Saturday, January 12, 2013

Public Health Emergency Declared In New York State


Gov. Cuomo has declared a statewide public health emergency to combat what’s already been a severe flu season.
“We are experiencing the worst flu season since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York State is widespread, with cases reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of New York City,” Cuomo said.
He noted there have have already been 19,128 cases of influenza reported in New York this season, compared to a total of 4,404 positive laboratory tests that reported all of last season.

The governor also issued an executive order allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age for the next 30 days.
Pharmacists had previously only been authorized to administer the vaccine to people who are 18 or older.


UPDATE: 2 Arrested For Grocery Store Burglary

CAMPBELL, N.Y. - New York State Police Friday evening arrested two people wanted for the break in at the Campbell Grocery Store on County Route 333 in the Town of Campbell.

The break in happened November 19th. Earlier on Friday police released images from another store in South Corning of two people and asked the public for help in trying to identify them.

Leads were developed following the release of this information and Friday night Troopers arrested 18-year old Mason B. Moon, of Ali Drive in Addison, and 17- year old Amy Shelanskey of McNutt Run Road in Campbell..
Both are charged with third degree burglary.
UPDATE: 2 Arrested For Grocery Store Burglary

Judge takes stand, sends thief to jail


State Police Activity


·        1/11/13 7:45 a.m., state police arrested 54-year old John B. Clyde of Rochester, after a traffic stop on I-86 in Friendship. Troopers say they charged Clyde with felony Criminal Possession of Cocaine, DWAI by drugs and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was held for court action.
·        1/11/13 11:33 a.m. state police responded to a domestic disturbance call in Bath and arrested 53-year old Keith Graves of Bath. He was charged with Criminal Mischief  and will answer the charge in town of Bath court.
·        1/11/13 8:38 p.m., During a traffic stop on state route 54 in Urbana, state police arrested 52-year old Ricky L. Wulff of Lyndon, NY. He was charged with DWI, BAC more than .08% and Failure To Keep Right. He was issued appearance tickets for court.
·        1/11/13 4:30 p.m., a November 19, 2012 burglary complaint in Campbell has ended with arrests. State police leveled felony burglary counts against 18-year old Mason Moon of Addison and 17-year old Amy Shelanskey of Campbell. Both were released on their own recognizance for further court action.
·        1/12/13 12:51 a.m., During a traffic stop on River Road in Corning, state police arrested 62-year old Leonard Vogler of Corning. He was charged with  DWI and issued a ticket for court.
·        1/12/13 4:26 a.m., state police conducted a traffic stop on Lower Delavan Avenue in Corning and arrested 25-year old Raymond Bowen of Watkins Glen. He was charged with three felonies to include DWI, BAC more than .08% and Facilitating Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st. He was held for court action.

Indian Point Energy Center Employee Charged with Grand Larceny

The New York State Police in Cortlandt report the arrest of Mr, Theodore Kozelka, age 33 of Windle Park Tarrytown, NY, for the charge of Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree, a Class C Felony. This arrest was the result of an intensive investigation following the report of a larceny of an undetermined amount of scrap metals and equipment, which were being stored on the grounds of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, located in Buchanan. The theft of these items is believed to have occurred between the months of July and December of 2012, and was subsequently reported to the New York State Police earlier this week by representatives of Entergy. At this time, Kozelka, a Maintenance Supervisor Employed by Entergy at Indian Point, is accused of stealing a number of different items including large amounts of copper cable and miscellaneous scrap metal. While it is unknown what the exact dollar amount of the actual loss is at this time, it is believed to be well over fifty thousand dollars. Kozelka was arraigned in the Village of Buchanan before Judge Daly and remanded to the the Westchester County Jail in lieu of bail to reappear on January 29, 2013. The investigation is continuing, and the State Police ask that anyone that may have information regarding this case contact the State Police at 914-788-8044.  

