Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Perry.

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While at the Village Park in Perry, Mike Grover, chief of Perry Police, snapped the above photo which looked like a tornado forming in the distance. However, National Weather Service of Buffalo (NWS) officials say the formation was a funnel cloud.

Most of Sunday, the NWS had issued warnings for Northeastern Wyoming and surrounding counties that a line of strong thunderstorms was moving across the area. Around 4:30 that afternoon is when Grover snapped the shot.

Wyoming County and all of Western New York has had its fair share of wacky weather this summer and officials say this is due to the pretty active pattern with the jet stream.

WNY is in an area where the Trough (pattern of the jet stream) moves in a southerly direction – Negative Tilted Trough – said Meteorologist Steve Welch. According to the NWS website, this type of trough produces the most severe weather. The strong southerly surface wind with its warm air underneath the incoming cold air in the upper atmosphere creates unstable conditions.

But what exactly is the difference between a tornado and a funnel cloud?

Essentially, a tornado is a funnel cloud that actually touches the ground, usually within super cell storms. While they are rare, New York State, as a whole, averages about 10 per year on a 30-year average.

“The last one here through Western New York was in 2011,” Welch said. “There is generally more activity from the Northern Finger Lakes and southern tier area to Albany.”

While there will always be a funnel cloud when there is a tornado, the reverse is not true.

Anytime there is a rotating funnel of condensation descending from a wall cloud toward the ground a funnel cloud forms. That formation is a rotating column of condensation until it hits the ground where it becomes a tornado.

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 11:04 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw.
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 Dominick F. Coffer

New York State Police, Warsaw, arrested prison inmate Dominick F. Coffer July 19 for the attempted murder of a fellow inmate April 22.

Coffer, 21, currently housed at Southport Correctional Facility, Pine City, was charged with attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, and promoting prison contraband in the first degree. All are felonies.

He is accused of attacking another inmate while housed in Attica Correctional Facility, Attica.

State Police say the victim suffered numerous stab wounds and was hospitalized for multiple injuries including a right side hemopneumothorax with a pigtail placement. Hemopneumothorax is a combination of two conditions: pneumothorax – air in the chest cavity, and hemothorax – blood in the chest cavity. The condition happens when the chest wall is punctured. Due to the nature of the victim's injuries, the pigtail placement, or small-bore chest tubes, were used to drain the lungs.

Coffer was arraigned in Wyoming County Court and returned to the custody of NYSDOCCS (Department of Corrections and Community Supervision).

He is due in Wyoming County Court at a later date.

Coffer is currently serving a sentence for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree out of Dutchess County.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 11:15 am
posted by Howard Owens in Dining Deals, advertisements.

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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Eagle, news, Bliss.

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The driver of an ATV suffered head injuries late this afternoon after he crashed into a ditch on Sheppard Road in Eagle. The driver of the ATV was wearing a helmet with a full face mask.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say it looks like the driver was coming off a trail on the east side of Sheppard Road a “little too fast” and failed to navigate around a deep ditch on the west side of the road.

The driver was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, via Bliss Ambulance for treatment. However while en route to WCCH the man was slipping in and out of consciousness, thereby necessitating a call for Mercy Flight. Subsequently, he was taken to ECMC in Buffalo for his injuries.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Assisting deputies at the scene was Eagle Hose Company (Bliss Fire Department).

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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.
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  Jonathon Bucknam

Jonathon Bucknam, 36, of Perry, was again in Wyoming County Court on July 19. This time he is accused of raping two teenage girls.

He is already serving a one-year prison term, with one-year post-release supervision, for his conviction for criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was sentenced April 11.

Bucknam is alleged to have raped a Wyoming County girl who was younger than 15 years old during the summer of 2016. He is also accused of raping another female younger than 17 years old sometime between Dec. 8 and April 5, and endangering the welfare of a child between Jan. 1, 2016, and April 5 of this year.

He pled not guilty to: rape in the second degree, a Class D felony; rape in the third degree, a Class E felony; and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say he knew his acts were likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of the female children, yet he allegedly repeatedly subjected them to acts of sexual contact and intercourse.

An order of protection was issued and motions are scheduled Sept. 20.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

His run-ins with the law date back to July 2015. At that time, he was charged with criminal mischief with intent to damage property and theft of services for allegedly tampering with the water shutoff valve at his Water Street home in Perry.

