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Veronica Volk

Many residents in Sodus Point are still trying to recover from last year's devastating floods.

But Village Mayor Dave McDowell says there's good news from the International Joint Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers concerning the latest forecast.

"We're not going to flood this year.  So I think this year will be a good year with some reasonably high water but not dangerously high water, and people hopefully can get their projects done, both personally and publicly," he said.

Mother charged in the brutal death of her son

9 hours ago
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter called it an extreme, horrific crime scene.

Deputies responded to a call at 5499 South Lake Road in Sweden last night for a suicidal female with a knife who refused to surrender.

Baxter says deputies needed to use pepper spray and a taser to take her into custody.

Two other adults and a child were in the home at the time, and in an adjacent room deputies discovered a 7-year old boy, Abraham Cardenas.

Rachel Barnhart, one of the people seeking the Democratic nomination for the Congressional seat previously held by Louise Slaughter, says she has secured the required number of signatures to get on the primary ballot.

Barnhart, a former TV journalist who has also run for the NYS Assembly and Rochester Mayor in recent years, says that she also has a sufficient number of signatures to withstand legal scrutiny.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a State of Emergency Wednesday afternoon due to the high winds.

The State of Emergency allows the county to institute a Commercial Traffic Ban, which officially restricts the travel of high-profile vehicles in Monroe County through 8:00 p.m.

Officials say that high profile vehicles are most commonly recognized as tractor trailers or other large scale trucks, which can be susceptible to overturning in high wind events.

More roundabouts planned for the area

Apr 3, 2018

Get ready for more roundabouts.

That's the word from the State Department of Transportation, which is announcing four of the new, safer, circular intersections are coming to the region over the next two to three years.

Regional Director for the New York State Department of Transportation, Kevin Bush, says compared to a tradition intersection, roundabouts see a decrease in severe crashes at typically slower speeds.

"A traditional intersection is more prone to T-bone accidents, or head-ons and can be much more severe," he said.


New York's attorney general is leading a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration over a decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.

Eric Schneiderman joined a coalition of groups at a union hall in New York City to announce the suit.

He says the Census Bureau, dating back to 1980, has rejected the addition of the citizenship question, saying it would jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count.

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Advocates for survivors of domestic violence and supporters of stricter gun control are applauding passage of a new measure included in the new budget for New York State.

It requires individuals convicted of domestic violence-related crimes to surrender all of their firearms.

Town of Penfield officials say they will be able to reduce the cost to taxpayers a little for the purchase of a property related to the recent vote on Shadow Pines.

When town residents recently approved the purchase of the former golf course and the nearby Clark House parcel, they voted to give the town the right to borrow $3.65 million dollars.

But Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain says because sales tax revenue last year came in higher than expected, the town will be able to buy the Clark House rather than borrow the money. 

Grand Jury: Shooting of parole officer justified

Apr 2, 2018
Spectrum News

A grand jury has declined to indict a Canandaigua Police officer for shooting an off-duty parole officer in her apartment last October.

Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts told reporters today that the grand jury concluded after hearing from multiple witnesses and examining medical records, the actions of officer Scott Kadien in the shooting death of Sandy Guardiola were justified.

Ritts said Kadien went to her apartments on a welfare check.

He found Guardiola in bed and left her room to call for an ambulance.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican county executive from New York's Hudson Valley is formally kicking off his campaign for governor.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro plans to launch his campaign late Monday morning at the village hall in his hometown of Tivoli. His second campaign stop will be Monday afternoon in downtown Albany.

The 42-year-old father of three was elected county executive in November 2011. A former mayor of Tivoli, he has also served in the Dutchess County Legislature and the state Assembly.