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Friday, December 02nd, 2016


Henrietta, N.Y. – Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the man who died after an industrial accident Thursday while at work. The accident occured at the Mersen Corporation on Jefferson Rd, an electronics parts supplier.

Deputies said 49-year-old Daniel Mayer of Fairport was hurt while using a 200-ton metal press. Employees and emergency responders provided first aid to Mayer, but he died at the scene.

We’ll bring you updates on this story, should additional information become available.


The owners of a dog that was shot in the eye are now offering a reward to anyone that can find the shooter.

The dog, Cooper, wandered away from his backyard in Williamson last Wednesday. When the Chrisley family found him two days later, the golden retriever had received a shotgun blast to his right eye.

He is recuperating at home now under a veterinarian’s care. The family says they don’t think his injury is an accident. They’re offering a $1,000 reward for information. State Police say say if there is enough probable cause, they will make the arrest.

Anyone with information can contact state police at 315-589-2046.

A GoFundMe account was set up to help with Cooper’s medical expenses. More than $20,000 that has been raised so far.


A Perry woman, who admitted to killing a former friend, learned her fate on Thursday.

Kira Kastenhuber was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, after she admitted to killing 33-year-old Desiree Withey inside her home back in February. Prosecutors said Kastenhuber planned Withey’s death, even making a list of how she was going to kill her.

Neighbors said they believed a love triangle led to the murder.


The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency board has agreed to grant Seneca County businessman Earl Martin a one year lease on 7-thousand acres of land at the former Seneca Army Deport with an option for a second year, according to IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson. Martin this summer was the winning bidder among 16 offers for the property. Instead of making an outright purchase at this time, Martin asked for a lease while he works with the Town of Romulus to reduce the site’s current 25 million dollar property tax assessment. Aronson expects a contract will be finalized sometime after the first of the year. Martin will make an upfront payment of $900,000.


A Skaneateles man and his company have been convicted of environmental law crimes after state officials found the firm dumping polluted water into an Onondaga County creek. Michael Jones, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to three misdemeanor charges for dumping liquids containing hazardous substances into Ley Creek.

He also admitted to keeping petroleum-contaminated soil on property owned by his company, Coast Transportation and Recycling. Coast, a recycling facility in Salina, pleaded guilty to a felony charge for dumping the pollutants without obtaining the proper state permit.


As many of you wait for your state tax rebate checks to come in the mail, we are learning how many checks were almost sent out to dead people.

The state Comptroller’s Office reportedly blocked more than 2,000 tax rebate checks worth nearly $819,000 because they were addressed to dead homeowners. Officials say 99 percent of 2015’s tax freeze checks were approved without changes.

Overall, 32,000 checks were caught from being sent out.


Assemblyman Brian Kolb has once again been elected Assembly minority leader.

Kolb, who represents Ontario County and northern Seneca County, has served as minority leader since 2009. He has worked in the Assembly since 2000.

64-year old Kolb the longest serving current legislative leader; the others who left were all embroiled in corruption cases.


A pair of bills signed into law by Governor Cuomo will ensure that clients eligible for public defense are represented at arraignment and on appeal.

The first bill guarantees legal counsel will be provided at arraignment, which is the first stage of a criminal prosecution, when clients learn of the charges filed against them. It’s also when the court establishes bail or renders release decisions. The Court of Appeals has ruled that defendants have a constitutional and statutory right to representation at arraignment. Even so, many counties in the state deny this fundamental right on a daily basis.

The second bill grants trial courts the power to appoint an appellate lawyer to criminal defendants who were already represented by an assigned counsel at trial. The bill reaffirms the statutory right to appeal and the right to assigned counsel on appeal.


CORNING — President-elect Donald Trump’s selected two local congressmen who supported his successful presidential bid for his transition team .

Rep. Tom Reed, R-23, Corning, whose district includes the eastern half of Ontario County, as well as all of Yates and Seneca counties, announced Wednesday that he has been named a vice chair of the transition team, along with six others.

Also selected to help Trump’s transition is Rep. Chris Collins, R-27, Clarence. He was named to the executive committee last week.

Reed was criticized by Democrats — including his opponent in the House race, John Plumb — for his support of Trump.

Reed often expressed disappointment with statements the president-elect made during the campaign, as well as the controversial off-the-cuff remarks about touching women Trump made to a TV personality several years ago that broke during the campaign.

Reed threw his support behind Trump after Bush, a huge critic of Trump, dropped out of the race.

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