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Former Verizon employee accused of ‘tampering’ with customers device, information

Auburn Police are investigating allegations that an employee at the Verizon Store in Auburn allegedly improperly accessed materials on a customer’s phone, according to reports. Auburn Police Chief Sean Butler confirmed that an investigation was underway. “We did have a complaint back from the first of the year from a customer that felt some of her information from her phone... more

FLX WEEKLY: Talking black bears, fashion shows & the first weekend of April (podcast)

Black bear sightings are becoming more common throughout the Finger Lakes region. What is the protocol if you encounter one in your own backyard? We also hear from Travelling Little Black Dress Spring Fashion Show creator Sharon Hoatland and we’ll tell you what the weather will look like for the first weekend of April. Join Jessica Lahr, Josh Durso, Jim... more

Sun returns to the Finger Lakes on Wednesday

The sun will be out on Wednesday. Temperatures won’t feel quite like spring, but it will be an improvement over the recent soggy, cloudy weather seen in the region. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said the following in his morning update: “A large area of high pressure from Central Canada is building southeast towards the Finger Lakes today. Skies are... more

Woman arrested on drug charges while trying to bail out inmate at Ontario Co. Jail

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Rochester woman after she arrived at the Ontario County Jail to bail out an inmate. Deputies charged Shaiasia Williams, 24, of Rochester with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after she sold narcotics to a subject in Canandaigua in February. The charges against her stem from an investigation between... more

Trumansburg superintendent finalists drop out, board votes to find interim

The Trumansburg Central School District Board voted to search for an interim superintendent for the 2017-2018 school year after both of the final candidates withdrew their applications. Final candidate Rick Moore received other offers from multiple districts and withdrew to take another position and candidate David Hamilton withdrew to pursue other options, board of education president Jane Gallagher said on... more

One-vehicle rollover in Scipio closes Rt. 38; DEC called to scene

A crash that happened around 8:38 pm on Tuesday resulted in the temporary closure of State Rt. 38, as well as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation being called to the scene. The accident happened near Fire Road 18 when a vehicle rolled over, which resulted in gasoline being spilled in the ditch. The accident scene, located in... more

Sodus pair charged with starving horse to death

A Sodus pair has been charged in the death of a horse, according to deputies in Wayne County. Amanda Mills, 28, and Steven Jernigan, 40, are facing charges in the case, which were made official on Tuesday. Mills was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, while Jernigan was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals. Deputies say Mills and Jernigan... more

Waterloo CSD responds after tech teacher charged by State Police

It started with an investigation into “some off-colored remarks” to a student. That was in late-February when New York State Police had just taken over an investigation into remarks made by a teacher, now identified as David A. Rautenberg, 44, of Liverpool. The district investigated the matter and it was turned over to State Police in short order. Rautenberg, who... more

Seneca Falls PD: Drug bust result of months-long investigation

On Tuesday at 4:52 pm members of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested a Syracuse man following a months-long investigation into the sale of narcotics in Seneca Falls. Berain L. Winfield, 34, of Syracuse was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance – a Class C felony; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance – a Class B... more

Free registration for United Way of Ontario County food drive contest

United Way of Ontario County announced it has a sponsor for the food drive contest taking place at Eastview Mall. That means groups can enter the event with no registration fee. The contest highlights the 2017 United Way of Ontario County campaign theme Light the Way. To help 21 local food cupboards and coincide with the campaign, area organizations are... more

Unshackle Upstate Director discusses Workers Compensation in Seneca County

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Greg Biryla, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate, to Seneca Falls as part of the Chamber’s Coffee & Conversation Series sponsored by Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls. Biryla reviewed several reforms supported by a coalition of business groups, including the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, intended to improve the workers compensation system in New... more

Historian seeks funds to save Scythe Tree

The Town Board was asked Monday to consider helping save the historic Scythe Tree on the Waterloo-Geneva Road. Local historian Blaine Elkie has told Supervisor Gary Westfall that the tree, a Balm of Gilead that is at least 150 years old, is dying and needs tender loving care from an arborist to survive. The tree contains the blades of scythes... more

Cornell University awarded $980K to boost oats

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday $980,000 in new federal funding for Cornell University. The grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support research and programs that help specialty crop growers, the senators said. Specifically, Cornell will use the funding to advance research in the genetics and seed composition of oats; developing and evaluating new methods for... more

Seneca Falls Little League returns Seneca Meadows sponsor money

The Seneca Falls Little League board took an impactful vote at their last meeting via email. The board voted 7-2 to return sponsor money from Seneca Meadows. On Wednesday, the Seneca Falls Town Board will host a Public Hearing on a proposed local law, which would rescind another passed in December aimed at shutting down Seneca Meadows in 2025. The Public... more

Penn Yan American Legion marks 98 years with awards

Johnson-Costello Post American Legion post 355 celebrated its 98th anniversary March 25, when it recognized members, volunteers, and local law enforcement and emergency responders. Andy Swarthout was honored as the Seventh District Legionnaire of the Year, and was presented with a Lifetime Membership award for his contributions to the post and the needs of area veterans. For 16 years, he... more

Ovid FD planning benefit dinner for volunteers battling illnesses

The Ovid Fire Department will be hosting a benefit dinner and gift raffle to help with medical costs for four volunteer firefighters as they fight for their lives. Scott Armitage, Gary Covert, Brian Reynolds and Mike Snyder, who are all facing various medical emergencies will be benefited by the dinner, which is expected to draw major support from the local... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to raping Cayuga County teen

An Auburn man has admitted having sex with an underage girl in Cayuga County. Charles Williams, of Auburn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of third-degree rape, a class E felony. The 23-year-old was originally charged with three counts of third-degree rape and one count of third-degree criminal sex act, both felonies, as well as one count of endangering the... more
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