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Friday, August 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade.

A multi agency burglary investigation resulted in the arrests of two 18-year-olds and five juveniles Aug. 17.

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Chester Piwowarczyk Dyllian S. Taggart

Dyllian S. Taggart, 18, of Delevan, and Chester F. Piwowarczyk, 18, of Springville, were each charged with multiple counts of burglary in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Two juvenile females and three juvenile males were also arrested and petitioned to Family Court.

The New York State Police, Village of Arcade Police Department and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department arrested the seven suspects accused of burglarizing businesses, trespassing and criminal mischief in Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties.

The alleged crime spree spanned seven days and seven businesses: the Little Red Caboose Ice Cream Shop, Arcade; the Barbershop, Fresh Vapes, and Addie’s Custard Ice Cream Shop, all in Yorkshire; Pierce Milling, Delevan; and the Lime Lake Snack Shack, and Lakehouse Restaurant, both in Machias.

Taggart was put in Cattaraugus County Jail on $50,000 bail and Piwowarczyk was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Covington.

The following was in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Aug. 16.

Patrick Hill, an inmate at a State Correctional Facility, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance (Marinol) in the fifth degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 20.

The following were in County Court before Mohun Aug. 17.

Scott Moulton, who committed a crime in Covington, was sentenced to two years in prison with two years post release supervision with Willard on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Willard is a Drug Treatment Campus (DTC) operated by the NYS Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in collaboration with OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). It was created in 1995 as a new sentencing option for low-level drug offenders and parole violators who previously would have been sent to a traditional prison. The Willard program was created as an intermediate sanction — “with teeth” — to deal with the problem of relapse. He was also sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, driver’s license revocation, and a $500 fine on the conviction of operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs in the first degree, a misdemeanor.

William Stelmack, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on three counts of criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He pled guilty to criminal contempt in the first degree and resisting arrest. An order of protection was signed and served. The case has been adjourned to Nov. 9 for sentencing.

Ashley King, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony; and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, both as misdemeanors; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. King pled guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9. She was released on her own recognizance.

Daniel Bailey, who committed a crime in Perry, waived indictment on burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D violent felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 9

Melissa Baker, who committed a crime in Warsaw, waived indictment on 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 pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 28. Bail was set at $15,000.

Richard Gargula, who committed a crime in Warsaw, admitted to violating sentencing cap. Bail was revoked and he is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Franklin Cook, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. He is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 31.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Pike, Perry, Wyoming.
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   Richard F. Gargula

Richard F. Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 17 with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Gargula is accused of selling heroin to an agent of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force in May while in the Village of Warsaw. He was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and returned to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail on this new charge. He was already in jail on an unrelated charge. The Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw Police departments. Task Force members remind residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line, (585) 786-8965.

Jeffrey Rigerman, 33, of Jamestown, was arrested Aug. 10 on a Family Court warrant for failure to obey a support order. Rigerman was found at his residence by the Jamestown Police Department and then turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Franklin Cook, 35, of Wyoming, was arrested Aug. 16 on a Wyoming County Superior Court violation of probation warrant. Cook was found at his home in the Town of Middlebury and taken into custody without incident. He was put in Wyoming County Jail where he will be held until the next available Superior Court date.

Matthew Wendt, 31, of Angelica, was arrested on a Failure to Pay Fine warrant issued by the Village of Warsaw Court. Wendt was taken into custody at a home on Water Street in the Village of Perry without incident. He was then taken to the Village of Warsaw Court where he was arraigned and released after paying the remaining balance on his fines.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Pike, heroin.

Richard Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 11 with: tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and driving while ability impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, both as misdemeanors. Following a traffic stop on Shearing Road, Gainesville, Gargula is accused of driving with a suspended license. During the stop he was asked to perform field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. Additionally, deputies say he was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine and heroin. After being evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by multiple drug categories. Also during the stop, Gargula allegedly attempted to conceal evidence by getting out of his car and tossing suspected cocaine inside a nearby residence. He was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, accident, Genesee Falls.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a car-versus-motorcycle accident on Route 19A at Denton Corners Road, Genesee Falls, Sunday evening.

According to reports, Royal E. Bailey, 77, was stopped at a stop sign on Denton Corners Road and turned his vehicle right onto Route 19A into the lane of an oncoming motorcycle.

The bike, driven by 32-year-old Jeremy M. Mellin, of Hume, was forced off the road after colliding with Bailey’s car.

While Bailey nor Mellin was injured in the accident, Mellin’s passenger was ejected from the motorcycle. The victim was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, then transferred to ECMC, Buffalo, via Mercy Flight for a back injury.

