Thursday, October 19, 2017
A woman who has pled guilty to helping to kill her roommate and then dumping her body on a Caledonia street corner has then the stand in the man also accused of the crime. Mary Nevertt has testified that she and Aykut Ozkaniak killed Neverett’s roommate, Patrice Miller, back in July 2016. Nevertt told the jury that she and Ozkkaynak got high on cocaine, smothered Miller with a pillow, stuffed the victim in a laundry bag and took the body to Lacey Road in Caledonia where they set it on fire. Ozkaniak’s lawyer tried to sow doubt about that account, saying Neverett was given a deal to testify against her former boyfriend. The trial is expected to continue in Livingston County Court today.
Officials are investigating the cause of a fire thay damaged a vacant, foreclosed house in West Sparta. Crews arrived to the house on Presbyterian Road Wednesday to find the building on fire, with smoke coming from the roof and eaves. No one was hurt. Investigators aren’t sure why the house burned—it was in poor condition and had no electricity running to it. The West Sparta fire department is looking into it, as is the Livingston County Sheriff’s department.
Canandaigua police are identifying the officer involved in a deadly shooting incident with an off-duty parole officer. Police said yesterday that detective Sergeant Scott Kaiden was called to the Pinnacle North Apartments earlier this month to check on parole officer Sandy Guardiola after she didn’t show up to work. Police say Kaiden shot and killed Guardiola after she fired her weapon at him in her apartment. State police are investigating the incident.
Someone is apparently feeling generous and is leaving quarters for people to feed parking meters in Geneseo. The coins have been popping up on the curb along Main Street—but so far, no one knows who is putting them there. Whoever it is, merchants and those who have parked on the street call it pleasant surprise—and some even say it was an angel who put the money down. A quarter is good for an hour of metered parking.
An Army veteran is stepping up to challenge Congressman Chris Collins. Sean Bunny has announced he is looking for the Democratic nomination to take on Collins next year. The 35-year-old is a graduate of UB School of Law and recently served as a prosecutor in Erie County. Bunny acknowledged this seems like an uphill battle but said western New Yorkers see that Collins doesn’t have their best interests in mind.
New York’s making good on its promise to take underage drinking seriously. Governor Cuomo has announced the results of an underage drinking crackdown. He said investigators arrested nearly 50 youngsters in the Finger Lakes region. They were trying to buy booze at bars and concerts using fake IDs this summer. Cuomo also released a list on line of local businesses busted for selling alcohol to minors.