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Jurors see the murder weapon in Rideout case

Testimony continues in the Craig Rideout murder trial. During day three of the trial the prosecution called five witnesses to the stand, including a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy with the technical unit who took photos inside Craig Rideout’s Penfield town home. It’s there where police believe Rideout was murdered and where investigators found a home wire ligature the prosecution says... more

Ontario Co. DA Tantillo talks career, prosecution, future on Inside the FLX (podcast)

It’s been 38 years prosecuting for District Attorney Michael Tantillo. He has served as District Attorney for 28 of those 38 years. “It’s not an easy job. I’ve continued handling trial prosecution on felony cases, but have developed an incredibly talented team that has made our office run incredibly well,” Tantillo explained. “While this is my last year as DA,... more

Auburn inmate receives maximum sentence after false accusations, manufacturing weapon

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced on Tuesday that Jaquan Cobb, an inmate at Auburn Correctional Facility, was sentenced to the maximum permissible sentence of 3.5 to 7 years for a conviction by jury verdict for promoting prison contraband. First-degree promoting prison contraband is a Class D felony, and Cobb was found guilty of possessing a weapon on August... more

Pisano sentenced to four years in prison for assault that left man in coma

Seneca County Judge Dennis Bender sentenced a local man to prison Monday for putting another man in a coma last year. John Pisano, 30, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by five years of parole. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree assault, a class D felony punishable by up to seven years behind bars. Pisano was... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to raping teenage girl, robbing Kwik Fill in Cayuga County

An Auburn man has confessed to two separate crimes in Cayuga County — first for raping and filming a teenage girl and then for robbing a convenience store. Lucas Corrado, 24, of Auburn pleaded guilty to three felonies Tuesday in Cayuga County Court. First, Corrado admitted to one count of third-degree rape and one count of promoting a sexual performance... more

Sister of Craig Rideout stands trial, surveillance evidence revealed

On Tuesday, Jurors were shown surveillance video from three trips to Walmart including one on July 20, the day Robbyn Drew, Craig Rideout’s sister, reported him missing. Drew testified in court today, and says when she couldn’t reach Craig right out by phone or email she went to his home. She found Laura right out in the kitchen “She was... more

Rose justice forced to resign after significant misconduct

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced on Monday that Rose Town Justice Gary M. Poole will resign from office effective July 1st. The move is part of terms agreed to by the Commission, as well as Poole after a lengthy investigation into complaints that he engaged in repeated, undignified, and discourteous conduct toward a woman with whom... more

Case of murdered Ontario woman will head to grand jury

The case against four people charged with the murder of an Ontario woman is headed to a grand jury. The ruling came Monday following the death of 52-year-old Julie Martin in February. Martin was found dead in her trailer in the Orchard Grove Village Mobile Park. Last week, Martin’s daughter, 22-year-old Jasmine Harlee, was charged with murder along with three... more

Ontario County DA’s race heats up

The race for Ontario County district attorney is heating up amid accusations the current district attorney threw out Thursday in officially endorsing his first assistant, Jim Ritts. District Attorney Michael Tantillo, in a news release, calls Ritts’ opponent, Kitty Karle, unfit to hold the office “based on her history of prosecutorial misconduct, including a major admonishment received just last week”... more

Geneva property owners file grievances

The next big showdown over the lead and arsenic soil contamination in the former Geneva Foundry neighborhoods may be over property assessments. The city’s Board of Assessment Review must make decisions on 53 property assessment grievances filed Tuesday. Most were filed by property owners within the so-called foundry contamination zone on the city’s northeast side, according to the Foundry Action... more

Cayuga County Legislature chooses not to support lawsuit against DEC

The Cayuga County Legislature chose not to file a friend-of-the-court brief for a lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its new permit for large animal farms. Cayuga County Farm Bureau President and chair of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Ray Lockwood had submitted a letter to the body on June 2, requesting they not... more

Jurors selected in Rideout murder case

Twelve jurors have been selected and one alternate in the murder case of a Penfield father. Craig Rideout was killed last summer. Police found his body in Yates County wrapped in a tarp with acid poured over his face. Rideout’s two sons, Alex and Colin, his estranged wife Laura, and her boyfriend Paul Tucci are all charged with murder and... more

Simonds pleads guilty in child sex abuse case in Canandaigua

Three months after a Clifton Springs man was sentenced to a potential life term in prison for sexually abusing two children, his girlfriend has pleaded guilty to related charges and will be spending more than two decades behind bars. Janiet Simonds, 26, pleaded guilty Friday in Ontario County Court to felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual act (two counts), first-degree... more

Rideout murder suspects to be tried together

A Monroe County judge has ruled that all four suspects in the death of Penfield man Craig Rideout will be tried together, according to Chronicle-Express news partner WHEC in Rochester. Last summer, Craig Rideout’s beaten, disfigured body was found wrapped in a tarp in a wooded area in the Town of Jerusalem in Yates County. Investigators said he had been... more

Jury selection slated to begin for four accused of murder in Craig Rideout homicide

A judge Monday denied a request to move the trial for the four accused of killing Craig Rideout, clearing the way for jury selection to begin Tuesday. Attorney Matthew Parrinello asked for a change of venue, saying that some information made public by the media has since been suppressed and cannot be used as evidence at trial. For instance, the... more

Jury finds Green guilty of assault, but deadlocked on murder, manslaughter charges

The jury in the murder trial of Nagee Green found the defendant guilty of second-degree assault Monday at Tompkins County Courthouse, but was deadlocked on murder and manslaughter charges following four days of deliberations. Judge John C. Rowley scheduled a conference with Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten and Green’s defense attorneys for July 21 to discuss whether to... more

SF board member’s harassment case postponed

Seneca Falls Town Board member Thomas Ruzicka pleaded not guilty Friday to a second-degree harassment charge in Waterloo Town Court. Represented by attorney Rome Canzano of Auburn, the first-year board member waived reading of the accusatory instrument outlining the charge that he accosted fellow board member David DeLelys in Parker’s Grille and Tap House in downtown Seneca Falls on the... more

Genevan gets 10 years for taking ring

A Geneva man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for forcibly taking a diamond ring from his girlfriend last July. Ontario County Judge William Kocher handed down the sentence to Corwin Coleman on Thursday. In February, Coleman was convicted in a jury trial on felony counts of second-degree robbery, third-degree robbery and second-degree assault. He was acquitted of... more
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