Pike

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Pike.

Anthony Butler, of Pike, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester 2017 at Youngstown State University (YSU), Ohio. Butler is a exercise science major.

The dean's list recognizes the university’s best and brightest students. The list includes those full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 grade point average while carrying a course load of 12 or more credit hours.

Youngstown State University, an urban research university, offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Pike.

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No injuries were reported in the fire in Castile Tuesday that cause an estimated $65,000 in damages. The cause of the fire at 4294 Fairview Road, Castile, remains under investigation.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Perry Center fire departments were on the scene for two hours yesterday afternoon. 

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Chief John Proper, was Wyoming County Emergency Services. Standing by at empty fire stations included Pike, Gainesville and Mount Morris fire departments.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

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Around 4:40 this afternoon a fire broke out in a home on Fairview Road, Silver Springs. 

Fire crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Perry Center, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the scene, with Pike Fire Department filling in at Castile and Gainesville filling in at Silver Springs.

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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A vacant home, currently under renovations, was the site of a fire in Castile Wednesday. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at 116 S. Main Street in the Village.

Fire departments from Castile, Silver Springs, Perry, Pike, and Perry Center were on the scene for approximately three-and-one-half hours. Standing by at empty stations included Bliss, Perry Center and Gainesville fire departments. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Castile Chief Bill Dake was Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Department.

The incident caused an estimated $15,000 in damages.

There were no injuries reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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A fire broke out late this afternoon at 100 S. Main St., Castile.

Crews from Castile, Silver Springs, Pike, and Perry fire departments responded to the scene. Filling in at empty stations included Perry Center Fire Department at Castile and Gainesville Fire Department at Silver Springs.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Castile Chief Bill Dake.

The house was unoccupied at the time, as it is being remodeled. 

There were no injuries reported at the time of this post.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Pike, Perry, Attica.

Vahagurupal S. Pummay, 28, of Bakersfield, Calif., was charged April 30 with log book violation, expired tax permit, over length vehicle-combination, and disobeying a traffic control device. Pummay was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry. He was stopped for driving his tractor trailer westbound onto Route 20A, west of Route 246, which is prohibited. Additionally, drivers are required to maintain a current log book which documents their daily activity. Officers say he was found to have a log book without any documentation for the previous two days. Pummay was escorted to a nearby turn-around area where he was taken out of service for a total of 10 hours. He is due in the Town of Perry Court May 24.

Tristin Hagen, 19, of Pike, was charged April 21 with criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. The charges stem from a search warrant at her home April 21 by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say evidence recovered included marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, suspected narcotic paraphernalia, consisting of glassine envelopes and small paper envelopes, and a shotgun. She is due in the Town of Pike Court at a later date. Additionally, there are charges pending against another subject, who is currently in the Livingston County Jail, and will be arrested upon release, officials say.

Rasheida Rhamas, 37, Kentassja Taylor, 18, both of Rochester, were charged April 30 with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Dunbar Road, Attica. Rhamas was stopped for an expired inspection sticker. During the stop, officers say she was driving without a license and marijuana was allegedly found in the vehicle. Rhamas was ticketed for the driving infractions as well. Both are due in the Town of Attica Court at a later date.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm
posted by Howard Owens in fire, Pike, news.

A fully involved car fire is reported in the area of 6942 Route 19, Pike.

Traffic is being stopped on the road while Pike fire responds.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:43 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Pike.

Sparks from a cutting torch ignited bedding materials in the cow barn of a Cattaraugus County farm, causing $150,000 in damages.

Several Wyoming County fire departments responded to the fire at 10826 Osmun Road, Freedom, shortly after noon Monday.

Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, Farmersville, Centerville, and Rushford fire departments responded to the barn fire at Edelweiss Farm Inc. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf included Wyoming County Emergency Management, Arcade Electric, and Cattaraugus County Fire Investigators. Standing by at empty fire stations included Sheldon, Bliss, and Pike fire departments.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to other nearby barns on the complex. Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:55 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Arcade, Middlebury, Pike, Warsaw, Attica.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun April 6.

