Thursday, February 11, 2016

Alfred University Board of Trustees names Mark Zupan as 14th president

A world-class scholar and academic leader who can build on the strengths of Alfred University (AU) will become the 14th president of one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Western New York. The Alfred University Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Mark Zupan as the 14th president of the University, effective July 1, 2016.
He will succeed Charles M. Edmondson, who has been president of Alfred University since 2000.  The search process began in May 2015, when Edmondson announced his intention to retire at the end of the next academic year.
“In our search for a new president for Alfred University, we wanted someone who demonstrated scholarly excellence, who has forged successful partnerships within the public and private sectors, and who has developed strong academic programs,” said Leslie J. Gelber, chair of the AU Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
“In Mark Zupan,” he said, “Alfred University is getting someone with a proven track record in scholarship, academic leadership, strategic planning, promoting curricular innovation, fund-raising, and forging partnerships within his community.”
“Alfred University has been very fortunate to have had a number of excellent presidents, most recently Charley Edmondson, who has done a remarkable job during his 16 years as president,” said Gelber. “Mark Zupan will carry on that tradition of excellence.”
            In accepting the Board’s appointment, Zupan relayed four key points:
·                     I am immensely honored to be selected to serve as AU’s 14th president. Founded in 1836, AU has a marvelous tradition of transforming lives—creating opportunity, through education, for tens of thousands of graduates, many of whom were the first in their families to go to college. The impact that these alums have had on New York State and the broader world is significant and their willingness to give back to the university that was the fulcrum for their success is inspiring.     
·                     Academic excellence coupled with faculty and staff who are devoted to providing broad opportunities for student learning and personal growth have been key ingredients behind AU’s winning formula. This demonstrated commitment is palpable across AU’s various distinguished units. For over a hundred years, for example, the ceramics program—which is housed jointly in the Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art and Design—has been a world leader, and boasts graduates who have founded companies such as Ceradyne and MacKenzie-Childs; contributed to organizations such as NASA, Sandia Labs, Corning, Intel, Apple, GM, Marvel Entertainment, and Kyocera; and had their art displayed at places such as the Smithsonian, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the White House. Graduates from AU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies have led organizations as diverse as MetLife, Allied Minerals, the Chilton Fund, and U.S. Trust Corporation and contributed in meaningful ways to scores of prominent non-profit institutions. 
·                     Alfred University has a notable, long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Among other things, for instance, Alfred was one of the first schools in the country to admit women on an equal basis as men and to open the same fields of study to them as their male counterparts. AU was also one of the first institutions to admit African-Americans and Native-Americans.
·                     I am deeply grateful to all who have given so much over the years in contributing to AU’s success—most recently President Charley Edmondson and his team. I look forward to working with Charley and the team to ensure a seamless transition, building on the positive momentum that has been established, and helping AU create an even greater beneficial impact on New York and the broader world through a winning formula of transforming lives, one student at a time.
Zupan served as the dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School from 2004-2014. He is now the director of the Bradley Policy Center, as well as the Olin Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Simon.
Prior to Simon, Zupan was dean and professor of economics at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management for seven years. Before that, he was on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, attaining tenure there while also serving as associate dean for master’s degree programs. He was a visiting professor in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the fall of 1995.
As a member of the USC faculty, Zupan won several awards, including the university-wide Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and a Golden Apple award for MBA teaching excellence. Over the years, he has served on the editorial boards of such academic journals as Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, and the Journal of Business Economics.
While earning his Ph.D. degree in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Zupan taught in the economics department at Harvard University, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1981, twice receiving the Allyn Young Teaching Prize from the economics department, and also earning the university-wide Joseph B. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize.
His fields of specialization include industrial organization, regulation, and political economy. He has published over twenty refereed articles in leading scholarly journals. His commentaries have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Arizona Republic,, Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Financial Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Zupan is the co-author of two books, “Microeconomic Theory and Applications,” published by John Wiley and Sons and “Microeconomic Cases and Applications,” published by HarperCollins. Later this year, the Cambridge University Press will publish his latest book titled “Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest.” 
Active professionally, Zupan has served on AACSB accreditation committees for a number of the nation’s top business schools, and has been a member of AACSB’s Board of Directors since 2010.
He is currently a member of the board of directors of HNP Capital, iVEDiX, and Brand Integrity. He previously served on the boards of Constellation Brands, PAETEC Holdings, the Communications Institute, the Farash Corporation, Stocker-Yale, and GMAC.
Zupan also has been involved in regional economic development initiatives. He chaired the Tucson-area United Way campaign while serving as dean of the Eller College. For the past nine years he has been a trustee of The Harley School in Rochester, where he has served as the board’s secretary, treasurer and chair, and co-chaired the search committee that recruited the new head of the school.
Zupan is the proud father of two sons, William and Walker. Will graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in history in 2014 and is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he is involved with an entrepreneurial startup and teaching English. Walker is a sophomore at Northwestern University, majoring in theatre, honing his skills in Arabic and French, singing in the a capella group Purple Haze, and looking to go on exchange in the fall to Senegal. Zupan’s partner is a physician and she is on the dermatology faculty at the University of Rochester’s Medical Center.

Wind Chill ALERT issued

... Wind chill watch in effect from late Friday night through Sunday morning... The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a wind chill watch... which is in effect from late Friday night through Sunday morning.
* Locations... Livingston, Ontario and Allegany counties.
* Timing... from late Friday night through late Sunday morning.
* Winds... northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
* Wind chill values... as low as 30 below.
* Impacts... wind chills will reach dangerous levels. Frigid temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes, frostbite and hypothermia.
* Forecaster confidence... high.

Richburg woman faces multiple felony counts

State police Wednesday night arrested Sharlie M. Whitcher of Richburg. Troopers said she was charged with felony grand larceny involving a credit card and felony identity theft to obtain goods. Police said the alleged crime occurred in the village of Richburg. Troopers said she was held on bail.

Friendship: Two men face felony drug charges after traffic stop in I-86

Two men are facing felony drug charges after they were stopped by state police on I-86 in Allegany County. Troopers said 24-year old Joshua Howard of Greenwood and 36-year old Michael Davis of Rexville were charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd with intent to sell. Howard was also charged with marijuana possession. Arraigned in court, Davis was sent to the Allegany County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. Howard was also jailed on cash bail.

