Here are today’s top local stories.
A Steuben county man is guilty of biting and beating a baby to death. Dakota Miller was convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2015 Thanksgiving death of an 18-month-old boy in Hornell. Miller wasn’t the child’s father but he was watching the baby while the mother was at work. He faces 25 years to life in prison at his September sentencing.
A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit cash at a Geneseo convenience store. Police say 27 year old Muhammad Saad of Rochester tried to use the fake bill to pay for some small items at the 7-11 on Main Street, but the store’s computer system rejected the money. The clerk called police who arrested Saad a short time later. Reports say Saad recently tried the same scam an was arrested on similar charges in the Town of York. He’s now being held on $15,000 real cash bond at the Livingston County jail. Police chief Eric Osganian says the investigation continues and that the U S secret service is involved. The Border patrol may also be looking at the case as well because Saad is apparently a legal U S Immigrant from Somalia
The village of Mt Morris has sold some land that used to be the site of an old pump station to an adjacent property owner. The village board has approved the sale of that plot on Damonsville road for a little over $7,000. The board voted unanimously to accept the offer for the land—which has been in legal limbo since the village first approved making it surplus property a few years ago.
Kids in Mt Morris looking for something to do this summer will have a chance to take part in the village’s annual summer recreational; program again this year. That program runs from July 10th through august 18th, Monday through Friday and will once again be run by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County. To participate, children must be have finished kindergarten and be no older than 14 by July 10—and sign ups take place next Wednesday and Thursday between 5:30 and 7:00 PM at Bellamy park. You can find more information at the extension website—ccelivingstoncounty.org.
SUNY students who don’t qualify for free tuition will actually pay more this coming school year. The SUNY board voted this week to raise tuition by the maximum amount for students who have to pay for tuition. Wednesday’s vote will cost many students 200-dollars more a year starting this fall. In state tuition will now be $6,670 dollars a year. Student leaders say the increase can’t be justified, but trustees say they have no choice because of revenue lost by from the free tuition program that starts this fall. As of this week, only 20 percent of SUNY applicants had applied for the Excelsior scholarship money.
The legislative session is over in New York and Governor Cuomo says he’s happy about this year’s accomplishments. Cuomo applauded ride-sharing becoming available statewide, raising the age of marriage and college affordability. Cuomo said lawmakers addressed every issue, but the fact that they didn’t agree on every issue is simply politics.