Archives for March 2016

4-1-16 trout season

Trout season opens today and State Department of Environmental Conservation fisheries biologist Scott Cornett says it’ll be a little different than last year.
There’s no snow or ice left after a warm start to the spring. And the water is low and clear for this time of year.
Cornett says that people don’t do as well fishing when the water is clear with a low flow because you have to sneak up on the trout more.
The DEC plans to stock trout 64 times in Cattaraugus County this March, April and May , according to a report in the Olean Times Herald.
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Arguments are slated for next week in a legal challenge to tough new environmental regulations on oil and gas producers.
The Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association (PIPP) filed a legal challenge last week. The complaint alleges that the regulations were not created separately for the conventional and unconventional producers, as is required by current Pennsylvania law.
The regulations could cost producers $28.6 million to implement,

Man Charged With 14 Year Old Crime

He’s accused of shooting a man in the chest fourteen years ago.
Now thirty nine year old Jaroslav Candler is finally under arrest and will face charges. Police say the shooting happened in 2002 in Ridgway Township.
Candler was arrested February 11th in Allegany County, Md.
According to a report in the Bradford Era, Candler was in and when the victim’s father tried to stop the fight, and Candler shot him in the chest with a .22 caliber handgun.
Candler is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
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The state Superior Court has upheld an Elk County judge’s decision to throw out negligence claims by the mother of a 7-year-old girl who was hit and severely injured by a train in Johnsonburg in 2004.
The girl was walking on the railroad tracks according to court records. The crew blew the train horn, applied the emergency brake, according to court records. The child was struck by a snowplow at the front of the locomotive, suffering severe injuries.

Convicted Meth Dealer Sentenced

A convicted meth dealer from Franklinville will spend four years in prison and two years on supervised release for his drug dealing.
Thirty four year old Michael Conners, isn’t a first time offender. He’s been convicted before. The latest conviction is for manufacturing methamphetamine.
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A Port Allegany woman already convicted of shoplifting in the past is facing the same charge again.
Thirty one year old Amy Kephart was arrested after she reportedly left the Olean Walmart with about $150 worth of stuff that she didn’t buy.
She’s been convicted in Pennsylvania of three shoplifting charges in McKean County and one in Erie County, according to court records.
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Over 9,000 trout are waiting to be caught in streams and lakes across the county. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Cattaraugus County Federated Sportsmen’s Club have been busy stocking the fish. nearly 60,000 trout will be stocked in Cattaraugus County waters by the end of May.

New Radios For Olean Police

Olean police officers are getting new radios thanks to an armed standoff.
Olean Common Council’s Finance Committee agreed Tuesday to buy the radios for $154,000.
Olean Police Chief Jeff Rowley’s request for the new police radios was going to be spread out over three years.
But the armed standoff earlier this month changed some minds.
Rowley said he needed the new radios right away becuase police couldn’t communicate with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.
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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has reinstated charges against Coudersport, attorney and others for reportedly trying to sell a baby in 2009.
Jarrett Rand Smith and his ex wife are accused of trying to help his brother and sister-in-law buy the baby from the child’s mother, and adopt it.
The charges were dismissed because the state Attorney General’s office didn’t bring the cases to trial within one year.
But the superior court said the judge was to blame and the cases can go to trial.

Teenager Leads State Police on Chase

A Whitesville teenager led police on a chase early Saturday morning in Genesee Township and now he’s looking at about 20 tickets.
Police said Wyatt Foth has been charged with propert damage and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, and reckless endangering.
that’s in addition to the more than 20 traffic violations.
State police said it began shortly after midnight Saturday when an officer tried to pull over a 1991 Chevrolet 1500 truck Foth was driving, but Foth fled.
Foth led state police on a “moderate-speed pursuit” throughout Genesee Township. It ended when his truck hit a utility pole along Grove Hollow Road, police stated.
He’s in Potter County Jail in Coudersport.
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A vehicle hit a house along Route 16 early Tuesday evening.
One person is hurt according to the Olean Times Herald.
It happened at around 5:30 on Route 16. There were no passengers in the vehicle. One person was taken away by Mercy Flight for treatment.

