Wyoming County

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

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Around 4:40 this afternoon a fire broke out in a home on Fairview Road, Silver Springs. 

Fire crews from Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Perry Center, and Gainesville fire departments responded to the scene, with Pike Fire Department filling in at Castile and Gainesville filling in at Silver Springs.

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

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Attica, Business.

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Workmen installs new signage for the Attica Pharmacy located at 2 Market St., Attica.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Darian Center, Silver Springs.

Brandon Griffin, 23, of Hornell, was charged May 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and driving a vehicle with only one working headlight. Perry Police say Griffin was stopped on South Main Street for having only one headlight. During the traffic stop, officers say it was found that he was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had a previous conviction for driving with a suspended license. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Robert L. Miller, 66, of Perry, was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree. Perry Police say Miller’s neighbor complained he allegedly came outside and made an obscene gesture and swore at him before going back into his house. In addition to the charges, Miller has a complete stay away order of protection barring him from contact with his neighbor. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $25,000 cash bail. He is due in court at a later date.

Corey B. Rieser, 29, of Darian Center, was charged May 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, insecure rear plate, and visibility distorted by broken glass. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Rieser was stopped on Route 20A, Sheldon, when his license was found to be suspended for failure to answer a summons in the Town of Sheldon. He was held in the Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He is due in court June 5.

Jordan M. Nichols, 19, of Silver Springs, was charged May 19 with driving while intoxicated, DWI with a BAC more than .08 percent, and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident on Cotton Road, Gainesville, where they say they spoke to a male caller who stated that Nichols was driving while intoxicated and attempted to leave with a child. Deputies say she did not leave with the child, but did drive intoxicated to the residence. Further investigation allegedly revealed that she also attempted to stop a phone call for help by the victim and damaged the victim’s telephone. She was arrested for DWI and taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. She was released on her own recognizance and is due in the Town of Gainesville Court at a later date.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry.

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A crew from the Village of Perry Department of Public Works put the finishing touches on freshly poured concrete – the final process of replacing a sidewalk on Main Street in the Village.

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Monday, May 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Business.

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As a way to commemorate its 25 years in business, employees of Complete Payroll, 1 Lake St., Perry, planted 25 trees in and around the Village Friday afternoon.

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

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

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

The following are from State Correctional facilities in Attica. 

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County Jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Hill had his case adjourned to June 21.

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

Michael Busgith was in court for a Huntley Hearing. The case has been adjourned to June 21. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

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

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

The following were in court before Mohun May 18.

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

Dakota Ribbeck, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to 10 years probation on the conviction of rape in the third degree, a Class E felony. He was also listed on SORA as a Level 1 sex offender.  Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. 

There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing. An order of protection was also issued.

Michael Lantain, who is accused of committing a crime in Warsaw, was in court for motions and had his case adjourned to May 31 for a Huntley Hearing. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

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

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

The following is from a State Correctional facility in Attica. 

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

The following was in court before Mohun May 19.

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

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

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Photo submitted by Adrian Torres​

Careless smoking was the cause of an early morning fire in the Village of Silver Springs, in which one of the two residents suffered burns. The victim was treated at the scene.

Silver Springs, Castile, Perry, Gainesville, and Warsaw fire departments were at 10 Ribaud Ave. in the Village Sunday for five hours battling the blaze.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Silver Springs Department of Public Works, and the Red Cross. 

Fire companies standing by at empty fire stations included Bliss and Perry Center.

The occupants of the home are being assisted by the Red Cross and will be staying with family members. 

The fire caused an estimated $65,000 in damages.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime.

Press release:

The New York State Police, Warsaw barracks, will team up with the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department and local law enforcement to conduct a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement period starting today and running through June 4, as part of the state's annual Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket campaign.

Additionally, New York will be among 24 states participating in a Border to Border enforcement campaign, during which law enforcement will set up safety belt checkpoints along highways connecting neighboring states. This enforcement will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

“As the summer travel season begins, we are joining with our law enforcement partners to strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles,” said State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II. “Wearing a seat belt is a simple measure that dramatically reduces the risk of severe injury or death in a crash. We will continue our efforts to reduce the senseless tragedies caused by those who ignore New York’s seat belt laws.”

During the two week enforcement campaign, the State Police will supplement regular patrols with special seat belt and child safety seat details, in addition to conducting safety restraint checkpoints.

During last year’s campaign, Troopers and local law enforcement issued more than 28,000 adult and child safety restraint violations.

