Our Finger Lakes History: The Underground Railroad in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes a fascinating look at the history of the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement of the late 1800,’s in the Finger Lakes. See the numerous buildings and homes that served as stations on the Underground Railroad throughout the region and learn about the individuals who played a part in aiding runaway freedom seekers who were... more

Clifton Springs woman rejects plea deal in predatory sexual assault case

The Clifton Springs woman facing a possible life sentence for alleged sex crimes against children and child pornography charges revealed that she has no interest in accepting a plea deal. Janiet Simonds, 26, whose charges include two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-II felony, was offered a deal crafted by the District Attorney’s Office that... more

PASSING OF A CHAMPION: Mourning the loss of Yates Co. Chamber CEO Mike Linehan

Impact beyond words. One of Yates County’s greatest champions. Mike Linehan, longtime president and CEO of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce died unexpectedly on Wednesday. By all accounts, not only was his life and career cut short — but the community lost one of it’s greatest champions and assets. Kathy Waye, a Keuka College official and president of the... more

Canandaigua fire chief suspension: City alleges misconduct, incompetence

A clearer picture of the allegations behind the suspension of Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette emerged during roughly five hours of testimony at his civil service hearing. The hearing is scheduled to continue Friday. Marentette, who did not testify Thursday, was suspended without pay for 30 days in January. The suspension remains in place, although city officials said he now... more

NY Lottery: Winning $50,000 Powerball ticket sold in Canandaigua

A winning Powerball ticket worth $50,000 was sold in Canandaigua, the New York Lottery announced Thursday. The third prize ticket for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing was sold at Tops Markets, 5150 North Road in Canandaigua. The winning numbers for the drawing were 5, 28, 33, 38, 42 and Powerball 19. To win $50,000, the player must match four of five numbers... more

Wegmans, Wal-Mart pay Cayuga County fines for scale violations

Wegmans and Wal-Mart have both paid fines after the Cayuga County Weights and Measures Department found violations with some of the stores’ scales. Larry G. Roser, director of weights and measures, said January was supermarket scale testing month, where he inspected scales at all 13 supermarkets in the county. In his report to the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee, Roser... more

Canandaigua woman facing half-dozen drug charges

On Tuesday, members of the Canandaigua Police Department arrested a Canandaigua woman on drug charges following an investigation. Officers charged Emily C. Hiler, 29, with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and five counts of possession of a hypodermic needle. Hiler was arrested after it was discovered that she possessed approximately 25 packaged baggies of heroin and 5 hypodermic... more

Bank robbery suspect remains at large, says deputies

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the bank robbery, which took place in Clifton Springs at the local Community Bank branch. The robbery took place on February 1st around 9 am. The Sheriff’s Office says that the suspect fled in a Dodge Charger, which was silver in color. The car is believed to be a 2–5 to 2010... more

Three arrested on felony drug charges after traffic stop

Three people are facing felony drug charges after a traffic stop in Geneva. On Wednesday around 7:47 pm officers stopped a vehicle on Middle Street for a variety of vehicle and traffic violations. Upon investigation three individuals were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after packaged heroin was discovered. Jonathan Rodriquez-Felix, 34, of Canandaigua, Alexandra M. McMann,... more

Waterloo school board hears compliance study results

Last year, the school district’s superintendent was retiring and the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction also left before the start of the new school year. That leadership vacuum resulted in at least two annual reports not being completed and filed in a timely manner with the state Education Department. New Superintendent Terri Bavis convinced the school board to hire... more

Weedsport man sent to prison for assaulting paramedics in Cayuga County

A Weedsport man was sent to prison Thursday for assaulting two paramedics in Cayuga County. In October, William Smith, of 133 Oakleaf Dr., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault, a class E felony. At the time, the 42-year-old admitted he became violent with two paramedics in the town of Brutus on Dec. 6, 2015. According to Cayuga County District Attorney... more

Beverly Shelter Pets of the Week: Dog days of February

The dog days of February have arrived. The Beverly Animal Shelter is proud to announce they have three new arrivals in the canine department… Two extra petite young ladies and the sweetest older girl in need of fostering. Why not stop by to meet… BELLA Beautiful Bella is a mostly white Chihuahua with a few splashes of tan in her... more

Committee shakeup, Sheriff’s contract makes waves among supervisors

If there was any major takeaway from Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley’s remarks at this week’s meeting — it was that he’s serious about making county government work better. Last month he was elected chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday he delivered updated committee assignments, which took effect immediately and had an impact on how... more

Hearing today on Canandaigua Fire Chief Marentette’s suspension

More details about the suspension of Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette are expected to emerge later this morning. A civil service hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Marentette was suspended without pay for 30 days in January. The suspension remains in place, although city officials said he now is being paid. City Manager Ted Andrzejewski said in early... more

Seneca Falls man charged with DWI after traffic stop

On Thursday at 12:57 am the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Daren S. Kettle, 29, of Seneca Falls following a traffic stop on East Bayard Street Extension. Police stopped Kettle after the vehicle he was operating was observed moving from the lane unsafely and failing to keep right. Following the traffic stop an investigation deemed that Kettle was... more

$7.7M project proposed for Naples schools

The Naples Central School Board of Education heard about a proposed $7.72 million capital project Wednesday. The plan, which will require voter approval, would involve building a new bus garage and creating a new parent drop-off loop, new bus loop, and new parking layout at the elementary school, along with a secure, upgraded entrance and office at the elementary school.... more

Energy-efficient street lights could save $1M in village of Waterloo

Trustee David Duprey said the village’s future looks bright. It may turn out to be even brighter, thanks to new, energy-efficient street lights. Speaking at Monday’s board meeting, Duprey said preliminary discussions and fact-gathering have taken place on converting the existing high-pressure sodium light fixtures to LED fixtures to save money. He said the village spends $100,305 now on electricity... more
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