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Driver airlifted after colliding with Fairville Ambulance in Wayne County

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of a crash on Austin Road in Arcadia, which happened on Saturday around 7:29 a.m. Deputies say that a vehicle operated by Donald L. Dewandel, 85, of Newark was traveling eastbound on Austin Road when he struck the back of a Fairville Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance, which was parked alongside the road.... more

Red Creek man charged with assault after stabbing at party

State Police were called to the report of a stabbing this week, which resulted in a Red Creek man being charged with assault. According to police, a gathering took place at 6787 Main Street in Red Creek where a good amount of alcohol was consumed and an argument ensued. The argument spilled outside where it became physical. The incident unfolded... more

Police: Williamson student told teacher he was ‘making a bomb’

A BOCES student in Wayne County faces a criminal charge after a threat was reported this week. Police say the teen is accused of telling a teacher he was making a bomb in his basement. Additional details of the incident had not yet been released. The teen was identified and charged with falsely reporting the threat. This story will be... more

THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #22 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest political news from the Finger Lakes. Special focus will be placed on a report published by ACT Rochester, which compares cities and counties throughout the Finger Lakes in a number of categories. Check back later for updated link lists, and more from today’s show.... more

Teen charged with making terroristic threat after Columbine reference on Snapchat

The Penn Yan Police Department and Yates County Sheriff’s Office have provided an update on the threat made on social media by a 17-year-old resident. Police say that on Friday around 9 a.m. Garret M. Wawrzyk, 17, posted a photo to Snapchat, which showed an item alleged to be a gun with the caption “Eric Harris v2.” Eric Harris was... more

Police: Penn Yan man faces over two dozen charges after string of larcenies

Penn Yan Police say an Elm Street resident was arrested for burglary after a string of larcenies and break ins within the village. According to police, Dylan M. Force, 25, was charged with first-degree burglary, eight counts of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and 17 counts of petit larceny after the string of incidents. Police called it an... more

Lyons Superintendent: Investigation into ‘suspicious person’ underway after alleged photos taken of children, parents

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Lyons Central School District are looking into a suspicious incident, which unfolded in the Jackson Street area in Lyons on Thursday. Superintendent Don Putnam said in a call to parents, and in a message posted to the district’s website, “I want to make you aware, that this morning one of our bus monitors reported suspicious... more

Police: Geneva teen indicted on 10 felony counts of disseminating indecent material to minor

A 19-year-old Geneva resident was indicted on ten felony counts, as well as a misdemeanor charge following an investigation into a series of incidents in Ontario County. On Thursday around 1:30 p.m. Ramaj McCall Durant, 19, of Geneva was charged with ten counts of felony disseminating indecent material to a minor in the second degree, as well as one count... more

State Police: Hopewell man raped teen at underage drinking party

State Police say a 33-year-old Hopewell man was arrested after an investigation into an alleged rape and underage drinking. Troopers say Michael Socciarelli, 33, of Hopewell is accused of raping a 16-year-old while she was drunk. Through an investigation it was determined that Socciarelli supplied alcohol to four minors during an underage drinking party that took place in Ontario County.... more

LOCATE Finger Lakes aims to bring young people back to region

To provide the young people of the Finger Lakes region with a dynamic educational program on business and free enterprise, KeyBank is pleased to announce the KeyBank Foundation is making a substantial donation to LOCATE Finger Lakes, a newly formed regional economic development initiative. This grant is part of the bank’s five year Community Benefits Plan. The $60,000 grant, given... more

Spring is about to arrive in the FLX: But will it stick around?

As temperatures begin to rise this weekend in the Finger Lakes — many are hoping that winter is officially behind us. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said on Friday that persistent, winter weather simply isn’t likely as spring rolls forward. “The forecast for the next 10-15 days seems rather confident that temperatures will hover around normal, which means plenty of... more

Schumer pushes for grape research funds

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, is urging the Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service to provide a robust investment in new equipment for the Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva. Schumer said in a press statement that upgrades to the unit’s technology are necessary to ensure researchers have the state-of-the-art tools needed to respond to the... more

Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report

ACT Rochester released compelling new data evaluating some of the long-term trends in counties and cities throughout the Finger Lakes. The Report Card looks at everything from socio-economic factors — to ultra-specific population data-points that may get lost in the grind of daily governing. The data was collected in an effort to give elected leaders throughout the Finger Lakes better... more

Did a cyberattack strike New York’s student tests?

New York was one of seven states earlier this week whose student tests were hit by what was reportedly a "deliberate attack" on the computer system operated by Questar, an outside vendor. On Tuesday, New York was one of the states whose students in grades 3-8 were taking computerized English tests, but were interrupted by what the Tennessee education commissioner... more

Newark will hold public meeting to talk South Main Street reconstruction

With many exciting improvement projects on the horizon, the Village of Newark is holding a meeting to discuss the South Main Street Reconstruction Project and the Military Brook Culvert Project. The public will have a chance to meet the Resident Engineer, learn the potential construction schedule, and find out how these projects will affect plans for parades and festivals this... more

Waterloo police testify during arson trial

Waterloo Police Department Sgt. Lee Marquart said Diana Fegley “became very angry with me” after he accused her of setting the fire she was rescued from in February 2017. Marquart testified Wednesday during Fegley’s arson trial in Seneca County Court. He was one of the first people on the scene after the Inslee Street fire was reported about 5 p.m.... more

NY’s minimum wage: How it is affecting workers and businesses

James Valentine works at Dunkin Donuts in Ithaca and has lived with the ups and downs of New York's increasing minimum wage. On one hand, he gets bigger paychecks when he works enough hours. On the other hand, hours can be sporadic as New York annually increases its minimum wage toward $15 an hour in the New York City area... more
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