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Wednesday, May 24th 2017


Auburn Police say a juvenile that was reported missing last week has died in Western New York.

Auburn Police say Destani Williams, 17, was reported as having run away from the Cayuga Centers on May 15. On May 19, the body of an unresponsive female was brought to Brook’s Hospital in Dunkirk, located in Chautauqua County. The following morning, she died. The body was confirmed to be that of Destani Williams, according to authorities.

Auburn Police say Dunkirk Police are handling the investigation into who brought Williams’ body to the hospital and the circumstances around her death. There’s also no confirmed cause of death yet.

Auburn Police are now acting with a sense of “heightened” urgency in their efforts to track down 16 year old runaway Morgan Eppinger who disappeared from the Cayuga Center May 15th around the same time as Destani Williams .

They may have traveled together to the Dunkirk area. Auburn Police are urging anyone with any information or knowledge of Eppinger’s whereabouts or condition to call them.

Eppinger is white, 5-3, 115 pounds with long red hair and blue eyes.


MACHIAS, N.Y. — Two teenagers who reportedly abducted a 12-year-old girl in Cattaraugus County Tuesday morning are now facing multiple charges.

Joshua Monette, 18, and John Harvey, 16, have both been charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Monette is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators say they kidnapped 12-year-old McKenzie Wilson from her home in Lyndon, which is about 80 miles southeast of Buffalo and 70 miles southwest of Rochester.

An AMBER Alert was issued around 12 p.m. after she was reported missing at 5 a.m.

She was found safe about 25 miles away in Farmersville Tuesday night.

State Police say the three left in a stolen red Chevrolet pickup truck and were headed to the Allegany Mountains.

Police also say Harvey and Monette had a loaded gun in the truck. Wilson’s dog, Ruby, was also taken.

Family members say Wilson knew the two teens and had an order of protection against Monette. They’re currently trying to figure out if she willingly left with the teens.


Two students from Wayne Central High School were arrested after an investigation into a fight earlier in the month.

According to Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, they were called to the high school on May 12th for a fight in progress. Deputies said 16-year-old Jacob Battle and 17-year-old Gordon Wang got into a verbal argument in class that turned into a physical fight.

Due to the fight, the school was put into a “hold in place” situation to keep all students in classrooms until the incident was resolved.

Both Battle and Wang were injured, treated for their injuries at school, then were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Battle and Wang were charged with assault 3rd and disorderly conduct and were released on appearance tickets.


There was some commotion on Lewis Street in Geneva during the lunch hour Tuesday as Geneva Police made a traffic stop and arrested 26 year old Kyle Shorter. Shorter had been the subject of a lengthy investigation by the Geneva Police narcotics unit.

Drugs, cash and Shorter’s car were seized. He was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance with other charges pending . More arrests are said to be likely as the investigation continues.


A Cayuga County man has admitted to secretly videotaping a woman at her home in Aurelius.

Nicholas Townsend, of Cayuga, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony.

During his plea, the 24-year-old told the Judge he had hid his cellphone in a woman’s bedroom closet and recorded her without her consent. Townsend was arrested in February and released from jail on $1,000 cash bail.

He could face up to four years in prison, however, the judge agreed to sentence Townsend to no more than six months in Cayuga County Jail and five years probation. In addition, Townsend may be required to register as a sex offender.

Sentencing has been scheduled for July 18.


NEW YORK STATE — A tourist from India visiting New York State reportedly carried measles along with them, potentially exposing others at four locations, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Of the four sites, three were in Western New York, and the other is the Iroquois Travel Plaza in Herkimer County. Those who may have been present at the same time could have been exposed to the measles virus.

Health officials gave these locations, and these time windows:

The Iroquois Travel Plaza (rest stop) between Exit 29 (Canajoharie) and Exit 29A (Little Falls) on the NYS Thruway between 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. on May 11 – 12, 2017.

The Hampton Inn, 4873 Lake Road, Brockport, N.Y. between 12 a.m. – 12 p.m. on May 12, 2017.

Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, N.Y. between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on May 12, 2017, which includes the Maid of the Mist.

Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine, 24 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, N.Y. between 2 – 6 p.m. on May 12, 2017.

Health officials say this particular type of measles virus is airborne but only active for two hours. Symptoms usually surface about 10 to 12 days after exposure. Those symptoms are fever, rash, cough, pink eye and a runny nose.


It’s a slow, painstaking and somewhat complicated trip. Six of the 12 giant beer tanks coming to Rochester by barge on the Erie Canal passed through Lock E8 near Schenectady this morning. Current estimates have that first set of tanks traveling through the Finger Lakes over the holiday weekend. We are told we could see them pass through Montezuma, Clyde and into Lyons Sunday and then Monday from Lyons to Rochester by way of Newark, Palmyra and Macedon, Keep in mind those are estimates.


The disappearance of a Wayne County man 15 years ago is the New York State Police Cold Case Tuesday Feature this week.

Douglas Stresing of Clyde was last seen the morning of May 27th, 2002 walking west on State Route 31 toward the village. Back then he wore glasses, a beard and a moustache and had a Grim Reaper tattoo his left upper arm. He was 5’10” tall, weighed 160 pounds, with brown eyes and curly brown hair.

Stresing would now be 54 years old. He worked as a welder. Anyone with information regarding Douglas Stresing is asked to contact the New York State Police in Lyons at (315) 946-3044 extension 117.


Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) announced a shuttle service to and from CMAC will be available on select show nights this season.

The shuttle will run during the following 2017 season shows: June 17: Elvis Costello; July 2, Tom Petty; July 23, Sam Hunt; July 29, Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper; and August 18, Santana. Shuttle riders will need to make their reservations two weeks in advance at the participating restaurants.

The shuttle is through a partnership with local businesses: Green Front; Nolan’s; Simply Crepes; Macri’s Deli; and RTS.

More information can be found at www.cmacevents.com.

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