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Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack evacuated as roof fire investigated on Saturday

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack evacuated as roof fire investigated on Saturday
The Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in Farmington was completely evacuated on Saturday around 7:10 am after a roof unit, associated with the facility’s HVAC system reportedly caught fire. According to first responders, no fire or smoke was visible from the outside. However, after around 10 minutes of investigation – it was determined that a unit on the roof was... more

Farmington man charged after warrant issued

Farmington man charged after warrant issued
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 34-year-old Farmington resident following the issuance of an arrest warrant. Deputies say that Jose Velazquez-Bernard, 34, of Farmington was arrested for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after he failed to appear in court for an earlier incident that happened in September. He was transported to the Ontario County... more

Tractor-trailer crash, blaze closes Thruway for hours late-Saturday (videos)

Tractor-trailer crash, blaze closes Thruway for hours late-Saturday (videos)
First responders say that the call came in as a tractor-trailer crash, which had burst into flames after the impact. The scene on the New York State Thruway between exits 44 and 45 was a chaotic one with first responders struggling to keep up. Flames were reportedly spreading to the rear of the truck as soon as the first State... more

Ritts is new DA in Ontario County

Ritts is new DA in Ontario County
Ontario County has a new district attorney for the first time in 28 years. First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts, running on the Republican line, defeated Kristina “Kitty” Karle, 12,194 to 8,936, in unofficial results posted by the Ontario County Board of Elections Tuesday evening. Ritts had defeated Karle in the GOP primary in September and following that primary, Karle... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)
Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Twin sisters living in Farmington charged in welfare fraud investigation

Twin sisters living in Farmington charged in welfare fraud investigation
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Wayne County Department of Social Services, reports the arrest of twin sisters for Conspiracy and other charges following a three month long investigation. Arrested were Stephenie K. Hartnagel and Chrysten L. Buttiglieri, both 36, and currently residing together at Carriage Court in the Town of Farmington. An investigation was initiated by... more

Deputies: Farmington man strangled victim until she passed out

Deputies: Farmington man strangled victim until she passed out
A 24-year-old Farmington man was arrested by investigators in Ontario County during the early-morning hours of Thursday. According to deputies, Chaizecharles N. Pilgrim, 24, of Farmington was arrested on a warrant for second-degree strangulation. They say an investigation revealed that during the course of physically abusing an unnamed victim the day before — Pilgrim placed his hands around the victim’s... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)
On episode #73 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso is joined by Ontario County Elections Commissioner Charlie Evangelista to discuss a host of local issues, including some local races taking shape. Over the summer, Evangelista transitioned from serving on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors to serving as the chief elections official for Ontario County. The Democrat has... more

Clifton Springs woman gets lengthy prison term

Clifton Springs woman gets lengthy prison term
A Clifton Springs woman was sentenced Thursday to a lengthy prison term related to the sexual abuse of two children. Ontario County Judge Frederick Reed sentenced Janiet Simonds, 26, to 22 years in prison followed by 20 years of parole. Simonds pleaded guilty to felony counts of criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and use of a child in a... more

Deputies: 24-year-old accused of stealing from Farmers Inn

Deputies: 24-year-old accused of stealing from Farmers Inn
On August 26th at approximately 2:42 am., officers arrested 24-year-old Philip Maniske-Huff and charged him with third-degree burglary. Officers on patrol observed Maniske-Huff entering the Farmers Inn in the early morning hours, after the bar had closed. He was detained and through investigation it was revealed that Huff had burglarized the Farmers Inn on several occasions over the course of... more

Fair Haven woman faces assault charges in Ontario Co.

Fair Haven woman faces assault charges in Ontario Co.
A 44-year-old Fair Haven woman was arrested, according to deputies, after a physical altercation in Farmington. Deputies arrested Tracy A. Spath accusing her of intentionally striking another person in the face — causing injury. She was charged with third-degree assault, and processed in Farmington Town Court. All of the charges will be answered in Farmington Town Court at a later... more

Man charged with aggravated DWI after child passenger found in Farmington vehicle

Man charged with aggravated DWI after child passenger found in Farmington vehicle
Deputies in Ontario County arrested a 43year-old Rochester man after he was found to be driving while impaired by drugs, with a child less-than 15-years-old inside the vehicle. The traffic stop happened in Farmington on State Route 96, after deputies say Jesse L. Ellis, 43, of Rochester was observed operating a vehicle without tail lights and having an inadequate muffler.... more

FOUND SAFE: Missing woman located in Ontario Co.

FOUND SAFE: Missing woman located in Ontario Co.
Deputies in Ontario County report that Jenalee McDonald has been found safe. She was last seen on Wednesday around 8:30 am, according to initial reports. The alert went out to media during the morning hours on Thursday, and within just a couple hours of it’s release — McDonald was located. Authorities say she left her Farmington residence for a series... more
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