ITHACA MURDER: Suspect has mental health job history

The man accused of murdering a UPS driver in Ithaca — he now claims he was trying to kill President-elect Donald Trump — has a history working with the New York State Office of Mental Health, officials confirmed Thursday. Justin Barkley, 38, remains in the Tompkins County jail, awaiting an evaluation about whether he is competent to stand trial, after... more

Ithaca woman donates about 1,200 cans of dog food to SPCA — a yearly tradition

An Ithaca woman’s annual holiday tradition is unlike most people’s. She packs her vehicle with about as much canned dog food as she can, drives it to the SPCA of Tompkins County, and unloads the months supply of food. “Let’s hope that this inspires others as well,” said Jutta Locker. “The animals — they need us.” IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

Ithaca child rapist sentenced to five years in prison

An Ithaca man charged with sexually abusing two children for years was sentenced to five years in state prison on Thursday afternoon at the Tompkins County Court. Ever Benites, 36, plead guilty to charges of first-degree course of sexual misconduct against a child and first-degree sexual abuse in November. IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

FRAUD: Ex-Ithaca accountant misuse $1.5M, prosecutor says

Over the course of a decade, prosecutors say, Bruce Kane tapped into $1.5 million out of $10.5 million from investors that included his friends and neighbors so he could "live a life of royalty." Kane, a 62-year-old former accountant from Ithaca, used his investors' money to rent a waterfront condominium in Florida and spend thousands on a boat, among other... more

Man accused of murder in Ithaca believes he killed President-elect Trump

Accused Ithaca killer believes he killed President-elect Donald Trump, prompting questions about his mental health on Monday. His next appearance in court will be on January 6th. Judge John Rowley, who will reside over the case is left in difficult position as Justin Barkley walks the courtroom through the moments leading up to the murder of a UPS driver he didn’t... more

NEWFIELD MURDER: 5 conspired in fatal robbery, DA says

Prosecutors say five people conspired together to commit the robbery and murder of a 30-year-old Newfield man in early December. The Tompkins County grand jury has indicted Roy Clements, Jamie Gerhart, Colleen McColgin, Melissa Minnick, as well as unnamed defendant “John Doe,” on charges in connection with the Dec. 2 homicide of Camden Rundell at his residence, 221 Burdge Hill... more

Ithaca Police Chief John Barber to retire; sends letter making announcement

After working nearly 30 years in law enforcement, I have decided to hang up my duty belt and retire early next year. My last work day will be Thursday March 9th, 2017. As I’ve reflected on my career, I thought I’d take a look back over the years and share some of my experiences. In 1989 I began my career... more

Wyoming’s first half run does In Cornell, 97-78

Wyoming used a 35-10 run to close out the first half and run away with a 97-78 win over Cornell on Saturday evening at the Arena-Auditorium. The game, the Big Red’s first in nearly three weeks due to exams, is the first of four straight prior to Christmas as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. CornellBigRed.com: Read More more

Ithaca man charged with theft, accused of multiple trespasses on Cornell Campus

An Ithaca man turned himself in to Cornell University Police on Wednesday, about a week after authorities named him a suspect in a theft and two trespassing incidents on campus. John S. Gould, 55, was arraigned this week in Ithaca City Court and charged with third degree burglary — a class D felony, attempted petit larceny — a misdemeanor —... more

Man indicted on Ithaca murder charge, facing new charge for shooting at police

Justin R. Barkley was indicted late Thursday for the homicide of a Candor UPS driver and for shooting at police officers when they tried to take him into custody, court records show. Barkley, 38, was indicted on felonies for second-degree murder and menacing a police officer or peace officer. IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

Roundup: Ithaca boys down M-E; Groton wins tight one

unior Jordanny Cuevas Marte scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead visiting Ithaca to a 67-51 Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball victory over Maine-Endwell. Marte scored 11 points in the second quarter, when Ithaca went on a 20-9 run to turn a two-point deficit after one period into a 35-26 halftime lead. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Habitat for Humanity eyes Ithaca South Hill site

It’s been something of a development dilemma at 402 South Cayuga Street in the city of Ithaca, just south of downtown. The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA), which owns the site, would like to see the vacant spear of land redeveloped, after an apartment building on the site was damaged in a fire and demolished in the early 2000s. IthacaVoice.com:... more

Downtown Ithaca welcomes three new businesses

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance and city officials recently welcomed Cayuga Coins, Willow, and Escape Ithaca to downtown Ithaca during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at each site. “These three businesses illustrate how the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here in Ithaca. Whether it be coins, women’s clothing, or entertainment, the owners of these new businesses are showing us that... more

Penn assistant succeeds Welch as IC football coach

Ithaca College has dipped into the staff of two-time defending Ivy League champion Pennsylvania for its 10th head football coach. Dan Swanstrom, a native Texan and 2005 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., was introduced Tuesday as successor to recently retired Mike Welch. Welch retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season with 169 victories in 23 seasons. Swanstrom... more

Cornell kicks off post-finals road trip at Wyoming

The Cornell men’s basketball comes out of its annual exam break with a challenging five-game road swing that commences at Wyoming on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. ET at the Arena-Auditorium in the first game of the 2016 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The game will be available live on the Mountain West Network, though there will be no... more

Dryden man kills UPS driver; pleads not guilty to second-degree murder

Police have identified the victim in Thursday’s homicide, which happened in the Ithaca Walmart. The shooter, who has been charged with second-degree murder has also been identified. William Schumacher, 52, of Candor was killed in the incident. Police say that the defendant, who has been charged with second-degree murder is 38-year-old Justin Barkley, of Dryden. The two did not know... more
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