Three attorneys with the county District AttorneyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s office have confirmed the source of conflicts with Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner Jr. Because of pending complaints filed by Hafner, the judge has been required to recuse himself from many of the cases that would normally appear on his docket because of the appearance of personal bias or prejudice against the attorneys he has grieved.
Arraignment proceedings for Jay Barboni, the man accused of murder in the death of his girlfriendÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s son, have been delayed. By decision of the grand jury, Barboni is facing a three-count indictment that includes second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.
Nyome ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMikeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Sobe entered a guilty plea Oct. 1 before acting Oswego County Court Judge Spencer Ludington to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is currently awaiting sentencing. Police regard Sobe’s arrest as the trigger that launched the Attorney GeneralÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s year-long investigation into a cocaine distribution network.
Fajo EdwardsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ father says his family had no idea that Audrey Arnold, the woman convicted this year of causing severe injuries to his son in 2006, was released from the Oswego County jail earlier this month. Now Elroy Edwards says he wants to know why. Undersheriff Robert Lighthall says victim notification is not part of the parole boardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s requirements for the local condition release program. He noted, too, that Arnold is only the third inmate to receive local conditional release in Oswego County since 2005.
A former daycare provider who was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child earlier this year has been released from the Oswego County jail. Audrey Arnold, who was found guilty March 31 after a four-day trial, was sentenced to serve one year in jail June 3; convicted of causing injuries to Fajo Edward while he was in her care May 31, 2006. The child’s parents say they were not aware that Arnold had been released, nor were they notified that she was being considered for release.
A student who was accused of hitting a female student in the face with his penis on a Mexico school bus is facing consequences from both the school district and the justice system.
Fulton police departmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s arrest of a Fulton man accused of using a video camera to secretly record young women in his bathroom marks the first time that an Oswego County resident is being charged under StephanieÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Law. Enacted in 2003, StephanieÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Law is named for Long Island resident Stephanie Fuller, who was videotaped by her landlord through a camera he installed in a smoke detector. Though her landlord was convicted only of trespassing, the case spearheaded the law to make unlawful surveillance a felony.
The stateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s reported misuse of monthly cellular phone service fees has Oswego County legislators hot under the collar. Originally imposed as a way to fund wireless technology upgrades for 911 call centers, the state is reportedly using the money for a laundry list of expenses while counties see a fraction of the collections. Now, local lawmakers are drafting a letter to the state to take a stand on the issue and stress that it has used the account as its personal piggy bank for too long.
“With school back in session, children will again be riding their bicycles to and from school,” Sheriff Reuel A. Todd of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office predicts.
“Be a safe passenger, who set a good example and obey all of the school bus safety rules,” reminds Sheriff Todd, “and Oswego County children will get to school and back safely.”