Police investigate falling death in Ithaca

thaca police responded to reports of a fall at a hotel on the 500 block of Stewart Avenue early Sunday morning. According to dispatch the individual was unconscious and was not breathing. Officers arrived to find a 43-year-old man deceased. Foul play is not suspected. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the man falling from the... more

Ithaca fire officials: Pets safe after Vet clinic fire

All pets were safe and accounted for after firefighters extinguished a fire at Veterinary Care of Ithaca on West Court Street on Thursday afternoon. The Ithaca Fire Department responded to the scene around 1 p.m. after a report that smoke and flames were coming from the building. Officials say the fire was in the attic area above the ceiling. All... more

Police investigating forcible touching in Collegetown

Police are investigating a reported forcible touching that occurred Friday night on the 100 block of Dryden Road in Ithaca. Police are asking the public if they have any information that could help the investigation. According to Cornell University Police, two women reported that at about 9:15 p.m. Friday, a man approached them on the sidewalk south of the Dryden... more

IPD SWAT Team finds fentanyl-laced heroin and handgun while serving search warrant

The Ithaca Police SWAT Team is accusing a 39-year-old Ithaca woman of possessing fentanyl-laced heroin and a handgun. The SWAT team served a search warrant at a home on the 500 block of Stewart Avenue at 6 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. Police found the weapon and the drugs at Aisha Smith’s home. Police arrested Smith and transported her to the... more

Ithaca Police Department launches enforcement blitz during Statewide Speed Awareness Week campaign

This week the Ithaca Police Department launched a speed enforcement blitz in the City of Ithaca as part of Speed Awareness Week, a statewide enforcement campaign organized by the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation. Speeding translates to death on our roadways.... more

HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no ‘high toxins’ yet

Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, on Cayuga Lake have come earlier and more often than last summer, when confirmed outbreaks prompted an off-season ramp-up of shoreline monitoring and sample testing for the 2018 season. While none of the 21 algal bloom reports this month has been confirmed to contain high levels of toxins, three beaches were temporarily closed as a precaution —... more

Pedestrian seriously injured after possible hit-and-run in Ithaca

Police were called to a hit-and-run on Saturday during the early-morning hours, according to a press release from the Ithaca Police Department. Officers resounded to the 200 block of Prospect Street regarding the report of an intoxicated person who had somehow been seriously injured. Upon arrival it was determined that the male victim had significant head, neck and internal injuries.... more

State Police: Ithaca man arrested after entering residence, threatening occupant with knives

An Ithaca man has been charged with felony burglary after police say he entered a residence on Elmira Road and threatened an occupant with knives. According to New York State Police, Scott W. Linderberry, 49, of Ithaca, entered a residence on Elmira Road at about 7 p.m. Thursday. Police say Linderberry entered the home without permission and “menaced an occupant... more

Driver, pedestrian both ticketed after Rt. 13 accident

Police say tickets have been issued after a tractor-trailer accident involving a pedestrian. The crash happened July 18th around 11:28 pm at the intersection of Route 13 and Willow Avenue. The pedestrian sustained a serious head injury, and was transported to a regional trauma center as result. Police say the operator of the rig was issued two traffic tickets for... more

Huge new dorm complex planned for Cornell campus

A mammoth North Campus dormitory complex planned at Cornell University eventually will enable the college to require all freshman and sophomores to live on campus. The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board on Tuesday night declared its intent to serve as the lead agency in the environmental review of the dormitory project. Housing for an additional 2,000 first- and... more

Union and worker organizations rally on the Commons for an increase to the minimum wage

Armed with signs and chants like "the people united will never be defeated," about 100 people gathered Tuesday on Ithaca Commons to rally for an increase in the minimum wage. The 43rd annual UALE (United Association for Labor Education) Northeast Regional Summer School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations held the rally in conjunction with the Tompkins County Workers... more

One seriously injured after commercial vehicle strikes pedestrian on Rt. 13

Police are investigating a crash involving a commercial vehicle and pedestrian on State Route 13 in the City of Ithaca. The accident happened around 11:28 pm near Willow Avenue, according to the Ithaca Police Department. They say a pedestrian, who was not identified, was struck by the commercial vehicle – and suffered a serious head injury. That person was airlifted... more

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
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