Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Fire Department, emergency services, fire.

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You might be a firefighter if your kids are afraid to get into a water fight with you. Author Unknown.

Humor is a firefighter's greatest defense against the images they see when responding to a call, say many of the men and women who make up the all-volunteer fire departments in Wyoming County. 

This Saturday and Sunday, fire departments and companies around the county, and the state, are hosting open houses for RecruitNY. According to its Web site, volunteers are vital for every department to keep the fire service alive. Since its inception, RecruitNY has helped add more than 20,000 to the ranks of fire departments across the state. 

Departments hosting events Saturday include:

    • Attica Fire Department, 11 Water St., Attica, from noon to 4 p.m.;

    • Bliss (No. 1 Eagle Hose Co.) Fire Department, 6655 Route 362, Bliss, from noon to 2 p.m.;

    • Castile Fire Department, 37 N. Main St., Castile, from noon to 2 p.m.;

    • North Java Fire Department, 4274 Route 98, North Java, from noon to 3 p.m.; 

    • Perry Fire Department, 46 N. Main St., Perry, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

    • Sheldon Fire Department, 996 Centerline Road, Strykersville, from 2 to 4 p.m.;

    • Varysburg Fire Department, 2446 Route 98, Varysburg, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

    • Warsaw Fire Department, 40 E. Buffalo St., Warsaw, from noon to 5 p.m.; 

    • Wyoming Hook & Ladder Co, 26 Maple St., Wyoming, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and

    • Perry Ambulance, 11 Mill St., Perry, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Departments hosting events Sunday include:

    • Arcade Fire Department, 145 North St., Arcade, from noon to 4 p.m.;

    • Bennington Fire Company, 1353 Route 354, Attica,  from noon to 3 p.m.;

    • Cowlesville Fire Department, 361 Clinton St., Cowlesville, from noon to 4 p.m.;

    • Gainesville Fire Department, 2 East St., Gainesville, from noon to 2 p.m.;

    • Harris Corners Fire Department, 585 Route 20A, Strykersville, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

    • Pike Fire Department, 67 E. Main St., Pike, from 2 to 5 p.m.;

    • Silver Springs Fire Department, 43 N. Main St., Silver Springs, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and 

    • Strykersville Fire Department, 594 Minkel Road, Strykersville, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Wyoming County Emergency Management, (585) 786-8867.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Press release:

The Empire State Apprenticeship Program (ESAP) aims to help lower youth unemployment, close the middle-skills gap, provide trained workers for expanding and emerging workforces and generally develop a more competitive New York State workforce.  

On Tuesday, Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) joined Assemblyman Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Henrietta) and Kevin Stump, Northeast regional director of Young Invincibles, in support of the program. Both Bronson and Gallivan championed the ESAP in the 2017-18 state budget.

“One of the challenges facing today’s employers is finding skilled workers, especially in advanced manufacturing and information technology fields,” Gallivan said. “By incentivizing manufacturers and other businesses to establish apprenticeship programs, we can create opportunities, close the skills gap, train workers for successful careers, reduce unemployment and help businesses grow. This program wisely invests in the future of New York’s economy and workforce.”

The Empire State Apprenticeship Program will help employers tap into more than 300,000 young people ages 16 to 24 years old across the state who are not in school or employed. It connects businesses with apprentices who can become skilled workers in fields including but not limited to nursing, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, photonics, health care, and information technology.

The cost of training these new employees will be offset through tax credits, which increase in value for each year of training an apprentice completes. Additional tax credits are available for employers who also mentor their apprentices in ways to overcome barriers to gainful employment.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

From the Wyoming County Health Department:

Parents and guardians make decisions daily that impact their children’s health and deciding whether or not to vaccinate your little one(s) is one of the most important decisions you will make. In the spirit of National Infant Immunization Week (April 22 – 29), let’s take time to learn how to keep your children best protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

A child’s first vaccination is scheduled to be given before they even leave the hospital after being born.

“There are recommended immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults. Schedules for children are designed to offer protection early in life, decreasing the chances a child could become ill and possibly experience complications from a preventable disease,” said Laura Paolucci, administrator, for Wyoming County Health Department.

Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday. Vaccines are only given to children after careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccine side effects are almost always mild such as redness or swelling at the site of the shot, but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and risk of injury and death from the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare.

Although the number of vaccines a child needs in the first two years may seem like a lot, doctors know a great deal about the human immune system, and they know that a healthy baby’s immune system can handle getting all vaccines when they are recommended.

“When parents choose not to vaccinate or to follow a delayed schedule, children are left unprotected against diseases that still circulate in this country, like measles and whooping cough," said Brenden Bedard, director of Community Health Services, for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “There is no known benefit to delaying vaccination. In fact, it puts babies at risk of getting sick because they are left vulnerable to catch serious diseases during the time they are not protected by vaccines."

Parents who are concerned about the number of shots given at one time can reduce the number given at a visit by using the flexibility built into the recommended immunization schedule. For example, the third dose of Hepatitis B vaccine can be given at 6 - 18 months of age. Parents can work with their child’s health care professional to have their child get this dose at any time during that age range.

For more information on vaccine schedules, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html.

If you do not have a primary care provider your local Health Department may be able to assist in providing needed vaccines. This service is available for individuals who have no health insurance, public insurance, and some private insurance.

For information about Health Department services contact:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm
posted by Billie Owens in The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming.

