One killed in three-vehicle crash on Rt. 34 north of Auburn

Crash shuts down Rt. 34 north of Auburn on Thursday
The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on the accident reported on Thursday afternoon near Auburn. Around 2:19 p.m. first responders reported to State Route 34 north of the Turnpike Road intersection for a three-car crash in the Town of Sennett. Deputies say Darynn VanWie, 26, of Weedsport was operating an SUV when she struck the rear of... more

Brutus’ court Judge Hook retires after 23 years

Brutus’ court Judge Hook retires after 23 years
After more than 20 years of service to Brutus’ town court, Judge Robert Hook celebrated his retirement from the bench last weekend. Hook said it was while he was an Auburn City Court bailiff that Judge James G. Cuddy talked him into running for Brutus judge. Hook then became Brutus’ court judge from 1996 through Jan. 18 of this year.... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Cayuga County couple who faked son’s cancer to raise money could face prison time

Cayuga County couple who faked son’s cancer to raise money could face prison time
A Cayuga County couple could face up to three years in prison for raising thousands of dollars through a fraudulent GoFundMe page that falsely claimed their young son had cancer. In May, Martin D. LaFrance, 36, and Jolene M. LaFrance, 36, formerly of 78 Rochester St., Port Byron, were arrested and charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, a felony, and... more

Man charged with felony DWI after car breaks down in Brutus

Man charged with felony DWI after car breaks down in Brutus
A Hannibal man is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit in Brutus, state police said. Harold W. Hawkins, 46, was charged Dec. 29 with felony driving while intoxicated due to a previous intoxicated driving conviction within the last 10 years, according to a news release. He was also charged with... more

Cayuga farmers win big, as $1.5M announced for two projects

Cayuga farmers win big, as $1.5M announced for two projects
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a total of $1,597,067 in funding has been awarded to two Cayuga County Farms to permanently protect their farmland in Cayuga County. NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) administers this competitive grant program designed to protect valuable and at-risk farmland throughout New York State. The Brutus Hill Farm received $1,090,101 to protect 522... more

Update expected after weekend investigation into fatal tractor accident

45-year-old dies in tractor accident in Brutus
A man in Brutus died operating a tractor, according to police, who launched an investigation into the incident late-Friday. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to an accident involving a tractor at 9475 Oakland road in Brutus. The operator, a 45-year-old male, was deceased. The investigation was not complete as of Friday evening, and authorities were unsure... more

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project
The fate of the project to rewater the Erie Canal is in flux nearly a year after Port Byron received a $418,300 state Regional Economic Development Council planning grant. In December 2017, Port Byron was awarded the grant for the Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project, which would also involve Mentz and Brutus, as the lead agency. The purpose... more

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages
Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County. According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Running unopposed, Brian Schenck looks to build community in Cayuga Co.

INSIDE THE FLX: Brian Schenck looks to become next sheriff in Cayuga County
Who will be the next sheriff in Cayuga County? Lt. Brian Schenck believes it should be him; and after Sheriff David Gould announced that he would not seek re-election – Schenck stepped up to the plate. On Wednesday, he visited the FingerLakes1.com studio where he discussed his campaign, local issues around policing, and how he aims to continue improving community... more

Residents spruce up Centreport Aqueduct Park in Brutus

The planting of a red maple tree in Centreport Aqueduct Park on Tuesday night culminated the town of Brutus’ efforts, which began in April, to have a community-wide tree planting event. In April, the town received a $400 Arbor Day grant from the state’s Urban Community Forestry Council which provided the impetus the town needed to plant more trees in... more

Brutus teenager killed in Monday crash

Sheriff David Gould reports that on late Monday afternoon, at approximately 4:46 pm, the Cayuga County E-911 Center dispatched Cayuga County Sheriff’s Patrols to a motor vehicle accident on Shepherd Road in the Town of Brutus. The investigation into that accident revealed that Kayla Cox, age 19, of East Brutus Street Road in the Town of Brutus was operating a... more

UPDATE: Thousands without power in Auburn-area Wednesday evening

Thousands were without power around Auburn as of 8 p.m. Reports began circulating around 7:30 p.m. that locations along the Arterial in Cayuga County — starting in the City of Auburn were without power. It’s unclear what caused the power outage. NYSEG said 3,510 were without power at the time. NYSEG was estimating that power would be restored in all... more

Brutus holds open house for bridge maintenance project

An open house will be held by the state Department of Transportation at the Brutus Town Hall on Thursday to discuss a Bontra Bridge Road bridge maintenance project. Preliminary drawings for the project will be available, and DOT representatives will be present to answer questions from the community, the agency said on Monday. No formal presentation is planned. The preliminary... more

Looking back in time: When the Thruway came to Brutus

Weedsport was founded on the basis of transportation. Prior to the community being called Weedsport, it was a sleepy hamlet of several homes in what is now the Rude Street/Seneca Street area called Macedonia. With the coming of the Erie Canal, and the construction of a turning basin on the canal about where the parking lot for Nickel Back Jack’s... more

Brutus secures grants for Aqueduct Park project, new municipal building study

Brutus has been granted a combined $360,500 for two town projects through New York state Regional Economic Development Council awards program. Brutus’ grants, among 110 additional projects awarded in the program’s Central New York region, include an Aqueduct Park project and a study of the feasibility of a shared municipal building with the village of Weedsport. Aqueduct Park Pier and... more

#ICYMI: Biggest stories of the week (Dec. 17-23)

#ICYMI will be a weekly feature to FingerLakes1.com, recapping the biggest headlines of the week from around the region. We begin over the busy, holiday weekend — as readers try to catch up on what’s happening in the region. Look for it weekly, on Saturday’s exclusively on FingerLakes1.com Here are the most-read local headlines for the final week before Christmas... more

DEC: Men arrested after shooting deer on public highway in Brutus

Two men have been charged with several misdemeanors for hunting a doe on a public road in the town of Brutus, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. According to a press release, on Dec. 8, officers responded to a complaint of illegal hunting on a public highway. The caller stated that two men had shot a doe from... more
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