ITHACA, N.Y. — Four people are facing charges after police say they were found swimming and drinking underage during a special detail at Second Dam Friday.
Police said that around 3:30 p.m. at 911 Giles Road in the Town of Ithaca, the four were seen swimming at the prohibited area.
Tylor D. Braungard, 18, of Binghamton was charged with trespass.
Matthew R. Audette, 19, of Windsor, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol with intent to consume by a minor.
Keagen W. Braungard-Jackson, 16, of Kirkwood, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespass.
Simon A Braungard, 20, of Kirkwood, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol with intent to consume by a minor.
They were all given appearance tickets and are set to appear in the town of Ithaca court on Sept. 7.
The charges were issued within weeks on increased swimming ban ordinances from the town of Ithaca, whose town board unanimously voted to add a $7,500 contribution to the Gorge Ranger program in May.
The city of Ithaca Common Council, though, recently voted against a proposed change on the non-swimming enforcement front that would have added the following language to the city’s municipal code: “Wading, bathing, floating, jumping, swimming or otherwise entering the water of any natural area located within or owned by the City of Ithaca shall constitute Trespass. Entering the water for fishing purposes is exempt from this provision.”
Instead, Mayor Myrick spoke about appointing a task force to find alternative solutions to the issue. The task force will likely spend a month or two drafting a new plan, which will be passed on to the City Administration Committee before coming back to council.
The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Ithaca City Police Department, New York State Police, and the New York State DEC were all part of the special detail at the gorge.
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