Firefighters extinguish fire in Linden Avenue apartment building

Ithaca firefighters contained and extinguished a fire Tuesday at an apartment building at 211 Linden Ave. in Collegetown. No injuries were reported from the fire because all occupants were away for their holiday break, firefighters said. Firefighters responded to the building at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for a fire alarm, authorities said. They went into the building to investigate and found... more

Ithaca woman pleads guilty to robbery on night of ex-boyfriend’s death

An Ithaca woman pleaded guilty on Friday to robbing her ex-boyfriend of his marijuana plants last December in Newfield in an incident which resulted in the man’s death. Jamie Gerhart pleaded guilty to felony first-degree robbery of Camden Rundell. According to court documents, Andrew Bonavia, deputy district attorney, and Diane Lama, assistant district attorney, recommend a five-year prison sentence and... more

14-year-old accused of string of Ithaca vandalisms; Police believe others involved

Ithaca Police have made an arrest in an investigation into several vandalisms of vehicles and buildings, but believe others are involved. Over the last several days, police have received numerous reports of damage that appears to have been caused by a BB-gun. The incidents have occurred at all hours of the day, but more so during the late evening and... more

Niagara tops Cornell in Ithaca thriller, 89-86

In a game that was always bound to come down to the final shot, junior Matt Morgan’s game-tying 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer and Niagara escaped Newman Arena with an 89-86 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Big Red head into a short holiday break at 5-5, while the Purple Eagles improved to 7-6 entering Metro Athletic Association Conference play.... more

70-year-old man facing felony drug charges after allegedly being found with more than 500 opioid …

A 70-year-old man is facing multiple felony drug charges after police say he was illegally found with more than 500 oxymorphone pills. Robert Corey is charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. His previously sealed indictment was made public Friday afternoon. According to court documents, police issued a search warrant at his Hartford Road home... more

Tompkins County Legislature committee discusses safe injection facilities

In February 2016, Ithaca released its 25-part plan of action to loosen the grip that the nationwide opioid epidemic holds on the city. Of the 25 propositions made in the plan, the one that has objectively received the most media attention and public scrutiny is to open a Safe Injection Facility (SIF) in the city, providing heroin users a refuge where they... more

Tompkins deputy accused of rape appeared ‘visibly nervous,’ denied claims

A Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy being charged with rape and sex assault gave investigators a statement denying the claims against him, but also appeared “visibly nervous” at times and changed or added details upon retelling his version of events, according to court records. Matthew Pinney and Deputy Scott Walters are both charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault after... more

State Police: Pedestrian killed in Ulysses accident

State Police say a pedestrian was killed in a one-vehicle crash that happened around 10:20 pm on Trumansburg Road in Tompkins County. The Ulysses crash shut down part of the roadway between the time of the accident and the early-morning hours on Wednesday, as officials investigated and reconstructed the scene. The Ithaca Voice reports that a source familiar with the... more

Deputies: Ithaca man stole parts from Covert business, scrapped them for cash

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on December 18th at approximately 11:54 am investigators arrested a 28-year-old Ithaca resident on charges related to a grand larceny investigation. Deputies arrested Corey D. Griffen, 28, of Ithaca for third-degree grand larceny, which is a Class D felony. Griffen is accused of stealing more than $6,400.00 worth of auto parts from a... more

Ithaca PD: Investigation underway, suspect at-large after Byrne Dairy robbery

The Ithaca Police Department reports that on December 19th at approximately 10:50 pm officers responded to 215 North Meadow Street, where a Byrne Dairy Store is located for a reported robbery. Officers arrived and obtained a description of events from the victim, who is an employee of the store. The victim said that the suspect entered, pointed a gun at... more

Ithaca welcomes new Police Chief Pete Tyler: ‘It’s history in the making today’

In front of a crowd of more than 130 people Wednesday, Ithaca's first black mayor swore in Ithaca's first black police chief, who has officially taken the reigns as the 15th chief of the Ithaca Police Department. Chief Pete Tyler has served as a police officer at IPD for 26 years, raising up through the ranks with his good friend... more

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing strongly favoring running for re-election

Tompkins County Sheriff Kenneth Lansing confirmed Thursday afternoon that he is strongly favoring running for re-election in 2018 after previously saying on multiple occasions that he would not seek the position again. "There's a lot of things going on, as you well know, that this office has supported whole heatedly…I feel that sometimes it should be my obligation, along with... more

Supervised injection sites will be discussed at Tompkins Health Committee on Monday

On December 18th at 4:30pm in the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building (121 E. Court Street Ithaca, NY 14850) in the second floor legislative chambers the monthly Health and Human Services committee will continue the discussion on supervised injection sites. Across the country we are seeing consistent increases in opioid use with a huge upsurge in first time users and... more

Police: Man barricaded inside Ithaca residence talked about ‘suicide’ by cop

The Ithaca Police Department reports that an Elmira man is in custody after a lengthy standoff situation, in which the accused barricaded himself inside a Second Street home for several hours. Police say the incident started around 1:40 am when police were called to the 100 block of Second Street for people reportedly ‘arguing’. Upon arrival to the area, an... more

Batavia city manager accepts offer to be next Tompkins County administrator

The search for a Tompkins County administrator appears to be over. Jason Molino, the city manager for Batavia, has accepted the county’s offer to become the next Tompkins County administrator. Molino must still be formally appointed by Tompkins County Legislature. Legislators will take action on the appointment at their Tuesday meeting. A start date will be determined after the appointment... more
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