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Judge rules against giving custody of ‘Naples 85’ to Humane Society preventing immediate adoption

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Thursday was a big day for the 85 terriers that were rescued from a hoarding situation in Naples. For the “Naples 85,” the hope is that a judge will release custody to the Ontario County Humane Society to get these dogs adopted. These small dogs have quite the story. “They were very much covered in fleas, hair loss, eyes with discharge, very nervous... more

Cuomo proposes new hate crimes law defining domestic terrorism

Cuomo proposes new hate crimes law defining domestic terrorism
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, proposed a new law Thursday which would define “hate-fueled murder with the intent to cause mass casualties” as an act of domestic terrorism. The Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act would allow for the same penalties in New York as currently defined terrorist acts: up to life in prison without parole. Cuomo made the announcement Thursday afternoon... more

SLPWA: No algae blooms in Seneca Lake yet

SLPWA: No algae blooms in Seneca Lake yet
No news, in this case, is good news. The first week of monitoring the shores of Seneca Lake for Harmful Algal Blooms — or HABs — has turned up no blooms as of Aug. 11. But the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association warns that HABs didn’t start being observed last summer until Sept. 4, and then were especially prevalent between... more

Geneva cop now on unpaid leave

Geneva cop now on unpaid leave
A city police officer accused of choking a woman last month is now on unpaid leave. Geneva Police Chief Mike Passalacqua confirmed Wednesday that Jack Montesanto, the subject of disciplinary charges, has been placed on unpaid pre-hearing suspension pursuant to Section 75 of state Civil Service Law, which pertains to public employees. “Beyond that, I cannot discuss this any further,”... more

Ben Reichert captures NYS Men’s Amateur Championship

Ben Reichert captures NYS Men’s Amateur Championship
Ben Reichert of River Oaks Golf Club claimed the 97th New York State Men’s Amateur Championship by one stroke at Crag Burn Golf Club. Reichert carded a one-over 73 in the fourth and final round on Thursday evening to finish at four-over 292 and secure his second NYS championship, the first being the 2015 NYS Boys’ Junior. Final Leaderboard “It... more

Study: Social media use may be harmful for teens’ mental health, especially girls

Study: Social media use may be harmful for teens’ mental health, especially girls
A trip to the Brighton Memorial Library becomes a healthy summer habit for Jennifer Regan and her two kids, 10-year-old Owen and seven-year-old Zoey. Time at the library keeps them engaged and off their electronic devices at home. “My husband and I are a bit strict when it comes to the Internet and using it,” Regan said. “They do have... more

Ithaca man charged with shooting person with flare gun, causing serious burns

Ithaca man charged with shooting person with flare gun, causing serious burns
A 19-year-old Ithaca resident has been charged with felony assault after police say he shot a person with a flare gun, causing third-degree burns. Razeah S. Flanigan, 19, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree assault, Ithaca police said in a news release. At about 3:11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, officers from the Ithaca Police Department responded to the 500... more

Auburn man arrested by drug task force given 3 years in prison

Auburn man arrested by drug task force given 3 years in prison
An Auburn man convicted of selling drugs to an undercover drug task force agent avoided an additional year in prison during his sentencing Thursday in Cayuga County Court. The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force arrested Raymond Flint, 35, formerly of 274 Seymour St., Auburn, on April 4 for selling cocaine to an undercover agent in 2018. On June 13, Flint pleaded guilty... more

Seneca County names new personnel officer

Seneca County names new personnel officer
After a six-month search, Seneca County has a new personnel officer. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors appointed Christopher Wagner of Seneca Falls to the fill the vacancy, following through on the recommendation made by the board’s Human Resources and Government Operations Committee. The vote was unanimous. Wagner, a native of Florida, succeeds Kathy Corona, who retired at the end... more

Doubledays drop fourth straight, 3-2, to Crosscutters

Doubledays drop fourth straight, 3-2, to Crosscutters
The Doubledays (21-37) dropped game 2 of their series against the Crosscutters (24-36) on Tuesday, 3-2, as their offense failed to get rolling against Williamsport’s arms. The game started off fast as both teams exchanged single runs in the first inning. Corbin Williams and Nate Fassnacht — who led off the contest with back-to-back singles — advanced on a sacrifice... more

Dog owners asked to watch the water, even connecting creeks, for toxic blue-green algae

Dog owners asked to watch the water, even connecting creeks, for toxic blue-green algae
As Jamesville Beach closed for the season due to harmful algal blooms, health officials across the country are issuing warnings in the wake of recent dog deaths linked to the toxic blue-green algae. In Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, multiple dogs died after swimming in water which tested positive for it. Some owners say they believe their dogs died... more

Cuts to state program could ‘devastate’ people with disabilities, advocates say

Cuts to state program could ‘devastate’ people with disabilities, advocates say
The independence of some disabled people across New York state could be in jeopardy. New York State plans to make cuts to a program that helps coordinate care for disabled people. Without the help, many people say they could be forced to go into nursing home or could be left at home without any help. “As a disabled woman, it’s... more
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