Attica

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 28.

Richard Mason, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to strangulation in the second degree, a Class D felony, and assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled Nov. 2. Orders of protection were also issued.

Melissa Baker, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony. Restitution of $80 has been paid. She is also responsible for a $50 DNA fee.

Daren Tingue, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a Class E felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 7.

The following, who is an inmate at a State Correctional Facility, was in Court Sept. 27.

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmate’s current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmate’s 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.

Hassan Brown pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Dec. 20. Bail was set at $5,000.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, Wyoming County, charity, Gateway Home, Sports, volleyball.

Gateway Home of Attica is the beneficiary of this year's charity fundraising volleyball game scheduled Oct. 5th at the Alexander Central School Gymnasium.

The Lady Blue Devils of Attica will face Alexander's Lady Trojans with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m., followed by varsity play at 6:30.

Event co-chairs Colette Yax and Laura Marzolf invite the community to come support this worthy cause.

Gateway Home is gearing up for a 2018 opening of its historic location at 91 Main St., Attica, as a comfort care home for individuals who are at the final stages of their lives.

Gateway volunteer Jeff Clark said the home is undergoing renovations including electrical and plumbing work and the structure is going to need a new roof.

“We’ve had extraordinary financial and volunteer support,” Clark said. “Community involvement and community support is the key to our success."

Marzolf said: “We are rallying Alexander, Attica and surrounding communities to help us make this our most successful benefit to date. All of Gateway Home’s funding is through donations and fundraisers. We have a friendly rivalry between Alexander and Attica schools and we are hoping this pays off for Gateway Home."

The fundraiser includes a basket auction, bake sale and a serving contest with a chance to win prizes from local merchants. Alexander Central School is located at 3314 Buffalo St. in Alexander.

Community members wishing to donate to the event may contact Colette Yax at 716-400-3628 or Laura Marzolf at 585-322-3748.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw.

An Attica man who pled guilty to attempted strangulation of another person was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison.

During the early morning hours of July 30, Attica PD responded to a violent domestic incident on Prospect Street in the Village. At the time of his arrest Adam M. Jellison, 39, was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment, two counts of assault in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and strangulation in the second degree.

On Aug. 31 Jellison pled guilty to attempted strangulation in the second degree, a Class E felony.

During sentencing an order of protection was also issued against Jellison and he is responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 9:40 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica.

Three prison inmates were arrested Sept. 20 on charges of promoting prison contraband.

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  Carlos Corrales

Carlos Corrales, 32, currently housed in Attica Correctional Facility was charged with promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony.

He is accused of possessing drug contraband within Attica on March 1.

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   Ryan Boodhoo    Calvin Benjamin

Ryan Boodhoo, 22, and Calvin Benjamin, 31, were each charged with promoting prison contraband in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, both are Class D felonies.

Boodhoo, currently housed at Southport Correctional Facility, Pine City, is accused of possessing an edged ceramic weapon July 7.

Benjamin, currently housed at Shawangunk Correctional Facility, Wallkill, is accused of possessing an edged plastic weapon on April 7.

Both men were inmates at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica when the crimes allegedly occurred.

All three inmates were arraigned in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael M. Mohun and then returned to the custody of the New York State Department of Community and Correctional Services.

They are due in Wyoming County Court at a later date.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Castile, Perry.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 20 and are from State Correctional Facilities.

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmate’s current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmate’s 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.

Luis Pagan was sentenced to seven years in prison, five years post-release supervision, and surcharges and fees. He was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run concurrently to his current term.

Patrick Hill was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and one year post-release supervision on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run consecutively with his current sentence.

James Smith had his case adjourned to Oct. 25 for a hearing.

Anthony Placido was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Placido is also responsible for all surcharges incurred.

Calvin Benjamin pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. He was indicted for promoting prison contraband, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 8.

Bryant Gibbs was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Oct. 5 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.

Ryan Boodhoo pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Nov. 8. Bail was set at $5,000.

Carlos Corrales pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Nov. 8. Bail was set at $5,000.

