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Ithaca College banter takes over ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast after Locastro double

Ithaca College banter takes over ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcast after Locastro double
If you were watching ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast last night, you were treated to an in-game highlight of Ithaca College graduate Tim Locastro belting an RBI double. This prompted the studio anchor and the broadcast team doing the live game to give some extended play to the DIII Ithaca Bombers… No such thing as too much Ithaca pride! #GoBombers... more

Why Upstate New York has the best BBQ chicken

Why Upstate New York has the best BBQ chicken
In 1950, Robert C. Baker, a professor at Cornell University, published Cornell Cooperative Extension Information Bulletin 862, which changed summer in upstate New York forever. Entitled “Barbecued Chicken and Other Meats,” the bulletin describes a simple vinegar-based sauce that can be used to turn broilers—chickens raised for their meat rather than their eggs—into juicy, delicious barbecue heaven. At the time,... more

Commons Playground stays shuttered for now in Ithaca

Commons Playground stays shuttered for now in Ithaca
The Commons Playground, a mainstay for children accompanying their families for downtown festivities, will remain closed for the foreseeable future as construction on the adjacent Harold’s Square project continues. Construction on the project has been inconsistent during the last year or so. It seemed to be moving along well before a contract dispute between developers L Enterprises and construction firm... more

George Valesente announces retirement after 41 seasons at Ithaca

George Valesente announces retirement after 41 seasons at Ithaca
Ithaca College legendary Hall of Fame baseball coach and alumnus (’66), and Mynderse Academy alumnus, George Valesente, has announced his retirement after 41 seasons, effective in August 2019. Valesente has been the head coach at his alma mater since 1979 and departs South Hill with a career record of 1,136-507-8 at the helm of the Bombers program. He maintained the... more

NYS Police search for missing hiker in Ithaca

NYS Police search for missing hiker in Ithaca
State police say they’re continuing to search for a missing hiker who called 911 for help around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The hiker identified herself as Yi Sun, 58, of Westfield, N.J. Sun told 911 dispatchers she didn’t know where she was, except that she was in a muddy area near a creek and could see power lines. State police think... more

Ithaca man arrested for stealing chainsaws from Lowe’s and threatening employee with hatchet

Ithaca man arrested for stealing chainsaws from Lowe’s and threatening employee with hatchet
An Ithaca man has been arrested after Ithaca Police say he stole several items, including chainsaws, from the Lowe’s on Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway, and threatened an employee with a hatchet on Tuesday, June 11. Zachery Burlingame, 31, was arrested for robbery and menacing — he also had a bench warrant on previous theft charges. After Burlingame threatened an employee with... more

Police: Ithaca man arrested on felony charges after assault

Police: Ithaca man arrested on felony charges after assault
The Ithaca Police Department reports the arrest of a 20-year-old following an investigation into an incident involving a minor less than 13-years-old. Hubert Carrasquillo, 20, of Ithaca was charged with criminal sex act – a Class B felony on Monday. The incident occurred on October 31st, 2018 in the West Village Apartment Complex on Chestnut Street. Police say that the... more

Police: Ithaca woman arrested for stabbing another woman behind local business

Police: Ithaca woman arrested for stabbing another woman behind local business
Ithaca police arrested Ashley Bryan, 33, on June 6 for allegedly stabbing a 34-year-old woman behind a local business in the 200 block of Elmira Road. The stabbing happened the afternoon of May 28. Officers found the victim with stab wounds in her hand and arm, and was treated on the scene by an ambulance. Bryan is being charged with... more

Police: Ithaca man stole car, was found nude in chicken coop, chased man with axe, and killed a dog

Police:Ithaca man stole car, was found nude in chicken coop, chased man with axe, and killed a dog
State Police have charged John Mehne, 25, of Florida and Ithaca, with numerous charges including burglary, robbery, animal cruelty, and theft. On Tuesday morning, State Police responded to an accident on I-81 — three miles from the Pennsylvania border. When they got there they found an empty 2016 Audi facing the wrong way. The found that the car was stolen... more

IPD officer fired after pleading guilty to perjury in drug case

IPD officer fired after pleading guilty to perjury in drug case
The City of Ithaca has fired an Ithaca Police Department officer after he pleaded guilty to perjury charges stemming from a January 2018 raid that yielded 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine, $12,000 in cash and firearms — all charges that were later dismissed. In January, the Ithaca SWAT Team served two search warrants — one at a home on the... more

Two teens charged with assaulting George Junior Republic staff member, stealing car

Two teens charged with assaulting George Junior Republic staff member, stealing car
Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with several felonies after allegedly assaulting a staff member of George Junior Republic Union Free School in Freeville and stealing his car, according to a news release from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, May 26, deputies assisted by New York State Police responded to George Junior Republic at 24... more

Police investigate overnight shooting in Ithaca

Police investigate overnight shooting in Ithaca
The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a shooting, which occurred during the early-morning hours of Friday. Around 1:15 a.m. police responded to West Green Street for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival – no victims were located. However, a short time later one victim was found at a local hospital. At this point, police say the investigation is ongoing... more

Nearing retirement IPD Chief Pete Tyler reflects on career

With retirement looming, IPD Chief Pete Tyler reflects
Growing up one of the few black kids in Brooktondale, attending Candor schools, outgoing Ithaca Police Department chief Pete Tyler will retire from the force this month. He’s remembered as a kid who got along with everyone. His family and teachers noticed that Pete liked to help people and he excelled at sports. “I liked playing sports which brought people... more

Driver in fatal Dryden crash charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter

Driver in fatal Dryden crash charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter
The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has charged the driver in a fatal crash in Dryden with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter. In an update, the sheriff’s office identified Annabelle Liz, 21, of Brooklyn, as the driver. She was charged with DWI, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony, unsafe lane change, and speeding. Ithaca Voice: Read More more

Ithaca Coffee Company staff file NLRB complaint

Ithaca Coffee Company staff file NLRB complaint
Last month, on April 17, a collection of no-managerial workers at Ithaca Coffee Company (ICC) informed ICC owner Julie Crowley their intent to form a union. Since then, workers are claiming that management has engaged in unlawful labor violations to intimidate workers out of unionizing, a claim that Crowley flatly denies. Tompkins Weekly: Read More more

$7.5 million in grants will fund Ithaca affordable housing plans

$7.5 million in grants will fund Ithaca affordable housing plans
The New York State Homes and Community Renewal division has announced a pair of multi-million dollar state grants for projects in Ithaca focused on affordable and supportive housing. New York State will award about $2.2 million to Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services as part of the second phase for its scattered site preservation project, and $5.3 million to Lakeview Health Services... 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

Ithaca senior among 16 students in world to earn perfect AP history exam score

Ithaca senior among 16 students in world to earn perfect AP history exam score
Rowan Lynch, a senior at Ithaca High School, has achieved a rare academic accomplishment by being one of 16 students in the world to earn a perfect score on last year’s Advanced Placement United States History Exam. In high school, students have the option to enroll in AP classes, which help them earn college credit or advanced placement if they... more
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