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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Allegany County: Tough Mudder-There Have Been Bumps & Bruises

There have been some bumps and bruises reported at the Tough Mudder Event in Andover. There have been some ambulance calls to the scene...Greenwood ambulance even had to cover Andover's district for a bit and multiple Mercy Flight helicopters have been flying overhead...one of them was pressed into service at the event. It's a good time...it's a good event, unless you are older, out of shape and "break" easily, like most everyone at RNN!

One thing is certain...based on the vehicle traffic recorded and the comments offered by local stores...the event has proven to be an economic slam dunk!

UPDATE: Four people held in jail on Meth charges

The four people arrested Friday on charges connected to an alleged
meth lab on Elm Street in Wellsville are in the Allegany County jail. Bail was set at $25,000 each. They'll appear back court next month.

From previous post:
Wellsville Police arrested Terrah E. Budinger, age 33, Mark W. Smallwood, age 31, Nathan B. Mattison, age 30, and James A. Scotchmer, age 28 all of Wellsville, NY, after assisting the Allegany County Probation Department with a search of a probationers residence located at 22 Elm Street in the Village of Wellsville.  A Wellsville Police officer and an Allegany County Probation Officer were treated and released from Jones Memorial Hospital after they were exposed to fumes from an active methamphetamine laboratory that was discovered at the residence as a result of the probation search.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, uniformed members and BCI personnel from NYSP Amity, along with NYSP C-Net, NYSP SORT/CCERT team, the Allegany County Sherriff’s Department and the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office assisted at the scene.  Members of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police provided scene support while the lab materials were stabilized.  Wellsville Ambulance Corp. stood by at the scene.  All four suspects were charged with the following:  Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine (D Felony), Assault 2nd (D Felony) and Unlawful disposal of Methamphetamine materials (E Felony).  All four subjects are being held at the Wellsville Police Department pending their arraignment in Wellsville Village Court.

Rural/Metro takes over from East Rochester Volunteer Ambulance | www.WHEC.com

After 75 years of service, as of last month, the East Rochester Volunteer Ambulance turned over control to Rural/Metro.

All of the employees get to stay, they were just hired by Rural/Metro, but what does this mean for the community?

"We were solicited by the town and village of East Rochester," says Rural/Metro spokesperson LaShay Harris. "We have a three-year contract that will service the citizens of East Rochester."

The changes are subtle: an extra logo on a truck and extra crews on staff. With the Rural/Metro merger, now 24 hours a day a paramedic will be on staff in East Rochester.

"A paramedic is able to bring certain emergency room procedures, like ALS, to the patients side," says Harris. "Where an EMT is only able to do some basic life support measures."

Amanda Ciavarri asked, "So, for the people in East Rochester, what does this merger mean when it comes to how much they pay and response times."

"We anticipate increase response times and better service because of this change," says Harris. "No more additional cost to the tax payers, which is great. It is a win-win. I also anticipate there will be no changes... We bill the way they billed."  

So, is this 'win-win' situation a good idea for other communities with volunteer ambulance programs who are looking for ways to improve their service?

"I will never say no," says Harris. "I will tell you that if they do this, it is a model they can look at and we've shown that this is successful."

Rural/Metro didn't have a specific figure on just how much response times have improved, that's because the merger is too new to tell. News10NBC also reached out to the mayor to see why he decided to move forward with this change and my calls went unreturned, but we will try again on Monday and we'll keep you updated.

Rural/Metro takes over from East Rochester Volunteer Ambulance | www.WHEC.com

Bride, Best Man Missing in Hudson River Boat Crash

A bride and a man who was set to be the best man at her wedding in two weeks are missing after the boat they were on struck a barge on the Hudson River Friday night.
Four others, including the groom, were hurt in the crash near the Tappan Zee Bridge.
The Coast Guard said six people were on a 21-foot Stingray near Piermont when it hit the barge at around 10:40 p.m.
Police say the missing woman was set to get married on Aug. 10.

The four people who were injured were taken to the hospital and officials described their injuries as severe, including head trauma and broken bones.
Investigators say that while it would have been dark in the area at the time of the crash, the barge was lit up.
It was unclear how fast the boat was going.

Time Warner Increasing Internet Rates

(WETM-TV) -- Time Warner Cable internet customers will see a $3 increase per month for internet service starting in August.
Time Warner representatives said Friday that the increase will begin August 9th.
The increase will mean customers will pay $54.99 a month for standard internet service, an increase from $51.
However, company representatives said the rate increase won't affect 60 percent of customers, who are locked into promotional rates.
Time Warner Increasing Internet Rates

State Police Activity


·        7/26/13 6:45am, A man was charged with pot possession after crashing on I-86 in Hinsdale. 44-year old Kenneth Takacs of Geneva, Ohio was issued a court ticket.

·        7/26/13 10:36pm, A Wellsville man was arrested after crashing his vehicle on Trapping Brook Road in Wellsville. 63-year old Gary A. Rossman was charged with DWI and aggravated DWI. He was held for arraignment.

·        7/27/13 2:37am, State Police arrested Justin Martin, 29, of Elkland, Pa. He was charged with DWI, BAC at or above .08%, aggravated unlicensed operation and unsafe backing. He was stopped in the Village of Addison. He was held on cash bail.

