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Police: Waterloo man accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old

Police: Waterloo man accused of sexually abusing 4-year-old
A Waterloo man has been accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old, according to reports out of Wayne County. According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Casey Tourtellotte, 38, was charged with first-degree sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The information was listed on the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office mobile app. The information listed in the Sheriff’s database... more

New delay could have big impact on Upstate NY casinos

New delay could have big impact on Upstate NY casinos
A quiet decision by the state Gaming Commission to delay an eagerly awaited study on the future of gambling in New York may have a profound impact on whether the state moves forward with mobile betting and a casino expansion. State leaders are in the midst of considering whether to add private casinos in the New York City area, legalize mobile sports betting and standardize the tax... more

Deputies: Waterloo man held on no bail after throwing rocks through Byrne Dairy window, leading officers on chase

Deputies: Waterloo man held on no bail after throwing rocks through Byrne Dairy window, leading officers on chase
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 42-year-old Waterloo man on a felony criminal mischief charge after an incident at a local Byrne Dairy, which led to a brief foot chase. According to deputies, Alan White, 42, of Waterloo wash charged with third-degree criminal mischief – a Class E felony. He was also charged with reckless endangerment,... more

Carbon filter may be added to Waterloo water plant upgrade

Carbon filter may be added to village water plant upgrade
While it may cost an additional $2.5 million, the Village Board appears to be leaning toward adding a new carbon-filtering system to its water treatment plant on Seneca Lake. Board members were told at Monday’s meeting carbon filtering would be able to remove algal toxins, per fluoroalkyl and poly fluoroalkyl substances recently detected in low levels in the water. Another... more

Seneca Meadows lawsuit over local law delayed again

Seneca Meadows lawsuit over local law delayed again
Oral arguments in the Article 78 lawsuit filed by Seneca Meadows landfill against the town of Seneca Falls over Local Law 3 of 2016 will not take place Nov. 19, as tentatively scheduled. Instead, those arguments may not take place until sometime next February. Seneca Meadows Inc. filed the lawsuit in November 2017, seeking to nullify the local law that... more

Mystery group mails flyers for GOP candidates in SF, Waterloo

Mystery group mails flyers for GOP candidates in SF, Waterloo
Households in the towns of Seneca Falls and Waterloo recently received glossy, color flyers from a group called Responsible Solutions for New York, endorsing five Republican candidates for town offices. A Google search finds no website or listing for an organization by that name. The five candidates endorsed are Mike Ferrara, Dawn Dyson and Joshua Larsen in Seneca Falls and... 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

Draft design of new Waterloo bridge unveiled during meeting

Draft design of new Waterloo bridge unveiled during meeting
The preliminary design of a new Locust Street bridge shows a structure similar in many ways to the old bridge it will replace. The state Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 3 office in Syracuse presented the LaBella Associates-designed bridge at a public open house Tuesday. The current concrete bridge over an offshoot of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal that leads to a... 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

Waterloo woman charged with assault after victim pepper sprayed during family dispute at Fastrac in Ovid

Waterloo woman charged with assault after victim pepper sprayed at Fastrac in Ovid
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of a family dispute, which left a Waterloo woman charged with assault; and a victim pepper-sprayed. Deputies say that on September 27th at approximately 9:30 a.m. they were called to the Fastrac and McDonalds in Ovid for a family dispute. Following an investigation, deputies charged Heather N. Walsh-Forshay, 27, of Waterloo with... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: A Whale of a Tale in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: A Whale of a Tale in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
The amazing story of how Waterloo became known near and far as “the place the whale burned” in the late 1800’s. A mammoth whale that was captured by Captain Nickerson off the coast of Cape Cod in 1888 was embalmed and taken on a tour of northeastern America. That is, until the whale was brought to Seneca Falls and Waterloo... more

Auditors: Waterloo CSD ‘did not adopt realistic budgets’, leaving millions in reserve funds unnecessarily

State Auditors: Waterloo CSD holding millions unnecessarily in reserves as annual budgets miss mark
The Waterloo Central School District has some work to do. A report released by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office outlined upwards of six reserve funds, which had as much as $20.4 million in them. The reserves represent more than 50 percent of the district’s 2018-19 general fund appropriations, according to auditors. DiNapoli’s office audited a period ranging from... more

No objections yet to lakeside land sale in Geneva

No objections yet to lakeside land sale in Geneva
If city residents have concerns about the proposed sale of a 7.25-acre piece of property to the state, they’re apparently going to wait until November to air those concerns. At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, no speaker addressed the proposed sale during the public comment portion of the meeting reserved for agenda items. Council subsequently passed a resolution setting a... 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

Pair of thefts lead to felony charges in Seneca County

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After a pair of thefts at a local Walmart store, two Wayne County women were arrested on felony charges. Police say that on Monday, September 30th around 3:26 p.m. 18-year-old Mararet Gould, and 21-year-old Nicole Foote, both of Williamson were arrested following a larceny investigation at Walmart in Seneca Falls. Police say that on July 18th the two women entered... more
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