Thursday, July 30, 2015

Knife and shotgun attack in Steuben County

Livingston County: Man on "warrant list" apprehended

GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Ossian man and former “Warrant of the Week” on felony charges.
Deputies did conduct their monthly check on Daniel P. Richards, a level 2 sex offender, back in October of 2014 and found that Richards had moved without notifying authorities of an address change.  Through the investigation it was learned that Richards was on the run from Cattaraugus County law enforcement and was believed to be the reason he fled Livingston County. 
Richards became the LCSO “Warrant of the Week” the last week of April 2015.   The LCSO received several tips related to Richards whereabouts and the best information the LCSO had in early May was that Richards had fled to Florida.  Last week, another tipster contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised Richards was back in the Buffalo area.  Deputies teamed up with the US Marshals Service to apprehend Richards.  Richards was taken into custody yesterday, July 29th in Buffalo by Deputy Marshals. 
Richards was arraigned in Geneseo Town Court by Judge Houston. Richards was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff with no possibility of bail.   Richards is being held in the Livingston County Jail.  
The Sheriff’s Office thanks the US Marchals Service for their great partnership and the community for always sharing our warrants of the week on social media and for the great tips called into our Office at 585-243-7100. 

Obituary: Jessie M. Dowd, 82, Oramel

Jessie M. Dowd, 82, of 8416 State Rd. 19, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Olean General Hospital. Born March 3, 1933 in Cuba, she was the daughter of John and Theresa Johnson Thornton. Jessie had grown up in Belfast and was a graduate of Belfast Central School, class of 1951. Jessie was operator at the cheese factory in Genesee, PA for a few years and then for 10 years at Motorola Corp. in Arcade. Due to a disability, she retired at this time.
She loved to bake breads and all kinds of bakery goods, supplying all those around with her delicious foods. She also sewed for many people who needed something like a tear mended or a zipper put in. She loved her family and spending time with them.
Surviving are a son, Bruce R. (Deanna) Baldwin of Rushford; a daughter, Rita K. (Clair) West of Caneadea; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two brothers, Francis J. Thornton of Willet, NY, and Jack (Marie) Thornton of Caneadea; several nieces and nephews including a special niece and her family, Dixie and Donald Middaugh of Belfast; and a special friend, Delores Bailor of Cuba.
Jessie was predeceased by two sisters in law, Kay Thornton and Wilma Thornton.
There will be no visitations or funeral to comply with Jessie's wishes. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast. Memorials may be made to the Belfast Rescue Squad.

Obituary: Jean E. Wilson, 87, Houghton

Jean E. Wilson of 7533 Tucker Hill Road, Houghton, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at home.  Born on January 1, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Leah Wolfer Thomas.  On March 27, 1949 in the Fillmore Methodist Church, she married Richard J. Wilson, who predeceased her.
Jean was a member of the Dee Victor Thomas American Legion Post 1156 Auxiliary.  She had a keen interest in local and national politics and had served for many years on the Allegany County Republican Committee.  She also was a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society.  In recognition of her many contributions to her community and of her high personal standards, she had been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Fillmore Rotary Club.
Surviving are three sons, Larry R. Wilson of Houghton, Stephen (Marci) Wilson of Jackson, Missouri, and Jay (Roseanna) Wilson of Belfast; a grandson, Travis J. (Christy) Wilson of Jackson, Missouri; a grandaughter-in-law, Kelli Wilson of Jackson, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Lauren and Zachary Wilson, of Jackson, Missouri; a brother, William (Jane) Thomas of Lansing, Michigan; a sister, Pat Ricketts, of Hume; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Wilson; two brothers, Robert L. Thomas and John L. “Dude” Thomas; and three sisters, Zelda Jane Thomas, Sally Wilday, and Janice “Jan” Hatch.
There will be no visitation.  Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 31 at 11:00 a.m. In Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba.

Belfast travel note

State Route 19 from County Route 16 Transit Bridge to the Village of Belfast
Town of Belfast, Allegany County

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that state Route 19 from county Route 16 Transit Bridge to the hamlet of Belfast will receive the second course of a two course paving from Wednesday, August 5 to Tuesday, August 11, weather permitting.  While this work is taking place, traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons. 

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday July 30, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested a 16 Year old Wellsville youth, charging him with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  The charge stems from a traffic stop on East State Street in the Village.  The youth was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a 3rd party.  The youth is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 11th at 4:30 pm.

