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Written by WBTA STAFF on August 7, 2019
The legal case involving Congressman Chris Collins has had some recent development.
Three securities charges against the 27th District Republican have been dropped by prosecutors.
Those charges may have caused a legal obstacle that could have stagnated the case against the Congressman and were tossed according to the Buffalo News.
Collins was arrested on federal insider trading charges last year, but has maintained his innocence.
He has still not announced whether he will run for reelection.
Collin’s is slated for trial in New York early next year.
An Orleans County man sentenced for firing shots outside of a Greece residence.
In federal court yesterday 23 year old Christopher Rivers of Holley was sentenced to 30 months in prison on a conviction of a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
Rivers was arrested after firing a shotgun multiple times outside an apartment window at an Affinity Lane address in Greece during the early morning hours of January 25th.
The conviction and sentence was elevated because Rivers was previously convicted of Criminal Possession of a Firearm in Orleans County Court, and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
California man who attempted to have sex with a 12 year old child is going to prison.
44 year old Gabriel Murillo of San Bernadino County, California, who was convicted of attempted online enticement of a minor, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison in a federal court yesterday.
Prosecutors say that between April 2018 and February of this year, Murillo engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an individual who he believed was a 12 year old girl living in upstate New York, attempting to groom the child and requesting that she meet with him for sex.
In February Murillo flew from Los Angeles to Rochester in order to have sex with the child, however unbeknownst to him the child was actually an undercover New York State Police Investigator.
Murillo was apprehended while disembarking a plane at the Greater Rochester International Airport.
The United Memorial Medical Center League is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Founded in 1969 by local volunteers who wanted to give back to the community, the organization’s mission was to raise funds and collect resources to support United Memorial Medical Center.
The league is credited with making the community a healthier and better place to live through their efforts.
Recently the UMMC League has been purchasing water bottles, through the continued dues support of League members, for patients at the Lipson Cancer Center at UMMC.
New York’s waterways will be getting a bit safer thanks to legislation signed by Governor Cuomo.
“Brianna’s Law” requires boat operators to take a state-approved boating safety course by 2025.
Violators will face a fine between 100 and 250 dollars.
The measure is named after an 11-year-old Long Island girl who lost her life in a boating accident.
The law goes into effect January 1st.
Drivers who illegally pass school buses are more likely to get caught thanks to a new law.
The measure allows cameras to be installed on the stop-arms of those vehicles.
Any driver caught breaking the law will face a $250 fine for their first offense.
Officials say the new legislation allows school districts to hold dangerous drivers accountable while also having the tools needed to keep kids safe.