Archives for November 2015

Silver guilty

Guilty as charged.
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been convicted of trading favors to earn $5 million illegally and then lieing about it.
The Manhattan federal jury returned the verdict Monday after a three-week trial
Silver automatically loses his Assembly seat. He had kept it while fighting the charges, although he was stripped of his leadership role after his arrest. He had been speaker since 1994.

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A dirt bike accident’s left one man dead and his son injured after they collided head on.
James Dinch of Bradford and his teenage son were riding bikes on U.S. Route 219 when the accident happened.
Neither rider was wearing a helmet.
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An assault with a pool stick has an area man facing charges after a late night bar fight.
Port Alelgany police say 21 year old Dallas Craft of Eldred struck a man in the mouth with a pool stick and knocked out six of his teeth.
He also allegedly struck another man.

Assault investigation wrapping up

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The investigation into assault allegations against two St. Bonaventure basketball players’ almost done.
And police say it doesn’t look like they’ll file any charges.
The Allegany Village Police Chief told the Olean Times Herald there aren’t any new developments in the case.
And because the alleged victim isn’t cooperating, they could close the case very soon.
The 22 year old woman says she was attacked outside a bar ten days ago and suffered a head injury, cuts and bruises.

Thanksgiving holiday traffic might run a bit smoother now that New York state’s temporarily ending highway lane closures caused by road work.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there won’t be any lanes closed due to construction from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Cuomo says he wants to reduce problems for drivers around the holiday.
The state says the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following it are typically two of the heaviest traffic days on the state Thruway system.
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Assault investigation almost over

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Two St. Bonaventure basketball players accused of assaulting a woman have not been charged, and police say they might not face charges at all.
The Allegany Village Police Chief told the Olean Times Herald that there are no new developments in the investigation.
The 22 year old woman said she was attacked otuside a bar ten days ago.
She had a head injury and cuts and bruises. She told police her attackers were two men who played basketball for St. Bonaventure.
But she’s declined to cooperate with the investigation.
Port Allegany’s getting ready to celebrate an historic birthday.
Plans are underway to mark the 200th year since settlers came to the area and called it the Canoe Place.
The Bicentennial Celebration set for June 12 to 18.
The American Red Cross is urging everyone to be generous this holiday season, with their blood.
Blood donors of all types are need, but O negative, B negative and A negative, are in the shortest supply.
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Horse trainer fined

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New York’s Gaming Commsion’s fined one of the winningest trainers in horse racing.
There were 14 allegations made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against trainer Steve Asmussen, his assistant Scott Blasi and a few others during a 2013 race.

The commission fined Asumssen $10,000 for giving horses a thyroid hormone within 48 hours of racing.
Thyroid hormone’s used to enhance a horses performance.

State and local police and the Better Business Bureau are reminding shoppers and store owners to beware of theives who’re buying gift cards with stolen credit cards.

According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards are popular during the holiday season.
Federal authorities and consumer advocates say some of those sales are made with stolen credit cards.

Thieves get information online and create fake credit cards.
Then they buy gift cards.

Authorites say be warry of anyone buying a lot of gift cards at once, espcially if they use several credit cards to do it.

I’m Ron Brown, Mix 101.5 local news.

Union Street restoration

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One of Olean’s oldest downtown buildings is getting a facelift.
Owner Paul Petruzzi says he’ll renovate a former speakeasy at 321 N. Union Street and turn it into a bar and Prohibition museum.
It’ll cost over a hundred thousand dollars.

He’s aslo bought the building at 319 N. Union Street, with plans to restore that as well.
Work’s expected to begin in a couple of weeks.

Forest rangers and volunteers are still looking for an 82-year-old man from upstate New York who disappeared while hunting on the Ad-ir-on-dack Mountains more than a month ago.
The Albany Times-Union says some 189 volunteers joined the search over the weekend for Thomas Messick of Troy.
Messick failed to meet up with his hunting group five weeks ago.
So far searches haven’t turned up any sign of Messick.
Searchers have been told that Messick has poor vision and hearing, and a history of heart problems.
Rangers say the search will continue until he is found.

