Wellsville man arrested for serious crimes, weapons
Wellsville Police arrested Donald G. Williams Jr, age 35 of Wellsville, charging him with Attempted Sexual Abuse 1st (Class D Felony) and Forcible Touching (Class A Misdemeanor). In an unrelated incident, Williams was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class A Misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th...
Hinsdale Man Accused of Failing to Update Registration
A Hinsdale man is facing charges after allegedly failing to update his registration as a sex offender. According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office, 30-year-old Scott Babb was arrested after he turned himself in on an arrest warrant issued by Cattaraugus County Court. Babb was held pending further court...
The Case of Donald G. Williams Jr.: A Catalyst for Bail Reform Discussion
On December 1, 2023, the peace of Wellsville was shattered with the arrest of 35-year-old Donald G. Williams Jr. on a slew of charges including Attempted Sexual Abuse 1st Degree and Forcible Touching. Additional accusations from another incident included Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Despite the seriousness of these allegations, Williams was released on bail the same day, raising questions about the efficacy and fairness of the current bail system.
Local Residents Among Those Arrested for DWI Offenses by Troop A Over the Weekend
Over the weekend, Troop A made several arrests for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offenses. On December 1, 2023, a 62-year-old from Franklinville, NY, was charged with DWI and other Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) infractions by SP Machias.
Allegany County: Responding to Crises and Building Community Resilience
Allegany County, NY, recently faced a string of unsettling events that challenged the community's sense of security. The week began with a distressing school bus accident on State Route 19, where a collision resulted in serious injuries for the bus driver and a private vehicle's operator. Thankfully, the students aboard the bus, headed for Wellsville Secondary School, escaped with minor injuries. Shortly after, the area was hit by a spate of thefts, leading to the arrest of three local men on charges including grand larceny and identity theft. The incidents, predominantly in Bolivar and Friendship, exposed the pressing need for robust crime prevention strategies. Adding to the week's enforcement actions, police scored a victory against drug trafficking with the arrest of Matthew Saunders, who was found in possession of a significant amount of methamphetamine and cash on Pine Street in Wellsville.
Kennedy Resident Charged with Olean Larceny
A Kennedy resident was arrested on felony charges in Olean Thursday. Olean Police charged 26-year-old Morgan. E. Ryder with felony grand larceny for theft of property valued higher than $1,000. Ryder was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
NY State Police announce felony arrests, three Allegany County men charged
Troopers make arrests after theft in Bolivar and Friendship NY. The plague of theft; from petit larceny, to burglary, to grand larceny, is a growing concern in Allegany County. NYS Police took a major bite out of crime yesterday with the arrest of three men yesterday. Troopers report the arrest...
Weekly Safety Report: Methamphetamine Arrest and School Bus Collision in Wellsville
The Wellsville Police Department in Wellsville, New York, made a significant methamphetamine arrest on Pine Street, resulting in the removal of a substantial amount of drugs and cash from the streets. Additionally, a collision occurred between a passenger vehicle and a school bus, resulting in minor injuries to the students on board.
New Home Needed: Meet the Latest Adorable Puppies Up for Adoption in salamanca, NY
Have you been contemplating pet adoption, or simply love perusing adorable pets? A myriad of delightful pets are available for adoption at various animal shelters in the vicinity of salamanca..
Great gift ideas from Certified in Andover NY!!
See the GALLERY of what is possible from the sign shop!. It is that time of the holiday shopping season again: Trying to avoid last minute shopping!!. Hey you still have twenty days and the team at CTC Signs has some cool ideas if you contact them this week. The...
Reports of hail over the weekend in WNY 'abnormal.' Here's why
While frozen precipitation isn’t unusual for December, reports of hail in Western New York over the weekend certainly were. There were reports of pea-sized hail accompanying a band of storm traveling through Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Welch. A local weather watcher noted...
Special Proclamation for ZONTA’s Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign
(WNY News Now) – Olean, N.Y. – Mayor Aiello presented a Special Proclamation for “Zonta Says NO to Domestic Violence” during the Olean Common Council Meeting on November 28, 2023. The proclamation states that Zonta envisions a world where no woman lives in fear of violence....
A look at the 2024 Tentative Allegany County Budget; property taxes drop to 21 year low
A public hearing on the budget last week was void of the public and media. The Allegany County Legislature held the required annual public hearing last Thursday to present the 2024 budget and allow the public to provide comment for the record. Residents have also been able to submit written comments to the board for consideration before the budget is voted into law.
Pennsylvania Hunter Dies in Shocking Treestand Fire
A hunter recently lost his life in an accidental fire in Pennsylvania. According to CBS21, 76-year-old Raymond Seville Jr. died while deer hunting in Belfast Township on Saturday, November 25, opening day of rifle season, when a fire caught in his treestand. The incident occurred early in the morning, says...
Applications Being Accepted for 911 Toys Express
The Bradford Police and Fire Departments are accepting applications for this year’s 911 Toys Express. Applications must be completed and turned in by end of day Friday December 15th. You can fill out the application here: 911 TOY EXPRESS APPLICATION (google.com)
Weekly Safety Report: Olean, New York - Arrests Made for DWAI-Drugs and Active Warrant
Two incidents occurred in Olean, New York this week. The first incident involved the arrest of Matthew P. Barrick, a 40-year-old man, for felony Leandra's Law DWAI-Drugs after a traffic stop on November 25, 2023. Barrick was observed exhibiting signs of impairment while driving with a child passenger under 16. The second incident involved the arrest of Steven J Miller, a 38-year-old man, on November 28, 2023, based on an active warrant from the Cattaraugus County Family Court. Miller was apprehended by the City of Olean Police and handed over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.
Whitesville Rural Cemetary to host “Wreathes Across America” ceremony December 16
Wreaths Across America is a national event to honor and remember our veterans. From the Whitesville Rural Cemetary, pictured is the 2022 ceremony lead by local veteran Josh Mullen. There will be a ceremony at the Whitesville Rural Cemetery beginning at noon sharp, which will include the Morrison Hayes American...
McKean County ES Held Dive/ROV Training
The McKean County Department of Emergency Services held Dive Team and ROV operating skills training on Saturday. Divers had to go under water in a large swimming pool with the ROV, find targets with the sonar and camera, then pick them up with the gripper on the ROV and bring them to the surface.
From Prosperity to Reinvention: The Cycle of Oil Boomtowns
The once bustling town of Ceres, reminiscent of the Big Thicket region in Texas, stands as a testament to the boom-and-bust cycle characteristic of towns reliant on natural resources. The oil boom era once propelled Ceres into a period of prosperity, with a surge in economic activity and population growth. However, the depletion of oil reserves and shifts in the industry led to an inevitable decline, leaving behind relics of its prosperous past. This narrative underscores the importance of adaptability and economic diversification for sustainable growth in similar regions.
Wotorson Nets 26 Points as Wolverines Edge Port Allegany
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Leihden Wotorson scored 26 points as Sheffield earned a 52-48 win over Port Allegany in the consolation game of the Sheffield Tip-off Tournament. Wotorson scored 13 points in each half on his way to Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game honors, as Sheffield rallied from an early 8-0 deficit.