Bath Man Accused of Stalking, Threatening Anchors on Way to Arizona:
The Bath man accused of stalking and using Twitter to threaten to kill two nationally known TV anchor women will likely have a travel day today. Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department are expected to transport 48-year old David Simpson to an Arizona jail today. After a five week investigation, Simpson was charged with a slew of felonies. He was grabbed by Bath Police, who say his car was loaded with guns, ammo, handcuffs and a police radio. Authorities say Simpson quit his job last week at an auto repair shop, telling co-workers he had to leave town.
Painted Post Man Facing Child Porn Charges:
According to YNN, a Painted Post man is facing child porn charges after investigators say he posed as a woman on an internet dating site. State Police say the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children called troopers after it received a report from the website about pedophilia comments. According to investigators, 43-year old Donald Gulick was allegedly posing as a female subscriber. Their investigation uncovered an extensive collection of child porn stored on computer equipment at Gulick's home. He has been charged with possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child.
Erwin Woman Charged with Cemetery Desecration:
An unusual story from the Town of Erwin. State Police arrested 76-year old Jocelyn Deats of Bradford, NY. She was charged with a single count of cemetery desecration for an alleged incident last week. Deats will answer the charge in court at a later date.
Bolivar Man Pleads Guilty to Rape, Sentenced:
A twenty-eight year old man will spend two years in state prison after pleading guilty in Allegany County court to the felony attempted rape of a child under the age of 15. Anthony Beeson of Great Valley will also serve five years post-release supervision and pay $1,000 in sex offender fee's. The charge resulted from a crime March 27th in Bolivar.
Truck Driver Accused of Stealing, Reselling Fuel:
A Broome County man is accused of stealing at least $80,000 worth of fuel from a local business in Tioga County. State Police say 49-year-old Anthony Vaccaro of Windsor used a fuel delivery truck to steal, transport, and re-sell stolen fuel to cash paying customers at a discounted rate. He was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records and was sent to the Tioga County jail on bail.
Federal Prosecutor Looking into Sex Trafficking Following Steuben Co. Arrest:
A federal prosecutor is looking into sex trafficking in our area after a Prattsburgh man was accused of holding a woman hostage as a sex slave. News broke yesterday in the case of 19-year-old Brandon Todd, who is charged with interstate kidnapping. He is accused of using threats and weapons to kidnap a woman in San Diego in April and bringing her back to Prattsburgh where he held her captive for more than two weeks. An FBI agent said Todd told them he was working with a sex trafficking ring. The prosecutor did not say whether that is true and declined to comment further.
Former Nurse Charged in Violation of Health Laws:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released information about the arrest and arraignment of Ericha Brown, a former nurse’s aide at the St. Ann’s Home in Rochester. She allegedly violated the Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights and New York State Health Laws by posting a video capturing the alleged harassment of a patient. Brown, age 23, of Rochester was charged with three counts of Willful Violation of the Health Laws. If convicted, she faces up to a year in prison.
Crash in Addison Caused Morning Delays:
A crash involving a dump truck and a tractor trailer caused early morning traffic delays Tuesday. Details on the crash are limited, but according to WETM it occurred on Route 417, near Addison.
Brooklyn Man Injured in Allegany Co. ATV Accident:
State Police are reporting that there was an ATV accident in Allegany County. Troopers say a 28-year-old man from Brooklyn was injured after he drove over a depression in a field and the vehicle rolled over on him. He was flown to Strong Memorial for treatment.
Unemployment Numbers for June:
The jobless rate in Steuben County dipped slightly in June, compared with the month before…and it has dropped sharply from a year ago. Elmira and Yates County also witnessed a dip. Allegany County? Not so lucky. It’s unemployment rate hopped up to 7.8%.
Challenger Emerges in Race for Chemung County Sheriff:
Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss now has competition in the GOP primary. Art Laurey, of Horseheads, has filed enough petitions to guarantee a Republican primary election. He is also circulating petitions to run on the Liberty and Justice party lines. Laurey, a former Marine, has worked at the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years. The primary is September 10th.
Pataki Testifies at Trial:
Testifying Tuesday in his own defense, former Governor George Pataki told the court he knew none of the details of a program to institutionalize violent sex offenders after they finished their prison sentences when he gave the plan the go-ahead in 2005. He told the Manhattan jury that he did not even know what law was used to transfer prisoners to psychiatric centers. Six convicted sex offenders have sued him and the state. If the jury finds Pataki and the state responsible, it could assess damages. The trial is now in its third week.
Corning in Running for Rand McNally Competition:
Following its top 6 finish last year, Corning is one again pushing to be named a fun destination as part of Rand McNally’s annual Best of the Road competition. There are six categories in the contest. Among them is “most fun” small town in America and that’s where Corning is competing. The Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau is once again asking residents to vote for Corning and push it over the top. People have until September 3rd to vote and they can enter multiple votes, but no more than once every 24 hours. For details on how to do so, visit www.bestoftheroad.com.