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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Obituary: Eleanor W. Dates, 91, Wellsville


Wellsville, NY - Eleanor W. Dates, age 91, formerly of O'Connor Street passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on February 7, 1923 in Salamanca to Howard" Hop" and Florence Holbrook Whitmore. On May 17, 1943 in Little Valley she married William L. Dates who predeceased her on March 29, 1982.
Eleanor had worked for Cattaraugus Cutlery, Southern Tier Abstract in Little Valley and during World War II she worked for Curtis Wright in Buffalo. She was a Cub Scout Leader, a Brownie Leader and had worked at the Girl Scout Day Camp during the summer. Eleanor's memberships include the Wellsville Fireman's Auxiliary and the Ever Green Twig where she volunteered at Jones Memorial Hospital for many years. She attended the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville and enjoyed traveling on many cruises and senior citizen trips.
Eleanor is survived by her son Ronald [Penelope] Dates of Memphis, NY.; a son in law Ronald [Mel] Meyer of Scio; 4 grandchildren Kimberly [Charles] Lynch of Garner, NC., Karen [Brad] Rich of Raleigh, NC., Amy Jo [Kevin] Unger of Leesport, PA. and Darren Meyer of Rochester; 2 step grandchildren Steven [ShuJin] Rankin of Brooklyn and Karen Rankin of Fountain, CO.; 10 great grandchildren.
Eleanor was predeceased by a daughter Constance Ray Meyer.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 30, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 11 am to 12 noon at which time a celebration of life will be held with Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will take place in Little Valley Rural Cemetery and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Manor Hills Activity Department, 4192B Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Canisteo Man Killed in Farm Accident

A Canisteo Man was killed over the weekend in a farming accident near the intersection of County Route 119 and County Route 14 on Monday.  A full-sized farm tractor overturned and the operator, 67-year-old Kenneth Quick was trapped beneath it.  He was declared deceased at the scene.  Authorities say at that at this time no witnesses to the incident have been located.  If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, August 18, 2014:

Arraignments

 

            JESSE M. DICKINSON, d/o/b 11/20/1991, of Springville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of Rape in the First Degree, class B felonies, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony; Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony; three counts of Strangulation in the Second Degree, class D felonies; Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, three counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, class A misdemeanors and Menacing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incidents occurred between August 28, 2013-Spetember 4, 2013 and March 30, 2013, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

           MICHAEL P. ROBINSON, d/o/b 9/8/1985, of Franklinville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about March 4, 2014, in the Town of Franklinville, when the defendant with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, caused such injury to such person or to a third person.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

 
            AUSTIN E. MOORE, d/o/b 1/23/1995, of Franklinville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony and Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 14, 2014, in the Town of Machias, stole property and the value of the property exceeded one thousand dollars.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 
            DYLAN T. SINGER, d/o/b 12/31/1996, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 20, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, acting with others, intentionally damaged property of another person in an amount exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 

            DANIEL E. DAILEY, d/o/b 10/18/1996, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 20, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, acting with others, intentionally damaged property of another person in an amount exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

            ANDREW J. JAQUISH, d/o/b 2/1/1986, of Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, class D felonies; Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; two counts of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, class E felonies; two counts of Menacing in the Second Degree, class A misdemeanors; Stalking in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Harassment in the First Degree, a class B misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about June 24, 2014, in the Towns of Great Valley and Salamanca, when the defendant stole property, and recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

            BRADLEY C. FLUENT, d/o/b 8/24/1974, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to and indictment that charges him with Vehicular Assault, a class D felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (with a child), a class E felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about June 7, 2014, in the Town of Carrollton, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated, condition, having a .20% BAC and at a time a child less than 15 years old was in the car.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas

 
CHRISTINA A. GARLAND, d/o/b 04/14/1972, of Arcade, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail entered a plea of guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, and Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about and between November 2013 and March 2014, in the Town of Freedom, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully stole over $100,000.00, forged and falsified business records.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

