Schuyler DA: Man facing felony perjury charges employed at Geneva General Hospital

A 61-year-old Montour man, who works at Geneva General Hospital was indicted by a grand jury in Schuyler County after officials say he perjured himself during jury service in a rape case. Gary Kline, of Montour was charged with two counts of second-degree perjury and one count of second-degree criminal contempt. The charges stem from Kline’s jury service, which began... more

Former Cornell Cooperative employee heading to jail for using agency credit card on rent

A 57-year-old Hopewell woman learned that she would be spending the next six months in Yates County Jail after she used her employers credit card to pay her rent. District Attorney Valerie Gardner says Sharmayne Calvetti, 57, of Hopewell was sentenced by Judge Jason Cook after she pleaded guilty to first-degree falsifying business records — a Class E felony. She... more

Geneva Foundry case: Attorney files amended claim

The lawyer for residents of the Geneva Foundry neighborhoods has filed an amended notice of claim against the state, city and county over soil contamination from the closed foundry operation. The initial notice of claim was filed in January by attorney Steve Williams of Syracuse. A notice of claim is not a formal lawsuit, but reserves the claimants right to... more

THREE CHARGED: Another suspect arrested in Wadsworth St. shooting

On Wednesday, the Geneva Police Department’s Detective Bureau and the Rochester U.S. Marshals Task Force apprehended the third suspect involved in the Wadsworth St. shooting in the city of Geneva. Joshua Quincy Johnson, 24, of Rochester was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree robbery, and four counts of first-degree burglary.... more

Ontario County’s first assistant DA announces candidacy for top spot

After more than 100 jury trials and having argued more than 160 appeals during his roughly 18 years serving the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office, First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts is looking to make the next step. From the steps of the Ontario County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, Ritts announced that he will be running for the district attorney... more

Seneca Meadows files appeal on clay mine ruling

Seneca Meadows Landfill has decided to appeal an appellate court’s ruling that dented its hopes of opening a clay mine near its Salcman Road facility. Lawyers representing the Seneca Falls landfill have filed paperwork asking for two things in light of the Fourth Judicial Department Appellate Court’s Feb. 3 ruling denying Seneca Meadows the right to use an access road... more

Will Tompkins Deputy Jeremy Vann lose his job, regardless of the outcome of the trial?

The trial of Tompkins County Deputy Jeremy Vann continued this week, mostly with testimony from officers who responded to the scene in Enfield where Vann is accused of attacking a woman. Vann is facing 14 charges — including three felonies — for a series of incidents that happened over a five-month period, coming to a head on March 29 –... more

Fleming woman sentenced for multiple DWIs, drunk driving with child passenger

A Fleming woman has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk on three separate occasions last year. Misty Ellis, of Scipio Townline Road, was arrested for driving while intoxicated twice in August and once in November 2016, Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Diane Adsit said Tuesday in court. As a result, the 30-year-old was charged with seven felonies, including four... more

Auburn man sent to prison for passing counterfeit cash, harassing woman in Cayuga County

An Auburn man who was scheduled to be sentenced last month for passing counterfeit money in Cayuga County pleaded guilty to another felony Tuesday and was then sentenced to state prison. Matthew L. Danforth, formerly of 131 E. Genesee St., was arrested last summer for conducting a counterfeit currency scheme with 39-year-old transient Nathan Nolan and using fake cash on... more

Gruesome details of Rideout murder outlined at hearing

Laura, Colin and Alex Rideout, and Paul Tucci are charged with murder and evidence tampering in the death of Craig Rideout, 50, last summer. During the hearing Monday, defense attorneys requested that media outlets should not have access to motion papers, saying they would taint the jury pool for the trial in the case. Judge Moran dismissed the idea, ruling... more

No major changes coming in Richmond as Town Supervisor goes to court

It’s complicated, but nothing major is going to change in the coming weeks. At least not until the Richmond Town Board has more information. Last week Richmond Town Supervisor Nathan Van Bortel was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property — a Class A misdemeanor. He is accused of possessing business records from his previous employer, the Canandaigua National... more

Auburn inmate pleads guilty to possessing weapon, stabbing victim

On Monday, Nicholas Cortese plead guilty to possessing a stabbing–type weapon while an inmate at Auburn Correctional Facility on April 16th, 2016. According to District Attorney Jon Budelmann there were no promises made regarding his sentence exposure. The range is a minimum of two to four years; and up to seven years. He will appear again on May 11th. Cortese... more

Clifton Springs woman rejects another deal in predatory sexual assault case

A Clifton Springs woman faced with the prospect of spending the rest of her life behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing multiple children and using them to make child pornography has again rejected a plea deal. Janiet Simonds, 26, appeared in Ontario County Court on Friday where it was revealed that if she pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault, a... more

NOT GUILTY: Man accused of murder at Ithaca Walmart ruled ‘competent enough’ to stand trial

He’s competent to stand trial and has pleaded not guilty. Justin Barkley, who is accused of killing a man in the Ithaca Walmart parking lot in December has been found competent to stand trial, according to the Ithaca Voice. The 38-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and menacing a police officer after he allegedly shot at officers. He did... more

Another arrest as investigation into Geneva shooting continues

A Rochester man was taken into custody at the Monroe County Jail on Wednesday around 10:30 am in relation to the shooting and assault that happened at 71 Wadsworth St. in December. The December 8th incident left two victims, identified as 43-year-old Adrian Porter and 32-year-old Reynaldo Dejesus hospitalized at Strong Memorial Hospital. Porter sustained the most-serious injuries, which resulted... more

Appeal still possible in animal cruelty case involving fallen racehorse

An appeal of Farmington Judge Morris Lew’s decision to throw out an animal cruelty charge last month is still a possibility for the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Heather Hines said Thursday that she is still waiting on a transcript from last month’s trial of Farmington resident Terra Payne, before making any moves toward a possible appeal... more

Raise the Age supporters press for action on criminal prosecution

A group of people who support raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18 years old on Thursday presented more than 2,000 signed postcards to the Fairport office of state Sen. Rich Funke, R-Perinton. Funke’s 55th Senate District includes portions of Ontario and Monroe counties. The Rev. Doug Stewart, from Incarnate Word Lutheran Church in Rochester and... more

Seneca Falls sex offender headed to prison for violating probation

Seneca Falls sex offender headed to prison for violating probation
A sex offender living in Seneca Falls who was on probation is now staring at prison time. Tyler Ross, 21, pleaded guilty Monday in Seneca County Court to violating terms of his probation. Judge Dennis Bender is scheduled to sentence Ross April 17 to 2-6 years in prison. Ross, who was placed on probation in Yates County in 2015 for... more
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