Warsaw

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

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Members of the Perry Center, Perry, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Warsaw, and Cuylerville fire departments, and Perry Ambulance paid tribute Saturday afternoon to long-standing member J. Richard “Dick” Brick, who passed away earlier this week.

Brick, 93, had been a member of the Perry Center Fire Department for 68 years, serving as president and secretary/treasurer during his tenure. In addition to his active volunteerism with the fire department, he spent eight years on the Perry Ambulance Squad, was an emergency medical technician, served as an elected assessor, and was on both the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board.

For J. Richard Brick’s full obituary click here.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Rice wished to thank all the departments and members who put the tribute together. 

 

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Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, environment, firefighting, Warsaw, DEC, announcements.

Press release:

Foam used by some fire departments may now be listed as a hazardous substance. On Feb. 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a Notice of Adoption with the New York State Department of State to amend Part 597, Hazardous Substances Identification, Release Prohibition, and Release Reporting, effective March 3.

The regulation classifies perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt) as hazardous substances at the request of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). 

The amendments finalized the:

    •  addition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 335-67-1), ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt, CAS No. 3825-26-1), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid, CAS No. 1763-23-1), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt, CAS No. 2795-39-3) to the list of hazardous substances at 6 NYCRR Section 597.3;

    • allowance for continued use of firefighting foam that may contain PFOA-acid, PFOA-salt, PFOS-acid or PFOS-salt to fight fires (but not for training or any other purposes) on or before April 25, even if such use may result in the release of a reportable quantity (RQ), which is otherwise prohibited; and 

    • correction to the list of hazardous substances by providing units for RQs.

The final rule-making documents, including the Assessment of Public Comment, are available on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/104968.html

See related: Firefighting foam may contain newly listed hazardous substances

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Business, Warsaw, Castile.

Press release:

Proving that a minute can matter, Tompkins Bank of Castile is launching its third round of the quarterly Community Minute Challenge. Each quarterly winner is awarded $2,500; by the end of the contest, a total of $10,000 will have been provided in much-needed funds to local not-for-profit organizations.

“The response to the Community Minute Challenge has been tremendous, and we’re thrilled to be able to help shine a light on the important services that are provided by not-for-profit organizations in our area,” said John McKenna, Bank president and CEO.

The third round will begin February 27 and run through March 13. The winning organization is determined by public voting on the Bank of Castile Facebook page, where visitors can watch the one-minute videos produced by participating nonprofits and then vote for their favorite. Each video explains how the nonprofit would use the awarded funds. The six organizations competing in this round are:

    • Wyoming County Community Action (Wyoming County)  

    • Al Sigl Community of Agencies (Monroe County)

    • Batavia Rotary (Genesee County)

    • Focus on the Children (Livingston County)

    • Genesee Amateur Hockey Association (Genesee County) 

    • Villa of Hope (Monroe County) 

To show support for the initiative and cast a vote, participants should “like” the Tompkins Bank of Castile Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TompkinsBankofCastile and click on the Community Minute Challenge app. They can then select their favorite nonprofit after watching the one-minute videos. Individuals can vote once per day during the contest period.

Launched in August 2016, the Community Minute Challenge has awarded $5,000 to date. The first-round winner was Going to the Dogs Rescue in Wyoming County, an organization dedicated to helping homeless pets find loving forever homes. The second-round winner was ARC of Genesee Orleans, a resource of choice for people with disabilities and their families in both Genesee and Orleans counties. Photos of the previous winners are available upon request. A fourth round of the Community Minute Challenge will launch later this year.

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies. Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available on its website, www.bankofcastile.com.

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, news.

The Wyoming County Court system works with a collaborative effort across multiple agencies to combat the opioid and heroin problem facing the county. 

Working within a system of best practices, the Court, District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the county jail, Spectrum Human Services, Department of Veteran Affairs, Literacy West NY Inc., and the Wyoming County Probation, Health, and Mental Health departments have developed a systematic approach for those who commit crimes relating to drug offenses.