Dominick Coffer was in court for motions. A trial is scheduled Dec. 14.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Oct. 11 for motions and 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.

Donald Green was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 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.

Steven Green was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for an appearance.

Deoz Miller-Harris was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for an appearance.

The following were in court before Mohun Sept. 20 and 21.

Jonathon Bucknam, who is accused of a crime in Perry, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 4 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.

Aaron Schinsing, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Dec. 21 for pre-plea.

Cory Dahl, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to today.

Eduardo Bautista-Cruz, who committed a crime in Genesee Falls, waived indictment on burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, a Class E felony. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D felony. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and surcharges. An order of protection was also issued.

Stephen Harder, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to four years in prison with 10 years post-release supervision, fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was also issued.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, events, charity.
Event Date and Time: 
September 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The fall third annual Higher Mountain Festival for Charity will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30th at Bennington Lanes "The Grove," 1374 Clinton Street Road, Attica. Funds raised will support Immaculata Home, a home for displaced women in the WNY region.

The fundraiser headed by Americana and Bluegrass bands features a regional favorite Higher Mountain, and the return of a famous family bluegrass band from this area, The Bartholomew Family, plus two other Rochester bands.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, charity, announcements.

In photo above are members of the band Higher Mountain.

Submitted photos and press release:

Press release:

The fall third annual Higher Mountain Festival for Charity will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30th at Bennington Lanes Grove,1374 Clinton Street Road, Attica.

Funds raised will support Immaculata Home, a home for displaced women in the WNY region, particularly those who have been affected by incarceration and who are without dependents and family support.

The fundraiser headed by Americana and bluegrass bands features a regional favorite Higher Mountain, and the return of a famous family bluegrass band from this area, The Bartholomew Family, plus two other Rochester bands -- High Mileage and Gone Fishing. 

A basket raffle, 50/50, auction and open jamming (bring your instrument) are also planned. 

Higher Mountain has played as far West as the state of Wyoming, and far South as Naples, Fla., and North as Plattsburgh. Formed by Charlie Kesterson, a past Tennessee resident, who has played internationally including being a member of the first band featuring the famous Gibson Brothers, called the North Country Ramblers, features fast driving bluegrass banjo and fiddle. There CD recording "Mother’s Song," includes original tunes written by Christine Kesterson. 

This year the festival will bring The Bartholomew Family back to WNY. The Bartholomew Family band was headed by recently deceased Dean Bartholomew, of Addison, who promoted bluegrass music throughout his life. His three sons, Dale, Scott and Terry will return to the stage at this year’s festival.

Immaculata Home Inc., opened in Lockport, in June. This 501c3 charity provides housing for women who lack family support and find themselves searching for a supportive environment. Residents of Immaculata Home volunteer to give back to their community.

Christine Kesterson, the guitar player in Higher Mountain, is a Master’s in Divinity graduate of Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, and serves as the chaplain to Immaculata Home residents and board. 

The committee has suggested a donation of $15 reserved seating through 716-870-6932 or $20 at the door (bring a lawn chair). Under age 16 are admitted free. Groups of eight can reserve a table at a discount for $100. Cash donations in support can be sent to Immaculata Home Inc., P.O. Box 103, Lockport, NY 14095.

For more information on Immaculata Home view www.immaculatahome.org.

In photo below are members of the band The Bartholomew Family.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica.
Event Date and Time: 
September 21, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The Attica Police, and Fire departments will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Station event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Police Department, 43 Exchange St., Attica. The program is supported by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee and promotes child passenger safety awareness and education.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Attica.

Press release

The Attica police and fire departments will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check Station event from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Police Department, 43 Exchange St., Attica. The program is supported by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee and promotes child passenger safety awareness and education.

Nationally certified technicians will complete a child safety seat check, and provide education on the proper use, maintenance and installation of the child restraint based upon the manufacturer’s instructions. They will also check for any recalls on all car seats and confirm with the parent or caregiver their knowledge and capabilities of child seat usage and proper installation.

