crime

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Warsaw, Pike, Perry, Wyoming.
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   Richard F. Gargula

Richard F. Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 17 with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Gargula is accused of selling heroin to an agent of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force in May while in the Village of Warsaw. He was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and returned to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail on this new charge. He was already in jail on an unrelated charge. The Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw Police departments. Task Force members remind residents that suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line, (585) 786-8965.

Jeffrey Rigerman, 33, of Jamestown, was arrested Aug. 10 on a Family Court warrant for failure to obey a support order. Rigerman was found at his residence by the Jamestown Police Department and then turned over to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Franklin Cook, 35, of Wyoming, was arrested Aug. 16 on a Wyoming County Superior Court violation of probation warrant. Cook was found at his home in the Town of Middlebury and taken into custody without incident. He was put in Wyoming County Jail where he will be held until the next available Superior Court date.

Matthew Wendt, 31, of Angelica, was arrested on a Failure to Pay Fine warrant issued by the Village of Warsaw Court. Wendt was taken into custody at a home on Water Street in the Village of Perry without incident. He was then taken to the Village of Warsaw Court where he was arraigned and released after paying the remaining balance on his fines.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Pike, heroin.

Richard Gargula, 34, of Pike, was charged Aug. 11 with: tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and driving while ability impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, both as misdemeanors. Following a traffic stop on Shearing Road, Gainesville, Gargula is accused of driving with a suspended license. During the stop he was asked to perform field sobriety testing, which he allegedly failed. Additionally, deputies say he was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine and heroin. After being evaluated by a drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by multiple drug categories. Also during the stop, Gargula allegedly attempted to conceal evidence by getting out of his car and tossing suspected cocaine inside a nearby residence. He was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court and put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date.

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry.

Burke M. Hawkins, 53, of Perry, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Hawkins was arrested Aug. 10 following an investigation into allegations of him picking up prescriptions for his wife after she had passed away. Perry Police say he picked up hydromorphone, diazepam, and alprazolam from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Perry. He was arraigned in the Village of Perry Court and sentenced to the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail until his court date Sept. 12.

Joey M. Safford, 48, of Perry, was charged Aug. 10 with displaying a forged inspection sticker. Safford was arrested after Perry Police allegedly found him driving a vehicle with an alleged forged inspection sticker. He is due in the Village of Perry Court Sept. 5.

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Kevin M. Johnson, 32, of Gainesville, was charged Aug. 8 with: driving while intoxicated as a felony due to a previous conviction within 10 years; circumventing an ignition interlock device; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the third degree; and speed exceeding 55 mph. Johnson was stopped on Route 238, Attica, for allegedly speeding. During the investigation, Troopers say they detected an odor of alcohol, subsequently field sobriety testing was conducted as well as a breath test. His BAC was allegedly .08 percent. He is due in the Town of Attica Court Aug. 21.

Michael S. Slocum, 29, of Silver Springs, was charged Aug. 8 with: driving while intoxicated as a felony due to a previous conviction within 10 years; circumventing an interlock device; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle in the first degree; drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway; moving from lane unsafely; and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers responded to a vehicle in a ditch on Wethersfield Road, Gainesville, in which Slocum allegedly appeared to be intoxicated. Additionally, Troopers say a small bag of marijuana was found. He was given field sobriety testing, which he is said to have failed. He was taken to the State Police barracks in Warsaw for processing where his BAC was allegedly recorded at .17 percent. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

Matthew J. Wesolowski, 23, of Cowlesville, was charged Aug. 6 with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. State Troopers say they responded to a 9-1-1 call of someone screaming and a loud bang on Church Road in the Town of Bennington. When police arrived on the scene they located a vehicle in a ditch. Troopers say the driver, Wesolowski, allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs and a small bag of marijuana was found in the vehicle. He was given field sobriety tests, which police say he failed and taken to State Police barracks in Warsaw. He was evaluated by a drug recognition expert and charged with the above offenses. He is due in the Town of Bennington Court Aug. 14.

Nicholas J. Kinmartin, 31, of Arcade, was charged Aug. 9 with 20 counts of petit larceny. Troopers say Kinmartin was seen on video approximately 17 times shoplifting merchandise from the 7-Eleven, Route 16, Yorkshire. The value of the items he allegedly stole was approximately $1,438. He was processed at the State Police barracks in Machias and released. He is due in the Town of Yorkshire Court later this month.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Arcade, Business.

