Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Olean: Bank alarm sounds-two men arrested-but not for bank robbery

Hagan, Tyler
Olean Patrol Officers and Investigators responded to a call on North 24th street this afternoon a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. of two suspicious males at the rear of a residence. According to Police Captain Robert Blovsky, the two men ran into the wooded area near 24th street when police arrived and a foot chase ensued. Police from the Village of Allegany and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department responded and assisted in looking for the two males. Minutes after police started looking for the suspects a call of a hold up alarm went out from the Olean Area Credit Union and a state trooper responded to assist with that call. The bank alarm was determined to be a false alarm. At 1:27 p.m. officers located one suspect, 30-year-old Paul “PJ” Tyler, on North 21st St. and took him into custody without incident. At 2:07 p.m.,  patrol officers located and arrested 30-year-old Eric Hagen in the wooded area between the end of N. 20th St. and Constitution Avenue without incident. Investigators later determined that the two males had allegedly attempted to break into a residence on N. 24th s St. and fled when the alarm sounded.  Washington West elementary was placed on lock down just as a precaution and Hamlin bank locked down also. Tyler and Hagen were both charged with Attempted Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Pettit larceny, Resisting arrest, and Tyler were also charged with Possession of Burglary tools and are in City lockup awaiting arraignment. Paul “PJ” Tyler gave and address of 203 S. 9th St. Olean and Hagan gave and address of 108 N. 2nd St. Olean.

Scarnati: PA Senate Approves Legislation Prohibiting Sanctuary Cities

HARRISBURG - The (PA) State Senate today approved bi-partisan legislation that would prevent municipalities from obstructing federal efforts to deport illegal immigrants charged with committing crimes, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who strongly supported the measure. 
Scarnati explained that House Bill 1885 was passed by the Senate by a vote of 34 to 14 and would help keep our communities safer by prohibiting municipalities in Pennsylvania from designating themselves as “Sanctuary Cities.” 
“Sanctuary Cities” are municipalities where officials knowingly give refuge to illegal immigrants charged with committing crimes and do not report the individuals to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) for deportation.  In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia has declared itself a Sanctuary City and the mayor has imposed a policy of not cooperating with federal authorities on immigration matters.
 House Bill 1885 prohibits governing bodies such as counties or municipalities from adopting rules or ordinances that contradict federal immigration policy. The legislation would require cities and counties to honor detainer requests from ICE for persons of interest who are arrested by local authorities.
“If an individual has no legal right to be in our country, and if they prove to be a danger to the community by getting arrested, then it is horribly irresponsible to put that individual back on the streets with a detainer request pending from the federal government,” Scarnati said. “This legislation will not affect legal immigrants. It only addresses those individuals who are here illegally and could cause harm to our lawful residents.”
Under the bill, municipalities that do not enforce federal immigration policy would not be eligible for state grants for law enforcement purposes and could be sued for negligence for releasing an individual with a detainer who subsequently commits another crime.
 “We cannot allow any municipality to ignore the laws of this land by protecting illegal immigrants charged with committing crimes,” Scarnati said.  “This legislation will ensure that the rights and safety of law-abiding citizens will be protected in our Commonwealth.”
 House Bill 1885 has been sent back to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Allegany County Land Bank Corporation is Seeking to fill 3 AmeriCorps Positions

The Allegany County Land Bank Corporation
7 Court Street, Belmont, NY, 14813
Is seeking qualified applicants to fill 3 AmeriCorps positions.
(2) Full Time/ Temporary Community Assessment Coordinator Positions
The selected members will coordinate the completion of a county wide community housing assessment on behalf of the Allegany County Land Bank Corporation.  They will serve as the primary point person for all stakeholders involved in the community assessment.  The position involves working with public officials, research, and reporting.
(1) Full Time/ Temporary Volunteer Coordinator Position.
The selected member will provide outreach services and support for those assisting with development of a county wide housing assessment. 
Resume Submission and Inquires
Please send your Resume to

