Scott McNamara

Tina Russell / Utica Observer Dispatch

The surviving brother in the brutal church beating in New Hartford made his first appearance in court yesterday.

In a barely audio voice, 17-year-old Christopher Leonard testified he and his brother were beaten by family members and others members of the Word of Life Church. Lucas Leonard, who was 19, died from his injuries.

Animal cruelty laws questioned in a public hearing

May 10, 2012

New York state wants to know if you think your pets are being protected. The state Committee on Agriculture held a public hearing Wednesday on animal cruelty laws.