Monday, October 20, 2014

Coudersport police charge man with receiving stolen property

Coudersport Boro Police on Monday filed a criminal complaint against 21-year old Cody Thomas of Coudersport. He was charged with one count of receiving stolen property for an incident that occurred on August 4th. A preliminary hearing has been set for November 20th.

Genesee, Pa teen faces charges

Coudersport-based troopers on Monday filed a criminal complaint against 19-year old Timothy Mattison of Genesee. State Police charged the teen with DUI, DUI-High rate of alcohol, DUI-minor and four other summary offenses. The charges relate to an incident October 2 in Genesee Township. Mattison is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

WLEA: Paul Argentieri Responds To Zuckerberg Lawsuit

HORNELL, NY – After news broke on Monday afternoon that Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg was suing Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri, reportedly so that Zuckerberg could be reimbursed for legal fees and damages which the Facebook owner says his company went through, WLEA News contacted Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri.
Argentieri returned our call on Monday night, and gave us the contact information for San Francisco based attorney Joseph Alioto for a statement.   We called attorney Alioto, and here’s what he said:
click to listen to audio of statement from attorney Alioto
text of statement is below:

Ceglia in the news again
Facebook is fighting back. But this time, the target is not the Allegany County man who claims to own part of the social networking giant – it’s his former lawyers.
More than a year after a federal judge dismissed Paul Ceglia’s ownership claims, Facebook is suing Buffalo lawyer Dennis C. Vacco, a former state attorney general, and others in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The company maintains some of Ceglia’s lawyers knew his ownership claims were bogus but pursued the suit in hopes of gaining a large out-of-court settlement.
“The contract on which the lawsuit was based was an obvious forgery, rife with historical impossibilities and other red-flags for fraud,” Facebook says in its new suit.
Vacco could not be reached for comment but, in a statement, said his law firm, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, will be fully exonerated.
“Any claim of malicious prosecution on the part of the plaintiff is not only false, but is, in and of itself, a malicious prosecution directed, I believe, at the legal community as a whole, to discourage them from taking on Facebook in any future legal matters," Vacco said in the statement released today.
Facebook’s legal action comes more than a year after U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio recommended that Ceglia’s ownership suit be dismissed, calling the written contract between Ceglia and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg a “recently created fabrication.”
Filed in 2010, Ceglia’s suit was based on his contention that he and Zuckerberg signed a contract in 2003. Facebook acknowledges Zuckerberg signed a contract with Ceglia while a student at Harvard University, but the social media giant contends it had nothing to do with Facebook.
Ceglia, who has been represented by at least five different lawyers over the years, also is facing criminal charges in Manhattan connected to the suit.

Senator Young Calls for Travel Ban as Part of Comprehensive Response to Ebola

Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.
            “Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nations. Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority. Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State,” said Senator Young.
            “People are understandably anxious about the threat of Ebola and wondering if their government is responding quickly and effectively to keep us safe. It is critically important that our federal and state governments are working together and doing everything possible to allay those fears. Halting travel from Ebola-stricken nations must be part of this response.
            “Our healthcare facilities are among the best in the world, and we must make sure they are leading the way in being ready for any cases of Ebola here. The Department of Health (DOH) needs to establish a full and comprehensive response plan as soon as possible that ensures our hospitals, healthcare professionals, and first responders are all working together and have the resources they need.
        “With Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and my other Senate colleagues, I join in calling on state health, emergency services, and homeland security officials to immediately develop a comprehensive plan. We must ensure our healthcare and transportation systems are ready and equipped to respond to this threat. The state also should make sure any additional training and other necessary measures related to Ebola do not impose costs on hospitals, first responders, or local governments,” said Senator Young.
            In the DOH’s readiness plan, Senator Young is calling for the following issues to be clearly and affectively addressed: patient identification, isolation, and staff allocation; personal protective equipment; clinical management; environmental cleaning and waste management; burial; laboratory requirements; and other protocols and precautions, especially for front line staff providing care. The assessment should be transparent and identify strengths and weaknesses within the infrastructure and make recommendations for improvements.
            A roundtable discussion recently was held in New York City with state officials, medical experts, and officials from other impacted sectors to determine what must be done to ensure New York is ready to handle cases of Ebola. The Senate will work closely with state healthcare and transportation officials to make sure a plan is in place to protect New Yorkers. 

