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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

Taking on ‘Value of Villages’ in Ontario County

If you own property in one of Ontario County’s eight villages, then you pay a village property tax on top of your town tax. That village tax is the center of a study by two Ontario County men who formed a nonprofit to shed light on the cost of local government. With the village of Rushville facing a June 27... more

Funds available to start up waste plans in Ontario County

Cities and towns in Ontario County can apply for county funds to implement solid waste reuse, recycling and reduction projects contained in the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The Planning and Environmental Quality Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion Monday to approve a standard inter-municipal contract for those projects in exchange for funding from the county.... more

Farmington woman was traveling 88 mph, charged with DWI on SR 5&20

A 24-year-old Farmington woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding after a traffic stop on State Rt. 5&20 in Hopewell. Deputies say Samantha M. Ireton, 24, of Farmington was observed traveling 88 mph in a 55 mph zone. When she was stopped — deputies found her to be in an intoxicated condition. She was arrested and charged with... more

Ontario County supervisors dig into landfill operations

If members of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors didn’t have a basic knowledge of the county landfill before the last month or so, they do now. During a workshop dubbed “Landfill 102” before Thursday night’s board meeting, three representatives from Casella Waste Systems — which operates the site off Routes 5&20 in the town of Seneca — spent about... more

Woman arrested on drug charges while trying to bail out inmate at Ontario Co. Jail

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Rochester woman after she arrived at the Ontario County Jail to bail out an inmate. Deputies charged Shaiasia Williams, 24, of Rochester with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after she sold narcotics to a subject in Canandaigua in February. The charges against her stem from an investigation between... more

Child porn case involving Hopewell man ends in plea deal

A Hopewell man, already serving a prison sentence for being convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Monday in Ontario County Court. Clement Hill, 31, decided to take a plea deal, offered by the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office, moments before a trial jury was to be selected to hear his case. Hill,... more

Former Cornell Cooperative employee heading to jail for using agency credit card on rent

A 57-year-old Hopewell woman learned that she would be spending the next six months in Yates County Jail after she used her employers credit card to pay her rent. District Attorney Valerie Gardner says Sharmayne Calvetti, 57, of Hopewell was sentenced by Judge Jason Cook after she pleaded guilty to first-degree falsifying business records — a Class E felony. She... more

EQ Committee to discuss future of Ontario County Landfill

At current disposal rates, the Ontario County Landfill has 11 more years of capacity. What to do with the 379-acre landfill on Routes 5&20 in the town of Seneca after 2028 will be the subject of a landfill master plan now underway. One idea is to convert it to a green energy park, with an effort to locate new industries... more

Ontario Sheriff extends ‘No Unnecessary Travel’ request

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says that conditions are worsening in his county. A Travel Advisory has been issued by Povero until 10 pm. Povero extended the No Unnecessary Travel Advisory active in the county, which will remain until 5 am on Thursday. He says that motorists should use extreme caution on the roadways, especially as those individuals who have... more

Supervisors seek to reduce Ontario County jail population

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has backed several measures designed to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated at the county jail — and to lower costs related to the operation of the facility. At their meeting Thursday night, supervisors approved resolutions that came from a group dubbed the “Campbell Commission.” It was named for West Bloomfield Supervisor Todd Campbell,... more

Traffic stop leads to heroin bust in Hopewell

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday around 8:42 pm deputies stopped a driver on State Route 5&20 for having a loud or modified exhaust, and upon further investigation — the driver was found to be under the influence of drugs. Deputies arrested Anthony M. Petti III, 19, of Canandaigua for driving while ability impaired by drugs. During... more

Ontario Co. duo charged with causing damage at laundromat

On Tuesday, a pair of Ontario County residents were charged with third-degree burglary after an incident on County Road 10 in Hopewell. Myndi Nicole Contreras and Justine Lael Letzelter, 35- and 43-years-old respectively are accused of knowingly entering an area of the Lake Lady Laundromat that was prohibited to the public with the intent to commit a crime. Both are... more

Bloomfield woman hospitalized after making U-turn, causing crash in Hopewell

On Thursday at approximately 5:17 pm deputies in Ontario County — along with Hopewell Fire Department and Canandaigua Ambulance were dispatched to the intersection of County Road 46 and Freshour Road for the report of a crash with injuries. The accident involved a pickup truck and Jeep. It happened in the Town of Hopewell. Deputies say Sheryl H. Berger, 72,... more

Ontario County moving on goal to close landfill

With 11 years to go before the contract expires for the Ontario County landfill, there is no time to waste in reducing waste. The current county Board of Supervisors has the goal of closing the landfill beginning in 2028, when the county contract expires with landfill manager Casella Waste Systems Inc. Canadice Town Supervisor Kris Singer, who now heads the... more

18-year-old fell asleep at the wheel causing SR 21 accident in Hopewell

On Wednesday around 8:07 am crews were called to State Route 21 in Hopewell for the report of a two car crash. Deputies say that a 2003 Ford sedan, which was operated by Timothy S. Scherer, 18, of Manchester was northbound on Route 21 and rear ended a 2010 Chevrolet pickup operated by CL Binnert, 32, of Rochester. Canandaigua Ambulance... more

Palmyra man picked up on warrant for criminal mischief

Deputies in Ontario County say a Palmyra man was arrested on January 22nd after a warrant was issued. Kolin R. Crouse, 20, of Palmyra was taken into custody based on a warrant for fourth-degree criminal mischief, which was issued in Palmyra Village Court. He was located on Crimson King Drive in Hopewell. He was turned over to the Palmyra Police... more
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