Archives for October 2018

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Major Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Underway at Universal Primary Care

A $2 and a half million expansion is under way at Olean’s Blue Bird Square. Universal primary care is renovating the former Social Security Administration space in the downtown plaza. The plans call for doubling the area where the clinic is right now.
Universal Primary Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center that helps people with lower incomes. Of the 9,000 patients who use the it. 56 percent of the patients use Medicaid another 15 percent or so use Medicare.
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The Veterans Field of Honor arch could rise again. The Olean American Legion is hoping legions in Cattaraugus County and other organizations across the county get involved.
The Legion wants to restore the arch at the Veterans Field of Honor back to what it looked like when it was dedicated back in 1953.
Due to the age of many of the burial sites, some stones are illegible and worn.

Jamestown Father Charged With Endangering a Child

He’s charged with endangering a child after police found his one year old son walking along along a road.
Now 44 year old Juan Dejesus of Jamestown will have to tell a judge what happened.
Jamestown police and New York State Police say they say the toddler walking on Newland Avenue all alone at 7:30 in the evening.
Police say Dejesus was supposed to be watching the child. Dejesus was taken to the Jamestown City Jail until he can be arraigned in Jamestown City Court.
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Four years after buying Open MRI of Olean, Upper Allegheny Health System has made it part of Olean General Hospital.
Open MRI of Olean’s services and staff have officially moved over to the imaging department at the OGH campus.
Upper Allegheny officials told the Olean Times Herald that they did it to convert the location into new outpatient services for the hospital and because of changing demand levels.

CAReS Treatment Center Opening Delayed

The new CAReS treatment center in Westons Mills isn’t opening on time.
The drug treatment center was supposed to be completed this fall. But now it’s looking like it won’t open until early next year.
The executive director of CAReS, says there were unforeseen setbacks.
Construction work on the $1.9 million 16 bed expansion project began at the beginning of the year.
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A Ma-chi-as man is charged with welfare fraud after authorities say he received food stamps in two different states.
29 year old Michael Wesley is accused of getting $1,200 in food stamps from New York and Georgia, after he moved to away to George.
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Authorities reportedly found about $2,500 worth of crack cocaine and marijuana in a Garden Avenue apartment in Olean. It’s the fifth crack cocaine bust here this year. 42 year old Shariff James was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Olean School District Audit Shows Surplus

The latest Olean City School District audit is done and officials say they can spend more on educational programs.
The Board of Education approved the audit Tuesday night.
The audit found the district generated about $900,000 more than originally expected and spent about $900,000 less than expected.
the additional money was due in part to a $230,000 refund from Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services as well as some Medicaid assistance.
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A Limestone man is facing 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to receipving child pornography.
62 year old Kevin James Fox pleaded guilty. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2019.
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Police arrested a Wellsville man on weapons charges after a reported domestic disturbance.
42 uear old Jason Slocum, was charged Monday with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon,