged him and unless there is an unprecedented write-in campaign, Whitney will continue as Sheriff. Hence, one could deduce that he must be doing a fine job if there is no challenge.
We mention this only because the Office of Sheriff is rather important and it has received very little media attention during this election cycle.

The same goes for some state offices. Republican Senator Cathy Young seemingly has a lock on her job since she faces no challenger. Same for Assemblyman Joe Giglio.
Note: Don't read too much into this post. We take no position on these candidates. We only suggest that these are very important jobs, there has been little media discussion about this and voters should be informed.

Allegany County: Elected vs Appointed

Voters in two Allegany County towns will consider next month whether a local job should be appointed by its town board or whether the electorate should hire the person.
The same proposition appears on the ballot in both the towns of Birdsall and West Almond. It asks voters to decide, "Shall the elected position of Highway Superintendent be changed to appointed." Currently that job is decided by the voters, but if the proposition is approved, the town board would hire its highway leader. The same proposed has appeared on ballots in several towns in the past. Typically, it is defeated. While rarely a dominant issue in local elections, voters have said they still don't want to give up an active voice in government.

New York voters have more than candidates on November ballot

Radio ads. TV ads. Yard signs. It is election season" in New York. As is often the case, voters will cast ballots for local, county and state offices...but look closely...there's more on the ballot. There are three statewide proposals that have received little media attention. Those proposals involve:
  1. Revising the State's Redistricting Procedure
  2. Permitting electronic distribution of State Legislative Bills
  3. $2 billion school bond act
Remember-decisions are made by people who show up!

Allegany County considers $1.3 million E-911 upgrade

The following resolution will be considered when the Allegany County Legislature meets Monday afternoon (Note- a federal grant will cover this cost):


Offered by: Facilities and Communications Committee

WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 104-2014, this Board had previously approved the acceptance and appropriation of a grant in the amount of $5,951,039 from the Statewide Interoperable Communication Grant fund to assist in necessary upgrades to the County’s E-911 system; and

WHEREAS, for purposes of assessing the needs and recommended solutions for upgrades to the E-911 system, the County had previously engaged the services of CONXX, Inc. (CONXX, Cumberland, Maryland); and

WHEREAS, prior to the award of such grant, the County had entered into a professional services agreement with CONXX for purposes of developing a design-build proposal for a separately funded wireless broadband project; and

WHEREAS, CONXX  was chosen to develop such proposal due to the specialized nature of the broadband project and CONXX’s track record and unique expertise in developing state of the art wireless broadband projects, and

WHEREAS, part of that unique expertise is the use of specialized proprietary software coupled with the integration and configuration of state-of-the-art hardware to facilitate advanced wireless radio communications appropriate to the specific topography of the region served, and

WHEREAS, the same unique expertise CONXX brings to bear on the wireless broadband project is also necessary to the successful upgrade of the County’s E-911 system; and

WHEREAS, development of the County’s wireless broadband system will involve much of the same infrastructure put in place as part of the necessary upgrades to the County’s E-911 system; and

WHEREAS, in order to maximize the synergy between each of these systems and due to the specialized technical nature of each, CONXX has proposed a design-build project for the County’s E-911 system that will complement the proposed wireless broadband system, now therefore, be it


1.    This Board hereby finds that the proposed design-build services of CONXX, Inc. constitute an integrated professional service due to the unique nature of the project and the highly technical and specialized work involved in upgrading the County’s E-911 system in conjunction with the development of a wireless broadband system.

2.    This Board further finds that given the nature of the proposed work, it is neither feasible nor in the County’s best interest to solicit sealed bids or additional proposals for professional services since this is a highly technical project which is unique to its surroundings and best served through the use of professional services that integrate the acquisition, installation and configuration of specialized hardware and software into a public safety system.

3.    This Board, having thoroughly reviewed and considered the proposal of CONXX, Inc. entailing the engineering, acquisition, installation and configuration of hardware and software so as to provide microwave backbone hops between existing and proposed new towers for the sum of $1,360,187, does hereby approve such proposal and authorizes the entry into an agreement with CONXX, Inc. along the terms of such proposal.

