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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

A Wayne County man is accused of having sexual intercourse with a child.

Jarvis J. Streeter, 32, of Lyons was arraigned Tuesday on charges of rape, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and other related charges (first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child). According tor the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the child was 11 years old when the sex began with Streeter in November 2010. It continued until June 2015.

Streeter was arraigned in Lyons Town Court and remanded to jail with no bail.

State Police clocked a Canandaigua motorist at 107 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on State Route 444 in Victor, Saturday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle, 55 year-old John Vantroost, was cited for speeding and Driving While Intoxicated. He will answer the charges in Victor Town Court on December 10. 

A happy ending, tonight, in the case of a missing Ontario County teenager, who was the subject of an intensive search with heightened urgency due to the fact that he suffers from seizures and had not taken his medication in the last 24 hours.

State Police say 14 year-old Edward Pitcher went missing around noon today from his residence on Center Street in Manchester. Troopers got involved at 2 PM and began an investigation. Edward was located safe and sound at a house in Palmyra around 10:30 PM. As of 11 p.m, Troopers were still assisting the boy and it’s presumed that he will be given a medical check up before he is returned to his home.

The State Police investigation is continuing.

A car struck a tractor-trailer truck head-on Tuesday night in front of the Onondaga Coach Bus officeson Route 34 in the town of Sennett. The accident occurred around 5:20 p.m. The driver of the truck was unhurt; the driver of the other vehicle had no serious injuries, but was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, accoridng to police.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office said Donna L. Bessee, of Cato, was driving in the southbound lane and crossed the center line, hitting the tractor-trailer. The driver of the truck, Bryon Cook, of Syracuse, saw Bessee coming into his lane prior to the collision and was able to slow down almost to a stop. Cook said he was shaken, and his truck, of R&L Carriers, which performs local pickup and delivery out of Auburn, sustained front-end damage.

The accident’s cause is still under investigation. An update of Bessee’s condition was unavailable Tuesday night

The Auburn Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery that happened Sunday evening around 6:30 at the night deposit box of the Key Bank downtown. A man who was a bank customer was set to make a deposit when a male suspect who had his face covered rushed in and grabbed him.

The suspect is reportedly 5’7” to 5’9”, medium build and was seen wearing a black hooded jacket, jeans with the cuffs rolled up and dark boots or sneakers. The suspect had been dropped off by someone in a gray or black 4 door pickup just before the incident.

The suspect may have dropped a knife that was found on the ground near the night deposit box. It was not shown during the struggle.

Anyone who has any information regarding the crime is asked to call the Auburn Police Department, or simply call 911.

An April trial has been scheduled for the Ontario man accused of fatally shooting an acquaintance multiple times with a shotgun during the early morning hours of Oct. 6.

Lee Thomas, 34, faces 25 years to life behind bars if found guilty of second-degree murder for allegedly shooting 34-year-old Brett “Sam” Brookover.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies found Brookover deceased in the driveway of Thomas’ home on Ontario Center Road at around 1:30 a.m. after responding to a report of a home invasion. Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy has said that evidence suggests that the shooting was fueled by drugs and a woman. Thomas has contended that he shot Brookover out of self-defense.

The Ontario resident stated that the night of the shooting, he had been smoking crack cocaine with his girlfriend, Brookover, and another man, Marcus Stock, before he asked the two men to leave. Thomas claims that after exiting the home, located just north of Route 104, the two returned and attempted to break into his house.

Thomas said that he grabbed a shotgun and opened fire, reportedly in self defense. But according to the DA, Thomas’ version of events don’t add up. The victim had been a guest inside his home earlier the same day where they were doing drugs together; there was no evidence of a break-in, and no weapon in possession of the deceased, making Thomas’ claims of self-defense unlikely .

Thomas is additionally facing a charge of second-degree attempted murder after allegedly shooting at Stock, who was unhurt.
Thomas remains incarcerated in the Wayne County Jail without bail. His trial will begin with jury selection on April 18 in Wayne County Court.

The Village of Lyons police department has stopped writing tickets. The chief says he doesn’t have the staff to do it and, with the village dissolving, there won’t be any way to collect the fines.

Lyons Police Chief Richard Bogan told the media that his patrol staff is reduced to almost a skeletal crew, and added they are also no longer responding as the lead agency to any felony calls and have handed over all open investigations to state and county investigators.

But some people who live in the village say if their tax dollars are going towards paying the police until January they should be working full force until then. Residents feel the department should be operating fully as long as they are getting paid to do so.

The village office’s doors will close December 1, and then starting January 1, operations will be completely transitioned to the control of state and county agencies.

Private sector jobs in New York State increased by more than 30,000 in October, a record high, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the State Department of Labor. At the same time, unemployment fell to its lowest level since November of 2007.

The State unemployment rate dropped from 5.1 percent to 4.8 percent, which is slightly lower than the national average of 5 percent. New York’s economy has experienced employment growth over 50 of the past 58 months.

The New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will crack down on impaired, distracted and speeding drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday. The special traffic enforcement period will run from tomorrow through Sunday, November 29, 2015; typically the highest traffic volume of the year and one in which alcohol consumption is widespread.

State Police will beef up regular patrols, statewide, focusing on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving. The effort will incorporate fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker initiative and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which targets drivers talking or texting on handheld devices. State Police will use unmarked vehicles, which blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers arrested 172 drivers for DWI, issued 4,237 speeding tickets and issued 565 tickets for distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2013 there were 301 people killed in traffic crashes across the nation.

In New York, there were 11 deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes, statewide, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014. Of those, three were due to alcohol, five were due to speed, and two resulted from crashes in which both speed and alcohol were reported as contributing factors.

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