WDNY Local News, Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Written by Jerry Lademan on April 2, 2019
A man from Mt Morris is has been charged with a felony after police say an argument about some construction work turned into a fight. Geneseo Police chief Eric Osganian says the altercation on Millennium drive left the victim with fractured bones and led to a stroke. The suspect is identified as 33-year-old Michael Keen is charged with assault, obstruction of breathing and harassment. Chief Osganian says the two men were arguing about work done on the wall of the building when the fight broke out. The district attorney’s office is continuing its investigation.
A man from Nunda has been arrested on felony driving while ability impaired charges. Sheriffs deputies say they pulled over 32-year-old Christopher Scheledorn on 390 near exit 9 and that field sobriety tests indicated he was impaired. He is also accused of possessing hypodermic needles. The charge is a felony because deputies say Schledorn had a prior drunk driving conviction in 2014
Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says he is surprised more people aren’t talking about bail elimination that is included in part of the just passed state budget. The sheriff sent out two tweets Monday night, saying that under the new law, people arrested on some felony charges—such as robbery and drug possession—would be released without bail. Governor Cuomo and legislative democrats made eliminate most cash bill a priority in the budget. Authorities say once the law takes effect, more than 80 percent of people charged will be allowed to go home putting down any cash. Judges will still be able to set bail for certain violent and sexual crimes.
Investigators now think a fire at a historic house in Ossian last week was caused by a failure in an electric panel box. The two homeowners had been renovating the house on Rt 436 when the fire started last Wednesday afternoon. They are OK, but the building is a total loss. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help. The house dates back to the 1850s and was built by descendants of a family who landed Plymouth Rock in the 1630s
The smoking age in New York is going up to 21. state Senate has passed a bill increasing the minimum age for New Yorkers to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes and the governor says he will sign it. The hope is to lower the number of young people who start smoking every year.
Both Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are getting a raise. The state budget includes the boost in pay, meaning the governor’s job will pay to $200,000 a year—going up to $250,000 a year in 2021 New York has the highest governor’s salary in the country.