Blue Origin New Shepard Test Launch, 2019 Photographer: Blue Origin

Still, I prayed.

But that was after Jeff Bezos blasted off on Tuesday morning. …


ITHACA — Contractors started placing equipment near the entrance to the gorge at Ithaca Falls this morning in preparation for the lead clean-up operation scheduled to begin in the gorge on May 18, according to Mike Basile, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Community Involvement Coordinator for the project.

Personnel working under…


ITHACA — For the third time in about two decades, the Environmental Protection Agency will be cleaning hazardous lead and arsenic contamination from the gorge at Ithaca Falls, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

The work, which is scheduled to begin on May 18 or 19, will include…


ITHACA — Elevated levels of lead and arsenic from the former Ithaca Gun Factory site are continuing to contaminate one of Ithaca’s most popular tourist attractions — the gorge at Ithaca Falls, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The toxins are falling into the gorge — also known as the…


NEW YORK — For a man who allegedly advertised his involvement in the Capitol insurrection, Robert C. Chapman was surprisingly well-spoken and reserved when rejected on Bumble, an internet dating site.

“We are not a match,” a romantic prospect responded when Chapman bragged about his illegal exploits in Washington, D.C…


Nathan L. Rogers (photo courtesy of Genesee County Sheriff’s Office)
Nathan L. Rogers (photo courtesy of Genesee County Sheriff’s Office)

BUFFALO — Christian youth pastor Nathan L. Rogers’ contrition began immediately after he used iPhones to secretly film a 12-year old girl at Darien Lake amusement park in 2019, federal court papers allege.

“I did something really stupid,” Rogers admitted to Genesee County Sheriff’s investigators, according to the documents. …


Food Court Dispute Led to Controversial Arrest

by Raymond Drumsta

ALBANY, N.Y. — The arrest of a Buffalo teenager that sparked a campus protest began with a fracas over missing bacon here on Nov. 5, according to court documents.

Ali Mohamed Sanoh (photo courtesy of the New York State University Police at Albany)

Ali Mohamed Sanoh, angry that food-service workers had neglected to put…


Woman Sold Narcotics that Caused Overdose Death, Feds Allege

ALBANY, N.Y. — One December here less than two years ago, a woman investigators identify as “M.B.” went silent for all time.

That’s because she was dead from a cocaine and fentanyl overdose, according to an FBI affidavit. Now, based on…


Westchester County Restauranteur Accused of Financial Frauds

NEW YORK — While switching ingredients may work in the kitchen, substituting graft for cash is a recipe for disaster in the restaurant business.

But that’s what Barbara Meyzen did, according to FBI agents who charged her with mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated…


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The accommodations at Jaynesh Patel’s hotel included cocaine — and rooms to do it in.

On March 28, 2019, Patel pleaded guilty to engaging in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property and maintaining a drug-involved premises, according to court documents. Patel, 49, of Liverpool, N.Y. …

Raymond Drumsta

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