Eagle

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, solar eclipse, Eagle.

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The clouds made a perfect filter to see the moon beginning to cross in front of the sun. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see the progression of the moon's path in front of and behind the sun in the "dots." In the third photo, I was struck by the richness of color when the moon eclipsed the sun as I was ridin' shotgun somewhere in Eagle.

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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Eagle, news, Bliss.

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The driver of an ATV suffered head injuries late this afternoon after he crashed into a ditch on Sheppard Road in Eagle. The driver of the ATV was wearing a helmet with a full facemask.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say it looks like the driver was coming off a trail on the east side of Sheppard Road a “little too fast” and failed to navigate around a deep ditch on the west side of the road.

The driver was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, via Bliss Ambulance for treatment. However while en route to WCCH the man was slipping in and out of consciousness, thereby necessitating a call for Mercy Flight. Subsequently, he was taken to ECMC in Buffalo for his injuries.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Assisting deputies at the scene was Eagle Hose Company (Bliss Fire Department).

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Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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The cause of the fire that decimated a home at 3700 Telegraph Road, Eagle, remains under investigation, fire officials say.

Early Thursday morning firefighters from Bliss, Pike, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments responded to the home in Eagle under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge Bliss Fire Chief Clarence George.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, and RG&E. Standing by at empty fire stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for three hours.

Although no injuries were reported, the fire is blamed for the total loss of the home and contents, along with a dog and a bird.

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Friday, July 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Eagle.

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National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Hamilton says the damage to the house on Wing Street in Eagle is consistent with straight line wind damage or what is called downburst winds.

A downburst is a strong downdraft, which causes damaging winds on or near the ground.

“These type of winds come out ahead of a thunderstorm and can be as strong as a tornado. Wind gusts can be up to 50 to 60 miles per hour and are very isolated.”

Sometime between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning the downburst wiped out the rear of the home, took down a large pine tree, lifted and threw a barn off its foundation to the field across the street, and took down power lines.

Although radar indicated a storm was in the area, officials say it really couldn’t even be called a thunderstorm because there was no lightening.

See related: Home damaged by unknown weather event in Eagle

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Eagle, news.

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At some point between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 this morning an unconfirmed weather event occurred that damaged a house on Wing Street in Eagle, nearby neighbors say. Residents close to the home say there was a heavy downpour last evening but relatively little wind accompanied it.

A large pine tree was partially uprooted, coming to a leaning rest on the roof. The rear of the house has been destroyed, a utility pole was sheared in half, and a barn was lifted from its foundation and tossed across the road, landing in a field in pieces.

The home lies on the south side of the Wing Street between Lyonsburg and Centerville roads – on the Wyoming and Allegany counties' line. According to neighbors, the owner of the home does not live in the area and has been notified.

Due to today’s rain and flooding, the National Weather Service in Buffalo was unable to comment as to what type of weather event passed through the area as of this post.

UPDATE 5:32 p.m.: According to National Weather Service in Buffalo Meteorologist David Zaff, ground crews will be at the property on Wing Street in Eagle tomorrow to assess the cause of the damages to the home and property.

Several small storms did pass through the area between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 this morning, however nothing on radar indicated a severe storm, says Zaff.

At this time, officials are calling the weather event a severe thunderstorm.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 12:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Perry, Bliss, Eagle.

Adam J. Paquet, 34, of Arcade, was charged July 5 with theft of services from the Village of Arcade. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the Village of Arcade had disconnected the electrical power to the home of Paquet for non-payment. He is accused of breaking into the power meter and returning power to his home without permission. He is due in the Village of Arcade Court Aug. 3.

Wade M. Westfall, 32, of Arcade, was charged July 3 with driving while intoxicated and felony aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree. Westfall was stopped on Lower Street in the Town of Rushford for an alleged expired registration. During the stop, New York State Troopers say an odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. The suspect was given standard field sobriety testing, which officers say he failed. Additionally, he is accused of driving with a suspended license. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Fillmore where he allegedly blew a BAC of .08 percent. He was arraigned in the Town of Rushford Court and put in Allegany County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Rushford Court Aug. 7.

Dayton Ewell, 22, of Bliss, was charged July 5 with: driving while impaired by drugs; driving while impaired by a combination of drugs; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; uninspected motor vehicle; speed above 55 mph;and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Ewell was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 362 in the Town of Eagle. He is accused of driving 76 in a 55-mph zone. During the stop, deputies say his driver’s license was found to be suspended twice. Additionally, he was given field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed, and was subsequently arrested. A Wyoming County drug recognition expert determined Ewell was impaired by two types of drugs. He was arraigned in the Town of Eagle Court and jailed on $1,000 bail. He is due in court July 17.

