Friday, January 12
A 25 year to life sentence for a man convicted of killing his roommate and setting her body on fire. Aykut Ozkaynak was found guilty of murdering Patrice Miller—whose body was found, set on fire, along Lacey Road in the town of Caledonia. Ozkaynak’s accomplice, Mary Nevertt, took a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to 19 years late last year. Neverett testified that she and Ozkaniak were high on drugs when they smothered miller, stuffed her body in a bag and dumped it on the road. The judge says Ozkaynak is nothing but a cold blooded killer Prosecutors say it was a tough case for everyone involved and that investigators never wavered in pursuit of justice.
it by bit a Livingston County landmark is coming down. The trestle that has carried trains over the Genesee River gorge at Letchworth state park since Ulysses Grant was president is now being disassembled. he new 75 million dollar bridge that now spans the gorge has been in use since late last year. Norfolk Southern, which owns it says the new crossing allows for heavier loads and will keep freight train traffic east and and west from getting bottled up. By spring, the old bridge will exist only in photographs and memories.
A judge with ties to Livingston County is moving up the state’s Judicial ladder. John Kelly is now an acting supreme Court judge in New York City. Kelly served in Livingston County for years as a Livonia Town Justice, president of the County Bar Association and a volunteer firefighter in Livonia. Kelly moved to the city in 2002 and says his time in Livingston County was priceless preparing him for his role in one the state’s largest courts.
The flu season continues to get worse. The state department of health has released the first numbers of the new year and there was a nearly 40-percent jump in confirmed flu cases from the week before. So far, there has only been one flu-related death in New York, but doctors warn that many people are at risk, especially the oldest and youngest. Experts say it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
The odds of getting caught with a fake ID are going up in New York. The state says there were nearly two-thousand arrests related to underage alcohol sales last year—up from the year beofre.. State authorities say they’ll continue working to keep booze out of young people’s hands and that they have zero tolerance for anyone caught with a fake ID — or anyone caught selling alcohol to underage drinkers.
The winter of 2018 is turning out to be one to remember. The warmer than usual weather of the last couple days is giving way to cold and snow—lots of it—with a foot or more in some places. If you’ll be heading out over the weekend, you’ll want to plan ahead and keep an eye on the forecast—which has a winter storm warning in effect.