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LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE: Tohafjian sentenced in Seneca County Court on Friday

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE: Tohafjian sentenced in Seneca County Court on Friday
Emerson “John” Tohafjian said little upon entering the Seneca County courthouse Friday. The only words directed to him as he entered Judge Richard Healy’s courtroom came from his father. “I love you, son,” Carl Tohafjian, Sr. said twice, as the 48-year-old Fayette man took his seat. Tohafjian was sentenced for what the judge called a “cold-blooded execution” of his ex-girlfriend and... more

No dismissal of attorney’s witness-tampering charges in Ontario Co.

No dismissal of attorney’s witness-tampering charges
A lawyer facing misdemeanor charges of witness tampering had his motions for dismissal, or omnibus motion, denied. Andrew Tabashneck, an attorney who once represented Erin Rhynes of Geneva on his ongoing attempted murder case, was charged with fourth-degree witness tampering for allegedly speaking with a confidential informant who was willing to deliver a false affidavit to benefit Rhynes. “Based upon... more

Man pleads guilty to stabbing in Locke

Man pleads guilty to stabbing in Locke
A Cortland man’s guilty plea to assault in Cayuga County Criminal Court Thursday for a stabbing incident last summer satisfied an attempted murder charge he once faced. Bryan Lee, 35, of 11 Halbert St., Cortland, was arrested in July after law enforcement responded to a 3:30 a.m. call of an assault outside of a home on Tollgate Hill Road in... more

Accused rapist claims civil rights violations, false imprisonment

Accused rapist claims civil rights violations, false imprisonment
A man being held in the Ontario County Jail on rape charges is claiming that he’s being set up. Michael Orbino, 42, is being held on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree criminal sex act. In October 2018 Orbino was previously found not guilty on charges of committing a hate crime. He said he feels it’s retribution for... more

Schuyler County appoints assistant attorney at February 11 meeting

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Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has announced his appointment of Vinton Bovier Stevens, an Elmira native, as an Assistant County Attorney. The appointment was unanimously approved by the Schuyler County Legislature at its February 11 meeting. As an Assistant County Attorney, Stevens will join Getman in representing Schuyler County in civil litigation, family court prosecutions and related matters. Stevens has... more

Supervisor write letter to lawmakers asking for passage of Finger Lakes Community Act to kill proposed incinerator

Romulus Town Supervisor David Kaiser, a Republican, sent a letter to state lawmakers – requesting that the Finger Lakes Community Act of 2019 be passed and adopted. The proposed legislation comes as the Town of Romulus would host a $365 million waste incinerator, which was proposed more than a year ago by Circular enerG, LLC. Supervisor Kaiser thanked state legislators... more

ADA lawsuits targeting Finger Lakes wineries and others under scrutiny

ADA lawsuits targeting Finger Lakes wineries and others under scrutiny
New lawsuits filed in federal court last week target two Finger Lakes wineries, accusing them of having websites that are not accessible to people who are blind or visually-impaired. 13 WHAM News first reported last fall on the rash of lawsuits being filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now the lawsuits, and law firms behind them, are under the... more

Local sex offender sentenced to 10 months for failure to report address change

Local sex offender sentenced to 10 months for failure to report address change
A Canandaigua man will spend 10 months in the Ontario County Jail for failing to update his address as a level III sex offender. Laquan Whitfield, 31, was convicted in August of 2006 of sexual misconduct and deviate sexual intercourse when he was 18-years-old. The victims were two female minors 15 and 16 years old. Whitfield is classified as a... more

Ontario County attorney charged with witness tampering wants case tossed

Ontario County attorney charged with witness tampering wants case tossed
Two men facing attempted murder charges, an attorney charged with witness tampering and a confidential informant out on bail — it’s not your typical case for Ontario County Court. Andrew Tabashneck, the attorney charged with misdemeanor witness tampering, appeared in court with his attorney on Wednesday in front of Ontario County Court Judge Craig Doran. The attorney’s attorney, Daire Brian... more

Auburn company takes city to court over denied project

Auburn company takes city to court over denied project
An Auburn business is legally challenging the city’s denial of a variance request to construct a pole barn on a vacant lot. In October, when Bouley Enterprises Inc. requested the variance from the Auburn Zoning Board of Appeals to erect the barn at 20 Canoga St., the board rejected the request for multiple reasons. Meeting minutes say board members were... more

Auburn Community Hospital CEO responds to lawsuits, state report

Auburn Community Hospital CEO responds to lawsuits, state report
Auburn Community Hospital denies allegations of wrongdoing brought up in lawsuits filed by former doctors and says a recent state/federal deficiency report has nothing to do with the quality of care it provides. Hospital CEO Scott Berlucchi has provided a detailed public statement on the issues that came to light over the past two weeks, the first substantive comments hospital... more

Greenidge Power Plant wins huge appeals victory over Sierra Club

Owners of the Greenidge Generation power station scored a major legal victory late yesterday when an appellate court in Rochester announced the dismissal of an appeal challenging the facility’s air permit.  Ruling unanimously, a five-judge panel held that the appeal was “moot” on procedural grounds without addressing allegations that state regulators granted permits in violation of the State Environmental Quality... more

Former Auburn inmate’s plea to assault satisfies manslaughter charges

Former Auburn inmate’s plea to assault satisfies manslaughter charges
A former Auburn inmate's plea to assault satisfied a manslaughter charge he faced for his part in the death of a fellow inmate. Ashton Bellamy, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault while in a correctional facility, a class D felony, in Cayuga County Criminal Court Thursday. His plea satisfied his entire indictment, which included a first-degree manslaughter charge, a class... more

One suspect in Sodus double-murder pleads guilty to conspiracy

One suspect in Sodus double-murder pleads guilty to conspiracy
The Texas police officer accused of being involved in a double-murder, which shook the community of Sodus last fall – has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. In court on Thursday, Bronchiole Bohlar pleaded guilty in connection with the killing of a Sodus couple. Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn were shot-and-killed in their driveway, which led to a manhunt for the killers.... more

Ex-doctors file whistleblower lawsuits against Auburn Community Hospital

Ex-doctors file whistleblower lawsuits against Auburn Community Hospital
Two separate lawsuits against Auburn Community Hospital from former doctors allege hospital administration retaliated against them for their attempts to blow the whistle on another doctor’s dangerous conduct. The lawsuits, one filed in federal court in December and another filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Cayuga County, claim similar patterns of targeted discrimination or retaliation in response to the... more

Newark gang assault suspect pleads guilty

Newark gang assault suspect pleads guilty
One of three people arrested following a brawl that injured two security guards at a Newark bar has pleaded guilty. Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco said Kyle Lucieer, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday in county court to two counts of second-degree gang assault. The charges are class C felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Lucieer is scheduled... more

Victor: Peeper sentenced for recording girl in dressing room

Victor: Peeper sentenced for recording girl in dressing room
A Fairport man was sentenced to 60 days in the Ontario County Jail for recording a minor in the changing room of the Victor Target. Jeffrey Maume, 33, pleaded guilty in Ontario County to second-degree unlawful surveillance of a minor, a Class E felony, in an agreed-upon sentence of 60 days. The 15-year-old victim’s mother spoke prior to the sentencing.... more

Another delay in del Lago threat case

Another delay in del Lago threat case
A Wayne County man accused of making threats against del Lago Resort & Casino has been granted another delay in his case — and some words of warning from a judge. “You’ve got a tough case here, Mr. Furey,” Acting Seneca County Judge Daniel Doyle told Scott Furey. “You have a lot of exposure here.” Furey was in court Tuesday... more
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