Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | November 22 - November 29

These are the top local stories of the past week.

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1 - A Rhode Island man is charged with manslaughter following a stabbing outside a city bar

Cortland police investigating fatal stabbing outside Palm Gardens – Police have arrested Mark G. Dill, 58, of Cranston, Rhode Island, in connection with the stabbing. Dill faces charges of first-degree manslaughter, a class B felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

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2 - Friends, family rally support for Cortland man accused of rape

Cortland DA on rape investigation: "There will be transparency" – More than a dozen supporters of a Cortland man accused of rape appeared in Cortland City Court Wednesday.

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Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben addresses supporters of Berklee Sanders following his court appearance Wednesday (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)


3 - Teacher, SUNY Cortland alum open Crossfit gym on Main Street

Crossfit craze comes to downtown Cortland – Seasoned athletes and Crossfit newbies now occupy a space that once housed Sarvay Shoe Company, a flagship business in Cortland run by Dale Taylor of Virgil that closed last year.

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4 - Report: Crime is down sharply in Cortland County, though drugs remain an issue

State: Crime is down 30 percent in Cortland County – “It doesn’t truly capture a lot of other aspects of crime in the community that are troubling,” Cortland County District Attorney Mark Suben said of the report.

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5 - Suspects sought in Stone Lounge assault

Police seek two men involved in assault at Stone Lounge – The city of Cortland Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying at least two men who are suspects in an assault that occurred outside a popular Cortland bar last month.

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6 - TC3 students make wine, and the connoisseurs love it

TC3 students' wine named "Best Amateur Wine" in New York – A wine made by students in Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Wine Marketing program was named the best in the state at the 2015 New York State Fair Amateur Wine Competition.

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Left to right, Wine Marketing Program Chair Brandon Seager and award-winning students Ken Berard, Christopher Circelli, and Bill Popoff (photo provided)


7 - A Virgil man is charged with arson

Police: Virgil man tried to set apartment building on fire – On Friday, Nov. 20, Antonio Knuston went to an apartment building at 8 South Ave. in the city of Cortland with an envelope and several matches in his pocket, according to police.

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8 - Ex-lead singer of "Live" will perform at Center for the Arts of Homer

Ed Kowalczyk, former Live frontman, to perform in Homer – Ed Kowalczyk – the legendary songwriter and former lead-singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Live, announces his Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour. He will perform at the Homer Center for the Arts on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m.

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9 - A Cortland man's manslaughter conviction is overturned

Court overturns Cortland man's manslaughter conviction – Gary Lowe, of Cortland, was convicted of killing Fransico “Rico” Santiago, 26, in a residence at Chestnut Hill Apartments on Dec. 1, 2011 in the city of Ithaca, reports say. A higher court has overturned his conviction.



10 - Buffalo man charged with rape reported on SUNY Cortland campus

Arrest made in reported rape on SUNY Cortland campus – At around 9 a.m. Wednesday, university police arrested Nicholas A. Schaefer, 21, of Buffalo, on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, and one count of forcible touching, a misdemeanor.

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