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Thursday, November 27, 2014

State Police Blotter

11/25/14 3:29pm- State Police arrested Jeremy N. Beck, 35, Portville following a domestic dispute call in the town of Genesee. Beck was charged with assault and held for court action.

11/25/14 11:42am-State Police arrested Amy Reid, 42, of Olean. She was charged with felony grand larceny stemming from a November 19th complaint in the town of Olean. She was released on an appearance ticket for court.

11/25/14 9am- State Police arrested William Eisenhart, 24, of Hinsdale. He was charged with felony criminal attempt in Hinsdale and Portville as well as criminal mischief. He was held for court action.

11/25/14 7:55pm- State Police arrested Brandon Herbert, 29, of Machias. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and released on a court ticket.

11/26/14 4:34pm- State Police arrested Daniel Hackett, 41, of Strykersville. He was charged with felony stalking (having a prior stalking conviction). Hackett is accused of stalking a person in the town of Castile. He was held on bail.

11/26/14 12:15pm- State Police arrested Jessie Boyle, 29, Sayre, Pa.. She was stopped on state route 415 in Bath and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, no license and no vehicle inspection. She'll appear in court at a later date.

11/24/14 12:15pm- State Police arrested Linda L. Maxwell, 55, of Wellsville. She was charged with welfare fraud, a felony and ten felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing. She was released on her own recognizance pending further court action.

11/24/14 10:43am- State Police investigated a domestic dispute in Hinsdale. As a result, troopers arrested Rachel Mehmel, 29, of Wellsville. She was charged with criminal mischief and two counts of criminal contempt. She was held on cash bail.

11/24/14 6:15pm- During a traffic stop on I-86 in Allegany, state police arrested Marlin Kellogg, 64, of Shinglehouse, Pa.. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, pot possession and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was held for court action.

Steuben joins regional early interventi​on council

BATH – Early intervention services for local children with developmental delays are now being coordinated through a new regional council.
Steuben County Special Children's Services Administrative Officer Diane Kiff said Steuben’s Early Intervention Coordinating Council has dissolved, in order to merge with a regional EIC Council.
The regional council is composed of the 11 counties that are part of the S2ay Rural Health Network, including Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Livingston counties.
Councils include professionals and parents, and meet four times each year to discuss issues regarding the operation of local early intervention programs. 
Council subcommittees meet more often and work together on projects to improve intervention, including quality assurance, parent involvement, data and transition.
Joining area councils will broaden each county’s awareness of services and trends, and could lead to more shared services within the region, Kiff said.

Obituary: Earl E. Brown, 93, Webster-formerly of Wellsville


Webster, NY - Earl E. Brown, 93, of Baywinde Senior Living Community, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Jewish Home of Rochester following a brief illness. He was born June 18, 1921 in the Town of Alfred. He was the son of the late Earl and Violet (White) Brown. On June 29, 1946 in Wellsville he married Doris Regina Aldrich who predeceased him on November 9, 1991. Earl attended Alfred-Almond Central School and was a graduate of Angelica High School. He was a former resident of the Fords Brook Road in Wellsville. He was first employed in the local oil fields and on the family farm. He began his career with Bausch & Lomb and continued with the company in Rochester for over 30 years; retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Rochester and was an avid Bowler. He is survived by two daughters, Judy Harrington and her husband Fred of Springwater and Georgia Bellucci and her husband Carl of Victor, one son, Michael Brown and his wife Betty of Webster, four Grandchildren, Matthew Bellucci and his wife Jill, Patrick Bellucci and Katherine Mattice, Colleen Harrington and Scott Culp and Meghan Harrington Moore and her husband Steve, three great grandchildren, Mina Hogenes, and Nori and Sage Bellucci Mattice, two sisters, Dorothy Cornish of Wellsville and Kay Blessing of Olean as well as several nieces & nephews including a special niece, Tina Snow.
He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a brother and sister-in-law, Ward and Martha Brown, a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Norm Graves, a brother-in-law, Duane “Dish” Cornish and a grandson, Frederick Harrington IV.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Man arrested in Hornell double stabbing

