Orangeville

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Chelsie Simonds, 24, of Batavia, and Ronald Sachanowski, 31, of Silver Springs, were charged Feb. 27 with endangering the welfare of a child. On Feb. 27 Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Route 19A in the Town of Castile to assist with an overdose call. During the investigation, deputies say they had discovered both Simonds and Sachanowski had been using an illegal substance in the home while their 2-year-old child was present. Both are due in the Town of Castile Court at a later date. Castile Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Linda L. Hotchkiss, 47, of Perry, was charged Feb. 22 with forgery in the third degree by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. She is due in Leicester Town Court at a later date.

William A. Roll, 57, and Jennifer L. Mather, 43, both of Attica, were arrested Feb. 25 in connection with a violent domestic incident on Washington Street in the Village of Attica. Attica Police responded to the Washington Street home around 9 p.m. Feb. 25. Roll was charged with assault in the third degree and put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,500 bond. Mather was charged with harassment in the second degree and physical contact. She was released on her own recognizance with a refrain from offensive conduct order of protection. Both are due at 10 a.m. March 13 in Attica Village Court. Assisting at the scene was the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.

Kaija Wadsworth, no age provided, of Pittsford, was charged Feb. 26 with speed in zone, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and refusal to take a breath test. Wadsworth was stopped in the Village of Perry for allegedly speeding. During the investigation officers say they smelled an alcoholic beverage coming from the car. Wadsworth allegedly failed field sobriety testing and refused to blow into a pre-screen device. A chemical test was administered at the Warsaw Police Department, which allegedly showed a BAC of .09 percent. Wadsworth is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

Zachary W. Blackmon, 30, of Perry, was charged Feb. 27 with speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two car accident on Route 39, Castile, where, during their investigation, found one of the drivers allegedly intoxicated. Deputies say Blackmon was traveling southbound on Route 39 when he struck another vehicle. Following roadside field sobriety testing, Blackmon was arrested for DWI. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he allegedly provided a positive breath sample for alcohol. He is due in the Town of Castile Court March 20.

Sabrina A. Dietz, 33, of Nunda, was charged Feb. 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and use of a portable electronic device. Dietz was stopped in the Town of Perry after a Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw her driving while using a portable electronic device. During the stop, she was allegedly found to have a suspended license due to a failure to answer a summons in the Town of Covington. She is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Melissa A. Sachanowski, 33, of Orangeville, was charged Feb. 20 with failure to keep right, failure to dim high beams, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Sachanowski was stopped on Route 77, Sheldon, after deputies allegedly saw her failing to maintain her driving lane numerous times and failing to dim her high beams to oncoming traffic. Following a roadside investigation, deputies say she was in possession of Subutex, a controlled substance similar to Suboxone. She is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

James Mages, 53, of Akron, was charged Feb. 13 with criminal trespass in the second degree and petit larceny. Mages is accused of entering a home on Nesbitt Road, Attica, and taking clothing from the residence. After being confronted by the homeowner, he left the house. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say they found Mages driving from the scene. Allegedly refusing to stop, Mages led officers to a Buffalo Road address in the Town of Orangeville, where he was arrested. Additionally, deputies say he was wearing the clothing he had taken from the Nesbitt Road home. Subsequently, Mages was also charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and failure to comply with a police officer. He was put in Wyoming County jail on $5,000 bond. He is due in both Attica and Orangeville town courts at a later date. New York State Police and Warsaw Police assisted with the arrest.

Keith E. Legge, 44, of Perry, was charged Feb. 15 with harassment in the second degree. Perry Police say Legge is accused of threatening a neighbor at a South Main Street address. He is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

Scott Grisewood, no age provided, of Warsaw, was arrested on a warrant issued out of Perry Village Court. He was picked up on the warrant by Warsaw Police. Grisewood was released on his own recognizance to pretrial release.

Andrew Perdock, no age provided, of Perry, was arrested Feb. 14 on a warrant issued out of Perry Village Court. He was released on his own recognizance to pretrial release.

Nicole R. Fronczak, 27, of Silver Springs, was charged Feb. 11 with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Fronczak was stopped on Route 19A, Castile, after deputies say they saw her driving across the center yellow lines of the roadway. She was arrested following an investigation and allegedly failing roadside field sobriety testing. She was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where a breath sample allegedly showed a BAC of .14 percent. She is due in the Town of Castile Court March 6.

Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Perry, Orangeville.