Pistol permit applications skyrocket in Steuben County

The number of people applying for pistol permits in Steuben County has skyrocketed. Sheriff David Cole says the SAFE Act and mass shootings across the country have fueled the growth. Cole said this morning that his Department had averaged between 40-60 applications per month. That number, he said, has grown to 300 a month. The Sheriff said because the number of applications is seven times above average, it’s taking longer to process each application.

Richburg to hold benefit for fire victims

The Gaines family lost all of their belongings in a house fire November 6, 2015. The Department would like to assist them in rebuilding their home and thank them for their dedication to the community. Both Jess and Jeff are firefighters and EMT's and have been members of the Richburg Fire Department for more than 15 years. Please come and support this family! The benefit runs 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bath: Junior firefighters wanted

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is seeking teens, ages 14-17, for its Junior Volunteer Firefighter Program. The program is designed for teenagers to learn about the interesting world of a firefighter. Every Tuesday at the Bath Fire Station, senior firefighters, and juniors as well, gather for drills and meetings, and juniors have specific meetings the first and third Thursday each month.
Through this program, no junior will be put in harm’s way or do anything that may cause serious injury or death; our goal is to attract young people interested in firefighting.
Interested students may visit the Bath Fire Station at 50 East Morris Street any Tuesday evening after 6pm. You could also contact a junior firefighter throughout school who will be happy to give you more information.

Be aware that firefighting is a professional endeavor, and we want respectful, mature teenagers willing to help others and volunteer to learn the skills of a true firefighter. Keep in mind that, if you do become a junior volunteer, wherever you go, you will be representing the Bath Fire Department.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Blotter

2/9/16 8pm- Deputies report the arrest of Kyle R. Frost, 20 of Arcade. He was charged with driving while intoxicated after deputies said he drove off the roadway on California Hill Road at Bixby Hill Road in the town of Freedom. He was also charged with BAC above .08% and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was released pending court action at a later date.
2/7/16 11:52pm- During a traffic stop on Little Valley New Albion Road, deputies arrested Timothy M. Glowacki, 42, of Great Valley. He was charged with DWI, BAC above .08% and speeding. He will answer the charges in New Albion court at a later date.

Andover man unhurt in Potter County crash

No injuries were reported when a Mack truck lost control and crashed Tuesday afternoon on Ellisburg Road in Genesee Township. State police said the truck was driven by James A. Beiler, 36, of Andover. Troopers said the truck lost control on a curve due to slippery road conditions. The vehicle slid off the road and struck a culvert. Beiler was charged with  for failing to stay in roadways laned for traffic.

PA: Charges to be filed in Genesee hit and run crash

No injuries were reported in a hit-and-run accident Saturday afternoon (2/6/16) on Hickox Road in Genesee. Pennsylvania state police said a truck driven by Lucas D. Cook, 19, of Genesee, was traveling on North Bingham Road, when it went off the road at an intersection and struck a parked car. Troopers said Cook then left the scene. Trooper Dennis Twigg said the truck returned to the scene before he arrived. According to the trooper, Cook was allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance. DUI charges against Cook are pending blood results, and he and both passengers face summary charges. Troopers said passengers were listed as Kenett D. Shafer, 20, of Westfield, and an unidentified 17-year-old male from Westfield.

Bonnies Survive Overtime Test at Fordham Four Fourth Straight Win

Survival. At points of the season, that is what Atlantic 10 games feel like. St. Bonaventure survived an overtime test on Wednesday night at Rose Hill Gym, prevailing 76-72 over Fordham for its fourth straight win.
The Bonnies improved to 16-6 overall and took over sole possession of fourth place in the A-10 at 8-3.
Fordham led 66-62 with 3:09 left on a Ryan Rhoomes layup, but the Bonnies clawed back. Jaylen Adams tied the game with two free throws. Rhoomes missed two free throws with 1:53 left, then Dion Wright tied the game with 1:29 with two free throws. The Rams missed two shots on their final two possessions, the second a jumper by Antoine Anderson as time expired in regulation. 
In the extra session, Fordham took a 72-69 lead on two free throws with 2:04 remaining, but again the Bonnies answered. Drawing fouls, Denzel Gregg and Marcus Posley both made two free throws. Posley's pair gave St. Bonaventure the lead back at 73-72 with 1:22 to play.
The Bonnies forced another miss by Fordham, then Idris Taqqee made a jumper off a pass from Jaylen Adams with 18 seconds left to put the Bonnies up 75-72.  The Rams' Joseph Chartouny missed a three-pointer trying to tie the game, and Posley sealed the win with a free throw. 
Wright and Posley led the Bonnies with 21 points apiece, while Adams and Gregg both scored 11 points. Battling Rhoomes in the paint all night, Jordan Tyson played a career high 33 minutes, scored eight points and had four rebounds and three blocks.

