Category: Courts

Town of Seneca man pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

A town of Seneca man whose dog nearly starved to death has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service. Carey VanGelder, 53, of Rilands Road, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ontario County Court to a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals ... MORE

Lyons man gets 5 years for selling drugs off his porch

Wayne County Judge Daniel Barrett has sentenced a local man to prison on drug charges. Robert Lee Bell, 51, of Lawrence Street, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a ... MORE
Courts, Lyons, News, Wayne County

Ithaca man accused of child sex abuse held without bail after extradition

An Ithaca man accused of sexually abusing two young children over several years was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail on Monday. The Ithaca Voice has more on this story, and how it has developed over the last several months. Read ... MORE
Canandaigua man gets more than 7 years in prison for sexual assault

Canandaigua man gets more than 7 years in prison for sexual assault

Following a rebuke by Ontario County Judge William Kocher, a local man admitted sexually assaulting a woman earlier this year in Phelps. Jacob Beaton, 25, of Canandaigua, pleaded guilty Wednesday in county court to first-degree criminal sexual act (class B felony). He ... MORE

Geneva teens sentenced for burglary spree

If they can stay out of trouble for the next year, two Geneva teens arrested following a citywide burglary spree will avoid going to prison. Aaron Godwin-Smith, 16, and Juan Reyes, 17, pleaded guilty to several felony charges Wednesday in Ontario County ... MORE

Geneva man convicted of assault

Following several hours of deliberation, an Ontario County jury convicted a Geneva man of assault for fracturing another man’s skull two years ago. Read More ... MORE
Red Creek teacher denies sexual contact with student

Red Creek teacher denies sexual contact with student

A former teacher’s aide has pleaded not guilty to having sexual contact with a student in Cayuga County. Nicole Green, of 137 Martville Road in Martville, was arrested in April and charged with two felony counts of first-degree disseminating indecent material to ... MORE

$2,500 bail for Seneca Falls woman arrested on Family Court warrant

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports, on Tuesday at 11:15 am, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Tracey R. Morehouse, age 36, of 50 Troy St. Seneca Falls, on a Family Court Warrant issued out of Seneca County Family Court. Morehouse was arraigned before the Town of ... MORE
Karl Karlsen to go on trial in California

Karl Karlsen to go on trial in California

Karl Karlsen will go on trial for the 1991 death of his first wife. Following a preliminary hearing in Calaveras County, Calif., Judge Thomas Smith ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence for Karlsen to stand trial for first-degree murder. He will be ... MORE

Tompkins Indictment: Man indicted on 6 drug counts

A man was indicted Thursday on six drug-related counts that happened in the city of Ithaca. Aaron M. Gaetano is accused of having heroin and methamphetamine when Ithaca police officers executed a drug bust at 213 S. Titus Ave. on March 4 ... MORE
Courts, News, Tompkins County

Man accepts plea deal to pay Ithaca cemetery back $99K

A man who spent about a year on the lam and later turned himself in to police after spending time “out west,” accepted a deal Thursday, pleading guilty to grand larceny. Scott E. Goodrich confessed to stealing cash and equipment from the ... MORE

Auburn man pleads guilty to assaulting police officer

A U.S. Army veteran admitted to assaulting an Auburn police officer Thursday in Cayuga County criminal court. Christopher Ackerley, of 48 Havens Ave. in Auburn, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree assault, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and obstructing emergency medical services ... MORE
Judge: Tony Stewart's insurer off the hook in Ward suit

Judge: Tony Stewart’s insurer off the hook in Ward suit

A federal judge ruled Friday that the insurance carrier for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart does not have to defend or indemnify him in a lawsuit brought by the family of a driver who died after being struck by Stewart’s car during a ... MORE
Karl Karlsen’s California fate in judge’s hands

Karl Karlsen’s California fate in judge’s hands

Nearly three years after Karl Karlsen admitted murdering his son in Seneca County, a judge in California will decide if Karlsen stands trial for allegedly killing his first wife. A preliminary hearing was held last week in Calaveras County, Calif., on the ... MORE
Geneva man accused of pipe assault on trial this week

Geneva man accused of pipe assault on trial this week

The Geneva man accused of fracturing another person’s skull with a metal pipe goes on trial this week in Ontario County Court. Robert Lewis Sr., 54, faces felony charges of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The assault charge ... MORE

Cayuga County road-rage killer denied parole for fourth time

The New York State Parole Board has denied road-rage killer William LeVea’s fourth application for parole, the Cayuga County district attorney said Monday. This was LeVea’s third application for an early release based on a medical parole for a non-terminal illness. The ... MORE

Former substitute teacher convicted in child porn case

A federal jury, after a four-day trial, has convicted a former Tompkins County substitute teacher of possessing child pornography. Robert Snyder, 67, of Etna, was convicted Friday of multiple counts of receipt, possession and accessing with intent to view child pornography.A federal ... MORE
Courts, News, Tompkins County
A dozen officers called to courthouse after Groton manslaughter sentencing

A dozen officers called to courthouse after Groton manslaughter sentencing

About a dozen officers were called to the Tompkins County courthouse Friday after a teen was sentenced for driving a vehicle under the influence of marijuana and speeding, resulting in a rollover crash that killed a passenger in the vehicle. Read More ... MORE