Thursday, May 28, 2015

Andover: Six injured in off road accident

State police said six people sustained minor injuries when two off-road vehicles collided Sunday afternoon on Kilbane Road. Troopers listed the operators of each vehicle as Bryce S. Rumfelt, 17 of Andover and Camryn E. Dougherty, 16, of Andover. Firefighters from Andover responded to the scene as did ambulance workers from Andover and Wellsville.

Olean: Gas leak prompts evacuations

Businesses on the east side of Delaware Park Center in Olean were evacuated this morning after a gas line apparently ruptured at about 7:30 this morning. One police officer said he could hear the gas rushing out and said construction workers were on scene.  City police and fire along with NYS DOT workers and gas company crews and supervisors responded to the scene. Law enforcement shut down traffic to the area. The leak was contained and emergency and utility crews then checked the businesses for gas levels. Within about an hour, officials gave the all clear signal…businesses could open and traffic was restored. There were no reported injuries.

Railroad work planned for Andover

Two charged in Addison disturbance

Movie crew to be at Willing Town Hall Saturday

Filmmaker Zeke Wilson will shoot his short film “The Eighth Round” at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Willing Town Hall. All are welcome to be extras. Extras are asked to sit quietly in the audience. The film will be screened at several film festivals this summer. For more information, contact Zeke Wilson at (814) 366-3854 or Bill Dibble at (585) 928-2626.
The Eighth Round is a non-fiction literary work that documents a precedent-setting court battle about one form of racism that had previously not been defined legally; that of same-race discrimination, wherein the perpetrator and the object of the discrimination are of the same racial group.

NY Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Criminals from Evading Supervision

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2305 [3]), sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), to protect the public from criminals who try to evade supervision by tampering with electronic monitoring devices. This bill would make it a new crime if someone tampers, damages, or alters court-ordered electronic monitoring equipment in an attempt to interfere with any signal, impulse, or data.

Senator Ritchie said, “As recent cases have shown, electronic monitoring devices—which are meant to help law enforcement keep an eye on suspected or convicted criminals who would otherwise be behind bars—are far from fool-proof. By passing this bill and making tampering with electronic monitoring devices a crime, we’re not only helping to deter further criminal activity, we’re also providing an additional level of protection that will help to keep communities across our state safer.”

The purpose of the electronic monitoring equipment is to assist in the tracking and monitoring of an individual who has been convicted of a crime or is awaiting trial when they are released into the general public. If the electronic monitoring equipment is tampered with, authorities can no longer monitor their activities.

In 2013, David Renz was awaiting trial in Onondaga County on charges of possessing child pornography. He successfully removed his ankle monitoring device to evade authorities and murdered Lori Bresnahan and raped a 10-year-old girl after abducting them in a parking lot. He reportedly tampered with the device as many as 46 times, removing and reassembling the bracelet with duct tape.

By making the tampering or damaging of electronic monitoring equipment a crime, the bill gives law enforcement a new tool to investigate and charge criminals with this behavior and would help prevent potential crimes committed once the individual evades police supervision.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly. 

Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Property Tax Increases Due to Costly State Mandates

The New York State Senate Wednesday passed a bill to help control property tax increases by preventing large unfunded mandates from affecting municipal and school district budgets. The bill (S3144 [3]), sponsored by Senator Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport), would require the state to fund costly mandated programs or services, instead of placing the burden on local governments and property taxpayers.
Senator Funke said, “The amount of mandated spending that Albany forces on local governments and school districts is a primary reason New York’s property taxes are among the highest in the nation. In fact, just a handful of mandates account for nearly all of the property taxes collected across our entire state each year. My legislation to cap mandated cost hikes would go a long way toward better protecting local taxpayers, and I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their support.”
State mandated programs place taxpayers and local officials in the position of paying for services that they do not control. When the state sets local priorities and forces municipal taxing decisions by mandating services, programs, and standards, many local governments and school districts are put in acutely difficult fiscal situations.
The Senate has been working to address these unfunded local burdens and since January 1, 2011, has adopted a wide range of mandate relief proposals, of which over 63 have become law. Mandate relief initiatives allow localities to pass on savings to taxpayers through reduced property taxes. These measures include taking over certain local expenses such as Medicaid growth caps and eliminating state requirements.

This bill would prevent future unfunded mandates from affecting local finances and driving up property taxes. It requires any state mandated program imposed on municipalities or school districts that creates an annual net additional cost in excess of $10,000 or an aggregate annual net additional cost in excess of $1 million to be funded by the state. This would make it easier for local governments to stay within the property tax cap and provide further relief to taxpayers.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

Counties Applaud Senate Bill Curbing Mandates

Wednesday, the NYS Senate passed legislation that supporters of the bill say protects property taxpayers in New York State. The bill (S.3144, Funke/A.4942, Walter) will help local governments and school districts stay under the tax cap in the future because it requires the state to take fiscal responsibility for the programs they enact. 
Unfunded and underfunded mandates consume most, if not all, of the property tax levy in counties across the state. Having the state assume responsibility for the new programs and services it wishes to provide New Yorkers is an important first step towards stabilizing and lowering property taxes at the local level. 
Currently, statewide county property tax levy is about $4.9 billion. With an expected 1 percent inflation factor in 2016, the expected growth in the cost of state mandates will far exceed the allowable growth (under $50 million) in county tax levies for 2016. 
New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and other local government organizations have long called for an end to new unfunded mandates and NYSAC welcomes what it calls the Senate's critical step to achieve this goal. The Association of Counties, and the 62 counties they represent, are urging the Assembly to enact this legislation. 

Alfred State honors...

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.
George Richardson, Barbara Davis, and Richard CarloThose employees honored for 35 years included Richard Carlo, Alfred Station, professor, Architecture and Design; Barbara Davis, Wellsville, secretary to the dean, School of Applied Technology; and George Richardson, Alfred Station, chair, Building Trades.
Honorees received a college weather station and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Pictured, from left, are George Richardson, Barbara Davis, and Richard Carlo.

