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 time 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weekends in jail, one-year conditional discharge and is required to have an ignition interlock device, and probation was revoked. 

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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    Scott A. Moulton

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

Jazmyn R. Moulton, no age provided, who was already 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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  Nicholas O'Connor       Ruth O'Connor

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 or $100,000 bond. He is due in Pembroke Town Court July 11.

Bruce C. Smith, 71, of Varysburg, was charged June 15 with moving 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, 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-state 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 took 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; moving from lane unsafely; and failure 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/

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Christina V. Dadey, 43, of Corfu, was charged June 7 with failure to keep right, felony driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated DWI – BAC .18 percent or higher, failure to use an Ignition Interlock Device, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Dadey in the Village of Wyoming following a call of an erratic driver. Deputies say the call originated in Genesee County for a vehicle that was all over the road. During the stop, she was given field sobriety testing, which she allegedly failed. Subsequently, she was arrested for DWI. Additionally, officials say she was convicted of DWI earlier this year, making this arrest a felony. She was put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. She is due in the Town of Middlebury Court June 19.

Marizza Marie Yott, 21, of Warsaw, was charged June 3 with assault in the second degree. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Yott was arrested after allegedly striking another person in the head with a glass bottle, which injured the victim. She was arraigned in the Pembroke Town Court and released under supervision of the Genesee Justice pending further court appearances in the Darien Town Court.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Sen. Gallivan.

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) joined colleagues from the Senate and the Assembly, and representatives of various charitable organizations to push for passage of legislation (S.4329/A6095) that would amend state law in relation to the sale of raffle tickets for bona fide charitable organizations. The changes will allow nonprofit groups to sell raffle tickets via the Internet and provide for additional payment options for raffles and other fundraising activities.

"Volunteer fire departments, veterans groups and other charitable organizations long relied on raffles as a way to support the services and programs they provide in the community,” Gallivan said. “These changes will allow groups to promote and sell raffle tickets online in order to reach their fundraising goals and enhance their services.” 

Gallivan sponsored the bill in the Senate after learning that outdated regulations limited organizations when it came to raffles, 50/50 prizes and other games of chance. Under existing rules, online sales and debit and credit card payments are prohibited. 

The bill passed the Senate and Assembly in 2016 but was vetoed by the governor. In response, additional amendments are being prepared.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm
posted by Howard Owens in ridesharing, Business, news.

The demand for ride sharing in Western New York, including Wyoming County, is strong and has been growing for years, according to the two leading companies expected to provide service locally as soon as it's legal on June 29.

Representatives of both Uber and Lyft said they anticipate being able to provide service to communities such as Warsaw and the rest of the county that day and they're getting ready to meet the demand.

Both companies are eager to be ready for a potential surge in demand around the July 4 holiday.

Ride sharing services are a child of the mobile digital age, allowing private drivers to make themselves available to offer rides to people who hail them through a mobile app on a smartphone.

Both Uber and Lyft have become global companies with valuations in the billions of dollars and both companies compete fiercely for drivers and riders. It's been years since either company has been able to expand service in a U.S. market, such as Upstate New York.

Sen. Micheal Ranzenhofer sponsored a bill passed by NYS Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make ride sharing legal upstate in time for the July 4 weekend, after the Legislature had previously approved ride sharing this year.

The lobbying effort by Uber and Lyft included more than $2.6 million combined in campaign contributions. Details do not yet seem available on how much in campaign contributions Ranzenhofer might have received.

A spokesperson for Uber said the company has been eager to start service in Upstate because the demand for the service has been so wrong. Certainly in Buffalo, but even in Wyoming County, said Alix Anfang, said drivers have been signing up in numbers that give the company confidence they will be able to provide fast and reliable service.

"New York, Upstate New York, is one of the last places in the country to have access to ride sharing and people in the area have been demanding it for years," Anfang said. "The governor and the Legislature listened to their constituents and their desire for better transportation options and we're excited we will be able to offer the service."

While there is a bus service, ride sharing helps enhance such services rather than compete against them, Anfang said.

"The reports show that more ride sharing available, the more people use public transit," Anfang said. "The real competition for ride sharing is personal car ownership."

Oftentimes, Anfang said, ride sharing is a "last-mile solution" for people who would want to use public transit, but a bus doesn't get them close enough to their intended destination. Many ridesharing customers, she said, take a bus and then use ride sharing for that last mile.

