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Ex-Monroe County public defender gets 5 years for pot-growing operation

BUFFALO — A former western New York public defender is heading to prison after admitting he had guns to protect his marijuana-growing operation. The U.S. Attorney’s office say Adam Rissew was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Buffalo to ...

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Robert Wiesner pleads guilty to bid rigging

ROCHESTER – Robert Wiesner, the former security director for the Monroe County Water Authority and husband of former Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, pleaded guilty Tuesday to bid rigging a multimillion-dollar public works contract in Monroe County. Wiesner entered the ...

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New NY laws target sex trafficking, gender discrimination

New York state now has new laws that toughen the penalties for human trafficking, prohibit companies from paying workers less because of their gender, and allow more employees to file sexual harassment complaints. The laws took effect Tuesday. They were ...

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Trial underway in 2014 apartment shootings

Opening statements were made Wednesday in Monroe County Court in the murder trial of 23-year-old Steve Fulcott, accused of shooting three people to death in a Rochester apartment two years ago. Fulcott is charged in the fatal shootings of Jermiliah ...

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NYC mayor to unveil ‘gun court’

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to lay out a new system Tuesday to tackle gun-related violence. Those charged with firearm possession will be sent to one of two dedicated gun courtrooms in state ...

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Man charged with robbing Gates McDonald’s

A 27-year-old Rochester man is scheduled to appear in Gates Town Court on Monday in connection with an armed robbery at the McDonald’s on Chili Avenue late on December 27. The Gates Police Department identified the man as Jack Crowder ...

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6 indicted in UR students’ kidnapping

Six people accused of abducting and torturing two University of Rochester students until a SWAT team stormed in have been charged in a 32-count indictment that adds charges of sexual assault and weapons counts. The grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday ...

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Girls’ kidnappers also draw state sentences

CANTON — The New York couple who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually abusing two Amish girls in 2014 have been sentenced to 25 years in state prison less than a month after being sentenced to hundreds of years of ...

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Former court clerk admits $37k theft

WARSAW — A former court clerk for the town of Castile has admitted to stealing $37,000 while on the job over a five-year period. Wyoming County officials said Tuesday that Katherine Ryan faces between two and seven years in prison ...

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