Gainesville

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Attica, Perry, Gainesville, Eagle.

Richard W. Stone, 34, and Marie L. Stone, 34, both of Perry, were charged March 14 with endangering the welfare of a child. The Stones are accused of having unsafe living conditions in the home. The children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Richard was also charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree following a domestic incident in the Village of Perry. He is accused of ripping a cell phone out of the victim's hand, to prevent her from calling the police. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date. The Perry Police Department assisted Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and inadequate/no muffler. Gross is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Giovanni Alvarez, 32, of Buffalo, was charged March 19 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Alvarez is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Main Street, Bliss, address and driving it back to Buffalo. The vehicle was then located on East Street, Buffalo, by the Buffalo Police Department. Subsequently, officers located Alvarez and arrested him without incident. He was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Gary Illerbrun, 52, of Perry, was charged March 17 with throwing refuse onto a highway, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. Illerbrun was arrested following a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. He was stopped for allegedly throwing garbage onto a highway. During the investigation, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies determined Illerbrun to be intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC of .10 percent. He is due in the Village of Perry Court April 11.

Cory R. Lapp, 24, of Attica, was charged March 18 with driving while intoxicated; operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .08 percent or higher, first offense; failure to yield the right of way when entering a roadway, and failure to use turn signal. Lapp was stopped on Union Street, Batavia, and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He is due at 9 a.m. in the City of Batavia Court April 5.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Gainesville, military.

Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General, recently announced the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Spc. Robert Thompson, of Gainesville, reenlisted to continue service with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry.

"New Yorkers count on our citizen soldiers to be ready and be there when disaster strikes," German said. "And our nation counts on our Soldiers when duty calls for overseas service. I congratulate our members for choosing to stay in service and striking that balance between military duties, education or employment commitments and family obligations.

"Every one of the men and women serving in our 16,000 strong Army and Air National Guard plays an important role and these soldiers who continue to reenlist provide experience and continuity for whatever challenges lay ahead for our New York National Guard family."

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov orwww.1800goguard.com.

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the governor for managing New York's Military Forces. It consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia, and the New York Guard.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Closings and cancellations in Wyoming County for March 14, as of 2:53 p.m.:
Closed:

    • Adult Day Healthcare Center at Wyoming County Community Hospital;

    • Gainesville Public Library;

    • Warsaw Public Library. The board meeting is postponed until next week;

    • Genesee Community College -- all locations;

    • Literacy West NY, Warsaw;

    • Lumberyard Restaurant, Perry;

    • Oak Orchard Health, Warsaw;

    • Perry Library; and
    • Warsaw Head Start.

Canceled:
    • Warsaw Moose Lodge -- Bingo tonight is canceled;
    • Warsaw Planning Board has canceled its meeting;

    • Warsaw Write Connection group meeting at Warsaw Library is canceled;
    • Wyoming County Cooperative Extension -- VFD Regulations for Livestock.

  • Owners and Bee Keepers - meeting at the Wyoming County Ag Center is canceled; and

    • Wyoming County Office For the Aging: No home-delivered meals today
 and Medicare 101 class for this evening rescheduled for March 29. Call for reservations.

Closings and cancellations for Tuesday:
    • Silver Springs food pantry; and
    • St. Mary's Senior Lunch in Silver Springs is canceled.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Gainesville.

Jeremiah J. Cieszynski, 50, of Warsaw, was arrested March 9 on a warrant out of Cattaraugus County for failure to pay support. He is being held at the Cattaraugus County Jail, Little Valley.

Benishio C. Coger, 21, of Albion, was charged March 9 with criminal contempt in the second degree. Perry Police report Coger was found at the home of a female acquaintance who has an order of protection barring him from having contact with her. Police allegedly found him at the residence by Wyoming County Probation when they were checking on a probationer and assisted in the investigation. Coger was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. He is due in court at a later date.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator, and inadequate plate lamp. Perry Police say Gross was stopped on Covington Street, Perry, following a license check which determined her driver’s license was suspended. She is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Gainesville, Sheldon, Attica, Warsaw.
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 Dennis Rawleigh Jr.

Dennis N. Rawleigh Jr., 46, of Batavia, formerly of Perry, was charged March 7 with one count of scheme to defraud in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Rawleigh is accused of not completing work he received payments for in November. At that time, he was doing business as Rawleigh’s Tear Down and allegedly received more than $15,000 in payments from a Town of Gainesville woman to perform work on two houses she owns in Perry and Gainesville. The woman reportedly told Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies that very little work was completed on the Perry home and none on the Gainesville residence. A second victim, a male from the Town of Sheldon, reported paying Rawleigh a $3,200 down payment to tear down a barn. It is said that he attempted to pull the large barn down with a chain and his pickup truck with negative results. He is accused of making no further attempts at pulling the barn down since June 2015. Rawleigh is due in Gainesville Town Court later this month.

