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June 29, 2013

A variety of cases keeping judges busy at local courts


“There was no conspiracy,” the prosecutor said. “This was investigated by the sheriff’s office like any other case is investigated.”

Anthony Pacherille Sr. has since moved from Cooperstown to the village of Herkimer. Anthony Pacherille Jr. is serving an 11-year prison term for shooting Wesley Lippitt.

The proposed six-turbine wind farm that developers want to construct in the town of Richfield suffered another legal setback this week. The state Appellate Division ruled that the Richfield Planning Board failed to send documents outlining the project to the Otsego County Planning Department in advance of a public hearing on the project.

The court also said the planning board erred by failing to follow the protocol outlined in its own land use law. The neighbors fighting the project are being represented by attorney Douglas Zamelis of Springfield.

“We are ecstatic,” said Larry Frigault, one of the organizers of Protect Richfield, a group that tried to convince the Planning Board to refuse to award a special-use permit to the project developer, Ridgeline Energy. That permit is now annulled.

There has been no indication yet from the company as to whether it will resubmit its application to erect the six 492-foot turbines. The town board, meanwhile, has yet to sign off on a community host agreement for the project.

After meeting with his client, accused killer Ganesh Ramsaran, at Chenango County Correctional Facility this week, Albany defense lawyer F. Stanton Ackerman said he is convinced that the investigation into the murder of Jennifer Ramsaran amounted to a “rush to judgement.”

Ganesh Ramsaran is accused of killing his wife last December at the couple’s home in South New Berlin, while the couple’s three children were at school. He has admitted in interview with his reporter that he had what he called a brief affair with one of his wife’s closest friends.

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