DA: Man Smothered Girlfriend’s Roomate and Burned Her in Caledonia

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Gates resident accused of murdering a 64-year-old woman and burning her body in Caledonia heard the first evidence against him at trial on Tuesday. District Attorney Greg McCaffrey laid out his theory of the case, that Aykut Ozkaynak, 34, smothered Patrice Miller, 64, who was the roomate of his girlfriend, Mary Neverett, 42, before they drove the body to Caledonia and set it on fire. "We believe that Mr. Ozkaynak, … [Read more...]

Caledonia Burned Body Case Hits Trial Monday

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Trial begins Monday for the man accused of murdering his girlfriend's roomate and burning her body in Caledonia. Aykut Ozkaynak, 36, will stand trial for Murder in the Second Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence, both of which are felonies. Ozkaynak was arrested with Mary Neverett for the death and burning of Neverett's roomate, Patrice Miller, 64. Neverett already pled guilty to felony Manslaughter in the First … [Read more...]

Man in Armed Mount Morris Chase Pleads Guilty Before Trial

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The man charged with multiple felonies for pointing a loaded gun at pursuing police in Mount Morris pled guilty to a drug felony and agreed to serve time in prison. Gerald Bradley, 33, pled guilty to felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and agreed to serve 10 years in prison and 3 years of post-release supervision. "Mr. Bradley has significant substance abuse history in his life and … [Read more...]

Livonia Man Wants Trial after Chase and Kids ‘Exit Car’

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Livonia man said Tuesday that he is turning down a plea offer to take his felony Reckless Endangerment, DWI and drug possession case to trial. Paul Carey, 38, said that he wants to fight several charges, including: felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree; felony Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree; and felony Aggravated DWI. State Police allege that he led them on a chase during … [Read more...]

Guilty Dansville DWI Verdict Puts Man in Path of 7 Years in Prison

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – An Alabama, NY couple took the stand to testify that they feared for their lives when a driver nearly ran them off the road and appeared visibly intoxicated when police asked him to step out of his vehicle. Based on their testimony and that of investigating police officers, a jury convicted John Anson, 41, of felony DWI and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in Livingston County court. He now faces up to 7 years in … [Read more...]

Springwater Man to Take Felony Pot Case Back to Trial

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The man who successfully appealed convictions from a 2014 trial is preparing for round two in County Court. Buza and his defense attorney since the beginning, Dan Magill, appeared in County Court Tuesday to declare their intent to have the case scheduled for a jury trial. The Livingston County District Attorney's Office offered Buza 5 years on probation plus court fees and fines if he pleads guilty. He declined. They … [Read more...]

Violent Livingston County Inmate Sentenced to Maximum

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Monroe County man found guilty at trial of two assaults at the Livingston County Jail was sentenced to the maximum prison time allowable by law on Thursday. Orlando Hernandez, 44, was sentenced to 14 years in prison: 7 years with the NYS Department of Corrections and 5 years of post-release supervision for each of two counts of felony Assault in the Second Degree. “I think this case goes to show that in Livingston … [Read more...]

LaDue Denies 18 ‘Statutory’ Rape Charges at Trial

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The young Springwater man charged with 18 felony counts of rape took the stand Wednesday to completely deny ever having sex with either of two teenage girls. LaDue, 21, said that he did not have sex with a teenage girl numerous times while living with her family and did not have sex with another underage girl on one other occasion. "No I did not," testified LaDue, his suit jacket slightly too big for his shoulders, … [Read more...]

Jury Convicts Campbell for Dansville Coke Deal

DANSVILLE – A jury convicted a Dansville man last Thursday for a 2015 cocaine sale to a confidential informant with the Dansville Police Department. Andrew Campbell, 27, was convicted of two counts of felony Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Over three days, several witnesses including the confidential informant and members … [Read more...]

Medical Issues to Arise at Trial for Dansville Baby’s Death

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Conflicting medical opinions are likely to be a critical issue in the impending manslaughter trial for Tracy Abbott. Speaking at a Thursday morning court appearance for Abbott, 53, to schedule the jury trial, Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey said that his office will be contacting doctors to testify. "We will be speaking to toxicologists and doctors to see if there are any issues with that date," said … [Read more...]