Saturday, June 25, 2016

Obituary: Valerie J. Monahan, 50, Canisteo

Valerie J. Monahan, 50, of 3869 State Route 248, passed away peacefully, Saturday (June 25, 2016) at home with her husband by her side.
Born in Hornell, October 28, 1965, the daughter of Leslie and Carol (Clark) Monahan, she had recently moved back to the area from Missouri. She enjoyed reading, bingo, playing the slots, and watching football, and golf.
She was predeceased by her 2 brothers Donald Clark in 1994, Darren Monahan in 2015, and her brother in law Vic Kempin 2011.
She is survived by her husband Thomas E. Bailey, whom she married on August 2, 2010, her parents Leslie and Carol Monahan of Andover, step daughter Renae (Brandon) Johnson of Arkport, her brother James Monahan of Andover, 4 sisters LeDorna (Jeff Smith) Monahan of Andover, Kim Kemp of Scio, Kelly (Mark) Piscitelli of Wellsville, Nola (Zack Barrett) Monahan of Wellsville, 3 step grandchildren Thomas Moore, Isabella Murphy, and Jamison Murphy, and several Aunt, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews.
The family will be present 1-2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell, where a funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Carl Kemp officiating.

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Eight members to be appointed to Allegany County Land Bank Board

Lawmakers will act on this resolution Monday:



Offered by: Planning & Economic Development Committee

            1. That the appointment by the Chairman of the Board of Curtis W. Crandall, Chairman of the Board; Timothy T. Boyde, County Administrator; Dwight R. Fanton, Vice Chairman of the Board; Dwight (Mike) Healy, Majority Leader; Kevin S. LaForge, Minority Leader; Terri L. Ross, County Treasurer; Joseph L. Budinger, Real Property Services Director; and Dean Scholes, Deputy Public Works Superintendent; to the Allegany County Land Bank Corporation Board of Directors, for a two-year term effective immediately, and expiring September 30, 2017,  is confirmed.

NY State Police Blotter

6/24/16 9pm- State police arrested Adam C. Satterlee, 37, of Wellsville. He was picked up on Early Street in the Village and charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation-alcohol, DWI, refusal to take a breath test and use of a vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock system.
6/25/16 2:25am- Within minutes of each other, state police arrested two drivers on North Hill Road in Burns. Carrie D. Watkins, 40, of Canaseraga and Darren M. Brawn, 45, of Keller, Texas were each charged with DWI. They will appear in court at a later date.
6/24/16 11pm- After responding to a complaint in Portville, state police arrested Bonnie J. Bremiller, 38, of Machias. She was charged with aggravated harassment-communicate threat. She was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.
6/24/16 4:03pm- State police charged two people with misdemeanor unlawful growing of Cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana. The alleged incident occurred in the town of Dansville. Kimberly J. Slack, 52, of Dansville and Thomas J. Cartwright, 50, of Dansville were issued court tickets and released.

Potter County Courthouse Bell Will Ring Again

Potter County Today 
A historic bell that hangs in the tower of the Potter County Courthouse will ring once again. The Potter County Commissioners approved a $7,600 contract with Verdin Company to install automatic ringing equipment on the bell. It can be programmed to chime on the hour or for special occasions. Funds for the work were raised by Coudersport Mayor Brenda Whitman, who is being assisted in the public service project by machinist Bill Daly. Precautions will be taken to assure that the new equipment will not damage the bell or its housing in the clock tower. The bell was donated to Potter County by Timothy Ives. One of Coudersport’s earliest inhabitants, Ives built a general merchandise store, was elected county treasurer and later served as judge. (Photo by Curt Weinhold)

Healy Tabbed St. Bonaventure's NCAA Woman of the Year

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Recent graduate Katie Healy has been selected as St. Bonaventure's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, named among 517 female student-athletes including eight from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Now in its 26th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Healy finished one of the best careers in Bonaventure women's basketball history earlier this year after leading the Bonnies to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was named First Team All-Atlantic 10, her second first team honor and third all-conference selection overall, by scoring 15.3 points with 6.8 rebounds per game. Healy finished the regular season as the only player in the Atlantic 10 to rank among the conference's top 15 in scoring, rebounding, blocks, field goal percentage and assists per game.
She will go down as one of the all-time greats in Bona history, finishing her career as one of just two players in program history with over 1,600 points and 800 rebounds. Healy ranks fourth in Bona career scoring (1,708 points), third in rebounds (833), first in blocks (155), fourth in made field goals (624) and free throws (453), fourth in double-figure performances (88) and tied seventh in field goal percentage (46.8 percent).
Also a standout in the classroom, she was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team this year with a 3.46 cumulative GPA and also began her Masters of Business Administration while concurrently completing her undergraduate degree in marketing. Along with her success in the classroom and on the court, she also participated in numerous team volunteer activities to make a difference in the community.
Of the record number of nominees, 231 competed at the Division I level.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony this fall.

