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Monday, September 26, 2016

Fire damages Bolivar home

A fire Saturday morning caused substantial damage to a home at 74 Boss Street in the village of Bolivar. Firefighters said they found heavy fire conditions when they arrived. Assisting Bolivar at the scene were Allentown, Richburg, Clarksville and Shinglehouse. The upstairs of the home was destroyed. Firefighters were at the scene for several hours. No word on the cause.

Genesee: One injured in ATV crash

One person was injured when an ATV crashed early Sunday morning in Genesee, PA. Responders were called to the intersection of Main Street and School Street. Initially, they were told two victims were lying in the road. EMS officials said only one patient was located. No medical helicopters were available and the patient was transported to Jones Memorial in Wellsville by Genesee Ambulance with unspecified injuries. Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Obituary: Hunter Grayson William Caskey, 1 day old, Millport

MILLPORT, PA---Hunter Grayson William Caskey, infant son of Dakota J. Caskey and Cassidy E. Main, of Millport, who was born on Monday, September 19, 2016, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Travis J. B. Caskey; his paternal grandparents, Marvin “Jim” Caskey III and Rachel A. Caskey; maternal grandparents, Russell W. (Jamie App) Main and Christine Murray; paternal step-grandmother, Jessica Caskey; paternal great-grandparents, Brian and Leeta Bennett, Marvin J. and Judy A. Caskey, and Rose A. Lawson; maternal great-grandmother, Helen J. Main; paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary E. Hoover; paternal step-great-grandparents, Jim and Cynthia Jones and Dee Jones; and several aunts and uncles.
Hunter was predeceased by his maternal great-grandfather, Kenneth Main; and an uncle, Bailey Caskey.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating.
Hunter’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Wellsville Fire conducts exercise at airport - Erie County fire has the real thing

As Wellsville and several neighboring fire departments prepped for an emergency drill near the Wellsville airport today, First Responders in Erie County were dealing with the real thing. According to the Erie County Sheriff's Department, through several news outlets, two small planes collided this morning near North Collins. There were fatalities. According to Channel 2/WGRZ, deputies believe the planes took off from the Hamburg Airport and were headed to Pennsylvania when the crash occurred. Police reportedly said there were no survivors.
Meanwhile, the Wellsville drill was advertised as a test of water supply operations at the hilltop location.
First responders practice for a reason. Today was an example why...
From the Buffalo News - The two aircraft were in a group of six that took off together this morning from Hamburg Airport, said Larry Walsh, the airport's vice president, to The News. The aircraft were flying together to get breakfast, in St. Mary's, Pa., and planned to return later in the day. A 60-year-old Hamburg man and a couple from Eden, both 69, were the only three people aboard the two planes, the officials told The News.

Genesee, PA Fire to host Spaghetti Dinner - YUM!


Obituary: Andrew J. Cornell, 38, Alfred

ALFRED - Andrew J. Cornell, 38, of the Waterwells Road, passed away on Monday (Sept. 19, 2016) in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief illness.
He was born in Wellsville on July 9, 1978, the son of Rodney and Hazel Hinkle Cornell.
On Dec. 4, 2010, in the Bethany Presbyterian Church of Rochester, N.Y., he married Kathryn Bolinger, who survives.
He was a graduate of the Scio Central School, Jamestown Community College, St. Bonaventure University and obtained his Law Degree at the University of Akron, Ohio, and then established his law practice in Wellsville.
He was a member of the Allegany County Bar Association, Wellsville F&AM Lodge of Wellsville and was a former Lions Club member.
Surviving are his wife, Kathryn; parents, Rodney and Hazel Cornell of Scio, N.Y.; brothers, Robbie (Rhonda) Cornell of Friendship, N.Y., and Daniel (Aren) Cornell of Olean, N.Y.; nephews, Brandon Cornell of Ogdensburg, N.Y., Dylan Cornell of Friendship, N.Y., Dustin Cornell of Olean, N.Y., Jaykob Cornell of Olean, N.Y.; nieces, Katelyn Cornell of Friendship, N.Y., Skylar Bolinger of Rochester, N.Y., Payton Bolinger of Rochester, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Kyle (Jessica) Bolinger of Rochester, N.Y.; father- and mother-in-law, Kim and Karen Bolinger of Rochester, N.Y.; also many cousins.
Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Monday (Sept. 26, 2016) and Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2016) in the Genesis Bible Church in Scio with Pastors Marc Chamberlain and Glen Layfield as co-celebrants. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio.
Memorials may be made to the
charity of the donor's choice.  