City police in Hornell say they have made an arrest in a double stabbing. On Wednesday, police arrested Joaquin Irizarry, 46, of Hornell. He was charged with felony counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was remanded to the county jail pending additional court action.
The charges stem from an alleged assault Sunday on Greeley Avenue in the city. Two men, ages 18 and 19, sustained serious wounds and were taken to a Rochester hospital for treatment. The case remains under investigation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bath man jailed for violating probation


Fillmore teen indicted in 7-11 armed robbery

An Allegany County Grand Jury has indicted a Fillmore teen for his alleged role in an armed robbery at the 7-11 store in Almond two months ago. The indictment charges 18-year old Tyler L. Evans, of Crotty Road with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. According to documents from the District Attorney, Evans was armed with a switchblade knife when he entered the 7-11 on September 16th and forcibly demanded money for the store clerk. A co-defendant, Aaron Withrow, 19, of Short Tract, was also charged. After their arrests, the men were jailed on $20,000 cash bail.

Farnham mayor not resigning; DPW chief back to work


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Obituary: Dale Burton Billings, 62

BATH - Dale Burton Billings, age 62, passed away peacefully Sunday (Nov. 23, 2014) at Bath (N.Y.) VA Medical Center after a long illness.

Dale attended Whitesville Central School and worked in the construction field in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps.

Dale was born July 4, 1952, to Archie and Cora Mae (Tait) Billings in Wellsville, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Fay Billings; sisters, Gayle (Dennis) Clark, Joann (Dale) Green; brothers, Douglas Billings and Terry (Theresa) Billings; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

There will be a private funeral for family and burial will be in the Bath National Cemetery in Bath, N.Y. Memorials may be made to Bath VA Medical Center.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AHEAD OF APPROACHING WINTER STORM

Commercial Traffic to be Banned on I-84 from Connecticut to Pennsylvania Border Beginning Wednesday at 7AM
Long Tandem Vehicles Banned on Parts of NYS Thruway Beginning Wednesday at 7AM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the following traffic restrictions that will take place tomorrow morning in anticipation of heavy snowfall in the eastern region of New York:

Beginning 7am, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, long tandem vehicles will be banned from the New York State Thruway on I-90, both directions from Interchange 32 (Westmoreland/Rome) to Interchange 24 (Exit 24) and on I-87, both directions from Interchange 24 (Albany) to the New York City line. Updates will be provided as conditions change.
    Beginning 7am, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, commercial vehicles will be banned from Interstate 84, both directions, from the Pennsylvania border to the Connecticut border.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Watches and Warnings in and around New York State beginning Wednesday through Thursday, and some of the heaviest predicated snowfall amounts are in the Hudson Valley.

The Governor today urged motorists to be safe and adjust plans if possible ahead of the potentially hazardous winter weather conditions that are forecasted throughout much of the state this holiday week. The State will continuously monitor the conditions of all major State roadways leading up to and during the storm and direct closures of highways as necessary.

Motorists who are planning to travel on I-84 are urged seek alternative routes or travel early. If motorists do choose to use I-84 tomorrow, they are urged to use due caution and call 5-1-1 to check road conditions before leaving.

The State has prepared 911 snow plows, more than 1,800 plow operators and more than 130,000 tons of road salt between New York City and Albany to respond to the storm.

Soldier from Geneseo Dies Following Crash at Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A soldier from Geneseo, Livingston County, died after a one-vehicle crash Sunday on-base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.Spc. Nethaniel Wolfson, 22, was killed, according to the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, which issued a statement Tuesday morning.Wolfson entered active duty in April 2013. His commander said Wolfson was an incredibly active and jovial paratrooper who was well-liked and admired by everyone in his unit. Wolfson’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Soldier from Geneseo Dies Following Crash at Fort Bragg  
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From Army Times:
Spc. Nethaniel H. Wolfson died in a one-car accident during the early morning hours Sunday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The accident, which occurred on post, is under investigation.
Wilson, 22, was from Geneseo, New York. He entered active duty in April 2013 as a signal systems support specialist after attending basic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He received advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, before he was assigned to the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division one year ago.
His commander called Wilson a dedicated and valued asset who "served with distinction and honor."
"Spc. Wolfson was an incredibly active and jovial Paratrooper who was well-liked and admired by everyone in his unit," said Capt. Isaac J. Gregory, the 122nd ASB rear-detachment commander, in a press release. "He will be truly missed."
Wolfson's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

