Gainesville

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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Information sourced from a press release, file photos:

Wyoming County is commonly known as a leader in the agricultural industry, but it is not well known that manufacturing is one of the county’s top business sectors. The county is home to approximately 50 unique manufacturers making products that range from automatic girth welders used on oil storage tanks around the world, products used in the automotive industry, to baked goods stocked on Jet Blue airplanes.

On Oct. 5 Wyoming County will celebrate Manufacturing Day – a nationwide grassroots movement dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today. Officials say it’s a way to recognize and highlight the contributions manufacturing makes to the economy of the county.

Manufacturing has experienced unprecedented growth in Wyoming County in metals-based manufacturing jobs since 2010, Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner says. This increase is due to the workforce, low energy and operational costs, and easy access to 50 percent of North America’s population. According to DataUSA, manufacturing jobs represent 13.5 percent of the workforce in Wyoming County. Our manufacturers employ more than 2,500 workers, 40 percent above the national average, and those workers on average earn $56,516 per year.

However, one of the most pressing issues facing manufacturers today is finding skilled labor. The gap between job requirements and applicant’s skill set is leaving 600,000 manufacturing jobs unfilled in the United States.

Manufacturers' ability to address this gap has been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable and by insufficient preparatory education. Both of these problems stem from a lack of understanding of present-day manufacturing environments, which are highly technical, officials say.

Manufacturing today includes highly trained, well-paid employees who work on state-of-the-art equipment, although the perception persists that they are often viewed as antiquated factories designed for low-skilled workers. This change in public perception is the first step in addressing one of the main challenges faced by manufacturers today – a gap in skilled labor.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to have a solid manufacturing base right here in the county,” Gardner said. “We recognize the economic contributions these companies are making every day, and their commitment to the workforce of Wyoming County. We also recognize that these companies also need a skilled labor force and environment that is friendly to business.”

One of the main reasons motivating Manufacturing Day is to introduce students to the potential of manufacturing careers. The event is a chance to spark student interest in manufacturing that could lead to further studies, a new generation of skilled workers, and an eventual closing of the skills gap. Giving students early exposure to manufacturing careers is critically important to ensuring a long-term talent pipeline.

“It’s a constant pleasure to visit and work with many of our manufacturers and it’s always a treat for me to see firsthand the products that are made here and witness the pride the workforce takes in their work and the satisfaction they realize knowing their quality products are being sold throughout the world,” said Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Pierce.

“The general public drives by these businesses every day but does not have a notion of what amazing things are going on behind the walls. That is why Manufacturing Day was created, to raise the awareness and importance of manufacturing.”

More than 64 percent of students in career and technical education (CTE) programs say that their own interests and personal experiences are the greatest influence on their future career decisions.

A recent Public Policy Institute survey reported New York employers say, STEM positions (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are the most difficult to fill. Additionally, the projection is that these workforce shortages will persist over the coming decade. Skilled production is the category in which they anticipate the most severe ongoing shortage.

STEM positions comprise four of the top five categories of positions that New York employers are finding most difficult to fill.

The national average age of a skilled worker in manufacturing is 56, according to a Manufacturing Institute report. The study also projects a shortage of two million workers between 2015 and 2025.

Employers responding to the Public Policy Institute survey also predict severe shortages in engineering and information technology occupations. They anticipate a more moderate shortage in mathematics-intensive occupations. These are the same top four workforce categories employers reported the highest difficulty filling jobs currently. However, they are more optimistic about occupations such as social science and architecture.

To bring more awareness to the issue this year, in cooperation with the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency and Business Education Council, the Wyoming County Chamber is inviting area students in ninth and 10th grades to visit three local manufacturing businesses, Morton Salt in Silver Springs, Advanced Rubber Products in Wyoming, and the Marquart Company in Gainesville.

“We are excited to show our students the exciting opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide them as they are making their future career choices,” said Wyoming County Business Education Council Executive Director Linda Leblond. “We want to keep our talented youth right here in Wyoming County. Each business is unique in the types of jobs and manufacturing processes that take place and will offer students an up-close look at potential job opportunities.”

