In The News

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A Canandaigua teen has been arrested following a murder and arson investigation.

On Dec. 11, police arrested 18-year-old Robert Clegg in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Nicholas Bice. Bice was found on Sept. 30 following an apartment fire at Camelot Square.

Clegg was charged with first degree murder, two counts of burglary, two counts of robbery, arson, and criminal possession of a weapon. Police say Clegg had been held in the Ontario County Jail since Oct. 1 on an unrelated burglary charge, and a criminal possession of marijuana charge, which was related to the homicide investigation.

Clegg is being held without bail at the Ontario County Jail. He will return to court on March 2.

A Seneca Falls man arrested by Auburn Police on Sunday is accused of taking out fraudulent loans in the name of a family member spanning a two year period.

29-year old Raymond Tortorello was arrested following an investigation that began when Auburn Police were notified by the victim in November of 2015, some time after the first loan was taken out in the victim’s name.

Tortorello allegedly used over $200,000 from the loans to purchase a car, tractors and other items. He is in custody in the Cayuga County Jail facing a grand larceny charge and multiple counts of identity theft.

A movement, including some in city Government, in opposition to the proposed trash incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus is starting to gain strength.

Circular EnerG LLC is proposing to build a $365 million waste-to-energy plant on a 48.3-acre parcel at the former depot. The proposal is being reviewed by the Romulus town Planning Board, which will need to award the project a special-use permit and site plan approval. Additional approvals will be needed from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

A group is mobilizing forces to oppose the plant, and some governmental bodies already have announced opposition, including the Varick Town Board, which voted Tuesday to oppose the project. Varick is the town north of Romulus.

At Wednesday’s Geneva City Council meeting, Ken Camera, who represents Ward 4, announced that he would be asking his fellow council members to oppose the green-lighting of facility as well. At the meeting, Camera outlined a draft resolution for the reasons behind the objection to the incinerator, for they Council to consider at its January or February meeting.

More than $2 million in state money will be going to the Town of Irondequoit to build a community center at the former Medley Centre mall.

State and local leaders made the announcement on Monday. The town is in the process of getting community feedback right now.

A community center advisory committee will be created that will work with town hall to create a final blueprint for the community center that will be ready in the early part of next year.

In August, the new owner of the old mall — now called “Skyview on the Ridge” — donated 50,000 square feet to the town for a community center.

The massive fire at Nolan’s Restaurant in Canandaigua back in July caused City officials to be subjected to major criticism for not properly staffing the fire department. City officials are now taking steps to rectify that.

The Cananadaigua City council recently voted to create a deputy fire chief position. A part time administrator recently retired from the department, and city officials took the chance to increase the budget freed from that position and turn it into a deputy chief position.

After the fire at Nolan’s, critics claimed the department was not adequately staffed for fires of that magnitude. The department is reportedly staffed with nine firefighters. A minimum of two firefighters are continuously staffed 24/7. If a fire like Nolan’s occurs, officials will call in volunteer fire fighters.

The Canandiagua Fire Department has in the past faced challenges recruiting volunteers. The deputy chief will now work to recruit volunteers and also fight fires.

Interested parties can apply to become volunteer fire fighters by calling the Canandaigua Fire Department at 585- 396-5050.

For the deputy chief position, the budget will allow for a salary of more than $70,000 a year plus benefits. City officials will start advertising by the beginning of the year for the position. Those wishing to get a head start on applying can mail a resume and cover letter to city hall at 2 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York 14424, Attn: City Manager.