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Monday, October 24th, 2016

We’ve been made aware of a missing person alert issued by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office for a 41 year old Keuka Park woman.

Michelle Downs has not been seen by her family in approximately two weeks. Downs is described as being 5’5, 135 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. If anyone has any information on Michelle’s location, they are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 315-536-4438 or dial 9-1-1.

A Wayne County mail carrier is accused of stealing money and gift cards out of mail on her route.

The Times of Wayne County reports 24-year-old Lindsey Snyder faces several petit larceny counts, and has been fired from her job with the U.S. Postal Service.

State police say they’re unsure of just how much in cash and gift cards Snyder stole, though Snyder was allegedly captured on security camera trying to cash one of the stolen cards at the Newark Walmart.

Snyder will appear in Savannah Town Court next month.

Victor N.Y. – An Alfred woman is facing child endangerment charges for leaving two of her children inside her car while she was shopping Sunday.

Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies say Vera Abu Samra of Alfred, NY left her five-year-old and two-year-old in her vehicle while she shopped inside of the Eastview Mall.

Samra was arrested for two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Samra’s children were taken by Child Protective Services and transported to a family friend’s residence in Hornell.

Samra was arraigned in Farmington Town Court and remanded to Ontario County Jail. Samra will appear in Victor Town Court at a later day to answer for her charges.

A 31 year old Cattaraugus County man is back in Yates County Jail after being arrested on an active warrant by Bath State Police. The warrant out of Penn Yan Court was for Adam Webster following the investigation into an alleged sex offense that occurred in the village. Details of that incident were not released.

Webster, who is a level 3 sex offender, was jailed on charges of unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching. Additional charges are pending.

Cayuga County Deputies looking for a driver who allegedly hit a police car while fleeing from a traffic stop north of Cato Friday night.

They say the driver in a red pickup truck caused significant damage to the patrol car in the incident.

No word yet on the identity of that driver.

Naples, N.Y. – Three persons are homeless, and one man was hospitalized after a fire at a Naples mobile home Friday morning.

Firefighters with the Naples Fire Department responded to the scene around 6:35 a.m. on Concord Park in Naples.

The three who lived at the home were already safely outside when firefighters arrived. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes. One man was taken to the hospital for breathing problems.

The mobile home was heavily damaged in the fire and rendered uninhabitable. The Red Cross was assisting those who were displaced. Investigators said the fire appears to be accidental and say it appears to be related to someone being careless with cigarettes on the porch of the home.

FLEMING — A house on Route 34 in Fleming was damaged Sunday when a vehicle collision sent one car crashing through a front door.

State police investigators said a blue BMW, driven by Keren Lu of Ontario, Canada, was heading north along Route 34 toward Auburn around 4pm Sunday, when it turned left and crashed into a black Chevrolet parked outside the residence, near the intersection of Route 34 and Skillet Road.

The resulting impact sent the parked car backward, crashing halfway into the house. Neither Lu or her passenger were injured. Route 34 was closed in the area for about 2 hours after the crash. Nobody was home at the time, according to State Police.

Lu admitted to holding a GPS in her hand while she was driving to Toronto from Ithaca. Lu struck the parked car when the GPS told her to turn left onto Skillet Road. Lu was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely, using a portable electronic device and speed not reasonable and prudent, Campbell said. There was no indication of drugs or alcohol involved, investigators said.

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