4.    That the Chairman of this Board is authorized to execute said agreement.

Allegany County: Michael McCormick of Andover likely to continue as Election Commissioner

The following resolution will be voted on Monday afternoon when the Allegany County Legislature convenes:


Offered by:  Personnel Committee
Pursuant to Election Law §§ 3-202, 3-204
            WHEREAS,    the Chairman of the Allegany County Democratic Committee has filed with  the Clerk of this Board, a certificate in accordance with Election Law § 3-204 that recommends the reappointment of Michael McCormick to the Office of Commissioner of Elections, and

            WHEREAS,  the Personnel Committee has determined that Michael McCormick is qualified to hold such office, now, therefore, be it


            1.         That Michael McCormick is appointed Commissioner of Elections with term of office commencing January 1, 2015, and expiring December 31, 2018.

Pianist Jose Gomez; Singer Laura Joy, and Fiesta Open Mic Night Oct 31, Nov 1 & 6, 2014 at Black-Eyed Susan

Music is an integral part of every weekend at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café in Angelica.  The atmosphere is unlike a traditional concert or club... it’s more like a house concert where musicians and guests share an intimate, casual space to make music, laughter and conversation. On any given night you might hear Irish fiddle music, Delta blues, a capella harmony, piano-bar show tunes, slide guitar, rock-a-billy, straight-up country, World music, Appalachian folk, fingerstyle guitar or Cajun swing. Our musicians will put an exclamation point on your evening! 

Friday, Oct. 31th       7:30 p.m.        (Dinner begins at 4:30.  Call 585-466-3399 for details.)

If you love American popular music (Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart) played on piano in a casual, piano-bar style, then join us for an evening with Jogo! Jose “Jogo” Gomez is a singer/songwriter/pianist based in New York’s Southern Tier. Dionne Warwick and Evelyn “Champagne” King are but two of many artists who have recorded his original compositions.
            He has performed at Carnegie Hall and at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and has toured extensively throughout North America.
For us, he’ll perform an evening songs written or performed by Billy Joel, Elton John, The Beatles, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stephen Sondheim and Ella Fitzgerald, and he takes requests!  A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jogo a full voting member of the Grammys and a member of ASCAP.  Learn more at

Saturday, Nov 1st:  7:30 p.m.        (Dinner begins at 4:30.  Call 585-466-3399 for details.)

            Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Alison Krauss, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

            In NYC, Laura was featured in the Jezebel Music Songwriter Showcase at Laila Lounge in Brooklyn and was a member of NY/NJ Port Authority’s exclusive “Tunes in the Terminal” program.

            Since moving to the Midwest, she has been featured in numerous regional festivals including the Independent Chicago Songwriter Festival, Metamora Folk Festival, and Ravenswood Remix. In January, 2013, she was recognized as a top finalist in the Broward Folk Club Songwriter Competition in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Learn more at laurajoymusic. 

Thursday November 6         Café opens at 6:00 p.m. for Mexican Fiesta!

            The café’s monthly Acoustic Open Mic Night now includes a Mexican Fiesta meal!  The café will serve an all Mexican menu, including Tres Leches Cake and fried ice cream, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Open Mic takes place from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Players of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to play covers or original tunes, and join others who gather at the café to make music, share a laugh and enjoy a good meal.

            Hosts Bob and Gena Decker of Belmont, NY kick off the evening playing a few songs. They’ll then introduce other performers in the order in which they signed in. These players will perform up to three numbers. There is no fee to participate and no cover charge.  Call 585-466-3399 for details.
Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café serves lunch seven days a week, dinner with live music every Friday and Saturday evening, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Located at 22 West Main Street in Angelica’s Park Circle National Historic District, the café seats 65 and is fully handicap-accessible, making it a perfect place for luncheons, showers, private dinners and other events. Food and beverage menus, wine lists and music schedules are posted on-line. For more information call 585-466-3399 or visit

Friday, October 24, 2014

Houghton College grad scores major TV sports deal

Dionne Miller "00 Scores ABC 7 Sports Job as First Woman on the ABC-Owned Station's Sports Staff
By Robert Feder, Chicago Tribune
It’s official: Dionne Miller, Houghton College graduate, is joining WLS-Channel 7 as weekend sports anchor — and the first woman on the ABC-owned station’s sports staff.
Confirming a report earlier this month, ABC 7 announced Miller’s hiring Thursday in a memo to the staff. She starts Monday.
Miller, a native of Chardon, Ohio, and former host and reporter for Fox Sports Ohio and Big Ten Network, most recently was weekend sports anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. She signed off last month after more than two years at Fox 32.
“Dionne Miller has won over tough Chicago sports fans in the 2½ years she’s worked in this city,” said Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of ABC 7. “She knows sports inside and out, is passionate about the teams she covers and has earned a great reputation in the market. We are thrilled she’s coming to ABC 7 and know she’ll make an already fantastic sports team with Mark Giangreco and Jim Rose even better.”
A graduate of Houghton College, Miller worked earlier for WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Sports Network, WWSB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Florida, and XETV-TV, the Fox affiliate in San Diego.
“Thrilled to begin an exciting new chapter,” Miller tweeted Thursday night.

