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Sheriff: Interlaken man charged with predatory sex assault, rape of child less than 13

Sheriff: Interlaken man charged with predatory sex assault, rape of child less than 13
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the arrest of a 34-year-old Interlaken resident on felony predatory sex assault charges following an investigation. Dana Goodman, 34, of Interlaken was charged with predatory sexual assault, a Class A-II felony; first-degree rape, a Class B felony; and endangering the welfare of a child. Sheriff Luce says the charges stem from an investigation where... more

Bob Hayssen wins close election to lead Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020

Bob Hayssen will lead Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020
The final vote was 406-344. Supervisors David Hayes, Mike Ferrara, Cindy Lorenzetti, Kyle Barnhart, Jim Borst, and Paul Kronenwetter voted for Hayssen. He also cast a vote for himself. Supervisors Mike Reynolds, Ralph Lott, Ron McGreevy, Michael Enslow, and Jim Cleere voted against Hayssen's appointment to the leadership post. more

Committee on Open Government answers more questions about executive session, public meetings

Committee on Open Government answers more questions about executive session, public meetings
Last week, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors made headlines after entering into an executive session without enough votes to do so. The story prompted FingerLakes1.com to reach out to Kristin O'Neill, of the Committee on Open Government for more information. more

Sheriff Luce: Pursuit reached speeds of 93 mph; two children inside vehicle unhurt

Sheriff: Pursuit in Seneca County reached speeds of 93 mph in small village
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says his deputies were involved in a high-speed pursuit in the village of Interlaken on Saturday. Around 1:06 p.m. deputies observed a vehicle on Main Street traveling with an expired inspection sticker. He says that as deputies turned around to initiate a traffic stop the driver took off. Sheriff Luce identified the driver as 24-year-old... more

Ithaca man accused of violating protective order in Seneca County

Ithaca man accused of violating protective order in Seneca County
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Ithaca resident who violated a protective order during a domestic incident earlier this month. On December 9th at approximately 11:45 p.m. deputies arrested John Orak, 51, at an Interlaken residence on a criminal contempt charge, as well as one count of harassment. Orak is accused of violating an order of... more

Deputies: Interlaken man punched person holding 3-month-old baby

Deputies: Interlaken man punched person holding 3-month-old baby
Deputies report the arrest of an Interlaken resident following an investigation into a physical altercation between two men. Thomas Palmer, 48, of Interlaken was charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest stems from a physical altercation where it is alleged that Palmer struck another male, who was holding a 3-month-old child at the time. Deputies... more

WEBCAST REPLAY: 2019 South Seneca Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament (FL1 Sports)

WATCH LIVE: 2019 South Seneca Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament (FL1 Sports)
The 2019-20 Wayne-Finger Lakes high school basketball season is underway with FL1 Sports live coverage of the second day of the South Seneca Girls Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament at the Jack Guinan Gymnasium in Ovid. The host South Seneca Falcons are joined by the Mynderse Blue Devils, Pal-Mac Red Raiders and Weedsport Warriors. The tournament consolation game between Weedsport & South... more

Interlaken bonding for new wastewater treatment plant

Interlaken bonding for new wastewater treatment plant
Out with the old, in with the new. The village is taking steps to borrow up to $5 million to demolish, remove and replace its existing wastewater treatment plant with a new treatment plant and improvements to the existing wastewater collection system in the village. That work will include manhole replacement, cement lining of manholes, lining of sewers that cross... more

FLX WEEKLY: Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber & Thanksgiving Prep (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber & Thanksgiving Prep (podcast)
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Destination Marketing Manager Rick Newman joins Sydney Rogers and Jim Sinicropi in-studio to talk about everything going on at the Chamber including tonight’s Business After Hours event being hosting at FingerLakes1.com’s offices in Seneca Falls. Also, a look at the weekend ahead, some great local fall photos and tips for prepping for Thanksgiving dinner next... more

Remembering Rod Serling: Twilight Zone creator honored in Interlaken

Remembering Rod Serling: Twilight Zone creator honored in Interlaken
As a village trustee and the deputy mayor for the village of Interlaken, Tony Del Plato has had to deal with issues related to the water and sewer systems, the roads, and — this time of year — snow removal. Recently, he had the chance to work on something a little more enjoyable — helping the village and its residents... more

Seneca Chamber hires new Membership Development Manager

Seneca Chamber hires new Membership Development Manager
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has announced Megan Slater as its new Membership Development Manager. In her role, Megan is responsible for helping connect area businesses to one of the largest and most successful professional advocacy and development networks in the Finger Lakes Region. A native of Waterloo, Slater is a 2009 graduate of Waterloo High School and studied... more

Officials, law enforcement review bomb threat evacuation at South Seneca HS

Officials, law enforcement
‘An Unfortunate Reality’ – By Josh Durso South Seneca Central School District Superintendent Steve Zielinski has provided additional insight about the response to Wednesday’s bomb threat, which prompted a full-campus evacuation in Ovid. The evacuation lasted approximately an hour. Students returned to class, and the academic day resumed. “It’s an unfortunate reality in 2019 that we must pay so much... more

Students return to class after evacuation caused by bomb threat at South Seneca

South Seneca school campus evacuated due to bomb threat
South Seneca Superintendent Steve Zielinski says that students were temporarily evacuated on Wednesday after a bomb threat. While details of the incident were not immediately available – Zielinski said all threats are taken seriously by faculty and administration. Students were evacuated around 10:15 a.m. and began returning to classrooms – after the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office gave the all clear... more

South Seneca presents the 3rd annual Duke’s Ball

South Seneca presents the 3rd annual Duke’s Ball
The South Seneca Falcon Players and the South Seneca Falcon Music Boosters are proud to announce their 3rd Annual Duke’s Ball! An elegant evening of dinner, music, dancing and sharing stories that honor the memory and legacy of long time South Seneca music teacher and community member Robert “Duke” Gerlach as we raise money to support his Memorial Scholarship. The... more

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated in Seneca, as supervisors signal that update could come from DA on Sheppard-Deeds investigation

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated
Last year at this time the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution instructing Sheriff Tim Luce to lead an investigative effort into Former County Manager John Sheppard and Former Finance Director Brandi Deeds. In January of this year that investigation concluded, according to Luce. “The investigation has been completed, all the interviews are done, and we are ready... 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

Interlaken driver charged with DWI after traffic stop

Interlaken driver charged with DWI after traffic stop
Deputies report the arrest of an Interlaken resident following a traffic stop on State Route 96. Catlyn Steger, 31, of Interlaken was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, possession of marijuana, and failure to stop at a stop sign after a traffic stop on September 28th around 1 a.m. Steger was committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility pending arraignment, according... more

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more
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