Police investigate burglary in Ulysses

Friday, June 24, 2016


ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Zachary Smith, 28, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to deal firearms without a license and possession of stolen firearms, was sentenced to 92 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that on October 16, 2013 at approximately 3:05 a.m., the owner of “Scott’s Guns” on Watkins Drive in Horseheads, NY received a telephone call from his security alarm company. The owner alerted police and then went to the store. Upon entering the store, the owner realized he had been burglarized. The owner determined that 49 handguns of various makes and models had been stolen.  

As part of their investigation, law enforcement officers reviewed footage from a security camera inside the store which revealed two individuals inside the store during regular business hours the day before, October 15, 2013. Officers recognized the two individuals to be Zachary Smith and Douglas Church. Additional investigation revealed that Smith and Church burglarized the store by having Church climb through a hole in the wall of the building, with Church handing the weapons to Smith. The two men left the guns in backpacks in a swamp behind the building the night of the burglary, with Smith and his girlfriend, Brianna Lowe, retrieving the guns the following day. Investigation also revealed that many of the guns were sold within a week and a half of the burglary in exchange for money.   
Douglas Church and Brianna Lowe, both of Elmira, have been convicted and sentenced to 51 months and six months respectively.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Office, the Horseheads Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Schrom, The New York State Police, under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Christopher Moss, the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Kane, the Elmira Heights Police Department, under the direction of Chief A. Rich Churches, and the West Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Peter Michalko. 

One dead, several hurt in Wyoming County crash

The Daily News
PERRY ­— An accident at the intersection of Route 20A and Route 246 claimed one life and sent more to the hospital.
Around 12:20 p.m., a minivan carrying six passengers from New Jersey was heading westbound on 20A when a pick-up truck, with only the operator in it, heading northbound on 246 allegedly entered the intersection and struck the van.
Officers said an investigation revealed that the pick-up truck did not yield the right of way to the minivan but they are still figuring out if the traffic light was red or yellow when the truck entered the intersection.
Four of the passengers in the minivan had to be extricated with the jaws of life; the deceased was found pinned under one of the surviving victims and was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more here...

Reported bomb threat at Coudersport PD/Borough Offices - UPDATED

A reader told us there was a reported bomb threat this afternoon at the Coudersport Police Department. No information has been released and details are unavailable. Shelley B. snapped a photo.

UPDATE:From Coudersport Borough -
Giant Thank You to all involved in recent bomb scare! Everything ok. Borough police, state police, Emergency Management, fire police, bomb squad from Hershey, EMT's, fire dept, Sheriff's deputies Thank you all!! We have many talented and dedicated emergency personnel in out area. We are blessed.


"The unexpected shutdown of the reactor at Indian Point 2 because of a weld leak is just the latest example of the repeated and continuing problems at the plant. In the last year alone, there has been unprecedented degradation of Indian Point Unit 2 baffle-former bolts, groundwater contamination, and increased NRC oversight at Unit 3 due to numerous unplanned shutdowns. This is yet another sign that the aging and wearing away of important components at the facility are having a direct and unacceptable impact on safety, and is further proof that the plant is not a reliable generation resource."

Suspect wanted after police chase stolen vehicle from PA into NY - gun involved

This morning at 12:23 a.m., City of Bradford Police observed a white 2016 Porche SUV traveling North on Euclid Ave. without it's lights on. The officer attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle for the violation at which time the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed traveling North on Euclid Avenue, continuing North onto East Main St. into Foster Township.
McKean County 911 dispatch advised officers in pursuit that the vehicle was stolen from Ridgeway, PA and there was a stolen firearm involved from the same incident. City of Bradford officers pursued the vehicle on East Main Street into New York State onto US 219 North. The vehicle then stopped in Limestone, NY along US 219 when the male driver fled from the vehicle on foot into a wooded area. Officers on scene took into custody two juvenile female passengers.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department and New York State Police were called to the scene. A thorough search on land and by air was conducted for the male suspect. The male driver is still at large. A felony warrant is being issued for James Dean Peters III, 21,  for charges of Reckless Endangerment, Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, Corruption of Minors, Receiving Stolen Property as well as numerous summary traffic offenses.
The suspect should be considered dangerous as he could be in possession of the stolen firearm. The City of Bradford Police Department is asking anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Peters to contact your local police Department. Peters has ties to both McKean and Elk County areas.
City of Bradford Police can be contacted by calling 814-887-4911, using the website or facebook at

Allegany County will spend $3 million to close landfill

The Allegany County Legislature will consider this resolution when it meets June 27, 2016:

Offered by:  Public Works and Ways & Means Committee
1. That the sum of $3,000,000 is transferred from Account No. A15.599.00 (A915.0000) (Assigned Unappropriated Fund Balance Solid Waste) to Account No. H8174.200 (Landfill Closure Phase 4 Final) to fund the capping and permanent closure of the county landfill.