Area high school students flock to Alfred State for Agriculture Skills Contest

Alfred State hosted around 350 Future Farmers of America students from 14 western New York high schools Oct. 9 for the 28th annual Agriculture Skills Contest.
students around a green tractor at 28th annual Agriculture Skills ContestThe contest included a variety of events designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in agriculture and veterinary technology, such as tractor driving, small animal handling and medicine, dairy judging, agronomy, and others. Ribbons were awarded in every competition, as well as for overall individual and team placing.
“For the past 28 years, we have offered area high school the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge, meet students from other schools, and see the College Farm and campus,” said Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “I believe the students learn a lot and expand their vision of what the future may hold for them.”

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club a cut above the rest at timber sports matches

The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club recently excelled in a pair of timber sports competitions.
The club took second place in the men’s division and first place in the mixed Jack and Jill division at the third annual FLCC Logging Sports Competition held Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. At a match at Syracuse University on Oct. 11, the club finished first in the men’s division and first in the Jack and Jill division.
“The club did extremely well at the competitions,” said Coach Scott Bingham.
 Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club at competition
The Alfred State team competed against several other schools at both locations, including Syracuse University, Paul Smith’s College, Finger Lakes Community College, the State University of New York at Cobleskill, and the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, with the University of Connecticut also participating in the competition in Syracuse. The squads competed in a number of team, individual, and double events, including bowsaw, log roll, axe throw, and underhand chop.
The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club studies the ideas, tools, and techniques of the competitive lumberjack community, practices four times a week, and participates in several intercollegiate timber sports competitions throughout the school year. The club’s next match will be Nov. 1 at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
In photo above: Alfred State Woodsmen’s Club men’s division members Sutton Carhart, left, a construction management engineering technology major from Stafford, NY, and Dan Ognibene, a construction management engineering technology major, from Alexander, NY, compete in the team crosscut event at a timber sports match held Oct. 11 in Syracuse.

Obituary: Robert "Bob" D. Boyer, 87, Belmont

Belmont, NY - Robert (Bob) D. Boyer, 87, of 51 Willets Avenue, Belmont, NY passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the home of his daughter in Chicago, IL. He was born on July 22, 1927 in Akron, Ohio the son of the late George and Rachel Margaret (Noaker) Boyer. In 1950 Bob married Lois Sterneman and in 1973 he married Angelina Fantauzzo who predeceased him in 1997.
Bob graduated from Academy High School in Erie, PA in January 1946. In April 1946 he enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and served for three years as a photographer and photo lab technician in Japan during the occupation. Bob graduated from St. Paul Bible College in 1952 earned a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in 1954 and received a master's degree from SUNY at Geneseo in 1961. He taught at Belfast Central School from 1958 to 1961 and at Belmont Central School from 1961 to until he retired in 1985. He owned and operated Boyer Welding in Belmont, where he did custom welding and metal work until 2008. For twenty years he also did specialty soldering and silver brazing for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville.

Bob was a member of the National Education Association, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the American Welding Society, the Herbert Delong American Legion Post #808 in Belmont, the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 2530 and the Allegany County Bird Club. He was a faithful member of the Belmont United Methodist Church and loved to worship God with his friends. He also attended the Wellsville United Methodist Church and the Genesis Bible Church in Scio. In 2006 Bob was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Belmont Betterment Association for his work in helping restore the Park Circle Fountain and other activities to beautify the community.

