posted on September 01, 2010 07:14
A Genesee County Court Jury has convicted Andre Scott of Attempted Murder and arson.
The panel returned the verdict late yesterday afternoon following just three hours of deliberation.
The 30-year-old Scott was accused of setting fire to a home on Elm Street last January in an effort to kill his girl friend’s father, who lived there.
Authorities said Scott poured gasoline into the stairwell and ignited it.
Judge Robert Noonan set sentencing for late next month.
Scott faces a maximum of 15 years to life in state prison.
An Orleans County man will spend six months in jail in connection with a fatal car crash that killed his eight-year-old daughter. That was the sentence handed to Corey Buzard of Holley. Authorities say that on September 4th of last year, Buzard was drunk and allowed his 17-year-old neice, who had only a learner’s permit, to drive the car. The teen lost control killing her eight-year-old cousin Abbagail Buzard. Corey Buzard pleaded guilty earlier this year to criminally negligent homicide. The 17-year-old driver from Brockport has also pleaded guilty but to attempted criminally negligent homicide. The victim's mother is pushing for the creation of Abbagail's Law which would make it a crime to supervise a driver while under the influence.
New York State will not be able to start collecting taxes today on Indian cigarette sales as it intended.
That's because a federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement for up to two weeks.
The last time the state tried to enforce the taxes during Governor George Pataki's Administration, violence broke out as tribes blocked the Thruway. The state says the tax collection is fair and will bring in 200-million dollars a year in revenue. Native American tribes say the tax collection violates their sovereignty.
Five Orleans County teenagers have been charged with allegedly disrupting a Muslim prayer service at a mosque.
Authorities say the 17 and 18-year-olds from Holley honked their car horns and shouted obscenities outside the religious site in the Town of Carlton late Monday night.
For one of the teenagers, police say it's not his first attempt at disrupting a mosque. Investigators say 17-year-old Mark Vendetti faces a gun possession charge for allegedly firing the weapon while trying to disrupt a mosque last Friday.
He is behind bars on $10,000 bail.
A new poll finds New Yorkers want the proposed mosque to find a different location for the project away from Ground Zero. A new Quinnipiac University poll finds more than seventy-percent of New Yorkers want the developers to voluntarily move the planned Islamic community center and mosque.
A July 1st poll found 52-percent of opposed the planned development.
New York State is now the first in the nation to have a "Bill of Rights" for domestic workers. Governor David Paterson has signed the measure into law providing labor protections for the state's 200,000 nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers. The measure provides protections against verbal and physical abuse as well as mandates for overtime pay, three paid vacation days annually and limits to six day work weeks.