William A. Shearin Jr., 57, of Philadelphia, Pa., was charged Feb. 12 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and speed over 55 mph. Shearin was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 20A, Orangeville. During the stop, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies smelled marijuana and alcohol coming from inside his vehicle. Through investigation it was learned that his Pennsylvania driver’s license was suspended, allegedly since 2004. Deputies say he failed standardized field sobriety testing and was then taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a drug influence evaluation. The drug recognition expert determined Shearin to be impaired by alcohol and cannabis. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Orangeville Court March 15.

Wayne L. Pierce, 75, of Alexander, was charged with forcible touching. Pierce was arrested over the weekend for an incident that happened at Ben Go’s gas station, Main Street, Attica, in late November. He is accused of inappropriately grabbing a female employee. He was released on his own recognizance. He is due in Attica Village Court at 10 a.m. March 13.

Robert A. Steavens, 49, of Attica, was charged with two counts of scheme to defraud in the second degree. Attica Police say Steavens obtained cigarettes from both the 7-Eleven and Ben Go’s gas station, both in Attica, under false pretenses. He is due in Attica Village Court at 10 a.m. March 13.

Dakota O. Irvin, 25, of Attica, was charged Feb. 11 with criminal contempt in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Attica Police responded to a domestic incident on Main Street in the village. The investigation showed Irvin violated a complete stay away order of protection issued by Genesee County Family Court. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is due in Attica Village Court at 10 a.m. March 13. The Attica Police were assisted by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Heather Foote, 39, of Perry, was charged Feb. 13 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and inadequate tail lamps. Foote was stopped on North Center Street in the Village of Perry. During the investigation it was allegedly found that her license was suspended for failure to answer a summons out of Monroe County. She is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Toupoc Allen, 22, of Warsaw, was charged Feb. 8 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol combined, and failure to use headlights after dark. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Allen was seen driving on Main Street and East Buffalo Street without any headlights on. Additionally, his vehicle was said to have broken down in the driving lane on East Buffalo Street. During the investigation, he was given field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed, and submitted a breath test which allegedly showed a BAC above .08 percent. Allen was also given a drug influence evaluation by a Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert, who determined he was also impaired by drugs. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. He is due in court March 6. Warsaw Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Varysburg, Orangeville, Perry.

Robert S. Hill, 38, of Varysburg, was charged Jan. 8 with unsafe lane change, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. Hill was charged following a one-car accident in the Town of Orangeville. While on patrol, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies found a car that had crashed into a culvert on Route 20A and saw footprints leading form the vehicle to an adjacent wooded area. New York State Troopers with K9 Rison, a Dutch shepherd trained in narcotic detection and tracking, led officers approximately a half mile to a local business in the Town of Orangeville. Officials say the owner of the business had said he had given a stranger a ride to a nearby location. The officers found Hill and upon interviewing the suspect, placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where his BAC was allegedly .13 percent. He is due in the Town of Orangeville Court at a later date. The vehicle was said to be totaled.

Andrew Z. Perdock, 29, of Perry, was charged Jan. 8 with petit larceny. Perry Police were requested to investigate the theft of a smart phone from an apartment. The investigation alleges that Perdock was in the home during the time the phone was stolen. During an interview with the suspect, he allegedly admitted to taking the device. He is due in Perry Village Court Feb. 14.

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 3:49 pm

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Dec. 8.

Ronald Backer, who committed a crime in Perry, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to on the reduced charge of criminal trespass in the third degree and attempted assault in the third degree, both are Class B misdemeanors. His sentence includes an unconditional discharge, an order or protection, and fees.

Ryan Northrup, who committed a crime in Middlebury, was sentenced to one year in Wyoming County Jail, revocation of his driver’s license, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a Class E felony. Additionally, he was sentenced to an unconditional discharge for leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.

Matthew Hadfield, who committed a crime in Middlebury, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony; and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. He is scheduled for sentencing March 2.

Christopher Ladd, who committed a crime in Orangeville, was sentenced to one year in Wyoming County Jail on the charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class D felony. He was also sentenced to three years conditional discharge with an ignition interlock device, as well as revocation of his driver’s license, and payment of fees and surcharges. The sentences are to run consecutively to each other. Additionally, he was sentenced to one year in jail on a violation of conditional discharge charge. The sentence is to run consecutively to the above convictions.

