ALBANY — A former New York state official is going to prison for lying under oath about being unable to pay restitution for fraud after he spent money on a horse farm and his daughter’s wedding.
Federal prosecutors in Albany say 56-year-old Joseph Strevell, of Castleton, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.
Strevell, a former deputy secretary of state, pleaded guilty to perjury for lying during a 2014 deposition about his ability to pay court-ordered restitution.
Strevell pleaded guilty in 2007 to defrauding New York while head of the state-funded Institute for Entrepreneurship. He has acknowledged giving himself an unauthorized $95,000 lump-sum raise and using institute funds for personal and family expenses.
He was sued by the federal government for not making restitution of more than $111,000.
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says they’ve arrested an upstate New York man who was illegally hunting in a Staten Island park.
The 28-year-old hunter was spotted sitting near a tree holding a crossbow by an off-duty police officer who was out for a walk. The officer called for backup after the man acknowledged he was hunting deer, and the hunter was arrested Tuesday night.
It is illegal to hunt in all five boroughs of New York City.
The Norfolk man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and prohibited use of a weapon.
He was released on his own recognizance and has another court date scheduled for Dec. 15.
ITHACA — A Cornell University expert says this should be a good year for pumpkins.
Cornell horticulture professor Steve Reiners said the pumpkin crop this season is benefiting from the dry, warm weather in September. The dry conditions helped ripen the crop and minimized pumpkin diseases.
This year is an improvement over last year, when there was a drought.
Reiners’ advice for purchasing pumpkins: look for ones that have a sturdy stem. Soft stems can mean the pumpkin is prone to rotting. And stay away from pumpkins with soft spots.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol says a man pulled over in Des Moines after a car pursuit told state troopers that he wanted to be chased because it was on his bucket list.
Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the man refused to halt a little before 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a trooper tried to stop him over a violation on Interstate 80. The 10- to 15-minute chase ended soon after he left the interstate. He was taken into custody.
That’s when the 46-year-old Des Moines resident shared his bucket list story with troopers. Court records don’t yet show that he’s been charged.
State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright told The Associated Press that he’d never heard such an excuse in his 28 years of policing.