The approach also serves as a starting point to help addicts “kick the habit” and give offenders the tools to reenter society as productive members of their communities.

“When the Treatment Court first began almost 14 years ago, participants addicted to opiates was a rarity,” said Wyoming County Judge Michael Mohun during this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “The court dealt with alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, designer drugs and non-opiate prescription pill abuse, primarily. Today, more than 70 percent of the participants are diagnosed as opiate dependent – primarily heroin.”

Formerly called Drug Court, Treatment Court not only handles those who have a drug problem, but also those with an alcohol or mental health issue. Other assistance involves aiding with health insurance – oftentimes a hurdle to gaining access to treatment – for outpatient or inpatient services. 

“The idea behind changing the name is that we are handling not only people who have a drug problem but also alcohol and mental health issues,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. “We are also handling veterans who also have these problems but because they are veterans they have access to other services and we help them connect with those services. We also have people on our team who are experts (called navigators) with dealing with health insurance issues, which is a big hurdle to gaining access to treatment (either outpatient or inpatient). Also, by having this broader title we are open to other addictions or issues that may arise that were not usually part of the basic drug court model.”

Those who enter Treatment Court are held accountable for their actions via weekly court appearances, random home visits by the Probation Department, weekly drug testing, regular attendance and active participation in counseling, as well as maintaining or finding employment. Additionally, participants in the program are given an opportunity to reduce their criminal charges.

“It’s a diversion program,” O’Geen said. “Participants are not only given the opportunity for recovery, by also a reduction in sentences. Approximately 80 percent of the cases we’ve had, sentences were reduced.”

“The Treatment Court process has evolved into a unified system of care with an integrated cross-systems approach support by nontraditional community partnership,” Mohun said. “This unique team offers a wide open door of hope for each individual qualifying for the program.”

Prior to being accepted into the program, candidates are interviewed and assessed by James Messe, the Treatment Court coordinator. He establishes the necessary level of treatment for each individual and assesses what entitlements they have or may need.

Additionally, he secures in-patient treatment for those who are unable to remain in the community.

According to officials, probation is the key. For the program to work, it works in thirds – want, force, or hiting rock bottom.

“The program works because a person like Gene (Traxler) is on participants to help them gain employment, structure and get back on the right track.”

Traxler, a senior probation officer with the county Probation Department, has been working with the program since its inception in 2003. His focus is to supervise each and every Treatment Court participant. 

“In treatment, it’s also a rule of thirds,” Traxler said. “A third of the people that start never relapse. A third of the people relapse a couple of times, and a third are chronic relapses no matter what the consequences are. There is also positive peer pressure in the program to succeed.”

Drug testing of each participant is both random and scheduled. These tests ensure sobriety, officials say. However, testing is just one portion of the multifaceted approach. Contact with treatment agencies, family members, employers, and other service providers verify attendance, compliance, and employment. 

Additionally, if a participant violates the conditions of the program, they are “sanctioned” and sentenced to a week in jail. Once the week is up, the person then may be eligible to continue with the program – with the caveat that the participant reenters the program as if starting from the beginning. However, there are only so many chances a person is given. If a participant continues to violate the terms of the program, they are removed from the program, charged with their original crime and sentenced accordingly. 

In addition to the Treatment Court program, medical services within the jail are equally important. The jail medical services works collaboratively with the treatment team to address every participant that is in Treatment Court. The jail nurse, either Cheryl Glaus R.N. or Laura Dutton R. N., attends the weekly meetings to identify participants who may exhibit withdrawal concerns, medical or mental health issues, and their need to continue taking medications while incarcerated.

“It is estimated that 20 percent of inmates in jail and 15 percent of inmates in state prisons have a serious mental illness,” Mohun said. 

Officials say mentally ill inmates are often jail management problems and are more likely to contemplate suicide. Those in Wyoming County that work with inmates regularly agree that mentally ill inmates have increased in the jail in the last several years. However, the regular, on-site presence of a mental health professional providing mental health services to inmates decreases management problems and safety issues. 