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com. For additional information on manufacturing in Wyoming County, call the Chamber at (585) 786-0307 or the IDA at (585) 786-3764.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Two firefighters sustained injuries during a barn fire Wednesday afternoon at 5622 Broughton Road, Gainesville. One firefighter suffered a broken wrist and the other with exhaustion. Both members were treated and released from Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, Perry Center, Pike, Bliss, North Java, Warsaw, Nunda, Cuylerville, and Pavilion fire departments were on the scene of the blaze for eight hours.

Fire Chief in Charge Silver Springs Fire Chief John Proper and crew were assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming Correctional Facility and Monroe Ambulance. Companies standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming, Mount Morris, Cuylerville, Wiscoy Rossburg fire departments, and Mount Morris Emergency Medical Services.

The fire at Broughton Farms caused an estimated $350,000 in damages and remains under investigation.

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, photos, Pike, Gainesville, Perry, Castile.

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There are those rare occasions where I am truly "riding shotgun" during my photo excursions. This latest post is one of them.

It all started with a flat tire and my need to go to the grocery store.

Needless to say, a text to a friend, a nice day, and almost two hours later, we finally made our way to the store. But not until after driving on a few unfamiliar, "limited maintenance" roads ridin' shotgun somewhere in East Wyoming County.

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Monday, September 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Gainesville, Pike.
Event Date and Time: 
September 30, 2017 - 4:30pm

The Gainesville Fire Department and Rescue Squad is holding a fundraising raffle at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, 67 E. Main St., Pike. Doors open at 4:30.

Tickets are required to the event and include food and beverages.

The grand prize is a 4-day trip for two to Cancun, Mexico. Five additional “mega” floor raffles will also be available and include dining out, family fun, party package, an adult beverage package, and a kayak package.

For more information ask any Gainesville Fire Department member or call (585) 493-2273.

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Gainesville, Pike.

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The Gainesville Fire Department and Rescue Squad is holding a fundraising raffle at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, 67 E. Main St., Pike. Doors open at 4:30.

Tickets are required to the event and include food and beverages.

The grand prize is a four-day trip for two to Cancun, Mexico. Five additional “mega” floor raffles will also be available and include dining out, family fun, party package, an adult beverage package, and a kayak package.

For more information ask any Gainesville Fire Department member or call (585) 493-2273.

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Gainesville, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Aug. 31.

Matthew Zakrzewski, who is accused of committing a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class E felony; and these charges as Class A misdemeanors -- criminal mischief in the fourth degree, menacing in the second degree, and criminal trespass in the second degree. A pre-plea hearing is scheduled Nov. 30.​

Darren Tingue Jr., who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Sept. 21 for motions.

Jose Serrano, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 30.

Ervin Delude Sr., who committed a crime in Gainesville, was sentenced to one-and-three-quarters to three-and-one-half years in prison on each count of two counts of aggravated family offense, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentences are to run concurrently. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges.

Gerald Keech, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26. Keech is being held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Christopher King, who committed a crime in Warsaw, successfully completed interim probation. He was sentenced to three years probation on the reduced charge of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Restitution was paid in full.

Jeffrey Snyder II, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, had a violation of probation hearing set for Sept. 13. He is being held without bail in Wyoming County Jail.

Franklin Cook, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 12.

Joelle Good, who committed a crime in Warsaw, had a violation of probation hearing set for Sept. 22.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Press release:

Adam Marquart has recently been named to the newly created New York State Young Farmer Advisory Board on Agriculture.

Recommended by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), Marquart is to serve on the 20-member board comprised of representatives of the agriculture industry from across the state.

“I always wanted to be a part of agriculture and have been blessed to be able to do so,” Marquart said. “I look forward to working together on a committee that encourages local agriculture sustainability and ensures New York State continues to be a place for agriculture and family farms to thrive.”

The board will identify issues relating to young and beginning farmers. Additionally, it will provide advice to the commissioner, the governor and relevant state agencies regarding the promotion of agriculture as a career path and the economic development of young and aspiring farmers.

Marquart has a degree in Logistics and Business Management from Niagara University and is Operations Manager for his family’s farm, Marquart Brothers LLC in Gainesville. The vegetable and dairy farm produces potatoes, green beans, corn, wheat and hay. The farm has also introduced a line of potato chips called New York Chips, made with 100-percent New York potatoes.

"I am confident that Adam and other members of the Young Farmer Advisory Board will provide valuable guidance to help ensure New York’s vital agriculture industry continues to grow and succeed,” Gallivan said. “The best way for the state to support our farmers is to hear directly from those who provide the food and farm products we depend on.”

