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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. 

Man Charged With Assaulting Infant

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A 19-year-old Canandaigua man is in the Ontario County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond where he is facing charges of assaulting his one month old baby.
Mark Perrin has been charged with second-degree assault after police say he assaulted the baby on several occasions which resulted in the baby suffering a broken arm, leg and several ribs. The infant was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital on October 16 and released Tuesday morning into the custody of Ontario County Child Protective Services.

Perry Police say they have a Castile man after he stole a bank card from a person in Livingston County.

Brandon Goerss, 22, of South Main Street stole the victim’s bank card and then used it for purchases at various businesses in the Village of Perry.

Goerss was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and two counts each of third-degree identity theft and petit larceny.

He was sent to the Wyoming County Jail on a $1,000 bail. Additional charges are pending in Livingston County.

After the recent elections for Livingston County District Attorney and then Sheriff that brought unprecedented criticism after some voters voted on the wrong party line, alleged miscounts on absentee ballots, ballot recounts, and redistricting issues, all 17 members of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors has sent a clear message.

That message appears to be they are cleaning house. The Board of Supervisors crossed party lines and unanimously voted not to reappoint Democratic Election Commissioner, Laura Schoonover, for another four-year term sending an unmistakable message to party leaders. Schoonover’s term expires at the end of the year

Eric Gott, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors said “The Board of Supervisors are all about serving Livingston County Residents, “When there is a change that needs to be made, we make it together, all 17 of us. ”

County Democrats, however, do not consider the decision a “necessary change” at all, saying that it is a massive shift in party infrastructure.

This leadership seems willing to throw a grenade at our party, ” said Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democrat Committee Chair. “As a matter of custom the Board traditionally accepts the choices of the county committees to run the Board of Elections. It is disappointing to say the least that the current Board has decided to abandon that tradition and reject our Commissioner.

Nancy Leven, the Republican Commissioner of the Board of Elections, is not up for reappointment for two years. Republican Committee Chair, Lowell Conrad, who has been involved in Livingston County politics since 1968, said “I’ve never seen any move like this in my time.” “Two years from now we will take a look at things on the Republican side.”

According to Hunter, the Democrats have had zero issues on their elections, and the issues and the past drama have been in the Republican eParty and their Committee voted unanimously in support of Schoonover.

Democrats will go back to the committee for a recommendation for the new appointment on November 8. Democratic Deputy Commissioner David DiPasquale, is a potential replacement. .

A Clifton Springs man is in guarded condition this morning at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after crashing his vehicle into a utility pole on Routes 5 and 20 while under the influence of drugs, according to Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The accident happened just after 2:30 Monday morning near the Canandaigua and East Bloomfield town line, where they discovered a pole had been sheared off by a motor vehicle driven by Craig H. Snapp, 47, of 284 Silver Creek Circle. Snapp, who deputies said was ejected from the vehicle, suffered severe injuries to both legs.

He was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was initially admitted to the facility in critical condition. Snapp has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and will answer to the charges at a later date.


The Steuben County Underage Drinking Task Force is looking at strategies to reduce the number of teenagers using alcohol.

A survey taken in early 2014 among students in Steuben County, 18% of 10th graders reported binge drinking within two weeks of the survey.

The task force reportedly looked at two possible root causes of local underage drinking – The availability of alcohol from older friends and siblings providing alcohol. The other was favorable parental attitudes, like teenagers getting away with alcohol possession, or getting alcohol from home, which almost 40 percent of 10th graders surveyed reported.

Jim Bassage, the Chairman of the Underage Drinking Task Force said, “The number one drug of choice from the students perspective is alcohol, it’s an issue across the county, the state and across the nation.”

Dansville Middle and High School students 7-12 grade will be taking the stage October 24 and 25 to present the real-life drama of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker.” In the play, Kate and Captain Keller hire a private tutor to teach their daughter, Helen, who is blind, deaf and mute.
Director Megan Bell says “Our production of The Miracle Worker is one that audiences will be inspired by.”

The play will take place at 7 p.m. in the Dansville High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available in all school offices as well as at the door.

It’s now official. The New York Department of State has notified the Town of Cohocton this week that Town Clerk Sandra Riley has resigned her position as town clerk as of Sept. 26.

On September 4th Riley was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony and official misconduct after an audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office uncovered the misuse of $36,000 in town funds.

By Law an elected official can only lose their position in one of two ways, either by resignation or by criminal conviction therefore, prior to Riley’s letter of resignation was submitted, the town was at a stand still in filling the position with a fulltime clerk until the November 2015 election. Riley’s case has by no means reached any conviction stages or pleas of  guilty been made.

Since the theft of $36,000 in taxpayer money, the town has taken a number of measures to assure that theft from the office never happens again. Cohocton Town Supervisor Jack Ziggenfus said  “We’ve changed some procedures in house already.”

A Geneseo man is facing felony charges after a traffic stop.

A Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy arrested  48 year old Joseph Watkins Thursday after he was said to have cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle. Investigators said Watkins’ license had been revoked and he did not have the proper interlock device in his vehicle as required by the court.

Watkins is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 5th degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd degree, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device, along with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He is being held in the Livingston County Jail.

New York State is expected to provide additional funding to eight public libraries in Livingston County.

Receiving $2,700 in funding will go public libraries in Dansville, Livonia, Mount Morris, and Bell Memorial Library in Nunda. The money can only be used to support library initiatives and help meet basic operational expenses

The libraries in Avon, Caledonia, Lima and the  Wadsworth Public Library in Geneseo will receive $2,500. The funds they receive will be  used only for technology related expenditures, including the purchase of computer equipment and software, or to support training programs for patrons.

The 19 old driver that was granted youth offender status after a single-car rollover accident that killed his friend, 16 year-old Connor Gilbert, in August 2013. was sentenced yesterday before County Court Judge Robert Wiggins.  The 19-year-old was given 38 days of weekend incarceration at the Livingston County Jail and five years’ probation for Criminally Negligent Homicide.

The judge ordered an interlock breathalyzer device be installed on the man’s vehicle and no consumption of alcohol for a period of five years, along with a $1,000 fine.