Vehicle crash on Grant Avenue in Auburn blocks westbound traffic

Westbound traffic along a portion of Route 5 in Auburn was blocked for more than an hour Sunday evening after a motor vehicle crash. Initially reported as a three-vehicle accident, the incident occurred at 4:51 p.m., Cayuga County 911 dispatchers said, on Grant Avenue between Lansing Street and Beach Avenue. Auburn police and fire units were dispatched to the scene... more

Auburn nanny charged after assaulting child

Members of the Auburn Police Department say that a 27-year-old Auburn woman, who worked as a nanny in Cayuga County has been charged with allegedly assaulting a child. Kimberly L. Hyde, an Auburn resident, was charged with second-degree assault on Thursday. The victim was allegedly a relative of Hyde. However, the complain was filed with Child Protective Services. The child... more

Beds abound: Mattress dealer springs into business at Fingerlakes Mall

For the most part, the operators of Mattress by Appointment at Fingerlakes Mall are just about done breaking in their newest location ahead of its grand opening. They know a mall is not a normal place for a mattress store. Typical mattress showrooms are set up in locations with regular hours and on-site salespeople, said Nick Difasi, a partner at... more

Auburn woman in deadly four-car Sennett accident still in critical condition

An Auburn woman was in critical condition Thursday with head and chest injuries after a deadly four-car accident on Route 20 in the town of Sennett Wednesday. New York State Police Investigator Anthony Gower said 29-year-old Ashley M. Hester was transported to Upstate University Hospital Wednesday following the accident that killed 30-year-old Joseph S. Raymond. Hester had been traveling with... more

Auburn council authorizes construction funding for Genesee Street, bridge repairs

The city of Auburn projects to have a busy construction season starting this summer. The Auburn City Council authorized funding for the construction phases of three separate projects: repaving West Genesee Street, the replacement of the North Division Street Bridge and the reconstruction of the culverts over the North Hunter Brook. Between all three projects, the combined total cost for... more

Wegmans, Wal-Mart pay Cayuga County fines for scale violations

Wegmans and Wal-Mart have both paid fines after the Cayuga County Weights and Measures Department found violations with some of the stores’ scales. Larry G. Roser, director of weights and measures, said January was supermarket scale testing month, where he inspected scales at all 13 supermarkets in the county. In his report to the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee, Roser... more

UPDATE: Auburn man ID’d in fatal Sennett crash

One person has died, while three others were injured in a serious multi-car crash on State Route 20 in Sennett. According to those on the scene three cars were involved in the initial crash, with the fourth vehicle swerving to avoid the wreck crashing into the ditch along the road. Police have identified the victim of the accident as Joseph... more

Man sent to prison for attacking ex-girlfriend in Cayuga County

A Tompkins County man will spend the next one to three years in prison for attacking his ex-girlfriend in Auburn last summer. Harry R. White, 31, of Groton, was arrested in August 2016 after an altercation with his ex-girlfriend. At the time, the Auburn Police Department said an argument broke out between White and the victim on Lansing Street where... more

Gov. Cuomo announces $20M housing plan for West Middle School

It’s not a school anymore, but it will definitely have a purpose in the coming years. It could completely change the housing landscape in Auburn, depending on how the plan is executed. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $20.2 million project to convert the vacant West Middle School at 217 Genesee Street in Auburn into 59 affordable apartments for... more

Approx. $4 million deficit looming, Auburn school board presents 2017-2018 budget

In light of the $4 million deficit the Auburn Enlarged City School District faces with its 2017-2018 budget, the proposed spending plan was presented Tuesday night. Lisa Green, the district’s school business executive, said at the school board meeting that the overview was a “status quo” budget, meaning a budget that didn’t include staff reductions to make up the difference.... more

Group seeks tax breaks to redevelop Nolan block in Auburn

Owners of the Nolan block of properties in downtown Auburn are looking for tax relief to help with efforts to rehabilitate the buildings. Principals with KyleCroft Development LLC have applied for mortgage, sales and use tax exemptions through the Auburn Industrial Development Authority as the firm plans to redevelop the Nolan block — at 41, 43-51, and 53 Genesee St.... more

Auburn man who pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit cash faces new felony, possible prison time

An Auburn man who recently admitted to passing counterfeit money in Cayuga County has been charged with another felony. Mathew L. Danforth, formerly of 131 E. Genesee St., was arrested last summer and charged with two counts each of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree falsifying business records and one count each of petit larceny and fifth-degree... more

Cayuga County Fair eyes new state funding, move to Emerson Park

The Cayuga County Fair finds itself positioned to secure almost $90,000 in new state funding announced Jan. 31 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The fair is one of 56 across New York state that qualify for a total of $5 million to be awarded through the Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program, Cuomo announced. The sum divides into $89,285 per fair. Read... more

Police: Auburn woman stabbed ex-boyfriend

An Auburn woman has been charged with felony assault after she allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend Thursday night. The Auburn Police Department said around 11:43 p.m. on Thursday, a male flagged down officers in the area of Brogan Manor apartments after he had been stabbed twice by an ex-girlfriend. Police said upon investigation of the incident they arrested 32-year-old Brittany Allen... more

Auburn council considers temporary measure to treat water for algae toxins

Reaching a permanent solution to protect Auburn’s drinking water from harmful algae toxins will likely not be implemented until 2018 at the earliest, engineers said Thursday. City officials are keen not to have a repeat of last summer, during which low levels of microcystin — toxins that can be released from blue-green algae blooms — were detected on multiple occasions... more

Sheriff: Cayuga County brothers facing felony charges after domestic incident

Two brothers have been arrested following an alleged domestic incident Thursday, Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said. A caller reported an altercation that occurred at 1073 Connors Road in Springport. The person who contacted authorities said there was a man stabbed at the location. While an investigation found no stabbing occurred at the property, there was allegedly a violent incident... more

Cayuga County site for commercial driver’s license test no longer in federal compliance

A lot used in the city of Auburn for commercial driver’s license testing no longer meets federal testing requirements after those regulations were updated, according to Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is working with counties to come into compliance, and Dwyer said she’s learned that the current testing space at the corner of Seminary... more

Following leader’s death, Auburn’s Human Rights Commission carries on with new members

Donning a cap as a prop to signal her transformation, Barrie Gewanter became “Officer Guinness” to demonstrate the thought process of a police officer responding to a situation. Officers can execute certain powers, such as detaining individuals and giving orders, when they assess a need. The law does not allow subjects of these orders wiggle room to disobey, leaving affected... more
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