Archives for November 2017

Manslaughter Charges Filed in Car Death

That deadly car crash in Salamanca over the weekend has led to manslaughter charges against the driver.
21 Damion Taylor was reportedly driving recklessly when he lost control of the car and hit a tree off Old Route 17. 21 year old Alexandrea Kindt was ejected from the car and died.
Taylor was taken too Cattaraugus County Jail and held on a $100,000 cash bail. Additional charges are pending.
The Portville Central School District and Portville Teachers Association have agreed to a new 4-year contract.
Volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign when it begins after Thanksgiving,
Red Kettle volunteers will begin ringing bells around the area beginning at 9 in the morning Friday and they’ll continue ringing those bells through 3 p.m. Dec. 23. The Olean Salvation Army has a goal of $50,000 this year. The charity says a few organizations, businesses and people have offered to help with the program, but they need more help.

Public Hearing Tonight on Olean Rental Inspection Law

Today’s the day to sound off either for or against rental inspections in Olean. Its your chance to say what you like or don’t like about the Common council’s 29-page proposal it’s considering.
Theres a public hearing tonight at 5:30 in the council chambers of the Olean Municipal Building. And of course the council wants eeverybody to show up before the vote, rather than afterwards. If no changes are needed after rhe hearing, the rental inspection proposal as is is expected to come before the full council for a vote Nov. 28. The law would go into effect on June 1, of next year.
A driver went off the road and hit a tree in Salamanca and the passenger is the one who winds up thrown from the wreckage and dead. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating to find out what happened. It was a one-car accident.

No names have been released.

Budget Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday

Cattaraugus County’s $230.2 million budget passed through the County Legislature’s Finance Committee Thursday night. Now you the public get your chance.
The full County Legislature meets tomorrow afternoon at 4 for a public hearing on the budget.
It lowers the full value tax rate by 20 cents per $1,000.
So far the budget’s passed through committees with minor changes.
Legislators will be asked to approve $1.5 million in fund transfers in order to get $3.1 million in IGT funds. The request must be received by Nov. 29 or the county could lose the IGT funding.
Cattaraugus County lawmakers are expected to approve a $258,000 bid tomorrow for ash trees on a 200-acre tract of county forest in the town of Portville.
It is the first of several county forest timber sales in an area threatened by the emerald ash borer.
The Portville county forest property has a mix of red oak, hard and soft maple, cherry, white oak, basswood, tulip, poplar and birch.

Rape and Kidnap Trial Slated to Begin in December

The rape and kidnapping trial of Francis O’Donnell’s been scheduled to begin early next month.
He’s accused of sexually assaulting a woman and holding her prisoner in his Olean House apartment for a month. He was arrested in February after dropping her off at Olean General Hospital.
The woman says O’Donnell raped and beat her multiple over a couple of weeks. O’Donnell denies the charge.
Two babies from Salamanca who went missing with their mothers have been found 300 miles away in Queens. Londyn Richardson and Malani Ventura — along with their mothers — are safe.
The state issued alerts for the missing babies on Saturday morning. Londyn is 29 days old and Malani is 3 months old. Londyn’s mother, Keshauna Boggs, is 18. Malani’s mother, Selena Ventura, is 16. Officials said both teenagers are also safe.
Scientistst say Eastern coyotes are becoming more wolf like. They’re covering more territory and getting bigger.

Allegany Sewer Line Gets $85,000 Boost

It’s gonna cost $85,000 for a new Allegany sewer line. The development and agriculture committee voted to greant the town of allegany $85,000tohelp with the development near exit 24 of interstate 86.
sprague development of Yorkshire bought the site several years agao to redevelop it. but sewer service to the site is necessary. the committee decided the only way to get this porperty developed is to invest in a new sewer line.
big game season opens this weekend and it’s supposed to be wet and cold for the first few days of the traditional gun season for deer and bear. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain across the southern tier on saturday with wind and possible lake effect snow on sunday. tempertaures will be between 30 and 44 degrees saturday and 24 to 31 degrees on sunday. strong winds are expected both days as well, and that’s not good for deer huting.

