Eagle

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 join 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

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.

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 3:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Eagle, Attica, news.
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       Ryan McDanel

Ryan D. McDanel, 33, of Perry, was charged Feb. 4 with arson in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. In the early morning hours of Feb. 4, Perry Police and the Perry Fire Department responded to 45 Watrous St. for a report of a deck fire. Following an investigation, Perry Police say the deck was set on fire by McDanel. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Ivy J. Hnat, no age provided, of Perry, was charged Feb. 4 with petit larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree. Hnat is accused of signing and cashing a check that was not hers. She is due in Perry Village Court Feb. 14.

Ronald Dedominces, 51, of Lakeview, was charged Feb. 4 with snowmobiling while intoxicated and snowmobiling with a BAC over .08 percent, both as misdemeanors. Dedominces was stopped at a snowmobile crossing on Route 39, Eagle, for a registration check. During the check, he was allegedly found to have been drinking. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he failed field sobriety testing and was arrested. His snowmobile was towed from the scene and the suspect was taken to the Sheriff’s Office. He is due in the Town of Eagle Court Feb. 27.

Kelly Plowe, 46, of Akron, was arrested Feb. 2 on a violation of probation warrant out of the Town of Attica Court. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say she was located following a tip from their “Warrant Wednesday” program on Facebook. She was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The following were in Wyoming County Court Jan. 3 before Judge Michael Griffith.

Richard Kilner, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation, fined $2,000, and is responsible to pay fees and surcharges. He was convicted of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony.

The following were in court before Judge Michael Mohun Jan. 5.

Cheleena Green, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to: attempted assault in the first degree, a Class C felony; assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled for March 16. Bail was set at $10,000.

Michael Marrale, who is charged with a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to: attempted assault in the first degree, a Class C violent felony; two counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, Class D felonies; and driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated per se, and criminal mischief in the third degree, all are Class E felonies; criminal contempt in the second degree, a misdemeanor; and driving on roadways laned for traffic, a violation. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from an intoxilyzer machine. Motions are scheduled for March 16.

Kelly Seeler, who committed a crime in Attica, successfully completed interim probation. Seeler was sentenced on the reduced charge of arson in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor, to three years probation and $14,401.37 in restitution.

Alan Hartman Sr., who committed a crime in Eagle, pled guilty to unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 2.

Michael Sheehan, who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was issued. Sentencing is scheduled March 30.

Patrick Hardy, who committed a crime in Genesee Falls, was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail, five years probation and issued an eight-year order of protection. He was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Stephanie Stuart, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a Class E felony, and driving on roadways laned for traffic, a violation. Stuart was sentenced to one year interim probation. Her case is adjourned to Dec. 21.

Dakota Leiser, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had the case adjourned to Feb. 2.

Erik Kohls, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. The case has been adjourned to March 30 for a pre-plea investigation.

Elizabeth Mattingly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was resentenced on a violation of probation to five years probation plus fines and fees.

Kimberly White, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of her conditional discharge. She is held without bail in Wyoming County Jail. She is due in court Feb. 23.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Wyoming County has a contract with Waste Management for curbside collection for several towns and villages, which county officials say proves to be “quite a bit cheaper” as a “huge collective” contract vs. individually.

For 2017, the annual cost is approximately $237 for year-round residents, up slightly – $2 to $3 – from 2016. The seasonal rate is approximately $187. Additionally, residents do not have to purchase Waste Management cans or bins for recyclables.

The collection schedule is as follows:

    • Monday – Town and Village of Perry and Old Orchard Beach and Fairview roads, Silver Lake;

    • Tuesday – Town and Village of Gainesville, Village of Silver Springs, and Town and Village of Castile;

    • Wednesday – towns of Orangeville, Sheldon, and Wethersfield;

    • Thursday – Village of Wyoming, Town of Middlebury, and Town and Village of Warsaw; and

    • Friday – Genesee Falls, and the towns of Pike and Eagle.

If your collection day falls on or follows the following holidays during that week –  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – collection will be one day later.

Garbage should be placed within 5 feet of the road, before 6 a.m. on your pickup day. The equivalent of five bags or cans of normal residential garbage, including garden and yard waste, will be picked up weekly. Only one large item will be picked up each week.

Recyclables will be collected on the same day, possibly in separate trucks and at different times during the day. All recyclable material should be placed in a separate receptacle marked “recyclable.”