Daniel Thomas Henning, 36, of Attica, was charged March 8 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 or higher, inadequate exhaust, driving on sidewalk, and unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Henning following a car accident on Route 5 in the City of Batavia. He is due in the City of Batavia Court April 19.

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     Michael A. Young      Victoria L. Young

Michael A. Young, 35, and Victoria L. Young, 22, both of Attica, were charged March 7 with multiple offenses following a traffic stop on North Main Street, Warsaw. Victoria was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Michael was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, operating a vehicle while registration suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say they stopped the pair because the vehicle was allegedly found to have no insurance and a suspended vehicle registration. Although the car was registered to Victoria, deputies say Michael was driving the car and Victoria was the passenger. It is alleged that she told deputies she was 38 weeks pregnant and was in labor, at which time the vehicle was escorted directly to the hospital. According to the report, after being treated it was determined that she was not pregnant and she had lied to the police about it. Deputies also found Victoria was wanted on a warrant by the Olean Police Department on a petit larceny charge. She was subsequently arrested and turned over to Olean Police. Police also say there was an active stay away order of protection in place on Michael, which ordered him to stay away from Victoria. Both are due in the Village of Warsaw Court April 10. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and the license plates seized and returned to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:43 am

High winds yesterday left thousands of residents without power. While power was restored to many customers, power companies report 6,350 residents are still without power as of 6:15 a.m..

RG&E customers without power: 

    • Arcade – 25 

    • Eagle – 27

NYSEG customers without power:

    • Bennington – 1,526

    • Castile – 10

    • Gainesville – 46

    • Java – 1,199

    • Middlebury – 29

    • Sheldon – 1,341

    • Warsaw – 1

National Grid customers without power:

    • Eagle, Bliss, Java, Gainesville area – approximately 589

    • Varysburg, Warsaw, Attica area – approximately – 1,557.

Power companies have been working through the night to restore electricity to county homes and continue this morning.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Eagle, Arcade, Gainesville, Middlebury, Perry, Warsaw.

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The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Feb. 23.

Alan Hartman Sr., who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison and two years post-release supervision, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Edward Gauthier II, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to aggravated family offense, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18. An order of protection was also issued for eight years.

Nicole Fisher, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony.

Tyler McMurray, who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison and fees and surcharges on the conviction of tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony.

Amanda Washburn, who committed a crime in Gainesville, was sentenced to three years probation on the conviction of two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Cody Eaton, who committed a crime in Middlebury, successfully completed interim probation and was sentenced on the reduced charge of driving while intoxicated. He will serve three years probation, pay a $1,000 fine, have his driver’s license revoked, and is ordered to install an ignition interlock device, plus pay fees and surcharges.

Clifford Murch, who is accused of a crime in Perry, pled not guilty to rape in the second degree, a Class D felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. An order of protection was served. Motions are scheduled April 27. Bail was set at $20,000.

Dakota Ribbeck, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilt to rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for May 18.

Chad Main, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree; driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated per se, both as Class E felonies; and operating a motor vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, a Class A misdemeanor. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from a breath alcohol tester. It is this result that dictates the offense as well potential certain legal presumptions. Motions are scheduled April 27. He was released on his own recognizance.

Catherine Miller, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation, 250 hours of community service, $2,189 in restitution, and fees and surcharges. She was convicted of welfare fraud in the fourth degree, a Class E felony.

Crystal Lawrence, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to three years probation and a $50 DNA fee. Restitution has been paid in full. She was convicted of welfare fraud in the fifth degree and petit larceny.

Kimberly White, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was sentenced to 180 days in jail on the violation of conditional discharge.

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, mAPLE, Gainesville, CCE.
Event Date and Time: 
January 14, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:30pm

WNY Maple School and Trade Show – for beginners to advanced maple producers – will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Letchworth Central School, 5550 School Road, Gainesville.

For more information or questions contact Debra Welch at (585) 786-2251 or djw275@cornell.edu. Register with Zach at zta3@cornell.edu

Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

The following were in Wyoming County Court Jan. 3 before Judge Michael Griffith.

Richard Kilner, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation, fined $2,000, and is responsible to pay fees and surcharges. He was convicted of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony.

The following were in court before Judge Michael Mohun Jan. 5.

