Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, announcements.

At the Aug. 15 Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting held at the Pike Fair, the Board approved a resolution to allow the county’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to request admittance into the Erie County Foreign Trade Zone No. 23.

While the county could apply independently, it would have been cost prohibitive and there may have been a possibility of being rejected, says Wyoming County Planning and Development Director Bill Daly. Instead, the IDA is sending a letter of request to Erie County to be added to its FTZ.

“What really would happen is that the Erie County IDA would run Foreign Trade Zone No. 23 for Wyoming County,” Daly said. “Once Wyoming County is allowed into the zone, businesses that wish to become part of the FTZ would work with the Erie County IDA to become part of the zone.”

The foreign-trade zones (FTZs) program was authorized by Congress in 1934 to help “level the playing field and improve U.S. competitiveness” by allowing delayed or reduced duty payments on foreign merchandise. As it stands in the county now, if a business or manufacturer buys parts from a foreign country, the duty must be paid on the merchandise immediately. If Wyoming County is approved to become part of FTZ No. 23, those tariffs would only be paid on the part if it is shipped within the United States.

“What it does is allow for increased cash flow. The business wouldn’t have to pay a duty on the part(s) used as part of a whole product upon receipt. And, the duty wouldn’t be collected on items shipped outside of the U.S..”

Daly says being a part of the FTZ is a great economic development tool and could attract more business or manufacturers to the county because it would allow imported goods to be duty-free.

“We are seeing foreign companies wanting to put plants in the U.S. and we want Wyoming County to be considered for new businesses. A company cannot independently ask to be part of an FTZ unless the county is part of an FTZ.”

There are two types of zones in FTZ No. 23: general-purpose – involve public facilities that can be used by more than one company; and subzones – involve a single company’s site such as a manufacturing plant.

“The subzone is a marked-off area, approved by customs, within a business or manufacturing plant specifically for parts purchased from foreign countries. Everything is accounted for in this designated area. No duty is paid on it unless shipped to a company in the States. This allows American companies to participate in world trade and not be at a disadvantage with those with free-trade zones.”

However, being added to FTZ No. 23 is a three-step process. The county must be approved by Erie County, it is then sent on to the State for approval, once that is approved, the Federal Government gives the final say on whether the county is allowed to participate.

“There should be no reason for denial of Wyoming County’s application into the FTZ. And, any cost associated at this point of the process is paid for by Wyoming County IDA.”

Once Wyoming County becomes part of the zone, the county’s IDA would work with businesses to become part of the program with the Erie County IDA. While the IDA is picking up the tab to become a part of FTZ No. 23, it is up to the company to pay administration fees to the Erie County IDA if they want to join.

For more information on FTZs click here.

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 8:21 am
posted by Howard Owens in Dining Deals, advertisements.

Reminders of how the new Dining Deals program works:

  • To make purchases, you must be registered. This is its own registration system, separate from the main registration for Wyoming County Free Press.
  • Once registered you must be logged in.
  • You click on the orange button, if the item is not sold out, and it takes you to a PayPal button. This allows you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card/debit card. The login for PayPal is completely separate from our accounts.
  • The first person to successfully complete the PayPal transaction wins the gift certificate.
  • You are eligible to buy the same item only once in a two-month period. We use the registration system to track this for you so you don't have to.
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade.

A multi-agency burglary investigation resulted in the arrests of two 18-year-olds and five juveniles Aug. 17.

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Chester Piwowarczyk      Dyllian S. Taggart

Dyllian S. Taggart, 18, of Delevan, and Chester F. Piwowarczyk, 18, of Springville, were each charged with multiple counts of burglary in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Two juvenile females and three juvenile males were also arrested and petitioned to Family Court.

The New York State Police, Village of Arcade Police Department and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department arrested the seven suspects accused of burglarizing businesses, trespassing and criminal mischief in Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties.

The alleged crime spree spanned seven days and seven businesses: the Little Red Caboose Ice Cream Shop, Arcade; the Barbershop, Fresh Vapes, and Addie’s Custard Ice Cream Shop, all in Yorkshire; Pierce Milling, Delevan; and the Lime Lake Snack Shack, and Lakehouse Restaurant, both in Machias.

Taggart was put in Cattaraugus County Jail on $50,000 bail and Piwowarczyk was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, Food.



Generally speaking, when people think of the fair, the food is typically one of the first things that comes to mind. 

As the 2017 Wyoming County Fair in Pike winds down, food vendors continue to be at the ready to serve favorite fair fare, as well as new treats.











Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Covington.

The following was in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Aug. 16.

Patrick Hill, an inmate at a State Correctional Facility, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (Marinol) in the fifth degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

The following were in County Court before Mohun Aug. 17.

Scott Moulton, who committed a crime in Covington, was sentenced to two years in prison with two years post-release supervision with Willard on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Willard is a Drug Treatment Campus (DTC) operated by the NYS Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in collaboration with OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). It was created in 1995 as a new sentencing option for low-level drug offenders and parole violators who previously would have been sent to a traditional prison. The Willard program was created as an intermediate sanction — “with teeth” — to deal with the problem of relapse. He was also sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, driver’s license revocation, and a $500 fine on the conviction of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs in the first degree, a misdemeanor.

William Stelmack, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on three counts of criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree and resisting arrest. An order of protection was signed and served. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 9 for sentencing.

Ashley King, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony; and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, both as misdemeanors; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. King pled guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9. She was released on her own recognizance.

Daniel Bailey, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D violent felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9.

Melissa Baker, who committed a crime in Warsaw, waived indictment on criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. She pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 28. Bail was set at $15,000.

Richard Gargula, who committed a crime in Warsaw, admitted to violating his sentencing cap. Bail was revoked and he is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Franklin Cook, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. He is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, racing, Sports.


Information from a press release, photo by Rob Micoli:

Wyoming County International Speedway will honor Jim Pierce with the naming of the Oct. 14 Shootout at the Bullring SST (super short track) 100 to the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100. Pierce, 47, a racer who competed at WCIS, passed away suddenly Aug. 5.

In his #26 SST Modified, Pierce captured multiple feature wins at the Speedway as well as a 2007 SST Modified Championship. He also took home feature wins at Lancaster National, Holland, and Lake Erie speedways and competed at other local tracks throughout Western New York. Additionally, Pierce was his son’s crew chief when he, Jim Pierce Jr., raced his 4-cylinder at WCIS to multiple wins and a second place points finish in the 2016 season.

“We are truly honored to be able to show tribute to not only a fellow racer but a friend by running the Shootout SST 100 as the Jim Pierce Memorial,” said racetrack owner Jim Majchrzak. “Jim was a respected competitor at WCIS who was not only a great racer but one of the ‘good guys’ in racing.' ”

A “Lucky 15” Lap Money program for the drivers will be taking place for the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100. Laps are a minimum of $26 per lap in honor of Pierce’s racing number and are now available for purchase. Specialty awards such as Hard Charger, Hard Luck, and more are available for sponsorship as well. 

In addition to the lap money, a custom trophy is being designed by Dennis Murphy and RNE Precision. Additional bonuses for participating drivers are also in development, track officials say.

The Shootout at the Bullring, slated for Oct. 14 and 15, will feature some of the best racers from the East Coast, all vying for the checkered flag. Saturday’s events will feature the Jim Pierce Memorial SST 100, NYSS 51 Championship, 6-cylinders, 4-cylinders, and Vintage Late Models. Sunday’s events will feature the American Racer 100 for tour-type Modifieds, WCIS Super Stocks, Legends, and C.A.M.S. Mods.  

All of the lap money raised will go toward the drivers participating in the memorial race. To purchase a lap, please contact Lori Overdorf at or (716) 207-2824.

For a full schedule of events visit

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.


Photo from Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church website

Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church is celebrating 20 years of ministry at its current location at 3415 Route 19 in Warsaw.

Events begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 with refreshments, followed by a worship service with guest speaker Doug Newton. At noon there will be a picnic lunch, a bounce house for kids, as well as other entertainment.

Newton is a co-founder of the National Prayer Ministry of the FMC-USA and former senior pastor of Greenville (Ill.) Free Methodist Church. Additionally, he served as editor of Light & Life magazine for 15 years, which won the Evangelical Press Association’s “Award of Excellence” for denominational magazines in 2000 and 2002.

Valley Chapel’s roots in Warsaw began on Center Street in the Village. In 1997 its new building was erected, and dedicated in August of the same year.

The church hosts programs such as Master’s Hands, Foodlink, Bread of Life Community Dinner, Caring Hands & Hearts, and many other programs to serve the community.

For more information about the church visit

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Pike, Perry, Wyoming.
   Richard F. Gargula

Richard F. Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 17 with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Gargula is accused of selling heroin to an agent of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force in May while in the Village of Warsaw. He was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and returned to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail on this new charge. He was already in jail on an unrelated charge. The Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw Police departments. Task Force members remind residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line, (585) 786-8965.

Jeffrey Rigerman, 33, of Jamestown, was arrested Aug. 10 on a Family Court warrant for failure to obey a support order. Rigerman was found at his residence by the Jamestown Police Department and then turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Franklin Cook, 35, of Wyoming, was arrested Aug. 16 on a Wyoming County Superior Court violation of probation warrant. Cook was found at his home in the Town of Middlebury and taken into custody without incident. He was put in Wyoming County Jail where he will be held until the next available Superior Court date.

Matthew Wendt, 31, of Angelica, was arrested on a Failure to Pay Fine warrant issued by the Village of Warsaw Court. Wendt was taken into custody at a home on Water Street in the Village of Perry without incident. He was then taken to the Village of Warsaw Court where he was arraigned and released after paying the remaining balance on his fines.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9:38 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, health.

Press release:

Oak Orchard provides primary, dental and vision care for more than 21,000 adults and children in rural areas and small communities across Western New York and the Finger Lakes. It started in 1966 as a small health project serving migrant workers and has grown into an integrated, federally funded health center with locations in Albion and Lyndonville, Orleans County; Brockport, Monroe County; Hornell, Steuben County; and Main Street in Warsaw.

Oak Orchard Health has worked closely with UR Medicine physicians and hospitals for a number of years. A new agreement formalizes their institutional collaboration, and is expected to make it easier for Oak Orchard’s adult and pediatric patients to receive care from UR Medicine professionals — including telemedicine consultations for specialty care services such as behavioral and mental health.

“As we look to reduce barriers and address other critical gaps in rural health care, collaborations such as this make good sense,” said James J. Cummings, chief executive officer of Oak Orchard Health. “This is not just great news for our patients; it is great news for our communities at large, especially during this time of concern and uncertainty regarding health care. This relationship enhances the high-quality primary care, dental care and vision services for which Oak Orchard has become known.”

Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine, said the Oak Orchard agreement supports URMC’s strategy for increasing access to high-quality UR Medicine care for families across Upstate New York. Along with Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Monroe County, URMC’s affiliates include F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. UR Medicine professionals also provide care to patients at the Strong West medical campus in Brockport, St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell and Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.

“UR Medicine has outstanding providers in a full range of specialties,” Taubman said. “The goal of our regional strategy is to make these services as accessible as possible to patients throughout the region. We have great regard for the Oak Orchard Health organization and look forward to expanding the range of services available to Oak Orchard patients as part of this agreement.”

Oak Orchard Health will continue to maintain previously established relationships with other area health care providers and social service agencies.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Attica.



Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies say the driver of a small sedan swerved to avoid hitting a woodchuck and ended up hitting a cow barn. A woman traveling north on Exchange Street allegedly lost control of her vehicle attempting to avoid the rodent and crossed the roadway, went through an electric fence and hit the barn.

While neither the driver nor any cows were injured in the mishap, the building did sustain damages. However, deputies say, according to the Wyoming County Building Inspector the damages to the barn do not pose a safety hazard.

The Attica Fire Department assisted police at the scene.

No charges were filed at this time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins’ response to the Union-Sun & Journal's recent editorial (Aug. 11):

My bill would restore New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights and doesn’t supersede states’ rights.

I do believe in States' rights, the need for local control and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing state rights. However, I want your readers to know my steadfast belief that states like New York should not have the ability to take away the Constitutional rights of their citizens. Under no circumstances should these basic rights be denied, and federal action is warranted in a situation where a state is infringing on the rights of any American.

The Constitution is the law of the land, and the Founding Fathers produced a document with a clear vision regarding Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment can only be interpreted one way, and that is it guarantees that Americans have the right to own a firearm.

My proposed legislation, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), has sparked a needed conversation about the Second Amendment rights granted to Americans in the Constitution. In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act infringed upon the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers by instituting strict rifle and shotgun regulations. As you pointed out, these regulations were put in place purely for political purposes.

SAGA focuses specifically on protecting Second Amendment rights, and in no way is taking away the rights of states. When a state crosses the line and starts to implement regulations that are in stark contrast to the basic rights given to Americans, action needs to be taken. That is exactly why I am proposing my law to rein in the unconstitutional policies that Cuomo forced into law.