Alfred bank Robbery: Investigation Continues

Alfred police say there have been no arrests, but the investigation continues, into last weeks robbery of the Community bank in Alfred. Police Chief Timothy O'Grady said Thursday that bank video does not provide a "clear" picture of the suspect. At about the same time as the robbery, there was a bomb threat at the Alfred-Almond school. O'Grady had no new information on that but state police say they are making some progress, tracking down leads and attempting to determine if the two crimes are connected. No weapon was displayed during the robbery

Friday, January 11, 2013

Forecasters: Genesee River At Wellsville Will Rise To Near Flood Stage


Forecasters say snow melt and rain through the weekend will bring a noteworthy rise to the Genesee River at Wellsville. Friday evening, the river gauge off Chamberlain Street was at 5.07 feet. However, Hydrologists expect the river to rise steadily and crest at 10.10 feet between 7pm and 11 pm January 13th. Flood stage is 11 feet, which produces problems outside the Village of Wellsville. 



Pa. Lottery going private

By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer staff writer
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration has agreed to award a British firm a contract to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
It is the administration's most aggressive foray to date into privatizing state government services.
For months, Gov. Corbett has been working behind the scenes to bring in a private company to manage the lottery, which last fiscal year recorded more than $3.5 billion in sales and more than $1 billion in profits that went toward programs that benefit the state's senior citizens. The administration has argued that a rapidly growing senior population in Pennsylvania has made it necessary to explore ways to make the lottery more profitable.
Although the contract does not yet appear to have been formally signed, the administration has issued what is called a "notice-of-bid award," according to several legislators who are familiar with the process. Lottery employees were also informed Friday afternoon of the administration's intent to award the contract to Camelot Global Services. The company runs Britain's national lottery.
The administration's late-in-the-day decision was swiftly criticized by some lawmakers, who had planned on holding a hearing next week on the need for privatization. More from Philly.com

Wellsboro School Board president under fire - SunGazette.com

WELLSBORO - John Grab, the husband of Wellsboro Area Middle School girl's basketball coach Mary Grab, gave the board an earful during its meeting Tuesday.

According to Grab, his wife received an email from a fellow girl's basketball coach in another school district telling her that he had heard that the president of the school board, Craig West, was going to "make sure she got fired," because he "doesn't like the way she coaches."

The email sender said he "didn't hear it himself, but rather heard it from someone from Coudersport."

"I don't feel this is an ethical way for the school board president to act," the email continued.

"I would like to know something like this rather than being blindsided."

When Grab confronted West about the accusation, West denied remembering saying "anything like that."

"I'll bet you don't," Grab shot back. Read more...
Wellsboro School Board president under fire - SunGazette.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Williamsport-Sun Gazette

Angelica: Village To Consider Curfew Law

 A village curfew-it was a topic of conversation for several of the last 2012 village board meetings in Angelica. Now, Trustee's are getting serious. On January 22nd, the village board will hold a public hearing on a proposed local law to establish a curfew affecting persons under the age of eighteen. If approved, the law would give Angelica Trustee's the authority to rein in teenagers. The public hearing was authorized during the village's December 17th meeting:

DRAFT PROPOSED INTRODUCTORY LOCAL LAW  ENTITLED “A LOCAL LAW TO ESTABLISH A CURFEW
AFFECTING PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS IN THE VILLAGE OF ANGELICA” – Following discussion the following resolution was introduced by Trustee Ryan McKnight; who moved its adoption, and seconded by Trustee Roger Baker, to wit ‐ A public hearing will be held on January 22, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.
Roll Call Vote Robbins‐Aye, Weaver‐Aye, Baker‐Aye, Young‐Nay, McKnight‐Aye
The Mayor therefore declared the resolution duly adopted and directed the Clerk to proceed to contact the Village Attorney
and to complete the publishing and posting as required by law.


A copy of the proposed local law is available for inspection at the office of the Village Clerk. The hearing will be held at the Angelica Grange, 55 Park Circle and begins at 7 p.m.

