Clymer bus driver charged following accident
By GAVIN PATERNITI
Special to the OBSERVER
HARMONY - Details have been released regarding an incident that sent four Clymer Central School students to WCA Hospital to be treated for minor injuries Tuesday morning.
According to a Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department police report, the incident occurred at approximately 8:20 a.m., when a Clymer school bus transporting eight students from Clymer to Erie 2 BOCES Hewes Education Center in Ashville inexplicably left Route 474 approximately two miles east of Panama.
The incident was reported shortly after it occurred by Superintendent Bert Lictus, who said no serious injuries to students had been sustained.
"It didn't appear there were any serious injuries," Lictus said. "(Any injuries sustained) appeared to be very minor, but they're students and we need to take every precaution."
Lictus said four of the eight students were transported to WCA Hospital for precautionary purposes at the request of emergency medical technicians on-site.
The report said the bus was traveling westbound on Route 474 when it went off the north side of the road, and traveled approximately 500 feet through a ditch before striking a driveway culvert - which caused the bus to go airborne. The bus landed nose down in an embankment, causing the hood to be torn off.
Lictus described the damage sustained by the bus as "moderate to major."
"(The damage) will require that the bus be out of service for a significant amount of time," Lictus said. "It shouldn't affect our overall transportation for the district because we have a spare bus that we can use. So we should be OK barring another incident, but you can only sustain so many losses."
Betty Bayle, the driver of the bus, was reported to be uninjured, but was charged with failure to maintain lane and will report to the Harmony Court at a later date. Additional charges may be pending based on the outcome of the investigation.
Lictus declined to comment on the status of Bayle's employment with the district as it relates to personnel issues.
Sherman Central School goes into lockdown Tuesday
SHERMAN - The Sherman Central School went into lockdown on Tuesday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.
According to police, a report was received at 11:30 a.m., that an individual was experiencing a medical emergency who may have access to weapons and may be considering doing personal harm. The officers responded to the area and suggested Sherman Central School lock down until the situation was resolved.
Police did locate the individual around 1 p.m., and assisted in the individual receiving medical care. It was learned this person did not possess any weapons. New York State Police also assisted with this incident.
Police reminding snowmobilers to stay on trails
MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is reminding snowmobile operators to stay on marked trails. Police have received several complaints of snowmobiles traveling off the marked trail system and on parts of the trail system that are currently closed from Saturday through Wednesday. Several individuals have been charged and will appear in Sherman and Chautauqua Town courts.
The sheriff's office snowmobile unit is reminding snowmobilers to stay on the marked trails and to check the trail conditions regularly. The trail condition hotline can be reached by calling 1-800-242-4569.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
KIANTONE - Lovella A. Kellom, 27, of Jamestown was charged with driving while intoxicated, third-degree unlicensed operation, having an open container of alcohol and failure to maintain lane on Wednesday.
At 2:30 a.m., deputies stopped Kellom's vehicle on Route 60. It was found Kellom was allegedly intoxicated and operating on suspended driving privileges. She was release to appear in Kiantone Town Court at a later date.
ARKWRIGHT - Emily M. Farnham, 35, of Sinclairville was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely on Monday. Deputies responded to the report of an accident shortly after 5 p.m., on Creek Road. It is alleged Farnham was operating her vehicle while impaired by prescription medication. She will appear in Arkwright Town Court at a later date.
Westfield Police Department
Lincoln J. Riscili, 24, of Union Street was charged with second-degree harassment on Tuesday. Police received a complaint that Riscili allegedly slammed a door in the victim's face causing a swollen and bloody laceration above his left eye after an incident on Washington Street. Riscili was released to appear in Westfield Village Court at a later date.
Sharonda L. Platt, 29, of Niagara Falls was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and speeding on Tuesday. Police stopped Platt's vehicle for allegedly speeding on Route 20. It was found that Platt's driving privileges were allegedly suspended. Platt was released to appear in Westfield Town Court at a later date.