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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Steuben County Court: Man indicted in Wayland stabbing

  • Five open indictments were recently handed up in Steuben County Court, including one that charged an elderly Wayland man with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a neighbor in the neck.

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  • Five open indictments were recently handed up in Steuben County Court, including one that charged an elderly Wayland man with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a neighbor in the neck.
    Raymond T. O’Keefe, 78, is accused of stabbing Laura S. Thomas on Nov. 20 at Belanger Trailer Park in Wayland. According to troopers, O’Keefe stabbed Thomas, 48, in the neck after he knocked on her door. The victim’s husband, James C. Thomas, was home and intervened, troopers said. No motive for the attack was released. O’Keefe was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree attempted assault.
    Other indictments:
    • Michael D. Thomas, 34, of County Route 18, Bradford, was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He allegedly assaulted an elderly woman by striking her head against the floor and the wall. The alleged incident occurred Nov. 13 in Bradford.
    • James M. Sick, 21, of State Route 21, Wayland, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment. He is accused of recklessly engaging in conduct that created a grave risk of death to Dylan M. Sick. The alleged incident occurred June 2 in Wayland.
    • Michael F. Whittier, 35, of Princeton Avenue, Corning, was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated. He allegedly drove with a blood-alcohol content of 0.23 percent March 30 in the Town of Corning.
    • William C. Coop, 21, of Windham, and Rebecca M. Kline, 19, of West Philo Road, Horseheads, were charged with first-degree sexual abuse and second- degree unlawful imprisonment. Jointly, they are accused of restraining someone and sexually abusing that person by forcible compulsion July 21 in Bath.

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