WDNY Local News, Monday, November 5, 2018
Written by Jerry Lademan on November 5, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
A convicted sex offender from Mt. Morris is accused of failing to register a facebook account he had set up. The Livingston County sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Phillip Johantgen set up that account but never told law enforcement as he is required to under conditions of the state sex offender law. The charge against him is a felony because he has been charged with the same crime two other times. Johantgen is also wanted on charges related to his sex offender status in Georgia, so he is being held without bail at the Livingston County jail. Johantgen was convicted in 2005 of raping a 15-year-old girl. He was sentenced then to 6 months in jail and put on 5 years probation.
A man from Livingston County is facing several drug and weapons charges after his arrest. Police say they found 59-year-old Dean Steiner Sr. of Livonia with cocaine, Suboxone and Diazepam, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia including drug packaging and a scale when they went to his home to serve a warrant. They also say Steiner had several weapons he wasn’s supposed to have because of a previous felony conviction. After his arrest, Steiner was arraigned at Livingston County jail where he is being held without bail because of those prior convictions.
Voters statewide will be casting their ballots tomorrow, and a new poll shows the race for governor is tightening slightly. According to the Siena Research Institute, Governor Cuomo has a 13 point lead over Republican challenger Marc Molinaro. In October, he was up 22 points. One reason for the decline is independent voters, who favor Molinaro by seven points. Last month, Cuomo was ahead ten points among those New Yorkers. Polls open at 6:00 and close at 9:00 PM
If you are hungry after you vote tomorrow, there are a number of places holding election day lunches and dinners. Among them, an Election Day Pasta Buffet at St Pius Church, Cohocton. Includes salad & dessert bar, bread & beverage. Lunch seating 11-1:30. Dinner seating 4-6:30. All proceeds benefit Cohocton area food pantry.
Livingston County’s emergency management director has graduated from a national emergency management academy. Kevin Neidermaier completed his coursework at FEMA’s s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy in Maryland. Neidermaier says his training will help him take Livingston county’s emergency response to the next level.
November has been designated stop DWI Month in New York. Officials say the state’s efforts against drinking and driving have paid off since the New York Stop DWI program began in November 19-81, with an almost 75 percent drop in drunk driving related fatalities since then.