Attica

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Business.

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Workmen installs new signage for the Attica Pharmacy located at 2 Market St., Attica.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Attica, Castile, Perry, Warsaw, Sheldon.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 17.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, was arraigned on a pre-trial violation warrant. He was jailed without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in court May 25.

The following are from State Correctional facilities in Attica. 

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County Jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

Javon Woods was sentenced to one-and-three-fourths to three-and-one-half years in prison on the conviction of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Woods is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Neil Allen was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Allen is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Felix Laboy was arraigned on two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, both are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled July 19.

Andrew Mott pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled May 25. Bail was set at $5,000.

Joshua Nieves was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Jerry Gillard was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Jerry McLamore was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. He was also sentenced to an unconditional discharge on the conviction of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. The sentences are to run consecutively to his current term.

Joel Carballo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

Patrick Hill had his case adjourned to June 21.

John Corra pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled July 19.

Michael Busgith was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The case has been adjourned to June 21. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Christian Manley pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 16.

Yhury Marcelo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled July 19.

The following were in court before Mohun May 18.

Crystal Colon-Rosado, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to one year interim probation on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. 

Dakota Ribbeck, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to 10 years probation on the conviction of rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. He was also listed on SORA as a Level 1 sex offender.  Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. 

There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing. An order of protection was also issued.

Michael Lantain, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions and had his case adjourned to May 31 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Joelle Good, who committed a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to July 14 for a restitution hearing and sentencing.

Melissa Preen, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol; driving while ability impaired by drugs; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; having a cracked windshield; and no inspection. The case has been adjourned to May 24 for Treatment Court. Bail continues at $2,500 cash. Formerly called Drug Court, Treatment Court not only handles those who have a drug problem, but also those with an alcohol or mental health problem. Other assistance involves aiding with health insurance issues – oftentimes a hurdle to gaining access to treatment – for outpatient or inpatient services.

The following is from a State Correctional facility in Attica. 

Jonathan Hines was sentenced at the discretion of the court to a one year conditional discharge, and fees and surcharges. He was arraigned on a failure to appear warrant. The charge was reduced to promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

The following was in court before Mohun May 19.

Eric Agron, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, a three-year conditional discharge with ignition interlock device; his driver’s license was revoked; and he was issued a $3,000 fine on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony.

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

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

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

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

Participating stores include: 

    • Tops Markets in Attica, Warsaw and Arcade;

    • Rite Aid and BenGos Express Mart, Attica;

    • Brass’ Shurfine, Arcade;

    • Arrow Mart, Warsaw;

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

    • Carney’s Market and Arrow Mart, Castile.

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

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Warsaw, news.
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      Leonard Hahn

On Monday, the teen who is guilty of raping two children was sentenced to serve a 10-year determinate sentence in prison. A determinate/definite sentence is a jail or prison sentence that has a defined length and can't be changed by a parole board or other agency.

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

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

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

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

At the time of the crimes, Hahn was 17.

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

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

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

See related: Le Roy teen charged with rape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, murder.

On May 8, 2015 a man was murdered in the “A” Yard of the Attica Correctional Facility, Attica. On March 31, 2016, an indictment was unsealed, charging three Attica inmates with the death of fellow inmate Rodney Calloway. On Sept. 7, 2016, two of the men pled guilty to lesser charges. On May 2, the third man, Bruce Battle, had his case dismissed upon a trial order of dismissal by Judge Michael M. Mohun.

Battle was charged with murder in the second degree, conspiracy in the second degree, and promoting prison contraband in the first degree. The case was dismissed after purported inmate eyewitnesses either recanted their previous testimony or refused to answer questions concerning Battle’s alleged involvement in the case. 

The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office did not oppose the trial order of dismissal, officials say.

“There were approximately 200 inmates in the 'A' Yard at the time of this homicide. Of those inmates in 'A' Yard, only a few claimed to have seen the homicide,” said District Attorney Donald O’Geen.

“The overwhelming majority of inmates refused to cooperate from the beginning. This homicide occurred prior to video camera’s being installed in the Yards at Attica Correctional Facility. If video had been in the Attica Yard at the time of the incident, we would not have had to rely solely on the testimony of inmate witnesses in the case against Mr. Battle.”

