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Major infrastructure projects on tap for Seneca, Ontario, Wayne counties outlined

Infrastructure is always scrutinized by officials and taxpayers. Universally, the condition of local roads is something that has been questioned, debated, and discussed at-length throughout all levels of government. On Wednesday, Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) announced road paving projects in the 54th District, which will be completed this summer – totaling $6.24 million in local investment. According to the Senator,... more

Executive Director of FLX Red Cross talks Lake Ontario flooding, disaster response (podcast)

When it comes to disaster response, the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross handles hundreds of events and disasters throughout the calendar year. They also spend a significant amount of time working to prevent disasters. Even training and developing core volunteer staff to respond to various disasters throughout the Finger Lakes Chapter’s six county district takes up a... more

Wayne County communities host drug take back sites this Saturday

What is becoming an annual event in Wayne County and across the United States, residents are urged to bring their unused prescription medications to a local drop off site this Saturday, April 29th. The Drug Enforcement Administration has developed a national take-back initiative, creating the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

Wayne Sheriff provides update in monthly column

Dear Neighbors, The Sheriff’s Office 2016 Annual Report is available online at www.waynecosheriff.org through your town supervisor and at all the public libraries in the county for your review. On April 29th all Wayne County law enforcement agencies, Wayne-NET (Wayne Narcotic Enforcement Team) and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft... more

Wolcott sex offender charged twice within a month

A level 2 sex offender has been arrested for the second time in a month. Jacob Ritchie, 31, of the village of Wolcott, was charged March 9th by Wayne County sheriff’s investigators  with failing to change and/or update his status with the New York state Sex Offender Registry, an E felony, and resisting arrest. The charges stem from an online... more

Wayne County joins others across state in search of mandate relief

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Wayne County Administrator Rick House joined other officials from across the state to lobby in Albany for unfunded mandate relief. House visited the Governor’s mansion with other members of the New York State Association of Counties, which represents county leaders all across the state, to seek some relief from state mandates.... more

Wayne County Clerk urges residents to renew locally at your DMV

By Tammy Whitacre For years, Wayne County Clerk Michael Jankowski has worked to educate residents when it comes to helping the county they live in. The “notice to Wayne County residents” urges them to bring their renewals for vehicle registration and driver’s licenses to their local Department of Motor Vehicles in Lyons and forgo returning the payment in the pre-addressed... more

Butler man arrested after allegedly punching female in front of kids

Deputies arrested Michael N. Mack, 44, of Butler for punching a female victim in the face in front of two children under the age of 17. Mack was arrested and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. Mack was arraigned in Butler Town Court and remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of bail... more

New Birding Guide is offered by Wayne County Tourism

This unique guide was compiled by author and biologist, Susan Petersen Gateley, who has extensive experience locating birds in Wayne County. Laurie Dirkx, a local conservationist photographer, has contributed her favorite bird photographs and Montezuma Audubon Center’s Director Chris Lajewski also assisted with the new Wayne County Birding Guide. Read More Life in the Finger Lakes:  Read More more

Police: Man rapes woman in bathroom of group home

A 21-year-old was arrested Saturday for rape. Following an investigation, Ricardo Gonzalez was arrested for dragging a woman into a bathroom of a group home and raping her. Wayne County Probation/Correctional Alternative Director, Dale Mead, stated it’s not unusual to place a sex offender in a group home. However, the agency should screen and be aware of such people. Read More more

Sodus man allegedly threatened ex-girlfriend; charged with harassment

Sodus man allegedly threatened ex-girlfriend; charged with harassment
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Sodus man was charged with aggravated harassment following an investigation into a threat made against his ex-girlfriend. Deputies say that Geno R. Thomas, 31, of Sodus was charged with aggravated harassment in the second degree after he allegedly made a threat to harm his ex-girlfriend. Thomas was arraigned in Galen Town Court... more