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Ithaca High campus springs to life for fall sports

With the stresses of handing in paperwork and medical records behind them, high school athletes can now focus on the competition as programs throughout the state hosted their first practices of the season on Monday. On a comfortable 80-degree day at Ithaca High School, several teams were scattered on the athletic fields and courts in the morning. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Cornell basketball announces travel-heavy 2017-18 schedule

Starting in Syracuse and ending in New Hampshire, Cornell men’s basketball will travel to nine states around the country for 15 road games over the course of the 2017-18 regular season, the team announced Friday. Looking to make its first Ivy League tournament in the event’s second year, Cornell’s 27 games will take the team to Boston, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Delaware... more

Cornell program at Auburn, CNY prisons to expand with funds from Cuomo

A Cornell University program offering college courses to inmates at four central New York prisons will receive funding through a joint effort spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. The Cornell Prison Education Program is one of seven initiatives at 17 state prisons that will share $7.3 million over five years. Cornell administers college courses... more

Police looking for prowler in Ithaca accused of forcible touching

The Ithaca Police Department reports that they are actively investigating two separate incidents that happened during the early-morning hours of Thursday, where two separate women were touched through a window by an unknown male. The male is described as being white, in his mid-30s, and clean shaven. Both victims were suddenly awoken when they noted a person touching their body,... more

Wolleman: Insects have impact in Finger Lakes

It’s hard not to be scared of insects. Many fly and buzz around us, just out of reach, reminding us of the times they hurt or annoyed us in the past. But not all insects are out to get us. In reality, these small creatures do much more good than harm. Beneficial insects get their name rightfully so, as their... more

Ithaca police investigating shots fired Monday night; no injuries reported

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a report of shots fired on the South Side of Ithaca Monday night. A Tompkins County 911 dispatcher said police were called around 9 p.m. to the area of West Green and Fayette streets. About an hour later, police had South Plain Street shutdown for a block between West State and West Green streets.... more

MURDER IN ITHACA: Man indicted on arson, murder charges

An Ithaca man has been indicted on arson and murder charges, according to Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten. Houten says that 45-year-old Michael Davis started a fire in a building that caused the death of 28-year-old Josie Berrios in June. Davis was formally charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson, according to the District Attorney. There was “no... more

New suicide prevention coalition to form in Tompkins

A new coalition being created to curb the suicide rate in the county will have its first meeting Monday. Tompkins stakeholders will gather to start collaborative suicide prevention efforts with planning and guidance from Garra Lloyd-Lester, associate director of the Suicide Prevention Center of New York at the New York State Office of Mental Health, during the full-day development meeting... more

Deputies: Covert crash results in Leandra’s Law arrest, child uninjured

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the arrest of a 37-year-old Ithaca resident in Covert for DWI-Leandra’s Law — after she was found to be driving while intoxicated following a one-vehicle crash. Deputies arrested Whitney A. Dennis, 37, of Ithaca with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and aggravated driving while intoxicated – Leandra’s Law – a felony. The... more

Mexican national arrested in Ithaca pleads guilty to federal charge

A Mexican national living in Ithaca, whose May arrest by federal agents sparked local protest, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a fake alien registration card. Jose Guzman-Lopez, 32, had been taken into custody May 2 and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. A counterfeit alien registration card bearing his photo and the registration number of another person was... more

Ithaca woman faces several charges after Watkins Glen incident

The Watkins Glen Police Department reports the arrest of an Ithaca woman after a traffic stop on July 16th. Officers say Sheila A. McCue, 59, of Ithaca was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, open container in a vehicle, moving from lane unsafely, failure to signal and no brake lamps. She was issued tickets... more

Friday’s rain brings more flood damage to southern Cayuga County & Ithaca (full coverage)

More rain on Friday caused a deluge of calls into Cayuga County 911 for flooded roads and basements in the southern part of Cayuga County. County emergency dispatchers reported flooding conditions in Moravia, Genoa, Locke, Sempronious, King Ferry and Scipio. The Moravia Volunteer Fire Department called all available personnel to report to its department at about 3:40 p.m. and also... more

Tompkins County needs a new jail, says study

Tompkins County does not need a new jail facility or new beds to be added to the existing jail, according to a consultant firm tasked with evaluating the existing system. CGR, a consulting firm based in Rochester, released its final report on Friday and concluded there was no need for an expansion, saying significant reductions in the jail population are... more

Cuomo signs bill at Cornell to boost industrial hemp

The race to become the United States’ leader in industrial hemp is underway, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday took steps to aid New York in the race. Cuomo visited the biotechnology building at Cornell University to sign a bill categorizing industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, which gives it the same protections as any other crop. “One of our... more

Cornell hockey unveils 2017-18 schedule with home-heavy first-half, no Florida Classic

The opening of the 2016-17 season was not a favorable one for Cornell men’s hockey on paper. The Red played a program-record five games away before seeing action at Lynah to become the last NCAA Division I team in the country to play at home. Cornell played a mere two games at home before Thanksgiving, but found relative success on... more
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