This information came from a press release provided by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID):

Today in Albany, New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. (NYSID) hosted its third annual CREATE Symposium of technology inventions designed to increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of New Yorkers with disabilities.

Participants included The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Alfred College, which had representatives who demonstrated a Project Roller System – a device to help workers with developmental disabilities roll instruction packets.

The event took place in the Legislative Office Building at the state capitol.

CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) is an initiative sponsored by NYSID that gives university engineering students the opportunity to work closely with rehabilitation agencies to make a difference across NYS. Their inventions have the potential to create greater work opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities while providing applied engineering experience to students. Students and professors were on hand to showcase their creations and explain how they make workers more productive.

About NYSID

Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation which creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 121 community rehabilitation agencies and 42 corporate partners. Its offerings are approved by the NYS Office of General Services and include janitorial, document imaging, industrial laundry, office temps, and other services, as well as a wide range of products assembled, packaged and/or manufactured by people with disabilities.

For more information on NYSID, visit: http://www.nysid.org. For more information on CREATE, visit: http://www.createnysid.net

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Arcade, accident.

An ATV accident at Mockingbird Campgrounds, Genesee Road, Arcade, claimed the life of 43-year-old Jason Krull, of Buffalo.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Krull had been pinned under the ATV for an unknown amount of time before he was discovered by a friend.

Crews from Arcade Ambulance and Medic 81 were the first to arrive on the scene and began performing CPR. After nearly 30 minutes, ambulance personnel were able to obtain a pulse. 

Krull was then taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital, Springville, where he was later flown to ECMC where he succumbed to his injuries late Monday evening.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, drugs.

Complaints of drug activity at Bone Yard Auto in Dansville date back to 1997. On Friday, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, and the DEA arrested three individuals on possessing and selling methamphetamine in Livingston County.

The arrests were made following search warrants at two separate locations in the county – one at the scrap yard in Dansville and the other at the home of one of the defendants in West Sparta.

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Kenneth Hoag, 55, of Dansville, Kurt Redance, 26, of West Sparta, and Andrew J Culliton, 37, of West Seneca, were all charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (meth) and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (meth), both are Class B felonies.

In addition to the charges in Livingston County, the three men, along with Brandie Schumacher, 37, of Rose, were also charged in U.S. District Court.

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Schumacher was recently arrested in Wyoming County on drug charges following a traffic stop on Route 20A in Sheldon April 1. She was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail on $50,000 cash bail. 

In District Court, the four were charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of meth, and conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $10 million. Additionally, Redance and Hoag were charged with maintaining a drug involved premises. 

Redance also faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of meth on a premises where a child was located. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn M. Hartford says, according to the complaint, each of the defendants sold meth to a confidential source at the scrap yard, Redance’s home, and at a parking lot in West Seneca. Additionally, during at least one of the controlled purchases at Redance’s home, his 3-year-old child was allegedly present.

Redance, Schumacher, and Culliton are all being held in custody. Hoag was released to home detention with electronic monitoring.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Business, Warsaw, health.

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Hypno-psychotherapist Daniel Nightingale, who earned a doctorate in psychotherapy in the United Kingdom, can’t control a person’s mind through hypnosis. He can’t make a person cluck like a chicken. As a matter of fact, he can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do, because in clinical hypnosis, the patient is always in control.

Nightingale, and his wife Kathleen, recently opened Nightingale Hypnosis at 4 W. Buffalo St., Warsaw. While Kathleen is a native Western New Yorker, Daniel’s homeland is England. The couple moved to Wyoming County in September after a four-year stint in Arizona. Daniel first opened his practice in Orchard Park, but the long trek from their home in Portageville during the Western New York winter prompted the move closer.

Although both use hypnosis to help heal a multitude of symptoms – it will also help with smoking cessation and weight loss – Daniel’s speciality is in dementia.

“My drive here is to cut the risk of dementia,” he said, “and smokers have got three times the risk of getting dementia than anyone else.”

Daniel trained for four years in the U.K. in hypno-psychology. However, he said one really doesn’t start learning until you begin to gain experience.

“I qualified in practice in 2002 and was U.K.’s first clinical dementia specialist. While I was there I was involved in its National Dementia Strategy and I was responsible for the dementia care for 800 care homes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.”

When he first qualified, he worked in forensic medicine with offenders – serial killers, rapists and the like – in the U.K.. During that time, he was asked to cover geriatrics for six months. At first, he didn’t want the position, however, he said he was told he was going to be covering geriatrics.

“I didn’t want to do it at first, but what happened was I discovered how awful the care was for the elderly and people with dementia. After the six months were up, I was to go back to that really ‘sexy’ area of forensic medicine. However, I said no. I decided to retrain and specialize in dementia and start changing things.”

U.K.’s National Dementia Strategy is a nationwide effort to educate citizens on dementia and improve public spaces for those living with dementia. The strategy encompasses a community effort from a variety of organizations and the commitment of its residents. The effort extends from education to details like sign colors. Nightingale says people with dementia tend to lose the ability to see colors at the low end of the spectrum.

He also likens the treating of dementia with the fire triangle. Whereas fuel, oxygen and heat propel a fire, with dementia, anxiety and fear fuel memory loss.

“Just think about it. Every morning you wake up and look in the mirror and the fact you’re looking at is a face you don’t recognize anymore. The house that you live in, the one you’ve live in for 40 years and you’ve been married to the same person for 40 years, and all of the sudden it’s like ‘Who the hell are you?' and 'What is this stuff?’

