Archives for January 2019

Flu Cases on the Rise

Reports of the flu are on the rise across Cattaraugus County and the rest of New York.
The flu count for Cattaraugus County is sitting at 10 since December.
Allegany and Chautauqua counties have even more flu cases than Cattaraugus.
Only two of the 10 cases were from Olean, Theu were the first two cases in Cattaraugus County in the 2018-19 flu season.The CDC is predicting a milder form of the virus than last year.
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An upstate New York hunter has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for accidentally killing a neighbor he mistook for a deer. Thomas Jadlowski was sentenced on Monday in Chautauqua County Court. He pleaded guilty in October to criminally negligent homicide and hunting after sunset. Authorities say Jadlowski shot Rose Billquist with a high-powered hunting pistol as she walked her dogs in fields behind her rural Sherman home on Thanksgiving eve in 2017.

Farmersville Survey Shows More Opposition to Wind Farm Than Support

There are more people who opposed wind farms in Farmersville than support them, according to a new survey.
The results of the survey by the Farmersville Town Board showed 195 were opposed to the project, 139 were for it and 41 just weren’t sure.
Farmersville Supervisor Robert Karcher says the town board will review the survey results at its reorganization meeting tonight.
The project would include 23 600-foot wind turbines in the town.
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Cattaraugus County’s Restrictions on Tobacco Purchases May Go Statewide
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to propose a raise in the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21,
the Cattaraugus County Legislature raised the age in September 2016.
Cuomo’s proposal, announced Saturday, would include a provision in the state’s 2019 executive budget to raise the legal age for tobacco purchases, as well as for the purchase of electronic cigarette products.

Olean Woman Sentenced to Prison for Running a Meth Lab

The Olean woman who had a meth lab across the street from Olean middle school will spend the next two years in prison.
31 year old Jerrica McKune pleaded guilty in October to several meth-related charges.
Police say they found meth-making materials inside McKune’s 508 Wayne St. home two times in less than a year, once after a fire in November 2017 and once with a search warrant in August. Hers was the first of 10 Olean residences found with meth-making materials inside over the last 14 months.
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Eleni Interiors on west state street has closed down after over 25 years in business.
It was owned by the Rigas family of Coudersport. The business made national news when federal prosecutors investigated cable television provider Adelphia Communications and said more than $2 billion was reportedly linked to the management.
Adelphia paid $12.1 million in 2001 to buy office furniture from the store.

Salamanca to Get $12M in Senaca Revenue-Sharing Case

Salamanca is getting $12 million from that Seneca arbitration ruling
It’s retroactive revenue sharing payments as a result of the Seneca Nation arbitration decision where New York won a challenge to the Senecas’ claim that revenue-sharing payments to the state should be over. The Seneca Nation could still appeal the arbitration decision in federal court in Buffalo. More than $50 million a year in state revenue sharing payments from the casinos were going to 16 Western New York counties.
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Tonight the Olean Local Development Corporation will meet to help the city apply for a Community Development Block Grant for the olean gateway. The city’s looking for $450,000 from the program
A spring groundbreaking is planned on a 90-room Hampton Inn and Suites,that’ll give 24 people full-time jobs and 11 part-time workers. A spring 2018 groundbreaking was originally set on the 8-acre site, which was part of a 68-acre parcel acquired in 2013 from ExxonMobil.

Three Teenagers Charged With Stealing a Schoolbus

Three teenagers who live at Randolph Children’s Home are accused of stealing a School District bus and taking it on a joy ride.
The bus was recovered in Jamestown. and they were arrested. a 17 and 16 year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl are charged with two counts of burglary. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says the teens ran away from the home for troubled youths on Sunay and broke into the Randolph district elementary school and bus garage and drove away with a 30-passenger school bus.
The 17-year-old is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail on $5,000 bail, while the others were taken to the East Ferry detention facility.
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AVX has started demolishing buildings to make room for a big new 100,000-square-foot facility on Seneca Avenue.
The Seneca Avenue plant has been on the EPA Superfund site list since the early 1980s. AVX and manufacturers are financially for the cleanup efforts.