Fire destroys Allegany home

Fire destroyed a home in Allegany last night. Firefighters were called to the Colonial Village development off route 417 at 7:16pm. Nobody was home when flames broke out and no injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation. Assisting Allegany firefighters were crews and equipment from the town of Olean, Westons Mills and Knapp Creek.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

McKean County: Man faces attempted manslaughter charge

A shooting in Smethport Wednesday morning…and a man now faces an attempted manslaughter charge. State police say it happened on Franklin Street about 4:30 a.m. after two men fought over a $20 bill. According to troopers, the victim was shot in the shoulder with a 20-gauge shot gun. He was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center. 22-year old Chase Hill was charged with  attempted manslaughter and aggravated assault, both felonies, as well as simple assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Hill was arraigned and jailed on $200,000 bail. But police say the victim is also in trouble. 22-year old Robert Greene of Maryland, the shooting victim, is also being held because of outstanding warrants from Maryland. Police said he is awaiting extradition.

Wellsville: car flips on village street, two receive minor injuries UPDATED

Wellsville police investigated a one car crash on North Brooklyn Avenue, near Chamberlain Street in the village. The crash happened around 4 p.m. The vehicle clipped two tree's, avoided a utility pole, then overturned. The driver was treated at the scene by EMS. The driver sustained minor injuries. Police also said a man on a scooter on the sidewalk was struck by some debris and also had a very minor injury. This evening, police identified the driver as Mark F. Voit, 45, of Wellsville. He was charged with moving from a lane unsafely and unsafe tire. He'll answer the charges in village court August 11th. Police did not identify the scooter operator, but said he sustained no serious injury. Emergency services from Wellsville responded to the scene as did D & J Wrecker Service.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New Yorkers now have the opportunity to print a temporary license from the Department of Motor Vehicles website when they renew or replace their driver licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification card online. This service will provide a quick, convenient way to get a temporary license, without making a trip to the DMV, allowing drivers and residents to be able to prove a new license is on the way.

“This administration remains committed to streamlining the processes of government, and one of our focuses has been making DMV wait times shorter and services more convenient,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are bringing the DMV of New York into the 21st century and improving the way it serves millions of customers.”

The printable documents are similar to, and as valid as, one from the DMV office or DMV kiosk, but with the added convenience of printing from home. The temporary license, permit or non-driver identification card is valid for 60 days. Each temporary document appears on an eight-and-a-half-by-eleven-inch page and carries a background image of the New York State coat of arms.


BUFFALO, N.Y.–U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Arafat M. Nagi, 44, of Lackawanna, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely, personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, ISIL. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  
“Our continuing fight against international terrorism today returns to Western New York,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “As alleged, Arafat Nagi pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and the leader of this terrorist organization. After buying military combat gear, he traveled twice to Turkey in an effort to help the group. Thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement and community members, this defendant is no longer capable of achieving his goal of joining the most despicable group of our time.”  
“The FBI has a responsibility to ensure that our law enforcement and intelligence agencies are positioned to identify existing or emerging threats,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig. “Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) serve as the national platforms for deterring, detecting, and disrupting terrorist machinations. The JTTF in Buffalo relies on community engagement to gain perspectives on radicalization and to deter recruitment and the spread of radicalization messages. We continue to call upon people to contact law enforcement if they know of someone who has been influenced by ISIL rhetoric on social media – powerful propaganda that calls for followers to commit quick and unpredictable violent acts.” 
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Joseph M. Tripi, who are handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on August 28, 2014, a community member advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the defendant spoke about violent jihad to various people in the Lackawanna community and it was common for Nagi to get into verbal complaints over his jihadi beliefs.
Further investigation determined that the defendant pledged allegiance to ISIL and the leader of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al Bagdadi. Investigators learned that the defendant traveled to Turkey on two occasions, in October, 2012 and July 2014 with the intention to meet with members of the group. Evidence revealed that prior to this trip, the defendant purchased a large number of military combat items, including a tactical vest, army combat shirt, body armor, Shahada Flag, combat boots, backpack, burn kit, a hunting knife, machete and night vision goggles.
During follow up interviews in December, 2014 and March 2015, the community member who alerted the FBI regarding Nagi’s actions stated that the defendant still possessed radical political and religious views. According to the individual, Nagi was angry about the killing of rebels in Yemen which he blamed on the United States; pledged an oath to ISIL leaders; expressed agreement with ISIL tactics, including the killing of innocent men, women and children; and planned to travel to Yemen and Turkey again soon.   
The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism task Force which includes the Amherst Police Department, the Buffalo Police Department, the U.S. Department of State, the Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Police, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the Niagara Falls Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Branch. Additional assistance was provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Steuben County Sheriff staffers recognized