Roy Lawrence, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to three years in prison with three years post-release supervision and $190 in restitution. He was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Heidi Hopkins, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to four years in prison with one year post-release supervision with Shock recommendation, and $280 in restitution. She was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony.

Jonathan Bucknam, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to one year in prison with one year post-release supervision on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. He was also sentenced to an unconditional discharge and $6,278 restitution on the conviction of offering a false instrument to file in the second degree.

Shannon Garland, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to one year conditional discharge and $2,378.75 in restitution, which was paid in full. She was convicted of petit larceny.

Matthew Hadfield, who committed a crime in Middlebury, was sentenced on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony, to one to three years in prison with Shock recommendation, three years conditional discharge, and driver’s license revocation. Shock Incarceration Program is a six-month program that prepares young, nonviolent inmates for early parole release consideration. The program provides a schedule of rigorous physical activity, intensive regimentation, discipline, and drug rehabilitation. Hadfield was also convicted of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and sentenced to an unconditional discharge.

John Pascarella, who committed a crime in Pike, was sentenced to five years probation, $655 restitution, and 150 hours of community service. An order of protection was also issued. He was convicted of burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony.

Matthew Kurtz, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted criminal sale of marijuana in the second degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled June 29. An order of protection was also issued.

Brandon McCoy, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was arraigned on two violations of probation. The case has been adjourned to April 13 for a hearing. He is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

James Otis, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection has been issued and bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Sentencing is scheduled June 22.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica who were in court before Mohun April 6 and 7.

Alexander Drake had his case adjourned to April 27 for a hearing.

Angel Cruz failed to appear. The case has been adjourned to April 27.

Chester Jones pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled June 21.

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

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Tyler Mummery, 20, of Arcade, was charged April 8 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, uninspected motor vehicle, and broken windshield. Mummery was stopped on Route 39, Arcade, for an alleged broken windshield and expired inspection. During the stop, deputies administered a field sobriety test and say he failed and was subsequently arrested. Additionally, deputies say marijuana was recovered from his vehicle. Mummery submitted to a drug influence evaluation where a Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert determined him to be impaired by marijuana. He is due in the Town of Arcade Court at a later date.

Jessica Rodriguez, 39, of Pike, was charged April 3 with unsafe backing and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Deputies say Rodriguez accidentally backed into a vehicle that was parked behind her on 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. No injuries were caused by the accident. She is due in the Village of Perry Court at a later date.

Timothy Woods, 52, of Warsaw, was charged April 5 with driving while intoxicated following a one-car accident on Chaffee Road, Java. Deputies say Wood was traveling east on Chaffee Road when he swerved to miss a deer, left the road and struck a tree. He was taken to ECMC, Buffalo, by Strykersville Ambulance and treated for minor injuries. He is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Laycee K. Wilson, 29, of Gainesville, was charged April 9 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs, inadequate lights, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Wilson was stopped on North Main Street, Warsaw, for having a headlamp out on her vehicle. During the stop, deputies say she was found to be in possession of multiple glassine bags containing heroin, and three hypodermic syringes. Additionally, she is accused of failing standardized field sobriety testing. She was arrested and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. A Drug Recognition Expert evaluated Wilson and determined her to be impaired by narcotic analgesics (pain medication) and marijuana. She is due in the Village of Warsaw Court May 8.

Kailee R. Phillips, 27, of Lancaster, was charged April 8 with improper signal and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Phillips was stopped on Exchange Road, Attica, after allegedly signaling the wrong direction for a turn. During the stop. deputies found her to have five active suspensions on her New York State driver’s license. She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. She is due in court today.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, Pike, Alexander.

