Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | August 30 - September 6

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1 – After a 40-year run, a local landmark closes its doors

Ponderosa Steakhouse in Cortland closes after 40 years of business – The Route 13 restaurant closed its doors Monday night. It's unclear what, if anything, will take its place.



2 – A Cortland County man is found guilty of robbery

Jury reaches verdict in Cortland Kmart robbery trial – Chad Cain was found guilty Wednesday of third degree robbery. He had faced more serious charges of first and second degree robbery.

Chad Cain


3 – A Cortland home is saved, thanks to a quick response from local firefighters

Cortland fire crews extinguish blaze at Pearne Avenue home – Firefighters from the city of Cortland were able to extinguish a house fire at a home on Pearne Avenue Thursday morning.

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4 – More than a dozen college students are ticketed after being found with fake IDs

15 people ticketed in fake ID sting at Cortland bars – 15 people were found to have fake IDs following a sting operation conducted over the weekend by the City of Cortland Police Department and investigators from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Cortland police announced Monday.



5 – The Cortland County Sheriff's Department gets a new friend

Cortlandville helps sheriff's department get second K9 dog – The Cortland County Sheriff's Department will soon be equipped with a second K9 unit, thanks to help from the town of Cortlandville.



6 – U.S. Marshals apprehend a Groton man in Ithaca shooting

Groton man wanted in Ithaca shooting arrested in Brooklyn – A Groton man wanted in connection with a shooting in Ithaca back in June was arrested by U.S. Marshals in New York City on Thursday morning,

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7 – City eyes state grant money to repair Clinton Avenue sewer and water infrastructure

City seeks $7M in grants for Clinton Avenue water and sewer project – With water and sewer lines more than a century old, the city of Cortland is seeking roughly $7 million in state grant funding to reconstruct sewer and storm water systems underneath Clinton Avenue.

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8 – A 95-year-old woman is ticketed in a Dryden crash

Driver charged in Dryden crash that injured 2 people – A 95-year-old Ithaca woman was charged with failure to yield the right of way after a crash in the town of Dryden Friday that sent two people to the hospital, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.



9 – Two-year prison sentence for Cortland man who made meth in trailer

Cortland man pleads guilty to making meth in trailer – Corrie Ryan will spend two years in prison for making meth under a plea agreement reached Thursday in Cortland County Court.

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10 – A Cortland man is found with 30 grams of marijuana after driving 109 mph on I-81

Police: Cortland man found with pot after driving 109 mph on Interstate – Soloumane Magane was arrested early Monday morning after a state trooper found 30 grams of marijuana in his car, state police announced Friday.

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