Six students receive John J. Murphy Family Scholarship

Six area students will each receive $10,000 in scholarship aid from the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.
  • Geoffrey Broadbent of Olean High School, pursuing a biology/pre-med major at St. Bonaventure University;
  • Christopher Lashway of Port Allegany High School, pursuing industrial engineering at Penn State Erie, Behrend College;
  • Timothy “TJ” McMullen of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology;
  • Monica Moses of Olean High School, pursuing a chemistry major at St. John Fisher College,
  • Haley Ruffner of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing an English major with a business minor at Alfred University; and
  • Megan Shumway of Olean High School, pursuing nursing at Gannon University. 
Named in honor of the late John J. “Jack” Murphy, Olean native and former CEO and Chairman of Dresser Industries, this scholarship was established initially through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas.
“This scholarship has now been awarded to 44 students with grants totaling $290,000 since it was established at the Foundation in 2008,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, Community Foundation executive director.
“Mr. Murphy was extremely generous in his efforts to help our area’s best and brightest students to continue their educations,” she added. “We are glad to administer this scholarship, carrying on his legacy.”
Each year the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship is awarded to six graduating high school seniors from the greater Olean area, according to Ms. Buchheit.
Preferred candidates are students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, engineering or business.
Selection criteria includes scholastic achievement, school and community participation, demonstrated leadership potential and financial need. Consideration is also given to a student whose family members are employed by or have retired from Dresser-Rand in Olean, Ms. Buchheit noted.
More information on the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship is available at

State police arrest Cuba man on felony charge

On June 10, state police were called to a larceny complaint in the town of Olean. After an investigation, troopers Tuesday arrested Terry L. Atkins, 43, of Cuba. He was charged with one count of felony grand larceny. He was released on an appearance ticket for court.

St. Bonaventure's Dr. Young featured on Australian "60 Minutes

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., July 29, 2015 — St. Bonaventure University's Dr. Kimberly Young, a licensed psychologist and internationally known expert on Internet addiction for 20 years, was featured this week in a long-form news story on screen addiction on the Australian version of "60 Minutes." 
The story focused on how screen addiction, in the form of tablets and smartphones, is destroying the lives of some adults and now affecting children as young as 2 years old. 
“60 Minutes” correspondent Michael Usher was on campus in June to interview Young, who directs the master's degree program in strategic leadership at St. Bonaventure. 
Young started studying Internet addiction in 1995 and founded the Center for Internet Addiction. She has published numerous articles and books including “Caught in the Net,” the first book to identify Internet addiction and now available in nine languages, “Tangled in the Web,” “Breaking Free of the Web,” and “Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide for Evaluation and Treatment.” 
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, “Good Morning America,” and ABC’s “World News Tonight.”  
Young has received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Alumni Ambassador Award for Outstanding Achievement from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. She serves on the advisory board for The Internet Group in Toronto and the Japanese Ministry for the prevention and treatment of Internet Addiction.

Allegany County budget update


JULY 15, 2015


Committee Members Present: T. Hopkins, K. LaForge, P. Curran, D. Fanton, C. Crandall (Absent: T. O’Grady)
Others Present: M. Alger, L. Ballengee, H. Budinger, D. Decker, S. Decker, M. Gasdik,  V. Grant, K. Graves, D. Healy, R. Hollis, C. Jessup,  T. Miner, K. Monroe, D. Rahr, D. Root, T. Ross, C. Santora, N. Ungermann, R. Whitney
Media Present:  No media present
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Budget Committee Chairman Theodore Hopkins.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Curran, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to approve the Budget Committee minutes of June 17, 2015.
Sales Tax Report
            County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed the 2014 Allegany County Sales Tax Report reflecting receipts through July 15, 2015, totaling $10,293,739.94. Receipts for the current period indicate a decrease ($807,576.65 or -7.275 percent) from one year ago for the same period. Ms. Ross indicated that she would like to know what has caused the drop.
Department Budget Reviews (Big 5)
            Mid-year reports from “BIG 5” with department representatives were presented:
Office for the Aging

            Office for the Aging Director Madeleine Gasdik said that OFA is doing well and is on track per projections at this time. She added that OFA got its annual Implementation Plan approved. The State, she said, holds OFA vouchers from April 1 to March 31 until the Plan is approved. It was approved in June, so Vicki Pettit is starting to voucher now. The State is now holding three grants at this time until CSE, EISEP, WIN (formerly SNAP), until we can get our Direct Care Workers Grant submitted. 
Department of Health

            Public Health Director Lori Ballengee said DOH is in good shape, about the same as always. DOH is always a quarter behind in revenues, so that’s why the revenue looks low. DOH has not done second quarter yet. The expenses, however, are up to date. DOH is well under at this time, but will see an increase in the fall during flu shot season.

