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Pentagon: Hundreds of military kids sexually abused annually

WASHINGTON — The children of service members are victims in hundreds of incidents of sexual abuse each year, according to data the Defense Department provided exclusively to The Associated Press. The abuse of military dependents is committed most often by ...

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Local man charged with planning NY Eve terror attack on bar

A 25-year old Rochester ex-con who prosecutors say was seeking to prove he was worthy of joining the Islamic State group planned to carry out a New Year’s Eve attack on a bar using a machete and knives provided by ...

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Former M&T bank VP sentenced to jail for fraud

BUFFALO — A 43-year-old former upstate New York bank vice president has been sentenced to 39 months in jail for fraud. Michael Whipple of Williamsville also was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution of $5.3 million and will be placed on ...

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Woman who kidnapped Amish girls appeals 300-year sentence

SYRACUSE (AP) — A New York woman has appealed her 300-year prison sentence for her role in sexually abusing six children, including two Amish girls she and her boyfriend kidnapped in 2014. Nicole Vaisey filed the appeal in federal court ...

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Man who abducted Amish girls appeals 580-year sentence

SYRACUSE — A 40-year-old man is appealing his 580-year prison sentence for sexually abusing six children, including two Amish girls he and his girlfriend kidnapped in northern New York last year. The public defender for Stephen Howells filed the appeal ...

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Gates PD blasts parole system

The Gates Police Department sent out a routine press release about a robbery arrest Wednesday – and ended it with a blast at the state’s ability to keep track of its parolees. “The Gates Police Department is BEYOND FRUSTRATED with ...

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‘Affluenza’: a legitimate defense, or a joke?

DALLAS — A Texas teenager sentenced to probation for causing a fatal drunken-driving crash was taken into custody late Monday in Mexico, where authorities believe he and his mother fled after he may have violated terms of his probation. Ethan ...

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Walmart trip pays off for Gates police chief

It was the day after Christmas and the Gates police chief, James VanBrederode, was shopping at the local Walmart when another customer caught his eye. According to a press release from the town’s police department, the man, Burnie E. Daniels, ...

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When a politician’s name becomes anathema …

ROCKVILLE CENTRE — It took less than a day for state workers to scrape Dean Skelos’ name off his office door after the former New York state Senate leader was convicted of federal corruption charges and bounced from the legislature. ...

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Cuomo orders juveniles removed from state prisons

ALBANY — Hard on the heels of an order issuing conditional pardons for former juvenile offenders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered many of the 100 juvenile inmates currently in state prisons moved to a new facility next year away from ...

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NY prisons establish process to identify problem workers

ALBANY — New York corrections officials have established a procedure for identifying and managing problem workers in the state prison system with 53,000 inmates. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says all 53 prison superintendents are reporting directly to ...

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Lockport man, 72, arrested on ammo charge

A 72-year-old Lockport man has been charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Prosecutors said the man, Bob Odrzywolski, a convicted federal felon who was not allowed to possess firearms, got the ...

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