Aaron Gillard, who is accused of a crime in Covington, pled not guilty to driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, both as Class E felonies; operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device, criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, and speed not reasonable and prudent. The case has been adjourned to March 9.

James Ebner, who is accused of committing a crime in Gainesville, was in court with new counsel. Motions were argued and the case has been adjourned to Dec. 22.

Jonathon Bucknam, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. Additionally, he pled guilty to offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a Class E felony. The cases have been adjourned to March 2 for sentencing. Bucknam was released to pre-trial supervision.

Tina Beeley, who committed a crime in Warsaw, signed the Treatment Court application. Her case was adjourned to Wednesday.

Patrick Wheeler, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. He is scheduled for sentencing March 2.

Matthew Snyder, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation charge. The case has been adjourned to Thursday. He is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

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Just a couple of hundred yards apart on Route 20A between Royce and Snyder/Syler roads, Varysburg, are two New York State Historical Markers. Each marker memorializes the enemy of the other. 

One was placed in the 1930s, it reads: Stony Brook Glen – Refuge of Mary Jemison and the Seneca Tribe during General Sullivan’s Raid 1779. The Senecas were allies of the British.

The other was unveiled Oct. 15 during a ceremony held at the Richards Pioneer Cemetery, Route 20A, and recognizes Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Richards and the Richards Pioneer Cemetery in Orangeville. Richards was fighting for freedom from the British.

Pioneer High School student Elsie Herold opened the ceremony with a stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.” More than 120 people including Assemblyman David DiPietro, members of Daughters of and Sons of the American Revolution, Hoisington’s New York Rangers in Revolutionary War era uniform, local and county officials, and members of local veterans organizations attended the dedication.

Richards was born May 28, 1757 in Dighton, Mass.. He served in the Vermont Militia during the Revolutionary War under Lt. Charles Richards in Col. William William’s Regiment of Militia. He served from 1777 until 1782 when he was discharged from service. Following his stint in the militia, he returned to Dighton and married Sibbel Paull on Nov. 28, 1784. 

The Richards’ moved to Putney, Vt., after the birth of their first son in 1786. They lived in different areas in Southern Vermont and had nine more children. 

In the early 1800s, the oldest sons James and Peter, headed west on foot. Over time, they purchased seven parcels of land totaling 286 acres – around the area of where the cemetery now sits – from the Holland Land Company. At that time, the parcels were part of Genesee County. 

After his wife died in 1811, Richards moved to Orangeville to live with his sons. On Sept. 11, 1825, he died and was buried in the family cemetery.

James, Peter, and another of Richards' sons, Paul, were active in local government, each serving several terms as supervisor for the Town of Orangeville. Additionally, Paul served as town clerk for several years and was influential with the formation of what is now Wyoming County. He was also appointed as the county’s first judge in 1841.

When Nicholas Fisher and his brother were little boys roaming around on the nearby farm, they came across the “little” cemetery.  

“It (the cemetery) was overgrown and pretty much forgotten,” Fisher said. “It was abandoned really. In 1984, in keeping with a promise to his mother Mabel Spink, Paul Spink, great-great-grandson of Daniel Richards, began taking care of it. Then after I retired from my career in 2000, and moved back home, I began helping him restore it.”

Fisher is a member of American Legion Post 449 out of Michigan, and the Wyoming County Joint Veterans Honor Guard.

The Historical Marker Program in New York began in 1926 as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration. At that time, markers could be acquired from the State Education Department (SED). While funding through a regular state appropriation had run out around 1939, coordination of the program was continued by the Office of State History of the Education Department into the 1960s.

In 1960, responsibility for erecting and maintaining the markers was officially reestablished with the SED.

For more information about the history of the Marker Program click here

For more information on other historic places in Wyoming County click here

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Monday, October 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

The following person was in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Griffith Oct. 4.

Eric E. Hartman, who committed a crime in Perry and Wethersfield, was sentenced to two-and-one-half years in prison, 10 years post-release supervision, and $1,425 in fees and surcharges. An order of protection was also issued. He was convicted of criminal sex act in the third degree, a Class E felony.

The following people were seen in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Oct. 5.

Darin Wierzbic, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a Class A felony, with sentencing at the discretion of the court. He is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3.

Saida Ali, who is accused of a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to 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. 13.

Robin Frontuto, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to Nov. 16. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $75,000 bond.

Tammy Miller, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to Oct. 13.

