When I'm searching for information on town courts, I often come across Jon Sabin's blog. Mostly it seems to be a listing of police blotters in the Watertown NY area, and lately there is a focus on some kind of problem with an animal control officer there.
Here in the Albany area, I have used Centurion Private Investigators LLC. When I was with Allstate we used Joe for some investigations. I have used him recently in a criminal defense case and a personal injury case, and think he's excellent.