The Little Red Caboose, Main Street, Arcade, is asking the community to keep its “eyes and ears open” due to alleged vandalism that had occurred at the business Aug. 5 and 6.

Owners of the business said the following on their Facebook page:

We were vandalized Saturday night and then broken into and vandalized Sunday night. They broke the door open to our storage shed and stole some things, cut and broke some things in mini golf, ripped up signs and Arcade & Attica Railroad pictures, cut holes into the new deck canopy, stole the mask from the “train guy” and broke things on top of the caboose.

“We are just a simple family trying to make ends meet while trying to create a place where friends and families can enjoy time together.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Arcade Police Department at (585) 492-3111.

Arcade Police officials are investigating the matter.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Bliss, Java, Sheldon, Perry, Gainesville, Warsaw.

Rhiannon A. Wilson, 22, and a 17-year-old female, both of Bliss, were arrested Aug. 4 following a complaint of a female allegedly injecting drugs while seated inside a vehicle in the Tops Friendly Markets parking lot in the Town of Warsaw. Following an investigation, Wilson was charged with: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a Class A misdemeanor. The 17-year-old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony, and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Deputies say, Wilson, the driver of the vehicle, was in possession of two bags of heroin with intent to sell them, dumped heroin from two bags onto the ground when officers approached the vehicle and was in possession of two syringes used for injecting heroin. The teen, who was the front seat passenger, is accused of being in possession of 21 bags of heroin with intent to sell them, and selling two bags of heroin. Both women were arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and are due back in court Aug. 14. Wilson was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. The teen was also put in jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force responded to the scene of the original complaint and assisted deputies with the investigation.

Jon M. Pullman, 39, of Perry, was charged Aug. 3 with harassment in the second degree after allegedly threatening an employee at the Perry Public Library. He is also accused of making threatening comments of harming people. He was arraigned in Perry Village Court where an order of protection was issued barring Pullman from having any contact with the victim and the library. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Burke M. Hawkins, 53, of Perry, was charged Aug. 7 with petit larceny. Hawkins is accused of taking three 25-ounce cans of beer, totaling $4.65, from Crosby’s without paying for them. He is due in Perry Village Court Sept. 12.

Ashley N. Dumbleton, 22, of Gainesville, was charged Aug. 4 with arson in the fifth degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree, and making a false written statement. Dumbleton was arrested following a complaint of missing property in the Town of Gainesville. The victim reported more than $1,000 worth of property was missing on July 27 when she was escorted to Dumbleton’s home on that date to retrieve her goods. On July 31 the Sheriff’s Office investigated a complaint of burned remnants located at a home on Lamont Road in the Town of Gainesville. The victim’s name was allegedly found on some of the burned remnants. Dumbleton was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court where she was released to the pretrial supervision program. She is due in the Town of Gainesville Court Aug. 21.

Daniel LaClair, 29, of Clinton County, was charged Aug. 5 with driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor, driving with a blood alcohol content at or above .08 percent as a misdemeanor, and following too closely. Deputies responded to Route 20A and French Road, Sheldon, for a two-car accident. According to the report, LaClair had been driving his pickup eastbound when the vehicle in front of him slowed to turn onto French Road and he is accused of rear-ending the vehicle. A subsequent breath test allegedly showed LaClair’s BAC at or above .08 percent. He is due in the Town of Sheldon Court Aug. 28. Varysburg Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Cindy Laurich, 55, of Java, was charged Aug. 3 with driving while impaired by drugs following an accident on Curries Road, Java. Deputies say Laurich had been driving a motorcycle northbound on Curriers Road and lost control of the bike while going around a curve. She was treated at the scene by Strykersville Ambulance for minor injuries. She allegedly failed roadside field sobriety tests and was arrested. A Wyoming County Drug Recognition Expert says Laurich was impaired by a drug following a drug influence evaluation. She is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, crime, Java, Orangeville, Warsaw.
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      Jared T. Price

Jared T. Price, 21, of Java, has been charged with another felony stemming from a July 28 incident.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Price was being transported from the scene of a domestic incident in the Town of Java to the Warsaw Court. During transport, and while in the Town of Orangeville, he is accused of intentionally damaging electrical wiring located in the area of the rear seat of the deputy's patrol car which controlled the airbags. He is also accused of bending the rear seat in order to access the wiring.

