In addition to making sure smaller children are safe while trick or treating, parents are being urged to make sure their teenagers understand that a small prank could hold some big consequences. Criminal defense attorneys say there can be a range of criminal liability for pranks from a simple trespassing violation to a felony. A person can be charged with a class E felony if they cause damage over $250. Causing $1,500 damage could lead to a class D felony charge. A class C felony holds a mandatory state prison threshold. In addition to jail time, there are also high court fines and surcharges as well, with people possibly seeing hundreds of dollars in fines and surcharges for something as simple as throwing toilet paper at a tree at someone's house. Attorneys say it's important for everyone to remember to keep with the tradition of Halloween, which is to collect candy and then continue on to the next without causing any destruction or damage.
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The New York State Police is conducting a special traffic enforcement effort during this Halloween weekend. Troopers will also conduct underage drinker identification details statewide. The effort begins today and continues through Sunday. Drivers can expect a number of
sobriety checkpoints, additional patrols, underage drinking and sales to minors enforcement this weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads. During last year's initiative there were more than 1,300 accidents, more than 200 of which resulted in someone being injured. Six people were killed. Troopers also arrested 324 people for DWI and issued more than 21,000 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations.
Last week, we aired a series on the survey Buffalo Business First Journal conducted, ranking the school districts in upstate New York. We had the opportunity to speak with Lowville Academy & Central School Superintendent Cheryl Steckley, who gave her reaction to the report.
We have contact school superintendents in the area & will air their reactions as they return our requests.
We continue with Boonville Town Supervisor John Gaylord, who concludes his report for October.
We will have more with Mr. Gaylord next month.
A special event is coming to the Boonville United Methodist Church tomorrow. We spoke with Charlene Ludwikowski, who has more.
Once again, that stone soup supper will be tomorrow at the Boonville United Methodist Church.
A 23 year old Remsen man faces several charges stemming from a 2012 home invasion. New York State Police report that Daniel Litz was charged with two counts of burglary 1st degree, two counts of attempted robbery 1st degree and one count of assault 1st degree. The charges stem from a Herkimer County Court warrant resulting in a sealed indictment from the Herkimer County Grand Jury. Troopers report that in December 2012, two masked men entered a home in the Town of Norway and shot a resident of the home in the arm with a shotgun. At least one person was operating a getaway car. There may have been as many as four people involved in the burglary. The investigation into the identity of the other three is active. Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Police BCI in Herkimer at 866-7275.
A 40 year old Munnsville woman was charged following a 2-vehicle accident that occurred Monday afternoon in the Town of Floyd. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol reports that an SUV driven by Michelle Drake was stopped on Soule Road waiting to cross over State Route 365 when she proceeded forward, entering the path of a Town of Floyd dump truck driven by 38 year old Marc Wojciechowski, of Rome who was traveling westbound on State Route 365. Drake was treated on scene by the Floyd Fire Department and Amcare Ambulance and released. Wojciechowski was not injured. Drake was ticketed for failure to yield right of way at a stop sign. Sheriff's Deputies were also assisted on scene by the New York State Police.
3 stranded boaters were rescued over the weekend. The DEC reports that dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County 911 at around 6:45 p.m. Saturday evening advising of a 51-year-old man from Lafayette, NY stranded on Quaker Beach on Raquette Lake in the Town of Inlet. Due to spotty cell phone service Hamilton County 911 received limited information and efforts to call the man back were unsuccessful. The Forest Ranger responded by boat to Raquette Lake and located the man and two others, who explained their boat had
broken down and due to limited cell phone coverage with Hamilton County they could not accurately convey their message for assistance. The Forest Ranger gave the men a ride back to their camp & they retrieved their boat the next morning.
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