Portageville

Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Genesee Falls, Perry, Arcade, Portageville.

Corrie L. Mann, 36, of Portageville, was charged May 5 with not having transparent windows, driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by a drug, and driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, all as felonies. Mann was stopped on Route 436, Genesee Falls, for a window tint violation. Following a roadside investigation, she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. She was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where she supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC that did not match the observed impairment. She was then evaluated by a certified drug recognition expert who determined she was impaired by stimulants and alcohol. Due to a prior DWI conviction in 2012, her arrest became a felony. She was released on her own recognizance and is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court at a later date.

Ryan Fisher, 28, Perry, was charged May 3 with driving while impaired by drugs and unregistered motor vehicle. Fisher was stopped on North Main Street, Warsaw, for an alleged expired registration. During the stop, he was given roadside field sobriety testing, which he subsequently failed, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say. Additionally, was then evaluated by a drug recognition expert who determined him to be impaired by a stimulant. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court May 22. New York State Police assisted with the roadside investigation.

Kevin Haynes, 47, of Arcade, was charged May 6 with criminal contempt in the first degree and an aggravated family offense in the Village of Arcade Court. Haynes was arrested following an investigation of a violation of an order of protection. Deputies say Haynes came into contact with a subject where there was an active stay away order of protection. Additionally, it was also found that he had been charged and convicted of criminal contempt within the last five years. He was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. He is due in the Village of Arcade Court at 8 a.m. June 15.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Gainesville, Eagle, Portageville, Arcade.
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      Mark T. Owens

Mark T. Owens, 50, of Arcade, was charged April 20 with sexual abuse in the third degree. Owens was arrested following an investigation of an alleged incident that happened in the Town of Java. An order of protection was issued for the victim. The accused is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

An 18-year-old male, of Attica, and another 18-year-old male, of Alexander, were both charged April 18 with burglary in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree. The charges stem from an incident which occurred in the early morning hours of July 10 on Broadway Road, Alexander. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say the youths, who were juveniles at the time, entered an uninhabited residence and caused damage to it using paint and varnish. They were released under supervision of Genesee Justice. Both are due to return to court May 9.

Justin C. Spencer, 31, of Portageville, was charged April 15 with aggravated driving while intoxicated following an accident on Route 70 in Grove. New York State troopers say Spencer had struck a guide rail and then rear-ended another vehicle. Officers say that while interviewing Spencer, they detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. According to the police report, standardized field sobriety testing was attempted, but had to be stopped for safety reasons. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Fillmore where he allegedly blew a BAC of .19 percent. He is due in the Town of Court Court on June 5.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Attica, Warsaw, Portageville.

Medaille College has named the following students to the dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. Students that meet the requirements of a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all credit hours carried during that semester are placed on the Dean's List

    • Emily Fisher, of Warsaw;

    • Ashley Richley, of Attica; and

    • Lacey Wilmot, of Portageville.

Medaille is a private, four-year college four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. The college offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields. To learn more visit www.medaille.edu.

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:31 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, accident, Portageville.

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(Photos provided by the New York State Police, Amity barracks.)

The driver in the accident that killed 15-year-old Jasmine R. Uveino-Braymiller, was charged yesterday with manslaughter in the first degree.

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   Thomas R. Marion

Thomas R. Marion was arrested June 28 by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in the death of the Portageville girl. 

It is alleged that on May 7 at around 1:04 a.m. Marion and four passengers were in a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driving south on Dow Road in Centerville, when Marion lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.

Marion, who was seriously injured, is accused of having a BAC of .09 percent the night of the crash. The three other passengers in the vehicle also had unknown various injuries. 

The Caneadea man was not only charged with the Class C felony, but also Leandra’s Law, a Class E felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; and unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor.

He is on pre-trial release through Allegany County Probation and due in Centerville court at a later date.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, storm, Portageville, Pike, Bliss, Eagle.

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The symphony of light and sound of Monday night’s storm downed trees and left hundreds of Wyoming County households in the dark this morning.

