Olean Making Budget Cuts

It took some doing but Olean’s found ways to cut $600,000 from the budget. City leaders have to vote if the cuts are feasible. At the Olean Common Council Finance Committee meeting Wednesday the potential cuts were presented. They’ll meet again at 5:30 p.m. Monday and maybe Tuesday before the regular council session.
The council has until April 15 to pass the budget for 2017-18, which begins June 1.
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A couple from Rixford are accused of raping a boy when he was as young as six. They’re in McKean County Jail. The boy’s a teenager now. He was in the couple’s care about ten years ago. Fifty year old William Tipton and thirty five year old Julie Ann Tipton was arraigned Wednesday. According to a report in teh Bradford Era, the teenager was interviewed in February by Foster Township Police.

Palandino Protestors Distrupt School Board Meeting

Those angry about St. Bonaventure alum and millionaire businessman Carl Paladino’s racist remarks about the Obamas aren’t willing to let the subject drop.
They’re still calling for his removal from the Buffalo school board. Protesters disrupted the latest board meeting. WGRZ-TV reports the meeting Wednesday night was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. but started three hours later becuase of the protesters. Paladino wrote that he wanted the president to die of mad cow disease and for the first lady to live in cave in Zimbabwe with a gorilla. He’s apologized and refused to resign from teh school board.
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The man convicted of killing a motorcyclist in a drunken hit and run accident is appealling. Paul Morrisroe was convicted in January of killing Dakota Heinaman in a hit-and-run crash after a trial that lasted nearly two weeks.. He’s appealing his 7½- to 15-year prison sentence.

Seneca Nation of Indians Make Last Payment to NY

There will be no more payements to New York state from the Seneca Nation of Indians after April 1 under the 2002 Seneca Gaming Compact. The Seneca Nation has shared more than $1.4 billion with the state, which shared $368 million to host communities in Salamanca, Niagara Falls and Buffalo. The compact was for 14 years plus an additional seven years if there were objections. Since there were none, the compact is extended for another seven years but according to the Seneca Nation they don’t have to share slot machine revenue with the state.
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Voters in the Allegany-Limestone Central School District voters will vote on a $16 million improvement project. The Board of Education voted unanimously, 7–0 Tuesday night to have the capital project to voters May16th. If voters authorize the project, $13.1 million of the costs will be raised in bonds and a tax levy. The rest of the $3 million will come from the district’s Facilities Reconstruction Capital Reserve Fund.

McKean County Jail Raid

There was drug raid Tuesday at the McKean County Jail of all places. The Drug Task Force, a K-9 Unit, the District Attorney’s Office, state police, and several other agencies conducted a surprise search for drugs. And after 45 minutes, they came up empty handed. According to District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg- Shaffer, Sheriff Dan Woods requested the search. They say there was no specific reason for the search. They just wanted to let the inmates know it can be done at any time.
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Meanwhile, a Wellsville man and woman were arrested for allegedly operating a meth lab out of their residence on Maple Avenue. They weren’t hard to find. 27 year old Dennis Norman and 30 year old Mary Cornell were already inmates at the Allegany County Jail. Each was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Olean Man Arrested For Pot Package

A special delivery has landed an Olean man in trouble with police. Olean police arrested 22-year-old Chase Cole for criminal possession of marijuana. Police arrested him after they say he left the Olean Post office carrying over 5 pounds of marijuana that had been shipped to him through the mail. Cole was arraigned in Olean City Court and bail was set at $2,000.00.
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Spring is here and that means there won’t be many more days left to ice skate. The last day for public ice skating season at the William O. Smith Recreation Center is on Sunday. The Center opens at 1 and closes at 4 p.m. Ice skating is sponsored by the city’s Youth & Recreation Department. It costs $2 the rent the skates.
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Cattaraugus County lawmakers are expected to approve a resolution today asking the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to repeal a law that requires assault weapon registration and limitis on magazine capacity. outide of New York City.

Former McKean County Priest Defrocked

A former McKean County priest has been defrocked by Pope Francis for having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage boy five years ago. Former Bradford priest Samuel Slocum, who’s 65, has been on administrative leave since March 2011 when the allegations came to light. Slocum’s is the just the fourth since the diocese was formed in 1853.
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Olean teachers are getting ready to lace up the gym shoes and take on the police department in a little game of hoops. The Charity basketball game will benefit Student Activities Council and Sports Boosters on March 29th. There are 11 teachers who’ll play for “Team Huskies,” 10 officers will take the court for the police. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing and a half-court shot contest that students can enter for $1. Proceeds will be split between the activities council and sports boosters.

Election Day in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties

It’s election day in several Allegany and Cattaraugus county villages today.
Voters go to the polls with several communites holding contested races.
There are contested races in Gowanda, Portville and South Dayton in Cattaraugus County, and Andover and Bolivar have contested elections in Allegany County.
In Gowanda, Samuel Castellano is running for mayor against David Smith to replace Heather McKeever.
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A new path for bikers and walkers may not happen for another year, but it’s the topic of discussion next months in common council chambers. The Olean Creek Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing Project is on the agenda April 6. Council members will talk about plans to make a path from War Veterans Park to Jamestown Community College Cattaraugus County campus. The project is expected to cost about $550,000, with a large chunk of themoney coming from the Transportation Enhancement Program

DUI Charges Filed

Police say the man who lost control of his car Saturday night on Route 46 in Norwich Township had been drinking. State police in Kane say 40 year old Jason Gaberseck of Emporium, was driving pretty fast when he lost control of his car on a right-hand curve, crossed into the northbound lane, hit a guardrail, and then went airborne.
the car hit a telephone pole, then came down on its roof. Gaberseck was wearing his seatbelt. He was hurt, but police said his injuries weren’t life threatening.
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The new Potter County/Tioga County partnership on tourism-promotion is gaining steam.
A tourism center is planeed for Potter County. Vistor association members are working on the transition and they plan to work with the joint tourism agency.
Members voted unanimously last year to disband, and suggested that the county merge its tourism promotion agency with Tioga County’s.

Historic Olean Speakeasy Attracts State Money

The ghost of Al Capone could be making money in Olean soon. An old speakeasy that Capone is rumored to have wet his whistle is getting some grant money to help restore it. The money’s coming form the New York Main Street Grant. the Olean Business Development says a building on 321 N Union is being redeveloped and will get part of $300,000 to upgrade buidlings in Olean’s historic district. The 119-year-old brick building was home to an illegal speakeasy during the prohibition era. And it was almost torn down in 2015.
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There’s a new man in charge at the Gowanda police department.
He’s Dennis Feldmann, a 54 year old officer with the Blasdell police deparment for the past few years. The village board appointed Feldmann as its next officer-in-charge after interviewing several candidates over several weeks. Feldmann was an officer in Evans too, his hometown.

Olean Common Council Wants $600,000 in Budget Cuts

The Olean Common Council wants the mayor to cut $600,000 from his budget.
After two hours of talking about it, the council told Mayor Aiello to go back to the drawing board and come back without 3.5 percent of the projected general fund.
They called it “trimming the fluff.” But that’s a daunting task, according to Aiello.
I know some of you think not, but we have cut where we could cut,” the mayor said. But he said he and department heads will try. The Finance Committee scheduled another budget work session for 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday at City Hall.
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He killed two women in a car crash. Now a Coudersport man convicted by a jury last month of vehicular homicide knows when he’ll learn what his sentence will be.
Thirty two year old Derrick Gleason will be sentenced at 1 p.m. April 11 in Potter County Court.