Galeton Man Jailed On Felony Charge

Galeton police today arrested 27-year old Christopher Chase Hall of Galeton. He was charged with felony Receiving Stolen Property and a misdemeanor count of Making Repairs to a Weapon (§ 908. Prohibited offensive weapons. (a) Offense defined.--A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if, except as authorized by law, he makes repairs, sells, or otherwise deals in, uses, or possesses any offensive weapon.)Police said the charges are connected to a December 11, 2012 incident. He was arraigned in District Court by Judge Delories Weiss and sent to the Potter County jail on $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing has been set for January 22nd at 1p.m. 

Hazing At Cornell | WENY-TV NEWS

ITHACA---(WENY) In 2011 Cornell's Sigma Alpha Epsillon fraternity that was fined $12,000 after 19-year-old George Desdunes died after being hazed. Now, another fraternity on Cornell's campus has been removed for it's hazing practices.
Following the death of George Desdunes in February of 2011, Desdune's mother, Marie Lourdes Andre filed a wrongful death lawsuit for $25 million against the Sigma Alpha Epsillon Fraternity. Now, a subpoena has been issued to Cornell to hand over any hazing related documents, including fraternity rituals, disiplinary action, and previous hazing incidents.
Yesterday, Judge Karen Rothenberg denied a motion to throw out the subpoena. The defense argued the subpoena would violate The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Cornell's Tau Epsillon Phi Fraternity has also been disbanded after two pledges were hospitalized in an alcohol-related hazing incident back in October which The university has called "sexually humiliating" and "mentally scarring". Cornell has revoked recognition of the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity for at least four years
Hazing At Cornell | WENY-TV NEWS

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT TO BE SERVED AT THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - PRESIDENT WILL GET A TASTE OF THE SOUTHERN TIER

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Chobani Greek Yogurt, founded and produced in Chenango County, NY, will be served throughout the Capitol to special guests before the start of the 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies. Schumer, Chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said Chobani will provide vanilla and plain yogurt to be served with strawberries, pineapples, pears and granola toppings to Inaugural guests, including the President, the Vice President and their families. Schumer today said the choice of Chobani Greek yogurt shows the strength New York’s dairy industry, which is a significant part of the economy in Upstate New York, supporting over 1,200 direct local jobs.

“Serving Chobani Greek Yogurt before the Inaugural Ceremonies shines a spotlight on one of New York’s biggest, and most delicious, dairy companies,” said Schumer. “President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Cabinet and all VIPs attending the Inauguration will get a chance to try some of the best Greek yogurt in the country. I’m pleased to be able to showcase a fantastic New York company.”

“We’re incredibly proud of our New York roots and honored to be a part of the Inaugural Ceremonies as we look towards America’s future,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani Founder, President and CEO. “The Chobani story demonstrates that the American spirit is alive and well and proves that if you truly believe in something and work hard, anything is possible.”

Chobani Greek Yogurt was founded in 2005 with the help of a SBA 504 loan, and first hit store shelves in 2007. In just over five years, the company has skyrocketed from start-up to a $1 billion business, employing over 1,700 worldwide. Chobani has production facilities in New Berlin, N.Y. and a newly constructed 1 million square foot facility in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The yogurt will be available throughout the Capitol in the hours leading up to the ceremony, and will be offered to members of both political parties in all three branches of governments, former Presidents and Vice Presidents, and other dignitaries.

After the Inaugural Ceremonies conclude their will an Inaugural Luncheon held for President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, the Supreme Court and Cabinet members.

The luncheon menu will feature a number of New York products including Golden Harvest Orchards Apples in the third course featuring a Hudson Valley apple pie with sour cream ice cream, aged cheese, and honey. The apples are from Golden Harvest Orchards in Valatie, Columbia County. The honey will come from Seaway Trail Honey in Rochester. Cooperstown Cheese Company, in Otsego, NY, will be supplying the cheese. Two of the wines to be served along the first and second course also hail from New York. Three vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region, Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, and Red Newt Cellars, have collaborated to produce a Tierce 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling. A 2009 merlot from Bedell Cellars, from the North Fork of Long Island, will be served alongside the second course.

