WDNY Local News, Friday, April 13th, 2018

Written by on April 13, 2018

Friday, April 13 2018

It’s April 13th–Friday the 13th–and the weather forecast seems appropriate for a bad-luck day. There is a winter weather advisory in effect for Livingston County from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. Freezing rain expected with a total ice accumulation of a quarter to half inch, with Power outages and tree damage likely. Winds will gust to 30 to 40 mph ion some spots especially and travel may be difficult at time

Police in Livingston County are looking for a man accused of forcible touching at a Walmart. The suspect was seen on tape accosting a customer before leaving the store in Geneseo. The man is described as in his 80’s with a orange flannel shirt on and white hair. He left the store driving an older tan or gold Dodge Caravan. Anyone with information about the incident can call Geneseo police.

Prosecutors say a former Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder was accused of rape. Court papers say 60-year-old Joseph Mlyniec may have killed Robert Irvine the Third in Perry to keep sex abuse allegations quiet. Investigators say Mlyniec may have led a bisexual double life and raped someone, and Irvine may have planned on acting as a witness. Mlyniec is behind bars without bail.

A Livingston County judge will now decide if a man with a long criminal history deserves more time because of his past. 45 year old Randy Smith will either be sentenced to 16 years to lifeor 25 years to lifeif a hearing determine is he is what’s called a predicate felon. Smith was convicted in February of going on a burglary spree last June in Nunda and Avonand fleeing from police. He has been offered a minimum 16 year to life term, but has opted to take his chances and could face a longer sentence if judge Dennis Cohen says Smith meets the definition of a predicate felon. Smith is due back in court on May 30th.

An honor for the man who oversees the Livingston County Highway department. Don Higgins of Ossian has been named Public Works Leader of the Year Award by the New York State Chapter of the American Public Works Association. County Administrator Ian Coyle says Higginsd has served the county well since he first began working for the department in 1987 and becoming supervisor in 1997. Higgins has a long resume, including time as a Marine, and owner of his own logging and tree removal business. The Public works Association has more than 30,000 members around the world who work fopr local, county, state and federal agencies.

Flu rates in New York are the lowest they’ve been this year. According to the state’s newest numbers, confirmed cases of the flu dropped 28 percent from the week before. The flu is still considered geographically widespread in New York.

The race for New York’s next governor is getting more crowded. Howie Hawkins has announced his intent to run as the Green Party candidate. He called for a more progressive agenda in Albany. This would be Hawkins’ third run for governor. In 2014 he picked up more than 150-thousand votes.

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