Archives for November 2018

Winter Storm Leaves Drivers Seeing White

It was a messey day for driving but the travel advisory is over and all the vehicles have been cleared off the the roads, including a tractor trailer that slid down an embankment off Interstate 86 near Exit 23
Thankfully, ther were no reports of injuries. The cattaraugus county sherrif’s office is still reccomending snow tires for anyone driving on the snow and ice-covered road. and keeping a winter kit insiode, with first aid supplies, flares, boots, gloves, hats and an extra blanket. There is a chance of more snow showers today and Saturday morning.
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This weekend’s Christmas parade, theater show is back for another year of Salamanca’s Silver Bells Festival
It kicks off a month of celebrations.
tonight at 6:30 the City Lights Christmas Parade will go from the former Dudley Hotel to Jefferson Street Park for the tree lighting ceremony.

Cattaraugus County Winter Storm Warning

There’s a winter storm warning today all the way up until 6 o’clock tonight. Keep the shovel and the snowblower within reaching distance. You’re probably going to need it. the National Weather Service reports. There’s a 90 percent chance of snow and wind gusts of up to 32 mph are to be expected. But it looks like Allegany County may get spared. The National Weather Service says there could be up to 4 inches in Wellsville but only a hazardous weather outlook statement has been issued.
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Olean’s free parking is coming back for the holidays.
The Common Council was expected to lift parking restrictions on the city’s main business corridors and in city-owned parking lots.
It’s to allow shoppers to spend more time in the stores without having to go back to their cars every couple of hours.
The free parking lasts until new years day. The city’s been granting the holiday parking since 2014,

Salamanca’s Ward One Winner Declared

We finally have a winner in Salamanca’s Ward one and it was one of the closest races in years.
Incumbent Laurie Hunt was leading by nine votes on Election Day.
But after all the absentee ballots were counted, Salamanca Common Council candidate “Jack” Hill won the seat by three votes. The recanvass showed Hill got 17 absentee ballots to Hunt’s 5.The official total was 139 to 136.
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Kane Borough Police are asking for help to identify these two people in an incident Nov. 11 at the Dollar General in Kane.
They left the store in a black Jeep with New York state plates. Anyone who knows either person is asked to contact the Kane Borough Police Department or the McKean County 911 Center’s non-emergency number.
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Heavy, wet snow forecast for the area. A winter storm warning was posted for southern Erie County along with Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties through 6 p.m. tomorrow night.

Bradford House Fire Ruled Accidental

Fire investigators say it was an accident that a house caught on fire in Bradford Thanksgiving day.
The home on South Kendall Avenue was a total loss.
Firefighteres from six departments were called to fight the blaze shortly before 6 a.m.
The firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the rear of the house. But there was a lot of damage; it was a total loss, A fire marshal ruled the fire accidental.
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New York State Police say they arrested the same Cattaraugus County man twice in three days.
19 year old Brett Bunker, of Limestone, was arrested by NYS Troopers on Monday, November 19, on Arson charges.
Police said Bunker set fire to two vehicles at a property on Loney Hollow Road in Carrollton.
neither vehicle was his. Three days later, Bunker was arrested by Olean Troopers on an Aggravated Harassment charge.

Olean Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering Wife

Edward Smith says he’s guilty of murdering his wife.
The Olean man pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder by mental disease or defect.
He killed his wife with a knife over mothers day weekend in 2017. Police said after he did it, he called 911 and told the dspatcher that he mudered his knife. Since then, he was found not competent by mental health evaluations and sent to a state psychiatric facility. After a year of treatment he was found incompetent to stand trial in August.
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Tops Friendly markets is out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
They reducing debt by around $445 million, with more than $100 million in liquidity.
Several changes are in store for the company.
In August, workers voted on a new pension agreement that reduced retirement benefits for almost 85 percent of unionized workers.
In late August the company announced 10 of the chain’s locations would close.

Olean Rental Inspections Going Smoothly

Rental inspections are moving ahead as planned in Olean. As of Oct. 31, 87 rental inspections had been performed, as well as 61 property sale inspections. Of those inspections, about 10 percent failed.
The Common Council voted Dec. 12 to include inspections of properties before they’re rented out. the major focus was on the roughly 2,600 registered rental units in the city. The city has a new full-time code enforcement officer to work on the inspections. and he does about six or eight of them a day
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New York State Police say a Cattaraugus County man is facing drug charges following an arrest on Saturday.
According to a news release, Olean-based Troopers arrested 19 year old Timothy Knight, of Franklinville for unlawful and criminal possession of marijuana. The troopers were investigating a suspicious vehicle stopped on Union Valley Road in the Town of Olean.
State Police said Troopers located and searched the vehicle.

Olean Gets State Grant For New Pump Station

Olean’s pump station in the Baldwin Heights neighborhood is getting replaced thanks to a state grant.
The $413,000 grant will replace the pump station next year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $23.3 million in grants on Wednesday that’ll go to 14 municipal water projects in Western New York
Another Olean request for a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace utilities and a streetscape project on Washington Street was rejected.
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The Greater Olean Association of Churches is banding together again this year to help make sure the area’s needy have a thanks giving dinner and one at Christmas too.
On Thanksgiving Day, the assocaition will host a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner consisting of turkey with all the trimmings at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St.
They expect to serve between 250 and 300 meals will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,

Cuba Man Charged With Kidnapping, Robbery

Police from two states say a Cuba man robbed a motel in Alfred, kidnapped a couple of people and led police on chase across state lines. They arrested 36 year old Steven Cox in Potter County Pennsylvania. POlice say Cox went into the Economy Inn in Alfred wearing a mask and holding a knife and demanded money.
They they say he forced the mother and daughter who own the motel into the daughter’s 2012 Subaru Forester at knifepoint. Cox had done contract work for the motel, police said. He’s in the Potter County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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A West Clarksville couple has won their eminent domain appeal on Northern Access Pipeline
A state appellate court ruled that National Fuel Gas Corp. could not use eminent domain proceedings to cross a Clarksville couple’s property for the Northern Access Pipeline from McKean County, Pa. to Western New York.

Bail Set For Accused Murderer

The man accused of shooting his son to death had bail set at $50,000.
Hid public defender told the judge there’s not reason to believe that 73-year-old Richard Tyman of South Dayton man will try to run. Tyman was in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank helping him to breathe.
Tyma is charged with second-degree murder. He allegedly shot and killed his 46-year-old live-in son, Daniel during an argument. The murder case is expected to a county grand jury for indictment within the next few weeks.
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The Olean City School District has someone to develop its Academy of Excellence.
The board of Education appointed Jennifer Layton to the position . She’ll get the academy program up and running with a goal of launching it next school year. The plan is that students enrolled in the Academy of Excellence would be provided a roadmap to earn roughly 60 credit hours needed to earn an associate’s degree.

New Era Plant in Erie County to Close

New york is losing it’s New Era plant in Erie County near buffalo in March. The Derby plant makes about 2 percent of all the new era hats, and new era makes all the major league baseball hats. The rest of the production comes from a global wide network. New era says it’s shifting production to Florida. The Derby plant employs 219 people and they’ll be out of a job.
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Cattaraugus County legislators are in a second round of reviews of the tentative $243.3 million 2019 county budget.
The Public Works, Development and Agriculture and County Operations committees met Tuesday to review of departments
including $21.7 million for proposed Public Works projects from roads, bridges and culverts to buildings and grounds..
Last Thursday, the Labor Relations, Human Services and County Operations/Public Safety committees conducted budget reviews.
Thursday night, the Finance Committee will conduct its review of the budget.