The alleged tampering caused an excess of $3,000 in damages to the patrol vehicle.

He was arrested Aug. 4 and arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and jailed in lieu of an additional $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

He was put in Wyoming County Jail July 28 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

His earlier charges include:

    • July 18: Criminal contempt in the second degree for violating an order of protection. Bail was issued and posted;

    • July 20: Unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana;

    • July 24: DWAI – drugs and related vehicle and traffic charges. Bail was again issued and posted; and

    • July 28: Resisting arrest, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and attempted escape in the second degree.

He is due in the Town of Orangeville Court Aug. 16.

See related: Java man arrested four times in two weeks

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile.
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    Nicholas Maroney

A former YMCA camp counselor is accused of sexual misconduct involving a teen following an investigation of a separate incident at the camp.

Nicholas D. Maroney, who was a counselor at YMCA Genesee/Camp Hough on West Lake Road, Castile, was arrested Aug. 7 for allegedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old female camper.

On Aug. 3, the 20-year-old Perry man was accused of returning to the camp intoxicated, entering the wrong cabin and seen exiting the occupied bunk bed of a 7-year-old female camper in the morning.

At the time of the initial charge, there was no report of sexual contact with the child.

During the July 29 investigation, New York State Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviewed multiple campers and staff and determined that Maroney allegedly had sexual relations with the 16-year-old.

In addition to the previous charge of endangering the welfare of a child, he is also charged with sexual misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor.

State Police say they do not believe there are any other victims at this time.

He was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail on the endangerment charge and arrested and arraigned in the Town of Perry Court Monday.

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

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

Steven Green, an inmate in a State Correctional Facility, pled not guilty to two counts of assault in the second degree, both are Class D felonies. Motions are scheduled Sept. 20. Bail was set at $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond. Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmate’s current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmate’s 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.

Christina Dadey, who is accused of a crime in Middlebury, waived indictment and pled not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, per se, and driving while intoxicated, both as Class E felonies; operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor, failure to keep right, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain motor vehicles. The Per Se law is based not on the observations of the arresting police officer, but the results obtained from an intoxilyzer machine. The case has been adjourned to Aug. 17 for conference and Sept. 20 for motions.

The following were in court Aug. 3.

Cory Dahl, who is accused of a crime in Castile, had his case adjourned to Sept. 14 for motions.

Ervin Delude Sr., who committed a crime in Gainesville, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated family offense, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 31. He is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Carl Vander, who committed a crime in Perry, was sentenced to two-and-one-half to five years in prison on the conviction of grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony. He was also sentenced to two to four years in prison for grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other and with violations of probation. He is also jointly responsible with his co-defendant for $4,630 in restitution, and fees and surcharges.

Tylor Phinney, who committed a crime in Sheldon, was sentenced to five years probation, $1,456.41 in restitution, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of attempted assault in the second degree, a Class E felony.

Brandon McCoy, who committed a crime in Warsaw and previously admitted to violating interim probation, was sentenced to five years probation, $1,104.54 in restitution and 170 hours of community service. He was convicted of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree.

John Sprague, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced on the conviction of failure to register as a sex offender, a Class E felony, and forcible touching, a misdemeanor, to one year in jail on both charges. The sentences are to run concurrently. Additionally, an order of protection was issued, an agreement of registering as a Level 2 sex offender was ordered, and he is responsible for $1,425 in restitution, and fees and surcharges.

Go Go, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was arraigned on an indictment for driving while ability impaired by drugs and DWAI – combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol, both are Class D felonies; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class E felony, and operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor. Go Go pled guilty to DWAI – drugs, a Class D felony. Sentencing is scheduled Oct. 26. They are being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Cheyenne Kimbrell, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was arraigned on a violation of probation. The case has been adjourned to Wednesday. Kimbrell is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Elizabeth Mattingly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to a violation of probation. Probation was revoked and she was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Carl Vander, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, admitted to two violations of probation and was sentenced to one-and-one-third to four years in prison on both charges. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, drugs, Warsaw, news.
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      Wendell Fuqua       Raven Houston

Two Rochester residents were arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly selling suspected crack cocaine in the parking lot at McDonald’s in Warsaw.

