Genesee Valley

The Livingston County Drug Task Force reports the arrest of two Dansville men for trafficking narcotics within Livingston County after several months of investigation. 

Arrested was  20 year old Malik J. Asbury and 46 year old Thomas Bowes. Both men were charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree. Asbury is currently held at the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Bowes is in the County lockup on $1,000. 

Batavia Man Charged In Infants Death

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, December 19, 2014

A Batavia man is accused of recklessly causing the death of a six month old Chandler Zuch. Jeffrey Deats, 28, has been charged with one count of Manslaughter in the 2nd degree. Police say preliminary reports show Chandler suffered multiple injuries to the brain which caused his death.  Police say the baby was in the care of Deats and Deats’ mother Jacquelyn over the weekend at their home in Batavia.

Police in Batavia are expected to release more information today on the death of an infant in city.

The baby was brought to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia Sunday morning and was pronounced dead upon arrival.

An autopsy was performed Monday. Investigators say they are awaiting the results.

Truck Overturns In Sheldon

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A truck carrying 43,000 pounds of salt overturned in the Wyoming County town of Sheldon Monday. It happened on Route 20A around noon. The driver, who is from Iowa told deputies he fell asleep. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for observation.

He was ticketed for several traffic violations..

The former treasurer of the Le Roy Fire Department and Fireman’s Benevolent Association has plead guilty to charges prosecutors say are connected to the theft of $46,000 in taxpayer money.

Sixty-one-year-old Dennis Snow pled guilty to grand larceny and forgery. He will be sentenced February 13 and is expected to pay restitution for the thefts.

Investigators say Snow was using some of the money to cover personal bills and debts.

Each year, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute awards a $250.00 scholarship to a deserving student enrolled in criminal justice, police science or similar program in each of the State’s community colleges and at SUNY Canton.

This year three students enrolled in Criminal Justice at Genesee Community College at the campuses at Batavia, Lima and Dansville were awarded a scholarship, presented by Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty and Genesee County Sheriff Gary T. Maha. The scholarship is to be used to further the students Criminal Justice education.

The recipients were nominated by the college’s Criminal Justice faculty. In Livingston County at the Dansville Campus was Alicia A. Pritchard and the Lima Campus Bailey Moag; At the Batavia Campus in Genesee County Jessica Cherry.

I wish to personally thank the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute for supporting these fine students,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “These recipients will be future law enforcement members if all goes well for them. It is great to see the NYSSA Institute step up to assist them in achieving their goals.”


Dansville Couple Facing Welfare Fraud

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, December 11, 2014

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of two Dansville residents after an investigation of possible welfare fraud.

Thomas A. Lopez, age 24, has been incarcerated in the Livingston County Jail from October 11, 2014 to the present time.  It is alleged that during that time frame he was allowing his girlfriend, Robin E. Richter age 56, also of Dansville, to use his EBT card.

Thomas Lopez was arrested on the charge of Criminal use of a Public Benefit Card in the 2nd Degree and was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Mount Morris Town Court at a later date. He is still being held in the Livingston County Jail on the previous charge of violation of probation.

Robin Richter was arrested on the charge of Identity Theft in the 3rd Degree and she was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Dansville court at a later date.


A one-car motor vehicle accident just before 7:00 o’clock Monday night in the Town of Livonia resulted in the driver getting a free ride to the Livingston County Jail.

Adam F. Thompson, 26, Livonia, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a felony; seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and felony promoting prison contraband.

It all began when a vehicle being operated by Thompson hit another car, then struck a stop sign before coming to a rest on the sidewalk. Thompson was arraigned and sent to the Livingston County Jail on $8,000 cash bail.

It was while Thomspn was at the jail being booked, that jail deputies allegedly found a small baggie of heroin hidden inside his sock. Whoops.

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Photo: Livingston County Sheriff’s Department

Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators Josh Monster and Dan Rittenhouse arrested Richard L. Christiano, 57 of Avon, NY after an investigation that Christiano allegedly raped a young girl. That investigation revealed that Christiano for a period of over 6 years, and by his own voluntary statement to investigators, had over 300 encounters with the child starting when she was only 7 years old.

Christiano knew the child’s mother. The mother told investigators she was aware of what was happening, but that if she did anything, Christiano would say that she was involved and she would lose her daughter. The mother is not currently facing any charges.

Christiano has been charged with Rape in the 1st degree (a class B Felony), Predatory sexual assault against a child (a class A-II Felony), and Course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree (a class B Felony).

The “Predatory Sexual Assault against a child” charge is the most serious crime of the three (A-II Felony) and of itself can carry a prison sentence of 10 to 25 years if found guilty.

Christiano was arraigned in the Avon Village Court and sent to the Livingston County Jail with no possibility of bail. Case workers with the Livingston County Child Protective Services and the Livingston County District Attorney’s office also was involved in the investigation.

Sheriff Tom Dougherty says the investigation continues to see if there are potentially more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 243-7100
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Courtesy Livingston County Sheriff’s Department

An investigation into welfare fraud has lead to the arrest of a Livingston County woman.

Kelly L. Drake, 22 of Conesus was charged by Sheriff’s Investigator Bradley Schneider with Grand Larceny and Welfare Fraud both class E felonies. It’s alleged that Drake lied on a re-certification application that she was not receiving an income, when in fact she was actually working. Authorities say Drake defrauded the county out of $3535.00 in public assistance. She was released on appearance tickets to return to court at a later date.

Fire Destroys Hornell Restaurant

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of a major fire that occurred just after 3:00 o’clock yesterday morning in Hornell.

Rainbow Heaven, a restaurant that featured Japanese, Thai and Chinese food located at 76 Seneca Street was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The building is a total loss as portions of the walls had collapsed. Hornell Police and Fire Departments and various utility companies were on scene most of the morning with traffic and clean-up.

There were no reports of any injuries.