Crime and Justice

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The family of an off-duty parole officer who was shot and killed by a Canandaigua police officer earlier this month is calling on the state to appoint a special prosecutor.  At a news conference also attended by the Rev. Al Sharpton in NYC on Saturday, the family of Sandy Guardiola called for an investigation that will avoid any conflict of interest. Kadien is also an Assistant District Attorney for Wayne County.

Individuals with autism can be at risk when law enforcement and first responders do not know how to react to them during an incident. But a recent training seminar hosted by Arc of Seneca Cayuga in Auburn was meant to bring more awareness of the autism community to first responders.

Last year an arranged meeting in the Oswego County village of Phoenix to purchase a pair of sneakers went horribly wrong. The village resident was conned by the people who agreed to sell him the shoes. They robbed and shot him.

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About 500 people gathered at the United Presbyterian Church in downtown Binghamton Tuesday night for what they call a revival of Dr. Martin Luther King’s campaign for the rights of poor people. 

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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - Backed by a new report showing stark differences in arrest rates for possessing marijuana, the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the state to legalize the drug. 

Cannabis Crackdown,” released this week, looked at arrests for possession in each of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth between 2010 and 2016. It found the number of adults arrested during that span has noticeably increased, and that African-Americans are bearing the brunt of the uptick.

A handful of central New Yorkers joined hands Tuesday night in a vigil, to look for healing in the wake of Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Gun control advocates in NY say they will push on

Oct 3, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in a memorial for the victims of the Las Vegas incident that left at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.”

Anti-gun violence advocates are renewing calls for a new law that they said might prevent some of these events in the future.

Picketers recently gathered outside the Auburn Correctional Facility hoping to bring attention to the risks that some officers face inside. Joe Miano with the New York State Corrections Officer and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), a prison guard union, says it can be treacherous.

Former state Senate Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam saw their federal corruption convictions overturned by a federal appeals court panel Tuesday.

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Black Students United, a student organization at Cornell University, is demanding the fraternity, Psi Upsilon be permanently banned from campus.

Casey Warns Against Federal Cuts To Law Enforcement

Sep 8, 2017
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Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is warning Republican proposals in the federal budget would hurt law enforcement. Casey is speaking out against plans by the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans to eliminate the nearly $200 million dollar COPS Hiring Program, and cut funding for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) by $43.5 million, or about 12 percent. 

Members of the New York State Inspector General's office searched the Port of Oswego's administrative offices for several hours Wednesday. Terrence Hammill, the port board of directors chairman, says the state seized the director's business cellphone and computer, but he says he's in the dark about why they were there.

"We’re a little bit mystified," Hammill said. "There’s nothing going on that would come across our mind as an issue for the inspector general’s office."

Tompkins County To Consider Joining Opioid Lawsuits

Aug 30, 2017
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According to two Tompkins County officials, the County’s been approached to join a lawsuit against the drug companies Purdue, Teva, Janssen and Endo Pharmaceuticals.


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(Harrisburg) - A new law going into effect Friday aims to cut down on drunk driving.

It requires first-time offenders to have breathalyzers installed in their cars--something 48 other states already do.

Car breathalyzers--officially called Ignition Interlock Systems--require drivers to blow into a device to start their vehicle. If the device detects any alcohol, the car won't start, and it'll also register the attempt.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish community centers in New York and around the nation last winter. 

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The state Auditor General is not stopping his call for legalized recreational marijuana in the commonwealth. Auditor General Eugene came out in support of legal recreational marijuana earlier this year, saying revenue from taxes could reach $200 million. Now he says on top of helping ease the state's financial issues, legal pot could be a useful tool in fighting the opioid epidemic. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Watertown Saturday for the funeral procession of New York Ttate Trooper Joel Davis, who was killed while responding to a domestic abuse call last week. 

Thousands Attend Funeral Of Trooper Joel Davis

Jul 17, 2017
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CANTON (NCPR) - Thousands of law enforcement officials and community members gathered at Fort Drum Saturday afternoon to mourn the loss of New York State Trooper Joel Davis. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) The law enforcement community across New York continues to mourn the loss of a colleague, after State Trooper Joel Davis was shot killed Sunday night while responding to a call in Jefferson County. 

New York State Trooper Shot, Killed

Jul 10, 2017

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A New York State trooper was shot and killed after responding to a call Sunday night at a home in Jefferson County, according to State Police. 

Get Out Of Jail Free

Jun 22, 2017
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NEW YORK (BBC) - On any given day there are around half a million people detained in American jails without being convicted of a crime. One big reason for this is America's unique system of cash bail. / Flickr

The state Senate is likely to confirm Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nomination to fill the latest vacancy on the state’s highest court.

Judge Paul Feinman would be the first openly gay judge on the Court of Appeals. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the Long Island native was generally praised by committee members.

Catherine Loper, WRVO

ALBANY (WSKG) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named the first openly gay judge to New York’s highest court. Cuomo has nominated Paul Feinman, an appellate court judge and LGBT rights advocate, to fill a vacancy on the New York State Court of Appeals. During an interview on the cable news station NY1, Cuomo praised Feinman’s abilities.

Supermarket Killer Left Chilling Online Trail

Jun 9, 2017
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A man who police say trapped and killed three co-workers inside a closed northeast Pennsylvania grocery store overnight Thursday left an online trail behind that includes praise for the 1999 Columbine High School shooters and expressions of deep frustration about the world around him.

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Summer Chambers, a chubby cheeked five-month-old died of starvation and dehydration in her crib, four days after her parents died from drug overdoses in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

Zyair Worrell, a two-year-old boy in Philadelphia, was killed by his mother's boyfriend. He was found unresponsive with lacerations, abrasions, bruising and THC in his system.

Three Top Penn State Officials Get Jail Time

Jun 5, 2017

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Three former top Penn State officials have received jail time for failing to properly report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The Wolf administration has launched a new website touting its plan to consolidate the state Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole. But the proposal--which is a major part of the governor's budget--is far from a sure thing. 


HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Anti-establishment lawyer Larry Krasner's win in the Philadelphia District Attorney Democratic primary Tuesday put him on track for a probable victory in November. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A federal bill that would reduce the amount of time animals spend in shelters after being abused and neglected has support from animal rights advocates and elected officials in central New York. The legislation would speed up the legal process to reduce the burden on shelters and give abused animals new homes sooner.