Cheleena Green, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to: attempted assault in the first degree, a Class C felony; assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled for March 16. Bail was set at $10,000.

Michael Marrale, who is charged with a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to: attempted assault in the first degree, a Class C violent felony; two counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, Class D felonies; and driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated per se, and criminal mischief in the third degree, all are Class E felonies; criminal contempt in the second degree, a misdemeanor; and driving on roadways laned for traffic, a violation. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from an intoxilyzer machine. Motions are scheduled for March 16.

Kelly Seeler, who committed a crime in Attica, successfully completed interim probation. Seeler was sentenced on the reduced charge of arson in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor, to three years probation and $14,401.37 in restitution.

Alan Hartman Sr., who committed a crime in Eagle, pled guilty to unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 2.

Michael Sheehan, who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was issued. Sentencing is scheduled March 30.

Patrick Hardy, who committed a crime in Genesee Falls, was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail, five years probation and issued an eight-year order of protection. He was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Stephanie Stuart, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a Class E felony, and driving on roadways laned for traffic, a violation. Stuart was sentenced to one year interim probation. Her case is adjourned to Dec. 21.

Dakota Leiser, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had the case adjourned to Feb. 2.

Erik Kohls, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. The case has been adjourned to March 30 for a pre-plea investigation.

Elizabeth Mattingly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was resentenced on a violation of probation to five years probation plus fines and fees.

Kimberly White, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of her conditional discharge. She is held without bail in Wyoming County Jail. She is due in court Feb. 23.

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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, Warsaw, Gainesville, Perry, Wethersfield.

Public safety, economic successes, and hospital funding were all noted as “milestones” for the county in 2016, said Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger.

Although Berwanger took a look back at the county government for 2016 he also said the Board of Supervisors is looking to build on those accomplishments for 2017.

The chairman gave the state-of-the-county address during the annual organizational meeting Tuesday, which included:

    • Opening the Wyoming County Ag and Business Center at 36 Center St., Warsaw. 

The center is home to several county departments and contract agencies and is a “model for intergovernmental and interdepartmental efficiencies.”

“The center fulfills the vision as one-stop shopping for the county’s major economic drivers in agriculture and the vast array of businesses within the county’s borders,” Berwanger said. “The creation of the center was a collaboration of state, county and private investment, which ultimately proves that a positive result can happen with open dialogue and clear goals.”

The Ag Center is home to Cornell Cooperative Extension, USDA Soil and Water, USDA Farm Service Agency, the NYS Quality Production Service, the Cornell University Veterinary Lab, the Planning Department, Building Codes and Enforcement Department, Wyoming County’s Water Resource Agency, IDA (Industrial Development Agency), Business Center, Business Education Council, and Chamber and Tourism.

“All of these departments are now enjoying the synergies and efficiencies which were envisioned when this project was first spoke of.”

    • $20 million awarded to Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) from the State of New York.

“This is the largest amount of single funding in the county’s history. The hospital (WCCH) is one of three county hospitals in New York State.”

Funding for the $33 million capital campaign – from 2013 through 2015 – for renovations to WCCH included $9 million in grants, and $5 million raised from the Capitol One campaign, of which $2.7 million was donated by the residents of Wyoming County. This left $18 million for the county to borrow with an annual loan payment of $1.3 million over the next 20 years.

“The $20 million will defuse that debt over a period of time along with other capital investments and bonds which the health system is ultimately responsible for.”

Officials say the $20 million grant will save the taxpayers $1.3 million in levy per year for the next 20 years. This equates to a 6.5-percent reduction in the county levy.

“The hospital continues to serve the health and well being of the residents of Wyoming County, treating 13,000 patients annually. That’s 11,000 patients a month; 137 patients a day. That is an astounding number for a small rural hospital.”

Additionally, the hospital lab processes 190,000 tests and 29,100 radiology exams annually. More than 35 percent of the county’s population uses the emergency room on an annual basis. 

“It points to the fact the hospital is vital to the residents of the county, and surrounding areas that do not have access to emergency health care.” 

Berwanger also noted the skilled nursing facility’s continuing care for the county’s elderly and people needing specific treatment and rehab services. 

Currently, the facility has 136 beds filled. 

In addition to the funding WCCH received, the hospital has 650 full- and part-time, and per diem employees – of which 80 percent are county residents – who in turn, stimulate the local economy.

“The board of managers – through hospital CEO Don Eichenauer – continue their discussions with larger health systems in an effort to maximize services that only larger hospitals can provide. 

