Medina man facing drug, grand larceny charges

Staff Reports Posted 3 April 2019 at 11:51 am

MEDINA – A Medina man was arrested on Tuesday for drug and grand larceny charges.

Joseph Newton

He is the eighth person arrested since last month following an investigation into a crack cocaine sales distribution in Orleans County, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force said today.

Joseph Newton, 33, of 207 East Center St. was charged on Tuesday. His arrest is related to a March 7 arrest of seven others, the Task Force said.

Newton was charged with one count each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, which are Class B felonies.

He also was charged with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a Class E felony, for allegedly taking a boat motor from the Town of Shelby in August 2018. Information obtained during the above drug investigation led to this charge.

Newton was arraigned in Ridgeway Town Court by Two Justice Joseph Kujawa, who committed Newton to the Orleans County Jail without bail due to his previous criminal history. Newton is to return to Ridgeway Town Court at 9 a.m. on April 8.

Newton was wanted on several outstanding warrants throughout Orleans County. Medina police officer Richard Messmer received information of Newton’s whereabouts. Newton was taken into custody with  assistance from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

Further arrests and charges are pending in this investigation, the Task Force said.

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