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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a man who was killed in a motorcycle crash in the town of Throop Saturday night.

47-year old Joseph Savarese of Weedsport, was northbound on Sine Road when he failed to negotiate a curve when he went off the road and struck a tree.

Savarese was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier reports indicated a car may have been involved in the incident, but authorities have have corrected this information.


A four year old Clifton Springs boy is out of the hospital after swallowing pills that were left out in the open and within his reach.

The child was hospitalized for three days last week after he swallowed the pills and lost consciousness.

Twenty seven year old Jennifer Rice is accussed of endagering the welfare of the child for failing to properly secure the prescription medication. She was arrested last Thursday, and will appear in Phelps Town Court at a later date.


On April 24th around 12:53 am deputies in Ontario County arrested a Victor man after he was involved in a crash on High St.

Deputies say that James Rigby, 56, of Victor was traveling north on High St. in Victor when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

He had a passenger, according to deputies, but neither party suffered life threatening injuries. Both Rigby and his passenger were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Rigby was charged with driving while intoxicated, which will be answered in Victor Town Court at a later date.


State Police say a 52-year-old Newfield man was killed Friday after he lost control of his motorcycle.

Crews were called to West Danby Rd. after receiving the report of a motorcycle crash around 3 pm. When they arrived on scene, the found that the driver of the motorcycle was ejected from the bike — and struck a wooden post. He was wearing a helmet, but died due to the injuries sustained during the wreck.

The victim was identified as Zane Cotto, 52, of Newfield. He was the only individual involved in the accident.

Police said Cotto was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and lost control negotiating a curve.


Canandaigua City Manager Ted Andrzejewski announced that suspended Fire Chief Mark Marentette was fired Friday, after first being suspended in January from the position without pay, for a time.

Andrzejewski said the decision was made by assistant city manager, John Goodwin, based on the recommendation of the civil service hearing officer, who made the recommendation leading to Marentette’s dismissal.

The reason: Insubordination and mismanagement of public funds. Marentette was accused of not following proper procedures when logging payroll hours for employees. There was a two-day hearing, which highlighted the charges against him. All of the allegations involved various levels of misconduct, incompetence and insubordination.

Andrzejewski said Marentette received pay for about 45 days, according to City Officials — who allowed his pay to be reinstated for a period after his initial 30-day suspension ended.

Ben Cramer remains as acting chief .


The pluses and the minuses of the proposed dissolution of the village of Rushville will be discussed in an informational meeting tonight at the Rushville Fire Hall.

Voters will decide Tuesday June 27th on whether or not to put the 150 year old village out of business and allow the Towns of Potter and Gorham to take over public services.

Former Mayor Jon Bagley circulated a pair of petitions this winter calling for dissolution . The first was turned down on a technicality. The second advanced with 107 signatures. Tonight’s meeting will start at 6PM.


The question of whether the Seneca County Board of Supervisors wants John Sheppard to continue as county manager will begin to get answered at Tuesday’s Government Operations Committee meeting.

If the committee votes favorably on a motion to appoint Sheppard to a four-year term, the recommendation will go to the full board for a final vote May 9.

Sheppard was appointed as the county’s sixth manager in October 2015.


Crews worked to restore a utility pole, which was cut down in an accident on Route 251 between Cork Rd. and Phillips Rd in Victor on Monday.

No one was injured in the crash. Officials announced Monday afternoon that the work would suspend travel down the road until further notice.

During the late-evening hours, officials clarified the roadway would reopen at 6 am on Tuesday.


Elmira, NY – A judge has sentenced Thomas Clayton to the maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Clayton hired a man to kill his wife Kelley in September 2015. In February, a jury convicted him of first and second degree murder.

Clayton is a former hockey player for the Elmira Jackals, who lived in Steuben County about 15 minutes outside of Elmira with his wife and two young children.

In September 2015 his wife, Kelley Clayton was found beaten to death.

Police later arrested Thomas, and said he had hired a man named Michael Beard to kill his wife.
Beard was convicted for his role last fall.


Rochester, N.Y. – The son of one of the four murder suspects in the Craig Rideout murder case has been indicted on child pornography charges in an unrelated case.

Theodore Tucci, 20, was indicted Friday by a Monroe County grand jury on five counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16.

Tucci is the son of Paul Tucci, who is one of four people indicted in the murder of Craig Rideout.
According to Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies, during the course of their investigation, they obtained evidence against Theodore. They said he possessed images and videos of sexual conduct by a child under the age of 16.
Theodore Tucci was arrested in December on the child pornography charges.

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