Ithaca man who robbed elderly couple at gunpoint sentenced in Tompkins County Court

An Ithaca man facing charges for several separate crimes including the armed robbery of an elderly Enfield couple was sentenced to prison time in Tompkins County Court last Friday. Benjamin S. Spradlin, 42, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree robbery after his arrest for robbing the couple at their home around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2016. Court records say... more

Cornell wins sixth straight, downs Lehigh

The No. 11 Cornell men’s lacrosse team scored four goals on its first five shots and seemingly controlled the game, but was never able to get too comfortable against No. 17 Lehigh, as the Mountain Hawks controlled the face-off circle and used tough defense to keep the Big Red from pulling away. In the end, Cornell had just enough to... more

Police divers searching Cayuga Lake inlet in Ithaca

Several branches of law enforcement were conducting a search on Thursday morning in the area of Cayuga Inlet, located off of Route 89 and across from the Ithaca Children’s Garden. Members of the Ithaca Police Department, New York State Police and an agent from the FBI were present at the scene. The area was marked off with crime scene tape... more

It’s great to be Dake

It was, in many ways, a flashback to 5 years (and 1 month) ago. Lansing High School and Cornell University grad Kyle Dake entered the most prestigious wrestling tournament he could find, rolled through the preliminary rounds without giving up a single point, fell behind in the crucial final match, and then outsmarted and outmuscled his opponent to see his... more

Ithaca HS musical opens this weekend after attracting national headlines with controversy

We can’t get lazy when things get crazy.” During an April 9 technical rehearsal, just four days before the opening of “Hairspray” at Ithaca High School, Motormouth Maybelle’s words rang through the Kulp Auditorium. Portrayed by high school senior Maddi Carroll, the fast-talking character’s words seemed to mimic real life. This year, things got crazy. But no one at IHS... more

ICE ‘swooped down’ on Ithaca attorney, client to make arrest at Tompkins jail

ICE ‘swooped down’ on Ithaca attorney, client to make arrest at Tompkins jail
A local attorney and a client handling simple traffic violations at Ithaca City Court were confronted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency leading to an arrest. Attorney James Baker said he was with a client, who he declined to name citing attorney-client privilege, on March 21 in front of Judge Richard Wallace. Baker said someone whispered at the... more

Cornell defense stout in 13-8 win over Syracuse (full coverage)

The No. 6 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 3-0 ACC) saw its three-game win streak snapped at the hands of No. 11 Cornell (8-3, 4-1 IVY), 13-8 on Tuesday night in Ithaca, N.Y. The Big Red used a pair of three-goal runs to turn a 2-2 game into an 8-3 game in the first minute of the second half, to... more

Cornell awarded $650,000 grant to fight opioid abuse

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, was awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to respond to the opioid epidemic. The funds come from the William T. Grant Foundation's first Institutional Challenge Grant and were awarded to combat increasing rates of opioid abuse and child maltreatment in low-income, rural communities in... more

Mental health evaluation requested for Ithaca man accused of having weapons stash

A pre-trial mental health evaluation has been requested for an Ithaca man that authorities say had a large stash of weapons and explosives in his apartment, according to court filings. A motion filed Monday by prosecutors says Maximilien Reynolds has filed a Notice of Insanity Defense, indicating the defense team may rely on an insanity defense. For that reason, prosecutors... more

Ithaca Police release sketch of suspect in attempted assault

Authorities in Ithaca have released a composite sketch of the person believed to be behind an attempted sexual assault on Linden Avenue. The incident took place on March 11th around 10:15 p.m. when an unidentified male grabbed a female victim from behind, and attempted to take her clothes off. The victim fought off the suspect, who then fled the area... more

FLX WEEKLY: West side Seneca wine trailin’ & weekend warm-up? (podcast)

Join Sydney Rogers, Jim Sinicropi & Josh Durso for a round-up of your week, and a warmer weekend ahead, here in the Finger Lakes. Check out a photo gallery of a Saturday spend on the wineries along the west side of Seneca Lake, get your weekend forecast, discuss the top local news of the week and enjoy some great local... more

DEBRIEF: Breaking down del Lago, incinerator legislation & Geneva’s search (podcast)

On Episode #21 of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso debate the future of a piece of state legislation, del Lago Resort & Casino, as well as Sinclair Broadcast Group. Watch or listen below: . *** STORIES DISCUSSED ON LATEST DEBRIEF *** Lifton, O’Mara Incinerator Legislation Debate Around del Lago Resort & Casino’s ‘Bailout’ Sinclair Broadcast Group Controversy... more

Police: Ithaca man brandished knife as he robbed Elmira Savings Bank

A 31-year-old Ithaca man is accused of having robbed the Elmira Savings Bank at 702 South Meadow St. on Thursday. At around 1:20 p.m., police arrived at the bank and heard employees say a man who was armed with a knife entered the bank and demanded money from a teller, authorities said. The teller gave the man money and then... more

Ithaca PD: Officers assaulted while responding to call on Friday

The Ithaca Police Department reports that on Friday around 3:39 p.m. officers were requested by a local mental health provider to locate a male subject and assist them with serving a mental health order — mandating that subject be transported to a local hospital. Around that time, officers located the male in the lobby of a business in the 100... more

EPA taking action to address lead contamination at Ithaca Falls

The City of Ithaca announced the United States Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to address elevated levels of lead contamination detected in soil in the Ithaca Falls Gorge Trail area below the former Ithaca Gun factory site. Sampling performed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation contractors in February 2018 identified areas of lead-impacted soils near a public... more

71-year-old Ithaca woman robbed as she walked to church Easter morning

A man in a hooded sweatshirt knocked a 71-year-old woman to the ground and took her purse this morning as she was walking to Easter services in Ithaca, police said. The robbery occurred at 7:45 a.m. today in the 600 block of West Seneca Street, according to Ithaca police. The suspect was described as thin, roughly five-foot-six to five-foot-eight, and... more

Cornell offense keeps rolling win win at Dartmouth, 22-11

For the first time in its long and storied history, the Cornell men’s lacrosse team amassed 20+ goals in three consecutive games when the 14th-ranked Big Red downed Dartmouth, 22-11, this afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. With the win, Cornell improves to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League. The Big Red’s offense was clicking on all cylinders, as the... more
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