Wyoming County Drug Task Force members say, Wendell Fuqua, 35, is accused of selling seven “rocks” of suspected crack cocaine to a person that had been under surveillance by the DTF.

Raven Houston, 23, was also charged, as she was the driver of the vehicle that Fuqua was a passenger in.

Both were charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both are Class B felonies.

Fuqua was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. Houston is being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Task Force members were assisted at the scene by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and the Warsaw Police Department.

The Wyoming County DTF includes members from the Sheriff’s Office, and 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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Attica.

Nicholas D. Maroney, 20, of Perry, was charged Aug. 3 with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor. Maroney, now a former camp counselor at YMCA Genesee/Camp Hough on West Lake Road, Castile, is accused of returning to the campground intoxicated and going into the wrong cabin to sleep. State Police say he was seen by other staff and campers exiting the occupied bunk bed of a 7-year-old female camper in the morning. At this time there is no report of sexual contact. He was arrested without incident and arraigned in the Town of Castile Court. He was jailed in lieu of bail or bond in the Wyoming County Jail. He is due in the Town of Castile Court Monday.

Michael A. Young, 36, of Attica, was charged Aug. 3 with driving while intoxicated – first offense, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed in excess of 55 mph. Young is accused of traveling in excess of 75 mph and crossing the center line on Main Street in Alexander. Further charges are pending on the results of a blood test. He is due in the Alexander Town Court Oct. 3.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, announcements.

Press release:

New York State Police Troop A will conduct a weeklong enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The Speed Week starts today and runs through Aug. 8.

Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in New York State. In 2015, 343 people were killed and 18,191 people were injured in speed-related crashes statewide.

During this campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are violating laws while driving. These vehicles blend in with everyday traffic but are identifiable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement. Troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers who are violating New York’s Move Over law.

During the August 2016 Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,600 traffic tickets, including 10,500 tickets for speeding, and nearly 650 for distracted driving.

Funding for the Speed Week initiative is provided through a grant from the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The fines for speeding on 55-mph highway or posted 65-mph zones are as follows:

    • 10 mph or less over the limit –  minimum $45/maximum $150

    • 11- 30 mph over the limit – minimum $90/maximum $300

    • 31 mph or more over the limit – minimum $180/maximum $600

Second Conviction

    • 10 mph or less over the limit – minimum  $45/maximum $300

    • 11 - 30 over the limit – minimum  $90 /maximum $450

    • 31 or more over the limit – minimum  $180/maximum $750

Third Conviction

    • 10 mph or less over the limit – minimum  $45/maximum $525

    • 11 – 30 over the limit – minimum  $90 /maximum $675

    • 31 or more over the limit – minimum  $180/maximum $975

Court surcharges are as follows:

    • Town or Village courts – $93

    • Other Courts (city traffic courts, etc.) – $88

Violation point structure:

    • 1 – 10 mph over limit = 3 points

    • 11 – 20 mph over limit = 4 points

    • 21 – 30 mph over limit = 6 points

    • 30 – 40 mph over limit = 8 points

    • More than 40 mph over limit = 11 points (triggers suspension)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 1:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, health, mental health, news, announcements.

How do rural counties with limited resources combat an issue as multifaceted as heroin and opiate addiction?

Quite simply, they collaborate to find common-sense practices to beat the dragon.

In January, officials, doctors, healthcare providers, and community members from three counties -- Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming -- formed the GOW Opioid Task Force.

Its goal is to not only raise awareness of the growing epidemic but to also find and compile: a list of resources available to addicts and their families; data on the number of overdoses, deaths, and uses of naloxone within each county; and identifying roadblocks to treatment.

During the July meeting, a roadmap of sorts was laid out for the Task Force.

From the time an individual is born, they are, to some degree, rated on performing tasks independently. Doctors gauge a child’s progress: Sits independently. Walks independently. Teachers grade a student’s performance: Works independently. It’s a skill desirable to some employers: Must be able to work independently.

It is a mantra instilled in a person's mind from a very young age: Be an individual. Don’t follow the crowd. Learn to be independent. Yet, there are times, when being independent becomes counterproductive to the needs of a community.