On May 26, 2016, he was charged with welfare fraud and offering a false instrument for failing to report he owned the house he was living in to Social Services.

On Oct. 10, he was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance. On Dec. 12, he pled guilty to the controlled substance, for which he is currently incarcerated, and false instrument charges.

A week before he was sentenced to prison, Bucknam was charged on April 5 with driving without a license and jailed in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile, Perry.

Cheryl Figoura, 38, of Castile, was charged July 20 with welfare fraud in the fifth degree and offering a false instrument to file in the first degree, a felony. Following an investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services, Figoura is accused of giving false information on an application to obtain benefits she was not entitled to. She is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Aug. 28.

Stefanie Flint, 46, of Perry, was charged July 20 with welfare fraud in the fourth degree and offering a false instrument to file in the first degree, both are felonies. Following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services, Flint is accused of failing to report that she had been married since 2013. Officials say, as a result of the omission, she collected $20,997.84 in benefits she was not entitled to. She is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Aug. 28.

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, news, Arcade.

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Two teenage girls were taken via Mercy Flight to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for head injuries sustained in an accident this afternoon in Arcade.

Arcade Police report a vehicle, driven by Karen Dziuba, heading north on Liberty Street in the Village was stopped in traffic when a second vehicle, driven by Linda Osterhout, rear-ended it.

A staging area was set up at the Arcade Fire Department for a double Mercy Flight landing, at which time the girls were taken via ambulance to the landing site then transferred to the helicopters and taken to Buffalo.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Barber’s Auto Service.

Assisting at the scene included the Arcade Fire Department and the Mercy Flight Fly Car out of Springville. The Fly Cars are available to on-call providers and flight teams to be used for system support if needed.

Osterhout, of Fillmore, was ticketed for following too closely.

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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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The cause of the fire that decimated a home at 3700 Telegraph Road, Eagle, remains under investigation, fire officials say.

Early Thursday morning firefighters from Bliss, Pike, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments responded to the home in Eagle under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge Bliss Fire Chief Clarence George.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, and RG&E. Standing by at empty fire stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for three hours.

Although no injuries were reported, the fire is blamed for the total loss of the home and contents, along with a dog and a bird.

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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, Business.

Press release:

Proving that a minute can matter, Tompkins Bank of Castile is launching the fourth and final round of the quarterly Community Minute Challenge. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500; by the end of the contest, a total of $10,000 will have been provided in much-needed funds to local not-for-profit organizations.

“In each of the first three rounds, the support for the Community Minute Challenge has been impressive, with thousands of votes cast for the participating organizations,” said Bank President and CEO John McKenna. “As proud members of the communities where we operate, we’re thankful for the important services that are provided by non-for-profit organizations in our area. We’re thrilled to be able to bring attention to their positive work through the Community Minute Challenge.”

The fourth round will begin July 24 and run through Aug. 7. The winning organization is determined by public voting on the Bank of Castile Facebook page, where visitors can watch the one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite. Each video explains how the nonprofit would use the awarded funds.

The seven organizations competing in this round are:

    • Friends of Letchworth State Park, Wyoming County;

    • Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council Inc., Gilda's Club Rochester, and Pathstone Enterprise Corporation, all in Monroe County;

    • Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library and Genesee Cancer Assistance, both in Genesee County; and

    • Geneseo Parish Outreach Center in Livingston County

To show support for the initiative and cast a vote, participants should “like” the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page and click on the Community Minute Challenge app. They can then select their favorite nonprofit after watching the one-minute videos. Individuals can vote once per day during the contest period.

Launched in August 2016, the Community Minute Challenge has awarded $7,500 to date. The first-round winner was Going to the Dogs Rescue in Wyoming County, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes. The second-round winner was ARC of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties. The third-round winner was Community Action for Wyoming County, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of all people they serve by focusing on their needs and encouraging them to realize their goals and become self-sufficient. 

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors.

Further information about the bank is available at www.bankofcastile.com.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities and were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun July 19.

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmate's current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmate's sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County Jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

Dominick Coffer pled not guilty to: attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree, both are Class B felonies; and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and promoting prison contraband in the first degree, both are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled Sept. 20. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Yhury Marcelo was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison as a second felony offender and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony.