Christine Young and Richard MitchellThose employees honored for 30 years included Gary Brown, Andover, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; Donald Catino, Wellsville, professor, Automotive Trades; Janet Gelser, Angelica, cleaner, Facilities Services; Michelle Green, Clay, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physical and Life Sciences; Richard Mitchell, Wellsville, professor, English and Humanities; Paula Nichols, Hornell, information technology assistant, Technology Services; Michael Ronan, Rushford, professor, Automotive Trades; and Christine Young, Friendship, instructional support associate, Mathematics and Physics.
Honorees received a college watch and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Pictured are Christine Young and Richard Mitchell.

Alfred State employees receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

An Alfred State professor and two staff members were recently honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Professional Service, and Classified Service. 
Kathleen BlissKathleen Bliss, Freedom, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Nancy Driscoll, Wellsville, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; and Kathy Bayus, Alfred Station, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. Each received a certificate and a medallion. 
Bliss has a teaching philosophy that places great emphasis on her responsibility as a teacher in order to foster successful students. She is an inspiration in a field that demands performance at an extremely high level to meet the ethical standards set by the profession she serves and the students she leads. Her focused philosophy in each course makes her a highly prized member of the academic faculty at Alfred State. 
Bliss is known for her passion in teaching and for her dedication to the students in the veterinary technology program. She is also known for her dedication to the ethical and humane treatment of animals. Students clearly respect her for the wealth of information and support that she offers them. Her very high level of standards and innovative approaches impress on her students the importance of ethical behavior and responsiveness in veterinary technology. She offers them real-world models, and they respond to her with the greatest attention and respect because they are motivated by her dedication to their success and the welfare of animals. 
Nancy DriscollDriscoll has made significant contributions to Alfred State over the past 14 years, in successively more responsible and demanding positions within the Admissions area. She coordinates marketing activities for the Admissions Office; provides admissions information and participates in recruitment activities both on and off campus; is responsible for Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus counties; reviews applications for admission; and coordinates the mini high school and junior visit programs, and the conditional acceptance process. She has been a tireless and innovative advocate for the college, an active college citizen, and an enthusiastic participant in professional activities.
Driscoll is the consummate Admissions professional. She has multiple promotions under her belt, and has created a continuing legacy of innovative and effective admissions marketing campaigns. One measure of her excellence is the fact that her Admissions area in western New York has experienced an increase in enrollment. She is an active campus and university citizen, and participates regularly in professional groups associated with Admissions, where she has mentored those new to the field. 
Kathy BayusBayus has spent more than 30 years wearing multiple hats and exceling in each role she takes on. From managing the day-to-day activities of an entire office — keeping schedules, sending emails, organizing information, compiling and formatting documents, filing, and setting up crucial meetings — to acting as a proofreader, fact-checker, writer, and sounding board for all the college’s marketing and communications efforts; she does it all.  
Bayus is often the first person to interact with the Marketing and Communications team’s customers and never fails to take the time — regardless of her workload — to answer questions, transfer calls, respond to emails, and compile information in order to get their jobs done. She is a prime example of a dedicated, passionate, and creative Alfred State employee. Whether you are a new employee, a retired faculty member visiting campus, or a freshman attending your first Outdoor Recreation Club meeting, Bayus will go out of her way to make sure your questions are answered and — most importantly — that you feel welcomed as part of the Alfred State family.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Charles Kane, 46, of Spencerport, NY, with attempted online enticement of a minor. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, a maximum of life, a $250,000 fine or both.  
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was arrested April 2, 2015 as he attempted to meet with a person he thought was a 14 year old girl. Kane, a middle school teacher in the Hilton School District, had in his possession a box of condoms and a tube of lubricant. 
The investigation determined that in October 2014, the defendant posted an ad on Craigslist which read “daddy/daughter. Love younger women.” A federal law enforcement officer, working in an undercover capacity, posed as the father of a young daughter and conversed with Kane online for the next several months. During these conversations, Kane discussed traveling to meet the undercover and engaging in sexual activity with his ten year old daughter.   
On January 26, 2015, another undercover officer noticed a different sexually explicit ad on Craigslist which was traced back, once again, to the defendant. The officer responded to the ad in the persona of a 14 year old girl. Kane responded that he was “down with it.” The defendant asked the girl where she lived and said he wanted to meet her. The two remained in contact through March of 2015. During online chats, Kane sent the undercover officer photos of himself, including one he took in the men’s room at the Middle School where he taught, and repeatedly asked for photos of the 14 year old girl. Also during the chats, the defendant repeatedly discussed engaging in sexually explicit activity with the child and traveling to and meeting with the child for sexual purposes. One message read “I could get a room and I could sneak you there.” Kane acknowledged that he could get in “big trouble” and told the girl “this is between you and me.”  
Following repeated requests, the girl agreed to meet the defendant at a theatre in Webster on April 2, 2015. The defendant was observed entering a pharmacy just before meeting with the undercover, where they learned that Kane purchased a box of ribbed condoms. Kane was arrested as soon as he pulled up to the theatre parking lot. He has been in federal custody since his arrest, and was held following a detention hearing last month.       
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force which includes the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday that Jacob Shamp, 23, of Leichester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiring to recruit an underage girl to commit a commercial sex act before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that Shamp and his girlfriend, Ashlee Cook, 24, posted an ad on, advertising a minor victim for prostitution. Law enforcement officers conducted an undercover operation and arranged to meet the girl in Gates, NY. When officers arrived, they took a statement from the minor victim.
Charges are still pending against Ashlee Cook. 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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Obituary: Edwin J. Mighells, 78, Angelica

