Archives for October 2018

Randolph’s Hometown Heroes Banners Going Up

If you want to see a hometown hero in Randolph… just look up.
The town’s started it’s ‘Hometown Heroes Banner Program. Banners will be displayed along Main and Jamestown.
The idea is to recognize and honor Randolph residents who are serving in the armed forces or are veterans.
Anyone who wants to sponsor a hereo can donate to the sponsorship banner program.
Several towns across the country are starting up similar programs.
A Cattaraugus County man has been accused of mistreating animals.
New York State police say they arrested 32-year-old Mark Kirtz of Ischua after getting a complaint about malnourished dogs at a home on Cash Rd. Authorities say Kirtz confined four dogs there without proper food and water.
Kirtz was charged with criminal trespassing, failure to provide sustenance and neglect of an impounded animal.
He is scheduled to appear in court in December.

ATV Accident in Bolivar

An ATV accident at a hunting camp in Bolivar and a woman had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter. The seasonal hunting camp was difficult for first responders to get to, but they used the Bolivar Fire Department’s UTV. The woman’s name wasn’t released but police say she was about 40 years old. No other vechicle was involved. It happened on county Road 33 in Bolivar Thursday afternoon.
Cuba police arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday morning because they say he threatened to bring a gun to school.
He’s been charged with making a terroristic threat. They’re still investigating and say there may be more arrests.
They say the boy made threatening remarks in a Cuba-Rushford Middle-High School classroom about bringing a gun into school.
It’s the second school threat in Cuba in the past two months. A bomb threat was made during an anonymous phone call to Cuba-Rushford Middle-High School in September.

Allegheny River Valley Trail Crossing Work Progressing

Work on the Allegheny River Valley trail crossing on Olean’s Constitution Avenue is going very nicely. The work includes new concrete to make the crossing comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. And the city’s now talking about adding flashing lights to the avenue near the trail. The city applied for a state Pedestrian Safety Action Plan grant in March, requesting up to $1 million to improve intersections and they got $335,000.
Portville’s Red’s and Trudy’s has been around for generations and they’ve been chosen to recieve the Olean Chamber’s first Presidential Award. The business is 94-years-old old. It’ll get the honor at the Chamber’s 113th annual dinner early next month.
The Presidential Award identifies Reds and Trudy’s as iconic and integral to the business community.
The restaurant opened in 1924, and has changed hands a few times over the decades, but one thing has stayed the same and that’s the quality, the chamber said.

Mother Arrested for Attempted Murder of Four-Month-Old Child

A mother arrested for allegedly assaulting her infant daughter in August in Kill Buck is now facing an attempted murder charge.
A Cattaraugus County grand jury handed up an indictment last week charging 23 year old Ma-kay-la Mix.
Mix is in Cattaraugus County Jail. She’s pleaded not guilty to the charges. District Attorney Lori Rieman told the Olean Times Hearld that Mix intended to murder her four month old daughter.
The child was hospitalized for a short time and underwent surgery, but is now “doing OK”.
A local group of high school students want Olean to ban smoking in city parks
The Olean High School Reality Check club gave their concerns to teh Common Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday, about the hundreds of cigarette butts in city parks as well as the health effects.
The group says state funds would cover the cost of no smokiung signs in Olean parks if it’s passed.

Police Investigate Armed Robbery Report on St. Bonaventure Campus

Police are looking three men accused of robbery at an apartment on the campus of St. Bonaventure University.
The St. Bonaventure Office of Safety and Security say it happened Monday night at Garden Apartments.
Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb hasn’t said whether a gun or knife was used in the robbery, but he told the Olean Times Herald that he can’t remember a robbery ever happeneing on campus. St. Bonaventure officials have shared surveillance video with police.
The Fall Hunting season is underway and the new york State Department of Enviornmental Conservation is reminding everyone to remember and practice hunter and firearm safety.
They say no matter how experienced you are, you have to remind yourself that safety comes first.
They reccomend safety courses online at the DEC homepage and there are hunter education courses online too.
They say Treat every weapon as if it is loaded and Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction,

