Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Portageville, Portageville Chapel, Warsaw.

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The entrance to a chapel often states "All are welcome," not so much by the wording, but by the entrance to the building itself. Ed Hulme General Contractor’s, Warsaw, continue their work on the Portageville Chapel Tuesday, prepping the ground for the entryway restoration, returning it to its historic glory. The property has been determined to have historic and architectural significance and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Greek Revival-style building was built in 1841, with nine original clear-glass Gothic windows among its most notable features. The bell tower, with elegant pilasters, is intact with its original bell. The chapel is a fine example of the one-room meetinghouses that were the center of religious and social interaction during the mid-19th Century.

The mission of the Portageville Chapel is to create private rehearsal facility that professional organists can rent for a week at a time to hone their artistry and explore the Genesee Valley in Western New York. Located at the corner of Route 19A and Pike Road, the building, once a Universalist church, was recently restored and equipped with a two-manual 1982 Schantz pipe organ and a 1915 nine-foot Knabe grand piano.

For more information visit: http://www.portagevillechapel.org/faqs1.htm

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

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How do you make an engaging video with your employees on a minimal budget? Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) enlisted the help of Genesee Community College student Thomas Atkinson, of Warsaw. A film and video enthusiast, Atkinson was contacted by the hospital to make a video for Breast Cancer Awareness that features hospital staff. The 21-year old volunteered his time, some 30+ hours. The Pink Glove video is now posted online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6N1-PlQoAc.

"He gave so much more than we expected from him initially, and more than what he expected," said Marilyn Werner, a community relations consultant working with the hospital who helped organize the videotaping along with WCCH Director of Emergency Services Elizabeth Gray. Gray had done a similar video at her previous employer, Highland Hospital in Rochester.

"She put out a note to the staff here, and we were floored by the enthusiasm. Everybody just wanted to participate," Werner said.

She enlisted the choreography help of her daughter, Kristen Drilling, who's also taken classes at GCC and manages Images in Dance locations in Batavia, Perry, Brockport and Akron. Drilling directed the first scene, which features hospital administrators entering the main lobby and being greeted by people from six hospital departments all clad in pink, dancing to the Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy."

From there, the video highlights a number of different departments, 27 in all, according to Werner, who each came up with their own costumes and ideas.

"A lot of the staff actually went out and purchased pink tutus, scarves, hard hats, all of that was done by the staff," Werner said, noting that it took two days to shoot every scene.

"It was my first time on my own both shooting and editing a video," Atkinson said.

He has always enjoyed watching movies. A friend of one of his sisters has a film degree and makes videos for Spotlight Movie Theater in Warsaw. He got Thomas more interested in how a movie comes together.

"I like connecting the dots of how long it would take to make a movie, how much effort, and I really started getting interested," Atkinson said.

Making this video for the hospital was a real learning experience.

"Looking back, I'm not disappointed at all with how it came out, but I can see where I can improve myself in the future," he said.

For the "Happy" video he saved his favorite footage for the last scene in the four-and-a-half-minute piece. In it, members of the dietary department are outside the hospital cafeteria where they had chalked and spray-painted a pink ribbon on the ground. "They're having the most fun," Atkinson said. "They had pink cream pies and they pied each other in the face. I felt like they were the most happy and natural group."

Atkinson is in his second year of studies at GCC's Warsaw Campus Center. He's pursuing a General Studies degree which he hopes to complete by next summer. After that, he may transfer to a four-year school and pursue a film degree. For now, he's enjoying activities at the Warsaw Campus Center and encourages others to get involved.

"There's usually free food," he commented, knowing what attracts fellow students.

The hospital couldn't be happier with Thomas' effort.

"Oh my gosh, it's amazing," Werner said. "We're excited about it."

The hospital is using the video this month, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to promote the breast-screening services it offers.

Thomas is happy, too, though after listening to the song so many times, he won't mind if he never hears it again: "I'm not a big fan of the song anymore."

Atkinson is the son of Amy Davis and has one younger sister and three older sisters.

View online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6N1-PlQoAc

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Bennington, Warsaw, crime.

Press release:

metz.jpgTina Metz, 54, was arrested by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and charged with one felony count of filing a false instrument and three misdemeanor counts of official misconduct. The clerk in the Wyoming County Town of Bennington was arrested Tuesday after auditors and investigators discovered a shortage of more than $14,000 that was collected from residents for permits, fees and town tax collections but not deposited in the town’s bank accounts, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

DiNapoli’s audit of the town was issued today and details how Metz deposited portions of the missing funds back into town accounts using cash she claimed to have in her home and that was found in a filing cabinet in town hall.

