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Troopers: Tompkins trio kidnapped person at gunpoint, now they face felony charges

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State police have arrested three Tompkins County residents following an abduction in the Southern Tier. Joseph M. Howell, age 37; David C. Maycumber, age 41; and Michael P. Inman, age 46, all of Newfield were ... more
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Air Quality Advisory issued as Canadian wildfire smoke returns to the Finger Lakes

Former Geneva resident living in Australia talks about wildfires that have destroyed millions of acres
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and State Department of Health have issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Wednesday. The advisory is for the Eastern Lake Ontario, Central New York, and Western ... more
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Power slowly restored across Finger Lakes after Monday’s severe weather (full coverage)

Severe thunderstorms bring heavy rain, hail and leave thousands without power across Finger Lakes
As of Tuesday morning, there were still a little more than 1,000 people without power across the Finger Lakes region where strong and severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc yesterday afternoon. Spectacular display!! We're getting a welcome ... more
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Big broadband money coming to New York: How will $664M be spent?

Yates County broadband project moving forward
New York State is set to benefit from the largest-ever investment in broadband expansion, amounting to more than $664.6 million, as part of an effort to extend internet service to areas currently lacking access. The ... more
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Elmira man sentenced to federal prison after planning to distribute $40,000 worth of meth throughout region

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On Friday 32-year-old Kevin Walker from Elmira was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Walker was found guilty of possessing and intending to distribute methamphetamine in Central New York, a crime to which he ... more
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Finger Lakes will have hazy skies thanks to Canadian wildfire smoke on Sunday, but you won’t smell it

Finger Lakes will have hazy skies thanks to Canadian wildfire smoke on Sunday, but you won’t smell it
Did you notice a haze in the air on Saturday? If so, you're not alone. While most in the Finger Lakes region saw hazy sun during the late-afternoon hours caused by wildfire smoke in Canada ... more
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Man accused of threatening Walmart employees over the phone

Walmart launching special curbside pickup for at-risk shoppers
On June 12 state police in Big Flats responded to a report of a threatening phone call received by Wal-Mart staff in Horseheads. An investigation into the incident revealed that the caller, identified as Martin ... more
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Painted Post woman accused of filing false documents

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Deputies arrested a 24-year-old Painted Post resident following a welfare fraud investigation. Amy Orbanic is accused of providing a false document for filing to Steuben County DSS, resulting in more than $500 in public benefits ... more
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Two year drug trafficking investigation in Finger Lakes nets 48 arrests, 19 illegal firearms, and $440K in cash: Drugs seized worth $9M

Two year drug trafficking investigation in Finger Lakes nets 48 arrests, 19 illegal firearms, and 0K in cash: Drugs seized worth M
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the takedown of a major narcotics trafficking ring that flooded communities in the Finger Lakes with fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and other dangerous drugs. The takedown resulted in 177 ... more
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Gas prices remain flat across the Finger Lakes as summer approaches

State ‘gas tax holiday’ takes effect: Find out which counties
Gas prices in the Finger Lakes remain unchanged from last week, with the average price for a gallon of gas standing at $3.69, according to AAA. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline ... more
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State police: 16 count indictment follows child porn investigation

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State police made two arrests after a superior court warrant was issued in Chemung County. Phillip Youngman, 22, of Big Flats was charged with 10 counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child; ... more
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Man arrested after trespassing at closed state prison

Man arrested after trespassing at closed state prison
A 35-year-old was taken into custody after trespassing into a closed state prison. New York State Police have charged Justin E. Hoose, 35, with criminal trespass after he allegedly forced his way into the now-closed ... more
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From frost to dry weather: Finger Lakes vineyards hopeful that weather will normalize soon

Colloca Estate Winery will have a dinner in celebration of its expansion
The Finger Lakes region was struck by a devastating frost just a couple weeks ago causing extensive damage to vineyards and orchards in the area. Mark Karasz, owner of Rock Stream Vineyards, told WETM-TV that ... more
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Finger Lakes allergy season in full swing: How long will it last?

Finger Lakes allergy season in full swing: How long will it last?
The Finger Lakes region is currently experiencing a severe spring allergy season, with grass and tree pollen peaking at the same time. Dr. Emily Weis, clinical director for allergy at URMC, tells 13WHAM-TV that this ... more
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Investigation underway after state police find vehicle in a pond

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State police arrested a Horseheads resident following an incident that resulted in a vehicle being found in a pond. Troopers responded to Hanson Gravel Pits in Horseheads regarding a vehicle in a pond. Following an ... more
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Troopers: Property damage crash leads to aggravated DWI arrest

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State police arrested an Endicott woman for aggravated DWI after a property damage crash. Police were called to a one-car accident in Wellsburg, finding a vehicle operated by Margaret Palombaro, 41, was in an accident ... more
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Troopers: Breesport man threw rocks at a car in Elmira

Watkins Glen man arrested after attacking two people at Dunkin’
State police have arrested a Breesport man following an incident in Elmira. According to troopers they were called to a residence on Lattabrook Road in Elmira for a disturbance. While interviewing the person who filed ... more
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State and local leaders tour frost damage at Finger Lakes vineyards

State and local leaders tour frost damage at Finger Lakes vineyards
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball, along with representatives from various state and federal agencies, toured vineyards in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions on Friday to assess the impact of a recent freeze. The ... more
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Supreme Court rolls back protections for wetlands in broad ruling that favors farmers, developers, and polluting industries

Supreme Court rolls back protections for wetlands in broad ruling that favors farmers, developers, and polluting industries
New York State’s top environmental regulator today condemned the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that will remove millions of acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands from federal regulation. The Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Seneca, Wayne and ... more
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DEC and DOH issue reminder for residents to stay vigilant as HABs season begins in Finger Lakes

DEC and DOH issue reminder for residents to stay vigilant as HABs season begins in Finger Lakes
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have issued a reminder for New Yorkers to remain vigilant about harmful algal blooms (HABs) as the 2023 reporting season commences. The DEC's ... more
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Frost, freeze puts major stress on grapes across Finger Lakes

Frost, freeze puts major stress on grapes across Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region, a critical area for vineyards, has experienced significant damage following freezing temperatures on Thursday morning that caused about 50% crop loss at Lakewood Vineyards and an estimated 35% at Fox Run ... more
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