Mitchell Kibler, of Spectrum Human Services, provides the outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment services to Treatment Court participants. Part of the treatment is group and individual therapy sessions, as well as medication assisted treatment for opiate addiction. Two such medications used included Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Suboxone combines buprenorphine, an opiate, with naloxone, an opiate blocker. This daily oral medication requires strict testing and physician supervision. Vivitrol is purely an opiate blocker and given once a month by injection. These medications are used in conjunction with either inpatient or outpatient treatment.

The county’s Mental Health Clinic provides outpatient mental health services which focus on co-occurring disorders. 

Literacy West works with individuals in earning a high school equivalency diploma, should they need one, as well as offering work readiness classes and career coaching. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs works with veterans to assess eligibility for services through the Veterans Administration (VA). Efforts are then coordinated to determine the appropriate level of care after diagnosis as well as treatment at the various VA facilities located in Batavia, Buffalo, Bath and Canandaigua.

“Whether the primary problem is mental health or addiction, the treatment team utilizes weekly meetings to review the participant’s status,” Mohun said. “The Court is in tune with the need for timely and efficient screening and assessment. This helps to identify all challenged areas and to link them with the necessary treatment modalities.

“The Treatment Court offers an opportunity to link treatment, vocational training, supportive living, educational needs, and employment opportunities while working toward goals of hope and recovery and a chance to break the vicious cyclical nature of an addict involved in the criminal justice system.”

According to Mohun, of the 57 graduates between 2011 and 2015, 12 (22 percent) had been rearrested since graduation – 44 (78 percent) were not. Of the 12 who were rearrested: four were for drug-related offenses; one was for an alcohol-related offense; two were rearrested for theft or property crimes; one for a domestic-violence-related crime, and four were for “other” charges. 

Of the 16 who graduated from Treatment Court in 2016, only one has been rearrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (no drugs were involved.)

“The mug shots are a telling sign,” Traxler said. “Once they are clean, they are no longer living in a fog.”

The people who graduate that don’t go back into the program is a more telling sign, O’Geen says. 

“It’s a tough program. Some just give up,” Traxler said.

“Graduation means something,” O’Geen said. “They earned it. They truly earned it. Success is a person maintaining sobriety and a law-abiding life for 12 successful months.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, court, Perry, Warsaw, Attica, news.

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The following were in Wyoming County Court Feb. 22 before Judge Michael Mohun.

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    Charles Braun

Charles Braun, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years post-release supervision, plus fees and surcharges. The sentence is to run concurrently with his Livingston County Sentence. He was convicted of attempted rape in the first degree, a Class C violent felony.

See related: Charles Braun pled guilty to attempted rape

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.

Rodney Webster pled guilty to conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

Javon Woods had his case adjourned to March 13.

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

Abida McIntosh was sentenced to one-and-two-thirds to three-and-one-half years in prison, and fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

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 Class A misdemeanor. The case has been adjourned to April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

Pablo Sanes pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled for April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

Darrell Carthon 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. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current term.

Shaquor Smith pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled for April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

Brian Atkins 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 as a second felony offender. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current sentence.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to March 13.

Wesley Kirkland pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. The case has been adjourned to April 12. Bail was set at $5,000.

John Harris pled guilty to two counts of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Ricky Morris pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Jayshawn Williams pled guilty to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.

Lindell Cox had his case adjourned to March 15.

Diquan Wells 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 as a second felony offender. He is also responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred. The sentence is to run consecutively to his current sentence.

Neil Allen was in court for motions. His case has been adjourned to March 13 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.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun Feb. 21.

Kenneth Fullen, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony. Sentencing is scheduled March 30. He is held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Christian Manley, an inmate at a State Correctional facility in Attica, had his case adjourned to March 9.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, announcements, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg, a senior mechanical engineering major at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., has been named to the dean's list with distinction for the Fall 2016 semester. 

