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Monday, January 26, 2015

More than 100 show up for Alfred Democratic Party Caucus

Last week, Alfred village Republicans made headlines. Monday night, it was the Democrats turn. Both parties held caucuses to set the field of candidates for the March village elections. Last week in the GOP caucus, the incumbents were dropped for fresh faces including two Alfred State College students. Monday night, it was just the opposite. Neal Simon, City Editor for the Evening Tribune, tweeted that there were more than 100 democrats at the caucus, more than four times the number of Republicans at the GOP caucus.
So here is how the races are shaping up -
Mayor: First term Incumbent Jason Grigg received the Democrat nod while Jason Rodd earned the GOP support. Those two will face off in March.
For the two village board seats, the Democrats have selected Incumbent Trustee Tom McDowell and Peter McClain who chairs the village planning board. They will face off against two Republican endorsed Alfred State students, Kory Shick and Nicholas Ferraro.

Jones Memorial thanks "Hometown Heroes"

Jones Memorial Hospital would like to say thank you to our Hometown Heroes for making the 2014 Annual Fund Drive a success! The focus of the campaign was to finish the room renovations started with the 2012 Drive: new floors, bedding, window treatments, bathrooms, televisions and custom cabinetry for all of the patient rooms on the second floor. As a community hospital, Jones Memorial has enjoyed a long tradition of support from those it serves. Each and every gift allows us to continue the tradition of quality, commitment and caring that started with Gertrude & William Jones, our founders. Continuing our efforts to provide our patients with a comfortable environment, the focus of the 2015 Annual Fund Drive is a new patient call system. The new system will be a quiet and confidential way for patients and nurses to communicate. For more information, contact Jodi Pearson, Fund Development Coordinator, at (585) 596-2053.
 

Click HERE to view more supporters.

Alfred accpeting bids for village garbage service

Notice is hereby given that the Village of Alfred will accept sealed bids for the Village Garbage Service for the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. All work shall be in accordance with the specifications on file with the Village of Alfred. Bids will be received at the Village Hall, 7 West University St., Alfred, NY 14802 during regular business hours to be opened at the public meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Obituary: Beverly A. Bialy, 71, Black Creek

Beverly A. Bialy, 71, 8252 Spring Valley Road, Black Creek passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Olean General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born on November 30, 1943, in Niagara Falls, New York she was a daughter of Francis T. and Anna Mullen Milliken. On June 15, 1968, in Our Lady of Angels Church she married Chester C. Bialy who survives.
Beverly was a graduate of Cuba High School and later Olean Business Institute with a secretarial degree.

When her children were younger she was a stay at home mom and after her children were grown she went to work in the dietary department at Cuba Memorial Hospital retiring in 1996.
She enjoyed doing crafts, her Christmas villages, making wreaths, playing cards, gardening and flowers, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are two sons, Fran (Lisa) Bialy of Vestal, and Karl Bialy of Black Creek; a daughter Kari (Kevin) Cayton of Cuba; her grandchildren, Brendon and Deving Bialy and Kameron and Tyler Cayton; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
She was predeceased by her parents.

Friends may call at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home &Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5-9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels Church, 50 South Street, Cuba at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Sean E. DiMaria will be the celebrant.
Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York.
Memorial's if desired may be made to the American Heart Association.

Allegany County Corrections Officer faces felony charges


An Allegany County Corrections Officer faces two felony charges after state police said he stole credit cards from an inmate at the county jail, according to WKBW. State police arrested Benjamin A. Grover, 28, Scio. Troopers said they responded to a report of an attempted use of a stolen credit card at the TSC Tractor Supply in the Town of Wellsville Sunday afternoon. According to a press release sent to RNN from troopers, the Stores Team Leader reported that at about 12:30 PM, a male subject entered the store and attempted to make a purchase with an alleged stolen credit card.  Store personnel kept the suspect card and were able to identify the subject as Grover, troopers said. He was charged with two felony counts of grand larceny involving a credit card. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $5,000 bail. State police did not indicate when the cards were allegedly stolen.

Head of Power and Gas Division leaves Siemens

On September 22, 2014, Siemen's  (Berlin & Munich) announced its plan to acquire Dresser-Rand. That sale is still pending regulatory approvals and the deal is expected to close this summer. Siemen's said at the time the acquisition "complements Siemens' existing offerings, notably for the global oil & gas industry and for distributed power generation." Siemens last year said it intends to operate Dresser-Rand as the company's oil and gas business retaining the Dresser-Rand brand name and its executive leadership team. In addition, Siemens also stated it intends to maintain a significant presence in Houston, which will be the headquarters location of the oil and gas business of Siemens.
It was announced today, though, that the head of the Power and Gas Division will leave Siemens.

Roland Fischer, Division CEO, is leaving Siemens at the end of January at his own request. Effective February 1, 2015, Lisa Davis, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, will serve – in addition to her other Board responsibilities – as acting Division head until a successor is appointed. Employed at Siemens since 2008, Fischer has headed the company's power and gas business since 2011.
Davis has been a Managing Board member since August 2014 and is responsible for the Region Americas as well as for the Power and Gas, and Wind Power and Renewables Divisions and for Power Generation Services.

Rep. Reed Introduces “Defense of Property Rights Act”

Press Release - Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the “Defense of Property Rights Act” in response to recent adverse action taken by government actors against Southern Tier landowners.
The bill would defend private property rights by providing an option for compensation on behalf of those unfairly harmed by government action. It would also open the judicial process in a more fair and equitable way. Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:
“Far too often private property owners are left on the sidelines while local, state and federal governments’ make decisions for them on what they can and cannot do with their property. This is not right; it is not fair; and it is not the American way. These actions by government entities often leave our neighbors and friends with property that is worth much less, hurting their families and leaving them little choice but to accept the lower value.
“That is why I invited Steuben County farmer Neil Vitale to the State of the Union this week. I wanted to highlight those unjustly and unfairly impacted by adverse government action. I care deeply about the farmers and families of Western New York, which is why I am putting this concern into action.
“As a result, I have introduced a bill to defend Neil Vitale and all those unfairly harmed by government. This legislation would allow our friends and neighbors the option to seek compensation for their loss and provide a more fair process in our court system.
“I appeal to our highest of American ideals - fairness and doing what is right. And today I believe we have taken a big first step in defense of fairness and in defense of private property rights.”