"If you can get reliable ride sharing, you're more likely to leave your car at home," she said.

Bar and restaurant owners may be one of the biggest beneficiaries of ride sharing. It's smarter to hail a ride, and even plan ahead, with an app on a smartphone than it is to risk a DWI arrest, which is one reason Uber and Lyft were eager to get the service legal and up and running by July 4.

Uber isn't just successful in large cities, Anfang said. Throughout the country, Uber has found willing drivers and demand for services in rural areas as well.

"We want to be everywhere and serve every customer as soon as we possibly can and we're working to make sure we can be ready, especially with the July 4 holiday coming," Anfang said.

Campbell Matthews, representing Lyft, provided the following statement:

"We are excited to officially become a part of communities across New York State,” said Jaime Raczka, regional director of New Markets for Lyft. “In every community in which ride sharing operates, it improves road safety, boosts local economies, and brings local families needed income. We thank the thousands of New York State residents who fought to bring these benefits to their neighborhoods and cities, and we look forward to becoming New Yorker’s ride-sharing platform of choice.”

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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, June 9, 2017 at 11:37 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, animals, Sen. Gallivan.

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Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) joined his Senate colleagues in participating in the Legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day on Tuesday by passing measures that bolster protections for animals and their owners from harm and abuse. The bills strengthen Buster’s Law, crack down on animal fighting, and improve oversight for animal shelters, among other measures.

Article 26 of the Agriculture and Markets Law relating to cruelty to animals (S353-a), commonly referred to as Buster’s Law, states in part: A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.

“For many of us, our pets are part of our family,” Gallivan said. “They provide unconditional love and we have a responsibility to keep them safe. These bills will help protect our pets and hold those people who abuse animals accountable for their actions. Animal Advocacy Day is a great way to raise awareness of these important issues and the critical role pets play in our lives.” 

 The bills passed include:

     • Preventing animal abusers from working at animal shelters: Bill S2937, sponsored by Gallivan, prohibits persons convicted of animal cruelty from being a dog or animal control officer, or working at an animal shelter, pound, humane society, animal protective association, or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
    • Improving shelter care for dogs: Bill S5515, sponsored by Gallivan, would require impounding organizations to examine the animal and provide care and treatment to relieve pain and suffering, including necessary emergency veterinary care and treatment, parasite control and appropriate vaccinations. The impounding organization must also provide proper shelter, food and potable water.
    • Prohibiting violators of Buster’s Law from having a companion animal: Bill S2501 would prohibit a person convicted of Buster's Law from owning or possessing a companion animal unless authorized by court order, after appropriate psychiatric or psychological testing. Requiring a psychiatric evaluation will help identify behavior problems and ensure more animals are not abused.
    • Increasing the penalty for multiple convictions of animal cruelty: Bill S299 would increase the penalty for multiple convictions of torturing, killing or failing to provide sustenance to an animal to a felony, if convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction. This will also help protect people as well because animal cruelty is often linked to violence against humans.
    • Requiring more inspections for pet dealers: Bill S302 provides for more frequent inspections of pet dealers which have been charged with or convicted of violations relating to cats and dogs. It requires the Department of Agriculture and Markets, upon the filing of a charge against a pet dealer, to immediately inspect the premises and continue to inspect the premises every two weeks thereafter until a final disposition of the charges. Should the pet dealer be convicted, inspections would be required quarterly.
    • Designating animal fighting as an enterprise-crime-eligible offense: Bill S594 would define animal fighting as a criminal act when referring to enterprise corruption. By making animal fighting an enterprise-crime-eligible offense, law enforcement and prosecutors will have more tools available to combat this serious problem.
    • Expanding tools available to stop animal fighting: Bill S611 places animal fighting on a list of crimes eligible to seek a warrant to conduct electronic eavesdropping or video surveillance.
    • Reducing holding time for the adoption of stray cats: Bill S177B would allow a duly incorporated Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, humane society, or any municipal pound to put unidentified, stray cats who have been examined by a veterinarian up for adoption after three days. Cutting the holding time will help reduce the spread of diseases.
    • Increasing the fine for abandoning an animal: Bill S1137 would increase the fine for animal abandonment from $1,000 to $2,000. This would help prevent abandoned animals from starving or freezing to death, breeding, spreading disease, or being killed by other animals.
    • Clarifying regulations for dogs engaged in hunting or training: Bill S2900 provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the Environmental Conservation Law shall not be deemed to be running at large. This would help prevent dogs from unnecessarily entering the municipal animal shelter system if an officer finds a hunting dog and can locate the owner before taking the dog to the shelter.
    • Establishing an income tax credit for owners of service dogs: Bill S5938A would establish an income tax credit of up to $1,000 for the owners of service dogs. Service dog is defined as a dog that is a service, guide, hearing, or seeing, or is under the control of the person using or training the to do work or perform tasks to benefit an individual with a disability.

