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Karl Karlsen on trial again for murder of his wife in California

Karl Karlsen on trial again for murder of his wife in California
Karl Karlsen’s murder trial is underway in California. Karlsen is accused of killing his wife, Christina, in 1991 at their home in Murphys, California. Jury selection began on Wednesday. Karlsen is accused of killing her for an insurance policy. In 2013, Karlsen pleaded guilty to killing his son, allowing him to be crushed by a truck. Before being extradited to... 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

Halftown’s eviction effort for political opponents halted; 68 able to remain in SF, Varick homes

REPORT: Halftown evictions for Cayuga Nation opponents stopped in Seneca Falls, Varick
Eviction of dozens of local Cayuga Nation residents has been halted. The Indian Country Today reports that the Cayuga Nation faction led by Clint Halftown, who had been pushing eviction for his political opponents. “An effort by a Cayuga faction led by Clint Halftown to evict 68 Cayuga citizens, including 29 children, from their homes has been dropped,” the Indian... more

Deputies: Traffic stop in Varick leads to DWI, AUO charges

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The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday around 2:12 a.m. deputies arrested a 31-year-old Lima resident following a traffic stop. Michael Rivers, 31, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as driving while intoxicated after deputies witnessed his vehicle nearly travel off the road on Route 96 in Varick. After the traffic stop it was determined that... 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

Seneca White Deer turns down aid offer, ensuring closure at end of month

Seneca White Deer turns down aid offer, ensuring closure at end of month
While the Seneca County Board of Supervisors has a resolution on the agenda to extend $50,000 to Seneca White Deer, Inc. the organization's leadership says the funds will not be accepted. Citing the lease agreement they're locked into with Earl Martin on the property - SWD says keeping the operation alive after New Years isn't possible. more

SWD President: Martin filed for ‘White Deer’ trademark before closure was announced

SWD President: Martin filed for ‘White Deer’ trademark before ‘not for profit’ announced closure to public
On Tuesday, Dennis Money, President of Seneca White Deer, Inc. made an impassioned plea to the Board of Supervisors to act as his organization face extinction. While Money did not go to Tuesday's meeting of the Agriculture & Environmental Affair Committee expecting monetary support - the committee did pass a resolution, which will go to the full-board at in little... more

Tours could resume at former depot under new management

Martin says tours on former Seneca Army Depot likely again in the future, under new management
Martin says SWD thought they could operate profitable tourism effort at site – By Josh Durso A representative for Earl Martin says that despite Seneca White Deer, Inc. announcing last week that they would cease tour operations at the former Seneca Army Depot – management of the site will continue uninterrupted. “When Earl Martin purchased a portion of the former... more

Deputies: Two men trespassed, poached deer from private property in Seneca County

Deputies: Two men trespassed, poached deer from private property in Seneca County
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two men on a number of hunting violations after they were found trespassing on private property in the Town of Varick. Deputies responded to the report of hunters poaching deer on private property, and upon investigation – they located 36-year-old Richard Green, of Cicero, and 41-year-old Shawn White, of Brewerton. The... more

Power restored to more than 2,000 customers in Seneca County, per NSYEG

More than 2,400 without power in Seneca County as winter storm batters Finger Lakes
More than 2,400 customers were without power during the mid-afternoon hours in Seneca County, as NYSEG crews dealt with a significant outage. The outage impacted Varick, Romulus, and Fayette in Central Seneca County. Power was restored to all customers except 100 in Seneca by 5:30 p.m. The outage had blanketed more than 50% of both Fayette and Romulus. Nearly all... 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

Duo arrested on felony charges after making more than $2,500 in fraudulent charges to debit card in Seneca County

Duo arrested on felony charges after making more than $2,500 in fraudulent charges on debit card in Seneca County
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two individuals following the investigation of a stolen debit card. Deputies say Kathryn M. Covey, 22, of Varick and Stephen Graham, 21, of Victor were both charged with felony grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of conspiracy. It’s alleged that between February and August – the duo made several online purchases... more

Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... 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
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