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LATEST: Sheppard, Deeds facing numerous charges related to defrauding Seneca County government

Former Seneca County finance director indicted on 10 felony charges
Former Seneca County Finance Director Brandi Deeds has been indicted on 10 felony charges following an investigation into her employment with the County. Former County Manager John Sheppard was also charged with official misconduct. Deeds was named in a sealed indictment handed up by a Seneca County Grand Jury. She was charged with eight counts of falsifying business records, one... more

Suspect taken into custody after attempted bank robbery in Cayuga County

Suspect taken into custody after attempted bank robbery in Cayuga County
Authorities say one person is in custody after an attempted bank robbery in the Village of Cato on Tuesday. According to The Citizen, authorities were alerted about an attempted bank robbery shortly after 1 p.m. Within an hour a suspect, who was riding a bicycle at the time, was taken into custody. During the search, police surrounded the village –... more

Former Tops Friendly Market site in Geneva being worked on for possible development

Old Tops site in Geneva being readied for new businesss
The closing of the former Tops Friendly Markets store in the plaza on Hamilton Street last fall was a disappointing development in a city with limited grocery options. However, the former store’s space is now being cleared for new development, although it’s unclear just what that might include. A company is working inside the former store as part of the... more

Gov. Cuomo under fire after saying the N-word during radio interview

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire after dropping the N-word in a radio interview during a discussion surrounding discrimination against Italian Americans. During the interview with WAMC — an Albany based radio station — host Alan Chartock, Cuomo was quoting a recent New York Times op-ed, called ‘How Italians Became White’. “The Times also said in an article the other day,... more

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee
In 2014, Ontario County’s Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the state. In 2015, both the county and Casella Waste Services, operator of the county landfill in the town of Seneca, received approval from the state DEC to expand the landfill within the existing footprint by 43.5 acres, extending its life to 2028. Upon getting the expansion approved, Casella... more

Identities of those involved in fatal Steuben County crash released by sheriff

Identities of those involved in fatal Steuben County crash released by sheriff
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has confirmed the names of all five people involved in the crash that killed four in the Town of Pulteney. Monday, WENY News was able to confirm two of the victims – Korbie Higgins of Bath and Coy Miner of Hammondsport. According to our media partner, The Star Gazette, the other two victims are Adam Bellamy... more

Phelps manhunt suspect calls News10NBC from jail: “I robbed the store”

Phelps manhunt suspect calls News10NBC from jail: “I robbed the store”
The man who led authorities on a manhunt that lasted more than 24-hours called a local newsroom as he sit in jail this week. Brandon Burgess called News10NBC from the Ontario County Jail. Burgess led police on that manhunt after robbing a convenience store near Exit 42 of the New York State Thruway in Phelps. He had previously called that... more

Apple farmers feeling the chill of a cold spring as harvest season continues

Apple farmers feeling the effects of a cold spring
From being shot out of a cannon to being distilled down to a cider, Western New York apple farmers have found many ways to make use of their crops. But this year, as farmers go through harvest season, some say there’s been a catch. “I think, overall, the crop load, in general, has been a little bit lighter,” said Dale Wickham,... more

What Dateline didn’t tell you about the Sodus double homicide

What Dateline didn’t tell you about the Sodus double homicide
Dateline NBC aired a two-hour episode Friday night about the double homicide in Sodus, Wayne County in October 2018. It featured interviews from the families of the victims, Josh Niles and Amber Washburn, conversations with law enforcement officers who cracked the case, and a chilling interview with Charlene Childers, who was the mastermind behind the murder plot. Read more from the... more

What’s next for Port 100 after funding cut from Geneva’s 2020 budget?

Port 100 funding cut from 2020 budget in Geneva
A number of people were surprised when Port 100 lost it’s funding through the city of Geneva, as Council adopted the 2020 budget. Maureen Ballatori manages the Port 100 space, and presented to City Council during the budget process – making the case for continued financial support. “We were seeking $17,000 for 2020 to keep Port 100 open and vastly... more

Police: Woman arrested on felony charges after stealing, threatening service animal in Seneca Falls

Police: Woman arrested on felony charges after stealing, threatening service animal in Seneca Falls
On Saturday at approximately 2 a.m. police arrested a 35-year-old Penfield woman on a felony warrant. Kelli C. Race, 35, of Penfield was charged with felony grand larceny criminal facilitation, coercion, and conspiracy after a theft complaint from August. Race is accused of providing aide to a family member on August 7th and stealing a service animal. At that point... more

FBI employee who grew up in Geneva found dead in North Carolina

FBI employee who grew up in Geneva found dead in North Carolina
A 60-year-old FBI forensic photographer was found dead in the Nantahala National Forest. According to WHNT-TV, a multi-agency law enforcement criminal investigation into Miller’s death is ongoing in North Carolina after she was found dead. Kathleen Miller, a Geneva native went to college in Rochester. Gail Jones, a lifelong friend of Miller called her a ‘beautiful person’. “She was fun-loving,... more

Two hospitalized after crash on Rt. 96 in Phelps

Two hospitalized after crash on Rt. 96 in Phelps
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of a two-car personal injury crash, which occurred in the Town of Phelps around noon on Monday. Deputies were called to the scene at the intersection of State Route 96 and Phelps Junction Road. They say a sedan rear-ended an SUV resulting in injuries. The operator of the sedan was identified as... more

Schedules slashed for employees at Target after wage hike

Target wage increase leads to schedule cuts
Some target employees say they have seen their hours cut because of a recent wage increase. In the past few years, target announced that they are raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. Recently, employees are complaining because they say that Target has cut their hours in recent years. This leads to more complexity when it comes to health... more

Siena poll: Cuomo’s job performance rating improving

Siena poll: Cuomo’s job performance rating improving
The latest Siena College poll reveals a positive trend among New York state voters for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The poll released Tuesday finds that while his job performance rating remains in the red, it has gradually improved in recent months. It’s currently at negative 41-57 percent, up from 38-59 percent in September and 34-64 percent in August. Cuomo’s 49-47 favorability... more

DA: Three people in Onondaga County lose right to gun ownership after showing ‘red flags’

DA: Three people in Onondaga County lose right to gun ownership after showing ‘red flags’
Three people in Onondaga County have lost their rights to own a gun in the two months since the Red Flag Law took effect in New York State. The law allows police officers, the district attorney’s office, school administrators and family members of people making threats to petition the court to consider restricting gun rights. The Onondaga County District Attorney... more

Fello joins Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association team

joins Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association team
Seneca Lake Pure Waters has welcomed a new face to their local environmental team. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced on Monday that Kaitlin Fello has been hired as its part-time Administrative Coordinator. She will work with Pure Waters Officers and Board members to expand efforts to preserve, promote and protect Seneca Lake Water Quality. Fello is a Geneva HS... more
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