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Police: Auburn man accused of using stun gun on his dog

Police say a 20-year-old, with no permanent address was arrested on a warrant this week. According to police, Daquan S. Richardson, 20, was charged with third-degree possession of a weapon – a Class D felony and animal cruelty. Police Chief Shawn Butler told the Auburn Citizen that they received a complaint on October 9th from a neighbor who had video... more

Auburn woman arrested for dealing cocaine

An Auburn woman was arrested for dealing cocaine, after a search was executed at her residence, according to Auburn Police. The search was conducted Friday morning at 52 Osborne Street, by Auburn Police, the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, the Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the United States Drug Enforcement... more

Cayuga County legislators postpone move on pay raises

Cayuga County legislators tabled holding a public hearing on a draft local law raising their salaries Thursday night. Records show legislators haven't received a pay increase since 2005. They currently make a base salary of $10,100, and are slated to work 30 hours per week. After a Ways and Means Committee meeting Tuesday night, legislators suggested a local law that... more

UPDATED: Multiple crews respond to barn fire in Aurelius (photos)

Fire departments from Cayuga and Seneca counties were called to a reported ‘barn fire’ around 11:30 am, according to first responders. Aurelius, Cayuga, Fleming, Union Springs, Scipio, and Throop fire departments were called to the scene, as well as Owasco and Waterloo RIT were called to the scene.   The address of the barn fire was reported as 845 Chamberlain... more

Auburn City Council alters zoning code after hearing residents’ concerns

Auburn's South Street property owners filled Memorial City Hall's council chambers to express their opposition to a proposed change to the city's zoning code and how it would impact the historic district during Thursday night's Auburn City Council meeting. The proposed change would eliminate the current C-4 specialized commercial district and replace it with a new downtown district. The proposed... more

‘It was the ugliest house on South Street’: Inn to open at historic Auburn home

When Victoria VonRandall was a little girl, she made herself a promise. It was her grandparents' 50th anniversary, and Victoria and her family were visiting the Roberson Museum in Binghamton. The museum — a historic mansion built in the early 1900s — was filled with dozens of Christmas trees at the time, and it was there that Victoria had an... more

Volunteers needed to help build new Casey Park playground

Auburn residents had the opportunity to give their input on designs for the new school playground during a public meeting at Casey Park Elementary School on Wednesday night. City staff is working with Play by Design to construct an inclusive, community-built playground that can be used by all children, regardless of any disabilities or physical handicaps. The company has designed... more

Auburn Community Hospital partners with St. Joseph’s, UR Medical Center

Auburn Community Hospital is joining forces with larger hospitals in Syracuse and Rochester to offer a better product for its patients. According to a press release, a strategic change and partnership was approved by the board of trustees to improve the quality of care for those seeking treatment through ACH. It will mean that Auburn Community Hospital will begin sharing... more

Downtown Auburn restaurant closes for season

A downtown Auburn restaurant has abruptly closed until the spring, continuing a shaky record of food service businesses at its location. The owners of Patty Shack, which opened in April in Auburn's Plaza of the Arts, confirmed the closure Wednesday. They attributed the closure to the cold weather, which has slowed sales and made the restaurant's patio — half their... more

Police: Seneca Falls man stole $178K from relatives, faces felony identity theft charges

Auburn Police say a Seneca Falls man has been charged with eight felonies in Cayuga County altering using false identities to withdraw and steal nearly $20,000 in cash and secure $160,000 in personal loans with the information. Raymond J. Tortorello Jr., 29, of Seneca Falls was arrested on Sunday around 7:30 pm and charged with seven counts of first-degree identity... more

Auburn man sentenced to prison for possessing cocaine in Cayuga County

An Auburn man will spend the next five years in prison for possessing more than half an ounce of cocaine. Jose Grego, 34, of Auburn was arrested in February and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. At the time, the Auburn Police Department said the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force found a “substantial”... more

Auburn bar closes after 23 years in business

“We’ll miss you.” Regulars at Auburn bar Jitz’s Tavern said goodbye to the business Sunday by writing messages like the one above in its windows. Max Muhleisen, who has owned the bar for 12 years with his wife, Kitty, said Monday that they decided to close Jitz’s due to high rent. “The landlord’s in New York City and thinks $3,400... more

Tools for treatment: Auburn chiropractor publishes book on lower back pain

Jonathan Lesch was studying accounting at Le Moyne College when he injured his neck in a boating accident. It was the early 1990s, and after the driver turned quickly, Lesch fell out of his seat and hit his head. “At that age, you just expect it to go away,” he said of his resulting stiff neck. “It wasn’t going away.... more

Homelessness on the rise in Cayuga County

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress shows homelessness is increasing nationwide, and it’s no different in Cayuga County. As of this week, Cayuga County Community Services Director Ray Bizzari said there are 13 families and 46 individuals who are homeless. That’s up from 11 families and 38 individuals in 2016, and... more

Auburn Public Café: Downtown theater plans $1.2 million expansion

Auburn Public Theater is hoping for an early Christmas present. The downtown theater is awaiting word from the state on a $600,000 Consolidated Funding Application it submitted earlier this year. The state will make the announcement at its regional economic development council awards ceremony sometime this month. And for theater Executive Director Carey Eidel and Artistic Director Angela Daddabbo, that... more

Auburn library adds several digital newspaper archives

Seymour Library has recently digitized 75 rolls of microfilm and made the archive available on its website at seymourlibrary.org/collections. The new rolls come from The Citizen (1992-1999), The Cayuga Patriot (1833-1847), The Auburn Banner (1837-1838), The Auburn Weekly Union (1859-1861) and The Cayuga County Independent (1908-1909). Users can enter keywords to search through the archives. Aid from Sen. John A.... more

Police: Parents drove teen to fight, now face multiple charges

State Police say a 33-year-old Auburn woman was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child. Police arrested Jessica Morales, of Auburn on those charges on December 5th, according to reports. It’s reported by State Police that back on August 16th, Morales, and Adam Thomas, 40, drove their 15-year-old daughter over... more
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