Angelica - Edwin J. Mighells, 78, of 190 West Main Street, passed away Monday (May 25, 2015) at Rochester General Hospital.
Born in Great Valley, May 22, 1937, the son of Edwin J. and Doris Mighells, he was a long time resident of the area. After graduation he enlisted in the US Marines where he served from 1954-1958. He was employed as a truck driver most of his life. Ed was a member of the NRA, and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, traveling, and working on genealogy for the family tree.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his wife Mary Lou (Hanchett) Mighells on August 11, 2009, whom he married August 15, 1959.
He is survived by 2 daughters Mary F. Brownell of Alfred, Connie (Dwayne) Rose of Angelica, 2 sons Edwin (Velvet) Mighells III of Angelica, Jim (Paula) Mighells of Angelica, 2 sisters Anne Dobell of Hornell, Joyce Lorow of Howard, a brother James S. Mighells of Michigan, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.
The family will be present 12-2pm Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Avenue, Angelica, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, with the Rev. David Ford officiating.
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Friends may make memorial contributions to: Angelica Rescue Squad, PO Box 154, Angelica, NY 14709.

Obituary: Margaret E. Mishic, 96, Warsaw

Warsaw---Margaret E. Mishic, a former resident of Silver Springs and Fillmore, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in East Side Nursing Home, Warsaw. She was born on December 8, 1918 in the Town of Granger, a daughter of the late Everett and Edna Merrit Eldridge. On November 15, 1945 in Kane, Pa., she married Frank Mishic who predeceased her in 1994.
Margaret was a graduate of Westbrook Business School in Olean and had been a bookkeeper for Houghton College. She later was secretary of maintenance at SUNY Geneseo.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Birdsall Grange. She loved to read, cross-stitch and quilt.
Surviving are three daughter, Frances (Douglas) Tuttle of Fillmore, Lynda (Ed) Ess of Batavia, Betty (Gordon) Rakoska of Wiscoy, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by two sisters, Jean E. Perry and Lois Fiegl.
As per Margaret’s request there will be no services and burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.

Governor Tom Wolf Creates Task Force on Pipeline Infrastructure Development

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today announced the formation of a task force to help Commonwealth agencies, the natural gas industry, and communities across the state collaborate more effectively as thousands of miles of pipelines are being proposed to transport natural gas and related byproducts to markets from gas wells throughout the Commonwealth.
In Pennsylvania, natural gas drilling has outpaced the development of the infrastructure needed to get gas to market. Governor Wolf created the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) in an effort to promote unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders to facilitate the development of a world-class pipeline infrastructure system.
PITF will include representatives from state agencies, the legislature, federal and local governments, the pipeline and natural gas industries and environmental groups, among others. Interested individuals can
apply here.
“We need to work with the industry to make sure that the positive economic benefits of Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources can more quickly be realized in a responsible way,” said Governor Wolf. “This taskforce is part of our commitment to seeing the natural gas industry succeed.”

John Quigley, acting secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as chairman of the task force.

The task force will aim to recommend a series of best practices for: planning, siting and routing pipelines to avoid/reduce environmental and community impacts; amplifying and engaging in meaningful public participation; maximizing opportunities for predictable and efficient permitting; employing construction methods that reduce environmental impact; and developing long-term operations and maintenance plans to ensure pipeline safety and integrity.

“Over the next decade, we could see the construction of as many as 25,000 miles of gathering lines. These are the lines that connect the wells to the processing stations. We can also expect another 4,000 to 5,000 miles of midstream and transmission pipelines in Pennsylvania,” Quigley said. “Now is the time for a collaborative conversation among all stakeholders -- state, federal and local governments; industry representatives; and environmental and conservation groups.”

The oversight of pipeline development is a challenge for the industry as well as the host communities, as no single state or federal agency has sole authority.

DiNapoli: Local Governments Should Improve Enforcement of State Fire Code Regulations

A sampling of municipalities from across New York reveals gaps in the review of fire safety plans or evacuation procedures for public buildings such as adult care facilities, hospitals, hotels, preschools, libraries and shopping malls, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The audit reviewed enforcement of the state’s Uniform Fire Code in seven cities and three villages.

“Local officials must do their part to keep fire safety a priority,” said DiNapoli. “By neglecting to properly implement these regulations, New Yorkers may be at risk should a fire or other emergency occur.”

The state’s fire code requires every city, county, town and village to maintain a system of records that supports its code enforcement activities. Buildings that contain an area of public assembly must be inspected each year, while all other buildings requiring a fire safety and evacuation plan must have a fire safety inspection at least every three years.

The code outlines the minimum requirements needed to establish good practices for protecting people and property from the hazards of fire, explosion and dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings. It also provides for safety to firefighters and other first responders during emergency operations.

DiNapoli’s auditors visited 96 buildings and found 73, or 76 percent of those reviewed, did not have a fire safety plan on file that met the minimum fire code requirements. Of those, 44 (46 percent) did not have an evacuation plan on file that complied with the fire code. In addition, 54 buildings (56 percent) did not conduct the required number of evacuation drills.

The audit revealed that officials from five municipalities in the sample do not review or approve fire plans or evacuation plans. Seven municipalities do not confirm that building evacuation drills are performed.

DiNapoli made several recommendations to each municipality. They included:
·        Identify which buildings must have a fire plan and evacuation plan, as well as those that must conduct evacuation drills;
·        Review and approve all fire plans and evacuation plans in accordance with the fire code;
·        Keep documented evidence detailing when fire plans and evacuation plans were reviewed and approved;
·        Ensure that buildings requiring a fire plan and evacuation plan have plans that meet the minimum fire code requirements; and
·        Determine whether the required number of drills are conducted in accordance with the fire code and maintain documented evidence of these reviews.

The municipalities included in the audit sample were the cities of Ithaca, North Tonawanda, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rome, Saratoga Springs and White Plains, and the villages of Lindenhurst, Hempstead and Patchogue.  

