Sheldon

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Sheldon.

Summer Youth Program Director Whitney Kehl recently announced upcoming field trips for residents of Sheldon.

    • Martin’s Fantasy Island Amusement and water Park, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bus will be leaving St. Cecilia’s Church parking lot, 991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, at 11:30 a.m. and return around 6 p.m.

    • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The bus will be leaving Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets, 2357 Humphrey Road, Varysburg, at 2 p.m. and return around 5:30.

Registration for both programs is required by July 26. All participants must be residents of the Town of Sheldon. There is no cost for the field trips.

For more information or to register contact Kehl at (585) 356-3805.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Java, Cowelsville, Perry, Castile, Sheldon.

Jared T. Price, 21, of Java, was arrested following an alleged violation of an active order of protection. He is accused of violating the order four hours after it was issued. Price was arraigned in the Town of Arcade Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Java Court Aug. 16.

Amanda R. Bzduch, 22, of Perry, was arrested June 30 and charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. She was ticketed and released and due in Portage Town Court at a later date.

Dylan J. Bordner, 23, of Cowlesville, was charged with uninspected motor vehicle, driving while ability impaired – drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested July 7 following a traffic stop on Route 77 in the Town of Sheldon. Deputies say Bordner was stopped for an inspection violation. Additionally, during the investigation, he was arrested for allegedly driving while ability impaired by drugs. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who found him to be impaired. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

An 18-year-old county man was charged July 15 with no stop lamps, inadequate exhaust, failure to keep right, underage possession of alcohol, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. The man was arrested on Swyers Road, Castile, following a traffic stop for multiple traffic violations. During the investigation, he was arrested for DWAI-drugs. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office and evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who found him to be impaired and unsafe to drive. He is due in the Town of Castile Court at a later date. (Editor's note: This defendant's name and place of residence were not provided in the police report because of "possible youthful offender status." If they subsequently become available, we will include them.)

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Perry, Castile, Sheldon.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun July 13 and 14.

Brandie Schumacher, who committed a crime in Sheldon, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Cory Dahl, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had his cased adjourned to Thursday.

Gerald Keech, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to Aug. 31.

Catherine Tidd, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, petit larceny, scheme to defraud in the first degree, and three counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, Class E felonies. Motions are scheduled Sept. 7. Bail continues at $500.

Kevin Haynes, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was resentenced on two violations of probation to time served. He is returned to probation supervision.

Joelle Good, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation, 150 hours of community service, $2,947.63 in restitution, and fees and surcharges. An order of protection was also issued. She was sentenced on the conviction of criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony.

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Varysburg, Sheldon, Warsaw.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports several arrests at the Jam in the Valley event held July 6 through 8 at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg.

On July 6, deputies say they discovered a 45-year-old woman attempting to harm herself with scissors and took custody of her pursuant the Mental Hygiene law.

She was taken to the Wyoming County Community Hospital for minor injuries and a mental health evaluation.

A 17-year-old female from Angola was arrested for assault in the third degree.

Deputies say, Southern Tier Security Officers were strictly enforcing non-permitted or non-wrist-banded people from entering or remaining on the Jam in the Valley property. The teen is accused of entering the property unlawfully and biting a Southern Tier Security Officer attempting to apprehend her.

She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $150.

On July 7, the same 17-year-old was arrested again and charged with identity theft in the third degree. She is accused of attempting to identify herself as another person to gain entry into the festival.

She was jailed in lieu of $750 cash bail.

In both incidents, she was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court.

Also on Friday, Alexandra Mortiz, 20, of North Collins, was arrested for unlawful possession of alcohol. She was issued an appearance ticket and released.

Travis Snyder, 34, of Buffalo, was arrested for unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree. He is accused of providing alcohol to a minor. He was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $750 cash bail.

On July 8, Amanda Nolan, 34, of Elma, was arrested for assault in the third degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, following a domestic incident investigation in the campground area. She was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court and release on her own recognizance.

Charles Loster, 35, of Buffalo, was arrested for assault in the second degree, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Deputies say Loster was approached by police for his behavior in the concert venue. During the confrontation a scuffle ensued which caused a minor injury to a deputy.

Loster was arraigned on the Town of Warsaw Court and held without bail. The injured deputy was able to resume his duties at the event.

Rachelle Reuillard, 45, of Lockport, was arrested for disorderly conduct. She is accused of causing a disturbance in the concert venue. She was issued an appearance ticket and removed from the event.

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

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Above the din of thousands of voices is the sound of a steel guitar and a southern twang. The Jam in the Valley annual country music fest draws boot-stompin’, cowboy hat wearin’ fans from Wyoming and neighboring counties to Buffalo Hill in the Hamlet of Varysburg.