The Animal Advocacy Day bills build upon the Senate’s commitment to protecting pets and other wildlife. The 2017-2018 state budget includes $5 million for the creation of a Companion Animal Capital Fund. This first of its kind fund would provide humane societies, nonprofits, and municipal shelters with grants for capital projects through a competitive application process.

Also approved was S1712. This bill increases certain penalties for violating the prohibition of animal fighting and for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Bills the Senate has already passed this year include:
    • Establishing March 13 as K9 Veterans Day: Bill S216, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan, designates March 13 of each year as K9 Veterans Day in New York.
    • Kirby & Quigley’s Law: Bill S1680 would expand the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to companion animals during the commission of a felony. Violating this measure would be punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
    • Extending orders of protection to pets of victims of domestic abuse: Bill S2167 would give the court discretion to forbid contact between the abuser and any pet that is cared for by a victim.
    • Exempting dog license fees for deployed active military members’ dogs: Bill S839 would allow municipalities the option to waive a licensing fee for an active military member's dog when they are deployed.
    • Enacting the Elephant Protection Act: Bill S2098A would prohibit the use of elephants in entertainment acts. The measure is meant to safeguard all elephants from the physical and psychological harm potentially inflicted upon them by living conditions, treatment, and cruel methods that are necessary to train elephants to perform.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, farmers market, arts.

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The 16th annual Summer Saturdays Arts Series hit Perry June 17 and run through Sept. 30. Get fresh produce, listen to local musicians, watch artisan demonstrations and take part in the Chalk Art Festival at the Perry Farmers’ Market, Main Street, Perry.

More than 20 farm vendors will offer a variety of produce and homemade products. Market goods are sold from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. All performances are from 10 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.

Summer Saturdays Arts Series 2017 at the Perry Farmers’ Market schedule of events:

June 17 -- A Country Market – Opening Day

    • The Band Anastazja 

    • Mr. Scribbles!

    • Linda Franke – tatting

June 24 -- Banjo Bliss

    • Jim Newman – banjo sing-along

    • Susan Swanson – fiber Lingo

July 1 -- Independence Weekend

    • Mike Strobel – original folk guitar and vocals

    • Robert Doyle – photography

July 8 -- Perry Chalk Art Festival (rain date is July 15)

    • Kelly’s Old Timers – Perry’s hometown band, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

    • Creek Bend – original and traditional American roots music, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    • The Brothers Blue – classic Americana music, from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. 

    • Elise Kelly & Stone Soup, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Street Stage

A Taste of Summer -- Fine Regional Cuisine from Area Restaurants

    • Rob Falgiano - lyrical originals and guitar

    • Mugsy the Clown & Fancy Faces – face painting

    • Girl Scout craft table

    • Jason the Juggler

July 15 -- A Bluesy Saturday

    • Dark Road Duo -- classic blues, folk and old-time country music

    • Ag in the Classroom with Sarah Carlson and Katie Marusarz – soil profiling with snacks

July 22 -- The Glories of Summer and Song

    • Maria Gillard – earthy folk originals

    • Felisa Brea – cooking demonstration

July 29 -- A Midsummer Market 

    • Steve West – blues and unique interpretations of musical favorites

    • Shake on the Lake – scenes from upcoming performances

    • J. Brian Pfeiffer – sculpting with stone and concrete

Aug. 5 -- Summer Strumming

    • Backsliders Duo – country music’s golden era

    • Shake on the Lake – scenes from upcoming performances

Aug.12  -- A big musical market 

    • The Biggest Little Band – The Quigleys, a musical duo that sounds like a full-size band

