Sunday, July 24, 2016

Obituary: Wayne B. Currier, 67, Wellsville native

Wayne B. CURRIER, 67, of Ellisburg, PA, died Friday, July 22, 2016 in his home.
Born June 5, 1949, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Bert A. and Agnes I. Matteson Currier.
He was employed as a custodian by Wellsville Central School for 20 years. Wayne was known for being a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbors.
Surviving are: his mother, Agnes Currier of Wellsville, NY; a brother, Gerald (Bonnie) Currier of Alma, NY; a sister, Karry (Malcolm) Davison of Cuba, NY; a sister-in-law, Kathie Currier of Ellisburg; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, Larry G. Currier.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Roy Ward will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at

McKean County firefighter killed in the line of duty

OFFICIAL RELEASE: The Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department along with the McKean County Department of Emergency Services regrets to announce the passing of Firefighter Donald Ishman.
Ishman, 60, of Cyclone was one of several firefighters assisting with a Public Service detail on Saturday, July 23rd when he was struck by an apparatus backing into the fire station. He was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill. Ishman was a 40 year member of the Volunteer Fire Department and had served in several leadership roles over the years, including Fire Chief.
Members of the Fire Service community across the County will remember Don as a dedicated and valuable member of the Fire Department and he will be missed by many.
The McKean County Department of Emergency Services extends its most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family, friends and brother and sister firefighters of Firefighter Donald Ishman.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Deputies: Man arrested in Steuben County stabbing

Foul play suspected after missing Steuben County teen's phone traced to Tennessee

From the Tennessean
Franklin, TN police detectives on Thursday said they are assisting New York State Police who are in Franklin conducting an investigation into the disappearance of a New York teen.
According to a news release from Franklin Police Department, Nieko Lisi left Jasper, N.Y. on Sept. 30, 2011 and dropped off a friend in Romulus, Mich., before arriving on Flintlock Drive in Franklin on Oct. 1, 2011. At the time he was 18.
Monica Button, Nieko’s mother, said she first suspected her son was missing when she received a phone call from her brother asking if she knew Nieko was going camping and then couldn’t reach Nieko on his cellphone.
Police say Nieko told his uncle he was going away for a while.
“For four and a half years, I’ve just been tortured,” Button said.
Nieko, along with the grey 2004 GMC Canyon truck he was driving, has not been seen since.
Button said her son sometimes got caught up in the wrong crowd, but that she thought he'd straighten out. Nieko did not have permission to drive the truck to Franklin.
But recent leads have led Eric Hurd, a New York state investigator, and other New York officers to Franklin.
On the afternoon of Oct. 1, 2011, Nieko’s mobile phone stopped communicating with a Franklin cell tower. According to officials, New York State Police investigators suspect foul play.
Members of the New York State Police Violent Crime Investigation Team have been in Franklin since Monday, following several leads, police said.
"We've interviewed several people, and we have several people more that we want to interview," Hurd said in a press conference Thursday. He said police have persons of interest.
Button said that days after her son went missing, she found out the young man Nieko was traveling with died in Michigan about 10 days after Nieko may have left the area.
Button looked up her son's call logs on Verizon and saw Nieko had been contacting Tennessee phone numbers. She called all the people on the list and got a call back from one young man who said Nieko had been to his Tennessee home on Oct.1, 2011, the same day police say Nieko's phone stopped communicating with the cell tower.
She said Nieko knew the young man from when he had gone to Franklin High School as a junior and resided in the Franklin area with family members in 2009.
"I said to the young man, 'You haven't seen him in two years. What did he say, what did he want? Where did he go?' " Button said. "And he couldn't deliver anything positive or any concrete information for me."
She said the young man's family insisted that Nieko had spent the night there. "To date, those are the last people who've said that they've seen my son alive."
Hurd said he doesn't know how long New York police will remain in Franklin. He described Nieko as 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair and a muscular build.
“He loved his family,” Button said. “Our family was very close knit, and we just want to know if he's OK.”
The license plate on the truck Nieko was last known to have been driving, police say, is New York EGY 7316.
The Lisi family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to Nieko's whereabouts. Franklin police and Crime Stoppers are offering an additional reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.
"We'll use whatever resources we can to find this kid," Hurd said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000.
“We beg (the public) to tell us what has happened to him,” Button said. “I just love my son.”
Release from the Franklin, TN Police Department:

