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Benton considers creating two new water districts

At the Benton Town Board meeting Feb. 14, the board heard from Ben Tomion, a resident of Fergusons Corners, and his proposal that the town bring public water to that neighborhood. Tomion describes the quality of well water in that area as “terrible.” He estimates there will be about 36 residences served by approximately 15,000 feet of mains. Supervisor John... more

Serial flasher in Ithaca, attempted rapist back in jail facing new allegations

A man convicted of attempted rape and has been accused of regularly flashing and harassing women in the city of Ithaca is back in jail and facing new allegations. Floyd Slater is accused of violating probation and exposing his penis to several women in public. He is also a registered sex offender. According to online documents, he was convicted May... more

Changes at Geneva transfer station coming

In an effort to encourage more recycling, town officials have changed some things at the transfer station on White Springs Road. Including the name. Now called the recycling and disposal station, the site at 32 White Springs Road will still be open Wednesdays and Saturdays. However, town Supervisor Mark Venuti said some changes are being implemented to encourage conservation and... more

Deputies: Driver charged with DWAI after accident near Miami Motel in Hopewell

Deputies say a 23-year-old Rochester man was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs following a crash that happened near the Miami Motel on State Route 5&20 in Hopewell. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene along with the Hopewell Fire Department after receiving the report of a car, which had struck a tree on 5&20. Investigators... more

Victor schools begin search for key administrators

A search is underway to replace two key administrators in the Victor Central School District. Senior High School Principal Yvonne O’Shea, who has been with the district for nearly 16 years, will be retiring effective Aug. 4, and Business Administrator Michael Vistocco will retire next month after 26 years of service. “I will continue to work in some capacity,” said... more

Deputies: Newark woman called ex-boyfriend 20 times, charged with stalking

Deputies say a Newark woman was arrested after calling her ex-boyfriend at his place of work upwards of 20 times. All of the calls took place over a short period of time, which prompted the complaint. Christine M. Holm, 52, was charged with fourth-degree stalking after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Holm is accused of calling her ex-boyfriend’s... more

Weedsport deputy mayor’s title removed, officials mum on reason

Weedsport Trustee Chris Lukins was removed as the village's deputy mayor, but officials are not saying why. The village's board of trustees voted Feb. 14 to release Lukins from his duty as deputy mayor, which was a position appointed to him by Mayor Jean Saroodis in April. The removal followed a special closed-door meeting held Feb. 8. At the Feb.... more

Clifton Springs woman accused of kicking victim, breaking nose during domestic incident

A 33-year-old Clifton Springs woman was arrested after an investigation into a domestic incident, which turned physical — resulting in a broken nose for the victim. Crystal N. Riley, 33, of Clifton Springs was charged with third-degree assault after an investigation into an incident where she allegedly kicked a victim in the face — causing a broken nose and chipped... more

Superintendent: Port Byron eyes communication changes after student arrest

After a student was charged by state police with making threats on social media last week, the Port Byron Central School District has vowed to improve how it communicates with parents in a crisis. A letter to parents about the incident and communication strategy was sent electronically around 1 p.m. Wednesday, district Superintendent Neil O'Brien said. Copies of the letter,... more

UPDATE: Child transported to GGH after drunk driving crash in Seneca Falls (photos)

Police say a Romulus man was charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law after a crash in Seneca Falls resulted in the driver’s 1-year-old daughter being sent to Geneva General Hospital with minor injuries. On Wednesday at approximately 9:09 p.m. the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Leonard R. Carlsen, 28, of Romulus on multiple charges after a crash on Kingdom Road.... more

Clyde woman charged with aggravated DWI after traffic stop

State Police arrested a 23-year-old Clyde woman on DWI charges following a traffic stop on Ridge Road in Huron this week. Upon investigation it was determined that Jessica M. Mouton, 23, of Clyde had a BAC of 0.21 percent. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, moving from lane unsafely and operating a motor vehicle while... more

Three sent to hospital after Fleming crash (photo)

Crews responded to a one-car rollover accident in Fleming Thursday afternoon, according to first responders in Cayuga County. The accident happened in the area of Wyckoff Road and West Lake Road. The call prompted Fleming Ambulance and Rescue, as well as Owasco EMS to be called to the scene. First responders say that three people suffered minor injuries in the... more

Hundreds of thousands in funding delivered for aging septic systems in Finger Lakes

Senator Pam Helming announced $1.1 million in funding to improve water quality through the replacement of aging septic systems in communities across the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. The funding was secured through last year’s budget, and it required an intense fight on behalf of residents in the 54th District, according to Helming. “The Septic Tank Rebate Program will give local communities... more

Deputies: Waterloo man gave false ID at traffic stop, charged with impersonation

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a Waterloo man following a traffic stop on State Route 96 after providing authorities with a false identity. Paul J. Kesterson, 29, of Waterloo was charged with criminal impersonation after the traffic stop in Phelps where he provided an identity, which law enforcement knew not to be accurate. He was also issued a traffic citation... more

Auburn Plaza welcoming new tenant from down Grant Avenue, relocating another

Auburn Plaza will be the sight of some movement in the coming months as it welcomes a tenant from Grant Avenue and relocates another. LZ Army Navy will move to the plaza from its current location at 393 Grant Ave. in Sennett. The new store will be located where GJP Italian Eatery was, and its grand reopening is scheduled for... more

Auburn to double size of Court Street parking lot, improve drainage

More details were released Thursday about the city of Auburn's plan to expand the Court Street parking lot to make up for some of the parking spots lost after the Lincoln Street lot closed early this month as construction begins on the Equal Rights Cultural Heritage Center. The current parking lot will double in size after the project is complete,... more

Algae summits battle the blooms in region

Will summer 2018 bring another scourge of algae to the Finger Lakes? A $65 million project to combat harmful algae blooms at select water bodies in the state is bringing in national experts to work with state and local leaders in battling the blooms that pose a hazard to health and drinking water — not to mention an economic blow... more
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