“It raises a red flag when we discover cash missing and suddenly the clerk is repaying the town,” DiNapoli said. “Unfortunately, my office continues to uncover instances such as this where inadequate financial controls result in public money being stolen or unaccounted for. We will continue to work with Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department to make sure this individual is held responsible for her actions and any misappropriated funds are recovered.”

“I want to thank Comptroller DiNapoli and his staff for their diligent efforts in this case,” District Attorney O’Geen said. “These cases are time consuming because of the volumes of paperwork and journal entries that the auditors and investigators have to pore through. This is yet another case where procedures were not followed, the checks and balances failed and the lack of oversight allowed for these inconsistencies to be perpetuated.”

DiNapoli’s auditors discovered that from Jan. 1, 2013 through Aug. 31, 2013 deposits to the town clerk’s account were $7,741 less than the amount collected. On Sept. 3, 2013, prior to a cash count with auditors, the town clerk made a deposit totaling $5,956. This deposit included $5,571 in cash and $385 in checks and reduced the cash deficiency to $1,785.

Auditors also found that town tax liabilities exceeded known cash assets by $6,424. On Sept. 6, 2013, the day after auditors reviewed these records, the town clerk made a cash deposit to the tax collection account totaling $6,444, which eliminated this shortage. The clerk stated she had found the cash in the bottom of a cabinet in her office at town hall.

DiNapoli made a number of recommendations in the audit to help officials in Bennington better protect taxpayer funds, especially cash collections. These include:

  • Use numbered duplicate receipts for all transactions where no other form of receipt is available;
  • Ensure that all fees collected are deposited in a timely manner;
  • And perform monthly bank reconciliations to ensure known liabilities agree with available cash.

Town officials indicated that they have already taken a number of steps to address the Comptroller’s recommendations to improve oversight of town finances. Their response is included in the final audit. For a copy of the report visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/towns/2014/bennington.pdf

Metz is scheduled to appear Nov. 17 in the Village of Warsaw Court.

DiNapoli encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Genesee Falls.

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I know, I know, another roadside stand. I just can't seem to help myself. They always catch my eye this time of year because the bright hues of the veggies contrast so sharply against the subduded colors of Autumn, especially on a cloudy day.

I was ridin' shotgun somehere in Genesee Falls, Route 19A.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:03 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Senator Gallivan, trafficking, crime.

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says a new state law will protect young victims of human trafficking by ensuring they receive the help and treatment they need. Gallivan supports the law (S.6804 & A.8749-A) signed this week by Governor Cuomo, but says a more comprehensive bill passed by the Senate should also become law. 

“This new law is a great start when it comes to assisting the thousands of innocent victims of human trafficking, many of whom are young females. The courts will have the authority to ensure these victims have access to housing and community-based programs to help them escape these horrendous circumstances. Now it’s time to go even further in our efforts to end human trafficking in New York,” Gallivan said. 

He is co-prime sponsor of legislation (S5879) called the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act,” which would toughen existing laws and hold accountable sex and labor traffickers and others who organize, promote, support and patronize the trafficking industry. The measure would make sex trafficking a Class B violent felony and certain cases of labor trafficking a Class D violent felony. It would also make it a felony to patronize a minor for prostitution. The bill received unanimous support in the Senate in 2013 and 2014, but died in the Assembly.

“It is time to pass comprehensive legislation to crackdown on this despicable crime. We must do more to protect and assist the thousands of victims of human trafficking and go after those who are fueling the growth of this underground industry,” Gallivan said. 

In addition to providing consistency within the penal law when dealing with human trafficking, the bill provides for increased awareness among law enforcement agencies to identify cases of human trafficking and available victim services.

Gallivan anticipates the legislation will be reintroduced in the legislative session that begins in January.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Attica, Arcade, crime.

Jamila Ball, 26, of West Seneca, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Ball was stopped for allegedly speeding 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Route 354, Attica. During the traffic stop, troopers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the location of a marijuana smoking pipe and the allegation that Ball had used the drug prior to operating the vehicle. Ball was removed from the vehicle and while doing so, Troopers observed a "stun gun" in the driver side door panel. She was transported to the Warsaw State Police Barracks for processing. Due to the possession of both the weapon and small amount of marijuana, Wyoming County Sheriff Sgt. Colin Reagan, a trained drug recognition expert, was requested to respond and conduct an evaluation. A urine sample was collected which will be sent to the Monroe County Crime Lab for analysis. Ball was released and is scheduled to appear in the Attica Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.

