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Friday, June 23rd, 2017

East Bloomfield, N.Y. – David Witherow, the man accused of a brutal beating in Ontario County, was arraigned in East Bloomfield Town Court Thursday afternoon.

Police said the assault continued after the victim was already unconscious. The prosecutor assigned to the case that the victim might not survive, saying the victim’s injuries are “clearly life-threatening”.

The victim, who has been unconscious since Sunday, has severe brain injuries, broken eye sockets and might lose his vision.

Early Sunday, Witherow brutally assaulted the victim and kept beating him while he was unconscious and on the ground. Court documents state this began when Witherow found his wife kissing another man, her ex-boyfriend, in a bar parking lot.
That’s when State Police said Witherow assaulted the victim and his own wife. His wife suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Witherow pleaded not guilty and is being held in jail on $50,000 bail. The case will now be transferred to Ontario County Court.

Hornell, N.Y. – A Steuben County man has been convicted in the death of a toddler in 2015.

Dakota Miller was found guilty of second degree murder and first degree manslaughter Thursday in Steuben County Court.

During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2015, 17-month-old Ian Maniske-Huff died as a result of a traumatic brain injury to the head and a slashed liver.
Prosecutors said Miller bit the child so hard, it caused the toddler to bleed.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on September 5. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Details are few, but State Police Wednesday arrested a 38 year old Clyde woman for a break-in at a home on Cayuga Street in the village.

Sherry Forjone is charged with burglary for allegedly going in and taking items from the home around 6 in the morning.

We’ll updates you with more details on this story should they become available.

A fire that burned through the windows and walls in a back room of a Cayuga County home has been ruled accidental, according to fire officials.

Multiple fire departments were called just before 5 p.m. on June 11 for a fire at on Howland Island Rd. in the town of Mentz near Port Byron.

Heavy smoke and fire poured from the windows of a back room of the two-story home as more than a dozen firefighters worked to knock down the fire. Emergency crews did not leave the scene until after 9 p.m.

State fire investigators later ruled the blaze, which displaced a man and a woman, accidental and caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

An Auburn man has been charged with two felonies for stealing more than $2,500 in merchandise from Walmart, the Auburn Police Department said.

Kristopher C. Tracy, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny.

According to Auburn Captain James Moore, Tracy was involved in a minor motor vehicle accident May 27 at the corner of Standart Avenue and N. Fulton Street. When police responded, Moore said officers found some items in Tracy’s vehicle which they suspected to be stolen.

Upon further investigation, police discovered Tracy had stolen the items from Walmart, which had served Tracy a notice of restriction in 2012, prohibiting him from entering the store. Moore said the total value of the stolen property was $2,545.83.

Tracy was arrested Wednesday on a warrant. He was remanded to Cayuga County Jail without bail.

Twelve jurors have been selected and one alternate in the murder case of a Penfield father.

Craig Rideout was killed last summer. Police found his body in Yates County wrapped in a tarp with acid poured over his face.

Rideout’s two sons, Alex and Colin, his estranged wife Laura, and her boyfriend Paul Tucci are all charged with murder and are being tried at the same time.

Opening statements could happen as soon as Friday, June 23 for the trial.

The state’s Department of Health announced enhancements to the medical marijuana program.

Practitioners can now register online with the department and certify patients for medical marijuana the same day.

The health department also approved a second, four hour course for practitioners to take on the medical use of marijuana.

At this point, there are more than 1,000 registered practitioners in New York’s medical marijuana program.

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