Batavia gets $100,000 water rescue grant

With a $100,000 grant from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the City of Batavia Fire Department will help expand local emergency response teams and first responders throughout the (Genesee) County with equipment and training to reduce and respond to water emergencies.
The money will equip and train all first responders in Genesee County, to include 17 fire departments, 5 law enforcement agencies and 3 EMS agencies with water rescue awareness training and a basic water emergency response bag.  Attica Fire and Police Departments were also included with this grant.
In addition, this grant will also allow the City Fire Department to provide an annual water safety seminar for Genesee County residents to include topics such as: pool safety, open water safety, flooded road safety and what resources are available in Genesee County if you have an emergency.
“In our rural setting it is most likely that a police officer will arrive on location first,” said Lieutenant Bob Fix of the City Fire Dept. and Special Operations Officer responsible for securing the grant.  “With the basic kit and training supplied by this grant, an officer will be equipped with the knowledge and equipment to call for more advanced help and to try and affect a safe shore based rescue.”
The City has been providing some level of water rescue protection for over 50 years with minimal training and mostly donated equipment.  Recent events in the City and Genesee County over the past several years have prompted more training and better equipment in order to provide adequate and safe response to residents.
City Fire Chief, Jim Maxwell said, “We are pleased to have been awarded this grant through the New York State Homeland Security Program.  These funds will be utilized by City Fire and Genesee County first responders to enhance water rescue response capabilities across the county.  We would like thank the 24 area Fire, EMS, and Police agencies for their support of this initiative which will provide basic water rescue kits to emergency response vehicles throughout the county.”
All fire departments in Genesee County participate in the Genesee County Mutual Aid Plan.  While the City of Batavia Fire Department will be the technician level responders, it is important that local first responders throughout the county are trained and equipped for the initial response.  A tiered response partnership not only dramatically increases the capabilities countywide, but does it safely and effectively using manpower from throughout the county.

Rep. Reed & others pen letter to support St. James Hospital

October 24,2014
The Honorable Howard Zucker
Acting Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237

Dear Acting Commissioner Zucker:
We write to express our united support for the delivery of quality health care for the Hornell area and its surrounding communities. As you consider the most recent proposal concerning the new vision for Hornell’s St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) serious concerns have been identified regarding the application. In particular, the need to ensure adequate inpatient and maternity care for Hornell area citizens must be fully addressed.

We applaud the efforts New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) to improve healthcare across New York State and in particular appreciate your consideration of the challenges of providing adequate healthcare in rural regions. Previous financial support from NYS DOH has been critical in maintaining the SJM H ‘s current operations and you r collaboration with local stakeholders will be needed going forward. A balanced approach must be taken so that residents have access to all areas of health care services.

The most recent proposal fails to provide adequate inpatient and maternity care for the region. This is a serious shortcoming that will literally place lives at risk. Without the inpatient and maternity care in Hornell, the time and distance needed to travel to an appropriate facility will significantly increase. It is critical Hornell be able to provide inpatient and maternity care not only to ensure access to care for the region ‘s demands, but also to maintain quality of life as the community aims to attract new business and grow.  Inpatient and maternity care services are a critical component of healthcare services, the failure of which to provide would negatively impact the potential for investments in this area. In addition, as Hornell employs full time fire and police departments which must be supported by access to inpatient care while they are in the line of duty.

As the NYS DOH will be meeting on Monday, October 27 with all stakeholders including City of Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, who we have spoken with extensively on this issue, we feel it is important that you hear our united support for maintaining inpatient and maternity services in Hornell prior to the meeting. We have discussed our support for these services with the officials at SJMH as well.

Please know we all stand willing to work with you and all the stakeholders to ensure this significant change in the regions health care services is completed in the most successful way possible. Thank you for your consideration of this matter and for the work of NYS DOH with SJMH and area stakeholders previously and going forward.


Tom Reed, Member of Congress
Phil Palmesano, Assemblyman
Tom O’Mara, State Senator
Bill Nojay, Assemblyman

The Honorable Shawn Hogan, Mayor of City of Hornell
The Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State
The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator
The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator
The Honorable Courtney Burke, Deputy Secretary for Health
The Honorable Jim Clancy, Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health
Jennifer Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital
Judith M. Persichilli, President of Catholic Health East
Dr. Mark B. Taubman, CEO and Senior Vice President for Health Services at University of Rochester Medical Center
Amy Pollard, President and CEO of Noyes Memorial Hospital
James L. Cummings, CEO of Oak Orchard Health
Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital

Suspicious fires in Nunda, Cohocton under scrutiny-possible Allegany County connection? - News

A fire at Nunda Lumber in the village of Nunda struck the family-owned business in the early-morning hours of Aug. 9 causing an estimated $250,000 worth of damage.

Another Nunda fire engulfed a historic house the morning of Oct. 9 and took seven fire departments several hours to get under control.

“The lumber yard fire was on Aug. 9 between 5 and 6 in the morning and this one (historic house) was Oct. 9 between five and six in the morning,” said Nunda fire chief Rob Walker. “They happened at the same time and on the same date.”

Walker, who was at both Nunda fires, declined to comment on whether the two fires had anything else in common, apart from when and where they occurred.

“I’m really not at liberty to say,” Walker said. “I was told by the investigators not to give out too much.”

He did confirm however, that both structures in which the fires occurred didn’t have any power, negating the possibility of an accidental electrical fire.

“The electric was shut off in the house because no one was living there,” Walker said. “And the building at the lumber yard didn’t have any electric in it either.”

Although the Nunda fires constitute the core of Livingston County’s investigation, Kevin Niedermaier, a county fire investigator and director of the Office of Emergency Management, confirmed that the “very active” investigation — which is being headed up by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office — is looking at suspicious fires outside Livingston County.

 “The Sheriff's Department is reaching out to everyone and touching base with all the surrounding counties to see what’s going on,” said Niedermaier.

Specifically, Walker mentioned a string of fires in Allegany County that have aroused the interest of Livingston County investigators.

“We had a few suspicious fires in Fillmore last year, and they’re kind of looking all around to see if any of them match up,” Walker said. “The Fillmore one(s), they had quite a few suspicious fires down there even over the course of the last couple years they still haven’t solved.”

Fillmore’s fire chief, Joe Clark, did not return calls seeking comment.

Though neither Niedermaier nor Walker mentioned it specifically, a recent fire in the Village of Cohocton, less than a half-hour from Nunda, also bears similarities to Nunda’s fires.

The Aug. 5 fire gutted a long-vacant, two-story house on Maple Avenue in the village. Firefighters responded to the fire at around 2 a.m and, as in Nunda, the structure lacked any electric hookup

Suspicious fires in Nunda, Cohocton under scrutiny - News

Obituary: Avis R. Ransom, 79, Genesee, Pa.

Avis A. RANSOM, 79, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, October 24, 2014 in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville, NY.
Born December 10, 1934, in Driftwood, PA, she was the daughter of Orval and Helen Smith Chambers.
On October 7, 1951, in Genesee, she married Edgar B. "Ed" Ransom, who survives. 

She was employed by the Wellsville Glove Factory, Galeton Production, Mapes Woodworking, and Herbert Cooper Co.  Avis was a member of the Gold Church and a life member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and the Allegany County Firemen's Auxiliary.  She served on the Genesee Township Board of Election, four year chairman of the Genesee Old Home Day Committee, and as a cub scout leader and 4-H helper. 

Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are:  a  son, D. Robert "Bobby" Ransom of Genesee;  a sister, Joan (Aaron) Kuhn of Whitesville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Marie Ransom;  her step-mother, Mary Chambers;  and two brothers, Robert Chambers and James Chambers. 

Friends may call Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North , Gold, PA.  Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery, Whitesville, NY. 

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North, Genesee, PA 16923. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Scio man faces 9 charges in connection with Wellsville area burglaries

Wellsville police on Friday arrested a Scio man they say may have been involved in a rash of area burglaries and petty crimes. Christopher French-Lawson, 22 of Scio, was arraigned this afternoon in village court on nine felony and misdemeanor counts. He was remanded to the Allegany County jail on $75,000 bail. Wellsville Police charged the man with felony counts including:
  • Burglary
  • Grand Larceny
  • Criminal Mischief
He was also charged with misdemeanor counts including:
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine & hydrocodone tablets) - 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
  • Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia
  • County Court warrant charging violation of probation.
Additional charges are pending in other jurisdictions.
Both Village Police and State Police have been investigating more than a dozen burglaries and acts of mischief where mainly cash was taken.
Among the reported burglaries in Wellsville were a salon and doctors office.

