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Monday, August 3rd, 2015


First responders said three people have been injured after a serious crash in Livingston County Sunday afternoon.

Two vehicles crashed at the intersection of Route 63 and Abele Road around 4p.m. A woman and daughter were among the injured. Authorities say one victim was brought to the hospital by Mercy Flight, and two others were brought by ambulance. All three victims are in stable condition.

Troopers said the female driver just didn’t see the other car coming. A portion of Route 63 was closed for several hours during the crash investigation.


A young girl who fell into the gorge at Taughannock Falls State Park near Trumansburg on Friday afternoon was located on a steep, slippery slope near the upper falls area.

First responders employed a high-angle rope rescue procedure to bring the injured victim out of the gorge. Rescue units were able to carry the girl in a rescue basket nearly a half mile through Taughannock Creek and then a team of fire and police officers using ropes hauled her about 400 feet up a steep hill to safety.

She was then taken by ambulance to a medical helicopter and flown to a regional trauma center for emergency treatment. The girl, whose name was not released, is reportely under 18 years of age, according to authorities.


A passerby early Sunday morning called Oswego County 911 dispatchers to report a deadly motorcycle accident in New Haven.

Emergency crews were sent to the corner of State Route 104B and County Route 1 around 6:15 a.m.. The passerby called after the accident and apparently did not see what happened.

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the cause. They expect to release more information on Monday morning, regarding the victim who died.


Two women were arrested after stealing from several stores at Eastview Mall on Saturday.

Ontario County sheriff’s deputies say Monet Day, 22, and Najee Manor, 22, both of Rochester, were arrested at Eastview Mall after allegedly stealing over $400 worth of merchandise from several stores in the mall. Deputies say Manor was also in possession of tools that could be used to defeat store security measures.

According to deputies, Day had been previously banned from the property, and was allegedly at the mall unlawfully with intent to commit a crime. Manor was charged with petit larceny, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar’s tools.
Day was charged with third degree burglary.

Both women were arraigned in Town Court, and both taken to Ontario County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail each. Both women are set to appear in Victor Town Court at a later date for further proceedings.


A Waterloo man has been sentenced to three to six years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary, this past Wednesday in an Ontario County Court.

38 year-old Jeffrey Smith admitted to orchestrating three burglaries that occurred in Geneva. Smith admitted to breaking into the Geneva Country Club, the Captain’s Room, and a law office back in 2013. Smith spent 18 months in a Florida cell after being picked up in Orlando for a weapons charge. Then he was extradicted back to New York.

In June, Smith plead guilty to a break-in at a residence on Sodus Bay in Wayne County. The sentence for the June plea was seven years in prison following 5 years of parole. According to Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo, the Ontario County sentence will run concurrent with Wayne County.

Smith is also awaiting trial in August to resolve another matter involving a DWI charge in Seneca County.


A continuing day treatment program for mental health care, or CDT, the last one operating still in Ontario County, will close this week.

Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, now under the auspices of Rochester Regional Health, has decided to shut down its daily program aimed at helping those with mental illnesses and substance abuse.

The treatment program offered a more intensive approach to recovery and mental rehabilitation. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, no jobs were lost and the 39 people attending the program have been given alternative methods to continue treatment.

Spokespersons for the facility said there are now more efficient ways to treat patients, and that the closing of the program was only finalized after finding substitutes for the clients under the CDT’s care.


Though multiple businesses in the Finger Lakes region got passed over, Medical marijuana will soon be made and dispensed in Monroe County.

On Friday, it was announced that New York company Columbia Care has been selected to be among the first to make medical marijuana, and Eastman Business Park will be home to one of the five marijuana facilities in New York state.

Columbia Care had secured the lease a few months ago, but was not really official until the Department of Health approved the license for the company to put one of the five growing and dispensing facilities in Rochester.

A number of jobs are also tied to the announcement. Approximately 50 people will be hired to help with the growing facility. That number is expected to increase to 200 as operations continue to grow.

The dispensary will also be hiring in the future as well. It is at the dispensary that patients will be able to walk in with a prescription and leave with medical marijuana oil.

The announcement also means the new facility will help secure the future of Eastman Business Park. The facility is expected to be ready by January 1.


The offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the upcoming NFL season.

Aaron Kromer was accused of assault and battery in Florida last month. The charges were recently dropped.

In a statement from Bills Managing Partner and President Russ Brandon, he says that the Bills have conducted their own investigation into the matter in conjunction with the NFL “over the past several weeks ” and had “gathered information regarding the incident involving Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer.” The statement goes on to say that the suspension will begin on Monday, September 7, 2015 and end with the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on October 18, 2015.”

The statement also went on to say that the Bills organization “are highly supportive of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard” and that they “look forward to Coach Kromer rejoining the Bills organization at Training Camp.”


The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office has released information on its seventh annual Citizen’s Police Academy.

This year’s program starts September 10 and runs through October 29. We’re told there are no fees for the academy but you must be 18 to apply.

Organizers say the academy will teach people about all of the different duties performed at the sheriff’s office.

If you’re interested in applying to the Citizen’s Academy, you can visit their website by going to http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/


 

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