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Friday, February 17th, 2017


The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office has released more pictures of the suspect wanted in the February 1st holdup at the Community Bank on East Main Street in Clifton Springs. There are also clearer images of the 2005 to 2010 silver Dodge Charger the robber used to make his getaway. There’s a better look at the suspect’s face in the new pictures, even though he is wearing large sunglasses. If you can provided any information, call the Sheriff’s office at (585) 394-4560.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Five children reported missing from the Rochester area since August have been located and will be reunited with their family.

Officials from the United States Marshal’s Office say they were located at a home in the Niagara Falls area.

Mark Johnson and Ise-Lynn Johnson were transported to Monroe County to answer to charges of endangering the welfare of a child. At Rochester City Court, Mark plead non guilty. His bail was set at $500 and he will appear back in court on February 22. Ise-Lynn also plead not guilty, was released on own recognizance and will appear back in court on February 28.

Officials from the Marshal’s Office say they located 8-year-old William Manigault-Philpot along with 5-year-old Mark, 10-year-old Marnaisha, 11-year-old Janiarha and 12-year-old Kiyana Johnson.


GENEVA, N.Y. — A Geneva man is facing felony drug charges following a raid of his home.

FrankDerick Lugo, 19, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Geneva Police and other law enforcement agencies say they seized $4,000 worth of cocaine and more than $1,000 cash from the home North Wadsworth Street.

Lugo is being held on $25,000 bail. Police say additional felony charges are pending.

Two others, Alexander Lugo and Carlos Davila-Lugo were charged with possession of marijuana. They were released.


A Canandaigua man charged with incapacitating, then raping two high school freshmen last summer is getting prison time. 22 year old Robert Ryan, the 3rd pled guilty Wednesday to rape as part of a plea deal. He’ll be in prison for two years, then under post-release supervision for 10 years. In August, he gave one girl cocaine at his North Pearl Street home and then assaulted her. As that investigation continued, a second victim was discovered. She had been given alcohol, then raped.


A Wednesday evening traffic stop on Middle Street in Geneva lead to the arrest of three people on drug charges. When Police stopped the car, approximately 600 dollars worth of heroin packaged for sale was discovered. Cash was also seized in the investigation.

34 year old Jonathan Rodriguez-Felix of Canandaigua, 20 year old Alexandra McMann of Geneva and 52 year old John Stahl of Seneca Falls have each been charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance .

Following arraignment , Rodriguez-Felix and McMann were sent to the Ontario County Jail on 25-thousand dollars cash bail. Stahl was denied bail because of three prior felony convictions.


Auburn State Troopers continue their investigation of Wednesday morning’s fatal accident on Route 20 between Auburn and Skaneateles. Trooper Mark O’Donnell tells Finger Lakes News Radio weather was a factor in the three vehicle wreck.

Joseph S. Raymond, 30, of Auburn was killed in the wreck. His passenger, 29-year old Ashley Hester of Auburn was a passenger in Raymond’s vehicle. She was taken to Upstate Medical Center with head and chest injuries. The driver of the 1st vehicle, 46-year old Lisa Weiss of Skaneateles, was also taken to Upstate with a head injury.

The driver of the 2nd vehicle struck by Raymond’s vehicle, 52-year old Barbara Brillo of Skaneateles, was treated for minor injuries at Auburn Community Hospital.
FULL STORY FROM YESTERDAY…
One person has died, while three others were injured in a serious multi-car crash on State Route 20 in Sennett yesterday.

Three cars were involved in the crash, a fourth vehicle swerved to avoid the wreck crashing into the ditch along the road.

Police have identified the victim of the accident as Joseph S. Raymond, 30, of Auburn. Raymond was driving east on the two-lane road. Ashley M. Hester, 29, of Auburn, was a passenger in his vehicle at the time of the accident.

Authorities say Raymond lost control of the car, which spun around going into the oncoming lane. The car crossed into the path of a westbound vehicle, which T-boned Raymond’s car, The vehicle reportedly kept spinning and was hit by a westbound pickup-truck. The force of the crash tore Raymond’s vehicle apart; with two halves coming to rest on different parts of the highway.

The driver of one vehicle was ejected, and a passenger in that vehicle suffered serious injuries. State Police say that individual is in critical condition. Two other victims suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Route 20 between Walker Road and Town Hall Road was temporarily closed due to the accident. Police continue to investigated the accident.


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Check your Powerball tickets…

Someone who purchased a Powerball ticket from the Canandaigua Tops Market is $50,000 richer Thursday.

The New York State Lotto says the third place ticket was purchased for Wednesday night’s drawing.

The lucky winner matched four out of the five regular numbers and the Powerball.

Those winning numbers are 05-28-33-38-42.


GREECE, N.Y. — It’s the final season for J-Mac with the Greece-Athena varsity basketball team.

It was 11-years ago this week that Jason McElwain shocked the crowd at the Athena gymnasium and later millions of sports fans across the country with an amazing feat.

That’s when the coach put in the student-manager. The highly functioning, autistic J-Mac proceeded to score 20 points. including six three-pointers in less than four minutes. It was all captured on a video that went viral and the rest is history.

Jason and his family were on ESPN, met President George W. Bush and even got a movie offer.

J-Mac, now 28, has been a volunteer coach with the Trojans for the past ten years.

He has run several marathons and says he’s stepping down to spend more time running.


The Auburn Police Department’s Emergency Response Team has been reactivated three years after being disbanded.

Chief Shawn Butler told Finger Lakes News Radio the 16 members of the team received the state’s basic SWAT certification after a lengthy training program. The team members are equipped with a multitude of specialized training and equipment including firearms, warrant service, hostage rescue, vehicle assaults, land navigation, priority of life and tactical medical care.

In addition to protecting the citizens of Auburn, the team will also assist other local agencies in emergency situations.


If you’re wondering how much of your hard-earned tax dollars have gone to creating and putting up huge highway signs to say “I Love New York”,  we now have an answer in the on-going debacle.

The signs that promote tourism and regional attractions for homegrown goods and businesses and can be found along state highways. Some are located on Route 490 near the Pittsford Exit. More are located on 390 near Dansville and you’ll find lots of signs if you drive the length of the Thruway.

The Federal Government has  warned state officials to stop putting the signs up because they are illegal in terms of the shape and size of highway signs.

There have also been complaints that they are distracting to drivers. However, the Cuomo Administration has ignored all of that and erected more than 500 signs around the state since 2013. We tallied the money spent by both the NYS Department of Transportation and the NYS Thruway Authority.

At a budget hearing in Albany on Wednesday, DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll released new numbers. In November, he said $1.7 million had been spent on materials for the signs. Wednesday, he said it was $3.1 million and an additional $2.3 million for installation, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

Later in the afternoon, the Acting Director of the NYS Thruway Authority reported that his agency separately spent $2.7 million for 140 signs for materials and installation.

Bill Finch said, “Everybody at the Thruway is proud of their job but even prouder that they can help in such a state-wide effort where 900,000 jobs of our brothers, sisters, aunt and uncles are at stake in the tourism industry. It’s where $8 billion of revenues come in, so we were very excited to participate.”

It’s possible the federal government could file a lawsuit and force New York State to take them down, but for now, the signs are staying and $8 million of your tax dollars are gone.

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