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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


Walworth, N.Y. – A Wayne Central High School junior from Walworth died Wednesday morning from injuries suffered in an accident Tuesday night.

Authorities responded to the single-car accident Tuesday night around 8:40 PM on Walworth-Ontario Road near Smith Hill Road in the Town of Walworth.

17 year old Evan Williamson of Walworth was traveling southbound on Walworth Ontario Road at a high rate of speed when his vehicle left the roadway and struck two utility poles. Williamson was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with multiple serious injuries and died at Strong from his injuries Wednesday morning.

Williamson was a junior at Wayne Central High School in Ontario. Williamson went to Lyons Central High School for a couple years before his recent move to Walworth.

On its website, the Lyons Central School District noted grief counselors are available for students. In a statement, Wayne Central School District Superintendent Mathis Calvin offered the district’s condolences and thoughts for Williamson’s family and friends.


A 30-year old Waterloo man faces numerous charges following a “volatile domestic violence incident” and a police standoff in the Town of Waterloo Tuesday afternoon.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office says authorities went to an apartment building on Geneva-Waterloo Road around 5PM on reports that Joshua Manko threatened two adult family members with a butterfly gravity knife, holding them against their will.

One woman did escape and crashed her car into a sign post and a fence outside.

Manko had two kids ages 7 and 10 inside with him and refused to come out. While a police negotiator was talking with him, Manko drew what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol from behind his back and pointed it at the officer, threatening to kill him. The police negotiator drew his service pistol, but did not fire because the two kids were at Manko’s side.

After a brief standoff, Manko gave one of the children the pistol and that’s when Deputies broke in and subdued the suspect.

Manko is charged with reckless endangerment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges.


Ontario County Deputies are looking for a hit and run driver who knocked down a pedestrian on Carter Road just south of the Northside Fire Hall in the Town of Geneva Tuesday night.

19 year old Ariel Jones was struck from behind by a light colored possibly grey sedan around 8PM. The driver got out to check on her. She asked him to call an ambulance. Instead he got back in his car and left the scene. He is said to be a tall white male, thin build and wearing khaki shorts.

Jones was treated at Geneva General for a leg injury. Anyone with information on the accident should call the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department at 585-394-4560.


Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Phelps man on Wednesday for allegedly resisting arrest after using an all-terrain-vehicle that didn’t belong to him.

19 year-old Collin Bowman is accused of taking a Kawasaki Mule on Route 96 in Farmington and driving it around without permission. Bowman was arraigned in Farmington Town Court on a charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest. He was remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $2500 cash bail and will answer the charges at a later date.


PHELPS — It took a mere 15 minutes Monday for a town court jury to convict a local woman on numerous animal cruelty charges.

Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said Renee Mobley was found guilty of 18 counts of animal cruelty and failure to provide food/water to a confined animal. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Mobley is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9.

The charges stem from a March investigation, when county Humane Society officers and sheriff’s deputies went to a property on Maryland Road and found a newborn miniature horse dead in a pasture. They also discovered 11 miniature horses and seven domestic geese without food or water. A search warrant was executed the next day. The horses and geese were seized.

n May 2015, Mobley was charged by sheriff’s deputies with second-degree criminal nuisance following several incidents in April and May of that year. Miniature horses she owned ran loose on Maryland Road due to inadequate fencing and barn enclosures. Deputies said the horses ran into the road, causing a safety risk. The charge was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal after Mobley repaired the fencing.


A Cayuga County woman who attempted to prevent police from making an arrest was found guilty, Wednesday afternoon, following a two-day trial in Auburn City Court.

The jury found 22 year-old Emilie Keeney of Auburn guilty of Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest (class A misdemeanors), each punishable by up to a year in jail.

Keeney was convicted for her involvement in an incident at the Osteria Salinas Restaurant on State Street in downtown Auburn on January 30 of this year .

It was around 2AM that morning, Auburn Police responded to a fight in progress at the restaurant and while removing a number of unruly patrons from the establishment, they became surrounded and called for back-up.

When State Police arrived, one person was being taken into custody for grabbing the officers and refusing to leave. Police say, at this point, Keeney used physical force on a state trooper to try and prevent him from making the arrest. She shoved and pushed Trooper William Treat and when advised that she was under arrest, attempted to break loose and run away. In the ensuing struggle, Keeney and the arresting officers fell to the ground and she sustained abrasions to her forehead and knee.

Keeney’s sentencing was adjourned to October 18 and she remains free on bail despite her recent arrest on felony robbery and burglary charges.


