crime

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Attica Correctional Facility.

Press release:

Two corrections officers (COs) at Attica Correctional Facility were attacked this week, and they were among four separate attacks against COs in two other State facilities this week. One officer was severely injured in the attack and is in the hospital, officials with the New York State Corrections Officer Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) reported.

The first Attica incident occurred when an inmate destroyed a hospital room and became wildly violent while being extracted from the room. The inmate threw a liquid, later identified as urine, on the CO.

The second attack occurred as an inmate overdosed on suspected K-2, also known as “spice,” which is synthetic marijuana. The inmate was escorted to the facility hospital for treatment where he became aggressive and vicious toward staff. The COs had to restrain the inmate before removing him for admission to an outside hospital.

These four new incidents highlight the incredible dangers COs face at the hands of the most violent inmates in the history of the department, officials say.

At Five Points Correctional Facility, Romulus, an inmate began to viciously assault a CO after refusing to follow orders and cooperate. The inmate delivered multiple blows to the officer’s head and face. The assault continued until fellow COs were able to call for an emergency response. The officer was left with fractures to the face, a dislocated shoulder, and multiple contusions.

“These incidents are a stark reminder of the dangers our officers face every day. They risk their lives to protect the safety of fellow staff and inmates, and it's past time that the state stepped up to give our officers the additional tools and resources we need to make our prisons safer for those who work and live there. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officers and their families, and we wish them all a speedy and full recovery,” say NYSCOPBA Western Region VP Joe Miano and Northern Region VP Chris Hansen in a written statement.

In the fourth incident, an officer who was making security rounds discovered an inmate using drugs in the bathroom stall at Clinton Correctional Facility, Dannemora. After refusing to cooperate, the inmate charged the officer, struggling, shoving and striking him repeatedly. Three other officers responded to the attack as the inmate fiercely refused to comply. Two small bursts of pepper spray were deployed to finally subdue the inmate; mechanical restraints were used to gain control of the inmate’s arms.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Batavia.

Two men, allegedly identifying themselves as police officers, are accused of breaking into a home on Swan Street in Batavia at 2:22 a.m. today. 

Police say the pair then attacked the occupants, causing physically injury.

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      Kolton Cotter

Kolton Cotter, 22, of Albion, was charged with: robbery; burglary; coercion; conspiracy; criminal possession of a weapon; criminal impersonation; petit larceny; criminal mischief; assault; possession of burglary tools; unlawful imprisonment; criminal obstruction of breathing; obstruction of governmental administration; resisting arres; and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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      Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris, 19, of Attica, was charged with: robbery; burglary; coercion; conspiracy; criminal possession of a weapon; criminal impersonation; petit larceny; assault; possession of burglar tools; and unlawful possession of marijuana.

As reported on the Wyoming County Free Press sister site The Batavian, officers Darryl Streeter and Frank Klimjack responded to the report of a break-in in progress and found Morris inside the residence and took him into custody. Cotter fled and was chased by Klimjack.  

Klimjack caught up with him on Graham Street and deployed a Taser to help subdue him. Cotter was transported by Mercy EMS to UMMC for evaluation.

Batavia PD said Morris and Cotter identified themselves as undercover police officers in an attempt to steal property.

At one point, a suspect reportedly told the victims that at least one of them was armed. Police did not report recovering a firearm. The type of weapon recovered was not identified by police.

The suspects were arraigned in Batavia City Court and jailed without bail.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Eagle, Warsaw, drugs.

Two Town of Eagle residents are facing numerous drug-related charges following a join investigation between the Wyoming County Jail and Sheriff’s Office Road divisions.

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     Melissa M. Preen

Melissa M. Preen, 25, was stopped on Route 19, Warsaw, for an inspection violation. Deputies say she was driving while her license was suspended from the Town of Castile Court. Additionally, she allegedly showed signs of drug use. Following a roadside investigation and field sobriety testing, she was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired by drugs. 