Bailey was ticketed with failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. He is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court Aug. 23.

During the investigation, deputies say Mellin was driving without a motorcycle license. Additionally, he was asked to perform field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. 

Mellin also refused to submit to a breath test at the scene.

He was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and refusal of a breath test -- roadside prescreen device.

He was arraigned in the Town of Genesee Falls Court where his license was suspended for refusal to submit to a chemical test.

He is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court Sept. 12. Mullin is also scheduled for a Department of Motor Vehicle Refusal hearing at the Batavia Town Hall Sept. 15.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing and further charges are possible.

Assisting at the scene were the New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Pike and Nunda fire departments, Medic 80, Mercy Flight, and Barber’s Automotive.

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry.

Burke M. Hawkins, 53, of Perry, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hawkins was arrested Aug. 10 following an investigation into allegations of him picking up prescriptions for his wife after she had passed away. Perry Police say he picked up hydromorphone, diazepam, and alprazolam from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Perry. He was arraigned in the Village of Perry Court and sentenced to the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail until his court date Sept. 12.

Joey M. Safford, 48, of Perry, was charged Aug. 10 with displaying a forged inspection sticker. Safford was arrested after Perry Police allegedly found him driving a vehicle with an alleged forged inspection sticker. He is due in the Village of Perry Court Sept. 5.

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Business.

The Little Red Caboose, Main Street, Arcade, is asking the community to keep its “eyes and ears open” due to alleged vandalism that had occurred at the business Aug. 5 and 6.

Owners of the business said the following on their Facebook page:

We were vandalized Saturday night and then broken into and vandalized Sunday night. They broke the door open to our storage shed and stole some things, cut and broke some things in mini golf, ripped up signs and Arcade & Attica Railroad pictures, cut holes into the new deck canopy, stole the mask from the “train guy” and broke things on top of the caboose.

“We are just a simple family trying to make ends meet while trying to create a place where friends and families can enjoy time together.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Arcade Police Department at (585) 492-3111.

Arcade Police officials are investigating the matter.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, news.

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It's a slow ride going south out of Perry this afternoon as an oversized transformer is transported on Route 39.

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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Java, Orangeville, Warsaw.
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      Jared T. Price

Jared T. Price, 21, of Java, has been charged with another felony stemming from a July 28 incident.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Price was being transported from the scene of a domestic incident in the Town of Java to the Warsaw Court. During transport, and while in the Town of Orangeville, he is accused of intentionally damaging electrical wiring located in the area of the rear seat of the deputy's patrol car which controlled the airbags. He is also accused of bending the rear seat in order to access the wiring.

The alleged tampering caused an excess of $3,000 in damages to the patrol vehicle.

He was arrested Aug. 4 and arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and jailed in lieu of an additional $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

He was put in Wyoming County Jail July 28 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

His earlier charges include:

    • July 18: Criminal contempt in the second degree for violating an order of protection. Bail was issued and posted;

    • July 20: Unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana;

    • July 24: DWAI – drugs and related vehicle and traffic charges. Bail was again issued and posted; and

    • July 28: Resisting arrest, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and attempted escape in the second degree.

He is due in the Town of Orangeville Court Aug. 16.

See related: Java man arrested four times in two weeks

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile.
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    Nicholas Maroney

A former YMCA camp counselor is accused of sexual misconduct involving a teen following an investigation of a separate incident at the camp.

Nicholas D. Maroney, who was a counselor at YMCA Genesee/Camp Hough on West Lake Road, Castile, was arrested Aug. 7 for allegedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old female camper.

On Aug. 3, the 20-year-old Perry man was accused of returning to the camp intoxicated, entering the wrong cabin and seen exiting the occupied bunk bed of a 7-year-old female camper in the morning.

At the time of the initial charge, there was no report of sexual contact with the child.

During the July 29 investigation, New York State Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviewed multiple campers and staff and determined that Maroney allegedly had sexual relations with the 16-year-old.

In addition to the previous charge of endangering the welfare of a child, he is also charged with sexual misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor.

State Police say they do not believe there are any other victims at this time.

He was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail on the endangerment charge and arrested and arraigned in the Town of Perry Court Monday.

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.

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, drugs, Warsaw, news.
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      Wendell Fuqua       Raven Houston

Two Rochester residents were arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly selling suspected crack cocaine in the parking lot at McDonald’s in Warsaw.

Wyoming County Drug Task Force members say, Wendell Fuqua, 35, is accused of selling seven “rocks” of suspected crack cocaine to a person that had been under surveillance by the DTF.