House of Representatives Honors Olean Native Louis “Lou” Zamperini


WASHINGTON:  U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced a House resolution today honoring the life, accomplishments and legacy of Olean native Louis “Lou” Zamperini.  Zamperini was born on January 26, 1917 in Olean, NY and later grew up in Torrance, CA.  His story became the best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand and the recently released film Unbroken.

NY Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Offenders

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the passage of a package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.  

-Legislation (
S851 [3]) sponsored by Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D, Bronx) would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from being placed in temporary and emergency housing or homeless shelters where children are present. 

-Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) has sponsored legislation (
S869 [4]) making it a crime for anyone to knowingly harbor, house, or employ a sex offender who has failed to register or verify residence or employment and fails to contact their local law enforcement agency.

-The Senate also passed a measure (
S2084 [5]), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), which would prohibit a sexually violent or Level 3 sex offender who committed a crime against a child from being granted custody and unsupervised visitation with a child.  These sex offenders would remain ineligible unless they provide clear and convincing evidence that custody or visitation would benefit the child.

-Legislation (
S1608 [6]) sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope) would require reporting of multiple residences when a sex offender is living somewhere part-time. Under current law, offenders are only required to register their primary residence with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. The bill also requires the Division to develop a notification system to report offenders who have multiple residences.

-A bill (
S396 [7]) sponsored by Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) would require the commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to contact local officials and school superintendents when a sex offender is transferred to a community program or residence within their municipality. 

-Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester) sponsored a measure (
S833 [8]), which would prohibit Level 3 sex offenders from living in student housing on college campuses and makes it a class A misdemeanor upon conviction of a first offense, and a class D felony upon conviction for a second or subsequent offense.

-Legislation (
S845 [9]), also sponsored by Senator Robach establishes a sex offender public awareness outreach program. This program would provide educational outreach to schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.
The bills will be sent to the Assembly. 

Drinking Water Protection Efforts Lauded in Potter, other counties

MarcusKohlPix1Public officials in Potter and Tioga counties are getting high marks for their commitment to protecting drinking water resources. Marcus Kohl, director of the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection regional office in Williamsport, commended the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition (TDWC) and a similar organization in Tioga County as guest speaker during a joint meeting of the two coalitions in Mansfield. Kohl (left) expressed his support for vigilant protection of drinking water supplies from any adverse impacts of earth disturbances and industrial activity.
On a related note, TDWC chairman John McLaughlin (below) of Potter County reported on the ongoing efforts to acquire equipment that will monitor public water sources 24/7 for changes in conductivity and other characteristics. Erica Tomlinson from the Tioga County Conservation District noted that she’s working on an educational video emphasizing the importance of protecting public drinking water sources. The units could be tied into an emergency services dispatch center to trigger quick response in the event of a pollution episode.
JohnMcLaughlinTioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver updated members on the mapping of sourcewater areas with GPS technology and site visits. Penn State Extension water specialist Jim Clark announced that he is involved in a project to detect blue-green algae in ponds, lakes or other impoundments. Certain species of these algae can release a toxin into the water.
Next TDWC meeting will be held on Feb. 11 at a location to be announced.
Potter County Today

Allegany County sales tax receipts dip

When the Allegany County Legislature's Budget Committee met last week, lawmakers heard some potentially disappointing news regarding sales tax figures. County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed to committee members the 2014 Allegany County Sales Tax Report reflecting receipts through January 21, 2015. Sales tax collections totaled $786,832.69. Ross said receipts for the current period indicate a decrease of $197,656.22 or -20.077 percent from one year ago for the same period. The majority of the decrease, she said, was due to the state reconciliation of the quarter with adjustments from prior years.

Group seeks $750,000 to replace 78 mobile homes in Allegany County

Taken from the minutes of the Allegany County Ways & Means Committee -
Allegany County Administrator Mitch Alger, County Treasurer Terri Ross, and Assistant to the County Administrator Jodi Adams met with Jodi Fuller, Chief Operating Officer of Planning & Development and other staff from Cattaraugus Community Action Agency at their request to discuss a Community Development Block Grant funding opportunity.  As required by the funder, the County would be the grantee and Cattaraugus Community Action would write and administer the grant. This set up is similar to past experience (snowmobile federation grant). Cattaraugus Community Action is requesting $750,000 from the state to replace seven-eight mobile homes in Allegany County targeting the most vulnerable populations (elderly, disabled, veterans). Outcomes include elimination of blight and improved health and safety living standards. Referrals would come from Office for the Aging, the Department of Social Services, Veterans’ Services, and ACCORD Corporation. ACCORD is not applying for the grant and supports the effort. This funding stream seems like a good fit for the County. The grant will require minimal work for County employees initially (document review, signatures, letters of support, public hearing) but doesn’t require match funding.  The grant submission deadline is February 27, 2015.

ACCORD Corporation working on Grant Applications for Housing Rehab Projects & Services

From the January21, 2015 minutes of the Allegany County Legislature Ways & Means Committee -  
Lesley Gooch-Christman, Executive Director of ACCORD, and Bryan Gamache, Business & Community Development Director for ACCORD gave a brief presentation on pending grant applications for housing rehabilitation projects and services. Ms. Gooch-Christman began by saying she was in attendance to update the Committee members where  ACCORD is in regard to housing programs and applications, as well as to give the Committee a sense of ACCORD’s three-year plan, based on a needs assessment of housing in Allegany County and  what ACCORD hopes to do with the application process. She also wanted to say a bit about how ACCORD is working with Cattaraugus Community Action terms of more efficient use of those resources. She then turned the floor over to Mr. Gamache.
Mr. Gamache noted that ACCORD is currently pursuing three grants:
- NYS Homes and Community Renewal Restore Grant—this is a $50,000 grant which helps the elderly with home repair at no cost to the homeowner…e.g., a broken furnace would be repaired under this grant’s guidelines. The maximum amount allowed per project is $5,000, so 10-15 County residents could be served.
- Access to Home is a $150,000 grant aimed at helping those who become disabled to stay in their homes rather than enter an institution. This would include the construction of ramps, doors, stair lifts, accessible showers, etc. At a maximum amount of $11,250 per project, 10-20 people could be served in Allegany County.
- Affordable Home and Ownership Development Grant is a $750,000 two-year grant with a maximum of $35,000 per project. Mr. Gamache projects an average cost of about $15,000 per project, which would allow 40-50 people in the County to be served. ACCORD hopes to combine this with current grants such as CBDG (Community Development Block Grants ) and have been asked by NYS to take over town of Belfast CBDG.
Overall, ACCORD is currently focusing solely on rehab and repair at this point, he said.

