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Monday, December 11th, 2017


NEWARK, N.Y. — A Sodus teen died over the weekend, after being stabbed multiple times in a public park in the village of Newark Friday night.

The victim, 17 year-old Zackary M. Dwello, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. Saturday. He was a senior at Sodus Central High School and lived with his parents in the town of Sodus.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Police answered a call in Perkins Park, and found the teen unresponsive next to his car. He was taken to Newark Wayne Community hospital where he was stabilized and then airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight.

It’s unknown what Dwello was doing in the park. A joint investigation with the New York State Police and the Newark Police Department is ongoing.

Dwello is the second homicide victim from the Sodus Central High School in just a matter of weeks. In an unrelated case, 17-year-old senior Alyssa Taft was fatally stabbed on November 2. Deputies say she was lured to a home on Boyd Road under the pretense of being repaid money by an ex-boyfriend.


WALWORTH, N.Y. — Five structures were damaged in an early Sunday morning fire in Walworth.

Neighbors say the fire started around 5 a.m. in a vacant home on West Walworth Road.

Firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. They say the fire quickly spread to an old lawnmower shop next door. They say oil stored in the building made it hard to get the flames under control. The flames were reportedly so intense two other nearby structures suffered heat damage. Multiple fire departments were called in to assist from both Wayne and Monroe Counties.

It wasn’t long before those flames spread to yet another neighboring house, including a car. Two adults and two dogs were able to escape that home. Firefighters helped wake the residents and get them out. The American Red Cross is now assisting those displaced by the fire.

No injuries were reported. Investigators are now working to find out what may have started the fire.


The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Newark Police Department continue to investigate an armed robbery at Crosby’s Convenience Store, located on North Main Street.

The incident took place around 11:40 pm; a little more than an hour after Sodus teen Zackary Dwello was stabbed multiple times elsewhere in the village of Newark; the teen succumbing to his injuries later at Strong Memorial Hospital early Saturday.

Police say the clerk told them that a white male, wearing a hoodie and face mask entered the convenience store around 11:40 pm, appearing to have a handgun. The suspect demanded money from the cash register, and then fled west on West Shore Boulevard.

Police do not believe the robbery is related to the fatal stabbing of the 17-year-old Sodus student near Perkins Park.


The Palmyra Police Department reported the arrest of a Shortsville man following an incident that took place during the late-evening hours of November 29th.

Kolby G. Clayton, 27, of Shortsville was charged with forcible touching. The incident involved his estranged wife of two-and-a-half years.

Police say Clayton entered the home of his estranged spouse through an unlocked door, retrieved his 6-year-old son, and placed him in a running car. After doing so, he re-entered the home and went to his estranged wife’s bedroom, and sexually assaulted her.

The charge will be answered at a later date in Palmyra Village Court.


State Police have confirmed that one person was killed after a homemade explosive detonated inside a Lindley home.

The incident took place in Steuben County, and according to police, was not drug-related. The incident took place in the garage attached to the home. The home was located on State Line Road, and the incident was reported a little before 2 pm on Friday.

While originally called in as a wood stove explosion, authorities quickly determined that the stove was not the cause. The type of device was not specified by law enforcement, but they say the investigation is ongoing.


In the heat of the summer season, Nolan’s restaurant burned to the ground. In the fall, the restaurant received approvals to build again, possibly as soon as spring next year.

Now comes information about $416,000 in federal funding that will help the rebuilding process.

The city has received a Community Development Block Grant from the state Office of Community Renewal, which administers the program. The city pursued the grant on behalf of the restaurant owners, who funded the cost associated with the grant request.

The federal money will assist the restaurant owners in reopening the popular eatery on South Main Street. The project is estimated to cost $1.6 million.

The city now is seeking help in administering the grant, according to City Manager John Goodwin. A request for proposals was released Dec. 6, with a deadline set for Jan. 6, 2018.

Owners Nick Violas and Kate Nolan are hoping to expand the restaurant, which opened at the South Main Street location in May 2014. The restaurant was destroyed in the July 13 fire, which investigators ruled was accidental.

The city also has assisted the developers of the stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort project in seeking a $750,000 grant through the same program.

The city has not received word on the status of the request.


ELBA, N.Y. — State Police confirm two fatalities after a tractor trailer rolled over in the Town of Elba Saturday.

According to officials, troopers responded to a collision on State Route 98 and Lockport Road.

Police say that a 2013 Honda Civic failed to yield at the intersection of ST- 98 and struck a tractor-trailer traveling northbound. Both vehicles left the roadway, striking a utility pole and causing it to fall.

Crews were unable to approach the vehicles involved due to live electric lines down near the vehicles. National Grid was called to remove the wires.

Both operators were confirmed dead at the scene. The victims have been identified as Franca C. Monachino, 45 of Hilton, NY and Jerry E. Tuttle, 29 of Kingley, PA.

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