·        7/26/13 5:25pm, State Police arrested 36-year old Nathan Fleischman of Atlanta. He was charged with making a false written statement and issued a court appearance ticket.

·        7/27/13 12:25am,  After investigating a domestic dispute, State Police arrested 46-year old David Morseman of Cameron Mills. He was charged with harassment with physical contact and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

State Police Activity: Mansfield Station


·        7/7/13 6:30am, State Police arrested 24-year old Autumn Allen of Wellsboro. She was charged with harassment after a dispute on route 6 in Shippen Township.

·        7/8/13 11am, State Police are investigating theft from a vehicle at Outman Equipment on Mill Creek lane in Westfield. More than $1,400 in equipment was reported stolen from two vehicles there.

·        7/26/13 2:51pm, Two people escaped injury when the Jetta they were in struck a large rock in the middle of State Route 328 in Jackson Township. Daniel Roe, 18, of Osceola was the driver; His passenger was 18-year old Joshua Lockwood of Lawrenceville.

·        7/18/13 12:15pm, State Police investigated a one vehicle crash at Colton Point State Park in Shippen Township. 51-year old James Langan of Gaines, Pa. lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. He was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

State Police Activity: Coudersport Station


·        7/23/13 7:55pm, State Police say minor injuries were reported after her SUV crashed on Keating Summit Road in Keating Township.  The driver was identified as 32-year old Erin Solveson of Emporium. She sustained minor injuries as did her two passengers, ages 9 & 11. The driver was charged with speeding and an inspection sticker violation.

·        7/16/13 9:30pm, State Police arrested 20-year old Alexander Hermanowski of Ulysses. He was charged with harassment after an alleged altercation with a juvenile.

Friday, July 26, 2013

BREAKING: Wellsville Police, County Probation Officer Injured In Meth Lab raid

Wellsville Police arrested Terrah E. Budinger, age 33, Mark W. Smallwood, age 31, Nathan B. Mattison, age 30, and James A. Scotchmer, age 28 all of Wellsville, NY, after assisting the Allegany County Probation Department with a search of a probationers residence located at 22 Elm Street in the Village of Wellsville.  A Wellsville Police officer and an Allegany County Probation Officer were treated and released from Jones Memorial Hospital after they were exposed to fumes from an active methamphetamine laboratory that was discovered at the residence as a result of the probation search.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, uniformed members and BCI personnel from NYSP Amity, along with NYSP C-Net, NYSP SORT/CCERT team, the Allegany County Sherriff’s Department and the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office assisted at the scene.  Members of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police provided scene support while the lab materials were stabilized.  Wellsville Ambulance Corp. stood by at the scene.  All four suspects were charged with the following:  Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine (D Felony), Assault 2nd (D Felony) and Unlawful disposal of Methamphetamine materials (E Felony).  All four subjects are being held at the Wellsville Police Department pending their arraignment in Wellsville Village Court.
 
 
 
 

Wellsville: Meth Lab Raided

Police in Wellsville confirm they raided a Meth Lab on Elm Street in the Village today. They'll provide more information later this evening.

Previous posts on topic:
http://www.regionalnewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/07/watching-incident-in-wellsville.html

http://www.regionalnewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/07/breaking-wellsville-police-county.html

State Police Activity


·        7/25/13 12:27pm, State Police arrested 27-year old Herman Werlitz of Bolivar. He was charged with four felony counts of possessing and selling drugs. The alleged crime happened in Wirt. He was held for court action.

·        7/25/13 4:51pm, State Police arrested Garrett W. Scott, 65,  of Wellsville. He was charged with forcible touching following an alleged incident in Wellsville. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Wellsville court.

·        7/25/13 2:35pm, State Police arrested 18-year old Sean McClain of Branchport. He was charged with a felony count of possessing a forged instrument based on a complaint in Penn Yan. The teen was issued a court appearance ticket.

·        7/25/13 10:18pm, State Police arrested James Williams, 42, of Painted Post. He was charged with resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation and two traffic tickets. Police say it happened in Riverside. He was issued court tickets.

WSJ: Ex-NY church pastor charged with stealing $18K

BATH, N.Y. — Authorities say the former pastor of a Steuben County church has been charged with stealing more than $18,000 in church funds.

State police say 35-year-old Christopher Mathewson of Sharon, Pa., stole the money while serving at the First Presbyterian Church of Corning.

Investigators say church officials began to notice discrepancies in financial records after Mathewson left the position at the end of 2011. Police began an investigation last December after an audit of church records showed thousands of dollars missing.

Investigators say Mathewson used church credit cards for personal spending.

He was charged with grand larceny. Mathewson is free on his own recognizance.

His lawyer, Kevin Van Allen, says the allegations are civil in nature and didn't rise to the level of a criminal act.
Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal

GOVERNOR CUOMO LAUNCHES PROJECT SUNLIGHT TO GIVE PUBLIC ACCESS TO DATABASE OF WHO APPEARS BEFORE STATE GOVERNMENT

Public will be able to view which individuals and entities are appearing before state government on non-legislative matters
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of an online, easily searchable Project Sunlight database which gives the public an in-depth view of the individuals and entities that are appearing before New York State government on non-legislative matters.

