Gerry Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Kill Woman

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.GERRY – A Town of Gerry man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill a woman on Sunday.New York State Police say James Spitale, 43, violated an order of protection by visiting a woman at a residence in Gerry.Through investigation it is alleged that Spitale threatening to assault and kill the woman.Troopers say Spitale was placed under arrest and charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Spitale was processed at the New York State Police Jamestown Barracks and taken to the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment in the case.last_img

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Suffolk DA Tom Spota Rebuffs County Exec Bellone’s Calls to Resign

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian and Spencer RumseyStanding on the steps of Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota’s office in Smithtown on Thursday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called on Spota to resign so the “culture of corruption” in Suffolk could be swept out.Bellone’s demand comes after weeks, if not months, of rumors circulating through the county that the district attorney would resign while calls for his resignation have only grown louder in the Suffolk Legislature. So far, Spota has insisted he will remain in office.On Thursday Bellone came armed with a letter he intended to hand-deliver to the district attorney, excoriating the district attorney for alleged improprieties that he said have mired Suffolk in a string of political scandals. Chief among them is Spota’s former investigator, ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke, who recently pleaded guilty to beating up a suspect in custody and trying to cover it up.“For refusing to cooperate and work with federal law enforcement to prosecute crime in this county, for refusing and blocking federal law enforcement from working on the Gilgo Beach serial murder case, for allowing violent criminals to go free to protect political friends, for lying about Jim Burke and for conspiring to conceal his past…for violating your sacred oath and for using your position as the top law enforcement officer of this county, Tom Spota, you must resign from this office,” Bellone declared.The county executive warned the county district attorney that if he does not quit before his term expires, he’d request that Gov. Andrew Cuomo use the power of his office to remove him.Bellone intended to deliver a formal letter officially requesting Spota’s resignation to the district attorney but Spota was not available to accept it, Bellone’s spokeswoman said. No reason was given for Spota’s unavailability at the time.Earlier this week three Republican members of the county legislature held a press conference in Riverhead to demand that both Bellone and Spota resign. Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) and Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst) said the county’s level of corruption was untenable.“The people of Suffolk County have had enough of the corruption from County Executive Bellone and District Attorney Spota,” said McCaffrey, the minority leader of the Suffolk County Legislature, in a press statement. “It is time to restore trust in our government and for Bellone and Spota to step down.”Spota, a Republican-turned-Democrat, was resoundingly first elected district attorney in 2001 following the divisive tenure of his three-term predecessor, DA James Catterson. In 2011 Spota drew scrutiny by forcing then-county executive Steve Levy, a Democrat-turned-Republican, to turn over his $4.1-million campaign war chest to the district attorney’s office and drop out of his re-election race. Spota never filed charges against the incumbent. Levy’s sole challenger was Bellone, then the Democratic supervisor of Babylon.But Spota has since come under fire amid several high-profile investigations of close confidants in his office. Besides the scandal involving his protege, Burke, it has also emerged that Spota’s top corruption prosecutor, Christopher McPartland, is at the center of a federal grand jury probe, according to Newsday.And it doesn’t stop here.Spota was also identified in court documents in the federal fraud case against Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh as allegedly quashing several attempts by Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco to investigate Walsh, who was then a correction lieutenant in his department. The powerful political leader was eventually convicted of theft and fraud for conducting political activity and golfing when he was supposed to be at work in Riverhead.DeMarco could credit Walsh’s political acumen for getting him elected sheriff, but he testified against his party boss at Walsh’s trial earlier this year. Last week, DeMarco also called upon Spota to resign.Shortly after Bellone’s press conference, Spota held one of his own in his Hauppauge office and shot back at the county executive.“As for Mr. Bellone, his call for my resignation is not based on anything but a personal vendetta against me, for investigating and prosecuting people that he’s close to,” Spota told reporters. “I’ve never said it before, but I will say it now, the county executive has made and did make in the past multiple personal pleas to me in the presence of other prosecutors not to investigate or prosecute people that he was close to.”In a follow-up press conference, Bellone called Spota’s allegations “nonsense.”“This is not Steve Bellone against Tom Spota,” the county executive told reporters. “Justice needs to be restored to this county.”In his earlier remarks Thursday, Bellone criticized the political process that led to Spota’s re-election. The district attorney was repeatedly cross-endorsed by Democrats, Republicans and the Conservative Party as well as the Independence Party.“Every time that happened we were supporting the corruption and the abuse that has happened in this office and that cannot go on,” Bellone said. “This must end. This culture of corruption, which perverts this government, which destroys lives, which undermines justice, cannot be allowed to continue. It must be swept out, and that means it matters who the next district attorney of this county will be and that there is a process in place to ensure that the people will get to decide that, not political leaders in a back room.”Bellone acknowledged that Spota once had his full support. That time has passed.“I believed he was the man that was taking on corruption and would end corruption and political persecution and prosecution in this county,” Bellone said. “And it has now become clear that was simply a reshuffling of the deck chairs and that the culture of corruption that has clearly existed now in this county and in law enforcement for decades has continued unabated and has only worsened.”last_img

