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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