The luncheon menu reflects Schumer’s choice of a theme for the 57th Inaugural Ceremonies. “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. When the Civil War threatened to bring construction of the Dome to a halt, workers pressed onward, even without pay, until Congress approved additional funding to complete the Dome that would become a symbol of unity and democracy to the entire world. The menu features American agricultural products that have long been popular in our cuisine, but with an added modern touch. It is a celebration of American farms and agriculture, with a nod to their bright future and continued place in our culture.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) is responsible for the oversight and planning of the Presidential Inauguration and related ceremonies on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

The Joint Committee was authorized by S. Con. Res. 35, which passed the Senate on March 1, 2012, and the House on March 5th. Members of JCCIC are appointed by the Vice President and the Speaker of the House. In accordance with tradition, the Senate representatives on JCCIC are Majority Leader Harry Reid, Rules Committee Chairman Charles E. Schumer, and Rules Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander. The House members of JCCIC are Speaker John A. Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

S. Con. Res. 35 established the date of the 2013 Inauguration as Monday, January 21, 2013, since January 20, 2013 falls on a Sunday. This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated Inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday. The last time was for President Ronald Reagan’s second Inauguration in 1985. When this occurs, the public ceremonies traditionally are held on Monday.

In addition, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will be the second time that this federal holiday has coincided with a Presidential Inauguration. The first was President Bill Clinton’s second Inauguration in 1997.

Newsletter Launched For Potter Co. Veterans & Families

Potter County Today
 
Potter County Office of Veterans Affairs has launched a new publication dedicated to keeping area military veterans and their families apprised of the latest developments affecting them. Potter County Veterans News will be published quarterly, according to Veterans Affairs Director Will Worthington (shown). “Rarely does a day go by when there is not a communication of one kind or another about veterans’ benefits, new programs to help our veterans, changes in the laws or new studies that help us to better understand the challenges our veterans are facing,” Worthington said. “The newsletter allows us to boil down all of the information into one publication that has a special focus on Potter County veterans and their families.”
Copies of the inaugural edition (January-March 2013) can be downloaded and printed from the county’s website, pottercountypa.net. Click on the “Departments” tab at the top and go to Veterans Affairs. Copies can also be obtained at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport at 814-274-8290, Ext. 210 (Veteran Affairs) or Ext. 207 (Commissioners).
Among features in the January-March edition:
  • Potter County Korean War veterans will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held later this year.
  • A package of new state laws improves veterans’ services.
  • Potter County is supporting the Education Center at the Wall and compiling information on local military personnel who were casualties of the Vietnam War.
  • A new Veterans Employment Officer has been appointed to serve through Pennsylvania CareerLink in Potter and McKean counties.
  • A VA Medical Center operating in a county building at Mapleview offers primary health care, screenings, enrollments and referrals.
  • Services are being developed for families of returning veterans.

NYS2100 Commission Releases Preliminary Report on Improving the Strength and Resilience of New York State’s Infrastructure

Today, the NYS2100 Commission appointed by Governor Cuomo after Superstorm Sandy to make recommendations to strengthen and make more resilient the State’s infrastructure released its preliminary report and recommendations. The Governor announced plans in the State of the State to implement and accelerate the development of more resilient critical infrastructure systems. The Governor will be reviewing the recommendations as part of the effort to help protect New York from future storms and natural disaster.

“I thank the Rockefeller Foundation and the extraordinary members of the Commission for their hard work in developing these preliminary recommendations on a short timeline, and applaud their comprehensiveness and the vision they lay out for the future of New York State,” said Governor Cuomo. “We will be reviewing them as part of our efforts to harden our critical infrastructure and to make New York State a leader in creating a more resilient, more effective infrastructure.”

The Commission’s report includes short- and long-term recommendations in the areas of energy, transportation, land use, insurance, and infrastructure financing, as well as cross-cutting recommendations that are common to these sectors. To see the full NYS2100 Commission report, New Yorkers can visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/NYS2100.pdf.

