Archives for November 2019

Seneca Resorts & Casinos Ready for Sports Betting

Sports betting is coming to Western New York, and Seneca Resorts & Casinos is getting ready.
Sports fans can bet on pro football, hockey, basketball, and soccer at the new sports lounges inside their three gaming properties and they’ll be the exclusive sportsbook partner of the Buffalo Sabres.
The casinos will have real time odds boards and betting kiosks available 24 hours, seven days a week at any Seneca Resorts & Casinos location, according to a release from Seneca Gaming.
A bunch of ‘Turkeys’ came out for the YMCA’s Turkey Trot at St. Bonaventure over the holiday.
There were plenty of “turkeys” to rul along with more than 100 other runners and walkers at St. Bonaventure University’s campus Thanksgiving Day during the annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk.
The run and walk benefits the Olean Food Pantry. It’s sponsored by the Olean Medical Group, Bradford Manor and Jones Memorial Hospital.

Clarksville Teen Accused of Shooting Parents to Death

Clarksville teenager William Larson Jr shot and killed his father, according to testimony at his preliminary hearing on two counts of second degree murder.
He’s charged in Allegany County District Court with killing his 67-year-old father father william larson sr. and his mother 50 year old Lisa Larson.
17 year old wilaiam larson told police that his father attacked him with a knife, and that his father shot Lisa.
Both had also been stabbed, before the house was set on fire.
George Borrello has taken his oath of office to become the new Senator for New York’s 57th District.
He won a special election Nov. 5 to fill the seat formerly held by Catharine Young of Olean. He defeated Democrat Austin Morgan easily by a vote of 41,410 to 16,454.
There will be more swearing in ceremonies. The state will schedule celebratory swearing-in ceremonies in the district and Albanynear the end of the year.

Police Find Teenager Wanted in Double-Homicide Questioning

Police have found the teenager they were looking for high and low in connection with an apparent double-homicide and arson fire in Clarksville. 17 year old William Larson Jr was wanted for questioning after police say they found two bodies at his house, who may have been stabbed to death before the home was set on fire.
the Portville Central School District cancelled school yesterday during the search but say they will be open today and counseling services will be available for anyone seeking it.
The American Red Cross is giving $5 Amazon gift cards to donors who come in and donate over the holiday season. Anyone coming in to give for the next few weeks until Dec. 18 will get a gift card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. If you come in from November 27th through the 30th, they’ll give you an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Yard Waste Ordinance Might Change for Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County lawmakers tonight are talking about changing how much yard waste you can dispose of at county transfer stations.
A new definition of yard waste is proposed: “Grass clippings, leaves, cuttings from shrubs, hedges and trees that are less than 4 inches in diameter or less than 4 feet in length, excluding stumps.”
That does not include household garbage or recyclable stuff.
The new regulations were proposed after the county spent more than $60,000 to grind up material at the compost sites.
A couple of drug dealers are off the streets.
Kennedy man will spend four years in prison for selling drug.
26 year old Brent Robbins was convicted of selling narcotics on Feb. 10, 2017, and March 13, 2017, in the town of Conewango.
29 year old Benjamin Lingenfelter of Olean, was sentenced to two years in prison for making meth.
HE was arrested in Nov. 2017, in Olean.

Cattaraugus County Budget Under Review

The tentative $250.6 million Cattaraugus County budget for next year hasn’t changed much since it was introduced a couple of weeks ago.
Five committees have gone through it and the only difference is that cutting two nursing home positions have changed after employees changed their retirement plans.
The full County Legislature will vote on the tentative budget and any amendments made by the Finance Committee following a public hearing next week.
The opening day of deer season began tragically.
An ATV accident has killed a 67 year old Grand Island man in Bolivar.
Authorities say that it appears to be a hunting accident.
Amity-based state police said they were called out Saturday afternoon to County Road 33. A passerby on the trail reported that he found a man unresponsive under an overturned ATV.
EMS attempted life saving measures on scene, but were unsuccessful.
Troopers identified the victim as Daniel Berg,

