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George Valesente announces retirement after 41 seasons at Ithaca

George Valesente announces retirement after 41 seasons at Ithaca
Ithaca College legendary Hall of Fame baseball coach and alumnus (’66), and Mynderse Academy alumnus, George Valesente, has announced his retirement after 41 seasons, effective in August 2019. Valesente has been the head coach at his alma mater since 1979 and departs South Hill with a career record of 1,136-507-8 at the helm of the Bombers program. He maintained the... more

NYS Police search for missing hiker in Ithaca

NYS Police search for missing hiker in Ithaca
State police say they’re continuing to search for a missing hiker who called 911 for help around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The hiker identified herself as Yi Sun, 58, of Westfield, N.J. Sun told 911 dispatchers she didn’t know where she was, except that she was in a muddy area near a creek and could see power lines. State police think... more

Ithaca man arrested for stealing chainsaws from Lowe’s and threatening employee with hatchet

Ithaca man arrested for stealing chainsaws from Lowe’s and threatening employee with hatchet
An Ithaca man has been arrested after Ithaca Police say he stole several items, including chainsaws, from the Lowe’s on Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway, and threatened an employee with a hatchet on Tuesday, June 11. Zachery Burlingame, 31, was arrested for robbery and menacing — he also had a bench warrant on previous theft charges. After Burlingame threatened an employee with... more

FLX WEEKLY: Father’s Day Weekend preview & Courtney Kasper in-studio (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Father’s Day Weekend preview & Courtney Kasper in-studio (podcast)
Jessica Lahr returns as Courtney Kasper, the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center Visitor Experience Manager. joins the show in-studio to help preview Father’s Day Weekend in the Finger Lakes. . more

Police: Ithaca man arrested on felony charges after assault

Police: Ithaca man arrested on felony charges after assault
The Ithaca Police Department reports the arrest of a 20-year-old following an investigation into an incident involving a minor less than 13-years-old. Hubert Carrasquillo, 20, of Ithaca was charged with criminal sex act – a Class B felony on Monday. The incident occurred on October 31st, 2018 in the West Village Apartment Complex on Chestnut Street. Police say that the... more

Police: Ithaca woman arrested for stabbing another woman behind local business

Police: Ithaca woman arrested for stabbing another woman behind local business
Ithaca police arrested Ashley Bryan, 33, on June 6 for allegedly stabbing a 34-year-old woman behind a local business in the 200 block of Elmira Road. The stabbing happened the afternoon of May 28. Officers found the victim with stab wounds in her hand and arm, and was treated on the scene by an ambulance. Bryan is being charged with... more

FLX WEEKLY: Warm weather & plenty to do this weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Warm weather & plenty to do this weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Christine Natale of Marshall Exteriors in Newark joins us in-studio to preview your early June weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes. Warmer weather is on the horizon and there are plenty of things happening across the region as it will feel like summer for the first time in the FLX! . more

Police: Ithaca man stole car, was found nude in chicken coop, chased man with axe, and killed a dog

Police:Ithaca man stole car, was found nude in chicken coop, chased man with axe, and killed a dog
State Police have charged John Mehne, 25, of Florida and Ithaca, with numerous charges including burglary, robbery, animal cruelty, and theft. On Tuesday morning, State Police responded to an accident on I-81 — three miles from the Pennsylvania border. When they got there they found an empty 2016 Audi facing the wrong way. The found that the car was stolen... more

20 acres of Caroline land bought by Finger Lakes Land Trust

20 acres of Caroline land bought by Finger Lakes Land Trust
There are 215 state parks in the state of New York, taking up 350,000 acres of land. Get out of the Big Apple, and find yourself among some of the finest natural scenery that North America has to offer. In a bid to protect and preserve the countryside, the Finger Lakes Land Trust has been buying up plots. The latest purchase... more

Suicide prevention: Lives lost, lives saved

Suicide prevention: Lives lost, lives saved
Emily Marshall noticed a change in her son. Chase Marshall, 14, a freshman at Victor High School, was an honors student and stand-out hockey player, an affectionate son and a friend who could make you laugh. “Things that used to make him happy weren’t making him happy anymore,” Emily said. A few months ago, his parents, Emily and Jeremy, became... more

FLX WEEKLY: June Arrives in the Finger Lakes & Katherine Chase in-studio (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: June Arrives in the Finger Lakes & Kathrine Chase in-studio (podcast)
Katherine Chase, Executive Director of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail joins Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso & Jim Sinicropi to look ahead to the first weekend of June in the Finger Lakes including the Sips & Succulents event on the wine trail. Our favorite local photos from the past week, a look at the weekend weather outlook and more on Wednesday’s... more

IPD officer fired after pleading guilty to perjury in drug case

IPD officer fired after pleading guilty to perjury in drug case
The City of Ithaca has fired an Ithaca Police Department officer after he pleaded guilty to perjury charges stemming from a January 2018 raid that yielded 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine, $12,000 in cash and firearms — all charges that were later dismissed. In January, the Ithaca SWAT Team served two search warrants — one at a home on the... more

Two teens charged with assaulting George Junior Republic staff member, stealing car

Two teens charged with assaulting George Junior Republic staff member, stealing car
Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with several felonies after allegedly assaulting a staff member of George Junior Republic Union Free School in Freeville and stealing his car, according to a news release from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, May 26, deputies assisted by New York State Police responded to George Junior Republic at 24... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Keeler on the future of media in Finger Lakes (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Keeler on the future of media in Finger Lakes
What does the future of media – in all forms – look like in the years to come? To answer that question, we sit down with one of the individuals who is educating and developing the next-generation of talent. Steve Keeler, Director of the Media and Telecommunications Programs at Cayuga Community College, was in-studio talking about it. Keeler also serves... more

Police investigate overnight shooting in Ithaca

Police investigate overnight shooting in Ithaca
The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a shooting, which occurred during the early-morning hours of Friday. Around 1:15 a.m. police responded to West Green Street for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival – no victims were located. However, a short time later one victim was found at a local hospital. At this point, police say the investigation is ongoing... more

FLX WEEKLY: Holiday Weekend Preview & Flooding on Lake Ontario (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Holiday Weekend Preview & Flooding on Lake Ontario (podcast)
The unofficial start to summer arrives this weekend with Memorial Day in the Finger Lakes. We’ll fill you in on the weather outlook, all the events in Waterloo and we’ll take a look at some photos of the devastating flooding on Lake Ontario. . more

Panel to explore ‘Future of Wine in the Finger Lakes’

Panel to explore ‘Future of Wine in the Finger Lakes’
Six panelists will discuss how weather and climate affect the Finger lakes wine industry Thursday. The event, hosted by the Nature Conservancy, will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road, Geneva. Finger Lakes Times: Read More more

Nearing retirement IPD Chief Pete Tyler reflects on career

With retirement looming, IPD Chief Pete Tyler reflects
Growing up one of the few black kids in Brooktondale, attending Candor schools, outgoing Ithaca Police Department chief Pete Tyler will retire from the force this month. He’s remembered as a kid who got along with everyone. His family and teachers noticed that Pete liked to help people and he excelled at sports. “I liked playing sports which brought people... more
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