Thursday, January 11
A man who had been on the run from Livingston county on Felony welfare fraud charges has been arrested. 53 year old Anthony Cassata was charged back in 2015 with larceny by never taken into custody. Deputies got a tip that Cassata was back in the area and he was picked up in Monroe County and taken to Livingston County Jail where he’s being held without bond because of a record that county D A Greg McCaffery says includes 6 prior felony convictions..
Livingston County sheriff’s deputies have charged a woman with attacking an officer inside the county jail. 53 year old Sharry Habberfield was behind bars on a felony charge when authorities say she choked the female deputy as Butterfield was being moved from her cell. She is now facing additional felony charges including assault and attempted escape. Habberfield was arrested last month on charges that she stole a car from a home in Livonia. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says the incident highlights the dangers that corrections officers face every time they go to work.
The dean of the SUNY Geneseo Business School is out. Reports say that Denise Rotondo has been removed for her job for unspecified reasons. The school says it will provide more information about why Rotondo was let go. She had been on the job since July 2014 Geneseo’s Business school has an enrollment of more than 850 students.
State Police are getting drones. Governor Cuom says the State Police Unmanned Aerial System program. Will feature drones can be used to keep troopers out of dangerous situations and to better photograph crash sites and crime scenes. 14 drones will soon be available to officers across the state.
A Wayne County man is accused of illegally owning an alligator. Reports say that DEC officers tracked down a man who bragged on Facebook about buying an alligator Officials found he didn’t actually buy the animal, but their investigation led them to another place that DID have a gator. The Seneca Park Zoo is taking care of Alan the alligator for now. The man was issued a ticket for possessing the creature.
Parts of the area will be under a flood watch for the next couple days Forecasters say rain today along with warm weather melting snow could cause creeks and rivers to flood. Then, its back to winter and a winter storm moving in could dump several inches through the weekend and bring potentially dangerous conditions.