Project Sunlight lists meetings between government officials and outside individuals, entities, and their internal or external representatives related to state procurement, rate-making, regulatory matters, agency-based judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings, and the adoption or repeal of rules and regulations. Lobbying appearances related to passage of the budget or legislation are not covered by Project Sunlight, as they are already the subject of regulation by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics pursuant to the State’s lobbying laws. Project Sunlight is the only database of its kind in any state that tracks such a broad range of appearances across a state government.

Watching Incident In Wellsville: UPDATE

RNN is watching an incident on Elm Street in Wellsville. Police tape surrounds a home and fire and ambulance crews have been on stand by for some time. More as we confirm it.
 Be an RNN contributor. If you know something, share it. Of course, we'll confirm it all!

UPDATE: This is from an RNN news tracker:
Meth lab busted at 22 Elm Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Unconfirmed reports say a probation visit discovered the lab.  Local emergency services are on scene in support of the mitigation process.

 The residence is owned by Walter Baldwin.


update: 4:19PM: Wellsville Police confirm that todays activity involved a Meth Lab. They'll release information this evening..
http://www.regionalnewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/07/breaking-wellsville-police-county.html

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES INCREASED FINES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING VIOLATIONS EFFECTIVE TODAY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that new and increased fines for distracted driving violations, which includes texting-while-driving or using an electronic handheld device while driving, are effective today. These new fines were passed as part of the 2013-14 State Budget. They are part of the Governor’s continuing efforts to prevent distracted driving and make the state’s roads and highways safer for New Yorkers.

“Distracted driving has become a frightening epidemic on our roadways, and fines are an important tool to punish and prevent this reckless behavior,” Governor Cuomo said. “Combined with stronger penalties on your license and increased enforcement, these increased fines will send a tough message to all drivers that distracted driving is a serious problem with serious consequences. Using a multi-pronged approach to combat this dangerous habit will make drivers think twice before using their cellphones behind the wheel. As New York’s law enforcement patrols our highways and roads this summer, we are warning drivers: don’t text-and-drive or you will pay for it.”

As of today, for distracted driving violations that occur on or after July 26, 2013, there are new minimum fines and higher maximum fines:

    · For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and maximum fine increases to $150.
    · For a second offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $200.
    · For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400.

These fines are a part of the Governor’s ongoing efforts to fight distracted driving - an issue that affects public safety statewide and across the nation. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for distracted driving for all drivers. On June 1, 2013, DMV increased the number of points earned against an individual’s driving record upon conviction for texting-while-driving and cell-phone related infractions from three points to five points.

On July 1, 2013, the Governor signed legislation that he spearheaded creating new penalties for distracted driving for young and new drivers. The new law which was effective immediately imposes the same penalties on drivers with probationary and junior licenses for texting-while-driving and using a hand-held cell phone that they had received for speeding and reckless driving: 60-day suspensions for first convictions and revocations of 60 days (for junior licenses) or 6 months (for probationary licenses) for subsequent convictions within 6 months of the time a license is restored after suspension.

This summer, at the Governor’s direction, the New York State Police is undertaking a major crackdown on distracted driving. The up to $1 million effort consists of significantly increased enforcement and patrols, particularly through undercover operations using unmarked State Police SUVs to catch irresponsible drivers.

For more information on the State’s cell-phone and texting laws, go to:
http://www.dmv.ny.gov/cellphone.htm.

Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Patrol Vessels to Enhance Safe Boating

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey today announced that nine Brunswick “Justice” patrol boats will be assigned to several local law enforcement agencies to assist with their marine law enforcement efforts. 
“Tourists and residents alike enjoy New York State for its plentiful lakes, rivers and coastal waters, which provide many spectacular and diverse places for boating,” Harvey said.  “And with so many boaters travelling the state’s waters, it is imperative that we continue to support local marine law enforcement efforts across the state as they ensure a safe and enjoyable recreational boating experience.”
“Boaters in our state will be safer as a result of the continued cooperation between the New State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and the Sheriffs of New York State," said New York State Sheriffs' Association President, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn. “As the demands on counties to patrol grows, so too does the need for the proper equipment to keep up with those demands. Having vessels like these will help to ensure that the sheriff's deputies who patrol our waterways will be able to do so safely, effectively, and efficiently."
The vessels, valued at between $60,000 and $115,000 each, were made possible through a U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Grant, which provides funding to the states to assist with the boating safety mission. The primary mission for these vessels will be the safety of the recreational boater and the enforcement of the New York State Navigation Laws.  Recipients of boats include the sheriff’s departments in the counties of: Livingston, Schuyler, Rockland, Seneca, Cattaraugus, Madison, Wayne, Yates as well as the police department in the City of Rye.    
Since 1959 NYS State Parks has supported local marine enforcement through the administration of a State Aid Program for Marine Law Enforcement that reimburses up to 50% of eligible expenditures.  In 2013 a total of $2 million will be paid to 53 law enforcement agencies for their efforts in 2012.
The State Parks Marine Service Unit is responsible for the general coordination of boating safety programs and supports marine law enforcement efforts across the state, including patrols, training and funding for local marine enforcement activities. For more information about boating safety – including listings of boating safety courses – and marine recreation in New York State, visit www.nysparks.com/recreation/boating.

