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LITTLE VALLEY -- A local Halloween candy hotline will be conducted by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department to handle cases of suspected candy tampering.

Sheriff Ernest J. Dustman said people can call the department at 938-9191 and provide information from the candy wrapper.

A deputy will be sent to pick up the suspect candy with Olean General Hospital and Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda assisting in the candy checks.

Dustman said only packaged candy should be given and accepted by children. The candy should then be taken home for inspection by an adult before it is eaten.

State holds line on Salamanca subsidy

SALAMANCA -- The city will receive an annual subsidy of $130,000 from the state's Operations and Aid to Localities fund.

A similar amount was received last year.

Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella recently asked the state for extra money to offset the impact on the city's tax base of properties acquired by Native Americans who are tax exempt.

In response, Sen. Patricia K. McGee, R-Franklinville, said the amount will remain at $130,000 because the state has adopted a baseline austerity budget.

McGee said, "These are extraordinary times and as the state looks to not only the tragic loss of lives, we must face the negative impact the Sept. 11 event has caused on the state's economy."

Vaccine shortage postpones flu clinics

OLEAN -- Due to the availability of only a small amount of influenza vaccine, the Cattaraugus County Health Department is unable to schedule clinics to provide the shots.

A small amount of vaccine will be received next week by the department and given to home care clients. The next available doses will be distributed at the county's nursing homes and other chronic care sites.

Public health nurse Mary Anne Power said the department is following guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding distribution to the group at highest risk of getting influenza -- people older than 65.

As soon as more information and vaccine is received, public clinics and sites will be released, Power said.

She urged residents to check with private medical providers who may have already received some vaccine.

Longer hours set for absentee votes

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections will offer extended hours so people can apply for absentee ballots for the general election.

The offices at 302 Court St. will be open from 9 a.m. to noon today and Nov. 3 and until 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

Tax-foreclosure sale is Nov. 8

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County will conduct a sale Nov. 8 of properties foreclosed upon for back taxes.

Treasurer Joseph G. Keller said auctions will be held at each site for parcels not sold at the auction held in May.

For information on locations, call Keller's offices at 938-9111 in Little Valley or 373-8010 in Olean.

Information is also posted on the Internet at

Four indicted in separate DWI cases

LITTLE VALLEY -- Four people have been indicted by a Cattaraugus County grand jury on charges of driving while intoxicated in separate incidents.

All are to be arraigned Nov. 5.

Lisa A. Guerrin, 35, of Franklinville, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and having insufficient taillights May 10 in the City of Olean.

Gene R. Frank, 27, of Kill Buck, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and making an unsafe lane change May 28 in Great Valley.

Martin J. Sticek, 34, of South Dayton, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and having inadequate lights May 16 in South Dayton.

Donald N. Marx, 35, of Delevan, was indicted on charges of DWI, driving without a license and failure to keep right June 5 in the Town of Machias.

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