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Cuomo issuing pardons to juvenile offenders

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he will issue conditional pardons for about 10,000 former juvenile offenders, who won’t have to disclose convictions on employment, credit or other applications. Offenders with misdemeanor and nonviolent felony convictions at age ...

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Former Brockport firefighter admits to witness tampering

The legal troubles are mounting for a former Brockport firefighter convicted in a fraud case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says ex-Brockport firefighter Steven Ray admits that he forged a character reference while awaiting sentencing in a forged check case and ...

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7th person charged in kidnapping of UR students

Authorities say they’ve charged a seventh person in the kidnapping and beating of two University of Rochester college students earlier this month. Rochester police announced today that 24-year-old David Alcaraz-Ubiles was charged with second-degree kidnapping in connection with the Dec. ...

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Elfgeeh admits trying to recruit people for Islamic State

Mufid Elfgeeh, the local pizza shop owner charged with aiding terrorists, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to trying to recruit people for the Islamic State. Elfgeeh pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to attempting to provide ...

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New York, prodded by suit, becomes latest to reform solitary

NEW YORK – New York’s sweeping plan to overhaul and reduce the use of solitary confinement in its prisons has its roots in a lawsuit, initially scrawled out by an inmate who had been sent to “the box” for more ...

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Elmira woman sentenced for thefts from ATMs

Federal prosecutors say a 28-year-old woman has been sentenced for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from automatic tell machines she loaded with cash while working for an upstate New York credit union. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Sonja Matos ...

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Rochester man pleads guilty to arson charge

A 26-year-old Rochester man has pleaded guilty to arson of a commercial building in connection with the 2013 torching of the Miami Deli Grocery at 176 Genesee Street, prosecutors announced. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years ...

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Former Rochester tax preparer sentenced for return fraud

The former operator of a Rochester tax return business has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution totaling $144,604 to the Internal Revenue Service for preparing false tax returns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Prosecutors ...

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Bank robber whose pants fell down pleads guilty

A 31-year-old Rochester man whose pants fell down to reveal a stash of banknotes has pleaded guilty to robbing the Chase Bank on Dewey Avenue in May, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Prosecutors said the defendant, Maximilion Broadnax, drafted ...

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Senators demand transparency in military justice system

WASHINGTON — Responding to an Associated Press investigation, three U.S. senators on Tuesday urged Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to lift what they called the military justice system’s “cloak of secrecy” and make records from sex crimes cases readily accessible. In ...

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6 arraigned in kidnap of 2 U of R students; motive unknown

Six people were arraigned Tuesday in the kidnapping of two college students who investigators said were forcibly restrained for more than 40 hours and repeatedly beaten until a police SWAT team rescued them. One victim was shot in the leg. ...

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Jury deliberating fate of an accused of killing teen

OSWEGO — A jury is beginning deliberations on the fate of a 33-year-old central New York man accused of killing a vacationing 17-year-old girl at a Lake Ontario beach last summer. Steven Szatanek of Baldwinsville is charged with second-degree murder ...

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