Archives for January 2016

Snowmobile Death

Allegany State Park Police are investigating the snowmobile death of a 14-year-old Buffalo boy who crashed into a tree Sunday.
Gabriel Brzezinski was riding with his father and younger sister along ASP Route 1 in Red House when police said Gabriel lost control of his snowmobile.
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A Franklinville man and a Little Valley man have pleaded guilty to making methamphetamine.
Police said they found thirty four year old Michael Conners making methamphetimine at a home on Weller road.
And they say ingredients and equipment to make meth and found several ounces of powdered meth. Police said it was worth $400.
twenty five year old Jacob Winship’s the other man.
Police they also caught Winship making meth in the garage of his West Hill Road home.
In addition to equipment used to manufacture the drug, police say they confiscated more than 4 ounces of methamphetamine oil, which is the unfinished product, and another 3 grams of finished methamphetamine.
Both men will be sentenced March 28.

Fire Damages Home

Olean fire crews battled a house fire on Spring Street Thursday night at about 8:30.
Nobody was hurt. The home’s across the street from East View Elementary School. Fire Department officials said the homeowner Nancy Wheeler escaped from the home.
There’s reportedly heavy damage to the first-floor living room.
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A routine traffic stop turned out to be not so routine when police discovered thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs.
Police pulled over Thirty Five year old Christopher Rowand early Thursday morning for erratic driving.
While taking Rowand into custody, police say they found 10 bundles of heroin, two bags of crack cocaine, a bag of powdered cocaine and some drug paraphernalia. They say the street value for the drugs is about $3,000.
Rowand’s charged with with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance,criminal possession of a hypodermic driving while intoxicated; unsafe lane change; failure to maintain lane; driving without a license; and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Rec & Sports Show a Success

The seventh annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Rec Sports Show is in the books and the Chamber says it was a success.
The show had 51 vendors and brought in 2,300 people.
Officials said there were 300 more people at this years event than last year.
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Color the Olean Public Library happy.
They’re taking advantage of the adult coloring craze by offering a free adult “Coloring and Coffee,” program from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s gallery. The program will be offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Participants can bring their own books and crayons or use materials provided by the library. Coffee and herbal tea will also be provided.
Nine of the top 20 books on Amazon’s current bestseller list are adult coloring books.
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The director of a new national cemetery planned for Western New York is a local man. The Daily News of Batavia reports James R. Metcalfe II will be the administrator and director at a national veterans cemetery in the town of Pembroke, between Rochester and Buffalo.

Record Mortgage Recorded

Never before in Cattaraugus County history has there ever been a fifty million dollar mortgage — until now.
The taxes on the mortgage nearly half a million dollars.
About $42,000 of that goes to Cattaraugus County Clerk Alan Bernstein told the Olean Times Herald.
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A project to remove timber around the Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal will bring $158,000 to the city.
Gutchess Lumber Co. had the winning bid.
Gutchess will make its money back by selling the lumber on 70 acres of land to the immediate south and north of the airport’s main runway.
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State health officials say there’s progress in curbing Medicaid costs for 6.3 million New Yorkers. They say annual spending growth has dropped to 1.4 percent.
Testifying at a budget hearing, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said overall quality of care has improved along with growing enrollment. He also said the state has made progress against AIDS, with no new mother-to-child transmissions of the virus that causes it.
“More work remains to be done,” Zucker said.

Former Tax Collector Arrested

A former municipal tax collector in Cameron County has been arrested for not turning over tax money paid to her by residents.
Thirty nine year old Melinda Marie Buchanan of Driftwood, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police after reports that she kept more than $21,000 in collected tax payments.
Buchanan is charged with two felony counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and two felony counts of receiving stolen property.
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Hundreds of charter school students and parents rallied at the state Capitol in Albany.
Speakers at Wednesday’s rally said they’ll push lawmakers to increase funding for charters, which they say are a useful and innovative alternative to traditional public schools when given the appropriate resources.
Charter advocates say the institutions are underfunded when compared to regular public schools and they want lawmakers to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for more equitable distribution of resources.