If the car seat needs to be replaced due to damage, being outgrown or recalled, technicians can guide parents on where and how to buy a new seat. Additionally, if the parent or caregiver is unable to purchase a new safety seat, officials say the program could provide a replacement from the current inventory on hand.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm
posted by Howard Owens in accident, news, Attica.

An accident with injuries is reported on Exchange Street, by the Key Bank, in Attica.

Attica fire responding. An ambulance from Bennington is requested to the scene.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, news, Attica.

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Press release

Norfolk Southern Railroad has begun a bridge replacement project on the main rail line traveling through the Village of Attica. Beginning Sept. 21 through Oct. 5, the railroad will be replacing the railroad overpass bridge at Market and Main streets along with the bridge span over Tonawanda Creek.

As part of the project, Norfolk Southern Railroad will need to close Route 98, (Market Street) and the lower portion of West Main Street to all traffic. No traffic will be able to travel south on Route 98.

New York State Department of Transportation will be posting a detour route for all traffic. Local residents and passenger vehicles may take an alternate route south on Exchange Street or West Avenue to Bunnell to Clinton Street. All vehicle’s over 5 tons must adhere to the NYS DOT detour route, this will be strictly enforced, Attica Police officials say.

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, drugs.
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       Kara Baker

An Attica woman was arrested Sept. 7 following a five-month investigation into alleged drug sales in the Village of Attica.

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force, Village of Attica Police, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, and a New York State Police K-9 unit converged on Kara Baker’s Lincoln Avenue home around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. During the search, officer’s say they found a large quantity of suspected cocaine, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, a child younger than 16 years old was in the home during the search, prompting an endangerment charge.

Baker, 44, of Attica, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Officials say additional felony charges are imminent. She is also accused of selling cocaine and other controlled substance out of her home over the past five months.

She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

The Drug Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, and the Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw police departments.

The DTF reminds residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line (585) 786-8965.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Perry.
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    Shawn Hunter     Jenna Josephite

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force arrested two individuals for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Warsaw.

Shawn Hunter, 33, and Jenna Josephite, 28, were charged Aug. 31 with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both as Class B felonies. Officials in the Sheriff’s Office say Hunter, of Rochester, and Josephite, of Batavia, are suspected of selling a large quantity of the drug to a person that had been under surveillance by the DTF.

According to officials, the incident happened in the parking lot at the Warsaw Shopping Plaza, Main Street, Warsaw.

Hunter was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. Josephite was jailed in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

Task Force members were assisted at the scene by uniform members of the Sheriff’s Office, the New York State, and Warsaw Village police departments.

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

Suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line at (585) 786-8965.

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Covington, Middlebury, Attica, Perry, Warsaw.
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    Ronald C. Watson

Ronald C. Watson, 46, of Akron, was charged Aug. 26 with criminal obstruction breathing/blood circulation – by applying pressure, reckless endangerment in the second degree, assault in the third degree, and menacing in the third degree. Troopers responded to a 9-1-1 call from a resident on Transit Road in the Town of Middlebury for a bloody woman asking for help at the door. Watson is suspected of being involved in a violent domestic dispute in the Town of Covington. He is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face, pulling her hair, choking her, and pushing her out of a moving vehicle. He was arraigned in the Town of Covington, where he was released on his own recognizance. He is due in the Town of Covington Court Oct. 23.

Joseph A. Saraceni Jr., 21, of Batavia, was charged Aug. 28 with DWAI operating a vehicle impaired by drugs, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, following too closely, and unsafe turn/failure to signal. Troopers say they saw Saraceni following a vehicle too closely. When they attempted to follow him, he allegedly made an abrupt turn without signaling. During the interview, troopers say Saraceni gave them an expired New York State driver’s license. While being interviewed, the suspect allegedly gave a list of medications that he was taking in which consist of a controlled substance. He was given field sobriety testing, then taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw. Additionally, he was evaluated by a drug recognition expert thus garnering the above charges. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Sept. 11. Not only was Saraceni arrested for DWAI, he was also turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s department for an active probation warrant.

