Warsaw

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 28.

Richard Mason, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, pled not guilty to strangulation in the second degree, a Class D felony, and assault in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Motions are scheduled Nov. 2. Orders of protection were also issued.

Melissa Baker, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony. Restitution of $80 has been paid. She is also responsible for a $50 DNA fee.

Daren Tingue, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a Class E felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to Dec. 7.

The following, who is an inmate at a State Correctional Facility, was in Court Sept. 27.

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.

Hassan Brown pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Dec. 20. Bail was set at $5,000.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Warsaw.

An Attica man who pled guilty to attempted strangulation of another person was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison.

During the early morning hours of July 30, Attica PD responded to a violent domestic incident on Prospect Street in the Village. At the time of his arrest Adam M. Jellison, 39, was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment, two counts of assault in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and strangulation in the second degree.

On Aug. 31 Jellison pled guilty to attempted strangulation in the second degree, a Class E felony.

During sentencing an order of protection was also issued against Jellison and he is responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Business, Warsaw, agriculture, agribusiness.

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Her excitement about her newest venture was evident in her voice and the light in her eyes.

“On Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 7) we are going to have a 'sha-bang',” said Burley Berries and Blooms owner Megan Burley. “We are going to have pumpkins, flowers, kid activities, apple dumplings, and we hope to sell East Hill (Creamery) cheeses as well and hope to have melted cheese on potatoes.”

Late last month, Burley officially opened the “Blooms” portion of her business at 6335 Route 20A, Warsaw, with a ribbon cutting and plans on expanding both berry and flower varieties next season.

“Growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania I learned so much…and it's a good way to raise children. And it gave me the people interaction. So it's helped in this venture.”

Burley moved to Wyoming County five years ago following her marriage to Ryan Burley. Four years ago they planted strawberries. This summer she expanded her U-pick offerings to include U-pick flowers.

Although this is Burley’s first year experimenting with the flowers, this season was the third for her berry patches.

“I added the flowers because I love flowers and the garden in front was filled with flowers. I liked them growing up, so I decided to do my own. I didn’t want to go into debt to build the business so I am starting out small.”

However, Burley didn’t start out with an entrepreneurial career plan, after graduating from Penn State with a degree in Agricultural Science, she planned on doing crop consulting. Instead, she married Ryan and moved to New York.

“We met on Farmersonly.com and I presented the idea of my own business pretty early on in the relationship. I also work for Cornell Cooperative Extension and work with beginning farmers, so it’s helped me in what I’m doing as well.”

Although Megan grew up on a farm, she didn’t know much about cows until she met Ryan. Ryan continues to work his family farm – East Hill Farms – in Warsaw. Her family’s farm was focused on vegetable crops.

“Even in high school I grew strawberries. When we first moved here we put in a half acre of strawberries and added a half acre every year since. We are almost up to two acres of strawberries.”

Although planting the berry can begin as early as March, the picking season has a much shorter window – three to four weeks – and it takes two years for the plants to produce fruit. In order to extend the picking season as long as possible, Burley planted a variety of strawberry called Malwina. She hopes this will give her an extra two weeks of picking season.

“We’ve planted 15 varieties and next year we will have eight pickable varieties. We have Early Glow, which are the first strawberries of the season and are very sweet, and Jewel and Honeoye…they are all sweet varieties.”

To make the best use of the land, Burley plans on rotating the crops every few years. She intends on keeping a planting of strawberries for three to four years. By that fourth year, the yield is less. Subsequently, the patch of land Burley used for her initial crop of strawberries will now become a blueberry patch, she says.

In addition to her part-time employment with CCE and Berries and Blooms, Megan and Ryan have two toddlers – Judson, 2 years old, and Leena, 1.

“They are 11 months apart so it was a big surprise when we knew we were having them so close together… Strawberry season is more overwhelming than the flowers…there is more effort with the strawberries.”

However, she said she couldn’t do it without the help of her husband and augmenting child care with daycare.

“Half if not more of the people who come here are moms and they bring their kids. I’m a mom so I understand the juggling act, so I encourage them to bring the kids. I’m more in this for the people than growing the crop. However, I do hope to make this a full-time venture.”

In addition to the Warsaw location, goods from Burley Berries and Blooms can be found at the Geneseo Farmers Market from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 19, and in a possible new craft beer from the Silver Lake Brewing Project.

“They bought strawberries, blueberries and currants. The idea is to give the ale an aroma.”

