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Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County
On Thursday the Ontario County Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to impose an occupancy tax of up to three percent (3%) on lodging facilities of three rooms or less.  Currently, New York’s tax code exempts these facilities from the occupancy tax. According to the resolution, Ontario County’s tourism promotion agency is proposing the occupancy tax change to “level the... more

Hopewell man arrested on felony charge after Econolodge domestic incident

Hopewell man arrested on felony charge after Econolodge domestic incident
Deputies in Ontario County arrested a 51-year-old Hopewell man after a domestic incident at the Econolodge located at 4232 State Route 5&20. The incident occurred on January 19th and investigators determined that John Spiers, 51, of Hopewell prevented the female victim from calling 911. An order of protection was active on behalf of the victim. Deputies say that due to... more

Remodeled Crosby’s store in Farmington to host re-opening celebration this week

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The Crosby’s store location in Farmington, N.Y. has recently completed renovations and remodeling, and is celebrating with a grand reopening event later this week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the store, located at 6090 State Route 96 in Farmington. Mike Deuser of Tripi Foods, Peter Ingalsbe, Farmington town supervisor, and Ron Brand, Farmington... more

Deputies say pickup truck had unsafe tires after investigation into rollover crash in Farmington

Deputies say pickup truck had unsafe tires after investigation into rollover crash in Farmington
On Saturday around 4:15 p.m. deputies were called to the scene of a rollover crash on Yellow Mill Road, north of Fox Road in the town of Farmington. Deputies say that James Gears, 27, of Macedon was operating a 1993 Ford F-150 when the vehicle hydroplaned on the road, causing him to lose control. The truck then turned on its... more

Farmington man could face five years in federal prison for not properly inspecting Newark building for asbestos

Farmington man could face five years in federal prison for not properly inspecting Newark building for asbestos
A Farmington man has been indicted after allegedly failing to properly inspect a building for asbestos before it was renovated. James Marshall, 67, served as a maintenance supervisors with the Finger Lakes Office for People with Development Mental Disabilities and was the person who had oversight over buildings that were being renovated and demolished. Authorities say that in October 2014,... more

Deputies: Farmington woman entered locked office at local motel

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A 38-year-old Farmington woman was arrested at a local motel after entering a locked office. Tera Dusenberry, 38, of Farmington was charged with third-degree criminal trespass. She’s accused of entering a locked office at the Finger Lake Motel. Dussenberry was issued an appearance ticket and will answer the charge at a later date. To have the latest delivered to your... more

Firefighter suffers minor injury battling silo blaze in Ontario County

Firefighter suffers minor injury battling silo blaze in Ontario County
First responders were called to a silo fire in the town of Farmington on Friday. The call came in around 3 p.m. in the area of Rushmore and Sheldon roads. Grain inside the silo ignited, according to firefighters. Deputies say one firefighter suffered a minor cut during the response. No other buildings were damaged in the fire. Roads in the... more

Henderson reflects on first year leading Ontario County Sheriff’s Office

Henderson reflects on first year leading Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
After three decades in law enforcement – it would be easy to tire of the work. At least from the outside perspective. That couldn’t be further from the case though for Sheriff Kevin Henderson. The 36-year-veteran, and elected leader of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said recently in an interview with The Messenger Post that while the time has flown... more

Farmington woman charged with harassment, endangering welfare of child after domestic incident

Farmington woman charged with harassment, endangering welfare of child after domestic incident
Deputies report the arrest of a 31-year-old Farmington resident following a domestic incident. On Saturday deputies were called to a domestic incident, where investigation determined that charges were warranted against 31-year-old Pamela Mott. The Farmington woman was charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Mott was transported to the Ontario County Jail pending centralized arraignment. She... more

Calling hours set for Conrad, Mary Button after Ellsworth Rd. fire

Calling hours set for Conrad, Mary Button after Ellsworth Rd. fire
Friends and family will remember the boy and his grandmother who were killed in a fire that devastated the Palmyra-Farmington communities last week. Calling hours for Conrad Button, 12, and Mary Button, 84, will take place Friday at Cross Creek Church in Palmyra from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to News10NBC. Sheriff Henderson reported after the fire that the... more

Farmington woman arrested on several charges after investigation into public assistance

Farmington woman arrested on several charges after investigation into public assistance
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 31-year-old Farmington resident after an investigation into public assistance. Deputies say Sara VanNorman, 31, of Farmington was receiving Section 8 benefits when she had unreported individuals living with her. As result she received approximately $5,419, which she was not eligible for. VanNorman was charged with third-degree grand larceny and issued... more

Farmington man accused of possessing child porn now charged with violating probation

Farmington man accused of possessing child porn now charged with violating probation
The Farmington man who was arrested on child porn charges last week is now accused of violating his probation. John Toal, 64, of Farmington was charged on Friday with possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child and unlawful surveillance. He was accused of recording a female victim with whom he lived. This week he was accused of violating his... more

Papa T’s in Farmington takes aim at CBD market locally

Papa T’s in Farmington takes aim at CBD market locally
A new business in Farmington is taking on the CBD craze, selling products that could help with pain, anxiety, and other similar ailments. Papa T’s, owned by Thomas Tapke, is a business that’s the result of a life-long desire to help others. Tapke, whose background is in sales said that desire to help others started in his own family. His... more

Farmington man accused of possessing child porn, charged with unlawful surveillance

Farmington man accused of possessing child porn, charged with unlawful surveillance
Sheriff Kevin Henderson says a 64-year-old Farmington man was taken into custody earlier this week following an investigation into events that transpired in August of this year. John Martin Toal, 64, of Farmington was arrested for possessing an obscene sexual performance of a child and second-degree unlawful surveillance following a report initially made by Ontario County Probation. According to Sheriff... more

GoFundMe established for Conrad, Mary Button after fatal fire

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The day after a vigil was held at the Palmyra Community Center for Conrad and Mary Button, who died in a Farmington fire this week, a GoFundMe to cover funeral costs was posted online. More than 80 had donated as of Friday afternoon, and the fund had received more than $3,000 in total donations. The donations were being sought to... more

Multiple agencies assist in felony narcotics bust in Ontario County

Multiple agencies assist in felony narcotics bust in Ontario County
Sheriff Kevin Henderson reports the arrest of a Rochester duo following an investigation into the sale of narcotics and a non-fatal overdose. He says that while responding to an overdose in November, 30-year-old Eric Brown, of Rochester was identified as a supply and source of heroine and fentanyl in Ontario County. Henderson reports that over the last several weeks an... more
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