Tuesday, June 20, 2017

From the White House to your Home Town: legislative updates in Schuyler County

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce:
(L)earn more about what’s happening across the state and the country on Thursday, June 29 at Seneca Lodge in Watkins Glen at an event called "From the White House to Your Home Town - legislative updates and a conversation with your elected officials.
Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Alison Hunt from Congressman Tom Reed’s Office will discuss the current state of affairs and 2017 priorities. They will also provide updates on action at the federal and state level impact our local communities.
For more information, click here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Seneca County man who murdered son for money loses appeal

The Auburn Citizen reports that "The state's highest court has rejected an appeal from Karl Karlsen, a 56-year-old Seneca County man who admitted to killing his son so he could collect insurance money."
Karlsen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November 2013. At the time, Karlsen admitted to killing his 23-year-old son, Levi Karlsen, in 2008, when he intentionally caused a pick-up truck to fall off a jack and land on his son's chest.

During his plea, Karl Karlsen said he had obtained a $700,000 life insurance policy on his son's life roughly two weeks before the murder.... He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

In an appeal, attorney John Cirando argued that Karl Karlsen was improperly denied an attorney during police interrogations and that his statements to police were not voluntary. In addition, Cirando said his client's statements to his estranged wife should have been precluded under the spousal privilege law, that he did not waive his Miranda rights and that his guilty plea was not knowing or intelligent due to a lack of effective counsel.

On June 6, the state Court of Appeals denied the appeal, upholding the rulings of the lower courts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Suspectology: Getting into the Child Sexual Offender’s Mind to Improve Interview Strategies

Getting into the mind of a child sexual offender can increase the success law enforcement may have when interviewing the offender and investigating the case.

This webinar, sponsored by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, will explore the background of child sexual abuse, factors affecting child sexual offenders, and discuss and distinguish the terms “child molester” and “pedophile.”

The workshop will also identify common child sexual abuse se defenses and law enforcement strategies, and discuss how a deeper understanding of the child sexual abuser typologies and factors can improve offender interview strategies.

For more on this program, click here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fake ID and Underage Drinking Sweeps at Summer Concerts Across New York

New York State officials have launched "Operation Prevent," a 2017 summer concert crack down in conjunction with local law enforcement:
Investigators will continue to conduct sweeps at venues this summer including SPAC, Darien Lake, Jones Beach, Canalside in Buffalo, CMAC in Canandaigua and the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, as well as other events where underage concertgoers are likely to gather. DMV's Division of Field Investigation perform the investigations in partnership with the State Liquor Authority, New York State Park Police, New York State Police, and local law enforcement agencies.

During the concert season, DMV investigators work with the SLA and law enforcement entities to check identification documents. Patrons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents to purchase alcoholic beverages can be arrested and risk having their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. Investigators from DMV, the SLA, and other entities use portable document verification machines to conduct forensic examinations of suspect documents using white light, UV light, and infrared light sources.
Already, fraudulent licenses from New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida have been recovered.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Seneca County's Woofstock grows into a must for dog lovers

The Ithaca Journal:
The fifth annual Woofstock, at Americana Vineyards Winery, 4367 East Covert Road in Interlaken, happens from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. This year, a crowd of 2,000 is anticipated, a throng more than six times greater than five years ago....

Woofstock will benefit the Beverly Animal Shelter in Waterloo; Browncoat Cat Rescue in Ithaca; Fetch a Friend Rescue in Seneca Falls; Pet the Pet Program in Trumansburg; and Meals for Mutts in Webster.

For more on this event, click here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Schuyler County hosts Rabies Clinic June 3

Hector--Schuyler County officials will be hosting a rabies clinic on June 3 at the Hector Fire Department, 5736 Route 414, Hector, New York. The clinic will run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Vaccination is free of charge, but donations are appreciated.

Rabies is a serious virus of all mammals with no known cure. It causes neurological degeneration that ultimately leads to the death of the infected person or animal. Luckily, Rabies can be prevented with vaccination, and New York State requires by law the compulsory vaccination of all domestic dogs, cats and ferrets for the safety of the public. Compliance with Rabies Vaccination Laws is monitored by the New York State Department Of Health.

For more information, click here.