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.

NY Smoking Law Raises Age to 21

The smoking age all across New York has been raised from 18 to 21.
Governor Cuomo signed the legislation signed into law Tuesday.
The change, which takes effect in 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers.
Gov. Cuomo said too many children and teens pick up smoking in part because of marketing aimed at young people. Cattaraugus county raised the age in 2016.
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A Libertarian state Senate candidate has been charged with impersonating a veteran
63 year old Glenn French was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation.
Cattaraugus county Deputies said they received a report from a local veteran program June 27 that a member was possibly impersonating a veteran, leading them to determine French was using an alias and impersonating a veteran to receive services he was otherwise not entitled to.
He was also found to have forged a document, deputies said.

NY Education Commissioner Resigns

New York state’s top education official is resigning.
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told the Board of Regents at its meeting Monday she is resigning Aug. 31. Elia was appointed in 2015. She says it was an honor to serve the students and teachers of New York for four years. An education department spokesman said Elia will pursue another, unspecified professional opportunity. The New York State United Teachers union issued a statement wishing Elia well.
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Two women have been arrested on drug charges after an investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.
37 year old Caryn Hale and 29 year old Brianna Harvey were charged with possession of a controlled substance after authorities executed a search warrant over the weekend at Harvey’s residence, and found over four ouces of methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They’re in the Cattaraugus County Jail.
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Former Limestone Pet Store Owner Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

A former Limestone pet store owner will spend nearly 20 years in prison on a child porn charge.
63 year old Kevin Fox pleaded guilty last year.
Fox owned and operated Foxy’s Pet Foods and Supplies at 635 Main St. in Limestone for several years.
He was accused of persuading woman to have sex with teenage boys and send him photographs of it in 2016.
A sentence of more than 18 years in prison, was handed down by a U.S. District Judge.
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The Allegany County Fair turns 175 years old this year
The fair runs from today through Saturday at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
druing the week there’ll be competitions with farm tractors competing against each other, a Free For All horse pull, a car show on the track, rodeo. and a concert with country musician Keith Anderson.
Senior Day is Wednesday, with admission for those 55 and over $5.

William O. Smith Rec Center Burglarized

Somebody broke into Olean’s William O. Smith Recreation Center.
The burglars took some money and left behind a lot of damage.
The damage was discovered Tuesday morning. Police believe at least two people got in either Monday night or early Tuesday morning by climbing onto the roof, smashing a skylight and jumping about 16 feet down to the floor. They used a drill to break into a container holding cash, tipped over vending machines and destroyed an ATM, police said.
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Got some questions about the census? A U.S. Census Bureau official will be in Olean Saturday to talk about how it works, why it matters. The Citizen Action Network of Southwestern New York is hosting the presentation at the Warming House by Dr. Jason Eastman.
Eastman, a sociology professor at Coastal Carolina University, is currently living in Olean for the year while working for the Census Bureau for the Southern Tier.

Sheriff’s Department Warns of a Phone Scam Alert

Be careful and suspicious about anyone calling and claiming to be with National Grid.
Authorities say it’s probably a phone scam.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says the calls are coming from area codes 808 or 718 and promise to give discounts on your National Grid bill.
The scammers ask for personal information such as social security number or account information.
But the sheriff’s office says you shouldn’t release any personal information or return any calls.
The sheriff’s office encourages anyone who gets one of these calls to contact the authorities.
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A plan to redevelop that Manny Hanny building has the backing from the Olean council.
The Common Council unanimously declared Savarino Companies of Buffalo a qualified and eligible sponsor to redevelop 101 N. Union St., the former Manufacturers Hanover building.
It allows the city Urban Renewal Agency, to negotiate a developer agreement, set a sale price and move ahead with the project .

Erie County Clerk Sues State Over Immigrant Licenses

The Erie county clerk has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law authorizing driver’s licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally. Michael Kearns’ challenge,seeks an injunction blocking the law while its constitutionality is reviewed.
Kearns, a Democrat, argues the law is unconstitutional and forces county clerks to violate their oaths of office by granting licenses to immigrants who have broken immigration laws. Kearns said clerks who ignore the new law in favor of federal law may be at risk of being removed from office by Cuomo.
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Gas prices have taken a dip in Western Pennsylvania.
The average price is two cents cheaper this week at $2.92 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in Bradford is $2.99;
In the last 15 days, state gas price averages have jumped, pushing up the national average nearly a dime to $2.75.

Head-On Collision Reported in Bolivar

A two-vehicle head-on collision was reported Monday on Route 417 in Bolivar.
It happened shortly before 7 pm on Route 417 near Phillips Hill Road.
Both lanes of Route 417 were shut down while ambulances and life flight helicopters took the injured to the hospital.
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The Wellsville Emergency Services Training Facility in Allegany County may be getting an upgrade.
The Fire Advisory Board is asking the Public Safety Committee to give them an additional $3,000. right now the county pays $1,000 a year.
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New York state parks are offering free swimming lessons to up to 3,000 children this summer
Enrollment began Monday at Fort Niagara State Park in Niagara County, Long Point State Park on Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County and in the Red House Area of Allegany State Park in Allegany County. The New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation program has helped nearly 18,000 children learn how to swim since i2013.

Flash Flooding Damage Assessed in Cattaraugus County

They’re still assessing the weekend flood damage in Cattaraugus County
The flooding began around 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
In addition to the all the flooded basements, all events at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds on Saturday were canceled including the Demolition Derby and fireworks. The flash flooding caused the county to close some roads for a time, particularly Route 353.
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Any more talk about regulations for Olean food trucks have been postponed.
There hasn’t been any progress in the eight months since Rafi’s Food Cart cart fire and damaged a neighboring home. It left the homeowner wondering why the food cart was allowed to operate so close to his home.
Right now, city law allows food trucks to operate in residential areas and aren’t required to have regular fire inspections. City officials said last December they would look into regulations for food trucks, but the issue has been stalled.