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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

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

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

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

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

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

Investigations continue in separate shooting and fatal stabbing cases in Ithaca

Investigations continue in separate shooting and fatal stabbing cases in Ithaca
Ithaca Police continue to search for the suspects wanted in connection with two recent violent crimes in Ithaca, including a fatal stabbing at the apartments at 210 Lake St. in Ithaca, and the shooting on East Green Street in Downtown Ithaca. Here is a quick update on where both cases currently stand. To be clear, the cases are not connected.... more

Police: Ithaca teens accused of robbing Cornell students at gunpoint

Police: Ithaca teens accused of robbing Cornell students at gunpoint
A pair of Ithaca teens are accused of robbing two Cornell students at gunpoint last week. David Hayes and Dorian Camacho, both 19, are accused of robbing two students on Ho Plaza before 3 a.m. The two were charged with first-degree robbery after being caught an hour later. They had taken personal belongings of the two victims. Both were being... more

Cornell University among colleges that got $60M-plus from OxyContin family

Cornell University among colleges that got $60M-plus from OxyContin family
Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the family that owns the maker of OxyContin, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic, financial records show. Some of the donations arrived before recent lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. But... more

Lansing woman accused of stealing, altering checks at local organization

Lansing woman accused of stealing, altering checks at local organization
Lansing resident Diane Heffner, 67, has been accused of stealing money and altering business records of a local organization in the City of Ithaca, according to the Ithaca Police Department. Heffner has been charged with felonies of third-degree grand larceny, two counts of falsifying business records and two counts of forgery. She was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and released... more

Ithaca approves zoning amendment for West State Street Corridor

Ithaca approves zoning amendment for West State Street Corridor
Common Council has approved adjusting the zoning of three blocks of West State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Downtown Ithaca. The resolution makes it so the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of West State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street have a maximum height of five stories. The first story also has a 12-foot height minimum, and on subsequent stories, a 10-foot... more

IPD Benevolent Association addresses Commons incident, Myrick’s support, and what’s next

IPD Benevolent Association addresses Commons incident for the first time
The Ithaca Police Union, known as the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) addressed problems they face at the common council. Among other things their thoughts on the mayor’s support of the department. The Ithaca PBA spoke directly and frankly to the common council, with one member saying it was “honest and raw”. The PBA president and his wife addresses several issues... more
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