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Like most emerging artists, when Andy Carter was first learning his craft, he experimented with materials he had available to him at the time – crayons, markers, paint, a pen, a Walkman, and a toothbrush. All the tools necessary for an artist?

But Carter doesn’t just put ink to paper or canvas, well, he does use a “canvas,” just of a different nature – skin. The Pike resident is the owner and tattoo artist of Revelation Ink. The new tattoo shop, located at 10594 Main St. (Route 98), Alexander, is the goal he has been working toward for more than 20 years.

Although Carter had been drawing since he was 7 years old, when he was around 15 or 16, a “buddy” of his “got out of jail” and showed him how to make a tattoo gun. And being the creative sort, he made one out of a Walkman motor, a pen, a toothbrush, and sewing needles. 

“I just started tattooing my friends with this thing. Some of them still have the tats and refuse to get them covered up – though I have covered-up some of them. Back then you had to order this stuff (tattooing equipment) but I didn’t know where to get it and I didn’t have the money. So, I did what I always do, figured out how to make one.” 

It would be called a “rotary machine,” and he would wrap string around the needle to hold the ink for the tattoo that way. 

“I can’t even believe I did it. I did some pretty good ones for not knowing anything about it. Now I have professional equipment and am much better at it. 

“When I was in first grade, my mom’s friends babysat me and I would draw on their kids' arms with markers or Sharpies or whatever I could get my hands on. I just thought it was cool. I never thought about tattooing. One day my buddy’s dad came home and asked if I had ever thought about tattooing. I didn’t even know what it was. He brought me a tattoo (magazine) or Easy Rider magazine, I can’t remember what it was, but it had tattoos in it and I thought it was the coolest.”

When he was in school, he “loved evil things,” like “bones and skulls and blood.” He said he teachers would ask “Why do you draw stuff like that? Why not draw a pretty flower or something?” But, he didn’t want to draw flowers, until he met his high school Art teacher, Parry Ryan.

“She’s still the Art teacher there, at the Attica school, she would take my pictures and look at them and be like ‘Andy, that’s a beautiful skull, you should add a few more and put some more blood in there.’ She was just awesome. She didn’t judge you. She was just a great person.

“A few years ago, a friend of mine’s daughter texted me a picture she got from Art class, she took a picture…Miss Ryan still has my artwork up and she puts it on an easel when she is doing certain projects. That’s pretty cool, since the work was done 20 years ago. That’s pretty cool knowing that not everyone is judgmental about your artwork.”

When he was a child, his mom would buy him coloring books. He would spend hours coloring the pictures and tracing them out. 

“We didn’t have video games then, well…we had Atari, but who wanted to play Atari? That’s the only thing I had was my art. That was the only thing I was interested in.”

While tattoo artists consider the skin their “canvas,” Carter says the biggest difference is “You hurt people this way.” Getting a tattoo is not a painless process.

“It’s really no different for me, there are just different techniques that you have to use. It’s just like any other artwork when you go from watercolors, to acrylics, to oils, to colored pencils – to skin – it’s all different art. Tattoo ink is more like a water-based ink and it’s FDA approved, because it has to be sterile.”

While Carter had the desire to take the plunge and become his own business owner, he “had to wait” until his wife got out of college.

“I wanted to do something that I truly wanted to do and my wife has been incredibly supportive of me. She just wants me to be happy. I paint still and still draw, but I can make more money this way. You can’t make money as an artist unless you’re dead or have the right connections. Out here…I don’t have the right connections living out here, so tattooing is the only way that I can actually make a living doing my art.”

So he just decided to be an artist. 

While he says the jump was “scary” – going from a solid career to an uncertain one – the excitement of not really knowing what the next day will bring keeps the “creativity fresh.”

“I was put on this earth to make art and that’s what I’m going to do. I just wanted to be…I’ve always loved painting and drawing and once I discovered tattooing, I wanted to do that, too. I’ve been a woodworker for most of my life – the last 12 years. Now…I come here and hang out and draw on people all day. And I talk to people, that’s what I’m good at…talking.”

