Thompson Health doctor among those charged in Wayne Co. prostitution investigation

Six men were charged on Wednesday with third-degree patronizing a person for prostitution after a town of Ontario resident tipped off Wayne County sheriff’s deputies about an ad on a social media website. The tip lead deputies to Backpage.com and an ad posted by a female, unidentified by police, who was soliciting money for sex in the Ontario area. FingerLakes1.com... more

Weedsport woman admits stealing nearly $200,000 through tax, power of attorney fraud

A Weedsport woman has admitted to stealing nearly $200,000 by filing false tax reports and abusing her power of attorney. Last year, Susan King, 53, was charged with five felonies: two counts of first-degree offering false instruments, two counts of repeated failure to file taxes, and one count of second-degree grand larceny. However, on Thursday, Cayuga County Chief Assistant District... more

Convicted road rage killer could be paroled, hearing scheduled for June

The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that the NYS Parole Board will be considering parole for William LeVea, who killed Christopher Spack in a violent DWI crash after chasing and ramming the victim’s truck multiple times on November 20th, 2009. The public has one week to submit objections and statements in opposition LeVea’s release. The process now... more

GREENIDGE LAWSUIT DENIED: Judge deems approval process was ‘proper’

Acting State Supreme Court Justice William Kocher has dismissed a lawsuit brought by opponents over the reopening of the Greenidge Generation power plant on Seneca Lake. Kocher heard oral arguments Jan. 24. His decision was dated April 21 and received by lawyers for both sides this week. The seven-page decision states that the Sierra Club, the Committee to Preserve the... more

Budelmann: Violent felon convicted again after Auburn incident

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says that a Cayuga County jury convicted Jaquan Cobb, an inmate, for first-degree promoting prison contraband, a Class “D” felony punishable by up to seven additional years in prison. Cobb was found guilty of possessing a weapon on August 9th, 2015 while incarcerated at Auburn Correctional Facility for his violent felony conviction of first-degree... more

Porsch will run for DA in Seneca County again

Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch of Seneca Falls announced Friday he will seek a third, four-year term this fall. “During my first year in office, I fulfilled all of my campaign promises in 2009,” Porsch said in a statement released Friday. He said those promises consisted of budget cuts; eliminating the district attorney’s vehicle and using his own car;... more

DA candidates land endorsements: Conservatives back Karle; City police unions endorse Ritts

Endorsements have begun in the race to be the next Ontario County district attorney — and county conservatives made a somewhat surprising choice Thursday. Honeoye-area native Kristina “Kitty” Karle said she has received the endorsement of the county’s Conservative Committee. She is one of two Republicans running for the seat held by R. Michael Tantillo, who is stepping down as... more

Mark Ameele appointed new director of Wayne County Probation Department

Mark Ameele has been appointed as the new director for the Wayne County Probation Department following the retirement of former interim director Dale Mead. Ameele was appointed to the position Tuesday, April 18th at the Board of Supervisors meeting, effective immediately, with an annual salary of $74,454. A 27-year veteran to the department, Ameele has a long history of working... more

Seneca Meadows begins mining soil at Meadow View

As the legal battle over Meadow View Mine plays out in court, Seneca Meadows Landfill has begun mining soil from the site. It began this week. North Road property owner Dixie Lemmon, who is surrounded by the mine, said nine trucks arrived there about 7 a.m. Tuesday “and are moving quickly.” “The dust is flying and there’s no water truck... more

Man admits having thousands of child porn images

An Ithaca man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after after admitting Thursday to possessing thousands of images and hundreds of videos depicting child pornography. Nicholas M. Feminella, 22, pleaded guilty to felony counts of transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He will be sentenced Sept. 11 at the federal courthouse in Albany and remains... more

Vann no longer employed as Tompkins deputy

A Trumansburg man convicted of three misdemeanors is no longer employed as a deputy in the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. The Human Resources Department of Tompkins County confirmed he was not working for the sheriff’s office on Wednesday. A department representative declined to comment on whether he was fired. The Ithaca Journal is awaiting a response from the department on... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to burglarizing Cato home

An Auburn man has admitted to breaking into a residence in the town of Cato. Corddereal Tompkins, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. Tompkins was arrested Dec. 7, 2016, after the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office was called to a burglary in progress on Route 34. According to a news release at the... more

Deputy Chief Anthony pleads guilty to minor DWAI charge in court; remains suspended indefinitely

Deputy Chief of Police Roger J. Anthony, 44, who was charged with driving while intoxicated and has been suspended indefinitely without pay has pleaded guilty. Anthony pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. He could also face a conditional discharge, according to officials. That said, it’s the most Anthony... more

Auburn woman admits stealing purse from Burger King, using stolen credit cards

An Auburn woman admitted stealing another woman’s purse and using her credit card to go on a shopping spree in Cayuga County. Tabitha Hagar, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony. In court Tuesday, Hagar told Judge Mark Fandrich that she and her husband, Matthew Hagar, were at Burger... more

Moravia woman sentenced for second DWI in two years

A Moravia woman was sentenced Tuesday for her second drunk driving charge in two years. Wendy Butler, 56, of 2626 Hathaway Road, was first arrested for driving while intoxicated in October 2015 in Tompkins County and sentenced to five years probation. Then, roughly a year later, she was charged with her second DWI after crashing her car in Cayuga County.... more

KFC goes after Pittsford man for ‘Finger Lakin’ Good’ slogan

KFC goes after Pittsford man for ‘Finger Lakin’ Good’ slogan
A restaurant chain featuring the Colonel’s favorite recipe is trying to stop a Pittsford man from using a line similar to its famous “Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan. KFC Corp. has filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to block Brian Mastrosimone from using “Finger Lakin’ Good” and “Finger Laking Good” to promote his family of businesses. Mastrosimone... more

Budelmann: Terminated prosecutor betrayed DA’s Office, Cayuga Co.

Cayuga County District Attorney John Budelmann has filed three counterclaims against the former assistant district attorney, who Budelmann says betrayed his office and the residents of Cayuga County. Among the claims, includes the accusation that Jeffrey Domachowski, who was terminated last year for poor performance — worked against taxpayers by coordinating with defense attorney’s to get drug cases thrown out.... more

Auburn man sentenced for Cayuga County robbery

An Auburn man was sentenced to prison Thursday for robbing a man in Cayuga County. Vann MackNail, 33, of 14 James St. Apt. 2, was arrested in August 2016 and charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. According to the Auburn Police Department, at around 2:30 a.m. Aug. 20, MackNail and his co-defendant, Junnell Copes, assaulted... more
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