Mt. Morris, N.Y. – The Mt. Morris Village Police Chief will be suspended for two weeks without pay, the village’s mayor announced Wednesday.

Ken Mignemi was placed on administrative leave at the beginning of September. At the time, Village Mayor Joel Mike said Mignemi would remain on administrative leave, “pending the outcome of an investigation into a disciplinary matter.”

In a statement released Wednesday, Mike said the Village of Mt. Morris finished its investigation into the events which led up to Mignemi being placed on administrative leave.

Chief Mignemi will resume his role, full-time, on October 3.


Crippling crop losses in Wayne County caused by the summer-long drought has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to officially declare the county a disaster area. The declaration, effective September 15, was announced Wednesday by the USDA and means that farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have eight months, from that date, to formally apply for loans to help offset losses caused by the ongoing drought.

In a statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, he stated that both he and President Obama are committed “to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot” in the nation’s economy through “these difficult times.” Vilsack further advised New York producers “that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

The only other county to qualify for federal assistance as a disaster area is Chautauqua County in the southwestern corner of New York.


Pittsford, N.Y. – A slip of paper pointing people to a white supremacy website is being distributed in a Pittsford neighborhood.

Some neighbors who live off of Knickerbocker Road told the media they were shocked to find a disturbing paper show up near their trash bins on their driveways.

The paper reads: “Making (Rochester) Great Again” and includes a website asking people to make Rochester whiter.

The Town of Pittsford was alerted to the note this week and made Sheriff’s deputies aware of it. As far as they know, a couple of neighborhoods were targeted.

Police said is not a crime; it’s the same as someone handing out flyers.

However, if anyone finds one of these notes, they are asked to call 911 and file a non-emergency report.


The controversial Common Core curriculum is under revision by New York State education officials who have proposed changes to both the math and English language arts standards. Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia issued the draft revisions, Wednesday, and invited the public to comment through November 4.

New York state adopted the Common Core to prepare students for college and careers, but the standards have come under fire for being too difficult for young students. According to Elia, parents and educators have called for changing 60 percent of the English language arts standards and 55 percent of the math standards.

Some of the recommended changes include clarification of student writing expectations, giving students more time to develop math skills and establishng a new early learning task force.


There’s a new worry in the current illicit drug trade for law enforcement, doctors and hospitals. In some parts of the country, Heroin is now being laced with a very powerful synthetic opioid called Carfentanil, which is used to tranquilize large animals like elephants and hippos. To this point, Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero hasn’t seen any local cases involving the additive.

The DEA says Carfentanil is 100 times deadlier than fentanyl, which in turn is 40 times more lethal than straight heroin.


Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in the Southern Tier Wednesday to announce the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport was one of two winners in the first round of the Upstate Airports Redesign Competition.

State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll says the changes will add 25 percent more space to the airport, making it the new gateway to the Southern Tier.

The project is expected to add more than 11 hundred construction jobs. Out of 16 statewide applications, Elmira-Corning and the Greater Rochester International Airport were the only first round winners.


Webster, N.Y. – The tomato greenhouse development proposal in front of the Webster Planning Board for a while now, has been tabled yet again, without any decisions being made on the project.

Nearly 100 people attended a public hearing Tuesday night at the Webster Recreation Center.

Concerns circle around the location Intergrow Greenhouses, Inc. is proposing at the northeast corner of Salt and State Road.

The Planning Board tabled decisions on the project until mid-October.

The Webster Town Board is expected to meet and speak on the project next week.


The State Department of Environmental Conservation confirms 3 bays on Lake Ontario in Wayne have seen blooms of blue-green algae.

The DEC’s website says widespread blooms have been confirmed in Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay, while Sodus Bay has a large, localized bloom underway.

The DEC reminds everyone that people, pets, and livestock should avoid contact with blue-green algae, which can cause nausea, vomiting, and skin irritation.

Anyone exhibiting any of those symptoms should report them to your local health department.


Webster, N.Y. – The tomato greenhouse development proposal in front of the Webster Planning Board for a while now, has been tabled yet again, without any decisions being made on the project.

Nearly 100 people attended a public hearing Tuesday night at the Webster Recreation Center.

Concerns circle around the location Intergrow Greenhouses, Inc. is proposing at the northeast corner of Salt and State Road.

The Planning Board tabled decisions on the project until mid-October.

The Webster Town Board is expected to meet and speak on the project next week.

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