Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on March 14, 2019
Court stenographer recording may lead to dismissal of a manslaughter case in Genesee County.
The actions of a grand jury stenographer may have jeopardized the criminal case against 48 year old Jennifer Serrano who is accused of a fatal hit and run in Darien last summer.
The attorneys for Serrano have filed a motion seeking that the second-degree vehicular manslaughter charge is dismissed against their client after they were made aware that the court stenographer was allegedly recording audio of the grand jury proceedings, which isn’t legally permissible.
Serrano was arrested following the August 11th Jason Aldean concert in Darien where she allegedly struck and killed 18 year old Connor Lynskey.
According to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman he was only made aware of the recordings recently and then notified the defense attorneys in the case.
Friedman said he doesn’t believe the case is jeopardized by the recordings.
Serious prison time possible for a school athletic trainer in Conesus accused of having relations with an underage girl.
30 year old Austin Pratt of Conesus was charged by criminal complaint with enticement of a minor and production of child pornography.
The parents of the minor female victim notified State Police in January that they found a large amount of text messages on their daughter’s phone from her school athletic trainer.
According to investigators simple texts regarding an injury the victim suffered led to nude photographs being exchanged on Instagram and eventual sexual intercourse between the two.
Pratt faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, with a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty.
A Walnut Street woman arrested for stealing a wallet from Batavia’s waterpark.
39 year old Jamie Ayala has been arrested and charged with Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny following investigation into a stolen wallet.
Ayala was accused of stealing and preventing the return of a the wallet containing credit cards, money and other personal documents while at the Palm Island Indoor Water Park last month.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on April 4th.
Darien resident Lucas Birkby won five medals from a powerlifting competition in Mamaroneck sponsored by United States Strongman Inc. over the weekend.
Birkby set official state records for the axle clean and press at 320 pounds, the 18-inch deadlift at 700 pounds, deadlift at 650 pounds, the log press at 310 pounds, and the atlas stone, at 360 pounds.
The axle clean and the 18-inch deadlift are also national records for the heavyweight teen division.
Birkby has qualified to compete at the nationals in June in Columbus, Ohio.
State lawmakers have officially rejected Governor Cuomo’s proposed changes to New York’s limousine industry.
The governor originally called for things like a ban on stretch limousines and for inspecting agencies to have more power to take dangerous vehicles off the roads.
Cuomo says changes are needed after a deadly limo crash in Schoharie that left 20 people dead last October.
But, opponents say the proposals could have put limo companies that follow the rules out of business.