K9 Officer Tracks Down Burglary Suspects

A couple of Jamestown men are in jail because of K9 Weltz’s sharp nosde.
Amity-based State Police went a home in Scio (sigh-o) in Allegany county. Nobody was supposed to be inside the home.
Troopers went int through an open back door but they saw fresh footprints. That’s when they called in K9 Weltz who tracked down 49 year old Kenneth Kendall laying in the woods. Police say he had a stun gun and methamphetamine. They found 28 year old Terry Kendall walking on Davis Hill Road and arrested him too. They’re both charged with burglary.
A week after record high temperatures, we’re expecting snow.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo says snow is possible Thursday and Sunday of this week in Olean.
Less than one-tenth of an inch is expected. A chance of rain and snow showers is also expected on Sunday, with a 40 percent chance of precipitation.

Subway Shop Fire Caused by Burning Mulch

Fire investigators say they think they know why that Subway sandwich shop burned in Allegany two weeks ago.
They say it was caused by burning mulch that probably was set aflame by someone throwing away a cigarette.
The fire destroyed the business on West state street. It may be demolished next week and be rebuilt with construction beginning soon that that crews can work throughout the winter. If the foundation is salvagable, the owner says he’d like to reopen next spring.
The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism is accepting applications right now. and they’re due due by the first week in December.
This grant program promotes programs with specific themes or attractions and events to attract tourism to the area.
Eligible applicants include Chambers of Commerce without full-time staff, business associations, nonprofit organizations, events, festivals and other tourism associated activities.

Nine Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested in Olean

Nine more accused drug dealers are of the streets of Olean.
Police arrested them in one big roundup after they say the nine were selling crack cocaine and methamphetamine to police informants and under cover agents. The undercover operation went on for several months.
Police said all nine suspects were individual drug deals, and not connected.
They include 35 year old Laura Hall, 25 year old Davin Maull, 25 year old Jacob Hanigan, 23 year old Logan Shearer, 55 year old John Holland, 31 year old Michele King, 57 year old Louann Maull, 20 year old Savion Shaffer, 24 year old Shirley Jo Lee, and 31 year old Alex Craig.
Record high temperatures in Olean Tuesday appears to be the last gasp of summer.
Much cooler days are ahead . A cold front is expected to knock temperatures down to more normal readings for this time of the year, including freezing temperatures

New Sexual Harassment Police Approved in Olean

There’s a new sexual harassment policy in place for Olean employees. The common council approved the new police Tuesday night. It brings the city into compliance with new state mandates. The city will use police officers and firefighters to retrain employees over the next year. Governor Cuomo signed a new state law this year that sets a “minimum standard” model sexual harassment policy for all public and private employers.
The pumpkins will be flying again this year. About 250 to 300 pumkins will take flight for a good cause. They’re expecting about 60 to 75 teams. Each team uses a large slingshot to shoot the pumpkin at a target. Each of the 30 to 35 targets has prizes valued between $50 and $100 donated by area businesses. All proceeds will benefit Rebuilding Together Olean. The organization provides free rehabilitation to the homes of seniors, the disabled, low-income people and families.

Treasure Hunters Accuse FBI of Taking Gold

A couple of Civil War treasure hunters are claiming the FBI may have taken a secret stash of gold in Elk County, Pennsylvania that they found. Dennis and Kem Parada say they found signs of a legendary lost shipment of gold bars estimated to be worth between $25 to $50 million dollars. They reported where they thought the gold could be found to federal authorities and asked for help in digging it out. But they say the FBI escorted them away from the site and only brought them back to see an emply hole.
People who live nearby say they heard the FBI kept digging after the Parada’s left.
The Saving Grace Outreach can keep feeding people and give emergency services thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Dr. Lyle F. Renodin (reh-know-din) Foundation. Tthis is the fifth grant the foundation has provided Saving Grace since 2013, for a total of $14,800.