Allegany County: Legislator Karl Graves calls government dysfunctional

Letter to the Editor:
I’ve hear it said that a Camel is a horse designed by a committee.  If you stand back and take a look at the dysfunction in our Federal, State and yes, our County Legislature, I can see how many would agree.
Over the years I have served on many public, private, social and religious committees.  The private ones, for me, were the most productive.  At least they were honest about it. They were profit driven and said so right up front. If you didn’t produce you were given your hat and shown the door.
Other than the normal interactions you and I all have with our state and federal governments I have little knowledge of how they actually work.  The oxymoron is that it appears they don’t “work”.  For us at least. Apparently the key is to get yourself elected. Thereupon you receive a salary, generous benefits and a retirement.  Some get a staff, office space, vehicles, airplanes and housing.  All at taxpayer expense. Some who have held these jobs were great and powerful people who accomplished much for their fellow man.  Others did nothing but line their own pockets and those of their families.
At the local level it’s been my experience that our village and town governments, most likely because they are the closest to the people, are the most efficient.  Most times the salary and benefits (if any) are way less than what the person actually spends in time and effort doing the job. They basically volunteer for those jobs because of their love of and pride in their community.
I’d like to share with you a few of my observations about County government.  First, it’s complex. There are 26 official departments that deal with a variety of laws, issues and concerns.  They range from transportation to health care. Without a specific course of higher education, that might take years to achieve, few who serve actually know every law, rule, contract, regulation or policy that goes with each of those departments.
A novice, newly elected has basically four options.  Educate yourself, rely on other legislators or support the department head. The fourth option I will discuss later in this text.  The first option was easy for me as I have previous experience in local government. Not so for a majority of the board.  The problem with the second is every person is basically a book. The outside may look interesting, but you really need a basic understanding of what’s inside before you buy it. For a novice, the third option is better, but it comes with a word of caution.  This person is also a “book” that, if you are going to pin all your hopes and dreams on, you really need to know chapter and verse.
My experience is that few of my peers really get to know and understand the motivations of our department heads.  Thankfully for you and me I’ve found most to be truly hard working, dedicated public servants.  My impression is that some seem to forget they were “appointed” and think they’ve been “anointed”. The dysfunction I mentioned earlier is derived from the two different roles each of us must play.  A Legislators job is to be an advocate of the Taxpayer.  A guardian of the public purse.  The department head also has that responsibility but also must follow the dictates of superior government and an advocate for his or her trade. The balancing act is performed by the interaction of these two forces. It can save the Taxpayers or it can be very costly. Needless to say I am not an advocate of the blind support I’ve often seen our legislature give to some of these department heads.
The fourth option, the best in my opinion, is to listen to the people. They will either support you or forsake you. All you need to do is listen. When their voices call out for a reduction in taxes – don’t vote for increases!  Yes, sometimes there is no choice. When that happens it shouldn’t be buried in confusing “budget figures”.  It should be intelligently explained. In my view there is no stronger force on this earth than an honestly well educated public. Lincoln once said “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
If this reasoning appeals to you I strongly recommend that you discuss these issues with your legislators.  Although sometimes it appears the reverse, in actuality they work for you.  Also, there is a budget hearing for the Tentative 2017 Budget on Thursday, November 10th at 7 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers, 3rd floor of the addition to the Court House. Plan to attend if you can.
Sincerely yours, Karl Graves, Legislator District IV
DISTRICT I Towns: Angelica, Belfast, Caneadea, Centerville, Granger, Hume, Rushford  Village: Angelica
Crandall, Curt CrandallCW@alleganyco.com28 Sherman St  PO Box 183 Belfast, NY 14711585-365-2372 (h)    716-372-1717(b)  716-268-9446 (f)
Hopkins, Judith D. hopkinsj@alleganyco.com11038 Rt19A Fillmore, NY 14735585-567-8974
Pullen, Esq., David T. dpullen@rppclaw.com21 Minard Street, PO Box 182 Fillmore, NY 14735585-567-8354 (h)   585-567-2222 (b)   585-567-2221(f)

Towns: Amity, Clarksville, Cuba, Friendship, New Hudson, Ward Villages: Belmont and Cuba

Healy, Dwight M Healydm@alleganyco.com4979 Starvation Hill Rd Belmont, NY 14813 585-268-5644 (h)
Decker, David A deckerd@alleganyco.com9314 County Road 7 Cuba, NY  14727585-968-8409 (h)
Ungermann, Jr. Norman G. ungermannn@alleganyco.com8917 Ungermann Rd Cuba, NY 14727 585-968-1790 (h)

Towns: Alma, Bolivar, Genesee, Independence, Scio, Willing, Wirt Villages: Bolivar and Richburg

Burt, Scott R. burtsr@alleganyco.com3876 State Route 19, Scio NY 14880585-593-5158 (h)
Fanton, Dwight R. fantond@alleganyco.com2347 Fulmer Valley Road Wellsville, NY 14895 585-593-5683 (h)
Root, Debra A RootD@alleganyco.com5569 Wolfspring Rd., Scio, NY 14880716-498-4303 (c)

Towns: Wellsville and Andover  Villages: Wellsville and Andover
LaForge, Kevin S.
PO Box 425 Wellsville, NY 14895 585-808-9525 (h)   585-593-1084 (f)
O'Grady, Timothy
Wellsville, NY 14895 
Graves, Karl 2495 Lewis Road Wellsville, NY 14895 585-593-0525(h)   585-610-7286 (c)

Towns: Alfred, Allen, Almond, Birdsall, Burns, Grove, West Almond  Villages: Alfred, Almond, Canaseraga
Curran, Philip B. curran5@alleganyco.com5431 County Rd. 12 Alfred Station, NY 14803607-382-1065 (w)
Jessup, Charles O. jessupc@alleganyco.comPO Box 42, 863 St. Rt. 244. Alfred Station, NY 14803 607-587-8802 (h)
McGraw, Aaron M. mcgrawa@alleganyco.com1296 Randolph Road Alfred Station, NY 14803 607-382-8158 (c)

National Grid Warns Upstate New York Customers Of Renewed Payment Scam

Oct. 26, 2016 -- SYRACUSE, N.Y  -   National Grid is once again warning customers to beware of reported utility billing and payment scams that continue to surface across upstate New York. Customers who reported the scams say they were contacted by telephone by individuals who claim to be from National Grid and who advised the customers they have a past due balance on their utility bill.
The scammers warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer purchases a prepaid debit card in a specific amount and provides the caller with the card’s account number. This is a huge warning sign.
Scam artists have become increasingly sophisticated in replicating National Grid’s recorded messaging and directions for phone prompts, making it more difficult to differentiate an actual National Grid call from an imposter’s call. Similar scams have been reported across the U.S. by other utilities.  
National Grid does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options, but never demands direct payment through the use of a pre-paid debit card and never accepts payment through these cards.  Customers who believe they have fallen victim to the scam should contact National Grid and local law enforcement officials immediately.
National Grid urges customers to know the red flags and offers the following tips: 
  • National Grid representatives will know your account number; never offer that information to a caller.
  • Protect yourself. Ask the caller to provide the last five digits of your National Grid account number. If the caller doesn’t know your account number and fishes for help, take charge and hang up immediately.
  • Scammers will not have access to your account information.  If you believe you are current on your National Grid account, it is highly likely a call seeking payment is a scam.
  • National Grid may ask for a payment over the phone, but will leave the method of payment to the customer.
  • Do not cave to pressure. National Grid will not contact customers demanding immediate payment by wire transfer, Green Dot Money-Pak or any other pre-paid card service.
  • Be vigilant.  Never -- under any circumstances -- offer personal or financial information to someone who you cannot identify.
  • Every National Grid employee carries a photo ID card, and any contractor doing work for the company is also required to carry ID. If someone requesting entry into your home or place of business does not show an ID card, don’t let that person in and please call National Grid or your local law enforcement.

