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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Attica, Wyoming.

Adam M. Jellison, 39, of Attica, was charged July 30 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. Attica PD responded to a violent domestic incident on Prospect Street in the predawn hours Sunday. Following an investigation, Jellison was charged with the noted offenses. He was arraigned in the Village of Attica Court where bail was set at  $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. A full stay-away order of protection was also issued. He is due in court Aug. 21.

Ryan J. Mosher, 24, of Perry, was arrested July 28 for endangering the welfare of a child. Perry Police say Mosher is accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl. He was arraigned in Warsaw Town Court. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Perry Court Aug. 1.

Charles H. Woodworth, 71, of Perry, was charged July 25 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and endangering the welfare of a child. Woodworth is accused of throwing a coffee cup at a female, causing it to break during a domestic dispute. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the incident took place in front of a 3-year-old child. He is due in the Town of Perry Court Aug. 23.

Christian J. Finkney, 29, of Wyoming, was charged July 26 with: aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree – alcohol-related revocation; aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree – three or more dates; aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree; operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device; and unlicensed operator. Deputies say, around 9:30 p.m. July 26 Finkney’s vehicle was seen at a closed business in the Village of Wyoming and he was walking around the exterior of the building. During the investigation, it was found he had permission to be at the business. However, deputies say he drove there with a revoked New York State non-driver identification card. Finkney was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $500 cash or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Middlebury Court July 31.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm



Press release

The New York State Police in Warsaw, along with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office are investigating a fatal motor-vehicle accident that occurred earlier today on Route 20A in the Town of Orangeville.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a vehicle being driven by Joshua D. Huntress, of Mayville, was traveling west on Route 20A when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck two oncoming motorcycles, each with a passenger.

One of the motorcycle passengers, Tomasa Martinez, 66, of North Tonanwanda, was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The three other bikers were transported to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where they are being treated for their injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Huntress.

See related: Fatal accident temporarily shut down Route 20A in Orangeville











Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm



An accident involving two motorcycles and a car shut down Route 20A at Route 98 in Orangeville for approximately four hours this afternoon.

New York State Troopers say a sedan traveling westbound on Route 20A crossed over the centerline of traffic and struck two motorcycles headed east. Of the five people involved in the collision, four were on motorcycles.

Two people were taken via Mercy Flight and one via North Java Ambulance to ECMC in Buffalo. Two others were taken via Warsaw Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where one person died as a result of their injuries.

Assisting State Police on the scene included the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Varysburg Fire Department, Attica Ambulance, and Warsaw and North Java ambulance and traffic control. Wyoming Fire Department also provided aid as they were coming from the Jam in the Valley event at Buffalo Hill, Varysburg.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.










Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm



Above the din of thousands of voices is the sound of a steel guitar and a southern twang. The Jam in the Valley annual country music fest draws boot-stompin’, cowboy hat wearin’ fans from Wyoming and neighboring counties to Buffalo Hill in the Hamlet of Varysburg.

While the venue provides security in the campgrounds and concert area – Southern Tier Security and CSC Security – JiTV also contracts with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police for additional law enforcement detail, and Wyoming County Emergency Services as its emergency response team.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services, the county’s Health and Buildings and Codes departments, the Board of Supervisors, the New York State Department of Transportation, local fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) providers, and the State Police have been planning for the shindig since last year's ended.

“Due to the Public Assembly Permit required by the County's Local Law and other State and Local permits required for an event this size, there are many agencies involved in the planning and meetings occur throughout the year,” said Sheriff Greg Rudolph.

Over the course of the three-day Jam, approximately 450 total man-hours are dedicated to law enforcement. Of those hours, approximately 370 are by the Sheriff’s Office and 80 by the NYSP. The total number of man-hours aren’t tallied until after the final day.

Police provide enforcement in the campgrounds, stage area, and concert/crowd area. They also have a dispatcher at the command post, officers at traffic posts, and after-hours EMS security detail.