She was taken to the county jail for a breath test, while being searched by corrections officers, Preen was allegedly found to be concealing numerous hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia, cocaine and heroin on her person “in a concealed area.”

Preen then submitted to a drug influence evaluation by a certified drug recognition expert, who alleges she was impaired by the use of multiple substances. 

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     Richard Gargula

Additionally, officials say she was in possession of the drugs with the intent to sell them to Richard Gargula. Gargula was incarcerated in the Wyoming County Jail at the time of the incident.

Preen was charged with numerous vehicle and traffic violations: aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree; driving while ability impaired by a drug; driving while ability impaired by the combination of drugs; criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument; and introduction of dangerous contraband into a jail in the first degree, a Class D felony; and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell, a Class B felony. 

She was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. 

Gargula, 33, was charged March 19 with criminal solicitation in the fourth degree. He is accused of soliciting Preen to commit the felony of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Due to Gargula being an inmate at the time of his arrest, his personal belongings were searched by jail staff. Officials say a narcotic preparation was found within his clothing. Subsequently, he was also charged with introduction of dangerous contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree – more than 500 mgs. of cocaine, a Class D felony. 

He was jailed on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond for the solicitation charge, and $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond for the felony charges. 

Both are due in court at a later date.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw.
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       Roy A. Newton

A Perry man is facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop on Simmons Road, Perry. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Roy A. Newton, 44, for allegedly speeding. During the stop, deputies say he exhibited multiple signs of drug use. After allegedly performing poorly on field sobriety testing, he was arrested. 

Newton is accused of possessing eight morphine pills, 7.3 grams of concentrated cannabis, which is a controlled substance known as “dabbing oil,” and other drug paraphernalia. It is reported that the aggregate weight of the “dabbing oil” elevated the drug possession charge to a felony. Additionally, he is accused of possessing the concentrated cannabis with intent to sell it.

Deputies took him to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, where a drug recognition expert determined him to be impaired by narcotics and cannabis.

Subsequently, Newton was charged with: two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, both as Class D felonies; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree; driving while ability impaired by drugs; and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs. He was also cited for two traffic infractions, speed over 55 mph; and illegal window tint. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

He is due in the Town of Perry Court April 5.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, Strykersville, Sheldon.

At 10:48 p.m. on March 19, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office received a call of a male victim who had just been stabbed with a knife.

Deputies arrived on location on Perry Road in the Town of Sheldon and spoke with the adult male victim who had cuts to his arm. Strykersville ambulance arrived and took the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Further investigation allegedly showed that Janet D. Adamczack, who is known to the victim, cut the victim during an argument. After the incident Adamczack allegedly attempted to hide the involved weapon so that law enforcement could not find it. The knife was located and secured as evidence.

The 42-year-old Strykersville resident was arrested and charged with: second-degree assault, a felony; tampering with physical evidence, also a felony; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

She was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 bond. The defendant is to appear in the Town of Sheldon Court on a later date.

NYS Police -- Warsaw brarracks also assisted at the scene. The case was handled by Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy A.J. Previty, Sgt. Bryant, and Deputy M. Jorgensen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Attica, crime.

On Feb. 27, an officer from the Attica Police Department responded to the Attican Motel, located at 11180 Route 98, Attica, for a report of a suspicious male outside room #101 yelling “Someone’s going to get murdered tonight” and “Everyone is going to die.”

Upon arrival at about 9:30 p.m., the officer met with the individual, Channing Ballinger. During the initial interview, Ballinger police say was irate and refused to comply with police directions. The officer attempted to conduct a mental health arrest of the subject when he began to physically attack the officer, pinning the officer to the ground, according to the police report.

During the struggle the officer was able get free from Ballinger and deploy a Taser. Ballinger was taken into custody with the assistance of deputies from the Wyoming County Sheriff Office, the Genesee County Sheriff Office and the New York State Police. Ballinger and the officers did not sustain any injuries. Ballinger was transported to the Wyoming County Community Hospital Emergency Department for mental health evaluation.

