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Auburn seeks feedback on use of development funds

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The city of Auburn is seeking input on how to distribute Community Development Block Grant funds over the next five years. The funds, which come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, assist city residents and areas of low to moderate income. Possible uses of the funds could include park improvements, sewer and water line replacement, sidewalk improvements, clearance/demolition,... more

Cayuga County man arraigned on dozens of child pornography charges

Springport man arraigned on dozens of child pornography charges
A 54-year-old Cayuga County resident pleaded not guilty to all counts in a 49-count indictment accusing him of possessing and promoting child sexual performances. According to The Citizen, Richard Potter, of 741 Conners Road in Springport, pleaded not guilty to all counts. He was charged with 26 counts of promoting a sexual performance of a child, 22 counts of possessing... more

Auburn McDonald’s set to re-open after construction

Auburn McDonald’s set to re-open after construction
After closing down this May for a complete teardown and rebuild, the Genesee Street McDonald’s restaurant in Auburn is reopening Friday Oct. 11. The new structure is a complete redesign of interior and exterior of the restaurant, and includes a number of new features designed to enhance the customer experience, owner Courtney Feehan said. Read more from the Citizen more

Auburn co-defendants get more prison time for not appearing at original sentencing

Auburn co-defendants get more prison time for not appearing at original sentencing
Co-defendants in a Finger Lakes Drug Task Force cocaine case were sentenced in Cayuga County Court on Wednesday to more time in prison. Amy Kocur and Kenneth Shelton Sr., formerly of 15 Madison Ave. in Auburn, were each supposed to be sentenced on July 23 to three years of incarceration followed by two years of parole. Read more from the Auburn Citizen more

Ribbon-cutting event planned for new Auburn VA clinic

Ribbon-cutting event planned for new Auburn VA clinic
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for a recently opened veterans outpatient clinic in Auburn. The event will be held Friday at the clinic, which is located at 47 E. Genesee St. and opened in August, according to a news release from the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Syracuse center and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gave the contract... more

North Division Street bridge work forces closure of Head Start in Auburn

North Division Street bridge work forces closure of Head Start in Auburn
Bridge work on North Division Street prevented classes from being held at the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s Site II in Auburn on Wednesday. The Citizen reported that school was cancelled due to a water shut off, which was prompted by ongoing bridge work along North Division Street. They noted that the other Head Start location in Auburn is open. The... more

Auburn man’s conviction on multiple thefts is upheld by state appeals court

Auburn man’s conviction on multiple thefts is upheld by state appeals court
An appellate court that handles cases in western and central New York affirmed on Friday an Auburn man’s 2015 jury trial conviction. Charles Baker, formerly of 110 Cottage St., was convicted by a jury in Cayuga County Court on Sept. 11, 2015 of 10 charges related to a string of thefts in 2013 and 2014. Read more from the Auburn... more

Cayuga County committee approves snow plowing contract with towns

Cayuga County committee approves snow plowing contract with towns
A Cayuga County Legislature committee Tuesday voted to approve a new contract that pays town highway departments to clear snow and ice off certain county-owned roads. The Legislature’s Public Works committee authorized a three-year contract with the towns that provides for a 4.5% increase in reimbursement for each of the contract’s years, or approximately $68,000 per year. Read more from... more

Woman who drove into ditch in Scipio charged with felony DWI

Woman who drove into ditch in Scipio charged with felony DWI
A Snyder woman with a previous drinking and driving conviction was arrested Saturday evening after her vehicle veered off the road in the Cayuga County. Mark O’Donnell, public information officer for Troop E of the New York State Police, said troopers responded to a call on Oct. 5 about a vehicle in a ditch in the town of Scipio near... more

Grant money needed to continue Auburn Schine Theater transformation

Auburn Schine Theater owner awaiting grant money to resume work
The Auburn Schine Theater has been quiet for more than a year, but the owner of the historic downtown theater hopes to resume work on it soon. Michael Licata, vice president of theater owner Bowers Development, said Friday that the contract for the project’s $1 million Restore NY Communities Initiative grant has been tabled for the November meeting of the Empire State... more

Auburn school district failed to stop ex-teacher’s sexual abuse

Auburn school district failed to stop ex-teacher’s sexual abuse
A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Auburn Enlarged City School District and its board of education of failing to stop a former teacher’s sexual abuse of a student that started in 1978. The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Cayuga County by Colorado resident Pamela Deacon O’Grady alleges the district and the board at the time failed to prevent,... more

Auburn man threatened woman, violated protection order

Auburn man threatened woman, violated protection order
An Auburn man is facing criminal charges after violating a protection order against him and threatening a woman, the Auburn Police Department said. Lt. James Slayton said Devonte A. Copes, 21, of Auburn, was with a 32-year-old woman who had the protection order against him at his residence Friday morning. The APD came to the scene around 2:30 a.m. and... more

Police: Jordan man punched woman, violated protection order in Auburn

Police: Jordan man punched woman, violated protection order in Auburn
A Jordan man has been charged with punching a woman who has an order of protection against him. The Auburn Police Department said that Jason C. Blaisdell, 39, of 9225 Bonta Ridge Road, got into an argument with a 32-year-old woman at Northbrook Court Apartments on Murray Street in Auburn around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said that at one point... more

Stone from slave holding site featured in ceremony honoring Harriet Tubman in Auburn

Stone from slave holding site featured in ceremony honoring Harriet Tubman in Auburn
A stone said to have originated from a place associated with the blight of slavery was transported across the globe and placed at the Auburn grave site of a figure who fought for freedom. Don Victor Mooney, president of the H.R. 1242 Resilience Project group, held a commemorative ceremony Friday at the grave site of iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who... more
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