David Riley, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to two-and-one-half years in prison and two years post-release supervision, and $160 in restitution. Sentencing is at the discretion of the court.

The following are from state correctional facilities in Attica.

Wyatt Penfold had his case adjourned to Nov. 16.

Chester Jones pled not guilty to 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 Dec. 21 for motions. Bail was set at $20,000.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Nov. 16.

Bruce Battle had his case adjourned to Oct. 19 for a Wade Hearing. The purpose of a Wade Hearing is to determine whether the eyewitness’s identification of the defendant as the perpetrator of the crime is correct.

Jayme Frontuto had his case adjourned to Nov. 16 for a hearing. 

Jerry McLamore had his case adjourned to Feb. 24 for trial.

James Smith pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled for Dec. 21. Bail was set at $20,000.

Jamal Wilson pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled for Dec. 21. Bail was set at $20,000.

Darrell Carthon pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled for Dec. 21. Bail was set at $5,000.

Corey Underwood was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison for the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony, as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Sentencing is at the discretion of the court.

Frank Pergola was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on each count of aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate, a Class E felony, as a second felony offender. The sentences are to run concurrently to each other and consecutively to his current term. Sentencing is at the discretion of the court.

Lionell Jones pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony, as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16, with sentencing at the discretion of the court.

Wesley Kirkland was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentencing it to run consecutively to his current term. Sentencing is at the discretion of the court.

Rafael Deorbel pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and promoting prison contraband in the second degree, both as misdemeanors. He was sentenced to a conditional discharged with sentencing at the discretion of the court.

David Alexander pled not guilty to two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 21 for motions. Bail was set at $5,000.

The following were seen in Wyoming County Court before Mohun Oct. 6.

Phillip Lingenfelter, who committed a crime in Arcade, violated original (June 30) sentencing deal on criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony. Sentencing will now be at the discretion of the court. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 27.

Shannon Garland, who committed a crime in Arcade, paid $2,000 in restitution. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 15.

Amanda Washburn, who is accused of a crime in Gainesville, had her case adjourned to Dec. 1 for motions.

Ryan Northrup, who committed a crime in Middlebury, pled guilty to driving while ability impaired by drugs, a Class E felony; and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting. Sentencing is at the discretion of the court and is scheduled for Dec. 8. Bail was set at $2,500.

Christopher Ladd, who committed a crime in Orangeville, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class D felony; and aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8 and is at the discretion of the court. Bail has been revoked.

Stephanie Stuart, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a Class E felony; driving while ability impaired by drugs, and endangering the welfare of a child, both as misdemeanors; and driving on roadway laned for traffic. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 5.

Tina Beeley, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, appeared for motions. The decision has been reserved and the case adjourned to Oct. 20 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.

Margaret Wolfe, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony. On Oct. 7, she was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation and $150 in restitution.

Lynda Brown, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to Dec. 1 for motions.

Luke Mattson, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to Oct. 13.

Crystal Lawrence, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to welfare fraud in the fifth degree and petit larceny, both as misdemeanors. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

Steven Snyder, who is accused of a committing a crime in Wethersfield, had his case adjourned to Dec. 1.

Melissa Trzecieski, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 15.

Chastity Brace, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, entered a general denial on a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 3. She is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Jessica Eagan, who is accused of a crime in Wyoming County, had her case adjourned to Oct. 20.

Tamber Reed, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a second violation of interim probation. She was sentenced to three years probation on the conviction of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Shane Shaffer, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. Shaffer was resentenced to one to three years in prison followed by a three-year conditional discharge with an ignition interlock device.

Alanna Muniak, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a second violation of probation. She is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 20.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Orangeville.

Press release

Nine members of the Genesee Community College (GCC) faculty and staff have been recognized by State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. They were credited for outstanding contributions to their profession, the campus and the community. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence is given in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

The GCC faculty and staff members were honored at a reception on the Batavia Campus last week in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Award for Excellence in Classified Service

    • Michelle A. Peck, secretary of health, physical education and athletics, started her career at GCC in 2007. Serving as secretary to both the director of Athletics and to the director of Health and Physical Education at GCC, her work requires a high level of organization and multi-tasking. She has served on several search committees and is a member of LEAD, which is a leadership, development committee for student athletes. 

The Orangeville resident actively assists in organizing and participating in several events each year, such as the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties) Corporate Cup, athletic team games and fundraisers, Mission Condition, Athlete Olympics, Mini-Summit, Athletics Hall of Fame, and more. She continuously meets the needs of hundreds of students, faculty, athletes and coaches each year.