The 32-year-old is charged with: second-degree attempted assault on a police officer; resisting arrest; second-degree obstruction of governmental administration; fourth-degree criminal mischief; and disorderly conduct.

Ballinger has an extensive history of mental health disease and has open criminal charges in the Town of Batavia and Village of Warsaw. Upon Ballinger's release from the mental health unit on March 13, he was placed under arrest and arraigned in Attica Village Court on the charges cited above. Ballinger was then put in Genesee County Jail on $25,000, or $50,000 bond.

Ballinger was to reappear in the Town of Alexander Court on March 14. Channing Ballinger has a history of violence against law enforcement and hospital staff.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

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Press release (photo submitted):

Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph encourages residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Wyoming County this week. The institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. 

Programs include:

    • Sheriffs’ Summer Camp: Almost 900 “economically challenged” children from across New York State attend the camp on Keuka Lake in Steuben and Yates counties. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays all costs for the campers, including transportation, a week of camp, meals, and traditional camp activities like sailing, archery and crafts. The camp is in its 41st year of operation.

    • Criminal Justice Scholarship Program: This provides one scholarship to the Criminal Justice Program at each of New York State’s Community Colleges. The program aims to attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

    • Victim Notification Programs: The Sheriffs’ Victim Hotline provides automated notification to registered victims when an inmate is released. The Sheriffs’ Order of Protection Notification Program allows individuals who have been granted Family Court orders of protection to receive alerts when those orders are served.

“The Sheriff’s Institute is our partner in providing programs that help the people in our communities,” Rudolph said. “But we really rely on the support of our honorary members for the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp. Their support allows us to send economically disadvantaged children to camp. These kids wouldn’t have a chance to go away to camp otherwise.”

For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org. The Institute is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.

For more information, call Pat Hughes at (518) 434-9091 or via email at phughes@nysheriffs.org.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:05 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Attica, Perry, Gainesville, Eagle.

Richard W. Stone, 34, and Marie L. Stone, 34, both of Perry, were charged March 14 with endangering the welfare of a child. The Stones are accused of having unsafe living conditions in the home. The children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services. Richard was also charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree following a domestic incident in the Village of Perry. He is accused of ripping a cell phone out of the victim's hand, to prevent her from calling the police. Both are due in Perry Village Court at a later date. The Perry Police Department assisted Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and inadequate/no muffler. Gross is due in Avon Town Court at a later date.

Giovanni Alvarez, 32, of Buffalo, was charged March 19 with grand larceny in the fourth degree. Alvarez is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Main Street, Bliss, address and driving it back to Buffalo. The vehicle was then located on East Street, Buffalo, by the Buffalo Police Department. Subsequently, officers located Alvarez and arrested him without incident. He was turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Gary Illerbrun, 52, of Perry, was charged March 17 with throwing refuse onto a highway, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. Illerbrun was arrested following a traffic stop in the Village of Perry. He was stopped for allegedly throwing garbage onto a highway. During the investigation, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies determined Illerbrun to be intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where he supplied a breath sample which allegedly showed a BAC of .10 percent. He is due in the Village of Perry Court April 11.

Cory R. Lapp, 24, of Attica, was charged March 18 with driving while intoxicated; operating a motor vehicle with a BAC .08 percent or higher, first offense; failure to yield the right of way when entering a roadway, and failure to use turn signal. Lapp was stopped on Union Street, Batavia, and subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. He is due at 9 a.m. in the City of Batavia Court April 5.

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Castile, Covington, Attica, Bennington, Arcade, Eagle, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun March 16.

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     Amy Goodenow

Amy Goodenow, who is accused of a crime in Castile, pled not guilty to arson in the third degree, a Class C felony, and criminal mischief in the second degree, a Class D felony. Motions are scheduled May 11. Bail continues at $5,000.

Justin Stanbro, who is accused of a crime in Arcade, had his case adjourned to April 13.

