Archives for September 2019

Bradford School Bear Makes National News

A bear in Bradford middle school has made national news.
Viewers of the Today Show, The Weather Channel, and affiliates of all the major television networks saw it. And readers of USA Today, Yahoo News, UPI, Global News in Canada, and even People Magazine’s website all read about the bear walking through the hallways of the Floyd C. Fretz Middle School last week.
The black bear broke into the school and was captured on security cameras.
The bear ran off before causing any damage.
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The DEA says they arrested a Cuba womanafter a pharmacist’s became suspicious over her prescriptions.
The Allegany County pharmacist called the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in May.
The woman, Karen Melton, was medical secretary who’s accused of filling out nearly 60 false prescriptions for nearly 6,000 pills. The U.S. Attorneys office isn’t releasing the name of the Olean physician’s office where Melton worked for three years.

Fire Investigators Looking For Front Street Fire Origin

Fire investigators are still trying to find out why a Front Street home in Olean caught fire Wednesday night.
Nobody was hurt in the two-apartment fire.
The fire started at the rear of the apartment, but one of the apartments waswas unoccupied because it was undergoing renovations. The other apartment was occupied by a man and his dogs. and everyone got out without harm. A neighbor saw the fire and called it in.
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The Veterans Lounge at Jamestown Community College in Olean has a new name.
It’s been dedicated to the late Fred Moricca
Family, friends and colleagues of Moricca gathered outside the Lounge for a renaming ceremony.
Moricca was a U.S. Army veteran and served 34 years as an employment counselor at the New York State Department of Labor before retiring in 2002. Two years later, he joined the Jamestown Community College staff in Olean as a career counselor.

New Speed Limit and School Zone Signs Erected in Salamanca

Drivers, there’s a new speed limit, and school zone signs up across Salamanca
The Salamanca Department of Public works put up the school zone and crosswalk signs at school buildings, like Prospect Elementary, the Iroquois Drive campus, the Seneca Arts and Learning Center on Center Street and the former St. Patrick’s School on River Street.
There will be a few school zone areas as well as 25 mph signs throughout the city.
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Work on Phase One of the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail has begun.
Trail work is underway from the Ellicottville town center to the Tim Hortons area on Route 219.
Phase One was cutting trees and clearing and wrapped up this week.
The trail linking Ellicottville to Great Valley was first proposed about six years ago.
Before this, the only thing completed was the structure at the trailhead at the town center, built by students two years ago.

Cattaraugus and Allegany County Bridges Rated

Bridges in Cattaraugus and Allegany county bridges are in better shape than most of the bridges in the state , according to the state Department of Transportation.
Statewide, 10% of bridges are rated poor or structurally deficient,
In Cattaraugus County only 5.63% were rated as poor. Most of the bridges in the county are owned by the state through the DOT or Allegany State Park Authority; or by the county.
In Allegany County 9.48% are in poor shape.
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The fourth annual Allegany County History Awareness Week kicked off with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the David A. Howe Memorial Library in Wellsville.
The exhibits at the Howe Library will be open for school tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday, and open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ghost Gun Companies Ordered to Stop Selling in New York

Ghost gun companies can not sell semiautomatic rifle kits in NY any more.
New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a letter to 16 ghost gun companies ordering them to stop selling the kits. James’ letter also targeted the sale of “receivers” that are used to make semiautomatic rifles to cease selling kits used to make handguns.
Thousands of kits are being sold by online mail-order companies, which have seized on a loophole in federal and state gun control laws by providing “unfinished” hardware with the drill bits and instructions needed to make a fully functioning firearm.
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Several Cattaraugus County farms will join other alpaca farms across the country for National Alpaca Farm Day next weekend. Families will get to visit the farms and get up-close to alpacas for a hands-on experience. Visitors can learn about the animals and their history, how to raise them, their fleece and the products made from it.

Salamanca Getting $2.35 Million For Seneca Casino Payment

Salamanca has $2.35 million in bank thanks to an advance from the state while the casino dispute is being resolved. State officials in Albany said last week that Salamanca would be advanced $4.7 million to get them through the 2019-20 budget year. The other $2.35 million will be paid in December.
It’s to make up for the more than two-and-a-half years without any Seneca Allegany Casino revenue payments.
An arbitration panel ruled that the Seneca Nation still needs to make revenue-sharing payments to the state.
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Cattaraugus County is getting ready for early voting starting in late October.
Voters will have a choice of two locations: Little Valley or Olean.
New voting tablets are expected by the end of the month.
The early voting will be over nine days starting 10 days before the Nov. 5 General Election — including two Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 25. Early voting ends Sunday, Nov. 3.

Man Arrested and Charged With Attempting to Bring Drugs in Jail

Deputies say a man tried to bring his drugs into jail.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 28 year old Samuel Ackley of Rochester man Thursday.
He had been taken to jail that morning on other charges out of Olean City Court when deputies say they found drugs on him and apparently he was bringing them in with him. Now he’s been charged with possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband, both are felonies. He is due to appear in Little Valley Town Court at a later date.
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Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County, Pa., has been named Best in Culture by the American Bus Association, a national tourism magazine.
The park has had more than 150,000 visitors in the first seven months of the year.
The state park was chosen out of nearly 100 entries from throughout the United States and was one of only 22 chosen in the Culture category.

New York State Lamwakers Want to Ban Guns as Raffle Prizes

Gun raffles could become againsd the law under proposed NY bill.
If passed it would outlaw making guns the prize for any community group raffle.
Only alcoholic beverages are barred right now from being offered as prizes for games of chance like raffles or bingo games. A similar gun raffle ban was introduced in the Assembly last year but was never passed. Senate aides say the Senate law will be introduced in coming weeks.
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The Randolph Fire Company is gettign $81,000 through the federal Department of Homeland Security for new air pack breathing equipment. The department will replace their entire inventory of 12 self-contained breathing apparatus and 24 air bottles.
Randolph’s current breathing equipment isn’t safe under current standards and can’t be repaired because they’re too old to find replacement parts.
The grant will replace the breathing packs with new ones that meet current standards for function and safety .

New York Backs off License Plate Plan

That old New York state license plate of yours may survive.
State officials now say if your old license plate is in good condition and can be read by plate-reading technology, you don’t have to buy a new one. Governor Cuomo was criticized for his plan to require three million drivers with plates that are 10 years or older to get new plates and pay a $25 replacement fee.
It appears state officials are walking that back, They say that if a plate is in good condition and readable then drivers can keep it — if the state can find a way to inspect license plates.
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A man is suing the Salamanca School District over alleged sex abuse by a teacher.
Douglas Woodin says he was in the seventh grade when it happened in 2002. The teacher, Michael DuPont was conivicted of sexual abuse and spent 14 years in prison.

Olean’s Clark Street Railroad Crossing Scheduled for Repairs

Here’s what’s trending in the twin tiers.
Olean’s Clark Street railroad crossing is closing Monday while workers put in a replacement.

The project includes removing 60 feet of pavement from each side of the tracks, and 80 feet of track through the intersection.

Crews will tear out the blacktop, the old wood, the old track and the ballast. They’ll replace all the blacktop.
the work should be completed by Thursday.
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Maintaining a good bond rating paid off for cattaraugus county in $7.9M bond issue with an interest rate of 2.61% over the next 10 years.

County Treasurer Joseph G. Keller told the Olean Times Herald that the interest rate was possible through the bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services.

The bonds were sold to finance building and grounds projects and additional road paving this summer.