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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

Deputies: Child treated at hospital after assault by caretaker in Ontario County

Ontario County woman accused of assaulting 7-year-old child
Sheriff Henderson says a 36-year-old Gorham resident was taken into custody after a young child was assaulted in Ontario County. Linda Randall, 36, of Gorham was arrested at her residence on County Road 29 following an investigation into the assault of a 7-year-old child. It was determined by investigators that Randall was severely impaired by drugs on January 14th while... more

Deputies: Penn Yan man crashed his car, broke into home in Ontario County

Deputies: Penn Yan man crashed his car, broke into home in Ontario County
Deputies arrested a Penn Yan man after he crashed his vehicle and allegedly broke into a home. Edwin Stebbins, 37, of Penn Yan was arrested on January 10th. He was charged with DWI, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and other traffic violations. Deputies say Stebbins crashed his car into a combine on Tileyard Road in Gorham. He then forced his way... more

Rushville man charged with DWI after rollover crash in Gorham

Rushville man charged with DWI after rollover crash in Gorham
Deputies say that they were called to 4481 Middle Road in the town of Gorham for a one-car rollover accident around 2:10 a.m. First responders were called to the scene after a vehicle was reported on its roof. They say a single passenger was trapped inside and unable to get out. The operator, identified as 25-year-old Matthew Harris, of Rushville... 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

WEBCAST REPLAY: Marcus Whitman visits Geneva for a Holiday Hoops Showdown (FL1 Sports)

WATCH LIVE: Marcus Whitman visits Geneva for a Holiday Hoops Showdown (FL1 Sports)
Join Jim Sinicropi & Kevin Sharp for FL1 Sports on the day after Christmas as the Marcus Whitman Wildcats invade the Panther Den to take on Geneva live on FingerLakes1.com. Geneva brings an experienced squad along with Devon “Junior” Martin to take on newly independent Whitman coached by Greg O’Connor.  . more

Rushville man claimed his dog was a stray, turned it over to Humane Society

Rushville man claimed his dog was a stray, turned it over to Humane Society
A Rushville man was arrested on one charge, and will face more after he falsely turned in a pet dog, claiming it was a stray. The Ontario County Humane Society reports that on December 21st at approximately 2:10 p.m. Matthew Belke, 32, of Rushville brought a male Australian Shepherd to the humane society. He claimed that the dog had been... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust campaigns for 100 acres above Canandaigua Lake

Finger Lakes Land Trust campaigns for 100 acres above Canandaigua Lake
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced the Canandaigua Vista project — a campaign to raise $650,000 for creation of a nature preserve on more than 100 acres in the town of Canandaigua. The land west of Route 21 and south of Jones Road boasts scenic views, diverse wildlife habitats and a network of hiking trails. The property at the head... more

W-FL TUESDAY: Honeoye takes down Bloomfield after delay; Midlakes girls blowout SOTA

W-FL Tuesday: Honeoye takes down Bloomfield; Midlakes girls get first win of season after blowout win over SOTA
The Bloomfield Bombers and the Honeoye Bulldogs renewed their rivalry to open Finger Lakes West play on Tuesday night. This game was delayed shortly after the opening tip because of a fire alarm. When they finally got going, it was a tight back-and-forth game until Honeoye took a 7-point lead with three minutes remaining.. Sheehan and Willix scored for Bloomfield to... more

Rushville trustee convicted of stealing $400K from employer – will serve probation, pay restitution

Rushville trustee convicted of stealing $400K from employer – will serve probation, pay restitution
A Rushville village trustee arrested in November 2018 was convicted of grand larceny in Ontario County Court Nov. 6 after stealing over $400,000 from her employer. Kimberly Payne, 52, pled guilty to second-degree grand larceny (a class C felony) and fourth-degree grand larceny (a class E felony) before Judge Brian Dennis in a negotiated plea for one year of interim... more

Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... more

Gorham man sentenced for Fentanyl death in Phelps

Gorham man sentenced for Fentanyl death
A Gorham man was sentenced for the Fentanyl death of Justin Meath. Police say 28-year-old Donald Lee Everson sold Fentanyl to Meath and one other person in Phelps back in Oct. 2018. Both overdosed, but only Meath died. Everson was charged with selling drugs a few days later, and manslaughter when the cause of death came back earlier this year. Now, he’s expected to... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

Gorham man pleads guilty to manslaughter in drug overdose death

Gorham man pleads guilty to manslaughter in drug overdose death
Nearly a year after a Gorham man died of a drug overdose at his home, another man pleaded guilty to selling the drugs that killed him. Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts said Donald Everson, also of Gorham, pleaded guilty Thursday in county court to second-degree manslaughter and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in the Oct. 30, 2018... more

Meeting coming up to discuss pedestrian, bike lanes on roads in Ontario County

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One Ontario County corridor could be significantly friendlier in the near-future to those on bicycles and walking. That work could be happening along the Route 364 and County Road 11 corridor after a grant was received from the Genesee Transportation Council to create a plan. The Messenger Post reports that the study is looking at ways to improve safe pedestrian... more

Marcus Whitman voters OK addition to project

Marcus Whitman voters OK addition to project
Marcus Whitman school district voters approved a referendum Tuesday adding $5 million to an already approved $29 million capital project. The referendum passed 242-99. The project was approved in 2017 by a 236-156 margin. It consisted of about $19 million in work at the high school, middle school and Finger Lakes Secondary School (BOCES wing). It addition, there was about... more
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