Allegany County Grand Jury indicts Wellsville man, Fillmore woman in separate cases

An Allegany County Grand Jury Wednesday indicted Johnny L. Matison, 41, of Fairview Avenue in Belmont. He was charged with four counts of felony 1st degree rape. Prosecutors allege that in September, in Belmont, Matison engaged in sexual intercourse by force.
The Grand Jury also indicted Jennifer M. Palmer, 32, of Minard Street in Fillmore. She was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and identity theft. Prosecuotrs alleged that Palmer unlawfully used another persons debit card and racked up a bill of nearly $1,100.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, October 24, 2016:
KERWIN W. SMITH, 36, of Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, a class E felony; Failure To Keep Right, a violation and Speed Not Reasonable.  The incident occurred on March 31, 2016, in the City of Salamanca. The matter has been adjourned for motions.
JUSTIN D. VREELAND, 34, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on April 1, 2016, in the City of Olean. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

GEORGE DIAMANTES, 28, of Machias, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, class E felonies; No Helment on an ATV, a violation and Operating an ATV on a Public Highway, a violation.  The incident occurred on May 7, 2016, in the Town of Machias, when the defendant allegedly operated a motor vehicle on a public highway in an intoxicated condition.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
Guilty Pleas
RICKY L. ARMSTRONG, 37, of Salamanca, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Resisting Arrest, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on January 7, 2016, in the City of Salamanca. Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2017.

RUBE LEE, 63, of Cheektowaga, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on March 8, 2016, in the Town of Ashford, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle at a time his license was suspended or revoked as a result of ten or more suspensions imposed on at least ten separate dates for failure to answer, appear or pay a fine.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 8, 2016.

BRAD M. CLAYSON, 29, of Olean, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on July 17, 2016, in the City of Olean. Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2017.

LENNY A. PENA, 21, of Olean, New York, but presently in the Cattaraugus County Jail entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on March 11, 2016, in the City of Olean when the defendant attempted to cause serious physical injury to a person who is 65 years of age or older. 

LENNY A. PENA, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a class D felony and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on April 10, 2016, in the City of Olean when the defendant intentionally damaged property of another person exceeding $250 and intentionally prevented the administration of law or prevented a public servant from performing an official function by means of interference.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2017.

SHANE RICE, 26, of Olean , New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of  guilty to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on June 20, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2017.
VICKI PASCUCCI, 48, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of 5 years probation for her conviction to Criminal Sale of Marihuana in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on June 24, 2015, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold more than 25 grams of marihuana.

RICHARD FANCHER, 22, of Machias, New York, was sentenced to a term of 6 months in the Cattaraugus County Jail followed by 5 years of probation for his conviction to Attempted Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, a class A misdemeanor and to a term of 6 months in the Cattaraugus County Jail followed by 5 years of probation for his conviction to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony to run concurrent.  The incident occurred on December 16, 2015, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant intended to unlawfully manufacture, prepare or produce methamphetamine; knowingly disposed hazardous or dangerous material that create a substantial risk to human health, safety and a substantial danger to the environment; and knowingly possessed and sold a narcotic drug.
LORIENDA VANCLEAF, 48, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of 5 years probation for her conviction to  Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on November 7, 2015, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug. 

DANIEL P. KLEIN, 27, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a term of 2 to 4 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for his conviction to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony and 6 months incarceration for his conviction to Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor to run concurrent.  The incident occurred on June 1, 2016, in the Town of Persia, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime.

TAYLOR A. JADLOWSKI, 20, of Machias, New York, was sentenced to a term of 5 years probation for her conviction to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation.  The incidents occurred on May 28, 2016 and June 13, 2016, in the Town of Machias, when the defendant stole property and the value of the property exceeded $1,000.00 and knowingly and unlawfully possessed marijuana.

LEROY J. WILLIAMS, 31, of Allegany, NY 14706, was sentenced to a term of 2 years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 3 years of post release supervision for his conviction of Assault in the Second Degree, class D felony.  The incident occurred on May 25, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant intended to cause physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon that he possessed. 

BENJAMIN J. BLOOMFIELD, 39, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a determinate term of four years in the New York State Department of Corrections to be followed by a three year term of post release supervision for his conviction of Rape in the Third Degree, a class E felony, two concurrent one year terms for his convictions of Assault in the Third Degree and Obstructing Governmental Administration.  The incident occurred on February 13, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant intended to harass, alarm, or annoy another person, subject such other person to physical contact;  engaged in oral sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion;  and intended to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk and intentionally obstructed, impaired or perverted the administration of law or other governmental function.  Further, BENJAMIN BLOOMFIELD, was sentenced to a determinate term of two years in the New York State Department of Corrections to be followed by a three year term of post-release supervision for his conviction of two counts Rape in the Third Degree, class E felonies and a concurrent on year term for his conviction of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.  The incidents occurred between June 2014 and September 3, 2014, in the City of Olean and in the Town of Portville, when the defendant being 21 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with another person less than 17 years old and knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old.  Finally, BENJAMIN BLOOMFIELD, was sentenced to a term of one year for his conviction of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on November 1, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling.