Cuomo overstepped with the SAFE Act, and my proposal to repeal much of the law has had a great deal of support. SAGA isn’t hypocritical; it is a sincere effort to bring back the freedoms given to New Yorkers by our Constitution when it comes to owning a firearm. Law abiding citizens should not be punished because of onerous and unconstitutional state regulations.

It is my duty as an elected representative to make sure my constituents are protected, and that includes protecting the basic rights granted to them in the Constitution. The SAFE Act only curbed the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding New Yorkers, instead of providing them with a safer place to live as promised by the governor.

The SAFE Act has done nothing to help our communities and has only taken away our freedoms. It is time we end this disastrous law for all New Yorkers and revert back to what the Founding Fathers intended for our nation.

See related: Collins proposes new measures for protecting Second Amendment rights

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, education.

Press release:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation putting into place additional protections for students and expanding anti-tampering laws. The legislation prohibits unlawful alteration of any official student record in any primary, intermediate, high school or college in the state.

"These records can set the course for a student's entire future and New York must make every effort to protect their integrity and privacy," Cuomo said. "With this law, we are ensuring protections under the law keep pace with our evolving education system and authorities have the tools they need to protect New Yorkers."

The prior law prohibited the unlawful altering of grades, credits and awards on a student's record. However, other records that are now commonplace – including test results, disciplinary proceedings, and disability determinations – are not covered. This bill, (S.5273-A/A. 2093-B), makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly alter any official student record. Additionally, those certified or licensed by the State Education Department who are found to be in violation of this new law would be subject to further disciplinary action.

"This new law will help preserve the private nature of a student's official record, allowing young New Yorkers and their families to rest assured that their information and records are protected,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan. “I’m proud to have sponsored this bill, and I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important piece of legislation into law."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Pike, heroin.

Richard Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 11 with: tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and driving while ability impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, both as misdemeanors. Following a traffic stop on Shearing Road, Gainesville, Gargula is accused of driving with a suspended license. During the stop he was asked to perform field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. Additionally, deputies say he was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine and heroin. After being evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by multiple drug categories. Also during the stop, Gargula allegedly attempted to conceal evidence by getting out of his car and tossing suspected cocaine inside a nearby residence. He was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, accident, Genesee Falls.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a car-versus-motorcycle accident on Route 19A at Denton Corners Road, Genesee Falls, Sunday evening.

According to reports, Royal E. Bailey, 77, was stopped at a stop sign on Denton Corners Road and turned his vehicle right onto Route 19A into the lane of an oncoming motorcycle.

The bike, driven by 32-year-old Jeremy M. Mellin, of Hume, was forced off the road after colliding with Bailey’s car.

While Bailey nor Mellin was injured in the accident, Mellin’s passenger was ejected from the motorcycle. The victim was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, then transferred to ECMC, Buffalo, via Mercy Flight for a back injury.

Bailey was ticketed with failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. He is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court Aug. 23.

During the investigation, deputies say Mellin was driving without a motorcycle license. Additionally, he was asked to perform field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. 

Mellin also refused to submit to a breath test at the scene.

He was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and refusal of a breath test -- roadside prescreen device.

He was arraigned in the Town of Genesee Falls Court where his license was suspended for refusal to submit to a chemical test.

He is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court Sept. 12. Mullin is also scheduled for a Department of Motor Vehicle Refusal hearing at the Batavia Town Hall Sept. 15.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing and further charges are possible.

Assisting at the scene were the New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Pike and Nunda fire departments, Medic 80, Mercy Flight, and Barber’s Automotive.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, firefighters.



A couple hundred firefighters from 38 fire departments from Wyoming and surrounding counties, of which 19 hail from Wyoming County, showed off their finest at the annual Fireman's Parade Tuesday night at the Pike Fair. 











Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.



A throng of spectators lined Main and Water streets Monday night for the Wyoming County Fair Grand Parade. 











Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry.

Burke M. Hawkins, 53, of Perry, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hawkins was arrested Aug. 10 following an investigation into allegations of him picking up prescriptions for his wife after she had passed away. Perry Police say he picked up hydromorphone, diazepam, and alprazolam from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Perry. He was arraigned in the Village of Perry Court and sentenced to the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail until his court date Sept. 12.

Joey M. Safford, 48, of Perry, was charged Aug. 10 with displaying a forged inspection sticker. Safford was arrested after Perry Police allegedly found him driving a vehicle with an alleged forged inspection sticker. He is due in the Village of Perry Court Sept. 5.





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