Lyons man jailed after punching pregnant wife, threatening family with knife on Thanksgiving

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Lyons man on a number of charges after a Thanksgiving Day domestic incident. Jacob F. Covert, 25, of Lyons is being held at the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond after having been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of... more

Police looking into “misappropriation of funds” at Yates Chamber

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the “misappropriation of funds” belonging to the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. Sheriff Ron Spike said the probe began Nov. 14, when his office was notified of financial irregularities by the Chamber’s board of directors. Investigators are now looking at bank records. “We don’t have all the bank records at this time. We... more

Jackpot elusive for upstate’s new casinos

Three new upstate New York casinos — including Seneca County’s del Lago Resort and Casino — have so far failed to generate the big payoffs they projected, meaning less money shared with towns, cities and counties. Slot machine and table game revenue from casinos in the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and Schenectady have fallen short of the rosy revenue... more

Agencies respond to Walmart in Auburn after man with gun reported

It might have been a false alarm, but as multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the scene shoppers were left wondering what was going on. The Auburn Police Department, New York State Police, and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office were all called to the Walmart on Grant Avenue in Auburn after authorities received a call about a man with a... more

Wolcott man escapes serious injury after car sheers utility pole, catches fire in Savannah

On November 23rd at approximately 12:11 am the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office investigated a one-car crash on Wiley Road in the Town of Savannah. The investigation revealed that a Ford Escape was northbound on Wiley Road when the operator fell asleep and exited the east side of the road clipping a telephone pole. The vehicle rolled two times coming to... more

Povero: Get ready for winter driving

While winter driving conditions haven’t been seen yet in Ontario County, Sheriff Phil Povero and members of the county Highway Superintendent Association are asking for the public’s help to avoid accidents and help plow crews during the season. “Motorists are encouraged to operate their vehicles at a reduced, reasonable speed with regard to road conditions and poorer visibility due to... more

Yates adopts $42.8 million budget with tax rate cut

The Yates County Legislature has adopted the 2018 $42.8 million budget with a levy of $16.2 million, and a county tax rate of $6.46 per $1,000 of assessed value, a reduction of 7 cents from the 2017 rate. Budget Officer Winona Flynn says the plan maintains all existing programs, and adds a $2,500 grant to Mercy Flight Central and a... more

Tax rate stable in 2018 Ontario County budget

Spending and the property tax levy are up in the 2018 Ontario County budget, although the tax rate will be the same as this year. The $223.7 million budget was approved at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Spending is up 2.31 percent over the 2017 budget of $218.7 million. Next year’s tax levy is $57.3 million, a 3.2-percent increase... more

Man flees police in Bloomfield, but car runs out of gas

Deputies say a 37-year-old Arkport man was taken into custody after he fled authorities in Ontario County. Thomas C. Davis, 37, of Arkport was charged with resisting arrest and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer after he failed to comply with a marked police vehicle on Route 444. Deputies say he was traveling south in the Town of East Bloomfield,... more

Victor man grows from raising crops to cultivating careers

David D. Reh, a successful Victor businessman, remembers going to his grandfather’s Orchard Park farm when he was a boy, driving a tractor to help with the hay baling. At 12, he began leasing land from neighbors and increased his planting of cauliflower, tomatoes and various grains. Now, Reh, founder and owner of Ravenwood Golf Club, enjoys helping young people... more

Dundee may need new wastewater treatment plant

Village officials in Dundee have approved an agreement with an engineering firm to begin work on the development of a new sewage treatment plant that is likely to cost about $6.5 million. Nearly half of the plant’s cost could be covered by grants, and the balance could be financed with a zero interest loan. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. and the... more

Beverly Animal Shelter Pets of the Week: Looking for a cuddly human

This week the Beverly Animal Shelter would like to introduce you to three handsome feline gentlemen who simply love people. How do we know? …Their letters to Santa include a request for a cuddly human.  POPLAR This lovable guy was rescued from a stray cat colony. White and black Poplar arrived with an unexplained head tilt. Thought to be older... more

Thanksgiving drive doubled this year in Seneca Falls

Even though it was their first day of Thanksgiving break, several Seneca Falls school district students woke up early Wednesday to do a good deed. Again this year, Seneca Falls Middle School math teacher Dave Major spearheaded a drive to provide Thanksgiving dinner fixings to area families. He enlisted the help of school staff members and the police department, and... more

Women’s March returns to Seneca Falls Jan. 20

A day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, roughly 10,000 people came to the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement to protest his political and social agenda. It was part of a nationwide reaction to Trump’s election. Women’s March organizer Melina Carnicelli of Auburn said a newly formed group, Pre-Sisters for Women’s Equality,... more

Retiring GGH surgeon looks forward to future

Dr. Nitin Banwar has been an orthopedic surgeon for more than 30 years, but for the past five has concentrated solely on hip and knee replacements at the Joint Center of the Finger Lakes at Geneva General Hospital. His reason is pretty straightforward — and somewhat personal. “I just like taking care of old people. It’s as simple as that,”... more

Gingerbread fundraiser to benefit Foodlink

Every decorated gingerbread cookie at Windmill Farm and Craft Market, 3900 state Route 14A, Penn Yan, through Dec 9 will mean brighter holidays for residents who rely on Foodlink to help put meals on the table. “We are beginning a gingerbread cookie decorating event which will run several weeks. Anyone may buy a cookie for $2 to decorate,” said Jeff... more

Waterloo woman accused of theft

The Waterloo Police Department reports that on November 23rd at about 4:55 pm, officers arrested Tianna M. Balch, 20, of Waterloo. Balch was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident where it is alleged that Balch possessed stolen property that was taken from a vehicle earlier... more