Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw, Bennington.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities and were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun June 21.

Pablo Sanes was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Wesley Kirkland was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Jamal Wilson was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. 

Chester Jones was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison as a second felony offender on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. 

Jonathan Smith was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and one year post release supervision on the conviction of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class E felony. 

Billy Ray Staton was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and one year post release supervision on the conviction of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class E felony. He is also responsible for all surcharges incurred.

Michael Busgith had his case adjourned for a bench trial Sept. 5 and 6.

The following were in court before Mohun June 22.

Kimberly Gillard, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation and fees and surcharges on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony.

Thomas McCabe, who is accused of a crime in Bennington, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to July 6 for a Huntley/Mapp Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant. A Mapp Hearing deals with the admissibility of physical evidence obtained by the police as a result of an illegal search. When there is a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights regarding the seizure of the defendant’s physical evidence, the evidence may be suppressed.

Alex Drake, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony. He was sentenced to one year in jail. He was also sentenced to one year in jail on a violation of probation conviction. The sentences are to run concurrently.

James Otis, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was also issued and the Court ordered Otis to attend Domestic Violence Victim Impact Panel. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Tyler Tones, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge on the conviction of failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Shaquor Smith Sr., who is an inmate in a State Correctional Facility, was in court for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant. The case has been adjourned to July 19.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Middlebury.

Timothy D. Sullivan, 57, of Batavia, was charged June 21 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, DWAI – combined influence of drugs, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, failure to keep right, and operating a motor vehicle in violation of a restricted license. Sullivan was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 19, Warsaw. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say they saw Sullivan driving erratically on Route 19 in both the towns of Middlebury and Warsaw. During the stop, it was allegedly found that he was driving with suspended license plates and he was also violating a restricted license. Additionally, he is said to have failed roadside filed sobriety testing and was taken into custody for DWAI – drugs. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office and evaluated by a certified drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by multiple drug categories. Sullivan was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $00 cash or $2,500 bond. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court June 26.

Alan Tabor, no age provided, of Rochester, was charged June 20 with aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator and unlawful possession of marijuana. Tabor was stopped by Perry Police after officers say the vehicle he was driving was illegally parked. When officers checked his license it was allegedly found to have two active suspensions. Tabor was arraigned in Warsaw Town Court and jailed in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Eric Harder, 35, of York, was arrested June 21 on a warrant issued by the Town of Perry for failure to appear on a summons. He was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and released on his own recognizance. He is due in the Town of Perry Court June 28.

 

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:47 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, Warsaw.

The Senate recently passed a bill that would allow county jails to contract with medical professional corporations to provide inmate health care services. The legislation (S.5409A), sponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), would amend the correction law and give counties flexibility when it comes to medical care for inmates of a county jail.       

“Current law requires each county to appoint a reputable physician to provide health care services to the county jail, but many counties, especially those in rural areas, have found it difficult to identify and recruit a single person to serve as a jail doctor,” Gallivan said. “We can reduce the burden on counties by updating the law and allowing them to contract with medical partnerships and corporations which are authorized to practice in New York State.”

In Wyoming County however, the Sheriff’s Department contracts through the Wyoming County Health Department for medical services in the jail, says Sheriff Gregory Rudolph. A registered nurse is on site 40 hours a week. Additionally, Wyoming County Public Health Commissioner and Medical Director Dr. Gregory Collins oversees the health care in the jail. 

“We have been fortunate with the quality of services Dr. Collins and the Health Department provides,” Rudolph said. “Any services that can’t be provided in-house, for example radiology or inpatient services, inmates are primarily taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital. However, if an inmate needs more specialized services, the jail uses Strong (Memorial Hospital, Rochester) or ECMC (Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo).”

The existing law dates back to 1929 and has not been updated since. Gallivan’s bill recognizes that the health care delivery system has evolved and expanded greatly over the years and state law must be amended to account for the changes. The legislation would allow individual counties to contract with a professional partnership, a professional service corporation, a professional service limited liability company or a registered limited liability company to provide health services to county inmates.   

The bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly and will be sent to the governor for consideration.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Bennington.

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Each year Flag Day (June 14) is celebrated in the Attica Village Park by Boy Scout Troop 474, out of Bennington. This year they were joined by members from Troop 650, Troop 60, Troop 618 and Cub Scout Pack 260, and by American Legion Harder-O’Donnell Post 734.