Daningburg is a 2013 graduate of Churchville Chili Senior High School, Chili, and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Todd Daningburg (Jeanne), of Warsaw.

Students eligible for the dean's list have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean's list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean's list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) is a private liberal arts school that offers education in a thoroughly Christian environment.

Founded in 1876, the college is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers its 2,500 students degrees in more than 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering and music. It is located on a 188-acre campus north of Pittsburgh, Pa. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America's Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw, Wyoming.

The following Warsaw students have been named Presidential Scholars for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University:

    • Anthony Joseph Monteleone, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

    • Rachel Lynn Samardak, a senior majoring in biology.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

Joseph Malloy, of Wyoming, a freshman majoring in engineering studies, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, agriculture, DEC, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
March 21, 2017 - 8:15am

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) is offering a pesticide applicator training session and recertification course from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 21 at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. The exam begins at 1 p.m..

This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification exam specific to the focus of their work. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, agriculture, Warsaw, DEC.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE) is offering a pesticide applicator training session and recertification course from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 21 at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. The exam begins at 1 p.m..

This session is geared for individuals planning to take the Core and Category Pesticide Certification exam specific to the focus of their work. 

If applying for Core Recertification credits, you must bring your Pesticide Certification ID card with you. This session will carry 3.50 Core Recertification Credits. This course is open to those seeking private or commercial category Pesticide Applicator certification. 

Individual responsibilities with CCE include:

    • Preregister with CCE for the training session only, by calling Don Gasiewicz at (585) 786-2251 or emailing him at drg35@cornell.edu. There is a $20 fee for extension enrollees and a $25 fee for non-enrollees. Any questions regarding the certification class can be directed to Gasiewicz as well.

    • You need to purchase the required training manual(s) from the CCE office. Manuals for all categories must be ordered through CCE. Once you know which manual(s) you need, contact Gasiewicz to purchase and/or order. Questions regarding which manual(s) you may need to order, must be directed the NYSDEC at (716) 851-7220.

Individual Responsibilities with New York State DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation)

    • DEC pesticides test. The pesticide exam is conducted by the DEC and is held at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center at 1 p.m. March 21.

    • NYSDEC requires advance registration to be eligible to take the certification exam. If you are planning to take the exam, you must first call the NYSDEC Pesticide Division at (716) 851-7220 to discuss eligibility.

    • If you are eligible, DEC will send you an exam packet, which you must fill out and return to them with your examination fee of $100. You must be preregistered with DEC to take the exam. No walk-ins will be allowed. All questions regarding your certification should be directed to the DEC.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Business, Warsaw, healthcare.

Press release:

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC), Warsaw, recently received a $607,616 in funding for healthcare and workforce development programs. The Health Workforce Retraining Initiative (HWRI) funding was awarded by the New York State Department of Health and Labor.

The time period covered by this grant is Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Since 2001, R-AHEC has completed several successful cycles of HWRI funding and provided training opportunities to 7,052 healthcare professionals. With the new grant award, more than 2,500 healthcare professionals are expected to be trained. 

The trainings topics will include: Computer Skills of Short Duration, Healthcare Leadership, and LPN Training. 

Under this grant, healthcare employers in Wyoming County, as well as counties in Central and Western New York, and the counties surrounding the Rochester area, may be eligible to receive training for their employees.

R-AHEC is committed to assisting and supporting healthcare employees in reaching their professional goal and in providing the highest quality healthcare possible through the Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.

For more information on this program, contact Kathy Wood at info@r-ahec.org.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, announcements, Warsaw, mission, food pantry.

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The United Church of Warsaw's  F.A.C.E (Faith And Caring Encounter) Group completed their "SOUPer Bowl" mission Feb. 5. Their goal was to collect 51 cans of soup to coincide with the Super Bowl 51. 

The youth group collected 144 cans for the Warsaw Food Pantry, says Lisa Johnson, of United Church of Warsaw/Warsaw Food Pantry.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Business, Warsaw, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Main Street.