Twin Tiers Evening News 1-10-13 Channel 25


Woman ID'd as ex teacher calls News 4


County under fire over ADA requirements at polling sites

Deficiencies were found in nearly all polling places in the county when inspections were done last fall.
County under fire over ADA requirements at polling sites

County proposes five election districts for Wellsville

County elections commissioners Richard Hollis and Michael McCormick met with the county Personnel Committee Wednesday to discuss the situation in Wellsville. The Board of Elections is looking into changes following the complaints about confusion, long lines, parking and other problems during the Nov. 6 Election Day voting at the Main Street Fire Hall.
County proposes five election districts for Wellsville

Addison man gets 40 years to life in attempted murder of troopers

Steuben County Court Judge Joseph W. Latham imposed the maximum sentence after VanGorden was convicted last November of seven felonies, including two counts of first-degree attempted murder. VanGorden received the 40 years to life sentence for each count of attempted murder but Latham ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.
Latham also handed down sentences on jury convictions for five other felonies and one misdemeanor. Those will also run concurrently.
In brief remarks to the court before Latham imposed the sentences, VanGorden continued to insist on his innocence.
“I didn’t try to kill anyone,” he said. More here...
Addison man gets 40 years to life in attempted murder of troopers

Troopers from SP Auburn respond to 2 subjects in Cayuga Lake


On January 11, 2013, at approximately 8:34 a.m., the State Police in Auburn responded to a call of subjects in Cayuga Lake. When troopers responded they learned that, Shawn L. Church, age 38, of Port Byron was in his boat duck hunting at the north end of Cayuga Lake near the locks, 6817 River Road in the Town of Aurelius. Shawn was flagged down by Thomas Young, age 20, of Weedsport. Shawn drove his boat over to Thomas' boat to assist him. Thomas advised he lost his paddle and ask Shawn to help him recover it. Thomas got in Shawn's boat. In the river just south of the locks a large wave hit Shawn's boat and it capsized. Shawn swam to the eastern shore where he received assistance from New York State Canal System employees. Shawn advised he did not know where Thomas was. 911 was contacted and police and fire were dispatched. A short time later Thomas was located by Cayuga Fire Rescue  on the western shore. Thomas had swam back to his original boat which then drifted to the western shore.
Shawn was looked over at the scene by Rural Metro EMT's and released.
Thomas was transported to Auburn Community Hospital where he was checked over and released.
The New York State Police were assisted by,
Seneca Falls PD
NYS EnCon
Aurelius Fire Dept
Cayuga Fire Dept
Cayuga Ambulance
Cayuga County Emergency Management Office
Owasco Fire Department
Throop Fire Dept
Rural Metro
TLC Ambulance
Auburn City Ambulance


Troopers arrest 3 for Manufacturing Methamphetamine


On January 8th, 2013, theNew York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at SP Painted Post and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) report the arrest of Brooke M. Draper, age 27, residing at 15781 Route 287 Tioga, PA, Shawn E. Mudd, age 43, residing at 1266 River Road Lindley, NY 14858 and Joshua M. Fuller, age 18, residing at 2864 Delaware Ave Corning, NY for Unlawful Manufacturing Methamphetamine 3rd Degree (D Felony).
Following an investigation, State Police Investigator’s executed a search warrant at Mudd’s residence where Methamphetamine Lab equipment, a quantity of Methamphetamine, a firearm and other drug related items were located and seized.

During this investigation, it was discovered that Fuller was wanted by for a Steuben County Probation Violation.

All three subjects were processed at SP Painted Post and arraigned in the Lindley Town Court. All three subjects were remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000.00 cash / $50,000.00 property bond.

Further charges are pending.

Wyoming County Deputies Arrest Chaffee Man

The above is a press release from the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office

Steuben County Man Jailed

The above is a press release from the Sheriff.

Portville Woman Seriously Injured In Dog Attack

A Town of Portville woman was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when she was attacked by her own dog. Troopers responded to a Windfall Road address for a 911 call of a woman suffering from dog bites. A neighbor reported hearing someone calling for help from a wooded area behind her house. The neighbor and the victim’s son located Jacki Hopkins, age 66, lying on the ground, suffering from numerous bite wounds to her face, upper body and legs.

