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UPDATE: Thruway reopens after accident involving tractor-trailers in Cayuga Co.

Westbound traffic was snarled on the New York State Thruway near Port Byron following an accident involving two tractor-trailers around 1 am. State Police were on-scene investigating the incident during the early-morning hours, but the only westbound lanes were being impacted. Two people were taken to Upstate University Hospital, according to dispatchers, but additional information was not available about their... more

Bustling Port Byron button business is headed to a big-box retail store

In this red barn, Alice Globus and her team run Winky and Dutch, a company started by her father and uncles in 1987 in New York City. “They were an inventor of one of the first panoramic cameras and you can actually see it at the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester,” explained Globus. Six years ago, Globus moved the... more

Hot-button issue: Port Byron business selected as new Walmart supplier

Two years ago, Winky&Dutchy Inc., brought its business to central New York, moving much of the company to the village of Port Byron. Now, Winky&Dutch is making a different kind of move — this time to over 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide. Last month, Winky&Dutch CEO Alice Globus visited Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, to pitch her products during the retail... more

Port Byron man had stolen car, controlled substance during investigation

State Police say a a suspicious vehicle complaint in the Village of Weedsport led to the discovery of a stolen vehicle around 2:46 am on North Seneca Street. Upon investigation it was determined that the vehicle was stolen, and being operated by Westley J. Alfred, 37, of Port Byron who had been operating it on a suspended license. Police say... more

Trooper accidentally discharged weapon at Montezuma standoff

New York State Police confirmed Friday that a trooper accidentally discharged a weapon during an hours-long standoff in Montezuma late last week. On July 13, state police were called to 7391 Fuller Road after a resident, Joseph Wilmarth, made a threatening post on social media. At the time, officials said there was a Wayne County warrant for Wilmarth’s arrest as... more

Sheriff: Port Byron couple fabricated child’s cancer diagnosis to solicit donations

A Port Byron couple has been charged with creating a fraudulent GoFundMe page by falsely claiming their child had cancer, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office announced Monday. Martin D. LaFrance, 35, and Jolene M. LaFrance, 35, both of 78 Rochester St., Port Byron, were arrested on May 4 after a four-month investigation "revealed conclusively that the child was never diagnosed... more

Fire closes Savannah Bank in Port Byron

Savannah Bank in Port Byron will be closed for several days after a small fire broke out in the building Thursday evening. A passerby noticed the fire inside the 126 Main St. building and called 911 just before 7 p.m., according to a Cayuga County 911 dispatcher. Initial reports indicated a chair was on fire inside the bank, which had... more

After state aid concerns, Port Byron school district to have a tight budget

The Port Byron Central School District will have a tight 2018-2019 budget after state aid issues. At a district board of education meeting Thursday night, the board approved the 2018-2019 budget to be brought forth to taxpayers for the budget vote May 15. Mitch Toleson, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance, said during a budget presentation before the... more

Port Byron village board votes to approve budget

Following a public hearing, the village of Port Byron unanimously voted to approve the proposed budget of $803,571 for the June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 fiscal year during a regular meeting on Monday. The proposed budget’s total appropriations are $34,341 higher than last year’s budget of $769,230. The amount of the budget to be raised by taxes for... more

Port Byron parents still upset with school leaders

Parents in Port Byron say Tuesday was another example of what they believe is a lack of communication between school leaders and parents. Two weeks ago, parents rallied, concerned about how school leaders handled the situation where a 12-year-old student was arrested after police said the student posted threats on social media. Parents say the district isn’t notifying them quick... more

Port Byron man charged with DWI in Weedsport parking lot

State Police say a 29-year-old Port Byron resident was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being dispatched to a parking lot on State Route 34 in Weedsport. The incident unfolded on Friday and resulted in the arrest of Chris R. Calkins, 29, of Port Byron. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation of a... more

State police charge Port Byron student for making threat

State Police arrested a 13-year-old Port Byron student for making a claim to harm other students at the school. Troopers say at no time did investigators believe his threats would be carried put and at no time were any students or faculty in any danger. The student was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony. The student... more

Officials: Student falsely reported bomb threat against Port Byron School District

A threat made over social media against the Port Byron Central School District on Monday was deemed non-credible. According to school officials, a student reported to district administrators and New York State Police that a bomb threat was circulating on Facebook. The threat indicated that a bomb threat would be carried out sometime this week at the Port Byron School... more

Superintendent: Port Byron eyes communication changes after student arrest

After a student was charged by state police with making threats on social media last week, the Port Byron Central School District has vowed to improve how it communicates with parents in a crisis. A letter to parents about the incident and communication strategy was sent electronically around 1 p.m. Wednesday, district Superintendent Neil O'Brien said. Copies of the letter,... more

Port Byron parents angered at lack of administrative communication over school threat

About 40 people — many of them parents of students in the Cayuga County community — rallied Monday to express their frustration with how the Port Byron School District handled a recent school threat. A 12-year-old student at the district was arrested on Friday by New York State Police for making a threat to harm students at school on social... more

State Police: 12-year-old Port Byron student makes ‘terroristic threat’ on social media

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested on felony charges, according to State Police, after making a terroristic threat about students at the Port Byron School District. Police say that claims were made on social media about him harming students — during the school day. Investigators say they don’t believe the threats would have been carried out, nor do they believe... more

Superintendent: Police investigate Port Byron student’s concerning Instagram post

New York State Police have opened an investigation at the Port Byron Central School District after a middle school student made a concerning post on social media Thursday night, Superintendent Neil O'Brien said. At around 7 p.m. Thursday, O'Brien said a student posted something on Instagram that caused concern at the district, which asked state police to investigate. In a... more

Was it the lottery? Port Byron would lose total state aid under Cuomo plan

The Port Byron Central School District could be in line to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in state aid during the state's next fiscal year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018-2019 executive budget proposal released Tuesday has Port Byron among a handful of districts across the state that would see a net decrease in state funding. Neil O'Brien, the district superintendent,... more
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