Wyoming

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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Information sourced from a press release, file photos:

Wyoming County is commonly known as a leader in the agricultural industry, but it is not well known that manufacturing is one of the county’s top business sectors. The county is home to approximately 50 unique manufacturers making products that range from automatic girth welders used on oil storage tanks around the world, products used in the automotive industry, to baked goods stocked on Jet Blue airplanes.

On Oct. 5 Wyoming County will celebrate Manufacturing Day – a nationwide grassroots movement dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today. Officials say it’s a way to recognize and highlight the contributions manufacturing makes to the economy of the county.

Manufacturing has experienced unprecedented growth in Wyoming County in metals-based manufacturing jobs since 2010, Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner says. This increase is due to the workforce, low energy and operational costs, and easy access to 50 percent of North America’s population. According to DataUSA, manufacturing jobs represent 13.5 percent of the workforce in Wyoming County. Our manufacturers employ more than 2,500 workers, 40 percent above the national average, and those workers on average earn $56,516 per year.

However, one of the most pressing issues facing manufacturers today is finding skilled labor. The gap between job requirements and applicant’s skill set is leaving 600,000 manufacturing jobs unfilled in the United States.

Manufacturers' ability to address this gap has been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable and by insufficient preparatory education. Both of these problems stem from a lack of understanding of present-day manufacturing environments, which are highly technical, officials say.

Manufacturing today includes highly trained, well-paid employees who work on state-of-the-art equipment, although the perception persists that they are often viewed as antiquated factories designed for low-skilled workers. This change in public perception is the first step in addressing one of the main challenges faced by manufacturers today – a gap in skilled labor.

“We are very pleased and fortunate to have a solid manufacturing base right here in the county,” Gardner said. “We recognize the economic contributions these companies are making every day, and their commitment to the workforce of Wyoming County. We also recognize that these companies also need a skilled labor force and environment that is friendly to business.”

One of the main reasons motivating Manufacturing Day is to introduce students to the potential of manufacturing careers. The event is a chance to spark student interest in manufacturing that could lead to further studies, a new generation of skilled workers, and an eventual closing of the skills gap. Giving students early exposure to manufacturing careers is critically important to ensuring a long-term talent pipeline.

“It’s a constant pleasure to visit and work with many of our manufacturers and it’s always a treat for me to see firsthand the products that are made here and witness the pride the workforce takes in their work and the satisfaction they realize knowing their quality products are being sold throughout the world,” said Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Pierce.

“The general public drives by these businesses every day but does not have a notion of what amazing things are going on behind the walls. That is why Manufacturing Day was created, to raise the awareness and importance of manufacturing.”

More than 64 percent of students in career and technical education (CTE) programs say that their own interests and personal experiences are the greatest influence on their future career decisions.

A recent Public Policy Institute survey reported New York employers say, STEM positions (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are the most difficult to fill. Additionally, the projection is that these workforce shortages will persist over the coming decade. Skilled production is the category in which they anticipate the most severe ongoing shortage.

STEM positions comprise four of the top five categories of positions that New York employers are finding most difficult to fill.

The national average age of a skilled worker in manufacturing is 56, according to a Manufacturing Institute report. The study also projects a shortage of two million workers between 2015 and 2025.

Employers responding to the Public Policy Institute survey also predict severe shortages in engineering and information technology occupations. They anticipate a more moderate shortage in mathematics-intensive occupations. These are the same top four workforce categories employers reported the highest difficulty filling jobs currently. However, they are more optimistic about occupations such as social science and architecture.

To bring more awareness to the issue this year, in cooperation with the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency and Business Education Council, the Wyoming County Chamber is inviting area students in ninth and 10th grades to visit three local manufacturing businesses, Morton Salt in Silver Springs, Advanced Rubber Products in Wyoming, and the Marquart Company in Gainesville.

“We are excited to show our students the exciting opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide them as they are making their future career choices,” said Wyoming County Business Education Council Executive Director Linda Leblond. “We want to keep our talented youth right here in Wyoming County. Each business is unique in the types of jobs and manufacturing processes that take place and will offer students an up-close look at potential job opportunities.”

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit www.mfgday.com. For additional information on manufacturing in Wyoming County, call the Chamber at (585) 786-0307 or the IDA at (585) 786-3764.

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 8:44 am
posted by Howard Owens in accident, news, Wyoming.

A car vs. dump truck accident is reported in the area of 486 E. Bethany Road, Wyoming.

Two people are reported trapped in a vehicle.

Mercy Flight is requested to the scene.

Ambulances from Warsaw and Bethany requested to the scene.

Wyoming fire dispatched.

UPDATE 8:47 a.m.: Both ambulances from Warsaw responding. One person is critical, two entrapped.

UPDATE 8:50 a.m.: Mercy Flight has a 15-minute ETA. The landing zone will be at the fire hall.

UPDATE 8:52 a.m.: Cancel Mercy Flight.

UPDATE 8:54 a.m.: Chief updates, there is only one victim. The other person was a person helping.

UPDATE 9:06 a.m.: Bethany's response is canceled. 

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Covington, Wyoming.
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   Donald F. Reinhart Amanda S. Reinhart

Four children were home during the predawn hours of Sept. 7 when one adult male died from an apparent drug overdose and another suffered an apparent drug overdose, police say.

New York State Police arrested Donald F. Reinhart, 38, and Amanda S. Reinhart, 34, both of Wyoming, Sept. 11 in connection with the case.

The Reinharts were each charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal nuisance in the second degree, both as misdemeanors.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. Sept. 7 troopers responded to a Wyoming Road, Covington, address for an unresponsive adult male.

Investigation at the scene allegedly revealed the deceased man and Donald Reinhart suffering from a drug overdose. Officials say Reinhart was immediately taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment.

The couple is due in the Town of Covington Court later this month.

An active investigation is continuing by the State Police and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office into the three overdoses and the composition of the drug they all used.

Additionally, State Police also contacted Wyoming County Child Protective Services, Animal Control, and Building and Codes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, fire, Perry, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming, Silver Springs.

Smoke detectors woke a sleeping couple around 11 p.m. Sept. 6, alerting them to a fire and giving them time to escape the blaze.

The fire began in the garage of 6186 Burke Hill Road, Perry. According to fire officials, a car inside an attached garage had caught fire, which spread into the home.

Crews from Perry, Perry Center, Castile, Warsaw, Wyoming and Pavilion fire departments, and Mount Morris Emergency Medical Services responded to the late night fire.

Assisting Fire Chief in Charge Perry Center Chief Harold Wright were Wyoming County Emergency Services, the Sheriff’s Office and NYSEG.

Standing by at empty fire stations included Silver Springs, Cuylerville and York fire departments.

Firefighters were on the scene for four-and-one-half hours with no injuries reported.

The estimated cost of damages is $100,000.

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

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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

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Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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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.

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Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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