Archives for June 2018

Olean Police Bust Sixth Meth Lab in Seven Months

It’s been a busy year for Olean police. They say they’ve busted another methamphetamine labs in the city. They’ve arrested a couple of people after searching a South Third Street apartment. 24 year old Derek Varnum and 35 year old Corry Wymer are charged with manufacturing meth. Police say they found the lab in the attic after getting a tip from the property owner. He told the Olean Times Herald that a neighbor complained about strange smells comeing from the property. It was the sixth alleged meth lab discovered in the city over the last seven months,
The second annual Celebrate Olean Outdoor Festival is scheduled for this weekend.
And organizers are setting up Gargoyle Park for what they hope is a big crowd. Festivities include a Jeep Jamboree, a dice run, camping and volleyball, and new this year beer yoga with mimosa. admission is free.

Dresser-Rand Affected by House Bill

An amendment to a House appropriations bill approved last week means good news for workers in Wellsville.
A national security review will be triggered if Siemens plans to move jobs at the Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville to other plants. Thats becaude Dresser-Rand plant make pumps and compressors that’re used on Navy ships.
Siemens plans to close most of the plant in 2020 and with it, end 250 jobs. U.S. Representative Tom Reed says Siemens plans to keep 70 to 100 of the jobs at Wellsville.
A Rushford man has died after a collision in Allegany County over the weekend.
It was a two-vehicle collision on County Road 36 in Centerville. A 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crossed over the centerline and hit a car head-on. The motorcyle diver, 29 year old Jeffrey Clark was taken to Wyoming County Hospital in Warsaw, where he was pronounced dead.

2015 Accident Leads to Vehicular Assault Charges

Three years after a horrible accident that left a woman seriously injured, the driver, a Cattaraugus man is charged with vehicular assault. Police say 47 year old Shawn Maynard of Randolph was drinking and under the influence of drugs when he crashed.
It happened in Colhester on State Highway 30 in 2015. Police say Maynard wrecked on a a curve in the road and hit an earth embankment. The vehicle overturned, and his then-20-year-old passenger was thrown from the wreck and she’s still in a wheelchair today. He was arrested a few weeks ago after authorities learned he was in jail in Champaign County, Illinois.
History fans are anxious. Cattaraugus County museums are opening their doors on Saturday, or as they call it, Cattaraugus County Museum Day. Fifteen different area museums are taking part.
Museum Day lets museums recruit new members and volunteers, The museums have free admission, but donations are accepted.

Governor Cuomo Wants To Let Teachers Identify School Threats

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on a school bus tour of New York state. He’s trying to build support for a plan to allow parents or teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students.
He started the tour in Long Island and the Bronx.
The proposal would let teachers, school administrators and parents ask a judge to evaluate a child they believe is a threat. The judge could then order the confiscation of firearms in the child’s home. Cuomo says his proposal is the first of its kind in the nation.
Southern Pine beetles’ve killed millions of acres of forests in the south and they’re heading north.
Southern pine beetles have been slowly expanding their range. Mmonitoring traps have caught beetles as far north as New England. Experts say the insect could reach Nova Scotia in two years and Maine in 60 years.

Olean Huskies Lose to Eventual State Champions

It was oh so close. But it took the eventual best in the state to eliminate the Olean Huskies over the weekend.
Huskies coach Dan Brooks said his girls exceeded everyone’s expectations by reaching the final four in the state tournament. The Olean softball team lost 5-0 loss to Ichabod Crane in the Class B state semifinals Saturday. Ichabod Crane went on to win its second state title in four years, beating six-time champion Susquehanna Valley, 2-0, in the final. Olean was bidding to become the first Big 30 softball team to reach a state championship game since 2010.
The First StrOlean of the year is in the books and organizers says it was a big success.
The weekend event showcased the renovated North Union Street. It’s the first of three scheduled for 2018.
The next two StrOleans are scheduled for Aug. 17 and Oct. 26.

GoFund Me Page Started for ATV Victim’s Daughter

Friends and family are trying to help the daughter of a man who was killed in an atv crash over the weekend.
They’ve started a GoFund Me page .
All the money raised by the page are going to Robert Geddes’ daughter, Briana according to the page. Geddes was killed this weekend when his ATV crash into a guardrail.
New York State Police arrested a Cattaraugus County man for reportedly grabbing someone by the throat.
76 year old Robert Scholtz was arrested at home in Portville after police got a report of a dispute.
State police say Scholtz grabbed another person while making physical threats against them.
He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and menacing.
Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins says he’s worried about “dragon’s breath.”
It’s a trend of adding liquid nitrogen to food or desserts. Watkins says there’s a threat that liquid nitrogen can cause burns.

Dreser-Rand in Olean Adding Jobs

More jobs are coming to Siemens in Olean. The Dresser-Rand plant has about 800 people working there right now. But company officials say work from other facilities is being shipped there until the end of next year.
Wellsville is another story though. The company laid off 60 people in 2016 and almost a hundred last year. The Wellsville plant is scheduled to close by 2020.
Organizers of the Pink Pumpkin Project 5K Walk and Run are getting ready for the next event in August. The charity helps local breast cancer survivors. This years event will be held Aug. 4 at at the Allegany Community Center. New this year will be product giveaways including Michael Kors and Vera Bradley products; a travel set; golf package; and a weekend getaway prize. Runner will also get a free LED light reflective shoe clip.
For more information on the organization, visit online at