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION STRENGTHENING LEANDRA'S LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a bill that strengthens Leandra’s Law and provides new safeguards to keep drunken drivers off New York’s roads.

Leandra’s Law, originally passed in 2009, imposed tough new penalties on persons who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with children in the vehicle. One of the law’s most notable provisions is the required installation of an ignition interlock device on vehicles owned, or operated, by a person convicted of alcohol-related offenses.

“Driving under the influence puts everyone on the road at risk. By strengthening Leandra’s Law we are continuing the strides made in her memory to combat this dangerous behavior and prevent additional senseless tragedy,” Governor Cuomo said.

Leandra’s Law was named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in a crash while a passenger in a car driven by a drunken driver.

The law signed by Governor Cuomo today updates the current law to make it a felony to drive drunk on a conditional license. Drivers who lose their license for drunk driving may be issued a conditional license when enrolled in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program run by the Department of Motor Vehicles. A conditional license may be used only for driving to and from essential destinations such as work, school, and medical appointments. Currently, driving drunk on a revoked license is a felony, but driving drunk on a conditional license is only a traffic infraction. This change makes the penalties equivalent.

The bill also limits the circumstances in which a court can waive the installation of an interlock device to only when a person under oath attests that he or she is not the owner of a motor vehicle and will not operate any vehicle during the period of the interlock restriction. Lying under oath would be considered perjury.

The legislation also expands the requirements for the use of ignition interlock devices by making youthful offenders subject to the same ignition interlock requirements that are now applicable to adults.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., who sponsored the Senate bill, said, “Every time a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, they put innocent people at risk. Leandra’s Law has been tremendously beneficial in the fight against drunk driving, but it needs to be strengthened to ensure that more DWI offenders use ignition interlocks. That’s exactly what this new law does. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important legislation which will help make our roads safer for everyone.”

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, who sponsored the Assembly bill, said, “This new law closes a loophole that enabled some individuals convicted of DWI to avoid using an ignition interlock device as ordered by the court. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts of our local and national chapters of MADD and the Nassau County District Attorney and her staff for helping us to keep dangerous drivers off the road and, in doing so, potentially saving thousands of lives.”

Barbara A. "Barb" Shelp


MILLPORT, PA---Barbara A. “Barb” Shelp, 56, of Millport, passed away with her loving family at her side on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after a long illness.
     Born November 15, 1956 in Buffalo, NY, she was a daughter of Allyn W. and Shirley A. Smith Goode.  On February 14, 1976 at the Millport United Methodist Church, Millport, she married William J. “Bill” Shelp, who survives.
     Barb was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1974, in Shinglehouse.  She had been employed at the former Westons Craft Shop in Westons Mills, NY, at the former Wheelie’s Restaurant in Shinglehouse, and then was employed as an IU9 aide for the Oswayo Valley School District.  She later was employed at the former Aunt Dee’s in Millport and at the former Millport Collision in Millport.
     She was very active with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for many years.  Barb was instrumental in the implementation and construction of the Change and Challenge Girl Scout Program of the Railroad Depot at the Potter County Fair, Millport.  She enjoyed doing crafts.  Barb loved to decorate her home for all the holidays.  She loved her grandchildren and animals.
     Surviving besides her husband, are her mother of Millport; two sons, Scott J. (Kim) Shelp and Shawn W. (Christina Turner) Shelp, both of Shinglehouse; three grandchildren, Christa R. Turner, Shevelle Shelp, and Willow Turner; three brothers, Michael A. (Robin) Goode and William W. Goode, both of Shinglehouse, and Thomas A. Goode of Millport; a sister, Deborah S. (William) Clark of Westfield; and many nieces and nephews.
     Barb was predeceased by her father.
     Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013 with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Chrystal Cemetery.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, NY, NY 10016 or to Girl Scouts of Western PA, 30 Isabella Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or online at
www.gswpa.org/donate

Wayland man charged with Vehiclular Manslaughter 2nd from May 9th accident

The investigation into the death of a Wayland youth on May 9, 2013, on County Route #36 in the Town of Cohocton has led to additional charges.  Kyle A. O’Neal, age 25, of #9935 Ward Rd., Wayland, was initially charged with Driving While Intoxicated, in conjunction with the death of James T. Mitchell, age 18, of  #11151  Ct. Rt. #36, Wayland, N.Y.   Mitchell was riding a bicycle on Ct. Rt. #36 when he was allegedly struck and killed by a vehicle operated by O’Neal.  O’Neal has subsequently been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, 2nd degree, a class “D” felony, for allegedly causing the death of Mitchell while operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  O’Neal was arraigned before Village of Bath Justice James Burns and released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to reappear in Bath Village Court on 09/16/13 at 3:00 P.M.  The case has been forwarded to the Steuben Co. DA’s Office for Grand Jury consideration. 