War Monument and Historic Building Tour

The Cattaraugus County Civil War Monument and Historic Building will have it’s most important visitors ever this afternoon.
The Legislature’s Strategic Planning Committee will tour the building today.
At stake is whether it survives for future generations, or is demolished.
Most of the committee members have never been inside.
It’s over 100 years old and is in disrepair.
A group called Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (C.A.M.P.) is trying to get money to preserve the memorial.
The committee will meet after the tour across the street in the third-floor committee room.
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Five Allegany County legislators have voted against giving District Attorney Keith Slep a $30,000 raise.
But the state says they have to do it.
The votes are seen as symbolic opposition to a state mandated expense.
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A Franklinville man has been sentenced to four years in prison for making methamphetamine.
thirty four year old Michael Conners will serve two years of post-release supervision as well.

State Travel to N.C. Banned

New York state workers aren’t going to North Carolina anytime soon.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina because of a new law that discriminates against homosexuals and transgenders.
The order requires New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to ban state funded or state sponsored travel to North Carolina.
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A former Whitesville man’s accused of raping a teenager.
He’s twenty seven years old.
Michael Turner faces eight counts of second degree rape of a 13 year old from October 2014 to April 2015.
He’s in Allegany County Jail in Belmont in lieu of $100,000 bail or $150,000 property bond.
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And the 100 block of West Sullivan Street in Olean will be closed to traffic from 7 this morning to about 3 this afternoon. A crane will be raising materials onto the roof of the former OBI Building. East-bound traffic will have access to the Rite-Aid parking lot but it is recommended that you find another route.

Accused Rapist Charged

He’s accused of raping a teenager.
Twenty seven year old Michael Turner’s in jail charged with eight counts of second degree rape of a 13 year old from October 2014 to April 2015.
He’d moved to Tennessee, but has been extradited to New York to face charges.
He’s in Allegany County Jail in Belmont in lieu of $100,000 bail or $150,000 property bond.
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here’s a reminder if you’re out and about today, the 100 block of West Sullivan Street in Olean will be closed to traffic from about 7 a.m. to about 3 p.m. A crane will be raising materials onto the roof of the former OBI Building. East-bound traffic will still have access to the Rite-Aid parking lot on the street but it is recommended that other drivers find alternate routes.
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And if you are out driving around, you’ve probably noticed that gas prices have nosed up to about $2.20 per gallon this past week.
The average price across the state’s $2.13 per gallon.

Heroin Use on the Rise

Heroin use is increasing in the area. A hearing set for Friday may answer why.
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will hold a hearing from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
They want to raise awareness and to get people talking about solutions.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in drug overdose deaths among young adult men, according to a 2015 report released by the Trust for America’s Health.
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The Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus Alumni Association has new officers to its board of directors.
The officers assumed their new roles March 1 and will serve a one-year term.
Tammy Skroback, was named chairman.
Lori Jordan, will serve as the board’s vice chairwoman.
Kerry Grisewood, will be the board’s secretary.
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The Salamanca City Centeral School District’s holding an open forum 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ray Evans Seneca Theatre to form a volunteer ad hoc committee to advise the board of education in developing another capital project proposition.

Health Rankings Drop

Cattaraugus County’s dropped closer to the bottom of the list of health rankings in the state.
Only two counties are worse.
In the Health Outcomes section of the County Health Ranking and Roadmap report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cattaraugus County dropped to 60 out of the 62 New York counties, according to the Olean Times Herald.
Last year, the county ranked 53 in the same category.
Health outcomes include length of life and premature deaths.
Cattaraugus County also dropped in the health factors category in 2015. Health factors includes adult smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, access to exercise, excessive drinking and alcohol-impaired related deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births.
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Know someone who’s made a great contribution to the arts?
Nominations are being accepted for candidates for the Olean High School Fine Arts Wall of Fame. To be considered, nominees must have some connection with the school district — an Olean High graduate or former teacher and have had success in the performing or visual arts.

The deadline for nominations is April 8.