Flu Outbreak Forces Restrictions at OGH and Bradford Regional

A flu outbreak is causing Olean General and Bradford Regional to limit visitation.
They say that in order to protect patients, visitors and staff by restricting visitors to those 17 and older until further notice. Healthy siblings will be allowed to visit OGH’s OB/maternity floor.
Anyone with respiratory or flu-like symptoms arriving at the hospital, will be given a face mask to avoid spreading germs.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change state flag.
They would be the first changes in 138 years.
Cuomo wants to add the Latin phrase, “e pluribus unum” to the flag, which means “out of many, one”. The governor says it would deliver unifying message .
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A Bradford author’s book is getting a big award
Local author Ann McCauley’s “Mother Love, Willow Lane, Book Two” has been honored as a Notable Top 100 Book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition for 2019.

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for southern Erie, Wyoming Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties until 6 p.m. tonight. Snow could become heavy at times, especially in the lake effect areas of ski country. In and around the area we could see 1-3 inches of snow.
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A Cattaraugus County man was arrested for driving while intoxicated, after car crash on Sodum Road in Mansfield, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said 21-year-old Avery Sei-flein, of East Otto, lost control of the car he was driving and wound up in a ditch before deputies arrived.
They say he ran from the scene of the accident, but was found by deputies who said that he was drunk at the time of the accident.
Seiflein was issued tickets to appear in Mansfield Town Court at a later date and was released to a third party, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Olean Valu Home Center Closing

Say goodby to Olean’s Valu Home Center hardware store.
It’ll be one of three closing this year.
Valu Home Centers president and CEO Michael Er-vo-lina Jr. said it was a difficult and emotional decision because hsi family has operated the stores for many years. 38 other locations will remain open.
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An Allegany County native will be the fifth county administrator
Carissa Knapp has been appointed by the Allegany County Board of Legislators.
The last administrator, Deborah McDonnell, served a short time, from June until October then took a leave of absence before resigning later that month.
She is expected to resign from her post as county attorney and a search will begin to fill that job.
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The Hart Comfort House is looking for more volunteers.
The Hart House trains people who volunteer to care for residents, cook, clean, provide office help, maintenance, and any other need that arises.

High Speed Chase Ends in Arrest

A high speed chase thourhg several towns including Olean has a Bolivar man in jail.
Bolivar Police say they were called to the scene of a reported burglary Friday night on Wellsville Street. As a police patrol car approached the scene, they say 54 year old David Croley, drove down Wellsville Street in the victim’s pickup truck. They say he ran a red light and went about 75 mph then sped up to about 100 mph.
The chase went into Olean where he was finally stopped with the help of Olean Police.
He’s charged with second-degree burglary, possession of a weapon and fleeing of a police officer.
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The Southern Tier Crop Congress has been set for Jan. 22
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County, in conjunction with the Southwestern New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team, will host the Southern Tier Crop Congress at the Belfast Fire Hall.

Clarksville Murder Case Goes to Grand Jury Soon

The Clarksville teen accused of killing his parents in November is set for a grand jury hearing next month.
it had be scheduled for last month.
If the grand jury indictments, Larson will be arraigned. If the grand jury does not indict, Larson is expected to be freed. Larson faces two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter for the deaths of William and Lisa Larson.
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Salamanca schools are getting $474K in grant money for a Seneca youth program
The State Education Department if giving the month to the My Brother’s Keeper Native American program.
The funds would focus on providing mentorship for Native American males and the development of a comprehensive Indigenous Peoples education curriculum for grades K-12.
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Applications now open for Alfred State Police Academy.
The academy begins May 12, for both recruits who haven’t been hired and newly hired recruits.

Assemblyman Kolb Pleads Not Guilty to DWI

Assemblyman Brian Kolb pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving.
He was arrested after an accident on New Year’s Eve.
His license was suspended, and he was given a 30-day waiver so he can drive to Albany.
Kolb says he’ll pay for damages to the state owned car and resigned as the Assembly’s minority leader.
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The Seneca Nation is celebrating the return of a cultural treasure.
Seneca Chief Cornplanter’s peace pipe tomahawk is back after 150 years.
George Washington gave Cornplanter the pipe tomahawk out of friendship and respect. Cornplanter’s peace pipe tomahawk had been missing from the New York State Museum in Albany for the past 70 years before being returned by an anonymous donor in 2018.
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The head of Olean General Hospital and Upper Allegheny Health System will step down this summer.
Timothy Finan will resign as president and CEO on July 3.
The board will choose a successor.

Cuomo Uses State of the State to Lay Out Agenda

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to Fight hate, help the planet, and make pot legal in 2020.
Cuomo laid out the agenda in his annual State of the State address Wednesday He says he wants to wage war on hate crimes, spend $3 billion on environmental protection and legalize recreational marijuana.
The speech kicks off a legislative session running through June 2.
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A Salamanca woman will spend a year in jail for making methamphetamine in Allegany
29 year old Shannon Lee Hitchcock was arrested in March of 2018 in the town of Allegany when she knowingly possessed products to make meth.
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The Arts Council in Olean plans to go in a new direction in the new year.
Mikel Winter-mantel and John Bartimole, the executive co-directors of the Tri-County Arts Council after Tina Hastins resigned in December. They told the Olean Times Herald they want to reinvigorate the artist community

Olean Selects Gonzalez As New Council President

It’s like deja vu all over again for Olean’s new Common Council president Paul Gonzalez .
Aldermen chose former council President Paul Gonzalez to do it again for the next year over former Mayor Linda Witte. He was a narrow winner in a 4-3 vote during a special meeting.
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The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce wants your help with a new Santa Claus Lane ornament design. Kathleen McDonald has designed the first 24 ornaments in the series. She sketches the layout from photos. To submit ideas by Jan. 31, call or email the chamber of commerce.
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The New Allegany Police chief has been formally introduced .
He’s Chris Baker who began working with the Allegany Police Department in 1985. He’s a former Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputy. He’s been with the allegany police department since 2007

Cattaraugus County Legislature to Reorganize Wednesday

The Cattaraugus County Legislature will reorganize for 2020 tomorrow night.
Republicans control 16 of the 17 seats.
Howard VanRensselaer is the chairman, taking over for James Snyder.
He’ll announce committee assignments and other appointments later this month.
Committee meetings begin the first week in February.
Andrew Burr is the vice chairman and Michael Brisky, the majority leader.
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The new year is bringing in new laws for New Yorkers.
A couplr of the major new laws include Cash bail has been eliminated for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies with the exceptions of sex offenses and domestic violence case..
Plastic bags will be banned in March. Paid family leave is available for more than ever before.
Teenagers can now pre-register to vote at 16 or 17 years old.
Starting Oct. 1, this year, the federal government will require anyone boarding domestic flights to carry a driver’s license or other identification card that is Real ID compliant.

Olean Council To Appoint New President

The Olean Common Council’s getting a new president tonight.
The council is holding a special meeting to choose who that’ll be.
They tried Thursday, but that ended in a deadlock between former President Paul Gonzalez and former Mayor Linda Witte.
Gonzalez is a four-term alderman. He was council president from January 2016 through the end of 2017.
Witte was Olean’s 22nd mayor and first woman in that office.
The council president presides over meetings of the council, and serves as interim mayor if the mayor isn’t available.
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Hinsdale’s Bicentennial Celebration kicked off this week with about 30 people in the First Day Hike along the Genesee Valley Greenway. The Hinsdale Historical Society is planning a number of events for the Bicentennial.
Hinsdale officially became the ninth town in Cattaraugus County on April 14, 1820.
The “First Day Walk” hikers got a New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation bandana.