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. 

Timothy Walker Jr,, one of the the men Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators say burglarized and then stole from Build-a-Burger Restaurant in Mt. Morris is in more trouble. Walker was arraigned yesterday for criminal possession of stolen property. The new charge stems from tools found in his vehicle, the same tools stolen from a Mt. Morris couples home that had caught fire this past January. Walker was hired by the homeowners to help repair the damage

Walker. Matthew Sapetko, and James Marullo, all of Mt. Morris are accused of breaking into the Build-a-Burger and stealing, among other things, the cash register and part of the surveillance system about three weeks ago. The three amigos also stole a bowl of macaroni salad which they ate along their escape route that investigators say the trail led them to the suspects.

All three men have been charged with criminal mischief and grand larceny.

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.

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.

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.



1,175 SUNY Geneseo undergraduates walked across the stage Sunday afternoon during its 149th commencement ceremony.

The keynote speaker was Robert J. Duffy, New York’s former lieutenant governor and Rochester Mayor , and current president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance. .

Duffy’s address was titled “Connecting Talent and Opportunities to the Finger Lakes.”

Duffy has referred to SUNY Geneseo in the past as “the Harvard of Upstate New York.”

Two fugitives of justice wanted for numerous warrants are in the Livingston Coutny Jail this morning awaiting extradition back to Idaho. A joint effort between the New York State Police and the Nunda Police Department, lead to the capture of 40 year old Chad Bowman, and 37 year old Samantha A. Bowman, after discovering the duo had been living on Newville Road in Nunda.

Police say the Bowmans were seen leaving their Nunda residence and taken into custody after a traffic stop. Authorities from Idaho are expected to be in Geneseo sometime this week to take the couple back.

Wegmans Headed To The Big Apple

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wegmans has announced the supermarket chain will be opening a location in Brooklyn Navy Yard. The store will be the company’s smallest at 74,000-square feet and will offer around 600 new jobs to people in the Brooklyn area.

Several other new stores are set to move into the location as well. The project will be completed in 2017.