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PRIMARY RESULTS: Voters cast ballots throughout the Finger Lakes

PRIMARY DAY: Contested races throughout the Finger Lakes
A busy primary day, which saw a lot of change in the Finger Lakes. That could be how this day is remembered for those who have served, and those who have followed elected boards in the region. By the end of the night – two longtime supervisors in Seneca County had been defeated by challengers in their primary contests; and... more

Embattled Wayne Central board members to remain in their positions

Embattled Wayne Central board members to remain in their positions
Two embattled members of the Wayne Central School Board will not be removed from the board. Steven Gallaher and Dennis Landry were accused of overstepping their positions by launching their own investigation and gaining access to Freewill Elementary School. The pair were each facing five charges of official misconduct. Landry and Gallaher say the school had been left unsecured, and... more

Waterloo man accused of dragging dog tied to car for more than half-mile

Waterloo man accused of dragging dog tied to car for more than half-mile
A Waterloo man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly dragging a dog while it was tied to the vehicle he was driving. Seneca Falls Police say the dog was dragged more than half a mile before the vehicle stopped. Police have charged Steven Arndt, 60, with aggravated cruelty to animals, carrying an animal in a cruel manner and operating... more

Palmyra man accused of raping woman

Palmyra man accused of raping woman
Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man from Palmyra after a rape investigation. Deputies said they investigated a rape related to a domestic incident late Monday night. After investigating, deputies arrested Dominick Gonzalez-Hey, 23, for forcibly raping a woman. Gonzalez -Hey was charged with first-degree rape and was arraigned Tuesday evening. Gonzalez-Hey was remanded to the Wayne County Jail in... more

THE MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Gary Mann of The Rescue Mission discusses community impact (podcast)

MELISSA KILLELEAGH: Gary Mann of The Rescue Mission discusses community impact (podcast)
Gary Mann, Regional Program Manager of the Rescue Mission joined Melissa Killeleagh on this week’s edition of the Melissa Killeleagh Show. He discusses his work, and the impact that work has the community-at-large. Check out the full-conversation below, and remember to subscribe for the latest episodes from the series! . more

Four Yankee homers give Bronx Bombers long balls in 28 straight, win over Jays

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The Major League record for consecutive games with a home run now belongs to the 2019 Yankees, and their juggernaut offense shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge led off with back-to-back homers off Blue Jays left-hander Clayton Richard, marking the Yankees’ 28th consecutive game with at least one long ball, helping to power a... more

Auburn man going to prison for attacking woman

Auburn man going to prison for attacking woman
A convicted felon who physically attacked a woman last July was sentenced Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court to an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years in prison. Gary Hamm, 30, of Auburn, admitted April 24 to attacking the woman in her apartment, preventing her from dialing 911 and preventing her from leaving the apartment. Police said Hamm struck... more

Facial recognition at ROC Airport about to ‘take off’

Facial recognition at ROC Airport about to ‘take off’
There’s a new form of security coming to the Greater Rochester International Airport. Facial recognition technology is part of the nearly $80 million in upgrades completed last fall. The high-tech new measure will feature the latest software from IK Systems, Inc. in Victor to identify travelers on specific lists from the FBI. “When somebody’s coming through the airport terminal,” the... more

New York makes progress fighting giant weed with toxic sap

New York makes progress fighting giant weed with toxic sap
New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Giant Hogweed Program is in its 12th year. Commissioner Basil Seggos says the program has eradicated the plants from 623 sites and another 448 sites are being monitored. The agency is urging the public to report sightings... more

Tohafjian claims he was ‘set up’

Tohafjian claims he was ‘set up’
“I didn’t rape her. She set me up.” Those were the words of Emerson “John” Tohafjian before he was arrested for rape and several other charges in June of 2018. A videotaped interview of Tohafjian at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was played during pretrial hearings in his case Monday in county court. Tohafjian faces felony charges of rape and... more

Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue

Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue
A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino. Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Syracuse. Watson says the proposed capacity was 45,000-50,000... more

Officials remind drivers, motorcyclists to stay aware during heavy travel months

Officials remind drivers, motorcyclists to stay aware during heavy travel months
As the weather continues to get warmer, more motorcyclists will take to the roads. Now, law enforcement officials are reminding all drivers about safety precautions they can take to ensure a safe summer. On average, about 141 people die due to motorcycle accidents in New York, every year. More than 1,500 people are hospitalized because of injuries from a motorcycle crash, and nearly 4,500 people are... more

New restaurant struggles to stay afloat due to shoreline flooding

New restaurant struggles to stay afloat due to shoreline flooding
A new restaurant in the town of Huron is struggling to stay afloat due to all the flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline. Bryan Ritter cashed in all his savings and opened Pier Fifty-Three Open Air Bar & Brick Oven on Labor Day weekend. He said he and his family wanted to give people a taste of what it’s like... more

Auburn police: Man assaults victim with toilet seat

Auburn police: Man assaults victim with toilet seat
Auburn police arrested a man on a felony assault charge early Saturday morning after a neighbor called in a disturbance. The Auburn Police Department said the suspect, Jason Charles Blaisdell, allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face with a toilet seat, injuring her nose, face and wrist. Blaisdell also allegedly hit her several times after the incident and punched a... more

Deputies: Flooded road conditions led to crash along SR 89

Deputies: Flooded road conditions led to crash along SR 89
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 20th at 7:34 a.m. deputies responded to a three car personal injury crash along State Route 89 in the Town of Ovid. Upon investigation it was determined that Melissa Toyryla, 41, of Spencer and a second vehicle operated by Brooke Morsch, 23, of New Jersey were traveling south, but stopped in traffic... more

Several officers injured, visitors arrested following reported assaults, drug smuggling at Elmira Correctional Facility

Several officers injured, visitors arrested following reported assaults, drug smuggling at Elmira Correctional Facility
Several officers were injured in two separate inmate attacks and two visitors were arrested for allegedly trying to bring drugs into the Elmira Correctional Facility in the last two weeks. Authorities say on Sunday, June 9, an officer saw vomit on an inmate’s shirt while in the recreation yard. The officer reportedly ordered the inmate to the infirmary to be... more
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