“Every day I see it perpetuate. You’re in this constant state of fear and anxiety and throughout the course of the day this anxiety builds up and builds up. So, you’re symptoms of not being able to remember things or not being able to do something deteriorates throughout the day.”

Nightingale says hypnotherapy alleviates those symptoms. It relieves that anxiety so the person becomes more alive and empowered to start doing things again. Therefore, the anxiety and fear are what needs to be dealt with when working with people with dementia. While hypnotherapy is not a cure-all for the disease, it has been shown to slow down its progress and there are tools that can reverse some of the symptoms.

“Coconut oil has been shown to reverse some symptoms and repetitive muscular activity exercises, a form of Montessori therapy, is used to lay down new neuron pathways in the brain so the person relearns some of the skills they have lost.”

One of the research projects Nightingale was involved with was in a nursing home where none of the patients were able to feed themselves. About 45 minutes before the meal, repetitive muscular activity exercises were performed. On day four and day five and day six, the researchers noticed some of the patients started eating by themselves again.

“What you’ve done, because of the activity, you’ve laid down new neuron pathways in the brain. We also know the hippocampus – memory center of the brain – from the around the age of 40 shrinks every year. Walking and adult coloring stops that because people are using, and concentrating on using, their brain. There is so much people don’t know about dementia. I want to make Warsaw a dementia-friendly town.”

Hypnosis is a tool quite often used in forensic medicine to tap into issues that are deep-rooted at an emotional level. And while hypnosis is not meditation, it is a deep-seated state of relaxation.

“There are similarities with meditation as far as the state of relaxation is concerned and we take you to wherever your special place is – whether it’s in a forest, on a beach, a room, or on a ship or wherever that may be – and that’s where we start doing the work.”

He likened the deep state of relaxation to opening the door between the conscious and the subconscious mind.

“It’s kind of like a sliding glass door and you have to open that door to get into your subconscious mind. But always sitting on top of that door is what we call the critical factor – a hidden observer – so that if I were to take you to a deep state of relaxation and I were to say to you ‘What’s your bank account number?’ or ‘What is your PIN number to your credit card?’ The critical factor says ‘This is wrong’ and you come out of it.”

He says it’s the brain’s safety mechanism and that is why clinical hypnosis is safe. Not only can Nightingale not make you do anything you don’t want to, the brain also resists suggestibility. 

“I may get you raise your hand or touch your nose, but you know you are doing it. It’s a very safe form of treatment. In England we use it a lot. Every psychiatrist is trained to use it. I find that that’s not the case here in the U.S.”

Because the U.K. has socialized medicine, Nightingale says physicians have to be careful about the cost of treatments. The first line of defense for many illnesses is hypnotherapy – depression is first treated with six vouchers to go to the gym once a week, not an antidepressant. There are many illnesses where the first-line treatment is not pharmacological.

If the hypnosis is done correctly, the patient should be able to float in and out of consciousness and at any time be able to get up and walk out the door.

“When we work with smokers, we do put a suggestion in the subconscious mind. In big, bold, red letters we put the word ‘stop.’ When you get the urge to smoke, this word will flash in your mind and as soon as that word flashes into your mind, the craving will go away. There is only 10 percent that you think, feel, see, and do at the conscious level, 90 percent is done at the subconscious level – Kathleen would say 95 percent.”

When working with someone with a profound psychological problem, they may have been experiencing some issues but not know why. Hypnotherapy opens the subconscious mind and brings forward the negative experiences which have manifested into daily complications for the patient. Yet, even with hypnosis the subconscious mind will only bring forward what the person is ready to handle, but this type of therapy can help the client begin to recognize where the issues lie and then begin to work through it.

What hypnotherapy does is treat the issue quickly and for the long term with no side effects.

“Well, there is one. If you come out of hypnosis too quickly, you may experience a bit of dizziness but it goes away quickly.”

Like any kind of therapy, the patient has to find some inner strength to get through the underlying reasons for the feelings. Nightingale can get a person to a certain place where they actually have to deal with the issue. That’s the most difficult part. Some people just can’t deal with the issue and stop therapy. It’s a typical thing to happen, which is why he also uses cognitive behavior therapy, reiki, and a dementia risk assessment as a part of treatment.

Although his Warsaw office recently opened, he is already working with the Office for the Aging, teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Partnership, and has joined the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Nightingale Hypnosis visit docdan.us, email him at info@docdan.us or call (585) 416-2032.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Sen. Gallivan, government, crime.

Press release:

The New York State Senate has approved eight bills aimed at tackling the heroin, opioid and synthetic drug crisis. The measures address the evolving challenges presented by fentanyl, synthetic and designer drugs, and help increase coordination among health care personnel to prevent future opioid overdoses and abuse.

“One of our priorities this legislative session is to tackle the state’s heroin crisis,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma). “No community and no family is immune from the devastating impact caused by heroin and opioid abuse.

"These bills, combined with the $214 million secured in this year’s budget, will support law enforcement efforts to combat the spread of these drugs and enhance programs designed to keep New Yorkers healthy and safe.”

Six bills target the increased use of synthetic and designer drug combinations that escape criminality through loopholes in existing laws. Gallivan cosponsored the first five of the six bills, which include: 

    • Bill S933 adds new derivatives of fentanyl to the controlled substance schedule and increases criminal penalties for the sale of an opiate containing a fentanyl derivative. Fentanyl is a strong pain medication that is often combined with anesthesia to prevent surgery-related pain. However, it is increasingly being mixed with heroin and other drugs to produce a cheaper and more lethal product.

