Waterloo woman gets prison for arson

The local woman convicted of setting her house on fire 17 months ago will spend time in prison. On Monday in Seneca County Court, Judge Rick Healy sentenced Diana Fegley to 1-to-3 years in prison for third-degree arson. She was convicted of the charge in April following a trial in county court. Fegley, a retired supervisor with the county Division... more

Dean Skelos guilty: Ex-NY senator, son convicted of bribery, extortion

A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges that they pressured businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican’s political support. A jury in federal court in Manhattan deliberated over the course of four days before reaching the verdict at the... more

Donna Cathy files petitions for Seneca Co. Judge primary

Last week Donna Cathy filed petitions in this year’s race for Seneca County Judge to secure her ballot positions for the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. “As I met hundreds of Seneca County residents collecting signatures over the past six weeks, it was clear that they want a judge who is impartial, is experienced and has common sense,” said... more

Judge Kenyon secures signatures to be placed on ballot this fall

Judge Edward C. “Russ” Kenyon has filed petitions at the Ontario County Board of Elections to be placed on the ballot in this fall’s election for Ontario County Judge. A lifelong Republican and 40-year resident of Ontario County, Kenyon filed petitions to run on the Republican and Reform Party ballot lines. “The people of Ontario County deserve a choice in... more

Chronicle-Express opposes court closures in Penn Yan

In two local, high-profile cases, Penn Yan Village Justice Matthew D. Conlon has taken the extraordinary measure of closing his court to the press. In the interest of public knowledge and openness in government, as well as the constitutional freedom of the press, The Chronicle-Express has consulted legal counsel to regain access to the court. The first is the case... more

Barrington halts action against Olney Place

The Barrington Town Board has unanimously agreed to not take further action in regard to the 2016 legal action that could have put a stop to serving beer in the taproom at Olney Place. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York issued an order June 15 that dismissed the town’s appeal of Yates County Judge Dennis Bender’s... more

Auburn man who evaded police in nine-hour standoff admits to attempted robbery

On the morning of March 11, Bradley Strange approached a man outside of Auburn and asked for a ride home. But when the Good Samaritan got within the city limits, Strange told the 75-year-old to stop the car — and then pulled out a knife. In Cayuga County Court Thursday, Strange admitted he tried to rob the man in the... more

Driver pleads guilty to charges from fatal Cayuga Co. wreck

The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office announced that Kadesha Dunham, 24, of North Syracuse pleaded guilty to two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, and 3 counts of Assault in the Third Degree, resulting from the fatal motor vehicle crash June 16, 2017 on Franklin Street Road in the Town of Sennett. Criminally Negligent Homicide is a felony and carries a... more

Sodus woman admits money was reason mother was murdered

On Friday (6/220 Jasmine Harlee, age 22, appeared in Wayne County Court for a pre-trail hearing and pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree. Harlee was set to begin a jury trial on Friday, July 13, for the death of her mother, Julie Martin, age 52, back on February 1, 2017. Harlee admitted her role to enlist and conspire... more

Seneca County may join class action lawsuit against United States

The federal government may have underpaid Seneca County in its payments in lieu of property taxes for federal lands within the county. In the event that is true, the Ways & Means Committee of the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to authorize joining a class action lawsuit initiated in a federal district court by Kane County, Utah. According to... more

Not guilty: Ithaca man found not guilty of rape, sex abuse

An Ithaca man was found not guilty Thursday of raping and sexually abusing a woman in a Lot 10 bathroom about three years ago. Jonathan “Scar” Smith, 30, was charged with felony first-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse after a woman reported an incident that happened June 6, 2015. The woman told police that she was raped in a bathroom... more

Brazil court allows prosecution of Canandaigua native Ryan Lochte

The prosecution of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte for filing a false police report during the 2016 Olympics is back on after a Brazilian court decision this week. During the games in Rio de Janeiro, the 12-time Olympic medalist told NBC that he and fellow swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with police badges as they returned... more

Court upholds conviction of Seneca Falls car dealership vandal

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in Rochester has unanimously affirmed the conviction of a former Seneca Falls man who vandalized cars at a Seneca Falls car dealer in 2013. Andrew J. Graves, then 23 years old, and other individuals were charged by the Seneca Falls Police Department with intentionally damaging approximately 57 motor vehicles at... more

State regulators accuse Spectrum of false advertising

The state regulators are accusing Spectrum of false advertising. The Public Service Commission says Spectrum is falsely claiming that it is meeting obligations to expand its broadband service to underserved parts of the state and misleading consumers. The PSC sent a letter to the CEO of Charter which is Spectrum’s parent company. The letter demanded that they “cease and desist”... more

Auburn man sent to prison for attacking woman with box cutter

An Auburn man will spend the next four years in prison for assaulting his girlfriend with a box cutter. In April, John Hook, 58, of 7 Washington St., pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault, a class D felony. At the time, he said he’d been in a domestic dispute with a 46-year-old woman, and he cut the back... more

Ontario woman pleads guilty to plotting mother’s murder

The Ontario woman accused of playing a role in the murder of her own mother pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Wayne County Court this week. Julie Martin, of Ontario was found dead – and her 22-year-old daughter, Jasmine Harlee, was accused of planning her mother’s death. According to authorities, Harlee enlisted the help of three others to plot out... more

Judge tosses Red Creek parent’s lawsuit over basketball player’s ejection

State Supreme Court Justice J. Scott Odorisi dismissed the case brought by a Red Creek parent that challenged Section V and state rules over player suspensions after an ejection, saying courts shouldn’t get involved with settling a “sporting squabble.” “Courts are valuable tools to resolve disputes,” Odorisi wrote in his decision, which was released Thursday, “but they should not be... more
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