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2 charged with selling drugs in Medina

Staff Reports Posted 10 July 2017 at 12:14 pm

MEDINA – Two Pearl Street residents in the village have been charged with selling drugs in Medina.

Derrick Adams

The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Medina Police Department on Friday executed a search warrant at 214 Pearl St., Apartment 3. That is the residence of the couple facing drug charges.

Derrick Adams, 29, and Catherine J. Medina, 27, have been charged following an investigation in the sale and distribution of cocaine in Medina, the Task Force reported.

Catherine Medina

Adams has been charged with 4 counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which  are Class B felonies.

He was arraigned by Ridgeway Town Justice Dawn Keppler, who sent him to the Orleans County Jail on $50,000 bail. He was scheduled to return to court this morning at 9 a.m.

Catherine J. Medina was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree.

She was arraigned by Judge Keppler and sent to jail on $1,000 bail. She also was scheduled to appear in court at 9 this morning.

The Medina Police Department K9 Unit and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office also assisted the Task Force. This investigation is ongoing, and further charges and arrests are pending, said Joe Sacco, supervising investigator.

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4 face grand larceny charges in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 July 2017 at 9:13 am

ALBION – Orleans County Court Judge James Punch arraigned four people in County Court on Monday for grand larceny charges.

• Shane S. Woolston, 26, of Waterport is charged with five counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and six counts of petit larceny.

Judge Punch set bail at $25,000 for Woolston, who allegedly stole a car as well as several credit and debit cards, using them to make numerous purchases. Woolston has previous criminal convictions, District Attorney Joe Cardone said during the arraignment.

“He has an extremely serious heroin problem,” Cardone told Judge Punch.

• Jason M. Hirtreiter, 29, of Medina is charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, petit larceny and obstruction of governmental administration.

The judge bail at $25,000 for Hirtreiter, who has previous criminal convictions and was on parole with the latest charges. He also has failed to appear during some previous court appearances.

• David L. Timmer III, 38, of Medina is charged with burglary in the third degree, grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property. He is accused of burglarizing Tim Horton’s in Medina and taking money from the business.

The judge set bail at $10,000.

• Kenya L. Yawn of Rochester is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing from the WalMart in Albion. The judge set bail at $10,000.

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Several are arraigned on drug charges in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2017 at 6:21 pm

ALBION – Orleans County Court was busy this afternoon with several arraignments for people accused of drug crimes in the county.

The arraignments include:

Lamar L. Nelson, 28, of Monroe Avenue in Rochester. On approximately May 1, he sold cocaine and had it in his possession, according to the indictment.

He faces multiple charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession in the fourth degree as well as criminally using drug paraphernalia.

County Court Judges James Punch set bail at $50,000, citing Nelson’s previous criminal and a failure to appear in court.

Nelson was arrested on May 1 with two codefendants following an investigation in the sale of crack cocaine from Rochester to Albion.

One of the other codefendants, Virginia A. Rivera, 36, of West Avenue in Albion also was arraigned in court for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Rivera doesn’t have a prior criminal record, but Punch said she was actively involved in the drug sales in Albion.

He set bail at $10,000 for her.

Another codefendant, Shanya Beasley, 38, of Kingston Street in Rochester is expected to be arraigned in County Court later this month.

Andrew Coley, 19, of Platt Street in Albion was arraigned on multiple drug charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Orleans County. He was arraigned on criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance  in the third degree, as well as criminal sale in the fifth.

Judge Punch set bail at $10,000.

Coley is awaiting sentencing on a different charge for endangering the welfare of a child. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26 and could face a year in jail for that charge.

A mother and son are both facing drug charges after the mother allegedly tried to introduce the narcotic Soboxone into the Orleans County Jail.

Joshua Grosskopf, 26, faces 2 counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Grosskopf is serving a 6-month sentence for petit larceny.

Judge Punch said Grosskopf has two prior felonies. The judge set bail at $50,000.

Grosskopf’s mother, Mary Walton, 58, of Albion is expected to be arraigned later this month for promoting prison contraband by allegedly bringing the narcotic into the jail.

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Judge sets bail at $20K for woman with 4 DWIs in 3 months

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2017 at 3:40 pm

Sharon Davis had first of string of DWIs in Barre, with BAC of .26%

Sharon Davis

ALBION – A Livingston County woman was arraigned in Orleans County Court this afternoon for the first of her four driving while intoxicated arrests – all in the past three months.

Sharon Davis, 54, of Geneseo was arrested on April 21 in Barre and registered a 0.26 percent Blood Alcohol Content.

She was arrested for DWI in Batavia on May 15, and then on June 24 in Geneseo, and a day later in Lakeville, Livingston County.

The judges set bail at $5,000 each in Batavia, and the two courts in Livingston County.

James Punch, Orleans County Court judge, this afternoon set bail at $20,000.

