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Man sentenced to probation for stalking Cayuga County woman

Man sentenced to probation for stalking Cayuga County woman
An Oswego County man on Thursday was sentenced for stalking a Cayuga County woman. Ryan Fox, 21, allegedly hacked into into a young woman's Snapchat account and then posted private photos of her, Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Valdina said in Cayuga County Court Feb. 28. Valdina said Fox was trying to blackmail the woman into a relationship. Fox allegedly... more

Canandaigua man gets 32 years for raping teen

Canandaigua man gets 32 years for raping teen
Ontario County Judge Frederick Reed sentenced a man to 32 years in prison for raping a highly intoxicated teenage girl last spring. District Attorney Jim Ritts said Michael Socciarelli, 33, of Canandaigua, was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for first-degree rape and another seven years for first-degree sexual abuse. Finger Lakes Times: Read More more

Deported farm worker files civil rights suit vs. troopers

Deported farm worker files civil rights suit vs. troopers
A civil rights lawsuit against three New York State Troopers has been filed in U.S. District Court by Marcario Gilberto Reyes-Herrera, a man who worked on Penn Yan area farms for many years, but was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop in 2017. Reyes-Herrera is represented by a group from the University of Buffalo School of Law — Supervising... more

Wayne County pair plead not guilty in death of missing Greece man

Wayne County pair plead not guilty in death of missing Greece man
Two people from Wayne County accused of killing a Greece man and dumping his body in Syracuse pleaded not guilty. Aries Ash, 30, and Charisse Walton, 36, both from North Rose, are charged with murder. Last month, 43-year-old Maximillian Cook was found dead on the property of a vacant home on Dearborn Place in Syracuse. Officers say Ash admitted to... more

Thousands of Boy Scout leaders face child sex allegations

Thousands of Boy Scout leaders face child sex allegations
Alarming new details have surfaced about how many people were listed in the Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion files.” In a news conference Tuesday, a victim’s rights attorney said the files kept by the Boy Scouts going back to the 1940s document allegations of sexual abuse by thousands of Boy Scout leaders. He says nearly 200 of them are from... more

Judge: Dean’s statements inadmissible in double-murder trial

Judge: Dean’s statements inadmissible in double-murder trial
The former police chief charged in a double murder in Sodus was back in court Tuesday — where a judge ruled that statements he had made to law enforcement officials are inadmissible at trial. Tim Dean — an ex-officer from Sunray, Texas — is accused of shooting and killing Josh Niles (his wife’s ex) and Niles’ fiancee Amber Washburn. The... more

Liverpool man sentenced for raping teen in Weedsport

Liverpool man sentenced for raping teen in Weedsport
Wesam Aziz will spend six months in jail and 10 years on probation for raping a teenager in 2017. In January, Aziz, of Liverpool, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, a class D felony, for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Weedsport in October 2017. He was 20 at the time. When originally charged in May, he also faced charges... more

GUILTY PLEA IN SF: Donald Bovio avoids trial, admits to killing 3-year-old stepson

GUILTY PLEA IN SF: Donald Bovio avoids trial, admits to killing 3-year-old stepson in violent 2018 incident
Hours before his trial was set to begin – a Seneca Falls man pleaded guilty to killing his 3-year-old stepson last year. The Finger Lakes Times reports that Acting Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz said Donald Bovio pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the death of Panagiotis “Peter” Stephanides-Vacchino. It’s expected that Bovio will be sentenced to 15... more

Wayne County duo indicted on murder charges

Wayne County duo indicted on murder charges
A pair of Wayne County residents have been indicted on charges related to the March murder of a Greece man. Aries Ash, 30, and Charisse Walton, 36, both face second-degree murder charges, along with first-degree robbery, weapons possession, and kidnapping charges. The two are accused of killing 43-year-old Maximillan Cook. They’re further accused of dismembering him in the basement of... more

Campbell man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter, DWI charges

Campbell man pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter, DWI charges
A Campbell man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and DWI charges related to a crash that killed a local fire chief. Robert Neally, 42, of Campbell has pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI charges, according to The Corning Leader. Prosecutors say Neally had a BAC of 0.17 percent when the vehicle he was operating struck a motorcycle. They... more

Lawsuit claims Ithaca police used excessive force during 2016 arrest

Lawsuit claims Ithaca police used excessive force during 2016 arrest
On Nov. 17, 2016, officers from the Ithaca Police Department arrived at a Hudson Street apartment after receiving a noise complaint. Kyle Goldstein, a 21-year-old Ithaca College student at the time, was one of the hosts. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Binghamton, Goldstein alleges police unlawfully entered his apartment, detained him, and pepper sprayed his... more

Budelmann is no fan of cashless bail, other criminal justice reforms

Budelmann is no fan of cashless
Criminal justice reforms shouldn’t simply gut, or throw away systems that have worked. That’s the message from Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, who spoke with Finger Lakes News Radio earlier this week. He says that members of law enforcement and prosecutors are fighting a battle of public opinion. As an example, he pointed to changes in the bail system... more

Hakes Landfill, Town of Campbell, DEC sued over evidence of radiation

Hakes Landfill, Town of Campbell, DEC sued over evidence of radiation
The Sierra Club and others filed suit this week against Hakes C&D Landfill Inc. and Town of Campbell in a bid to block the privately-owned Steuben County landfill’s proposed expansion. Petitioners argue that both the town and the state Department of Environmental Conservation failed to take “hard look” at evidence of radium and radon in the landfill, as required under the State... more

Childers pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter in Wayne County Court

Childers pleads guilty to first-degree murder in Wayne County Court
The woman charged in connection with a double murder in Sodus last fall has accepted a plea deal in Wayne County Court on Tuesday. Charlene Childers appeared in court where she agreed to plead guilty to two charges – first-degree manslaughter, and a felony weapons charge. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and... more

Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell files lawsuit over his firing from WHEC

Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell files lawsuit over his firing from WHEC
A former local TV meteorologist who was fired earlier this year after he appeared to have said a racial slur on the air has filed a lawsuit against the station. Jeremy Kappell filed the lawsuit Monday afternoon, seeking a jury trial regarding his termination. The lawsuit against WHEC-TV, Hubbard Broadcasting, and WHEC general manager Richard Reingold lists four causes of... more

Couple charged in Sodus double murder to stand trial together

Couple charged in Sodus double murder to stand trial together
A couple charged in connection to a double-murder in Sodus will face trial together in May. Investigators say Charlene Childers, 25, conspired with her husband Timothy Dean, 32, to kill her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Niles, and his new girlfriend, Amber Washburn, in October 2018. At a court appearance Wednesday, Childers’ attorney says she and Dean will be tried together next month. A criminal... more

One ruling favors Romulus, the other incinerator sponsor

One ruling favors Romulus, the other incinerator sponsor
Call it a split decision. In long-awaited rulings, State Supreme Court Judge Daniel Doyle decided both for and against the town of Romulus and Circular enerG, sponsor of a proposed trash-burning, electricity-generating incinerator on former Seneca Army Depot land. He ruled for the town in its move to dismiss a Circular enerG lawsuit on the grounds that the court lacks... more

Ontario County DSS fraud verdict vacated

Ontario County DSS fraud verdict vacated
A Geneva woman’s guilty verdict of fourth-degree grand larceny was vacated by Ontario County Court Judge Frederick Reed. In December of 2016 Danielle Sapp, 33, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing approximately $1,700 worth of daycare benefits from the Department of Social Services to which the prosecution states she was not entitled. She was later... more
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