Suspect indicted in killing of Rochester cop
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The 38-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson has been indicted on six criminal counts, including aggravated murder.
The grand jury indictment against Thomas Johnson III was handed up Friday and made public Monday morning at about the same time he was sent from Strong Memorial Hospital to the Monroe County Jail.
Johnson is charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, and multiple weapons possession charges.
Authorities say the 32-year-old Pierson was shot and killed by Johnson, a parolee who had fled during a traffic stop on Sept. 3. Pierson's partner, officer Mike DiPaola, shot and wounded Johnson while apprehending him.
Johnson, who pleaded not guilty to initial charges, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
Cuomo wants Astorino to release tax returns
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican opponent Rob Astorino are wrangling over tax returns, tax assessments and a father-son photo.
Cuomo's campaign says Monday that Astorino, the Westchester County executive, should release recent tax returns, noting that county financial disclosures show income from a radio company.
Astorino, a former radio producer, the income was for consulting work. He said he'll release his most recent return, and called on Cuomo to permit tax assessors to see recent renovations to the home he shares with girlfriend Sandra Lee.
Astorino also criticized an Erie County Democratic Party ad that included a photo of Astorino in Miami Dolphins attire. Astorino, a Dolphins fan, says it was wrong that his son was digitally erased from the photo.
The Dolphins played the Buffalo Bills Sunday.
BABY FOUND-RECYCLING PLANT
12 years for NY mother who strangled newborn
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A woman who admitted strangling her newborn son and leaving his body in a recycling bin has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The Rockland County district attorney says Maria Guaman-Guaman (GWAH'-mihn GWAH'-mihn) will also be deported to her native Ecuador after serving her sentence.
Guaman-Guaman pleaded guilty in June to first-degree manslaughter. Mental health experts said she had been under extreme emotional disturbance.
The infant's body was left in a bin outside a store in Spring Valley in November and was found later at a recycling center in Elmsford. Other items in the trash helped trace the baby to Spring Valley.
The district attorney said the case should be a reminder that New York permits the anonymous surrender of unwanted infants at hospitals and police stations.
Fire at northern New York feed plant
SALEM, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a feed plant fire in northern New York was caused by the spontaneous combustion of old feed in a grain bin.
Local media report that the fire started early Monday morning at the Cargill facility in Salem, near the Vermont border. It took crews from seven fire departments more than four hours to put out the blaze.
The facility provides feed for farm animals.
There were no injuries.
AMUSEMENT PARK SHUTDOWN
Amusement park near Albany closes after 62 years
LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) - A landmark amusement park near Albany has shut down after 62 years.
Hoffman's Playland in suburban Latham opened its gates for the last time Sunday. The couple that owns Hoffman's is retiring and plans a mix of retail and residential development on the 8-acre plot.
Crowds of children and parents showed up Sunday for a last chance to line up for the 19 rides and to play arcade games.
The miniature train and other rides were expected to be sold.
Miss America: More to worry about than red cup
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup
That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev (kah-ZANT'-sev) of New York as many social media users continued to pan her use of a plastic cup during the talent portion of Sunday night's pageant finale in Atlantic City.
Kazantsev tells The Associated Press she realizes everything she does now will be scrutinized and commented on.
But she says she performed Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while tapping a cup on the floor because that's what she wanted to do, regardless of what anyone else might think.
Kazantsev says she was inspired by the film "Pitch Perfect" in which a character did the same thing while auditioning for an a cappella group.
ULTIMATE FRISBEE ARREST
Man wanted for robbery arrested at Frisbee tourney
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A man wanted for an armed bank robbery in New York eluded authorities for four years until they caught up with him while he played at an ultimate Frisbee tournament in Oregon.
KVAL-TV says police in Eugene, Oregon, arrested Jahson Marryshow around 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Ulster County sheriff's office in New York says the 32-year-old, formerly of Woodstock, New York, was indicted in late 2010 on charges of robbing a Bank of America there. Marryshow is also accused of stealing a car and setting a barn on fire as a diversion.
The U.S. Marshals Service and local police got a tip that he was living in Eugene. Police say Marryshow didn't try to flee Sunday. He's being held in the Lane County Jail, pending extradition.
It wasn't immediately clear if Marryshow had a lawyer yet.
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