Archives for July 2019

St. Bonaventure Gets $1M State Grant

St. Bonaventure University is getting a cool $1 million state grant to buy some lab equipment for it’s School of Health Professions. The new equipment will be used for all programs at the school but most will go toward new programs in nursing, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies.
St. Bonaventure was one of 35 colleges in the state to get part of over $21 million dollars from the
The Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program. Their $1 million award, tied with 12 other institutions for the highest award.
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Olean officials got their first look at the plans for East State and South Union reconstruction.
The Common Council’s city operation’s committee reviewed draft proposals.
The plan is to begin at the intersection of State and Union and head east to the bridge over Olean Creek. A roundabout would replace the traffic light at East State and Barry streets .

Siena College President Dies at 71

Sad news out of Siena College outside Albany, with a local connection.
Their president Edward Coughlin has died at the age of 71
Coughlin was a graduate of St. Bonaventure and former vice president for its Franciscan Mission.
He suffered a stroke while undergoing surgery for a congenital heart defect on July 23rd. He died early Tuesday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Coughlin had been president of Siena in 2014.
Siena plans to host a memorial service for Coughlin in September.
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A 100-mile motorcycle and car road rally will benefit Mercy Flight and Trinity United Methodist Church.
It’s being planned for Aug. 17.
The rally will start at noon, with stops at the Cuba United Methodist Church, Rushford and Arcade. They will travel Route 39 to Springville First UMC and then take Route 219 back into Olean, where a chicken barbecue and raffles will be held.

Cattaraugus County Fair Up and Running

The Cattaraugus County Fair is up and running for the 177th consecutive year.
Tuesday night’s grandstand for the Western New York Pro-Stock Tractor Pull is a free grandstand show beginning at 7:30.
Wednesday and Thursday nights are country music concert nights Morgan Wallen plays Wednesday. Josh Turner takes the stage on Thursday
Friday and Saturday it’s the Monster Mash Truck Rally in front of the grandstand.
Sunday night closes with the demolition derby championship and Fireworks.
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The fireworks from Sunday’s thunderstorms caused a lot of damage in Olean, including a bus stop shelter and a tree that was about 80 to a hundred years old.
The Olean Fire Department was called out to several reports of lightning strikes and downed power lines.
The national weather service said we got about one and half inches of rain during the storm. More rain is forecast for Cattaraugus and Allegany counties tonight.

Police Renew Warnings About Locking Car Doors

Locking your car doors can help fight crime.
Olean police are warning everyone about burglars who do a little car shopping when doors aren’t locked.
They say theives walk the streets at night and early in the morning looking for unlocked vehicles to rummage through for valuables. Thieves rarely break into the vehicles by smashing windows.
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New York has a state wide ban on mughots being released, but the Olean police department can still share photos of accused drug dealers and sex offenders. The “ban” was passed in April as part of the state’s 2019-20 budget. The restriction still leaves plenty of room for police to release mugshots if they believe it serves a law enforcement purpose. Some local police departments have reduced the number of mugshots they post on social media or release to journalists, while others release mugshots of those charged with serious crimes just as they always have.

Delavan Man Facing Drug Charges

Methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and a gun is what police say got a Delevan man arrested.
26 year old Cody Bemish is also charged with intent to sell drugs and resisting arrest
Bemish was charged just two months ago with meth possession after a traffic stop by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in Yorkshire.
They say Bemish had a gram of cocaine and a small amount of meth.
New York State Police, which announced the charges Wednesday.
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The annual Jazz and Blues Weekend come back to Ellicottville this weekend.
It’s a free, three-day event with over 15 performances at several bars and restaurants in the village.
This year’s headlining acts are The Cabaret Big Band with Katy Miner on Saturday and Big City Horns on Sunday. Both bands will perform on the Winery of Ellicottville Main Stage from 1-4 p.m. each day.

Area Unemployment Rates Drop

Unemployment rates dropped in Cattaraugus, Allegany counties’ last month.

In cattaraugus, the number of employed went down by about 200 from a year ago to around 32,000 peole, while the number of unemployed decreased by about 300 to 1,400.

The Allegany County rate in June was reported at 4.7% , down from 4.8% reported in May. The rate was 5.6% last June.

The county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the second month in a row was Columbia County, which reported a flat rate of 2.8%.
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A former Portville Central School student and Olean attorney is the newest member of Maryland’s highest court.

Brynja McDivitt Booth was appointed to the state’s Court of Appeal by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

The appeals court reviews the state’s most significant cases.
She’s the daughter of longtime Portville dentist Boyce McDivitt and the late Kathryn Anderson McDivitt, and she grew up in Olean.

‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits Distributed in Olean

More than 30 first aid kits have been placed in public areas througout Olean.
But you’ll probably hope you never have to see one.
They’re called ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits and they’re there to help save a life by controling bleeding in an emergency before paramedics arrive.
The kits were assembled thanks to a $1,900 grant from the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.
“Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign meant to encourage bystanders to be trained to help in a bleeding emergency.
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Police in Alfred arrested and charged an African man with burglary and resiting arrest.
They say 22 year old Mbam-ba Tam-ba-jang had burglary tools as well as a set of stolen house and car keys when he was arrested. Police said Tambajang was arrested on June 3 for similar crimes.
Tambajang was arraigned and remanded to Allegany County Jail on $50,000 bail.

New York Bans Cat Declawing

New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats.
We join most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit it.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York ban Monday. Supporters of the new law, which took effect immediately, predict it will lead to similar proposals across the country.
Bills to prohibit declawing are pending in New Jersey, California and Massachusetts, where lawmakers held a hearing on the measure Monday.
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Olean police say the man who drove his car into the Municipal Building over the weekend was drunk.
32 year old Timothy Newman’s been charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving,
Police say Newman was ejected from his when it hit one car, then another car then struck the south wall of the Olean Municipal Building. He has to appear in Olean City Court on July 30.

Missing Wellsville Teenager Found After Five Month Search

She’s been missing for five months, but Wellsville police say 16-year-old Hao Stephanie Liang has been located by the New yORK cITY police department.
Liang was last seen in Wellsville Feb. 15 and reported as missing and a potential runawa.
The Wellsville Secondary School sophomore’s story was featured on an episode of A&E’s police reality show “Live PD” in June, .
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Eliot Ness fans are gearing up for re-enactment of an Al Capone trial and reunion of Untouchables this weekend at the Eliot Ness Fest in Coudersport.
IT’s the second annual celebration. The three-day event, begins today and runs through Sunday.
There’ll be a reunion of descendants of the “Untouchables,” Ness’s group of law enforcement officers.
At least five Untouchables descendants are coming for the event. “They’ll present a program and show some artifacts from their investigation of Capone and his outfit on Saturday at the theater,”

Freedom Town Board Approves Approves $12M Host Agreement

The Freedom Town Board approved a community host agreement with Invenergy worth $12 million over the next 20 years. The $570 million Alle-Catt Wind Farm proposed by Invenergy would have 117 turbines in five towns — Freedom and Farmersville in northeast Cattaraugus County, Centerville and Rushford in northwest Allegany County and the town of Arcade in Wyoming County. They would rise up to 600 feet from base to blade tip. The vote was 3-2.
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The Western New York Library Resources Council is getting a $16,000 grant.
It’ll help the libraries in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Orleans counties.
The money’s coming from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, for enhancing health information literacy skills among librarians who’ll use the skills in providing quality health information access services and outreach programs to the public in the six-county region of Western New York.