The victim was treated at the scene by the Weston Mills Fire Department. She was transported to Olean General Hospital and was then flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC and is listed in serious condition.

Investigation revealed that the dog had escaped a fenced in yard and the owner was trying to return the dog to the yard when she was attacked. The dog, a 125lb Doberman, had to be destroyed by the responding Troopers. The Cattaraugus County Health Department was contacted and the investigation is continuing.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Allegany County: retired Judge James Euken honored...STILL has that sense of humor, "A lot of people have been waiting to hang me!"

Video source: Wellsville Daily

Alfred: Village seeks Waste Water Treatment Grant


Flu more robust, but no outbreak in WNY


Michael H. Thompson, Charter Member of Dansville Ambulance

He was born in Dansville on March 27, 1946, a son of the late Henry and Evelyn Patterson Thompson. On Aug. 9, 1969, he was married to Katherine “Kathy” Young, who survives.
Mike worked at the former Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. in Dansville for 36 years, retiring in 2003. He also worked for Sweetener’s Plus in Wayland from 2003 until this past fall. He was a 44-year member, Past President, Vice President, Lieutenant, Captain and current Chaplain of the James H. Jackson Hose Company of the Dansville Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of the Dansville Ambulance Corps, a member of the IAM # 1662, the Twenty Five Year Club at Foster Wheeler, the Power’s Inn Club, the Loyal Order of the Moose # 1130, the Daniel Goho Post # 87 of the American Legion and the Frank J. Casbolt VFW Post # 6780. While serving as a member of the Jackson Hose Company he was active with the Oktoberfest Committee, the Balloon Rallye and the Short Hose Pumper Company.
Surviving in addition to his wife Kathy, are a son, Paul Thompson of Wayland; two daughters, Lisa Switzer of Dansville and Kelly Thompson also of Wayland; five grandchildren, Lita and Kelsey Switzer, Austin Plank, Kortni and Karis Parsons.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc., 271 Main St., Dansville. A graveside Fireman’s Service followed by Military Honors will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Greenmount Cemetery, Dansville. Online remembrances may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Jackson Hose Fire Company or the American Cancer Society.

Residents press Canisteo town board on hydrofracking plans

The three town residents presented research on what they said points to the dangers of hydrofracking.
The residents asked the board what citizens could do to promote their fracking stances, and inquired about having a moritorium, which would delay any action pending further investigation, put in place for the town.
One of the residents, Elaine Brown, of Canisteo, said her goal is to bring the public together to hear experts speak on both sides of the issue. She said she hopes to have an informed vote on the issue.
Town supervisor John Peisher said official action could not be taken at this time because residents' opinions are split "fifty-fifty." More from the Evening Tribune...
Residents press Canisteo town board on hydrofracking plans

Harrison Valley Man Faces Potter County District Court Appearance

PA troopers today charged 66-year old Robert Buchsenschutz of Harrison Valley with Theft by Deception. The charge is connected to a January 8th complaint from Ulysses. No future court date has been set yet.

Genesee, Pa. Man Slapped With Felony Assault Charge

State police in Pennsylvania have charged a Genesee (Pa) man with multiple counts, including a felony, relating to an alleged crime August 13, 2012 in Eulalia township, Potter County. Troopers today charged 31-year old Brandon Grover with felony Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault and Harassment in the case. During his arraignment this afternoon, he was unable to post $25,000 bail and was held at the Potter County jail. He'll appear in Judge Annette Easton's court January 18th for a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, in the same case, troopers charged 24-year old Jessica Snyder of Genesee with the same counts. No future court date has been scheduled for her.