Robert E. Ezzo, 63, of Attica, was charged Aug. 27 with driving while intoxicated and moving from lane unsafely. Troopers say they responded to a report of a car off the road with the complainant and witness waiting for police to respond. The suspect was found at his home and give standardized field sobriety testing. He was then taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw, where he allegedly blew a BAC of .12 percent. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court Sept. 11.

Jessica N. Cashday, 23, of Buffalo, was charged Aug. 27 with criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree and introducing contraband into a prison. Troopers say Cashday was a visitor at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica when the Department of Correctional and Community Supervision (DOCCS) K9 alerted on her. Subsequently, she was questioned by Troopers and allegedly admitted to having marijuana. According to police, approximately 70.4 grams of marijuana was found. She was processed without incident and arraigned in the Town of Attica Court. She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. She is due in the Town of Attica Court Sept. 11.

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw.

An Attica man who received multiple charges in a violent domestic incident on Prospect Street, in the predawn hours of July 30, pled guilty to attempted strangulation in the second degree, a Class E felony.

Adam M. Jellison, 39, was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment, two counts of assault in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and strangulation in the second degree.

He pled guilty to the attempted strangulation charged in Wyoming County Court Aug. 31.

Additionally, at the time of his initial arrest, a full stay-away order of protection was also issued.

Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 28.

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Gainesville, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Aug. 31.

Matthew Zakrzewski, who is accused of committing a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony; and these charges as Class A misdemeanors -- criminal mischief in the fourth degree, menacing in the second degree, and criminal trespass in the second degree. A pre-plea hearing is scheduled Nov. 30.​

Darren Tingue Jr., who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Sept. 21 for motions.

Jose Serrano, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 30.

Ervin Delude Sr., who committed a crime in Gainesville, was sentenced to one-and-three-quarters to three-and-one-half years in prison on each count of two counts of aggravated family offense, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentences are to run concurrently. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges.

Gerald Keech, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26. Keech is being held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Christopher King, who committed a crime in Warsaw, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation on the reduced charge of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Restitution was paid in full.

Jeffrey Snyder II, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, had a violation of probation hearing set for Sept. 13. He is being held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Franklin Cook, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 12.

Joelle Good, who committed a crime in Warsaw, had a violation of probation hearing set for Sept. 22.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Warsaw.

In a report dated Aug. 21 by New York Upstate, Wyoming County ranks fourth in the least crime-ridden counties in New York State. The county reports 797 violent and property crimes combined per 100,000 people. Nearby Allegany County boasts 11 fewer and Putnam County has the least number of violent/property crimes with 609.

According to information culled from the Crime in New York State 2015 Preliminary Data report, statewide crime per 100,000 people between 2006 and 2015 dropped 20.7 percent – from 2,475.7 to 1,964.1. Violent Crime dropped 13 percent – from 434.2 to 378 per 100,000, and property crime decreased 22.3 percent – from 2,041.5 to 1,586.1.

Wyoming County had a total of 1,032.2 crimes – 141.9 violent and 890.3 property – in 2015, per 100,000 people.

The report states that crime reached an all-time low in 2015 since statewide reporting began in 1975.

Nearby Genesee and Erie counties were counted in the top 25 most crime-ridden counties, with Genesee ranking 14 – 2,040.7 total crimes – 195.9 violent and 1,844.8 property, and Erie County coming in at the fifth most crime-ridden county with a total of 2,829.8 crimes, of which 410.8 are violent and 2,418.9 are property crimes.

Additionally, more than half of Western New York counties are ranked in the top 25 most crime-ridden counties in the state. Of the five counties listed including Erie and Genesee, Orleans (1,614.3 total crimes per 100,000 people) is the least crime ridden and Niagara County (2,778.2) ranks number one. Chautauqua came in at number eight with 2,515.5 total violent and property crimes per 100,000 people.

What makes Wyoming County one of the safest places in the state to live? Local law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office credit its community.