Cuba meth lab busted - second this year

Cuba police busted an "active" meth lab Tuesday at the Erin Isles Apartments at 3 Bristol Street in the village. Patrolman Jim Galatio said he responded at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday to the scene. His response, he said, was based on a tip from the community. Cuba police and ambulance and state police worked to safely secure and dispose of the material. Galatio said an arrest is likely. He called the upswing in meth use in the Cuba area a "huge public safety concern." This is the second meth lab raided this year. However, police said heroin use remains the predominant concern for law enforcement. Law enforcement spent about five hours clearing the scene.

Wellsville resident pleads guilty to drug crime

A Wellsville resident, accused in 2015 of possessing and selling drugs to an agent with the Drug Task Force, pleaded guilty this morning to a drug-related crime. Loucindy Quick, 46, of 25 Madison Street this morning enter a plea of guilty to the crime of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Quick to five years probation, $100 restitution and court costs.

Groundbreaking news from Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Buffalo-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute will launch a groundbreaking clinical trial of CIMAvax-EGF – a Cuban-developed lung cancer treatment. The announcement comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s landmark trade mission to Cuba last year, where he facilitated and secured the first-in-the-nation partnership between Roswell Park and the Havana-based Center of Molecular Immunology. The joint venture makes Roswell Park the first medical institution to receive FDA permission to sponsor testing of a Cuban medical therapy in the United States. The new study – which is the culmination of formal agreements between state, federal and Cuban officials during the historic 2015 trade mission – is expected to begin in November.

“This groundbreaking trial at Roswell Park is the result of our historic partnership with Cuba, and is a testament to New York’s storied legacy as a national leader in progress and innovation,” Governor Cuomo said. “With Roswell Park at the forefront of world-renowned medical research, we are this much closer to making a breakthrough that will combat cancer and save lives. This latest milestone marks another chapter in Buffalo’s success story, and we look forward to seeing the impacts of this partnership resonate in New York and across the nation.”

As the premiere U.S.-Cuban joint business venture licensed to undertake research, development and commercialization of biomedical technology, the Roswell Park-CIM partnership will foster expanded collaboration between the two medical centers. Roswell Park is the nation’s sole site authorized to offer the clinical trial – which is primarily funded through the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation. The study will take approximately three years to complete and will enroll between 60-90 patients.

Congressman Brian Higgins said, "Roswell Park Cancer Institute is a special place, home to the best medical professionals and researchers fighting alongside those diagnosed with cancer each and every day. The new partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and CIM, supported by Governor Cuomo, has the potential to revolutionize lung cancer treatment – giving more people the care and hope they deeply deserve and need. This partnership shows what is possible when the talent and ambition of doctors and researchers is combined with a will to improve the world around us – and it’s happening right here in Buffalo.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “The future of New York State depends on us building a strong and healthy generation today. The Buffalo region, with unprecedented attention from New York State, has established itself as a capital of innovation and expertise in every sector from biology to technology – and now, we are a home for hope. I applaud Governor Cuomo for bridging the partnership between Roswell Park and CIM as they work to further development of this promising treatment for cancer, and pledge my continued support in advancing our collective fight against cancer for a brighter tomorrow.”

Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson, PhD said, “We are grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo for setting us on the path to this momentous announcement and to the White House and the federal departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Health & Human Services for working with us on this, supporting and enlightening our path toward this collaborative relationship. This would not have happened without the vision of Governor Cuomo, who brought New York state leaders to Cuba, foreshadowing the enhanced collaborations between our two countries.”

Chief of Strategy, Business Development and Outreach at Roswell Park
Thomas Schwaab, MD, PhD said, “This is a historic time with historic opportunities to break down barriers and combine efforts. Roswell Park and the CIM have so much to learn from one another. The whole goal of our groundbreaking clinical and commercial collaborations is to unite ideas and resources to maximize the possible benefits for patients worldwide, as quickly as possible.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “When I travelled to Cuba last year with Governor Cuomo and Dr. Johnson, we were eager to facilitate relationships between New York State and Cuba and today we can proudly say that our historic New York Trade Mission to Cuba may save lives. As the first American center to receive FDA authorization to sponsor a clinical trial of a Cuban immunotherapy, Roswell Park will be helping to lead the fight against cancer."

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “As the leading cause of cancer death among New Yorkers, we must do everything possible to prevent and treat lung cancer. This historic partnership between Buffalo’s Roswell Park, one of the country’s premiere cancer treatment centers, and Cuba’s Center of Molecular Immunology in Havana, brings groundbreaking cancer treatment and new hope of eradicating this horrible and debilitating disease.”

In April 2015, Governor Cuomo led a two-day trade mission to Cuba where more than a dozen New York industry leaders convened with Cuban officials to find ways to initiate new economic partnerships as the United States and Cuba began the process of normalizing relations. During the trip, Roswell Park Cancer Institute signed an agreement with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to develop a unique lung cancer vaccine with a clinical trial at Roswell Park.

The trade mission facilitated face-to-face connections and enabled the two parties to reach an agreement on the final details – including the testing of the CIMAvax-EGF vaccine for lung cancer, which is already in use in Cuba. The vaccine – the result of over 25 years of study by CIM researchers – has already shown promise in controlling lung cancer, not only in Cuba, but also in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru. More than 4,000 lung cancer patients have been treated with CIMAvax-EGF in worldwide clinical trials.

