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Written by on January 18, 2018

State Police Officer arrested for allegedly lying about a domestic incident in Batavia.
State Troopers in Batavia arrested one of their own accused of lying about a weapon reported in domestic incident.
Yesterday State Police announced the arrest of 25 year old Brianna Smith for offering a false instrument for filing and falsely reporting an incident.
Smith claimed to have been menaced by someone wielding a weapon while she was off duty in the December incident.
Investigators determined no weapon was displayed or used.
Smith is a State Police Officer out of Troop T in Syracuse and her current status within the agency isn’t known.
She was issued an appearance ticket for a later date.

An Attica woman is behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing a four year old child.
23 year old Victoria Young was arrested yesterday and charged with Sexual Abuse, Use of a Child less than 17 for sexual performance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She is accused of sending a video to someone showing a sexual act by the child to an adult.
Young has been barred contact with the child through a protective order and she is being held on $100,000 bail.
Police said she and the victim are related.
Young could be facing even more charges pending examination results and she is due back in court next month.

Corfu Police take on a few good dogs.
Officer Anthony Bartucca was recently hired by the small village police force bringing his previous K-9 experience and his two skilled dogs as well.
One of the dogs specializes in tracking and drugs, the other is trained in explosives.
Bartucca joined the Corfu Police after his prior department in Lyons was disbanded.

New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing President Trump’s Administration for air pollution.
Yesterday Schneiderman and Connecticut’s attorney general filed a joint lawsuit claiming the EPA isn’t doing enough to keep smog from drifting over state lines.
According to the press release about one in three New Yorkers breathe an unhealthy level of smog and Schneiderman blamed other states for much of this.
He says this is a violation of the Clean Air Act.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she’ll remain Governor Cuomo’s running mate.
There had been talk about her challenging Congressman Chris Collins in Western New York this upcoming election.
There had even been talk about her being replaced on the ticket by Rochester’s Mayor.
Hochul told “The Buffalo News” yesterday that Cuomo has asked her to run with him for re-election again and she’s embracing her job.

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