The boys collected old tattered and torn flags throughout the year at various locations. Then on flag day, with the American Legion support, they retire them.

When the United States flag (Old Glory) becomes worn, torn, faded or badly soiled, it is time to replace it with a new flag, and the old flag should be retired. The traditional method of retirement is to incinerate the flag, but this does not mean that one should simply drop the entire flag (intact) into a fire.

The U.S. flag should be treated with respect when it’s flying, and it should be treated with respect when it’s being retired, Scout officials say. 

The American Creed states: It is my duty to my country to love it, to respect its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

A flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. The flag is cut into four pieces: three red and white striped banners and the blue star field. The blue field is left intact because no one should ever let the union be broken. 

During the ceremony, the Scouts recited the following lines:

The U.S. flag is more than just some brightly colored cloth. It is a symbol of our nation. Seven red stripes and six white strips; together they represent the original 13 colonies that gained us liberty. 

The red stripes remind us of the lifeblood of brave men and women who were ready to die for this, their country. 

The white stripes remind us of purity and cleanliness of purpose, thought, word and deed. 

The blue is for truth and justice, like the eternal blue of the star-filled heavens. 

The stars represent the fifty sovereign states of our union. 

The Scouts maintained a vigil over the fire until no traces of the flag remnants remained. Then the ashes were collected and buried.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Perry, Warsaw, Arcade, Silver Lake.

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Hailed by those in the arts community as an international phenomenon, Make Music Day made its rounds throughout Wyoming County yesterday with a stop at Yummies in Warsaw. Customers or passersby were free to stop by and learn a few hand drumming techniques in a drum circle led by the Arts Council of Wyoming County (ACWC) Executive Director Jackie Hoyt. 

Celebrating music on the longest day of the year – June 21 – the event paired volunteer venues and musicians of all levels to play and make music. 

Events were not only held around the county – Perry, Warsaw, Arcade and Silver Lake –  but in Buffalo, Washington D.C., Vermont, Chicago, and the United Kingdom as well.

Wyoming County's event was hosted by the ACWC.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, accident, Perry.

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Perry Police responded to an injury auto accident at Main and Genesee streets in the Village around noon today. Officials say a sedan was traveling south on Main Street when it struck a parked car.

The driver of the sedan was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for injuries sustain in the accident.

Officers were assisted at the scene by Perry Fire Department and Perry Ambulance.

No charges have been filed at the time of this post.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11:47 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry.

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Rotary International, Perry, made the announced donation of $27,000 to build a new playground at the Village park in May.

On Wednesday, workmen from Bears Playgrounds began installing the equipment.

See related: Perry Rotary donates $27,000 for playground at Village park

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, building, Warsaw, Business.

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It was two-and-a-half years in the making, but Warsaw with be home to a newly built senior living facility.

During a groundbreaking ceremony held late Tuesday morning, Calamar officials, as well as local and county dignitaries, and members of the community, gathered in the empty lot just off North Main Street to celebrate the project. 

Officially named Grandview Terrace, the county’s older community members will soon have the option of residing in Calamar’s 11th built, 55-year-old-plus independent living community in the northeast region. 

The property will feature a community room with kitchen for events and entertaining that is also available to residents free of charge for private events; a well-appointed lounge/library with fireplace for informal living outside the apartment home; a community laundry, a fitness center for physical well being and much more for residents to enjoy. Garages are available on a first-come, first serve basis at an additional cost.

Both one and two bedroom, pet friendly apartments are available with pre-leasing rents ranging from $849 to $1185 per month. All apartments will be furnished with a washer and dryer as well as all major kitchen appliances. 

Not only will the 120-unit apartment complex be new to the county, the town will be gaining a new road. 

Grandview Terrace will have a, yet to be determined, address on what will be called Conable Way, says Warsaw Town Supervisor Becky Ryan.

“Part of the contract with Calamar is that they build a roadway to the facility and we (the Town) will be responsible for it,” Ryan said. “Along with the maintenance of the road, it also fell to the Town to name it. It is the first time in a long time we’ve had an opportunity to name a road.”

