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Boat motor stolen in Cayuga County; Troopers ask for public’s help

Boat motor stolen in Cayuga County; Troopers ask for public’s help
Troopers are asking for the public’s help as an investigation into a boat motor theft continues in Cayuga County. Troopers say that a larceny took place between September 25th and 28th at a home in Brutus. A blue 2012 Evinrude E-Tech 25HP outboard motor was stolen. Anyone with information can call 315.253.3103. To have the latest updates, information, and headlines... more

Investigation remains active after second fatality reported in Brutus crash from Aug. 23rd

Investigation remains active after second fatality reported in Brutus crash from Aug. 23rd
Investigators say they are still working to understand what led to a crash in the Town of Brutus on Route 31 last week. The crash happened on Friday, August 23rd. State Police say 83-year-old John Szozda, of Throop died shortly after the crash. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Erin Price, of Syracuse died on Monday at Upstate University Hospital. The Citizen reports that... more

Brutus crash incident calls attention to road safety for locals

Brutus crash incident calls attention to road safety for locals
Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the August 23rd car crash in the town of Brutus that resulted in two fatalities. This incident occurred on Route 31, and while this route is no more difficult to navigate than any other high traffic area, road safety often gets lost among the monotony of day to day driving, especially for those... more

UPDATE: One killed, another still critical after two-car crash in Cayuga County

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Police have provided an update on the serious, two-car crash in Brutus, which happened Friday afternoon. One person is dead, and two others are injured, according to Troopers. Police say that the crash happened after a single driver crossed into the wrong lane on State Route 31 and hit another car with two occupants inside. All three were taken to... more

Police: Man drove drunk with two kids in his car in Cayuga County

Police: Man drove drunk with two kids in his car in Cayuga County
On Thursday police arrested a 36-year-old Syracuse man on several charges after driving while intoxicated with children in his vehicle. Garry E. Brown, 36, of Syracuse was charged with driving while intoxicated, two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He joined us for a follow-up conversation in this week’s Sunday Conversation. He talked about policing during the summer months, recruiting concerns... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

One killed in three-vehicle crash on Rt. 34 north of Auburn

Crash shuts down Rt. 34 north of Auburn on Thursday
The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on the accident reported on Thursday afternoon near Auburn. Around 2:19 p.m. first responders reported to State Route 34 north of the Turnpike Road intersection for a three-car crash in the Town of Sennett. Deputies say Darynn VanWie, 26, of Weedsport was operating an SUV when she struck the rear of... more

Brutus’ court Judge Hook retires after 23 years

Brutus’ court Judge Hook retires after 23 years
After more than 20 years of service to Brutus’ town court, Judge Robert Hook celebrated his retirement from the bench last weekend. Hook said it was while he was an Auburn City Court bailiff that Judge James G. Cuddy talked him into running for Brutus judge. Hook then became Brutus’ court judge from 1996 through Jan. 18 of this year.... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Cayuga County couple who faked son’s cancer to raise money could face prison time

Cayuga County couple who faked son’s cancer to raise money could face prison time
A Cayuga County couple could face up to three years in prison for raising thousands of dollars through a fraudulent GoFundMe page that falsely claimed their young son had cancer. In May, Martin D. LaFrance, 36, and Jolene M. LaFrance, 36, formerly of 78 Rochester St., Port Byron, were arrested and charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, a felony, and... more

Man charged with felony DWI after car breaks down in Brutus

Man charged with felony DWI after car breaks down in Brutus
A Hannibal man is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit in Brutus, state police said. Harold W. Hawkins, 46, was charged Dec. 29 with felony driving while intoxicated due to a previous intoxicated driving conviction within the last 10 years, according to a news release. He was also charged with... more

Cayuga farmers win big, as $1.5M announced for two projects

Cayuga farmers win big, as $1.5M announced for two projects
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a total of $1,597,067 in funding has been awarded to two Cayuga County Farms to permanently protect their farmland in Cayuga County. NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) administers this competitive grant program designed to protect valuable and at-risk farmland throughout New York State. The Brutus Hill Farm received $1,090,101 to protect 522... more

Update expected after weekend investigation into fatal tractor accident

45-year-old dies in tractor accident in Brutus
A man in Brutus died operating a tractor, according to police, who launched an investigation into the incident late-Friday. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to an accident involving a tractor at 9475 Oakland road in Brutus. The operator, a 45-year-old male, was deceased. The investigation was not complete as of Friday evening, and authorities were unsure... more

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project

Brutus and Mentz hope Port Byron gets back on board Erie Canal project
The fate of the project to rewater the Erie Canal is in flux nearly a year after Port Byron received a $418,300 state Regional Economic Development Council planning grant. In December 2017, Port Byron was awarded the grant for the Erie Canal Rewatering and Trail Connections Project, which would also involve Mentz and Brutus, as the lead agency. The purpose... more

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages
Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County. According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Running unopposed, Brian Schenck looks to build community in Cayuga Co.

INSIDE THE FLX: Brian Schenck looks to become next sheriff in Cayuga County
Who will be the next sheriff in Cayuga County? Lt. Brian Schenck believes it should be him; and after Sheriff David Gould announced that he would not seek re-election – Schenck stepped up to the plate. On Wednesday, he visited the FingerLakes1.com studio where he discussed his campaign, local issues around policing, and how he aims to continue improving community... more

Residents spruce up Centreport Aqueduct Park in Brutus

The planting of a red maple tree in Centreport Aqueduct Park on Tuesday night culminated the town of Brutus’ efforts, which began in April, to have a community-wide tree planting event. In April, the town received a $400 Arbor Day grant from the state’s Urban Community Forestry Council which provided the impetus the town needed to plant more trees in... more
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