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LATEST: Fleming man charged with BWI after two hurt in Owasco Lake accident

Sheriff David Gould reports that on Sunday at approximately 6:11 pm the Cayuga County E-911 Center received a call of a personal injury boating accident, which had occurred on Owasco Lake in the Town of Fleming. The investigation into that accident revealed that Frank R. McKay, 57, of Fleming was the operator of a 1988 Harris 28 ft pontoon boat... more

Wayne County tech firm Optimax expanding, creating jobs

A Wayne County company is adding jobs as the result of a $21.7 million expansion, Empire State Development announced last week. Optimax Systems Inc. in Ontario is constructing a $21.7 million, 60,000-square-foot addition at its facility on Dean Parkway. Optimax, which was founded in 1991 and moved to Wayne County two years later, is involved in fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state... more

Lourdes Camp in Skaneateles closing due to blue green algae in water

Lourdes Resident & Day Camp in Skaneateles has been closed due to blue green algae. The camp announced Monday that camp leaders, along with the Onondaga County Health Department, made the decision to close the camp “effective immediately.” Camp Director Mike Preston said the move was made “because the camp draws water from Skaneateles Lake, the water source for camp... more

LeSean McCoy’s ex sues for damages related to home invasion

LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit against McCoy and one other person on Monday regarding the home invasion at the athlete’s home back in July. The two people named in the suit are LeSean McCoy and Tamarcus Jerod Porter. Delicia Cordon who was allegedly injured during the home invasion at McCoy’s Georgia home , is suing for damages related to... more

Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling

After the first confirmed harmful algal bloom of the season was detected on Owasco Lake last week, the Cayuga County Health Department has started weekly testing to monitor drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listed a harmful algal bloom (HAB) with confirmed toxins on the Owasco Lake tributary of Sucker Brook last Friday as part of its... more

Woman killed after being hit by vehicle near Sodus Bay

First responders say a woman was killed in Sodus on Saturday after being struck by a vehicle. The investigation remains active. Raymond Terry, of Wolcott was driving on Ridge Road before State Route 104 when his vehicle struck the victim, who was identified as a 94-year-old resident. She was on her way to the mailbox, according to first responders. The... more

Police: Auburn man attempted to rob store at knifepoint

A 35-year-old Auburn man has been charged with an armed robbery attempt after an incident on Monday. Auburn Police say Matthew Gauthier walked in to Custom Cleaners shortly before 12:45 pm armed with a knife and ordered two employees to the front counter, but left before he could get anything. Police say Gauthier fled in one vehicle, which was found... more

Former 84 Lumber location in Sennett lands new tenant

A major roofing supply company has signed a long-term lease to occupy the former 84 Lumber location in Sennett, the property’s owner has announced. American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., which is headquartered in Wisconsin, will occupy the 9.45-acre property and its 37,000 square feet of building space. Charlesbank Realty Group, which purchased the property from 84 Lumber in March,... more

Auburn fire, police unions endorse Mannion for NY Senate

Unions representing the city’s firefighters and police officers support the Democratic candidate in the 50th Senate District race. Auburn Police Local 195 and Auburn Firefighters Union Local 1446 endorsed John Mannion for state Senate. Mannion, D-Westvale, is running to succeed retiring Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco. The Republican candidate in the race is Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci. Auburn Police... more

Sailboat capsizes during sudden storm on Sodus Bay

There were reports of rain, possible scattered storms, but overall, it seemed to be just another August day on Sodus Bay. Some parts of Wayne County got a sudden, short burst of rain, others very little. It was a different story in the northern parts, in the Sodus Point area. On Monday (8/6), just before 3 p.m., families were on... more

Police investigate falling death in Ithaca

thaca police responded to reports of a fall at a hotel on the 500 block of Stewart Avenue early Sunday morning. According to dispatch the individual was unconscious and was not breathing. Officers arrived to find a 43-year-old man deceased. Foul play is not suspected. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the man falling from the... more

Car bursts into flames on Thruway near Exit 41

Firefighters in Seneca County were called to a car fire in the Magee Fire District over the weekend, according to reports on social media. The call came in from State Route 318 around Pineview Circle, which is an apartment complex in Tyre. The vehicle was located on the New York State Thruway, near Exit 41. Photos from the scene showed... more

Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run near Darien Lake after Jason Aldean concert

A Chautauqua County woman is accused in a fatal hit-and-run near Darien Lake State Park on Saturday morning. Jennifer L. Serrano, 48, of Irving was charged Sunday with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, both felonies, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Connor Lynskey, 18, of Hinckley, Oneida County, was hit by a... more

So far no harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake

So far, so good regarding harmful algal blooms in Seneca Lake this summer. The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced Thursday that no confirmed algal blooms — or HABs — were identified during the second week of its shoreline monitoring program Aug. 4 to 6. SLPWA volunteer monitors patrolled 55 miles of shoreline, covering 74 of 75 zones, and found... more

Victim’s family seeks safe house after violent murder in Waterloo

The family of shooting victim Lori McConnell is taking their grief and turning it into action. McConnell, 53, of Waterloo was gunned down late in the evening of July 10 in a Waterloo apartment along with Chuck Andrus IV, 45, who also died. Karen Zdunko, 50, was wounded and survived. Emerson “John” Tohafjian, 48, McConnell’s former boyfriend, has been charged... more

Former Wayne County doctor accused of child porn scheduled to enter plea deal

A former Wayne County doctor facing child pornography charges is scheduled for a plea agreement hearing on Tuesday in federal court. Investigators say Dr. David Blasczak, 69, took explicit pictures of his own young patients. Federal prosecutors say Blasczak bought thousands of sexually explicit images of children through a website hosted out of India they’re calling “website m.” They’re also... more
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