After many years of falling into disrepair, a portion of the former Blum Shoe Factory in Dansville collapsed causing damage to an adjacent business.  A passerby on his daily walk down Ossian Street Saturday morning around 6:30, observed that the south-west portion of the former factory had collapsed and a portion of it had fallen onto Dansville Collision.

The roof to Dansville Collision suffered some damage. According to co-owner Kelly Hoag,  although concrete blocks had fallen onto the roof and broke through the plywood, debris did not fall through into the shop. Hoag said the collapse narrowly missed the shops paint ventilation system which is on that portion of the building.

A nearby neighbor reported he had heard a loud crash around 11:30 Friday night. Its believed that the constant deterioration,  the recent heavy rains, and high winds Friday caused the collapse.

According to Public Works Superintendent Scott Tracy, insurance adjusters are expected to meet all parties Monday morning. It will be determined then what will happen to the remaining portion of the former factory that is still standing and who will be responsible for the tear down if that should be the determination. The area has been cordoned off in the mean time.

An out-of-state developer is in the process of purchasing the former Blum Shoe factory however reports to Genesee Media say the final documents  are not expected to be signed until September. The developer is not only purchasing the dilapidated building but also long time VanHyning’s Service at the corner of Main and Milton Streets. All of the buildings will be raised and debris cleared to allow a new free-standing CVS drugstore to be built at the site.

The Blum Shoe Mfg. Company began in 1885, growing out the custom shoe making shop of John Blum,  producing felt, fabric, and leather house slippers, with the final products shipped around the world. After being operated by three generations of the Blum family, the plant closed in the mid 1900′s.



MeetingThe North Dansville Town Board announces that the regular scheduled July meeting set for Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. has changed.

The meeting remains scheduled for July 2, 2013 however, the time has been moved back to 5:00 p.m. and will be held at the regular meeting place – the North Dansville Town Hall, 14 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY on the 2nd floor.

The public is urged to attend.

courtDansville Village Court Judge Joshua Weidman handed down a sentence Wednesday in the case of former daycare provider Shelly Sick.

The judge sentenced Sick to 6 months in the Livingston County Jail on an endangering the welfare charge after Sick was charged by the Dansville Police Department on September 19, 2012 after receiving a tip that Sick, on two separate occasions left several children at her home daycare alone while she went to a local McDonald’s.

Sick was originally charged with 14 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of filing a punishable false written statement and two counts of misrepresentation of a child care provider.

In addition to gaining the attention of law enforcement and the Livingston County Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services responded by immediately shutting down the daycare and revoking Sicks license.

A massive investigation into an explosion in Springwater has led to the arrest of a Springwater man after Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies found explosives and firearms in a home on Mill Street.

Deputies responded to reports of an explosion on Mill Street at around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Crews on the scene found that an oven inside the residence was badly damaged. Investigators say that 34 year old Joseph Martino had been manufacturing homemade explosives. Martino was trying to dry the materials in his oven when it exploded.

Several nearby homes were evacuated. Those residents have yet to be allowed back inside their homes as of this morning. Officials are still on scene including the Monroe County Bomb Squad recovering evidence, including a large number of pipe bombs and firearms.

Mill Street/Route 15 in Springwater is closed and is expected to remain closed until at least noon today.

Assisting at the scene were the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, Rochester Police Department Bomb Squad, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,  Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State Police, Livingston County Office of Emergency Management, Livingston County District Attorney’s Office and the Springwater Fire Department.

Martino was arraigned in Springwater and was remanded to the Livingston County Jail without bail. He is charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the first degree and Reckless Endangerment in the first degree.

Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston Marathon Bombing

A backpack with emptied fireworks is at the center of new arrests in the Boston marathon bombing.

Two suspects were charged yesterday with obstruction of justice and another is charged with lying to investigators.  One suspect is accused of finding the backpack in the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

According to an affidavit, that suspect says that once he saw the backpack, he immediately realized that Tsarnaev was involved in the bombing.  The suspect also allegedly said that he and the two other suspects decided to put the backpack in the trash to protect Tsarnaev.

St.Lawrence & Atlantic

Local railroad Genesee & Wyoming Inc. saw its net income nearly quadruple in the first quarter.

The railroad operator reported a net income of $82.7 million compared with $22.2 million during the same period last year.

The company attributed the large increase in part to an income tax break.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean American from Washington state, has been sentenced by North Korea to 15 years of hard labor  for crimes against the state.

Bae was arrested in early November  North Korea’s far northeastern region bordering China and Russia The exact nature of Bae’s alleged crimes was never revealed. Friends say he was volunteering for a humanitarian organization based in the Chinese border city of Dalian and traveled frequently to North Korea to feed orphans.

Analysts say North Korea could use Bae as a bargaining chip as it seeks dialogue with Washington.

The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment.

Carnival Cruise passengers sue

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, May 2, 2013
Carnival Cruise ship "Triumph"

Carnival Cruise ship “Triumph”

More than 3,000 passengers who were stranded on Carnival’s Triumph cruise ship for days are now suing the company.

But Carnival is asking the court to throw out the lawsuit. The cruise line claims tickets clearly state passengers cannot bring class actions against the company, but lawyers for passengers say Carnival was negligent in allowing the ship to sail with its history of mechanical problems.

The ship is now in Mobile, Alabama undergoing repairs.

Dr. Pasquale Picco has given his resignation from St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. This brings the total number of resignations to seven since December.

The  resignation will be effective Aug. 30.

Picco plans to establish an internal and pulmonary medicine practice with Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

Fire RescueState Police say Alfred University student Ryan Ellis, 21, died when the car he was driving crashed in Chemung County early Saturday morning.

Ellis was headed to his hometown of Dryden, between Cortland and Ithaca, when  his  car went off the road, rolled down a ravine, and stopped in a wooded area, hundreds of feet from the road. Since there were no witnesses, the crash wasn’t noticed until Sunday.