These are the top local stories of the past week.
1 – More than $20K raised for Homer girl injured in boating accident
Benefit planned for Homer girl injured in boating accident — A benefit has been planned to raise money for the medical bills and future accommodations of an 8-year-old Homer girl who was severely injured in a boating accident last week on Skaneatles Lake. A GoFundMe page for Kaelynne Driscoll has raised more than $20,000.
2 – Local farmer faces charges in teen's accidental death
Homer farm owner charged in boy's death — The owner of a local farm has been charged with more than a dozen labor violations following a year-long investigation into the death of a 14-year-old who was killed in a farming accident, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday. Luke Park, owner of the Park Family Farm in Homer, has been charged in connection with the death of 14-year-old Alex Smith, who died in July of 2015 while working on Park's farm.
3 – Sexual abuse allegations made against Cortland man
Cortland man charged with 70 counts of sexual abuse — An 82-year-old Cortland man has been charged with more than 70 counts of sexual abuse following a 7-month investigation into allegations that a young girl was sexually abused by a family acquaintance. Arthur C. Ward, of Elm Street, was arrested Tuesday on 58 felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a person under the age of 11.
4 – Upstate NY democrat steps up to challenge Seward
5 – Guilty: Former Crown Center nursing aide admits to credit card theft
Cortland nurse aide pleads guilty to credit card theft — A former certified nurse aide at Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has entered a guilty plea in connection with the theft of a nursing home resident’s credit card. The New York State Attorney General’s Office announced Hope Pearson’s guilty plea Thursday to one felony count of criminal possession of stolen property.
6 – Owners of local comic book store start GoFundMe page to save shop
Heroes and Villains launches fundraiser to save store — The owners of a local comic book shop have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to keep a contract with a major comic book distributor. Diamond Comics Distributors, a company that transports comic books from publishers to retailers, has given the owners of Heroes and Villains a deadline of July 18 to come up with $6,000, according to co-owner Stephen Vincent, Jr. If the store fails to come up with the money, their account with Diamond Comics will be closed.
7 – Driver sought in hit and run
Cortland police seek hit and run suspect — Police are looking for the owner of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian who was crossing the Tompkins and Main Street intersection last Saturday morning.
8 – Groton nuisance law holds up in court
Groton v. landlord: nuisance law stands, justice dismisses landlord's counterclaim — New York State Supreme Court Justice Phillip Rumsey ruled last week that the village of Groton's "nuisance law" is constitutional, allowing the village to continue its legal action against a local landlord. Last year, a legal conflict erupted between the Village of Groton and Norfe J. Pirro, a landlord who personally owns or manages four properties in Groton.
9 – Cortland firefighters put out flames across the street from fire station
Cortland firefighters extinguish blaze at Court Street apartments — A fire in an apartment building across the street from the Cortland Fire Station was quickly extinguished Saturday afternoon. At 4:12 p.m., three people entered the fire station's headquarters at 21 Court Street to report a small fire in an alley near the apartment building at 22 Court Street.
10 – Man charged after brandishing knife in Groton
Police: Man charged with threatening person with a knife in Groton — A man is facing charges after police say he threaten a person with a knife during a dispute in Groton. Justin R. Hutchings, 28, is charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, and endangering the welfare of a child.