Archives for July 2018

Cable Worker Dies in Yorkshire

A cable worker was electrocuted to death wednesday in Yorkshire when he came into contact with power lines.
The New York State Police said 39-year-old James R. Fogg of Fairfield, Maine, was in the basket of a bucket truck running cable television lines It happened at around 4:30 on Block Road. Troopers say they found Delevan Emergency Medical Services already on scene performing CPR on the victim when they arrived. He was taken to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, where he later died as result of his injuries. Fogg was working for S.G. Communications, running cable television lines in the area.
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Olean Police are investigating a bunch of thefts from vehicles in the City. Several of these thefts have been from unlocked vehicles but police say they’ve found a few with the window broken out. they’re warning people to lock your vehicles and keep all valuables in a safe place.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department Arrests Accused Arsonist

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s department thinks they have their arsonist.
An arrest is made in connection to a fire at an abandoned Cattaraugus County school.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 20-year old Gage C. Weyrough faces 3rd degree arson, burglary, and criminal mischief charges. They say he broke into the the former Cattaraugus Central School in the Village of Cattaraugus.and started a fire.
Weyrough was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond,
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part of North Second Street in Olean is getting turned around.
traffic on the 100 block of North Second Street, will require traffic to enter the street from West State Street instead of Laurens Avenue.
the signs on the north and south ends of the street need to be changed, and a new arrow in the turning lane on West State Street leading into North Second Street needs to be added.

Salamanca Police Defend Officer Who Shot Pit Bull

The Salamanca police department is defending an off duty officer who shot and killed a loose dog on her property last week.
Kristin Lasseter has been a police officer for 14-years. She said shot a pit bull at her Little Valley home after it attacked her Doberman pinscher on the Fourth of July.
Capt. Shawn Gregory of the Cattaraugus County sheriff’s office said Lasseter was justified and no charges will be filed against her. Salamanca police, who conduct an internal investigation anytime an officer has contact with another agency while off duty, has also concluded Lasseter was justified.
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The Farmersville Town Board has finished preliminary work on a new wind turbine law.
There’ll be a public hearing next month. The new law sets guidelines in Farmersville for the proposed $584 million, 108-turbine Alle-Catt Wind farm in Farmersville and Freedom in Cattaraugus County, Rushford and Centerville in Allegany County and Arcade in Wyoming County.

NY Democrats Oppose Trump Supreme Court Pick

New York’s top Democrats aren’t fans of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says he’ll oppose Kavanaugh and called for Americans to join him.
Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a special session on abortion rights
Earlier Monday, Cuomo urged Republican state lawmakers to reconsider their opposition to legislation codifying abortion rights in New York state law. HE said that the GOP-led Senate should immediately reconvene to pass the measure in light of a vacancy on the high court.
Republican lawmakers have long opposed the measure. Lawmakers adjourned last month and aren’t expected to return to Albany until next year.
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The state Route 197 bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic this week during sewer line work.
Contractors started work on Monday to provide reliable sewer service to residents on Rogers Island. The project is anticipated to wrap up on Friday.

State Agencies Produce Opioid Awareness PSA for TV

Opiod addition and what it’s all about is coming to a tv station near you.
The New York Association of Counties and the State Coroners and Medical Examiners Association has produced a new television ad to make people more aware of the signs of opioid addiction.
The public service advertisement, is called “See The Signs, Save A Life.”
It’ll be show on tv and the New York State Associations of Counties website.
Dr. Kevin Watkins, the Cattaraugus County public health director and co-chair of the Cattaraugus County Heroin/Opioid Task Force, said more awareness of the signs of addiction can only help.
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Ridgway-based state police haven’t yet released the identity of the man found dead nedar the railroad tracks in the Wilcox area of Jones Township, Elk County, Thursday morning. Police say they’ve performed an autopsy but are waiting on toxicology reports.

West Valley Demonstration Project Clears Hurdle

The West Valley Demonstration Project has been re-approved by a house committee.
Now the full House will take up the measure to cleanup the site of the first commercial spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant.
The reauthorization calls for $75 million a year in funding, or $10 million more than recent years
The U.S. Department of Energy and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority have spent about $2 billion on the cleanup so far. U.s Representaive Tom Reed says he’s optimistic the bipartisan bill will pass the House.
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The New York agency that investigates abuse and neglect of the disabled in state care says it’ll be more transparent.
There’ve been complaints that the agency is conducting nearly all of its work in secret.
Denise Miranda took over last year as executive director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
They’ve investigated 46,000 allegations of abuse or neglect since 2013.

Flooding Causes Damage in Southern Tier

Instead of celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks or a cookout, folks in the Southern Tier were soaked by heavy thurderstorms and cleaning up after flooding. Parts of Union Valley Road were washed away, and residents were evacuated due to the heavy rain flooding a creek. Residents on East River Road in Portville were flooded too. There was also significant flooding reported in Belfast, Bolivar and Wellsville in Allegany County . Doppler radar estimated about two to three inches of rainfall that caused flooding.
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It wasn’t water but fire that caused heavy damage to a Franklinville excavating contractor business.
The Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department received a report of a structure fire at Snyder & Sons, on route 16 Firefighters had the flames knocked down but a large hole in the roof and damage to the south side of the garage-like structure was visible.

Hairdresser Theft of Service Bill Before NY Governor

It could soon be a crime to get a haircut and walk out without paying in New York. Right now, it’s not.
But Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a theft of service bill that’ll include hairdressers, and barbers.
The current theft of service law protects restaurants and public transportation, hotels, cable TV providers, theaters and ski lift operators…but not cosmetologists. Theft of services is usually a misdemeanor.
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There’s a brand new home in Ausin in Potter County thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
It was built by volunteers for the new homeowners, Scott and Amanda Crum-rine and their children.
This is the ninth home the charity’s built since it began in 1995. All the money for materials and building the houses was raised by donations and the annual Potter County Falling Leaves Festival.
Habitat for Humanity says it’s helping to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Rally in the Valley Cancelled for 2018

There will not be a 16th annual Rally in the Valley next month.
One of the biggest summer events has been cancelled. Organizers say sponsorships were drying up and so was attendance.
They moved the rally from Allegany to Olean two years ago to save money. But it didn’t work. Rally attendance dipped to about 10,000 the last three or four years after hitting a peak of more than 20,000 around 2008.They say they’ll take a year off to reorganize. In the past 15 years the rally has raised nearly $300,000 for local charities and nonprofits.
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The nonprofit Friends of Portville group is getting ready to help the community. They say they’ll work on Dodge Creek bridge, extending sidewalk into Lyman Baker Park. The group received $9,400 a year ago from Chuck Lucas’ efforts for the Portville Covered Bridge project over Dodge Creek. They’re looking into a long-range project of a footbridge over the creek.