Jones Memorial walk-in clinic opens September 26

Wellsville - The new walk-in clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital will begin accepting patients Monday, September 26. Open seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the clinic will be for non-emergencies including sprains and strains, flu symptoms, headaches, earaches, diarrhea, minor burns, coughs and colds, and urinary tract infections.
As a walk-in clinic, no appointments are necessary. “You just come in, register at the walk-in clinic window, located in the rehabilitation waiting room, and wait for the next appointment,” explained Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones Memorial.  “When you are ill, you should always call your primary care provider first. However, illnesses and minor injuries occur during evenings and weekend hours and the walk-in clinic is available during those hours to provide care.”  
Appointments will run about 15 minutes and the wait time depends on how many people are ahead of you – it’s a first come, first served basis. Diagnostic medical imaging and lab work will be limited in the walk-in clinic. “The walk-in clinic is not appropriate for cardiac issues, stroke, and other medical emergencies,” added Ms. Szabo. “If it is an emergency, you must go to the ER for care. In order to provide continuity of care, information regarding the visit will be communicated to the patient’s primary care doctor. The walk-in clinic is located on the first floor of the hospital, adjacent to the rehabilitation department.”

NY State Police Blotter

9/26/16 10:12am- Two people from Andover are facing multiple felony counts, the result of a fraud investigation. State police arrested Levi Michael Olds, 28 and Autumn M. DiMarzo, 33. They were charged with felony counts of welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing. The crimes occurred July 1 in the village of Belmont. Both were issued court appearance tickets and released.
9/24/15 12:14pm- State police said two people were hurt in a motorcycle crash on County Road 31 near 31A in Friendship. Troopers listed the operator as Tommy L Matison, 63, of Andover. Mercy Flight was called to the scene and flew one of the victims to Erie County medical center in Buffalo. The second person was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Friendship fire, EMS and Amity Rescue all responded. Police did not indicate the severity of injuries.
9/25/16 12:11am- After investigating a domestic dispute in the Town if Wirt, state police arrested Mark R. Shields of Allentown. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. He was released on his own recognizance to await court action.
9/24/16 9:44pm- During a traffic stop on Nichols Run road in Carrollton, state police arrested Richard W. Lockwood, 52, of Limestone. He was charged with DWI, BAC above .08%, refusing a breath test and moving from a lane unsafely.
9/25/16 2:08am- During a traffic stop on Main Street Ext. in the Village of Hammondsport, state police arrested Kevin M. Arnold, 25, of Hammondsport. He was charged with DWI and BAC above .08%.
9/24/16 5:47pm- State police arrested Justin L. Hyde, 20 of Tuscarora. He was charged with criminal contempt for alleged disobeying a court order. The incident occurred in Addison. He was held for court action.

Three arrested in Cattaraugus County drug case


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Obituary: Pauline B. Dean, 88, Cuba


Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Pauline B. Dean, 88, of 9387 Watt Rd., Cuba, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Olean General Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. Born on February 14, 1928, in Olean, she was a daughter of Clifford and Lena Treusdell Bidwell.  On October 4, 1947, in the Eldred Free Methodist Church, she married her husband of 68 years Fred F. Dean who survives. Pauline had been employed in the offices of Cuba Cheese for 33 years, worked for Acme Electric for 10 years and then for Rehabilitation Today of  Cuba for several years.  She was currently employed by Cross Tex (Sterilator Company) of Cuba.
Mrs. Dean was a former member of the Cuba Presbyterian Church and later was a member of the Cuba First Baptist Church.  She was also a member of McKee Chapter 212 O.E.S. having held ever star position and office within the Chapter, was Worthy Matron numerous times, and was presently holding the office of Conductress.  Pauline was formerly the District Deputy Grand Matron for Allegany District, and was formerly an Associate Grand Marshall Order of the Eastern Star State of New York.
Pauline loved to go camping, gardening, and spending time with her family.  She and her husband were previous owners of Breezy Point Campground and members of the Alle-Catt. Campers Association.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Alvin J. (Kristine) Dean of Utica and John Dean, Cuba Lake; two daughters, Vicki (Jim) Schleigh, Cuba, Bonnie (Monte) Richmond, Cuba; 11 grandchildren,  9 great grandchildren, a brother, Clifford (Carol) Bidwell of Rew, PA; 2 sister in laws, Caroline Bidwell and Janet Bidwell; a brother in law, John Jones; Several Nieces and Nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a daughter Debra Dean, two brothers Malcolm Bidwell and Keith Bidwell, and two sisters Delores Jones and Joanne Baker. The family will receive friends at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 10-11 s.m. at which time funeral services will be held. Members of McKee Chapter 212 O.E.S. will assembly in the funeral home Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. for funeral services. The Rev. John M. Woodring will officiate. Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: William Rusty Gena IV, 52, Wellsville native

Hornell - William Rusty Gena IV, 52, of 27 Albion Street, passed away peacefully Thursday (September 22, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Born in Wellsville, September 2, 1964, the son of William R. and Patricia (Casterline) Gena III, he was a lifelong area resident. Rusty was previously employed for the former Rent Way, and then for Rent A Center in Hornell. He loved all animals, seafood, and being a Dad and Grandpa. Rusty was a creative and artistic person, with a great sense of humor, who could turn the most serious moment into a fun and silly moment.
He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter Stephanie Rose Gena in 2009.
He is survived by his son Brandon (Lacy Young) Gena of Belmont, 3 daughters Kimberly (Dustin Clark) Gena of Hornell, Katherine (Joshua) Hoffman of Hornell, Megan (John Gibbs)Witzmann of Hornell, 3 sisters Christine Gena of Hornell, Tina Briggs of Andover, Laurie Conley of Olean, 9 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
The family will be present 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell, where funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., with Rev. Dean Good officiating.
To send a remembrance please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com, the family is being assisted by Chester A. Gosper IV funeral director.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: Hornell Area Humane Society 7649 Industrial Park Road Hornell NY 14843. 

Obituary: Sandra R. "Sandie" Ellison, 72, Friendship


Sandra R. "Sandie" Ellison, 72, of 112 West Main St, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany Co. Wellsville, NY, following a brief illness. Born April 15, 1944 in Wellsville NY, she was the daughter of Raymond and Virginia Appleby Stimson. On February 24, 1968, in Kingsburg, NJ, she married Thomas J. Ellison Sr., who survives. Sandie had grown up in Bolivar and had graduated from Bolivar Central School, class of 1962. For several years she was an assembler at Acme Electric Corp in Cuba, later she was a medical records clerk at Jones Memorial Hospital. In 2005 she became a medical records clerk at Cuba Hospital retiring in 2008.
Sandie enjoyed watching her husband play the drums, knitting, crocheting, quilting, watching politics and old movies on TV. Most of all she loved her family especially her Grandchildren and spending time with them.
Sandie had received 2 Associate degrees at S.U.N.Y. Alfred in Medical Laboratory Technology and Science Laboratory Technology and earned a Certified Coding Assistant certification.
Surviving besides her husband, Thomas are a son, Thomas J. (Cheri) Ellison of Rochester; three daughters, Tracy R. (Jeff) Marks of Friendship, Jennifer A. (Erik) Gehen of West Seneca, and April E. (Jonathan) Hall of Rochester; eleven grandchildren and a great grandchild (on the way); three sisters, Linda (Guy) Gilliland, Debra (Bernie) Adams, and Patricia (Jonathan) Schmitt all of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship, on Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at which time funeral and committal services will be held in the funeral home. The Rev. Robert Schooley, of Rushford will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Friendship. Memorials may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany Co. 141 East State St. Wellsville, NY 14895.

