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Parents ask for Wayne Central School Board member’s resignation following body shaming post

A lack of response from Wayne Central School Board members has some residents baffled. A few weeks ago, School Board Vice President Philip McTigue caused an uproar in his hometown of Ontario when he posted on his personal Facebook page harsh words criticizing obese people. The post reads: “Listen, we are all Americans which means most of us have 10-120... more

Town of Ontario Man jailed for Fourth DWI arrest

State Police out of Lyons reported stopping a vehicle on Route 350 in the Town of Macedon at 2:53 a.m. on Wednesday (7/5), for Moving From Lane Unsafely and Failure to Keep Right. The driver, David Leberth, age 26, of Slocum Road in the Town of Ontario was subsequently charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated; Felony (AUO) Aggravated Unlicensed Operation... more

Doctor busted in Wayne County prostitution sting is back to work in Canandaigua

A doctor charged in a Wayne County prostitution sting is back to work in Canandaigua thanks to an overwhelming response from his patients. The University of Rochester’s Thompson Health has reinstated Doctor Robert Smith at their facility in Canandaigua. Dr. Smith was one of six men arrested at a motel in the town of Ontario in northwestern Wayne County. In... more

Debrief Podcast: Supervisors weigh audit, DEC challenges City’s position, and dissolution

On Thursday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso tackled a big list of heavy topics happening in the region. The ongoing debate in Geneva around the former-Foundry, new regulations in Seneca Falls around Town Board meetings, as well as some newcomer items to the show list — including the Rushville dissolution, and efforts at the state-level... more

Case of murdered Ontario woman will head to grand jury

The case against four people charged with the murder of an Ontario woman is headed to a grand jury. The ruling came Monday following the death of 52-year-old Julie Martin in February. Martin was found dead in her trailer in the Orchard Grove Village Mobile Park. Last week, Martin’s daughter, 22-year-old Jasmine Harlee, was charged with murder along with three... more

Wayne Central School Board approves superintendent contract despite dissent from parents

Despite parent dissent, the Wayne Central School Board approved Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin’s contract extension – a measure that coincided with the unpopular closure of Freewill Elementary School. Several parent taxpayers spoke at the meeting Thursday night, June 22nd questioning the perceived urgency to approve a new 5-year contract with Calvin when a year still remains in his current contract.... more

Daughter, three others charged with murder in Ontario investigation

Four people have been charged with murder in Wayne County, according to Sheriff Barry Virts. The charges were announced on Friday following a four-month investigation into a suspicious death, which happened on February 1st. Virts says that Julie Martin, 52, of Ontario was found dead in her home. Now, four people — including her own daughter — have been charged... more

Medical transport driver charged with forcible touching in Wayne Co.

Deputies in Wayne County say a 38-year-old medical transport driver has been charged with forcible touching after an alleged incident that took place on May 25th. Tommy E. Hardy, 38, of Rochester is accused of inappropriately contacting a client while working as a medical transport driver. An investigation into the incident resulted in Hardy being charged with forcible touching. Deputies... more

Eighth grader from Ontario out in second round of National Spelling Bee

A local student was eliminated from the National Spelling Bee during the second round. Thirteen-year-old Charley Wiggins, of Ontario, was asked to spell the word “ocotillo.” Charley gave the incorrect answer of “ocatillo.” Ocotillo is a plant indigenous to the southwest U.S. Several other students were eliminated in the second round for misspelling words such as wobbulator, malfeasance, and sirenomelus,... more

Super speller aims h-i-g-h: Wayne Central eighth-grader will compete in the National Bee

Anyone who saw Charley Wiggins win the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee in March at Hobart and William Smith Colleges witnessed a confident young man who revels in the competition. While Wiggins remains confident heading into the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., he also realizes he will be up against the best of the best in what has arguably... 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

Students arrested after fight at Wayne Central HS

Two students from Wayne Central High School were arrested after an investigation into a fight earlier in the month. According to Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, they were called to the high school on May 12th for a fight in progress. Deputies said 16-year-old Jacob Battle and 17-year-old Gordon Wang got into a verbal argument in class that turned into a... more

Wayne Co. woman charged with bank fraud – again

A Wayne County woman who recently pleaded guilty to bank fraud has been arrested on the same charge for allegedly defrauding another employer. Cortney Vogt, 37, of Ontario, was charged Wednesday with bank fraud. Her arrest was announced by James Kennedy Jr., Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30... more

Drone footage of devastating Lake Ontario shoreline erosion (video)

The rising Lake Ontario water levels have the waves crashing on the shoreline of northern Monroe, Wayne and Cayuga Counties, eroding the lakefront and threatening homes, docks and cottages. John Kucko of WROC posted some impressive drone footage on Tuesday that you can view below… Record high Lake Ontario has risen over beach area at Chimney Bluffs SP in Wolcott,... more

$5 million gift from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to support local youth sports

The foundation created by the late Buffalo Bills founder Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. has awarded $5 million to Rochester Area Community Foundation to expand and improve opportunities for youth sports and recreation programs in the greater Rochester region including Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties here in the Finger Lakes. This gift established the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund... more

Tomato growing facility to locate off Route 104 in the Town of Ontario

Chances are, that if you are buying several popular varieties of tomatoes from any major outlet, they came from a massive indoor facility nearby. Intergrow Greenhouses took a different approach to how they grow cherry tomatoes, tomatoes-on-the vine and beefsteak tomatoes. Back in 1998, the company, with one operating location in Albion, used authentic growing methods and combined them with... more
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