Some charges against former Geneva Cop tossed

Penn Yan – In a ruling filed Friday, Judge Dennis Bender said there is insufficient evidence to support nine of 35 charges in a grand jury indictment against former Geneva Police Officer Richard A. Regan III. State Police arrested Regan at his home in Milo June 30, after receiving a phone tip that he illegally possessed numerous weapons. Police found a number of guns, a nightstick and a gravity knife in addition to marijuana and smoking pipes. According to court papers police found a number of pistols, an assault rifle, a stun gun, knives, metal knuckles and several martial arts weapons.Judge Bender dismissed one of thirteen felony charges and eight misdemeanor charges. The felony charge dismissed was criminal use of a firearm. Bender said there was no evidence that one of the guns found was used in a violent felony offense, which is the standard for the charge.Regan still faces a slew of charges including criminal possession of a weapon, criminal sale of a weapon, unlawful possession of marijuana, illegal transportation of firearms, menacing and criminal possession of stolen property.More oral arguments in the case are scheduled for next month with possible trial in October. Regan has been free on bail. Last month. Regan was found guilty of DWI after a three day trial in Benton Town Court.

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