Burley Berries is still offering U-pick flowers this year and are sold on a self-serve, U-pick basis. Flowers can also be bought at bulk pricing for weddings or events.

For more information about Burley Berries and Blooms call (585) 687-7050 or click here.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, Perry.

More than 1,000 purple flags will be placed in Warsaw and Perry between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 in the hope of casting a bright light on an often hidden issue.

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, in partnership with the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Social Services, and the Village of Perry, will kick off its fourth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign Friday at 9 a.m. at the Government Center, Main Street, Warsaw.

A second display will be placed at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at the Department of Social Services, 466 N. Main St., Warsaw.  At 1 p.m., flags will be placed at the intersection of Center, Covington, and Grove streets in Perry.

An average of one in four people — regardless of gender — will experience dating or domestic violence in their life. According to an October 2016 report from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, in 2015:

    • there were 63 intimate partner homicides in the state – the fewest since 2007;

    • a total of 11,942 strangulation offenses were charged at arrest or arraignment – a statewide decrease of 1.5 percent;

    • probation departments reported a significant increase in the number of Family Court cases handled statewide – 76 in 2014 to 92 in 2015; and

    • firearms were used in 37 percent of intimate partner homicides – a significant increase when compared to 29 percent in 2014 and 33 percent in 2013.

Most people recognize physical or sexual violence toward a partner as abuse, yet many other controlling behaviors are excused or romanticized, RESTORE officials say. Any behavior meant to exert power and control over a partner can be seen as abuse — whether or not that behavior includes physical violence.

The purple flags will be representative of the 1,050 Wyoming County residents – 25 percent of the population – that could be impacted by interpersonal violence. They will remain on display throughout the month.

While the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence, RESTORE works year-round to deliver services to survivors and their loved ones in Wyoming County. These services would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of passionate volunteer advocates.

To learn more about how you can assist survivors of domestic violence, email lauren.berger@ppcwny.org.

RESTORE leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education, by providing the safety, support and validation that changes the lives of all those affected.

RESTORE 24-hour hotlines:

    • 1-800- 527-1757 – Wyoming, Livingston, Orleans and Genesee counties.

    • (585) 546- 2777 – Monroe County.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York protects and provides health care and education that empowers individuals and families.

 

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry.

Anthony D. Osbourn, 25, of Buffalo, was charged Sept. 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree. Osbourn was arrested after being found roadside in a vehicle on Route 20A, Perry. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Osbourn had been driving from Dansville to Buffalo when he had pulled over near the intersection at Beardsley Road. Additionally, he is accused of having a revoked New York State driver’s license from a previous DWI – alcohol conviction. He was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Perry Court Oct. 4.​

Travis J. Jett, 25, Warsaw, was charged Sept. 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and littering. He is due in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Jeannine R. Reese, 45, Lawrenceville, Pa., was charged Sept. 23 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, failure to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of change of address, and speed over 55 mph. Reese was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry. She is accused of traveling 73 in a 55-mph zone. During the stop, it was allegedly found she had a suspended New York State driving privilege. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say she failed to pay the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle a driver responsibility assessment for previous traffic infraction convictions in the state. Her vehicle was towed from the scene and she is due in the Town of Perry Court Oct. 18.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

On Tuesday, Sept. 26,  Oak Orchard Health will join more than 2,500 partners nationwide in hosting a National Voter Registration Day 2017 event at its centers in Albion, Brockport and Warsaw. They will be part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

The event will be held at the following locations:

    • 81 S. Main St., Warsaw, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

    • 301 West Ave., Albion, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

    • 300 West Ave., Brockport, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.​

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Castile, Perry.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 20 and are from State Correctional Facilities.

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.

Luis Pagan was sentenced to seven years in prison, five years post-release supervision, and surcharges and fees. He was convicted of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run concurrently to his current term.

Patrick Hill was sentenced to one-and-one-half years in prison and one year post-release supervision on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. The sentence is to run consecutively with his current sentence.

James Smith had his case adjourned to Oct. 25 for a hearing.

Anthony Placido was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term. Placido is also responsible for all surcharges incurred.

Calvin Benjamin pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. He was indicted for promoting prison contraband, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 8.

Bryant Gibbs was in court for motions. His case was adjourned to Oct. 5 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.

Ryan Boodhoo pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Nov. 8. Bail was set at $5,000.

Carlos Corrales pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled Nov. 8. Bail was set at $5,000.

Dominick Coffer was in court for motions. A trial is scheduled Dec. 14.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to Oct. 11 for motions and 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.

