Aide to 'Dr. Feelgood' named in painkiller sweep
The former office manager for the Niagara Falls physician nicknamed "Dr. Feelgood" is among nine people named in federal indictments involving fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Wednesday.
Dawn Figurelli, 48, of Niagara Falls, and her daughter, Shannon, 26, were charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and health care fraud, since the prescriptions were paid for by Medicaid. Figurelli worked for Dr. Pravin V. Mehta before he was arrested in January and he closed his practice at 550-552 Main St.
Two other former Mehta employees -- Chantal Stypick, 32, of Niagara Falls, and Teresa Gansworth, 25, of Sanborn -- were indicted. Also named were James Respress, 53; Bari McHugh, 37; Ashley Fose, 27; and Robert Bradley, 30, all of Niagara Falls; and Darlene Printup, 29, of Lewiston.
All were charged with obtaining controlled substances, primarily opana and oxycontin, by using fraudulent prescriptions. Printup, Gansworth and Fose also were charged with possession with intent to distribute. McHugh, Stypick, Gansworth and Fose also were charged with health care fraud for using their Medicaid accounts to pay for the fraudulent prescriptions.
Medina man, 60, accused of threats to assessor
A Medina man was arrested for allegedly threatening the Pembroke town assessor last week, according to Genesee County sheriff's officials.
Darrell H. Smith, 60, of Orient Street, was arrested for threatening Town Assessor Deborah Conti over his assessment increase last Thursday at Pembroke Town Hall, officials said.
Three injured in crash at Barre intersection
BARRE -- Two cars collided in Orleans County on Wednesday, leaving two women and a 3-year-old boy hospitalized.
At about 3:15 p.m. in Barre, a car driven by Jennifer M. Williams, 22, went through a stop sign traveling south at West Lee Road (Route 31A) and Eagle Harbor Road. Williams' Pontiac Sunfire was struck by a Chevrolet van driven by Letty S. Fuller, 53, of Medina, which was traveling east on Route 31A.
The van landed on its side on the southeast corner of the intersection, and Fuller was trapped in the van for 45 minutes. She was removed by Barre and Albion firefighters and flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was under evaluation.
Fuller's 3-year-old grandson, who was secured in a car seat, was taken by ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
Williams was removed from the Sunfire by Barre and Albion firefighters. She was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial, where she was listed in guarded condition.
Ransomville man pleads guilty to pot, gun charges
Jerrod M. Farnham, 43, of New Road, Ransomville, has pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to federal charges of unlawful use of marijuana and possession of a firearm.
Farnham, who is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 8, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors said Farnham was arrested last May 13 after he and three associates held two youths at gunpoint for more than four hours after Farnham caught them breaking into the garage where the marijuana was growing. The incident ended when the mother of one of the youths found out what was happening and called the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Officers seized several guns from Farnham's home.
Not-guilty plea entered in two city break-ins
LOCKPORT -- A Lockport resident pleaded not guilty Wednesday before City Judge William Watson on charges in burglaries at two city businesses.
David S. Matyjasik, 33, of North Transit Street, was being held without bail in Niagara County Jail on two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, grand larceny and petit larceny. The cases were turned over to the grand jury.
Matyjasik allegedly broke a rear window at Image Collision on Park Avenue overnight April 9 and made off with a 2010 Chrysler Sebring, a computer monitor, $400 digital camera and change.
Matyjasik also is accused of breaking into Reid's Drive-in on Lake Street at 9:30 p.m. April 16, entering through a window and stealing $200. The Chrysler was recovered in a chase -- following an attempted break-in at Boyer's Tavern in Gasport on April 19, authorities said.
Suspect in mud puddle ends up being subdued
LOCKPORT -- A drunk who was chased onto the Niagara County Golf Course was caught after he fell into a deep mud puddle just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
Mark W. Hubbard, 22, of East Remick Parkway, was charged with second-degree obstructing government administration and resisting arrest.
Police said Hubbard, who attempted repeatedly to enter the car of a Davison Road woman, had to be Tasered and handcuffed.