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Cornell researcher points to myriad causes of harmful algal blooms

Cornell University ecosystem scientist Dr. Robert Howarth thinks he may have an answer for why harmful algal blooms on the region's lakes last year were so bad, according to a presentation he gave to the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency Thursday. For background, Howarth explained that, until the past decade or so, the academic consensus around harmful algal blooms... more

Cornell football unveils 29-member Class of 2022

On the 100th day before opening kickoff, Cornell football announced the names of its newest reinforcements set to join the program this fall. Twenty-nine freshman and one sophomore transfer will come to Ithaca this August in the form of 12 offensive players, 15 defensive players and three special teams players. Seven defensive backs, three linebackers and two defensive linemen make... more

Ithaca teen faces assault, weapons charges in Tioga County shooting

An Ithaca teenager, who was sought in connection with a July 5 shooting in Richford, surrendered Monday to the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office. Devin I. VanBrunt, 18, was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a firearm, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was sent to the Tioga... more

Police: Two arrests made in connection to commercial burglary in Ithaca

On June 9th police responded to a commercial business in the 400 block of Franklin Street regarding a burglary that occurred overnight. Officers determined that a rock was thrown through the window and multiple electronics and other items were stolen from within the store. The cost of replacing the stolen items and repairing the damage to the store totaled approximately... more

Cornell and Finger Lakes Land Trust form partnership to combat threats to hemlock trees

Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust have partnered together to combat a pest that that threatens to kill eastern hemlocks found in many of the forests and gorges in the region. The land trust and university will combat the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Japan, as part of the New York State Hemlock Initiative. The initiative... more

Construction to start for Tompkins Center for History and Culture

Construction will soon start for a collaborative project that will provide a new, larger and more aesthetic home for The History Center in Tompkins County and several other organizations. The Tompkins Center for History and Culture will be located at 110 North Tioga St., which once housed Tompkins Trust Company. Once construction is completed, the location will house the County... more

Not guilty: Ithaca man found not guilty of rape, sex abuse

An Ithaca man was found not guilty Thursday of raping and sexually abusing a woman in a Lot 10 bathroom about three years ago. Jonathan “Scar” Smith, 30, was charged with felony first-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse after a woman reported an incident that happened June 6, 2015. The woman told police that she was raped in a bathroom... more

Rollover accident on SR 89 leads to DWI charge for Ithaca man

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says that a 37-year-old Ithaca resident was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a rollover accident on State Route 89 in Varick on June 20th. The accident happened around 8 pm, and resulted in Patrick C. Robinson, 37, being charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to maintain lane. The charges will... more

THE POWER OF FRIENDS AT WORK: Ithaca’s Michelle Courtney Berry joins Debbie Morello in-studio (podcast)

Join your host Debbie Morello on this premiere episode of The Power of Friends at Work Podcast on FingerLakes1.com. Debbie is joined by Michelle Courtney Berry of Ithaca and CEO of Courtney Consulting Enterprises, LLC for a discussion on the aspects of work professionalism and co-worker networking over a glass of Finger Lakes wine. Michelle is a high-energy, humorous, engaging and... more

Former legislator sues Tompkins County for $500k in damages

Months after finding itself the subject of a wrongful termination lawsuit from a former employee, Tompkins County must face down another one of their own after a former county legislature chairperson and long-time legislature member filed a lawsuit against the county for $500,000 in damages. Michael Koplinka-Loehr, who last made headlines during an unsuccessful run for Tompkins County Legislature against... more

2 Ithaca men facing charges after police say they had array of drugs

Two Ithaca men are facing multiple charges after police say an array of drugs were found in their posession, following a traffic stop. New York State Police said in a news release that troopers responded around 11:46 p.m. Saturday to "a complaint of a suspicious vehicle" on Gray Road in the Town of Ithaca. After pulling the vehicle over, it... more

Land Trust gift will help protect city water supply

The Finger Lakes Land Trust today announced that it has received a donation of 167 acres, nearly all of which is located within the watershed of Six Mile Creek—the source of Ithaca’s drinking water supply. The property is entirely forested and is located within the towns of Dryden and Caroline, between Ellis Hollow and Midline Roads. The property does not... more

Six Newcomers join Cornell basketball for 2018-19 season

The Cornell men’s basketball team will welcome six newcomers for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. Four incoming student-athletes will make up the Class of 2022, while two junior college transfers will have two seasons of eligibility for head coach Brian Earl’s squad. CornellBigRed.com: Read More Official/full breakdown of the Cornell Basketball 2018 recruiting class: https://t.co/cLu7gZrKt2#GoBigRed — Cornell Basketball (@CUBigRedHoops) June 18,... more

Ithaca PD looking for disoriented woman last seen running into the woods

On Monday at about 7:00 am, IPD officers responded to a residence on the West Hill of Ithaca regarding a check the welfare complaint. Officers have determined that a white female has knocked on the doors of at least two separate residences, and acted what can be described as “strangely” during the subsequent interactions with the residents of each house.... more
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