VIDEO REPLAY: South Seneca & Midlakes play for trip to NYS Final Four

Two Wayne-Finger Lakes girls basketball teams compete at the Far West Regionals at Rush-Henrietta on Saturday night for a chance to advance to the NYSPHSAA Final Four at Hudson Valley Community College. First, the South Seneca Lady Falcons take on the Section VI Class C Champion Allegany-Limestone Gators. Then, the undefeated Midlakes Screaming Eagles face Section VI Class B Champion... more

Tree-killing emerald ash borer found in Tompkins, Schuyler counties

Cornell University confirmed it has found an emerald ash borer – an invasive beetle that has destroyed ash trees across the country – in its largest teaching and research forest. The pest was located in Schuyler and Tompkins counties in the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, according to Cornell University. Roughly one out of every six trees in the forest... more

UPDATE: Officials say bomb threat at Geneva school resulted in investigation, increased police presence

Officials with the Geneva City School District updated the public on a bomb threat, which was etched into a computer at the Carter Road Complex on Wednesday. Heather Swanson, Public Relations Officer for the district said “Late last night Geneva City School District officials were alerted to a bomb threat.” She continued, “The Geneva Police Department, New York State Police,... more

Port Byron parents still upset with school leaders

Parents in Port Byron say Tuesday was another example of what they believe is a lack of communication between school leaders and parents. Two weeks ago, parents rallied, concerned about how school leaders handled the situation where a 12-year-old student was arrested after police said the student posted threats on social media. Parents say the district isn’t notifying them quick... more

Sodus man expected to plead guilty to killing ex-girlfriend

The Sodus man accused of slitting the throat of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend is expected to plead guilty to her murder Friday. David Knight-Hollis, 19, was arrested in November after police said he killed Alyssa Taft at a home on Boyd Road. Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco said a hearing is expected to be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m.... more

Auburn man denies assaulting, injuring police officer

An Auburn man has pleaded not guilty to attacking a police officer last year. Justin Gervais, 22, of 123 Wall St. Apt. 3, was arraigned Thursday morning in Cayuga County Court after a grand jury handed down a three-count indictment, charging him with second-degree assault, a felony; resisting arrest, a misdemeanor; and loud and unnecessary noise, a violation. He and... more

Meeting minutes: Weedsport mayor defies attorney advice on conflict of interest

Despite an attorney's advice to the contrary, Mayor Jean Saroodis refused to recuse herself from an executive session in the village of Weedsport on Feb. 8 in which an unspecified conflict of interest arose, according to meeting minutes The Citizen obtained this week. The state Committee on Open Government released the Feb. 8 executive session meeting minutes to The Citizen... more

H&M, Michael Kors will open at Waterloo Premium Outlets; Eddie Bauer will relocate

Changes are coming to the Waterloo Premium Outlets. Eddie Bauer is relocating — and along with the closure of other stores in the northwest corner of the shopping center — a new store will open. H&M was announced as that store, which has a slated opening date of August 1st. The H&M store will take over the former Eddie Bauer... more

Fire breaks out at senior living complex in Williamson

A grease fire caused extensive damage to an apartment at a senior living facility in Williamson Tuesday night. Firefighters say the fire was contained to one apartment at the Williamson Orchard Estate Apartments. No one inside was hurt. Mutual aid was called in from several fire departments. The American Red Cross is providing assistance for those displaced by the fire.... more

Sheriff: Romulus man stole vehicle, attempted to have it scrapped

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says a 25-year-old Romulus man was taken into custody on charges to the theft of property, which included a vehicle. Dylan C. Slack, 25, of Romulus was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny after alleging stealing property, which included a vehicle — from a residence in Romulus. Slack then... more

Auburn entrepreneur honored as one of ‘Women Who Make America’

An Auburn entrepreneur has been honored by a broadcasting station in Syracuse this week. Tracy Verrier, an agricultural entrepreneur and the executive director of Cayuga Strategic Solutions, a joint project between the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and the Cayuga Economic Development Agency, is one of 10 women who are this year's Makers: Women Who Make America honorees for the... more

State police charge Port Byron student for making threat

State Police arrested a 13-year-old Port Byron student for making a claim to harm other students at the school. Troopers say at no time did investigators believe his threats would be carried put and at no time were any students or faculty in any danger. The student was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony. The student... more

Cayuga County Sheriff Gould likely to retire; lieutenant intends to seek office

Detective Lt. Brian Schenck said he has filed paperwork launching a campaign to run for Cayuga County sheriff should Sheriff David Gould decide to retire from the position. Gould confirmed Wednesday that he and Schenck have "communicated" about the campaign — the Committee to Elect Brian Schenck Sheriff — and discussed the possibility that Gould will not seek re-election in... more

Are Finger Lakes fish safe eating?

The rule of thumb for eating fish from the Finger Lakes: No more than once a week or four times a month. Why? Mercury contamination. How mercury pollution is getting into the lakes and the fish we eat was the subject of a presentation Tuesday at Finger Lakes Community College by researcher and assistant professor Roxanne Razavi. The Finger Lakes... more

Trumansburg schools enforce lockout for 45 minutes because of video showing handgun

Trumansburg schools enforced a lockout and a hold-in-place for 45 minutes on Wednesday because of an alleged school threat. Kimberly Bell, superintendent of the Trumansburg Central School District, said officials from a neighboring school district told Trumasburg school officials Wednesday morning that a post on social media contained a video of a student with a handgun in a school restroom.... more

EAGLES FLY WEST: Clyde-Savannah tops Prattsburgh; Lyons & Wayne fall at Rush-Henrietta

The Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles are the last men standing in the Wayne-Finger Lakes as they defeated Prattsburgh 76-69 in Penn Yan on Wednesday night in the Section V Class D State Qualifier. Clyde led by just 1 point at halftime and the game was tied in after three quarters. The Golden Eagles pulled ahead in the final period to punch... more

Ontario man charged with felony DWI after traffic stop in Wayne County

Troopers say an Ontario man was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated — on a felony charge — following a traffic stop on Lakeside Road on Tuesday. Christopher J. Smith, 56, of Ontario was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a breath test and inadequate tail lights. He was placed under arrest after failing multiple... more

Syracuse bounced from ACC Tournament by Tar Heels, now wait for Selection Sunday (full coverage)

Freshman Oshae Brissett scored 20 points with 10 rebounds to lead 11th-seeded Syracuse in a 78-59 loss to sixth-seeded North Carolina Wednesday night in the second round of the New York Life ACC Tournament. Sophomore Tyus Battle finished with 15 points and junior Frank Howard totaled 12 points. Theo Pinson posted 16 points and 11 boards to lead the Tar... more
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