FDA finalizes menu, vending machine calorie labeling rules-even for movie popcorn

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home. The rules are required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”
The menu labeling final rule applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. Covered food establishments will be required to clearly and conspicuously display calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards, next to the name or price of the item.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday November 24, 2014

4:35pm

Wellsville Police arrested Timothy J. Florentine, age 39 of Rochester, charging him with Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on East State Street in the Village.  Florentine was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Florentine was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 bail.  Florentine is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 16th at 4:30 pm.

Preliminary two-day bear harvest results in Pennsylvania

Hunters harvested 417 bears during the second day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, increasing the total harvest to 2,040 over the season’s first two days, according to preliminary totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Archery and other early bear season harvest data still is being entered into the Game Commissions database, and is not available at this time.

Bears have been harvested in 53 counties during the statewide season so far.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Tuesday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 552 pounds or more.

The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 677 pounds – was taken in Pittsfield Township, Warren County by James M. Hultberg, of  Pittsfield, Pa.

Other large bears include: a 623-pound male taken in West Buffalo Township, Union County by Fred F. Stoltzfus, of Lewisburg, Pa.; a 598-pound male taken in Muddy Creek Township, Butler County by Jeffrey L. McClymonds of Slippery Rock, Pa.; a 574-pound male taken in Tyrone Township, Blair County, by Ray E. Golden, of Tyrone, Pa.; a 560-pound male taken in Black Township, Somerset County, by Derek J. Wheeler, of Uniontown; a 559-pound male taken in Delmar Township, Tioga County by K.L. Sarangoulis, of Reading, Pa.; a 558-pound male taken in West Branch Township, Potter County, by Colton P. Group, of Landisburg, Pa.; a 557-pound male taken in Portage Township, Cambria County, by Brett A. Robine, of Irwin, Pa.; a 553-pound male taken in Decatur Township, Clearfield County, by Quentin C. McClarren, of West Decatur, Pa.; and a 552-pound male taken in Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County, by Travis J. Crawford, of  Kittanning, Pa.

The 2014 two-day preliminary harvest is just four bears shy of the 2,044 bears taken during the first two days of the 2013 statewide season, when the overall harvest was 3,510 bears – the fifth-largest harvest in state history. The two-day total was 2,086 bears in 2012, when the season total was 3,632 – the third-largest harvest on record.

The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when the preliminary two-day total numbered 2,709.

Western Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $52.9M in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2014

PITTSBURGH - U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today that the Western District of Pennsylvania collected $52,907,460.41 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014. Of this amount, $48,907,638.51 was collected in criminal actions and $3,999,821.90 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the Western District of Pennsylvania worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $11,552,124.98 in cases pursued jointly with these offices.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Western Pennsylvania, working with partner agencies and divisions, also collected $18,795,930.00 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2014. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

Holiday exhibitions to deck the halls of St. Bonaventure University’s Quick Center

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Nov. 25, 2014 — Two exhibitions will entertain visitors to the Regina A Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University over the holidays.

Exhibitions include “Christmas Greetings from the White House: an Exhibition of Art and History” and the annual “K-5 Juried Art Exhibition,” an art contest for local schoolchildren in grades kindergarten through fifth.

“Christmas Greetings from the White House” brings together two private collections of more than 30 original White House Christmas cards, including ones from each administration from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Also included in the exhibition are some of the “gift prints” given by presidents to their White House staff over the years.
The schoolchildren’s art contest features 103 selected works from school districts in New York and Pennsylvania. It opens Thursday, Dec. 4, with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the University Christmas Tree in the Quick Center at 6 p.m.

