Auburn man sentenced to prison for possessing cocaine in Cayuga County

An Auburn man will spend the next five years in prison for possessing more than half an ounce of cocaine. Jose Grego, 34, of Auburn was arrested in February and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. At the time, the Auburn Police Department said the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force found a “substantial”... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating incinerators, campus safety & Geneva’s future (podcast)

A number of hot-button issues will be discussed on a special edition of the Debrief Podcast. After a delay to the taping of the podcast last week, the news broke this weekend that Geneva City Manager Matt Horn would be exiting his post as the highest ranking administrative figure in Geneva. His unexpected exit, and what it means for Geneva... more

UPDATE: Justice charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud in Ontario County

In an official update Thursday morning, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reported that Erika Martin, 45, of Manchester was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of first-degree scheme to defraud, four counts of petit larceny, as well as two counts of issuing a bad check. The charges are a result of crimes that were discovered in the personal and... more

Cayuga Centers teen pleads guilty to assaulting Auburn police officer

A 16-year-old resident of Cayuga Centers has admitted attacking an Auburn police officer. At around 10:30 p.m. July 31, Jacob Mackey was standing in the middle of Osborne Street when Auburn Police Department Officer Scott Deyo approached and asked the teen to move. But, instead of listening to the officer, Mackey lunged and grabbed Deyo around his neck. It took... more

Geneva man pleads guilty to drug charges

A Geneva man who was involved in a pair of 2016 shootings will be going to prison after pleading guilty to several drug charges Monday in Ontario County Court. District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said Maurice “Flash” Maxon pleaded guilty to three counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 4... more

Bristol Harbour Village taking South Bristol to court

The homeowners’ association for Bristol Harbour Village is moving forward with its legal challenge against the South Bristol Town Board that approved a 64 percent increase in homeowners’ sewer rates. Attorney Mark Moretti with PhillipsLytle LLP, who represents Bristol Harbour Village Association (BHVA), said Wednesday documentation and other details are being gathering in preparation for the Article 78 court action.... more

Skaneateles CEO says employee tried to extort him to hide her $89,000 embezzlement

A Skaneateles business owner said in court today that a former employee tried to extort him when he learned of her $89,000 embezzlement. David Rossi, chief executive officer of Empire of Empire Technical Associates, gave a statement at the sentencing of his former employee Julie McGinn. McGinn admitted in September to stealing $89,000 from Empire. At her plea hearing, she... more

Police: Waterloo man failed to appear on drug charges, arrested again

On November 21st at approximately 11:20 am the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Mark P. Pontius, 53, of Waterloo, on a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for original charges of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance Seventh Degree and traffic violations. Pontius was arraigned in the Town of Tyre Court and released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to... more

Owner of Auburn logging company sentenced to prison for $83k workers’ comp fraud

The owner of a New York logging company will spend between one and three years in prison after being convicted of stealing more than $83,000 in workers’ compensation benefits — all while incidentally failing to provide those benefits to his employees. That’s according to the office of the New York State Inspector General, which investigated the owner, David C. Sigl,... more

Cornell grad sues university after investigation of sexual assault accusation

A Cornell graduate is suing the university, saying he was discriminated against and denied a hearing following a Title IX investigation into a sexual assault allegation. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, accuses Sarah Affel, Title IX coordinator for Cornell University, of discrimination based on the student’s ethnicity, sex and religion.... more

Husband and wife appear in court for conspiring to sell crack cocaine in Cayuga County

On Tuesday morning, Joeroy Baker Sr. and Crystal Baker held hands on a bench in the Cayuga County Courthouse, waiting for their cases to be heard. The Auburn couple had been arrested earlier this year for conspiring to sell crack cocaine in the county. Both were charged with several felonies, including third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.... more

Court hears Rose Chase appeal in Rochester

More than four years after she was convicted of murder for pushing her husband down a flight of stairs, an appeals court heard arguments Monday in the case of Rose Chase. Judges from the Fourth Judicial Department of state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division heard brief oral arguments from Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo and Rochester-area attorney Gary Muldoon,... more

Schuyler County man sentenced for role in meth distribution ring

A Schuyler County man convicted on drug charges has been sentenced to more than 19 and a half years in prison. Between June 2012 and May 2016, Scott Kennedy conspired to make and distribute methamphetamine. He personally made large amounts of the drug at his Town of Catlin home and received assistance from a number of co-conspirators, prosecutors say. Three... more

Auburn teen admits burglarizing Cayuga County businesses

A 17-year-old pleaded guilty to two felonies Tuesday for breaking into two stores in Cayuga County. Delloyd McMillian, of Auburn, admitted to two counts of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. First, McMillian said he broke into an Auburn store in June and stole cell phones. He was arrested June 16 and held at the Cayuga County jail before posting... more

David Sweat, infamous prison escapee, moved by state from Five Points

David Sweat, one of the two escapees from the Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015, was moved Friday to the famous Attica prison in western New York, state officials confirmed Tuesday. Sweat, a convicted murderer, was captured after a three-week manhunt after he and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Dannemora prison in June 2015. Matt was shot and killed... more

STRAINED RELATIONSHIP: Inside the Article 78 filed by SMI against Seneca Falls

It’s complicated. The relationship between the Town of Seneca Falls and Seneca Meadows, Inc. could only be described as such given the current state of affairs. On Wednesday, November 15th the Town of Seneca Falls was served with an Article 78 from Seneca Meadows seeking annulment of the 2016 local law entitled ‘Waste Disposal Law’. Residents likely remember it as... more

Ruzicka, Garee cases delayed again

Assault and harassment charges against Seneca Falls Town Board member Thomas Ruzicka were delayed Friday for the fifth time. And a felony charge of making a terrorist threat against John Garee of Seneca Falls was also postponed Friday, the third adjournment of that case. Both postponements were at the request of special prosecutor David Mashewske, an assistant district attorney for... more

Three indicted on drug charges by grand jury in Ontario County

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero announced the execution of three arrest warrants, which were issued by a Grand Jury. Deputies say the arrests took place on Thursday and Friday and were collectively the result of a lengthy investigation. All three subjects were indicted by the grand jury after a three month investigation into the sales of narcotics in the Village... more
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