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Dec 20, 2016

Rochester man sentenced to life plus 30 years for murders

A man who ran a violent drug trafficking ring with his brother in the Rochester area has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for his role in two killings. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says James Kendrick was sentenced in federal court in Rochester on Monday for his conviction in the murders of […]

Dec 16, 2016

Former Niagara Falls police officer arrested on drug charges

A former Niagara Falls police officer has been charged along with two other people with selling cocaine to undercover cops. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says 28-year-old Stephanie Costanzo of Niagara Falls was initially arrested last month after an undercover detective bought drugs from her boyfriend. The Niagara Falls Police Department requested that federal […]

Dec 13, 2016

Former student sues over strip search

A recent high school graduate from a high school in Lewis County is suing the school district in connection with claims that she was falsely accused and illegally strip-searched last year. The graduate, identified only as “Jane Doe,” filed a lawsuit against rural Harrisville Central School District and several officials U.S. District Court in Syracuse. […]

Dec 1, 2016

Drug ring leader sentenced to life in prison

Pablo “Paul” Plaza, who was convicted by a federal jury of the murder of Francisco Santos, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute large quantities of illegal narcotics, and possession and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of the drug conspiracy, has been sentenced to life in prison, plus 10 years, by […]

Nov 4, 2016

Buffalo woman wants election postponed

A Buffalo woman has filed a complaint on behalf of all Americans in U.S. District Court asking that the 2016 presidential election be postponed. Louis K. Nolley, 62, of Newfield Avenue, names Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the defendants in the five-page motion claiming “the 2016 election is a mockery of the United States […]

Nov 4, 2016

Judge lets ban on ballot selfies remain in New York state

Allowing ballot selfies at thousands of polling places in New York state just before a presidential election would “wreak havoc,” a judge said Thursday in rejecting a request to immediately shut down an 1890 law banning voters from showing marked election ballots to others. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel’s decision was consistent with a […]

Sep 14, 2016

Class-action suit filed over homes for disabled

A class-action lawsuit against New York state leaders seeks more residential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. The suit was filed in federal court in Buffalo Tuesday on behalf of 2,000 individuals in western New York. The filing says they are among more than 11,000 developmentally disabled people in New York state who have requested […]

Aug 30, 2016

Citizens United loses bid to conceal donor information

A nonprofit conservative organization advocating for less government must reveal information about major donors to the state’s attorney general if it wants to solicit money in the state, a judge ruled Monday as he rejected First Amendment claims. U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein said that states have a strong interest to ensure that charities […]

Aug 24, 2016

Wyoming County man gets prison time for gun charge

A Wyoming County man has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison on a weapon charge by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Scott A. Wilcox, 46, of Pike, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, according to the office of U.S. […]

Aug 9, 2016

Federal suit moves ahead over service dog in school

A federal lawsuit over the need for an adult handler for a service dog in a Rochester-area school district will move forward. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice filed the suit against the Gates-Chili Central School District in September 2015 on behalf of a student for alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. […]

Jul 29, 2016

Student expelled for sexual misconduct sues Hobart and William Smith Colleges

A former student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, who was expelled after being accused of sexual misconduct with a co-ed, is suing the school in federal court. Plaintiff John Doe — his real name is not used in the complaint — was disciplined by the school “following a negligent and flawed investigation, […]

Mar 15, 2016

Federal judge says cop killer can’t be executed

NEW YORK — A man on death row for killing two undercover New York City police officers cannot be put to death because he meets the legal standard to be considered intellectually disabled, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. In his 76-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis vacated a prior order that sentenced Ronell […]

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