“At present, the University of Rochester Strong Hospital is providing a variety of these services such as: emergency room doctors, an ear nose and throat specialist, cardiac specialist, and OB physician relief – pharmacy and finance officer being the most prominent physicians. Additionally, Buffalo Orthopedic continues to provide the county with quality orthopedic services as well.

“The Board of Supervisors recognizes the importance of the hospital and continues to support the hospital financially.”

    • $12 million to finish the Better Pavement Program.

This past summer and fall, both the Perry Road in Java/Sheldon and Exchange Street in the towns of Orangeville and Attica, were resurfaced as part of the program. 

Roads that need to be rebuilt include Simmons Road in the Town of Perry, Telegraph Road in the towns of Pike and Eagle, and Starr Road in the Town of Covington. Additionally, the funding will also provide for the completion of Liberty Street in the Town of Warsaw and Jefferson Street in the Village.

“This roadwork is coordinated and directed by County Highway Superintendent Todd Gadd. When I spoke with him recently, he spoke about the many road and bridge projects over the years. When these projects are finished, it will mark the completion of rebuilding all the county roads over the last 20 years, at a total cost of $20 million.”

    • Public Safety.

“Sheriff Greg Rudolf and Undersheriff Dave Linder are responsible for the safety of the 43,000 residents of Wyoming County,” Berwanger said, “The number of calls to dispatch is increasing annually, making it a challenge to provide the assistance our residents deserve. The Board of Supervisors recognizes the mission of the (Sheriff’s) department and continues to be supportive.

“In the world we live in today, I do not believe the county can spend too much on law enforcement. The county’s 2017 budget shows an appropriation of funds to hire one full-time deputy.”

In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, the Wyoming County Emergency Services Department is responsible in coordinating the efforts between the  – “unsung and unpaid heroes of Wyoming County” – the 800 volunteer firefighters who respond to the 5,000 fire, ambulance and rescue calls annually.

“These volunteers save the county taxpayers tens of millions of dollars every year. On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, thank you for your work.”

    • The economic successes of the county include agriculture and manufacturing.

Wyoming County leads the state with 700 farms that produce $326 million in whole ag sales, Berwanger says. Additionally, the county produces 1.1 billion pounds of milk (equal to 129.5 million gallons) and is number one statewide in the production of milk, potatoes, hay, honey and corn silage.

There are 230,000 acres of land under cultivation and 147,000 cows with a total cattle worth of $140 million.

“Connected to all this, our local farmers have reached the retail marketplace. Farms such as McCormack Farms in Wethersfield with their connection with Wise Potato Chips; Marquart Farms in Gainesville with their production of the New York Chips brand, and East Hill Creamery with their cheese-making facility in Perry – these companies are helping to solidify Wyoming County’s position and reputation as a number one agricultural county in New York State.”

Berwanger also noted Upstate Door, Warsaw; Drasgow Industries, Wethersfield; and Hillcrest Industries, Attica, all manufacturing businesses created by Wyoming County residents. Additionally, they employ county residents when given the opportunity.

With the aforementioned milestones reached, Berwanger says the Board is continually working on county budgeting challenges “to provide the services its residents rightly deserve.” However, he also noted the unfunded state mandates continues to exceed 100 percent of the county’s property taxes.

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.

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 4:42 pm

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Davis Valley Farm recently received the Conservation Farm of the Year award by the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD). 

The award is given annually to honor a farm with an immeasurable commitment to soil conservation and water quality protection.

Jim Davis and his wife, Cynthia, purchased the Bliss farm in 1979 after Jim served in Vietnam as a heavy equipment operator and worked on a farm in Sherman.

The farm formed an LLC in 2012, which included his son Jimmy Davis and his wife, Amanda, in anticipation of Jim and Cynthia's looming retirement.

The 500-acre farm houses approximately 310 cows and 310 heifers, and farms a combination of corn silage, grass, clover and alfalfa.

With a contingent of eight employees – six full-time and two part-time – working the farm, they manage the crops and milk the cows in a double-eight parlor. The parlor can also expand to a double 14.

Not only does the herd manager use his experience with the bovines, he also uses two computer programs which provides the milk production and activity data on each cow.

This year the farm constructed a 3.1-million-gallon concrete waste storage tank, which eliminates a weekly liquid manure application, as well as adding other benefits to the farm.

Additionally, the redesigned vegetative treatment area, which receives any high water volume discharge, allows the concentrated low-flow discharge to be collected in a separate tank. This water is used for irrigation purposes.

Other practices the farm use include:

    • Installation of tile lines;

    • Cover cropping;

    • Buffer areas; and

    • Strip cropping.