“I’m very concerned about the set of circumstances,” Punch said in setting bail for Davis.

She appeared in court today wearing the inmate-issued clothing from the Livingston County Jail.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said Davis has a prior DWI felony in Monroe County in 2008.

Davis’s attorney, Kevin McKain, said she doesn’t have a prior criminal history outside of the “drinking-related offenses.”

She is due back in Orleans County Court on July 26 for a conference.

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Lockport man sentenced to 5 years in prison for having cocaine in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 June 2017 at 3:54 pm

Harold Hill Jr.

ALBION – A Lockport man was sentenced to the maximum of 5 years in prison today as part of a plea deal for having cocaine.

Harold D. Hill Jr., 39, of Pine Street in Lockport has been in the county jail since last July, when he was arrested at Salt Works Road in Medina.

Hill had the cocaine, which weighed 0.65 ounces, concealed in his mouth. He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which normally carries a maximum of 8 years in state prison.

He pleaded guilty on May 1 and faced a maximum of 5 years in state prison. Judge James Punch gave Hill the maximum as part of the plea, despite a request from Hill’s attorney for leniency and a sentence that included drug addiction treatment in prison.

Hill is a second felony offender. His criminal history is connected to his struggles with drug addiction, his attorney told the judge in court today.

“You have had many, many opportunities to address one of your core problems – drug addiction,” Punch said.

Hill hasn’t addressed his drug problems, Punch said. A drug treatment program as part of the sentence wasn’t “a realistic expectation” given Hill’s criminal history, the judge said.

“This problem with drugs is a cancer in our society and you’re spreading it into our community,” Punch said.

In addition to five years incarceration, Hill will have two years of post-release supervision.

In other cases today:

• A Medina man was sentenced to six months in the county jail after getting his third arrest for drunk driving or driving while ability impaired.

Edgar L. Rosario, 30, of Medina was sentenced today for felony DWI. He was arrested on Sept. 25 after he was allegedly driving drunk with a BAC of 0.18 percent and struck a house on Eagle Harbor Road.

In addition to six months in jail, Rosario will be on probation for five years.

“I’m sorry to my family and everyone,” Rosario said during sentencing.

The judge said Rosario is fortunate the sentence was the county jail and not state prison.

“People are entitled to a mistake, but you’ve had three,” Punch told Rosario. “I don’t think you’ve graduated to the state prison system, but you’re very close.”

• A Holley resident was arraigned on first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

David L. Durbano, 32, of Ridge Road allegedly had sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl. The judge set bail at $20,000.

• Jacob T. Marks, 28, of Densmore Street in Albion was arraigned for third-degree grand larceny and petit larceny. He allegedly took a credit card and jewelry from the victim in the crime and spent $38,000 in unauthorized purchases from September 2016 to April 2017.

The judge set bail for Marks at $10,000.

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2 charged for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Albion

Staff Reports Posted 22 June 2017 at 3:55 pm

ALBION – Two people have been arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Albion, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force is reporting.

Wayne F. Mormino

The arrests were made on Wednesday and today following an investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine from Rochester to Albion.

The Task Force and Albion Police Department the following on numerous felony drug charges:

Wayne F. Mormino, 57, of 431 West State St., Lot 17, Albion. He is charged with one count of each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (both Class B felonies), and one county of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (Class D felony).

Dale M. Jones

Mormino was arraigned in Gaines Town Court by Town Justice Bruce Schmidt and committed to the Orleans County Jail on $25,000 bail. He is to return to Albion Town Court on June 29 at 9 a.m.

Dale M. Jones, 47, of 108 Burrows St., Rochester. He was charged with one count each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies).

Jones was arraigned in Albion Town Court by Town Justice Joe Fuller. Jones was committed to the County Jail on $75,000 bail. He is due back in Albion Town Court on June 28 at 9 a.m.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending, the Task Force said.

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Holley man admits selling drugs, could face 3 ½ years in prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 June 2017 at 3:56 pm

ALBION – A Holley man admitted in Orleans County Court on Monday to selling drugs while he was living at the Holley Hotel.

Mathew P. Stearns, 34, was arrested on April for allegedly selling heroin. He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and faces up to 3 ½ years in state prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 7.

The charge normally carries a maximum of up to 8 years in prison. He also faces 1 ½ to 3 years of post-release supervision.

Judge James Punch also set bail at $25,000 on Monday.

In another guilty plea on Monday, Luis Ramos-Perez of Albion pleaded guilty to violating probation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested for driving while intoxicated on April 29 by the state police.

He has two prior felonies. One term of his probation was not to drink alcohol.

Ramos-Perez is in the country on a Green Card. Judge Punch said the guilty plea for the latest charge could result in Ramos-Perez being deported after incarceration.

Ramos-Perez is being held without bail until the sentencing on Aug. 7.

