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Schuyler County boating accident leaves one dead, two others injured

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office says that one person was pronounced dead at the scene of a boat accident after being thrown overboard late-Thursday. The incident happened on Waneta Lake around 8:07 pm and two other individuals were transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment. The Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of the accident as 17-year-old Owen Thomas. Thomas... more

Seneca Falls official, landfill employee verbally threatened; man faces felony charge

On Friday around 1:37 pm members of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested a Seneca Falls resident on a felony charge following an incident on June 8th, 2017. Police say John C. Garee, 69, of Seneca Falls was charged with making a terroristic threat – a Class D felony, after calling a New York State government office, making a verbal... more

Duo in Macedon accused of sexual misconduct with dog

A man and woman from Macedon were arrested earlier this week after being accused of having sexual contact with a dog. According to our news partners at the Times of Wayne County, this all stemmed from a separate arrest on July 30. Police said 38-year-old Shane Ogden was arrested on an endangering the welfare of a child charge after he... more

‘American Pickers’ returning to New York, seeking Cayuga County leads

The “American Pickers” team is planning to film in New York in September, and hopes to have somewhere to stop in the Cayuga County area. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz’s History series follows them as they scour America for valuable antiques — and the stories behind them. The team only picks private collections — stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions... more

Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams; Acquire Jordan Matthews from Eagles (full coverage)

The Bills made a blockbuster move Friday, sending former first-round pick Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams along with a 2018 sixth-round pick in exchange for CB E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in next year’s draft. It was a move that no one was expecting, but its clear Buffalo’s front office is going to shape this roster in... more

LANDFILL: Community comes out in force to say ‘no’ to permit

Environmental attorney Douglas Zamelis’ back bowed under the weight of a stack of papers containing over 2,000 complaints about the odor coming from the Seneca Meadows landfill. Representing the grassroots group Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee, Zamelis hefted the paper stack as he scolded Department of Environmental Conservation representatives at the public hearing for the permit renewal application to continue... more

A tribute to Coach Mac on Friday at Syracuse University (full coverage)

In the 1980s, Coach Richard “Dick” MacPherson breathed new life into the Syracuse University football program. He confidently built teams that competed in several bowl games (including the 1987 Sugar Bowl), posted an undefeated regular season, and notched stunning victories against top-ranked teams such as No. 1 ranked Nebraska and West Virginia. Much of that magic happened in the University’s... more

Cayuga County Legislature committee changes up venue

The Cayuga County Legislature Ways and Means Committee will hold its meeting at the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District building next week instead of the county office building. In addition to the scheduled agenda items, Committee Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman said she expects some presentations and information to be shared from the district, the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program, the... more

Auburn police union speaks out about safety concerns at Cayuga Centers

Roughly one week after a police officer was hurt by a resident of Cayuga Centers, the agency’s board of trustees received a letter from Auburn Police Local 195: “We can no longer accept that a good faith effort is being made to fix what we feel is broken.” The Aug. 9 letter from the city police officers union went on... more

Update: Indian Pines and Red Jacket swimming areas reopen after algae concerns

The swimming areas at Red Jacket and Indian Pines Parks in Penn Yan are reopening today (Aug. 9) at 11 a.m. Officials at Keuka Lake State Park are still awaiting test results to determine when that area will reopen. Those who live on and love to swim in Keuka Lake are becoming more watchful of their shoreline after algae that... more

Six-year-old reaches goal of working at Mesa Grande Taqueria in Auburn

When graduating kindergartners at Casey Park Elementary School ceremony held up signs saying what they want to do when they grow up, Kaiden Zmarthie’s sign said he wanted to work at Mesa Grande Taqueria. Fast forward a couple months and Kaiden, 6, worked for a short time Friday afternoon at the restaurant’s Auburn location with his big brother, Tyler Wilkinson,... more

Seneca Falls man charged with harassment following domestic incident

Police say a 21-year-old Seneca Falls man was arrested after an investigation into a domestic incident. Ryan M. Mendez, 21, of Seneca Falls was charged with second-degree harassment following a domestic incident that took place on August 1st. Mendez is accused of threatening another resident. He was arraigned in Seneca Falls Town Court and released on his own recognizance. The... more

Middlesex Solar farm incentives approved

At an Aug. 2 special meeting of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates County’s Economic/Industrial Development Agency) approved multiple resolutions related to two projects — one that will allow homeowners to buy power generated by a solar farm in Middlesex. SOLAR FARM: The SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), PILOT (Payment in lieu of Taxes) Deviation, and Approving Resolution for... more

Tractor-trailer catches fire on SR 14 in Geneva

Deputies say a tractor-trailer fire resulted in the White Springs and West Lake Road fire departments to be called to the scene on State Route 14. The fire was noticed by the operator of the tractor-trailer around 12:24 pm on Thursday. Douglas Shoemarker, 59, of Shortsville noticed the rear tires on the passenger’s side of the trailer were on fire.... more
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