Archives for July 2018

Royce Chapman Killer Sentenced

One of two people charged with murdering Royce Chapman was sentenced to prison for manslaughter and the other was allowed to go free. Chapman’s ex-girlfriend, 52 year old Lana Joseph pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and was released on time served. Joseph’s son, Richard D. Mosher III, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. Mosher admitted that he shot Chapman in the chest with a shotgun last year.
Jamestown Community College nursing school is getting $90,000 to get training equipment and supplies.
It’s the only Registered Nursing program in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus county.
So JCC says because of the outdated training equipment students weren’t exposed to the most modern equipment used in healthcare today. But the grant allows JCC nursing graduates to meet the local workforce demands for highly skilled nurses.

Police Identify Bolivar Bank Robbery Suspect

Police are looking for 27 year old Chase Lotter of Genesee for a couple of robberies. He’s a suspect in last week’s Bolivar bank robbery. And they say he robbed a gas station in Belmont too.
Police say Lotter walked into Steuben Trust Co.’s Bolivar branch on July 24 and demanded money with a handwritten note. State police said Lotter also demanded money from a Crosby’s gas station clerk, this time threatening to use a gun early Monday morning in Belmont. Police say they consider him to be dangerous,
Four communities in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties want to be a part of the next state Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding.
But there’s a lot of competition. 18 communities in western new york applied for the $10 million aid program.
The four in the Southern Tier to apply are Alfred in Allegany County; and the communities of Allegany, Cattaraugus and Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County.

Dr. Ovid Knight Honored at Olean General

Everyone who goes to the maternity ward at Olean General Hospital will know the name of Doctor Ovid Knight.
The Franklinville doctor who helped bring 4,000 babies into the world, most of them at Olean General.
Knight, who died at the age of 86 in February, He’s been honored by Olean General with a special plaque in the maternity ward at the hospital. Knight retired in 2009 after 50 years.
The annual Cattaraugus County Fair is up and running for the 176th time.
The big music acts this are are Kane Brown tomorrow night and The Charlie Daniels Band on Wednesday.
Youth Day is also Wednesday, when kids 15 and under pay $6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday is Senior Citizens Day.
Bigfoot comes to the fairground Friday night and Saturday afternoon for the Monster Mash Monster Truck Rally
This year’s theme is “Memories Made Around Every Turn.”

Savarino Wants to Renovate Siegel’s Shoes Building

An old Olean shoe store may have a few more steps left in it.
The developer for the former Manufacturers Hanover building wants to renovate it, according to a story in the olean times herald.
Savarino Companies has submitted a bid to renovate the former Siegel’s Shoes building on Union Street over the next two years.
They want to use the ground floor for commercial space and put apartments on the second floor.
The offer is for $45,000.
There’s a new chairman of the board of directors at Jones Memorial Hospital.
It’s Rich Ewell of Wellsville. Ewell is in his first term as a board member. He is a lifelong resident of Wellsville and is vice president of Richardson & Stout Insurance . He’s also treasurer of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency, a member of the Allegany County Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and a member of the Wellsville Elks Club.

Olean Wants More Officers in Schools

Olean City School District wants two more police officers in our schools next year.
The board will vote on the proposal at its next meeting on Aug. 14.
Right now the district has just one officer in the school, and he spends most of his time at Olean High School and Olean Intermediate Middle School. East View Elementary School staff members signed a petition in March to say they wanted the board to hire more school resource officers this year.
If approved, the two part time safety officers would work at East View and Washington West Elementary School.
A convicted would be crack dealer will have the next 3½ years to think about trying to deal drugs again.
29 year old Deon Maull was sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to 3½ years in state prison, plus two years’ post-release supervision, for attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Bank Robbed in Bolivar

A bank robbery in Bolivar Tuesday morning has police looking for a man about 20 years old and about five eight inches tall.
It happened at about 11 in the morning at Steuben Trust Company Bank on Main Street.
Police say a young man walked into the bank and demanded money with a handwritten note.
The teller gave him an undetermined amount of money and he left.
Police don’t know if he ran away or got into a car. They say the robber is white, between 5’6″ to 5’8″ and believed to be in his 20s. He was talking on a cellphone, wearing a rust-colored ski cap, a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.
Cattaraugus County lawmakers will vote today on a resolution to accept bids for nearly $1 million in renovations to the public areas outside the second-floor courtrooms in the Olean Office Building.

Marijuana Home-Growing Operation Found

David Yezek’s home business in Gowanda was apparently flourishing. But police say it wasn’t legal at all.
The arested Yezek and accused him of running a home marijuana growing operation.
Police said a complaint about a “noxious odor” led to his home on Torrance Place. They say they found two large bags of marijuana with more than 30 pounds of marijuana and almost 600 marijuana plants.
He’s charged with possession of marijuana and unlawfully growing marijuana. he was taken to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
A temporary reassessment of the Bradford Mall will mean the area loses $157,000 in tax dollars they thought they were going to collect. McKean County, Foster Township and Bradford Area School District stand to lose the money. MBC Properties submitted an appraisal for a market value of $1,700,000 for the property. The temporary assessed value was over three and a half million dollars.

Salamanca School Administrator Long Reinstated

He’s back at work with the Salamanca City Central School District as an administrator, five months after he was placed on paid administrative leave, but we don’t know why.
The Salamanca Board of Education last month voted to reinstate Lloyd Long, the tenured assistant elementary principal, effective July 1, according to the Salamanca Press.
The Press cites several sources as saying Long was accused of misconduct around Jan. 31. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office were the lead agency in an investigation. The school board school board voted to place Long on paid administrative leave in February.
Wellsville police have charged 67 year old Kenneth West with arson.
According to the Wellsville Fire Company facebook page, the fire was reported May 29 and resulted in no injuries.
West was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Delevan Kingsmen Member Pleads Guilty

A member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in a case stemming from drug trafficking out of the KMC’s Delvan/Arcade chapter clubhouse.
47 year old Jack Wood of Delevan faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24.
police say that in 2013 several memebers of the gang used Wood’s van without his knowledge in a drive by shooting in Springville.
Nobody was hurt.
Wood is one of 20 KMC members charged . 18 have been convicted, including the national club president
New York is suing the federal government over the Republican-led tax overhaul.
The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York , New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland are also suing..
The tax law passed by Congressional Republicans caps a deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000.

Olean’s Downtown Revitalization Projects Announced

Olean’s downtown will have part of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award from the state.
The money will help redevelop the Historic Manny Hanny Building into a restaurant, boutique hotel, and luxury apartments. Renovate Historic Row Buildings on North Union Street, Expand Four Mile Brewing, Renovate the former Carnegie Library Building and Inn, Improve the North Union Street Streetscape and west state street.
There are 12 projects in all. Olean was named a DRI Round 2 winner in September.
Authorities say the man responsible for a fatal shooting on Interstate 190 in Buffalo has been charged with murder.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says he’s 22-year-old Juan Colon. They say Colon fatally shot 26-year-old Angel Marcial on July 9 as he was driving on I-190. State police officials say Colon was taken into custody on Friday. Troopers say they believe this was a targeted shooting.