The Town decided on Conable Way in honor of Judge John Conable, and Barber Conable. Both men are World War II veterans and local residents of note, says Ryan. 

The new residences, a $14.2-million capital investment project, meets the needs of the community and creates job growth for the county’s residents, says Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Executive Director Jim Pierce. 

“This is the second largest private capital investment in Wyoming County,” Pierce said. “This is the first housing development project we’ve ever done. And adding a piece like this project adds to the overall quality of the county.”

Grandview Terrace is a private sector capital investment project in which allowed the IDA to be involved in. Calamar met the eligibility for IDA incentives, which in turn provided a commitment on the part of Calamar to build in Wyoming County. Additionally, the incentives were contingent upon local government approval, says Pierce.

Also, by having the infrastructure already in place – the Town contracts through the Village for the water and sewer district – was an added incentive to bringing this project in, says Ryan.

“We are all about creating a better quality of life and provides a vital need in the community,” Pierce said. “My belief is this project may help spur some other commercial development projects in the county.”

One of the marketing strategies the IDA uses is the county’s cost competitiveness, citing project costs would be higher in an more urban area for all aspects of construction or remodeling. Pierce says this project shows that a company is not afraid to invest more than $14 million dollars in the county. 

“It sends a message to developers that Wyoming County is a good place to do business and build a business. We are more laid back. Calamar did their homework and knows it’s a good investment for them.”

“Grandview Terrace will cater to middle class income households. Our model will enable our residents to enjoy comfortable living at competitive and economical pricing facilitating seniors to preserve their assets for their individual long term goals”, said Northeast Regional Director Michael Morris. “The economic issues of today have greatly impacted seniors and we are excited to continue to forge forward and bring this affordable housing model to Warsaw.”

The apartment complex fills more than just the need of the county’s older residents, it also opens up housing stock for younger people or those who want to upgrade their housing situation, says Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner. 

“We know there are people looking for residential properties,” Gardner said. “This project helps out two generations at the same time. The other benefit is you create a community of 120 units and it gets new people to possibly come into this area.”

The senior living community is somewhat self-contained, but not so much where its residents aren’t going to go out into the surrounding towns and villages for goods and services.

“Potentially 120 new people moving into Warsaw to use the shops and services offered in the county. The potential for new business to grow, or pop up, or to move here, plus those family members that come visit… and they can maybe stay in a bed and breakfast or local motel. 

There is a multiplying effect in the county – the services and providers. Restaurants, the hardware store… People need furniture and decorations… – Any time you have something like this, it multiplies the impact in the county.”

And with new residents comes a gain in sales tax revenue generated by local purchases made, which has a direct impact on the county budget. Additionally, once the PILOT agreement has been completed – the program abates the real property tax on the increased value of the property once the project is complete – Calamar will be paying property taxes, says Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger. 

The IDA does not reduce the existing tax obligation, the base assess value or assessed amount of the existing property remains billable at normal tax rates, IDA officials say.

“We are thrilled they are here,” Berwanger said. “It’s a major private investment for our county.”

But before the residents even begin to move in, the project will need manpower and building materials for the new construction, all in supply within the county, thus adding to immediate growth for the community.

“We are really excited about this whole project,” Ryan said. “It’s a great facility for the area and those who are in the middle income level. It’s good for the snowbirds to come back to because the maintenance will be taken care of.”

Officials also anticipate the increase in population will bring further progress in the Valley, but at this point don’t really know what the next steps will be.

“It was a great effort and learning experience to get all the pieces together,” Ryan said. “A special thanks goes to Kathy Smith (Warsaw town clerk). She had a lot of work and time frames to work within. Not only did a multitude of agencies work together to get the project to come together, Calamar has been great to work with.”

Grandview Terrace is expected to be completed by late summer 2018. There are no entry fees, buy-ins or surcharges. For more information, contact Mary Beth at (716) 946-6444.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, Perry.

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Perry Central School elementary and middle schoolers spent one of their remaining days of the school year playing at the Village Park today for their annual Perry Park Day.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.

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An unattended wax melt warmer was the cause of Monday’s fire in Warsaw. The fire, which started in a 2nd floor apartment at 160 Center Street in the Village, left three occupants in need of assistance by the Red Cross.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were on the scene at the four-unit apartment building for two-and-one-half hours.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins were Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw Police, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. 

