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After deputy found not guilty on all charges, second man pleads guilty to forcible touching

After deputy found not guilty on all charges, second man pleads guilty to forcible touching
Matthew Pinney pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of attempted forcible touching and reckless endangerment Thursday in Tompkins County Court. He was subsequently sentenced to one year of probation on one charge, and a conditional discharge for the other. Pinney’s charges are a reduction from the original charges he faced of first-degree rape and sexual assault that were tied to a... more

Accused murderer back in Yates County Jail, will cost taxpayers $8K per month to house

Accused murderer back in Yates County Jail, will cost taxpayers $8K per month to house
The 38-year-old man accused of murdering his mother and killing her dog in August 2018 is back in Yates County. Paul Khouzam, 38, who was charged with second-degree murder and other felony charges has been returned to the Yates County Jail, according to an update provided to the Yates County Legislature by District Attorney Todd Casella. Khouzam was returned from... more

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Auburn man convicted in overdose death

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Auburn man convicted in overdose death
A lawsuit against an Auburn man who served prison time for a conviction related to an Auburn woman’s overdose death was dismissed Oct. 8 by an appeals court. Matthew M. Malenick was convicted in March 2014 for delaying emergency services to 25-year-old Jessica Gentile, who died of a heroin overdose in his residence on May 9, 2013. Read more from... more

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Auburn man convicted in overdose death

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Auburn man convicted in overdose death
A lawsuit against an Auburn man who served prison time for a conviction related to an Auburn woman’s overdose death was dismissed Oct. 8 by an appeals court. Matthew M. Malenick was convicted in March 2014 for delaying emergency services to 25-year-old Jessica Gentile, who died of a heroin overdose in his residence on May 9, 2013. Read more from... more

Bail reform laws put crime lab under pressure; some tests must meet 15-day deadline

Bail reform laws put crime lab under pressure; some tests must meet 15-day deadline
The Monroe County Crime Lab will soon be under pressure by new criminal justice laws coming January 1. “It’s really going to put everyone under the gun,” said defense attorney Vince Merante. The laws are included in a bail reform package that limits the time someone accused of a crime can spend in jail prior to their trial. They also... more

Laura Rideout’s attorneys call for murder conviction to be overturned

Laura Rideout’s attorneys call for murder conviction to be overturned
Lawyers for Laura Rideout were in court Wednesday, attempting to overturn her murder conviction. Rideout was convicted of killing her estranged husband, Craig Rideout, in 2016. She says she did not participate in the murder or its planning. Rideout and one of her sons, Colin Rideout, were both convicted of murder. Both were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison... more

Sheppard, Deeds facing numerous charges related to defrauding Seneca County government

Former Seneca County finance director indicted on 10 felony charges
Former Seneca County Finance Director Brandi Deeds has been indicted on 10 felony charges following an investigation into her employment with the County. Former County Manager John Sheppard was also charged with official misconduct. Deeds was named in a sealed indictment handed up by a Seneca County Grand Jury. She was charged with eight counts of falsifying business records, one... more

Lawsuit accuses former D&C delivery manager of sexually abusing delivery boy

Lawsuit accuses former D&C delivery manager of sexually abusing delivery boy
A former newspaper delivery boy who once worked for the Democrat & Chronicle has filed a lawsuit against the Rochester-based paper and its owners, claiming he was abused during his time there. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday night with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office under the Child Victims’ Act. The law gives sex abuse survivors in New York state a... more

Gov. Cuomo signs new law to close pardon loophole

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday to close New York’s double jeopardy loophole. The loophole protected people who received Presidential pardons on federal charges from being prosecuted on the same charges on the state level in New York. “The closure of this egregious loophole gives prosecutors the ability to stand up against any abuse of power, and... more

Crash leads to felony charges in Yates County

Yates County crash leads to felony charges
A Steuben County woman arrested in May following an accident that injured another driver was arraigned on felony charges Tuesday morning in Yates County Court. District Attorney Todd Casella said Danielle Sexton, 33, of Canisteo, was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs and vehicular assault. Read more from the Finger Lakes Times more

Former deputy sentenced for lying on timesheets in Cayuga County

Former deputy sentenced for lying on timesheets in Cayuga County
A former Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office deputy and part-time Moravia Police Department officer will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to two felonies and misdemeanor. In a remorseful statement at his sentencing Tuesday in Cayuga County Court, Robert Brown said: “You trusted me to uphold the laws, and I broke them.” Read more from The Citizen more

Court to hear appeal in Rideout murder case Wednesday

Court to hear appeal in Rideout murder case Wednesday
On Wednesday, an appeals court is set to hear the case of Laura Rideout, the suburban mother convicted of murdering her estranged husband in 2016. Rideout, who is serving a life sentence, filed an appeal in May. In the filing, she blamed her two sons for the death of her husband Craig Rideout. Prosecutors say the fact that she went into her estranged... more

Pharmacist claims Strong Hospital ignored harassment, fired her instead

Pharmacist claims Strong Hospital ignored harassment, fired her instead
A former clinical pharmacist at Strong Memorial Hospital claims her reports of patient safety concerns were met with harassment and retaliation, ending with her being fired. Rabia Stevenson is suing the University of Rochester and its hospital in state Supreme Court. According to the lawsuit: Stevenson was board certified with six years experience when she was hired to work the... more

Seneca Meadows lawsuit over local law delayed again

Seneca Meadows lawsuit over local law delayed again
Oral arguments in the Article 78 lawsuit filed by Seneca Meadows landfill against the town of Seneca Falls over Local Law 3 of 2016 will not take place Nov. 19, as tentatively scheduled. Instead, those arguments may not take place until sometime next February. Seneca Meadows Inc. filed the lawsuit in November 2017, seeking to nullify the local law that... more

Cortland County woman admits to sexual exploitation of a 3-year-old boy

Cortland County woman admits to sexual exploitation of a 3-year-old boy
A 25-year-old Cortland woman pleaded guilty to six felony counts Thursday — one count of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child, and five counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Brittany Berry faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison on each of the six counts of conviction, according to United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and... more

Tompkins County DA Van Houten: ‘Unfortunate’ result to Commons incident

Tompkins County DA Van Houten: ‘Unfortunate’ result to Commons incident
Tompkins County District Attorney Matt Van Houten responded to his handling of cases stemming from a controversial April 6 incident on the Ithaca Commons, explaining he wanted the two individuals charged to take responsibility for their actions and was disappointed neither did. Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat, who were arrested after the altercation on the Commons, were recently cleared of all charges.... more
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