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Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold

Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold
Cayuga County E-911 has some staffing issues that it needs to resolve. At least that was the pitch heard by the Cayuga County Legislature this week when they met. E-911 Administrator Denise Spingler addressed the legislators at a meeting on Wednesday – asking for more staff – due to the constant struggle to keep up with discovery requests from the... more

Christmas Eve crash in Cayuga County remains under investigation

Christmas Eve crash in Cayuga County remains under investigation
On Christmas Eve a two-car crash in the town of Mentz left four people seriously injured. Several weeks later that accident remains under investigation. The crash happened on Centerport Road shortly before 7 p.m. near the intersection with Nauvoo Road. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office said on Christmas Day that an investigation into the crash was underway, and that four... more

Weedsport man sentenced to prison for marijuana grow operation, possessing weapon

Weedsport man sentenced to prison for marijuana grow operation, possessing weapon
A Cayuga County man who prosecutors say grew more than 100 marijuana plants at a residence in Mentz was sentenced on Thursday. Timothy Hoisington, 27, of Weedsport pleaded guilty in October to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Both are Class D felonies. He was sentenced to two years in prison, and two years... more

Sheriff: Lyons man leads deputies on pursuit in Cayuga County before rollover crash

Sheriff: Lyons man leads deputies on pursuit in Cayuga County before rollover crash
Sheriff Schenck says a 28-year-old Lyons man was taken into custody after a pursuit and crash in Cayuga County last night. The whole ordeal happened around 10 p.m. Both the driver and a passenger were transported to a Syracuse hospital with minor injuries. more

Community members express concern over possible transfer center at former Mentz landfill

Community members express concern over possible transfer center at former Mentz landfill
A proposal to set up a transfer station at the former landfill in the town of Mentz was met with opposition. Mentz Town Board members and residents each expressed concern with a proposal by Steven Morgan, owner of trash removal companies Morgan Rubbish Removal and Dependable Disposal, at an informational meeting held before the town board meeting Tuesday at the... more

More than 3,000 without power in Cayuga County, but won’t impact voting

Major power outage reported in Cayuga County
NYSEG is reporting that more than 3,000 customers are without power on Election Day, but the reason for that outage is unclear. Around 2 p.m. 3,141 customers in the middle of Cayuga County were without power. NSYEG’s outage map indicated that the towns of Brutus, Mentz, Montezuma, and Throop were impacted. While the villages of Port Byron and Weedsport were... more

Town of Mentz considering solar, transfer station projects

Town of Mentz considering solar, transfer station projects
The Mentz Town Board is in the preliminary stages of considering proposals to build both a solar array and a garbage transfer station on the town’s old, capped landfill. Developer Abundant Solar has proposed leasing just under 10 acres of the town’s land to host a solar array, while the Dependable Disposal waste management company has offered to buy 20... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He joined us for a follow-up conversation in this week’s Sunday Conversation. He talked about policing during the summer months, recruiting concerns... more

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues

Deputies: Mentz man arrested on felony weapons, drug charges as investigation continues
A Mentz resident was arrested on felony charges following an investigation involving deputies and CPS investigators. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Timothy K. Hoisington, 27, of Mentz when he was found to be operating a marijuana growth operation. Members of the Sheriff’s Office – who were working with Cayuga County Child Protective Services responded to the... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Teen accused of raping 10-year-old in Cayuga County

Teen accused of raping 10-year-old in Cayuga County
Troopers report the arrest of a 15-year-old in Cayuga County on felony charges following an investigation. The unnamed teen was charged with first-degree rape, which is a Class B felony. The teen is accused of having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl. The incident, which prompted the state police investigation allegedly took place on April 13th. The incident was reported... more

DEC halts Cayuga Regional Digster’s waste shipments from NYC; Bronx transport station has past issues

DEC halts Cayuga Regional Digster’s waste shipments from NYC; Bronx transport station has past issues
The state suspended on Wednesday waste shipments from a Bronx transfer station to the Cayuga Regional Digester after a surprise inspection of the Auburn facility March 11 turned up evidence of a host of permit violations. Also banned are any shipments of source-separated organics from New York City’s Department of Sanitation. The alleged violations are spelled out in a Mar. 27,... more

DEC cites Cayuga Regional Digester after surprise inspection on March 11th

DEC files Notice of Violation against Cayuga Regional Digester after surprise inspection
The Cayuga Regional Digester has been cited by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he felt he was being “strong-armed” to process truckloads of illicit types of waste. A citizen complaint, led by... more

Mantius, Durso appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues exposed by digester report

Mantius, Durso to appear on WXXI’s Connections to discuss regional waste issues
Last week, FingerLakes1.com brought you reporting from Peter Mantius, Investigative Environmental Reporter & Founder of The Water Front Blog, which highlighted the untimely exit of a digester manager in Cayuga County. The former manager of the Cayuga Regional Digester, which was designed to generate electric power from reprocessed farm manure and food wastes, said he quit in January because he... more

Erie Canal grant may be ‘dead in the water’ due to Mentz, Port Byron pullouts

Erie Canal grant may be ‘dead in the water’ due to Mentz, Port Byron pullouts
The town of Brutus is close to losing a $418,000 state grant after another project partner, the town of Mentz, completely withdrew from an intermunicipal effort to rewater the Erie Canal. The planning grant for a Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project was originally awarded to the village of Port Byron by the state Regional Economic Development Council. The... 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

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
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