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Friday, October 31, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces Funding to Support Downtown Development in Coudersport

Harrisburg – Continuing to advance his JOBS1stPA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded the Potter County Redevelopment Authority a $25,000 Keystone Communities grant to support downtown development through façade improvements.

 “The funding announced today will allow the Potter County Redevelopment Authority to equip the Coudersport community with a plan of action,” Gov. Corbett said. “These façade enhancements will accompany the streetscape improvements to help revitalize this local community.”

The Keystone Communities program will provide funding for concept plans for façade and enhanced streetscape improvements to accompany PennDOT’s scheduled repaving in the Main Street corridor of Coudersport, Potter County.

Paving is scheduled to begin in spring 2015. The Redevelopment Authority has been awarded planning funds to develop a design that will determine which streetscape amenities should be installed while the paving is done. The Borough also plans to implement a façade improvement program for the property owners in the affected area when the paving and streetscape improvements are completed.

“The funding provided through the Keystone Communities program and the Governor is the corner stone of our planning process vital to helping us plan for future economic development,” said Joe Pagano, Director of the Potter County Redevelopment Authority. “We’re very thankful for the state’s support and look forward to providing a plan of action for our community.”

The Keystone Communities program was created in 2011 to assist commonwealth communities in achieving redevelopment. The program supports physical improvements to both designated and other communities that are undertaking revitalization to restore deteriorated downtowns, residential neighborhoods and industrial/manufacturing sites.

Staff at Jones Memorial Hospital Receive Enhanced Training Through Workforce Development Institute



Allegany County residents who rely on the care provided at Jones Memorial Hospital, the only full service hospital in the county, can look forward to better healthcare services. Improvements are being made as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), along with the New York State Hazard Abatement Board.
“This is great news for everyone in the Wellsville region. Jones Memorial is a major employer that provides care to families and residents from all over the area. The desire at Jones Memorial to continue improving services, and equip employees with the skills and training to provide the best care possible, speaks to their vision and dedication,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

“Having access to quality healthcare is especially important for rural residents. As changing state and federal policy requirements continue to affect the delivery of healthcare services, it is vital that the needs of rural residents remain protected and rural healthcare continues improving,” said Senator Young.
The training at Jones Memorial is enabling hospital staff to better prevent patient falls, musculoskeletal injuries, and injuries to staff and patients as a result of lifting and repositioning. It is also providing employees with improved crisis intervention/management skills. The potential for closure or downsizing at the Elmira Psychiatric Center in the future could further increase the number of patients utilizing Jones Memorial, making this training all the more important now.
Eva Benedict, Jones Memorial Hospital CEO, said, “We are grateful for the training and education our staff is receiving. Improving staff and patient safety is a top priority for Jones Memorial. Injuries from falls, slips, and strains can be devastating and have lifelong consequences. We want to protect our patients from unnecessary and avoidable injuries. Equally important is the de-escalation training currently underway at Jones Memorial. Concern over one’s health or a loved one’s health can elicit strong emotions which can spiral out of control if not handled effectively. Again we are grateful for the opportunity this funding has provided and appreciate the Senator’s concern and support.”
WDI Western New York Regional Director Mike LaBerta said, “The needs expressed by Jones Memorial Hospital line up with what the Workforce Development Institute seeks to assist with, and the range of the initiative will not only better acclimate Jones’ existing staff for situations they may encounter on the job, but also help the hospital prepare for future community needs. These types of workforce-based initiatives are what our organization seeks to be a part of, and we would not be able to do the work that we do without the support of Senators like Catharine Young.”
WDI is a non-profit organization that works with employers across the state to provide focused training and support that helps employees achieve professional and career growth right here in New York State. WDI is able to quickly and efficiently work with employers in need of assistance for training programs, equipment purchases, and other support services vital to growing and retaining valuable jobs. In addition, WDI strives to develop alternatives that will prevent jobs from moving out-of-state, as well as providing transition support services for those workers who have lost jobs.
“By strengthening the skill set of our nurses, doctors, and all hospital staff, the entire community will benefit. When a person suffering from health ailments enters Jones Memorial they can be confident they will receive the high quality care and treatment they need from highly trained and capable staff,” said Senator Young.
“Our rural communities continue to face logistical challenges in accessing healthcare services that those in more urban areas don’t face. Jones Memorial is tackling these obstacles to make sure our families and neighbors have opportunities and access to the highest quality health services. Making sure Jones Memorial, Cuba Memorial, and all of our rural hospitals are able to provide the care people need and deserve will continue to be one of my greatest priorities,” said Senator Young.

