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Woman accused of illegally practicing midwifery with Elizabeth Catlin turns down plea deal

An Allegany County woman accused of practicing midwifery illegally has refused a plea deal. The Finger Lakes Times reports Melissa Carman of Belfast faces charges of unauthorized practice of a profession and hindering prosecution. She’s accused of helping Elizabeth Catlin deliver babies ... MORE
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Syracuse man failed to appear on disorderly conduct charge in Seneca Falls

Police say a Seneca Falls man was taken into custody after failing to appear. Scott Meldrum, 34, of Syracuse was arrested on a bench warrant out of Seneca Falls Town Court on January 17. According to a news release, Meldrum was originally ... MORE
NYS Attorney General’s investigation into the Trump Organization continues

NYS Attorney General’s investigation into Trump Organization continues with new allegations

On January 18, New York State attorney general’s office told a court that President Donald Trump’s company used “fraudulent and misleading” asset valuations for the purpose of getting loans and tax benefits. State authorities have not determined if they will bring a ... MORE
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Trial of former Seneca County Finance Director Brandi Deeds set to begin January 24

The former Seneca County Finance Director will go on trial January 24 on charges she falsified time cards, claiming she was working when she was not. The Finger Lakes Times reports Brandi Deeds faces seven felony and one misdemeanor charge. Deeds was ... MORE
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Case filed by union against Geneva Police Review Board to be heard January 26

A State Supreme Court Judge is set to hear arguments January 26 on the legality of the City of Geneva Police Review Board. The Finger Lakes Times reports Local 3471 of New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, the union ... MORE
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US Supreme Court upholds Cayuga Nation’s right to run electronic bingo hall in Union Springs

The US Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s ruling denying the village of Union Springs the right to shut down a Cayuga Indian Nation electronic bingo hall. The Court denied a writ of certiorari in the case of Howard Tanner, ... MORE
Judge orders state to re-open applications for COVID-19 rental relief program

Judge orders state to re-open applications for COVID-19 rental relief program

New Yorkers will soon be able to apply for pandemic rental aid. The Democrat and Chronicle reports State Supreme Court Justice Lynn Kotler, of the 1st Judicial District, issued a preliminary injunction ordering the state to reopen its application portal for rent ... MORE
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Former executive director of Hornell Partners for Growth pleads guilty to grand larceny

The former executive director of Hornell Partners for Growth has pleaded guilty to a grand larceny charge, according to state officials. The State Comptrollers’ Office reports that Michelle Stevens, the former executive of Hornell Partners pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree grand larceny ... MORE
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Keuka Park woman charged after 14-month-old seriously hurt in lawnmower accident last fall

A 29-year-old has been charged after a lawnmower accident during the fall in Yates County. A 14-month-old was hurt, suffering severe injuries to his legs and arm. His mother, identified as Rhonda Zimmerman, 29, of Keuka Park, accidentally backed over him at ... MORE
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Second Cayuga County Court conviction overturned over improper jury selection

A state appeals court has overturned a Cayuga County Court jury trial conviction for the second time in recent months. The Citizen reports The state Appellate Division-Fourth Department has ruled the jury was selected improperly in the case of Sid Shabazz Harrison ... MORE
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Governor Hochul signs executive order blocking implementation of law setting nursing home staffing standards

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed an executive order delaying the start of a new state law requiring nursing homes to devote a minimum percentage of their revenue toward providing better patient care. The Albany Times-Union reports the Governor cited the labor shortage ... MORE
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Waterloo murderer sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing wife in 2020

A Seneca County man who killed a 40-year-old woman in 2020 will spend 20 years in prison. John Gray, 38, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the murder of Ashia Chilson-Gray. Family members of Chilson-Gray spoke at sentencing, talking about how Gray ... MORE
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Geneva Middle School Principal DeFazio’s trial will begin in March

The trial of Geneva Middle School Principal John DeFazio Jr. has been scheduled. According to the Finger Lakes Times, Judge Bill Hart set a March 29 date for proceedings to begin in the case against DeFazio Jr. He’s accused of endangering the ... MORE
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Another charge against former Governor Andrew Cuomo is dropped

Another of the criminal cases against former Governor Andrew Cuomo is being dropped. The Albany Times-Union reports the Albany County District Attorney will drop a forcible touching complaint against the former Governor. Cuomo is scheduled to appear in Albany City Court Friday ... MORE
Nursing home operators file federal suit over state revenue requirements

Nursing home operators file federal suit over state revenue requirements

Over 250 nursing homes filed a federal suit Wednesday aimed at overturning a new state law requiring them to spend at least 70 percent of revenue on patient care and 40 percent on staff who work with patients. The Albany Times-Union reports ... MORE