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UPDATE: One dead after three-car wreck on Rt. 318 in Seneca County

Serious two-car crash reported on SR 318 in Junius
Sheriff Tim Luce has provided new information about the fatal crash on Route 318 Thursday in Junius. He says that around 2 p.m. deputies responded to a three-car crash. First responders from around Northern Seneca County responded and assisted with mutual aid. A vehicle operated by Marianne White, 70, of Auburn was traveling west on Route 318 when she was... more

318 Asian Buffet offering Chinese New Year Eve special Friday night

318 Asian Buffet offering Chinese New Year Eve specials
The all new 318 Asian Buffet on Route 318 in Waterloo is hosting a special Chinese New Year Eve dinner which will feature their regular buffet items along with extra traditional Chinese food options from 3:00 – 9:30 pm on Friday. All you can eat for the low price of $15.99 plus tax. Chinese New Year is the holiday that... more

Deputies: Waterloo man ticketed for DWI after running stop sign on Whiskey Hill Road

Deputies: Waterloo man ticketed for DWI after running stop sign on Whiskey Hill Road
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Waterloo man for driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on Whiskey Hill Road. Deputies say Derek Excell, 20, of Waterloo was charged with DWI, driving with a BAC over 0.08%, failure to stop for a stop sign, failure to keep right, and speeding. Excell was released on an appearance... more

Deputies: Syracuse woman stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Seneca County store

Deputies: Syracuse woman stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Seneca County store
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Syracuse resident on a warrant following a theft investigation. Mercedes Smith, 21, of Syracuse was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. She’s accused of stealing merchandise exceeding a value of $1,000 from a business in Junius in July 2019. Smith was held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility... more

Bob Hayssen wins close election to lead Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020

Bob Hayssen will lead Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020
The final vote was 406-344. Supervisors David Hayes, Mike Ferrara, Cindy Lorenzetti, Kyle Barnhart, Jim Borst, and Paul Kronenwetter voted for Hayssen. He also cast a vote for himself. Supervisors Mike Reynolds, Ralph Lott, Ron McGreevy, Michael Enslow, and Jim Cleere voted against Hayssen's appointment to the leadership post. more

Committee on Open Government answers more questions about executive session, public meetings

Committee on Open Government answers more questions about executive session, public meetings
Last week, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors made headlines after entering into an executive session without enough votes to do so. The story prompted FingerLakes1.com to reach out to Kristin O'Neill, of the Committee on Open Government for more information. more

318 Asian Buffet opens in Waterloo

318 Asian Buffet opens today in Waterloo
A new buffet open today in Waterloo. The 318 Asian Buffet is run by three owners from New York City. In hopes to upgrade the buffet experience, the owners wanted to create a buffet of high quality and standards. This new buffet features over 100 menu items, including steak, shrimp, fish, and a lot of traditional Asian dishes. The lunch... more

All-new 318 Asian Buffet is open for dinner on Christmas Day

The owners of 318 Asian Buffet are excited at the turnout for their Grand Opening and want to welcome everyone for dinner on Christmas Day. Their Grand Opening pricing is officially over but you can’t beat the value and quality of offerings for just $9.99 (lunch) and $15.99 (dinner). They will be open and serving dinner on Christmas including lobster... more

Hearing on Magee FD bingo violations ends, decision pending

Hearing on Magee FD bingo violations ends, decision pending
State Hearing Officer Clark Petschek will review evidence presented at a Dec. 10 hearing before making a recommendation on penalties to the state Gaming Commission on 13 alleged violations of state bingo laws by the Magee Fire Department. The Commission can accept, modify or reject Petschek’s recommendation. The hearing was conducted in Schenectady and included testimony and evidence presented by... more

FLX WEEKLY: Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber & Thanksgiving Prep (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber & Thanksgiving Prep (podcast)
Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Destination Marketing Manager Rick Newman joins Sydney Rogers and Jim Sinicropi in-studio to talk about everything going on at the Chamber including tonight’s Business After Hours event being hosting at FingerLakes1.com’s offices in Seneca Falls. Also, a look at the weekend ahead, some great local fall photos and tips for prepping for Thanksgiving dinner next... more

Seneca Chamber hires new Membership Development Manager

Seneca Chamber hires new Membership Development Manager
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has announced Megan Slater as its new Membership Development Manager. In her role, Megan is responsible for helping connect area businesses to one of the largest and most successful professional advocacy and development networks in the Finger Lakes Region. A native of Waterloo, Slater is a 2009 graduate of Waterloo High School and studied... more

Waterloo driver faces felony charges after leaving scene of crash

Waterloo driver faces felony charges after leaving scene of crash
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 9th at approximately 5 a.m. deputies arrested a 22-year-old Waterloo resident after he left the scene of a property damage accident in the Town of Junius. Bryce Burkett, 22, of Waterloo was traveling east on State Route 318 when he left the south shoulder of the road, damaging signs, striking a... more

Geneva man charged with DWI in Seneca County

Geneva man charged with DWI in Seneca County
Deputies report the arrest of a Geneva resident on DWI charges after a traffic stop on Route 318 in Seneca County. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says that Nathan C. McLaggan, 28, of Geneva was observed driving at a high rate of speed on Route 318 in Junius. After stopping the vehicle it was determined that he was intoxicated. As... more

Tractor-trailer overturns along Thruway in Seneca County

Serious crash reported at Exit 41 along Thruway; LifeNet responding
Hours after a reported crash along the off-ramp of Exit 41 on the New York State Thruway – crews remained on-scene. A tractor-trailer was on it’s side – off the north side of the off-ramp. Exact circumstances that led to the crash remain unclear. It wasn’t immediately clear what the truck was carrying, but one person was reportedly transported to... more

Magee Fire Department held bingo, other events without proper NYS licenses, mandated controls in place

Magee Fire Department comes under
The New York State Gaming Commission has called for a hearing in November after a report outlined more than a dozen critical gaming violations by the Magee Fire Department. Through bingo events, bell jar, and raffle sales – the department is accused of failing to provide necessary reports, and is accused of not having proper checks-and-balances in place for holding... more

Crash snarls traffic during rain on Tuesday near Waterloo Premium Outlets

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First responders were called to the scene of a multi-vehicle crash near the Waterloo Premium Outlets along Route 318 in Tuesday. The call came in around 4:30 p.m. Firefighters, emergency personnel and police were on-scene directing traffic. No additional information was immediately available. However, Finger Lakes News Radio published the below photos taken by Jim Schreck from the scene. To... more

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated in Seneca, as supervisors signal that update could come from DA on Sheppard-Deeds investigation

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated
Last year at this time the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution instructing Sheriff Tim Luce to lead an investigative effort into Former County Manager John Sheppard and Former Finance Director Brandi Deeds. In January of this year that investigation concluded, according to Luce. “The investigation has been completed, all the interviews are done, and we are ready... more

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more
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