For more information email glow@co.genesee.ny.us or visit www.glowsolidwaste.org.

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Eagle, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw.
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Clifford Murch, 20, of Perry, was charged Dec. 8 with rape in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child under 17 years old. Murch is accused of rape following an investigation into an incident that took place in August. He was on parole at the time of the alleged crime. He was jailed on $20,000 cash bail in the Wyoming County Jail. No further information was provided.

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     Harold Ritchie

Harold Ritchie, no age provided, of Perry, was charged Dec. 9 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Perry Police accuse Ritchie with attempting to use a stolen credit card at the Arrowmart in Perry. He was jailed on $1,500 cash bail in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in court Jan. 17. Additionally, Ritchie was on parole at the time of his arrest.

Donald E. Hiller, 71, of Delevan, was charged Dec. 9 with operating a motor vehicle while registration suspended. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Anthony J. Calceterra, 24, of Arcade, was charged Dec. 11 with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and refusing a pre-breath screening device. Arcade Police say the man’s BAC was .12 percent. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Brennan P. Brauen, 28, of Arcade, was charged Dec. 11 with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and “other traffic infractions.” Arcade Police received a report of a car crash on Route 39 near Countyline Road. Brauen is suspected of leaving the scene of the accident and was later found driving on West Main Street in the Village. During the stop, it was allegedly found that Brauen had a BAC of .15 percent. He is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Marie L. Giambra, 41, of Bliss, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies charged Giambra following an investigation of a burglary that happened in August in the Town of Eagle. She is accused of stealing a jar of coins and frozen steaks. She is due in the Town of Eagle Court at a later date.

Keith Legge, 44, of Perry, was charged Dec. 9 with two counts of disorderly conduct. Legge is accused of being drunk and creating a disturbance by knocking on apartment doors at 1:40 a.m. Dec. 9 on South Main Street, Perry. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, Java, Eagle, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Press release:

More than $14,000 in grant funding from the Wyoming Foundation has been awarded to 12 Wyoming County nonprofit organizations. The foundation is a geographic division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Grants were awarded to programs in Wyoming County that increase job readiness and connect local youth to the county’s arts and cultural gems. 

“The Wyoming Foundation Council is committed to addressing the needs of the county and its residents,” said Wyoming Foundation Council Chair, Scott Gardner. “We are honored to support specific programs that benefit the quality of life for the residents of Wyoming County and continue to honor the generosity and commitment of our clients and volunteers.”

The 2016 grant recipients include: 

    • Arts Council for Wyoming County

    • Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

    • Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties Project Head Start

    • Eagle Free Library

    • Perry Central School District

    • Perry Rotary Foundation/Read Around Perry

    • Project Read of Wyoming County

    • Stevens Memorial Community Library

    • Wild Spirit Education 

    • Wyoming County Business Education Council

    • Wyoming County Community Action 

    • Wyoming County Free Circulating Library Association

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 by Dr. James MacCallum as a way to strengthen the quality of life in Wyoming County by encouraging charitable giving, assessing and responding to the community’s changing needs and serving as a springboard for local charitable activities. Since then, the foundation has actively supported cultural, educational and human services programs throughout the county. For more information about the Wyoming Foundation’s granting process, visit www.wyomingfoundation.org. 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For over 95 years, it has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. www.cfgb.org.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin Shotgun, Arcade, Bliss, Eagle.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Arcade, Attica, Perry, Java, Eagle.

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

Brendynn Jordan, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted reckless endangerment, two counts of speeding, unlawful fleeing a police officer, and reckless driving. He waived indictment on: reckless endangerment in the first degree, a Class D felony; three counts of speeding; unlawful fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree; reckless driving; passing a red signal; moving unsafely from lane; crossing hazardous markings; and failure to stop at a stop sign. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Jody Nelligan, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to attempted arson in the third degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Phillip Lingenfelter, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation. He was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony.

Tammy Miller, who is accused of a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, both as Class D felonies, and two counts of promoting prison contraband in the second degree, and resisting arrest, both as misdemeanors. Motions are scheduled for Dec. 22.

Tyler McMurray, who committed a crime in Eagle, pled guilty to tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15. He is in Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Kyle Burdick, who committed a crime in Java, was sentenced to five years probation; $300 in restitution is to be paid within six weeks. He was convicted of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony. He was also sentenced to five years probation for the conviction of perjury in the first degree, a Class D felony. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Julie Dutton, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to Dec. 1.