Steuben deputies make two arrests

Information for Roulette residents concerning the Drought Watch Declaration for Potter County

Potter County remains under a Drought Watch due to lower than average winter accumulations and a very deep frost line that prevented normal recharge rates of local aquifers. Although there have been some significant rain events recently, our rainfall levels have been below normal and this trend is expected to continue through the Summer months. 
Because PA DEP has issued a Drought Watch Statement that includes Potter County, Roulette Township is required to place into effect Stage One of the Township’s Drought Contingency Plan. A Drought Watch declaration is the first and least-severe level of the state’s three drought classifications and calls for a voluntary five percent reduction in non-essential water use. 
As was recently announced, Roulette Township personnel were in the process of locating a fairly large leak within the Water System. We’re pleased to announce that the leak has been located and repairs will be performed as soon as possible. Repair of the leak will not require any disruption to normal water services. Due to the Drought Watch, further leak detection will be performed to tighten up the system as much as possible, with the goal of having zero unaccounted for water loss within the system. This is required by our Stage One Drought Contingency Plan as well. With that said, in the coming weeks, customers may experience short periods of loss of water service or low water pressures. Township personnel will attempt to perform leak detection procedures during hours that are the least disruptive to our customers.
What does all of this mean to customers of the Roulette Water Department?
Our Stage One Drought Contingency Plan calls for VOLUNTARY reduction of water usage by our customers. This simply means try not to use as much water as you normally would and think of other ways to accomplish the same things using less water. And in doing so, you’ll save yourself a bit of money in the process!
There are many people within the county, and Roulette Township that have private wells and spring water sources as well. They should be concerned too.
To help reduce water use, residents can:
• Run water only when absolutely necessary by avoiding running water while brushing teeth or turning on the shower many minutes before use
• Check for household leaks; a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day
• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads
• Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps, and sidewalks
• Wash the car with water from a bucket; if a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle
• Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only, do not water the street or sidewalk
• Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used by 20 to 50 percent
• Mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil and inhibit weeds.
• Plant native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties
• Cover swimming pools to prevent evaporation
• Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil 
Further suggestions:
  • Keep a gallon jug of drinking water in the Fridge or use ice cubes in glasses of water (prevents running water to get a cold glass)
  • Insulate hot water lines and water heaters in the home to help retain heat (reduces water heat loss resulting in shorter water warm-up times and saves money in water heating costs)
  • Install water efficient appliances and shower heads
  • Take showers, rather than baths (showers generally use less water)
County and Roulette Township residents may want to consider installing rain water collection systems as well. There are A LOT of things that can be performed utilizing rain water. From washing cars and driveways, to irrigating small gardens and plants. It’s cheap, it’s smart, and it saves money. Water from local public springs can be utilized for the same purposes as well. For more information on “Do it Yourself” rainwater collection systems, just do an internet search on DIY Rainwater Collection. There’s TONS of info out there!
As the Township’s current Water Operator, I see this as a trend and expect these types of warnings to be issued each year in the future. I also expect the severity of Drought Conditions to escalate in the coming years. It’s something to think about and be prepared to deal with.
More Drought Information can be found here on DEP’s Website:
Kevin Bisher
Roulette Township Water Operator


After running the race side by side, Justin Dudley and Alex Jones crossed the finish line in the 2nd Annual Jones Memorial Hospital’s GLOW 5K Run & Walk at the same time. Their time was 19:42 seconds and earned them the Overall Male Winner title. “A tie is something we didn’t anticipate,” explained Carrie Walker, chair of the event. “We had to wait until a second medal came in before presenting them with their award.”
Residents of Bolivar, Justin and Alex, both 15, have been friends since kindergarten and are now sophomores at Bolivar-Richburg School. They have been on the school’s track team for four years together and recently made sectionals. Justin will be competing in the 400 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 4-man 100 meter relay and Alex in the 4-man 800 meter relay and the 1600 meter run. Congratulations to both boys on their win and good luck at Sectionals!

Other division winners for the 2015 GLOW Run were: Overall female Megan Crimmins, female 14 and under, Sophie Majewski; male 14 and under, Colby Walker; female 15-19, Kacey Kane; male 15 to 19, Dakota Gavin; female 20-29, Bridget Kehrer; male 20-29, Daniel Goetschius; female 30-39, Casey Cline; male, 30-39, Paul Cone, Jr.; female 40-49, Patricia Cooney; male 40-49, Daniel Allen; female, 50-59, Teri Noyes; male, 50-59, Randy Sloat; female, 60+, Rosie Mulhollen; and male, 60+, Ron Wightman . For all of the times, check out the Yellow Jacket Racing website with this link.. This year’s GLOW 5K had 402 registered walkers and runners. The winner of the Spirit of the Glow award was eight-year-old Molly Hannon, right. “I’d like to thank everyone for supporting this fun, family event,” said Mrs. Walker. “It was so much fun to see the creative ways that people celebrated the Spirit of the GLOW by dressing up and finding unique ways to get glowing!” Photo Caption: Justin Dudley, 15 (left) and Alex Jones, 15, both of Bolivar, crossed the finish line at the same time with a race time of 19:42 in the 2nd Annual JMH Glow Run, making them co-overall male champions. Eight year old Molly Hannon was awarded the Spirit of the GLOW for her fun, festive and bright outfit!