Bonnies Reach 20 Wins With Dominating Victory Over Saint Louis, 80-59

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Returning to action a week after a disappointing setback at VCU, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team looked much more like the team that had won its first 13 games at home, dominating on the way to an 80-59 victory over Saint Louis Wednesday at the Reilly Center.
With the win, the Bonnies reach 20 victories for the fifth time in the past seven seasons by improving to 20-4 overall and 9-2 in Atlantic 10 play. The victory moves St. Bonaventure past the Billikens in the Atlantic 10 standings as Saint Louis falls to 18-6, 8-3.
St. Bonaventure shot a season-best 55.3 percent from the floor, shaking off last week's offensive woes.
"I'm very pleased with our offensive effort, we shot the ball really well and had a good pace early," head coach Jim Crowley said. "We got a lot of shots that we are good at and that helps us make the difficult shots as well."
Sophomore Miranda Drummond made her return to the lineup after missing two games due to injury and paced the Bonnies offense with 19 points including 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.
Drummond hit her first five shot attempts and finished 6-of-8 from the floor.
Nyla Rueter delivered 14 points while Katie Healy tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five assists.
The Bonnies did not score for the first 2:41 of the game, but that would be about the only time the offense went quiet Wednesday night.
St. Bonaventure soon erupted for a 15-2 run to seize a 15-4 advantage with just over two and a half minutes left in the opening period. The Bonnies drilled five shots from long range, racing out to a 23-8 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The second quarter saw the Bonnies remain hot from the floor, building a 20-point cushion at 38-18 following a jumper from Imani Outlaw at the 4:04 mark.
Eight of the Bonnies' 13 attempts from beyond the arc went down during the first half as SBU shot 58.6 in all (17-for-29) before halftime. The Bonnies matched their output for the entire VCU game in just the opening 20 minutes, taking a 47-22 lead to intermission.
"I thought especially in the first half we executed our game plan defensively exactly how we wanted to," Crowley said.
While St. Bonaventure was racing offensively, it kept pace on the defensive end as well – while the Bonnies sank eight first half three-pointers, the defense limited the Billikens to eight total baskets.
Saint Louis never got closer than 16 points, closing to 66-50 with 4:49 left in the game before a layup from Emily Michael.
Jackie Kemph enjoyed a tremendous offensive performance for the Billikens, registering a game-high 28 points on 9-of-19 shooting.
The Bonnies return to action Saturday at UMass. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Canaseraga Community Notes

The Canaseraga Lioness Club will be taking orders for Rada Cutlery February 1st thru April 30th. Rada Cutlery is made in America and has a lifetime warranty. Books and order forms will be available in Canaseraga at Mastins Food Market, The Essential Club Free Library, and Steuben Trust. For more information contact President Sue Rauber at 607-545-8632.

The Essential Club Free Library will be presenting Adult Craft Classes one Saturday a month beginning in February on the 20th, at 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The February class will be how to make nylon flowers. The classes are free and materials will be provided. Preregistration is required. Come to the library to sign up, or call the library for more information at 607-545-6443.

Swan: Former DJ, funeral director to make national radio appearance

Note: Swan operated a funeral home in Andover. He was also a morning radio host on WJQZ radio in Wellsville from the late 1980's to the early 1990's.
Funeral director Stanley Swan, author of Undertakings of an Undertaker, true stories of being laid to rest, will appear live on the national radio program Coast to Coast with George Noory on Saturday evening February 20th. Stan will be doing a lengthy interview with guest host Connie Willis. The show starts at 1:00 a.m. and will proceed overnight. There will be considerable discussion about the book, the funeral business in general and phone calls will be taken from listeners. The show is broadcast on 600 radio stations nationwide, and is heard in Canada, Australia ,Guam, and also on Sirius XM Radio.  Swan is a former director who practiced in Andover and Corning N.Y.  Before his three decades in funeral service, he spent over a dozen years on the air at radio stations in Newark, Canandaigua, Wellsville, Rochester, Binghamton and Buffalo. 

Obituary: Albert R. Green, 89, Cuba

Albert R. Green:  Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

Albert R. Green, 89, of 4237 Route 305 South, Cuba passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Olean General Hospital after a short illness. Born on January 3, 1927, in Cuba, he was a son of Henry L. and Clara M. “Retta” Rogers Green.  On July 20, 1952, in Black Creek he married his wife of 63 years the former Anna VanFleet who survives. Albert was a graduate of Cuba Central School Class of 1945. He began working for the Cuba Cheese and Trading Co., which later became Empire Cheese retiring in 1990.  He was known for making starter, doing special vats and especially enjoyed testing for frozen cultures when they were first developed. He also owned and operated his own farm raising purebred registered Angus.  Albert was a 74-year member of Cuba Grange 799, the Allegany County Grange, Cattaraugus County Grange, the New York State Grange where he was a Deputy, and the National Grange. He was also a life member of the American Angus Association. He leaves behind his wife and 7 Children; Gilbert (Claire) Green, Cuba, Gary (Diane) Green, Cuba, Clara McGinnis, Cuba, Roger (Nancy) Green, Portville, Gordon (Donna) Green, Cuba, Bradley (Sally) Green, Cuba, Sandra Green, Cuba; his grandchildren Chad (Kristy), Stephanie, Emily, Amanda (Daryl), Chris, Alicia, Matthew, Michael, Alex (Elida), Kaite, Nicholas, and Brandi; his step grandchildren Kerri, Jacqueline, Nicole; Great Grandchildren Gabrielle, Mickelle, Joshua, Odin, and Lennox; Step Great Grandchildren Alexis, Kerrie, Kaitlynn, Sarah, Brock, Liam, Megan, Rebecca, and John; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a great grandson Brandon Green, a son-in-law Dale P. McGinnis, a brother Harold M. Green and a sister Hazel E. Spanneut. Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, February, February 13, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held.  The Rev. Chris Hufnagel will officiate. Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson.  In lieu of flowers Memorial’s may be made to Cuba Grange 799, c/o Sandra Green, 4237 Route 305, Cuba, NY 14727 or to the Dale P. McGinnis Scholarship, c/o Clara McGinnis, 20 Maple Street, Cuba, NY 14727.

Work Continues On Potter County Historic Registry

Potter County Historical Society and local professional photographer Curt Weinhold continue work on a project to spotlight many of the historic sites in the county. It will consist of a guidebook and signs at each site to explain its significance. Communities will be asked to identify historic buildings, cemeteries and other landmarks.
Historical Society president David Castano said the registry and an accompanying map would be distributed at lodging establishments, government offices and businesses. Approximately 50 sites throughout the county have been tabbed for inclusion so far. Details will be posted on the Potter County Historical Society and Potter County Visitors Association websites. The organizers hope to begin posting signs on historic sites later this year.

Radiation level increase at Indian Point Nuclear Facility


“Today, Entergy reported that the level of radioactive tritium-contaminated water that leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear facility last week has increased by 80 percent since the initial report. Last week the company reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent.

“The trends of unexpected outages and environmental incidents like these are extremely disconcerting. On February 6, I directed the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health to investigate the cause of the radioactive leak. Operational problems at Indian Point have been under investigation by the Department of Public Service since my directive in December 2015.

“Today, I have further directed that the three agencies integrate their investigations to thoroughly explore whether the operational problems that are suspected to have caused the uptick in unexpected outages of the plant may also be causing the leak of radioactive water into the environment. Representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Public Service will be onsite as part of these investigations.”

