Archives for October 2015

Morrisroe to Stand Trial for Deadly Hit & Run

The lawyer for the man charged with the hit-and-run crash that killed a 20-year-old Cyclone man this summer is asking for the case to go to trial. 39-year-old Paul Morrisroe, faces a long list of charges, including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, in the June 2nd death of motorcyclist Dakota Heinaman. His last day to enter a plea in McKean County Court, which was scheduled for yesterday, has been continued to next Thursday. Morrisroe remains free on $250,000 bail.

Cattaraugus County Hotel/Motel Tax Extended Through 2018

Cattaraugus County’s 5 percent hotel and motel tax has been extended for another three years. The County Legislature voted to continue the tax, first enacted in 2006. The tax brings in more than $800,000 a year, which is used to help fund economic development activities by the chambers of commerce in Elliottville, Olean and Salamanca.

Wind Advisory In Effect Until 11 PM

Hold on to your hat … or whatever it is you hold onto. A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 11:00 tonight for much of western New York … including Cattaraugus County. The National Weather Service says the high winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts up to 55, may bring down tree limbs and power lines.

Olean Increases Fines for Violating City Ordinances

The Olean Common Council has approved raising the city’s maximum general penalty fine from $250 to $1,000. Council President Adam Jester says the decision to raise the maximum fine for violating any city ordinance is long overdue. It hasn’t increased since the 1970s.

NY Campgrounds Set Attendance Record for Second Consecutive Year

New York State Park campgrounds are setting all-time attendance records. More than two million people have visited the 66 state park campgrounds this year, a four percent increase over last year’s record.

Cattaraugus County Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.5 Percent

Unemployment in the Western New York area fell by half a point in September, continuing a record-setting streak of 66 straight months of continuous improvement for the region’s labor market. State officials say Cattaraugus County’s jobless rate was 5.5 percent last month. Allegany County’s rate was 5 percent.

Olean Leaf Collection Starts Monday

The Olean Department of Public Works has announced the city’s leaf collection will begin next Monday. Leaves should be raked into the road this weekend. Leaves, but no tree limbs or branches, will be collected from the pavement and loaded mechanically into dump trucks for removal.

Second Deadly Motorcycle Crash This Week on Route 242

A Little Valley woman is dead after Monday night’s crash involving two motorcycles and a cow Monday. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Jennifer Bumpus was killed in the accident on Route 242 in Napoli. A second motorcycle, driven by 23-year-old Derrek Livermore of Conewango, hit Bumpus’ bike. He was airlifted to a hospital in Eries with back, leg and neck injuries. It was the second fatal motorcycle crash in as many days in Cattaraugus County. 47-year-old Larry Choops of Lockport was prounounced dead at Olean General Hospital Sunday after he was thrown from his motorcycle when it crashed into a car that ran a stop sign at the intersection of Route 242 and Bakerstand Road.

Deadly Motorcycle Crash on Route 242

New York State Police say 47-year-old Larry Choops of Lockport was prounounced dead at Olean General Hospital Sunday after he was thrown from his motorcycle when it crashed into a car that ran a stop sign at the intrsection of Route 242 and Bakerstand Road. The driver of the car, Laura Howard-Raska of Snyder was ticketed for speeding, failure to stop for a stop sign and failure to yield the right of way.

And there was another serious motorcycle crash on Route 242 Monday night. Two victims were airlifted to hospitals after their motorcycle reportedly hit a cow.

McKean County DA to Resign November 1st

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn has announced he’s resigning, effective November 1st. Learn, whose term was scheduled to run til the end at the end of the year, says he’s taken a job in the private sector. Learn ran for re-election but was defeated by challenger Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer in the May primary. Shaffeer is uncontested in next month’s general election.