While Carter likes the process of coming up with a design, he does need to actually talk to a person about their ideas for him to come up with something unique. Chuckling, he had said it was “kinda hard” to draw something when he just gets a text with a picture that adds “I want this, but can you make it a little different?"

“I need a bit more than that. When someone comes into the shop with an idea…they give me a bit of background on the idea and why and I can take that and work up something that is meaningful to them. They give me ideas of what they like and such…it’s a fun process. It can be frustrating at times – getting it right – but when they walk out of here happy…I’m happy.”

His new venture allows him to meet a lot of different types of people and, depending on the tattoo, he can spend anywhere from a few minutes to several hours with one client. 

“I can spend five hours with one person, so I get to know the people and hear their stories and the things they have gone through or are going through. I get to meet some really awesome people and hear some really awesome stories.”

One customer had wanted a tattoo with butterflies and skulls, but the skulls she wanted “hidden” because she works at the school and didn’t want to “scare” anyone. And as an added challenge, it was a cover up. 

“Skulls are my specialty, but now that I’m 40 I really started getting into flowers and calligraphy and letters. I just love it. Flowers are awesome to do because they are so colorful, I hated them as a kid but now I like them.”

Although Carter views the skin as his canvas, the color of the “canvas” does make a difference with respect to the brightness of a color.

“Pasty white people are the best to tattoo because the colors just show up more vibrant.”

Then he began to tic off a multitude of other differences.

“Women have the best skin to tattoo because their skin is soft and the needle can penetrate the skin more easily. Men are tougher to tattoo because their skin is a bit rougher, but you can tell a difference in tattooing someone who does manual labor or works in an office. The darker you are…you’re not going to get the reds and yellows and whites in your skin, because it’s not really going to show up. So I’d generally use black.”

He also warns that just as tanned skin fades when it is exposed to less sunshine, a tattoo will fade if exposed to too much.

“Every time you are in the sun and don’t use something to protect your skin…it will fade over time. But, you also have to take care of them even for years after to maintain the color and quality of the tattoo.”

Additionally, because some colors, like yellows and whites, fade quicker than others, Carter tends to only use those colors for shading. Not only can he tell how colors will look on different skin tones, he can also tell how a session will go by looking at a person's skin. 

“Different parts of the body are more sensitive, like the ribs or elbows. I’ve had grown men in the fetal position getting their ribs done. Another guy fell asleep because it didn’t even hurt him. It also depends on your artist, too. You can have a ‘light hand’ or ‘heavy hand,’ most people say I have a ‘light hand.’ "

When clients told him he had a “heavy hand,” he would go home and tattoo himself to get back into the feel of a “light hand.” He also says it makes a difference as far as pain goes as well. 

“The one thing I don’t allow is drinking alcohol when I’m tattooing, other than the person may make a bad decision on the piece – it’s his body...it will make my job harder because you will bleed more.”

He also recommends having a full stomach before getting the tattoo, saying “on a full stomach, it’s probably not going to hurt as bad. And it may not bleed as bad.” In addition to his verbal recommendation, he also provides a handout with the “Do’s and Don’ts” before and after getting new ink.

“When they leave here I want them to be happy with what they have and I want their tattoo to last. And for those who have never gotten a tat, do not get a big one for your first one. And not on your ribs. While any place is a personal decision, I do offer suggestions. Be aware of what you are getting into before getting a tat.

“Women and men are so different, too. A woman will send me a picture of what she wants and come back and change it up like 20 times before she decides on what she wants. But once that’s done…them women are tough as nails. They are hardcore to the bone. 

“Now men, they know what they want, where they want it – everything. But when they come in…they are the biggest babies when they come in, it’s funny. Women just sit there and take it. I love it, they have great skin and they can take it. It must be something with their genes or something, they just can’t make up their minds with what they want.” 