The Governor’s letter directing CEO Zibelman, Acting Commissioner Seggos and Commissioner Zucker to coordinate their investigations can be viewed
here. The text of that letter is also available below:

Dear CEO Zibelman and Commissioners Zucker and Seggos:

Once again, we have received a troubling report from the Entergy Indian Point Energy Center (Indian Point) of increased levels of radioactivity in groundwater at the site. The levels of radioactivity reported last week are significantly higher than in past incidents, with one of the monitoring wells having increased nearly 65,000 percent from 12,300 picocuries per liter to over 8,000,000 picocuries per liter. Today, that same well is registering a radioactivity level of 14,800,000 picocuries per liter, an 80 percent increase since February 5.

Our first concern will always remain the health and safety of the residents close to the facility and ensuring the groundwater leak does not pose a threat. Information provided through the Department of Public Service’s ongoing investigation into operational problems at the plant may prove useful in the investigation of the radioactive leak into the environment; similarly, findings from the environmental problems at the plant may prove useful to the DPS investigation. Therefore, I direct the investigative teams to immediately share all information obtained to date, and integrate the State’s ongoing investigations.

I understand your agencies are working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to investigate this serious matter and are scheduled to conduct an on-site investigation tomorrow, February 11th, 2015 to determine the cause and potential impacts to the environment and public health.

Please report back at your earliest convenience the findings of your investigation.


Andrew M. Cuomo

Indictment: Hornell man now faces charge of aggravated 1st degree murder

Note: The press release incorrectly said the death occurred on November 25, 2016. It should have said 2015.

SP Amity – Man arrested for writing and using stolen checks over $26,000

On February 9, 2016, state police arrested Kenneth C. Coppage II, age 29, of Hornell, NY for Grand Larceny 3rd and 55 counts of Forgery 2nd. 
Coppage allegedly used stolen checks to withdraw in excess of $26,000 from the checking account of a Town of Independence resident.  
Coppage was arraigned in the Town of Belfast Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of bail ($25,000 cash/$50,000 bond). COPPAGE is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Independence Court later in February.

Obituary: Vickie Lee Johnston, 68, Shinglehouse

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Vickie Lee Johnston, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, surrounded by her loving family after a year-long battle with breast cancer.
She was born on June 18, 1947 in Shinglehouse, the daughter of Victor V. and Emma B. Peterson Clark. On October 31, 1964 in Duke Center, she married Gary G Johnston, who survives.
Vickie attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Ceres, PA and graduated from Oswayo Valley High School in the class of 1964.
 She was employed by Alcas Cutlery Corp of Olean, NY for 37 years, retiring in December 2013. Vickie enjoyed gardening and taking care of her home but her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband, best friend and love, Gary G. Johnston, and her beloved children Renee Sterling of Olean, NY and Dane (Georgine) Johnston of Pittsburgh.  She was the grandmother to six perfect grandchildren, Cody Snyder and Dylan Snyder both of Olean, Second Lieutenants Martina Johnston and Margaret Johnston, both serving in Amberg, Germany, and Miranda Johnston and Merrick Johnston both of Pittsburgh.  She is also survived by three devoted siblings, a brother Bernard “Red” (Nancy) Haynes of Shinglehouse and two sisters, Bernadine (Michael) Cole of Valparaiso, IN and Cheryl “Sherrie” Johnston of Shinglehouse; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge Vickie’s special love for Justin Tarr, who she accepted as a part of her family.
Vickie was predeceased by her parents.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the Virgil L Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union St, Shinglehouse, PA with funeral services following at 12:30 in the funeral home. The Reverend Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.
The family would like to thank all the friends and family for their support over the past year, and special recognition to Vickie’s close friends Kim Clayton, Linda Miller and Lynn Anzivine for their love and compassion.
 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Pink Pumpkin Project at or 2319 Valley View Dr, Allegany, NY 14706.  Email: or telephone: 716-378-3727.

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Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Blotter

2/6/16 1:50 p.m.- Deputies arrested Brandon Forness, 24, of Coleman Street in Olean. He was charged with violating probation. He was held pending court action.
2/8/16 1:45 p.m.- Deputies arrested Kelly A. Waite, 44, of Salamanca. Waite was taken into custody of a Family Court warrant. Waite was held on $1,500 bail with a court date of April 6.

Investigator: Shinglehouse house fire started near heater

State Police Investigators say a fire Monday morning that destroyed a home at 208 Low Street in Shinglehouse started near a "vent less gas heater in the living area." However, Trooper John Whitcomb said the exact cause remains "undetermined" pending further review. The home is owned by Jack R. Himmelberger of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Firefighters from Pennsylvania and New York responded to the 4:50 a.m. blaze. The structure, and its contents, were declared a "total loss." No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Obituary: Fay L. Haskell, 90, Friendship

Fay L. Haskell, 90, of 2 Maple Ave. passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Olean General Hospital following a brief illness. Born June 13, 1925 in Whitesville, he was the son of Asa Ray and Mabel Smith Haskell. On December 13, 1947 at the First Baptist Church of Friendship, he married the former Barbara Hand, who predeceased him on March 7, 2009.
Fay had grown up in Whitesville and attended Whitesville Central School. He had worked on the family farm in Whitesville after his schooling. He served with the army during WW2 (1944 - 1946) where he fought in combat in the Pacific Theater. After his stint in the army, Fay moved to Friendship and was employed at Daystrom Furniture in Friendship for 3-4 years. He then became a machinist at Clark Bros. in Olean for a few years after which he went to work at the Friendship GLF. In 1955 he was employed by the New York State Highway Dept, eventually becoming foreman of bridge repair retiring in 1980. Following retirement, Fay was a janitor at the Friendship Central School for a period of time, then drove for several banks in the area. In 1988 he and his wife moved to Salem, Arkansas, moving back to Friendship in 2011.Fay had received his GED through the VFW in Salem, Arkansas High School.Fay enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpenter work. He loved his family and time spent with them.He was a 22 year member and deacon of the Salem, Arkansas Cumberland Presbyterian Church, past member of the former Friendship First Baptist Church, attended the Friendship Bible Baptist Church, past member of the Friendship Ambulance Squad, a past member of the Friendship Fire Dept., past member of the Friendship Senior Citizens, a 30 year member of the Friendship American Legion Post # 1168 and a past member of the Friendship Swingers Square Dance Club.Surviving are a son, Steven F. (Christie) Haskell of Bradford, PA; a daughter, Martha (Samuel) Mott of Viola, Arkansas; a granddaughter and a great granddaughter; a brother, Thomas (Jo) Haskell of Rome, NY; two sisters, Gertrude Arron of GA, and Elouise Miller of FL; and several nieces and nephews. Fay was predeceased by a daughter, Norma Haskell; and a sister Sally Sullivan.
There will be no visitations. A memorial service will be held in the United Church of Friendship on February 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., with the Rev. Kirk Kirsch,, Pastor officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship.

