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Medina man pleads guilty to DWI in high-speed chase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 August 2019 at 12:25 pm

ALBION – A Medina man pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court this morning to felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Jessy Miller, 32, allegedly led police on a three-county high-speed chase on March 4. He admitted in court today to drinking alcohol before driving that day.

Miller had five shots of fireball, cinnamon whiskey, that day. His blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent, about twice the legal limit, said Joe Cardone, the Orleans County district attorney.

Miller faces a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison for felony DWI and AUO third. The time will likely be served with the sentenced in Genesee and Niagara courts.

Miller allegedly was driving a white Blazer on Main Street in Shelby on March 4. He was allegedly doing donuts in a yard on Main Street and hit a porch. He then took off with a passenger he refused to let out. He has to pay up to $2,797 in restitution for the damage to the porch.

Police followed him to Genesee County, where he was stopped. Miller refused to get out, but his passenger was able to get out of the vehicle. Miller then sped off, hitting the passenger with the door of the vehicle.

Miller then went to Niagara County, where he was found crashed on Mountain Road with injuries.

He is currently in Genesee County Jail on $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.

Orleans is the first of the three county courts to accept a plea offer in the case. Miller will be sentenced in Orleans County on Oct. 24.

In other cases in County Court this morning:

Kyle Allport, 34, of Medina was arraigned on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Allport in August 2016 allegedly inappropriately touched a 6-year-old girl.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges today. The judge set bail at $10,000.

Stephen W. Miles, 56, was sentenced to 1 ½ years in state prison for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Miles allegedly had cocaine.

Miles has struggled with drug addictions for many years and already has served four state prison terms and been in the county jail several times.

His attorney, Mark Young, said Miles has worked to change the direction of his life through treatment programs.

“He is making a concerted effort to refrain from using drugs and I hope he continues on that path,” said Cardone, the district attorney.

Holly Bevins, 23, of Irondequoit was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison for violating her probation by using drugs, missing probation appointments and leaving the county without permission of the probation department.

Judge Sanford Church urged Bevins to enroll in treatment programs in the state prison system.

Kayla Rowling, 28, of Medina was sentenced to a year in the county jail for attempted possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

She admitted previously to having cocaine on Nov. 28, 2018. She is a first-time felony offender.

Candido Candelaria III, 27, of Albion admitted to several probation violations including using cocaine, multiple times drinking alcohol and law enforcement contact on three occasions, including an arrest for aggravated harassment.

He faces up to 1 to 3 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 3.

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County bail set for Ridgeway man who could face federal weapons charges

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2019 at 9:26 am

(CORRECTION: This story was updated with details about the charges against Joseph Newton. The original report said Newton attended a funeral and was able to get tobacco and pills under a family member’s coffin. The tobacco and pills were allegedly under a deceased family member’s body. Newton didn’t attend the funeral. He wasn’t allowed to leave the jail once the tobacco and pills were discovered.)

ALBION – Bail was set on Thursday for a Ridgeway man who has been charged with two counts criminal possession of stolen property.

Judge Sanford Church set bail at $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond for Anthony Allee, 28, of Ridge Road in Ridgway, who also is being monitored by federal authorities.

When the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and federal law enforcement executed a search warrant in a joint investigation at Allee’s, they found two four-wheelers that were allegedly stolen.

Allee also had “a multitude of stolen items,” including golf carts and trailers, said District Attorney Joe Cardone.

Allee also is likely to face federal charges for weapons discovered at the site, and Cardone said that could result in “upwards of 30 years” of incarceration.

Allee hasn’t been arraigned in County Court or Federal Court.

Church said he is open to reviewing the bail as the county and federal cases proceed against Allee.

• Three people also were arraigned in Orleans County Court on Thursday, including a Medina man facing charges of first-degree rape. Ean Hoffmeister, 18, of Medina also is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful dealing with a child. He allegedly provided alcohol to a underage girl and raped her.

Judge Church set bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. The judge issued an order of protection for the child and her mother.

• A county jail inmate facing drug and grand larceny charges allegedly arranging to receive tobacco and a controlled substance when he was to attend a family funeral.

