Kitchen Fire Extinguished on St. Bonaventure Campus

Nobody was injured in a kitchen fire in a residence building for upperclassmen on the St. Bonaventure campus Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was called in by the student resident of the apartment where the fire began. A university maintenance worker went into the apratment was able to put hte fire out. the other apartments in the building were evacuated, but no one was hurt.
Olean’s Manufacturers Hanover building roof is expected to be replaced this summer.
The roof and masonry work will come before the building reopens under private ownership. The city of Olean Urban Renewal Agency approved a contract with state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for a $500,000 grant to help repair the building at 101 N. Union Street. Officials have been discussing replacing the roof for years, but higher-than-expected bids in 2016 led to the URA seeing state aid as the agency’s finances are limited.

Olean Council Wants to Remove $150,000 from

The Olean Common Council wants to strip about $150,000 from the city budget instead of seeing a tax hike.
The $25.18 million tentative calls for a 2 percent tax increase, but Common Council President John Crawford says the council can reduce the budget by more than $150,000.
the council is recommending several expenses be eliminated from the budget
The requests go back to the department heads for consideration.
The new mayor of Iittle Valley is James Bowen. He won the only contested mayor race this year.
Bowen got 142 votes while incumbent Norman Marsh received a total of 51 votes. Marsh ran on the Republican and Justice Party lines. The term is for four years.
Seven Cattaraugus County villages held elections Tuesday including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Ellicottville, Gowanda and Little Valley.
There are no vacancies in the villages of Franklinville and Delevan this year.

Fire Destroys South Third Street Home

Investigators say a fire that destroyed a south third street home was likely caused by gas heater.
It broke out in an upstairs apartment, but caused no injuries to her or anyone else. The heater was surrounded by debris,” which burned. The tenant was at work at the time of the blaze. While the fire was mostly contained to the second floor, the downstairs also had some fire and water damage. fire fighters say it’s a total loss.
the Bank of Cattaraugus is keeping it all in the family.
The new CEO at one of the smallest banks in Western New York will continue as a family operation.
Colleen Young will succeed her father, Patrick Cullen, as president and CEO of Bank of Cattaraugus. The tiny bank has a single office in the village of Cattaraugus – about an hour south of Buffalo – and approximately $21 million in assets.

Olean School District Finalizing School Questionaire

the Olean Central School District wants to get feedback from students and teachers about what it’s like inside the schools.
About 10 people gave their thoughts on the questionnaires for students, staff and parents.
the school board now has to approve it. One of the biggest questions is whether the students and teachers feel safe.
The surveys are based on the U.S. Department of Education School Climate Survey, but committee members have been making their own modifications.
a Second Olean man is going to prison for burglarizing an Olean business last summer.
27 year old Stephen Frank was sentenced to two to four years in state prison
police say Frank and 29-year-old Shane Rice, destroyed a wall safe and stole about $800 in cash, $300 in silver coins titles, tools and two laptops. Rice also pleaded guilty to burglary earlier this year.

Election Day for Seven Cattaraugus County Villiages Tuesday

Voters in Seven Cattaraugus County villages go to the polls tomorrow, but voters will have a choice in only one mayoral election.
Little Valley’s is the mayoral contest with two candidates. Republican Mayor Norman Marsh is challenged by Democrat James Bowen. Marsh is also running on the Justice Party line. The winners term is four years.
Allegany, Mayor Greg Pearl is unopposed
Cattaraugus Mayor Wirt Smith is unopposed
Gowanda, Mayor David Smith is unopposed
In Portville, candidaste Anthony Evans is unopposed after defeating Mayor Emily Woodhead in the Republican caucus
The polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
Bradford Township has a new townhisp supervisor. The Vacancy Board unanimously voted appointed Dave Geitner .
Geitner will serve through 2019, finishing a seat left empty by Gayle Bauer, who died Feb. 6. She was in her 12th year as supervisor.
Geitner was one of eight applicants who were in the running.