In addition, all art show winners will receive two free tickets to that evening’s performance of “The Mrs. Claus Holiday Celebration,” which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Quick Center’s Rigas Theater. Additional tickets and tickets for the general public are available at the Quick Center box office by calling (716) 375-2494. The cost is $2 for children and $5 for adults.
The K-5 exhibition will be open through Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

The Quick Center will be closed from Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 26-28, in observance of Thanksgiving. For the Christmas holiday, the Quick Center will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Regular hours will be observed otherwise.

Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The galleries of the Quick Center are free and open to the public year round. For general information or group tours call (716) 375-2494, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter or email Quick@sbu.edu.

State Police to crack down on impaired, distracted and speeding drivers during Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday weekend

The New York State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts Wednesday, November 26, through Sunday, November 30, 2014. The State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico, will supplement regular patrols statewide focusing on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving.

The effort will also incorporate fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker initiative and the "Operation Hang Up" initiative, which targets distracted drivers by utilizing Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on  hand held devices. These unmarked vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

The highest traffic volumes of the year typically occur during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is also a time when alcohol consumption is widespread. During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers arrested 181 drivers for DWI, issued 4,459 speeding tickets and 854 tickets for distracted driving.

Public meeting in Wellsville to discuss Main Street Gateway Project

LEGAL NOTICE VILLAGE OF WELLSVILLE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public information meeting will be held Tue., Dec. 2nd at 6pm in the Village Board Room at 156 North Main St. The only item on the agenda is the introduction of the Main Street Gateway Enhancement Project to the community.

Alfred University Symphonic Band’s fall semester concert open to the community

ALFRED, NY, November 2014 – The Alfred University (AU) Symphonic Band will cap off the fall semester with an evening concert Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in Miller Theater. The program is open to the public free of charge.
Under the direction of Dustin Woodard, the 48-member band will perform music from Ticheli, Whitacre, Bizet, and others. The performance will begin with “Freedom” by Michael W. Smith, known as one of the most prominent singer/songwriters for Christian pop music. The piece will be followed by Ticheli’s – one of the most recognized names in concert band music -  “Sun Dance.” The first half of the evening’s program will also include “October, ” a representation of the “crisp autumn air and the subtle change in the light,” according to  composer Eric Whitacre. “L’Arlesienee suite no. 2, IV. Farandole,” the fourth piece, includes themes originally written by Bizet for Alphonse Daudet’s “L’Arlesienne.” “Farandole” is among the most famous of four movements, incorporating the “March of the Kings” theme along with the farandole, which is an upbeat community dance from France, similar to the jig.
Following intermission, the band will present “Yosemite Autumn” by Mark Camphouse. While on vacation with his family, Camphouse had no intention of working on anything music related. However, when the family reached Yosemite, he couldn’t help but stand in awe of its beauty and had to write music to express what he felt. Thus, “Yosemite Autumn” to help express the beauty, history, and landscape of the great national forest.

Alfred University dance program participants invite the public to an ‘Informal Dance Showing’

ALFRED, NY, November 2014 – The Alfred University (AU) Performing Arts Division’s Dance Program will present an Informal Dance Showing Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the C.D. Smith III Theatre, Miller Performing Arts Center. The public is invited; admission is free.
The showing will include solos performed by students in D. Chase Angier’s Composition I class as well as a group-assigned dance featuring beginning students from Fundamentals of Dance, taught by Colleen Culley.
Independent student choreographers Indira Warner, Michael Downie, Julia Duncan, Emily Schmeichel, Daniel Heyder, Eleanor Chownsmith, Colleen Culley, Kristin Clancy, and Michael Stevenson, as well as Culley will also show their creative work.