Allegany County prepares to demolish three homes/buildings in Wellsville

The Allegany County Legislature will meet June 27, 2016. Lawmakers will consider approving the following resolution:
Offered by: Public Works and Ways & Means Committees

WHEREAS, the County had previously acquired three parcels of real property located in the Village of Wellsville through tax foreclosure proceedings; and
WHEREAS, the County has been unable to sell any of these properties due to the dilapidated condition of the buildings located thereon; and
WHEREAS, the State building inspector has now condemned the structures on these properties; and
WHEREAS, as they are condemned, these buildings must now be either renovated or demolished; and

WHEREAS, the cost of renovating these buildings far exceeds what their fair market value would be; and

WHEREAS, the most cost efficient manner of dealing with these properties is to have them demolished and the sites cleared of debris; and

WHEREAS, the County has advertised for bids from outside contractors for the cost of demolishing the buildings and clearing the sites for each of the properties which are located at 135 Howard Street, 213 E. State Street and 249 E. State Street; and

WHEREAS, bids have now been received and this Board wishes to award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder on each property; and

WHEREAS, the lowest responsible bidder on each property was submitted by MJR Partners, now therefore, be it
1.That an agreement with MJR Partners for the demolition and clearing of properties located at 135 Howard Street at a cost of $12,200, 213 E. State Street at a cost of $21,650 and 249 E. State Street at a cost of $20,450, for a total cost of $54,300,  is hereby approved.

2.That the Chairman of this Board is authorized to execute said agreement.

Obituary: Kay F. Wieder, 77, Shinglehouse

“beloved wife and mother”
SHINGLEHOUSE, PA-Kay F. Wieder, 77, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Perkasie, went to be with her heavenly Father on Friday, June 24, 2016 in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, with her family by her side, after a short battle with cancer.
Born on January 4, 1939 in Hatfield, she was a daughter of Frank P. and Elizabeth Frederick Lesh.  On April 23, 1960, she married Kenneth W. Wieder, who survives.
Kay was a graduate of Pennridge High School.  She was employed for several years at the Market Basket in Bolivar, NY as a baker and later transferred to the Shinglehouse Market Basket where she retired as the bakery manager.  She served on the election board for North Sharon Township.
Kay was a member of the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse where she was active in the children’s ministries on Monday nights and was also active in the Seedline Scripture Ministries program.  She volunteered as the department head of the Baked Goods department of the Potter County Fair for over 30 years.  She enjoyed crocheting and doing special creative craft projects.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Kelly Wieder and Kathy Hope, both of Shinglehouse; a son, Kris Wieder of Shinglehouse; two sisters, Rose (Richard) Loeffler and Rita Lesh, both of Sellersville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kay was predeceased by a sister, Betty Lesh; and a brother, Frank Lesh.
Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the East Sharon Cemetery, Plank Road, Shinglehouse.  The Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church Seedline Ministries, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Kay’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Hornell: Seneca Road bridge to open in a few months

BATH -- The Seneca Road Bridge, in the Village of North Hornell, is expected to be reopened to all traffic by the end of October, according to the Steuben County Public Works Department. The county’s $1.6 million extensive overhaul of the bridge, over Big Creek, in the Town of Hornellsville, began in March and is paid for entirely through federal (80 percent) and state (20 percent) funding, county Public Works officials said. Seneca Road, and the bridge, are among the most highly traveled thoroughfares in the Hornell area. County Public Works Chief Engineer Steve Catherman said galvanized steel beams were erected June 22 and the concrete deck should be poured by the end of July, weather permitting. Approach work is expected to be completed in August and September, Catherman said. The bridge also is an example of the shared municipal services so prevalent in Steuben. The local sponsor of the project, Steuben maintains the bridge, while the Village of North Hornell maintains the south approach to the bridge and the Town of Hornellsville maintains the north approach to the bridge.
Project consultant engineer for the design and construction inspection of the project is Bergmann Associates, of Rochester and the contractor is Ramsey Constructors of Lakeville.

Paving to begin June 27 around Cuba Lake

From:   Guy R. James, Superintendent
Date:   June 24, 2016
Re: Road paving on County Route 25, Town of Cuba a.k.a. South Shore Road around Cuba Lake
Please be advised, weather permitting, road paving operations will commence on Monday, June 27th on County Route # 25 (South Shore Road) in the Town of Cuba. Motorists are asked to use caution, obey flagmen and road signs. Residents are asked to park all vehicles beyond the shoulder of the road during paving operations. Thank you for your patience and anticipated cooperation.

Obituary: Kevin M. "Spike" Ingalls, 45, Wellsville CORRECTED

Note: The previously posted obituary for Mr. Ingalls was deleted because it contained errors. We express our deepest regret.
WELLSVILLE - Kevin M. "Spike" Ingalls, 45, of the Bolivar Road, passed away on Tuesday (June 21, 2016) in Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Wellsville on June 2, 1971, the son of Gary W. and Barbara Halsey Ingalls. He was a graduate of the Wellsville High School, Class of 1990, and was an active member of the Marching Band. He was an avid musician and enjoyed playing drums in his band, the "Kraulers". He was known as a jokester and always cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs. He had previously resided in Canandaigua and Palmyra, N.Y., where for several years he was a chef in Kanoss's Restaurant. He is survived by his mother, Barbara of Wellsville; sister, Jody (Michael) Vannatter of North Bingham, Pa.; daughters, Adrianna and Payton Ingalls; brother, Steven Ingalls of Canandaigua; grandmother, Susie Halsey of Wellsville; grandson, Kaiden Crow of Rochester; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Gary; grandparents, William and Hazel Ingalls and Francis "Buck" Halsey.
Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Wednesday (June 29, 2016) from 3 until 4 p.m., when Memorial Services will be held with the Rev. Carl Kemp of the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville at the family's convenience. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 315 Alberta Dr., Amherst, NY 14226 or the Cancer Association Serving Allegany County, 100 S. Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.