Award for Excellence in Teaching

    • Roxanne M. Holthaus, assistant professor of nursing, joined GCC as a full-time faculty member in 2009. With more than 16 years of experience, both as a registered nurse and a family nurse practitioner in a university setting, she was promoted to the rank of assistant professor in 2015. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY (State University of New York) Binghamton and a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. 

The LeRoy resident is the coordinator and point of contact for the Nursing Boot Camp program. The program is a series of clinical lab and simulation exercises offered during the summer months as a means of helping students maintain their nursing skill set during the semester break. 

    • Karen K. Wicka, assistant professor of criminal justice, was an attorney who left the practice of law to pursue her passion of teaching. She began her time at GCC as an adjunct professor of criminal justice in 2001 and was hired as a full-time instructor in 2008. As of 2012, she has held the title of assistant professor. 

The Hamburg resident earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Potsdam and a juris doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University. In addition to her classroom teaching, she is a co-advisor for the Criminal Justice Club. 

Her legal experience includes serving as an associate for Bond, Shoeneck & King, LLP in Buffalo, and O'Connell and Aronowitz, P.C. in Albany. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York (CJEANYS), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New York Bar Association. She continues to give back to the College with her time as a volunteer for the Scholars Symposium and the New York State Historical Society Essay Contest for GCC.

Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

    • Edward J. Grabowski, adjunct instructor of social science and business, teaches a variety of courses at GCC. Not only does he teach multiple courses including Criminal Justice, Business Law, and Paralegal Studies, he teaches at several locations. He has taught on an adjunct basis at the College since 2007. 

His career in law enforcement began with an associate’s degree in police science from GCC in 1976. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in police science and education from Buffalo State College and finally, he received a juris doctorate from the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Law in 1997. 

Heavily involved in his community, he has been a Boy Scout leader for 20 years and teaches law and criminal justice-related merit badges to boy scouts. The Medina resident is a member of the Orleans Niagara BOCES School Board and has been portraying Santa Claus since 1982 at local events.

    • Pamela N. Lusk, adjunct instructor of social science and health, has taught for GCC since the Albion Campus Center opened in the fall of 1990. She teaches in multiple subject areas, including psychology, health, human services, and sociology. 

She obtained a dual-major bachelor's degree in health education and community development and a master's degree in health and social sciences from The College at Brockport. Additionally, she completed her PhD in psychology from Cornell University.

In addition to her regular duties, she has temporarily filled in as the acting associate dean for the campus center and wellness coordinator the Title III Grant. She has also led the Albion Campus Wellness Student Club and has overseen numerous fundraisers and other service projects to help those in need. 

Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

    • Karen Huffman, PhD, assistant professor of biology has been a member of the college's science faculty since 2011. She was promoted to the rank of assistant professor in the fall of 2014 and has been instrumental in developing service learning at GCC. 

Huffman graduated with Honors from Indiana University, earning a bachelor of science degree in microbiology. She then moved to Texas and completed a PhD in biology at the University of Texas, teaching, carrying out original research, and presenting at national meetings. 

Her teaching includes stints as an adjunct professor at a number of community and four-year colleges in Chicago and Buffalo, and as a high school biology teacher at Mt. Mercy Academy in Buffalo. Beyond GCC, she serves on several state level committees including the NYS Science Content Advisory Panel and the Science Teachers Association of New York State where she serves on the Board of Directors. Additionally, she was recently elected as the statewide college level representative. 

She was instrumental in planning and executing the College's first Scholars Symposium Day and continues to represent GCC through presentations she makes at local, state and national conferences as well as through a long list of publications.

Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

    • M. Richard (Rick) Dudkowski, professor of business/marketing/fashion has been a member of the GCC faculty since 1984. He was hired as the first full-time faculty member in the fashion program and through his leadership, the program has grown from 12 students to its current enrollment of 73. 

The Clarence resident was the 2001-2002 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2008-2009 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He is currently co-chairing GCC’s 50th anniversary steering committee and he co-chaired the 20th anniversary steering committee.

Under his watch, the annual fashion show celebrated its 35th anniversary in the spring and has grown into the largest and longest running fashion show in Western New York. For the past 15 years, under his direction, the Business Forum Club has hosted the annual "Ducky Derby," raising thousands of dollars to support the United Way. 