While the venue provides security in the campgrounds and concert area – Southern Tier Security and CSC Security – JiTV also contracts with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police for additional law enforcement detail, and Wyoming County Emergency Services as its emergency response team.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services, the county’s Health and Buildings and Codes departments, the Board of Supervisors, the New York State Department of Transportation, local fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) providers, and the State Police have been planning for the shindig since last year's ended.

“Due to the Public Assembly Permit required by the County's Local Law and other State and Local permits required for an event this size, there are many agencies involved in the planning and meetings occur throughout the year,” said Sheriff Greg Rudolph.

Over the course of the three-day Jam, approximately 450 total man-hours are dedicated to law enforcement. Of those hours, approximately 370 are by the Sheriff’s Office and 80 by the NYSP. The total number of man-hours aren’t tallied until after the final day.

Police provide enforcement in the campgrounds, stage area, and concert/crowd area. They also have a dispatcher at the command post, officers at traffic posts, and after-hours EMS security detail.

Although JiTV contracts for EMS services with local emergency responders, volunteer personnel from the North Java, Arcade, Wyoming, Sheldon, and Varysburg fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company also help out. In turn, JiTV makes a donation to each department.

While North Java firefighters provide basic life support services, advanced life support services are contracted with Monroe Ambulance. Bennington, Arcade and Varysburg’s members provide ATV units. Additionally, several other departments send EMTs to assist, says Emergency Services Director Anthony Santoro.

“On the fire side, Wyoming and Sheldon fire departments provide fire protection,” Santoro said. “The Wyoming Fire Department is providing a brush-type truck for any calls out in the campground area, while the Sheldon Fire Department is providing an engine for the fireworks Saturday night.”

There is EMS coverage 24/7 beginning at 10 a.m. July 5 through 10 a.m. July 9. Responders provide two different levels of service: off-peak hours, which consist of roughly four to six EMTs between 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; and peak hours run from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily -- staffed with roughly 15 to 20 basic EMTs and three paramedics. The paramedics operate the rehab tent.

“This tent is to treat people who have over indulged themselves and get them back on their feet,” Santoro said. “This saves the issue we have had in the past with transporting all these patients to the hospital.”

To save the emergency room from being inundated with that type of patient, and people who may suffer from some degree of heatstroke, four EMS tents and an ATV unit is on hand throughout the event.

“We have the county command post in service and all calls for service are coordinated through that,” Santoro said. “Every year is vastly different on how busy we are. Some years we are swamped while others are pretty quiet.”

And this year?

Well...it’s safe to say that all emergency responders involved hope to have an uneventful time.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Gainesville, Sheldon, Warsaw, Middlebury.

Austin R. Hare, 22, of Gainesville, was arrested for and charged with criminal impersonation in the second degree June 26. The arrest was the result of an investigation into speeding motorcycles on Saltvale Road, Middlebury on June 16. Hare was stopped by troopers for allegedly driving 141 in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, troopers say he knowingly gave a false name of a close relative. Following an investigation, Hare’s true identity was revealed, officials say. He was jailed in the Wyoming County jail and is due in the Town of Middlebury Court sometime in July.

Carlos Silva, 34, of New York City, was charged June 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony, and speed in zone. Silva was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A in the Town of Sheldon. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he was stopped for driving 50 in a 35 mph zone. It is also alleged his license was suspended 24 times with 22 of the suspensions on 15 different dates. He was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court and jailed in Wyoming County Jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond. He is due in court Aug. 8.

Zachary R. Kersch, 21, of Warsaw, was charged June 26 with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. Kersch was arrested following an investigation into an underage drinking complaint in the Village of Wyoming. A joint effort by the Warsaw Police Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office led to accusations that he provided alcohol to a 17-year-old female while at the Wyoming Village Park during the month of May. Kersch was an inmate in the Wyoming County Jail on an unrelated charge when he was arrested for the stated charge. He is due in the Town of Middlebury Court July 10.

Katy A. O’Brien, 32, of Warsaw, was arrested without incident June 28 by the New York State Police for violating her parole sentence. O’Brien was released on parole June 20 and is serving a sentence of parole for an attempted burglary in the third degree conviction out of Wyoming County. She was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail to await further parole action.

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Sheldon, Strykersville.
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2017 - 11:30am

The Sheldon Fire Department will be holding its annual picnic and chicken barbecue July 23 at the Saint John Neumann Church grounds, 923 Centerline Road, Strykersville. 

