Cattaraugus County Heroin Deaths Unchanged

There’ve been more heroin deaths in Cataraugus County this year than last year, but fewer overdoses.
The county Heroin-Opioid Task Force held their final meeting of year to discuss the problem.
Eleven people have died from overdoes, that’s one more than last year with two months to go, but there haven’t been any deaths since Juen. The number of overdoses is significantly lower than 68 last year.
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Hinsdale Central School District’s 2nd vote for the Revised Capital Project is tomorrow from Noon to 8pm in the lower lobby. So get out and vote and make your voice heard.
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Four more indictments have been filed in the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club investigation, with national leaders being charged in a conspiracy in Erie and Cattaraugus counties.
The New York regional president of the club and president of the South Buffalo chapter, faces six federal charges. along with a chapter president in Florida and Tennessee; a chapter vice president in Florida and Tennessee; and the club’s national president.

Proposal Calls for Recording Cattaraugus County Meetings

Cattaraugus County Legislature committee meetings have always been on the record, now there’s a move to actualy record them. Lawmakers debated Wednesday over whether to make audio recordings of all committee sessions. The equimpment would cost around $5,000 which would including a permanent recorder in the large committee room at the County Center in Little Valley and a mobile recorder for the County Office Building in Olean. Recordings would be kept for a year.
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The Stillhouse of Buffalo is starting to take shape in Ellicottville
A two-story building on Route 219 across from Tim Hortons will house a restaurant/bar with 54 taps.
An attached 5,000-square-foot room will brew beers and distill liquors.
The bar/restaurant and microbrewery/distillery will give jobs to about 10 to 14 people in its first year.
The restaurant/bar will feature a wood-fired and gas-fired pizza oven,
There is a second bar on the second floor, which can also be used for receptions.

Cuba Man’s Pickup Rolls On Top of Him

A Cuba man working under his truck was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo after the pickup rolled over him. It happened on Bump Road. A neighbor saw the man under the truck and called 911; however, the man was already out from under the truck when first responders arrived.
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Construction crews are working to make a right turning land and raised median on U.S. Route 219 near Peters Road. The project is expected to take three weeks to complete and cost up to $200,000.
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Olean Aldermen are hoping a plan to remove trees in rights of way takes root in the next month.
The council’s city operations committee will see a new proposal at the next meeting to pay for removing trees that are a danger to the public. The finance committee talked about a plan to remove 13 trees and trim 26 others, but withdrew the $45,000 proposal.

Great Valley Bridge to Cost $1M

The cost to build a new martin road bridge in great valley is almost a million bucks. Cattaraugus County Legislature committees will review a contract for the construction today.
The bridge was damaged by overweight trucks and has been closed since June of last year. The contract calls for the bridge to be completed and the road reopened by next October.
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Strolean is coming back. The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce says it was a popular event this summer so they’ll showcase the city’s merchants next month on Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25 — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — it began nationally in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday with an emphasis on local businesses.
The chamber is reaching out to businesses to come up with creative plans for the day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Plans Presented for New Olean Ophthalmology Center

Olean’s getting a new million dollar ophthalmology surgery center, if the plan’s okayed.
Southern Tier Surgery Center filed plans with the state Department of Health to build an ambulatory surgery center with two operating rooms on Buffalo Street in Olean.
It’s just over a mile from the South Union Road offices of Allegany Eye Associates, a practice that also has sites in Wellsville and Hornell. It requires a full review by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.
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A Washington D.C. man who was a passenger in a car pulled over for not dimming it’s lights Saturday on Route 219 in Carrollton was arrested after troopers say they found a loaded semi-automatic pistol and a small bag of marijuana in the vehicle. 20 year old Dante Hicks didn’t have a permit for the weapon, He was was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Storms Wreak Havoc in the Area

It was a dark and stormy night. Strong gusty winds and heavy rain swept across the area, knocking down trees and tree limbs and causing power outages.
Up to 7,000 homes and businesses lost electricity because the storm knocked tree limbs into power lines. Largest concentrations of outages were in the Town of Wilson in Niagara County and in southern Cattaraugus County between Salamanca and Olean. NYSEG reported more than 7,500 customers blacked out in Erie County and more than 1,400 in Wyoming County.
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What if you held fall weekend camping and nobody showed up? That’s just what happened at the Cattaraugus County-operated Onoville Marina on the Allegheny Reservoir. There were two weekends of fall camping But nobody showed up. No campers showed up last weekend or this past weekend, despite having staff on site.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies Getting Body Cameras

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol will be wearing body cameras when they make arrests for the next 60 days. It’s a test period for right now. They’ll have 12 body cameras on deputies at the Rath Building and deputies who are on patrol in Districts 1-4, which includes Grand Island, Clarence, Alden, Elma and Colden — not included are North Collins and Springville. Some deputies have volunteered to wear the body cameras. The program could expand to more body cameras, if funding is made available and if officials believe more are needed.
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Cattaraugus County nursing homes will share $6.6 million in federal Medicaid funding later this month.
That’s more than county officials thought they’d get.
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The vacancy sign is still up and there’s no new tenant named for the west state street Kmart store in Olean yet. Despite rumors about Marshalls, and PetCo, there’s nothing concerte yet to announce, according to city officials.

Public Hearing for Allegany County Administrators Pay Raises

Allegany County administrators could be making more money soon. Who and how much will be discussed in a public hearing
A local law to increase the salaries for eight Allegany County administrative staffers will be discussed in a public hearing on the 23rd in the Legislature Chambers in the Allegany County Office Building in Belmont.
Lawmakers have been talking about it behind closed doors over the past few weeks,
If they’re approved, the pay increases will be about $15,400.
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A Perry man says he was driving while high on heroin, and with his five year old child in the car.
30 year old Nichole Dacey, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to felony aggravated DWI.
Dacey was arrested in March in Perry after police stopped him for traffic violations. Police said Dacey was high on marijuana and had a package of heroin and a needle in his car, along with a 5-year-old child.

Doctor Running for Cattaraugus County Coroner

There hasn’t been a doctor elected county cornoner in Cattaraugus County in over 25 years.
But that could change soon. For the first time since 1991, a medical doctor is on the ballot in November for the office of Cattaraugus County Coroner.
Dr. Elwyn C. Clark of Olean is running for county coroner on the Democratic and Conservative Party lines. Clark is the medical director of the intensive care unit of Olean General Hospital. All four county coroner posts are currently held by funeral directors.
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Two women area accused of starting a fire in Kane in 2014 will face arson charges.
43 year old Holly Gausman and 62 year old Karen Hatten were bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing in McKean County Court. Police say that Hatten admitted she and Gausman intentionally set the fire by leaving a candle burning in a second floor bathroom that morning; the pair then left for a veterinarian appointment, court records stated.

Family Charged With Insurance Fraud and Arson Headed to Trial

Three people accused of setting a Ridgeway home on fire for the insurance money are headed to trial on arson and fraud charges.
21 year old Cody Miller and his parents John Miller and Renee Groeger are in the Elk County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. A state police fire marshal ruled the November 2015 fire at their home was arson.
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Police say it isn’t the first time that the Cattaraugus County man they arrested in Geneseo for DWI has been charged with drunk driving. 61 year old Delbert Caplinger has a previous conviction.
They arrested Aplinger on East South Street in the village. He’s been charged with felony driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.
Caplinger was arraigned in Geneseo Town Court before Justice Kathleen Houston, who rmanded him to the Livingston County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.