Washington — Federal authorities have charged 56 people in a massive scheme to scam $300 million from at least 15,000 victims.
Suspects posed as Internal Revenue Service agents and immigration authorities and took money from the victims to clear fictitious deportation warrants and phony tax debts, according to USA Today.
A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bundy brothers and occupiers Jeff Banta and David Fry also were found not guilty of having guns in a federal facility. Kenneth Medenbach was found not guilty of stealing government property, and a hung jury was declared on Ryan Bundy's charge of theft of FBI surveillance cameras.
- Watertown Daily Times
WATERTOWN — Republican Senate candidate Wendy E. Long said she’s not running against U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., just to win his Senate seat.
Speaking to the Times editorial board Thursday, Mrs. Long said her campaign is about challenging an incumbent who has been in office for nearly two decades.
“I believe that it’s wrong for somebody to stand for election, year after year, decade after decade, become so entrenched that there’s not even any point in having a loyal opposition,” Mrs. Long said.
Carl G. Thompson, 49, of Hogansburg, was charged Oct. 10 by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor; and unlicensed operation, failure to yield the right of way and improper left turn, all Vehicle and Traffic Law infractions. To appear in Bombay Town Court on Nov. 15.
Viki K. Curotte, 34, of Hogansburg, was arrested Oct. 14 by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police on an active bench warrant. Transported to the Franklin County Jail.
- Massena Daily Courier
Centralized arraignment throughout New York state could hinge on two indigent defense bills still being reviewed before they’re sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s desk.
The first bill, passed by the State Senate and Assembly in June, calls for a complete state takeover of indigent defense-related expenses across a four-year period. Indigent defense costs have fallen on the county since 1963. The Senate and Assembly bills, sponsored by Sen. John A. DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse and Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, respectively, were both passed unanimously. The bill is being reviewed by the state Office of General Counsel, according to Gov. Cuomo’s office.
- Massena Daily Courier
OGDENSBURG — Saying the nation’s political process is in “turmoil,” the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg is urging Catholics to consider where the two presidential candidates stand on “life matters such as abortion and euthanasia” when they cast their ballots Nov. 8.
The Rev. Terry R. LaValley, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, has written a letter that’s scheduled to be read at all Masses this weekend across the eight-county diocese.
- Massena Daily Courier
MASSENA — Massena police are holding a sex offender as a person of interest in the suspicious death of his 50-year-old roommate, Dumar Buckner, early Thursday.
Massena Village Police Chief Adam J. Love said they charged Keith J. Bjork, 50, of 192 Center St. on a violation of probation search warrant.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Onondaga Nation Lawyer Joe Heath is headed to North Dakota today to provide legal services to the protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
More than 260 people have been arrested since the larger demonstrations began in August, according to the Associated Press. Nearly half of those arrest came this past weekend.
"There is a tremendous need for lawyers," Heath said.
Oliver Milman in New York
Trump’s financial disclosure forms show he invested in Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial pipeline, and its CEO donated to his campaign
Donald Trump’s close financial ties to Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, have been laid bare, with the presidential candidate invested in the company and receiving more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from its chief executive.
Al Gore - Indian Country Today
Editor's note: The resistance to the Dakota Access oil pipeline began when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe resisted plans to rout the pipeline within a half-mile of its current reservation. The ensuing conflict, hinging on the sovereign rights of Native nations, has since developed into referendum on future energy policy. In the process it has drawn much high-profile support. That now includes former Vice President Al Gore, who himself championed climate change action during his tenure from 1993–2001, most notably with the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. He also founded the Climate Reality Project, a think tank.