Stephen Harder, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions and had his case adjourned to Nov. 23 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.

Tracy Phillips, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan 26.

Hamidu Sow, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to an unconditional discharge and a $500 fine for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree.

Catherine Miller, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to welfare fraud in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Ryan Donnelly, who is accused of a crime in Wyoming County, had his case adjourned to Dec. 1.

Preston Ruble, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was sentenced to six months of weekends in jail (intermittent) and probation terminated. He admitted to a violation of probation.

Jonathan Blasdell, who is accused of committing a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to violating probation. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1. He is held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

The following was in Wyoming County Court before Judge James Bargnesi Oct. 26.

Adam Aguado, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to Nov. 16 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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Arcade, Eagle, Perry, Attica.

The following people were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 7 and 8.

Paul Hess, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to three years probation on the conviction of welfare fraud in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Additionally, he owes $6,904.20 in (joint) restitution.

Naomi Hess, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to  three years probation on the conviction of welfare fraud in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Additionally, she owes $6,904.20 in (joint) restitution.

Adam Aguado, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, appeared in court with new counsel. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 26.

Wade Bigham, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation and $80 in restitution. He was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony.

Ricky Wulff, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation, a $1,750 fine, an ignition interlock device, and license revocation. He was conviced to aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony; and driving while ability impaired by alcohol, an infraction. 

Joseph Smith, who committed a crime in Eagle, pled guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both as misdemeanors. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 1 for sentencing.

Charles Braun, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to Sept. 19.

Bradley Broadbent, who is accused of a crime in Perry, was in court for a Huntley Hearing; a decision will be issued. 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.

Jerod Trebian, who is accused of committing a crime in Silver Springs, pled not guilty to burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony; and six counts of petit larceny, as misdemeanors. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 3 for motions. Bail was set at $100,000 cash bail and $250,000 bond.

Cory Goodenow, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to Sept. 16.

Christopher King, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to one-year interim probation supervision. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Tracy Phillips, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to Oct. 27.

James Cooper, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was sentenced to nine months in Wyoming County Jail. He was convicted of a violation of probation.

The following people are from State Correctional facilities in Attica. They were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun Sept. 7.

Lionell Jones appeared in court with new counsel. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 5.

Jerry McLamore had his case adjourned to Oct. 5.

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.

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 9:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Eagle, meth, drugs.

During a “routine check” at the home of an Eagle man, police officers allegedly found several precursors which are used in the making of methamphetamine. The alleged discovery at the home on Cooley Road resulted in the arrest of three individuals.

Alan Hartman and Nichole McMurray, both residing at the Cooley Road address; and Tyler McMurray, of Gowanda, were all charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in the third degree. 

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Additionally, Hartman, 50, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and jailed without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

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    Nichole McMurray      Tyler McMurray

Nichole, 27, and Tyler, 32, were also charged with  tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Both were jailed in the Wyoming County jail –Tyler, without bail, and Nichole in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Additional charges are likely against all three, pending lab results of items seized from the home. 

The arrests were made through a joint investigation by members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and New York State Division of Parole.

The New York State Police Contamination Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with decontamination at the scene. The Bliss Fire Department and Ambulance, and Medic 80 were on standby during the incident.

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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Lack of daytime manpower within Wyoming County fire departments prompted a call for a third alarm for a fire in Bliss earlier today.

Firemen from Eagle Hose/Bliss, Arcade, Silver Springs, Strykersville, Castile, Pike, and Gainesville, responded to a house fire at 6578 Route 362 around 1 p.m., with Bliss Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Marc Roche acting as the chief in charge. 

Preliminary reports state the fire “appears to have” started in the laundry room, however the cause of the fire remains under investigation. There was no one home when the fire started, but all the pets were able to escape.

Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department and RG&E. Companies on standby included North Java, Nunda, Varysburg, Yorkshire, Fillmore, and Centerville fire departments.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, sunset, Eagle, nature, Ridin' Shotgun.

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I can not recall ever really seeing a cloud pattern like the one above. I don't think I would ever tire of watching the clouds. Their shapes and the patterns they create have always captivated me. I was ridin' shotgun somewhere in Eagle.

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