Bob and his wife Angie were avid boaters. Their summer weekends and vacations for thirty years were spent cruising the canals, rivers, and lakes of New York and Lower Canada in a cabin cruiser. They crossed Lake Ontario many times and cruised as far north as Ottawa and Montreal and as far south on the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty. One month-long summer trip involved negotiating seventy-three locks, including all of the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Bob was a life member and past vice-commodore of the Montour Falls Yacht Club. In recent years, he made numerous trips to the Southwest were he photographed most of the major Native American ruins in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and southern Colorado.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan (David) Young of Chicago, IL two stepchildren, Gena (Darrell) Benjamin of Cameron Mills, NY and Anthony Fantauzzo of Belmont, a sister, Rachel (the Rev. Clarence) Hager of Foley, AL, a brother, Donald (Priscilla) Boyer of Marietta, GA, nine grandchildren, Sean (Kristy) Boyer, Melanie (Matthew) Zengerle, Abby Boyer, Aubrey (Timothy) Emery, Courtney (Ron) Fish, Ashley Hess, Chad (Sara) Warner, Justin (Amanda) Warner and Shannon Benjamin, six great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his son, Robert who died in 2001 and a brother, Paul who died in 2008.

Friends are invited to call on Friday October 24, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Saturday, October 25, at 10:00 am at the Genesis Bible Church in Scio with Rev. Mark Chamberlain and his brother-in-laws, Rev. Clarence Hager and Rev. Paul Sterneman presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Houghton College Student Scholarship Fund, Office of Advancement, PO Box 128 Houghton, NY 14744 - or Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862 "Project" specifying -Americas Group #990655 for 44410P74554 Culina NT. This fund is assisting with publishing the New Testament in Peru -
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Allegany County: Board of Health meeting minutes

Board of Health Meeting Minutes

For September 17, 2014

The following Board of Health Members were in attendance:  Dr. Brubaker, Dr. Cusumano, Susan Dougherty, CNM, NP, Kevin LaForge, Dr. Zahi Kassas, and Timothy LaFever.

Others in attendance were Laurie Ballengee, Tom Hull, Laurie Hennessy and Janet Norris.

Members absent were Dr. Willard Simons.

Medical Advisor Dr. Christopher Depner was absent.

The meeting was called to order by Board President Dr. Cusumano at  7:04pm.

The minutes from the June 18, 2014 Board of Health meeting were approved as written by a motion from Tim LaFever.  This motion was seconded by Susan Dougherty.  Motion Carried.

Lori Ballengee, Public Health Director, gave an update on the new location of the Family Planning Site in Alfred.  The new location is on the Alfred State Campus in the T.A. Parish Hall.  This location will give better access for college students and more confidentiality and great parking for patients.  Students comprise the majority of patients who utilize the services of the Allegany County Department of Health in Alfred.  This provides patients with services that are not currently provided by the college.  This is a most cooperative compilation of services provided by the college and the Allegany County Department of Health.

The New York State Department of Health is returning around $21,000.00 in revenue offset money to the Health Department as part of our quarterly state aid vouchers.

A motion was made to go into executive session by Dr. Cusumano to discuss a current investigation.  This motion was seconded by Susan Dougherty.  Motion Carried. 

A motion was made to come out of executive session by Dr. Brubaker and seconded by Dr. Cusumano.  Motion carried.

Tom Hull noted Deborah Farberman was contacted to act as hearing officer for a case to be heard on September 23, 2014.  Ron Truax could not preside as hearing officer since he had a conflict of interest with the case.  Tom asked for approval to have Deborah Farberman to act as our Hearing Officer on September 23, 2014.  A motion was made by Dr. Kassas and seconded by Dr. Brubaker to approve Deborah Farberman to act as our hearing officer for September 23, 2014. Motion Carried  

Kevin LaForge and Tim LaFever asked to be excused from the vote since they knew the parties involved in the hearing.    Susan Dougherty made a motion to allow Kevin LaForge and Tim LaFever to abstain from voting.  This motion was seconded by Dr. Cusumano.  Motion Carried

Nominations for President and Vice President of the Board of Health were Dr. Cusumano for President and Tim LaFever for Vice-President.  A motion was made by Dr. Brubaker to elect Dr. Cusumano for President of the Board of Health.  This motion was seconded by Tim LaFever.  Motion Carried 

 A motion was made by Kevin LaForge to elect Tim LaFever for Vice-President of the Board of Health.  Susan Dougherty seconded the motion.  Motion Carried

Allegany County: Ways & Means meeting minutes


OCTOBER 15,  2014


Committee Members Present: T. Hopkins, K. Graves, D. Healy, C. Jessup, K. LaForge, T. O’Grady, D. Pullen, C. Crandall (Absent: D. Fanton)

Others Present: M. Alger, J. Budinger, S. Burt, D. Decker, M. Gasdik, V. Grant, T. Hull, G. James, J. Luckey, T. Miner, K. Monroe, D. Rahr, B. Riehle, D. Root, T. Ross, C. Santora, R. Sobeck-Lynch, N. Ungermann, R. Whitney, J. Wood

Media Present: No media present

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Theodore Hopkins.

