Ron Dailey cases will be heard in Yates County Court

Gwen Chamberlain

Ronald Dailey, who has been charged with two sets of felonies in relation to allegations that he took money from Penn Yan Middle School activities funds and that he took money from the Penn Yan Volunteer Fire Department, appeared briefly in Penn Yan Village Court Monday, Feb. 25.

There, he waived proceedings in the village court, meaning the next courtroom he’s likely to appear in is Yates County Superior Court. His attorney, John A. Schuppenhauer, expects his next court appearance to be sometime within the next two months.

Whether the case proceeds directly to the Yates County Court with a Superior Court Information or through Grand Jury proceedings will depend on the outcome of discussions between Schuppenhauer and District Attorney Susan Lindenmuth.

Dailey’s appearance before Penn Yan Village Justice Danny Hibbard was brief and conducted in quiet conversation between Dailey, Hibbard, Schuppenhauer and Lindenmuth Monday evening.

Dailey was arrested on Dec. 27, 2007 by Penn Yan Village Police and charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony and 10 counts of falsifying business records, a class E felony.

A report by Penn Yan Police Chief Gene Mitchell said Dailey was charged after an investigation of a complaint from the school district, where Dailey was a Middle School social studies teacher. Dailey allegedly submitted copies of personal checks to the school district for reimbursement for the Middle School activities account. The checks had been made out to vendors, but Dailey had not paid the vendors. Through this process, he allegedly received $7,270.69 which he was not entitled to receive from the account.

Dailey has been suspended with pay from his position.

On Jan. 25, he was arrested by New York State Police in connection with an investigation into missing funds from the Sheldon Hose Company of the Penn Yan Fire Department. Those charges are:

• Thirty first degree counts of falsifying business records

• Five second degree counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument

• Third degree grand larceny.

Dailey was arraigned before Milo Town Justice John Symonds and released on $5,000 cash bail.

Dailey, a former Penn Yan Village trustee, had submitted his resignation from the Penn Yan Village Board last spring. It was unanimously accepted by the village board on May 29, 2007.

At that time he said the resignation was related to his need to attend to some family obligations, and he refused to comment on an internal investigation into missing fire department funds.