A cold case investigation into the disappearance of a missing New York teen has led to the discovery of the truck he drove to Franklin. Following a lead, yesterday afternoon Franklin Police Detectives and New York State Police Investigators found the stripped down truck locked inside the garage of a middle Tennessee home.
The discovery only increases the concern of foul play in the disappearance of Nieko Lisi, who was last seen on Flintlock Drive in Franklin on October 1, 2011. Investigators are hopeful that forensic processing of the truck, underway today in Franklin, will help to provide answers in the case. Police urge anyone with information to come forward.
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MISSING: Nieko Lisi
A cash reward is available for anonymous information,
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

Alfred: Growing interest for Grasstravaganza

While homeowners may alternate between praying for rain to turn their turf green, or cursing their lawn when it is growing too fast, for many people their interest in grass is merely a hobby. But there is a business, an industry, and even a science to be studied related to keeping things green, and Grasstravaganza is bringing together these experts from around the country.
Alfred State is hosting Grasstravaganza Aug. 4-6, an event for farmers, conservationists, and consumers who are interested in soil health, grazing, and sustainable agriculture. The theme is “Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms,” and will feature presentations by nationally recognized grazing and soil health experts.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Fred Provenza as our featured speaker,” said Phil Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “His decades of groundbreaking research has led to many discoveries in livestock grazing behavior, foraging, and nutritional information important to both animals and humans. Attendees will not only be able to hear directly from this international leader, but have dinner and ask questions in less formal gatherings together.”
Attendees are invited to take tours of farms in West Sparta, Angelica, and Birdsall, as well as the college’s own 800-acre farm, which is home to horses, alpacas, swine, poultry, sheep, and both conventional and organic dairy herds.
“Our farm demonstrates just one way in which Alfred State is committed to preparing the farmers and conservationists of tomorrow, and we are proud and excited to be hosting an event like this for those who are already in these fields and are looking to learn even more,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State.
Additional speakers at Grasstravaganza include: Justin Morris, NRCS soil health specialist; Matt Ehrhart, director of Watershed Restoration at the Stroud Water Research Center, an independent research institution focused on stream and river ecology; Dr. Hue Karreman, a first-generation organic veterinarian; and Jeremy Engh, recognized for gourmet quality grass-fed beef production.
In addition to presentations from nationally known speakers, there will be specialized workshops and a trade show. For information or to register, call Karen Meade at 607-587-4714 or visit the conference website.

Hackers beware: Alfred State students are on the case

In today’s world, there are computers at every turn and people have come to rely on devices for commerce, communication, transportation, and virtually every aspect of their lives. While this sort of convenience has its upsides, it may also mean a dream environment for hackers, and have the potential to turn into a nightmare for everyone else. That’s why Alfred State students are looking to thwart that criminal activity.
Recent examples of massive data breaches include: 145 million records stolen from eBay in 2014, 80 million accounts compromised at Anthem health insurance in 2015, 76 million bank records taken from JP Morgan Chase in 2014, and 56 million debit and credit cards compromised in 2014 at Home Depot.
This has led to a heightened awareness of vulnerabilities among the public, and a greater demand for professionals who can stop these attacks. This requires education and training, which Alfred State is providing in order to produce professionals who can help make the world more secure from hackers.
Formerly known as “information security and assurance,” the college’s Bachelor of Technology degree in cyber security is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as an information security professional, with a special emphasis in network and host security, secure programming, secure database applications, mobile device security, and cloud security. Courses ranging from security to programming to language sequences help these students to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s information security industry.
One of the reasons that Alfred State is such a terrific place for studying cyber security is the fact that students aren’t just learning the theory. They’re putting it into practice building networks, firewalls, access control lists, and more.
“In my classes, when I tell you to build a network, I expect you to build a network,” said Scott O’Connor, associate professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department and coordinator of the cyber security program. “The students are building an active directory with 16 servers running in our net lab environment and it’s running off a hypervisor, which is exactly the same thing they would do if they got a job working at a corporation.”
Students also perform security audits of the various buildings on campus. In their final semester, they are required to take a semester-long internship in which they complete supervised field work in a selected business, industry, government, or educational setting.
Furthermore, Alfred State has a long-standing Cisco Academy affiliation and in the past year became one of the first Palo Alto Networks Academies in the world.
Outside of the curriculum, the college also has a student club called the Alfred State Information Security Team (ASIST). This club encourages the exploration of topics related to information security and ethical hacking. ASIST also features weekly presentations that all students are encouraged to attend.
Additionally, ASIST students have honed their skills in a number of cyber defense competitions, such the CyberSEED: Cybsersecurity, Education, and Diversity Challenge Week, and the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC).
This past December, the club hosted a Cyber Security Capture the Flag Competition, in which four schools participated. The competition allowed participants to understand the technology and thought process of hackers, while also sharpening their security skills and learning new techniques.
With so many opportunities for learning, it’s safe to say that Alfred State is doing its part to produce graduates who are well prepared to help make the cyber universe safer.
“Through their hands-on learning experiences, their internships, the competitions, the security audits, and more, our students are receiving the knowledge and experience that employers are seeking,” O’Connor said. “They know what to expect on the job because they’ve done it already here, and that knowledge and experience will only grow and, as a result, further serve our field’s mission of making the world safer from cyber warfare.”