    • Bill S816 designates Alpha-PVP, also known as “Flakka” or “Gravel” as a controlled substance. Similar to bath salts and methamphetamine, use of this designer drug has been known to cause violent behavior, with side effects including nausea, vomiting, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, suicidal thoughts, seizures, chest pains, and increased blood pressure and heart rate.

    • Bill S3518 classifies synthetic marijuana like "K2," "Spike 99," "Spice," "Yucatan Fire," "Genie," "Zohai" and many others, as Schedule I controlled substances. These legal herb-like products are laced with a synthetic cannabinoid to produce a high similar to existing controlled substances, but with more dangerous side effects. Not only does the bill provide for the imposition of criminal sanctions on synthetic pot, but also makes it a felony to sell such products to a minor or on school grounds.

    • Bill S2722 bans the analog substances of scheduled controlled substances. By expanding the state’s ability to ban analog substances, state drug and law enforcement agencies are given another tool to combat the quickly moving world of designer drugs that simply “tweak” an existing scheduled substance in order to avoid criminal prohibitions.

    • Bill S658 adds a new synthetic opiate, U-47700 and commonly referred to as "Pink" to the schedule I opiate list. This inexpensive drug has spread in popularity across the United States and is reportedly eight times more powerful than heroin.

    • Bill S300 would designate Xylazine as a controlled substance due to recent instances of this veterinary drug being used to lace heroin. It has emerged as a new threat in the state's battle against the heroin epidemic because the heroin-Xylazine combination is so potent that it can take multiple doses of naloxone to revive an overdose victim, and even this regime is not guaranteed to be effective. Dealers are using this dangerous drug to enhance their products, but risks include a dangerous depression of the central nervous system, causing individuals to drift in and out of consciousness, as well as negatively affecting heart function.

Two other measures passed by the Senate will help promote information sharing to prevent the abuse of prescription and other drugs, among other benefits of health care coordination. 

They include:

    • Bill S2639 requires hospital and emergency room physicians to notify a patient's prescriber when a patient is being treated for a controlled substance overdose. The measure enhances the effectiveness of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry when prescribing controlled substances by ensuring that vital medical information is shared among health care practitioners. The bill requires an emergency room or hospital practitioner treating a patient with an opioid overdose to consult the PMP registry and notify the patient's prescriber of the overdose. Without such notification of the overdose, it is very possible that the prescriber/practitioner would not know that the patient had suffered an overdose of the opioid.
    • Bill S2248 helps facilitate the exchange of health care information with hospitals, office-based surgery practices, and health care providers who accept walk-in patients not regularly seen by the provider. These practitioners would use and maintain an electronic health records system that connects to the local regional health information organization, aiding in the prevention of drug abuse by giving these clinics and urgent care centers the ability to see patient records and whether there is a history of drug use or prescriptions. Additionally, these clinics would add details of the visit to the patient’s records for any future medical treatment, thereby ensuring the patient receives appropriate care.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:45 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw, Covington, Gainesville, Arcade, Castile.
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Joshua D. Blaskovits, 35, of Huntsville, Ala., was charged April 14 with no turn signal, failure to keep right, driving while ability impaired by a drug, and aggravated driving while intoxicated – child in the vehicle. Blaskovits was stopped on Route 20A, Perry, after allegedly failing to signal a turn and his inability to maintain his lane of travel. Additionally, deputies say a 15-year-old was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Subsequently, he was arrested for aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law. Blaskovits was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert who determined him to be impaired by marijuana. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Gary J. Rupert, 46, of Arcade, was charged April 21 with two counts of criminal use of a benefit card and two counts of petit larceny following an investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services. Rupert is accused of selling his SNAP (food stamps) card for cash although he did not actually have benefits available on the card at the time. He is due in Arcade Court June 15. 

Matthew Wendt, no age provided, of Warsaw, was arrested April 22 on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Warsaw Justice Court for failure to appear. Wendt was taken into custody at his home in the Village, after which he was arraigned and paid part of his fine. He was released on his own recognizance.

Kenneth J. Shearing Jr., 35, of Perry, was charged April 13 with felony tampering with physical evidence. He was put in Livingston County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail. He is due in Lima Town Court at a later date.

Bryan M. Beach, 33, of Perry, was charged April 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Anthoney P. Passamonte, 22, of Warsaw, was charged March 31 with inadequate taillight, driving while intoxicated, and refusal to submit to a breath test. Passamonte was stopped on Route 19A, Castile, for an alleged broken taillight. Following a roadside investigation and field sobriety testing, he was arrested for DWI. Additionally, he refused a breath test. Passamonte was arraigned in the Town of Castile Court where his license was suspended pending a refusal hearing. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail and is due in the Town of Castile Court at a later date.

Zachary J. Lathigee, 23, of Silver Springs, was charged April 17 with inadequate stop lamps and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Lathigee was stopped on Route 19, Warsaw, for inadequate brake lights. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say, during the investigation two different controlled substances were found in his vehicle, neither of which were prescribed to Lathigee. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court May 22.

Tammy J. Hill, 41, of Covington, was charged April 24 with speeding, driving while ability impaired by a drug, and driving while ability impaired by the combination of drugs. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Hill was stopped for speeding on Route 246, Covington. Following an investigation, she was arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs. She was taken to the Sheriff’s Office and evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert, who determined Hill to be impaired by multiple categories of drugs and unable to drive safely. She is due in the Town of Covington Court at a later date.