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New York adopted the "click-through nexus" law in 2008. It requires certain out-of-state or online merchants to collect tax on sales of their own merchandise. That first-in-the-nation law is the template for statutes in nearly two dozen other states and survived court challenges, including the New York State Court of Appeals.

Within Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget is a proposal seeking to require “marketplace providers” to collect New York’s state and local sales taxes on merchandise shipped into the state from out-of-state sellers. This proposal applies the existing nexus law to a new and growing Internet sales platform.

“Online retailers put brick-and-mortar businesses on our Main streets at a competitive disadvantage,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. “They (online retailers) may not be collecting the sales tax on merchandise, whereas a local merchant has to because they are located in New York.”

If the online business does not have a physical presence in the state, it can be more difficult for the state to enforce the collection of the sales tax from purchases made by New York consumers.

“It hurts people like our independent booksellers, small retailers, gift shops, clothing stores, etcetera,” Gardner said.

The budget proposal would require online marketplaces with more than $100 million in annual sales to collect and remit tax just as consignment shop owners and auction houses now do. Estimates show that improved enforcement of existing tax laws would result in some $275 million in fiscal year 2018-19.

Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger was unavailable for comment.

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11:08 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw.
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    Michael P. Lantain

A Warsaw man who was charged in January with felony sex abuse, has been arrested again by the Warsaw Village Police in connection with said charge.

Michael P. Lantain, 35, was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with possession of a sexual performance by a child and possession of an obscene performance by a child, both are Class E felonies; and use of a child less than 17 years old in a sexual performance, a Class C felony.

In January, Lantain was charged with felony sex abuse in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child under 17, a misdemeanor.

At the time of his January arrest, Warsaw Police say Lantain had sexual relations with a girl less than 11 years old. The abuse was said to have occurred sometime between December and January in the Village.

Following that arrest, a search warrant was issued on his property and several computers and cell phones were seized. The Regional Computer Forensic Lab analyzed the items, resulting in the three new charges.

Lantain was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. He is due in Warsaw Village Court March 6.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and Child Protective Services assisted in the investigation.

See related: Law and Order: Warsaw man arrested on sex charges  

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Perry, Attica, Warsaw.
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   John D. Carpenter

John D. Carpenter, 65, of Warsaw, was charged Feb. 15 with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, and aggravated harassment in the second degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Carpenter made multiple threatening and alarming phone calls to the Wyoming County 9-1-1 Center. He is accused of repeatedly calling 9-1-1 and reporting that people were going to die, among other alarming statements. Officials say, Carpenter told dispatchers at one point that he continued to call 9-1-1 because he was bored. When deputies responded to his home, he allegedly refused to come to the door. Subsequently, officers got a warrant for his arrest and took Carpenter, a convicted violent felon, into custody without incident. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court March 6. Warsaw Police assisted deputies at the arrest scene.

Lisa A. Strong, 34, of Attica, was charged Feb. 16 with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Attica Police reports that while assisting the Wyoming County Child Protective Services in investigating possible child neglect, they found four children living in “unsanitary and deplorable conditions.” The children, with cooperation from the defendant, were removed from the home and placed into foster care, officials say. Strong was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. She is due at 10 a.m. in Attica Village Court March 13.

Raymond T. Frawley, 37, of Angelica, was arrested Feb. 16 on a warrant out of Wyoming County Family Court for failure to obey a Family Court support order. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Frawley on a tip from their Warrant Wednesday program on Facebook. The tip allegedly reported the location of the defendant, who was then arrested by Allegany County Sheriff’s deputies and turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. He is in Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 bail.

James Becker, 25, of Perry, was charged with driving while intoxicated and DWI with a BAC more than .08 percent. Becker was charged after allegedly driving himself to the Perry Police Department to turn himself in on a bench warrant for failure to appear. Officers say, while at the station, Becker had glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol about him. He was placed through field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed, and a breath test showed a BAC of .16 percent. He was arrested on the warrant and put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, letchworth, accident, deaths, drownings.
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       Chad Staley       Tyler Jennings

The two men charged in the deaths of brothers 9-year-old Dylan and 6-year-old Preston Giangregorio, of Rochester, each pled guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide.

