Monday December 27
Homeless shelters in area are asking for donations ahead of devastatingly cold weather. Forecasters say over the next week we can expect highs in the teens and lows in the single digits and there is a wind chill advisory in effect. Shelters across the region could be pushed to their limits trying to keep everyone off the street warm and fed. Money helps, but they’ll also accept things like old coats, boots and toiletries. Don’t forget about pets—they are at risk too, so vets say it’s best to keep them in until it warms up.
It was a night without power in parts of the area. NSYEG says two separate power outages left nearly 850 customers without power on one of the coldest nights of the year, One outages effected people in Ossian, West Sparta and Mount Morris while anothet hit West Sparta and North Dansville. No word on WHY the power went out. National Grid had no reports of any problems.
Livingston County is out with more information on pre-payment of 2018 property taxes. Governor Cuomo has signed a directive allowing people top pay town and county tax bills THIS year to avoid the $10,000 limit on deductions that will take effect NEXT year under the new tax plan. The county says the tax warrant rate will be set on December 29th—Friday. To pay early, you will have to contact your town tax collector to get the proper amount due—and either pay there or have the payment postmarked on the 29th or 30th . The early payment option ONLY applies to Town and County Taxes—not village or school taxes.
Police have charge d a woman from Livingston county with lying about having her wallet stolen and stealing money from a local business. Police say they were looking for 28 year old Brittney Ellis of Hunt after the business on Route 20A in Wyoming County reported the theft—and that when they pulled her over her, she was high on drugs and had drugs and paraphernalia in her car. Ellis has a rap sheet—including at least two charges of drivi8ng while impaired this year—and lying about a shooting she claimed to place at her home in Portage in 2015.
A woman from Livonia is facing several charges after deputies say she stole a car—that had a handgun inside. 53 year old Sharry Haberfield is accused of taking that car that belong to someone she knew. She was stopped in Monroe county and brought back to Livingston County where she was arraigned on the felony Larceny and Weapons Possession charges and taken to the county jail on $10,000 bond.