Next spring, the farm will start injecting liquid manure to its fields. Additionally, the farm maintains a medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permit under the Environmental Conservation law.

Other awardees included: Wilmar Farm, Gainesville; Breezy Arcre, in Warsaw; and Fugle Dairy Farm, Strykersville. Each received the AEM Farmers Partnering to Protect Our Environment award. D & H Excavating, Arcade, received the Ronald P. Herman Sr. Partners in Conservation award.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:26 pm

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica. They were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Nov. 28.

Amanda Hoover, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to five years probation, $65 in restitution, and a fee. She was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Dec. 21.

Kijana Funderburk admitted to a violation of conditional discharge. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 21.

The following were in court before Mohun Dec. 1.

Grayson Stock, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Jan. 12 for motions.

James Smith, who committed a crime in Arcade, was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, along with fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Ronald Sharp, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, along with fees and surcharges. Additionally, an order of protection was also issued.

Michelle Westfall, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. She paid $40 in restitution and was sentenced to one year interim probation. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 16.

Saida Ali, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to one-year interim probation. He was convicted of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 12.

Lonniqua Williams, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to March 16.

Maria Maldonado, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation, along with fees and surcharges. She was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony.

Spencer Bressette, who is accused of a crime in Bennington, had his case adjourned to Feb. 23 for plea. A pre-plea investigation has also been ordered.

Joseph Smith, who committed a crime in Eagle, was sentenced to three years probation, a five-year order of protection, along with fees and surcharges.

Amanda Washburn, who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to two counts of petit larceny as misdemeanors. She is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 23.

Eric Kingsley, who is accused of a crime in Gainesville, was in court for motions. His case has been adjourned to Dec. 14.

Chad Staley, who is accused of a crime in Genesee Falls, had his case adjourned to Jan. 12 for motions.

Michelle Jewell, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to five years probation, $8,373 in restitution, along with fees and surcharges. She was convicted of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony.

Thomas Grinnell, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to three years probation, along with an order of protection issued. He was convicted of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Julie Dutton, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, failed to appear in court. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 15.

Lynda Brown, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 12 for sentencing. She is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Brendynn Jordan, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of attempted reckless endangerment in the first degree, a Class E felony. She was also sentenced to three years probation on the conviction of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor. For the charges of reckless driving, a misdemeanor, and two counts of speeding she is required to pay $1,175 in fines and surcharges. Probation is to run concurrently.

Steven Snyder, who committed a crime in Wethersfield, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, a three-year conditional discharge with an ignition interlock device, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony.

Brandon Matteson, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to one year in jail.

Jonathan Blasdell, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to one to three years in prison, along with fees and surcharges. 

Ryan Donnelly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, withdrew his admission to a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 19 for a violation of probation hearing.

The following were in court before Mohun Dec. 2.

Jerod Trebian, who committed a crime in Silver Springs, appeared 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. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D felony. He admits to being a second felony offender. He is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 2. Bail continues.

Chadwick White, who committed a crime in the county, admitted to a violation of probation. He was resentenced to six months in Wyoming County Jail and a three-year conditional discharge.

Margaret Wolfe, who is accused of committing a crime in Wyoming County, had her case adjourned to Dec. 5.

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 1:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Attica, Arcade, Gainesville, Warsaw, Wethersfield.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Nov. 3.

Jonathan Reed, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to two-and-one-half years in prison and seven-and-one-half years post-release supervision on the conviction of rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. He is also responsible to pay fees and surcharges and an order of protection was issued.

Nichole Fisher, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class D felony. She waived her right to appeal and paid $40 in restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

Robin Jones, who is accused of a crime in Attica, had her case adjourned to Jan. 12.

Michelle Montes, who is accused of a crime in Attica, was in court for a bail application. Bail remains at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Jerod Trebian, who is accused of committing a crime in Gainesville, had his case adjourned to Dec. 2 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. An order of protection was also issued for the victim.

Leslie Luther, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to five years probation and fees and surcharged for the conviction of failure to register or verify as a sex offender, a Class E felony.

Patrick Wheeler, who allegedly committed a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 8.

Tyler Malik, who committed a crime in Wethersfield, pled guilty to criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 16 for sentencing.

Chadwick White, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 2 for a violation of probation hearing. He is currently held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Chastity Brace, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, had her case adjourned to Dec. 2 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.

Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, Gainesville.

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Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Hardys Road at Green Bay Road, Gainesville, late this morning.

The call came in as a person trapped in the vehicle with minor injuries. 

The victim was taken via Gainesville Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

No further information is available. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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