Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 6, 2019
Perry man jailed for drug sales that led to an overdose.
32 year old Eric Martin of Perry has been arrested by Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly selling heroin and a needle to the victim of a drug overdose.
Investigation began last month following a heroin overdose that occurred in the Town of Castile.
The overdose victim received medical treatment and survived the incident.
Martin was also accused of accepting payment for the drugs by unlawfully using another person’s debit card.
He is charged with felony counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, a felony count of Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Personal Identification.
Martin was committed in lieu of $5,000 bail to Wyoming County Jail.
A Bergen woman busted on multiple arrest warrants.
43 year old Cythnia Owens of Rochester Street Bergen was arrested on three separate outstanding bench warrants out of Batavia City Court and was additionally charged with three counts of Bail Jumping.
She was taken into custody Monday morning in Rochester and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 with her combined bail amounts.
Owens is expected back in City Court tomorrow.
Welfare fraud leads to arrest for a Wyoming County woman.
48 year old Rachel Hare of Gainesville was charged with a felony counts of Welfare Fraud, Offering a False Instrument to File and Grand Larceny following an investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services.
Hare allegedly failed to report she had been married since 2014 and exceeded the resource limit for a married couple by receiving a total of nearly 24-thousand dollars in county taxpayer and Social Security benefits which she was not entitled to.
Hare is scheduled to appear on March 25th in Warsaw Town Court.
Underfunded State Health Programs causing an unexpected county expense according to officials.
According to Paul Pettit, Director of Health Services for Genesee County New York’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes several public health policy changes that health officials support, however the changes don’t necessarily come with flexible or increased funding to help pay for the program and could create new unfunded mandates for the county.
Pettit explained the issue to the Human Services Committee during a department review Monday noting that providers for the Early Intervention Program haven’t received a raise in 20 years and the governor’s budget includes a 5-percent increase in the reimbursement rate and it seems the burden for the additional expense will fall largely on the county.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.
Governor Cuomo is expected to sign a new gun control measure into law requiring gun owners to lock away their weapons when children are present.
The legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled state legislature states that anytime someone under 16 is in the home a gun owners would be required to keep firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device.
The Assembly and Senate passed the legislation Monday, five weeks after lawmakers approved a package of other gun-control measures.
Assembly and Senate Republicans who voted against the measure said it’s an infringement on Second Amendment rights to bear arms and could leave a gun owner defenseless against intruders.
Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio may be running for office again.
This week, she talked with officials about possibly becoming a candidate for Rochester City Council or the Rochester City Court.
The state Court of Appeals removed her from the bench last year after several run-ins with the law.
But, Astacio could still run for City Council if she gets enough signatures to be on the ballot.