Chautauqua County’s Director Emergency Services Is Retiring Next Month

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Director Emergency Services is retiring at the end of February.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced on Friday that Director John Griffith will retire from his position effective March 1.Deputy Fire Coordinator Noel Guttman will take over following’s Griffith retirement.“It has been an honor to work with the first responders of Chautauqua County,” said Griffith in a statement. “I look forward to working with the new director to help him transition into the office.” Griffith first began his career with the county in April 2012 as a Deputy Fire Coordinator with the Office of Emergency Services.In October 2017, he was promoted to the position of Director.Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Griffith worked with the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to ensure resources were moved into Chautauqua County so first responders, law enforcement, health care workers, and others had proper and sufficient quantities of Personal Protective Equipment.“Throughout his eight years of service, John has worked tirelessly to serve and protect the residents and visitors of Chautauqua County,” said Wendel. “His leadership has been especially critical during the current COVID-19 Pandemic where he has worked closely with a magnitude of agencies to prevent and contain the virus.”“I thank John for his outstanding accomplishments in improving our county’s emergency preparedness and response, and his endless contributions in making Chautauqua County a safer place,” furthered Wendel. “I wish him all the best in retirement.”In addition to his job with the county, Guttman has been a member of the Mayville Fire Department since 1991.In his current role as Deputy Fire Coordinator, he led the County’s Technical Rescue Team and Chautauqua Area Search Team (CAST).Pictured, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel (left) welcomes Noel Guttman as the County’s next Emergency Services Director. Submitted image.Guttman has also served in various law enforcement roles. He previously served as a part-time deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, police officer with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department, and part-time police officer with the Westfield Police Department.Most recently, Guttman worked as a police officer with the Chautauqua Institution Police, where he was responsible for police patrol and event security within the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.“I look forward to working in this position and continuing to serve Chautauqua County,” said Guttman.last_img read more

Perfecting the art of property flipping

first_imgSam Browning and Alex Goldfinch with their renovated house in West End. Picture: Evan MorganRENO man Sam Browning and his business partner Alex Goldfinch have finished another renovation with jaw dropping results. RELATED: >>Reno transforms West End home >>Height of luxury in penthouse >>At home with Blockheads Caro and Kingi The peeling paint, green kitchen and pink bathroom sink at 46 Morris St, West End have been replaced with glistening polished timber floors, modern kitchen and bathroom and charming front porch. 46 Morris St, West End before the renovation. 46 Morris Street, West End after the renovation. Photo: Michael ChambersRE/MAX Excellence selling agent Lisa Turner said the home had wide appeal and had been finished to an excellent standard. “There is plenty of exciting things happening in the city that buyers want to be close to and be part of,” she said. 46 Morris St, West End before the renovation. 46 Morris Street, West End after the renovation. Photo: Michael ChambersThe pair from Avenue Developments and Consultancy started swinging hammers on June 20 until the project was finished last week. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The two-bedroom, two bathroom home has now been listed for sale with Lisa Turner from RE/MAX Excellence Townsville for offers to purchase. CLICK HERE for all the latest Townsville real estate news Mr Browning said he was thrilled with the finished product and felt the home could suit a variety of buyers.“I’m definitely the most happy with this project but it’s been a challenging renovation and it’s been trying on our friendship and trying on the builders,” he said.“It’s hard to find these character homes that have been here for such a long time and it’s really easy to maintain within walking distance of a $55 million private hospital so you could have it as an Airbnb.“It would be great for entertainers, being so close to the city, or with the size of the yard in mind it might suit a new family,” Mr Goldfinch added.” 46 Morris Street, West End after the renovation. Photo: Michael ChambersThe house was completely restumped with the help of Panda House Relocators and also has new wiring and lighting. Recycled materials have been incorporated into the build with a timber feature in the living area, postbox, front gate and screening from the Transit Centre.An off-street parking area has been added. And the kitchen has all the features you would expect from a much more modern home, including stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry.The home is on the city side of West End and is a stone’s throw from the CBD. 46 Morris Street, West End after the renovation. Photo: Michael ChambersThe home will be open for inspection on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 11am.For more information call Lisa Turner on 0450 449 606.last_img read more

‘Shabu’ worth P150K seized

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of Police Station 3, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Cuadra was nabbed after she soldsuspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 19, thereport added.       Resident Carmencita Cuadra yielded thesuspected illegal drugs, a police report showed.center_img Bacolod City – Five sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P150,000were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Banago.last_img read more

Plea deal avoids third strike for kidnap rape suspect

first_imgA Vancouver man who impersonated a police officer as a ruse to kidnap and rape women was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison.Shannon “Shawn” Stover, 47, was facing a third-strike offense but negotiated a plea deal to avoid a life sentence. Under the state’s three-strikes law, offenders convicted three times of certain violent and sexual felonies receive mandatory life sentences.Stover pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of unlawful imprisonment, one count of intimidating a witness, one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of attempted third-degree rape, a gross misdemeanor.He was originally facing one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, attempted first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping, and two counts each of first-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said the victims were open to taking the case to trial if needed, but preferred a resolution that didn’t require them to take the stand.“We understand this is a bit of an unusual plea, but this is what happens when you face a third strike,” Robinson said.According to court records, police said Stover posed as a police officer in the Ellsworth Springs neighborhood to lure two women in late November last year.last_img read more