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New York's drug treatment courts

In some cases, individuals charged on drug offenses in New York may be eligible to participate in drug treatment court, which is a drug diversion program. Reportedly, there are 146 courts operating in the state, and they permit certain non-violent drug offenders to have their charges reduced in exchange for participating in court-supervised drug treatment programs.

The basic concept behind the drug treatment courts began in 1989, when jurists in Miami noticed that there was a positive correlation between drug addiction and criminal drug charges. Policymakers created drug diversion programs with the hope that law enforcement officials, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys and drug treatment specialists would work together to fight the root cause of drug-related crimes. As of Aug. 1, 2014, there have been 85,415 people in New York accepted into these programs through drug treatment courts, reportedly.

New York teen faces DWI charges after accident with school bus

Ontario County Sheriff's deputies detained a 17-year-old driver on suspicion of DWI after an Oct. 15 accident involving a Penn Yan School District bus. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m., just after the teen's vehicle purportedly ran a stop sign at the Phelps intersection of Trimble Road and State Route 488.

According to law enforcement officials, the teen's car struck the school bus, which was carrying a girls' soccer team to a game in Clifton Springs. Emergency medical personnel evaluated the bus' occupants at the scene of the crash. Reportedly, there were 21 girls traveling on the bus at the time of the incident, and emergency personnel transported three of them to a Clifton Springs hospital for precautionary measures.

New York woman facing DWI felony charge after traffic stop

Authorities in New York have reported that a 35-year-old woman accused of driving while intoxicated for the fourth time will face a felony charge. The Palisades resident was taken into custody during the early morning hours of Oct. 17 after being stopped for a traffic violation. A records check revealed that the woman had been convicted of drunk driving in 2004, 2008 and 2009. New York law allows prosecutors to file felony charges against motorists accused of drunk driving when they have had at least one DWI conviction during the past 10 years. After being taken into custody, the woman was transported to a detention facility in South Nyack.

According to a Rockland County police report, officers pulled the woman's vehicle over after they observed it failing to obey a stop sign. The incident occurred on Route 9W near the New York State Thruway in South Nyack at approximately 1:10 a.m.

Man sentenced for defrauding Broadway producers

A man in New York was sentenced to 34 months in prison on Oct. 10 after admitting that he had defrauded the producers of a Broadway musical. According to one of the producers who attended the sentencing hearing, "Rebecca - The Musical" was never debuted as a result of the man's actions. After pleading guilty to the white-collar crimes, the accused man was also ordered to pay $68,000 to the play's producers.

In January 2012, the producers of the musical realized that they needed to secure an additional $4 million to fund their show. The accused man had allegedly told the producers that he was able to secure $4.5 million from four different investors who they later found out were fictitious. During the scheme, the man reportedly asked the producers to reimburse him for various expenses, including for an $18,000 safari trip.

Man charged for felony drug possession at dice game

A 22-year-old man in New York was taken into custody while hosting a dice game in a driveway. Syracuse authorities say money was being exchanged during the game, and the man was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was charged for third- and fourth-degree felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a violation of gambling laws.

According to reports, the drug charges were a result of items that were discovered in the accused man's jacket. Police allegedly found three plastic bags containing a beige material that tested positive for cocaine.

New York legislator accused of drunk driving in bicycle crash

Police say that the representative for the 13th district on the Broome County Legislature was drunk when he hit a cyclist with his vehicle in Binghamton and left the scene. The incident allegedly happened after the 49-year-old legislator, who is the son of the DMV commissioner, had been drinking at a bar.

The host of an area public access television program told the media that the man took advantage of a three-for-two drink special at a bar called Merlin's. The host noted that the man lives 10 blocks from the bar but apparently could not drive that far safely. According to officials, the cyclist refused medical treatment for a minor injury. The legislator was detained shortly after midnight at his home and charged with drunk driving.

New York man taken into custody on weapons charges

Police say that a 51-year-old man was taken into custody on Oct. 2 at around 6:13 p.m. Authorities initially arrived at a home on Carl Street in Nassau after a report of a man with a gun. When they arrived, the man told police that he had a gun in his house and they could search the home.

Once inside, authorities reportedly found a variety of guns including an AK-47 and SKS and Marlin rifles. There was also a Colt .380 semi-automatic pistol found. In addition to the guns, seven bags containing a substance believed to have been cocaine were also found on the property, according to reports. The man was then taken into custody without incident. After taking the man into custody, authorities continued a search of the house and found two switchblades, a dagger and ammunition for the Colt.

Police search house; detain 3 men for drug possession

After police searched a New York home on Sept. 24, they took three men into custody for criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Clarkstown Police Department carried out the search after an investigation was launched into complaints about people selling drugs out of the West Clarkstown Road home.

Local police have reportedly been pursuing heroin dealers in Rockland County and attempting to help heroin addicts in the area. With the help from state police and the FBI, authorities aim to shut down the supply of heroin entering the area from New York City and New Jersey. The district attorney for Rockland County says that they aim to identify the major heroin suppliers through social media and intel.

New York man charged with aggravated DWI after traffic stop

A 25-year-old New York man was charged with DWI after police pulled him over early in the morning on Sept. 21. Officers said that the Long Island man failed to maintain his lane while driving on westbound Middle Country Road in Selden, prompting the traffic stop at about 3:30 a.m.

Officers conducted an interview during the traffic stop, after which they said he was impaired. They claimed that the man's two daughters were riding with him in his 2012 Volkswagen Passat at the time of the traffic stop.

New York man faces multiple burglary charges

The search of a residence in connection with a nearly three-month investigation has led to a 57-year-old Wellsville man being taken into custody. The man is accused of burglarizing a laundromat and a disco in the community. The initial alleged offense occurred on July 8 as the man reportedly burglarized the laundromat. The second incident took place on Sept. 7 when the man reportedly broke into the same business a second time. The disco break-in occurred on Sept. 14.

The criminal charges for the first laundromat incident include second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary, fifth-degree possession of stolen goods and petit larceny. The criminal mischief and burglary charges are felony offenses, and the remaining charges are misdemeanors. Charges for the second incident at the laundromat include attempted burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief, and possession of burglar's tools. Charges faced in connection with the disco break-in include third-degree criminal mischief and burglary along with petit larceny and fifth-degree possession of stolen property.