Raven Houston, 23, was also charged, as she was the driver of the vehicle that Fuqua was a passenger in.

Both were charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both are Class B felonies.

Fuqua was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. Houston is being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Task Force members were assisted at the scene by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the Warsaw Police Department.

The Wyoming County DTF includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, and the Arcade, Attica, Perry and Warsaw Police departments.

Suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line at (585) 786-8965.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Attica.

Nicholas D. Maroney, 20, of Perry, was charged Aug. 3 with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor. Maroney, now a former camp counselor at YMCA Genesee/Camp Hough on West Lake Road, Castile, is accused of returning to the campground intoxicated and going into the wrong cabin to sleep. State Police say he was seen by other staff and campers exiting the occupied bunk bed of a 7-year-old female camper in the morning. At this time there is no report of sexual contact. He was arrested without incident and arraigned in the Town of Castile Court. He was jailed in lieu of bail or bond in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in the Town of Castile Court Monday.

Michael A. Young, 36, of Attica, was charged Aug. 3 with driving while intoxicated – first offense, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed in excess of 55 mph. Young is accused of traveling in excess of 75 mph and crossing the center line on Main Street in Alexander. Further charges are pending on the results of a blood test. He is due in the Alexander Town Court Oct. 3.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Warsaw, Perry, Silver Springs, news.

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Improper disposal of rags used to stain wood is said to be the cause of the shop/garage fire Tuesday night in Warsaw.

One firefighter suffered a minor hand injury during the mishap and was treated at the scene.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Perry Center, and Perry fire departments were at 5268 Streamer Road for two-and-one-half hours putting out the flames.

Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Assistant Fire Chief Adam Richter was assisted at the scene by Wyoming County Emergency Services and NYSEG, with Leicester Fire Department standing by at empty fire stations.

The estimated cost of damages to the shop is $60,000.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, government, David DiPietro.

Press release:

A Legislative column by Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C-East Aurora)

The safety of all New Yorkers was put in jeopardy in 2013 with the passage of the SAFE Act. I remember the dysfunction as if it were yesterday.

It was my first day as a New York State Assemblyman, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I got a call saying I needed to return to the chamber in the late hours, really early morning. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders called both houses of the Legislature back to vote on the SAFE Act in the early morning. This was a piece of legislation that was written in the dead of night and set up an entire system that stripped away our constitutional right to bear arms as law-abiding citizens.

Since that day I’ve fought day in and day out to fully repeal the SAFE Act. I’ve introduced legislation every session since that day to repeal the SAFE Act. I’ve held numerous public forums, collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in opposition to the SAFE Act, and remain vigilant to this day in making sure our Second Amendment rights are restored. Every session in the Assembly I sponsor a bill that would fully repeal the SAFE Act.

On July 31 Congressman Chris Collins announced the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), which will unilaterally grant Second Amendment rights back to law–abiding citizens like us across the United States and make it illegal for any state to enforce or impose any further regulations or taxes relating to firearms. I was able to stand next to Collins when he announced this legislation. I urge all Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to support it.

The Constitution was written to protect all citizens from the government. Our forefathers wrote the Second Amendment so law-abiding citizens like you and I can protect ourselves like they did against oppressive governments, both foreign and domestic, at the time. Government was never meant to be a large and restrictive “Big Brother.” It was implied throughout the Constitution that limited government of the people, by the people and for the people was the best strategy for the United States. That still stands true today. We can’t allow big-government bureaucrats to take our rights away from us. That’s a basic principle of the foundation that this great nation was built on.

The Second Amendment is one of the most important fundamental amendments of our Constitution. I’m glad that Congressman Collins is taking a stand against big government. I hope his colleagues in Congress will stand firm to pass this legislation. It’s time to make America and New York safe again, and this legislation does just that.

Assemblyman David DiPietro represents the 147th Assembly District, which covers all of Wyoming County and the southern portion of Erie County.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Chris Collins, government.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has proposed new measures for protecting Second Amendment rights by introducing legislation to limit states authority when it comes to regulating rifles and shotguns, commonly used by sportsmen and sportswomen.

The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) would prevent states from implementing any regulations on these weapons that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law. Upon passage of this bill, most of the language included in New York State’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be void.

“This legislation would protect the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers that were unjustly taken away by Andrew Cuomo,” Collins said. “I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and have fought against all efforts to condemn these rights. I stand with the law-abiding citizens of this state that have been outraged by the SAFE Act and voice my commitment to roll back these regulations.”

Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act violates federal regulation and the following provisions would be void under the proposed legislation:

-          Cuomo’s SAFE Act expanded rifle and shotgun bans to include semi-automatic guns with detachable magazines that possess certain features.

-          The Cuomo SAFE Act banned the capacity of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It further limited magazines to seven rounds at any time.

In the Collins’ bill, States or local governments would not be able to regulate, prohibit, or require registration and licensing (that are any more restrictive under Federal law) for the sale, manufacturing, importation, transfer, possession, or marketing of a rifle or shotgun. Additionally, “rifle or shotgun” includes any part of the weapon including any detachable magazine or ammunition feeding devise and any type of pistol grip or stock design.

Under this legislation, any current or future laws enacted by a state or political subdivision that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns would be void. Should a state violate this law, and a plaintiff goes to court, the court will award the prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney’s fee in addition to any other damages.

Congressman Collins was joined today by local, county, and state elected officials and citizen supporters of the Second Amendment during events to unveil his bill in Erie and Monroe counties.

Hamburg Rod and Gun Club:

Assemblyman David DiPietro

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton

Representatives from SCOPE

Rochester Brooks Gun Club:

Senator Rich Funke

Senator Rob Ortt

Assemblyman Peter Lawrence

Monroe County Legislator Karla Boyce

Representatives from SCOPE

To read the text of H.R. 3576, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act, click here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, government, Chris Collins.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) cosponsored legislation that enhances  law enforcement at our borders and provides resources to improve security at ports of entry.

The Border Security for America Act authorizes $5 billion over four years to carry out staffing increases and infrastructure improvements. Additionally, the bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement biometric exit-entry systems at all points of entry, exempting U.S. and Canadian citizens from screening.

“Our northern border is an economic asset to Western New York and we need to make sure we move people and products across safely and effectively,” Collins said.

“I am fully supportive of increased national security measures, like those included in this bill, but worked with my colleagues to make sure we avoid disruptions to both American and Canadian citizens that might result from new protocols.”

In February, Collins corresponded with former DHS Secretary John Kelly and CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan expressing a deep concern regarding the department’s proposed expedited implementation of the biometric exit-entry system.

Collins cited impacts to Western New York related to trade and tourism and pointed out the differences between the northern and southern borders when it comes to security. As a result, DHS exempted American and Canadian citizens from their initiative.

Now, this new House legislation proposed by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) carries the same exemption while providing expanded resources for border security.

“Our northern and southern borders face different needs when it comes to security,” Collins said. “Chairman McCaul took the needs of Western New York into careful consideration when drafting this language and I thank him for his efforts.”

The Border Security for America Act:

·         Authorizes a Border Wall — Requires the deployment and construction of tactical infrastructure and technology to achieve full operational control and situational awareness. This deployment includes wall, fencing, technology, and other barriers.

·         Secure and Fast Ports of Entry — Authorizes necessary resource investments to improve and enhance our ports of entry. Targets illegal immigration and drug trafficking at our ports of entry, while increasing lawful trade and travel.

·         More Boots on the Ground — Adds 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 CBP Officers and streamlines the way that veterans and existing local law enforcement officers can be hired.

·         More Air and Marine Flight Hours – Increases the number of annual flight hours of CBP’s Air and Marine Operations and prioritizes requests for support from the Chief of the Border Patrol to secure the border.

·         Forward Operating Bases – Directs DHS to upgrade existing forward operating bases to a minimum standard.

·         Use of the National Guard – Authorizes use of the National Guard along the Southern Border to help with aviation and intelligence support and allows the reimbursement for states that call out the National Guard to help secure the border.

·         Targets Visa Overstays — Identify visa overstays through full deployment of the Biometric Entry-Exit System at all ports of entry while exempting American and Canadian citizens 

·         Border Patrol Access to Federal Lands — Prohibits Federal agencies from impeding, prohibiting, or restricting CBP activities on federal land located within 100 miles of the Southern Border to execute search and rescue operations, and to prevent all unlawful entries into the United States.

·         Support Local Law Enforcement — Authorizes the Stonegarden grant program at $110 million for state and local law enforcement to aggressively fight drug trafficking, smuggling, and other crimes on the Southern Border.

To read the text of H.R. 3548, Border Security for America Act, click here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Perry, Silver Springs.

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Firefighters from Warsaw, Perry, Silver Springs and Perry Center fire departments responded to a fire at 5268 Streamer Road, Warsaw, around 7:45 this evening.

Assisting crews and Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Assistant Chief Adam Richter was Emergency Managment and NYSEG.

At the time of this post, the cause of the fire is unknown and no injuries were reported. ​

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