It’s Final Four Showdown Day for Olean Huskies

The undefeated Olean Huskies boys basket ball team look to keep it that way today as they take on the Glens Falls Indians in the state final four.
Olean is ranked No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters’ poll. Glens Falls is ranked No. 2 in the state poll.
To win, the Huskies have to find a way to stop New York State Mr. Basketball Joe Girard.
The game begins at 9;30 this morning in Binghampton. The winner goes on to the state championship.
Cattaraugus County’s mortgage tax has been passed retroactively and sent on to Albany.
The county’s 25 cents for each $100 real property mortgage tax expired at the end of November.the county has already lost more than $110,000 in 3½ months of not collecting the mortgage tax. That’s almost 25 percent of the total $400,000 included as revenue in the clerk’s office this year.

Olean Huskies Ready for Final Four

The Olean boys basketball team is getting a final day of practice in before the big game tomorrow morning.
The Huskies play in the state semifinals against Syracuse signee Joe Girard III and Section II’s Glens Falls.
The game is set for 9:30 Friday morning at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton.
Olean has called off school for the day tomorrow so that students can attend the game.
the students have deemed the game a red out. They’re asking all fans going to the game to wear their red huskie gear.
A man who thatdeputies say refused to turn down his music will have to face the music in front of a judge.
44 year old Brian McAllister Jr. Cattaraugus, was arrested for disorderly conduct at 4:40 in the morning Monday after someone complained about the loud music coming out of his apartment. deputies arrested McAllister for disorderly conduct .

Police Chase Ends in Olean Parking Lot

A 36 mile long police chase ended with a crash but without injury in the parking lot of Olean General Hospital.
Police arrested the driver 45 year old Daniel Elliott of Salem Ohio. He’s facing a host of traffic charges, and some more serious charges including fleeing police and possession of methamphetamine. Police say it all began in Olean when Elliott didn’t pull over for a traffic stop and when Elliott struck another vehicle police gave chase.
Nobody was injured in several crashes during the chase.
The Salamanca library should be getting a new manager appointed at the Common Council meeting tonight.
The library board has recommended Jennifer Stickles a program director of the Olean Public Library.
Former library manager Kirsten Woodin left in January for a new job. If she’s appointed Stickles would need to move into the city within the next six months.

Republican and Democratic Candidates Endorsed

The Cattaraugus County Republican Committee has endorsed candidates for 15 of the 17 seats, including 10 incumbents, while the Democratic Committee has endorsed 13 candidates including four incumbents.
Candidates are “out pounding the pavement” getting signatures on nominating petitions along with committee members. Those petitions are due April 4.
Democrats are still looking for candidates in District 4
The Democratic chairman says the party will introduce its candidates at a St. Patrick’s Day Campaign Kick-Off at the John Ash Center in Olean March 17.
An Olean man looking to raise a ‘ton of money’ to fight cancer… litterally
Dan Sherwin says he wants to see how much a ton of money is.
The fundraiser will be held May 3-5 at Rick Bokman’s sale lot on E. State St.
Rick Bokman is donating a truck for use during the Roswell fundraising event . He wants to fill the bed of the truck with donations.

Delevan Man Charged with Meth-Making Crime

A Delevan man will spend a year in jail after he was stopped in a vehicle with methamphetamine lab equipment last year in Franklinville.
24 year old AaronPleace was sentenced for attempted manufacture of methamphetamine.
He was one of four people charged in a Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raid last year.
Police say the meth-making materials were in backpacks.
The search of the vehicle was part of a more than year long investigation that also included three homes in Freedom and Yorkshire being raided the same night.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for new recruits.
The position is in Cattaraugus County but the academy is held in Chautauqua County.
To attend, you must live in Cattaraugus County, have at least 42 college credit hours, and be at least 21 years old.
The academy begins in late August and goes through March 2020.
The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2019.