Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

Kelvin D. Rook, 48, Dutton Road, Gainesville, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a Class A misdemeanor. Rook was a passenger in a vehicle, which had been stopped for an inspection infraction. According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s report, Rook had just come from a residence the court ordered him to stay away from. The Sheriff's Office says he had a conviction for reckless endangerment in the  second degree in February. That conviction led to an additional charge of aggravated family offense, a Class E felony. Rook was taken into custody in lieu of $5,000 bail and is scheduled to return to the Town of Gainesville Court for further proceedings.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:11 am
posted by Howard Owens in accident, Warsaw.

An ambulance is requested to the scene of a one-car rollover accident in the area of 4448 Weathersfield Road, Warsaw. The caller originally reported no injuries, but law enforcement on scene reports the driver has a complaint of side pain. The officer requested the ambulance as precaution. A tow is requested. The vehicle is 10 feet off the road and upside down. There is a ditch between the vehicle and the roadway.

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:16 am
posted by Howard Owens in taxes, tax liens, Wyoming County.

The following properties are subject to tax lien auction by Wyoming County. The auction is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the North Java Fire Hall, Route 98, North Java. Color pictures and tax maps can be viewed at zientekrealty.com. A PDF list of properties and auction rules can be downloaded by clicking here.

  • 191 Park St., Village of Arcade, assessed value $200
  • 598 Exchange St., Village of Attica, assessed value $38,500
  • West Mill Street, Village of Castile, assessed value $19,900
  • 30 Hurd St., Village of Castile, assessed value $67,000
  • Spring Street, Village of Castile, assessed value $1,000
  • 224 S. Main St., Village of Perry, assessed value $21,200
  • 226 1/2 S. Main St., Village of Perry, assessed value $127,300
  • Wing Street, Town of Eagle, assessed value $24,000
  • Exchange Street, Town of Eagle, assessed value $5,400
  • 3391 Main St., Town of Eagle, assessed value $55,500
  • Shearing Road, Town of Gainesville, assessed value $28,600
  • 4015 Dutton Road, Town of Gainesville, assessed value $36,600
  • 6671 Halvorsen Road, Town of Genesee Falls, assessed value $92,500
  • Nichols Road, Town of Java, assessed value, $19,300
  • Perry Road, Town of Java, assessed value $500
  • Block F, Town of Java, assessed value $200
  • Gulf Road, Town of Middlebury, assessed value $2,000
  • 140 Main Street South, Village of Perry, assessed value $3,200
  • 121 Water St., Village of Perry, assessed value $71,800
  • Water Street, Village of Perry, assessed value $800
  • 118 S. Main St., Village of Perry, assessed value $50,500
  • 20 N. Center St., Village of Perry, assessed value $47,800
  • 66 Water St., Village of Perry, assessed value $40,600
  • 89 N. Center St., Village of Perry, assessed value $88,800
  • 6785 State Route 20A, Town of Perry, assessed value $37,800
  • 3243 Beardsley Road, Town of Perry, assessed value of $47,500
  • 27 Main St., Town of Pike, assessed value $36,000
  • Main Street, Town of Pike, assessed value $9,400
  • Route 78, Town of Sheldon, assessed value $1,800
  • 20 Culver Ave., Village of Warsaw, assessed value $85,600
  • Buck Road, Town of Warsaw, assessed value $3,400
  • 24 Weber Road, Town of Wethersfield, assessed value $27,700
Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, farming, Wyoming.

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Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing.

That is what the three Shuknecht brothers had when they decided to start a dairy farm. They were going to be equal owners in a venture that started with an idea.

“Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work again,” said Alex, the eldest.

“About 15 years ago our uncle (Elton Shuknecht) asked me and Adam (the youngest brother) to show some cows at the Erie County Fair,” said middle brother Eric.

Before long, Eric and Adam were working for their uncle, prepping the show animals for fairs and auctions; but that just wasn’t enough.

“We started with nothing. We bought our first cow in the Spring of 2009,” Eric said. “We bought her without a place to put her. But it had a domino effect over the past five years.”

So they did what most children would do -- asked their parents for some guidance.

Lynn and Bonnie Shuknecht allowed the boys to pasture the cow in their backyard in Elba; and in the Fall of 2009, they built a calf barn in their parents' yard -- a barn that is still in use.

“The barn is designed for calfs,” Eric said. “We always want to have it full and dad likes working with the younger cows.”

“Dad grew up on a farm but didn’t want it as a career,” Alex said. “He was a mold maker, he’d make the molds that are used as a template to make other things. He started that when he was 18, he's now 55. He wanted nothing to do with farming. But he likes working with the young stock now,”

At least the brothers had a working knowledge of running a farm when they started out. With Adam and Eric continuing to work with their uncle, Alex found himself at the Lamb Farms helping with a herd of approximately 6,000 cows in three locations. With Matthew Lamb at the helm, Alex learned the ropes of managing a herd, as well as the day-to-day operations of the business. And he says Lamb continues to be a great mentor and friend.

The oldest Shuknecht didn’t start out with farming as his choice career, he first went to BOCES for culinary arts and then worked as a salesman. At another time, he worked in an office, but he found the outdoors suited him best.

“I didn’t want to be a chef because of the long hours and holiday shifts,” Alex said. “So instead, I chose a profession with longer days and never having a holiday off. I chose farming because I enjoy it and would like to make money at it. I’ve had offers to work and manage other farms but I would hate myself at 50 if I didn’t try and do this now, at 28. We dove in head first.”

The brothers not only like owning a farm, they enjoy producing something that feeds people. They agree that people who love their job will work harder because they have a vested interest. The business technically formed in 2012 as Genesee Moloko, "moloko" being Slavic for milk.

“Adam came up with the name and we all liked it,” Eric said.

Autumn of 2009 began a busy time for the Wyoming residents -- a calf barn was built, Eric and Adam still worked with their uncle, and what they earned was used to pay for the barn and buy calves as well. They slowly filled the barn with young stock. When the cows reach breeding age, they are bred via artificial insemination. This allows them to select semen from bulls that have the desirable traits they want. They are on a Young Sire program -- the traits they are looking for in the bulls are speculated upon, as opposed to having proven traits. Because the company is strictly a dairy herd; when a male is produced, it is subsequently sold.

Once the cows are pregnant, a new place has to be found for them. Kip Keller allowed them to use his barn in Byron. (In 2010, Keller asked Eric to come work at his farm doing day-to-day tasks, which is how they became acquainted.) The six to eight pregnant cows stayed there for a couple of years. Other Shuknecht cows went elsewhere, and in July of 2012 they purchased their uncle's herd -- ‘the whole shooting match’ -- roughly 60 mature animals creating milk and 45 young stock. The herd grew from eight cows in 2009 to 115 presently.

“All the cows we purchased then went to the Keller farm,” Eric said. “Adam and I worked alongside the other herdsmen. We were essentially leasing our cows to Kip. We wanted to grow our herd and we soon out grew Kip’s (farm). So we moved the herd to a farm in Monroe County, where we began to ship milk under our own account with Upstate Milk.”

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc., is a producer of milks, yogurts, cheese, butter and more. Headquartered in Buffalo, the company is a farmer-owned cooperative consisting of more than 360 family-owned dairy farms throughout Western New York.

Soon after the move to Monroe County, they had to consider purchasing their own farm when they outgrew yet another farm. Consequently, the purchase of their new location on Starr Road in Wyoming was completed Aug. 5.

“Through word of mouth and a lot of phone calls, we found this place,” Alex said. “We work in conjunction with R L Jefferes & Sons, Inc., out of Wyoming. We purchase feed from Jefferes and work with them to apply the cow manure (for fertilizer) to their land.”

Genesee Moloko is continuing to expand its herd with a recent purchase of 71 more cows.

“You’ve got to want the American Dream,” Alex said. “It isn’t dead, you just have to work hard at it.”

And work they did. All three took different college paths to merge into the same course of action -- running a dairy farm. Alex went to Alfred State for Animal Science. Eric went to Genesee Community College (GCC) for Veterinary Technology and Adam studied Agricultural Business and Animal Science at Cornell University.

“Can’t have all three of us (studying) one thing,” Eric said.

Alex is good at managing people and managing the herd. He is constantly checking on the animals to make sure they are healthy, their bedding is clean and there is enough air flow in the barn. He also makes sure the cows are properly vaccinated.

“The health and comfort of the animal it is the biggest thing because it makes them good producers,” Alex said. “It creates longevity. You give to them and they will give back. When a cow shows their ribs for bone structure, that is a sign of a healthy animal. There are extremes, but our job is to keep them healthy and happy.”

According to Alex, cows love "bored consistency." To move a herd is a stressor for them and it affects milk production.

Eric is the "animal nurse" -- a Licensed Veterinary Tech (LVT). He was in the first Vet Tech class offered by GCC and enrolled because of his large-animal background. Large farms, a 700-plus herd, require a LVT on staff to handle the needles, syringes and pharmaceuticals. So Eric's education equips him to manage bovine health. Another plus is that he is task-oriented.

Adam is a "wildly intelligent person," adept at running the "business part of the business." Currently living in Michigan, Adam also handles the legalities of what can and cannot be done as far as medication and the like.

They each have a different skill set to bring to the table.

“We play to each other’s strengths,” Alex said. “We agree as to who has the final say in any particular situation that corresponds to our given strength.”

There are currently three full-time and two part-time employees. Shifts are overlapped so there is more coverage when at least one of them is at the farm.

“I worked on a 3,000-herd farm. I was a herdsman; 90-hour work week with no lunches,” Alex said. “It was hard work but I learned a lot there -- how to treat people and manage things -- by the mistakes they made. We try to cross-train everyone to help them find their niche."

Eric says there are seven breeds of dairy cows, however, Genesee Moloko own just two -- Jerseys, which have double the amount of butter fat and protein in their milk; and Holsteins, which are more of a "fluid milk" cow. The quality in milk is derived from the butter fat and protein found in the milk; fluid milk cows have less butterfat and protein.

The 14-unit milk parlor, which came with the farm, runs down the center of a pit that makes the cows easily accessible when being prepped for -- and during -- milking. The milking is done twice a day, once at 5 a.m. and then again at 5 p.m. with each cow delivering approximately 66 pounds of milk per day (one gallon of milk weighs a little more than eight pounds).

According to Alex, New York State is the third largest milk producing state in the Union, with Wisconsin being the first, and California the second. Furthermore, Wyoming County is the largest county in NYS in milk production.

“There are more cows than people in this county,” Eric said. “A lot of choice cuts of beef come from dairy farms. When a milk cow is no longer profitable, the cow is sent to auction.”

Although the milk parlor was already on the premises, the heavy equipment, tractors, feeders and such, had to be purchased from outside sources. However, when it comes the animals' feed, the Shuknechts like to buy it as close to the farm as possible. During the summer, they silage (compact grass or other green fodder and store it in an airtight condition to use as feed in the winter). This gives them the feed inventory to get through until the next year. The tricky part is when more cows are added to the herd -- more feed is needed, but to have more feed, they have to buy cows -- a catch-22 according to Alex.

The feed mills, where they sometimes get their feed, has a nutritionist on hand to figure out the proper diet for their cows to make them healthy and productive.

The brothers take pride in what they do. At the end of the day, they can say that they did it themselves - from the ground up - from their first calf to their most recent dairy farm purchase.

“I had to go back to dairy farming,” Alex said. “I enjoy it.”

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 6:20 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, Strykersville.

A one-car accident is reported on Route 98 at Sanders Hill Road, Strykersville.

Strykersville fire responding.

A chief on scene reports minor injuries.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm
posted by Howard Owens in football, Sports, high school sports, Warsaw, Perry.

Through the first half of the Warsaw at Perry match Saturday night, the game had the tone of smashmouth, grind-it-out football.;

That tone changed after the Tigers failed to punch the ball through on consecutive drives into the red zone.

Then Perry QB Andrew Hollister sprinted for an 83-yard TD. Nobody may have seen the wound at the time, but his dash may have been the proverbial dagger in the heart in the land of orange and black.

"Another thing we talk about all the time is if the other team starts to get a little momentum, you've got to take it back, because that's what this game is all about, shifts in momentum," said Perry Head Coach Jeremy Ohlson. "They were putting a drive together. They had some momentum going and we took it back, we buckled down, took it back, and that propelled our offense a little I thought."

After that, the Yellow Jacket offense exploded and the Tigers couldn't keep up. Andrew Hollister scored on another long run, this time 82 yards, and Christian Hollister caught caught two passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

"We had a couple of big runs," Ohlson said. "We got great blocks from the other 10 guys. Everybody did their part. We're always preaching, do your 1/11th and stay disciplined."

Final, Perry 24, Warsaw, 6.

Perry lit up the scoreboard while the Town of Perry lit up the night sky behind the home side bleachers with with its bicentennial fireworks display.

After the game, Warsaw Head Coach Rick Hoy told his team to keep their heads up. Adversity is part of life and they need to come into practice Monday ready to work hard and win the next one.

Hoy said there's a lot of positives his team can take from this game.

"We scored first," he said. "We drove the ball. We did move the ball. There were times we gashed them. There were times we had tackles for losses. There's a lot to build from actually."

One positive for the Tigers was the play of running back Dylan Royce, who's big and strong enough to bulldoze his own holes. He's hard to drag down.

"Dylan is a gym rat," Hoy said. "He works hard. He loves the game. Pounds the weights.  He really stepped up big for us. We were happy for that. But still, at the end of the day, as a team, we have to move the ball together. We didn't do that tonight."

The key to the game may have been the play of Perry's offensive and defensive lines. On offense, they did a good job of protecting QB Hollister. On defense, they penetrated and stood stout when they needed to with their backs against the goal line.

"That's the name of the game," Ohlson said. "You're only going as far as your line play. Those guys did well enough tonight to get us the win."

For great defensive play, Ohlson singled out Hunter DeGroff, Jake Cicero and Justin Dake.

"We played with intensity and we made plays when it counted," Ohlson said. "Hats off to our defense for executing the game plan. It's something we work on all week and just hope it all comes together game night."

For Warsaw, come Monday, it's back to work.

"We need to eliminate mistakes," Hoy said. "We have to learn to finish, finish drives. That's what it's going to come down to. We finish drives, the kids will grow in confidence."

Up next for Perry is Letchworth, in Letchworth, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Warsaw hosts Cuba-Rushford, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Also, in Wyoming County football this weekend, Attica beat Holley, 42-0. Attica travels to Pembroke next, 7 p.m. Friday.

Pioneer lost to Dunkirk, 8-0.

To purchase prints of photos, click here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 10:38 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, calendar of events, Perry.

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The Town of Perry continued celebrating its bicentennial year with an Old Fashioned Fair in the Perry Village Park on Saturday.

Early folk art and craft demonstrations and Civil War reenactors were on hand to give fairgoers a taste of Perry in the 1800s. The quilt show premiered work from local quilters as the song of old wafted to the ears of the passersby. Although the weather pushed most displays indoors, several Civil War era encampments were scattered about, giving those a look into life during the 1860s.

"We have had several events throughout the year," said Chairman of the Perry Bicentennial Committee Ford Eberstein. "Weather put a damper on things today, but the turnout is still good.

"We couldn't have had any of the year's events without the help of the community," Ebrstein said. "There is an amazing amount of talent out there."

According to Eberstein, the Town of Perry separated from Leicester on March 11, 1814.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 10:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Beaver Meadow, North Java.

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The Buffalo Audubon Society celebrated their annual Homestead Festival Saturday at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, North Java.

Revelers steped back in time to the 1800s when everyday chores were gone about in a much harsher fashion by today's standards. Food was oftentimes prepared over an open fire and chores were dedicated to enhance daily survival. Activities included tin punching and leather stamping, doll making, wool spinning, medicinal plant identification and preparation, and a chance for festivalgoers to play with children's toys of yesteryear. William Ott gave demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing and the local family band, Anastazia, and The Blue Moon Band performed under the Music Tent.

For information on the Buffalo Audubon Society visit www.buffaloaudubon.org.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 9:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Eagle.

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I liked the way the sun was reflecting off the tall grasses when I found this curious white -- sac of insect eggs?

While I am not quite sure what it is, I found it interesting when I was ridin' shotgun, somewhere in Eagle. Are there any entomologists or horticulturalists who can help to identify this thing?

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime.

Press release:

The New York State Police is issuing a warning regarding the latest phone scam hitting the Western New York area. The State Police has received several calls regarding phone scammers contacting residents and businesses stating they owe money or that a loved one is in jail. The caller instructs the individual to go to a local store and purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card. The dollar amount varies depending on which “story” the caller uses. Once the Green Dot MoneyPak card is purchased, the individual instructed to scratch off the coating on the back of the card to reveal the card numbers. The caller then asks for the numbers and that point has full access to the card and its entire contents.

A caution for anyone who may receive a call from one of the scammers: these calls are solely for the purpose of soliciting money. A number of stories are used by the caller to dupe the unsuspecting individuals, including owing the IRS, the arrest of a loved one, or a utility worker who will shut off service if not paid. Internet users should also beware of similar scams when attempting to make purchases.

The New York State Police offer these safety tips to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a phone scam:

• Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

• Never provide personal or financial information such as bank accounts, pin numbers or Social Security numbers to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.

• Do the research look up phone numbers on your own and contact the company or agency that the caller claims to represent. The phone number they offer may be a fake.

• Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls. Be aware that there are many 3-digit area codes that connect callers to international telephone numbers – especially 876.

• Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot MoneyPak card has access to the funds on the card.

• Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers or Green Dot MoneyPak card numbers to someone you do not know.

• Utility companies and government agencies will not contact you demanding immediate payment by MoneyPak.

Additional warnings regarding scams can also be found at the following Web sites: IRS: www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams.; National Grid: https://www.nationalgridus.com/aboutus/a3-1_news2.asp?document=7623; Green Dot MoneyPak: www.moneypak.com

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Bennington.

The Bennington Volunteer Fire Company is hosting its 4th Annual Ultimate Raffle, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Alexander Firemen's Recreation Hall, 10708 Alexander Road, Attica.

Tickets are $25 and include food and beverages. A cash bar is available for those 21 and older with proper ID. The grand prize is an 8KW Briggs and Stratton Home Generator System, installed by Petschke. Other prizes include a 50-inch LED HDTV, upright freezer, laptop computer, and many more.

For tickets, see any Bennington member, stop by the fire hall any Monday after 7 p.m., or call Chief Jim Dick at 716-523-1556.

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 9:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw.

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A pig roast, a pavilion and a few musicians jamming is what started the annual North Fork Music Fest in Warsaw. Twenty-three years later, three stages and a whole-lotta-hoot-n-nanny, the annual Music Jam continues to bring local musicians together in a venue where anyone can play or sing.

North Fork Music Park is situated on 58 of the 110 acres of land located between Wethersfield and Quarry roads, and owned by Harry and Tope Nourse. Harry, a musician himself, wanted a place where he could jam with his buddies, nothing spectacular, just a place where people of similar interests can gather and play for the joy of playing. Harry has played the guitar and steel guitar with local bands Desperado, Genesee Ramblers, and ‘various other bands’ throughout the years.

“We decided to use this space to encourage musicians to just get together,” Tope said. “It’s a way to for them to just jam and play with other musicians.”

In years past, locals who’ve played at North Fork have shared the stage with the likes of Joe Diffy, Ricky Van Shelton and Rhonda Vincent. Other events included a Hippie Fest - which Tope would like to see resurrected next year.

“So many different musicians come here and play,” Tope said. “I’d like to see more weekend music fests here.”

The Nourses allow musicians and guests to camp on their property for the whole weekend; oftentimes playing until the wee hours of the morning.

“I’ve had to tell some folks that I was turning off the lights,” Tope said.

Yet North Fork isn’t just a playground for the musically inclined. According to Tope, they get several calls throughout the year asking if their property can be used for weddings. With a pond -- that Harry dug two years ago -- as well as the surrounding woods and meadows, photographers have ample backdrops for creative wedding pictures.

“Couples who want outdoor weddings are more than welcome here,” Tope said. “We also allow the wedding party and guests to camp overnight. It gives everyone a safe place to stay.”

Tope also says that without the ‘regulars’ that come out and help with the events, they would not be possible.

“The people who come out are great,” Tope said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Press release:

Sylvatica is teaming up with Beaver Meadow Audubon Center to host an all-ages Make and Take Terrarium Workshop at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the center.

Each participant will learn how to make a terrarium, which is an artistic display of plants in an easy-to-care for, self-contained ecosystem. There will also be a discussion of the fascinating history of terrariums. Bring your own terrarium glass (bowl, dish, container, etc.) and any trinkets/findings you would like to include in your creation. All other materials will be provided. 

The event is conducted by Sara Johnson, Sylvatica Terrariums, Buffalo. 

Pre-registration is required. A small fee for the workshop does apply. To register, please call Beaver Meadow at 585-457-3228 or e-mail info@buffaloaudubon.org.

The Buffalo Audubon Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Perry.

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A malfunctioning hay chopper sparked a blaze earlier today that sent one firefighter to the hospital and leveled a barn and all its contents of cow feed, as well as, a hay chopper.

According to Wyoming County Emergency Services, a hay chopper was being used to process hay for fodder when the incident occurred. Fire companies from Perry Center, Perry, Castile, Gainesville, Silver Springs, Leicester, and Perry Ambulance responded to the blaze at 3086 Route 246, Perry. Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming Correctional Facility also assisted at the scene. Fire companies standing by included Warsaw, Cuylerville and Mount Morris. Perry Center Fire Chief Mike Cook was in command.

It took firefighters four-and-a-half hours to put out the fire. The estimated cost of the loss of property and feed is approximately $103,000.00.

photos by Jay Lynch

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, community, Arcade.

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Road crews continue to repair Route 39 in Arcade. The harsh winter weather pock-marked the roadway, making travel a very bumpy ride.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica.

New York State Police in Warsaw recently arrested and charged three New York State Corrections inmates for criminal actions which allegedly occurred while incarcerated at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica.

According to State Police, Inmate Kijana M. Funderburk, 18, currently housed at Collins Correctional Facility, was found to possess an edged metal weapon in June 2014. He is serving a sentence for a dangerous weapons offense out of Erie County.

Inmate James French, 32, currently housed at Lakeview Correctional Facility, according to State Police, was found to possess an edged weapon in May 2014. He is serving a sentence for criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd-degree.

Inmate Chris Simmons, 22, still being housed at Wyoming Correctional Facility, was found to possess an edged plastic weapon secreted on his person in June 2014, according to police records. He is serving a sentence for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 4th-degree out of New York City.

Police records indicate all three inmates being charged with promoting prison contraband in the 1st-degree, a class D felony. All were arraigned on the charges in the Wyoming County Court before the Hon. Michael Mohun, and were later returned to the custody of the NYS Department of Corrections personnel.

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