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

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
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