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Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves forward

Decade old questions loom as Schuyler County Judge race moves into the fall
Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, who is running in November for Schuyler County Judge, declined last week to answer questions or provide requested documents about his role in a Seneca County scandal more than a decade ago. Getman declined to confirm or deny reports that his resignation as Seneca County Attorney in 2007 was prompted by a grand jury letter... more

Burgess waives preliminary hearing right in court after 7-Eleven robbery, 36-hour manhunt last week

Burgess waives preliminary hearing right in court after 7-Eleven robbery, 36-hour manhunt last week
Brandon Burgess, the 28-year-old who prompted a 36 hour manhunt after robbing a 7-Eleven store in Phelps waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The Finger Lakes Times reports Brandon Burgess and his attorney waived the right to a scheduled preliminary hearing tonight in Phelps Town Court. At the moment, Burgess has been charged with grand larceny and robbery. The... more

Dryden man charged with rape as new DNA evidence emerges in cold case

Dryden man charged with rape as new DNA evidence emerges in cold case
The Ithaca Police Department reports felony charges following a rape investigation in the city. Chad Hamilton, 29, of Dryden was charged with second-degree rape for engaging in sexual activity with a child under 15 years old. Police say that Hamilton was approximately 27-years-old at the time of the offense. They say that incident occurred at the victim’s address. The investigation... more

Big, beautiful crop of New York apples awaits in Finger Lakes

Big, beautiful crop of New York apples awaits in Finger Lakes
For those who like nothing better than biting into a freshly picked apple each fall, you’re in luck, said Cynthia Haskins, president and CEO of the New York Apple Association. The fruit is excellent this year. “The crop is looking really beautiful,” said Haskins, whose Victor-based agency promotes New York apples. “We’ve got a good range of sizes. The apples... more

Dog lottery announced for 85 Naples dogs who were abused

Dog lottery announced for 85 Naples dogs who were abused
The 85 dogs found abused in Naples could be going to their new homes as soon as next month. Officials with the Ontario County Humane Society announced the dogs will be given away during a lottery at their annual “Paws for All” fundraiser. More than 200 applications have been submitted for the terriers, known publicly as the “Naples 85.” The dogs have been... more

Fire at Auburn business under investigation, dispatchers say

Fire at Auburn business under investigation, dispatchers say
Dispatchers say that a small fire is under investigation in Cayuga County after firefighters were called to Avstar Fuel Systems on Brookfield Place Monday morning. The fire was reported just before 1 a.m., according to dispatchers. While no one was hurt, the cause of the fire remains active. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. To have... more

Vacant home along Rt. 90 damaged by fire over the weekend

Vacant home along Rt. 90 damaged by fire over the weekend
A vacant home in Montezuma was seriously damaged after a fire over the weekend. The Auburn Citizen reports that five companies responded to the scene along Route 90 around 10 a.m. The fire was put out after more than an hour of firefighters battling flames. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. To have the latest updates,... more

New York Attorney General issues cease and desist to ‘ghost gun’ websites

New York Attorney General issues cease and desist to ‘ghost gun’ websites
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered 16 websites that make or sell guns or gun components to “cease and desist” selling near-complete assault weapons into New York State. Companies often call these products “ghost guns” because they are virtually untraceable. They do not require that the buyer hold a Federal Firearms License, not do they submit the buyer... more

Democrats have new leader in Seneca County

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For the first time in 22 years, the Seneca County Democratic Committee has a new chairperson. At a Sept. 19 reorganizational meeting, Susan Ottenweller of Varick was elected as party chairwoman, defeating first vice-chairperson Susan Sauvageau of Seneca Falls in voting by committee members. Sauvageau was re-elected first vice-chairwoman, defeating a challenge from Gail Dalmat of Romulus. Ottenweller succeeds longtime... more

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Juanita Aikens looks to bring better representation to Geneva City Hall

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Juanita Aikens looks to bring better representation to Geneva City Hall
Political newcomer Juanita Aikens is vying for a seat on Geneva’s City Council. The Democrat would represent Ward 6 if elected in November. Aikens, the founder and president of the Ontario County Justice Coalition, leader of the East Lakeview Neighborhood Association and a board member on the Ontario County Youth Court. With the resurgence and reemergence of swastikas and white... more

Opinions differ on best way to preserve street, sidewalk along Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua

Opinions differ on best way to preserve street, sidewalk along Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua
Have you ever been driving down the road – and notice workers cutting trees around power lines in residential neighborhoods? That is an annual event, typically performed in the spring, but draws the same kind of criticism that is being handed out in the City of Canandaigua – as they work to maintain the safety of pedestrian and vehicle traffic... more

Waterloo woman charged with DWI after two-car property damage accident

Waterloo woman charged with DWI after two-car property damage accident
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Waterloo woman following a two-car property damage accident along Waterloo-Geneva Road. Karen M. Moilanen, 58, of Waterloo was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a breath test, and unsafe backing. Deputies say the arrest stems from an investigation into a crash where it was determined that Moilanen was intoxicated... more

Protesters occupy entrance to Tompkins Courthouse, demand charges against Rose DeGroat dropped

Protesters occupy entrance to Tompkins Courthouse, demand charges against Rose DeGroat dropped
Just below the steps of the Tompkins County Courthouse on Friday afternoon, about 150 people gathered to protest the felony charges Rose DeGroat, 23, of Ithaca, faces. Since the charges were brought in April, members of the public have protested the charges brought by the Ithaca Police Department and put pressure on District Attorney Matthew Van Houten to drop all... more

Fall season officially underway across the Finger Lakes

Fall season officially starting across the Finger Lakes
It’s that time of year again to pick apples and pumpkins and sip the apple cider, pumpkin latte’s, and more often than not get into warmer clothes with the cooler air moving in. It’s also a beautiful time of year as the leaves on the trees showcase their colors depending on the tree type and weather. Yes, welcome to the... more

Auburn man accused of stealing, scrapping vehicle parts in Seneca County

Auburn man accused of stealing, scrapping vehicle parts in Seneca County
An Auburn man was arrested Sunday afternoon for stealing scrap vehicle parts from a local business and then selling them to a nearby scrapyard. Officers with the Seneca Falls Police Department identified the suspect as 32-year-old Aaron Padgett. New York State Police officers located Padgett during a traffic stop in Fulton and then turned him over to the SFPD. Officers... more

Deputies: Waterloo driver resisted arrest while being taken into custody for driving while intoxicated

Deputies: Waterloo driver resisted arrest while being taken into custody for driving while intoxicated
Deputies report the arrest of a Waterloo woman following a traffic stop in the Town of Ovid on September 19th. Pamela J. Washak, 53, of Waterloo was stopped for speeding on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid a little after 10 p.m., according to deputies. Upon further investigation it was determined that Washak was driving while intoxicated. When... more
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