Under New York State law:

    • All front seat occupants must be properly secured, regardless of age;

    • All rear seat passengers under 16 years of age must be properly secured;

    • Children up to 4 years old must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a seat belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system;

    • Children less than 4 years old but weighing more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder safety belt. However, a child safety seat that accommodates higher weights can be used;

    • Children 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which the child meets the height and weight recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer;

    • A vehicle's safety belt is not a child restraint system; and

    • Children riding in booster seats must be secured with a combination lap/shoulder seat belt. State Police advise motorists to never secure a child in a booster seat with only a lap belt.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that seat belts saved 13,941 lives in 2015 nationally and could have saved another 2,804 if people who weren’t wearing them had done so. In New York, NHTSA estimates seat belts saved 443 lives in 2015 and another seven children younger than 5 years old were saved by car seats. The NHTSA also estimated another 55 lives could have been saved with 100-percent compliance.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, news.

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Its commitment to the community spans approximately 30 years, most specifically, to the Perry Village Park. Its new venture is no different.

Rotary International, Perry, recently announced the donation of $27,000 to build a new playground at the Village park. On Monday, most of the playground was torn down.

The local organization is made up of community members who take on projects in the Village and surrounding areas as a means of giving back to the residents that support the club.

Over the last 20 to 30 years the Perry Rotary has funded the basketball courts, the baseball fields and lighting, the tennis courts, and most recently, the splash pad and updates and additions to the bathroom facilities in the park.

“It has been a major emphasis to give back to the community and surrounding communities like Castile and Warsaw,” said Rotary member Donald O’Geen. “The money we get from the community, we want to give back. The park is well used and nicely kept. After finishing the splash park, we were looking for other projects to invest in, and rebuilding the playground was suggested.”

According to officials, the playground castle and surrounding objects were built by Rotary members about 25 years ago. While the majority of the equipment will be torn down, the castle is still structurally sound and will remain and be refurbished.

“We decided, with the help from Bears, that we are going to put up a new playground,” said project committee member Daryl Helby. “The design includes climbing bridges, monkey bars, a netted rope bridge and an adaptive swing, which will be new to the park.”

The footprint of the play area will be slightly bigger and be made of northern white cedar. 

“Our office is in Lima, so we are excited to be working on a project so close to home,” said Bears representative Tyler Ponko. “And the playground is within blocks of some of the workers' homes so they are pretty excited to be working so close to home as well.”

The nature-inspired equipment is designed for children 2 to 12 years old, is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, and includes other difficulty features for older children, Bears officials say. The installation process is done quite quickly – most of the process completed in the shop and then brought to the site and assembled.

“We are counting on mid- to late June to have it installed,” Ponko said. 

“The Village is extremely thankful for the Rotary for identifying this as a worthwhile project,” said Village Trustee and Rotarian Eleanor Jacobs. “The Rotary has done so much to make this a first-class park for the community. It brings in a lot of families here to enjoy. We also have a great Parks and Recreation (Department) staff here that keep the grounds looking nice and well kept.”

Although funding for this project is provided solely by the Perry Rotary, the club continues to hold fundraisers to continually generate more funds for future projects.

For information about the club or to donate visit http://www.perrynyrotary.org/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, crime, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Castile.

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Local youths traversed the county placing neon green warning stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages at grocery and convenience stores throughout the county. Project Sticker Shock serves as a reminder to adults that providing alcohol to minors is illegal. 

Partners for Prevention (P4P), a group of youth and adults working together to address issues surrounding alcohol and other drug use in Wyoming County, participate in the annual event to raise awareness about underage drinking. 

With the upcoming graduations, P4P officials reminds residents that alcohol-related deaths or injuries are all too often associated with special events or holiday seasons. The stickers remind consumers that it is illegal for any person 21 years old or older to purchase or provide alcohol to minors, and offenses are punishable with fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail.

Participating stores include: 

    • Tops Markets in Attica, Warsaw and Arcade;

    • Rite Aid and BenGos Express Mart, Attica;

    • Brass’ Shurfine, Arcade;

    • Arrow Mart, Warsaw;

    • Perry Market Place, Rite Aid, Arrow Mart, Perry; and 

    • Carney’s Market and Arrow Mart, Castile.

For more information about P4P visit http://www.wycop4p.com/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Silver Springs, Bliss, Arcade.

Brittany M. Copeland, 22, of Silver Springs, was charged May 14 with failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated, DWI with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and aggravated DWI – .18 percent BAC or higher. Copeland was stopped on Sowerby Road, Perry, for allegedly failing to keep right. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say further investigation showed her to be driving while intoxicated. Subsequently, she was arrested and taken to the Perry Police Department for a breath test. She is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date. 

Adam K. Barber, 38, of Bliss, was charged May 5 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and speeding. He is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Heather E. Gearman, 31, of Arcade, was charged May 15 with petit larceny. Gearman is accused of stealing merchandise from Dollar General in Pembroke. She is due in the Town of Pembroke Court at a later date.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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A vacant home, currently under renovations, was the site of a fire in Castile Wednesday. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. at 116 S. Main Street in the Village.

