Van Bortel pleads guilty to misdemeanor, gets weekend jail time

Nathan Van Bortel pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted criminal possession of computer-related material, a class A misdemeanor. Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis sentenced Van Bortel to a conditional discharge and eight weekends in jail, to begin the first weekend in January. The plea ends a case that began back in March when Van Bortel was charged with fifth-degree criminal... more

Several arrested on alleged alcohol sales to minors in Ontario County

Seven Ontario County residents were arrested over the weekend as part of a law enforcement sweep of county bars and stores to see how compliant they were with laws regarding alcohol sales to minors. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office led the joint investigation Saturday evening, along with representatives of the Canandaigua and Geneva City Police Departments, the New York State... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Ritts is new DA in Ontario County

Ontario County has a new district attorney for the first time in 28 years. First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts, running on the Republican line, defeated Kristina “Kitty” Karle, 12,194 to 8,936, in unofficial results posted by the Ontario County Board of Elections Tuesday evening. Ritts had defeated Karle in the GOP primary in September and following that primary, Karle... more

Motorcyclist airlifted to Strong after Richmond crash

Deputies say a 61-year-old motorcyclist was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital following a collision with a deer on Rt. 20A in the Town of Richmond. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Kevin R. Walden, 61, of Honey was traveling westbound when he struck a deer that entered the roadway from the south side of the road. The deer was killed upon... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Ontario County

The race in Ontario County that has received the most coverage this cycle locally is that for District Attorney. While Jim Ritts has emerged as the front runner, after claiming victory in the Republican Primary held in September — Kristina “Kitty” Karle has continued seeing support. Even after announcing that she was ending her campaign several weeks ago, the race... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)

On episode #73 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso is joined by Ontario County Elections Commissioner Charlie Evangelista to discuss a host of local issues, including some local races taking shape. Over the summer, Evangelista transitioned from serving on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors to serving as the chief elections official for Ontario County. The Democrat has... more

Grand jury indicts Van Bortel over bank records

Nathan Van Bortel pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a grand jury indictment of three felony counts alleging he illegally duplicated and stole computer-related bank materials. Van Bortel, former financial planner for Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, stood with his attorney Robert Zimmerman before Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis, who read the indictment. Van Bortel is accused of first-degree unlawful... 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

Van Bortel case headed to grand jury

A grand jury is set to take up the case of Richmond Town Supervisor Nathan Van Bortel, accused of possessing stolen business records from Canandaigua National Bank. Van Bortel and his attorney were back in Canandaigua City Court Wednesday after a series of prior court dates. Now before Geneva City Court Judge Elisabeth Toole, a grand jury proceeding was set... more

Two in primary battle for Richmond supervisor

A new town supervisor will take office next January, that much is certain. The question now is, who will it be? Republican Richmond Supervisor Nathan Van Bortel, who will complete his second year in office Dec. 31, is not seeking reelection. Town Councilman Randy Walker and business owner Caroline Sauers are campaigning for the job. Both are seeking the Republican... 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

Fun, food, fireworks on tap for Richmond Fireman’s Carnival

For the third straight year, the Richmond Fireman’s Carnival is helping to usher in the midyear fun — with crafts, food and fireworks on tap through Saturday night. Again located in the lot between Commodore and Dougherty Funeral Home on Main Street in Richmond, the carnival began Thursday and concludes Saturday. Opening at noon on Saturday, the day’s festivities will... more

Successful drug collection efforts continue in Ontario County

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the collection of unwanted prescription drug medication this past Saturday at the “Medication Take Back” event in the Town of Richmond/Hamlet of Honeoye. Through the support of community members, we collected over 132 pounds of unwanted medication and had 77 participants.   Thank... more

Richmond town supervisor’s case returns to court

Nathan Van Bortel was back in City Court Monday regarding a misdemeanor charge alleging the Richmond town supervisor possessed stolen business records from his former employer, Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co. Van Bortel, who is Richmond town supervisor, pleaded not guilty in March to the charge. On Monday, Van Bortel’s attorney Robert Zimmerman, said before Judge Stephen Aronson that... 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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