Man faces charges in NY & PA


Portville woman faces parole and drug charges


A Portville woman was arrested Friday by the Olean Police Street Crimes Unit along with New York State Parole Officer Andy Dombeck. Rachael Y. Slawiak, 25, who gave Investigators an address of 4 Wellington Drive in Portville was taken into custody by NYS Parole for allegedly violating the terms of her Parole. Captain Robert Blovsky said Slawiak was then transported to the Olean Police Station for booking procedures for two felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree (C Felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the 5th degree (D Felony). According to a press release, Investigators from the Street Crimes Unit had conducted controlled purchases of Suboxin and Fentnyl and the case was then presented to a Cattaraugus County Grand Jury by District Attorney Lori P. Rieman. The Honorable Judge Ploetz issued an arrest warrant for Slawiak based on the grand jury presentation. After her arrest, Slawiak was transported to the Cattaraugus County Jail to await further proceedings.

‘A girl in the room:’ Alfred University alumna to talk about women in science fields

Shihadah “Shay” Saleem, a 2001 alumna with a bachelor’s degree in geology, will present the Sept. 30 talk in the Environmental Studies Speakers Series at Alfred University. Her topic is “A girl in the room: A peek into girls and women in STEM” (Science, technology, engineering or mathematics). The lecture is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. in Room 247 of the Science Center, and is open to the public, free of charge.
            Saleem is senior museum educator and coordinator of the GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
            Following graduation from Alfred University, Saleem earned a master’s degree in geomorphology from the University of South Florida. While working on her graduate degree, she participated as a two-time winner of the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 OCEANS program as a graduate fellow, where she team-taught sixth, seventh, third and fourth grade students.
            She also facilitated a number of professional development programs for K-12 teachers and administrators, and worked as a mentor with the Oceanography Camp for Girls through the College of Marine Science.
            Currently, she continues to provide girls, teachers and communities with innovative, applicable and engaging STEM programs at the Intrepid Museum, complete with free Saturday programs, youth and community development and summer programs.

Alfred University: it’s worth a look for high school students

Alfred University (AU) wants high school students to know it’s worth a look, so it’s making it worth their while to visit campus.
            “Students who visit our campus fall in love with it,” said Kathy Woughter, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “To encourage more students to visit, our Admission team came up with the idea of offering ‘visit grants.’”
            High school students who visit campus by making an appointment through the Admissions office and then enter AU as either a first-year student or a transfer student is eligible for up to $4,000 in aid, distributed over eight semesters of enrollment, said Jamie Marcus, director of Admissions.
            Visits must be made or have been made between July 1, 2016, and May 1, 2017, he said. Students must enroll in either the Spring 2107 or Fall 2107 semester.
“Official” visits include campus tours or specialty tours like art, engineering or equestrian; an on-campus interview with an Admissions counselor or coach; participation in an Admissions overnight visit; a Financial Aid appointment; an Admissions’ group information session; Autumn Visit Days, AU Fridays or an on-campus Accepted Student Open House; sitting in an class or meeting with a faculty  member, coach, or staff member; or a special visit.
            In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 (on a 4.0) scale cumulative grade-point average (GPA). The review of eligible students’ GPAs is conducted annually at the end of each academic year, after spring semester grades are posted by the Registrar.
            Students who attend AU through a program that meets or exceeds the University’s tuition rates, including, but not limited to, tuition remission benefits, Tuition Exchange and Veterans Administration benefits or military programs, will not be eligible to receive the award.
            To arrange for a visit to AU, call 607 871 2115 or go online.

