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Police & Fire

January 30, 2023

OLEAN, NY — A structure at 235 N. Third St. caught fire Monday morning, causing about $10,000 in damages with an additional $5,000 in damages to contents, according to a news release from Olean Fire Chief Timothy Richardson. No injuries were reported. One pet died in the fire. Three families ...

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OLEAN, NY — A dryer caught fire at a home at 106 N. Ninth St. Friday morning, causing about $3,000 in damages, according to a news release from Olean Fire Chief Timothy Richardson. No injuries were reported, and the Olean Code Enforcement determined the home was still habitable. The cause of ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are seeking information about reports of gun shots that were fired Friday morning.  According to an Olean Police Department Facebook post, police responded to several 911 calls about shots fired on the 300 block of Irving Street at approximately 2:30 a.m.   Patrol officers ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are receiving daily complaints of persons stealing packages, Buffalo Bills decorations, flags and holiday decorations. According to a post on the Olean Police Department Facebook page, individuals are filling infant strollers and wagons with stolen property during day and ...

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Christmas lights are not the only ones that will be on full display this holiday season. Because of recent car accidents involving teenagers, Portville and Allegany police officers are on high alert and are proactively working to prevent future tragedies from occurring. “If you ever watch ...

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UPDATE: City of Olean Fire Investigators have determined the cause of the fire on West Green Street to be electrical in nature. The one displaced tenant of the apartment is being assisted by the Red Cross. -------------------------------- OLEAN, NY — A fire on West Green Street caused an ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are appealing to the public for help in identifying two people who allegedly stole packages from a resident’s porch Thursday. On Friday, the Olean Police Department posted to its Facebook page a security-camera image of the pair — whom they dubbed the “Porch Pirates” — ...

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HINSDALE, NY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested Monday after Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office deputies and New York State Police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the Hinsdale Post Office.  Following an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Cattaraugus ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are appealing to the public for help in locating an Olean teenager. Aubrey Purdy, 16, has refused to return home since Nov. 11, police wrote in a Facebook post. Police said Purdy is believed to be in the Olean or Bradford, Pennsylvania, area receiving help from others to ...

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OLEAN, NY — The city's fire department added a new fire engine to its fleet. It's called Engine 41 and designed with a special focus on safety and performance. The new truck will begin operating out of Fire Station One at the beginning of next week, according to Fire Chief Tim ...

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CUBA, NY — Police are investigating a report of a stolen truck. According to a post on the Cuba Police Department Facebook page, the vehicle was stolen from a parking lot on State Route 446 Sunday night. The vehicle is a white 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck with black and red doors.  Anyone ...

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New York State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force to target impaired and reckless drivers through the Halloween weekend. The enforcement period runs from Friday through Tuesday.  "My focus this Halloween weekend is to keep New Yorkers safe with zero tolerance for impaired ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Common Council on Tuesday at 6 p.m. will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to establish a Civilian Review Board that would evaluate how the city’s police department handles citizen complaints about the department’s officers and employees. The hearing will precede the ...

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Two police departments in the Greater Olean area will sponsor drop-off locations for safe disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs during the semiannual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The Olean Police Department collection site will be at ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are seeking information regarding gun shots that were fired Thursday evening.  According to an Olean Police Department Facebook post, police responded to a report of shots fired at the intersection of North Sixth and West State streets at 5:45 p.m.  Patrol officers searched ...

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OLEAN, NY — The main phone lines at the Olean Municipal Building will be unavailable for an undetermined amount of time starting at 6 p.m. Monday while the lines are replaced with fiber optics, according to a press release from Chief Ronald J. Richardson of the City of Olean Police ...

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OLEAN, NY — An Olean man has been arrested in connection with a Sept. 9 lockdown and evacuation of the Cattaraugus Campus of Jamestown Community College. According to the Olean Police Department's Facebook page, officers in the department's Criminal Investigation Unit arrested James M. Hovey, ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are searching for a man who was seen with a taser on the Cattaraugus Campus of Jamestown Community College at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday. “The campus has been searched by police assisted by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police,” the Olean ...

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OLEAN, NY — A 17-year-old female who had been reported missing last week has been located. The Olean Police Department reported that Mackenzie Barclay was found to be safe at 7:23 a.m. Friday.

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OLEAN, NY — On Friday in support of World Suicide Prevention Day, Olean firefighters will wear yellow uniform shirts, and the city’s fire stations will be decorated with yellow bows. Olean Fire Chief Tim Richardson said community members should take note of the phrase printed on the yellow ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are appealing to the public for help in identifying a woman who allegedly stole the Lions Club donation jar from the service desk counter inside Ried's Food Barn on Aug. 29. The Olean Police Department posted a security camera image of the woman on its Facebook page ...

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PORTVILLE, NY — A pickup truck driven by a 20-year-old man struck two parked vehicles on Route 417 early Saturday morning and propelled them across a lawn, killing a 19-year-old man and injuring two teenage females, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s ...

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New York State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force through Labor Day weekend as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DWI campaign. The enforcement period runs from Friday through Monday. "Drunk and impaired driving is an irresponsible choice that leads to ...

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OLEAN, NY — A 12-year-old boy who had been reported missing last week has been located. The Olean Police Department reported that Dakota Smith was found to be safe at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday.  

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OLEAN, NY — Police are seeking the location of Aubrey Purdy, 16, of Olean. According to post on the Olean Police Department Facebook page, Purdy has run away from her residence. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call Olean police at 716-376-5677.  

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OLEAN, NY — The U.S. Marshals regional fugitive task force on Monday arrested a suspect in a shooting incident that took place in Olean on May 31. Marcus Hicks, 36, has been charged with attempted murder and reckless endangerment, according to an Olean Police Department Facebook post. Shortly ...

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OLEAN, NY — Police are seeking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old boy named Dakota. Dakota is 5-foot, 7-inches with brown hair and brown eyes. Police said he may be staying with friends in the Edwards Court area of Olean or in the Franklinville area. Anyone with ...

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OLEAN, NY — A building near the intersection of East State and Niagara streets suffered significant smoke, heat and water damage from a garage fire Tuesday, according to a press release from the City of Olean Fire Department. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the location of the ...

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OLEAN, NY — Following a large lightning strike on Wednesday, city firefighters were alerted to a structure fire at 125 S. Fourth St. Fire crews found smoke and fire coming from the roof and used hand tools and thermal imaging to extinguish a fire in the attic of the structure. Firefighters ...

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OLEAN, NY — City firefighters used rakes, a hose-line and water extinguishers to extinguish a large brush fire Monday. The fire on levees near the 600 Block of West Greene Street created a large amount of smoke in South Olean, according to a press release from Olean Fire Chief Tim ...

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