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Savannah driver airlifted from scene of Geneva crash on Wednesday

Savannah driver airlifted from scene of Geneva crash on Wednesday
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Wayne County man is listed in stable condition after being airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital on Wednesday. His pickup truck collided with a dump truck at the intersection of County Road 4 and County Road 6 in the Town of Geneva. Shane Carpenter, 38, of Savannah was traveling behind the dump truck... more

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Salamendra targets change through more than activism

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Salamendra targets change through more than activism
Laura Salamendra is challenging for a seat on Geneva’s City Council to represent Ward 5 come January 1st, 2020.  Salamendra is an activist with the Geneva Women’s Assembly, a former board member with We are Seneca Lake and founder of the Foundry Action Committee.  She promises to fight on behalf of Ward 5 and the rest of Geneva. “I am... more

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Pitifer takes life journey onto Geneva mayoral campaign trail

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Mark Pitifer takes outsider approach to change in mayoral campaign
Mark Salvatore Pitifer, a Waterloo school district guidance counselor is looking to rebuild the community as Geneva’s mayor. As an unaffiliated non-party candidate, Pitifer was still approached by the Republican Committee, but he thought that they mistook him for his politically-active son, Markie Christian Pitifer. Pitifer shared, “Markie’s a Republican. I’m a no party candidate, so you have no control... more

Ex-lacrosse coach won’t coach again at Geneva

Ex-lacrosse coach won’t coach again at Geneva
The Geneva City School District and its former lacrosse coach have come to a settlement that allows him to continue teaching but prohibits him from seeking another coaching position in the district. At a special meeting Thursday, the Board of Education approved an agreement between the district and social studies teacher Laurence “LJ” Russell, who had a 194-93 career record... more

Officials call Tuesday derailment ‘minor’ after incident involving 30-car train in Geneva

Train derailment reported in Geneva; area roadway closed for time being
It took approximately eight hours to restore normal traffic on Exchange Street after the 30-car train derailed around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Mike Smith, President of Finger Lakes Railway says that while several cars were off the tracks – none tipped over, and no one was hurt. He called it a minor derailment, speaking with the Finger Lakes Times. After... more

CANDIDATE SNAPSHOT: Bryan Housel brings public safety background to campaign for Geneva City Council

Public safety specialist Bryan Housel is contending for a seat on Geneva’s City Council in Ward 5 on the Republican Party line. Housel, a dispatcher at the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Geneva Fire Department volunteer firefighter, who possesses 16-years of cumulative firefighting experience seeks to represent the greater community through his public service background. Safety is a key concern... more

Candidates in Geneva, Seneca Falls both vow to donate salaries if elected

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A pair of candidates for local office are pledging to donate their salaries if elected in November. Geneva City Council Candidate Benjamin Vasquez said in a statement earlier this week that if elected, he would donate his annual salary back to local charities and causes that would help the community. “Public offices should not be a ‘job’, it should be... 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

THE FIRST COVENANT: The Ontario County Justice Coalition’s Inaugural Police and Community Relations Summit

THE FIRST COVENANT: The Ontario County Justice Coalition’s Inaugural Police and Community Relations Summit
The Ontario County Justice Coalition hosted its inaugural Police and Community Relations Summit by uniting state law enforcement professionals, legal experts and faith leaders to address the adjudication of justice in policing and sentencing inside the Vandervort Room at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Saturday, September 21. President Joyce P. Jacbosen welcomed everyone to the Colleges and extended gratitude... more

Sheriff: Burgess cooperating after manhunt ends, investigation remains active

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While some questions about the alleged armed robbery in Phelps and subsequent manhunt remain unanswered, Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said his investigators have a clearer picture of what happened over that roughly 30-hour period. During a phone interview with the Times Friday, Henderson said his officers talked to Brandon Burgess for several hours Wednesday after he was arrested. Henderson would not... more

PHOTO GALLERY: Oktoberfest in Geneva draws crowd from around the region

PHOTO GALLERY: Oktoberfest in Geneva over the weekend
– Photos by Gabriel Pietrorazio An undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pietrorazio has written for the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut and Finger Lakes Times in Geneva, New York. He’s currently a reporter for FL1 News, and can be reached at gabriel@fingerlakes1.com.     more

FLX WEEKLY: Oktoberfest in Geneva, Naples Grape Festival & Tabora Farm in Dundee (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Oktoberfest in Geneva, Naples Grape Festival & Tabora Farms in Dundee (podcast)
Kelly Anne Guilfoyle of the Geneva BID is in-studio to talk about Saturday’s first annual FLX Oktoberfest Block Party in Geneva. We preview this weekend’s Grape Festival in Naples and review a trip to Tabora Farms Winery & Bakery in Dundee. We’ll preview the weekend weather, local sports line-up, and check out some great photos from the past week in... more

Lyons man faces multiple charges after 36-hour manhunt concludes in Seneca Falls (full coverage)

Multiple schools in lockdown as search for armed robbery suspect continues in Wayne County
In an update late-Wednesday afternoon, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office outlined charges that were filed against Brandon Burgess, a 28-year-old Lyons man who prompted a manhunt over the last 36 hours following a robbery at the 7-Eleven gas station in Phelps. Sheriff Henderson says that Burgess was charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny after being taken into custody... more

More racist graffiti found in Geneva over the weekend; police have no leads

More racist graffiti found in Geneva over the weekend; police have no leads
Police in Geneva say they are investigating new reports of racist graffiti markings following an incident at the Mini Mart store at 316 Castle Street. On Sunday, September 15th at approximately 12:20 p.m. police responded to the Castle Mini Mark at 316 Castle Street to assist as the Geneva Fire Department was responding for the report of a fire at... more

Terry Tiller nails two hole-in-ones within nine days

Terry Tiller nails two hole-in-ones within nine days
Terry Tiller did not buy a lottery ticket last week, but perhaps he should have. The 64-year-old from Lyons accomplished something that is more rare than a major league baseball pitcher throwing a no-hitter — and he did it twice. In the span of nine days, Tiller made two hole-in-ones at Big Oak Golf Course — the majority of golfers... more

Geneva PD take over investigation after ‘hold-in-place’ order lifted at Geneva Middle School

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A ‘hold-in-place’ order at Geneva Middle School was lifted during the late-morning hours after a police investigation. “Geneva Middle School was placed in a hold-in-place at about 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, as a precaution after a staff member overheard a student refer to having a weapon,” the District said in a statement Monday afternoon. Officials say the hold-in-place was... more

Geneva cop’s case now on for November 25th

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The city police officer accused of choking a woman earlier this year has a new attorney. As a result, his next court appearance won’t be until the week of Thanksgiving. Jon Getz, the lawyer now representing Jack Montesanto, asked for a pre-plea investigation during a brief proceeding Monday in City Court. Judge Jackie Sisson Sherry scheduled the next appearance for... more
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