Here are the top stories for Thursday, May 11
A convicted sex offender is going back to prison for stealing empty kegs. Michael Wiley has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars worth of the kegs last year in Geneseo. He’s a level two sex offender who spent seven years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old girl as an adult. Wiley was sentenced to another seven years yesterday.
Police have charged a man from Dalton with violating an order of protection. The Livingston county sheriff’s office identifies him as 23 year old Caleb Bogus, who they got into a fight with an ex girlfriend who had that stay away order against him. The criminal contempt charges is a felony because of reported physical contact–and threats against the woman. Bogus was arraigned in town of Nunda court and later released on his own recognizance, even though the D A had requested $5,000 bond.
More than 30 people are facing charges in the takedown of another heroin ring. Yesterday state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the 217 count indictment for “Operation Un-Wise.” He said the Finger Lakes Region based drug ring was responsible for moving massive amounts of heroin around the state. Schneiderman said that the opioid epidemic in the state has shattered too many lives and he’s going after those responsible.
The Avon Crossroads industrial park is getting a new name. The Livingston County Industrial development Agency has voted to rename the park in honor of the late James Steele, who was an Avon town supervisor and also served as chairman of the county board of supervisors. The officials dedication of the park in Steele’s memory is scheduled for today. At least one business plans to build at the park,. but so far no utility services has been run to their site. Evening Star Coffee Roasters says it still hopes that issue can be resolved so the company can move ahead with its expansion plans.
Lake Ontario is rising at an alarming rate, with some predicting an all time record high water level as early as next week. A state official said more than a million sandbags will be in place to protect against rising waters by the weekend. More than a hundred National Guard Members have been on hand helping sandbag lake shore communities.
Self driving cars may soon be coming to New York roadways. Governor Cuomo has announced that the state is accepting applications for companies who want to test or show self driving cars on public roads in the state as part of a year-long pilot program. The governor says he wants a balanced approach to allow self driving cars that could decrease accidents and save lives.