Ted B. Tittel, 45, of Arcade, was charged with driving while intoxicated and traveling 65 mph in a 40 mph zone. Tittel was stopped for allegedly speeding, 65 mph in a 40 mph zone, on Curriers Road, Java. During the traffic stop, he was given a roadside sobriety test, which he allegedly failed. A breath test at the Warsaw barracks allegedly resulted in a BAC of .14 percent. Tittel was released and scheduled to appear in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, ebola, health, medicine.

Whether it is a real or perceived threat, Wyoming County Community Hospital officials say the facility is prepared to handle an Ebola outbreak. Within the past 14 days, new protocols related to Ebola have been put in place and the hospital staff has been put through the paces.

“We had drills last week,” said Chief Executive Officer of WCCH Don Eichenauer. “The likelihood of an outbreak here is minimal, however, we are making sure our staff and facilities are prepared.”

According to Eichenauer, hospital administration has been on several conference calls as of late with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) updating procedures. The hospital staff is aware of the symptoms and continually trains to ensure symptoms can be identified and that the right questions are asked to assess a situation. Additionally, they are also trained in the proper way to put on and take off protective gear to minimize contamination.

“The concern has multiplied over this so quickly,” Eichenauer said. “However, we are continually updating our training in all aspects of care, because there are other diseases that carry the same weight or are much more common.”

Ebola is a virus transmitted among mammals through contact with bodily fluid. Symptoms start with fever, sore throat, diarrhea, muscle pain and headaches, much like the flu. Death occurs in about 50 percent of the patients who contract it.  

The first known outbreak was in 1976 in South Sudan and there have been periodic outbreaks since. The latest outbreak started in March and currently about 10,000 people are believed to have the disease. But some scientists believe exponential growth (the number of people with the disease during an outbreak doubles about every 20 days) could mean as many as 500,000 in West Africa could be ill from Ebola (perhaps more than a million, if there is under reporting).

There is currently no Ebola-specific treatment or vaccine, though scientists are fast-tracking research.  

That's why isolation and quarantine are essential to controlling the disease.

The Dallas nurse, the first to contract Ebola in the U.S., appears to have been infected while treating a Dallas resident who contracted the disease in Africa. It is speculated that the nurse may not have followed proper protocol for removing protective gear. While nurses practice infection protection routinely, they are now including practice for Ebola.

The incubation period for Ebola is approximately 21 days, if a person comes in with similar symptoms, they have been traveling or they have had contact with others who have been diagnosed, they are immediately quarantined, according to Eichenauer. In the event that someone in the Wyoming County area is infected, once the situation is assessed and stabilized, the patient would then be transferred to a hospital that is set up to treat this type of situation.

“Our staff is not only trained to identify the disease,” Eichenauer said, “we also have a quarantined area within our new ER facility to handle infectious diseases.”

If the disease was contained in the Dallas case, if people who have traveled and been exposed have been voluntarily quarantined, and there is no major change from that, Eichenauer said, then people will see it as a much more minor thing.

“We have gone through training and the CDC continually updates us,” Eichenauer said. “The chances are slim that it will affect Wyoming County, but we also want people to be aware that we are prepared.” 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Arcade, Canter for Cancer.

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This year’s Canter for Cancer marks a milestone in the collective total of contributions to date -- $1 million, said organizers of the event earlier today. Saturday’s "canter" had between 400 to 500 participants who either walked or ran a loop that began and ended at the Arcade Fire Hall, Route 98, Arcade.

Headquartered in Arcade, the Canter for Cancer started by the Pioneer Jaycees in 1973 and has had Dick Tilton at the helm since its inception 42 years ago. Walkers and runners hail from Wyoming County and Pioneer and Franklinville schools. The walk takes place rain or shine -- in today’s case, it was a strange mixture of rain and brightness. 

Volunteers were dotted at one-mile increments throughout the 10K or six-mile route. Additionally, after working up an appetite during the canter, the Java/Strykersville Kiwanis Club had hot dogs at the ready when the crowd meandered back to the Fire Hall.

“All funds (donations) benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society,” said Canter for Cancer Treasurer Denise Reisdorf. “Whether it is for research, education, or patient and family services.”

Other agencies who assisted at the event include the Volunteer Rescue Squad, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and the Arcade Police.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, entertainment, plays.

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Overture, curtains, lights, this is it, the night of nights. No more rehearsing and nursing a part, we know every part by heart....On with the show this is it. The Bugs Bunny overture has nothing on the WCBS Players, who performed "The Odd Couple" (Female Version), last night at the Warsaw Grange Theater, Main Street, Warsaw.

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in this version of Neil Simon's contemporary comic classic. Instead of the poker party that begins the original play, Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit.

