Category: Courts

Seneca County will petition Supreme Court to review decision on $6M in unpaid taxes by Cay

Seneca County will petition Supreme Court to review decision on $6M in unpaid taxes by Cayuga Nation

Officials in Seneca County say they will be petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review an issue connected to more than $6 million in owed property taxes. It brings the Cayuga Nation, and its properties owned in Seneca County back into the ... MORE
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Montour Falls teen pleads guilty after holding woman at knifepoint in 2019

A teen from Montour Falls is going to spend more than a year behind bars after a pair of incidents last year. Logan Teemley, 19, pleaded guilty to felony counts of coercion and reckless endangerment. Teemley was accused of keeping a woman ... MORE
Former Interlaken cop accused of felony sex abuse pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

Former Interlaken cop accused of felony sex abuse pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

A former police officer in the village of Interlaken has pleaded guilty. According to the Finger Lakes Times, Elisia Panipinto, 22, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of forcible touching. She had originally been charged with criminal sex act and sex abuse ... MORE
Appeal denied for Horseheads man convicted of vehicular manslaughter

Appeal denied for Horseheads man convicted of vehicular manslaughter

No appeal for the Horseheads man who was convicted of killing an Elmira couple in a devastating crash two years ago. Caden Charnetski’s first-degree vehicular manslaughter conviction has been upheld, according to The Star-Gazette. He was sentenced to 1-3 years in prison ... MORE
Courts, News, Steuben County
National news correspondent joins human rights program on WRFI about RBG, ACB and Women’s March

National news correspondent joins human rights program on WRFI about RBG, ACB and Women’s March

This week FingerLakes1.com National News Correspondent Gabriel Pietrorazio has joined Ute Ritz-Deutch, who hosts the Human Rights and Social Justice Program on WRFI amid their annual fundraising week for the community radio station. Ritz-Deutch has taught at SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland ... MORE
Former Seneca County Finance Director

Former Seneca County finance director has new court date set for December

A former Seneca County official will likely have her day in court. Or at least that’s what is scheduled at this point. The Finger Lakes Times reports that Brandi Deeds, now Brandi Sheppard, following her October 10th marriage to former Seneca County ... MORE
Palmyra man sentenced to 15 years in prison over international child porn ring

Palmyra man sentenced to 15 years in prison over international child porn ring

A Palmyra man who faced a child pornography charge was sentenced on Friday. David Gfeller, 35, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in federal court. That sentence will be followed by another 15 years of parole. He pleaded guilty to producing ... MORE
Federal prosecutors say Wayne County woman stole dozens of checks from local mailboxes

Prosecutors: Wayne County woman stole dozens of checks from mailboxes, cashed them at Wegmans stores

Prosecutors say a Wayne County woman is facing 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after being charged with mail theft. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Jenna Vandemortel, 29, of Ontario was charged by criminal complaint with ... MORE
DEBRIEF: Advocates say there’s no eviction moratorium” in New York (podcast)

DEBRIEF: Advocates say there’s “no eviction moratorium” in New York, despite what Cuomo claims (podcast)

Cea Weaver says the stakes are very real for people who have been unable to pay their rent through the Coronavirus Pandemic. And one of the biggest protections that Governor Andrew Cuomo has touted throughout it — might not have the teeth ... MORE
WATCH LIVE: Confirmation hearing continues for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (video)

WATCH LIVE: Confirmation hearing continues for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (video)

Watch on FingerLakes1.com as the Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett moves through Day #3. The hearing is taking place less than a month before Election Day. The following stream is made possible by C-SPAN: ... MORE
Courts, News, Politics
Woman accused of stealing $221K from church in Wayne County

Wayne County woman stole $221K while employed at local church

A 61-year-old Wayne County woman is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from a local church after a lengthy investigation into its finances. Katherine Catalano, 61, was arrested by New York State Police following the investigation. Altogether, the Living Word Assembly of ... MORE
Grand jury finds trooper was justified in returning fire in incident that left Wayne County man dead

Grand jury finds trooper was justified in returning fire in incident that left Wayne County man dead

A Wayne County Grand Jury has ruled the actions of a state trooper in the shootout death of a Sodus man were justified. Cody Cook, 24, was killed after shooting at New York State Trooper Matt Crosier. He also fired at an ... MORE
Courts, News, Wayne County
Former Midlakes, Bloomfield athletic trainer pleads guilty to enticing minor

Former Midlakes, Bloomfield athletic trainer pleads guilty to enticing minor

The former athletic trainer that worked in the Phelps-Clifton Springs school district has pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor. It’s a charge that could carry a life sentence in federal court. Austin Pratt, 32, of Conesus pleaded guilty to the charge ... MORE
Former village cop in Wayne County indicted on assault charge

Former village cop in Wayne County indicted on assault charge

A former village cop in Wolcott has been indicted by a Wayne County Grand Jury. The Times of Wayne County reported that former Wolcott Village Police Officer in Charge Zackery Powell, 33, of Newark was indicted on a third-degree assault charge. In ... MORE
Court rules order in New York on live music unconstitutional

Court rules order in New York on live music unconstitutional

A Western New York bar has won in court to block Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on live music. Those rules, which are being enforced by the State Liquor Authority, indicated that only ‘incidental’ music was allowed at bars and other restaurants. The ... MORE