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1 – Slain Ithaca woman remembered as trailblazing diva; man charged with her death pleads not guilty

Slain Ithaca woman remembered as trailblazing diva at public vigil — More than 100 people who attended the vigil on the Ithaca Commons for Josie Berrios, found dead at a construction site June 13 in Collegetown, were reminded that if it started to rain, it meant the angels were crying.

“We’re not here to throw stones. We’re here to celebrate, hallelujah, the life of Josie,” Pastor Shirley Reeves said. “And I want to let you know that whatever you’re holding in your heart against anyone, let it go. It’s not worth it.”

Police have charged 45-year-old Michael Davis with murder and arson in connection with Berrios’ death. Last week, he pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Jolene Almendarez/Ithaca Voice

2 – Nagee Green found guilty of assault, jury deadlocked on murder charge

Cornell murder trial: Jury deadlocked on murder charge, Nagee Green found guilty of assault — After a three-week trial, a jury found Nagee Green guilty of assault but deadlocked on the murder charge.

Green was charged in connection with the death of Ithaca College students Anthony Nazaire and stabbing of Rahiem Williams, who survived. District Attorney Matthew Van Houten said prosecutors are ready to try the case again. A conference between the two parties and Judge John Rowley is scheduled for July 21, when the case and potential re-trial dates will be further discussed.

3 – Dozens rally to urge Tompkins County to pass law raising minimum wage to living wage

Residents urge Tompkins County legislators to make minimum wage a living wage — Dozens of residents rallied Monday to urge local legislators to pass a law that would require that all employers in Tompkins County pay their employees a living wage.

The minimum wage in New York is $9.70 per hour. Alternatives Federal Credit Union has calculated that $14.34 is a living wage in Tompkins County for individuals whose employers do not offer health insurance, and $13.77 for people whose employers do.

Rally for living wage in Tompkins County. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

4 – Ithaca celebrates Officer Colin’s 10th birthday

Ithaca Officer Colin turns 10 years old, celebrates at epic party — At Ithaca Police Officer Colin’s 10th birthday bash, there were Christmas carolers, a creepy Halloween graveyard, a Valentine decorating station and Easter egg hunts. But for Officer Colin nothing compared to the five-tier cake – a tower of holiday-theme layers topped with a large number 10 on it.

This video sums up the celebration:

5 – Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has a new four-legged officer

Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office welcomes first police dog in over a year, K9 Deputy Odee — The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is re-instating its K9 program. On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office introduced its newest – and furriest – member of the force.

6 – The secret garden of Tompkins County Jail

The secret garden of Tompkins County JailBy looking at the brick building head on, one wouldn’t expect much to be growing behind the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, but in a small patch out back, an abundance of fruits and vegetables grow in a fenced-in community garden.

Officer Nathan Bowles, who is in charge of the inmate garden initiative, said this year’s garden is packed with herbs, hot peppers, tomatoes lettuce, strawberries, beans cucumbers, radishes, squash and other fresh fruits and vegetables.

7 – Ithaca police investigate double shooting at gas station

Update: 2 people shot, police investigating at 2 Ithaca gas stations — Ithaca police were on routine patrol in the area of W. State Street. and Fulton Street Thursday when they responded to shots fired around 1:45 a.m. Officers located one victim of a gunshot wound in the parking lot of Chuck’s Mobil on 540 W. State Street and were notified of a second victim who had fled northbound from Chuck’s to the Fastrac Markets at 214 N. Meadow Street.

Both victims were expected survive as of Friday. No arrests have been made yet.

8 – Ithaca Commons fountain shut down by order of health department

Ithaca Commons fountain shut down by order of Tompkins County Health Department — The fountain was shut down early Wednesday due to health concerns.

The recycled, recirculated water is one of the concerns according to Frank Kruppa, director of the Tompkins County Health Department. The other concern is people slipping and falling. The fountain was designed to be an aesthetic fountain, not a play fountain. Moving ahead, city officials may have to put a fence around the fountain or put up a sign advising people not to play in it.

9 – Could supervised injection facilities become a reality in New York?

Proposed legislation could make safe injection facilities a reality — Supervised injection facilities are one step closer to a reality this week with the introduction of a new bill and support from the American Medical Association. Introduced Tuesday by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, the bill would enact the safer consumption services act, which makes room for programs supporting safe injection sites.

Supervised injection facilities are one recommendation in The Ithaca Plan.

Clean materials available for drug users in the mock safe consumption site May 2 on the Ithaca Commons. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

10 – Toy lending library opens in Ithaca

Let’s play! Check out 100s of toys at Ithaca’s magical new toy lending library — Blocks, puzzles, costumes, dolls, instruments and toys of all sorts will soon be available for any child in the community to play with at the new Finger Lakes Toy Library.

The library was created to increase access to high-quality toys, foster creativity and encourage a culture of reusing.

The Finger Lakes Toy Library opened June 22 with a ribbon cutting. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice











Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.