Tyler Jennings, 34, of Farmington, and Chad Staley, 32, of Rochester, pled to the charge in Wyoming County Court Feb. 15 before Judge Michael Mohun. This charge is a Class E felony with a maximum sentence of one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

In the case of criminal negligence, the carelessness required is appreciably more serious than that for ordinary civil negligence, said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen. 

By definition, a person acts with criminal negligence with respect to a death when that person engages in conduct which creates or contributes to a substantial and unjustifiable risk that another person’s death will occur, and when he or she fails to perceive that risk, and when that risk is of such a nature and degree that failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

Both men were each originally charged with: two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, a Class C felony; two counts of criminally negligent homicide, a Class E felony; and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.

The original charges stem from a five-month investigation that began June 11 by the New York State Park Police. 

Jennings and Staley were with five children, 5 to 12 years old, in a restricted area of Letchworth State Park June 11. All seven patrons were in the water directly above the Lower Falls when they lost their footing and were swept over the 70-foot waterfall, resulting in the deaths of Dylan and Preston.

According to O’Geen, the two defendants and five children made their way toward the Lower Falls so they could see the falls up close. The children were then allowed to enter the water. When the swift current began to sweep the children away, the two men were unable to keep them and themselves from going over the falls. 

Staley was stuck on the brink of the falls for almost two hours until he was saved by the Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team. Three of the children and Jennings were rescued June 11, but the brothers were not recovered until June 12 and June 14.

During the plea discussion, both men admitted that through their negligence, they caused the deaths of the two boys.

“This has been a difficult and emotional case for all involved and it is my hope that this disposition will begin to bring closure to the families involved, justice for Dylan, Preston and all the children, and at the same time send a message that danger/warning park signs matter as they are there to protect the public,” O’Geen said. “Hopefully, Dylan and Preston’s deaths will not be in vain and park visitors will learn from this preventable tragedy by following the rules of the park going forward.”

The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and adjourned the case until 2 p.m. May 17 for final sentencing. 

Both Staley and Jennings continue to be released on their own recognizance until their court date.

See related: Two men charged in June drowning deaths at Letchworth State Park

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Business, Warsaw.

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Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Gardner has often said: “The best ambassadors for Wyoming County are those that live and work in the county. And if we can give them to tools to encourage people to visit, we are going to do that.”

Thursday evening the Chamber hosted a get-together for members to officially unveil the 2017 Wyoming County Tourism Guide.

“We wanted to get people together to network and visit on a social level…connect with other businesses in the county.”

The travel guides can be found at area businesses and at the Chamber office at 36 Center St., Warsaw. 

For information about joining the Chamber call (585) 786-0307 or visit http://www.wycochamber.org/

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Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, education, Warsaw, Head Start.

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Eighteen 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, one spunky teacher, music, and a wide open space…it was a dance party in the Warsaw Head Start classroom Thursday afternoon.

Students in Tammy Spencer’s class, one of three Head Start classes in Warsaw for 3- to 5-year-olds, are no strangers to her dancing antics. She often uses dance techniques to help the kids burn off energy and get the “wiggles” out of them. 

Part of the Head Start curriculum includes two parent activities a year.

“We decided to do something a bit different,” said Cattaraugus and Wyoming County Project Head Start teacher Spencer. “The kids were all excited because we made a big deal out of it. We thought it would be a nice way to end the week before (winter) break.”

In addition to getting parents involved, Spencer also likes to get the community involved, too. Reaching out to Tops Friendly Markets in Warsaw, she was able to buy flowers so the children could give them to their parents. It was, after all, a party with a Valentine's Day theme. Additionally, one of the parents donated time and materials to give each kid a gift bag; another parent donated her time to take Valentine photos of the kids; and another parent and Head Start transportation staff donated decorations and helped set up the event.