Joseph Newton, 33, of Medina now faces charges of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree for the controlled substances and attempted promoting prison contraband in the second degree for the tobacco.

Those items were allegedly placed under the body of a family member in her coffin. An investigator with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office overheard Newton arranging for the items during a phone call from the jail. The day of the funeral an investigator checked to see if the tobacco and two pills were under the grandmother’s body, and they were under her shoulder, according to investigator Ken Strickland.

Newton’s visit to the funeral was canceled and he was charged with attempted promoting prison contraband in the first and second degree.

• An Albion man on probation for driving while intoxicated in Genesee County appeared in court for violating probation. Candido Candelaria III, 27, could face 1 to 3 years in prison for allegedly violating terms of his probation, said Joe Cardone, district attorney.

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2 sentenced to state prison for drug crimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2019 at 2:45 pm

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison this morning in Orleans County Court for felony drug crimes.

Dexter Turner, a former Albion and Medina resident, was sentenced to 3 ½ years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Turner was living in Brockport when he was charged on March 25 on eight counts of drug sale and possession charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Albion and Medina.

Turner admitted in court to having cocaine on Dec. 4 and trying to sell it in Orleans County. He is a second felony offender. Turner also faces two years of post-release supervision and must pay $100 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, which used the $100 for drug buy money.

Ronald Powell, 37, of Medina was sentenced to 3 years in state prison. Powell was on parole when he allegedly  sold drugs.

Powell has five prior felonies, said District Attorney Joe Cardone. During sentencing today,  Powell acknowledged he committed the crime but he said it was set up by the Task Force. Powell said “a friend of a friend” was sent by the Task Force to get drugs from Powell.

Powell said he was working full-time and supporting his family, and now he has lost his job, home and children.

“This won’t ever happen again,” Powell told Judge Sanford Church.

Th judge gave Powell the maximum in a plea agreement, and told Powell he was shifting blame to the Task Force instead of taking full responsibility.

“It is still illegal to sell or give drugs to a friend,” Judge Church said.

Powell needs to pay $60 in restitution to the Task Force for the drug buy money.

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Inmate arraigned for assaulting correction officer in county jail

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 August 2019 at 1:57 pm

ALBION – An inmate in the Orleans County Jail was arraigned in County Court today after allegedly punching a corrections officer on April 8.

Valerie Allen, 31, also allegedly bit the officer’s finger and pulled her hair. Allen today was arraigned on second-degree assault.

Allen was in the county jail awaiting sentencing after she pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate. She admitted in court previously to throwing urine and toilet water at corrections officers on Oct. 13, 2016.

She was sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years in state prison on that charge.

In other cases in County Court today:

John L. Crossley, 68, of Medina had a bail application hearing after he was charged last week with 7 counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which are Class B felonies.

Crossley has prior criminal convictions, including most recently in 2009.

Joanne Best, the public defender, asked that bail be set at $500, which Crossley could afford. He has no failures to appear in court, she said.

Judge Sanford Church set bail at $25,000 in cash or $100,000 bond.

Holly Bevins, 23, of Irondequoit admitted to violating her probation by using drugs, missing probation appointments and leaving the county without permission of the probation department. Bevins said she had a drug relapse while in treatment for the addiction.

She will be sentenced on Aug. 15 and faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

Rhonda Rushton of Spencerport pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated after registering a 0.19 BAC on June 15 in Albion. She has a prior DWI in 2012 in Rochester. She will be sentenced on Oct. 17 and could face up to a year in jail.

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Several are sentenced to incarceration by Orleans County Court judge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 August 2019 at 1:31 pm

ALBION – Several people are headed to either state prison or the county jail being sentenced in Orleans County Court this morning.

Christopher Aldrich, 49, of Albion was sentenced to 1 2/3 to 5 years in prison for felony driving while intoxicated.

Two weeks ago, Judge Sanford Church rejected a plea offer where Aldrich would have been sentenced to a maximum of 1 to 3 years in prison.

The judge said Aldrich wasn’t taking responsibility for the crime. He was charged on Jan. 25, when he said he drank about a dozen beers before driving. He registered a BAC of 0.21 percent.

Judge Church said he was also worried that Aldrich, who has 6 DWIs, would drink and drive again when he was released from prison.