SANDRA L. MCANDREW, d/o/b 05/31/1957, of Limestone, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Official Misconduct, class A misdemeanor, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about and between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2011, in the Town of Carrollton, when the defendant, committed an act relating to her office, but constituted an unauthorized exercise of her official function, knowing that such act was unauthorized.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

 
MICHAEL J. GAYTON, d/o/b 3/11/1993, of Olean, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Rape in the Second Degree, a class D felony; and Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.  Between March 23, 2011 and May 1, 2011, in the City of Olean, the defendant, intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touched the sexual or other intimate parts of another person.  Further, on or about October 13, 2013, in the City of Olean, the defendant, being 18 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was less than 15 years old.

 
            MICHAEL L. CHASE, d/o/b 11/05/1990, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about or between August 16, 2013 and August 18, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant acted jointly and in concert with one another and each aiding and abetting the other, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

 
Sentences

JOSPEH D. HOVEY, d/o/b 01/15/1987, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to five years probation for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about December 18, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a controlled substance.

            ROGER A. CANUTE, d/o/b 04/21/1960, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on or about July 31, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic substance.

JESSICA A. FYE, d/o/b 12/20/1977, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to one year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for her conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.  The incident occurred on or about August 21, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to sell it. 

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Tuesday August 19, 2014

 
18:25 hours

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Brian J. Goodrich, age 32 of Wellsville.  Goodrich was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Goodrich was committed to the Allegany County Jail for 30 days or until his fine of $250.00 was paid in full.

18:40 hours

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant Issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Joey L. Traylor, age 21 of Wellsville.  Traylor was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Traylor was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $3,000.00 bail.  Traylor is due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 16th at 4:30 pm.

Philip H. "Phil" VanWhy, 62, Austin

AUSTIN, PA—Philip H. “Phil” VanWhy, 62, a lifelong resident of Austin, PA, passed away with his loving family at his side on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on April 25, 1952 in Coudersport, he was the son of Harold N. and Margaret B. Barr VanWhy. On October 16, 1976 in Austin, Phil married Terri M. Brewer, who survives.

Mr. VanWhy attended Austin Area Schools. Serving across the world on several deployments with the USS Davis, Mr. VanWhy served his country proudly in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1974 in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he worked for the Mendin Pipeline and Utility Contractors in Linesville, PA as a truck driver and an operator of heavy machinery. He later went on to work for Emporium Specialties in Austin and Caldwell Corp. in Emporium, where he worked as a shipping and receiving clerk. At Caldwell Corp., Phil’s sons were able to work alongside their father, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Upon retirement, Phil was the manager at Ritsick’s Garage in Austin, where he enjoyed visiting with customers and friends who would stop by.

Phil was currently serving his second term as Mayor of Austin. He was also a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and a member of the Austin Volunteer Fire Department, where he volunteered as an ambulance attendant and firefighter. Mr. VanWhy was also a member of the Steel Workers Union and VFW Post 7810 in Austin. He enjoyed working on cars, playing cards, and spending time with his family.

Surviving besides his wife are his father-in-law, Robert W. Brewer of Shinglehouse; two sons, Shayne P. (Casey) VanWhy and Brent A. (Carrie) VanWhy, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Trey, Kolby, Kaylee, Vanessa, and Drew, all of Coudersport; a sister, Donna Nickeson of Austin; an aunt, Shirley Krog of Wellsville, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. VanWhy was predeceased by his parents.

At Phil’s request, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3 PM at the Austin United Methodist Church with Rev. Steven D. Small, Jr., pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, officiating.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord Military Honors on Thursday at the church.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family.

Memorials may be made to the Austin United Methodist Church, 26 Turner St., Austin, PA 16720 or to the Austin Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Olean: Prospect Avenue construction


PRESS RELEASE

PROSPECT AVENUE CONSTRUCTION

 

Please be advised the City of Olean’s contractor, Zoladz Construction, will begin the first phase of work on Prospect Avenue beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Prospect Avenue will be shut down to replace the Johnson Brook culvert (just east of Fifth Avenue). 

The contractor will have a detour in place with signage, barricades, etc.