Ervin W. Delude Sr., 45, of Gainesville, was charged April 17 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Route 19A, Gainesville. Delude, a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop, allegedly turned over a small quantity of marijuana after deputies say they smelled the drug coming from the vehicle. He is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court May 24.

Terry W. Davis, 35, of Perry, was charged April 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, failure to keep right, and failure to change address. Davis was stopped on Simmons Road, Perry, after deputies say he failed to keep right. During the stop, he was allegedly found to have two active suspensions on his license. His vehicle was towed from the scene by Maher Brother’s Towing. He is due in the Town of Perry Court May 14.

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, events, Warsaw, summer.

Press release:

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Warsaw Central School the week of Aug. 7 through 10. Regional program sponsors include Greene Medical Arts Pharmacy.

Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The nonprofit organization is dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

For students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure that turns the summer from ordinary to extraordinary through hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Inventive young minds can exercise their creativity and use their imagination, all while learning and developing new skills they typically don’t get to use in the classroom. Children are empowered to have big ideas while they take on challenges that inspire them to question, brainstorm, work as a team and build amazing invention prototypes.

“Parents should send their children to Camp Invention because it encourages children to think, solve and create!” said a mother of three campers. “Teamwork is encouraged while individual strengths are fostered. My children gained a deeper love for science and engineering, confidence to try new and innovative ideas, made new friendships, and learned new science vocabulary and concepts.”

This year’s curriculum features several hands-on modules:

    • Duct Tape Billionaire: Campers design duct tape products they can market and sell to mock investors;

    • Have a Blast:  Children build high-tech Bubble Blasters and compete as a team in friendly air battles that use physics to boost their advantage;

    • Mission Space Makers: Teams hatch eggs, sprout living plants and grow crystal trees, all while on a mission to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation; and

    • Operation Keep Out: Campers learn to reverse engineer old machines and devices, and use their parts to create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box.

All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certified educators who reside and teach in the community. The camp serves more than 130,000 students every year and partners with more than 1,400 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information or to find the nearest camp, visit campinvention.org.

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry Center, Perry.

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For more than 50 years, members of the Perry Center Fire Department have dished up chicken for the community. Midmorning Sunday, cars lined up three-deep and circled around Perry Center’s fire hall with approximately 30 or so more cars lined up along Route 246. Patrons were ready for the department’s annual Spring Chicken Barbecue.

At 8:10 a.m. the match was thrown and the grill began to warm. Shortly thereafter, deft hands began placing the first of 550 half chickens on the grates above the smoldering fire. By 11 a.m., people began lining up. Around 11:30, the first chicken was taken off the grill to finish steaming in the pot. And by noon, the first customer received their order.

“We used to hold the event in the community hall,” said Fire Chief Harold Wright. “Several years ago, we decided to try the drive through. People don’t even have to get out of the car. It makes it convenient.”

The semiannual event is renowned as one of the department’s biggest fundraisers. Proceeds from the barbecue are used to buy gear and equipment.

“We have loyal people come back year after year for the barbecue,” Wright said. “It’s a great community. Most times, we are sold out in lass than an hour.”

While the chief wouldn’t divulge the department’s chicken recipe, he did say his old Ag teacher used to “do barbecue” and he created the sauce for it. One of Perry Center’s members bought the teacher’s business but the he continued to make the sauce. Only now, he does it for the fire department.

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Monday, April 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Perry.
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     Nathan W. Burry

Nathan W. Burry, 20, of Attica, was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony, and criminal tampering in the third degree and reckless endangerment to property, both are Class B misdemeanors. The Attica Police Department responded to a report of damage to a 2007 Volvo tractor belonging to Walton Milk Hauling Inc. Officers say the damage occurred at an apartment building on Lincoln Avenue in the Village. Further investigation allegedly revealed a tenant of the apartment building, who says he had a long-standing dispute with the truck driver, damaged the vehicle. The truck driver reported several airlines, the wiring harness, brake lines, and an air bag had been cut and or damaged. Damages have been estimated in excess of $1,800. Burry was released on his own recognizance and released to the Wyoming County Department of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. He is due at 10 a.m. June 12 in the Village of Attica Court.

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    David B. Eck Jr.

David B. Eck Jr., 24, no address provided, was charged April 22 with driving while ability impaired by drugs and driving while ability impaired by drugs combination. Attica Police say Eck was found asleep on Market Street, Attica, in the driver’s seat of his vehicle while it was running. Eck is due in the Village of Attica Court June 12. Attica PD was assisted by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

Karin L. Rice, 28, of Perry, was charged April 20 with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, and DWI with a BAC of more than .08 percent. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a vehicle off the roadway into trees on Route 20A, Perry. Rice allegedly told deputies she went off the roadway to avoid a deer. She and her passenger were not injured in the crash. Further investigation allegedly showed Rice was driving while intoxicated. She was taken to the Warsaw Police Department for a breath test, which deputies say was over the legal limit of .08 percent. She is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

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       Justin Dake

Justin Dake, 20, of Perry, was charged April 22 with operating a vehicle without headlights, no front plate, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Perry Police say Dake was seen driving on Gardeau Road, Perry, without his headlights on. During the investigation it was allegedly found that he had a suspended driver’s license and was driving while under the influence of drugs. Dake is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:52 am
posted by Howard Owens in Chris Collins, ny-27.

