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Nolan’s fire ruled accidental, started with kitchen burner

The fire that knocked down a Canandaigua restaurant over the summer has been ruled accidental. On July 13th, Nolan’s was reported as a structure fire around 5:25 am after smoke was noticed by a passerby. Canandaigua City Police and Fire arrived minutes later to find the interior of the structure fully-engulfed in smoke. The Canandaigua City Police Department and Canandaigua... more

Springport Town Clerk pleads guilty to official misconduct after manipulating retirement system

The Springport Town Clerk accused of falsifying records has pleaded guilty in Aurlius Town Court. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said that Deborah Waldron pleaded guilty in the Aurelius Town Court to Official Misconduct and Attempted Computer Trespass. Waldron, the elected Springport Town Clerk, admitted to charges that she falsified records and submitted them to the NYS Retirement System... more

Farmington company adopts $15 minimum wage

An Ontario County reclaimed and sustainable wood manufacturer isn’t waiting for the $15 minimum wage to arrive upstate. Pioneer Millworks announced on Wednesday that it is committed to a $15 per hour wage program for all full-time employees beginning on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The current minimum wage in New York is $9.70, as part of a general increase in... more

Auburn man sentenced to prison for stabbing, nearly disemboweling neighbor

An Auburn man will spend up to the next five years in prison for brutally stabbing one of his neighbors in the stomach. Sammy Sheffield, 49, of 9 Barber St., pleaded guilty to felony first-degree assault in June. At the time, he told the court he fought with his neighbor at 11 Barber St. earlier this year. Cayuga County Assistant... more

One sent to hospital after three-car crash in Hopewell

On Wednesday at approximately 6:15 am deputies investigated a three-car accident with injuries at the intersection of State Route 21 and Andrews Rd. Deputies say Hazel Matus, of Canandaigua was traveling north on Route 21 when she failed to slow or stop for a vehicle that was stopped, waiting to turn off the roadway onto Andrews Rd. That vehicle was... more

Canandaigua man falsely reported an overdose at his home

A 54-year-old Canandaigua man was arrested for falsely reporting an incident and resisting arrest when officers attempted to take him into custody. Richard D. Brahm, 54, of Canandaigua was charged with resisting arrest and third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Brahm is accused of calling 911 and falsely reporting an overdose at his residence. When police attempted to take him into... more

DEC says Greenidge must install screening to protect fish

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that the Greenidge Generating Station will be required to install screening equipment on its water intake pipe to reduce fish mortality. The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes had raised concerns about the plant being allowed to resume electrical generation without having the screening. The plant operated from 1937 to 2005 as... more

Contractors to get first look at Owasco Flats, invasive species survey underway

Donning a tan-brimmed hat, rubber boots and a yellow and blaze orange vest, Bruce Natale waded through goldenrod and reed canary grass in the Owasco Flats Wednesday afternoon. Narrow boards ran across parts of the wetland in the muddiest areas, and Natale, environmental engineer for Cayuga County, walked across them, sweeping off dirt and debris with his boots as he... more

FLX WEEKLY: Labor Day Weekend Edition (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi and Josh Durso for a look at your holiday weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes. The unofficial end of summer is upon us but there are still great outdoor activities and events to enjoy across the region. We’ll fill you in and let you know how the weather is shaping up. Also, the top news... more

College student sentenced to prison for sexually abusing girl in Cayuga County

A Binghamton college student was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for having oral sex with a 13-year-old girl in the town of Locke. Earlier this month, David Leach, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sex act, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. During his plea, Leach said he had been living with the teen's... more

Little lake sees big developments with Honeoye research

New research on Honeoye Lake could crack the code for what ails that lake and waterways everywhere: Harmful blue-green algae. The project involving citizens, students and scientists has this summer uncovered new clues to what spawns and fuels those nasty algae blooms that plague Honeoye and other lakes. “The types of blooms we are seeing are changing,” said Roxanne Razavi,... more

W-FL high school football teams open play this weekend (schedule)

The Section V high school football season opens this weekend with Week 1 action. Check out the full schedule for all the Wayne-Finger Lakes teams as they hit the gridiron for opening week… FRIDAY NIGHT: Newark at ER/Gananda 7 pm SS/Romulus/T-burg at Marcus Whitman 7 pm Victor at Aquinas 7 pm Pal-Mac at Penn Yan 7 pm Clyde-Savannah at Mynderse... more

Update: Sludge spill raises questions, wrath

A spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Conservation provided the following information after print publication deadline: “After the spill, DEC and DOH alerted downstream public water supplies to take standard precautions, monitored for turbidity in the outlet, and determined that lake samples would not provide information to drive additional actions. DEC’s preliminary determination is that operator error caused the release... more

Police: Canandaigua woman sold heroin, other drugs

The Canandaigua Police Department report the arrest of a 36-year-old Samantha Potter-Merklinger, of Canandaigua for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She is accused of selling heroin and other drugs on multiple occasions while in the City of Canandaigua. She was arraigned in Canandaigua City Court and will answer the charges at a later date. Additional charges are pending. more

Cayuga County action group observes Overdose Awareness Day with candlelight vigil

Derek Barnish stood on the steps of Memorial City Hall Thursday night, looked out at the crowd of people illuminated by candlelight and said, "My name is Derek and I'm an addict." "Hi Derek," some people in the crowd said in response. "But I'm much more than that," he continued. "I'm a father and I'm a son and I'm a... more

Gardner will be Republican candidate for Yates DA; Casella will still be on the November ballot

There will be no Republican Primary for the position of Yates County District Attorney Sept. 12, but that doesn’t mean Valerie Gardner and her challenger, Todd Casella, will stop campaigning hard. Both names will appear on the general election ballot in November. Today (Aug. 30), the New York State Court of Appeals did not hear either of the cases from... more

END OF AN ERA: Area Records in Geneva will close this fall

It’s the end of an era in Geneva. Mikel George, Owner of Area Records & Music in Geneva says he is closing up shop. It’s become a staple in downtown Geneva, and has served the area as an independent record store for over 40 years. He made the decision to retire on the 40th Anniversary of the business. “It has... more

Apple Shed kicks off fall harvest with Kids Weekend

The Apple Shed in Newark is kicking off the fall harvest with its annual Kids’ Weekend on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Festivities run from Noon-5 pm each day. Saturday features a marketplace of kid entrepreneurs, Sunday features live entertainment. Both days, orchard hayride will run from Noon to 5 pm and proceeds will be donated to Newark... more
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