Orleans County

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The Orleans County Sheriff Office activated the New York State AMBER Alert Wednesday, as it investigates a suspected child abduction.

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Early voting kicked off this weekend in New York. In Orleans County, nearly 700 cast their ballots. That’s a drastic increase from a year ago where the opening weekend for early voting drew 58 total voters. In all, Orleans County saw 374 early voters over the course of nine days in 2019. Orleans Hub Journalist and Editor Tom Rivers tells WBFO the presidential election is a big factor for the large turnout, but it isn’t the only one.


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Internet broadband is a major problem in rural New York State and local public officials are blasting a new state tax as making installation of broadband even more expensive.

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A heat advisory is in effect for Niagara and Orleans Counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with temperatures in the mid-80s and heat index values in the upper 90s.

Election Perspectives: Orleans County

Oct 30, 2019

Election Day is in six days and all this week WBFO News is looking at what's at stake as residents take part in early voting, or wait and go the traditional route next Tuesday. Today we hear from Tom Rivers, the editor of the news site Orleans Hub, for a perspective on the issues in Orleans County. 


Orleans County native David Bellavia was presented with the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony Tuesday.

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He will become the first living Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran to receive the Medal of Honor later this month. Former Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, a Lyndonville native, will receive the honor from President Donald Trump during a White House ceremony June 25. On Tuesday, he met with local media to discuss an honor he considers a tribute not to him exclusively, but to his many comrades.

Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey

As Lake Ontario waters rise, so does concern along the lake edge about flooding. The lessons of 2017 are being applied as sandbags are moved into place and blow-up Aquadams are put into place.

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With concerns about rising levels on Lake Ontario, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he has directed state agencies to begin deploying resources to protect communities along the lakeshore.

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A judge in Orleans County has indicated she will likely rule that a case brought by an animal rights group seeking legal “personhood” for an elephant at the Bronx Zoo should be heard in Bronx County.

Niagara and Orleans counties are among seven upstate New York counties awarded a total of $32 million to improve emergency communications.

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New York has commitments for $670 million on extending broadband service to every part of the state to meet a promise by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sen. Rob Ortt says that is well and good, but he wants to know where money has been spent and where it will be spent.

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Nearly $3 million in additional relief funding is going to communities in five upstate New York counties along Lake Ontario to help them recover from last year's flooding.

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Homeowners along the Lake Ontario shoreline whose property was damaged by floods this year have until Friday to apply for state-funded relief.

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The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood watch for Niagara and Orleans counties.

Two Orleans County Sheriff deputies arrested

May 18, 2017

New York State Police have arrested two Orleans County Sheriff deputies for double-dipping.

Rochester man killed in Skydiving accident

Apr 23, 2017

The Orleans County Sheriff's Department is investigating a skydiving accident that occurred in the Town of Barre  Saturday night.

Upstate NY Power Outages-Update

Mar 11, 2017

National Grid crews have been working diligently to restore power for almost 180,000 upstate New Yorkers who lost power as a result of Wednesday's damaging windstorm.

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As three young people prepare to turn themselves in for an alleged bias crime, the question of who bombed a church in Getzville early Saturday morning remains unanswered.

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Two Orleans County residents are dead and a third injured after an overnight car accident.

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Firefighters were busy in the early morning hours in the Orleans County village of Medina.

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An Orleans County pastor was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday after being convicted of sexual abusing two children more than a decade ago.

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A former Orleans County minister was convicted Monday in Orleans County Court of sexually abusing two children over a decade ago while he was a minister of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

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The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has identified Jacob Stahl as the victim in what is being termed an accidental shooting on Friday.

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The woman who just last week announced she was pulling out of a State Senate race after admitting to an extramarital affair says she is now back in.

Authorities say the driver of a car that crashed into a school bus on a snow-covered western New York road has died, while the bus driver and four students were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

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Police appear to have cracked the case of a series of summer burglaries in Niagara and Orleans Counties.

Orleans County pastor arrested on sexual abuse charges

Nov 27, 2013
New York State Police

State Police have arrested a Middleport pastor and charged him with a series of felony sexual charges, including incest.

Nun with gambling habit sentenced for church thefts

Jul 8, 2013

A Catholic nun who authorities say stole to support her compulsive gambling addiction has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. says it plans to close its mortgage call center in Albion, putting about 400 people out of work.

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