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Macedon driver charged with DWI after rollover crash in Penfield

Macedon driver charged with DWI after rollover crash in Penfield
Deputies in Monroe County say a Macedon man was charged with DWI after an early-morning crash in Penfield. Deputies responded to the area of Route 441 and Route 250 in Penfield for the report of an accident a little before 1 a.m. The one-vehicle crash left Ross Bellavia, of Macedon with minor injuries. They say the Macedon resident was subsequently... more

’48 Hours’ to highlight murder case involving ex-RIT student Karrie Neurauter

’48 Hours’ to highlight murder case involving ex-RIT student Karrie Neurauter
Another national news program is set to spotlight the murder of a Corning woman at the hands of her ex-husband. Lloyd Neurauter pleaded guilty last October in Steuben County Court to charges of first-degree murder, first-degree custodial interference and second-degree conspiracy for the August 2017 strangulation death of his ex-wife Michele. Neurauter conspired with his daughter Karrie Neurauter, who was... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing village election results, Ontario County Landfill, and Mentz Lagoon (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Shortage of volunteer firefighters, single-use plastic, and communities struggling to find candidates (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discuss the future of communities that struggle to find or identify candidates willing to run for, and hold local office. They also discuss the expansion of a single-use plastic bag ban, and what the future of college admissions could look like after a scandal was uncovered. They... more

Farmington-based business named title sponsor of 2019 Rochester air show

Farmington-based business named title sponsor of 2019 Rochester air show
A Farmington business was announced as the premier sponsor for the upcoming 2019 Rochester International Airshow. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced Thursday that American Equipment will be the sponsor. The Farmington-based business sells new and used agriculture and construction equipment. The airshow is set to take place August 24-25 and will feature a loaded lineup of modern war fighters... more

Study: 5.56 million visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018

Study: 5.56 million visited the Finger Lakes region in 2018
How many people are visiting the Finger Lakes? A lot. The results of a comprehensive consumer behavior study were unveiled this week. The study was conducted by Travel Marketing Insights, on behalf of Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (FLTA). The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance commissioned the study to collect more information about the 14 county, 9,000 square mile state designated Finger Lakes... more

Local hospitals see ratings drop, but officials dispute scores

Local hospitals see ratings drop, but officials dispute scores
A recently updated hospital report card looks dismal for most hospitals statewide — with those in the Rochester/Finger Lakes area no exception. The majority of hospitals in the region dropped in rating from the last report in 2017, with none attaining higher than three out of a possible five stars. The Hospital Compare from Medicare.gov summarizes a variety of measures... more

AAA: More Americans will take a family vacation this year

AAA: More Americans will take a family vacation this year
Families are planning to get away in 2019! According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will go on a family vacation this year. That number is slightly up from last year. AAA says spring and summer road trips are tops on the list. According to a survey, 4 in 10 adults in the United States plan to take a family... more

Few counties in Finger Lakes do well in state ranking of ‘health outcomes’

Counties ranked by ‘health outcomes’ in new study
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Now, new data is out for the 2019 year. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, CHR&R illustrated what we know when it comes to what is... more

Gas prices on the rise throughout the region

Gas prices on the rise in Central New York
As the weather gets nicer and people travel for spring break, many drivers are noticing that the price of gas is going up. As of March 18, the total of a gallon was $2.66. That was nine cents higher than the prior week. According to AAA Northeast, the average price for a gallon of self serve regular in New York... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Tackling politics through committee action in the Finger Lakes

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Tackling politics through committee action in the Finger Lakes
An increasingly small number of people are ‘satisfied’ with the way government works. That’s never been more true at the local level, where voters feel misled and misrepresented by the folks who have been chosen to serve. This week, W. Casey McDonald was in-studio talking about a new initiative he recently launched to re-engage, and re-energize those who feel frustrated.... more

AROUND THE LAKES: Fingerlakes Beard Bros talk fast success, long-term goals (podcast)

AROUND THE LAKES: Fingerlakes Beard Bros talk fast success, long-term goals
The Fingerlakes Beard Bros have a simple philosophy: Provide the best products – for guys in the Finger Lakes to make the most of their beards. Dustin Bovard and William Hanvey set out on this journey a relatively short time ago. The duo have navigated an emerging marketplace that’s dominated by some big brands. Their products are already available in... more

Pittsford Mendon girls grab elusive basketball state title

Pittsford Mendon girls grab elusive basketball state title
The Pittsford Mendon Vikings have been a state-level power in high school girls basketball for years. Now, there is no digging or research needed to display it. The team’s name will be right there on the list of state champions. Mendon won its first New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championship Sunday, when it defeated Seton Catholic,... more

President Trump signs bill to study national designation for Finger Lakes region

President Trump signs bill to study national designation for Finger Lakes region
A lands bill signed by President Donald Trump includes a provision authored by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand study whether the Finger Lakes region should be designated as a national heritage area. Gillibrand’s legislation was added to the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. The federal natural resources bill was named in honor of Dingell, the longest-serving member... more

Dog dragged by leash during vehicle pursuit in Wayne County

Dog dragged by leash during vehicle pursuit in Wayne County
Police say a parking violation led to a brief vehicle pursuit, with a small dog being injured after it was dragged by its leash. According to the Macedon Police Department David Fallon Jr., 37, of Rochester refused to comply with officer’s orders to exit his vehicle after a traffic stop stemming from a parking violation in the Walmart parking lot... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the impact of The Fatherhood Connection (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing the impact of The Fatherhood Connection (podcast)
One of the easiest and fastest ways to improve the community is through family. The Fatherhood Connection, founded by Reggie Cox, has spent years connecting fathers with the skills they need to be proactive, strong parents in a variety of environments. Reggie says that the basis for the faith-based effort is ‘availability’. Being available, as he proudly said during a... more

Athletic trainer accused of raping student gets home incarceration ahead of trial

Athletic trainer who worked in Ontario Co. texted about hiding affair with teen
An athletic trainer facing federal charges of child pornography and enticement has been released on bail. Austin Pratt, who formerly contracted with the Geneseo Central School District, appeared in federal court Thursday. Under strong objection from prosecutors, a federal judge released him on bail. Pratt has been placed under the strictest conditions possible and will be confined to his home. He will... more

DEC: Brush burning ban begins March 16th

DEC: Brush burning ban begins March 16
A brush burning ban will be in effect beginning Saturday, March 16, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday. The prohibition, which expires May 14, is due to the high risk of wildfires during early spring. The DEC explained that open burning of debris is the leading cause of spring wildfires in New York. "While many people associate wildfires... more
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