Fire damages Irving Street home

Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire at the home of a woman accused of making methamphetamine.
They arrested 39 year old Dori Russell on the charge.
The home on Irving Street caught fire Monday morning, destroying the roof.
but investigators haven’t released a cause yet. There were no injuries reported. Investigators say they believe the fire started in Russell’s apartment in the home.
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There’s a new polling place for voters in Wellsville. The Allegany County Board of Elections is consolidating its polling places in Wellsville, Voters who went to the Legion, the High School, or Crosstown Alliance Church will now go just the Church.
The new format will have its first test on Primary Day Sept. 13, when voters decide on the Republican primary for Allegany County Sheriff, the Democratic primary for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, and the Reform Party primary for attorney general.

Lancaster man wins $1M in lottery scratch off ticket

A 29 year old Lancaster man is a brand new millionaire. Ramiro Arr-e-aga, bought a New York State Lottery scratch off ticket and today he has a million and a half dollars in his bank account.
Arr- aga actually won three million dollars on the ticket, be he chose a one-time lump sum payment.
The winning ticket was purchased at C Store in Lancaster.
He’s the 77th New York Lottery player to win $1,000,000 or more this year.
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Now we know just how many reptiles that Allegany man had inside his home before it was raided by the state last week.
He wasn’t living with one hundred, it wasn’t two hundred. It was three hundred reptiles inside his home, including three king cobras and six gila monsters. 70 year old William Engelder is facing a number of charges, including possession of wildlife without a permit. All animals are being held at the Buffalo Zoo

Poisonous snakes removed from Allegany home

A bunch of poisonus snakes including King Cobras were taken from a house in Allegany Thursday morning.
Charges are pending against a man whose name hasn’t been released.
It is illegal in New York to sell or possess poisonus snakes without a permit.
The penalty is a $500 fine per snake for the first offense. The investigation is ongoing.
The snakes and other exotic reptiles will be taken to the Buffalo Zoo.
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One of the largest locally run sportsmen’s conventions on this side of the country gets under way today at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds. Over 2,500 people came last year to the three day event.
More than 70 vendors are selling hunting gear, trapping, and all sorts of outdoor products.
And re-enactors will show what it was like to be a pioneer outdoorsman or woman from the 17 and 1800s.
The Sportsmen’s Rendezvous is the primary fundraising activity for the Trappers Association.

FBI Investigating Cattaraugus County Conservative claims

The Cattaraugus County Conservative chairman says the FBI is investigating his allegations about the Republican party trying to hijack the Conservative party. Leonard Caros said he expects to be interviewed by the FBI in Buffalo next week.
Caros told the Olean Times Herald that he was recently contacted by the FBI and they want him to bring files.
Caros has accused Republican Party Chairman Robert Keis Sr., Republican Election Commissioner Michael Brisky and County Legislator Andrew Burr, of meddling in Conservative Party matters in a bid to oust him as party leader.
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The Salamanca Common Council is expected to ban Cryptocurrency mining in Salamanca.
The goal is to keep people from setting up a cryptocurrency operation where the city provides electricity so that they can’t set up powerful computers for cryptocurrency mining — which uses a lot more electric than a standard home or business.
If approved, a public hearing is scheduled for September.

Arcade councilman dies in tractor-trailer crash

An Arcade town councilman has died in a tractor trailer crash in Carrollton.
51 year old Barry Ashworth crashed into a eitch off route 417 Thursday.
The crash is still under investigation.
Ashworth was just relected as councilman in Arcade, in Wyoming County in November.
The funeral is today at the Hope Lutheran Church Arcade. Memorials may be made to the Casey Stangel Youth Baseball League,
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Libraries in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties were awarded funding through the New York State Library Construction Fund
In PORTVILLE, they’re trying to restore the library to how it looked back when it was builty in the 1840s.
The richburg library got $124,500 to renovate the library and that was the largest allocation.
They’ll work on making the library accessible to people with disabilities.
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Charges pending in weekend accident

