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Friday, October 9th, 2015

Police in Macedon are investigating a body found in the Erie Canal Thursday morning. According to our newspartners at the Times of Wayne County, Macedon Police said a man’s body was spotted in the Erie Canal near the 2400 block of Quaker Rd. near O’Neill Rd.

Police said they are investigating this as an unattended death. The 65-year-old man was last seen by a neighbor walking around 1 p.m. Wednesday. The neighbor told the Times of Wayne County that the man had stopped his mail Tuesday. The man’s identity has not yet been released.

Wayne County Sheriff’s investigators are still investigating. It is unclear at this point how the man died. The Monroe County Coroner’s Office said it plans to do an autopsy on the body later this (Friday) morning.

On Thursday morning, shortly after 7:36 am, Town of Seneca Falls Police responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle accident involving one vehicle on County House Road in the Town of Seneca Falls.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a vehicle had gone off the north side of the road striking a concrete barrier. The driver was the only person in the vehicle and was extricated from the vehicle by Seneca Falls and Waterloo Fire Departments.

The victim was first transported to Geneva General Hospital where he was then flown by LifeNet to Strong Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The accident is still under investigation and the name of the driver is being withheld pending notification to family members.

An Avon man is being held on $10,000 cash bail after being arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with an eight year-old child, last month.

38 year-old Ronald Heffernan was charged, Wednesday, with Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a Class B Felony. He was arraigned in Avon Town Court and remanded to the Livingston County Jail.

The second man charges in connection with a fatal mass shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester is due back in court Friday. Jalen Everett, 21, is charged with murder for the August shooting.

The District Attorney says he too could have been the gunman firing shots from a passing car. Three people were killed in that shooting and four others were injured. Johnny Blackshell, Jr. is also charged in the case.

A loud muffler lead to the arrest of a Waterloo woman on multiple charges late last Friday night.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s office reports deputies initiated a traffic stop for the equipment violation. During the investigation, 26 year old Cherie Smith gave deputies a false name to avoid being arrested on a warrant out of Monroe County. Smith then attempted to flee on foot and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

After a search of the vehicle, Smith was found to be possession of crack-cocaine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Smith is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Impersonation , Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and a ticket for having a loud and inadequate muffler. Smith was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and sent to the Seneca County Jail on a thousand dollar cash bail / $2000 bond. Smith is to set re-appear in court in early November.

A former minor league hockey player charged with murdering his wife in Steuben County is back behind bars.

Thomas Clayton just got out of jail after posting a quarter-million dollars bail earlier this week, but police say he violated an order of protection. Clayton and another man — 44-year-old Michael Beard – are charged in the death of Kelley Clayton. She was found dead at the couple’s home near Corning. Thomas Clayton played for Elmira’s minor league hockey team. Beard is said to be an acqauintance.

The craft brewing industry in the Rochester area recently received a financial boost. Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged nearly $7 million to support Cornell’s Food Venture Center in Geneva. The research center supports regional wineries and breweries. New York is now third in the country for wine and grape production and has the fourth largest craft beer in the U.S.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold a public hearing October 27th to share the plans on a new draft Master Plan for Sampson State Park.

The plan will outline the Park’s development and operational goals for the next ten years. Included are proposals for improving existing buildings, camping areas and the Marina. It will also contain suggestions for new trails and additional recreational facilities.

The plan will be available to the public on line starting next Tuesday.

The hearing will be held in the meeting room at the park office on 96A in the Town of Romulus. There will be an informational open house at 6:00 p.m. followed by the public hearing at 7:00 p.m

As the countdown for the final days of operation at the Farmington-based Wade’s continues, a shimmer of light has been revealed regarding the future of the 47-year-old local grocery store company.

After careful consideration, the Wade’s store located in the town of Phelps, soon to be only one, will remain in operation for the foreseeable future.

“We want to be able to have the opportunity to serve as many customers as we can,” said Alyssa Cheney, the marketing assistant of Wade’s Market Center. “It is out of the way of the people in Farmington, but it is still an option for them.”

In August, it was announced that the current Wade’s location based in Farmington would reopen as a Tops Friendly Markets store by Thanksgiving after the property was sold earlier in the year.

Later that month, news came that Wade’s would be making the move to a new location the in Macedon Commons Plaza.

The momentum seemed to keep rolling along when it was announced that a Wade’s would be opening a new location on Route 332 in Canandaigua. However, that hopeful news for store, and its approximately 140 employees, changed in late September when it was announced that the move to Macedon and the opening in Canandaigua weren’t going to happen.

Wade’s Market Center President and CEO Jim Cheney stated in a release on Sept. 28. that research into the plans proved that the endeavors were cost-prohibitive. That announcement cast doubt on the future of the Phelps location, but that was put to rest on Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Wade’s Fresh Food & Cafe would remain open at 91 Main St., Phelps.

The Farmington location is scheduled to close by Oct. 25.

The Harvard Debate team was defeated by inmates at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility. The inmates take college courses taught by professors from Bard and decided to form a debate team. The inmates have also defeated teams from the University of Vermont and West Point. The Harvard tea, wrote on Facebook that it was proud to have lost to the “phenomenally intelligent and articulate team” at the prison.


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