New York State News Briefs

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Quote of the Week

"We'll take the grants. Low-interest loans are nice, no-interest loans

are better, grants are the best. Grants, grants, grants.''

- Corning Mayor Frank P. Coccho, after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer held

out the prospect of federal aid for sewer-system upgrades, either

through low-interest loans or grants.

Mayor faces DEC charges

WAYLAND - The mayor  was in his own village court Wednesday, facing

arraignment on state Department of Environmental Conservation


Brian McCoy has been charged with several trapping violations, but the

case didn't stay in village court very long, since Justice Thomas

Recktenwald recused himself.

The matter has been forwarded to the Steuben County District

Attorney's Office, and the case will now be heard in Cohocton.

McCoy did not answer a phone call to his home, but a message on his

answering machine said, "Howdy, not home, probably out trapping beaver

or doing mayor stuff..."

Pizza, but no dough?

BATH - The co-founder of a  cheerleading organization faces theft

charges stemming from a failure to pay a fund-raising company money it

was owed.

State police have charged Anthony M. Ronchi, 26, of Fairport with

third-degree grand larceny in connection to a fund-raiser with the

Bath-based Northeast Elite Cheerleading. According to investigators,

Ronchi, a co-founder of NEE, failed to pay $9,000 to Better Results

Inc. for a pizza and snack food sale in August 2006. State police said

the company is out both the money and the food.

"At this time, those allegations are false," said Sandy Miller, who

said she was the owner of NEE.

According to the organization's Web site, NEE is a non-profit

organization that provides opportunities for cheerleaders in the Twin

Tiers and Rochester areas to gain cheerleading experience while

emphasizing self-confidence, leadership and teamwork.

Deputies say greeting wasn't friendly

OSWEGO - Richard W. Forsythe, 29, of Fulton has been charged with

second-degree menacing and resisting arrest  after he allegedly

attempted to set two large dogs loose on a pair of Oswego County deputies at his home investigating an unrelated complaint.

Forsythe was remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in

lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond.

Web company sold for $17.5 million

BRIGHTON - Often embroiled in controversy for its use of humorous

videos, photos and other online media, the Web site eBaum's World is

now laughing all the way to the bank.

The Internet company recently reached an agreement with HandHeld

Entertainment Inc. of San Francisco to be bought for $17.5 million.

"In addition, HandHeld may pay earn-outs of up to $32.5 million over

three years to the owners of the Web site, depending on the

achievement of certain targets.

Before 2006 income taxes, eBaum's World reported making $5.2 million

in revenue and $1.6 million in net income. The company was founded in

1998 by Eric Bauman while he was attending Webster High School in the

Rochester suburbs. In the United States, it ranks among the top 250

most visited sites online.

Navel display at Pagan Pride Day

CANANDAIGUA - The Fingerlakes Pagan Pride Day Festival is set to run

and shimmy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Kershaw Park

on Canandaigua Lake.

"Llewellyn" author Deborah Blake will kick off the opening celebration

and sign books. The Gems of the Nile troupe will hold a free

belly-dancing class at noon and a performance at 3 p.m.

Children's activities include an art festival, a free ice cream social

and celebrations. For a full schedule of events, visit

Hay bales fuel inferno

TROUPSBURG - Spontaneous combustion is believed to be the cause of a

massive fire - one requiring 100 people and a half million gallons of

water to control - that started in Troupsburg Sunday night and didn't

quit smoking until late Tuesday.

Mike Wilson, deputy fire coordinator for Steuben County, said the hay,

of which 700 bales were thought to be on fire, was baled one month ago

for use by a Pennsylvania man who intended to sell it for mulch in

mushroom-growing operations.

Barnyard humor

PALMYRA - Assemblyman Bob Oaks, R-Macedon, was the intended butt of a

joke at  the Celebrity Goat-Milking Contest at the Wayne County Fair

Thursday night.

The goat he was given was too young have teats. But he had the last

laugh, easily winning the contest with a replacement goat. No pulling

the wool over his eyes: He grew up on a farm.