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Ithaca woman pleads guilty to robbery on night of ex-boyfriend’s death

An Ithaca woman pleaded guilty on Friday to robbing her ex-boyfriend of his marijuana plants last December in Newfield in an incident which resulted in the man’s death. Jamie Gerhart pleaded guilty to felony first-degree robbery of Camden Rundell. According to court documents, Andrew Bonavia, deputy district attorney, and Diane Lama, assistant district attorney, recommend a five-year prison sentence and... more

Second woman convicted in Newfield murder case pleads guilty to conspiracy

A Dryden woman involved in a fatal robbery in Newfield last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy in Tompkins County Court on Wednesday afternoon. Colleen McColgin, 38, was initially charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy following the death of 30-year-old Camden Rundell on Dec. 2. McColgin, represented by Attorney Edward Kopko, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy in relation... more

Woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle heroin, Suboxone into Moravia prison

A Queens woman was sentenced to a year in jail for trying to bring a package of narcotics into Cayuga Correctional Facility. Cassie L. Rodrigues was arrested in September 2016 after state police found 10 bags of heroin and 56 strips of Suboxone — a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction — in her purse. And in October, Rodrigues... more

State court: Auburn gang assault case can be re-presented to grand jury

A mid-level state appellate court will let a special prosecutor re-present charges to a grand jury in Cayuga County in connection with a 2013 Memorial Day weekend assault case. In 2014, Judge Elma Bellini granted a motion to dismiss an indictment against Scott E. Blauvelt, Kyle C. Norcross and Johnathon T. Foltz. The defendants were charged with gang assault and criminal... more

#ICYMI: Biggest stories of the week (Dec. 17-23)

#ICYMI will be a weekly feature to FingerLakes1.com, recapping the biggest headlines of the week from around the region. We begin over the busy, holiday weekend — as readers try to catch up on what’s happening in the region. Look for it weekly, on Saturday’s exclusively on FingerLakes1.com Here are the most-read local headlines for the final week before Christmas... more

Tompkins deputy accused of rape appeared ‘visibly nervous,’ denied claims

A Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy being charged with rape and sex assault gave investigators a statement denying the claims against him, but also appeared “visibly nervous” at times and changed or added details upon retelling his version of events, according to court records. Matthew Pinney and Deputy Scott Walters are both charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault after... more

Auburn man charged with attempted murder in summer stabbing

An Auburn man was charged with attempted murder, according to officials in Cayuga County stemming from a stabbing incident that happened in Victory. In August, the victim, identified as Joshua Hoeffner had been stabbed several times in the head, hand and torso. He was transported to Upstate Hospital, then transferred to Crouse Hospital. Initially, the man responsible for the carnage... more

Former Trumansburg officer sentenced to prison time

Former Trumansburg police officer and Marine veteran Andrew Jacobsen was sentenced to two to four years of prison time following his arrest in September on charges of theft and parole violation. Jacobsen, 32, was surrounded in his home and taken into police custody on Sept. 26th, accused of stealing $4,000 worth of jewelry from a Trumansburg home, which he then... more

Tompkins County Sheriff deputy charged with rape, sex abuse

A Tompkins County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault following an investigation into an alleged crime that happened about four years ago. Deputy Scott Walters and another man named Matthew Pinney are both facing felony charges for the Feb. 2, 2013 alleged incident that happened at a home owned by Walters on the 400... more

Penn Yan man found guilty of selling cocaine

A Yates County jury convicted a local man of felony drug charges Friday following a trial. In a press release, District Attorney Valerie Gardner said James F. Fenton, 57, was found guilty of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (class B felonies). The charges stem from the possession and sale of... more

Man pleads not guilty to driving drunk, killing 6-month-old daughter

The man accused of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed his six-month-old daughter on Halloween night pleaded not guilty to ten charges Monday morning. Isaac McCrea, 33, pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter that caused the death of a child passenger 1st, six counts of aggravated DWI with a child passenger, DWI with a BAC... more

Auburn man sentenced to prison for possessing cocaine in Cayuga County

An Auburn man will spend the next five years in prison for possessing more than half an ounce of cocaine. Jose Grego, 34, of Auburn was arrested in February and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. At the time, the Auburn Police Department said the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force found a “substantial”... more

Judge allows claims against Tony Stewart in wrongful death suit to move forward

A federal judge has decided each of the counts in a civil lawsuit filed by a Port Leyden family against former NASCAR star Tony Stewart for the death of Kevin Ward Jr. in 2014 can move forward, according to ESPN's Bob Pockrass. Pockrass' report on ESPN says U.S. District Judge David Hurd ruled waivers signed by Ward before an Empire... more
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