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The event last night was billed as a "town hall," a chance for all constituents in New York's 27th Congressional District to come to the Alexander Fire Hall and voice their issues, raise their concerns and ask questions of Rep. Chris Collins.

If Collins bothered to show up.

Of course, he didn't.

In his place on the dais was an empty chair.

If he had filled that chair, he would have found himself on a panel of people billed as experts in various topic areas who, rather than represent the range of political ideology in the 27th District, seemed to largely hold liberal and progressive viewpoints.

The more than 400 people who attended were all given 8 1/2 x 11 colored pieces of paper -- raise green when you agreed with a speaker's point and red when you disagreed. Rather than showcase a diversity of opinions, green cards tended to go up in unison for points favored by the audience and red cards raised altogether when audience members wished to jeer a negative point made about Collins or the current presidential administration.

This, though Michelle Schoeneman, in her opening remarks, suggested the audience might represent a range of political views and party affiliations.

"Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, whether you are conservative or liberal, whether you voted for Collins or not, you are all here because you care enough about democracy to take time out of your busy lives to make your voices heard," Schoeneman said.

The town hall took on the feel of a partisan political rally when Schoeneman concluded her remarks and said Collins might have a rough go of it in the next election.

"Mr. Collins, if you’re watching this right now, I’m here to tell you that is your last term," Schoeneman said. "Come 2018, we will have a new representative. It may be a Republican. It may be a Democrat, but it will not be you. We will vote into office a person who does not consider it unreasonable to want to talk with you. We will listen and weigh every decision that is made."

That was the loudest applause line of her opening remarks and the room was filled with green cards held high.

The expert panel included a 22-year-old organic farmer from East Aurora who runs a 24-member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture group) and an educator who runs I Am Syria and is the founder of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide, even though a couple of the nation's top experts on agriculture and immigration live right in Genesee County.

Dean Norton, former president of the New York Farm Bureau who helped draft comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 (it didn't pass, though Collins supported the bill), said he got an invitation through Instant Messenger that he didn't see until after the event was over, though he didn't specify if the invite was to speak or just attend.

Maureen Torrey, who runs with her family one of the largest produce farms in the region, and has been to Washington, D.C., and traveled the nation in support of immigration reform, said she was invited to attend but was not invited to be on the panel.

Even though economics and trade, as well as foreign policy and criminal justice, were all big topics in the recent presidential campaign, there were no experts on the panel in those subject areas, even though in the county and in the region there are available experts.

Comprising the expert panel were:

  • Healthcare: Gary A. Giovino, professor, and chair, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior at UB;
  • Great Lakes and Rivers: Barry Boyer, who taught environmental law and administrative law at UB;
  • Small business: Ginine Capozzi, owner of KnowledgeForce Consulting LLC in East Amherst;
  • Local Environment, fish, and wildlife: Dick Thomas, retired from a 33-year career with the Department of Environmental Conservation;
  • Education: Chris Cerrone, cofounder of WNY for Public Education;
  • Diversity and social justice: Jeremy Besch, head of Upper School at the Park School in Buffalo;
  • Immigration: Andrew Beiter, director of I Am Syria and founder of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide;
  • Climate change: Sandra Chelnov, who is "deeply concerned" about climate change and has attended several conferences;
  • Laura Colligan, owner of Dirt Rich Farm in East Aurora.

The town hall was sponsored by several progressive organizations, GLOW Progressives, WNY Peace Center, Buffalo Resists, Sister District of WNY, Invisible NY 27th, Turning Emotion into Action, ACTion Buffalo, and Citizens Against Collins.

As part of each experts' introduction, the speakers were invited to say a word about why they were there. Some speakers gave just a brief introduction, others used the time to share stronger opinions.

Giovino said the current healthcare system is designed to help you get well, but to ensure you keep coming back.

"My concern about healthcare is that it’s for profit," Giovino said. "In every other country, every other rich country, it’s not for profit. I think capitalism is a great thing, but when it comes to health, we need a catalytic converter on that engine."

Thomas said the environment is his passion.

"I think it’s everybody’s passion whether we know it or not," Thomas said. "Elections are guided by politics and not so much guided by science. Environmental protection suffers from the ebb and flow of global leadership changes and at the same time, that environment is generally not working in many cases. Under our current federal government leadership, the divide between economic interests and the environment is wider than it ever has been."

Besch got a laugh with his introduction.

"I’m a white guy who does diversity work," Besch said.

He added later, "For a long time this country has had a political environment that has sort of secretly and quietly marginalized already marginalized groups to drive a culture of fear to push its agenda. What I’ve seen in recent years is that action is no longer quiet and secret. Preservation of wealth and privilege is coming at the expense of those who don’t have either of them. If we don’t find ways stand up and stop that then a situation that is already pretty precarious and getting worse is going to get a heck of a lot worse and a heck of a lot more quickly than I think any of us care for."

Capozzi said she's tried to talk with Collins many times about a range of issues that affect small business owners, from healthcare to immigration to tax policy to education to workforce readiness and manufacturing.

"There isn’t a part of our communities that is not impacted by the small business community and he doesn’t have anything to say," Capozzi said. "Literally, nothing to say, since May of 2014. I’m really concerned about our opportunities, or lack thereof, to talk to the congressman across all spectrums and all areas of business and all the impacts that affect us."