The ARTS Council Welcomes New Folk Arts Coordinator Maria E. Kennedy

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (The ARTS Council) is pleased to welcome Maria Kennedy as the new Folk Arts Coordinator. Maria began her position on January 9th, 2015. Though new to the Southern Tier, Maria has long personal associations with the state of New York, with family in the North Country, the Catskills, and the Hudson Valley. 
"We are so excited to have Maria join us at The ARTS Council and continue our vibrant folk arts programming," said Connie Sullivan-Blum, the Executive Director. "Supporting traditional arts and folkways is integral to the mission of The ARTS Council, and we are thrilled to have someone with Maria's skills on board."  
Maria has been cultivating her experience in folk arts as a graduate student at Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, where she received a dual MA from the Department of Folklore and the School of Journalism. As a graduate student, she worked for Traditional Arts Indiana, assisting with public folk arts programs throughout the state, and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at Indiana University.

Alfred University to host Red Cross blood drive

On Thursday, Jan. 29 Alfred University will host a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center. The drive is sponsored by the Biology Club, AU Naturales, and the student chapter of the AMA (American Marketing Association). Each donor will receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card. Appointments are appreciated; however, walk-ins are also welcome. To set up an appointment, visit the “Donate Blood” link at www.redcross.org and enter “14802” in the zip code search box. Donations typically take between an hour and 75 minutes. Donors are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and eat iron-rich foods on donation day, wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that are easily rolled up, and bring a list of prescription/over-the-counter medications that they are currently taking or could be in their system. Students should also bring their student ID. For more information, or to volunteer at the drive, please contact studentaffairs@alfred.edu.

Former Alfred U. Saxon football great and Livonia resident Schuster gets Super Bowl officiating nod

Fifteen years into his career as a National Football League umpire, Bill Schuster has made it to the game’s biggest stage.
Schuster, a 1981 graduate of Alfred University and former All-American end for the Saxons, has been tabbed to serve as the umpire of the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLIX. The game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be played Feb. 1 in Phoenix, AZ.
“They asked if I could work one more game,” Schuster said of the call he received from the NFL league office Jan. 13. “And I said. ‘Sure I can.’
“I was thrilled and excited. But at the same time, I was humbled and honored for being selected,” said Schuster, who leaves his home in Livonia, NY, for Arizona on Wednesday (Jan. 28). Once there, he will be involved in daily meetings as the crew, led by referee Gene Steratore, prepares for Sunday’s game.
Schuster’s football officiating career began shortly after he graduated from Alfred in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a four-year starter (1976-79) at offensive end at Alfred, catching a then school career-record 137 passes and earning All-American honors twice while under the tutelage of AU Hall of Fame coaches Alex Yunevich and Sam Sanders.
After graduation from Alfred, he worked three years as a financial aid director at the Stratford School of Business in Syracuse, also serving as an assistant coach at AU during the 1981, 1982 and 1983 seasons. In 1982, at the suggestion of a friend, Schuster decided to try his hand at officiating, beginning at the high school level.

Gov. Cuomo declares State of Emergency for downstate counties - Tractor Trailer ban also in effect

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency for the following counties ahead of the extreme winter storm expected to bring heavy snowfall and high winds: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester and contiguous counties. In addition, the Governor announced a tractor trailer ban will be in effect on major state highways beginning at 4:00 p.m., and the State is considering a full travel ban on roads and bridges as well as the potential closing of public transit networks in affected areas beginning at 11 p.m. Commuters should pay close attention to advisories as the day progresses and leave work early if possible.
The Governor has also directed all non-essential state employees in counties covered by the State of Emergency to leave work at 3:00 p.m. The Executive Order also includes provisions to help protect the health of New Yorkers by suspending certain regulatory measures in order to help ensure all patients receive their medications and care during this emergency.

Obituary: Charles Edward "Edd" Lampman, 82, Ulysses

Charles Edward "Edd" LAMPMAN, 82, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.
Born February 11, 1932, in Ulysses, he was the son of Floyd and Ina Stone Lampman.
On March 23, 1957, in Ulysses, he married the former Patricia A. Brown, who predeceased him on July 13, 2002.
With Elwin Van Etten, he owned and operated Ed and Al's Farm Equipment in Harrison Valley for many years.  From 1984 until 2011, he was employed as a bulldozer operator and welder by Sherwood Enterprises, Inc. in Ulysses.
Surviving are:  three sons, Scott (Joann) Lampman of Coudersport, Shawn (Vickie) Lampman and Stacey (Janise) Lampman, both of Ulysses;  a daughter, Shelley (Thomas) Mohr of Olean, NY;  eight grandchildren;  ten great-grandchildren;  four brothers, Russell Lampman, Dean (Arlene) Lampman, Lewis (Bonnie) Lampman, all of Ulysses, and Wilford (Louise) Lampman of Jerome, ID;  a sister, Mary Louise Willey of Malott, WA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, Richard Lampman, Jay B. Lampman, and Floyd H. Lampman.
Friends may call Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., Ulysses, PA 16948 or Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA  16948.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

State Police Blotter

1/25/15 9:32pm - State police responded to a domestic dispute and arrested Gary Colangelo, 56, of Burns. He was charged with criminal mischief and was released pending court action.

1/25/15 7:30pm - State police responded to a domestic dispute in Campbell and arrested Brianne E. Clarkson, 26, of Campbell. She was charged with harassment with physical contact and issued a court ticket.



St. James Mercy Hospital Selects Buyer for McAuley Manor Long-term Care Service

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it has agreed to terms for New York State-based Post Acute Partners to acquire St. James Mercy’s McAuley Manor long-term care service.
"Our New Vision for healthcare in Hornell is designed to ensure continued access to quality health care services for our community," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "The selection of Post Acute Partners—a high-quality, highly reputable long-term care provider—is a very positive step toward achieving our mission." Through Buffalo-based Elderwood, Post Acute Partners owns and operates 17 skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living facilities in New York State. In addition, through Pediatric Specialty Care, Post Acute Partners owns and operates services for six pediatric special care facilities in Pennsylvania. Its facilities are noted for both its high-quality care and high ratings among residents and patients. In addition to facility-based services, Post Acute Partners provides other services in the post-acute care space. Woodmark Pharmacy is a provider of institutional pharmacy services in New York and Massachusetts, and Senior Comfort Services is a provider of home care services in Massachusetts. Finally, Elderwood Health Plan has applied to become a Managed Long Term Care Plan in various counties throughout upstate New York. "The SJMH board of directors looked at a number of attributes in selecting Post Acute Partners as McAuley Manor’s new operator, chief among them are the group’s track records of quality care, community partnership and stewardship," said Sullivan. "Post Acute Partners will make a terrific addition to the Hornell healthcare landscape." "We are excited about the opportunity to continue McAuley Manor’s proud legacy of service to the Hornell community," said Warren Cole, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Post Acute Partners. "We are looking forward to providing exceptional care to McAuley’s residents, and to working with the facility’s skilled nursing care teams." Following a period of due diligence, St. James Mercy and Post Acute Partners will look to execute an asset purchase agreement. The parties must then seek regulatory approval from the New York State Department of Health. St. James Mercy Hospital first announced its intent to sell McAuley Manor in May 2014.