St. James Mercy Hospital Sets Sights on Successful 2016

Op-Ed: What’s in Store for 2016
Making predictions in the New Year—especially in a public manner—often puts one in a precarious position. Will we accomplish what we say we want to accomplish? Or will we fall flat of expectations?
Last year, I wrote a column for The Evening-Tribune that outlined what St. James Mercy Hospital expected for 2015. I recently reviewed the column, and I am proud to say we accomplished many of the goals we set out for ourselves. Oak Orchard Health began providing pediatric care this past fall and plans to continue to expand more services in 2016. Loyola Recovery Foundation, Inc., began offering addiction services, and we continued to move forward with agreements to transition long-term care to Post Acute Partners and dialysis services to Fresenius. We transformed how we deliver clinical care, aligning our operations with the current needs of Hornell and the surrounding communities. St. James Mercy Hospital continues to provide a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, laboratory, and specialty services such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical and speech therapy, and orthopedics. We believe we are meeting the spirit of the New York State initiative to transform healthcare throughout the state. We have submitted applications for funding that will help us build a new facility from which our collaborative group of partners can deliver care in a modern setting. Looking ahead to 2016, I am not planning to make any significant, groundbreaking pronouncements as I did in 2015. We weathered through a significant storm in our more than 125-year history, and we are still caring for the citizens of Hornell and surrounding communities. While we need to continue to work with the state and our partner UR Medicine to finalize our next steps for additional funding, a new facility and a potential formal affiliation, our collective primary focus is where it should be: delivering quality care to you. You’ve noticed. We began to see more people using our healthcare services this past summer, and we’re pleased to see we have restored your confidence in our ability to help you heal. We’ve added more providers, restored 24/7 surgery, and are continuing to attract new physicians and nurses to our great region. We’re thankful for the efforts of the UR Medicine team and all of our regional partners in these endeavors and will continue to find new ways we can be your healthcare provider of choice. Jennifer L. Sullivan
President and CEO
St. James Mercy Hospital

Obituary: Marjorie R. Cornell, 92, Andover

ANDOVER – Marjorie R. Cornell, 92, passed away Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Cornell was born on Oct. 1, 1923 in Andover to Leo Briggs and Mable Grace (Burdick) Davis. She was a 1942 graduate of Andover Central School. On Nov. 14, 1943, in Hornell, she married Robert Glenn Cornell, who predeceased her on Dec. 5, 1991.
Marjorie worked at Alfred University as a cook and in maintenance for 12 years before retiring in 1976.
Marjorie is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Stettenbenz of Fairfield, Ohio and Marilyn (Clair) Updyke of Andover; two sons, Robert W. (Linda) Cornell of Andover and Billy D. Cornell of Wellsville; two brothers, Richard Davis of Andover and Charles Davis of Akron, Ohio; and one sister, Agnes (Clarence) Williams of Elbridge.
She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Karen (David) Brannon, Amy (Charles) Debbane, Fred (Denise) Nye, Francis “Tony” (Tammi) Updyke, Scott (Jennifer) Updyke, Alicia (Kevin Dye) Cornell, Candice (Rick Updyke) Cornell, Jessica (Paul) Wieszczyk and Maggie Cornell; 19 great grandchildren, Kellie Brannon, Kristin Brannon, Kayla Debbane, Anne Debbane, Katherine Debbane, Elizabeth Debbane, Jessica Nye, Jacob Nye, Kelsea Updyke, Clair J. Updyke, Michael Updyke, Preston Updyke, Colton Updyke, Tyton Updyke, Ashleigh Miller, Austin Dye, Bliar Dye, Blake Updyke and Evan Updyke; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Maxine Clark; a brother, Louis Davis; a son-in-law, Paul Stettenbenz; a daughter-in-law, Roberta Cornell; and two great grandchildren, Matthew Brannon and Grace Debbane.
Marjorie loved her family and enjoyed being with them. Some of the fondest memories were the times sitting around the table playing cards and other games. As gifts, she knitted and crocheted an endless assortment of socks, blankets, sweaters and hats for her children and grandchildren. She spent quality time with her family on camping trips and going to the lake for boat rides. In her younger days, she liked to snowmobile and ride motorcycles.      She loved to cook and was famous for her homemade cinnamon rolls. And yes, she loved her country music.
Marjorie was a long time member of the Andover United Methodist Church and the Andover Red Hat Society. She was bestowed the honor of being the Andover Fourth of July Senior Citizen Queen for the annual parade down Main Street. Additionally, she was a member of the Andover Firemen Ladies Auxiliary.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon-1 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Chris Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Marjorie’s name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806.

Winners Emerge at Scholastic Challenge

Scholastic Challenge was held on Saturday, February 6, at Portville Central School.  The annual event -- sponsored by Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES – featured more than 41 teams of students from Grades 6-12, who competed in junior and senior divisions.  The top two teams in each division were:

Junior Division

First Place - Cuba-Rushford Red

Pictured are: Julius Korytkowski, Jordan Alles, Landon Wight, Connor Whitney, Hailey Kumpf, and Coach John Butler.

Second Place - Fillmore Green

Shown are: Andrew Hotchkiss, Kieran Kelley, Aaron Buck, Greg Montesano, Janae Sylor, with coaches Bill Kelley and Mary Kay Kelley

Senior Division

First Place - Ellicottville Maroon

Pictured are: Victor Reiman, Robert Spell, Will Timkey, Shelby Toth, and Coach Ann Chamberlain.

