Neighbors react to Canandaigua Police officer arrest

Created: 06/04/2014 6:23 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

It is an arrest that shocked people living in Canandaigua. An officer who was sworn to protect them was arrested.

Forty five-year-old Wayne Fenton is accused of assaulting his wife. While searching Fenton’s home, police say they discovered marijuana growing on the property. While Canandaigua officials aren’t saying much, neighbors are speaking out.

Officials in Canandaigua remain tight lipped about the investigation. The district attorney, the sheriff and the city police chief refused to answer News10NBC’s questions on camera.

Canandaigua City Police Officer Wayne Fenton has found himself on the wrong side of the law. He is currently charged with assault. We’re told drug charges are expected after sheriff's deputies say they found marijuana growing on his property on North Road.  

News10NBC went to Officer Fenton's house to ask him about the charges, but no one answered the door.

Michael Wood, who lives next door, says he's never seen anything suspicious and questions the allegations.  


Michael Wood, neighbor, said, “One or two plants, would that be considered a grow operation? I don't know and if he did and it’s for himself, who cares?” 

But Dick Stearns, who lives two doors down, says otherwise.

Dick Stearns, neighbor, said, "Somebody's got some acreage in a uninvestigated, undisturbed area, that doesn't surprise me.”

He says it's ironic that a former detective is now under investigation.  

Fenton is scheduled to appear in town court Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 

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