Healing time is dependent on the size of the design and the amount of color in the piece or the total amount of ink that’s used. He stresses that the most important thing to remember is to keep it clean. 

“Outlines heal up quicker than those shaded in. Remember, it’s similar to an open wound. Cleanliness is the most important factor. You can fix a bad tattoo, but you can’t fix a disease.”

While Carter says when he first opened he was concerned about not getting a steady paycheck like the other job, he’s gotten so booked up, he had to quit the woodworking job to be at the shop full time.

And of course he’s not complaining.

Revelation Ink is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In compliance with New York State Law, clients must be 18 years old. ID required. 

In addition to tattooing, long-time friend Jassica Connolly works alongside Carter, but as a piercer. Piercing includes intimate and dermal piercing. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Check out Revelation Ink’s portfolio on Facebook or call (585) 689-2255 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Editor's note: The photos of Carter working on a client are by Autumn Raine Connolly.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

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An early morning fire at the Castile Diner, 125 S. Main St., Castile, remains under investigation today.

While no injuries were reported, fire crews were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours under Fire Chief in Charge, Castile Fire Chief Bill Dake.

Firefighters from Castile, Silver Springs, Gainesville, Bliss, Pike, and Nunda fire departments were assisted by Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the Village of Castile. Standing by at empty fire stations included Perry, Warsaw and Fillmore fire departments.

Damages are estimated at $150,000.

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Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Genesee Community College (GCC), including all seven campus locations in Warsaw, Arcade, Batavia, Albion, Dansville, Lima, and Medina, recently announced the dean’s list, provost’s list, and president’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's list honorees include:

    • Summer Beitz, Alicia Dylag, and Joelle Reiner, all of Attica;

    • Quinn Konfederath and Candace Bliss, both of Bliss;

    • Briona Terray, of Cowlesville;

    • Alyssa Witkowski, of Java Center;

    • Caitlin Pietron, of Pike;

    • Megan Gerde and Angela George, both of Strykersville;

    • Leanna Smith, Bethany Messe, Ciera Rinehart, Alicia Rast, Marissa Allard, and Caleb Miller, all of Perry;

    • Ashley Davis, of Portageville;

    • Heather Herrmann, of Silver Springs;

    • Shelagh Neeley, Makayla Irwin, Samantha Flint, Michael Cedrone, Manoj Rai, Allison Robb, and Sondra Lucas, all of Warsaw;

    • Kali Wright, Samantha Parsons, and Kaeleigh Bean, all of Wyoming;

    • Kaitlin Erb, Dylan Smoot, William Plume, Craig Fitzgerald, Amanda Fuller, and Tyler Marble, all of Arcade; and

    • Kory Debeau, of North Java.

Students named to the dean's list have earned a quality point index of 3.50 to 3.74.

Provost's list honorees include:

    • Abigail Skillman, of Arcade;

    • Casey Callahan, Nathaniel Washington, Shirl Clark, Marilyn-Lacy Leto, Lisa Deahn, and Julie Slepinski, all of Attica;

    • Stephanie Kehr, of Java Center;

    • Julia Chojnacki and Rachel Werner, of Varysburg;

    • Andrea Harter, Andrea Prince, and Hillary Shaffer, all of Perry;

    • Kristen Stephany, Zachary Brewer, Ashley Carney, and Delores Cedrone, all of Warsaw; and

    • Christopher Herrmann, of Wyoming.

Students named to the provost's list have maintained part-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75.