The most recent, randomized study conducted by CIM scientists indicates that patients treated with the vaccine have significantly improved overall survival and quality of life compared to lung cancer patients who did not receive the vaccine, and with minimal side effects. Roswell Park researchers believe that CIMAvax-EGF may prove effective in preventing primary lung cancers — and potentially as a treatment for other cancers, such as head and neck, colon, breast, prostate and pancreas cancers.

Wellsville-area state Encon officer arrested regarding drug cases - UPDATED

As the result of a lengthy investigation, state police Amity Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested Kenneth Basile, age 42 of Wellsville, NY on charges of Official Misconduct and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree. The charges stem from an investigation that involved drug cases in 2014 and 2015 in Allegany County.
Basile was released to appear in the Town of Amity Court.

Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep, DEA Buffalo, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the State Police CNET assisted in this investigation. 
State Police Public Information Officer Trooper James O'Callaghan said there would be no further comment at this time. Basile has worked as an EnCon officer for more than 15 years.
UPDATE 12:12 P.M.- Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep issued this statement..."No comments at this point."
UPDATE 3:20 P.M.- This is statement from Erica Ringewald, Director, Office of Media Relations for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation:
The Environmental Conservation Officer in question has been suspended without pay since late 2015. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) anticipates a determination on his employment status before the end of the year. DEC cannot speak to personnel matters or the charges brought by the State Police.  
ECO Basile started with DEC on February 15, 1999, as an Environmental Conservation Officer Trainee and became an ECO on 9/30/99.

Geneseo: Four arrested, $30K in pot confiscated

Top: Lin, Lum
Botton: Song, Van Dyke
GENESEO: The Livingston County Drug Task Force reports the arrest of four people for trafficking marijuana in Livingston County. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received information from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service that three packages were being shipped from California to Geneseo, NY that were suspected to contain large quantities of marijuana. The Livingston County Drug Task force launched an investigation into the packages in cooperation with the U.S Postal Inspectors.
After a week long investigation four were arrested for their alleged involvement.
The Geneseo Police Department arrested Ze Hoa Lin age 21 of Brooklyn, NY, Ada Song age 20 of Geneseo, Ryan Lum age 20 of Geneseo and Tyler Vandyke age 22 of Rhinebeck, NY.   All four were charged with Felony Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 2nd Degree and Conspiracy in the 5th Degree. As a result of the investigation over 8 pounds of marijuana was seized along with $10,450 in U.S. Currency and $2,925 in Canadian Currency. The street value of the marijuana is over $30,000. The Livingston County Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the following agencies, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Caledonia Police Department, Dansville Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Geneseo Police Department, Mount Morris Police Department, Nunda Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office. 

State Trooper dies after being hit by a car in Wilton - Saratoga County

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II is saddened to announce the death of Trooper Timothy P. Pratt.
Trooper Pratt, age 55, died Wednesday morning as a result of injuries suffered when he was struck by a vehicle on Ballard Road in Wilton.
At approximately 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Trooper Pratt was assisting the driver of a tractor trailer on Ballard Road, near the Wilton barracks, when he was struck by a passing car and critically injured. Trooper Ballard was initially treated at Saratoga Hospital, and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where he died at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Trooper Pratt became a member of the New York State Police on March 30, 1987. Trooper Pratt was assigned to the Traffic Incident Management unit at the State Police station in Wilton. He served his entire career with the State Police in Troop G.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1979-1986.
Trooper Pratt lived in South Glens Falls, and is survived by his fiancée, two sons and a daughter.

Hornell: Alstom makes two large donations

Hornell - Alstom has made not one, but two large donations to local recipients.  The company has selected St. James Mercy Hospital and The Hornell Children’s Home as this year’s recipients of its annual charity golf tournament.  Each is receiving $10,000.  The Children’s Home says the money will help it look into expanding, as they are currently at capacity.

Reed Backed for Foreign Policy--Receives Amb. John Bolton Endorsement

Press Release:
Corning, NY--Tom Reed receives endorsement of  Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton for his strong support for our national security.  “Tom has proven in Congress to be a strong supporter of our nation’s military,” said Ambassador John Bolton. “He rejected President Obama’s flawed Iran Nuclear Deal and has been a sharp critic of Obama’s failed foreign policy. He will work to restore the strength of our national defense and continue to find solutions to challenges facing our military veterans, which is why I support his re-election to Congress.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Ambassador Bolton. I am dedication to our military and fighting for fair common sense policies which protect our nation,” said Tom Reed. “I care deeply about our families and our veterans. I will always stand up for them.”
“Our safety and security is Tom’s top priority. As the son of a career army officer, he knows how important it is to stand up for our military and make sure they have the tools they need,” stated Amy Hasenberg, Tom Reed for Congress Spokeswoman. “Tom’s opponent, DC John Plumb, helped create the failed policies which Ambassador Bolton is talking about. We need someone who stands up for us. That individual is clearly Tom Reed.”

Justin Santas Honored by NYSARC

Justin stands with his fiancée Sara after receiving his award

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, NYSARC, Inc. honored local Justin Santas as the Western Region recipient of NYSARC Inc.’s Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award at their annual convention. Justin is one of only four award recipients across the state of New York to receive the $2,500 award.
Presented by NYSARC, Inc., the Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award is an award to acknowledge the work of a direct support professional from each NYSARC, Inc. region who consistently demonstrates excellence, creativity and commitment in providing supports to people who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Justin Santas, a direct support professional with Allegany Arc for the past four years, received this year’s Thomas Maul award – given to a direct support professional who has demonstrated exemplary performance and commitment to improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Justin is the first employee from Allegany Arc to receive the award.

