Bennington

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile, Covington, Attica, Bennington, Arcade, Eagle, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun March 16.

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Amy Goodenow, who is accused of a crime in Castile, pled not guilty to arson in the third degree, a Class C felony, and criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled May 11. Bail continues at $5,000.

Justin Stanbro, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to April 13.

Cheleena Green, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The case has been adjourned to June 15 for sentencing. Green is held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Robin Frontuto, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation, plus fees and surcharges on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony.

Lonniqua Williams, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, plus fees and surcharges on the conviction of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Spencer Bressette, who committed a crime in Bennington, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. Bressette was sentenced to one year interim probation. Final sentencing is scheduled March 21, 2018.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, pled guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree, a Class E felony. Released to the pretrial release program. Sentencing is scheduled June 15.

Aaron Gillard, who committed a crime in Covington, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, both are Class E felonies. He was sentenced to one-year interim probation and paid $577.03 in restitution. Final sentencing is scheduled March 1. 

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, pled not guilty to burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. A stay away order of protection was issued. Motions are scheduled May 11. 

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both are Class A misdemeanors; and disorderly conduct, a violation. Motions are scheduled May 11. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

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.

Jayme Frontuto is scheduled for sentencing April 27. He is held without bail.

Cesar Aguayo was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison as a second felony offender, plus fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony.

Yhury Marcelo pled not guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled for today. Bail was set at $5,000.

Jerry Gillard had his case adjourned to April 12.

James Smith pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Interim sentencing is scheduled June 15.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:37 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw, Attica, Bennington.

Robert S. Starling, 60, Bayville, N.J., was charged March 12 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electric device. Starling was charged following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry for an alleged cell phone violation. During the stop, deputies say Starling was found to have had his driving privileges suspended in New York State since 2001 for failure to answer a summons. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He is due in the Town of Perry Court June 14.

John M. Chaplin, 36, of Attica, was charged March 15 with moved from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Sierk Road, Bennington. During the investigation, deputies say Chaplin said he drove off the road to avoid a deer. Further investigation allegedly revealed he was driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a breath test. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court at a later date.

Wesley Goerss, 26, of Scottsville, was arrested March 15 on a Wyoming County Family Court Warrant. Deputies say Goerss turned himself in at the Village of Le Roy Police Department. Subsequently, he was brought back to Wyoming County and put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail. He is due in Wyoming County Family Court at a later date.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports last week’s windstorm prompted approximately 700 calls to the 9-1-1 center between 11 a.m. to midnight March 8. In a span of three hours – from noon to 3 p.m. – dispatchers fielded 282 calls. 

The Communications Department maxed out its allowable staffing with three dispatchers on duty from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and four during the hours of 2:30 to 6 p.m.. By comparison, normal operations require just two, Sheriff Gregory Rudolph says.

With a mere six-second wait time on calls, dispatchers prioritized and coordinated the response of law enforcement, fire and highway departments, and multiple utility companies.

“Professional dispatching, strong teamwork from the public and private sectors, and the skilled volunteerism from the fire, EMS, and Red Cross communities, provided the finest in public safety amid the commotion of this daylong incident and its aftermath,” Rudolph said.

Rudolph reports the most severe damage was seen in the towns of Attica, Bennington, Covington, Java, Orangeville, Sheldon, and Wethersfield, and the Village of Attica. Some businesses and residents in those areas were without power until Monday. At the peak of the storm, more than 8,000 customers were without power in the county. 

While no injuries were reported related to the storm, four tractor-trailers blew over from the force of the wind, along with countless trees and approximately 50 utility poles throughout the county.

Law enforcement fielded 95 calls, with deputies responding to 52 calls for service and the village departments handling 43. The Attica Fire Department covered 12 of the 37 calls that came into the county’s fire departments. Additionally, Varysburg Fire Department was the site of the emergency shelter put in place from the evening of March 9 through the morning of March 11.