Livingston County Sheriff reports major breakthrough in 1979 Jane Doe homicide

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a major breakthrough in the 1979 unidentified homicide case commonly referred to as the Caledonia Jane Doe case. Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators have been working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office on a recent lead, which has led to the identification of the victim. Her name is Tammy Jo Alexander. Tammy Jo was born on November 2, 1963 to Barbara Barnes and Marvin Alexander in Atlanta Georgia. Tammy Jo last lived in Brooksville Florida and attended school at Hernando High School and South Sumter High School, both in Florida. The Sheriff is asking anyone who knew or has information about Tammy Jo Alexander, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI.         
As many of you know, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded on November 10, 1979 to a report of a young girl found murdered on the side of Route 20 in the Town of Caledonia. Since that day, the Sheriff’s Office has followed up on thousands upon thousands of leads across the world and persistently worked to identify her as new technology developed. The Sheriff’s Office has never given up trying to identify her and her killer. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office continues to lead this investigation while working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to bring justice to Tammy Jo Alexander.
If you have any information about Tammy Jo Alexander, or the “Caledonia Jane Doe” case, please call our centralized hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.  

Small earthquake jiggles Pennsylvania

 
Issued By:        USGS
Jurisdictions:  New York
Headline:          USGS Earthquake Alert: M 2.7 - 4km ESE of Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Description: DYFI? - III
Time
2015-01-25 23:25:10 UTC
2015-01-25 18:25:10 -05:00 at epicenter
Location
39.999°N 75.657°W
Depth
2.00 km (1.24 mi)
Earthquake Distances: (Calculated within NY-Alert)
  • 208.24 Miles from Albany, NY
  • 146.27 Miles from Binghamton, NY
  • 260.3 Miles from Buffalo, NY
  • 103.83 Miles from New York City, NY
  • 343.68 Miles from Plattsburgh, NY
  • 212.33 Miles from Syracuse, NY

Richburg to flush hydrants

The Village of Richburg will be flushing Hydrants on 1-26-15 at 11:00 pm to 5:00 am 1-27-15.  The area with the most impact will be the lower Flats consisting of Dean St., Ackerman St. and Broad St.
Robert Thomas
Department of Public Works
Richburg NY

Sheldon Silver won't resign, but temporarily gives up powerful state duties

New York Times
ALBANY — Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York State Assembly, agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges.
His decision came amid mounting pressure from his fellow Democrats in the Assembly, who worried that the criminal charges would impair his ability to carry out the duties of one of the most powerful positions in the state’s government.
In an unusual arrangement, Mr. Silver would not quit his post. Instead, he would temporarily delegate his duties as speaker to a group of senior Assembly members. Read the rest of the New York Times story HERE.

Hornell man faces DWI charge

During a traffic stop on county road 109 in Hornellsville about 2:55am Friday, Steuben deputies arrested David Brace, 43m of Olive Street in Hornell. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and three additional traffic violations. he will answer the charge in court at a later date.

Deputies arrest Pike man on weapons charge following domestic dispute


Scott A. Wilcox, 45, of Pike, was arrested following an investigation involving a domestic incident at a home on Wiscoy Road in the Town of Pike. Deputies said Wilcox was reportedly involved in an altercation with his girlfriend at which time he allegedly punched her and knocked her to the ground.
Wilcox’s girlfriend then called 911. Officials said when Wilcox learned that police were responding, he took his 44 Mag Rifle and exited the residence. Wilcox fled on foot from the scene with the rifle into a wooded area directly behind the residence, and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene moments later. New York State Police from the Warsaw barracks also responded and assisted with scene security. Deputies successfully removed the victim from the residence and transported her to a safe location. During the investigation it was found that Wilcox was a three time convicted felon, and this made it illegal for Wilcox to possess any guns. An arrest warrant was subsequently signed for Wilcox’s arrest. The following evening on January 25, 2015, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to pinpoint Wilcox’s location back to the residence of the original disturbance. Deputies stood by and were able to successfully take Wilcox into custody during a traffic stop in which he was a passenger in a vehicle leaving the residence. A subsequent search of the residence led to the recovery of a Marlin 44 Mag Rifle and 109 44 Mag Rifle bullets, according to deputies. New York State Police from the Amity Barracks assisted at the scene. Wilcox was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree and Attempted Assault in the Third Degree. Wilcox was arraigned in the Town of Pike Court where bail was set at $2,000.00 cash bail or $5,000.00 bond. Wilcox was set to return to the Town of Pike Court on January 27, 2015 for further proceedings.

Livingston County Sheriff Blotter

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

Michael R. Donnelly, 34, Lima, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on January 15, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Lima Town Court on a later date. 
Jesse D, Nahalka, 22, Leicester, NY, was arrested January 15, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Speed Not Prudent and Failure To Use Designated Lane.  Nahalka will answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.
Brian D. Cone, 21, Geneseo, NY, was charged January 18, with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and Petit Larceny.  Cone will address charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.
Brandon J. Dalcin, 20, Rochester, NY, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree on January 19.  Dalcin will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.
Cory L. Germano, 21, Livonia, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on January 19.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Germano was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $3,500 cash bail/$7,000 property bond.  Germano will return to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.
Divante L. Geiger, 18, Hemlock, NY, was arrested January 16, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent, Failure To Use Designated Lane and Unlawful Possession of Alcohol by a Person Under 21 Years of Age.  Geiger will appear in Geneseo Town Court in response to charges on a later date.
Zachary N. Wilson, 30, Avon, NY, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Failure To Keep Right, No Seatbelt and Driving Across Hazardous Markings on January 19.  Wilson will appear in Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.
Jamie M. Schneider, 26, Avon, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Failure To Keep Right on January 18.  Schneider will address charges in Lima Town Court on a later date.
Kevin D. Rigdon, 29, Dansville, NY was arrested and charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree on January 16.  Rigdon will appear in Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.
Rick J. Redding, 32, Lima, NY, was charged with Harassment 2nd Degree on January 21, and Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree on January 22.  Following arraignment in Lima Town Court, Redding was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.  Redding will return to Lima Town Court to address charges on a later date.
Christopher Thompson, 22, Livonia, NY, was charged with Disorderly Conduct on January 22, and was released on an appearance ticket to satisfy charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wellsville man charged with felony in Independence

A Wellsville man faces a felony and other charges following an incident at 8:30pm Saturday on Beech Hill Road in the town of Independence. Police Chief P. J. Sherman said 39-year old Robert J. Harder of Wellsville was charged with felony driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with failure to keep right and operating in violation of a conditional license. Arraigned in Independence court, Harder was committed to the Allegany County jail on $1,000 cash bail. He will return to court next month. 

