News from the Associated Press - August 18, 2014

Associated Press
August 18, 2014

More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor says additional charges are planned against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually assaulting them.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said Sunday that computer hard drives and other evidence were still being collected from the home of Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey.

The pair was arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters.

Rain says she "100 percent" expects more charges, which could come Monday or at a court hearing Thursday.

The sisters were abducted Wednesday from a farm stand in front of the family's home in Oswegatchie (ah-swee-GAH'-chee).

Rain said Saturday that the girls were sexually assaulted before being set free Thursday.

 

Cuomo backers try again to disqualify liberal foe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Supporters of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are mounting another effort to knock liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout off next months' primary ballot.

Days after losing in trial court, a lawyer for two Cuomo campaign interns has formally appealed, accusing Teachout of "retroactively" changing her residency to New York state when she decided to run for governor.

Cuomo supporters note that Teachout held a Vermont driver's license until this spring.

The matter will go before an appellate court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The primary is Sept. 9.

Teachout says she has resided in New York since taking a job as a law professor at Fordham University in 2009. She says Cuomo's campaign is mounting a "frivolous" challenge to eliminate political opposition.

 

NY cardiology group to repay $1.3M from referrals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say a cardiology group has agreed to repay the federal government $1.3 million plus interest to resolve allegations that its payments to doctors for referring Medicare patients to other providers violated federal law.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian says the settlement with Cardiovascular Specialists, doing business as New York Heart Center in central and northern New York, resolves allegations that in 2007 and 2008 its physician partners were paid partly based on the volume or value of their referrals for radiology scans.

He says medical decisions should be based on what's best for the patient's health, not the doctor's finances.

 

St. Lawrence Wine Trail is NY's 18th wine trail

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — New York now has 18 official wine trails, with the signing of legislation creating the St. Lawrence Wine Trail in northern New York.

Designated wine trails are marked by highway signs and are intended to raise awareness of the vineyards and wineries in a region as well as provide a boost to tourism and other local businesses.

The 80-mile St. Lawrence Wine Trail meanders along Black Lake, through Morristown, Ogdensburg, Canton, Potsdam, Stockholm and Brasher Falls. It links three wineries in Hammond, Lisbon and Winthrop, as well as a new craft brewery.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie sponsored the bill creating the trail.

Other state wine trails include the Thousand Islands, Adirondack Coast, Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka, Seneca, Lake Erie, Niagara, Dutchess, and Long Island.

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