Alleged Drug Dealers Arrested

Five area people are charged with being drug dealers in Olean.
Captain Robert Blovsky of the Olean City Police Department told the Olean Times Hearald that the arrests were made after investigations by the Street Crimes Unit that took place about five or six months ago.
Arrested were twenty three year old Cody Mitchell sale and possession of a crack cocaine.
Twenty six year old Jessica L. Holland was charged with sale and possession of prescription pills.
Thirty year old Jaci Gibbons was charged with sale and possession of heroin.
Twenty seven year old Edward Crawford was charged with sale and possession of prescription pills.
and twenty six year old Donnell Parrish was charged with sale and possession of crack cocaine.
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Five people from western New York have been sentenced for a scheme that involved billing the Xerox Corp. for $5.5 million in services that were never provided.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the defendants were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Rochester.

Hotel Closes

There’s one less hotel in Bradford.
The Heritage Suites Hotel shut its doors.
According to the Bradford Era, Officials from Allegany Valley Management
did not follow through with a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy plan to sell the hotel.
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A 12-inch water main broke in the 900 block of West Washington Street , leaving about 280 customers without water.
Bradford City Water Authority Executive Director Kim Benjamin said cold temperatures caused the break.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised another $5 million for his campaign chest over the past six months, increasing it to $16 million.
Cuomo, a two-term Democrat who doesn’t face re-election until 2018, also reports spending $1.7 million in campaign funds since July.
Contributions include nearly $3 million from individuals and partnerships and $277,000 from corporations.
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New York officials say several companies are interested in buying a Kraft Heinz plant in the Southern Tier that the company plans to close.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer say the Chicago-based food company will soon begin its next phase of selling its facility in the Steuben County town of Campbell,

Water and Sewer Bill Payments

People who want to make payments on water and sewer bills might be in luck.
The Olean Common Council’s City Operations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept partial payments on monthly water and sewer bills.
The measure will be up for final approval at the council’s first legislative session in February, according to the Olean Times Hearld.
Mayor Bill Aiello said that not accepting partial payments was something the city overlooked.
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St. Bonaventure University President Sister Margaret Carney has announced that she’ll stem down from the post she’s held more than 11 years, effective July 31. She will turn 75 this year. Her successor has yet to be chosen.
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A Coudersport man will go to federal prison for trying to cheat cattle ranchers out of $2.1 million dollars in fraudulent cattle sales.
Twenty eight year odl Jason Allen Amidon was sentenced in U.S. District Court to three years and two months in prison
Amidon pleaded guilty on Sept. 1 before Murtha to one count of wire fraud.

Dead Body in Wellsville

Wellsville police are investigating a dead body found late Saturday morning off Loder Street in the village.
Investigators were called to the area at about 11:30 to a creek bank underneath a Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad bridge.
That’s where, according to the Olean Times Herald, local residents found the body of a middle-aged man .
Wellsville police Chief Timothy O’Grady described the man, who has yet to be publicly identified, as a Wellsville resident with family living in the area.
The cause of death is still being investigated.
The victim’s name is being withheld until his relatives have been notified.
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Olean Mayor Bill Aiello is taking a temporary medical leave at the end of the week. On Jan. 22, the mayor is scheduled to have surgery.
While the mayor is under anesthesia, his decision-making authority will be transferred to Common Council President Paul Gonzalez.
Aiello will be out of his office during recuperation, which should take several weeks.
He says he plans keep up-to-date on city activities.

Murder Trial Continues

The murder trial of Olean’s Gary Maull is on hold for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Testimony began last week in Cattaraugus County Court.
The 29 year old Maull has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and second degree murder.
He is charged with shooting the Olean native Parks dead at the scenic overlook along Route 16 South in Allegany between the late evening and early morning of Aug. 7 and 8, 2014.
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He’s the uncle of Cuba’s police chief but he’s charged with operating a meth lab out of his home.
After a three-month investigation, police arrested fifty three year old Andrew Gaeta, for possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Police say it’s possible more people could be charged as the investigation continues.
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A Napoli man has died after a vehicle he was driving overturned into a pond.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office reported the death of Elias Ruela Jr., after finding him dead at the scene.