NY State Police Blotter

6/23/16 12:39pm- Following a nearly month-long investigation, state police arrested David L. Gullo, 60, of West Almond. He was charged with felony forgery involving an official document and identity theft.
6/24/16 1:38am- After responding to a domestic disturbance call, state police arrested Rose M. Bickford, 34, of Friendship. She was charged with preventing an emergency call and harassment with physical contact. She was detained for court action.
6/22/14 1:40am- After responding to a disturbance call in the town of Almond, state police arrested Joyce R. Housman, 25, of Harlem, NY. She was charged with disorderly conduct-obscene language/gestures.
6/22/14 1:32pm- State police arrested Bradley C. Butler, 41, of Hornell. He was charged with felony burglar 2nd for an alleged crime in Almond. He was held on $20,000 bail.

Allegany County Shrine Club makes donation

At their June 23, 2016 meeting at the American Legion in Shinglehouse Pennsylvania, the Allegany County Shrine Club and Ismailia Kart Corp present Buffalo Ismailia Shrine Center, Illustrious Sir, Potentate, Kristopher Sheetz (center) with two checks representing a donation of $5,000 to the Shrine Hospital for Burned and Crippled Children in Erie, Pennsylvania. Pictured are, L to R, Treasurer James Erwin, Potentate Kristopher Sheetz and Allegany County Shrine Club President Randy Hartwick. Shriners support 22 hospitals, 18 orthopedic hospitals and 3 burn hospitals and one hospital that provides orthotic, burn and spinal cord injury care. This year Shriners will spend over $700 million dollars for their hospitals, but no child, parent or guardian is ever charged a single dollar for treatment. If you know of a child needing their help call 716-674-8666.

Governor Wolf Signs Bill Allowing New Fracking Rules to Be Finalized

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf Thursday signed 12 bills into law, including Senate Bill 279, which will allow for new regulations aimed at protecting the environment, water supplies and public areas from effects of unconventional oil and gas drilling, most commonly referred to as ‘fracking’.
“I am pleased to have reached bi-partisan agreement with the legislature to proceed with the Chapter 78a unconventional oil and gas regulations, which will better protect the health of our environment and our residents,” said Governor Wolf. “As part of the compromise I reached with the legislature, my administration will get to work immediately to redraft conventional regulations, and I have directed the Department of Environmental Protection to begin the process.”
The new Chapter 78a regulations set forth new standards to protect public resources, including water, land and places like parks and schools. The new regulations also improve landowners ability to express their concerns and modernize the regulatory program to recognize advances in technology.
The complete list of bills signed into law today by Governor Wolf includes:
Act 47 – House Bill 57, sponsored by Rep. Payne, amends Title 66 to enhance natural gas competition in the Commonwealth.
Act 48 – House Bill 264, sponsored by Rep. Mustio, establishes the Care Facility Carbon Monoxide Alarms Standards Act and requires care facilities to install approved carbon monoxide alarms.
Act 49 – House Bill 1199, sponsored by Rep. Taylor, repeal the act of May 27, 1965, which authorized the Department of Highways to erect and maintain a bridge over the Monongahela River in Washington and Allegheny Counties.
Act 50 – House Bill 1241, sponsored by Rep. Brown, amends Title 66 regarding the definition of “public utility,” providing an exception that resorts offering water or sewer services to private homes who take service at a point within the property boundaries of the resort are not a public utility.
Act 51 – Senate Bill 179, sponsored by Sen. Greenleaf, codifies various existing Pennsylvania laws concerning hotels and lodging into a single chapter under Title 48 (relating to lodging and housing) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
Act 52 – Senate Bill 279, sponsored by Sen. Hutchinson, establishes the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Act, creates and provides for the duties of the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council, and abrogates the recent regulation relating to conventional oil and gas wells.
Act 53 – Senate Bill 772, sponsored by Sen. Gordner, amends the Professional Psychologists Practice Act provisions relating to the scope of practice and licensure for the practice of psychology.
Act 54 – Senate Bill 837, sponsored by Sen. Aument, prohibits individuals from using various professional titles unless the individual has received a license as a marriage and family therapist.
Act 55 – Senate Bill 983, sponsored by Sen. McGarrigle, requires the Department of Transportation to issue a disability plate for a parent or spouse of an individual with a disability.
Act 56 – Senate Bill 1077, sponsored by Sen. Vogel, removes the requirement for school boards to mail notifications to students and their parents or guardians of the school board’s policy regarding audio taping on school buses and school vehicles.
Act 57 – Senate Bill 1195 amends the procedures relating to the General Assembly’s review of the Department of Environmental Protection’s state plan relating to greenhouse gas emissions.
Act 58 – Senate Bill 1232, sponsored by Sen. Corman, authorizes the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Governor, to grant and convey certain lands and improvement in Rush Township, Centre County to the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, Inc.