The barbecue starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until they are sold out. A cash raffle, theme basket raffle, and a Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets golf package with overnight stay raffle will be held as well. Additionally, the band Crossfire will be performing from 7 to 11p.m..

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Sheldon, Silver Springs, Gainesville.

Crystal L. Lawrence, 32, of Maltby Road, Oakfield, was arrested following a domestic incident complaint on Royce Road in the Town of Sheldon on June 6. Lawrence was alleged to have entered an ex-boyfriend’s residence using a credit card, and while inside Lawrence allegedly broke a television, a cell phone, and the kitchen table. The complaint was reported the following date when Lawrence was no longer at the residence. Lawrence was arrested on June 9 after a warrant was issued for her arrest by the Town of Sheldon Court. She is charged is second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies. Lawrence was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court where bail was set in the amount of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. She was taken to the Wyoming County Jail, and is scheduled to return to the Town of Sheldon Court on June 19 for further proceedings.

Donald A. Callaro , 53, of North Main Street, Silver Springs, was arrested June 8 following the report of a vehicle in the ditch on Silver Springs Road near Evans Road in the Town of Gainesville. A call was taken reporting a vehicle that had nearly forced another motorist off the roadway by driving in the oncoming lane. The allegedly erratically driven vehicle swerved back across its lane and into the ditch. Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and interviewed Callaro, who reported that a stranger had been driving his vehicle while he was in the passenger seat, despite the eyewitness having just observed Callaro driving without any passengers in the vehicle. Callaro allegedly failed field sobriety testing and was taken into custody for DWI. Callaro was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with: aggravated DWI – BAC .18 percent or higher; driving with a BAC of .08 or higher; DWI; reckless driving; failure to keep right; moving from lane unsafely; and falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Callaro was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $1,500 cash or $4,000 bond. Callaro was scheduled to return to the Town of Gainesville Court on June 26 for further proceedings. The case was handled by Wyoming County Sheriff's Sgt. Colin Reagan and Deputy David Richardson.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Sheldon, Castile, Covington, Perry, North Java.

Clayton W. Jimerson, 20, of Salamanca, was charged May 24 with speeding, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, driving while ability impaired by drugs, DWAI – alcohol and drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Jimerson was stopped on Route 77, Sheldon, for allegedly driving 81 in a 55-mph zone. A roadside investigation allegedly revealed he was in possession of marijuana and high-concentration cannabis. Following field sobriety testing, he was arrested for DWI. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where deputies say his BAC was .08 percent. He was also evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by the combination of alcohol and cannabis and unable to drive safely. Jimerson was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date. Assisting deputies at the scene were the New York State Police, Warsaw barracks.

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Cody W. Speta, 24, of Castile, was charged June 4 with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. New York State troopers say Speta’s vehicle was disabled in the turning lane on Route 16, Machias. When troopers stopped to assist him, they say an odor of marijuana was present. He was allegedly found to have approximately 24 grams of marijuana, two straws, and a baggie containing hydrocodeine. He is due in the Town of Yorkshire Court at a later date.

Robert D. Alcott, 29, of Covington, was charged May 28 with uninspected motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third and second degrees, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree. Alcott was stopped on Route 63, Covington, for an alleged inspection violation. During the stop, deputies say he was found to have two suspensions on his driver’s license, one of which was for driving while ability impaired. Deputies say, during a roadside search, he was found to be in possession of paraphernalia commonly used for smoking crack cocaine. He is due in the Town of Covington Court at a later date.

Michelle E. Malecki, 25, of North Java, was charged June 3 with uninspected motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Malecki was stopped on Perry Road, Sheldon, for an alleged inspection violation. Deputies say, during the stop it was found she had a suspended license for failure to answer a summons. She is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

Daniel Selby and  Zachary Demers, neither age provided, both from Perry, were charged June 2 with disorderly conduct. Perry Police say they were called to South Federal Street and found Selby and Demers fighting on the side of the road. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Attica, Castile, Perry, Warsaw, Sheldon.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun May 17.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, was arraigned on a pre-trial violation warrant. He was jailed without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in court May 25.

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.

Javon Woods was sentenced to one-and-three-fourths to three-and-one-half years in prison on the conviction of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Woods is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Neil Allen was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Allen is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Felix Laboy was arraigned on two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, both are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled July 19.

Andrew Mott pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled May 25. Bail was set at $5,000.

Joshua Nieves was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Jerry Gillard was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Jerry McLamore was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. He was also sentenced to an unconditional discharge on the conviction of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. The sentences are to run consecutively to his current term.

Joel Carballo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

Patrick Hill had his case adjourned to June 21.

John Corra pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled July 19.

