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Casella seeks county approval to operate organics depackaging system

Casella seeks county approval to operate organics depackaging system
Pizza boxes with cheese and sauce stuck to the inside. Yogurt containers not rinsed out. Those are examples of packaging that cannot be recycled because of the food contamination. However, there is a way to remove the food and organic material from packaging to be added to an anaerobic digester so it can be recycled properly and not dumped in... more

Vehicle a total loss after fire on State Route 21 in Ontario County

Vehicle a total loss after fire on State Route 21 in Ontario County
Deputies say that on Tuesday around 4:11 p.m. they were called to a vehicle fire on State Route 21 in Hopewell. The Shortsville Fire Department’s assistant chief responded to the scene with deputies and extinguished the fire. Deputies say the vehicle was a total loss, but was insured. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Ontario County... more

Man charged with forcible touching in Ontario County held on $500 bail

Man charged with forcible touching in Ontario County held on $500 bail
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office says a 58-year-old was taken into custody on Tuesday around 5:51 p.m. Deputies say John Gilbert Worfell, 58, of Bridgeport was arrested on a warrant for forcible touching after an incident from December 2018. They say Gilbert Worfell was taken into custody without incident, and arraigned at the Ontario County Jail. He was held on... more

Canandaigua man returned to jail after found possessing marijuana while an inmate

Canandaigua man returned to jail after found possessing marijuana while an inmate
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 30-year-old Canandaigua man on charges related to promoting prison contraband after an investigation into an incident at the Ontario County Jail. Chris Jose Ortiz, 30, was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband after an investigation revealed that he possessed marijuana while incarcerated at the Ontario County Jail. He was arraigned... more

Marren elected Ontario County Board of Supervisors chairman

Marren elected Ontario County Board of Supervisors chairman
Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren will remain as chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors in 2019, a role he has been elected to each year since 2013. Once again, Bristol Supervisor Bob Green was appointed vice chairman. And while the calendar has flipped from 2018 to 2019, the board is expected to face many of the same challenges... more

Shortsville woman charged with DWI after crash on 5&20

Shortsville woman charged with DWI after crash on 5&20
Deputies say that on New Years Day at approximately 7:44 p.m. they arrested a 50-year-old Shortsville resident following a crash investigation. The accident happened on State Route 5&20 in Hopewell, according to deputies, who say that Christine Manning, 50, struck a vehicle operated by Thomas Northrup, 25, of Canandaigua, who was backing out of a driveway. Deputies say Northrup admitted... more

Saying goodbye to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero

Saying goodbye to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero
Outgoing Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero had one goal when he started his four-decades-plus career in law enforcement. Completely eliminate crime in the county so the jail could close and he could then retire to Florida. “I didn’t achieve all of my goals,” said Povero, from his office at the jail. On this day, he’s in the process of trying... more

Deputies: Palmyra man threatened to hurt deputies in email

Deputies: Palmyra man threatened to hurt deputies in email
Deputies say a Palmyra man was taken into custody on Saturday after the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office received a threat. John P. McMenamin, 58, of Palmyra is accused of sending a threatening email to the Sheriff’s Office – indicating that he wanted to hurt officers. As result, McMenamin was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment around 7:33 a.m. when he was... more

Ontario County weighs landfill stench

Ontario County weighs landfill stench
Construction at the Ontario County landfill continues to plague communities around the facility in the town of Seneca with odor. On Thursday, the county Board of Supervisors will vote on hiring a consultant to assess “means and methods” being used to manage the stench. Landfill manager Casella Waste Systems blames the reek on an exposed old liner and delays in... more

Odors from Ontario County Landfill to be evaluated by supervisors

The ongoing issue of odors from the Ontario County Landfill in the town of Seneca may be addressed by a consulting firm. The Planning & Environmental Quality Committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider recommending approval of a contract with Stearns, Conrad & Schmidt Engineers of Suffern for an assessment of odor management at the landfill when it meets... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Povero reflects on nearly half-century in law enforcement (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Povero reflects on half-century in law enforcement (podcast)
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has made serving the community a career. He has also made it a lifetime achievement, setting the standard for what long-term, successful leadership looks like in a law enforcement setting. He’ll be staying involved. Even as Sheriff Povero approaches retirement, he says staying involved in the community he calls home; and has served for nearly... more

Hopewell man’s rape, child porn charges challenged

Hopewell man’s rape, child porn charges challenged
A defense attorney representing a Hopewell man charged with rape, criminal sex act, intercourse with a minor, possession of sexual performance by a child and other charges is challenging the legality of her client’s charges. Michael Socciarelli, 33, is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl to whom he had supplied alcohol, along with three of her friends, during an underage... more

Seneca Falls drunk driver was stopped going 67 mph

Seneca Falls drunk driver was stopped going 67 mph
On November 3rd at approximately 11:21 p.m. deputies charged a Seneca Falls woman with driving while intoxicated and speeding after a traffic stop on State Route 5&20 in Hopewell. Dawn M. Bennett, 52, of Seneca Falls was stopped after deputies observed her going 67 mph in a 55 mph zone. She was determined to be under the influence of alcohol... more

ELECTION PREVIEW: Get to know the candidates for sheriff in Ontario County (video)

ELECTION PREVIEW: Get to know the candidates for sheriff in Ontario County (video)
As Election Day gets closer, voters are beginning to ask themselves “Who will I vote for this year in the race for sheriff?” For the first time in more than two decades, Ontario County will have a race for sheriff with two completely new faces on the ballot. The Democrat Kevin Henderson and Republican Silvio Palermo have been making their... more

Fight at jail leads to felony charges for Hopewell woman

Fight at jail leads to felony charges for Hopewell woman
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old following a fight at the jail. Sharnayshia A. Clemons, 21, of Hopewell was charged with second-degree assault after the fight, which occurred on Thursday. She was charged with the felony charge of assault due to the incident taking place at the jail. The victim sustained injuries to her head... more

Hillside manager accused of inappropriately touching three kids; multiple felony charges filed

Hillside manager accused of inappropriately touching three kids; multiple felony charges filed
Deputies report the arrest of a manager at the Hillside Children’s Center in Hopewell following a joint-investigation between the New York State Justice Center and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Todd Webster, 54, of Lakeville was originally charged on October 2nd with forcible touching following an investigation reported at the Hillside Children’s Center in Hopewell. After the arrest, two additional... more

Manslaughter charges filed against driver who hit, killed motorcyclist in Hopewell

Manslaughter charges filed against driver who hit, killed motorcyclist in Hopewell
A New Jersey resident was charged with second degree manslaughter after a vehicle he was driving stuck and killed a Seneca Castle motorcycle rider. On Tuesday, Shreyans Jain, 25, was charged with second degree manslaughter in Ontario County court as the charges were unsealed by Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts. Back in June, Jain was driving his car in Hopewell on... more
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