Here are the top stories for Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Four people are facing drug charges for allegedly dealing methamphetamine out of a West Sparta junkyard. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says last Friday’s arrests were the result an undercover operation that started last fall–and included the use of a confidential informant who bought drugs from one of the suspects in January. The DEA and local deputies seized an undisclosed amount of meth from The Boneyard and a Dansville address. All four of those arrested are facing felony charges–that could result in years behind bars. The sheriff says that while the junkyard had been on police radar for suspected drug activity for years, it too a long time to get enough proof to move in and make arrests.
A teenager from Steuben County has been charged with sending lewd pictures of himself to a 14 year old girl. Police say 18 year old Murray Dunham is accused of contacting the 14 year old—even though he had a no contact order to stay away from her. Dunham was arraigned in West Sparta and sent to Livingston County jail on $5,000 bond.
A man from Livonia is going to trial for felony Reckless Endangerment, DWI and drug possession–rather than accepting a plea bargain. 38 year old Paul Carey was arrested last June in the town of Livonia–after state police say one of two children in the vehicle jumped out because the child was so scared of how Carey was driving. Carey’s lawyer says he and his client have decided to turn down a deal that would have sent Carey to jail for six months–and are opting to put the case in front of a jury.
An Avon home for female veterans may–or may not–be closing. Earlier this week, there were reports that the AZion House–which is run by the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester–would be closing at the end of May. Now, the diocese says the fate of the facility is still undecided. Zion house helps female veterans return to civilian life and gets some of its money and client referrals from the Veterans Administration. Diocesan officials say the VA is reviewing the status of the facility but that no decision has been made. Zion House is also disputing reports that there were financial improprieties there–saying that the VA did an audit there last year and that everything was above board.
It’s safety first at the Avon Central school district–and now the district has won an award for it’s efforts. The Utica National Insurance group says Avon is one of 136 districts statewide that has excelled in keeping its hallways and classrooms safe That award comes with $500 to help maintain that good standing.
The state is is working to educate the public about New York’s move over law. The aime to raise awareness for the law requiring drivers to slow down and move over for law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances stopped along the roadway. The law was recently expanded to include other hazard and emergency vehicles like tow trucks, construction and maintenance vehicles.