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Sep 16, 2020 |

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating “smash and grabs” at area convenient stores. Authorities say two incidents occurred this past weekend in the overnight hours. The Byron Crosby’s Convenient Store was hit after the front door was smashed and cigarettes were stolen. Investigators say it is similar to the “smash and grab” incident at the Bergen Crosby’s Convenient Store earlier this month. In the second case, there was an attempt to gain entry at the Bergen Crosby’s Store, when a propane tank was used to hit the glass, however entry was not gained. The Sheriff’s Office is working on some leads. Anyone with information on the incidents can contact The Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 585-343-5000.

A Warsaw man is charged with selling and possessing drugs. The Wyoming County Drug Task Force reports that a search warrant at the residence of 53yo Timothy Regan yielded almost six pounds of high grade marijuana, over $25,000 in cash, along with other drug paraphernalia. He is also accused of selling marijuana out of his apartment to an agent of the drug task force. Regan is charged with criminal sale of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana. He will answer the charges in Warsaw Court at a later date.

A wanted fugitive from Kentucky was apprehended following a traffic stop in the Town of Wethersfield. Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies learned the fugitive, 32yo Jeffery Thompson of Wethersfield, was residing in the hamlet of Wethersfield Springs. Thompson was wanted on a nationwide warrant as a parole absconder from the State of Kentucky following a felony conviction for weapon possession. Deputies conducted surveillance of the residence and were able to identify Thompson as the driver of a vehicle leaving the residence. A traffic stop was conducted, and Thompson was taken into custody without incident. Deputies say he was also found to be driving with switched plates, no registration, no inspection, no insurance, and no driver’s license. Following arraignment, he was remanded to jail without bail to await extradition to Kentucky. Thompson was also issued traffic citations returnable to Wethersfield Court at a later date.

A Nunda man is accused of going to the residence of a protected person. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says 24yo Alek Gaby, who has a court issued order of protection in place against him, went to the residence of the protected party on two occasions, to ask for money. Investigators arrested and charged him with two counts of Aggravated Criminal Contempt. The charges are felonies as Gaby has a previous conviction for felony Criminal Contempt. Following arraignment he was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $150 bail.

A Steuben County man is being charged after a crash that killed his 6-year-old daughter. State Police responded to a fatal crash in the Town of Wayland Monday. Troopers say the driver, 30yo Derek Clark of Wayland was driving on Route 36 when his car left the road and hit a guide rail and telephone pole, causing the car to overturn. His 6-year-old daughter, Leah Clark, was seat belted in a booster seat in the back seat and was pronounced dead at the scene. Derek was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Vehicular Manslaughter. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.

The report of a female slumped over the wheel of a car in a parking lot in the Town of Castile results in a Pike woman’s arrest. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says 36yo Shaunna Flint was located in the driver seat of her vehicle, which was running, and Flint was unresponsive. Attempts to wake Flint were successful. She was eventually asked to perform field sobriety tests and was then taken into custody. Deputies say she was also found to be in possession of several pills which were not prescribed to her. Flint allegedly refused to cooperate with further evaluation. A blood and urine draw was completed at the Wyoming County Community Hospital. Flint is charged with DWAI/drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is scheduled to answer the charges later this month in Castile Town Court.

A Churchville man was locked up after being arrested on an active, outstanding bench warrant. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says 30yo Kyle Hawley was taken into custody following an incident at an apartment in Bergen last April. He is charged with burglary, criminal mischief for intentionally damaging property, and criminal tampering. Hawley was arraigned and remanded to jail on no bail.

The United States and Canada are likely to extend border restrictions. The ban, which does not cover trade or travel by air, was first imposed in March and has been rolled over several times. According to media reports, it could last until at least the end of November as coronavirus cases spike in some states. The current range of restrictions runs out on September 21st. Canadian officials, especially those in provinces bordering the United States, insist the restrictions must remain.

Six states have been removed from New York State’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory list. Those states are California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio. Puerto Rico has been added back to the list, which requires 14 day quarantines. Governor Cuomo says that when other states and territories make progress fighting COVID-19, that’s good for New York. He adds that while he is glad to see areas removed from the travel advisory list, it still remains far too long.

New York’s 38-day streak of less than 1% of coronavirus tests being positive is over. The Governor’s office says 1% of tests Monday were positive, out of 73,678 tests done. Eleven people died Monday due to the virus. Positive tests in the Finger Lakes Region have remained around .7% over the last few days.

The New York State Department of Health has sent out updated guidance on nursing home visitation. Nursing homes can now open to visitors as long as they have been COVID-19 free for 14 days. A previous directive stated that a nursing home must be COVID free for 28 days before visitors are allowed. The new rules go into effect tomorrow. It requires a visitor to submit a negative COVID test performed in the last seven days. Visitors must also undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings and socially distance during the visit, visitors under the age of 18 are prohibited.

Governor Cuomo says he will not put a ban on trick-or-treating. Cuomo says he will give guidance and advice, and will leave it up to parents to decide what to do. The Governor says he is not going to tell you that you can’t take your child through the neighborhood. He adds that banning trick-or-treating would not be appropriate.

Today is National Choose Your Chocolate Day. The day corresponds with the birthday of one of chocolate’s modern visionaries, Mary See of See’s Candies. To honor this confection, and the woman whose innovative and high-quality recipes have laid the foundation for nearly 100 years of candy-making excellence, See’s Candies has sponsored National Choose Your Chocolate Day. The holiday experts at National Today, the internet’s #1 authority for holidays, surveyed 1,500 Americans about everyone’s favorite treat and found: 41% of respondents say that their chocolate consumption has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic; 57% consume chocolate at least once a week; 57% of respondents say that they crave milk chocolate the most. The survey also found that New York ranks #2 chocolate lovers;  Illinois, came in at #1. Rounding out the top 5 is Florida, Ohio, and California.

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