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THE DEBRIEF: Debating criminal justice reform, land sale in Geneva, and tax breaks for schools (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Debating the biggest storylines of 2019 (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast it was a packed studio. Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine, Ted Baker, and Gabriel Pietrorazio debate the latest headlines and stories impacting the Finger Lakes as 2019 draws to a close. Topics discussed include criminal justice reforms that take hold in a couple weeks, the land sale along Seneca Lake in Geneva, and the future... more

Victor Central School District names Dr. Terranova next superintendent

Victor CSD names new superintendent of schools
The Victor Central School District has named a new superintendent. Dr. Timothy Terranova was appointed Superintendent of the Victor Central School District on Thursday, December 12, 2019. His appointment is effective February 13, 2020. Terranova replaces Interim Superintendent, Dennis Ford, who has been filling the post since July, 2019, following the retirement of Dr. Dawn Santiago-Marullo. Terranova comes to VCS... more

Newark man charged with manslaughter in Ontario County after fatal overdose

Newark man charged with manslaughter in Ontario County after fatal overdose
Sheriff Kevin Henderson reports the arrest of a Newark man following an investigation into a narcotics related death. Jason J. Lewis, 41, of Newark was charged with second-degree manslaughter due to a death caused in the town of Phelps on Thursday. On Thursday, at approximately 5 a.m., EMS and Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the Town of Phelps... more

Case resumes for manhunt, robbery suspect in Ontario County

Case resumes for manhunt suspect in Ontario County
The Lyons man accused of robbing a Phelps convenience store has been deemed mentally competent to proceed in his case. Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts said Brandon Burgess was arraigned Tuesday in county court on felony charges of robbery, grand larceny, tampering with physical evidence, and criminal mischief. Judge Craig Doran adjourned the case to Feb. 3 for a... more

Tompkins County home to be featured on Travel Channel’s ‘Ghost Nation’

Tompkins County home to be featured on Travel Channel’s ‘Ghost Nation’
A Tompkins County home will be featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Nation in the coming weeks. The subject was a home in the hamlet Brooktondale. The Speed family home built in 1850 has had its share of recent paranormal occurrences. The house is currently occupied by David Torrey de Frescheville, a California man, who moved to the area... more

Response team helping residents after Sand Hill Mobile Home Park closure

Response team helping residents after
Following a prolonged power outage this summer at the Canalside Mobile Home Park in Lyons, Wayne County officials formed a response team for similar situations in the future. In this case, the future was only a few months away. That team was pressed into action after the state Department of Health recently revoked a permit for the Sand Hill Mobile... more

Police: Geneva man arrested on felony charge after domestic incident, held on no bail

Geneva man punched victim in domestic, fled scene; felony charges filed
The Geneva Police Department reports the arrest of a 30-year-old Vienna Street resident following a domestic incident. Dakota McKoy, 30, of Geneva was charged with first-degree criminal contempt – a Class E felony. He’s accused of punching another person in the chest who is a protected party in an order of protection. Following the incident he fled the scene, according... more

Ovid man arrested on eight felony charges after meth lab discovered in Seneca County

Ovid man arrested on eight felony charges after meth lab discovered in Seneca County
Sheriff Tim Luce says an Ovid man was arrested on a number of felony charges, and a home in Ovid was condemned after a meth lab was discovered on Munson Road. On Thursday the Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at 2868 Munson Road, in the Town of Ovid. Following the search Benjamin Nichols,... more

Closer look at the new solar plan in Geneva

Closer look at the new solar plan in Geneva
While the solar home development proposed for the town will be similar to a current city project, there will be differences. Ryan and Tracey Wallace, along with some of their associates, attended Tuesday’s Town Board meeting to discuss plans for a solar village near the Geneva Community Center. If approved by town officials, it will be on land the Wallaces... more

Portable processing plant proposed for Dendis clay mine

Portable processing plant proposed for Dendis clay mine
The owner of the Dendis Pond and Clay Mine on Route 96 has applied for a state permit to add a portable processing plant to its daily mining operations. The state Department of Environmental Conservation Region 8 office in Avon would issue a Mined Land Reclamation permit for the project but must allow public comment before a final decision is... more

Annual Christmas light display benefits a good cause in Farmington

Annual Christmas light display benefits a good cause in Farmington
A Farmington man is continuing his tradition of decorating for the holidays to help others. Bruce Raggi’s display on Buckskin Drive is famous around town. He starts putting up his lights after Halloween. They’re set to music, delighting passers-by from 4:30 to 11 p.m. every day. Many of his neighbors now join in, setting up displays of their own. Raggi... more

Mets reach agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract for 2020

Mets reach agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract for 2020
The Mets have reached an agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to amend his contract and salary for the 2020 season, reports SNY’s Andy Martino, who added that Cespedes is still under contract. He could go from $29.5 million in 2020 to less than $10 million, according to The Post’s Joel Sherman, though he could make as much as $20 million if you include potential bonuses.... more
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