Cerrone slammed support for school choice.

"Chris Collins supports the Trump-Betsy DeVos privatization schemes that will devastate our local, public schools," Cerrone said. "If this raised achievement, I would be all behind it, but studies show that school choice sounds good, but choice does not work. It does not raise achievement, which is our number one concern, but also it’s a boon to those who want to privatize and profit off our tax dollars with no accountability." (Fact Check: the studies are not as one-sided as Cerrone states, but decidedly more mixed.)

Beiter said he came to the event to talk about the refugee ban and the "war on immigrants." He was critical of the Trump Administration's position on immigration.

"His policies are wrong and xenophobic," Beiter said. "They also hurt the economy, our agricultural development and who we are as a people."

Walter Eckert, of Mendon, asked the first question and it was on immigration, so it went to Beiter.

"It's the businesses that employ illegal immigrants who are breaking the law," Eckert said. "Why do we not charge the employers of illegal immigrants?"

Beiter said that was a good question and he blamed greed.

He said agriculture in New York is a $3.5 billion industry and farmers fear with a clamp down in illegal immigration they will not be able to fill vital positions. He said in Niagara County, there are 1,200 migrant workers between May and November. He said these workers are exploited by farm owners.

"On one level this is a human tragedy," Beiter said. "It's slave labor that lowers the prices of our groceries, so the answer to this is comprehensive immigration reform. I think what you’re going to see as to why these businesses and corporations are not prosecuted is because they’re profiting from it." (Fact Check: The average migrant farm worker makes $12 an hour in the United States, with some earning as much as $15 an hour, and migrants are also provided housing at no cost on many New York farms.)

He said during the George W. Bush administration and the first part of Barack Obama's two terms, there were attempts at immigration reform, but that greed prevented these reforms.

"These issues tried to get on the table, but they were put down because corporate America makes too much money from our brown-skinned brothers and sisters who are here in our communities," he said.

Actually, there was comprehensive immigration reform bill considered in 2013. Dean Norton helped draft it and Collins supported it. It didn't pass.

Collins has said many times that never in his political career does he participate in town hall meetings because he doesn't find them productive. He would rather meet with small groups of people around specific topics. He has said he will talk with any constituents who ask for a meeting.

Maureen Torrey, for example, has said she and other farmers have had a productive relationship with Collins. 

"Since the election, Congressman Collins and his staff have been working with the agriculture community in his district with all the family farms and agribusinesses in his district weekly," Torrey said. "He has held bipartisan meetings on trade, immigration, and the economy of agriculture. He has been working hard to arrange meetings and educate people on what our needs are. He knows our issues and hasn't been afraid to speak them. He talked about our needs on national TV. He has opened doors for us. For the first time in many years, I feel we are making progress on issues."

There were also people at the event who let reporters know that they've requested meetings with Collins, but they haven't gotten a response.

The Wyoming County Free Press has been trying to arrange an in-person, hour-long, multi-topic interview with the congressman since late January. We've made at least a dozen requests and despite assurances that such an interview will take place, and statements by Collins himself that will sit down for an interview and that he enjoys being interviewed by The Free Press and would be happy to talk, we have yet been able to secure a date for such an interview.

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION & DISCLOSURE: One of the organizers, Jane Cameron, has said I was invited to be a speaker at the town hall. I honestly didn't remember the invitation. I found the email from March 30 where she said she wanted to talk with me about "your possible participation in a Town Hall ..." I wasn't sure what she meant by this, but I said I would cover the event but that I don't participate in partisan politics. She also said there were two conservatives on the panel without specifying who those individuals are.

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Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, news, Warsaw.

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“There isn't a real process, it just sort of happens,” said Bonnie Floyd.

Like the way she named her shop – Penelope’s Pendants – “I liked the way the name sounded. Kind of whimsical, like my jewelry.”

Floyd, of Warsaw, creates custom-made necklaces, bracelets and rings using beads, metal and polymer clay. She says she’s made so many pieces, she has almost forgotten what she had made.

“It’s sometimes interesting rediscovering your own pieces. When I string, it’s a simple, mindless activity. It’s soothing, relaxing.”

Prior to opening Penelope’s Pendants March 22 in the Small Business Co-Op, Main Street, Warsaw, Floyd had been a health psychologist for the past 20 years and had lived in Chicago. While the job was stressful, she says, she also loved it. Yet, it also didn’t leave much time for her to pursue her artwork.

“I’ve had a lifelong interest in art. I remember being in first or second grade and wanted to name the Crayola Crayons. Coloring is so relaxing to me, but I draw and paint as well.”

She also began experimenting with jewelry and polymer clay; liking the different textures and colors of the clay.

“It’s a versatile and affordable medium to work in. I can cure the clay in an oven, so there’s no investment in a kiln. I’ve made some of the beads, but most are purchased.”

Although she’s made thousands of pendants, each is unique in its own way. Sometimes she creates the pendants first and then strings the necklace in complementary colors. Sometimes, it’s the reverse. Either way, one complements the other. 

“Even though I am working in a different medium (polymer clay) the color schemes are the same. Color evokes a certain mood, emotion and memory. Mixing the colors and creating…making the gemstones…it’s so fascinating to me.”

While she doesn’t add color to the clay itself, Floyd does mix them together to create unique blends of colors and uses rubber stamps to make the designs. Additionally, she sets the clay in a metal frame for the shape.