This phase of the work will take approximately two weeks.

Please contact the City of Olean Engineering Division at (716) 376-5655 if you have any questions.

 

CITY OF OLEAN

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Allegany County Foundation to present grant to Walking on Water Inc. for their homeless veterans’ initiative

Walking on Water Inc. to offer comprehensive program for homeless veterans at their Rushford retreat center


Officials from Allegany County will present the grant award at an Open House Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 10am until noon at the Walking on Water Retreat Center 9622 Rte. 243 Rushford, New York. This event will include officials from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, Mike Hennessey, Allegany County Director of Veterans Services, state and county representatives and service providers for the area homeless and veterans’ agencies.

The award ceremony begins at 10am followed by an Open House forum to introduce Walking on Water’s VALOR Program for western New York’s homeless veteran’s population to participating representatives and agencies. Light refreshments will be served compliments of Tops.

Walking on Water Inc. has converted its 10-bed retreat center in Rushford New York into a transitional center to offer homeless veterans a place to live while connecting them to benefits, job and life skills training and counseling. Renovations to the center include weatherization, energy efficiency upgrade work and new appliance installation done by Cattaurgus County Community Action. Further renovations to the retreat center include a technology lab with computers with high-speed internet and printers to offer veteran participants a satellite location for job training and placement, educational opportunities and service providers.

About Walking on Water Inc.

Walking on Water Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community service organization with programs in Maryland and New York. Our retreat center opened its doors as a respite to youth and disadvantaged members of the community in 2005. As more and more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan began returning home from service, further stretching the resources of area service providers, coupled with the downturn of the economy, Raymon Reed wanted to honor the veterans in his own family by helping those in his adopted community. Thus the retreat center began its new purpose, a comprehensive housing and training program for homeless veterans.

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Monday August 18, 2014


17:59 hours

Wellsville Police arrested Constance L. Quinones, age 31 of Wellsville, charging her with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Park Avenue in the Village.  Quinones was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released.  Quinones is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 9th at 4:30 pm.

Longtime Bath police chief stuns residents: Will retire Oct. 26

BATH | Hundreds of residents gathered at Monday’s Village Board meeting were stunned when longtime Bath Police Chief David Rouse announced he will retire Oct. 26.
Rouse’s announcement came before the board opened up discussion of a controversial proposal that would cut the village’s 10-member police force.
As as residents applauded in a show of support for their chief, Rouse said he loved his job and the Village of Bath. He didn’t specify why he was retiring after 18 years as chief.
Also leaving the force is Sgt. Anthony Sanford, who announced his resignation Monday night to take a position with the Corning Police Department.
Approximately 200 residents, area police agencies and local officials had filled the Bath Volunteer Fire Department to discuss the proposal to cut two policemen.
The police department currently has 10 full-time police officers: the chief, an investigator, four sergeants and four officers. The department also has two full-time dispatchers.
The meeting, which began at 5:30 p.m., was still underway at presstime, with public comment period not beginning until nearly 8 p.m.  
Prior to the meeting, Sgt. Colin Taft, president of the Bath Police Benevolent Association, the department’s union, said the proposed cuts would have a negative effect on village safety.
“Whoever votes for something like this is putting a price on residents’ safety,” Taft said. “One of the most important things in a community is protecting residents’ safety. Without that you have nothing. These cuts would send the wrong message.”
Village officials say the cuts are necessary to curb rising taxes.  
Property taxes in the village have increased 29 percent in the past five years, despite pulling roughly $500,000 from the fund balance over that span, Bath Mayor Bill von Hagn said. The board has trimmed spending in the past few years and there aren't many place left to cut, he said.
“The biggest asset Bath has is its people,” von Hagn said.


