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2 plead guilty after robbery at Medina park

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 August 2018 at 11:39 am

ALBION – Two Lockport men pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court after a robbery at State Street Park on March 8.

Deandre Reed, 20, allegedly displayed a weapon in taking money and a cell phone from two strangers at the park. The weapon turned out to be a toy gun.

Reed appeared in court last Thursday and pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in the first degree and could face up to five years in state prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 25.

A codefendant, Robert Holmes, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and could face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Oct. 25.

In another case, Gerardo Quiros pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors after he allegedly barged into a home on Root Road in Barre and tried to drag his girlfriend out of the house by her feet. He was stopped by her brother, who made Quiros leave at gunpoint.

Quiros during an appearance on Aug. 7 pleaded guilty to criminal trespass in the second degree and attempted unlawful imprisonment in the first degree. He will be sentenced on Sept. 17. Any incarceration will be served with a sentence for a more serious crime.

Quiros in July was found guilty of sexual assault and rape charges. He allegedly held a woman against her will for several weeks, while physically and sexually assaulting her. He was convicted by a jury and will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Sept. 17.

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Holley man sentenced to state prison for DWI

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 August 2018 at 2:55 pm

ALBION – A Holley man was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison today for felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

James Nottingham, 38, of Thomas Street has three prior felonies and seven previous misdemeanors, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

The DA asked County Court Judge Sanford Church to sentence Nottingham to incarceration, “considering his conduct and prior criminal history.”

Joanne Best, the public defender, asked for probation or a split sentence with local jail time. She said Nottingham has been working full-time the past 10 months and the DWI on Feb. 6 in Murray was his first criminal since 2013, and first crime involving alcohol since 2009.

“I messed up by drinking,” Nottingham told Judge Church. “The only thing I can do is move on with my life. I have a good job and want to take care of my kids.”

Nottingham also was ordered to pay court surcharges and a fine of $1,000.

In other cases in County Court today:

• A Buffalo man who fired a gun inside O’Brien’s Tavern on Dec. 10 was to be sentenced today but that was moved back until Sept. 13 so a presentence investigation report could be completed by the Probation Department.

Patrick Casanova, 24, has been in the Niagara County Jail for a drug possession charge. He wanted to be sentenced today for criminal possession of weapon in the second degree. But Cardone and Judge Church both wanted to have the presentence investigation report completed before sentencing.

Casanova could face up to 7 years in state prison for the charge in Orleans County. Casanova wasn’t targeting anyone when he fired the gun into the ceiling at O’Brien’s, police said.

• A Medina woman pleaded guilty to attempted hindering of criminal prosecution in the second degree and could face up to 60 days in jail and three years on probation.

Nikki Buzard admitted in court today to driving a car and taking two co-defendants away from State Street Park in Medina after the two allegedly robbed two people at gunpoint on March 8.

Buzard could have faced up to a year in jail, but as part of a plea deal the sentence will be no more than 60 days in jail.

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Medina man sentenced to 3 years in prison on weapons charge

Staff Reports Posted 23 July 2018 at 2:14 pm

Dino Callara

ALBION – A Medina resident was sentenced to 3 years in state prison during Orleans County Court this morning.

Dino Callara, 50, of Slade Road was arrested in February for criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree following an investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

Callara is a two-time convicted felon who allegedly possessed and sold a firearm in November 2017.

Callara was also arrested on a separate charge of grand larceny in the 4th degree after he allegedly was hired to install a transmission in the victim’s vehicle in October 2017. Without the victim’s consent, he sold the vehicle for scrap metal at Dunn Salvage in Niagara County.

As part of a plea deal, the larceny charge was dismissed but Callara admitted to criminal possession of a weapon.

He also has to pay the larceny victim $3,800 in restitution.

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Interim county court judge has one last defendant in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 July 2018 at 10:16 am

Honorable Sara Sheldon needs to sentence Gerardo Quiros, who also faces charges in another case

ALBION – After sentencing several people in Orleans County Court on Monday, Sara Sheldon brought her tenure in Orleans County to a final defendant.

Sheldon, a Niagara County Court judge, has been filling in with criminal cases in Orleans County Court for about a year, since James Punch retired last July 29.

She presided over a trial against Gerardo Quiros last month, where the Ridgeway man was found guilty of sexual assault and rape charges.