Poll - Bills should have new stadium (in downtown)

A Sienna College/Buffalo News/WGRZ-TV poll shows that people in Erie County support the construction of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. According to the just released poll, 54% of people support a new stadium, while 36% oppose new construction. Of the supporters, 66% were under age 55, while the most opposition came from those 55 and up.
As for location of new construction, 55% of those surveyed want it in downtown Buffalo while 40% want it to remain in Orchard Park. The polling results can be found HERE.

Obituary: John Charles "Papa John" Osterhout Sr., 72, Belmont


Belmont, NY - John Charles “Papa John” Osterhout Sr., 72, of 5741 Lyons Road passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born December 5, 1942 in Wellsville the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth (McManus) Osterhout.  On May 25, 1971 in Angelica he married Debra Scott who survives. John was formerly employed at Turner & McNerney Pipeline until his retirement in 1996. He loved watching the Buffalo Bills, family holiday gatherings, making his famous “Papa’s Mashed Potatoes”, farming with his tractor, reading, cookouts and parties at “The Beer Lodge”, taking care of his dogs, spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and helping anyone in need. Surviving in addition to his wife are two children, John (Tami) Osterhout Jr. of Belmont and Dawn (Tyler Avnet) Davis of Coolidge, AZ, six grandchildren, Timothy (Carrie) Osterhout, Katelyn (Dustin) Osterhout, Elaini Davis. Maggie Davis, Sarah Morrison, and Tori Fanton, two great grandchildren, Brayden Cooper and Karson Osterhout, one sister, Ellen (Maurice) Middaugh of Belmont, two brothers, Tom (Jean) Osterhout of Brocton and Mike (Diane) Osterhout of Cuba, several nieces & nephews including two special nieces, Debbie Flores and Megan Murray and many good friends including, Damon Davis, Angela Lewis, Pete Gambino and Bill and Audrey Newman. He was predeceased in addition to parents by his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Janice Scott and a sister, Margaret “Peggy” Osterhout. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 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, NY. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Amity Rescue Squad or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Livingston Deputies - Felony charges after man refuses to stay away


LIMA:  Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Rick J. Redding, age 32 of Lima, on felony charges relating to burglary and criminal contempt. The incident first began the morning of January 22nd when Deputy Christopher Smith responded to the residence of the victim.  The woman told police that an order of protection was issued the day prior against Rick J. Redding of Lima.  The victim believed that Redding may have returned to the residence when she was not there.  

Hornell man charged with welfare fraud, other felonies

Steuben County deputies arrested Cirilio Hernandez, 33, of Hornell after a joint investigation with the District Attorney's office and social services. Hernandez was charged with welfare fraud, grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. Deputies said Hernandez filing for public assistance but failed to report income. The omission, deputies allege, allowed Hernandez to be paid more than $8,000 in benefits he was not entitled to receive. He will answer the charges in village of Bath court at a later date.

David Bentley - Cuba's Police Officer of the Year

Cuba police officer Dave Bentley was honored as the Officer of the Year during Department honors held Saturday night.
Patrolman Bentley has been serving with the Cuba Police Department since 1989 when he graduated from the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy. He was appointed as a patrolman in 1989. The Cuba Police Department has over a dozen full and part time officers.
 


Keeping things fair, K-9 Inga took home the top dog award. Here she is with her award.

Obituary: Florence M. McCaslin, 75, Westfield, Pa.

Florence M. McCASLIN, 75, of Potter Brook, Westfield, PA, died Friday, January 23, 2015 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.
Born November 11, 1939, in Harrison Valley, PA, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Minnie Belle Greenfield Cornish.
On September 6, 1957, in Potter Brook, she married Joseph W. McCaslin, who predeceased her on November 16, 2013.
She was employed by K&W in Westfield and served as President of the Riverview Cemetery Association. 
Surviving are:  six children, Joseph M. (Melinda) McCaslin of Potter Brook, Bruce M. McCaslin of Huntingdon, PA, Sandra M. (Michael) Johnson of Little Marsh, PA, David R. McCaslin of Potter Brook, Lisa R. Jayne of Nelson, PA, and Robert J. McCaslin of Potter Brook,  five grandchildren;  seven great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Chester E. Cornish of Harrison Valley, PA and Edward Cornish of Wellsville, NY;  a sister, Elizabeth M. Painter of Wellsville, NY;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Jean McCaslin;  two brothers, Raymond Cornish and Charles Paul Cornish;  and a sister, Merna Brimmer.
A private graveside service will be in held in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to Kidney Foundation of Central PA, 1500 Paxton Street, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2633. 
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at
www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

 NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.

He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said.

Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity. Read more, click link below...

TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

Obituary: John E. Mix, 91, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - John E. Mix, 91, of 1338 South Bolivar Road passed away Friday January 23, 2015 in Cuba Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born March 16, 1923 in Bolivar, he was the son of John L. and Pearl Nolan Mix.
He married the former Patricia Hancock in 1946. Mrs. Mix preceded him in death on October 18, 1978. On June 27, 1981 John married Jennie Holmes in Farmersville N.Y. Mrs. Mix survives.

John was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in W.W.II in the Pacific Theater of operation. He was employed by the former Clark Brothers Co. in Olean as a foreman for over thirty-five years retiring in 1981. John loved classic country music and played guitar in various local bands.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two children; John G. (Helen) Mix of Junction City, Kansas and Gerilee Greene of Palm Bay, Fla. Four stepsons; Herbert “Spike” (Tamie) Holmes of Friendship, Richard Holmes of Ceres, David Holmes of Olean and Ronald (Karen) Holmes of Little Genesee. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three brothers; Robert (Karen) Mix of Medina, Arnold (Judy) Mix of Lyndonville and Don (Lorraine) Mix of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Rose Mix, three brothers and four sisters.

