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 Hofmeister, 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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