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Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold

Cayuga County 911 dealing with massive workload since discovery changes took hold
Cayuga County E-911 has some staffing issues that it needs to resolve. At least that was the pitch heard by the Cayuga County Legislature this week when they met. E-911 Administrator Denise Spingler addressed the legislators at a meeting on Wednesday – asking for more staff – due to the constant struggle to keep up with discovery requests from the... more

CNY HOOPS NATION: Aiden Retzos of Faith Heritage & the week in OHSL high school basketball (podcast)

CNY HOOPS NATION: Aiden Retzos of Faith Heritage & the week in OHSL high school basketball (podcast)
Introducing the CNY Hoops Nation Podcast covering the high school basketball scene for Oswego County and Onondaga High School League including Weedsport, Port Byron, Skaneateles, Auburn and Cato-Meridian. Our goal is to provide a platform where we discuss scores, stats and news around the area and Section III to compliment the existing coverage of Wayne-Finger Lakes and Section V coverage... more

Another deadly snowmobile crash reported in Cayuga County

Another fatal snowmobile crash reported in Cayuga County
Crews in Cayuga County responded to a second fatal snowmobile accident this week on Thursday in the town of Conquest. First responders were called to 1058 Spring Lake Road around 5 p.m. for the report of a snowmobile accident. Reports indicated initially that the vehicle crashed into a piece of farm equipment. Troopers say Michael Hall, 55, of Cato lost... more

Cato road rage killer tries for parole again citing terminal illness

Cato road rage killer tries for parole again citing terminal illness
A Cato man who was convicted in a road rage killing more than a decade ago will have another parole hearing. William LeVea, 89, is trying for the seventh time to be released from prison. He’s serving a 6-18 year sentence in the death of Christopher Spack, which happened in 2009. LeVea was intoxicated and rammed Spack’s truck from behind... more

Vehicle found submerged in Seneca River on Friday

Vehicle found submerged in Seneca River on Friday
Troopers are investigating a mostly-submerged vehicle which was found along the Seneca River near Cross Lake on Friday. The vehicle was discovered a little after 12 p.m. between Elbridge and Cato. Some parts of the vehicle could be seen sticking out of the water, according to The Citizen, who noted that divers were on-scene. Troopers were not providing any additional... more

Vehicle crashes down embankment in Cato along Rt. 370

Vehicle crashes down embankment in Cato along Rt. 370
First responders were called to the scene of a one-car accident on Route 370 near a Speedway convenience store in Cato. According to first responders, the vehicle traveled down the approximately 40-foot embankment near the road. CIMVAC Ambulance was called to the scene, according to scanner traffic. Cato and Ira fire departments were also reportedly on-scene. No additional information was... more

Suspect taken into custody following bank robbery investigation in Cato

Suspect taken into custody after attempted bank robbery in Cayuga County
Authorities say one person is in custody after an attempted bank robbery in the Village of Cato on Tuesday. According to The Citizen, authorities were alerted about an attempted bank robbery shortly after 1 p.m. Within an hour a suspect, who was riding a bicycle at the time, was taken into custody. During the search, police surrounded the village –... more

Cato-Meridian CSD all reads same book

Cato-Meridian CSD all reads same book
One district, one book. The entire Cato-Meridian Central School District is on the same page. Everyone is reading “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty Birney. The idea was to bring what the kids are learning into the home, giving families something to look forward to, and talk about. And Humphrey himself is making the rounds! “Our kids will see... more

One displaced after firefighter battle Cayuga County blaze on Wednesday

Firefighters battle ‘fully invo
Firefighters in Cayuga County were called to a fully-involved structure fire on Wise Road in Cato between 6:30 and 7 p.m. First responders from Cato, Ira, Victory, Red Creek, Plainville, Weedsport, and Fair Haven all responded to the scene. Reports indicate that the structure, identified as a residential unit, was fully-involved upon arrival. No injuries were reported, but the homeowner... 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

Cato woman facing three years in prison for drug-related felony

Cato woman facing three years in prison for drug-related felony
A Cato woman is facing three years of prison time after she pleaded guilty to a drug-related felony Tuesday in Cayuga County Court. Tabitha Ferguson, 38, of 10636 Shortcut Road, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class C felony. She had intended to sell a narcotic preparation to another person in Auburn. The Citizen: Read... 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

Cato-Meridian school board candidates discuss plans

Cato-Meridian school board candidates discuss plans
Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education hopefuls debated issues and made their arguments at a candidate forum and district budget hearing Monday night. Kathleen Bratt, the board vice president, Kristin Cox, Timothy Hulbert and Nicholas Schmitt are aiming for three open three-year positions. The candidates spoke in front of over 25 people. The Citizen: Read More more

William LeVea seeks parole for the 6th time while serving sentence for deadly Cato wreck

William LeVea seeks parole for the 6th time while serving sentence for deadly Cato wreck
William LeVea is trying for his sixth time to get released early from prison, for an alcohol-fueled road-rage killing in 2009. LeVea chased 41-year-old Christopher Spack in Cato for miles, repeatedly ramming his SUV into Spack's truck until Spack spun out and was sent careening into the path of another truck. Spack died in the crash. LeVea is serving 6... more

Cayuga County-area village election results: Cayuga, Port Byron incumbents lose

Cayuga County-area village election results: Cayuga, Port Byron incumbents lose
Voters weighed in Tuesday as several of Cayuga County’s villages as well as Jordan and Skaneateles in Onondaga County held elections, with races for mayor, trustee, and in one case, village justice. Out of the races, only two were contested, with many incumbents going unopposed or newcomers taking vacated seats without a challenge. Here are results that were reported on... more

Cato-Meridian schools seeking help developing strategic plan

Cato-Meridian schools seeking help developing strategic plan
The Cato-Meridian Central School District is looking to others to assist mapping out its strategic plan for the next five years, the district recently announced. The district is making a plan that includes long-term goals and smaller objectives, according to a press release on the district’s website. The district board of education held a special meeting in October centered on... more
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