Michael Busgith was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The case has been adjourned to June 21. 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.

Christian Manley pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 16.

Yhury Marcelo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled July 19.

The following were in court before Mohun May 18.

Crystal Colon-Rosado, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to one year interim probation on the conviction of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. 

Dakota Ribbeck, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to 10 years probation on the conviction of rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. He was also listed on SORA as a Level 1 sex offender.  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. An order of protection was also issued.

Michael Lantain, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions and had his case adjourned to May 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.

Joelle Good, who committed a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to July 14 for a restitution hearing and sentencing.

Melissa Preen, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol; driving while ability impaired by drugs; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; having a cracked windshield; and no inspection. The case has been adjourned to May 24 for Treatment Court. Bail continues at $2,500 cash. Formerly called Drug Court, Treatment Court not only handles those who have a drug problem, but also those with an alcohol or mental health problem. Other assistance involves aiding with health insurance issues – oftentimes a hurdle to gaining access to treatment – for outpatient or inpatient services.

The following is from a State Correctional facility in Attica. 

Jonathan Hines was sentenced at the discretion of the court to a one year conditional discharge, and fees and surcharges. He was arraigned on a failure to appear warrant. The charge was reduced to promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

The following was in court before Mohun May 19.

Eric Agron, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, a three-year conditional discharge with ignition interlock device; his driver’s license was revoked; and he was issued a $3,000 fine on the conviction of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony.

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Sheldon, Harris Corners.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal, two-car accident in Sheldon Saturday.

Deputies say, Jessica Lombardo, 23, of Buffalo, was driving a vehicle east on Route 20A when she crossed over into the westbound lane. A second vehicle, driven by Daniel Scheck, 33, of Buffalo, was traveling west when the two cars collided.

Lombardo was pronounced dead at the scene. Scheck was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Wyoming County Crash Management Team was requested for the investigation.

The New York State Police, and Harris Corners and Sheldon fire departments, and Medic 80 assisted at the scene.

The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 9:39 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Attica, Sheldon.

The New York State Police conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail, in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority, April 28. 

Elizabeth Colkitt, 36, of South Wales, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. 

She is accused of selling alcohol to a minor at the Flipside Bar, Sheldon.

She is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at 7 p.m. May 8.

Chad Winkelman, 24, of Attica, was also charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree.

Winkelman was arrested at Louie’s Lounge, Attica.

He is due in the Village of Attica Court at 10 a.m. May 8.

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Sheldon, Java.

Blake D. Cooper, 20, of Java, was charged April 11 with possession of a hypodermic instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Red Apple, Route 78, Strykersville, for a report of a male subject that was passed out in the driver’s seat of a car in the parking lot. Deputies say, when they arrived Cooper was responsive. Additionally, police say there were three hypodermic instruments (syringes) along with suspected heroin baggies on and around Cooper in plain view. Medics from Strykersville Ambulance, checked him out for health concerns, after which Cooper signed off on any further medical treatment. He was put through field sobriety testing and allegedly failed. The accused was then taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, where he was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert, who allegedly found him to be under the influence of heroin. He is due in Sheldon Town Court May 22.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:04 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw, Perry, Sheldon, Arcade.

The following inmates from State Correctional Facilities in Attica were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun April 12.

Jayshawn Williams was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

John Harris was sentenced to two to four years in prison on each count of two counts of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other, but consecutively to his current term.

Ronald Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in prison, five years post release supervision, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run concurrently to his current term.

Rodney Webster was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to April 24.

Jerry Gillard had his case adjourned to April 26.

Lindell Cox had his case adjourned to April 26 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.

Wesley Kirkland was in court for motions. He 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.

Ricky Morris 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 as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Andrew Mott was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to April 26.

Pablo Sanes was in court for motions. He 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.

Shaquor Smith Sr. was in court for motions. A Huntley Hearing is scheduled May 15. 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.

Christian Manley had his case adjourned to May 17 for a Huntley Hearing.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun April 12 and 13:

Tylor Phinney, who committed a crime in Sheldon, pled guilty to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 3.

Justin Stanbro, who committed a crime in Arcade, admitted to a violation of interim probation. He was sentenced on the conviction of burglary in the third degree, a Class D felony, and resisting arrest, to two-and-one-half to seven years in prison. The sentence is to run concurrently to his Erie County sentence.

Shawna Martino, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Sentencing is scheduled July 6.

Chester Harrington, who committed a crime in Perry, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation, a $2,000 fine, and driver’s license revoked. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated, and operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or more.

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to welfare fraud in the fourth degree, and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, both are Class E felonies. Motions are scheduled June 22. Bail was set at $15,000.

