Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

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Careless smoking was the cause of an early morning fire in the Village of Silver Springs, in which one of the two residents suffered burns. The victim was treated at the scene.

Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Warsaw fire departments were at 10 Ribaud Ave. in the Village Sunday for five hours battling the blaze.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Silver Springs Department of Public Works, and the Red Cross. 

Fire companies standing by at empty fire stations included Bliss and Perry Center.

The occupants of the home are being assisted by the Red Cross and will be staying with family members. 

The fire caused an estimated $65,000 in damages.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime.

Press release:

The New York State Police, Warsaw barracks, will team up with the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and local law enforcement to conduct a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement period starting today and running through June 4, as part of the state's annual Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket campaign.

Additionally, New York will be among 24 states participating in a Border to Border enforcement campaign, during which law enforcement will set up safety belt checkpoints along highways connecting neighboring states. This enforcement will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

“As the summer travel season begins, we are joining with our law enforcement partners to strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles,” said State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II. “Wearing a seat belt is a simple measure that dramatically reduces the risk of severe injury or death in a crash. We will continue our efforts to reduce the senseless tragedies caused by those who ignore New York’s seat belt laws.”

During the two week enforcement campaign, the State Police will supplement regular patrols with special seat belt and child safety seat details, in addition to conducting safety restraint checkpoints.

During last year’s campaign, Troopers and local law enforcement issued more than 28,000 adult and child safety restraint violations.

Under New York State law:

    • All front seat occupants must be properly secured, regardless of age;

    • All rear seat passengers under 16 years of age must be properly secured;

    • Children up to 4 years old must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a seat belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system;

    • Children less than 4 years old but weighing more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder safety belt. However, a child safety seat that accommodates higher weights can be used;

    • Children 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which the child meets the height and weight recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer;

    • A vehicle's safety belt is not a child restraint system; and

    • Children riding in booster seats must be secured with a combination lap/shoulder seat belt. State Police advise motorists to never secure a child in a booster seat with only a lap belt.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts saved 13,941 lives in 2015 nationally and could have saved another 2,804 if people who weren’t wearing them had done so. In New York, NHTSA estimates seat belts saved 443 lives in 2015 and another seven children younger than 5 years old were saved by car seats. The NHTSA also estimated another 55 lives could have been saved with 100-percent compliance.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, news.

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Its commitment to the community spans approximately 30 years, most specifically, to the Perry Village Park. Its new venture is no different.

Rotary International, Perry, recently announced the donation of $27,000 to build a new playground at the Village park. On Monday, most of the playground was torn down.

The local organization is made up of community members who take on projects in the Village and surrounding areas as a means of giving back to the residents that support the club.

Over the last 20 to 30 years the Perry Rotary has funded the basketball courts, the baseball fields and lighting, the tennis courts, and most recently, the splash pad and updates and additions to the bathroom facilities in the park.

“It has been a major emphasis to give back to the community and surrounding communities like Castile and Warsaw,” said Rotary member Donald O’Geen. “The money we get from the community, we want to give back. The park is well used and nicely kept. After finishing the splash park, we were looking for other projects to invest in, and rebuilding the playground was suggested.”

According to officials, the playground castle and surrounding objects were built by Rotary members about 25 years ago. While the majority of the equipment will be torn down, the castle is still structurally sound and will remain and be refurbished.

“We decided, with the help from Bears, that we are going to put up a new playground,” said project committee member Daryl Helby. “The design includes climbing bridges, monkey bars, a netted rope bridge and an adaptive swing, which will be new to the park.”

The footprint of the play area will be slightly bigger and be made of northern white cedar. 

“Our office is in Lima, so we are excited to be working on a project so close to home,” said Bears representative Tyler Ponko. “And the playground is within blocks of some of the workers' homes so they are pretty excited to be working so close to home as well.”

The nature-inspired equipment is designed for children 2 to 12 years old, is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, and includes other difficulty features for older children, Bears officials say. The installation process is done quite quickly – most of the process completed in the shop and then brought to the site and assembled.

“We are counting on mid- to late June to have it installed,” Ponko said. 

“The Village is extremely thankful for the Rotary for identifying this as a worthwhile project,” said Village Trustee and Rotarian Eleanor Jacobs. “The Rotary has done so much to make this a first-class park for the community. It brings in a lot of families here to enjoy. We also have a great Parks and Recreation (Department) staff here that keep the grounds looking nice and well kept.”

Although funding for this project is provided solely by the Perry Rotary, the club continues to hold fundraisers to continually generate more funds for future projects.

For information about the club or to donate visit http://www.perrynyrotary.org/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, crime, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Castile.

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Local youths traversed the county placing neon green warning stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages at grocery and convenience stores throughout the county. Project Sticker Shock serves as a reminder to adults that providing alcohol to minors is illegal. 

Partners for Prevention (P4P), a group of youth and adults working together to address issues surrounding alcohol and other drug use in Wyoming County, participate in the annual event to raise awareness about underage drinking. 

With the upcoming graduations, P4P officials reminds residents that alcohol-related deaths or injuries are all too often associated with special events or holiday seasons. The stickers remind consumers that it is illegal for any person 21 years old or older to purchase or provide alcohol to minors, and offenses are punishable with fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail.

Participating stores include: 

    • Tops Markets in Attica, Warsaw and Arcade;

    • Rite Aid and BenGos Express Mart, Attica;

    • Brass’ Shurfine, Arcade;

    • Arrow Mart, Warsaw;

    • Perry Market Place, Rite Aid, Arrow Mart, Perry; and 

    • Carney’s Market and Arrow Mart, Castile.

For more information about P4P visit http://www.wycop4p.com/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Silver Springs, Bliss, Arcade.

Brittany M. Copeland, 22, of Silver Springs, was charged May 14 with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, DWI with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and aggravated DWI – .18 percent BAC or higher. Copeland was stopped on Sowerby Road, Perry, for allegedly failing to keep right. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say further investigation showed her to be driving while intoxicated. Subsequently, she was arrested and taken to the Perry Police Department for a breath test. She is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date. 

Adam K. Barber, 38, of Bliss, was charged May 5 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and speeding. He is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Heather E. Gearman, 31, of Arcade, was charged May 15 with petit larceny. Gearman is accused of stealing merchandise from Dollar General in Pembroke. She is due in the Town of Pembroke Court at a later date.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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A vacant home, currently under renovations, was the site of a fire in Castile Wednesday. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at 116 S. Main Street in the Village.

Fire departments from Castile, Silver Springs, Perry, Pike, and Perry Center were on the scene for approximately three-and-one-half hours. Standing by at empty stations included Bliss, Perry Center and Gainesville fire departments. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Castile Chief Bill Dake was Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Department.

The incident caused an estimated $15,000 in damages.

There were no injuries reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile, letchworth, Warsaw.

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Sentencing was handed down in Wyoming County Court this afternoon in the case of the drowning deaths of two young boys last June in Letchworth State Park, Castile.

Tyler Jennings, 34, of Farmington, and Chad Staley, 32, of Rochester, were each sentenced to five years probation. However, if either man violates his condition of probation, the court could impose a term of one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

Jennings and Staley pled guilty Feb. 7 in the deaths of brothers 9-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Preston Giangregorio, of Rochester. Both men pled to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

See related: Two men charged in June Letchworth drowning deaths pled guilty

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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A fire broke out late this afternoon at 100 S. Main St., Castile.

Crews from Castile, Silver Springs, Pike, and Perry fire departments responded to the scene. Filling in at empty stations included Perry Center Fire Department at Castile and Gainesville Fire Department at Silver Springs.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Castile Chief Bill Dake.

The house was unoccupied at the time, as it is being remodeled. 

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, fire, Warsaw, Arcade, Castile.

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Firefighters and emergency responders with the Warsaw, Castile and Arcade fire departments recently received equipment to save a pet’s life.

Amy Pusater, of Project Breathe of NY, stopped by the Warsaw Fire Department earlier today to present officials with two sets of pet oxygen mask kits. The kits includes small-, medium- and large-size masks.

The donation is part of Invisible Fence Brand’s commitment to saving the lives of pets, Pusater says. The company created the pet oxygen mask donation program to provide fire departments and other first responders across the United States and Canada the equipment to save the lives of pets. Fire departments are eligible to receive one kit per station.

According to the Invisible Fence Brand website: Although the U.S. Fire Administration does not keep an official statistic, industry sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires. Most succumb to smoke inhalation.

Officials say the program has saved an estimated 10,000 pets from fires and smoke inhalation.

“We’re excited to be able to add these masks to our organization,” said Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. “We hope that we don’t have to use them, but it’s a great tool to have if needed.

"To many people, myself included, their pet is their four-legged child. If we can help save them, it’s like saving part of the family. We would like to thank Invisible Fence and its Project Breathe Program for the donated masks.”

Fire departments can request a mask kit by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Wethersfield, Bliss, heroin.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies arrest four individuals with drug possession following a traffic stop in Wethersfield.

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Dayton C. Ewell, 25, and Tami A. Unterburger, 21, both of Bliss, and Nicolas A. O’Connor, 26, and Ruth M. O’Connor, 37, both of Caneadea, were arrested May 15 for heroin possession. 

They were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree. 

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Ruth O'Connor, the driver, was also ticketed for failure to keep right. 

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the suspects were stopped after deputies saw the vehicle weaving into the oncoming lane while traveling on Route 362. 

During the stop, deputies allegedly recovered three glassine bags containing heroin, nine glassine bags with heroin residue, two used hypodermic syringes, seven unused hypodermic syringes, and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia items. 

They are all due in the Town of Wethersfield Court June 6.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Warsaw, news.
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On Monday, the teen who is guilty of raping two children was sentenced to serve a 10-year determinate sentence in prison. 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.

Leonard Hahn was charged Feb. 9 with, and pled guilty April 6 to, two counts of rape in the first degree, a Class B felony, following a joint investigation between the Village of Attica and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. 

Hahn raped one victim on two separate occasions in the Village of Attica, and a different victim in Genesee County. Both victims were known to Hahn and younger than 11 years old.

“Mr. Hahn is going where he belongs,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “He ruined the lives of two innocent victims who were under the age of 11 years old. The sentence in both counties guarantees that he will be under the supervision of either the Department of Corrections or the Department of Parole for the next 30 years.”  

The prison term will be followed by a 20-year period of post-release supervision. Additionally, a 38-year complete stay away order of protection was also issued.

At the time of the crimes, Hahn was 17.

“It is in these kinds of cases that concern me as we go forward into the uncharted waters of the bad Raise the Age law,” O’Geen said. “To have sex offenders and other violent and even some nonviolent offenders be protected by lawmakers at the expense of victims is immoral.

“Imagine, what kind of justice these two young victims would have received if this kind of case was allowed to be transferred to Family Court under the new Raise the Age law? It is unfortunate that our system has once again sold out our future victims and public safety for some unknown behind closed door deals. 

“I, along with many other associations and groups, have been against the Raise the Age law and I am on record about the potential consequences to public safety and victims.”

See related: Le Roy teen charged with rape

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, letchworth, news.

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Press release, photo submitted:

The Letchworth Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has selected D. Todd Campbell as the district’s next superintendent. Campbell is expected to begin on July 3 pending contract negotiations.

“The search process was rigorous and the Board of Education truly values the input we received from the various stakeholder groups, including staff, and community members who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision,” said Letchworth’s Board President Richard Wilcox. “We are confident that Mr. Campbell will lead our district through the issues we face in our region. With his leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”

Campbell has been the principal of Wayland Elementary School in the Wayland-Cohocton School District since 2003. During his tenure as principal, Wayland Elementary has been recognized by New York state as a High Performing/Gap Closing School. Buffalo’s Business First Magazine has placed Wayland Elementary School on the Top 50 Elementary Schools in this region. 

As principal, Campbell is responsible for the education of 326 students and he supervises 60 faculty and staff members. He creates and manages the instructional budget for the school and also is responsible for all curriculum development and implementation. 

From 2000 to 2003, he served as the principal of Perry Middle School where he facilitated the opening of a new middle school. This included the move of students and staff from two separate buildings and the creation of a new middle school program. Previously, he served as the assistant principal at Perry Elementary School. 

He began his career in education in 1991 as a teacher at Letchworth Central Schools.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science from Houghton College, Houghton, and a master’s degree from The College at Brockport, Brockport. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Brockport.

“I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to be the next superintendent of Letchworth Central Schools. The district has a long tradition of solid leadership and what impresses me the most are the people. They are kind, dedicated and passionate about what they do for students each day,” Campbell said. “I am excited to form new friendships and positive relationships with the students, staff and Board of Education as I begin this new journey.”

Campbell will replace Julia Reed who is retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry.
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Adam J. Aguado was sentenced in Wyoming County Court Monday to time in prison for the assault on corrections officers, on two separate occasions, at the Wyoming County Jail.

Aguado was an inmate at the time of his arrest for an incident that occurred in October in Perry.

The 27-year-old, Cicero man, pled guilty Feb. 8 to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony, and two counts of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. 

On the attempted assault conviction he was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison. On the conviction of two counts of obstruction, he was sentenced to one year in jail on each count, plus fees and surcharges. 

He also pled guilty in February to a second indictment of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

For the second obstruction conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail, plus fees and surcharges. 

All sentences are to run concurrently to each other.

The sentences stem from a January incident in the jail in which Aguado sent one CO to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and another altercation in May, where four officers suffered cuts, bruises and scrapes to their hands, arms and faces.

See related: County inmate accused of assaulting corrections officers pled guilty

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, milestone, Attica.

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For five decades Howard Barraclough Sr. has been answering the call of service for the Attica Fire Department. During a recent dinner to mark the milestone, family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered at The Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Royce Road, Varysburg.

When Barraclough first began fighting fires, he wasn’t even a member of a department yet.

“At the time I hauled can milk, so I knew all the farmers,” Barraclough said. “If a fire happened, I’d help. I caught hell going to a fire without being a fireman, so I joined.”

When he first joined the department, there was a waiting list and becoming a member was as simple as receiving the nod, via three white balls.

“If a black ball was in the mix, you’d be rejected, but I got right in,” he said. “I was a truck driver, so I took to it easy.”

Barraclough started coming up through the ranks in the 1970s. He has served as chief, assistant chief, president, secretary and trustee. The only position he has yet to occupy is the treasurer’s job. He has served on numerous fund-raising and truck purchasing committees. He led the efforts to buy the first set of jaws (victim extraction tools) and he was the chief when the department started offering ambulance service.

He was the driving force to get the department’s first tanker truck – which, with the help of  Don Melvin, dragged it back from Watertown, says Attica Fire Department President George Diehl – and the first rescue sled and the first grass truck.

“I am sure that one of he proudest accomplishments was the restoration of #3, a 1937 Mack, and the building of Station 2 and the firemen’s pavilion at the park,” Diehl said. 

Barraclough will be 82 in July and still goes to all the meetings and looks forward to being the Grand Marshal for the Wyoming County Fair’s parade in Pike.

“Howard has done many great things for the department over the years,” Diehl said. “I am proud to be a part of this and would like to thank him for all his wonderful service.”

While Barraclough may slow down a bit in responding, being a part of the fire department is a family experience. His wife and daughter belong in the Ladies Auxiliary, he has a daughter in the rescue squad and his son is a fireman.

“Outside of all the heartaches, we had a lot of fun,” Barraclough said. “The carnivals and parades… It's all in how you make it. If you want to have fun, you will.”

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Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Sheldon, Harris Corners.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal, two-car accident in Sheldon Saturday.

Deputies say, Jessica Lombardo, 23, of Buffalo, was driving a vehicle east on Route 20A when she crossed over into the westbound lane. A second vehicle, driven by Daniel Scheck, 33, of Buffalo, was traveling west when the two cars collided.

Lombardo was pronounced dead at the scene. Scheck was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Wyoming County Crash Management Team was requested for the investigation.

The New York State Police, and Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Medic 80 assisted at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, milestone.

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Right from the get-go the reporter knew the woman was going to be full of spunk and sass.

“Who are you?” Dorothy Taylor asked. “Why are you here?”

To help celebrate her 100th birthday, East Side Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (where she is a patient), residents, and family members gathered in the community room in the facility for a slice of birthday cake. 

Taylor was born when the United States was three years into World War I – May 12, 1917.

To occupy her time in her youth, Taylor, who grew up in Batavia, took to gardening.

“The gardening looked so bad, so I got out there and worked to make it look better.” 

A sprightly spitfire with a devilish smile, she says she used to “go out drinking”  – and said so with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes – to pass the time. Her favorite beverage being sloe gin and Coke.

Taylor is the middle of five children – four girls and one boy –  however, only she and another sibling are still alive. 

She has one child. 

“I got it right the first time, I didn’t need any more.”

She graduated high school around 1934-35 – she thinks.

“How am I suppose to remember that?”

While she admits to pink being her favorite color, if you ask her her age, she will tell you she’s 39, clamp her mouth shut and turn away. (She does not like discussing her age.)

She worked at a clothing store called Smart Shop, and was a cafeteria worker for about 20 years at John Kennedy School, Batavia.

Although Dorothy Taylor didn’t really want a big fuss over her birthday, she appeared to have enjoyed the attention, and even got to sit behind the wheel of her family’s screaming yellow, hot rod car.

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Editor's note: The photos of Taylor in her family's car were submitted by Eastside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Batavia.

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Ahhhhh…the senior prom – the date was set, the theme selected, the venue secured, the attire had been picked out for months. And even though it appears that some couples will naturally go to the prom together, Kristy Mell decided she didn’t want to leave things to chance, she was going to ask him. But Kristy decided to ask him in a creative way.

Kristy and Bo White are both seniors at Attica High School, who attended their final prom Friday night. 

On April 6, Kristy and Bo, who, as they admit, are huge Taco Bell fans, were enjoying a meal at the Batavia restaurant when Kristy asked Bo to the prom. Before sitting down to eat their meal, Kristy told Bo she had forgotten something in the car. When he sat down, she went out to retrieve it. When she came back to their table, she was holding a sign that read:

Bo, you are HOT, so, lets TACO Bout Prom? Think outside the Bun. Ingredients: You & Me.

The local franchise group, Hospitality Syracuse Inc, that owns the Batavia Taco Bell was so impressed with their creativity and passion for Taco Bell that they rolled out the red carpet for Bo, Kristy and eight of their friends on prom night.

“For us to be included for the process is awesome,” said Dennis Beutel, Rochester market manager for Hospitality Restaurant Group. “It’s such a big occasion for teens, we are glad we can make it even more memorable. It’s a nice feel good story.”

So on May 12, Bo, Kristy and friends were picked up in a sleek white limousine, courtesy of Taco Bell, and driven to the Batavia restaurant. When the teens arrived, they were greeted by management from the franchise, but also walked a red carpet to the front door. 

The students all received a Taco Bell swag bag loaded with a Taco Bell T-shirt, beach ball, sunglasses, a $25 Taco Bell gift card and more. Additionally, they all enjoyed pre-prom appetizers, courtesy of the establishment, before being whisked off to their prom in Buffalo.

“We are grateful for Kristy and Bo’s passion and love for Taco Bell and are honored to be able to help them celebrate this special day,” said Steve Pinkerton, Hospitality Syracuse vice president/owner.

According to Kristy’s mom, Kristen Kriger, the pair are always together and she just wanted to do something different.

“We are really surprised they did this,” Kristy said. 

“It’s really cool they did this,” Bo said. “It’s really rad. We’re super stoked.”

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm
posted by Billie Owens in ny-27, climate lobby.

Press release:

The newly established NY-27 Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is offering a Climate Advocate Training workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia.

The workshop will mark the beginning of the first CCL chapter in NY’s 27th congressional district, which includes all of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties, and parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara, and Ontario counties.

The session is free and open to all residents of NY’s 27th congressional district. It will teach citizens of NY-27 the nuts and bolts of building political (impetus) for a livable climate.

James Hansen, Ph.D, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says: "Most impressive is the work of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a relatively new, fast growing, nonpartisan, nonprofit group… If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group.”

According to Nicholas Kristof in his April 13, 2017 OpEd in The New York Times: “Citizens’ Climate Lobby [has had] an [outsized] influence on policy."

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is completely nonpartisan and achieves change by building respectful relationships with lawmakers and focusing on specific market-based, consumer-friendly solutions that have received support from conservatives and progressives alike.

The May 27th workshop will include a mini-training on lobbying congress. Citizens’ Climate Lobby has an active and growing Conservative Caucus. We are interested in welcoming new conservative members who want to support the growth of clean energy infrastructure, and protect families and communities from the risks of the extreme manifestations of climate change.

“I’ve heard from many Citizens’ Climate Lobby members that joining the organization has made them into truly empowered citizens, and that they can see the results of their work on climate policy,” says Paige Dedrick, of East Aurora, who is taking on the role of group leader for the NY-27 Chapter.

“I am deeply concerned about climate change, and I’ve found CCL to be a great way to impact policy and work with strong, engaged citizens toward a healthy climate and economy. We are hoping to find other members of our community looking for that same kind of opportunity.”

In addition to meeting with our members of Congress, CCL offers many varied roles for volunteers. All are welcome to attend the workshop to learn more. Refreshments will be served at the May 27th meeting; please RSVP to Paige Dedrick, 716-863-3373.

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile, Eagle, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 11.

Amy Goodenow, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had her case adjourned to June 1 for a Mapp/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. A Mapp Hearing deals with the admissibility of physical evidence obtained by the police as a result of an illegal search. When there is a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights regarding the seizure of the defendant’s physical evidence, the evidence may be suppressed.

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, had her case adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing. 

Clifford Murch, who is accused of committing a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing.

James Qutermous, who committed a crime in Warsaw, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation on the reduced charge of scheme to defraud in the second degree. Restitution was paid in full. 

Rachel Lafferty, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to July 6 for motions.

Paul Havlen, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court for a SORA risk level determination. A SORA Hearing is scheduled May 22. Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. There are three levels of sex offenders: Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Press release:

The New York Senate has approved a bill that strengthens Kendra’s Law and makes its provisions permanent. The bill (S516) enhances public safety, improves the quality and effectiveness of care provided to the mentally ill, and prevents Kendra’s Law from expiring on June 30.

“By strengthening and improving Kendra’s Law, we can help prevent people suffering from profound mental illness from doing harm to themselves or others,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), cosponsor of the bill. “The legislation has been successful in preventing violence and ensuring that patients receive the treatment they need. Now it’s time to make the law permanent.”

Kendra’s Law was first enacted in 1999 after 32-year-old Kendra Webdale was pushed in front of a subway train by a man with untreated schizophrenia. At that time, the man was roaming New York City streets. The law allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for individuals who will not voluntarily seek help but are a safety threat.

Since the law was enacted, studies have found that patients given mandatory outpatient treatment were four times less likely to perpetrate serious violence after undergoing AOT. The study included those who were more violent to begin with than other members of a control group. The studies also found less frequent psychiatric hospitalizations, shorter hospital stays, reductions in the likelihood of arrest, higher social functioning, less stigma, and no increase in perceived coercion.

The law is designed to prevent serious harm to the mentally ill person or others, but gaps exist in the current system that must be fixed to make it more effective. The measure would not only make Kendra’s Law permanent, but includes several provisions to enhance the current system of AOT.

Provisions include:

    • requiring follow-up on those who move during the AOT period to ensure that they receive their treatment;
    • requiring an evaluation for AOT when mental health patients are released from inpatient treatment or incarceration so that people needing services do not fall through the cracks;
    • requiring counties to notify the Office of Mental Health (OMH) when an assisted outpatient is missing and thereby unavailable for an evaluation as to whether he or she continues to meet AOT criteria; and
    • requiring the commissioner of OMH to develop an educational pamphlet on the AOT process of petitioning so that family members have information on how to file a report.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

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