The fire caused $15,000 in damages.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, news, Castile, Perry.

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Minor injuries were reported at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at Chapman Road and Route 39, Perry, late this afternoon.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s department was assisted at the scene by Perry Police, and Perry, Castile and Monroe ambulance, and Perry Fire Department.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.

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A late afternoon fire broke out in a multi-unit apartment building at the corner of Center Street and Oatka Road, Warsaw. Fire officials say the fire was contained to an upper unit of the building.

Crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were assisted at the scene by Warsaw Police and Wyoming County Emergency Services.

No injuries were reported. Several pets, including a cat, rabbit and lizard, were rescued.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Castile, Warsaw, Attica, Eagle.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun June 15.

Cheleena Green, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to one year definite jail and restitution of $1,170.39. Additionally, a stay away order of protection was issued. She was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. A determinate/definite sentence is a jail or prison sentence that has a defined length and can't be changed by a parole board or other agency.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation and $525 restitution.

John Sprague, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony, and forcible touching, a Class A misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 3. Bail remained at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. 

James Smith, an inmate in a State Correctional Facility, was sentenced to nine months interim probation on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first Degree. The case has been adjourned to March 8.

The following was in court June 16.

Robin Jones, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation, and surcharges and fees on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. 

The following were in court June 19.

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, had her case adjourned to June 26 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Michael Williams Jr., who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to four weekends in jail, one year conditional discharge with an Ignition Interlock Device, and probation revocation. 

The following are from State Correctional Facilities.

Rance Dreher pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 16.

Anthony Placido was granted by the Court to have his count severed from his co-defendants’ cases. His case is adjourned to July 19.

Devante Spencer had his case adjourned to July 12.

Keith Tyson, 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.

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Covington.

Three individuals were arrested in connection with the May 26 arrest of a Warsaw man accused of hiding heroin under the hood of his car.

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The original traffic stop led to the immediate arrest of Scott A. Moulton, 45, for charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and driving while ability impaired by drugs. 

During the traffic stop on Wyoming Road, Covington, cell phones were seized from Moulton and his three passengers. A search warrant was then obtained to search the cell phones contents. A Wyoming County evidence technician says evidence on the phones led to charges against the three passengers.

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Jazmyn R. Moulton, no age provided and who was already jailed in Wyoming County Jail on an unrelated charge, was arrested June 9 in the jail and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony.

She was arraigned in the Town of Covington Court where bail was set at $1,000 cash or $2,500 bond. 

Bail is set for inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates 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.

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Nicolas O’Connor, 26, and Ruth O’Connor, 37, both of Caneadea, were arrested June 14 by the New York State Police out of Allegany County and then turned over to Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies. 

They were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony and arraigned in the Town of Perry Court where bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. 

Jazymn, Ruth and Nicholas are all due in Covington Court June 19.

See related: Warsaw man accused of hiding heroin under the hood of his car

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Varysburg, Warsaw, Silver Springs.

Nathan G. Safford, 27, of Silver Springs, was charged June 16 with unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree, reckless driving, failure to stop for a red light, speed in excess of 65 in a 40 mph zone, speed in excess of 100 in a 55 mph zone, operating out of class, and unsafe passing. He is held in the Genesee County Jail on $25,000 cash bail and $100,000 bond. He is due in Pembroke Town Court July 11.

Bruce C. Smith, 71, of Varysburg, was charged June 15 with moved from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or higher. Deputies say Smith was driving south on Route 98 when he attempted to turn left into his driveway. Subsequently, he allegedly missed it by about 20 feet and ended up driving into his front yard and striking a large bush. He was arrested for DWI after allegedly refusing field sobriety testing at the scene. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he was then charged with the above offenses. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court June 26.

Willie B. Pugh III, 43, of Allen, Texas, was charged June 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Pugh was stopped on Route 20A, Warsaw, for allegedly driving without any license plates. Deputies say, although he was able to provide temporary registration paperwork, his New York State driver’s license was found to have two active suspensions for failing to answer two out of stat4e traffic tickets. He was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $500 cash or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court June 26.

Jasmine S. Morales, 19, of Perry, was charged June 16 with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree and unlicensed operator. Perry Police say Morales tool her mother’s vehicle without consent. She is due in Perry Village Court Aug. 1.

