In The News
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
A vehicle fire, Tuesday afternoon just after 5:00pm resulted in some delays for westbound traffic on the New York State Thruway between the Geneva and Manchester exits. The vehicle fire caused the right lane to be blocked for a short period of time. State Police said a west-bound SUV near mile marker 331 experienced what was described as a “brake fire.” No one was injured and the vehicle was towed away. The lane was reopened in about 30 minutes and normal traffic flow resumed by 6:30 p.m.
The snow plow scammer who defrauded dozens of people in Monroe County – and in Buffalo before that – is now facing new felony charges in Wayne County and the Wayne County District Attorney’s office has made it clear – they’ll be no deals for 39 year-old Scott Romero of Palmyra.
Romero was to have been arraigned in Wayne County Tuesday morning on a new felony charge. However, the arraignment was delayed because of a mix-up: Wayne County officers hoping to transport him from Monroe County for his sentencing in Wayne were unaware that he had already been transported to Buffalo to begin serving his sentence there.
The Wayne County DA wants to see him go to prison, and has secured a new indictment against Romero, charging him with defrauding multiple victims. Romero now faces new felony charges that could extend his time behind bars to an additional 1 1/3 to four years.
Romero recently plead guilty in Monroe County to similar charges and was sentenced to one to three years, with an opportunity to instead serve six months shock incarceration. Last week, a judge in Buffalo sentenced him to six months for failing to follow a court order relating to a similar scheme.
His arraignment in Wayne County will now take place on Thursday afternoon.
A Livingston County woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her great-grandparents who suffer from memory loss and dementia.
The County’s Adult Protective Services notified the Sheriff’s Office about the alleged theft and the woman, 21 year-old Desiree Clark of Dalton, admitted to investigators that she wrote and signed checks from her grandparents account. Deputies say Clark stole approximately $11,000 dollars.
Clark is now facing charges of Grand Larceny and Forgery. She was released following her arraignment and an Order of Protection was issued to prevent her from visiting her grandparents.
Auburn Police report this afternoon that the 15 year old girl who ran away from the Cayuga Centers on Hamilton Avenue last Tuesday has been located. Christa “Shay” Hermanet was found at a home in Auburn after a tip was called into police.
Assemblyman Bob Oakes, of Macedon, on Tuesday called on Governor Cuomo to use a projected $1.6 billion in bank settlement fees for infrastructure repairs around the state. The fees are in addition to the $5.3 billion, the state has already received.
In pushing for infrastructure upgrades, Oakes and other lawmakers point to the poor condition of the state’s roadways, which a recent report indicated cost New York drivers an additional $6.3 billion a year in vehicle operating expenses.
The same report found that 80 percent of the state’s major urban roadways are in poor to mediocre condition. The report also noted that all of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient or fail to meet modern design guidelines.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state’s Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust is primarily used to pay debt service and the daily operations of the State Department of Transportation and the DMV. The fund, which is supported by gasoline taxes and other fees, disbursed more than $3.8 billion in fiscal 2012 to 2013, but only 22 percent, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, went to construction. Lawmakers want the money to be used for its intended purposes, which is roads and bridges.
Syracuse city police recovered two cars stolen from the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot Tuesday morning and had one suspect in custody, according to Skaneateles village police.
Skaneateles Village Police said two vehicles — a Honda and a Toyota — were taken from the community center parking lot by two individuals who allegedly obtained the vehicles’ keys from a board where fitness center patrons routinely hang their keys.
A button that is located on the ignition key, Coon noted, so the suspects found out what cars the keys belonged to by activating the cars security system and drove off in the vehicles.
Both vehicles were located later in the afternoon by the Syracuse City Police Department, and police also apprehended one of the suspects, a female, while the second suspect fled on foot and escaped.
Syracuse police are handling the incident and did not provide the names of either suspect. Skaneateles police are assisting with the investigation by analyzing security video footage from the community center. The village Police could provide the footage to television stations to reach out to the public for help identifying the suspects.
Police remind residents to lock their cars, keep their keys with them and take out any valuable items.
The state Gaming Commission is closer to issuing its three gaming licenses to Lago, Montreign and Rivers Casinos.
According to the commission, New York State Police investigators are in the final stages of background checks and investigations into the casinos and their management.
Once the checks are complete, State Police will present them to the commission, which will be used in their final decision and issuing of the licenses.
All of the sites were recommended late last year after an extensive bidding process, which included a $1 million application fee.