The Board was established by legislation cosponsored by Gallivan and approved by the Legislature and the governor earlier this year. Its members include people of the agriculture community appointed by the governor, the Senate and the Assembly. Members serve without salary and will meet quarterly. The board must also issue an annual report identifying and prioritizing policy issues, which affect young and aspiring farmers.      

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will provide support services to the Young Farmer Advisory Board.

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, ACWC, arts, Perry, Bliss, Gainesville.

Press release:

The Community Arts Grant Program, known statewide as DEC (decentralization grants), was created so that communities could decide what kind of arts programming is preferred. The New York State Legislature created this program in 1971, and it is available in all 62 counties of the state.

The Arts Council for Wyoming County has been administering the program for more than 30 years. Nonprofit organizations, towns and village governments are all eligible to apply for up to $5,000 for arts and cultural programming. Others may work with one of those groups to apply as well.

The ACWC will regrant about $28,500 for Community Arts programming and offer about $6,000 for artist residencies in local schools.

“The first step in writing a grant is coming to a grant seminar,” says ACWC Grant Coordinator Kathryn Hollinger. “We teach you the ins and outs of what is fundable, how to write a description of your proposed project and how to develop a budget that is realistic. Then we offer additional help throughout the process. We can answer questions, help you find artists and review your application and help you improve your request.”

This is a very simple grant to write once you’ve read the guidelines and have taken a deep breath, says Hollinger. The idea of this process is to prepare people to write bigger, more difficult-to-get grants.

Even if you think your project isn’t a good fit for the Community Arts Grant guidelines, the ACWC is very happy to help find other sources of funding, offer help with publicity and help finesse plans.

Seminar dates are:

    • Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the ACWC, Main Street, Perry;

    • Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Free Library, School Street, Bliss;

    • Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Gainesville United Methodist Church, Main Street, Gainesville; and

    • Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. at the ACWC.

No reservations necessary to attend any of the seminars.

For more information call Hollinger at (585) 237-3517, ext. 102.

For more than 40 years the ACWC has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants.

For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts visit www.artswyco.org.

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Kevin M. Johnson, 32, of Gainesville, was charged Aug. 8 with: driving while intoxicated as a felony due to a previous conviction within 10 years; circumventing an ignition interlock device; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree; and speed exceeding 55 mph. Johnson was stopped on Route 238, Attica, for allegedly speeding. During the investigation, Troopers say they detected an odor of alcohol, subsequently field sobriety testing was conducted as well as a breath test. His BAC was allegedly .08 percent. He is due in the Town of Attica Court Aug. 21.

Michael S. Slocum, 29, of Silver Springs, was charged Aug. 8 with: driving while intoxicated as a felony due to a previous conviction within 10 years; circumventing an interlock device; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the first degree; drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway; moving from lane unsafely; and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers responded to a vehicle in a ditch on Wethersfield Road, Gainesville, in which Slocum allegedly appeared to be intoxicated. Additionally, Troopers say a small bag of marijuana was found. He was given field sobriety testing, which he is said to have failed. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw for processing where his BAC was allegedly recorded at .17 percent. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

Matthew J. Wesolowski, 23, of Cowlesville, was charged Aug. 6 with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. State Troopers say they responded to a 9-1-1 call of someone screaming and a loud bang on Church Road in the Town of Bennington. When police arrived on the scene they located a vehicle in a ditch. Troopers say the driver, Wesolowski, allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs and a small bag of marijuana was found in the vehicle. He was given field sobriety tests, which police say he failed and taken to State Police barracks in Warsaw. He was evaluated by a drug recognition expert and charged with the above offenses. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court Aug. 14.

Nicholas J. Kinmartin, 31, of Arcade, was charged Aug. 9 with 20 counts of petit larceny. Troopers say Kinmartin was seen on video approximately 17 times shoplifting merchandise from the 7-Eleven, Route 16, Yorkshire. The value of the items he allegedly stole was approximately $1,438. He was processed at the State Police barracks in Machias and released. He is due in the Town of Yorkshire Court later this month.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Bliss, Java, Sheldon, Perry, Gainesville, Warsaw.