New "Welcome to Bath" Signs

 

There’s a new look when you drive into the Village of Bath.  New Welcome to Bath signs have been put up on Geneva Street, West Washington Blvd and E. Morris Street.  The new signage is the work of the Bath revitalization group headed by Sheri Nobles and Debbie Deats.  They picked up the cost so taxpayers don’t have to bear the expense.  The Group also has started the Adopt a Trash Can program where local artists are adding an artistic flair to trash receptacles. 
 

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Thursday July 25, 2013

18:06 hours

Wellsville Police arrested Cheryl L. Barnes, age 48 of Wellsville, charging her with Harassment 2nd.  The charges stems from an incident that took place on South Main Street on July 3rd.  Barnes was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Barnes pled guilty to the charge, fined $125.00 and released.  Barnes is due back in Village Court at a later date to pay on the fine.
21:43 hours

Wellsville Police arrested Aaron J. Spencer, age 21 of Wellsville, charging him with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from a shoplifting complaint made by the Giant Food Mart on July 23rd.  Spencer was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released.  Spencer is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 13th at 5 pm.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that would require public and private colleges in New York State to provide written information on fire safety and sprinkler systems to students residing in college-owned or operated housing.

“Fire safety and prevention must be a top priority, especially at colleges where young people often don’t know what systems are in place to keep them safe in a fire,” Governor Cuomo said. “It was a tragedy for our entire state when Marist student Kerry Rose Fitzsimons and two other young people lost their lives in a fire last year. This new law will improve fire safety awareness for our college students so we can prevent tragic incidents like this from happening again.”

Under current law, colleges are required to publish fire safety standards as part of a federally required annual report. However, they are not required to notify resident students about such standards as part of the housing process. The new law (A. 5715-A/S. 4180-B) signed today by the Governor would require that public and private colleges in New York provide a written fire safety notification to each student living in a college-owned or operated housing facility, both on and off campus. This notification would include a description of the fire safety system for the student’s housing facility, including whether or not the housing facility is equipped with a fire sprinkler system. This notification would also include information on how to access the college’s campus fire safety report required by federal law. The new law takes effect immediately.

The legislation is known as the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act. Kerry Rose Fitzsimons was a student at Marist College who died, along with two others, in a January 2012 fire in her off-campus housing unit. Her family and friends have started the “Kerry Rose Foundation” to educate college students about fire prevention and safety.

Senator Joseph Robach said, “This bill gives parents and students proper information so they can make the safest and most informative decision when choosing college housing. I applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this bill in to law and hope it will help ease the minds of parents across New York State.”

Assembly Member Michael DenDekker said, "I want to thank the family of Kerry Rose Fitzsimons for starting the Kerry Rose Foundation to educate students and parents on the importance of fire safety and the added safety of fire suppression systems in college owned housing, both on and off campuses. I am gratified that Governor Cuomo signed my legislation (A5715) that requires colleges to notify their students as to whether the dorms are equipped with sprinkler systems. I firmly believe that college students and their families have the right to be informed of matters concerning their personal safety and in this case, fire safety, so hopefully there will be significant reductions in fatalities or injuries due to fires."

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Bath-Area Highway Work

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, weather permitting, on Monday, July 29, 2013, the first course of paving on state Route 226 will begin from north of the Savona village line and extend 5.2 miles to the Steuben/Schuyler county line, in the towns of Bath and Bradford, Steuben County.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Please note, this single lane operation may be up to two miles in length to allow for proper cure time of the pavement course before allowing traffic on to the recycled pavement. This first course should be completed by Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
A second course of paving will take place in late August or early September, conditions permitting.  A new advisory will be issued at that time.
It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.
 
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.
 
For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @NYSDOTHornell.

Belmont: Grand Jury Indicts Steuben County Man

A Grand Jury has indicted a Steuben County man on felony counts of DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation. Prosecutors in Allegany County said 51-year old Phillip McIntosh of Atlanta was caught driving drunk and without a license in Cuba three months ago. No arraignment date has been set.

Allegany County: Bank Robber Indicted

The man accused of robbing the Community bank in Alfred twice earlier this year has been indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury. Indictments have been handed up against 52-year old Scott Wade of West State Street in Wellsville charging him with two counts of felony robbery. District Attorney Keith Slep tells us Wade was also indicted for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Alfred-Almond school to create a diversion for the bank heist.

Police Say Sex Offense In Steuben County Didn't Happen

State Police have arrested a 10-year old Wayland girl. She was charged with making a false statement relating to an alleged sex offense reported earlier this month in Steuben County. The girl now faces judicial action.

Man Arrested In Bath Burglary

State Police on Wednesday arrested 49-year old Phillip Simpson of Elmira Heights. He was charged with felony burglary on connection with an alleged crime that happened in Bath in September 8, 2010. He was held for court action.

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION HONORING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed four bills that will honor four law enforcement officers who gave their lives in service by renaming certain bridges and portions of the state highway system in their memory.

“These bills honor the memory of the four law enforcement officers, all of whom put their lives on the line to protect their communities and their neighbors,” Governor Cuomo said. “All who cross these bridges and travel these highways will be reminded of the service these officers provided to all New Yorkers. I commend the bill sponsors for their work and express my deepest sympathies to the families of these officers for their loss.”