Bryan Beach, 33, of Perry, was charged July 6 with: criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; criminal use of drug paraphernalia; unlawful possession of marijuana; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree; and speed above 55 mph. Beach was stopped on Simmons Road, Perry, for allegedly driving 83 in a 55-mph zone. During the stop, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say his license was found to be suspended six times. A search of his vehicle was subsequently performed and deputies say drugs and paraphernalia were found. He was arraigned in the Town of Perry Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 bail. He is due in court July 13.

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Castile, Warsaw, Attica, Eagle.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun June 15.

Cheleena Green, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to one year definite jail time and restitution of $1,170.39. Additionally, a stay-away order of protection was issued. She was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. 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.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation, and $525 restitution.

John Sprague, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony, and forcible touching, a Class A misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 3. Bail remained at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. 

James Smith, an inmate in a State Correctional Facility, was sentenced to nine months interim probation on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree. The case has been adjourned to March 8.

The following was in court June 16.

Robin Jones, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation, and surcharges and fees on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. 

The following were in court June 19.

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, had her case adjourned to June 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.

Michael Williams Jr., who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to four weekends in jail, one-year conditional discharge and is required to have an ignition interlock device, and probation was revoked. 

The following are from State Correctional Facilities.

Rance Dreher pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 16.

Anthony Placido was granted by the Court to have his count severed from his co-defendants’ cases. His case is adjourned to July 19.

Devante Spencer had his case adjourned to July 12.

Keith Tyson pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile, Eagle, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 11.

Amy Goodenow, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had her case adjourned to June 1 for a Mapp/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. A Mapp Hearing deals with the admissibility of physical evidence obtained by the police as a result of an illegal search. When there is a violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights regarding the seizure of the defendant’s physical evidence, the evidence may be suppressed.

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, had her case adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing. 

Clifford Murch, who is accused of committing a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to June 1 for a Huntley Hearing.

James Qutermous, who committed a crime in Warsaw, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation on the reduced charge of scheme to defraud in the second degree. Restitution was paid in full. 

Rachel Lafferty, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to July 6 for motions.

Paul Havlen, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court for a SORA risk level determination. A SORA Hearing is scheduled May 22. 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.

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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Gainesville, Perry, Bliss, Eagle.
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      Ervin Delude Sr.

Ervin Delude Sr., 45, of Gainesville, was charged April 24 with criminal contempt in the first degree and aggravated family offense, both are felonies, and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Dutton Road address in the Town of Gainesville for a domestic dispute. Deputies say they were told Delude fled the scene on foot. A short time later, officers allegedly found the man walking north on nearby railroad tracks. After speaking with Delude for several minutes, he attempted to run and a foot pursuit ensued. Delude was captured and arrested on the above charges. He was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail due to numerous previous felony convictions. He is due in court at a later date.

Kevin Massey, 23, and Justin Kelly, 18, both of Bliss, were charged April 23 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Route 39 in the Town of Eagle following a complaint about someone’s truck windows being shot out. After speaking with both men, officers say they admitted to shooting the windows with a BB gun. Both Massey and Kelly live next door to where the windows were shot out from. Both are due in court at a later date.

Dzemail Odzakovic, 19 of Rochester, was charged April 23 with driving while ability impaired – drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and other traffic tickets. Odzakovic was stopped on Route 20A, Perry Center, for allegedly speeding. During the investigation, deputies say an odor of marijuana was coming from within the car and also noticed other indicators about the driver to suggest he may have been smoking marijuana. After allegedly failing roadside field sobriety testing, Odzakovic was taken to the Sheriff’s Office. He was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who allegedly determined him to be under the influence of cannabis. He is due in Perry Court at a later date.

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 John M. Dumbleton

John M. Dumbleton, 28, of Gainesville, was charged April 25 with failure to stop at a stop sign and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Perry Police say Dumbleton failed to stop at the stop sign at the five corners (Lake and Leicester streets), prompting a traffic stop. During the investigation, it was suspected that he was under the influence of drugs. Following a failed roadside sobriety test, he was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert (DRE). The DRE allegedly determined Dumbleton to be under the influence of depressants and that he could not operate a vehicle safely. He is due in Perry Village Court June 20.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, government, 4-H, Warsaw, Eagle, Castile.

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Two Wyoming County 4-H’ers each received a Certificate of Recognition from the county Board of Supervisors during the monthly meeting Tuesday in Warsaw. Danielle Herrick and Madelynn Olin were recognized for their presentations at the 4-H Public Presentation Days held at Warsaw High School in February. 

