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Bomb Threat A Canandaigua VA

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, July 1, 2015

National Veterans Crisis Line and Homeless Call Center personnel were evacuated for four hours Tuesday following an early morning bomb threat at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Thanks to a strategic backup plan, no calls from veterans went unanswered during the crisis.

VA Spokesperson Dan Ryan said the bomb threat was called in at 8:30 a.m. to the Homeless Call Center in Building 37 at the Canandaigua VA, on 400 Fort Hill Ave.

About 119 staff members were evacuated immediately, as the VA Police Department conducted a thorough search of the building. The Monroe County K-9 and Bomb Search units were then called in. Nothing suspicious was found by any of the teams, Ryan said.

Staff members from the Veterans Crisis Line and the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans returned to work in Building 37 shortly after 1 p.m., he said.

During the four-and-a-half-hour evacuation, calls from veterans across the nation were diverted to backup call centers, and some local staff were able to use backup phone lines on campus in another location, he said. At no time were phones left unmanned, he said.

Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls and made more than 45,000 lifesaving rescues. In 2009, the Veterans Crisis Line added an anonymous online chat service and has engaged in more than 207,700 chats.

In November 2011, the Veterans Crisis Line introduced a text-messaging service to provide another way for veterans to connect with confidential, round-the-clock support, and since then has responded to more than 32,300 texts.

41 year old Ann Rauber of Dansville, the woman who was a caregiver for an elderly woman,  admitted in county court on Tuesday to forging checks belonging to the victim in amount of $2,800.

The District Attorney said Rauber plead to Forgery in the Second Degree. She is facing 2 to 4 years in state prison as a second felony offender.

In addition, Rauber was arraigned yesterday on a new 9-count felony indictment for allegedly setting up a fraudulent checking account and then depositing $2,000 in an attempt to hide the illegal transaction that she had made. The new indictment that has been lodged is four counts of identity theft, four counts of forgery, and one count of attempted grand larceny.

12 more staffers at the Clinton Correctional Facility where two convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped three weeks ago have been put on administrative leave – including the prison’s superintendent and his deputy in charge of security.

The Associated Press reporting that facility Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among those on leave.

It’s all part of an ongoing review of the escape of convicted killers. Matt was killed on Friday and Sweat was wounded and captured over the weekend.

Tuesday, Sweat was upgraded to fair condition and, as he recovers, more details on the escape emerge.

The New York Times is reporting that Richard Matt and David Sweat did a dry run of their brazen escape the night before they actually broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility. The Times is also reporting that Sweat is telling investigators, from his hospital bed in Albany, that he and Matt began sawing through the back walls of their cells six months ago.

Aside from the 12 employees placed on leave Tuesday, a prison guard and prison tailor shop instructor were both charged in connection to the escape. State Senator Patrick Gallivan says the policies and procedures at our state prisons need to be evaluated.

“At the same time recognize who these people are, they’re very dangerous people, and what level of privileges if any should they have,” says Senator Gallivan.

Gallivan vows to get answers about how the elaborate escape happened. “In addition to holding individuals accountable for wrongdoing, we should use this as an opportunity to make sure it doesn’t happen again and the prison is run like a prison, not a country club, if that was the case.”

The Clinton County district attorney says Sweat is telling investigators, contrary to what authorities have been saying all along, that no power tools were used in their escape.

The regional vice president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association says he does not believe any of his corrections officers would knowingly help a convicted killer escape.

“What you’re seeing on the major news networks with ex-inmates is completely false,” says Mike Dildine. “That’s not what corrections officers do. We walk behind those walls and fences doing an extremely dangerous job with limited support from the other side.”

The state’s inspector general is now investigating how this escape happened.

 

A one car motor vehicle accident has led to the Felony DWI arrest of a 29 year old Mount Morris man.

The crash happened on Kysorville-Byersville Road in the Town of West Sparta.Sheriff’s Deputies say 29 year old, Ryan M. Howe. Howe lost control of his vehicle travelling off the shoulder of the road where he came to rest after striking an earth embankment.

Howe was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated due to a previous DWI convction. Howe was also charged with speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from the lane unsafely, fail to use designated lane, and fail to keep right.

With school is out and summer vacation has begun, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced free summer meals for nearly 360,000 kids across the state. The governor says the fresh and healthy meals are important to those children who rely on reduced price meals during the school year.

The meals will be available for children 18 and under a-who are enrolled in a school program.

New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner says a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”

The agency concluded that existing safety precautions are inadequate to protect against harm to water, air, ecosystems, wildlife, community character and public health.

Environmental groups praised the ban, however those in favor of fracking say the decision was based on politics rather than science.

Gas Prices Coming Down

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, June 29, 2015

Over the past two weeks, the average price of gas dropped two cents. This comes after nine weeks of increases which totaled to 42 cents per gallon.


We could see prices continue to decline in the coming weeks.

12-year-old Amber Treadwell from Yoork is the top fundraiser in the annual Wyoming County Relay for Life.

Amber’s team raised more than $21,736 for the American Cancer Society.

The entire 2015 Relay for Life event raised $77,880, or about $525 more than last year.

David Sweat the second of two convicted murderers who escaped from Danamora’s Maximum Security Prison in northern New York three weeks ago was shot and captured 2 miles from the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement, state police said.

A trooper shot Sweat in the town of Constable, 30 miles from the prison, after spotting a suspicious person walking down a road Sunday afternoon.Sweat was taken into police custody and transported to a hospital in Malone for treatment of his injuries. Sweat was transferred to the Albany Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

The Trooper that shot Sweat, a Sergeant and 21 year veteran of the force, and a firearms instructor saw Sweat walking along the road while on regular patrol. The Trooper ordered sweat to walk back to the patrol car. Instead, Sweat began running toward the thick tree line and that’s when the Sergeant fired two shots hitting Sweat in the twice in the torso. Fellow inmate Richard Matt was killed Friday afternoon during an encounter with border patrol agents when he failed to respond to an order to raise his hands.

 

25 year old Steven Raymond of Greece is facing drug charges after being stopped for speeding in the Village of Lima. The Sheriff’s Office says Raymond was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and moving from the lane unsafely.