Cheleena Green, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The case has been adjourned to June 15 for sentencing. Green is held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Robin Frontuto, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation, plus fees and surcharges on the conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony.

Lonniqua Williams, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, plus fees and surcharges on the conviction of conspiracy in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. 

Spencer Bressette, who committed a crime in Bennington, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony. Bressette was sentenced to one year interim probation. Final sentencing is scheduled March 21, 2018.

Mason Maha, who committed a crime in Castile, pled guilty to attempted burglary in the third degree, a Class E felony. Released to the pretrial release program. Sentencing is scheduled June 15.

Aaron Gillard, who committed a crime in Covington, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, both are Class E felonies. He was sentenced to one-year interim probation and paid $577.03 in restitution. Final sentencing is scheduled March 1. 

Marie Giambra, who is accused of a crime in Eagle, pled not guilty to burglary in the second degree, a Class C felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. A stay away order of protection was issued. Motions are scheduled May 11. 

Patrick Gugliuzza, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: assault in the second degree, a Class D felony; resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both are Class A misdemeanors; and disorderly conduct, a violation. Motions are scheduled May 11. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica. 

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

Jayme Frontuto is scheduled for sentencing April 27. He is held without bail.

Cesar Aguayo was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison as a second felony offender, plus fees and surcharges. He was convicted of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony.

Yhury Marcelo pled not guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled for today. Bail was set at $5,000.

Jerry Gillard had his case adjourned to April 12.

James Smith pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony. Interim sentencing is scheduled June 15.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Warsaw.
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  Charles J. Bozzette

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles J. Bozzette March 15 in connection with an alleged rape in the Village of Perry. The 34-year-old Perry man was charged with rape in the third degree.

Bozzette is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female at a home in the Village of Perry. 

He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Perry and Warsaw police departments.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:37 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Perry, Warsaw, Attica, Bennington.

Robert S. Starling, 60, Bayville, N.J., was charged March 12 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electric device. Starling was charged following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry for an alleged cell phone violation. During the stop, deputies say Starling was found to have had his driving privileges suspended in New York State since 2001 for failure to answer a summons. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He is due in the Town of Perry Court June 14.

John M. Chaplin, 36, of Attica, was charged March 15 with moved from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or more. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Sierk Road, Bennington. During the investigation, deputies say Chaplin said he drove off the road to avoid a deer. Further investigation allegedly revealed he was driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a breath test. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court at a later date.

Wesley Goerss, 26, of Scottsville, was arrested March 15 on a Wyoming County Family Court Warrant. Deputies say Goerss turned himself in at the Village of Le Roy Police Department. Subsequently, he was brought back to Wyoming County and put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail. He is due in Wyoming County Family Court at a later date.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Wyoming County Court, Attica.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun March 10.

Jennifer Galioto, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. She was returned to probation.

Philip Lingenfelter, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. He was returned to probation to be transferred to Cattaraugus County.

The following are inmates in a State Correctional Facility in Attica and were in Wyoming County Court before Mohun March 13.

Javon Woods pled guilty to attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled May 17.

Benedict Agostini had his case adjourned to April 12.

Neil Allen had his case adjourned to March 29.

Joshua Nieves pled guilty to tempering with physical evidence, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled May 17.

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Attica, news.
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  Michael A. Young   Victoria L. Young

A couple charged last week with multiple offenses in Warsaw, garners identical charges, plus more, out of the Village of Attica.

Michael A. Young, 35, and Victoria L. Young, 22, were stopped on Main Street, Attica, March 7 for following too closely, reckless driving, and imprudent speed.

During the stop, Michael allegedly told officers that his wife was pregnant and was in labor. At that time, law enforcement allowed the couple to continue to the hospital.

Following the stop in Attica, the Youngs’ were stopped a short time later by Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies. During the stop on North Main Street, Warsaw, deputies say the vehicle was found to be uninsured and had a suspended vehicle registration.

