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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 job he didn’t complete was sentenced in Geneva Court this week. As News10NBC in Rochester learned, though, there... more

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

Fairport man’s murder case moves forward in Ontario County
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, and stabbed Baker and Dennis Gruttadaro. Gruttadoro survived, but Baker died from her injuries. Fricke and Baker had... more

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

INSIDE THE FLX: Managing lawyer with Indigenous rights law firm weighs in on Cayuga Nation dispute (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, a takeover included destruction of several buildings along State Route 89 in the town of Seneca Falls. Galanda... more

Could Child Victims Act get extended in New York?

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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. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’s hesitant about extending the window. The deadline for expiration at this point remains... more

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 special prosecutor was brought in to handle the DWI case of Assemblyman Brian Kolb. “Everybody who deals with... more

Owasco man pleads guilty to felony weapon charges, likely to spend 3 years in prison

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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 a pair of weapon-related felonies. He was taken into custody after a lengthy investigation involving several law enforcement... more

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 criminal sale of a controlled substance. The charges are Class A felonies. The 39-year-old was arrested in March... more

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

Former sub teacher from Penn Yan sentenced on 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 May 2019. Prosecutors said a search was executed of a home in California. Maciejewski was accused of trading... more

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 school in Rochester. He was a local example of the nuance within the debate around medical exemptions and... more

High speed chase in Yates leads to felony charges

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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 arraigned Tuesday in county court following the indictments. Zadul, who is a Niagara Falls resident, faces multiple charges... more

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 counts of tampering with evidence. In exchange for the plea, he will serve five years in state prison.... more

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 13 count indictment. Both were charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree burglary, three... more

Seneca Waterways Council says bankruptcy won’t impact local programs

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As Boy Scouts of America says it will file for bankruptcy – local officials say that process is best for the organization as a whole. “While it is premature for us to speculate on what the possible financial ramifications will be on our Council with the National Council filing Chapter 11, the fact that we are separately incorporated and most... more

Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy protections as abuse lawsuits pile up

Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy protections as abuse lawsuits pile up
The Boy Scouts of America is taking legal action. Except not the kind of legal action that defends the organization from sex abuse allegations. They are filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It would include a plan for the 110-year-old organization to continue operating. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as... more

Man admits to stealing South Bristol highway truck from department garage in Ontario County Court

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Sheriff Kevin Henderson says a South Bristol resident has pleaded guilty in Ontario County Court after an incident at the South Bristol Highway Department in 2019. Henderson said that on November 13th, 2019 Ross W. Thompson II, of South Bristol unlawfully entered the South Bristol Highway Department building and stole keys to a pickup truck. He then used the keys... more

Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold

Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold
Cayuga County E-911 has some staffing issues that it needs to resolve. At least that was the pitch heard by the Cayuga County Legislature this week when they met. E-911 Administrator Denise Spingler addressed the legislators at a meeting on Wednesday – asking for more staff – due to the constant struggle to keep up with discovery requests from the... more

Ithaca man under reported income by $4M for construction business

Ithaca man under reported income by $4M for construction business
Three years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. That’s what one Ithaca man could be dealing with after pleading guilty in federal court to under reporting his income by nearly $4 million. William Harrell, 58, of Ithaca admitted to the under reporting connected to his construction and remodeling business. He also admitted to not paying more than $400,000 in federal... more
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