WDI has also been instrumental in supporting manufacturing jobs and career transition services for laid off employees throughout the state. With Senator Young’s support, $7 million of funding was secured in this year’s State Budget to support the mission and work of WDI in creating new job opportunities and increasing the competitiveness of local businesses.

 

PA Congressman Glenn Thompson Announces Application Period for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

Bellefonte, PA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the application period for the Fiscal Year 2014 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program opens on Monday, November 3, 2014, and will close on Friday, December 5, 2014.
“These are competitive grants that bolster emergency response operations in our local communities and improve overall public safety,” stated Rep. Thompson. “I would encourage eligible applicants to begin the application process as soon as possible.”
Since 2001, the AFG program has provided grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response and personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, training, and other resources to improve emergency preparedness at the local level.  
“FEMA has a variety of tools available to assist with the grant application process,” Rep. Thompson added.  “As always, my staff and I are prepared to assist emergency service organizations in the 5th District in pursuing these opportunities.”  
For additional information on the 2014 AFG program, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant.  Applicants may also contact the AFG program Help Desk by calling 1-866-274-0960 or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov.

Come and dance to the music of ‘Once on This Island’ Nov. 20-23

ALFRED, NY, November 2014 – Alfred State will present “Once on This Island” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Cappadonia Auditorium on the Alfred campus.

"Once on This Island" tells the tale of a poor peasant girl's journey to win the heart of a wealthy young man with the aid of gods who watch over the island. The music is jam-packed with Caribbean flavor and upbeat energy.

“There is a lot of music and choreography in this musical and it is coming together well,” said Janna Buckwalter, Drama Club adviser. “We have a great student cast and technical crew who are working hard and I am excited for the show.”

The performance is composed of an all-Alfred State-student cast under the direction of Buckwalter and Eric Prentice, music director, with Jerry Ives, Alfred State's instrumental director, leading the pit orchestra.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $2 for students and can be pre-purchased at the Alfred State bookstore or at 607-587-4020. Credit cards are accepted and tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact dramaclub@alfredstate.edu.

Steuben County woman charged with raping teen in Bath


The New York State Police at Bath today arrested Teesha E. Dicus, 22, of 3050 Dixon Road, Bradford, New York for one count of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of felony rape in the third degree.  According to State Police Investigator Ryan Bentley, the investigation allegedly revealed that Ms. Dicus knowingly provided a child less than 17 years-of-age marijuana in addition to engaging in sexual intercourse with a child less than seventeen years-of-age; stemming from an incident that occurred in June 2014 in the Town of Bath.  Ms. Dicus was issued an Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Bath Court on Monday, November 03, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Attack inside Livingston County jail


GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Livingston County Jail Inmate on Felony Assault and Weapon Possession charges.
The corrections staff stationed inside the jail responded to a report of an inmate versus inmate assault Thursday at about 9:30pm. Deputies quickly quelled the disturbance in the housing unit and began medical care of the victim.

An investigation by the Sheriff's Office Corrections Division, with the assistance of the ID unit discovered an alleged planned attack by one inmate where he used an improvised weapon to cause serious injury to the victim.

The alleged attacker was identified as 18 year old, Jacob E. Dougherty, who was being held on larceny charges from Village of Mt. Morris Court.
Deputy Stephanie Schroeder of the Sheriff's Office Road Patrol Division arrested Dougherty on the felony charge of Assault 2nd degree and misdemeanor charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree.
Dougherty was arraigned in Geneseo Village Court on the charges.  The District Attorney did provide a bail recommendation of $10,000 cash or $20,000 and Village Justice Bushnell remanded Dougherty back to the jail on the DA’s recommendation.