He earned an associate degree in business administration from Erie Community College, a bachelor's degree in consumer and business studies from Buffalo State College, a master's degree in vocational and technical education from Buffalo State College, and he has completed all but the dissertation at the University at Buffalo in the Educational Doctorate program in vocational education.

Award for Excellence in Professional Service

    • Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, PhD, dean of math/science and career education since August 2011, came to GCC as an instructor of chemistry in 2000. He received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004-2005 and after reaching full professor status in 2010, and he won again in 2011 for Faculty Service. He oversees 40 academic programs.

A native of Puerto Rico, Alicea-Maldonado earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University at Buffalo. He was awarded the Mattern-Tyler Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Chemistry at UB, has authored several publications, and has presented at over a dozen conferences. 

The Buffalo resident currently teaches the Intro to Chemistry course in an online format, which he developed.

    • Carol Marriott, associate vice president for institutional research and assessment, began her career at the college in 2000 as a temporary grant coordinator. 

The Corfu resident earned a master's degree in higher education from the University at Buffalo before returning to work at GCC as the director of institutional research. She advanced to the position of associate dean in 2009 before being named associate vice president in 2012. 

Her creative and innovative approach to problem solving has resulted in the development of major decision-making tools at GCC, such as the Genesee Strategic Intelligence (GSI) system.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bennington, Warsaw, Perry, Attica, Orangeville.

The following were seen in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun June 9. 

Ryan Leary, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, required to have an ignition interlock device installed, had his driver's license revoked and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Eric Lamachy, who committed a crime in Orangeville, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, had his driver’s license revoked, required to have an ignition interlock device installed, credited with time served, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Christian Manley, who allegedly committed a crime in Attica, had his case adjourned to Sept. 22 for pre-plea.

Johnny Shannon, who is accused of a crime in Bennington, was in court for motions. He case has been adjourned to June 23.

Charles Braun, who allegedly committed a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to July 1 for a Gomberg Hearing. A Gomberg Hearing is an inquiry of defendants being jointly represented by the same attorney. The court must ascertain, on the record, whether each defendant understands the possible risks posed by joint representation and has knowingly chosen to share a lawyer with a co-defendant.

Kira Kastenhuber, who is accused of a crime in Perry, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to July 8 for a Huntley/Wade Hearing. 

A Wade Hearing refers to a pretrial hearing process applied in criminal laws. This principle is used by a principle to question the validity of an identification process in which s/he was identified as a culprit. This principle is used to determine if the identification of a defendant is tainted. 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.

Philip Perry, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to June 30. 

Michael Mead, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to June 23.

Mitchell Chapman, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to June 30. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:41 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Orangeville, Warsaw, Varysburg.

An investigation into a domestic incident on April 26 yielded a cash crop of marijuana, paraphernalia, and growing equipment in a Town of Orangeville home.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic incident on Syler Road and while investigating the complaint, deputies allegedly could smell fresh marijuana throughout the house. After clearing the scene, deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence.

During the execution of the warrant, Dan J. Tuttle, 54, was allegedly seen pulling marijuana plants located outside. It is suspected that he was trying to hide the plants elsewhere on the property.

A subsequent search of the house led to the alleged discovery of two indoor canvas marijuana growing tents, a hidden marijuana growing area, other pieces of marijuana growing equipment, and several pieces of marijuana smoking paraphernalia. Five ounces of the drug was also seized during the search.

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     Dan J. Tuttle      Vicki L. Tuttle

In addition to Dan Tuttle, Vicki L. Tuttle, Sarah M. Schulz, and Donald W. Schulz Jr. also lived in the home. Additionally, the Schulz’s three children – 9, 5, and 1 years old – also lived in the home.

Dan was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree, endangering the welfare of a child, and tampering with physical evidence.

Vicki, 56, was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Donald W. Schulz Jr.    Sarah M. Schulz

Sarah, 28, and Donald, 37, were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

All four are due in the Town of Orangeville Court May 25. 

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10:40 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Varysburg, Strykersville, Orangeville.

The investigation of an accident that closed a portion of Route 20A on March 2 concludes the driver of a passenger car failed to yield the right of way to the driver of a Mack tank truck. The accident occurred on Route 20A at Route 98 in the Town of Orangeville at approximately 1 p.m.. 

Dana Smith, was driving northbound on Route 98 in a 2003 Volkswagen car, when, after stopping at the stop sign, she proceeded into the intersection directly in the path of James Marzolf. 