The showing is an opportunity for students and faculty to show their work in process without any production elements, said Angier.
Angier has been associate professor of dance and director of the dance program at AU since 2002. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in dance from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master of fine arts degree in choreography from The Ohio State University.
Angier has choreographed and performed in Japan, the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, and across the United States in theaters, galleries, and visually inspiring sites. She is co-founder of the Green Mountain Dance Teachers Retreat in Woodstock, VT.
Culley, adjunct professor of dance, is a Laban Movement Analyst, somatic educator, and dancer. She has been a member of the core faculty at Integrated Movement Studies since 2012 and is also a graduate teaching assistant at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport. Founder and owner of Move into Greatness, Inc., begun in 2007, Culley holds a bachelor’s degree from William Smith College, Geneva and a master’s degree in liberal studies from SUNY Empire State College; she is currently pursuing a master of fine arts degree in dance from SUNY Brockport.

Two men charged in gunpoint robbery in Pennsylvania



Steuben County Woman Sentenced for Not Paying Child Support

Watkins Glen (November 25, 2014)—A Steuben County woman has been ordered to serve four weekends in the Schuyler County Jail for failing to pay over $1,000.00 in back child support.
According to Schuyler County Attorney Geoffrey Rossi, the woman was found to be in willful violation of a prior order of the Schuyler County Family Court.  That order required her to pay $50.00 per month for the support of her two underage children.
The last payment was made in January 2014, according to the Schuyler County Support Collection Unit.
Assistant County Attorney Steven Getman represented the support collection unit.  According to Getman, the woman’s children are currently living outside her home and are on public assistance in Schuyler County.
The punishment was imposed Tuesday (November 25)  by Family Court Judge Dennis Morris.   Morris directed the woman to report to the Schuyler County jail this Friday (November 28) to begin her sentence. 
"Under New York State law, parents who willfully fail to obey court orders of child support can be sentenced to up to six months for contempt of court," Rossi said. "If the children are on public assistance, the Department of Social Services has standing to prosecute the case in Family Court." The woman’s name was not released to protect the privacy of her children and family.

Steuben County Legislature passes drug laws

BATH – Steuben County now has three laws in place, with another pending, designed to make drug trafficking within its borders more difficult. At the regular session of the county Legislature Monday, legislators passed local laws to:
* Authorize the seizure and forfeiture of property associated with misdemeanor drug-related crimes.
* Prevent individuals from knowingly hosting underage drinking and drugging social events on private property.
* Prohibit the purchase, attempted purchase, and possession of pseudophedrine in excess of federal limits.
A fourth law, aimed at formalizing the tracking of sales by second hand dealers, was amended by legislators to clarify the exemption of garage sales from the law. The laws have the support of local, county and state law enforcement agencies and aim to reduce the crimes associated with drug use and sales, according to county District Attorney Brooks Baker. Baker told the county Legislature the laws will act as a deterrent and give law officers other tools in pursuing illegal drug and alcohol charges.

Steuben County Legislatur​e supports hospital services in Hornell

BATH – Steuben County legislators joined others in western Steuben in urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Sen. Tom O’Mara, state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and other ranking members of the state Legislature to ensure future emergency and inpatient care in the City of Hornell.
Legislators voted unanimously Monday in favor of supporting local efforts to maintain adequate health services in western Steuben. “It is vitally important,” the county Legislature’s Human Services, Health and Education Committee Chairwoman Legislator Carol Ferratella, R-Riverside, said later. “It’s such a rural area and the travel distance is so far, too far for pregnant women, or anyone in distress.”
The request follows the October announcement St. James Mercy Hospital, in Hornell, will no longer provide inpatient services, due to economic constraints. The decision to eliminate these programs means people now served by the 125-year-old hospital will have to travel 40 miles-50 miles for emergency, maternity and inpatient care. Since the announcement of the closure, municipal governments, civic agencies, school boards and medical providers in western Steuben also have asked the state to maintain a community hospital with the comprehensive services currently provided to the Hornell area.

Hornell Common Council to hold special meeting

There will be a special meeting of the Common Council on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014 AT 5:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to approve a resolution authorizing the application for funds for Lincoln Gardens. This will be the only item on the agenda.

