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Bail reform concerns sheriffs, DA throughout FLX

Bail reform concerns sheriffs, DA throughout FLX
By all accounts, Ontario County’s centralized arraignment system has worked well since it started on May 1, 2018. “The real benefit is that all parties are at every arraignment — someone from our office, the public defender’s office, the judge,” District Attorney Jim Ritts said. “That was always one of the shortcomings of the old system in the local courts... more

Alex Rideout denied parole in connection to father’s murder

Alex Rideout denied parole in connection to father’s murder
Alex Rideout, who was convicted of tampering with evidence in the murder of his father Craig Rideout, was denied parole after his parole hearing on June 11. According to the New York State Department of Correction Parole Board Calendar website, Alex’s parole was “not granted.” He was found guilty of tampering with evidence and received one and one-third year to... more

Bath man pleads guilty in connection to veteran’s overdose death

Bath man pleads guilty in connection to veteran’s overdose death
A Bath man has plead guilty to charges connected to a 2018 overdose investigation in the Village of Bath. Police say 30-year-old Justin Snyder pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminally negligent homicide, both felonies. Snyder was reportedly arrested after a lengthy investigation into the September 2018 overdose death of a 30-year-old man in the village... more

EXPERIENCE IN SENECA: Primary for District Attorney in final days

EXPERIENCE IN SENECA: Primary for District Attorney in final days
The two men squaring off Tuesday in a three-party primary election for Seneca County district attorney are touting their experience — albeit in different ways. Christopher Folk is leaning on the combination of his seven years as Waterloo town judge and his managerial skills in the high-tech sector, which he believes can improve how the DA’s office runs. “One of... more

Man sentenced for beating 3-year-old stepson to death in Seneca Falls

Man sentenced for beating 3-year-old stepson to death in Seneca Falls
The man who admitted to beating a 3-year-old boy to death in a Seneca Falls apartment last May was sentenced Thursday. Seneca County Acting District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz confirmed that Donald Bovio was sentenced to 15 years to life for second-degree murder for the death of his stepson Panagiotis "Peter" Stephanides-Vacchino. Court documents state Donald and his wife, Alison, beat... more

Centralized arraignments could be coming to Cayuga County soon

Centralized arraignments could be coming to Cayuga County soon
A plan to centralize the location of arraignments in Cayuga County, which has been in development for about two years, is closer than ever to becoming a reality. In 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing the creation of centralized off-hour arraignment parts for local criminal courts in counties outside of New York City. AuburnPub.com: Read More more

McDonald’s 2015 Hepatitis A class action case settled

McDonald’s 2015 Hepatitis A class action case settled
Litigation involving a 2015 Hepatitis A scare at the McDonald’s Restaurant on Mound Road has been settled. Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle approved a final order certifying a class of 1,073 plaintiffs and a settlement of just under $240 for each plaintiff. The June 18 hearing was to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate... more

Geneva man gets probation for burglary, rape

Geneva man gets probation for burglary, rape
A Geneva man tied to a local murder was sentenced to 10 years of probation for burglary and rape. Ontario County Court Judge Kristina Karle Wednesday sentenced Lloyd Moore Jr., 27, to 10 years of probation after he completed one year of trouble-free interim probation. In July 2018, former Ontario County Court Judge William Kocher had previously accepted Moore’s guilty... more

Ex-deputy pleads guilty to falsifying time cards

Ex-deputy pleads guilty to falsifying time cards
A former Cayuga County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to remaining charges he was facing in connection with a scheme to submit fraudulent time cards. Robert L. Brown, 42, of 301 Indian Field Road, Genoa, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cayuga County Criminal Court to first-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, and official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. The... more

Cayuga County man sentenced to 4 years in prison for probation violation

Cayuga County man sentenced to 4 years in prison for probation violation
A Genoa man was sentenced Wednesday in Cayuga County Court to four years in prison for violating the terms of his probation. William E. Harrington, 34, was convicted in February 2016 of third-degree rape, a class E felony, and third-degree sexual abuse, a class B misdemeanor. He admitted to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old girl in... more

Winery owner files $14 million lawsuit against Schuyler deputy, Town of Hector

Winery owner files $14 million lawsuit against Schuyler deputy, Town of Hector
The co-owner of a Schuyler County winery filed a $14 million federal civil-rights lawsuit against a deputy with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Hector. John Zuccarino, owner of Silver Springs Winery in Burdett, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in response to an alleged incident from September 2018 and its aftermath. On Sept. 25, Joshua Mikkelsen, a Town of... more

Lake Ontario Landowners Association suing IJC for damages

Lake Ontario Landowners Association suing IJC for damages
The Lake Ontario Association held a rally in Sandy Creek on Saturday and announced the first of many lawsuits they intend to file against the International Joint Commission. Landowners are seeking damages from flooding and erosion in both 2017 and 2019. The president of the organization says they will hold similar rallies in Rochester and Buffalo. Read more from LocalSYR.com more

Bron Bohlar sentenced for role in murder of couple in Sodus

Former Texas police officer to be sentenced in connection to Sodus double murder
The former Texas police officer who was involved in a plot to murder two people in the Village of Sodus was sentenced on Thursday. Bron Bohlar will serve 1-3 years in prison on a conspiracy charge as part of a plea deal he made with the prosecution. When the plea agreement was originally reached, prosecutors said Bohlar helped Timothy Dean... more

Seneca Falls man pleads guilty to child porn charge

Seneca Falls man pleads guilty to child porn charge
A Seneca Falls man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Matthew Urquhart, 32, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a lifetime of post-release supervision and a possible $250,000 fine. Prosecutors say Urquhart was trading child pornography from his Seneca Falls home. A search of two residences he lived in at the time turned up images... more

State prison for former Canandaigua manager who used corporate credit cards for personal use

State prison for former Canandaigua manager who used corporate credit cards for personal use
A woman will serve state prison for swiping over $14,000 from a variety of her employers. State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran sentenced Melissa Hardy, 47, to 1- 3 years and she has to pay $14,490 in restitution, plus an additional $2,126 in transportation causes after being extradited from Florida after missing her court appearances. Hardy pled guilty to three... more

Phelps woman indicted, accused of embezzling $750K from local employer

Phelps woman embezzled over $750K from local employer
The Phelps woman who worked for Finger Lakes Conveyors, Inc. as director of finance from 2013 to 2017 was officially indicted on Tuesday. Karen Owens, 54, was indicted on charges of wire fraud and bank fraud. She’s accused of embezzling over $750,000 in funds from FLC’s bank account. She wrote 550 unauthorized checks to herself in order to pay off... more

Geneva man gets 9 years for selling drugs

Geneva man gets 9 years for selling drugs
Ontario County Judge Brian Dennis sentenced a Geneva man to a lengthy prison term Tuesday for selling drugs last fall. District Attorney Jim Ritts said Ryan Reeder, 37, was sentenced to nine years in prison for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (class B felony). He was convicted of that charge in a jury trial earlier this year. Reeder... more

Alex Rideout scheduled to meet with parole board this week

Alex Rideout scheduled to meet with parole board this week
A man convicted of charges related to his father’s 2016 homicide is going before the parole board this week. Alex Rideout was convicted of tampering with evidence in the death of his father, Craig Rideout, while mother and brother were both found guilty of murder. Rideout is scheduled to be interviewed by the parole board this week after meeting the... more
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