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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Deputies say a Rochester man threatened a teacher with scissors in Williamson.

Elijah Vreeland, 20, became upset and got into an altercation with a teacher inside a classroom at the Wayne Educational Center in Williamson.

During the incident, Vreeland is accused of pushing the teacher, grabbing a pair of scissors and holding the teacher against the wall.

He was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment.

The charges will be answered at a later date in Williamson Town Court.

An Auburn man faces a felony sex charge after a special investigation in Wayne County.

Investigators say Darrell L. Hagerman, 52, of Auburn was charged with second-degree sex act after a special investigation. Details of the investigation were not released to the media or public.

Hagerman was arraigned in Butler Town Court and held on bail. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Butler Town Court at a later date.

The Waterloo Police Department reports that three teens have been arrested after the completion of a burglary investigation.

Police say the incident took place in September at a residence located in the Village of Waterloo.

Three teens were charged and one additional arrest is pending, according to police, who say that the trio entered the residence unlawfully and tampered with property at the location.

The teens then left for a short time then returned, throwing eggs at the residence. The names of the teens are being withheld, but police say they are all area females; two of them 17 years of age from the towns of Junius and Seneca Falls, and the other a 16 year old from Waterloo. They’ve been charged with multiple counts of burglary and criminal tampering.

Two were arraigned in Waterloo Village Court and released, while one of the girls was issued an appearance ticket and released. All three are scheduled to answer the charges in Waterloo Village Court at a later date.

CANANDAIGUA — Two Rochester men could spend decades in prison after being convicted on all charges in a Geneva home invasion last December.

Joshua Johnson and Darrick Settles, both 24, were found guilty of multiple counts of felony assault, burglary and robbery during a trial last week in Ontario County Court. The jury deliberated for about seven hours Friday before convicting them of 12 counts each.

Johnson and Settles will be sentenced Wednesday by Judge Craig Doran. The sentences can range up to 50 years in prison if run consecutively.

The charges stem from a Dec. 8, 2016, incident on Wadsworth Street in Geneva. One person in an apartment, Adrian Porter, was shot once in the stomach with a long gun.
Porter was taken to Geneva General Hospital and later to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he underwent several surgeries. Porter was placed into an induced coma at one point and had a kidney removed.

Another person in the apartment, Reynaldo Dejesus, suffered numerous cuts to his face and significant bruising to his body after being beaten with the butt end of a shotgun or rifle. He was treated at Geneva General Hospital and released.

Several days after the shooting, police arrested 19-year-old Khaishia Parker of Geneva and charged her with first-degree assault. Johnson and Settles were arrested in Rochester about three months later following an investigation by Geneva police.

Parker was called by the Ontario County District Attorney to testify against Johnson and Settles, but she invoked the 5th Amendment and refused to do so. Parker received immunity on the assault charge since she was not present for the robbery.

Police said Parker, Settles and Johnson planned the invasion, with the men stealing property and a large amount of money. The suspects reportedly got away with more than $10,000.

Police said while Porter and Dejesus did not cooperate with them in the hours after the incident, they believe it was not a random crime and the victims knew the suspects. City police searched the area extensively after the incident, getting help from an Ontario County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and county probation officers.

In the weeks after the incident, police looked at video and monitored social media including Facebook. Police also looked at emails and cell phone data as part of the investigation.

Buffalo, N.Y. – Buffalo Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon they recovered the body of a diver who went missing Friday afternoon.

The Buffalo Police Department said Officer Craig Lehner went missing around 1 p.m. Friday. Several agencies were involved in the search by boat and helicopter.

Coast Guard officials say that during the search, it was discovered the diver’s cable had broken off. The diver’s secondary dive tanks were recovered. Police dive teams from Rochester and other jurisdictions had been helping out with the search.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Albion, N.Y. – Two persons from the town of Albion were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine inside a small safe that was made to look like a book.

The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force stopped 22-year-old Teaira Reamsnyder and 39-year-old Pete Leiben during a traffic stop on South Main Street in the village of Albion on Monday.

The Officers, who were investigating drug trafficking from Rochester to Albion, seized the fake book and found heroin and cocaine packaged for sale inside.

Reamsnyder and Leiben were each charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both were remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Both are scheduled to return to the town of Albion Justice Court on October 18 at 9 a.m.

CANANDAIGUA — Nolan’s is one step closer to reopening.

The Canandaigua City Planning Commission on Tuesday night gave the OK for a special use permit, site-plan review and architectural review for a $1.6 million, 18,000-square-foot restaurant project.

The owners are hoping to open in May at the same South Main Street location where their previous building was destroyed by fire on July 13. The fire’s cause was ruled accidental, after a burner had been left in the “on” position. The restaurant opened at the location in May 2014.

The intent is to give the new restaurant building a waterfront feel, according to the architect. Parking will increase from 66 spaces before the fire to 88 in the plan. Seating also will increase, from 41 tables before to 53 tables. The building’s north exterior side will include more windows, among other changes. A weeping mulberry tree that survived the fire will be part of the landscaping plan.

Earlier in the month, the Canandaigua City Council agreed to make an application on behalf of the restaurant for $416,000 in funding from the Community Development Block Grant program, which is federal money administered by the state Office of Community Renewal.

The money would help with furnishings, fixtures, equipment or working capital costs. Twenty full-time and 52 part-time staff are expected to work at the rebuilt eatery when it reopens.

During a stop Tuesday in Buffalo,Vice President Mike Pence and the Congressional representative for the area, Chris Collins, met with several business owners and financial lenders in Lancaster Tuesday afternoon. Collins represents the 27th District, which includes the western half on Ontario County.

The Vice President said the president wants to cut taxes and simplify the filing process. Pence said under President Trump’s plan the majority of Americans would have more money in the bank. He adds that taxpayers would be able to file their own taxes, on one piece of paper, without having to pay an accountant for help.

A round table of business owners told Pence that they need a simpler tax plan.

In Lancaster, the vice president laid out President Trump’s plan to cut taxes across the board. Under the president’s plan, Pence says:

— The nation would go from seven tax brackets to just three.

— The standard exemption would be double, meaning the first $24,000 of income for the average American family would be tax-free.

— The Child Tax Credit would increase.

— And corporate taxes would be cut from 35 percent to 25 percent to help businesses be more competitive and create more jobs.

There’s a state wide measure on the back of the ballot Election Day that is getting very little notice on either mainstream or social media.

Proposal number 2 would allow judges to reduce or revoke the state pension of a public officer convicted of a felony related to his or her duties. The latest Siena Research Institute Poll of 789 New York voters published last Friday found 81% favor the idea and only 15% were against .

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