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Ithaca Minute – Hoy Road closed, Home Dairy Alley, Thanksgiving

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for November 19th. The Dwyer Dam Bridge at the Route 366 entrance to the Cornell University campus will be closed during work hours 7am-5pm this Monday through Wednesday, for sealant joint repair. The bridge connects Hoy Road to Dryden Road, or Route 366, at the southern edge of campus near Cornell’s parking garage. At least one pedestrian sidewalk will be kept open throughout the project. Cornell says Hoy Road will be open from Campus Road to the...


Ithaca Minute – Election results and Old Library demolition meeting

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for November 7th. Preliminary results from the Tompkins County Board of Elections show Democratic challenger Derek Osborne winning the race for County Sheriff with just over 2/3 of the vote. He defeats incumbent Ken Lansing and challenger Josh Brokaw, who took 5% of the vote. Challenger Tracy Mitrano had over 75% of the Tompkins County vote, but fell to incumbent Tom Reed for New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat by a ten percent margin. Tom...


Ithaca Minute – Time off and free rides on Election Day, and Sunny Days

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for October 30th. New York State law entitles you to time off to vote on Election Day, but you do have to ask for it in advance. Employers must give employees up to two hours off to vote, with pay, if there isn’t a block of four consecutive hours either between the time polls open and the start of your shift, or between the end of your shift and the time the polls close. You have to request that time off from your employer in advance — during the...


Ithaca Minute – Animal cruelty in Lansing, Sharpe/Hollister in CNY

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for October 29th. The New York State Police say a Lansing man was sent to Tompkins County Jail on “felony level” animal cruelty charges last week after being accused of killing a woman’s pet rabbit. The woman told troopers that 24-year-old Seth C. Decker “was angry after an argument, and allegedly told the victim he would put her pet rabbit inside the microwave at a residence on Lockerby Hill Road.” Another person at the residence observed Decker...


Ithaca Minute – Primary election results, pool party, Little Red, bus station

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for September 15th. Derek Osborne and Amanda Kirchgessner won their races in preliminary primary election results for Ithaca and Tompkins County on Thursday night. Challenger Derek Osborne topped incumbent Ken Lansing for the Democratic Party nomination for Tompkins County Sheriff. Osborne will face independent candidate Josh Brokaw, a local journalist who filed his candidacy petitions last month. Lansing is also running on the Independence Party...


Ithaca Minute – Drug arrest, bus terminal, SPCA break-in

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for September 5th. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office says an arrest warrant for a female subject led to the arrest of four people from the Ithaca area. A release on Tuesday says deputies had gone to an Elmira Road motel to serve the warrant last Monday, August 27. The four people found in the motel room were found to be “in possession of a large quantity of heroin, cocaine, LSD, prescription pills, and marijuana,” as well as an electronic stun gun...


Ithaca Minute – Late-night downtown assaults and county recycling

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for September 4th. Police say a man is recovering in a regional hospital after four people “approached him and began to punch and kick him without provocation” at about 3am on Friday. Officers responded to the intersection of Cayuga Street and Green Street at 3:11am and spoke to the male victim. The victim told police he was not familiar with the four attackers, who police are describing at this time only as “four black males.” The incident came a...


Ithaca Minute – Investigating Lansing incident, missing motorcycle, TCAT electric bus grant

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for August 29th. New York State Police investigators are looking for a motorcycle they say was stolen from a barn in the Town of Groton. According to police, “the motorcycle is described as a children’s sized mini motorcycle and stands approximately three feet tall.” The custom paint job “is purplish/blue and white,” and there are “ghost flames on the gas tank.” The New York State Police are also “looking to speak to the individual pictured” in...


Ithaca Minute – Newfield incident ends peacefully, dog bite in Six Mile Creek

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for August 27th. Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office says law enforcement activity in Newfield that drew the attention of residents “was concluded peacefully” on Sunday night, and no injuries were involved. Lieutenant Daniel M. Donahue says the incident “occurred at the intersection of Millard Hill Road and State Route 13” just south of Ithaca and Treman State Park at about 9pm Sunday, “as a result of a domestic incident.” The Tompkins County Health...


Ithaca Minute – Christopher Bordoni Memorial Ride, Ithaca Police BBQ

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for August 24th. U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher Bordoni died six years ago, and the 7th annual Bordoni Memorial Ride is scheduled for this Saturday, with a chicken BBQ to follow. The ride around Cayuga Lake will benefit Heel the Heroes, a non-profit that provides therapy dogs and dog training for veterans. A 2008 graduate of Ithaca High School, Cpl. Bordoni was critically injured in a suicide bomber attack just weeks before he was to return home...