There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Lake Region 1400 Winton Rd. North Rochester N.Y. 14609-5831.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar.

NY - SUNYSA Attends State of the University Address

Albany – President of the Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNYSA), Lori Mould, introduced Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), Nancy Zimpher for the fifth annual State of the University Address on Saturday.  Access + Completion = Success.  The formula isn’t new but the work to solve the equation will be.  
In addition to President Mould, a number of members of the SUNYSA Executive Committee attended the Chancellor’s address. Among them was Marc Cohen, senior director of external relations. 
 
"The Chancellor has once again provided a number of ambitious goals which the Student Assembly wholeheartedly supports such as: working to improve student completion rates, advisement services, and a focus on sexual assault and domestic violence.” He continued with, “We would, of course, have liked to have seen a plan to address the difficult issue of college affordability; from tuition to textbooks because costs are continuing to rise. This is a very real challenge to access and one that we need to address as a system.”
Since the introduction of Access + Completion = Success, various programs have been introduced to bring the success to the students of SUNY.  Chancellor Zimpher touted the positive impact programs like Seamless Transfer, Smart Track, Teach New York and Start Up New York have had on the increasing completion rate.  By 2020 the goal is to have the completion rate reach 60%.   Currently New York State has a completion rate of 45%, approximately 6% higher than the national average.  Chancellor Zimpher protests this isn’t good enough.
 
Rey Muniz, III, director of government relations said, “There is one word that summarizes the Chancellor's vision and that word is ambitious.”  He further stated, “With new programs and new methods also comes a new price tag. This legislative session will be a challenge for SUNY as we seek to find the proper funding to accomplish our goals. We will be working hard for our students in tandem with system administration to see that these needs are met. We call on the Legislature and the Governor to treat education as the investment that it is and to further SUNY's role as a partner in the state’s economic vitality.” 

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Blotter

1/22/15 4:30pm - Deputies arrested Jashua S. Kessel, 19, of Colden. He was charged with criminal impersonation following an incident at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca. He was issued a court ticket. Deputies also discovered an active warrant from West Seneca. He was turned over to state police.

1/25/15 2:40am - While patrolling route 219 in Great valley, Deputies discovered a vehicle in a snow bank. Deputies later arrested Steven L. Kellogg, 60, of route 446 in Eldred, Pa.. He was charged with two subdivisions of driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain lane. He was issued court tickets. 

Obituary: Donald Eugene Cottrell, 44, Mole Hill, West Virginia

Douglas Eugene Cottrell, 44, of Mole Hill, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.
He was born June 11, 1970 at Buckhannon, a son of Calvin and Nancy Cottrell of Orma. Douglas was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was employed by H.G. Energy, LLC for 10 years.
In addition to his parents, survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Lori Cottrell of Spencer; one sister and brother-in-law, Ramonia and Mark McCann of Wellsville, N.Y.; two daughters, Katelyn Cottrell of Elizabeth and Kaylee Cottrell of Alma; one nephew, Christian Cottrell of Huntington; two nieces, Zoe and Grace McCann of Wellsville, N.Y.; nine aunts, Greta Bargelow, Mildred McBride, Kathy Starcher, Loretta Bishop, Carol Summers, Vera Johnson, Connie Hoskins, Patty Cottrell and Glenna Cesaro; six uncles, Don Cottrell, Dave Cottrell, Burl Cottrell, Gerald Cottrell, Wayne Groves and Rodney Groves; lots of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Fred and Virginia Anderson Groves; paternal grandparents, Noah and Fronia Jones Cottrell; three uncles, Roger Groves, Melvin Cottrell and Darrell Cottrell; and two aunts, Marie Cottrell and Freda Bugden.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 26 at the Arnoldsburg Community Building, with the Rev. Danny Hopkins officiating.
Friends may call two hours before the memorial service.
John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

Obituary: James M. "Mike" Powers, 71, Alfred


Mike Powers of Alfred passed away following a brief and unexpected illness on Friday, Jan. 23, at Rochester General Hospital. He was 71. Most recently, he was enjoying retired life by traveling to Rome and China with his wife, exhibiting his art work, maintaining a studio practice at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center and doting on his three grandchildren.
Mike was a cheerful and generous husband, father and grandfather and led a long career as a dedicated art professor. He loved wordplay, scouring antique shops for hidden treasures, playing the piano – everything from Chopin to show tunes to the Sesame Street theme – and decorating the home with palm trees in an effort to provide a tropical feel to winter’s frigidity.
Born on Aug. 23, 1943, in Conshohocken, Pa., to Paul and Alice Powers, James Michael “Mike” Powers attended St. Mathew's High School in Conshohocken and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
After graduation from Tyler, he joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Botswana, where he met his wife, Catherine “Cathy” Murray. They were married in Africa in 1968. After completing his three-year service in the Peace Corps, the couple moved to Ambler, Pa., and Mike returned to Tyler, where he received his masters in fine art.
Following a short high school teaching career, Mike accepted a position at Genesee Community College in Batavia, N.Y., where he taught ceramics and metalsmithing for 33 years and raised his children, Sarah and Angus Powers.
Mike attended his children’s weddings and welcomed son-in-law Jack Hagel and daughter-in-law Amy (née Britt) Powers to the family. After retiring from teaching, Mike and Cathy moved to Alfred, N.Y., to help raise their first granddaughter, Rona Powers. They instantly became a part of the Alfred Village and surrounding areas.
When their first grandson, Max Hagel, was born in 2011, Mike and Cathy began splitting their time between Alfred and Raleigh, N.C., where Max and his family reside.
Mike returned to Alfred to support his family when his third grandchild, Isla Mae Powers, passed just a month before her due date. His soul was mended when he met Faye Maggie Powers two years later.
Mike was pre-deceased by sisters-in-law Diane Powers, Joanne Powers, and granddaughter Isla Powers. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Powers of Alfred; his daughter, Sarah Powers, son-in-law Jack Hagel and grandson Max Hagel of Raleigh, N.C..; son Angus Powers, daughter-in-law Amy Powers and granddaughters Rona and Faye of Alfred Station. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Sheridan, brother-in-law Richard Sheridan; brother Bernard Powers and sister-in-law Mary Beth; brother William Powers; brother Francis Powers; sister Marie-Alice Powers; uncle John and aunt Teasie McGuiggin. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews and their eight children.
The family is grateful for the kind, supportive and expert care they received at Dr. Ashdown and his staff, the Hornell Fire Department medics, Dr. John Robshaw, Nurse Teri and the ER staff at St. James Mercy, as well as the flight crew and staff at RGH.
To send a remembrance, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday January 29th from 5-7pm at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center, 124 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Obituary: Helen Mosher, 76, Andover


