Here are the top stories for Tuesday August 15th, 2017
A delay in a Livingston County manslaughter case. 21 year old Danielle Allen is accused of killing her boyfriend last November in Allen’s apartment in the town of York. She is now facing a new court date of August 21st, to allow attorneys to argue on several motions. Her case has drawn considerable attention, in part because her father is a high ranking state trooper. Because of that connection, State Police have allowed the Livingston County Sheriff’s office to take the lead in the investigation.
A woman from Niagara county has been charged with welfare fraud after authorities say she falsely reported living in LIVINGSTON County. 54 year old Donna Hartman is accused of several felonies. Sheriff’s deputies says she got almost $1,000 in benefits by using an address in Mt Morris, while she was actually living in Lockport. Hartman was taken to Livingston county jail and is being held without bail there because of past felony convictions—including five previous forgery charges.
Public comment continues for a proposed expansion of the American rock salt company mine in Hampton corners. Among those who have already submitted comments—a group representing Native Americans, who are worried about the 100 acre expansion could potentially harm sacred sites in the area. Those sites include the White Woman’s Spring and Squakie Hill mounds which date back thousands of years. The DEC says it will continue to accept public comments before making a decision on the environmental impact of the plan.
Area libraries are getting ready for for the upcoming solar eclipse. Among them—the Wadsworth Library in Geneseo, where there will be a special programs for kids on the 21st—the day of the big astronomical event. Those session—for kids from kindergarten through 2nd grade and between 3rd and 5th grade will feature astronomy and space camp-like situations as well as a safe chance view the eclipse that is occurring on that The total solar eclipse will be visible next Monday for less than ten minutes in the region just after 1 PM.
There’s a new full-timer on board in the Geneseo Police department. Officer Katelyn Sanders started her new job Monday—moving up from a part time job she has had with the department. Chief Eric Osganian says Sanders is fully trained and ready to go and is now undergoing field training. Sanders is Geneseo’s first full time Female officer since 2009.
Bomb threats to community centers in New York are now punishable by up to a year in jail. Governor Cuomo has signed legislation passed in response to the string of threats against Jewish community centers. Cuomo says the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend show that now more than ever, New Yorkers must stand united against bias and hate.