Members of the Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies, and the Pavilion Fire Department opened and manned their halls for afternoon and evening hours to use as warming shelters throughout the ordeal.

Finally, the county and town highway departments spent countless hours cutting and clearing tree debris from obstructed roadways.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:07 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather, Bennington, Sheldon, Wethersfield, Attica.

As of this posting, NYSEG and National Grid report a combined total of approximately 25 to 30 customers are still without power.

According to their respective websites, the towns of Bennington, Sheldon, Wethersfield, and Attica are affected. 

While NYSEG is not showing an estimated time of restoration, National Grid anticipates electrical services to be restored around 10:45 a.m..

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news, Bennington, announcements.

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Photo from Bennington Fire Company.

A message from Bennington Fire Company, Clinton Street (Route 354), Bennington, as seen on their Facebook page:

"Our little helpers have been working hard and dinner is ready! Come on in, warm up and enjoy a hot meal. We will be here until 10 p.m.."

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:43 am

High winds yesterday left thousands of residents without power. While power was restored to many customers, power companies report 6,350 residents are still without power as of 6:15 a.m..

RG&E customers without power: 

    • Arcade – 25 

    • Eagle – 27

NYSEG customers without power:

    • Bennington – 1,526

    • Castile – 10

    • Gainesville – 46

    • Java – 1,199

    • Middlebury – 29

    • Sheldon – 1,341

    • Warsaw – 1

National Grid customers without power:

    • Eagle, Bliss, Java, Gainesville area – approximately 589

    • Varysburg, Warsaw, Attica area – approximately – 1,557.

Power companies have been working through the night to restore electricity to county homes and continue this morning.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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The above photos were taken in the Village of Perry early this afternoon. 

Trees were reported to have fallen across power lines, and power lines were reported down at the "Five Corners" near the Arrowmart at Leichester and Lake roads.

Responding to the scene included Perry and Perry Center fire departments, and Perry Police.

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The above photos were taken earlier this afternoon at the corner of routes 77 and 20A. 

Officials say the winds were reported to have peaked at 102 mph, causing three tractor-trailers to get blown over. 

No injuries were reported in these three incidents.

Responding to the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, and Harris Corners, Varysburg, Bennington, Sheldon, Strykersville, and North Java fire departments.

Route 77 was closed for a short time while crews removed the vehicles from the road.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: Authorities report Route 77 has been reopened to traffic, the scene has been cleared. However, the light at routes 20A and 77 is still not functioning.

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The two photos above are from Route 354 in Bennington. 

One of the trees blocked the eastbound lane of traffic for a short time.

Responding to the scene was the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and a county highway worker.

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The three photos above were taken in Attica, in which the Village is reported to have a widespread power outage, along with closed roads due to fallen trees and power lines across roadways.

Responding to the scenes was the Attica Police Department.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news, Cowlesville, Bennington.

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Photo submitted by the New York State Police

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    Nicholas Price

Nicholas Price, 29, of Batavia, was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that happened Jan. 27 in the Town of Bennington.

According to the original report, around 11:50 a.m. a black Hyundai Accent was traveling eastbound when it went off the road on Route 354 in the Hamlet of Cowlesville. 

The car was said to have struck a mailbox, then a red GMC Sierra pickup truck before coming to rest against a tree. 

The driver is accused of fleeing the scene and driving the Hyundai eastbound with extensive damage to the front end.

On Feb. 17, New York State Troopers responded to a medical call on Halstead Road in the Town of Batavia. While at the scene, troopers say they saw a black Hyundai Accent with front end damage similar to what was reported in the Cowlesville incident. 

Upon further investigation, and evidence collected from the scene, officers say they were able to match the suspect vehicle to the original accident.

Subsequently, Price was charged Feb. 24 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, leaving the scene of property damage accident, reckless driving, moved from lane unsafely, and drove across hazard markings.

He is due in the Town of Bennington Court sometime in March.

See related: Police seeking information in hit and run collision in Cowlesville

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, news, Cowlesville, Bennington.