Although the car was registered to Victoria, deputies say Michael was driving the car and Victoria was the passenger. It is alleged that she told deputies she was 38 weeks pregnant and was in labor, at which time the vehicle was escorted directly to the hospital. 

According to the report, after being treated, it was determined that she was not pregnant and she had lied to the police about it.

Victoria was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, out of Attica, as well as from the stop in Warsaw.

In addition to the above charges, deputies say Victoria was wanted on a warrant by the Olean Police Department on a petit larceny charge. She was subsequently arrested and turned over to Olean Police.

Michael was charged out of both Attica and Warsaw with criminal contempt in the second degree, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Attica charges also include, speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely, and reckless driving.

Police also say there was an active stay away order of protection in place on Michael, which ordered him to stay away from Victoria. 

Both are due in the Village of Warsaw Court April 10 and in the Village of Attica Court at a later date. 

The vehicle was towed from the scene, and the license plates seized and returned to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

See related: Law and Order: Former Perry man charged with scheme to defraud

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:32 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Perry, Gainesville.

Jeremiah J. Cieszynski, 50, of Warsaw, was arrested March 9 on a warrant out of Cattaraugus County for failure to pay support. He is being held at the Cattaraugus County Jail, Little Valley.

Benishio C. Coger, 21, of Albion, was charged March 9 with criminal contempt in the second degree. Perry Police report Coger was found at the home of a female acquaintance who has an order of protection barring him from having contact with her. Police allegedly found him at the residence by Wyoming County Probation when they were checking on a probationer and assisted in the investigation. Coger was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. He is due in court at a later date.

Debra A. Gross, 52, of Gainesville, was charged March 9 with aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlicensed operator, and inadequate plate lamp. Perry Police say Gross was stopped on Covington Street, Perry, following a license check which determined her driver’s license was suspended. She is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Attica, Covington.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun March 9.

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      Michael Lantain

Michael Lantain, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: predatory sexual assault against a child, a Class A-II felony; 11 counts of use of a child in a sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony, a Class C felony; three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class D felony; 11 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a Class E felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. An order of protection has been issued. The case has been adjourned to May 11 for motions. Bail was set at $100,000.

Philip Baker, who committed a crime in Attica, was sentenced to five years probation on the conviction of criminal contempt in the first degree, a Class E felony. An order of protection was also issued and he is responsible for all fees and surcharges incurred.

Aaron Gillard, who is accused of a crime in Covington, had his case adjourned to March 16.

Quinton Murphy, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, pled not guilty to: driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, both are Class E felonies; operating a motor vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device; driving while ability impaired by alcohol; no inspection and insufficient headlights. The case has been adjourned to March 30 for conference and May 11 for motions. Bail continues at $2,500.

The following were in court before Mohun March 6 and 7.

Mark Maussner, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to petit larceny. He was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge and restitution of $4,400, which was paid in full.

Tammy Miller, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled May 25.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Gainesville, Sheldon, Attica, Warsaw.
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 Dennis Rawleigh Jr.

Dennis N. Rawleigh Jr., 46, of Batavia, formerly of Perry, was charged March 7 with one count of scheme to defraud in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Rawleigh is accused of not completing work he received payments for in November. At that time, he was doing business as Rawleigh’s Tear Down and allegedly received more than $15,000 in payments from a Town of Gainesville woman to perform work on two houses she owns in Perry and Gainesville. The woman reportedly told Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies that very little work was completed on the Perry home and none on the Gainesville residence. A second victim, a male from the Town of Sheldon, reported paying Rawleigh a $3,200 down payment to tear down a barn. It is said that he attempted to pull the large barn down with a chain and his pickup truck with negative results. He is accused of making no further attempts at pulling the barn down since June 2015. Rawleigh is due in Gainesville Town Court later this month.

Daniel Thomas Henning, 36, of Attica, was charged March 8 with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 or higher, inadequate exhaust, driving on sidewalk, and unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle. Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Henning following a car accident on Route 5 in the City of Batavia. He is due in the City of Batavia Court April 19.