Although each of the GOW counties are afflicted with the same problem – the increase in overdoses and deaths due to heroin and opiates – independently, there are gaps in services and help for both addicts and their families. However, collectively, the Task Force can help fill those gaps.

In an effort to find where each county is lacking and how to get funding for the resources it needs, the Task Force determined three areas to address: community education and action, data compilation and access to care.

Community education and action

Three goals were created to better educate the public:

    • Educate students, parents and community about the dangers of heroin and opioid use – Narcan training and education, sharps and medicine disposal sites, and develop materials for distribution;

    • Identify resources and local partnerships to help prevent use – pharmacies, law enforcement, recovery services, and mental health service; and

    • Develop recommendations for future goals and action steps to prevent use – encourage attendance and participation in Task Force meetings, recovery coaching, peer speakers, and more.

Data

Part of the requirements for applying for State funding is to have the data and statistics to back up the need. However, compiling those numbers becomes a collaborative effort between multiple agencies. Additionally, the task is further hindered by the fact that the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office handles cases from its own and the GOW counties. Subsequently, toxicology reports are often not received back for six months or more.

According to a recent report, the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office has performed 1,020 autopsies in 2016. In 2015 it was closer to 900. In 2008 approximately 975 were performed and in 2005 860. The years 2012 and 2013 both showed approximately 880.

The goals of this group are to develop a tool to track data, identify the data each county already has, and perform a gap analysis to identify missing data and create a plan to overcome any barrier.

Access to care

Again, a barrier addicts and family members face is access to care in relative proximity to where they live.

Officials say when an addict is ready to get the help they need to begin the recovery process, there is an immediacy to their need.

One of the goals of this group is to map out the access to care in the Western Region Naturally Occurring Care Network (NOCN).

The NOCNs include the Finger Lakes, Monroe, Southeastern, Southern, and Western regions of New York State.

In addition to finding a place to receive care, the group also identified eight groups of potential entry points for families and individuals in crisis. They include hospital emergency rooms, crisis hot line, primary care physicians, law enforcement, community-based organizations, healthcare homes, community-based groups, and schools and colleges.

Nationwide, every 17 minutes someone dies from an opioid overdose. About two years ago, there were 100 deaths in Erie County. In 2015, it more than doubled. In 2016, that number could reach over 500. That’s about 10 per week. February alone recorded 23 overdose deaths in just one week.

In Wyoming County, between 2010 and 2014 the number of opioid-related emergency department admissions increased 47.6 percent – 42 and 62. The number of opioid-related inpatient hospital admissions rose from 61 to 91 respectively – a 49.2-percent increase. 

According to a recent article in The Batavian (the sister site of the Wyoming County Free Press), there were five deaths in Genesee County that the Monroe County Medical Examiner attributed to the overuse of opiate-related drugs in 2013.

In 2016, 17 deaths with toxicology completed were attributed to drug mixtures that included opiates, with four toxicology reports for last year still pending.

To date in 2017, there are seven deaths where toxicology is still pending.

Of the 17 known OD-related deaths in 2016, only five were attributed to heroin mixed with other drugs, whether prescription drugs and/or over-the-counter medications. (Note: the ME for 2016 was Erie County.)

There were nine deaths caused by a combination of prescription opiates mixed with other drugs.

There was one death caused by "acute and chronic substance abuse."

Of the 18 overdose deaths in 2015, 14 involved prescription opiates used in combination with other drugs and two were caused by heroin used in combination with other drugs.

In 2014, there were 12 drug-induced deaths. Nine of the 12 involved prescription opiates combined with other drugs. Heroin, used singularly or in combination with other drugs, contributed to three deaths. 

Between 2010 and 2014 those who were admitted for treatment for any opioid in Western New York was 7,679 in 2010. By 2014, the number of people seeking treatment rose by almost a third – 10,154 – a 32-percent increase.

Across the state, those in treatment for heroin use was 55,900 in 2010; in 2014, the number was 77,647. Deaths across the state due to heroin overdose increased 163 percent (215 in 2008, and 637 in 2013) and opioid overdoses increased 30 percent (763 to 952).

While nearby counties like Erie and Monroe have access to more mental health services and rehabilitation centers due to their populations, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties struggle to find those same services closer to home for their residents.

The next meeting date and time for GOW Opioid Task Force to be determined.