Donald Green was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 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.

Steven Green was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for an appearance.

Deoz Miller-Harris was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 11 for an appearance.

The following were in court before Mohun Sept. 20 and 21.

Jonathon Bucknam, who is accused of a crime in Perry, was in court for motions. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 4 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.

Aaron Schinsing, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to Dec. 21 for pre-plea.

Cory Dahl, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to today.

Eduardo Bautista-Cruz, who committed a crime in Genesee Falls, waived indictment on burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, a Class E felony. He pled guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a Class D felony. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and surcharges. An order of protection was also issued.

Stephen Harder, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to four years in prison with 10 years post-release supervision, fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was also issued.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw.

The Wyoming Foundation recently awarded more than $11,000 to seven Wyoming County nonprofit organizations for its 2017 grand cycle. Grants were awarded to programs with a preference for requests that increase job readiness for youth and connect residents to the County’s arts and cultural gems. 

“The Wyoming Foundation Council is committed to addressing the needs of the county and its residents,” said Wyoming Foundation council chair Scott Gardner. “We are honored to support specific programs that benefit the quality of life for those that call Wyoming County home and continue to honor the generosity and commitment of our clients and volunteers.” 

2017 Wyoming Foundation grant recipients include: 

    • Arts Council for Wyoming County;

    • Business Education Council, Inc;

    • Eagle Free Library;

    • GLOW YMCA;

    • Shake on the Lake;

    • Warsaw Junior Tigers; and

    • Wyoming Free Circulating Library Association.

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 by Dr. James MacCallum as a way to strengthen the quality of life in Wyoming County. The Foundation encourages charitable giving, assessing and responding to the community’s changing needs and serving as a springboard for local charitable activities. Since then, the Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, has actively supported cultural, educational and human services programs throughout the county. For more information about the Wyoming Foundation’s granting process visit www.wyomingfoundation.org.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

Press release:

On Tuesday, Sept. 26,  Oak Orchard Health will join more than 2,500 partners nationwide in hosting a National Voter Registration Day 2017 event at its centers in Albion, Brockport and Warsaw. They will be part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters.

The event will be held at the following locations:

    • 81 S. Main St., Warsaw, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

    • 301 West Ave., Albion, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

    • 300 West Ave., Brockport, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2017 state and municipal elections across the country. The event aims to encourage Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box.

While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives. Local government is accountable for the quality of roads and transit systems, schools, parks and greenways, public safety and more. 

National Voter Registration Day started in 2012 for the presidential election. The event is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. 

Americans can also register to vote online at www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, agriculture, Warsaw, 4-H.

Information sourced from a press release

The Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors recently selected Laura Fuller as its new executive director. Starting on Oct. 2, Fuller will lead the 100-year-old organization, as well as provide regional oversight for the Western Shared Business Network.

Fuller received her master’s degree from Ohio State University with specializations in sociology of agriculture, rural community studies, and community development.

“I am so excited to join the Wyoming County CCE team. Seeing the beauty of Wyoming County and the dedication of the staff and volunteers made it an easy decision,” Fuller said. “From meeting local stakeholders who took time out of their busy days to show me their farms and businesses, to the incredible turnout at the job presentations, it is clear that the citizens in Wyoming County care about what we do, and I look forward to being a part of that.”

Early in her Cooperative Extension career, Fuller worked in Ohio’s urban communities setting up 4-H After School clubs for at-risk youth. Additionally, she taught healthy nutrition in fourth-grade classrooms. She has held appointments as a 4-H educator and community development educator specializing in workforce, organizational, and leadership development. She is an experienced grant writer and has also served on regional and national committees to advance the work of Cooperative Extension.

Serving as an ombudsman for the Navy, Fuller worked with reservists and their families to overcome problems during mobilizations. She also served to support military families in times of crisis.

“We have long-tenured staff and volunteers who are competent, respected leaders and we sought someone with business acumen and roots in research to ensure that our future programming fully explores the needs of our community while addressing our long-term viability,” said Board President Keith Kibler. “We are confident Laura will add incredible energy and passion to an already impressive team at CCE of Wyoming County.”

For more information on Wyoming County CCE visit Wyoming.cce.cornell.edu.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:11 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw.

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On Sept. 8 the Wyoming County Bar Association held its annual charity golf tournament at Arrowwood Golf Course, 6005 Bauer Road, Warsaw.

