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Woman accused of practicing midwifery illegally enters not guilty plea in Yates

Woman accused of practicing midwifery illegally enters not guilty plea in Yates
The Penn Yan woman accused of performing midwifery without a licensed pleaded not guilty in Yates County Court on Tuesday. Elizabeth Catlin, who was indicted on 95 charges, including criminally negligent homicide – entered the not guilty plea in court. She was arrested in 2018 for posing as a midwife and exploiting pregnant women, according to state police. Supporters of... more

Employees work tirelessly to reopen Geneva Walmart after arson (photo gallery)

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It’s been a week since the devastating fire at the Geneva Walmart. Reports indicate that the fire may have been started in the craft section of the store, but beyond an arson charge – which was confirmed by Sheriff Kevin Henderson earlier this week – little information has been publicized about the investigation. What has been publicized is the struggle... more

Five-vehicle crash shuts down Rt. 13 in Schuyler County

Five-vehicle crash shuts down Rt. 13 in Schuyler County
A multi-vehicle wreck along Route 13 in Schuyler County shut down the roadway for several hours as first responders worked the scene. First responders say the roadway was shut down between Alpine Junction and Swartwood roads. Authorities said there were no life-threatening injuries reported initially, but that upwards of five vehicles were involved in the wreck. Emergency crews were on-scene... more

Deputies: Snowy roads played a role in serious, rollover crash in Ontario County

County Road 8 closed on Tuesday while first responders contend with rollover crash
On January 28th around 7:30 p.m. deputies responded to the area of 852 County Road 8 in Farmington for a one-vehicle rollover crash. Investigators with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office determined that Ashley Marthage, 27, of Farmington was traveling north when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed over the center line, and traveled into a ditch where she struck... more

Gordmans stores in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Newark will have Amazon Counter

Gordmans stores in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Newark will have Amazon Counter
Some Peebles locations, which will become Gordmans stores next month – are going to get more than a facelift. Officials say that five stores will open in the Rochester-area, and in the Finger Lakes – locations in Geneva, Newark, and Penn Yan will serve in place of Peebles. Goldman’s offers home décor and clothing items that are priced lower than... more

Groton man faces rape, unlawful imprisonment charge in Cortland County

Groton man faces rape, unlawful imprisonment charge in Cortland County
A 19-year-old Groton man has been arrested on physical and sex abuse charges after he turned himself in to deputies. Dakota Burins, 19, of Groton was charged with rape, unlawful imprisonment, and criminal obstruction of breathing, according to deputies. The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says Burins turned himself in following an investigation into a domestic violence complaint. The alleged assault... more

Fairport man who caused lockdown of Macedon school, threatened person with shotgun skips court

Fairport man who caused lockdown of Macedon school, threatened person with shotgun skips court
Fairport Police say the man accused of making threats in two counts, on multiple occasions, who then went missing before his scheduled court appearance – has been located. Nicholas Jordan, 26, was arrested after he threatened a man in at least two separate incidents in early-January. Police say he pulled a loaded shotgun on a man and, after being arrested,... more

Auburn school district will take legal action against former teacher

Auburn school district will take legal action against former teacher
A lawsuit filed last year claimed that the Auburn Enlarged City School District failed to stop the sexual abuse of a student that began in 1978. Now the district is pursuing legal action against another teacher. In October, Colorado resident Pamela Deacon O’Grady filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Cayuga County that accused the district and the board... more

Cortland man accused of rape, incest following investigation

Cortland man accused of rape, incest following investigation
A Cortlandville man was arrested on a number of charges in Cortland County following an investigation into rape and incest. Michael Waite, 38, of Cortlandville was arrested after a sex abuse investigation found that he had ‘inappropriate contact’ with a 14-year-old girl, deputies said. Waite was charged with two counts of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sex act, second-degree incest, fifth-degree... more

Police: Penn Yan man violated order of protection

Police: Penn Yan man violated order of protection
Police arrested a 65-year-old Penn Yan man following a complaint in the village and subsequent investigation. Robert J.M. Mattero, 65, of Penn Yan was arrested on East Elm Street after he violated an active court order. He was found to be violating a stay away order of protection, and subsequently charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Police say Mattero was issued... more

State Police still trying to solve 38-year-old missing persons case in Ontario County

State Police still trying to solve 38-year-old missing persons case in Ontario County
State Police are still trying to solve a 37-year-old missing persons case in Ontario County. Investigators are asking again for the public’s help. Frank Fox, 22, left a New Year’s Eve Party that ended on January 1st, 1983. The party occurred at a house on Martin Road. He walked home around 1 a.m., and turned down several rides. The distance... more

Auburn sex offender will go to prison over unregistered Facebook page

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A sex offender was sentenced for having an unregistered Facebook profile this week in Cayuga County Court. Gary Dellostritto, of Auburn pleaded guilty in December 2018 to possessing a sexual performance by a child. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation at the time. Then, a few months later in 2019 – Dellostritto was found to have an unregistered... more

Upstate jail populations declining, but sheriffs say costs will not follow suit

Upstate jail populations declining, but sheriffs say costs will not follow suit
Even if prisoner count stays low at county jails across New York – it’s unlikely that cost-savings will be realized. “If you have one person in a cell block or 20, you need the same number of officers” to maintain security, said Peter Kehoe, director of the New York State Sheriffs Association. Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed bail reform legislation last... more

LATEST: Police say they don’t know where Geneva shooting occurred

Police investigate shooting in Geneva; victim transported to Strong with life-threatening injuries
Not a lot of new information. That was the takeaway from an inquiry made by the Finger Lakes Times for more information about a shooting investigation launched Sunday morning. That investigation began when police were called to Geneva General Hospital for a gunshot victim, who walked into the hospital’s emergency room. Chief Mike Passalacqua said that an update to the... more

O’Mara, Helming co-sponsor legislation to create contraband plan for prisons

O’Mara, Helming co-sponsor legislation to create contraband plan for prisons
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) is co-sponsoring legislation that would require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to establish a multi-faceted “Contraband Screening Plan” in New York’s correctional facilities. State Senator Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua) is co-sponsor on the legislation. O’Mara is joining his Finger Lakes colleague, Senator Pamela Helming (R,C,I-Canandaigua), in sponsoring the measure (S162) to improve prison... more

Public hearing held in Albany over plastic bag ban as stores phase out single-use

Public hearing held in Albany over plastic bag ban as stores phase out single-use
Public hearings were held in Albany on Monday regarding a plastic bag ban, which goes into effect next month. The change will be fully-implemented across New York State on March 1st. Members of the American Progressive Bag Alliance say they wish these conversations happened before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last spring, according to WHEC-TV. “Certainly you’re going to... more

Route 96 temporarily closed in Seneca County after car collides with tree

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First responders were called to a serious crash in Seneca County on Tuesday that shut down a busy state road. The closure came about 15 minutes after the one-vehicle crash was reported to 911. The scene was in Ovid, and the roadway was shut down near the Happy Landing gas station. Injuries were unknown, but a driver and baby were... more
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