Sales Tax Collections Up Statewide

Sales taxes are up all across area, but not in Olean.
sales tax collection in New York through the first three quarters grew in 51 of 57 counties outside of New York City. Cattaraugus County had a 4.5% increase from last year.
Allegany County saw an increase of 8.5% from the third quarter of 2018.
Revenue fell in Olean for the quarter and year to date. With $1.1 million for the quarter, revenue fell 2.7%.
Year-to-date, the city has collected $3.2 million, a 2.5% decrease.
Almost two dozen groups have already sign-up for the Santa Claus Lane Parade in Olean.
The parade is set for 7 pm Nov. 29, when Santa and Mrs. Claus will up downtown Olean with thousands of lights.
The parade starts at Delaware Avenue and North Union Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will have their traditional countdown of the lighting ceremony at the intersection of State and Union.

Green Light Law Has NY Clerks Divided

The new Green Light Law will be in place in a couple of weeks.
New York is one of 14 states that let undocumented immigrants have driver’s licenses
But the change has been met with resistance from county clerks like Robert Christman of Allegany County.
He told the New York Times, he thinks it’s his obligation to report anyone who’s commited a crime to the appropriate authorities.
Another student has come forward claiming sexual abuse by a former Salamanca City School District teacher.
The new claim was filed by a student who says Michael DuPont allegedly began abusing the youth in the 2002-03 school year when the youth was in seventh grade. The Salamanca City School District is also named in the lawsuit. DuPont was sentenced in 2009 to14 years in prison after he was convicted of two counts second-degree sodomy and two counts of disseminating indecent materials to minors.

Cattaraugus County Not Liable For Masonic Temple Destruction

Cattaraugus County won’t have to pay for tearing down the Masonic Temple in Otto.
The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York will contribute $25,000 to the building’s demolition. The Town of Otto will also pay a portion of the demolition costs.
The Olean boat launch fund application has been sent to Cattaraugus County
It’ll cost around $93,000 The launch would be Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.
If funded, it would be the second time the county has offered launch funds for the upper Allegheny River area.
In 2015, Cattaraugus County lawmakers approved $150,000 for three launches. Portville received a launch later that year, while a launch in Allegany was installed in 2016.
A Bolivar woman was sentenced in Allegany County Court to five years in state prison because of drugs.
Police said 31 year old Kerri Cobbhad 16 packages of cocaine and heroin when they arrested her. .

Jamestown Man Found Hanging From Deer Tree Stand for Hours

A Jamestown man hung upside down for 2 and a half hours last week from a tree stand where he was hunting deer in Randolph.
A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger had to climb up the tree and get him down.
The man’s name hasn’t been released. The DEC say he was found in the woods off Hotchkiss Road.
The man was found hanging with his feet on the seat of his tree stand and his upper body attached to the tree stand. He lost his footing while using the climbing tree stand and his foot got caught.
The Christmas House in Coudersport is open today 11 a.m. to 6 tonight for the annual open house.
Volunteers will be serving homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Santa will be there from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Christmas House provides Christmas gifts for Potter County families in need each holiday season.

Winter Storm Bringing More Snow

The Winter Storm Advisory for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties issued by the National Weather Service meanbs about 3 to 5 inches of lake effect snow is on the way. The storm will hit hardest in the western and central portions of Cattaraugus County and the higher terrain of the Chautauqua Ridge. Drivers, you can anticipate slippery road conditions and reduced visibility.
The advisory will remain in effect through 10 this morning.
The Hinsdale Eagle scout dedicated trees planted in memory of soldiers who fought in 12 American wars.
The project was coordinated by Nathan Armstrong, a 16-year-old member of Hinsdale Scouts BS Troop 689 for his Eagle rank. Armstrong, a junior at Hinsdale Central School, got the idea from his scout leaders, Ann and Randy Carr.
Each tree is dedicated to an American war with a small plaque at the base of the tree at Gile Hollow Park.