ANDOVER - Helen Mosher, 76, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (Jan. 22, 2015) at Jones Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Mosher was born on March 8, 1938, in Rochester, to Hugh E. and Anna (Smith) Reynolds. She was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Rochester. On Sept. 15, 1956, Helen married the love of her life, Eldon Mosher, who survives her. Helen was a skilled secretary and also worked at Alfred University in food services. The largest part of her career was served as a bus driver. She began driving bus with the Golden Arrow Bus Line in Rochester and then spent 27 years driving for Andover Central School, retiring in 1998. Along with her husband of 58 years, Helen is survived by three daughters, Jacqueline Gavin (James Silvis) of Bradford, Pa., Betty Anne Lown (Douglas) of Canaseraga, and Kathleen (Floyd) Reynolds of Andover; a son-in-law, Mike Gavin; four grandchildren, Ryan Lown (Danielle Morsch), Amber Lynn Reynolds (Rick Childs), Lacey Deiter (Travis), and Seth Reynolds; one grandson-in-law, Jeremiah J. Williard; two great-grandchildren, Kennedy Willard and Noah Willard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Tiffany Marie Willard; and siblings, Lawrence Reynolds, Alice Reynolds, Harvey Reynolds Joey Reynolds, Theresa Reynolds, and Betty Anne Reynolds. Helen enjoyed vacationing with Eldon in South Carolina where they had great fun every day at the senior center. She enjoyed crocheting and loved hummingbirds. She made an effort to develop relationships with the children on her bus routes and enjoyed their "Hi, Mrs. Mosher!" greetings as she went about town. Her "one weakness" was Bubble Yum. Helen was very social during her years in the nursing home where she enjoyed card games, Bingo, and serving her friends by participating on the Resident Committee. Helen dearly loved her family and was a devoted mother and grandmother; and she leaves a legacy of more than 58 happy years as a loving wife. Helen spent eight years at Highland Healthcare in Wellsville where she made many friends. It is with great appreciation that we, the family of Helen Mosher, say thank you to the many caregivers who spent countless hours providing great care for Helen. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.Memorial contributions in Helen's name may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, P.O. Box 761, Andover, NY 14806 or Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895

State Police Blotter

1/24/15 12:17pm - After responding to a domestic dispute in Belfast, state police arrested Joshua M. Cook, 22, of Cuba. He was charged with stalking 4th. He was released on his own recognizance to await court action.

1/25/15 12:37am - State police arrested a man following a traffic stop in Scio. Troopers charged Justus Harrison, 38, of Scio, with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation and a misdemeanor count of  using a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock system. He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a stop sign violation and drinking alcohol in a vehicle. He was held for court action.

1/25/15 5:49am - Following a traffic stop on Dow Road in Centerville, state police arrested Amy L. Nieves, 41, of Arcade. She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, speeding and two other traffic offenses.

1/24/15 - State police made three separate shoplifting arrests at Walmart in Erwin. Charged with petit larceny were Danielle Naylor, 22 and Dallas Arms, 17, both of Corning and  Karen Aumick, 35, Savona. They were all issued court appearance tickets.

1/24/15 8:42pm - Following a traffic stop on county road 85 in Addison, state police arrested Jerome Surine, 28, of Knoxville, Pa.. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was issued court tickets.

1/24/15 7:55pm - State police responded to a domestic dispute in the town if Cameron and arrested Joshua Lewis, 24, of Cameron. He was held for court action on charges of assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and unlawful imprisonment.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Traffic stop becomes felony drug arrest for Port Allegany man

An alert Pennsylvania trooper turned a traffic stop into a felony arrest in McKean County this morning. State police said they were on Arnold Avenue in Port Allegany when they observed a vehicle being driven by someone they "recognized...as a suspended operator." Troopers said they stopped the vehicle and conducted a searched which, troopers say, "yielded a significant amount of marijuana." Police arrested Thomas H. Bennett, 41, of Port Allegany. He was charged with felony drug possession with intent to deliver, four misdemeanors to include counts of DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia and summary offenses to include careless driving, driving while suspended and no license.
Bennett was arraigned before District Judge William Todd. Unable to post $25,000 bail, he was sent to the McKean County jail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for January 29th.

Obituary: Calvin E. Maybee, 59, Scio

SCIO - Calvin E. Maybee, 59, of the Cottage Bridge Road, passed away on Thursday (Jan. 22, 2015) in Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a long illness. He was born in Hornell, N.Y., on Feb. 24, 1955, the son of Donald E. and Lois Fuller Maybee. He was a graduate of the Scio High School, where he was the class president and also a member of the band. He was a farmer, employed at the Reynolds Farm Supply in Cuba, N.Y., and had worked with his brother, Charlie, at the Maybee Enterprises in Belmont, N.Y., until he retired due to ill health. He was an avid race car fan and, for many years, drove his own car. He enjoyed watching the NY Yankees baseball team and also was a fan of Jeff Gordon's racing team. He was a former member of the Grange and Farm Bureau. He is survived by a brother, Charlie (Kim) Maybee of Belmont, N.Y.; sisters, Cheryl A. (Michael) Smith of Orrville, Ohio, Cindy J. (Ross) Loiacono of Jamestown, N.Y., and Carol L. Maybee of Olean, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Todd, Aaron, Ryan, Amber, Sherrie and Kasey; also, several cousins and his favorite cats, Percy and J.J. Binx .He was predeceased by his parents.Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2015) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., when services will be held with the Rev. Ralph Eastlack officiating. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Memorials may be made to the Scio Free Library or the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

