Cops Take Bath Salts from Bath Man

AVON – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Bath resident for allegedly driving while impaired and without a license on Rte. 15 (Lakeville Road) and arrested his passenger on a warrant out of Corning.

According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Mark Norton, 58, was arrested for misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree and may face drug charges following the return of lab test results. John Janelli, 51, was arrested on the warrant.

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On Aug. 7 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Deputy Brandan Flickner was patrolling on Lakeville Road in the Town of Avon when he stopped a vehicle for NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.

Upon interviewing the driver, identified as Norton, the deputy suspected that he was operating in an impaired state and conducted a roadside DWI/DWAI Drug investigation. During the course of the investigation, two glass smoking pipes containing a powdery substance were allegedly located in the vehicle and seized.

The investigation led to Norton being placed under arrest for Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs and alcohol combination, as well as traffic tickets. It was also found that Norton’s driver’s license was suspended.

A passenger, John Janelli of Wellsboro, PA, had an outstanding warrant from the Corning Police Department for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree. Deputy Matthew Thomas took Janelli into custody on the warrant and transferred him to the custody of the Corning Police Department.

Norton was then taken to Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Sgt. James Merrick, a Certified Drug Recognition Expert, performed a drug evaluation. The Merrickt alleges that Norton was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant and a narcotic analgesic and that he could not operate a vehicle safely. Norton did also provide a urine sample that will be sent to a lab for testing.

Prior to Norton being taken to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail, he was also alleged to have a baggy of synthetic drugs commonly referred to as ‘bath salts’ in his possession. Further charges are possible following lab results.

Norton was turned over to Central Booking Deputies for processing and pre-arraignment detention. He was later arraigned in the Town of Livonia Court before Justice Margaret Graf-Linsner. The Judge did remand Norton to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

Norton. (Photos/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)