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GUILTY PLEA IN SF: Donald Bovio avoids trial, admits to killing 3-year-old stepson

GUILTY PLEA IN SF: Donald Bovio avoids trial, admits to killing 3-year-old stepson in violent 2018 incident
Hours before his trial was set to begin – a Seneca Falls man pleaded guilty to killing his 3-year-old stepson last year. The Finger Lakes Times reports that Acting Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz said Donald Bovio pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the death of Panagiotis “Peter” Stephanides-Vacchino. It’s expected that Bovio will be sentenced to 15... more

Wegmans will go plastic bag free by end of 2019 to get ahead of NYS ban

Wegmans will go plastic bag free by end of 2019 to get ahead of NYS ban
Wegmans plans to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags in New York by year's end — just before a state ban takes effect. The Rochester, New York-based grocery chain announced the move on Monday along with steps to reduce the usage of bags, straws and other plastic items at its stores in other states. New York will join California and Hawaii... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: The Dog hangs it up after 50 years of local broadcasting… this is his last show (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: The Dog hangs it up after 50 years of local broadcasting… this is his last show (podcast)
After 50 years in local broadcasting, Harold “Web Dog” Weber will be officially handing up the microphone after one last edition of his long running Weber This Week podcast on FingerLakes1.com on Monday afternoon. Join the Dog along with Dave Barnick, Jack Dipolito, Greg Cotteril and Jim Sinicropi to recap a career that started at WSFW radio in 1969. . more

Schumer calls Friendly’s closures ‘outrageous,’ promises to amend law to protect workers

Schumer calls Friendly’s closures ‘outrageous,’ promises to amend law to protect workers
Sen. Chuck Schumer says he will push to close a loophole in a federal law that allowed Friendly’s to lay off more than 300 New Yorkers with no notice. “They came in on a Monday and they said, ‘Clean up the place, close-up shop. You’re not gonna work anymore.’ That’s outrageous,” Sen. Schumer said during a news conference at the... more

Deputies: Drunk driver crashes car into Skaneateles Lake

Deputies: Drunk driver crashes car into Skaneateles Lake
Investigators in Cayuga County say a woman has been charged with driving drunk after they say she drove her car into Skaneateles Lake. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office says Malia M. Mcafee, 23, from Syracuse, was leaving a home and took a wrong turn, driving off the boat launch at the Seveys Boatyard Inc. on Glen Cove Road in the... more

DOT selects Community Grid as ‘preferred’ choice for I-81 replacement

DOT selects Community Grid as ‘preferred’ choice for I-81 replacement
In a draft of an environmental impact study, the New York State Department of Transportation has selected the “Community Grid” as the preferred choice to replace the aging portion of Interstate-81 through Syracuse. The document, posted on NYSDOT’s website, lays out all the options to replace 81 and says a community grid would likely best meet all the goals of... more

New York could become a ‘sanctuary state’

New York could become a ‘sanctuary state’
A bill in the state Legislature would let immigrants in the country illegally avoid detainment by federal authorities in most cases, making New York a so-called sanctuary state. The legislation has been considered at the state Capitol for several years in various iterations, but has gained new prominence amid the federal debate over immigration and Democrats taking control of state... more

Wayne County child porn case shows laws don’t keep all sex offenders from living near schools

Graham child porn case shows laws don’t keep all sex offenders from living near schools
A Wayne County man convicted of possessing child pornography has violated his probation – twice – but is still allowed to live within feet of the front entrance of an elementary school. "The alleged perpetrator has all the rights and the victims in the community have none," said Sheriff Barry Virts. When the FBI raided Renny Graham's house in September... more

Palmyra man charged with assault after badly injuring victim at Canandaigua bar

Palmyra man charged with assault after badly injuring victim at Canandaigua bar
Police arrested a Palmyra resident on assault charges following a violent incident in late-March. Collin A. Fox, 23, of Palmyra was charged with second-degree assault on April 19th. He is accused of intentionally causing serious physical injury to a male victim by punching and kicking that person in the face. The victim suffered several serious injuries to his face –... more

State Police get a pay raise in New York budget

State Police get a pay raise in New York budget
The state budget didn’t just authorize pay raises for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers. State lawmakers last month approved and Cuomo signed into law 2-percent pay raises for the State Police over a five-year period. The salary increases for the State Police were part of contractually negotiated hikes for all ranks from trainee grade troopers,... more

Wayne County duo indicted on murder charges

Wayne County duo indicted on murder charges
A pair of Wayne County residents have been indicted on charges related to the March murder of a Greece man. Aries Ash, 30, and Charisse Walton, 36, both face second-degree murder charges, along with first-degree robbery, weapons possession, and kidnapping charges. The two are accused of killing 43-year-old Maximillan Cook. They’re further accused of dismembering him in the basement of... more

Police: Pittsford man charged with attempted rape in Canandaigua

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The Canandaigua Police Department reports the arrest of a Pittsford man after he tried to meet with a child for sex in the city of Canandaigua. David Alva, 33, of Pittsford was charged with second-degree attempted rape. He’s accused of using a social media app, called Whisper, to entice illegal acts from what he believed to be a 14-year-old child.... more

Old Palmyra landfill said to be potential state Superfund site

Old Palmyra landfill said to be potential state Superfund site
The Palmyra Landfill operated on a 6.8-acre site on Garnsey Road from the 1950s until it closed in the late 1970s. Due to the detection of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in groundwater and leachate samples, the site has been designated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as a potential state superfund site. Having that designation requires... more

Deputies: Canandaigua driver charged with DWI after Waterloo crash

Deputies: Canandaigua driver charged with DWI after Waterloo crash
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Canandaigua resident following single-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 96 and Virginia Street in Waterloo. Deputies responded to the scene and spoke with the driver, who was identified as Michal Bradley, 26, of Canandaigua. Following investigation it was determined that Bradley was under the influence of alcohol during... more

McDonald challenges Seneca County elections board decisions

McDonald challenges Seneca County elections board decisions
Casey McDonald has asked a state Supreme Court judge to reverse three recent rulings made by Seneca County Election Commissioners Tiffany Folk and Carl Same on objections he filed to candidate petitions earlier this month. One decision the Romulus resident is seeking to reverse is the board’s ruling that he doesn’t have standing to object to Conservative Party Committee petitions... more

Teen arrested on several charges, including felony after Seneca Falls incidents

Teen arrested on several charges, including felony after Seneca Falls incidents
On Friday at approximately 10:49 a.m. police arrested a 17-year-old male after he damaged property on two separate occasions. The male, whose name is being withheld due to age, intentionally damaged a cellular phone, bicycle, and light fixture, according to police. During one of the incidents, the male fled the scene leading police on a foot pursuit. He was found,... more

29-year-old charged with attempted rape in Ontario County

29-year-old charged with attempted rape in Ontario County
Sheriff Kevin Henderson reports the arrest of a 29-year-old Ontario resident following a joint investigation involving the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Canandaigua Police Department. Through the use of an undercover police officer – investigators arrested Nicholas P. Heberle, 29, of Ontario. Henderson says that over several days Heberle communicated with an individual who was identified as a 14-year-old female... more

UPDATE: Police identify those involved in fatal two-car crash along Rt. 318 in Junius

Serious crash temporarily closes SR 318 in Seneca County on Saturday
State Police have provided another update to the fatal crash, which prompted a significant response from first responders in Northern Seneca County on Saturday. Mary Taylor, 26, of Seneca Falls was traveling west on State Route 318 when she slowed to make a left turn onto Burgess Road. Her minivan was struck from behind, according to Troopers, by a flatbed... more
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