On Sept. 20, members of the Bar Association, local officials, and the community were on hand when Association President Mason Meyer presented Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Executive Director Maggie Thomas with a check for $2,430.93 at the County Courthouse, Main Street, Warsaw. The funds were donated to the MDA through Scott’s Striders.

Scott’s Striders is a local team who has participated in the MDA Muscle Walk in Rochester for the past 11 years. The team was built to support Warsaw resident Scott Crater who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Shortly after the team’s inception, fellow Warsaw residents and brothers Josh and Jake Schell, who also have DMD, joined the team.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that occurs primarily in boys. DMD is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact. Those who suffer from DMD experience a progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which typically begins in the lower limbs.

There is no known cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Treatment aims to control symptoms to improve quality of life.

In all, Scott’s Striders is made up of 40 members who raise money and participate in the annual Muscle Walk. The team has raised more than $16,000 over the past four years through a variety of fundraisers in the fight against the muscle disease.

This year, the team held a daily raffle throughout the month of August. The proceeds raised through the raffle and the donation from the Wyoming County Bar Association allowed its member to raise approximately $8,700 for the fight against MD.

For more information about the MDA Muscle Walk click here.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.

Two Virginia men are facing numerous drug-related charges following a traffic stop on Route 20A in Perry.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Aaron T. Burrill, 42, was stopped for failing to signal a turn and a broken taillight. A driving-while-impaired investigation began when deputies suspected Burrill of being impaired by drugs and alcohol. He was given field sobriety testing, which he allegedly performed poorly.

During the course of the traffic stop, drug paraphernalia used for smoking crack cocaine was found inside of the vehicle. Additionally, Burrill’s passenger, Deybi I. Espinoza, 28, is accused of being in possession of cocaine.

The driver was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s office where a drug influence evaluation by a certified drug recognition expert determined him to be impaired by multiple combinations of drugs.

Burrill was charged with: inadequate taillight; no turn signal; consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle; DWAI – drug; DWAI – combination of drugs and alcohol; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree; and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.

Espinoza was charged with consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree.

Both men were arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $3,000 bond.

They are both due in Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, music.

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Kiss This, a tribute band to legendary rockers Kiss, drew a sizeable crowd during their performance Saturday night behind Rock and Roll Bar-B-Q's Main Street, Warsaw location. 

The free concert was the musical topper to the Wine & Brews in the Valley event held earlier in the evening.

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Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw.

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The spirits and ale were flowing as hundreds of people meandered along Main Street in Warsaw during the fourth annual Wine & Brews in the Valley Saturday evening. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Firefighters from three counties spent six-and-one-half hours late Friday night battling a blaze in Perry. The fire at 7096 Burke Hill Road was reported around 11 p.m. and remains under investigation.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Pavilion, Cuylerville, York, Leicester, and Mount Morris fire departments were on the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Center Fire Chief Harold Wright.

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations were Silver Springs and Gainesville fire departments.

There were no injuries reported in the incident that caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.
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During Thursday’s Wyoming County Court appearance, Richard Gargula, 33, of Perry, garnered prison time, fines, fees, and probation.

His latest appearance in court earned him five years in prison with two years post-release supervision and $100 restitution on the conviction of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony.

This sentence is to run concurrently with his Warsaw sentence.

He was also sentenced to a conditional discharge, a $500 fine, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Additionally, he was sentenced to one-and-one-third to four years in prison, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband.

This latest round of sentencing stems from an Aug. 31 guilty plea on the drug sale charges. On May 25 he pled guilty to the contraband charges. The DWAI – drugs charge is from an Aug. 11 stop on Shearing Road in the Town of Gainesville.​

See related: Pike man pled guilty to drug charges

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcement, news, Warsaw, tourism.

Information sourced from a press release:

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and Airbnb recently signed an agreement to facilitate and streamline the reporting and collection requirement of county occupancy “bed” tax. The agreement works as part of the recent update to the county’s bed tax law and looking ahead to enhance tourism overnight accommodation offerings in Wyoming County.

“Wyoming County has been following this issue very closely and is pleased to have modernized our occupancy tax law, which gave us the opportunity to sign the agreement with Airbnb,” said Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger. “We know how important tourism is to our county and local businesses, and this is one more way we can encourage visitors to plan a longer stay and help homeowners navigate the bed tax collections process.”

Beginning on Oct. 1, Airbnb will handle the tax collections and reporting on behalf of property owners using the service and then send the information directly to the county. After Oct. 1, host property owners who rent their properties through Airbnb will no longer need to report occupancy tax collections on their own. Guest stays that are booked outside of the Airbnb website must be reported separately by the property owners, which is required under the current county law.