Fund Transfer to Purchase an Office Chair in County Attorney’s Office

            County Attorney Tom Miner requested approval to move funds from his Books & Supplies account to his Office Equipment account (which was not funded previously) in order to purchase a new office chair for his new secretary. The funds should be moved as below:

From Account:                                                To Account:                                        Amount:

A1420.407 – Books & Supplies          A1420.201 – Office Equipment          $244               

The request was approved on a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Insurance Recovery

Clerk of the Board Brenda Rigby Riehle requested a resolution accepting a check in the amount of $784.98 from NYMIR (New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal) representing the cost to replace parts from a 1983 John Deere Tractor that were stolen on or around September 11, 2014, less a $500 deductible. The funds should be appropriated to CS1931.429 (Risk Retention – Uninsured Property Loss) with a like sum placed in revenue account CS1930.2680.00 (Insurance Recovery). Approval was granted on a motion by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Prepare Resolution


Public Safety/Fire and Emergency Services

Accept & Appropriate Emergency Management Performance Grant

At the October Public Safety meeting, Fire and Emergency Services Director Jeff  Luckey requested a resolution to accept the contract for the FY2014 Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $23,472 which allows for the usage of the funds in 2014. This grant is used to offset operational costs within the Office of Emergency Management in regards to mitigation, preparing, planning, and recovery from man-made and natural disaster. The funds provided under the EMPG are also used to support meetings, tabletops, drills, exercise, and daily activities that contribute to the efficacy of the Office of Emergency Management’s mitigation, preparation, planning and recovery from natural and man-made disasters. This grant is for FY2014 (October 2013 to September 2015). This is a 50-50 match grant, so the local county share is also $23,472. No budget adjustment is necessary as these funds are already budgeted in 2014 and in the 2015 Tentative Budget under A3640.1 and A3645.1 respectively. The sum of $23,472 is to be placed in Revenue Account A3645.3306.EMPG4 (Emergency Services-Contractual). Approval was granted on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Accept & Appropriate Homeland Security Contract #C969140

Mr. Luckey also requested a resolution to accept and appropriate the Homeland Security contract #C969140 for the FY2014 for $52,500. This grant runs from September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2016. That amount of $52,500 should be placed in Revenue Account A3647.3306.EM14 with portions placed in the following Expense Accounts:

A3647.207 (Public Safety Contract-Purchase GIS Aerial photography package

of AC to update 2006 version)                                                            $41,500

A3647.207 Public Safety Contract (Personal Protective

Equipment-[PPE package for Deputy Fire Coordinators])                $10,000

A3647.447 (Public Safety Contract [PDA Sustainment of

Connectivity Plan for the Emergency Manager])                              $  1,000


Mr. Luckey explained that the $41,500 would serve as seed money to help purchase GIS software to do aerial photography which has not been updated since 2006. This is a much-needed update for 911, Real Property, Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS, and others. This will aid Allegany and surrounding counties’ fire departments and ambulance agencies effectiveness during an emergency. Legislator Graves requested (and received) confirmation that the $41,500 earmarked for the aerial photography package could, if necessary, be used for other purposes. Subsequently, approval was granted on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Jessup, and carried. Prepare Resolution
Public Safety/Sheriff’s Office

Budget Transfer

            At the October Public Safety meeting, Sheriff Rick Whitney requested a transfer of $2,970 from Account A3150.447 (Public Safety-Medical) to A3170.447 (Other Correctional Agencies) to cover the cost of sending an inmate to a mental health facility. Approval was granted on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Allegany County: Budget Committee meeting minutes


OCTOBER 15, 2014


Committee Members Present: T. Hopkins, K. LaForge, T. O’Grady, C. Crandall (Absent:   P. Curran, D. Fanton)

Others Present: M. Alger, S. Burt, D. Decker, M. Gasdik, V. Grant, K. Graves, D. Healy, T. Hull, G. James, C. Jessup, T. Miner, K. Monroe, D. Pullen, D. Rahr, B. Riehle, D. Root, T. Ross, C. Santora, R. Whitney

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Budget Committee Chairman Theodore Hopkins.

Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Chairman Crandall, and carried to approve the Budget Committee minutes of August 21 and 25, and September 17, and 25, 2014.
Sales Tax Report
            County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed the 2014 Allegany County Sales Tax Report reflecting receipts through October 15, 2014, totaling $16,079,230.40. Receipts for the current period indicate a small decrease from one year ago for the same period, but the year-to-date figures continue to show an increase, currently of $814,580.70 or 5.336 percent over last year at this time.
“Big Five” Department 3rd Quarter Reports
Health Department

            Deputy Public Health Director Tom Hull and Health Department Accountant Dave Rahr presented the Health Department’s third quarter budget review figures. Mr. Rahr indicated that the Health Department is on track with revenues for this year. He said the Department files its revenues quarterly for the most part, and they are almost dead on point there. He anticipates no major issues there. On the expense side, he said, the Early Intervention director anticipates coming in nearly $100,000 below budget if things hold steady. However, if one needy (e.g., autistic) child comes in at the end of the year, that could spike the cost. Mr. Rahr said his main concern is the general supplies line item which is where vaccines are paid. He said we are  approaching that budget limit, and we may need to come back to move money between accounts to cover a shortfall. He indicated that COLA monies may be able to be re-appropriated into there, or because the Department has been without its nurse practitioner almost all year, some of the salary could be moved to cover those costs. The only request would be to transfer money, not for additional monies, he said.

Department of Public Works

            Superintendent of Public Works Guy James addressed the Committee saying, the revenue accounts includes the CHIPS payment, the Court System contract, and FEMA aid. In appropriations, he said, he projects that DPW will be over on the electric and natural gas costs for our facilities, but he believes DPW can cover that shortfall. He added that DPW is looking pretty good at this point, and Mr. James believes it will be fine for the rest of the year. He wanted to publicly acknowledge Yvonne Marks for her diligence in preparing the budget and for always seeking ways to save money. This is important, he said, especially because DPW has the second largest County budget with $13 million in appropriations and $5.5 million in revenues.

Obituary: Betty Jane Cornelius, 88, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - Betty Jane Cornelius, formerly of 82 South St., passed away Saturday (Oct. 18, 2014) in The Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Machias, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Maurice "Jake" and Isabelle Middaugh Young. A graduate of Richburg Central School in 1943, she attended Wheaton College. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Alfred University in 1959 and earned her master's degree in education from Alfred University.

Betty began her teaching career at the Allentown school and later taught at Friendship Central School, where she taught English, Latin, Spanish and music. She then began her tenure at the Bolivar Central School in 1949, teaching junior high English for 37 years and retiring in 1986. Following her retirement, she served as head librarian at the
Bolivar Free Library for 13 years.

Betty served as organist and choir director at the Richburg First Day Baptist Church, the Bolivar United Methodist Church and the Portville Presbyterian Church, also playing organ and piano professionally at various area restaurants. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma teachers' sorority, the Red Hat Society and the Bolivar Retired Teachers' Association.

Surviving are a son, Fr. John (Sharyl) Cornelius of Almond; three granddaughters, Virginia Leigh Cornelius of Lake George, Sarah Jane Cornelius of Almond and Rebecca Anne (Justin) Meier of Fort Worth, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Harriett White.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21, 2014), and a funeral service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. Fr. John Cornelius will officiate. A concelebrated Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Bolivar. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to the
Bolivar Free Library, 390 Main St., Bolivar, N.Y. 14715.

