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Orleans County deputy shot, suspect dead

ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. - One man is dead following a shootout with police in the Orleans County town of Clarendon early Saturday morning.

The incident began around 2:45 a.m. when an Orleans County Sheriff's Deputy and a New York State Trooper responded to a disturbance call involving a man with a gun at a home in the Town of Shelby.

When officers arrived, they got a description of the suspect and the vehicle he left in.

The suspect, later identified as James J. Ellis, of Wyoming, was traveling eastbound on Route 31A in the Town of Albion at a high rate of speed. The officers initially lost sight of the vehicle but eventually located Ellis on Route 31A in the Town of Clarendon.

Ellis had crashed into a telephone pole, exited the vehicle and began firing at the officers with a .45 caliber handgun.

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

The artistic talents of puppeteers from across the United States will be showcased in the second annual Geppetto Festival, named after the beloved woodcarver from the children’s classic “Pinocchio,” scheduled for April 15 as part of the Daemen College Academic Festival.

“The Geppetto Festival is intended to share enriching presentations and performances to help bring new life to puppetry,” said Cameron Garrity, festival director. “Whether young or young at heart, the festival will give audiences the chance to explore new avenues of puppetry beyond Sesame Street and other well-known shows.”

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director


Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan Mountain Retreat located in scenic Western New York, seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as chief operating officer and provide vision and strategic planning for this organization with a rich 30-year history. Working within our collaborative management model, the ED will supervise the day-to-day operations of “the Mountain,” working closely with the president/ animator, resident friar community, the board of trustees, staff and students from nearby St. Bonaventure University.    

Key responsibilities include:

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed a new Cuomo administration effort related to campus sexual assault prevention and policies at New York State’s private colleges at a March 5 meeting with members of the Daemen College community.

Hochul’s visit to Daemen was the first to take place at a Western New York private college as part of a statewide tour to talk about elements of the proposed legislation. With this, a new state policy implemented in December at SUNY campuses would be extended to include private colleges statewide so that uniform procedures and guidelines are in place at both private and public institutions.

The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, according to Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.

'Squirrel Slam' showdown

HOLLEY, NY - A yearly squirrel-hunting contest once again drew demonstrators on both sides to the streets of the Orleans County Village of Holley. The ninth annual "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," as it is formally known, is a fundraiser for the Village of Holley Fire Department.

Animal rights activists have challenged the hunting derby in court but they saw a recent lawsuit to stop it tossed out.

They claim that ruling is under appeal.

Supporters and protestors brought their viewpoints to the village streets on Saturday, as you can see in the attached video.

Protestors say they intend to keep coming back to speak out against the event. Supporters say that, since the squirrels are eaten, it's legal to hunt them.

Judge dismisses case seeking to end 'Squirrel Slam'

ALBION, NY-- An Orleans County judge on Thursday dismissed a legal action that sought to stop the annual squirrel hunting fundraiser that benefits the Holley Fire Department.

In tossing the case out of court, Judge James Punch said the event, known as the "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," does not violate state environmental law, as the petitioner contended.

"The objection here to me appears to be an objection to the whole concept of hunting," Punch said. "Those that oppose this simply oppose the concept of hunting and of having a sort of festive atmosphere surrounding hunting."

The case was formally brought by a Wayne County woman, Lauren Sheive, who in court papers argued that the event required a review to assess the environmental impact of squirrel hunting.