Obituary: Rev. Roger James White, 64, Machias


Machias --- Rev. Roger James White of 3204 Hazelmare Ave. died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in West Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. He was born on June 27, 1950 in Oneonta, a son of the late Floyd and Nina Spaford White. On July 17, 1971 in Dennison Corners he married Mary Ann McCoy who survives.
Roger pastored in several churches beginning with two churches in Maine with the A.M.O.C.  He then moved to Rushford in 1983 and pastored at the Rushford Baptist Church until 1993 when he became director of the Odosagih Bible Conference in Machias.
Roger’s first love was Jesus, to whom he was a lifelong witness, his wife, his girls, son-in-laws and his grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife are their daughters, Esther (Michael) Clark of Rushford, Rachael (Dale) Sampson of Elizabeth Town, PA, Sarah Herr of Marcellus, a son-in-law, Raymond Herr of Washington, DC, 11 grandchildren, a brother, Joseph (Betty) White of Ontario, three sisters, Sherryl (Steve) Banins of Otego, Nancy White of Oneonta, Esther Warden of W. Oneonta and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Paul White.
Family and friends may gather from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Central Baptist Church, 12045 Old Olean Road, Yorkshire, where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Pastors Mark Chamberlain and Ben Phillips will co-officiate and burial will be in Dennison Corners Cemetery, Mohawk, at a later date.
Memorials if desired to: Odosagih Bible Conference and Retreat Center, Whitney Activity Center, PO Box 107, Machias, NY 14101. Arrangements under the direction of Kopler-Williams funeral home.

National Grid adds more weather detection sensors in NY

With severe weather events becoming more commonplace in upstate New York, National Grid is installing 24 WeatherBug® weather stations, in partnership with Earth Networks, in portions of National Grid’s upstate New York service area. Madison County is home to one of the newest locations, with a station recently installed at Oneida High School. Information from the Internet-connected station will help the utility, as well as faculty and staff, make better weather-related safety decisions and deliver weather information to residents and officials in the community through mobile apps and online “National Grid is closely tuned in to real-time weather changes to ensure we are ready before a storm hits the region,” said Melanie Littlejohn, regional executive of National Grid, Central New York division. With a more robust network of local weather-monitoring stations, National Grid will be able to monitor and respond to local weather situations much more accurately, which should help increase the safety of our customers and crews and reduce the amount of time it takes to restore power after a storm passes.”

Of the 24 stations National Grid has committed to installing, 12 are in National Grid’s Central New York division while the others are in Eastern New York. The WeatherBug stations are located at fire departments, schools and public.
Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug, operates the nation’s largest weather observing and lightning network.

Two new Corporal's assigned to state police - Coudersport baracks


Harrisburg – Fourteen members of the Pennsylvania State police have been promoted to the rank of sergeant and 25 members have been promoted to the rank of corporal, Acting Commissioner Marcus Brown announced.
- Leslie E. Barr, of Warren, Warren County, was promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop F, Coudersport. She was previously assigned to Troop E, Warren. Corporal Barr enlisted in the state police in 2005.
- Michael J. Davis, of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, was promoted to corporal and assigned to Troop F, Coudersport. He was previously assigned to Troop G, Huntingdon. Corporal Davis enlisted in the state police in 2006.

Steven Morse Receives SUNY Geneseo Van Quaal Award

MorseGENESEO, N.Y. – Steven Morse, a plant utilities engineer in SUNY Geneseo's facilities services department, has received the college's Gloria and Van Quaal Outstanding Quality Service Award for 2014. The eight-year employee of the college received the honor during the Division of Administration and Finance's recent recognition ceremony.
The annual award recognizes an individual in the Division of Administration and Finance who has had a consistently high level of performance during his or her career, a recognizable and meaningful impact at the college, and who serves as a role model for others.
"Steve is known for his kind, courteous and professional demeanor," said Jim Milroy, vice president for administration and finance at Geneseo. "He is highly disciplined with a positive, can-do attitude and helps to better his fellow employees by working with them to advance their knowledge and skills and, most importantly, he instills in them a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done."
The selection committee chose Morse from nine nominations this year. He received a certificate and a $1,000 check from the Geneseo Foundation. Two other finalists, Theresa Wagner, a janitor in the facilities services department, and Gerry Turybury, a senior grounds worker in the grounds and garage department, received a certificate and a $150 check.
The college established the award in 1997 through an endowment from the Geneseo Foundation in honor of the Quaals' many years of devoted service to the college and Geneseo community. Van Quaal was vice president emeritus of business affairs and finance before his death in 2005 at age 80.

Alfred University - Activist-Artist Series hosts LA photographer known for 'Fearless' project

Alfred University’s (AU) Drawn to Diversity 2014-15 Activist-Artist Series – “Exploring Equality Through Art” – continues this semester with Jeff Sheng, a Los Angeles artist/photographer/activist, Wednesday, Jan. 28 who will be on campus presenting a sequence of talks in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. All sessions are open to the public free of charge. At 9 a.m., Sheng, who teaches photography and Asian American studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, will primarily address the first-year Art Foundations students with an artists’ talk. At 12:10 p.m., he will provide a career talk with refreshments. Then at 3:20 p.m., he will address the Drawn to Diversity class which uses art to address social justice issues.

South Dayton woman charged with rape after prison investigation

COLLINS – On January 13th state police arrested 29 year old old Jessica Fries of Pine Street in South Dayton. She was charged with Rape-3rd and Official Misconduct, following a three month joint investigation with the NYS Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office.  In October the State Police were contacted by the Department of Corrections after its initial investigation.  According to police, NYS Corrections had received an anonymous letter from an inmate, alleging Ms. Fries, a civilian cook at the Gowanda Correctional Facility at that time, was having inappropriate sexual relationships with inmates incarcerated there.  State Police Investigators continued the investigation, re-interviewing numerous inmates and parolees.  Ms. Fries was picked up at her home, then transported and processed at SP Collins.  She was released and is due in Collins Town Court.   

State Police Blotter

1/23/15 10:21am - State police investigated a one-vehicle accident on McHenry Valley Road in the town of Alfred. Troopers said the driver, Kristina Hendrickson, 29, of Alfred Station was not injured.

1/23/15 8:05pm - State police investigated a one-vehicle property damage accident on Swain Hill Road in the town of Andover. Troopers listed the driver as Paul Waters, 72, of Andover. He was not injured.

1/23/15 9:50am - State police investigated a domestic dispute in the town of Corning. Police then arrested Colin M. Baker, 26, of Corning. He was charged with felony assault-causing injury to a victim age 65 or older. He was also charged with felony unlawful imprisonment, felony possession of a stolen credit card and lesser counts of menacing and criminal mischief. Troopers did not say what, if any bail, was ordered.

1/23/15 5:10pm - State police were called to a shoplifting complaint in Erwin and arrested Jonathan M. Welch, 34, of Jasper. He was charged with petit larceny and issued a court appearance ticket.