Category: Courts

Prosecutor says Yates man dies before trial because of state mandated bail reform changes

Prosecutor says Yates man dies before trial because of state mandated bail reform changes

Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella is blaming New York’s bail reform for a man’s death before trail for a series of burglaries that occurred in late-2019. Christopher Hearn, 35, of Rochester and Michael Carr, 34, of Macedon were charged in a ... MORE
Courts, News, Penn Yan, Yates County
Burgess will spend 5 years in state prison after manhunt in Ontario, Wayne, and Seneca counties

Burgess will spend 5 years in state prison after manhunt in Ontario, Wayne, and Seneca counties

The man who led police in several counties on a two-day manhunt has been sentenced. Brandon Burgess, the 28-year-old from Phelps, had already pleaded guilty in Ontario County Court to two counts of robbery, two counts of grand larceny, and two more ... MORE
Courts, Lyons, News, Wayne County
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High speed chase in Yates leads to felony charges

A grand jury indicted two people following an arrest after a high-speed chase in Yates County. One of which has ties to a suspected criminal organization. District Attorney Todd Casella told the Finger Lakes Times that Bradley Zadul and Jessica Owen were ... MORE
Courts, News, Penn Yan, Yates County
Judge orders severely autistic Yates County child back to school after vaccine ban

Judge orders severely autistic Yates County child back to school after vaccine ban

A Yates County child, who suffers from severe autism has been allowed to return to school, at least by the most-recent court order by Judge Dan Doyle. The Chronicle-Express reports that Thorn Schwartz, has been allowed to return to his special education ... MORE
Former sub teacher from Penn Yan sentenced on child porn charges

Former sub teacher, Penn Yan resident will go to prison over child porn charges

A former substitute teacher from Penn Yan will spend two years in prison following a guilty plea in federal court. Jeffrey Maciejewski, 26, was sentenced to two years in prison, and five years post-release supervision. He was arrested following an investigation in ... MORE
Courts, News, Penn Yan, Yates County
Ithaca man who sold cocaine in Geneva going to prison

Ithaca man who sold cocaine in Geneva going to prison

Prosecutors in Ontario County say the Ithaca man who sold a large quantity of cocaine in Geneva will go to prison. District Attorney Jim Ritts told the Finger Lakes Times that Abdul Holmes pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three counts of second-degree ... MORE
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Owasco man pleads guilty to felony weapon charges, likely to spend 3 years in prison

An Owasco man who was arrested last spring is going to spend time behind bars after he pleaded guilty to two felony charges. That happened during a court appearance on Tuesday, according to The Citizen, where Anthony Ranauro, 32, pleaded guilty to ... MORE
Cayuga County, Courts, News, Owasco
Report throws Kolb DWI case, as well as countless others old-and-new into question

Report throws Kolb DWI case, as well as countless others old-and-new into question

Some DWI convictions, as well as active cases in Ontario County could be back on the table. An investigation by 13WHAM-TV uncovered the issue, which centers on recordings of DWI arrests at the Ontario County Jail. The issue was uncovered when a ... MORE
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Could Child Victims Act get extended in New York?

Will the Child Victims Act get extended? Some lawmakers want to see that happen. Advocates around the state say that the window, which was opened by legislation action during the last budget cycle, should be opened for a lengthier period of time ... MORE
Fairport man’s murder case moves forward in Ontario County

More charges filed after Canandaigua murder, as suspect appears in court again

New charges have been filed against the man who was already facing a number of charges for the stabbing death of Julia Baker. That incident unfolded on January 2nd in Canandaigua when William Fricke, 67, entered a home on West Lake Road, ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Managing lawyer with Indigenous rights law firm weighs in on Cayuga Nation dispute (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Nationally recognized Indigenous rights lawyer weighs in on Cayuga Nation conflict (podcast)

On episode #220 of the Inside the FLX podcast Gabriel Galanda, the managing lawyer of Galanda Broadman, an Indigenous rights law firm stationed out of Seattle, Washington weighs in on the latest chapter of the longstanding Cayuga Nation leadership conflict. Last week, ... MORE
Geneva contractor will have to pay restitution, but uncertain future for other victims

Geneva contractor will have to pay restitution, but uncertain future for other victims

A Geneva contractor accused of taking money for jobs he never completed has pleaded guilty. As part of that plea, he will have to pay back the victim. Scott Pepson, the contractor who was accused of taking more than $3,400 for a ... MORE
Courts, Geneva, News, Ontario County
Collins attorneys look to delay his prison sentence

Collins attorneys look to delay his prison sentence

Former Congressman Chris Collins wants to delay his prison sentence. Attorneys for the former congressional leader are asking that his sentence begin on April 21st, instead of March 17th. The ask comes due to a possible delay in processing by the Bureau ... MORE
Judge Doran backs plan to merge courts across the district

Support growing for ‘merger’ of local courts

Craig Doran is backing a plan to make local courts more efficient. The administrative judge for the 7th Judicial District, which includes several counties in the region, is backing a plan that would merge multiple courts into state Supreme Court. Doran called ... MORE
Man detained after clash violent clash in Seneca Falls vows to press charges

EXCLUSIVE: Man detained by Cayuga Nation police vows to press charges (audio)

Bowman has broken his silence by speaking with FingerLakes1.com first, assuring that “somebody’s got to learn a lesson” in the form of pressing criminal charges after being beaten and battered by Cayuga Nation officers. “I have a criminal attorney already. He’s going to ... MORE
Tohafjian pleads guilty to rape charge in Seneca County Court

Tohafjian pleads guilty to rape charge in Seneca County Court

The Seneca County man on trial for rape, who had already been convicted of murder – pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the most-recent charge in Seneca County Court. District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz said Emerson “John” Tohafjian, of Varick, pleaded guilty in county ... MORE
Rise in human trafficking prompts advocacy by U.S. Attorney’s office

U.S. Attorney’s office says human trafficking cases will be prosecuted to highest extent possible

A federal prosecutor in Rochester is calling for more attention to be placed on an issue that’s rising across the U.S. Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney James Kennedy released a new public service announcement to call attention to human trafficking. “We’ve seen ... MORE
Family sues over death of Cornell freshman who was found dead at gorge

Family sues over death of Cornell freshman who was found dead at gorge

The parents of an 18-year-old Cornell University freshman have filed a lawsuit to seek answers as to how, and why, he died. Antonio Tsialas was found dead at the bottom of Fall Creek gorge in October 2019. According to a lawsuit filed ... MORE