Steuben lawmakers could approve deal Monday with dispatchers, deputies and others

BATH – Collective bargaining tops a packed agenda for Steuben County legislators when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Monday at the County Office Building.

If ratified by the county Legislature Monday, details on negotiations between the county and the bargaining units for Correction Officers, Dispatchers, and Court Security Officers, and the Deputies Association will be made public.

Other items on the agenda include:

* Presenting four laws proposed by the county District Attorney to reduce drug- and alcohol-related crimes. If approved by county lawmakers, a public hearing will be scheduled, with the final vote on the proposals set for November.

* Accepting two state grants expected to make the county Public Defender’s office more efficient.

* Setting the date for the 2015 budget message and public hearing on the budget.

* Refinancing the former county Health Care Facility bonds in order to reduce interest on the bonds.

St. Bonaventure grad student found dead in apartment - Olean Times Herald

ST. BONAVENTURE — St. Bonaventure University graduate student Ryan Hughson of Palmyra was found dead at his off-campus apartment in Allegany on Thursday, university officials confirmed.
In a message to students through the university notice board, Sister Margaret Carney, SBU president, said “there is no current information that suggests foul play is involved in this incident.”
Mr. Hughson, no age given, was a 2013 Bona alumnus who was pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, officials said. A candlelight prayer service was held Thursday evening in the university chapel.

"The university community is extremely saddened by the news of Ryan's death and extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends,” said Tom Missel, SBU’s director of marketing and media relations. “We will continue to offer counseling and support services to anyone who needs them at this difficult time."
County Coroner Brad Spink said an autopsy was performed and an investigation is ongoing.
St. Bonaventure grad student found dead in apartment - Olean Times Herald: News - St. Bonaventure grad student found dead in apartment: Local:

Steuben County Fiscal Report

BATH – Steuben County is a leader in New York State in fiscal strength, according to key statistics collected by the state Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS).

County Commissioner of Finance Patrick Donnelly said the Comptroller’s office recently reported the county’s fiscal stress at 12.5 percent in 2013 -- down sharply from the 19.2 percent reported by the state in 2011, and slightly lower than the 15.8 percent reported by the state in 2012.

The state reported the average fiscal strength of the 21 upstate counties with populations between 60,000 and 100,000 was reported at 21 percent in 2013, Donnelly said. According to the FSMS, Steuben also fared well in comparison with nine counties located in the Southern Tier, which averaged 26.5 percent in fiscal stress in 2013. The nine counties are: Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego and Delaware.

The statewide average of 54 counties, not including New York City, is 30.4 percent, according to the FSMS.

Donnelly said by the Comptroller’s Office determines “fiscal stress” based on fiscal indicators collected from various accounting categories, including Assigned and Unassigned Fund Balance in both the General and Combined funds; the Total Fund Balance in the General and Combined funds; the occurrence of an operating deficit in any of the three previous fiscal years; the ratio of Cash to Current Liabilities and various factors that show any reliance on short-term debt.

Also included in the indicators are the three-year average of personnel costs compared to total revenues, and the three-year average Debt Service as a percent of revenues.


Hornell Common Council meets on Monday-public hearing planned

October 24, 2014

TO:  Common Council
         City Attorney Joseph Pelych
         Area Media

FROM:  Shawn Hogan, Mayor
RE: Council Meeting

The Hornell Common Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, at 82 Main Street.


Canisteo man arrested after dumping complaint

Drug Task Force arrests man on pot charge

Castile couple arrested by deputies

Gov. Cuomo outlines state response to positive test for Ebola in Patient in NYC

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined New York State’s response to a positive test for Ebola in a patient at Bellevue Hospital in New York City – in order to ensure public health and safety and contain the disease. Bellevue Hospital is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Governor Cuomo specially designated earlier this month to treat Ebola patients as part of the State’s Ebola Preparedness Plan. Bellevue has been prepared and equipped for the isolation, identification and treatment of Ebola patients. As part of Governor Cuomo’s Ebola Preparedness Plan, New York State health, public safety, and transportation officials have been in engaging in an ongoing series of training exercises and drills to be ready for just such a potential Ebola case.
State health officials noted that Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water – or simply by being near an infected person.

