Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | August 23 - 30

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1 – County moves forward with phase one of jail project

Merits of new Cortland County jail debated, as lawmakers approve phase one of project – The case for building a new public safety building was laid out in a 20-page reportreleased earlier this month. Proponents of building a new jail point to overcrowding and deteriorating infrastructure at the current building, along with costs related to boarding out inmates to other facilities.

Cortland County Jail


2 – "Freshman daughter drop-off" banner ignites furor from residents

SUNY Cortland officials investigating offensive sign at off-campus house – Students arriving on campus Friday were greeted by an offensive banner that led college officials to announce an investigation into the incident.

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3 – Police union leadership defends backing of Mark Helms

Union president affirms Cortland County sheriff endorsement – Despite conflicting claims made by some union members, the president of the County Police Association of Cortland says union membership gathered the necessary votes to endorse Mark Helms for sheriff.

Village of Homer Police Chief Mark Helms at the Cortland County Dairy Parade in June


4 – A Dryden man accused of heinous charges makes first court appearance

Supporters appear in court for Dryden man accused of rape, assault – About a dozen people, including relatives and friends, appeared in the court in an apparent expression of support for 52-year-old Jeffrey Horton.

Jeffrey Horton


5 – A retired state trooper throws his hat into the ring

Former state trooper running for Cortland County sheriff – In his more than two decade-long tenure working for the New York State Police, Rich Berry chased down criminals, aided victims of major crimes and testified in more than a dozen murder cases.

Rich Barry


6 – A Marietta man dies in a crash after hitting two deer

Motorcyclist killed in crash north of Cortland County – A 65-year-old man was killed Tuesday night after crashing into two deer in the town of Tully, state police announced Wednesday.

7 – Blast from the past: SUNY Cortland move-in weekend

What move-in weekend at SUNY Cortland looked like 50 years ago – This weekend, thousands of SUNY Cortland students moved into their residence halls on campus. To mark the occasion, we decided to dig up some vintage photos that give a glimpse of what move-in weekend looked like in the 1960s.



 8 – Crash leads to DWI charge for Cortland County man

Man charged with DWI in Cortland County crash – A Cortland County man faces DWI charges following a crash that happened last week in the town of Taylor.

9 – Six months in jail for Cortland woman who made meth

Cortland woman pleads guilty to making meth – A Cortland County woman will spend six months in jail under a plea agreement reached in county court on Tuesday.

10 – Creating a computer model of President Lincoln's Cottage

SUNY Cortland professor fires lasers at Abraham Lincoln's cottage – Scott Stull, an archaeologist and anthropologist who teaches at SUNY Cortland, is part of a team that has spent the last two summers firing thousands of laser beams inside President Lincoln’s Cottage. The goal of the scientific light show was to create an exact, incredibly detailed, 3-D computer model of the historic building.

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