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Wayne County tech firm Optimax expanding, creating jobs

A Wayne County company is adding jobs as the result of a $21.7 million expansion, Empire State Development announced last week. Optimax Systems Inc. in Ontario is constructing a $21.7 million, 60,000-square-foot addition at its facility on Dean Parkway. Optimax, which was founded in 1991 and moved to Wayne County two years later, is involved in fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state... more

Tomato growing facility taking shape in Town of Ontario

A tomato greenhouse project first proposed in the Town of Webster is moving ahead a few miles away in the Town of Ontario. Intergrow Greenhouses President Dirk Biemans said he’s happy to be in the town. “People in the Town of Ontario and the town board were very positive about the project, so we were able to start fairly quick... more

Deputies: Ontario man charged with DWI after fleeing domestic incident

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Ontario man for DWI on Wednesday following an investigation into a family trouble and subsequent vehicle and traffic stop. Steven A. Kerr, 30, was stopped while Deputies were investigating a report of a domestic disturbance having observed Kerr operating a vehicle matching the description of the one that had fled... more

Employee arrested on 78 charges after Speedway larceny investigation in Wayne Co.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Webster woman following a larceny investigation that occurred at the Speedway Gas Station, located at 6290 Slocum Road in the Town of Ontario. Deputies arrested Patricia Clark, 25, charging her with 39 counts of Petit Larceny and 39 counts of second-degree falsifying business records. Deputies say Clark was an employee... more

Siblings recount dramatic moment when tree fell through Ontario home (video)

As severe thunderstorms rolled through Wayne County on Monday – one community in Wayne County was particularly hard hit. Three brothers were narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell through their family’s mobile home on State Route 104 as the storm rolled through the Town of Ontario. “It dawned on me … I’m going to die or miraculously be alive,”... more

Tree falls through home, roads closed after strong storms in Wayne Co. (photos & video)

Storms packing a strong punch on Monday resulted in several downed trees, some scattered power outages, and a mess to clean up in parts of Wayne County. The Town of Ontario was particularly hard hit, where residents were picking up after a strong series of storms moved through between 3 and 4 pm. Downed tree limbs take down wires across... more

Victor man leads deputies on pursuit through Wayne County

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says a late-night pursuit on Sunday resulted in a number of charges, and moved through three different communities around 10 pm. Deputies say Anthony J. Tiberio, 31, of Victor passed a marked patrol car with mounted license plate readers, which activated an alarm for a stolen vehicle from Ohio. Tiberio failed to stop for patrols... more

Ontario woman killed in Walworth rollover accident

A fatal one-vehicle accident that happened in the Town of Walworth around 5:04 pm on Tuesday is under investigation, according to deputies. Cynthia L. Scheltz, 45, of Ontario was traveling north on Tiffany Road when her vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment and went airborne – before landing on its roof. Deputies say Scheltz was pronounced dead at the... more

Former Wayne Central School District superintendent passes away

A former Wayne County Central School District Superintendent passed away according to a social media post by the school district. Rodney Dean Spring Ed.D. died on Thursday, July 12. He served as the superintendent from September of 1981 to June of 1993. A memorial will be held at the Fairport Methodist Church for Dr. Spring in the fall. WHEC: Read... more

Deputies: Ontario man threatened landlord with metal object

Deputies say a man threatened his landlord with a metal object during a dispute in the Town of Ontario on Monday. Around 11:50 am deputies were called to 2275 Route 104 and arrested Leo D. Jones, 44, of Ontario with menacing in the second degree. Jones is accused of threatening his landlord with a metal object during an incident involving... more

Williamson man had BAC twice the legal limit during Ontario traffic stop

Deputies say a Williamson man was arrested on multiple charges after a traffic stop in the Town of Ontario on Friday around 11:56 pm. Daniel R. Vanatta, 53, of Williamson was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation – and upon further investigation it was determined that he was in an intoxicated condition. Patrol also located marijuana in the vehicle,... more

Ontario woman pleads guilty to plotting mother’s murder

The Ontario woman accused of playing a role in the murder of her own mother pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Wayne County Court this week. Julie Martin, of Ontario was found dead – and her 22-year-old daughter, Jasmine Harlee, was accused of planning her mother’s death. According to authorities, Harlee enlisted the help of three others to plot out... more

Potential conflict of interest over County-purchased property?

A discussion has arisen following a bid offered at the recent Wayne County Real Property Tax Auction which occured on Wednesday, June 13th. Ontario Town Supervisor, Frank Robusto, who is a Realtor by trade, put in a bid on a Property listed in the auction. Following the auction, County officials questioned the legality or ethics, including probable conflict of interest... more

USGS: Tiny earthquake reported in Lake Ontario

An earthquake so small that it registered just barely on the United States Geological Survey monitor was reported Tuesday morning. The 1.1 magnitude earthquake was reported approximately two miles northwest of Bear Creek in Ontario, Wayne County. It happened just after 9 a.m. The earthquake was 3.1 miles below the Earth's surface. No one reported feeling the tremor, as it... more

Geneva captures Class C boys lacrosse title with 13-2 victory over Wayne

Geneva boys’ lacrosse coach L.J. Russell firmly believes in the old saw that it’s always tough to beat a team a third time after you’ve already defeated it twice, even though he’s seen firsthand that it can be done. “Oh, I do, trust me I do,” he said with a smile Tuesday afternoon after his Panthers throttled rival Wayne 13-2... more

Canandaigua baseball heads to Far West Regional with 2-1 win over Wayne

Dale Werth strolled to the Frontier Field mound for his second visit in the bottom of the sixth. The Canandaigua head coach had a guy warming up in the bullpen ready to go. He looked that way. Then he turned toward center field. Werth waved in his centerfielder, Michael Sculli, to try and close it out. Two runners were on... more
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