Auburn inmate receives maximum sentence after false accusations, manufacturing weapon

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced on Tuesday that Jaquan Cobb, an inmate at Auburn Correctional Facility, was sentenced to the maximum permissible sentence of 3.5 to 7 years for a conviction by jury verdict for promoting prison contraband. First-degree promoting prison contraband is a Class D felony, and Cobb was found guilty of possessing a weapon on August... more

Auburn man pleads guilty to raping teenage girl, robbing Kwik Fill in Cayuga County

An Auburn man has confessed to two separate crimes in Cayuga County — first for raping and filming a teenage girl and then for robbing a convenience store. Lucas Corrado, 24, of Auburn pleaded guilty to three felonies Tuesday in Cayuga County Court. First, Corrado admitted to one count of third-degree rape and one count of promoting a sexual performance... more

Auburn woman faces welfare fraud, grand larceny charges

An Auburn woman was arrested Monday for welfare fraud stemming from allegations that she provided inappropriate childcare. Linda M. Scott, 51, of 178 Seymour St. Apt. 1, Auburn, was charged with fourth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, after she allegedly received over $2,500 in childcare benefits in 2015 without registering her childcare location with the Department of... more

Crews battle major fire in downtown Auburn

Three fires in 80 years. The Auburn Fire Department was called to the scene at 10 South St. at about 7:15 am, according to officials, where a fire began at Fast Trak Wireless. Smoke could be seen pouring out from the structure, which caused travel to be stopped in downtown. Fire Chief Joe Morabito told the Auburn Citizen that there’s... more

State police: Auburn man arrested for second DWI in 10 years

An Auburn man was remanded to Cayuga County Jail for felony driving while intoxicated, New York State Police said. Jason Baskerville, 52, was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with two felonies, a misdemeanor and several traffic infractions. According to a press release, at around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, troopers were called to a car off the road on County House... more

Barbecue celebrating Unity House’s 40th anniversary taking place

Continuing its 40th anniversary celebrations, Unity House of Cayuga County will team with the Cuddy Law Firm to host a barbecue and summer party from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 2. The event will take place at the home of board member Andrew Cuddy and his wife, Shobna, at 1485 Turnpike Road, Auburn. The event will feature barbecue by... more

Fingerlakes Mall will be auctioned in July

Months after being listed for sale, Fingerlakes Mall is heading to the auction block. According to a listing on commercial real estate website Ten-X, the Aurelius shopping center will be auctioned Monday, July 24, through Wednesday, July 26. Bids start at $1.7 million. The auction requires a $25,000 participation deposit, and Ten-X will receive a transaction fee of 5 percent... more

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency: Taste for Community Action seeks volunteers

Would you like to taste some delicious New York State wines, craft beers, specialty teas and coffee, as well as signature dishes and desserts from local eateries? Then head to the Auburn Holiday Inn on from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, for the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s 22nd annual Taste for Community Action! Taste for Community Action is... more

Auburn Doubledays fail to plate tying run late, fall to Williamsport

The Auburn Doubledays had their chances late but couldn’t push across the tying run. Branden Bogetto hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to bring the Doubledays to within one but the next batter flew out to end the eighth inning. Auburn put the potential tying and winning runs on in the ninth, but ultimately fell to the Williamsport... more

Auburn-area golf tournaments to support causes in health, human services

• The Arc of Seneca Cayuga will hold its 20th annual golf tournament at 11 a.m. Monday, July 10, at Highland Park Golf Club, 3068 Franklin St. Road, Sennett. The tournament is a four-person scramble, and includes lunch, dinner, on-course contests, a team photo and a gift bag. Sponsor levels are also available. The tournament supports Arc’s providing of services... more

‘A very real danger’: Auburn prison among worst in New York for contraband prevalence

At 28 years old, Nicholas Cortese has been incarcerated for more than a third of his life. Arrested in 2007, Cortese was later convicted of two violent felonies in Niagara County — second-degree attempted robbery for stealing a man’s wallet at gunpoint and first-degree attempted assault for stabbing a cab driver in the stomach — and in 2009, he was... more

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing excavator

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a machine stolen from a Sennett business, according to a news release from the office. A 2016 Terex TC35 Excavator was taken from Carroll Equipment. The sheriff’s office believes the machine was pilfered sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, and a loader or similar device would have been... more

RV retailer to open location in Fingerlakes Mall’s former Sears space

Fingerlakes Mall’s biggest empty store will be filled with dozens of RVs when The Great Outdoors RV Superstore opens in the Aurelius shopping center’s former Sears space. The mall will be the fourth location for The Great Outdoors, a 29-year-old company with locations in Fulton, East Syracuse and Brewerton. The store will feature about 50 RVs year-round in an indoor... more

Featured couple talks Cayuga County episode of HGTV’s ‘Bargain Hunt’

In the past 25 years, Todd Post has sold over 3,000 homes throughout the Finger Lakes region. The president of Post Realty in Auburn, Post said he has helped hundreds of families find their dream homes along Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes. But there’s one family, he said, that stood out from the rest. When Rick and Christina Wilson first... more

SUNY trustees raise tuition on in-state students … again

State University of New York students are going to be paying more. At least those who don’t qualify for the Governor’s new Excelsior Scholarship. The SUNY board of trustees voted on Wednesday to raise tuition 3.1 percent. It brings tuition up to $6,670 for in-state students attending any four-year colleges. Opponents of the increase, which breaks down to $200 called... more

Batman seeks public’s help with riddle of shared services

He’s got initial input from town, village and city of Auburn officials, but now Keith Batman is looking for the public’s help on a shared services plan. The plans, which are a state mandate, are intended to spell out consolidation and shared service efforts that would save local taxpayers money, but the plans cannot include anything that towns and villages... more

Cayuga County farmers market coupons for seniors now available

Farmers market coupons for Cayuga County seniors are now available for pickup. Seniors must answer a few questions, be of low income and must not have received coupons from an additional location, and sign a certificate to that effect. Coupons are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in June and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in July... more

Police: Auburn man arrested for stealing more than $2,500 in merchandise from Walmart

An Auburn man has been charged with two felonies for stealing more than $2,500 in merchandise from Walmart, the Auburn Police Department said. Kristopher C. Tracy, 31, of 63 Van Anden St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. According to Auburn Captain James Moore, Tracy was involved in a minor motor vehicle accident May... more
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