In Tioga County NY, lawmakers have changed one of the county’s ethics laws to comply with state law. Before the Tioga County legislature meeting last week, the public could not obtain copies of county officials’ financial disclosure forms. The forms are a six page document that detail a county official’s investments, real estate, and outside income. Prior to the law change, the public could not photocopy, or retype the information found on the documents. A media story months ago revealed that such a policy was against state law, and the change was set in motion.
An Endicott woman was arrested on counts of burglary, grand larceny, and criminal mischief. On June 19th, 22-year-old Jamie M. Kubrak allegedly broke into a gas station in Candor, and stole $3,000 worth of Cigarettes and lottery tickets. Kubrak was sent to the Tioga County Jail on $25,000 cash bail, or $50,000 bond.
A Kirkwood Wendy’s employee was arrested following an investigation into the disappearance of money from the cash register. 22-year-old Meghan DeVries of Binghamton was arrested for petit larceny for the alleged theft of $150.00. DeVries was issued a ticket returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court on July 31st.
A Binghamton woman has been arrested on child endangerment charges, after she allegedly abandoned her 4-year-old boy on Staten Island. 26-year-old Maylisha Harrell left her child at a bus stop downstate in Port Richmond at about 1 AM. Harrell allegedly walked off the bus with the child, and then reentered the bus without him. Downstate authorities were called immediately after the incident, and were able to track down Harrell shortly after. Harrell allegedly stated to police that a family member was supposed to pick the boy up after she left. Harrell was arraigned and then released.
The Aaron Powell court case continued yesterday with evidence presented by the prosecution. According to phone records, Powell’s phone received two phone calls in the early hours of March 22, 2013 from his sister. Through phone-tracking technology, investigators have found that Powell’s cell phone was within 200 yards of the crime scene that night. A witness was called to testify in front of jurors yesterday as well. Lonney Johnson, was called on behalf of the defense. In his testimony, Johnson stated that he helped move Powell out of the residence where the crime took place prior to the crimes, and he did not recall moving a black baseball bat, like the one found to be in connection with the crime.
The Johnson City Police Department arrested a Johnson City woman and a Binghamton woman for allegedly attempting to steal 203 items from the Johnson City Wal-Mart. 22-year-old Daniella J. Shepherd and 23-year-old Jacqueline M. Alvarez-Byrnes of Binghamton were both arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree. The total value of the items the two individuals attempted to steal was said to be around $1300. Both were issued appearance tickets to the Village Court on August 13th.
Two Endicott residents were arrested on July 18th and charged with grand larceny in the 4th degree. 25-year-old Mark Grassi, and 20-year-old Casey Flanders were arrested for allegedly stealing $1,000 in Baby formula from a Wal-Mart in Chenango County on July 15th and 17th. The two individuals were arrested on these grounds following a traffic stop in the Town of Oxford. Both were arraigned in Norwich Town Court and sent to the Chenango County Jail.
A Bradford County woman has been accused of choking a 3-year-old boy on July 5th. 23-year-old Katie Waite of Gillet, Pennsylvania allegedly choked the boy and left bruises around his neck. Waite was charged with simple assault and harassment, and was arraigned yesterday. The boy has since been removed from the home, and Waite has been released, awaiting further court proceedings.
Governor Andrew Cuomo just passed legislation to further protect animals from being mistreated or stolen. The new law raises the fines for harming or stealing a pet from $200 to $1,000. The fines for such acts in New York State had not been raised since 1970. This comes after the American Kennel Club reported a 31 percent increase in pet thefts in 2013 from the year prior. There were a total of nearly 600 pet thefts in 2013, as reported by the AKC.