Bolivar Man Get Probation In Felony Car Crash

56-year old Thomas Tompkins of Plum Street in Bolivar will spend the next five years on probation. He had faced two felony charges stemming from a car crash in Bolivar in March 2012. In Allegany County court, Tompkins pleaded guilty to felony aggravated unlicensed operation. The felony DWI complaint was dismissed. In addition, prosecutors said the judge fined him $1,000 and revoked his drivers license for one year.

Bolivar Man Gets Prison Time For Pharmacy Break-In

Twenty year old Joseph Fenti of Route 417 in Bolivar will spend the next 3 1/2 years in state prison. Last year, Fenti broke into Dunn's Drug Store in Bolivar and stole narcotics. In Allegany County court, he pleaded guilty to a single felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Thomas Brown also sentenced him to two years of post-release supervision. 

Deputies Arrest Woodhull Man


GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT GLENN H. CURTISS MUSEUM

HAMMONDSPORT, NY- July 25, 2013 - The Curtiss Museum Golf Classic will be held on Monday,   August 19 at the Bath Country Club, 330 May Street in Bath. All golfers are invited to participate in this 18-hole scramble-format tournament to benefit the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport.

The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 am, followed by a 9 am tee-off. Foursomes will   enjoy free refreshments on the course, as well as a free well drink at the bar and a buffet luncheon in the club dining room after play. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 net winning teams and the top 3 gross winning teams. Photos taken of each foursome during play will be available to the players.
The cost to participate in the Curtiss Museum Golf Class is $400 per foursome and includes carts. Tournament sponsorships are also available to businesses and individuals for $1,500.

According to Curtiss Museum Executive Director Trafford Doherty, "The tournament is a great day of golf and a great way to support the museum. More than thirty thousand people visit the museum each year to learn about the contributions of Glenn Hammond Curtiss to early aviation and transportation. The Golf Classic is our biggest fundraiser and everyone who participates helps us to maintain our superb collections and ensure that the museum will be here to serve the community for many years to come."
For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Tournament Coordinator Jean Doherty at info@glennhcurtissmuseum.org or call (607) 569-2160.
About the museum
 
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is located in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York State, celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, who is remembered as the father of naval aviation and the founder of the American aircraft industry. The museum is home to a priceless collection relating to early aviation, bicycle and motorcycle transportation and local history.

For more information, visit the museum website.

Cuba Man Pleads Guilty to Felony

Twenty-nine year old David L. Phearsdorf of Wolf Creek Road in Cuba will serve five years probation. In Allegany County court, he pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a vehicle identification number. Prosecutors said the crime happened last December in Bolivar.

Downstate: State Trooper dies following on-duty injury


New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico is saddened to announce the death of Trooper Winston I. Martindale, Jr. of Troop F-New Hampton. Trooper Martindale died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, of complications from an on-duty injury he sustained in 2011.  On May 9, 2011, while responding to the crash of two small airplanes in the Town of Waywanda, Trooper Martindale fell on a piece of equipment, causing internal bleeding to his abdomen.  Though seriously injured, Trooper Martindale struggled with heavy wreckage to assist victims of the plane crash and stayed at the crash scene for six hours.  Ultimately, both pilots of the single engine airplanes were killed. After suffering through several serious medical procedures to combat his injuries and further complications, Trooper Martindale lost his courageous battle following surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.  He was 40 years old. Trooper Martindale was a seven-year veteran of the New York State Police and as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, he served in Operation Enduring Freedom.  He is survived by his wife, Michelle, 19-year-old son, Kyle, 15-year-old daughter, Moriah, his parents, Barbara and Winston, Sr., his sister, Camille, and his brother, Owen.

Alfred Police Charge Man With Criminal Trespass

DATE:  7/24/13

NAME: Mark D. Green    AGE: 52      ADDRESS:  Alfred, NY

CHARGE(S):  Criminal Trespass 3rd, Harassment 2nd, Criminal Trespass 4th

DETAILS:  Arrested following a complaint from a Shaw Rd. resident who alleged that on 7/23 Green entered their residence uninvited, subjected an occupant to physical contact and damaged the front door upon exiting.

STATUS: Arraigned in Town Court and released on his own recognizance after issuing a Temporary Order of Protection.

Roulette man asking state Supreme Court to intervene in his McKean Co. drug case - The Bradford Era

A former Roulette man is asking the state Supreme Court to intervene in his drug case in McKean County, for which he is serving a sentence in state prison.

Jeffrey Jones, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver morphine and one count of possession of morphine, all felonies, in May 2012. The charges were brought by the McKean County Drug Task Force.
 
