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. 

41 year old Ann Rauber of Dansville, the woman who was a caregiver for an elderly woman,  admitted in county court on Tuesday to forging checks belonging to the victim in amount of $2,800.

The District Attorney said Rauber plead to Forgery in the Second Degree. She is facing 2 to 4 years in state prison as a second felony offender.

In addition, Rauber was arraigned yesterday on a new 9-count felony indictment for allegedly setting up a fraudulent checking account and then depositing $2,000 in an attempt to hide the illegal transaction that she had made. The new indictment that has been lodged is four counts of identity theft, four counts of forgery, and one count of attempted grand larceny.

A one car motor vehicle accident has led to the Felony DWI arrest of a 29 year old Mount Morris man.

The crash happened on Kysorville-Byersville Road in the Town of West Sparta.Sheriff’s Deputies say 29 year old, Ryan M. Howe. Howe lost control of his vehicle travelling off the shoulder of the road where he came to rest after striking an earth embankment.

Howe was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated due to a previous DWI convction. Howe was also charged with speed not reasonable and prudent, moving from the lane unsafely, fail to use designated lane, and fail to keep right.

12-year-old Amber Treadwell from Yoork is the top fundraiser in the annual Wyoming County Relay for Life.

Amber’s team raised more than $21,736 for the American Cancer Society.

The entire 2015 Relay for Life event raised $77,880, or about $525 more than last year.


25 year old Steven Raymond of Greece is facing drug charges after being stopped for speeding in the Village of Lima. The Sheriff’s Office says Raymond was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana and moving from the lane unsafely.


Wayland Man Arrested On Welfare Fraud

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, June 25, 2015

The New York State Police report the arrest of 41 year old Howard Pratt Jr.  of Wayland on welfare fraud related charges. Pratt has been charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud, and offering a false instrument for filing after allegedly receiving over $7,000 in assistance that he was not entitled over a two year period.  Pratt was arraigned in Bath and released on his own recognizance

Two residents of the IRA Home in Springwater are in the Livingston County Jail after Sheriff’s Investigators say the pair were planning on kidnapping and sexually assaulting employees of the residence.

It was information that was obtained by workers at the home that led to the arrest of 26 year old Robert Bentley and 23 year old Matthew Bateman. Bentley and Bateman were both charged with felony level conspiracy to commit a crime and remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

A fingerprint found at the scene of a break in at a cabin in Ossian back in May,  has led to the arrest of 32 year old James L. Loveland of Dansville. Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty credits Loveland’s arrest to a piece of evidence recovered inside the cabin that was fingerprinted by Sergeant Chad VanAuken from the Forensic Identification Unit of the Sheriff’s Office. The print was sent to the Monroe County Crime lab where a match determined the print belonged to Loveland. Due to prior felony convictions, Loveland is being held without bail.

Prattsburgh Man Charged With Rape

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

62 year old Steve Kula of Prattsburgh is in the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 charged with 1st degree rape. Troopers say Kula is facing additional charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing, and criminal contempt. The charges stem from a domestic dispute.

Thrift Stores Announces Closing

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Volunteers of America Upstate New York has announced they will close its thrift stores and recycling operations. Officials say the closure of the stories will allow them to focus on their mission-related programs which service more than 6,000 people annually.

The trial of former Hornell Police Officer Jennifer Speed, the one accused of stealing $15,000 from the Hornell Police Department evidence room,  has been moved to September 21st.  It was originally scheduled to get underway today.

The trial in that case was to start today