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Auburn man going to prison for attacking woman

Auburn man going to prison for attacking woman
A convicted felon who physically attacked a woman last July was sentenced Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court to an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years in prison. Gary Hamm, 30, of Auburn, admitted April 24 to attacking the woman in her apartment, preventing her from dialing 911 and preventing her from leaving the apartment. Police said Hamm struck... more

Meals for seniors to continue on Thursdays after Cayuga County Legislature adds funds

Meals for seniors to continue on Thursdays after Cayuga County Legislature adds funds
A plan to stop Thursday meal deliveries for seniors in Cayuga County’s Senior Nutrition Program in the face of a budget shortfall will not move forward after the county Legislature voted Tuesday to provide additional funding. The Senior Nutrition Program, which provides meals to more than 600 seniors in the county through meal deliveries and congregate meals, notified participants earlier... more

Facial recognition at ROC Airport about to ‘take off’

Facial recognition at ROC Airport about to ‘take off’
There’s a new form of security coming to the Greater Rochester International Airport. Facial recognition technology is part of the nearly $80 million in upgrades completed last fall. The high-tech new measure will feature the latest software from IK Systems, Inc. in Victor to identify travelers on specific lists from the FBI. “When somebody’s coming through the airport terminal,” the... more

New York makes progress fighting giant weed with toxic sap

New York makes progress fighting giant weed with toxic sap
New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Giant Hogweed Program is in its 12th year. Commissioner Basil Seggos says the program has eradicated the plants from 623 sites and another 448 sites are being monitored. The agency is urging the public to report sightings... more

What’s next for Albany?

What’s next for Albany?
The legislative session this year generated a lot of headlines when it came to strengthening abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, banning plastic bags, new gun control laws and efforts to stem climate change by cutting emissions. And, after a swing to the left with large Democratic majorities in both chambers, lawmakers could go even further next year. A caveat: it’s an... more

Family member of Schoharie limo crash victim: ‘NYS government failed us’

Family member of Schoharie limo crash victim: ‘NYS government failed us’
The father of one of the victims of a fatal limo crash in Schoharie County last year says he is disappointed in what he calls a lack of “substantive” action regarding limo safety this legislative session. He is calling on the state government to do more, and even enter into a special session if needed. Kevin Cushing’s son, Patrick, was... more

Tohafjian claims he was ‘set up’

Tohafjian claims he was ‘set up’
“I didn’t rape her. She set me up.” Those were the words of Emerson “John” Tohafjian before he was arrested for rape and several other charges in June of 2018. A videotaped interview of Tohafjian at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was played during pretrial hearings in his case Monday in county court. Tohafjian faces felony charges of rape and... more

Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue

Woodstock 50 may be back on at new venue
A smaller Woodstock 50 festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino. Town of Vernon Supervisor Randy Watson tells the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold its concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Syracuse. Watson says the proposed capacity was 45,000-50,000... more

Officials remind drivers, motorcyclists to stay aware during heavy travel months

Officials remind drivers, motorcyclists to stay aware during heavy travel months
As the weather continues to get warmer, more motorcyclists will take to the roads. Now, law enforcement officials are reminding all drivers about safety precautions they can take to ensure a safe summer. On average, about 141 people die due to motorcycle accidents in New York, every year. More than 1,500 people are hospitalized because of injuries from a motorcycle crash, and nearly 4,500 people are... more

IJC: Outflows remain at current levels for Lake Ontario

IJC: Outflows remain at current levels for Lake Ontario
Outflows of water from Lake Ontario are being kept at their current levels by the International Joint Commission, which said it is “doing everything possible” to help ease flooding. There has been significant flooding since early spring along the Lake Ontario shoreline. In a statement published Monday morning, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said it met on June... more

New restaurant struggles to stay afloat due to shoreline flooding

New restaurant struggles to stay afloat due to shoreline flooding
A new restaurant in the town of Huron is struggling to stay afloat due to all the flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline. Bryan Ritter cashed in all his savings and opened Pier Fifty-Three Open Air Bar & Brick Oven on Labor Day weekend. He said he and his family wanted to give people a taste of what it’s like... more

Auburn police: Man assaults victim with toilet seat

Auburn police: Man assaults victim with toilet seat
Auburn police arrested a man on a felony assault charge early Saturday morning after a neighbor called in a disturbance. The Auburn Police Department said the suspect, Jason Charles Blaisdell, allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face with a toilet seat, injuring her nose, face and wrist. Blaisdell also allegedly hit her several times after the incident and punched a... more

Deputies: Flooded road conditions led to crash along SR 89

Deputies: Flooded road conditions led to crash along SR 89
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on June 20th at 7:34 a.m. deputies responded to a three car personal injury crash along State Route 89 in the Town of Ovid. Upon investigation it was determined that Melissa Toyryla, 41, of Spencer and a second vehicle operated by Brooke Morsch, 23, of New Jersey were traveling south, but stopped in traffic... more
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