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Greece man pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping charges

A Greece man pleaded not guilty Friday morning to charges of attempted kidnapping, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

Ryan Weidel, 26, was indicted earlier this week on the charges.

Weidel was reporting missing on August 18. Investigators were looking for him because they say he was harassing a former girlfriend and they thought she might be in danger. He was found near his car on August 23 and arrested without incident. Police say he had a stun gun, a BB gun, duct tape and handcuffs in the car.

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Greece man indicted on attempted kidnapping charges

Greece man indicted on attempted kidnapping charges

A Greece man who was previously reported missing has been indicted by grand jury on attempted kidnapping and burglary charges.

Ryan Weidel, 26, was indicted on attempted kidnapping, burglary, criminal possession of weapon and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Weidel was reporting missing on August 18. Investigators were looking for him because they say he was harassing a former girlfriend and they thought she might be in danage. He was found near his car on August 23 and arrested without incident. Police say he had a stun gun, a BB gun, duct tape and handcuffs in the car.

 

Security officer from Greece stabbed outside Water Street Music Hall

Security officer from Greece stabbed outside Water Street Music Hall

A Greece man who works as a security officer at Water Street Music Hall was stabbed in the stomach with a knife around 1:30 Saturday morning.

35-year-old DeMario J. Washington, of Buffalo, is charged with second degree assault.

Police say 29-year-old Joshua VanDervoort was escorting a group out after a fight inside the club. Police say the group was unhappy and not wanting to leave. As the group was being led out, police say Washington stabbed the victim in the stomach.

Washington was taken into custody by other security personnel. VanDervoort suffered non life-threatening injuries and has since been discharged from Strong Hospital.

Three people from Greece charged with damaging pickup truck following Blink 182 concert

Three young adults from Greece have been arrested for damaging a pickup truck following a concert at Darien Lake this summer.

22-year-old Timothy Donnelly and 20-year-old Deanna Smith and 18-year-old Dana Smith were recently charged with criminal mischief.

The three attended the Blink 182 concert at Darien Lake on August 11.  Genesee County Sheriff's Office say following the concert, the three damaged a man from Lancaster, NY's pickup truck following an argument in the grass parking area of the theme park.

Dana Smith is also charged with harassment. Sheriff's deputies say Dana made physical contact with another man from Lancaster.

All three are scheduled to answer the charges in Darien Town Court at 6 p.m. Nov. 8.

Convicted killer Mark Christie considering guilty plea in 23-year-old murder of Hilton woman

Convicted killer Mark Christie considering guilty plea in 23-year-old murder of Hilton woman

Mark Christie -- who is currently serving a life sentence for the 1994 murder of four-year-old Kali Poulton -- has been offered a plea deal in another murder.

A source with knowledge of the case tells News 10NBC that the plea deal offer will be discussed at a 2 p.m. hearing. has

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Christie is charged with a killing that pre-dates Kali's death by six years --  he was just 16 at the time.

Christie is accused in the 1988 murder of Viola Manville.

In November 1988, Manville was walking along a path near her home in Hilton when she was savagely beaten to death and shot with a pellet gun. Three years later, a jury convicted Frank Sterling for Manville’s murder basing it largely on a videotaped confession.

But throughout his trial, Sterling maintained that confession was coerced and last year after nearly two decades behind bars, Sterling was set free after new DNA evidence pointed to Christie as the true killer.

Daytime break-in on North Drive worries neighbors

A home break-in on Monday on North Drive in Greece has one resident alerting the community about the safety of their neighborhood.

Greece police say that an unknown suspect on North Drive broke into the home through a side door, stealing jewelry from the unoccupied home just after 3 p.m. And while a detective will continue to investigate the case, and a crime prevention specialist will follow-up with the homeowner, Josef Jongen, a neighbor, says that the residents are gravely concerned.

He's put up a sign in his front yard, alerting his neighbors of what's happened to increase their awareness. It reads  "Note: Another neighborhood daytime break- in. Locked and alarmed home, Monday 9/19, approximately 3 p.m."

"Before, this was a very safe, middle-class neighborhood," said Jongen, who has lived on North Drive for more than 30 years.

Aquinas grad, who killed friend in DWI crash, headed to prison for second DWI arrest

The judge called it a case that shocked the community. An Aquinas graduate -- who admitted to driving drunk and causing a crash that killed her friend -- is now headed to prison for driving drunk again.

Tia Gerstner pleaded guilty Monday to felony DWI and violating her probation. She was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison.

The most recent charge stems from a drunk-driving crash in May. The 20-year-old hit a parked SUV in charlotte. The prosecutor and judge both noted their disappointment in Gerstner.

She was given probation for a vehicular manslaughter charge from 2009. Her best friend and Aquinas classmate Joseph Mueller died in that drunk-driving crash.

When asked if she wanted to say anything in court today, she simply said, "I’m sorry." Her attorney, Joe Damelio said, “She couldn't talk. She wished to say more but she was just too emotional and she just couldn't talk.”