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1 – Man admits to Ithaca Commons shooting, records show
Records: Man admitted to Ithaca Commons shooting, witnesses turned him in to police — A man accused of shooting a person in the Ithaca Commons early in the morning April 9 allegedly admitted that he committed the crime while he was being interviewed by police, according to court records. Yakez Cornett, 22, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
2 – Election 2017: Two people announce they are running for Tompkins County Legislature
Amanda Champion, organizer of the Ithaca Women’s March, announced she will run for District 12.
“I can be a positive influence. I can make good choices and not just for me and my family, but for lots of people and hopefully will effect some positive change,” Champion said.
Ithaca College alumnus Keith Hannon announced he will run for District 5.
“I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore and just say, ‘You know what, it’s somebody else’s problem to run for office,’” Hannon said.
3 – Former Cornell University student sentenced for forcibly touching woman
Former Cornell fraternity president sentenced to probation for forcible touching — A former Cornell University student was sentenced to six years of probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to forcibly touching a woman. More than a year ago, 22-year-old Wolfgang Ballinger was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his room at 2 Forest Park Lane, the Psi Upsilon Chi Chapter fraternity house. Police initially charged Ballinger with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse. However, he was indicted only the first-degree sexual abuse charge in July, and the final plea was reduced to forcible touching.
4 – Ithaca man apprehended with heroin, cocaine and cash on Route 13
Ithaca man apprehended on Route 13 with heroin, cocaine and cash, police say — Ithaca police successfully apprehended Kimani A. House, 38 of Ithaca, on Tuesday, who was found to have heroin, cocaine and cash, according to police. Though the operation was carefully planned, police said, it unfortunately unfolded in front of a gym class at Ithaca High School. Seeing guns drawn and flash-bangs made for an alarming scene for students on the tennis courts, several teens said.
5 – Ithaca avoiding worst of ‘retail apocalypse’
6 – Lock your cars. Sheriff’s office warns of increased break-ins across Tompkins County
Sheriff’s office reminds community to lock doors following increased number of vehicle larcenies in Tompkins County — Last week, the sheriff’s office said in a statement that they have been receiving numerous complaints throughout the county of larcenies from vehicles. Though there has not been a particular trend connected to the break-ins, they have generally been happening at night.
7 – Former vice president Joe Biden will speak at Cornell
Former VP Joe Biden to deliver Senior Convocation address May 27 at Cornell — Vice President Joe Biden will give the keynote address at this year’s Senior Convocation, Saturday, May 27, during Cornell’s 149th Commencement Weekend.
8 -Where are most pedestrian accidents reported in Ithaca?
Interactive map: examining pedestrian crash data and improvements in Ithaca — Looking at a three-year period of data from the Ithaca Police Department, the most pedestrian-related crashes in Ithaca are reported at North Aurora and East Seneca streets, and West Buffalo and North Meadow streets. Explore three years of data with our interactive map.
In related news, Ithaca pedestrians and bicyclists shared input on the “nightmare” of Inlet Island roads.
“You just look both ways and run like hell,” said Jerry Wilcox, a 73-year-old Ithacan who lives at the end of Brookfield Road with his wife, and often crosses the West State Street bridge.
9 – Man who punched judge in face pleads guilty
10 – 88-year-old woman robbed on Easter
88-year-old woman robbed while walking home from church in Ithaca — In the 200 block of S Geneva Street at approximately 12:10 pm an 88-year-woman was walking home from church when someone grabbed her purse from behind.
Earlier that morning, another robbery was reported just a few blocks from where the elderly woman was robbed. No arrests have been made yet.