President's list honorees include:

    • Zachary Harrigan, Steven Boje, Katie Simar, Andrew Hyman, Zachary Wiedemann, Courtney Westberg, Ashley Miller, and Meghan Potter, all of Arcade;

    • Brittany Anderson, Nicholas Shadbolt, Gina Glor, Sydney Breton, Ryan Napieralski, John Burek, Rachel Beck, Courtney Schaller, Savannah Bartosik, Matthew Langerman, Samantha Long, and Brandon Storch, all of Attica;

    • Padraic Brazeau, of Cowlesville;

    • Barbara Brown and Brooke Tisdale, both of Gainesville;

    • Holly Benkleman and Adrian McMahon, both of North Java;

    • Anthony Wolowiec, Madeleine Weisenburg, and Olivia Herrmann, all of Strykersville;

    • Jeffrey Mincer, of Varysburg;

    • Patrick Rice and Adam DeLaVergne, both of Perry; 

    • Paul Torrey, of Silver Springs; and

    • Megan Hollister, Michelle LaBelle, Collyn Frank, Jennifer Cummins, Sarah Ushurova, Aaron Almeter, Micaela Van Buren, Amanda Pahuta, and Tracy Stevenson, all of Warsaw.

Those on the president's list comprised of full-time students who earned a quality point index of 3.75.

GCC offers over 65 academic programs and certificates, including the new Marketing and Social Media concentration within the Business Administration program. Additionally, the new Nanotechnology degree with ECC focus’s on the microscopic scale for jobs in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medicine, and photovoltaics.

The college has seven campus locations throughout Western New York, as well as through its online learning program. College housing is available at College Village, Batavia. 

For further information about all of GCC's opportunities, go to www.genesee.edu.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Arcade, Pike.

Patrick L. Gugliuzza, 37, of Warsaw, was charged recently following a Nov. 1 investigation into welfare fraud. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services charged Gugliuzza with welfare fraud in the fourth degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, both are felonies. He is accused of failing to report that he both had a roommate and was collecting rent for approximately five months. Subsequently, he allegedly collected $1,350 in benefits that he was not entitled to. If found guilty, he could face a one-year disqualification from receiving public assistance benefits. A second offense carries a two-year disqualification and a third offense carries a lifetime ban.

Vincent A. Schaub, 20, of Arcade, was charged Jan. 31 with: underage possession of alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana; speed not reasonable and prudent; failure to keep right; driving while ability impaired by a drug; and driving while ability by a combination of drugs and alcohol. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Schaub after seeing him “making an erratic turn onto Perry Road” then driving down the left lane of traffic. During the traffic stop, he was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and alcohol and subsequently arrested for DWI following roadside field sobriety testing. Schaub was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he supplied a breath sample, which allegedly showed a small amount of alcohol still in his system. He was then put through a drug influence evaluation, after which officials determined him to be impaired by alcohol, cannabis, and a central nervous system depressant. He was deemed unable to operate a vehicle safely. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court March 6.

Jared J. Acquard, 23, of Freedom, was charged Jan. 29 with unlawful possession of marijuana, inadequate headlamp, and driving while ability impaired by a drug. Deputies say Acquard was stopped on Main Street, Arcade, due to a nonworking headlight. During the investigation, it was allegedly found that the suspect was in possession of marijuana. He was subsequently arrested for DWAI following field sobriety testing. He was taken to the Arcade Police Department where he was given a drug influence evaluation. Following the evaluation, officials determined Acquard to be impaired by cannabis and unable to drive safely. He is due in the Village of Arcade Court Feb. 22.

Benjamin Minervino, 41, of Arcade, was charged Feb. 2 with speed unreasonable and prudent, driving while intoxicated, and operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or higher. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with a vehicle on its side on Route 39, Pike. The investigation showed Minervino as the driver of the truck. Deputies also say they noticed he smelled of alcohol, and he allegedly subsequently tested positive for the beverage in his system. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where he provided a breath sample that allegedly showed a BAC of .08 percent. He is due in Pike Town Court March 14.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike, carnival, winter.

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When the Pike Winter Carnival began in the '80s, a group of ladies came up with a concoction of soup and called it Pike Stew, said carnival committee member John Karasiewicz.

On Sunday, the same secret recipe was used, as well as the same kettle.