For more information, Kristine Voos at Kristine.Voos@co.genesee.ny.us

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Attica, Wyoming.

Adam M. Jellison, 39, of Attica, was charged July 30 with two counts of aggravated harassment, two counts of assault in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and strangulation in the second degree. Attica PD responded to a violent domestic incident on Prospect Street in the predawn hours Sunday. Following an investigation, Jellison was charged with the noted offenses. He was arraigned in the Village of Attica Court where bail was set at  $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. A full stay-away order of protection was also issued. He is due in court Aug. 21.

Ryan J. Mosher, 24, of Perry, was arrested July 28 for endangering the welfare of a child. Perry Police say Mosher is accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl. He was arraigned in Warsaw Town Court. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Perry Court Aug. 1.

Charles H. Woodworth, 71, of Perry, was charged July 25 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and endangering the welfare of a child. Woodworth is accused of throwing a coffee cup at a female, causing it to break during a domestic dispute. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say the incident took place in front of a 3-year-old child. He is due in the Town of Perry Court Aug. 23.

Christian J. Finkney, 29, of Wyoming, was charged July 26 with: aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree – alcohol-related revocation; aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree – three or more dates; aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree; operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device; and unlicensed operator. Deputies say, around 9:30 p.m. July 26 Finkney’s vehicle was seen at a closed business in the Village of Wyoming and he was walking around the exterior of the building. During the investigation, it was found he had permission to be at the business. However, deputies say he drove there with a revoked New York State non-driver identification card. Finkney was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court where bail was set at $500 cash or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Middlebury Court July 31.

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Java, Warsaw.
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     Jared T. Price

Since July 18 Jared T. Price has been arrested four times. This latest arrest stems from an alleged domestic incident in the Town of Java.

On July 18 an order of protection was issued against Price. According to police reports, four hours later, the Java man violated the order.

On July 28, he was again accused of being involved in a disturbance with the protected parties at a Welch Road address.

However, deputies say Price left the home prior to their arrival. A State Trooper found the 21-year-old several minutes later close by.

Following the investigation, he was charged with burglary in the second degree, criminal contempt in the second degree, and attempted petit larceny.

However, deputies say Price was not cooperative upon arrest and kicked out the rear door window of a patrol car in an attempt to flee.

Subsequently, he garnered additional charges of resisting arrest, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and attempted escape in the second degree.

The suspect was arraigned in the Town of Warsaw Court and put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Other charges in the last couple of weeks include:

    • July 18: Criminal contempt in the second degree for violating an order of protection. Bail was issued and posted;

    • July 20: Unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana; and

    • July 24: DWAI – drugs and related vehicle and traffic charges. Bail was again issued and posted.

The arrest on the 24th stems from a traffic stop for which Price is accused of driving a vehicle with no doors, no front windshield, no license plates, and with an ax stuck in the roof of the car.

As of this post, Price has not posted bail for the latest arrest and charges.

See related: Java man arrested after allegedly driving a vehicle with no doors or front windshield

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, government, Sen. Gallivan, announcements.

Press release

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recently signed two bills related to health care services for county jail inmates and the housing of out of state inmates. 

The first bill (S.5409A) allows county jails to contract with medical professional corporations to provide inmate health care services. It amends the existing correction law, which dates back to 1929, and gives counties flexibility when it comes to medical care for inmates of a county jail.       

“Currently, counties must appoint a reputable physician to provide health care services to inmates, but many rural counties have found it difficult to identify and recruit a single person to serve as a jail doctor,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma).  “By updating this law, we reduce the burden on counties and allow them to contract with authorized medical partnerships and corporations.”  

The new law recognizes that the health care delivery system has evolved over the years and allows individual counties to contract with a professional partnership, a professional service corporation, a professional service limited liability company or a registered limited liability company to provide health services to county inmates.   

The second bill (S.5894) extends a current law, which is set to expire Sept. 1 and allows local correctional facilities to board inmates from neighboring states. The new law will extend until Sept. 1, 2020. 

Many county jail facilities are partially vacant because of an overall decrease in inmate population.  In an effort to offset the cost of operating these facilities, some counties house state or federal inmates or inmates from other counties. This new law gives counties the added option of entering into contracts to house certain inmates from other states’ local correctional facilities.

