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Former Anti-Crime Activist Powell Gets 25 Years For Murder

Former Anti-Crime Activist Powell Gets 25 Years For Murder

 

Victoria E. Freile, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Former Rochester anti-violence advocate Joyce E. Powell received the maximum prison sentence for killing a man in 1992 in Orleans County.

Powell, 49, was convicted of second-degree murder in May 2011 in the death of John Rutledge, 37, of Rochester, who was found dead in a ditch on the side of Sawyer Road in Carlton, Orleans County, on June 6, 1992. He had been shot several times.

Orleans County Court Judge James P. Punch on Monday sentenced Powell to 25 years to life in prison, said County District Attorney Joseph Cardone. The sentence will begin when Powell completes a 16-year prison term, for a 2007 conviction on burglary and assault charges.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

NY Congressman Asks Ohio Governor to Veto Legislation

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter urging Ohio Governor John Kasich to veto legislation in his state that would allow businesses to remove 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie

Suspected Heroin Dealers Busted

Suspected Heroin Dealers Busted

From the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force

On June 22, 2011, after a month-long investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the City of Rochester and Orleans County, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, the Orleans County and Monroe County Sheriff’s Depts., the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (Granet) and the Rochester Police Dept., executed search warrants at 774 Smith St., Rochester, and on a vehicle located in Brockport.

Police seized a quantity of heroin with a street value of over $9,000, $55,000 in cash, three loaded weapons, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia. 

As a result of the investigation, police arrested:

Michael Lasch Jr., age 39, of Brockport, charged in Orleans County with:

Convenience Store Thief Nabbed in 20 Minutes

Convenience Store Thief Nabbed in 20 Minutes

Victoria E. Freile

Democrat and Chronicle

A man accused of robbing an Orleans County convenience store early Tuesday was apprehended within 20 minutes, according to Albion Police.

Jordan A. Askew, 19, was charged this morning with third-degree robbery, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, said Albion Police Sgt. Tim Boyer.

A man robbed the Sugar Creek store at 3 West Ave., Albion, just before 2 a.m. He did not display a weapon but left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, Boyer said.

About 20 minutes after the robbery, Holley Police stopped a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and Askew was brought back to Albion, Boyer said.

Askew was arraigned in Albion Town Court this morning and was remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail, Boyer said.

Ridgeway Man Accused of Stealing Paintings

Ridgeway Man Accused of Stealing Paintings

 

Democrat and Chronicle

A Ridgeway, Orleans County, man was arrested Wednesday and accused of possessing two stolen paintings.

The paintings, Boat Landing at Silver Lake and Early Snow (1882) by Lemuel Wiles, had been taken from the Perry Public Library in September 2008, according to State Police in Farmington, Ontario County. According to the website of the library's Stowell-Wiles Art Gallery, the paintings were taken Sept. 26-27, 2008.

Michael A. Ortiz, 40, of Ridge Road was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned before state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Valentino and ordered held without bail.

Former Anti-Violence Activist Convicted of 1992 Murder

Former Anti-Violence Activist Convicted of 1992 Murder

Meaghan M. McDermott

Democrat and Chronicle

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Former Rochester anti-violence advocate Joyce E. “Joy” Powell was found guilty of second-degree murder this morning by an Orleans County jury .

Powell, 49, is currently serving a 16-year prison term for a prior conviction on burglary and assault charges.

She was convicted today of the murder of John Rutledge, 37, of Rochester, who was found dead in a ditch on the side of Sawyer Road in Carlton, Orleans County, on June 6, 1992. He had been shot several times.

Read the entire story at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.