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Waterloo police testify during arson trial

Waterloo Police Department Sgt. Lee Marquart said Diana Fegley “became very angry with me” after he accused her of setting the fire she was rescued from in February 2017. Marquart testified Wednesday during Fegley’s arson trial in Seneca County Court. He was one of the first people on the scene after the Inslee Street fire was reported about 5 p.m.... more

Long-standing landfill air pollution dispute heads to federal appeals court

Should state and federal regulators consider the Ontario County Landfill to be one or two separate entities for purposes of air-pollution permits? That question was raised eight years ago — and it’s still winding its way through the court system. The latest development is a hearing before the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Arguments are... more

‘You’re playing the system’: Auburn woman sent to prison for violating probation

When Jessica Allen pleaded guilty to four felonies in September 2016, she was able avoid prison. But on Thursday, after violating probation terms from that case, the Auburn woman learned she'll be spending time in a state correctional facility. Allen, 26, of 169 Woodlawn Ave., had previously admitted to four crimes in Cayuga County. At the time, she confessed to... more

Fisher names Folk as second assistant attorney in Seneca County

Christopher Folk of Waterloo has been appointed second assistant county attorney in Seneca County. His appointment was announced Friday by County Attorney Frank Fisher. The position has been vacant since 2003. Fisher recently received approval from the Board of Supervisors to fill the position. Folk is currently the Waterloo town justice, a position he will retain. “I am pleased to... more

Ithaca man who robbed elderly couple at gunpoint sentenced in Tompkins County Court

An Ithaca man facing charges for several separate crimes including the armed robbery of an elderly Enfield couple was sentenced to prison time in Tompkins County Court last Friday. Benjamin S. Spradlin, 42, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree robbery after his arrest for robbing the couple at their home around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2016. Court records say... more

Final person charged in Newfield murder case sentenced to prison time

The final person involved in a robbery that left a Newfield man dead in December 2016 will serve jail time, a judge ruled this week. Dennis Lampila, 40, who was originally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in October as part of a plea deal. He appeared for sentencing Thursday in Tompkins County Court.... more

Ontario County files suit against pharmaceutical companies for opioid epidemic

Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest law firms focused on consumer protection and mass tort actions filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ontario County, New York, against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributers over the aggressive and fraudulent marketing and sale of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to a drug epidemic in the county and throughout the nation.... more

Mother of Kevin Ward Jr.: ‘I have no other choice’ but to settle with Tony Stewart

The family of Kevin Ward Jr. agreed in court today to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, but Ward Jr.’s mother told the judge she felt like she had “no other choice.” Ward Jr. was 20 years old when he was killed in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. He walked out on a live... more

Suspended Victor mail carrier’s plea hearing postponed

A plea hearing for a Fairport man accused of stealing gift cards and cash from holiday mail while working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Victor was postponed Wednesday at the request of his attorney. Federal Public Defender Anne Burger told U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Wolford that her client, James Ludwig, 45, had just been... more

Legal loophole: Cayuga County DA lobbies to change DWI law, punish post-prison violations

In March 2013, David Manwaring was driving by the Fingerlakes Mall when New York State Police spotted him spinning his tires and veering onto the shoulder of Clark Street Road. At the time, troopers said he was pulled over and registered a blood alcohol content of .08 percent, and he was charged with his fifth drunk driving offense in less... more

Debate heats up over Ontario County judge endorsement

Dispute over the Ontario County Republican Committee endorsement in the race for county judge now has a former GOP chair taking issue with the move. In a weighted vote, the committee endorsed Kristina “Kitty” Karle over Russ Kenyon. The two Republicans are vying for the seat being vacated by Judge William Kocher, who is not seeking reelection. Following the endorsement... more

Attorney denies plea coercion in Wilson case

Two of the claims made by a Romulus man accused of killing two people in a 2015 accident were debunked Tuesday in Seneca County Court. Assistant Public Defender John Nabinger, Earl Wilson’s former attorney, emphatically denied pressuring Wilson to plead guilty to killing Steve Lester of Manchester and Patty Perryman of Canandaigua in the Sept. 16 crash on Route 96A... more

Accused armed robber back in Canandaigua court

The case of accused armed robber James Moore is on its way to Ontario County Court for further proceedings. Moore, 32, of Rochester, appeared Wednesday morning before Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Aronson and waived his right to a preliminary hearing, allowing the violent felony matter to move to the higher court and possible presentation to a county grand jury.... more

Ex-Varick court clerk gets jail after stealing $166K

A former clerk with the Town of Varick is now at the Seneca County Correctional Facility for embezzling thousands of dollars after sentencing on Monday. Julie Dougherty, who was accused of stealing $166,999 over the course of eight years — was ordered to pay full-restitution; and will also serve six months in jail. She will also serve five years’ probation,... more

Mental health evaluation requested for Ithaca man accused of having weapons stash

A pre-trial mental health evaluation has been requested for an Ithaca man that authorities say had a large stash of weapons and explosives in his apartment, according to court filings. A motion filed Monday by prosecutors says Maximilien Reynolds has filed a Notice of Insanity Defense, indicating the defense team may rely on an insanity defense. For that reason, prosecutors... more

Seneca, Cayuga counties given 30 days to comment on Cayuga Nation trust application

Seneca County Attorney Frank Fisher surprised the Board of Supervisors Tuesday with the news that the county has 30 days to comment on the Cayuga Indian Nation’s application to put 129.1 acres of land into federal, tax-exempt trust. Fisher said the CIN applied to put six parcels of land in Seneca and Cayuga counties into federal trust in April 2006.... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to possessing narcotics with intent to sell

An Auburn man has admitted to possessing drugs with the intent to sell. Nathan Smith, 26, of Auburn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. During his plea, he told the court he intended to sell Suboxone, a narcotic often used to treat addiction. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon... more
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