Department of Public Works

            DPW personnel were out assessing and mitigating damage that had occurred the previous evening during the severe weather. Legislator Hopkins said that based on the submitted report, DPW is on target to its projected budget. He also suggested that if anyone had any questions, they could stop in at DPW or bring them to another meeting.
Sheriff’s Office

            Sheriff Rick Whitney told the Committee that his area was doing okay except for 911 Dispatch which is projected to be “way behind,” noting that the E-911 personnel budget was less that the amount requested and less than the prior year’s actual cost. Because of the lack of Dispatchers, they are trying to fill 14 positions with 10 people, he said, and that overtime increases the costs.
Department of Social Services

            Social Services Commissioner Vicki Grant said that DSS is on par for this time of the year. Expenses are pretty close to projections except for some of those done quarterly. Revenues are always a quarter behind, she said, because of how some of the contractors bill. DSS usually waits until the end of the year to consider equipment purchases, so that’s low at this time.  Ms. Grant said that public assistance caseloads seem to be decreasing somewhat which will help the DSS budget if that trend continues. However, foster care caseloads are increasing mostly because of sibling groups so that increases the service payments because of contract work with agencies that work with the families. Ms. Grant said she hopes it will balance out, but so far, we are okay.

Review of Submitted Mid-year Reports from Other Departments

            Legislator Hopkins directed the Committee members to review the budget summaries from other departments, and if there were any questions, to bring them back to Committee.
New Business

            County Administrator Mitch Alger and County Treasurer Terri Ross suggested some dates for working on the 2016 Budget. After some discussion, it was decided that the Budget Committee would meet Wednesday morning, August 19, perhaps spilling over into the regularly scheduled Budget Committee meeting. It was also determined that the group would meet again on Friday morning, August 21, to try to complete the process.  Mr. Alger said he would send out an email confirming these dates.

            There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m. following a motion by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Cynthia Santora, Secretary to the Clerk of the Board

Allegany County Board of Legislators

Wellsville man arrested in Canisteo

July 24, 2015- The Steuben County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of Edward L. Billings Jr., 40, of Smith Hollow Road in Wellsville. Billings was stopped on his motorcycle on county road 14 in Canisteo about 5:45p.m. Billings was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC at or above .08%, no or inadequate helmet, speeding and failure to keep right. Billings was issued court tickets and released. He will appear in town of Canisteo court August 17, 2015.

Obituary: Roger L. James, 70, Wellsville

Wellsville --- Roger L. James of 4192 Bolivar Road died Monday, July 27, 2015 in the Wellsville Manor Care Center.  He was born on July 13, 1945 in Wellsville, a son of the late Francis and Crystal Harris James.
Roger was a graduate of Nunda Central School. He loved to read, research military history and watch football. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1965 to 1984.
Surviving is a son, Robert (Jennifer) James of Rochester, one grandchild, a brother Todd James of Byron, a sister Michelle (Rodney) Swain of Canaseraga, an aunt who helped raise him, Lillian Carpenter and two nephews, Travis and Jess Rawleigh.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Judy James and his step-mother, Veronica James.
Family and friends may gather from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Short Tract Cemetery. Fr. John Cullen, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Canaseraga will officiate. Burial will be in Short Tract Cemetery, Short Tract.
Memorials if desired to: A Local Library or the V.A. Hospital

Cuba Police investigate home invasion

At approximately 3:00 p.m. Tuesday officers from the Cuba Police Department responded to a report of a home being burglarized. Upon arriving home the homeowner entered his basement to find an unknown white male in shorts and a tank top attempting to cut copper from his basement. The homeowner confronted this male who then ran out the door. He was spotted by a few residents running through their lawn and eventually into the woods. This persons scent and trail were detected by the Cuba PD K-9 Unit and NYSP K-9 Unit. The trail was eventually lost however. The Cuba Police Department was assisted by the New York State Police, Allegany County Sheriff's Office and Friendship Police Department. A hacksaw was used and recovered by our evidence technician and is being processed and sent to the crime lab for analysis. Anyone with any information or tips on this case is urged to contact the Cuba Police Department at 585-968-1666

