The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 13, 2012

Medina man gets five years for meth

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The Medina man charged earlier this year with unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine was sentenced Monday in County Court to five years in prison.

Michael Daniels’ Telegraph Road home was raided in April by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and units from Niagara County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

According to the report filed at the time, police found approximately ten grams of meth and several precursors used to produce the drug.

Judge James Punch said there have only been a few cases in recent years of the drug being produced in Orleans County. The dangers of its use and its production required the strong sentencing.

“You are introducing meth to this county and I will step on (those efforts) as hard as I can,” Punch said before sentencing Daniels, who he noted has been arrested and convicted on multiple charges. “The chemical process (to produce the drug) is extremely volatile and extremely dangerous.”

Daniels expressed regret for his actions in his remarks before Punch. Attorney Bryan Oathout, who represented Daniels, said his “serious drug and alcohol issues” had led to poor decisions.

”I’m guilty, there’s no doubt about it,” Daniels said before sentencing. “I take full responsibility.”

• Edward Schneider and Christopher Swan were arraigned and entered not guilty pleas to arson, mischief, endangerment and assault in a Sept. 12 fire at an abandoned Ridge Road structure.

The vacant home, owned by Schneider’s mother, was totally destroyed despite the efforts of several area fire departments to combat the blaze, which led to the injury of a firefighter.

Attorney Shirley Gorman, who represented Swan in court, told Punch that Antoinette Schneider had offered the use of the home, which had multiple code violations, as a training site for firefighters.

”It’s an unusual situation,” Gorman said.

Schneider and Swan were released on their own recognizance following the appearance, with their next appearance date set for

Jan. 7.

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