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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

Hundreds bid farewell to Deputy Josh Shaver

Fallen Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua P. Shaver’s daughters, Laney, 6, and Kelsey, 2, were called to the front of St. Mary’s Church. In front of law enforcement members from inside and outside the county, including fellow corrections officers, and many friends and family, Laney and Kelsey accepted candles, in memory of their father. Church Deacon Claude Lester said the... more

Investigation continues into crash that killed Ontario County deputy

An investigation continues into the May 12 crash that resulted in the death of Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Shaver. Deputy Shaver, a Canandaigua resident who had worked for the sheriff’s office for seven years, had been heading home after work driving west on County Road 46 when a motorist on Smith Road ran a stop sign and struck his... more

Deputy honored after dying from injuries sustained in Hopewell crash

On Sunday, the Ontario County Corrections Officer who was seriously injured in an accident at the intersection of Smith Rd. and Route 46 died. He had been hospitalized at Strong Memorial Hospital since the accident, which happened on May 12th immediately following a shift worked by the 35-year-old deputy. Joshua P. Shaver, 35, of Canandaigua passed away due to complications... more

Banned Walmart thief steals from Canandaigua store again, faces burglary charge

On Thursday deputies in Ontario County were called to Walmart in Hopewell for the complaint of a shoplifter. Deputies say Shandalea I. Bolton, 31, of Canandaigua entered the property while a ban was in effect advising her not to trespass. She allegedly had also taken merchandise during her visit to Walmart. The merchandise was valued at $71.42. Bolton was taken... more

Bloomfield woman failed to list investment accounts, charged with welfare fraud

A Bloomfield woman is accused of failing to list all of her resources on an application for public assistance, which resulted in multiple charges. Deputies in Ontario County arrested Catherine A. Arner, 60, of Bloomfield on two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and third-degree welfare fraud. Arner is accused of submitting applications for cash assistance that... more

Palmyra man charged with DWI

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a Palmyra man for DWI after deputies say he was seen traveling 16 mph over the speed limit in Hopewell. Chad Matthew Kepley, 26, of Palmyra was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was found to be operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition during a traffic stop. He was observed going 46 mph... more

Risk for boaters elevated at Canandaigua Lake

  Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero says that boaters need to use extreme caution when on the waters of Canandaigua Lake. He said, “Officers are confirming debris below the surface, primarily tree limbs and logs, that present a danger if struck by a boat.” The recent rains have wreaked havoc on the region, causing runoff, water rise, and a variety... more
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