Obituary: Floyd Mallory, 95, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Floyd Mallory, age 95, of Florida Avenue passed away on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at the Bath V. A. Center in Bath, New York. He was born on January 18, 1921 in Mellenville to Roy and Mary Robbins Mallory. On November 23, 1946 in Wellsville he married Doris Swarthout who survives him.
Floyd was a longtime resident of Wellsville who joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940. He proudly served with the First Marine Division in the Pacific Theater participating in the landings on Tuagi, Guadal Canal, Cape Gloucaster and Peleliu. He was awarded the Purple Heart and when he left the service he had earned the rank of Sergeant. Floyd worked for the former Wellsville Burial Case and later worked for Air Preheater as a machinist from where he retired in 1987 after 37 years. In his earlier years Floyd enjoyed riding motorcycles and later took up flying his own air planes from the Wellsville Airport. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, helping his family and being with them. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702 and the First Trinity Lutheran Church both of Wellsville.
Surviving besides his wife Doris are 2 sons, Glenn [Debra] Mallory of Grand Junction, CO., Roger [Pat George] Mallory of Wellsville; 2 daughters, Peggy Stallworth of Mumford and Mary [Kelly] Monroe of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren.
Floyd was predeceased by his parents and his 2 sisters, Dorothy and Alice.
There will be no prior visitation with a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Memorials in Floyd’s name may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wellsville: Dresser-Rand/Siemens to cut workforce - Daily Reporter

This is a story from John Anderson, Regional Editor, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
 WELLSVILLE — Dresser-Rand in Wellsville will reduce the current workforce by 60 employees by Sept. 30, The Daily Reporter has learned.
A Siemens Government Technologies spokesman said, “Current business volume and projected orders for the Wellsville operation do not support current manpower levels at this location. To align our workforce with our anticipated workload, the Wellsville operation will need to implement a workforce reduction of approximately 60 employees between now and Sept. 30.”
As of June 1, Wellsville’s Dresser-Rand had 527 employees.
On June 10, Jim Lewis, president of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1580, said there were 290 union members on the active workforce. Also, there were 16 employees laid off at that time.
The Siemens spokesman said, “Employees have known about challenging marketplace conditions for some time, and they have worked diligently and with the utmost professionalism toward making the plant competitive. We thank them for their dedication and years of service here.”
Siemens officials also said the local leadership of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was made aware of the 60 layoffs and their statements made to the newspaper prior to the release.
As for the employees, the Siemens official said, “There are no immediate plans (to hire them back). We are always looking at the business environment and we make decisions based on that environment. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I couldn’t say there are plans for that in the future. We are constantly assessing the business climate.”

Houghton clinic receives $1.2 million grant

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced Universal Primary Care (UPC) will be awarded a 1.2 million dollar federal grant to provide oral healthcare services at its non-profit clinic in Houghton. “We care about providing access to quality healthcare close to home,” said Reed. “With this grant we are creating access to oral healthcare services that would otherwise be out of reach for many in our rural communities. 
The grant will provide funding for basic dental care for those in need at the UPC facilities. Through this initiative, on-site dental examinations will be offered in conjunction with primary care. Currently, dental care is not offered to patients at this clinic, often placing a burden on those in poverty, the uninsured and other vulnerable populations.  
“We are absolutely thrilled that HRSA chose to fund our project to add oral health services in Houghton, N.Y. This is an underserved primary care, oral health and behavioral health area and we are so proud to be able to provide all of these services now through our clinic. We are extremely grateful for Congressman Reed’s strong support of our health center and our communities,” said Gail Speedy, Universal Primary Care.

Obituary: Patricia A. Joyce, 79, Andover

ANDOVER – Patricia A. Joyce, 79, passed away Wednesday (June 22, 2016) at Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Joyce was born on Aug. 8, 1936 in Andover to Edward J. and Sarah L. (O’Dell) Padden. She was a 1956 graduate of Andover Central School. On May 16, 1959 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover, she married John E. “Jack” Joyce, who predeceased her on Aug. 26, 2009.
Patricia devoted her life to the care of her husband and the raising of their children. After the children graduated and left the home, she worked at Sackett’s Grocery Store for 11 years until the store closed in 1991.
Pat is survived by her children, Edward (Doreen) Joyce of Paris, Ky., Karen (Scott) Steffen of Cottonwood, Ariz., Paul (Vicky) Joyce of Canandaigua, and John “Stub” (Kathy) Joyce and Mark Joyce, both of Andover; two sisters, Teresa (Art) Heinemann of Okla. and Ruth (Bill) Culbert of Scio; and two brothers, Jim Padden and Patrick (Marlene) Padden of Wellsville.
Additionally, she is survived by ten grandchildren, Devin Joyce, Tristan Joyce, Robert Steffen, Erin Steffen, Delaney Joyce, Eoin Joyce, Dustin Joyce, Alexandra Joyce, Travis Joyce and Aiden Granger; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Ed Padden, Jack Padden, Gerald Padden and infant Louis Padden; and two sisters, Mary Hahn and Sararita Johnson.
Pat found enjoyment in working her garden, watching the hummingbirds at the feeders and taking in the sights and sounds of nature around her. She liked to read, play card games and cook. Her baked beans were legendary in the family as nobody could make them at good as her. And speaking of family, Gramma Pat loved the times spent with her grandchildren.
In her younger days, she was a Cub Scout leader and, along with her family, they belonged to the “Green Dot Snowmobile Club”. Some of her children’s favorite memories were the weekends spent snowmobiling at the “busses”. Another favorite pastime of Pat’s was going to the Windmill Flea Market with her dear friend, Bev Carson. Additionally, she was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
There will be a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at
Pat’s family wishes to thank all the wonderful staff at Manor Hills Assisted Living Facility that provided excellent care for their mom during her stay. Memorial contributions in Pat’s name can be made to Manor Hills Assisted Living Facility, 4192 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Pilyugin Set To Represent St. Bonaventure Men's Swimming In Olympic Trials

