Archives for April 2016

Kane Psychiatrist Sentenced

He used to be a psychiatrist , now he’s a convicted drug dealer.
Seventy Year old Thomas Radecki was a former Kane psychiatrist. A just found him guilty of selling drugs after a 12-day trial in Clarion County Court.
Radecki was convicted of 12 felonies including illegally prescribing drugs to nine patients, corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.
Radecki is scheduled to be sentenced June 1.
He was arrested back in August 2013. He had four offices in including one in Kane in McKean County. The offices were designed to serve as clinics where programs were developed to treat patients addicted to opiates.
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Cattaraugus County will $3.8 million to pave about 30 more miles of county roads this summer.
The measure, sponsored by members of the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Public Works Committee, was approved without comment or dissent.
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a McKean County jury’s convicted a man of selling morphine.
Twenty six year old James Lyons was convicted at trial of possession and sale of morphine. . He’ll be sentenced May 19.

Another $3.8M to Pave Roads

Cattaraugus County will $3.8 million to pave about 30 more miles of county roads this summer.
The measure, sponsored by members of the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Public Works Committee, was approved without comment or dissent.
The county budget already had about $3 million to pave more than 20 miles.
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Guilty of selling morphine. That’s the decision of a McKean County jury.
Twenty six year old James Lyons was convicted at trial of possession of morphine, which is a misdemeanor; and a delivery of morphine, a felony.
Police said that almost a year ago, on May 12, 2014, on Euclid Avenue in Bradford, the McKean County Drug Task Force saw Lyons sell morphine while he was under surveillance.
He’ll be sentenced May 19. He’s free on $10,0000 bail at the moment.
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Seventy Year old Thomas Radecki was a former Kane psychiatrist. A just found him guilty of selling drugs after a 12-day trial in Clarion County Court.
Radecki was convicted of 12 felonies including illegally prescribing drugs

Salamanca Man’s Body Identified

Police have identified the body of a Salamanca man and are investigating his death as a homicide on the On-on-daga Indian Nation.
They’ve arrested a twenty year old Syracuse man in connection with the death.
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said the body is 34-year-old Carl Kettle.
Detectives found his body around 6 a.m. Saturday in a vacant lot in Nedrow, just south of Syracuse.
Police have charged Jacob Homer with second-degree manslaughter.
Police said the two men got into a fight but haven’t said how Kettle died.
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The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District board is considereing a five-year plan for $6.6 million in improvements. Improvement include moving the scoreboard and correcting erosion damage behind the baseball fence; replacing gymnasium lighting with LEDs; replace ventilators in the heating and air handling systems; among other projects.
The board plans to name a Facilities Planning Committee to examine the lists and to help determine the district’s short-term and long-term needs.

Crack Arrests Made

Olean Police say they’ve arrested five crack dealers working out of an apartment on Orleans Avenue.
Police from the emergency response team raided the apartment Tuesday night after getting a lot of complaints about drug trafficking in the area.
According to police, eight people were inside the apartment at the time of the bust. Three people who did not live there were released.
Police say they found 11 bags of crack cocaine, along with some powder cocaine, prescription pills, marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia. Investigators estimated the value of the drugs seized at about $2,000.
Arrested was twenty eight year old Catherine Ensell, thirty one year old Joseph Vavrecan, thirty three year old Kristina Kelly nineteen year old Jachai Turner and twenty two year old Janay Tarrant.
They’re charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
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Olean has a new sewer-use ordinance. The Olean Common Council approved the ordinance to stop untreated sewage flowing into the Allegheny River.
Aldermen also approved a 5 percent sewer rate increase,

St. Mary’s Man Sentenced

A St. Marys man convicted of assaulting two people who were trying to reposess his girlfriend’s car in 2013 will serve a long prison sentence.
Sixty two year old John Raspatello was sentenced to spend between 15 and 35 years in prison.
Raspatello was found guilty in October in Elk County Court of four counts of aggravated assault.
According to a report in the Bradford Era, Raspatello told the repo team he had a gun and put the car in reverse, hitting a man and dragging a woman for about two car lengths.
Another news source reported that he’ll have to pay more than $160,000 in restitution.
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A Bradford man faces charges of driving under the influence in Elk County.
thirty seven year old Eric Harper reportedly struck a utility pole then later burst into flames.
Police reportedly found Harper kneeling next to the SUV and pulled him to safety.
Harper will be charged with DUI, careless driving and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle or property.

