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Montour Falls woman charged with grand larceny, accused of misappropriating 175 gift cards at business in Ithaca

Montour Falls woman charged with grand larceny, accused of misappropriating 175 gift cards at business in Ithaca
The Ithaca Police Department reports the arrest of a Montour Falls resident on a felony charge following an investigation involving IPD, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, and Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office. IPD reports that Kthy Harris, 56, of Montour Falls was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, following an investigation into her time working as an office manager... more

FLX WEEKLY: Environmental Educator Kristen Moore and Falconer Steve Arndt in-studio (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Environmental Educator Kristen Moore and Falconer Steve Arndt in-studio (podcast)
Kristen Moore, Environmental Educator, is in-studio to talk about upcoming programs at Seneca Meadows Education Center along with Steve Arndt of American Falconry Services to help us preview your October weekend ahead as the autumn foliage nears peak in the Finger Lakes.  . more

City of Ithaca reacts to losing out on $10M DRI grant again

City of Ithaca reacts to losing out on $10M DRI grant again
It’s starting to play out like a broken record. The City of Ithaca has come up short in its efforts to obtain a $10 million grant from Empire State Development, New York State government’s economic development division. The state announced the Southern Tier regional winner, the small city of Hornell in Steuben County, on Tuesday afternoon. This marks the fourth failed... more

Cornell wildlife team rescued 150 orphaned baby turtles over the summer

Cornell wildlife team rescued 150 orphaned baby turtles over the summer
Approximately 150 turtle eggs were rescued by the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine over the summer, according to a press release from Cornell. The eggs were rescued from more than a dozen pregnant turtles that had been hit by cars in New York and were too injured to lay the eggs on... more

Schedules slashed for employees at Target after wage hike

Target wage increase leads to schedule cuts
Some target employees say they have seen their hours cut because of a recent wage increase. In the past few years, target announced that they are raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. Recently, employees are complaining because they say that Target has cut their hours in recent years. This leads to more complexity when it comes to health... more

Ithaca man busted in federal child sex sting indicted on enticement charge

Ithaca man busted in federal child sex sting indicted on enticement charge
An Ithaca man has been indicted on a federal charge after allegedly trying to coerce two underage girls in Broome County to have sex. Jeffrey Blake, 43, is accused of communicating online with girls he believed to be ages 9 and 13 in order to engage in sexual activity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was actually conversing with... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

Police respond to domestic incident in Ithaca

Police respond to domestic incident in Ithaca
The Ithaca Police have issued a press release regarding a domestic violence incident in West Village tonight that resulted in the activation of the SWAT team. At 9:42 p.m. Saturday night, Ithaca Police units responded to a report of a dispute at 150 West Village Place for a report of a dispute. “The caller reported a physical fight possibly involving... more

FOLIAGE REPORT: Explore the Finger Lakes as colors of fall arrive!

FOLIAGE REPORT: Explore the Finger Lakes this weekend as colors
Colors are finally being spotted around the region; and this weekend – the weather should cooperate at least 50 percent of the time. Get out and enjoy fall in the Finger Lakes. Check out the latest foliage reports below to plan your getaway! Finger Lakes In the Finger Lakes, Chemung County reports from Elmira predict 75% change and near-peak leaves by the weekend,... more

Tompkins County DA Van Houten: ‘Unfortunate’ result to Commons incident

Tompkins County DA Van Houten: ‘Unfortunate’ result to Commons incident
Tompkins County District Attorney Matt Van Houten responded to his handling of cases stemming from a controversial April 6 incident on the Ithaca Commons, explaining he wanted the two individuals charged to take responsibility for their actions and was disappointed neither did. Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat, who were arrested after the altercation on the Commons, were recently cleared of all charges.... more

Members of public urge Ithaca to invest more in Green New Deal

Members of public urge Ithaca to invest more in Green New Deal
Climate activists packed Common Council Chambers on Thursday during the first public hearing for the Mayor’s proposed 2020 budget. The Green New Deal wasn’t on the evening’s agenda, but members of the community added it, at least to the public comment portion. When Mayor Svante Myrick released his proposed budget for 2020, he added some funding for the recently passed Green New... more

Shortage of high-dose vaccine impacting seniors

Shortage of high-dose vaccine impacting seniors
If you’re a senior, and you need the high dose flu vaccine, you may be having trouble getting your flu shot. That’s because there’s a shortage in the high-dose vaccine for those 65 and older. The NewsChannel 9 Your Stories Team has heard from several people dealing with this issue. Phyllis Vanhorn and her husband ran into roadblocks at both... more

Hundreds turn out for Cancer Resource Center’s annual Walkathon/5K

Hundreds turn out for Cancer Resource Center’s annual Walkathon/5K
Ithaca’s Waterfront Trail was a celebration Saturday, Oct. 5, for the Cancer Resource Center’s annual Walkathon and 5K. Participants sported pink and colorful gear, musicians along the way filled the route with music, and in total about 830 people turned out to support the local organization that makes sure people affected by cancer do not face it alone. This year,... more

FLX WEEKLY: Sharon Hogan from Thrive to Survive, your October weekend ahead and Union Block in Penn Yan (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Sharon Hogan from Thrive to Survive, your October weekend ahead and Union Block in Penn Yan (podcast)
Sharon Hogan from Thrive to Survive is in-studio to talk about how you can support their organization this month before a look at some great local fall photos, a look at your October weekend ahead and a review of some stops on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail including the new Union Block Restaurant in Penn Yan. . more

Investigation determines that Ithaca police officer did not use excessive force

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A man and woman arrested on the Commons, amid claims that police used excessive force. Some called the incident a sign of racial bias. Once charges were dismissed, the police union spoke to city lawmakers publicly. It started with an incident caught on an Ithaca police officer’s body camera last April. An officer allegedly witnessed a man, Cadji Ferguson, punching another... more

Attorney General awards Tompkins County $900K for affordable housing

Attorney General awards Tompkins County $900K for affordable housing
A new grant gives Tompkins County $900,000 to boost affordable housing. New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday, during a press conference in Ithaca, that nine cities and counties throughout the state are receiving part of a $7.8 million state initiative to address what James called a “housing crisis.” The program was created by the Office of... more
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