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – When the USA Swimming Olympic Trials take place next week, one of the swimmers vying for a spot in Rio will be St. Bonaventure University product Michael Pilyugin.
Pilyugin qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 100-meter backstroke by swimming a time of 56.04 at the Pittsburgh Invitational in November. That earned him a spot in the trial this Monday in Omaha, Neb.
The most decorated and accomplished swimmer in the history of a Bonnies program that is rich in tradition, Pilyguin broke eight Atlantic 10 records and nine school records during his career. He also met NCAA B-cut qualifying standards in 13 events over his career. This past winter, he scored the maximum 60 points at the A-10 Championship and was runner-up for Performer of the Meet. As a sophomore, he was named Performer of the Meet at the conference championships after leading St. Bonaventure to the Atlantic 10 crown. He also helped the Bonnies to an A-10 title in 2013.
"Michael will be spending the next week at the US Swimming Olympic Trials. He will be able to feel the SBU swimming family looking over his shoulder as he represents himself and our program on the biggest stage," St. Bonaventure men's swimming head coach Sean McNamee said. "He is truly just beginning to tap the true potential that he has and could be a very formidable force to reckon with."
Pilyugin will be one of 217 swimmers attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in his event, racing against competitors such as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. To advance to the Olympics, swimmers must qualify for the A final at trials, being one of the top eight times from semifinals to move on. Then, they must make the FINA "A" time standard and finish in the top two of the finals. Winning an event in trials is the most surefire way to qualification – the top two in each event final only go to the Games based on the number of double qualifications each athlete has. The first priority in selection is the winner in each individual race. 

Olean man accused of selling crack cocaine

A 49-year-old Olean resident was arrested this afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. by members of the Olean Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit for allegedly selling crack cocaine. Berry K. Armprester, 121 North 12th. Street in Olean, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. Both charges are B Felonies. Armprester was stopped by Investigators while he was driving on the 300 Block of Irving St. after a surveillance team spotted him leaving North 12th Street. Captain Robert Blovsky said investigators searched Armpresters vehicle after his arrest and allegedly located a bag containing a small amount of cocaine. He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. Armprester was booked in at the Olean Police Department and issued an appearance ticket for the Misdemeanor charge, then transported to the Cattaraugus County Jail to be held until he is arraigned for the felony charges. Blovsky said the arrest is the result of several months of investigation by the Street Crimes Unit and a presentation by  Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori P. Rieman to a Grand Jury. After the Grand jury indicted Armprester, an arrest warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge Ron Ploetz.

Former Catt. Co. couple avoid jail, but must pay hefty fine in animal abuse case

History: Donald and Bonnie George, formerly of Farmersville, were accused of neglecting about 400 animals on their farm. They had faced three dozen animal abuse charges from earlier this year. Here is a press release issued today by the Cattaraugus County District Attorney:
Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Farmersville Town Court on Tuesday, June 21, 2016:
Guilty Plea:
Donald and Bonnie George: formerly of Farmersville, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Animal Neglect, a class A misdemeanor, and Failure to Provide Proper Food/Drink to an Impounded Animal, an unclassified misdemeanor, to satisfy all pending charges in Farmersville Town Court. The Defendants were issued appearance tickets for Farmersville Town Court after the execution of a search warrant in February of this year on the property located at 1644 Elton Road in the Town of Farmersville.  The Defendants were sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge during which the Defendants, among other conditions, are to pay restitution to Cattaraugus County SPCA in the amount of $19,869.23, attend at least one session of the Animal Abuse Awareness course offered by the Erie County SPCA and follow any recommendation made, formerly surrender all rights to the animals that were seized as a result of the execution of the warrant, and register with the Cattaraugus County Animal Abuse Registry. The Defendants will also be prohibited from owning or caring for animals in any jurisdiction for the term of one year. The plea followed three months of negotiations between defense counsel for the Georges and Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Ensell. During that time, representatives of the Cattaraugus County SPCA were consulted and were agreeable to the final disposition reached by the parties and the Court. Thanks to the Cattaraugus County SPCA and several volunteers, arrangements are being made to adopt out the animals involved in this case. 

