Wednesday October 25 2017
A guilty verdict in a gruesome Livingston County murder case.. Yesterday, it took a jury less than an hour to find Aykut Ozkaynak guilty of murdering his 64-year-old roommate in Caledonia more than a year ago. Patrice Miller body was found burning near a road in Caledonia. Ozkaynak’s girlfriend pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the death last month.
The chairman of the Livingston County Board of supervisors is denying allegations that he sexually harassed a woman earlier this year. Eric Gott has told the Livingston County News that the suggestion that he made inappropriate comments in an Albany Bar earlier this year are false and politically motivated. That woman, Heather Novak of Livonia, says she has a facebook message from Gott apologizing , but Gott says he was referring to others in the bar. Novak says she decided to speak up in the light of recent discussions of sexual harassment, driven by allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Officials, including county administrator Ian Coyle, say they will look into the matter before further comment.
The search continues for a missing woman from Leicester. 21 year old Starlita Smith, who walked off from a residence on Perry Road last night. Livingston County Sheriff Thomas . Dougherty says his department is searching for Smith using K9 units, patrol vehicles and drones. Authorities say they are especially concerned because she has special needs. Smith is 5-feet, 5-inches and 120 pounds with brown eyes and is known to frequent the Greeway trail are near Mt. Morris.
People in Dansville will have an opportunity to pitch in to students at a school in Houston in an area devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Dansville School Superintendent Dr. Paul Alioto says the 2017 Fill the Buss campaign leading up to the holidays will collect age appropriate gifts for the 350 kids who attend the Mendel Elementary school—many of whose families lost everything in the flooding. We have posted a list of dates and drop off locations on our website.
[Nov. 3: Main St. for the first Friday
Nov. 6: Dansville Collision (Ossian St. parking lot)
Nov. 13: The point (Franklin St. and Battle St.) across from CVS
Nov. 20: Rogers & Tenbrook
Nov. 27: Four Square Church (until Dec. 3)]
Plenty of debate from both sides over whether New Yorkers should change the state constitution. Voters will decide next month will decide if they want to change the state’s blueprint for how lawmakers in Albany operate. The issue is cloudy and doesn’t fall along party lines. The New York Civil Liberties Union is against a constitutional convention while the League of Women Voters of New York State is for it.
Flags on government buildings in New York are at half staff today. The flags have been lowered to honor to honor fallen Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner in the Niagara River after a diving exercise tragically went wrong. Around five-thousand law enforcement officers are expected at his funeral today.