“First of all we live in a community with hard-working people who take pride in their families, property and their community as a whole,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “Second, the one thing that stands out to me when you mention the other counties and their crime rates is that in Wyoming County we (the chiefs, sheriff, troopers, probation, and my staff) take the approach that we are all on the same team, so we generally are all pulling in the same direction.”

“I agree with District Attorney O'Geen with respect that our community here in Wyoming County is a very hard-working group of people who do take pride in their families, property and the community as a whole,” said Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott. “The core values of the citizens in our county is amazing.”

The joint cooperation and investment into its communities are equally shared in all aspects of law enforcement throughout the county and beyond, officials say. The interagency communication, partnering and general idea of "let's get the job done" are paramount. 

“We have all but eliminated ‘turf’ issues among departments,” O’Geen said. “We embrace new ideas and technologies such a treatment courts, re-entry programs, body cameras, aggressive welfare fraud investigations, and a lean but highly efficient drug task force.”

“I believe the residents of Wyoming County believe in public safety and that it is a core function of government on every level, which in turn garnishes support at their respective legislature or boards,” said Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph. “Additionally, Wyoming County law enforcement agencies have the vast majority of their deputies, officers and troopers living here in their community. They have a vested interest and pride in serving and protecting the area where they grew up and where their children are being raised.”

Wyoming County finds itself leading on public safety issues, as opposed to following, says O’Geen. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors gives its full support to public safety issues.

“They recognize that public safety is one of the primary functions of government and they fully support a unified criminal justice system,” O’Geen said. “My perception is that our village governments take that same position.”

There is a combined total of 49 full-time and 32 part-time officers in Wyoming County, which includes law enforcement from the villages of Attica, Arcade, Perry, and Warsaw, and the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, there are eight full-time and seven part-time employees in the Communications Division of the Sheriff’s Office, and 32 full-time and 11 part-time officers in the Jail Division. The numbers do not reflect the civilian clerks in the respective departments, nor the crossing guards.

“We also receive a lot of information and cooperation from our community, which in turn results in both deterrence and prosecution,” Rudolph said. “As Don mentioned, our law enforcement community has a team approach and worries more about doing the right things and doing a professional job than receiving credit. A perfect example is the Drug Task Force.”

With the heroin/opioid epidemic that is hitting all communities, even the rural ones, the Drug Task Force does its fair share in keeping the crime rate lower, officials say. Each law enforcement agency is represented on the task force, however, it is not a full-time position. 

“More time and funding needs to be put towards the task force to help mitigate the flow of illegal drugs into our communities that is poisoning our youth, our future, but also individuals, family members and parents,” Hendershott said. 

“As the sign in my office says, ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit’ (Harry S. Truman). This is the common goal and purpose of law enforcement in Wyoming County. In my 27 years as a police officer I can't recall such cooperation, not only within the county but with the State, Federal and out of county law enforcement. Sept. 11 forged such relationships and cooperation.”

The District Attorney’s office continues to be highly aggressive with the most dangerous criminals by holding them accountable for their actions. The Office takes a strong stance against heroin dealers, burglars and domestic-violence perpetrators, which make a difference in keeping crime down, officials say.

“By holding them accountable, we are creating a culture where they know it will not be tolerated and in some cases that culture is driving criminals right out of the county,” O’Geen said. 

The jail runs a highly disciplined operation to ensure accountability, Rudolph says, but also boasts a school and 14 programs that range from religious to substance abuse rehab to parenting to assist in rehabilitation.

All law enforcement officials in the county agree, they approach every call as problem solvers, putting the community first.

“In light of the attacks against law enforcement officers around the country, the people of Wyoming County have been nothing but kind, cordial and extremely supportive of our mission and work,” Rudolph said. “As with any group of people, there is a 1-percent rule that does make our duties extremely difficult at times, however, the constant professionalism displayed by the men and women in law enforcement in our county provides for a safe result nearly every time.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw, Castile.
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     Jordan R. Rose   Steven A. Acevedo

Jordan R. Rose, 16, and Steven A. Acevedo, 27, both of Attica, were arrested Aug. 16 following an alleged robbery in the Village of Attica. Rose was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the second degree, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Acevedo was charged with robbery in the second degree. Both males are accused of forcibly taking property from a victim on Exchange Street in the Village. Rose was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Acevedo was put in jail on $20,000 cash bail. Both suspects were in Attica Village Court Monday and put back in jail pending a felony hearing.