Although JiTV contracts for EMS services with local emergency responders, volunteer personnel from the North Java, Arcade, Wyoming, Sheldon, and Varysburg fire departments, and Bennington Fire Company also help out. In turn, JiTV makes a donation to each department.

While North Java firefighters provide basic life support services, advanced life support services are contracted with Monroe Ambulance. Bennington, Arcade and Varysburg’s members provide ATV units. Additionally, several other departments send EMTs to assist, says Emergency Services Director Anthony Santoro.

“On the fire side, Wyoming and Sheldon fire departments provide fire protection,” Santoro said. “The Wyoming Fire Department is providing a brush-type truck for any calls out in the campground area, while the Sheldon Fire Department is providing an engine for the fireworks Saturday night.”

There is EMS coverage 24/7 beginning at 10 a.m. July 5 through 10 a.m. July 9. Responders provide two different levels of service: off-peak hours, which consist of roughly four to six EMTs between 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; and peak hours run from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily -- staffed with roughly 15 to 20 basic EMTs and three paramedics. The paramedics operate the rehab tent.

“This tent is to treat people who have over indulged themselves and get them back on their feet,” Santoro said. “This saves the issue we have had in the past with transporting all these patients to the hospital.”

To save the emergency room from being inundated with that type of patient, and people who may suffer from some degree of heatstroke, four EMS tents and an ATV unit is on hand throughout the event.

“We have the county command post in service and all calls for service are coordinated through that,” Santoro said. “Every year is vastly different on how busy we are. Some years we are swamped while others are pretty quiet.”

And this year?

Well...it’s safe to say that all emergency responders involved hope to have an uneventful time.










Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, Varysburg.

An overheated electrical circuit sparked an early morning fire at 68 Genesee St. in the Village of Warsaw today.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming, Perry, and Perry Center fire departments responded to the Genesee Street address around 1:30 a.m..

Assisting crews and Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Chief Joe Cummins included Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw PD, and NYSEG. Standing by at empty fire stations included Varysburg Fire Department.

Crews were on the scene for three-and-one-half hours with no reported injuries.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damages.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

NYSEG is reporting a power outage in the following towns and villages in Wyoming County affecting close to 8,000 residents:

    • Castile

    • Gainesville

    • Middlebury

    • Warsaw

    • Perry

    • Wyoming

There is no word yet on what caused the outage, however, power is said to be restored by 7 tonight, officials say.

The outage has not affected the Warsaw Fire Department carnival.

UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: Power has been restored to all affected areas in Wyoming County.

Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather, Attica, Bennington, Covington, Wyoming, Wyoming County.

A Special Weather Statement issued a couple of minutes ago by the National Weather Service says: "An area of strong thunderstorms will bring torrential rains to Northern Wyoming and Southern Genesee counties. 

"Strong thunderstorms were clustered near Attica, or eight miles south of Batavia, moving east at 15 mph.

"These storms will bring very heavy rainfall to Attica and nearby locations with more than an inch of rain possible in an hour or less. Locations impacted include... Darien Lakes State Park, Le Roy, Bennington, Attica, Pavilion, Stafford, Covington, Alexander, Wyoming and East Bethany. This includes Interstate 90 near exit 47. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways."

These conditions are expected until 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Wyoming, Fire Department.
Event Date and Time: 
July 2, 2017 - 11:00am to July 4, 2017 - 4:00pm

The Wyoming Hook and Ladder Fire Department will be holding its first ever boot drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Route 19 in the Village of Wyoming July 2. 

Proceeds benefit the fire department.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, fire, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.



An unattended wax melt warmer was the cause of Monday’s fire in Warsaw. The fire, which started in a second-floor apartment at 160 Center St. in the Village, left three occupants in need of assistance by the Red Cross.

Firefighters from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were on the scene at the four-unit apartment building for two-and-one-half hours.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins were Wyoming County Emergency Services, Warsaw Police, the Red Cross, and NYSEG. 

The fire caused $15,000 in damages.





Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, news, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Wyoming.