Fire departments from Castile, Silver Springs, Perry, Pike, and Perry Center were on the scene for approximately three-and-one-half hours. Standing by at empty stations included Bliss, Perry Center and Gainesville fire departments. Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Castile Chief Bill Dake was Wyoming County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Department.

The incident caused an estimated $15,000 in damages.

There were no injuries reported. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile, letchworth, Warsaw.

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Sentencing was handed down in Wyoming County Court this afternoon in the case of the drowning deaths of two young boys last June in Letchworth State Park, Castile.

Tyler Jennings, 34, of Farmington, and Chad Staley, 32, of Rochester, were each sentenced to five years probation. However, if either man violates his condition of probation, the court could impose a term of one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

Jennings and Staley pled guilty Feb. 7 in the deaths of brothers 9-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Preston Giangregorio, of Rochester. Both men pled to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

See related: Two men charged in June Letchworth drowning deaths pled guilty

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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A fire broke out late this afternoon at 100 S. Main St., Castile.

Crews from Castile, Silver Springs, Pike, and Perry fire departments responded to the scene. Filling in at empty stations included Perry Center Fire Department at Castile and Gainesville Fire Department at Silver Springs.

The Fire Chief in Charge was Castile Chief Bill Dake.

The house was unoccupied at the time, as it is being remodeled. 

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

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, fire, Warsaw, Arcade, Castile.

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Firefighters and emergency responders with the Warsaw, Castile and Arcade fire departments recently received equipment to save a pet’s life.

Amy Pusater, of Project Breathe of NY, stopped by the Warsaw Fire Department earlier today to present officials with two sets of pet oxygen mask kits. The kits includes small-, medium- and large-size masks.

The donation is part of Invisible Fence Brand’s commitment to saving the lives of pets, Pusater says. The company created the pet oxygen mask donation program to provide fire departments and other first responders across the United States and Canada the equipment to save the lives of pets. Fire departments are eligible to receive one kit per station.

According to the Invisible Fence Brand website: Although the U.S. Fire Administration does not keep an official statistic, industry sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires. Most succumb to smoke inhalation.

Officials say the program has saved an estimated 10,000 pets from fires and smoke inhalation.

“We’re excited to be able to add these masks to our organization,” said Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. “We hope that we don’t have to use them, but it’s a great tool to have if needed.

"To many people, myself included, their pet is their four-legged child. If we can help save them, it’s like saving part of the family. We would like to thank Invisible Fence and its Project Breathe Program for the donated masks.”

Fire departments can request a mask kit by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Wethersfield, Bliss, heroin.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies arrest four individuals with drug possession following a traffic stop in Wethersfield.

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Dayton C. Ewell, 25, and Tami A. Unterburger, 21, both of Bliss, and Nicolas A. O’Connor, 26, and Ruth M. O’Connor, 37, both of Caneadea, were arrested May 15 for heroin possession. 

They were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree. 

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Ruth O'Connor, the driver, was also ticketed for failure to keep right. 

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the suspects were stopped after deputies saw the vehicle weaving into the oncoming lane while traveling on Route 362. 

During the stop, deputies allegedly recovered three glassine bags containing heroin, nine glassine bags with heroin residue, two used hypodermic syringes, seven unused hypodermic syringes, and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia items. 

They are all due in the Town of Wethersfield Court June 6.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Warsaw, news.
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On Monday, the teen who is guilty of raping two children was sentenced to serve a 10-year determinate sentence in prison. A determinate/definite sentence is a jail or prison sentence that has a defined length and can't be changed by a parole board or other agency.

Leonard Hahn was charged Feb. 9 with, and pled guilty April 6 to, two counts of rape in the first degree, a Class B felony, following a joint investigation between the Village of Attica and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. 

Hahn raped one victim on two separate occasions in the Village of Attica, and a different victim in Genesee County. Both victims were known to Hahn and younger than 11 years old.

“Mr. Hahn is going where he belongs,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “He ruined the lives of two innocent victims who were under the age of 11 years old. The sentence in both counties guarantees that he will be under the supervision of either the Department of Corrections or the Department of Parole for the next 30 years.”  

The prison term will be followed by a 20-year period of post-release supervision. Additionally, a 38-year complete stay away order of protection was also issued.

At the time of the crimes, Hahn was 17.

“It is in these kinds of cases that concern me as we go forward into the uncharted waters of the bad Raise the Age law,” O’Geen said. “To have sex offenders and other violent and even some nonviolent offenders be protected by lawmakers at the expense of victims is immoral.

“Imagine, what kind of justice these two young victims would have received if this kind of case was allowed to be transferred to Family Court under the new Raise the Age law? It is unfortunate that our system has once again sold out our future victims and public safety for some unknown behind closed door deals. 

