Archives for March 2017

Ulysses Township Fire Destroys Home

A Thursday morning fire burned a family out their home in Ulysses Township. It happened just before none. firefighters were called to 453 Cowburn Road, where Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Luke Lampman told the Olean Times Herald he found smoke coming from the home. No one was home at the time. No one was injured. A family pet, a dog, died.
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A bad accident near Kent Road in Hinsdale shut down traffic on Route 16 Thursday afternoon. It happened before 3 in the afternoon off Route 16. Police blocked off northbound traffic from more than a mile outside Kent Road for a half hour while amublances rushed to the scene.
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One of the best streets in the state can be found in Olean. The North Union streetscape project has been named among the best in the state for 2016. The $8.85 million overhaul, completed last year, brought five roundabouts and center medians to North Union Street

$1Million in Land Grant Money Coming to Cattaragus and Allegany Counties

Over $1 million in grant money from the state is coming to Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties. It’s to buy property for the county land banks. Cattaraugus County will have $764,000. and $360,000 for Allegany County. The state Attorney General’s office awarded the money from funds received in bank lawsuit settlements. The bank is expected to spend the money in two years by buying four or five run down residential properties, paying off back taxes and either fixing them up or demolishing them, and sell the house or property.
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Construction work to replace the Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road bridge over Powers Run at the south end of Johnsonburg is scheduled to begin in a few days. So be ready.
Work will start the week of April 10.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said construction is expected to be complete in September. During this time, drivers will have to use a temporary detour around the bridge.

Home Heating Help Extended

The deadline to get help paying home heating bills in Pennysvania has been extended by a week. Now people needing help have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The federally funded program was slated to end Friday, but Governor Tom Wolf extended the program to give people a little extra time to apply for funding.
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A 27-year-old man admitted Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to having sex with a 14 year old. Loren Warner pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, a class D felony.
He was accused of committing the crime in January in Farmersville.
He’ll find out what his sentence is on June 12th. For the time being he’s in the CAttaraugus County jail
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Bradford’s okayed a major improvement project for next month in the Second Ward that’ll cost over a half a million dollars. There’ll be new curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, ramps and street lighting along Park Street, Leland Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Olean Reaches Budget Agreement

There’s a budget agreement between the Olean Common Council Finance Committee and Mayor Bill Aiello. IT took a couple of weeks, but they say they got it done. When they release the figures Friday, it’s expected to have about $446,000 in cuts from the mayor’s budget. Committee members agreed to the cuts and will reconvene next Tuesday for one last discussion before voting in the regular council session at 6:30 p.m.
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A Bradford woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Worth W. Smith Co. store rather than go to trial. Thirty seven year old Laurie Recny was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. She said she was guilty of a count of theft by deception. In exchange for her please, 15 other felony theft charges were dismissed. A trial had been scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday in McKean County Court.

Road Construction Begins on 155 in Potter County

Slow down around Route 155 in Potter County. Construction’s underway from the Potter County line near Sizerville State Park north to the McKean County line.
It means going a bit slower for about 2,000 vehicles each day. but by the time it’s finihed, there would be a smoother road. Its expected to be done by about the middle of the summer.
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If you think you’re spending more at the gas pumps, your right. Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania fell just less than a penny this week to $2.50 per gallon, but that’s 25 cents more per gallon than it was at this time last year, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The national average price at the pump is $2.29 per gallon.
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Mark friday on the calandar for the Portville American Legion Post 814 fish fry. The fund raiser begins at 5 adn they’ll serve fish until 8 p.m.

Crash Claims the Life of a Bradford Man

A firey two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a 55 year old bradford man. It happened on West Washington Street in Bradford Township just after 3 in the afternoon. Timothy Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say his SUV crossed the road and hitting a commercial truck Both vehicles caught fire. The driver and a passenger in the truck were able to escape.
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An historic marker that for 85-years marked teh spot where a European explorer was shown a petroleum site has been taken and nobody knows where it is, according to a report in the Olean Times Herald, the sign’s been missing for about a week. The marker is cast iron and painted blue with yellow lettering. The sign and its post were taken from the spot on what on Seneca tribal land.

Louisiana Cats and Kittens Saved in Cattaraugus County

Over 30 cats and kittens from Louisiana are looking for good homes in Cattaraugus County. A volunteer shelter in Yorkshire that took the cats in just hours before they were all scheduled to die. WIVB reports that in honor of their southern roots, the kittens have names like Cajun, Nola, Lala, and Shrimp.
According to WIVB The Louisiana shelter contacted a lot of shelters and were turned down because there just wasnt’ room. The kittens are in foster homes right now because they’re too small to stay at the shelter with the adults cats.
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He went to court for a DWI case and then police say 40 year old Robert Frost broke another law when he tried to drive home after the court hearing. The problem was his driver’s license was suspended. Frost was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and is to reappear on that charge April 6th.

Salamanca Mayor Not Worried About Seneca Nation Casino Money

Salamanca Mayor Michael Smith says he’s not worried about the Seneca Nation’s announcement last week that it’s not required to pay the state some of it’s casino money.
Nothing’s changed, Smith says, even though the state gaming compact expired in December. According to a report in the Olean Times Herald, Smith said Seneca Nation President Todd Gates told him “not to panic” and they’d continue to share money with Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The state stands to lose $110 million a year.
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If you need help with your taxes, New York State Tax Department volunteers be at the Olean Public Library Thursday to if you’re in the low and middle-income tax bracket. They’ll be there from 1 to 7 p.m. And it doens’t cost a dime.
The free program is for New York taxpayers who make $64,000 or less as a household.

Pennyslvania Group Says State Not Spending Enough on Education

Most Pennsylvania schools in the northern tier aren’t spending enough money to educate their students, according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, sys eight of 14 schools in McKean, Elk, Potter and Cameron counties didn’t spent enough to ensure the state’s tough academic standards are met. The group said 202 rural districts around the state are not receiving their fair share of state funding.
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It’s been eleven days since anyone’s seen a 50 year old Limestone man and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office considers him officially missing.
Scott Wolcott was last seen at his Leonard Run Rd. home on March 16 around 3 a.m. He was wearing blue jeans, sneakers and a black leather jacket. Wolcott is described as white, about 6’2? and roughly 200 lbs. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s office.

Paladino House Renamed

The Paladino house on St. Bonaventure University has a new name.
Now it’s the “Belesario and Sara Paladino House” to distance the honor from alumnus Carl Paladino. He’s been a lightning rod of controversy since he insulted the Obamas in a publication. The university says the building was originally dedicated to his parents when it was built seventeen years ago.
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Discussions to create Olean neighborhood watches has been put on hold. The budget talks have to finish first. The Olean Common Council’s Public Safety Committee voted to postpone potential legislation for a citywide “task force for empowering neighborhoods and encouraging proactive change.”
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A Williamsport woman accued of selling her SNAP benefits on Facebook to buy heroin has been charged by the state Office of Inspector General. thirty seven year old Tanya Keenan-Mack has been charged with trafficking and fraud.