DA: Man Smothered Girlfriend’s Roomate and Burned Her in Caledonia

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Greece resident accused of murdering a 64-year-old woman and burning her body in Caledonia heard the first evidence against him at trial on Tuesday. District Attorney Greg McCaffrey laid out his theory of the case, that Aykut Ozkaynak, 34, smothered Patrice Miller, 64, who was the roomate of his girlfriend, Mary Neverett, 42, before they drove the body to Caledonia and set it on fire. "We believe that Mr. Ozkaynak, … [Read more...]

Old Recycling to Begin New Life at First Ever Chip Holt Crafts Event

LIVONIA – The first ever arts and crafts event for the Chip Holt Nature Center at Vitale Park will breathe new life into old recycling. Up to 30 participants can create their Halloween or fall crafts with recycled or repurposed materials gathered at the Nature Center. Many locals are pitching in to gather the materials for the crafting on Oct. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. "Some of the wood came from Smith Lumber in Lakeville, I personally had some … [Read more...]

Antarctic Ice to Sing at SUNY Geneseo Concert

GENESEO – Almost a year after SUNY Geneseo professor Glenn McClure's expedition to the southernmost continent, sounds of the Antarctic ice itself will play alongside the Geneseo Chamber Singers and Spectrum Singers. According to a press release from SUNY Geneseo, the free public concert starts at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. “The piece features some key concepts from my experience of working with a seismic team that is ‘listening’ to the … [Read more...]

SUN VIDEO: Livingston County Delivers Hurricane Relief to Puerto Rico

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – An outpouring of local generosity delivered piles of much-needed emergency supplies to the Livingston County Medical Reserve Corps, to later go to the residents of Puerto Rico reeling from the wrath of Hurricane Maria. June Webster, Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness in Livingston County, said that this is an unusual effort considering that their agency usually only operates to prepare and relieve local … [Read more...]

Geneseo Police Release Activity Report for Oct. 13 to Oct. 15

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GENESEO – The Geneseo Police Department released the following activity report to local media. Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said that the activity reports are intended to give local residents a direct glimpse into the day-to-day activities of the Geneseo Police Department. “We want residents to know what our officers are doing in their community,” said Osganian. “These days, we think it’s important that people get to see what the … [Read more...]

Exceptional Crowd Packs Genesee Valley Hunt Races

GENESEO – The 89th Genesee Valley Hunt Races drew an exceptionally large crowd on Saturday. The weather was clear and warm. Horses and riders gathered from across the globe to test their mettle. The Hunt Races have been churning Geneseo soil for over 100 years. These races were among the first in the country to offer sanctioned steeplechase racing and one of the first in the country where male and female jockeys competed. Traditions … [Read more...]

SUNY Geneseo Student Overdoses on Cocaine, Pills and Alcohol

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GENESEO – A SUNY Geneseo student went to a hospital on Friday after allegedly ingesting a mixture of illegal drugs. According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, the student, a male, aged 20, was conscious and alert when first responders transported him from an address on Wadsworth Street. "He said that he took cocaine, Xanax and alcohol," said Osganian. "I can't stress enough the danger of mixing substances like this. Everyone needs to … [Read more...]

Alley Cat Fights Village of Geneseo for Removing Her Spiritual Flags

GENESEO – The owner of Alley Cat Purrfect Price plans to fight an alleged code violation stemming from her daily hanging and removing different strings of flags above the sidewalk in front of her store. Village Code Enforcement Officer Craig Wadsworth said in letters to Alley Cat owner Connie Staffan that her flags constitute signs under the code and cannot be put up across a public right of way. A letter from Wadsworth dated Sept. 22 … [Read more...]

WATCH: Internet Loves, Hates Daredevil’s Video from Letchworth Bridge Project

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Internet users are looking for whoever shot this video while climbing a crane at the bridge construction project at Letchworth State Park. Facebook profile Michael Goodliff is one. "I don't think people realize that when they do this, it effects all of us," posted Goodliff. "Everyone who wanted the old bridge, or new bridge, opened for pedestrians, get punished because this yahoot wants to make himself famous on … [Read more...]

Caledonia Burned Body Case Hits Trial Monday

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Trial begins Monday for the man accused of murdering his girlfriend's roomate and burning her body in Caledonia. Aykut Ozkaynak, 36, will stand trial for Murder in the Second Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence, both of which are felonies. Ozkaynak was arrested with Mary Neverett for the death and burning of Neverett's roomate, Patrice Miller, 64. Neverett already pled guilty to felony Manslaughter in the First … [Read more...]