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2007 Hyundai Accent – not actual vehicle in this case.

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2011 Hyundai Accent – not actual vehicle in this case.

Photos supplied by the New York State Police.

The New York State Police are investigating a hit and run collision that happened at approximately 11:50 a.m. Jan. 27 in Cowlesville.

Police say they are looking for a black Hyundai Accent between the model years of 2007 and 2011. 

According to reports, the vehicle was traveling eastbound when it went off the road striking a mailbox, then a red GMC Sierra pickup truck before coming to rest against a tree. 

The Hyundai fled the scene traveling eastbound, with extensive front-end damage.

Anyone with any information regarding this collision is asked to contact the New York State Police: (585) 344-6200.

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Scene of collision. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:51 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Warsaw, Arcade, Perry, Attica, Bennington.

Highlighting a decade of economic development growth for the county, the Wyoming County Business Center Inc. (WCBC) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Established in 2006 by the county’s Board of Supervisors, the WCBC became the small business economic development agency in the county.

The not-for-profit local development corporation works with county economic development partners – the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the Planning Department, the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, and the Business Education Council (BEC) –  “to provide opportunities for business growth by promoting and assisting economic development projects that result in capital investments and job creation and retention in Wyoming County.”

The WCBC plays a vital role in the development of entrepreneurs, assistance of retail projects, micro lending, marketing for business attraction, and real estate redevelopment projects. It also plays an integral role in the development of shovel ready sites (at the stage where workers can be employed and construction can begin), and of both green sites (the practice of maximizing the energy efficiency of buildings and sites while minimizing the impact on human health and the environment) and “environmentally challenged” (contaminated) property for expanding businesses and businesses considering locating in the county.

Recently, Buffalo Business First recognized five Wyoming County communities, among 77, for having the strongest entrepreneurial spirit in Western New York, stating “the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in these communities.”

Of the 77 communities listed, locally they include, in order of ranking:

    • #21 the Town of Arcade – population 4,158, of which 1,216 are full-time workers and 119 (9.8 percent) are self-employed;

    • #25 Town of Bennington –  population of 3,316, with 1,204 full-time workers and 114 (9.5 percent) self-employed; 

    • #28 Town of Warsaw – population 4,989, of which 1,645 are full-time workers and 136 (8.3 percent) are self-employed;

    • #32 Town of Attica – population 7,520, with 1,343 full-time workers and 108 (8 percent) self-employed; and

    • #56 Town of Perry – population 4,497, of which 1,463 are full-time workers and 81 (5.5 percent) are self-employed.

According to the report, the statistics are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, which compiles the data at the local level. The rankings are based on the percentage who are self-employed.

To assist community entrepreneurs, the Business Center offers the entrepreneurship development program FastTrac New Venture. This program provides participants the necessary tools to refine their innovative business idea. 

Since its inception, the program has educated more than 120 entrepreneurs. It has enabled them to overcome barriers and challenges common in starting a new business while assisting them in building a strong, solid business plan. In turn, 53 businesses have started, thus creating more than 90 jobs in the county. Additionally, these jobs provide a source of new tax base both for real property and sales tax. 

“The program has been extremely successful and FastTrac is a core component of economic development growth and job creation in Wyoming County,” said WCBC President Jim Pierce.

The Business Center also administers a low-interest micro-loan program to assist new business startups and established retail businesses. The loans coordinate financial assistance and incentives with its economic development partners. Currently there are 14 businesses in the Center’s loan portfolio. 

In 2016 it also developed a new business attraction marketing program to draw attention to the county’s assets and its location as a great place to expand or locate new business. 

The marketing program and collateral marketing pieces that have been developed were the results of a series of focus group meetings with stakeholders. They worked to develop a marketing strategy promoting the attractiveness of Wyoming County for new business. They include a new marketing logo and tag line, and a website that highlights the business strengths of Wyoming County.