Troopers from western NY make four DWI arrests and several drug arrests during a post Bills game DWI saturation patrol

PRESS RELEASEOn October 19, 2014, New York State Police conducted a DWI saturation patrol to coincide with the Buffalo Bills home game.  Troopers issued 42 traffic tickets which included three DWI arrests, one aggravated DWI with endangering the welfare of a child, two felony crack cocaine arrests and one unlawful possession of marihuana.  The following persons were arrested:

LUIS ORTIZ, age 42, of Batavia, NY, was stopped for speeding on Southwestern Blvd. in the Town of West Seneca.  ORTIZ was found to be intoxicated and was transported to SP Elma where he consented to a breath test which resulted in a BAC of .09%.  ORTIZ was charged with DWI and will appear in the Town of West Seneca Court on a later date to answer the charges.

JASON W. O’CONNOR, age 32, of Rochester, NY, was stopped on Southwestern Blvd. in the Town of Orchard Park for texting while driving.  O’CONNOR was found to be intoxicated and in possession of marihuana.  He was transported to SP Elma where he was charged with DWI and unlawful possession of marihuana.  He will appear in the Town of Orchard Park Court on a later date to answer the charges.

BRIAN M. SMITH, age 37, of Springville, NY, was stopped on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston for speeding.  SMITH was found to be intoxicated and was transported to SP Boston where he refused to provide a breath sample.  SMITH was arrested for DWI and will appear in the Town of Boston Court on a later date.  He will also have to appear at a NYS DMV hearing for failing to submit to a chemical test to determine his BAC.   

CLIFFORD R. ROBINSON, age 47, of Mears, MI, was stopped while attempting to merge onto St-400 for failing to use the designated lane. Mr. Robinson was found to be intoxicated and later refused a breath test. He had a suspended New York ID only license and a suspended New Jersey driver’s license. Mr. Robinson was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI with child passenger in the vehicle (2 counts, E felonies), Endangering the welfare of a child (A misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation – 2nd (3 or more license suspensions) and traffic violations. He was arraigned in the Town of Elma Court and was released to reappear in the Town of Elma Court on a later date.

Brandel A. Williams, age 26, of Buffalo, NY, was stopped for speeding on the St-33 Kensington Expressway in the City of Buffalo. Mr. Williams originally used his brother’s name for identification and was later properly identified. He was found to possess a suspended New York driver’s license and to be in possession of .67 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale. Mr. Williams was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (B felony) Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug with Intent to Sell 3rd (B felony), Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia (A misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, Criminal Impersonation (A misdemeanor) and traffic violations. He was taken to Buffalo PD central booking and held pending a morning arraignment in Buffalo City Court.

Troopers arrest several after dispute at Union Springs gas station


(L-R) Daren Kittle          Bradley Halftown    Dustin Parker            

Paul Waltz             Eric Lindgren

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 12:15PM State Police members responded with members of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department to a report of disorderly subjects at the Lakeside Gas Station on Route 90 in Union Springs, New York. As a result troopers arrested the following individuals:

Randy M. Jimerson, age 30, from Niagra Falls, NY for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
Mr. Jimerson was given an Appearance ticket and released.

Daren Kettle, age 27, from Seneca Falls, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
Mr. Kettle was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.
Bradley Halftown, age 32, from Irving, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd.
Mr. Halftown was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Dustin Parker, age 27, from Seneca Falls, NY, for Criminal Mischief 4th.
Mr. Parker was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.
Paul Waltz, age 23, from Seneca Falls, NY,  for Criminal Mischief 4th.
Mr. Waltz was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

Eric Lindgren, age 37, from Salamanca, NY, for Criminal Mischief 4th.
Mr. Lindgren was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

John F McLaughlin, age 42, from Salamanca, NY, for Harassment 2nd and Disorderly Conduct.  Mr. McLaughlin was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.  In addition McLaughlin was found to be wanted by the Salamanca Police Department for Assault 2nd.
All of the above criminal mischief charges stem from the defendants allegedly causing damage to a vehicle.

Coudersport woman slightly injured in Liberty Township crash

Pennsylvania State Police say a Coudersport woman sustained minored injuries when the jeep she was driving crashed late Saturday night on township route 379. Troopers said Jennifer Evans, 38, of Coudersport went off the road and struck a tree. Police said she sustained minor injuries and was taken Cole Memorial for treatment. Port Allegany and Roulette fire and EMS assisted at the scene. Troopers charged Evans with a seatbelt violation.  