Steuben County Sheriff press releases on arrests




Alfred Police reaching out to community


Alfred Police Department - Facebook
With all the negative media attention and stories placed on police and their communities, Alfred Police is striving to make the difference. This year Alfred University in conjunction with Alfred State University and the Alfred police department has started the Shared Space program to engage our department as well as the student and resident community to come together to make Alfred a better place. There are several events occurring under this program to close the gap between the police and those they serve to protect, including lunches with the chief and a barbecue in October to meet and greet the officers. If anyone has any questions please feel free to post on the Facebook page or stop down to the PD and we'll be happy to assist as best we can!

NY State Police Blotter

9/23/16 3:50pm- State police arrested a name-protected 17-year-old boy from North Tonawanda. He was charged with course of sexual conduct against a child 1st, a class B felony. Troopers said the incident occurred August 23 in the Town of Scio. The boy was released on a court appearance ticket.
9/23/16 5:15pm- After investigating a reported domestic dispute in Allegany, state police arrested Andrew J. Washington, 41 of Olean. He was charged with criminal mischief. He was released on his own recognizance.
9/23/16 10:40am- During a traffic stop on State Route 39 in Sardina, state police arrested Jeremie N. Dietz, 38 of Olean. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, aggravated unlicensed operation, pot possession, speeding, no license and having a controlled substance not stored in its original container. Court action is pending.
9/23/16 11:55pm- During a traffic stop on caton Road in the Town of Corning, state police arrested Sarah M. Golder 48 of Corning. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, a right of way violation involving an emergency vehicle and no tail lamps.
9/23/16 8:45pm- State police arrested Anthony J. Infantino, 31, of Cohocton. He was charged with harassment with physical contact. The charge stems from domestic dispute in Wayland August 14. A court appearance ticket was issued.

Fall Pheasant Release Plans Announced for WNY Adults

The Western New York pheasant hunting season is fast approaching, opening on Saturday, Oct. 15. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will release approximately 4,460 adult Ring-necked Pheasants on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this fall's pheasant hunting season. Pheasants to be stocked will be provided by DEC's Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca, NY.
---Junior hunters can hunt these sites, which are designated below "YH", with a good chance of finding released birds. Sites designated "RS" are locations where birds will be released for the Regular Season.

Allegany County

  • Birdsall - Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • New Hudson - Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson Road (YH, RS)

Cattaraugus County

  • Conewango, Randolph - Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area - between Rte 241 and Conewango Creek. (YH, RS)
  • Farmersville - Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area - Special permit required to hunt opening day Oct. 15 (59 kB PDF); Contact NYSDEC, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203, (716) 851-7010 (YH, RS)
  • Red House - Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Rd. (free permit necessary from Admin. Bldg.) (YH, RS)
  • Red House - Allegany State Park, Upper Bay State Rd. (free permit necessary from Admin. Bldg.) (RS)
  • South Valley - Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area - vicinity of Bone Run off Onoville Rd. (YH, RS)

Steuben County

  • Erwin - McCarthy Farm, McCarthy Road. (RS)
  • Tuscarora - Nichols Farm on Thompson Road (YH, RS)

Livingston County

  • Livonia - Hemlock-Canadice State Forest - North end of Hemlock Lake (YH, RS)
  • Springwater - Hemlock-Canadice State Forest - South end of Hemlock Lake (YH, RS)

Wyoming County

  • Middlebury - Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area & Sulphur Springs F.W.M.A. Co-op - 5 miles north of Warsaw; Closed to pheasant hunting on Fridays (October through November only) (YH, RS)

Livingston County District Attorney report - Sept. 22, 2016

After presentation by Victor D. Rowcliffe, First Assistant District Attorney, the following cases were handled in the Livingston County Court before the Honorable Dennis S. Cohen on September 22, 2016.

DARYL J. ALLEN, age 27, of Perry was sentenced on a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (B Felony) to 1 year in state prison plus 1 year post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay a $325 penalty assessment and a $50 DNA fee.

