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Charter-Spectrum forced to pay $174M in consumer fraud settlement

Charter-Spectrum forced to pay $174M in consumer fraud settlement
Charter-Spectrum is going to have to pay up. Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced a record $174.2 million consumer fraud settlement with Charter Communications, Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Company (together “Charter”) for defrauding internet subscribers. The $62.5 million in direct refunds to consumers alone are believed to represent the largest-ever payout to consumers by an internet service provider (ISP)... more

Deliberations to begin as Tohafjian double-murder trial winds down

Defense calls Tohafjian investigation a witch hunt as trial begins in Seneca County
A jury will begin deliberations Tuesday for a man accused of killing two and seriously wounding a third in Waterloo last summer. Closing arguments were heard in the trial of Emerson Tohafjian in Seneca County Court on Monday. He’s charged on an 18-count indictment for the deaths of Lori McConnell and Charles Andrus. Frank Ciardi, Tohafjian’s attorney, focused his closing... more

Upstate Medical prez gets probation, no jail time, for pocketing public money

Upstate Medical prez gets probation, no jail time, for pocketing public money
A judge reluctantly sentenced Dr. David R. Smith today to thee years of probation and no jail time for padding his pay while he was president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. “This was public money,” Syracuse City Court Judge Rory McMahon told Smith. “This is what bothered me.” Despite his reluctance, McMahon gave Smith the same sentence that was worked... more

Judge dismisses manslaughter charges in beating death, case goes to grand jury

Judge dismisses manslaughter charges in beating death, case goes to grand jury
The family members of Jawuan Brumfield let out a gasp and lowered their heads as the judge dismissed the second-degree manslaughter charges against the man accused of beating their loved one to death. The action taken on Tuesday by Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis comes after defense attorney Chris Rodeman filed a motion for dismissal on behalf of his... more

Syracuse woman sentenced for stealing jewelry worth $10K to support addiction

Syracuse woman sentenced for stealing jewelry worth $10K to support addiction
A Syracuse woman was sentenced to prison for breaking into a Cayuga County home and stealing jewelry to support her heroin addiction. Andrea Kreydatus, 27, pleaded guilty in October to breaking into a Throop home on State Street Road in December 2017 and stealing jewelry and other valuables. She then pawned the items to get money to buy drugs. Cayuga County... more

Schoharie limo victim’s family takes action toward suing New York

Schoharie limo victim’s family takes action toward suing New York
The parents of Amanda Rivenburg have filed paperwork allowing them to make a claim against New York state for the deadly Schoharie limo crash that killed their daughter. CBS 6 reported last week that the notice of intention to file a claim gives their attorney two years to put a case together. According to the paperwork, the attorney plans to... more

No new fines for Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers

No new fines for Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers
A judge Monday ordered no further fines in the case of Joseph Tidd, an Owasco farmer cited by the town earlier this year after he housed workers on his farm in violation of a town order. Owasco Town Justice Mark DiVietro on Monday did not issue any new fines against Tidd, owner of Melrose Farms, but ordered a one-year conditional... more

Woman pleads guilty to burglary in Cayuga County prostitution case

Woman pleads guilty to burglary in Cayuga County prostitution case
Shannon Terwilliger entered dwellings on two Venice dairy farms in 2017 — at one, she offered another woman for prostitution services, at the other, she stole a wallet. Terwilliger, 38, who lived at 10827 Duck Lake Road when she was arrested by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office in April, was scheduled to begin a week-long trial on Monday. Instead, she... more

Man pleads guilty to Yates County Jail incident

Man pleads guilty to Yates County Jail incident
A local man who threw toilet water and its contents on corrections officers at the Yates County Jail will have time added to his prison term. Tyler Hurlbert, 20, pleaded guilty in Yates County Court to several counts of aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate, a class E felony. The charges stem from an April incident at the... more

Town of Seneca Falls appears in court over proposed Ludovico Sculpture Trail sewer line

