Rideout trial: No verdict after Day 1 of deliberations

Jurors in the Craig Rideout murder trial will return to deliberations Thursday morning to consider the fate of the four accused of the homicide. Throughout a day of deliberations Wednesday, jurors asked for some trial testimony to be read back, and also had state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran re-read them some legal definitions, such as the requirements for someone... more

Attorneys point fingers as closing arguments continue in Rideout murder trial

The day started with Laura Rideout’s attorney, David Pilato, who says despite what’s been said, Laura had no motive to kill Craig Rideout. On Monday, Collins and Alex’s attorneys pointed the finger at Laura saying that the boys were there cleaning up after what fellow family members, namely Laura, had already done. Pilato calls that pure fiction. “Yesterday, Colin Rideout’s... more

Blood spatter analysis links Laura Rideout, Colin Rideout to murder scene

The prosecution says they have now linked Laura Rideout and Colin Rideout to the scene of Craig Rideout’s murder. A blood spatter analyst, Paul Kish, took the stand Friday and testified that a pair of blood-soaked jeans with the DNA of Colin Rideout had patterns indicating it was at the scene of the murder. Kish also testified a pair of... more

Defense suggests DNA from evidence in Rideout murder trial could be contaminated

The prosecution has maintained from the beginning that the evidence will link the four defendants with their DNA, but Wednesday morning the defense team in the Craig Rideout murder trial said DNA samples from bloody evidence could have been contaminated. On Wednesday, a crime lab technician presented key evidence to the jury. Rideout’s two sons, Colin and Alex, his estranged... more

Bloody pair of gloves may link at least one defendant to the murder of Craig Rideout

A bloody pair of work gloves found in the trunk of the car Colin and Alex Rideout were driving in when they were arrested were shown to the jury Tuesday morning, and may link one of the defendants to the murder of Craig Rideout. Rideout’s two sons, Colin and Alex, his estranged wife Laura and her boyfriend Paul Tucci are all... more

Rideout trial focuses on forensics, including DNA and cord allegedly used for strangulation

Various pieces of clothing discovered stuffed in the trunk of a car found at Mendon Ponds Park were blood-stained, and prosecutors hope to use the evidence to incriminate those accused of killing Craig Rideout. On Monday, the testimony started about DNA evidence that prosecutors earlier said would be key building blocks in the criminal case. That testimony, from Monroe County... more

Will key evidence link the defendants to the murder of Craig Rideout?

A bottle of Diet Coke could be a key piece of evidence placing Laura Rideout at the murder scene of her estranged husband, Craig Rideout. Thursday’s testimony at the murder trial narrowed in on that bottle of Diet Coke, purchased by Laura Rideout and her boyfriend, Paul Tucci at a local Walmart. Surveillance images and receipts show the two also... more

Defendants fighting for own survival in Rideout trial

The first defense lawyer to cross-examine the county’s medical examiner Wednesday pressed the issue of how much power would have been needed to kill Craig Rideout. Wasn’t it possible that the strangulation did not take significant force?, Assistant Public Defender Julie Cianca implied in her questions Wednesday to Monroe County Medical Examiner Dr. Nadia Granger. Moments later, defense lawyer Michael... more

Images of acid burns, bones shown during Rideout murder trial testimony

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The Monroe County Medical Examiner took the stand Wednesday morning, testifying about the cause of death of Penfield man Craig Rideout. Rideout’s body was found in a wooded area of Yates County in July 2016, wrapped in a tarp and disfigured with acid. His two sons, Colin and Alex, his estranged wife, Laura, and her boyfriend, Paul... more

Jerusalem fills town planning board vacancy in split vote

After five months of wrangling and dissension, the Jerusalem Town Board has appointed a new member to the town’s planning board. Paul Zorovich has been appointed for a 7-year term through December 2023 as recommended by the interview committee. The vacancy attracted two applicants, Zorovich and Mark Catlin. However, Catlin’s application was dated after the Jan. 6 deadline. In February,... more

Jurors see the murder weapon in Rideout case

Testimony continues in the Craig Rideout murder trial. During day three of the trial the prosecution called five witnesses to the stand, including a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy with the technical unit who took photos inside Craig Rideout’s Penfield town home. It’s there where police believe Rideout was murdered and where investigators found a home wire ligature the prosecution says... more

Sister of Craig Rideout stands trial, surveillance evidence revealed

On Tuesday, Jurors were shown surveillance video from three trips to Walmart including one on July 20, the day Robbyn Drew, Craig Rideout’s sister, reported him missing. Drew testified in court today, and says when she couldn’t reach Craig right out by phone or email she went to his home. She found Laura right out in the kitchen “She was... more

Jurors selected in Rideout murder case

Twelve jurors have been selected and one alternate in the murder case of a Penfield father. Craig Rideout was killed last summer. Police found his body in Yates County wrapped in a tarp with acid poured over his face. Rideout’s two sons, Alex and Colin, his estranged wife Laura, and her boyfriend Paul Tucci are all charged with murder and... more

Rideout murder suspects to be tried together

A Monroe County judge has ruled that all four suspects in the death of Penfield man Craig Rideout will be tried together, according to Chronicle-Express news partner WHEC in Rochester. Last summer, Craig Rideout’s beaten, disfigured body was found wrapped in a tarp in a wooded area in the Town of Jerusalem in Yates County. Investigators said he had been... more

Jury selection slated to begin for four accused of murder in Craig Rideout homicide

A judge Monday denied a request to move the trial for the four accused of killing Craig Rideout, clearing the way for jury selection to begin Tuesday. Attorney Matthew Parrinello asked for a change of venue, saying that some information made public by the media has since been suppressed and cannot be used as evidence at trial. For instance, the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Spike talks career, heroin epidemic (podcast)

Sheriff Ron Spike has been working in law enforcement his entire career. Ever since he graduated from Monroe Community College immediately following high school. Even then, Sheriff Spike – then a deputy with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office – knew his career and life would be spent in law enforcement. “I grew up in the jail,” he joked before cameras... more

Job Fair coming to Yates County

If you are seeking employment for a full or part time job, you will not want to miss the Yates County Job Fair that will take place Wednesday, May 17 from 2-6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Keuka Lake. This event provides an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet employers. Free and open to the public, over 30... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more
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