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

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
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