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A very unusual arrest by state troopers in Wyoming County.

Two Town of Java residents are accused of possessing a young grivet monkey. 

It’s been a lengthy investigation by state police – originating in August of last year, when Wyoming County probation officers made a home visit and discovered the animal.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation was alerted and ultimately seized the animal while they investigated how homeowners Dara Jennings, 56, and Mark Galioto, 47, came to possess it.

The DEC learned that on the federal acquisition form used to initially purchase the monkey, the couple allegedly fraudulently altered information.

There’s still more…troopers allegedly found parts of a deceased redtail hawk and 11 small marijuana plants at the property.

They are facing several charges including offering a false instrument for filing, tampering with physical evidence and other conservation law offenses.

Both were issued appearance tickets.

(pictured above is not the monkey in this case; just an example)

A Pavilion man is accused of stealing two vehicles and driving them into ditches.

State Troopers say an investigation showed that 40-year-old Jason Babbitt allegedly drove two separate vehicles without the consent of the owner and both times the cars were found disabled in ditches in Wyoming County.

Babbitt is charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

He was jailed with bail set at $5,000.

Jason Babbitt                   Dara Jennings                     

Mark Galioto                                                                

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