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Convicted killer Emerson Tohafjian will go back on trial in February

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Emerson ‘John’ Tohafjian will go on trail in a matter of weeks as a felony rape case moves forward. The convicted murderer faces felony rape charges, as well as a count of unlawful imprisonment. He was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty in December 2018 of fatally shooting Lori McConnell, a Waterloo resident. The case shook the... more

Rochester Diocese moves to close window for sex abuses claims this summer

Rochester Diocese moves to close window for sex abuses claims this summer
The Rochester Catholic Diocese has filed a motion to set August 13th, 2020 as the deadline to file sex abuse claims. The diocese has filed for bankruptcy amid dozens of claims filed by survivors of abuse as part of the Child Victims Act. If the motion is approved – August 13th would be the final date for claims to be... more

Congressman Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison

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Former Congressman Chris Collins will spend upwards of two years in prison after being sentenced on Friday. It was part of his insider trading case, which involved a guilty plea. He admitted to a pair of felony charges, and was sentenced to 26 months in prison. Collins’s attorneys have requested he serve his sentence in a Florida minimum-security prison. Collins’s... more

Pretrial motions adjourned in former official’s case in Seneca County

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Pretrial motions have been adjourned. Defense Attorney James Doyle, who is representing former Seneca County Manager John Sheppard made the request for pretrial motions to be adjourned on Wednesday. A new date has not yet been set, according to the Finger Lakes Times. Sheppard was charged with one count of official misconduct. He’s accused of threatening disciplinary action against Emergency... more

Penn Yan man sentenced to 180 days in jail after guilty plea in rape case

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A Penn Yan man was sentenced 180 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in Yates County Court. District Attorney Todd Casella said Travis Vermilye, 25, was arrested after being accused of having sex with a girl less than 17 years old. The sentence carries 10 years of probation, in addition to the jail time. As part... more

Lyons man pleads guilty to robbery, grand larceny after two day manhunt

Lyons man pleads guilty to robbery, grand larceny after two day manhunt
The Lyons man who led police on a two-day manhunt, posted concerning videos to YouTube, and was accused of robbing a convenience store near Exit 42 of the New York State Thruway in Phelps pleaded guilty in Ontario County Court. The District Attorney’s Office reports that Brandon Burgess, pleaded guilty to felony charges of tampering with physical evidence, and two... more

Oral arguments delayed a month in SMI’s Article 78 against Seneca Falls over LL3

Oral arguments delayed a month in SMI’s Article 78 against Seneca Falls over LL3
Another day, another delay. Oral arguments, which were supposed to take place on January 21st in the Article 78 proceeding involving Seneca Meadows, Inc. against the Town of Seneca Falls over Local Law 3 of 2016 has been delayed. State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle of Rochester has postponed the arguments until February 26th at 2 p.m. in the Seneca... more

Geneva cop facing misdemeanor charge will take case to trial in March

Geneva cop facing misdemeanor charge will take case to trial in March
Jury selection will begin on March 16th, with a trail beginning the next day in the case involving Geneva Police Officer Jack Montesanto. The 40-year-old faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing. Last year, he was arrested on the charge following an investigation by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. A resident was being booked on a noise violation... more

Prosecutors push for max sentence in former Congressman Collins’ case

Prosecutors push for max sentence in former Congressman Collins’ case
Federal prosecutors strongly urged the judge overseeing sentencing for former Congressman Chris Collins to pursue the maximum. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman made his case to Judge Vernon Broderick for why the former representative should be sentenced more harshly to promote respect for the law, and provide punishment for the offense. The prosecutor also argued that a harsh punishment would deter... more

Phelps farmers argue their herd was killed off by DOT along Thruway

Phelps farmers argue their herd was killed off by DOT along Thruway
On Monday a trial will begin for a case involving cows in Ontario County. John and Jan Fredericks will be in court, finally getting the opportunity to prove what they believed happened over a 15 year period at their farm alongside the New York State Thruway. “We’re looking forward to the Fredericks finally getting their day in court,” said the... more

Cato road rage killer tries for parole again citing terminal illness

Cato road rage killer tries for parole again citing terminal illness
A Cato man who was convicted in a road rage killing more than a decade ago will have another parole hearing. William LeVea, 89, is trying for the seventh time to be released from prison. He’s serving a 6-18 year sentence in the death of Christopher Spack, which happened in 2009. LeVea was intoxicated and rammed Spack’s truck from behind... more

Former Auburn Correctional inmates charged with rioting

Former Auburn Correctional inmates charged with rioting
Five inmates at the Auburn Correctional Facility have been accused of rioting in an indictment handed up by a Cayuga County Grand Jury. The rioting charges were connected to an incident that resulted in several corrections officers being hurt in the incident last spring. Co-defendants were identified as Michael Motta, Kenneth Scott, Darryl Wright, Phillip Bradley and Russell Williams. They... more

Karl Karlsen on trial again for murder of his wife in California

Karl Karlsen on trial again for murder of his wife in California
Karl Karlsen’s murder trial is underway in California. Karlsen is accused of killing his wife, Christina, in 1991 at their home in Murphys, California. Jury selection began on Wednesday. Karlsen is accused of killing her for an insurance policy. In 2013, Karlsen pleaded guilty to killing his son, allowing him to be crushed by a truck. Before being extradited to... more

Many write letters of support, opposition to Chris Collins as he near sentencing

Many write letters of support, opposition to Chris Collins as he near sentencing
After Chris Collins resigned from his post as representative of the 27th District, many assumed prison would come next. He had pleaded guilty, and the process seemed to be moving forward at a fair pace. However family and former colleagues asked for an array of outcomes as the judge considers these letters for ‘leniency’. Sentencing is scheduled for next Friday.... more

Assemblyman Brian Kolb enters not guilty plea in first court appearance after DWI crash

Assemblyman Kolb had BAC twice legal limit, blamed his wife for crash near Victor home
Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) appeared in Victor Town Court on Thursday. It was his first appearance since his DWI crash on New Years Eve. He entered a mandatory not guilty plea. Penfield Town Judge James Mulley ordered for Kolb’s driver’s license to be suspended and that he undergo an assessment of drug or alcohol abuse. Assemblyman Brian Kolb with his... more

Priest accused of sexual abuse in lawsuit has ties to several local parishes

Priest accused of sexual abuse in lawsuit has ties to several locations in the region
A new lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act asserts that a priest in the Rochester Diocese was moved from church to church in an effort to cover up sexual abuse. The suit names Rev. Otto Vogt, and alleges that the abuse happened 30 years ago at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls. John McHugh says he... more

Christensen takes the bench in Penn Yan

Christensen takes the bench in Penn Yan
Penn Yan Village Court welcomed a new justice to start 2020. Michael Christensen was appointed to the post on December 17th after the resignation of Matthew Conlon, according to The Chronicle-Express. District Attorney Todd Casella tells the Express that the Penn Yan Village Court is the busiest in Yates County. Here’s how the schedule will look: – Criminal cases to... more
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