Charges are pending against a Portville man whose car flipped over several and ejected his passenger in an accident Saturday near the Marilla Reservoir.
Bradford Township Police say driver 30 year old Jeffrey Newman, and his passenger 26 year old Nicholas Bishop only recieved moderate injuries.
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There’s 12 thousand dollars sitting on the table for low income homeowners who want to buy a house in Olean.
The Olean Homeownership Assistance Program says just one homebuyer has been approved and 17 others have applied for the program that give up to 26 people thousands of dollars.
To qualify, applicants need to make between $18,050 to $36,050 a year.

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The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging is holding it’s 24th annual Senior Forum and Public Hearing on Aug. 16 at the Ellicottville Senior High School.
Anyone 60 and older can attend if they live in Cattaraugus County.

IDA sponsoring a jobs fair next month

People looking for work in Cattaraugus county are getting some help.
The Industrial Development agency is sponsoring a jobs fair, and they say a lot of people walking in unemployed will walk out with job.
It’s happening next month.
An agency spokesman says they’re continuing to hear about the need for workers in retail, service, tourism, manufacturing and farming. , and they’ve been trying to meet that need in the last six to eight months. He says it’s the number one topic among employers, how to get employees. six to 10 employers will participate in the targeted jobs fair.
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The Seneca Nation of Indians new Cultural Center is open in Allegany. The $18 million building has a museum, archives and living culture of the Seneca people. The new center replaces the original Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, that opened in 1977 .
The new museum includes a state-of-the-art 3-D printing lab to scan and duplicate artifacts.

Wellsville man given probation on heroin charge

Police say a 22 year old wellsville man conspirated to sell heroin to a police informant.
But he’s not going to jail. Jeramia English was instead sentenced to five years’ probation in Allegany County Court after pleading guilty to attempted sale of a controlled substance. Police say he conspired to sell heroin to an agent of the Wellsville Police Department Sept. 1 on Seneca Street in Wellsville.
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A 72-year-old Wyoming County farmer is dead after being struck by a bull on his farm in upstate New York.
It happened in the town of Covington in eastern Wyoming County on Thursday.
State police say Roy Bell, of Perry, was moving cattle around the farm when he was struck by a 1-year-old bull.
A family member discovered Bell and alerted authorities.
Deputies and first responders administered “life-saving measures” but the man died.
It was the second death caused by a bull in upstate New York in 10 days.

Vigil held for 20-year-old Zoar Valley fall victim

A vigil last night allowed friends and family of the man who died in a fall a Zoar Valley to pay their respects.
Conor Long had just recently turned twenty years old.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says rescue crews worked for five hours to find and save Long- but poor weather conditions
There’ll be a wake today for Long in Hamburg, his hometown.
His funeral is tomorrow.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $30,000 for the family since it was created Monday morning.
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Allegany Police Dept. interim chief tim mcgraw is no longer a stand in.
He’ll take over the job for good. Mcgraw worked with former chief Dominic Papasergi for 25 yerars.
Papasergi retired a few months ago. McGraw saysd he will plan, oversee and direct all community activities in the village and oversee personnel operations in the department.
McGraw still needs to take and pass the Civil Service exam next year

Royce Chapman Killer Sentenced

One of two people charged with murdering Royce Chapman was sentenced to prison for manslaughter and the other was allowed to go free. Chapman’s ex-girlfriend, 52 year old Lana Joseph pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and was released on time served. Joseph’s son, Richard D. Mosher III, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. Mosher admitted that he shot Chapman in the chest with a shotgun last year.
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Jamestown Community College nursing school is getting $90,000 to get training equipment and supplies.
It’s the only Registered Nursing program in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus county.
So JCC says because of the outdated training equipment students weren’t exposed to the most modern equipment used in healthcare today. But the grant allows JCC nursing graduates to meet the local workforce demands for highly skilled nurses.