Battle, 33, Shawn Avery, 35, and Devin Gray, 22, were all originally charged with murder in the second degree and conspiracy in the second degree in the death of Calloway. 

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the New York State Police and the Office of Investigative Services through DOCCS (Department of Correctional and Community Services). This incident happened during the inmates’ recreational period. Calloway died as a result of being stabbed in the heart.

Gray pled guilty last September to manslaughter in the first degree, a Class B violent felony, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years post-release supervision. Avery pled guilty to attempted manslaughter in the first degree, a Class C violent felony, and was sentenced to eight years in prison with five years post-release supervision. Both men's sentences are to run consecutively to their current prison terms.

“Although Mr. Calloway was a convicted felon serving time,” O’Geen said. “He did not deserve the death sentence imposed upon him.” 

See related: Three Attica inmates charged in the murder of fellow prisoner

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:06 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Attica.

Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott reports the closure of Exchange Street, at the Northfolk Southern Railroad crossing, to all traffic, including emergency traffic, from 8 a.m. May 15 to 6 p.m. May 16. 

The railroad company will be replacing the railroad crossing.

Exchange Street is the main route of travel to the Village park, youth athletic fields, the rodeo grounds, and the Attica and Wyoming correctional facilities.

The suggested alternate route of travel is to take Route 98 south to Dunbar Road.

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Pike, Perry, Attica.

Vahagurupal S. Pummay, 28, of Bakersfield, Calif., was charged April 30 with log book violation, expired tax permit, over length vehicle-combination, and disobeying a traffic control device. Pummay was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry. He was stopped for driving his tractor trailer westbound onto Route 20A, west of Route 246, which is prohibited. Additionally, drivers are required to maintain a current log book which documents their daily activity. Officers say he was found to have a log book without any documentation for the previous two days. Pummay was escorted to a nearby turn-around area where he was taken out of service for a total of 10 hours. He is due in the Town of Perry Court May 24.

Tristin Hagen, 19, of Pike, was charged April 21 with criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. The charges stem from a search warrant at her home April 21 by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say evidence recovered included marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, suspected narcotic paraphernalia, consisting of glassine envelopes and small paper envelopes, and a shotgun. She is due in the Town of Pike Court at a later date. Additionally, there are charges pending against another subject, who is currently in the Livingston County Jail, and will be arrested upon release, officials say.

Rasheida Rhamas, 37, Kentassja Taylor, 18, both of Rochester, were charged April 30 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Dunbar Road, Attica. Rhamas was stopped for an expired inspection sticker. During the stop, officers say she was driving without a license and marijuana was allegedly found in the vehicle. Rhamas was ticketed for the driving infractions as well. Both are due in the Town of Attica Court at a later date.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10:02 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Bennington.
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      Devon M. Ford

Devon M. Ford, 18, of Bennington, and a 17-year-old from Attica were both charged April 29 with burglary and criminal mischief following an incident in Perrysburg. The 17-year-old was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Troopers responded to a 9-1-1 call of trespassers at the JN Adam Complex, Peck Hill Road, Saturday night. Responding troopers say they heard the teens inside the building breaking glass and damaging the building. The two boys allegedly fled the building, but were subsequently caught by the officers. 

The two were put in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9:39 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Attica, Sheldon.

The New York State Police conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail, in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority, April 28. 

Elizabeth Colkitt, 36, of South Wales, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. 

She is accused of selling alcohol to a minor at the Flipside Bar, Sheldon.

She is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at 7 p.m. May 8.

Chad Winkelman, 24, of Attica, was also charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree.

Winkelman was arrested at Louie’s Lounge, Attica.

He is due in the Village of Attica Court at 10 a.m. May 8.

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun April 27.

Thomas McCabe III, who is accused of a crime in Bennington, pled not guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a Class A-II felony. Motions are scheduled June 22. Bail was set at $100,000 cash, bond or property.

Leah McCabe, who is accused of a crime in Bennington, pled not guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a Class A-II felony. Motions are scheduled June 22. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

Lorenzo Eaton, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Restitution of $200 has also been paid.

Katrina Chandler, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to forgery in the second degree, a Class D felony, and petit larceny. She was sentenced to one year interim probation. Restitution of $600 has been paid.

