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

Long-standing landfill air pollution dispute heads to federal appeals court

Should state and federal regulators consider the Ontario County Landfill to be one or two separate entities for purposes of air-pollution permits? That question was raised eight years ago — and it’s still winding its way through the court system. The latest development is a hearing before the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Arguments are... more

DEC cites Ontario County Landfill for permit violations

As reported first in the Finger Lakes Times last week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has cited Casella Waste Systems for two violations of its permit at the Ontario County Landfill. Casella has operated the landfill through a contract with Ontario County since 2003. In a March 26 letter to landfill General Manager Rob Fadden, DEC environmental engineer Gary... more

Ontario Republicans endorse candidates for November elections

The Ontario County Republican Committee recently endorsed candidates for Ontario County Judge, Sheriff, Treasurer and Coroner and Governor, State Senate and State Assembly. Trisha Turner, chair of the county committee, praised the committee members for meeting with and questioning candidates for several months. “These committee members are volunteers who care deeply about their communities and take the endorsement process seriously,”... more

Canandaigua man flees accident scene, charged with DWI after being located

Deputies arrested a 45-year-old Canandaigua man following an accident on Route 5 in Hopewell early-Wednesday morning. Around 2:08 a.m. deputies were called to a single-car property damage crash on Route 5. They say the operator of the vehicle, identified as Edward W. Laranjo, 45, of Canandaigua fled the scene, and was located a few hundred feet from the accident. Deputies... more

Patience tried by trash near Hopewell stores

Plastic bags, crushed bottles, cardboard signs, receipts, plastic sheeting — trash of all sorts has been accumulating for weeks if not longer along Recreation Drive between the Walmart Supercenter and its neighboring Runnings of Canandaigua. The eyesore has people mad and created a lot of chatter on Facebook. Some are blaming Walmart, some are saying don’t blame Walmart; some are... more

Deputies: Hopewell blaze set by juvenile, home is ‘total loss’ (video)

One completely destroyed home, five individuals who narrowly escaped injury, and an active investigation. Those are the components of a structure fire on Route 488 in Hopewell, which was reported on Thursday afternoon around 1:40 p.m. Videos from the scene shows flames engulfing a single-story home, as well as a small shed. working structure fire on 488 in the town... more

The buzz on beekeeping: Keepers gather at FLCC

An estimated 300 to 400 beekeepers are poised to descend on the Finger Lakes Community College campus this Saturday. They’ll be attending the largest one-day beekeeping conference in upstate New York, according to Master Beekeeper Ben Carpenter of Hungry Bear Farms in Middlesex. “As a child we all learned how to care for a dog or a cat, but how... more

Marren to Casella officials: Be ‘honest’ with supervisors’ committee

Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren lectured Casella Waste Services officials Monday, telling them to be “forthright and honest” in dealing with the Planning & Environmental Quality Committee about the county landfill. Marren’s admonition came as landfill manager Rob Fadden gave the Casella operations report on the 389-acre county landfill in the town of Seneca to the committee... more

Dairy displeasure over time tweak

Sunday’s coming, and it’s going to hurt. Especially for area dairy farmers who may typically launch their work day at 3 or 4 a.m. They’ll have to dig deep to arrive an hour earlier when daylight saving time begins. The cows won’t be that happy about it either, according to John Mueller, manager of Willow Bend Farm in the town... more

Canandaigua man charged with DWI after Hopewell crash

A 73-year-old Canandaigua man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after an investigation into a one-car property damage accident on County Road 46 on Wednesday. Deputies say that Daniel Gerald Shelp, 73, was taken into custody without incident following the investigation into the accident in Hopewell. Help submitted to a breath test, which showed that he had a BAC of... more

Hopewell crash sends three to area hospitals on Sunday

Three people were sent to area hospitals after a two-car crash in Hopewell over the weekend. The accident happened on Sunday around 12:23 p.m. Deputies say Kelly Pielow, 62, of Penn Yan started into traffic from a stop sign at the intersection of Smith Road and County Road 4 — traveling north — when she was struck by a vehicle... more

Seneca Falls man possessed controlled substance during Hopewell traffic stop

Deputies say a 22-year-old Seneca Falls man was arrested in Ontario County over the weekend after a traffic stop on Route 21 in Hopewell. Nathan Lewis Smith, 22, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following the traffic stop. He was issued an appearance ticket and will answer the charge at a later date. more

Casella, DEC trying to solve vexing problem of landfill litter in trees

A major wind storm on Jan. 5 caused havoc at the Ontario County Landfill on Routes 5& 20. High winds tore open holes in protective netting on the boundaries of the 389-acre landfill, allowing thousands of pieces of litter, mainly plastic shopping bags, to blow into nearby trees. Officials from Casella Waste Systems, operator of the landfill for Ontario County,... more

Canandaigua man becomes second arrest as part of investigation into stolen guns

A Canandaigua man was taken into custody on Monday as part of a stolen gun investigation, which was reported here on FL1 a couple weeks ago. Deputies arrested Travon Whitfield, 23, as part of the investigation into guns that were stolen from a Hopewell home back in January. He’s accused of buying one of the guns from a 21-year-old who... more

Deputies: Clifton Springs man hospitalized, charged with DWI after crash on Rt. 488

Deputies in Ontario County say a 21-year-old Clifton Springs resident was charged with driving while intoxicated after a personal injury accident on State Route 488 in Hopewell. Cody M. Sanford, 21, was charged with DWI after investigation revealed that he was under the influence of alcohol during the crash. State Route 488 was closed between Malone and Archer roads for... 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
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