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Thursday, January 19th, 2016

Authorities have announced the arrest of a 21 year old Penn Yan man on an indictment for drug charges issued by a Yates County grand jury.

An investigation by the Penn Yan Village Police Department and the Yates County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest Patrick Meland, who is charged with two counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.

Following his arraignment Tuesday, Meland was sent to Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.

A 59 year old Bath, NY woman has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty. Linda Trescott was taken into custody after it was determined a lack of adequate food, water and medical treatment lead to the death of one of her dogs. Another dog of Trescott’s was found to be severly emaciated, according to law enforcement.

Following her arraignment, Trescott was ordered to return to court at a later date to answer to the charges against her.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Cayuga County Department of Social Services has put on an alert for a runaway teen who walked away from the Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse January 8th. 16 year old Ashley Mantilla is thought to be in the Auburn area, possibly near family on Wall Street. Cayuga County Family Court has issued a bench warrant for her. She is African American, 5’5”, 135 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 315-253-1222 or 9-1-1 if you have seen her or have any information.

Cayuga County Administrator Suzanne Sinclair is departing her job, county Legislature Chairman Keith Batman said Wednesday. Batman said he could not comment on specifics like whether she initiated the decision to leave, or when that will happen, because she and the county are still in negotiations. He did say, however, that Sinclair is still serving as county administrator for now, and she will be leaving on positive terms; the process is amicable.

Sinclair declined to comment. She was scheduled to make a $95,000 salary in 2017, according to the county budget.

Developers of the long-stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort hotel and convention center project at the former Steamboat Landing location have requested a meeting with the Canandaigua City Council Planned Unit Development Committee to look at potential changes to the permitted use for the property. The city of Canandaigua has reportedly been working quietly to push things forward.

New information on the stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort development may soon be available.

Developer David Genecco has requested to meet with City Council’s planned unit development committee to present potential changes to the permitted use of the property, according to the agenda released by the city. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Thursday, January 26th, at the Hurley Building on Saltonstall Street.

City Manager Ted Andrzejewski said he will be meeting with the developer later in the week, but could not say what these potential adjustments to the plan are at this point.

Barre, NY – Apex Clean Energy is hoping to make a dent in the skyline in the Town of Barre in Orleans County. The company formally met with taxpayers in the town Wednesday to talk about it’s proposal for the Heritage Wind Farm.  The project is in its early stages, but the goal is to build 40 to 50 wind turbines on farmland in the town.  Apex Clean Energy plans to pay residents to build the turbines on their land.

Reaction from the town, so far, appears to be mixed. Though some locals are opposed to the turbines which stand a few hundred feet in the air, say the wind farm isn’t right for the town. Some residents are concerned about the impact on wildlife and noise. Others, however, are already on board, feeling it’s a step in the right direction, saying America needs to stop being dependent on oil and nuclear power. Apex Clean Energy said all of their turbines will meet local, federal and state safety regulations.

The company said Wednesday, if all the steps go as planned, construction would begin sometime during 2019, at the earliest.  The project only requires approval from the New York State Siting Board. Town members and leaders will have the chance to voice their support or concern for the project throughout the process.

Some bridges in desperate need of repair in the Finger Lakes region will finally see some work. A package was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace and repair 23 bridges and culverts in the region.

The measure will cost $19.7 million dollars, and will be part of Cuomo’s BRIDGE NY initiative, which focuses on repairing struggling infrastructure around the state.

Multiple bridges in Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties will be part of the project.

LYONS — Wayne County has a new economic development director.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday morning unanimously appointed Brian Pincelli to the position. He will be paid $96,750.

Pincelli will start with the county Feb. 15. He was chosen from five finalists recommended by the county’s Human Resources Department, headed by Director Charles Dye.


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