Serena Silvernail waived indictment on forgery in the second degree, a Class D felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Silvernail pled guilty to the lesser charge of petit larceny. She was sentenced at the discretion of the Court to a one-year conditional discharge. Restitution of $1,700 has been paid. An order of protection was issued.

Michael Marrale, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to reckless endangerment in the first degree, a Class D felony, and driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. An order of protection was issued and the case was adjourned to July 20 for sentencing.

Grayson Stock, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to three years probation, a $1,000 fine, $20 in restitution, and 75 hours in community service. He was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

John Townley, who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to one year interim probation on the conviction of criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony.

Clifford Murch, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to Monday.

Sarah Ingalls, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had her case adjourned for Treatment Court. Formerly called Drug Court, Treatment Court not only handles those who have a drug problem, but also those with an alcohol or mental health problem. Other assistance involves aiding with health insurance issues – oftentimes a hurdle to gaining access to treatment – for outpatient or inpatient services.

Carl Vander, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation, $147.31 in restitution, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted assault in the second degree and attempted burglary in the third degree, both are Class E felonies. 

Chad Main, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled July 20.

Tyler Tones, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled June 22. He is held in Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Ryan McDanel, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled July 20.

Jeffrey Snyder II, who committed a crime in Wethersfield, pled guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. He was sentenced to one year interim probation. An order of protection was left in place. Final sentencing is April 12.

Alex Drake, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. Sentencing is scheduled June 22. He is held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Brandon McCoy, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation and was released back to probation. Final sentencing is Aug. 3.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica and were in Court before Mohun April 26 and 27. 

Jerry Gillard pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled May 17.

Jamal Wilson pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21. Wilson waived appearance at sentencing.

James Smith had his case adjourned to May 3. He continues to be held without bail.

Billyray Staton pled guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21.

Jonathan Smith pled guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21.

Andrew Mott had his case adjourned to May 17.

Lindell Cox had his case adjourned to June 21 for an appearance. He is scheduled for trial July 7.

Benedict Agnostini had his case adjourned to June 21.

Patrick Hill was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The decision has been reserved. The case has been adjourned to May 17.  A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant. After the hearing of a trial or the argument of a motion a judge might not immediately deliver a decision, but instead take time to review evidence and the law and deliver a decision at a later time, usually in a written form, thus reserve decision.

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.

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, history, GCC.

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GCC Associate Professor of History and History Club Advisor Derek Maxfield presents a $250 check dotated by the History Club to Attica Historical Society President Dean June.

Press release, photo submitted:

In response to the recent flood at the Attica Historical Society Museum, the Genesee Community College (GCC) History Club is sponsoring a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 called Historians for Attica Historical Society. The event will feature five one-hour history programs and will take place on the lawn of the Attica Historical Society, Main Street, Attica. Guests may purchase tickets to individual programs for $5 each or purchase an all-day pass for $20. Young people under 14 years old get into all programs free. All proceeds benefit the Attica Historical Society and Museum.

Back in February, Dean June, the president of the society, looked down toward the basement door when he was entering the museum and noticed a lot of water coming from under the door. He pushed it open to find more than two feet of water standing in the basement. He does not know exactly how long it had been like that. The sump pump and other safety mechanisms had failed.

As a result, boxes of artifacts including many books were under water. Mold had already set in on the walls and boxes. The society had to discard many artifacts and books that were irreplaceable. Moreover, they had to spend almost $10,000 to clean up, cut out and replace walls, and to seal the basement.

The daylong event will feature:

    • 9 to 10 a.m. -- "History and Politics in 140 Characters or Less: Considering Andrew Jackson in the Age of Trump.” Speaker, Danny Hamner, Adjunct Instructor of History, GCC;

    • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. -- "Upstate New York State Suffragists and Radical Reform.” Speaker, Melinda Grube, Ph.D, Adjunct Instructor of History, Cayuga Community College.

    • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Panel discussion: "Living Living History: Becoming Someone Else.” Moderated by Derek Maxfield, associate professor of History, GCC. Panel includes: Melinda Grube, who portrays Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Tom Schobert, who portrays Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Al Parker, great-grandnephew and portrayer of Eli Parker, aide-de-camp of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant;

    • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch;

    • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- 19th century stories and music by David Armitage and Dona LaValle;

    • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. -- Civil War Demo/Lecture;

The sounds system for the event is being provided courtesy of Kirk McWhorter of Penny Whiskey.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from the historical society and available at the door on the day of the event. To purchase tickets or for more information call (585) 591-2161.For more information about the individual programs, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu

Parking is available behind the Stevens Memorial Library, at the historical society, or in the Presbyterian Church parking lot across the street.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:04 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw, Perry, Sheldon, Arcade.

