Archives for February 2016

Drug Dealing Daddy Arrested

Salamanca Police say they’ve arrested a Bradford man who reportedly made a drug deal with a 2-year-old baby in his vehicle.
Thirty six year old Jason Murray was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.
Police say Murray had more than a pound of marijuana inside the vehicl.
He’s in the Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley.
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A group called the Diaper Depot’s helping low income families with something pretty necessary for young parents.
It’s conducting the fourth annual diaper drive throughout March.
Officials hope to collect enough diapers to help more than 180 local children under the age of 4 regularly served by the organization.
Committee leader Nicole Layton said other items that will be accepted at collection sites throughout the community include baby wipes, diaper ointment, soap, lotion, wash clothes and other hygiene items.

Board of Health to Hear From Addict

The Cattaraugus County Board of Health will hear what it’s like to be a heroin addict, by a heroin addict at it’s next meeting tomorrow.
Cattaraugus County police officials and a former heroin addict will make presentations to the board.
Salamanca’s Police Chief and Gowanda’s Police Chief will talk about a program that gets heroin addicts help in quitting instead of arresting them, according to the Olean Times Herald.
Both Salamanca and Gowanda officials have reported an epidemic in heroin use, and both communities lost residents to opiate overdoses over the past year.
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The Southern Tier Catholic School supporters is getting ready to get green.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Party and Raffle will be held a week earlier than normal, March 12.
Last year the school raised $100,000 at the event. And they’re looking for more of the same this year.
The school depends on the St. Patrick’s Day Party and Raffle and the Eagles Gala Auction in the fall to supplement the general operating budget.

Drug Users Rehabilitation Program

They’re trying something new in Potter County to rehailitate drug users.
A new program lets drug abusers go to the police for help by reporting their addiction and turning over drug paraphernalia without worring about getting arrested.
The C.L.E.A.N. Protocol, which stands for Concerned Law Enforcement Against Narcotics, is being enacted in association with Cole Memorial Hospital and Potter County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services and comes with overwhelming support from state and local police.
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The SPCA in Cattaraugus County Animal Cruelty Unit are continuing their investigation into the possible abuse and neglect of about 600 animals in Farmersville.
The county has issued a seize-in-place order meaning that Donald and Bonnie George of 1644 Elton Road,can’t remove any of the animals on the farm or bring any more in as the investigation continues.
Geri Anne Elsen, executive director at the SPCA, told the Olean Times Hearld that the investigation includes about 600 animals including cats, horses, ducks, geese, rabbits, chickens, goats, sheep and cattle.

House Fixing Group Taking Applications

A local group is looking to help people with home repairs this year.
If you need help, the local chapter of Rebuilding Together is taking applications from homeowners for projects around the house.
They say it may be hard to ask, but that’s why Rebuilding Together is there.
The group does a lot of painting and home safety improvements for people who may not be able to do it on their own financially.
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Cattaraugus County lawmakers are looking at a plan to reduce the cost of recycling electronics like television sets and computer monitors.
Right now it costs $65,000 a year.
Public Works Commissioner Joseph Pillittere has presented the Legislature’s Public Works Committee with proposed changes in the county’s electronics collection to reduce its costs.
He wants poeple to be allowed to drop of electronics at the Farwell dump in Ishway Wednesdays and at Five Points in Mansfield on Thursdays.
The county would save an estimated $19,559 a year,

Old Kmart Site Once Considered for Drug Plant

The old Kmart site in Allegany almost became a drug manufacturing plant with 450 jobs for the area.
But according to a report in the Olean Times Herald, the state reconsidered because of a problem with the site that made them go somewhere else.
The state budget contains $250,000 for the purchase of property in Chautauqua County for a big economic development project.
New York state is spending $200 million to build and equip the plant for Athenex, while the company is promising to pay $1.5 billion over 10 years on labor, supplies and materials.
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Months after a chemical spill shut down two drinking water wells that serve Coudersport in Potter County, they’ll be turned back online on today.
The state Department of Environmental Protection approved East Wells #1 and #2 to return to service.
The East Wells have undergone extensive testing, according to a prepared statement submitted by Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris.

