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Monday, April 6th, 2015


FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was killed in a roll-over accident late Friday afternoon, his wife escaping with minor injuries.

Ontario County Sheriff deputies reported that Richard S. Padgham, age 73, was eastbound on Allen-Padgham Road when he lost control of his car, hit a ditch and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife, Marilyn A. Padgham, 71, was able to get out of the car. Deputies said she suffered facial and head lacerations. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, treated and released.

The accident, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. Friday, caused the closure of the road for several hours while Police investigated.

Deputies said both parties were wearing seat belts and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.


CANANDAIGUA — The trial process begins Monday for 21-year-old Jowsheed Morales, the Geneva man who, if convicted, could face 25 years in prison or more. He is accused on multiple charges, including rape, allegedly committed against his ex-girlfriend.

Morales was arrested and charged in March 2014, resulting from an alleged incident the previous month, in which the 21-year-old is accused of having forcible sexual intercourse with his ex-girlfriend.

After a court order was issued for him to stay away from the woman, Morales allegedly attempted to make contact with his estranged girlfriend via phone calls and text messages. Even after his incarceration, he is accused of continuing to attempt to contact the woman from the Ontario County Jail.

Last month, Morales rejected a plea deal offered by the District Attorney’s office that would have insured a nine-year prison sentence in exchange for a guilty verdict.

Morales’ was charged and convicted previously with sexual misconduct, committed against the mother of his child, according to court documents, in September of 2012, and sentenced him to three years of probation. In addition, a court order of protection was issued against him, prohibitting him to from any contact with the victim.

Jury selection in Morales’ trial is set to begin this morning.


AUBURN, N.Y. — An Auburn woman admitted this week to stealing a prescription pad from a doctor and using it to get a hold of of over 700 prescription pills.

Heidi Neville, 43, of Auburn, plead guilty Friday to felonies for criminal possession of a controlled substance, forgery and falsifying business records. In exchange for her plea, she was promised the chance to complete a program at drug treatment court, which would release her on five years of probation.

She reportedly told court officials she became addicted to Oxycodone after having a surgery for an abscess she developed after years of heroin use.

She was originally brought up on multiple charges January 30th by the Auburn Police Department, including criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of forgery, falsifying business records and petit larceny.


CLIFTON SPRINGS NY — A man has been arrested for driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three and a half times the legal limit.

According to Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies, Ronald Meier Jr., 47, of Farmington, was stopped on West Main Street in the Village of Clifton Springs for failure to keep right late Saturday evening.

Deputies said Meier was found to be intoxicated and agreed to a breathalyzer test, revealing his blood-alcohol level to be greater than three and a half times the legal limit.
Authorities say he has a prior conviction for DWI in the town of Farmington from 2008.
Meier is being held at the Ontario County Jail awaiting arraignment.


PERRY NY — Three people who fell out of their 14-foot aluminum boat, did not require rescue when it overturned in turbulent water Saturday afternoon into the Genesee River at Letchworth State Park. A witness called 911 after spotting the boaters clinging to their vessel near Portageville. The boaters were able to swim safely to the shore and taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment, with no injuries were reported.

According to Park police, the victims were not wearing life jackets. Following the incident Park police warned the public to wear life jackets and to watch out for fast-moving currents, as spring run-off conditions are causing streams and rivers to flow at dangerous levels.

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