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     Michael A. Young      Victoria L. Young

Michael A. Young, 35, and Victoria L. Young, 22, both of Attica, were charged March 7 with multiple offenses following a traffic stop on North Main Street, Warsaw. Victoria was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Michael was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, operating a vehicle while registration suspended, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say they stopped the pair because the vehicle was allegedly found to have no insurance and a suspended vehicle registration. Although the car was registered to Victoria, deputies say Michael was driving the car and Victoria was the passenger. It is alleged that she told deputies she was 38 weeks pregnant and was in labor, at which time the vehicle was escorted directly to the hospital. According to the report, after being treated it was determined that she was not pregnant and she had lied to the police about it. Deputies also found Victoria was wanted on a warrant by the Olean Police Department on a petit larceny charge. She was subsequently arrested and turned over to Olean Police. Police also say there was an active stay away order of protection in place on Michael, which ordered him to stay away from Victoria. Both are due in the Village of Warsaw Court April 10. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and the license plates seized and returned to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Perry, Warsaw, Middlebury.

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The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun March 2.

Chivonne Gheorghe, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony. Sentencing is scheduled July 6.

Roy Lawrence, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Sentencing is scheduled April 6. He is held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Patrick Wheeler, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to five years probation and restitution of $60, which has been paid. He was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony.

Matthew Hadfield, who is accused of a crime in Middlebury, had his case adjourned to April 6.

Jonathan Bucknam, who is accused of a crime in Perry, had his case adjourned to April 6. 

Heidi Hopkins, who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Sentencing is scheduled April 6. She is held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

Dutch Bryndle, who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to attempted tampering with physical evidence and driving while ability impaired by drugs, both as misdemeanors. Bryndle was sentenced to a one year conditional discharge on both, paid a $1,000 fine, and his license was revoked.

Richard Greene Jr., who committed a crime in Warsaw, pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a Class D felony as a second felony offender. He was released on pretrial release.

Jonathan Bucknam, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had his case adjourned to April 6.

Kristen Bartholomew, who is accused of a crime in Warsaw, had her case adjourned to April 27 for motions.

Tiffany Baker, who committed a crime in Warsaw, successfully completed interim probation. She was sentenced on the reduced charged of promoting prison contraband in the second degree, a misdemeanor to three years probation, and fees and surcharges.

Jennifer Galioto, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was in court for a violation of probation appearance. The case has been adjourned to March 10.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica.

Jonathan Smith had his case adjourned to April 27 for conference.

Billyray Staton had his case adjourned to April 27 for conference.

The following are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica and were in court before Mohun Feb. 28.

Mark Maussner had his case adjourned to March 7.

Jerry McLamore was in court for a bench trial. The decision has been reserved and the case is adjourned to March 15. After the hearing of a trial or the argument of a motion a judge might not immediately deliver a decision, but instead take time to review evidence and the law and deliver a decision at a later time, usually in a written form, thus reserve decision.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:59 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Arcade, Warsaw.
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     Tylor J. Phinney

Tylor J. Phinney, 21, of Cheektowaga, was arrested March 1 following an investigation of an assault that happened on July 3 in the parking lot at the Jam in the Valley Concert, Varysburg. He is charged with assault in the second degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Phinney is accused of striking an Angola man in the face with a beer bottle causing serious injuries. It was also said that Phinney had fled the scene of the incident. However, his DNA was obtained from the bottle, which was recovered from inside the victim’s vehicle following the assault. Phinney is currently on probation out of Wyoming County from other unrelated charges and was released back to the Wyoming County pretrial probation program. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date. Wyoming County Probation and detectives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the investigation. 

Ryan J. Mosher, no age provided, of Perry, was charged March 1 with harassment in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. Mosher is accused of getting into a physical altercation with a female with a child present. He was released on his own recognizance.

Evan W. Hettinger, 33, of Belfast, was arrested March 1 on a warrant out of Wyoming County Family Court for failure to obey a family court support order. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Hettinger was located in the Town of Arcade and taken into custody. He was put in Wyoming County Jail until the next available Wyoming County Family Court date.

