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State Police: Man charged with attempted rape in Aurelius

State Police say an Amsterdam man was arrested in Aurelius after an investigation into attempted sexual contact with a 12-year-old. Officials say Victoriano Vergel-Marquez, 27, of Amsterdam was charged with first-degree attempted rape — a Class C felony, first-degree attempted disseminating indecent materials to minors — a Class E felony, and luring a child — a Class E felony. The... more

CEO: Cayuga Milk Ingredients lost $30M in sales ‘overnight’ due to Canada’s trade rules

Kevin Ellis knew his company, Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Aurelius, would take a hit when Canada implemented its new dairy pricing policy related to ultra-filtered milk. What he didn’t know is how soon the trade rules would affect sales. “The impact is our sales went to zero on April 1 because we have no sales into Canada at this point,”... more

Owasco Lake sluiceway sediment blockage remains a challenge

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program and a construction firm out of Syracuse made another attempt Friday to clear out the Owasco Lake sluiceway at the east end of the Emerson Park pier. The clog is something that local officials have been working to unplug for years. How did Friday's attempt go? No luck — at least not yet. Watershed... more

UPDATE: Deputy Chief charged with DWI suspended without pay

Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert and Police Chief Shawn Butler held a press conference on Monday to provide an update on Deputy Chief Roger J. Anthony’s status with the force. After being charged with driving while intoxicated in Aurelius over the weekend, Dygert said on Monday that Anthony has been suspended without pay. “There are still a lot of things... more

Farming groups host first watershed meeting in Owasco

Tim Fessenden and Jason Burroughs looked out onto about 100 people Monday night inside the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum in Owasco. Representing Cayuga County farmers, the two pushed their dislike of public speaking aside to show their respective farms’ best management practices and take questions. It was part of a kickoff meeting for a new agricultural-centered watershed group called... more

Cayuga County abandons old stretch of Aurelius road

An Aurelius road to nowhere will be taken off the county books and abandoned for good. Blanchard Road, a stretch of highway that runs east and west between Routes 5 and 20, was relocated by the state Department of Transportation as part of work on that intersection in 2003. The project left an approximately 500-foot portion of the former Blanchard... more

J.C. Penney locations Ontario, Cayuga counties will not close

It came to as a surprise to some. Others were relieved. On Friday, J.C. Penney named the 138 stores that would close due to poor performance, and a variety of other factors. No location between Syracuse and Rochester was included in the list of cuts. In fact, only three stores overall were in New York. A report last week indicated... more

Conclusions in conflict: State says Aurelius church fire was intentionally set, but county disagrees

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius was a more than century-old building on West Genesee Street Road, and the place of worship for a congregation of about 70. But Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, a flame somehow sparked under the church’s baptismal font, burning for some time through the solid oak base and eventually crawling up the sanctuary’s wall and into... more

Future of Aurelius J.C. Penney uncertain as company announces 140+ closures

J.C. Penney announced Friday that it will be closing between 130 and 140 stores, as well as two distribution centers over the next several months to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. In March the company plans on issuing a list of specific store closures, but at this time the future of the Fingerlakes Mall location remains a... more

Fingerlakes Comic Con draws hundreds for cosplay contest, ‘Star Wars’ stormtroopers

After a weekend of folks geeking out with comic book artists, “Doctor Who” replicas, “Star Wars” stormtroopers and more, Joey Gates chalked up the first-ever Fingerlakes Comic Con as a success. The three-day convention came to a close on Sunday at Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius. Gates, the event’s organizer and a Marcellus resident, said he believes at least 300 people... more

Albany businessman admits fraud, stealing funds for planned Cayuga County cheese plant

An Albany businessman has admitted to defrauding private investors out of nearly $1 million for several companies, including a halal cheese plant targeted for Cayuga County. Lawrence Rosenbaum, 65, pleaded guilty last week to felony charges including grand larceny and securities fraud, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced Tuesday. Rosenbaum is set to be sentenced in March to three... more

State police: Can you ID woman who stole North Face coats from Aurelius store?

New York State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying four women who stole $796 worth of coats from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Aurelius. Surveillance photos show the women entered the store on Clark Street Road at 5:34 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. Police said they walked down the power aisle and separated before circling back to the outwear... more

Owasco Lake group collects over 1,000 signatures requesting state aid

More than 1,000 people signed a petition calling on the state to clean up Owasco Lake and upgrade the city of Auburn and town of Owasco's water treatment facilities. The petition, created by a new grassroots organization called Save Owasco Now, specifically calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to implement a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on Owasco Lake. A TMDL... more

25-year-old charged with disseminating indecent materials to 12-year-old Cayuga County child

Sheriff David Gould reports that last Thursday, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into an allegation that an adult male from Syracuse had been engaging in inappropriate online contact with a 12-year-old child from Cayuga County. As a result of that investigation, 25-year-old Joshua E. Mauro of 209 ½ Lawrence Avenue in Syracuse was arrested on Monday for disseminating... more

Fingerlakes Mall turns Event Center over to promoter as RC, other new stores open

As the holiday season approaches, Fingerlakes Mall is adding stores — and possibilities. The Aurelius shopping center this month added handmade clothing store Inti’s Path and hobby shop Small Addictions RC, welcomed back Go Calendars and bumped up 20th Century Toys to full-time tenancy. Meanwhile, the mall has also signed 727 Entertainment, a new entity that includes rock promoter Gigsmack,... more
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