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Stiff sentence mulled for deputy shooting

An upstate New York man could draw a stiff sentence for shooting a sheriff's deputy in the leg while high on alcohol and drugs. Scott Pescara was convicted last month of attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and related charges.

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Teen faces trial for stabbing in supermarket

HENRIETTA — A trial is set to begin for a teenager charged with stabbing his girlfriend inside a suburban Rochester supermarket. WHEC-TV reports that 18-year-old Kevin Minemier’s trial on attempted murder and assault charges is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in a Rochester court.

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Former Buffalo housing counselor admits fraud

Lori J. Macakanja, 35, of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and theft of government money. Macakanja, in her capacity as a housing counselor employed by HomeFront Inc., inappropriately requested money from clients, telling them it would be used ...

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Man convicted of punching karaoke singer, 79

CANANDAIGUA — A 42-year-old man has been convicted of punching a 79-year-old man into a plate glass window after complaining about the older man's karaoke singing at a western New York bar. The Ontario County District Attorney's Office says a jury Thursday ...

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Former pro hockey player convicted on drug charges

Federal prosecutors say a former professional hockey player has pleaded guilty to smuggling large quantities of marijuana across the border from Canada for distribution in the United States. U.S. Attorney William Hochul says 29-year-old Sean McMorrow of Toronto ...

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First Circuit rules on music downloading

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner’s decision to reduce by a factor of 10, on due process grounds, a jury award of damages in favor of record companies in a case against a college student who used file-sharing software to download ...

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Niagara County man admits stealing money

George McCray, 67, of Niagara Falls, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to theft of public money. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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