Sheldon

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

News from Sheldon:

Tax Bills Due

The Town Tax Collector, Donna Almeter, will be at the Sheldon Town Hall, 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville, from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31. 

The last day to pay without penalty is Jan. 31.

Varysburg Fire Department Chicken Barbecue

Don’t want to cook on Super Bowl Sunday and support your local fire department? Stop by the Varysburg Fire Hall between 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and pick up a chicken barbecue.

Advance sale tickets only. The cost is $10 and can be purchased at C&G Prallers Inc. Citgo, 2600 Route 20A, Varysburg, or by calling (585) 535-7321.

2017 anti-rabies vaccination clinics will be held: 
    • March 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wyoming County Highway Department, 4328 Route 19, Silver Springs (Rock Glen);
    • June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Perry Village Highway Department, S. Federal St., Perry;
    • June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arcade Town Highway Department, Route 98, Arcade;
    • July 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Attica Town Highway Department, Route 98, Attica; and
    • Oct. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wyoming County Highway Department.
Dogs, cats and ferrets three months old or older will be vaccinated at these clinics. 

The initial vaccination is good for one year only; for dogs and cats each vaccination thereafter will be effective for three years. Ferrets must be vaccinated yearly. 

Animals must be accompanied by someone able to control them. 

This is a free clinic for Wyoming County residents – donations accepted. Out of county residents will be charged $10 per animal. 

For more information call the Wyoming County Health Department at (585) 786-8894.

Sheldon Youth Cross-country Ski Day

Youth Recreation Cross-country Ski Day at Byrncliff Resort will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 (weather permitting).

The cost is $10 for adults and Sheldon youth 18 years old and under are free. 

Sign up Feb. 20 in the pro shop at Byrncliff.

Along with cross-country skiing, patrons can also try the tubing sledding hill. Bring your own tubes or sleds if you have them (no sharp metal edges or runners).

Office of the Assessor

The Town of Sheldon has contracted with the Wyoming County Office of Real Property, 143 N. Main St., Warsaw, for assessment services. 

For more information, contact Mary Kern at (585) 786-8828 or via email at mkern@wyomingco.net. Additionally, she will be at the Sheldon Town Hall from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 15.

Facebook Page

The Town of Sheldon's Facebook page is an easy and quick way to post town notices and events, “like” its page to stay up to date on the goings on in the community. Have an event to share? Send the town clerk notices to help spread the word.

Harris Corners Fire Department gun raffle

The Harris Corners Fire Department is hosting a gun raffle April 8 at the North Java Fire Hall, 4274 Route 98, North Java.

Tickets are $20. To buy a chance, call (585) 591-8132. A limited number of tickets are available.

Town clerk new cell number

The town clerk’s new cell phone number is  (716) 598-0378. 

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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Sheldon, Attica, Arcade, Perry.

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

Nicole McAuley-Brown, who committed a crime in Attica, was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. She was sentenced to five years probation on each count to run concurrently. She was also fined $5,000 and required to pay fees and surcharges.

Larenzo Eaton, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Jan. 12.

Shannon Garland, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, had her case adjourned to Jan. 12.

Edward Gauthier, who allegedly committed a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree and five counts of aggravated family offense, both as Class E felonies. Motions are scheduled for Feb. 23. He was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail with bail set at $20,000.

Jameelah Masaed, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge and fees. He was convicted of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Philip Baker, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. He is scheduled for sentencing March 9. Bail was set at $5,000 and an order of protection was issued.

Angel Lopez Jr., who is accused of committing a crime in Perry, waived indictment on aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony, and speeding. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 12 for plea. Bail remains at $2,500.

Matthew Murcin, who committed a crime in Sheldon, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to one year conditional discharge and fees on the reduced charge of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Julie Dutton, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, appeared in court for motions. Her case has been adjourned to Jan. 31 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.

Jessica Eagan, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was sentenced on a violation of probation charge. She was restored to probation.

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

Matthew Snyder, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to six months in Wyoming County Jail.

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house at 1247 Route 39, Arcade, was already completely consumed by fire.

Crews from Arcade, Bliss, Strykersville, North Java, Sheldon, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for five hours Sunday morning battling the blaze.

Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf was the fire chief in charge with Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, Arcade Electric, National Fuel, and Arcade Police Department assisting at the scene. Standing by at empty fire stations included Strykersville and Sheldon fire departments.

No one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The estimated loss is $75,000, with the house and contents deemed a total loss.

The investigation is continuing.

Friday, October 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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As a culmination of Fire Prevention Week, students at Attica Elementary School, Attica, got to spend Thursday (Oct. 6) with local firefighters.

Approximately 30 members of Attica, Cowlesville, Varysburg, Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company gave the kids a firsthand look at the trucks, ambulance, and equipment firefighters use in their job.

“We want the kids to see the equipment so they aren’t afraid,” said Attica Elementary School Principal Dusty Goodwin. “They also get to know the firemen in the community.”

Since the school comprises of kids from multiple towns and villages, more departments became involved so the students would be familiar with firefighters from their area.

“It gets the firemen out into the community as well,” said Attica Fire Department Lt. Nate Coffey. “We went over 'stop, drop and roll' and what to do in case of a fire, how to get out of your house safely.”

Coffey said the kids ask some interesting questions as well like, "What do I do if I have pets? How heavy is the gear? Why do you put it on? How hot is it inside the gear?" And in return, the firefighters ask the kids what their plans are in an emergency. The children also helped the firemen put on their equipment. Additionally, he said most of the kids had stories of their own.

“We also showed a video so the kids know the danger of playing with fire; how dangerous fire is and how fast it can spread,” said Attica Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Captain Ann Lapp. “They don’t know how fast it can get out of control. We talked to them about getting burned and what to do if your clothes catch on fire.”

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Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

An early morning fire Saturday left a family of five without a home and caused an estimated $125,000 in damages.

At approximately 3 a.m. Oct. 1, crews from Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, Sheldon, Strykersville, Attica, Bennington and Alexander fire companies responded to 2851 Maxon Road, Sheldon, for a report of a house fire.

Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge with assistance at the scene from Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Warsaw, Strykersville, and Wales Center fire departments. 

Firefighters were on the site for five-and-a-half hours. No injuries were reported.

The family is being assisted by the Red Cross and a GoFundMe page has also been set up.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Monday, September 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Remember the old saying “Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire”? While seeing smoke is an obvious indication of fire, more importantly, it’s often the only clue available to predict fire behavior.

On Sunday, the Silver Springs Fire Department hosted Castile, Bliss, Warsaw, Perry, Gainesville, and Sheldon fire departments in burning a house down – with the homeowner's permission, of course.

To keep the “seasoned” members in sharp condition and teach new recruits the art of firefighting in a controlled environment, fire departments hold live burn training exercises as often as they can.

Sunday’s training was held at a home on East Lake and Lake roads, Silver Springs. 

Fire officials say there are four stages to a fire: incipient, growth, fully developed, and decay. For the first stage to start, heat, oxygen and a fuel source combine and have a chemical reaction that results in fire. 

During the second stage, a fire will start to grow as long as fuel and oxygen are available. This is the shortest and deadliest stage of fire. It is during this time that “flashovers” can occur, potentially trapping, injuring or killing firefighters. A flashover is the sudden spread of flame over an area when it becomes heated to the flash (quick or sudden) point.

The hottest phase of the fire is the third stage, when the growth stage has reached its maximum and all combustible materials have been ignited – fully developed or fully engulfed.

The fourth stage of a fire is usually its longest stage. Typically characterized by a significant decrease in fuel or oxygen, there are two common dangers associated with this stage: non-flaming combustibles have the potential of starting a fire if not fully extinguished; and backdraft – when oxygen is reintroduced to a volatile, confined space.

The live exercise helps firefighters learn more than how to fight a fire. Other benefits include: safety and accountability, fire simulations, feeling the heat of a working fire, effectiveness of their equipment and hose stream applications.

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Monday, September 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, Arcade, Sheldon.
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    Peter J. Gallioto II

An Arcade man, recently brought up on drug charges, died in a one-car rollover accident on Dutch Hollow Road, Sheldon.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident in the evening of Sept. 14. When deputies arrived, they found Peter J. Gallioto II, 38, dead at the scene.

Gallioto, his wife Jennifer Gallioto, Darin Wierzbic, and Phillip Lingenfelter, were arrested in June following an investigation into an “active” meth lab in the Village of Arcade.