The Public Presentation program is designed to enhance 4-H’ers public speaking skills by researching a subject and organizing their ideas in a logical order. Additionally, the program helps the youth gain confidence and self-esteem while developing the ability to think and speak in front of a group of people about something that interests them, 4-H officials say.

Danielle, 14, is the daughter of Will and Louise Herrick, of Eagle. She is a seven-year member of the Barnstormers 4-H Club. Her formal presentation titled “Dairy Advocacy” highlighted how animal rights groups shine a negative light on the dairy industry, and how positive activism can “provide people with the facts about milk and the dairy industry.”

Madelynn, 11, has been a member of the Castile Country Kids 4-H Club for the past six years. She is the daughter of Justine and Jessica Olin, of Castile. Her illustrated talk was titled “Mary Jemison, White Woman of the Genesee.” Along with the drawings and written information about Jemison’s life depicted on poster board next to her, Madelynn told of the woman’s life and how she came to rest in Letchworth State Park.

Attica Town Supervisor Bryan Kehl presented the girls with the certificates.

In other board matters:

    • Chairman Doug Berwanger is authorized to sign a contract with Adecco Staffing Agency and provides for a temporary clerical worker for the Office for the Aging until the results of the Civil Service list are available, effective March 18 through June 30;

    • Proclamation declaring April Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, and Alcohol Awareness Month in Wyoming County;

    • Chairman authorized to sign a contract with Hillside Children’s Center for: two additional parenting classes to be taught in the Wyoming County Jail for an additional funding amount of $2,016.62; additional funding for Children’s Health Home Services – $939; and a reduction of $76 for Family Support Services.

    • The GLOW area (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) has been designated as a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Area (WIOA) under the WIOA Act of 2014. Additionally, Wyoming County Community Action is the system partner providing WIOA adult, dislocated worker, and youth program services in Wyoming County, effective July 1;

    • Proclamation stating May 7 through 13 is Travel and Tourism Week in the county; 

    • The Wyoming County Ag and Business Center’s Use of Facilities Policy and Fee Schedule has been approved; 

    • Roberta Curry has been appointed to the GLOW Solid Waste Planning Committee and Glow Regional Solid Wast Management Committee, through Dec. 31; 

    • NOMAD Enterprises Inc., 6270 Abbott Road, Silver Springs, won the contract for law maintenance services at various county buildings – not to exceed $8,160; and ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Walden Avenue, Buffalo, was awarded a contract for elevator maintenance services at the Courthouse-Government Center and Public Safety Building, Main Street, Warsaw – not to exceed $24,840; and

    • The Highway Department abolished one position – bridge construction mechanic, and created two – heavy equipment operator, and sign maintenance working supervisor; the Sheriff’s Department created two positions – administrative assistant (Sheriff), and part-time corrections officer; and the Health Department abolished the position of public health nurse, and created the position of community health nurse II.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Eagle, Warsaw, drugs.

Two Town of Eagle residents are facing numerous drug-related charges following a joint investigation between the Wyoming County Jail and Sheriff’s Office Road divisions.

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     Melissa M. Preen

Melissa M. Preen, 25, was stopped on Route 19, Warsaw, for an inspection violation. Deputies say she was driving while her license was suspended from the Town of Castile Court. Additionally, she allegedly showed signs of drug use. Following a roadside investigation and field sobriety testing, she was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired by drugs. 

She was taken to the county jail for a breath test, while being searched by corrections officers, Preen was allegedly found to be concealing numerous hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia, cocaine and heroin on her person “in a concealed area.”

Preen then submitted to a drug influence evaluation by a certified drug recognition expert, who alleges she was impaired by the use of multiple substances. 

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     Richard Gargula

Additionally, officials say she was in possession of the drugs with the intent to sell them to Richard Gargula. Gargula was incarcerated in the Wyoming County Jail at the time of the incident.

Preen was charged with numerous vehicle and traffic violations: aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; driving while ability impaired by a drug; driving while ability impaired by the combination of drugs; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; and introduction of dangerous contraband into a jail in the first degree, a Class D felony; and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell, a Class B felony. 

She was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. 

Gargula, 33, was charged March 19 with criminal solicitation in the fourth degree. He is accused of soliciting Preen to commit the felony of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Due to Gargula being an inmate at the time of his arrest, his personal belongings were searched by jail staff. Officials say a narcotic preparation was found within his clothing. Subsequently, he was also charged with introduction of dangerous contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree – more than 500 mgs. of cocaine, a Class D felony. 