Read more: http://www.steubencourier.com/article/20140818/News/140819700#ixzz3AqANz8D7

Longtime Bath police chief stuns residents: Will retire Oct. 26

Leaders in Bath Decide to Cut Position from Police Department

BATH, N.Y. -- Leaders in the village of Bath make the difficult decision to cut a position from the police department.The decision, made late Monday night, was prompted by a budget crunch.Lawmakers plan to eliminate one of two investigative positions in the department, bringing the overall number of officers from 10 to 9.But pending approval, that officer will stay in the department and be moved to patrol to keep the same number of officers on the street.This comes after one officer recently resigned.Lawmakers had originally been considering cutting two positions, but the Bath Police Benevolent Association fought the decision, urging lawmakers to consider other options to generate revenue.The police chief will be retiring in October. - See more at: http://utica-mohawkvalley.twcnews.com/content/news/762052/leaders-in-bath-decide-to-cut-position-from-police-department/#sthash.KepsOpze.dpuf

Leaders in Bath Decide to Cut Position from Police Department

Cattaraugus County: major meth lab busted-Feds now in charge


Paving set for route 961F


TRAVEL ADVISORY

Paving on State Route 961F

Towns of Burns and Hornellsville, Allegany and Steuben Counties

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, weather permitting, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the second course of paving on state Route 961F will begin from the intersection with state Route 70 in the town of Burns, Allegany County, and continue approximately 5.1 miles toward the village of Arkport, in the town of Hornellsville, Steuben County.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Please note, this single lane operation may be up to two miles in length to allow for proper cure time of the pavement course before allowing traffic on to the pavement. This course should be completed by Friday, August 22, 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Teen killed in Steuben County crash

On Sunday at approximately 6:00 P.M. the New York State Police in Bath investigated a one car fatal accident on Pressler Road in the Town of Prattsburg.  Investigation revealed that 17 year old, Brandon Lass, of Prattsburg, was  operating a 2011 Ford Pickup Truck northbound on Pressler Rd when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the roadway.  The vehicle exited the western shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree.  Lass was pronounced deceased at the scene by Steuben County Coroners Physician Dr. Robert Cole, who authorized the body removed to Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.  The passenger, 17 year old Alexander Lamphear of Prattsburg, was transported to Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for precautionary measures with no life threatening injuries.  Speed is determined to be a contributing factor.  No alcohol involvement suspected. 

Bath Electric, Gas & Water Systems Electric Service Upgrade

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, BEGWS will continue with upgrading electric facilities at various locations in the Village of Bath. The upgrade project connects a new substation to existing electric overhead and underground facilities. In addition, new transformers will be connected throughout the village and town.


The purpose of the electric upgrade work is to improve the safety and reliability, as well as provide the continued growth of the customers served by BEGWS.

Below is a schedule of work to be completed in the Village. There will be power outages along streets which have work scheduled for their area. All other customers can expect service as normal.

The streets affected on Thursday, August 28th are East Washington, Fowler, Purdy, Campbell Street from Purdy to East Washington; McMaster Street from Rumsey to East Washington. Maximum duration of outage is up to four hours.

The above listed date is subject to change in case of inclement weather and will be rescheduled to Friday, August 29th. Signs will be posted and notification placed on customer’s doors for more detail regarding outage day, location, and durations.



Guy Hallgren

Director of Municipal


Olean Mayor takes ALS ice bucket challenge

I have been challenged by my neighbor Debbie to the ALS ice bucket challenge. In her challenge, she also named the Alderman and the Police Dept.  At 4:30pm I will  be doing the challenge. This will take place at my home 725 Bishop St.   So, the question is who do I challenge???? 
 
Bill
 
William J. Aiello, Mayor
City of Olean

Wellsville police

Date: Sunday August 17, 2014

17:00 hrs

Wellsville Police arrested Michael T. Marino, age 69 of Wellsville, charging him with Petit Larceny and Criminal Trespass 3rd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on the Bolivar Road.  Marino was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Marino is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 19th at 4:30 pm.

Addison man arrested after domestic dispute

On Saturday, August 16th, 2014 Painted Post State Police arrested Robert L. Scott.  Scott, 41 of Addison was arrested after an investigation of a domestic dispute on Saunders Road in the Town of Addison.  Scott was charged with two counts of criminal mischief 4th degree.  Scott was remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.