Seneca seeks protection in Cayugas’ property transfer

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department would have to enforce a court order transferring Cayuga Indian Nation properties from one tribal faction to another. If that transition doesn’t go smoothly and conflict and possibly violence erupt, the county’s law enforcement personnel and budget could be stretched thin. In 2014, one faction forcefully took over the Seneca Falls LakeSide Trading convenience store... more

Behind the scenes in Ontario County

Ever wonder what’s inside the dome of the Ontario County Courthouse? Residents who toured county facilities Saturday during a three-hour open house got to see for themselves. At the base of the historic gold dome that tops the 1858 courthouse is a newly renovated office suite, which is occupied by State Supreme Court Justice and 7th District Administrative Judge Craig... more

Man suing Auburn police, Cayuga County DA arrested on felony weapon charge

An Auburn man turned himself in Thursday on a charge of threatening someone with a butcher knife, the Auburn Police Department said. Tyrone Tyreek Matthews, 41, of Auburn was arrested on an arrest warrant and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor. The APD said the victim called... more

County hires Rochester law firm to handle Porsch, Rickerson notices of claim

Seneca County has hired a Rochester law firm to handle hearings related to two recent notices of claim filed against the county. The law firm of Goldberg Segalla will handle the questioning and taking of official depositions from District Attorney Barry Porsch and county Probation Department assistant Debra Rickerson. That news was shared with the Board of Supervisors and public... more

Lyons man acquitted of murder, convicted of lesser charges

Following five hours of deliberation, a Wayne County jury acquitted a Lyons man of murder but convicted him of criminally negligent homicide over a stabbing at the former Iroquois Hotel. Pedro Colon, 63, was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was acquitted of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter. Acting District... more

Cayuga County coroner warns drug overdose deaths on the rise

Something deadly is going around Cayuga County, causing more drug overdoses and deaths than the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and county coroner have seen in a while. Coroner Adam Duckett said he saw four overdose deaths in the past seven to 10 days, all unrelated and spread across the county from Aurora, to Cato, to Auburn. It concerned him so... more

Cayuga County off-hour arraignments could be held in Auburn

Responding to new legislation signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring defense attorneys at all arraignments no matter the time of day, Cayuga County could set up a central hub in Auburn. Lloyd Hoskins, executive director of the assigned council program, said off-hour arraignments could be held in the Cayuga County Mental Health Center on North Street in Auburn, with one... more

Former Cornell student awarded $71 million from lawsuit following August 2012 fatal crash

A former Cornell student won $71 million in September from a lawsuit following a fatal crash that caused her to become disabled. Myra Moran, a 94-year-old woman, died from injuries sustained in the two-car crash that occurred in August 2012 on Route 79 in Dryden. Morgan Wang, a former Cornell student from Brooklyn, suffered a fractured back and spinal cord... more

Appeal denied for Seneca County abuser

On October 6th, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court, denied the appeal application of sex offender Shemariah Owens, who in sexually abused two young females in Seneca County in 2012. In 2014, Owens was convicted, after a jury trial, in the Seneca County Court of two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, a... more

Stay of Cayuga Nation property transfer order to be argued Oct. 17

The Cayuga Nation dispute over town property to be transferred from one tribal faction to another is headed back to court. In arguments slated for 10 a.m. Oct. 17 in state Supreme Court of Seneca County, the Unity Council will request that the transfer of the following places to a Clint Halftown-led group be put on hold: • The LakeSide... more

Webster teacher accused of recording students changing in bathroom pleads guilty

A Webster teacher who was arrested after police say he recorded two students changing in a bathroom has pleaded guilty. Terrance Hoctor, 44 of Webster, pleaded guilty to unlawful surveillance on Thursday. He was originally charged with two counts of unlawful surveillance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police say they were alerted on March 4 about an... more

Auburn man missing for two years after guilty plea found, sent to prison

In 2015, William Oliver pleaded guilty to third-degree welfare fraud for receiving more than $5,500 in benefits he wasn't entitled to. At the time, he agreed to pay restitution in exchange for no worse than one year in jail; however, when it came time for sentencing, the defendant never showed. Now, two years later, Oliver finally learned his fate. The... more

Cayuga County DA welcomes new assistant district attorneys

There has been some high turnover at the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office, but now the district attorney says it is fully staffed once again. The staffing issues began in February 2016 when the Cayuga County Legislature eliminated three full-time positions, including welfare fraud prosecutor Carl Rosenkranz. Then, four months later, drug prosecutor Jeffrey Domachowski was fired. In December, Budelmann... more

Bristol Harbour Village preparing to sue town

The South Bristol Town Board Sept. 11 unanimously approved a sewer rate increase for Bristol Harbour Village homeowners of more than 64 percent. An average homeowner will see a jump from $504 to $893 a year in the sewer fee, according to the association representing the development’s 347 households. It’s a rate hike villagers are ready to fight. Contending the... more

Embattled Rochester judge violated probation by visiting del Lago in September

Embattled Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio is scheduled to appear in court next week on another alleged probation violation. Prosecutor Zachary Maurer says Astacio’s probation officer accused her of violating her parole for a prior DWI conviction. Court documents say Astacio left September 20th for the del Lago Casino and Resort in Seneca County and left a phone message... more

Lawyers for Rideouts call for verdicts to be thrown out

Lawyers for Laura, Colin and Alex Rideout want their clients guilty verdicts to be dismissed. Laura and Colin Rideout were found guilty of murder and evidence tampering in the death of Craig Rideout. Alex RIdeout was found guilty of evidence tampering. Now, the attorneys for the Rideouts are moving to set aside the convictions. Each claims they should have had... more

Auburn man sent to prison for setting fire that displaced 16 people, killed two dogs

An Auburn man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for intentionally setting a fire that destroyed a two-family home in Cayuga County. Ryan Wilson was arrested last year after police said he set fire to his downstairs apartment in Auburn. At around 3 a.m. Nov. 3, 2016, the Auburn Fire Department responded to a house fire at 7 West St. At the... more
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