Warsaw man arrested after family fight


Castile man jailed after domestic dispute

Early Friday, State Police in Warsaw, with the assistance of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, arrested Wayne D. Snyder, 36, of Castile, for Criminal Obstruction of Airway, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Menacing 3rd, all Misdemeanors and Harassment 2nd a Violation. 
Snyder was arrested after the investigation into a domestic dispute that occurred at a residence in the Town of Castile. During the dispute, Snyder allegedly knocked a 15 year old victim to the ground, struck him several times and then choked him. 
Snyder was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw and remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Castile Court on November 17, 2014.
 

State Police in Wayland are asking for assistance in Freemont burglary

On Thursday at approximately 7pm New York State Police in Wayland were called to a report of a burglary from a barn at 9739 Haskinville Rd, Fremont.
 
The investigation revealed that an aluminum 3-seat rowboat was taken from an unsecured barn at an unknown time that day.  The boat has the initials "H.W." painted on the side.
 
The State Police are actively investigating this incident and remind residents to make every effort to secure their belongings and any storage facilities.
 
Any persons with information regarding this or similar incidents in the area are asked to contact the New York State Police Wayland at (585) 728-5007.

Felony charges for Livingston County gas attendant


LIVONIA: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Livonia man on felony Grand Larceny and Scheme to Defraud charges.
The Sheriff's Office received complaints involving fraudulent credit card transactions at the Kwik Fill gas station in Lakeville. An investigation by the Sheriff's Office, with the complete cooperation of Kwik Fill Corporate Security, allegedly revealed that an employee was stealing cash from customers' cash purchases and then charging those purchases to other customer's credit cards to cover his tracks.
The employee was identified as 47 year old, Daniel D. Wood. This activity occurred 91 times between August and September of this year.  Once Kwik Fill learned of the activity, Wood was immediately terminated. 
Kwik Fill has notified those effected by the fraudulent transactions, and credited their accounts for reimbursement. The total amount that Wood defrauded customers of and that Kwik Fill had to reimburse was over $3,900.  
Captain Brian Applin of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested Wood on the felony charges of Grand Larceny 3rd and Scheme to Defraud 1st.  Wood was arraigned in Livonia Court on the charges.  The District Attorney did provide a bail recommendation of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond but Livonia Town Justice David Mahoney released Wood on his own recognizance.
If you feel that your credit card was fraudulently used at the Lakeville Kwik Fill and you have not been notified or your account credited, Kwik Fill is asking that you visit their website at www.kwikfill.com and complete a dispute form or call the card services number at 888-294-5320.  

Eric Matthew Frein-accused cop killer jailed without bail

The man accused in the shooting death of a Pennsylvania State Trooper and seriously wounding a second Trooper appeared in a Pike County, Pa. courtroom this morning. The subject of a 48 day manhunt, Eric Matthew Frein, age 31, was captured Thursday night. Frein was arraigned by District Judge Shannon Muir and remanded to jail noting the alleged crimes are "Non-Bailable" offenses. Frein was represented by the Pike County Public Defenders Office. A preliminary hearing in the case was set for November 12th. He currently faces 11 state charges, mostly felonies.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

NBC News: Suspected Cop Killer Eric Frein Captured After 48 Days in Pennsylvania

Suspected cop killer Eric Frein was captured Thursday in Pennsylvania after a 48-day manhunt, law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the arrest told NBC News.
Frein, 31, was captured in a hangar at Pocono Mountain Airport in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, a senior law enforcement told NBC News. He is accused of killing State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in an ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12. Police found a diary entry, his AK-47, two homemade pipe bombs and several campsites, they but hadn't been able to capture him until Thursday.
In the diary, Frein — a military reenactment buff and survivalist — described how he fled in his Jeep but got only a half-mile before he encountered a roadblock.
"Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it," he wrote in an entry dated Sept. 12. "He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that.
"Another cop approached the one I just shot," Frein continued. "As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still."
At one campsite uncovered by search teams on the border of Pike and Monroe counties early this month, authorities found military-style packs, food, clothing, the two pipe bombs and .380-caliber ammunition that matched the weapon used to shoot the two troopers. Many of the items police found during the manhunt — including soiled diapers and trash — tested positive for Frein's DNA, they said.
In addition to the trooper shootings, Frein is charged with two counts of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction after the pipe bombs were found. The shrapnel-packed pipe bombs were booby-trapped with trip wires and could have caused serious injury to anyone nearby, authorities said.

