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Former legislator sues Tompkins County for $500k in damages

Months after finding itself the subject of a wrongful termination lawsuit from a former employee, Tompkins County must face down another one of their own after a former county legislature chairperson and long-time legislature member filed a lawsuit against the county for $500,000 in damages. Michael Koplinka-Loehr, who last made headlines during an unsuccessful run for Tompkins County Legislature against... more

2 Ithaca men facing charges after police say they had array of drugs

Two Ithaca men are facing multiple charges after police say an array of drugs were found in their posession, following a traffic stop. New York State Police said in a news release that troopers responded around 11:46 p.m. Saturday to "a complaint of a suspicious vehicle" on Gray Road in the Town of Ithaca. After pulling the vehicle over, it... more

Land Trust gift will help protect city water supply

The Finger Lakes Land Trust today announced that it has received a donation of 167 acres, nearly all of which is located within the watershed of Six Mile Creek—the source of Ithaca’s drinking water supply. The property is entirely forested and is located within the towns of Dryden and Caroline, between Ellis Hollow and Midline Roads. The property does not... 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

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

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

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

Do you know this Ithaca boy? Cornell grad seeks to identify child in 1979 photo

For almost forty years, Gregory Tate has kept the photos boxed away. Five small black-and-white images he printed in a college darkroom and matted himself. Tate took the photos during the spring of 1979. It was his senior year and he was weeks away from graduating from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where he majored in agronomy... more

Legendary Ithaca lacrosse coach Frank Welch retires

Frank graduated from IHS three years later, and he took his game to Ithaca College. After graduating from IC, Frank worked as an assistant coach for the Bombers before taking over the Little Red program. 43 years later, Welch has decided that the time has come to leave his coaching position. Welch told me, “I knew at the beginning of... more

FLX WEEKLY: Festival season arrives along with June this weekend (podcast)

Festival season is officially underway with the summer of 2018 on-tap in the Finger Lakes as we turn the calendar to June this weekend. We’ll fill you in on the big weekends in Clifton Springs and Ithaca and let you know if this summer-like weather will continue into the new month. Also, our top local photos of the week, the... more

Cornell senior found dead in Fall Creek Gorge

On Friday at 1:30 PM the Ithaca Police Department, Cornell University Police and the Ithaca Fire Department responded to the Fall Creek Gorge under the bridge in the 800 block of Stewart Avenue in Ithaca regarding a body that was found in the gorge, adjacent to the water. A death investigation was commenced and the Ithaca Police Department now reports... more

Sheriff Lansing will seek third term in Tompkins

Sheriff Kenneth Lansing will be running for a third term as Tompkins County Sheriff this fall, his team announced in a press release on Thursday. In an announcement video distributed to local media, Lansing said the past eight years had been filled with “numerous challenges” and lots of hard work he said he would like to see through in his... more

Sposito lifts Ithaca to second straight Class A lacrosse title

Facing a team it lost to twice during the season and having just a surrendered a three-goal lead in 70 seconds, Ithaca turned to its go-to guy in overtime. Senior Ryan Sposito came through, scoring with 12.1 seconds left in the first overtime to lift the Little Red to an exciting, 10-9 victory over Corning in Thursday’s Section 4 Class... more

Quick start carries Ithaca past Corning for Class A girls lacrosse crown

Top-seeded Ithaca took control early Wednesday night on its way to an 18-13 victory over second-seeded Corning in the Section 4 Class A girls lacrosse championship game at Corning Memorial Stadium. The Little Red (13-4) led 11-3 at halftime. Freshman midfielder Mackenzie Rich led the way on the night with five goals and two assists. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Cornell season ends in Maryland with 13-8 loss

Defending national champion Maryland pulled away in the second half and advanced to its fifth consecutive championship weekend with a 13-8 win over Cornell on Sunday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the NCAA quarterfinals. The top-seeded Terrapins improved to 14-3, while the Big Red’s season came to an end after a 13-5 campaign. Maryland scored the game’s first... more

Svante Myrick wants Ithaca to be New York’s fifth pilot site for supervised injection facilities

With talk of creating four pilot supervised injection facilities in New York City, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve Ithaca to be the fifth pilot site. “Here in Tompkins County and Ithaca, the need to stem the tide of preventable overdose deaths is urgent,” Myrick wrote to Cuomo in a letter. Supervised injection facilities, or... more
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