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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Pike, Gainesville, Bliss.

A cracked flue for a wood burning stove was deemed the cause of a reported chimney fire in Pike yesterday.

Crews from Pike, Bliss and Gainesville fire departments responded to 3 S. Division St., around 5:30 p.m.. Fire Chief in Charge was Pike Fire Chief Rich Vanderploeg and was assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services. 

The fire was said to have started in the chimney and had extended into the wall of the home in the area around the chimney.

No injuries were reported. 

Damages are estimated at $12,000.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

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Seven fire departments responded to a shop fire at 4463 Wethersfield Road, Gainesville, early Sunday evening.

Crews from Gainesville, Silver Springs, Pike, Bliss, Warsaw, North Java, and Alexander fire departments were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the blaze. Fire Chief in Charge was Gainesville Fire Chief Greg Lockwood, Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Perry, Castile, Varysburg, Nunda and Fillmore fire departments.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Damages from the fire are estimated at $50,000.

The shop was being used to make craft items for sale at craft shows. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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An electrical power strip was deemed the cause of a three-alarm fire on Route 362 in the Town of Eagle yesterday affternoon. 

Fire companies from Bliss, Arcade, Silver Springs, Castile, North Java, Pike, Strykersville, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the home at 6578 Route 362, Bliss. Assisting departments and Fire Chief in Charge, Bliss Assistant Fire Chief Marc Roche were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, RG&E, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty stations included Varysburg, Yorkshire, Nunda, Fillmore, and Centerville fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for five hours battling the blaze with no injuries reported.

The fire caused an estimated loss of $50,000 and the owners are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

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

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

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

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

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Pike, Warsaw.
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   Scott A. Wilcox

Three-time convicted felon Scott A. Wilcox was sentenced today to 21 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

The 46-year-old Pike man pled guilty April 8 to felon in possession of a firearm. The charge stems from a domestic incident in January 2015 in Pike.

At that time, Wilcox was accused of punching and knocking his girlfriend to the ground during an altercation. When he learned the police had been notified, he took a .44-caliber rifle from the home and headed for the woods.

On Jan. 25, 2015, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies searched his home in Pike and found the Marlin rifle, which belonged to the defendant. Additionally, deputies also found 76 rounds of ammunition for the weapon in an access panel in the bathroom. Because he is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from legally possessing firearms.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

At the time of his arrest, Wilcox was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, attempted assault in the the third degree, and felon in possession of a firearm.

See related: A Pike man is guilty of weapons charge

Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike Fair, Pike, Wyoming County Fair.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

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At around 2:10 p.m.Tuesday, Perry Police Officer Greg Smith was picking up paperwork at the Village Hall when a 9-1-1 call came in reporting a house was on fire directly across the street from the Village office. 

With crews dispatched from Perry and Perry Center fire departments, Smith spoke with the 9-1-1 caller who stated smoke could be seen on the second floor.

Knowing the tenants who occupied the three apartments could be at home, the officer quickly took action. 

Smith entered the building, knocked on the first door announcing his presence. When no one answered, he smashed the glass out, gained entry, found a tenant and told him to get out because the structure was on fire.

Village Clerk Tisha Sylvester also came across the street and assisted the man with getting his dog. 

The officer then checked the other first-floor apartment, no one was home, but he was unable to check the second floor due to heavy smoke. It was quickly established that all the occupants were safely out of the building and accounted for.

The occupants of the hotel adjacent to the apartment house were also evacuated due to heavy smoke.

Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby took command of the 19 area fire departments responding to the burning structure to try and contain the blaze.

Firemen from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Gainesville, Silver Springs, Warsaw, Pike, Geneseo, Nunda, Cuylerville, York, Leicester, Pavilion, and Le Roy fire departments were on the scene for six-and-one-half hours knocking the fire out. 

Also on scene were Perry and Monroe ambulance with Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Squad 10, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, Wyoming Correctional Facility, RG&E, NYSEG, and the Red Cross assisting. Standing by at empty fire stations included Gainesville, Bliss, Wyoming, Varysburg, and Mount Morris fire departments, as well as Mount Morris EMS. 

One firefighter injured during the incident and taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire was a malfunction of a fan/air purification system unit located in the kitchen of the second-floor apartment.

The blaze caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

All four adult residents of the complex are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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