Second Place - Wellsville Scholastic Cats

Shown are: Jason Greene, Josh Cook, Alyssa Greene, Austin Winans, Bryce Davis, and Coach Diane Willard.
Scholastic Challenge is a fast-paced contest which tests knowledge of academic trivia.  Teams of four students measured their ability to recall details from a wide variety of topics in a double-elimination contest.  Thousands of questions were read aloud to ambitious contestants throughout the day.

Pennsylvania Facing Fiscal Crisis: Governor Wolf asks Lawmakers to Choose Responsible Path

Harrisburg, PA – In front of a joint session of the General Assembly, Governor Tom Wolf today laid out the crisis facing Pennsylvania and the critical decision lawmakers in the House and Senate must make this year: fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest in schools or continue down a path of greater devastation and face further, billion dollar cuts to both our schools and essential social services.
“There are two paths we can take: we can fix our deficit and invest in education to move Pennsylvania forward or we can continue to embrace the failed status quo and cut $1 billion from education funding, cut hundreds of millions of dollars to essential social services and continue to stifle the commonwealth’s economic growth,” said Governor Wolf. “If we do not act to end the era of deficit denial, one time fixes and budget gimmicks, the consequences will be billions of dollars in property tax hikes for Pennsylvanians and cuts to our schools and critical services for women, children, and seniors.
“Our education system, already threadbare after years of cuts and underfunding at the state level, will take a ruinous hit. More than 23,000 teachers, guidance and career counselors, special education aides and nurses will be laid off and yanked out of our schools. Tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children will lose access to early education that we know is key to  future success.”
Governor Wolf called on lawmakers to return to the Capitol and send him the compromise budget that Republican leaders agreed to, then walked away from at the end of last year. That budget put responsibly addressed the structural budget deficit and began to restore previous cuts to our ailing school system and essential social services.
To avoid further cuts to those same programs and more, the governor also outlined his plan for 2016-2017, which would put our commonwealth on more secure footing than it has been in years and make targeted investments in education, job creation and programs to combat addiction and reform our criminal justice system. More HERE.

Department of Defense to Expand Use of Telemedicine

Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (District includes Potter, McKean) today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has changed its policy on telemedicine, expanding access so that service men and women can receive care in their own homes, rather than exclusively at a military treatment facility.  The announcement represents further implementation of the Servicemembers Telemedicine and E-Health Portability, or STEP, Act, which was authored by Thompson and signed into law in 2011.
According to the memo from Assistant Secretary of Defense Jonathan Woodson, M.D., the use of telemedicine will ‘greatly expand options accessing care and advice’ for servicemembers.
“Under the current system, members of our military are forced to travel long distances for medical treatment and health care,” Thompson said.  “The announcement from the Department of Defense will make good on the intent of the law and ensure that our service members can receive the care they require in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.  This expansion will be a great encouragement for those seeking behavioral and mental health services.”
The STEP Act has earned support from a number of groups in the military community, including:
  • The Air Force Association
  • The American Legion
  • The Association of the United States Navy
  • The Enlisted Association of the National Guard
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Mental Health America
  • Military Offices Association of America
  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • Reserve Enlisted Association
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
“This will greatly enhance the health care of our service members, families and retirees,” said Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Executive Director Jeffrey Phillips.  “Guard and Reserve families rarely live close to military medical facilities.  Telemedicine makes care more accessible and the ROA is proud to have helped Rep. Thompson and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) in this important reform.”

New two-year graphic and media design program available at Alfred State

Prospective students may now enroll for the fall 2016 semester in Alfred State’s new Associate in Science (AS) graphic and media design program.
This major will provide graduates with foundational knowledge in graphic design for screen-based and print media. It will focus on developing the contemporary problem-solving skills needed to apply the elements and principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “The new two-year graphic and media design program is laddered with our college’s newly established Bachelor of Science (BS) in graphic and media design because the course structure of the AS parallels the first two years of the BS curriculum. We are pleased to expand our academic offerings to now include this program, and I thank all of the faculty who worked to make this major possible.”
Since foundational courses in the AS in graphic and media design also serve as course work required in Alfred State’s AAS and BS programs in digital media and animation, AS graphic and media design graduates will have the option of selecting either career path for the third and fourth year of baccalaureate study, with minimal academic impact.
According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the arts and design occupations is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in more than 17,000 new jobs. Nearly half of this growth is expected to occur among graphic designers.
Graduates of the graphic and media design (AS) program will be able to enter into a variety of skill-specific job fields. These include graphic design, motion graphics, interactive design, Web design, illustration, and/or other areas of creative problem-solving.
Deb Goodrich, associate vice president for Enrollment Management, said, “Given that graphic and media design is a growing field, Alfred State is excited for the possibilities this new program gives to graduates, whether they choose to enter the workforce or continue their education at the baccalaureate level in either graphic and media design or digital media and animation.”

Independence Party endorses Rep. Tom Reed

Press Release:
The New York State Independence Party today announced that it has endorsed Tom Reed for re-election in the 23rd Congressional District.  
"We have watched Tom work in a bipartisan way and do what is best for New Yorkers," said Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay. "You look at things like his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, which he got signed into law, and you see someone who is more interested in getting results than in playing politics."   
Chairman MacKay also cited the nearly 200 town hall meetings Reed has held since being elected.  "He is accessible to New Yorkers," Chairman MacKay said. 
Tompkins County Independence Party Chairman Tom Hatfield mentioned Reed's fight against Common Core as a factor in earning the endorsement. "Tom Reed has introduced legislation, the EMPOWER Act, that holds local taxpayers harmless for opting out of the testing required by Common Core," Connolly said. "We appreciate that he stands up for local control. We encourage voters to re-elect him and keep him working for New York."  Hatfield is also a member of the state Independence Party Executive Committee.  
"I am humbled and honored to receive the Independence Party endorsement," Reed said. "We will continue fighting for jobs and less government for all New Yorkers and I appreciate the recognition that we put people before politics."  
Reed becomes the third candidate for Congress endorsed by The Independence Party which also recently endorsed Republican Elise Stefanik in the 21st District and Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in the 18th District.

