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Allegany County launches broadband, trails task forces

BELMONT — Known for its rural nature, Allegany County is launching two concerted efforts to address both a challenge and the promise presented by its vast natural landscape. This week, Board of Legislators Chairman Curt Crandall announced the formation of a pair of task forces —an Allegany County Tr


West Valley man accused of threatening police with machete

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. — A West Valley man is facing charges, accused of menacing a police officer and resisting arrest. Troopers were called to do a welfare check at a home in West Valley. While checking the home, troopers say Jonathan J. Kramer, 25, displayed a machete in a threatening manner toward a


Port Allegany man charged in burglary

A Port Allegany man is incarcerated on allegations he broke into a neighbor’s house over the weekend and took several items. James J. Jones, 33, of 66 S. Main St., was arraigned before District Judge William Todd on charges of burglary, a first-degree felony; criminal trespassing, a second-degree fe


Growing Up in a Law Enforcement Atmosphere Paved the Way for Jeff Rowley to Become Police Chief in Olean

OLEAN, NY – Olean Police Department Chief Jeff Rowley recalls spending his childhood in a law enforcement atmosphere. He admired and looked up to his father, who was a state trooper.


Vote for marijuana legalization in N.J. held off; what it means for N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Talk about a buzz kill. Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey were in for a letdown Monday when the state’s top lawmakers canceled a vote to do just that, knowing they didn’t have the necessary votes to push the bill through.


NYSP: Two from Allegany County face charges in connection to overdose deaths

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State Police said two people from Allegany County, N.Y. have been arrested in connection to two overdose deaths that occurred within one week. According to a news release, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Jessica Sprague, 31, and George Brown, 36, for Cri


Man was allegedly driving at nearly three times BAC limit

BELFAST — A Portageville man was charged Saturday after he was caught driving at nearly three times the legal limit for alcohol, state police said. Jason R. Stones, 37, was stopped on GLF Road by troopers patrolling in Allegany County. He allegedly failed field sobriety testing.


Three Candidates Running Unopposed in Village of Allegany Election

ALLEGANY, NY – Voters in the Village of Allegany are not likely struggle to fill out their ballots during Tuesday’s election because Mayor Greg Pearl,Trustee Robert Barton and first-time trustee candidate Dominic Papasergi are running uncontested.


Two suffer hand lacerations in Bradford

Two people suffered hand lacerations from a knife during a fight early Sunday morning on Mechanic Street, Bradford. Ted. J. Buckley, 25, of 77 Congress St., upper apartment, was taken into custody for allegations he started a fight, injuring two people with a knife and punching a third, court record


Stephentown, N.Y.: VITA offering free tax preparation

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will provide free tax return assistance from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 State Route 43 at Grange Hall Road.


Crossing Andrew Cuomo’s red lines

The governor has made passage of the budget contingent on a few policy demands. Will lawmakers comply?. From the beginning of this year, it appeared that New York state was going to have a budget season like no other in recent history. Democrats have their strongest hold on the state Legislature in


Vehicle crash into river kills Pennsylvania man, 1-year-old son

SAYRE — A vehicle crashed into the Susquehanna River in northern Pennsylvania, claiming the lives of a man and his 1-year-old son, authorities said. Police in Bradford County say an Athens Township officer saw a vehicle traveling at high speed Friday night. Minutes after losing sight of the vehicle,


Upstate New York Maple Syrup Lands National Wal Mart Deal

Central and Upstate New York is known for many things; Pizza, Chicken Riggies, Half Moons just to name a few. Another item that should be on the list, but probably not getting the recognition it should is Maple Syrup. It may change soon with a Canton Syrup maker getting a national distribution deal


'Round the Square –– 3/25/19

MCKEAN ORBIT: We’re throwing it way back –– all the way back to October 20, 1849, when the McKean Orbit was being published in Smethport. What is intriguing to us is that on the front page, the title of the paper reads “M’Kean Orbit” instead of fully spelling out McKean, and would be published once


Mount Jewett Family Tastee Freeze reopens under new owners

It was time to embark on a new journey. December 2018 marks the month that Chris Haight and his wife Nikole, would dive head first into becoming business owners in the food industry.


The Treehouse Restaurant Near Buffalo That’s Straight Out Of A Fairytale

The Queen City has countless attractions to keep you busy, but when you need a break from the buzz of downtown Buffalo, it’s best to venture beyond city limits to explore the amazing places scattered throughout Western New York. There are some true treasures out there just waiting to be discovered,


Cuomo criticizes Democrats for anti-Trump agenda

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday criticized fellow Democrats — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — saying they’re spending too much time attacking President Trump and not enough time explaining their own vision for the nation.


Two Arrested for Negligent Homicide

(WBEN) New York State Police are reporting the arrest of two people on drug charges and Criminally Neligent Homicide in Allegany County. 31-year old Jessica Sprague of Bolivar and 36- year old George Brown of Cuba, NY are charged with supplying heroin which caused two deaths. They are also charged w


SUNY Potsdam professor’s new novel set in rural NY state

POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam professor Rick Henry’s latest novel, “Letters,” is set in a rural area of upstate New York, a region that he has continued to use as a backdrop for his fiction writing over the span of his 20-year career at the college.


Smethport Area High School's National Honor Society

Members of the Smethport Area High School's National Honor Society assisted at Hamlin Memorial Library's 32nd annual dinner auction, which had the theme of "Aloha" and was held Saturday night at the Smethport Fire Hall. One of the NHS members was Caleb Lutz, left, holding tickets and parking for the