Late yesterday, the National Weather Service of Buffalo issued a severe thunderstorm watch, a severe thunderstorm warning, and a flash flood warning for many parts of Wyoming County. Wind gusts were expected to reach between 60 and 70 mph at times and dump hail close to a quarter in size. Additionally, in some areas, up to two inches of rain had fallen and another inch was expected.

Since early this morning, crews were out cleaning up trees, limbs and other debris out of the roadways.

Adventure Bound Camping Resort on Tenefly Road, Portageville, took a heavy hit from last night’s storm. Downed trees damaged at least one camper, the office building and the entry gate. Employees kicked off the day at 5 a.m. clearing the road from the fallen trees and limbs.

The wind not only uprooted and snapped trees at the campground and other areas, along Pennycock Road in Portageville, the wind flattened portions of a field. Additionally, two trees in the Eagle area were struck by lightning. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw, Portageville.

Jennifer A. Irish, 34, of Warsaw, was charged June 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree. It is alleged that she was found driving while having a suspended license for failure to pay child support. She is due in the Village of Warsaw Court June 27.

Alex Drake. of Perry, was charged June 10 with aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree and unlicensed operator. Drake was charged following a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. During the stop, it was alleged he had two suspensions on his driver's license. He is due in the Village of Perry Court in August.

Jessie M. Pries, 20, of Portageville, was charged June 11 with operating a motor vehicle without insurance, operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended/revoked, and unregistered motor vehicle. The charged stem from a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. During the stop, it was alleged that Pries was driving without insurance and without a valid registration sticker. He is due in the Village of Perry Court Aug. 2.

James D. Kososki Jr., 25, of Warsaw, was charged June 13 with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Kososki was arrested following a domestic incident on North Main Street in the Village of Warsaw. The suspect is accused of being involved in an argument with a 17-year-old female when he threw her to the ground, held her against the floor, and choked her for a period of time. He was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court June 20.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Portageville, Warsaw.

Two local students graduated from Clarkson University May 7.

Tyler S. Maines, of Portageville, received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, and Benjamin A. Samardak, of Warsaw, received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in biology.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region, and Beacon, is a nationally recognized research university. The college has more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences, and the health professions.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Portageville, Silver Springs.
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     John A. Wesner

John A. Wesner, 40, of Portageville, was charged May 10 with course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, sexual abuse in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest stems from a joint investigation with Allegany County Child Protective Services and the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office. Wesner was jailed in the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Olive Rowley, 70, of Warsaw, was charged May 7 with stalking in the fourth degree, a Class B misdemeanor. She is accused of driving by the Silver Springs home of two female victims for a period of several months. She is also suspected of stopping and looking in the windows of the victims' house, stopping and trying to initiate contact with the victims, and stopping and interviewing neighbors and residents near their home. Rowley was allegedly told on several occasions to leave the victims alone. She is due in Silver Springs Court May 16. An order of protection was also issued against Rowley.

Jimmy White Jr., 33, of Rochester, was charged May 7 with speeding and driving a vehicle on a suspended license. White was arrested following a traffic stop on Cummings Avenue, Silver Springs, where he is accused of driving 46 in a 30-mph zone. White is also alleged to have knowingly driven without a valid driver's license, which was suspended 11 times with 10 court scoffs on six different dates. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $300 cash bail. He is due in Silver Springs Court June 6.

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Portageville, Perry, Arcade, Genesee Falls, Java.

Joshua J. Ebersole, 29, of Attica, was charged April 21 with assault in the third degree. Ebersole was arrested following an investigation of a reported assault on March 6 in Portageville. He is due in the Town of Genesee Falls Court at a later date. 

Aaron K. Dumunn, 22, of Buffalo, was charged April 19 with uninspected motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended or revoked. During routine traffic patrol, a Perry Police officer got a hit on the license plate reader showing the registration was allegedly revoked due to an insurance lapse. Dumunn is due in the Village of Perry Court May 10.

