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WDNY Local News, Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Tuesday, December 19

A woman from Dansville who’s accused of setting her house on fire has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Marjorie Hazlett started the fire in June that heavily damaged the house on June 18. She was arrested later in June and indicted by a county Grand Jury in November. Her next date in court is January 18th. She could face up to 15 years in prison on a felony arson charge—and 7 years on a related criminal mischief charge.

A woman from York has been charged with stealing items from a garage she once owned. Deputies started investigating that theft in September, and have now charged 56 year old Nancy Castle-Scott with taking the items, worth about $3,000. They say Castle-Scott sold the garage on North Linwood road in York– and what was inside– to a couple from South Carolina, who later reported the items missing. She has been arraigned and taken to Livingston County Jail on $2,000 bond.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s office has a new tool to help investigates crimes and crashes. The 3d imaging equipment will allow investigators to get a better, more detailed look at those scenes The gear cost $81,000 but Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says it is money well spent. He says in the past, his office has had to ask other counties for help with investigations that can now be handled in-house. He says the gear will also let his office make an accurate reproduction of the layout of county jail, which can be used for training and emergency situations

A way to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts and enjoy some holiday cheer later this week in Dansville The Dansville Art works is holding its annual Bows, Boxes and Beer event on Thursday from 5 to 7. Officials say there will be items for sale—plus a beer tasting from Silver Lake Brewing Project, which opened earlier this year in Perry. It’s free but, of course, you’ll have to be of age to taste. For more information, you can contact dansvilleartworks@gmail.com

The he New York State Health Foundation released a report listing the counties with highest and lowest rates of opioid prescriptions in the state. Between 2010 and 2015 opioid prescriptions went down in some places but went up mainly rural ares. The report says there is a big divide between the number of opioid prescriptions in less populated areas and more urban ones.

Governor Cuomo says the state’s new paid family leave policy will be the strongest in the nation.  Starting in January, New Yorkers can get up to twelve weeks of paid time off for family emergencies.  This includes when a family member has to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one, or is called to active military service abroad.  This will apply to those working 20 or more hours a week. 

And a reminder..this is the last day to ship a package by mail or fed-ex express saver to ensure your delivery makes it under the tree. Monday was the busiest shipping day of the year with the post office, FED EX, UPS and other carriers reporting potentially record deliveries this season, driven by the explosion of on-line sales.