Smethport Teachers Get A New Contract

Smethport teachers are ready to go back to school with a new three-year contract. The teachers, about 80 of them, will get a 2 percent raise for this school year and the next, and 2.5 percent in the third year, as part of a new collective bargaining agreement in place through August 2020.
The agreement between Smethport Area Education Association and the district was approved by the school board. The teachers had been without a contract during the 2016-17, and they also had their salaries frozen.
Sales tax collections in Allegany County are going up, thanks in part to higher costs at the gas pump.
The county received $11.48 million, up about $712,000 from the first eight months of 2016.
The office also calculated if the rate of increase stays consistent for the next three quarters, the county could collect about $1.81 million more than the $18.5 million budgeted.

Carl Paladino Removed From Buffalo School Board

Carl Paladino, the controversial millionaire businessman who used racially charged language to insult the Obamas, has been removed from the Buffalo School Board. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia made the ruling against Paladino. The decision comes after a five-day hearing in Albany, a formal petition from board members, and months of protests and backlash over Paladino’s controversial comments about former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.
The Rally in the Valley is getting to roar into the weekend. This is Rally in the Valley’s second year in Allegany after being held in Olean’s Bradner Stadium. Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce officials agreed to turn over the event to longtime volunteers, who said the move was due to costs and Bradner rental fees, as well as difficulties placing bikes in the stadium. The weekend rally events, including Saturday’s Dennis Jones Memorial Dice Run, coincide with Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and StrOlean.

Salamanca Woman Hurt in Car Crash

A Salamanca woman is alive in serious condition in a Buffalot hospital after a single-vehicle crash in Ashford.
31 year old Dana Lichy suffered internal injuries in the crash on Route 219 when the 29 year old driver, Rochelle Dunkleman of Little Valley, fell asleep at the wheel, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Durango, went off the roadway into a culvert.
The Olean Police Department is searching for a runaway teenager. 15 year old Devonte Conner, is missing and you have any information, call Olean police’s juvenile officer.
Th Gus Macker turnament kicks off this weekend in Olean. The basketball games begin Saturday and will run through Sunday. There’re 180 teams coming in for Gus Macker. But events kick off on Friday with a new strollee ann event. 73 vendors and businesses will provide live music, a tire-flipping competition, and things like roller derby, a wiffle ball tournament and more.

Not Guilty Plea Entered in Mother’s Death

The crash killed his mother, and now a Cattaraugus County man says he’s not guilty to second-degree manslaughter. 30-year-old Andrew Armbruster of East Otto also said he wasn’t guilty of driving while impaired by drugs. He crashed his car in January with his mother Grace as a passenger. She died.
He’s accused of being under the influence of a narcotic, driving too fast in slippery conditions, and investigators say he was distracted by his cellphone. They say he drive through a stop sign and hit a tractor-trailer.
A Bradford man is in McKean County Jail after he allegedly hit a man in the head with a baseball bat. 26 year old James Graves is charged with aggravated assault, and in the alternative simple assault
Police say Nathan Mott was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center with a head injury. Police said Graves at first denied the allegations but later on was cooperative and admitted to hitting Mott with the bat.

Bradford Man Survives Pickup Truck Fire

A Bradford man was hurt when he drove his pick-up truck off the road and hit a tree before catching on fire.
26 year old Joshua Lightner hit the tree head, police said. It happened Sunday on West Washington Street near Marilla Reservoir. But it could have been much worse. Two people from Olean, saw the crash and got Lightner ouit of the truck before it caught fire. Lightner was transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center for his injuries, police said.
You can sue your New York neighbor if Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a bill to make it illegal for your neighbor to make a video of anything you do in your own backyard. That would be invasion of privacy if the recording’s made in secret. Senator Cathy Young of Cattaraughus county sponsored the bill. It builds on a law that made it a felony to videotape someone in a bedroom or bathroom.

Arson Suspected in Almond

New York State Police say a man tried to burn down a home Wednesday in Almond after the homeowner sold him some vehicles. The suspect is 74 year old Gary Marvel. He’s been charged with third-degree arson. Police say he set fire to the homje on Karr-Valley Road that Allegany County. State police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviewed the homeowner and neighbors and they said they saw Marvel with items that were later used to the start the fire and left behind at the scene.
They have it all cleared up now, but I-86 in Carrollton was a mess this weekend. A tractor-trailer driven by a Georgia man ran off the right side of the road and crashed early Saturday. And that closed the right lane of the westbound side of the highway for several hours until the 18-wheeler could be unloaded and towed away. The crash was reported at 1:41 a.m. about a mile west of Exit 23,

Olean Man Re-Arrested For Drugs

Freedom didn’t last long for an Olean man who was arrested for drug possession just five days after he was released from prison for the same crime. 45 year old Elliott James is back in jail.
Police say they searched James’ apartment on Barry St. and found crack cocaine. He’s on parole from a 2008 conviction for drug possession. James was released from Auburn Correctional Facility July 3 to Bissonette House, a Buffalo halfway home before moving to Olean. James’ arrest is automatic violation of his parole, which could lead to additional charges.
An Olean woman accused of welfare fraud has been arrested on four changes after police say she got about $2,500 in food stamps. 45 year old Lisa White Eagle, was arrested earlier this month for welfare fraud and grand larceny. Police say White Eagle didn’t report that a family member had moved out of the residence.

Olean Bank Robber Sentenced

A convicted bank robber found out that crime doesn’t pay, but it does cost a lot. He’ll will spend up to three years in prison for trying to rob an Olean bank last year. 27 year old Stacey Spencer Jr of Olean was sentenced for the robbery in March 2016 of the Five STar Bank on WEst State Street. He didn’t have a gun, but he gave the teller a note demanding money. He did it get it and he ran. HE was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court for third degree attempted robbery.
Watch out if you’re driving near Wayne Street and Buffalo Street in Olean.
Construction begins today on part of Wayne Street from North First to North Ninth streets. Crews will begin milling. This will cause very heavy traffic congestion and while the street will remain open, public works officials say you should think about taking a different route.

Accused Killer May Be Hiding in Olean

A suspected killer may be hiding out in Olean and the U.S. Marshals Service is looking for help in finding him. He’s 29 year old David Dalton but he goes the nickname Tone. He’s a 6-foot-4 inch tall black man and weighs 225 pounds He has a lot of tattoos on his arms and chest. He may walk with a limp.
The marshalls say he’s wanted for killing a man in Erie, Pennsylvania in June. They think he might be here because he has family in Olean and Buffalo.
Shelters for the poor in McKean County are getting some much needed help in form of federal money.
McKean County has been awarded $7,595 in federal funding through the state set-aside process under Phase 34 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
The money will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in McKean County.
The National Board is comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies across the country.

Sales Tax Collections Up

Sales tax collections in Cattaragus County are up for the first half of 2017 from last year. Sales tax collections jumped 3.4 percent while Erie County’s went up 2.9 percent. Cattaraugus County collected $17.7 million and Erie County collected $369.2 million in the first six months of 2017. Tax collections across New York on average increased 3.3 percent, which is up from 1.7 percent in 2016.The year-over-year percent change in county collections fared better than other areas. Of the 17 cities other than New York City Salamanca saw the largest percent growth, 14.7 percent.
Gowanda Police has charged a 12-year-old with second-degree arson, a felony, for a on July 18. The fire caused the building to be a total loss. the damage estimate is $200,000.
The juvenile’s identity was not released.