WDNY Local News, Friday, March 30, 2018

Written by on March 30, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Livingston County Sheriff’s office wants to enlist more people in the community to fight crime. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says the department’s new Virtual neighborhood watch will help bring police closer to the community by creating a database of security cameras that could be reviewed when there’s an investigation nearby. Under the program people or businesses with cameras on their property can sign up to allow the department to look over the images. The sheriff says his deputies wouldn’t automatically have access to the video, but just knowing it is available could be helpful to investigators looking to solve crimes or in missing person’s cases. If you’d like to sign up, there is information available on the sheriff’s office website, www.livingstoncounty.us/sheriff

Livingston County sheriff Thomas Dougherty says his department continues its aggressive work against illegal drugs He says over a four day period last week deputies made 4 unrelated drug arrests over four days. The sheriff says those arrests show a commitment a to making Livingston county safe and reflect the dedication of the men and women who work in the department.

New York has the most opioid-related deaths in the country According to the newest numbers by the CDC, New York has one of the lowest rates of opioid prescriptions, a new report says we had the highest total number of overdose deaths. The CDC said more than 63-thousand people died nationwide in 2016 from opioids, more than the number of U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War.

A NASA grant is helping scientists study the heavens above Livingston County. Three researchers at SUNY Geneseo will use the $20,000 to set up a sophisticated instrument to look for tiny particles called muons whizzing through space and then use that data in research and to develop new material for the classroom.

The flu is still widespread in New York, but things are looking up. The newest numbers from the state show that flu rates again dropped across the region. Laboratory confirmed cases of the flu dropped statewide by another ten-percent compared to the week before. The report shows the B strain of the virus was more prevalent than the A strain in New York. The CDC warns that this strain could lead to another wave of flu, especially dangerous for young children

The state is giving people more time to buy discounted passes to New York’s state parks. The Normal price for the pass is $80but though April 6th,. The Office of Parks, Recreations and Historic preservation says they’ll be available for $65.00. The pass allows access to all of New York’s parks and sites and is good for the entire season. Sales have been brisk. The department says so far this year more than 40,000 people have taken advantage of the deal to buy the sharable, wallet sized passes.

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