Man jailed after vehicle strikes parked car and pedestrian in Livingston County


SPRINGWATER:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of the arrest of Mark L. Clark of Wayland, NY on charges relating to Felony Driving While Intoxicated following an accident.
On Monday at 5:25 PM, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a two car motor vehicle accident that had occurred on Mill Street in the Town of Springwater.
Deputies arriving on scene discovered that a vehicle struck a parked car that in turn, struck a pedestrian.  The operator of the vehicle that caused the accident was identified as 53 year old Mark L. Clark.  Further investigation discovered that Clark was allegedly operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition.
Clark was placed into custody and charged Driving While Intoxicated.  Clark had previous convictions relating to Driving While Intoxicated, making this a felony. Clark was also charged with Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, as well as numerous other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.

Clark did refuse the chemical breath test.  Clark was arraigned in Groveland Town Court. Clark was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $10,000.00 cash or $20,000.00 bond and is being held in the Livingston County Jail.  Clark is scheduled to appear in Springwater Town Court on November 26, 2014.
Both the pedestrian and the occupant of the vehicle struck were taken to Noyes Hospital in Dansville as a precaution.  No life threatening injuries were reported.
The investigation and arrest were handled by Deputy Caleb Cutting and Deputy Brandan Flickner, both of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

Obituary: Bernard James "Bernie" Piatt, 93, Angelica

ANGELICA - Bernard James Piatt "Bernie" went peacefully home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday (Nov. 22, 2014) at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. He was born to Donovan and Leah James Piatt on Aug. 17, 1921, in the Town of Allen. He spent his growing up years in Angelica, where he developed a lifelong love of airplanes and flying. As kids, he and his pals spent many happy hours building model airplanes and then flying them in the park. His passion for flying, came full circle when in the winter of 2002-2003 he and his son Jim built an ultralight plane in Bernie's living room in Angelica. Bernie greatly enjoyed navigating that plane at age 81, and for the next couple years. He was a 1939 graduate of Wilsonian High and on Nov. 15, 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Force. He served his country in the Pacific theater of World War II, then re-enlisted, making it financially possible for him to marry the love of his life, Marguerite ""Bunny"" Goodreau. For 20 years he and Bunny, with children in tow, lived in such places as Massachusetts, Delaware, New Mexico, Alaska and northern New York. In Jan. 1961, he retired from the Air Force and relocated to his hometown, where he served as Angelica's Village Clerk until 1973, when he became the director of the CETA program in Belmont, retiring in 1983.Bernie had many interests and hobbies at different times in his life, including raising parakeets, model railroads, fishing, camping, croquet, square dancing, cribbage, and his model airplanes. He was delighted to have one of his models put on display at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport and another at a museum at Dart Field, near Chautauqua Lake. He was a former member of the Angelica United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and was a Sunday school teacher. He was a self–appointed guardian of the croquet court, chasing away bicycles and little feet!Bernie's friendly smile and wave to passers-by as he sat on his front porch will be sadly missed. To us, his children, and grandchildren, he was an amazing and dearly loved man. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Marguerite E. Piatt on Oct. 20, 2001; a sister, Barbara Jennings; 2 brothers-in-law, William Farnsworth, and Herb Jennings; and a great-grandson, Andrew ""Drew"" Ford. He is survived by 5 daughters, Cheryle (Mitch) Evans of Almond, Donna (Jon) Ford of Angelica, Debra (Terry) Fowler of Belmont, Sandra (Chris) Dibble of Fla., Kimberly (Dean) Gallmann of Angelica; 2 sons, B. James (Rosa) Piatt of Bolivar, Douglas Paul (Peggy) Piatt of KY; a sister, Dorothy Farnsworth, of WA; 2 brothers, James (Edith) Piatt of Arkport, Dean (Carol) Piatt of NC; 18 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and his cribbage partner, Jimmy Gallmann. The family will be present from 3-5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 28, 2014), at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Ave., where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., with Ron Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery. To send a remembrance please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.Friends may make memorial contributions to: Comfort House of Allegany County 141 East State Street Wellsville, NY 14895.

