Welcome! Here are the top local stories of the past week.
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1 – Police investigate reported rape on SUNY Cortland campus
Police identify man accused of rape on SUNY Cortland property – Nicholas Vicioso is accused of having forcible sex with a 19-year-old female outside a residence on Tompkins Street, according to police.
2 – Crackdown on college parties continues
Police find cocaine, underage drinking at SUNY Cortland house parties – The Cortland Police Department sends undercover agents to college house parties in an ongoing effort to crack down on underage drinking.
3 – Retail shop offering children's clothing, toys opens on Main Street
Children's clothing store opens in downtown Cortland – Growth Spurt, which offers "gently loved" clothing for children and expecting mothers, opened its doors at 101 Main Street to the public on Thursday. The space was previously occupied by Bangles, Bags & Bling, a jewelry store which closed after more than a decade of business.
4 – "Meaningful crime" is on the rise in Cortland County, according to a top prosecutor
District attorney: "Meaningful crime" increasing in Cortland County – The overall crime rate in Cortland County is decreasing, according to Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben. But what Suben calls “meaningful crime”–including burglaries, drug-related activity and violent crime–has been increasing since 2014.
5 – A SUNY Cortland professor makes the case against building a new jail
Opinion: Questioning Cortland's need for a new jail – Mechthild Nagel, a professor of philosophy at SUNY Cortland who has taught in various prisons for men in central New York, discusses the need for a public health approach to incarceration.
6 – A longtime Cortland councilman loses party bid in primary election
Results: Cortland lawmaker loses primary election – In the city's third ward, a longtime Democratic lawmaker, Ken Dye, was upset by Gary Thomas, a former county legislator, in a 61-20 vote.
7 – Judge hands down two-year prison sentence in robbery case
Cortland man sentenced in robbery of elderly man's home – Miguel L. Coville, 39, was sentenced Tuesday to third degree robbery, a class D felony. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of post-release supervision.
8 – Officers find contraband at Cortland County jail
Two arrested for smuggling contraband into Cortland County jail – On August 29, corrections officers discovered contraband among the personal items of Kyle Dayton, 21, of Cortland, during a routine inspection at the facility, according to the sheriff's department.
9 – Lawsuit: SUNY Cortland reunion dinner ended in hotel room fight
SUNY Cortland frat reunion in NYC turned violent, lawsuit says – What began as a friendly reunion dinner of SUNY Cortland fraternity brothers at a New York City restaurant later turned into a violent confrontation at a hotel room, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court last week.
10 – NASA funds Cortland professor's research
Cortland professor traces origins of solar system, with support from NASA – SUNY Cortland Associate Professor of Physics Melissa Morris has a research interest in astronomy that dates back billions of years, to a time long before dinosaurs, plants or any other forms of life even existed.
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