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1 – Man charged with shooting cat with crossbow; cat is recovering well
Man facing felony charge after police say he shot cat in head with crossbow in Dryden — Police have charged a man with shooting a cat in the head with a crossbow back in June.
Records allege that Phillip Lewis, 27, intentionally shot a gray and white long-haired female cat between the eyes, and the arrow pierced through to the cat’s shoulder and back area. Lewis has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and is in custody at the Tompkins County Jail.
2 – Candor sex offender sentenced to 6 years in prison
Sex offender sentenced for Danby crimes: ‘He is a danger to children, a predator, and he must be kept away from them…’ – A Candor man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl last summer, prompting her and another girl to run away from a campsite until they were safely found the next morning, was sentenced to prison Friday afternoon.
Matthew Williams was sentenced to six years in prison for felony first-degree sex abuse with 10 years of post-release supervision and one year in jail each for two endangering the welfare of a child charges.
3 – Local residents step up to help with Hurricane Harvey relief
Local Red Cross volunteers helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas – Several local volunteers are headed to or already in Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts after the storm impacted more than 50 counties, causing unprecedented flooding and destruction.
Fifty-seven volunteers from the region headed to Texas last week, including three from Tompkins County.
4 – Judge denies petition alleging sheriff’s deputy falsified information in impaired driving case
Supreme Court judge denies petition in case accusing Tompkins County deputy of forging information — During a Supreme Court hearing in Tompkins County Court last week, a judge denied a petition entered by a woman alleging a Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputy falsified information in a case where she was accused of driving under the influence with her children in the vehicle.
“The paranoid and biased conclusory allegations made by petitioner’s counsel against Deputy Skeval, no matter how colorfully described and no matter how often they are repeated, are nothing but desperate attempts to distract the court from the fact that the petitioner drove her vehicle, with her children in tow, while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs,” read an affirmation filed on August 18 by District Attorney Matthew Van Houten.
5 – How do youth feel about school? How many drink alcohol regularly? Survey takes a look
Tompkins youth survey examines substance use, family life and school – How do local youth feel about school? How does their use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs compare to the national average? Tompkins County has surveyed thousands of local youth to examine substance use, family and community life and school.
Youth answered questions about using tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, opioids and other drugs. They also gave insight about parental involvement in school, their neighborhoods, clubs and activities, mental health and perception of cheating.
6 – What’s that chlorine smell?
Why does Ithaca water suddenly smell like chlorine? — If you live or work in the city of Ithaca, you may have noticed that tap water has recently started to smell noticeably like chlorine. A city official said Thursday morning that the smell could be here for good.
The City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant has begun adding an additional kind of chlorine — chlorine dioxide —to the water system.The new chlorine oxidizes organic material and will reduce the color and taste of Manganese in the water. High levels of Manganese in the Ithaca water system caused issues last summer when tap water started flowing in irregular colors ranging from light yellow to dark brown.
7 – IPD and DA’s office work to curb distracted driving
Ithaca police and DA’s office take ‘hard stance’ on distracted driving; course offered for new offenders — The Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s office is cracking down on distracted driving and will soon offer a course on the subject for first-time offenders.
Texting, talking on the phone, eating and anything else that takes a driver’s attention off the road is considered distracted driving. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
8 – Cornell receives $400K to help preserve potato crops
Senator Chuck Schumer announces $400K funding to upgrade Cornell lab, help preserve NY potatoes — For the love of french fries, potato chips and New York’s $65 million potato industry, Senator Chuck Schumer announced Friday morning that $400,000 of federal funding is being given to Cornell University to upgrade a laboratory set on ensuring invasive species don’t destroy potato and root vegetable crops.
Scientists are fighting the Golden nematode and Pale Cyst nematode. Although they’re about as small as a grain of sand, the pests damage the roots of vegetables. Crops contaminated with the pests can’t be shipped over state lines or overseas.
9 – What does Tompkins County’s economic future look like?
A look at the economic future of Tompkins County — Here are some labor-related statistics for your Labor Day weekend, beginning with conversation starter number one – if you want to live in this area for years to come, and be comfortably paid, your best hopes are going to be in education, healthcare and tech.
10 – District 3 candidates for Tompkins Legislature answer community questions
Five questions with District 3 candidates for Tompkins County Legislature — Three candidates are vying for the District 3 seat of Tompkins County Legislature. Last week, they answered questions at a public forum moderated by the League of Women Voters. They discussed issues like affordable housing, a living wage, social justice, shared services and transportation.
Primary day is Sept. 12.