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

Richmond town supervisor pleads not guilty

Town Supervisor Nathan Van Bortel pleaded not guilty in Canandaigua City Court Monday morning to a misdemeanor charge alleging Van Bortel possessed stolen business records from his former employer, Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co. Van Bortel is scheduled to reappear in City Court on April 24 at 8:30 a.m. Outside the courtroom after the not guilty plea, Van Bortel... more

Bloomfield man crashes into ditch; charged with aggravated DWI

Deputies in Ontario County say that a 24-year-old Bloomfield man is facing an aggravated DWI charge after a crash on East Lake Rd. Jacob L. Nichols, 24, of Bloomfield was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he was traveling northbound on East Lake Rd. in Richmond — and lost control of the vehicle. He crashed into a ditch, and... more

Spiritual retreat shot down in Richmond

The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday voted down granting resident Scott Gillen permission to use 44.25 acres on Briggs Street for spiritual retreats, meditation workshops, yoga, religious ceremonies and similar events. The property at 8823 Briggs St. is zoned for residential and agricultural uses, so Gillen needed a special use permit. The use is “not something that will... more

No major changes coming in Richmond as Town Supervisor goes to court

It’s complicated, but nothing major is going to change in the coming weeks. At least not until the Richmond Town Board has more information. Last week Richmond Town Supervisor Nathan Van Bortel was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property — a Class A misdemeanor. He is accused of possessing business records from his previous employer, the Canandaigua National... more

Richmond Town Supervisor charged with possessing stolen property

The Canandaigua Police Department reports that Nathan E. VanBortel, 33, who is the Richmond Town Supervisor was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property — a misdemeanor. The charge stems from an investigation into business records from his previous employer, which he did not have permission to possess. Police say he previously worked for Canandaigua National Bank, and the... 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

One hospitalized at Strong after Richmond crash

One person was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries after an accident at the intersection of O’Neil Rd. and County Rd. 15. Deputies say they were called to a Richmond intersection for the report of a two car crash. When they arrived on scene, they learned that a vehicle being operated by Joseph Mounts, 48, of Honeoye... more

A spiritual retreat in Honeoye?

Concerns over noise, traffic and protecting the watershed came from several residents Tuesday during a public hearing about a proposed spiritual event site on Briggs Street. Applicant Soott Gillen wants a special use permit to use 44.25 acres as a place for events such as “mindfulness retreats, meditation workshops, yoga and religious/spiritual ceremonies,” according to the application. About 15 people... more

Public hearing set for retreat site proposed in Richmond

The Richmond Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 21, on a resident’s request for special use of a 44.3-acre property. Scott Gillen seeks a special use permit for 8833 Briggs St. to allow “mindfulness retreats, meditation workshops, yoga and religious/spiritual ceremonies,” according to the application. Read more from the Canandaigua Messenger more

Richmond blaze leaves five displaced; family dog dies

On Monday at approximately 4:37 pm the Honeoye-Richmond Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 4695 County Road 33 in the Town of Richmond. When firefighters arrived they observed a working fire and requested mutual aid from surrounding areas. A 13-year-old male was the only occupant at the time of the fire and he escaped the structure... more

Will the Village of Rushville dissolve?

The Village Board has less than a week left to respond to a petition calling for a village-wide vote on whether to dissolve. The petition submitted Dec. 27 has 128 signatures, Village Clerk Joanne Burley said Tuesday. The board had not yet responded but expects to take up the matter at its Village Board meeting next Monday, she said. The... more

Bloomfield woman stole items from Richmond home, deputies say

Deputies in Ontario County say that a 23-year-old Bloomfield woman was arrested after she allegedly stole a rechargeable battery valued at $200. Deputies arrested Ashley Baker, 23, of Bloomfield after she stole an impact driver and rechargeable battery from a residence on East Lake Road in Richmond. The incident allegedly took place on December 12th. She was issued appearance tickets... more

25-year-old accused of firing shotgun inside home; two arrests made after investigation

Deputies with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office report that an investigation into a shooting, which took place at a Richmond home has resulted in two arrests. The incident took place on November 13th and deputies report that a shotgun was fired inside a home causing substantial risk of serious physical injury to others inside. One person was treated at F.F.... more

80-year-old woman sent to Strong after rollover crash in Richmond

Deputies in Ontario County report that on Wednesday at approximately 6:07 pm they were called to a rollover crash near 4775 Allens Hill Road in Richmond. Shirley A. Belcher, 80, of Bloomfield was operating a 2001 Jeep Cherokee north on Allens Hill Road when she lost control of her vehicle and struck the ditch located on the east side of... more

Ontario County schools making the grade on attendance

Movie director, actor and comedian Woody Allen once said 80 percent of success is showing up. Although many agree with the sentiment, most officials from schools large and small in Ontario County feel they can and should do better by always making school attendance a top priority. And this year, attendance is a topic of discussion among school communities Geneva... more

Ontario County Sheriff’s staff completes Civil Refresher Training Program

Sixty-eight Deputy Sheriffs and civilian staff from 27 Sheriff’s Offices around the state recently completed a Civil Refresher Training Course, providing specialized training in Civil Law Enforcement. Sessions were held in Ontario and Rockland Counties for this program. Deputy Patrick Fitzgerald, Finance Clerk I Susan Hughes, and Finance Clerk I Debra Cunningham, participated in the training. Sponsored by the New... more
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