Archives for October 2016

Man Hurt Escaping Apartment Fire

An Olean man either jumped or fell out of a 2nd story window in escaping an apartment building fire in Olean Saturday morning on North Union Street.
It happened just after 6:30 at 1324 N. Union St. The residents wer evacuated by Police but one man escaping the building through a second-story window where the fire broke out.. Total damage was estimated to be $10,000 . the cause of the fire’s still under investigation.
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A young boy run over by a float Saturday during the Roulette Township Halloween parade is in stable condition.
According to a report in the Bradford Era, the boy fell from the parade float and under the wheel of the trailer. A Roulette Township ambulance was right behind behind the float and rescue workers immediately scooped up the child and took him to Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.
The child was then flown via medical helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he’s listed in stable condition.

Firefighter Hurt in Jones Township

A firefighter was hurt and a home was lost after a late Friday night in Jones Township.
The blaze caused a portion of U.S. Route 219 to close temporarily.
the single-story wood-frame home was at 1016 Burning Well Road on Route 219. The homeowners say they saw “a haze of smoke,” then found smoke in the bathroom. They found the fire inside an exhaust fan on the ceiling and tried to put it out with fire extinguisher while calling 911.
Investigators say the fire was accidental.
Damage from the fire, smoke and water has been estimated at $75,000.
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Got old, prescription drugs that you can’t or won’t use? to keep them out of the wrong hands, officials have installed a drug drop-off box at the Olean Municipal Building. IT’s at the main entrance — the New York Army National Guard Counterdrug Program, Olean City Police Department and CVS pharmacy are providing it.

White Power Leader Sent to Prison

One of leaders of a white power group in Potter County was sent to jail Thursday after police say they found guns and drugs at his home while his girlfried was on parole.
thirty four year old Ronald “Dozer” Pulcher II, is charged with possession of drugs and illegal possession of a firearm.
According to a report in the Bradford Era, Pulcher’s an official in the Aryan Strikeforce white nationalist organization. Police said they found marijuana plants in a bathtub. And Pulcher’s a convict who’s not allowed to own guns.
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Sexual misconduct is sending an Olean man to prison. Thrity nine year old Benjamin Bloomfield was convicted of third-degree rape Police say he forced a 21 year old woman to have sexual contact with him. He’ll serve four years in state prison on that cahrge. In another case Bloomfield was convicted of two counts of third-degree rape for having sex with a person who was less than 17-years-old.

Cattaraugus County Smoking Law Changing

The days when it was legal for teenagers to buy cigarettes in Cattaraugus County are going up in smoke. The legal age to buy a pack of cigarettes goes from 18 to 21 tomorrow. The Cattaraugus County Health Department has the duty to enforce the new law. It’s been educating the counties 56 licensed tobacco retailers.
The last class was held Wednesday at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in the northern part of the county, Tickets for violating the law are $300 and up. The fines for repeat offenses can go as high as $1,500.
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A convict who was told he couldn’t own a gun, got one anyway. Now he’s going back to prison. fifty three year old Salvtore Faliero of Franklinville was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Faliero was on federal supervised release from a 2009 conviction of accessory after the fact,

Police Chase Down Burglary Suspects

Olean police ran down two suspected burglars after chasing them through the woods near Constitution Avenue and North 20th Street.
It took police 30 minutes of running to finally arrest Paul “PJ” Tyler and Eric Hagen, both 30 years old and both live in Olean. Each are charged with attempted second-degree burglary. Tyler was also charged with possession of burglary tools.
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The bridge being replaced on Olean Road in Foster Township should be open next month and traffic should be back to normal. Construction on the bridge began in the spring. It’s costing just under $1.4 million.
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The Cattaraugus County Legislature voted unanimously to apply for a $750,000 state Community Development Block Grant to help Ellicottville Brewing Co. start a brewery in Little Valley. Between 25 and 30 jobs are expected to be created

Man Charged With Emporium Murder

An Emporium woman is dead and Pennyslvania State police say they have her killer in jail. forty five year old Deborah Lynn Gerlach was killed at her home on Wood St. home between 7:30 and 8:30 Wednesday night, police said.
In jail is thirty four year old Michael Courtney. He’s cahrged with first degree murder.
Police didn’t say how Gerlach was killed.
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The Salamanca council approves two projects, on Broad and Washington.
One’s a city building demolition and the other’s a city street infrastructure project. The council authorized a change order to the bid accepted from Regional Environmental Demolition on Jan. 13 for the demolition of 96 Broad St.
A second resolution also authorized Engineers to go ahead with its plans and for the reconstruction of Washington Street, including the gas, water and sewer infrastructure underneath the road.

Gas Prices Going Up

Gas prices are going up. Bradford motorists are paying an average of $2.39 a gallon for unleaded, self-serve gasoline this week, according to the American Automobile Association Fuel Gauge Report. Across the region, the average price for gas stands at $2.42 a gallon, up 3 cents from last week, AAA officials said. Nationwide, the average price for gas is $2.223 a gallon.
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Stray cats are a big problem in Portville. Town Supervisor Tim Emley will hold a meeting tonight in the town Hall to try and figure out what to do about it. Allegany County’s animal control officer Lynda Botens will lead the discussion. She’ll answer questions and offer help to anyone wanting to fight the problem.
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The Olean Common Council adopted a policy giving the city more control over its real property sales. The vote was unanimous.

Fire Investigated

What caused a restaurant fire in ISH-way Tuesday morning fire is on the agenda today for investigators. Firefighters put out the blaze at the Stop N Joe convenience store and diner Tuesday morning. Nobody was hurt. The Times Herald reported in April the store opened April 1 and is owned by Joe Bello.
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the One Nation Party has to be a straight-ticket option in November’s Seneca Nation of Indians election. A Court on the Allegany Territory made the ruling Tuesday
Last week the Seneca Nation Board of Electors refused to overturn a decision by the clerk that the One Nation Party didn’t have a full slate of candidates and wouldn’t have the same straight-ticket option as the ruling Seneca Party.
J.C. Seneca, chairman and presidential candidate for the One Nation Party, appealed the board’s decision to the Peacemaker’s Court.

Illegal Gun Purchase Alleged

Police say a convicted criminal tried to buy a gun, but she was denied, and arrested.
twenty five year old Tiffany Steen has been charged in Elk County after allegedly lying on a firearm application.
She’s asccued of trying to buy a 32 caliber pistol in April at Elk County Ammo and Arms in St. Marys. Steele allegedly failed to disclose that she’s been convicted of a crime in 2006. That would make it illegal for her to own a gun.
She is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing next month.
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Cattaraugus County law enforcement has a new fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to buy equipment to help them find missing persons suffering from autism, Alzheimer’s and other related conditions.
Project Lifesaver Fund is part of Project Lifesaver International, an organization that provides bracelets that emit a personalized tracking signal to monitor people who may be more prone to wandering due to a condition.

Tennessee Fugitive Arrested

He was wanted in Tennessee. He was arrested in Wellsville. Thirty three year old Matthew Hanbach was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrent.
He’s accused of aggravated assault and a few other criminal violations including possession of stolen property. And to top it off… police said he was driving a stolen car. He’s in Allegany County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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Almost half a million dollars in state money is flowing into Jones Township to fix it’s waterline.
The Jones Township Municipal Authority got a competitive Community Development Block Grant to replace several thousand linear feet of waterline.
The grant is for $410,222. It is one of six offered throughout the state by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Officials said the grant will support the authority’s ongoing project to replace aging infrastructure within the township.