Here are the top stories for Thursday June 15, 2017
Congressman Chris Collins says he will carry a gun at public events in his district from now on. He says he was planning on legally exercising his second amendment rights at public events following the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise yesterday. He says he’s also considering moving his office to the Livingston County Office Building in Geneseo for security reasons. Collins has been the target of a vocal group of protesters in Geneseo–and was an early supporter of President Donald Trump.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is among the chorus of lawmakers is sending thoughts and prayers to those wounded in yesterday morning’s shooting The Democratic leader said he was shaken by the news involving many of his friends and colleagues practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game. Schumer made his comments on the senate floor thanking the Capitol police officers who returned fire. He says they prevented what could’ve been a massacre on the field.
A former Dansville teacher is accused of forcibly touching a teen. State Police say they arrested 26 year old Thomas Wight after they were contacted about a possible sexual abuse case on Saturday. Police say that Wight allegedly snapchatted with a 16-year-old and touched her forcibly off school property in Arkport. He has been jailed in Allegany County on $30,000 bond. Police say they believe there could be more victims and ask anyone with information to call them. Wight taught in Dansville in 2015–which is when police say wight began contacting the victim online.
The Livingston County Heath department says it needs more staff to handle an expanding caseload. The department is asking the committee of the board of supervisors for permission to hire a new therapist to help deal with the number of clients who need mental health care,who can wait as long as 10 weeks for a first appointment. The ways and means committee has agreed to that request–now the full board will have to sign off. A new hire would make around $74,000 a year in salary and benefits. Health officials say there is a need for more mental health services–and that county has one of the highest suicide rates in the state.
A man from Springwater is facing two felony charges for allegedly stealing two rifles. Livingston county sheriff’s deputies say 21 year old Patrick O’Hara took those guns from a residence in the town of Springwater and then reportedly tried to sell them. O’Hara was taken to the county jail on $2,000 bond.
Jury selection is set to continue for a Steuben County man accused of biting and beating a baby to death. Dakota Miller is facing several murder charges for the 2015 Thanksgiving death of 18-month-old Ian Maniske-Huff. He wasn’t the child’s father but was watching the baby while the mother was at work. Twelve jurors have been picked but two alternates need to be picked before opening statements are made.