Canisteo: Three charged with robbery

On July 28, 2015, State Police stationed at Wayland and North Hornell arrested Nathaniel C. TUCKER, 30, of Canisteo, New York, Dereck T. FOLKES, 35, of Canisteo, New York, and Anthony J. TRUAX, 30, of Canisteo, New York for Robbery  in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.  Allan T. GILKES III, 59, of Hornell, New York was also arrested for Providing a False Written Statement relative to this investigation.
The arrest(s) stem from an incident that occurred on 7/9/2015 in the Village of Canisteo.  Mr. TUCKER, FOLKES and TRUAX are alleged to have engaged in a physical dispute causing injury and forcibly stealing property and Mr. GILKES is alleged to have provided a false statement regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident. 
Mr. GILKES was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Village of Canisteo Court on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.  Mr. TUCKER, FOLKES and TRUAX were arraigned and remanded   to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500/$5,000.00 bail; each are currently scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Bath Court on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM.  
The New York State Police were assisted by the Village of Canisteo Police Department and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office.             

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hornell "No Sort" release updated

HORNELL – The “No-Sort Recycling Program” recently announced by the City of Hornell is only for residents of the City of Hornell and the Village of North Hornell who have their trash/recycling picked up by Lippincott’s Rubbish Removal.
If you take your recycling to the Steuben County transfer station, you can only take plastic #1 & #2, along with cardboard, glass and metal cans. For a full list of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable at the transfer station, please visit the County website:

Wyoming County native, accomplished college professor, battling rare cancer

Professor Nicholas Wright is a native of Silver Springs in Wyoming County. Despite his youthful appearance, this seasoned college professor and published author is accomplished. While at SUNY Potsdam, he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Currently, Wright teaches at Marist College in Poughkeepsie as well as Bard College-Prison Initiative. Wright provides educational instruction at several Hudson Valley maximum security state prison's. He has always said, "they (the inmates) don't scare me." "I'm tough," bragged the 5'5" adjunct professor. His 'toughness' is now being challenged. Recently, the award winning professor received bone-chilling news...he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He is currently receiving care at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. His mother has remained by his side, foregoing for now her job at Wyoming County Community Hospital. His father, sister and brother struggle to make the New York trips. A go fund me page has been set up by one of Wright's colleagues. The information is listed...

Hi! I set up this fund to help my friend and colleague, Nicholas Wright. Nicholas is an exceptional educator with a sharp wit who has influenced so many of us, particularly his students! Since I have known him, he has reminded me to be vulnerable and take risks in the classroom and beyond to foster significant human connections.

Nicholas has been treated for a melanoma before, and was just diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a bone or soft tissue cancer.  He is receiving treatment and chemotherapy at Columbia Presbyterian in New York.

Even with insurance, the cost of chemotherapy, the ongoing tests, and potential surgery will increase quickly. Further, his dedicated family have been traveling from upstate to the city, and staying with him for several weeks, adding to the financial burden.

Anything you can give will help the Wrights with these unforseen medical costs!

Thank you for your donation. <3

Joann Deiudicibus, campaign organizer
The Wright family

Livingston County Sheriff Blotter

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

Lucas J. Kerr, 21, Rixford, PA, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor vehicle 3rd Degree, No/Inadequate Muffler and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on July 16. Kerr will address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Andrew L. Crowner, 27, Wellsville, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th Degree and 7th Degree on July 16.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Crowner was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,500 cash bail/$3,000 property bond.  Crowner will return to Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Paul E. Nahalka, 27, and Brittany L. Hahalka, 25, Nunda, NY, were arrested July 16, charged with Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps and will appear in response to charges in Mt. Morris Town Court on a later date.

Cassandra R. Bartleson, 29, Avon, NY, was charged July 16, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband 1st Degree.  Following arraignment in Geneseo Village Court, Bartleson was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail/$2,000 property.  Bartleson will return to Geneseo Village to address charges on a later date.

Erik P. Lathrop, 30, Piffard, NY, was charged with Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument on July 18.  Following arraignment, Lathrop was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail/$1,000 property bond.  Lathrop will answer charges in Nunda Village Court on a later date.