Donald Green pled not guilty to two counts of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Sept. 20.

Deoz Miller-Harris pled not guilty to two counts of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Sept. 20. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Anthony Placido pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

Bryant Gibbs pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Sept. 20. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

The following was accused of committing a crime in Wyoming County.

Elizabeth Mattingly had her case adjourned to Aug. 3. She is currently held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, tornado.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a tornado warning for Southwestern Wyoming County until 1 p.m. today.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Hamburg, moving east at 40 mph.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed, and damage to roofs, window, and vehicles can occur and tree damage is likely.

The National Weather Services advises taking cover now. Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter.

UPDATE 12:57 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended the tornado warning until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southwestern Wyoming County until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: Areas of impact include: Arcade, Pike, Eagle, Silver Springs and Castile.

UPDATE 1:26 p.m: The severe thunderstorm warning has been extended until 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, Arcade, Castile, Silver Springs.

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Firefighters from Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments scrambled to an early morning fire on Telegraph Road – between Lyonsburg and Centerville roads – in Eagle today.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

No injuries were reported at the time of this post.

Assisting at the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:48 am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Bliss.

A working structure fire is reported in Bliss at 3700 Telegraph Road. All available manpower from Bliss, Gainesville and Pike fire department is called to the scene.

Bliss command on location reports heavy smoke showing. The blaze has gone to a second alarm.

Arcade firefighters are asked to fill in at Bliss Fire Hall; Castile will fill in at Pike; Silver Springs will fill in at Gainesville.

UPDATE 8:02 a.m.: A rep from the power company is called to the scene.

UPDATE 8:07 a.m.: A rep from RG&E has been contacted; no ETA provided.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, tourism, Warsaw, Letchworth State Park, Business.

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The photo is of one of the boxes that can be found along the newly launched Geocache trail in Wyoming County

Tourism is big business in Wyoming County and the state’s recent tourism report backs it up with solid and exciting numbers, says Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Scott Gardner.

Building on the momentum of previous successes, the program reaches out to more visitors with new promotions, targeted marketing, and strong partnerships.

According to the most recent data, the county’s tourism impact is up 6.3 percent. This represents $43.8 million in traveler spending over 2015 levels. Additionally, Wyoming County is the second highest in terms of growth in the Greater Niagara region, which it is a part of. Tourism in this region is a $2.5 billion industry.

Travelers are spending in several categories: the food and beverage industry leads the list with $12.1 million; second is homes with $10.7 million; retail sales at $7.2 million, recreation at $6.9 million, lodging at $5.2 million and transportation at $1.6 million.

Data from Tourism Economics, New York State's tourism economy showed a 2.7-percent growth in traveler spending. This reached a new high of nearly $65 billion or 22 percent above the state's prerecession peak set in 2008.

"I would like to recognize the tourism businesses across Wyoming County who have invested and work tirelessly to grow their businesses. I would also applaud the effort of the staff and board of directors who put together a strong tourism program for our County," Gardner said.

"We must also recognize state leaders for continuing to wisely invest in New York's tourism as an economic driver and thank the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors for continuing to support our efforts to strengthen the tourism sector in Wyoming County."

The report also details the effect of tourism on employment – the county's total labor income is $21.4 million.

Additionally, between state and local taxes generated from tourism, Wyoming County is collecting $5.25 million, which translates to savings for county taxpayers. Tourism-generated state and local taxes save the average Wyoming County household $338 annually. For the Greater Niagara region, that number jumps to $599 per household on average.

"The state's report is great news for Wyoming County and reflects all of the hard work that our tourism partners put in every day and each season. From beautiful and award-winning Letchworth State Park to our outstanding restaurants, attractions, and landscapes, Wyoming County really is a great place to recreate," said Marketing and Tourism Director Eric Szucs. "It is awesome when the data reflects what we all know about Wyoming County. We love to tell the story and welcome visitors from across the globe to experience all that we have to offer."

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for the county's business community. Its mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area's economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County.

For more information, or to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce, call  (585) 786-0307 or visit wycochamber.org or gowyomingcountyny.com.

Click here to view the Greater Niagara Region report.

Tourism Economics, headquartered in Philadelphia, is an Oxford Economics company dedicated to providing high value, robust, and relevant analyses of the tourism sector that reflect the dynamics of local and global economies.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Java, Cowelsville, Perry, Castile, Sheldon.