Kevin M. Connolly, 36, of Orchard Park, was charged April 21 with criminal contempt in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Connolly was arrested following a complaint on Route 78, Java, for violating an order of protection. He is accused of calling the victim eight times within a two-week period. Connolly was arrested in the Town of Wales and taken to the Village of Arcade Court for arraignment. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Java Court May 4.

Robert L. Stresing Jr., 53, of Arcade, was charged April 21 with failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign. Stresing stopped at the intersection of Howe and North Woods roads and proceeded across the intersection when he struck 27-year-old Jamie L. Barber, who was driving north on North Woods Road. Barber had her 5- and 2-year-old daughters with her in the vehicle at that time. They were taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital, Springville, via Arcade Ambulance for neck pain and precautionary reasons, treated and released. Stresing, who was not injured, is due in Arcade Town Court May 19. Wyoming County Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by the Arcade Fire Department and Arcade Police.

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:02 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Eagle, Bliss, Pike, Portageville.

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One of my favorite times to shoot is just as the sun is beginning to set. I like the play of colors as it dips lower in the sky. On a side note, I have never seen a turkey in the wild (at least I think it was a wild turkey) all puffed up! I thought that was pretty neat. I was ridin' shotgun somewhere in the southeastern corner of Wyoming County.

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Friday, April 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Portageville, Warsaw, accidents.

A Portageville man was injured in a car accident this morning in Warsaw.

Deputies from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury accident at the intersection of Route 19 and Martinville Road.

Christopher W. Kelly, no age given, was driving south on Route 10, took his eyes briefly off the road when he saw a car, also traveling south, waiting to make a left turn onto Martinville Road. Although Kelly was able to brake and avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of him, he drove off the road and hit a utility pole.

Two small children and Kelly were taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, for non-life-threatening injuries. No tickets were issued.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, nature, parks, letchworth, Castile, Portageville.

Press release:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced $450,000 in state grants to 20 organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York State parks and historic sites. The grants, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be matched by nearly $242,000 in private and local funding. These funds will support projects to strengthen Friends Groups and enhance public access and recreational opportunities at parks and historic sites across the state.

“These grants will help preserve New York’s natural green spaces while also boosting tourism and strengthening local economies,” Cuomo said. “Our parks, trails and historic sites are some of the best outdoor destinations in the nation. This funding will help ensure they remain in peak condition for years to come.”

The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are administered by the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), a statewide nonprofit group. These groups raise private funds for capital projects, perform maintenance tasks, provide educational programming, and promote public use through hosting special events.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are designed to:

    • Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of state parks, trails and state historic sites;

    • Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain and support state parks, trails and state historic sites; and

    • Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails and greenways.

The Finger Lakes Region was awarded a total of $110,869, which include the following parks:

    • Friends of Letchworth State Park: $20,980 for materials and training; These funds will enable increased volunteer recruitment and engagement to better steward the park and its trails;

    • Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park: $75,000 to hire a full-time Manager of Corporate Fundraising and Major Gifts who will develop and execute a five-year capital improvement plan; and

    • Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park: $14,889 to install interpretive signs for a self-guided walking tour of the former Civilian Conservation Corps/Prisoner of War site on park grounds, and signs attributing the Friends for its work protecting the historic CCC/POW camp and in the care of bluebird and purple martin houses within the park.

The governor proposed the grant program as part of his 2015 Opportunity Agenda. Funding is provided by the EPF. The governor’s 2016-17 executive budget includes a historic $300 million for the EPF, including a second year of $500,000 for the Park and Trail Partnership Program. 

"New York can boast of one of America’s outstanding systems of state parks, including a network of historic sites, parks and trails that is second to none throughout my legislative district in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions, as well as statewide,” said Sen. Thomas O’Mara, chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “I applaud these state investments, through the Environmental Protection Fund, to help support the critical, dedicated grassroots organizations so important to the overall effort to beautify and promote these natural and historical attractions.”