Aldrich, if he went to trial and was found guilty, could have faced up to 7 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty today and accepted the plea offer with a cap of 5 years. He apologized for drinking alcohol and then driving without a license.

The judge urged Aldrich to take advantage of alcohol treatment programs while in prison.

Aldrich was fined $2,000 and has other court and DMV surcharges of nearly $1,000.

In other cases in court today:

• A Rochester man was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to selling fentanyl in Orleans County. Dante L. Thomas, 30, was charged in December with 14 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Thomas has no prior criminal record. However, the judge said prison was necessary because Thomas had 12 undercover drug sales with either heroin or fentanyl.

“I learned my lesson,” Thomas told the judge.

In addition to prison, Thomas was sentenced to two years of post-release supervision and must pay $1,400 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

• A Kendall man was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Gilberto Gonzales, 49, was stopped in Albion on April 14. Gonzalez has prior DWIs in New York and Oklahoma.

He was fined $1,000 by the court and has other fines and surcharges of about $1,200.

Isaiah Casanova, 19, of Medina was sentenced to six months in the county jail, plus five years of probation after pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge. He also must pay $180 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

Dakota Hunt, 24, of Medina was sentenced to two months of weekends in the county jail pus five years of probation. She pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and admitted she had cocaine on Oct. 31 with the intent to sell it. This is her first conviction.

“I’m going to work and surrounding myself with good influences,” she told the judge. “I don’t want to be in this position ever again in my life.”

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Michigan man gets year in county jail for bringing concentrated cannabis to Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2019 at 4:13 pm

ALBION – A Michigan man was sentenced to a year in the Orleans County Jail this afternoon for having concentrated cannabis in the form of edible chocolate and edible candies.

William Q. Nowak, 41, was sentenced for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

He was stopped in Orleans County on Nov. 20. Nowak said in a previous court appearance he planned to sell the concentrated cannabis products in the county.

Nowak asked to be sentenced to jail rather than a longer sentence of probation.

“I just want to get this over with,” he told County Court Judge Sanford Church.

In another case, a Rochester woman was praised for completing a judicial diversion, where she stayed off drugs and completed a treatment program.

Adrienne Williams, 53, battled addictions for many years. The diversion program, which requires treatment, gives her a chance for breaking the cycle.

She faced a felony charge for bringing 49 pills to the Albion Correctional Facility. That was reduced to a misdemeanor of promoting prison contraband in the second degree. She will be on probation for three years and will serve that in Monroe County.

She thanked the local court for the opportunity to be on the diversion program.

“Thank you, your honor,” she said. “I am very proud of myself. There are successes with this program and I am one of them.”

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4 are sentenced in Orleans County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 July 2019 at 4:37 pm

ALBION – Four people were sentenced in Orleans County Court on Thursday by Judge Sanford Church.

Katherine Hahn, 30, of Medina received the longest sentence at 2 ½ years in state prison for allegedly selling and distributing heroin and the prescription drug suboxone.

Hahn was charged with criminal sale and possession crimes last September. She also faces 1 year of post-release supervision when she is out of state prison.

Alberta Ellis of Niagara Falls was sentenced to five years on probation for burglary in the third degree. Alberta Ellis and two co-defendants allegedly broke into two farm labor camps in Carlton and Yates on Oct. 11 and stole money, sneakers, a television and household items from farmworkers.

Ellis also needs to pay restitution to the victim of the crimes.

Regina Russell of Niagara Falls is a codefendant in the case. She was arraigned on May 2 for two counts of burglary in the second degree and 10 counts of petit larceny. The other codefendant is a juvenile and that case is being handled in Family Court.

Kayla A. Spry, 24, of Medina was sentenced to nine months in the county jail for violating probation. Spry allegedly had contact with someone she was to avoid, and also drank alcohol and didn’t complete substance abuse program.

Bennie L. Coger IV, 24, of Medina was sentenced to six months in jail and five years on probation for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Other people in court also pleaded guilty to crimes.

Quincy Casanova, 22, of Medina and Brittany Osby Turner, 28, of Medina both pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Casanova faces a maximum of 1 to 2 ½ years in state prison, while Turner could also face incarceration.

They will be sentenced on Sept. 12.