“As the former Sheriff of Erie County, I understand the enormous cost of operating a jail,” Gallivan said.  “Local counties should have the opportunity to bring inmates from other states to fill their vacant cells and generate additional revenue to help maintain their facilities.” 

The new law could benefit every county in New York that has the capacity to accept out of state inmates and allow them to offset a portion of their overhead costs for operating their jail facilities.

Gallivan sponsored both pieces of legislation, which were passed by the Senate and Assembly in June.

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Covington, Perry.

Sally A. Johnston, 58, of Germantown, Md., was charged July 24 with speed over 55 mph and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Johnson was stopped on Route 63, Covington, for allegedly traveling 79 in a 55-mph zone. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say, during the stop, it was found her license has been suspended in New York State since 1987 for failure to answer two traffic tickets. She is due in the Town of Covington Court Aug. 21.

Bailey Shrum, 23, of Rochester, was arrested by Rochester PD July 25 on a warrant out of the Village of Perry. Perry Police officials say Shrum stole a credit card from a family member in 2016. He was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and petit larceny. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:27 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, crime, State Police.

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Press release, photo submitted

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II has appointed Maj. Edward J. Kennedy, of Buffalo, as the 24th Troop Commander of Troop A. 

Kennedy began his career in the State Police Oct. 2, 1989, when he entered the New York State Police Academy and has served most of his career in the Western New York area.

In 1999, he was promoted to Investigator and worked out of SP Wellsville. In October 2002, he was promoted to Senior Investigator and assigned to SP Jamestown.

In March of 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and assigned to SP Farmingdale, Long Island. After seven months in Long Island he was reassigned to Professional Standards Bureau – Western region which covers Troops A and Troop E. After a few months he was reassigned to SP Jamestown as the Uniform Lieutenant. In April of 2009, he was assigned to SP Batavia as the Lieutenant of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

In September of 2012, he was reassigned to acting Zone 3 Commander (Jamestown area) and in March of 2013 promoted to Captain of Zone 3, Troop A.

In February 2014, he was reassigned to Troop T, SP Buffalo as Captain which covers the Thruway from Rochester to the Erie PA line.

Kennedy’s appointment to Troop A Commander was effective July 13. He replaces Maj. Steven Nigrelli who was promoted to Staff Inspector of Professional Standards Bureau – Western region. 

 As the Troop A Commander, Kennedy will oversee the State Police operations in the eight counties of Western New York which include: Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany. More than 430 civilian and sworn members are under his command.

Kennedy grew up in the Buffalo area and is a 1985 graduate of Buffalo State College.  He is married and has three children.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile, Warsaw.
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      Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson pled not guilty in Wyoming County Court July 20 to charges which include taking more than $4,000 in payments from Perry Central School District.

The 39-year-old Castile man was arrested April 10 after an investigation into allegations of receiving funds from the school in exchange for tutoring services.

He was charged with: grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony; defrauding the government and 23 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, all as Class E felonies.

Anderson is due back in court Sept. 7.

See related: Castile man arrested on charges of defrauding the government

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Java, Wethersfield, Gainesville, Warsaw.

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Photo via the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department

On July 24 Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a vehicle traveling without license plates in the Town of Wethersfield.

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      Jared T. Price

When deputies arrived at the intersection of Youngers and Wethersfield roads they allegedly found the vehicle being driven by Jared T. Price, 21, of Java.

Deputies say they saw Price driving the vehicle, which in addition to having no license plates, had no windshield and no doors. Additionally, officials say an axe was stuck on the roof of the car.

During the stop, Price allegedly performed poorly on field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested. He was then taken to the Sheriff’s Department and evaluated by a certified drug recognition expert, who determined him to be impaired by multiple different drug categories.

Price was charged with: DWAI – drugs; DWAI – combined influence of drugs; no license plates; unregistered motor vehicle; uninspected motor vehicle; operating a vehicle without insurance; no front windshield; and no safety glass.

He was arraigned in the Town of Gainesville Court where bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

For the above charges, he is due in the Town of Wethersfield Court Aug. 1.

Just six days prior, Price was arrested for allegedly violating an active order of protection. For this charge, he is due in the Town of Java Court Aug. 16.

See related: Law and Order: Java man arrested for violating protection order four hours after it was issued

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