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Olean Man Shares Details of Finding Cole Geise

May 16, 2021

OLEAN, NY — Identifying Cole Geise was “pretty simple,” according to a man who helped lead police to Geise Saturday night, ending a 13-day search for the missing Olean man.

Jeremy Koch said he was at Wendy's on North Union Street when employee Lyaness Batista-Bennett mentioned she saw Geise enter the men's room.

“I recognized him right away and ...

Missing Olean Man Cole Geise Is Found Safe

OLEAN, NY — Cole Geise, a 21-year-old autistic man who has been missing for 13 days has been found alive.

According to a Facebook post from the Olean Police Department, an "alert citizen" recognized Geise at about 10 p.m. Saturday and notified police.

“He is safe and is being reunited with his family,” the department wrote in the Facebook post shortly after ...

Olean Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

SALAMANCA, NY — An Olean man was arrested on drug charges Thursday,

George F. Mowers, 55, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to a new release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said deputies conducted a traffic stop for traffic violations and found Mowers in possession of a glass pipe containing crystal ...

World’s First Electric Fire Truck Visits New York

NEW YORK — A new type of fire truck may soon be traversing New York State's streets and roads, and it made its New York debut Wednesday in Queens.

The world’s very first electric-powered, emission-free fire truck has already been purchased by the city of Los Angeles, becoming the first North American city to deploy it.Officials from the manufacturer, Rosenbauer America, ...

21-Year-Old Olean Man Still Is Missing

OLEAN, NY — Cole Geise, a 21-year-old autistic man who lives in Olean, is still missing, according to Olean police.

Geise was first reported as missing on Sunday.

According to a Thursday post on the Olean Police Department Facebook page, Geise is believed to be "wearing a zip-up hoody that is gray with the word 'ECKO' on the front, possibly in bluejeans or ...

Police Are Searching for Missing Olean Man

OLEAN, NY — Police are looking for any information on the whereabouts of a 21-year-old Olean man named Cole Geise.

According to an Olean Police Department Facebook post, Geise is autistic and has been missing since 10 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone who sees Geise or has any information about his location should call Olean police at 376-5677.

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Olean Man Indicted in Connection With Hazing Death

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — A Wood County grand jury has returned indictments against nine individuals, including a 19-year-old Olean man, in connection with the death of a Bowling Green State University student.

Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson announced today the indictments Thursday.

According to a news release from the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office, the indictments ...

Fire on South Barry Street in Olean Causes $5,000 in Damages

OLEAN, NY — A fire on Thursday caused an estimated $5,000 in damages to a structure at 142 S. Barry St., according to a press release from the Olean Fire Department.

A passerby saw smoke coming from the roof of the structure at about 6 p.m. and alerted the fire department.

Crews found fire in the second floor and attic space and extinguished it by about 6:20 p.m., according to the new ...

Pedestrian Dies in Traffic Accident in Cuba

CUBA, NY — A 43-year-old Cuba woman died Tuesday after she was struck by a pickup truck in the village, according to a New York State Police news release.

Billie Jo M. Darrin was transported by Cuba Emergency Medical Services to Olean General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, the accident occurred when a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling ...

Brockport Man Dies in Plane Crash at Great Valley Airport

GREAT VALLEY, NY — A man was killed and another man suffered serious injuries when a plane they were in crashed at Great Valley Airport on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

The release identified the man who died as William H. Mandelare, 80, of Brockport. Raymond E. Groetsch, 72, also of Brockport, was flown from the ...


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Goodbye to TAPinto Greater Olean .... Stay Tuned for Next Steps

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Sorry, Dr. Denny Wilkins, I will indulge in a cliche here — a necessary one. Time flies when you’re having fun. 

After writing a record-setting amount of stories for TAPinto Greater Olean over the last two years — we’re talking hundreds of stories, hundreds of hours, thousands of words, and the same 100% effort ...

Mother Teresa, SBU and Cake: TAP Alum Recalls Tommy Lasorda

If the phrase “legends never die” held any truth, Tommy Lasorda would have been well past immortal.

Reality is, though, that legends do die, and the world of baseball lost Lasorda, the longtime Dodgers manager and all-around Los Angeles icon, at the age of 93 on Thursday.

Tommy was a legend in every sense of the word. He racked up a record of 1,599-1,439 as a manager, won World ...

Even in a Pandemic, Investigative Journalism Continues

It would have been difficult enough to do the project in the field.

Investigative journalism, as it turns out, is even harder to do while staring through a computer screen. Being surrounded by talented journalists in the Arizona desert, however, lightened that burden.

When I applied for the Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship program in November of 2019, I knew the challenge that presented ...

IRS, Treasury Announce Families of 88% of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit

May 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. Roughly 39 million households—covering 88% of children in the United States—are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further ...

IRS reminds taxpayers of May 17 deadline for individual income tax returns: extensions, other help available

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that the deadline for filing most individual income tax returns this year is May 17. The agency also wants taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns to know that there are a variety of options available to help them.

IRS tax help is available 24 hours a day on IRS.gov. Whether filing a tax return, requesting an extension ...

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Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.


Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...