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1 – Police searching for suspect that sexually assaulted woman
Ithaca police looking for suspect after a woman was publicly sexually assaulted in Collegetown Sunday night — Police are looking for a man they say sexually assaulted a woman in Collegetown on March 11.
According to a news release, a woman was thrown to the ground by a man and sexually assaulted. She was able to fight off her attacker, run from the scene and call for help.
2 – Need a ride? Ride sharing is an underutilized way to commute
Interested in ride sharing? Tompkins has resources — Most people commuting to work in Tompkins County drive alone, data shows. As a way to reduce emissions and congestion on roads, local officials are letting people know there are local resources if residents want to fill the empty seats of their cars.
Driving alone is energy intensive, Fernando de Aragón, director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, said. Carpooling can help save car and gas costs for commuters, reduce road congestion and cut down on emissions.
“Any individual driving alone is taking up a fair amount of space on the road and using a tremendous amount of resources. You have four, five seats in your car. If we had more people sitting in those seats, you increase your efficiency dramatically,” de Aragón said.
Check out fingerlakesrideshare.org for local rides.
3 – Man defending himself in trial says he is ancestor of Moorish Empire
Man representing himself in felony trial found guilty of illegally having a weapon — A man who illegally had a gun in an Ithaca hotel room last year was found guilty of unlawfully having the weapon when police arrived for a report of a domestic disturbance last year.
The man’s defense? That he is an Aboriginal Native American who is not bound by United States laws.
The jury trial began and ended Monday.
4 – Local students join national walk out movement
National Walkout: Ithaca students stand in solidarity to demand change — Hundreds of students in Tompkins County marched out of classes Wednesday morning and stood silently for 17 minutes. It was a way to remember the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month and protest gun violence.
“It was really beautiful and really inspiring to see so many people supporting the same thing that I do,” said IHS senior Maddi Carroll. “I walked out because I stand in solidarity with the 17 … who died and I want to protest gun violence.”
5 – City considers subtle, major overhaul of zoning
City considers subtle, major overhaul of zoning — The Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting last week was packed with information. One overlay discussed was the Planned Unit Development Overlay District. Another was the ever-controversial CIITAP tax abatement program.
Reporter Brian Crandall breaks down what those mean and how they could affect development.
6 – Fate of Nines building remains in limbo
Possible historic designation of The Nines building remains in limbo — The back of The Nines building in Collegetown is falling apart. It was never meant to be pretty. During public comments, one person called it an “uninspired utilitarian garage for fire equipment.” The owners don’t have the means to make major updates to the building and simply want to sell it. But if it receives a historic designation, their retirement plans could be dashed and The Nines could end up just another empty store front in Collegetown. For now, the building’s future remains in limbo.
7 – Local, national officials remember Louise Slaughter as pioneer
Local, national officials remember Congresswoman Louise Slaughter as pioneer — Following the news of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s death, representatives locally and nationally on both sides of the political spectrum have praised Slaughter as fierce advocate, a pioneer for women and a politician who always cared about her community.
Slaughter died Friday at age 88. She was a Democrat who represented the Rochester area and was the oldest sitting member of Congress. She was serving her 16th term in the House of Representatives.
8 – Man connected to convenience store robberies indicted
String of armed convenience store robberies leads to indictment of Ithaca man — Curt Rosenfeld, 32, was indicted on three charges of first-degree robbery after three local robberies led to his arrest earlier this year. The robberies took place on separate occasions within one week in December.
The first robbery took place on Dec. 17 at a Mirabito Convenience Store in Dryden. Two days later on Dec. 19, a second robbery was reported at the Byrne Dairy in the City of Ithaca. The next robbery was reported on Dec. 24 at Shortstop Deli in Ithaca.
9 – Walmart employee’s tip led investigators to ‘stunning’ amount of weapons in former student’s apartment
Tip from Walmart employee led to discovery of arsenal in former Cornell student’s apartment — What started as a tip from a concerned Walmart employee turned into a federal investigation that quickly revealed what police called an “alarming discovery” of weapons and other items in a former Cornell University student’s apartment.
Documents filed in court reveal more about the investigation that led up to the arrest of 20-year-old Maximilien R. Reynolds.
10 – End of watch: Ithaca’s young Lt. Colin ‘returned to the cosmos’
10-year-old Ithaca Police Officer Colin dies after valiant fight against cancer — Officer Colin, Ithaca’s youngest police officer at just 10 years old, died Saturday after a valiant, years-long fight against brain cancer.
Colin Hayward Toland passed away at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, a place his parents have said has become like a second home over the years.
His family wrote in a Facebook post Sunday morning, “Lieutenant Colin returned to the cosmos in the loving embrace of his family. His passing was more peaceful and gentle than we could have imagined. On his last day, he went outside and felt the sun on his face and the wind in his hair.”