Ulysses: Boy injured in fall from 'Gator'

Pennsylvania State Police said a 15-year old boy sustained a broken leg when he fell from the Gator he was riding in. Troopers said the incident happened at about 14:45 a.m. on July 19th on Pusher Siding Road in Ulyssess Township. Police said the Gator was being operated by a 14-year old Ulysses boy. Troopers said the younger teen took a curve too quickly, dumping the older boy out. The 14-year old boy was cited for unsafe operation.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Obituary: Kenneth E. Skinner, 83, Caneadea

Kenneth E. Skinner of Caneadea died Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Buffalo General Hospital. He was born on May 8, 1933 in Richburg, a son of the late Raymond and Adah VanSkoik Skinner. On July 20, 1952 in Bolivar he married Patricia Davis who predeceased him on January 25, 2006. On April 24, 2010 at his home he married Gloria J. Haas who survives. Mr. Skinner owned & operated the Country Store in Rushford. He was a member of the former Masonic Lodge of Rushford. Surviving are 2 daughters, Karen (Dave) Cole of Cuba, Linda (David) Carlisle of St. Joseph, Missouri, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by three brothers, Earl “Bus” Skinner, Ralph Skinner, Braedon “Bill” Skinner and a sister, Betty Baldwin. Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Jonathan Finley, pastor of the Rushford Baptist church, will officiate. Burial will be in White Cemetery, Rushford. Memorials if desired to: Rushford Rescue Squad, a Fire Department of the donor’s choice or the Allegany County SPCA.

The Dr. F. Clifton Miller Maternity Project at Jones Memorial Hospital

NY: "Move-Over" Law expands to protect volunteer fire & EMS workers

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation expanding New York State's "Move-Over" Law to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
The measure (S.7938/A.8702-A) requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing blue or green lights that are operated by volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers involved in a roadside emergency.
"Our first responders risk their lives day in and day out, often putting their own safety and wellbeing in jeopardy, in order to protect their communities and their fellow New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said, “This new law will help ensure that first responders are protected from avoidable hazards when responding to a roadside emergency.”
Previously, the “Move-Over” law only applied to drivers approaching stopped police, emergency or hazard vehicles with flashing red and white or amber lights.

Senator David Valesky said, “The current ‘Move-Over’ Law protects police, emergency, and hazard vehicle operators by requiring approaching drivers to slow down and move one lane over, but volunteer emergency responders do not have the same protection. Expanding this law will extend that safeguard to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers when they are providing emergency assistance. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important protection into law.”

Assemblyman William B Magnarelli said, “I want to thank the Governor for signing this important bill into law. It will make common sense changes to the “Move-Over Law” by expanding its coverage to include the “blue” and “green” lights that are used by many volunteer fire and ambulance companies. All first responders deserve the protections of the “Move-Over Law” when responding to incidents and emergencies on our roadways. This new law will help keep them safe when they are serving the public.”

Woman drowns in Cattaraugus County pond

Addison man drowns in pond