“As we learn about the first positive Ebola Case in New York City, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are prepared,” Governor Cuomo said. “Over the past few weeks we have undertaken a thorough and coordinated effort alongside all relevant partners, from healthcare workers to the local and federal governments, in order to implement the appropriate precautions. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Spencer as well as his family and friends, and I hope for his quick recovery.”

Wellsville man charged with several felony sex crimes

Wellsville Police Thursday evening arrested Donald F. Kane, age 63 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Sexual Act 1st (Class B Felony), Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child 1st (Class B Felony), Sexual Abuse 1st (Class D Felony) and Criminal Sexual Act 3rd (Class E Felony).  Kane was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Kane was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $100,000.00 cash bail or $200,000 property bond.  Kane is due back in Wellsville Village Court on November 4th at 4:30 pm. 
According to online records, Kane is a retired University police officer at Alfred State, where he served for more than 20 years.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Three arrested on drug charges in Steuben County

Rehabilitation Services Team Moves Into New Shinglehouse Community Health Center

OldHewittManor-NewCenterThe rehabilitation services team moved in and started seeing patients on October 15, 2014 in their section of the new Shinglehouse Community Health Center on Puritan Avenue. Previously located in the neighboring Hewitt Manor building which is currently being removed, the staff can now provide physical therapy (PT) care to their patients in a larger, newer, more modern facility.
According to one of the first patients in the new PT gym, the environment is beautiful. She said that the old PT building was not bad, but the new space is brighter and more open. “I’ll go anyplace or do anything for my Physical Therapist Jessica Marshall. The girls are really super and they are definitely an asset to the physical therapy…they are number 1!”
The Shinglehouse Rehabilitation Services team of Jessica Marshall, PT, and Toni Maille, Receptionist / Physical Therapy Aide assist patients with their musculoskeletal and neurological needs due to injury, disease or pain by offering a variety of therapeutic interventions, including manual therapy, modalities, therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities, gait training and massage.
In response to the community’s healthcare needs, Cole Memorial in Coudersport and UPMC Hamot in Erie collaborated in January 2014 on the $2.7 million project to build an 8,311-square-foot community health center to replace the old Cole Memorial physical therapy site and the 35-year old medical office located on Lyons Street. The actual relocation date for the primary care staff from their current Shinglehouse Health Center to the new location is yet to be confirmed. However, a Ribbon-cutting/Open House Celebration is planned for Cole’s staff and the public on December 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to the sizable rehabilitation service area, the new facility increases the number of medical exam rooms to eight for the provision of additional care and more convenient access to providers at one location. The health center will also house a laboratory draw station, a diagnostic imaging room, space for consultations or rotating specialists plus, a comfortable, spacious waiting room. A telemedicine suite has been added so patients can see and speak with specialists at UPMC Hamot.
For more information or to make an appointment with the rehabilitation services professionals at the new Shinglehouse Community Health Center, please call 814-697-7744. For a primary care appointment in Shinglehouse, please call 814-260-9352.

PA Governor Corbett Announces $12.5 Million Awarded in Energy Development Authority Grants

HARRISBURG --  Governor Tom Corbett today announced nearly $12.5 million in Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grants to 28 local governments, schools and  businesses for alternative and clean energy projects, along with projects deploying technologies such as solar energy, hydropower, biomass and energy efficiency.

“We are supporting a more diverse and robust energy sector that protects our environment and uses our resources more efficiently,” said Gov. Corbett. “These grants will help organizations harness alternative and renewable energy to increase energy efficiency throughout Pennsylvania.”

The awarded PEDA grants will help pay for such projects as the installation of solar arrays, replacement of old heating units and street lights with more energy efficient models, and the use of biogas from wastewater systems for industrial power and heating needs.    

Those eligible to apply included non-profit corporations; Pennsylvania schools, colleges and universities; any Pennsylvania municipality, and public or private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, associations and other legal business entities.

Funded activities must be conducted entirely in Pennsylvania and be in compliance with applicable laws.

PEDA is an independent public financing authority created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and the Emergency Powers Act. The authority’s mission is to finance clean, advanced energy projects in Pennsylvania.

