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Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a major breakthrough in the 1979 unidentified homicide case commonly referred to as the Caledonia Jane Doe case. Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators have been working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office on a recent lead, which has led to the identification of the victim. Her name is Tammy Jo Alexander. Tammy Jo was born on November 2, 1963 to Barbara Barnes and Marvin Alexander in Atlanta Georgia. Tammy Jo last lived in Brooksville Florida and attended school at Hernando High School and South Sumter High School, both in Florida. Investigators are asking anyone who knew or has information about Tammy Jo Alexander, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
       
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded on November 10, 1979 to a report of a young girl found murdered on the side of Route 20 in the Town of Caledonia. Since that day, the Sheriff’s Office has followed up on thousands upon thousands of leads across the world and persistently worked to identify her as new technology developed. The Sheriff’s Office has never given up trying to identify her and her killer. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office continues to lead this investigation while working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to bring justice to Tammy Jo Alexander.

If you have any information about Tammy Jo Alexander, or the “Caledonia Jane Doe” case, please call our centralized hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.  

WMRV 93.9  has learned, through sources close to the case, that investigators have identified the young girl that was found dead 35 years ago in a Caledonia cornfield.  The girl has been identified as Tammy Jo Alexander of Brooksville, Florida.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Tammy Jo  was last seen on January 1, 1977 in Hernando County, Florida nearly two years before her body was discovered in Caledonia.  She was just 13 years old.

Investigators say the girl was shot in the head alongside the road, then her killer dragged her body into a cornfield off Route 20, then shot her again in the back before leaving her for dead. She was discovered the next morning. Livingston County investigators have worked tirelessly for the past 35 years to try and identify the young girl and find her killer but until now have been unsuccessful.

Tammy Jo’s body is buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Dansville.

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty has announced a press conference at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon. We will have an update at the 4:00 and 5:00 newscasts

 

Dansville School Closed Monday

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

Dansville Central Schools will be closed today to allow faculty and staff to attend funeral services for fellow teacher Kyle Button who lost his battle last week to cancer. Those services, for adults only, will be held at the Dansville Presbyterian Church on Clara Barton Street this morning at 11:00 am.

 

Wayland based State Police report the arrest of Jennifer E. Riffle,  of Wayland, for Criminal Contempt 2nd degree. Troopers say  Riffle violated an order of protection issued December 2014 by the Steuben County Family Court. Riffle was released with an appearance ticket to return to court next month.  

 

 

Kia Motors Issues Recall

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

If you own a Kia Forte, Kia Motors America is recalling the Forte Sedan made from Dec. 2012, through April 17, 2014. The cooling fan resistor might overheat and melt in those vehicles, increasing the risk of a fire.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 24.

Owners seeking additional information may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

 

23-year-old Jacob Shamp, held without bail and 25-year-old Ashlee Cook released, pending a court date next month after the Leicester couple was charged last week with recruiting an underage girl to commit a commercial sex act and conspiracy to do so. According to U.S. Attorney, the two posted an ad on Backpage.com, advertising a minor for prostitution. The FBI and New York State Police conducted an undercover operation and arranged to meet the underage  girl in the Town of Gate.

Now That’s A Lot Of Wings

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

Has the Super Bowl gone to the birds? .

According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25-billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

That’s the same record tie amount consumed on Super Bowl Sunday last year making Super Bowl Sunday the country’s number one wing-eating day. To put it into perspective, if you had 1.25, you could place 572 chicken wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.

That’s nothing to cluck at!

 

New York’s Unemployment Rate Drops

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

The state Labor Department says New York’s statewide unemployment rate declined a tenth of a percentage point to 5.8 percent in December, the lowest since September 2008.

The private sector job count increased by 30,100.

New York City’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent, remaining at its lowest level since October 2008.

Man and Woman Steal Guns For Drugs

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

A Geneseo couple, charged in connection with stealing handguns within Livingston County to sell for drugs.

The Sheriff says 23-year-old Seana L. Valentine, stole the weapons from a relative and gave them to Fernando 25-year-old Fernando Limardo, to sell in Rochester. Investigators say Limardo burglarized a home in Mount  Morris where he stole a handgun and sold it in Rochester.

Valentine has been charged with felony grand larceny and released on her own recognizance.

Limardo was arrested on felony criminal possession of stolen property and sent to the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 bail. While he was being arrested deputies found Limardo was in possession of heroin. He was additionally charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies in Wayne County arrested a woman over the weekend after she crashed her car into a pole. Deputies charged 35-year-old Theresa Keyser of Marion with four counts of felony DWI under New York’s Leandra’s Law, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Under Leandra’s Law a person is charged when it is determined they are driving while intoxicated and they have children in the vehicle less than sixteen years old.