Pennsylvania State Police that 5 people died in a helicopter crash in Wyoming County Saturday night. 4 adults and 1 child were killed; the helicopter departed from the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, search crews located the helicopter Sunday afternoon on South Mountain in Noxen Township. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Governor Cuomo announced increased fines for distracted driving violations, which includes texting-while-driving or using an electronic handheld device while driving, is in effect. The new minimum fines and higher maximum fines are, For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and maximum fine increases to $150, For a second offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $200, For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400. More information is available at dmv.ny.gov/cellphone.htm.
The sentence for Joshua Stimpson has been upheld in Delaware County court in connection with a fatal accident in March of 2010. Stimpson was driving on State Route 10 when he tried to pass a tractor-trailer in a no passing zone; he hit a vehicle driven by Sherry Bush car head on, killing her instantly. Stimpson pleaded guilty to 2nd degree manslaughter and was sentenced to three-and-a-half to 10-and-a-half years in prison; the appellate court ruled the sentence will stand, as Stimpson waived his right to appeal both the conviction and the sentence when he pleaded guilty.
Delaware County Deputies arrested 18-year-old Kyle Clark of Delhi for 3rd degree Assault for an incident that occurred on July 7th in the Town of Andes. Clark was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Andes Court at a later date.