THOMAS E. BENSON, age 51, of Livonia was sentenced on violation of probation to 1 to 3 years in state prison.

CALEB M. BINNERT, age 41, of Livonia pled guilty to Sexual Offender Failure to Register/Verify (E Felony) and the matter was adjourned to January 5, 2017.

ALEXANDER M. GRAVESANDY, age 30, of Mt. Morris pled guilty to Criminal Contempt in the First Degree (E Felony) and the matter was adjourned to November 17, 2016.

CASSANDRA N. GROSS, age 22, of Dansville was sentenced on a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree (D Felony) to 1 year in the Livingston County jail. She was also ordered to pay restitution and a $50 DNA fee.

DENNIS L. KNAPP, age 56, of Leroy was charged with Aggravated Driving with .18 of One Percent or More of Alcohol in His Blood (E Felony), Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony), No Seat Belt, and Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle. He was arraigned with his attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to October 20, 2016. Bail was set at $5,000.

THOMAS P. LICKLITER, age 36, of Lima was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony), Wide Turn, Failure to Keep Right, Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle, Refusal to Submit to a Field Screening Test, and Unlicensed Operator. He was arraigned with his attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to October 27, 2016. He was released on electronic home monitoring and his license was suspended pending prosecution.

TERRY S. MATHEWS, age 26, of Bloomfield, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree (E Felony), Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony), Suspended Registration, Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Ignition Interlock Device (Misdemeanor), and Failure to Keep Right. He appeared with his attorney and the matter was adjourned to October 20, 2016. AMY E. PITTMAN, age 44, of Mt. Morris was sentenced on a violation of probation to 1 year in the Livingston County jail.

SHANE M. SHAFFER, age 27, of Perry, charged with Driving While Intoxicated (D Felony) and Speeding, appeared with his attorney and the matter was adjourned to December 8, 2016.

LISA M. SIMONS, age 34, of Avon, charged with Grand Larceny Third Degree (D Felony), appeared with her attorney and the matter was adjourned to October 20, 2016.

MAKAYLA E. STICKLEY, age 19 of Leicester was sentenced on a conviction of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (E Felony) to 1 to 3 years in state prison. She was also ordered to pay a $325 surcharge, a $50 DNA fee, and restitution.

CRYSTAL D. SOPOROWSKI, age 37, of Addison, charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child (E Felony), Driving While Impaired by Drugs (Misdemeanor), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Misdemeanor), and Failure to Stay in Lane, appeared with her attorney and the matter was adjourned to October 26, 2016 for a hearing.

CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON, age 30, of Honeoye Falls was sentenced on a conviction of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (E Felony) to time served and 5 years probation. He was also ordered to pay a $325 surcharge, a $50 DNA fee, and restitution (to be determined.)

