Ithaca, NY

Police looking for Target scooter thief

LANSING, N.Y. (WETM) – Police in Ithaca are looking for help to identify a shoplifting suspect at the local Target from over the summer. New York State Police out of Ithaca posted photos of a man at Target on Catherwood Road in Lansing on August 27, 2022. NYSP said that the man walked off with […]
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Ithaca, Tompkins County Receive State Homeland Security Grants

Governor Kathy Hochul announced $9 million in federal funding awards through the State Homeland Security Program to 77 cities, towns, villages, and counties through seven unique grant programs designed to enhance their public safety preparedness and response capabilities. Specifically, the funding is allocated to New York's bomb squads, hazardous materials teams, explosive detection canine teams, tactical teams, technical rescue, and urban search and rescue teams. These grants will also be used to protect and secure critical infrastructure, mass gathering events and enhance local governments' cyber security capabilities.

Effort to protect a beacon of LGBTQ and women’s history in Ithaca

Sometimes maintaining history is as important as the history itself. There’s an effort to preserve a building that has been home to a printing press, a beloved restaurant and a beacon of LGBTQ and women’s literary movement. “Doing preservation work is always more effective if we're acting proactively,...
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The Yellow Deli: A Tasty New Restaurant, or a Hateful Cult?

As a townie myself, I’ve always known about the local cult that inhabits Ithaca. I’ve seen them with their many children walking around the farmers market. I’ve seen their incredibly large property in the Fall Creek neighborhood. I’ve also always known about their restaurant, or series of café’s near the Commons.

Twin Tiers Most Wanted: Michael R. Sherman

Michael R. Sherman is wanted by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office. Sherman has violated his probation. Sherman was convicted of two counts of assault and criminal mischief. Sherman is 43 years old. Sherman has brown hair and blue eyes. Sherman is 5’7″ tall and weighs 150 pounds.

Car stolen from Cornell parking lot

ITHACA, N.Y. (WHCU) — Police at Cornell are looking for a stolen car. Authorities say the grey 2008 Honda Odyssey was stolen from the Red Bud Parking Lot on the main campus between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Officers say the keys were left inside the vehicle. Anyone with...

Cortland man arrested for violating order of protection

CORTLAND, N.Y. (WHCU) – A homeless Cortland man is charged with 2 felonies. Cortland City Police responded to a disturbance call on Homer Avenue yesterday afternoon. A woman at the scene had allegedly just been assaulted by 31-year-old Travis Hartwick. The victim and Hartwick were previously in a relationship, and she had an order of protection against him. He was arrested for violating that order. The victim refused to press assault charges. Hartwick became unresponsive in the police cruiser, and it was diverted to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. He received treatment and became responsive before trying to flee the hospital. He was thwarted by the arresting Officers. He is charged with felony criminal contempt for violating the protection order and felony aggravated family offense. He was additionally charged with misdemeanor attempted escape. He was taken to Cortland County Jail with no bail. He will reappear in City of Cortland Court next week.

Budget proposal would raise sewer and water rates for City of Ithaca residents

ITHACA, N.Y. (WHCU) — Ithaca’s 2023 proposed budget would increase several rates for residents in the city. It includes a two percent bump in water rates, a 10 percent hike in sewer expenses, and anticipated raises in sidewalk fees. The total budget proposal comes to just under $90 million, which is about $6 million more than last year’s.
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Tompkins Co. Sheriff's Office Warns of Narcan-Resistant Drug

ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office issued a public alert on Wednesday, warning about a rise in overdoses where the use of narcan has been ineffective, or required multiple doses. Undersheriff Jennifer Olin said it's believe to be linked to the rise in the use of a...

October 6 update from Health Department on COVID-19 cases

The Tompkins County Health Department says there have now been 24,533 total positive cases in Tompkins County, 18 more than on Wednesday, and a total of 1,943,344 tests conducted. The Health Department is also now reporting positive self-test results that have been submitted through their online portal. They say there are 2 new positive self-test results for a total of 3,911 submitted.

Spine-Chilling Sight Found Outside of a Hudson Valley Home

Eeek, it's not something I'd like to run into. Lately it seems like there has been a lot of snake sightings in the Hudson Valley. I understand they are part of nature and most of them are not a threat to us, but it doesn't mean they can't be scary and unpleasant to look at. I recently came across one the other day and the way it moved and slithered gave me a big case of the heebie jeebies. Another snake was recently found in the Hudson Valley and the resident who took the picture has been trying to figure out what kind of snake it is. Maybe you can help,

Downtown Ithaca Awarding Six at 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s 25th Anniversary Celebration is coming up on Thursday, Oct 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic State Theatre, 107 W. State St., downtown Ithaca. During this celebration, the organization will present six awards in the following categories to the following local individuals, community partners, and downtown businesses and development projects:

What Does Cornell Mean to You—In Five Words or Less?

At Homecoming, we invited alumni and students to ponder that question. Beyond our wildest expectations, they delivered. Sum up your feelings about your alma mater—in a mere five words or fewer. Sounds like an impossible task, right? Well … what if we bribed you with tote bags, pens, and candy?

Reason for Biden’s Poughkeepsie Visit Revealed: Great News For HV

The real reason behind Joe Biden's visit to Poughkeepsie has been revealed, and it's earth-shattering news for the Hudson Valley. It's not every day a president comes to town. In fact, the last seated president who set foot in the Mid Hudson Region was Bill Clinton who famously met with Boris Yelstin in a historic 1995 event in Hyde Park. The sax-playing president even made a return trip to Hyde Park in 2000.