Dairy Farmers of America, to increase the energy efficiency of their boiler used for process steam - $75,976

Alfred State: Farm hosts Alfred University women’s volleyball players for team-building event

The Alfred University women’s volleyball team visited the Alfred State Farm earlier this month for a team-building exercise.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Tom Cannon, Alfred State professor in the Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, the team spent the day mostly around the farm’s dairy cows.
“We ran out of time to visit the horses’ and alternative species’ barns,” Cannon said. “The team members learned how to tie knots to restrain cows, learned what feeds cows eat in a day, how much a cow eats in a day, watched the robot milk cows, and learned how unique the Alfred State organic dairy farm is on a national basis. We are one of only four colleges nationwide to have an organic dairy farm.”
AU student on college farm with cowThe team members, Cannon said, “also led cows, sorted and moved cows from the freestalls to the robot to be milked, learned the unique ways that calves suckle their milk, and milked cows in the conventional parlor. The Alfred University women’s volleyball team had a unique and educational afternoon at the Alfred State Farm.”
The volleyball squad’s team-building exercise resulted from a two-week large-animal-handling seminar the college Farm hosted in May for Alfred University pre-vet and biology majors. Cannon said Emily Rechin, a senior leader on the volleyball team, attended the seminar and that the two of them outlined the group’s team-building exercise afterward.
Rechin said the purpose of the event was to educate and bond with teammates.
“Some of the girls from New York City had never experienced farm life or being around large animals,” Rechin said, “so it was truly a great experience for them to complete an event well out of their comfort zone.”

Warsaw woman admits to criminal sex act involving child under age 4

The Wyoming County District Attorney says that  HEATHER CASTRECHINO, age 38, a resident of Warsaw, NY, pled guilty before the Honorable Michael M. Mohun to CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACT IN THE FIRST DEGREE, a Class “B” Felony.  Sentencing was adjourned to November 20, 2014 and Defendant remains held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Defendant will be sentenced to an agreed upon sentence of TWENTY-FIVE years in New York State Prison and TWENTY-FIVE years of Post Release Supervision when she is sentenced.  As part of her plea agreement, HEATHER CASTRECHINO admitted that she engaged in oral sexual conduct with a child under the age of four. 

HEATHER CASTRECHINO was charged by Warsaw Police Chief Peter Hoffmeister on October 7, 2014 with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child.  HEATHER CASTRECHINO was indicted by the Wyoming County Grand Jury on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.  

HEATHER CASTRECHINO was already a registered Level Three Sex Offender from a 2003 Livingston County Conviction for Rape in the Third Degree.  She had previously served Two to Four Years in New York State Prison for that conviction. 

          The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Vincent A. Hemming.  Adam Koch, Esq. represented the Defendant. 

          “Ms. Castrechino is now a two time convicted sex offender who will be kept far away from any child for the next 25 years.  Warsaw Police Chief Peter Hoffemeister did an outstanding job bringing us a solid case against this sexual predator,” said District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen.

DEC Announces Preliminary Findings Of Soil Tests At Corning-Painted Post High School And Nearby Neighborhood