Philip M. Arcuri, 31, of Warsaw, was charged June 16 with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful possession of marijuana, moved from lane unsafely, and failed to use designated lane. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Arcuri was arrested following a property damage motor vehicle accident in the Town of Pavilion. He is also accused of possessing an undisclosed amount of heroin and marijuana. He is due in the Town of Pavilion Court July 11. 

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Sheldon, Silver Springs, Gainesville.

Crystal L. Lawrence, 32, of Maltby Road, Oakfield, was arrested following a domestic incident complaint on Royce Road in the Town of Sheldon on June 6. Lawrence was alleged to have entered an ex-boyfriend’s residence using a credit card, and while inside Lawrence allegedly broke a television, a cell phone, and the kitchen table. The complaint was reported the following date when Lawrence was no longer at the residence. Lawrence was arrested on June 9 after a warrant was issued for her arrest by the Town of Sheldon Court. She is charged is second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies. Lawrence was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court where bail was set in the amount of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. She was taken to the Wyoming County Jail, and is scheduled to return to the Town of Sheldon Court on June 19 for further proceedings.

Donald A. Callaro , 53, of North Main Street, Silver Springs, was arrested June 8 following the report of a vehicle in the ditch on Silver Springs Road near Evans Road in the Town of Gainesville. A call was taken reporting a vehicle that had nearly forced another motorist off the roadway by driving in the oncoming lane. The allegedly erratically driven vehicle swerved back across its lane and into the ditch. Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and interviewed Callaro, who reported that a stranger had been driving his vehicle while he was in the passenger seat, despite the eyewitness having just observed Callaro driving without any passengers in the vehicle. Callaro allegedly failed field sobriety testing and was taken into custody for DWI. Callaro was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with: aggravated DWI – BAC .18 percent or higher; driving with a BAC of .08 or higher; DWI; reckless driving; failure to keep right; moving from lane unsafely; and falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Callaro was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $1,500 cash or $4,000 bond. Callaro was scheduled to return to the Town of Gainesville Court on June 26 for further proceedings. The case was handled by Wyoming County Sheriff's Sgt. Colin Reagan and Deputy David Richardson.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Warsaw, Warsaw Kiwanis Club, Business, Wine in the Valley.

Press release from Kevin Carlson, former chairman “Wine and Brews in the Valley” for the Warsaw Kiwanis Club:

It started as a fundraising idea and took off from there. Originally just "Wine in the Valley"; it brought people out and walking the streets, and seeing all the local businesses that we have here in Downtown Warsaw.

Over the last four years it has grown thanks to the support of the local businesses, and the loyal tasters that not only come back every year, but bring more friends. The Warsaw Kiwanis Club has been able to raise approximately $50,000 since it started. These dollars were spread around to about 25 different organizations and individuals.

The success of the event has also meant challenges in organizing and planning that have reached beyond what myself and our local Kiwanis Club can provide. In order for the event to continue, we needed to find a group that had enough volunteers to do all the tasks that were needed. Several groups were approached and in the end, the United Way of Wyoming County stepped forward.

We are pleased with the enthusiasm and spirit they have shown so far. They have divided up the various tasks and I am helping out in an advisory way when needed. I am confident that this event will continue to grow and be successful for them and the community. The additional volunteers that are on board will assure that the event will be the best it can be!

They have some new ideas that should make it easier for businesses to participate. They have a new website up already, www.WineAndBrewsInTheValley.com. If you have any questions, you can leave a message through the website, and the right person will get back to you.  

On behalf of the Warsaw Kiwanis, I'm pleased that the event will continue to grow and that the proceeds will help those in our community much the same as Kiwanis has. The Warsaw Kiwanis will still be present at the event, continuing the Basket auction and wine tub raffle at the check in location. Anyone wishing to donate a basket to this can contact me (Kevin Carlson at 786-2871).

I personally would like to thank the members of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club, my family (who put up with me), friends who volunteered, the Wyoming County Chamber, and members of the business community for helping me over the last four years with this event. I couldn't have done it without your support. It has been a pleasure working with everyone!

I hope to see you at “Wine and Brews in the Valley” -- 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16th(Note the new times, moved up one hour earlier.) Have a great day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 11:22 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements.