Rhiannon A. Wilson, 22, and a 17-year-old female, both of Bliss, were arrested Aug. 4 following a complaint of a female allegedly injecting drugs while seated inside a vehicle in the Tops Friendly Markets parking lot in the Town of Warsaw. Following an investigation, Wilson was charged with: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a Class A misdemeanor. The 17-year-old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony, and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Deputies say, Wilson, the driver of the vehicle, was in possession of two bags of heroin with intent to sell them, dumped heroin from two bags onto the ground when officers approached the vehicle and was in possession of two syringes used for injecting heroin. The teen, who was the front seat passenger, is accused of being in possession of 21 bags of heroin with intent to sell them, and selling two bags of heroin. Both women were arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and are due back in court Aug. 14. Wilson was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. The teen was also put in jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force responded to the scene of the original complaint and assisted deputies with the investigation.

Jon M. Pullman, 39, of Perry, was charged Aug. 3 with harassment in the second degree after allegedly threatening an employee at the Perry Public Library. He is also accused of making threatening comments of harming people. He was arraigned in Perry Village Court where an order of protection was issued barring Pullman from having any contact with the victim and the library. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Burke M. Hawkins, 53, of Perry, was charged Aug. 7 with petit larceny. Hawkins is accused of taking three 25-ounce cans of beer, totaling $4.65, from Crosby’s without paying for them. He is due in Perry Village Court Sept. 12.

Ashley N. Dumbleton, 22, of Gainesville, was charged Aug. 4 with arson in the fifth degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree, and making a false written statement. Dumbleton was arrested following a complaint of missing property in the Town of Gainesville. The victim reported more than $1,000 worth of property was missing on July 27 when she was escorted to Dumbleton’s home on that date to retrieve her goods. On July 31 the Sheriff’s Office investigated a complaint of burned remnants located at a home on Lamont Road in the Town of Gainesville. The victim’s name was allegedly found on some of the burned remnants. Dumbleton was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court where she was released to the pretrial supervision program. She is due in the Town of Gainesville Court Aug. 21.

Daniel LaClair, 29, of Clinton County, was charged Aug. 5 with driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor, driving with a blood alcohol content at or above .08 percent as a misdemeanor, and following too closely. Deputies responded to Route 20A and French Road, Sheldon, for a two-car accident. According to the report, LaClair had been driving his pickup eastbound when the vehicle in front of him slowed to turn onto French Road and he is accused of rear-ending the vehicle. A subsequent breath test allegedly showed LaClair’s BAC at or above .08 percent. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court Aug. 28. Varysburg Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Cindy Laurich, 55, of Java, was charged Aug. 3 with driving while impaired by drugs following an accident on Curries Road, Java. Deputies say Laurich had been driving a motorcycle northbound on Curriers Road and lost control of the bike while going around a curve. She was treated at the scene by Strykersville Ambulance for minor injuries. She allegedly failed roadside field sobriety tests and was arrested. A Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert says Laurich was impaired by a drug following a drug influence evaluation. She is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Aug. 2.

Steven Green, an inmate in a State Correctional Facility, pled not guilty to two counts of assault in the second degree, both are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled Sept. 20. Bail was set at $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond. Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmate’s current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmate’s 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.

Christina Dadey, who is accused of a crime in Middlebury, waived indictment and pled not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, per se, and driving while intoxicated, both as Class E felonies; operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor, failure to keep right, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain motor vehicles. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from an intoxilyzer machine. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 17 for conference and Sept. 20 for motions.

The following were in court Aug. 3.

Cory Dahl, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to Sept. 14 for motions.

Ervin Delude Sr., who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated family offense, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 31. He is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Carl Vander, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison on the conviction of grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony. He was also sentenced to two to four years in prison for grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other and with violations of probation. He is also jointly responsible with his co-defendant for $4,630 in restitution, and fees and surcharges.

Tylor Phinney, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to five years probation, $1,456.41 in restitution, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony.

Brandon McCoy, who committed a crime in Warsaw and previously admitted to violating interim probation, was sentenced to five years probation, $1,104.54 in restitution and 170 hours of community service. He was convicted of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree.

John Sprague, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced on the conviction of failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony, and forcible touching, a misdemeanor, to one year in jail on both charges. The sentences are to run concurrently. Additionally, an order of protection was issued, an agreement of registering as a Level 2 sex offender was ordered, and he is responsible for $1,425 in restitution, and fees and surcharges.

