Top Stories, April 8, 2022

Double Fatal Overdose In Bath Overnight

From Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft: “The Village of Bath Police Department is investigating a suspected double fatal overdose case that came in around 12:30 last night.  It is suspected that fentanyl killed both parties and an autopsy and toxicology is being performed.  Both parties resided together.  There is no such thing as just heroin any more, it is all mixed with different percentages of fentanyl.  The only safe bet is to never try it.”

Drug Arrests In Howard 

From State Police: On April 8, 2022, members of Troop E VGNET, and State Police uniform members conducted a narcotic investigation at 7558 Moss Road, Howard, N.Y.  The State Police, Special Operations Response Team, executed a dynamic entry at the residence without incident.  The following evidence was secured by New York State Police.

Approximately 1/2 oz of methamphetamine

Approximately 50lbs of processed marihuana

Approximately 134 marihuana plants in various stages of growth

A defaced, loaded 45 cal, Smith & Wesson handgun

A sawed- off, loaded, 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun

Digital scales

Packaging materials

A narcotic press

Multiple 9mm Glock magazines

Numerous 9mm and 45 caliber rounds   


John A. Dellapenna Jr., age 34, of 7558 Moss Road, Howard, NY for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd  Degree, (2 counts), Criminal Possession of a Weapon  3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Criminal Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, (2 counts).

John A. Dellapenna, age 57, of 7558 Moss Road, Howard, NY for Criminal Possession of Cannabis 1st Degree.

Lori A. Miller, age 57, of 7558 Moss Road, Howard, NY for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree.

All subjects to be arraigned at Steuben County CAP on today.

The arrests were the culmination of a multiple month investigation by the New York State Police, the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Steuben County District Attorney’s office.   

Waiting On The Judge’s Decision, On The Tonya Smith Case

The case against Tonya Smith of Painted Post, who officials say, was responsible for running over Bath resident Don Masti in 2019, finished up in court this week.  On Monday, the defense expert witness took issue with the prosecution’s argument about what Tonya Smith’s blood alcohol content was, at the time of the crash.  Also, the defense called a witness about a bottle of vodka found at Tonya’s residence afterwards.  Then on Wednesday, the D.A.’s office brought in an expert, to argue against what the defense said on Monday and the D.A.’s witness argued that the blood alcohol content was over .18.  Judge Phillip Roche, has not made a verdict as of yet. 

Awaiting The Decision On The Maps

Rochester Judge Stephen Lindley said he would make a decision sometime today, on whether to continue to block Judge Pat McAllister’s ruling that the maps were unconstitutional. 

Governor Kathy Hochul says, the budget will be all finished, sometime today or tomorrow.  The governor says there has been a tentative agreement, that it’s a $220 million dollar budget, that the state’s tax on gasoline is going to be suspended from June through December, Hochul is asking counties to do the same.

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