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Geneva PD: Investigation into armed robbery at Castle Street Mini Mart underway

On Saturday around 9:07 p.m. members of the Geneva Police Department responded to the Castle Street Mini Mart for an armed robbery complaint. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the response. Upon investigation it was determined that a thin male, with a light complexion entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the staff. An undisclosed amount... more

REPORT: Auburn prison guard suspended since August accused of waterboarding inmates, vicious assaults

An Auburn prison guard has been accused of waterboarding two inmates and brutally beaten ghtem in their genitals in two separate incidents, according to a report by New York Daily News. Lt. Troy Mitchell, a guard at the Auburn Correctional Facility was accused in court papers filed in Albany. According to the report, he poured buckets of water over the... more

RACE TO ALBANY: Cuomo’s approval rating falls, field of potential challengers shrinks

After a tangible bump in January, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability took a tumble in latest polling by Siena College. The poll of New York State registered voters found that Cuomo’s favorability rating is down nine points from where it sat just a month ago. Overall, the Governor has a 53 percent approval rating — with 40 percent of New York’s... more

IKEA in Tyre? Unlikely despite interest from Seneca Co. officials

The world’s largest furniture retailer coming to Seneca County? Not so fast. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency gauged interest from the Netherlands-based furniture company to locate in Tyre, near the New York State Thruway. They weren’t interested. According to IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson, the company likes to be placed near a major airport. “We checked that out and... more

Deputies: Geneva woman used excessive force on child less than 2-years-old at Seneca Co. Office Building

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says a 29-year-old Geneva woman was arrested after being observed using excessive force on a child less than 2-years-old at the Seneca County Office Building. On February 12th at 11:11 a.m. deputies charged Jessica J. Withiam, 29, of Geneva with endangering the welfare of a child. She is accused of using excessive and unreasonable physical... more

Sheriff: Newark residents provided false information during Tyre accident investigation

Deputies say a Newark duo was charged with falsely reporting an incident after an accident at the intersection of State Routes 414 and 318 late-last month. Sacha Santana, 32, and Richard Barnes, 34, were each charged with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Barnes was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and three other minor traffic offenses.... more

Deputies: Duo had cocaine, pills, and machete during traffic stop in Tyre

Deputies say a pair of arrests were made after a traffic stop in Tyre. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that the driver — identified as 63-year-old Steve Clary — was found to be in possession of cocaine, as well as a machete. Deputies also discovered the passenger — identified as 48-year-old Deann Joll — possessed cocaine, and various prescription... more

Helming hosts farm brewery roundtable in Albany

Senator Pam Helming, Senate Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, held a Farm Brewery Roundtable in Albany on Wednesday, January 31, drawing nearly 60 stakeholders from across New York to the State’s capital. Those in attendance included members of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, including Assemblywoman Woerner, Assemblyman Fitzpatrick, and Assemblyman Palmesano, as well as Senator Amedore.... more

Auburn man charged after domestic incident

An Auburn man was arrested by police following an investigation into a domestic incident on Sheridan Street. Police say the incident took place on Sunday around 3:15 a.m. when authorities were called to the scene. Brandon Lowe, 31, was charged with harassment, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned in Auburn City Court and remanded to the Cayuga County... more

Sheriff Virts elected ‘President’ of NYS Sheriffs’ Assocation

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association elected its Officers at the 84th Annual Winter Training Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Members elected Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts President of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Virts says he will work with departments around the state to further the efforts of the Sheriffs’ Association to enhance public safety in New... more

Poll: NY voters support legalizing marijuana

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes funding a study to examine whether the state should legalize marijuana, a new poll found a majority of New York voters support allowing the recreational use of the drug. The Siena College poll released Monday found 56 percent of New York voters surveyed support legalizing recreational marijuana. Two-thirds of Democrats and 57 percent of independents... more

Geneva man stopped for speeding, charged with DWI

According to Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce a Geneva man was charged with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on State Route 414. Deputies arrested Trevor L. Duffus, 32, of Geneva for driving while intoxicated after he was observed speeding in Tyre. Deputies say he was intoxicated during the traffic stop. The charges will be answered in Tyre Town... more

Poll: John DeFrancisco unknown by NY voters as he launches bid for governor

State Sen. John DeFrancisco may be the leading contender for the Republican nomination for governor, but a new poll published today shows he's still largely unknown outside of Central New York. When New York voters were asked last week about their opinion of DeFrancisco, 81 percent said they didn't know enough about him to answer the question, according to a... more

Watkins Glen man charged in trespassing incident

The Watkins Glen Police Department reports the arrest of a 44-year-old resident following a trespassing incident. Richard J. Hagenow, of Watkins Glen was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and committed to the Schuyler County Jail. He was arraigned in Watkins Glen Village Court. The charges will be answered at a later date, according to the Watkins Glen PD. more

How do you like your organic in the Finger Lakes?

Can a tomato grown in a nutrient solution instead of dirt be called “organic?” Is organic farming about more than eschewing synthetic pesticides? Those questions are at the root of debate raging in the organic produce industry. The debate recently heated up when the National Organic Standards Board (a group that advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture) voted this fall... more

Sheriff: Inmate damaged jail property, presented forged docs to obtain contraband

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 24-year-old Corning man following an incident at the County Jail. According to deputies, Forrest C. Smith, 24, of Corning possessed a forged document and presented it to jail personnel in an attempt to gain contraband. Smith was subsequently charged with second-degree forgery and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.... more

Finger Lakes Resort developers must secure more funding after receiving state grant

A project that has frustrated many of you is getting a lot of your tax money. The developers of the stalled Finger Lakes Resort Project on Canandaigua Lake were awarded thousands of dollars of your tax money through a Community Development Block Grant. This state grant is for $750,000, but the catch is the developers Bob Murphy and David Genecco... more
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