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Skaneateles superintendent: Bus driver arrested, charged after incident involving student

The Skaneateles Central School District superintendent said one of the bus drivers from the district’s contracted transportation service was arrested Thursday following an incident involving a Skaneateles student. In a letter to parents and district residents circulated Friday, Superintendent Ken Slentz said the bus driver for First Student Inc. was charged with inappropriate contact with and endangering the welfare of... more

Plenty of uncertainty remains with upcoming winter storm

The weather could turn challenging by the time Monday and Tuesday rolls around for the Finger Lakes. While a ton of uncertainty remains with the track of a system, which will impact the region in some fashion — the likelihood of precipitation (rain or snow) is becoming increasingly likely. Here’s the latest on the storm setup from FLX Weather Meteorologist... more

Auburn State Prison inmate charged with endangering child in Gorham

A Rochester man was arrested by Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies following an investigation into an incident involving an infant consuming suboxone, resulting in that child’s hospitalization. On Tuesday, Daniel R. Legler, 29, of Rochester was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation revealed that on August 28th he took suboxone that did not belong to him,... more

Downtown diamonds: With new sign, jeweler caps move to Auburn

David West Nytch’s relocation to Auburn has been a long time coming. Making the move from Webster, New York, West and his business, West & Co. Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, have settled into 10 Genesee St. on the ground level of the former Auburn Floors building. The jewelry store, which offers custom and designer jewelry, officially opened on Black Friday.... more

Auburn man facing multiple charges after choking woman

An Auburn man is facing multiple charges after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The attack allegedly took place on December 31st, and involved Justin E. Murphy, 26, of Auburn — as well as an unidentified female victim. The Auburn Police Department says that Murphy was picked up on a warrant Thursday. He was charged with first-degree criminal contempt,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Melina Carnicelli, Betty Bayer talk about march in Seneca Falls (podcast)

Everyone involved in organizing the ‘Women March in Seneca Falls’ event scheduled for Saturday knew it had the potential to grow incredibly large. The event, which is scheduled for Saturday was previewed by two organizers. Former Auburn Mayor Melina Carnicelli and Betty Bayer, joined Josh Durso on the Inside the FLX podcast to talk about how that event blossomed into... more

Sex offender denies having sex with 13-year-old in Cayuga County

A Level 2 sex offender has denied having oral sex with a 13-year-old in Cayuga County. In November 2016, 38-year-old Keith A. Hilliard, of Skaneateles, was arrested and charged with felony second-degree criminal sex act and failing to report a change of status. At the time, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office said Hilliard had oral sex with a child under... more

More cases involving suspended Auburn corrections officer dismissed

Three more criminal cases were dismissed and another postponed in Cayuga County Court Thursday in light of an ongoing investigation at Auburn Correctional Facility. Late last month, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision launched an investigation at the prison after Corrections Officer Matthew Cornell admitted planting a weapon on an inmate. The Citizen: Read More more

Multiple bridges in Finger Lakes to receive funding this year

Some bridges in desperate need of repair in the Finger Lakes region will finally see some work. A package was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace and repair 23 bridges and culverts in the region. The measure will cost $19.7 million dollars, and will be part of Cuomo’s BRIDGE NY initiative, which focuses on repairing struggling infrastructure around the... more

Auburn City Council serves up $150,000 loan to Doubledays

Auburn officials hope that the city’s latest loan to the Auburn Doubledays will be the last. Members of the Auburn City Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize a $150,000 interest-free loan for the Doubledays, the short-season Class-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The loan, which will come from the city’s fund balance, is pending the approval of... more

January warm up ahead for the Finger Lakes

Temperatures have been staying above normal all of this week, but it certainly hasn’t been terribly warm. That will change over the next few days as temperatures warm from the 30s, which is 5-10 degrees above normal, into the 50s, which is more like 20-25 degrees above normal. Thursday will again see temperatures primarily stuck in the 30s. Skies will... more

Cayuga County-area school districts get modest aid increase in Cuomo’s budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $1 billion education aid increase in his 2017-18 executive budget, including a modest bump for Cayuga County-area school districts. Under Cuomo’s budget plan, the Auburn Enlarged City School District would receive $29,179,205, a 2.3 percent increase over its 2016-17 foundation aid total. The Weedsport school district’s aid would increase from $5,607,988 in the 2016-17 school... more

Cayuga County Administrator Suzanne Sinclair to leave post

Cayuga County Administrator Suzanne Sinclair is departing her job, county Legislature Chairman Keith Batman said Wednesday. Batman said he could not comment on specifics like whether she initiated the decision to leave, or when that will happen, because she and the county are still in negotiations. He did say, however, that Sinclair is still serving as county administrator for now,... more

Auburn Fire Department responds to Colonial Laundromat for burning dryer

The Auburn Fire Department reports that on Wednesday around 1:30 pm they were called to the Colonial Laundromat for a general alarm. When the first crew arrived on scene, they noted moderate smoke coming from the structure, which was ultimately traced back to two dryer units that had begun burning. No injuries were reported and the fire department notes that... more

Katko, Collins urge Trump to reverse decision on Lake Ontario management plan

A pair of Republican congressmen are asking President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team to review and reverse the International Joint Commission’s decision to adopt Plan 2014, which sets a new strategy for managing Lake Ontario water levels. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins and John Katko sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who’s leading Trump’s transition team, requesting another look at... more

Finger Lakes snow outlook for late January and beyond

The weather over the next seven days does not look favorable for snow in the Finger Lakes. In fact, temperatures will only go up for most of this time period. Today, Wednesday, will be a dreary and cool day. Fog, drizzle and scattered rain showers will persist through much of the day, and temperatures will change very little. Most places... more

Cayuga Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for missing teen believed to be in Auburn

Sheriff David Gould reports that the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office along with the Cayuga County Department of Social Services is attempting to locate the following juvenile who absconded from the Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse on January 8th. She is believed to be back in the Auburn area, possibly near family on Wall Street. Cayuga County Family Court has issued... more

Auburn artists among recipients of $89K in state grants

With 35 percent more applicants than last year, the 2017 Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants were received with a little extra gratitude Wednesday at Auburn Public Theater. There, at the grant program’s fifth annual awards luncheon, 31 recipients from Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Ontario and Wayne counties were given their checks for a total of $89,200. Read more from the Auburn... more
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