“This new agreement creates an incentive for current and future property owners interested in listing their property on Airbnb and helps them to navigate the process of collecting and reporting county occupancy taxes,” said Wyoming County Chamber President and CEO Scott Gardner. “We applaud the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors for recognizing the impact of tourism in Wyoming County and helping to encourage growth in this important sector of the economy.”

Several other counties in New York State have entered into similar agreements with Airbnb recently in efforts to assist property owners in the collection and payment of occupancy tax through Airbnb. Wyoming County invests 95 percent of occupancy tax collections directly into tourism promotion. Tourism is a growth industry representing nearly $44 million in total economic impact to the local economy. Data shows that $943 is returned to the county for every dollar that is invested in tourism promotion.

“We’re excited to work with Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the Chamber and Tourism office to welcome more visitors to the region and grow the county’s tax base as the fall travel season kicks into high gear,” said Airbnb’s head of New York Public Policy, Josh Meltzer. “We hope the agreements we have reached with New York counties will serve as models for how local and state governments can work collaboratively with our community to boost incomes and provide more tax revenue.”

In the last year, Airbnb hosts in Wyoming County welcomed more than 400 visitors – a 132-percent increase from the prior year. Cumulatively, hosts earned $46,000 and the median amount earned was $9,300.

“This arrangement with Airbnb also gives the Chamber and Tourism office greater ability to openly promote and refer visitors to new and existing places to stay and enhances the traveler’s experience while visiting Wyoming County,” said Wyoming County Tourism and Marketing Director Eric Szucs.

“I would encourage anyone who is operating or interested in listing their property through Airbnb, creating an experience, or cohosting a neighborhood to visit the Airbnb website to learn of the many benefits available through the Internet booking service.” 

The Chamber and Tourism office regularly receives requests from interested visitors about short-term rentals and available vacation properties.

The organization is interested in developing a comprehensive listing of available accommodations and encourages current and interested property owners who offer short-term home, cabin, cottage or other rentals through Airbnb, other web-based booking platforms, or book privately to contact the office at (585) 786-0307 or by email at info@gowyomingcountyny.com.

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, Calif., Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. For more information on Airbnb visit www.airbnb.com

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.

Nicole K. Sullivan, 31, of Perry, and Crystal M. Bouter, 28, of Batavia, were each charged Sept. 12 with petit larceny and conspiracy in the sixth degree. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Sullivan and Bouter are accused of stealing several cell phone cases from Walmart, Batavia. The items were valued at $785.77. The conspiracy charge stems from the accusation that the duo had agreed to work in concert to steal the items. They were arraigned in Batavia Town Court where they were both put in the Genesee County Jail on $1,000 bail. They are due in court Sept. 22.

Dustin Lockwood, 26, of Manesburg, Pa., was charged Sept. 14 with driving while intoxicated. New York State Troopers say Lockwood was stopped on Route 20A, Warsaw, for driving 50 in a 30 mph zone. During the stop, he performed standardized field sobriety testing, which he is accused of failing. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw where he allegedly showed a BAC of .08 percent. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court in October.

Lisa Uveino (Braymiller), 37, and David Purdy, 34, both of Perry, were arrested Aug. 24 following a shoplifting complaint at Dollar General, Perry. Uveino was charged with petit larceny and conspiracy in the sixth degree. Purdy was charged with conspiracy in the sixth degree. Perry Police say an employee told officers she saw Purdy attempt to stand in the way of security cameras when Uveino allegedly placed a box of sinus headache medicine in her purse. Both suspects then left the store, store officials say. The medication was valued at $3. Purdy was released on his own recognizance. Uveino, who is currently on probation, was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. Both are due in court at a later date and both have been banned from the Dollar General.

Scott E. Lefort, 41, of Warsaw, was charged Sept. 14 with uninspected motor vehicle and displayed forged certificate of inspection. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Lefort was stopped on Route 20A in Warsaw for an inspection sticker which had expired in 2015. During the stop, it was allegedly found that a forged 2017 inspection sticker was on the vehicle. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Sept. 25.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 7.

Jason Anderson, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to attempted grand larceny in the third degree, a Class E felony. He was sentenced to one-year interim probation, and ordered to pay $4,5`2.50 in restitution within two weeks from Sept. 7. The case has been adjourned to March 8.

Catherine Tidd, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to falsifying business records in the first degree, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled Dec. 7.

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