He was jailed on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond for the solicitation charge, and $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond for the felony charges. 

Both are due in court at a later date.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Eagle, maple weekend, agribusiness, Business.

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More than 20 years ago, 14 members of the Wyoming County Maple Association wanted a better way to market their maple products in a fun-filled way, hence the creation of Maple Sunday. When county maple producers realized there was a real disconnect between the producers and the consumers, the one-day event became a way to showcase one of Wyoming County’s largest agricultural commodities.

“We didn’t really have any idea what was going to happen,” said Gary Bray, owner of Bray Farms, Bray Road, Eagle, “but we wanted to give it a try.”

Now called Maple Weekend, the festivities comprise back-to-back weekends at the end of March. 

“We started out as one day, then two, and now…,” Bray said. “When we had people calling us asking if they can come to the farm another time, not only couldn’t we turn them down, we realized there was a real interest and had to add days.” 

According to Bray, New York State is number two in maple production – behind Canada, but ahead of Vermont. Additionally, maple syrup is only produced from Southeastern Canada, to the mountains of Virginia, west to Kansas, and north to Michigan and Wisconsin. Producers also tap in Ohio and Indiana.

“We are in the middle of maple country in the whole world. While you can tap red maples, the sugar density is different, thus not as flavorful.”

The flavor of maple syrup is derived from the soil where the tree grows, therefore, syrup from New York will have a different flavor than syrups from other areas. Yet syrup isn’t the only product sap is used for, it can also be processed into sugar, cream, candy, barbecue sauces, and other value-added products.

“Back in my grandparents' day, they would make blocks of maple sugar and take it to the market to trade. They would barter the maple sugar for groceries. The grocers would then turn around and sell the sugar to other consumers. During the war (World War II) sugar was in short supply, maple sugar was a way to sweeten things up. It can also be used in place of dry sugar in recipes, as can maple syrup; there is a conversion chart for that purpose.”

Not only has Bray opened his doors to residents of Western New York, other visitors to his farm hailed from Italy, France, Spain, Japan and England. 

“In other countries, maple syrup is a total luxury.”

The only thing in pure maple syrup is, well, syrup. For a Wyoming County producer to have their product labeled as pure New York State maple syrup, it must be accurately graded according to its color.

Part of the weekend also serves to educate the public on the nutritional value of syrup. Bray says, pure maple syrup has nutrients the body needs. 

Producers make the golden sweet liquid by concentrating the sap from the maple tree, which then produces a usable product. All the minerals and sugars in the sap are concentrated to 67-68 percent on the Brix scale (named after Adolf F. Brix (1798-1870)). The hydrometer scale is used for measuring the amount of sugar in a solution at a given temperature.

“Making syrup is entirely dependent on nature…the type of soil, the weather, the atmosphere. Even the barometric pressure affects the producer and when and if they can boil. The process of making syrup is to boil off the water, the more moisture in the air, the harder it will be to boil. Syrup boils at 7 degrees over the boiling point of water; depending on the day and barometric pressure, the boiling point can differ, even within the same county.

“The more educated we become, it actually becomes more complicated. However, new technology allows us to better come to our final product.”

In the 21 years Bray has been a part of Maple Weekend he has not only seen changes in how maple is produced – from buckets to vacuum lines, and from woodstove processing to using reverse osmosis – he has also seen the market for maple products grow.

“We want people to come and ask us questions and learn what syrup is, how it’s made and how it can be used. It’s more than just pancake syrup. Maple is versatile…and it’s good for you.”

Maple Weekend continues March 25 and 26. For more information click here.

See related: Maple Weekend kicks off Saturday

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Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Attica, Perry, Gainesville, Eagle.

Richard W. Stone, 34, and Marie L. Stone, 34, both of Perry, were charged March 14 with endangering the welfare of a child. The Stones are accused of having unsafe living conditions in the home. The children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Richard was also charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree following a domestic incident in the Village of Perry. He is accused of ripping a cell phone out of the victim's hand, to prevent her from calling the police. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date. The Perry Police Department assisted Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and inadequate/no muffler. Gross is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Giovanni Alvarez, 32, of Buffalo, was charged March 19 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Alvarez is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Main Street, Bliss, address and driving it back to Buffalo. The vehicle was then located on East Street, Buffalo, by the Buffalo Police Department. Subsequently, officers located Alvarez and arrested him without incident. He was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Gary Illerbrun, 52, of Perry, was charged March 17 with throwing refuse onto a highway, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. Illerbrun was arrested following a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. He was stopped for allegedly throwing garbage onto a highway. During the investigation, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies determined Illerbrun to be intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC of .10 percent. He is due in the Village of Perry Court April 11.

