Ithaca PD looking for disoriented woman last seen running into the woods

On Monday at about 7:00 am, IPD officers responded to a residence on the West Hill of Ithaca regarding a check the welfare complaint. Officers have determined that a white female has knocked on the doors of at least two separate residences, and acted what can be described as “strangely” during the subsequent interactions with the residents of each house.... more

Six Newcomers join Cornell basketball for 2018-19 season

The Cornell men’s basketball team will welcome six newcomers for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. Four incoming student-athletes will make up the Class of 2022, while two junior college transfers will have two seasons of eligibility for head coach Brian Earl’s squad. CornellBigRed.com: Read More Official/full breakdown of the Cornell Basketball 2018 recruiting class: https://t.co/cLu7gZrKt2#GoBigRed — Cornell Basketball (@CUBigRedHoops) June 18,... more

Tuesday morning greets FLX residents with cooler temps

The latest Finger Lakes forecast heading into the overnight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2:00 AM,. Cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Check out the latest at our Weather... more

Bail set as Dryden man charged with rape prepares for second trial

Bail set as Dryden man charged with rape prepares for second trial
Bail was set Monday morning for a Dryden man who is preparing for a second trial on rape and sex abuse charges after a 2016 conviction landed him in prison for the past two years. Jeffrey Horton, 56, is getting a new trial after the appellate division determined that a woman considered for a juror used language that indicated that... more

Missing vulnerable adult reported in Tompkins County

A missing vulnerable adult alert has been issued for a woman with disabilities in upstate New York. 21-yr-old Sophy Sok went missing from Lansing, NY, 10 miles south of Ithaca. Deputies say Sok was last seen 8:30 Sunday morning. She is developmentally disabled and deputies say she may be disoriented and confused. Sok does not speak English and does not... more

Air quality alert issued for Upstate NY for Father’s Day

An air quality alert has been issued for much of Upstate New York for Sunday. High heat and strong sunlight are expected to boost levels of ozone during the day, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. The alert is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The state Department of Health encourages people who have respiratory problems, including... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

Groton man charged with strangling, assaulting victim during dispute

A Groton man faces multiple charges and is being held on $2,000 cash bail after a domestic incident, which resulted in one person being injured. On Tuesday around 2:57 am police charged 34-year-old David M. Rath, of Groton with strangulation and assault after injuring an unidentified person during that domestic incident. Police say he struck a person’s head against a... more

Catching up with Tompkins County’s new administrator Jason Molino

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino has been on the job for nearly six months. The Ithaca Voice caught up with Molino to discuss his past experience, what stepping into the role of county administrator has been like and what he sees as priorities and top issues for Tompkins County. Molino comes to the county after working at city manager for... more

Cornell University details hazing activities at suspended fraternity

Cornell University has released details as to why the Gamma Theta Chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity has been suspended. After the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life received multiple reports of hazing involving Sigma Nu fraternity occurring in January, an investigation revealed that members of the fraternity had engaged in hazing activity at the start of the new member period,... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Enfield food pantry closes temporarily; needs to raise $17K to reopen

The Enfield Food Pantry has temporarily closed after not passing a recent inspection by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Enfield's food pantry has been continuously operating for nearly 40 years and is a member of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Typically, volunteers distribute food on Mondays and Sundays. It was closed June 5 until improvements can... more

Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases

The New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. During this time of year, ticks are becoming active once again. In particular, Senator Helming – a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases – co-sponsored measures that would establish a pilot program for Lyme and... more

Helming successful in advocating for rural health initiatives in Albany

Senator Pam Helming announced that she successfully advocated for several rural health initiatives in the recently enacted New York State budget. These include increases in funding for Iroquois Healthcare Association’s “Take a Look” tours, as well as for Rural Health Networks and Critical Access Hospitals, to bring medical care to rural communities. “The beautiful rural communities that make up the... more

New mural graces downtown Dryden

Joanna Murphey is no stranger to the rolling hills and scrumptious scenery of Upstate New York. As a landscape artist, Joanna watches. "I observe the visual language of the community,” she said. Joanna met with me at the Community Center Café to discuss the mural that she is installing just above the Café’s doors on the north facing wall of... more

Convicted Ithaca shooter headed for re-sentencing following appellate court order

An Ithaca man, in custody for a 2015 shooting, is scheduled to be re-sentenced in Tompkins County Court after an appellate court found that the evidence in his 2016 trial was insufficient to support his assault conviction. James Marshall faced multiple charges after police say he shot a person in the leg at a woman's West Village apartment on June... more

Appeals court reverses Jeffrey Horton conviction in rape, stalking case

A Dryden sexual assault convict who has spent two years in prison will get a new trial, after a mid-level appeals court questioned Thursday a prospective juror's impartiality. Jeffrey Horton, 55, had been sentenced to 12 years behind bars in July 2016 after being convicted in Tompkins County Court of beating, raping and stalking a woman he had been in... more

Bears on the move in the Finger Lakes

The months of June and July are when black bears mate–and it’s the only time of year when males and females associate with one another. The female, known as a sow, comes into estrus every other year after dispersing the cubs that have lived with her for the previous year-and-a-half. She is promiscuous and will mate with more than one... more
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