Livingston County Sheriff Activity

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

Clara L. Kielkopf, 41, Rochester, NY, was charged October 6, with Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving and Failure To Stop For a School Bus.  Kielkopf will report to Leicester Village Court in response of charges on a later date.

Joseph J. Vanderhoff, 33, Dalton, NY, was arrested October 13, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument. Vanderhoff will report to Geneseo Town Court to satisfy charges on a later date.

Adam C. Reniff, 20, Dansville, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on October 13, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Mt. Morris Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Hunter J. Kamlay, 20, Lakeville, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Failure To Keep Right and Unsafe Tire on October 12.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Kamlay was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail/$5,000 property bond.  Kamlay will return to Avon Town Court to address

Patrick D. Moore, 36, Perry, NY, was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Failure To Keep Right on October 11.  Moore will appear in Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Tara M. Cummings, 22, Lowman, NY, was arrested October 15, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Cummings will respond to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Joseph N. Watkins, 48, Geneseo, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Interlock Device and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on October 16.  Following arraignment in Geneseo Village Court, Watkins was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 property bond.  Watkins will return to Geneseo Village Court to answer charges on a later date.

Joshua K. Thayer, 37, Fillmore, NY, was charged October 14, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and No/Inadequate Exhaust.  Thayer will address charges in Nunda Village Court on a later date.

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Sunday October 19, 2014
03:20 hours

Wellsville Police arrested Lisa M. Latner, age 43 of Mildenhall, FL, charging her with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, Agg. DWI w/BAC of .18% or more and Passed Red light.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on E. State Street in the Village.  Latner was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Latner is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on November 11th at 4”30 pm.

Hornellsville man arrested on Family Court warrant

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bath Village Trustee's meet Wednesday

Village of Bath - Agenda

October 22, 2014

5:30 p.m.
Public Hearing:                     Local Law  9 – Zoning Mixed Use  

Open Regular Meeting:        Pledge of Allegiance


Visitors:                                  Bath Neighborhood Watch

Correspondence:                   Raven Luis Emmet – Vending Permit Authorization

Audit of Bills:                        General Fund             

Department Head Reports: Jeff Muller, Street Superintendent

                                                Dave Rouse, Police Chief

                                                Ralph Senese, Code Enforcement

                                                Dave Dowdle, Fire Chief

                                                Guy Hallgren, BEGWS Director

                                                Jackie Shroyer, Clerk/Treas. Report

Committee Reports:              Trustee Bardeen
                                                Trustee Glass
                                                Trustee McNally
                                                Trustee Sweet
                                                Mayor von Hagn

New Business:                        Local Law 9 – Zoning Mixed Use
                                                Resolution for Village Election March 18, 2014

                                                Disposal of Bicycles
                                                Moving of the Generator
                                                Tractor Purchase
                                                Discussion on Public Blotter on Internet

                                                SEQR Resolution for Parking Lot
                                                Bond Resolution for Parking Lot
                                                Possible Contract for Police Chief Consulting  

                                                Letter from Mayor supporting Historical Property

                                                Letter regarding Engineer Review for Mossy Bank Pond

Old Business:                         Cohen Law Group
                                                22 Pine Street

Budget Discussion:                Budget Discussion
Executive Session:                 Contractual



Alfred inks new police contract-passes on shared services & police chief with Wellsville

The Village of Alfred has a new police chief and 2-year contract with its police union, according to Mayor Justin Grigg. The Mayor tells Regional News Network that Paul Griffith has accepted the position of police chief and the Alfred Village Board of Trustees approved the appointment at its meeting October 14th. Griffith began working at the Village of Alfred in 1996 and earned the rank of sergeant in 2006. "The decision to hire from within was popular within the Alfred police department, and its willingness to operate with one fewer full-time officer made the budgetary outlook better than an option based on shared services," said Grigg. The Mayor added that "the Village of Alfred appreciates the Village of Wellsville's willingness to explore a shared service arrangement and looks forward to continuing to work with Wellsville on future shared service options."
The discussion of possibly sharing a police chief between Alfred and Wellsville surfaced last month, when Tim O'Grady announced he was leaving the post of Alfred Police Chief and accepting the Chief job in Wellsville.
     On September 16, Wellsville Mayor Judy Lynch told RNN, "the Board is discussing a shared service arrangement with the Village of Alfred that would fiscally benefit both communities significantly.  Under the current environment it would be irresponsible not to listen and explore the viability of the Village of Alfred contracting with the Village of Wellsville for oversight of their police department." 