Colleagues describe Justin as a detail-oriented leader who leads by example and a strong advocate for the people he supports. One colleague said, “Justin has had a positive effect on the people he serves and provides an excellent example for those he supervises. Justin is always mindful of individual rights and seeks to empower the individuals to make their own choices and take control of the direction of their lives.” Another colleague said, “Justin has always seemed to be very in tune with the individuals. Justin always seems to pick up on the slightest warning sign or change in an individual and is very aware of how to approach each person in a way that works for that individual.”
Allegany Arc’s Chief Executive Officer Mike Damiano had this to say about Justin, “I am honored to recognize Justin Santas as the Western Region’s recipient of NYSARC Inc.’s Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award. For Justin, Person-Centered-Planning isn’t just a token phrase, it is something he strives towards every day. Justin’s peers look to him for guidance as he seems to always be in tune with people we support. Justin maintains a professional and upbeat demeanor even during challenging circumstances. Congratulations to Justin – Allegany Arc is excited to have you honored with this well-deserved award.”
For more information on Allegany Arc, please visit the Arc website at or find us on facebook: 

Scio Library to modify hours

The Scio Memorial Library will be starting winter hours on November 1st.  The new hours are: 

Wednesday:2:00 - 7:00
11:00 - 5:00
: 11:00 - 4:00

Saturday: 11:00 - 3:00
Closed: Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday
We offer audio books on CD, movies and magazines.  We also provide digital downloads of audio books, e-books, movies, music and digital magazines all free with your library card!

Scio man avoids prison - must pay back $3K+

A Scio man who was charged with 9 counts during a crime spree earlier this year has been spared a prison sentence. In Allegany Court Tuesday, Justin M. Learn, 20, of Snowball Hollow Road pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property and burglary. Judge Terrance Parker sentenced Learn to five years probation, court fees and he was ordered to pay $3,483 in restitution. Prosecutors said Learn committed a string of burglaries to homes and garages. They said he also possessed heroin.

Obituary: Michele C. "Shelly" Levee, 46, formerly of Canaseraga

Michele C. “Shelly” Levee – 46 – of 5 Conklin St., Hornell, joined her Heavenly family Friday evening (October 21, 2016) at her home following a courageous six year battle with breast cancer.
Born in Hornell on August 18, 1970, she was the daughter of Robert & Suzanne (Jackman) Levee.
Shelly spent most of her life in Canaseraga and was a graduate of Canaseraga High School (class of 1988). During her lifetime she was employed at Forbes Custom Products in Dansville; Hooker Mobile Home Sales in Hornell and Alstom Transport of Hornell.
She was an avid NASCAR fan (especially Jimmy Johnson) and also enjoyed watching Motocross. Shelly especially loved spending time with her family, especially her children.
She will be greatly missed by her family & friends and leaves behind her fiancé, Ken Burnett with whom she resided; twin daughters, Savannah & Sierra; her parents, Robert & Suzanne Levee, all of Hornell; 1 brother, Christopher (Karri Yates) Levee of West Almond; her maternal grandmother, Winifred Jackman of Hornell; her uncle, Tom Levee Canaseraga.
At the family’s request there will be no calling hours. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at the family home, 5 Conklin St., Hornell, NY on Wednesday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Michele’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to Guthrie Cancer Treatment Center, 2 Guthrie Dr., Corning, NY 14830.

Alfred University Awards Three Scholarships on Engineering and Materials Science Day

Alfred University recently awarded $24,000 in scholarships to three western New York high school students who participated in the University’s annual Engineering and Materials Science Day.
Anna Wray, a student in the Portville Central School District, in Cattaraugus County, won first place in the competition and a scholarship of $2,500 per year for four years.
MacKenzie Curtin, a student in the Steuben County Wayland-Cohocton school district, took second place in the competition, worth $2,000 per year for four years.
Quintin Evans, a student at Bloomfield High School, in Ontario County, won third place and $1,500 per year for four years.
Alfred University hosts Engineering and Materials Science Day each fall, with area high school students invited to send up to 10 students to the event.  Students take the exam and then are treated to lunch and a tour of the AU science and engineering labs. High school teachers and guidance counselors are also welcome to attend.

Alfred: Vet tech students taking skill sets to Haiti following hurricane

Michelle Marinich, a graduate of veterinary technology,
 tends to an animal during a past college trip to Haiti
When Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in early October, the effects on Haitians’ livestock were devastating, causing a major blow to an important aspect of the residents’ livelihood. Looking to help with this problem are two groups of Alfred State veterinary technology students who will be traveling to the country in January and May.According to Associate Professor of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Doug Pierson, the students will travel to Les Cayes, where they will put their skills to use caring for residents’ animals by participating in mobile clinics and coordinating with the local veterinary agent.
“We also have a truck that we load up with vet supplies and take out to farmers,” said Pierson, who, along with his wife, Debbie, will be accompanying the students to Haiti. “The farmers just bring their animals to us and we take care of whatever need they have.”
Speaking to the importance of livestock to residents in Haiti, he said, “A Haitian family wants to have livestock because if they have a need that comes up – somebody gets sick and they need to pay a hospital bill, or they have to pay school tuition – they want to have an animal to sell so they can generate the money they need. Animals are almost like a banking system. The typical poor Haitian family survives on bartering and on the livestock they are able to maintain.”
The vet tech students leaving Alfred for Haiti on Jan. 12 and returning Jan. 20 will be Dominique Battaglia, of Baldwinsville; Santina Blair, of Utica; Lynnsie Bennett, of Victor; and Morgan Childs, of Scio. Those departing for Haiti May 14 and returning May 22 will be Megan DiMartino, of Cuba; Rachael Schweiger, of Barton; Caitlyn Roof, of Palmyra; and Alison Sell, of Hanover, PA.
The Piersons’ connection to Haiti goes back more than 15 years, as they had lived near Les Cayes from 2000 to 2003 because of Doug’s involvement with the Christian Veterinarian Mission. Since 2010, the Piersons have been taking groups of Alfred State students over to Haiti twice a year. Initially, the trips centered on reconstruction and involved building trades students, but in recent years, the focus has shifted more toward caring for livestock.
“In addition to having compassion and a heart to want to help, it’s really nice if you bring a skill set so you can be more than a gofer,” Doug said, noting how impressed he has been with Alfred State students who have traveled to Haiti in the past. “We’re kind of uniquely positioned as a college of technology to bring in students with really high skill sets.”
Debbie said she hoped that when Hurricane Matthew hit, all 104 students who she and Doug have taken to Haiti over the years stopped and reflected on the past trips.
“It brings about an awareness of a developing country that maybe they haven’t had in the past,” she said. “I love going back to Haiti. Every time we go, I’m excited about going, but it’s even more exciting being able to see it through the eyes of the students who have never been there. I don’t think we’ve ever taken students who haven’t wanted to stay longer than a week because there’s so much more to do and they want to help.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wellsville mayoral debate on for Thursday