Town of Seneca Falls appears in court over proposed Ludovico Sculpture Trail sewer line
Members of the Seneca Falls Town Board never needed to actually read the resolutions they adopted this past Spring for a sewer line project requiring the use of eminent domain, the town’s special counsel told a panel of appellate justices Thursday. Instead, the board properly relied on its engineering and legal experts for guidance in picking the Frank J. Ludovico... more

Former Auburn inmate facing murder charge denies there is a dead body

Former Auburn inmate facing murder charge denies there is a dead body
A former Auburn Correctional Facility inmate refused to appear in Cayuga County Court Thursday to face a charge of first-degree murder because he says there is no victim. Rupert Alberga, 36, currently in custody at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, was arraigned in September in connection with the death of Daniel... more

Alberto Reyes begs judge to intervene in his case, claims he was threatened

Alberto Reyes begs judge to intervene in his case, claims he was threatened
The man charged with evidence tampering in the disappearance and death of a Sodus mother and child is the target of a new grand jury investigation. Alberto Reyes appeared in court Thursday. There, he begged the judge to intervene in his case. Clearly upset, Reyes rose from his seat and asked the judge to hear him out. He said he... more

Champlin pleads guilty to sexually abusing two women at Penn Yan bar

Champlin pleads guilty to sexually abusing two women at Penn Yan bar
The former bar owner accused of sexually abusing two women last Christmas Eve at the downtown Penn Yan business has pleaded guilty to two felony charges on Wednesday. Bob Champlin, 61, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony. The charge is punishable by up to three years in prison. He pleaded guilty in Yates... more

Branchport man accused of stabbing, beating mother to death gets a new lawyer

Yates murder suspect gets new attorney
A veteran attorney is now representing the Branchport man accused of stabbing and beating his mother in August, leading to her death two months later. Robert Zimmerman has been assigned to handle the case of Paul Khouzam. Khouzam made a brief appearance in Yates County Court Tuesday with his new lawyer. Khouzam, 38, faces charges of murder, burglary, criminal possession... more

After defrauding 20 people out of $140K, Beaver Dams man will spend 3 years behind bars

Schuyler County man bilked prospective renters out of $140K to spend 3 years behind bars
A Beaver Dams resident will spend three years in prison after being sentenced in a rental scam case. Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Henry Dean III, of Beaver Dams in Schuyler County, was sentenced Tuesday for his conviction on wire fraud charges. Prosecutors accused Dean of defrauding about 20 people out of nearly $140,000 between 2014 and 2016 by offering vacation... more

Lack of jurors delays Waterloo murder trial

Lack of jurors delays Waterloo murder trial
The murder trial of Emerson “John” Tohafjian, who is accused of killing two people in a Waterloo apartment house this summer, has been delayed. The trial, which started Friday with jury selection, was suspended Monday when the pool of candidates was exhausted before 12 jurors and three alternates could be picked. More potential jurors will be brought in next Monday,... more

Man sentenced to life without parole for murdering ex-wife in Corning

Man sentenced to life without parole for murdering ex-wife in Corning
The father of a former RIT student was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole. Lloyd Neurauter was sentenced for the murder of his ex-wife in August 2017 in Corning. Investigators say Lloyd and his daughter, Karrie Neurauter, staged Michele Neaurauter’s death to make it look like a suicide at her apartment on Dwight Avenue in Corning. Karrie Neurauter,... more

GUILTY: Felicano found guilty on all charges

Woman testifies against Feliciano, Manchester man charged with predatory sexual assault and rape
GUILTY: Felicano found guilty on all charges Loudly, boldly and emphatically, the jury foreman rang the bells of justice for a young woman who was subjected to six years of rape and abuse. “Guilty,” he pronounced, repeating it five additional times, one for each felony count facing Steven Feliciano of Manchester, who silently hung his head. Feliciano, 56 — charged... more
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