Maria L. Lape, 25, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She will be sentenced on Sept. 19.

Coley Doward Jr., 35, of Medina pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and felony AUO of a motor vehicle. He will be sentenced on Sept. 19.

He was stopped in the Town of Shelby on Nov. 5. He didn’t have a license due to a previous DWI in 2007.

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Judge rejects plea offer, wants longer sentence for Albion man with 6th DWI

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 July 2019 at 4:12 pm

ALBION – Christopher Aldrich, 49, of Albion was to be sentenced in Orleans County Court on Thursday, and faced a maximum of 1 to 3 years in state prison as part of a plea agreement for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Judge Sanford Church, however, said he couldn’t agree to the plea because he said Aldrich hasn’t accepted responsibility for the crime and has six prior DWIs.

Church wanted to sentence Aldrich to 2 to 6 years in prison, but the plea deal capped the sentence at 1 to 3 years.

The judge said he reviewed Aldrich’s presentencing report from probation, and Church said he was concerned for the community that Aldrich would be threat with another possible DWI.

Aldrich could now be on trial beginning Sept. 25, or a revised plea agreement could be worked out with a longer sentence than 1 to 3 years.

Aldrich, in court on Thursday, apologized for the crimes. He said he hasn’t been in treatment for his alcohol addiction.

“It just keeps repeating back to the same thing,” Aldrich said in court. “I really need some help.”

Aldrich pleaded guilty on May 16 to felony DWI and AUO of a motor vehicle. He was charged on Jan. 25, when he said he drank about a dozen beers before driving. He registered a BAC of 0.21 percent.

His attorney, public defender Joanne Best, asked in court on Thursday that Aldrich be sentenced to the Orleans County Jail where he could receive treatment through GCASA.

Church said Aldrich has had plenty of opportunities for help and to change through probation.

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Medina man arraigned on several felonies for high-speed chase in March

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 July 2019 at 9:47 am

ALBION – A Medina man who allegedly led police on a three-county high-speed chase in March was arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday.

Jessy Miller, 32, was arraigned by Judge Sanford Church for felony driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by a combination of alcohol/drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, as well as misdemeanor criminal mischief in the fourth degree and unlawfully fleeing police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree.

On March 4, Miller allegedly was driving a white Blazer on Main Street in Shelby. He was allegedly doing donuts in a yard on Main Street and hit a porch. He then took off with a passenger he refused to let out.

Police followed him to Genesee County, where he was stopped. Miller refused to get out, but his passenger was able to get out of the vehicle. Miller then sped off, hitting the passenger with the door of the vehicle.

Miller then went to Niagara County, where he was found crashed on Mountain Road with injuries.

He is currently in Genesee County Jail.

Judge Church set bail at $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.

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2 arraigned in County Court for crimes against children

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 June 2019 at 4:37 pm

ALBION – Two people from Orleans County were arraigned in County Court today for crimes against children.

Eric Warren, 30, of Ridge Road in Medina is facing charges of reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a children.

Warren allegedly shook a month-old baby and threw the baby against the floor in February, causing brain damage.

Warren entered a not guilty plea in court today. Judge Sanford Church issued an order of protection for the baby in the case.

He remains free on $10,000 bail.

Andrew Campbell, 32, formerly of Albion was arraigned on two counts of unlawful surveillance in the second degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Campbell is currently living in North Carolina. He also is facing federal charges for possession of child pornography.

Campbell allegedly secretly videotaped minors, including children 13 and 14 years of age. Campbell allegedly did this unlawful surveillance for several years, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

He pleaded not guilty in court today. He is free on $10,000 bail but is wearing an electronic ankle bracelet to track his location.

Judge Church issued an order of protection for the children in the case, as well as their mother.

In another case, a Medina man was arraigned for criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, as well as grand larceny in the fourth degree.

Joseph Newton, 33, of Medina was charged in April as part of an investigation into crack cocaine sales distribution in Orleans County. Seven others were charged in that investigation by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

Newton is facing the larceny charge for allegedly taking a boat motor from the Town of Shelby in August 2018.

Judge Church issued an order of protection for the person whose boat was stolen and also set bail at $20,000 for Newton.

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