Olean School District Maintains Police Protection

Olean will have a city police officer in the Olean City School District for the next couple of years.
The council voted 6-0 to approve a contract through the 2019-20 school year to keep an officer in the district.
An Allegany County Jail inmate in jail for stolen property and marijuana charges now has another problem.
36 year old Christopher Herron of New Hudson is accused of damaging property valued at more than $250 and jeopardized the safety and security of inmates and staff.
New York State Police say they found about 50 items of stolen property and a marijuana growing operation at Herron’s home during a search warrant. They say they found 282 marijuana plants.
A car caught fire in the Little Caesars parking lot in Olean Wednesday night.
Nobody was hurt, but a 321 year old Olean woman says she and her children got out of the car just in time.

Cattaraugus County Lawmakers Splitting Bed Tax Money

Cattaraugus County lawmakers vote today on how to divide next year’s bed tax revenues.
The Development and Agriculture Committee and the Finance Committee will decide how to split more than $700,000 in Cattaraugus County Hotel and Motel Tax receipts.
the Treasurer’s Office get’s five percent, 60 percent will be divided between Ellicottville, Olean and Salamanca. The remaining 40 percent goes to other Chambers of Commerce and other groups who want to promote tourism promotion in the county.
A Buffalo man says he’s guilty of drug possession in Olean.
24 year old Andre Benefield’s in a New York State prison at the moment. Police say he tried to get drugs in Olean last march.
gasoline prices are going up just in time for the holiday travel season.
In Olean the price for a gallone of gas jumped up about six cents to $2.76. It’d been steady at 2.70 for weeks.

NY Legislature To Debate Domestic Gun Bill

Guns will be taken away from anyone charged with domestic abuse under a new bill proposed in the New York Legislature. The Safe Homes Act would allow police to confiscate guns removed and return them if the charges are dropped or the suspect is ruled innocent.
Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, called on the Senate’s Republican leaders to bring the bill to a vote as soon as possible — either in January when the 2018 session begins or sooner, if a special session is held before the new year as some have suggested.
The Gift Tree program is a huge success in it’s first week according to the executive director of Interfaith Caregivers. Megan Taylor says 76 Gift Tree families had been adopted after just three days.
The annual program, is sponsored by Interfaith Caregivers and the Olean Times Herald. It provides Christmas gifts for the area’s needy families. This is the 8th year of the program.

Cattaraugus County Budget Under Review

Cattaraugus County’s tentative $230.2 million budget gets the once over today from legislature committees.
It’s an increase of one and a half million bucks, but there are no new positions proposed and nobody’s getting laid off, if it’s approved. If the tax levy remains unchanged, city of Olean taxpayers will see a 1.73 percent raise in the tax rate. In the city of Salamanca, the tax rate will go up 3.8 percent .
A homeless shelter that was closed for zoning violations, was a legal mistake according to an attorney on the Genesis House board. Gary Abraham says because the shelter opened long before city zoning laws were changed in 2015, it shouldn’t have been closed at all.
Abraham says that by law, it’s grandfathered and doesn’t need a variance.
The men were moved out of the South Second Street shelter late last week and placed in another home.

Cattaraugus County wants to spend $7.5 million on new roads and bridges

Cattaraugus County wants to spend $22.9 million Cattaraugus County on it’s capital program including $7.5 million for roads, bridges and culverts.
There’s just under 21 million available. The public Works committe has a list of proposed projects.
The committee memebers will review the list and vote on which projects to include in two weeks.
A house for recovering adicts of both drugs and alchol has been shut down, effectively by the Olean Code Enforcement office. The house has been operating for several months as a recovery center for 10 men at 753 Bishop St. It had planned to N. 10th St., by the code office has put an end to that.
The Olean Code Enforcement office said the facility needs to obtain a use variance from the city before it can house the individuals.
An Olean woman is going to prison for trying to commit a burglary in Allegany last year.
44 yerar old Nicole Karl-Lebrenz, was sentenced to 1½ to three years in state prison