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Rape defendant in Ontario County Court claims it was ‘consensual’

Opening statements and first witnesses were called Wednesday during a rape trial in which a Hopewell man is accused of fueling an underage party and then raping one of the victims.


Rochester's Roots: Efforts to fight hair discrimination

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Historically African American hair has been the center of controversy. Whether worn as an afro, braids or dreadlocks, African Americans have faced what they say is discrimination in the workplace.


Deputies: Farmington teen struck child on school bus in Ontario County

Deputies arrested a Farmington teen on child endangerment charges following an investigation into an incident on a local school bus. According to authorities, a 17-year-old was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after he struck a juvenile on a school bus on February 13th.


Witnesses of violent attack streamed on Facebook Live describe scary ordeal

ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM) -- Investigators continue to look over a disturbing Facebook Live video. Police say it shows a man being followed by teens. Words are purportedly exchanged, including a racial slur, followed quickly by a violent attack.


Pop band Why Don’t We to perform at Chevy Court during NY State Fair

SYRACUSE, NY — Pop quintet Why Don’t We brings its harmonies and hits to a debut performance at Chevy Court during the 2019 Great New York State Fair’s Chevrolet Music Festival at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 29. All performances on Chevy Court are free with Fair admission.


Marren: Teamwork results in Ontario County successes

CANANDAIGUA — Challenges await Ontario County in the year ahead, but based on the accomplishments made in 2018, county leaders and residents will be able to successfully meet those challenges.


Phelps woman stole over $3K from Geneva ARC

Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson says a Phelps woman has been accused of stealing more than $3,000 from an ARC location in the Town of Geneva. Jill VanNostrand, 50, of Phelps was arrested on Tuesday and charged with grand larceny after an investigation into stolen funds, which exceeded $3,000.


Three face drug sale charges in Ontario County

Three Monroe County residents have been arrested after an investigation into sales of concentrated cannabis and marijuana in Ontario County. According to Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson, a vehicle driven by Austin Mitchell, 23, of 120 Drumlin View Drive, Victor, was stopped on Route 251 in th


Wegmans expanding curbside grocery pickup to all Rochester stores

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Wegmans is expanding its curbside grocery service to all Rochester-area stores. Wegmans introduced curbside grocery pickup last March at its Pittsford store, and in September, at the Chili-Paul Wegmans. The expansion of the service to all remaining Rochester stores started


47 Hate Groups Are Active In New York

NEW YORK, NY – New York state is home to 47 radical groups that spew hate – one less than last year but almost double the number based in the state just 10 years ago. Among them are Neo-Nazis, black and white nationalists and groups whose members are anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim or which exist to deny the


Video surfaces from party where alleged rape took place

CANANDAIGUA — It was a roller coaster of a day in the jury trial of Michael Socciarelli, 34, who is facing six counts including first-degree rape involving a 16-year-old girl.


Ontario County attorney charged with witness tampering wants case tossed

Two men facing attempted murder charges, an attorney charged with witness tampering and a confidential informant out on bail — it’s not your typical case for Ontario County Court.


Deputies: Rochester man arrested for driving with license suspended 21 times

Lima, N.Y. – A Rochester man is facing felony charges after being pulled over in Livingston County. Sheriff’s deputies say Gene Brown, 40, was found to be under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop last week.


Drug Task Force, FBI arrest four in Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS - Four people were arrested after the Livingston County Drug Task Force and Federal Bureau of Investigation executed search and arrest warrants in the village of Mount Morris on Wednesday night.


Supervisor Ingalsbe speaks to Farmington-Victor Kiwanis

Peter Ingalsbe, supervisor of the town of Farmington, recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Farmington-Victor during one of its regular meetings. Ingalsbe detailed the planned growth occurring in the town, one of many in New York experiencing significant growth in population.


Woman charged in Sodus double murder due in court

LYONS, N.Y. (WHEC) - The woman charged in connection to the murder of a Sodus couple is scheduled to be in court Thursday morning. Charlene Childers is due in Wayne County Court for a status hearing.


Raising the grade at Ontario Center nursing home

HOPEWELL — The Ontario Center nursing home doesn’t look too good on paper. The overall rating at Medicare.gov gives the 98-bed facility a dismal one star out of five. But the facility at 3063 County Complex Drive in Hopewell is undergoing a major building upgrade, has boosted staffing, and points to


Adult cat killed in Phelps house fire

PHELPS —The two occupants of a home at 960 Cress Road that was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning were out of town at the time, but an adult cat was killed in the blaze. Ontario County Fire Coordinator Jeff Harloff and sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of the fire. They believe the fir


Lawsuit filed against two Pontillo’s Pizzerias

A federal class-action complaint has been filed on behalf of employees of two Pontillo’s Pizzeria locations claiming the workers were not paid properly. The 19-page suit filed Jan. 2 in U.S. District Court in Rochester accuses the operators of the pizzerias in Gates and Spencerport of failing to pay


Men’s basketball splits weekend slate, falls to Oswego in final game of season

Despite the Knights’ elimination from SUNYAC play last week and their season ending in a loss, the team still had a momentous last game as they celebrated their star senior players, a strong sentiment of senior forward Sean Avery.