“I, along with many other associations and groups, have been against the Raise the Age law and I am on record about the potential consequences to public safety and victims.”

See related: Le Roy teen charged with rape

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, letchworth, news.

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Press release, photo submitted:

The Letchworth Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has selected D. Todd Campbell as the district’s next superintendent. Campbell is expected to begin on July 3 pending contract negotiations.

“The search process was rigorous and the Board of Education truly values the input we received from the various stakeholder groups, including staff, and community members who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision,” said Letchworth’s Board President Richard Wilcox. “We are confident that Mr. Campbell will lead our district through the issues we face in our region. With his leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”

Campbell has been the principal of Wayland Elementary School in the Wayland-Cohocton School District since 2003. During his tenure as principal, Wayland Elementary has been recognized by New York state as a High Performing/Gap Closing School. Buffalo’s Business First Magazine has placed Wayland Elementary School on the Top 50 Elementary Schools in this region. 

As principal, Campbell is responsible for the education of 326 students and he supervises 60 faculty and staff members. He creates and manages the instructional budget for the school and also is responsible for all curriculum development and implementation. 

From 2000 to 2003, he served as the principal of Perry Middle School where he facilitated the opening of a new middle school. This included the move of students and staff from two separate buildings and the creation of a new middle school program. Previously, he served as the assistant principal at Perry Elementary School. 

He began his career in education in 1991 as a teacher at Letchworth Central Schools.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science from Houghton College, Houghton, and a master’s degree from The College at Brockport, Brockport. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Brockport.

“I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to be the next superintendent of Letchworth Central Schools. The district has a long tradition of solid leadership and what impresses me the most are the people. They are kind, dedicated and passionate about what they do for students each day,” Campbell said. “I am excited to form new friendships and positive relationships with the students, staff and Board of Education as I begin this new journey.”

Campbell will replace Julia Reed who is retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry.
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Adam J. Aguado was sentenced in Wyoming County Court Monday to time in prison for the assault on corrections officers, on two separate occasions, at the Wyoming County Jail.

Aguado was an inmate at the time of his arrest for an incident that occurred in October in Perry.

The 27-year-old, Cicero man, pled guilty Feb. 8 to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony, and two counts of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. 

On the attempted assault conviction he was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison. On the conviction of two counts of obstruction, he was sentenced to one year in jail on each count, plus fees and surcharges. 

He also pled guilty in February to a second indictment of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

For the second obstruction conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail, plus fees and surcharges. 

All sentences are to run concurrently to each other.

The sentences stem from a January incident in the jail in which Aguado sent one CO to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and another altercation in May, where four officers suffered cuts, bruises and scrapes to their hands, arms and faces.

See related: County inmate accused of assaulting corrections officers pled guilty

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, milestone, Attica.

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For five decades Howard Barraclough Sr. has been answering the call of service for the Attica Fire Department. During a recent dinner to mark the milestone, family, friends and fellow firefighters gathered at The Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Royce Road, Varysburg.

When Barraclough first began fighting fires, he wasn’t even a member of a department yet.

“At the time I hauled can milk, so I knew all the farmers,” Barraclough said. “If a fire happened, I’d help. I caught hell going to a fire without being a fireman, so I joined.”

When he first joined the department, there was a waiting list and becoming a member was as simple as receiving the nod, via three white balls.

“If a black ball was in the mix, you’d be rejected, but I got right in,” he said. “I was a truck driver, so I took to it easy.”

Barraclough started coming up through the ranks in the 1970s. He has served as chief, assistant chief, president, secretary and trustee. The only position he has yet to occupy is the treasurer’s job. He has served on numerous fund-raising and truck purchasing committees. He led the efforts to buy the first set of jaws (victim extraction tools) and he was the chief when the department started offering ambulance service.

He was the driving force to get the department’s first tanker truck – which, with the help of  Don Melvin, dragged it back from Watertown, says Attica Fire Department President George Diehl – and the first rescue sled and the first grass truck.

“I am sure that one of he proudest accomplishments was the restoration of #3, a 1937 Mack, and the building of Station 2 and the firemen’s pavilion at the park,” Diehl said. 

Barraclough will be 82 in July and still goes to all the meetings and looks forward to being the Grand Marshal for the Wyoming County Fair’s parade in Pike.

“Howard has done many great things for the department over the years,” Diehl said. “I am proud to be a part of this and would like to thank him for all his wonderful service.”

While Barraclough may slow down a bit in responding, being a part of the fire department is a family experience. His wife and daughter belong in the Ladies Auxiliary, he has a daughter in the rescue squad and his son is a fireman.

“Outside of all the heartaches, we had a lot of fun,” Barraclough said. “The carnivals and parades… It's all in how you make it. If you want to have fun, you will.”

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