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Local trainer who worked at Canandaigua hospital accused of rape; also worked at Bloomfield, Midlakes schools

Athletic trainer who worked at F.F. Thompson Hospital charged with rape
State Police say a Wayland man who worked as an athletic trainer at two area schools is facing several sexual assault charges, including one rape charge. Austin J. Pratt, 30, was charged with third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sex act. Both are felonies, according to Troopers, who say that he was also charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a... more

Deputies: Man wanted on felony charge taken into custody after pursuit at Eastview Mall

Deputies: Man wanted on felony charge taken into custody after pursuit at Eastview Mall
Deputies say that a 36-year-old Pine Bush resident was arrested at Eastview Mall on felony charges following an incident over the weekend. On Saturday, deputies were patrolling the mall and recognized a white male identified as John Wesley Knights, 36, from Dansville, who had warrants out of Livingston County in the past. Deputies contacted Livingston County Dispatch and confirmed that... more

Police discover 13 license suspensions during traffic stop in Penn Yan

Police discover 13 license suspensions during traffic stop in Penn Yan
Following a traffic stop – a Syracuse man was found to have over a dozen license suspensions, according to police. The Penn Yan Police Department reports the arrest of Shawn M. Allen, 40, of Syracuse following a traffic stop on Main Street. Police say a check of Allen’s driver’s license with DMV showed him to have a revoked license –... more

UPSTATE HOOPS: Newark Reds seniors in-studio (podcast)

UPSTATE HOOPS: Newark Reds seniors in-studio (podcast)
This week we welcome Newark seniors Mason VanDeMortel, Jayden Peters, Kyle Martinez and Adian Elliot to talk about their season, the competition at the top of the Finger Lakes East and their season goals. Also, our updated Wayne-Finger Lakes boys and girls Power Rankings and a recap of the past week’s action. . more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Bringing solar to rural parts of the Finger Lakes

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Bringing solar to rural parts of the Finger Lakes
What kind of benefit can solar have in the Finger Lakes? That is one of the questions discussed in this week’s Sunday Conversation. In 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo invested a billion dollars to see a state initiative reach those who otherwise wouldn’t have access. Those with NYSERDA and Nexamp say solar can work; and officials have attached some aggressive goals... more

Cuomo backs banning plastic bags across NYS

Cuomo backs banning plastic bags across NYS
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 budget proposal will call for a ban on plastic bags in New York as well as an expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law. “While the federal government is taking our environmental progress backwards and selling out our communities to polluters and oil companies, in New York we are moving forward with the nation’s strongest environmental... more

Brother returns to “Mikey’s Jump” at Bristol Mountain

Brother returns to “Mikey’s Jump” at Bristol Mountain
People fly on Bristol Mountain like they never have before. It even leaves veterans of the ski aerial circuit breathless. “This is the first time I’ve seen it in action, with people hittin’ it,” Chris Lillis said. “And I couldn’t be more excited.” Lillis, the U.S. National Ski team member from Pittsford, has seen his share of air. But when... more

Siri announces improvement plans for Outlaw Speedway

Siri announces improvement plans for Outlaw Speedway
Since taking ownership of the Outlaw Speedway three years ago, track owner Tyler Siri continues to make much needed improvements at the Yates County speedway. “When I purchased the facility I knew that there were certain areas that would have to be addressed. In addition to general cleanup, paint and polish, freshening up the track’s concession areas and menus, updating... more

Climate change takes focus in former EPA administrator’s FLCC talk

Climate change takes focus in former EPA administrator’s FLCC talk
A former administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency will give a talk at Finger Lakes Community College Sunday, Jan. 27, as part of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum. Gina McCarthy, who headed the EPA from 2013 to 2017, will focus on climate change in her talk, titled “Final Arguments in People vs. Planet.” WXXI’s “Connections” radio show host... more

Environmental Control Officer locates illegal duck hunting guide

Environmental Control Officer locates illegal duck hunting guide
On Dec. 29, ECO Joshua Crain received multiple complaints about an individual posting guided waterfowl hunts on social media in the Yates County area. ECO Crain determined that this individual was not licensed to guide hunts in New York, and photos showed an over-the-limit take of waterfowl. Over the next several days, ECO Crain compiled more evidence and attempted to... more

Seneca Falls Town Board mulls how to spend 3rd quarter landfill money

Seneca Falls Town Board mulls how to spend 3rd quarter landfill money
he Town Board will debate how to spend the $1,041,180 it received from Seneca Meadows Landfill for the third quarter of 2018 when it meets in special session at 5 p.m. Monday. That discussion was on the agenda for the board’s regular meeting Jan. 2, but it was postponed when that meeting ran late. Options that have been discussed at... more

Auburn Community Hospital reaches out to Schumer, Katko over losing VA clinic bid

Auburn Community Hospital reaches out to Schumer, Katko over losing VA clinic bid
Auburn Community Hospital has reached out to federal representatives in its quest to continue operating Auburn’s outpatient clinic for veterans after recently losing a bid for the clinic, asking that local veterans’ feelings be considered. The Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center recently appointed health clinic operator STG International to be a provider for an Auburn clinic over the Auburn hospital, which... more