Preliminary findings of the study being conducted at the Corning-Painted Post High School (CPPHS) and nearby properties confirm the presence of contaminants in fill, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
DEC, the State Department of Health (DOH) and Corning Incorporated will hold an availability session and public meeting to discuss details of the preliminary investigation findings and to answer questions:
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning.
Availability session: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Public Meeting: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Characterization Study Preliminary Findings
Findings from soil borings completed to date confirm the presence of fill containing ash, brick and glass pieces at various portions of the Study Area, including Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning Christian Academy, Memorial Stadium, land in front of the City Firehouse, and the southeast and northwestern portions of the residential area. DEC conducted subsequent shallow soil evaluation activities at select properties within and nearby the Study Area, which also confirm the presence of this type of fill at additional locations. The evaluation is ongoing.
As part of the Study Area Characterization, Corning also recently completed the first round of surface soil sampling in residential yards. Corning will begin a second round of sampling in November. The final analytical results of the residential surface soil sampling are expected to be available in January 2015. DEC and DOH will hold additional availability sessions to provide property owners the opportunity to discuss individual property results.
An informational fact sheet about the preliminary findings is available at:
 Potential Exposure Pathways and Recommendations
The ongoing study has identified limited areas where there are potential exposure concerns. Potentially affected property owners in these limited areas are being notified. The analyses of soil samples collected at these locations show the presence of lead, cadmium or arsenic at concentrations above the State’s soil cleanup objectives (SCOs) for residential settings. DEC and DOH are currently evaluating what actions may be appropriate to address the contamination at these properties. 
Property owners should be aware that, in its current condition, contact with contaminated soil at these properties is possible in areas not covered with grass or pavement, especially if there is visible ash, brick and glass. DOH and DEC will continue to evaluate these areas and address these issues, as necessary, to reduce the potential for exposure. 
Final results of the surface samples collected from the residential yards are still pending. Based on these results, DEC and DOH will determine whether there are exposure concerns for residents in the remainder of the Study Area. 
In the meantime, DOH recommends that property owners follow the best practices described below to reduce any potential for exposure, including:
  • Wash with soap and water after gardening or any time before you eat;
  • Minimize children’s direct contact with bare soil by laying down wood chips or maintaining grass cover, especially if soil contains visible fill material containing ash, brick or glass;
  • Consider growing vegetables in raised beds with clean soil (at least 10 inches deep). Use untreated wood to make the beds. Pressure-treated wood and railroad ties contain added chemicals; and
  • Brush off soil from your clothes and remove shoes and gloves before entering your home. You can find additional information about healthy gardening at:
For more information on exposure, visit the DOH website at:
Future Activities
Additional soil borings and groundwater monitoring wells are planned in November to better define the extent of fill containing ash, brick or glass and to assess groundwater quality. DEC is also continuing to evaluate the possible expansion of the Study Area into adjacent areas.
Upon completion of the study, DEC and DOH will evaluate the data to determine the next steps, including whether any additional cleanup measures or other remedial actions are necessary to protect public health and the environment. The results of the study and any recommended remedial actions will be communicated to property owners and the public.
Background on Study Area Characterization Study
Under a consent order with DEC, signed in June 2014, Corning Incorporated is performing an environmental study of fill soils that may be present on properties within the defined study area. The study began in July and additional characterization activities are planned through November.
The study area is located in the northeastern area of the City of Corning. It is bounded by Pyrex Street to the west, the Chemung River to the south, Post Creek to the east, and E. Pulteney Street to the north. The preliminary findings of the investigation work completed on the public properties (the schools, the park and City property) and a very limited number of the residential properties in the Study Area will be discussed.
Findings of elevated levels of lead and other contaminants in fill encountered during soil excavation undertaken as part of the high school expansion project in 2012 prompted the need for a study area characterization. Portions of the excavated fill were found to contain ash, brick and glass pieces that had hazardous levels of lead and cadmium. This fill required special handling and disposal. Other metals in the fill were found at elevated concentrations, but did not exceed levels considered to be hazardous waste. Additional characterization of this material will be undertaken.

Wellsville K-Mart not on current closure list

Sears Holdings Corp. is laying off at least 5,457 workers and closing over 100 Kmart, Sears and Sears Auto Center locations, many before Christmas. That's according to the financial web site The Wellsville location is not on the list nor is any Southern Tier location. The closest planned closure is Syracuse. There are eight planned closures of K-Mart and Sears stores in Pennsylvania. None of the closures impact the northern tier of Pennsylvania.
In brief statements to local media, Sears said the closures were part of an effort to "reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model."

Livingston County Drug Task Force makes two felony arrests

GENESEO: The Livingston County Drug Task Force reports the arrest of two Livingston County Residents for trafficking narcotics in Livingston County. 
Marcie L. Hernandez, age 27 of Avon, has been charged with criminal sale of marihuana 3rd degree (class E Felony) and criminal possession of marihuana 5th degree (class B misdemeanor). Hernandez was arraigned in Avon Village Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.  She is being held in Livingston County Jail on $5,000 bail. The investigation continues with further charges pending.

Randy J. Rowe, age 32 of Conesus, was arrested on a superior court warrant for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (class B felony) 2 counts and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (class B felony) 2 counts. Rowe was arraigned in Livingston County Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.  He is being held in Livingston County Jail without bail.

Livingston County Sex Offender arrested for failing to update photo

GENESEO- Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty says his deputies arrested a Lakeville man on Failure to Register and to Verify as part of the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
Joseph Mosher, age 36 from Lakeville NY, was arrested for Failure to Register and to Verify.  As part of the New York State Sex Offender Registry, Mosher is mandated to come into the Livingston County Sheriff's Office every three years and have his photo updated as per section 168-F of New York State Corrections Law.  It is alleged that Mosher failed to comply with this mandate of the registry.
Mosher was arrested by Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and arraigned in Geneseo Town Court before Judge Houston.  Mosher was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff and is being held in the Livingston County Jail with no bail.