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Canandaigua, ex-fire chief face off in higher court

A decision concerning fired Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette’s attempt to get his job back may come as soon as March 16. Attorneys representing the city and Marentette on Wednesday argued their positions in Appellate Court. Marentette, who was appointed chief in 2011 and was terminated last April, is seeking his job back, although the city has since hired a... more

Woman sentenced to prison for robbing store, forging checks in Auburn

A Port Byron woman will spend some time in prison for robbing a cell phone store and forging checks in Cayuga County. Last month, 20-year-old Courtney Donovan, of 8475 Baptist Hill Road, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, both class D felonies. At the time, she admitted... more

Appellate Division upholds two sentences in Cayuga County

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced the affirmation of two Fourth Department of Appellate Division decisions after prosecution and sentencing from his office. On September 1st, 2016 Jermaine Gotham pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, and second-degree kidnapping — in addition to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree attempted burglary. Budelmann says three separate... more

Syracuse man admits threatening to kill Rep. John Katko over net neutrality

A Syracuse man faces up to five years in prison after admitting he threatened to kill U.S. Rep. John Katko and his family in October. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to interstate communication of a threat, according to the U.S. attorney's office in western New York. "While citizens are certainly entitled to communicate their views... more

Edward “Russ” Kenyon announces run for Ontario County Court judge

Attorney Edward “Russ” Kenyon threw his hat in the ring this week for Ontario County Court judge. Kenyon, who is East Bloomfield town justice, has worked for the past 25 years in private legal practice at Kenyon and Kenyon Law Firm in Canandaigua, in partnership with his father, Bill Kenyon. “The people who appear in Ontario County Court may be... more

Oswego man admits leaving scene of accident in Sterling in December 2016

An Oswego man admitted his guilt in an accident in December 2016 in the town of Sterling, according to a press release from the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office. Timothy Oleyourryk, 48, of State Route 104A, pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court on Wednesday to leaving the scene of personal injury accident without reporting to police, a Class A misdemeanor.... more

Saltonstall Street arsonist loses appeal in Canandaigua

A Canandaigua man who was part of a three-person conspiracy to set fire to a vacant Saltonstall Street house to collect the insurance money will remain in prison. The convictions of Samuel Crawford, 37, formerly of 2110 Route 21, were unanimously upheld Friday by state Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Crawford; his wife, Shallamar Hayward-Crawford, 33; and William Bradley... more

Interlaken Village Board member files legal claim against police chief

Village Board member William McGuire has filed a legal complaint against village Police Chief Leon Anderson over Anderson’s effort to get McGuire removed from the Village Board. McGuire is seeking a public apology, a complete retraction of all statements made or published by Anderson on the matter, nominal damages of $1 and attorney costs and fees. The complaint was filed... more

REPORT: Auburn prison guard suspended since August accused of waterboarding inmates, vicious assaults

An Auburn prison guard has been accused of waterboarding two inmates and brutally beaten ghtem in their genitals in two separate incidents, according to a report by New York Daily News. Lt. Troy Mitchell, a guard at the Auburn Correctional Facility was accused in court papers filed in Albany. According to the report, he poured buckets of water over the... more

Yates County District Attorney hires Michael Tantillo on part-time basis

While new Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella is still searching for a full-time assistant DA, he has a part-time assistant who is a familiar face in area legal circles: Former Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo. Tantillo, who retired at the end of last year after 28 years as Ontario County’s top prosecutor and nearly 40 years in... more

Seneca Falls man will have to repay $107K after filing false tax returns

According to federal court officials, a Seneca Falls man will have to pay more than a hundred thousand dollars in restitution to the IRS after being sentenced for filing false tax returns. James LaRock, 43, of Seneca Falls pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return before the U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa in 2017. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany... more

Man sentenced for attempted rape, possessing child porn in Cayuga County

A 35-year-old man will spend the next two years in prison for attempted rape and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child in the village of Weedsport. Jason Stein was one of 11 people arrested in June 2016 during a prostitution sting in Cayuga County. At the time, New York State Police said investigators posted a fake online ad... more

Could Cayuga County join others in opioid lawsuit?

Since at least September the Cayuga County Legislature has considered joining a multi-county lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies selling opioids. This month, it may actually do so. The lawsuit, which was originally filed by Nassau County, seeks to recoup costs to municipalities associated with drug addiction and overdoses. Onondaga County has already joined, and Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods said... more

Cayuga County man pleads guilty to sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

A 32-year-old man has admitted having oral sex with a preteen girl in the town of Genoa. Ira Thresher, of 8752 Route 90, Genoa, pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court Tuesday to one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony. Thresher was arrested in December and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act. At the... more

Ithaca woman in fatal robbery receives 5-year prison sentence

An Ithaca woman who was arrested following a fatal robbery in Newfield in December 2016 was sentenced Monday at the Tompkins County Courthouse. Jamie Gerhart will serve five years in prison and two-and-a-half years of post-release supervision. She pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in December. Gerhart was arrested in December 2016 following the robbery that resulted in the death of... more

Margaret Reston announces candidacy for Canandaigua City Judge

Citing her legal experience and community involvement, attorney Margaret “Meg” Reston Tuesday night announced her candidacy for Canandaigua City Court Judge. Reston made her announcement at a meeting of the Ontario County Republican Committee at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua. “My legal experience and involvement in the community have prepared me well for this position,” said Reston “I... more

Ithaca’s Michael Davis pleads guilty in murder of Josie Berrios

A 46-year-old Ithaca man pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman on Friday in Tompkins County Court. Michael Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted he killed Josie Berrios on June 13. Berrios' body was burned, according to court documents. The body was located at the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education while it was a construction site... more

Clyde doctor accused of child porn still has no attorney

The doctor from Clyde accused of sharing child pornography had his bail hearing adjourned for a second time due to a lack of counsel. David Blasczak is facing federal child pornography charges after he was arrested last month for possessing and sharing hundreds of images of child pornography. He worked as a doctor in Clyde, Wayne County, and is also... more
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