Jones Memorial Hospital recognized for excellence

Jones Memorial Hospital recently received the Univera Healthcare 2014 Small Hospital Incentive Program Certificate of Excellence.
“We are very excited because this award recognizes that we have reached the highest percentage of clinical measures at or above the national average,” said Cherrie Macafee, Quality Management Director at Jones. The measures Jones Memorial was recognized for were related to industry standard quality of care measures.
Since 2013, Univera Healthcare’s Small Hospital Incentive Program (SHIP) has been a collaboration between the health insurer and small hospitals like JMH. “The goal of SHIP is to improve patient safety and drive quality outcomes to national performance levels,” explained Ms. Macafee, noting that the hospital is continuing to submit data. “The scoring methodology for this award aligns with what is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).” This award was presented to Jones for submitted data covering April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

New York State Police Release Results of Memorial Day Weekend DWI Crackdown

The New York State Police today released the results of the Memorial Day weekend enforcement initiative that targeted impaired drivers. Troopers also targeted distracted driving, speeding, as well as violations of New York’s move over and seat belt laws.
During this initiative, which occurred from May 22 through May 25, the New York State Police issued a total of 12,082 tickets.

Troopers arrested 187 people for DWI over Memorial Day weekend. Numerous sobriety checkpoints were conducted across the state and more than 5,500 vehicles passed through. Other tickets included:

Speeding: 3,597 tickets

Child restraint/seatbelt violations: 2,932 tickets

Distracted driving: 381 tickets

Move Over law violations: 125 tickets

Troopers investigated a total of 726 accidents, compared to last year’s 690. Of these accidents, 192 people were injured and seven people were killed.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney report for May 26, 2015

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

DORIAN JACOBS, d/o/b 19, of Coldspring , New York, entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felonies; two (2) counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, class E felonies; two counts of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanors. The alleged crimes occurred during August 2013 and October 2013 in the Town of Salamanca. The case has been adjourned for motions.
Guilty Pleas
ERIC J. PITTS, 28, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, class C felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incidents occurred on May 1, 2014 and May 22, 2014, in the City of Olean, when Pitts possessed and sold Suboxone.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2015.

PETER D. JONES, 30, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class B felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The crime happened on August 27, 2014, in the City of Olean, when Jones possessed and sold a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2015.

WILLIAM J. REYNOLDS, 34, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on August 14, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold amphetamine-stimulant.  Sentencing is scheduled for August 31, 2015.

CHERI A. BEARFIELD,34, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to  Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, a class E felony and Driving While Ability Impaired, a misdemeanor to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on August 15, 2014, in the Town of Ellicottville. Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2015.

STORMY L. EVANS, 22, of Freedom, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on October 12, 2014, in the Town of Freedom, when she knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein and stole property.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2015.

RODNEY D. DORAN, 25, of Olean, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on June 11, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2015.

TIMOTHY C. JOHNSON, 53, of Gerry, New York, was sentenced to 5 years probation; driver’s license revoked for 1 year; $1,000.00 fine; 240 hours of community service and ignition interlock for 1 year for his conviction to Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony. The crime occurred on May 24, 2014, in the Town of Randolph when Johnson operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .11% BAC. 

JEREMY M. FOSTER, 25, of Salamanca, New York, was sentenced to 5 years probation for his conviction to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, class E felony.  The crime happened during December 2013, in the Town of Portville when prosecutors said Foster knowingly attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein. 

SHAWN I. DEAHN, 28, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to 5 years probation and 6 months of weekends in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction to Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on January 6, 2015, at Dan Horn Pharmacy on East Green Street in Olean, when Deahn attempted to forcibly steal drugs. 

JEREMY E. KLUSEK, 27, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of 1 year in the Cattaraugus County Jail; license revoked for 1 year and a mandatory state surcharge for his conviction to Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, class E felony.  The incident occurred on September 14, 2013, in the Town of Perrysburg, when he operated a motor vehicle on a public highway and while a child who was fifteen years of age or less was a passenger in the vehicle.

TODD R. BORDEN, 26, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of 1 year each in the Cattaraugus County Jail to be served concurrent and a 3 year conditional discharge for his conviction to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Intimidating a Witness in the Third Degree, a class E felony; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.  The first incident occurred between December 16, 2014 and December 17, 2014, in the City of Olean, when Borden knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein.  The second incident occurred on January 25, 2015, in the City of Olean, when he threatened a potential witness.  The third incident occurred on November 11, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant stole property.


ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Jack Jett, 41, of Hemlock, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with unlawful possession and importation of Alpha PVP, a schedule I controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $1,000,000 fine. 
“Some areas around the country are sounding the warning bell about the dangerous effects of Alpha PVP,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “In the last year alone, our Office has prosecuted nine defendants on charges involving this dangerous and potentially deadly drug. Seven of those nine defendants now stand convicted.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant was arrested following the controlled delivery of a package containing approximately three kilograms of Alpha PVP, a schedule I designer drug. The package was sent to Jett at his residence in Hemlock from China. The complaint states that the defendant admitted to law enforcement officers that he ordered the package from China and he knew that it contained Alpha PVP. The defendant further admitted that he distributed Alpha PVP. 
Alpha PVP, more commonly known as bath salts, is a schedule I controlled substance that has been reported to be the cause or a contributing cause of death in suicides and polydrug overdoses. Alpha PVP has also been known to cause paranoia and hallucinations.  
U.S. Attorney Hochul further stated “Ordering any legal drug online must be done very carefully and under the strict guidelines of a medical professional. The public should also know that if you order illegal drugs, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 
Jett made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Johnathan W. Feldman and was released on bail. 
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Kennedy, the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge, Boston Division, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth, the Hornell Police Department, under the direction of Chief TJ Murray, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction David V. Cole, and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Philip C. Povero.

State police charge Alma man after domestic dispute

Early Tuesday, state police arrested Justin E. Thorpe, 30, of Alma. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon 2nd and misdemeanor counts of assault and menacing with a weapon. He was also charged with harassment with physical contact, a violation.
Troopers said the charges were filed after they investigated a reported domestic disturbance in Clarksville Monday night.

