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A Livingston County man has admitted to attempting to import the designer drug Alpha PVP commonly known on the street as bath salts by ordering online from an internet source in China.

41-year-old Jack Jett, of Hemlock, was arrested after a controlled delivery by law enforcement officials. He is charged with unlawful possession and importation of a controlled substance. U.S. Attorney William Hochul says in the last year alone, his office has prosecuted nine defendants involving the potentially deadly drug, seven of those defendants have been convicted.  Alpha PVP has been reported to be the cause or a contributing cause of death in suicides and polydrug overdoses. Alpha PVP has also been known to cause paranoia and hallucinations.

Jett faces 20 years in prison and million dollar fine when sentenced

Officials at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell have announced the facility will continue to operate the Pediatric Care Clinic until services transition to the Oak Orchard Community Health Center.  President and CEO, Jennifer Sullivan said, “While Oak Orchard continues to complete the necessary steps to open a clinic in Hornell, St. James will continue to offer uninterrupted pediatric care.”

Local Prison Conducts Escape Drill

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, May 28, 2015

If you saw a number of law enforcement personnel from state, county and local agencies yesterday morning at the on and off ramps to I-390 and along major roadways surrounding the Livingston and Groveland Correctional Facilities, it was only a drill. Prison officials were conducting their annual Mock Escape Pursuit Drill.  In the event of a true escape,  prison officials have a plan in place where all law enforcement agencies in the county know where they are to set up.

A Canandaigua woman is accused of stealing prescription medicine that was intended for students at the Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School while she was a substitute nurse. 41-year-old  Sally Colletti, is charged with six counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of petit larceny, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property along with one count of official misconduct. Investigators said she stole the medicine over the course of several weeks.

44 year old Brad Tunningley, the man arrested for the November 2014 beating and robbery of  90-year-old Paul Isaman from the Village of Dansville  has pled guilty in Livingston County Court to all six counts of the grand jury indictment.  Judge Robert Wiggins accepted Tunningley’s plea to Robbery, two counts of Assault, and Grand Larceny, along with Petit Larceny.

At the time of the incident, Isaman reportedly met Tunningly out of the blue and felt sorry for him after he told Isaman he was down on his luck.  Dansville Police say that’s when Isaman invited his attacker back to his home.  Once inside,  Tunningley hit Isaman several times about the head and face then stole his wallet before fleeing the scene. Police located their suspect in the Town of Amherst, NY about two weeks later.  Sentencing is expected next month.

Political insider Politico reports that former New York Gov. George Pataki will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire today. Pataki has spent a great deal time in the New England state and has been running ads for his Super PAC.   New Hampshire is the first in the national primary.  Pataki faces a growing GOP field with Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also expected to announce his presidential bid today.

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of  21 year old Desiree A. Clark of Dalton  on charges of Grand Larceny and Forgery.

A joint investigation between Livingston County Adult Protective Services and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office turned up that Clark had been stealing money from her great grandparents, who both suffer from memory loss and dementia

Clark admitted to writing checks from their account since March of 2014. Over that time period Clark had stolen a total of $11,124.00 dollars.

Clark was arraigned in Mount Morris Town court in front of Judge LaPiana where she was released on her own recognizance. She is due back in Nunda Town court in June to answer the charges.

The Finger Lakes region is once again in the spotlight, and in the running for a national honor.

Watkins Glen International is one of the 20 facilities in the country nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award for “Favorite NASCAR track.”

A USA Today 10Best panel of NASCAR experts selected 20 “favorite” venues as nominees for the award, which is decided by an online vote.

Fans can vote WGI for “Favorite NASCAR track” until noon on June 22nd.

Votes can be cast once per 24 hours at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-nascar-track/

Three people remain hospitalized and two are in guarded condition this after Fridays serious crash in Geneseo. The crash happened on Route 20A in Geneseo near the ramp onto Route 390. Police say an SUV crashed into a small ARC of Livingston -Wyoming bus. A total of 15 people were injured in the accident.

Local School Budgets Pass

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

School district voters went to the polls yesterday throughout the area to approve or not their school budgets. All of the budgets in Livingston County passed. Voters in Addison, Steuben County, shot down their budgets.

 

Addison: The budget and the purchase of three properties failed. Derrick Burrell was elected to the school board.

 

Arkport: Yes to the budget the bus purchase and  to the capital reserve. Michelle Chamberlin was elected to the school board.

 

Avoca:  Voters approved the budget and  the purchase of a vehicle. Megan Hubbard was elected to the school board.

 

Campbell-Savona: Yes to the budget; no to the Savona library increase; and Bill Caudill and Shawn Corey were elected to the school board. 

Corning-Painted Post: Yes to the budget; and Kevin Ashton, Dale Wexell, and Stephen Knowles were elected to the school board.

 

Hammondsport: Yes to the budget; yes to the purchase of vehicles; and Lynda Lowin was elected to the school board.

 

Jasper-Troupsburg: Yes to the budget; and Andrew Butler was elected to the school board.

 

Prattsburgh: Yes to the budget; and Joel Sanford and Stephanie Randall were elected to the school board.

 

Wayland-Cohocton: The budget passed as did the capital reserve and an increase of funding to the public library.  Michael Heiman was elected to the board.