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Inmate escapes from Tompkins County Jail during work detail, remains at large now

An inmate from the Tompkins County Jail escaped late-Monday, according to officials. Jeffrey Cornell, 37, is described as a white male, wearing tan pants, a white t-shirt, and gray sweatshirt. He’s approximately 5’10” and about 230 lbs. Officials say Cornell has brown ... MORE
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Dryden schools go remote due to COVID cases, lack of bus drivers, and quarantine issues

Due to a dramatic uptick in COVID-19 cases over Thanksgiving break the Dryden Central School District is going remote. Throughout the week remote learning will be the standard for students there. The goal for the district will be to return to in-person ... MORE
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Cornell University pushes vaccinate mandate for employees at Ithaca, Geneva campuses out to mid-January

Cornell University is delaying its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for faculty and staff. The extension puts the mandate out to January 2022, according to officials. Previously, employees were expected to be fully-vaccinated by December 8. However, they have until January 18 to get ... MORE
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Tops Markets will close a dozen stores after merger with Price Chopper

After completing a merger with Price Chopper/Market 32, Tops Friendly Markets will be shutting down a dozen locations across the state. The move came after new leadership for the merged company said no closures would occur. The merger itself was recently approved ... MORE
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DEBRIEF: Debating Willard closure, diversions at local hospitals, Wegmans security for shopping carts, and hedge fund play for Lee newspapers (podcast)

On this edition of The Debrief Podcast your hosts Ted Baker and Josh Durso from the FL1 News team break down the biggest stories of the week. – Wegmans store in Auburn rolls out new security system to prevent rogue shopping carts ... MORE
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Ithaca man taken into custody after chase in city

The Ithaca Police Department and New York State Police Community Stabilization Unit conducted a traffic stop in the city, which resulted in a brief pursuit. According to police, Breon Brooks was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation. Following the traffic stop ... MORE
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Police find loaded, stolen handgun during traffic stop in Ithaca

Police arrested an Ithaca man following a traffic stop in the city. During that traffic stop a loaded handgun was found. Police say Mario Graves was found to be in possession of a 9mm Taurus Arms handgun, which had previously been reported ... MORE
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Cornell captures third consecutive Red Hot Hockey Title with 6-4 win over Boston University

Senior forward Brenden Locke and junior defenseman Sam Malinski had a goal and an assist apiece, and the Cornell men’s hockey captured its third consecutive Red Hot Hockey victory with a 6-4 decision over Boston University on Saturday night at Madison Square ... MORE
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Police: $34,000 recovered in search as local man faces felony weapons charge

Police in Ithaca say $34,000 was recovered while processing evidence collected from a search executed on Lake Avenue. Philip DeVinney, 55, was arrested for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, as a felony. The charges will be answered at a ... MORE
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Several guns, drugs, stolen items, and thousands in cash recovered in Ithaca search

Police say the Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team served a search warrant on Lake Avenue, resulting in several firearms, drugs, and tens-of-thousands in cash being taken into possession by law enforcement. The warrant was served at 306 Lake Avenue. It stemmed from a ... MORE
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Officers take armed suspect into custody after standoff situation in Ithaca

Police say an armed man was taken into custody after an extended standoff with police at a commercial business in Ithaca. The Ithaca Police Department reports that on Sunday around 10:19 p.m. officers were dispatched to a building alarm at a commercial ... MORE
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Finger Lakes region does well in October unemployment numbers

Yates County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in October, according to figures released by the state Labor Department. The jobless rate came in at 3.1%, just ahead of Ontario and Tompkins Counties, tied for fourth at 3.5% Wayne County ... MORE
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Cornell Football: Glover, Nourzad, Stebbins Headline All-Ivy League Team

Cornell had three players earn first-team honors and seven cited overall when the All-Ivy League Football team was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the conference office. The team was selected in a vote of all eight Ivy coaches. Seniors Hunter Nourzad (offensive ... MORE
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Tricky travel this morning as snow covered roads, slippery spots make for wintry commute

The lake effect snow bands that are making travel difficult during the early-morning hours will dissipate as time goes on. Use caution on roadways, especially if traveling along the Route 104 corridor between Monroe, Wayne, and Cayuga counties. That’s where the heaviest ... MORE
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Cornell’s Nate McDonald named MAC Goaltender of the Week

ECAC Hockey announced Monday that senior Nate McDonald has been named the MAC Goaltender of the Week after he backstopped the Cornell men’s hockey team to victories over Brown and Yale over the weekend at Lynah Rink. GOALIE OF THE WEEK 🏅 ... MORE