Around 6 a.m. June 2, Arcade Police along with members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, and Wyoming County Drug Task Force, converged on 537 Main St. with a search warrant.

During his July appearance with Wierzbic, he pled not guilty to: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a Class A-II felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a Class D felony. At that time motions were scheduled for Sept. 15. 

During his Sept. 8 court appearance, his case was adjourned to today (Sept. 19).

Currently, the cause of the accident is under investigation.

According to earlier reports, Gallioto was driving north on Dutch Hollow Road when he lost control of the vehicle, subsequently rolling the vehicle. Deputies also say he was not wearing his seat belt.

See related: Accident on Dutch Hollow Road claims life of Arcade man; One sentenced in connection with June meth lab raid in Arcade

Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:18 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Perry, Gainesville, Sheldon, Warsaw.

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

Johnney Shannon, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to six years in prison, two years post-release supervision with Willard and $150 in restitution. Willard is a Drug Treatment Campus (DTC) operated by the NYS Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in collaboration with Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). It was created in 1995 as a new sentencing option for low-level drug offenders and parole violators who previously would have been sent to a traditional prison. The Willard program was created as an intermediate sanction — “with teeth” — to deal with the problem of relapse. Shannon was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony.

Eric Kingsley, who is accused of a crime in Gainesville, pled not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, per se; driving while intoxicated, per se; and driving while intoxicated, all are Class E felonies. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from an intox analyzer machine. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 17 for motions. 

Jonathan Reed, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. Bail was revoked and he was put in Wyoming County Jail. He is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3.

Andrew Osborne, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to five years probation, a $1,000 fine, a five-year order of protection, and required to use an  ignition interlock device for one year. He was convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated – child in vehicle, a Class E felony.

Chadwick White, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation, and $130 restitution. He was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony.

Alanna Muniak, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, had her case adjourned to Oct. 6 for a violation of probation hearing.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-car rollover accident on Dutch Hollow Road in the Town of Sheldon Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, deputies saw that a male driver, later identified as Peter J. Galioto II, 38, of Arcade, died at the accident. 

Galioto was driving north on Dutch Hollow Road when deputies say, “he lost control of his car and exited the roadway. The vehicle crossed a deep ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.” 

Police say Galioto was not wearing a seat belt.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Crash Management Team was requested to the scene. Also assisting the Sheriff’s Department were: New York State Police, Strykersville and Harris Corners fire departments, Medic 82, and Becker’s Towing.

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 16, 2016 at 1:11 pm

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

Justin Dukelow, who committed a crime in Covington, was sentenced to 10 years intensive probation with sex offender terms and $1,635.20 in restitution. An order of protection was also issued. The case was adjourned to Sept. 22 for a SORA Risk Level hearing. Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. There are three levels of sex offenders: Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.

Brian Hannon, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation for the conviction of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a Class E felony; and a $1,000 fine. He was also sentenced to three years probation for the conviction of driving while intoxicated in the first degree, a misdemeanor; and a $1,000 fine. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Michelle Westfall, who is accused of committing a crime in Arcade, had her case adjourned to Thursday.

Amanda Hoover, who allegedly committed a crime in Arcade, had her case adjourned to Thursday.

Gregory Hamm-Johnson, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to driving while ability impaired by drugs and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol, both as misdemeanors. Bail was revoked.

Robin Jones, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Bradley Broadbent, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to Sept. 8 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Leslie Luther, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to failure to register or verify as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 11.

Michael Munoz, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to one to three years in prison and restitution of $2,768.65. He was convicted of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Bradley Orren, who committed a crime in Silver Springs, appeared for SORA Risk Level and was found to be a Level 2 sex offender (medium risk of re-offense).

Brandon McCoy, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to one year interim probation, ordered to pay $1,459 in restitution, and perform 200 hours of community service.

Scott Sanders, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentence to one year definite jail time for the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. A determinate/definite sentence is a jail or prison sentence that has a defined length and can't be changed by a parole board or other agency.

Stephen Harder, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, appeared in court with new defense counsel. The case was adjourned to Oct. 6 for motions.

Allanna Muniak, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, entered a general denial on a new violation of probation. She was jailed in Wyoming County Jail. The case is adjourned to Sept. 15. 

