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Courts throughout Finger Lakes, Central New York go virtual due to COVID-19

Judge Doran announces virtual courts for counties through the 7th District
More changes are coming to local courts amid the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Craig Doran, 7th Judicial District Administrative Judge, made the announcement that effective immediately virtual court operations will commence. He says video conferencing will be utilized for all courts within Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties for essential proceedings. “Under the guidance... more

Former Barrington official found guilty of misdemeanor, but not felony charges

Former Barrington official found guilty of misdemeanor, but not felony charges
The former official in a small Yates County town accused of two felonies and a misdemeanor was found guilty — but only of the latter charge — after Judge Jason Cook rendered a decision. Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella stated that Cook found Griffin guilty of second-degree criminal impersonation as a misdemeanor, for impersonating an employee of the State... more

Lawsuit filed by local meteorologist against City of Rochester, Mayor Warren dismissed

Lawsuit filed by local meteorologist against City of Rochester, Mayor Warren dismissed
A judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by a former television meteorologist against the City of Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren, as well as his former employer. Jeremy Kappell filed claims last year after being fired from News10NBC, or WHEC-TV based in Rochester. During a broadcast on January 4th, 2019 Kappell showed a photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Square... more

Geneva cop’s trial delayed due to COVID-19

Geneva cop’s trial delayed due to COVID-19
The trial of the suspended Geneva police officer has been delayed. That delay came due to COVID-19, or the Novel Coronavirus. Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts said the trial of Jack Montesanto — which was to start Monday — has been postponed, according to the Finger Lakes Times. No date had been set, but courts were shut down on... more

Man indicted on multiple felony sex abuse charges in Tompkins County

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On March 11th police arrested a 42-year-old following an investigation into sex abuse. Dale Harbin, 42, of Slaterville Road was charged with multiple counts of first-degree sex abuse, second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. The charges stem from an investigation involving the Ithaca Police Department and FBI. Investigators found multiple instances of sexual contact with a child under... more

Schuyler County given final approval for centralized arraignment plan

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Schuyler County has received notification that New York State Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks and the Office of Court Administration Administrative Board have given final approval to the county’s Centralized Arraignment Part plan for after-hours arrests. The county is currently targeting Monday, March 30 for the first day of operations. It is part of the county’s ongoing effort to improve... more

Supporters call Penn Yan midwife case a travesty, modern day witch-hunt

Second person charged in Penn Yan midwife case
Supporters of the Yates County midwife facing more than 90 charges are calling it a 'modern day with hunt'. “With two arrests, New York state has made the maternity care crisis even worse,” Elizabeth Catlin said in a brief statement, reported by the Finger Lakes Times. “We desperately need to have a choice — a better choice. This is a... more

Assemblyman Kolb’s case moves closer to trial, two hearing dates set in April

Assemblyman Kolb’s case moves closer to trial, two hearing dates set in April
Assemblyman Brian Kolb’s DWI case is moving closer to trial. On Thursday, before Penfield Judge James Mulley Jr., two hearings were confirmed for next month. There haven’t been any plea discussions yet, according to special prosecutor Todd Casella. “I don’t think that he has any interest in pleas,” Casella said to the Finger Lakes Times. A motion hearing was set... more

Steuben man who threatened Congresswoman heading to prison

Steuben man who threatened Congresswoman heading to prison
A Steuben County man is going to prison after threatening a member of Congress. Patrick Carlineo, 56, also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Last year he called the office of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and threatened to kill her. Prosecutors say, during a conversation with one of Omar’s staff members, Carlineo said, “Do you work... more

North Rose murder suspect accused of dismembering victim goes to trial

North Rose murder suspect accused of dismembering victim goes to trial
The trial for a Wayne County man accused of shooting a Greece resident is underway. The North Rose resident was accused of shooting and dismembering the Greece resident. Aries Ash, 31, is facing nine felony counts including two second-degree murder charges. Maximillion Cook, 34, of Greece was the victim. No motive has been released yet by prosecutors, according to the... more

NYS case against opioid companies going to trial this month

NYS case against opioid companies going to trial this month
New York’s case against the opioid manufacturers and distributors is set to go to trial this month. On Wednesday, Attorney General Letitia James says those companies’ efforts to push the trial date back were denied. WHEC reports that the defendants include Rochester Drug Cooperative. Last month, they announced that they were shutting down. The lawsuit alleges that the companies fueled... more

Auburn man who admitted to possessing cocaine sentenced to 3+ years in prison

Auburn man who admitted to possessing cocaine sentenced to 3+ years in prison
The Auburn man who intended to sell drugs in Cayuga County will spend several years in prison. Robert Ruiz, 29, admitted in January to possessing cocaine, and his intent to sell it, according to The Citizen. In return, he pleaded guilty to a Class C felony count of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a narcotic drug. He was promised a... more

EXCLUSIVE: Man detained by Cayuga Nation police vows to press charges (audio)

Man detained after clash violent clash in Seneca Falls vows to press charges
Bowman has broken his silence by speaking with FingerLakes1.com first, assuring that “somebody’s got to learn a lesson” in the form of pressing criminal charges after being beaten and battered by Cayuga Nation officers. “I have a criminal attorney already. He’s going to be talking with the DA tomorrow to press charges because I went and filled out the paperwork at... more

Support growing for ‘merger’ of local courts

Judge Doran backs plan to merge courts across the district
Craig Doran is backing a plan to make local courts more efficient. The administrative judge for the 7th Judicial District, which includes several counties in the region, is backing a plan that would merge multiple courts into state Supreme Court. Doran called the current structure, “an outdated can-of-worms that’s bad for families in crisis, bad for litigants, bad for business... more

Geneva contractor will have to pay restitution, but uncertain future for other victims

Geneva contractor will have to pay restitution, but uncertain future for other victims
A Geneva contractor accused of taking money for jobs he never completed has pleaded guilty. As part of that plea, he will have to pay back the victim. Scott Pepson, the contractor who was accused of taking more than $3,400 for a job he didn’t complete was sentenced in Geneva Court this week. As News10NBC in Rochester learned, though, there... more

More charges filed after Canandaigua murder, as suspect appears in court again

Fairport man’s murder case moves forward in Ontario County
New charges have been filed against the man who was already facing a number of charges for the stabbing death of Julia Baker. That incident unfolded on January 2nd in Canandaigua when William Fricke, 67, entered a home on West Lake Road, and stabbed Baker and Dennis Gruttadaro. Gruttadoro survived, but Baker died from her injuries. Fricke and Baker had... more
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