posted on June 07, 2011 07:20
A Batavia woman accused of bilking a local business out of 10’s of thousands of dollars, will spend five months in a half way house.
55-year-old Deborah Dutton has been sentenced for embezzling more than $85,000 from her employer, Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning. Authorities said Dutton took the money over a three year period, between 2007 and 2010, by issuing checks to herself on the business account.
At her sentencing it was noted that Dutton had a previous theft conviction dating back to 1984.
Dutton will spend five months in a halfway house, followed by five months of home confinement and ordered to make restitution.
Her attorney said Dutton has already sold a collection of dolls to begin making restitution and is also putting her home up for sale.
Carlos Cardenas, the Albion man charged with raping and killing his 14-year-old sister in law, has just three weeks to accept a plea deal.
He is charged with Second degree murder and rape in the death of Katherine Sanchez.
Cardenas has been offered a sentence of 20 years if he pleads guilty.
From Batavia City Court, it was the first appearance for accused drug-dealer Benjamin Santiago, one of three men arrested last week with a cache of suspected illegal drugs in a local motel. Santiago had been jailed since last Thursday, when city police say they found him with 74 bags of heroin and a quantity of cocaine in his room at the Days Inn. He has now been released under supervision. Two others defendants have been charged in the case.
Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly put on his annual celebrity golf tournament in Batavia. But, the former passer didn't take to the links himself yesterday due to injury. Kelly said it was a "record turnout" for his 25th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Terry Hills Golf Course. The event benefits the Kelly for Kids Foundation and the Hunter's Hope Foundation. Kelly didn't participate in the actual golf tournament because he's recovering from major back surgery last month.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined with state leaders to announce a major ethics reform deal that they hope will remove some of the tarnish many residents think Albany is covered in. As part of the new Clean Up Albany Act, a new agency will police the executive and legislative branches of the government.
Cuomo says the new reforms will bring increased transparency to Albany. The new bill is expected to be passed in the next several days and it will go into effect in January.