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Written by Alex Feig on August 10, 2018
Congressman Collins accused of using campaign funds to pay for legal battle.
New information is being revealed claiming Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is siphoning money from his campaign to his legal defense.
While facing a list of charges related to insider trading the local Republican apparently used donor raised campaign dollars to pay his legal bills according to a report by C-N-B-C.
The report says donors may not have known where their money was ending up even though it may not be illegal for the Collins camp to have done.
The Congressman, his son Cameron and his son’s future father in-law pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in a Manhattan Court Wednesday.
According to records, Collins payed the legal firm BakerHostetler up to $60,000 campaign dollars to fund part of his legal defense.
Prosecutors say while Collins was on the board of an Australian biotech company he called his son allowing him to sell off shares of the company before news of a failed drug trial were made public, devastating the stock value.
Collins called the charges meritless and vows to clear his name while continuing to seek reelection in the district.
One car crash in Alabama leads to arrest of an Oakfield man.
42 year old Anonito Dames of Knowlesville Road was arrested on a litany of charges following a single car crash on Lewiston Road in Alabama yesterday afternoon.
After recording a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit, Dames was taken into custody for Aggravated DWI and was accused of operating a motor vehicle without an interlock while on a revoked license.
He sustained minor injuries in the accident and ultimately released with appearance tickets returnable to Alabama Town Court on August 29th.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s office is alerting residents of a reported scam.
They are reporting complaints from people receiving calls concerning their utility bills.
The scammers apparently claim the victim’s electricity will be shut off in a matter of minutes if they don’t pay them immediately over the phone.
The callers ask for payment by either credit card or gift cards.
Residents are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office if they receive one of these calls.
A Tennessee man accused of attempting to run people over in a church parking lot is behind bars in Batavia.
According to police 63 year old Paul Hussey was intoxicated by a combination of drugs and alcohol when he tried to run down four people at the Northgate Free Methodist Church Wednesday night.
Hussey is charged with reckless endangerment and attempted assault. He’s now in the Genesee County Jail.
Doubledays’ defeat Muckdogs at Dwyer stadium.
Batavia was bested by a single run in last night’s matchup against Auburn with a final score of 4 to 3.
Wednesday’s away game has been rescheduled for next Friday to be played as a doubleheader.
Tonight the teams will take to the field in Batavia for what is now the second in the series beginning with a 7:05 first pitch.
You can hear the game right here on WBTA.