Obituary: Shirley A. Houghtaling, 78, Ulysses native

Shirley A. Houghtaling, 78, of Potter Brook Road, Sabinsville, PA, died Monday, February 8, 2016 surrounded by her family in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
Born July 15, 1937, in Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of LeRoy and Mildred Quackenbush Cratsley.
On June 22, 1956, in Galeton, PA, she married Durell R. Houghtaling, who predeceased her on July 17, 2015.
Surviving are: eleven children, Sandra (Robert) Worthington of Ulysses, Wanda (Daniel) Ulrich of Westfield, Cameron (Nancy) Houghtaling of Portland, TN, Durell (Donna) Houghtaling, Jr. of Harrison Valley, Marietta Morrow of Harrison Valley, Timothy (Jessica) Houghtaling of Horseheads, NY, Marlin (Cathy) Houghtaling of Mills, Sharon (Vaughan) Taft of Woodhull, NY, Monte (Julie) Houghtaling of Harrison Valley, Carmen (Deborah) Houghtaling of Sabinsville, and Rusty (Brenda) Houghtaling of Westfield; 24 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred (Sonja) Cratsley of Wayne, NY; three sisters, Mary Lou (Basil) McCutcheon of Harrison Valley, PA, Jane (William) Putman of Westfield, and Sharon (Jeff) Dencenburg of Wayne, NY; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her step-father, Homer Smith; a sister, Lucy E. Force; and a brother, Chet Cratsley.
Friends may call Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to God's New Beginnings Church, 104 East Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Jones Memorial recognizes 99th birthday of Wellsville man

On February 9, Vern Larsen turns 99! So on Monday, his fellow members of the Cardiac Rehab class and Cardiac Rehab Nurse Colleen Truax celebrated with balloons, heart-healthy snacks, and warm wishes! For the past 14 years, Vern has been coming to JMH three times a week for the nurse-supervised exercise program that is the third phase of cardiac rehab.
Find out more about cardiac rehab at Jones Memorial on our website:!

Wyoming County woman charged with murder

Press release from Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen:
On Monday, February 8, 2016, Kira Kastenhuber, 38, of Hope Street in Perry, was charged with Murder in the Second Degree for the alleged intentional death of Desirae Withey, 33, of Borden Avenue, Perry.
This charge stems from an alleged incident that occurred on or about February 6, 2016 at 84 Borden Avenue in the Village of Perry.  It is alleged that Kira Kastenhuber entered the victim’s residence as part of a preconceived plan to disable and then intentionally kill the victim.  On Saturday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. a 911 call was made by a neighbor after one of the victim’s children had sought out the neighbor’s assistance.  At that point members of the Perry Police Department arrived at the Borden Avenue residence.  Upon arriving and surveying the scene, calls were made to the New York State Police, Wyoming County Child Protective Services, and the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office for assistance. 
On Sunday, February 7, 2016, during the late morning hours law enforcement responded to a 911 call for a potential overdose of Ms. Kastenhuber.  She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and released on Monday, February 8, 2016 at approximately 5:00 p.m.   At that time she was taken into custody, processed and then arraigned in the Warsaw* Village Court by the Village Justice Michael Hyjek.  She was committed to jail without bail and a felony hearing was scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Village Court which is located at the Warsaw Town Hall on Center Street in the village of Warsaw. 
Also, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 the Monroe County Medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy and issued a preliminary report. That report states that the manner of death is a homicide with the cause of death by asphyxiation and multiple injuries to the victim. 
“This investigation is continuing and we are asking for any information that the public may have to assist the investigating agencies with this case.  If anyone has any information please contact the state police at 585-786-5152 no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.  Beyond this press release there will no further comment, interviews or release of any other information regarding this case either from my office or the members of law enforcement.  At this time we ask that the family of Ms. Withey be given time to grieve the loss of their family member.  Our condolences go out to her parents, children, friends and family,” said Donald O’Geen, Wyoming County District Attorney.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

*NOTE: This matter has been filed with the Warsaw Village court because felonies can be filed in any justice court within the county where the crime has occurred.    

Cuba man unhurt in Coudersport crash

Car strikes barn near Shinglehouse - no injury

Pennsylvania State Police say they investigated a one car crash on Blauvelt Road in Sharon Township. The incident happened at 5:15 p.m. on February 5. Troopers said Shannon Reynolds, 26, of Shinglehouse was driving the car when she lost control on a snow-covered road. The car left the roadway and struck a barn. Troopers said Reynolds then left the scene. State police charged her with "driving vehicle at safe speed" and "accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property." No injury was reported.

Genesee, PA couple slightly injured in crash

A man and woman from Genesee, PA were slightly injured when their car crashed Saturday evening, February 6. The incident occurred on Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. State police Joshua Fisher, 24, was driving when he was stricken with an unknown medical emergency. A passenger, Jessica Baker, 21, grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to control the car. The vehicle eventually struck an embankment and flipped onto its roof. Troopers said both occupants were wearing seatbelts and air bags deployed. Fished and Baker were both transported to Cole Memorial in Coudersport for treatment. Troopers charged Fisher with moving a vehicle unsafely. Tri-Town Fire and Medic 6 responded.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

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

 Robert D. Newland, 33, Wayland, NY, was arrested January 28, charged with Criminal Contempt 1st Degree, Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree and Menacing 2nd Degree.  Following arraignment in Dansville Town Court, Newland was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail/$20,000 property bond.  Newland will return to Dansville Town Court to address charges on a later date.

Joan E. Menz, 56, Livonia, NY, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a Felony, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated as a Felony and Parking on a Sidewalk on January 27. Menz will answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Flank C. Toledo, 30, Miami, FL, and Juan P. C. Aguila, 25, Hialeah, FL, were arrested January 29, charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree and one count each of Identity Theft 1st Degree and Petit Larceny.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Toledo and Aguila were remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $15,000 cash bail/$30,000 property bond.  Toledo and Aguila will return to Livonia Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Daniel J. Mastasio, 26, and Christopher A. Ciufo, 25, both residents of Livonia, NY, were cited for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on January 27, and were released on appearance tickets to report to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Kentucky M. Slack, 42, Livonia, NY, was charged January 26, with Issuing A Bad Check and was released on an appearance ticket to report to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Mark L. Baker, 21, Hailey M. Browne, 19, Benjamin W. Christiano, 20, Tyler J. McGowan, 19, Benjamin P. Kitzel, 20, and Jack H. House, 20, all residents of Avon, NY, Breanna C. Weden, 18, Rush, NY, Erin L. Fink, 22, Henrietta, NY, and Sarah R. Brown, 18, Livonia, NY, were arrested January 23, charged with Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree.  All nine will report to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Leon S. Rogers, 29, Avon, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on January 24, and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Jessup A. Wilcox, 28, Port, NY, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, No/Inadequate Muffler and Broken Glass on Vehicle.  Wilcox will report to Avon Town Court to satisfy charges on a later date.

Mary A. Beardslee, 32, Gainesville, NY, was charged January 26, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree and No Signal.  Beardslee will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Brian C. Sayles, 35, Rochester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Unregistered Motor Vehicle on January 25.  Sayles will answer charges in Avon town Court on a later date.

Joshua Kohrs, 23, Geneseo, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree on January 24, and will satisfy charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Markeisha M. Jackson, 38, Rochester, NY, was charged January 29, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Tail Lights.  Jackson will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Jeffery D. Whitmore, 26, Alexander, NY, was charged with Trespass on January 28.  Whitmore will report to Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Shaun W. Kindrew, 54, Caledonia, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Failure To Change Address on January 16. Kindrew will appear in response to charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

Chad M. Higgins, 21, Leicester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Uninspected Motor Vehicle and No/Inadequate Exhaust on January 14.  Higgins will address charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Todd M. Bogert, 39, Perry, NY, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree on January 18.  Bogert will answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Michael J, Trenton, 20, Dansville, NY, was charged January 17, with Unlawful Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by a Person Under 21 Years of Age and was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Conesus Town Court on a later date.

Trevor W. Waldren, 27, Hornell, NY, was arrested February 1, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.  Following arraignment in Lima Town Court, Waldren was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail.  Waldren will return to Lima Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

John R. Mason, 43, Perry, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Obstructed License Plate on January 18.  Mason will satisfy charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Shamar Williams, 48, Geneseo, NY, was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd Degree on February 3.  Williams will answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Julie Ann Knupp, 34, Avon, NY, was arrested January 16, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  Knupp will appear in answer to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Gregory A. Godfrey, 41, Conesus, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on February 1, and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Conesus Town Court on a later date.

Jacqueline M. Musso, 36, West Henrietta, NY, was charged January 16, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator.  Musso was issued an appearance ticket to report to Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Susanne M. Hensel, 42, Honeoye Falls, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 4th degree and Reckless Endangerment of Property on January 24.  Hensel will address charges in Lima Town Court on a later date.

Justin L. Hand, 29, Hornell, NY was charged January 30, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Speeding.  Following arraignment, Hand was remanded to the Livingston County jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail/$2,000 property bond.  Hand will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Kathleen A. Coyle, 69, Lima, NY, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on January 24, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in answer to charges in Lima Town Court on a later date.

Theresa A. DeMauro, 50, Livonia, NY, was arrested February 1, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Uninspected Motor Vehicle.  DeMauro will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

James R. Stuart, 46, Geneseo, NY, was charged February 1, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed operator and Uninspected Motor Vehicle.  Stuart will address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Lawmakers consider creating homicide charges for heroin dealers

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, is co-sponsoring a series of legislative measures aimed at combating the heroin epidemic spreading throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.
The legislative package seeks to build on existing state-level laws, programs and services enacted over the past few years in Albany to strengthen awareness, education, prevention and treatment efforts.
But it also takes aim at heroin traffickers and dealers.
It includes legislation (S4163) to allow law enforcement to charge a drug dealer with homicide, a class A-1 felony carrying a penalty of 15-25 years in prison, if a person dies of an overdose of heroin or other opiate-controlled substance sold by that dealer. The measure targets mid- to high- level drug suppliers who profit from heroin sales.
"Awareness and education, prevention and treatment are fundamental responses. But so are tough laws and law enforcement, especially when it comes to heroin traffickers and dealers. I agree that we can’t arrest our way out of this crisis, but we shouldn’t hesitate to throw the book at the pushers and suppliers of this deadly drug," said O’Mara.
Other pieces of legislation O’Mara is co-sponsoring, many of which have bipartisan support in the Legislature, include measures to:
- target the "heroin pipelines" existing throughout New York State (S608), including regionally where local law enforcement agencies note that much of the heroin trafficking invading area communities originates out of the city of Rochester. This legislation would establish a new felony crime of unlawfully transporting of opiate-controlled substances within the state, regardless of weight, and give law enforcement an additional tool to prosecute dealers, especially those who travel from county to county to increase their profits. The lure of higher profits incentivizes many dealers, especially from big cities like Rochester and New York City for example, to travel far distances to sell heroin at higher prices in rural and suburban areas;

- expand the crime of operating as a major trafficker (S4177) to more accurately reflect the nature of the criminal enterprises and increase successful prosecutions. The bill recognizes the low street prices of heroin by lowering the minimum required proceeds from the sale of controlled substances during a 12-month period from $75,000 to $25,000;

- facilitate the conviction of drug dealers (S100) by allowing someone to be charged with a felony crime of intent to sell if they possess 50 or more packages of a Schedule I opium derivative, or possess $300 or more worth of such drugs. Under current law, dealers can carry large quantities of the drug before triggering a felony charge of possession;

- preventing the sale of synthetic opioids (S1640) by expanding the list of controlled substances in schedules I, II, III, IV, and V to include any controlled substance which is intended for human consumption and is structurally or pharmacologically substantially similar to, or is represented as being similar to heroin, opium, or other opioid-based narcotic. This would help combat the quickly-moving world of designer drugs; and

- establish assisted outpatient treatment for substance use disorders (S631). Courts would be enabled to order assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for an individual with a substance use disorder who, due to his or her addiction, poses a threat to him or herself or others.