I’m Ron Brown, Mix 101.5 local news.

Police find woman’s body

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State police have found the body of a Wellsville-area woman reported missing several days ago.
Kristen A. Hunt was last seen alive Sunday morning around Wellsville.
Her body was found in the woods near her Fulmer Valley Road home.
The cause of death is still under investigation.
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed says he’s against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration.
Reed said he doesn’t think it does enough to protect American jobs and workers.
Veterans are getting more than a welcome home, they’re getting a big property tax break from the The Olean City School District Board of Education.
The board’s giving combat veterans a $4,000 exemption, wartime veterans get $6,000 off their tax bill and disabled veterans recieve a $20,000 break.
Drug charges have been filed against a 28-year-old man in Cattaraugus County.
Richard Cummings pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.
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Tax cuts for veterans

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Veterans get a property tax break from the The Olean City School District Board of Education.
The board’s approved an exemption based on their service and status.
Combat veterans get a $4,000 break, wartime veterans get $6,000 off their tax bill and disabled veterans recieve a $20,000 break.
There are about 650 veterans eligible for the breaks.
Drug charges have been filed against a 28-year-old man in Cattaraugus County.
Richard Cummings pleaded not guilty to four felony charges.
He’s accused of two counts each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
A solar powered engery savings plan has been put on the back burner.
A Poughkeepsie energy firm called BQ wants to build a solar-power-generating facility in Olean.
City officials are considering a 15-year agreement that would save money on utility bills.
They’ve asked the firm to lay out it’s plans at a December meeting.
I’m Ron Brown, Mix 101.5 local news.

Hall guilty plea

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A guilty plea in a murder case that the prosecution says was more of an execution.
Thomas Hall of Olean, has pleaded guilty to helping to murder Otis Lamont Parks last year, according to District Attorney Lori Rieman.
Hall didn’t pull the trigger, Rieman says.
She says that was another Olean man, Gary Maull.
When he goes on trial next January for first degree muder, Hall will testify against him.
Hall could serve as few as 7 and a half years in prison, or as many 15 years.

A man accused of home invasion has turned himself in to police.
Michael Osby Jr. allegedly broke into a home on North Third Street in Olean about two weeks ago.

Some New York drivers can whip out their smart phones if they need to show proof of insurance.
GEICO is the first insurance company in the state to have electronic identification cards.
The e-cards can be used when registering vehicles and during traffic stops.
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Suspect pleads guilty

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An Olean man says he’s guilty of helping another man in a murder last year.
Thomas Hall pleaded guilty and will testify in court against the man he says pulled the trigger in the murder of Otis Lamont Parks, according to District Attorney Lori Rieman.
Hall could be sentenced to anywhere from 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.
The murder suspect, Gary Maull, also of Olean, is scheduled to stand trial next January.

A man wanted for allegedly breaking into a home on North Third Street in Olean about two weeks ago has turned himself in to the police.
Michael Osby Jr. had a friend drive him to the police station Wedensday.
He’s charged with first-degree robbery, unlawful imprisonment; harassment and larceny.

The absentee ballots have been counted, and John Padlo’s the winner over Linda Edstrom for the third District 8 seat in the Cattaraugus County Legislature. The final vote had Padlo with a 53-vote victory over Edstrom, 1,172-1,119.

I’m Ron Brown, Mix 101.5 local news.

St. Bonaventure players investigated

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Allegany police are investigating a woman’s story who says she was attacked outside a bar Sunday morning by two basketball players on the St. Bonaventure University team.
She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for cuts and bruises and a head injury.
She said she didn’t want to file a formal complaint.

New York’s attorney general wants to shut down a couple of fantasy football sites.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s seeking an injunction to stop DraftKings and FanDuel from doing what he says is illegal gambling in the state.
They say picking fantasy football winners is all about skill, and not chance.
Both sides will be before a judge on Nov. 25.

The ISIS backed attacks in Paris have led several of the area’s state and federal representatives to say that that no Syrian refugees should be allowed into the U.S. until there’re assurances they’re being properly screened.and the process is secure.

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