“I had training in color theory, but sometimes mixing the colors it’s organic and fluid. And sometimes I’ll put colors together that don’t necessarily match but work well together. Although I have shaped some pieces by hand, I like the crispness the bezel of the metal frame gives to the piece.”

Floyd says she enjoys mixing colors to create something custom that she hasn’t seen before. However, she also draws inspiration from paintings and drawings she has already done.

“It's so invigorating and enticing. It’s an extended play session for me. Five years from now I may be inspired by something else and the jewelry will be different.”

While this new venture and her old career may be vastly different, she couldn’t but help to tap into the science of psychology when setting up the artful displays inside the store.

“Everything is separated by color to make it easier for customers to find something in the color they want. There’s a wide assortment of jewelry and it’s reasonably priced. When people pick something up, I don’t want them to find it cost prohibitive. And if they mention this article, I will give them 10 percent off their purchase.

Store hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Floyd can be reached at (309) 213-6345.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Food, Business.

Press release:

Looking for “great food and warm hospitality” close to home? Get ready for the second annual Wyoming County Restaurant Week starting April 30 and running through May 6. Hosted by the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Office and local media, the event is countywide.

Participating restaurants will be offering a unique dish or dishes throughout the week at the special price of $20.17. Each restaurant will create its own restaurant week menu, which could include anything from a single entrée to a multi-course meal.

“We’re very excited to be partnering again on this fun event and thank the restaurants for being involved. What better way for our restaurants to showcase all of the great menu items that they have available,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner.

“We have some of the best restaurants in Western New York right here in our backyard, and this is a great way to celebrate all that they have to offer and encourage diners to try something new. Thanks to all the event partners and everyone who works to makes this event a success.”

More information, weekly specials, and the full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.wyomingcountyrestaurantweek.com or www.gowyomingcountyny.com or by calling the Chamber at (585) 786-0307.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, health, Warsaw.

Press release:

Four Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector were recently awarded a total of just over $250,000 in funding from the William F. Thiel Fund for the 2017 grant cycle. The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment

Awardees include:

    • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation -- $107,885;

    • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center Inc. -- $55,338;

    • Geneseo Migrant Center -- $38,000; and

    • Spectrum Human Services -- $49,000.

Since the Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo originally commissioned the Assessment in 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2.5 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents. The Community Foundation updated the Assessment in 2012 and the most recent outcomes indicate that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited from Thiel funding.

William F. Thiel was a longtime philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, he left a significant legacy to the residents of the county through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health-related community organizations throughout the county.

The William F. Thiel grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information on the granting process, visit www.cfgb.org/thiel.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Eagle, Gainesville.

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Photo submitted by Rachel Brown.

Darren B. Fuller-Goodenow, 19, of Gainesville, was ticketed April 19 with following too closely, after an accident on Route 362, Eagle. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say a farm tractor operated by Robert Buffum, of Arcade, was heading north on Route 362 and had a trailer and set of field rollers in tow.

It is alleged that Fuller-Goodenow struck the rear of the tractor/rollers and his car landed on top of the rollers. He was checked out by Bliss Ambulance and signed off on further treatment. He is due in Eagle Town Court in May.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Gainesville, Eagle, Portageville, Arcade.
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      Mark T. Owens

Mark T. Owens, 50, of Arcade, was charged April 20 with sexual abuse in the third degree. Owens was arrested following an investigation of an alleged incident that happened in the Town of Java. An order of protection was issued for the victim. The accused is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

An 18-year-old male, of Attica, and another 18-year-old male, of Alexander, were both charged April 18 with burglary in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree. The charges stem from an incident which occurred in the early morning hours of July 10 on Broadway Road, Alexander. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say the youths, who were juveniles at the time, entered an uninhabited residence and caused damage to it using paint and varnish. They were released under supervision of Genesee Justice. Both are due to return to court May 9.

Justin C. Spencer, 31, of Portageville, was charged April 15 with aggravated driving while intoxicated following an accident on Route 70 in Grove. New York State troopers say Spencer had struck a guide rail and then rear-ended another vehicle. Officers say that while interviewing Spencer, they detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. According to the police report, standardized field sobriety testing was attempted, but had to be stopped for safety reasons. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Fillmore where he allegedly blew a BAC of .19 percent. He is due in the Town of Court Court on June 5.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry.
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Kenneth Shearing Jr.

On April 13 the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a car driving all over the road on Interstate 390. Once the vehicle was located by deputies, a traffic stop ensued.

When the deputy approached the vehicle of Kenneth J. Shearing Jr., of Perry, and requested his license, a foil wrapper allegedly fell out of the driver’s wallet.

When the officer questioned what the wrapper was, he said Shearing opened the foil, which contained a Suboxone strip, then put the strip in his mouth and ate the evidence.

Subsequently, the 35-year-old Perry man was arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony.  

Shearing was put in Livingston County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry.

The Perry Fire Department is hosting its first Spring Fest April 29 and 30 at the Perry Village Park, Lake Street.

On Saturday, a craft and vendor show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a chicken barbecue is scheduled from noon until sold out – tickets are on sale now; a 5K run/walk is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start with registration at 8 a.m.; and at noon, check out the fire truck pull.

Sunday’s events include the craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a hamburger and hotdog stand will be on the grounds from 11 a.m. until sold out; and a cornhole tournament begins at 1 p.m. with teams registering at noon.

For more information on the fest or for chicken barbecue tickets contact Tammy Kelsey at (585) 721-2024.

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