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More Assistant DAs Disclose Judge’s Complaints


Three attorneys with the county District Attorney’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.

Barboni Arraignment Delayed

<p>Jay J. Barboni</p>

Arraignment proceedings for Jay Barboni, the man accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend’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.

Oswego Man Accepts Plea In Drug Case

Nyome Sobe

Nyome “Mike” 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 General’s year-long investigation into a cocaine distribution network.

Father Fuming Over Lack of Notice

Fajo Edwards’ 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 board’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.

Arnold Granted Conditional Release


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.

Engel Case Marks First Charge Under ‘Stephanie’s Law’ In Oswego County

Fulton police department’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 Stephanie’s Law. Enacted in 2003, Stephanie’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.

Lawmakers Weigh In On NYS’ Use Of 911 Service Fee Fund

The state’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.

School Bus Safety

“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.”

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