Performers included: Cathie Craig Barrie as Mickey, Andrea Ferris as Florence Unger, Dawn M. Greene as Sylvia, Jim Kaney as Manolo Costazuela, Bill Moon as Jesus Costazuela, Jeanne Morey as Renee, Carol Wolfe as Vera, and Annie Wright as Olive Madison. The play’s director was Mark Eckstein and the assistant director was Mary Eckstein.

The female version of "The Odd Couple" was first presented on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg, Wayne M. Rogers, and The Shubert Organization at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 11, 1985. It was directed by Gene Saks.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:49 am
posted by Howard Owens in football, Sports, high school sports.

Le Roy 45, Perry 6. The Yellowjackets closed out the season against the top-ranked Class C football team in the state that had a little extra motivation -- helping their coach achieve his 200th career win. Brian Moran becomes only the four coach in Section V history to reach that milestone. Andrew Hollister scored Perry's only touchdown and went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season. The Yellowjackets finish the season 1-6. For more on the game, visit The Batavian.

Attica 49, Oakfield-Alabama 32. Jake Strzelec scored three touchdowns. Attica finishes the season 7-0 and as a Class C team. The Blue Devils will be in the title hunt against tough teams from Le Roy and Bath.

Bishop Kearney 20, Letchworth 14. Letchworth fell to 4-3. Manny Cuevas gained 65 yards and scored on 19 carries.

Previously: Warsaw hands Geneseo first defeat on homecoming night

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:05 am
posted by Howard Owens in Warsaw, football, Sports, high school sports.

Story and photos by Bare Antolos.

Warsaw celebrated a special homecoming by capitalizing on three Geneseo fumbles and ran its way to a 40-14 victory over previously undefeated Geneseo.

The scoring started early as Warsaw pounced on a fumble at the Geneseo 47-yard line on the second play of the game. The next play, senior Colin Royce ran 41 yards, setting up cousin Dylan Royce for a six-yard run for the opening touchdown just 1:40 into the game. Warsaw 6, Geneseo 0

At 5:09 of the first, Mike Galton completed a 24-yard run to for Warsaw's second TD. Colin Royce completed the point after to make the score 13-0.

Early in the second quarter, Geneseo committed its second fumble of the half and Warsaw recovered at the Geneseo 41 and was capped off by Dylan Royce's second touchdown of the game, an 11-yard run to put Warsaw up 19-0 just 2:08 into the second quarter.

The gifting continued when Warsaw recovered another Geneseo fumble on a misplay at the Warsaw 41-yard line. Warsaw's Dylan Royce broke free, taking the ball and charging 34 yards, and after a few short gains, Warsaw QB John Griffith kept the ball and punched it in for a one-yard TD and a Warsaw 26-0 lead with 6:24 remaining in the half.

Geneseo would not give up and forced Warsaw to return the favor of coughing up the ball and recovered a Warsaw misplay in the backfield to take over on Warsaw's 40. Geneseo worked the way down the field and a one-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion set the half time score at 26-8.

After receiving the third quarter kick-off, Warsaw set the tone for another rushing touchdown after Colin Royce ran for a 28-yard run from scrimmage and capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown run and then finished off the drive kicking the point after, making the score 33-8 in favor of Warsaw just 4:55 into the third quarter.

Geneseo's finest play of the game came at the 7:36 mark of the third quarter when Jake Clar connected with Zach Clar on a 33-yard touchdown pass closed out their scoring to make the score Warsaw 33, Geneseo 14.

Dylan Royce's highlight run of the game came late in the third, when he completed a 42-yard run deep into Geneseo territory, that Warsaw was unable to capitalize on.

In the fourth quarter, Warsaw's Jack Farrell joined in forcing Geneseo turnovers by intercepting a Clar pass and running it back 40 yards to stifle a Geneseo drive with 8:27 to play.

With 3:12 remaining, Dylan Royce finished off a Warsaw drive with a six-yard touchdown run for his third touchdown of the game. Colin Royce's point after made the score 40-14.

All that remained was for Dylan Royce to cap off this upset homecoming victory with a few more runs to put to him over 1,000 yards on the season. Royce ended the game with 259 yards and passed the 1,000-yard mark and was greeted on the sidelines by happy teammates and hugs from all of his coaches.

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica.

Rebecca S. Cowell, 22, of Attica, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third-degree, and driver use of portable electric device. According to a New York State Police report, an appearance ticket was issued. No further information available.

Gentlemen Faulkner, 25, of Attica, was charged with possession of prison contraband in the first-degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, with a previous conviction. No further information available.

Allen Shirland, 27, of Albion, was charged with possession of prison contraband in the first-degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, with a previous conviction. No further information available.