Courtney Brown, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court for a SORA hearing. The decision has been reserved. 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. After the hearing of a trial or the argument of a motion a judge might not immediately deliver a decision, but instead take time to review evidence and the law and deliver a decision at a later time, usually in a written form, thus reserve decision.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:21 am

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A passing motorist first noticed the fire at 5905 Curriers Road, Java, around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The driver checked to see if anyone was home and called 9-1-1.

Fire crews from Strykersville, Arcade, North Java, and Sheldon fire departments responded to the blaze under Fire Chief in Charge Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash. Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, and Strykersville Squad 10. Standing by at empty stations were Harris Corners, Varysburg, and Yorkshire fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours battling the flames, which caused $200,000 in damages. The house was a total loss.

While no injuries were reported, three people lived in the home and are being assisted by family and friends.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, events, Sheldon, Strykersville.

The Sheldon Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 6 o'clock tonight at the Sheldon Town Hall, 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville, to meet with a representative from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets to discuss a possible biosolids town law. 

Biosolids are organic matter recycled from sewage for use as a fertilizer and soil amendment. 

Additionally, SheldonTown Board regular monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. However, the August meeting will be held on the fourth Wednesday at the Sheldon Historical Society, 3859 Main St., Strykersville.

Dog licenses can now be renewed online. Dog owners have three ways the license can be renewed: the owner’s name, dog license number, or the dog’s name. There will be a convenience fee of $1.75 per transaction, not per dog license, added to the license fee amount. Transactions over $64 incur a transaction fee of 2.75 percent.

Online licensing is not permitted if the rabies tag has expired or will expire within the month. Fax rabies vaccination certificates to (585) 535-0216 or email to sheldontownclerk@rochester.rr.com

Renewals can be done at anytime by visiting https://clerk.nyquickpay.com/dogs.php?req=start

Additionally, the Town Clerk’s Office now accepts credit card payments for all licenses. Transaction fees apply.

The Town of Sheldon is requesting applications for a youth recreation director/leader. If interested, send your resume to the Sheldon Town Clerk via email or mail to 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville, by April 18.

In other news:

    • Saint John Neumann Parish, 3854 Main St., Strykersville, will be hosting a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m., or until sold out, at the parish hall. Cost is $12, eat in or take out.

    • Saint John’s United Church of Christ, corner of Centerline and Dutch Hollow roads, Strykersville, is hosting a Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue from 11 a.m. until sold out, April 2. The cost is $10, eat in or take out, and includes a half chicken, roll, butter, three sides, and dessert. 

    • 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 limited and cost $20. The grand prize is a 2016 Honda TRX 420, 4x4. For more information, call (585)591-8132.

    • The Strykersville seniors day trip will be a visit to Bristol Valley Theatre, 151 S. Main St., Naples, to see “Murder Ballad.” Lunch will be at the Lodge at Bristol Harbour. The cost is $52 per person. For more information, call JoAnne Heffernan at (585) 535-4034.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Sheldon, Strykersville, Arcade, Java.

A smoke detector alerted homeowners of a problem with the woodstove chimney around 8:21 p.m. Wednesday. 

Firefighters from Strykersville and Arcade fire departments responded to 5866 Michigan Road, Java, and found the chimney fire had extended into the wall surrounding the woodstove vent pipe. Standing by at empty fire stations were Sheldon and Yorkshire fire departments. Assisting at the scene was Wyoming County Emergency Management. 

Crews were on the scene for two hours and able to contain the fire to the wall around the chimney on the first and second floors of the home. 

Fire Chief in Charge was Strykersville Fire Chief Brian Ash.

The chimney fire caused approximately $15,000 in damages.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Strykersville, Sheldon.

At 10:48 p.m. on March 19, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office received a call of a male victim who had just been stabbed with a knife.

Deputies arrived on location on Perry Road in the Town of Sheldon and spoke with the adult male victim who had cuts to his arm. Strykersville ambulance arrived and took the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Further investigation allegedly showed that Janet D. Adamczack, who is known to the victim, cut the victim during an argument. After the incident Adamczack allegedly attempted to hide the involved weapon so that law enforcement could not find it. The knife was located and secured as evidence.

The 42-year-old Strykersville resident was arrested and charged with: second-degree assault, a felony; tampering with physical evidence, also a felony; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

She was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 bond. The defendant is to appear in the Town of Sheldon Court on a later date.

NYS Police -- Warsaw brarracks also assisted at the scene. The case was handled by Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy A.J. Previty, Sgt. Bryant, and Deputy M. Jorgensen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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