Ontario County DA stepping down, but not calling it quits

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo may be days away from retiring, but he’s not closing his law books. The longtime prosecutor — 39 years, including 28 as DA — still loves the law, trying cases, and the challenges and rewards of the profession, but just feels it is time to let someone else take over and will be turning... more

Supervisor Venuti to lead Seneca Lake group

Of the 40 municipalities in the Seneca Lake watershed, slightly more than half are part of a group working to protect the lake and improve water quality. The new chairman of that group, officially called the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, wants that number to go up. “In 2018, we will be working to have more of the municipalities in the... more

Auburn North Division Street hydro plant project nears completion

After wet summer weather extended construction work at the North Division Street Hydropower Plant into the winter months, the facility bordering the Owasco River successfully generated power Friday. Construction began on the $6 million project in the spring and was expected to be completed in August. However, a rainy summer and issues with rock excavation delayed construction and caused crews... more

Waterloo man charged with aggravated DWI after incident

The Waterloo Police Department reports the arrest of a Waterloo man following an incident where law enforcement received multiple complaints of an erratic driver. Police say Daniel E. Smith, 51, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and failure to yield the right of way. The incident happened in the Village of Waterloo. Police also say that... more

Downtown Lyons properties nominated for National Register of Historic Places

This Erie Canal community got an early Christmas present, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a large portion of its downtown, park square and adjacent neighborhoods are being recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation for placement on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Lyons Downtown Historic District, containing 256 properties, is one of 23... more

Ithaca woman pleads guilty to robbery on night of ex-boyfriend’s death

An Ithaca woman pleaded guilty on Friday to robbing her ex-boyfriend of his marijuana plants last December in Newfield in an incident which resulted in the man’s death. Jamie Gerhart pleaded guilty to felony first-degree robbery of Camden Rundell. According to court documents, Andrew Bonavia, deputy district attorney, and Diane Lama, assistant district attorney, recommend a five-year prison sentence and... more

Seneca County Chamber of Commerce to honor former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio

Former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio will be among the honorees next month at the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce's 50th annual dinner meeting in Geneva. Nozzolio, who represented the Finger Lakes region in the state Legislature for more than three decades, will receive the chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. The award, which is sponsored by MRB Group, will... more

Is the key to solving allergies here?

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is embarking on a $2.4 million study focused on a population that is virtually immune to food allergies: the Old Order Mennonite Community. Fewer than 1 percent of Old Order Mennonites have food allergies, asthma, and other allergic diseases, which researchers believe is the result of several significant lifestyle differences from the general... more

Waterloo High students back extra bags for Trevor’s Gift

Members of the Waterloo High Rotary Interact Club took time out from their holiday celebrations to pack extra bags of food for the Trevor’s Gift food backpack program. This is the seventh year the students have provided an extra bag of food for the backpack program, which provides food for their nutritionally needy classmates. The program needed the extra food... more

Yates Drug Treatment Court marks 33rd graduation

The Yates County Courthouse, like all institutions of its kind, is rarely the scene of happy events. Most people called to appear there arrive by unfortunate circumstances, some of their own making. One event that does not fall into that unhappy lot and brings an atmosphere of celebration is when the county judge formally approves adoptions, when children are given... more

Owner of Osteria Salina in Auburn opens new restaurant at Destiny USA

The owner of the downtown Auburn eatery Osteria Salina recently opened a familiar restaurant at Destiny USA in Syracuse: Bambino's Bistro. Bambino's called Auburn home for about eight years until owner Guillermo Salina decided to close the bistro to focus on Osteria Salina, which opened in 2013. "It was time to move on," Salina said of the Auburn Bambino's location.... more

Deputies: Shoplifters swipe over $600 in merchandise from Kohl’s in Victor

Three people were arrested following a shoplifting complaint at Kohl’s in Victor. On Saturday, Kohl’s employees reported that a man and a woman, later identified as Rodney Jasper and Angie Jasper, had stolen several fitness trackers valued at $639.92 from the store. Deputies stopped a car on State Route 96, driven by 36-year-old Brooksie Wilson, after it was seen fleeing... more

Springside Inn named one of 2017’s ‘best upscale hideaways’ in the northeast

The Springside Inn has been chosen as one of this year’s best retreats in the northeast United States. Earlier this month, travel blogger Malerie Yolen-Cohen published a list of the 18 best northeast hideaways in the Huffington Post, and as it turned out, the Springside Inn made the cut. One of three New York destinations on Yolen-Cohen’s list, the Springside... more

Brutal wind chills, lake effect snow persist throughout the Finger Lakes tonight

Walking outside this morning might have felt like a shock for some, as the Finger Lakes experienced temperatures that haven’t been seen in recent memory. Forecasters say the temperatures will continue falling through Thursday, which will mean that staying warm, bundled up, and keeping children and pets safe is a priority. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories... more

Multiple crews respond to Scipio house fire

Crews were called to an early-morning second-alarm fire in Scipio on Tuesday. The call came in around 5:30, according to first responders and scanner traffic. They tell us that the home at 1756 Fleming Scipio Townline Road was not occupied. However, it’s unclear if any injuries were reported at the scene. Poplar Ridge, Scipio, Aurelius, Aurora, Fleming, Auburn, Union Springs,... more
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