Yates man faces charges for stolen property, weapons and DEC violations

Staff Reports Posted 1 September 2015 at 12:00 am

Michael P. Silversmith

YATES – A Marshall Road resident faces numerous criminal charges, including 13 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force is reporting.

Law enforcement agencies last week searched the home of Michael P. Silversmith, 57, of 1856 Marshall Rd.

The Task Force was assisted by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the search.

Law enforcement determined that some of the property, including a Cub Cadet LTX-1042 KW riding lawn mower and Mercury 9.9 HP outboard boat motor, were stolen from Niagara County, the Task Force reported.

As a result of that search warrant execution and identification of some of the allegedly stolen property, Silversmith on Monday was arrested possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges.

Silversmith faces one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree (a Class D felony), 13 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and eight counts of possessing a restricted use pesticide.

Law enforcement seized 13 rifles and shotguns from the property. Because Silversmith is a convicted felon, he wasn’t allowed to possess the seized guns, the Task Force said in a news release today.

A large quantity of restricted pesticides were also located on the property and was investigated by DEC officers.

Silversmith also faces numerous codes violations regarding the property, issued by the Town of Yates code enforcement officer.

Silversmith was arraigned in the Town of Ridgeway Justice Court, by Town Justice Joseph Kujawa. Silversmith was committed to the Orleans County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.

He is to appear at Yates Town Court on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing into the possession of stolen property, and further charges and arrests are pending, the Task Force reported.