Jared T. Price, 21, of Java, was arrested following an alleged violation of an active order of protection. He is accused of violating the order four hours after it was issued. Price was arraigned in the Town of Arcade Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Java Court Aug. 16.

Amanda R. Bzduch, 22, of Perry, was arrested June 30 and charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. She was ticketed and released and due in Portage Town Court at a later date.

Dylan J. Bordner, 23, of Cowlesville, was charged with uninspected motor vehicle, driving while ability impaired – drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested July 7 following a traffic stop on Route 77 in the Town of Sheldon. Deputies say Bordner was stopped for an inspection violation. Additionally, during the investigation, he was arrested for allegedly driving while ability impaired by drugs. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who found him to be impaired. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

An 18-year-old county man was charged July 15 with no stop lamps, inadequate exhaust, failure to keep right, underage possession of alcohol, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. The man was arrested on Swyers Road, Castile, following a traffic stop for multiple traffic violations. During the investigation, he was arrested for DWAI-drugs. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office and evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who found him to be impaired and unsafe to drive. He is due in the Town of Castile Court at a later date. (Editor's note: This defendant's name and place of residence were not provided in the police report because of "possible youthful offender status." If they subsequently become available, we will include them.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 3:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

The Hope Foundation for Wyoming County is holding a Weekend for Hope Sept. 23 and 24 in Warsaw.

The weekend kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday with vendors open until 5 p.m. at the Artisan Villa, Main Street, Warsaw. In the Hotchkiss Memorial Building in the Village Park, a basket raffle will begin at 2 p.m.

At 5:30 Saturday afternoon, the 5K Run/Walk starts near the monument on Main Street and end at the Hotchkiss Memorial Building. A Flames of Hope ceremony will take place at dusk.

The organization is giving a free T-shirt to anyone who registers for the race by Sept. 2. The fee to enter the 5K is $25 to preregister or $30 on the day of the race.

Awards are given to the overall top male and female, and for top runners – male and female – in each age group.

Additionally, a chicken barbecue will be available for purchase at the finish area.

To register for the race click here.

The Hope Foundation is a nonprofit organization to give financial assistance to county residents affected by cancer and other debilitating diseases.

Assistance is awarded based on the availability of funds and board approval.

For more information about the foundation click here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Arcade.

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A four-vehicle accident temporarily stopped traffic on Route 39 at the county line in Arcade around noon today.

State Police say a white car headed west on Route 39 veered into the eastbound lane, at Countyline Road, and struck a full-size pickup truck. The impact sent the truck crashing into a van. A fourth vehicle subsequently hit the Chevy after the truck veered into its lane.

Three injuries were reported. One of the victims was taken via Mercy Flight to ECMC in Buffalo, the other two patients were transported via Arcade, and Yorkshire ambulances to area hospitals.

While the driver of the white vehicle will be ticketed – moved from lane unsafely – troopers on the scene do not believe drugs or alcohol are a factor in the crash; investigation pending.

Assisting State Police, Warsaw, on the scene included Arcade PD, and State Police, Ellicottville.

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Monday, July 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, announcements, Arcade.

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Press release, photo submitted by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.

Graphics designer, tattooist and entrepreneur Shannon Wojciechowski celebrated the opening of her new business with the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, friends and family July 14 with a ribbon cutting.

Although Wojciechowski has more than 20 years of experience as a graphic designer, she wanted a venture of her own and opened SW Designs Tattoo/Graphics Studio, Gallery & Gifts at 281 Main St. in Arcade. While she has been a tattoo artist for approximately six years, the primary focus of the business is graphics design.

SW Designs offers custom design work in various media, an art studio/gallery of different artists and a special veterans' corner to showcase the work of those who have served in the Armed Forces.

The endeavor was helped made possible through a Wyoming County Rural Arts Initiative and the NYS Micro-Enterprise program. These programs are designed to help new entrepreneurs establish businesses focusing on the arts.

For more information call (585) 653-5225.

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

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The Warsaw Valley Fest came to a close Saturday night with a live performance by The Man in Black Show: A tribute to Johnny Cash.

The event took place behind Rock and Roll Bar-B-Q, Main Street, Warsaw.

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