The website features a brochure and selling points for three targeted industries – agri-business, advanced manufacturing, and recreation and tourism businesses. It headlines three short videos featuring existing companies in the county. Representatives of each company bestow the benefits and successes they have realized being located within the county’s borders.

Additionally, the videos showcase the strength and attractiveness of the workforce, why these businesses are so successful in Wyoming County and why other businesses should consider a location here.

“We are proud to enter into our next decade and thank the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the Business Center’s Board of Directors. We are greatly appreciative of the generous FastTrac program sponsors – Tompkins Bank of Castile and Complete Payroll (the workforce development resources available to FastTrac participants through Community Action for Wyoming County), the program facilitators Jeff Fitch and Mike Fitch, along with numerous guest speakers and support from the IDA,” Pierce said. “Thank you to everyone who has played a role in the Business Center and our collective work to improve the economic viability of Wyoming County. 

“The Business Center will continue to provide a very important role in economic development through assisting retail projects looking to grow and expand, micro lending, business attraction marketing and entrepreneurship development with the FastTrac program. We are a network, an information hub, a partner, a resource connector and an advisor all focused on strengthening economic development in the county.”

Visit wyomingcountyny.org to see the most recently added recreation and tourism business attraction video. Contact Pierce at jpierce@wycoida.org or (585) 786- 3764 for attractive incentives and resources available.

To learn more about the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac New Venture Program or upcoming informational open house for start-up and small businesses visit www.wycobusiness.org or contact Jennifer Tyczka at jtyczka@wycoida.org or (585) 786- 3764.

Monday, December 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Bennington, holidays.

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Around this time of year when he was a boy growing up in Cheektowaga, one of the things that Jim Dick did, as all children do, was wait for Santa Claus. However, it wasn’t so much the anticipation of Santa’s visit on Christmas Day, it was the annual visit of Santa on Rescue Hose Company #1 in Cheektowaga fire truck.

“I waited all year for that truck to come,” Dick said. “I enjoyed it as a kid and wanted to bring that same experience here to our fire district.”

Dick recruited members of the fire company and for the past three years delivers Santa and his elves to area children. In addition to the visit, Santa brings the children coloring books, candy canes, and gifts (provided by the families) in a pre-planned route that hits “all four corners” of his fire district.

“It’s something I had always looked forward to as a kid and I enjoy doing for the community now.”

And one other thing, who is Santa for Bennington Fire Company?

Chief Jim Dick.

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Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica. They were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Nov. 28.

Amanda Hoover, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation, $65 in restitution, and a fee. She was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Dec. 21.

Kijana Funderburk admitted to a violation of conditional discharge. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 21.

The following were in court before Mohun Dec. 1.

Grayson Stock, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Jan. 12 for motions.

James Smith, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, along with fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Ronald Sharp, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, along with fees and surcharges. Additionally, an order of protection was also issued.

Michelle Westfall, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. She paid $40 in restitution and was sentenced to one year interim probation. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 16.

Saida Ali, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to one-year interim probation. He was convicted of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 12.

Lonniqua Williams, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to March 16.

Maria Maldonado, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation, along with fees and surcharges. She was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony.

Spencer Bressette, who is accused of a crime in Bennington, had his case adjourned to Feb. 23 for plea. A pre-plea investigation has also been ordered.

Joseph Smith, who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to three years probation, a five-year order of protection, along with fees and surcharges.

Amanda Washburn, who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to two counts of petit larceny as misdemeanors. She is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 23.

Eric Kingsley, who is accused of a crime in Gainesville, was in court for motions. His case has been adjourned to Dec. 14.

Chad Staley, who is accused of a crime in Genesee Falls, had his case adjourned to Jan. 12 for motions.

Michelle Jewell, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to five years probation, $8,373 in restitution, along with fees and surcharges. She was convicted of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony.

Thomas Grinnell, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to three years probation, along with an order of protection issued. He was convicted of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Julie Dutton, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, failed to appear in court. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 15.