Bailee Jo Borden, 19, Nunda, NY, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Harassment 2nd Degree on July 14, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in answer to charges in Nunda Town Court on a later date.

Laura A. Bridge, 27, Rochester, NY, was arrested July 18, charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Moving from Lane Unsafely.  Bridge will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Matthew H. Coon, 21, Livonia, NY, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater on July 18.  Coon will answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Robert A. Tyson, 44, Lima, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Speeding on July 19.  Tyson will report to Lima Town Court to address charges on a later date.

James R. Stuart, 55, Geneseo, NY, was charged July 3, with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Speeding.  Stuart will respond to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Marco A. Monsalves, 29, Rochester, NY, was arrested July 21, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Monsalves will answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Roy W. Austin, 30, Andover, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Circumventing an Ignition Interlock, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, No/Inadequate Muffler and three Unsafe Tires on July 21.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Austin was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 property bond.  Austin will return to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Frederick J. Noto, 73, Rochester, NY, was cited on July 21, for Issuing a Bad Check.  Noto was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Gregory T. LaForest, 34, Conesus, NY, was cited for Petit Larceny on July 23.  LaForest will report to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Andrew J. Worthington, 20, Geneseo, NY, was arrested July 22, charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree.  Following arraignment, Worthington was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail/$6,000 property bond.  Worthington will appear in Geneseo Village Court in response to charges on a later date.

Giant Hogweed: dangerous and it's here!

Giant Hogweed-Do Not Touch This Plant!

A man standing next to a giant hogweed which towers over him
Giant hogweed can grow to 14 feet or more.
Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a Federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness. Contact between the skin and the sap of this plant occurs either through brushing against the bristles on the stem or breaking the stem or leaves.

What to do if you come in contact with giant hogweed:

Immediately wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and keep the area away from sunlight for 48 hours. This plant poses a serious health threat; see your physician if you think you have been burned by giant hogweed. If you think you have giant hogweed on your property, do NOT touch it. Please refer to our Health Hazards & Safety Instructions for Giant Hogweed for more information.

How do you identify giant hogweed?

Giant hogweed is a biennial or perennial herb in the carrot family (Apiaceae) which can grow to 14 feet or more. Its hollow, ridged stems grow 2-4 inches in diameter and have dark reddish-purple blotches. Its large compound leaves can grow up to 5 feet wide. Its white flower heads can grow up to 2 1/2 feet in diameter. Please refer to the Giant Hogweed Identification page for further help. Some other plants look very similar.

What to do if you see giant hogweed:

Identify: Use the key on our giant hogweed identification page to try and make a positive identification. Other plants that look similar are also shown.
Photograph: Photos are needed to confirm identification. Take high resolution photos of the entire plant, stem, leaves, flowers and seeds, making sure to keep a safe distance.
Report: Email DEC or call the Giant Hogweed Hotline: 1-845-256-3111. Provide photos, detailed directions to the plant infestation and estimate the number of plants.
Control: If giant hogweed is confirmed, DEC will contact the landowner and may visit to assess the site and discuss management options, as resources allow

Prison worker takes plea deal

Joyce Mitchell, the former civilian staffer at Clinton Correctional in northern New York, this morning accepted a plea deal. Mitchell entered guilty pleas to felony promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor criminal facilitation. The 51-year old tailor shop instructor admitted she provided escape tools to convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat. Matt was shot and killed by searchers June 26, about 30 miles west of the prison; Sweat was captured near the Canadian border two days later and sent to another prison.
This morning, Mitchell accepted a deal which includes between 2 1/3 and 7 years in state prison. She will be sentenced in September.

Livingston County: Sheriff says crime down 17% in 2014

GENESEO:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty is proud to announce the 2014 Sheriff’s Office Annual Report and a 17% decrease in crime in Livingston County in 2014 and a 25% decrease in crime over the last two reported years.
Livingston County Index Crimes Total         
2012- 1,195
2013- 1,088
2014- 894

“I could not be more grateful for the people of Livingston County and for the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office for their continued dedication to our residents and for the continued decrease in crime,” Sheriff Dougherty said.  “Our success is a credit to our entire team. Our members are all residents of the county and therefore directly invested in our communities; it is easy to see that makes a difference. Through their proactive strategies, relentless pursuit of criminal activity, and knowledge of our county and our people, we enjoy a safer community.” 

