Twin sisters living in Farmington charged in welfare fraud investigation

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Wayne County Department of Social Services, reports the arrest of twin sisters for Conspiracy and other charges following a three month long investigation. Arrested were Stephenie K. Hartnagel and Chrysten L. Buttiglieri, both 36, and currently residing together at Carriage Court in the Town of Farmington. An investigation was initiated by... more

Deputies: Farmington man strangled victim until she passed out

A 24-year-old Farmington man was arrested by investigators in Ontario County during the early-morning hours of Thursday. According to deputies, Chaizecharles N. Pilgrim, 24, of Farmington was arrested on a warrant for second-degree strangulation. They say an investigation revealed that during the course of physically abusing an unnamed victim the day before — Pilgrim placed his hands around the victim’s... 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

Clifton Springs woman gets lengthy prison term

A Clifton Springs woman was sentenced Thursday to a lengthy prison term related to the sexual abuse of two children. Ontario County Judge Frederick Reed sentenced Janiet Simonds, 26, to 22 years in prison followed by 20 years of parole. Simonds pleaded guilty to felony counts of criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and use of a child in a... more

Pioneer Millworks launches $15/hour wage program

Pioneer Millworks, a reclaimed and sustainable wood manufacturer in Farmington, recently committed to a $15 per hour wage program for full-time employees. Farmington’s current statutory minimum wage is $9.70. Pioneer Millworks estimates that the program’s costs will be offset by higher quality employees, better retention and more efficient work on the jobsite. It will cost the company approximately 2 percent... 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

Farmington company adopts $15 minimum wage

An Ontario County reclaimed and sustainable wood manufacturer isn’t waiting for the $15 minimum wage to arrive upstate. Pioneer Millworks announced on Wednesday that it is committed to a $15 per hour wage program for all full-time employees beginning on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The current minimum wage in New York is $9.70, as part of a general increase in... more

Deputies: 24-year-old accused of stealing from Farmers Inn

On August 26th at approximately 2:42 am., officers arrested 24-year-old Philip Maniske-Huff and charged him with third-degree burglary. Officers on patrol observed Maniske-Huff entering the Farmers Inn in the early morning hours, after the bar had closed. He was detained and through investigation it was revealed that Huff had burglarized the Farmers Inn on several occasions over the course of... more

Fair Haven woman faces assault charges in Ontario Co.

A 44-year-old Fair Haven woman was arrested, according to deputies, after a physical altercation in Farmington. Deputies arrested Tracy A. Spath accusing her of intentionally striking another person in the face — causing injury. She was charged with third-degree assault, and processed in Farmington Town Court. All of the charges will be answered in Farmington Town Court at a later... more

Humane Society investigating abandoned dog

An abandoned dog incident in Farmington is being investigated by the Ontario County Humane Society. The healthy female terrier mix was left in a cage on the porch of a Running Brook Road home with a note, asking the residents to find a good home for the dog, according to a release. The Humane Society is asking that anyone with... 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

FOUND SAFE: Missing woman located in Ontario Co.

Deputies in Ontario County report that Jenalee McDonald has been found safe. She was last seen on Wednesday around 8:30 am, according to initial reports. The alert went out to media during the morning hours on Thursday, and within just a couple hours of it’s release — McDonald was located. Authorities say she left her Farmington residence for a series... more

Man charged with aggravated DWI after child passenger found in Farmington vehicle

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a 43year-old Rochester man after he was found to be driving while impaired by drugs, with a child less-than 15-years-old inside the vehicle. The traffic stop happened in Farmington on State Route 96, after deputies say Jesse L. Ellis, 43, of Rochester was observed operating a vehicle without tail lights and having an inadequate muffler.... more

Deputies: Farmington woman broke into apartment, attacked residents, and stole property

Deputies arrested a 35-year-old Farmington woman as part of a burglary investigation at Terrace Lane Apartments on August 6th. Shannon Noel Rienholtz, 35, of Farmington was charged with first-degree burglary after an incident that took place at Terrace Lane. Investigators say Rienholtz forced her way into another person’s apartment, causing injury to the owner and stealing two phones before fleeing.... more
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