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Police: Cayuga County man built nearly untraceable guns with parts ordered through the mail
An Owasco man has been charged after police said they found multiple handguns, rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines in his home.
According to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, a three-month investigation found that Anthony Ranauro, 32, of 7133 Owasco Road, had been placing orders to an international company for fake identification documents. Separate information later obtained by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms confirmed that Ranauro had also been ordering weapon parts through the mail.
On May 10, Cayuga County Sheriff's Office detectives, ATF agents and a member of the New York State Police located and interviewed Ranauro. At that time, multiple illegally possessed handguns, rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines were seized from Ranauro's home. Some of the weapons had been built with parts lacking serial numbers, making them nearly impossible to trace, police said.
Ranauro, who is employed as an unarmed guard for a private security company, was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies. Detective Lt. Frederick Cornelius said Wednesday that police are still investigating and that Ranauro has not yet been charged for obtaining the fraudulent identification documents.
Ranauro was arraigned at Owasco Town Court by Judge Mark DiVietro and remanded to Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $6,000 cash or $12,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in Owasco Town Court June 10.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Robert Franklin at (315) 253-1132 or the main sheriff's office line at (315) 253-1222. Anonymous tips may be left at the office's website at cayugasheriff.com.
Two admit involvement in violent Cayuga County robbery
AUBURN — Two of three Cayuga County residents charged in connection with a January robbery and assault have pleaded guilty to felony charges.
In Cayuga County Court Tuesday, Mia Loiacono, 22, of 2496 Bentley School Road, Weedsport, and Dijon Starling-Harvey, 19, of 9 Spring St., Auburn, both pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, a class B felony. Starling-Harvey also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, another class B felony. The third defendant, William Vest, 28, of 110 Olympia Terrace, Auburn, who was also charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault, did not appear for a plea Tuesday.
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Starling-Harvey was the first to plea, as he admitted stabbing a person multiple times with a knife after the victim was lured into a vehicle by Loiacono on Dublin Hill Road in Ledyard. Starling-Harvey and Vest were in the in the back of the vehicle, waiting for the victim. The three then stole money and phones from the victim.
The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office previously reported that the victim knew the attackers, and that the incident stemmed from a disagreement.
Starling-Harvey is now facing seven years of prison time, five years of post-release supervision, and an order to pay restitution. Loiacono is looking at three and a half years in prison, five years of post-release supervision, and restitution. The restitution amounts for both Starling-Harvey and Loiacono will be determined at their sentencings July 16. Vest is expected to appear for a plea in the upcoming weeks.
Police: Southern Cayuga student arrested for making violent threats
A 13-year-old Southern Cayuga Central School District student was charged Monday after threatening other students, state police said.
Troopers responded to the school district Monday for a report of a male student making threats of violence against other students, state police said in a news release. Troopers then found the student at his home and he was taken into custody without incident.
The student, whose name is not being released due to his age, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. He was processed at the state police Auburn station, and is set to appear in Cayuga County Family Court May 22.
Auburn woman charged with felony driving while intoxicated
An Auburn woman with a past drunk driving conviction was arrested this week on charges that she drove while intoxicated again, New York State Police said Wednesday in a press release.
Melissa A. Dugan, 28, had been operating a motor vehicle on Hamilton Road in Brutus with a blood alcohol content greater than .08% while in possession of an open container, troopers said. She had been previously convicted of DWI within the last 10 years, elevating her charge this week to a felony.
After Dugan was arrested when she failed standard sobriety tests, she was transported to the Auburn state police station, where a BAC of .10% was recorded, troopers said.
Dugan was arraigned at Brutus Town Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $500 cash or bond. She is scheduled to appear in court May 20.
Former Finger Lakes region school worker charged with having sex with teen
A woman who previously worked at schools in Ontario and Seneca counties has been charged with having sex with a teenager.
Waterloo-based state police on Tuesday reported that Lindsey M. Halstead, 29, of East Bloomfield, has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Halstead is accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year-old in the town of Seneca Falls.
Police said that Halstead was employed by the Waterloo Central School District from September 2014 through February 2018. She then worked for the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District as a long-term substitute teacher from February 2018 until April of 2018 when she was terminated.
She was being held at the Seneca County Jail Tuesday afternoon awaiting arraignment.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact New York State Police in Waterloo at (315) 539-3530.