Thursday, March 22, 2018
A man from Dansville who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing ans trying to strangle a teenage girl says that plea was a forced. Lance Riley says he will try to have that plea, entered in Wyoming County court, tossed out because his lawyers told him to plead guilty, even though he maintained his innocence. Riley has waged a fight to clear his name—even going as far as setting up a facebook page in his own defense. Riley has written a letter maintaining that he was given just five hours to either take the plea or face a trial and a potential 12 year jail term. If his admission stands, Riley is expected to get 10 years in April. He is accused of abusing the 13 year old girl for two years beginning when she was 13. Wyoming county DA Donald O’Geen says Riley has every right to file an appeal, but denies there was anything improper about the plea.
Livingston County sheriff’s deputies say three people from bath are facing drug related after a traffic stop on 390. Officers say the driver, 21 year old Ryan Ross, and his passengers, 22 year old Sarah Barnes and 24 year old James Price, are all accused of possessing crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. They also say that Price tried to eat some of the drugs and is charged with tampering with evidence—and that Barnes tried to smuggle some of the drugs into jail after she was booked and is facing contraband charges.
A bill up for discussion in Albany could allow people who sell fatal doses of opioids and heroin to face homicide charges. Some lawmakers say it would be a deterrent to low and mid level drug dealers, but opponents say prevention are treatment, not more punishment, are better ways to deal with the opioid crisis. The Senate has passed the bill but is faces a rocky road in the in senate.
Calling hours for the autistic teen who was found dead in the Genesee River are set for tonight. A gofundme account was set up to help pay for Trevyan Handy’s funeral expenses and has raised around 27-thousand-dollars. There is some discrepancy as to who gets the funds as his aunt was named as the beneficiary and says she was his legal guardian. However his mother says she should have access to the funds and is his legal guardian. Millard Latimer and Son Funeral Home is handling Trevyan’s funeral arrangements for the time being.
State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle is considering running for the Congressional seat vacated by the late Louise Slaughter. Congresswoman Slaughter died last week in the hospital where she was being treated for a fall. She served Congress for more than three decades. Morelle says he needs to make a decision quickly as petitions for the primary have to be in by April 12th.
Meanwhile.,The Rochester Amtrak station is being renamed after the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She died last in the hospital where she was being treated for a fall. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Amtrak agreed to rename the station the “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester.” Gillibrand said bringing the train station to Rochester was one of her proudest achievements.