Archives for April 2017

Couple Fight leads to Arrest

The Salamanca Police Department said Christy L. Hurley, and Timothy A. Reitz, 30, were arrested separately and charged with felony assault last week. According to the Salamanca Press, they were had a some words with one another and it escalated into a physical altercation. Reitz cut Hurley with a knife, and had to go to the hospital.

Arrests in Salamanca

Jesse N Swain, 37 of Salamanca was arresed on Friday, for Harassment 2nd, and Menacing 2nd degree.
He was processed and held for arraignment.

Salamanca City Police also arrested Michael W. Trummer, 58, of Salamamca, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd degree, failure to stop at stop sign. He was processed and released on tickets to appear
in Salamanca City Court at a later date.

New York Fighting Addiction

New York is putting more resources into fighting the heroin and opioid crisis. Yesterday state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the SURGE initiative that targets upstate and suburban gangs that deal opioids. This is in response to the ever growing New York opiate epidemic. Schneiderman said they broke up a Syracuse based drug ring yesterday and arrested more than 50 people involved.

Buffalo Landmark Reopens

A downtown Buffalo landmark will reopened over the weekend, after three years of construction. The Hotel Henry opened yesterday, inside the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The iconic twin-towered building is being revitalized with the 88-room hotel, a restaurant and an architecture center. The property owner says more than 100 events are booked at the complex this year and they’re booked solid every weekend.

Pow Pow

The Gathering of the Nations happens this weekend, and Dennis Bowen Sr., of Salamanca, will again serve as an official announcer at the gathering, which is held at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. It’s an honor and a responsibility he’s partaken in nearly two dozen times. This Gathering, according to the Salamanca Press, is considered the most prominent Native American pow wow in North America, and is expected to feature tens of thousands of folks and more than 700 tribes from around the world.

Cattaraugus County & State Budget

New York State 163 Billion dollar state budget that passed earlier this month, has some new programs that will add more than initially anticipated. According to the Salamanca Press, one cost will be “Raise the Age” intiative where 16 and 17 yr old offenders’ cases will be handled in Family Court. Also the Cattaraugus County Public Works Department is in line from the state budget for $2.7 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Plan aid, that alone is about 300 thousand more than originally planned.

Drug Addiction Center

Buffalo could soon be home to western New York’s first 24-hour drug addiction treatment center. Community leaders and the parents of overdose victims are lobbying to open a center on Elm Street, where addicts can walk in to detox and receive recovery treatment. The Erie County Department of Mental Health is working to secure grants to fund the facility.

Fred Fest Warning

Students at SUNY Fredonia are getting a stern warning to behave during this weekend’s “Fred Fest.” Fredonia police say officers will be using body cameras during the three-day street party, and videos of all arrests will be posted on Facebook. The police department is hoping the threat of future employers finding incriminating videos will keep students out of trouble.

John Labatt House

A downtown Buffalo building will be redeveloped into what’s being called an “innovative beer destination.” Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced yesterday that a vacant Perry Street building will be transformed into The “John Labatt House.” Labatt USA will open a restaurant and pilot brewery where visitors can help the company develop new beers. There are also plans for more retail space and apartments in the building.

Farmers Census

Farmers are being reminded by the Cattaraugus County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board to participate in this year’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture. The Olean Times Herald reports, that the forms for this years USDA Census of Agriculture, will not be mailed out until December.
Farmers who make more than 1 grand a year are required to fill out and return the census form. It can also be done online.