He allegedly held a woman against her will for several weeks, while physically and sexually assaulting her. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Quiros also has other charges from a separate case. On Jan. 1, while he was out on $200,000 bail, he allegedly barged into a home on Root Road in Barre and tried to drag his girlfriend out of the house by her feet. He was stopped by her brother, who made Quiros leave at gunpoint.

He was offered a plea deal on Monday by the District Attorney’s Office. Quiros will be back in court at 11 a.m. on Aug. 7 to decide whether to accept the offer of pleading guilty to criminal trespass in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, which are A misdemeanors.

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Several are sentenced in County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2018 at 7:12 pm

ALBION – Several people were sentenced in Orleans County Court today, including a Rochester man who admitted in a previous court appearance to having cocaine with the intent to sell on May 1, 2017.

Lamar Nelson, 29, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He faced up to a maximum of 2 ½ years in state prison.

He was given the maximum by Judge Sara Sheldon as part of a plea agreement, partly because of Nelson’s previous rape conviction that made him a second-felony offender.

He has been in the county jail the past 14 months. In addition to time in prison, he will be on post-release supervision for 1 ½ years.

His attorney Michael O’Keefe said Nelson has “long and extensive use of drugs and alcohol since he was a teen-ager.”

In a presentence report, Nelson insisted he was innocent of the crime.

Sheldon told Nelson his DNA was on packaging for the drugs.

“There’s no question you were part of the enterprise,” she told him. “That you still maintain your innocence is an insult to my intelligence.”

Nelson said he pleaded guilty to the crime and is taking responsibility “for my actions.”

“I hope so,” Sheldon responded. “That’s part of being a man.”

Chad Oehlbeck, 30, of Hamlin was sentenced to six months in jail and 5 years of probation. He pleaded guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

In a previous court appearance, Oehlbeck admitted to the judge he was driving without a license and was impaired on June 3, 2017. He also said he had a shotgun in the vehicle.

Sheldon said she regretted agreeing to the six-month cap in jail because the arresting officer, a state trooper, described Oehlbeck “as one of the worst people I’ve ever had to deal with.”

The judge issued an order of protection for a woman in the case.

Richard L. Dixon, 46, of Waterport was sentenced to six months in jail and 5 years of probation for felony driving while intoxicated, his third DWI.

Dixon also was fined $1,000 for the DWI, and needs to pay a $520 court surcharge plus a $50 DNA fee.

John W. Murphy, 45, of Lyndonville was sentenced to time served for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a painkiller.

Murphy has been in a drug diversion program. That allowed a felony charge to be reduced to a misdemeanor. He spent 15 days in jail. He could have faced up to a year of incarceration.

He needs to pay a court surcharge of $250 within 60 days.

• The judge arraigned Crystal Woodward, 32, of Medina for second-degree grand larceny, and eight counts each of forgery in the second degree and falsifying business records in the second degree.

She allegedly took checks totaling $91,973 for Medina Transportation Company.

Joanne Best, the public defender, said Woodward is in a drug treatment program. Best asked for no bail for Woodward.

The judge agreed to release Woodward on her own recognizance.

“She has a very plausible and realistic defense,” Best told the judge.

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Marano, former deputy, avoids probation and jail, but can no longer be police officer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 July 2018 at 4:46 pm

ALBION – A former Orleans County deputy sheriff apologized to the community and his former colleagues in the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office today when he was sentenced for petit larceny and falsifying business records.

Tom Marano

Tom Marano

Tom Marano, 46, has admitted to claiming 240 hours worked at Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, which operates a hydroelectric plant in Waterport. Marano filled out time cards for Brookfield while he was on the clock working as a deputy between Jan. 12, 2014 and Jan. 1, 2015. He has repaid $4,800 in restitution.

Marano was indicted last July along with Dean Covis, a former sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office. They faced grand larceny in the third degree for falsifying time sheets.

Covis has agreed to pay $12,915 in restitution. He was sentenced on June 11 and didn’t have to serve probation or jail.

Marano received that sentence as well today. Marano, like Covis, also won’t be able to work again as a police officer, Judge Sara Sheldon determined.

Sheldon quoted from a presentencing report that included a statement from the arresting officer: “Even though he betrayed the public trust, he doesn’t feel jail time would serve a purpose,” Sheldon said.

Marano’s attorney Joseph Damelio said there were many testimonials from the community about Marano for assisting them during times of tragedy. Marano most often performed his duties with high professionalism, his attorney said.

However, Marano takes full responsibility for the petit larceny and falsifying business records.