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Medina teen sentenced to prison for probation violation

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 June 2017 at 4:25 pm

Lucas Porter will likely face additional prison time on July 3 for assault

ALBION – A Medina teen was sentenced today to 1 to 3 years in state prison for violating probation. Lucas Porter, 18, could face more time when he is sentenced on July 3 for assault.

Porter has been on probation after being charged with a burglary in Albion in March 2015.

He admitted to stabbing a Buffalo man near his heart and lung at a house party on Nov. 6 in Ridgeway.

In addition to stabbing the man, Porter also allegedly stabbed a 2013 Honda car with a large knife as friends of the victim were attempting to leave the scene and transport the victim to the hospital.

District Attorney Joe Cardone today requested $26,225 in restitution for medical bills and $2,099 in insurance reimbursements for the damaged car. Judge James Punch set a restitution hearing for 2 p.m. on July 3. Punch wants to know if insurance or other government programs will pay for the medical costs.

Porter, during an April 10 court appearance, admitted to stabbing the Buffalo man who did not have a weapon.

Porter just missed stabbing the man in his heart, but did puncture his lungs. The victim was hospitalized in intensive care for 10 days. He has recovered enough to have the charges downgraded from first-degree to second-degree assault.

Porter accepted a plea deal in Orleans County Court on April 10. Second-degree assault normally carries a maximum of 7 years in state prison. Porter, as part of the plea deal, will face up to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced July 3.

“This was a mistake,” Porter during sentencing this afternoon for the probation violation. “I won’t make a lifetime habit out of it.”

Punch said Porter didn’t take probation seriously and needs to spend some time in prison.

“You already have a serious criminal history,” Punch said.

In another sentencing today:

A Webster teen-age girl was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation.

The teen was granted youthful offender so her name shouldn’t be published.

She was arrested at an Albion motel on Oct. 6 after being found with cocaine. She pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and faced a maximum of a year in jail.

Her attorney, Brian Degnan, asked for no jail and probation only.

But Judge Punch said the teen needed to go jail.

“You have a lot of problems,” the judge said. “You are hanging around with bad people and doing bad things.”

A codefendant in that case, Andrew L. Coley, 19, of Albion is being held without bail after missing a presentencing interview. Coley is to be sentenced on July 26 and could face a year in jail for endangering the welfare of a child.

He also faces felony drug charges after being arrested last month for allegedly selling crack cocaine. That case is separate from the endangering the welfare of a child charge.

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2 from Holley sentenced to incarceration

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 June 2017 at 4:01 pm

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to either jail or state prison today in Orleans County Court.

A Holley man was sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison for second-degree rape and two counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree.

Anthony Roe, 22, of Holley has already served a six-month sentence in the county jail when he allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl in July 2015. Before he was in jail, he allegedly had sex with a different underage girl, resulting in the current charges.

Roe will also be on 10 years of post-release supervision after the prison sentence.

In another sentencing today, a Holley man was sentenced to a year in the county jail for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and driving while ability impaired.

William Tuttle Jr., 36, of West Albion Road in Holley admitted in a previous court appearance to drinking hard liquor on Oct. 29, before he was stopped in Barre and charged with driving while impaired and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He had his driver’s license suspended after he was found guilty previously of driving while impaired due to drugs.

Tuttle did not take a breathalyzer to measure his Blood Alcohol Content on Oct. 29, and he also passed a field sobriety test. He had about 2 ounces of hard liquor about an hour before he was pulled over in Barre, Tuttle told Orleans County Court Judge James Punch in a March court appearance.

The judge asked Tuttle if his ability to drive was “impaired by some degree” and Tuttle agreed it was.

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Albion man charged with attempted murder after late-night altercation

Staff Reports Posted 9 June 2017 at 9:15 pm

Victim in critical condition with severe head injuries

Wesley Askew Jr.

ALBION – An Albion man has been charged with attempted murder after an altercation Friday at about 1:45 a.m.

The Albion Police Department and COVA Ambulance were dispatched to the apartment building located at 175 North Main Street for a report person injured following a physical altercation, Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

Albion police officers arrived on scene and found a 53-year-old male with severe head injuries. The victim was transported to the Medina Memorial Hospital by COVA Ambulance and then transferred to Buffalo General Hospital by Mercy Flight.

The Albion Police Department investigation indicated that the victim was assaulted by Wesley Askew Jr., 49, who is an acquaintance of the victim. Both Askew and the victim reside at 175 North Main St.

The victim is currently listed in critical condition. His name is being withheld pending family notification, Nenni said.

Askew is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

He is currently in the Orleans County Jail on $250,000 bail. Askew is to return to the Town of Albion Court on June 14 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Askew is a level 3 sex offender, the highest possible risk for re-offending. He was released from prison in late 2015 after being convicted in May 2009 for second-degree rape.

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