A late afternoon fire broke out in a multi-unit apartment building at the corner of Center Street and Oatka Road, Warsaw. Fire officials say the fire was contained to an upper unit of the building.

Crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs and Wyoming fire departments were assisted at the scene by Warsaw Police and Wyoming County Emergency Services.

No injuries were reported. Several pets, including a cat, rabbit and lizard, were rescued.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Wyoming.

Christina V. Dadey, 43, of Corfu, was charged June 7 with failure to keep right, felony driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated DWI – BAC .18 percent or higher, failure to use an Ignition Interlock Device, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Dadey in the Village of Wyoming following a call of an erratic driver. Deputies say the call originated in Genesee County for a vehicle that was all over the road. During the stop, she was given field sobriety testing, which she allegedly failed. Subsequently, she was arrested for DWI. Additionally, officials say she was convicted of DWI earlier this year, making this arrest a felony. She was put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. She is due in the Town of Middlebury Court June 19.

Marizza Marie Yott, 21, of Warsaw, was charged June 3 with assault in the second degree. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies say Yott was arrested after allegedly striking another person in the head with a glass bottle, which injured the victim. She was arraigned in the Pembroke Town Court and released under supervision of the Genesee Justice pending further court appearances in the Darien Town Court.

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Wyoming, Bennington.

Mary Goodenow, 79, of Wyoming, was charged May 24 with welfare fraud in the fourth degree and offering a false instrument to file in the first degree, both are felonies. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Goodenow after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services allegedly revealed that she failed to report all income and other people living with her. She is accused of failing to report the income she was receiving for having two people living with her. Additionally, she is accused of not reporting that the men were even in the household. Deputies say, by failing to report her income, she received $8,205.80 in county taxpayer benefits to which  she was not entitled. She is due in the Town of Warsaw Court June 26.

Jenna R. Holly, 32, of Angelica, was charged May 24 with speed in zone, consumption of alcohol beverage/possession of an open container, driving while intoxicated, and DWI with BAC more than .08 percent. Holly was stopped for allegedly speeding on Route 77, Bennington. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say she had been drinking an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. She was put through field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested for DWI. She was taken to the Warsaw Police Department for a breath test. Holly is due in the Town of Bennington Court at a later date.

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Wyoming, crime, accident, news.


      Nicole Sullivan

A 31-year-old resident of Wyoming has been arrested and accused making up information about a car-tree accident at 2:35 a.m. June 10 on Fargo Road, Stafford, where a disabled passenger was seriously injured.

Nicole Kimberly Sullivan, 31, of North Main Street, Wyoming, is charged with assault, 2nd, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, falsely reporting an incident and operator leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. 

Sheriff's Office investigators say that following the accident, Sullivan was the actual driver of the vehicle, even though she initially told responders that driver had left the scene. Firefighters and deputies then conducted an extensive search of the area for the possible driver, both to locate the driver and out of concern the driver could be injured.

Later that morning, Sullivan admitted to deputies that she was the driver of the vehicle.

The passenger, Zachery W. Schwarts, 20, was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Investigator Joseph Graff and Deputy Eric Meyer, who assisted in the investigation, assert that Sullivan failed to report the accident as soon as she was physically able to do so and that she failed to make timely notification of the need for medical assistance for the injured passenger.

Sullivan was also issued citations for driving left of pavement markings, unlicensed operator, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, failure to notify DMV of address change, no seat belt, and unregistered motor vehicle.

Also assisting in the investigation, Sgt. John Baiocco.

Top photo: File photo.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:16 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Wyoming, education.

Joshua Yuhnke, of Wyoming, recently graduated from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo.

Yuhnke graduated in December with a bachelor of science degree, cum laude.

Undergraduate students graduate with honors according to the following grade point averages: 3.850 – 4.00, summa cum laude; 3.700 – 3.849, magna cum laude; and 3.500 – 3.699, cum laude. In order to graduate with honors, students must have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit at SBU prior to the semester of graduation.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm


From left: Lindsay Chamberlain, of Wyoming, representing Collegiate Cornell Farm Bureau; Ben Restivo, Future Farmers of America member, and Brian Parker, representing Wyoming County Farm Bureau, with Sen. Patrick Gallivan.