Veterans and families invited to panel discussion at St. Bonaventure University

A group of veterans service coordinators will host a panel discussion titled “Awareness and Inclusion of Military Students” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building at St. Bonaventure University.

The campus will welcome several veteran service coordinators representing different colleges and universities to include the following: Dan Frontera from Erie Community College, Brad Baumgardner from Trocaire College, Robert Healy from Niagara University and Ben Randle from D’Youville College.

Dr. Barbara Trolley, a professor in St. Bonaventure’s counselor education program, said the panel was developed for a two reasons. The first is to increase awareness of the needs and services for students who are veterans and/or their spouses and children. The second is to facilitate inclusiveness and support within the campus community and local community.

Trolley said it’s important that members of the university come together for this discussion.

“Veterans and their family members may obtain an increased awareness of the services and assistance that can be offered to ease their transition to college and maximize their potential for a successful graduation,” Trolley said. “Non-veteran attendees will gain insight into global matters that exist, issues that affect the military and their families, and ways to foster an all-encompassing community spirit.”

All St. Bonaventure and local community members are welcome to attend the free panel discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Trolley at

Wellsville apartment house damaged by fire-two displaced

Intense flames and heavy fire conditions caused significant damage to an apartment house at 332 North Main Street in Wellsville at about 2am Sunday. Although the first fire dispatch suggested that residents were trapped, occupants were helped to safety by Wellsville police officers who were among the first on scene. Wellsville firefighters battled the smoky conditions and the blaze was declared under control within 35 minutes. Two tenants from different apartments were helped to safety. One person was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital by Wellsville Ambulance. There were no reports of life-threatening injuries. A fire department "FAST" team was called to the scene as was the air cascade system from Andover. Willing fire provided standby coverage in Wellsville. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the two tenants, one of whom was described as a "senior citizen" by police. No word yet on the official cause of the fire.
According to tax records, the home is owned by the Tuft Family Trust in Andover.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Obituary: Leon J. Ordway, 79, Whitesville

Leon J. ORDWAY, 79, of Whitesville, NY, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY. 

Born March 23, 1935, in Mills, PA, he was the son of Louis and Etta Hurlbert Ordway. 
On March 13, 1954, in Whitesville, he married the former Ethel M. Tracy, who survives. 
He was employed by Mapes Woodworking in Whitesville for 21 years, Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, and Herbert-Cooper Co. in Genesee, PA. 
Surviving besides his wife, Ethel, are:  five sons, Douglas E. (Theresa) Tracy of Wellsboro, PA, Richie L. (Annie) Ordway of Stannards, NY, Rickie L. (Holly) Ordway, Leonard D. (Karen) Ordway, and Leon J. (Monica) Ordway, Jr., all of Whitesville;  12 grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  a sister, Beverly Rhodes of Andover, NY;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Franklin Francis Ordway and Charles Ordway. 
Friends may call at the Federated Church in Harrison Valley, PA on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 3:00 PM.  Pastor Ed Collins will officiate.  Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery at a later date. 
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. 
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Scores: Section 5 football-Friday night

State Police Activity

10/17/14 9:16pm: State Police arrested Jason J. Barnes, 39, of Amity. He was charged with assault-3rd after an alleged domestic dispute. He was held for court action.

10/17/14 1:30pm: State Police arrested Harry Simpson, 28, of Bath. He was charged with petit larceny after an alleged crime in Erwin. He was issued a court appearance ticket.

10/18/14 12:08am: State Police arrested Harry Bohart, 58, of Painted Post following a traffic stop on Victory Highway in Erwin. He was charged with DWI and held for court action.