Clarksville man gets jail time in youth sex case

In Allegany County court Thursday, 48-year old Tom Williams of Moultan Road in Clarksville was sentenced to six months in jail, 10 years probation and a $1,000 sex offender fee. Williams pled guilty to attempted sexual abuse in a deal with prosecutors. In June, Williams had sexual contact with a child less than age 11. Judge Thomas Brown also issued a ten year order of protection and ordered the man to pay a court surcharge, DNA fee and victim fee.

Unemployment Rate Falls In Potter County

Area jobless rates continue to decline. Potter County’s unemployment rate fell from 7.6 in August to 6.5 percent in September. Labor analysts point out that the jobless rates are seasonally adjusted and require a number of qualifiers. For instance, they do not include a substantial number of people whose unemployment compensation benefits ran out, nor those working part-time and/or working off the books. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was 5.7 percent in September. The national rate was 5.9.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

State Supreme Court upholds Schuyler County room tax

Watkins Glen—A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a challenge to Schuyler County’s Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax.

In a written decision received by the county Wednesday (October 29), Justice Judith O’Shea ruled that the county properly assessed the taxes against a New Jersey man who owns and leases vacation homes in Schuyler County.

According to County Attorney Geoffrey Rossi, the county had previously found the owner, Thomas Schneider, responsible to pay $6102 in back taxes under Schuyler County Local Law No. 2, also known as the “Hotel or Motel Room Occupancy Tax."

Court records show that Schneider owns and leases three properties as single-family residential vacation homes in Schuyler County.  The properties are located in Burdett and Watkins Glen, and operated under the name “Seneca Lake Vacation Rentals.”

 In 2013, the county notified Schneider that he was responsible to pay back room taxes for the years 2010-2012.   Schneider objected and, in October 2013, the county held a hearing on the case.

After the hearing, Schneider filed a proceeding under CPLR 78, appealing the county’s ruling.  In his petition, Schneider alleged that the county’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious” for several reasons and claimed that the county had misinterpreted the definition of a hotel by including vacation rentals in the definition.

 The county, through Rossi, argued that the local law was a permissible use tax under New York State Tax Law and properly applied to vacation rentals and bungalows.  The county said that the Schneider’s properties clearly met the definition of a tourist facility, subject to the tax.

O’Shea agreed with the county. In a written decision dated September 19, and signed October 27, the judge ruled that the county had authority to levy the tax, noting that the local law was intended to promote Schuyler County in order to increase convention, trade show and tourist business in the county.

Therefore, the court “denied and dismissed” Schneider’s petition in its entirety.

 The county was represented in the proceedings by Rossi.  Schneider was represented by the Ithaca law firm of Schlather, Stumbar, Parks and Salk.

Schneider has thirty days to appeal decision under New York State law. According to Rossi, it is not yet known if Schneider plans to do so.

Coudersport man faces terroristic threat charge

Pennsylvania State Police today filed a criminal complaint against 47-year old Donald F. Arrowood of Coudersport. The complaint, filed with District Judge Annette Easton, charges the man with misdemeanor counts of making a terroristic threat, simple assault and a lesser count of harassment with physical contact. Trooper Timothy Mix said the charges stem from an incident in Keating Township on October 25th. No preliminary hearing date has been set.

In an unrelated case-state police also filed a criminal complaint against 46-year old Terry E. Bean of Shinglehouse. The complaint charges him with harassment with physical contact stemming from an incident last week in Sharon Township. No preliminary hearing date has been set in that case.

Wellsville: Leaf collection is a work in progress

Public Works Director Bill Whitfield says leaf collection in the village of Wellsville is a work in progress. Crews have been occasionally collecting leafs the last few weeks and will continue. Whitfield told RNN that a current priority has been working on the East State Street retaining wall project. Today a major concrete pour is planned and workers are busy getting "weather-sensitive" aspects of that project completed. Once the substantial work on the wall project has been finished, public works crews will focus more on leaf collection. Whitfield asked village residents to rake leaves to the curb, but not into the street. He also stressed that the leaves should not be placed in bags.
Highway crews throughout the region have been busy collecting leaves-an annual ritual. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service says the village of Wellsville could see some wet snow flakes late Friday night and Saturday morning. However, higher elevations could actually experience some slushy snow accumulations.
Safety officials also urge motorists and pedestrians to be watchful Halloween evening. Leaf piles and wet weather could cause slippery street and sidewalk conditions.