Rachel Fahy, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of interim probation. She was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of criminal mischief in the third degree, and three years probation and ordered to pay $744.41 in restitution on the conviction of petit larceny. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Gentlemen Faulkner, who is an inmate at a State Correctional Facility in Attica, pled guilty in Wyoming County Court Aug. 12 to promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge and $250 in surcharges to be paid within one month.

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10:58 am

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The cause of a fire that leveled an Austin Road home in Attica is still under investigation. Although no one was home at the time of the blaze, the family’s three dogs were saved.

Crews from Attica, Varysburg, North Java, Sheldon, Alexander, Bethany and Darien fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company were battling the blaze for four-and-one-half hours Friday. Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Correctional, National Grid, and the American Red Cross. Attica Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Bryan Kehl was the fire chief in charge. Departments standing by at empty fire stations included Sheldon Fire Department and Bennington and Cowlesville fire companies. 

No injuries were reported in the fire that caused an estimated loss of $175,000. 

The seven family members are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Additionally, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. 

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Friday, August 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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Nobody was home when a fire broke out at an Austin Road home in Attica late this morning. When fire crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames, completely destroying the three-story structure.

The house was home to three adults and four children, and three dogs. The dogs escaped the fire unharmed.

Members of Attica, Varysburg, Alexander, Bennington, North Java, Sheldon, Darien, and Bethany fire departments were on the scene battling not only the blaze, but the midmorning heat as well. Emergency responders’ vital signs were taken throughout the ordeal. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming Correctional Facility, National Grid, and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. Standing by at empty stations included Sheldon.

The displaced occupants are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The fire is still under investigation.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Bliss, Sheldon.

An early evening fire cause $25,000 worth of damages to an Arcade home Tuesday. The accidental fire started around 5:44 p.m. on a Park Street home in the village.

Crews from Arcade, Strykersville, Harris Corners, Chaffee/Sardinia, and Yorkshire fire departments were on the scene for approximately two-and-a-half hours under the Fire Chief in Charge Arcade Fire Chief Tom Beiersdorf. 

Assisting local firemen included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Arcade Electric, and the Arcade Police Department. Standing by at empty fire stations were Bliss and Sheldon fire departments.

There were no injuries reported and the three occupants will be staying with family.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 11:06 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, Sheldon.

An electrical issue in a camper sparked a fire around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday on Route 20A, Bennington. 

The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the camper. While the camper was a total loss – $10,000 – firefighters were able to save two nearby sheds.

Crews from Varysburg, Harris Corners, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments were on the scene for two-and-one-half hours containing the blaze. Varysburg Fire Chief Adam Vetter was the fire chief in charge. 

Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. Standing by at empty fire stations was Attica Fire Department.

Monday, July 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

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The spontaneous combustion of hay early Sunday morning at the Nickerson Brothers Farm on Curriers Road, Arcade, caused $35,000 in loss and the response of a dozen fire departments.

Crews from Arcade, North Java, Strykersville, Sheldon, Harris Corners, Bennington, Pike, Bliss, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, and Farmersville fire departments and companies, were on the scene for seven hours with no reported injuries.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Arcade Assistant Fire Chief Nick Siminski.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Arcade Squad 10, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty fire stations were Bliss, Varysburg, Wales Center, Holland, East Aurora, Machias, and Centerville. 

Firefighters removed 150 tons of chopped hay –  used for bedding cows – from the barn to prevent further damage to the structure. 

See previous coverage: No injuries reported in a barn fire on Curriers Road in Arcade

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Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm

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A barn fire was reported at approximately 9 a.m. on Curriers Road, Arcade. 

Crews from 13 area fire departments have been on the scene for several hours removing loose hay from the barn to contain the fire. 

Departments and companies on scene included: Arcade, Harris Corners, Bennington, Strykersville, Sheldon, Pike, Bliss (Eagle Hose), North Java, Wyoming Correctional Facility, Chaffee/Sardinia, Yorkshire, Delevan, and Farmersville. On standby were Strykersville, Varysburg, East Aurora, Wales, and Machias fire departments. Third Assistant Fire Chief Nick Siminski of the Arcade Fire Department was the chief in charge. 

According to Wyoming County Emergency Services, crews will be on the scene for a good portion of the afternoon.

There were no injuries reported to crews or the animals housed in a nearby barn. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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