Aug. 19 -- Bounty of the Market

    • Pancake Hill – soft rock & pleasing harmonies

    • Tom Pedlow – flint knapping

    • Master Gardeners John Glenn & Trisha Morris-Kopinski

Aug. 26 -- Foot-stomping Saturday

    • Gordon Munding – Southern blues & country mountain music

    • Sarah Ballinger-- English paper piecing

Sept. 2 -- A Labor of Love

    • Super Moon – acoustic country and rock 

Sept. 9 -- Autumn Harvest

    • Folk O’ the Road – traditional American music

Sept. 16 -- Changing seasons

    • Ernie Lawrence -- eclectic folk, blues and soul

Sept. 23 -- Chester A. Arthur Day

    • Joan Burch – folk and traditional music

Sept. 30 -- Fall Fling – Closing Day 

    • Allen Hopkins – traditional music 

    • Pumpkin carving

Summer Saturdays is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. Support is also provided by the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, Friends of the Summer Saturdays Arts Series, and Arts Series demonstrators.

For more information about Summer Saturdays visit www.perryfarmersmarket.com or call Meghan Hauser at (585) 237-5375.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, news, announcements.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) recently reacted to news of anticipated steep increases in the price of BlueCross BlueShield plans available to New Yorkers through the New York State Insurance Marketplace.

“Not only has Obamacare been a failure for most of America, it is now failing the people of Western New York by making basic healthcare completely unaffordable and inaccessible,” Collins said. “I am absolutely appalled a BlueCross BlueShield plan in Western New York would increase by almost 50 percent in the marketplace.”

BlueCross BlueShield pointed to the failed Obamacare policies that have cost insurance companies millions of dollars, driving up costs for Americans. Regulations put in place under Obamacare have made the insurance marketplace less competitive, thus increasing costs for consumers.

While President Obama promised that premiums under his plan would decrease during these last few years, a May 23 report from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that Obamacare increased premiums across the country by 105 percent between 2013 and 2017.

“Obamacare’s chief cheerleader in our state, Governor Andrew Cuomo, owes our community an apology. Cuomo is part and parcel to (former President Barak) Obama’s promises that ‘you can keep your plan’ and premiums will be lower. Those have turned out to be lies.”

Collins said there was help on the way. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House of Representatives on May 4, repeals and replaces Obamacare and removes more than $800 billion in onerous taxes and fees that have been stifling the economy and eliminating job growth.

“I am working with my colleagues in Congress to implement policies that allow the people of Western New York the opportunity to make their own choice when it comes to healthcare and provide lower premiums. Americans deserve to be able to pick which plan works best for their family, and I’m urging the senate to take up the American Health Care Act so we can get ourselves out of this mess.”

 The American Health Care Act:

    • Eliminates the individual and employer mandate;

    • For Western New Yorkers, the bill also includes the largest property tax reduction ever to be enacted. The legislation includes an amendment Collins introduced that would bar federal reimbursements for New York State Medicaid funds raised from local governments;

    • Guarantees protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions by prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, banning insurers from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and preventing insurers from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage. Additionally, New York state law fully protects individuals with pre-existing conditions;

    •  Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid by implementing a per capita allotment which provides more flexibility for states;

    • Provides Americans access to affordable care that works for their needs by delivering monthly tax credits of $2,000-$14,000 a year, which individuals and families can use to purchase private insurance of their choice; and

    • A provision within the American Health Care Act (AHCA), The Patient and State Stability Fund, would provide solutions to help lower costs and repair insurance markets damaged by Obamacare.

The American Health Care Act is with the Senate where it will need to be approved before heading to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Silver Lake, Perry.

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Press release, file photo.

After a highly successful inaugural event during the summer of 2015, the Silver Lake Experience returns Aug. 10 through 13.

In a collaborative effort between Asbury Retreat Center and the Silver Lake Institute, Perry, more than 80 workshops, presentations, demonstrations and activities are brought together for this three-day event.

New features for 2017 include a continental breakfast and full lunch each day, a Chaplain of the Day and Daily Devotion, and a social justice theme throughout the Experience. As an added bonus, on Sunday, food and fellowship and a concert with The Full Swing Band follow a nondenominational worship service — all at no additional cost.

Silver Lake’s repertory company Shake on the Lake will present songs from a new musical play, “A Tinker’s Tale” Aug. 10 (Thursday). The play is written by Jeanne and Jim Morey, produced by Josh Rice, and directed by Chad Bradford. The music is by Earle Terwilliger, and directed by Eric Kelly, with lyrics written by Morey. 

