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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

Thompson Health doctor among those charged in Wayne Co. prostitution investigation

Six men were charged on Wednesday with third-degree patronizing a person for prostitution after a town of Ontario resident tipped off Wayne County sheriff’s deputies about an ad on a social media website. The tip lead deputies to Backpage.com and an ad posted by a female, unidentified by police, who was soliciting money for sex in the Ontario area. FingerLakes1.com... 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

Deputies investigating ‘hit and run’ accident in Ontario

Deputies are investigating a hit and run accident that happened around 2:30 am. Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts says they’re seeking information from the public to help identify and find the driver involved. Deputies say a vehicle traveling east on Ridge Rd. exited the south side of the roadway striking a 2010 Kia Sol at 2110 Ridge Rd. totaling the... more
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