Go Go, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was arraigned on an indictment for driving while ability impaired by drugs and DWAI – combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol, both are Class D felonies; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony, and operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor. Go Go pled guilty to DWAI – drugs, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26. They are being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Cheyenne Kimbrell, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Wednesday. Kimbrell is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Elizabeth Mattingly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. Probation was revoked and she was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Carl Vander, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to two violations of probation and was sentenced to one-and-one-third to four years in prison on both charges. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Java, Wethersfield, Gainesville, Warsaw.

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Photo via the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department

On July 24 Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a vehicle traveling without license plates in the Town of Wethersfield.

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      Jared T. Price

When deputies arrived at the intersection of Youngers and Wethersfield roads they allegedly found the vehicle being driven by Jared T. Price, 21, of Java.

Deputies say they saw Price driving the vehicle, which in addition to having no license plates, had no windshield and no doors. Additionally, officials say an axe was stuck on the roof of the car.

During the stop, Price allegedly performed poorly on field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested. He was then taken to the Sheriff’s Department and evaluated by a certified drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by multiple different drug categories.

Price was charged with: DWAI – drugs; DWAI – combined influence of drugs; no license plates; unregistered motor vehicle; uninspected motor vehicle; operating a vehicle without insurance; no front windshield; and no safety glass.

He was arraigned in the Town of Gainesville Court where bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

For the above charges, he is due in the Town of Wethersfield Court Aug. 1.

Just six days prior, Price was arrested for allegedly violating an active order of protection. For this charge, he is due in the Town of Java Court Aug. 16.

See related: Law and Order: Java man arrested for violating protection order four hours after it was issued

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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The cause of the fire that decimated a home at 3700 Telegraph Road, Eagle, remains under investigation, fire officials say.

Early Thursday morning firefighters from Bliss, Pike, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments responded to the home in Eagle under the direction of Fire Chief in Charge Bliss Fire Chief Clarence George.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, the Red Cross, and RG&E. Standing by at empty fire stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

Crews were on the scene for three hours.

Although no injuries were reported, the fire is blamed for the total loss of the home and contents, along with a dog and a bird.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:10 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, Arcade, Castile, Silver Springs.

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Firefighters from Pike, Bliss, Gainesville, and Centerville fire departments scrambled to an early morning fire on Telegraph Road – between Lyonsburg and Centerville roads – in Eagle today.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

No injuries were reported at the time of this post.

Assisting at the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management. Standing by at empty stations were Arcade, Castile and Silver Springs fire departments.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

NYSEG is reporting a power outage in the following towns and villages in Wyoming County affecting close to 8,000 residents:

    • Castile

    • Gainesville

    • Middlebury

    • Warsaw

    • Perry

    • Wyoming

There is no word yet on what caused the outage, however, power is said to be restored by 7 tonight, officials say.

The outage has not affected the Warsaw Fire Department carnival.

UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: Power has been restored to all affected areas in Wyoming County.

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.

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.

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Friday’s fire on Devinney Road still remains under investigation.

The dispatch center received an emergency call around 3:30 p.m. June 2, about a house fire at 0 Devinney Road, Wethersfield, which was totally consumed by flames, say officials with Wyoming County Emergency Services.

Crews from North Java, Gainesville and Varysburg fire departments were on the scene for three hours putting out the blaze.

Fire Chief in Charge, North Java Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boorman was assisted at the scene by Emergency Services. Fire departments standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville. 

There were no injuries reported.

The house and contents are deemed a total loss.

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Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Gainesville, Java, Varysburg, Strykersville, Attica.

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A fire on Devinney Road in Gainesville broke out early this afternoon, sending crews from Gainesville, Java and Varysburg fire departments to the scene.

Standing by at empty stations included Attica and Strykersville fire departments. Wyoming County Emergency Services assisted on scene.

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

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, news, Gainesville, Silver Springs.

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A two-vehicle accident temporarily shut down Route 19, just north of Route 19A, in Gainesville earlier today.

According to Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies, a Silver Springs woman allegedly rear-ended a vehicle as they were traveling south on Route 19. 

One injury was reported, however, a passenger in one of the vehicles has a medical condition and was also taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for observation. 

Assisting deputies included Gainesville and Pike ambulances.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and it is still under investigation.

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