While lunch is provided for all registrants, Thursday’s musical theater luncheon is limited to the first 110 people.

While the tours are a perennial favorite, other workshops delve into the culinary arts. Chefs from the Glen Iris Inn will host dessert demonstrations, staff from East Hill Creamery and The Hole in the Wall Restaurant will host Creative Cottage Cooking; and Chet Fery, The Breadman, will teach Mindful Bread Making.

Even with the variety of activities offered, Silver Lake Experience officials say the evening concerts are the most highly anticipated events.

Performing Thursday evening, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet. Friday evening features The Jen Chapin Trio, and on Saturday night, enjoy the musical musings of local musicians with “A Perry Revival: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.”

The Silver Lake Experience is made possible through the generous sponsorship of many area businesses, organizations and individuals, especially this year’s Gold Sponsors, which include: Artisan Villa, Arts Council for Wyoming County, Asbury Retreat Center, Bob Blauers/Remax, Charcoal Corral/Silver Lake Twin Drive-In Theater, Conolly Printing, Glen Iris Inn, Ed Hulme General Contracting, Perry Market Place, Schultz Associates Engineers and Land Surveyors, Silver Lake Institute, Silver Lake Marine, Sinclair Pharmacy, and Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Registration is $45 per person/per day. Registrants may register for just one or all of the days. Overnight accommodations and full breakfast/dinner packages are available through Asbury Retreat Center. 

For more information visit www.silverlakeexperience.org or call (585) 237-5262.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw.

The following was in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun June 7.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to welfare fraud in the fourth degree and attempted assault in the second degree, both as Class E felonies as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 9.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Sheldon, Castile, Covington, Perry, North Java.

Clayton W. Jimerson, 20, of Salamanca, was charged May 24 with speeding, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, driving while ability impaired by drugs, DWAI – alcohol and drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Jimerson was stopped on Route 77, Sheldon, for allegedly driving 81 in a 55-mph zone. A roadside investigation allegedly revealed he was in possession of marijuana and high-concentration cannabis. Following field sobriety testing, he was arrested for DWI. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where deputies say his BAC was .08 percent. He was also evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by the combination of alcohol and cannabis and unable to drive safely. Jimerson was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date. Assisting deputies at the scene were the New York State Police, Warsaw barracks.

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Cody W. Speta, 24, of Castile, was charged June 4 with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. New York State troopers say Speta’s vehicle was disabled in the turning lane on Route 16, Machias. When troopers stopped to assist him, they say an odor of marijuana was present. He was allegedly found to have approximately 24 grams of marijuana, two straws, and a baggie containing hydrocodeine. He is due in the Town of Yorkshire Court at a later date.

Robert D. Alcott, 29, of Covington, was charged May 28 with uninspected motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third and second degrees, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree. Alcott was stopped on Route 63, Covington, for an alleged inspection violation. During the stop, deputies say he was found to have two suspensions on his driver’s license, one of which was for driving while ability impaired. Deputies say, during a roadside search, he was found to be in possession of paraphernalia commonly used for smoking crack cocaine. He is due in the Town of Covington Court at a later date.

Michelle E. Malecki, 25, of North Java, was charged June 3 with uninspected motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Malecki was stopped on Perry Road, Sheldon, for an alleged inspection violation. Deputies say, during the stop it was found she had a suspended license for failure to answer a summons. She is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

Daniel Selby and  Zachary Demers, neither age provided, both from Perry, were charged June 2 with disorderly conduct. Perry Police say they were called to South Federal Street and found Selby and Demers fighting on the side of the road. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, agribusiness, Castile.

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Southview Farm on Upper Reservation Road, Castile, was the site for the seventh annual Agri-Palooza held Sunday. 

This one-day event highlights one of the county’s greatest resources – agriculture. Patrons were able to visit a working farm and find out what it’s really like to work in one of the county’s biggest industries.

While the seed of the farm was first planted in the 1800s, the roots firmly took hold in Wyoming County in the 1940s when Jim VanArsdale bought the farm.

Six years after Jim started the farm in 1949, he partnered with Dick Popp. Although Popp died in the 1990s, his legacy lives on at the farm. He was instrumental in bringing new agricultural technology to Wyoming County, says Tanya Nickerson, education specialist with the county’s 4-H program. 

One of the biggest changes on the farm is the technology, says Jim’s son, Jamie, current owner of Southview.

