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Number of inmates drops at Ontario County Jail

A few years ago the Ontario County Jail faced overcrowding. The 276-bed jail, nearly at its breaking point, saw annual overtime costs trending $700,000 over budget and the estimated cost of adding a new section on the facility came in at $8 million. Jail overcrowding happens when you get above 80 percent capacity, according to county Planning Department Director Tom... more

Driver ticketed, airlifted to Strong after serious Hopewell crash; two others hospitalized

In an update by law enforcement the accident that happened around 8:15 am at the intersection where a Sheriff’s Deputy was killed earlier this year resulted after a Union Springs man failed to stop at a stop sign. Deputies say the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Hopewell Fire Department, Canandaigua Ambulance and Finger Lakes Ambulance were dispatched to a two-car accident... more

Rain doesn’t dampen first-school-day spirits in Ontario County

Teachers and administrators donned umbrellas to greet students, some of whom covered their heads with hoods and backpacks to shelter from the rain. “Children eagerly arrived to Victor Primary School this morning, wet from the rain and excited for the promise the year holds,” said Principal Jennifer Check. “This year, we are looking forward to growing as a school community,... more

What are lowest rated bridges in Ontario County?

With just a few more weeks left before the start of a new school year, area families are busy wrapping up vacations, road trips and the annual treks “over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house.” But have you ever wondered about the safety of these summer jaunts — particularly the portion “over the river”? New York state... more

Audit says Casella owes Ontario County $448

An independent audit shows that Casella Waste Systems underpaid Ontario County by $448.14 in 2016 under the community host benefits agreement for its operation and management of the Ontario County Landfill in the town of Seneca. The audit report will be presented at the 1:30 p.m. Monday meeting of the Planning and Environmental Quality Committee of the county Board of... more

Geneva woman faces felony charge after illegally using EBT card

Deputies arrested a 23-year-old Geneva resident on welfare fraud charges following an investigation into the illegal usage of an electronic benefits transfer card. Elizabeth A. Stedge, 23, of Geneva used the EBT card of another person who had been incarcerated in the jail, in order to purchase items with food stamps, which she wasn’t entitled, according to deputies. Investigators added... more

Three sent to the hospital after two-car crash in Hopewell

A Hopewell accident that happened around 7:13 am on Monday resulted in three people being sent to area hospitals for treatment of injuries. Deputies say Terra M. Hawkins, 25, of Canandaigua was traveling east on County Rd. 46 when a vehicle operated by John L. Hampton, 22, of Rochester made a left turn onto County Rd. 46 from Smith Rd.... more

Hopewell man let 14-year-old son walk to Lockport, deputies say

Deputies arrested a 42-year-old Hopewell father after he allegedly allowed his son to walk from Hopewell to Lockport. Clinton Matthew Simmons, 42, of Hopewell was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after deputies say he allowed his 14-year-old son to walk from Hopewell to an unknown location in Lockport. He was issued appearance tickets and will answer the... more

Major infrastructure projects on tap for Seneca, Ontario, Wayne counties outlined

Infrastructure is always scrutinized by officials and taxpayers. Universally, the condition of local roads is something that has been questioned, debated, and discussed at-length throughout all levels of government. On Wednesday, Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) announced road paving projects in the 54th District, which will be completed this summer – totaling $6.24 million in local investment. According to the Senator,... more

Back the Blue: Community recalls fallen deputy in fun fashion

Family, friends and the larger community gathered Saturday at the Granger Homestead to remember fallen Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua P. Shaver in a way he’d most appreciate — by having fun. The gathering, called Team Josh: Back the Blue Event, offered plenty of activities and fun for people of all ages. The free event ran from noon to 9:30... more

Public’s help sought in Hopewell armed robbery

Deputies in Ontario County are asking for the public’s help in locating an individual who was involved in an armed robbery that took place on June 22nd. The incident happened around 1:43 am when a male subject, wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants displayed a handgun, stealing an undisclosed amount of money. The incident took place... more

Ontario Co. DA Tantillo talks career, prosecution, future on Inside the FLX (podcast)

It’s been 38 years prosecuting for District Attorney Michael Tantillo. He has served as District Attorney for 28 of those 38 years. “It’s not an easy job. I’ve continued handling trial prosecution on felony cases, but have developed an incredibly talented team that has made our office run incredibly well,” Tantillo explained. “While this is my last year as DA,... more

Watkins Glen woman charged with DWAI drugs

A Watkins Glen woman was charged with DWAI-drugs on State Route 5&20 in Hopewell after a traffic stop. Deputies say that Mariah J. Brisbois, 22, of Watkins Glen was stopped on Route 5&20 and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia during the stop. She submitted to a drug influence evaluation performed by a certified Drug Recognition Expert,... more

‘Pay as you throw’ concept explored for Ontario County Landfill

With the Ontario County Landfill slated to close in 2028, the county Planning Department is looking at expanding Pay As You Throw (PAYT) programs to reduce solid waste going to the landfill and increase waste diversion. PAYT would charge a homeowner to dispose of solid waste by weight or volume, a system designed to create an incentive for residents to... more

Canandaigua woman arrested for stealing from Walmart, leads to drug charges

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday around 3:10 pm deputies arrested a Canandaigua woman after she allegedly stole various clothing items totaling value of $37.92 from Walmart. Deputies say Tammy J. Bickford was charged with petit larceny after she stole various items from Walmart. She was also found to be in possession of various controlled substances and... more

Camp Bristol Hills gets a $1M makeover

No more outdated bathrooms with heaving floors, cracked walls, leaky roofs and pooling water at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills. This year’s crop of campers will find three brand-new bath houses — two replacing the old ones in the boys’ and girls’ villages, in addition to a brand-new bath house. Now all handicap-accessible, the new facilities will have private shower stalls... more

Hall Diner reopens with new menu, same old charm

Time seems to stand still in the quiet country hamlet of Hall. That feeling is certainly evident in the venerable Hall Diner on Route 14A, which, through a variety of owners, has been serving up simple, affordable fare for more years than many can remember. However, the diner had gone dark for nearly a year, leaving the Seneca hamlet without... more

Phelps man charged with DWI after stop on 5&20

A 19-year-old Phelps man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on State Routes 5&20 in the area of Gauss Rd. Deputies say a truck operated by Nichalos M. Westfall, 19, of Phelps was observed swerving between the lane he was in and the center line. He was also said to be tailgating the vehicle in front... more
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