Wyoming County: Woman who killed husband sentenced to 25 years in prison

Press release from Wyoming County DA Donald O'Geen:
UPDATE: JUNE 23, 2016
Today, the defendant, Charlene Mess, age 49 of Attica, was sentenced to 25 years in state prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision based on her plea to Manslaughter in the First Degree.  During the sentencing hearing Laura Scott, the sister of the deceased Douglas Mess, and Thomas Stroud, a friend of the Mess family both spoke on behalf of the victim Douglas Mess and his entire family.  After both attorneys commented the defendant declined to make any comments. 
“During my comments to the court I pointed out to the judge that in this case the defendant hit (NOT STABBED) the victim multiple times with a pitch fork knocking him to the ground rendering him helpless but alive.  Once in that state the defendant went to get a small caliber gun, placed the gun directly on the back of his head and shot him.  Once the murder was complete the defendant tied the victim’s hands and feet with bailing wire, she then dragged him out of that part of the barn with an electric feed cart (which is capable of moving hundreds of pounds of animal feed) to a part of the barn where she was then able to scoop the victim up with a skid steer.  She then drove him out to the manure pile where she buried his body hoping that his body would decompose quickly so that his body would never be discovered.  The defendant then planned and fostered a story around Mr. Mess being missing.  She gave a statement to the NYSP on the day after the murder stating that she did not know where he was and that she had thought he had been called into work.  While she was giving this statement the victim’s sons and friends were on the farm looking for him.  The defendant also acted like she was also looking for his whereabouts when she saddled her horse and rode around the farm. It wasn’t until one of the sons noticed the disturbed manure pile that the defendant’s behavior began to change.  As soon as the members of the search party and the state police descended upon the manure pile where his body laid the defendant had an anxiety attack and was taken to the hospital.  The investigation at that point centered on the defendant; which then led to today’s conviction and sentence.
I want to thank the members of the New York State Police, especially the major crime unit, for leading this investigation along with assistance from members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, the Attica Fire Department, Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Coroner’s office and the many others who helped bring the Mess family justice in this case.   In cases like this collaboration of resources and cross agency cooperation is key to the final result.  This sentence will not bring Doug back to his family but at least it will keep his killer away from society for a very long time.  The family will now go forward remembering Doug as a hardworking, gentle and kind man who was always there for his family and community.  I wish them all strength during this difficult time,” said Wyoming County District Attorney, Donald O’Geen.

UPDATE: APRIL 28, 2016
At 11:30 a.m. today, the defendant, Charlene Mess, age 49, plead guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree conditioned upon a determinate sentencing range of 18 to 25 years in prison with an additional 2.5 to 5 years of Post Release Supervision.  She also waived her right to appeal.  During the appearance the defendant indicated that she had plenty of time to discuss this plea offer with her attorney and that she was prepared to change her plea. Under the plea, she admitted to causing the death of her husband, Douglas Mess.  Members of Mr. Mess were present in court to see Mrs. Mess admit her guilt.
Sentencing will be on June 23, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wyoming County Courthouse before the Honorable Michael M. Mohun.

“I hope that this admission of guilt by Mrs. Mess will provide some closure and justice for the Mess Family.  We have been in consultation with the Mess family throughout these proceedings and specifically regarding this disposition.  It is a disposition that has been discussed for months but because of the competency issues we had to address a few weeks ago, it was a disposition that we could not go forward on.  Once the judge ruled that she was competent the defense team was able to begin discussing this disposition once again.  We have been convinced for months that the defendant was faking or maligning her so-called incompetency as a delay tactic to avoid taking responsibility for killing her husband.  Once the judge ruled that she was in fact competent she had no more legal maneuvers to avoid taking responsibility.  The Mess Family and I are hopeful that the court will give her 25 years in prison or at least something close to that as we believe that that amount of time is the most appropriate sentence for her actions in this case,” said, Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. 
Note: A determinate sentence means that the individual must serve 6/7ths of the actual sentence. The judge will have discretion to sentence her to any number of years on or between that range (i.e. 20.5, 21, 21.5 etc.).  The District Attorney’s office will have no further comment other than what is in this press release or until after sentencing on the 23rd.

Court: Wellsville man avoids jail, but must pay $12K stemming from serious vehicle crash

A man who was driving drunk, crashed his vehicle and caused serious physical injury to a passenger will not go to prison...but he will 'pay.' Austin W. Johnson, 24, of Highland Heights in Wellsville, was sentenced in Allegany County court to three years probation Wednesday. Prosecutors said Johnson was driving drunk on August 23, 2014, in Caneadea, crashed, which caused serious harm to a passenger. Johnson was originally charged with felony vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated, but was allowed to plead guilty to just the DWI charge. County court Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Johnson to three years probation, a $500 fine, license revoked for six months and initiation interlock for one year. He was also ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution, plus a court surcharge and DNA fees.  