“Things change so fast, you just have to keep up with it,” Jamie said.

One of the greatest advances is the use of GPS planting. The farm uses a GPS-driven tractor that puts the holes in the earth for seed corn, following the pattern laid out by the tractor another follows to actually plant the seed. The idea behind GPS planting is soil conservation. Less tilling of the land not only helps keep the nutrients in the soil, but also keeps the soil in place. Additionally, the less the land is driven over by farm equipment keeps the soil loose and less compact which allows for better crop growth.

“We use the same line to till, fertilize and plant so it doesn’t disturb the ground as much when planting,” Jamie said. “Less disturbance keeps the soil soft and pliable so the roots grow better.”

One of the goals of Agri-Palooza is to dispel the myth that farms are a corporate entity – focused only on the bottom line. The event showcases the partnership, so to speak, farmers have with not only the land, but also the health and well-being of the animals in its charge. It also highlights the families that work to keep agriculture alive in Wyoming County.

In addition to better soil conservation, the farm employs nutritionist Pat Brennan to help maintain a proper balance of nutrients to the bovines.

“Every visit has me checking the computer for records of milk production, reproduction and herd health,” Brennan said. “Then I take a look at the animals and look how they walk, chew, their body condition and manure. Then based on that information, I put together a recipe based on the need of the cows.”

A cow eats approximately 120 pounds of feed a day, produces about 90 pounds of milk (10 gallons) a day, and drinks about 30 to 40 gallons of water per day.

To better use and manage the feed the farm grows or feeds the animals, it uses a bunker-style silo instead of the traditional upright silo. The bunker silo allows for better mixing of the feed as well as nutritional consistency. The silage is layered, then compacted, to get the air out of the feed which helps with fermentation -- key for cow palatability.

“It takes all of that to keep the cows healthy and producing milk,” Brennan said.

In addition to good nutrition, a well-ventilated barn is essential in keeping the cows comfortable during warm or muggy weather. To help minimize disease, especially lung disease in the young animals, white tubbing has been added to the newborn calf barn. The tubbing sucks outside air into the barn and fans it over the calves to keep fresh air circulating, which is better for the calves. The other barns not only have fans to circulate the air, they are also equipped with water misters to keep the cows cool and comfortable. 

“We use the same line to till, fertilize and plant so it doesn’t disturb the ground as much when planing,” Jamie said. “We use the same line to till, fertilize and plant so it doesn’t disturb the ground as much when planing,” Jamie said. 

Other conservation or repurposing efforts Southview Farms employ include:

    • Solar panels on barns, which warms rainwater or snowmelt to be used for cleaning and in the milk parlor;

    • A scale, which weighs harvested food and feed. This helps keep track of how well a field is producing or how much feed they have on hand; and 

    • Five manure lagoons. The lagoons store the manure until a time where it would be beneficial to spread on the fields, thus reducing runoff into groundwater. It also minimizes the use of fertilizers, which in turn saves the farmer money.

The farm also uses manure for bedding by squeezing out the water, which rids the manure of bacteria, then the remaining material is stored for future use.

Additionally, while the farm traditionally breeds Holstein cows – they are the best milk producers – the farm is beginning to breed Jersey cows. Though the animals aren’t big milk producers, they do produce milk with a higher fat content. Recent research has shown that people are consuming more dairy products with a higher fat content – butter, ice cream and cheese. To fill the demand, Southview Farms is making the transition to the Jersey breed, a more compact bovine.

Southview Farms has 47 employees and milks three times a day at two locations. The herd included more than 2,000 cows and 1,600 young stock. Additionally, more than 3,100 acres of corn, alfalfa and wheat are harvested annually.

Agri-Palooza is made possible by the partnership of the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Department and the Wyoming County Farm Bureau.

For more information about agriculture in Wyoming County visit http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu

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Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Friday’s fire on Devinney Road still remains under investigation.

The dispatch center received an emergency call around 3:30 p.m. June 2, about a house fire at 0 Devinney Road, Wethersfield, which was totally consumed by flames, say officials with Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Crews from North Java, Gainesville and Varysburg fire departments were on the scene for three hours putting out the blaze.

Fire Chief in Charge, North Java Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boorman was assisted at the scene by Emergency Services. Fire departments standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville. 

There were no injuries reported.

The house and contents are deemed a total loss.

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