There will be limited posts on the Wyoming County Free Press site for the week of June 11 as I will be on vacation. 

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope all our readers have a wonderful week.

Julia Ferrini

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Public Health Column from the Wyoming County Health Department:

Do you know that mammals, including humans, can contract rabies? Bats, raccoons, foxes and skunks are assumed to be infected with this deadly virus and must be avoided. In any case with animals, it is better to love your own and leave others alone!

What is rabies? How is it transmitted? What are Signs & Symptoms?

Rabies is a virus that attacks the nervous system of mammals, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. There are more than 4,000 different species of mammals, all of which are vertebrates (they have a backbone or spine), are endothermic (“warm-blooded”), have hair on their bodies, and produce milk to feed their babies.

Transmission of the rabies virus usually begins when the saliva of an infected host is passed to an uninfected mammal. The most common way rabies is transmitted is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Other routes include contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and organ transplantations.

The first symptoms of rabies may be very similar to those of the flu including general weakness or discomfort, fever or headache. These symptoms may last for days. There may also be discomfort or a prickling or itching sensation at the bite site, progressing within days to symptoms of cerebral (brain) dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation.

As the disease progresses, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations and insomnia. Common signs of rabies in animals are; nocturnal (night) animals active during daylight, foaming of the mouth, overly aggressive, or uncoordinated. The acute period of disease typically ends after 2 to 10 days.  Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal, and treatment is typically supportive.

What to do if potentially exposed to rabies?

“If you are bitten, or if infectious material (such as saliva) from a wild or stray animal gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or a cut, wash the area with soap/water and call your doctor or local County Health Department immediately. Please note that bats have very tiny, razor-sharp teeth so you may not feel or see a bite mark,” said Sarah Balduf, director of Environmental Health for Genesee & Orleans Counties.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to safely capture the suspect animal if it has or may have been in contact with people, pets or livestock so it can be tested for rabies. Capturing the suspect animal for testing is important because unnecessary medical treatment to people and confinement of pets or livestock may be avoidable.

“To diagnosis the rabies virus in animals testing the tissue of the brain is needed. Keep this in mind when capturing the animal because damage to the head/brain can cause it to be untestable. If treatment is recommended, it consists of a series of four shots, over a period of 14 days. An additional fifth dose of rabies vaccine is given on day 28 to immunocompromised patients (less capable of battling infections),” Balduf said.

*A link to a video on how to safely capture a bat is located below.

How do you to prevent rabies? 

Rabies is 100-percent preventable! Here are some ways to protect your families and animals.

·      Don't feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats, including the babies.

·      Be sure your pet dogs, cats and ferrets as well as horses and valuable livestock animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Vaccination protects pets if they are exposed to rabid animals. Pets too young to be vaccinated (under 3 months old) should be kept indoors and allowed outside only under direct observation.  Keep family pets indoors at night. Do not leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.

·      Do not attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods that may attract wild animals. Feed pets indoors.  Tightly cap or put away garbage cans. Board up any openings to your attic, basement, porch or garage. Cap your chimney with screens. Bats can get in spaces as small as the width of a pencil.

·      If nuisance wild animals are living in parts of your home, consult with a nuisance wildlife control expert about having them removed. You can find wildlife control experts, who work on a fee-for-service basis, in your telephone directory under pest control.

·      Teach children not to touch any animal they do not know and to tell an adult immediately if they are bitten by any animal.

·      If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside. You may contact a nuisance wildlife control expert who will remove the animal for a fee.

Upcoming Dog, Cat and Ferret Anti-Rabies Vaccination Clinics:

Clinics are free to county residents -- charges may apply for out of county residents.

Donations are appreciated -- for complete details visit the county health department’s website.

Wyoming County Clinics are held on the following dates and times:

*Registrations are not accepted the last 15 minutes.

  • Thursday, June 15th from 6 – 8 p.m., Arcade Town Highway Department, 7340 Route 98
  • Wednesday, July 19th from 6 – 8 p.m., Attica Town Highway Department, 700 Route 98
  • Saturday, Oct. 14th from 9 – 11:30 a.m, Wyoming County Highway Department, 4328 Route 19, Rock Glen

For more information on rabies, how to catch a bat safely, and much more visit, https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/rabies/

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