Alfred State employees honored

Members of the faculty and staff at Alfred State were honored recently for their years of service at the college.
Those employees honored for 25 years included Dr. Craig Clark, Alfred, dean of the School of Applied Technology; Rebecca Comer, Almond, information technology assistant, Admissions; Gordon Cook, Wellsville, instructional support assistant, School of Applied Technology; Linda Grillo, Hammondsport, secretary 1, Business; Jeffrey Johnston, Alfred Station, assistant professor, Architecture and Design; Sandra Kinnerney, Almond, secretary 1, Athletics; William Laubert, North Hornell, associate professor, English and Humanities; Kathryn Markel, Arkport, senior associate director, Admissions; and Karl Perkins, Andover, maintenance assistant (mechanic), Facilities Services.
Honorees received a college chair and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
Sandra Kinnerney, Linda Grillo, and Rebecca Comer. Standing, from left, are William Laubert, Kathryn Markel, and Craig Clark
Pictured, sitting, from left to right, are Sandra Kinnerney, Linda Grillo, and Rebecca Comer. Standing, from left, are William Laubert, Kathryn Markel, and Craig Clark.
Those employees honored for 20 years included Edward Abbott, Hornell, maintenance assistant, Facilities Services; John Garippa, Wayland, associate professor, Automotive Trades; Kenneth Geer, Andover, associate professor, Building Trades; Diane Winans (21 years), Wellsville, payroll examiner, Business Affairs; and JoAnne White, Wellsville, secretary 1, Residential Life.
Honorees received a college clock and a certificate to commemorate the occasion.
John Garippa, JoAnne White, and Edward Abbott
Pictured, from left to right, are John Garippa, JoAnne White, and Edward Abbott.

St. James Mercy Hospital Extends Operation of Hornell Pediatric Care Clinic

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it will continue to operate its Pediatric Care Clinic until the services transition to Oak Orchard Community Health Center. According to Hospital officials, the clinic will remain open as Oak Orchard and St. James Mercy Hospital await pending regulatory approvals.
"While Oak Orchard continues to complete the necessary steps it needs to take to open a clinic in Hornell, we will continue to offer uninterrupted pediatric care at the SJMH Pediatric Care Clinic," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO. "We are notifying patients of this transition update." Dr. Uzma Mehr will continue to see patients at the current location, 428 Canisteo Street, in Hornell.

Hornell: Hogan says he won't run again...unless...

New York State’s longest serving mayor is retiring…and this time, Shawn Hogan of Hornell says he means it. The Evening Tribune says Hogan is determined to make this his “final term.” Hogan was first elected mayor at age 33 and voters have kept him there for 30 years. According the Tribune, the mayor did leave the door open...just a crack...for another term. If Hornell is awarded funding for a Center of Excellence for High Speed Transit, that could again be a game changer.

Tony Trischka to play at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center on Saturday, May 30th

WELLSVILLE, NY-Tony Trischka will be performing on Saturday, May 30th, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Show starts at 8pm.  Advanced tickets are $20, $22 at door.  Members save an additional $2.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.Tony Trischka, a 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow, is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians.  His technical and conceptual advances opened the way for a generation of players and his recordings are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference.  Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular (Rounder) won several IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards including Banjo Player of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy Award.  Territory (Smithsonian/Folkways) was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards.  He produced Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks and is the musical director of the PBS documentary Give Me the Banjo.  As one of the instrument's top teachers, he has created numerous instructional books, DVDs, CDs and the groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo ( that is the online banjo home for students from around the world.
On Tony’s latest album Great Big World  (Rounder Records-released February 4, 2014) his instrumental expertise and boundless imagination are as sharp as ever.  One of the most ambitious and accomplished of his career, the album is a deeply compelling showcase for his expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills, as well as his sterling taste in collaborators. With contributions from his band Territory, Steve Martin, Michael Daves, Noam Pikelny, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and many other special guests, the 13-track set finds Trischka embracing all manner of possibilities, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the traditional bluegrass roots that first inspired him to make music. 
Tony continues to maintain a national and international touring schedule with his band of extraordinary musicians.
“…the great banjo liberationist…” -Tom Ashbrook, NPR-“On Point”

“…the godfather acoustic music”  NYTimes

Police: Portville man was drunk when he crashed with children in vehicle

City of Olean Police arrested Shane A. Rice, 25 of Portville, NY for DWI and Aggravated DWI charges under Leandra's Law.
Rice was involved in a motor vehicle crash early Tuesday morning on Seneca Avenue in Olean while allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol and with his 1 and 5 year old children inside the vehicle. Rice was also charged with Endangering the Welfare of a child (2cts) and driving without a license. Rice and the children were transported to Olean General Hospital for treatment. 

Cuba police looking for stolen vehicle

Cuba Police are investigating a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred sometime after May 23rd, 2015. The vehicle is a 2001 GMC Jimmy, color black, with NY plate FWZ-2419. Police said the vehicle was taken from the CROWN-Y shop on State Route 446 in the Town of Cuba. The vehicle does not have a valid NYS inspection sticker on it.
Any information on this vehicle or who may have stolen it please contact the Cuba Police Department at 585-968-1666 or call the closest police department. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTACT ANYONE THAT IS WITH THE VEHICLE.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steuben Public Defender gets grants

BATH – Two state grants are expected to assist Steuben County provide legal representation for low income residents charged with crimes, or involved in Family Court proceedings. The grants were recently accepted by the county Legislature and will be divided over three years. County Public Defender Philip Roche (shown in photo) said the first of the two state Indigent Legal Services (ILS) grants, pegged at nearly $211,000, will pay the salary and supporting services for a part-time felony assistant public defender. The second ILS grant, for $421,800, may be used to set up a conflicts office in Steuben, pending approval by the county Bar Association. The new office would represent individuals who cannot be represented by the county public defense due to a conflict of interest. In the event of a conflict of interest, the county now defends one individual, while the others are assigned by the courts to independent counsel, at Steuben’s cost. The number of felony assignments in the county continues to climb, Roche said. In 2014 the Public Defender’s Office handled 450 felonies, up 90 cases from a total up from 360 felony cases logged in 2013. Roche projected the felony caseload will reach 550 cases this year, an increase of 100 cases, compared to 2014.