"Home to award-winning destinations like Letchworth State Park and Hamlin Beach State Park, our region is a world-class destination for families who are looking to experience all that Rochester and the Finger Lakes have to offer,” said Sen. Rich Funke, chairman of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. “These targeted investments will support the good work being done by volunteers who are helping to ensure our parks continue to attract visitors and enhance quality of life here for generations to come. Thank you to the Office of Parks, Parks & Trails New York, and the everyday citizens who continue to make our state parks great."

The Park and Trail Partnership Program, in addition to other grassroots efforts, complements Cuomo’s commitment to revitalizing and transforming the state park system through his NY Parks 2020 plan. Under his leadership, the state is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation. The Governor's NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for state parks from 2011 to 2020.

The 2016-17 executive budget proposal allocates $90 million toward this initiative. In addition, the governor launched I Love My Park Day, an annual volunteer day on the first Saturday of each May to improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites. For the fourth annual event last spring, 6,500 volunteers took part in over 200 cleanup, improvement and beautification projects at 95 state parks and historic sites. They contributed 16,000 hours of volunteer service.

“Across New York State, Friends Groups are essential to the stewardship and promotion of our state park system,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “I applaud Gov. Cuomo for getting behind this innovative strategy to leverage the private fundraising and volunteer services our Friends Groups already provide to do even more, and I thank Parks & Trails New York for its work to make it happen.”

“The State’s investment in grassroots Friends Groups will complement Gov. Cuomo’s extraordinary commitment to the revitalization of the entire state park system,” PTNY Executive Director Robin Dropkin said. “These grant funds will enable groups to leverage more private and federal funding, marshal more volunteer power, and augment the State’s historic investment in parks. We look forward to seeing the transformational results from these innovative and important projects.”

Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails. Since 1985, PTNY aims to improve the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers. They work with community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks, greenways and trails throughout the state.

Monday, February 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Portageville, Perry, Warsaw.

Michael J. Mead, 28, of Portageville, was charged Feb. 26 with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, operating in violation of restrictions, and driver’s view obstructed. Mead was arrested following a traffic stop on Buffalo Road, near Route 19, Warsaw. Mead was stopped when police allegedly saw him driving with prior knowledge that he had a suspended driver’s license. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office for further investigation after prescription narcotics were allegedly found in his vehicle. Additionally, he is accused of failing standardized field sobriety testing and was subsequently evaluated by a drug recognition expert. It was allegedly determined that he was impaired by multiple drug categories. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court March 14.

Justin A. Putney, 25, of Perry, was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Putney is accused of having a BAC of .18 percent or greater Feb. 20. He is due in the Leicester Town Court at a later date. 

Monday, February 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Pike, Portageville.

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Today I discovered a roller coaster of a road, and I of course had to see where it went. Unfortunately, as soon as I turned onto the road I promptly forgot its name. However, it did lead me to a few interesting areas of the county and an up-close-and-personal encounter with a few cows. 

The cows were hesitant of my presence at first, however, after a few minutes they ventured a bit closer to me. (It still amazes me how large they are.) With that being said, a good friend of mine would generally laugh at my lack of country knowledge. In all fairness though, I have given her ample ammunition to poke fun at me. This city slicker was ridin' shotgun somewhere between Pike and Portageville. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:02 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Portageville, Warsaw.

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Photos courtesy of 13WHAM.

A Wyoming County man, who admittedly intended to cause injury to a 72-year-old man, is facing a year of probation for the assault.

Last January, Patrick M. Hardy, 23, pushed Dennis Englert during an altercation at the Letchworth Pines, Portageville. Englert fell, striking his head on the concrete floor, subsequently fracturing his skull, resulting in a six-month hospital stay. Englert is currently living in a nursing home because he needs 24-hour care.

Hardy pled guilty Jan. 7 to assault in the second degree. He was charged under New York State’s Elder Abuse law – to intentionally cause injury to a person over the age of 65, when the defendant is more than 10 years younger than the victim – which makes the charge a Class D violent felony. 