“The ladies would make the soup the day before and it was kept warm over an open fire. Everyone likes the stew, so we continue the tradition,” Karasiewicz said.

While the carnival had a 10-year hiatus from 1996 to 2006, the community event has gained momentum over the last few years and continues to be a winter favorite winter in this small town.

“It’s just a carnival for the community.”

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Monday, January 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile, Silver Springs, Warsaw, Pike.

A 16-year-old female, of Perry, was charged Jan. 25 with harassment in the second degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree. The teen is accused of grabbing court paperwork out of a Perry police officer’s hand while he was taking another individual, who had been arrested, to his police car. Additionally, she is accused of ripping the officer’s radio off from his uniform. She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Kyle Meerboth, 22, of Sardinia, was charged Jan. 21 with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving with a BAC above .18 percent, and failure to keep right. Meerboth was stopped on Griffith Road, Pike, following a traffic complaint. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Meerboth failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. His breath test allegedly showed a BAC of .21 percent. He is due in the Pike Town Court Feb. 7

Gregory Scott, 54, of Perry, was charged Jan. 28 with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving with a BAC of .18, and move from lane unsafely. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Scott drove his vehicle into a ditch on Chapman Road, Castile. During the investigation, deputies say he failed sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Additionally, he was allegedly found to have a BAC of .22 percent. He is due in Castile Town Court Feb. 13. Perry Police assisted deputies at the scene.

Brent Jno-Jules, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged Jan. 28 with speeding, unlawful possession of marijuana, and driving while ability impaired by a drug. Jno-Jules was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the suspect for allegedly driving 82 in a 55-mph zone. During the investigation, officers say they smelled an “odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle. He was placed through field sobriety testing and subsequently arrested for DWI and taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a drug influence evaluation. It was determined by the drug recognition expert that Jno-Jules was impaired by cannabis. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $300 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Perry Court March 8. Perry Police assisted deputies at the scene.

Derek E. Parke, 30, of Pike, was charged Jan. 30 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, following a traffic stop on Federal Street, Perry. Perry Police say Parke’s driver's license was suspended for failure to pay fines out of Warsaw Town Court and failure to answer summons out of Amherst Town Court. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Jeremy Mack, 36, of Silver Springs, was arrested Jan. 27 on an arrest warrant issued by Silver Springs Court for a violation of pre-trial release conditions. He was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. He is due in court April 3.

Mason Maha, 19, of Perry, was charged Jan. 25 with petit larceny. He is accused of stealing two car tires from a home in Perry. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He is due in Perry Village Court Feb. 14.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Pike, Castile, news, Java.

Dutch L. Bryndle, 23, of West Falls, was charged Jan. 14 with uninspected motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Bryndle was stopped on Route 78, Java, after a registration check allegedly showed his vehicle’s inspection had expired in December. Additionally, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he was in possession of marijuana and subsequently failed field sobriety testing. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where a Drug Recognition Expert evaluated him and determined him to be impaired by cannabis and unable to operated a vehicle safely. He is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date. Additionally, while at the Sheriff’s Office, Bryndle allegedly tampered with evidence pertaining to the DWAI case and was subsequently charged with tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court for this charge Feb. 13.

Daina C. Snyder, 30, of Warsaw, was charged Jan. 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a property damage accident on Woodruff Street, Silver Springs, involving Snyder’s car. According to the report, Snyder parked her car on the road and shortly thereafter it was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway. During the investigation it was allegedly found that she drove to the scene while her driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay child support. She is due in the Village of Silver Springs Court Feb. 13.

Ernest D. Lane, 58, no address provided, was charged Jan. 14 with menacing in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Castile where Lane reportedly threatened another household member with a baseball bat. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Castile Court at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

Derek Parke, 30, of Pike, was charged Jan. 15 with failing to keep right and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree. Parke was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 19, Warsaw. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Parke crossed over the centerline into the opposite lane, crossed back over and then stopped on the shoulder of the road. When deputies stopped to check on the man, it was allegedly found that he was driving with a suspended license. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Feb. 6.