Cory R. Lapp, 24, of Attica, was charged March 18 with driving while intoxicated; operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .08 percent or higher, first offense; failure to yield the right of way when entering a roadway, and failure to use turn signal. Lapp was stopped on Union Street, Batavia, and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He is due at 9 a.m. in the City of Batavia Court April 5.

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 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.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Eagle, Arcade, Gainesville, Middlebury, Perry, Warsaw.

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The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Feb. 23.

Alan Hartman Sr., who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison and two years post-release supervision, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Edward Gauthier II, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to aggravated family offense, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18. An order of protection was also issued for eight years.

Nicole Fisher, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony.

Tyler McMurray, who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison and fees and surcharges on the conviction of tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony.

Amanda Washburn, who committed a crime in Gainesville, was sentenced to three years probation on the conviction of two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Cody Eaton, who committed a crime in Middlebury, successfully completed interim probation and was sentenced on the reduced charge of driving while intoxicated. He will serve three years probation, pay a $1,000 fine, have his driver’s license revoked, and is ordered to install an ignition interlock device, plus pay fees and surcharges.

Clifford Murch, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to rape in the second degree, a Class D felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. An order of protection was served. Motions are scheduled April 27. Bail was set at $20,000.

Dakota Ribbeck, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilt to rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18.

Chad Main, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree; driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, both as Class E felonies; and operating a motor vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, a Class A misdemeanor. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from a breath alcohol tester. It is this result that dictates the offense as well potential certain legal presumptions. Motions are scheduled April 27. He was released on his own recognizance.

Catherine Miller, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation, 250 hours of community service, $2,189 in restitution, and fees and surcharges. She was convicted of welfare fraud in the fourth degree, a Class E felony.

Crystal Lawrence, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to three years probation and a $50 DNA fee. Restitution has been paid in full. She was convicted of welfare fraud in the fifth degree and petit larceny.

Kimberly White, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was sentenced to 180 days in jail on the violation of conditional discharge.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm

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

Tyler Jennings was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Feb. 15 for an appearance and March 8 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.

Chad Staley was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Feb. 15 for an appearance and March 8 for a Huntley Hearing. 

The following were in county court Feb. 1 before Mohun.

Chivone Gheorghe was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The decision has been reserved and the case adjourned to March 2.

Heidi Hopkins, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all are Class B felonies. Motions are scheduled March 30. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Roy Lawrence, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, all are Class B felonies. Motions are scheduled March 30. Bail was set at $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.

The following were in county court Feb. 2 before Mohun.

Grayson Stock, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. He waived his right to appeal and is scheduled for sentencing April 27.

Jody Nelligan, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation and restitution of $26,075.55. She was convicted of attempted arson in the third degree.

Katrina Chandler, who is accused of a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to two counts of forgery in the second degree, both are Class D felonies, and two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor. The case is adjourned to April 27 for pre plea investigation.

Tammy Miller, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to March 3 for trial.

John Townley, who committed a crime in Eagle, pled guilty to criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony. He waived his right to appeal. The case was adjourned to April 27 for sentencing.

Jerod Trebian, who committed a crime in Silver Springs, had his case adjourned to Thursday for sentencing.

Ryan McDanel, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to two counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, both as Class D felonies, and attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled for March 30. Bail continues at $2,500.

Dekota Leiser is accused of a crime in Warsaw. Leiser's case is adjourned to Wednesday. 

Chastity Brace, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and a five-year order of protection was issued. She pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Brace, who waived the right to appeal, was also arraigned on criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony; unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, a Class E felony; and menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Additionally, she admitted to a violation of probation which caused her probation to be revoked and she was resentenced to one year in prison with one year post-release supervision.

Julie Dutton, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to obstruct emergency medical services, a misdemeanor. She waived her right to appeal. She is scheduled for sentencing March 16.

Cory Goodenow, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and three years post-release supervision. An order of protection was issued, and he is responsible for court fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted rape in the second degree, a Class E felony.

Tracy Phillips, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge. She was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony.

Eugene Matteson Sr., who is accused of a crime in Wyoming County, had his case adjourned to March 30.

The following were in county court before Mohun Feb. 6 and are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica.

Ronald Montgomery pled guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. He waived his right to appeal. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Billy Ray Staton was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to March 2.

Jonathan Smith was in court 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. The case has been adjourned to March 2.

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