In an article published by Wyoming County Free Press’s news partner 13WHAM, the judge also heard from the victim’s family:

"It should have been an automatic jail time, there's 50 years, the kid's 22, my dad was 72-years-old, he was just getting ready to enjoy a happy, retirement life with his wife of 47 years, he can't do anything anymore, all he can do is feed himself, he can't speak to you," said Dennis Englert's son, Andy.

On Friday, Wyoming County Judge Michael Mohun sentenced Hardy to one-year probation with more than a dozen conditions. They include electronic monitoring; Hardy can only go to work and appointments approved by probation; a curfew; anger management courses; and he must pay $12,683.76 in restitution to help with Englert's medical expenses. Hardy is also responsible for any restitution that's accumulated while on probation.

Mohun says this is the most stringent probation he's ever imposed and he's giving Hardy the opportunity to demonstrate that he can live in the community.

"For me and my family, [we're] very disappointed," said Dennis' son, Michael Englert. "Apparently you can come to Wyoming County and physically and violently attack a guy that's 50 years older than you and get probation. Apparently that's acceptable in Wyoming County."

According to the Wyoming County District Attorney's Office, final sentencing will be adjourned until Jan. 5.

“Our office felt, based upon the severity of the injuries to the victim in this case, that incarceration was warranted,” said First Assistant District Attorney Vincent A. Hemming. “The Probation Department and the Judge did not see it that way.”

However, Mohun made is clear in open court that if Hardy violates any conditions of his probation, he will face the maximum sentence for the crime – seven years behind bars.

See related: Hardy charged with felony assault on a 72-year-old Nunda man

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

Effective Dec. 17, Letchworth State Park’s Portageville Entrance will be closed to traffic as construction begins on the replacement of the Norfolk Southern High Bridge over the Genesee River. The $70 million new arch structure bridge, overseen by the Department of Transportation and announced earlier this year, will address existing deficiencies and allow for more modern needs to be met.

Signed detours will be in place directing all visitors to enter the park on Denton Corners Road and through the main entrance in Castile. Traffic within the park will be detoured at the Upper/Middle Falls area to accommodate the closure. The Glen Iris Inn, and the Upper and Middle falls will all remain accessible during the entire project. The Portageville entrance is expected to reopen in September 2018.

The existing bridge was built in 1875. The bridge was identified in a 2009 New York State Rail Plan as one of the most significant rail bottlenecks in the state. In 2011, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils identified replacement of the bridge among their five-year projects to address barriers to economic growth in their strategic plan.

Letchworth State Park welcomes approximately 650,000 visitors each year and this year was named as the Best State Park in the Nation by the national Reader’s Choice Poll.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 6:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Portageville, Gainesville.

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It was a cornucopia of photos today. I started out with one set of images to shoot in mind, however, it struck me that I oftentimes venture on roads that proclaim Seasonal Limited Use Highway. While I am always up for an adventure, I never truly know what I am going to run into on these roads. I was ridin' shotgun somewhere between Portageville and Gainesville.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Wyoming, southern Livingston, and northeastern Allegany counties until 1 p.m.. 

Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm was located near Portageville, nine miles southwest of Letchworth State Park, and moving east at 40 mph. 

The storm is expected to impact Letchworth State Park, Portageville, Pike, Castile, Dansville, Groveland, Springwater, and Nunda. This includes Interstate 390, between exits 4 and 5.

Severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce damaging winds, destructive hail, deadly lightning, and very heavy rain. The Weather Service advises moving into an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business. It also warns that heavy rains may flood roads quickly and advises avoiding flooded roadways.

Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Ridin' Shotgun, Java, Portageville, Gainesville.

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There are those occasions when I'm not quite certain the dirt road I'm traveling on is really a road. I generally never intend on driving on a dirt road, but curiousity generally gets the best of me and I just have to find out where it goes. However, to know where the road goes, one typically has to know where one is; and I didn't. I was ridin' shotgun where the pavement ends. 

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