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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw, Castile, Pike, Sheldon, Covington.

Kevin Casey, 24, of Warsaw, was charged Dec. 24 with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content above .08 percent, both are misdemeanors; and speed above 55 mph. Casey was stopped on Perry Road, Sheldon for allegedly driving 83 in a 55-mph zone. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he failed roadside sobriety testing and showed a BAC above the legal limit of .08 percent. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court Jan. 3.

Jason Hedges, 41, of Castile, was charged Dec. 24 with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, moving from lane unsafely, and no seat belt. Hedges was charged following a car accident on Route 39, Pike. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he left the roadway and struck a cement culvert during the accident. He was ejected from the vehicle and sustained minor injuries. He is due in Pike Town Court Jan. 9. Pike Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Nichole A. Dacey, 29, of Perry, and Jessica Y. Ruch, 34, of Livonia, were arrested Dec. 21 following a traffic stop on Route 246, Covington. Ruch, the driver, was stopped for multiple equipment infractions during a Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office DWI patrol. Deputies say she was found to have three active suspensions on her driver’s license for failure to answer summonses and failure to pay fines. She was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Dacey, a passenger, is accused of being in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Bail was set for both women at $500 cash or $2,500 bond. Additionally, they are due in the Town of Covington Court Feb. 27.

Friday, December 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Attica, Gainesville, Middlebury, Pike.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Dec. 21.

Wyatt Penfold, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to one-and-three-quarters to three-and-one-half years in prison as a second felony offender, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony.

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.

Rodney Webster pled not guilty to: assault in the first degree, a Class B felony; and assault in the second degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, all are Class D felonies; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled Feb. 22. Bail was set at $15,000.

Michael Busgith pled not guilty to: assault in the first degree, a Class B felony; and assault in the second degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, all are Class D felonies; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled Feb. 22. Bail was set at $15,000.

Jayshawn Williams pled not guilty to: assault in the second degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree; and promoting prison contraband in the first degree, all are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled Feb. 22. Bail was set at $5,000.

John Harris pled not guilty to three counts of assault in the second degree, as Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled for Feb. 22. Bail was set at $5,000.

Angel Cruz pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The case has been adjourned to March 16 for pre-plea.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Feb. 22.

Otis Williiams was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony.

Jamal Wilson had his case adjourned to Jan. 30.

Chester Jones had his case adjourned to Jan. 30.

Christian Manley had his case adjourned to Jan. 30.

James Smith was in court for motions. The court reserved decision. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 30.

Abida McIntosh pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 22.

Terrance Milton pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 22.

Ronald Montgomery was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 30 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.

Darrell Carthon pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 22.

David Alexander had his case adjourned to March 15.

Adam Stevens pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 22.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun Dec. 22.

Crystal Colon-Rosado, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to Feb. 1 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.

Tammy Miller, who is accused of committing a crime in Attica, was in court for motions. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 2.

James Ebner, who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to March 23 for interim sentencing.

George Colton, who committed a crime in Middlebury, pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to three years probation, issued a five-year order of protection, and fees and surcharges.

Shirley Sherwood, who committed a crime in Middlebury, pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to three years probation, issued a five-year order of protection, and fees and surcharges.

John Pascarella, who committed a crime in Pike, pled guilty to burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled March 23.

Joelle Good had her case adjourned to March 9 for trial.

Eugene Matteson, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court on a violation of conditional discharge. The case has been adjourned to Feb. 2. Bail continues at $2,000.

Richard Carpenter had his probation terminated.

Kijana Funderburk, who is an inmate in a State Correctional Facility in Attica, was sentenced to one to three years in prison to run concurrently with the Erie County sentence. Funderburk was convicted of violation of conditional discharge.

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