The 2014 Sheriff’s Office Annual Report highlights: 

Correctional Services-    
*1,122 inmates booked in
*Average Daily Population of 141 inmates
*$1,257,570 in revenue by housing inmates from outside agencies
*$1,494,045 savings utilizing inmate labor
*Court Security seized 313 items as contraband
*Implemented deputies carrying Tasers on them in the jail reducing use of force incidents

Police Services-             
*22,456 calls for service
*1,373 adult arrests
*9,165 traffic stops
*Record numbers of Drug, Welfare and Sex Offender Arrests
*337 Pistol Permit Investigations
*924 KID ID Kits issued
*238 Crime Scene Investigations by FIU
*400 DARE Graduates and 187 Classroom presentations
*Created a 24/7/365 prescription drug drop box for residents

*565 Property and income executions
*66 Warrants of Eviction
*255 Summonses
*$91,429.81 fees and poundage turned over to County Treasurer

*Continued Interoperability Grant to improve
radio communications for all public safety
*Initiated and implemented closest car dispatching on all emergency calls with our local and state partners
*Dispatched Emergency Services 54,247 times
*Telephone Traffic of 149,124 calls
*Added Hyper Reach Technology

Farmer's Market continues in Canaseraga

Don't forget that every Saturday morning thru October the Canaseraga Farmer's Market will be open for business from 9am to 1pm on Main St. across from the school. We have vegetables, arts and crafts and some snacks. New vendors are always welcome. The vendor fee is $20 for the season or just $10 per Saturday.

For more information call Sue Paine at 545-8311

Obituary: Edna Mae Taylor, 94, Wellsville

Edna Mae Taylor, age 94, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Born February 26, 1921 in Butler, PA, she was the daughter of Samuel Guy and Ethel E. Graham Hawk. On April 28, 1944, she married Charles J. Taylor, who predeceased her on February 14, 2005.
Edna resided many years in Butler, PA, and attended Butler High School. In 1956, the family moved to Freeport, PA where Charles attended (and Edna took courses at) Biblical Life Institute (TBS) to prepare for the ministry. In 1960, the family moved to Little Valley, NY where for many years she assisted her husband Charles in Western New York in Sunday school and children's church ministries, youth Bible camps, and vacation bible schools while serving with InFaith - An American Mission (formerly AFM and ASSU).Edna enjoyed reading, doing crafts, table games, and enjoyed and loved her family. She was a member of the Riceville Community Church where she was also involved with children's ministries.Edna is survived by sons, Charles E. (June) Taylor of Andover, and Donald L. (Darlene) Taylor of Caneadea; one daughter, Karen R. (Ben) Mackiewicz, of Bloomsburg, PA; her five grandchildren, Summer (Brett) Halsey of Oswego IL, Dr. Brook ( Dr. Joseph) Baade of DeWitt, MI, Joseph (Heba) Taylor of Kansas City MO, Lisa (Suk Jong) Jang of Seoul, South Korea and Melody Mackiewicz of Bloomsburg PA; and thirteen great-grandchildren: Jillian, Ashlyn, Evalyn, Seth and Vara Halsey, Maxwell and Samuel Baade, Elias and Zackary Taylor, and David, Justin, Joshua and Daniel Jang; along with several nieces and nephews.In addition to her husband of 60 years, Edna is predeceased by one sister, Irene F. Hawk, and two brothers, Earl C. Hawk and Clarence S. Hawk. Friends may call at Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast, NY on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM and Friday 10-11:00 AM. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 31, 2015, the Reverend Robert Mackmer, Pastor of the Belfast Free Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in the Rawson Valley Cemetery, Town of Lyndon.Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to InFaith Mission, PO Box 370, Villanova, PA 19085 (, or Lifeway Youth Center of Belfast, PO Box 119, Belfast NY 14711.

Allegany County: Lawmakers approve resolutions on Monday

The Allegany County Legislature approved each of the below listed resolutions on Monday.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday July 27, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested Joshua C. Brutsman, age 36 of Canisteo, charging him with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from a complaint made by Tractor Supply in the Village of Wellsville.  Brutsman was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Brutsman is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 4th at 4:30 p.m.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report for July 27, 2015

Unedited press release:
          Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, July 27, 2015:


            JASON P. TUREK, d/o/b 11/2/1975, of Randolph, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony and Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about March 1, 2015, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway with a BAC .28%.  The matter has been adjourned for motions. 

