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Helming, Wayne sheriff announce Yellow Dot program

State Sen. Pamela Helming, R-54th Dist., and Sheriff Barry Virts are encouraging senior citizens and community members to learn use Yellow Dot and My Old Meds programs to ensure their safety and security during an emergency. Yellow Dot is designed to help first responders provide medical attention during the first hour after a car crash or home emergency. A yellow... more

Lyons Fire Department helps deliver healthy baby

The Lyons Fire Department helped deliver a healthy baby boy on Saturday! The Department says a man was trying to get his wife to the hospital, when he realized they wren’t going to make it. The couple pulled over at the Lyons Fire Department, where firefighters say they started caring for the woman until an ambulance arrived. The baby came... more

Lyons Peppermint Days draws huge crowds

Ask just about anyone wandering through the maze of vendors and games at this year’s Peppermint Days in Lyons what their favorite part of the whole weekend and they will tell you it’s the fireworks. For years the festival has honored its history with peppermint with the biggest fireworks show lighting up the sky over the Erie Canal – a... more

Sheriff: Inmate assaulted, intimidated another at Wayne Co. Jail

Deputies in Wayne County report the arrest of a Lyons man after an incident involving two inmates at the County Jail. David M. Allen, 47, of Lyons was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree intimidating a witness. Deputies say the charges stem from an investigation into an incident that took place on May 26th at the Wayne County Jail. Allen... more

Deputies: Inmate who helped investigation struck in jail

A Lyons inmate is facing additional felony charges after deputies say he struck another inmate who had assisted the investigation that led to the man’s burglary conviction. David M. Allen, 47, was arrested Saturday and charged with assault in the second degree and intimidating a witness in the second degree in connection with the May 26 incident. Wayne County deputies... 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

Recaptured Wayne Co. Jail inmate pleads not guilty to escape charge

An inmate who escaped from the Wayne County Jail by walking out the front door denied his guilt on new charges filed against him Thursday. An attorney for Shawn Meacham, 25, entered a plea of denial for both violation of probation and escape 1st charges. According to Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, Meacham posed as an inmate who was only... more

200 years ago: Work on Erie Canal began and changed history

This Fourth of July marks the 200th anniversary of the ceremonial first digging for the construction of the Erie Canal, a 363-mile waterway that would change history. The groundbreaking was held July 4, 1817, in a field in Rome, in central New York. Construction of the canal was begun a few days later at a location nearby. Workers equipped with... more

ESCAPE: Inmate located after escaping from Wayne Co. Jail

UPDATE Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts has reported that the escaped inmate from the Wayne County Jail has been located. A criminal and internal investigation are ongoing to make additional determinations, according to Virts. Shawn Meacham, 25, of Geneva was reported missing from the jail on Sunday around 4:30 pm. He allegedly walked out the front door, posing as a... more

VoteTilla to get a Taste of Wayne County at Newark event

The VoteTilla will arrive in Wayne County on Monday, July 17th as part of a week-long navigational celebrating 100 years of women’s voices and votes in New York State that will take place along the Erie Canal. With a core of five rented, 10-passenger, canal packet boats, VoteTilla will set out from Seneca Falls and travel to Rochester, finishing the... 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

State Police arrest two after discovery of “meth” lab in Lyons

It was a sure sign that something was amiss when State Police out of Lyons found a woman swimming topless, with very short shorts unbuttoned and yelling she was “burning up from inside”, in the Lyons Park fountain on Thursday (6/8) at 8:30 pm. Shaila T. Gorske, age 25, of Lyons told police she was having a bad reaction to... more

Lightning strikes gas tank in Lyons (video)

Lightning is by no means a rare phenomenon. That said, capturing it on video is a little rarer. At least locally. That’s exactly what happened in Lyons on Thursday though, as lightning struck a 3,000-gallon tank filled with gasoline. The storm was passing over the Lyons Town Maintenance Facility when an employee witnessed it happen. “Split-second, all I saw was... more

Trial date set in Lyons murder case

An October trial date has been set for the local man accused of stabbing another man to death at the former Iroquois Hotel. Acting Wayne County District Attorney Chris Bokelman said the trial of Pedro Colon is scheduled to start Oct. 2 with jury selection. Judge John Nesbitt will preside. Colon, 63, faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree... more

Wayne County may snuff pharmacy tobacco sales

In the windows of some Rite Aid Pharmacy outlets, you’ll see “wellness images,” such as a woman eating an apple and another in meditation. But as you walk into the store, you’ll see a wall of cigarettes behind the checkout counter, notes Ryan Mulhern, public health educator for Wayne County. That, said Mulhern, conflicts with the image Rite Aid and... more
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