Houston man sentenced on drug charges - Cattaraugus County connection

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ricardo Garza, 52, of Houston, TX, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, was sentenced to 151 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who handled the case, stated that between January 2010 and December 9, 2011, the defendant conspired with James Leon, Richard Himbury, Daniel Garza and others, to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Garza supplied the drugs to James Leon who then redistributed them to Himbury and others.
On November 15, 2011, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at James Leon's residence in State Route 394 in the Town of Coldspring, NY. Officers found a grocery bag full of marijuana in the living room and a canister containing approximately four ounces of cocaine in the bathroom, as well as scales used to measure quantities of controlled substances.
Richard Himbury was arrested on November 15, 2011. Agents then searched his residence on St. Amelia Drive in Tonawanda, NY and located approximately eight kilograms of cocaine, 100 pounds of marijuana and $100,000.00 in United States currency. Himbury stated to the agents that one of his sources of supply was James Leon adding that Leon's source of supply for cocaine and marijuana was a Mexican male, later identified as Ricardo Garza.
James Leon, Richard Himbury, and Daniel Garza have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

13 From Belmont Compete at SkillsUSA States

Please congratulate the following Media Communications students from the Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont for placing third in the chapter display competition at the SkillsUSA State Competition held in Syracuse on April 22-24 . . .

Gary Havens Jr. from Wellsville Central School (left) and Haylee Burdick from Bolivar-Richburg (right) took third place in the chapter display competition. Both are first-year students, but competed against mostly seniors.

An additional 11 students competed in other areas . . .
  1. Abby Congdon (Friendship) -- Job Interview -- Media Communications
  2. Jordan Potter (Fillmore) -- Bulletin Board -- Media Communications
  3. Cody Hennard (Belfast) -- Job Demo A -- Media Communications
  4. Megan Goodrich (Wellsville) -- Medical Assisting
  5. Logan Tyler (Cuba-Rushford) -- Culinary Arts
  6. Stephanie Baker (Genesee Valley) -- Cosmetology
  7. Killian Groom (Wellsville) -- Extemporaneous speaking -- Criminal Justice
  8. Kylen Zengerle (Andover) -- Welding Fabrication
  9. Chad Cook (Wellsville) -- Welding Fabrication
  10. Trevor Wright (Cuba-Rushford) -- Welding Fabrication
  11. Josh Horton (Cuba-Rushford) -- Welding Fabrication

Kudos to everyone for competing . . . and a job well done to all!

Special thanks to teachers, advisors, and everyone who helped in any way.
Courtesy of Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES.

Potter, McKean remain under drought watch

HARRISBURG, PA -- Despite the recent precipitation events, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is maintaining a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania because parts of the state have below-average groundwater and in some areas surface water levels.
“We are still recovering from a very dry fall and below-normal precipitation this winter,” Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “These factors have contributed to low groundwater and surface water levels mostly in the northeast and central portions of the state.”
The 27 counties under the drought watch are Berks, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
The lack of groundwater recharge can cause well-fed water supplies, both private and public, to go dry. All Pennsylvanians are advised to heed this drought watch by conserving their water use and consumption.
To reduce water use, residents can:
• Run water only when absolutely necessary by avoiding running water while brushing teeth or turning on the shower many minutes before use
• Check for household leaks; a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day
• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads
• Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps, and sidewalks
• Wash the car with water from a bucket; if a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle
• Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only, do not water the street or sidewalk
• Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used by 20 to 50 percent
• Mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil and inhibit weeds.
• Plant native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties
• Cover swimming pools to prevent evaporation
• Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil

DEP has notified all water suppliers in the affected areas of the need to monitor their supplies, particularly those that rely upon groundwater, and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.
A drought watch declaration is the first and least-severe level of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary five percent reduction in non-essential water use.
Through a cooperative program with the U.S. Geological Survey, DEP helps fund a statewide network of gauges to monitor groundwater levels and stream flows. This network provides the state’s drought coordinator with comprehensive data that is used to determine drought classifications. In addition to precipitation, groundwater and stream flow levels, DEP monitors soil moisture and water supply storage. This data is shared with other state and federal agencies.
DEP also offers water conservation recommendations and water audit procedures for commercial and industrial users, such as food processors, hotels and educational institutions.
These recommendations and additional drought information are available by clicking here or visiting DEP’s website,, keyword: drought.

Wellsville: Man sentenced in "Operation Lucky Day"

A man, who was arrested with 11 others in the Wellsville Police Department effort called "Operation Lucky Day," has been sentenced in Allegany County court. Herman J. Folwell, 53, of Spencerport, was sentenced last week by Judge Thomas Brown to one year interim probation. His felony drug plea was withdrawn and he pled guilty to misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. He must also serve three years probation. He had originally faced several felony-level charges. The original offense, court records indicated, occurred September 26, 2012 in Wellsville. Prosecutors had maintained Folwell possessed and sold morphine pills to a confidential informant.

Wellsville woman receives probation in drug-related prison contraband case

A 36-year old Wellsville woman must serve the next five years on probation after she admitted that she attempted to introduce the Allegany County jail. Michelle L. Walsh of state route 19 entered a guilty plea to the felony charge of attempting to promote prison contraband. Prosecutors said Walsh brought a suboxone strip to the jail and attempted to sell it to an inmate last October. She had faced three felony counts. Judge Thomas Brown also ordered Walsh to serve 100 hours of community service, plus pay court and DNA costs.

Wellsville man sent to prison on heroin charge

A Wellsville man will spend the next three years in prison after he was convicted in Allegany County court for possessing heroin. Andrew J. Burr, 32, of Scott Avenue will also serve one year post release supervision. Prosecutors said Burr possessed and sold heroin a year ago in Wellsville. Judge Terrance Parker also assessed Burr with a court surcharge and DNA fee's.