“One of the best things about the Warsaw center is the involvement in Head Start,” Spencer said. “Community involvement is great. We are always accepting donations and this community is second to none.”

For more information about the Head Start Program visit http://headstartnetwork.com/

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Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

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Around 3 o’clock this morning a fire broke out at 71 Covington St. in the Village of Perry. 

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Silver Springs, Castile, Warsaw, and Mount Morris fire departments responded to the scene with Fire Chief in Charge Perry Fire Chief Steve Laraby. 

Assisting at the scene included Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Department, Perry Police Department, Perry Department of Public Works, NYSEG, and the Red Cross. Standing by at empty fire stations included Wyoming and Leicester fire departments.

The fire was said to have started due to a malfunctioning hot air furnace, causing $60,000 in damages to the home.

Firefighters were at the scene for four hours putting out the blaze with no injuries reported.

The Covington home housed two apartments, which resulted in two families being displaced and in need of assistance by the Red Cross. A total of six people were affected by the fire.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, Business.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County (CCE), in cooperation with Genesee Valley BOCES, will be offering a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Training Program for both Class A and Class B licenses from 7 to 9 p.m. March 2, 8, and 9 at the Ag and Business Center, 36 Center St., Warsaw. This course is offered to farm owners, operators, and their employees.

For questions contact Debra Welch at (585) 786-2251 or email djw275@cornell.edu.

To register contact Zach at (585) 786-2251 or zta3@cornell.edu.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, Warsaw, Strykersville.

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The term “shop local” isn’t just a fancy catch phrase to entice county residents to support their local businesses. Taxes collected on purchases made within the county’s borders directly impact the amount residents pay in property taxes – more dollars spent in the county means less taxes homeowners pay in the long run.

As a way to encourage consumers to shop in Wyoming County, the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce initiated the Shop Wyoming & Win campaign. Now in its fifth year, the campaign is held during the holiday season – between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. For every purchase of $50 or more made in the county, consumers were able to submit their names for a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants.

“The prizes are made possible with the strong support of two county businesses,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. “We thank Ace Hardware, of Attica and Warsaw, for the first-time donation of the Weber gas grill, and Harding’s Attica Furniture and Flooring for stepping up again this year and donating a rocker recliner. These two businesses never hesitate to participate and we hope that shoppers will stop in to support these outstanding local family run small businesses.” 

The recent campaign saw 650 shoppers participating, $451,519 in total money spent in Wyoming County, for an estimated $36,121 in sales taxes collected. That represents a 27-percent increase from the previous year.

Of those who dropped their receipts off at the 33 drop boxes located throughout the county, 73 percent were county residents, 25 percent were from outside the county, and 2 percent didn’t disclose an address. Additionally, 21 percent of shoppers hailed from Arcade, 19 percent from Perry, 18 percent from Warsaw, and 14 percent from Attica. Bliss, Castile, Java, Gainesville, Strykersville, Varysburg, and Wyoming residents made up anywhere from 2 to 8 percent of the remaining shoppers. 

Out of county shoppers included those from Mount Morris (13 percent), Batavia (11 percent), South Wales (6 percent), Cuba (5 percent), Rushford (3 percent), and others.

The Chamber held the drawing at the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. As tradition dictates, the most senior members of the Board – town supervisors Jerry Davis (Covington), Doug Berwanger (Arcade), and John Copeland (Wethersfield) – drew the winning tickets.

This year’s winners are: Stephanie Baiocco, of Marilla, who won the Weber Gas Grill; Ron Snell, of Delevan, who won the rocker recliner; and Annette Hyman, of Strykersville, who won the $100 Wyoming County Visa gift card.

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Shop Wyoming and Win contest. This year’s promotion was another record breaker and we again exceeded local shopping revenue goals over last year,” Gardner said.

“Thank you to the local businesses who participated, and all the shoppers for making this event a success. Thank you to everyone who participated by shopping locally, placed a drop box in their business, or supported the program in some way.”

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