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Funding Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program

Caring for a family pet is a lot different than providing care for a police dog and the newest addition to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 2-year-old German Shepherd K-9 Destro, has special needs. Now the department is reinitiating an important fundraising tool to support the K-9 program.
 
Destro’s handler, Deputy Chris Erion, says there’s always a need to support the K-9 fund.
 
“The care and maintenance of a police K-9 is above what it typically is for a normal pet,” he said while at a law enforcement demonstration at the 26th annual Genesee County Youth Conference at Genesee Community College Tuesday. “Their teeth have to very regularly maintained. Often they break teeth; he’s broken a couple of teeth already that have had to be fixed. Care, feeding…all those sorts of things.”
 
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fund has a new facebook page to promote the fund to ensure the program’s sustainability.
 
Deputy Erion says there is no target budget, but strives to maintain a consistent revenue stream. He says he’d like to have a working budget of $5,000 to $10,000.
 
“If something were to happen, we could cover everything immediately,” he said. “If we needed a new dog and handler, we could cover that immediately and raise a little bit of supplemental (money) if we needed it. That would be my goal.”
 
The Facebook page was set up by former K9 handler Deputy Brian Thompson’s daughters.
 
“It was an idea created by two of Brian’s children (Olivia and Sophia),” Deputy Erion said. “If you think about it, the only life that they’ve known is life with a police K-9. He’s had K-9s every since he worked in the Sheriff’s Office and before that. It’s a big part of their life just having a police K-9 in the house.”
 
Not only is the K-9 program vital in police work, but Deputy Erion says his assignment as handler has opened his eyes to a lot of good in the community.
 
“There’s a school right now where the whole school is working on a K-9 fundraiser and I’ve had other people approach me about how to go about that,” he said. “Lots of other organizations that have supported us financially; lots of businesses that maybe haven’t supported us financially, but have provided buildings, places for us to train like the Gillam Grant Center. When I go to the gym, they’ve provided a safe place for me to store Destro so I don’t have to leave him in the car at the gym. Lots of people willing to help. It’s really cool.”
 
K-9 Pharoah retires in October.
 
There is an envelope fundraiser where people can use facebook messaging to request an envelope with a number total. Once a certain number is picked and returned, the next donator will have to pick a different number to fill with a donation and return.
The page indicates $2,000 has been raised so far.
 
Here’s the link to the facebook page to get involved: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Genesee-County-NY-K-9-Support/755786034446703
 
Police to Crack Down on Drunk Driving for St. Patrick's Day Weekend
 
State Troopers are planning to come down hard on target drunk drivers this St. Patrick's Day weekend. 
 
The stepped-up enforcement gets underway today and runs through St. Patrick's Day on Monday. 
 
Last year, statewide, troopers made more than 200 drunk driving arrests and wrote nearly 10-thousand tickets over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
  
New York State Police will be cracking down on drinking and driving, underage drinking and distracted driving ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 
 
Police will have sobriety checkpoints set up and additional patrols on the roads today through Monday in an effort to prevent tragedies caused by impaired driving. 
 
State Police will also be ticketing distracted drivers using handheld electronic devices. 
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day between 2007 and 2011.
 
WBTA Police Beat
 
A Genesee County grand jury has issued three indictments all involving the sale of cocaine in the City of Batavia.
 
56-year-old Diana Bloom of State Street is indicted on six total counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance – all felonies.
 
The indictment states that on thee occasions, Bloom was found in possession of and sold cocaine on State Street and Columbia Avenue.
 
Demetrious Richardson, A.K.A. “G” is indicted on four counts of felony Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
 
The indictment states that he sold cocaine on Jackson Street and Pringle Avenue last September.
 
And finally Dajuandrick Gardner A.K.A. “X” is accused of selling cocaine on State Street on three occasions in November and January.
 
He’s indicted on six felony charges of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
 
Also in law-and-order,
 
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Alicia Hough after she was allegedly found Driving While Intoxicated.
 
The 22-year-old Elba resident is facing four charges after striking a mailbox on Norton road in the Town of Elba.
 
She is due in court on April 2nd.
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