            MICHAEL L. CHASE, d/o/b 11/5/1990, of Moravia, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with four [4] counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class D felonies; two [2] counts of Assault in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate, a class E felony and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about September 22, 2014, in the Town of Little Valley, when the defendant, with intent to prevent a peace officer or police officer from performing a lawful duty, he caused physical injury to such person and intentionally obstructed, impaired or prevented the administration of law from performing an official function by means of intimidation, physical force or interference or by means of any independently unlawful act.  The matter has been adjourned for motions. 

Guilty Pleas 

WILLIAM CARR, SR., d/o/b 4/4/1986, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Obstruction of Breathing, a misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about July 5, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein, strangled another person, intentionally damaged property and caused physical injury to another person.  Sentencing is scheduled for 10/26/2015. 

JESSICA L. PINKARD, d/o/b 11/23/1993, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Forgery in the Second Degree, class D felony.  The incidents occurred on or about and between November 5, 2014 and November 13, 2014, when the defendant, used a stolen credit card and forged signatures to steal money.  Sentencing is scheduled for August 15, 2016.


MICKI L. FARNHAM d/o/b 05/07/1986, of Salamanca, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to 5 years plus 3 years post release supervision with the New York State Department of Corrections and restitution for her conviction to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on or about June 13, 2012, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug.

 STORMY L. EVANS, d/o/b 7/18/1992, of Freedom, New York,  was sentenced to  5 years probation and 150 hours of community service for her conviction to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about October 12, 2014, in the Town of Freedom, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein and stole property. 

TROY W. BAKER, d/o/b 8/18/1985, of Chaffee, New York, was sentenced to a 1 year Conditional Discharge; a fine of $750.00; driver’s license revoked for  6 months; Ignition interlock for 12 months and 75 hours of community service and a Mandatory State Surcharge for his conviction to Driving While Intoxicated  The incident occurred on or about April 10, 2014, in the Town of Freedom, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition and operated that motor vehicle on a public roadway. 

Almond woman arrested after incident at County building in Bath

Steuben County Government Notes

A special committee was formally set up Monday by the Steuben County Legislature to oversee the county’s evaluation of records storage and office space needs. The Office Space committee will oversee the development and analysis of available options, recommendation of project scope to the full legislature, and implementation of the project once selected. The committee is composed of legislators Robin K. Lattimer, R-Bath, Carol A. Ferratella, D-Riverside, Lawrence P. Crossett, R-Bath, Brian C. Schu, R-Hornellsville, and Scott J. Van Etten, R-Caton.

A new tourism marketing initiative by the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau calls for the “re-branding” of the area. SCCVB Executive Director Peggy Coleman told county legislators Monday, the new effort is the result of an extensive survey which concluded advertising the county as “Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes” would be more effective than promoting Steuben. Coleman said people outside the area typically focus on a specific location as a travel destination, and build an itinerary from that location. She added the new brand also would be useful in attracting new businesses to the area. Her agency will continue to promote other attractions in the county, she said. “We really are unique in the 14-county Finger Lakes Region,” Coleman said. “We need to build on that.”

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler has been appointed an "at-large member" on the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board. Wheeler was appointed Monday by the county Legislature to fill the unexpired term of former county Manager Mark Alger, who retired in June. The position on the board is without compensation.

Cattaraugus County: Deputies make arrest in stolen car case

Corning Inc. Announces Second-Quarter Core Sales of $2.5 Billion

CORNING, N.Y. | Corning Incorporated | July 28, 2015
Core EPS grows 12% year over year; Optical Communications leads second-quarter performance 
Corning Incorporated today announced its results for the second quarter of 2015.
Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Comparisons(In millions, except percentages and per-share amounts)
“We began 2015 with a clear set of priorities to drive Corning’s continued success. Our second-quarter performance clearly demonstrates that we are executing to our plan,” Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer and president, said. “Our businesses are delivering strong results as evidenced by the 7 percent year-over-year core earnings growth. And our share repurchase program has leveraged the earnings growth into 12 percent core EPS growth. Our first-quarter acquisitions in the Optical Communications segment are paying off, especially in the growing hyperscale data centers market. We also announced an agreement to acquire a business that will enable innovation opportunities in the pharmaceutical glass packaging market. Finally, we’re continuing our commitment to return cash to shareholders through a new $2 billion share repurchase program.”
Remarking on the company’s second-quarter performance, James B. Flaws, vice chairman and chief financial officer, said, "We are very pleased with our excellent business results in the quarter. Our overall performance was in line with our expectations. Without the impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar, our results would have been even stronger - with core quarterly sales, earnings and EPS up 3%, 11% and 15%, respectively.”