Wayne County doctor pleads guilty, faces 60 years in prison

A former Wayne County doctor pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving child pornography in federal court on Tuesday. Dr. David Blasczak,69, of Newark faces a maximum combined penalty of 60 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Federal prosecutors say Blasczak bought thousands of sexually explicit images of children through a website hosted out of India they’re calling “website... more

LeSean McCoy’s ex sues for damages related to home invasion

LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit against McCoy and one other person on Monday regarding the home invasion at the athlete’s home back in July. The two people named in the suit are LeSean McCoy and Tamarcus Jerod Porter. Delicia Cordon who was allegedly injured during the home invasion at McCoy’s Georgia home , is suing for damages related to... more

Former Wayne County doctor accused of child porn scheduled to enter plea deal

A former Wayne County doctor facing child pornography charges is scheduled for a plea agreement hearing on Tuesday in federal court. Investigators say Dr. David Blasczak, 69, took explicit pictures of his own young patients. Federal prosecutors say Blasczak bought thousands of sexually explicit images of children through a website hosted out of India they’re calling “website m.” They’re also... more

Cayuga County DA: NY prosecutor conduct commission unnecessary

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo considers whether to sign a bill to establish a state commission on prosecutorial conduct, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann believes the proposed panel is unnecessary. State Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area Republican, sponsored the measure. It received bipartisan support in the state Legislature. After passing both houses in June, it was delivered to the governor... more

Deputies: Lyons man faces additional charges after July court appearance

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Lyons man on assault and harassment charges on Wednesday following an investigation into an incident on ‘Blow Off Day’ in Sodus at a court apperance. Christopher J. Bell, 23, of Lyons was in the Town of Sodus Court on July 11th being arraigned on an unrelated matter stemming from an... more

Ex-CNY school board member sentenced for Cayuga County sex crime

A former West Genesee Central School District board of education member will spend the next six months in jail for attempting to have sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl in Cayuga County. James M. Soper, 46, of 4011 W. Langerwood Lane, Syracuse, was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail and 10 years probation for second-degree attempted criminal sex act,... more

Ontario County D.A. appoints special prosecutor in case of bicyclist hit

Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts has appointed a special prosecutor to oversee the case involving a Victor man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car last week. Christopher Catt, 26, is accused of running into a bicyclist in the crosswalk along South Main Street in Canandaigua on August 1. Catt was allegedly on his cell phone when he... more

Cayuga Nation announces criminal court system, names two judges

First came a police department. Now, the Cayuga Nation will have its own criminal court system. Clint Halftown, the Cayugas’ federally recognized leader, announced Monday that former Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey will serve as the Nation’s trial court judge and former Wayne County Court Judge Dennis Kehoe has been named as appellate court judge. Halftown said the Nation... more

Judge denies bail for suspect in deadly Waterloo shooting

The man charged in last month’s triple shooting in Waterloo was denied bail during a court appearance Monday. The public defender for Emerson Tohafjian, 48, requested bail for him for $1 million. A judge turned down the motion and he will be returned to the Seneca County Jail. Tohafjian was indicted on July 20 on four counts of murder in... more

Trial likely for former Lloyd’s owner

The case of the former owner of Lloyd’s Limited appears headed for trial, although it won’t be until early next year. Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella said a trial date of Jan. 14, has been set for Bob Champlin. He faces felony charges of criminal sex act, attempted rape and sexual abuse for the alleged assault of two females... more

Parole Board will determine whether Laurie Kellogg can be released

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility has been home to convicted killer Laurie Kellogg for half her life. Her young, innocent look is far different all those years ago at the Waterloo trial. The sensational and lurid details of this crime and trial included testimony of alleged sexual abuse and murder for hire so dramatic it became national news and a made-for-TV... more

Newark man takes plea deal in stabbing death

Vaughn Gray has accepted a plea deal in the stabbing death of a Sodus High School senior last December in Newark. Whether he testifies against his co-defendant remains to be seen. Gray, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Wayne County Court to first-degree manslaughter in the Dec. 9 death of Zackary Dwello, 17. The charge is a class B felony punishable... more

Charter Spectrum says it’s ready to fight for ‘years’ to stay in New York

If you think Charter Communications is going to get booted out of New York without a fight, think again. Charter, which provides television, broadband and telephone service under the Spectrum brand, was ordered by the New York State Public Service Commission on Friday to cease operating its cable franchises in the state within six months. The commission said Charter, the... more

‘One bad night’: Owasco man sentenced for menacing family with shotgun

An Owasco man will spend the next six months in jail for menacing a family in what authorities deemed a “landlord-tenant dispute” last fall. At around 10:50 p.m. Nov. 5, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home on North Road following reports of shots fired at the residence. At the time, the sheriff’s office said two males... more

Battle for the bench: Meet the candidates for Auburn City Court judge

Steven Buschman said he was visiting his parents at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Mother's Day when he finally made up his mind: he was going to run for Auburn City Court Judge. A senior partner at law firm of WHMB P.C. in Auburn, Buschman said he had toyed with the idea of becoming a city court judge in the past,... more

Witness recalls fight that turned deadly in Lyons

A witness testified Thursday that an alcohol-fueled party Saturday afternoon was the starting ground for a fight that resulted in the death of one and manslaughter and assault charges against the other. At a preliminary hearing in Lyons Town Court with Justice Phil DeSain presiding to determine whether a felony had been committed, Joseph Lampley said he was a witness... more

Suspect in Newark stabbing death offered plea deal

One of two suspects in the stabbing death of a Sodus High School senior last December is pondering a plea deal. Vaughn Gray, 19, of Newark, charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of 17-year-old Zackary Dwello — along with fellow suspect Hunter Peck — has been offered a plea of first-degree manslaughter, with a... more
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