Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Bail has been set for A Livingston County man accused of seriously abusing his baby 35-year-old Brock Hyde of Nunda has pleaded not guilty and says his two-month-old son’s injuries were accidental—but investigators say that is impossible. They say the child is still in and out of the hospital for a skull fracture, eleven broken ribs, and hemorrhages from both eyes. Now, Hyde is being held on 200-thousand-dollars bond. He was out on parole at the time the alleged abuse occurred late last year.
A woman from Nunda is accused of taking money that was intended to help a now deceased cancer patient. Police say 32-year-old Patty Wilkins held a Tupperware party and told those who went that the profits would go to help a woman who died January 28th. Instead, authorities say Wilkins took the money for herself. She is charged with Petty Larceny. The family of 47-year-old Tina Burchganger of Dalton is hoping the people who paid for their products and made donations will get paid back. Burchanger’s brother also says anyone who preys on others who are struggling should be held accountable. Wilkins was given an appearance ticket and scheduled for a future court date,
A 17-year-old from York has been charged with sexual misconduct. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says the arrest came after allegations made over the weekend. The suspect isn’t being identified because of his age. The Sheriff says the teen was arraigned and later released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from his accuser. The boy could eventually get juvenile offender status, so specific details of the charges are not made public.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s office is rolling out a new program that could help senior citizens in an emergency. They’ve started offering a senior Emergency contact form that will provide additional information to dispatchers in the County 9 1 1 center if a senior calls 9 1 1 for help. The 9 1 1 center can quickly identify where a call may be coming from, but the additional information such as medical conditions or other contact numbers can save precious time for first responders. Copies of that form are available on the department’s Facebook Page, in the sheriff’s department lobby and at senior nutrition centers around the county.
Syracuse state Senator John DeFrancisco is now considered the frontrunner to be the Republican nominee for governor. Yesterday state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan announced that he was supporting DeFrancisco. He said DeFrancisco is the right person to run against Governor Cuomo. The Republican, who is from Syracuse, has locked up about 30-percent of the party support he needs when they pick a candidate in May
State lawmakers are calling for rape kits be preserved and held for much longer. Yesterday legislators from both sides of the aisle proposed laws to better handle forensic sexual offense collection kits. Currently, hospitals keep rape kits for 30 days, the lawmakers called for a central state storage facility. If approved it would keep evidence for at least 20-years.