Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 10, 2022
A Batavia man with an extensive history of drug and burglary-related arrests, including two arrests during the past year in Livingston and Wyoming counties, now faces new charges after an indictment was unsealed in County Court. 50-year-old Louis Coleman was arrested on a grand jury indictment warrant charging him with third-degree criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling methamphetamine in the village of Attica to an undercover Wyoming County Drug Task Force agent earlier this year. Coleman had been scheduled to be sentenced on previous drug charges and is still facing numerous, similar charges in Livingston County.
The sentence 42-year-old Wesley Thigpen of Batavia received is what he had accepted as a plea deal. He was in court yesterday for sentencing, during which time he made two attempts to speak. However, because his message addressed victims directly, the District Attorney objected. Thigpen then refused to sign an order of protection and the judge told him it would go into his file for parole boards to see. Thigpen once again tried to address the court. But the judge stopped him because he had already had the opportunity to speak, and the sentence of 10 years to life had been imposed.
23-year-old Cameron Federico of Batavia now faces felony conspiracy charges. He’s been indicted by a Wyoming County Grand Jury accused of conspiring to sell methamphetamine in the Village of Attica to the Wyoming County Drug Task Force earlier this year. ALSO: 45-year-old Stephen Thompson of Attica is charged with the sale and possession for dealing methamphetamine to drug task force agents in Attica. Thompson has served two state prison terms for dealing drugs in Wyoming County: He served one year and four months in 2012 and a year later was again convicted of dealing drugs. He was sentenced to a determinate term of four years and six months.
44-year-old Anthony Paradise, a convicted Albany Region bank robber, has pleaded guilty during jury selection to the murder of his cellmate, an Albion native who graduated from Medina High School. 38-year-old Delmus Tanner was killed in November 2018 when Paradise choked him with a torn bed sheet. Tanner was the father of three children, had been in prison on drug charges, and was reportedly looking forward to being a good citizen once released.
A now-former bus driver in the Brockport Central School District is in some legal trouble after being accused of driving drunk. According to investigators, 47-year-old Robert Manley was transporting students during an out-of-district run earlier this week when a random alcohol-screening test revealed his blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit. Manley has been fired from his job with the district and is expected to appear in court later this month.
Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin has officially conceded to Kathy Hochul in the race for New York governor. Hochul declared victory after the polls closed, but Zeldin initially refused to concede, saying there were votes that still needed to be counted. He released a statement yesterday congratulating the governor on her win and thanked his supporters for making such a close race possible. Hochul has been governor since the resignation of ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo last year and will begin her full four-year term in January.
One person has been detained following vandalism that happened at the FBI office in Buffalo. Officials say the individual threw a brick multiple times at the lobby window of the building located on Niagara Street yesterday. Interior screens stopped the person from getting inside the building and no injuries were reported. The name of the individual hasn’t been released.
Music fans across Western New York will get the chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve by attending a free concert being performed by a popular band. That’s because the Goo Goo Dolls are going to take the stage at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls on Saturday, December 31st. The show is scheduled to set to begin at 11:00pm. All concertgoers must be at least 21-years-old and VIP packages for the event go on sale tomorrow at senecaniagaracasino.com
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott says the playing status of quarterback Josh Allen for this Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings still hasn’t been decided. Allen didn’t take part in practice yesterday and McDermott said he is listed as day-to-day with an elbow injury. Allen was hurt during Buffalo’s loss to the New York Jets last Sunday. If he can’t play this weekend, Case Keenum will be the starting QB for the Bills.
The Buffalo Sabres will try once again tonight to snap their current losing streak, which is now at three games. But, standing in their way will be former Sabres star Jack Eichel and the Vegas Golden Knights. When Buffalo last played on Tuesday, they were defeated by the Arizona Coyotes 4-1. Face-off for this evening’s contest is set for 7:00.