Lynda Brown, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 12 for sentencing. She is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Brendynn Jordan, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of attempted reckless endangerment in the first degree, a Class E felony. She was also sentenced to three years probation on the conviction of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor. For the charges of reckless driving, a misdemeanor, and two counts of speeding she is required to pay $1,175 in fines and surcharges. Probation is to run concurrently.

Steven Snyder, who committed a crime in Wethersfield, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, a three-year conditional discharge with an ignition interlock device, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony.

Brandon Matteson, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to one year in jail.

Jonathan Blasdell, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to one to three years in prison, along with fees and surcharges. 

Ryan Donnelly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, withdrew his admission to a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 19 for a violation of probation hearing.

The following were in court before Mohun Dec. 2.

Jerod Trebian, who committed a crime in Silver Springs, appeared 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. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D felony. He admits to being a second felony offender. He is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 2. Bail continues.

Chadwick White, who committed a crime in the county, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to six months in Wyoming County Jail and a three-year conditional discharge.

Margaret Wolfe, who is accused of committing a crime in Wyoming County, had her case adjourned to Dec. 5.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Santa, Bennington.
Event Date and Time: 
December 17, 2016 -
5:00pm to 8:30pm

Just received word from the North Pole, Santa will once again be in Bennington Fire Company's fire district from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 17, and is willing to come visit good boys and girls in the district.

If you would like to schedule a Santa visit, call Bennington Fire Chief Jim Dick at (716) 523-1556 so we can add you to the list.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, Attica, Bennington, Warsaw.

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Photos provided by Laura Friend.

It was a somber day, as people lined the streets throughout the Village of Attica and Town of Bennington, to say goodbye to one of their own, Staff Sgt. Thomas P. Seiler, who died Oct. 12 in Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Region 1 Patriot Guard Riders, along with Bennington Fire Company, Attica Fire Department were in the funeral procession with the Attica Police Department providing escort. The Warsaw and Alden fire departments had their aerial trucks set up at Water and Main streets with a large American Flag drapped above the street. Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division rendered the military honors.

"Staff Sgt. Thomas Seiler was a beloved member of the 1-7 ADA team and will be sorely missed," said Lt. Col. Jason Townsend, commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, in a statement. "Thomas was an exceptional teacher, coach and mentor to our soldiers, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time." 

Fort Bragg will be having their own memorial service, to honor Seiler at a date to be disclosed to the family and his unit.

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Friday, October 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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As a culmination of Fire Prevention Week, students at Attica Elementary School, Attica, got to spend Thursday (Oct. 6) with local firefighters.

Approximately 30 members of Attica, Cowlesville, Varysburg, Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company gave the kids a firsthand look at the trucks, ambulance, and equipment firefighters use in their job.

“We want the kids to see the equipment so they aren’t afraid,” said Attica Elementary School Principal Dusty Goodwin. “They also get to know the firemen in the community.”

Since the school comprises of kids from multiple towns and villages, more departments became involved so the students would be familiar with firefighters from their area.

“It gets the firemen out into the community as well,” said Attica Fire Department Lt. Nate Coffey. “We went over 'stop, drop and roll' and what to do in case of a fire, how to get out of your house safely.”

Coffey said the kids ask some interesting questions as well like, "What do I do if I have pets? How heavy is the gear? Why do you put it on? How hot is it inside the gear?" And in return, the firefighters ask the kids what their plans are in an emergency. The children also helped the firemen put on their equipment. Additionally, he said most of the kids had stories of their own.

“We also showed a video so the kids know the danger of playing with fire; how dangerous fire is and how fast it can spread,” said Attica Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Captain Ann Lapp. “They don’t know how fast it can get out of control. We talked to them about getting burned and what to do if your clothes catch on fire.”

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Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

An early morning fire Saturday left a family of five without a home and caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

At approximately 3 a.m. Oct. 1, crews from Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, Sheldon, Strykersville, Attica, Bennington and Alexander fire companies responded to 2851 Maxon Road, Sheldon, for a report of a house fire.

Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge with assistance at the scene from Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Warsaw, Strykersville, and Wales Center fire departments. 

Firefighters were on the site for five-and-a-half hours. No injuries were reported.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross and a GoFundMe page has also been set up.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Arcade, Bennington, drugs, DTF.

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force (DTF) arrested three people Sept. 14 for alleged drug sales in the county.

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   Tracy Phillips   Spencer Bressette

Tracy Phillips, 55, of Warsaw, and Spencer Bressette, 22, of West Seneca, were each charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. 

They both are accused of selling aprazolam in separate incidents: Phillips – twice in the Village of Warsaw; and Bressette – twice in the Town of Bennington.

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     Nicole Fisher

Nicole Fisher, 28, of West Valley, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

She is accused of selling Suboxone in the Village of Arcade.

All three suspects are free on bail.

The DTF includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as 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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:40 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Bennington, Perry, Orangeville, Eagle, Sheldon.

Matthew Wisnieski, 49, and Robert Hanson, 50, both of Bennington; and Gary Piesczynski, 62, of Attica, were all charged Aug. 26 under the Public Health law with unlawfully growing cannabis. All three men were allegedly found with “suspected” marijuana growing on their property. The arrests were made by members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force following a joint “eradication” campaign with the U.S. Customs and Protection Air and Marine Operations members. The trio is due in court at a later date.

Charles Morgan, of Freedom, was charged Aug. 27 with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a BAC more than .18 percent, driving while intoxicated, and failure to use signal. A Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw a truck fail to use a turn signal as it turned off of Cadwell Road onto Bray Road in the Town of Eagle. While following the vehicle to a safer area to perform a traffic stop, the deputy allegedly saw the truck swerving off and onto the road. At one point prior to the stop, the deputy reports the truck “narrowly missed hitting a mailbox. Morgan performed field sobriety testing, which he is accused of failing. Additionally, his BAC was allegedly .21 percent. He is due in Eagle Town Court Sept. 19.

Beau H. Wolcott, 20, of Orangeville, was charged with assault in the third degree. Wolcott is accused of assaulting a male while at the victim’s home Aug. 27. He allegedly fled the scene prior to police arrival, however, was located a short time later. He was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw court where an order of protection was set in place. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Oct. 3.

Shawn D. Hammond, 36, of Rochester, was charged with unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree. Hammond was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 77 in the Town of Sheldon. During a DWI crackdown patrol, he was allegedly found urinating next to his vehicle just south of the intersection with Route 20A. During the stop, deputies allegedly found him to be driving with 10 active suspensions – his license has been suspended since 2001. He was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He appeared in the Town of Sheldon Court Aug. 29. 

Kim A. Clark, of Perry, was charged Aug. 31 with harassment in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. Clark is accused of shoving his girlfriend and holding her against her will during a domestic disturbance on Water Street in the Village of Perry. Following his arrest, he was released to the pre-trial program and is due in Perry Village Court Sept. 13.

Alyssa L. Iannarilli, 20, of Perry, was charged Aug. 29 with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. She was jailed in the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. She is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bennington, Attica, Warsaw.

A flat tire, alcohol, and accusations of causing property damage in two neighboring towns, all played a role in landing a Corfu woman in jail.

Officers from the Attica Police Department noticed a vehicle traveling on Route 98 in the village with a flat tire at around 3 a.m. Aug. 19. After initiating a traffic stop, officers allegedly found the driver, Jessica Zellner, to be intoxicated.

During the course of the investigation, by both Attica Police and Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies, it was determined that the suspect had left the scene of two separate property damage accidents. One allegedly took place on Maxon Road in the Town of Bennington and the other on Route 354 in the Village of Attica.

Zellner was subsequently arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, unsafe tire, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

While at the Attica Police Department the suspect allegedly got into two separate altercations with police, which resulted in additional charges of resisting arrest, escape in the third degree, and attempted assault in the third degree. 

The 26-year-old was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. She is due in the Village of Attica Court at 10 a.m. Sept. 12.

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