DEC and DOH Announce Initiative to Improve New Yorkers Ability to Dispose of Unwanted Medication

New Yorkers now have more options to safely dispose unused, unwanted, and expired drugs, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker announced today.  Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation that will facilitate drug collection efforts by now allowing pharmacies to take back unwanted drugs.
“Many New Yorkers want to properly dispose of their unwanted drugs, but collection events and locations were not always convenient,” Commissioner Seggos said.  “Now that pharmacies are allowed to be a collection point, people can take their medicine to the same location where they get their prescriptions filled, which helps keep them out of our waterways.  The state encourages everyone to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.”
DEC and DOH encourage all pharmacies to become authorized collectors of unused, expired, and unwanted drugs, under the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Controlled Substances Disposal Rule.  To that end, DEC will exercise enforcement discretion to alleviate regulatory hurdles for all authorized collectors, including removing requirements for them to obtain a Part 360 solid waste storage permit and the requirement that household pharmaceuticals that are hazardous waste be disposed of at a hazardous-waste facility. 

Money approved for Hazmat preparedness

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) today announced that $761,369 in Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grants have been awarded to the State to increase the effectiveness in safely incidents that involve hazardous materials. The grant will also enhance the implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), and will encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. The grant is provided by the US Department of Transportation and is administered through DHSES.

$19,754 Chemung County with regional partners Schuyler, Steuben, and Tioga counties

$ 15, 516 Chautauqua County with regional partners Cattaraugus and Allegany counties

Gov. Cuomo announces $44.2 M in Interstate upgrades in Steuben County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the $44.2 million rehabilitation of Interstates 86 and 390, two major thoroughfares in Steuben County. Construction of the roadway will strengthen the ability for commerce to move in and out of the area, enhancing the Southern Tier economy and reinforcing the State’s overall commitment to investing in the region’s infrastructure. Construction on Interstates 86 and 390 will begin with re-pavement and the addition of new guardrails, and is expected to be completed by next fall.

“Southern Tier residents depend on these two roadways, which are also essential to tourism and international trade," said Governor Cuomo. “The upkeep and modernization of these roads and bridges is critical to economic development and increased opportunity in the Southern Tier, and we look forward to supporting the continued growth of the region for years to come.”

The $44.2 million investment includes a $24.1 million project along Interstate 86 that will replace a six-mile section of deteriorated concrete between Exit 46 and the Chemung County Line with a new asphalt surface. It will also replace outdated Interstate 86 drainage system and median barriers with updated systems and barriers.

The $20.1 million project along Interstate 390 will repave the 5.7-mile section of concrete between Exit 2 and Exit 3 and rehabilitate the two bridges at the Cochton exits with new concrete decks and various other safety improvements.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Interstates 86 and 390 are some of the most heavily traveled roads in Steuben County and must be kept in optimal condition. Governor Cuomo understands well the link between a strong transportation infrastructure and a thriving economy in communities throughout New York State.”

Interstate 86 Project – Corning to Chemung County Line

The $24.1 million Interstate 86 project will replace a six mile section of deteriorated concrete pavement with a new asphalt surface. The drainage system will be upgraded, new concrete median barrier will be built and new guiderail, signs and pavement markings will be installed. Four bridges along this stretch will undergo minor repairs and deck preservation treatments as well.

Due to public and stakeholder feedback, combined with heavy commuter and summer tourist traffic volumes during the day, most work will take place at night. Portions of the highway will be closed and traffic will be detoured onto State Route 352. This will provide a safer construction zone for workers and minimize travel impacts. The construction contractor for the project is Dolomite Products (DBA A.L. Blades) of Hornell, Steuben County. Work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Interstate 86 is a major freight and tourist route and is a vital economic corridor for the Southern Tier. This section, from the city of Corning to the Chemung County line, is one of the most heavily traveled, and serves approximately 34,000 vehicles each day. The highway is critical for delivering goods and services that support the local and regional economies and for tourism in the Finger Lakes and Greater Corning area.

Interstate 390 Project – Wayland to Cohocton

The $20.1 million Interstate 390 project involves placing new concrete pavement on a 5.7-mile section between Exits 2 and Exit 3. The two bridges at the Cohocton exit that carry Interstate 390 over Loon Lake Road will be rehabilitated with new concrete decks. Safety improvements on the project will include new guiderail, signs and pavement markings. The contractor for the project is Cold Spring Construction of Akron, Erie County and work is expected to be completed next fall.

Interstate 390 serves 11,000 vehicles per day and is one of the major transportation corridors in the Southern Tier. Nearly 40 percent of the vehicles are trucks that are essential to delivering goods to support the local and regional economies. The highway is also a key link between the New York State Thruway and the US 15/Interstate 99 Corridor, connecting international trade routes from Canada to major trucking routes on the east coast.

Continued Commitment to Southern Tier

Both of these major pavement rehabilitation projects demonstrate New York State’s continued commitment to the Southern Tier. Since 2000, more than $454.5 million has been spent to convert State Route 17 to Interstate 86 and US Route 15 to Interstate 99 within Allegany, Steuben, and Chemung counties.