Dakota Jurek, 23, of Delevan, was arrested Feb. 28 on a warrant out of Wyoming County Family Court for failure to obey a child support order. Deputies say Jurek was arrested in Arcade and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. He was due in Family Court March 1 or the next available date for Family Court.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, drugs, Perry, Attica, Warsaw, Arcade, DTF.

Two Perry residents were arrested recently for allegedly selling narcotics in Wyoming County, according to the Wyoming County Drug Task Force.

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     Sarah Ingalls

Sarah Ingalls, 22, was charged Feb. 23 with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. 

Ingalls is accused of selling lisdexamfetamine and methylphenidate on two different occasions last year in the Village of Perry.

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Kristen Bartholomew

Also on Feb. 23, Kristen Bartholomew, 36, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. 

Bartholomew is accused of selling Suboxone last year in the Village of Warsaw.

Both are currently free on bail.

The Wyoming County Drug Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry and Warsaw police departments.

Suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line at (585) 786-8965.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Chelsie Simonds, 24, of Batavia, and Ronald Sachanowski, 31, of Silver Springs, were charged Feb. 27 with endangering the welfare of a child. On Feb. 27 Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Route 19A in the Town of Castile to assist with an overdose call. During the investigation, deputies say they had discovered both Simonds and Sachanowski had been using an illegal substance in the home while their 2-year-old child was present. Both are due in the Town of Castile Court at a later date. Castile Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Linda L. Hotchkiss, 47, of Perry, was charged Feb. 22 with forgery in the third degree by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. She is due in Leicester Town Court at a later date.

William A. Roll, 57, and Jennifer L. Mather, 43, both of Attica, were arrested Feb. 25 in connection with a violent domestic incident on Washington Street in the Village of Attica. Attica Police responded to the Washington Street home around 9 p.m. Feb. 25. Roll was charged with assault in the third degree and put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,500 bond. Mather was charged with harassment in the second degree and physical contact. She was released on her own recognizance with a refrain from offensive conduct order of protection. Both are due at 10 a.m. March 13 in Attica Village Court. Assisting at the scene was the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.

Kaija Wadsworth, no age provided, of Pittsford, was charged Feb. 26 with speed in zone, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or more, and refusal to take a breath test. Wadsworth was stopped in the Village of Perry for allegedly speeding. During the investigation officers say they smelled an alcoholic beverage coming from the car. Wadsworth allegedly failed field sobriety testing and refused to blow into a pre-screen device. A chemical test was administered at the Warsaw Police Department, which allegedly showed a BAC of .09 percent. Wadsworth is due in Perry Village Court March 14.

Zachary W. Blackmon, 30, of Perry, was charged Feb. 27 with speed not reasonable and prudent, following too closely, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two car accident on Route 39, Castile, where, during their investigation, found one of the drivers allegedly intoxicated. Deputies say Blackmon was traveling southbound on Route 39 when he struck another vehicle. Following roadside field sobriety testing, Blackmon was arrested for DWI. He was taken to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where he allegedly provided a positive breath sample for alcohol. He is due in the Town of Castile Court March 20.

Sabrina A. Dietz, 33, of Nunda, was charged Feb. 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and use of a portable electronic device. Dietz was stopped in the Town of Perry after a Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw her driving while using a portable electronic device. During the stop, she was allegedly found to have a suspended license due to a failure to answer a summons in the Town of Covington. She is due in the Town of Perry Court at a later date.

Melissa A. Sachanowski, 33, of Orangeville, was charged Feb. 20 with failure to keep right, failure to dim high beams, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Sachanowski was stopped on Route 77, Sheldon, after deputies allegedly saw her failing to maintain her driving lane numerous times and failing to dim her high beams to oncoming traffic. Following a roadside investigation, deputies say she was in possession of Subutex, a controlled substance similar to Suboxone. She is due in the Town of Sheldon Court at a later date.

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