Men from Olean, Gowanda finally receive college awards from Alfred State...decades after the fact

Town of Hume couple faces drug charges in Wyoming County

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force and Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Allegany County couple following an incident in the village of Castile in January of 2015.
Earlier this year, Drug Task Force Members allegedly witnessed a drug transaction in which police say Russell APPELL, age 32, and Samantha WARREN, age 22, both of Hume, New York had purchased 80 Oxycodone pills from another person. Upon leaving this “drug deal” both were arrested following a traffic stop on Route 19A in the Town of Genesee Falls. The pills in question were recovered  and both were charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree with the intent to re-sell these pills and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, both being felonies.
Both surrendered themselves to authorities on May 15th, 2015 and have since been released upon posting bail.

George Pataki to announce presidential bid Thursday - Politico

Defiant in the face of long odds and political pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Thursday, according to a report.
“It will be a very stiff climb up a very steep mountain, but that hasn’t stopped me in the past,” Pataki said in an interview with the New York Post on Monday, acknowledging the fact that skepticism abounds over his potential campaign.

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Alfred State alumni possess ‘most valuable skills’, according to report

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, has listed Alfred State in a recent report as the top two-year or lower college whose alumni possess the most valuable skills.
The report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools,” determined that the value of Alfred State alumni skills is $69,219, which is more than $9,500 greater than the average value of alumni skills at all two-year or lower colleges, $59,664.
Dr. Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, said the institution obtained a list of the 25 most commonly listed skills on LinkedIn resumes for roughly 2,500 colleges, then evaluated those skills by matching them to those advertised on millions of online job vacancies posts, in which the vacancy had included both a skill and a salary.
“High-value alumni skills, like those listed by Alfred State alumni, are those associated with high average salaries,” Rothwell said.
The significance of Alfred State’s top ranking, according to Rothwell, is that it implies that the content of what is taught at the college either directly provides skills highly valued in the labor market or prepares students to acquire those skills after leaving Alfred State.
“The fact that Alfred State ranks at the top suggests that its teachers instill the most valuable skills in the country, relative to all other two-year colleges,” he said.
The value of alumni skills, Rothwell said, was one of the most important predictors of strong performance on the three alumni economic outcomes that Brookings measured: mid-career salaries, loan repayment rates, and occupational earnings power.
“Notably, alumni skills not only predict better outcomes for alumni, they predict higher value-added performance,” Rothwell said. “That is to say, that even after controlling for student characteristics — like test scores and family income — higher value skills predict greater success. Alfred State scored in the top 2 percent and top 9 percent of all colleges on value-added contribution to occupational earnings power and loan repayment.”
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I am extremely pleased about Alfred State’s top ranking in the Brookings Institution’s report. This ranking is a testament to the high-quality education our students receive here and I could not be more proud of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Saturday May 23, 2015

Wellsville Police arrested Brandy E. Rosenberger, age 37 of Belmont, charging her with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and No/Inadequate Lights.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on North Main Street in the Village.  Rosenberger was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Rosenberger is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 9th at 4:30 pm.
Date: Friday May 22, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested Anthony W. Demoss, age 33 of Wellsville, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and No/Inadequate Lights.  The charge stems from a traffic stop on North Main Street in the Village.  Demoss was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Demoss is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 9th at 4:30 pm.

Date: Thursday May 21, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested two 13 year old Wellsville Youth’s charging them each with Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charge stems from an incident that took place in the Lagoon Park Recreation Area.  The youths were both petitioned to the Allegany County Probation Department for further action.

Wellsville Police arrested Amy R. Stone, age 26 of Little Genesee, charging her with Forgery 3rd.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on North Main Street in the Village.  Stone was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Stone was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1500.00 bail.  Stone is due back in Wellsville Village Court on June 16th at 4:30 pm.

Obituary: Doris E. Morrison, 93, Wellsville

Doris E. Morrison, Wellsville, NY, formerly of Riggs St. Franklinville passed away Sunday (May 24, 2015) at the Wellsville Manor, with her extended family and care givers at her side. Born Aug. 20, 1921 in Franklinville she was the daughter of Archie and Winifred Lewis Morrison. Doris lived in Franklinville all of her life until moving into her new home in Wellsville where she spent 4 wonderful years. She was a graduate of Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and was employed at AVX in Franklinville and later in Olean retiring after 30 years of service to care for her parents. Surviving are her cousins and care givers Gary and Pat Balcom of Wellsville. Per her wishes, there will be to visitation, she asked to be remembered in your thoughts and prayers. She appreciated the brief loving care at both Jones Memorial Hospital and Wellsville Manor Care Center. A grave side service will be held in Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville on Thursday (May 28, 2015) at 10am. Memorials may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital foundation, P.O. Box 191 Wellsville, NY 14895.

Memorial celebration set for Doris Nielsen Rigas

Police: Delevan man arrested after striking two with his vehicle

Farmersville, NY – At about 12:03 a.m. Monday, State Police based in Machias responded to a report of an assault on Rogers Road in the Town of Farmersville, NY.
Investigation revealed that after being involved in a physical altercation during a friendly gathering, Jared Wrazen, 22, of Delevan, NY allegedly entered his vehicle and while fleeing the scene recklessly stuck two individuals. Both victims were transported to Erie County Medical Center leaving one hospitalized and the other treated and released.
Jared Wrazen was located later Monday morning in the Village of Delevan and was arrested on 1 count of Assault 2nd degree, 2 counts of Assault 3rd degree, and 5 counts of Reckless Endangerment 1st degree.  Jared Wrazen was processed at SP Machias, arraigned in the Town of Farmersville Court., and remanded to the Cattaraugus county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.