Press release (photo submitted):

Members from the Wyoming County Farm Bureau spent two days in Albany last week, meeting with lawmakers to highlight the organization’s state public policy priorities for the year.

The county Farm Bureau hosted a table at the Taste of New York Reception for state lawmakers, commissioners, and staff, which featured local farm products. Members also participated in the annual Lobby Day on Tuesday where they met with both their local senator and assemblyman as well as New York City lawmakers that the county Farm Bureau adopted.

At State Capitol, county members advocated for a number of priorities this year, including securing a refundable investment tax credit for farmers. With 2015 farm income down nearly 20 percent to $5.3 billion across the state, according to the latest figures from the National Agriculture Statistics Service, tools need to be in place to help farmers weather the downturn. This initiative would incentivize farm investment to meet the needs of global competition.

Additionally, advocates pushed to double the minimum wage tax credit from $30 million to $60 million. The first step of the minimum wage hike climbed at the beginning of the year on its way to $15 an hour for farms on Long Island and $12.50 for Upstate farmers. New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) led the way in opposition to the hike last year, resulting in a $250 tax credit per employee for this first year of the increase. That will cover only a small fraction of what it will cost family farms to implement the wage hike.

State funding for critical farm programs is another top priority for Farm Bureau. Governor Andrew Cuomo included a number of things in his budget plan which would help agriculture in the state. This includes funding for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPA), which will assist farms with water quality, conservation and farmland protection programs, as well as necessary investments into animal health programs. 

Farm Bureau asked lawmakers to restore funding for promotion and research programs that also benefit agriculture. NYFB also supports the governor’s proposed $2 billion clean water infrastructure program that includes $70 million for nutrient management and conservation programs to reduce farm runoff.

The Farm to Food Bank bill is another top priority for NYFB members who have seen the governor veto the popular legislation the past two years. Members asked their lawmakers to include the tax credit that encourages greater fresh food donations to regional food banks and local food pantries to be included in their one-house budget bills.

These priorities are based on member-approved public policies that originate every year at the county Farm Bureau level and are passed by the full delegate body at NYFB’s State Annual Meeting in December.

In addition to advocating for priorities with lawmakers, county Farm Bureau members also participated in a special panel discussion with the commissioners from the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, and Labor.

The Wyoming County Farm Bureau is dedicated to advocate for public policies that will not only benefit agriculture but support rural communities as a whole.

NYFB is the State’s largest agricultural lobbying/trade organization and is “the voice of New York agriculture.” It is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community.

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 9:30 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw, Wyoming, Attica, Perry, Arcade.

The following local residents made the dean's list at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for fall semester 2016-2017:

    • Katie Adinolfe, who is studying in the diagnostic medical sonography program; Nicholas Henderson, who is studying in the game design and development program: Monika Mc Keown, who is studying in the computing security program; Tyler Perry, who is studying in the mechanical engineering technology program; and Hanna Tangeman, who is studying in the graphic design program, all of Warsaw;

    • Dylan Fisher, who is studying in the packaging science program; and Matthew Santullo, who is studying in the mechanical engineering program, both of Wyoming;    

    • Justin Napieralski, of Attica, who is studying in the mechanical engineering program;

    • Konner Narowski, who is studying in the packaging science program; and Noah Wilson, who is studying in the game design and development program, both of Perry; and

    • Sam Tillinghast, of Arcade, who is studying in the computer science program.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for dean's list if their term grade point average is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “incomplete", "D" or "F"; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours

Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the United States.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Food, Wyoming.
Event Date and Time: 
March 19, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
Wyoming Hook & Ladder, 26 Maple St., Wyoming, is hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 19.
The menu includes: regular and buckwheat pancakes, French toast, maple syrup from Wyoming County, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, sausage gravy with biscuits, frittata, orange juice, milk, tea, and a sweet treat. This month's special feature is corned beef hash.
The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm



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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