Another Day, Another Livingston County Facebook Arrest


GENESEO- Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty announces the arrest of a Lima man for violating the New York State Registry Act.  Michael Donnelly, age 34 from Lima, was arrested for Duty to Register and to Verify, a class E Felony.
It is alleged that Donnelly has an e-mail address and a Facebook account and has never registered either with the New York State Sex Offender Registry.  A voluntary statement was secured.
Investigation and arrest were handled by Investigator Dan Rittenhouse.  Bail of $1000 cash and $2000 bond were recommended by the Livingston County District Attorney's Office.  

Donnelly was arraigned in Geneseo Village Court before Village Justice Bushnell who went against District Attorney Greg McCaffrey’s request for bail and released Donnelly on his own recognizance. Donnelly will appear back in Geneseo Village Court.
“We will continue to aggressively monitor and enforce the laws that sex offenders must abide by,” said Sheriff Dougherty.  “You will continue to see these types of arrest for the safety of our communities.”

Obituary: Virginia E. Vossler Scott, 94, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Virginia E. Vossler Scott, age 94, formerly of Petrolia passed away on Friday November 21, 2014 at the Highland Health Care Center. She was born on December 29, 1919 in Wellsville to Johann and Armena (Kimble) Vossler.
Virginia was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area who graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1935. She retired from the Wellsville Daily Reporter in the early 1980's as a proof reader. Virginia was a member the First Trinity Lutheran Church and the Dorcas Guild of Wellsville, The Business and Professional Women and was a life member of the Petrolia Fire Department Auxiliary. She loved animals and was an excellent cook who enjoyed entertaining with her delicious meals and scrumptious pies. Virginia delivered meals on wheels and did not hesitate to help her friends and neighbors. She was an asset her Petrolia Community and will be sadly missed.
She is survived by 3 sons, Jerry E. Jensen of Arizona, Garry W. Scott of Wellsville and James D. (Susan) Scott of Bolivar; 3 grandchildren, Jody (Mike) Stone of Arizona, Marti Jensen of Arizona and Adam (Jennifer) Scott of Bolivar; 3 great grandchildren, Zachery Jensen of Arizona, Kennedy Scott of Bolivar and Isaac Scott of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Josephine (Vossler) McPheters in 1971; a brother, Warren R. Vossler in 1995 and a granddaughter Angela Scott Pounds in 2008.
At Virginia's request there will be a private grave side service in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials in her name may be made to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Alfred University: Health/Wellness Fair and educational workshops

Those who attended the Health/Wellness Fair and educational workshops at Alfred University’s (AU) Health and Wellness Center at McLane Nov. 20 had the opportunity to visit specialists providing information and/or services including audiology, immunizations, acupuncture, alcohol and substance abuse resources, flu shots, and dietary education. Staff from Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville offered a full screening cycle including glucose and cholesterol findings, flexibility measurements, and weight calculations. Hour-long workshops focused on men and women’s health, fall prevention, medication management, ergonomics in the workplace, and Tobacco Free Me. The event was co-sponsored by the Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network, Inc., the Allegany County Department of Health, Jones Memorial, and AU.

St. Bonaventure now offering undergraduate degree in Professional and Creative Writing

St. Bonaventure University has unveiled a new undergraduate major that combines the imaginative power of creative writing with the technical skill of professional communicators.
Classes in the new Professional and Creative Writing major begin in fall 2015.
Collaborating English and journalism faculty are (from left) Pauline Hoffmann, Daniel Ellis, Patrick Panzarella, Richard Simpson, Pat Vecchio and Matt King. “The landscape for writers has changed dramatically in the past decade and a half,” said Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of St. Bonaventure’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “Writing isn’t just ink-on-paper any more. Technology has dramatically changed the way writers write and the way readers read. It has also changed the way we deliver our writing. Our new major will give students the tools and insights to thrive in that professional environment.”
The Professional and Creative Writing major is a collaborative effort between the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of English. The course of study, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, builds upon existing and new course offerings in both programs.
The new major will train students to write effectively in different genres and in multiple media to respond to a variety of professional and creative needs.