WELLSVILLE — A debate between the three candidates for mayor of the village of Wellsville will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the David A. Howe Library.
The debate will be held in the Nancy Howe auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Taking part in the debate are incumbent Democrat Judy Lynch, Republican challenger Randy Shayler and independent candidate James Dorsette (Wellsville Citizens Council).
Moderating the debate will be John Anderson, regional editor of the Wellsville Daily Reporter and Neal Simon, city editor of the Hornell Evening Tribune.
Each candidate will get a three-minute opening statement from the moderators and questions from the audience.
"This is the most talked about election since there were three candidates for mayor in 1992," said Anderson. "There are a lot of issues and three solid candidates with different views. With most local elections, you throw party affiliation out the window and vote for the person who will represent you the best. This is another reason getting them together to hear why they want to run is important."

Obituary: Edward J. "Ed" Lundy, 88, Oswayo

“beloved husband and father”
OSWAYO, PA---Edward J. Lundy, 88, of Oswayo, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016, surrounded by his family at the home of his youngest son, Edward W. Lundy IV in Oswayo, PA, who was his pride and joy.
Born May 14, 1928 in Bolivar, NY, he was a son of Edward W. and Wilma M. Goodnoe Lundy.  On November 27, 1954 in Shinglehouse, he married Carole Jean Scott, who survives.
In August of 1944 at the age of 16, Ed enlisted in the Merchant Marines and served on the USS Vagrant.  In December of 1954 he enlisted in the US Army being medically discharged in November of 1955 as a Private E2.  He was a World War II and Korean War veteran.
Ed attended Bolivar Central School and was a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530 and attended the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church in Shinglehouse. He enjoyed spending time at the Leek Mountain Preserve in Oswayo.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, craftwork and riding horses along with antique dealing.  Most of all, Ed loved spending time with his family and telling stories.
Surviving besides his wife are seven daughters, Jean M. Porter and Rachelle M. (Roger) Kellogg, both of Shinglehouse, Carole J. (Nicholas) Troupe and Georgia L. (David) Goodwin, both of Coudersport, Leta M. (Michael) Brimmer of Harrison Valley, Toni L. (Louie) Haight of Bradford,  and Judy (Ken) Doty of Olean, NY; four sons, Thomas E. (Sharon) Lundy of Shinglehouse, Bruce A. (Pam Hamrick Knotts) Lundy of Ulysses, Edward W. Lundy IV of Oswayo, and Edward “Rusty” Lundy of Sparrows Point, MD; 29 grandchildren; 43 great- grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a half-brother, Ronald Winsor of TN; and a special brother-in-law, Matthew Turk of Shinglehouse.  
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by a half-brother, James Winsor; 3 half-sisters, Barbara Tilley, Linda Winsor, and Patty Winsor; 4 brothers, Robert, Richard, Paul and Earl Lundy; a sister, Louise Turk; 2 grandsons, Jonathan Denhoff and Joseph Lundy; and a great grandson, Jonathan Goener.
Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 pm on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, 1127 Rte 44, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 4pm with Pastor Curt MacDonald, officiating.  Burial will be in Wells Cemetery, Oswayo.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired may be made to the Leek Mountain Preserve, 497 SR 244 East, Oswayo, PA 16915.
Ed’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ed, please visit

Karen Heitzinger promoted to director of annual giving at St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2016 — Karen Heitzinger of Salamanca has been promoted to director of annual giving at St. Bonaventure University, President Andrew Roth announced. 
Heitzinger has more than a decade of fundraising experience and has held a number of positions in the University Advancement division, including associate director of annual giving, manager of the student-driven calling program the Bonathon, and development specialist. 
Heitzinger will oversee the university’s annual giving program, The Bonaventure Fund, which provides support for scholarships, academic program enhancement and student services.
“Karen’s experience and knowledge, along with her solid work ethic, make her a great fit for this position,” said Robert Van Wicklin, vice president for Advancement at the university. “The Bonaventure Fund is absolutely critical to our institution’s vitality. Karen’s leadership will definitely help us meet and exceed our goals.”
“I look forward to bringing my experience to this position and serving the university in this capacity,” Heitzinger said.
Heitzinger is a member of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Parish in Salamanca as well as the Ladies Auxiliaries of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in her community.
She is a native of Bradford, Pa.

New Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Introduced

Potter County Today
Potter County’s new director of veterans affairs, Bill Simpson, was introduced during a meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Simpson, a resident of Oswayo, succeeds Will Worthington. A graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Simpson served with the U.S Navy for more than 23 years. He recently retired after 30-plus years of service as a communications technician with Frontier Communications. Simpson was recently certified as a county veterans affairs director by the Pa. Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. This allows him to file claims with the VA for benefits and services on behalf of local military veterans. He intends to develop close working relationships with veterans service organizations in Potter County and build on the record of service established by his predecessors. Potter County has received multiple excellence awards for its veterans’ services. Simpson’s office is located on the first floor of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building at 1 North Main Street in Coudersport. Office hours for appointments and walk-ins will be announced. He can be reached at 814-274-8290, extension 210, or

Corning Announces Third-Quarter 2016 Financial Performance

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016.
News Summary:
  • Q3 GAAP EPS was $0.26, up 73% on a year-over-year basis; core EPS was $0.42, up 24% year over year and 14% sequentially, exceeding company expectations
  • GAAP and core sales up both sequentially and year over year, with solid operating performance across all businesses, particularly Optical Communications and Display Technologies
  • Year-over-year core sales, core earnings, and core EPS growth expected to continue in the fourth quarter
  • Strong corporate gross margin in the third quarter expected to extend into the fourth quarter
  • Strategy and Capital Allocation Framework remains on track; third-quarter highlights included new product introductions and $2 billion accelerated share repurchase

“Corning’s strong third-quarter results reflect the increasing momentum that we expected in the second half of this year. Sales and gross margins increased in every business segment year over year. We also grew the company’s sales, core earnings and core EPS both sequentially and year over year,” Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president, said. “Our operating results and progress on key growth initiatives continue to reinforce our confidence in Corning’s strategy.”
“Third-quarter core earnings grew by 16% versus last year excluding core equity earnings from the former Dow Corning Corporation’s silicones business, which no longer contribute to our results. Even without this adjustment, core earnings were 4% higher. We are very pleased by this strength and expect continued year-over-year core sales, core earnings, and core EPS growth in the fourth quarter,” R. Tony Tripeny, senior vice president and chief financial officer, added.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday October 24, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Johnathon L. Williams, age 22 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Pine Street in the Village.  Williams was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Williams is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on November 8th at 4:30 p.m.

Fathers & Families NY to meet Nov. 3

Fathers and Families New York (FaFNY) is a non-profit group for single parents, particularly fathers, that helps support those parents that are struggling as they make their way through a difficult New York State Family Court System; for both child custody/visitation and child support matters.  The path is a particularly difficult time for any parent and while there are blanket laws regarding the decisions that dictate the laws, each county has its own modifications to the laws.  FaFNY does not offer any sort of legal advice or services to any person but offers an open forum for sharing of experiences and results based on those events.
FaFNY is pleased to support a FREE child support question and answer symposium  regarding the Child Support Laws in Steuben County on November 3, 2016 at Dormann Library Conference Room from 6-7 p.m. with Michelle Cooke, Esq; a family court lawyer from Corning, NY. 
For more information regarding FaFNY, please see
For more information on Ms. Cooke, please visit 

Wellsville study to be presented Oct. 26

Alfred State students have scheduled a final public presentation for the Downtown Wellsville Community Visualization Study for Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the David A. Howe Public Library. 

DEP Fines JKLM Energy LLC $472,317 for 2015 Potter County Surfactant Discharge

Williamsport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has finalized a $472,317 civil penalty with JKLM Energy LLC of Sewickley, Allegheny County, for groundwater contamination caused by the use of an unapproved surfactant during the drilling of a natural gas well. The contamination impacted six private drinking water wells in Sweden and Eulalia townships, Potter County, in September 2015.

“This was a serious incident that may have been prevented if JKLM had used better judgement at the time,” DEP Director of Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said. “The department is satisfied with the company’s cooperation in remediating the contamination, and ensuring that the affected families will have safe drinking water now and in the future.”

In addition to the payment of that civil penalty, JKLM has agreed to provide $100,000 for a Community Environmental Project, which will be conducted by the local Triple Divide Watershed Coalition. The money will be used to purchase and install continuous conductivity monitors for eleven public water supplies in Potter County. The project will be jointly supervised by the watershed coalition and the Potter County Planning Commission, and be administered through the county’s treasurer’s office. 

The incident occurred in mid-September 2015 when JKLM began drilling the Reese Hollow 118 2HU natural gas well and the drill bit became stuck in the well bore approximately 570 feet below the ground surface.

During the next several days, JKLM introduced an estimated 100 gallons of an unapproved drilling surfactant called F-485 into the well bore hole to assist with the drill bit recovery operation. The surfactant, which had been diluted with fresh water, eventually migrated into the groundwater via subsurface fractures.

There were 17 private water supply complaints received by DEP, with six of those found to have been impacted by the release. JKLM provided alternate private water sources in response to the initial incident, and has since installed treatment systems on all of the affected private water supplies.

Four public water supply wells operated by the Coudersport Borough Water Authority and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital were sampled and monitored. Although they were all temporarily taken off-line as a precautionary measure, none appear to have been impacted.

Since late October 2015, JKLM has:

•    Installed four groundwater monitoring wells;
•    Plugged the three gas wells at the site;
•    Installed treatment systems on the impacted private water wells;
•    Continued to monitor the affected private water wells and the monitoring wells;
•    Returned the three Reese Hollow well permits to DEP; and
•    Agreed not to apply for any new well permits or drill new wells on the site

The penalty addresses violations of the 2012 Oil and Gas Act, the PA Clean Streams Law and DEP’s Chapter 78 oil and gas regulations.