Wellsville apartment house fire remains under investigation

The October 19th fire which caused significant damage to an apartment house at 332 North Main Street in Wellsville remains under investigation. Fire Chief Brian Smith this morning said that "no cause has been determined yet." He noted that the investigation remains open and active. The cause is not considered suspicious, however. Last week, reports surfaced that the cause had been traced to a motorized scooter outside the home, but fire officials said there is no evidence to support that claim.
The early morning fire displaced two tenants. No  serious injuries were reported and the Red Cross was called to assist.

Wellsville woman jailed-faces 11 felony charges


Wellsville Police Tuesday afternoon arrested Marcia K. Spence, age 48 of Wellsville, charging her with 10 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd (Class D Felony) and 1 count of Grand Larceny 3rd (Class D Felony). Police said the case involves ten checks from an Allegany County resident, which were valued at more than $3,000. Spence was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Spence was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail or $20,000.00 property bond.  Spence is due back in Wellsville Village Court on November 18th at 4:30 pm.

Section 5 football:Aquinas must forfeit game against Pittsford; School officials react to ruling | WHEC.com

News10NBC has learned Pittsford Central School District will advance in the Section V playoffs this Saturday after a decision made by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Section V Executive Committee.

We’re told the Aquinas high school football team has to forfeit their October 25 win against the Pittsford school district because they used an ineligible player. We're told QB Jake Zembiec is that player. He was only available to play in two regular season games due to an injury, according to the NYSPHSAA.

The NYSPHSAA representation rule says that a player must be an eligible participant in three regular season football games in order to participate in the postseason. Officials say the student in question was determined not to be an eligible participant for three regular season games and no medical waiver was requested by Aquinas.


We're told an anonymous phone call was made to office of the NYSPHSAA making them aware of the player's ineligibility.

Section V Executive Director Ed Stores said, “This is certainly an unfortunate situation, however Section V is charged with enforcing the rules and regulations which are voted upon and approved by the membership.  The representation rule is clear that a student must be an eligible participant for three regular season football games in order to play in the postseason.”

Now Pittsford will play Rush-Henrietta in the playoffs on Saturday, November 1.

We're told this boils down to is a miscommunication between the Aquinas Athletic Office and Section V. Head Coach Chris Battaglia said telling his players the news was one of the hardest things he has done in his life.


Officials say Zembiec broke his wrist in week two, leaving him a game short of the three games required. He was medically cleared to play on October 13 and could have played in the final week of the regular season, but Coach Battaglia says he wanted to protect Zembiec and elected not to suit up Jake with the understanding that he would be eligible for Sectionals.

Coach Bataglia says, "I wanted to make sure Jake was ready for the next week's game."

Athletic Director Anthony Bianchi and Section V Chair Dick Cerone both acknowledged a conversation they had about Zembiec prior to Sectionals. According to Aquinas, Cerone said the medical clearance was enough for Zembiec to play and no further steps were necessary.

Cerone was unavailable to speak on camera, but said he was under the impression Jake would suit up in the final week.

By rule, a medical waiver needed to be submitted to Section V if the three game minimum was not met. That waiver was not submitted and that brought an end to Aquinas' season.

"Who's the human being who did this? How do you live with yourself knowing you did this to 50 kids," said Coach Battaglia. "People say, 'you broke the rules,' we didn't break the rules. We thought what we were doing was right."



The Pittsford School District has issued a statement about the ruling saying:

"The Pittsford Central School District was informed yesterday that Aquinas may potentially have to forfeit their sectional victory, allowing the Pittsford Panthers to advance into sectionals. This was confirmed today through a joint decision made by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Section V athletics.

We have great respect for the Aquinas Athletic Department and its players and wish them well. Our thoughts remain with the players, fans, and coaching staff during this difficult time.

Out of respect to Aquinas, PCSD will not be granting media interviews."

Aquinas must forfeit game against Pittsford; School officials react to ruling | WHEC.com

One driver injured when two tanker trucks collide in Wyoming County