Here are the top stories for Monday, June 5, 2017
The cause of a big Geneseo apartment fire over the weekend is believed to be an overheated dryer. Livingston County investigators say five families were displaced by a fire at the Highlands Apartments on Meadow Drive on Saturday. The fire was knocked down within a half an hour but the damage was bad enough to get the building condemned. Other residents have chipped in to help their neighbors as well and An online clothes drive is being held for anyone who wants to help out the affected families
Some new jobs could be coming to Lima. Bristol ID Technologies–which already has 80 workers at its facility on Rochester Street–is applying for a community development block grant to expand its operation. The town board has approved that application which will now go to Washington for approval. The company says it would use the money to increase its production so it can better compete with larger firms. CEO Keith Yates say those jobs could be phased in over the next few years.
A man from Mississippi has been accused of stealing from the Highlands apartment complex. Geneseo police say 24 year old Charles Grantham is charged with taking ipods and a cell phone from an apartment there–and could face more charges as well. He is being held on $3,000 bond.
A former inmate at the Groveland correctional facility with a long rap sheet could now be facing even more time. 35 year old Shahid Smith has been charged with felony possession of dangerous contraband and drug possession. Smith was already serving a six year sentence for drugs when state police say their investigation led to charges. Smith is currently being held at Orleans Correctional Facility
Lake Ontario is expected to drop significantly, but not until the end of July. Reports say The Army Corps of Engineers predict a three inch drop in the next two months. Forecasters however say it’s going to get worse before it gets better with possible record high lake levels later this month.
Today is the deadline for Governor Cuomo to approve the fast tracking of ridesharing apps for Upstate. Both houses of the state legislature already approved moving up the start date for services like Uber and Lyft to June 29th. This would offer more ride options for those drinking on the Fourth of July. Governor Cuomo’s office said they’re reviewing the proposal but that Cuomo’s leaning towards signing it.