The following inmates from State Correctional Facilities in Attica were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun April 12.

Jayshawn Williams was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

John Harris was sentenced to two to four years in prison on each count of two counts of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other, but consecutively to his current term.

Ronald Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in prison, five years post release supervision, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run concurrently to his current term.

Rodney Webster was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to April 24.

Jerry Gillard had his case adjourned to April 26.

Lindell Cox had his case adjourned to April 26 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Wesley Kirkland was in court for motions. He pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21.

Ricky Morris was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Andrew Mott was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to April 26.

Pablo Sanes was in court for motions. He pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21.

Shaquor Smith Sr. was in court for motions. A Huntley Hearing is scheduled May 15. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Christian Manley had his case adjourned to May 17 for a Huntley Hearing.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun April 12 and 13:

Tylor Phinney, who committed a crime in Sheldon, pled guilty to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 3.

Justin Stanbro, who committed a crime in Arcade, admitted to a violation of interim probation. He was sentenced on the conviction of burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony, and resisting arrest, to two-and-one-half to seven years in prison. The sentence is to run concurrently to his Erie County sentence.

Shawna Martino, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Sentencing is scheduled July 6.

Chester Harrington, who committed a crime in Perry, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation, a $2,000 fine, and driver’s license revoked. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated, and operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or more.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to welfare fraud in the fourth degree, and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, both are Class E felonies. Motions are scheduled June 22. Bail was set at $15,000.

Courtney Brown, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court for a SORA hearing. The decision has been reserved. Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing. After the hearing of a trial or the argument of a motion a judge might not immediately deliver a decision, but instead take time to review evidence and the law and deliver a decision at a later time, usually in a written form, thus reserve decision.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Attica, Perry.

The National Prescription Pill Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the Attica and Perry police departments have partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency in providing this service to county residents. 

Unused or expired medication, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, can be disposed of with no questions asked at three Wyoming County Locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29:

    • Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, 151 N. Main St., Warsaw; (585) 786-8989;

    • Perry Police Department, 46 N. Main St., Perry (585) 237-5233; and 

    • Attica Police Department, 43 Exchange St., Attica; (585) 591-0881.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, while medications can be thrown in the household trash, community-based drug “take back” programs offer the best option. There are a small number of medicines that may be especially harmful if taken by someone other than the person for whom the prescription was written. Additionally, many of these drugs have specific disposal instructions. Some of these medications can be flushed down the sink or toilet. For a list of medications recommended for disposal by flushing click here

The FDA recommends following these guidelines when throwing out old or unused medication:

    • Follow any specific disposal instructions on the label or packaging;

    • Take advantage of programs that allow the public to take unused drugs to a central location for disposal; or

    • Transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the DEA. Visit the DEA’s website or call 1-800-882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collector in your community.

If no disposal instructions are given, the FDA recommends:

    • Remove them from their original containers and mix them with used coffee grounds, dirt or kitty litter; and

    • Place the mixture in a sealable bag or empty can to prevent the drug from leaking out of a garbage bag.

Other tips include:

    • Removing all identifying information on prescription labels;

    • Do not give medications to friends; and 

    • When in doubt about proper disposal, ask your pharmacist.

Additionally, two collection drug boxes are located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Department that are available to the public 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year.

For more information on drug disposal visit the Food and Drug Administration Web site

For more information on safe drug disposal visit the Environmental Protection Agency Web site.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:55 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Arcade, Middlebury, Pike, Warsaw, Attica.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun April 6.

Roy Lawrence, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to three years in prison with three years post-release supervision and $190 in restitution. He was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Heidi Hopkins, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to four years in prison with one year post-release supervision with Shock recommendation, and $280 in restitution. She was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony.

Jonathan Bucknam, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to one year in prison with one year post-release supervision on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. He was also sentenced to an unconditional discharge and $6,278 restitution on the conviction of offering a false instrument to file in the second degree.