Legislature Addresses Heroin

The war on heroin is stepping up in Allegany County.
Legislators are looking at news ways to fight the growing drug problem. An ad hoc committee chaired by freshman Legislator Judy Hopkins, R-Fillmore hopes to have some answers.
According to report in the Olean times herald, the committee will educate the public about heroin, and coordinate wil local task forces to fight it.
They’ll also try to get more money for treatment programs. The first committee meeting is set for one oclock this afternoon
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The Cattaraugus County Legislature votes today on whether to use $3.8 million more in county money to pave more than 20 miles of roads.
County lawmakers will also vote on two resolutions for exterior renovations at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Olean.
The first resolution awards the general services contract to an Allegany contractor, for $350,000.
Another resolution sets aside $25,000 for Hinsdale for work on boat launch sites on Ischua and Olean creeks.

Mother Charged With Neglecting Baby to Gamble

A twenty four year old Smethport woman is accused of leaving her 14-month-old baby home alone so she could go gamble.
Erica Glatfelter has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to a report in the Bradford Era, Glatfelter would leave the baby alone in the apartment for two to six hours without checking on the child while she would play cards or dice at a neighbor’s house.
Glatfelter said the baby was sleeping when she’d leave and she’d check on the baby every hour or so.
Glatfelter was committed to McKean County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded nearly $385,000 in grants from the state.
Elk County fire departments were awarded $123,918.47.
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A new hope for women batteling alcohol and drug addiction comes to Cattaraugus next month.
A new group home called Nakeema’s Haven opens may first
Five beds will be available

Accident Shears Utility Pole

It didn’t cause any major injuries but a one vehicle accident that sheared off a utility pole Saturday evening in Bradford City caused some major problems for a while.
A van driven by Matthew Steven Maholic hit a utility pole, causing East Main Street to be shut down for several hours because of low-hanging utility lines. Police told the Bradford Era that Maholic may have suffered minor injuries, and charges are pending against him.
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A new hope for women batteling alcohol and drug addiction comes to Cattaraugus next month.
A new group home called Nakeema’s Haven opens may first
Five beds will be available, including one room that can accommodate a mother and two children.
Transportation is provided to and from meetings, doctor’s appointments as well as other necessary travel.
All the people working at Nakeema’s Haven are certified to use Narcan, which blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication and is used when people overdose.

Olean Intersection Construction

Things are going to slow down at Olean’s busiest intersection.
In fact, they’ll come to a complete stop.
The State and Union intersection will soon be a four-way stop while work is done on to make it a roundabout later this summer.
Work on phase three of the nearly $9 million dollar upgrade to North Union Street included installing a center median and two more roundabouts, and replacing the one hudred year old sewer underneath.
The project is being paid for with public, private and grant money. Most of it comes from a $6.5 million federal transportation grant the city received in September 2013.
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We should know today who among the half a dozen people running for a single Highland Township supervisor vacancy is the winner. They all made presentations in front of President Judge Richard Masson Friday.
The vacancy was left by the death of former supervisor Paul Burton, who died on Dec. 31. Masson is expected to announce his selection today.

Lawsuit Settled in Inmate Death

It’s costing Allegany County an undisclosed amount of money to settlement a lawsuit surrounding the death of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement inmate who died in jail five years ago.
Allegany County and two employees have reached a settlement in a federal wrongful death lawsuit by the estate of Irene Bamenga. Bamenga was a French citizen from Angola when she was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in 2011.
She died in the Albany County Correctional Facility in July of congestive herat failure a few months later.
The lawsuit alleged that the counties failed to treat Bamenga for her chronic condition and that led to her death.
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A question about the legality of a nominating petition may keep U.S. Representive Tom Reed’s upcoming race a one horse show.
His challenger in the primary, Gary Perry of Waverly did not hand in enough valid signatures to get on the June ballot, according to ta report on Elmira TV station WETM.
Reed is seeking re-election to a fourth term in Congress.