State Police Activity



·        1/9/13 8:30 a.m., state police arrested 33-year old Gale B. Roland of Danville, NY (Broome County). He was stopped on I-86 in Amity and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs. He was issued court appearance tickets.
·          1/10/13 12:45 a.m., After a traffic stop in the village of Wellsville, state police arrested 37-year old Wilbur Mountain of Wellsville. He was charged with felony counts of DWI, BAC more than .08%, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and a lesser count of Driving Without a License. Upon  further investigation, troopers also charged him with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for allegedly driving a car without the owner’s consent, based on a complaint from Andover.  He was sent to the Allegany County jail of $10,000 bail.
·        1/9/13 8:15 p.m., state police arrested 21-year old Chase Lotter of Portville. He was charged with felony Burglary 2nd. That charge was leveled as the result of a police investigation into a May 21, 2012 burglary complaint from the town of Genesee. He was released on his own recognizance for additional court action.
·        1/9/13 3pm, state police arrested 44-year old Joseph Thompson of Savona. He was charged with felony Criminal Contempt after an incident in Bath. He was held for court action.

Alfred University’s Ostrower named ‘SuperProfessor’ of history by FacultyRow.com

 ALFRED, NY, January 2013 - Gary Ostrower, professor of history at Alfred University (AU), has been named a “SuperProfessor” by FacultyRow.com.
FacultyRow, with 91,000 members in 103 countries, was launched in 2011 and is increasingly gaining recognition in traditional academic institutions throughout the world.“SuperProfessors” has become a prominent platform highlighting achievements of leading academics; instructors given the title “SuperProfessor” are considered the most admirable in their field. They demonstrate excellence, passion, and clarity, and have a wide range of knowledge within their respective field of study.
Ostrower was chosen out of a pool of 4,000 applicants for the official 2013 list of SuperProfessors. Currently, there are about 400 SuperProfessors nationwide.
Currently the Joseph K. Kruson Distinguished Professor at the University, Ostrower is an AU alumnus. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at AU and a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. He has spent most of his teaching career at Alfred, but previously taught at Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania.
An active member of the academic community, Ostrower has served as president of the Society for the Study Society of Internationalism; as a Fulbright Lecturer at Aarhus University, Denmark; authored three books; and contributed articles to encyclopedias and historical journals, including International Organization and The Historian. In addition, he has reviewed many books for historical journals such as the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History.
Ostrower has also remained a prominent member of the surrounding community. He served as mayor of Alfred from 1999 to 2005 and as a Republican member of the Village Board of Trustees for 18 years. He has previously served as a county liaison to the NYS Assembly and has been a member of the Allegany County Youth Board for 28 years.

Drug Task Force Makes Arrests

The Drug Task Force makes more arrests. CLICK HERE to see their press release.

Wellsville Police Activity



DATE: Wednesday January 9, 2013

 16:59 hours

Wellsville Police acting on a Bench Warrant Issued by the Village Court, arrested Kristin N. Black, age 25 of Wellsville.  Black was located by the New York State Police in Andover and transported to Wellsville.  Black was arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor and committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 bail.  Black is due back in Wellsville Village Court on January 15th at 9 am

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Alfred Woman Says Meds Stolen in Ulysses

Pennsylvania state police are investigating the theft of medications from a car parked at Kosa's Kountry Market on Main Street in Ulysses. Troopers say the theft happened between December 26-28. The victim, 22-year old Stephanie Sharp of Powell Campus Center in Alfred, told police prescription medications were stolen from her car.

Steuben County joins fight against costly CNG ruling

The Legislature Finance Committee voted Tuesday to join an appeal filed by the Town of Caton and Corning-Painted Post school district. All are appealing the court’s ruling to lower the property assessment of a Corning Natural Gas facility in the town from $12.6 million to $7.5 million.
The impact of the lower assessment on the town would be “severe,” Caton Supervisor Katherine Hughes said.
At issue is a skid-mounted, 45-ton compressor the utility installed in 2011. Because it is on a skid, the court ruled the machinery is moveable, and thus tax exempt.
However, officials dispute whether the mammoth compressor can be moved, particularly since the building that houses it was constructed after it was in place.
Under the ruling, the county, town and school district must each reimburse CNG the taxes paid on the compressor since 2011. More...from the Corning Leader...
Steuben County joins fight against costly CNG ruling

Senator Cathy Young Reacts to Governor Cuomo's 2013 State of the State A...