The problems in the case appear to have arisen at sentencing in May 2012. McKean County President Judge John Pavlock sentenced Jones to 18 to 36 months in state prison. When Jones arrived at state prison to begin serving his sentence, the Department of Corrections sent a letter to Pavlock asking for a clarification as to whether the sentence was to be served concurrently to a prior sentence imposed in Potter County, or consecutively to that sentence
Roulette man asking state Supreme Court to intervene in his McKean Co. drug case - The Bradford Era: News - Roulette man asking state Supreme Court to intervene in his McKean Co. drug case: News:

Cohocton Man Charged With Assault


Minor Injury In Eldred Crash

Pennsylvania Troopers say an Olean woman sustained only a minor injury after a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Barnum and 346 in Eldred. The woman's daughters, ages 6 & 9, were not hurt. State Police said 36-year old Holly Scordo failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a vehicle operated by 55-year old Frank Hervatin of Lewis Run. He was not injured. State Police said Scordo will be ticketed.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SP Amity - Commercial Vehicle Accident in the Town of Belfast

State Police investigated a Commercial Vehicle Accident that occurred Wednesday morning about 10:35 on State Route 19 in the Town of Belfast.  Troopers said Wilmont Adams, age 46 of Ransomville, NY was traveling southbound on State Route 19 in the Town of Belfast, operating a 2000 Star tractor trailer hauling wood chips.  An uninvolved white vehicle veered into the southbound lane.  Adams attempted to avoid contact with the vehicle, however he lost control and the tractor trailer ended up on it’s side in the ditch.  No injuries or arrests were reported.  The road was reduced to one lane of traffic for a short amount of time but is currently re-opened to both lanes.

Allegany County: PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE


PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

JULY 17, 2013

NOT APPROVED

Committee Members Present: F. Sinclair, P. Curran, K. Graves, D. Healy, T. Hopkins, K. LaForge (Absent:  D. Pullen, C. Crandall)

Others Present: M. Alger, D. Burdick, R. Christman, D. Fanton, J. Foels, T. Miner, B. Riehle, C. Santora, R. Sobeck-Lynch, S. Torrey

Media Present: No media present

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:08 a.m. by Planning & Economic Development Committee Chairman Frederick Sinclair.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried to approve the Planning & Economic Development Committee minutes of June 19, 2013.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

Employment & Training

 

Monthly Report

Employment & Training Director Reita Sobeck-Lynch told the Committee that June had been a quiet month, with visits down by about 100. She noted that a quiet June was not unique to Allegany County. She reviewed some of the figures on her monthly report, noting that although not a lot of people found jobs, one nursing graduate had found employment at Noyes Hospital (Dansville) at $24.90 per hour. She said unemployment figures were down for the month again. She said that the Summer Youth Employment Program began in early July. She explained that this year they had conducted an orientation session for youth under age 18 and their parents as well as a job readiness training session before the youth started working. She also told the story of one of the youths who had so pleased his employer that he went from 28 to 40 hours. However, because of a petty theft incident, the youth was terminated. Ms. Lynch hoped that this would be a life-long lesson for the young worker. Ms. Lynch added that when she goes to job fairs, she brings along brochures about job opportunities in Allegany County, and information on Civil Service employment which has recently increased in popularity. There were 35 new job listings in Allegany County which were posted with the Department of Labor, she said. She was asked to bring a sample of these postings along to next month’s meeting. Ms. Lynch then relayed a story about Argentieri’s Laundry in Wellsville and its search for workers. E&T referred three people to Argentieri’s, but since that just happened during the week, she could not project the success of the referrals. Because the referrals are people receiving Public Assistance, they are eligible for Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which is appealing to the employers. Ms. Lynch noted that there is still Trade Act Adjustment money available which is for people who lose their jobs to foreign trade. There’s no money left for the project with Literacy West for people released from Jail. She noted that E&T had sent several County employees to the Offender Workforce Training Specialist three-week intensive study course. The Department of Labor is tracking veterans using the Jobs for Veterans Program. Legislator Healy suggested that we do all we can to assist our veterans, especially as those numbers are bound to increase as the military downsizes. Legislator Curran questioned Ms. Lynch about an unsolicited post card he had received at his business encouraging people to apply for SNAP food stamps. He felt this problem should be addressed in the opposite way; that is, get people off food stamps, not encourage more to apply. Legislator Sinclair requested that Ms. Lynch track down additional information regarding the NOEP Coordinator Allegany County through Cattaraugus County Community Action, Inc., Main Street, Wellsville, the source of the postcard. Ms. Lynch added that SNAP food stamps cannot be used as a sanction for those who fail to comply with re-certifying. Legislator Healy commented that SNAP does not guarantee that it is used to feed children nutritionally and there is room for misuse. Legislator Sinclair asked about TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) scores which Ms. Lynch said haven’t been bad. She added that anyone who applies for Public Assistance must take a TABE Test—it’s a part of the employment assessment class.
 

Economic Development/IDA

 

Monthly Report

Economic Development/IDA Director John Foels began his report by commenting on the recent ribbon cutting at Lufkin-RMT in Wellsville, saying that the company’s success, and the County’s by association, had been widely publicized through print and broadcast media. He felt certain that this positive look at Allegany County would yield dividends in the future. He also noted that Lufkin has relationships with the local BOCES and Alfred State, and offers internship programs to their students, which in turn, often results in an addition to their permanent workforce.  Legislator Sinclair told the group that the following day he would attend a meeting at Southern Tier West where they would review applications for ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission) funding. One of the applications is in support of further development of advanced manufacturing training at Alfred State’s Wellsville campus which is looking to move the operation from Dresser Rand to the campus; it would also like to upgrade the machinery and software to enhance the overall training program.

