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Brandon Burgess indicted and arraigned on robbery charges

Brandon Burgess indicted and arraigned on robbery charges
Brandon Burgess, who sparked a manhunt after deputies said he robbed a 7-Eleven in Phelps in September, has been indicted on seven counts including robbery. The grand jury’s indictment also covered robberies of construction tools on Sept. 17, as well as accusations of tampering with physical evidence. The Ontario County District Attorney says that Burgess has been found unfit to proceeed... more

Phelps robbery, manhunt suspect indicted, under mental health observation

Phelps robbery, manhunt suspect indicted, under mental health observation
The Lyons man accused of robbing a Phelps convenience store has been indicted by an Ontario County grand jury, but his case will not proceed until he is declared mentally competent. Brandon Burgess, 28, was recently indicted on felony counts of second-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, tampering with physical evidence, and third-degree criminal mischief. All the charges... more

Ontario County’s newest roundabout opens in Phelps

Ontario County’s newest roundabout opens in Phelps
The county has another roundabout. The County Road 23/McIvor Road/Fort Hill intersection improvement project is mostly complete. Barricades that limited vehicles to local-only traffic have been removed. The project started in early June and finished slightly behind schedule, the county said on its website, due to early wet weather, delays in getting overhead utilities relocated and a shortage of some... more

Gorham man sentenced for Fentanyl death in Phelps

Gorham man sentenced for Fentanyl death
A Gorham man was sentenced for the Fentanyl death of Justin Meath. Police say 28-year-old Donald Lee Everson sold Fentanyl to Meath and one other person in Phelps back in Oct. 2018. Both overdosed, but only Meath died. Everson was charged with selling drugs a few days later, and manslaughter when the cause of death came back earlier this year. Now, he’s expected to... more

Meeting details massive $15.5M project at Midlakes

Meeting details massive $15.5M project at Midlakes
Residents in the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District could be going to the polls in December to vote on a $15.5 million capital project. Public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday and Oct. 21 in the school board conference room at Midlakes Elementary, followed by regularly scheduled board meetings at 6:30 p.m. The board is expected to approve the... more

Burgess waives preliminary hearing right in court after 7-Eleven robbery, 36-hour manhunt last week

Burgess waives preliminary hearing right in court after 7-Eleven robbery, 36-hour manhunt last week
Brandon Burgess, the 28-year-old who prompted a 36 hour manhunt after robbing a 7-Eleven store in Phelps waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The Finger Lakes Times reports Brandon Burgess and his attorney waived the right to a scheduled preliminary hearing tonight in Phelps Town Court. At the moment, Burgess has been charged with grand larceny and robbery. The... more

Midlakes issues statement after car crashes into high school on Sunday

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The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office says that a 51-year-old man was transported to Clifton Springs Hospital following a medical condition, which resulted in his vehicle crashing into the Midlakes High School shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Deputies said the vehicle was being driven by Richard Delong and his sole passenger was 14-year-old Ricky Wright, both from Clifton Springs. According... more

Sheriff: Burgess cooperating after manhunt ends, investigation remains active

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While some questions about the alleged armed robbery in Phelps and subsequent manhunt remain unanswered, Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said his investigators have a clearer picture of what happened over that roughly 30-hour period. During a phone interview with the Times Friday, Henderson said his officers talked to Brandon Burgess for several hours Wednesday after he was arrested. Henderson would not... more

Deputies: Newark man ejected from tractor, airlifted from scene of violent crash in Phelps

Deputies: Newa ejected, airlifted from scene of violent crash with dump truck in Phelps
On Friday at approximately 2:20 p.m. first responders were called to the scene of a personal injury crash along State Route 88 in the Town of Phelps. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that they responded along with Phelps ambulance and fire personnel to the scene. The crash reportedly involved a dump truck and farm tractor, which was confirmed upon... more

Lyons man faces multiple charges after 36-hour manhunt concludes in Seneca Falls (full coverage)

Multiple schools in lockdown as search for armed robbery suspect continues in Wayne County
In an update late-Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office outlined charges that were filed against Brandon Burgess, a 28-year-old Lyons man who prompted a manhunt over the last 36 hours following a robbery at the 7-Eleven gas station in Phelps. Sheriff Henderson says that Burgess was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny after being taken into custody... more

Sheriff Henderson touts work in Phelps homicide

Sheriff Henderson touts work in Phelps homicide
While the investigation continues and another arrest is possible, Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said he is proud of his department’s work on the Aug. 13 homicide in Phelps. “We are very happy with this outcome. I know the community was concerned shortly after the homicide, but we believed from the outset that it was a random act and that... more

Hanson Aggregates wants to expand Phelps mine

Hanson Aggregates wants to expand Phelps mine
Hanson Aggregates has applied for a permit to expand its mining operation on Route 96 by 35 acres. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is considering the permit but first wants to consider any written comments submitted by the public. Those comments are due by Oct. 4 and should be mailed to Kristine M. Carlson, DEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274... more

Phelps woman found in trunk of car trying to hide from police

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A Phelps woman was arrested after she was discovered in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop. Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies say a bench warrant had been issued for 38-year-old Nicole Heidemann after she allegedly failed to pay a fine for aggravated unlicensed operation. They say she had been on the run since the warrant was issued. They... more

‘EYE ON THE COURTS’: Volunteers, publication serves as judicial watchdog in Ontario County

‘EYE ON THE COURTS’: Volunteers, publication serves as judicial watchdog in Ontario County
The Geneva Court Watch Coordinating Committee has recently released its summer 2019 edition of its periodic publication, “Eye on the Courts,” which celebrates its 51st issue. Founded in 2000, the Geneva Court Watch Coordinating Committee was created as an outgrowth from the League of Women Voters of Geneva. With assistance from Rochester’s League of Women Voters and their well-established court... more

One person charged, another in custody as Phelps homicide investigation continues

Suspicious death under investigation in Ontario County after body found along Rt. 96
One charged, another in custody as homicide investigation continues. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest as the homicide investigation in Phelps continues. Ontario Count Sheriff Kevin Henderson and Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts announced that one person had been arrested, and another was being held after the body of Jean Carlos-Rentas, 28, was found alongside State... more

LATEST: Troopers ID those hospitalized after violent rollover wreck on Thruway in Phelps

Two ejected from crash along Thruway near Exit 42 on Thursday
Troopers say that despite all of the injuries suffered in Friday’s serious rollover crash near Exit 42 of the New York State Thruway – a 1-year-old who was on-board at the time was not hurt. However, at least one other person – suffered life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition as of Sunday. All of those on-board were Massachusetts... more
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