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Sheriff: Cayuga County brothers facing felony charges after domestic incident

Two brothers have been arrested following an alleged domestic incident Thursday, Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said. A caller reported an altercation that occurred at 1073 Connors Road in Springport. The person who contacted authorities said there was a man stabbed at the location. While an investigation found no stabbing occurred at the property, there was allegedly a violent incident... more

Cayuga County site for commercial driver’s license test no longer in federal compliance

A lot used in the city of Auburn for commercial driver’s license testing no longer meets federal testing requirements after those regulations were updated, according to Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is working with counties to come into compliance, and Dwyer said she’s learned that the current testing space at the corner of Seminary... more

Following leader’s death, Auburn’s Human Rights Commission carries on with new members

Donning a cap as a prop to signal her transformation, Barrie Gewanter became “Officer Guinness” to demonstrate the thought process of a police officer responding to a situation. Officers can execute certain powers, such as detaining individuals and giving orders, when they assess a need. The law does not allow subjects of these orders wiggle room to disobey, leaving affected... more

Auburn woman sentenced to prison for trafficking heroin in Cayuga County

An Auburn woman will spend the next two years in prison for possessing 600 envelopes of heroin in Cayuga County. Stephanie Sweeting, of 19 McMaster St. Apt. 125, pleaded guilty in December 2016 to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. At the time, the 37-year-old admitted she helped two co-defendants traffic heroin from Connecticut to Cayuga... more

FLX Weekly: Ride sharing coming to the Finger Lakes, del Lago’s first week & romantic weekend events (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr and the FingerLakes1.com Staff for a rundown of everything going on in the Finger Lakes this week and a look at the weather, sports and events that will shape your upcoming February weekend in the region. With Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, many couples will be looking to celebrate this weekend. more

UPDATED: Power outage in Auburn area caused by ‘squirrel contact’

Power has been restored for NYSEG customers in the Auburn area after a nearly two-hour long outage Thursday morning. Bob Pass, a NYSEG spokesman, said it was initially reported that 2,620 customers were affected in Auburn and surrounding towns, but it was actually 1,253 customers who lost power. The Citizen: Read More more

Man pleads guilty to robbing Kwik Fill in Auburn

A 22-year-old man will likely spend several years in prison for robbing a gas station in Auburn last year. Weston Rhodes pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second-degree robbery, a class C violent felony. During his plea, Rhodes told Cayuga County Court Judge Mark Fandrich he was visiting from Florida when he robbed a Kwik Fill in Auburn last... more

Police: Auburn man who pawned heater facing felony charge

An Auburn man received about $15 for a heater he allegedly pawned, and now he’s facing a felony charge. Police said Robert J. Smith III, 23, of 35 Delevan St., stole a portable heater and pawned it at Pawn King on Genesee Street. The original owner saw it in the store, police said, and following an investigation arrested Smith. The... more

None injured after SUV, livestock truck collide at Auburn intersection

Traffic was slowed along a part of Route 5 in Auburn after an SUV and a truck hauling a livestock trailer collided late Tuesday morning. The accident occurred at around 11:22 a.m. at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Seymour Street. Only the two vehicles were directly involved while a third was impacted by debris from the collision, according to... more

Police: Auburn man punched officer in face

An Auburn man is facing a felony assault charge after police said he punched an officer in the face. Auburn police said they responded to Auburn Ale House around 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 after a bar patron called about Steven J. Felder, of 6 Brookfield Place. Police said they did not have information about the nature of the caller’s... more

‘The race isn’t over’: Auburn woman to run Boston Marathon alongside its first female runner

Fifty years ago, the number of women to officially run in the Boston Marathon was just one. Kathrine Switzer, then a student at Syracuse University, donned a race number and tackled the 26.2 miles in 1967, and this year, she’s going to do it again. But this time, the race director won’t try to push her off the course. Ushering... more

Troopers: Man drove drunk through Auburn with children in his vehicle

Two children were in a Syracuse man’s vehicle when he was driving while intoxicated Saturday along the westbound Arterial in Auburn, according to the New York State Police. Troopers responded to a 911 call at around 3:02 p.m.of a 2014 Kia Sorrento operating erratically on Grant Avenue while heading west in the city, police said Monday. The vehicle was pulled... more

Police: Auburn man facing felony DWI and drug charges

An Auburn man is facing three felony charges following a routine traffic stop in the town of Skaneateles Feb. 4. Adam M. Grabowski was pulled over by state police out of Elbridge after he allegedly crossed the double yellow line while driving on Mottville Road. Police said they smelled marijuana and alcohol on the 25-year-old’s breath. He was given a... more

Owasco Lake’s water quality better, but cyanobacteria problem worsens

John Halfman’s annual report on Owasco Lake called 2016 “a year of recovery.” While drought conditions distressed homeowners and farmers alike, the lack of rain gave the lake time to heal by preventing nutrients and sediment from running into the watershed. While the news appears good at first, Halfman, who is a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart... more

Auburn woman to run Boston Marathon alongside its first female runner

Fifty years ago, the number of women to officially run in the Boston Marathon was just one. Kathrine Switzer, then a student at Syracuse University, donned a race number and tackled the 26.2 miles in 1967, and this year, she’s going to do it again. But this time, the race director won’t try to push her off the course. Ushering... more

Sheriff: Inmate’s suicide won’t affect U.S. Marshals’ relationship with Cayuga County Jail

Nearly two months after a federal inmate committed suicide at the Cayuga County jail, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has said its relationship with U.S. Marshals remains strong as the feds continue to send inmates to the jail. On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, corrections officers were conducting bed checks at around 10 p.m. when they discovered 34-year-old Donald Johnson hanging... more

Inmate pleads guilty after slashing another during violent incident at Auburn Correctional Facility

A Cayuga County inmate pleaded guilty on Friday in Cayuga County Court to one count of first-degree promoting prison contraband, as well as second-degree attempted assault before Hon. Mark H. Fandrich, who is presiding over the case. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says that Shabay Bonnett, 24, admitted that while an inmate at the Auburn Correctional Facility — he... more

Auburn calls on state legislators to support proposed $2 million for water upgrades

Auburn councilors are calling on state legislators to support a proposed $2 million funding measure for upgrades to the water treatment facilities in the city and Owasco. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $2 million last month to include in the state’s 2017-2018 budget, which is due for adoption by April. The money would be used to help implement ways for... more
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