Mr. Foels went on to remind the group that the Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) are due to Empire State Development (ESD) in mid-August. He also said that he had received an update regarding overall funding for Western New York, and that the “Buffalo Billion” does not come at the expense of the other Western New York counties.

He continued that he had attended meetings with the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding its financing programs and explained that it guarantees 75 percent of the financing done by various commercial lenders. This guarantee, he said, works like an insulator against defaults on loans. He added that approximately $16,000,000 had been lent through the SBA over a five-year period of time to entities in Allegany County. He added that he had plans to meet with ESD on JDA (Job Development Authority) lending which has had some changes made to it.

He noted that he had met with NYS Senator Catharine Young, updating her on the activity in the County.

He reminded the Committee that the Comprehensive Plan is online; it still needs to go through a public hearing, SEQR, etc. He indicated that the material is now out to the towns and villages, and now there is a 30-day period for comments/responses. He said there will be a status update next month.

 He said that Genesee River Wilds will soon open its second access point within the next three weeks or so, and the third a few weeks after that (Transit Bridge, Caneadea, Belfast).

When asked about the Route 417 waterline, Mr. Foels said that as everyone is aware, we have successfully captured two grants so far: one for $150,000 and one for $168,000 from ESD. We have applied to EDA for a $450,000 grant which, if received, would make the local share of the project around 15-20 percent which is doable from the town’s perspective. The businesses (e.g., Preheater) are very positive about a positive outcome because they really need the water.

Legislator Healy then inquired about the Crossroads Project. Mr. Foels said there are interested parties who are currently out of the County pursuing financing, because foreign lending is more available at this time. He also noted that the hospitality and lodging project is separate from the fuel piece because of the associated potential environmental issues and often those two things can’t be done in the same project. However, because he is bound by confidentiality, he couldn’t say anymore, other than to reiterate that the project is frequently on his mind and that he is fierce about obtaining the right (quality) project with the right partners for the County. He said his office is also fierce about protecting the investment that was made just over a year by the County which is being held in separate accounts for the waterline. He said we won’t go ahead with that unless we have something very positive at the end. This is something that would be brought to Committee before we move forward on anything. The County money is separate and apart in a secure interest-bearing account not to be touched. The interest is about 1.58 percent, and the payback to the County over time will be two percent on the money expended. “But here again,” he said, “as we go for grants, we continue to want to crush that number down from what it takes to what we actually need, and the less we need the better it is for the County.”

Discussion went on to include the development occurring at Houghton College with its new $20 million sports complex. Mr. Foels says that with the local colleges either in, or going into Division III, more visitors will be coming to the County. Legislator Sinclair inquired if this development has been added to the prospectus on the development at the Crossroads for the potential investors. Mr. Foels answered in the affirmative. This will necessitate more available lodging and hospitality services which should make the County attractive to investors.

Legislator Healy said, while he appreciated Mr. Foels’ efforts for the perfect project, he felt that sometimes you just had to get something done and the rest would follow. Mr. Foels noted that the folks who will be investing at the Crossroads will be “pioneers” in a sense and will bear additional risk by being the first ones. But, he added, he agrees with Legislator Healy.

County Planner

County Planner Kier Dirlam was not present for the July meeting.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

 
Cornell Cooperative Extension Representative Lynn Bliven was not present for the July meeting.

Soil & Water Conservation

Monthly Report

Soil & Water Conservation Director Scott Torrey updated the Committee on his Department’s activities, including: the Friendship FEMA project started on the 17th for the protection of its sewer line. The Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is doing construction inspections and assisting with layout. SWCD sent a letter of intent to FEMA for the next stream bank stabilization project in Belfast ($500,000). SWCD is assisting Town of Cuba residents on Keller Road who have had their homes threatened by a stream following a localized storm in June. SWCD is continuing to work on access for the Weir Lot as well as the Horner and Coleman lots. Legislator Sinclair added that Allegany County has asked Senator Young to look into getting a more equitable distribution of the $500,000,000 in FEMA money throughout the state as opposed to have it go primarily to pay for people’s beachside property that got destroyed. He noted that there are other State Senators also looking for a more equitable distribution of these hazard mitigation funds, so he hopes that Allegany County can ally itself with those other counties to influence FEMA for more equitable distribution of the Stafford Act money. 

Good of the Order

            Legislator Sinclair initiated a discussion on the prospect of Cornell Cooperative Extension buying the building in which it is currently housed. He wondered why the County wants to rid itself of the building. County Administrator Mitch Alger noted that the building requires maintenance and we no longer have County employees housed there. This fact might also lead to liability issues. Legislator Fanton said that the option to sell the building seemed a natural outgrowth of recent events, those being the move of the County offices that were once housed there which have moved to new quarters. However, he also said that if we retain the building, then we can control the repairs and their costs. The group was in agreement that Cornell Cooperative Extension is of great benefit to Allegany County and it would continue to support it; additionally, Cooperative Extension should continue to seek a better facility for its offices.

Adjournment

            There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m. following a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Hopkins, and carried
Respectfully submitted,
Cynthia Santora, Secretary to the Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators