Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

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Around 3 o’clock this morning a fire broke out at 71 Covington St. in the Village of Perry. 

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, and Mount Morris fire departments responded to the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming and Leicester fire departments.

The fire was said to have started due to a malfunctioning hot air furnace, causing $60,000 in damages to the home.

Firefighters were at the scene for four hours putting out the blaze with no injuries reported.

The Covington home housed two apartments, which resulted in two families being displaced and in need of assistance by the Red Cross. A total of six people were affected by the fire.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Business.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE), in cooperation with Genesee Valley BOCES, will be offering a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Training Program for both Class A and Class B licenses from 7 to 9 p.m. March 2, 8, and 9 at the Ag and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. This course is offered to farm owners, operators, and their employees.

For questions contact Debra Welch at (585) 786-2251 or email djw275@cornell.edu.

To register contact Zach at (585) 786-2251 or zta3@cornell.edu.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, (R-C-I, Elma) says $3 million in state funding will help eligible municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives purchase electric vehicles for their municipal use fleets. The program is part of the New York Power Authority’s Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program, which provides financial assistance to facilitate the replacement of less fuel-efficient vehicles.

“This funding will help towns and villages purchase electric and hybrid vehicles that are more fuel efficient and promote a cleaner environment,” Gallivan said. “The state’s financial support allows municipalities to participate in this important initiative and makes the program affordable to more communities.”

In Senate District 59, the villages of Arcade, Castile, Churchville, Silver Springs, and Springville are eligible to participate in the Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle Program.
Several types of electric and hybrid vehicles are offered for purchase under the program, including passenger cars, pickup trucks, off-road specialty vehicles and heavy-duty utility bucket trucks. 

Municipalities and rural electric cooperatives that currently receive low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority are eligible to participate in this program. The funding builds on $5 million previously distributed under this program that has helped put 61 clean vehicles into service in 24 towns and villages across the state.

New York Power Authority's Municipal Electric-Drive Vehicle program works by providing zero-interest financing. The funds made available for the purchase of these vehicles are recovered over the course of three years.

New York Power Authority serves 47 municipal and four rural electric cooperative utility systems around the state, providing them with low-cost hydropower to help meet the electricity needs of their residents and businesses.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, taxes, news.

Press release:

On Monday, the Senate approved legislation to compensate property taxpayers who are owed money by the state after last year’s changes to the School Tax Relief (STAR) program. The bill (S3505) cosponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, (R-C-I, Elma), enables taxpayers who have applied for STAR but who do not receive accurate reimbursement payments from the state in a timely fashion to be paid interest for each day their check is late.

“Delays in issuing checks through the STAR program are unacceptable and have left far too many homeowners frustrated,” Gallivan said. “The state and the Department of Taxation and Finance must work to correct these delays as soon as possible and ensure that hardworking taxpayers receive the rebate they are due.” 

Since its enactment, the original STAR program has provided almost $60 billion in property tax relief to eligible senior and non-senior homeowners. This year alone, total STAR benefits to eligible recipients are estimated to be almost $3.4 billion.

Last year’s budget changed the current STAR program by phasing out direct payments to school districts on behalf of eligible homeowners. It converted the exemptions into a refundable property-tax credit for new homeowners. The conversion applied to people who purchased their primary residence after the 2015 STAR application deadline or did not apply for the exemption by the 2015 STAR application deadline.

The credit was paid in the form of checks that were supposed to have arrived in the mail by Sept. 30. However, multiple reports and many constituent complaints indicate that numerous checks arrived late or with the wrong amount of money. The Senate estimates the average basic STAR benefit is $840 per eligible homeowner and the average senior STAR benefit is $1,555. Many property owners need that money to pay their taxes on time.

This legislation would require STAR checks to be postmarked by Sept. 15 to allow taxpayers adequate time to pay their school tax bills, and require added interest for any late payment penalty imposed by a school district plus interest of 3 percent annually for checks postmarked after Sept. 15.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, Warsaw, Strykersville.

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The term “shop local” isn’t just a fancy catch phrase to entice county residents to support their local businesses. Taxes collected on purchases made within the county’s borders directly impact the amount residents pay in property taxes – more dollars spent in the county means less taxes homeowners pay in the long run.

As a way to encourage consumers to shop in Wyoming County, the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce initiated the Shop Wyoming & Win campaign. Now in its fifth year, the campaign is held during the holiday season – between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. For every purchase of $50 or more made in the county, consumers were able to submit their names for a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants.

“The prizes are made possible with the strong support of two county businesses,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. “We thank Ace Hardware, of Attica and Warsaw, for the first-time donation of the Weber gas grill, and Harding’s Attica Furniture and Flooring for stepping up again this year and donating a rocker recliner. These two businesses never hesitate to participate and we hope that shoppers will stop in to support these outstanding local family run small businesses.” 

The recent campaign saw 650 shoppers participating, $451,519 in total money spent in Wyoming County, for an estimated $36,121 in sales taxes collected. That represents a 27-percent increase from the previous year.

Of those who dropped their receipts off at the 33 drop boxes located throughout the county, 73 percent were county residents, 25 percent were from outside the county, and 2 percent didn’t disclose an address. Additionally, 21 percent of shoppers hailed from Arcade, 19 percent from Perry, 18 percent from Warsaw, and 14 percent from Attica. Bliss, Castile, Java, Gainesville, Strykersville, Varysburg, and Wyoming residents made up anywhere from 2 to 8 percent of the remaining shoppers. 

Out of county shoppers included those from Mount Morris (13 percent), Batavia (11 percent), South Wales (6 percent), Cuba (5 percent), Rushford (3 percent), and others.

The Chamber held the drawing at the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. As tradition dictates, the most senior members of the Board – town supervisors Jerry Davis (Covington), Doug Berwanger (Arcade), and John Copeland (Wethersfield) – drew the winning tickets.

This year’s winners are: Stephanie Baiocco, of Marilla, who won the Weber Gas Grill; Ron Snell, of Delevan, who won the rocker recliner; and Annette Hyman, of Strykersville, who won the $100 Wyoming County Visa gift card.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Shop Wyoming and Win contest. This year’s promotion was another record breaker and we again exceeded local shopping revenue goals over last year,” Gardner said.

“Thank you to the local businesses who participated, and all the shoppers for making this event a success. Thank you to everyone who participated by shopping locally, placed a drop box in their business, or supported the program in some way.”

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

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By Western New York’s standards, three to six inches of snow can be considered a good base for outdoor winter activity. 

However, the National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a lake effect snow advisory, which is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say an additional three to five inches of snow is expected tonight and an inch for Thursday in “persistent snows.”

The winds will be coming out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, producing blowing and drifting snow.

Blowing snow has the potential to produce difficult driving conditions with poor visibility and snow-covered roads.

In lake effect snow, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. NWS officials remind travelers to be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: The lake effect snow advisory has been upgraded to a lake effect snow warning by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, education, library, Warsaw.

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According to Warsaw Public Library Director Lisa Gricius, the governor’s proposed decrease in library funding would take libraries back to the 2015 level of funding. Additionally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes a $5 million cut from the Library Construction Aid program. That cut alone decreases available funding for this region by about $150,000.

Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich had this to say following the announcement of the governor’s budget proposal to cut nearly 5 percent in library funding: “It is hard sometimes for outsiders to understand how critical library system services are to running a local library. I always use the line, ‘for every $1 invested at the state level, it results in $7 worth of services for local constituents.’ We have a great return on investment and this cut could shift costs, in a very inefficient way, to the locality.”

Smith-Aldrich is the coordinator for Library Sustainability at Mid-Hudson Library System, Hudson.

“These actions come at the same time as the governor’s proposal to increase education funding by $1 billion and ‘double down’ on infrastructure spending across the state,” Gricius said. “The governor’s stated priorities and actions toward libraries don’t make sense. Libraries are education. And library buildings are the keystones of small community infrastructure.”

“Unfortunately, it (the budget) includes a cut to State Library Aid and Library Construction Aid. His budget takes back the legislative adds our representatives fought for,” said Pioneer Library System Executive Director Lauren Moore. “These cuts come at the same time as he is proposing a 4-percent increase in education funding. This is an unfair approach to funding because, as we all know, libraries are education.”

In addition to taxes levied on the library’s behalf from its respective town and school district, the Pioneer Library System also supports the library at the local level by using state funding and divvying it up between the libraries within its network. In the case of the Warsaw Library, it’s part of a network of 42 libraries across Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties – Owwl.

The Owwl network allows Warsaw residents to access about two million in library materials across the region and request to have those materials delivered to Warsaw. A reduction in state aid could result in slower delivery service, fees for patrons, or increased costs to local libraries. Additionally, it could seriously affect the children who are homeschooled. Currently, they get books they need or want from other libraries and the service is free.

The governor’s proposed budget cuts may decrease the tech positions in the library system. The potential for lessened digital services is possible without the support of the system.

“The digital collection is a system-wide thing,” Gricius said. “Each local library contributes some to purchase the material, but we can’t afford to be a part of that service with that kind of budget decrease. Those who can't come into the library use digital devices for ebooks and magazines.”

This year Warsaw Public Library was able to quadruple the bandwidth available to its patrons, thanks to a subsidy from the Pioneer Library System. That subsidy is funded by state aid and without it the library would not be able to provide adequate bandwidth levels. 

“State aid funds system-wide access to Ancestry.com genealogy website, Mango language-learning website, and downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through Owwl2Go and Zinio. Warsaw Public Library would not be able to support any of these services without state aid,” Gricius said.

The cuts don’t just affect the libraries services, it may affect basic improvements necessary to keep the building safe, accessible and open. Funding is needed to complete projects such as electrical rewiring and window replacement. Many of the libraries in the Owwl network are more than 100 years old. To meet the needs of the communities, many of the facilities require additional meeting spaces, accommodations for new technology, and renovations to make spaces fully accessible.

“We qualify for 75 percent of the funding and only having to kick in 25 percent, which has to be budgeted in the annual budget,” Gricius said. “We don’t get county funding to operate. We work solely with the money collected by school and town taxes and funding appropriated by the state.”

“Our job is to be good stewards of the resources the public has already invested in, state aid for construction ensures we can keep up with community demand,” Smith-Aldrich said. “The real kicker is that the library-aid formula hasn't been updated since pre-Internet days, so to not even fully fund libraries with an out-of-date formula is just setting New Yorkers up for failure. In a post-truth world our work is more important that ever. We should be a centerpiece of the Governor's plan for the future of New York instead of an afterthought.”

A library is more than the books it houses and the building itself, they are a place where children can go after school for tutoring and homework help. They are a place where an adult can go to continue their education if secondary school is unaffordable. As Gricius put it “libraries have continuously provided opportunities for enrichment in an environment dedicated to creativity and free inquiry.”

To bring about awareness of how much a library not only means to a community, but also how much residents save on an annual basis by using a library.

The Warsaw Library is hosting two initiatives: a postcard campaign where patrons can write to the governor telling him why the library is important to them. They will be taken to Albany on Advocacy Day in March. The other campaign the library is working on is asking patrons to use the “value calculator.” The calculator is an indicator of how patrons use the library and what it would cost them on an annual basis if services were lost.

“People's voices and stories are important. Not everyone realizes that we can lose this,” Gricius said. “It's important to have their voices heard because they do matter.”

“We have a fight ahead of this year, but with an organized advocacy effort we might be able to convince the legislature to add equitable library funding into the final budget,” Moore said. “We're going to need every single library supporter in the Pioneer region to say loud and clear: ‘Libraries are education. We deserve fair funding.’ "

For more information on the Warsaw Library’s initiatives visit the library or its website at http://warsawpubliclibrary.org/.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry Center, Warsaw, Perry.

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Two men are facing numerous charged following a business check around 11 p.m. Feb. 13.

Shane D. Vasile, 50, of Warsaw, and Jesse W. Schuster, 33, of Perry, were arrested Monday night when they were allegedly seen at a closed business in Perry Center. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the men were in their vehicles, parked, with the engines running. 

During the investigation, deputies say Schuster drove to the business with three suspensions on his license.

Subsequently, Schuster was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Vasile allegedly had numerous drugs and paraphernalia in his possession. Subsequently, he was placed through field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. 

He was arrested and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where a certified drug recognition expert found him to be impaired by the combination of central nervous system stimulants, narcotic analgesics, and cannabis, therefore, unable to drive safely.

Vasile was charged with driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Both men are due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

James Mages, 53, of Akron, was charged Feb. 13 with criminal trespass in the second degree and petit larceny. Mages is accused of entering a home on Nesbitt Road, Attica, and taking clothing from the residence. After being confronted by the homeowner, he left the house. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say they found Mages driving from the scene. Allegedly refusing to stop, Mages led officers to a Buffalo Road address in the Town of Orangeville, where he was arrested. Additionally, deputies say he was wearing the clothing he had taken from the Nesbitt Road home. Subsequently, Mages was also charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and failure to comply with a police officer. He was put in Wyoming County jail on $5,000 bond. He is due in both Attica and Orangeville town courts at a later date. New York State Police and Warsaw Police assisted with the arrest.

Keith E. Legge, 44, of Perry, was charged Feb. 15 with harassment in the second degree. Perry Police say Legge is accused of threatening a neighbor at a South Main Street address. He is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

Scott Grisewood, no age provided, of Warsaw, was arrested on a warrant issued out of Perry Village Court. He was picked up on the warrant by Warsaw Police. Grisewood was released on his own recognizance to pretrial release.

Andrew Perdock, no age provided, of Perry, was arrested Feb. 14 on a warrant issued out of Perry Village Court. He was released on his own recognizance to pretrial release.

Nicole R. Fronczak, 27, of Silver Springs, was charged Feb. 11 with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Fronczak was stopped on Route 19A, Castile, after deputies say they saw her driving across the center yellow lines of the roadway. She was arrested following an investigation and allegedly failing roadside field sobriety testing. She was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where a breath sample allegedly showed a BAC of .14 percent. She is due in the Town of Castile Court March 6.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica.
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A 17-yer-old Le Roy teen has been charged with multiple counts of rape after one of the victims told school officials.

Leonard E. Hahn IV was charged Feb. 9 with two counts of rape in the first degree, a Class B felony, following a joint investigation between the Attica Police Department and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

During the investigation, additional victims came forward resulting in the multiple charges and due to their ages, substantiated the charged to first degree.

Police officials say Hahn is suspected of raping one victim on two separate occasions in the Village of Attica, and a different victim in Genesee County. Both victims, known to Hahn, are younger than 11 years old.

“The Attica Police Department would like to thank the youth officers of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and special thanks to the staff of Justice for Children Advocacy Center,” said Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott. “The interagency cooperation and commitment resulted in the best possible outcome for the child victim(s) and their non-offending caregivers. This commitment is shared by all law enforcement agencies in both counties, the District Attorney offices and the departments of Social Service/ Child Protective Services.”

Hahn is currently in Genesee County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. Additionally, bail was set in the Village Attica Court at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

“Anyone having additional information or anyone having knowledge of possible additional victims, please contact your appropriate law enforcement agency.”

Attica Police can be reached at (585) 591-0881. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is (585) 345-3000.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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An early morning fire at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile, remains under investigation today.

While no injuries were reported, fire crews were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours under Fire Chief in Charge, Castile Fire Chief Bill Dake.

Firefighters from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were assisted by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Damages are estimated at $150,000.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:04 am
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Castile.

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A fire is reported at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St. in Castile. A first responder says there is smoke in the building. Castile Fire Department is responding, along with mutual aid from Warsaw, Gainesville, Bliss, Perry, Pike, Silver Springs and Nunda.

UPDATE 1:07 a.m.: This is a fully involved structure fire.

UPDATE 1:15 a.m.: Command requests a Castile ambulance to the scene to evaluate a female.

UPDATE 1:16 a.m.: Wyoming County Sheriffs deputies are at the scene.

UPDATE 1:19 a.m.: A truck from Warsaw is requested to fill in at Silver Springs Fire Hall.

UPDATE 1:20 a.m.: Crews from Perry are standing by in Castile's fire hall.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education.

Press release:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo scholarship application process for the 2017 – 2018 academic year is open and available for submission online. Requirements and application instructions can be found by visiting www.cfgb.org/scholarship. Applications are due by March 1.  

To be eligible, applicants must be a current resident of one of the eight counties of Western New York, have a minimum of a “C” average or a grade-point average of 2.0 or greater, and be admitted to a nonprofit 501(c)(3), U.S. Department of Education accredited school for full-time study. All students in Western New York, including Say Yes Buffalo applicants and scholars, who meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $6,000.

Since 1924, more than 200 individuals, families, foundations and organizations have established scholarship funds through the Community Foundation to support students in Western New York. In 2016, the Community Foundation awarded more than $95,000 to Wyoming County students.

For more information on the Foundation’s scholarship program, visit www.cfgb.org/scholarship or text SCHOLARSHIP to (716) 259-2499. 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Since 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations that entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. www.cfgb.org

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements.

Press release:

For the 24th year, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Foundation will grant two student scholarships, valued at up to $2,000 each, to graduating high school seniors from Wyoming and Livingston counties. Additionally, the Foundation will award a $2,000 Continuing Education Scholarship to a working teacher to assist with his or her certification, licensure, or specialization in the field of Special Education.

Scholarship applications are available at lwarc.org or via Arc Public Relations at (585) 658-2828, ext. 133. 

Student scholarships are for high school seniors specifically pursuing careers serving persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Examples include teachers of Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and training in the direct care field. The Continuing Education Scholarship is for a currently employed teacher who is furthering his or her career in the field of Special Education.

Student scholarships are payable in annual installments of $500, whereas the Continuing Education Scholarship is awarded in a single lump sum.

Completed and signed applications should be submitted to Public Relations Director Jeff Thomas, 18 Main St, Mount Morris, 14510 by March 3. Scholarship winners will be notified by March 17, in conjunction with National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The Arc Foundation is the fundraising arm of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, the two-county region’s largest private, not-for-profit agency providing programs and services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The Foundation raises money through special events and other ventures, and then distributes funds to support services that maintain and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, events, hunting, fishing.

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Press release (photo submitted):

This weekend is the first of several free fishing days in New York State for 2017. 

The free fishing days open up the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds, and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams to all resident and non-residents to fish without a license.

While fishing is permitted without a license, anglers are reminded that fishing regulations remain in effect during these days.

Additional free fishing days include:

    • June 24-25;

    • Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day; and

    • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day.

New to ice fishing? Check out the Ice Fishing chapter of DEC’s  I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started with ice fishing. 

Additional information, including tips on ice fishing safety and a list of waters open to ice fishing, can be found at DEC’s ice fishing Web page.

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade Winterfest, Arcade, snow.

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Monday, February 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, emergency services.

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Think you’re too young for an internship of sorts? Think again.

Members of the Warsaw Fire Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department Explorer programs are hosting a recruitment open house at 7 p.m. tonight at the Warsaw Fire Hall, Route 20A. Chartered through the Boy Scouts of America, these programs are open to anyone in Wyoming County 14 to 21 years old. However, once a person reaches 18 years old, they are eligible to join the department as a full-fledged member. 

The Explorer programs gives teens an opportunity to learn about becoming a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT) or police officer, says Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. Similar to an internship, kids learn a trade in the emergency response fields.

“The program allows a kid to join the department and learn every aspect of firefighting under a structured umbrella,” Cummins said. “It provides the building block to becoming a firefighter.”

Deanna Wilcox, Warsaw Fire Department member and co-advisor for the Explorer program, says it’s also a way to expose teens to different career paths like dispatch, EMS and even nursing, with the purpose of enhancing recruitment.

With volunteer numbers down across the board in emergency services throughout the county, getting kids interested in joining is paramount in building strong membership in fire departments. 

While the goal of the Explorer program is to encourage continued membership at the county level, it can also prepare you for other careers in the fire service industry. Both Cummins and Wilcox were junior firefighters prior to joining the fire department as a regular members and several chiefs in the county started as junior firefighters as well. Cummins also said one of the guys that went through the program is a firefighter with FDNY.

Not only is the open house a way to generate interest in the Explorer program, it’s inherent to help maintain the level of membership needed to keep it operational. 

“The minimum is six kids (in the program),” Cummins said. “If the department in another town doesn’t have the program, they can join the one here in Warsaw.”

The Warsaw program is structured like the fire department – there is a captain, a lieutenant, secretary, and sergeant-at-arms. Participants shadow the members in all capacities, but “not in an environment that would considered a ‘hot spot,' "officials say. However, they are allowed to be on a scene for exterior support.

“The kids get both the backside experience of a firefighter, but also experience what it’s like on a scene,” Cummins said. “There is opportunity for kids to learn anything they want to do in the department including how to operate the pumps. They are exposed to many life events other than just firefighting – business, fundraising, meetings and ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’ (parliamentary procedures) training…it gets them around other adults from other walks of life.”

The Explorer program is free to join and parents are encouraged to be involved. The only stipulation in becoming a junior member is that each participant has to maintain passing grades.

For more information email warsawfd@frontiernet.net

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Wyoming.

The Wyoming County Drug Task Force (DTF) arrested two men in connection with drug sales in the county.

On Feb. 2, 23-year-old Bishop Williams, of Le Roy, was arrested for allegedly selling Suboxone in May in the Village of Wyoming. 

He is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. 

He is held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

An 18-year-old Warsaw man was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

He is accused of selling amphetamines on two occasions in 2016 while in the Village of Warsaw. 

He was released into the pretrial program.

Due to his age at the time of the alleged crimes, his name is being withheld as he may be eligible for youthful offender status.

The Wyoming County DTF includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry and Warsaw police departments.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line at (585) 786-8965.

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Perry, Orangeville.

William A. Shearin Jr., 57, of Philadelphia, Pa., was charged Feb. 12 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and speed over 55 mph. Shearin was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 20A, Orangeville. During the stop, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies smelled marijuana and alcohol coming from inside his vehicle. Through investigation it was learned that his Pennsylvania driver’s license was suspended, allegedly since 2004. Deputies say he failed standardized field sobriety testing and was then taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a drug influence evaluation. The drug recognition expert determined Shearin to be impaired by alcohol and cannabis. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Orangeville Court March 15.

Wayne L. Pierce, 75, of Alexander, was charged with forcible touching. Pierce was arrested over the weekend for an incident that happened at Ben Go’s gas station, Main Street, Attica, in late November. He is accused of inappropriately grabbing a female employee. He was released on his own recognizance. He is due in Attica Village Court at 10 a.m. March 13.

Robert A. Steavens, 49, of Attica, was charged with two counts of scheme to defraud in the second degree. Attica Police say Steavens obtained cigarettes from both the 7-Eleven and Ben Go’s gas station, both in Attica, under false pretenses. He is due in Attica Village Court at 10 a.m. March 13.

Dakota O. Irvin, 25, of Attica, was charged Feb. 11 with criminal contempt in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Attica Police responded to a domestic incident on Main Street in the village. The investigation showed Irvin violated a complete stay away order of protection issued by Genesee County Family Court. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is due in Attica Village Court at 10 a.m. March 13. The Attica Police were assisted by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Heather Foote, 39, of Perry, was charged Feb. 13 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and inadequate tail lamps. Foote was stopped on North Center Street in the Village of Perry. During the investigation it was allegedly found that her license was suspended for failure to answer a summons out of Monroe County. She is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Toupoc Allen, 22, of Warsaw, was charged Feb. 8 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol combined, and failure to use headlights after dark. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Allen was seen driving on Main Street and East Buffalo Street without any headlights on. Additionally, his vehicle was said to have broken down in the driving lane on East Buffalo Street. During the investigation, he was given field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed, and submitted a breath test which allegedly showed a BAC above .08 percent. Allen was also given a drug influence evaluation by a Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert, who determined he was also impaired by drugs. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. He is due in court March 6. Warsaw Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Attica, Wethersfield.

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

Crystal Colon-Rosado, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Additionally, she waived her right to appeal and is scheduled for sentencing May 18.

The following were in court before Mohun Feb. 9.

Jerod Trebain, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years post-release supervision each on the convictions of attempted burglary in the second degree and assault in the second degree; both are Class D felonies as a second felony offender. Additionally, he is required to pay $690 in restitution, and fees and surcharges. An order of protection was also issued. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Brandon McCoy, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to April 6.

Jeffrey Snyder, who is accused of a crime in Wethersfield, pled to guilty to: assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation; unlawful imprisonment in the second degree; and assault in the third degree. The case is adjourned to April 27.

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