Man Arrested After Threat at Hindsdale Central School

A gun threat at Hindsdale led to a school lockout and eventually an arrest.
A Frewsburg man reportedly sent a threatening message to a Hinsdale Central School student.
The 17-year-old student reported the threat to school officials.
20 year old Nicholas McChesney allegedly sent a threatening text message saying he had a gun and that the school should be “locked.”
McChesney reportedly acknowledged that he was having mental health difficulties and agreed to be evaluated at a local hospital. He was taken to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
The Harvest Moon Gala is sold out.
The 21st Harvest Moon Gala benefit for the Genesis House homeless shelter opens its doors today at the Old Library restaurant.
The annual event begins at 6 tonight.
last year, 59 families, including 49 children, were given shelter and 28 men stayed at the men’s shelter.

FEMA Money to be used to fight terrorism

About 160-thousand dollars is coming to Cattaraugus County to fight terrorism and prepare for emergencies.
The federal grant is part of nearly $224 million in funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Homeland Security Grant Program. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services says the priorities are cybersecurity programs and policies, seeing that law enfocement can share information better.
A state grant would help Olean home demolish run down homes. And the city already has the money in the bank.
according to Keri Kerper, the coordinator of the city’s Office of Community Development, the city can use a Community Development Block Grant to tear down four homes. Classifying the demolitions as an urgent need allows the funds to be used for the work, she said. the homes are on East Henley St., North Seventh St., North 13th St. and West Greene St.

Reed and Mitrano Debate Over Debate Schedule

Congressional opponents Tom Reed and Tracy Mitrano couldn’t wait for their three debates to begin.
They’re debating already over how many debates they should have.
Tracy Mitrano wants more debates and to include the Finger Lakes area.
The 23rd Congressional District candidates first agreed to face off in three debates leading up to the Nov. 6 election. The events will be on Oct. 24 in Jamestown; on Oct. 30, on tv in Corning; and on Nov. 1, in Olean.
Mitrano is from the Finger Lakes area But Reed and his campaign say three debates is standard.
Southern Tier Anesthesiologists supporters are planning to rally tomorrow in Lincoln Park
They say they’re ‘not giving up yet. Olean General Hospital announced last month that it’s ending a 24-year relationship with STA and instead going with Great Lakes Anesthesiology from Buffalo. Great Lakes will take over once STA’s contract expires Dec. 31.

Cattaraugus County to Vote on Public Defender Resolutions

Two resolutions dealing with a $242,000 grant for indigent legal services are on the agenda for the Cattaraugus County Legislature committees tomorrow. The County Operations/Public Safety and Finance committees will talk about accepting a three-year grant to keep several programs running in the Cattaraugus County Public Defender’s Office. First the county has to apply with the state Office of Indigent Legal Services. Another resolution divides the grant by amount by year. If the grant isn’t recieved, assistant public defenders’ salaries would drop to what they were paid sxi years ago.
an area LGBT group is trying to raise Alzheimer’s awareness with fundraiser
COLORS will donate the money to get electronic monitoring bracelets that can locate Alzheimer’s patients. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s wander off at some point.
The event is scheduled for Saturday. . Last September COLORS held a fundraiser for breast cancer survivors.

Alfred State College Hires Director for New Police Academy

Alfred State College has a new session director for it’s new police academy.
He’s Officer Scott Richardson, a 30 year law enforcement veteran.
He a former chief of police in Alfred and a retired criminal justice instructor.
The Alfred State Police Academy’s inaugural Basic Course for Police Officers is set to launch next May. It’ll serve recruits who have a job and those looking for one in law enforcement.
Two Pennsylvania men who’s car broke down in Cattaraugus county have more than a repair bill to worry about.
They were arrested by State Police on felony drug charges.
Police say that 26 year old Seth Sharp, of Ulysses, and 26 year old Ryan Johnston of Port Allegany, were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. And the driver, Sharp was charged with driving while impaired by drugs.
Troopers said both men appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Cattaraugus County Animal Abuse Law Amended

Anyone in Cattaraugus County convicted of abusing an animal is now barred from owning farm animals too.
It was an important hole in the law that county lawmakers just plugged up. The law was approved by the Cattaraugus County Legislature on Wednesday. Anyone convicted of animal abuse has to stay a registry for 15 years after they get out jail. and anyone who sells an animal to them can be fined $500 to $2,000.
A second person has been arrested and charged with burglarizing a local business last month.
26 year old Stephen Frank was charged with third-degree burglary.
Police say Frank and Shane Rice, who was arrested last week, broke into Mike Ozzella Contracting last August and stole about $800, silver coins and computers and destroyed a wall safe. Police say Frank was on probation at the time. He had been convicted of forgery and was serving five years on probabtion .

Olean Reaches Decision On Tree Trimming

Olean and landowners will split the costs of cuting down trees in the public right of way from now on.
After a year of talking about it, the Common Council decided unanimously on the new rule.
The rule affects about 4,000 trees in the public right-of-way, which are owned by the property owner.
The city has been paying for trimming and cutting the trees but the money was cut in the last budget.
It costs between $200 to $2,400 depending on how big around the tree is.
A sex offender from Wellsville has just been charged with failing to register a social media account. And it’s a felony.
thirty three year old Timothy Lewis, 33, of Wellsville, has been charged with a sex offender registry violation, a class E felony.
He’s been convicted on two counts of third-degree rape.
The U.S. Marshals Service says he failed to report the Internet access.

Allegany County Gets Ag Education Grants

Teaching kids in Allegany county about agriculture just got a little easier, thanks to 45-thousand dollars in grants.
The state money goes to support the ‘Ag in the Classroom’ program.
State Senator Catharine Young secured $20,000 for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Allegany County and $25,000 for the Cooperative Extension in Livingston County to support Agriculture in the Classroom programs.
The program teaches understanding and appreciation of where food comes from by helping educators, students and communities engage with the agriculture industry.
And learning isn’t just confined to the classroom. at the Olean Library tomorrow, it won’t be kids, but adults, older adults who’ll be learning. The library’s presenting a program about social secuity benefits and what you’re entitled to.
at Olean library Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Topics include: Medicare & Medicaid coverage, social secuity work incentives.
This workshop is free and open to the public.

Wellsville Woman Charged With Stealing From An ATM

A Wellsville woman is accusd of stealing money from an ATM at an area gas station.
19 year old Tryssa Costellon was charged with felony larceny for a theft from a Crosby’s gas station in May and June.
She was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court later this month.
After a summer of waiting, a new playground is getting built in Salamanca on Highland Avenue.
About 300 people will meet Saturday to update the area and make it a state-of-the-art playground in just six hours.
The Salamanca Youth Bureau chose the park on Highland Avenue between Great Valley Street and Linden Avenue as the site most in need of a new playground. It’ll be about 14,000 square feet, and could be the largest playground in Western New York with room for about 900 kids to play.
The city won a “Build it with KaBOOM!” playground grant,in June.

Cattaraugus County TV ads Paying Off

All of those Cattaraugus County tourism tv ads are starting to pay off.
A locally made ad about Cattaraugus County has been airing on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo on the news, soap operas and even the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Jacquie Gardner, a tourism specialist with the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism says she’s getting a lot of telephone calls because of the ad.
The summer ad will be replacedc by the fall add in a few weeks.
A Kane woman has admitted that she stole more than $24 thousand dollars. Thirty three year old Hillary Payne pleaded guilty in McKean County Court to one charge of forgery. District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer said that between October 1, 2015, and October 30, 2017, Payne forged cash advances for $24,219.51 on a line of credit in the name of her husband at Hamlin Bank.