Shinglehouse Man Charged With Assaulting a Cop

A Shinglehouse man accused of assaulting a police officer was tasered and pepper sprayed before he was finally arrested.
29 year old Devin Jenkins is also accused of DUI.Police say Jenkins said he thought he was in Kane when they arrested him early Saturday morning. They said they found him passed out at the steering wheel of a pick-up truck that was stuck with the rear tires spinning with a bottle of whiskey on the seat. He’s in jail in lieu of $30,000 bail, and he is scheduled to appear in Central Court on Thursday.
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The Salamanca library is going to need a new manager in a couple of weeks
Kirsten Woodin spent the last four years as manager bu tshe has a new job in Hudson Valley.
The Salamanca Library Board accepted Woodin’s resignation on Friday. They’re looking to hire someone to work about 15 hours a week.

South Dayton Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

The elderly man accused of shooting his son to death says he’s not guilty.
73 year old Richard Tyma pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Cattaraugus County Court to two counts of second-degree murder.
Tyma is accused of shooting and killing his 46-year-old live-in son, Daniel Tyma, last November at their home in South Dayton.
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Legalized marijuana, and sports betting are just some of the measures Democrats believe they can push through the New York Legislature in a 2019 session that begins this week with their party in control of both chambers and the governor’s office for the first time in a decade.
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The Ray Evans Seneca Theater is getting ready for the new year and the theater board says there will be a lot of new ideas, new faces and experiences.
They’ve revamped the stage area and Cattaraugus County’s Got Talent will be return as Southern Tier’s Got Talent.
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Olean Mayor Aiello Delivers Sixth State of the City

Olean Mayor Bill Aiello’s sixth State of the City address, was filled with hope and promise.
He emphasized public works and improvements. He said that the $10 million Walkable Olean project on North Union Street is paying dividends two years later. Still to come, a $5.5 million project for public works from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Streetscape projects on West and East State streets, and on South Union Street.
The mayor also said he’s pushing to get the Olean Police Department body cameras next year.
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It’s been 20 years since there’s been an increase in how much the state gives Department of Motor Vehicle offices. Now they want a raise. The New York State Association of County Clerks is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to increase the percentage of reimbursement for county DMV transactions from 12.7 percent to 25 percent. It is the group’s highest legislative priority this year.

Two Saved From Stranded Vehicle in Van Campen Creek

It was a frightening beginning to the new year for two people who were rescued from a vehicle stranded in a flooded Van Campen creek. Police say the couple was trying to cross the creek at a spot that usually isn’t a problem, but the high water caught the vehicle and took it about 100 to 300 feet downstream before it became stuck.
The couple climbed to the roof of the vehicle and awaited rescue.
they were taken to to Olean General Hospital to be checked out.
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A Rochester-based medical evacuation company of the New York Army National Guard is on it’s way to Afghanistan.
They’ll provide helicopter medical evacuation support.
46 soldiers serving in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion.
will go to Fort Bliss in Texas for a month of training before being deployed to southern Afghanistan.

Man Arrested in Cuba-Rushford Bomb Scare Case

Police say they’ve arrested a North Carolina man accused of calling in a bomb threat in September at Cuba-Rushford middle school.
34 year old Phillip Dick has been charged. Police say he called the school Sept. 18 and said there was an explosive device inside the building. Cuba police and New York State Police evacuated the school and took staff and about 460 middle and high school students by bus to Cuba-Rushford Elementary School. No explosive device was found. police say Dick has ties to the area. If convicted he could be sentence to up to seven years in prison.
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Cattaraugus County unemployment went up just a little bit in Novmber.
The unemployment rate increased to 4.2 percent, up from 4 percent in October. That means about 1,400 people collected unemployment. Before October, the last time the unemployment rate was lower than October’s figure was in October 2006.