Jamila Ball, 26, of West Seneca, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree, speed exceeding 55 mph in a 55 mph zone, and operator of a motor vehicle impaired by drugs in the first-degree. According to New York State Police documents, Ball was driving on State Route 354, Attica, at the time of the traffic stop. No further information available.

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:03 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry.

Joshua D. McCarthy, 33, a Florida resident, pled guilty to attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, menacing a police or peace officer, and aggravated criminal contempt.

Sentencing was adjourned to Dec. 4, and the defendant remains in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Under the terms of a plea agreement, McCarthy faces up to 12 years in a New York State Prison and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, McCarthy was involved in a violent domestic incident in the Village of Perry on Jan. 30. After breaking into the victim’s residence and assaulting the victim, with an active order of protection in place, McCarthy held the police at knifepoint and fought with the police until he was taken into custody.

As part of his plea agreement, McCarthy admitted that he caused physical injury to the victim in violation of the order of protection, that he menaced the police, and that he attempted to seriously injure officer Michael Grover and officer Scott Kelly with a dangerous instrument.

The case was prosecuted by First Asst. District Attorney Vincent A. Hemming. Thomas Burns, esq., represented the defendant.

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness month,” said District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “This case epitomizes the dangers faced by not only the victims of domestic violence, but by law enforcement officers that respond to these violent incidents. 

“If you have been the victim of domestic violence, please see help,” O’Geen continued. “As the video of this incident demonstrated, officer Kelly and officer Grover showed great restraint and professionalism when dealing with an obvious deadly threat. These two officers responded swiftly and decisively to this incident and handled it as professionals.”

The 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline number is (585) 786-8904. Restore Sexual Assault Services is (585)786-5450. The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Crime Victim advocate/DV coordinator Colleen Marvel can be reached at (585 )786-8846, ext. 4036. All emergencies, 9-1-1.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Arcade, crime.

Richard Jones III, of Arcade, pled not guilty to: three counts of burglary in the second-degree, a Class C felony; criminal mischief in the third-degree, a Class E felony; harassment in the second-degree; criminal contempt in the first-degree, a Class E felony; two-counts of criminal contempt in the second-degree; grand larceny in the fourth-degree, a Class E felony; forgery in the third-degree; criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth-degree; and criminal mischief in the fourth-degree. Jones is held in the Wyoming County Jail with bail set at $30,000. The case is adjourned until Dec. 18.

Kyle Leach, of Arcade, was sentenced on the conviction of aggravated unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the first-degree, a Class E felony, and operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock device. Leach will serve a one-year definite sentence on each charge, to run concurrently. He was also fined $500.

Jerod Ling, of Arcade, pled not guilty to menacing in the second-degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree, a Class D felony; resisting arrest; assault in the second-degree, a Class D felony; menacing in the third-degree; endangering the welfare of a child; and assault in the third-degree. Bail remains $3,000.

Julio Lopez-Colon, of Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second-degree, a Class D violent felony. Lopez-Colon is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case is adjourned until Nov. 6.

Terry Felvus, of Warsaw, was sentenced on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, as a Class E felony, to a one- to three-year prison term. Felvus was fined $1,000 plus fees and surcharges. His license is revoked and he will have a three-year conditional discharge -- consecutive to the prison sentence. He is also required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Beaver Meadow, events, North Java.

Press release:

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Owl Prowl

Join in a nocturnal search for owls this fall at the Owl Prowl, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 1, at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, North Java. It's a hike in the woods at night to listen for the hoots and shrieks of owls. It's a great way to learn about these cool birds. Pre-registration is required. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

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Native American Walk

Come and tread softly through the eyes of the Native people during the Native American Walk, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 22, at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, with naturalist Mark Carra.  Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Castile, entertainment, SUNY.

Press release:

Ethan Washburn, of Castile, is featured in cast and crew for the play "Back of the Throat" at SUNY Potsdam. Washburn plays the role of Asfoor in this one-act production that runs about 75 minute. It deals with the rampant fear in the Arab-American community after 9/11.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will debut this production of Yussef El Guindi's play at the College's new $55-million Performing Arts Center in the Proscenium Theater. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.cpspotsdam.org.The show will open Oct. 23 and close Nov. 2.

"Back of the Throat" unfolds as Khaled, a young Arab-American writer, is confined to his home and questioned by two government agents in his apartment -- and it intensifies from there. The questioning gets more heated as the play progresses, with seemingly every item in his apartment becoming a potential source of suspicion. It is revealed that his girlfriend first reported him for seeming suspicious in light of recent "attacks" which have occurred.

The play's title is a reference to the pronunciation of the Arabic “K” in Khaled’s name.

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