posted on May 26, 2010 07:18
A truck driver from Ohio has pleaded guilty in connection with a Thruway crash in Pembroke, which killed a mother from Snyder. Prosecutors say 45-year-old Thomas Wallace admitted to second-degree manslaughter for the December 12th crash, which killed Julie Stratton. Authorities say Stratton's car was disabled on the Thruway near Pembroke after hitting a deer. Investigators say Wallace was sleep deprived and watching pornography on his laptop computer as he barreled into Stratton's car. He now faces five to 15 years behind bars when sentenced in September.
Batavia City Police during this month have conducted three checkpoints, one each on Law Street, Clinton Street, and Oak Street near the Thruway entrance. Those checkpoints resulted in 62 Vehicle and Traffic Arrests along with one penal law arrest for marijuana. At the Oak Street checkpoint, City Police were joined by the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. A total of 9 tickets were issued to truck drivers. The check points are being funded through a grant from the New York Sate Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. City Police say more checkpoints will be conducted at various times in the upcoming months.
Monroe County authorities say four teens were injured in a car crash because the driver was taking part in a hold your breath contest with his passengers. Investigators say the four teens decided to hold their breaths while driving through the hamlet of Garbutt Monday night just before 10 p.m. Authorities say 19-year-old Bryan Parslow of Caledonia, Livingston County passed out. The car ran off the road; hit a tree and a large rock. Parslow and his 16-year-old brother had to be freed by firefighters. Two 19-year-olds also suffered minor injuries.
Governor David Paterson hosts a rare public meeting with state legislative leaders in Albany. New York faces a nine-point-two-billion-dollar deficit and has a state budget that's nearly two months late. Governor Paterson says more cuts are needed to bridge the budget gap. The governor says both the state Assembly and Senate are not in agreement on nearly two-and-a-half-billion dollars in cuts. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver suggests another budget session should be held on Thursday.
The state Democratic Convention gets underway this week in Westchester. The state party is expected to nominate Andrew Cuomo for Governor, back Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in Senate races, and support Thomas DiNapoli for state Comptroller. Recent polls suggest all four candidates hold a comfortable lead over potential opponents
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice will now face a primary challenge in her bid to succeed Andrew Cuomo as New York's top prosecutor. The state Democratic Party is letting a September 14th primary decide the nominee of the five-way race for state Attorney General, not at the convention. The Democratic Party Chairman had been considering nominating a single candidate this week to avoid a divisive campaign, but Jay Jacobs says New Yorkers should make the final choice. Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is the only declared Republican candidate.