Marzolf’s truck, loaded with feed, subsequently overturned. The Strykersville resident was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) via North Java Ambulance. He was later released with minor injuries.

Smith, of Varysburg, had to be extracted from her vehicle by Varysburg Fire and Rescue using the Jaws of Life. She was flown to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, via Mercy Flight. She is in stable condition. Her passenger, Sean Salmon, of Varysburg, was taken to WCCH via Medic 80. He was released with minor injuries.

Smith’s vehicle was demolished and removed by Barbers Towing, Bliss. Marzolf’s truck was removed by Maher Towing and Recovery.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Varysburg Fire and Rescue, North Java Ambulance, Medic 80, Mercy Flight, New York State Police, Sheriff’s Office’s Crash Management Team, and New York State Department of Transportation.

See related: Part of Route 20A closed for investigation

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Varysburg, Orangeville.

An accident involving two vehicles has shut down a portion of Route 20A.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) issued a notice closing Route 20A between Route 98 and Syler Road, Orangeville, due to the ongoing investigation into the accident.

UPDATE 6:26 p.m.: The NYSDOT reports that Route 20A is now open.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm
posted by Lucie Griffis in Orangeville, How to.
Event Date and Time: 
March 19, 2016 - 2:00pm

THE ORANGEVILLE TOWN HALL IS HAVING A CLASS ON HOW TO MAKE A SMALL WOODEN STOOL AT 2PM. THIS IS A FREEAND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC CLASS.THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO 20 STOOLS,1 PER HOUSEHOLD.FOR MORE INFO FOR CALL MAUREEN AT 322-0174.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm
posted by Lucie Griffis in Orangeville.
Event Date and Time: 
February 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

THE ORANGEVILLE TOWN HALL IS HAVING YOU EXPLORE THE TALENT IN THE TOWN AT 2 PM FEATURING THE “BACKWOODS CLOGGERS” OF WYOMING COUNTY THAT
WILL PERFORM AND GIVE A LESSON ON THE PERCUSSIVE STYLE OF DANCE.FOR MORE INFO CALL MAUREEN AT 322-0174

Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Arcade, Sheldon, Gainesville, Warsaw, Orangeville.

Peter Galioto, 37, of Arcade, was charged Jan. 2 with petit larceny. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a shoplifter from the Family Dollar Store, Main Street, Arcade. The complaint alleges that Galioto purchased several items and then attempted to leave without paying for several other items. The store's security alarm allegedly sounded when he tried to leave the store. The merchandise was allegedly found under his coat. Galioto is due in the Town of Arcade Court later this month. 

Jean L. Dupuy, 46, of Rochester, was charged Dec. 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. According to a Wyoming County Sheriff’s report, Dupuy called the Sheriff’s Office reporting that he lost the wheel off his vehicle while driving on Route 77, Sheldon. During the encounter, deputies allegedly found that Dupuy had been driving with a non-driver identification card with two active suspensions. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court Jan. 25.

Gregory M. Konvinse, 67, of Gainesville, was charged Dec. 30 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or higher, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and no plate lamps. According to a Wyoming County Sheriff’s report, Konvinse was arrested following a traffic complaint. He was allegedly found driving on North Main Street, Warsaw, and stopped for an equipment violation. During the stop, Konvinse is accused of failing standardized field sobriety testing and subsequently arrested for DWI. He is due int the Village of Warsaw Court Jan. 18. The Warsaw Police Department assisted with the arrest.

Erick Lamachy, 53, of Columbus, Ohio, was charged Dec. 27 with felony driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to keep right, and refusing a breath test. According to a Wyoming County Sheriff’s report, Lamachy was driving east on Route 20A, Orangeville, when his vehicle traveled off the north shoulder and overturned several times going down an embankment. Lamachy was taken via Varysburg Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital for back pain. He was later transferred to Erie County Community Hospital, Buffalo. Lamachy was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail, Warsaw, on $20,000 bail. He is due in the Town of Orangeville Court at a later date.

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, Orangeville.

A house fire that "will be fully involved very soon," according to a chief on scene, is reported at a location across the street from 3333 Almeter Road, east of Weber Road, in Orangeville.

Responding are Orangeville, Varysburg, North Java, Attica, Arcade, Warsaw, Sheldon and Alexander's Fast Team.

UPDATE 9:51 p.m.: Firefighters will attempt an interior fight.

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