Rigas Home in Coudersport

Niney one year old John Rigas is home in Coudersport after spending eight years in prison on fraud charges.
His fifteen year sentence was reduced becuase he’s suffering from bladder cancer.
Rigas is the former owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
He’d been serving a 12-year sentence in a $1.9 billion looting and debt-hiding scandal that led to the collapse of Adelphia, once the nation’s fifth-largest cable company with more than 5 million subscribers in 31 states and Puerto Rico. He was scheduled to be released from prison in January 2018.
A family lawyers says that under the circumstances, he’s in good spirits and looking forward to his effort to clear his name.
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Prosecutors say a leader of the Hell’s Angels in Rochester was also the leader of a methamphetamine trafficking network.
66-year-old James McAuley Jr. of Oakfield pleaded guilty to conspiracy and distribution charges Monday. His 50-year-old wife, Donna Boon, also pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Upstate Mayor Wants Heroin Injection Facilities

While law enforcement is fighting the rise in herion use in this area, the mayor of Ithaca wants his city in upstate New York to host the nation’s first supervised injection facility.
It would let heroin users to shoot illegal drugs into their bodies under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by police.
They’re doing it in Canada, Europe and Australia to reduce overdose deaths, but so far no community in the United States is allowing it.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will ask New York’s Health Department to declare the heroin epidemic a state health crisis, which he said would enable his city to proceed without involving the state legislature.
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A classical pianist from New York City who hurt his elbow in a car accident and can no longer play at the level he mastered has been awarded $2.5 million by a New Jersey jury.
The award was against a driver from Rutherford, New Jersey who hit 47-year-old William Finizio’s car in November 2011.

DAR Chapter

The Olean Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is holding an installation ceremony of new members and officers on March 13.
The 120-year-old Chapter was organized in 1895.
Any woman 18 or older who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot or participant of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. The event will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Olean Public Library. The event is open to the public..
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State police are reporting the arrest of a nineteen year old Andover woman on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Police say that earlier this month Ashley Brown was involved in a automobile accident in the Town of Burns.
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Researchers say more Americans are taking drugs like Xanax and Valium and at higher dosages. And they say that between 1996 and 2013 the amount of overdoses have quadrupled. They are commonly used to treat anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia. They’re also known to be highly additive.

Sex Charges Against 62 Year Old Man

He’s sixty two years old and state police say he had sexual conduct with a child.
Earl Witter of Andover has been charged with the sex crime.
Authorities say it happened over a two year period in Andover. Witter is in the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $40,000 cash bail or $80,000 bond.
He’ll appear in Court later this month.
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A Bradford man is in McKean County Jail in Smethport charged with the alleged sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl between 2012 and 2014.
Thirty year old Aaron Nazario is charged with aggravated indecent assault of someone under 13 years of age and unlawful contact with a minor
Nazario was arraigned Friday morning and bail was set at $100,000 bail. He’s in McKean County Jail.
Last March Nazario was accused of sexually assaulting a food delivery worker, allegedly having sexual intercourse without consent with a female who was delivering food to his residence.
He’s still awaiting trial on those charges.

Fatal Accident in Andover

A death in Andover over the weekend when a 60 year old woman crashes her car.
State troopers say on County Route 22.
Betty Matison, of Andover, apprently misjudged a right hand curve. Her car left the road and hit an embankment. It rolled over several times, throwing Matison from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allegany County Coroner.
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Olean police say they have a couple more accused drug dealers off the streets. Twenty six year old Dane Coats, fifty four year old Lisa Jackson, and twenty four year old Jonathan Prescott all face charges.
Coats and Jackson are charged with two counts of selling drugs.
Prescott was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.
The arrests of Coats and Jackson stem from a joint investigation by the Wellsville Police Department, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team into the alleged sale of unidentified narcotics.