Ithaca Minute – Roller Derby and South Quarry Street closed

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for August 3rd. August’s doubleheader bout hosted by the the Ithaca League of Women Rollers is Saturday evening, and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County. Saturday’s event will feature a SufferJets bout followed by a BlueStockings bout. The all-female flat-track roller derby league is in the midst of its eleventh season. The league has two teams (the SufferJets and BlueStockings) and a junior derby program that helps...


Ithaca Minute – Black Lives Matter sign vandalism, Porchfest performer signup

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for August 1st. Three distinct cases of early morning vandalism at the home of an Ithaca alderperson, stretching from May 2017 to just last month, have been under investigation by the Ithaca Police Department for over a year with no progress. In all three cases, an unknown individual or individuals spray-painted over a “Black Lives Matter” sign outside the home of Second Ward alderperson Ducson Nguyen and his wife Amber Gilewski. The couple’s signs...


Ithaca Minute – Stuck truck, drug arrest, East State Street, dog rescue

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for July 31st. Traffic on south hill was snarled for a couple of hours Tuesday night as a tractor trailer got stuck at the intersection of Giles Street and Hudson Street. Two heavy-duty commercial tow trucks were needed to free the truck. Police say a 39-year-old Ithaca woman was arrested early Tuesday morning after the IPD SWAT team served a search warrant at her residence on Stewart Avenue, near the Cornell University campus. Aisha Smith was taken...


Ithaca Minute – Bus terminal and personal injury hit-and-run

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for July 28th. The Ithaca Bus Terminal was slated to close at the end of July, but City of Ithaca officials tell us the facility will stay open for now. After serving passengers traveling to and from the Ithaca area for more than a century, the transit landmark in the west end will be closing. City of Ithaca chief of staff Dan Cogan tells us, “we are looking at keeping the buses at the west end station for a few months, until we have a permanent...


Ithaca Minute – Cascadilla gorge, vegan bake sale, farmers market

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for July 27th. A bulletin from Cornell University says the Cascadilla Creek gorge trail is closed “until further notice,” due to falling rocks. Cornell says the closure affects the gorge trail between College Avenue in Collegetown and Linn Street in Downtown Ithaca. A bake sale hosted Sunday afternoon by Ithaca Vegans at GreenStar Natural Foods Market raised $1,008 that will go to RAICES, a Texas non-profit offering support to immigrant families...


Ithaca Minute – NY23 Primary results too close to call

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for June 27th. Just 26 votes separate the two leading candidates with all of the regular ballots counted in Tuesday’s primary for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Final results are likely to take several days, if not weeks, as absentee ballots are counted. Read our article: Too close to call: Della Pia and Mitrano neck and neck for NY23 Primary Subscribe to the Ithaca Minute in iTunes or Google Play, RadioPublic, TuneIn, Stitcher, or via RSS feed, or follow...


Ithaca Minute – Rollover crash extraction, street cleaning

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for March 28th. Firefighters extracted an elderly woman whose car rolled over on East Court Street on Tuesday night, after getting a call that a person was trapped inside a vehicle. According to the Ithaca Fire Department, a call came in around 9:30pm, and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a Toyota Prius on its side with the driver unable to get out. Ithaca Police officers closed off the street while firefighters cut the windshield...


Ithaca Minute – Lansing laundromat larceny, tuning fork detour

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for March 27th. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has asked the public for help in a larceny case where an unidentified individual broke into a cash dispenser in an Ithaca-area laundromat. On the night of Sunday, March 11, a person dressed in grey warmup pants and a dark hooded sweatshirt and/or mask entered the laundromat in the Village of Lansing and broke into the change dispenser. A video is on Anyone with information is asked to...


Ithaca Minute – Seneca Way detour, March for our Lives, TCAT bus fire, Big Red Hockey

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for March 26th. Seneca Way will be closed all this week from State Street to Seneca Street due to a project to install new water and sewer lines for the Hilton Canopy Project. Traffic westbound on New York State Route 79 will need to detour. The official detour for westbound traffic is to continue straight at the tuning fork on East State Street, turn right onto Aurora Street at the light near the Ithaca Commons, and then turn left onto Seneca...


Ithaca Minute – Pizza robbery arrest, Hairspray auditions at IHS

Here’s the Ithaca Minute from 14850 Today for March 1st. A man who Ithaca Police say was responsible for Monday night’s armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver was arrested Tuesday night after barricading himself in a home on west hill, according to IPD. 25-year-old Dennis Noonan was secured in police custody “after several hours” barricaded in his apartment. Police say after the suspect was taken into custody, “officers observed what appeared to be evidence of a small meth lab inside of...