Keeping Your Home and Celebrations Safe this Holiday Season

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET By: Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Keeping Your Home and Celebrations Safe this Holiday Season Holidays,  PSA,  The Blog The holiday season is a time when many people decorate their homes and welcome friends and family for parties and to exchange gifts.It’s a festive time of year, and there are some common sense actions you can take to make sure it stays that way.Reduce Fire HazardsMany people during this season have trees decorated with lights. It’s important to reduce fire hazards that trees and other live greens be adequately watered. A dry tree can catch fire and be fully engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes. You should use decorations that are flame resistant or retardant, and be sure to keep candles and cooking appliances out of the reach of children and pets. If you can, use electric candles rather than those with flames.Make sure you turn off lights when you leave home or go to bed, and don’t overload circuits or power strips. Avoid connecting more than three strings of lights on a tree.Be a Responsible HostIf you’re hosting a holiday gathering, you could be held legally responsible for guests’ actions after they leave the party. Social host liability can have consequences if you serve liquor. To help avoid problems, hosts can stop serving liquor toward the end of the party, switch to coffee, tea, and soft drinks, and arrange for a ride or offer to have a guest who appears to have had too much to drink or seems too tired to drive the option of staying over for the night.Make Sure Your Gifts Are CoveredMost homeowners’ policies cover the contents of a home at a certain percentage of the home’s value. This will vary by policy, but if your plans include any particularly expensive gifts, you may want to check with your insurance professional to make sure you have enough coverage. Also, most homeowners’ policies have specific, lower limits for valuables such as jewelry, fur, or firearms, so if you have these types of items, you may want to discuss whether you have sufficient coverage.Don’t leave gifts visible through windows, and avoid posting vacation pictures on social media until you return, so as not to advertise your home will be unoccupied for a period of time.The Wolf Administration hopes you all have a very safe and happy holiday season! December 15, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Gold Coast home with recording studio sells in million-dollar deal

first_img MORE NEWS: More than $10M paid for beachfront package One of it’s cool features is a purpose-built recording studio.“A lovely couple that have been living between Melbourne and Mackay (bought it),” he said.“They’ve always had a large home and they’ve always had acreage.”Mr Scartozzi said it was perfect timing as the couple started looking for property on the Coast when the house hit the market.“They were here already looking at some options and it had just come to the market,” he said.The 0.44ha property includes a six-bedroom house with an entertainment terrace and pool, a double garage with shed and powder room, a second shed and multiple rainwater tanks.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago It has music and mixing rooms as well as a separate driveway for easy access.A detached dwelling adjacent the house has its own soundproofed recording studio with music and mixing rooms as well as a separate driveway.It was built by the seller, who recorded and sampled music.Making the deal all the more sweeter, Mr Scartozzi said the buyers had agreed to keep the recording studio and would allow the seller to continue to access it for as long as he liked. The Currumbin Valley property at 9 Bradman Drive sold before auction.IT was music to one homeowner’s ears when he heard a million-dollar offer had been put on his Currumbin Valley home.The acreage estate with a two-storey house and purpose-built recording studio was due to go under the hammer this month but sold before it had a chance.It hit the right note with a couple who wanted to settle down on the Coast so they made a $1.21 million offer to seal the deal prior to auction.LJ Hooker agent Roberto Scartozzi, who handled the sale with Lisa Psaras, said the buyers fell in love with both the area and the property so wanted to knock out the competition by making a quick offer. MORE NEWS: Multimillion-dollar cash splash set to pay offcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFive things to consider when buying into a regional area01:35last_img

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