Donald E. VanSkiver

Born in Hornell, June 23, 1946, the son of Ernest and Catherine Masters VanSkiver, he had resided in Canaseraga most of his adult life. He was a graduate of Canaseraga Central School and served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Viet Nam Era. He had been employed for 44 years as service manager at Charles F. Oliver & Son in Canaseraga.
Donald was a member of the Valley Wesleyan Church, the Canaseraga Volunteer Fire Department, and served as an EMT for many years on the Canaseraga Ambulance. For several years he served as an umpire for the Canaseraga Youth League, as a trustee on the Canaseraga Village Board and enjoyed his membership on his bowling league.
Donald’s first love was his family but also enjoyed hunting and geocaching.
He was predeceased by his parents, and three sons, Kenneth, David and Joseph VanSkiver.
He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Woodworth VanSkiver to whom he was married in 1968; his children, Jonathan VanSkiver of Arkport, Ashley VanSkiver of Wayland and Mitchell VanSkiver of Virginia; his grandchildren, Brandon, Kelsi, Caleb and Breydan; his siblings,
Dean (Jane) VanSkiver of Cameron, Darlene (Charles) Johnson of Dansville, Duane (Mary Jo) VanSkiver of Arkport, Darrell (Sandra) VanSkiver of Canaseraga, Daniel VanSkiver of Arizona, Dale VanSkiver of Mt. Morris and David (Tammy) VanSkiver of Canaseraga; as well as several special nieces and nephews.
To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Donald’s memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.
The family will be present to receive friends at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Friday from 2-4 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday following calling hours. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the Canaseraga Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Roxanne Bath Allen

She was born in Wellsville on March 18, 1957, the daughter of Bernard J. and Onnolee Thompson Allen.
A lifelong resident of Wellsville, she was a graduate of the Wellsville High School and the Bryant-Stratton Business School in Buffalo.
She was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.

She was a former employee of the ALCO Federal Credit Union and was last with the Allegany County Real Property Tax Department in Belmont.
She will be sadly missed by her loving companion of many years, her dog “Snickers”.
She is survived by a sister, Elaine Kay (Michael) George of Wilmington, N.C., also several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents.
Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Saturday (Jan. 12, 2013) from 1-3 p.m., when funeral services will be held with Rev. Stanley Scoville of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Fight of Pancreatic Cancer Research, P.O. Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Dorothy McAndrews

She is survived by her three children, Frank Burdick and Ray Nowak, both of Wellsville, and Patricia Switzer of Virginia. She is survived by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many stepgrandchildren.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the convenience of the family

Elizabeth Anne Law

Beth was a kind and generous person, loved by all who knew her. Beth was predeceased by the love of her life, Scott Law, who passed away on May 30, 2012. Being a mother and grandmother was Beth’s greatest gift and she is survived by her children, Adam 22, Morgan 20, and Jonah, 11, and granddaughter, Spencer, all of Lawrenceville. She is also survived by her parents, Reverend Donald and Nancy Schroeder of Smyrna, Ga.; her mother-in-law, Pat Law of Vero Beach, Fla.; her brothers, Reverend Andrew (Carol) Schroeder of Lake Worth, Fla., Jonathan (Brenda) Schroeder of Savannah, Ga., and Peter (Karen) Schroeder of California, Md.; her brother-in-law, Glenn (Sandy) Law of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation is at Flanigan Funeral Home at 4400 S. Lee St., Buford, GA 30518, on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) from 5-8 p.m.
The funeral service for Beth will be on Jan. 10, 2013, 11 a.m., at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 1001 Duluth Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Reverend Bob Morris will preside at the service. A reception will follow in the church social hall.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a fund established for Scott and Beth’s beloved children in care of Bank of America Account #334039753363.
To express condolences, please sign our online guestbook at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, (770) 932-1133.