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    Joelle D. Good

Joelle D. Good, 39, of Warsaw, was charged Aug. 20 with criminal obstruction of breathing. Attica Police responded to an alleged altercation at an East Avenue home in the Village, where Good was accused of being at the home and engaged in a physical confrontation with a female tenant. The victim was taken to United Memorial Medical Center by the Attica Fire Department ambulance crew for her injuries. Good was taken into custody by the Warsaw Police Department on an arrest warrant without incident. Additionally, she is currently on felony probation for an incident which occurred in April 2016. At that time she was arrested for shooting a .22-caliber rifle at three cars in the Village of Warsaw. She was arraigned in Attica Village Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond. She was due in Attica Village Court Monday, after which she was put back in jail.

Jeffrey Martin, 38, of Niagara Falls, was charged Aug. 18 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC above .08 percent, and moving from lane unsafely. Martin was arrested after Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a car accident on West Park Street, Castile. During the investigation, it was allegedly found that he struck a mailbox with his car, causing minor damage to it. After allegedly failing a roadside field sobriety test, he was arrested for DWI. Martin was arraigned in the Village of Castile Court and released on his own recognizance. He is due in court at a later date.

John A. Ippolitto Jr., 45, of Attica, was arrested Aug. 21 on two warrants. One warrant was out of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay child support. The second was a bench warrant out of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation on a larceny charge. Acting on a tip, Attica Police located Ippolitto at an East Avenue Apartment in the Village. He was turned over to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office will be issuing a detainer warrant and he will be turned over to Cattaraugus County following his release from Livingston County.

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica.

The Attica Police Department initiated an investigation into a violation of an order of protection between Juan A. Roman, 39, of Bergen, and a female victim.

A complete stay away order of protection had been issued July 21 by the City of Batavia Court from previous charges of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, assault in the third degree and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation between the defendant and the victim.

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     Juan A. Roman

Roman was charged Aug. 14 with criminal contempt in the first degree – telephone communication, and criminal contempt in the first degree – prior conviction within five years.

An arrest warrant was obtained and Roman was found and taken into custody without incident with the assistance of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. He was arraigned in Wyoming County Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on no bail.

He was in Attica Village Court Monday where he was put back in jail on no bail due to several previous felony convictions, which include:

    • Sept. 5, 2008 – Charged with driving while intoxicated, ticketed with unsafe backing, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, moving from lane unsafely, and consumption of alcohol in the vehicle;

    • Feb. 4, 2009 – Charged with unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, assault in the third degree and petit larceny;

    • March 3, 2011 – Roman accused of dealing cocaine, allegedly selling a quantity of the drug to an undercover agent in Batavia. He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree;

    • Aug. 30, 2013 – Charged with harassment in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana;

    • Jan. 8, 2014 – Charged with harassment in the second degree, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal contempt in the first degree;

    • July 17, 2014 – Charged with three counts of criminal contempt in the second degree;

    • Sept. 9, 2014 – Charged with criminal contempt – violating a stay away order of protection; and

    • July 24 – Charged with promoting prison contraband.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Attica.

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Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies say the driver of a small sedan swerved to avoid hitting a woodchuck and ended up hitting a cow barn. A woman traveling north on Exchange Street allegedly lost control of her vehicle attempting to avoid the rodent and crossed the roadway, went through an electric fence and hit the barn.

While neither the driver nor any cows were injured in the mishap, the building did sustain damages. However, deputies say, according to the Wyoming County Building Inspector the damages to the barn do not pose a safety hazard.

The Attica Fire Department assisted police at the scene.

No charges were filed at this time.

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