“He knows what he did is wrong and he is ashamed of it,” Damelio said in court this afternoon. “He wants to apologize to the entire County of Orleans. He wants to apologize to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. He wants to apologize to his friends and family.”

Marano regrets his actions cast a negative light on the Sheriff’s Office.

“In no way is this a reflection on them,” Damelio said.

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Rochester man sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison for providing drugs in overdoses in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 July 2018 at 3:53 pm

Jonathan Agosto

ALBION – A Rochester man who provided a heroin/fentanyl mix that caused several overdoses in Orleans County was sentenced to 5 ½ years in state prison.

Jonathan Agosto, 31, of Rochester on April 23 pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. He could have faced up to 8 years in prison.

Orleans County Court Judge Sanford Church sentenced Agosto to 5 ½ years of incarceration on Monday.

Agosto was charged in February with 10 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, which are Class B felonies.

Law enforcement say Agosto provided a dangerous heroin/fentanyl mixture to about 30 Orleans County residents, resulting in several overdoses in early 2018.

Several law enforcement agencies worked together on search warrants and Agosto’s arrest. The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, along with the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (G.R.A.N.E.T.), the Rochester Police Department and the Albion Police Department executed two search warrants in Rochester.

Police seized numerous bundles of heroin/fentanyl packaged for sale, over an ounce of heroin/fentanyl that was in the process of being packaged for sale, a quantity of cocaine packaged for sale, cash, scales, packaging material and other drug paraphernalia.

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4 are sentenced in County Court for crimes in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 July 2018 at 12:04 pm

ALBION – Four people were sentenced in Orleans County Court last Thursday by Charles Zambito, a Genesee County Court judge who is handling some cases in Orleans.

Rodney L. Scales, 30, of Garson Street in Rochester was sentenced to 3 ½ years in state prison, plus 3 years of post-release supervision.

He was arrested on Jan. 3 after police seized a quantity of crack cocaine that was packaged for sale. Scales was the driver of the vehicle and faced drug possession and sale charges.

He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is a second felony offender.

• A Waterport woman was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison for third-degree burglary. Mary Golding, 53, was sentenced after she failed to complete a drug diversion program. If she had been successful in the program, the felony charge would have been dismissed and she would have avoided incarceration.

She admitted in a previous court appearance to going into a building on North Liberty Street in Albion without permission.

• A Waterport man was sentenced to three years of probation for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Frederick Lockwood Jr., 54, was arrested on Dec. 31. As part of his sentence, he also has to complete 100 hours of community service.

• A Rochester man also pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Jahquan E. Coleman, 25, of Selye Terrace faces up to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 6. He admitted to selling cocaine in Albion on Aug. 30.

• In a case before Judge Sanford Church, an Albion man pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree.

Demetrius Bennett, 39, was charged in January with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, menacing in the second degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth and seventh degree. He was arrested after he allegedly threatened a man on Washington Street in Albion.

As part of plea deal, Bennett admitted to having cocaine in his possession. He will face up to a year in the county jail when he is sentenced.

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Medina man found guilty of rape, assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 June 2018 at 12:28 pm

ALBION – A jury reached a verdict late this morning in a case against a Medina man facing sexual assault and rape charges.

Gerardo Quiros, 31, of Medina was found guilty of many of the charges. He allegedly held a woman against her will for several weeks, while physically and sexually assaulting her.

The trial started last Monday with closing statements on Thursday. However, the jury didn’t reach a verdict on Thursday or Friday. Jurors resumed deliberations this morning at 9:30 and at about 11:30 the verdict was announced.

Quiros was found guilty of four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, one count of third-degree assault, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

He was found not guilty of four counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, and one count each of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third and fifth degrees.

He is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m. on Sept. 17.

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Jurors haven’t reached decision yet on Medina man facing assault charges

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 June 2018 at 3:10 pm

ALBION – Jurors haven’t reached a decision yet in a trial against a Medina man facing sexual assault charges.

Closing statements were completed on Thursday morning and jurors started deliberations after lunch on Thursday. The jurors didn’t reach a consensus on Friday and are to resume deliberations on Monday morning at 9:30 at the Orleans County Courthouse.

The trial started this past Monday in the case involving Gerardo Quiros, 31, of Medina. He allegedly held a woman against her will for several weeks, while physically and sexually assaulting her.

Quiros is facing 24 counts, including seven counts of first-degree rape, 10 counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of third-degree assault, one count of both criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third and fifth degrees, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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