Grove looks for cheaper fire deal - Evening Tribune

Hornell Evening Tribune
 
        
GROVE — The Grove Town Board will begin looking for other options regarding fire coverage in the municipality after expressing discomfort with Canaseraga’s newest fire contract.
Grove is currently covered by two fire departments — the Nunda Fire Department and the Canaseraga Fire Department. Nunda firefighters handle all calls inside the 585 area code while Canaseraga handles the rest.
However, Canaseraga is raising its fire contract from $17,850 to $30,000 for the upcoming fiscal year which would cause a 2.5 percent increase in the town’s budget.
Town Supervisor Jonathan Gorton told those in attendance during Tuesday’s monthly meeting that he had spoken with Canaseraga Mayor Doug Ames about the significant jump in the town’s proposed payment as part of the contract.
“Doug told me that their expenses have gone up considerably — we know that,” Gorton said. “We know that they have to buy updated fire turnout gear and air packs. He says he wants to put money away for a new ambulance. He says it’s $30,000, that’s what the Village Board voted on and take it or leave it.”
Gorton then contacted the New York State Comptroller’s Office, the New York Association of Towns and Burns Town Supervisor Lauren Oliver, who himself called state representatives.
“They all said the same thing that they can ask whatever they want,” Gorton said. “It’s a negotiation thing. If we don’t want to pay it we have to find some other alternative.”
The supervisor reflected on his time in Genesee Falls where he served as a lifetime member of the town’s fire company, which was eventually disbanded after a state audit revealed improprieties in department resources and funds.
“There were some individuals that got ahold of the fire department and robbed it blind, stole money out of it,” Gorton said. “They’d take the portable pumps home and then when they’d have a fire, they’d rent them back to the fire company and charge them rent on the portable pumps. The fire chief and the assistant fire chief charged ungodly amounts of money to change the oil on the fire trucks. It was unbelievable.”
The Genesee Falls Fire Department had contracted its services out to Nunda before the audit. Once Nunda severed its ties with the company, the department folded.
Town Councilmen Kenny DeRitter and Curt Hofass as well as Highway Superintendent Jesse Griffith asked if the town could potentially enter negotiations with Nunda to cover the entire town.
“For me, as a taxpayer, that jump is too much,” DeRitter said. “That’s a 2.5 percent (increase) just for that. Without even looking at our budget right now, we’re always up between 3 and 5 percent.”
“I can’t believe it’s only a two percent raise because (former Grove Town Supervisor) Mike (Johnsen) used to tell us that always that $3,000 was a one-percent raise so if they’re raising it $12,000 that would be at least a four-percent raise right there,” Griffith added.
Gorton claimed that Canaseraga couldn’t tell him how many fire calls its department responded to in the village but ambulance crews responded to 41 calls in 2015.
Hofass implored Gorton to call Johnsen about the issue while DeRitter claimed that the village’s ambulance chief Jesse Flint could come up with a list of expenditures from last year but “would it do any good?”
“I think it would be ammunition,” Griffith replied. “It might not do any good but then we’ll just say ‘let’s talk to Nunda and let’s see what they offer us’ and say ‘see you later, Canaseraga.’”
DeRitter agreed that talking with Nunda would be something to consider but “we need to make sure that Nunda will do it … that’s the first step.”
“But what happens is Nunda gets a call over in Garwoods,” DeRitter said. “They say ‘we can’t make it in time’ or ‘we’re a little late, mutual aid.’ Now, they can’t deny mutual aid. Canaseraga has to come and cover us anyway if Nunda says it’s in your ballpark. That’s the way it is. The only thing is they won’t get paid for it.”
The Town Board also expressed concerns over fire expenses not being included in the village’s budget.
“We have these calls and respect the volunteers but where is the extra money going?” DeRitter said. “We’re paying $17,800 every year and they’re spending $12,000 of it where’s that other money going? Are we cleaning their sidewalks, plowing their roads?”
A resident at the meeting didn’t agree with the idea of “leaving ourselves at the mercy of everyone else” and the end game should be an individual fire department.
“I just saw a fire truck that was just out of commission go for $2,500 in the state auction,” the citizen said. “It’s ready to roll, it just came out of commission. Sure it’s not going to be the nicest one around but you’ve got to start somewhere and you’ve got to build up to something.”
Gorton reminded those in attendance that it “costs a pretty penny” to run a fire department and having volunteers willing to participate in smaller towns is an even more valuable resource.
“That’s the thing with Genesee Falls,” Gorton said. “Even though Nunda’s fire hall is six miles out of town, the calls were answered quicker because they’ve got manpower who work at Nunda Lumber, they’re in town. They can just run across the street, hop in the truck and come … That’s the problem here, is finding enough people especially during the day, to respond to the fire.”
Hofass noted that going with Nunda, should the opportunity be there, would be an expansion of services rather than cutting back.
“We aren’t canceling service for the town — in fact, Nunda handles half of our town right now,” Hofass said.
The supervisor said that the first step would be to discuss fire coverage with Nunda and see if the municipality would be willing to take part. Nunda currently charges $950 per fire call and $450 per ambulance call.
At the end of the discussion, it was decided that Grove would talk with Nunda regarding expanded fire coverage.