Shannon Garland, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to one year conditional discharge and $2,378.75 in restitution, which was paid in full. She was convicted of petit larceny.

Matthew Hadfield, who committed a crime in Middlebury, was sentenced on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony, to one to three years in prison with Shock recommendation, three years conditional discharge, and driver’s license revocation. Shock Incarceration Program is a six-month program that prepares young, nonviolent inmates for early parole release consideration. The program provides a schedule of rigorous physical activity, intensive regimentation, discipline, and drug rehabilitation. Hadfield was also convicted of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and sentenced to an unconditional discharge.

John Pascarella, who committed a crime in Pike, was sentenced to five years probation, $655 restitution, and 150 hours of community service. An order of protection was also issued. He was convicted of burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony.

Matthew Kurtz, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted criminal sale of marijuana in the second degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled June 29. An order of protection was also issued.

Brandon McCoy, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was arraigned on two violations of probation. The case has been adjourned to April 13 for a hearing. He is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

James Otis, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection has been issued and bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Sentencing is scheduled June 22.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica who were in court before Mohun April 6 and 7.

Alexander Drake had his case adjourned to April 27 for a hearing.

Angel Cruz failed to appear. The case has been adjourned to April 27.

Chester Jones pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21.

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

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Tyler Mummery, 20, of Arcade, was charged April 8 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, uninspected motor vehicle, and broken windshield. Mummery was stopped on Route 39, Arcade, for an alleged broken windshield and expired inspection. During the stop, deputies administered a field sobriety test and say he failed and was subsequently arrested. Additionally, deputies say marijuana was recovered from his vehicle. Mummery submitted to a drug influence evaluation where a Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert determined him to be impaired by marijuana. He is due in the Town of Arcade Court at a later date.

Jessica Rodriguez, 39, of Pike, was charged April 3 with unsafe backing and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Deputies say Rodriguez accidentally backed into a vehicle that was parked behind her on 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. No injuries were caused by the accident. She is due in the Village of Perry Court at a later date.

Timothy Woods, 52, of Warsaw, was charged April 5 with driving while intoxicated following a one-car accident on Chaffee Road, Java. Deputies say Wood was traveling east on Chaffee Road when he swerved to miss a deer, left the road and struck a tree. He was taken to ECMC, Buffalo, by Strykersville Ambulance and treated for minor injuries. He is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Laycee K. Wilson, 29, of Gainesville, was charged April 9 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs, inadequate lights, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Wilson was stopped on North Main Street, Warsaw, for having a headlamp out on her vehicle. During the stop, deputies say she was found to be in possession of multiple glassine bags containing heroin, and three hypodermic syringes. Additionally, she is accused of failing standardized field sobriety testing. She was arrested and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. A Drug Recognition Expert evaluated Wilson and determined her to be impaired by narcotic analgesics (pain medication) and marijuana. She is due in the Village of Warsaw Court May 8.

Kailee R. Phillips, 27, of Lancaster, was charged April 8 with improper signal and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Phillips was stopped on Exchange Road, Attica, after allegedly signaling the wrong direction for a turn. During the stop. deputies found her to have five active suspensions on her New York State driver’s license. She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. She is due in court today.

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:33 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Attica.

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WNW Properties LLC was recently awarded $650 through the Attica Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Facade Grant Program. 

Funds from the program were used to repair concrete on the front and sides of the building, pressure wash and clean the entire building, recaulk all existing windows and repair window frames if needed, and repair existing mortar.

Each of the four $1,000 grants (the maximum funded) support revitalizing the Attica shopping district as a tangible symbol of community pride and quality of life. According to the Chamber, both factors “influence resident and business decisions to locate to our community.”

To be eligible for the 50/50 grant program, one must be a member of the Attica Area Chamber of Commerce and be in good standing, and have made or will make improvements to their business during Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, and be “street visible.” Applications must be submitted on or before Nov. 30. Funding will be awarded at the Chamber’s January annual meeting.

Improvements that are eligible for the Facade Grant Program include:

    • Masonry Repair Cleaning/Painting Exterior

    • Exterior Wall Repairs New/Repairs Awning or Signage

    • Windows & Doors Lighting

    • Replacement of Visible Roofing Façade Improvements

Applications are available at http://atticachamber.com/

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