Archives for February 2017

Casey’s Restaurant Slated for Demolition

One of Cattaragus County’s oldest buildings could be destined for wrecking ball. Casey’s Restaurant in Carrollton and another large building on Main Street could be gone before long. A court will review the orders March 13. Casey’s on Bailey Drive, off Route 219, has seen better days. It was in Life Magazine in 199, but it’s been in a state of decay for several years. Casey’s is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Cattaraugus County, but that comes with some complications. It’s is expected to have a high demolition fee because it contains asbestos, a cancer causing material.
It’s a little cheaper to drive this week. Bradford motorists are paying an average of $2.51 a gallon for unleaded, self-serve gasoline, according to the American Automobile Association Fuel Gauge Report. Elsewhere across the region, the average price for gas stands at $2.53 a gallon, a drop of two cents from last week. AAA officials said the average national price is $2.29 a gallon;

Cheerleader Protest Sparks Online Debate

A protest by two Pitt-Bradford cheerleaders has sets off a social media firestorm
The cheerleaders at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford knelt during the National Anthem on Feb. 18th and the protest has set off an online debate about free speech.
People online have called for boycotts of anything related to the university and for people to pull their financial support from the campus. Meanwhile, officials are both defending the students’ rights to freely express themselves and distancing the athletes’ statements from the school.
Police say he had six bags of cocaine, a lot of cash, and he was a fast runner. But they caught and arrested 30 year old Obiday Ramadhan. He’s charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest as well as possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, and possession of marijuana.
Police say he ran after a vehicle he was a passenger of had been pulled over.

Cattaraugus County Land Bank Files For Grant

Cattaraugus County Land Bank has it’s fingers crossed in hopes of getting some seed money soon. It wants a million dollars to to fight blighted housing in the area.
The local land bank has applied for a $1 million start-up grant from the state’s Local Initiatives Support Group. They want to fight housing because one run down house can lead to others in a neighborhood. The land bank can either renovate the homes and sell them or demolish them, if that’s what needs to be done.
Three elderly people who are non-Native residents in the Seneca Nation Housing Authority’s Salamanca elderly housing complex will not be evicted.
Mayor Michael Smith said on Monday that he learned of the positive development Friday. The residents were grandfathered, the mayor said. The residents had been under threat of eviction at the end of May since shortly after Thanksgiving.

Olean Call Center to Close

It’s more than just layoffs at The Connection an Olean call center. It’s closing it’s doors for in a couple of months and hundreds of people will be out of work. The Connection will shut down after nine years according to a report in the Olean Times Herald. The company had sent layoff notices to about 140 workers over the past few months and laid off nearly two dozen employees. The center opened in 2008 with the help of a Community Development Block Grant.
There’s a new woman in charge at the Coudersport school district. Jacqueline Canter is no longer a substitute superintendent. The job is hers to keep. She’s been the substitute for about a year. Her salary will be $105,000 for three years, plus the remainder of 2016-17 school year. She will succeed acting superintendent Steve Mongillo, who is also the high school principal.

Million Dollar Lottery Ticket Sold in Allegany

There’s a brand new milionaire in the area and the newest guessing game is who. Someone bought a $5 scratch-off ticket at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Allegany. And it’s worth a million bucks. Staffers at the store say it was a woman, but they didn’t name her, according to the Olean Times Herald.
He drove his car into a ditch, but his troubles didn’t end there. A Hornell man is facing charges for driving while impaired by drugs early Saturday. Cattaraugus County deputies found his car in a ditch along Route 16 in Yorkshire. The driver of the car was twenty year old Anthony Bulsch. He was taken to a hospital for a blood test and then released .
A grand jury will decide what, if any, charges to bring against an Olean man who reportedly kidnapped a woman and held her in his apartment for a month. Sixty one year old Francis Donnell is accused.

Construction Projects Scheduled

It’ll cost just over $108,000 to build a new fishing pier and canoe launch at the Marilla and Gilbert reservoirs. The Bradford City Water Authority accepted the lowest bid of seven. Construction at the Gilbert Reservoir is scheduled to be completed by June 30, and work at the Marilla Reservoir is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31.
The Gilbert Dam has to be refilled because of anothe completed project it’ll stay drained until the pier/launch project is completed.
March madness is coming to Allegany-Limestone Central School when the teachers take on the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office at basketball during the second annual Shoot Out in the Swamp. The game’s scheduled for March 3rd. The teachers took the deputies to school last year, and hope to do the same again. The benefit’s at the high school gymnasium on Five Mile Road. The $3 ticket price will help students with their 2017 senior class trip.

Morrisroe Sentenced for Fatal Hit and Run

A judge says it’ll take seven and half to fifteen years in prison before Paul Morrisroe pays his legal debt for a deadly hit and run accident. 40 year old Paul Morrisroe was sentenced in McKean County Court for the hit-and-run crash that killed 20 year old Dakota Heinaman in 2015. District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer told the judge that Morrisroe had been drinking gin and tonics and smoking pot before his pickup truck hit Meniaman’s motorcycle. The maximum sentence was 28 years in prison.
The next time the Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department goes out on a call, it’ll be with new gear. The department just spent $24,000 to update it’s equipment and keep in line with a state regulation that says protective gear has to be updated every 10 years. Fire Chief Randy Himes told the Bradford Era the money came from the Fireman’s Relief Fund and support from the Ladies Auxiliary.

Snow Returning to the Area

The nice above normal temperatures are spring-like but they won’t last. Cold weather and maybe even snow will be back next week. The National Weather Service forecast calls an end to the early spring when snow showers return late Saturday night and into Sunday. Saturday the high will be around 52 with a chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, then a chance of snow showers afterward. The low early Sunday will be 25.
An Olean man has been sentenced to spend nearly ten years in prison for selling drugs. Because he was convicted at trial of that charge but he was also accused of rape.
thirty five year old Brandon Warmley’s been in prison before. Nine years was the maximum sentence on the drug charges. The rape sentence was rolled in as part of a with the district attorney,Lori Rieman.

Alleged Kidnap Victim Charged as a Fugitive

She went from being an alleged kidnap victim one day to a fugitive suspect the next.
Karen Peer was arrested Tuesday at Olean General Hospital as a fugitive from justice and extradited to McKean County in Pennsylvania. The case is unrelated. Peer was wanted on a probation warrant. After disappearing for about a month, Peer was left at Olean General Hospital by her accused captor who left her at the entrance and drove away, 61 year old Francis O’Donnell was arrested and charged with second-degree kidnapping.
A jury’s found a Smethport man guilty of home improvement fraud. They said 53 year old Sannnon Donahue was paid tens of thousands of dollars for three projects, but he didn’t do they construction work he was paid for. Donahue will be sentenced in March, Shaffer said. And there are more allegations out there. He’s accused in a second case and that could go to trial too. No trial has date has been scheduled as of yet.

Bomb Threat At Allegheny National Forest

Someone phoned a bomb threat into the U.S. Forest Service offices in the Allegheny National Forest Tuesday. But it turned out to be a false alarm. Still, all offices were closed as a precaution. The FBI is investigating along with local law enforcement. The threat caused all three offices — the supervisor’s office and the ranger district offices in Bradford and Marienville — to close, but that was the extent of the disruption.
What began as a traffic stop in McKean County, Pennsylvania turned into a drug bust after police say they found a large amount of drugs in the car. Two men from Cattaraugus County are facing drug-delivery charges. They’re 20 year old Brendan O’Connell, and twenty year old Brent Hollamby. They were pulled over shortly before 2 am Sunday in Eldred Township. Police say O’Connell was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.