Archives for April 2018

Franklinville Central School District Seeks New Superintendent

The help wanted sign is hanging out at the Franklinville Central School District.
They’re looking for someone to replace Superintendent Michelle Spasiano.
She’s retiring at the end of the school year after serving nine years on the job.
She says she wants to spend more time with her family.
The district is taking in applications until May 11.
The first round of interviews are scheduled for early june and decision is expect by the end of june. The new superintendent is expected to start Aug. 1st, if all goes as planned.
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State police police say they have three drug users off the streets of Salamanca and charged with drug possession. New York State Police charged 26 year old Michael Hoffman, of Olean; 28 year old Katie Stahlman, of Salamanca; and 27 year old Jacob Winship of Little Valley. They’re charged with one count each of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Franklinville Voters To Answer Million Dollar Questions

Voters in Franklinville Central School District have a big decision to make.
They’ll go to the polls to say yes or not to as much as $11.2 million in improvements.
The district is proposing a capital project that includes two propositions. the first would be for spending $6.1 million for general building upkeep with no tax impact, the second would cost another $5.1 million for improvements to the athletic fields and bring with it a 1 percent tax increase.
A public hearing is scheduled for May 8 in the district’s high school auditorium. the election is may 15th.
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Fire houses across New York opened their doors to the public for a full weekend as part of a statewide effort to up the number of volunteer firefighters.
Several fire companies took part in Chautauqua, Niagra and Cattaraugus Counties. More than 20 fire houses in Erie County did as well. If you missed your local open house you can still volunteer.

Arrest Made in Gun Burglary

Police say their search for a burglar who broke into a general store last month and story 13 long guns and five handguns has succeeded.
New York State Police announced they’ve arrested 31 year old Michael Argento of Greece and charged him with burglary. He’s in Allegany County Jail on $100,000 cash bail. And there are two more suspects.
State police say they searched Argento’s home in Greece and a seasonal home in Willing.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation had offered a combined reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
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If you’re looking for one of the most affordable places to live in Pennyslvania, a new poll says you should look at Bradford. it’s been ranked in the top 10 by SmartAsset, a financial technology company, number one being Shamokin in Northumberland County.

Olean To Pay $1M Construction Settlement

Olean has to pay a million dollar settlement to a construction company.
The Olean Common Council OKed the payment to a contractor on the North Union Street construction. Catco Construction of Alden sued the city after the city refused to pay more than $994,000 over disputes about the work that was performed. Catco said the city had not paid for any landscaping, light poles and other finish work.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed says he’ll work with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to try and save as many of the 250 Dresser-Rand jobs as possible at the Siemens plant in Wellsville. Reed met with union representatives from the Wellsville plant last week in Washington.
The company has been in business for over 100 years and makes compressors for the U.S. Navy.
“It was a great meeting,” Reed told reporters from the 23rd Congressional District during a media call on Monday.

Olean Considers Whitney Avenue Play Area

An area of Whitney Avenue might be the next fun place to play in Olean.
The city council’s considering turning a triangle of land between Whitney Avenue and the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad tracks site into play area. It’s applied for an $80K grant funded by a non profit called KaBOOM! The old city police station used to be on that site before 1959.
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Welfare fraud is the charge against a Portville woman. thirty three year old Shannon Shelton is accused of appling for food stamps in Cattaraugus County, but police say she was already receiving food stamp benefits in another state. They say she collected $269 in food stamps before her arrest.
Shelton was arraigned in Olean Town Court and held on $1,000 bail.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags. The legislation would ban single-use plastic bags around the state starting next year. New Yorkers use an estimated 23 billion plastic bags each year.

Dead Body Found in Randolph Identified

State Police have identified one of the men who’s body was found over the weekend. They say 48 year old Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon of Busti is the man found off Swanson Hill Road in Randolph. State Police said they made the identification with help from the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office.
His body was found early Saturday evening. Another body found in the Town of Portland, southwest of Dunkirk, is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death, State Police said.
Sate police say an investigation is continuing.
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Father Greg Dobson is leaving the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels this summer. He’ll serve the rest of his of ministry in Buffalo near family. He’s been pastor of St. Mary’s for the last 21 years. He leaves in late July and will take a temporary reassignment at St. Joseph’s Church in Gowanda. then he’ll take a more permanent assignment in or around Buffalo.
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Autopsies For Two Dead Bodies Ordered

Police found the bodies of two men over the weekend – one in Chataqua county, another in Cattaraugus county.
Police say they don’t think the deaths are releated, but not much else as they invesetigate.
A driver reported the first body off state route 20 in Portland. He was a white man in his 40’s or maybe 50’s. A few hours later, the second body was found off Swanson Hill Road in Randolph.
Both bodies are scheduled for autopsy at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo to determine the identity and cause of death.
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Fixing up the Veterans Memorial Park in Salamanca is on the Recreation Commission meeting agenda tonight. They’ve talked for months about renovations or repairs to the athletic fields.
The tentative plans include adding artificial turf for bigger events on the fields. They could remove some trees install locker rooms, building a new playground and re-positioning the football and lacrosse field could also be considered.

St. Bonaventure Holds First Responders Drill

You can’t be prepared for everything, but you can try.
St. Bonaventure first responders put their plan together for what happens if someone walked into the school and started shooting. about 130 police officers, EMTs and campus security personnel took part in the drill. they even held a mock press conference with university officials afterward.
St. Bonaventure President Dr. Dennis DePerro said in a statement emergency drills are important not only for the campus community, but for the law enforcement agencies and emergency responders who need to understand the university’s emergency plan and facilities.
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Superheros are going to chruch in Olean this weekend. They’re the subject at Hillside Wesleyan Church where they’re planning a four-week sermon series on how Bible heroes and comic book heroes are pretty much the same. Rev. Dan Todd says he knows what he’s talking about. He’s been a comic book fan since he was kid. He’ll do more than talk, he says he’s showing clips of the newest Marvel movie,

Bon Ton Going Out of Business

It’s bye bye to Bon Ton. one of the Olean Center Mall’s anchor stores is going out of business and will begin closing down its remaining stores after a bankruptcy judge said she would approve the sale of the retailer’s assets. The highest bidders at a bankruptcy proceeding were two liquidation firms. Bon Ton operates 257 stores in 24 states under seven brand names. A complete liquidation will leave mall owners scrambling to fill the huge gaps at their properties. The stores will close within the next 10 to 12 weeks.
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Anyone convicted of domestic abuse in New York will now have to turn over their guns.
A new bill, expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo adds convictions of some violent misdemeanors in domestic abuse cases to the list of crimes that prohibit gun possession.
The bill becomes law 60 days after it is signed by Cuomo. The violent misdemeanors include menacing, assault and unlawful imprisonment.

St. Bonaventure Golf Course Restaurant To Remain Closed

The Clubhouse Restaurant at the St. Bonaventure Golf Course in Allegany will stay empty.
Plans to open the doors this spring along have been scrapped. University officials say it needs repairs and usually doesn’t make enough money to justify it. So the restaurant will be closed for the rest of the year and maybe longer.
The boiler needs to be upgraded, so does the heating and ventilation system, the plumbing and air conditioning.
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The Nannen Arboretum Society is looking for volunteers to help cleanup the arboretum’s grounds. It’s kind of messy after recent snow and wind storms left tree branches of all sizes all over the property.
The first cleanup day is scheduled for Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. There are other cleanup days at the same time on Saturday, May 12 and Thursday, May 17. The society says most of the debris can be simply be picked up by hand.